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Thursday May 12

07:23
Google's new 'Gboard' for iPhone lets...

If you're an iPhone owner who has been wishing for a way to involve Google in basically everything you do on your Apple device, the search giant has good news -- an all-new iOS keyboard with Google inside.

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07:21
News: Apple Pay VP explains Canadian launch delays

Following the more widespread launch of Apple Pay in Canada earlier this week, Apple Pay VP Jennifer Bailey revealed more details about the launch in an interview with The Financial Post, explaining some of the reasons for the delay of the more general launch in Canada. A Canadian launch of the mobile payments service appeared to be on the horizon for last fall, with early reports from the Wall Street Journal pegging a November launch date, and leaked…

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07:16
iPhone decline hits Apple suppliers, say they see no...

Apple’s decline in iPhone sales is unsurprisingly having a knock-on effect on its key suppliers, with the WSJ reporting that Foxconn, Pegatron, Sharp, Japan Display and Sony have all reported falling profits or losses as a result.

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07:16
Apple R&D Spending on Track to Top Record $10...

While much attention has been placed on Apple's first quarterly revenue decline in thirteen years, with some suggesting that the iPhone maker may push deeper into services to combat the slowdown, there is evidence to suggest that Tim Cook and company have bigger plans in store.

Apple analyst Neil Cybart of Above Avalon notes that Apple is now on track to spend a record $10 billion on research and development this year, up nearly 30 percent from 2015 and significantly more than the little over $3 billion per year it was spending on R&D just four years ago.

Cybart believes that the most likely explanation for Apple's increased R&D spending is that the company is looking to make a long-term pivot beyond the iPhone, which currently accounts for...

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07:00
Simplicity Linux Digs Deeper Than Its Puppy Linux...


Simplicity Linux delivers a simpler way to run a fully powered Linux desktop on any computer you touch. It is derived from Puppy Linux. Two beta versions released in March offer experimental approaches that stray from the distro's standard releases. If you're familiar with Puppy Linux but have not yet taken Simplicity for a walk, you're missing out some interesting Linux computing experiences. Puppy Linux is a unique distro brand made for both new and old home-user computers. Simplicity Linux is more than a Puppy Linux clone.

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06:59
Latest Taylor Swift ad for Apple Music features...

Pop singer Taylor Swift on Thursday posted her latest Apple Music ad on Twitter, using her image and following to sell the service's "For You" playlist recommendations.

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06:43
Android device performance lags behind iOS

Android devices are no match for their iOS counterparts when it comes to device performance, according to the Q1 2016 State of Mobile Device Performance and Health report released by Blancco Technology Group. 

Based on diagnostics tests run on millions of iOS and Android devices via the SmartChk platform, the report reveals a glaring disparity in failure rates for Android devices (44%) and iOS devices (25%) during the first quarter of 2016. And out of the 44% of Android devices that failed, the Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy S5 and Lenovo K3 Note models had the highest failure rates.

These findings come off the heels of Kantar Worldpanel ComTech's latest smartphone market share report, which shows that Android commanded the lion's share of the mobile operating system (OS) market share for the three-month period ending Feb. 29. In particular, Android saw considerable sales growth in various parts of the world, including the U.S. Europe, China, Japan and Australia....

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06:35
Google at work on Amazon Echo-like voice device...

A special Google team is reportedly developing a device that would integrate its search and voice assistant technology, much like the Amazon Echo.

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06:33
DeviceAtlas report looks promising for the iPhone SE...

DeviceAtlas, a supplier of intelligence on mobile devices, has released its quarterly Mobile Web Intelligence Report for the first quarter of 2016, which analyzes mobile device traffic to hundreds of thousands of websites around the world. Not surprisingly, the report finds that Apple and Samsung devices are dominating mobile web browsing and that things look promising for the latest iPhone and for renewed growth of iOS.

DeviceAtlas says that Apple “recently surprised the mobile world by releasing a 4-inch phone, the iPhone SE, which can easily claim the title of the world’s most powerful 4-inch device.” It could be a hit as 4-inch phones are much more popular than 5.7-inch phones in all countries analyzed in the report. 

In 2015 Android was more popular than iOS in terms of web traffic, but the fourth quarter report found that iOS grew faster than Android. Android maintained its leading position and grew its...

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06:27
Google launches feature-packed ‘Gboard’ keyboard for...

Since iOS 8, Apple has supported third-party keyboards on iPhones and iPads with Microsoft and others offering their own unique options. Google, which has dozens of apps on iOS, is joining in on the action today with its new feature-packed ‘Gboard’ keyboard for iPhone. The final product lines up with what was reported a couple of months back.

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06:14
Taylor Swift dances to The Darkness in latest Apple...

Taylor Swift is continuing her partnership with Apple Music, with yet another ad featuring the singer and the streaming service. The new minute-long commercial features Taylor Swift dancing around to ‘I Believe In A Thing Called Love’ by The Darkness.

Swift demonstrates using the Apple Music discovery features (via the ‘Friday Night Rocks!’ playlist) to find the track. The ad ends with the slogan ‘Dance like no one’s watching’.  Watch the ad after the jump …

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Filed under: AAPL Company, Apple...

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06:13
Future Apple Devices will Automate Home Automation...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals an accessory management system and in particular to an automated environment that can implement automated behaviors based on aggregation of individual user routines. Effectively Apple wants to go far beyond just providing users with a simple ABC app ...

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06:13
More Americans would side with Apple than the FBI in...

According to a survey conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of Feedzai, a data science company, 18% of Americans would rather have a broken bone than gettheir identity and payment information stolen. In the aftermath of the Apple controversy with the FBI, apparently more U.S. citizens would side with Apple when it comes to their data and whom it’s shared with, and when.

Fifty-nine percent of Americans say it’s never acceptable for a company to use or access their personal data without their permission, while 29% say it’s OK if national security is involved. The “Consumer Trust Survey: Data in the Hands of Companies and Government” was conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of Feedzai from April 4-6, 2016 among 2,143 U.S. adults age 18 and older. 

Smartphones topped the list of personal devices Americans think are at most risk for fraud (22%), followed by desktop/laptop (17%), tablet (2%), and standard mobile (2%). Less than one in five (17%) Americans would be...

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06:05
App Store shuffle brings long-awaited speed boost...

Developers are the latest beneficiaries of Apple's ongoing bid to revamp the App Store, with new policies shortening the time it takes to gain app approval from more than a week to fewer than two days.

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05:59
How-To: Create a video record of a fun activity in...

I like to think I’m pretty handy with a camera, but am definitely an amateur when it comes to video. Unlike some of the talented videographers we have here on the team, my idea of video editing is to throw a bunch of clips into iMovie, add cross-dissolves between them, drop in a music track and call it good.

But even that level of video editing can be surprisingly time-consuming, which creates something of a dilemma. I enjoy having a video record of things like fun bike rides, but don’t want to spend hours creating them. So for a group ride at the weekend, I tried a different approach that took hardly any time and seemed to work surprisingly well …

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05:54
Taylor Swift Dances Like No One's Watching in...

Taylor Swift this morning tweeted out a new ad for Apple Music, this time showcasing a playlist called "Friday Night Rocks!" recommended to the singer within the For You tab of the music streaming service.

The new commercial plays out in a way similar to Swift's previous ad, which saw her lip syncing to Jimmy Eat World as she prepared for a night out. This time, however, she dances around her living room alone to the tune of The Darkness' "I Believe In A Thing Called Love."

Dance like no one's watching @AppleMusic @thedarkness...

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05:49
NetShade 7.0 for OS X adds IPv6 compatibility, more

Rayner Software has announced NetShade 7.0, an update to their Proxy and VPN utility app for Mac OS X.

The software offers Mac users the ability to change their computer's Internet address by routing through a dependable VPN or Proxy server. The app offers users a number of benefits, including anonymity, security, additional content access, and more. Version 7.0 brings IPv6 compatibility, a new user interface & backend helper tool, better VPN logging, and more.

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05:42
QuarkXPress 2016 will ship May 24

Quark Software says QuarkXPress 2016, the next new version of QuarkXPress, will ship on May 24. Starting on that day, the new version will officially be available to purchase and pre-orders will be fulfilled.

QuarkXPress 2016 builds on the performance and stability of version 2015 and adds new such new features as:

° The ability to create and export HTML5 publications. Now designers will be able to create HTML5 Publications within QuarkXPress that can be previewed locally and displayed on all modern desktop, tablet and mobile browsers.

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05:36
Patent report: an iPad dock that provides more...

Apple files for — and is granted — lots of patents by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Many are for inventions that never see the light of day. However, you never can tell which ones will materialize in a real product, so here are today’s patent highlights: 

Imagine a device like the Logitech Logi Base that not only charges an iPad, but also provides it with more processing power. Apple has been granted a patent (number 20160132288) for “using a processing device as a dock for a media player” that, in theory, could make an iOS device function more like a desktop computer when docked.

 

In the patent filing, Apple says that, by integrating multiple electronic devices, it’s possible to increase the functionality of the devices individually. For example, you could improve media...

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05:16
Outlook for Mac will soon let you resize images and...

Microsoft is revamping the email editor in Outlook for Mac, providing new options for working with images and adding new fonts.

The biggest change is the ability to resize and rotate images. If you insert a very large image, for instance, you’ll soon be able to make it more reasonably-sized for email recipients.

Users are also getting access to a broader set of fonts, font colors, bulleted lists and other formatting options.

The changes will roll out in mid-May, Microsoft says, starting with people who are part of the Office Insider early release program. 

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05:10
Apple Named World's Most Valuable Brand Despite...

Apple has been named the world's most valuable brand in 2016, according to the latest Forbes rankings, despite posting its first negative-growth quarter since 2003 with declining sales across its iPhone, iPad, and Mac product lines.

Apple's recent slowdown was not enough to prevent the company from securing the number one position in the list for the sixth consecutive year, ahead of rivals Google and Microsoft. Forbes placed Apple's brand value at $154.1 billion, up 6-percent from 2015 and nearly double Google's value of $82.5 billion.

Coca-Cola, Facebook, Toyota, IBM, Disney, McDonald's, GE, Samsung, Amazon, AT&T, BMW, and Cisco rounded out the top fifteen. Apple Watch fashion partner Hermès ranked 48th on the list. Other notable companies listed include Intel (17th),...

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05:00
My Presentation on Evaluating Partners from ACES...

Last week, I gave a presentation on criteria for evaluating partners, managing revenue streams and partner channel programs. The presentation, given on May 4th, is available below.

The file is ACES_Partners

 

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04:58
Tension Software updates AutoMailer for OS X to...

Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated AutoMailer for Mac OS X to version 2.4.


The app allows you to send personalized emails to multiple addresses, in text or web format, each merged with data from an internal database. You can prepare and send an unlimited quantity of emails with a single click. Version 2.4 provides an improved mail send engine and enhanced asynchronous operations.


AutoMailer requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher. It costs $20 and is available at the product website and the Mac App Store.

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04:58
Consumers who use digital health tools find them...

Seventy-six percent (76%) of consumers who use digital health tools say their health apps/devices have made them healthier. And 59% of consumers who use digital health tools use them at least once per day.

Another 57% responded that using digital health tools has helped to lower their healthcare costs. The results are based on a March HealthMine (www.healthmine.com) survey of 500 insured consumers who use mobile/internet-connected health tools.

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04:39
Check the back of your drawers – your old iPod could...

The discontinuation of the iPod Classic back in 2014 gave prices of used models a boost in the following holiday season, some models selling for up to four times the original price. A Guardian report says that collectors are now paying even more for some models, with special editions selling for as much as $90,000.

Terapeak, a company which tracks pricing of collectibles on eBay, […] found that classic iPods in their original packaging were priced at collectibles levels – one U2 special edition, Terapeak noted, sold in November for $90,000.

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04:29
Lyft agrees to more than double payment to drivers...

