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Monday September 28

Apple Adds New 'Guided Tours' Video...

In just a few short days, the first Apple Music trial periods will begin ending for those who signed up for the trial on June 30, Apple Music's official launch date. As that end date approaches, Apple has updated its Apple Music website to add a series of Guided Tour videos to walk people through using the service.These Guided Tour videos will show you how to discover new music, hear recommendations from experts, create playlists, connect with artists, and listen to all the music you love on all your devices. Watch now.There are seven different Guided Tour videos, which cover a range of topics. Three of the videos are dedicated to the Apple Music subscription service, walking people through using the For You section of Apple Music for personalized recommendations, the New feature that has music curated by Apple Music editors, and Apple...

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iOS 9 tips: Disconnect from a Bluetooth accessory...

Starting with iOS 9, Apple has made it possible to disconnect an iPhone from a Bluetooth device without the need to "forget" the wireless accessory, making it easier to reconnect without going through the pairing process again.

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 28...

Notable software releases this week include ClamXav 2.8.5, GraphicConverter 9.7.2, Postbox 4.0.5, LaunchBar 6.5, Fantastical 2.1, and Airfoil 4.9, Nicecast 1.11.6, and Piezo 1.2.9.


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Comprehensive Comparison Shows Camera Improvements...

With each iteration of the iPhone, Apple improves camera quality, which has led to the iPhone being one of the most popular camera choices in the world. The iPhone 6s introduces the company's first 12-megapixel camera, an improvement over the 8-megapixel cameras Apple has used since the iPhone 4s and the most advanced iPhone camera yet.

Camera+ co-founder Lisa Bettany has taken a series of comparison shots that demonstrate how the iPhone has improved over the years, with photographs taken with every model of iPhone beginning with the original iPhone and ending with the iPhone 6s.

Her photographs provide a fascinating look not only at how the iPhone 6s has improved over the iPhone 6, but also at how smartphone camera technology has progressed over the last eight years.

Bettany compares images taken with each...

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GoPro launches $200 Hero+ camera, cuts price of...

GoPro on Monday revealed a new, lower-cost action camera known as the Hero+, and simultaneously reduced the price of the compact Hero4 Session to $300.

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Inside iOS 9: Apple brings IFTTT-like functionality...

With HomeKit-compatible accessories finally hitting the market, Apple has added new capabilities to its home automation platform in iOS 9 to make smart bulbs, locks, and garage door openers easier to manage and more powerful --?including the ability to define IFTTT-style event chains with new Event Triggers.

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Spectral evidence for hydrated salts in recurring...

Nature Geoscience:

Determining whether liquid water exists on the Martian surface is central to understanding the hydrologic cycle and potential for extant life on Mars. Recurring slope lineae, narrow streaks of low reflectance compared to the surrounding terrain, appear and grow incrementally in the downslope direction during warm seasons.

Our findings strongly support the hypothesis that recurring slope lineae form as a result of contemporary water activity on Mars.

I link directly to the research study because I love the language they use. Bottom line? There is not only water on Mars (we knew that already. It’s in the form of ice) but that it actually flows – “liquid water” – in Mars’ summer months.


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Apple may set up a manufacturing base in India

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited Apple to set up a manufacturing base in India and CEO Tim Cook responded "positively," reports The Times of India (http://tinyurl.com/o7yv5bq).

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iPhone 6s's A9 Processor Racks Up Impressive...

MojoKid writes: Underneath the hood of Apple's new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus models is a new custom designed System-on-Chip (SoC) that Apple has dubbed its A9 processor. It's a 64-bit chip that, according to Apple, is the most advanced ever built for any smartphone, and that's just one of many claims coming out of Cupertino. Apple is also claiming a level of gaming performance on par with dedicated game consoles and with a graphics engine that's 90 percent faster than the previous generation. For compute chores, Apple says the A9 chip improves overall CPU performance by up to 70 percent. These performance promises come without divulging too much about the physical makeup of the A9, though in testing its dual-core SoC does seem to compete well with the likes of Samsung's octal-core Exynos chips found in the Galaxy S6 line. Further, in intial graphics benchmark testing, the A9 also leads the pack in mosts tests, sometimes by a healthy margin, even besting Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810...

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Indian PM invites Apple's Tim Cook manufacture...

During a recent meeting, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi reportedly invited Apple CEO Tim Cook to set up local manufacturing in his country, while also bringing up other topics like Apple Pay.

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Demote Open Directory Servers In OS X Server 5 Using...

The command to create and tear down an Open Directory environment is slapconfig. When you disable Open Directory from the Server app you aren’t actually removing users. To do so, you’d use slapconfig along with the -destroyldapserver. When run, you get a little insight into what’s happening behind the scenes. This results in the following:

bash-3.2# slapconfig -destroyldapserver

The logs are as follows:

2015-09-08 04:17:58 +0000 slapconfig -destroyldapserver
2015-09-08 04:17:58 +0000 Deleting Cert Authority related data
2015-09-08 04:17:58 +0000 Removed directory at path /var/root/Library/Application Support/Certificate Authority/Krypted Open Directory Certificate Authority.
2015-09-08 04:17:58 +0000 command: /usr/sbin/xscertadmin add –reason 5 –issuer Krypted Open Directory Certificate Authority –serial 3449505949
2015-09-08 04:18:19 +0000 command: /bin/launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.xscertd.plist

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The iPhone 6s Plus isn't just a great phone, it...

I received my iPhone 6s Plus (128GB and space grey) Friday morning. Though it looks identical to its predecessor (the iPhone 6 Plus), it's a solid upgrade. Following are my first impressions.

My main reasons for upgrading were the camera improvements. These days iPhone is my still camera and digital recorder as well as my mobile phone. The iPhone 6s Plus excels at both of these functions more than any previous Apple smartphone. In fact, I had someone ask me what DSLR camera I had used to take some family photos. He was shocked when I told him I had used my iPhone. 

The latest Apple smartphones sport a 12-megapixel sensor with advanced pixel technology (called Focux Pixels) and an Apple-designed image signal processor. Do most of us really need that many megapixels for our photos? Probably not.  

For most folks, the highest resolution files needed will be for the occasional print or photo book. In...

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News: Russian police investigating Apple for ‘gay...

Emoji depicting same-sex couples have prompted Russian police to launch an investigation into whether Apple is breaking local laws against “promoting homosexuality,” The Telegraph reports. A lawyer in Russia’s Kirov region filed a complaint with local authorities, arguing emoji that came with iOS 8.3 and later versions which depict gay couples kissing and holding hands violate Russian laws against promoting homosexuality to minors.…

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These pictures of you

M.G. Siegler:

Anyone who thinks Apple’s new ‘Live Photos’ element of the iPhone 6s (and 6s Plus) is a gimmick is a fool that doesn’t understand Apple — and may not understand human nature and emotions. I actually think this is one of the more brilliant features Apple has released in a while.

It’s no accident that people with children immediately realize the value in this feature.

I haven’t seen Live Photos in action but it’s been interesting talking to people who have. No one has dismissed it as “just a gimmick” and those with young children echo Siegler – they think it is a brilliant idea.

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News: Users complain about iOS 9’s Wi-Fi Assist...

Some iOS users are claiming that iOS 9’s Wi-Fi Assist feature — which uses cellular data to boost browsing speed when an iPhone is connected to a poor quality wireless network — has resulted in large amounts of unforeseen data usage. The feature is automatically turned on when users update to iOS 9, and while the specifics of exactly how much data the feature uses aren’t entirely clear, users without unlimited data plans may want to…

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GoPro HERO+: a wallet-friendly $200 action camera...


GoPro just further expanded its action camera lineup after announcing the HERO+ LCD back in June. The new HERO+ is an even more affordable camera that drops the LCD screen while retaining 1080p60 recording and Wi-Fi connectivity.

The HERO+ can also capture 720p60 video, 8-megapixel photos, time-lapses, and burst mode photos. Other features and specs of the camera include an durable (integrated) housing that’s waterproof down to 131 feet (40m), Bluetooth connectivity, GoPro’s new built-in trimming and sharing, QuikCapture (powering up and starting video recording with one button), and HiLight Tag for selecting key moments while filming.

If you’re looking for a very good and very inexpensive action camera, GoPro is your best bet. This would be a great Christmas gift for a kid who was into BMX or other high motion activities. I’ve been thinking of getting one for my motorcycle until I realized, the video wouldn’t really be all that exciting.


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The ultimate iPhone camera comparison: How does the...

Lisa Bettany:

In the past eight years, each new advancement in iPhone camera technology has made dramatic improvements to image quality. The new 12-megapixel iPhone 6s iSight camera is no exception. With 50% more megapixels than the last four iPhone 8-megapixel models, the iPhone 6s boasts a number of key improvements including: improved auto-focus, local tone-mapping, noise reduction, and colour separation, with that fancy “deep trench isolation” technology Apple is raving about.

In this follow-up post to my previous iPhone comparisons, I present a 9 iPhone comparison from all iPhone versions taken with Camera+ including: the original iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3Gs, iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, and the new iPhone 6s, in a variety of real-life situations to test each iPhone camera’s capabilities.

The results are predictable (after all, it’s expected the camera would get better with each generation) but seeing them on the page is very...

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Twocanoes: Winclone and Boot Runner 2 [Sponsor]

Thanks to Twocanoes Software for sponsoring The Loop this week. Makers of Winclone, the best Mac app for migrating, cloning and backing up your Boot Camp partition. This week Loop readers can use the code “theloop” to get 10% off Winclone 5, just in time to backup Boot Camp before upgrading to El Capitan. If you run Boot Camp in labs or classrooms, Boot Runner 2 from Twocanoes is a time saver for remote scheduling of maintenance reboots and an easy to use OS picker for your users. Check out the video or get the 14-day trial and see how easy Boot Runner makes...

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Apple's record setting iPhone 6s launch weekend...

With more than 13 million units sold in the first three days of availability, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus exceeded most market expectations, and analysts responded on Monday by reacting favorably to the announcement from Apple.

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Apple Targeted in new Patent Lawsuit Covering iCloud...

St. Luke Technologies, LLC has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple with 7 counts of infringement of patents that were based on inventions from Dr. Nagel, Dr. Felsher and Steve Hoffberg relating to cloud computing encryption.

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Apple announces sales of more than 13 million iPhone...

It was a good weekend for the iPhone 6s launch.

Apple on Monday announced that the company had sold over 13 million iPhone 6s and 6s Plus handsets in the opening three days of the device’s availability.

The company had previously stated it was on pace to beat last year’s 10 million unit sales record and has cleanly done so, topping its previous record by 3 million units. Apple iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be available in an additional 40 countries beginning October 9th, albeit China will not be part of the initial rollout.

The iPhone 6s will be available in 130 countries by the end of 2015, with IHS Technology forecasting...

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Download our free Office 2016 Quick Start Guides

To coincide with last week’s release of Office 2016, we put together a set of handy Quick Start Guides that introduce you to the newest versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote.

Whether you’re coming from previous versions of your favorite apps and want a quick orientation about where to find familiar basics or you’re entirely new to Office and want an overview of how to get to some of the most important things, each of our Quick Start Guides provides helpful information that you can read, print out and share.

Guides are now available for all three of our recent Office releases. Download just the ones you want or get the entire set for your preferred operating systems.

Office 2016 for Windows


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Office 365—project and portfolio management (PPM)...

Four months ago, we announced the acquisition of WunderList, the highly acclaimed to-do list app. Last week, we announced the preview of Office 365 Planner for lightweight project management, and today, we are thrilled to announce that we are acquiring several apps and add-ins for Project Online from our partners—Sensei Project Solutions, Inc. and Projectum ApS. Between Wunderlist, Office 365 Planner and Project Online, you now have tailored, cloud-based solutions to help you manage everything from simple tasks to the most advanced projects, programs and portfolios, anytime, anywhere, on any device. Our partners have been innovating for the mobile-first, cloud-first world and have created multiple...

