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Thursday May 7

06:10
LibreOffice 4.4.3.2 - Free, open-source office suite...

LibreOffice is an office suite (word processor, spreadsheet, presentations, drawing tool) compatible with other major office suites. The Document Foundation is coordinating development and maintenance of this OpenOffice.org fork.

Many different language versions are available here.



Version 4.4.3.2:

  • This is the third bugfix release from the 4.4 branch of LibreOffice which contains new features and program enhancements. Just like LibreOffice 4.4.2 before, 4.4.3 already contains the fix for CVE-2015-1774.



  • OS X 10.8 or later



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06:08
iPhone as blood parasite detector could help many

Scientists at UC Berkley believe that a blood parasite detector comprised of an iPhone, a 3D-printed box, an Arduino, some software and other simple parts could benefit may people in the poorest parts of Africa. 

The group has been working on a project to identify blood parasites within minutes. The way the "CellScope Loa" works is rather simple: the iPhone sits in the box and records brief video of a blood sample. A companion app than analyzes the video, searching for signs of a certain type of blood worm that can cause river blindness and elephantiasis.

The researchers plan to expand current trials to about 40,000 people in Cameroon. Good luck to all of them; this is an incredible project. 

 

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06:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Dodocase's Clutch...

Mix and match your cases, from wireless charging to studded designs

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases features intriguing options for your iPhone 6—including extra power to increase your talk time, customizable cases for a truly personal experience, and fancy designs for a unique look.

Aircharge

When charging cables become your worst enemy, the Aircharge (iPhone 6; $40) offers the convenience of wireless charging while protecting your iPhone 6 from drops and other hazards.

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05:58
Flavours 168 - Create and apply themes to change the...

Flavours is a Mac application that allow users to create, apply and share beautifully designed themes.

Classy
Give your Mac a gorgeous new look by applying delicious themes!

Easy
Unleash your creativity and make your very own flavour with ease!

Fast
Create a new unique flavour in minutes, personalize your Mac in seconds!

Get more
Download more flavours from the online store and share your own masterpieces!

Editor
Explore the endless style possibilities of the powerful editor with live preview built-in!

Retina
Stunning pixel-perfect details for Retina displays!



Version 168 (2.0):

Note: Flavours 2 will be a paid upgrade from version 1, but is free to try during its sneak peek.
Note: Flavours 2 requires OS X...

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05:54
∞ Enter Sandman played live backwards

Well, not quite live, it is recorded, but each segment is played and sung backwards. Then the whole thing is reversed. This is original and clever. Just give it a listen.

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05:51
Average App Store review times

More evidence that Mac App Store sales are slowing significantly.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:41
A cold splash of water on Mac App Store sales

Sam Soffes released his new product, Redacted for Mac. He never expected his product to quickly become the #8 top paid app in the US and #1 top paid app in Graphics. Break out the champagne, right?

Read on.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:34
Everything changes with iPad

New iPad campaign, new iPad commercial. Some good energy there.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:32
Lunch, Keynote with Tim Cook raises $200K For charity

What's the right call for lunch with Apple CEO Tim Cook: shirt untucked or tucked?

The winner of a recent CharityBuzz auction has the pleasure of obsessing over the answer, as his or her winning bid of $200,000 has won them lunch with Cook at Apple in Cupertino, plus VIP passes to a future keynote address, delivered by the CEO. It's unknown which address the winner will attend, but WWDC is the most likely candidate.

Proceeds from the auction will go to the Robert F. Kennedy center and support human rights causes around the world.  

Photo Credit: MarkGregory007 via Compfight cc

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05:24
Arq 4.11.3 - Online backup to Google Drive, Amazon...

Arq is super-easy online backup for the Mac. Back up to your own Google Drive storage (15GB free storage), your own Amazon Glacier ($.01/GB per month storage) or S3, or any SFTP server. Arq backs up and faithfully restores all the special metadata of Mac files that other products don't, including resource forks, ACLs, and creator codes.

Arq works like Time Machine, except you don't have to remember to plug in your external hard drive. Following the initial backup, Arq automatically makes incremental backups every hour, every day, uploading just the files that have changed since your last backup. Arq keeps hourly backups for the past 24 hours, daily backups for the past month, and weekly backups for everything older than a month.

Arq lets you set a budget for storage, and it automatically drops the oldest backups to keep within the budget.

Arq backs up everything with no limits. It backs up files of any size, external drives, and network drives...

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05:18
How to add and remove Apple Watch clock faces

One of the most customizable Apple Watch features is its clock face, with multiple "styles" like Modular, Chronograph and Solar each having individual options for complications, or sub-displays containing glanceable information.

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05:17
Apple Watch in store pickup available soon

9to5mac:

Apple is now preparing for the rollout of the in-store pickup option on new Apple Watch orders, which will allow users to select a retail location to pick up their wearable devices after order.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:12
Latest Flickr iOS app mimics Camera Roll view as it...

Flickr has made a significant update to its iOS app, revamping the look to mimic that of your iPhone’s Camera Roll and bringing the auto-upload feature added back in 2013 front-and-center. When you first run the app, it immediately asks if you want to automatically upload every photo you take. If you say yes, photos are set to private, so you won’t be sharing them with the world.

With Flickr offering 1TB of free storage, and a typical iPhone photo coming in at around 2.5Mb, that gives you capacity in the order of half a million photos … 

Flickr 4.0 also adds new photo filters and the ability to share to Instagram. You...

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05:08
Apple Executive Jeff Williams to Speak at Code...

Apple's Senior Vice President of Operations Jeff Williams will speak at the annual Code Conference, held this May 26-28 in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, reports Re/code. Williams joined Apple in 1998 and leads a team responsible for the company's supply chain management, and during the past two years has also overseen development of the Apple Watch and health initiatives such as ResearchKit.

Apple executives Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi spoke at the inaugural Code Conference last year, with Cue discussing how today's TV experience "sucks" and is a complicated problem to solve.

Code Conference is a successor to the D: All Things Digital Conference that Steve Jobs and Tim Cook, among other Apple executives,...

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05:06
Apple's Invention Reveals New Methods for...

On May 7, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals methods for reducing the weight of a device housing without adversely affecting its structural integrity.

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05:00
Twitter's Timid Anti-Trolling Tweaks


Twitter recently amended its rules in yet another attempt to crack down on the abuses perpetuated by online trolls, but the changes may do little to protect victims. Its latest move was an extension of its ban on threats of violence against others or the promotion of violence against others. The company decided to let its support team lock down abusive accounts for specific periods of time. Further, it began testing a new, unspecified feature that helps it identify suspected abusive tweets in an effort to limit their reach.

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04:42
Apple, Samsung driving evolution in embedded touch...

A new report from the IHS (www.ihs.com) research group says that embedded touch displays, including in-cell and on-cell touch displays, are forecast to have a nearly 40% share of touch module shipments for mobile phone applications this year. In-cell and on-cell touch displays for mobile phones grew 47% year-over-year (Y/Y), which was 36% of shipments in 2014.

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04:42
Apple, Samsung driving evolution in embedded touch...

A new report from the IHS (www.ihs.com) research group says that embedded touch displays, including in-cell and on-cell touch displays, are forecast to have a nearly 40% share of touch module shipments for mobile phone applications this year. In-cell and on-cell touch displays for mobile phones grew 47% year-over-year (Y/Y), which was 36% of shipments in 2014.

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04:31
Spotify turns up the heat against Apple’s streaming...

Spotify, which is widely believed to be behind the antitrust allegations that led to both EC and DOJ investigations into Apple, has now added a fresh complaint. The Verge reports Spotify is complaining that the 30% cut Apple takes from in-app Premium subscriptions in the iOS app amounts to an “Apple tax.”

Apple charges a 30 percent fee toward any sales through its App Store, and that includes subscription services. That means if Spotify wants to sell its premium subscription service — which usually costs $9.99 a month — through the App Store, it has to raise the price 30 percent higher to $12.99 to pull...

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03:49
Apple Pay is coming soon to Las Vegas casinos

Apple Pay continues its rollout across the US with a stop in Las Vegas. The Cosmopolitan resort has announced that Apple Pay will be accepted at the hotels’ front desk, restaurants and bars by early June. Room service can also be streamlined using Apple Pay, as the concierge service will also accept Apple Pay as a payment method. This means that you can pay with your iPhone or even your Apple Watch.

It’s unclear if you will be able to gamble directly with Apple Pay — most casinos limit chips purchasing to cash only transactions. Or if credit cards are accepted, the payments are marked as cash advances so there are no ways to turn quick money. It is not known if the establishment can or will support this kind of transaction through Apple Pay.

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03:46
Apple Reveals a Social Network for Lifestyle-Based...

On May 7, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals a new kind of social network for lifestyle-based groups.

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03:20
Apple SVP Jeff Williams to speak at the Code...

Re/code regularly gets Apple executives to appear at its annual conferences and this year is no exception. The site announced that Apple’s Senior Vice President of Operations Jeff Williams will speak at the Code Conference 2015, which runs May 26 to May 28th. Re/code’s speaker appearances typically take the form of an interview, so you can expect the executive to give some insight on Apple’s latest announcements (Apple Watch) although naturally major feature announcements will not be discussed. The WWDC keynote will serve as Apple’s platform to feature its newest advancements in iOS and OS X, which is held on June 8th.

Jeff Williams’ public profile has...

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02:34
Iridient Developer 3.0.2 - Powerful image editing...

Iridient Developer (was RAW Developer) is a powerful image conversion application designed specifically for OS X. Iridient Developer gives advanced photographers total control over every aspect of their digital camera's output, yet still provides easy drag and drop conversion convenience and access to basic adjustments for the casual user. Iridient developer supports RAW files from over 620 digital camera models.



