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Friday November 13

Stop Tossing and Turning on Your Sad Old Pillow

Thanks to Hullo for sponsoring The Loop this week. A hot, flat pillow can wake up even the deepest sleeper. Soft traditional pillows often collapse under the weight of your head which can cause strains in your neck and shoulders. They also retain body heat, which can make sleep hot and uncomfortable.

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Hands on: Ricoh Theta S

The Ricoh Theta S can shoot cool 360-degree photos and videos for $350.

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Quanta chairman says Apple Watch 2 will ship next...

In what isn't exactly a surprise -- Apple seems to put product releases on an annual schedule -- Quanta Computer chairman Barry Lam was quoted by Chinese Media Source UDN as saying that Apple would make initial shipments of the second-generation Watch in small volumes during the second quarter of 2016. Quanta is one of the manufacturers of the Apple Watch, and Lam's comment could mean that the device should ship as soon as June. 

So what would be new in an updated Apple Watch? Some sites are suggesting that a FaceTime camera for video calls would be added, but the biggest change would be to make the Watch less dependent on the iPhone when on an Wi-Fi network. The setup and update processes could be made much faster as a result, although expected changes to Bluetooth in 2016 will also provide better range and increased...

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iPad Pro innards pave the way for USB 3.0 transfer...

Apple’s iPad Pro doesn’t currently bring any major improvements in transfer speeds over previous iPads, but that could change with the arrival of new adapters.

A teardown of the iPad Pro by iFixit revealed that Apple’s jumbo tablet includes a 4-port USB 3.0 Host Controller. In theory, this should allow for USB 3.0 transfer speeds through the iPad Pro’s Lightning port.

But as MacRumors reports, using a standard Lightning cable only transfers data in the 25 MBps to 35 MBps range. USB 3.0 allows for speeds beyond 60 MBps, up to a theoretical maximum of 640 MBps.


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Apple Pencil, Smart Keyboard accessories in short...

The good news is that the iPad Pro is out.

The and news is that the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard you might want for it are in short supply.

Both the keyboard and stylus designed specifically for the Pro are showing four to five week shipping estimates with no option to pick up in-store. Some Apple Stores do have the Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil in stock, but you’ll have to call or visit your nearby store to find out whether they’re carrying the accessories.

Apple offered the following comment regarding its inventory and supply levels:

“Customers are very excited for iPad Pro, Apple Pencil and the...

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No one minding the store

Michael Tsai:

I woke up to an inbox full of e-mails from customers reporting that my apps wouldn’t launch. This included new customers who had just purchased from the Mac App Store as well as people who had purchased long ago, hadn’t made any changes, and expected that things would just keep working.

The Mac App Store is supposed to make things easier, but it’s also a single point of failure. Not only is it neglected, but sometimes even the existing functionality stops working.

In short, the system is broken on multiple levels, and there is no evidence to suggest that things will get better.

Tsai is the developer of SpamSieve, among other apps, and he reflects the frustration many developers feel towards Apple and the way the App Store works – or, as in the case a few days ago, catastrophically doesn’t work. This is a huge embarrassment to Apple (and one they haven’t explained or apologized for) as well as being a giant pain point for developers. After...

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Apple Watch 2 development reportedly underway ahead...

Apple is reportedly planning to ship the first successor to the Apple Watch sometime next year around the second or third quarter, according to Chinese media source UDN. The report cites comments made during a meeting with Barry Lam, chairman and founder of Quanta Computer, an Apple Watch manufacturer. While it’s no surprise that Apple would be planning to introduce the Apple Watch 2 in 2016, a third quarter release would mean a launch two years after the first model was introduced and roughly a year and a half since it went on sale.

The report does mention initial shipments in small volume during the second quarter,...

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f.lux side loading workaround dubbed a violation of...

It’s a useful app, but Apple doesn’t think much of the way it installs onto your iOS device.

Apple had contacted f.lux Software to say that the f.lux for iOS download is in violation of the Developer Program Agreement, the criticism focusing on the way f.lux uses a sideloading technique to install.

f.lux, in return, stated that the updated Xcode signing allowed use of side loading, although Apple indicated that this wasn’t the case.

F.lux is a free program that changes the lighting conditions of your screen depending on the time of day and the light available around the device, thereby helping to promote better body rest and sleep functions.

For users...

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The evolution of PowerPoint—introducing Designer and...

Today’s post was written by Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office team.

Office 2016 hit the market just two months ago and over the coming weeks we’re rolling out the next wave of monthly innovations for Office 365 subscribers. This month, PowerPoint leads the way with game changing tools that make it simple to build designer grade layouts and transitions. With this month’s feature update, we’re also introducing Office Insider, an ongoing preview program available to Office 365 subscribers.

Taking presentations to the next level

PowerPoint Designer and Morph are new intelligent tools that work for you by automating the creation of slides and presentations, helping everyone get more out of Office. With a cloud-powered recommendation engine and smart animation technology, these new PowerPoint capabilities help anyone create polished slides and captivating...

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: PDF Expert 5 for iOS goes free...

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App Store Free App of the Week: PDF Expert 5 goes ...

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The ‘Amazing Fantastic Incredible’ life of Stan Lee...


Stan Lee is a legend. Along with artists Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, Lee helped populate the Marvel Comics universe with heroes like the Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk and Iron Man.

The man who dreamed up lots of backstories for Marvel characters has now put out his own origin story: A memoir, Amazing Fantastic Incredible, in comic book form.

Even if you’re like me and have only a passing familiarity with comic books, you’ve undoubtedly heard of Stan Lee. I think it’s entirely appropriate that his memoir is in the format he is so well known for.

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A New Security Study States that iOS is no Safer...

According to a new study conducted by Israeli cyber-security start-up Checkmarx, sixty percent of all smartphone apps, have "high" or "critical" security problems in several of seven security protocols studied. The Israeli report specifically added that "iPhone owners needn’t be smug about the results ...

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Google launches Chrome beta for iOS through Apple’s...

Google has quietly launched a Chrome beta for iOS through TestFlight, the beta distribution service Apple acquired last year and integrated into its own developer services. Google has yet to make an official announcement for the beta release, but users can already sign-up and download the beta when visiting Google’s Chrome beta download page on iOS.

Google has long had beta and other development channels available to all on its other platforms including Android, Mac, Windows, and Linux, making iOS one of the last of the platforms Chrome is on to get access to in-development, beta features....

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A designer’s take on the iPad Pro

The Verge:

The reviews are out on iPad Pro, and they address how big it is, whether it’s worth the price, and whether it can or can’t replace a laptop for average consumers. But as a design director at Vox Media, I was more interested in whether I could run all of the apps I normally use on it.

In a lot of ways, the computing devices I use have to feel like extensions of me. I’m always sketching, creating, and ideating on my MacBook Pro. And I don’t regularly use an iPad for work, so the promise of iPad Pro as a device for creatives was particularly intriguing.

I had high hopes that this new iPad would transform me into a rockstar designer. I mean, something this big should be life-changing… right?

There’s lots of discussion of the iPad Pro and where it fits into various workflows. This is an interesting take from the point of view of that group of people a lot of us think will be big buyers of the iPad Pro.


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Apple’s 2015 Gift Guide


The person on your list is a music lover. Gamer. Photographer. Whiz. Workout devotee. Nomad, even. No matter who you’re shopping for this holiday, you’re sure to find a great gift.

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always loved gift guides and dreaming about the things I’d like to get for myself and now, as an adult, what I’d like to buy for others. Apple’s Gift Guide is the first in a long line of lists I’ll be perusing over the holidays. Do you plan on getting anything from this list?

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Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard are in short supply

Apple is pitching the iPad Pro is the ultimate work machine, but not just because of its extra screen real estate. The Pro pairs with the new Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil, giving you a set of tools to get more done. But while iPad Pros abound, good luck finding a Smart Keyboard or Pencil to round out the bundle.

Both the keyboard and stylus designed specifically for the Pro are showing 4- to 5-week shipping estimates with no option to pick up in-store. Some Apple Stores do have the Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil in stock, but you’ll have to call or visit...

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External Link: Verizon Wireless Rolls Out Better...

Verizon Wireless customers no longer have to purchase separate, overpriced plans when traveling abroad. With TravelPass, Verizon customers pay a flat daily fee to access their existing talk, messaging, and data plans: $2 in Canada and Mexico, and $10 in other supported countries.


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Apple HomeKit gets its first smart smoke detector

Apple’s smart home platform keeps growing with the arrival of the first HomeKit-enabled smoke detector.

The Onelink smoke and CO detector ($110 at Lowe’s) from First Alert connects to iOS devices over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, letting users test the alarm and get remote notifications, even outside the house. The companion smartphone app can call 911 directly, and uses voice and location to help get occupants to safety. If more than one detector is installed, they can talk to one another and sound alarms in unison.

Instead of using replaceable batteries, Onelink’s detector has a battery pack built in. It should last about 10 years, at which point users will need to buy a new detector. (As The Verge notes, safety...

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External Link: Comcast Testing a New Streaming TV...

Comcast is testing a new $15 per-month streaming TV service, called Stream TV, but so far it’s only available in the Boston area to Xfinity Internet customers. It will include all the major broadcast channels, as well as HBO and others. The first month is free and there are no contracts required. Comcast says that it will expand the service to all of its areas in 2016. If you’re in the Boston area and have had a chance to try it out, let us know what you think!


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iPad Pro diary day 2: The good, the bad & the...

I posted my first impressions of the iPad Pro yesterday, and having spent much of the past 24 hours mostly using it rather than my MacBook, I now have more of a sense of why Tim Cook thinks it could be a laptop replacement.

While most reviewers dismissed that, and I would certainly join them in doing so when thinking of you or I, it’s easy to forget that we are not normals. We want the power of pro apps, and the ability to do plenty of multitasking. We’re a very different user case to the average non-tech user who rarely ventures further than email, web, chat and a bit of light photo-editing.

I’ve said before that when non-tech friends ask me for advice on which laptop to buy, I quiz them on what they want to do with it and often end up recommending an iPad and keyboard instead. With the increased screen...

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CNN's Review of the iPad Pro Includes an...

Back in 2014 Patently Mobile covered Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 in context with the use of their digital pen for art, specifically art by Phil Galloway. While the artwork was very nice, it wasn't the kind of artwork that demanded fine details. Flash forward to the present and CNN's review of the iPad Pro included ...

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Pad & Quill makes the unboxing video we didn...

Both Dennis and I were too busy this week to do unboxing videos, so Brian Holmes of Pad & Quill did the video we couldn't do. Enjoy!

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Rumor: Second-gen Apple Watch on track for launch by...

Apple supplier Quanta is said to be preparing for the debut of a new Apple Watch by the end of the second quarter of 2016, which would place its launch slightly later in the year than the first-generation model.

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iPad Pro Guidebook released for iPad Pro, Air, mini

Tap Guides has published the iPad Pro Guidebook (http://tinyurl.com/q4ammhk), an US$2.99, 281-page eBook available in the iBookstore. It's packed with tutorials and tips about the iPad Pro, its apps, user interface and settings.

You'll learn about the history of the iPad, how the Apple Pencil can be used to draw and write, how to stream music via Apple Music, edit photos, troubleshoot common problems and more. Topics include:

° Discover Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard;
° Learn how to edit photos and videos;
° Enable and capture 1080p video footage;

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Apple's dropping Beats Music at the end of the...

