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Wednesday June 15

13:10
WWDC: Apple switching from HFS+ to Apple File System...

In the midst of new announcements and changes at WWDC, Apple took the wraps off its Apple File System during its Platform State of the Union event after the keynote speech. The change marks the replacement of the HFS+ file system, which has been used by Apple for more than 18 years.

According to a document on Apple’s Developer site, Apple File System improves on HFS+ while supporting “nearly all” of its features. But it’s optimized for flash and SSD storage, with modern touches like 64-bit support and strong encryption.

During the speech, Apple highlighted two big features of the Apple File System. The first is cloning. Given standard use by an operating system, duplicate files can still hog space and resources. Apple File System clones these files rather than...

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13:06
Apple wants Gatekeeper in macOS to guard the gate...

Apple will further lock down what apps can be run on Macs when it releases macOS Sierra this fall, reports Computerworld. The move is “likely a response” to revelations last year that Gatekeeper -could be easily bypassed by attackers to plant malware on machines.

Some apps downloaded and installed from the Internet could adversely affect your Mac. Gatekeeper is designed to help protect your Mac from such apps. Apple really wants you to download Mac apps from its Mac App Store.

For apps that are downloaded from places other than the Mac App Store, developers can get a unique Developer ID from Apple and use it to digitally sign their apps. The Developer ID allows Gatekeeper to block apps created by malware developers and verify that apps haven't been tampered with since they were signed. If an app was developed...

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12:55
Shipping delays continue to dog Apple's 4...

Two and a half months after the launch of the Apple iPhone SE, the company still hasn't caught up with demand -- a somewhat surprising issue for Chief Executive Tim Cook, whose noted strengths are in logistics and operations.

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12:44
Apple's 'Activity' App Icon is now a...

Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest registered trademark for their "Activity" App icon that was officially granted yesterday. Apple originally filed for their trademark ...

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12:41
iOS 10 warns users when opening legacy apps not...

More than a year after Apple mandated that all new apps must be 64-bit compatible, iOS 10 will begin warning users that non-compliant legacy apps may affect the stability of their iPhone or iPad.

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12:31
Russians Hack DNC Servers to Get Goods on Trump


Two groups of Russian hackers burrowed into the Democratic National Committee's servers and spent months stealing information on Donald Trump, the Republican Party's presumptive presidential nominee, according to Crowdstrike. The security firm identified "two sophisticated adversaries on the network," noted CTO Dmitri Alperovitch, dubbed "Cozy Bear" and "Fancy Bear." They are "some of the best adversaries [among the] groups we encounter on a daily basis," he said. "Their tradecraft is superb, operational security second to none."

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12:04
Hands-on: Apple brings HL7 CCD health records to...

Each since it was released, Apple has made noticeable strides to improve the built-in Health app. It launched on iOS 8 where we saw Apple promote HealthKit enabled apps, then with iOS 9 we saw the expansion to new health data points. iOS 10 takes Health a step further by now allowing users to store their health records directly in the app using the Health Level 7 Continuity of Care Document (HL7 CCD) standard. No longer having to track paperwork or use CDs, these health records will be tracked directly in-app with the ability to be imported from Mail, Safari, and other applications.

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11:58
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11:34
Article: Inside the betas: A sneak peek at what’s...

Earlier this week at its annual Worldwide Developer’s Conference, Apple unveiled a plethora of significant new updates to watchOS, tvOS, iOS and macOS, delivering new features across the board. In our latest multipart Inside the betas series, we’ll take a closer look at what’s changed in each of these updates, as of the first Developer Previews to hit the wires this Monday. While it wasn’t the most exciting of the batch, Apple’s…

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11:32
Hands-on: iOS 10 + watchOS 3 Home app for HomeKit on...

HomeKit, Apple’s smart home accessory framework, is gaining some much needed attention in iOS 10 and watchOS 3 thanks to a new built-in Home app for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Apple previously relied on third-party apps from accessory makers to control the HomeKit experience, using Siri as the only first-party controller, and various apps like the third-party Home app and Hesperus filled in the void.

Apple’s new Home app comes with a modern look, relatively easy-to-use controls, and access to accessories and scenes from anywhere on iOS 10. Check out our hands-on below to see Apple’s Home app for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch in action.

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11:31
iOS 10 update could make millions of iPads obsolete...

iOS 10 might just push you to snag an updated iPad to run it.

During Monday’s keynote, Apple announced that it would drop support for the iPad 2, the iPad 3 and the first-gem iPad mini.

Upon iOS 10’s release, up to 40 percent of all iPads could become obsolete according to mobile engagement form Localytics.

It’s possible that these numbers have changed a bit since March as Apple sells more iPads, but give that it now sells about 10 million a quarter, and cumulatively some 318 million iPads have been sold in total, whatever was sold since isn’t going to shift the needle by much.

As such, the question is whether iOS 10 will cause customers to upgrade their older iPads or lead to the iPad market’s decline in the tablet ecosystem.

Something to...

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10:59
Inside iOS 10: 3D Touch-enabled home screen widgets...

When 3D Touch launched alongside iOS 9 and the iPhone 6s, part of the promise was quick shortcuts to some of the most used functions in apps. With iOS 10, people may sometimes be able to skip opening apps entirely.

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10:43
Podcast 512: At WWDC 2016, it's all coming...

Well, another WWDC keynote is in the books, and boy are Susie’s thumbs tired. (Yeah, due to spotty Wi-Fi and a tethering fail, she wound up live-blogging about 45 minutes of the two-hour keynote from her iPhone, using the shockingly helpful QuickType keyboard.) This week Susie and Glenn are joined by Caitlin McGarry, Macworld’s East Coast staff writer who came to San Francisco for the week, because who can stay away from all this excitement?

And the keynote at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium certainly was exciting, with so many announcements, it was hard to digest them as they were happening. So on the podcast today, we discuss developers as the glue, the maturing of Apple’s newest platforms, Apple’s approach to AI, and some of the features we are most excited about. There will surely be more to unpack in the weeks ahead, and we’d love to hear your thoughts too.

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10:38
How-To: Close all Safari tabs at once in iOS 10 [...

It’s now possible to open an unlimited number of tabs in iOS 10’s Safari browser. With that in mind, it would be quite tedious to have to close each tab one-by-one, and fortunately Apple realizes this.

In iOS 10, users now have the option of closing all open Safari tabs in one fell swoop. To do so, simply tap and hold the tab button, and you’ll be prompted to close all open tabs at once. more…

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10:08
Inside watchOS 3: Apple Watch gets improved glance-...

In refining the Apple Watch experience with watchOS 3, Apple is focused on making information and functionality as quickly accessible as possible. It accomplishes that in a number of key ways, including a variety of new watch faces and complications.

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09:59
See iOS 10's New Photos App in Action

The Photos app in iOS 10 has been updated with what Apple calls "Siri intelligence," which essentially equates to new deep learning techniques and advanced facial and object recognition algorithms.

Using these tools, Photos is able to scan a user's entire photo library, intelligently detecting people, animals, places, and objects and grouping photos together in a logical way based on those parameters. As can be seen in the video below, this enables powerful searching capabilities, allowing users to search for "cats" to bring up their images of cats, or "mountains" to find all images taken of mountains.

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New to Photos on iOS is a "People" album, housing all of a user's images featuring people, grouped based on facial...

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09:32
Deals: $50-$100 off 2016 12-inch MacBooks; 38mm...

This week, Apple authorized reseller B&H is slashing prices on 2016 12-inch MacBooks by $50-$100. Or snap up a 38mm Apple Watch in Space Black Stainless for $349. Mac minis are also on sale for $200 off with free shipping at Adorama.

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09:30
9to5Toys Last Call: 13-inch MacBook Air 256GB $970,...

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09:29
'Universal Clipboard' for macOS Sierra...

A useful addition to Continuity in both macOS Sierra and iOS 10 is the Universal Clipboard, making it easier to shuttle content back and forth between Macs and iOS devices without AirDrop or other workarounds.

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09:18
Sony Unveils Slew of New PlayStation Titles


Sony on Monday announced its new game lineup for the year at the Electronic Entertainment Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center. "We have just concluded the PlayStation E3 Press Conference for 2016 and if ever there was a year dedicated to thrilling entertainment experiences, this is it," noted Shawn Layden, president of Sony Interactive Entertainment. Sony announced new titles not only for PlayStation 4, but also for its virtual reality brother, the PS4 VR, which will be available in North America in October.

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09:14
Apple Likely to Follow the Trend of Premium Tablets...

In April we asked the question "Will Apple Extend their use of OLED Displays to Future iPads, MacBooks & Beyond?" In that report we noted that a Korean report had shed light on the fact that Parade Technologies had announced collaboration with Samsung to deliver AMOLED panels for next generation tablets and notebooks. Now a new report published today in Korea reveals that HP will be upgrading their HP Spectre 360 this year with a 13.3" OLED display ...

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09:00
Make Starbucks your new meeting room with the new...

Building strong relationships is key to being successful in business. That truth is sometimes lost in our fast-paced, hyper-connected world, where more and more meetings are conducted remotely or in a formal office environment. Strong relationships grow by developing personal connections, which are best made face-to-face in an informal, friendly environment, over a cup of coffee. Starting today, it’s easier for you to do business while building that personal connection through the new Starbucks for Outlook add-in.

Read more about the Starbucks for Outlook add-in, last previewed at //build, at betterwith.office.com.

To make this even sweeter, we have an exciting offer running for a limited time! When you send a Starbucks eGift Card using Outlook, you are eligible to get a free $5 Starbucks eGift Card in return, so your next coffee is...

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09:00
How OneNote Class Notebook supports digital modeling...

Today’s post was written by Nikkie Laing, associate principal at the Opaheke School in New Zealand.

Digital modeling books are a way of recording and sharing our everyday and ongoing learning. They are featured in many New Zealand primary school classrooms. These collaborative resources are used to record our ideas and our collective thinking. They help make learning more visible and illustrate what success will look like. With modeling books firmly embedded in our pedagogical practice, OneNote Class Notebooks gave us the opportunity to create even more efficient and effective digital modeling books.

Traditional modeling books

Modeling books are a shared resource where students and teachers construct learning together. They are an important record of the work that gets done in classrooms. Traditionally, modeling books are kept in scrapbook form and stored in boxes for students...

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09:00
June Office 365 security and compliance update

In the last month, we’ve delivered a number of enhancements to Office 365 security and compliance capabilities, including the introduction of Advanced Security Management, a new set of capabilities powered by Microsoft Cloud App Security that gives you greater visibility and control over your Office 365 environment.

Below is a roundup of recent security and compliance news.

Gain enhanced visibility and control with Office 365 Advanced Security Management—The cloud offers many security benefits to organizations but also raises new security considerations. It can also add to existing ones, such as shadow IT, the use of software that is not formally sanctioned by the organization. We are thrilled to introduce Office 365 Advanced Security Management, a new set of capabilities—powered by Microsoft Cloud App Security—to give...

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08:59
Happy Hour Podcast 071 | WWDC 2016 unpacked: iOS 10...

This week Benjamin and Zac unpack the news from WWDC 2016 including watchOS 3, tvOS 10, macOS Sierra, and iOS 10. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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08:49
New for accessibility in iOS 10, macOS, Apple TV...

