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13:04
Review: iHome’s Siri-controlled SmartPlug lets you...

Smart plugs aren’t exactly new. Belkin has its WeMo platform of connected home devices including its Wi-Fi-enabled ‘Insight Switch’, an iPhone app-controlled outlet, and others have similar competing products. But iHome’s new SmartPlug is one of the first arriving for Apple’s recently launched Siri-controlled HomeKit platform. I’ve been testing out the product in recent weeks to see exactly what HomeKit adds to the experience and to get a real world taste of Apple’s home...

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12:52
Noiseless Pro 1.1.0 - Remove luma and chroma noise...

Noiseless Pro breathes new life into every photo! When taking photos in low light situations, every smartphone, compact camera, or DSLR creates "noise", small color or light speckles that can ruin an otherwise cool photo. Noiseless Pro cleans up digital noise fast, with advanced technology to retain sharp details, with one-click operation, and at an affordable price. Make hand-held shots look like you used a tripod! Noiseless Pro features a handful of features designed specifically for the professional photographer -- including additional presets, Adobe app plugin support, and even more advanced controls for detail recovery. Check out the standard version of Noiseless, which only functions as a standalone app, here.

Features

  • Use Noiseless Pro as a standalone app or as a plugin for your favorite editor
  • Revolutionary smart noise-reduction technology
  • ...

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12:47
How-To: Get the best iPhone trade-in price deal to...

Apple releases new iPhones every September, guaranteeing that a massive number of old iPhones will be traded in or sold. The rush is about to start, dramatically changing the market for used iPhones, so I wanted to help you stay ahead of the curve and get the best deal possible. Having just sold my own iPhone 6 Plus to upgrade to a newer model, I have some strong opinions about your smartest options.

Below, I’ve put together a guide to some of the iPhone selling and trade-in options you should consider. There’s no single “right” answer, since some options trade greater convenience for lower prices, and others have higher prices but greater risks or hassles. You can choose the one that’s best for your needs, but whatever you do, make your choice before iPhone values begin to fall…

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12:37
Apple commissions manmade floral art to promote...

A new marketing installation commissioned by Apple is filling all 24 windows of London's Selfridges department store with manmade flowers, each matched to the faces of the Apple Watch.

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12:18
Mac: Purple Cover AnyList for Mac

Macs can do some pretty exciting stuff, but sometimes all we need is something that helps ease more mundane, everyday tasks like grocery shopping. Purple Cover’s AnyList provides one of our favorite ways to keep and share a shopping list for use on the go, but sometimes keying it all in on an iPhone or even an iPad can start to get cumbersome, and that’s where the company’s new AnyList for Mac (free*) comes in. The Mac version replicates much of the look and feel of its iOS counterpart, although it’s naturally optimized for the larger screen.

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12:13
Apple TV Fell to Fourth Most Popular Streaming Media...

The Apple TV was the fourth most popular streaming media device in the United States in 2014, according to new data compiled by Parks Associates. Sales of the Apple TV were eclipsed by sales of devices from Roku, Google, and Amazon.

Roku continues to be the most popular brand when it comes to streaming media devices, representing 34 percent of units sold, while Google and its Chromecast were responsible for 23 percent of device sales. Amazon's Fire TV was the third most popular choice, while Apple came in fourth. In 2013, the Apple TV was the third most popular streaming media device, but in 2014, it fell behind the newly introduced Fire TV and Fire TV Stick.

Combined, streaming media devices from Apple, Roku, Google, and Amazon were responsible for 86 percent of all streaming...

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12:12
Apple Watch takes over Selfridges in London with eye...

Apple has long been known to extravagantly deck out its own retail stores with eye-catching window displays featuring flagship products at key times, and unsurprisingly it’s treating the 24 window displays that wrap around Selfridges’ high-end retail store in London just the same. Profiled today by Wallpaper.com, the massive display of detailed floral shots easily catches the attention of window shoppers to advertise the Apple Watch. The profile also shows previous themes used by Apple to advertise the Apple Watch’s availability at the high-end retailer and includes some interesting details about the display as well:...

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12:04
Acorn 5.0 - Bitmap image editor. (Shareware)

Acorn is a new image editor built with one goal in mind - simplicity. Fast, easy, and fluid, Acorn provides the options you'll need without any overhead. Acorn feels right, and won't drain your bank account.

  • Take screenshots using Acorn and edit them right away.
  • Chain together image filters to create stunning effects.
  • Layer based image editing, an industry standard.
  • Make new images and layers using your built-in iSight.
  • Easy image and canvas resizing, just by changing the size of your window.
  • Take advantage of every pixel of your monitor with full screen image editing.
  • Tablet sensitive for pressure strokes and using the tablet's eraser.
  • Vector shape and text layers.
  • Freeform, elliptical, rectangular, and magic wand selections.
  • Gradients.
  • Create and apply custom text styles.
  • Control opacity and blending modes for each layer.
  • Write plugins using...
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11:56
Spotify's new privacy policy gets all up in...

Spotify wants to cozy up to you and find out more about what you do, where you go, who your contacts are. Does that make you uncomfortable?

The streaming music service just updated its privacy policy with some major changes, first noticed by Forbes. Now Spotify is requesting access to other parts of your phone, like your contacts, your photos, your “media files” (though it doesn’t specify which ones), and your phone’s sensors. Here are the relevant parts:

3.3 Information Stored on Your Mobile Device

With your permission, we may collect information stored on your mobile device, such as contacts, photos, or media files. Local law may require that you seek the consent of your contacts to provide their personal information to Spotify, which may use that information...

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11:33
Future Chrome for Mac update may solve problems with...

A test build of Google's forthcoming Chrome 46 makes substantial improvements to the performance of the Web browser on the Mac, according to one early glimpse at the software.

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11:21
Apple Creates Massive Floral Window Installation at...

Apple today launched a new Apple Watch advertising effort in London, decorating the 24 windows of the Selfridges department store with a massive floral installation. Each window has flowers that were inspired by the flowers that can be found within the "Motion" face on the Apple Watch.

Design magazine Wallpaper has shared photos and details on the installation, which uses 3D flowers created through a range of methods from resin casting to 3D printing. Each window also displays an Apple Watch with a watch face that matches the flowers.

Image via Wallpaper
There are eight different flower variations decorating the windows, each of which was scaled, sculpted, and hand-painted by artists, a process ...

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11:20
Deeper integration between Office documents and...

Today, we are excited to announce deeper integration between Outlook and our other key Office apps for iPhone and iPad—Word, Excel and PowerPoint—designed to make it easier than ever to collaborate on and share Office documents on the go. In many organizations, Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents capture the bulk of the knowledge and experiences that information workers produce—strategy documents, sales presentations, contracts, market analyses, etc. In our personal lives, these documents contain to-do lists, travel itineraries, monthly budgets and more. This information is then frequently shared with others in email using Outlook.

Outlook for iOS now opens Office documents sent as attachments directly in their respective apps, replacing the simple viewers we previously used. We’ve also streamlined the steps required to collaborate on files sent as attachments. These updates, combined with Outlook’s...

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11:12
Apple Invents Advanced Parallax Depth Rendering for...

Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their intent to advance their parallax technology for iOS to the next level by driving parallax depth rendering.

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11:11
Apple Watch How-To: Use Maps for navigation and...

Apple Watch comes with Apple Maps, which allows you to find your current location, pan and zoom around on the area, search the map, get information about a location, call a location, get directions, and more. One of the benefits of having Maps on the watch is that it allows you to get directions without needing to pull out your iPhone, especially if you happen to be lost or in a sketchy neighborhood. In this how-to article, we will discuss how to use Apple Maps on the Apple Watch.

There are several different ways to open up Maps on the Apple Watch. You can open the app by tapping on the icon on the home screen after clicking the Digital Crown from the watch face, use Siri to open Maps by...

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11:08
Swatch looks to trademark 'one more thing...

Swiss watch brand Swatch has acquired a trademark on the phrase "one more thing," an expression often used during Apple press events by the company's late cofounder Steve Jobs.

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10:56
Razer Can't Wait to Intro Its Unnamed VR Camera...


Razer on Tuesday introduced a camera that incorporates Intel's RealSense technology, suggesting use cases as a depth-sensing accessory in PC gaming and beyond. The company described its camera concept at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, which was chock-full of big announcements. Intel updated developers on its efforts in the wearables market, and it introduced its solution for security in the Internet of Things space: enhanced privacy identification, or EPID, technology, which will secure IoT devices.

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10:56
Google Photos will now automatically surface...

The revamped Google Photos service that was introduced at I/O this year is already one of our favorite ways to manage our ever-growing image collections, and Google keeps on adding features to make it better. The latest is a new tool that lets you...

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10:40
Winter is coming: Yahoo Weather app adds near-term...

Yahoo is today updating its Yahoo Weather app for iOS with near-term rain and snow alerts (not that we needed a reminder that summer is nearly over). With the updated app, users will receive alerts for rain and snow 15 minutes before an expected downpour.

In addition to the new weather alerts, Yahoo notes that the app is now more accurate with improvements made to the methods it uses to “determine and serve forecasts.” As an example, Yahoo says the app will now “even zoom in on microclimates.”

The updated Yahoo Weather app with rain and snow alerts, version 1.8, is available for iPhone and iPad...

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10:25
Parallels Desktop 11

Adds support for Windows 10 and OS X 10.11 El Capitan, plus brings a new subscription-based Pro Edition designed for developers. ($79.99 new for standard edition, $99.99 annual subscription for Pro Edition, $49.99 upgrade)

 

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10:03
Adobe Social gaining Aviary’s photo editing features...

Adobe announced almost one year ago that it had acquired the team behind the popular image editing app Aviary, and since then the iPhone app has picked up Adobe ID support for syncing editing supplies with Creative Cloud and joined the Creative SDK. Now Adobe is tying Aviary’s tools like text adding and filter adjustments to ...

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09:44
Deals: $999 loaded 11" MacBook Air, $1,785 15...

This week, we've brought back some of last month's most popular offers while extending several others, such as a fully-loaded 11" MacBook Air for $999 ($650 off), the new 15" MacBook Pro for $1,785 ($214 off), a near fully-loaded, early 2015 13" MacBook Pro with AppleCare for $2,148.00 ($300 off) and Dell's Ultra HD 4K display for $499.99 ($200 off).

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09:23
1Password iOS update improves Apple Watch &...

A nice update is awaiting 1Password users on iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch today as the password management app has enhanced a few key parts of the experience. On the iPhone 5s and later plus iPad min 3/iPad Air 2, 1Password’s login screen now features a Touch ID button under the Master Password field so you can choose to sign in using your finger print even if you accidentally hit cancel on the first request. Tapping the fingerprint button prompts the system Touch ID unlock screen.

Also useful for Touch ID users on iOS is an improvement to how the app can stay unlocked between uses in different apps. Previously 1Password’s extension in other apps required being unlocked by password, passcode, or Touch ID each time, but now the 1Password extension and 1Password app share the same unlock time...

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09:13
To shake things Up, Apple may Add Cellular Voice...

On August 20, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals that Apple is serious about trying to provide the iPhone with a next-gen wireless headset that supports Voice over LTE or VoLTE. Better yet, ...

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09:03
With iOS 8.4.1, Apple patches app sandbox...

Last week's release of iOS 8.4.1 brought more than just Apple Music fixes -- it also patched a previously undisclosed hole in the app sandbox that made it possible for iOS devices operating in managed environments to unknowingly leak configuration and credential data to other third-party apps.

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09:00
9to5Toys Last Call: 12-inch 256GB MacBook $1,149, 3-...