Lyft has agreed to pay $27 million to settle a dispute with drivers in California, under pressure from the judge who found the earlier proposed payment of $12.25 million was too small.

The ride-hailing company and its rival Uber Technologies are keen to settle with the drivers in class-action lawsuits, without having to agree to their reclassification as employees, which would push up their costs.

The companies currently classify their drivers as independent contractors, which does not require them to pay the drivers benefits such as reimbursement in work-related expenses.

A filing by the lawyer for the drivers in another lawsuit in a California court suggests that Uber could have to pay over $700 million in mileage expense reimbursement and phone expenses between 2009 and April of this year, if its drivers in California and...

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04:28
Kool Tools: Philips 43-inch Ultra HD display

The Philips UltraClear 43-inch class 4K Ultra HD LCD Display (BDM4350UC)is an expansive monitor designed to give you room to spread out and see all the details in Ultra High Definition.

With a 43-inch class diagonal, this monitor brings vivid imagery to desks and rooms alike, allowing productivity users to navigate many applications at once. Images and graphics come alive thanks to 4K technology and 3840 x 2160 resolution, which delivers four times as much detail as 1080p Full HD.

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04:11
Two Apple Patent Filings illustrate their Fanatical...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals techniques for forming an environmental seal around a sensor disposed beneath the button cap of the Home Button on iOS devices. Today we present two of Apple's patent filings that show the level of detail Apple puts into creating their products so that they function just right and always look their best.

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04:06
Apple unable to recover data from iPhone belonging...

Apple has told the families of two teenage boys lost at sea that it has been unable to recover any data from the iPhone belonging to one of them. The families had hoped that content on the phone might have provided clues as to what happened.

14-year-olds Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen failed to return from a boating trip last July, but their 19-foot boat was boat was found drifting 100 miles from Bermuda back in March, and on it was an iPhone belonging to Stephanos. Apple agreed last month to attempt to recover data from the phone, but the SunSentinel reports that the company’s efforts were unsuccessful …

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03:17
Apple smart home invention uses pattern recognition...

An Apple patent application revealed Thursday outlines plans for an automated smart home system that tracks individual users through their connected devices, detects common patterns and compiles events for triggering thermostats, lights, door locks and more.

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02:46
Apple Confirms that the iPhone Belonging to a...

Although it was refreshing last month to hear that Apple would do their best to help a Florida family unlock their lost son's iPhone, it was truly a longshot at best. Last night the family lawyer revealed that Apple ...

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Wednesday May 11

22:04
Apple unable to repair iPhone of teen lost at sea

A team of Apple engineers worked "around the clock" to return missing Florida teen Austin Stephanos' iPhone back to working order after it was submerged in sea water for some eight months, but on Wednesday the device was deemed unrepairable.

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22:00
Elgato Eve Energy: Keeping tabs on energy use with...

Our sponsor of Apple World Today this week is Elgato Eve Energy.

We’re all concerned about our energy consumption, and being able to switch power-consuming devices on and off with a simple Siri command is one way to keep electrical usage under control. But Eve Energy goes one step beyond that, providing information on just how much energy each connected device is using.

Through Apple’s HomeKit framework, Eve Energy easily connects to your iPhone or iPad with Bluetooth Smart. There’s no need for a expensive and quickly-outdated hub; just plug Eve Energy into an outlet, plug in your lamp or appliance, and set up the device in the Eve app. 

Now turn your lights or appliances on and off with a quick command to Siri, and if you have an Apple TV, use it as a...

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21:00
FBI Has Sights On Larger Battle Over Encryption...

An anonymous reader writes from a report via Bloomberg: FBI Director James Comey said the FBI is exploring how to make broader use of the hack, used to access a San Bernardino terrorist's encrypted iPhone, while bracing for a larger battle involving encrypted text messages, e-mails and other data. The tool could "in theory be used in any case where there's a court order" to access data on an iPhone 5c running Apple's iOS 9 OS, Comey told reporters in Washington on Wednesday. However, accessing content on a phone, known as "data at rest," is only part of the challenge that encryption poses for U.S. investigators. Software applications and other services that encrypts texts, e-mails and other information in transit over the Internet, known as "data in motion," are "hugely significant," especially for national security investigations, Comey said. He said criminals are increasingly using services that encrypt data in motion, and he didn't rule out litigation against companies such as...

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18:44
FBI director says legal war on encryption far from...

FBI Director James Comey on Wednesday said the U.S. government will continue to wage legal war with tech companies to gain access to encrypted devices, intimating that such measures are weakening terror organizations like ISIL.

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17:47
Apple will not stop selling music on iTunes

“This is not true,” Apple spokesperson Tom Neumayr told to BuzzFeed News, rebutting to a Digital Music News report claiming the company “is now preparing to completely terminate music download offerings on the iTunes Store” in two years — or possibly “the next 3-4 years.”

Not a big surprise. I don’t know why people thought it was true.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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17:08
Apple debunks rumors that it will stop selling...

Apple issued a rare statement on Wednesday debunking rumors that claimed the company has plans to discontinue iTunes music downloads sometime in the next four years, ostensibly in favor of an all-streaming service powered by Apple Music.

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16:52
Happy Hour Podcast 066 | iPhone 7 + iOS 10 rumors,...

This week Zac and Benjamin talk about some juicy iOS 10 and iPhone 7 rumors. Along with that, we’ll get into some Apple Music changes and a powerful Siri competitor called Viv. The Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and through our dedicated RSS feed.

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Filed under: Happy Hour Tagged: Happy Hour, iOS 10, iPhone 7, Podcast, rumors...

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16:42
FBI director says debate over encryption is far from...

Even though the FBI’s battle with Apple over the San Bernardino iPhone is essentially over, FBI director James Comey today explained that the case is just the beginning of litigation over accessing smartphones and other devices. As reported by Reuters, Comey explained that there will be more litigation between the FBI and manufacturers over accessing locked devices, noting that encryption is “essential tradecraft” of terrorist groups.

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Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Apple, FBI,...

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15:08
Apple again rumored to turn LA landmark into retail...

A report on Wednesday claims Apple looking to build a new Apple Store at the Tower Theater site in Los Angeles, a designated historic-cultural monument in the city's famed Broadway Theater District.

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15:03
Apple Considering the Historic Tower Theater in L.A...

Apple has been known to restore old building for Apple Stores and they were given the New York preservation award for repurposing historic buildings back in February. One of their next projects for a classic Apple Store could be the historic Tower Theater in Los Angeles...

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15:00
AWT News Update: May 11, 2016

LA's Historic Tower Theatre - Image via Wikimedia (CC_BY_SA3.0)

iPhone 8 rumors, translator updates, a new Apple Store in a historic building, and crazy App Store statistics - they're all part of today's Apple news:

  • Apple is looking at the historic Tower Theatre in LA as the location for a new Apple Store
  • Just 1% of the monetized apps in the iOS App Store account for 94% of the revenue generated
  • Daring Fireball's John Gruber says the 2017 iPhone will look radically different
  • Google Translator can now be used to translate text offline

The text of this podcast can be found below.

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple...

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14:45
The Week in Mac Apps: Use multiple search engines at...

The latest additions to the Mac App Store

This week’s roundup of new Mac apps features Simul-Search, a tool that lets you perform one search and get results from Google, Bing, DuckDuckGo, and Wikipedia. Plus, a wide range of other productivity tools. Read on!

AndyBooks 1.9.2

Andy Bettis’s $5 AndyBooks helps you keep your finances neatly organized with a few simple steps. The app lets you integrate all of your bank and finance accounts, and it then records your transactions and organizes everything according to a variety of criteria. The app also lets you export your data into a spreadsheet for further analysis.

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14:21
New Siri sibling Viv may be next step in AI evolution

With the creators of Siri offering up a new personal assistant that won't just tell you what pizza is but can order one for you, artificial intelligence is showing a huge leap forward.

Viv is an artificial intelligence (AI) platform built by Dag Kittlaus and Adam Cheyer, the creators of the AI behind Apple's Siri, the most well-known digital assistant in the world.

Siri is known for answering questions, like how old Harrison Ford is, and reminding you to buy milk on the way home.

Viv, though, promises to go well past that.

Earlier this week during an onstage demo at Disrupt NYC, Kittlaus showed off Viv. This created an online buzz about the assistant's ability to not just answer questions or fire up a timer on a smartphone, but to answer complex questions and to interact with third-party services as well as online businesses.

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14:09
Exodus of original Siri team continues at Apple

Almost all of the talent Apple acquired from the original Siri team has reportedly left the company, with a pair of key departures having taken place in recent weeks.

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14:08
Report: Apple could shutdown iTunes music downloads...

[UPDATE: Apple spokesperson Tom Neumayr has denied this report in a statement to Recode, simply saying it’s “not true.”]

A report from Digital Music News today citing sources close to Apple claims the company is currently considering a plan that would see it shutdown its iTunes Store music download business within two years. The move would mean the company would stop selling downloads of music from iTunes and instead focus entirely on monthly subscriptions to its Apple Music streaming service.

However, on top of the rather fast two year timeline quoted for exiting from the downloads business, the report does add that a 3 to 4 year timeline is also something being considered by Apple executives:

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14:02
Forbes Crowns Apple the Number One Brand of 2016

Despite the gloom-and-doom sentiment surrounding Apple's first bad quarter in over a decade, Forbes saw through the smoke and mirrors of the media and market bears and still found Apple to be the most valuable brand ...

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13:59
News: Rumor: Apple making longterm plans to retire...

Apple has been making plans to completely eliminate music downloads on the iTunes Store, according to a new report from Digital Music News. Sources “with close and active business relationships with Apple” have told Digital Music News that the company is actively considering a two-year termination timetable, and discussions within Apple have begun focusing on not if purchased music downloads should be retired for good, but rather when…

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13:45
Report: Apple to open new retail location at...

According to a new report from LA Business Journal, Apple is in the process of securing real estate space for a new store in Los Angeles. The store will reportedly be located at the historic Tower Theatre in downtown Los Angeles, which could help revitalize the area’s retail business as a whole.

The Apple Store would be located at 800 S. Broadway, although specific details regarding the size of the store are still unclear. Additionally, it’s unknown how much Apple is paying for this retail space. Currently, there is over 250,000-square-feet of vacant retail space on Broadway between First Street and Olympic Boulevard, so Apple likely isn’t paying an extraordinary amount of money for the space.

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13:44
Ending music downloads on the iTunes Store would be...

I don’t think this is true, but if it is it’s one of the dumbest moves Apple could make: Apple is preparing to end music download offerings on the iTunes Store, perhaps within two years.

This is from Digital Music News, quoting unnamed sources “with close and active business relationships with Apple.” The article says that discussions are now focused “not on if, but when” music downloads should be retired for good.

The reasoning: streaming music is on the rise (Apple Music reportedly has 13 million subscribers with that number growing), while song downloads are on the decline (an estimated -25% or -30% this year). Also, according to Digital Music, folks are confused and don’t understand the difference between Apple Music, iTunes, iTunes Match, iTunes Cloud, etc.

Chart courtesy of Digital Music

“By 2020 [Apple’s] download business...

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13:39
News: 2017 iPhone to feature edge-to-edge display,...

In the latest episode of his podcast, The Talk Show, Daring Fireball’s John Gruber has revealed “scuttlebutt” he’s heard regarding the long-term plans for the iPhone. In the discussion, Gruber confirms the wide range of rumors suggesting that this year’s iPhone model will likely remain in the same form factor as the prior iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s models, with a few distinguishing features to differentiate it. Gruber adds…

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13:30
Smanos brings home security to the Apple Watch

Smanos is a company that markets wireless smart home and security devices, and today the company announced that the iOS apps for its L020, W100, and W020 systems now work on the Apple Watch.