Apple briefly mentioned some accessibility enhancements during its press event this week — watchOS 3 is adding wheelchair specific optimizations to Apple Watch — but iOS 10, macOS Sierra, tvOS 10 and watchOS 3 also have many other improvements to assist users with motor, vision, hearing, and learning impairments. Here’s the rundown…

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Filed under: Apple Watch, iOS, Mac Tagged: accessibility, Apple TV, Dsylexia,...

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08:31
T-Mobile Tuesday's free Domino's Pizza...

Everybody loves free stuff, and that goes doubly so—maybe even quadruply so—when you put the word ‘free’ in front of the word ‘pizza,’ which T-Mobile did on Tuesday. During the company’s second T-Mobile Tuesday free giveaway, many customers ended up crusty after being burned when their local Domino’s rejected their redemption code.

As with all giveaways, a company is only willing to throw so much free product out their doors. Faster than you could say “cancel my account,” many Domino’s pizza locations reached their freebie capacity, as Android Police pointed out. Both pizza freebie recipients and those who were left paying for their own pies like a sucker took to Twitter on Tuesday.

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08:19
Inside iOS 10: Upgraded QuickType wields 'Siri...

Apple's forthcoming iOS 10 update will feature enhanced QuickType keyboard recommendations, which will now go beyond suggesting the next best word to write, and will intelligently recommend dates, locations, contacts and more.

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07:56
Resources, references in macOS Sierra API hint at...

It may be a convoluted mess to dig through, but sometimes source code hints at some interesting new resources that portend upcoming technologies.

Hidden inside Apple’s API differences web site for macOS Sierra are references to several additions that could include an OLED touch bar and Touch ID support.

Last month it was reported that Apple was planning a major MacBook Pro revamp that would bring support for Touch ID as well as a new OLED touch bar in place of the function keys. Now, macOS Sierra API changes further hint at those upcoming features…

A variety of new resources suggest support for the OLED touch bar, including a new “kHIDUsage_LED_DoNotDisturb” reference that seems to hint at a dedicated LED Do Not...

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07:53
Rumor: 'Aggressive' plans for second-gen...

A new report from the Far East claims that Apple and its suppliers are now gearing up to launch a second-generation Apple Watch, with orders for the new wearable device said to be higher than the supply chain expected.

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07:32
Review: Jaybird Freedom Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

If there’s one thing unique about the new Jaybird Freedom ($200), it’s that it demands customization from its owner. Though the Freedom is currently being sold alongside Jaybird’s very good X2, it feels like a successor in every way. In the Freedom we find a number of major design changes – evidence of choices that Jaybird has made about how Bluetooth sport headphones should fit, feel, and sound. While these might not be ideal for all users out of the box, there is ample room for tweaks and adjustments. If music is an indispensable part of your workout, we think the Jaybird Freedom is worth checking out.{/exp:char_limit}
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07:24
Trent Reznor says YouTube ‘built on stolen content’...

Nine Inch Nails frontman and Apple Music exec Trent Reznor has told Billboard that YouTube is built on stolen content:

Personally, I find YouTube’s business to be very disingenuous. It is built on the backs of free, stolen content and that’s how they got that big. I think any free-tiered service is not fair. It’s making their numbers and getting them a big IPO and it is built on the back of my work and that of my peers. That’s how I feel about it. Strongly.

Reznor made the comments in an interview alongside Apple SVP Eddy Cue, VP Robert Kondrk and ‘no official job title’ Jimmy Iovine in which the three discussed the lessons they have learned through launching the streaming music service …

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07:22
PDF Studio for macOS revved to version 11

Qoppa Software has launched PDF Studio 11 (http://www.qoppa.com/pdfstudio/), an update to their PDF editing application for macOS X.

The tool creates PDF documents that are compliant with the Adobe PDF specifications. Version 11 introduces a brand new OCR engine, and adds a number of new features including Spell Check, Non-Latin OCR Languages, Output Preview, and Enhanced Print Dialog.

PDF Studio Standard costs $89, and the Pro version is $129. A demo is available for download.

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07:18
AKVIS Pastel 2.0 for macOS adds new enhanced pastel...

AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has released AKVIS Pastel 2.0 for macOS and Windows. The app allows you to transform your photos into pastel pieces.

The new version provides an enhanced pastel effect with new settings and features. It also offers a completely redesigned interface, support for Ultra HD resolution, new decoration effects and stylish frames, as well as other changes.

On the Mac platform, AKVIS Pastel requires mac OS 10.6 or higher. It costs $49.

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07:13
Inside iOS 10: Apple doubles down on security with...

After a bruising battle with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and a contentious debate over encryption in the wake of the San Bernadino terrorist shooting, Apple is doubling down on privacy protection by researching cutting-edge privacy techniques for iOS 10, allowing advanced new features while protecting user data.

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06:57
TopXNotes 1.8.2 for macOS provides performance...

Tropical Software today announces TopXNotes 1.8.2, an update to their award-winning, full-featured personal information manager developed exclusively for macOS.

With TopXNotes, you drag and drop to create notes from any other text application or drag to import text and/or RTF documents. Once the information is created, TopXNotes' category system can be used to create categories that meet your needs or file them in folder-like groups. Version 1.8.2 provides performance enhancements and bug fixes.

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06:50
News: Apple requiring HTTPS connections from all...

Apple will be requiring all the apps in its App Store to connect to the web through an HTTPS connection starting on January 1, 2017. TechCrunch reports. The company debuted its App Transport Security feature in iOS 9, but until now developers weren’t required to use it. While the end user won’t really be able to observe any difference, starting next year all connections between apps and servers will be encrypted. Apple has been ramping…

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06:32
macOS Sierra beefs up Gatekeeper protection with two...

During Apple’s WWDC 2016 session What’s New in Security, the company shared are two interesting changes to the way Gatekeeper works in macOS Sierra – one visible, one not.

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Filed under: Mac Tagged: Gatekeeper, MacOs, macOS Sierra, Rogue apps, Security, Unsigned apps ...

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06:31
Apple's WWDC 2016 Keynote now Available on...

At WWDC Apple made many major announcements including the biggest release of iOS to date with version 10's incredible new eatures in Messages and an all-new design for Maps ...

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06:24
Episode 6 of the MacAdmins Podcast Available

I’m a bit late in posting this, but better late than never! In this episode, we interview the venerable Arek Dreyer about his upcoming book, and learn a little of his origin story! More on that in issues to come I’m sure!

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06:23
Apple invites retail employees to test macOS 10.12...

Apple today started inviting its retail employees to participate in testing macOS 10.12, the latest version of Apple’s Mac operating system unveiled earlier this week during a press event at the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference. An excerpt from Apple’s memo to employees below:

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06:19
iOS 10 supports inline video playback in Safari on...

One of the great things about watching video on an iPad is that content can be played inline in Safari. In other words, users can watch videos within Safari without being forced into a full screen video view.

Such functionality has been available in limited fashion on the iPhone. For example, the News app has been capable of playing videos inline since iOS 9.3.

Of course, such playback ability was touted for the Messages app during Apple’s WWDC 2016 keynote, but with the introduction of the iOS 10 beta, inline playback has also been added to Safari on iPhone. more…

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Prizmo 3, Pro Scanning for Mac

For Wednesday’s iLounge Deal, we’re offering Prizmo 3 for only $29.99 — that’s 59% off the regular price. This powerful app lets you scan, edit, and perform Optical Character Recognition (OCR) on any type of document or image. Scan a document using your smartphone, digital camera, or any other image capture device, and Prizmo will analyze it and convert it into a fully editable document. A powerful image editor is also built in…

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05:55
Video: See Apple's overhauled iOS 10 Messages...

Perhaps the biggest overhaul in Apple's upcoming iOS 10 can be seen in the Messages app, which will add the ability to send drawings, change message bubbles, replace words with emoji, use stickers, integrate third-party apps, and much more.

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05:29
While Apple Moves Defensively against Google Search...

By Apple developing its homegrown AI-powered services for iOS they're able to fend off Google services like search. The new Siri search features for its Mac computers will use Microsoft Corp.’s Bing search engine, rather than Google, when querying the web. Yet no matter how you slice and dice it, Apple Music and iTunes is trying to compete with Spotify ...

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05:27
Apple tells developers all apps must connect...

While Apple introduced its App Transport Security feature in iOS 9, which ensured that all connections between apps and servers must be encrypted, it wasn’t compulsory for developers to use it – and Google even helped them disable it.

All this will end on January 1st next year, reports TechCrunch, when Apple will require all apps to use HTTPS connections to servers to ensure that only encrypted data is transmitted …

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Filed under: iOS Tagged: App Transport Security, ATS,...

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05:00
Daily Deals: A Roundup of [Fuse]Chicken Armour Steel...

Wow, we not only have a deal for you today, but three deals! Here at Apple World Today, we're big fans of [Fuse]Chicken, the company that makes products (Bobine, Armour, Blackout and Titan) that use steel shielding to create incredibly strong and tangle-free charging cables. Our three deals today include the Armour Charge 2-meter Steel Charging Cable for $32.95 (regularly $44.95), the Armour Travel Charging Keychain for $29.99 (normally $39.95), and the...

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05:00
Win a 12-inch Retina MacBook from Apple World Today...

Admit it -- if you don't already own one of the slender 12-inch Retina MacBooks, you probably want one. Well, here's your chance to win one in our Mega MacBook Giveaway! All you need to do is enter between now and 11:59 PM CDT on July 29, 2016, and you have a chance to win a MacBook.

This MacBook comes with 256GB of SSD storage, a 1.1 GHz dual-core Intel core m3 Skylake processor with Turbo Boost up to 2.2 GHz, 8 GB of RAM, and an Intel HD Graphics 515 graphic card. It's valued at $1,299, making it our biggest giveaway to date.

We'll continue to remind you to enter the giveaway over the next month and a half. Good luck!

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05:00
New Linux Lite Is a Powerhouse Distro in Disguise


Linux Lite 3.0 is anything but what its name implies. It is a full-featured operating system that lets you get down to serious business right out of the box. It is one of the few out-of-the-box experiences I have had testing Linux distros in which I actually was set up and working in less than five minutes. Linux Lite runs only the lightweight Xfce desktop environment -- but a lightweight desktop environment does not detract from this distro's usability or functionality.

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04:58
Kool Tools: goBAT 4400 portable battery pack

SCOSCHE Industries has expanded its line of portable power devices with the goBAT 4400, a portable backup battery that features a built-in emergency flashlight. It’s available at SCOSCHE.com for $19.99.

Featuring a built-in emergency flashlight, the goBAT 4400 is ideal for camping or summer road trips. SCOSCHE’s goBAT 4400 makes it simple and safe to inspect a car’s engine or navigate through a campground in the dark. Its compact design also makes it the ideal travel accessory, allowing users to slip it in their pocket or keep it safely tucked in a backpack when not in use.

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04:48
Gartner: smartphone technologies that can’t be...

The smartphone market is getting more complex and dynamic, as well as maturing and being highly commoditized. In such mature market, technology improvements in smartphone has brought incremental enhancements and these are often not perceived by users as critical for them.

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04:48
Gartner: smartphone technologies that can’t be...

The smartphone market is getting more complex and dynamic, as well as maturing and being highly commoditized. In such mature market, technology improvements in smartphone has brought incremental enhancements and these are often not perceived by users as critical for them.

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04:37
Business Process Workflow Diagrams Solution...