Update (8/20 2:05pm):  Hitman: Sniper is now currently unavailable. The Hitman: Sniper listing has seemingly disappeared on the App Store. We will update this when we know more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:
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09:00
Episode 059 with Jason Himmelstein on Power BI...
09:00
Working with external data in Excel 2016 for Mac

These days we all live and work in a multi-device, multi-platform world, and so when building Office 2016 for Mac, one of our key objectives was to make it as easy as possible to transition from using Office for Windows to using Office for Mac and back again. That’s why you’ll notice an interface that’s consistent with what you’d expect when using Office 2016 for Windows, and why we added support for virtually all of the Windows Excel Ctrl keyboard shortcuts. So when it came to working with external data, we applied that same logic: how can we make the experience great and working cross platform easier than ever?

External data in Excel 2016 for Mac

We examined how we could improve external data for Excel 2016 for Mac and made the following changes:

  • Excel 2016 for Mac comes with a pre-installed and integrated SQL Server ODBC driver, which we worked hand-in-hand with Simba Technologies to provide.
  • ...
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09:00
Make your own custom shapes in PowerPoint

Shapes can be used to add interest to a presentation, to emphasize a point, or just to make your presentation look a bit more exciting. PowerPoint’s shapes are great because you can format them with colors, 3-D effects and shadows, and they always look perfect, even when you scale them really large or very small. With just a few simple tricks you can add a little variety and a unique feel to your shapes.

All of the shapes below were created in PowerPoint and can be resized, copied and reused in any Office application. As you can see, they are all geometric shapes with added effects, such as shadowing.

Making these shapes is simple and fun. Here, for example, is how to create the Celtic knot in the example above.

Create a shape

First, add a circle to a blank page. Make it fairly big, so you can work with it easily, but...

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09:00
My crystal ball says no Skylake-equipped Macs before...

Intel has given some details about its upcoming Skylake processors, sharing some info of the processor's architecture. What we don't know is when we'll see it in Macs, though I'm not expecting that to happen this year.

Reducing power consumption is Intel's top priority for Skylake. The company is also reducing the size of the processor, resulting in smaller motherboards. What's more, the next gen Intel chip is touted to provide gains of 10x or more and support DDR4 RAM for further speed improvements. However, there are other cool features — assuming the rumors are true.

For example, Skylake will purportedly bring wireless charging and data transfers by adopting the WiGig standard — a technology that enables gigabit-speed communications without using wires. This will form the basis of the wireless docking capability. And perhaps wireless display...

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08:53
Intel moves closer to Skylake launch date, new...

Intel’s getting closer to a launch date on Skylake, which might be a pretty drool-worthy processor.

The company in the meantime shared a variety of details about the platform. Skylake processors will, for instance, use a technology called Speed Shift to dynamically change power state and reduce consumption.

The processor will feature planned performance boosts, but will also use “eDRAM+,” a fully coherent form of cache memory that can work for the CPU and not just integrated graphics. eDRAM+ will also be used in more chips than eDRAM, and in 64- and 128-megabyte sizes.

A new extension technology, SGX — Software Guard...

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08:33
Apple Music, the Ultimate Guide

Serenity knows her stuff, there’s a lot of detail on setup and troubleshooting, it looks great, and it’s only $4.99.

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08:33
Apple OS X El Capitan 10.11 Public Beta 5 - Public...

Note: This can only be downloaded by signing up for Apple's public beta program.

OS X El Capitan refines the Mac experience and improves system performance. Building on last year's landmark release of OS X Yosemite, El Capitan introduces enhancements to window management, built-in apps and Spotlight search, and makes everyday activities -- from launching apps to accessing email -- faster and more responsive. Metal, Apple’s breakthrough graphics technology, is integrated into El Capitan delivering system-wide performance gains and enabling games and pro apps to tap into the full power of Mac graphics processors.



Version 10.11 Public Beta 5:



  • OS X 10.10.5 or later...

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08:31
Flash’s demise continues as Amazon stops accepting...

Amazon may have been Apple’s target when it unveiled its iBooks Store alongside the iPad in 2010, but the digital retail giant’s latest move is helping fulfill Steve Jobs’ vision of a web without Flash. Amazon Advertising issued an update to its technical guidelines today declaring that it will stop accepting Flash-based ads starting next month. Adobe cited “recent browser setting updates from Google Chrome, and existing browser settings from Mozilla Firefox and Apple Safari” that interfere with displaying Flash ads....

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08:27
WALTR 1.6.2 - Drag-and-drop any media file to an iOS...

WALTR is designed to make it easy to convert and transfer any music or video file to an iPad or iPhone format for native playback. It supports a huge variety of media file types, including MP3, MP4, AVI, CUE, WMA, M4R, AAC, M4V, M4A, FLAC, ALAC, MKV, and more. It even supports file types that are not normally compatible with iOS, including MKV, AVI, FLAC, and CUE, allowing them to be played in the native Music and Movie apps on iOS. Using WALTR is simple. After closing iTunes, a user just needs to plug an iPhone or iPad into a Mac and open the WALTR app. The iOS device and its available storage space is listed at the top of the app, and files can be dragged to the blank space in the app for immediate transfer to the iOS device. Uploads begin as soon as a file is dragged into the WALTR app, and most uploads are very quick, taking a few seconds. Once a file has been transferred to the iPhone or iPad, it is accessible in either the native Movies or Music app on the...

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08:26
Apple Watch sales expand to more third-party...

On Thursday Apple continued to expand the number of third-party vendors for the Apple Watch, adding France's Fnac to the list of retailers, though initially only in a limited fashion.

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08:21
Rolling Stone: The 100 Greatest Songwriters of All...

It’s a list, so there will be much arguing, teeth gnashing, and hand wringing.

But don’t get too wrapped up in all that. All the usual suspects are there. Who cares who’s on top?

It’s the bottom and middle of the list that I really found interesting.

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08:20
Apple Watch coming to 100+ Fnac locations in France...

The Apple Watch just became a little easier to find in France.

The device has begun to appear at assorted Fnac locations within Paris, starting with just one store alongside the Fnac official website.

The Fnac retail store, which is thought of as the equivalent to Best Buy in America, initially selling the Apple Watch is the one located at the Champs Elysées, and will officially begin to sell the wearable on August 21. Other Fnac stores will begin to offer the Watch “within the next week,” and the store’s employees will be trained to field questions and concerns from customers regarding Apple’s smartwatch.

Fnac represents the first European chain to offer...

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08:19
Review: DODOcase Maritime Collection Multi-Angle...

DODOcase has recently introduced its Maritime Collection for iPad Air 2. There are two different case styles in the collection — the Original protective case ($80), and a Multi-Angle DODOcase ($95). We received the latter, which features a folding back cover which can be placed at one of three pre-set angles. The iPad Air 2 is held in place by a solid bamboo tray. Though the volume controls are left exposed, there's actually a small bamboo button that covers the sleep/wake button, and the cover successfully activates the iPad's sleep/wake function, as well. The Maritime Collection comes in a variety of nautical-themed designs. It's worth noting that these Maritime cases are functionally the same as the company's classic iPad Air 2 cases, which are $15 cheaper.{/exp:char_limit}
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08:07
Major League Baseball and Apple Watch

This is interesting:

After concerns were raised during the game about whether Yost wearing an Apple Watch in the dugout gave his team an unfair advantage over its less-connected adversaries, Major League Baseball told MarketWatch it is not banning smartwatches during games.

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07:59
First look: Boogie Board Jot 8.5 eWriter, an iOS-...

Boogie Board on Thursday announced a new version of their popular writing tablet, and for the first time, announced an accompanying iOS app that allows users to quickly sync their notes with their iPhone's camera.

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07:56
The Gartner hype cycle

The hype cycle is a series of five steps that much emerging technology goes through. There’s a great chart that should crystalize this for you. Interesting read, definitely clicks for me.

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07:55
iRip 2.1.8 - Transfer songs, videos, contacts, and...

iRip (was iPodRip) is the definitive iPod companion application. iRip allows you to get the most out of your iPod, iPhone and iPad -- you can transfer music, videos, and books from your iOS device back to your iTunes Library, listen to music directly on your iPod (allowing you to save valuable disk space) and much more. iRip supports all iPod media types: MP3, AAC, Protected AAC or Audible.com Content. Upgrade to iRip 2.0 for only $9.95 with your license from iRip 1.



Version 2.1.8:

  • Updated for iOS 9 and OS X 10.11



  • OS X 10.6 or later
  • iTunes 9.0.2 or later
  • iOS device



Download Now

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07:51
Apple reveals data sources for iOS 9′s transit...

iOS 9 will add transit directions to its Maps service, the new data including schedules for buses, trains, subways, and ferries and will be available in 10 cities at launch later this year.

To answer the question as to where the transit data is coming from, Apple has updated its Apple Maps Acknowledgements webpage with a breakdown of where transit data from each city is coming.

The site reveals that the data will hail from twenty different sources, with each source providing data for a single city in most cases. For instance, three different sources are contributing transit data for Berlin and three other sources are contributing to San Francisco transit data....

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07:44
In praise of Apple’s packaging

Kirk McElhearn touches on the care Apple puts in to its packaging. Amen, brother.

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07:40
The perfect gift for the musician in your life

This is a pretty original idea.

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07:36
Review: Lynktec’s updated Rechargeable Apex Stylus...

Everyone knew the iPad Air 2’s marquee features — a thinner, lighter body, Touch ID, a gold color option and much faster A8X processor — but fewer people realized that Apple also made subtle changes to the new tablet’s screen, not only improving its visibility outdoors but also changing the way it registered touch input. All of the tweaks added up to a noticeably better user experience, but one category of accessories unexpectedly wound up broken: digital styluses. As it turns out, fine-tipped styluses use tiny electrical pulses to trick touchscreens into thinking they’re fingers, and the pulses needed to be recalibrated to work reliably with the iPad Air 2’s new screen. Adonit was the first to release an iPad Air 2-compatible digital stylus, the...

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07:26
Yamaha announces MusicCast Wi-Fi multi-room audio...

If you want a Wi-Fi-based multi-room audio system, you so far haven’t had many alternatives to the market leader, Sonos. Other manufacturers offer their own solutions, but generally only in a handful of products. That looks set to change as Yamaha today announced that its MusicCast system will be supported by more than 20 products, with pricing starting from $250. That includes all but one of its 2015 receivers, reports CNET.

Unlike Sonos, MusicCast supports five different lossless audio formats, including Apple Lossless, FLAC and WAV. It’s...

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07:24
Cannot Mount Volumes on OS X

Forums: SoftwareTags: 10.8.5; Stornext 5.1.1; failed to load volume list; Mac Mini; M440

I will copy the portion of logs that I repeatedly get each time I try to get the volume to mount. However the full story is that I have an M440 appliance that is running a file system that works and is connected to four Windows servers.

We added a new array to the mix with the same fibre switches and metadata switches. The new file system was successfully created and I can perform failovers without issue. The original file system was uneffected. The volume mounts on the MDC without issue.

I have a Mac Mini running 10.8.5 and I have the automount.plist and config.plist in place as well as the fsnameservers with the IP's in order....

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07:18
iPhone sales stay strong amid worldwide smartphone...

Apple's iPhone continues to gain marketshare despite a slowing global smartphone market during the second quarter, doing particularly well in China -- where the overall market actually shrunk by 4 percent year-over-year.

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07:14
Who pays the price for click fraud in streaming...

Fascinating read. Really dig into that last part, understand who pays for this fraud. It is not Apple Music, not Spotify. It comes out of the pool of money paid in by subscribers and out of artists’ pockets.

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07:06
External Link: Comcast Testing Its Internet...

