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Thursday August 13

10:09
Apple releases iOS 8.4.1 with Apple Music + Beats 1...

Apple has released an official iOS update for all users with iOS 8.4.1 now available. The update follows the major iOS 8.4 release which included an all-new Music app with Apple Music, the new subscription music service, plus Beats 1, Apple’s Internet-based radio station with live DJs. Apple initially started testing the changes in iOS 8.4.1 with developers in mid-July. The maintenance update includes several issue fixes for Apple Music and Beats 1. 

Specifically, Apple names fixes for enabling iCloud Music Library which keeps music and playlists collections up-to-date across devices, a hidden music issue due to...

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10:07
Apple releases OS X 10.10.5 update with Mail, Photos...

Apple has released the OS X 10.10.5 software update to OS X Yosemite for all users. The update mentions improvements to “stability, compatibility, and security” while also highlighting specific fixes for Mail, Photos, and QuickTime Player apps. Previously, Apple tested the software release with developers and public beta testers. The update is available for all users through the Updates tab of the Mac App Store.

According to the release notes, OS X Update 10.10.5 “improves compatibility with certain email servers when using Mail,” “fixes an issue in Photos that prevented importing videos from GoPro cameras,” and “fixes an issue in QuickTime Player that prevented playback of Windows Media files”.

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10:06
Apple Releases iOS 8.4.1 With Apple Music...

Apple today released iOS 8.4.1 to the public, roughly six weeks after releasing iOS 8.4 with the new Apple Music service and one month after first seeding the first iOS 8.4.1 beta to registered developers for testing purposes.

Today's iOS 8.4.1 update is Build 12H321 and can be downloaded over-the-air through the using the Software Update tool in the Settings app on iOS devices.

iOS 8.4.1 is a minor update that includes under-the-hood performance improvements, bug fixes, and security updates. Throughout the testing period, no outward-facing changes were discovered in the beta, and Apple's release notes specifically mention only Apple Music improvements and fixes.

It's likely iOS 8.4.1 will be one of the last updates to the iOS 8 operating system. iOS 9, iOS 8's...

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10:04
Apple Releases OS X 10.10.5 With DYLD Vulnerability...

Apple today released OS X Yosemite 10.10.5, an under-the-hood update that introduces bug fixes, security enhancements, and performance improvements. OS X 10.10.5 is being released to the public after two developer betas and one month of testing.

The OS X 10.10.5 update can be downloaded through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store.

Today's update notably includes a fix for the DYLD_PRINT_TO_FILE privilege escalation vulnerability that could allow malware to gain root access to a Mac. Earlier this month, a DYLD_PRINT_TO_FILE exploit was found to be in use in the wild, so this is an update that all Mac users running Yosemite will want to install as soon as possible.This update:

- Improves compatibility with...

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10:00
Apple goes all "1984" on product packaging...

In a short post back at the beginning of July, we mentioned a rumor that Apple would soon require third-party accessory manufacturers to use standardized minimal packaging in order to create a more uniform look for items in Apple Stores. Well, now the company appears to be making the Apple-like packaging mandatory, at least for some third-party products. 

IMAGE OF NEW MOPHIE JUICE PACK PLUS AND LOGITECH KEYS-TO-GO KEYBOARD. VIA 9TO5MAC

AppleInsider reports that an internal company memo notes that manufacturers Incase, LifeProof, Mophie, Sena, Tech21 and Logitech/Logi must conform to the new standard. Packages that don't meet the uniform white box standard are sent back to the warehouse.

This is...

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09:37
Hands-on: Google’s iOS app paves the way for smarter...

Google is taking a page from Android in the latest update to its iOS search app.

When viewing a web page from within the app, users can now ask for more information with an “OK Google” voice command. Even if you don’t specify the subject of the search, Google will try to automatically detect it from the content on the page.

For instance, while reading a news story about the New York Yankees, you can say, “OK Google, what’s their record?” The app then loads an info card showing the Yankees’ record and AL East standings. Some other working queries include “When were they founded?” “When’s the game?” and “Who’s the first baseman?”

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09:31
BBEdit 11.1.2 - Powerful text and HTML editor. (Demo)

BBEdit is the leading professional HTML and text editor for the Mac. Specifically crafted in response to the needs of Web authors and software developers, this award-winning product provides a plethora of features for editing, searching, and manipulation of text. BBEdit transforms text with high performance.

An intelligent interface provides easy access to BBEdit's best of class features including grep pattern matching, search and replace across multiple files, function navigation and syntax coloring for numerous source code languages, FTP and SFTP open and save, AppleScript, Perl, and OS X Unix scripting support, glossary support, and a complete set of HTML tools.



Version 11.1.2: Additions

  • This release consists entirely of fixes for reported issues, and contains no new features.

Fixes

  • Updated the default worksheet stationery to remove anachronisms and account for current features and behaviors.
  • ...

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09:30
Samsung's New Smartphones Revealed in New York...

The Samsung event that was held at the Lincoln Center in New York today was deadly focused on the Galaxy S6 edge+, Galaxy Note5 and Samsung Pay.

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09:02
Apple's Marc Newson Believes Automotive Design...

The Wall Street Journal has published an in-depth profile of industrial designer Marc Newson, a longtime friend of Apple design chief Jonathan Ive who joined the Cupertino-based company in September 2014. The interview touches upon a number of topics, ranging from Newson's creative process and design philosophies to his favorite artists and fashion designers.

Apple designers Marc Newson (left) and Jonathan Ive (right) via Vanity Fair
Just months after reports claimed Apple is actively researching and developing an electric and possibly self-driving vehicle, Newson added fuel to those...

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09:01
Apple releases standalone firmware update for...

It was a weird and quiet update, but maybe it’s critical.

Apple on Wednesday quietly released a standalone update for the recently-released seventh-generation iPod nano, the update offering a set of unspecified changes to the operating system.

The update is listed as v1.0.4, and unlike iOS releases it can only be downloaded and installed via iTunes. The last separate Nano firmware update dates back to 2011, when the watch-like sixth-generation model was still available.

The iPod nano system, though somewhat similar to iOS, is a proprietary OS that isn’t shared by Apple’s other devices. The operating system is...

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09:00
Optimizing Yammer for teams

Today’s post was written by Juliet Wei, senior product marketing manager for the Yammer team.

When we first set out to create Yammer, we started with the simple idea that information is more valuable when it’s shared. As an enterprise social network, Yammer revolutionized information sharing in the workplace by giving millions of people a platform to make their voices heard and discover what others across the company are working on.

Recently we announced Yammer’s on a mission to bring the benefits of open collaboration to teamwork. Since then, we’ve introduced Office Online integration for better document collaboration in Yammer; external messaging, which lets teams easily connect with people outside their company; and Yammer for Apple Watch to enable a whole new way of staying connected with your team. Today we’re unveiling another set of exciting...

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09:00
10 little-known keyboard shortcuts for editing in...

If you use PowerPoint at work or at home, keyboard shortcuts can be a great time saver. Here are some little-known keyboard shortcuts I’ve discovered over the last few years while working on the PowerPoint team. These keyboard shortcuts are designed for PowerPoint for Windows. If you are using PowerPoint for Mac, you can still use them if you replace Ctrl with CMD (⌘) unless stated otherwise. I hope you find these keyboard shortcuts as useful as I have!

Draw horizontal or vertical lines

Press and hold the Shift key while inserting lines to make sure they are perfectly horizontal, vertical or at a 45-degree angle.

Keep objects in proportion

Press and hold the Shift key while resizing shapes and other objects to keep their proportions consistent. This is handy if you want to resize a circle without accidentally turning it into an oval.

Duplicate an object

Adding a bunch of...

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09:00
9to5Toys Last Call: 13″ Retina MacBook Pro $1,100,...

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.

Today’s can’t miss deals:
Last Call Updates:

App Store Free App of the Week:...

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09:00
Episode 058 with Paul Katz on building Office add-...

In this episode, Jeremy Thake and Richard DiZerega talk to Andrew Salamatov about the Outlook announcements at Build and Ignite along with a two hackathons that were run in New York and Chicago.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP58_PaulKatz.mp3

Download the podcast.

Weekly updates

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09:00
Boot Camp 6: run Windows 10 on Macs

Some people don't have a choice; they have to use Microsoft Windows because of corporate policy. But others, especially those in a "Bring Your Own Device" environment, have the luxury of using Macs to run both Mac OS X and Windows. It's done one of two ways -- running a virtual machine under software like Parallels Desktop, VMware or Oracle VirtualBox, or setting up a dual-boot Mac using Apple's Boot Camp software. The latest version of Boot Camp is now available, and Boot Camp 6 makes it possible to run Redmond's latest operating system -- Microsoft Windows 10 -- on a variety of Macs. Here's a full list of Macs supporting Windows 10:

MacBook

• MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, early 2015)

MacBook Air

• MacBook Air (13-inch, early 2015)

• MacBook Air (11-inch, early 2015)

• MacBook Air (13-inch, early 2014)

• MacBook Air (11-inch, early 2014)

• MacBook Air (13-inch, mid 2013)

• MacBook Air (11-...

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08:59
Apple adds Windows 10 support to Boot Camp for all...

If you're one of those people who runs Windows on your Mac, good news: Apple has just released Boot Camp 6, which brings updated drivers and official support for Windows 10 to the company's hardware. New installs of Windows using the Boot Camp Assistant tool should download the new drivers automatically, and those performing upgrade installs can use the Windows version of Apple's Software Update tool to download the new drivers before performing the Windows 10 upgrade install.

The new Boot Camp update supports all iMacs, Mac Minis, Mac Pros, MacBook Pros, MacBooks Airs, and MacBooks released after 2012; that's not to say that you can't get it working on older Macs, but you're on your own. If that seems a bit stingy, remember that most PC OEMs aren't officially supporting systems...

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08:56
Apple Pay competitor Samsung Pay launching in the US...

At its Unpacked press event on Thursday, Samsung announced that Samsung Pay -- its answer to mobile payment systems like Apple Pay -- will launch in the U.S. on Sept. 28.

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08:56
Killer Deal: Free AppleCare on these mid-2015 15...

For our final back-to-school MacBook Pro promo of the season from Apple Authorized Reseller Adorama, readers can get free AppleCare (a $349 value) on 7 different mid-2015 15" MacBook Pro configurations, plus additional instant discounts, a free accessory, free shipping and no sales tax collected in 48 states. Or use exclusive coupons to discount all other configurations to the lowest prices anywhere.

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08:55
Ahead of new iPhones, Samsung announces Galaxy Note...

Ahead of the new iPhones currently rumored to be announced on September 9th, Samsung has today announced the latest in its Galaxy line of smartphones. The Korean company introduced the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, as well as a larger S6 Edge called — yes, it’s a bit of a mouthful — the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+. The company also detailed the launch of its Samsung Pay mobile payments platform.

Samsung is touting the S6 Edge+ as “better for multimedia,” while the Galaxy Note 5 is “perfect for multitaskers.” The “Apps edge” feature lets S6 Edge+ users get quick access to their favorite apps, while “People edge” lets you quickly find contacts. The...

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08:28
iHome's HomeKit smart plug goes on sale to...

Chances are you already own an iHome accessory—most likely a speaker or iPhone dock. Now the company is expanding into smart home accessories with the new HomeKit-compatible iSP5 SmartPlug, which promises to make your dumb appliances more intelligent without a hub.

iHome

Use the iHome Control app for iOS to control the rooms in your house.

The $40 wall plug is iHome’s first entry into smart home products. It uses Wi-Fi to let you control any small electronic device under 1800 watts—that includes lights, home audio set-ups, window air-conditioners, coffee makers, etc. Using the iHome Control app for iOS (or Android), you can create “scenes” that let you control all of the smart plugs in a room. You can toggle on an away mode in a scene to turn off all the devices that are plugged in, or you can manage each plug individually. The plugs are designed to stack on top of each other, so you can use two per standard...

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08:28
Samsung takes on Apple's iPhone 6 Plus with 5.7...

South Korean electronics giant Samsung on Thursday officially unveiled its new jumbo-sized Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+, a pair of 5.7-inch handsets designed to compete against Apple's smash hit iPhone 6 Plus.

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08:26
Apple releases Boot Camp 6 drivers, offers boosted...

If you’re using Boot Camp and just installed Windows 10, you might want to snag this.