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What’s new in Office 2016 for developers

As you’ve read, the new Office is here and for developers, this is an exciting time! The ability to insert add-ins into your documents, call new Office.js APIS, launch task panes inside your Office clients and run commands directly from the ribbon increases the productivity of your entire team! Add-ins now work across Office 2016 running on Windows, Office Online in your browser, Office 2016 on the Mac (Outlook currently) and Office on the iPad.

Office 2016 on Windows introduces some new extensibility features that will roll out over the other Office clients over time.

Add-in commands

Add-in commands provide ways to initiate specific add-in actions from the ribbon. This lets user’s access add-ins in a simple, intuitive and unobtrusive way. Because they offer increased functionality in a seamless manner, add-in commands allow developers to create more engaging scenarios and add-ins.


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SpamSieve 2.9.21 - Robust spam filter for major...

SpamSieve is a robust spam filter for major email clients that uses powerful Bayesian spam filtering.

SpamSieve understands what your spam looks like in order to block it all, but also learns what your legitimate messages look like to avoid confusion. SpamSieve only marks spam in your email client so you never lose any mail.

Version 2.9.21:

  • Works with Apple Mail under Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan. It’s easiest if you update to SpamSieve 2.9.21 before updating to El Capitan. In any case, if you don’t see the SpamSieve commands in Apple Mail’s Message menu, be sure to choose Install Apple Mail Plug-In from the SpamSieve menu. Otherwise, with the SpamSieve plug-in not installed, Mail will move good messages to the spam mailbox without consulting SpamSieve.
  • Made various changes to improve SpamSieve’s filtering accuracy.
  • Microsoft Outlook 2016 removes the Run AppleScript rule action feature. This makes it impossible to...

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Google launches Google Keep note-taking app for iOS

If you were looking for Google to create a note-taking service and launch it for iOS, this is the day you’ve been waiting for.

More than two years after launching Google Keep for Android and the Web in March of 2013 and Android Wear in June of 2014, Google Keep has now launched on iOS.

The software allows the following bits of niftiness:
– Capture, edit, share, and collaborate on your notes on any device, anywhere.

– Add notes, lists, photos, and audio to Keep.

– Organize your notes with labels and colors.

– Set and forget. Get reminded about a note at the right time or place.

– Record a voice memo and have it automatically transcribed...

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Apple posts guide to activating, deactivating...

This could come in handy.

Recently, Apple posted full instructions as to how to activate and deactivate Private Browsing in iOS 9. Private Browsing mode protects your private information and blocks some websites from tracking your behavior. Safari won’t remember the pages you visit, your search history, or your AutoFill information.

To turn on Private Browsing, open Safari, then tap Pages icon. Tap Private to turn private browsing on. While Private Browsing is on, Safari appears black or dark instead of white or gray.

If you’re using iOS 7 or earlier on an iPad, open Safari, tap Plus icon to open a new tab, then tap Private.

To turn off Private...

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iPhone 6s Water Resistance Tests Yield Mixed Results

Since the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have been out for a few days, some users have begun to test the breaking point of the new devices, especially in regards to the possibility of water resistance. A handful of YouTubers have put together some videos showcasing impressive results of both the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus under a few inches of water, but the devices fare much worse when put to the test under four feet of water in a swimming pool.

The first video pits the iPhone 6s Plus against the Galaxy S6 Edge in a small container, under a few inches of water. Each smartphone survived an impressive thirty minutes submerged under water, and appeared to retain their entire functionalities afterwards. As noted by Keaton Keller, the creator of the video and part of the TechSmartt channel, last year the iPhone 6 died after...

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Apple sells record-shattering 13 million iPhones...

Apple expected to break records with sales of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus on launch weekend, and they were right on target: The company sold more than 13 million new iPhones in 12 countries, handily beating last year’s opening weekend record of 10 million phones sold.

“Sales for iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have been phenomenal, blowing past any previous first weekend sales results in Apple’s history,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a Monday press announcement. “Customers’ feedback is incredible and they are loving 3D Touch and Live Photos, and we can’t wait to bring iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus to customers in even...

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Over half of all iOS devices now running iOS 9

Since iOS 9 launched on September 16, analytics firm Mixpanel has been closely monitoring the adoption rate of the new OS by checking the version of devices running apps with Mixpanel's tracking code. Today, just 12 days after the launch of iOS 9, the new mobile operating system is running on 52.33 percent of all iOS devices.

iOS 8 is running on only 40.49 percent of iOS devices, while those devices stuck on iOS 7 or older operating systems make up just a tiny 7.18 percent. It's great to see that so many iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users feel that the new OS is stable and that the upgrade process is so painless. You can keep an eye on the adoption rate numbers yourself at this web page. 

If you're one of the 40.49 percent, why haven't you switched to iOS 9? Let us know in the comments.

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Second-gen Apple Watch likely to wait until mid- to...

A second-generation Apple Watch is predicted no earlier than mid-2016, and will likely feature a thinner size and better performance, according to a Cowen and Company research memo based on a recent tour of Asian suppliers.

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Apple says iPhone 6S and 6S Plus break sales records

Enlarge / The iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Apple announced today that the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus have sold a total of 13 million units in their first weekend, continuing the company's tradition of outdoing the previous year's sales every time it introduces a new iPhone model.

There are a few factors that contribute to the increased sales. First, Apple had another week to rack up online preorders ahead of the iPhone's first weekend in stores—the phones usually launch about a week after preorders begin, but this year there were two weeks between the start of...

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DealBITS Discount: Save 50% on Swift Publisher 4

See who won copies of Swift Publisher in last week’s DealBITS drawing, and if you’re not among them, read on to save 50 percent on BeLight Software’s print design software.


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Setup The Contacts Server In OS X Server 5

OS X has an application called Contacts. OS X Server 5, running on Yosemite or El Capitan, has a service called Contacts. While the names might imply very different things that they do, you’ll be super-surprised that the two are designed to work with one another. The Contacts service is based on CardDAV, a protocol for storing contact information on the web, retrievable and digestible by client computers. However, there is a layer of Postgres-based obfuscation between the Contacts service and CardDAV. The Contacts service is also a conduit with which to read information from LDAP and display that information in the Contacts client, which is in a way similar to how the Global Address List (GAL) works in Microsoft Exchange.

I know I’ve said this about other services in OS X Server, but the Contacts service couldn’t be easier to configure. First, you should be running Open Directory and you should also have configured Apple Push Notifications. To setup Push Notifications, have...

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Complicating Details: Notable New Features in...

The operating system for the Apple Watch, watchOS 2, adds important improvements such as native apps and custom complications. Jeff Carlson reveals some of the lesser-known features and details that enhance the Apple Watch experience.


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Kakaku: Mac OS X market share in Japan declines year...

Approximately 97.9% of the total population in Japan now owns at least one personal computer, according to a survey by Kakaku, which provides price, products and other information of merchandise and services including PCs, home electronics, broadband and mobile phone telecommunication fees, food, drink, interiors and cosmetics. That's up 1.8 percentage points year-over-year.

Windows 7 was the most popular operating system with 46.3 percent market share. Windows 10 had 15.3% percent, while Mac OS X had 7.4%, according to Kakaku (as noted by BrightWire.com, a global investment newswire). That's down from 11.26 percent in 2014 (based on data from StatsMonkey.com). If Kakaku's survey is accurate, Japan seems to be the exception to the rule. Overall, Macs have gained global market share for 33 out of the last 34 quarters.

Kakaku doesn't count tablets in its personal...

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A gallery of real world iPhone 6s and 6s Plus photos

David Pierce took his iPhone 6s and 6s Plus out on the streets and took a bunch of photos. None of these are retouched in any way. Tap on a picture to embiggen.

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Bad low-light photos on iPhone 6s? Try turning off...

The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have new cameras on the front and rear as well as featuring the new Live Photos mode, a combination of photo and short 3 second video, which is enabled by default. The quality of both cameras has been considerably improved, beyond the raw increase to 12-megapixel back camera and 5 megapixel front […]

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Getting a new iPhone? Here’s a bunch of 3D Touch tips

Jonny Evans, writing for ComputerWorld, pulled together a nice little collection of 3D Touch tips and tricks.

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Challenges My Organization Faces Upgrading to OS X...

As if you haven’t heard, there’s something new this month to cause drama on the Apple upgrade treadmill (just as nefarious as Slack dragging everyone’s communication watering hole into the future). This time it’s the coming System Integrity Protection and other tightening restrictions we’re all dealing with. I wanted to share our current blockers to replicating the workflow we support for customers on 10.10, which comes down to two attitudes displayed by one vendor in particular (that will remain nameless): apathy, and ignorance

‘I don’t know’

The vendor could have corrected course or known to not write to certain paths that the impending SIPocalypse will disable by relocating errant files from, and will fail for new installs. This one vendor in question bundles a whole bunch of packages as one, so if I wanted to deploy the parts of it that CAN run while waiting for other components to...

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ArtistInfo Goes Mobile with iOS Release

Metason has rolled out first release of ArtistInfo for iOS along with an update of ArtistInfo for Mac OS X. ArtistInfo is an artist browser and music discovery app.

It provides album credits for music played in iTunes, Apple Music, as well as Spotify by presenting musicians, band members, biographies, played music instruments, discographies, composers, producers, and performed musical genres. My Favorites' can be synchronized via iCloud and shared  with friends via Social Media or AirDrop.

Features of the new releases of ArtistInfo for Mac and iOS include:

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Rob Papen expands EQ essentials from RAW soft synth

Rob Papen Soundware has released RP-EQ, which expands EQ essentials from its RAW soft synth for "distorted" sounds specifically suited to EDM (electronic dance music) production and beyond.

It creates an EQ effects plug-in for Mac (32- and 64-bit, AAX, AU, and VST for Mac OS X 10.6 or higher) and PC (32- and 64-bit, AAX and VST for Windows Vista, 7, 8, and 10). RP-EQ can be purchased as a boxed version from authorized Rob Papen dealers worldwide or downloaded directly from Rob Papen for US$89 at http://tinyurl.com/paf4xa9 .

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Site claims to be offering Apple Music for Android...

UPDATE: One of our readers over at 9to5Google, with experience of using Betabound commented the following: “Centercode, who runs Betabound, has been around for over a decade running software/hardware betas. I have been through numerous tests with them. I understand the skepticism but this is a legit company.” Perhaps then, we can be a little […]

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Apple announces record iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus...

Apple has announced it has sold more than 13 million new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus models, a new record, just three days after launch. iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be available in more than 40 additional countries beginning Oct. 9 including Italy, Mexico, Russia, Spain and Taiwan. The new iPhones will be available in over 130 countries by the end of the year.

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iPhone 6s, 6s Plus will ship to Russia, Ireland,...

The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will ship to a further 40 countries and territories starting on Oct. 9, followed by additional rollouts on Oct. 10 and Oct. 16, Apple said on Monday.

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Netflix unveils its DIY ‘Netflix and Chill’ button

Netflix has shown off a one-touch ‘move time’ button that switches on Netflix, dims the lights and puts your iPhone into Do Not Disturb mode. The button was introduced at the 2015 World Maker Faire, and the company has released the plans to enable you to build your own. It is also inviting idea for further […]

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iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus Sales Top Thirteen...

Apple today announced that opening weekend sales for the brand-new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have exceeded thirteen million units, breaking the previous record of ten million units sold by the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus last year.

“Sales for iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have been phenomenal, blowing past any previous first weekend sales results in Apple’s history,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Customers’ feedback is incredible and they are loving 3D Touch and Live Photos, and we can’t wait to bring iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus to customers in even more countries on October 9.” The company claims, as with previous years, that demand for the new smartphones is at an all-time high, and confirmed that the new iPhones will be coming to 40 additional countries beginning...

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Apple sells blockbuster 13 million iPhone 6s, 6s...

Apple's new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are off to a record breaking start, selling more than 13 million units in their first three days of availability, the company announced on Monday.