CS Odessa has released the Business Process Workflow Diagrams Solution in the ConceptDraw Solution Park. It allows users of ConceptDraw Pro to better describe and manage work scenarios by using the business process workflow methodology.

New libraries and samples make it easier to describe the steps related to this popular workflow process. The Business Process Workflow Diagrams Solution retails for $49.

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04:34
Troi Automatisering releases Troi Activator Plug-In...

Troi Automatisering has released Troi Activator Plug-in 4.0 for FileMaker Pro 11. The updated cross platform plug-in runs natively in FileMaker Pro 15 and now serves as image upload server.

The Activator Plug-in is a tool for triggering scripts across the network, even over the Internet. A fully functional demo version of Troi Activator Plug-in 4.0 is available for downloading at Troi's web site (http://www.troi.com/software/activatorplugin.html).

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04:30
Philips Hue White E 26 Starter Kit is a good place...

If you’re thinking of implementing a smart home set-up, the $79.95 Philips Hue White E 26 Starter Kit is a good place to start, though there are some glitches to be worked out.

It comes with a “bridge” and three Philips Hue white ambiance bulbs and integrated luminaires, all providing shades of white light from cool daylight (6500°K) to warm white light (2200°K). Along with the new lighting, there's a "routines" feature in the free Philips Hue app that provides light “recipes” that can gradually brighten lights to help you wake up in the morning or gradually dim them to help you get to sleep at night. 

There are also some security benefits; the Philips Hue set-up can make it seem like you're home when you're not, using the schedule function in the Philips Hue app. You can set the lights to come on...

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04:27
DRM Converter for macOS X upgraded to version 4.9.3

AppleMacSoft (www.applemacsoft.com) has upgraded DRM Converter for Mac OS X to version 4.9.3.

It's an app for removing DRM from Apple Music, protected audio files and old iTunes M4P songs. It makes it possible to save them in MP3, M4A, or other audio formats that is playable on either your local computer or your music players. The new version fully compatible with the latest versions of macOS and iTunes. It also supports new Apple Music, audiobook files and much more.

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04:13
Supply-chain report suggests Apple Watch 2 launch...

Supply-chain sources cited by the variously-reliable Digitimes suggest that Apple maybe gearing up to launch the second-generation Apple Watch alongside the iPhone 7, in September.

Shipments of chips and components for the second-generation Apple Watch are set to begin in the third quarter, the sources indicated.

The time-frame is of course vague, but component production sometime in the July to September range would be compatible with Apple launching the Watch with the iPhone 7. If the next iPhone is an iterative model, as widely expected, then a new Watch could give the launch event more punch.

The same report suggests that Apple may be hoping for a significant boost in sales …

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04:07
Folx 5.0 for macOS features revised interface

Eltima Software has announced Folx 5.0, an update of the download manager for macOS. It's available in free and paid-for versions.

Version 5.0 features a revised interface with lots of newly added features, including improvements to overall downloading process and its management. Retina displays and the latest macOS versions are supported.

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04:07
Apple's Trent Reznor Bashes Google for building...

Apple Music executive Trent Reznor is the latest artist to join the music industry’s war of words with YouTube, attacking Google’s video service over the role it plays for musicians.

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04:00
Would Apple consider macOS and iOS both running on a...

I still think that macOS and iOS will merge at some point in the future. Some folks predict an alternative theory: iOS running along Mac OS X on a Mac.

A friend made this prediction: "The next iMac will be a touch enable computer either through the screen or through a multi-touch tablet and will have macOS along with iOS built in. This would greatly increase the marketing potential for the apps and advertising."

And in a long-ago (about 2010) ZDNet column, tech writer Adrian Kingsley-Hughes said he thought we might see iOS running alongside Mac OS X (now just macOS) proper. 

"Pre iPad, it made little sense for Apple to even think of putting the iPhone OS on the Mac, since the apps were specifically designed for a small screen. But with the iPad, Apple is now building quite a repository of apps designed for a far bigger screen," he wrote. "It’s not hard to imagine apps …....

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03:39
Purported iPhone 7 photos claims to show new touch-...

A purported image of the front of an iPhone 7 has appeared on the Internet today, via mobipicker.com. Blurry cams and bad photography aside, the picture claims to a major new detail for the upcoming flagship iPhone 7 launch, which is expected to mostly resemble an iPhone 6s in appearance.

The image shows a tweaked Home Button that appears to be flat with the bezel, meaning Apple will drop the physical click in favor of a fully touch-sensitive capacitive Home Button. Noting that the image could quite easily be faked, it does appear to show a button that has no depth …

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03:30
tvOS 10 FAQ: Everything you need to know about the...

Apple TV hasn’t been a hobby for a while now, but this year’s WWDC keynote marked a major milestone in its maturity. For the first time since Apple’s streaming box was introduced back at Macworld Expo in 2007, Apple carved out some stage time for the next version of its big-screen operating system, and tvOS made the most of the opportunity.

While it might not be the major leap forward that iOS 10 is, the new tvOS is an important step in Apple TV’s evolution that pushes Apple’s media streamer even closer to the future Apple is promising.

When can I get it?

Like iOS, macOS and watchOS, the new tvOS will be available this fall.

It’s free, right?

Of course. Apple hasn’t charged for an OS update since Mountain Lion, and tvOS continues the free tradition.

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03:30
tvOS 10 FAQ: Everything you need to know about the...

Apple TV hasn’t been a hobby for a while now, but this year’s WWDC keynote marked a major milestone in its maturity. For the first time since Apple’s streaming box was introduced back at Macworld Expo in 2007, Apple carved out some stage time for the next version of its big-screen operating system, and tvOS made the most of the opportunity.

While it might not be the major leap forward that iOS 10 is, the new tvOS is an important step in Apple TV’s evolution that pushes Apple’s media streamer even closer to the future Apple is promising.

When can I get it?

Like iOS, macOS and watchOS, the new tvOS will be available this fall.

It’s free, right?

Of course. Apple hasn’t charged for an OS update since Mountain Lion, and tvOS continues the free tradition.

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03:19
Apple’s Back to School promotion launches in Europe...

[UPDATE: Apple’s Back To School program has now launched in China, as well.]

Apple’s 2016 Back to School Beats kicked off in the United States at the beginning of the month and has today expanded internationally across Europe. Students in United Kingdom, France, Germany, Netherlands and more can now take advantage of the summer promotion at Apple Stores in their country as well as online.

Like the US, eligible purchases of certain Macs come with free Beats Solo2 wireless headphones worth $299 at retail. For iPad and iPhone, select iOS device purchases come with free Beats Powerbeats2 wireless headphones, worth $199 at retail.

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03:08
Apple Aggressively Steps up Procurement of Chips and...

At this week's WWDC keynote Apple spent a lot of time on updating developers about the changes coming to watchOS this fall. Today a supply chain report claims that "Apple has stepped up procurement of chips and components for the second-generation Apple Watch ...

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03:00
Social Media Overtakes Television As Young People...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from BBC: Of the 18-to-24-year-olds surveyed, 28% cited social media as their main news source, compared with 24% for TV. The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism research also suggests 51% of people with online access use social media as a news source. The report, now in its fifth year, is based on a YouGov survey of about 50,000 people across 26 countries, including 2,000 Britons. Facebook and other social media outlets have moved beyond being "places of news discovery" to become the place people consume their news, it suggests. And news via social media is particularly popular among women and young people. The study found Facebook was the most common source -- used by 44% of all those surveyed -- to watch, share and comment on news. Next came YouTube on 19%, with Twitter on 10%. Apple News accounted for 4% in the US and 3% in the UK, while messaging app Snapchat was used by just 1% or less in most countries. According to the survey,...

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02:32
Samsung's New York Event in August to Introduce...

On June 2 Patently Apple posted a report titled "Samsung Moves One Step Closer to Introducing Iris Scanning Recognition on Galaxy Devices." Today the Korean tech press reports that Samsung will reportedly launch their next Galaxy Note 7 with an iris scanner at a special event on August 2.

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Tuesday June 14

23:51
Safari 10 will turn off Flash by default when it...

Apple’s Safari is driving another nail in the coffin of Adobe Flash by no longer telling websites that offer both Flash and HTML5 that the plug-in is installed on users’ Macs.

The Mac maker is planning similar measures with other plug-ins like Java, Silverlight and QuickTime. This move will force websites with both plug-in and HTML5-based media implementations to use their HTML5, it said.

When Safari 10, the new version of its browser, ships this fall with macOS Sierra, it will by default behave as though common legacy plug-ins on users’ Macs are not installed, wrote Apple software engineer Ricky Mondello in a post.

To read...

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23:14
Apple SVPs Schiller and Federighi discuss Siri,...

Apple executives Phil Schiller and Craig Federighi on Tuesday took part in a casual interview to discuss the many software and services enhancements revealed at this week's Worldwide Developers Conference.

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20:56
Apple mandates App Store apps support ATS security...

In an announcement at a Worldwide Developers Conference session on Tuesday, Apple said apps submitted to its various App Stores will be required to use the App Transport Security standard by the end of 2016, a decision that underscores the company's dedication to customer privacy.

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20:51
Phil Schiller and Craig Federighi Talk iMessage,...

A day after Apple's WWDC keynote address, Apple SVP of Marketing Phil Schiller and SVP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi joined Daring Fireball's John Gruber on a special edition of his podcast, The Talk Show. The duo addressed many topics, including the emphasis on iMessage in iOS 10, opening up Siri and other parts of iOS up to developers and the Mac App Store.

The bulk of Apple's presentation on iOS 10 was focused on the extensive improvements to iMessage. When Gruber asked Federighi about the...

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18:07
Apple shares full WWDC 2016 keynote on YouTube

After sharing the video on its own website yesterday, Apple this evening has uploaded the full WWDC 2016 keynote to its YouTube channel this evening for your viewing pleasure, as well.

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18:00
Telefónica uses Yammer to stay engaged, aligned and...

Telefónica believes that by encouraging an online employee community based on respectful, enlightened conversations and problem solving, a concept it calls “intelligent altruism,” Telefónica will evolve from a hierarchical organization to a global community of engaged employees.

“The world has changed exponentially, and the way we communicate, work and socialize has, too,” says Aitor Goyenechea, director of Global Internal Communications at Telefónica. “Before, large companies like ours tended to be siloed, geographically dispersed organizations where real-time connections and conversations didn’t really happen all that much. Today, we are aware that digital life and technology is an essential part of human experience,” says Goyenechea.

Read the full Telefonica story to understand how Telefonica keeps their employees connected, productive and innovative.

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17:48
RAW shooting, a harsher Gatekeeper, and more obscure...

Enlarge / The onstage presentations don't encompass every new feature in iOS 10 and macOS Sierra. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

When Apple announced iOS 10 and macOS Sierra at its WWDC keynote yesterday, it hit most of the high notes. Big user-facing features like the Siri API on iOS and Siri on the Mac, the revamped Messages app, Universal Clipboard, and tweaks to Photos and Apple Music got stage time, but as the company said, there was more stuff that didn’t get any attention.

Our previews and reviews of the beta and final versions of the OSes will cover all of those features and lots of the smaller, less notable tweaks to Apple’s built-in apps, but after a few hours of digging through the developer documentation we’ve also unearthed a few neat under-the-hood tweaks in both Sierra and iOS 10...

