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Apple retains US smartphone lead as LG reports...

Apple's iPhone was again the top smartphone in the U.S. market for the third quarter of 2015, according to analytics firm comScore, but Korean company LG was the only manufacturer to enjoy sequential gains.

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‘Shot on iPhone 6’ photographers surprised with...

Apple’s Shot on iPhone ad campaign was largely deemed a huge success, with the campaign taking home the top prize at the Cannes Grand Prix festival over the summer. Separately, a photo featured in the campaign won its own Cannes Lions award. Now, Apple is rewarding those photographers who had their iPhone-shot pictures featured in the campaign.

Apple today has surprised Shot on iPhone photographers with physical photo books featuring the images featured in the campaign. Participants in the ad campaign are receiving packages with the photo book, as well as a pair of plain white gloves, presumably meant to wear while the handle the cloth photo books. The books are all white and titled “The Gallery.”

One photographer who received a book, Brendan Ó Sé, of Cork, Ireland, said the books...

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Apple's Eddy Cue talks over-the-top Apple TV...

In newly released footage of Eddy Cue's recent interview with CNNMoney, the Apple exec offered a few more details about the company's vision for the living room, specifically discussing the role apps will play in freeing consumers from traditional viewing habits.

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Apple's iPad Pro up for preorder at MacMall...

After Sam's Club spilled the beans on Apple's iPad Pro release date earlier on Friday, authorized reseller MacMall is now showing preorder availability for the big-screen slate expected to ship on Nov. 13, complete with early-bird discounts.

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Eddy Cue on Apple TV: Customers Should Be Able to...

Apple executive Eddy Cue sat down with CNN senior correspondent Brian Stelter last week for a two-part interview about the new Apple TV, describing the fourth-generation device as an "add-on for most people," since content providers such as ABC, CNN and WatchESPN still require authenticating with a cable or satellite TV subscription.

Eddy Cue's interview with CNNMoney about the new Apple TV last week

CNNMoney has now shared a few additional comments Cue made about Apple's rumored streaming TV service. Specifically, Cue said the new Apple TV could support whole cable packages from content providers such as Comcast, but he refused to elaborate much further, beyond alluding that Apple wants...

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Apple sends 'Shot on iPhone 6'...

In a thank you to photographers whose pictures were used as part of Apple's "Shot on iPhone 6" ad campaign, the company is sending out special coffee table books containing a page-by-page collection of selected works and their respective installations seen on outdoor billboards around the world.

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Now Facebook Users Can Tell Their Music Stories

Facebook on Thursday announced Music Stories, a feature in its iPhone app that lets users post links to music they like with comments. Clicking the link will launch a 30-second preview of the music, which is streamed from either Apple Music or Spotify. Listeners then can purchase the music from the service or save it to their account there. Facebook plans to add other streaming services to the feature. There was no word on whether it will offer Music Stories in its Android or Windows Phone apps.

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MacMall already has iPad Pros on sale with modest $...

From 9to5Toys.com:

iPads officially go on sale next week and AppleCare training started today but Apple reseller MacMall is the first US retailer advertising offering the iPad Pro and they’ve already marked prices down modestly $12/SKU.   MacMall, unlike Apple, takes Paypal and only collects sales tax in CA, NY, IL, WI, MN, CO, TN, NC and GA which can save a significant bit of change.

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Eddy Cue talks Apple’s rumored web TV service &...

CNN Money has today shared the second part of its interview with Apple SVP Eddy Cue. In the first part of the interview, shared last week, Cue noted of how the Apple TV has graduated from the “hobby” stage and sold more than 20 million units. While sales of the new fourth-gen box are unclear at this point, Cue did hint at some future features come to the device in part two of the interview, as well as  Apple’s ultimate goal with the tvOS platform.

The current state of cable TV, as CNN notes, is in somewhat of a disastrous and outdated state. Cue, however,...