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Apple announces more than 13 million iPhone 6s and...

Following two weeks of preorders and the public launch on Friday, Apple today announced it has sold over 13 million iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus in the first three days of availability. The company had previously stated it was on pace to beat last year’s 10 million unit sales record and has cleanly done so, topping […]

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Apple Files for 'iCloud' Trademark in...

On Friday Apple filed for the 'iCloud' trademark with European Patent and Trademark Office. The most notable new entry relates to all-things for vehicles under class #12. It cover such things as "apparatus for locomotion by land, air, water or rail; consoles ...

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Tim Cook met with India’s Prime Minister, discussed...

Shortly after Tim Cook met with the Chinese President, Apple’s CEO has met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as expected. The Times of India reports that the two of them discussed the possibility of bringing Apple Pay to the country, and Prime Minister Modi invited Apple to set up a manufacturing base in the country. Cook was said to […]

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'iPhone 7' Rumored to Be Waterproof,...

The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus was just released in first-wave launch countries around the world last Friday, but a few new rumors about the 2016 "iPhone 7" have begun to surface online this morning. According to a source from the Chinese social media site Weibo (via Mac Otakara) [Google Translate], the next version of the iPhone will have a strengthened, waterproof frame and may ditch a metallic casing altogether.

This strengthened body would certainly follow in the footsteps of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, which bolstered the...

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A (3D) touch above: The iPhone 6S and 6S Plus...

Enlarge / The iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Every two years, Apple redesigns the iPhone. And in between each new design is an "S" model, one that looks basically the same as the previous version but overhauls the insides to keep things fresh. 2015 is an S year.

New designs typically generate the bigger buzz since it's easier to convince people that something is worth an upgrade when it looks and feels new. But to its credit, Apple is careful to make these less-buzzworthy S refreshes about more than just adding speed or bumping up the camera. The iPhone 4S added Siri. The iPhone 5S brought TouchID and 64-bit support. And the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus are mostly about the pressure-sensitive screen, dubbed “3D Touch.”

Still, the right iPhone upgrade interval for most...

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Two Risky Strategies Could Threaten Apple's...

One of the ironies of my technical career is that when I first went to work for a tech company, I specifically wanted to work for a firm that was breaking the mold -- not representative of it. So, in my initial interview, I was concerned that IBM was going to buy the firm because it was the mold at that time. I was promised it wasn't, and that there was a contract that said it couldn't. Then, six months later, it did. IBM nearly failed six years after that, largely due to two strategies Apple now has embraced.

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An Apple Car may one day lack a driver (and a...

A new report from The Wall Street Times says the Apple Car will drive out in 2019, but won't be driverless as some have predicted (though it will be all electric). 

Let's assume the WSJ is right. This will be version 1.0 of the Apple Car. But what might version 2.0 be like? Version 3.0? Version 20? At some point the Apple Car may not only lack a driver behind the wheel, but also come without a steering wheel, gas or break pedals, a horn and review mirrors.

In 2014 IEEE, a technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, unveiled the findings of a survey that revealed expert opinions about the future of driverless cars, such as speed bumps to mass adoption, essential autonomous technologies, features in the car of the future, and geographic adoption. More than 200 researchers, academicians, practitioners, university students,...

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PSA: Keep an eye on your mobile data if you ever use...

If you ever use your iPhone on poor-quality WiFi networks, you may want to check your mobile data usage. As Quartz noted, a new feature introduced with iOS 9 is leading some people to see dramatic increases in their mobile data usage. Wi-Fi Assist means that iOS recognizes slow WiFi and supplements it with mobile data. […]

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Butler 4.1.19 - Hot key, menu, and keyword launcher...

Butler makes it easier for you to perform a wide variety of potentially recurring tasks. Just arrange these tasks in Butler's fully customizable configuration and assign one or more triggers to a task.

Available Triggers

  • freely configurable system-wide menus in your menu bar/Butler's docklet
  • freely configurable pop-up menus -- triggered via hot key or hot corner (see below)
  • abbreviations -- e.g., enter "qt" to launch QuickTime Player
  • hot keys -- e.g., hit [F1] make iTunes switch to the next track
  • hot corners -- e.g., [shift]-[right mouse button click] in the lower left corner of your screen to pop up a menu that lists all system preference panes
  • events -- e.g., launch iChat when Butler starts up and the [option] key is not held

Possible Tasks

  • launch applications
  • open files
  • access preference panes
  • manage bookmarks
  • search the web
  • run...

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The web is turning its back on Flash

During his lifetime, Steve Jobs, Apple’s co-founder and former CEO, was known to be one of the most opinionated figures in the tech world. And while he certainly wasn’t right about everything, there’s one thing he got right years before many others: his famous rejection of Flash.

Five years after Jobs published an open letter defending his company’s decision to leave Flash off its mobile devices and slamming Flash as unreliable and unsafe, the majority of the internet industry has come to the same conclusion.

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Moving winds of Jupiter and space exploration in new...

Vito Technology (http://vitotechnology.com/) has introduced Solar Walk 2, the next generation of the company's 3D solar system guide.

Redesigned from the inside out, the new Solar Walk 2 is an educational tool at the edge of graphic technology that shows wonders of the solar system. Based on real physics and latest photographic data, Solar Walk 2 comes with visual effects of planetary atmospheres, solar flares, auroras, and asteroid belts.

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Kool Tools: next gen Epson Premium, Photo printers

Epson America's (www.epson.com) Expression Small-in-One wireless photo printers are well suited to the needs of busy households and creative enthusiasts, the Expression Premium series, including the Expression Premium XP-530, XP-630 and XP-830, leverages a Claria Premium five-ink system to deliver superior quality, borderless prints up to 8” x10”.

The Expression Photo XP-960 Small-in-One printer features six-color Claria Photo HD inks to deliver photo enthusiasts with vivid, professional-quality borderless photos up to 11” x17” and documents with sharp text.

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How to use Time Travel in watchOS 2

WatchOS 2, the upgrade of the operating system for the Apple Watch, adds a Time Travel feature. Nope, no Back to the Future or Looper possibilities here. But you can scroll with the Digital Crown to explore events in the future (and past).

Like what, you ask? You can check on upcoming meetings or activities. You can look at info from third-party apps, such as upcoming flight information. You can check what the weather will be a few hours from now. And more.

To use Time Travel,  you'll need to use one of the watchOS 2 watch faces that support the feature. They include Chronograph, Solar, Color, Astronomy, Simple, Modular, Utility, and even Mickey Mouse.

If you have one of those watch faces enabled, you just twist the Digital Crown forward or backward to move that direction in time. Your watch face will change the time and show a little blue status icon that says Time...

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Touch ID on the iPhone 6s is fast, but not so fast...

There have been some reports that Touch ID on the iPhone 6s is now so fast that you can no longer access the lockscreen, as it unlocks as soon as you touch the home button. This is a slight exaggeration: Touch ID is indeed much faster than older models, but not quite instant, as the above […]

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Airmail 2.5 - Powerful, minimal email client. (...

Airmail 2 is a new mail client designed for OS X 10.10 Yosemite with fast performance and intuitive interaction. Support for iCloud, MS Exchange, Gmail, Google Apps, IMAP, POP3, Yahoo!, AOL, Outlook.com, Live.com.

Airmail was designed from the ground to retain the same experience with a single or multiple accounts and provide a quick, modern and easy-to-use user experience. Airmail is clean and allows you to get to your emails without interruption -- it's the mail client for the 21st century.

We have taken usability and function to the next level with Airmail and bring a striking-design with support for all major email services. Switch between accounts like a breeze and quick reply to incoming messages within seconds -- email has never been so easy and productive.

Version 2.5: New

  • For OS X 10.11 El Capitan
  • Split-screen support
  • Improved performances and stability
  • iCloud sync, folder colors, aliases...

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iStat Menus 5.11 - Monitor your system right from...

iStat Menus lets you monitor your system right from the menubar. Included are 8 menu extras that let you monitor every aspect of your system.

Some features:

  • CPU -- Monitor cpu usage. 7 display modes, multiple core support.
  • Memory -- Monitor memory usage. 4 display modes, page ins/outs and swap usage display.
  • Disks -- Monitor disk usage and activity. 6 display modes, ability to hide disks you dont want to see.
  • Network -- Monitor current and total bandwidth, peak bandwidth, IP addresses, and the ability to hide network connections you don't want to see.
  • Temps -- Monitor the temperature of your Mac. 2 display modes, ability to hide sensors you don't want to see.
  • Fans -- Monitor the fan speeds in your Mac. 2 display modes, ability to hide sensors you don't want to see.
  • ...

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iPhone 6s vs iPhone 6 – Full comparison [Video]

If you haven’t heard, Apple’s iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are finally here, but should you upgrade? Well today we’re comparing the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus to the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus… Design and hardware Starting out with design, it’ll be hard to tell the difference between any of these phones. Being […]

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Sunday September 27

Reported iOS 9 compass/gyroscope bug affects iPhone...

A potential bug discovered in Apple's latest iOS 9 release appears to be impacting certain apps running on iPhone 6s that tap into compass and gyroscope data, in some cases affecting key assets that render some features unusable.

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Rumor: 'iPhone 7' might be waterproof,...

A set of rumors out of the Far East on Sunday claims Apple is well into the prototyping phase of its next-generation handset, with current test models incorporating a waterproof design that could be applied to a non-metal frame.

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ClamXav 2.8.5

Brings back advanced preferences and improves displayed data after performing database updates. ($29.95 new, free update, 19.4 MB)


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Rumor Roundup: iPhone 7 to feature new casing...

While the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus only just became available this past week, rumors surrounding next year’s flagship from Apple are already starting to surface. A pair of postings on Chinese social networking site Weibo first spotted by Macotakara claim that the iPhone 7, or whatever it may be called, will feature several […]

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Apple Music FAQ: The ins and outs of Apple's...

Apple singlehandedly turned the digital music marketplace on its head when it launched the iTunes Store in 2003, and now it’s going after the current hottest trend: Streaming media. Apple introduced this new service, Apple Music, during its annual Worldwide Developer’s Conference earlier this year, bringing out the company’s big guns (record exec and Beats cofounder Jimmy Iovine, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software Eddy Cue, and hip hop star Drake) to show the world how Apple Music plans to compete with the likes of Spotify, Rdio, and Tidal.

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The Logic Pros: Routing 101 – creating multi-track...

In this week’s episode of The Logic Pros, after looking at some high quality hardware over the past few weeks or so, we are going back to basics with busses, aux tracks, sends and more. While Apple has made it about as easy as we can imagine for new users jumping into Logic for the first […]

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GraphicConverter 9.7.2

Brings several additions and improvements to the venerable graphic conversion and editing utility. ($39.95 new, free update, 89.6 MB)


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Inside iOS 9: Apple makes it easier to upgrade with...

In a bid to drive the already-impressive iOS upgrade rate even higher, Apple has brought a bit of OS X to iOS 9 with a new automatic installation option that will let iPhones and iPads update themselves --?at a convenient time for the user.

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TinkerTool 5.5 - Expanded preference settings for OS...

TinkerTool is an application that gives you access to additional preference settings Apple has built into Mac OS X. This allows to activate hidden features in the operating system and in some of the applications delivered with the system.

The tool makes sure that preference changes can only affect the current user. You don't need administrative privileges to use the tool. With this design, it is no problem to use TinkerTool in professional networks where users have restricted permissions. The program will never change any component of the operating system, so the integrity of your system is not put at risk, and there will be no negative effect on system updates.

All preference settings changed by TinkerTool can be reset to Apple's defaults, or to the state that existed before using the tool. No dangerous background processes are used for TinkerTool's operation. You may send bug reports here.