Apple is pulling the plug on Beats Music on Nov. 30, shortly after launching the beta of an Android app for its Apple Music streaming service.

The company is now encouraging both Android and iOS users of Beats Music to transition to the Apple Music streaming service, which was launched by the company in June.

After the launch of the Apple Music app for Android phones, it has become easier for Apple to do the inevitable - shut down Beats Music, transition Android users and focus on Apple Music.

“All the pros that curated music for you are still crafting more amazing experiences,” wrote executive Dale Bagwell on a Beats support page. “Plus, on Apple Music, you’ll get even better recommendations based on music you already listen to and love, 24/7 global radio with Beats 1, exciting material from your favorite artist, and more.”

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Logitech K760: A Wireless Keyboard with No Strings...

The Achilles heel of wireless keyboards has traditionally been the burden of battery management. While Apple’s newly announced Magic Keyboard begins to address this issue, a solar-powered Bluetooth keyboard by Logitech solves this dilemma once and for all.


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Apple highlights iPad Pro, new Apple TV alongside...

Apple has some helpful tips for consumers who are having trouble deciding on gifts for their tech-savvy friends and family, launching a new edition of its annual holiday gift guide featuring the latest from Apple and its favorite partners.

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Review: Logitech’s Create for iPad Pro gets the...

I’m on the record as loving Logitech’s Apple accessories, having been a very early champion of the K811 Easy-Switch Keyboard, and fan of its cleanly-designed Rechargeable Trackpad for Mac. The company also thrilled a lot of people with its Ultrathin series of iPad keyboards, which weren’t cheap or perfect, but worked well while looking and feeling nice. And many of...

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You’ll be waiting 4-5 weeks for that Smart Keyboard...

If you want a Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil for the iPad Pro, you’ll be waiting awhile. They’re now showing a 4-5 week waiting time for availability. 

What’s more, Apple has sold out of most 128GB models (both the Wi-Fi and cellular versions). Availability of specific super-sized iPads at specific retail stores varies from location to location, some have the 32GB model in stock, though the both the Wi-Fi and LTE 128 gigabyte variants are harder to find.

Regarding the situation Apple told Mashable this: “Customers are very excited for iPad Pro, Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard. We have limited supply of Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard in Apple Retail stores. Our stores will continue to receive regular shipments and we encourage customers to visit Apple.com for online availability and delivery dates.”

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Apple launches holiday gift guide

Apple has launched a holiday gift guide website. It features HP computers, Android phones, and the Microsoft Surface. Just kiddin’. 

It spotlights Apple’s hardware and software products, The holiday gift guide has six main sections: Gaming, Photography, Music, Fitness, Learning and Travel. Don’t be shocked but Apple highly recommends its own products (the Apple TV, iPhone, the Beats Pill +, Apple Watch, the iPad, MacBook, etc.) as well as third-party peripherals and suggested apps.

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Manage Profiles To Control Settings On iOS Devices...

Enter Apple Configurator 2, a free tool on the Mac App Store. This tool basically fixes most setup challenges for iOS, but does so over USB. This means that Apple Configurator is not necessarily a replacement for MDM. In fact, you can deploy Trust and Entrollment profiles for MDM and automate the MDM enrollment for a device through Apple Configurator 2. Instead, Apple Configurator 2 is a tool that can either help to manage iOS devices during a mass deployment and do so in a manner that is easy enough that you don’t need a firm background in IT to manage devices on a day-to-day basis.

Here is what Apple Configurator can do:

  • Update iOS devices to the latest version of iOS.
  • Rename devices using a numbered scheme (e.g. iPad 1, iPad 2, etc).
  • Erase (wipe) iOS devices.
  • Backup and Restore iOS devices.
  • Deploy profiles/policies (e.g. no Siri for you,...
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Beats Music closing at month’s end; Apple wants you...

Beats Music, which is owned by Apple, is closing down at the end of this month, according to an announcement on its website. Your subscription will be cancelled, but you can move your picks and preferences over to Apple Music right now.

Apple bought the steaming music service Beats Music, and Beats Electronics — which makes the  Beats headphones, speakers and audio software — in 2014. Apple acquired the two companies for a total of $3 billion, consisting of a purchase price of approximately $2.6 billion and approximately $400 million that will vest over time.

Apple Music costs US$9.99 per month or $14.99 per month for up to six people in a household. There’s a three-month trial period.

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AppleInsider podcast reviews the new iPad Pro, talks...

On this week's all-new AppleInsider podcast, Neil reviews the iPad Pro and talks about the Logitech Create keyboard. Mikey talks about SixtyEight Research and its connections to an 'Apple Car.' Rumors say no AMOLED before 2019 for iPhones, and the Steve Jobs movie gets booted out of theaters.

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Apple releases holiday gift guide featuring iPhone,...

Apple has launched a holiday gift guide microsite today, featuring Apple products and accessories targeted at a wide variety of audiences. The list is separated into six main sections: Gaming, Photography, Music, Fitness, Learning and Travel. Naturally, Apple prominently features its own devices in the recommendations (iPhones, iPads, Apple TV, Beats headphones) alongside third-party accessories and suggested apps.

For example, in the Photography category of its gift guide, Apple lists the brand new iPhone 6s as the ‘world’s most popular camera’ alongside silicon cases, the...

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Samsung Working on New OLED Display Contract with...

It's being reported today that Samsung Display has been recently in negotiations with Apple about supplying OLEDs for iPhones.

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ShopKeep sees ‘significant linear growth’ in Apple...

In a report send to Apple World Today, ShopKeep says that Apple Pay acceptance with SMBs (small to medium sized businesses) is the single biggest opportunity to drive the universal ubiquity of this payment method. SK has been seeing “significant” linear growth in the number of Apple Pay sales on its registers that’s approximately 8.4 times faster than the rate of all credit card transactions being processed. 

ShopKeep has a month-over-month Apple Pay adoption rate of 10 percent for new merchants taking their first Apple Pay transaction. In February 2015, only 2.5 percent of the platform’s merchants had executed transactions with Apple Pay, but by the end of September, that percentage was up to 26 percent. What’s more, ShopKeep is seeing approximately 20 percent month over month growth among our merchant base who use Apple Pay at least once daily. 

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Apple Shares 2015 Gift Guide as Free Shipping Begins...

Apple has posted a holiday gift guide on its website featuring the new Apple TV, iPad Pro, iPhone 6s, Apple Watch, Retina MacBook, iTunes gift cards, apps, accessories and more. The buying guide is split into six categories: gaming, photography, music, fitness, learning and travel.

The gaming section is centered upon the new Apple TV, iPhone 6s, iPad Air 2, iPod touch, and related apps and accessories available for each device, including the SteelSeries Nimbus and Gamevice controllers, Guitar Hero Live, Beats Studio wireless headphones and more. Apple also features a trio of drones by Parrot and Sphero.

The photography section features the iPhone 6s, iPad Pro, Retina MacBook and accessories like the Olloclip Active Lens, JOBY GripTight GorillaPod Video tripod, MeFOTO Sidekick360 adapter, Shure MOTIV MV5 microphone...

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Kool Tools: iHealth blood pressure monitor

iHealth Lab’s (www.ihealthlabs.com) iHealth Ease Blood Pressure Monitor (BP3L) is a full-featured, FDA-approved blood pressure testing device. With an manufacturer’s suggested retail price of US$39.99, advanced app features, and free, unlimited data storage, iHealth Ease makes the most-advanced monitoring technology broadly available to consumers for tracking and managing high blood pressure—one of the early indicators of cardiovascular disease.  

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Output Factory for InDesign update improves batch...

Zevrix Solutions has announced Output Factory 1.5.40, a maintenance update to its output automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

Output Factory lets users print and export multiple InDesign files with an array of time-saving options. The software offers batch processing, export as single pages, variable file names, layer versioning and more. The new version improves batch processing reliability in situations where large volume of InDesign files or layers are being exported to PDF and other formats.

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Microsoft OneNote picks up video embeds, new iPhone...

As part of its massive November update cycle, Microsoft on Thursday pushed a smorgasbord of new features to its OneNote notetaking software across a wide variety of platforms.

Users of OneNote Online and OneNote for iOS can now record audio into a note straight from the web and mobile app. It’s an extension of similar capabilities already available on OneNote for Mac and OneNote for Windows.

That said, the implementations aren’t equivalent. Recording or playing back audio in a note on the iPhone blocks input on the rest of the screen until users have stopped recording or playback. OneNote Online appears to be limited to recording audio in 90 second chunks, which is fine for capturing short snippets of speech, but not great for taking down an entire lecture. 


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DEVONagent 3.9.3 gets new scripts, updated for El...

DEVONtechnologies has updated all editions of its Internet search and research tool, DEVONagent. Available in three editions, it’s a smart internet search agent.

DEVONagent queries search engines and crawls web sites. It then post-filters the results and presents the results in a multitude of ways. The new version adds new Safari scripts for DEVONagent Pro, plays videos fullscreen, and updates two plugins. The updates are free and recommended for all users.

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How to remove a band from an Apple Watch

According to a report from Wristly Apple Watch band ownership is increasing, going from about 1.4 bands per user to nearly two bands per user. If you’re going to own multiple Apple Watch bands, you should know how to change ‘em. 

Before you change your band, place your Apple Watch face down over a clean surface like a lint-free, micro-fiber cloth or soft, padded mat. If you have a Link Bracelet, press the quick release button on a link to separate the band into two pieces. If the band doesn't slide out, press the band release button again and make sure that you hold it down.

Hold down the band release button, then slide the band across to remove it. Make sure the text on the band is facing you, then slide the new band in until you feel and hear a click.

Never force the band into the slot. If you don't feel or hear a click, slide the band...

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Online eSports audiences expected to exceed 310...

New data from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) has found that online eSports services, such as Twitch, will grow to over 310 million by 2020, increasing from 133 million this year and bringing in almost $1 billion in revenues from subscriptions alone. By comparison, 2020 will see eSports audiences surpass the levels of the NFL tournament and approach that of Formula 1/

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Apple considering using iMessage for its person-to-...

Quartz report citing banking sources says that Apple is considering the use of iMessage to handle its expected person-to-person service to complement Apple Pay.

One way Apple might add money transfer services to iOS is through iMessage, the proprietary messaging service, according to people who have discussed the program with Apple. It’s already one of the most used default apps on iPhones and is especially popular with the younger crowd.

Apple is reported to be in talks with banks to agree terms for the service. It’s believed that Apple wants banks to act as the payment processors so that it can steer...

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Lux Bands offer elegant, but affordable, Apple Watch...

Since I’m a runner, I’m a big fan of the Sports band for the Apple Watch. Its custom, high-performance fluoroelastomer build with a pin-and-tuck closure is great for sweat-related activities. However, it’s nice to have other bands when you want a bit more elegant look.

X-doria’s Lux Bands for the Apple Watch are classy, real leather bands designed with chrome hardware to match the world’s best-selling smartwatch. They’re easy to install/uninstall (no tools are required) so you can switch among them quickly — assuming you want to buy more than one; they’re $49.99 each. They’re available in black or brown pebbled leather or white or black crocodile finish color options for the 38 MM or 42 MM Apple Watch

The Lux Bands are lightweight and provide a secure, comfortable fit. The Sport will...