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17:14
Apple's iPhone 7 will introduce a Parking...

Apple has been working on a vehicle parking location app for some time now. Patently Apple covered Apple's first indoor parking patent back in in 2013. A general parking invention surfaced in 2014. Apple was also granted parking related patents in May and July 2015. Today ...

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16:31
Rhapsody now goes by Napster

Ah, Napster: the brand that just won't go away. In fact, you're likely about to hear the name a lot more often. Rhapsody revealed today that it would use the Napster moniker going forward in a brief blog entry. The company did say that nothing about...

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16:18
Resources found in macOS Sierra hint at upcoming...

Hidden inside all of the changes that are coming with macOS Sierra are several notable additions to the developer side of things. On Apple’s API differences webpage, you can see several new resources that hint at potential features that could be coming with future Macs, including that OLED touch bar and Touch ID support.

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16:02
Hands-On With iOS 10's Overhauled Lock Screen

The Lock screen experience in iOS 10 has been completely overhauled, with a new widgets side panel, a redesigned Control Center, revamped notifications, quicker camera access, and the removal of the iconic "Slide to Unlock" feature.

As can be seen in the hands-on video below, Slide to Unlock, formerly accessible through a right swipe, has been retired. Swiping right now brings up a widgets side panel, while swiping left opens up the Camera app. The widgets panel houses widgets formerly located in the "Today" view of the Notification Center.

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The unlocking mechanism has been changed because with Touch ID, it was easy to bypass the Lock screen too quickly, making it difficult to see notifications.

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15:51
Nanorods could harvest water in dry climates

Sometimes, it's the accidental discoveries that make the biggest impact. Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have learned that carbon-rich nanorods created in a botched experiment might be ideal for harvesting water. When there's r...

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15:40
IHS analyst: iOS 10’s Home app will help HomeKit...

The announcement of the Home app — which is coming in iOS 10 — is a positive step forward for Apple, because there’s finally a central app to manage the IoT devices comprising the HomeKit ecosystem, according to Blake Kozak, principal analyst, smart home, IHS Technology. (HomeKit is a framework that allows control of compatible home automation devices through iOS and Siri.)

Prior to Home, users needed to download third party apps, in order to control their devices. However, what has been a very long and drawn out release -- partially because of the security requirements developers must meet such as encryption with 3072-bit keys and secure Curve25519 that guarantee the security of HomeKit devices -- may finally gain traction in the smart home market, says Kozak.

The Home app is deeply integrated into iOS, delivering a way to set up, manage and control your home in one place. Accessories can be managed individually or...

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15:30
What you're playing next: The best of E3's...

The biggest show in video games starts off the same every year: with a seemingly endless torrent of announcements, teasers and surprises a full day before the show floor even opens. It's nerve wracking, but wonderful; Never change, E3. On Day zer...

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15:13
iOS 10 Beta Reactions: Photos Memories, New...

The new and updated features included in iOS 10 are plentiful, and Apple users and developers have already begun to voice their opinions of a number of them online. Many testers have come away impressed by new, personalized additions to old apps like Photos, the new raise-to-wake feature, and subtle but useful additions to Maps, which can now remember where you parked your car.

Of course, where there are positives, there are negatives as well, so we've gathered up user reactions on a few of the new features of iOS 10 and attempted to bring in variety of opinions on each where possible while gauging overall sentiment from early users.

Parked Car Notifications

Reaction: Largely Positive

A new feature in iOS this year will allow Apple Maps to remember where users park their cars, which should be helpful when parking in large...

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15:05
Your iPad can double as a smart home hub with iOS 10

No inclination to get the latest Apple TV just to give yourself a hub for your HomeKit devices? If you have a reasonably recent iPad hanging around, you won't have to. Apple tells SlashGear that iOS 10 can use your iPad as a smart home hub as long as...

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14:59
Eddy Cue: Apple’s iTunes music business (think music...

There are still rumors that Apple plans to end music purchasing a la iTunes and go with streaming only a la Apple Music. However, in a Billboard interview, Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, says there’s no “end date” for music sales and the “music iTunes business is doing very well.”

“Downloads weren’t growing, and certainly are not going to grow again, but it’s not declining anywhere near as fast as any of them predicted or thought it would,” he added. “There are a lot of people who download music and are happy with it and they’re not moving towards subscriptions. We talked about subscriptions bringing a lot of new customers in, people who have never bought music. And if you look at Apple’s music revenue on a quarterly basis, because of subscriptions and because of sales, it’s now...

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14:50
Rhapsody Rebrands Itself As Napster

An anonymous reader writes: After completing its purchase of Napster in December 2011, Rhapsody has decided to rebrand itself as Napster. Rhapsody made the announcement on their blog, which states: "No changes to your playlists, favorites, albums, and artists. Same music. Same service. Same price. 100% the music you love. Stay tuned!" That's it. The company didn't elaborate as to why they decided to change their name now. Napster has made a name for itself as being a brand synonymous with illegal music downloads. It'll be interesting to what kind of effect, if any, this has on Rhapsody.


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14:40
WWDC keynote, new features show Apple focusing on...

This is honestly a pretty interesting read.

An article over on Buzzfeed points out that yesterday’s keynote address at the Worldwide Developers Conference highlighted some changes that Apple seems to be making definitively address the female market.

In doing so, Apple seems to be moving some of its focus away from addressing the male market. Like Pinterest and similar services, the female market seems to be the new focus of attention for Apple’s future markets.

For example, Apple’s new emergency alert system as well as a new feature that allows you to use iPhone-based app from your Apple Watch to call an Uber without having to remove your iPhone from your bag seems to be targeted around female safety and thus the female market.

The...

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14:15
Apple needed to make a standalone HomeKit app

HomeKit, Apple's platform for the Internet of Things, was introduced in 2014. Last year hardware makers finally started selling devices with companion apps that supported the architecture. But the one thing missing from that platform was an accompany...

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14:09
iOS 10 proactively remembers where you left your...

Third party solutions like Automatic and various apps on the App Store can already do this, but iOS 10 builds finding where you parked your car right into the operating system. The new Parked Car feature proactively remembers where you left your vehicle and offers new features in Maps for adding more context.

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14:07
Apple’s brain trust on streaming’s new world order...

Anything good and bad about Apple Music lays at the feet of these people. So when they talk about the issues involved, it’s always an interesting discussion.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:05
Facebook adds SMS to Messenger for Android

A few months ago, Facebook was reported to be testing SMS integration in its Messenger app for Android. Now, that feature is officially live. It's entirely optional, so you'll need to enable it. To do so, head over to Settings in the Messenger app, s...

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14:00
Pad & Quill's Timberline cases: Same...

Back at the end of February, Apple World Today featured a review of a gorgeous new wooden case for iPhones from the folks at Pad & Quill. The Woodline case has been a rousing success for the company, as well as the case that I've had on my iPhone 6s Plus for most of 2016. If there's one thing I wanted from the Woodline, it was a bit more protection. Pad & Quill's new Timberline cases (US$39.95) are perfect in that respect, adding a tough polycarbonate case to the beautiful wood found on the Woodline. Here's Brian "Mr. PQ" Holmes to tell you about the case:

Design

Take gorgeous hardwoods -- Rosewood, American Cherry, or American Walnut -- and add that polycarbonate bumper case, and you have the best of both...

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13:50
Apple is bringing RAW photo editing to iOS 10

This is a big deal to professional shooters and anyone who shoots in RAW but edits on their iOS device. It will also bring a lot of changes to apps in iOS that allow you to edit photos. And it means that, undoubtedly, RAW capture will be available in the next version of the iPhone and iPad.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:39
Mars may have had explosive volcanoes

The prevailing wisdom is that Mars has long been a stable planet. Without tectonic plates, it didn't have the violent upheavals that lead to earthquakes and explosive volcanoes here on Earth... did it? Not so fast. Scientists combing over data from N...

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13:37
The abilities and limitations of SiriKit, Siri’s...

Enlarge / The types of apps that can take advantage of the newly opened Siri. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Siri is opening up. Kind of.

Apple's "intelligent personal assistant" came before Google Now and Cortana and Alexa, but all of those assistants have caught up to and lapped Siri in one important way: they let third-party applications and services use them to do stuff. As it stands today, Siri can be used to launch third-party apps, but it isn't able to do anything else.

That will change in iOS 10, which is extending Siri to third-party developers via "SiriKit." Developers can't quite do everything that Apple can do—even when letting developers in,...

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13:33
CarPlay at WWDC: Rearrange or Hide Apps, Apple Music...

While most of the WWDC 2016 keynote was focused on iOS 10, macOS Sierra, and new versions of tvOS and watchOS, Apple also made a number of CarPlay-related announcements during the two-hour presentation.

First, the new Apple Maps appearance on iOS 10 and some new features extend to the dashboard. If there is a lot of traffic ahead, for example, CarPlay will now proactively provide you with alternate routes and estimate how much time you saved compared to your original route.

Additionally, CarPlay turn-by-turn directions will now be available directly in your instrument cluster...

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13:23
Siri in iOS 10 will only work with six types of...

If you were hoping iOS 10 would make Siri smart enough to answer any type of voice command, get ready for Siri to answer back, “not so fast.”

According to Apple’s programming guide, the all-new Siri SDK, or SiriKit, will initially support only six types of third-party app services: audio/video calling, messaging, sending and receiving payments, searching photos, starting workouts, and booking rides. These integrations fall in line with Apple’s demonstration of Siri in iOS 10 at the WWDC keynote on Monday. Siri was asked to send a message via WeChat, make a payment using Square Cash, and book a ride with Lyft.

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13:15
The Week in iOS Accessories: Charge!

Power to the people

This week’s roundup includes a number of new ways to ensure you’ve always got power available for your iPhone and iPad.

bKey

bKey ($25 MSRP) is a tiny emergency backup battery for your phone—“no bigger than a car key and designed to look like one.” It holds 350mAh in reserve, which should give you 45 minutes of talk time. 

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13:13
Apple Pay introduces website payments but punts on...

(credit: Andrew Cunningham)

In the keynote presentation of this week's World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco, Apple announced that it would allow website developers to add an Apple Pay button to the checkout part of their sites. The company also revealed that iMessage will now be open to apps from third-party developers, and one of Apple's spokespeople demonstrated this new openness by sending money to a friend using an iMessage-compatible Square Cash app. Both of these new announcements will make buying things easier in the Apple ecosystem, but neither seems to be the kind of development that will (singlehandedly) propel Apple to dominate the payments market.

Apple's Web-payments function, called “Pay with Apple Pay,” only works in Safari for now. The aim is to reduce any friction a...

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12:42
With Safari 10 on macOS Sierra, Adobe Flash will be...

Alongside various new features (Siri, Auto Unlock, Apple Pay) coming in macOS Sierra, Apple’s next major desktop operating system, it also ships with the brand new version of Safari, Safari 10. Safari 10 introduces a major change in the way the browser handles plugins. In short, proprietary plugins like Adobe Flash will be disabled by default when browsing the web.

This means that websites will serve modern HTML5 representations of content as often as possible as they will not be able to detect an installation of Flash at all. Safari is smart however — it will allow you to enable Flash temporarily on demand …

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12:30
Winners of the 2016 Apple Design Awards

Read about these talented developers and their apps, which reflect the best in design, innovation, and technology on Apple platforms. See the winners.