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Video Shows Benefits of 2GB RAM in iPhone 6s

When Apple announced the iPhone 6s, they didn't mention that the new iPhones carry 2GB of RAM, an increase from 1GB on the iPhone 6. The 2GB RAM was later confirmed in Xcode and benchmarks. This increased RAM allows the iPhone to keep more Apps and data active in memory.

iDownloadBlog recorded this video showing the difference between the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s after loading several websites in Safari:

The iPhone 6s is able to keep more websites active in memory without requiring a reload when returning to the tab. The additional RAM should also allow more apps to remain active in memory without relaunching.

The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus just...

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Postbox 4.0.5

Enables indexing to be performed in the background and adds support for the San Francisco font in OS X 10.11 El Capitan. ($15 new, free update, 25.5 MB)


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Firefox 41.0 - Fast, safe Web browser. (Free)

Firefox offers a fast, safe Web browsing experience. Browse quickly, securely, and effortlessly. With its industry-leading features, Firefox is the choice of Web development professionals and casual users alike.

The Web, as it's meant to be experienced


  • Faster than Safari. Firefox stays speedy when other browsers become sluggish.
  • More private than Chrome. Firefox respects your privacy by minimizing suggestive pop-ups.
  • Bursting with features. Tabbed browsing, developer tools, extensions -- Firefox has it all, giving you the power to explore, customize, and create like never before.

Version 41.0: New

  • Enhance IME support on Windows (Vista +) using TSF (Text Services Framework)
  • Ability to set a profile picture for your Firefox Account
  • Firefox Hello now includes instant messaging
  • SVG...

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LaunchBar 6.5

Updates support for OS X 10.11 El Capitan and adds diversity options for emojis. ($29 new, free update, 13.3 MB)


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Install A vpptoken In OS X Server 5 for El Capitan...

In order to use the Apple Volume Purchase Program, you will need an MDM solution (Profile Manager, Casper, MobileIron, Meraki, FileWave, etc). Also, token options were traditionally for one to one (1:1) environments until iOS 9, which marked a change where you can now leverage per-device licensing. This removes the requirement that you need an Apple ID running on each device that you choose to install apps on. Suddenly, VPP is for multi-tenant environments. You can also use codes and options for iOS 7 and up as well as OS X 10.9 and up, but those will use Apple IDs. Also, if you install your vpptoken on OS X Server and you’re running that same vpptoken elsewhere, OS X Server will take all of the codes that have been issued for itself (feature or bug, you decide).

But this article isn’t about the fine print details of the new VPP. Instead, this article is about making Profile Manager work with your new VPP token. Before you get started, know that when you install your...

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How to watch the ‘blood moon’ total lunar eclipse...


Tonight — Sunday, Sept. 27 — you can see the first “supermoon” total lunar eclipse in 30 years. The moon will turn red, which is normal for a lunar eclipse, but this rare event will be bigger and brighter than those of the past few decades. That’s because the eclipse will coincide with a supermoon — a “very rare” alignment that won’t happen again until 2033.

Check this map to see if you live where the eclipse will be visible. If you don’t live in a visible region, or a big city with too many tall obstructions or a lot of light pollution, bookmark this page.

We won’t see the full effect here on the West Coast but if you’re lucky enough to be able to get outside and see it clearly, don’t miss it. Otherwise, like so many other things nowadays, you can watch online.


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Apple Wins 8 Design Patents for All-New Store-within...

In 2012 we posted a report detailing Apple's first wave of design wins in China for Apple's Store-within-a-Store displays. Though like all things in life, times change and Apple has now updated their store-within-a-store displays.

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Luna Solaria: a moon phases app

Moon Connection:

Now you can have accurate, attractive Moon and Sun details at your fingertips. View a beautiful real-time image of the current Moon phase, complete with technical data. Quickly see if the Moon is above the horizon on the Lunar Position screen, along with Moon rise and set times and precise Moon position in the sky. If you also want to know Sun rise and set times, look at the Solar Position screen.

Tonight’s total eclipse of the Super Harvest Moon could be spectacular, depending on the weather in your area. Use this free app to figure its position in your night sky.

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The After Math: That's Show Business

This week on the After Math, we look back at the week's entertainment news. That includes Amazon's big night at the Emmy awards, Oculus' new product announcements and North America's first 1TB PS4. We also contemplate whether the new Angry Birds mo...

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Use The Help Options In OS X Server 5

OS X Server 5, running on El Capitan or Yosemite, comes complete with lots of awesome features to help you get up and running, started and owning the configuration of Apple Servers. One such is the built-in options to help manage your servers. Open Server, click Help, then click Server Help. You can then search and browse for information about things you’d like to accomplish using the Help Center.

Now, click the arrow for each service for information about configuring that service. You will see an arrow for each service.

Click the arrow for more information on that specific service.

And just like that, simple and easy-to-use documentation, available live on OS X Server. You will, of course, need to be online to use it effectively.

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Inhabitat's Week in Green: Off-grid homes and...

Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week's most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us -- it's the Week in Green.

What does it take for a house to go completely off-grid? A diverse range of energy sources is key -- and...

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Microsoft OneNote 15.14.1 - Free digital notebook...

OneNote is your very own digital notebook. With OneNote, you can capture that flash of genius, that moment of inspiration, or that list of errands that's too important to forget. Whether you're at home, in the office or on the go, your notes travel with you. And you can share your notes and collaborate with others, across multiple devices!

Here are some more ideas on how to use OneNote:

  • Capture rich notes for classwork, meetings, or research
  • Keep track of your shopping list and mark items off wherever you are
  • Create an itinerary and keep track of your travel plans for your next big vacation
  • Take pictures of receipts and bills to remove some of the paper clutter
  • Collaborate and share ideas with your team
  • Research items and prices to make the best purchasing decision
  • Keep and edit all of your notes

Version 15.14.1:

  • Built for OS X 10.11 El Capitan: We made sure...

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The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation Sues Apple...

The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation Sues Apple over A9X Processor and more. Apple has stated that it is the policy of the company not to accept or consider proposals regarding licensing ...

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The Week in iPad Cases: Backpacks, for when you need...

...plus, sleeves, cases for the iPad Pro, and more!

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases also brings you a keyboard case from Zagg and Griffin’s latest Survivor case for the new iPad mini 4. Read on for more!


The Ultratough Screenguardz (iPad mini 4; $20) is a crystal-clear screen protector that precisely fits your iPad mini 4.

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Apple's CEO Met with India's Prime...

On Thursday we reported that "Apple's Busy CEO Tim Cook to Meet with India's Prime Minister in California over the Weekend," and yesterday Cook indeed met with PM Modi at the Fairmont Hotel as presented in the video ...

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Saturday September 26

Blundering Aaron Sorkin Apologizes to Tim Cook, but...

Late yesterday afternoon we posted a report titled "Aaron Sorkin lashes out at Apple's CEO Tim Cook with a Real Zinger." Aaron Sorkin apologized within 24 hours by telling E! News exclusively: ""You know what, I think that Tim Cook ...

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Apple could face penalty in Russia over same-sex...

Apple could potentially be facing a fine upwards of one million rubles in Russia (which is only about $15,000 USD) over its inclusion of same-sex couple emoji characters on the built-in iOS keyboard. The Independent reports that police in Russia have began an investigation into Apple to determine whether the company has violated a highly controversial national ban on activity its […]

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The best iPhone 6s 3D Touch features [Video]

Apple’s iPhone 6s is finally here and it comes along with a new feature that you may not be familiar with. Today we’re checking out the best 3D Touch features. Some of you are probably thinking, how is this any different from a long press, right? Well its uses may not be very different at […]

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Sorkin apologizes for remarks about Apple's Tim...

The screenwriter behind Universal's Steve Jobs biopic, Aaron Sorkin, apologized on Saturday for his response to remarks by Apple CEO Tim Cook, who last week said that filmmakers were being "opportunistic" making movies about the Apple co-founder.

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Sorkin apologizes to Tim Cook, says they both went...

Earlier this week, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin fired shots at Apple CEO Tim Cook, who last week on Colbert called films based on the life of Steve Jobs opportunistic. “I think a lot of people are trying to be opportunistic and I hate this,” Cook said. “It’s not a great part of our world.” Sorkin then shot back […]

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iPhone 6s and 6s Plus hold up surprisingly well in...

We’ve already seen how well the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus hold up in bend tests and drop tests, and now a new video from YouTuber Zach Straley shows how well the devices fair when submerged in water. In the video, Straley submerges both the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus in bowls of water, pulling […]

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STM Drifter review: Water resistant, light cargo-...

STM is a relatively well-known Australian company that makes great quality, but slightly pricey bags and cases for your gadgets. What I’ve always loved about the company is that most of its bags don’t look anything like the typical accessories you’d associate with consumer tech. They just look like regular bags, except they’re not. Nowhere is that […]

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Apple MainStage 3.2.1 - Live performance tool for...

MainStage 3 makes it easy to bring to the stage all the same instruments and effects that you love in your recording. Everything from the Sound Library and Smart Controls you're familiar with from Logic Pro X is integrated into MainStage 3. You can even expand your show with prerecorded backing tracks. You’ll also find new features like an improved Mixer, easier-to-use channel strips, and more. With the Mac as the core of your live rig, setup is faster, teardown is faster, and everything in between is more reliable. And you can easily use your favorite hardware to control every nuance of your performance.

Version 3.2.1:

  • This update contains stability improvements and bug fixes.

  • OS X 10.9.5 or later
  • 4GB RAM
  • 1280x768 display
  • 64-bit Audio Units plug-ins
  • 6 GB disk space (45 GB with optional content)


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Upgrade the OS X Server App To OS X Server 5

OS X Server 5 is now available to be installed. To do so, first backup your server. Then, backup your server again, making sure you have a functional, bootable clone. Once you’re sure you have a solid backup of your server, open the App Store and search for Server. When you find the Server app, click on it.

At the OS X Server screen, click on Install.

The download will begin. Once complete, you’ll see a notice that the “Server app replacement detected.” Click OK. Then, open the Server app.

When the Server app opens, you’ll be prompted to update the server. Click Continue...

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Little Snitch 3.6 - Alerts you about outgoing...

Little Snitch gives you control over your private outgoing data.

Track background activity
As soon as your computer connects to the Internet, applications often have permission to send any information wherever they need to. Little Snitch takes note of this activity and allows you to decide for yourself what happens with this data.

Control your network
Choose to allow or deny connections, or define a rule how to handle similar, future connection attempts. Little Snitch runs inconspicuously in the background and it can even detect network-related activity of viruses, trojans, and other malware.

Version 3.6:

  • Little Snitch 3.6 is ready for OS X 10.11 El Capitan
  • Added support for watchOS and tvOS simulator apps.
  • Other improvements and bugfixes.

  • OS X 10.8 or later


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LaunchBar 6.5 - Powerful file/URL/email launcher...

LaunchBar is an award-winning productivity utility that offers an amazingly intuitive and efficient way to search and access any kind of information stored on your computer or on the Web. It provides instant access to your applications, documents, contacts, and bookmarks, to your music library, to search engines and more, just by entering short abbreviations of the searched item's name.

You just hit Command-Space to bring LaunchBar's input window to front, enter an arbitrary abbreviation, and as soon as you start typing LaunchBar displays the best matching choices, ready to be opened immediately.

Start applications, open documents, invoke system services, compose emails, or navigate the Web--LaunchBar will be your essential servant.

Version 6.5: Support for OS X 10.11 El Capitan

  • Added two new OS X 10.11 El Capitan themes that use of the new system font.
  • Recent document indexing is finally reliable again, but...

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iPhone 6s has a hidden 3D Touch feature: zoom

Early buyers of Apple’s new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus discovered that settings for 3D Touch were buried within the Accessibility section of the Settings app, and very few in number: turn on/turn off, adjust sensitivity, and test the feature. But it turns out that there’s a hidden 3D Touch setting that’s disabled by default […]

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One of the Most Compelling Legal Cases Filed against...