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Google buys iOS video app maker Fly Labs to boost...

Google on Friday announced plans to bolster its Google Photos team with the purchase of Fly Labs, developers behind four iOS apps for making quick video edits on the go.

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Apple now has 32 percent of the streaming TV...

One week after the fourth-generation Apple TV went on sale, Apple now has a bigger share of the market than Amazon, Roku, and Google according to Slice Intelligence. With the addition of the new Apple TV, Apple has the largest share of the streaming TV hardware market, at 31 percent, followed closely by Amazon, at 28 percent.

Among those who had purchased a TV streaming device over the past two years, most of them bought an Apple TV. However, the vast majority had not bought an Apple set-top box, Roku, Chromecast, or Fire TV during this period. The research group — which bases its data on his panel of three-million-plus online shoppers — also notes that:

While the average person who buys an Apple product spends $788 per year on Apple gear, those who bought the latest Apple TV spent $1,161 in the same period....

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AWT News Update: November 6, 2015

Lots of fun Apple news for a Slow News Friday®:

  • The Apple TV is now the leader in the streaming TV hardware market
  • Rumors -- could Faraday Future actually be Apple, Inc?
  • Instagram testing 3D Touch-able ads

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Introducing the Shopping Category

The new Shopping category is now available in all 155 App Store territories. This category makes it easy for iPhone and iPad users to find and enjoy apps that enhance the shopping experience—including mobile commerce apps, marketplace apps, coupon apps, and apps that incorporate Apple Pay. You can select the Shopping category for your new apps and app updates in iTunes Connect. To learn more about assigning categories for your apps, read App Store Product Page.

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Introducing the Shopping Category

The new Shopping category is now available in all 155 App Store territories. This category makes it easy for iPhone and iPad users to find and enjoy apps that enhance the shopping experience—including mobile commerce apps, marketplace apps, coupon apps, and apps that incorporate Apple Pay. You can select the Shopping category for your new apps and app updates in iTunes Connect. To learn more about assigning categories for your apps, read App Store Product Page.

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Notable apps and app updates for November 6, 2015

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

iOS Apps/Updates

Ahh, it's finally Friday. Time to sit back, relax, and perhaps enjoy a frosty brew (insert warning to drink responsibly here...). So let's get a little silly and look at some beer-related apps for your iOS devices. 

First up is the best -- and maybe only -- beer social network, Untappd (free). It's a check-in network for anyone who enjoys beer, giving you a way to search for local craft beers and bars, and what beers are recommended. You can track all of the beers you try, rate them, take photos, and send 'em to your friends. The more you try different beers and locations, the more badges you can...

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Opinion: With Apple TV 4’s open app platform, some...

While the new fourth-generation Apple TV advances Apple’s entertainment box in many areas including universal search, Siri  input and a whole App Store for the first time, much of week one with Apple TV 4 has been about what you lose when moving from Apple TV 2 or 3.

The list is uncomfortably packed for a device that had three years to advance since its predecessor hit the market: missing Bluetooth keyboard and iPhone/iPad Remote app support for easier text input, Apple Watch’s built-in Remote app doesn’t recognize it yet, the Podcasts app hasn’t moved over, and the Photos app is exactly the same (no iCloud Photo Library) despite the newer iCloud Music Library feature making the cut for Apple Music.

There’s also the oddity of each channel being pre-installed on older Apple TVs while new Apple TVs ship with only iTunes, Music, and Photos apps installed. If I were gifting a family member a new Apple TV...

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Rumor claims new electric car maker Faraday Future...

A mysterious electric car maker called Faraday Future -- backed by large resources -- could be a front for Apple, a report speculated on Friday.

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FunBITS: Preparing for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Star Wars fans are champing at the bit for the first new Star Wars movie in a decade. Managing Editor and Star Wars fan Josh Centers explains how you can scratch your Star Wars itch with your Apple devices.