Comcast has announced that it’s testing an expansion of its low-cost Internet Essentials program for senior citizens in San Francisco and Palm Beach County, Florida. Internet Essentials offers download speeds of up to 10 Mbps and a Wi-Fi router for $9.95 per month for low-income households. So far, the Internet Essentials program has required that a household have a child eligible for the National School Lunch Program, but Comcast has not stated what the eligibility requirements for seniors will be.

 

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07:00
Every Mac Comes With Tetris, Pong, Snake, and A...

Emacs (not eMacs) is an open source project, bundled with every version of OS X. And it can’t be altered. I wrote about the Cookies recipe that Richard Stallman bundled with Emacs long ago. He also has some somewhat sexist dating tips and a bunch of other weird rantings that he bundled in there. But perhaps the best contribution is the games that Emacs comes with. These include doctor, dunnet (which would have been a great MMPORG), pong, snake, solitaire, tetris and the ever-so-popular gomoku.

These games are located in the /usr/share/emacs/22.1/lisp/play directory. But you don’t access the games directly. Instead, you use the emacs command. To get started, fire up Terminal, then run the emacs command:

emacs

At the “Welcome to GNU Emacs” screen (see below), you’re going to need to be very specific about the keys you use. Hit the Escape key.
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07:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Speck's dual-layered...

...plus wallet cases, leather options, and more!

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases also includes a bumper from Case-Mate, wallets from DODOcase and DesignSkin, and a security-centric case from Vysk.

BiteMyApple

Designed for frequent international travelers, the Convoy (iPhone 6; $50) packs extra room for a spare SIM card and a SIM card tray ejector pin.

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07:00
Pad & Quill's stylish Leather Backpack: an...

Pad & Quill Leather Backpack. Photo ©2015, Steven Sande. All rights reserved.

Today I'll be taking a look at Pad & Quill's new Leather Backpack ($295.00), a gorgeous handmade leather and waxed canvas backpack from the Minneapolis-based accessory manufacturer. And I'll let you in on a little secret: this backpack is only the second product I've reviewed to warrant the "Apple World Today Top Pick" label. You'll find out why as I review this well-designed piece of handiwork.

Design

Like most of the quality products from Pad & Quill, the Leather Backpack has a back story. In this case, Mr. PQ (AKA Brian Holmes) had what he called a midlife crisis (I'm older than Brian and I still haven't had one) and bought a Triumph motorcycle. Of course, when you're...

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06:49
News: Samsung takes patent appeal to U.S. Supreme...

Following the rejection last week of Samsung’s appeal to have its iPhone patent infringement judgement overturned, the San Jose Mercury News reports that the South Korean tech company now plans to appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court, the only legal recourse left open to it at this point. An 2012 jury verdict had ruled that Samsung violated Apple’s iPhone patents, originally resulting in a judgement of more than $1 billion against…

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06:40
The time is ripe (and getting riper) for Apple'...

Although Apple's rumored television streaming service — which I call Apple Web TV — has purportedly been delayed until next year, the sooner it arrives the better. The number of subscribers to cable and satellite TV providers continues to dwindle.

The Wall Street Times says that Apple is in talks with programmers to offer a slimmed-down bundle of TV networks that will be available on Apple gadgets such as the Apple TV, iPad, and iPhone. The service will reportedly have about 25 channels and cost between US$30 and $40 per month.

The sooner it arrives, the better. The top 20 tracked operators in the US (accounting for more than 95% of the total market) saw subscriber losses of 479,000 while the operators in Canada lost 53,000 customers, according to new data from...

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06:35
After Best Buy in US & Canada, Apple Watch goes...

Following Apple’s decision to make the Apple Watch available for sale in Best Buy in the U.S. and Canada, it has been making a similar move in other countries. It is already available through select branches of the Australian department store chain MYER, and iPhone Addict reports that it will go on sale through French electronics retailer FNAC as of tomorrow. More chains are likely to follow in other countries.

MYER...

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06:24
Apple launches 'benchmark' sized...

Apple has launched a "benchmark" sized Australian dollar corporate bond issue, its first ever sale in the currency, with order books "swelling to $1.2 billion within two hours," reports the Sydney Morning Herald (http://tinyurl.com/pg67qwy).
   

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06:24
News: Daily Deal: Soundfreaq Sound Step Lightning 2...

In today’s iLounge Deal you can get the Sound Step Lightning 2 Bluetooth Speaker for only $59 – that’s 60% off the regular price. This next-generation Bluetooth speaker includes a dedicated subwoofer and Soundfreaq’s UQ3 spatial sound enhancement to deliver amazing crystal-clear sound quality unheard of for a speaker its size. The speaker is fully portable and rechargeable and in addition to Bluetooth includes a Lightning dock…

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06:20
Paranormal Agency: The Ghosts of Wayne Mansion now...

G5 Entertainment has released Paranormal Agency: The Ghosts of Wayne Mansion for Mac OS X 10.7.4 or higher.

Here's how the game is described: "This spine-chilling hidden object adventure will tickle your nerves with plenty of chills, a ghostly storyline, approximately 100 vividly presented scenes for exploration, wonderful mini-games and splendid graphics.

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06:11
Apple's Siri to use Baidu as its default search...

Apple has set Baidu as its default search engine for Chinese users of Siri, according to Feng.com, a tech blog based in China (and as as noted by BrightWire.com, a global investment newswire).

Siri also added the feature of Baidu Baike, Baidu's Chinese-language collaborative web-based encyclopedia. Baidu Inc. is a Chinese web services company headquartered at the Baidu Campus in Beijing's Haidian District.  

The company provides a Chinese language-search engine for websites, audio files and images, as well as the aforementioned Baidu Baike (an online, collaboratively-built encyclopedia) and a searchable, keyword-based discussion forum.

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05:50
Six Windows 10 Features Apple Should Steal

Julio Ojeda-Zapata has been using test versions of the Windows 10 operating system nonstop in recent months. Now, with the official release of Microsoft’s desktop OS, he has identified features he would really like to see in OS X.

 

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05:49
Vivaldi 1.0.249.12 - An advanced browser made with...

Vivaldi is a browser for our friends.

In 1994, two programmers started working on a web browser. Our idea was to make a really fast browser, capable of running on limited hardware, keeping in mind that users are individuals with their own requirements and wishes. Opera was born. Our little piece of software gained traction, our group grew, and a community was created. We stayed close to our users and to our roots. We kept improving our software, based on our users feedback, as well as our own ideas on how to make a great browser. We innovated and we strove for excellence.

Fast forward to 2015, the browser we once loved has changed its direction. Sadly, it is no longer serving its community of users and contributors who helped build the browser in the first place.

So we came to a natural conclusion:...
We must make a new browser. A browser for ourselves and a browser for our friends. A browser that is fast, but also a browser that is rich...

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05:39
Rumor: Sharp, Foxconn tabbed to supply parts for 4M-...

The smoke surrounding Apple's long-rumored jumbo iPad is beginning to thicken, as whispers out of Asia suggest that the company has chosen Japanese firm Sharp and Taiwanese collaborator Foxconn to build and assemble touch modules for as many as 5 million 'iPad Pro' units.

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05:38
iPhone continues to steal global smartphone market...

iPhone sales grew 36% year-on-year, while Samsung’s sales fell 5.3% in the same period, according to new data from the Gartner research group. Apple’s market share climbed from 12.2% in the second quarter of 2014 to 14.6% in the same quarter this year.

Gartner says Apple's double-digit growth in the high-end segment continued to negatively impact its rivals' premium phone sales and profit margins. Despite the launch of new S6 models, Samsung's premium phones continued to be challenged by Apple's large-screen iPhones, adds the research group.

Samsung lost 4.3 percentage points in market share and declined 5.3 percent in unit sales in the second quarter of 2015. Huawei recorded the highest sales growth rate of 46.3 percent, thanks to strong overseas sales and 4G smartphone sales in China. iPhone sales increased 36 percent, which helped Apple gain 2.4 percentage points in market...

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05:32
An Advanced Force Touch Patent for the iPad Surfaces...

In July we learned more detail about Force Touch for the iPhone in an Apple Patent application. Earlier in May we discovered a few more details about Force Touch as it applied to an iPad using a stylus as a paint brush. Today, a new technical patent application from Apple has surfaced in Europe regarding Force Touch on an iPad employing ...

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05:07
Gartner: Worldwide iPhone sales grew 36% YOY, while...

New data from Gartner suggests that iPhone sales grew 36% year-on-year, while Samsung’s sales fell 5.3% in the same period. Apple’s market share climbed from 12.2% in Q2 2014 to 14.6% in the same quarter this year. Other winners were Chinese brands Huawei and Xiaomi.

Gartner said that while overall smartphone growth was sluggish, Apple continued to dominate the premium end of the market, with other vendors struggling to compete.

Apple’s double-digit growth in the high-end segment continued to negatively impact its rivals’ premium phone sales and profit margins. Many vendors had to realign their portfolios to remain competitive in the midrange and low-end smartphone segments. This realignment resulted in...

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05:05
Air Video Server HD 2.1.4 - Stream videos in almost...

Air Video Server HD streams videos instantly from your computer on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Apple TV. No need to worry about converting or transferring files.

We took everything that was great about Air Video and then re-thought and re-engineered it.

  • Universal App. A single purchase of Air Video HD lets you install the app on your iPhones, iPads and iPod touches.
  • Mac and Windows. Share folders from both your Mac or your Windows PC and access the movies on your iOS device.
  • Offline Mode. Download any video in your library to your device with just one tap for playback without network access.
  • A state of the art streaming pipeline. Videos stream faster and more reliably than ever before, with flawless support for H.264 passthrough, full 1080p HD, soft subtitles and 5.1 surround sound through Apple TV.
  • A beautiful user interface....
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05:00
'iPad Pro' Production Reaffirmed for...

Taiwanese website DigiTimes today reported the "iPad Pro" will enter production by the end of the third quarter and go into mass production in the fourth quarter, corroborating a recent KGI report that said the rumored 12.9-inch tablet would enter mass production in September-October.

"iPad Pro" mockup places 12.9-inch tablet alongside iPad Air and iPad mini
The report claims the "iPad Pro" will be released in the fourth quarter, with an estimated 4-5 million shipments in 2015. DigiTimes reported in July that the "iPad Pro" could launch in mid-November as Foxconn prepared to start supplying components at the time, but the release timeframe remains uncertain.

The report claims Sharp will be the...

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04:20
IDC: Early movers will reap rewards from Ripple...

A new IDC Financial Insights (www.idc.com)study builds on recent IDC analysis of the Bitcoin ecosystem by considering the potential of Ripple, an offshoot of Bitcoin which purports to be an open source, real-time payment settlement infrastructure, and the impact it could have on the financial services industry.

Crucially, Ripple concentrates on providing a payments infrastructure, rather than a new currency, in its attempt to overhaul the international payments landscape.

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04:20
Supply chain reports back KGI timings of iPad Pro...

Supply chain sources cited by Digitimes back a KGI report that the iPad Pro is expected to begin production in September, ramping up into mass production from October. While Digitimes has a spotty track record, this report is more specific than many, providing details of display suppliers for the new device.

The device will enter production by the end of the third quarter and go into mass production in the fourth. Sharp will provide Open Cell LCD displays while [Foxconn subsidiary] GIS will provide GF touch panels.

Samsung Display and TPK will be secondary suppliers, with TPK responsible for touch modules and Samsung for displays as...

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04:14
TurnTable for iOS is a new take on the music player

Andrew Kaz, a veteran of the Mac and iPhone software scene, has released a new take on the music player for iOS devices: TurnTable (http://appothecary.co/turntable/).
 