A Patent troll by the name of Zeroclick, LLC, legally acquired two very interesting patents from inventor Dr. Nes Irvine, a medical doctor who possessed the prescient vision to develop touch-only user interface technologies that would enable significant benefits to his medical work and any field where users interacted with graphical user interfaces. Dr. Irvine claims to have written a letter to Apple's then Director of Software Development, Avie Tevanian ...

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Manage File Services In OS X Server 5

File Services are perhaps the most important aspect of any server because file servers are often the first server an organization purchases. This has been changing over the past few years, with many a file being hosted by cloud solutions, such as Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, and of course, iCloud. But many still need a terrestrial server and for predominantly Apple environments, a Server app running on OS X El Capitan isn’t exactly a bad idea. There are a number of protocols built into OS X Server dedicated to serving files, including AFP, SMB and WebDAV. These services, combined comprise the File Sharing service in OS X Server running El Capitan or Yosemite.

Note: I’ve got another article looking into FTP a little further but those are basically the services that I’ll stick to here.

File servers have shares. In OS X Server, Server app 5 (for Yosemite and El Capitan), we refer to these as Share Points. The first step to setting up a file share is to create all...

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Tidy Up 4.1.4 - Find duplicate files and tidy up...

Tidy Up is a complete duplicate finder and disk-tidiness utility.

With Tidy Up you can search for duplicate files and packages by the owner application, content, type, creator, extension, time modified, time created, name, label, visibility, and date/age. You can also search by the tag, duration, and bit installments of MP3 and AAC sound files and EXIF metadata; search the contents of the Photos, iPhoto, Aperture, iTunes, iPod databases, and Mail mailboxes; and synchronize deletions with iPhoto, Mail, and iTunes.

Tidy Up allows you to search for duplicate folders by name, date modified, date created, label visibility, empty folders, their contents, and more. Tidy Up is also fast: it doesn't index the scanned volumes, so you don't waste precious time and space. With its multitasking capability, you can do multiple searches at one time and take full advantage your Mac's processing power.

Tidy Up comes with a two search modes. Basic Mode includes...

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Recommended Reading: How Oculus took Netflix to the...

Recommended Reading highlights the best long-form writing on technology and more in print and on the web. Some weeks, you'll also find short reviews of books that we think are worth your time. We hope you enjoy the read.

John Carmack on Developin...

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ICYMI: Weather in a box, cyborg drummer and more

Today on In Case You Missed It: The world's biggest 3D printer was just unveiled in Italy and it's a hefty 40 feet tall and 20 feet in diameter, earning its name, "Big Delta." Its intended purpose is to build mud huts for emergency housing. A devic...

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Gadget Ogling: Pebble Goes Round, VR Hits Movies,...

The latest Pebble looks a touch different from previous models of the smartwatch. Instead of a square screen with rounded edges, it bears a circular watch face. The Pebble Time Round also is thinner and lighter than its siblings, but it's not as water-resistant. More importantly, the battery doesn't last as long -- a couple of days rather than a week. That earns it a black mark, as long battery life is critical for an effective smartwatch. That said, to my eye, it's classier than Pebble Time and Pebble Time Steel and most other smartwatches.

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The latest iOS apps for Sept. 25

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

The EatBy Smart Kitchen App is a new, free utility app that saves its users money and reduces food waste. It displays food stored in the kitchen, reminds users to eat food before it expires and includes an intelligent shopping list.

Jutiful has announced AZZL. It's an US$2.99 animation puzzle game featuring almost 100 cartoon stories.

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Report: YouTube's 2-in-1 subscription service...

YouTube might be launching its long-awaited subscription service as soon as the end of October, according to Recode. Google's video website already sent out emails to content owners, asking them to agree to the terms for a "new ads-free version of...

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This week on AppleInsider: iPhone 6s launch, Apple...

Apple's busy month continued not just with the launch of new iPhones and firmware updates, but also news of the first major malware infection on the iOS App Store, and rumors that an Apple car could hit roads as soon as 2019.

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The week in Apple news: iPhone 6s release,...

Apple headlines for the week ending Sept. 25, 2015

The big news: The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are here. The early reviews are in, and Macworld is hard at work with its own review. Look for it in the next few days. On Wednesday, Apple will release OS X EL Capitan, and we’ll have a review of that, as well. In the meantime, if you’re waiting in line for your new iPhone—or if you already have your new iPhone and you’re reading this on it now—you can find out the other important Apple headlines in this slideshow. Just click on the link to read the full story.

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Friday September 25

Hands-On With 3D Touch on the New iPhone 6s Plus

The standout new feature of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus is 3D Touch, which Apple is billing as an evolution of Multi-Touch. The new feature allows the display to sense how much pressure is being applied, opening up new ways for users to interact with their phones. We went hands-on with the 6s Plus and explored what the feature is capable of.

3D Touch can be used both in and out of apps. Outside of apps, on the Home Screen, a user can press down on an app's icon to quickly interact with the app. This feature is called Quick Actions. For instance, pressing on the Phone app allows you to quickly call a recent contact. Or, pressing down on the Camera icon allows you to quickly take a selfie.

Inside of apps, 3D Touch allows users to "Peek" and "Pop" into their content. For instance, within the Messages app a user can press down on a contact's message thread to see their latest message and then press down harder to Pop into the thread to reply. Finally, 3D Touch can be...

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Apple's Tim Cook, Lisa Jackson placed at head...

Apple CEO Tim Cook and environment and government affairs chief Lisa Jackson joined other tech industry titans at President Barack Obama's head table for Friday night's White House dinner in honor of visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping. Cook is also expected to meet with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi this weekend.

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PlayStation Vita TV hack gives you a way to play...

If you have a PlayStation TV collecting dust in a cabinet somewhere, this might make it useful again. A user called "mr.gas" from the Hackinformer forum has detailed how you can tweak the device to play games that it's currently not compatible with...

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US, China have an 'understanding' to fight...

Ahead of a state dinner in Washington D.C. attended by a number of notable tech CEOs (Tim Cook, Mark Zuckerberg and Satya Nadella, to name a few), President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping announced an unprecedented agreement on the topic of...

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Live Photos Shown Off In New Hands-On Video

One of the brand new features for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus is Live Photos, which captures an additional 3 seconds of video around a still image and plays it through when a user 3D Touches the photo. We went hands on with the new feature and experimented with it.

To use Live Photos, a user just has to take a normal photo when the "live" icon in the upper center of the screen is lit up. The iPhone automatically captures 1.5 seconds of video before and after the photo and stitches it all together. Because Live Photos combines video and still images, the new format takes up double the space a regular photo would.

While reviewers were largely positive on Live Photos, first impressions from users haven't been as kind. ...

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iPhone 6s Plus Touch ID Much Quicker Than iPhone 6...

With the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, one well-known hardware feature got a substantial upgrade: Touch ID. Apple improved the Touch ID sensor, allowing it to recognize fingerprints faster than it could previously. We went hands-on with the brand new iPhone 6s Plus and compared its improved Touch ID sensor to the one in the iPhone 6 Plus.

The 6s Plus' Touch ID unlocks the phone almost instantaneously, taking a user straight to their Home Screen when they rest their finger on it. Comparatively, the speed of the 6 Plus' Touch ID makes it seem like a two-step feature, first waking up the display and then taking a user to the Home Screen.

On first impression, some users think the new Touch ID is too fast, however. Reddit user...

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Apple CEO Tim Cook and VP Lisa Jackson sit at...

Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook and former EPA administrator Lisa Jackson, arrive for a State Dinner reception in honor of Chinese President Xi Jinping, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Sept. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) Among over 200 titans of industry, finance and entertainment this evening, Apple’s Tim […]

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iOS ad blockers might be messing with your online...

Ads pay the bills for a lot of sites (including this one). But they can also be intrusive and with some of the tracking abilities available out there, a bit creepy. To combat some of that and to speed up page loads Apple introduced a Content Blocke...

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Why the iPad won’t replace the MacBook as my main...

With all the productivity features that iOS 9 brings, I decided it was time to trade up my long-in-the-tooth iPad mini 2 for an iPad Air 2 and see how the other half’s been living. So far, I’ve been impressed by the capabilities of the Air 2: Its speed, its slim and light form factor, and its gorgeous large screen. 

Honestly, the more impressive the iPad gets, the closer it approaches, well, the MacBook. But despite all of that, and even with the immense productivity enhancements made in iOS 9, I found myself thinking that I’m not about to give up my laptop anytime soon. 

Keep on truckin’ 

It wasn’t so long ago that I found myself nodding in agreement as Steve Jobs declared that some day soon tablets would be the “cars” to traditional computers’ “trucks.” That most people could get by on a tablet for the things they needed to do every day: Check their email, surf the web, watch movies, and run the occasional app. 


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iPhone 6s vs iPhone 6s Plus: Dual unboxing +...

Meet the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. I’m almost certain this isn’t the first time you’ve seen these phones, but I thought I’d give you my voice on the matter. Sure, we may be on the “S” cycle this year, but does that mean there’s nothing special to look forward to? This year, the iPhone […]

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The best 3D Touch-enabled apps available for iPhone...

Apple released its latest and greatest iPhone on Friday with an all-new pressure-sensitive 3D Touch input system that introduces novel user interactions like "peek and pop," Quick Actions, added gesture control and more. To help get new iPhone 6s owners started, we put together a list of the best apps that take advantage of the handset's unique capabilities.

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Samsung has Just Developed the Ultimate Gesturing...

Today millions of Apple fans from around the world stood in lines to get their hands on the new iPhone 6s with the killer feature known as 3D Touch. And to spoil it, word is that Samsung's secret killer feature is about to be introduced ...

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AWT News Update: September 25, 2015

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Today's the day! The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus made it into the hands of millions of eager Apple fans -- and one robot -- today. 

  • Academy Award-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin took offense to Tim Cook saying that filmmakers are "opportunistic" when making movies about Steve Jobs
  • iOS 9 is now officially on more iOS devices than iOS 8
  • The Palo Alto Apple Store is the site of perhaps the first robotic purchase of an iPhone

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Lockscreen Bug Fix Conspicuously Absent in iOS 9...

Apple has released the first update to its new iOS 9 operating system to clean up some bugs in the original version of the software. Bugs addressed in the update, iOS 9.0.1, include a system freeze on the slide to update screen, alarms and timers that would fail to go off, and frame distortion in paused videos. One bug Apple didn't address in the first update to iOS allows an intruder to bypass a device's lockscreen and access photos and contacts on it. Still, compared to some past versions of iOS, the latest version appears quite stable.

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Aaron Sorkin lashes out at Apple's CEO Tim Cook...

Aaron Sorkin didn't take kindly to Cook's recent comment and lashed back at Cook by telling the Hollywood Reporter that "If you've got a factory

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iPhone 6s Plus: hands-on & first impressions...

Ben’s six hours ahead of me in the UK and had fallen in love with his iPhone 6s before I rolled out of bed, but UPS held my iPhone 6s Plus as requested so I was able to pick it up and spend the morning trying it out before the usual evening delivery. 3D Touch, Live […]

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Apple one of the 'Brands of the Year' at...

Apple was among 118 brands from 30 countries honored at the World Branding Awards. To win, a brand needs to have built a good reputation and trust with consumers, as 70 percent of the scoring process come from consumers voting for their favorite brands.

The Awards is organized by the World Branding Forum (WBF), a global non-profit organization dedicated to "advancing branding standards for the good of the branding community as well as consumers." It organizes and sponsors a range of educational programs, and has joint collaborations with universities and museums.

Global winners include Apple, Cartier, Coca-Cola, Facebook, Google, Guinness, HSBC, IKEA, Johnnie Walker, Kleenex, Lego, Louis Vuitton, McDonald's, Mercedes Benz, Nescafé, Nike, Rolex, Shell, Starbucks and VISA.

National tier winners from around the world include ANZ Bank from Australia, Sinopec from...

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Amadeus Pro 2.2 - Multitrack sound recorder/editor...