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12:30
Winners of the 2016 Apple Design Awards

Read about these talented developers and their apps, which reflect the best in design, innovation, and technology on Apple platforms. See the winners.

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12:12
WWDC: Apple highlights Swift Playground, shows...

Ok, this could prove extremely neat.

Among yesterday’s announcements, Apple CEO Tim Cook highlighted Swift Playgrounds, a free new app for beginners who want to create iOS apps using Swift, Apple’s programming language.

Swift Playgrounds features lessons to help beginners learn coding concepts such as creating functions, issuing commands, loops, and more. Apple will release new challenges, so coders can continue to learn new skills as they progress. Apple says that teachers can use Xcode to create their own content for Swift Playgrounds.

The program features support for the iPad interface as well as has a coding keyboard with a shortcuts bar that allows you to swipe across a key to access Swift-specific characters. Other features include a pop-over...

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12:05
What’s Coming Next, From The WWDC Keynote

Posted a Huffington Post article from my notes from the WWDC keynote. Hope you enjoy!

Apple kicked off WWDC (World Wide Developers Conference) today, with a Keynote that showcased some of the upper tier of talent and management within Apple. As a former WWDC speaker, I watch the keynote and most sessions through the remainder of the week religiously. Here, you see what’s coming in the fall releases of the four operating systems: macOS, watchOS, iOS, and tvOS (for Macs, Apple Watches, iPhones and iPads, and Apple TVs respectively).

To read the rest of the article, click here to jump to Huffington Post.

PS: macOS autocorrects to tacos. Mmmmm, tacos…

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12:00
The Deferred Channel June updates for the Office 365...

The June Office 365 client update (version 1602) includes a number of new features and capabilities for those receiving updates from the Deferred Channel. As you might recall from a previous post, the Deferred Channel allows organizations to choose an update schedule that reduces the frequency of feature changes for the Windows desktop apps, enabling IT admins and developers to have more time between releases to validate Office against their line-of-business applications, add-ins and macros. New features are available in the Deferred Channel three times per year, on “Patch Tuesday,” in February, June and October.

For information on the updates available in this month’s Deferred Channel, visit the Office 365 client release notes. In addition, the existing Office...

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11:29
Netflix for iPad now works with iOS 9’s Picture-In-...

Screenshot via Cameron

Apple introduced a built-in Picture-In-Picture feature for iPads on iOS 9 a year ago and released it last fall. We’re getting deep into iOS 10 territory at this point, but some apps are still updating to support the latest features from the current version of iOS. Netflix delivered on that today with official support for PIP on iOS 9.3.2 or later. (The version number requirement may suggest that earlier versions didn’t support what Netflix would need, although iOS 10 beta seems to break it.)

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11:19
Debating WWDC: Is Apple pushing forward or playing...

Another WWDC keynote is in the books, and the books are bulging a little today because that was a huge keynote. Apple had to cut out all the fluff to pack everything into two hours: No musical guest, no third-party app demos, not even a funny opening video skit welcoming the developers to WWDC.

Instead we got more of the good stuff: tons of new features for users of macOS, iOS, tvOS, and watchOS, plus some long-awaited new capabilities for developers, who will be able to tap into Siri and Messages to make those services more robust.

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10:50
watchOS 3 Tidbits: Face Gallery, Disable Screenshots...

Apple this week previewed watchOS 3, the next major version of its Apple Watch software platform. The first beta has been seeded to registered developers, allowing for early adopters to take a closer look at what's new in the update.

Many tidbits in the new watchOS have already been discovered that were not given much or any stage time during Apple's WWDC 2016 keynote, including improvements to the Apple Watch companion app on iPhone, new first-party apps and watch faces, minor user interface tweaks, and more.

Face Gallery

A new Face Gallery section has been added to the companion Watch app on iPhone, allowing users to browse and switch between watch faces, customize the color scheme, and configure complications.

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10:44
AAS rolls out a NKS-ready version of the Lounge...

Applied Acoustics Systems says its Lounge Lizard EP-4 electric piano (http://tinyurl.com/j5z5fw5) now supports Native Instrument's NKS extended plug-in format.

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10:33
Safari in macOS Sierra Deactivates Flash and Other...

In Safari 10, set to ship with macOS Sierra, Apple plans to disable common plug-ins like Adobe Flash, Java, Silverlight, and QuickTime by default in an effort to focus on HTML5 content and improve the overall web browsing experience.

As explained by Apple developer Ricky Mondello in a post on the WebKit blog, when a website offers both Flash and HTML5 content, Safari will always deliver the more modern HTML5 implementation. On a website that requires a plug-in like Adobe Flash to function, users can activate it with a click as can be done in Google's Chrome browser.

Most websites that detect that Flash isn't available, but don't have an HTML5 fallback, display a "Flash isn't installed" message with a link to download Flash from Adobe. If a user clicks on one of those links, Safari will inform them that the plug-in is already installed...

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10:31
Maintain serves up Cocktail 9.3 (El Capitan Edition)

Maintain has served up Cocktail 9.3.1 (El Capitan Edition), a new edition of Cocktail for users running OS X El Capitan 10.11.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. The new version adds the ability to change the umber of Recent Places in the Open and Save dialogs. It also provides improvements on the "Clear applications caches" procedure.

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10:20
Developer Accuses Apple Of Stealing His Breathe App

On Monday at its Worldwide Developer's Conference, Apple announced a new app called Breathe as one of the new headline features for watchOS 3, the latest version of its operating system for Apple Watch. The health-centric app reminds users to take a moment and breathe. But was it company's own idea? App developer Ben Erez is accusing Apple of stealing features from his app. What's worse, he adds that the company even used the same name for its app. Erez tells BGR India in a statement: We've had the same concept, same spelling, same functionality in the App store for phone and watch for over a year. We built the app because the existing mindfulness apps were insufficient in that they all focus on intense sessions of 5-20 minutes, once per day. We wanted a mindfulness experience that was felt throughout the day in smaller bits.


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10:14
Inside iOS 10: Mail & Notes switch to triple-...

Owners of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro can take better advantage of their screen space in iOS 10, thanks to new versions of Apple's Mail and Notes apps that include three panes in landscape mode instead of the two present on other iPads.

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10:12
CarPlay in iOS 10: Improved Apple Music, removing...

CarPlay is something I’ve been following (and using) since it launched it late 2014. It was better than the status quo in many ways when it launched but had obvious room for improvements. iOS 9.3 made significant improvements to CarPlay by including the full Apple Music experience and upgraded Maps features. When iOS 10 debuts later this fall, CarPlay will get even better thanks to a variety of small improvements that add up to simpler experience.

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10:10
Apple's iOS 10 Goes to Eleven


Apple on Monday kicked off its Worldwide Developers Conference with the biggest-ever release of its iOS mobile operating system. CEO Tim Cook called iOS 10, coming this fall, "gigantic" and "the mother of all releases." Among the new offerings in the upcoming version of iOS are more features in Messaging, all new designs for News, Music and Photos, and increased opportunities for developers to integrate their apps with Siri, Maps and Messages.

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09:30
9to5Toys Last Call: iPhone 6/s Battery Case $11, 13...

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09:25
WWDC: Apple highlights hefty tvOS update, new...

Apple’s tvOS is about to receive a fairly hefty update, as outlined by Eddy Cue during the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference yesterday. Cue began by showing off a reworked iPhone remote app that includes all the same features as the bundled Siri Remote. When you’re searching for stuff to watch, Siri can now look up categories like “high school comedies from the ’80s.” Siri’s universal search is also adding YouTube to its content sources in the upcoming tvOS update.

The company will also be incorporating a new feature called Single Sign-on, which allows you to enter multiple login credentials at once and gain access to app from larger networks like HBO, ABC, NBC, ESPN and others. tvOS is also gaining a new feature called Live Tune-in, which lets you open live programming...

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09:15
Apple Pay confirmed for France, Hong Kong &...

During its WWDC keynote, Apple solidified rumors by announcing that Apple Pay will be coming to France, Switzerland, and Hong Kong in the next several months.

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09:10
Apple Confirms Rich Notifications Will Come to...

Despite only showcasing iOS 10's new rich notifications feature on an iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus during WWDC, Apple has confirmed in beta notes that devices without the pressure sensing technology of the newest iPhone models will also be getting rich notifications. Still, the feature is relegated -- and "optimized" -- for the 6s and 6s Plus in the first iOS 10 beta, with full functionality coming to older-model iPhones in the future.

"Support for rich notifications is optimized for 3D Touch, and in iOS 10 beta 1 the feature is available only on iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Future betas will provide access to this functionality for users of iPhone models without support for 3D Touch." Rich notifications function as a way for users to pop into apps...

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09:00
The future of video conferencing—3 trends breathing...

For decades, video conferencing has been a nice-to-have feature for most businesses, but not a necessity. Thanks to advances in both hardware and software—as well as the growing demand for visual communications among millennials in the workforce—that’s all about to change.

Despite the decrease in bandwidth costs, both hardware and software continue to improve video quality while using better compression methods that eat up even less bandwidth. This has helped reduce the costs of video conferencing services and devices, which has led to a widespread adoption in the workplace. Today, virtual meetings can be held in large video conferencing rooms dedicated to cross-team collaboration, on mobile devices like tablets and cell phones or while simply sitting at a desk using VOIP or a conference phone.

As technology continues to improve, here are three trends to expect for...

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09:00
Announcing a new version of the Office 365 admin app

As an Office 365 admin, you sometimes find yourself in a situation when you’re not at your desk but you still want to act quickly. For example, if your CEO has forgotten their Office 365 password or an employee left the company, you want to take action right away. To help you in these situations and to easily stay up to date on the latest changes in Office 365, we developed the Office 365 admin app, which gives you access to all common admin features on the go.

Today, we are happy to announce a design update for the Office 365 admin app that will make it easier and more efficient for you to manage your service using the app.

More than just a tool for on-the-go

Since its first launch in November 2014, thousands of Office 365 admins have downloaded the app and use it to stay connected with their...

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09:00
The Office Small Business Academy June webcast—“Tips...

If the methods that made your business successful aren’t keeping your business successful, then it may be time for a change. Register now for the June episode of Office Small Business Academy, “Tips for Sustaining Business Growth,” airing June 28 at 9 a.m. PT / 12 p.m. ET.

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This month, learn new ways to approach product launches, customer service and strategic thinking.

  • CNBC on-air contributor, Carol Roth, has best practices for launching new products or services, including the fastest way to build credibility.
  • Small business expert, Susan Solovic, shares her secrets to powerful customer service and explains why you don’t have to be a disruptor—just different.
  • Author of “Winning the Brain Game,” Matthew E. May, gives tips for how to reshape your strategic thinking, encourage creativity and open...
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08:44
Inside iOS 10: Third-party compatibility opens up...

Apple users will be able to operate in a vastly expanded Messages environment now that Apple is introducing new flexibility, features and third party app compatibility - but developers had better hustle if they're going have their apps ready by the September launch target.

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08:27
WWDC: watchOS 3 unveiled, explained

Amidst the hubbub of yesterday’s announcements, Apple unveiled watchOS 3, its upcoming operating system for the Apple Watch.

The new operating system seems to focuses on addressing comments made about the speed and responsiveness in previous versions of watchOS, including background loading of data, a quick-access Control Center, and new uses for the side button.