It’s designed around the Album medium of art, and, in turn, three formats of browse medium: Albums, Records and Artists. You can scroll through a quilt collection of Albums, flick through full-screen Records, and slide through charts of Artists.  Tap an Album, and it’s just like an album, the track titles "printed" right onto full-screen album art. Like an analog music collection, but made more accessible than ever.

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04:13
beaTunes for Mac OS X gets an updated interface, more

Tagtraum Industries (http://tinyurl.com/p36nk5v) has launched beaTunes 4.5, a new version of their music library management utility for Mac OS X and Windows.

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04:12
CaptureSync for Mac OS X updated to version 1.1

Ben Software has released CaptureSync 1.1, an update to their multi-camera recording software for the Mac.

Supporting up to 16 video and audio inputs, CaptureSync takes video and audio streams and records them to a single file that contains all streams synchronized. It's designed for recording interviews, scientific experiments, psychological research, musical performances, presentations and sporting events, and more.

According to Ben Software, improvements in CaptureSync 1.1 over the previous version are:

° Improved synchronization of network video sources;

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04:07
ExactScan Pro 2.60 for Mac OS X adds Panasonic...

ExactCODE has announced ExactScan 2.60 (www.exactscan.com) with built-in driver to support professional Panasonic K-VS series document scanners for high-speed document scanning on the Mac.

The new built-in drivers support document scanning from Panasonic scanners ranging from the K-VS1046C to the KVS-4085CW. ExactScan is Mac OS X scan software with built-in drivers for well over 400 document scanners, including devices from Avision, Brother, Canon, Kodak, Fujitsu, Oki, Panasonic, Visioneer and Xerox.

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04:00
Wrapping it right: In praise of Apple’s packaging

Sometimes the little things matter.

I’ve bought a number of Apple products in recent months: an Apple Watch, an iPod touch, an iPod shuffle, and a MacBook. Each time I’ve unboxed one of these devices, I have been reminded how unobtrusive Apple’s packing is. It’s designed to protect your new devices, but not make it hard to start using them. And the attention to detail in Apple’s product packaging bears witness to Steve Jobs’ belief that products should be beautiful inside and out.

Kirk McElhearn

My new MacBook protected by a thin, easy to remove sheet of plastic.

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03:48
MLB clarifies: Ned Yost was only reminded Apple...

MLB has clarified a somewhat ambiguous Kansas City Star report that it told Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost that he must not use his Apple Watch during games. The organization told MarketWatch that Yost was merely reminded that the watch must not be connected to his phone during games.

The MLB staffers managing on-field operations did call Yost to make sure he wasn’t using the data on his watch, […] but it was just a routine call. “It’s not banned,” said an MLB spokesman.

The spokesman added that if future...

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03:30
7 truly annoying iOS features, and how to make them...

Maybe that last pop-up asking if you want to join some random Wi-Fi network was the final straw, or perhaps it was another unwelcome alert on a lazy Sunday. Maybe you’re feeling a little woozy from iOS’s zoomy new screen effects, or it could be that you wish the stubborn Newsstand app would make itself scarce. Whatever it is, let’s face it: Sometimes iOS can be, well, annoying

The good news is that you can tweak or turn off many of iOS’s most nagging and intrusive features. All it takes is a little time spent in Settings. 

Asking if you want to join a new Wi-Fi network

Assuming everything’s running smoothly, your iPhone or iPad will seamlessly switch between your “known” home and office Wi-Fi networks and its cellular data connection. But even when you’re not connected to Wi-Fi, iOS will keep an ear out for any other nearby Wi-Fi networks—and if it finds any, a pop-up will appear, asking if you want to join one of them...

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02:47
Apple Bucks the Downward Trend in China According to...

A new report by Gartner states that worldwide smartphone sales recorded the slowest growth rate since 2013 in the second quarter of 2015. One of the bright spots going against the downward trend in China was Apple.

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01:52
Apple's iPad Pro to Enter Production in...

Taiwan supply chain sources claim that Apple's 12.9-inch iPad Pro will enter production by the end of the third quarter and go into mass production in the fourth. Sharp will provide ...

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Wednesday August 19

20:59
Tweetbot 2.0.3 - Popular Twitter client. (Commercial)

Tweetbot is a full-featured OS X Twitter client with a lot of personality. Whether it's the meticulously-crafted interface, sounds and animation, or features like multiple timelines and column views, there's a lot to love about Tweetbot.

Features

  • Multiple Timelines. Quickly switch between your lists as your main timeline.
  • Multiple Windows and Columns. Display timelines from different accounts side by side.
  • Notification Center support.
  • Beautiful Retina graphics.
  • Mute filters lets you block messages from users without unfollowing them. You can also mute hashtags and specific keywords.
  • Sync timeline position, direct message read statuses, and mute filters between your Mac, iPhone, and iPad via iCloud.
  • Support for multiple services like Pocket, Instapaper, Readability, CloudApp, and Droplr.
  • Save drafts, add locations and POI's, attach photos/videos, manage your lists, and much more.
  • ...

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20:26
Square Enix's 'Final Fantasy VII' Now...

Square Enix today released a long-awaited port of Final Fantasy VII for iOS devices. Originally released in 1997, Final Fantasy VII was the first game in the Final Fantasy series created for PlayStation and it continues to be one of the most popular Final Fantasy games.

At E3, Square Enix promised to launch Final Fantasy VII before the end of the summer in 2015, so with tonight's release, the company is living up to its word. Square Enix has previously made the first six Final Fantasy games available on iOS devices, but Final Fantasy VII for iOS marks the first Final Fantasy port from a PlayStation game.

According to Square Enix, the iOS version of Final Fantasy VII is a port of the PC version, with no changes or additions to the storyline.With its unshakeable monopoly over Mako energy production, the evil Shinra Electric Power Company holds tight to the reigns of wold power. One day, a Mako reactor...

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18:39
Apple issues first Australian bond, raises more than...

As anticipated, Apple on Thursday local Australia time issued an Australian dollar-denominated bond that according to one report has already reached AU$1.2 billion, or about $883 million.

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17:45
Apple to hold bond sale between $500M and $1B in...

Apple today has launched a “benchmark” sized Australian dollar corporate bond issue, its first in Australian currency. Investors in Australia were informed of the two-part bond sales just recently and told that Apple will offer four-year and seven-year bonds in the country.

Since the bond issue is referred to as benchmark-sized, Apple is likely looking to raise between $500 million and $1 billion. Seeing that Apple has a AA+ rating, lenders are aware that it’s a low credit risk investment, meaning that Apple shouldn’t have trouble raising the money and can offer bonds at a relatively cheap rate. The bond program is being managed by Goldman Sachs, Commonwealth Bank and Deutsche Bank.

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17:00
Samsung: let's take this patent battle to the...

Samsung plans to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its appeal of a San Jose federal jury's 2012 verdict that found the South Korean tech giant violated Apple's iPhone patents, reports the San Jose Mercury News (http://tinyurl.com/p35escq).

In court papers filed Wednesday, Samsung moved to put its ongoing patent feud with Apple on hold while it presses its appeal to the nation's high court, the article adds. "The questions present issues of enormous importance to patent litigation and the scope of innovation, especially in high-technology industries," Samsung's legal team wrote.

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16:56
Another Google Moon Shot falls from the Sky, So what...

Today we've learned that Project Ara is the latest project being delayed until 2016 or whenever it's convenient for Google to delay it again.

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16:48
Macworld’s September Digital Edition: OS X El...

Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld Digital Edition.

Available as single copies or with a yearlong subscription, the Digital Edition comes in two forms: Enhanced and PDF replica. The Enhanced Edition has all the news, analysis, product reviews, and how-to’s, along with interactive features, videos, and slideshows—customized for consumption on your iPad. The PDF replica Edition is designed for your mobile device’s touchscreen to allow pinch and zoom.

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16:39
Apple outs iOS 9 Maps transit data sources, new...

In a change to its Apple Maps Acknowledgements webpage, Apple revealed an initial list of data providers used to populate the upcoming transit mapping feature in Maps for iOS 9, as well as two new aggregators of business listings.

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16:35
Samsung plans appeal to U.S. Supreme Court in never-...

Following a request for a rehearing of its battle with Apple earlier this summer, Samsung last week had its plea denied by the U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, putting the case on its last leg. Samsung was hoping that the federal appeals court would reconsider the U.S Federal Circuit Court’s decision to uphold damages from a 2012 ruling. Following last week’s rejections, Samsung’s final option would be to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, and now it appears that the company is doing just that.

The San Jose Mercury News reports that Samsung is planning to ask the Supreme...

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16:18
Samsung to Appeal to U.S. Supreme Court in Ongoing...

Samsung is planning to take its ongoing patent war with Apple to the United States Surpreme Court, reports the San Jose Mercury News. In court papers filed today, Samsung said that by November it would ask the Supreme Court to hear its latest appeal."The questions present issues of enormous importance to patent litigation and the scope of innovation, especially in high-technology industries," Samsung's legal team wrote in a bid to hold off paying Apple hundreds of millions of dollars in damages for the patent violations.Samsung's decision comes following a rejection from the U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals last week, where the court refused Samsung's request for a new trial. Samsung had asked the court to...

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16:12
Apple releases OS X El Capitan Public Beta 5

On Tuesday, the OS X El Capitan Public Beta 5 made an appearance, but then it disappeared. It made its return today, and this time it’s here to stay—at least untill the next beta rolls along.

To install the new beta, you must be part of the Apple Beta Software Program. If you’re not you can sign up, but remember, it’s beta software and it’s possible that you’ll encounter bugs and problems with your apps and hardware, which is why you should provide feedback when using the beta. For folks already running the El Cap beta, you can update the OS through the App Store.

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16:01
Apple reveals data sources for transit directions in...

With iOS 9, Apple revealed that its Maps service would begin to support transit directions. The service supports buses, trains, subways, and ferries and will be available in 10 cities at launch later this year. One big question, however, centered around where Apple was obtaining its transit data from. Now, Apple has updated its Apple Maps Acknowledgements webpage with a breakdown of where transit data from each city is coming (via Apple Maps Marketing).

The webpage reveals that Apple’s transit data from twenty different sources, with each source providing data for a single city in most cases. For instance, three different sources are contributing transit data for Berlin and three other sources are contributing...

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15:29
No Surprise: Samsung Seeks to bring Apple iPhone...

Last week we posted a report titled "While the Court Rejects Samsung's Appeal in Apple Case, Expect this to go to the Supreme Court." Big surprise: Samsung plans to ask the U.S. Supreme Court by November ...

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15:29
Samsung to petition Supreme Court over Apple patent...

After being denied an en banc rehearing with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit over a prior decision that kept intact Apple's multi-million dollar patent trial win, Samsung has voiced intent to argue the case in front of the Supreme Court.

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15:27
Intel’s upcoming Skylake processors will...

After a pair of leaks revealed most of the details about Intel’s upcoming Skylake processor lineup, the company today itself has teased a few of the features of the upcoming processors. While Intel says launch details will be revealed in a couple of weeks, some information was teased during an Intel Developer Forum presentation today, including details about support for 4K displays.

According to PCWorld, Intel’s Skylake CPUs include integrated fixed-function support of 4K video processing, which means that there are...

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15:01
Say Hello to Google's Kinder, Gentler Router


Google on Tuesday unveiled OnHub -- a router that is not only good looking but also fast, secure and easy-to-use. It developed the router in partnership with TP-Link. "Many of us keep our router on the floor and out of sight, where it doesn't work as well," said Google Group Product Manager Trond Wuellner. "We replaced unruly cords and blinking lights with internal antennas and subtle, useful lighting, so you'll be happy placing OnHub out in the open, where your router performs its best."