Amadeus Pro lets you use your Mac computer for any audio-related task, such as live audio recording, digitizing tapes and records, converting between a variety of sound formats, etc. Thanks to its outstanding direct-to-disk abilities and waveform caching, edits on arbitrarily large sounds (even beyond the usual 2GB limit) are performed at lightning speed. The handling of large sounds is furthermore facilitated by the extensive support of markers. Its outstanding sound repairing and denoising abilities make Amadeus Pro particularly suitable for transferring vinyl records on CD.


  • Simple and elegant OS X-like user interface
  • Multitrack editing an recording.
  • Batch processing and conversion.
  • Sound denoising and repairing.
  • Supports a variety of sound formats, including AIFF, Multichannel Wave, MP3, MP4, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, SoundDesigner II, QuickTime, Apple CAF, etc.
  • Support for VST and Audio Unit plug-...

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iOS 9 “App Skinning” feature delayed, iCloud backup...

Well, this is sort of a kick in the pants.

One of iOS 9’s major new features, App Thinning (or “app slicing”), has been delayed due to an issue with iOS 9. App Thinning was announced at WWDC as a way to help trim down the size of large applications by letting developers mark assets for each specific type of device. When users download the app, the App Store will determine which device they have and only require them to download the assets necessary to run on their device.

Although App Thinning has been examined in TestFlight for the past few weeks, Apple has said that App Thinning will not appear until the company resolves an issue in the way iCloud handles backups....

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Tips: How to adjust 3D Touch sensitivity on your new...

Apple's new pressure sensitive 3D Touch can be adjusted for sensitivity, allowing users to require more or less force to invoke the input method. Here's how you can customize it to your liking.

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A robot walks into an Apple Store...

The line outside Apple's Palo Alto store for the iPhone 6S wasn't entirely human. A tele-presence robot brought a touch of the future.

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Aaron Sorkin slams Tim Cook: “You’ve got a lot of...

Aaron Sorkin responded to Tim Cook’s recent criticism of filmmakers who have created a number of recent Steve Jobs biopics as “opportunistic,” pushing back against the claim by highlighting Apple’s decision to manufacture its products overseas using cheap labor: “Nobody did this movie to get rich,” he said. “Secondly, Tim Cook should really see the […]

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Adobe Flash Player - Plug-in plays...

Adobe Flash Player is a cross-platform, browser-based application runtime that provides uncompromised viewing of expressive applications, content, and videos across browsers and operating systems.

Version New Features

  • iOS Concurrency - Our popular desktop and Android feature, AIR Workers, is now making its debut on iOS! We have added support on iOS devices so that you will be able to execute code in the background without interrupting your application’s main code. Your UI will remain responsive, enhancing the user experience.
  • Improved Stage3D Error Messages - We've added new Stage3D error codes to provide developers with additional debugging and error information.
  • New insertAt() and removeAt() Vector and Array APIs - With Flash Player and AIR 19, we have introduced two new APIs for element insertion or removal in Vector and Arrays.
  • Added...

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Moving Your Apple Watch to Your New iPhone

Apple has opened the iPhone 6s spigot. If you are one of those getting a new iPhone, but you have an Apple Watch paired with your old phone, there are a few steps you need to take to make your Apple Watch and your new iPhone happy together.


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Aaron Sorkin Blasts Tim Cook for Calling Steve Jobs...

Earlier this month, Tim Cook sat down for an interview with Stephen Colbert, where discussion turned to Aaron Sorkin's upcoming "Steve Jobs" film and Alex Gibney's "Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine" documentary.

Though Cook has not seen either film, he called Jobs an "amazing human being" and suggested he hated the movies being made about Jobs. "I think a lot of people are trying to be opportunistic and I hate this," he said. "It's not a great part of our world."

Aaron Sorkin gave a scathing response to Tim Cook's comment in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter calling out Apple's Chinese factories and telling the interviewer that he and other top executives on the project had taken pay cuts to get the film made."Nobody did this movie to get rich," he said. "Secondly, Tim Cook...

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DxO ONE 20.2 Megapixel camera for iPhone and iPad

I’ll be posting more about this camera, but I’ve been using it and it’s so great.

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Apple Inc A9 chip cores in iPhone 6s and 6s Plus...

Preliminary testing of Apple's latest A-series mobile Application Processor shows that it brings a big jump in general CPU performance over last year's already speedy A8. It also advances Apple's lead in proprietary ARM core design performance over Samsung and Qualcomm.

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New videos compare Touch ID speeds on iPhone 5s, 6,...

Apple announced during the iPhone 6s keynote earlier this month that the phone would include a second-generation Touch ID system that was much faster than its predecessor. Now that iPhone buyers are starting to get their handsets delivered, it’s possible to test just how much faster. In the video below from iFixYouri, you can see […]

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iPhone Upgrade Program Causing Headaches for Some...

Apple launched its iPhone Upgrade Program today in the U.S., enabling customers to purchase the iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus with AppleCare+ coverage included for 24 equal payments of between around $30 and $45 per month depending on the model. After at least 12 monthly payments, the customer can upgrade to a new iPhone and restart the 24-month payment cycle.

Apple stipulates that the iPhone Upgrade Program is available to qualified customers only with a valid U.S. personal credit card, since the program is based on a 24-month installment loan with a 0% APR from Citizens Bank. For customers with good credit, most did not expect this requirement to be an issue. But, as launch day unfolds, some customers have had frustrating experiences.

MacRumors user onujpt writes that he was declined from the program, despite having good credit and an Apple Barclaycard with a $4,000 available...

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The Week in iOS Apps: It's complicated

It's complicated

Apple Watches are full of complications—in the best sense of the word. Really. We’ll show you two apps featuring new complications, plus more from the iOS world. Read on!

Carrot Weather

Here’s a word you’ll get used to in the age of the Apple Watch—“complications,” used to describe small elements that appear on the watch face and offer quick access to frequently used data. The $4 Carrot Weather app is one of those “funny” weather apps, providing a snarky quip with its forecasts. The newest update adds complications for the Apple Watch—it can now show you current weather and forecasts the next few hours—as well as new 3D Touch quick actions supported in iOS 9 on the iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus.

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SoundShare: The missing piece of Apple Music

Kirk McElhearn, writing for Macworld:

A friend recently showed me an iOS app called SoundShare. This free app lets you play music and, if you want, share it with your friends. You can follow people, as you would on Facebook or Twitter, and see what they’ve listened to, while sharing what you’ve heard.

I’ve been beta testing SoundShare for a while now and, I have to say, it is a brilliant complement to Apple Music and my go-to app for new music discovery.

Give it a try. It’s free and, in my opinion, well worth your time.

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iPhone 6s First Impressions: Touch ID is Super Fast...

We're well into the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus launch day, which means people all over the world are receiving their devices either via delivery or from Apple retail locations. On the MacRumors forums, customers who have an iPhone in hand have started sharing their first impressions of the device, giving us a look at release reactions from the general public.

We're highlighting some interesting tidbits and thoughts on the iPhones below, and we'll link to a number of forum threads that are well worth checking out.

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Initial reactions from customers receiving their devices are similar to the thoughts we saw in the first reviews....

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Oh Samsung

Walk along the bedraggled queue of people, and pillows and discarded bottles of water bore the same bright blue color and were emblazoned with the hashtag #NextIsNew.

“They were given to us by Apple,” a person in queue told International Business Times. A friend of his, however, was a little more savvy, quietly informing him: “No man, it was Samsung, I did a little research.”

What the fuck is wrong with this company? Instead of these types of stunts, why not try to build a better product—that philosophy is the one thing they haven’t copied from Apple.

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A new Report Claims that an iPhone 6s Supplier Plant...

A little band of SACOM protesters gathered outside one of Apple's largest stores in Hong Kong today, angry over the wicked working conditions that are being deployed by one of Apple's key suppliers of touchscreen glass for the iPhone 6s.

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Adobe Creative Cloud - Access Adobe apps...

Adobe Creative Cloud costs $49.99/month (or less if you're a previous Creative Suite customer). Creative Suite 6 is still available for purchase (without a monthly plan) if you prefer.

Introducing Adobe Creative Cloud desktop applications, including Adobe Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC. They're the next generation of CS tools. Get hundreds of all-new features. Keep your entire creative world in sync: files, feedback from team members, fonts, settings, and updates. And, as always, your applications live on your desktop, not in a browser and not in the cloud.

With Creative Cloud, your entire creative world is synced and organized for you across multiple devices. Track comments posted to shared files, keep tabs on your work and your followers on...

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Tim Cook spotted at Georgetown Apple Store as Angela...

Two members of Apple’s executive team have been spotted celebrating the launch of the company’s latest smartphone with shoppers and retail employees. CEO Tim Cook was spotted in the Georgetown Apple Store hanging out and taking selfies with customers. Meanwhile, Retail SVP Angela Ahrendts was out of the country, spending her day with employees at […]

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External Link: Adam and Josh Discuss Buying an...

Confused about how to buy an iPhone 6s with all the new no-contract plans? TidBITS publisher Adam Engst and Managing Editor Josh Centers joined host Chuck Joiner on the MacJury to discuss the options. While there isn’t a clear answer that works for everyone, they offer some guidelines based on your needs.


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Xsan Command Line Options

Let’s start out with what’s actually available in the Server Admin CLI: serveradmin. The serveradmin command, followed by settings, followed by san shows a few pieces of information:

bash-3.2# serveradmin settings san
san:computers = _empty_array
san:primaryController = "95C99FB1-80F2-5016-B9C3-BE3916E6E5DC"
san:ownerEmail = "krypted@me.com"
san:sanName = "krypted"
san:desiredSearchPolicy:_array_index:0 = ""
san:serialNumbers = _empty_array
san:dsType = 0
san:ownerName = "Charles Edge"
san:managePrivateNetwork = yes
san:metadataNetwork = ""
san:numberOfFibreChannelPorts = 2
san:role = "CONTROLLER"

Here, we see the metadata network, the GUID of the primary (active) MDC, the name of the SAN, an array of serial numbers (if applicable – in a purely Mountain Lion/Mavericks SAN they aren’t), the owner info plugged in earlier and the metadata network interface being used.
Next, we’ll take a peak at the fsm process for each volume:

bash-3.2# ps aux |...

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NeoOffice 2015 - Mac-tailored, OpenOffice-based...

NeoOffice is a complete office suite for OS X. With NeoOffice, users can view, edit, and save OpenOffice documents, PDF files, and most Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents.

NeoOffice 3.x and OpenOffice users: before you buy NeoOffice, we recommend that you click on the "NeoOffice support" link and read the list of changes.

NeoOffice is extremely stable and thousands of users use it daily. The NeoOffice engineers created NeoOffice in 2003 when they made OpenOffice run natively on OS X for the first time. Since then, the NeoOffice engineers have continually added improvements to NeoOffice that users will not find in OpenOffice such as:

  • Open Calc or Impress instead of Writer at launch using the NeoOffice > Open at Launch menu
  • OS X Versions
  • Native OS X grammar checking
  • Native OS X text highlighting
  • Native file locking support for local and networked volumes
  • OS X Services support...
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China's black market prices for new iPhones...

Extra charges for the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus on China's black market are a lot lower than last year when the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were released thanks to Apple's efforts to increase stock and shorten shipping time, the Chinese language news portal, DoNews reports.

iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus online orders began in China, including Hong Kong, this morning. Demand for rose gold models has been soaring because buyers said it's the only color that distinguishes the new iPhone from its predecessor, says DoNews (as noted by BrightWire.com, a global investment newswire).

Earlier today, black market prices for rose gold iPhone 6s handsets were CNY 6,000 (about US$941) for the 16G version and CNY 8,200 for the 128G model. Black market prices for the iPhone 6s Plus were CNY 9,000 for a 64G smartphone and CNY 11,000 ($1,726) for a 128G version.

Due to a greater supply through Apple's own channel and carriers than in...

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MCE ships 2TB SSD upgrade kits for non-Retina MB Pro...