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No Time to Respond to Email? Let Google Do It

Google this week unveiled Smart Reply for Gmail on iOS and Android. It uses machine intelligence and neural networks to suggest up to three possible responses for incoming email, based on the content of those emails. The system learns from users' responses to suggestions to fine-tune its offerings. It has a repository of 20,000 Smart Replies that will continue to grow with time, said Google spokesperson Emma Ogiemwanye. Smart Reply will be available in English in Google Play and Apple's App Store.

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Instagram reportedly testing ads with 3D Touch...

Instagram is reportedly testing new ads that will take full advantage of being integrated with Apple’s platforms including the new 3D touch pressure sensitive touchscreen feature and its payments service Apple Pay, Digiday reports.

The integration of Apple Pay and 3D Touch, a new feature introduced with the iPhone 6s that allows pressure sensitive touchscreen interactions, is reportedly being tested as an expansion of Instagram’s recently launched “Shop Now” feature:

It has even run tests with restaurants to sell menu items right from the Instagram feed, without the need to click off the app’s main feed, said an ad agency source familiar with the test.

Some of the shopping tests incorporate features like Apple’s force touch screen feature, which lets consumers apply pressures in their clicks to...

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Hacked Apple TV runs native tvOS browser

That didn't take long.

Dutch developer jvanakker hacked the new Apple TV to run a native tvOS web browser. Here's Apple's website on the fourth-generation Apple TV:

Sadly, this app wouldn't be allowed on the tvOS App Store since it uses a private API based on Apple's UIWebView class. The browser, which can be looked at as an interesting proof of concept, lets users scroll through pages with the Siri Remote, with a press on the center of the touch surface bringing up a cursor for clicking. 

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The Week in iOS Apps: Google wants to know: Who...

Who's Down?

This week’s roundup includes a new invite-only app from Google that lets you and your friends know “Who’s Down” for some fun. Read on!


Chatbaka is pitched as a safe way to send SMS messages while you’re driving: Just open the app, hit the “record” button, dictate your text, and send it. The message is sent as both text and voice recording. Question: Do you need this app when you’ve already got Siri? Chatbaka’s developers hope so: The latest release includes new features to more easily shift the app into “drive mode” and to choose chat recipients.

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Korean High Court Dismisses Case against Apple for...

Late yesterday it was reported that an appeals court ruled against South Korean iPhone users who filed a damages suit against Apple for collecting their location information...

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Apple might enable your iPhone with a secret way to...

If you carry around sensitive information on your iPhone, you could soon have one less reason to panic.

This week Business Insider reported that Apple has filed a patent to activate “panic mode” when unlocking your iPhone using a designated finger. Once your iPhone is unlocked using the secret panic mode method, the device would automatically limit access to personal information, reset the device altogether or activate preset actions.

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Hydration made easy with WaterMinder for iOS

One of the big health tips that's been going around for the past few years is to drink more water. A surprising number of us go around in a slightly dehydrated state, which can cause a number of issues. Drinking more water can keep your stomach feeling full and keep you from snacking, help keep your skin more supple, prevent infections and kidney stones, and more. The problem is that it's hard to remember to keep drinking water. That's where WaterMinder for iOS (US$1.99) comes in handy.

After loading and launching the app on your iPhone, you're asked if you wish to link it to the iOS Health app. If you do, it will also ask if you with to share information from and to the Health app. Your age, weight, gender and other information will be automatically entered into WaterMinder, at which point it creates a target goal for you in terms of ounces of water to drink per day....

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Apple singles out shopping apps in new iOS App Store...

Apple added a new Shopping category to the iOS App Store on Friday to collect mobile banking, marketplace and coupon apps -- including those that accept Apple Pay -- in one easy to browse location.

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10 Days Only: Free AppleCare & Free Apple...