Version 3.0.2: New Features

  • New option to append the Spotlight tag values as XMP keyword metadata in both the single and batch file export dialogs (requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later).
  • New text field added for specifying Spotlight tags in the Batch window (requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later).
  • Support added for RAW images from the Canon EOS 760D (Rebel T6s, 8000D), EOS 750D (Rebel T6i, Kiss X8i) and EOS M3.
  • Support...

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01:49
Fox Sports Now has joined the Apple TV Platform

FOX Sports has joined the Apple TV platform with FOX Sports Now.

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Wednesday May 6

20:59
FotoMagico 4.5.5 - Powerful slideshow creator with...

FotoMagico lets you create professional slideshows from your photos and music with just a few, simple mouse clicks. It sports a very clean and intuitive yet powerful user interface. High image quality, fast performance, and user flexibility were some of the design goals for this application.

Create the most spectacular slideshows

  • Scale, move, rotate, zoom or pan around your images to highlight that part that matters the most.
  • Your slides fit together perfectly with the new, gorgeous transitions.
  • Provide more meaning with subtle titles here and there.

Perform a breathtaking show

  • Your slideshow uses the best possible resolution of your presentation device.
  • Use large displays, HDTV screens and other high resolution devices.
  • Even on a VGA projector, your photos will look better with FotoMagico.

Your audience will want to take it home

  • Burn DVDs of your slideshow...

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16:48
Elon Musk welcomes rumored 'Apple Car,'...

During electric car maker Tesla's quarterly earnings call on Wednesday, company founder and entrepreneur Elon Musk said it would be great to see Apple enter the automotive industry, while allaying concerns that the Cupertino tech giant's poaching operations posed a threat to his company.

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16:10
Apple Launches new "Everything Changes with...

With Apple's iPad losing a little steam this quarter, they've decided to launch a new iPad webpage called "Everything changes with iPad." The new campaign ...

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16:00
Apple 'Everything changes with iPad' mini-...

Via Apple.com

While sales of Apple's iPhones and Macs have been breaking records, the five-year-old iPad has been experiencing a slump. Apple appears to be trying to counteract the downward trend with a new mini-site that's been published online showing how the iPad can be used and positively influence the lives of users.

The "Everything changes with iPad" site is brightly colored, featuring different sections targeting what people use iPads for the most -- traveling, redecorating, small business, learning, and...

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15:50
Elon Musk hopes Apple will enter car market, says...


Apple’s car team

Speculation regarding Apple’s plans to build an electric car has been at an all-time over recent months. Earlier this year, we broke down the team that Apple has assembled to work on its car, several members of which were poached from Tesla. In Tesla’s Q1 2015 earnings call, however, CEO Elon Musk commented on Apple’s alleged electric car plans and the poaching war that has been ongoing between the two companies.

Regarding Apple’s plans to build an electric car, Musk said that he “hopes” Apple will enter the car market and that it will be “great” if it...

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15:49
Snapchat wants to break the news of who is elected...

Where will you be when we elect the next President of the United States? Some are hoping the answer could be “on Snapchat.”

With a massive built-in mobile audience and quick-fire messaging capabilities, Snapchat has the potential to be a major player in breaking news and getting stories to circle the globe in seconds. The app is starting to expand and lay the groundwork to become a formidable news source by the time the 2016 presidential campaign trail rolls around.

This week, the popular photo-sharing and messaging app introduced a sharing tool, giving users the option to send stories from its Discover page. Users can share stories with their friends and personalize them with comments and emoji. First launched in January, Discover is Snapchat’s in-app content platform that hosts exclusive videos, photos, and stories from media partners including National Geographic, Yahoo, People...

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15:47
Final Cut Express: Troubleshooting Basics

If Final Cut Express isn't starting up properly or performing normally, try these basic troubleshooting steps to remedy the situation. Please note that these steps aren't exhaustive and are not intended to cover any specific issue. They are fundamental, basic steps that are most effective in getting Final Cut Express into good working order, and are the steps most often suggested by AppleCare Technical Support.

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15:30
Oculus VR Promises a Rift for All in 2016


An exact date hasn't been set, but Facebook's Oculus VR on Wednesday announced that the highly anticipated consumer version of its virtual reality headset will launch in the first quarter of 2016. Preordering will begin later this year. More details will emerge about the consumer version of the Rift in the coming weeks, the company said, including information about its hardware specifications, software and unannounced made-for-VR games and experiences. When Oculus VR talks Rift, it talks VR games.

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15:18
MacKeeper May Have To Pay Millions In Class-Action...

jfruh writes: If you use a Mac, you probably recognize MacKeeper from the omnipresent popup ads designed to look vaguely like system warnings urging you to download the product and use it to keep your computer safe. Now the Ukranian company behind the software and the ads may have to pay millions in a class action suit that accuses them of exaggerating security problems in order to convince customers to download the software.


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15:14
Google Suffers a Significant Blow as Mountain View...

With Apple Campus 2 well under way, Google wanted to show the world their vision for a new headquarters that they had plans for in Mountain View back late February. The dreamy canopy structures...

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15:07
Apple releases Safari 8.0.6, 7.1.6 6.2.6

Apple has released Safari 8.0.6, Safari 7.1.6, and Safari 6.2.6 for, respectively, Mac OS X Mountain Lion, OS X Mavericks, and OS X Yosemite. The security update fixes the following problems:

° Multiple memory corruption issues existed in WebKit. These issues were addressed through improved memory handling.

° A state management issue existed in Safari that allowed unprivileged origins to access contents on the filesystem. This issue was addressed through improved state management.

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15:00
The Week in Mac Accessories: Oh, say can you USB-C?

Oh say can you USB-C?

This week’s roundup features several accessories—ranging from adapters to cables to external hard drives—designed for the new MacBook and its strange new port.

Calypso

The $269 CalypsoCase for MacBook is billed as a sleeve for the latest Apple computer, and sports lots of class to match—it comes in four different colors: Zurich Night, Paris Glory (pictured!), Sydney Morning, and Atlanta Mist. We’re waiting for our favorite color, Des Moines Thunderstorm, to hit the market.* (*We totally made that up.)

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15:00
AWT News Update: May 6, 2015

Today's Apple News:

  • The iPhone 6 Plus is dominating the US market for phablets, while iPhones make up the majority of phones sold by three carriers
  • Lunch with Tim Cook sells for $200,000 in a charity auction
  • American Federation of the Blind will honor Apple with the Helen Keller Achievement Award
  • TactusTherapy.com's guide on using iPad apps to help with Acquired Communication Disorders is now in its third installment. 

The full text version of the podcast script is available below.

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Steve Sande here from Apple World Today, and you’re listening to the AWT News Update for May 6, 2015. Many thanks to our sponsor this week, Rage Software, developers of EverWeb — a powerful website development tool for Mac....

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14:45
Spotify, other music services allege Apple App Store...

Spotify and other streaming music services are upset with Apple's App Store policies, which they say effectively prevent them from competing with iTunes or Beats Music, a report claimed on Wednesday.

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14:35
Apple releases Safari 8.0.6, 7.1.6, and 6.2.6 to fix...

Apple on Wednesday released Safari 8.0.6, a minor update of the Mac browser, concentrating primarily on fixing security holes discovered in the software.

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14:25
Set up an Apple ID in iTunes

Learn how to create an Apple ID on your computer or iOS device so that you can shop in the iTunes Store.

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14:14
Podcast: Reviewing the Apple Watch on performance,...

Hopefully you aren’t sick of hearing about the Apple Watch just yet, because it’s still top of mind for your faithful podcast crew. Susie’s review went live this week, so she, Glenn, and Caitlin discuss the difficulty in giving a score to something so first-generation, especially since more killer uses for the Apple Watch will emerge over time—and vary widely from user to user. There’s plenty we like about the Apple Watch right now, and a few things that drive us all batty. And of course we’re all looking forward to the third-party watch bands, now that Apple has released guidelines for the companies who want to make them.

Show notes

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14:10
Apple releases Safari 8.0.6, 7.1.6, and 6.2.6 with...

Apple has just released an updated version of the Safari browser for users on OS X Yosemite, Mavericks, and Mountain Lion. The update doesn’t add any new features, but does fix several important security flaws in the WebKit engine that powers the app.

Users on any of the three most recent versions of OS X can download the update for free through the Updates tab of the Mac App Store. The details of the security changes are listed below.

Safari 8.0.6, Safari 7.1.6, and Safari 6.2.6

  • WebKit

    Available for: OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.5, OS X Mavericks v10.9.5, and OS X Yosemite v10.10.3

    Impact: Visiting a maliciously crafted website may lead to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution

    Description: Multiple memory corruption issues existed in WebKit. These issues were addressed through improved memory handling.

    CVE-ID

    CVE...

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14:08
iCloud storage upgrades and downgrades

Learn about the iCloud storage upgrades available to you, how to upgrade or downgrade your storage, and how to view or change your payment information.

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14:06
How to type accents, emoji, and symbols on your Mac

OS X includes features that make it easy to find and type special characters.

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14:01
How to choose a startup disk on your Mac

You can tell your Mac which disk to start up from when more than one startup disk is connected.

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14:01
Mac Basics: Dictation lets you speak text instead of...

With Dictation, you can use your voice instead of typing text. No setup or special training is required.

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13:56
How to move data to your new Mac using Mountain Lion...

Use Migration Assistant in OS X Lion or Mountain Lion to transfer important information from one Mac to another. Transferred information includes user accounts, applications, documents, network settings and computer settings.

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13:52
Force an app to close on your Mac

If an app isn't responding, you can force it to close using Force Quit.

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13:50
Apple demonstrates how iPad can change your life in...

In a bid to reinvigorate waning iPad sales, Apple on Wednesday launched "Everything changes with iPad," a new ad campaign that offers a comprehensive look at how the tablet fits into and enriches the life of its user.

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13:49
Can't change the country of your iTunes Store,...