MCE Technologies (MCE) is now shipping a new lineup of SSD upgrade solutions for pre-retina MacBook Pro, MacBook, and Mac mini named Lightspeed.

The Lightspeed solution replaces the Mac's original internal drive with a high-performance 2.5-inch SATA-III solid state drive (SSD) and is available in 2TB, 1TB, 500GB, 250GB, and 128GB capacities. The Lightspeed upgrade kit includes a portable USB 3.0 enclosure, cloning software, install guide and tools. Prices range from US$99 for 128GB to $799 for 2TB.

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FoneFox tests iPhone 6s Plus bendiness, comes up...

The good news is we might not have to deal with “BendGate 2.0” where the iPhone 6s is concerned.

Following last year’s controversy, Apple strengthened the weak points of its iPhone 6s handsets and added a new, stronger 7000 series aluminum to the device.

It seems to have helped.

The YouTube channel FoneFox put the iPhone 6s Plus through its bend-related paces to see what improvements had been made.

In the video, the phone is given the same bend test it was given a year ago. FoneFox’s Christian simply wraps his hands around the device and attempts to bend it in the middle. While the phone starts to bend under more and more...

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Foursquare uses its foot traffic data to predict...

Foursquare is tapping into its data of foot traffic for the first time to predict Apple’s iPhone sales as the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus launch this weekend. The company notes that it has “the world’s largest database of information on the foot traffic of people around the globe,” courtesy of its app users […]

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Avecto announces Mac version of its security software

Endpoint security software firm Avecto has announced a Mac version of its Defendpoint software (avecto.com/defendpoint). Go to the product web site for more info, including pricing.
By drawing on Avecto’s least privilege capabilities, organizations can finally achieve least privilege on their OS X devices.Taking this approach, all Mac users operate without admin rights and can still remain productive, while closing a security loophole that has made Macs an increasingly soft target for hackers, says Paul Kenyon, EVP at Avecto.

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iPhone 6s launch draws lines, AT&T removes...

It was a good iPhone launch this year over in Berkeley, California and albeit the overnight camp out numbers for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus apparently weren’t as high as last year’s, the event still drew an enthusiastic crowd that spent both the previous afternoon and the night before.

This year proved different, as I decided to finally spend the full night as opposed to waking up abysmally early the morning of the launch and seeing where this put me. Having picked up a $20 foam sleep pad from REI, I chucked this, my camera, my sleeping bag and two pillows into the car and drove off to the Apple Store.

Upon arriving, I hunkered down with several other people who were...

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Apple Watch apps won’t install? Here are some...

While WatchOS 2 is a fine leap forward for the Apple Watch , like many software updates, it can cause problems for some users.

I’ve experienced this first-hand with my Apple Watch, which was unable to install certain native apps after upgrading to watchOS 2. These apps would begin to install, even showing an icon on the Watch’s home screen, but would then get stuck halfway through the process and eventually disappear.

The good news is that the problem is fixable, but it may take some time and effort. In my case, only a full reset of both the Apple Watch and my iPhone 6 Plus did the trick.

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How hackers can access iPhone contacts and photos...

iPhone users have yet another screenlock bypass vulnerability to watch out for, according to a new video demonstration that shows how the bug can be exploited to gain unauthorized access to photos and contacts.

The hack reportedly works on iOS version 9.0.1, which Apple released Wednesday, although some people say they are unable to reproduce it. The vulnerability makes it possible for someone who gets even a brief moment with an iPhone to rifle through contacts and photos without entering the password. Here it is in action.

Beware! iOS 9 & iOS 9.0.1 - Security Flaw - Passcode Bypass. Turn Off Siri on Lockscreen to be Safe.

It works by entering an incorrect password four times. Then, immediately after the incorrect password is entered for the fifth time, the attacker holds down the...

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9to5Toys Last Call: Amazon Prime $67, Lytro 16GB...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook, Google+ and Safari push notifications. Today’s can’t miss deals: Last Call Updates:  Get iPhone 6s sooner by going through this eBay store, even Rose Gold (potential tax advantages + Paypal options) Anker iPhone […]

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AppleInsider podcast goes hands-on with iPhone 6s,...

On this week's AppleInsider podcast, Dan and Victor talk hands-on wit the new Phone 6s, Mikey and Neil discuss iOS 9 adoption, Neil's favorite features of watchOS 2, and content blockers. We also discuss some of the ways the iPhone and now the Apple Watch act as assistive devices, and Mikey's appearance on MSNBC.

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Adobe Premiere Elements 14.0 - Consumer video-...

Adobe Premiere Elements just got better. Now you can create quick movies from favorite parts of your clips or tell big life stories in full-on productions. Add motion inside movie titles, punch up the drama with cool focus effects, and get guidance as you go.

Transform your videos
Make quick movies your way, and bring on your style with cool effects, transitions, themes, titles, and more. Premiere Elements can guide you through or do it for you.

Share your movie memories
Share your finished productions with family and friends via disc, HDTV, Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, and more.

Mobile videos welcome
It’s easier than ever to sync your mobile videos with Elements to free up memory on your phone and transform your videos into fun movies. Or sync your Elements videos with your mobile, so you can access any memory anywhere.

Version 14.0:


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iPhone 6s teardown reveals a smaller battery and...

The industrious tinkerers at iFixit got their hands on an iPhone 6s and 6s Plus and immediately tore the things apart to figure out what makes them tick.

The teardown confirmed much of what we had already deduced: The 6s has a smaller battery, 2GB of RAM, and—thanks to the technology behind 3D Touch—a heavier display. But it’s cool to get a peek inside the phone and see exactly how which pieces Apple picked to make it work (and there sure are a lot of pieces).

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Adobe Photoshop Elements 14.0 - Consumer photo...

Adobe Photoshop Elements--the #1 selling consumer photo editing software--helps you edit pictures with powerful, easy-to-use options and share them via print, the web, Facebook, and more.

Version 14.0:

Note: Version 14 is a paid upgrade of $79.99.


  • Remove camera shake -- great for selfies and other handheld shots
  • Remove haze for sharp-looking landscape shots
  • Elements analyzes your photo and gives you five artistics effects that fit perfectly
  • Use 34 Guided Edits, including new ones for adding a sense of motion to action shots or resizing to fit a frame or spot on the web
  • Easily select detailed edges like hair or fur


  • Find photos by the people in them
  • Find photos and videos on a map based on where you took them (may integrate with or allow access to certain Adobe or third-party hosted online services)
  • Find photos...

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Ryot in Haiti: Shot in 4K entirely on the iPhone 6s...


The film tells the story of one citizen from Jalouzi, one of the largest slums in Haiti, who is determined to bring color to the impoverished area by helping paint the entire town, literally.

Believing that color has the power to transform his community, he’s helping to paint everywhere – on houses, on buses, and the entire hillside. Armed with brushes of bright blues, pastel pinks, and sunshine yellows, he’s helping to mobilize citizens of all ages, determined to turn the grey town into a rainbow full of color to lead the way to a brighter Haiti.

I don’t care much that it was shot on any particular device. But it is a wonderful film full of hope for the future of one of the most impoverished places in the world.


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iPhone 6s Plus Opens Apps Slightly Faster Than...

As customers begin receiving the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus around the world, the smartphones have quickly been subjected to unboxings, drop tests, teardowns, bend tests and camera comparisons. The latest is a speed test between the iPhone 6s Plus and iPhone 6 Plus that confirms the former is faster than its predecessor.

YouTube channel Mad Matt TV tested the speed of the iPhone 6s Plus and iPhone 6 Plus side by side based on opening apps and loading websites in Safari on each device at the same time. The results show the iPhone 6s Plus is faster than the...

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iPhone 6s diary: Day one first impressions – forget...

Put the iPhone 6s next to its predecessor, and I’d challenge anyone to tell them apart. You start to notice the difference as soon as you put your thumb on the Touch ID sensor. Apple says that the new sensor is faster, and I was surprised to find that the difference – while small – […]

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iFixit: New iPhones have smaller batteries, LPDDR4,...

Enlarge / The iPhone 6S, blown apart. (credit: iFixit)

Part of the fun of any new gadget is the painstakingly detailed iFixit teardowns, which often tell us things about the devices we couldn't otherwise find out. The new teardowns of the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus are no exception.

The first point of interest for iPhone watchers is that battery capacity is definitely down a bit, presumably to make space for the new Taptic Engine (the engine measures 35 x 6 x 3.2mm in the 6S and 15 x 8 x 4.9mm in the 6 Plus). Capacity goes from 1810mAh to 1715mAh in the...

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BlackBerry Misses Quarter, Set to dabble in Android...

BlackBerry missed already low expectations for its second quarter as the technology company showed it's still struggling with its turnaround plan. The news triggered more calls from analysts to expedite their shift to Android.

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iPhone 6s / 6s Plus launch photos

It's launch day! All around the world, people have been excitedly standing in line to get their new iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus, repeating a tradition that's has gone on since the first iPhone shipped in 2007. While we're busy holding down the digital fort here at Apple World Today, we are fortunate to have friends from MyApple.pl who were at the Kurfürstendamm Apple Store in Berlin. You saw their photos of the line overnight, now join the excitement as the doors open!

Enjoy the gallery -- use the side arrows to scroll through the images or click on the thumbnails at the bottom.

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iPhone 6s launch day scenes from Apple Stores around...

The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus rolled out to 12 regions around the world on Friday, and was greeted by large crowds at Apple Stores in cities like New York, Toronto, and Beijing.

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Change Log Paths In OS X Server 5

The logs in Xcode Server (Server 5 for El Capitan and Yosemite) by default point to /Library/Server/XcodeLogs/credserver.log. This takes all of the output from xcscredd and xcscredhandler. If you’re doing a lot of debugging then logs can be pointed to another location, such as another drive. The path to the logs is defined in the /Applications/Server.app/Contents/ServerRoot/System/Library/LogConfiguration directory. The file to edit is a standard property list, XCSCredentialServer.plist:

<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”UTF-8″?>













Once open, look for a key called logPath. Change that to the desired path, such as /Volumes/MyDrive/Logs/credserver.log and then restart the service:


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iOS 9's App Slicing feature disabled for now

Apple has temporarily removed iOS 9's App Slicing feature due to a bug in iCloud. The feature will purportedly be reenabled at some point.

In a note to developers (https://developer.apple.com/news/?id=092415a), Apple says: "App slicing is currently unavailable for iOS 9 apps due to an issue affecting iCloud backups created from iOS 9 where some apps from the App Store would only restore to the same model of iOS device.

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This documentary film was shot entirely in 4K on the...

We’ve seen some great photo galleries from professional photographers using the new iPhone 6s ahead of its retail launch today, but now we get our best look yet at the upgraded camera’s new 4K video ability courtesy of ryot.org ‘The Painter of Jalouzi’ is a short documentary (embedded below) following one man’s mission to transform […]

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iPhone 6s, 6s Plus sales off to a great start

The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are now on sale, and all evidence points toward another home run for Apple. Lines are forming as folks wait to get their hands on the latest Apple smartphones. And IHS Technology forecasts a 22% jump in the number of iPhone shipments in 2015 compared to 2014. 

The research group says sales of the iPhone 6S should do better than past iPhone initial sales because of wider country availability early, especially China. IHS forecasts Apple will ship 236 million iPhones this year.

"The biggest innovations that Apple has done have typically been on the S series. On the surface the product looks the same, but under the bonnet it’s totally different," says IHS. "The key differentiator this year is the 3D Touch, which is strongly differentiated from every other smartphone maker's phones...

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Apple Files Trademark for Stylized 'Apple...

On September fifteenth the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) published Apple's first trademark application for 'Apple Pencil' which covered the text-only version of the new logo. Today USPTO published Apple's ...

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Roundup: The best apps with 3D Touch to try out on...