During the demonstration, watchOS head Kevin Lynch showed off the speed factor and explained that favorite apps will be kept in memory, background updates will pre-cache data, and apps will launch instantly.

Lynch showed off a third-party app on watchOS 2, then demonstrated how it will launch about seven times faster with watchOS 3.

The new operating system incorporates new functions for the side button, allowing quick access...

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08:12
WWDC: Apple reveals iOS 10 details at WWDC

Yesterday, Apple officially announced iOS 10 at its Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. The upcoming mobile operating system 10 primary new features, going as follows:

User Experiencer: This incorporates an all-new lock screen, a refreshed overall look, the Control Center looks new, the lock screen now has widgets, and 3D Touch features are added to the lock screen. Widgets also appear in the Today view as usual plus the 3D Touch quick actions menu for new iPhones.

Siri: Starting with iOS 10, developers will have the ability to add features to Siri using a new SDK. Federighi used WeChat as an example. The UI for Siri looks similar, but now apps that work with Siri have much richer interface.

QuickType: Siri intelligence is now being applied to the keyboard. In addition...

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07:47
Siri for Mac: How it works in Apple's macOS...

macOS Sierra, revealed during Apple's WWDC keynote on Monday, will be the first Mac operating system to include Siri. Although many people are familiar with how the virtual assistant works in iOS, there will be quite a few differences on desktops and laptops.

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07:30
iOS 10 rich notifications will come to devices...

Though Apple showcased the new rich notifications in iOS 10 using 3D Touch on an iPhone 6s, the same functionality will also come to older iPhone models without pressure sensitive displays, developers have been informed.

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07:25
Apple to Update Macs with a new File System and iOS...

Apple notes that if you update to iOS 10 Beta, you can remove some built-in apps from the home Screen of your iPad or iPhone. Apple also introduced a new macOS File System.

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07:01
Parallels celebrates 10 years of Parallels Desktop...

Parallels has announced that June 14-21 it will celebrate 10 years of innovations and industry firsts in Parallels Desktop for Mac. The online celebration (http://www.parallels.com/products/desktop/) will highlight a decade of features that allow you to run any application – on Windows XP, 7, 8 and 10, Chrome, Linux and Android – on a Mac.
 

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07:00
Apple Introduces New File System AFPS With Tons Of...

On the sidelines of its Worldwide Developer's Conference, Apple also quietly unveiled a new file system dubbed APFS (Apple File System). Here's how the company describes it: HFS+ and its predecessor HFS are more than 30 years old. These file systems were developed in an era of floppy disks and spinning hard drives, where file sizes were calculated in kilobytes or megabytes. Today, solid-state drives store millions of files, accounting for gigabytes or terabytes of data. There is now also a greater importance placed on keeping sensitive information secure and safe from prying eyes. A new file system is needed to meet the current needs of Apple products, and support new technologies for decades to come.Ars Technica dived into the documentation to find that APFS comes with a range of "solid" features including support for 64-bit inode numbering, and improved granularity of object time-stamping. "APFS supports nanosecond time stamp granularity rather than the 1-second time stamp...

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06:47
iPhones are about to get plugged into enterprises...

Apple and Cisco Systems have fleshed out their plans to make iOS devices work better in enterprises and said the new capabilities will arrive in the fall.

Voice calls on Cisco’s Spark collaboration app will act like regular phone calls, IT departments will be able to give Cisco apps priority on iOS devices, and iPhone calls will run over corporate networks. These are some of the ways the two companies’ technologies will mesh in enterprises.

Cisco announced the coming features on Monday after Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference keynote. They’ll ship in a version of Cisco Spark updated for iOS 10. Apple also touched on the news at WWDC as one of very few enterprise announcements at the show.

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06:45
The top 5 productivity improvements from Apple'...

Apple kicked off its Worldwide Developers Conference Monday and announced a metric ton of new features for its products. Most of them target consumers, but there were several announcements that improve productivity and will benefit business users as well. Here are the top five:

1. New Phone features

The developer tools for iOS 10, due later this year, will include CallKit, a framework that lets developers of VoIP (voice over Internet Protocol) applications make it easier for iPhone and iPad users to take calls sent from communication apps.

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06:37
Online on on-site backup? Most SMBs prefer both

When it comes to the critical task of backing up data, nearly half of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) in the US say using both on-site and online solutions are important and necessary, according to a new survey by Clutch, a B2B research firm. In fact, many SMBs steadfastly hold to on-site backup, with 42% of those surveyed reporting that it's more important than online backup.
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06:37
Online on on-site backup? Most SMBs prefer both

When it comes to the critical task of backing up data, nearly half of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) in the US say using both on-site and online solutions are important and necessary, according to a new survey by Clutch, a B2B research firm. In fact, many SMBs steadfastly hold to on-site backup, with 42% of those surveyed reporting that it's more important than online backup.
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06:34
Kool Toos: Utopia Reference Headphones

Focal’s Utopia (www.focal.com/headphones) is a top-of-the-line and premium priced ($3,999) headphones with sonic excellence. The open-back reference headphones were designed to offer the ultimate listening experience for the most critical audiophile and utilize Focal’s 35-year history and experience with other product lines that carry the Utopia moniker.

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06:28
One of the Steve Jobs Pre-iPhone Practical Joke...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 46 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover one of two patents that were practical joke Steve Jobs patent ideas.

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06:20
Soundness announces SoundSoap Solo for macOS

Soundness has announced SoundSoap Solo, a new desktop edition of its audio cleaning software for macOS and Windows
.

The app was developed specifically to help remove unwanted hiss and background noises, electrical hum, rumble, and low volume in media files, without requiring any audio expertise. It’s designed for anyone creating videos, action camera footage, screencasts, podcasts, music, or dialogue.

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05:31
Apple Granted 46 Patents Today Covering Original...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 46 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a major touch related patent that first surfaced prior to the launch of Apple's iPad. We covered some of it in a special report titled " Apple: The Tablet Prophecies." The original patent goes back to the year the iPhone first debuted. The invention covers pinch and zoom...

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05:00
Crime Pays: Ransomware Bosses Make $90K Annually


If crime doesn't pay, Russian ransomware bosses wouldn't know it. The average Russian ransomware boss makes $90,000 a year -- or 13 times the average income for citizens in the country who stick to the "straight and narrow," according to a recent Flashpoint study. What does a ransomware honcho do for those rubles? Basically, the job calls for supporting and maintaining the malware. "The software has to be constantly updated so that antivirus systems won't recognize it as malware," explained Vitali Kremez, a cybercrime intelligence analyst with Flashpoint.

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04:19
Kool Tools: mimoLive

Boinx Software’s mimoLive is a multi-in, multi-out live video engine that’s complete overhaul of the popular BoinxTV live video production system. It includes a number of new features for optimal live streaming across multiple platforms.

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04:14
Parks Associates: almost 50% of smart home devices...

New data from Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) shows that wireless home security sales are increasing and almost one-half of home security owners in the U.S. have a self-installed home security system that connects wirelessly to sensors.

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04:14
Parks Associates: almost 50% of smart home devices...

New data from Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) shows that wireless home security sales are increasing and almost one-half of home security owners in the U.S. have a self-installed home security system that connects wirelessly to sensors.

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04:00
WWDC: Apple reveals details about macOS Sierra

On Monday, Apple revealed details of its upcoming macOS Sierra operating system.

Sierra, which might otherwise be known as “10.12”, includes a swath of new changes, including a much-updated Siri, which will be incorporated into the operating system and feature a Siri icon within the Dock that activates when clicked upon. During the macOS Siri demo at WWDC, Apple VP Craig Federighi used Siri to find files and followed up the search to refine the results. Federighi also showed how Siri results can be integrated into other Apple apps, such as Reminders.

During the keynote, Federighi announced that a third-party software development kit for Siri would be available, but didn’t mention any specific third-party apps that were corroborating with it.

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03:31
With macOS and iOS 10, Apple is changing how we pay...

Apple Pay is coming to Safari in iOS 10 and macOS Sierra, letting etailers and other payment-collecting sites offer an Apple Pay button that passes transaction verification to an iPhone or Apple Watch. Apple also said that iMessage apps in iOS 10 will allow payment apps, like Square Cash, to allow person-to-person payments within iMessage and via Siri; rumors of Apple directly offering Apple Pay for peer-to-peer payment so far seem misplaced.

About two dozen payment platforms work with Apple Pay today, and two of them, Stripe and Shopify, confirmed on Monday they will offer Apple Pay in Safari. Apple showed a list of early adopting retailers in one slide, and those retailers use an array of payment processors that will have to enable support as well. Shopify further noted that its hosted merchants who use Authorize.Net,...

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02:47
Apple Wins a Patent for Smart Transparent Displays...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 46 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's invention titled "Transparent Electronic Device." The invention gives users the ability to see objects, people or scenery behind their display while working. It's an invention that also covers smart transparent displays that could be used in conjunction with possible future Augmented Reality applications.

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02:17
Apple Granted a Patent for a Possible Future iPhone...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 46 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's invention for an iPhone with a wraparound glass display. There's been a long standing rumor this year that Apple will release an all-new curved glass iPhone in 2017...

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01:14
macOS Sierra Tidbits: Apple File System, RAID...

Apple yesterday announced macOS Sierra, the latest version of its Mac software platform and renamed successor to OS X El Capitan. The first beta was released to developers following yesterday's keynote, providing early adopters with a closer look at what's new.

Apple File System

Apple File System, or APFS, is a next-generation file system for Apple products based upon the iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS software platforms, ranging from the Apple Watch to a Mac Pro.

APFS, which supports nearly all of the features of HFS+, is optimized for Flash/SSD storage and features strong encryption, copy-on-write metadata, space sharing, cloning for files and directories, snapshots, fast directory sizing,...

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23:56
Parallels celebrates its 10 years of innovation with...


Parallels, the virtualization software infamous for being able to run Windows on the Mac, is celebrating its 10 years of innovation this week. Parallels has seen a cornucopia of changes since its initial launch in 2006 and it shows no signs of slowing down. Today marks the 10th anniversary since Parallels’ launch and they’ve decided to spend the next week highlighting the decade of features that made its way onto the Mac. To further show their appreciation towards previous, current, and future customers, Parallels is offering 25% off Parallels Desktop software. This includes Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac, Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition, and Parallels Desktop Business Edition. We...

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22:16
Apple Design Award winners for WWDC 2016

I love these awards because many showcase just how gorgeous apps can be.

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20:07
These are the Apple Design Award winners of WWDC 2016

Winners all around!

The 2016 Apple Design Awards were announced Monday night at WWDC, with prizes going to apps that “set a benchmark for excellence” in “usability, excellence in design, excellence in innovation, and excellence in technology adoption.” Here are the winners—congratulations to all!

Student winner: Linum

Linum, (free, iPhone) by Joaquin Vila, is a puzzle game. Your goal is to move Lines, placing Land Nodes on the Landing Points in the fewest moves possible.  The app was praised for its smart implementation of touch and simplicity of design.

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19:24
Apple reveals macOS Sierra hardware compatibility...

Following Worldwide Developers Conference keynote on Monday, Apple posted details about the upcoming macOS Sierra release to its official webpage, noting hardware support going back to the 2009 model year.

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19:24
All the best slides, charts, and factoids from Apple...