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Apple responds to month-long wait for iPad Pro...

With both the iPad Pro’s Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil showing availability of 4-5 weeks, and neither available in-store, Apple has issued a brief statement to Mashable acknowledging the issue and promising ‘regular shipments.’

Customers are very excited for iPad Pro, Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard. We have limited supply of Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard in Apple Retail stores. Our stores will continue to receive regular shipments and we encourage customers to visit Apple.com for online availability and delivery dates … 


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Mini-review: Logitech’s Create is the iPad Pro...

Logitech's Create keyboard case for the iPad Pro.

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I received an iPad Pro early last week, and, throughout that week and into the weekend, I primarily used Apple’s Smart Keyboard to “dock” the tablet. As I said in our review, I liked it well enough—the feel of the keyboard is easy to get used to if you don’t absolutely hate the new low-travel switch mechanism and layout Apple introduced in the Retina MacBook. I could wish that the stand part of the cover allowed...

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Mac App Store Apps 'Damaged' Following...

An anonymous reader writes: A slew of complaints are emerging against Apple after users were forced to delete and re-install Mac App Store apps in the wake of a major security management error. The problem manifested with the apparent expiry of security certificates which validated the apps, but even after the certificates were updated yesterday to expire in 2035, the problems were not resolved; some users were unable to verify the new certificates, and others could not even connect to the internet. In some cases the programs had to be reinstalled from scratch, deleting the user's existing settings.


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Thursday November 12

Apple features 'amazing' apps and games...

One day after launching its extra large iPad Pro, Apple is throwing a spotlight on apps that take advantage of the tablet's massive 12.9-inch Retina display, titles compatible with Apple Pencil, "desktop-class" software, games and more.

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Apple to open 26th Chinese Apple Store in Chengdu on...

Pushing closer toward its goal of opening 40 Apple Stores in China by mid-2016, Apple on Thursday announced its newest regional outlet in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, will start accepting customers on Nov. 21.

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Apple showcasing apps & games optimized for iPad...

Following the official release of the iPad Pro yesterday, Apple this evening has launched a pair of new featured sections on the App Store showcasing apps that take advantage of the massive 12.9-inch Retina display the iPad Pro has.

The first featured section showcases games that are optimized for iPad Pro. Apple touts that the size and power of the device takes gaming to a whole new level. Apps featured in this section include Shadowmatic, Geometry Wars, Broken Age, Smash Hit, Lumino City, Horizon Chase, and many more. Apple says the following about gaming on the iPad Pro:

The size and power of iPad Pro let you enjoy gaming on an epic new scale. Get started with games whose breathtaking graphics, spectacular sound, and immersive features...

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Apple to phase out Beats Music service on Nov. 30

An inevitable end of services is about to befall Beats Music, which will officially shut down operations on Nov. 30 after being acquired by Apple and seeing its music curation and playlist generation technology infused into Apple Music.

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Apple shutting down Beats Music on Nov. 30,...

Following the launch of Apple Music on Android earlier this week, Apple today has revealed that it is officially shutting down the Beats Music service on November 30th. According to a support document shared on the Beats Music website, all subscriptions will be cancelled on that date, with users being asked to migrate to Apple Music.

In the support document, Apple, of course, touts that all of the features Beats Music users have grown accustomed to are present on Apple Music. Apple also points out all of the new features of its service, including Beats 1 and “even better recommendations.”

The full support...

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Apple Pencil, Smart Keyboard ship times at 4 to 5...

Apple is already showing stockouts of certain iPad Pro models less than two days after kicking off preorders, while shipping estimates for Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard, both deemed essential to the iPad Pro experience, have fallen to 4 to 5 weeks.

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Apple's Former Beats Music Service Officially...

Apple's former Beats Music streaming service will be officially shuttered on November 30, 2015, according to a new support document posted today on the Beats Music support site. All existing Beats Music subscriptions will be canceled at that time, with any remaining customers being encouraged to switch over to Apple Music.

Beats Music ends on November 30. Your subscription will be cancelled, but you can move your picks and preferences over to Apple Music right now.

All the pros that curated music for you are still crafting more amazing experiences. Plus, on Apple Music, you'll get even better recommendations based on music you already listen to and love, 24/7 global radio with Beats 1, exciting material from your favorite artist, and more.Sonos is also sending out emails to customers letting them know the Beats Music service is ending on November...

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Opinion: Apple TV price + app quality make it a...

Apple’s fourth-generation Apple TV has been available for two weeks now and after using it using it exclusively for all my media consumption, I’ve gathered a handful of thoughts. When Apple announced the device back in September, I was perhaps more excited for it than I was the iPhone 6s. And rightfully so. Tim Cook touted the new Apple TV as the future of television, using superlatives that seemed extreme even for Apple. The device had been a long time coming, too, which further contributed to the hype in my mind that surrounded the release.

As someone who had incredibly high hopes for the fourth-gen Apple TV, what do I think of it two weeks later? Let’s discuss…

I’ve always been an Apple TV user. Since the device’s essential “relaunch” in...

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Purism's Librem 13 Linux Laptop Is Sleek,...

The combination of custom-made hardware and a tweaked Linux OS makes the Librem laptop lineup a unique offering with several innovative security features not offered in any other computer. The Librem line is a work in progress. The OS just reached version 2.0 and comes preinstalled on the hardware built with the modified Linux kernel in mind. LinuxInsider received one of the first available Librem 13-inch units for review. Our hands-on testing shows the hardware/software combo is an impressive display of the power and finesse of Linux.

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iPad Pro contains USB 3.0 controller, hints at ultra...

A day after iPad Pro launched on Wednesday, teardowns and reviews of the gigantic tablet reveal Apple quietly included USB controller hardware capable of supporting high-speed USB 3.0 data connections, suggesting a faster Lightning protocol is in the works.

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Apple Apparently Planning Mobile Peer-To-Peer...

An anonymous reader writes: According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple is planning peer-to-peer services (paywalled) as an adjunct to its Apple Pay system. The company is said to be in talks with major banks including JP Morgan and Wells Fargo to develop a new framework that could be in place as early as 2016, and which would facilitate payment transfers directly between Apple devices such as the iPhone and the Apple Watch.


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The Week in Mac Accessories: Built to protect

Built to protect

This week’s roundup includes accessories that protect your Mac—and its data—from drops, fire, and water. Read on!


The $30 Chatlight can fit either on your MacBook or your iOS device as a light to make sure you’re seen when you do FaceTime chats with friends and loved ones. The battery lasts 90 minutes on a single charge.

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Watchmaker Fossil picks up fitness wearable tech w...

Misfit, makers of popular smartphone-connected wearable fitness accessories, today announced the company is being acquired by watchmaker Fossil Group for $260 million, reports The Wall Street Journal.

Fossil plans to take the technology and integrate it into its traditional watch designs, according to the report:

“We believe it isn’t about function. It is about function and design and branding,” said Greg McKelvey, chief strategy officer and digital officer at Fossil Group. “We see tremendous growth opportunity and that a lot of our jewelry and...

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Singles Day sales, Tag Heuer's smartwatch,...

On The Wrap China's Singles Day puts Black Friday to shame, Tag Heuer debuts a luxury smartwatch and Hollywood effects artists help hospitals make training more lifelike.

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While Apple's CEO Scoffs at the Future of the...

A new CNBC video report today has Lenovo's EMEA President, Eric Cador saying that "First of all, (the PC market) is not dead. I mean 260 million units shipped per year, you cannot say it's dead."

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Fossil spends $260M on wearables startup Misfit to...

In a bid to address the growing smartwatch market, established consumer wristwatch maker Fossil on Thursday announced an agreement to acquire wearables firm Misfit for $260 million.

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Apple shuts down iPhone and iPad screen brightness...

Yesterday we shared that the popular automatic screen brightness adjusting app Flux had found a way to make it from the Mac to iPhones and iPads on iOS 9. This afternoon the developers behind Flux announced that the app will no longer be available on iOS at the request of Apple. In a blog post sharing the development, the developers behind the app said that Apple contacted them to say that the app violated Apple’s Developer Program Agreement. While the app was unofficially supported on iOS 9 as a sideloaded app and not an official App Store app, Flux did use Xcode signing to work properly on iPhones and iPads.

Flux on iPhones and iPads with iOS 9 was originally made possible due to...

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iPad Pro's Lightning Port Supports USB 3.0...

Apple's larger-screened iPad Pro includes a Lightning port that's capable of supporting USB 3.0 speeds, according to both an iFixit teardown and several sources that have spoken with Apple. When taking apart the iPad Pro, iFixit discovered a Fresco Logic FL1100 4-port USB 3.0 Host Controller, pointing towards support for USB 3.0 transfer speeds.

In its recent iPad Pro review, CNET also mentioned the tablet will support "USB 3-level speeds with forthcoming adapters," which reviewer Scott Stein confirmed was information that came directly from Apple. Photographer Jeff Carlson also claims a source has told him the Lightning port on the iPad Pro is capable of transferring data at USB 3.0 speeds.

Support for USB 3.0 speeds is notable because...

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Samsung again claims 'leadership by following...

Samsung Electronics has unveiled its new Exynos 8 Octa chip, combining its first custom 64-bit ARMv8 CPU core with the company's proprietary mobile baseband in the same package. But while claiming leadership, the new chip trails Apple in performance.

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AWT News Update: November 12, 2015

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Big iPads, subscription apps, PDF Expert goes Mac, and errors on OS X:

  • iFixit tears down the iPad Pro, and they find big speakers!
  • Castro for iOS has gone the patronage model
  • Readdle introduced PDF Expert for Mac today, and makes PDF Expert for iOS free for a while
  • Certificate expiration errors galore

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for November 12, 2015. Just a reminder, if you happen to run a company that’s looking for advertising or sponsorship...

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Password-pilfering app exposes weakness in iOS and...

Highlighting crucial weaknesses in Apple's and Google's processes for admitting new titles into their competing app stores, both companies have ejected a third-party Instagram app after discovering it probably pilfered user passwords and pictures.

InstaAgent, as the app was called, marketed itself as a program that tracked people who visited a user's Instagram account. It had between 100,000 and 500,000 downloads from Google's Play Store and was in the top charts of the iOS App Store. But behind the scenes, an app developer said earlier this week, the app sent users' Instagram login credentials to a server controlled by the InstaAgent developer. Google was the first to pull the app. Apple later followed.

According to a blog post published Thursday by the iOS developer:


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Analyst: iPad Pro’s A9X CPU poses a threat to Intel

In a note to clients — as noted by AppleInsider — Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Acuri says the A9X CPU found in the iPad Pro poses a threat to Intel as it surpasses the Intel Core M processor (the one used in the new 12-inch MacBook).

The CPU also compares favorably to the Core i5 processor used in the baseline Macbook Air, although it’s still far behind the Core i5 and i7 processors used in higher-end Macbook Pros, the investment firm analyst notes. Acura says the A9X outperformed all Apple laptops that use integrated Intel graphics, registering a three-to-four-times improvement in frame rate of the 12-inch MacBook with Retina display.