If you move to another country, you need to change the country of your iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks Store, and Mac App Store account. Otherwise, your credit card might not work as payment. For example, only German credit cards can be used to buy content from the German iTunes and App stores.

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13:43
iOS: Sign in with a different Apple ID in the iTunes...

Learn how to change the Apple ID you use for the iTunes Store, App Store, and iBooks Store on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

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13:39
DNA testing coming to iPhones? ResearchKit could...

Soon the iPhone could be more than just the thing we use to take selfies. Apple is planning to make the iPhone a device that could potentially save your life.

According to MIT Technology Review, Apple is currently collaborating with medical researchers to develop iPhone apps that would enable users to get their DNA tested and analyzed. Medical researchers are using Apple’s recently released ResearchKit software framework to develop these apps, and if these collaborations are successful, most iPhone users would be getting their first DNA test via an iOS app. An unnamed source said that Apple is hoping to launch a set of DNA testing apps at WWDC in June.

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13:36
Lunch & keynote with Apple CEO Tim Cook raises $...

The chance to have lunch and attend an Apple keynote with CEO Tim Cook was enough to raise more than $200,000 for the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights.

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13:34
If you can't update or restore your iPhone,...

You can put your iOS device into recovery mode, then restore it using iTunes.

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13:33
How to erase your iOS device and then set it up as a...

Learn how to erase all of the data on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and set it up as a new device or restore it from iCloud or iTunes backups.

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13:32
Use iTunes to restore your iPhone, iPad, or iPod to...

When you restore your iOS device or iPod to factory settings, you'll also install the latest version of software. You can then set up your device as new, or restore from a backup.

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13:28
Resolve iOS update and restore errors in iTunes

When you use iTunes to update or restore iOS on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you might see an error code or alert message. Most of these errors happen because your computer has older versions of software or can’t connect to the server.

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13:17
Send a group message with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod...

You can send a message to two or more people at a time using SMS, MMS, and iMessage. You can send messages to multiple people with group messaging and have any responses delivered to everyone in the group.

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13:13
Use Do Not Disturb on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod...

With Do Not Disturb, you can silence calls, alerts, and notifications that you get while your device is locked. You can also schedule a time or choose who you'll allow calls from.

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13:12
About iOS passcodes

Learn how to set up, use, and change a passcode on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

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13:03
Using your Apple remote for Apple TV

These tables show the commands for the Apple remote that comes with your Apple TV (2nd and 3rd generation).

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13:00
Olloclip announces new Ollocase for iPhone 6/6 Plus

I'll be the first to admit that I don't use my Olloclip iPhone lens kits as much as I could. There's a reason for that -- I hate having to take my slim-line case off of my iPhone 6 Plus just to be able to shoot an ultra wide-angle, telephoto or macro photo with one of the lenses. That's about to change, since Olloclip has announced the new Ollocase for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus (US$29.95).

The case comes in two sizes for the two big iPhones, as well as in two colors -- matte smoke with black sides or matte clear with dark gray sides. While at first glance it looks like the Ollocase is just another slimline case, it has a design that is specific to the Olloclip. There's a cutout on the top near the cameras that the Olloclip slides right into. No more do you need to worry about keeping your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus unprotected just to be able to use the...

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12:57
Report a lost or stolen Apple product

Learn what you can do about your lost or stolen iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac.

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12:55
Get help with hardware features on your iPhone, iPad...

Use the links below if you have issues with the speakers, microphones, buttons, display, cellular connectivity, or other physical aspects of your device.

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12:46
Apple debuts ‘Change Everything’ iPad ad campaign...

Update: Apple has uploaded its new “Change Everything” ad to YouTube, as well. It’s embedded below.

Apple has debuted its newest iPad marketing campaign, “Change Everything,” with a 1:30 commercial and a new website highlighting the apps that change the way people go about their daily lives. The ad starts off with a list of things that have changed since the release of the first iPad, such as small businesses and education.

From there the commercial demonstrates a variety of applications and accessories that have augmented the way people connect, learn, and conduct business, and enjoy their lives…

Individual pages provide a closer look at the software and hardware featured in the ad, with each focusing on a specific...

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12:44
Make in-app purchases

Many apps let you make in-app purchases to buy extra content (like bonus game levels or map experience points) and subscriptions. You can make in-app purchases on your Mac or iOS device using your Apple ID.

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12:42
iPhone, iPad, or iPod not recognized in iTunes for...

If your iPhone, iPad or iPod won't connect to iTunes on your PC, try the steps below.

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12:39
Update the iOS software on your iPhone, iPad, and...

Learn how to update your iOS device wirelessly or using iTunes.

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12:38
Get the latest version of iTunes

Learn how to update to the latest version of iTunes.

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12:32
Updating your Apple ID account information

Your Apple ID is the personal account you use to access all Apple apps and services like iTunes & App Stores, iCloud, and FaceTime. You can update and manage your Apple ID at My Apple ID. If you need help changing your user name, password, payment information, or birthdate try the steps below.

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12:31
Apple Watch, HealthKit star in Louisiana...

Patients at one Louisiana healthcare provider are combining two of Apple's newest technologies, HealthKit and the pulse-sensing Apple Watch, to enhance monitoring and treatment of hypertension.

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12:28
MacKeeper celebrates a difficult birthday under the...

Macworld:

Released in 2010, MacKeeper has been dogged by accusations that it exaggerates security threats in order to convince customers to buy. Its aggressive marketing has splashed MacKeeper pop-up ads all over the web.

These days, MacKeeper has gone to a subscription-based pricing model rather than a $39.95 one-off payment. It costs $7.95 a month in the U.S. for the premium, year-long plan. Its latest feature is offering phone support from Apple-certified technicians, which it calls Human Inside.

But many of the tools in the software bundle, which includes an antivirus (AV) scanner and 15 other utilities, are already in OS X or available for free.

Macworld takes a light touch on the tsunami of criticism about the software and the various companies that have and do own it but it’s fairly common knowledge that, at the very least, you really don’t need to waste money on MacKeeper. MacKeeper has been known to be, at minimum, almost useless and, at its...

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12:27
Apple Launches New 'Everything Changes With...

Apple today launched a new microsite focused on the iPad, exploring the way the iPad can "change the way you do things every day." The site offers up a selection of apps and usage ideas for the iPad, organized into several categories: Cooking with iPad, Learning with iPad, Small Business with iPad, Traveling with iPad, and Redecorating with iPad.

Like the company's past advertising efforts, this new campaign aims to portray the iPad as a tool that's useful in all aspects of life that goes far beyond mere content consumption, as can be seen in the introductory video on the site. The video, which should be uploaded to YouTube soon, features people using the iPad in a whole range of situations, from cooking to managing a business.

Each section of the new site includes imagery covering what the iPad can do and a wide range of recommended apps for each...

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12:26
If you can’t charge your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Find out what to do if you plug in your iOS device and it doesn’t charge, or it displays an alert.

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12:25
EM Drive Stirs Blood of Hopeful Space Explorers


It may not be warp drive, but electro-magnetic drive, aka "EM drive," is perhaps even more exciting, because it has a better chance of being science fact than fiction. EM drive technology theoretically could allow a trip to the moon in four hours, to Mars in 70 days, and to Alpha Centaurii, the star system nearest to our own, in roughly 130 years. If that sounds like a long time to be hurtling through space, compare it to the thousands of years it would take to make a similar mission using current space travel technologies.

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12:20
Sync your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch with iTunes...

Learn how to sync your iOS device with iTunes on your computer.

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12:19
Locate and view your connected device in iTunes

Where a connected device (such as an iPhone, iPad, iPod, or Apple TV) appears in iTunes depends the version of iTunes you have.

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12:18
Apple a recipient of 2015 Helen Keller Achievement...

The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) today announced the names of four honorees who will receive the prestigious Helen Keller Achievement Awards at a special gala in New York City on June 18.

Awardees include Apple for breakthroughs in accessible technology, actor Charlie Cox for his portrayal of a blind superhero, Ward Marston a musician/recording engineer with vision loss, and VandaPharmaceuticals Inc. for pioneering treatment of a circadian rhythm disorder, Non-24 Sleep-Wake Disorder, that can affect people who are totally blind.

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12:17
Delete music, movies, podcasts, and other content...

Learn how to delete or remove content you’ve downloaded from the iTunes Store or iBooks Store from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

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12:17
If you don’t see your in-app purchases

Using the app you made the purchase in, you can try to restore your purchases. If that doesn't work, you can contact the app developer.

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12:12
Apple VoiceOver accessibility receives award from...

The American Foundation for the Blind announced Apple among its four honorees to receive a Helen Keller Achievement Award later this June, recognizing the company's contribution to accessibility with VoiceOver.

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12:11
Create an iTunes Store, App Store, or iBooks Store...

When you use your Apple ID to sign in to the iTunes Store, App Store, or iBooks Store for the first time, you're asked to enter a payment method so that you can purchase items from the store. Follow these steps if you don't want to associate a payment method with your account.

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12:07
Tim Cook Charity Lunch Auction Ends, Earns $200,000...

Tim Cook's third annual CharityBuzz auction ended this afternoon, earning $200,000 for the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. The auction, which had more than 20 bids, includes a one hour lunch date with Tim Cook at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino and two VIP passes to an Apple keynote event to watch Apple unveil new products.

Though the auction earned an impressive $200,000 for the RFK Center, it brought in less money than previous auctions held in 2013 and 2014. In 2013, the inaugural CharityBuzz auction for a coffee date with Cook brought in an impressive $610,000, and 2014's lunch auction ended at $330,001.

Today's auction winner will be able to bring one additional person to have lunch with Cook, with the cost of lunch being included in the auction price. Transportation and accommodations to Cupertino are not included, however, and the exact date of...

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12:06
Get Java for your Mac

Download Java for OS X directly from Oracle.

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12:04
Tim Cook charity auction raises $200,000 for RFK...