In an effort to best last year's holiday deals, AI one of Apple's authorized resellers are teaming up to offer Free AppleCare, a Free Apple SuperDrive, and cash discounts on a handful of Late-2015 15" MacBook Pros (including both key retail configurations), or a Free Apple Super Drive and up to 80% off AppleCare with the remainder of the 15" MacBook Pro lineup.

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Is Apple positioning Apple Music’s Connect as Vevo/...

It’s no secret that Apple has had a hand in producing video and other content for artists since launching its new Apple Music streaming service. While we’ve known it has been hosting videos for artists using its own video player inside Apple Music, Apple quietly started adding an embed button to the video player that takes it out of Apple Music and makes it sharable across the rest of the web. The feature is notable for a few reasons and could mean big things to come for Apple, video, and its relationship with YouTube and other competitive music and video services…

The new sharing option began appearing sometime in recent weeks as new videos from Drake and the company’s latest Apple Music ad featuring Kenny Chesney included an embed button on Apple’s usual video player. It’s currently hidden,...

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New Apple TV hacked to run makeshift Safari browser

A new YouTube video (embedded below) showing the first browser designed for the new Apple TV has been published. The app uses a private API to render web content, so it’s not likely you’ll be seeing it on the App Store any time soon, but the project is open source and can be downloaded by anyone.

The browser takes advantage of the Siri Remote bundled with the new Apple TV hardware to navigate websites. Pressing the glass surface on the remote switches between two modes.

The first allows the user to scroll by flicking the glass, while the other mode displays an arrow that can be moved freely around the...

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Instagram testing next-gen ads leveraging Apple...

Facebook-owned Instagram is reportedly testing ads that exploit two of Apple's most recent technologies, 3D Touch and Apple Pay, as part of a broader effort to reap more cash from the photo-sharing service. [Updated with Instagram denial]

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Apple launches new Shopping category in the App...

Apple has enabled a new category on the iOS App Store designed to help shoppers find apps for specific retailers. The Shopping category is now rolling out worldwide and includes apps from companies including Apple, Target, eBay. and Groupon.

As the inclusion of these apps demostrates, the section can be used to track down not only products, but also deals, coupons, and auctions. Previously such apps were grouped into the Lifestyle section, which wasn’t the best fit as that also included apps with a wide variety of purposes ranging from...

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iOS App Store Gains New 'Shopping' Category

Apple will be updating the iOS App Store today to introduce a new Shopping category that will allow iOS users to better find shopping-related apps. According to TechCrunch the Shopping category will be available to users worldwide and will encompass apps that offer shopping, auctions, price comparisons, coupons, product reviews, and more, transitioning them from the existing Lifestyle category to the new less noisy category.

Apple plans to use the Shopping category to highlight apps that support Apple Pay, its mobile payments service. Many apps now include Apple Pay integration, letting users pay for merchandise with a finger on the Touch ID fingerprint button on supported devices.

The new App Store category will include launch with several different collections of shopping apps,...

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Apple's iPad Pro pegged for Friday, Nov. 13...

Apple's jumbo-sized iPad Pro is set to launch in one week, on next Friday, Nov. 13, according to retail chain Sam's Club, which has begun accepting preorders on its website.

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Sam's Club Begins Taking iPad Pro Pre-Orders,...

Popular warehouse chain Sam's Club has started accepting pre-orders for Apple's iPad Pro on its website, and has listed a release date of Friday, November 13 for the device. Sam's Club began advertising the iPad Pro in emails sent out to members this morning.

Sam's Club is accepting pre-orders for the 32 and 128GB Wi-Fi iPad Pro models in Space Gray, Silver, and Gold, but it is not selling the 128GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model. Sam's Club is also selling the device at a slight discount, pricing the two models at $787 for 32GB and $937 for 128GB, compared to Apple's pricing of $799 and $949.

Previous rumors suggested the iPad Pro would launch on Wednesday, November 11, but Friday, November 13 perhaps makes more sense as November 11 is Veterans Day in the United...