The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus launch today, with a pressure sensitive 3D Touch screen being touted as one of the phone’s flagship new features. Apps can take advantage of 3D Touch in many ways, such as using firm presses to reveal quick actions on the Home screen or use Peek and Pop metaphors to quickly preview content […]

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Just Press Record syncs your audio recordings across...

Open Planet Software (http://www.openplanetsoftware.com) has introduced Just Press Record, an audio recording app for iOS 9, watchOS 2 and OS X. It instantly syncs your recordings across all your devices using iCloud.

It's designed for capturing ideas, thoughts and memos at home, in the studio or on the go. You can record with a single tap on your iOS device, Apple Watch or Mac and instantly play back high quality audio across all your devices. The app's compatibility with iCloud Drive allows audio recordings to be used anywhere.

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Cisdem PDFtoTextConverter for Mac free on StackSocial

Cisdem says Cisdem PDFtoTextConverter is available free of charge on StackSocial (http://tinyurl.com/o72zqcg).

The utility converts PDF to editable text, while keeping MacFonts, hyperlinks, and tables in their original layout. StackSocial is an e-commerce platform that provides its users with discounts and special offers on software and hardware.

The Mac Freebie bundle will run for three months. Cisdem PDFtoTextConverter normally costs US$29.99.

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Samsung Gear VR update drops price

Samsung's new Gear VR will be out in November for $99.

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Guide book released for the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6S Plus

Tap Guides (http://www.tapguides.co.uk ) has published "iPhone 6s Guidebook," a 313-page eBook available in the iBookstore for US$3.99.

It's packed with in-depth tutorials and tips about the things you need to know about the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, their apps, user interface and settings. You'll learn about the history of the iPhone, how 3D Touch can be used to peek, and pop at content, how to stream songs via Apple Music, capture Live Photos, troubleshoot common problems and more.

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iFixIt tears down the iPhone 6s, 6s Plus

The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus go on sale today and iFixIt has torn 'em down to see what makes 'em tick. iFixIt says that getting into the new iPhones is almost as easy as it was before "thanks to some surprise adhesive lurking beneath the display."

Once inside, though, things are quite different. Apple’s new Taptic Engine compresses the battery slightly, the display is a big bigger in order to accommodate additional capacitive sensors, while the A9 got a size bump (roughly 14.5 x 15 mm, up from 13.5 x 14.5 mm on the A8) from last year’s A8. 

"Our guess at the cause of growth? The addition of the embedded M9 motion coprocessor," says iFixIt. "One thing that didn’t change: repairability. With an easily accessible display, straightforward access to main components, and standard amounts of adhesive, the iPhone 6s [and the 6s Plus] maintained a robust repairability score of 7/10...

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It's iPhone 6s Day: the Faithful Line up,...

Over in the UK the Telegraph video shows us that the iPhone faithful lined up at the Covent Garden Store to get their hands on the latest and greatest smartphone on the market today.

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Unboxing photos of my new iPhone 6s 128GB in Space...

I know better than to try to compete with my colleague Dom Esposito when it comes to videos, but here in the meantime are some photos of my shiny new iPhone 6s 128GB in Space Gray emerging into the outside world for the first time …  There are, of course, no surprises. Aside from the […]

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iPhone 6s Launch in U.S. and Canada Begins as Apple...

iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus launch day has officially arrived in the United States and Canada as Apple Stores in eastern cities such as New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Toronto and Washington D.C. have now opened at 8:00 am local time. The launch will continue westward across the U.S. and Canada over the next three hours.

Apple Stores will now begin fulfilling in-store reservations for the new iPhones and accepting walk-in purchases from the long queues that have formed at some locations. UPS and FedEx will also be making pre-order deliveries generally between the hours of 9:00 am and 8:00 pm to residential addresses.

Guess where I'm at?! #AppleStore #JaxNYC #iPhone6S #iwaiting...

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Hey, Apple, let us apply a movie's rental movie...

I sometimes rent a movie on iTunes, then, as a movie buff, decide it was so good I want to purchase it. However, then I'm made that I paid the rental fee.

So I have a suggestion for Apple: if I rent a movie and really like it, let me apply the rental price to a purchase of the movie. Yes, I know that no other digital movie store does this, but then Apple is a leader, not a follower.

Hey, you can download demo versions of software before you pay for them. Perhaps Apple should adopt a similar theme for movies on the iTunes Store in which rentals are the "demo."

For example, let's say I rent the film, Mad Max: Fury Road and enjoy it enough that I'd like to purchase it. Why not allow me to apply the $4.99 rental fee to the price of buying the film (which lists for $19.99 for the HD version)? This would be be a win-win-win for Apple, movie studios, and film fans.

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LibreOffice 5.0 Is the Office Suite Champ

LibreOffice 5.0, The Document Foundation's latest open source office suite, deserves to top the list of contenders for best performance in this category. The Document Foundation last month released LibreOffice 5.0 for Linux, Mac OS X and Windows. It is the 10th major release since the launch of the project, and the first in the third development cycle. The release coincides with the rollout of Windows 10 and positions the LibreOffice suite head to head with Microsoft Office. This is an important milestone for LibreOffice.

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First take video: 3D Touch adds new depth in...

It's been eight years since the original iPhone introduced its fully finger-driven, capacitative multitouch interface, completely erasing the market for button, trackball and stylus-driven phones. This year, Apple is enhancing its iPhone multitouch with the new depth afforded by pressure sensitive 3D Touch technology.

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Kool Tools: iFinance 4 for Mac OS X

Synium Software's iFinance 4, the new version of financial tracking app for Mac OS X (10.10 or later), sports a range of easy-to-customize charts and reports, budgets, automatic categorization and much more.

iFinance supports several different banking file formats like CSV, QIF, OFX, or mt940. You can import your data by using one of these formats or retrieve your bank account transactions via OFX direct connect. (Note that not all banks support OFX direct connect).

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'MacVoices' looks at upgrading to El...

On the new MacVoices TV, host Chuck Joiner talks with author Joe Kissell about his book, "Take Control of Upgrading to El Capitan."

He discusses all the pre-upgrade work you need to do, what software needs to be updated, and why some software won’t function post-upgrade. Kissell also explains why, in spite of your best efforts, there could be a hiccup or two, and how to find out what’s causing them.

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Numi 3.0b9 - Menu-bar calculator supports text input...

Numi is a calculator that magically combines calculations with text, and allows you to freely share your computations.

  • Numi combines text editor and calculator
  • Support plain English. For example, '5 cm plus 1 meter'
  • Unit converter: Numi supports currency, length, area, volume, time, temperature, and data size. It automatically convert units if it's needed.
  • Configurable hotkey
  • Menubar and Dock modes

Version 3.0b9: New Localizations

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  • Italian
  • Chinese Traditional
  • Romanian (interface)

  • OS X 10.10 or later

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The iPad Pro is too big to get Office apps for free...

Current iPad owners can download Microsoft Office apps free of charge, using them for both viewing and basic editing – but that won’t be the case with the iPad Pro, Microsoft told arsTechnica. Office on the iPad Pro will require an Office 365 subscription for any and all editing. That’s because Microsoft defines a 10.1 inch […]

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Strategy analytics: consumer usage of smartphone...

Navigation tasks are vitally important use-cases for the in-vehicle consumer. Regardless of device type (embedded or portable), a well-put-together and usable connected navigation system must provide information which is timely, relevant, and easily-consumed. A new report from the In-vehicle UX (IVX) group at Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com) has found key differences in usage and satisfaction among owners of embedded, dedicated portable and smartphone-based navigation systems.

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All aboard TrainCraft for a moderately amusing Mac...

TrainCraft is a moderately amusing arcade-like game for Mac OS X 10.6.6 and higher. Think of it as a railroad version of Pac-Man.

In the game, you control a train that drives around a screen. Your goal is to collect coins while avoiding the energy train that tries to collide with you. Tap and drag your finger to switch turn-outs to change your train's direction as you try to gather all the on-screen coins and proceed to the next level.

You can also collect "vagons" to multiple your score. Your train's speed can also vary as you use the "speed increase" and "speed decrease" buttons. 

The gameplay in TrainCraft is simple and has a nice retro feel with colorful, old-school arcade graphics to match. Plus, you can select from a variety of screen resolution settings (from 640 x 480 to 1344 x 1008) to best accommodate the Mac hardware you're using. 

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Troi Automatisering releases Troi File Plug-in 8.0.4...

Troi Automatisering has released Troi File Plug-in 8.0.4 for FileMaker Pro 14.

Version 8.0.4 is a maintenance update of our plug-in for manipulating external files and folders directly from FileMaker Pro. In this version Troi added compatibility with Windows 10, fixed some problems in the LaunchFile and DiskInfo functions and improved the working of the FindFolder and Metadata functions.

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Apple Watch Launches in Belgium, Finland, Norway,...

Apple has updated its regional websites for Belgium, Finland, Norway, Luxembourg and Poland to announce the Apple Watch will be available on October 9.

Belgium, Finland, Norway, Luxembourg and Poland will be part of the sixth Apple Watch launch wave:

  • April 24: Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, U.K. and U.S.
  • June 26: Italy, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland and Taiwan
  • July 17: The Netherlands, Sweden and Thailand
  • July 31: New Zealand, Russia and Turkey
  • September 25: Austria, Denmark and Ireland
  • October 9: Belgium,...
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    Pixelmator 3.3.3 - Powerful layer-based image editor...

    Pixelmator is a beautifully designed, easy-to-use, fast, and powerful image editor for OS X. It has everything you need to create, edit, and enhance your images.

    Pixelmator is a layer-based image editor. You can quickly create layers from your photos, other pictures, from selections, or even your iSight. Yes, Pixelmator can add a layer to your composition directly from your Mac's little camera. Not only can you link and arrange added layers, but Pixelmator also allows you to blend layers, change their opacity, create clipping masks, or even add layer masks to hide some portions of a layer.

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    Samsung tries to sell its phones to … people in an...

    So, you’re Samsung. You want to try to sell some phones. You need to find some potential customers. You draw up lists of potential targets, and right at the bottom, in billionth place, are Apple fans so dedicated that they’ve queued up outside an Apple Store to buy the shiny new iPhone 6s. So where […]

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    GraphicConverter 9.7.2 - Graphics editor with...

    GraphicConverter is an all-purpose image-editing program that can import 200 different graphic-based formats, edit the image, and export it to any of 80 available file formats.

    The high-end editing tools are perfect for graphic manipulation as well as the ability to use Photoshop-compatible plug-ins. It offers batch-conversion capabilities, a slide-show window, and so much more.

    Version 9.7.2: New Features

    • Icon in the document window footer to show/hide the toolbox
    • Multicollage function in convert and modify
    • Option to ignore minor ExifTool errors
    • Align two images
    • Browser context menu command to create ICO or ICNS from iconset
    • Paste at original position added
    • Added batch action to find and replace in filename
    • Added despeckle batch action
    • Display of Finder tags in the browser (requires 10.9 or later, option under preferences browser/thumbnails)
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    FTC to spearhead new Investigation into Google'...

    While Google's CEO Sundar Pichai is preparing to meet with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi this weekend, a new report has surfaced this morning claiming that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has reached an agreement with the Justice Department to spearhead a new investigation of Google’s Android business.

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    How to take a screenshot of your iOS device and move...

    Now that iOS 9 is out, you may wish to take some screenshots for instructional purposes. If you do and need to move them to your Mac, it's easy. Here's how:

    Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button on the top or side of your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

    Immediately press and release the Home button.

    Voila! You can find the screenshot in your Photos app.You can then send it to your Mac via the Message app, email, iCloud Photo Sharing and more.

    (And if you want to take a screenshot on your Apple Watch, press and hold the side button on the smartwatch, then immediately press and release the Digital Crown.)

    iOS 9 can be downloaded free via iTunes or as an over-the-air update through the Software Update function in iOS's Settings app. To install it, you'll need to be using (at least) an iPhone 4s, iPad 2, or fifth-generation iPod touch.

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