Apple on Wednesday released its Boot Camp 6 update to add drivers for Windows 10. The update is still propagating and is not yet available for OS X, although it’s been noted the update is available within Windows partitions in Boot Camp.

Boot Camp 6 also includes support for several Mac features within Windows 10, including USB 3, USB-C, Thunderbolt, built-in SD and SDXC card slots, built-in or external Apple SuperDrives, and the Apple keyboard, mouse and trackpad.

Windows 10 support is only available on select Macs with OS X Yosemite and the...

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08:08
Apple quietly recalling some Apple TV units, cites...

This is why recall programs exist.

Apparently, a few Apple TV units have been quietly recalled due to Wi-Fi-related problems. In one case, a user received an email from Apple Apple informing him that his device has a faulty part.

Apple is offering affected customers the opportunity to exchange their faulty Apple TV unit for a functional one. The company is reaching out to each affected customer individually and has not updated its website to acknowledge the recall, suggesting that only a few users received Apple TVs with the faulty part.

The affected units appear to have been purchased over the last several weeks and Apple...

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08:06
Apple Working on an Interesting Future Photos...

Today, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals an invention about new facial recognition algorithms that will likely be integrated into a future version of Apple's Photos app.

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08:04
iHome releases HomeKit-ready iSP5 SmartPlug, first...

Announced at CES in January, the iSP5 SmartPlug ($40) — iHome’s first smart home accessory, and first Apple HomeKit accessory — is now officially available for purchase. The SmartPlug installs easily in an existing wall outlet, enabling users to enjoy iOS-based remote control of a connected lamp, fan, air conditioner or other electronic device. Two SmartPlugs can be stacked atop one another on a standard wall plate, and multiple SmartPlugs can be grouped as “scenes” for simultaneous iOS control within a home. Interestingly, the new accessory’s compatibility isn’t limited to iOS and HomeKit…

...

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07:49
Opinion: After getting assimilated by the Apple...

As regular readers will know, it took a little while for the Apple Watch to really grow on me. But even back when I wasn’t convinced I needed a smartwatch, I still had to admire the design. And the Digital Crown was a large part of how Apple got the smartwatch right when others hadn’t yet cracked it. A fundamental problem with a small touchscreen is that touching it covers up much of the content. The Digital Crown overcomes that, allowing us to scroll content without our thumb getting in the way.

But while today’s iPhone screens may be larger than they used to be, they are still pretty small in the scheme of things. Scrolling with a thumb still covers...

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07:47
Ghostery Review

Macworld:

Check out Ghostery, a Safari extension (also available for Firefox, Chrome, and Internet Explorer). With Ghostery installed, whenever you visit a Web page that uses such tricks to track, you’ll briefly see a box listing all the services that are tracking your visit to that page.

Click the Ghostery icon in Safari’s toolbar, and you get a detailed list of each of those service along with the specific script(s) each is using on that Web page. Click a script to view it in a new Safari tab or window. Click the More Info link next to a service to view Ghostery’s page for that company, which includes information about the company; contact information; a link to the company’s full privacy policy; and a summary of the types of data the company collects, how that data is shared, and how long it’s retained.

I’ve been using Ghostery for a while and really like the way it reminds me of just how much tracking is going on and it shows you just how ridiculous the...

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07:42
Samsung unveils 2.5-inch 16TB SSD: The world’s...

Ars Technica:

At the Flash Memory Summit in California, Samsung has unveiled what appears to be the world’s largest hard drive—and somewhat surprisingly, it uses NAND flash chips rather than spinning platters. The rather boringly named PM1633a, which is being targeted at the enterprise market, manages to cram almost 16 terabytes into a 2.5-inch SSD package. By comparison, the largest conventional hard drives made by Seagate and Western Digital currently max out at 8 or 10TB.

That’s quite a lot of porn.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:40
HTC, Lenovo announce job cuts as losses mount in...

Asian tech heavyweights HTC and Lenovo have revealed plans to slash their respective workforces and restructure their mobile phone units, moves designed to stem financial losses as the companies struggle to compete in the global mobile marketplace.

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07:30
Some 3rd-generation Apple TVs are being recalled

Apple is doing a targeted recall of 3rd-generation Apple TVs due to a faulty part. It's not known if the part -- which was not identified -- can cause a safety issue, which is a common reason for recalls of electronic devices.

Rather than sending out a blanket noticed to all Apple TV owners, Apple is only contacting customers who are affected by the problem. This indicates that the part was only used in a small number of units.

Users who have a defective unit receive a replacement Apple TV overnight, even if the original device was not exhibiting symptoms of the problem. 

Apple last recall program focused on the...

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07:05
Apple making 'premium' accessory packaging...

Apple is reportedly beginning to enforce a mandatory policy of standardized, Apple-like product packaging for at least some third-party accessories sold in Apple Stores, according to an internal company memo.

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07:00
Online Guide To Apple Configurator

You may have noticed a few new articles on Apple Configurator 1 recently (which isn’t assuming anyone actually notices what I’m writing about). While preparing for the massive change that is Apple Configurator 2, I’ve taken the liberty to put a page up compiling many of my articles that align into a guide on Apple Configurator 1, to offer up an outline for what I’ll be working on for Apple Configurator 2. This guide is now available at http://krypted.com/guides/apple-configurator/.

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06:56
Bushel Affiliate Program

On the Bushel side of my job, we released an Affiliate program a few months ago. It’s cool. And it got some press that I did interviews for, such as this one.

Check that article out, or check out the Bushel Affiliate Program at bushel.com/affiliates.

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06:37
iHome HomeKit compatible 'iSP5 Smartplug'...

iHome has released the iSP5 SmartPlug, the first product in the company’s new iHome Control series.

Named by Apple as a launch partner to make the first products compatible with their new HomeKit smart home technology, the iHome iSP5 SmartPlug is among the first HomeKit-enabled products now available to consumers on iHome.com and Amazon.com for US$39.99. Additional retail rollout will be hitting in the coming weeks in both the USA and Canada.

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06:24
Apple Invents a Custom Ceiling System for China...

In March Apple was granted two design patents for their Apple Store in Zhongjie Joy City, China. Apple loves to get involved in designing and inventing their store designs and what goes into them, like advanced ceiling structures. Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals an elaborate ceiling system ...

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06:18
New Apple TV expected, but streaming video service...

Apple is expected to unveil a brand new Apple TV in less than a month, but consumers waiting for a new companion streaming video service from the Cupertino-based company may have to wait longer, according to investment firm Piper Jaffray.

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06:17
New 15TB SSD fits world’s highest-capacity hard...

Continuing its push to make solid-state drives (SSDs) the dominant storage medium of next-generation computers, Samsung has revealed the PM1633a, a 15.36TB SSD that is believed to be the world’s highest-capacity hard drive. More amazingly, notes an Ars Technica report, that incredible capacity — over 120 times the storage of an entry-level MacBook Air or MacBook Pro — fits within a compact 2.5″ hard drive enclosure.

The PM1633a’s debut ahead of a comparably capacious spinning platter hard disk demonstrates the degree to which SSDs are rapidly replacing...

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06:05
Apple patent filing is for making online ads more...

Apple has filed for a patent (number 20150227979) with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office that's designed to make online ads more effective at catching your attention.

In the patent filing, Apple says that, given the popularity of electronic devices such as mobile phones, tablets, personal computers, or any other network enabled computing device, online advertising "can be an extremely effective way for advertisers to reach a wide mass of potential customers and induce numerous users to purchase their products." Not surprisingly, many advertisers place a premium value on advertising space that is more likely to reach their target audience. 

According to Apple's invention, the value of an online advertising slot is determined in a number of ways. For example, the slot's valuation will vary depending on the targeted demographics such as age, income, gender, ethnicity, level of education, occupation, etc. In addition, the...

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06:00
Work smart with Focus for Mac, iPhone and iPad

Focus for the Mac ($19.99) and iPhone/iPad ($4.99, universal with Apple Watch support) is a productivity timer with several thoughtful little touches. It fits nicely with how I like to work, and I believe several of you will like it, too.

Many years ago I came across a productivity practice called The Pomodoro Technique. In a nutshell, it's this:

  • Work for 25 minutes without pause
  • Take a five-minute break
  • Start another 25-minute work session
  • Every fourth time, extend the break to 20 minutes, then start over

There is no shortage of Pomodoro timer apps, including the very nice, browser-based...

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05:51
External Link: Apple Is Recalling Some Apple TV Units

Apple has reached out to some recent purchasers of the third-generation Apple TV, telling them that their units were shipped with a faulty part, and that the company will replace them free of charge, even throwing in an iTunes gift card for the trouble. Apple hasn’t issued a public statement, meaning that this issue probably only affects a handful of customers. There is no need to worry about this unless Apple contacts you.

 

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05:50
Apple's AirDrop could eventually encrypt data,...

Apple's AirDrop could eventually encrypt data before sending it to another device, which can be used for backup. The company has filed for a patent (number 20150230078) with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for "secure ad hoc data backup to nearby friend devices."

AirDrop helps you quickly transfer files between your Mac and nearby Mac computers or iOS devices using Wi-Fi. You don't have to be connected to the same network in order to transfer files – your devices automatically set up a direct wireless connection for AirDrop.

AirDrop is available from the Finder, the Share menu, and in Open and Save windows. When you choose AirDrop in Yosemite, your Mac looks for nearby devices that can also use AirDrop. This includes Macs with OS X Lion or later installed, and iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices with iOS 7 or later. 

According to Apple's...

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05:35
Macs and iOS devices may soon identify folks in...

Apple wants your Mac, iPhone and iPad to be able to recognize people in a photograph by facial recognition, then send them a copy of the picture. The company has filed for a patent (number 20150227782) with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for "systems and methods for sending digital images."

Per the patent filing, you can use your iPhone or iPad to take a picture. The picture may be sent from your iOS device to other users via email or text-message by a communication application. Sending the picture may include selecting the recipients and selecting the image to send. 

The location to which the image would be sent is based on data in your Contacts app. You can add contact information for recognized faces lacking contact information, and you can update existing contact info as needed. 

Addresses of individuals not in the picture may also be added to a recipient list and the picture sent to those individuals as well as...

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05:22
Apple's Boot Camp adds support for Microsoft...

Apple has updated Book Camp with support for Microsoft Windows 10. that lets it install Microsoft Windows 10.

You need support software (drivers) installed with Boot Camp to use Windows 10. This software is automatically downloaded when you use Boot Camp Assistant. Boot Camp supports 64-bit versions of Windows 10 when used with a supported Mac.

Windows 10 is available from Microsoft as an ISO file, an installation DVD, and a USB flash drive. You need an ISO file of the 64-bit version of the Windows 10 installer to install Windows on your Mac.

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05:11
Apple Designs Advanced Wireless Antenna with Unique...

On August 13, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their work on using sapphire for purposes of creating a unique antenna for Wifi, Bluetooth and more importantly NFC. By integrating the antenna onto the sapphire ...

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05:01
Deutsche Telekom Now Accepting Reservations for Next...

German carrier Deutsche Telekom has once again launched an online reservation service for customers interested in purchasing the next-generation iPhone, as spotted by Apfelpage.de.

The new early bird system promises preferred delivery of future smartphone models to customers that sign up with a valid email address and mobile phone number.

Deutsche Telekom does not specifically mention the much-rumored "iPhone 6s" or "iPhone 6s Plus" by name, but the reservation service launching just weeks before Apple is expected to launch new iPhones is unlikely a mere coincidence. In September 2011, the carrier rolled out a similar ticket-based reservation service nearly one month...

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05:00
BQ's Ubuntu Bows on World Stage


BQ last week opened an Ubuntu global store accessible to anyone who wants to buy an Aquaris Ubuntu Edition handset. BQ recently launched the BQ Aquaris E4.5 and E5 HD Ubuntu Edition smartphones in Europe. Both BQ and Canonical, which provides commercial support for Ubuntu Linux, have acknowledged network frequency and mobile operator compatibility issues in some countries, including the U.S. The goal is to reach interested Ubuntu community members who would like to get a taste of the Ubuntu mobile experience.

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04:58
Simon 4.1 for Mac OS X includes redesigned web...

Dejal Systems has announced Simon 4.1 (http://tinyurl.com/ydovrx), an update to the server monitoring tool for Mac OS X.