What can $200,000 get you in 2015? Lunch with the CEO of the most valuable company in the world and two tickets to be his VIP guest at a future Apple keynote. That’s how much Tim Cook and Charitybuzz raised at auction today as the weeks-long fundraiser came to a close after the starting bid began at $10,000 — the starting price of the 18k gold Apple Watch Edition — in mid-April…

Just as he has chosen in previous years, Cook’s proceeds will help fund the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights campaign.

This year marks the third annual auction for meeting Tim Cook and raising funds for the RFK human rights group. The effort...

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12:03
Former Apple Retail Chief Ron Johnson Discusses...

Ron Johnson, who served as Senior Vice President of Retail Operations at Apple between 2000 and 2011, today unveiled his new online retail startup called Enjoy Technology that will begin selling high-end consumer electronics, such as smartphones, tablets, laptops, speakers and drones. The Menlo Park, California company will sell about 60 products starting today.

Enjoy aims to differentiate itself from Amazon and other competitors by providing free personal in-home setup service for products, as reported by The Wall Street Journal. When you purchase a product, Enjoy will send a representative to your home to help set it up, with visits lasting approximately one hour. AT&T, GoPro, Microsoft, Samsung and Hewlett-Packard are among the early partners with the service.

Johnson was interviewed by...

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12:00
Happy Hour Podcast 013 | Apple Watch experiences,...

Apple Watch is finally here and this week we all have one. In this episode we discuss our experiences (good and bad) with Apple Watch, Apple’s official solution for third-party bands, and news about the rumored iPad Pro. Feel free to drop us a line about your Apple Watch experience at listenermail@9to5mac.com. The Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and through our dedicated RSS feed…

New episodes of Happy Hour are available every Wednesday. As mentioned, you can...

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11:53
In-store Apple Watch pickup 'available soon,...

Apple is on the verge of offering in-store pickup for people buying the Apple Watch, although no exact timeframe is being quoted, checks of the Apple Store iOS app revealed on Wednesday.

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11:50
The American Foundation for the Blind Honors Apple...

Today, the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) today announced the names of four honorees who will receive the prestigious Helen Keller Achievement Awards at a special gala in New York City on June 18th.

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11:37
Universal Audio releases Marshall Plexi Super Lead...

Developed by Softube — and available exclusively for UAD-2 hardware and Apollo audio interfaces — the Marshall Plexi Super Lead 1959 plug-in is an expert emulation of the 100-watt British classic that defined the sound of rock.

And

The Neve 88 Series is a paragon of large-format analog console design. Introduced in 2001, the 88 Series is renowned for its startling depth, airiness, and clarity — deftly encompassing the best of all Neve designs that came before it.

I love the Marshall amp plug-in. Truly great work from UA, again.

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11:25
iMac (Late 2006): Memory Specifications

This article outlines the memory specifications for the following products:

 

iMac (17-inch Late 2006)
iMac (20-inch Late 2006)
iMac (24-inch)

This article does NOT refer to the iMac (17-inch Late 2006 CD), which is addressed in article 303085, "iMac (Early 2006), iMac (Mid 2006), iMac (17-inch Late 2006 CD): Memory Specifications".

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11:20
Put your Apple TV into sleep or standby mode

You don't need to turn off your Apple TV. It will go into sleep or standby mode automatically when you're not using it. You can also put it into sleep or standby mode using your Apple TV remote.

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11:02
This is why I won’t own a Samsung product

Besides the fact they are malicious, copying, stinking bastards, their customer service sucks balls.

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10:55
∞ iOS growth fueled by Android switchers in Europe

Apple’s iOS reached 20.3 percent share of the market for the first quarter of 2015 in Europe’s big five countries of Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain, according to a new report from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.

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10:48
Apple's Award-Winning Accessibility Features...

Apple today was honored as a recipient of a Helen Keller Achievement Award from the American Foundation for the Blind for the company's accessibility efforts, particularly VoiceOver's ability to give vision-impaired users access to iOS devices. With the advent of the Apple Watch, many of those accessibility features are now also migrating over to the wrist.

Coincidentally, MacRumors' sister site TouchArcade today took a look at the possibilities for accessibility features in iOS gaming. The...

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10:28
Olloclip introduces the olloCase for the iPhone 6, 6...

olloclip (www.olloclip.com) has introduced the US$29.99 olloCase, a slim, protective case for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus that integrates with olloclip photo lenses. 

"This new case is a significant improvement over our previous version. It improves speed and removes any unnecessary obstacles between a user and the photos or videos they want to shoot," says Patrick O'Neill, CEO and founder of olloclip.

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10:27
Set Safari to always open to the same webpage

Use these settings to automatically display the same page every time Safari opens.

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10:13
American Foundation for the Blind honors Apple for...

The American Foundation for the Blind today announced four honorees for the upcoming Helen Keller Achievement Awards, highlighting Apple’s VoiceOver and Accessibility efforts alongside actor Charlie Cox, musician Ward Marston, and biopharmaceutical company Vanda Pharmaceuticals.

The foundation says that it gives this award to “accomplished individuals and companies for their success in improving quality of life for people with vision loss either through groundbreaking innovation or inspirational achievement that changes perceptions about what it means to be visually impaired.”

Apple is specifically being awarded for VoiceOver Accessibility...

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10:12
Apple challenges Google with growing Web search...

Apple's rapidly-expanding internal search group --?aimed at making Spotlight a legitimate Web search engine --?is being led by the team acquired in 2013 with social search firm Topsy, AppleInsider has learned.

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10:09
Apple's Plans For Your DNA

An anonymous reader writes: MIT's Technology Review breaks news that Apple is working with scientists to create apps that collect and evaluate users' DNA. "The apps are based on ResearchKit, a software platform Apple introduced in March that helps hospitals or scientists run medical studies on iPhones by collecting data from the devices' sensors or through surveys." A source says Apple's plan is to enable users to easily share their DNA information with medical workers and researchers performing studies. "To join one of the studies, a person would agree to have a gene test carried out—for instance, by returning a "spit kit" to a laboratory approved by Apple. The first such labs are said to be the advanced gene-sequencing centers operated by UCSF and Mount Sinai."


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09:58
About the security content of Apple TV 7.2

This document describes the security content of Apple TV 7.2.

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09:56
About the security content of Safari 8.0.5, Safari 7...

This document describes the security content of Safari 8.0.5, Safari 7.1.5, and Safari 6.2.5.

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09:53
How Photos displays Smart Albums from iPhoto or...

Photos displays Smart Albums from iPhoto or Aperture based on the criteria you used to create them.

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09:52
Android switchers drive iOS growth in Europe's...

The latest smartphone sales data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech (http://www.kantarworldpanel.com/) for the first quarter of 2015 (1Q15) shows that the popularity of Apple iOS continued to grow in Europe's five largest countries, reaching a 20.3% share – 1.8 percentage points higher than in 2014. Europe's big five markets are Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain.

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09:46
Apple TV gets a couple more apps from CBS Sports and...

Apple TV users will find a couple more apps on their home screens this week with the arrival of CBS Sports and USA Now.

The new channels should appear automatically, bringing Apple TV’s total third-party app count to 59. As always, you can hide unwanted apps by holding the select button, pressing the play button, and selecting “Hide This Item.”

Cord-cutters should keep in mind that USA Now is worthless without a pay TV subscription, as every single show is fully hidden behind a paywall.

CBS Sports doesn’t have such restrictions. All users can watch short clips from several of the channel’s shows, and each clip automatically plays in succession, making it easy to quickly catch up on sports news.

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09:44
Reddit is building an Apple Watch heartbeat sharing...

Have an Apple Watch but no one to share heartbeats with? Reddit has you covered.

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09:34
Apple has plans for your DNA

Antonio Regalado, writing for MIT Technology Review:

Apple is collaborating with U.S. researchers to launch apps that would offer some iPhone owners the chance to get their DNA tested, many of them for the first time, according to people familiar with the plans.

Fascinating article, lots at stake here. Also, are identical twins genetically identical?

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09:27
The making of Citizen Kane

Longreads:

“I must admit that it was intended consciously as a social document. … [but] the storyteller’s first duty is to the story.”

Not a “long read” but a 90 minute documentary on the making of what many, myself included, consider the greatest film of all time. If you get a chance to grab a DVD of it, make sure you get the one with the commentary tracks – one by Roger Ebert and the other with Peter Bogdanovich. It will give you a new and greater appreciation of this magnificent film.

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09:19
Significant R&D increase suggests Apple is...

Neil Cybart, writing for Above Avalon, takes you through Apple’s R&D numbers. Something big is coming.

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09:17
iOS 9 wish list

Federico Viticci came up some a list of things he would like to see in the next version of iOS. As you might expect, some of the things on the list are fixes for the current operating system, but it’s an interesting read.

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09:09
iPhone marketshare surges for Apple in Europe, China...

Adoption of the iPhone was up globally during the March quarter, and in Europe was particularly influenced by people switching from Android devices, according to new smartphone market data published on Wednesday by Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.

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09:05
9to5Toys Last Call: Mpow Bluetooth 4.0 Earbuds $22,...

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:
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09:00
Welcome to UL’s Circle of Trust

Welcome to UL’s Circle of Trust

From drywall to hair dryers and mattresses to smoke detectors, UL has a 120-year legacy of helping ensure the products we use every day are safe. UL is now transforming itself for the next 100 years, using the security, power and agility of the cloud to become a fast-moving digital company, a rate of speed and innovation they are passing on to their customers as well. Read on to learn why UL trusts Office 365 and the Microsoft cloud in the new Circle of Trust story and video.

At UL, experts light things on fire, shoot bullets at glass, smash hairdryers, drop safes, douse electronics in water, put foil in the microwave and more—all on purpose. It’s not just gleeful, don’t-try-this-at-home mischief for the sake of curiosity or killer dinner party stories. It’s serious science, testing and inspecting and auditing and certifying and validating to help ensure the things humans use every day are safe. UL places its mark on...