The iPad Pro processor also posted an improvement of as much as 40 percent over the Intel Iris 5200 integrated graphics featured on the 15-inch MacBook Pro. However, he points out that what remains to be seen if developers can and...

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'We take your security seriously'

Anyone who has even the slightest amount of contact with the internet is familiar with the scenario: An email or actual piece of mail arrives from a company who apparently handles some part of your connected life. The letter calmly identifies its a...

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Mozilla releases Firefox for iOS

If you’ve been hankering for the day Firefox would be available for iOS, it’s finally here.

Mozilla has announced that its Firefox browser is now available for iOS and can be used on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

Until today, Firefox for iOS was available as a public preview, and only in New Zealand. Launching first in New Zealand has become a common practice for testing new apps and features on the Web — companies use the country as a test market because it has a small population and English is the primary language.

Over the course of its preview launch in September, Mozilla stated it would expand to “a few more” countries prior to its launch. The company seems to have jumped ahead...

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Google introduces YouTube Music app, Facebook adds...

Two web giants released major updates for iOS users Thursday, with YouTube announcing a brand new music discovery app and Facebook adding support for 360-degree video in its existing iOS app.

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Apple, Google remove InstaAgent app after password-...

This is the joy of the war against malware.

Both Apple and Google have removed the InstaAgent app from their respective app stores after it was discovered that the app was storing users’ Instagram usernames and passwords in an unencrypted form, before sending them on to unknown servers.

InstaAgent, which tied in with Instagram, had become a popular download in the App Store’s free software section.

Google responded quickly to the revelation, removing the app from its Play Store, but Apple took a little longer to kill any mention of InstaAgent from the App Store, finally removing it a few hours after the first tweets indicated its malicious...

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Video conferencing nightmares and how to avoid them

No matter what industry you’re in, you’ve probably experienced at least a few video conference calls. While these calls require slightly more equipment than audio conferencing, they fill a need for face-to-face time that can’t quite be met without in-person gatherings. In fact, the popularity of video conferencing has exploded in recent years and that is for a number of reasons.

First, video conferencing saves time and money. According to a study by PGi, companies that regularly use video conferencing find a 30 percent dip in the cost of travel overall, which includes hotel, airfare, gas, taxi, car rentals and food stipends. In addition, video conferencing can lead to higher efficiency and productivity—it holds attention longer than a regular call (35 minutes compared with 23 minutes,...

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Checkout the iPad Pro iFixit Teardown Video

For the longest time iPads has been criticized for being "just a big iPhone." But Apple is looking to change that reputation with their latest iPad model called the 'iPad Pro' with an improved processor ...

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Spotify launches personalized concert recommendations

A new update promises Spotify listeners will never miss their favorite bands whenever they’re in town.

On Thursday, the music streaming service announced a partnership with tour tracking site Songkick to intergrate personalized concert recommendations into the Spotify iOS and Android apps. Found in the Browse tab, the new “Concerts” feature will provide Spotify listeners with a personalized list of upcoming tour dates based on their location and listening habits.


As with Spotify’s Discover Weekly personalized playlist feature, Concerts will include live shows by artists you love, as well as some new artists that the Spotify algorithm thinks you might like.


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Apple flub leaves users confused over 'damaged...

Mac users who rely on apps provided through Apple’s App Store are facing some confusion Thursday after an error message caused by Apple incorrectly said that they had to re-install their applications.

The problem, as identified by developer Paul Haddad of Tapbots (the makers of the popular Tweetbot client) is that Apple’s Mac App Store security certificates expired Thursday, five years after their original creation. Without a valid security certificate, apps that users tried to open would throw up an ominous message that said an app was “damaged” and couldn’t be opened.

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Horace Dediu on iPad Pro: It's a desktop...

Horace Dediu is an analyst with Asymco who always provides some great insights into the world of Apple and mobile devices in general. This video came out yesterday, and it's well worth watching if not just for Dediu cavalierly tossing expensive devices, but for his take on what the iPad Pro really is. Be sure to watch it all the way through to the end.

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YouTube Music Debuts Giving Jimmy Iovine another...

Today YouTube Music finally debuted and is now available as a free download at Apple's iTunes App store. It's a stand-alone app spotlighting the massive YouTube music library, with a different twist than what you'll find on music services like Spotify or Apple Music.

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Readdle brings its best-selling iOS productivity app...

Today, Readdle has launched PDF Expert for Mac. Compatible with OS X Yosemite and El Capitan, this productivity app offers a multitude of PDF editing tools including text annotations, customized shapes, multiple signatures, and “smart tools for filling forms.” Support for Apple Continuity and Handoff allows you to work without interruption when moving between different devices. Readdle is positioning PDF Expert as being a more powerful solution than the built-in Preview app and more cost-effective than Adobe DC.

PDF Expert for Mac is now available on the Mac App Store for $19.99. As part of a limited time launch promotion, PDF Expert for iOS is now free on the App Store (down from $9.99).

When it’s time to edit, all the...

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Notable apps and app updates for November 12, 2015

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

iOS Apps/Updates

If you've ever watched the weekday recording of the AWT News Update online, then you already know about Periscope. It's a Twitter product that lets you watch live video, catch videos that have been made within the past 24 hours, and even broadcast your own videos. The app got a huge update a few days ago that adds features for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus -- one can use 3D Touch to start a broadcast, search for broadcasters, or teleport to a location in the world... You'll have to load the app on...

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YouTube Music mobile apps launch, with offline...

YouTube is growing into a mansion with many distinct rooms. The latest is YouTube Music, which seeks to capitalize on the video site’s massive music catalogue and convince more subscribers to jump on board YouTube Red.

YouTube Music is free and grants you a focused application for discovering music videos, exploring YouTube’s recommendations, viewing your previous favorites, and streaming audio.

If you sign up for the $10-per-month subscription, you get ad-free access to the entire catalog of videos and the ability to save them offline. The YouTube Red package also applies to YouTube’s other apps and grants you unlimited streaming with Google Play Music.


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4 reasons Logitech's Create keyboard may top...

If you're hot to get your hands on Apple's Smart Keyboard for the new iPad Pro, be prepared to wait. As of this writing, the keyboard won't be in stock for three or four weeks.

In the meantime, I recommend giving Logitech's Create keyboard case the jeweler’s eye. Like Apple's keyboard, it uses the iPad Pro's "smart connector" for its connection and power.

Here are four reasons to consider Logitech’s iPad Pro keyboard:

1. It's available now. You've waited since the iPad Pro's announcement in September to get your hands on Apple's gigantic tablet. And you know you're going to want a keyboard to go with it. Do you really want to wait for the iPad-as-laptop experience?


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BBEdit 11.1.4

Rearranges font options in the Printing preferences for improved clarity. ($49.99 new, free update, 11.6 MB)


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iPad Pro Videos: 4K Video Exporting, Cases and Apple...

Apple launched the iPad Pro yesterday online and in stores, and early adopters are now receiving their deliveries around the world. The trio of videos below provide a closer look at the iPad Pro, Smart Cover and Silicone Case accessories and a comparison between Apple Pencil and Surface Pen tracking.

YouTube creator Jonathan Morrison shared a video called My First Day with the iPad Pro, proving how powerful the iPad Pro's A9X processor and 4GB of RAM are by exporting 30 seconds of 4K video in around only 38 seconds. He also provided a quick rundown of the 12.9-inch tablet's tech specs, benchmarks and camera.

Despite his 4K video test, Morrison concludes that the iPad Pro's hardware is mostly unutilized, due to the lack of true professional apps like Final Cut Pro X that take advantage of the processing power. Those apps...

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iPad Pro: The Thrill Is Gone

Apple this week began selling its iPad Pro, but the newly introduced device is failing to evoke the enthusiasm the company's line of tablets traditionally has seen. Reviewers gave the device high marks for its battery life, screen, speakers, light weight and Pen, but panned the keyboard, the lack of a touchpad and 3D Touch, its long charging times and its price. They compared it less than favorably to Microsoft's offerings and to the MacBook Air.

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Hands-on: Inboard M1 skateboard is fast, fun &...

With a unique design that places its motors inside the rear wheels, plus connectivity with the iPhone and Apple Watch, the forthcoming Inboard M1 electric skateboard promises to be a ride unlike any other. AppleInsider has tested the company's latest prototype ahead of an early 2016 launch.

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Hands-on with Facebook Notify, a news app without...

It’s hard to believe people are clamoring for more push notifications from their phones, but that’s exactly what Facebook is delivering with a new iPhone app called Notify.

At its core, Facebook Notify is an app for staying informed. But instead of coming up with a pretty interface for reading, like Flipboard or Facebook’s own Paper, Notify is little more than a vessel for notifications, which pop up on your lock screen or swoop down over whatever else you might be doing.

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9to5Mac Holiday Gift Guide: Best picks for the Apple...

If you own an iPhone or Mac, you’re probably a photographer — either with your iPhone’s camera or a standalone camera you connect to your Mac. Just as iPhoto’s simple editing and storage tools helped Apple sell iMacs, photography has become a major marketing focus for iPhones, empowering people to capture increasingly beautiful images and videos with the one device they’re always carrying.

Over the past year, I’ve reviewed some of the very best hardware, software, and services available to Apple-loving photographers. And I’ve spent the last month adding new choices to the list. So just in time for the holidays, I’ve put together 9to5Mac’s Holiday Gift Guide with top photography picks, at price points ranging from $2.99 to $2,200. From basic accessories to smart photo backup solutions to amazing photo-to-wall art printing services, there’s something for everyone inside…


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OneNote in November—Embed video, record audio,...

It’s been a big month for OneNote with updates across our web app to mobile devices to desktop. We’re excited to announce that we added a lot of great capabilities including some of our top education and OneNote Online requests—the ability to add audio and file attachments to your notes!

Audio recording

Listen up. Whether you’re preserving a lecture for posterity or practicing your accent, a recording is the natural way to capture it. With the addition of audio recording to the web, iPhone and iPad, you’ll always have the right tool for the job at hand.

To start recording on the web, click Insert and then Record Audio. Once you’re finished recording, click Stop. You can play the file by selecting it and then clicking the Play icon that appears.


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Upthere cloud service launches first Home and Camera...

Two weeks ago Upthere, the cloud company co-founded by former OS X chief Bertrand Serlet, officially launched after several years of stealth development. Details were still sparse on what exactly Upthere would offer aside from being a different kind of cloud service option for your data. Now Upthere is officially launching its first products in beta: Upthere Home and Upthere Camera.

The idea behind Upthere is that data connections are plenty fast for a lot of people but local storage is a growing issue. Cloud services like Dropbox and iCloud tackle different areas of the problem is different ways, but Upthere believes keeping everything on the server then bringing it to your device on demand is the suitable approach. I got the chance to try out each of the new apps overnight, and while my data is spread across iCloud and Dropbox right now, Upthere’s new apps make a good first...

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IK Multimedia ships iRig Acoustic

IK Multimedia is shipping iRig Acoustic (www.irigacoustic.com), an US49.99 guitar mobile microphone/interface specifically made for acoustic guitars. Inspired by a documentary on flamenco guitar master Paco de Lucia, it’s a compact, patent-pending clip-on acoustic guitar microphone/interface for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac and Android devices.

iRig Acoustic features miniature microphone technology. It simply clips onto the rim of a guitar or ukulele's sound hole. iRig Acoustic also features monitoring and line-output capabilities for recording and performing live.