Smanos L020 app on an Apple Watch

The W020 is a $149 Wi-Fi alarm system that hooks to a WI-Fi router, then connects to sensors and accessories like door and window switches (two included), keypads, sirens, webcams (one included), and gas and smoke detectors. The $129 L020 does away with the webcam, but features the switches and can use all available accessories, while the $199 W100 adds an HD camera, a motion detector, and a touch panel to the mix.

Regardless of the...

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13:25
Notable apps and app updates for May 11, 2016

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks.

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

Montibus has rolled out Suite for Pixelmator 1.0 for Mac OS X. It features more than 1,500 new brushes, shapes, gradients and styles for the image editing app.

The add-ons support Pixelmator's custom palettes. Categories and subcategories are designed to make it simple to find an item you need from the collection.

Suite for Pixelmator 1.0 costs $19.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Graphic & Design category. The app requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later and, of course, Pixelmator.

Corel has debuted ...

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13:15
Diced: My favorite new anti-productivity tool

I'm not much of a game-player. I don't have a console, I don't buy role-playing games, and I'm much more apt to play a word or number game than any other genre. Lately I have been spending way too much time playing a simple new game that has me hooked. Diced ($0.99, universal) from Agile Tortoise is an incredibly easy game to learn and can be both captivating and frustrating. 

Diced has no ads and no in-app purchases, which makes it a bit of a unique game. Instead, you pay a buck and you've got the app. What's the point of the game? A series of dice appear in random order at the bottom of the game. With the dice, you attempt to gain points and clear dice from the 5 by 5 game matrix by creating combos of five of a kind or five in a row (straights). So for example, putting a 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 die...

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13:12
Nutty Rumor: Apple to Dump iTunes Downloads within 2...

In February we posted a report titled "Profitless Spotify Cruises Past the 28 Million Paid Subscriber Mark." While Spotify loves to have their great subscription numbers blindly repeated in the press, the fact is that they make no money ...

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13:11
Apple Aiming to End iTunes Music Downloads in Two...

Apple allegedly has an aggressive plan to "terminate" music downloads from iTunes within two years, reports Digital Music News citing sources with "close and active business relationships" with Apple.

Apple is also rumored to be considering a three to four year timeline for the shutdown of iTunes downloads, but overall discussions with Apple executives are said to focus on "not on if, but when" the company should retire music downloads. Termination of music downloads could be staggered by country based on the popularity of streaming content in different regions.Back to the story, the sources indicated that a range of shutdown timetables are being considered by Apple, though one executive noted that "keeping [iTunes music downloads] running forever isn't really on the table anymore." Also under discussion is a plan to "ride the [iTunes music download offering] out...

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13:10
Occupy the App Store? Top 1% of monetized apps...

The top 1 percent of earners don't just control the lion's share of money in the U.S. economy -- a similar disparity between the haves and the have-nots has emerged in Apple's own App Store economy, a new study reveals.

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12:38
Podcast 507: The day the iCloud Music Library died

So a person wrote a blog post about an iCloud Music Library snafu that wiped out a bunch of his collection. That would be very upsetting for anyone, whether it's from a random software glitch, or it was your fault because of confusing dialogs in iTunes. Our own iTunes Guy, Kirk McElhearn, has a good explanation of what probably happened, but since the original poster is no longer discussing the problem, we can't be 100 percent sure.

Elsewhere, we talk about smartphone security and the government again, but it has nothing to do with encryption or the FBI. The FCC and FTC are inquiring with smartphone makers about how often they issue security updates, especially for phones that are no longer brand-new. Speaking of mobile, Netflix is making it easier for you to control how much data you use, and Opera has a free and unlimited VPN—that doesn't work with Netflix.

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11:55
Instagram’s New Look

Ian Spalter, head of design at Instagram:

The question then became, how far do we go? If you abstract too
much, the glyph doesn’t feel tied to the history and soul of
Instagram. If you make it too literal, it’s hard to justify
changing from what we currently have.

After a lot of refinement, we landed on a glyph that still
suggests a camera, but also sets the groundwork for years to come.

Instagram seems like a “measure twice, cut once” sort of company. Deliberative, almost to a fault. Even you disagree with the direction in which they’ve taken their brand today, do not think for a second that they did this on a whim. They stuck with the old skeuomorphic camera icon for years after everyone else went flat. Now they’ve gone with something very different, and very abstract. I like the idea, but I’m not sure I care...

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11:43
Rumor: Apple's 2017 iPhone will be radical...

With this year's "iPhone 7" expected to have a similar design and form factor to the current iPhone 6s, rumors continue to point toward a major overhaul in 2017, with one well-connected insider suggesting Apple is working on an edge-to-edge display that will conceal components and sensors under the screen.

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11:39
iPhone 7: Everything We Know So Far

New iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus blueprints point towards no headphone jack and no stereo speakers, along with a dual camera, a Smart Connector, and 3GB RAM limited to the larger-screened iPhone 7 Plus. New rumors also suggest Apple is working on a single dual-lens iPhone 7 Plus model, nullifying past rumors suggesting both a single-lens and dual-lens iPhone 7 Plus could launch.

Make sure to read the rumors about the iPhone coming in 2017 at the bottom of the roundup - it's rumored to have features like an edge-to-edge display with embedded Touch ID...

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11:30
Reddit Tech Forum May Ban Sites That Circumvent Ad...


A forum on Reddit, /r/ Technology, on Monday announced it was considering blocking links to websites that require visitors to turn off their ad blockers before viewing content on the site. "It has come to our attention that many websites such as Forbes and Wired are now requiring users to disable ad blockers to view content. Because Forbes requires users to do this and has then served malware to them, we see this as a security risk to you, our community," said creq, the moderator of the site.

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11:15
DIUx gets a new reserve unit led by Apple VP for...

Doug Beck, via Apple

The Defense Innovation Unit Experimental - AKA DIUx - is getting a new, first of its kind reserve unit that will be led by an Apple executive. Doug Beck is the Apple Vice President for North America and Northeast Asia, and just happens to also be a US Naval Reserve Commander.

Mr. Beck served from 2006 to 2007 in both Iraq and Afghanistan, and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, and Presidential Unit CItation. At Apple, Beck reports directly to CEO Tim Cook. From 2010 to 2014 Beck was based in Tokyo and led Apple's Northeast Asia businesses. 

The formation of the reserve unit was announced today by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, who spoke at DIUx Headquarters in Mountain View, California on the future of the organization. According to Carter's prepared remarks in an article...

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10:58
Instagram updates iOS apps with 'flat'...

Facebook-owned Instagram on Wednesday launched a cosmetic overhaul of its iOS apps, while Google updated its Translate app with support for offline translation in 52 languages.

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10:48
A look at Instagram’s new icon

I always find these types of deep looks into design very fascinating.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:47
Instagram unveils revamped icon and interface tweaks

No, your eyes don’t deceive you. The Instagram logo really does look dramatically different. 

You’ll notice the new icon, along with a reworked app interface, when you get the newest update to the Instagram app for iOS and Android

In a blog post outlining the change, design director Ian Spalter said the company has been considering a redesign for a while as a way to modernize the overall aesthetic.

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10:37
Suite for Pixelmatr now available at the Mac App...

Montibus has rolled out Suite for Pixelmator 1.0 for Mac OS X. It features more than 1,500 new brushes, shapes, gradients and styles for the image editing app.

The add-ons support Pixelmator's custom palettes. Categories and subcategories are designed to make it simple to find an item you need from the collection.

Suite for Pixelmator 1.0 costs $19.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/hmqucea) in the Graphic & Design category. The app requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later and, of course, Pixelmator.

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10:29
Feds to Take a Hard Look at Mobile Device Patch...


The U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission on Monday announced a joint investigation into the issue of mobile device security updates. The FTC issued an order requiring eight mobile device manufacturers -- Apple, BlackBerry, Google, HTC America, LG Electronics USA, Microsoft, Motorola Mobility and Samsung Electronics America -- to provide information about how they issue security updates to address mobile device vulnerabilities. FTC members voted unanimously to issue the order under Section 6(b) of the FTC Act.

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10:29
Corel debuts AfterShot Pro 3

Corel has debuted AfterShot Pro 3 (www.AfterShotPro.com) for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux. The new version of the photo editing and organization software adds a highlight recovery algorithm, watermarking, layer-based blemish correction, as well as dynamic update abilities that enable new camera RAW profiles to be supported faster than ever. 

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10:26
Safari Technology Preview 4 released with fixes to...

Apple has released the fourth update to Safari Technology Preview today with fixes in connecting to the 1Password extension and watching videos on Netflix. The update primarily focuses on general bug fixes including networking, media, JavaScript, CSS, web APIs, Web Inspector, rendering, and accessibility. Safari Technology Preview is available as a download through the Apple Developer Center and subsequent updates will be received through the Mac App Store.

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Filed under: Developers, Mac Tagged: developers, Safari,...

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10:23
With Apple sales slumping, Taiwanese suppliers sink...

The rapid development of Taiwan's technology sector has been fed in no small part by Apple's nearly insatiable demand for components and complex manufacturing processes, but the ride has turned rough for many of the island's tech firms.

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10:22
Android steals market share from iOS in many regions

The latest smartphone operating system data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech for the three months ending March 2016 shows Android continuing to grow sales across the EU5 (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom), the U.S., and Urban China. The growth came at the expense of iOS.

Android saw “solid gains in the EU5, up 7.1% points to 75.6%, according to Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. In the US, Android share increased 7.3% points to 65.5%, and in China, it rose nearly 6% points to over 77%, adds the research group.

In the EU5, iOS share declined from 20.2% to 18.9% in the three months ending March 2016. Windows phone sales dropped five percentage points to become 4.9% of overall smartphone sales in the region. Nearly 7% (6.6%) of new Android customers came from Windows, vs. just 3.3% from iOS. Among new iOS buyers, 2.6% migrated from Windows. 

In Urban China, iOS continued to decline to 21.1% in the three...

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10:21
2017 iPhone May Feature Edge-to-Edge Display With...

Rumors suggest Apple's 2016 iPhone 7 will look very similar to the iPhone 6s, with major changes to the iPhone's form factor actually coming in 2017, the year that marks the 10th anniversary of the device's initial launch. Apple blogger John Gruber recently shared some tantalizing details about the 2017 iPhone, which may see some radical design tweaks.

In the latest episode of his podcast The Talk Show, Gruber said he's heard "scuttlebutt" suggesting the 2017 iPhone will include an edge-to-edge display that eliminates the top and bottom bezels on the device, with the front-facing camera, Touch ID, and other sensors hidden under the display.

Concept image via ...

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10:14
iPhone 7 Rumors Blunt Anticipation


It appears there won't be a lot of design changes in the next iPhone, according to a schematic photo published online Monday. It shows what's purported to be Apple's upcoming iPhone 7 to be the same size as the 6s. "They've done a lot with the design already. They're keeping multiple design languages to keep their customer base happy. The SE, for example, has the old design language, while the 6 and 6s have the new design language," said Kevin Krewell, an analyst with Tirias Research. "That mix is something they'll do more of."

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10:14
Google Translate for iOS gains offline mode and Word...

Google Translate is getting a bevy of new features today that will make translating on mobile easier. While Android gets a new feature that will get rid of the need to manually copy and paste into the Translate app, iOS finally gets an offline mode. Additionally, the Word Lens instant visual translation feature now works on both Simplified and Traditional Chinese.

more…

Filed under: Apps Tagged: Google Translate,...

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10:11
External Link: How Steve Jobs Inspired the Apple...

You could ascribe Apple’s development of the Apple Watch to any number of commercial or even cynical reasons, but the one cited by Apple executives is the late CEO Steve Jobs’s vision of making the company’s customers healthier through technology. According to Tim Bajarin in Time, after Jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2004, he grew frustrated with the byzantine American medical system and became obsessed with bringing digital order to healthcare data. Although it’s unclear if Jobs knew about the project, his desire to improve healthcare inspired Apple to create the Apple Watch, in part as a platform for health monitoring. Along the way, the company has also started to make a real difference in the healthcare field with initiatives like HealthKit, ResearchKit, and CareKit.