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09:00
Today in the App Store — Pixelmator, Lark Chat:...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today’s notable apps include a discount on Pixelmator, the new Streamline - calendar app and a notable update to Lark Chat: Personal Weight Loss Coach. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Words With Monsters [Now free, down from $0.99] Words With Monsters is a word game with role playing game elements. Battle monsters with your words and spend their money on shiny hats.

YoWindow Weather [Now free, down from $2.99] YoWindow is a unique new weather app. The magic of YoWindow is a living landscape that reflects your actual weather.

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09:00
Live from a Microsoft technology center—Office...

You have questions. We have answers.

Microsoft is bringing the Microsoft Technology Center, a state-of-the-art environment, which includes the most current technology platforms, devices and applications, to you virtually. Hear about real situations users face every day and gain explicit know-how knowledge on the latest and most innovative solutions in market, with the opportunity to dialogue with the Microsoft Technology Architects and your peers virtually.

Register for the virtual event series and get the latest information about Office 365 and Skype for Business.  We hope to see you there!

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08:55
Dropbox 3.4.6 - Cloud backup and synchronization...

Dropbox is an application that creates a special Finder folder that automatically syncs online and between your computers. It allows you to both backup files and keep them up-to-date between systems.

Note: You must first sign up to use Dropbox.

The Dropbox application is available for OS X, Windows, and Linux. A video on the site explains more.



Version 3.4.6:

  • Fixes errors setting custom icons on Mac



  • OS X 10.6 or later



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08:46
Apple Preparing In-Store Pickup Option for Apple...

Apple is preparing to offer an in-store pickup option for the Apple Watch in the United States and other launch countries, listing the option as "available soon" on the Apple Online Store and Apple Store app. The new option remains grayed out on Apple's website and app, making it unavailable to select, and Apple's Reserve and Pickup system for the Apple Watch has yet to go live.

To date, Apple Watch orders have been taken exclusively online and shipped via UPS or other couriers to residential or business addresses, but soon customers will gain the option of ordering online and visiting a local Apple retail location for in-store pickup. Customers will be required to present a valid government-issued photo ID upon pickup, and must match the name on the reservation to pick up the product.

Apple originally planned to offer in-store pickup of the Apple Watch...

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08:31
About the security content of Safari 8.0.2, Safari 7...

This document describes the security content of Safari 8.0.2, Safari 7.1.2, and Safari 6.2.2.

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08:29
Create a multi-channel MXF file with Final Cut Pro X...

Learn how to use a finished sound mix to create a multi-channel MXF file with Final Cut Pro X 10.1.4 or later and Compressor 5.1 or later.

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08:27
Apple's iPhone 6-Plus Took 44% of the U.S....

Today, a new Kantar report informs us that Phablets claimed 21% of all US smartphone sales in Q1 2015 ...

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08:26
Get help using AirPlay and AirPlay Mirroring on your...

Before you can stream content from your iOS device to your Apple TV, you might need to check a few settings. These steps can help.

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08:25
Report: Phablet market quadrupled in Q1 with iPhone...

So-called phablets just about quadrupled their marketshare during Q1 of this year thanks largely due to Apple’s first product in the category, the iPhone 6 Plus.

The data comes from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech and shows the phablet market grew to 21% in the first quarter this year, up from just 6% last year. The growth is mostly due to the iPhone 6 Plus, which grabbed 44% of the market during Q1.

Apple iPhone 6 Plus took 44% of this segment. Screen size was cited as the main reason for buying a particular phone by both iOS and Android buyers at 43% and 47%, respectively....

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08:20
This is Nifty: Volkswagen developing Car-Net app for...

German car manufacturer Volkswagen today announced that it’s joining the ranks of companies offering an Apple Watch app to go along with its broader mobile service.

VW’s Car-Net service, which debuted in 2014, has offered services like remote control of climate settings, checking if you left your windows open or where you parked, and fuel/battery monitoring are all available for both the iOS and Android platforms.

One feature that might get the most attention is the idea of speed and boundary alerts on your Apple Watch. With this, users can set up alerts when a specific driver in the family exceeds a set speed cap or leaves a certain location boundary. These...

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08:11
Former Apple retail head Ron Johnson launches Enjoy...

Former JC Penney CEO and one-time Apple retail head Ron Johnson on Wednesday launched a new company, Enjoy Technology, that will not only sell products like smartphones, drones, notebooks, and tablets, but also offer free personal delivery and setup for orders.

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07:58
Home Depot wants to start accepting Apple Pay

Pretty soon you may be able to pay for lumber and framing hammers with your iPhone. The Home Depot says it wants to offer Apple Pay across all of its nearly 2,000 locations in the U.S., according to Bloomberg Business.

The company doesn’t have a deal in place with Apple so don’t plan your iOS-enabled home renovation just yet. Nevertheless, it appears Home Depot does want to get a deal done with Apple at some point—it’s just not clear when that might be. The Home Depot also told Bloomberg it could add other mobile payment systems in addition to Apple Pay. 

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07:57
Gamers get Ready, the Oculus Headset Goes on Sale in...

The Oculus team stated today that they're incredibly excited to announce that the Oculus Rift will be shipping to consumers in Q1 2016, with pre-orders later this year."

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07:55
Apple confirms existence of “Applebot” web crawler,...

Sometimes it’s the Web traffic logs that really let you know what Apple is up to.

Last fall, a number of webmasters began seeing web crawler visits from IP addresses starting with 17, an IP address block owned entirely by Apple. Apple has now officially confirmed in a support document that it is operating its own web crawler called “Applebot”.

As of now, Applebot is the web crawler utilized by Apple products such as Siri and Spotlight Suggestions. The program respects the customary robots.txt and robots meta tags used by most crawler programs.

What’s interesting is why Apple might create its own web crawler in the first place,...

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07:35
Olloclip unveils its lens accessory-compatible...

 


We mentioned earlier this year at CES that Olloclip had a redesigned version of its lens accessory-compatible protective case in the works for both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and today the company officially unveiled its all-new Ollocase. The Ollocase carries an affordable price tag with pre-orders kicking off today and comes in two matte color options. Read on for all the details…Ollocase comes in two sizes and two color...

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07:34
Apple Pay now supported by 24 additional banks and...

As of Tuesday, Apple added 24 banks and credit unions that now support Apple Pay.

The new batch brings the total closer to 250, the new institutions being included as follows:

Bellwether Community Credit Union

Benchmark Federal Credit Union

Blackhawk Community Credit Union

Community America Credit Union

Community First Credit Union

Connections Credit Union

cPort Credit Union

Denver Fire Department FCU

Electro Savings Credit Union

Elements Financial FCU

First Financial Credit Union

Greater Nevada Credit Union

Harvard Universities Employees Credit Union

Interra Credit Union

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07:27
Killer Deals: Save up to $200, $300 & $400 on...

AppleInsider this week is proud to offer the lowest prices anywhere on Apple's entire MacBook lineup with AppleCare protection. Separately, today also marks the last call for readers looking to take advantage of a week-long Apple Accessories super sale delivering the lowest prices on everything from SuperDrives and Keyboards to MacBook Power Adapters and AirPort base stations.

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07:24
The European Union to Step up their Attack on U.S....

Last year the European Parliament ruled that Apple had to use the Micro-USB Standard Port for European iDevices by 2017. It was a bizarre intrusion into the tech market. Then in April of this year we posted a report about European regulators sticking their nose into Apple's streaming music business before it even gets off the Ground. And who can't forget Finland's PM blaming Apple's success for their financial crisis. Europe is behind the U.S. on most everything internet related including the very devices that consumers in Europe use to access the net. If they can't beat ...

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07:23
External Link: Apple Confirms Third-Party Apple...

Apple has confirmed that it will offer a Made for Apple Watch program, to partner with third parties for Apple Watch bands. While it remains to be seen what other companies do with the Apple Watch, one thing is for certain: officially licensed bands will not charge the Apple Watch, at least not through magnetic charging. The Band Design Guidelines for Apple Watch document clearly states, “Bands must not integrate magnetic chargers.”

 

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07:22
Apple Gets Antitrust Scrutiny Over Music Deals

An anonymous reader writes: Bloomberg reports that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission is probing Apple after its acquisition of Beats Electronics, and its various deals with record labels to sell music through the iTunes store. As part of the acquisition, Apple now owns the music streaming service created by Beats, and they're planning to release a new version sometime soon. This makes their ties to the record labels, already deep because of iTunes, even stronger — and could affect the labels' relationships with other streaming services, like Spotify. Investigators want to know if Apple is using these business deals as leverage for "curtailing ad-supported music and pushing more songs into paid tiers of service at higher rates."


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07:07
Report: Android switchers drive iPhone growth across...

New data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech shows that smartphone users ditching Android devices in recent months helped drive iOS growth across the EU. The data tracked the EU’s biggest markets in 1Q15— Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain— and shows iOS grew 1.8 percentage points from last year to 20.3% market share this year. That includes around 32.4% of new Apple customers switching from an Android device, according to the report, while Android lost 3.1 percentage points during the quarter:

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07:00
Daily Deals for May 6, 2015, featuring Snapselect:...

It’s time to save some of your hard-earned money with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive deals for AWT readers, hardware discounts and our own handpicked iOS and OS X sales. All prices are USD and subject to change. Please check prices before you purchase as some deals may expire quickly.

AWT Featured Deal

Snapselect: Duplicate and Similar Photos Cleaner [Now free, down from $17.99] Beautiful, Fast, Reliable. Snapselect is the award-winning and fast tool to eliminate similar photos & duplicates, conveniently browse all your images and discover the best photos from thousands of others.

Hardware and Accessory Deals

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06:50
Pixelmator coming to iPhone as universal app, iPad...