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14:49
IDF Keynote Elevated 'Sensification'...

Intel's IDF developer conference is in full swing this week and the opening keynote video by CEO Brian Krzanich was delayed until mid-morning. The sense that I generally got from the keynote was that Intel is shifting gears and is about to cover the computing industry in a whole new dimension covering the internet of things, wearables and technologies far from just processors. In fact, the most in-depth segment of their opening keynote revolved around their RealSense 3D camera technology

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14:48
Apple Watch Sport owners report unexpected rear logo...

Some Apple Watch owners are experiencing problems with the Apple logo disappearing off the back of their devices, and/or scratching around the surrounding text, according to complaints posted online.

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14:39
Intel's Skylake chips can power three 4K...

A launch date for Intel's next-generation Skylake processors should be announced in a "couple of weeks," a senior principal engineer recently revealed at an Intel Developer Forum presentation.

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14:24
Apple releases seventh beta of El Capitan for...

Apple has made available the seventh beta of Mac OS X El Capitan to developers for testing purposes. It's available through the Software Update section of the Mac App Store and through the Apple Developer Center (https://developer.apple.com).

The new beta focuses on performance enhancements not new features. OS X 10.11 El Capitan is currently available to both registered developers and public beta testers. Apple plans to release El Capitan to the public in the fall.

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14:00
AWT News Update: August 19, 2015

In today's top Apple news stories:

  • Major League Baseball coaches and team personnel can wear Apple Watches in the dugout
  • Wired has a cool idea for secure communications - use an iPod touch
  • Apple will avoid "Bendgate" with future iPhones by using a new aluminum alloy

The transcript of today's podcast can be found below...

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for August 19, 2015.

It’s official - Major League Baseball is going to allow coaches and team personnel to wear Apple Watches in the dugout during games as long as the devices aren’t used for communication. The issue of allowing the Watch during games came up when Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost was seen wearing his...

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13:45
Review: This $15 aluminum charging stand for Apple...

With a lot of compromised designs due to the rush to get Apple Watch docks and stands to market, I wasn’t initially all that impressed with the often overpriced options available. That’s why I opted for a DIY mod of my own Apple Watch box. But at just $15, this new charging dock from Poetic is one of the first dock products I’ve received that I can confidently recommend to those of you currently window shopping for a watch stand. Here’s why you shouldn’t waste your time with pricier options…...

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13:37
Gear: Speck MightyPack

Speck, known for its cases, has introduced its first backpack — MightyPack ($80). The debut backpack for the company can hold up to a 15” MacBook, and there’s plenty of space for other accessories, including an iPad and iPhone. A vegan fur-lined “Tech Locker” pocket near the top of the bag has a hardshell for extra protection, and a hole inside the bag allows users to pass cables between compartments for charging purposes.…

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13:27
Apple issues 7th OS X 10.11 El Capitan beta to...

Apple on Wednesday released the seventh beta version of its upcoming OS X 10.11 El Capitan operating system to developers for testing, while at the same time pushing out a fifth beta to those participating in the public beta program.

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13:13
Apple Seeds 7th OS X 10.11 El Capitan Beta to...

Apple today released the seventh beta of OS X 10.11 El Capitan to developers for testing purposes, two weeks after releasing the sixth El Capitan beta and two months after unveiling the new operating system at its 2015 Worldwide Developers Conference. Apple has also re-seeded the fifth public beta of OS X El Capitan to public beta testers.

The update is available through the software update mechanism in the Mac App Store and through the Apple Developer Center.

In recent weeks, Apple has been pushing rapid updates for OS X El Capitan, all of which have focused on under-the-hood performance improvements and bug fixes to optimize the operating system ahead of its public debut. Few design changes have been made in the most recent betas.

OS X El Capitan is designed to improve features...

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13:03
Tip of the Day: Customizing Default Message Replies...

The Apple Watch can be a great tool for keeping up with your messages on the go, but if talking into your wrist like a modern day Dick Tracy feels weird, you’re going to be limited to choosing from a list of canned responses. Fortunately, there are quite a few available and you can customize any of them to your liking by visiting the iPhone’s Apple Watch app. To do this, go into the Messages section and tap on any of the replies listed…

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12:25
Could the Best Windows 10 Laptop Be a Mac?

dkatana writes: Now that Windows 10 is finally out there many people are looking for the best laptop with the power to make the new OS shine. The sweet spot appears to be in $900-$1500 machines from Dell, Asus and HP. But Apple, the company that has been fighting Windows for ever, has other options for Windows 10: the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. According to InformationWeek there are many reasons to consider purchasing a MacBook as the next Windows machine, including design, reliability, performance, battery life, display quality and better keyboard. Also MacBooks have a higher resell value, retaining up to 50% of their price after five years.


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12:11
MLB okays Apple Watch for use in the dugout, cell...

Major League Baseball will reportedly allow coaches and team personnel to wear Apple Watches in the dugout during games --?while continuing to ban other electronic devices, including cell phones --?as long as the Watch is not used for communication.

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11:59
Apple Car May Have a Smart, Sensor-Equipped...


Apple might be working on a heads-up display for windshields, Trip Chowdhry, managing director of equity research at Global Equities Research, said in a note sent last week to the firm's clients. It will have built-in sensor technology, and the entire surface will function as a HUD. It may be a "completely new device," he wrote. The display measures between 27 inches and 50 inches and might be gesture controlled, Chowdhry said, noting that the largest iMac has a 27-inch screen, while an automobile windshield measures about 50 inches.

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11:42
The agonizingly slow decline of Flash

Kill it. Just kill it. Put it out of our misery.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:37
Review: Kanex iPhone ChargeSync Dock for iPhone 6 +...

Kanex has released iPhone ChargeSync Dock ($40), a charging and syncing dock with a built-in Lightning connector for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The dock is mostly made of aluminum, with a non-slip base. A A 1-meter USB cable is attached to the back of the dock, and Kanex says iPhone ChargeSync Dock puts out 2.4A of power, offering a relatively quick charge. Though the dock is marketed toward iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users, iPhone ChargeSync Dock is also compatible with smaller Lightning devices, such as the iPod touch or the past generation of iPhones. Even an iPad mini can be hitched to the dock, though it's a bit wobbly compared to the iPhone and iPod touch.{/exp:char_limit}
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10:59
Intel's Skylake Chips Will Drive Three 4K...

Intel has shared new details about its faster, more power-efficient Skylake processors at IDF 2015 in San Francisco. PCWorld reports that Intel engineers have suggested the sixth-generation Core processors could launch in around "two weeks," setting the stage for a possible announcement of new chips appropriate for Macs at the IFA Berlin trade show on September 4-9.

Skylake processors will feature improved Iris Pro integrated graphics capable of driving up to three 4K monitors at 60Hz, whereas Haswell architecture could drive a single 4K monitor at 30Hz and Broadwell architecture could handle a single 4K monitor at 60Hz. Skylake will also have fixed-function support for 4K video processing in hardware...

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10:36
Twitter 3.1.2 - Official Twitter client for Mac (was...

Twitter (was Tweetie) is a Twitter client with a variety of features.

Important Note: As of January 2011, AteBit's Tweetie application has been acquired and renamed by Twitter. Version 1.2.8 of the original Tweetie application is available above as an alternate download.

Features:

  • Conversations: Double click on a tweet to view not only that tweet, but the entire conversation history leading up to that tweet. Never lose track of a conversation again.
  • Easy Compose: Independent compose windows stay out of your way until you need them. Have as many open at a time as you'd like while you compose your thoughts. Everything has a keyboard shortcut, (Command-Enter will send a tweet).
  • Easy Search Trends: See what's hot on Twitter right now, then search for the most recent tweets on those popular topics with a single click.
  • Easy Threaded DM's: Have a real private conversation over Twitter with...

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10:03
Podcast 470: Binging on Apple TV rumors

Apple is allegedly planning to hold its alleged fall event on September 9, you know, maybe. (Invites haven't been sent yet.) 9to5Mac dropped some major leaks about a revamped Apple TV to be announced, reportedly, at said alleged event. Susie and Glenn love television—especially this one obscure cartoon created by Matt Groening—so this is very exciting for them both.

Back in Shelbyville, Apple has made iCloud work more like Dropbox in regards to deleted files, USB-C adapters aren't proving to be the panacea we had once thought, and a teenager was rude. Shocker.

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10:00
The Week in iOS Accessories: Tripods, big and small

Tripods, big and small

This week’s roundup includes a tripod so small it can fit in your wallet—and one that can reach more than six feet in height. Read on!  

iHome

The $40 iSP5 SmartPlug lets you “control small appliances up to 1800 watts or under, including lights, window air conditioners, fans, portable heaters, coffee makers, home audio systems and more” using voice commands on devices running iOS 8 or later. You’ll need the iHome Control app to run the system. 

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09:48
iPad Pro Likely to Ship With iOS 9.1, Suggesting No...

Earlier this week, we saw hints of Apple's work on iOS 9.1 in the MacRumors visitor logs, speculating Apple had begun work on the update as a way to test features on the much-rumored 12.9-inch "iPad Pro" or the iPad mini 4 ahead of production. As it turns out, we were correct.

This morning, analytics company AppSee found an "iPad6,8" with a resolution of 2,732 x 2,048 in its logs. We asked AppSee to check what version of iOS the iPad had installed on it, and as it turns out, it's running iOS 9.1, suggesting Apple's work on iOS 9.1 coincides with the development of the iPad Pro.

iOS 9.1 on the large-screened tablet in AppSee's logs suggests that's the operating system the iPad Pro will ship with, which rules out the possibility of a launch in September...

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09:40
Conflicting reports surface over Dubai Apple Store...

Apple has been eyeing the prospect of opening a retail store in Dubai for quite some time now with hiring starting almost exactly a year ago and a UAE newspaper claiming three months ago that a 50,000 square foot store would open this month.

Up until now, however, legal issues over foreign ownership laws in the UAE have presented roadblocks from that happening, and today Bloomberg reported that Apple has been granted a significant exemption resolving that issue:

Apple Inc. has been granted an exemption from foreign ownership laws in the United Arab Emirates that will allow it 100 percent control of...

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09:39
Mark Gurman discusses Apple Music numbers and next...

This morning, our Senior Editor Mark Gurman went live on CNBC to discuss the conflicting Apple Music survey and usage numbers in addition to the next-generation Apple TV. You can watch both clips below.

Apple Music Numbers:

Apple TV Features and Launch: 

Filed under: AAPL Company ...

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09:26
‘Final Fantasy VII’ port arrives for iPhone &...

Square Enix announced earlier this year at E3 that it would bring back its beloved Final Fantasy VII title as a remake for consoles, PC, and iOS. Today, the iPhone and iPad version of the game officially arrives on the App Store.

While we learned previously that Square Enix wouldn’t be using its Luminous Engine for the remake, the game’s iTunes page does confirm that the iOS title is a direct “port based on Final Fantasy VII for PC” and arrives without any changes to the original game’s storyline. It’s also made some enhancements specially for the iPhone and iPad version…

As for improvements made for the iOS version of the game, users can switch between a “virtual analogue” and...