So many slides, so little time

Monday’s World Wide Developer’s Conference keynote was jam-packed with info about Apple’s core operating systems—iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS—with info neatly presented in detailed slides that seemed to zip by a mere second or two after they hit the screen. Some of these slides went by so fast, that if you took your eyes off the live stream for one moment, you might have missed something fascinating—maybe not as exciting as new Apple hardware or software, but an interesting tidbit nonetheless. 

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19:17
Brief Thoughts and Observations Regarding Today’s...

Venue

Moscone West isn’t big enough for 5,000 attendees to fit in a room, so a few thousand WWDC attendees always had to sit in an overflow room where they’d watch the keynote on video. That’s a major reason why attendees would line up at the crack of dawn, even though the keynotes start at 10 am. The Bill Graham Civic Auditorium has no such limitation, and it was nice to see (and hear) all attendees. The sound system there was just great, and the huge screen behind the stage was good too. I give the new venue a thumbs-up.

WatchOS 3

I was hoping for a thorough reinvention of the WatchOS UI navigation structure, and it looks like we got it. Glances are gone — an updated app for WatchOS 3 is a glance. Just tap the side button once to see the new “Dock”, and the apps in the Dock are live views of the actual apps. A conceptual simplification, along with a deliberate effort to reduce many common tasks to just one or two taps, is just what the...

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18:25
Watch Apple's Two-Hour 2016 WWDC Keynote in 7...

Apple today unveiled new versions of iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS, all of which are jam-packed with new features. iOS in particular was referred to as Apple's biggest iOS update ever, with major improvements to Messages, Apple Music, Siri, and tons of other minor features.

It took Apple two hours to go over all of the features in the four operating systems and it was still a lot to take in, so we made a...

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18:23
Apple releases App Store Review Guidelines comic...

During Apple’s State of the Union and 15th annual Apple Design Awards, Apple explained that the App Store Review Guidelines would be receiving new updates this year. Currently on Apple’s own App Store Review Guidelines page there are two different guidelines listed, pre- and post- June 13,2016. Apple has decided to take these changes one step further into a partnership with Madefire. At the end of the Apple Design Award ceremony this year, Apple announced a collaboration with Madefire to make reading the newly updated guidelines easier. By releasing it as a comic book.

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17:50
macOS Sierra FAQ: What you need to know about the...

This fall, Apple will release macOS Sierra, a major update to the Mac operating system. This FAQ will answer some of the general questions you may have to help you learn what it’s all about and whether you should install it on your Mac. We’ll update this FAQ with more questions, answers, and details as the release date approaches.

macOS? What happened to OS X?

Apple decide to change the name in order to fit with the names of iOS, watchOS, and tvOS. So no more Roman numerals (or that annoying person who insists on calling it “OS eks”).

Some trivia, if you’re interested: macOS isn’t entirely a new name. Before version 10, Apple used to call its Mac operating system Mac OS, with the last version being Mac OS 9. Apple change the name to OS X when version 10 was released in 2001.

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17:43
Apple Design Awards go to Lara Croft Go, dj Pro,...

Apple on Monday announced its annual selection of Design Awards recipients on Monday, handing out honors to the developers behind standout app properties like Lara Croft Go, Frame.io and dj Pro, among many others.

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17:21
Apple’s “differential privacy” is about collecting...

Privacy advocates are really pouring over this but so far, it sounds like Apple has found an interesting solution to the conundrum of wanting access to more data but not identifying customers from that data.

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17:19
Here are the iOS & Mac apps that won this year’s...

Apple has just wrapped up its exciting WWDC 2016 keynote announcing macOS Sierra, iOS 10, watchOS 3, and the latest installment of tvOS. The event was mostly focused on what Apple would be releasing at the end of this year, but Apple also likes to put the attention back on the amazing developers in the community. Every year Apple celebrates developers and the work they’ve accomplished across the various software platforms at its Apple Design Awards. This year’s 2016 Apple Design Awards showcased apps for iOS, OS X, watchOS, and tvOS. The award ceremony made sure to highlight apps that were localized in multiple languages, and had been...

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17:09
A Number of Apple Patents came to Life Today in new...

Apple held their annual developer conference today (WWDC) marking their 27th developer conference to date Apple noted that they currently have 13 million registered developers with over 5,000 attending this week's event. Developers from 74 countries are attending the confernce with 72% of those being first time attendees. This brief report is to simply point out some of the patents that came to light today relating to future features coming to Apple products this year.

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16:50
Apple's Stock iOS Apps Land On App Store, Hints...

For years, people have expressed their desire to be able to remove apps such as Mail, Stocks, Compass, Calculator, Watch, and Weather among others that come preinstalled on their iPhone and iPad. Apple is finally making it possible, it appears. TechCrunch reports: Apple quietly published these apps to its iTunes website today (some are live now), but has not yet officially announced the change on stage at WWDC. Product Hunt spotted the Mail app in iTunes thanks to a tweet from Owen Williams, leading to speculation that Apple's other apps will be made available through the App Store, as well. As it turned out, they were.This was a big issue especially for those users who go for the 16GB variant of the iPhone or iPad, as it has limited storage capacity, and these apps would eat up a significant part of it. The company had previously commented on the issue, noting that these apps work in conjunction with the core of the operating system, so uncoupling them wasn't so easy. Update: 06/...

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16:38
Some final tidbits from the WWDC keynote

Here are some final news nuggets from the two-hour keynote that kicked off Apple’s 2016 Worldwide Developer Conference:

 

  • iOS 10 will feature voicemail transcriptions and a new API [application programming interface] for third-party VoIP apps. The transcription function will interpret what a caller says in text form.
  • The Connect feature isn’t going away with the next revamp of Apple Music as many had predicted. However, the social feature for musicians will no longer have its own tab in the app. Instead, material from artists you follow will show up in For You.
  • Fandango and Apple are teaming up to allow you to buy movie tickets in the iMessage app.
  • With iOS 10, Apple will finally let you delete the default apps that comes built into the phone.
  • While we wait for Apple to launch its own live streaming TV service (if it does), the company announced will offer Dish Network’s Sling TV as an app on its Apple TV platform.
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16:35
Apple now offers an application programming...

Apple, which has traditionally kept its artificial intelligence research under wraps, is now allowing developers to build neural networks by calling on the company's simple API [application programming interface]. Such networks, which attempt to imitate the way a human brain works, are particularly particularly effective for predicting events when they have a large database of prior examples to draw on. 

In information technology a neural network is defined as a system of programs and data structures that approximates the operation of the human brain. A neural network usually involves a large number of processors operating in parallel, each with its own small sphere of knowledge and access to data in its local memory. 

Typically, a neural network is initially "trained" or fed large amounts...

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16:28
How to: Register for Apple's iOS 10 and macOS...

A spectrum of new features are set for introduction when iOS 10 and macOS (n?e OS X) see public release this fall, but those brave enough to take the leap can test drive the software as part of Apple's Beta Software Program come July.

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16:24
Apple previews Apple File System to replace HFS+ in...

Some changes are big for users: Siri on the Mac, fireworks in the Messages app, a new Breathe app on the watch! Others are a more seismic shift that end users may or may not notice. Apple’s operating systems have used the HFS+ file system for more than 18 years, but that era is coming to an end. At the Platform State of the Union after the WWDC keynote, Apple took the wraps off the replacement for HFS+, its new Apple File System.

Now, the file system is pretty well hidden from most users. It’s entirely possible that you’ve used the Mac for 20 years and only come across a reference to HFS+ when formatting a new drive in Disk Utility—I know this because that’s the kind of user I am. But Apple File System will have some benefits that should be a really big deal for developers.

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16:02
Apple again reverses stance, will no longer require...

When the fourth-gen Apple TV was announced last year, Apple initially said that it would be a requirement for games to support the included Siri Remote. Shortly thereafter, however, Apple reversed that stance and said that all games “must support the Apple TV remote.” Hidden inside today’s tvOS announcements though, is yet another reversal on Apple’s part. The company now says that developers can “require the use of an MFi game controller.”

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15:36
Messages in iOS 10 brings iMessage apps, emoji...

Emoji, stickers, and bubble effects, oh my! Apple has opened the floodgates of its most popular app in iOS 10.

At WWDC on Monday, Apple revealed that iOS 10 is making the Messages app way more visual and emoji-friendly, just as the overall iMessage platform will begin to integrate third-party apps. Developers will be able to create apps specifically for iMessage that will let you send stickers or perform certain group-actions right from the Messages app.

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In terms of style, Messages is getting a major “emojification” in iOS 10. Emoji that are sent by themselves (meaning without accompanying text) are three times bigger. And you will get emoji suggestions as you type.

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15:24
Everything Apple announced at WWDC 2016 and when you...

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote on Monday morning was jam-packed with announcements, from all the features coming in iOS 10 to a new iPad coding app for kids.

Here’s everything you need to know.

iOS 10

iOS 10 includes major upgrades to iMessage, Photos, Siri, Maps, and Apple Music, and a brand-new Home app to control all of your HomeKit devices. Check out all the announcements here.

The iOS 10 developer beta is available now, with a public beta coming in July. Anyone can sign up to test the public beta for free, though beta software can be annoying and bug-ridden. Check out the beta sign-up details here. iOS 10 launches publicly in September.

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14:58
Why watchOS 3 Will Be Nimble and Nifty

With watchOS 3, the Apple Watch will see performance improvements that finally make it feel snappy, along with numerous other interface tweaks that make it fit in more with the Apple product lineup.

 

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14:56
iOS 10 Tidbits: Individual Read Receipts, Wake Alarm...

Apple today announced iOS 10, the next major version of its iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch software platform. The update is available in beta for Apple developers starting today, allowing early adopters to update and take a closer look at what's new. A public beta will be available in July, followed by an official launch in the fall.

iOS 10 includes a number of changes that Apple neglected to mention in greater detail on stage during its WWDC 2016 keynote, including a new Wake Alarm in the Clock app, individualized read receipts, a new option in the Music app to optimize storage, and many other features outlined below.

Remove Stock Apps

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14:45
Playing Around with Swift on the iPad

For aspiring app developers, Apple is bringing the new Swift Playgrounds app to iPads later this year, complete with interactive Swift coding lessons.

 

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14:41
iOS 10 will let you delete most of Apple’s default...

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Do you have a folder full of first-party, preinstalled iOS apps that you don’t use? Sure, we all do. We’ve all learned to live with this folder over the years, even as more and more of these icons have slowly crept onto our phones.

Well, no longer—in iOS 10, many (though not quite all) of the built-in system apps can be deleted just like any other app. The complete list of apps that can be removed, per the Apple Support document:

  • Calculator
  • Calendar
  • Compass
  • Contacts
  • FaceTime
  • Find My Friends
  • Home
  • iBooks
  • iCloud Drive
  • iTunes Store
  • Mail
  • Maps
  • Music
  • News
  • ...
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14:38
macOS 10.12 Sierra to Succeed OS X 10.11 El Capitan

Apple’s next operating system release for the Mac gets a new name along with support for Siri, deeper integration with other Apple devices, and many other clever-sounding features.

 

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14:28
Apple's making some built-in apps deletable in...

Apple’s jam-packed WWDC 2016 keynote showed off some brand-new apps for iOS 10, like Home, Breathe, and Swift Playground. And then Apple released some very familiar apps into the App Store, like Stocks.

Wait, Stocks?