Simon checks web pages, FTP and DNS servers, local or remote ports or volumes, and many other kinds of services for changes or failures. HTML reports allow remote viewing of a summary and/or details of Simon monitoring. Version 4.1 includes a redesigned web feature, the ability to send custom headers and load dynamic content, and more.

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04:49
The latest iOS apps for Aug. 13

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

Cullaboration Media has announced One Song Workout, a fitness app developed for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices. It automatically creates a high-intensity interval training exercise routine that is timed to fit any song from your iTunes account. Exercise repetition goals are automatically adjusted based on user feedback at the completion of a workout. One Song Workout is free, but does tout in-app purchases.

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04:32
Internal Apple memo on third-party packaging reveals...

We first revealed last month that Apple is requiring a number of third-party accessory suppliers to revamp the packaging of products sold in the company’s retail stores to provide a more Apple-like appearance. We knew then that the detailed spec included mostly white packaging, simpler fonts, new photography, higher-quality materials, and more consistent compatibility labeling.

A copy of an internal memo obtained by Business Insider reveals that the requirement for new photography extends as far as “consistent product shot photo angles.”

The new designs bring an elevated look and feel to our third-...

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04:31
Alarm Clock Pro 10.2 - Multi-featured alarm clock...

Alarm Clock Pro isn't just an ordinary alarm clock. Use it to wake you up in the morning, send and compose e-mails, remind you of appointments, randomize the iTunes selection, control an internet radio station, and even time your baking!

Wake up to the serenity of your musical selection. Put to rest the goofy retro beeps and buzzing of a bedside alarm clock or cell phone. Use Alarm Clock Pro when waking up, as a reminder to take medications, or keep social appointments. At work, schedule follow up appointments with clients, set break reminders, run the office radio, set project timers, or discreetly monitor employee workspaces.

Features

  • iTunes Enhanced - Connect directly with iTunes to play a specific playlist or the entire library! Shuffle or play songs in sequence.
  • On-Screen Notifications - Display passive onscreen notifications that serve as great reminders!
  • Built-in Jingles...

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04:28
Kool Tools: StickyBrain for Mac OS X

StickyBrain, the Mac OS X note manager from Chronos is back after a 10-year hiatus. It's been entirely rewritten from the ground up in Apple’s new Swift programming language in order to take advantage of the latest OS X technologies.

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04:16
Alternote 1.0.5 - Note-taking app that integrates...

Alternote is a gorgeous OS X note-taking app that integrates with Evernote. Designed to be the most convenient and natural way to make notes, collect information, write down your ideas, feelings and memories.

Alternote is totally secure. There are no Alternote servers in the chain, just you, your Mac, and Evernote backend.

  • Distraction-free - Interface slightly dims as you start typing. Now just focus on writing.
  • Night mode and font settings - Change sidebar background, color scheme and font settings as you like.
  • Robust search - Search through note title and contents as-you-type. Start searching just as you launch Alternote, no more focusing search field.
  • Backed by Evernote - Alternote is an alternative Evernote client for Mac. You can use Evernote mobile apps and clippers. All your data will be in sync.
  • Retina-ready and smooth...
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04:03
PDFpen 7.3 for Mac OS X improves scanning

Smile has released PDFpen 7.3, an update to its all-purpose PDF editing tool for OS X. This update includes improvements to scanning performance and reliability. It also prepares for the upcoming OS X El Capitan release.

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04:02
Facial recognition market to reach $2.67 billion by...

The global market for facial recognition is forecast to reach US$ 2,67 billion by 2022, according to Transparency Market Research (http://tinyurl.com/dygmb53).

The market is driven by increased demand for surveillance systems by civil and government agencies, according to the research group. This is majorly due to the rising number of crimes and terrorist activities across the globe that would elevate the demand for efficient facial recognition solutions/systems in the near future.

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04:01
Boot Camp now supports 64-bit Windows 10 on a wide...

Apple has announced in a support document that Boot Camp now supports 64-bit versions of Windows 10 on a wide range of Macs dating back to 2012. The updated version of Boot Camp is currently rolling out to Yosemite users – if you haven’t yet received it, it should show up when you use the Mac App Store to check for updates.

Apple gives instructions for performing both a new install and an upgrade from earlier versions of Windows.

Supported Macs are:

  • MacBook Air from Mid 2012
  • MacBook Pro from Mid 2012
  • MacBook Pro with Retina display from Mid 2012
  • iMac from Late 2012
  • Mac mini from Late 2012...
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02:58
Apple Invents another High-End 3D Optical Mapping...

Along with Apple's acquisition of PrimeSense they gained several granted patents covering 3D mapping and specialty projectors. Apple's latest granted patent for 3D scanner/projectors was issued just last week. Today, a new patent application from Apple's PrimeSense team came for a 3D mapping optical system that could be used in computer vision ...

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02:40
Apple invention lets iPhone owners AirDrop encrypted...

According to an Apple invention published Thursday, the company is looking into forms of data sharing that would allow an iPhone owner having connectivity issues to offload files normally stored in the cloud to a "friendly device" for later retrieval.

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02:04
Lenovo Suffers a 9% Slide due to Crashing Motorola...

China's Lenovo Group shares slid nearly 9 percent on Thursday after it said its quarterly net profit was halved as its mobile division with Motorola ...

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01:41
Apple invention automatically shares photos based on...

In an invention published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday, Apple outlines a process of identifying individuals in a digital image using facial recognition techniques and sending a copy of the photo out to those people by associating contact information pulled from an app like Contacts.

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01:13
Instructions for setting up a second MDC for Xsan...

Forums: General Xsan TalkTags: Xsan 4failover setupMDC

Hi Everyone,

Are there any instructions available about how to configure for example a Mac Mini to act as a secondary MDC incase the primary MDC fails?

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Wednesday August 12

23:44
Apple brings Windows 10 support to Mac in Boot Camp...

Apple announced through a Support Pages document published Wednesday that the latest version of Boot Camp, which is currently rolling out to OS X Yosemite users as a system update, now comes with support for 64-bit versions of Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system.

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22:38
Google Drive web viewer can open files using...

You can easily launch files within applications on your PCs or Macs from the Google Drive folder, but now you can also do so straight from the cloud service's web viewer. If you have the viewer loaded on your browser, right click on a file to previ...

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21:36
Apple Updates Boot Camp With Windows 10 Support

Apple today released an update to Boot Camp with support for Microsoft Windows 10, according to a new support document. The update, Boot Camp 6, is still propagating and is not yet available for OS X. However, several MacRumors forum members have noted the update is available within Windows partitions in Boot Camp, Apple's tool to allow Intel Mac owners to dual boot OS X and Windows.

Boot Camp 6 also includes support for several Mac features within Windows 10, including USB 3, USB-C, Thunderbolt, built-in SD and SDXC card slots, built-in or external Apple SuperDrives, and the Apple keyboard, mouse and trackpad.

Windows 10 support is only available on select Macs with OS X Yosemite and the latest version of Boot Camp, which will automatically download the support software (drivers) needed to use...

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21:35
Even the world's no.1 PC maker finds selling...

Lenovo is the biggest PC maker in the world, but smartphones remain a challenge. The company's mobile arm announced a pre-tax loss of $292 million for the three months ending in June: Motorola phones shipped stood at 5.9 million, down just less than...

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20:55
StorNext client won't mount SAN volume after...

Forums: General Xsan Talk

I had a RAID controller die in one of the RAID units in our SAN. I was able to replace it OK and after some messing with cvlabel (the new controller was showing up as a duplicate LUN), the XSAN MDCs are happy and all of the Mac clients are happy again.

However, I have one StorNext client for a Linux system that refuses to mount the SAN volume after the change was made. The lines I found in /usr/cvfs/debug/mount.SAN.out have this to say:

Mounting filesystem SAN on /Volumes/SAN
nthreads=12, ReadOnly=no
buffers=yes, sparse=yes, protect_alloc=no, syslog=info, allowdupmount=no
timeout=100, recon=hard, retrans=12, mnt_recon=hard, mnt_retrans=1
Error mounting possibly due to unavailable disks.
mount.cvfs: Can't mount filesystem 'SAN': No such device
System log may contain additional details...

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20:31
Apple team-up promises more diversity among tech...

Apple knows that improving the diversity of its workforce doesn't just depend on hiring more workers, or dishing out scholarships -- it also has to recruit a wider range of interns that could eventually become permanent staff. To that end, it's par...

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19:36
Google adds its replacement for addresses to Google...

Sure exact coordinates are useful if you're treasure hunting, but if you're just trying to find something in a part of the world where addresses are uncommon or nonexistent, they're way too long. Google proposed a fix earlier this year with the rol...

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18:39
The next versions of iOS and OS X will track your...

Apple has made much ado of Spotlight's smart, info-fetching abilities in iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan, but one relatively undersold feature might just prove a lifesaver if you or your friends are frequent travelers. Both of the upcoming operating sys...

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18:38
Google for iOS updated w/ always-on ‘Ok Google,’...

Google today has started rolling out an update to its iOS app for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. The update, the first significant update to come to the app in some amount of time, bumps it to version 7.0 and includes a handful of notable new features.

First off, you can now say “Ok Google” while on any webpage to get detailed answers about whatever topic your researching. For instance, you could say “Ok Google, where was he born?” while reading an article about Paul George. You could also say “Ok Google, how far away is this place?” while reading about a restaurant or shopping location.

Next up, the Google app on iOS now includes more detailed local search results,...

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18:18
Apple Beefing up their iPad Strategy Focused on...

While Apple's iPad sales are still in free-fall mode, Apple's CEO Tim Cook is still convinced that there's still a lot of growth ahead. Today we're learning that Apple is now working with more than 40 technology companies ...

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18:00
Report: Apple working w/ more than 40 companies in...

Amid falling sales of the device, The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple is working with more than 40 tech companies to make the iPad a more appealing work tool. Apple is reportedly working with officials from professionals in the business app market to train its own specialists to better sell towards workforces, which will lead to

Apple is working with companies such as accounting leader Xero, digital cash register company Revel Systems, and software firm ServiceMax. Apple is reportedly reviewing its partners’ apps and providing guidance as to what steps should be taken. Apple’s end goal with its...

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17:50
Apple making unlikely enterprise bedfellows to...

A report on Wednesday fleshed out Apple's plan to take a bigger piece of the business workplace technology pie by leveraging its mobile iPad platform, a strategy that entails opening up operations to smaller firms.

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17:43
Apple Working With More Than 40 Tech Companies to...

Apple is working with more than 40 technology companies to make the iPad a better work tool, according to a new report by The Wall Street Journal. The initiative, which is called the Mobility Partner Program (MPP), is an effort to change the way business is done and boost lagging iPad sales.

The initiative is a bet that Apple, which has never been a big player in the $2 trillion annual spending on workplace technology, can grab a bigger slice of the market by reshaping the nature of work in mobile-friendly settings—where Apple has an edge.Apple's partners in the program include smaller companies like accounting firm Xero, digital cash register company Revel Systems, and field-service software firm ServiceMax. Some partners, like Xero, have been invited to train Apple business specialists while other undisclosed partners were invited to an Apple sales conference in...

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17:43
Get your telescopes: the Perseids meteor shower...

It's that time of the year again when you can enjoy a spectacular natural light show in the sky, courtesy of the Perseids. The meteor shower peaks tonight, so if you're living somewhere in the Northern Hemisphere, ready your binoculars, telescopes...

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17:38
Apple's Game Center Icon is now a Registered...

On August 12, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest registered trademark for their Game Center icon under registration number 4,791,133.

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17:08
Apple recalls small batch of 3rd-gen Apple TVs over...

In what appears to be a targeted recall program, Apple this week notified an unknown number of customers that their recently purchased third-generation Apple TV unit would be replaced due to a faulty part.

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16:40
The Mother of all Patent Trolls is behind a new...

A California company by the name Limestone Memory Systems (LMS) has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple. The heart of this case focuses on the technology found in Apple's choice of DRAM chips used in Macs and iDevices.

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16:18
Apple Recalling Small Number of Third-Generation...

Apple yesterday began contacting some customers who recently purchased third-generation Apple TVs, informing them that their devices had shipped with an unspecified faulty part and offering an exchange for a brand-new unit shipped from the company.