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Apple's iPad Pro & powerful A9X CPU pose...

Investment firm Cowen and Company has a bullish outlook for Apple's new iPad Pro, citing performance benchmarks that show the device is capable of replacing many mainstream laptops running an Intel processor.

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Game Creators release Game Kit 2

The Game Creators have released App Game Kit version 2 (http://www.appgamekit.com/). App Game Kit lets developers use BASIC or C++ to create games for mobile devices. The version 2 release adds new features including animated 3D features, Bullet physics support and Assimp 3D model format importing.

AppGameKit is available for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux platforms and apps can be deployed cross platform including iOS, Android, Windows, Blackberry, Mac and Linux. The “pay once, royalty free” price has been reduced to US$79.

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Deals: $10-$30 off iPad mini 4, $99-$124 off iPad...

Gold and Silver iPad Pros are in stock at MacMall, while B&H's iPad sale knocks up to $30 off iPad mini 4, $70 off iPad Air, and $200 off iPad Air. There's also 24 hours left to save up to $350 on 2015 MacBook Pros. Or grab a brand new iMac 5K with AppleCare for $1,699 ($269 off).

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You can fit an original iPhone display between the...

Dennis Munsie pointed out yesterday on Twitter the immense size of the iPad Pro screen by noting that the distance between app icons on the new tablet's display is wider than the original iPhone display. That's 324 pixels (on the Pro) compared to the width of the first iPhone display at 320 pixels.

Here's another way of looking at it. Original iPhone screen in the empty space between the apps on the iPad Pro. pic.twitter.com/MwVLiwp8cL

— Dennis Munsie (@dmunsie) November 11, 2015

One thing I thought was a little odd about the iPad Pro is that Apple didn't try to reduce the spacing of the app and folder icons on the home screen to fit more of them in. Instead, there's enough space there to... well, almost fit an original Mac display in between the icons. 

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PSA: Have ‘damaged’ Mac App Store apps today? A...

The Mac App Store noticeably experienced some problems last night / early this morning with downloaded apps. Upon opening affected apps, the system would say that the app is ‘damaged’ and cannot be opened, just like the examples from Graham. It certainly seems scary at first glance.

The error message recommends reinstalling your apps individually. While this will fix the problem, it’s a pain to do and isn’t necessary at all: your apps are fine, but the error message makes the situation sound far worse than it is. To simply fix the problem, just reboot your Mac, running OS X Yosemite or El Capitan, and the problem will ‘magically’ go away.

The more interesting question is, why did this happen at all?

The bug arose because the Mac App Store...

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Google takes on Apple Music with standalone YouTube...

YouTube has taken another jab at Apple and finally debuted the music streaming app it announced last month. The app helps users find new music to enjoy by allowing them to select from pre-made stations or create their own based on their musical tastes.

The app will launch straight into a customized home page based on your previous YouTube viewing habits, allowing you to mostly skip the process of telling Google what music you like in order to get things started. Videos you’ve liked will be saved and used to further tune the playlists, and a setting on these stations will allow you to determine how much variety should be added to the artist lineup.

Much like...

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Certificate problems causing app authentication...

Many Mac owners have found themselves forced to delete and re-download Mac App Store apps after what appears to be a certificate expiration error caused the operating system to mistakenly identify the apps as damaged.

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iPad Pro teardown reveals Apple sacrificed bigger...

The iPad Pro is just a really big iPad, at least from the outside. The intrepid folks at iFixit got their hands on the device, which went on sale on Wednesday, and immediately tore it apart to see if the Pro’s internals match up with previous iPads, or if the new tablet was rebuilt from scratch.

There are a few key difference, the team found, most notably in battery. The Pro devotes far more room to its new four-speaker audio system than the iPad Air 2 allotted to its speakers, which means space that could’ve been used for a bigger battery—and perhaps longer battery life—is instead used for better speakers.


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9to5Toys Last Call: UE MEGABOOM Speaker $227,...

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

Last Call Updates:

App Store Free App of the Week: PDF Expert 5 goes...

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30 feature updates to “Get & Transform” in Excel...

This week we’re pleased to announce a new set of features for “Get & Transform” in Excel 2016 and the Power Query add-in for Excel 2013/2010. This update is packed with lots of new features that have been requested by many customers. We expect that you will find this update extremely useful.

How can I get this update?

For Excel 2016: Install the latest Click-to-Run update for Excel 2016.

For Excel 2013/2010: Download and install the Power Query add-in for Excel 2013 and Excel 2010.

Data connectivity

Updates to data connectivity include:

  • Support for SharePoint Lists from non-English sites.
  • Enhanced support for the Exchange connector.
  • Automatic column type detection when importing .XLS files via the Excel Workbook connector.
  • A new “Select Related Tables” option when connecting to...
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Air Canada—flying high with a connected, global...

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Air Canada soars into the cloud with Office 365

Air Canada has spent billions of dollars modernizing its fleet, upgrading airport lounges and enhancing the customer experience. This includes offering the latest digital services for customers, such as mobile travel apps, online reservations and check-in and flight status verification. The smart...

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Pages 5.6.1, Numbers 3.6.1, and Keynote 6.6.1 for Mac

Maintenance updates for Apple’s trio of iWork apps fix issues that prevented Pages and Numbers from opening Microsoft Office documents. ($19.99 each, free updates)


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Castro podcast app goes free with patronage option

The makers of Castro, a popular podcasting app, are throwing their hat in the patronage ring with their new 1.5 release. The app is now free, with an option to pay $1 per month as a nonrecurring 3-month, 6-month, or 12-month contribution to the developers at Supertop. The in-app purchase comes with no extra features.

While version 2 is on track to release in a few months, says Padraig O Cinneide of Supertop, the firm felt it was the right time to switch its business model and ask users for direct support. This follows Marco Arment’s decision with the release of Overcast 2 to move from a two-tier freemium model to making all features available with the option to contribute directly. Many software companies and independent programmers have expressed concerns about the viability of ongoing product development in the absence of trial...

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Mozilla's Firefox browser now available for...

Mozilla on Thursday released a version of its popular Firefox browser for iOS, giving Apple users an additional option for browsing the Web over iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices.

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Rumor: Apple looking to create person-to-person...

Apple could be moving Apple Pay into the person-to-person payments market.

The current word on the ground is that Apple has spoken with J.P. Morgan Chase, Capital One, Wells Fargo, and U.S. Bancorp about the system. It’s not clear how far those talks have progressed, and many technical details remain unsettled.

Apple is thought to be considering multiple avenues for implementation, including a partnership with existing P2P transfer network clearXchange. That would allow for a speedier launch, as the bank-backed service is already live for most U.S. mobile banking customers.

The fees, of course, are apparently a sticking point in...

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Firefox finally comes to iOS

Nearly a year ago Mozilla said it would bring Firefox to iOS, and earlier in the fall we got our first look at the popular browser on Apple’s platform. On Thursday, the stable version rolled out and is now available on the App Store for devices running iOS 8.2 and up.

Firefox for iOS brings all the standard features you’d expect from Firefox, including sync via a Firefox account for browsing history, bookmarks, and open tabs on other devices. The new mobile browser also has the non-syncable reading list feature.

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External Link: T-Mobile Not Limiting LTE for Some...

T-Mobile has announced a new Binge On service that allows customers to stream unlimited amounts of DVD-quality video over its LTE network from select providers like HBO, Hulu, Netflix, and VUDU. iTunes and YouTube are not yet included. It’s available to all Simple Choice subscribers on qualifying plans for no additional cost. Given that it only allows some providers to bypass T-Mobile's LTE data quotas, we wonder if this service violates the U.S. Federal Communication Commission’s net neutrality rules.


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Some Mac App Store apps ‘damaged’ due to...

I’ve experienced this first-hand, albeit without the “damaged” dialog. Hopefully, this gets resolved quickly.

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iFixit completes teardown of iPad Air, posts findings

Without question or delay, the coolest of felines over at iFixit tore the new iPad Pro down and posted the results.

And there’s some pretty cool stuff in there.

The teardown process found the following components within the unit:

– A 38.8 watt-hour battery split into two cells.

– Four self-balancing speakers with accompanying enclosures.

– Two Broadcom BCM15900B0 units

– An NXP Semiconductors 8416A1 controller for Touch ID

– Parade Technologies’ DP695 display timing controller

– A Texas Instruments TPS65144 thought to be used for LCD biasing.

– 8 megapixel rear-facing camera.

– 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera...

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Apple Apologizes to 6 Black Students & their...

Apple has officially apologized to six schoolboys asked to leave one of their Apple Stores in Australia, in what the students described as a racist incident.

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Google's new About Me page helps you control...

People concerned about how much information is out there about them on Google have a new way to control what everyone can see.

Without any fanfare, Google has begun rolling out an About Me page to make it easier for people to control what others can see about them across Google services.

The page should be welcome news to people concerned about their privacy, according to Zeus Kerravala, an analyst with ZK Research.

"With this feature, there are no changes to what information people can see, but a way for people to better control what people can see about them across Google services in one place," a Google spokesperson wrote in an email to Computerworld.

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Apple details 'magic' gesture-controlled...

Apple recently began equipping its retail stores with advanced tables that allow hidden power and data ports to be exposed with a simple hand gesture, and a new patent filing details the technology behind it, as well as other potential future implementations.

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External Link: The Mac App Store is Breaking Apps

Security certificates have expired for many popular Mac App Store apps, preventing them from launching. This issue affects 1Password, Acorn, Byword, DaisyDisk, and Tweetbot, among others. It’s up to Apple to provide a fix, but some users have reported that a reboot solves the problem.


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∞ Finding Dory

Finding Nemo ranks up there with my favorite Pixar movies. Here’s hoping that Finding Dory lives up to expectations.

A solid start, bringing back Ellen and Albert Brooks. The core is intact. The video is embedded in the main post.

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First impressions of the iPad Pro

iPad Pro (back), iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 2. Photo©2015, Steven Sande

It was a bit of a surprise to me yesterday when I went to order an iPad Pro and found out that I could pick it up at my local Apple Store. After an abortive attempt to get the 128GB Wi-Fi + Cellular version in Space Gray, I was able to get that model in silver. So, does it fulfill the expectations everyone had for the biggest iPad yet?

It's definitely an iPad, and the size will astound you. The photo at the top of this post shows an iPad mini 2, iPad Air 2, and iPad Pro. The 12.9-inch display honestly makes the Pro seem huge by comparison, but the weight of the large unit really doesn't feel that bad. Even with that display, the iPad Pro weighs just 1.57 pounds for the Wi-Fi edition, adding just .02 pounds more for the cellular modem. If those weights sound heavy, just remember that the original 9.7-inch iPad in the Wi-Fi + 3G edition from 2010 weighed 1.6 pounds.

The screen is pretty...

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The Rising Tide of Mobile Devices in Small Business...

The articles continue, on this site and others. Just did an article on The Rising Tide of Mobile Devices In Small Business for Re/Code. It’s available here. 