 

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10:09
Apple tops Forbes’ most valuable brands list (again)

Apple has topped Forbes’ list of the most valuable global brands for the sixth straight time. The company has a value of $154.1 billion, 87% more than second-ranked Google.

“Apple dominates in a consumer tech industry where brand matters,” notes Forbes. “Revenue fell in the latest quarter, but the release of the iPhone 7 will certainly have fans of the brand lining up for hours outside stores in the fall ahead of the unveiling. The adulation helped the company generate $53 billion in net income last year.”

Google closed the gap on Apple this year with its brand value up 26% to $82.5 billion (Apple’s brand rose 6%). Rounding out the top five are Microsoft ($75.2 billion), Coca-Cola ($58.5 billion) and Facebook ($52.6 billion).

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10:00
Analyst: all models of the iPhone 7 will include a...

In a note to clients — as reported by 9to5Mac — KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that the next generation 5.5-inch iPhone, likely to be dubbed the iPhone 7 Plus, will have a dual back camera across the whole line. Previously, he thought that only the high end configurations of the iPhone would adopt the new camera technology.

“Dual-camera to become a must-have feature for high-end smartphone. The initial market response to Huawei’s (CN) new flagship dual-camera model, P9, has been better than expected, and we estimate shipments may reach 10mn units in 2016F,” Kuo told clients. “In our view, more high-end smartphones will adopt this feature going forward. And, in order to maintain its leading position in the high-end market, we expect Apple will fully adopt dual-camera on the new 5.5-inch iPhone in 2H16.”

If Apple does choose to bring the new dual-camera...

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09:51
Apple's Suppliers Projecting Weak Demand for...

Apple recently reported its first year-over-year decline in iPhone sales, with CEO Tim Cook claiming one of the reasons is that the upgrade cycle for the larger iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s series has stretched out longer than it anticipated.

Despite the launch of the lower-priced iPhone SE, that decline is expected to continue into the second half of this year. In reporting its first negative-growth quarter since 2003, Apple forecasted another revenue drop next quarter.

The sales decline is placing downward pressure on Apple's overseas suppliers...

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09:46
Lower MacBook sales push Apple down to sixth place...

A drop in MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air shipments year-over-year likewise resulted in Apple losing share in the world's declining laptop market, according to March-quarter research data.

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09:24
News: Leaked ‘iPhone 7 Plus’ renderings show larger...

Another round of alleged schematics provided to uSwitch appear to show that the iPhone 7 Plus will have a dual camera and Smart Connector, but lack a headphone jack. Leaked images sourced from Steve Hemmerstoffer of NowhereElse depict renderings of an iPhone 7 — which appears much like the iPhone 6s minus a headphone jack — and an iPhone 7 Plus that looks decidedly different. In addition to showing the three dots associated with the iPad Pro’s…

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09:15
Instagram gets a beautiful new app icon and makeover

The Instagram app has been begging for a redesign for quite some time, and today the photoblogging app showed up with an update featuring a new app icon and a UI makeover. The following video provides a fun (but probably quite fictional) look at the process behind the design of the icon:

The colorful gradient color scheme has made it to the other Instagram apps as well, including Layout, Boomerang and Hyperlapse.

Inside the app, navigation hasn't changed, but it just seems much easier to take a look at what your friends are doing out there in the great big world. All in all,...

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09:09
Rumor Season Kicks into High Gear with Questionable...

A website that loves rumors and speculation just released 'exclusive blueprints' of the iPhone 7 case ...

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09:05
Apple's 'iPhone 7 Plus' rumored to...

Apple's larger 5.5-inch "iPhone 7 Plus" will rely on 3 gigabytes of RAM in order to handle the hefty image processing requirements for its advanced dual-camera design, according to well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities.

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08:59
Pebble is quietly becoming a much better smartwatch

If you previously wrote off Pebble smartwatches for their limited functionality, you might want to start paying attention again. The latest Pebble firmware adds new fitness- and sleep-tracking features, while also making it easier to send text messages from a paired iPhone.

On the fitness side, Pebble Time smartwatches can now automatically detect long walks and runs. From the Pebble Timeline, users can see how long the exercise lasted, how far they travelled, and how many calories they burned.

Sleep tracking is also getting better with a smart wakeup feature in Pebble’s Alarms app. Users who wear their watches to sleep can get buzzed during a light sleep cycle, up to 30 minutes before their scheduled wakeup time.

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08:57
Apple to Produce Single iPhone 7 Plus Model With...

Apple plans to produce a single iPhone 7 Plus that will ship with a dual-lens camera and 3GB of RAM to compensate for increased image processing demands, according to a new report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo that walks back from past reports suggesting Apple would produce two iPhone 7 Plus models.

Earlier rumors from Kuo indicated Apple was working on multiple versions of the iPhone 7 Plus -- a model with a single lens camera to match the iPhone 7 and a second "Pro" model with a dual-lens camera -- but Kuo now believes this is no longer Apple's plan as a single-camera iPhone 7 Plus would undermine demand for the dual-camera model. Apple is expected to continue producing two iPhone models, in 4.7 and 5.5-inch sizes.In a previous report, we said the new 5.5-inch...

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08:48
Apple is the Teflon tech company as Wall Street...

No matter what the suits in New York think, Apple is still the king of the hill when it comes to consumers -- the company's brand is now worth some $154 billion, according to one calculation, nearly double its closest competitor.

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08:32
New iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Drawings: Dual Camera and...

Less than four months before Apple is expected to announce the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, which may have a "Pro" moniker instead, purported new blueprints of the smartphones have been shared by uSwitch on behalf of noted leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer, who runs the Twitter account OnLeaks.

The drawings, purportedly sourced directly from Taiwan-based Apple casing subcontractor Catcher Technology, seemingly confirm that Apple plans to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack on both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus....

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08:30
'iPhone 7' schematics suggest dual camera...

A new series of images rumored to show the design of both the "iPhone 7" and "iPhone 7 Plus" suggest that Apple's larger 5.5-inch model will be the only one to receive a dual-lens camera, as well as the magnetic Smart Connector.

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08:30
Disney Infinity: We hardly knew you

In March, owners of the fourth-generation Apple TV noticed that one app -- Disney Infinity 3.0 -- had disappeared with no explanation. Yesterday, Disney announced that it is closing down the video game business altogether due to poor financial performance.

Disney Infinity hasn't been around all that long, having just launched in 2013 as a hybrid game system consisting of software and physical collectibles from various Disney franchises. The last major release was Disney Infinity 3.0, which introduced characters from the Disney-Pixar film "Inside Out", the Star Wars universe, and the Marvel superhero franchises. 

The Apple TV version of Disney Infinity 3.0 launched last November, and fans could purchase a starter kit containing the fourth-generation Apple TV, a SteelSeries Nimbus game controller, and a number of character collectibles. Apparently, the company will still release...

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08:15
Apple Issued Several Registered Trademark...

Late yesterday Apple was issued three Registered Trademarks (RTMs) related to Apple Watch and one for the 'Apple Magic Keyboard.' For Apple Watch, they were granted a trademark for the figurative ...

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08:04
WhatsApp arrives for OS X

WhatsApp has arrived for OS X.

The popular messaging app now has a desktop Mac version of the client, the launch coming a few months after the Facebook-owned service launched a web interface and a month after it rolled out end-to-end encryption for all communication.

Much like the web client, the WhatsApp Mac application relies heavily on the mobile version of the communication platform. WhatsApp keeps all conversations synced across all of your devices. Additionally, because the app is native on OS X, it supports desktop notifications, keyboard shortcuts, and more.

WhatsApp has grown of late, with Facebook, which owns it, stating that the service has reached more than one billion active users. Last month, WhatsApp announced that all messages, photos, phone calls, and videos sent over its platform...

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08:00
Deal of the Day: The Complete 2016 Learn to Code...

Do you ever feel like a complete fool while all of your friends are coding their own apps, creating innovative websites, and automating their work through scripting? It's time to do something, and that time is now! We have a deal on The Complete 2016 Learn to Code Bundle, featuring 8 courses with more than 100 hours of training for only $59

The 8 courses included are:

  • Python Tutorial: Learn by Coding (a $299 value)
  • Angular JS for the Real World (a $199 value)
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08:00
Gear: SLG Design D6 Italian Minerva Box Leather...

SLG Design has released a number of Apple Watch bands for the 38mm and 42mm Apple Watch models, and we’ve got our hands on the D6 Italian Minerva Box Leather Strap for Apple Watch ($59). We received the blue edition of the band, which looks a bit more on the green side of teal to our eyes. SLG Design says the strap is genuine Italian leather, which certainly makes it affordable for an Apple Watch band that “has been made by highly trained…

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07:59
Android remains king of crashes, once again seeing...

Android phones continued to see the most devices failures in the first quarter of 2016, although the gap with iPhones shrunk hugely quarter-to-quarter, according to a research study published on Wednesday.

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07:55
XSAN Volumes and LUNS not mounting after relocation

Forums: Troubleshooting

We recently moved our two XServe XSAN Metadata Controllers, dotHill RAID, and XSAN workstations to a new location. Servers, storage, and workstations are all fiber attached and we have confirmed each fiber connection is up. The private VLAN IP addresses were all left alone but we did initially change the IP addresses connected to our corporate LAN. During the course of troubleshooting, we have now configured all network settings to be exactly the same as before and confirmed connectivity. The RAID is healthy but did not show any connected/mapped hosts so I mapped the 4 fiber adapters from the two servers to the RAID LUNS successfully but the LUNS will still not mount. I believe my cvlabel file is messed up since it only lists one entry but I have no idea how to recreate that

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07:25
Google and Oracle face off - again - over Android,...

Two of Silicon Valley's most accomplished heavyweights stepped back into the legal squared circle this week, as the search giant defends its use of Oracle's Java APIs in Android for the second time.

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07:20
WhatsApp Now Has a Desktop App, Available on Windows...

WhatsApp is now also available as a native desktop app on Windows and OS X, the Facebook-owned instant messaging and voice calling company announced. The app supports desktop notifications, keyboard shortcuts and a range of other features. For the desktop app to function, users still need to have their phone connected to the Internet. WhatsApp isn't very popular in the United States and European countries, but it has a large user base of active users in the emerging markets such as India and Brazil. In fact, earlier this year, the company announced that it has hit one billion monthly active users. For those interested, you can download the app for your desktop (or any other device) from the company's website.


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07:12
News: Nintendo’s next two smartphone games will be...

Nintendo’s next two smartphone games will be free-to-play, The Wall Street Journal reports. Smartphone game maker DeNA—who partnered with Nintendo to release the Miitomo app in March and has plans to release four more games by March 2017—announced that upcoming titles Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing will be “free-to-start apps.”...

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07:00
IBM to Drill Watson in Cybersecurity


IBM on Tuesday announced Watson for Cyber Security, a cloud-based version of its AI technology, trained in cybersecurity as part of a year-long research project. "This technology is about using Watson's learning capability and ability to understand the meaning and context of human language, and applying that to the massive amount of unstructured security data -- blogs, research papers, etc. -- that isn't accessible by current security technologies," said Chief Watson Security Architect Jeb Linton.

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06:48
Courts predicted to side with law enforcement on...

In a select number of cases, authorities have been able to compel courts to force criminal suspects to unlock their Touch ID-equipped iPhone using their fingerprint. That security bypass is likely to continue, legal experts say, because capturing someone's fingerprint is a well-established practice in investigations.

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06:42
Apple's Notebook Sales Drop to Estimated 2.5M...

Apple reported its first negative-growth quarter since 2003 last month as iPhone, iPad, and Mac sales all declined compared to the year-ago period, and new data shows that notebook sales unsurprisingly fared no better when broken out.

MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro sales totaled an estimated 2.53 million in the first quarter of the 2016 calendar year, down from an estimated 3.4 million in the year-ago quarter, according to market research firm TrendForce.

Apple's notebook market share dropped to an estimated 7.1-percent in the first quarter, down from 8.8-percent in the previous March quarter, as Windows-based PC vendors and the overall notebook industry continue to suffer from slowing sales.

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06:41
How-To: Automatically show the desktop bar by using...

When you invoke Mission Control on OS X El Capitan using the typical gesture on your Mac’s trackpad or via a keyboard shortcut, you’ve probably noticed that the desktop bar at the top of the interface appears minimized. Although this yields additional real estate for the app windows below the desktop bar, it means that you no longer get to see the handy thumbnails that represent each desktop without moving your mouse to the desktop bar area.

There are some workarounds to defeating this OS X El Capitan change, including an open source utility called Force Full Desktop Bar. But for those of you who don’t wish to go through the trouble of installing a separate utility, which also requires you to disable El Capitan’s System Integrity Protection, try this handy Hot Corner shortcut instead....

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06:13
Observer for OS X adds support for more sites

QotoQot (https://qotoqot.com/) has announced Qbserve 1.2, an update to its automatic private time tracker for Mac OS X.

The app “knows” productivity rates for thousands of sites and apps and has the ability to differentiate between chats in Skype, Slack, and Telegram, YouTube videos, and subreddits. All the tracked information is stored privately on the user's machine. Features include flexible tracking settings, dynamic dock & menu bar icons, detailed feedback charts, alerts for goals, and reminders.

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06:11
Feature Request: App-by-app toggling of mobile data...

I once teased an American friend about the fact that only 36% of Americans hold a passport, compared to 83% of Brits. He quite rightly pointed out that in America you can fly for six hours and still be in the same country – Seattle to Miami, for example – while Brits can fly for an hour or so and be in any one of a dozen different countries. (I later did a bit of Googling and found he could even have said 11 hours: New York to Honolulu.)

For that reason, this feature request may be most relevant to Europeans and frequent business travellers, but I think it’s one that would at least fall into the nice-to-have category for anyone who travels.

The issue is mobile roaming charges. Use your iPhone in your own country and all-you-can-eat calls and texts are typically pretty affordable, with data being the main thing that determines how much you pay for your plan. But however much you pay for data at home, that’s nothing compared to roaming charges overseas …

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06:05
EarthDesk 7 adds earthquakes and other real-time data

Xeric Design (http://www.xericdesign.com) has released EarthDesk 7, an update to its real-time dynamic desktop map for Mac OS X.

The app replaces your static desktop with an image of the Earth showing current sun, moon and city illumination, as well as real-time cloud coverage. A data subscription offers additional real-time information including earthquakes and named storms, allowing you to visualize hurricanes and other real-time events on your Mac.

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06:00
Corel AfterShot Pro 3 update sharpens competition...

The demise of Apple’s Aperture was accompanied by the rise of its original rival: Adobe Lightroom. Yet, another competitor, Corel AfterShot Pro, emerged later as yet another alternative to Adobe, and on Wednesday the company released a major upgrade that is bound to make it even more competitive.

AfterShot Pro, a 64-bit app now at version 3, is a photo editing and management package that lets you sort and edit a range of photo file formats. New features include watermarking, a blemish remover, a new image preset library, lens corrections, new camera profiles, enhanced highlight recovery, and more.

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Next FlipBook Maker for Mac

In our iLounge Deal for today, you can pick up Next FlipBook Maker for Mac for only $24.99 — 74% off the regular price. This handy tool lets you quickly transform PDFs and images into interactive flipbooks that you can easily share online, as Flash files for desktop users or HTML5 for mobile users. Add templates, scenes, and music to your Flipbook, put in your logo, and add links to your website, and then publish it at a unique URL. You can even…

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05:53
Helix Dock available for the Apple Watch

Standzout, a tablet and wearables accessory maker has released the $19.99 Helix Dock for Apple Watch, is now available for order. It’s a compact housing that stores the smartwatch’s charging cable and creates a charging platform for the Apple Watch. 

The Helix Dock uses the charging cable and USB adapter included with the Apple Watch. To use, you just wrap smartwatch's charging cable around the barrel, insert the charger, and plug it in. The Helix Dock is compatible with any of Apple's 1-, 2-, and 0.3-meter magnetic charging cables, and works with all styles of Watch band.

The Helix is available in clear, black, or white. It’s designed, tooled, and manufactured in the U.S.

Focus CK - the Mac tool for incredible focus and blur effects

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05:52
Microsoft's Retail Stores don't have much...

Microsoft's stores have a warm decor, plenty of helpful staffers and an array of PCs, phones and devices. They could use a few more customers, though ...

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05:14
Adobe dreamweaver cs6 crack

Forums: Archiware PresSTORE

Adobe dreamweaver cs6 crack is usually a WSIWYG editor which is wonderful for styling your web sheets. Dreamweaver CS6 has long been developed by Adobe systems. It will be the boss during the class of web publishers for years now. It consists of a lot of offers which can help someone who recently dived straight into the beach of web development.

Dreamweaver CS6 has many new features which can kept a calming result on all world-wide-web designers. The application form has come up with a different fluid grid structure device. Water Grid Layout can be a well known and planet commended way of developing web-sites. Dreamweaver by now applied grid structure but also in this version they invented Water Grid Structure which uses percentages for specifying levels and size...

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05:00
My ASMC Presentation On Becoming An MSP From Last...

As promised, here’s my presentation on becoming an Apple-centric Managed Services Provider that I gave at ASMC last week. ASMC_MSP

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05:00
Future Macs could sport — theoretically, at least —...

How would you like a Mac with scent technology? I don’t actually expect it to happen, but some companies have looked into aromatherapy and connected media to interlace viewing experiences with interactive scent products. 

Imagine a Mac with a scent generator that can release everything from popcorn smells if you're watching a video. Or beach scents to accompany the sound of water or music.

The goal of digital scent technology is to change the interactive entertainment experience. The idea is to scent-enable movies, games, music, animation, or any digital media.

The idea of technology that tickles your olfactory senses isn't new. In the 1950s, Smell-O-Vision was a system that released an odor during the projection of a film in a movie theater so that the viewer could "smell" what was happening in the movie. Created by Hans Laube, the technology made its only...

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04:52
End-to-End Encrypted WhatsApp for OS X is Now...

With the governments wanting to weaken encryption around the world, WhatsApp introduces a new desktop version of their app for Mac OS 10.9+ and Windows so you have a new way to stay in touch anytime and anywhere - whether on your phone or computer at home or work, and have your message protected end-to-end.

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04:52
Consumer awareness of Bluetooth is at an all-time...

A recent survey conducted by Lux Insights, Inc. puts consumer awareness of Bluetooth wireless technology at 92% globally, with 62% of respondents reporting a purchasing preference for Bluetooth enabled products, noting Bluetooth is reliable, easy to use, and makes life easier.

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04:44
Microsoft now has more than 100 Apple Store clones,...

Re/code reports that Microsoft now has more than 100 of its Apple Store clones across the U.S. and Canada, in sizes ranging from tiny stores of 15o square feet to the 22,000 square feet store strategically positioned close to the iconic glass cube Apple Store on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue.

What Microsoft’s stores don’t have is customers.

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04:35
Gemini for OS X revved to version 2

MacPaw's Gemini, a Mac-only duplicate finder and cleaner, has been upgraded to version 2. According to CEO Oleksandr Kosovan, here’s a list of the changes….

The app spots similar files in addition to identical duplicates: “similiars" aren’t 100% identical files, like duplicates, but they have so little difference that a user might consider some of them redundant.

The app tells the differences between files by more than 10 parameters; it analyzes file names, creation and modification dates, extensions, locations to ensure accuracy and precision in results.

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04:31
TA16-132A: Exploitation of SAP Business Applications

Original release date: May 11, 2016
Systems Affected

Outdated or misconfigured SAP systems

Overview

At least 36 organizations worldwide are affected by an SAP vulnerability [1]. Security researchers from Onapsis discovered indicators of exploitation against these organizations’ SAP business applications.

The observed indicators relate to the abuse of the Invoker Servlet, a built-in functionality in SAP NetWeaver Application Server Java systems (SAP Java platforms). The Invoker Servlet contains a vulnerability that was patched by SAP in 2010. However, the vulnerability continues to affect outdated and misconfigured SAP systems.

Description

SAP systems running outdated or misconfigured software are exposed to increased risks of malicious attacks.

The Invoker Servlet vulnerability affects business applications running...

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04:30
Secure your written works with SecureWords for Mac...

By Aaron Lee

You secure/encrypt your emails, our chats, and journals (or at least you should). If you need a secure word processing app for your articles and thoughts, SecureWords for Mac OS X is worth a look. 

It's a tool that automatically encrypts and decrypts text documents so you can, for instance, store them on iCloud or in Dropbox without having to worry about prying eyes seeing them. SecureWords is a lean tool that can handle RTF, OpenOffice, and Word documents.

You use it like you would any word processor. However, the items you pen will sport built-in password protection and 256-bit encryption. You can also export your SecureWords documents into a format such as Word or Markdown. 

Every document is automatically password protected and encrypted; without exception. However, its filename and its metadata are saved in "cleartext." Cleartext is transmitted or stored text...

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04:29
WhatsApp expands to the desktop with Windows and Mac...

WhatsApp is taking its popular messaging service to the desktop with a new Mac and Windows app released Tuesday

It’s a pretty straightforward app: the millions of WhatsApp users can now continue conversations from their phone on a computer, and vice versa. That’s a boon for people who want to chat with friends on WhatsApp without having to use their phones. 

The move should help WhatsApp better compete with other messaging services like Line, WeChat and Telegram, which already have desktop applications available for at least one platform. 

In order to set the app up, users have to scan a QR code inside the application with the Android or iPhone versions of WhatsApp, which will then allow them to log into the application and use it.  

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04:25
Kool Tools: MailButler for OS X Mail

Feingeist Software’s MailButler’s (https://www.feingeist.io/mailbutler), the OS X Mail assistant, has added a cool new feature: Follow-Up, which allows users to schedule a follow-up reminder that will notify them when there is no response to a particular email.

Once the email is written, the user can just tell MailButler when he wants to be reminded, and the notification will appear on his preferred date and time. This feature proves very useful for users, who keep track of many emails at once and have lots of different conversations, which require follow-ups on different times.

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04:00
MBLM’s one-year study: the Apple Watch polarizes...

MBLM, a “brand intimacy agency focused on strategy, design, creative and technology,” says its one-year study shows that the Apple Watch is polarizing users.

“Our research with the Apple Watch has resulted in rich, often contradictory data, with users ranging from fanatics to naysayers, with many confounded in the middle,” stated Mario Natarelli, MBLM’s managing partner. “Unfortunately, the Apple Watch does not measure up for most people. For the device, which Apple claimed to be its most intimate, to be successful, we believe Apple needs to reach deeper and form stronger bonds with its users.”

Dependence on an iPhone was one of the biggest gripes MBLM heard consistently from the panel. Users say the watch’s dependence on the phone is frustrating and ultimately limits how they use their watch. Additionally, with the phone nearby and behaviors more ingrained, they are more likely to default to using it versus the...

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03:56
Apple ID websites down for some, not working...

The Apple ID websites appleid.apple.com and iforgot.apple.com are not working properly for some users, with reports of a variety of glitches starting from yesterday afternoon. Some are reporting that the sites are completely down for them, while others describe problems ranging from being trapped in password-update loops to problems updating verification devices.

Apple ID is completely down.