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09:16
Mac: Parallels Software Parallels Desktop 11

Another year brings another release of Parallels’ eponymous PC emulator for Macs. Ready for the release of OS X El Capitan, Parallels Desktop 11 ($80) supports Windows 10 and allows users to make use of Cortana, Microsoft’s digital assistant. Users can now simply swipe to switch between Mac and Windows screens, but even when Windows is running in the background, saying “Hey Cortana” will still get a reply from the digital assistant. Parallels also makes it possible to cut and paste or drag and drop items freely between Windows and Mac programs. Standard speed improvements are here, with Parallels claiming to have increased Windows startup performance by 50 percent and shaved 20 percent off the time it takes to open Microsoft Excel speadsheets. Battery life is improved 25 percent as well when operating in a new “travel mode.”  Users will be able to tailor the Windows experience to their preferred use (gaming vs. design, for example), allowing them to stretch the battery...

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09:11
WhatsApp Web feature now supports iOS, available for...

The highly popular WhatsApp messaging service owned by Facebook appears to be adding a new feature that allows iPhone users to chat in the browser using a web app. The feature is called WhatsApp Web and became available on various platforms including Android and Windows Phone earlier this year, but the feature was absent for iPhone users at the time “due to Apple platform limitations.” Using the chat service on the web requires running WhatsApp on a corresponding smartphone.

WhatsApp users on Reddit first noticed the...

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09:10
Report: Force Touch Stylus could turn iPad Pro into...

Apple could get back to its graphic design roots with a Force Touch stylus for the long-rumored iPad Pro.

According to KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi-Kuo, the pressure-sensitive stylus will be an optional feature in the larger iPad, which is rumored to have a 12.9-inch display with 2732-by-2048 resolution. Kuo believes Apple will begin mass-producing the iPad Pro in September or October of this year, 9to5Mac reports.

Kuo has a decent track record with Apple rumors, for instance predicting the larger iPhone 6 with a 128GB storage option but no sapphire display. However...

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09:09
'iPhone 6s' will move to Apple Watch'...

Composition testing of what is purportedly a shell for Apple's next-generation iPhone confirms previous reports that the new device will move to 7000-series aluminum, an alloy first introduced to Apple's lineup with the Watch.

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09:01
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPad mini 3 16GB $289 or 64GB...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

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Apple iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi in all colors: 16GB...

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09:00
Introducing the Office IT Pro Deployment Script...

PowerShell has quickly become an indispensable skill for Office 365 administrators, and if you’re like me, you are starting to gather a toolbox of useful scripts. If you are new to PowerShell for Office 365, make sure you check out our PowerShell for Office 365 site with common scenarios and sample scripts available to download.

But perhaps you are looking for some more advanced scenarios, or you’re thinking about how to streamline your Office client deployment process. If that sounds like you, check out our new community GitHub project for Office IT Pro Deployment Scripts. Office 365 experts from around the world are contributing to a collection of PowerShell scripts that are designed to automate various procedures that would normally require manual intervention from an IT pro. All of the scripts are stored in a repository...

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09:00
Beyond MDM—how to protect your data with BYOD and...

Cloud hosted apps and bring your own device (BYOD) trends enable corporate employees to access SaaS applications and data on their personal devices almost anywhere and at any time—but with that mobility and convenience comes the challenge of protecting business data while enabling users to be productive on the go. During Microsoft Ignite, Nasos Kladakis, an expert in private and public cloud solutions, provided the definitive overview on how IT departments can protect their corporate data and continue delivering the mobility and productivity benefits that employees expect and need.

Managing mobile devices goes beyond mechanisms to apply policy or provision software on a device. As discussed on the show, many organizations really have the goal to protect information—which is done via controlling access, ensuring that devices are managed, and then applying rules, policies and controls to the data itself. Check out our...

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08:53
∞ Mark Watney is still alive! The Martian, trailer 2.

The Martian. One of my favorite reads of all time. This movie has huge expectations, impossibly big shoes to fill. Here’s hoping they can science the shit out of the movie.

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08:48
Russia's Monocrystal identified as Apple Watch...

Apple's scratch resistant sapphire supplier for the Apple Watch is reportedly Monocrystal, a Russian firm which has become the largest synthetic sapphire manufacturer in the world.

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08:30
Apple granted exemption, will open two Apple Stores...

Apple is reportedly revving up plans to build not one, but two Apple Stores in the United Arab Emirates after it received a government exemption to an ownership law that required at least 51% local ownership of any facility built outside of so-called "free zones". 

The company was apparently refusing to build retail facilities in the region until it was able to receive the exemption, which will give the company full ownership of its stores. The stores will be the first in the Middle East, and are located in a small but important market region. The initial store is earmarked for Dubai this year, with a second store planned for Abu Dhabi in the future. 

There are about 17 million cellular subscribers in the area, but 61 percent of them use smartphones. Apple's iPhone 5s was the most popular phone in the fourth quarter of 2014...

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08:25
Apple Music retention is actually not too bad, says...

Apple has seemingly refuted a survey that found mediocre retention rates for the new Apple Music streaming service.

The survey, from music industry research firm MusicWatch, claimed that 48 percent of U.S. customers who’ve tried Apple Music aren’t using the service anymore. But in a statement to The Verge, Apple says the actual usage rate is 79 percent among all people who’ve activated their three-month free trial.

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08:10
Apple Store to move the iPod from table to rack

The long, slow demise of the iPod continues. Once a leader in Apple’s product line, the iPod will soon lose its spot on display tables at the Apple Store. Instead, the legendary device will be sold on the accessory wall at Apple Stores nationwide. At least that’s the rumor from 9to5Mac’s Marc Gurman—who has a great track record for accurate rumor reporting.

Gurman, who spoke with “several Apple retail managers,” says the changes will roll out overnight next Tuesday. It’s not clear if that means we’ll see the change the morning of August 25 or August 26. Regardless, it looks like you’ll be able to pick-up a newly revamped iPod and a pair of Beats headphones within just a few paces of...

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08:05
New analytical data hints at “iPad Pro” device with...

Additional evidence of a forthcoming “iPad Pro” has turned up again, this time in the form of analytics data.

Mobile analytics firm AppSee has reported that an iPad with model identifier “iPad6,8″ and a resolution of 2,732×2,048 pixels has appeared within its analytics logs. The firm is also seeing the “iPhone8,1″ and “iPhone8,2″ in its logs, as others have, which are likely the model identifiers for the so-called “iPhone 6s” and “iPhone 6s Plus.”

A few months ago, Taiwanese iOS developer Hiraku Wang shared iOS 9 beta code that suggested the 12.93-inch “iPad Pro” could feature a 2,732×2,048 pixels resolution. Research firm DisplaySearch also...

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08:01
How to boot your Mac in Verbose Mode

This is useful stuff. Worth bookmarking and passing along to other Mac support folks.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:58
On Siri, other voice-assists and humor

A nice look at the difference in humor between Siri and counterparts from other tech companies. Very interesting.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:48
Apple to open two Apple Stores in United Arab...

The United Arab Emirates is reportedly granting Apple an exemption from foreign ownership laws, allowing it to retain full control of planned operations in the country -- including two new Apple Stores.

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07:45
The downside of being featured by Apple in the App...

No doubt. Too many users too early in an app’s lifecycle can be bad news. Good words from M.G.

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07:42
'iPhone 6s' Materials Analysis Confirms...

Back in April, we first heard rumors about Apple planning to use 7000 Series aluminum alloys for the upcoming "iPhone 6s," taking advantage of some of the expertise gained in using the material for the Apple Watch Sport to make for a stronger iPhone body compared to the 6000 Series aluminum used on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. That device received significant "Bendgate" attention after some early users found the device bending slightly under pressure in their pockets.

Increasingly reliable reports of 7000 Series aluminum for the iPhone 6s followed by hands-on impressions of a "stronger body" and ultimately some...

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07:33
Swiss Watchmaker Swatch Sticks it in Apple's...

Apple's watch competitor Swatch is trying to poke Apple in the eye by trademarking "One More Thing," the saying made famous by Apple's late CEO Steve Jobs ...

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07:29
Apple to demote the iPod, but here’s one reason to...

The iPod touch is being demoted. But there’s an important use case that Apple is ignoring.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:24
News: Apple moving iPod stock to accessory shelves...

Apple retail sources say starting next Wednesday, August 26, Apple Stores will be stocking iPods on store shelves alongside accessories, according to 9to5Mac. The move further separates the iPod from other Apple devices, which are kept in the back of the store and brought out to customers once they decide to buy one. Despite just getting a fresh set of updates, the iPod line has been demoted in Apple’s website redesign, as the once-flagship…

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07:17
2,732×2,048 'iPad Pro' With Model...

Mobile analytics firm AppSee reports that an iPad with model identifier "iPad6,8" and a resolution of 2,732×2,048 pixels -- likely the 12.9-inch "iPad Pro" -- has appeared within its analytics logs. The firm is also seeing the "iPhone8,1" and "iPhone8,2" in its logs, as others have, which are likely the model identifiers for the so-called "iPhone 6s" and "iPhone 6s Plus."

A few months ago, Taiwanese iOS developer Hiraku Wang shared iOS 9 beta code that suggested the 12.93-inch "iPad Pro" could have a 2,732×2,048 pixels resolution at 264 PPI based on Apple's @2x high-resolution modifier. Research firm DisplaySearch also...

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07:12
Google OnHub Router Aims to Simplify Wi-Fi for...

Google’s surprise new hardware product, a Wi-Fi router, has many similar objectives to Apple’s AirPort base stations: simplicity, easy setup, and making services work better over a local network. Being platform agnostic, it may have broad appeal.

 

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07:05
Adobe debuts Captivate Prime, a learning management...

Adobe has introduced Adobe Captivate Prime (http://tinyurl.com/qhvf3f6), a self-service Learning Management System (LMS) that enables learning professionals to setup, deliver and track any form of learning.

This new cloud-based offering – which complements Adobe’s range of eLearning tools, including Adobe Captivate 9 (also introduced today) – enables specialists in learning and development, training and corporate human resources departments to take charge of the learning environments they manage and boost impact by developing skill-based learning programs.

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07:00
Remotely and Silently Install A Windows MSI Via...

One of the easiest things to do in OS X is to remotely run an installation package using the installer command. You can do some similar tasks in Windows, although the commands aren’t quite as cut and dry. The Start-Process command can be used to kick off an executable. Here, we will kick off the msiexec.exe and feed it an argument, which is the msi file to install silently. We’ll then wait for it to complete:

{Start-Process -FilePath "msiexec.exe" -ArgumentList "/i TEST.msi /qb" -Wait -Passthru}

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07:00
Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac launches with Windows...

Parallels has launched Parallels Desktop 11 for the Mac. The release includes a new version of the software for developers, designers and power users, Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition. It also includes Parallels Desktop for Mac Business Edition, previously known as the Enterprise Edition.

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06:48
News: Rumors: ‘iPad Pro’ found in data logs, to...

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is echoing previous speculation that Apple’s long-rumored 12.9-inch “iPad Pro”  will come with a Force-Touch enabled screen and a stylus to make it easier for users to navigate on the larger surface (via MacRumors). Rumors about the “iPad Pro” have been circulating since 2013, but Kuo thinks Apple will finally start mass production some time in September or October, making the…

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06:35
Apple's New Sapphire Supplier Grows Largest...

The Russian company Monocrystal was given the contract for building sapphire glass for the Apple Watch. In July, the factory, based in the Russian city of Stavropol, grew ...

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06:33
Study: 12% of Android users are considering a switch...

In a report obtained by AppleWorld.Today, Phoenix and SessionM's mobile insights platform, mXP, says that 12% of Android users are considering making the switch when Apple introduces the iPhone 6s/6s Plus. The next gen smartphone is expected to be introduced at an early September event — though Apple hasn't confirmed such an event.