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New Apple TV Hacked to Run Native tvOS Web Browser

Dutch developer jvanakker has hacked the new Apple TV to run a native tvOS web browser using a private API based on Apple's UIWebView class, sharing the code on GitHub as a fork of developer Steven Troughton-Smith's tvOSBrowser project. The demo video below shows Apple's website running on the fourth-generation box.

The simplistic tvOS web browser allows you to scroll through pages with the Siri Remote, and pressing the center of the touch surface brings up a cursor for clicking. Pressing the Menu button returns you to the previous page, while the Play/Pause button allows you to input URLs, according to GitHub.

Apple does not allow Apple TV apps to have UIWebViews, so this web browser would not be approved on the tvOS App Store, but the project is a good proof of concept. Apple TV users interested in...

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Carbon Copy Cloner: What’s your plan when your Mac’s...

Thanks to Carbon Copy Cloner for sponsoring The Loop this week. What’s your plan when your Mac’s hard drive dies? Plan ahead and get back to work in minutes with a Carbon Copy Cloner bootable backup. CCC—the app that saves your bacon.

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Roundup: The best apps and games for the new Apple TV

The Apple TV has been available for a week now and the tvOS App Store is estimated to include over 1,000 apps, with more coming online every day. There’s a pretty good selection of titles, with a heavy focus on gaming. Developers are still figuring out how to use the touchpad Siri Remote in interesting and new ways but the initial launch is promising for sure. We’ve rounded up our favourite apps and games for the new Apple TV so far …

Top Apps And Games For The New Apple TV
Battle Supremacy: Evolution

My current favorite Apple TV game, Battle Supremacy: Evolution. You play as a transforming mecha unit and speed through beautiful-scenery like futuristic cityscapes, mountains and more. The vehicle can swap between being a tank, a drone or an airplane and...

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Rumor: iPad Pro to arrive in stores on Friday, Nov....

Sources tell Apple World Today that the iPad Pro will be in stores on Friday, Nov. 13, instead of Wednesday, Nov. 11, as previously rumored. Actually, stores will have the super-sized tablets on hand the 11th, but won’t release them to consumers until the 13th, says our source.

The new date aligns with Apple’s convention, and the fact that new Apple products generally go on sale on Fridays. Pricing for the iPad Pro starts at $799 for the 32GB with Wi-Fi model and $1,079 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular 128GB model. The iPad Pro comes in three metallic finishes including silver, gold and space gray.

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A new Skype for Business look for Lync Room Systems!

In March 2015, we announced that Microsoft Lync has been rebranded as Skype for Business, bringing the familiar and well-loved Skype experience to the workplace, combined with the trusted enterprise-grade Lync platform.

We are happy to announce that Lync Rooms Systems will be updated with the Skype for Business experience. On November 10, we are rolling out a Cumulative Update to all existing Crestron, Polycom and SMART Lync Room Systems, updating the user interface (UI) and branding to Skype for Business. The Cumulative Update will either be applied automatically, or manually, depending on the policy set by the IT admin. The update does not change the functionality, but users will see a sleeker, darker design theme, attuned to large-screen viewing.

Let’s take a look at the new user interface.

The image below shows the pre-meeting calendar UI on the console. The console, positioned at the center of the meeting room table, is used to control the meeting room...

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iPad 2 still most used iPad model, early adoption...

iPad 2 was still the most commonly-used iPad in October, despite the numerous other models shipped since 2011, according to a study published on Friday by analytics firm Localytics.

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: Apple Watch pre-owned from $...

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Rename An iOS Device Using Apple Configurator

Apple Configurator 2 can rename iOS devices. To use Apple Configurator to rename a device, first plug it into a Mac running Apple Configurator 2.

From Apple Configurator, right-click on the device and choose Device Name… from the Modify menu.

At the “Rename device” screen, enter a new name for the device and click on Rename.

Alternatively, you can use the (+) menu to choose variables to use during the renaming process. Here, you can choose to base a name on a Serial number, the Number, the device Type, or the Capacity of the device.