Unlike some other repair or recall programs, Apple has not posted a public advisory about the issue, suggesting it is a small batch of affected units. As a result, the company is proactively reaching out to owners of the devices known to be defective and offering an exchange. Our defective Apple TV was purchased just a few weeks ago, and other affected customers are likely to have purchased their devices in a similar timeframe.

Replacement Apple TV shipped overnight from AppleHi Mitchel,

I understand the concern, Apple typically does not reach out to customers proactively this way.

I just need you to confirm that you have this device and to make sure I have the right shipping address (i see that below...

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16:14
I know I’ve seen this watch interface before

But I can’t quite put my finger on it.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:46
Native flight tracking support in iOS 9 and OS X El...

…when iOS 9 beta detects a flight number, in this case Delta #2182, it transforms the text into an actionable link connected to data pulled from an offsite server. A long press on said link brings up options to preview flight information or copy text.

This is a great little added feature.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:44
Catalyst's Apple Watch case touts waterproof...

Accessories firm Catalyst on Wednesday announced preorder availability of a new waterproof case for Apple Watch, which boasts full access to touchscreen and physical controls, heart rate monitor and inductive charging dock.

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14:47
Apple announces partnership with Code2040

Buzzfeed (http://tinyurl.com/p3wfweo) reports that Apple has announced a partnership with Code2040 (http://www.code2040.org), a nonprofit trying to close the diversity gap in the tech industry.

CODE2040's flagship program places top performing Black and Latino/a college level computer science students from around the country in an intensive summer career accelerator in the San Francisco Bay Area. Students intern at top tech companies and participate in a series of career building sessions on evenings and weekends. 

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14:40
Apple issues rare software update for 7th-gen iPod...

Apple on Wednesday released an unusual standalone update for the seventh-generation iPod nano, making unspecified changes to the media player's proprietary operating system.

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14:32
Apple brings native flight tracking support to iOS 9...

An unannounced feature rolling out in Apple's upcoming iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan operating systems will let users view up-to-date airline flight status, as well as a preview of projected flight paths, using specially crafted data detectors.

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14:24
Qualcomm Ups the Ante With Next-Gen Processor...


Qualcomm on Wednesday unveiled its Adreno 5xx GPU architecture next-generation visual processing technology and its 14-bit Spectra image signal processing unit at SIGGRAPH in Los Angeles. The first two GPUs to use the new architecture, the Adreno 530 and 510, will be integrated in Qualcomm's forthcoming Snapdragon 820 and 620/618 processors. The Snapdragon 820 also will feature the 14-bit ISP, which supports DSLR-quality photography and enhanced computer vision.

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14:00
AWT News Update: August 12, 2015

Spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of Apple news... the thrill of new product introduction... and the agony of share price declines... the human drama of technological innovation... This is AWT's News Update!

    •    Microsoft is at it again, this time releasing a new version of Remote Desktop for Mac
    •    20 more Apple Maps Flyover locations!
    •    Chicago is getting a glass cube Apple Store on the Miracle Mile
    •    Twitter opens DMs to 10,000 characters

Don't want to listen to the News Update? Read it instead. See below...

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for August 12, 2015.

Remember the old Microsoft Remote Desktop app? No? Well, it was...

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13:38
About the security content of OS X Yosemite v10.10.5...

This document describes the security content of OS X Yosemite v10.10.5 and Security Update 2015-006.

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13:31
Setlists app for iOS

Catalog your repertoire. Prompt your lyrics live on stage. Keep everyone in sync. If you perform live on stage, alone or with a group, Setlists will make you a better professional. Forget carrying around heavy binders of paper and writing up tonight’s set on a napkin with a Sharpie.

Great looking app. I’ll be using this one.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:11
Apple Pay rival CurrentC could be delayed again as...

CurrentC, the mobile payments solution backed by big retailers such as Target, Walmart, and Best Buy, might not launch this year after all, and some member stores are now throwing their support behind Apple Pay.

Retail consortium MCX, which runs CurrentC, will still kick off a pilot program in a few weeks in Columbus, Ohio. But MCX CEO Brian Mooney told Recode that the group isn’t rushing a wider rollout, despite earlier plans for a mid-2015 public launch.

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12:58
Multitasking for iPad in iOS 9

Rene Ritchie takes an in-depth look at multitasking in iOS.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:45
Apple partners with Code2040 to hire black and...

Apple on Wednesday announced a partnership with Code2040 that will see the company hire a handful of black and Latino computer science students as interns, part of a broader attempt at improving the racial diversity of its workforce.

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12:26
Podcast 469: Of ice cream and Apple Pay

It's the dog days of summer, the time when Google makes all the news, by making itself a subsidiary of...itself. So that's an interesting discussion, and this episode also contains lots of follow-up and a delicious selection of new business, as we ramp up to September, when Apple will release new hardware and software.

So Glenn updates us on the malware situation, and how much worse our Android-using friends have it. Any day we can laugh at CurrentC is a good day, and now it seems the Apple Pay competitor is nearing the end of its exclusivity agreement with retailers like Rite Aid—before CurrentC even managed to launch its product. Wi-Fi Calling and Wi-Fi Assist are coming with iOS 9, Verizon is changing up the way it sells new phones and service, and the new iPad mini sounds pretty predictable but will be welcome nonetheless.

To read this article...

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12:00
Bringing grayscale to life with Codijy Color Magic 3...

One of the classic scenes of cinema is in “The Wizard of Oz,” when Dorothy — who starts the film in black and white Kansas — regains consciousness in the land of Oz, where everything is in color. Color adds life to monochrome images. We’ve all seen colorized black and white films — some made with success, others horribly botched — but up until now there hasn’t been an easy way to take a black and white photo and colorize it realistically. Codijy Color Magic 3 for Mac ($59.95 with free trial) is an amazing app launched today that creates color masterpieces from those grayscale photos with surprising ease.

So, who could use Color Magic 3? Anyone with a bunch of old family photos that they’d like to colorize in a realistic manner or professional or advanced amateur photographers who want a way to play with color intelligently.




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12:00
The Week in iOS Accessories: Keeping cables nice

Keeping cables nice

This week’s roundup includes a couple of accessories that solve the problem of keeping your cables un-bent and un-broken. Read on!

Bucardo

The Pendulum Collection is still in its Kickstarter phase, but we like the core idea: Stick your Apple Watch on the end of a chain, like a pocket watch or pendant, and rock your new-school iOS device in a very old-school way. (Next up: Google Glass is replaced by Google Monocles.)

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11:58
You can now send Twitter DMs that are way longer...

Twitter wants you to wax poetic.

The micro-blogging site now lets you send private direct messages that are way longer than the typical 140 characters. Twitter has finally expanded the DM limit to a whopping 10,000 characters. Public tweets, however, remain limited to 140 characters.

The expansion of DM character limits began rolling out on Wednesday across Twitter’s iOS and Android apps, as well as on the web, Tweetdeck, and Twitter for Mac. Twitter users who still send and receive tweets and direct messages via SMS (does anyone do that?) will continue to be limited to 140 characters.

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11:53
Apple Quietly Joins the NFC Forum Board

Sometime after the NFC Forum's 2015 Conference in New Zealand on Mobile Payments it appears that Apple has joined the group as a sponsored member. Further, the NFC Forum's Board of Directors has also welcomed Apple's Syed ...

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11:24
Intel modems may be in up to half of next-gen iPhone...

Chipmaker Intel may have won as much as half of the orders for modems in Apple's next-generation iPhones shipping this fall, an analyst with Northland Capital Markets claimed on Wednesday.

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11:07
Removing the 140-character limit from Direct...

Twitter:

While Twitter is largely a public experience, Direct Messages let you have private conversations about the memes, news, movements, and events that unfold on Twitter. Each of the hundreds of millions of Tweets sent across Twitter every day is an opportunity for you to spark a conversation about what’s happening in your world. That’s why we’ve made a number of changes to Direct Messages over the last few months. Today’s change is another big step towards making the private side of Twitter even more powerful and fun.

I honestly don’t know if this is a good thing or not.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:58
Happy Hour Podcast 027 | Possible Sept. 9 iPhone...

Along with the recent release of iOS 9 beta 5, a recent report suggests the new iPhone and Apple TV could be announced in early September. Along with that, Apple announces massive numbers for its streaming music service and Google has completely restructured the company. The Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and through our dedicated RSS feed...

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10:44
Apple planning new flagship store in Chicago, could...

Apple is reportedly set to move its store on Chicago's famous Michigan Avenue down the street into a new riverfront location, with a "mostly below ground" design that will mimic that of its iconic Fifth Avenue location in New York.

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10:33
Apple sponsoring Code2040 fellowship program with...

Apple this year will be platinum sponsor of Code2040’s fellowship program geared toward increasing diversity in the tech industry, the company shared with Buzzfeed. Through its sponsorship, Apple will hire 10 of the fellowship program’s 80 students as paid interns working at the company’s Cupertino headquarters.

Denise Young Smith, Apple’s VP of Worldwide Human Resources, said the partnership with Code2040 will offer new opportunities to young Latino/as and African-Americans:...

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10:30
Microsoft Offers a Preview of Skype for Business...

Microsoft has seen great momentum in the first few months since the arrival of Skype for Business, and today they're announcing the preview of the new Skype for Business apps for iOS (and Android).

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10:19
Thunderstrike2 Details Revealed

An anonymous reader writes: Prior to DefCon and BlackHat, we learned that Trammell Hudson had developed a firmware worm for Apple machines that could spread over Thunderbolt hardware accessories. Now that both conferences have finished, Hudson has published slides and an annotated transcript detailing how the worm works. A brief quote: "Thunderstrike 2 takes advantage of four older, previously disclosed vulnerabilities. These had all been known and fixed on other platforms, but not on Apple's MacBooks. ... Speed Racer (Incorrect BIOS_CNTL configuration, 2014, VU#766164), Darth Venamis (S3 boot script injection, 2014, VU#976132) Snorlax (Flash configuration is not set after S3 sleep, 2013 VU#577140) and PrinceHarming (2015) Unsigned Option ROMs (2007, 2012). ... While we're looking at Apple specifically in this research, the overall message is that many vendors are not keeping up to date and are not responding to CERT, especially if it requires effort to port or test vulnerabilities...

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10:12
Everybody Can Run - Not Walk - to the Rapture


With the post-apocalyptic adventure game Everybody's Gone to the Rapture, Sony may have a cult classic on its hands. The PlayStation 4 exclusive became available Tuesday. The Chinese Room, a game development studio that previously worked exclusively on PC and Mac titles, developed Everybody's Gone to the Rapture with the support of Sony and SCE's Santa Monica Studio. The independent game bears similarities to The Chinese Room's Dear Esther, an adventure game in which a novelist explores a mainly deserted island.

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10:00
Apple joins official NFC Forum as a sponsor, takes...

9to5Mac:

Apple has joined the official NFC Forum as a top-tier sponsor. Along with the sponsorship role, Apple has joined the forum’s Board of Directors, according to the forum’s official website.

With representation and sponsorship of the forum, Apple will be able to help advance the development of NFC chips across the industry and develop new NFC-based products at a quicker pace.

Apple has joined multiple industry forums for key components over the past several years, and the Cupertino-based company is a core member of both the USB and Bluetooth connectivity organizations.

This will undoubtedly help drive even more innovation in NFC. Apple waited to implement the protocol until they had the device to really take advantage of it. Now that they do, they are looking to use their directorship to drive further development in ways beneficial to the company.

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09:46
Slide Over and Split View multitasking for iPad in...

iMore:

iOS 9 takes multitasking from the background and puts it right up front on the iPad.

Apple calls it Multitasking for iPad. The iPad, of course, has always multitasked at the system level, and over the years has gained background tasks and refresh and other forms of third-party multitasking as well. With iOS 9, however, the iPad is getting more than just the ability to do multiple things at once—it’s getting the ability to show multiple apps at once. It’s getting Slide Over and Split View.

Both Slide Over and Split View allow you to have two apps on-screen at the same time—a “primary” app and a “secondary” app. The primary app is the one you start with, full screen. The secondary app is the one you bring in that either overlays a part of the screen in Slide Over or takes over part of the screen in Split View.

This new functionality might actually get me using my iPad more. It’s been gathering dust since I got the iPhone 6 plus but Slide Over and...