Popular photo editing app Pixelmator, already available on Mac and iPad, will also be coming to Apple's iPhone in the near future, the company announced on Wednesday.

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06:43
Carrier Wi-Fi market holds strong

The rapid development of LTE-U standards and the increasing number of its proponents brings into question the relationship between cellular network and Wi-Fi, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com).

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06:38
Global risk IT and services spending to reach $78.6...

According to a new IDC report (www.idc.com) worldwide risk information technologies and services (RITS) spending will reach US$78.6 billion in 2015 and is expected to reach $96.3 billion by 2018 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.97% during the 2013–2018 forecast period. Key highlights from the new report include:

° Total IT spending for the worldwide financial services market for 2015 is forecast to reach $458.4 billion for hardware, software, and internal and external IT services. By the end of the forecast period in 2018, this spending will reach $522.3 billion.

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06:38
Creator of Snake returns with a modern sequel

Everything old is new again, including that damn Nokia Snake

The developer of the simple yet insidious game, Taneli Armanto, has partnered with game studio Rumilus Design to bring a new version of Snake to mobile devices everywhere. You'll be accidentally bumping into your own tail again later this month, but this time with a twist. 

Snake Rewind offers new visuals (including a delightful retro look), new challenges and "....several new features," like an option to rewind your snake after crashing, new fruit items with various powers and 10 uniquely-themed levels. I can't wait to play it. 

Snake Rewind will be out for iOS, Andriod and Windows Phone on May 14. In the meantime, enjoy the promo video below. 


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06:34
Pixelmator, the popular image editor for Mac &...

Pixelmator is bringing its photo and image editor to the iPhone soon, as announced in a blog post today. Pixelmator was exclusive to the Mac until late last year when the developers ported the application to the iPad. It is now nearing completion on the iPhone version.

The especially good news for current Pixelmator users is that the iPhone version will not be released as a separate app. An update to the iPad app will make the software universal, so you can buy the app now and get the iPhone update for free when it is released. Even better, Pixelmator for iPad is currently on sale to celebrate the announcement

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06:23
Extensive Report: Open TV Sues Apple over Content...

Many in the tech sector believe that Apple is going to be introducing a new TV service this fall and that Apple could reveal this new service during their upcoming World Wide Developer Conference next month. Yet before Apple even has the chance of introducing their new service, they've been slapped with a new patent infringement lawsuit from Open TV, Nagravision S.A. (Switzerland) and Nagra France S.A.S.

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06:20
Apple announces major new bond sale to finance...

At its last earnings call, Apple announced that it is expanding its capital return program by more than 50%. This means the company is now looking to repurchase over $140 billion worth of shares and a larger dividend for shareholders.

To fund this activity however, it is cheaper for the company to sell domestic company debt than repatriate its ever-increasing cash hoard that is ‘trapped’ overseas. Therefore, Apple has today announced it will issue a new 7-part bond to raise the funds.

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06:15
Apple Confirms 'Applebot' as In-House Web...

Apple yesterday gave a few interesting details on something it's calling "Applebot", the company's in-house web crawler that is used to help power services like Siri and Spotlight on iOS and OS X platforms (via Apple Insider).

In the past, Apple has partnered with companies like Google and Bing to provide search results in a few of its own products like Siri, but this week's news could be an additional hint at Apple introducing its own complete search platform in the future. Most recently, in early February, a job listing provided more fuel to a rumor that the Cupertino company was doing just that, although it was likely to be describing ongoing efforts to improve Spotlight and was never legitimized.

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06:06
Apple confirms the existence of the Applebot

Apple has confirmed the existence of its Applebot web crawler. In a support document (http://apple.co/1H0Mp37) the company had this to say:

"Applebot is the web crawler for Apple, used by products including Siri and Spotlight Suggestions. It respects customary robots.txt rules and robots meta tags. It originates in the 17.0.0.0 net block.

"User-agent strings will contain 'Applebot' together with additional agent information. For example:

"Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10_10_1) "AppleWebKit/600.2.5 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/8.0.2 Safari/600.2.5 (Applebot/0.1)

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06:02
Apple gearing up for sale of seven-part bond to fund...

Apple on Wednesday notified the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that it is planning yet another bond sale, accruing debt to fund its ongoing quarterly dividend payments and share repurchase program.

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06:00
You Should Play: Get your World of Warcraft fix with...

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. 

Over the last twenty years, Blizzard Entertainment has made a mint through it’s World of Warcraft franchise. Since launching last year, Hearthstone, a digital collectible card game based on characters and lore from Warcraft, has developed into a similarly powerful juggernaut on the competitive gaming scene. Tournaments, Reddit forums, and strategy guides have all sprung up to support Hearthstone’s turn-based tactical battles, and in April, Hearthstone finally launched on iOS.

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05:54
Apple Digital Camera RAW Compatibility 6.04 - Adds...

Apple Digital Camera RAW Compatibility update adds RAW image compatibility to OS X 10.10 Yosemite. For more information on supported RAW formats, see http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6476.

Version 6.04: Adds RAW compatibility for the following cameras

  • Canon EOS 5DS
  • Canon EOS 5DS R
  • Canon EOS Rebel T6i / 750D / Kiss X8i
  • Canon EOS Rebel T6s / 760D / Kiss 8000D
  • Fujifilm X-A2
  • Hasselblad CFV-50c
  • Hasselblad H5D-50c
  • Leica C (Typ 112)
  • Nikon 1 S2
  • Nikon D7200
  • Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II
  • Panasonic LUMIX CM1
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF7
  • Pentax MX-1



  • OS X 10.10 or later



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05:52
First look at Apple’s new App Analytics beta (...

After beginning to invite developers to test an app analytics beta last week, giving devs that signed up access to new analytic data for their apps through iTunes Connect, today we get our first look at the feature…

The screenshots above and below were shared by 9to5Mac reader and developer Patrick Heinrich von den Driesch.

The feature offers developers an overview of their users and app usage including retention stats, a breakdown of what device...

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05:30
Apple Watch takes #1 in Consumer Reports lab tests...

We got an early indication that Consumer Reports were impressed with the Apple Watch when they were unable to scratch the sapphire screen of the stainless steel model. The well-respected non-profit has now revealed that the full set of lab tests are complete, and the Apple Watch ranked top out of the 11 smartwatches tested.

Consumer reports tested the watches for durability, water-resistance, health functionality, readability in bright and low light, ease of use, and ease of interaction – though there was one slightly worrying moment for the Apple Watch Sport … ...

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05:18
Apple Pay snags 24 new bank and credit union...

Waiting for your card issuer to support Apple Pay? Check the list below. 

Apple has updated its Apple Pay support page with the names of 24 new participating card issuers. Most of the newcomers are credit unions this time around. In related news, Home Depot has announced its plans to support the service in the very near future. 

Apple Pay lets customers with an iPhone 6, 6 Plus or Apple Watch pay for purchase with their devices. It's like doing a magic trick that sends your money away and amazes cashiers. Fun! Here are the most recent participants:

Bellwether Community Credit Union
Benchmark Federal Credit Union
Blackhawk Community Credit Union
Community America...

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05:00
'Night Terrors' Could Turn Your Home Into...


Gamers could get the chance to count themselves among the things that go bump in the night, if Novum Analytics' Night Terrors, an augmented reality game for mobile devices, meets its Indiegogo funding target. The story itself is rudimentary, but the gameplay takes place in relatively uncharted territory. The player is alone in the dark with a smartphone. The phone's LED lights the way through the player's pitch-black house, while the game mixes photorealistic frights into a real-time stream of the player's augmented home.

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04:56
Apple confirms its ‘Applebot’ is indexing the web...

Rumors that Apple might be creating its own search engine started doing the rounds last fall, when webmasters started seeing web crawler visits from IP addresses starting with 17 – the IP address block owned entirely by Apple. Apple has now officially confirmed in a support document that it is operating its own web crawler called Applebot.

Applebot is the web crawler for Apple, used by products including Siri and Spotlight Suggestions. It respects customary robots.txt rules and robots meta tags. It originates in the 17.0.0.0 net block.

While the wording is clearly intended to suggest that this is just business as usual, both the fact that Apple is running its own web crawler at all, and the somewhat vague wording, are interesting … ...

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04:46
Twitterrific update makes multi-account tweeting...

Ollie, the little blue bird who serves as Twitterrific's mascot, has learned a new trick. In version 5.11.1 for iOS (universal, free with in-app purchases), you can now post from any account directly from the compose screen. Just tap your avatar to get a list of available accounts, select the one you want and presto! You're good to go. 

This functionality is also available in Tweetbot and Twitter's own iOS app, but I'm happy to see it come to my favorite Twitter client for iPhone. Thanks, Ollie!

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04:40
Shoppers migrate to mobile devices, tablets

New research from Juniper Research (www.juniperrsearch.com) has found that global brand and retail spend on digital marketing activities will reach $200 billion this year, up by 15% on 2014 levels.

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04:38
Kool Tools: BBEdit 11.1

Bare Bones Software's (www.barebones.com) BBEdit 11.1, its professional strength HTML and text editor, has been revved to version 11.1, which introduces built-in support for Git and for EditorConfig.

BBEdit is the leading professional HTML and text editor for the Macintosh. Specifically crafted in response to the needs of Web authors and software developers, it offers features for editing, searching, and manipulation of text.

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04:38
Oculus Rift goes mainstream early 2016

Quarter one 2016. It's the answer to a question we've asked basically every time we've spoken with Oculus VR since 2012: "When does the consumer version of the Rift come out?" Aside from that revelation, the only additional information we have is tha...

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04:16
Hugo Barra on why Xiaomi is against microSD cards in...

If you were to compare iOS and Android, the latter's storage expansion option via microSD -- up to a whopping 200GB these days -- is often regarded as an advantage, though not all devices come with such offer. For instance, while HTC and LG have made...