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Opinion: Apple rumors can be valuable forecasts of...

Theo Levey’s early iPhone 6 render wasn’t perfect, but it was usefully close

Reporting on future Apple products isn’t easy — it’s actually one of the biggest challenges in the world of technology journalism. Back in April 2011, The Verge’s predecessor (This Is My Next) ran a much-discussed report on the “iPhone 5,” which was claimed to be teardrop-shaped, with an enlarged, gesture-sensitive Home Button, and a bezel-less 3.7″ screen. NFC, inductive charging, and a speaker and sensors hidden behind the screen were also said to be possibilities for the new iPhone. Not surprisingly, the report lit up the Internet, generating a lot of attention (and over 500 comments) for a fledgling web site. Though some people were skeptical, accessory makers...

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Dear first-generation sex robot ...

A life-size rubber doll named Roxxxy is on display during the Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010.

Computer Love is a semi-regular column exploring the weird world of human sexuality in the 21st century.

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Some users complain of Touch ID slowness,...

This is why bug fixes exist.

An increasing number of reports have surfaced stating that iPhones running iOS 9.1 are experiencing Touch ID problems wherein Touch ID has become slow or unreliable.

The complaints are similar: users running iOS 9.1 find Touch ID either refuses to recognise a user’s fingerprint, has become highly unreliable or doesn’t even register a fingerprint pressed against it. Users have tried hard resets (holding in the power and home button for 10 seconds) and complete factory resets without any success.

The issue appears to be affecting a small number of users, but harkens back to issues with Apple’s iOS 8.0.1 update last year...

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Instagram reportedly testing ads that use 3D Touch...

Instagram ads have been around for some time now, but a new report claims the company is looking to boost the in-app shopping experience. According to Digiday, the photo-sharing app is testing 3D Touch and Apple Pay support for those ads from compa...

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US must make next move on Safe Harbor

The European Union expects the U.S. to make the next move in negotiating a replacement for the Safe Harbor Agreement.

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Updated Apple Watch estimates place unit sales at...

The current guesstimate is that Apple has sold almost 7 million Apple Watch units since the device’s launch in late April, thereby trouncing competing smartwatch products from firms like Pebble, Samsung and Motorola.

This figure comes from analyst Daniel Matte of Canalys, who said that “After experiencing significant supply chain constraints early on, Apple managed to overcome its production struggles with the Apple Watch and is building momentum going into Q4.”

A Canalys estimate published in July suggested that the company had sold 4.2 million units in the June quarter. Apple hasn’t published any official data however, and other analysts have...

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iOS 9.2 to bring Arabic support to Siri following...

Last week, Apple seeded the first beta of the upcoming iOS 9.2 release to developers, and we’ve discovered that the new update will add support for Arabic in Siri. Apple previously built in the fundamental elements of understanding Arabic to iOS by adding Arabic support to the Keyboard Dictation and QuickType features in iOS 8 last year. Apple adding Arabic support to Siri follows up on Apple expanding its retail presence to the United Arab Emirates by opening up a pair of flagship stores in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

A local YouTube video shows off examples of...

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The inside story on getting an app in the Apple TV...

Matt Braun is an indie developer who busted his ass to get his game, SketchParty TV, up and running in time to be in the Apple TV app store in time for the day one rollout. Great story.

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Searching for Bollywood on the new Apple TV

Kathy Gibson gives some insight into searching for content on the Apple TV. Good read.

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Opinion: Five hardware lessons Apple could learn...

I know, it’s almost a blasphemous headline, and I can feel the comments system bracing itself for impact even before anyone has read a word of my arguments. Especially as Apple has engaged in lengthy lawsuits against Samsung for copying its own features.