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09:36
Apple joins NFC Forum

Apple has joined the NFC Forum (nfc-forum.org) as a sponsor member, a non-profit industry association who mission is "to advance the use of Near Field Communication technology by developing specifications, ensuring interoperability among devices and services, and educating the market about NFC technology."

Near field communication (NFC) is the set of protocols that enables smartphones and other devices to establish radio communication with each other by touching the devices together or bringing them into proximity to a distance of typically 3.9 inches or less.

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09:16
Apple joins NFC Forum, will help shape future of...

Apple this week officially joined the NFC Forum, a nonprofit industry association that promotes the short-range wireless technology essential to secure mobile payment services, including Apple Pay.

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09:15
Alphabear for iOS rewards big words and big bears...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play. 

This special stage already has stone barriers impeding your path, but there’s still room to spell out long words.

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09:09
Apple Pay Competitor 'CurrentC' Preparing...

The retailer-backed rival to Apple-Pay called 'CurrentC' that was developed by a consortium of retailers under the Merchant Customer Exchange is scheduled to be field tested in certain markets over the coming weeks. Stores like Wal-Mart, Target and Best Buy are some of the biggest brands backing CurrentC.

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09:00
Managing Office 365 updates

Today’s post was written by Arpan Shah, senior director for the Office 365 team.

Over the past year, we released over 450 updates to Office 365, as noted by Julia White in this recent Office Mechanics show. As customers move from on-premises software to the cloud, they need new tools and processes to manage and administer change. We are committed to not only deliver the best productivity experience to end users but also provide an optimum experience to admins and developers who run and build on the service.

On today’s Office Mechanics show, I’m excited to tell you about some of the improvements we’ve made to Office 365 change management and tools—all based on your feedback.

Rolling out updates

I want to assure you that we recognize how Office 365 updates can potentially impact your organization. To ensure we deliver high...

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09:00
New Outlook partner add-ins and expanded rollout of...

Earlier this year, we announced a preview of the new Outlook.com that lets you make the most of the moments that matter to you, featuring a refined inbox, new ways to collaborate, an upgraded calendar and support for partner add-ins. Today, we are pleased to announce new partnerships with Evernote, Yelp, IFTTT and Wunderlist to deliver solutions for both consumer and commercial Outlook users. Additionally, the Uber, PayPal, Evernote and Boomerang add-ins are beginning to roll out today. We’re excited about how partners are enhancing the Outlook experience through this integration.

In addition to new partners, we are also expanding the preview of the new Outlook.com to a broader audience. We enhanced the service based on feedback...

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08:47
Apple Pay challenger CurrentC could postpone launch...

MCX's CurrentC mobile payment platform may not officially launch until 2016, since the consortium is working to get things right, CEO Brian Mooney said in an interview published on Wednesday.

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08:47
PS World Deals: $600 off 13" MacBook Air, $300...

In recognition of the 2015 Photoshop World conference, B&H Photo this week is aggressively discounting some Macs and Photography-related gear, knocking $600 off a fully-loaded 13" MacBook Air, $300 off a key iMac 5K model, $300-$900 off select Mac Pros, $520-$600 off some MacBook Pros, $40-$45 off WD Passport Drives, 10-30% off photography gear, and more.

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08:15
Rite Aid to accept Apple Pay beginning Saturday,...

Rite Aid has apparently gone for both CurrentC and Apple Pay.

Last year, when a group of retailers disabled their Merchant Customer Exchange devices in favor of the upcoming CurrentC payment system, it was unknown as to whether they’d opt for Apple Pay. Drug store chains CVS and Rite Aid were among the first to block Apple Pay support after initially accepting it. Now, drug store chain Rite Aid is ending that blockade as it announced today that it will officially accept Apple Pay starting this weekend.

Beginning Saturday, August 15th, Rite Aid will turn on support for Apple Pay, Google Wallet, and Android Pay at almost 4,600 locations around the country. Competing...

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07:54
This is Nifty: App in the Air

This could prove useful.

AITA Limited’s App in the Air allows you to keep tabs on your flight and offers real time status updates, airport tips and in-airport navigation maps, flight profile with all your flights logged. The app can also work offline, tracking gate changes and flight status updates and delivering them via SMS.

The app currently supports the Apple Watch, with American, Delta, United, Southwest, Air Canada, JetBlue, Alaska, WestJet, Aeromexico and Spirit for its American airlines, over 1,000 international airlines, all major US airports, the busiest world airports and the various airline alliances.

App in the Air is available for free and requires iOS 8.0 or later to install...

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07:37
Apple Pay competitor CurrentC may not launch until...

Re/code:

CurrentC, the payments app being created by a consortium of big retailers known as MCX, may not launch widely this year as originally planned, MCX CEO Brian Mooney told Re/code in an interview on Tuesday. The company will begin a public pilot of its app in Columbus, Ohio in a few weeks and will not rush a wider rollout if the product is not ready, he said.

“This is a long game,” Mooney said. “Certainly going faster is always better — that’s not necessarily a debatable point. But we’re going to do it right.”

I don’t think there’s much doubt, after RiteAid and Best Buy and others have changed their plans, that CurrentC, at least in its present form, is DOA.

...

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07:33
Today is “Vinyl Record Day”

Vinyl Record Day:

Vinyl Record Day is dedicated to the preservation of the cultural influence, the recordings and the cover art of the vinyl record, celebrating our fondest music with friends and family.

Today is the day Edison invented the phonograph in 1877. Do you remember the first (or last) vinyl record you bought? For me, it was Rush’s “Bastille Day”.

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07:27
US carriers' move to installment plans seen...

The shift of U.S. carriers from contract subsidies to installment pricing for smartphones could speed up upgrade cycles for Apple's iPhone, according to a new memo by financial services firm Piper Jaffray.

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07:27
MacFamilyTree 7.6 - Create and explore your family...

MacFamilyTree gives genealogy a facelift: it's modern, interactive, incredibly fast, and easy to use. We're convinced that generations of chroniclers would have loved to trade in their genealogy tools for MacFamilyTree. It helps you collect and record facts and data about your family history and turns them into informative reports and charts.

MacFamilyTree comes with countless features to record and visualize your family history - use them to create reports, charts, or nifty 3D views within our Virtual Tree feature. It offers the right solution for all your genealogy needs.

Synchronize your data via iCloud, create webpages, or back your research with the help of the gigantic genealogy database "FamilySearch". You’re an avid genealogist, but you’re always on the go? Not a problem! Simply purchase MobileFamilyTree to use on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and your options are virtually endless.



Version 7.6: Enhanced Source...

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07:04
External Link: Marco Arment Explains Why People...

With Apple giving developers the capability to block Web content in iOS 9 and OS X 10.10 El Capitan, ad-blocking has become a hot topic, with many content creators complaining that it robs them of revenue. But blogger and developer Marco Arment, who himself relies on ad revenue, has decided to block ads. The reason: increasingly invasive ad-tracking that strips users of privacy. Arment argues that users cannot possibly consent to automatic tracking of everywhere they go on the Web. Arment calls on publishers to reject privacy-invading ads, even if it “won’t be a clean, easy transition.”

 

Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the...

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07:00
Install Apple Configurator

Apple Configurator is a great tool to manage iOS devices. It’s also a pretty decent tool when you need to create profiles for use on Macs. Apple Configurator is easily installed using the Mac App Store. This involves 3 workflows:

  1. Prepare: Setup a device initially.
  2. Supervise: Manage a device using Apple Configurator long-term.
  3. Assign: Manage content on devices using Apple Configurator.

However you plan on using Apple Configurator, the first step to use the product is to download it for free and install it on an OS X computer. To install Apple Configurator, first open the App Store and search for Apple Configurator.

When listed, click on Apple Configurator.

Then click on Get, then click on Install App. If prompted...

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07:00
Don't bet on the 'iPad Pro' being a...

TIME says its research shows that computer buyers like businesspeople and students still want a traditional laptop rather than a "hybrid" device — a two-in-one gadget that works as both a laptop and tablet. Still, the magazine thinks that Apple is working on such a device. I think TIME is wrong.

The publication surmises that the upcoming 12.9-inch "iPad Pro" (which, keep in mind, has not been officially confirmed) will come with a keyboard accessory and can be used either as a desktop or a laptop, as well as a tablet. "Apple’s influence on the PC market is so great that if Apple endorsed the 2-in-1 idea in any way, it could validate the category as it did with MP3 players, smartphones and tablets beforehand," says TIME.

I think the iPad Pro will have an optional keyboard (as well as an optional stylus), but will most certainly be a tablet. It will be able to perform basic computing tasks such as word processing...

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06:55
Cocktail Yosemite Edition) revved to version 8.5.2

Maintain has served up Cocktail 8.5.2 (Yosemite Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running Mac OS X Yosemite.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. This version adds ability to rebuild Help database and adds two new Automator actions. It also contains improvements on the "Check S.M.A.R.T. status on startup" and "Clear kernel caches" procedures.

Cocktail 8.5.2 (Yosemite Edition) costs US$19 for a single user license. It's available at the Maintain website (http://www.maintain.se/cocktail)

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06:39
Prosecutors press on with 'think of the...

Law enforcement officials have continued to make their case?against the new, heftier encryption introduced last year by Apple and Google for their respective mobile operating systems, charging once again that the changes are standing in the way of capturing murderers, pedophiles, sex traffickers, and terrorists.

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06:26
Apple leads in key countries even as the tablet...

Whatever happened to the post-PC era with tablets slowing replacing traditional personal computers? Tablet shipments continued to decline in the second quarter of 2015, falling 11% year on year to 42.5 million units, although Apple's iPad still dominates, according to the Canalys research group.

The top five countries accounted for half the world’s tablet shipments and Apple led in all but one, Brazil. The Cupertino, California-based company is well placed to continue leading the market for the time being.

After three years of explosive growth, the tablet market peaked in the fourth quarter of 2013, going into decline a year later. Tablet shipments fell in every worldwide region in the second quarter 2015, "with no reason to believe that growth will return in the short term," says Canalys.

Sales in high-growth markets are dwindling as large-screen smart phones grow in...

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06:08
Desperate Samsung putting it all on the Line at...

After a rather unimpressive performance so far this year, Samsung Electronics' handset unit is aiming for a rebound in profits with its Galaxy S6 Edge Plus (Edge Plus) even though they've been making such claims for the last two years.

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06:00
Apple might choose to ignore Intel's mobile...

Intel has announced plans to release a laptop version of its Xeon processor. It's possible we'll see them pop up in the most powerful MacBook Pros ever, though Apple would have to make some compromises in regards to battery power.

Intel says the Xeon Processor E3-1500M v5 Product Family is "designed for the professional who needs workstation-class capabilities in a portable device." This sounds like a perfect fit for creative pros who use Mac laptops for tasks like rendering 3D models or doing heavy duty video editing. What's more, this family of processors is based on the next gen Skylake architecture that MacBook Pro users have been anxiously awaiting.

Intel's Xeon-based mobile workstations will have key features such as error-correcting code memory that automatically detects and repairs errors on-the-fly that cause data corruption and system crashes for peace-of-mind reliability. These new systems will also...

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05:57
10 new Fonts Added to Free Halloween Fonts...

MacAppware, a division of 128bit Technologies, has announced an update of 10 new fonts to their free Halloween Fonts collection available on the Mac App Store under the name: Halloween Fonts - Free Commercial Use Holiday Fonts.

This commercial use font collection now includes 40 original fonts in OpenType font format, and can be used for any personal and business project. International
character support isn't standard for every font but is available for many
of them.

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05:28
Several Retailers to Begin Testing Apple Pay Rival...

Nearly three years after the Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) was founded in August 2012, several U.S. retailers and restaurants belonging to the consortium will begin publicly testing their Apple Pay rival CurrentC in Columbus, Ohio over the coming weeks, according to The Wall Street Journal.

CurrentC is a mobile payments solution that requires scanning a QR code with a smartphone for contactless payment from a checking account, gift card or private label debit or credit card. The service does not currently accept major bank-issued credit cards such as Visa or MasterCard as retailers look to avoid costly fees.

Public testing of CurrentC is set to begin just as MCX's...

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04:57
Gartner: personal cloud is growing in importance

The "personal cloud" is growing in importance as it shapes how employees operate across their digital lives, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com) End-user computing (EUC) and digital workplace managers responsible for building the digital workplace will be increasingly challenged as the personal cloud continues to evolve and intersect with IT initiatives, says the research group.