And in case you’re curious, the reason I post a link and clip of them here is so I have all the articles in a central location to go back and reference… I don’t post links to the Bushel ones I write, ’cause they’re already centralized in one place. Although I have considered an auto-slug based on the RSS feed of my author page there… But that’s something I’ll look at one day when I have a little free time…

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Yahoo rolls out slick new search results exclusively...

Yahoo’s deal to be the default search engine in Firefox is nearly a year old and over that time Yahoo’s search market share has crept up and down. Now, the company is trying to use exclusive features as a way to entice more U.S. Firefox users to stick with Yahoo.

Anyone in the U.S. searching for items such as movies, songs, and sports from the Firefox Awesome Bar or search box will see a new search layout on Yahoo. The most obvious change is that the top of the results page now has a banner of images and video related to the search.

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Apple Store employees allegedly profile black...

A group of black high school students were asked to leave an Apple Store in Australia after security became concerned that they "might steal something," prompting the store manager to issue an apology.

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Firefox finally comes to iOS

At long last, Firefox has come to iOS. Rather unusually, this is the first version of the Firefox browser that does not use the Gecko layout engine, instead using iOS's built-in WebKit-based layout engine. The app is available as a free download from the App Store.

Way back in 2010, Mozilla released an app called Firefox Home for iOS. This app didn't include a Web browser; rather, it just used Firefox Sync to pull down your browsing history and bookmarks from your desktop installation of Firefox. Home was retired way back in 2012—and then... there was nothing for a very long time. In December 2014, Mozilla finally announced that Firefox would be coming back to iOS—and this time, it would actually contain a Web browser.

Firefox for iOS has a pretty...

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Upgrade Devices And Apps Using Apple Configurator 2

Apple Configurator has always been able to upgrade devices. But it can also now upgrade apps that are on devices. To run an upgrade, first open Apple Configurator 2.

Once open, right-click on a device and click on the Update… option.

You can update all assets on the device concurrently, using the default option. Here, we’re going to select to update only the items we need to in the drop-down menu.

Select Only Some Apps and then you’ll see a list of each app that needs an upgrade on the device. Check the box for the apps to be updated and then click on the Update button....

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NetNewsWire Updates Solid But Fail to Impress

NetNewsWire was the king of Apple-centric RSS readers long ago, but has lately been overshadowed by the likes of Feedly and Reeder. Now, publisher Black Pixel has revived the newsreader app for the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and even the Apple TV. But these apps feel like also-rans in their current forms.


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Sideloading is a way to deliver apps to people without going through Apple’s official distribution mechanism. Interesting piece from Federico Viticci.

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Some Mac App Store Apps 'Damaged' Due to...

A growing number of MacRumors readers and Twitter users have been experiencing an issue with some Mac App Store apps displaying a "damaged" error when opened since late Wednesday. The issue has affected popular apps such as 1Password, Acorn, Byword, DaisyDisk and Tweetbot.

Mac App Store apps with a "damaged" error (Image: Graham/Twitter)

Mac users are prompted with this error message when opening Mac App Store apps:“App Name” is damaged and can’t be opened. Delete “App Name” and download it again from the App Store.Tweetbot developer Paul Haddad tweeted that the issue appears to be related to security certificates that expired on November 11, 2015, and he further speculated that the receipts now using SHA256 encryption may be causing problems with older OS X versions.

Wonder if the receipt now being...

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Analogy of the day

Lovely bit of writing by Stephen Hackett. Nailed it.

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HoudahSpot for Mac OS X lets upgrade and French...

Houdah Software (www.houdah.com) has announced HoudahSpot 4.1, an update to the file search utility for OS X.

The tool builds upon Spotlight and adds a criteria editor, customizable results display, search templates, preview of text matches and more. HoudahSpot 4.1 brings new features and a French localization. HoudahSpot is now availble in English, German and French language versions.

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AKVIS Neon for Mac OS X gets faster with version 1.5

AKVIS has announced a free update of its Neon software. The program creates glowing lines effects, transforming pictures into shining drawings. The new version (1.5) increases the processing speed and new hi-res printing options.

With Neon, you can create a glowing landscape or an extraordinary portrait, or just slightly outline edges making a picture more interesting and expressive. Version 1.5 now renders images two times faster. It also improves the Print dialog with new options to print super high res images on multiple pages

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Future water resistant Apple devices could force...

Apple is working on water resistant (if not quite waterproof) OS X and iOS devices according to a new patent filing (number 201503269659) at the U.S. Patent & Trademark office. The invention, dubbed “liquid explosion from an orifice,” would expel water from speaker and microphone cavities using varied electric charges and acoustics. 

In the patent filing, Apple notes that, typically, at least some portion of the cavity or chamber of a portable device’s acoustic chamber is exposed to the external environment to allow acoustic signals to be transmitted to or received from the surrounding medium. However, because the cavity or chamber is exposed to the external environment, liquid or moisture may accumulate or become trapped in the cavity or chamber, which may impair the performance of the acoustic module. Apple wants to alleviate that problem in its iPhone, iPad, and Mac laptop lines.

Here’s Apple’s summary of the invention: “...

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Benchmarks: iPad Pro versus Surface Pro 4

Apple is packing a lot of muscle in the iPad lineup. Use cases aside, the iPad Pro certainly has a laptop class processor.

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EyeFi acquires popular photo sharing service OkDoThis

EyeFi, the company behind the popular SD cards that carry WiFi support, has today announced that it has acquired OkDoThis. OkDoThis is a popular photography app on iOS that aims to inspire photographers to take a taking pictures daily and offering a platform on which they can share and discuss photography. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

In a press release, EyeFi explained that the acquisition of OkDoThis allows it to more directly engage with photographers. With the OkDoThis team on board, EyeFi will be able to work to integrate social features into its own apps and products.

OkDoThis is a widely praised app on iOS that has amassed nearly 400 ratings and has a 4 and a half star average. Most recently, it was updated with iPad support and 3D Touch...

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Users Balk at Mobile App Permission Requests

The Pew Research Center on Tuesday released a report on permissions and mobile applications found in the Google Play store. The number of permissions requested by a mobile app can be a deal breaker for six out of 10 smartphone users, Pew found. Applications request permission from users to access a variety of functions on a smartphone -- accessing the Internet, for example, or using the device's camera. Most apps can't function without permissions, but a good number of them also personal gather data about users, Pew said.

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Outback Solo offers stylish protection for a 12-inch...

WaterField Designs has served up another elegant carry case with the Outback Solo for the 12-inch MacBook. It's a handsome, practical US$109 case made of waxed canvas and premium leather.

Not only does it hold your MacBook with style, it’s great for carrying an iPhone and iPad mini, as well. Two front pockets hold a smartphone or smaller tablet, items such as wallets and keys, and a charger for an overnight trip. An optional strap ($19) transforms the case into an over-the-shoulder bag. I’d recommend springing for this as it's extremely handy when you’re hoofing it.

The Outback Solo is durable and offers substantial protection. It cradles the MacBook Air with two layers: neoprene enveloped in highly water-resistant, tan waxed canvas. If you need a Mac Book case that's both stylish and rugged, the Outback Solo fills the bill.

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Kool Tools: marble Dock for the Apple Watch

Native Union’s (www.nativeunion.com) luxury Marble Edition of its DOCK (US$119) for the Apple Watch is arguably the classiest charging station around for the smartwatch.

DOCK is a beautiful design object for the home and a versatile base for charging the Apple Watch. Naturally heavy, it features a brushed metal rotating arm to comfortably use and navigate the watch face as you charge. The intricate veins of the natural marble makes each piece one-of-a-kind.

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Households very concerned about security/privacy...

New data from Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) finds that 76 percent of U.S. broadband households are very concerned about their data security and personal privacy when using connected devices. The report shows identity and data theft are among the highest security concerns when using connected devices, but only 6 percent of U.S. broadband households have experienced those problems in the last year.

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Waves Audio shipping the Greg Wells VoiceCentric...

Waves Audio, a provider of digital signal processing solutions, is now shipping the Waves Greg Wells VoiceCentric plugin, part of the Waves Signature Series. It’s the first in a line of Greg Wells Signature Series plugins, created in collaboration with multiple GRAMMY-nominated producer, songwriter, musician and mixing engineer Greg Wells.

Greg Wells VoiceCentric is a plugin featuring one main control and three additional controls for Wells' customized Delay, Doubler and Reverb settings. The plugin gives you quick access to Greg Wells’ sonic signature.

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Apple's Second Waterproofing Invention Surfaces...

Last week we posted a patent report titled "Apple Working on waterproofing iDevice Speakers & Microphone." Today, part two of the invention has come to light that provides a new method relating to the expulsion of liquid from iDevice acoustic cavities of an acoustic module.

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Strategy Analytics: Android developer tools lag...

In Strategy Analytics' new research program, “App Development & APIs, examined Apple, Google and Microsoft's Mobile App Developer Environments,” Apple’s Xcode and Microsoft’s Visual Studio were top rated, with a score of 22 and 21, respectively, while Android Studio scored only 13.

The research group says Xcode beats Android on all measures on which it was evaluated. Developer tools are an important component of platform support and Apple's end to end system for app development to distribution is the reason the platform boasts some of the most advanced applications, says David MacQueen, executive director of Apps Research, Strategy Analytics.

“Apple's strong showing is no surprise, as they are the...

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iFixit’s iPad Pro teardown

iFixit has gotten quite good at stepping us through their teardown process. The commentary is smart and fun to read, and the pictures are top notch. This iPad Pro teardown is no exception.

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∞ Would you like an Apple Pencil with that?

Details on the availability of the iPad Pro and waiting time for the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard.

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iPad Pro comfortably outperforms iPad Air 2 in...

ArsTechnica has been putting the iPad Pro through its paces in a whole raft of benchmark tests, comparing it to other iOS devices as well as to MacBooks and Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4.

When it comes to other iPads, nothing comes close in Geekbench tests. In single-core tests, the iPad Pro gets an overall score of 3233 against 1831 for the iPad Air 2. The much newer iPhone 6S gets closest, at 2537.

In multi-core tests, the differences look far more modest, but there’s a twist … 

While the A8X chip in the iPad Air 2 uses three CPU cores running at 1.84GHz, Apple has managed to comfortably outpace it using just two cores running at around 2.25GHz. So while the...

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Firefox for iPhone and iPad now available in the App...

You can now get the alternative web browser Firefox for iPhone and iPad in the App Store. Except its not really Firefox as you know it on the desktop, because the underlying engine is all WebKit, not Mozilla’s Gecko renderer like it is on the Mac. This is the same as the iOS Google Chrome app — the App Store rules require browsers to use the Safari WebKit engine. This isn’t really a bad thing, the WebKit rendering core is the industry leading mobile (and desktop) engine.

You might want to use Firefox for iPhone and iPad if you use Firefox on the Mac, due to UI similarities for the browser chrome or just for syncing convenience. The Firefox app will sync bookmarks, open tabs across all your devices by logging...

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The Patent behind Apple's Next-Gen Display...

Today, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals Apple's latest Apple Store related invention that covers next generation product display tables that have built in pop-up ports for supplying power and/or data to electronic devices.

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Apple's new iPad Pro is faster, more affordable...

When Apple first unveiled iPad Pro, it noted that its custom designed A9X chip would be faster than 80 percent of the PCs that shipped this year. Benchmarks indicate that it's not just faster than low end generic PCs, but also faster -- and less expensive -- than Microsoft's Surface Pro 4.