The Phoenix market research firm says this "could potentially be a significant opportunity for Apple to increase its user base." More than 39,000 on-the-go consumers responded to the one-question micro-study that ran for 24 hours on Aug. 11. It was comprised of 42% Android users and 58% iOS users.

The single question — "Are you planning on buying the new iPhone this fall?" — was sent across a network of 12 million-plus mobile device users of the mXP...

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06:28
News: Daily Deal: Horizon RC Spy Drone

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering the Horizon Spy Drone for only $89.95 – that’s almost 50% off the normal price. A quadcopter like you’ve never flown before, this drone lets you perform daring aerial stunts and complex maneuvers in mid-air while recording them all with the integrated camera. Up to three control settings let you change your flight speed, and the LCD interface provides flight status information right on the…

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06:18
OfficeTime 1.7.4 - Easy time and expense tracking. (...

OfficeTime is time and expense tracking that is easy, elegant and focused. Other time keepers are clumsy or oversimplified. OfficeTime balances features and ease of use, allowing you to easily track exactly what you do each day.

Features

  • Easy to use: The best time tracker just feels right. And if it feels right, you'll use it. Which means more hours captured!
  • Impressive invoicing: Easily justify your hours to clients.
  • Sync with OfficeTime on your iPhone or iPad (sold separately) Your time and expenses tracked on the go and synced back to your desk.
  • Increase Billable Hours: Increase your billables just by tracking your time more accurately. We guarantee it.
  • Easy Reports: Your life in a pie chart. Where did your time go last week? Which projects are running hot?
  • iCal Sync: You're busy so OfficeTime...

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06:00
Hon Hai reportedly cancels workers' November...

Hon Hai will cancel leave of employees at its plant in Zhengzhou, China, in November, for the launch of Apple's iPhone 6C, cnYES, a Chinese publication, reports (as noted by BrightWire.com, a global investment newswire).

Hon Hai Precision, trading as Foxconn Technology Group, is a Taiwanese multinational electronics contract manufacturing company. It’s headquartered in Tucheng, New Taipei, Taiwan. Quanta Computer is a Taiwan-based manufacturer of electronic and computer equipment.

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05:59
'iPad Pro' expected this fall, will get...

Apple's anticipated jumbo-sized iPad will feature Force Touch input via a new, optional stylus accessory, which will allow for new ways of interacting with the next-generation tablet, according to insider Ming-Chi Kuo.

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05:53
'iPad Pro' rumored for the fall; what can...

The rumored 12.9-inch "iPad Pro" will enter mass production sometime in September or October, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says in a note to clients (as noted by MacRumors.com). 

The analyst also thinks that the super sized iPad will come with a Force Touch-enabled stylus accessory so users can more easily navigate the increased surface area of the tablet. There are also various and sundry rumors that the iPad Pro will: run Mac OS X; have USB ports; and have a keyboard port.

The Sellers Research Group (that's me) thinks the iPad Pro will have an optional keyboard (as well as the aforementioned optional stylus), but will most certainly be a tablet. It will be able to perform basic computing tasks such as word processing, doing spreadsheets, surfing the Net, and basic image editing. However, don't expect it to handle heavy duty video editing, hardcore gaming and 3D model rendering. You'll...

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05:45
Apple's mythical 'iPad Pro' allegedly...

A new, high-resolution iPad with an as-yet-unseen model identifier has reportedly begun to surface in analytics data from some commercial iOS apps, suggesting that the long-rumored "iPad Pro" may have entered the later stages of testing.

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05:41
'iPad Pro' With Force Touch-Enabled Stylus...

Apple's long-rumored 12.9-inch "iPad Pro" will enter mass production sometime in September or October, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The analyst also believes that the larger-screened iPad will come with a Force Touch-enabled stylus accessory for users to more easily navigate the increased surface area of the tablet.

Kuo believes manufacturer Cheng Uei will receive the exclusive assembly rights of the stylus. The analyst also points to recent market feedback of Force Touch on products like the Apple Watch and MacBook as reasons that the technology wouldn't exclusively drive big hardware sales, but Apple's commitment to the consistency of its devices will see Force Touch implemented on all of the company's products in the future.

Rumors about a first-party Apple-built stylus accessory began swirling earlier in the year, coming again from Kuo. Late last year, the first bit of...

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05:38
Apple is Planning to Open their First Middle Eastern...

A new report is claiming that Apple is planning to open their first Middle East store in the U.A.E. in Dubai.

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05:20
Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Released With Windows...

Parallels today announced the release of Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac with dual support for OS X El Capitan, Windows 10 and always-on access to Microsoft's intelligent personal assistant Cortana. Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac Business Edition and Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition were also released for business customers, developers, designers and power users.

Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac is virtualization software that enables users to use OS X El Capitan and Windows 10 side by side without rebooting, including full support for Windows and Mac apps. The software includes a setup assistant for switching from PC to Mac, one-click optimization settings, Linux and Google Chrome support, advanced security features and more.

The latest version of Parallels Desktop also features Quick Look for Windows documents, Travel...

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05:00
12-Mile-High Tower May Launch Spacecraft Horizontally


Thoth Technology last month won patents in the U.S. and UK for a space elevator -- a 12-mile-high tower that could herald a new era of space transportation. If all goes as planned, the freestanding ThothX Tower will be the tallest structure in the world by far. Dubhai's Burj Khalifa, currently the world's tallest building, is a mere half mile in height.
Thoth plans to build a rigid inflatable structure around an elevator that will be actively guided through its pneumatically pressurized interior.

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04:46
Kool Tools: TAP-R3 router

Amped Wireless' TAP-R3, a touch screen Wi-Fi router, is designed to deliver whole-home Wi-Fi coverage, coupled with a fast and simple setup process that requires nothing but a few taps of your finger to complete.

The TAP-R3 is sleek and doesn’t take up much space; however, it can send a Wi-Fi signal to areas like upstairs rooms, out to the yard, or to the far den. Equipped with a total of 12 high power amplifiers and three high gain antennas (external and internal), the TAP-R3 delivers up to 800mW of Wi-Fi output power.

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04:39
The latest iOS apps for Aug. 19

Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and/or Apple Watch.

Gryphos has announced BlockJockey, the first release of its Bitcoin blockchain navigator and information tool. It's an US$1.99 educational tool for the iPhone and Apple Watch designed to make exploring the Bitcoin blockchain fast and easy.

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04:33
Parallels 11 Desktop for Mac with Windows 10 is now...

Since 2006 Parallels has been providing Parallels Desktop for Mac, software that provides hardware virtualization for Macs with Intel processors and today they're introducing Parallels 11 ...

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04:23
Gartner forecasts 59% mobile data growth this year

Global mobile data traffic is set to reach 52 million terabytes (TB) in 2015, an increase of 59 percent from 2014, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com).

The rapid growth is set to continue through 2018, when mobile data levels are estimated to reach 173 million TB, according to the research group. Gartner analysts advise communication service providers (CSPs) to rethink their data caps to meet consumer needs and win market share.

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03:32
beaTunes 4.5.0 - Organize your music collection. (...

beaTunes is a full-featured music player and organizational tool for music collections.

How well organized is your music Library? Are your artists always spelled the same way? Any R.E.M. vs REM? beaTunes can easily fix this and other problems with its unique inspection feature (license required for applying one-click solutions). Could your last mix CD's song order use some improvement? Let beaTunes re-arrange your playlist for you! Always wondered how you could take advantage of the BPM (beats per minute) field? Let beaTunes fill in the blanks and help you while DJ'ing at your next party.

Here are some more examples of what you can do with beaTunes:

  • Navigate in songs semantically, i.e. segment to segment.
  • Automatically determine BPM (beats per minute).
  • Automatically determine the musical key your songs are in.
  • Sort existing playlists so that matching songs succeed each other.
  • Create matchlists, i.e...
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03:30
Six excellent IFTTT Recipes to make iOS even better

If This Then That is an incredibly handy automation service, bridging the gap between various apps, accounts, and devices to boost your productivity. And this free Web service is even better when paired with an iPhone. Here are six IFTTT tricks designed to bring iOS to a whole new level. 

Save battery life

The IF app delivers simple, clear notifications.

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02:45
NASA releases gorgeous image of Saturn's moon...

NASA today released a new image of Dione, one of Saturn's many moons, as the spacecraft responsible for the shots moved into the next phases of its assignment. The visible light photograph displays the many craters and ice cliffs on Dione's surface...

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01:33
Aston plans Tesla-fighting 800-hp electric Rapide

Aston Martin intends to launch an electric version of the Rapide in the next two years, boasting 800 horsepower, all-wheel drive, and a 200-mile range. An electric DBX is also on the way somewhat later. Aston Martin is taking direct aim at the top...

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01:14
BBC iPlayer now lets you pause and resume shows on...

BBC iPlayer lets you watch TV shows on almost any device, but until now all of the different apps have felt like pretty siloed experiences. Well, that's soon going to change. An update rolling out this week is adding support for "cross-device resum...

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00:11
Privacy-focused Blackphone 2 is ready for pre-order

Blackphone 2, the second iteration of Silent Circle's privacy-focused handset, is now available for pre-order -- assuming you don't mind reserving a device without knowing its price. The original Blackphone was sold at the flagship-level cost of $6...

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Tuesday August 18

22:57
VAIO returns: coming to a Microsoft Store near you...

When Sony announced that it was spinning off its PC business, many mourned the passing of the premium -- but not quite best-selling -- VAIO series. The company was reborn in Japan, focusing on far less PC models (only two at the start), and a Made...

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22:55
Study claims 80% of Apple Watch owners in US, UK use...

According to new data from research firm Wristly, which saw its statistics cited in Apple's latest earnings conference call, Apple Watch is proving to be a boon for Apple Pay users, as 80 percent of owners use the service to make purchases.

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22:03
'Rainbow Six: Siege' won't breach and...
21:46
Parallels 11 now available w/ support for Windows 10...

Parallels, the company behind the popular virtual machine software, has today released the latest iteration of its popular Mac app. Parallels 11 ($79.99 retail, $49.99 upgrade) is available now with many of the features that were accidentally leaked by the company last month. Top features are of course support for both Windows 10 including Cortana and OS X El Capitan, as well as a variety of enhancements that improve the virtualization experience…

Parallels touts that its latest version is up to 50 percent faster than previous iterations, including 50 percent faster boot up and shutdown times and 20...

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21:01
Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac: Taking virtual...

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Late summer has become the time of year when the Big Two of Mac virtual machine software -- Parallels and VMware -- introduce the latest version of their marquee apps. The first to drop in 2015 is Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac, which adds a number of new features and improves on the performance of the app.

First, Parallels Desktop 11 is not only ready to run Windows 10, but also OS X 10.11 El Capitan -- both as a host operating system and as a virtual machine. For those who decide to run Windows 10 in a VM on their Mac, there are some really interesting capabilities -- like "always on Cortana", making Microsoft's virtual assistant available even while you're using your Mac. Since Apple hasn't yet brought Siri to Mac OS X, this provides the power of a virtual assistant on your Mac... or you could just use your Apple Watch and "Hey, Siri". 

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Parallels Desktop 11 launches with support for El...

As anticipated, Parallels on Wednesday released Parallels Desktop 11, the latest version of its virtualization software that comes with a slew of improvements, the most notable being support for Microsoft Windows 10 and major features like the Cortana virtual assistant.

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Apple to Demote iPod Stock to Accessory Shelves In...

Apple will relocate iPod stock from the sales floor and back storage area to the accessory shelves and remove the iPad-based Smart Signs that sit next to many display devices starting on Wednesday, according to a new report from 9to5Mac. The changes are an effort by Apple to simplify the shopping experience in its retail stores.