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04:42
Kool Tools: Tudia Klip for Lighting connectors

Trouble with fraying Lightning and 30-pin cables? Try the Tudio Klip (http://tinyurl.com/p7p742r), a two-piece plastic clip that snaps onto Lightning or 30 pin Apple charging cables, protecting the sensitive area of the cable that most frequently frays and splits.

The clip works by creating a cage around the cable, preventing wear and tear and limiting how much the cable can bend. The Klip comes in five different colors with a design that complements the current styling of Apple charging cables. Measuring 0.59 inches in length and .08 ounces it adds little bulk to the cable.

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04:41
Microsoft announces preview of new Skype for...

If you’ve felt that Microsoft’s Skype for Business iOS app was lagging behind the consumer app in terms of visual appeal and ease of use, the company has been working on correcting that. Microsoft says that the latest version of its enterprise-oriented app is now available for preview, before its rollout later in the year.

  • Larger buttons make it easier to mute, add participants and manage your call.
  • Video, which now fills the screen, brings you closer to your colleagues.
  • We made it easier to navigate between video and content with just one tap by simplifying the IM, video and content panes. While you can still view content in...
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04:09
Rdio iOS app live-streaming 460 traditional AM/FM...

Rdio has likely been feeling the squeeze from the launch of Apple Music, and is today adding live streams of 460 traditional AM/FM radio stations, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The rollout, which starts Wednesday, includes 460 stations owned and operated by stakeholder Atlanta-based Cumulus Media Inc [including] long-running stations such as Cumulus’ KLOS-FM (95.5) in Los Angeles and KFOG-FM (104.5) in San Francisco, along with talk radio and sports outlets … 

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03:46
ClamXav 2.8.4 - Virus checker based on ClamAV. (...

ClamXav is a popular virus checker for OS X.

I have been working on ClamXav for more than 10 years now, and over those years, I have invested a huge amount of my own time and energy into bringing ClamXav to where it is today -- one of the most trusted and recommended anti-virus solutions for the Mac. In the past, other priorities got in the way and I wasn't able to focus on development as much as I would have liked, but that stops now. ClamXav is now a commercial product. It's being sold through a new company (Canimaan Software Ltd) but don't let that fool you -- I'm still the owner and lead developer.



Version 2.8.4:

Note: ClamXav is now shareware. If you have donated in the past, see Related Links.

  • Fixed issue where Really Scan dialog box shows up multiple times for same disk
  • Fixed issue where Sentry may scan inserted volumes even if told not to
  • Fixed excess memory usage issue with...
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03:38
PDFpenPro 7.3 - Advanced PDF toolkit for HTML...

PDFpenPro allows users to edit PDF's easily. Add text, images and signatures. Fill out PDF forms. Merge or split PDF documents. Reorder and delete pages. Create fillable forms and tables of content with PDFpenPro! Even correct text and edit graphics!

The Pro version adds these additional features that the regular version does not:

  • Create cross-platform fillable PDF forms
  • Add interactive signature fields to forms
  • Create and edit Table of Contents
  • Convert websites into PDFs
  • Correct typos in OCR text layer
  • Add and edit document permissions
  • Automatic form creation - detects text fields and check boxes in existing PDF and makes them fillable
  • Create submit buttons to submit form data via web or email
  • Gather submitted form data via backend integration
  • Export in Microsoft® Excel (.xlsx, .xls), Microsoft® PowerPoint (.pptx, .ppt), and PDF Archive (PDF/A)...
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03:33
PDFpen 7.3 - Edit and annotate PDFs with ease. (...

We're also offering PDFpenPro for 30% off!

PDFpen allows users to easily edit PDF's. Add text, images and signatures. Fill out PDF forms. Merge or split PDF documents. Reorder and delete pages. Even correct text and edit graphics!

Features

  • Add text, images and signatures to PDF
  • Correct text in original PDF with editable text blocks
  • Fill out interactive PDF forms and sign them
  • Redact or erase text, including OCR text
  • Search and redact text; search and replace text
  • Export in Microsoft® Word format
  • Scan directly from Image Capture or TWAIN scanners
  • Perform OCR (Optical Character Recognition) on scanned documents
  • Viewable OCR layer for proofing OCR text from scanned pages
  • Adjust resolution, color depth and contrast, skew, and size of an image or scanned document
  • Sign PDF forms via...

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Tuesday August 11

21:06
Here are the songs, artists, and genres being played...

When Beats 1 launched earlier this summer, two of the things Apple and its hosts were adamant about were that the station had no specific genre and that it was meant to be a global representation of music. Looking to investigate Apple’s success at following through with those goals, Quartz has analyzed all of the songs played on Beats 1 during a one month period from early July to early August…

The collected data shows that during that one month survey of the songs played on Beats 1, hip-hop was the most popular genre, with alternative coming in at a close second. Too much hip-hop has been a complaint regarding the station, with it seemingly being the...

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20:59
Simon 4.1 - Monitor changes and crashes with Web...

Simon monitors websites and alerts you of crashes and changes.

Select pages to monitor, choose your alert options, and customize your settings. Simon does the rest.

Keep a watchful eye on your favorite sites

  • Monitor any site. Want to receive an alert when a favorite blog has been updated? Or monitor activity on your personal page? If it's on the Web, Simon can watch it for you.
  • Enjoy flexible alert options. Find out about page changes via alarms, emails, or speech. Whether you're at work or at home, Simon has an alert option to match your level of urgency.
  • Get support for multiple services. DNS, FTP, IMAP, MySQL, Twitter, SMTP. Simon has built-in support for almost any service you can imagine.



Version 4.1: Redesigned Web feature

  • The Web (HTTP) editor has been significantly redesigned, to use a list of pages...

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20:59
Adobe InDesign CC 2015 11.1.0.122 - Professional...

InDesign CC 2015 is available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud for as little as $19.99/month (or $9.99/month if you're a previous InDesign customer). InDesign CS6 is still available for purchase (without a monthly plan) if you prefer.

Adobe InDesign CC 2015 is part of Creative Cloud. That means you have access to all the latest updates and future releases the moment they're available. Sharpen your skills and master new tools with a rich and growing library of training videos. And Creative Cloud is integrated with Behance, so you can share your projects and get immediate feedback from creatives around the world.



Version 11.1.0.122 (2015):

Note: Now requires OS X 10.9 or later.

  • Enhancements to the Publish Online...
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20:59
ExpanDrive 5.0.12 - Access cloud storage just like a...

ExpanDrive builds cloud storage in every application, acts just like a USB drive plugged into your Mac. With ExpanDrive, you can securely access any remote file server directly from the Finder or even the terminal. It supports:

  • SFTP/FTP/FTPS
  • Amazon S3
  • Dropbox
  • WebDAV
  • Rackspace Cloud Files
  • Openstack Swift
  • Dreamhost DreamObjects
  • Google Drive
  • OneDrive
  • Box.com
  • Copy.com
  • HP Helion
  • hubiC



Version 5.0.12: New

  • [Windows] New Filesystem driver to improve Windows 10 support
  • [Windows] New crash reporter
  • [Windows] Speed increase in browsing folders
  • [Windows] New data cache

Fixed

  • Amazon Cloud Drive and Box long directory listings now fixed
  • S3 support where getting a bucket's location is disallowed

Note: ExpanDrive 5 is a paid...

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19:28
real madrid enfants

Forums: SoftwareTags: maillot de foot pas cher 2015

Messi encore une fois au milieu de la première moitié avant de la zone réglementée pour afficher leurs compétences Lingboweibu, tout droit sorti après les deux offensant incité à commettre, mais le juge de ligne de hors-jeu sifflé controversée Suarez quand collusion Mathieu traverse (deux en parallèle), sinon Barca les 45 premières minutes en 4 boules. Hat-trick de l'ouverture de la saison, l'équipe de Barcelone dans l'histoire des trois seuls dans laquelle Cesar avait deux duo brésilien Romario et Rivaldo chacun dos, mais quand Messi coup franc 89 minutes à nouveau...

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17:53
Apple adds Maps flyover locations

Flyovers are very cool.

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17:10
iPad Mini 4 Likely to Support Split View Multitasking

Files within OS X El Capitan indicate the upcoming iPad mini 4 will support full Split View multitasking, suggesting its internal specs will be on par with the iPad Air 2. An OS X El Capitan resource file first located by developer Hamza Sood and 9to5Mac from the Safari 9 browser depicts an iPad mini with two apps side-by-side, which is how the Split View feature works.

Responsive design mode, which gives developers a way to test different layouts in Safari 9, also allows developers to simulate a Split View layout on an iPad mini 3. The iPad mini 3 does not support Split View, offering further proof that the iPad mini 4 is likely to be the tablet that supports Split View.

iOS 9 introduces multitasking for the iPad, and while two of the features, Picture-in-Picture and Slide Over, are available on the iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad...

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16:56
Apple expands Maps Flyover coverage to 20 cities in...

Apple on Tuesday updated its Maps Flyover availability webpage to reflect the addition of 21 cities including multiple destinations in France and a handful of sites in Mexico, among others.

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16:34
Apple adds 20 new 3D Flyover cities to Maps across...

Apple today has updated its feature availability webpage to add 20 new locations to its 3D Flyover feature in Maps. Flyover, for those unfamiliar offers high resolution 3D imagery of locations via the Apple Maps app. Earlier this summer, Apple expanded Flyover to seven new locations and with today’s 20 new additions, the feature is now supported at more than 160 locations. Today’s new additions include cities in Austria, Denmark, Puerto Rico, France, Italy, Sweden, Japan, and more. The full list of additions can be seen below:

  • Graz, Austria
  • Aarhus, Denmark
  • Cadiz, Spain
  • Ensenada, Mexico
  • Loreto, Mexico
  • Bobbio, Italy
  • Turin, Italy
  • Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Malmo, Sweden
  • Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
  • Sapporo, Japan
  • Rapid City, SD
  • Millau, France
  • Nice, France
  • Strasbourg, France
  • Omaha...
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16:25
El Capitan file hints at faster iPad mini 4 with...

One of iOS 9’s marquee additions is support for split-screen applications on the iPad. This allows users to operate two iPad applications simultaneously, side-by-side. However, due to processor limitations of older iPad models, the full 50/50 split-view functionality is currently only present on the iPad Air 2 thanks to the device’s A8X processor. However, with the help of developer Hamza Sood, we...

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16:23
Leaked Intel Skylake-U roadmap reveals CPUs likely...

A set of supposedly leaked specifications for Intel's upcoming Skylake processor lineup made its way to the Web on Tuesday, offering what could be the first peek at what users can expect from Apple's next-generation MacBook Air products.

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15:35
Two new iPhone identifiers discovered by ad tracking...

Mobile app marketing firm Fiksu on Tuesday discovered two new iPhone device identifiers in its dataset for July, suggesting Apple's tests of next-generation hardware do not include a rumored low-end model dubbed "iPhone 6C."

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15:30
AWT News Update: August 11, 2015

It's raining again in the high desert plains near Denver, but that didn't keep us from recording today's Apple World Today News Update:

  • Salesforce is taking wearables very seriously, outing 20 new Watch apps and providing details on five of them
  • Some iOS 9 beta testers are beginning to see Wi-Fi Calling appear on their AT&T phones
  • The devaluation of the Chinese currency today had a negative effect on shares of Apple
  • Fiksu is starting to see signs of two new iPhones, not three...

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for August 11, 2015.

Salesforce is a company that is taking wearable technology very seriously, and today it...

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15:29
Next-generation iPhone 8,1 & iPhone 8,2 appear...

Several contradicting reports have come out recently regarding the possibility of Apple introducing an iPhone 6c next month alongside its refreshed iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Now, Fiksu reports that it has seen two new iPhones in its web traffic logs for the month of July: iPhone 8,1 and iPhone 8,2. Notably missing is any device that could be the rumored iPhone 6c.

For those unaware, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus carried the iPhone 7,2 and iPhone 7,1 identifiers, respectively, while the iPhone 5c was represented as iPhone 5,3. Fisku’s data also notes that it is seeing the iPhone 8,1 and iPhone 8,2 use variety of popular apps,...

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15:13
Beats 1 Replay archive now available as dedicated...