— Ash (@ashvrmedia) May 11, 2016

Literally took me over an hour to update my Apple ID and change my email for it because the damn thing would not cooperate

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02:39
'Titanfall 2' lands this autumn

Slowly but surely, game publishers and developers are starting to reveal their hands ahead of E3 next month. Electronic Arts is no different, and by way of its quarterly earnings report (PDF) the publisher has revealed that the now-multiplatform Tita...

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01:55
EE disputes Three's 'undisputed'...

The UK's Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned a billboard advert for Three's mobile network, after a six-month complaint from rival carrier EE was finally upheld. The ad, which features a purple Muppet-like character called Jackson being...

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01:42
Microsoft Research wants to pit you against virtual...

You don't need other people to swim, but a Microsoft Research project can spice up your swimming routine by putting you in or pitting you against virtual teams. Redmond's research division is working with a team of researchers from Korea Advanced Ins...

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01:38
NBA 2K17 Cover Prediction: Who Should Be On The...

Forums: General FCS Discussion

NBA 2K17 Cover Player (Prediction):

1. KEVIN DURANT

A fantastic player to have won an Olympic gold medal, have additionally stowed a few NBA titles, includes the NBA Most Valued Player and also the NBA Rookie of the Year. He was likewise the first fresher to be named the Naismith College Player of the Year. He is not only a valued and adored player by his fans, but at the same time is acclaimed for his liberality to the community. He had additionally appeared in a film known as Thunderstruck in the year 2012.
2. DWAYNE WADE:

Dwayne Wade at present plays for Miami Heat, has accomplished various awards like the NBA All Stars and also the NBA Championship. Dwayne is additionally known for his altruistic schedule, he had established the Wade’s World Foundation to promote education and well being of...

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01:36
NBA 2k17 Release Date Prediction

Forums: General FCS Discussion

2k Sports releases a basketball simulation game every year which is developed in co-ordination with Visual Concepts. The next game NBA 2k17 will also simulate the NBA players and the game with real life modes and matches. There is always a space for creativity with installation of modes like MyCareer, MyTeam, and normal game ups.

The game will simulate regular NBA season, playoffs, Summer League, Euro League among other various leagues from many countries. It will also include a mode to create and develop a player. Your player will grow into a superstar as you can improve its attributes and skills after experience. With MyPLAYER mode, you can take over the whole NBA franchise. It is the most played feature of the game as it lets you improve your skills and test it with players all over the world.

There is a feature...

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01:29
2K Sports have plans to return All Star Mode to NBA...

Forums: TroubleshootingTags: nba 2k17 mtnba 2k17 coins

NBA All-Star Weekend just passed and it was awesome, but even more exciting news comes from 2k, the developers of NBA 2k17. According to the latest news that 2K Sports have plans to return All Star Mode to NBA 2K17.If 2k-Sports are really planning to add this legendary mode it would be a perfect time since Kobe Bryant’s last year’s team would be included in it. To custom set rosters for this year’s All-Star teams would be a widely welcomed feature?by fans, especially if they had the option to try out a three-point shootout dunk content with any player they wanted at any time.

The last several 2K games...

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01:22
NBA 2k17 Release Date Prediction

Forums: Software

2k Sports releases a basketball simulation game every year which is developed in co-ordination with Visual Concepts. The next game NBA 2k17 will also simulate the NBA players and the game with real life modes and matches. There is always a space for creativity with installation of modes like MyCareer, MyTeam, and normal game ups.

The game will simulate regular NBA season, playoffs, Summer League, Euro League among other various leagues from many countries. It will also include a mode to create and develop a player. Your player will grow into a superstar as you can improve its attributes and skills after experience. With MyPLAYER mode, you can take over the whole NBA franchise. It is the most played feature of the game as it lets you improve your skills and test it with players all over the world.

There is a feature to play the game via a...

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00:49
Judge blocks Staples and Office Depot merger

Last year around this time, Staples announced that it had purchased Office Depot, a merger that would have created one enormous outlet for office supplies, computers, 3D printing services and more. However, US regulators thought the merged company wo...

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Tuesday May 10

23:41
Walmart takes Visa to court over debit card payments

Walmart isn't happy that Visa still allows customers to sign for purchases made with their chip-equipped debit cards. The retail giant has filed a lawsuit against Visa in New York in an effort to compel the credit card brand to require PIN verificati...

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22:14
NBA 2K celebrates Steph Curry's MVP with a 99...

Today Stephen Curry collected NBA's Most Valuable Player award for the second year in a row, and also became the first unanimous MVP in NBA history. To celebrate that achievement (and his epic return from a knee injury to score 40 points in a playoff...

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21:57
Keep your neighborhood clean with Rubbish Removal...

Forums: General FCS Discussion

Rubbish Removal Brisbane services help you to have a clear conscience by ensuring safe disposal of the garbage which you generate. Do you have trouble getting rid of all the garbage produced in your household or office every day? Any sensible person should be against the practice of dumping garbage irresponsibly or creating garbage dumps in the neighborhood. Instead, the correct way would be to hire Rubbish Removal Brisbane services which are available to one and all in the city. The respective companies will take on the job to carry the garbage from your house and will dispose them after processing them adequately, following the safety and hygiene protocols. The charges are minimal and one can book these services online. The bins can be delivered within a few hours.

Kinds of...

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21:50
Pages 5.6.2, Numbers 3.6.2, and Keynote 6.6.2 for Mac

Maintenance updates for Apple’s trio of iWork apps. ($19.99 each, free updates)

 

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21:49
Gemini 2

Major new release of the duplicate file finder utility now detects similiar files. ($19.95 new, free update, 34.8 MB)

 

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17:48
Apple fan tells Tim Cook that iPad helped...

Apple CEO Tim Cook this week responded to an email sent by a customer who explained how iPad and iPhone helped their grandfather recover from cancer surgery -- like an Apple commercial come to life.

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17:34
Facebook-owned WhatsApp introduces desktop app for...

Popular messaging service WhatsApp has today announced its first desktop client for Mac OS X. The launch of a desktop Mac client comes a few months after the Facebook-owned service launched a web interface and a month after it rolled out end-to-end encryption for all communication.

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16:55
Disney announces plans to officially discontinue...

Back in March Disney announced that it wasn’t planning any future updates to its Disney Infinity 3.0 game for Apple TV, much to the dismay of users who shelled out cash for the game or the $100 “starter pack” sold by Apple. Now, Disney has announced in a post on its blog that it is officially discontinuing production of Disney Infinity across all platforms.

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16:53
Messaging service WhatsApp launches desktop app for...

Popular messaging service WhatsApp on Tuesday debuted its first native desktop client for Mac, introducing users to yet another comprehensive multi-platform solution that will compete with Apple's own Messages product.

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15:00
Google, Fiat Chrysler Team on Self-Driving Minivans


Google's Self-Driving Car Project and Fiat Chrysler last week announced that they would integrate autonomous vehicle technology into 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans as part of Google's testing program. It is the first time Google has worked directly with a car manufacturer to integrate its self-driving technology into a passenger vehicle. It will add 100 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid vehicles to its existing self-driving test program -- more than doubling the number of cars participating in the program.

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14:41
Disney shutters "Disney Infinity" video...

Just over one month after Disney discontinued support for "Disney Infinity 3.0" on Apple TV, the company on Tuesday announced plans to abandon Disney Infinity altogether, citing poor financials.

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14:31
Gemini 2: The intelligent duplicate file finder

Locate and remove duplicate files, even if they’re in remote corners of your system. Gemini 2 scans your whole disk speed-of-light fast, no matter how massive it is. Dig through scan results and hand-pick the files to erase, or better — let Smart Select do all the work.

Very nice looking interface and something I know I could use.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:28
'Disney Infinity' Game Series Officially...

Disney today announced the end of its Disney Infinity line of games and accompanying figurines, which are being discontinued as of today. Disney Infinity games, such as the one available on the Apple TV and iOS devices, will officially no longer be updated and the studio that developed the games is being shuttered.

In a blog post, senior vice president of Disney Infinity John Blackburn thanked fans for supporting the game and called the decision to discontinue the series "difficult."

By now you may have heard the news that we have made the difficult decision to discontinue production of Disney Infinity. From the beginning, Disney Infinity was built for you--our fans--and I wanted to take a moment to thank you not just for your support over the years, but for...

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14:15
AWT News Update: May 10, 2016

Here's what's new in the world of Apple:

  • The iWork apps for iOS and OS X (Pages, Numbers and Keynote) were updated today
  • Canadian banks are now getting on board with Apple Pay
  • WWDC 2016 scholarship recipients are being notified
  • Apple shareholders of record as of yesterday will be paid a dividend of $0.57 per share on Thursday
  • Changes to the Apple News format for publishers bring channel art, support for older stories, and Map and Place components

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for May 10, 2016.

Do you use the iWork suite of apps, which includes Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for iOS and OS X? If so, be...

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13:49
Gear: Spyder PowerShadow Dock

One of the more interesting features of Spyder’s PowerShadow Battery Case for iPhone 6/6s Plus is the company’s PowerShadow Dock ($50) companion accessory. While most battery cases will provide a micro USB port for charging your battery case and iPhone, Spyder has taken this a step farther by building a docking system into its battery case so that you can easily recharge your iPhone and battery case together just by dropping it into a…

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13:47
The state of jailbreaking for May 2016 + 5 jailbreak...

Is jailbreaking dead? No. A quick search on Twitter or on Reddit, and it’s obvious that the passion for jailbreaking continues to ebb and flow throughout the community. Jailbreaking isn’t dead as some may think, but no one can discount the fact that it’s entered a sustained lull. more…

Filed under: Jailbreak Tagged: IOS jailbreaking, jailbreak tweak, sideloading, video ...

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13:43
Pebble Time updated with automatic activity tracking...

Smartwatch maker Pebble on Tuesday released a pair of matching firmware and iOS app updates, enhancing its Time series devices with a variety of health-related features, plus iPhone access to a "Send Text" option.

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13:31
Forget the Apple Car or robots; UBS says Apple needs...

A new report from UBS — which provides financial advice and solutions to “wealthy, institutional and corporate clients worldwide, as well as private clients in Switzerland” — says Apple needs to jump into “bot” platform development or its app-based software ecosystem will be threatened.

Facebook recently introduced “chatbots” built into its messaging service while Microsoft launched its “Bot Framework” software tools for developers, putting pressure on Apple to respond, says the report, as noticed by Investor’s Business Daily.

“Do I think that Apple’s in trouble if it doesn’t do something in a bot’s world? Sure, because why would you want to download and install all sorts of apps from the App Store when you can get access to bots effectively through one app?,” Bruce Wilcox, director...

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13:31
Notable apps and app updates for May 10, 2016

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks.

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

MacPaw's Gemini, a Mac-only duplicate finder and cleaner, has been upgraded to version 2. According to CEO Oleksandr Kosovan, here’s a list of the changes….

The app spots similar files in addition to identical duplicates: “similiars" aren’t100% identical files, like duplicates, but they have so little difference that a user might consider some of them redundant.

The app tells the differences between files by more than 10 parameters; it analyzes file names, creation and modification dates, extensions, locations to ensure accuracy and precision in results.

The update works with iTunes and Photos libraries: Gemini 2 helps get rid of unnecessary...

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12:47
Apple Inc. shares reach ex-dividend as it gears up...

On May 12, Apple will pay shareholders of record a quarterly dividend of $0.57 per share, but investors must have had settled ownership of the company's stock by Monday May 9 in order to qualify. Apple will pay out $2.9 billion in dividends on its outstanding shares for the quarter.

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12:38
Apple News format updates with custom channel art...

Apple on Tuesday updated the official Apple News Format with several improvements geared toward making News more publisher-friendly, particularly for outlets just signing on.

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12:18
Apple updates iWork apps for OS X, iOS

Apple's iWork apps (Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for OS X and iOS have been updated with bug fixes and stability improvements.