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04:13
Former Apple retail head launches Enjoy, offering...

Ron Johnson, who was Apple’s retail chief for almost 12 years, has finally taken the wraps off the online shopping service he teased back in October of last year. Called Enjoy, the service allows you to order products online for the same price you’d pay buying direct from the manufacturer websites – but get same-day delivery and free home setup.

Whether it’s an iPhone, Sonos speaker system, drone or electric bicycle, the company will send a “personal expert” to your home to hand-deliver the product and spend an hour setting it up and showing you how to use it. The service launches in San Francisco today, reports the ...

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03:53
Apple details new 'AppleBot' web crawler...

Apple has confirmed the existence of a long-rumored web crawling service -- first noticed last November --?and provided some details of its operations in a recently-updated support document.

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03:02
Snapchat adds sharing tools to its news discovery...

Snapchat's curated selection of news stories called Discover is reportedly in trouble, with traffic dropping significantly since its debut back in January. That's probably why the company has introduced a new function that lets you share articles and...

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01:02
Apple reportedly wants to help test your DNA

Now that Apple has launched a platform for medical research, it's apparently ready to expand what that platform can do. MIT's sources understand that the Cupertino crew is working with academics on ResearchKit apps that let iPhone users get DNA tests...

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00:01
Probably the coolest Apple Watch review you’re ever...

The Apple Watch may just be a cool toy to most of us, but for Molly Watt – who is both near-blind and deaf – it has made a huge difference to her life. For example, feeling safe and comfortable in environments where she cannot see at all.

I am fortunate to have a few friends who also have the Apple Watch and together have devised ways of communicating in ‘Code’ when out, particularly when out at night and in dark situations when I am completely blind […]

I can get message to friend I’m uncomfortable or I need assistance or help of some kind

The Maps app, with its ability to signal directions via taps on the wrist, has also greatly increased her independence.

So far for me the most useful App...

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Tuesday May 5

23:47
Apple may be under FTC investigation for Beats deals

The hushed whispers surrounding the Federal Trade Commission's supposed investigation into Apple's Beats Music service relaunch have gotten a little louder. From the sounds of it, Cupertino's approached record labels and over a dozen of artists, thro...

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22:38
Researchers find new 'most distant' galaxy...

Peering through the voids of space is a lot like time travelling: the deeper we gaze into a seemingly endless Universe, the further back in time we can see. Now, a team of researchers led by astronomers from Yale University and UC Santa Cruz have ann...

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21:53
Cox continues rolling out its gigabit internet to US...

Last May, Cox Communications announced that it would join Google and AT&T in offering residential customers gigabit-fast wired internet service to Phoenix, Las Vegas and Omaha. Today the service, dubbed "G1GABLAST", has finally arrived in Omaha and L...

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20:55
FTC Also Investigating Apple's Upcoming Music...

The Federal Trade Commission is investigating Apple's efforts to set up deals with record labels as it prepares to launch its new music streaming service, a rebranded version of Beats Music, according to Bloomberg. This would make the FTC the third government body to look into the new music service after the U. S. Department of Justice and European Commission.

The FTC's investigators, still in the early stages, of their inquiry, are asking whether Apple’s efforts will change the way music labels work with other streaming services, for example curtailing ad-supported music and pushing more songs into paid tiers of service at higher rates, according to one of the people....

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20:49
The first self-driving big rig licensed to operate...

A Daimler-built autonomous truck can now legally operate on the highways of Nevada. Gov. Brian Sandoval has officially granted the "Freightliner Inspiration Truck" a license for road use in the state, making it the first of its kind to navigate publi...

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20:32
Google Maps for Android lists your events, flights...

Google Maps' Play listing doesn't quite elaborate on what's new with the latest version, but the update's definitely more than just a bunch of bug fixes. Android Police has discovered that the app can now mine your Gmail account for info whenever you...

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19:49
Apple's upcoming streaming music service...

It looks like Apple's efforts to revamp Beats Music is drawing the wrong kind of attention from government antitrust officials, as the company's dealings with record labels and artists -- already said to be the subject of a Department of Justice investigation -- are now under scrutiny by the Federal Trade Commission, a report said on Tuesday.

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18:54
Apple again said to be under federal investigation...

Following a report yesterday claiming that Apple was being investigated by the Department of Justice over anti-competitive practices surrounding the launch of its rebranded Beats streaming music service, Bloomberg this evening now corroborates that report. Bloomberg says that the Federal Trade Commission is investigating whether Apple is using its large iTunes store to put rival streaming music services like Spotify at a disadvantage.

FTC officials have reportedly been in contact with at least one record label regarding Apple’s practices. Some of the...

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17:39
Mumblehard Malware Mugs Linux Servers


A family of Linux malware targeting Linux and BSD servers has been lurking around for five years, Eset has reported. Dubbed "Linux/Mumblehard," the malware contains a backdoor and a spamming daemon, both written in Perl. The components are mainly Perl scripts encrypted and packed inside an executable and linkable format, or ELF, said Eset. In some cases, one ELF executable with a packer nests inside another. An Eset sinkhole saw more than 8,800 unique IP addresses over seven months. Web servers are the most susceptible to the attack.

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17:05
Home Depot declares support for Apple Pay

Home Depot just double down and will become the largest retail chain to date to support Apple Pay.

The retailer on Tuesday officially announced upcoming support for Apple Pay for its 2,000+ stores.

Speaking on behalf of the home improvement retailer, company representative Steve Holmes told Bloomberg that his company plans to introduce in-store support for Apple Pay, but declined to specify an exact rollout timetable.

Within the past week, however, customers who normally use Apple Pay at their local Home Depot discovered the chain abruptly reversal of policy. Home Depot had stated that it is “evaluating a number of new payment methods, including a number of mobile...

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16:34
If a flashing question mark appears after installing...

This issue might happen if you have enabled FileVault full disk encryption and a firmware password on your Mac at the same time. Use these steps to reselect your startup disk.

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15:59
Despite lacking music rights, Beats Music is...

Apple can’t wait to get back into streaming music, even if not all the pieces are in place quite yet.

The Beats Music relaunch is expected to be announced at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in June, but music industry sources have confirmed to Billboard that Apple has not yet secured the appropriate licensing deals required from the major record labels to be able to stream their catalogs. It’s a piece in the puzzle that can’t be overlooked. Just this month, Grooveshark was forced to shut down after being bombarded with copyright infringement lawsuits for streaming unlicensed content.

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15:42
If text converted to 3D doesn't appear as...

Some 2D text attributes aren't supported by 3D text in Final Cut Pro X 10.2 or Motion 5.2. 

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15:39
Even replacement Apple Watches come in nice boxes,...


Last month we showed you what exactly Apple would cover under warranty for Apple Watch customers and now images of the replacement box for the device have emerged. As shown in the images above, Apple does not want Apple Watch straps shipped during the warranty process and requires only the device itself.

The images, posted to Twitter by Max Weisel, show the Apple Watch in a nice white box with Watch branding. It’s essentially a smaller...

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15:35
iMac (27-inch, Late 2012 and later): Installing or...

Learn how to install additional memory or replace the memory in your iMac (27-inch, Late 2012) and iMac (27-inch, Late 2013) computer.

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15:33
About Applebot

Learn about Applebot, the web crawler for Apple.

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15:33
Apple Certified Mac Technician (ACMT) 2015...

The following article addresses common questions on changes to the Apple Certified Mac Technician 2015 program.

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15:32
Connect your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac using...

Continuity lets you seamlessly move between your iPhone, iPad, and Mac, or use them together.

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15:30
AWT News Update: May 5, 2015

Happy Cinco de Mayo - today's Apple news covers the gamut from Watch-controlled cars to executive compensation, with a little Apple Pay and accessibility thrown in for good measure:

  • Owners of VW automobiles with Car-Net will soon be able to use their Apple Watches to do a great many things with their cars
  • More banks and credit unions have been added to the list of institutions supporting Apple Pay. Have a Simple account? You can now add your debit card to Apple Pay.
  • Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts was the top-paid US female executive last year
  • Apple's revised streaming service based on Beats Music will most likely be unveiled at WWDC on June 8, despite reported issues with licensing
  • Blogger Molly Watt, who has Usher Syndrome and limited sight and hearing, recently reported on the features she uses to navigate the Apple Watch. Her review can...
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15:28
Apple Pay lands 24 new bank and credit union...

In an update to its Apple Pay support webpage on Tuesday, Apple announced a new batch of 24 participating card issuers, with credit unions accounting for a large majority of additions.

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15:10
Apple working on ResearchKit-based DNA testing,...

Apple is collaborating with researchers on new ResearchKit-based iPhone apps that will allow people to undergo DNA testing, in some cases for the first time, for scientific analysis and research, according to a Tuesday report.

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15:02
OpenTV sues Apple over iTunes content streaming...

Interactive digital television firm OpenTV on Tuesday filed suit against Apple for alleged infringement of five patents relating to storing and delivering digital content to personal electronic devices.

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14:55
Home Depot Preparing to Accept Apple Pay Later this...

According to a new report published this afternoon, Home Depot Inc. plans to enable Apple's mobile-payment platform at its more than 2,000 stores, making it the largest retailer to accept Apple Pay.

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14:30
What’s new in Office 365 administration from...

Today at Microsoft Ignite, we announced some exciting new Office 365 admin features. We focused on two key themes important to you—the Office 365 IT administrator—visibility and control. Enhancing these attributes, gives you greater capability to monitor how your organization is running and enable the necessary controls to keep your data safe.

Greater transparency with new Office 365 reporting dashboards

To truly understand how your organization is running, you need to see how your end users are consuming the services. Today, we introduced both a new and improved reporting dashboard and an Office 365 content pack for Power BI. With the new reporting dashboard, you get a better user interface with greater visibility into usage across Office 365 services. The new reporting dashboard provides a much more visual reporting experience with trend and summary views. To get more details, simply select the desired reporting tile for more detailed reports. We have plans to add...