A week after introducing Beats 1 Replays on Connect, Apple is now aggregating archived Beats 1 shows, including those hosted by celebrity DJs like Elton John, in a special Apple Music section.

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15:04
Two New iPhones Spotted in Analytics Data Cast Doubt...

Ahead of the launch of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, mobile app marketing platform Fiksu saw just two new iPhones in its data logs in July, casting doubt on this morning's rumors suggesting an iPhone 6c launch is still a possibility.

Last month, Fisku began seeing two unknown iPhone models in its logs, with the identifiers "iphone8,1" and "iphone8,2," which likely correspond to the next-generation 4.7-inch iPhone and the next-generation larger-screened 5.5-inch iPhone, expected to be called the "iPhone 6s" and the "iPhone 6s Plus," respectively. The current iPhone 6 Plus is "iphone7,1," while the iPhone 6 "iphone 7,2."

Fiksu's data includes 87 unique "iphone 8,1" devices and 67 unique "iPhone 8,2" devices, with no hints of a third unidentified model that might represent the rumored smaller-...

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15:00
Report: iOS and Android enjoy similar loyalty rates

Research from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) shows that the past two years, Google Android and Apple iOS retained U.S. users at approximately the same rate. In activating a new phone, 82% of Android users and 78% of iOS users remained with their previous operating system.

“The dynamic between Apple iOS and Google Android is not well-understood,” says Josh Lowitz, partner and co-founder of CIRP. “Even the basic loyalty rate, the measure of how each operating system retains its own users, is not widely known. Conventional wisdom says the Apple ‘ecosystem’ promotes loyalty, while Android readily gives up users to iOS. Our analysis has a more nuanced view on operating system selection, and indicates Android user loyalty has caught up and even exceeds that of iOS.”



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14:53
Web traffic points to slow but steady Apple Watch...

As gauged by Web search traffic, interest in the Apple Watch has diminished considerably since the launch of the product in April but in a relatively smooth fashion, analysts with international financial firm UBS hinted on Tuesday.

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14:49
More details on Intel’s upcoming Skylake-U...

A few weeks back, details regarding Intel’s upcoming Skylake processors were revealed with promises including improved low power performance, improved battery life, and faster integrated graphics. At the time, the information was somewhat vague, only detailing the year-over-year advancements and performance improvements from Broadwell to Skylake chips. Today, however, FanlessTech has given us a more detailed look at the specifications of the Skylake U-Series of processors.

The first thing to note is that Intel has streamlined Skylake-U over...

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14:15
AT&T Wi-Fi calling starts rolling out for some...

AT&T on Tuesday started to rollout iPhone Wi-Fi calling support for devices running the latest beta version of iOS 9, with a number of users across the U.S. reporting successful activation of the new feature.

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14:14
Intel's Skylake Processor Lineup for MacBook...

Details on Intel's upcoming 15-watt 6200U - 6600U Skylake processor lineup were shared today by Fanless Tech, giving us a look at what we can expect from the processors that will likely be used in Apple's next MacBook Air update.

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The 2.3GHz i5-6200U and the 2.4GHz i5-6300U chips are appropriate for the lower-end MacBook Air models, while the 2.5GHz i7-6500U and the 2.6GHz i7-6600U would be used in the higher-end MacBook Air models. All four chips include Intel HD 520 graphics. With Skylake, Intel has opted to simplify its graphics naming scheme, adopting 3-digit numbers instead of 4-digit numbers.

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13:58
Rite Aid Reverses Course with their 4,600 Stores and...

In late October we posted a report titled "Merchants Going to War with Apple Pay will lose." Rite Aid was one of the major merchants that purposely chose to opt out of Apple Pay last year ...

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13:35
AT&T WiFi Calling Now Available for Some iOS 9...

The most recent iOS 9 beta added WiFi calling options for AT&T subscribers, but when the beta was released last week, the feature was not functional.

As of today, some users in the MacRumors forums who are running iOS 9 noticed a different message when attempting to activate the feature, and just hours later, WiFi calling began working for a limited number of AT&T subscribers.

When attempting to activate WiFi calling in the Settings app, users who have access to the feature are receiving a welcome screen, a disclaimer, and a notice that WiFi calling has been activated and should be available within a few minutes. During the setup period, users are required to enter an address that emergency...

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13:27
Apple Store app finally updated with the option to...

The Apple Store app for iOS has finally gained the ability to checkout using gift cards. The feature has been inexplicably missing since the app debuted, but with the latest version users will now be able to import new Apple Store gift cards using their device’s camera or pull in existing cards from Passbook. The new option can be found at checkout and requires first entering the gift card’s PIN.

The feature also drops the old shopping cart icon and terminology in favor of the new “shopping bag” introduced with the recent overhaul of Apple’s website and online store.

...

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13:00
Parallels Access 3.0 available, includes Apple Watch...

For making remote connections to a Mac from an iOS device, there's probably no solution out there that's better than Parallels Access. Version 3.0 of Parallels Access has just become available -- both the iOS app and the Mac companion app -- and for those of you with Apple Watches, there's now a new Apple Watch companion app. 

Here's the word from Parallels on the new version:

“File Sharing — Share any file directly from your computer. No cloud storage required, no file size limit, no upload time wasted. Just get a link to a file on your computer and share it with your friends.
Apple Watch companion app — Now you can see your remote computer’s status, initiate a connection to it, and control media playback on remote computer, right from your wrist.
Gaming mode (experimental) — Special mode with easily accessible controls for modern computer games

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12:48
The PS Vita of Steam Machines arrives in 2016 for $...

The Steam Machine invasion is happening this fall. But while these computers are said to be more powerful than traditional consoles, such as the Xbox One or PlayStation 4, none of them are exactly portable. Smach Zero's device, however, is. Formerl...

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12:32
Looking for an Expert -

Forums: General Xsan Talk

I need an XSAN administrator. Badly. He

I am an IT consultant working with an ad agency with two edit suites. A year ago they wanted to upgrade from their working, 4 year old XSAN setup to a newer system. They were upgrading the edit suites and thought it was time to upgrade the storage as well. I hired a guy who suggested NFS and we have crashed and burned hard. NFS never met our needs, and we want to re-deploy and slowly, over time, upgrade our XSAN equipment.

We have a Promise VTrak E610f, a G-Technology 16 bay 3U unit. We used to use Xserves as the MDCs, but our new edit suites run Yosemite, and our 2008 xserves can't run anything newer than 10.7. We have two Mac Pros, from 2008 that DO run Yosemite, so our plan is to use them as MDCs for now.

We want to get the XSAN working with our existing hardware, then slowly...

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12:14
Prosecutors Op-Ed: Phone Encryption Blocks Justice

New submitter DaDaDaaaaa writes: The New York Times features a joint op-ed piece by prosecutors from Manhattan, Paris, London and Spain, in which they decry the default use by Apple and Google of full disk encryption in their latest smartphone OSes (iOS 8 and Android Lollipop, respectively). They talk about the murder scene of a father of six, where an iPhone 6 and a Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge were found. "An Illinois state judge issued a warrant ordering Apple and Google to unlock the phones and share with authorities any data therein that could potentially solve the murder. Apple and Google replied, in essence, that they could not — because they did not know the user's passcode. The homicide remains unsolved. The killer remains at large." They make a case for lawmakers to force Apple and Google to include backdoors into their smartphone operating systems. One has to wonder about the legitimate uses of full disk encryption, which can protect good people from harm, and them from having...

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12:06
iOS and Android Retain Loyal Users at Similar Rates

The smartphone market is largely dominated by Android and iOS, dividing smartphone users into two camps: those who stick with the Android operating system and those who use Apple's iPhones.

Major players in the smartphone market like Apple, Google, and Samsung all aim to lure "switchers" with dedicated websites and tools for switching platforms, but new data from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners [PDF] suggests getting loyal smartphone users to change operating systems is a tough task.

Over the course of the last two years, from 3Q 2013 to 2Q 2015, CIRP has learned that Android and Apple have both retained users at approximately the same rate, with Google having a slight edge. When choosing a new phone, 82 percent of Android users stuck with Android, and...

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12:00
Speck CandyShell Wrap for iPhone 6 / 6 Plus:...

Speck Candyshell wrap case photo ©2015 steven sande

My iPhone 6 Plus spends most of its time in one of two places: the left front pocket of my pants or on its charging stand at night. It’s fairly well protected, and I’m careful to never put anything else in that pocket that could scratch the phone. If you’re one of those people who throws your iPhone into a purse, backpack, briefcase, jacket pocket or glove compartment where it could easily be scratched, you might want to consider Speck’s new CandyShell Wrap case for iPhone 6 (US$49.95) and iPhone 6 Plus ($59.95). However, I found the cases to be too expensive, slick and clumsy to be worthy of a good rating.

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11:56
It's Debatable as to Whether the Devaluation of...

In a new report published late this morning we learn that Apple may be one of the biggest losers from China’s surprise decision to devalue its currency, while the company’s Chinese rivals and the main assembler of its iPhone are expected to be among the biggest winners. But some disagree with that knee-jerk reaction.

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11:28
The British Library has released a million free...

Mental Floss:

The British Library is the largest library collection in the world, with more than 170 million items in its catalogue.

The collections are generated by the so-called “Mechanical Curator”, which randomly chooses images from public domain books from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Better yet, every image links back to a PDF of the source book so you can determine the full context. The sheer volume of images means it’s impossible for the institution to organise them alone, and so part of the project is a request that users help identify and tag the content. Essentially, you get to contribute to the British Library’s curation.

Do not go to The British Library’s Flickr page unless you have a lot of free time. It’s an absolute time suck.

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11:26
Rumors of a new 4-inch iPhone 6c just won't die

Apple’s iPhone event, rumored to be held September 9, is going to be jam-packed with new products if the spate of leaks we’re hearing are true. The latest: Apple has an iPhone 6c on deck, and it could be the 4-inch version many are dreaming of.

The rumor comes from noted leaker Evan Blass, who isn’t often wrong about these things.

Sounds like iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, and 6c will all arrive concurrently.

— Evan Blass (@evleaks) August 11, 2015

So the leak is light on details, but we have some ideas on what an iPhone 6c might offer.

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11:15
The hidden editing power of Photos for OS X

Macworld:

Photos for OS X is designed to appeal to a broad audience, with simple editing tools that let anyone improve their photographs. But is that it? Even though it’s a 1.0 product (replacing iPhoto and Aperture), a lot of editing power is actually hidden beneath that user-friendly surface.

I’m a happy Lightroom user and won’t touch Photos for OS X with a ten foot pole but this article does a good job of explaining what kind of editing you can expect to find in the app.

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11:10
A Real-World Look at Proactive Suggestions on iOS 9

Apple aims to take on Google Now with the addition of several new intuitive features on iOS 9 for iPhone and iPad, including Proactive Suggestions, which provides contextually-aware recommendations for music, email, reminders, calendar events and more based on apps that you frequently open and the time of the day.

With iOS 9 currently available in beta, ahead of a public release in September, several readers have shared their real-world experiences with Proactive Suggestions within the MacRumors discussion forums, providing a closer look at the new-and-improved assistant that will be available to all users next month.

Music and Maps

When you connect your iPhone to your car via Bluetooth, iOS 9 can automatically make suggestions for you based on...

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11:00
Rite Aid to accept Apple Pay

Rite Aid announced today that all of the Company’s nearly 4,600 stores nationwide will begin accepting mobile payments, including Apple Pay and Google Wallet, starting Saturday, August 15.

The significance here is that Rite Aid was a supporter of CurrentC. Clearly that didn’t work out so well for them.

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11:00
My prediction: no 4-inch 'iPhone 6c' is...

A new rumor says Apple will introduce an "iPhone 6c" along with an iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s Plus this year, but I don’t see it happening, especially in a four-inch form factor.

I think Apple will keep the iPhone 5s in its line-up for those who don’t want the larger iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. The latest rumors of an “iPhone mini” are far from the first.

In January 2013, the Strategy Analytics research group predicted that Apple would introduce a smaller, cheaper “iPhone mini” for users of lower-end smartphones. In June 2013, DigiTimes said Apple would soon release an inexpensive smartphone with a plastic chassis.

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10:54
Apple price demands for next-gen iPhone's...

Apple is asking Samsung and TSMC to accept price cuts on orders of A9 chips for its new iPhones, but TSMC's inclination to decline could result in the supplier having to scale back production capacity, a new rumor claimed on Tuesday.