Yes, the Stocks app is now available in the iOS App Store for the first time, as caught by our eagle-eyed friends at MacRumors, and then confirmed by a post on Apple’s support site. Also available are other Apple apps that were, until today, available only as part of iOS itself. They were only updated when iOS updated, and you couldn’t delete them. The full list is:

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14:10
Apple Introduces Swift Playgrounds App To Teach Kids...

An anonymous reader writes: At their Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco today, Apple CEO Tim Cook said, "We believe coding should be a required language in all schools." To help achieve this goal, Apple introduced Swift Playgrounds, a new app that is meant to teach kids basic coding skills in Apple's chosen language. It teaches concepts like loops and conditionals, and uses an animated character tasked with performing simple challenges in a digital maze to help make learning fun. The app also offers suggested coding languages and will be completely free. Tim Cook described it as "a powerful new way for kids to learn to code," and went on to compare writing code to basic literacy. "I wish Swift Playgrounds was around when I was first learning to code," said Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering Craig Federighi. "Swift Playgrounds is the only app of its kind that is both easy enough for students and beginners, yet powerful enough to write real code. It's...

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14:04
How to sign up for the iOS 10 and macOS Sierra betas

If you’re not a developer and just can’t wait until the Fall to get your hands on the latest Apple operating systems, here’s how to grab the public betas in July. It should go without saying that you shouldn’t install these on a daily work machine and you shouldn’t install them without having a very recent backup. And if you do, please don’t bitch at developers when some of your apps stop working.

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14:02
iOS 10 Promises New Lock Screen, Open Siri, and More

iOS 10, due this fall, will offer more features on the Lock screen, redesigned Music and News apps, third-party app integration with Siri, expanded messaging options, and more.

 

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13:57
Remove built-in apps from the Home screen on your...

This is a little thing but it shows Apple is removing the hooks these apps had in the OS and making them stand alone. So we can delete them to our heart’s content.

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13:54
The all-American iPhone

This is a really interesting article that makes the point that, in a global economy, it’s almost impossible to make global products in just one country.

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13:50
Apple restricts iOS 10 to the iPhone 5, iPad 2 or...

Basically, anything powered by the second-generation A5 chips and the iPad 2′s A5X chip is the new minimum requirement set by iOS 10. For the iPhone, that means the iPhone 5 and newer.

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13:42
Apple File System (APFS) announced for 2017, scales...

Although it didn’t make the keynote cut, one of the bigger news items for developers today is that Apple is rolling out a new file system for storage for all its products:

The Apple File System (APFS) is the next-generation file system designed to scale from an Apple Watch to a Mac Pro. APFS is optimized for Flash/SSD storage, and engineered with encryption as a primary feature. Learn about APFS benefits versus HFS+ and how to make sure your file system code is compatible.

Details are scant but developers can access information about the new File System here, but it comes with some significant caveats/limitations which will initially limit its...

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13:41
tvOS 10 to Get Improved Siri, Single Sign-on, iOS...

Apple’s fourth-generation Apple TV was a major leap forward compared to previous generations, thanks to tvOS. The promised upgrades to tvOS 10 are not as revolutionary, but should substantially improve the Apple TV experience.

 

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13:41
WWDC: Apple posts full video of WWDC 2016 keynote on...

Right, there’s a metric TON of new stuff coming out of the Worldwide Developers Conference, but Apple just posted full video of its keynote address on its web site for streaming.

As usual, Apple shared a few feature-specific videos within the keynote, focusing on app updates to Messages within iOS 10, macOS 10.12 (Sierra) and new apps like Swift Playgrounds.

Check out the link below to catch the keynote at your convenience and stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via Apple

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13:38
∞ Apple’s iOS 10 and developer story videos from...

These are the two videos Apple played during this morning’s WWDC. The second one will really tug at your heartstrings.

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13:35
Announcing OneNote Class Notebook Tools for Mac!

You’ve been asking for it and today it’s here! We’re excited to announce Class Notebook Tools for OneNote 2016 for Mac, which helps teachers work even more efficiently with their Class Notebooks—on the Mac platform some teachers already know and use.

With this update, the Class Notebook tab is visible if you are teacher in a Class Notebook for which you have administrative rights. To set up a Class Notebook, visit www.onenote.com/classnotebook.

With the Class Notebook Tools for Mac, you can do the following:

  • Quickly and easily distribute pages or new sections to students in a class.
  • Copy sections to Content Libraries in multiple notebooks.
  • Sequentially review student work (assignments, quizzes, etc.).
  • Easily navigate and browse student notebooks through a student list.
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13:35
Digging into the dev documentation for APFS, Apple’s...

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Though the feature wasn’t mentioned in Apple’s WWDC 2016 keynote, I’m most excited about the introduction of the Apple File System, or APFS. The preliminary version of the developer documentation is online now, and it looks like the new file system introduces a whole boat-load of solid features—including a few out of the ZFS playbook.

APFS looks to be a major update over Apple’s old and creaky HFS+ file system, which has been around in one form or another for decades. It has been the subject of expansions and additions over the years, but HFS+ never approached the extensibility and flexibility of current...

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13:31
How to sign up for the iOS 10 and macOS Sierra betas

Apple revealed a lot of new features from iOS 10 and macOS Sierra at Monday’s WWDC keynote. The final versions of each operating system won’t be available until the fall, and developers are the only folks who can try out them out right now.

But in July, Apple will release betas of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra to the general public. If you’re game for running a beta operating system, you can get your hands on the software by joining the Apple Beta Software Program.

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13:30
Every change coming to Apple Music in iOS 10

Apple Music has 15 million paying subscribers, which is nothing to sneeze at. But Apple’s Spotify competitor isn’t exactly easy to use, so iOS 10 is bringing a complete redesign.

It’s a totally new look, with giant cards, bigger and bolder fonts, and a clean white background that allows the album art to shine.

Apple Music’s redesign emphasizes vivid images.

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13:29
Apple launches free Swift Playgrounds app for the...

Apple has introduced Swift Playgrounds, a new iPad app designed to make learning to code fun and easy for anyone.

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13:28
Facebook Turns On Safety Check Following Orlando...


Facebook on Sunday activated its Safety Check feature for the first time in the U.S., in the aftermath of the mass shooting at an Orlando night club that left 49 people dead and scores more wounded. Last year's terrorist attacks in Paris marked the first time Facebook activated the feature for a crisis other than a natural disaster. Safety Check lets users notify loved ones and friends that they're safe. Users can check on people thought to be in the affected area, and mark friends and loved ones as safe when they receive confirmation.

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13:25
WWDC 2016 Keynote Recap

In a keynote notable for the diversity of its presenters, Apple showed off what’s coming in iOS 10, watchOS 3, tvOS 10, and the renamed macOS 10.12 Sierra. Read on for a quick recap; we’ll have more detailed coverage separately.

 

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13:23
Apple Shares Full Video of Today's WWDC Keynote...

As Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference keynote has wrapped up, the company this afternoon posted a full video of the event on its website, letting anyone who happened to miss the event catch up in their own time. Apple is expected to upload the full-length video to iTunes and YouTube later in the day.

As usual, Apple shared a few feature-specific videos within the keynote, focusing on app updates to Messages within iOS 10 and new apps like Swift Playgrounds, which we've listed below.

- iOS 10 - Hey Hi Hello

- New Beginnings

In addition to the videos posted online, you can catch up with all of the WWDC 2016 coverage by checking out our list of keynote highlights...

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13:22
iOS 10 packs new Home app, updates to Messages...

Apple today previewed iOS 10, which it says is the biggest release ever of the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, featuring a huge update to Messages that delivers more expressive and animated ways to message friends and family, like stickers and full-screen effects.

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12:49
Swift Playgrounds brings iOS app development to the...

It was a developers conference, after all, so during Monday’s WWDC 2016 keynote, Apple CEO called special attention to Swift Playgrounds, a free new app for beginners who want to create iOS apps using Swift, Apple’s programming language.

Swift Playgrounds features lessons to help beginners learn coding concepts such as creating functions, issuing commands, loops, and more. Apple will release new challenges, so coders can continue to learn new skills as they progress. Apple says that teachers can use Xcode to create their own content for Swift Playgrounds.

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12:45
Apple Announces iOS 10, watchOS 3, and new features...

Also at its annual developer conference, Apple announced major updates to its other platforms: Apple TV, iPhone and iPad, and Apple Watch. Starting with the Apple TV, the company announced that tvOS is getting a new feature called "Live-Tune-In" which uses Siri to allow users to simply state aloud what channel they want to watch. The company also announced a feature called Single sign-on, a cable networks feature which will let users sign-in to all their Apple TV accounts more efficiently and easily. There's a new TV Remote app for iPhone as well. watchOS 3 comes with a range of new capabilities as well. Most importantly, it offers much faster app performance, thanks to something Apple calls Instant Launch. It does the job seven times faster than its counterpart in watch OS 2. The Verge reports about other changes: The updated interface includes Control Center, which is accessed via a swipe up from the bottom of the display. The side button has been remapped to launch the dock of...

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12:44
WWDC: Apple previews watchOS 3

Apple has previewed watchOS 3, promising “significantly” improved performance with the ability to launch favorite apps instantly, enhanced navigation like the new Dock and all-new fitness and health capabilities for Apple Watch.

Available this fall, this software update introduces the Breathe app, designed to encourage users to take a moment in their day to do deep breathing exercises for relaxation and stress reduction. The Activity app now includes the ability to share, compare and compete as well as enabling wheelchair users to close their Activity rings.

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12:40
Fiery Ex-NASA Chief Unveils Neuro-Computing Firm


Former NASA administrator Dan Goldin last week introduced a 10-year-old startup to the public. Backed by $100 million in private funding, KnuEdge is working to develop breakthrough technologies in voice biometrics and neural computing. KnuEdge launched two new products as it emerged from stealth mode. KnuVerse offers military-grade voice recognition and authentication technology that can operate in noisy, real-world environments. Knupath is a neurocomputing technology based on a processor that allows scaling up to 512,000 devices.

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12:37
These are Apple’s big announcements from WWDC 2016

The Apple WWDC keynote has just wrapped up. If you missed the video, Apple will likely have it available on iTunes and the Apple TV in a few hours. In the meantime, here is a wrap-up about the things Apple announced this morning. Which ones are you most excited by?

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12:35
New file system spotted in macOS Sierra [Updated]


Now that the WWDC keynote is over, Apple has published the names of the developer sessions to attendees at the conference. Previously masked by placeholder names, there are a bunch of events that folks can now plan on attending—including, apparently, a session discussing Apple's new file system for macOS.

Dubbed APFS, for "Apple File System," the session description implies that the new file system is a replacement for the aged HFS+ file system, which has been used in one form or another by OS X since its launch back in 2001....

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12:33
Sponsor: The DxO ONE miniaturized pro-quality camera...

The DxO ONE is a miniaturized pro-quality camera that can be used standalone, or attached directly to your iPhone (or iPad) via a patented Lightning connector. When connected, it turns your Retina display into the camera viewfinder and provides full control over aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and more via a companion iOS app. With a large 1” sensor and fast prime lens, the DxO ONE provides 10x the sensitivity of the iPhone camera which allows it to capture gorgeous portraits and stunning low-light images that rival those from a DSLR — only these images can be shared instantly via every service supported by iOS.

Editor’s Note: I’ve been using a DxO ONE for months and love the camera. I take it on every trip I go on to get better pictures.

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