Apple is preparing to make significant changes to its stores to simplify the experience by relocating iPod stock to accessory shelves and removing iPad-based Smart Signs, according to several Apple Retail managers briefed today on the plans. Apple will begin rolling out these notable changes overnight on Tuesday to stores in the United States so that customers who begin coming in on Wednesday see the refreshed look.Apple's signature products, the iPad, Mac, iPhone, iPod and Apple Watch, have typically been stored in the back storage area of an Apple Store. A...

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Apple to simplify retail stores by demoting iPods to...

Apple is preparing to make significant changes to its stores to simplify the experience by relocating iPod stock to accessory shelves and removing iPad-based Smart Signs, according to several Apple Retail managers briefed today on the plans. Apple will begin rolling out these notable changes overnight on Tuesday of next week to stores in the United States so that customers who begin coming in on Wednesday see the refreshed look.

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MLB strikes out, bans Kansas City manager from using...

Since the device was released, many concerns regarding appropriate and inappropriate times to use Apple Watch have come up, and here is yet another one. Major League Baseball gifted Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost an Apple Watch Sport for being the manager of the All Star Game last month, and now, MLB is telling Yost that he can’t use the device during games and while in the dugout.

Major League Baseball has long been against the use of any smartphones during games, even going as far to restrict inactive players from accessing their devices during a game. When Yost was seen wearing his Apple Watch in the dugout earlier this week during a game against the Los Angeles Angels, many questioned whether or not that was allowed.

MLB then called Yost and told him that he was not allowed to use his Apple Watch during...

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How to enable DuckDuckGo, Bing or Yahoo as the...

Google is the default search engine in Mac OS X Safari. However, you can change it to Bing, Yahoo or DuckDuckGo. Of these three choices, DuckDuckGo is the most unique.

DuckDuckGo is a web browser "that doesn't track you." It lets you surf the web without your searches being saved or your info shared with advertisers. 

With other search engines, when you do a search and then click on a link, your search terms are sent to that site you clicked on. In addition, when you visit a site, your computer automatically sends information about it to that site. DuckDuckGo doesn't profile those using it. 

The search engine deliberately shows all users the same search results for a given search term. That said, it isn't always as thorough as Google. The question you'll have to answer is: can I sacrifice a little convenience for more privacy?

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Developer hacks custom watch face onto Apple Watch

In a post to Twitter on Tuesday, developer Hamza Sood revealed an Apple Watch hack that bypasses Apple's restriction against installing third-party watch faces on the device.

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15:24
Apple refutes Apple Music survey, says 79% of trial...

Commenting on a recent survey conducted by research firm MusicWatch, which claimed only 52 percent of Apple Music trial customers still use the service, Apple said the actual attrition rate is closer to 21 percent.

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15:20
Developer hacks Apple Watch to support custom watch...

Well respected developer Hazma Sood, who earlier this month helped us discover hints at an upcoming more powerful iPad mini, today has shared his latest tweak: the ability to use custom watch faces on Apple Watch. Sood posted a video to Twitter, which can be seen below, showing two custom watch faces running on his stainless steel Apple Watch.

After some haxx... Custom watch faces on Apple Watch!

Watch face source code is on GitHub:
github.com/hamzasood/Cust…...

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Visualize statistics with Histogram, Pareto and Box...

So far, we introduced you to our new chart types across Office 2016 and then dove deeper into a few of them. We showed the effectiveness of the Waterfall chart in visualizing financial statements and how hierarchical chart types, like Treemap and Sunburst, can help you explore complex data with multiple levels and categories. Now, we will take a closer look at the last group of new chart types—statistical charts.

Statistical charts, which include Histogram, Pareto and Box and Whisker, help summarize and add visual meaning to key characteristics of data, including range, distribution, mean and median. There are many different approaches and opinions on how to summarize statistical data. In this blog article, we will explain how these new charts can help represent your statistical data in a way that works best for your needs. Download the Office 2016 Public Preview and try out the new charts...

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Apple Watch Hacked to Display Custom Watch Faces

Apple doesn't allow developers to create custom watch faces for the Apple Watch, preferring to maintain control over the general look of the device, but that hasn't stopped iOS developer Hamza Sood from tinkering with the Apple Watch and getting a custom watch face uploaded onto the device.

In a tweet posted this afternoon, Sood shared a video of a custom animated watch face with multiple color options.

After some haxx... Custom watch faces on Apple Watch!

Watch face source code is on GitHub:
https://t.co/7ZvOz8nK34 pic.twitter.com/nQGJKlp6kt

— Hamza Sood (@hamzasood) August 18, 2015
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Apple Music, Apple Watch and Apple Pay are hits! No...

Are Apple Music, Apple Watch and Apple Pay hits? Like most things in life, it depends on whom you ask. Let's look at Aple's offerings one at a time.

Apple Music

According to a new research study conducted by MusicWatch, a company providing consumer research for the music industry, three quarters (77%) of Apple’s iOS users in the United States are aware of Apple Music, and 11% reported they are currently using Apple Music. 

According to MusicWatch, Apple Music's usage level is similar among consumers who purchase music from iTunes or use iTunes to manage their music collections. Among users of iTunes Radio, Apple’s earlier music streaming service, listening to Apple Music reached 18%. And nearly two-thirds (64%) of current users said that they were extremely or very likely to pay to subscribe to Apple Music after their free trials end.

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Truth May Be Wiggly in Wikipedia's Hot-Button...


Users should take extra care when exploring Wikipedia's science topics, because many articles on controversial issues such as global warming and acid rain have been targeted for editing by revisionists who reject scientific findings, new research has found. Due to its crowdsourced model, academics widely regard Wikipedia as a starting point for research -- a compass more than a map. However, many people rely heavily on the information it presents. That realization prompted researchers Gene Likens and Adam Wilson to undertake a study.

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Fossil joins Apple Watch competition with Moto 360-...

Presenting Tuesday at the annual Intel Developer Forum, fashion brand Fossil teased its first competitor to the Apple Watch, a device that will run Google's Android Wear platform.

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14:00
AWT News Update: August 18, 2015

Google OnHub. Image via Google

Today on this special quick episode of the AWT News Update:

  • Google intros a nice looking and fast wireless router for the home
  • Paper for iPhone will be coming soon, according to developer FiftyThree
  • Fifth public beta of OS X El Capitan is available
  • Apple Pay has added 18 more banks and credit unions in the USA

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for August 18, 2015.

Apple’s AirPort wireless router had better watch out - Google today announced the OnHub wireless router they’ve developed in coordination with router manufacturer TP-Link. The $200 router looks like a minimalist black...

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Apple says only 21% of people opting out of free...

Earlier today a new survey over Apple Music usage surfaced with data over Apple’s new venture into the streaming music space, and Apple has decided to respond (vaguely) to at least one data point. MusicWatch’s survey results said that some 61 percent of its participants have turned off the auto-renew function on Apple Music, hinting that they would not be paying subscribers after the three-month free trial period. With the message being potentially interpreted that only 39 percent of current Apple Music users planning to become paid users this fall, Apple has responded to the survey by clarifying (somewhat) that a higher 79 percent of users that started the trial are continuing to use it, leaving only 21 percent of...

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13:42
The Wall Street Journal's Joanna Stern takes...

In June we posted a report titled "The First Corvettes Roll off the Production Line with CarPlay." Today, the Wall Street Journal's Joanna Stern takes CarPlay for a spin ...

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13:38
Blackmagic Camera Setup 2.6 released

Blackmagic has released Blackmagic Camera Setup 2.6. It's available at http://tinyurl.com/pwgwjz3 .

This software package allows you to update your Blackmagic Camera to the latest software release for new features, bug fixes and other enhancements. Make sure that your camera is plugged into mains power before running the software update.

Blackmagic Camera Setup 2.6 adds support for the new URSA Viewfinder, support for the URSA Viewfinder, and an option to display timecode input by tapping on the timecode display. There are also performance enhancements and improvements.

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Apple Pay to Successfully Tap into Worldwide Mobile...

In a new IDC report published today they predict that worldwide mobile payments will account for $1 trillion USD in value in 2017, up 124% from the less than $500 million USD expected in 2015.

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CarPlay Praised as Wider Rollout Begins, but Lacks...

Despite being announced just over two years ago, CarPlay is only now becoming a built-in option in select new 2015 and 2016 vehicles by Chevrolet, Honda, Volkswagen and other car manufacturers. The in-dash system enables drivers to use Siri for hands-free access to Maps, Phone, Messages, Music, Podcasts and third-party apps such as Spotify, Rdio, iHeartRadio and MLB At Bat.

CarPlay touchscreen on dashboard of 2016 Corvette Stingray (Image: WSJ)
With CarPlay starting to become a feature car buyers will be considering, Joanna Stern of ...

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If you see the message, "An error occurred...

When you update your server to OS X Yosemite v10.10.5, you should also update to OS X Server v4.1.5.

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Apple Safari 8.0.8 - Apple's Web browser. (Free)

Note: Safari is available by opening App Store.app and clicking on the Updates tab.

Apple Safari is Apple's web browser that comes with OS X Yosemite. Safari is faster and more energy efficient than other browsers, so sites are more responsive and your notebook battery lasts longer between charges. Built-in privacy features are stronger than ever. It works with iCloud to let you browse seamlessly across all your devices. And it gives you great ways to find and share your favorites. Put it all together, and no other browser offers such a rich web experience.

Note: Safari 7.1.6 (for OS X 10.9) and 6.2.6 (for OS X 10.8) are also available, but only through Software Update in App Store.app.



Version 8.0.8:

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12:04
Square's new Apple Watch app turns your wrist...

Mobile payments have made it so that you don’t have to take out your wallet to pay. Now the Apple Watch is making it so that you don’t have to take out your iPhone either.

On Tuesday, Square Cash released its Apple Watch-compatible app. The updated Square Cash app lets you transfer funds between friends, family, or anyone close by with just a few taps on the Apple Watch interface. To start using Square Cash on the Apple Watch, just download or update to the latest Square Cash app for iOS. It’s free to download and there are no transaction fees if you are transferring money between friends or family.

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12:01
Building circular navigation with CSS clip paths

The CSS clip-path property is one of the most underused and yet most interesting properties in CSS. It can be used in conjunction with CSS Shapes to create interesting layouts, and can be taken to the extreme to create some incredibly impressive layouts and animations like the Species in Pieces project.

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12:00
Square Cash app now on Apple Watch

Square Cash is already a simple and secure app that turns sending money to friends a matter of making a few taps. Now the app has gained an Apple Watch companion, so you can make and receive money transfers from your Watch. 

The original app lets you send money to your cousin Vinnie (who is always broke...) or your best friend for free, as long as you've linked a Visa, MasterCard or Discover debit card to the app. The new Apple Watch app presents a list of your contacts, one of which you select. Next you tap out the amount to be sent by hitting a combination of "dollar bills" on the entry screen. Send it on its way, and Vinnie can cover his gambling losses again.

The Watch app will appear automatically once the app has been updated on your iPhone. You may be asked to make a settings change on the iPhone to connect the Square Cash app and the Watch, but the process...

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11:50
Apple Files for ResearchKit Icon Trademark in Europe...

On August 7 Apple filed for two trademarks covering 'ResearchKit.' Today, the EU Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's trademark application for their ResearchKit Icon. Apple was also granted a design patent ...

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11:34
Google launches OnHub Wi-Fi router, delays 'Ara...

Google on Tuesday launched preorders for the OnHub, a new 802.11ac Wi-Fi router it hopes will simplify wireless connections and will also act as a hub for smart home appliances. But the company also acknowledged that its Project Ara modular smartphone won't reach the public until at least 2016.

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