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10:38
How Do We Fix Twitter?

Twitter could be nearing a crisis point. How can the company bring in more users and curb bad behavior? Josh Centers offers some ideas to start the conversation.

 

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10:29
BMW looks at whether Google’s Alphabet infringes...

BMW on Tuesday said it was looking into whether Google infringed any trademark rights after the Silicon Valley-based group set up a new company called Alphabet, which is also the name of a BMW subsidiary.

“We are examining whether there are any implications over trademarks,” a BMW spokeswoman said on Tuesday. The spokeswoman said there were currently no plans to take legal steps against Google.

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10:22
The current state of HTML5/CSS3 browser support

This is a very important topic for many people, especially when considering what technologies to implement on the Internet.

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10:10
iOS 9 poised to be 'game changer' as ad...

With this fall's release of iOS 9, Apple will allow users to natively block content in mobile Safari for the first time --?a change which at least one study believes will be a "game changer" in an industry that already costs publishers more than $20 billion per year.

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09:55
External Link: Rite Aid Surrenders to Apple Pay

Retailer Rite Aid, which last year blocked Apple Pay at its cash registers, has decided to officially accept both Apple Pay and Google’s Android Pay. Rite Aid had blocked Apple Pay due to its allegiance to the Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) and its CurrentC payment system, but many retailers in the MCX, such as Best Buy, have since welcomed Apple Pay. CurrentC has yet to launch.

 

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09:55
Sonnet ships Fusion PCIe Flash Drive

Sonnet (www.sonnettech.com) is now shipping its Fusion PCIe Flash Drive, a pocket-size solid-state drive (SSD) storage device.

The newest member of Sonnet's growing family of Thunderbolt 2 products, the Fusion is an alternative to portable SATA-based hard disk drives and SSD storage products. The device connects to a compatible Mac or Windows computer, or at the end of a Thunderbolt device daisy chain, via an attached 0.5-meter Thunderbolt cable. 

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09:49
Autodesk announces new Maya extensions

At the SIGGRAPH 2015 Conference and Expo, being held Aug. 11-13 in Los Angeles, CA, Autodesk announced the latest extension releases for its Maya 2016 and 3ds Max 2016 3D modeling, animation, VFX and rendering software, available to Autodesk Subscription customers beginning today for 3ds Max and September 9 for Maya.

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09:45
The Week in Mac Apps: Carrot brings witty weather to...

Bask in the glorious warmth of the partly-obscured sun!

A popular iOS app thunders into this week’s roundup of new Mac apps, bringing a not-so-sunny disposition and forecasts with personality. We also bring you apps for managing your audio sources, getting rid of photos you don’t need, and more.

AudioSwitcher 2.24.932

It never fails: Connect more than one speaker to your Mac, and the sound is guaranteed to always come out of the wrong one.

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09:36
27 libraries to visit in your lifetime

Business Insider:

We’ve rounded up some of the best libraries around the world that offer not only an impressive collection of reading material, but also boast unique architecture.

From an 8th-century monastery in Switzerland to a library with hanging bookshelves in Mexico City, here are the libraries that every book worm should visit.

I still remember going to the Halifax Library as a kid and marvelling at all the books. To this day, I love these kinds of expansive, beautiful libraries. I was surprised to see Vancouver’s Public Library on this list. While its outside is interesting, it’s interior is fairly pedestrian and not nearly as spectacular as many of the libraries pictured.

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09:34
External Link: Google Is Dead; Long Live Google

No, this is not an April Fool: Google, the publicly traded company, will soon be no more. Later this year, it will be reorganized as Alphabet, with Google being a subsidiary of Alphabet. Google co-founder and current CEO Larry Page will be the CEO of Alphabet, while current Product Chief Sundar Pichai will become CEO of Google. Google will focus on ads, Android, apps, maps, search, and YouTube, while side projects like Fiber, Google Ventures, the mysterious Google X, and Nest will be managed outside of the Google entity.

 

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09:30
Announcing the preview of Skype for Business apps...

Today’s post was written by Jared Goralnick, principal group program manager for the Skype for Business team.

We’ve seen great momentum in the first few months since the arrival of Skype for Business, and today, I’m excited to announce the preview of the new Skype for Business apps for iOS and Android. Here’s a look at what’s new and how you can participate in the preview.

What’s new?

We’ve infused Skype simplicity throughout the new iOS and Android apps, created a new dashboard for easy navigation of your contacts, calls and meetings, and updated the In-Call and In-Meeting experience.

The updated dashboard brings the contact search bar, your upcoming meetings and most recent conversations to one place.

  • Contact search bar—Search your Global Address List by...
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09:30
Apple Pay holdout Rite Aid folds, will accept Apple...

US drugstore chain Rite Aid announced today that on August 15, its 4,600 stores will begin accepting Apple Pay and Google Wallet payments. This is a turnaround from last year, when both Rite Aid and CVS disabled support for Apple Pay due to an exclusivity clause in an agreement with contactless pay competitor MCX. 

MCX is a consortium that started its own contactless pay system called CurrentC in 2012, and for many of the original companies that signed on with the consortium at that time, the three-year exclusivity deal is coming to a close. 

Other members of the MCX group that may be nearing the end of their exclusivity...

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09:17
Bushel Launch Coverage

I missed posting this one back in November. I’m slow… It’s from an interview I did a little while back. http://tech.mn/news/2014/11/04/jamf-software-bushel-apple-device-management/

Mostly, these are placeholders so I can find interviews I’ve done easily… #bushel

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09:02
One stat the ad industry should be freaking out about

Fortune:

Ad-blocking software is estimated to cost websites nearly $22 billion in ad revenue this year.

Software that blocks digital ads will cost online publishers nearly $22 billion in advertising revenue this year, according to a new study.

That figure comes by way of a new study from Adobe Systems Page Fair, an Irish startup that caters to websites and advertisers looking to avoid those so-called “ad-blocking” practices.

As a content creator, this is a disturbing statistic (and one I take with a truckload of salt because of the inherent bias in the study’s creator) but it’s a problem brought on by the industry itself. If ads hadn’t gotten so intrusive and obnoxious, perhaps their intended recipients wouldn’t be working so hard to avoid them. And it’s only going to get worse for both sides.

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09:00
Breaking down hierarchical data with Treemap and...

So far, we introduced you to our new cast of modern chart types and placed the spotlight on Waterfall charts—the classic financial powerhouse chart. Today, we dive deeper into the Treemap and Sunburst charts to help you visualize hierarchical data beyond the classic bars and circles. Bold and modern, the Treemap and Sunburst charts complement and strengthen the existing proportional chart types, like pie, doughnut and stacked column.

You can download the sample data we used for this blog post and try these new charts with the...

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08:53
Tim Cook, Eric Schmidt, Y Combinator invest in Nebia...

Venturebeat:

The startup, backed by a rare lineup — Tim Cook, Schmidt’s Family Foundation, Y Combinator — launched preorders for its first product, a shower-head, on Kickstarter last night. The size of Nebia’s seed round was not shared, but Y Combinator is known to invest at least $120,000 by default. Nebia aims to raise at least $100,000 more on Kickstarter.

But Nebia isn’t just out to create some pricy shower system. CEO Philip Winter claims the device uses 70 percent less water than a traditional shower, and he hopes to scale the product to a point where it’s cheap enough to bring to developing markets.

I’ve been very vocal about my dislike of Kickstarter projects in general but I love showers even more than I hate Kickstarter. This idea is very clever, looks great and, as someone who is always looking for a better shower experience (and to use less water), it’s something I am very interested in. I’ve backed this project.

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08:30
How to see your passwords in Mac OS X Keychain

I store my various passwords for websites, wireless networks, certificates and more in Mac OS X Keychain. It's very handy as I found out this week when I needed to verify a password that I thought I knew (I was wrong). Here's how you can view all your passwords in Keychain.

  • Go to the Applications folder, then go to the Utilities folder. Launch the Keychain Access app. 
  • Type the name of the website, network, etc., into the search field in the top right corner of the app. A list of matching items will appear.
  • You can search by "kind" if you click on the Kind column at the top of the screen, then scroll to the results that say “application password” or “website password” to find what you’re looking for. Or you click on the Passwords category (on the left) to filter for passwords.
  • Double click on the entry for the site or app you want to see the password for. Click on the “Show Password” checkbox. 
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08:23
Rite Aid to begin taking Apple Pay, other wireless...

Pharmacy chain Rite Aid on Tuesday annnounced that starting August 15, all of its U.S. stores will begin offering Apple Pay and other wireless payment options, marking a turnaround for a company that last year intentionally blocked Apple's mobile payment system.

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08:15
Rite Aid back on board with Apple Pay as CurrentC...

Rite Aid has payment terminals capable of accepting Apple Pay transactions, but the drugstore chain turned off support for near-field communication when Apple launched its mobile payment service last October. But times change, CurrentC exclusivity agreements expire, and now Rite Aid is back on board with Apple Pay.

On August 15, all of the company’s 4,600 locations will start accepting mobile payments from Apple Pay, Google Wallet, and Android Pay, Google’s upcoming Apple Pay-esque mobile payment service.

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08:10
NASA’s “Spot the Station” alert tells you when the...

NASA:

As the third brightest object in the sky the space station is easy to see if you know when to look up.

NASA’s Spot The Station service gives you a list of upcoming sighting opportunities for thousands of locations worldwide, and will let you sign up to receive notices of opportunities in your email inbox or cell phone. The space station looks like a fast-moving plane in the sky, but it is dozens of times higher than any airplane and traveling thousands of miles an hour faster. It is bright enough that it can even be seen from the middle of a city!

Obviously, the times of overflight vary and you likely won’t see every sighting but it is still kind of cool to get an email or SMS, go outside, look up and see the bright ISS transiting your night sky.

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07:53
Rumor: Apple to release “iPhone 6c” alongside “...

It’s a rumor, but it’s a rumor that essentially puts a small, medium and large next-gen iPhone in your hands so that everyone is happy with the size of the device.

The new word around the camp fire is that Apple will release a smaller “iPhone 6c” as well as ship the device in a variety of colors alongside the flagship models.

The rumor comes from Evan Blass, whose @evleaks Twitter account has been the source of numerous accurate leaks in the past.

Apple is expected to hold a media event on Sept. 9 to unveil its latest iPhone lineup. The company’s flagship “iPhone 6s” and “iPhone 6s Plus” are expected to feature Force Touch input,...

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07:31
MacKeeper customers now eligible to receive full...

Call it karma.

Customers of the MacKeeper have until November 30th to file a claim for a full refund as a result of a proposed class-action lawsuit settlement. Given the terms of the deal, only customers who bought the software for July 8th are eligible.

The class action suit accused MacKeeper’s original developer, ZeoBIT, of deceptively advertising the program and making false claims about what it could fix. It was filed in May 2014 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Under the proposed settlement, ZeoBIT will put US$2 million into a fund for those who want a refund. But ZeoBIT will admit no fault as...

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07:12
Rumor: Apple to launch three new iPhones...

While a new "iPhone 6s" series is widely expected to be unveiled next month, rumors of a so-called "iPhone 6c" have been less certain. But one rumor published on Tuesday claims that a new, colorful iPhone lineup will indeed launch alongside the latest flagship models.

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07:10
Parallels launches Parallels Access 3.0 Remote...

Parallels has introduced an update to its Parallels Access app (www.parallels.com/access) for remote access to Macs and PCs.

Launched on both iOS and Android platforms, Parallels has added large file sharing for both that requires no cloud service and wastes no time uploading files of any size, with the ability to manage everything from the desktop agent. As part of this launch, Parallels is introducing a companion app for Apple Watch, providing users with the ability to see remote computers and initiate a connection for an even better remote experience.

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07:10
Rite Aid Reverses Course, Will Accept Apple Pay...

Rite Aid today announced that its 4,600 stores across the United States will begin accepting Apple Pay and Google Wallet starting August 15, nearly one year after the drugstore chain and CVS infamously disabled support for the iPhone-based mobile payments service nationwide. Rite Aid will also support Google's forthcoming Android Pay service when available.

Rite Aid and CVS spurred a controversy last year after disabling Apple Pay and Google Wallet as payment methods last year, likely because both are members of the Merchant Customer...

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