Pages for Mac has been updated to version 5.6.2, while Keynote for Mac is 6.6.2, and Numbers for Mac is updated to version 3.6.2. All are available at the Mac App Store.

The iOS versions of Keynote and Numbers are all now at version 2.6.2. They’re available at the Apple App Store.

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11:28
Apple Pay is now a useful way to pay in Canada

Apple Pay rolled out in Canada last November, but its existence was so limited that it was barely useful. Only AmEx cards were supported at launch, leaving out most Canadian iPhone users. That changed Tuesday with the addition of two major Canadian banks, with more coming soon.

Apple’s mobile payment system now supports MasterCard, Visa, and AmEx cards from Royal Bank and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, in addition to those banks’ Interac debit cards, with Bank of Montreal, Toronto-Dominion Bank, and Bank of Novia Scotia planning to integrate with Apple Pay soon. Interac is also planning to bring Scotiabank and TD Bank debit cards on board. Interac handles debit card transactions for banks, so without its cooperation, Apple Pay would’ve been restricted to just credit cards.

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10:38
Apple News Format gains new features for publishers...

Apple is rolling out some iterative improvements to Apple News for publishers taking advantage of its Apple News Format to post articles. Apple is adding Map and Place components, to let authors pictographically display relevant locations — complete with pins to highlight POI.

more…

Filed under: AAPL Company, Developers, iOS, iOS Devices, Tech Industry Tagged: Apple, apple news, developers,...

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10:29
Apple updates iWork for iOS & OS X with bug...

Apple has released minor updates to its iWork suite of productivity apps for both iOS and OS X today. Pages, Keynote, and Numbers for iPhone, iPad, and Mac have all received new versions with bug fixes and performance improvements. iWork for iOS includes the same boiler plate release notes: “This update contains stability improvements and bug fixes.” And over on the Mac App Store, iWork for OS X provides similar release notes.

more…

Filed under: Apps Tagged: iWork ...

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10:15
VoIP-Pal Republishes Old News of a Lawsuit against...

On February 10, 2016 Patently Apple posted a detailed report titled "Apple's iMessage and Wi-Fi Calling Targeted in new Patent Lawsuit." VoIP-Pal.com Inc. (VPLM) is a publicly traded corporation...

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09:54
Security researcher Stefan Esser releases iPhone...

Maintaining a high level of consumer security on iOS is a huge cornerstone to what makes Apple the company it is. Tim Cook believes that we’re at the ‘golden age of surveillance’, and that Apple’s level of encryption impacts the wellbeing of U.S. citizens. It’s no surprise that users who care about security want to be up to date on the latest practices and methods that guarantee that. That may just be one of the reasons Stefan Esser’s timely app, System and Security Info, is climbing the iOS App Store’s Top Charts (all the way to the top of the paid apps chart in the US).

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09:48
Filemaker 15 Launches with support for Apple's...

Apple-owned subsidiary Filemaker launched version 15 on Tuesday, making it easier to build customized apps using the latest iOS features without the need for complicated programming knowledge.

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09:45
Clock Is Ticking for Free Windows 10 Upgrade


Microsoft last week announced that Windows 10 was running on 300 million PCs and reminded customers that its free upgrade offer would end July 29. After that date, the price to upgrade to Windows 10 Home will be $119. "We're pleased to see Windows 10 become one of the largest online services in less than a year," said Yusuf Mehdi, corporate VP of Microsoft's Windows and Devices Group. Additional Windows 10 services will be "coming in the upcoming Windows 10 Anniversary Update this summer," he added.

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09:39
Apple’s price cut on the Apple Watch spurred daily...

Apple’s price cut on the Apple Watch in April helped average daily sales rise 250% sequentially, according to new data from Slice Intelligence — as reported by the Market Realist.

The entry price of the 38-millimeter Apple Watch was reduced from $349 to $299. The IDC research group predicts that Apple’s smartwatch will have a 49.4% share of the smartwatch segment this year, with estimated sales of 14 million units. The Apple Watch accounted for 63% of total smartwatch shipments in 2015. IDC expects the Apple Watch to account for 37.6% of smartwatch sales in 2020, with 31 million units.

Eliminate things you don't want in your photos with Snapheal CK

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09:36
9to5Toys Last Call: Logitech Multi-Device Bluetooth...

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09:30
The Week in iOS Accessories: Wood makes it good

Want it in walnut?

This week’s roundup includes a couple of devices whose wood accents set them apart from competitors. Read on!

ADATA

The new Lightning Card Reader ($40 MSRP, available for the same price on Amazon) from ADATA claims to be “the first Lightning-based SD and microSD card reader with read and write capabilities” and gives your iOS device an extra 256GB of storage for music, video, photos, and documents. 

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09:21
Apple Granted 65 Patents Today Covering a 3D Apple...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 65 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple inventions relating an audio speaker design and a 3D Apple TV remote control that could provide users with superior accuracy and speed in selecting items from various menus. We wrap up ...

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09:15
Apple supplier Foxconn near deal to build iPhone...

Apple's been struggling to sell its products in India thanks to restrictive government regulations that require brand stores like the Apple Store to sell at least 30 percent of goods from domestic suppliers. The country is a key piece of Apple's growth strategy for the future, since it has an immense population of consumers below the age of 25 and has recently seen a rollout of LTE technology by mobile carriers. Today, a report from The Economic Times of India says that Apple supplier Foxconn is about to sign a deed for a 1,200-acre property in Maharashtra where it will build a $10 billion manufacturing plant just for Apple products.

Once the deal for the land is signed, construction of the plant is expected to take about 18 months. Between domestic production of Apple products and the recent approval of an exemption...

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09:05
Killer Deal: Apple's 128GB iPad Air 2 (WiFi,...

AppleInsider readers this week can grab Apple's current 128GB iPad Air 2 (WiFi Only, Silver) for the lowest price ever offered at $499, with free shipping and no sales tax outside NY.

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09:03
Apps that put Amazon Alexa on your phone aren’t as...

As someone who recently bought—and was quickly enchanted by—Amazon’s Echo connected speaker, I’ve been thinking of ways to get its Alexa virtual assistant into more rooms of the house.

Of course, I could just buy another Echo speaker, or some other Alexa-infused device such as the Echo Dot, Amazon Tap, or Invoxia’s Triby. But what if I could just use my smartphone to access Alexa instead? Or better yet, what if I could repurpose an old smartphone to act like an Echo full-time?

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08:50
Mac: FileMaker, Inc. FileMaker 15

Apple subsidiary FileMaker, Inc. has beefed up its custom app software substantially in FileMaker 15 ($329), introducing new tools to streamline the app creation process, and to help users who want to get more out of their iPhone. Red highlighted text now identifies problem areas in Script Workspace and a multiple undo feature allows for instant recovery of scripting work. The top call statistics-logging feature now diagnoses slowdowns separately from other operations, so developers can continue to use their apps at the same time. Simple licensing options provide ways for teams of five or more to gain access to the FileMaker Server and share information in real time.
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08:42
Apple imagines future Siri enhancements to find,...

If Apple ever gets its long-rumored web television service for Apple TV off the ground, a newly-issued patent shows that users may depend on voice navigation to find, watch, and record shows and events.

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08:38
Facebook denies hiding conservative news posts

Facebook says it isn't anti-conservative when it comes to highlighting stories in its Trending Topics section. The world’s most popular social network’s comments were in response to a Gizmodo story that said Facebook’s human curators were often encouraged to suppress news stories and sources important to conservatives. This happened even when the story or outlet was trending—being shared a lot—among Facebook’s users, according to Gizmodo's story.

But Facebook says it’s all untrue. “We take these reports extremely seriously, and have found no evidence that the anonymous allegations are true,” Tom Stocky, Facebook’s vice president of search, said in a statement on the social network.

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08:35
Apple Pay adds two of the five major Canadian banks...

In Canadian news that doesn’t focus on a horrible, raging wildfire, Apple Pay has gone through for Interact debit and major credit cards issued by Royal Bank of Canada and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. Until today, customers of these banks had to use a non-bank-issued American Express card, bringing two of the five major banks under the Apple Pay flag.

ATB Financial and Canadian Tire Financial Services also go live today. Apple Pay VP Jennifer Bailey confirmed that all of the Big Five will be included and offered the following statement:

“We are thrilled that seven of Canada’s leading banks, including […] every one of the Big Five are bringing Apple Pay to their customers.”

Both CIBC and RBC support all major debit...

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08:28
External Link: The Importance of App Store Search

The search feature of Apple's App Store was returning incorrect results for just a few hours during the morning of 5 May 2016, but the impact was enormous. According to app analytics firm Tune, 65 percent of all apps saw their downloads drop by more than 10 percent, and 15 percent of apps lost more than half of their regular downloads. These numbers give a sense of how significant the App Store business is, since some top-tier apps might have lost nearly 2500 new customers during those few hours. The glitch affected only search results, not the Top Charts or Featured placements, showing the importance of search for finding apps. If Apple improved discoverability in the App Store, users might not have to rely so much on search and might be more likely to discover lesser known apps.

 

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08:24
Review: Twelve South TimePorter for Apple Watch

Twelve South's new TimePorter ($50) is an Apple Watch accessory meant to double as both a case and a charging stand. About the size and shape of an clamshell eyeglass case, TimePorter offers cord management inside to wrap up the lengthy Apple Watch charging cable, and small holes on both sides of TimePorter allow the charging cable to be plugged into the wall while TimePorter is closed. The accessory also offers extra room for other accessories inside — there's a space which can conceivably be used to transport extra cables, Watch bands, standalone batteries, or an Apple Watch itself when not in use. No cables are included with TimePorter. Outfitted with a synthetic leather exterior, it comes in black or white.{/exp:char_limit}
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08:22
MacPaw’s Gemini 2 intelligently finds duplicates to...

One of the most frustrating parts about keeping a large photo collection (75,000 and growing), is that I often end up with duplicates over years of maintenance. I’ve spent my fair share cleaning and sorting my library, but it always seems like an album sneaks in with duplicate photos. I’ve been an active user of MacPaw’s Gemini software since its inception, and Gemini 2’s release today has made me fall in love with it all over again. In just the initial scan, Gemini 2 found more files and more places where I could intelligently clear and save space on my Mac.

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08:19
Apple opens up iTunes-based donations to help...

If you’re looking to help out with the Canadian fire effort, you can now do it through iTunes.

Customers shopping on Apple’s Canadian iTunes storefront can now donate to relief for victims of the forest fires in Fort McMurray, Alberta, which have burned for several days and forced the evacuation of over 100,000 people, destroying 20 percent of the homes in the area.

Apple is currently accepting donations for the Canadian Red Cross in $5, $10, $25, $50, $100 and $200 increments. The company is also promising to give 100% of all donations without taking a cut.

Forests around Fort McMurray — the heart of the Canadian oil sands industry — have been on fire since the beginning of the month, in one of the largest such disasters in the country’s...

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08:17
Apple Hit With $2.8 Billion Patent Lawsuit Over VoIP...

VoIP-Pal announced today that it has filed a lawsuit against Apple in a U.S. District Court in Las Vegas, Nevada, seeking over $2.8 billion in damages for alleged infringement of its patented internet communication technologies.

The Bellevue-based company calculated its $2,836,710,031 figure using a 1.25-percent royalty rate based on an apportionment of Apple's estimated historical profit from iPhone (55-percent), iPad (35-percent), and Mac (10-percent).

VoIP-Pal (VPLM) has over a dozen issued or pending patents, primarily related to VoIP technologies, a few of which it accuses Apple of infringing upon with services like FaceTime and iMessage on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.Apple employs VPLM’s innovative technology and products, features, and designs, and has widely distributed infringing products that have...

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08:07
Amazon makes jump into self-published videos with...

Amazon on Tuesday revealed Amazon Video Direct, a self-publishing platform for uploading to Prime Video and generating income from plays, competing with the likes of Google's YouTube, but focusing more on professional content.