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Apple invention uses electrodes to dry out wet...

An Apple invention published on Thursday points to work on water resistant portable devices capable of expelling water from speaker and microphone cavities using varied electric charges and acoustics.

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Wednesday November 11

Apple issues third OS X 10.11.2 beta to public...

Apple late in the day on Wednesday released a third beta version of the upcoming OS X 10.11.2 El Capitan update to registered public beta program testers.

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Apple pushes OS X 10.11.2 El Capitan beta 3 to...

A day after releasing the third public beta of OS X 10.11.2 to developers, Apple this evening has released the third public beta of the operating system to public beat testers. Beta 3 of OS X 10.11.2 comes just a week after Apple released beta 2 to testers.

The OS X 10.11.2 betas have not included many notable changes on the forefront, with Apple likely focusing on improving stability and performance under-the-hood with such a minor update. However, if you notice any changes, be sure to let us know in the comments. Apple encourages users to keep an eye on areas like WiFi performance, graphics capabilities, and built-in apps.

Public beta users can download the update now from the Mac...

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: "Microsoft Surface Book...

MojoKid writes: Apple CEO Tim Cook isn't making any friends on the PC side of the aisle this week. Cook took to the interview circuit this week to heavily promote the release of the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro and didn't waste any time kicking some dirt in the eyes of PC consumers around the world. When questioned on his thoughts about PCs, Cook wondered, "I think if you're looking at a PC, why would you buy a PC anymore? No really, why would you buy one?" Many would take issue with those comments. But we'll leave those comments behind, because Cook decided to set his targets on the current darling of the PC community — the Microsoft Surface Book. Even though Cook says that his company's relationship with Microsoft is "really good," he went on to say that the Surface Book "tries too hard to do too much" and that "it's trying to be a tablet and a notebook and it really succeeds at being neither." It will be interesting to see Mr. Cook's reaction as sales figures for the device roll in...

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iPad Pro unboxing and first impressions [Video]

Today we’re taking a look at the iPad Pro. On the surface, it may look like a giant Netflix machine, but well… it kind of is. This is the biggest iPad ever without a doubt, that packs a 12.9-inch display and obviously has a much larger footprint when compared to the iPad Air 2, this is larger by 78 percent actually. But enough with the small talk, let’s take a look inside of the box..,

As far as specifications go, Apple’s iPad Pro is packing the A9X processor inside, with 4GB of RAM, and either 32GB or in my case 128GB of internal storage. As I mentioned, there’s a 12.9-inch display with a resolution of 2732 x 2048 which is good for 265ppi.

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The Week in iPhone Cases: Catalyst launches...

...plus new designs for Speck's CandyShell Inked, and more!

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases brings you cases with clever ways to take photos and carry your earbuds, plus a variety of basic shell cases for normal use… with or without flare. Read on!


The Wavelength Series (iPhone 6 Plus/6s Plus; $14) features a textured fabric exterior over a polycarbonate frame.

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Apple in talks to develop a person-to-person payment...

According to unnamed sources speaking to the Wall Street Journal, Apple is looking to expand Apple Pay to include a person-to-person payment option in order to compete with services like PayPal’s Venmo or Google’s person-to-person payments through Google Wallet.

The sources said that no deals have been struck with any banks yet, but the WSJ notes that heavy-hitters such as JP Morgan Chase, Capitol One, Wells Fargo, and US Bank have sat down with Apple to discuss the possibility of a partnership. Several banks, like Chase, already have a person-to-person payment function through their own website or app.

One source told the paper that a person-to-person option could get off the ground as early as next year.


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iFixit Teardown Reveals iPad Pro's Four Speaker...

iFixit is in the process of tearing down the iPad Pro, providing a closer look at how Apple organized the internals of the larger iPad. While the majority of the internal layout is similar to the iPad Air 2, there are some significant differences, including the inclusion of a brand new four-speaker audio setup.

Each corner of the iPad Pro has a speaker driver sitting next to a capped resonance chamber. Each speaker is designed identically, as the iPad Pro shifts the speaker's function depending on the orientation of the device. The two speakers on top provide higher frequencies while the bottom speakers provide lower frequencies.

Once it removed the speaker drivers, iFixit uncapped the volume chambers, which Apple says gives the iPad Pro's speakers 61 percent more "back volume" than previous...

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Apple offers new accessory bundles w/ deep discounts...

New for the holiday season, Apple is offering some bundles for the photographer and videographer. The iPhones have a great camera, as demonstrated by the Shot on iPhone 6 campaign and Apple is certainly looking to capitalize on these capabilities. With these bundles, they are making it easier for a hobbyist or a professional to get started with accessories.

The Photography Kit consists of five different accessories:

  • Olloclip Active Lens – comes with ultra-wide and telephoto lens and it is ...
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Apple plans Indonesia R&D investment to meet new...

Apple's plan to build research and development in Indonesia, a move that would bring the company in alignment with a new rule regarding the inclusion of domestically produced components in foreign-made phones, has been approved by that country's government.

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Apple's Patent-Pending Person-to-Person Payment...

In July Patently Apple posted a patent report titled "Apple Working on new Apple Pay Wallet service for Person-to-Person Financial Transactions." Today we're learning that Apple is taking their patent-pending idea to several U.S. banks to create a Vermo-like platform ...

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Teardown of iPad Pro reveals revamped component...

Repair firm iFixit performed its usual launch day Apple device teardown on the iPad Pro on Wednesday, revealing a reworked internal design dominated by massive batteries and bespoke audio components.

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iPad Pro teardown shows tweaks to internals in Apple...

It’s no surprise that the people over at repair guide portal iFixit have already started their ritual teardown of Apple’s new iPad Pro. The new device features a larger 12.9-inch display, the 3rd generation 64-bit A9X chip, and other upgraded internals, but are there any other new surprises inside the iPad Pro?

Immediately the team noticed a different layout for the logic board making things a little different when cracking open the new iPad Pro compared to previous generations:

This isn’t quite what we’re used to! With the logic board situated in the center of the iPad, the display cables connect in the very middle, we can’t even lay the display down while we work… Instead we have...

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A larger screen gives Apple's iPad Pro a more...

The onscreen keyboard with Apple's iPad Pro includes a dedicated number and character row, as well as buttons for caps lock, tab and more, taking advantage of the device's spacious 12.9-inch display.

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Tim Cook meets with UK finance chief to discuss...

During a recent visit to the UK, Apple CEO Tim Cook sat down to discuss Apple Pay with Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, suggesting the budding payments service could get a government-sponsored boost in streamlining adoption.

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Notable apps and app updates for November 11, 2015

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

iOS Apps/Updates

Gorillized Corp. has announced Outline 3.7, an update to the smart digital notebook for iOS devices. The app offers formatting tools, various types of content (text, images, inks, tags, web content, etc.), synchronization options and Microsoft OneNote compatibility. Version 3.7 supports the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil. Outline’s regular price is $11.99, but version 3.7 will cost $2.99 for the first week after release. There is also a lite version of Outline, where Microsoft OneNote compatibility is offered via an in-app purchase.

Viqua Games has unleashed...

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AWT News Update: November 11, 2015

iPad Pro (back), iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 2. Photo©2015 Steven Sande

It was a surprise, and as a result, this is iPad Pro Day on Apple World Today:

  • iPad Pros are in stock except for some models, while the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard aren't available anywhere
  • Ars Technica did benchmarks, and the Pro is a monster in GPU performance
  • The Irish Independent catches Tim Cook calling the Microsoft Surface Book "deluded"

Text is below, and if you'd like to see the iPad Pro in Steve's hands, watch the video.

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Watch out, Venmo: Person-to-person payments may be...

Apple is in talks with major banks on an extension of its Apple Pay service that would allow person-to-person payments.

The discussions are continuing and it’s unclear whether any banks have struck a deal with Apple, reported The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, citing “people familiar with the talks.”

The newspaper said the envisaged service would allow users to send payments from their checking accounts to others using their phone and isn’t imminent. It said one person had told it the service could launch in 2016.

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Disney Infinity 3.0 coming to Apple TV bundled with...

Popular Disney-themed sandbox game Disney Infinity -- which melds physical toys with a virtual universe -- is set to debut on the Apple TV, one of the first console games to make the jump to Apple's new set-top box.

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Apple working with banks for mobile person-to-person...

Apple is in discussions with U.S. banks such as J.P. Morgan Chase, Capital One, Wells Fargo, and U.S. Bancorp to develop a mobile person-to-person payment service that would compete with PayPal’s Venmo platform, reports The Wall Street Journal, quoting unnamed “people familiar with the talks.”

The article describes the talks as ongoing and notes that it’s unclear if Apple and any banks have struck a deal. If — and that’s with a capital I — the deals are worked out, the service could launch next year. The WSJ says that, under the current discussions, Apple wouldn’t charge the banks for participating in its person-to-person payment service, which is different from Apple Pay in which the banks pay Apple for each transaction.

Person-to-person services like Venmo and Square Cash...

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Mophie introduces new power banks with a sleek...

From 9to5Toys.com:

Just a few weeks after launching a new slim iPhone 6/s battery case and power bank, Mophie is back again today with five new external batteries. We’ve seen a lot of power banks in our day – and regularly have deals too – but the new Mophie powerstations use an aluminum shell that, from pictures alone, standout from the pack.

Available in five different capacities, each model provides a different feature set focused on a variety of needs. The smaller 1X provides a 2,000mAh battery with speeds up to 1.8A. Going up to the...

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Tim Cook met with UK officials this week to talk...

Apple CEO Tim Cook visiting app developers in London this week

Tim Cook reportedly met with U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne this week to discuss Apple Pay and regulations in the country as the Apple CEO continues a tour to meet government officials, app developers, and students abroad.

Bloomberg reports that Osborne offered details of the discussion at a recent talk noting that the two “spoke extensively about Apple Pay” and that the UK Chancellor is “committed to ensuring that regulators don’t stifle innovation”:...

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Apple considering person-to-person payments for...

The next phase of Apple's mobile payments initiative could reportedly include a new feature that allows users to send money to one another directly, with negotiations between Apple and major U.S. banks already underway.

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Apple Working on Mobile Person-to-Person Payment...

Apple is in talks with U.S. banks over a potential person-to-person mobile payments service, reports The Wall Street Journal. Such a service would perhaps be positioned as an expansion to Apple Pay, and it would allow people to send each other payments, much like PayPal's Venmo or Square's Square Cash service.

Little is known about the talks at this early date, but The Wall Street Journal says communication between Apple and the banks is ongoing and it's not known if Apple has inked any concrete deals. Apple is said to be speaking to Chase, Capital One, Wells Fargo, and U.S. Bank, but key details "remain in flux" and the technical details still need to be worked out. It isn't clear how Apple intends to make money from the service. Indeed, the company may view a person-to-person offering mostly as a way to get more consumers...

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Apple in talks to launch person-to-person Apple Pay...

According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, Apple is actively in talks to launch a new person-to-person mobile payments service, like Apple Pay but for sending money between friends and family. Apple is in discussions with US banks to negotiate terms for the new service, which could launch next year. The publication says it is unclear if any deals have been struck to date and technical implementation details remain in flux.