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14:21
OpenTV files patent infringement suit against Apple...

Apple is facing a lawsuit from OpenTV, a company that creates interactive television technology, over five patents the latter claims the Cupertino company violated in the iTunes software. The protected technology in question relates to how Apple streams movies from its servers to end users.

The suit claims this technology was legally licensed to other companies, including Microsoft and Google, but not Apple. OpenTV was named as a party in a separate lawsuit against Apple earlier this year. That suit dealt with video playback technology in iOS and OS X and other products, including iTunes and iAds.

Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged:...

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14:19
Home Depot to Begin Supporting Apple Pay Following...

Home Depot plans to officially support Apple Pay in its home improvement stores following a retail system upgrade, reports Bloomberg. Though there's no timeline on when Apple Pay support will be introduced in Home Depot stores, a spokesperson said the payment service would be available after a revamp to the company's point-of-sale machines.

News of Home Depot's plans to support Apple Pay come following earlier reports suggesting the retailer was shutting off Apple Pay access in its stores. Home Depot has NFC-based terminals in its stores allowing for unofficial use of Apple Pay, but as of this morning, a customer discovered he could no longer use Apple Pay at Home Depot.

Contacting customer support resulted in a message stating that while Apple Pay...

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14:14
Home Depot confirms plans to accept Apple Pay soon...

Home Depot will soon officially gain support for Apple Pay after users this week noticed it had started quietly blocking the platform, the company tells Bloomberg.

Users have had success using Apple Pay at Home Depot stores since the service launched in October last year— Home Depot uses MasterCard Paypass terminals that technically support the NFC-based payments platform— but now the company appears to have stopped accepting it as it issues a statement touting rival PayPal. The...

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14:10
Under Tough Testing by Consumer Reports, the Apple...

It was noted today in Consumer Reports smartwatch ratings video, that their top-rated smartwatch after rigorous testing was the stainless-steel Apple Watch ...

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13:56
Home Depot announces future Apple Pay support, will...

Home Depot on Tuesday officially announced upcoming support for Apple Pay, and with more than 2,000 stores will be the largest retail chain to sign on to Apple's branded NFC-based mobile payments initiative.

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13:54
Apple preparing to ship first standalone Apple Watch...

Nearly one month following the start of Apple Watch and Apple Watch band pre orders, Apple has begun preparing to ship the first orders of standalone Link Bracelets, according to multiple 9to5 readers. These $449 Link Bracelets are separate from orders of the Apple Watch with Link Bracelet, in both the standard silver and Space Black combinations, which do not appear to have begun preparing to ship as of yet. Apple explains the Link Bracelet’s design on its website:

Crafted from the same 316L stainless steel alloy as the case, the Link Bracelet has more than 100 components. The machining process is so precise, it takes nearly nine hours to cut the links for a single strap. In part that’s because they aren’t simply a uniform size, but subtly...

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13:48
Apple to Launch Streaming Music Service and Revamped...

While Apple is still working to get key deals in place for its upcoming streaming music service, the company remains committed to announcing the service at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), likely during the opening keynote on June 8, according to 9to5Mac.

Apple's streaming music service will reportedly launch alongside a revamped iTunes Radio in a "long list" of countries in late June as part of iOS 8.4 and iTunes 12.2. New Apple TV and Mac apps that will integrate the service remain under development at Apple.

The redesigned Music app in iOS 8.4 beta, seeded to developers in April, will...

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13:46
Apple reportedly planning to launch ResearchKit-...

Apple is working on a plan that could give the company and its research partners access to consumer DNA, a new report suggests. The data would be collected by research partners and stored in an online cloud to be used in medical studies, such as one run by the University of California that examines the DNA of expectant mothers to help pinpoint the causes of premature birth.

Now Apple is closely involved in shaping initial studies that will collect DNA. One, planned by the University of California, San Francisco, would study causes of premature birth by combining gene tests with other data collected on the phones of expectant mothers. A different study would be led by Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.

Other...

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13:41
EU to probe market control of Facebook, Google,...

The European Commission is beginning a probe into how major technology companies such as Amazon, Facebook, and Google exploit their market power, a move that could potentially lead to new regulations, a report said on Tuesday.

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13:32
Apple’s Beats relaunch

Swedish music streamer Spotify has more to lose from Apple’s anticipated Beats Music revamp than its competition, according to new usage data, as iOS accounts for a majority of Spotify’s active users.

Apple really has to do this right. We’ve seen music services do big, splashy relaunches and users really don’t care—I really don’t care. There are some key points that Apple needs to take care of to beat out Spotify—if they don’t, it’s going to be a tough road ahead for them. Music is very important to Apple, there is no doubt about that, but they have to keep the focus and intensity on this that they’ve shown for their other products.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:15
The Week in Mac Apps: Keep your bookmarks all in one...

Apps for productivity, making a scrapbook, and more

This week’s Mac app roundup introduces Opus One, a calendar tool for the ultra-orgranized. Plus, we've got tools that help you manage your notes, keep tabs on your finances, and, when you’re ready to relax, write a song or two.

CircleIcons 1.1

Need pixel-perfect icons for your iOS, Mac, or Apple Watch app? Bayhoff’s $10 CircleIcons (Mac App Store Link) can lend a hand—this tool uses a set of simple rules that produce excellent icons designed to look at home on any device.

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13:12
Apple’s new retail chief Angela Ahrendts was the...

We found out earlier this year that Apple’s new retail chief, former Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts, made around $73 million in 2014 through her new position at the company. That made Ahrendts the highest paid female executive in the US last year, according to a new report from Bloomberg that puts her total earnings for 2014 somewhere closer to $82.6 million+:

The former chief executive officer of London-based fashion retailer...

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13:02
How-To: Understand and unlock Apple’s Mac and iPhone...

Decades ago, every electronic device was sealed with one of two types of screws: a minus-shaped Flat/Slot head, or a plus-shaped Phillips head. There was no concept — at least, for common consumer electronics — that average people shouldn’t be able to unscrew their gadgets and take them apart. And the only reason to have multiple Flat or Phillips head screwdrivers was to handle bigger or smaller screws.

Times have changed, and “security screws” have become increasingly common. Apple actually started using tamper-resistant screws in its Macs years ago, but when it added Pentalobe screws to the iPhone 4, the media took notice, and there was a brief public flare-up (actual sample headline: “Apple iPhone 4 Uses ‘Evil,’ Tamper-Proof Screws”). Despite initial frustration, however, the solution turned out to be simple: buy an inexpensive ...

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13:00
Make a video commercial for OWC, win a $12,000 dream...

Do you like making videos? Want to make a viral video commercial for Other World Computing that's about 30 to 60 seconds long and have a chance to win a grand prize worth over US$12,000? The good folks at OWC (over at MacSales.com) started taking entries last Friday for an amazing competition and you have until June 30, 2015 to submit your video. After that, the public has an opportunity to vote on their favorite video between July 7 and 31, and then the lucky winner and a runner-up will be announced on August 10, 2015.

What entrants need to do is create an ad between 30 and 60 seconds long that tells the world why OWC solutions are the key to unlocking true creative potential. There are three possible themes to guide you:

  • Everything is Possible
  • ...
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New 27-inch 3.3GHz 5K iMac in stock with free...
Adorama has the new 27″ 3.3GHz 5K iMac in stock today for $1999 including free shipping plus NY & NJ sales tax only. Adorama will include a free copy of Apple’s 3-year AppleCare Protection Plan. Read more
Memorial Day Weekend Sale: New 27-inch 3.3GHz...
Best Buy has the new 27″ 3.3GHz 5K iMac on sale for $1899.99 this weekend. Choose free shipping or free local store pickup (if available). Sale price for online orders only, in-store prices may vary... Read more
OtterBox Maximizes Portability, Productivity...
From the kitchen recipe book to the boarsroom presentation, the OtterBox Agility Tablet System turns tablets into one of the most versatile pieces of handheld technology available. Available now, the... Read more
Launch of New Car App Gallery and Open Develo...
Automatic, a company on a mission to bring the power of the Internet into every car, has announced the launch of the Automatic App Gallery, an app store for nearly every car or truck on the road... Read more
Memorial Day Weekend Sale: 13-inch 1.6GHz Mac...
Best Buy has the new 13″ 1.6GHz/128GB MacBook Air on sale for $849 on their online store this weekend. Choose free shipping or free local store pickup (if available). Sale price for online orders... Read more
Memorial Day Weekend Sale: 27-inch 3.5GHz 5K...
Best Buy has the 27″ 3.5GHz 5K iMac on sale for $2099.99 this weekend. Choose free shipping or free local store pickup (if available). Sale price for online orders only, in-store prices may vary.... Read more
Sale! 16GB iPad mini 3 for $349, save $50
B&H Photo has the 16GB iPad mini 3 WiFi on sale for $349 including free shipping plus NY sales tax only. Their price is $50 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest price available for this model. Read more
Price drop on 2014 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro...
B&H Photo has dropped prices on 2014 15″ Retina MacBook Pros by $200. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY sales tax only: - 15″ 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pro: $1799.99 save $200 - 15″ 2.5GHz... Read more
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Scratch Wireless, claiming to be the world’s first truly free mobile service, has announced the availability of a new Scratch-enabled Android smartphone, the Coolpad Arise. The smartphone is equipped... Read more
First-Ever Titanium Alloy Curved iPhone 6 Scr...
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*Apple* TV Live Streaming Frameworks Test En...
**Job Summary** Work and contribute towards the engineering of Apple 's state-of-the-art products involving video, audio, and graphics in Interactive Media Group (IMG) at Read more
*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions (US) - A...
Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, you're also the Read more
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**Job Summary** The Apple Pay partner marketing team is looking for a marketing manager to develop and drive US marketing programs with our merchant partners. The right Read more
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