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08:05
How-To: Group Mission Control windows by application...

Mission Control is a tool that I use every day on my Mac to quickly locate open app windows. In my opinion, though, finding a specific window in the Mission Control view can be a challenge if you have many app windows open at once.

The good news is that it’s easy to group like applications while using Mission Control. More importantly, enabling grouping places the relevant app icon near groups and single windows. Having an app icon displayed makes it even easier to identify a particular app window while using Mission Control. more…

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08:02
Opinion: Viv is exactly what Siri should have been...

As long-time readers will know, I’ve long been a fan of Siri. As I’ve often noted, it’s my primary means of interacting with my iPhone (part of the reason I don’t need a larger screen). I dictate most of my messages, and if it’s possible to ask Siri to do something for me rather than doing it myself, I do.

But Siri does have one major failing: it has no access to third-party apps. There are countless apps where I’d love to be able to get Siri to do the heavy lifting, as I wrote last year in a Feature Request:

What I can’t yet do is ask the time of my next train home, despite having an app on my phone that can answer that question. I can’t ask it to show me today’s...

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07:50
Sales Of PCs, Laptops, Tablets Continue to Fall, Hit...

According to the latest numbers provided by marketing research firm Canalys, the shipments of PC devices -- which includes desktops, notebooks, all-in-ones, two-in-ones, and tablets -- amounted to 101 million units in the first quarter of 2016. The number underscores a 13% decline from the same period a year ago, and it is also the lowest volume since the second quarter of 2011. Apple led the chart among PC OEMs, moving 14 million units (suffering 17% fall), followed by Chinese conglomerate Lenovo. HP assumed the third position, with Dell and Samsung closely following it. Tim Coulling, Canalys Senior Analyst said in a press statement: The global PC market had a bad start to 2016 and it is difficult to see any bright spots for vendors in the coming quarters. The tablet boom has faded in the distance and the market is fully mature. Global shipments declines are expected to continue unless vendors bring transformational innovation to the market. Apple and Microsoft are propping up...

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07:17
Amazon's new YouTube rival shoves cash at video...

Amazon has launched a full-scale attack on YouTube with its new Video Direct program for content creators.

Video Direct is aimed at both large media brands and individual creators, and offers several ways for them to make money beyond just advertising.

For example, creators can distribute ad-free videos to Amazon Prime subscribers and earn revenue based on hours streamed. They can also offer add-on subscriptions for Prime subscribers (just as streaming services such as Starz and Showtime do already.) Standalone rental and purchase options are available as well through Amazon Video, along with a basic ad-supported model.

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07:12
Protecting devices at the edge of the network

As more devices get placed on the edge of the network (an offshoot of the Internet of Things), many users (both home and enterprise) may forget about protecting them from disasters. At Interop 2016, Network World spoke with Brian Ballard from APC by Schneider Electric about issues both consumers and enterprises should think about with their new edge devices.

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07:00
IBM Extends Open Invitation to Play With Its Quantum...


IBM last week announced that it would allow researchers and scientists to run experiments using its quantum processor. The IBM Quantum Experience runs on the IBM Cloud. Users will be able to run algorithms and experiments on the quantum processor; work with individual quantum bits, or qubits; and explore tutorials and simulations on the possibilities opened up by quantum computing, it said. The processor consists of 5 qubits made with superconducting metals on a silicon chip.

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06:57
∞ The difference between Siri and Viv

Read the main post for a walkthrough of the Viv live demo, with embedded video so you can watch it yourself.

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06:56
PC market in free fall, Apple less so than everyone...

I suspect we’ll see a nice burst to shipped units when Apple updates the retina MacBook Pro.

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06:52
Apple Granted a Waterproofing Patent for Liquid...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 65 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover one of Apple's inventions relating to advancing waterproofing on iOS devices with liquid intrusion sensing capabilities. Rumors keep pointing to Apple advancing their waterproofing iPhone features ...

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06:44
Artboard for OS X gets tabbed interface, more

Mapdiva has updated Artboard, its drawing software for Mac OS X, to version 2.0.

The software allows you to create vector drawings. Version 2 sports a tabbed interface, a Select tool for editing objects, smart drawing tools, a more powerful styles editor, enhanced workflows, editable clip art & styles, and more.

To celebrate its launch, Artboard 2 is on sale through May for 40% off ($29.99 compared to $49.99). A demo version isis available for download at the product website (https://www.mapdiva.com/).

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06:38
Japan Display reports $294M net loss, hopes Apple...

Amid slowing sales from a stalling smartphone market, Apple supplier Japan Display is apparently hopeful that future iPhone models could use OLED display technology, helping to once again reignite sales growth.

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06:28
FileMaker 15 Platform designed to improve custom app...

FileMaker, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple, has released FileMaker 15. The company says the upgraded platform improves upon the fundamentals of custom app development with new features in five key areas: mobility, automation/integration, ease of use, security and performance. 

The FileMaker Platform provides the essentials for creating a custom app that fits an organization’s business needs. It works on Mac OS X, iPads, iPhones, Windows, and the web. According to Ann Monroe of FileMaker, Inc., new features of the FileMaker 15 Platform include: 

  • Mobility: Touch ID support enables developers to securely access their custom apps with the touch of a finger. 3D Touch support enables quick access to specific apps. New app extensions offer content customization and cloud-based file sharing. iBeacon support offers location-based data from the custom app and FileMaker WebDirect enables customers to use a...
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06:24
Canada finally getting full Apple Pay rollout as two...

Until today, Canadians who wanted to use Apple Pay had only one option: a non-bank-issued American Express card. That’s finally changed as the first two of Canada’s ‘big five banks’ joined today, with the remaining three confirmed for ‘the coming months,’ reports the Financial Post.

Starting Tuesday, Interact debit and major credit cards issued by Royal Bank of Canada and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce will support the payments technology, which allows users to load cards onto their iPhones and Apple Watches and make in-store...

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06:24
FileMake, Inc., launches FileMaker 15 platform

FileMaker, Inc. has released FileMaker 15 (http://www.filemaker.com/products/). The company says the upgraded platform improves upon the fundamentals of custom app development with new features in five key areas: mobility, automation/integration, ease of use, security and performance. 

The FileMaker Platform provides the essentials for creating a custom app that fits an organization’s business needs. It works on Mac OS X, iPads, iPhones, Windows, and the web. According to Ann Monroe of FileMaker, Inc., new features of the FileMaker 15 Platform include: 

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06:15
Patent report: a smarter Smart Cover, Lazer Tag with...

Apple files for — and is granted — lots of patents by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Many are for inventions that never see the light of day. However, you never can tell which ones will materialize in a real product, so here are today’s patent highlights: 

Apple is working on a smarter Smart Cover for the iPad, it seems. The company has been granted a patent (number 9,335,793) for a “cover attachment with flexible display.” In other words, the cover would serve as additional display space for the tablet.

 

According to the invention, a thin flexible display technology can be integrated into the flexible cover without affecting the overall form factor of the cover or tablet device. Adding the integrated display to the flexible cover greatly enhances the overall functionality of the tablet device, Apple says. 

What sort of functionality? It could show info on videos you’re watching on the iPad, show notifications, serve as a...

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06:02
External Link: Amazon to Compete with YouTube

Amazon has launched Amazon Video Direct (AVD), which will allow anyone to offer videos on Amazon’s Prime Video platform, putting Amazon in direct competition with YouTube. AVD content creators can make their videos available to rent or own, only for Prime Video subscribers, or for free with ads. Amazon is also launching the AVD Stars program, which will distribute $1 million per month among the top 100 AVD titles in Prime Video. Amazon has already amassed some major partners for AVD, including Conde Nast Entertainment, Business Insider, The Guardian, HowStuffWorks, Mashable, Mattel, and Samuel Goldwyn Films. As much Amazon Video Direct is clearly targeting Google’s YouTube, the added AVD content may help make Amazon’s Prime Video more compelling than Apple’s iTunes video library.

 

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06:01
FileMaker 15 arrives w/ Touch ID support, new app...

Apple subsidiary FileMaker is today releasing FileMaker 15, introducing a number of notable additions for mobile device users as well as a host of other new features and enhancements for the platform.

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05:48
TrendForce: Apple sees 40% quarterly decline in Mac...

Worldwide notebook shipments in the first quarter of 2016 arrived at 35.62 million units, according to TrendForce. What’s more, the global market research firm says Apple saw a 40% quarterly decline in Mac laptop sales.

“In the first quarter, Apple did not have any new MacBook products ready for the market, nor did it lower MacBook prices to generate sales. Apple’s Wintel-based competitors, on the other hand, benefitted from Windows 10 and the steady supply of Intel’s Skylake CPUs,” says TrendForce notebook analyst Anita Wang. “They were able to have numerous new products ready to promote and ship. As a result, MacBook shipments suffered a massive quarterly decline of 40.4% in the first quarter and Apple retreated to the sixth place in the ranking.”

Of course, the first quarter is the traditional off season for the notebook market and retailers still needed time to clear out their existing inventories. Total shipments fell 19%...

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05:46
Apple granted patent for even smarter iPad cover,...

Apple has today been granted a patent for an iPad Smart Cover with more smarts than usual: it incorporates a built-in display, and even a Wacom-style drawing tablet.

The patent illustrates a number of different ways the Smart Cover display could be used, from simply extending the iPad’s own display through text-only displays of things like reminders to a combined display and touchpad. Some of the options show the display acting as a full input device too, allowing both handwritten notes and drawings.

While we of course add our usual disclaimer that Apple patents way more things than it actually makes, two element of this patent have actually made it into production …

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05:39
Ampple plans high definition speaker case for the...

Ampple has introduced an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for its high-definition sound system for the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 4. It will be delivered in the form of a portable, protective case. The crowdfunding campaign, which has a funding goal of $50,000, features a limited amount of early bird specials of $95 (over 35% off the expected retail price of $149 for the shipping product.

Featuring CONEQ, a pro-grade sound correction algorithm, and an acoustic design in the inner sound channels of the case, Ampple produces powerful audio via its front facing speakers, according to Viesturs Sosars, CEO of Ampple. Powered with Bluetooth technology, the speaker case cannot only be paired with the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 4, but also with other Bluetooth-enabled devices.  

On the inside, each case packs a 5000mAh battery that purportedly lasts up to 10 hours. The Ampple case is built...

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05:29
Voip-Pal completes legal service on Apple, Verizon,...

Voip-Pal.com has announced that they’ve completed legal service on Apple, Verizon, and AT&T in the company’s combined $7 billion patent infringement lawsuits filed in February 2016 in the United States District Court, District of Nevada.

Voip-Pal CEO Emil Malak says the company initially delayed service of the actions pending discussions with the defendants regarding an “amicable resolution.” Over the past several weeks discussions have been initiated between the defendants and Voip-Pal’s advisor and mediator, Ray Leon. Malak says Leon has either personally met with or spoken via teleconference with representatives of each of the defendants.

Voip-Pal is a publicly traded corporation that acquired Digifonica International Limited in 2013 in order to fund, co-develop and complete Digifonica's suite of patents. Digifonica purportedly operationalized and tested its suite of software solutions with applications in five core areas of Internet connectivity: Routing,...

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05:22
It's a Big Day for Apple Pay in Canada as Major...

It’s been a long time coming for Canada and Apple Pay, a service first launched in the United States back in October, 2014. Starting today, debit and major credit cards issued by Royal Bank of Canada and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce will support the payments technology ...

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05:00
MacSysAdmin Site Now Live

One of my favorite things to do every year is head to Gothenburg to see Tycho, Patrik, and the rest of the wonderful country of Sweden (and city of Gothenburg). It’s a great city and Tycho does a great job to curate MacSysAdmin into an informative conference. And, the site is now live to buy your tickets for the 2016 event!

It’s one of those conferences that sells out, so don’t wait too long to pick up your ticket!

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