Essentially, imagine AirDrop for mobile payments between people. This would essentially pit Apple Pay against other friend-to-friend payment solutions like PayPal’s Venmo, Facebook Messenger payments and similar services. Even Gmail...

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iPad Pro has M9 motion coprocessor, but lacks always...

Though it includes the same M9 motion coprocessor as the new iPhone 6s series, Apple's iPad Pro does not offer support for always-on "Hey Siri" voice controls when operating on battery power.

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Happy Hour Podcast 040 | iPad Pro day

Apple’s iPad Pro is now available for sale and we’re got the details on everything you need to know. From the best iPad Pro cases to other retailers that will have stock. Along with that, we get into some new Apple TV details that you might want to know about and Apple Music hits … Android.

New episodes of Happy Hour are available every Wednesday. As mentioned, you can download this podcast via iTunes or plug in our RSS feed link into your favorite podcasting app. Send an email to ...

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Ten new iPad Pro details you’ll want to know before...

Just as predicted by my colleague Mark Gurman, the iPad Pro became available to purchase today, making a rare simultaneous appearance in Apple’s online and physical stores without any preorder period. Consequently, it’s actually possible to walk into an Apple Store today to buy one — and if my experience today is any indication, there probably won’t even be much of a line.

If you’re still unsure as to whether you want an iPad Pro, I’ve put together this quick guide to some of the real-world things people will want to know about the new 12.9″ iPad before making a purchase — including some comparison photos and other hands-on details. Enjoy the details and galleries below…

1. How Big Is Big? How much space are you really going to...

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Apple releases another update for iWork for Mac and...

Under the shadow of the sale of the iPad Pro, Apple on Wednesday released updates for the Mac and iOS versions of Keynote, Numbers, and Pages. The new updates come about a month after Apple released iWork updates that featured support for OS X El Capitan.

The updates are all available in the App Store in the Updates section. For details on what’s in the updates, see the release notes below.

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Google Makes Maps Useful in the Boonies

Google on Tuesday began rolling out an offline mode for Google Maps. Users can download a regional map -- say, a city, county or country -- either by tapping "download" on a search result or by going to "Offline Areas" in the Google Maps menu and tapping on the "+" button. The downloaded map will function in offline mode automatically when the user enters an area with poor or no connectivity, and it will switch back online when a connection becomes available.

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Apple's CEO Oddly Strikes out at Microsoft...

It's being reported today that while Apple's CEO was at Dublin's Trinity College, he expressed out of character sharp words against Microsoft's latest product.

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First look: Apple's iPad Pro with 12.9-inch...

Apple's new iPad Pro is here, boasting 5.6 million pixels packed into its 12.9-inch Retina display, along with a powerful A9X processor that actually outclasses the new 12-inch MacBook. AppleInsider offers a first look at the jumbo-sized, top-of-the-line iPad.

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Deals: iPad Pros in stock, $150-$170 off iMac 5Ks, $...

All silver and gold iPad Pros are shipping out next day at modest discounts. Plus the lowest prices ever on key 2015 MacBook Pros ($150-$350 off instantly), $150 -$170 off Apple's new 2015 iMac 5Ks (or Free AppleCare and cash discounts), half off water-proof iPhone 6 cases and more.

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iWorks: A whole lotta updatin' going on

Along with a totally new device (the iPad Pro) coming out today, Apple today released updates to all of the iWork apps both on iOS and Mac OS X.

The updates primarily do two things: provide bug fixes for compatibility with Microsoft Office documents and make the apps more stable on both platforms. 

The Mac update fixed an issue in Keynote when exporting presentations as images, and another with master slides that included links. Pages on the Mac can now open some Microsoft Word documents that were previously impossible to open, and resolves an issue that prevented the use of Look Up for words in lists. Numbers can now open more Microsoft Excel spreadsheets.

On the iOS side, Apple fixed Keynote for an issue when opening presentations that contained many images, and Numbers got a fix for a problem where documents wouldn't open to the last saved position. 

If you're not a current user of Apple's productivity suite -- which is available on Mac OS X, iOS and...

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Britain's Director of Eavesdropping Agency...

Yesterday we posted a report titled "The Telegraph Interviews Apple's CEO on the iPad Pro, Apple TV, Apple Watch and the Hot Button Issue of Encryption." In that report Cook stated that "Any backdoor is a backdoor for everyone. Everybody wants to crack down on terrorists. Everybody wants to be secure. The question is how. Opening a backdoor can have very dire consequences."

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My Take On The iPad Pro

I am stoked to have been able to contribute a little to MacPrices.net on the introduction of the new iPad Pro. That article is here.

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Google Will Retire Chrome Support For XP, Vista, OS...

An anonymous reader writes: Google has announced it is extending Chrome support for Windows XP until April 2016. The company will also end Chrome support for Windows Vista, OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, OS X 10.7 Lion, and OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion at the same time. This means Google will provide regular Chrome updates and security patches for users on these operating systems for five more months. After that, the browser will still work, but it will be stuck on the last version released in April.


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iPad Pro Tidbits: A9X Outperforms MacBook, Apple...

Apple released the iPad Pro on the Apple Online Store and at select Apple Retail Stores and resellers earlier today, and we have rounded up some interesting facts and news announcements surrounding the 12.9-inch tablet.

iPad Pro Delivers Notebook-Level Performance

Geekbench results show that the iPad Pro's A9X processor is a dual-core chip running at about 2.25 GHz, as reported by Ars Technica.

The A9X chip had a 3,233 single-core score and 5,498 multi-score score in browser-based CPU tests, outperforming the iPad Air 2 and other recent iPhones and iPads by a significant margin.

iPad Pro also outperformed the 12-inch Retina MacBook, equipped with an Intel Core M dual-core processor clocked at 1.1 to 1.2 GHz, but...

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The Figurative 'Apple Watch Edition' is...

Late yesterday the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest registered trademark for the figurative 'Apple Watch Edition' under ...

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Microsoft's Surface Book 'tries too hard...

Apple chief Tim Cook had some harsh words for Microsoft during a stop in Ireland on Wednesday, saying that the Redmond firm's latest Surface Book -- which competes with both the iPad and the MacBook lineup -- "really succeeds at being neither" a tablet nor notebook.

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Using Apple Configurator 2 Blueprints to Manage iOS...

Blueprints are a new option in Apple Configurator 2. Blueprints allow you setup a template of settings, options, apps, and restore data, and then apply those Blueprints on iOS devices. For example, if you have 1,000 iOS devices, you can create a Blueprint with a restore item, an enrollment profile, a default wallpaper, skip all of the activation steps, install 4 apps, and then enabling encrypted backups. The Blueprint will provide all of these features to any device that the Blueprint is applied to.

But then why not call it a group? Why call it a Blueprint? Because the word template is boring. And you’re not dynamically making changes to devices over the air. Instead you’re making changes to devices when you apply that Blueprint, or template to the device. And you’re building a device out based on the items in the Blueprint, so not entirely a template. But whatever on semantics.

To get started, open Apple Configurator 2.


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Microsoft Office apps are ready for the iPad Pro

Today’s post was written by Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office team.

Today we are taking another step forward in bringing a great Office experience to everyone across a range of devices and platforms. As we announced in September, we have optimized Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote apps for the iPad Pro. Starting today, these Office apps are now available and take full advantage of new multitasking features, so you can be productive on your iPad Pro right away.

Here are some highlights of the new Office capabilities that really stand out with multitasking features on the iPad Pro.

Split View

Need to use two apps at once? No problem with Split View. You can now have two active Office apps on the screen at the same time. For example, you can analyze your business results in Excel and update the...

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Early iPad Pro reviews: Apple's massive new...

The iPad Pro is a giant iPad. The 12.9-inch addition to Apple’s tablet line-up went on sale today, and according to early looks at the Pro from a few major publications, the massive iPad will be familiar to anyone who’s used one of its predecessors.

But its big display, while the most noticeable of the Pro’s features, isn’t its only selling point. Critics say the Pro’s 4GB of RAM is the reason why iOS 9’s trio of multitasking features—Split View, Picture-in-Picture, and Slide Over—are extra useful and lightning fast on the new tablet compared to older ones.

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Decryption Tool Foils Linux Server Ransomware Attacks

Bitdefender on Monday released a free decryption tool designed to wrest data from the grip of a rare type of ransomware that's been plaguing Linux servers. Details for performing the decryption are available on the company's website. Essentially, the solution takes advantage of a flaw in the ransomware, which Bitdefender discovered through reverse-engineering. The ransomware attacks came to light last week, when Dr.Web reported that extortionists have been exploiting vulnerabilities in software running on Linux servers.

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Jony Ive Says that the 'Apple Pencil' was...

Back in February we posted a report titled "Could Apple be on the Cusp of a New Era of Remarkable Innovation?" In that report, Ive stated that Apple was at the beginning of a remarkable time, when a remarkable number of products would be developed. Today, Jony Ive to talks about one of the new magical devices Apple debuted this year: Apple Pencil.

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External Link: Apple Music Arrives on Android

If you’ve been waiting to listen to Apple Music on an Android device, now’s your chance. Apple has released the Apple Music app on the Google Play store. The free 29 MB app lets you access your For Your recommendations, playlists, and iCloud Music Library collection.


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iPad Pro now available through Apple online store,...

Apple is now taking online orders for the iPad Pro, both via its Apple Store web site as well as the Apple Store app. The first iPad Pro online orders will arrive on Friday, November 13th when one-day shipping is selected, and Apple’s site is also listing the tablet as available for purchase in many retail stores beginning today.

The Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard will not be arriving until late next week and are not available for in-store pickup at the current time.

The iPad Pro is Apple’s new flagship tablet, measuring in at 12.9 inches diagonally. It includes a Retina display, a four speaker audio system, 4GB RAM, and a set of...

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Jony Ive interview: The story of the Apple Pencil

Sir Jony Ive does an excellent job conveying the aesthetic of the Apple Pencil.

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Using Maps to tell if a store takes Apple Pay

Stores that take Apple Pay have an indicator on their Apple Maps page.

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Steve Jobs, the movie, unceremoniously dumped out of...

A disaster at the box office. Some numbers.

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The iPad Pro’s nifty battery trick

That is one clever little trick.

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Podcast 482: Who does the iPad Pro work for?

The iPad Pro: (huh, good god, y'all) who is it good for? Absolutely everyone? Absolutely no one? Or somewhere in between? Glenn and Susie discuss the upcoming mega-tablet, and how it was probably inevitable even though it's not going to *halt the sale of computers,* no matter what kind of jive Tim Cook manages to say with a straight face. (There's a weird little nugget of potentially bad news buried in that same interview, actually, that got totally overshadowed by the hyperbole, which is a shame.)

Elsewhere, we discuss some proof-of-concept ransomware for the Mac (that's bad), the cool-sounding new HDR app from Macphun (that's good), and some awesome tips for the new Apple TV, which got its first update this week, which reminded us all—hey, you can't back this thing up, can you? Aw geez, here we go again. (Also, Glenn still has fiber internet. Shocker.)


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Apple announces 1,000 jobs for Cork with campus...

This is a long term commitment to Ireland.

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Worldwide links to buy the iPad Pro, with prices

Easy enough to find your local Apple Store link, but seeing all the places and prices together like this was kind of interesting.

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