But while Apple doesn’t blindly copy, it does learn from other companies, and it does so all the time. Indeed, you could say it’s one of the key things that sets Apple apart in the tech world: it doesn’t scrabble to be first to market with new technology. Apple instead sits back and watches, looks at what other companies do and then figures out how to create a better version.

Touch ID is a classic example. Fingerprint readers have been around forever in laptops, and Motorola put one into a smartphone – the Atrix – way back in 2011. But early fingerprint readers...

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How to power on and navigate your 4th-gen Apple TV...

With a compatible gaming controller, the new fourth-generation Apple TV can be used just like a traditional game console, powering on and navigating across the entire tvOS platform. Here's how it works.

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Macworld: Gaming on the Apple TV

Andrew Hayward, writing for MacWorld, digs into the gaming experience on the Apple TV. Worth reading.

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Cable CEO angry HBO hasn’t cracked down on streaming...

A subtle behind the scenes war between cable companies and HBO/Netflix, all over password sharing. Fascinating.

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The best wired exercise headphones

By Lauren Dragan

This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. Read the full article here.

After considering 145 sport-specific headphones and testing 82 of the best-reviewed and newest options, ou...

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Rumored A10 Production Win for TSMC Could Be Tied to...

According to a recent report from Taiwan's Commercial Times, via EE Times and a separate research report from KGI Securities' Ming-Chi Kuo, Taiwan-based TSMC may have won sole production rights on the A10 chip slated for the next-generation iPhone 7.

This is in contrast to the split production of the A9 processor between Samsung and TSMC featured in the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Apple's decision to revert back to TSMC as a single supplier, as was seen in A8 chip production, could be motivated by advanced device packaging techniques offered by TSMC that may not have equivalents in Samsung's packaging offerings.

The Commercial Times report mentions TSMC's integrated fan-out wafer-level packaging (InFO WLP) technology as one of the key inclusions in the production contract. InFO WLP is one of many...

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Use the old Apple TV remote with the new Apple TV

Kirk McElhearn tells you why you should be sure to keep your old remote around. Brilliant!

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The best game controllers for Apple TV

AfterPad takes a look at game controllers for your brand new Apple TV.

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Oh Samsung

Strange default behavior on the part of the Samsung Galaxy S4. Just odd.

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James Bond: World of Espionage offers awful,...

Free-to-play games often look appealing, but it’s difficult to know at a glance whether the business model is insidious and fun ruining, or reasonable and worth pumping a few bucks into. With Freemium Field Test, we’ll take a recent free-to-play iOS game, put it through its paces, and let you know if it’s really worth your time (and money).

With its daring stunts, explosive chase sequences, and tense shootouts, the James Bond film series is absolutely ripe for a video game adaptation—as the iconic GoldenEye 007 proved on the Nintendo 64 back in 1997. It seems logical that a game maker would seize the opportunity provided by this week’s release of Spectre to deliver a thrilling new interactive experience, but Glu Games’ World of Espionage for iOS isn’t exactly that. 

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For Tech-Savvy Teens and Tweens, TV and Music Still...

Although teens and tweens have more choices than ever when it comes to media activities, watching television and listening to music are their top preferences, according to a report Common Sense Media released this week. Among tweens, ages 8 to 12, watching TV was the top media activity, with nearly 62 percent saying they did it every day. For teens, ages 13 to 18, listening to music was the top media activity, with 66 percent of them saying they listend to music every day.

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The iPad Pro could reverse declining iPad sales...

Apple sold “only” 9.9 million iPads in its fiscal 2015 fourth quarter that ended Sept. 26. That’s down 10% from last quarter and down 20% year-over-year. However, the company says it remains optimistic about its tablet line and has high hopes for the upcoming iPad Pro. And new data from Gartner gives at least a bit of hope for a positive bump in tablet sales.

A survey by the research group found that 17 percent of consumer respondents in mature markets intend to buy a tablet in the next 12 months. The survey, which was conducted in May and June 2015, surveyed 19,000 consumers in the U.S., U.K., France, China, Brazil and India.

However, the survey found that less than one in five users in mature markets are planning to purchase or upgrade a tablet. The penetration of tablets has reached more than 66 percent of households in the U.S., with more than 25 percent of households having two or more tablets. Something...

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Apple contemplating huge campus of up to 4.15...

Nathan Donato-Weinstein, writing for the Silicon Valley Business Journal:

Apple Inc. and the city of San Jose are working toward a development agreement that would allow the Cupertino-based juggernaut to build a north San Jose campus of up to 4.15 million square feet, according to city records — an amount larger than Apple’s “spaceship” campus under construction in Cupertino.

Some thoughts on this purchase…

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Copy Big Update Files Between Apple Configurator 2...

One of the things that is awesome and sometimes frustrating about Apple Configurator is that when you do certain tasks, you end up updating the OS on devices. The reason this is awesome is that it allows you to centralize operations. The reason this can be frustrating is that if you’re on a limited bandwidth connection, you may find that you can’t do very basic tasks before downloading a large OS update. And if you’ve got a bunch of Apple Configurator workstations, and you are running a training session, this can get infinitely more annoying.

In these types of lab environments, you’re in luck. If you have an ipsw (the iOS OS update file), you can copy the file from ~/Library/Group\ Containers/K26BKF7T3D.group.com.apple.configurator/Library/Caches/Firmware/ onto another machine. To copy them onto a USB drive called bananarama for example, use the following command:

cp -R ~/Library/Library/Group\ Containers/K26BKF7T3D.group.com.apple.configurator/Library/Caches/Firmware...

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Survey: five percent of Japanese plan to buy iPad Pro

The iPad Pro is shaping up to be a hit in Japan. Five percent of Japanese consumers say they plan to buy Apple's super-sized tablet, according to a new survey by Mobile Marketing Data Lab (as noted by BrightWire.com, a global investment newswire).

When initially asked whether they're interested in a possible November release of the iPad Pro, 23.9 percent of 2,203 respondents said yes in the survey, which was conducted between Oct. 30 and Nov. 1. Sixty-two percent of respondents who plan to buy the iPad Pro said they like its design, and forty-nine percent said they like the larger display.

The iPad Pro will reportedly go on sale Nov. 11, although this hasn’t been confirmed by Apple. Pricing starts at $799 for the 32GB with Wi-Fi model and $1,079 for the Wi-Fi + Cellular 128GB model. The iPad Pro comes in three metallic finishes including silver, gold and space gray.

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An Apple Car may sport a digital license plate; here...

Add another hire to the list of folks Apple has scooped up, reportedly to build an Apple Car. According to Electrek, hired a veteran software engineer with an expertise in fleet management software and especially digital license plates. If so, and an Apple-built car is a success, it could help states make and save money.

Before going to work at Apple as a “Secret Agent” on “special projects” according to his LinkedIn profile, Rónán Braonáin was director of engineering at Reviver, a stealth startup working on what he called “the world’s first digital license plate.” Prior to his stint at Reviver, Braonáin spent five years as a software engineer at BMW before becoming chief technology officer at Vision Fleet, a company offering electric vehicle fleet management software and financing to businesses.

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Tony Fadell, Steve Jobs, and the early talks about...

Nest’s Tony Fadell talks about self driving cars and conversations with Steve Jobs about building a car back in 2008.

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AppleInsider podcast reviews the new Apple TV, talks...

On this week's all-new AppleInsider podcast, Neil, Mikey, and Victor discuss the new Apple TV. Neil talks about the latest "iPhone 7" rumors, Mikey reviews the 21.5-inch iMac, and we tackle listener questions.

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Plex is a must-have personal media server for the...

Plex — the all-in-one, network agnostic media sharing server — has come to the new Apple TV via the tvOS App Store. Though the set-up process is a little com-Plex (snicker), this is a great solution for streaming your own media to just about any device you own. 

Plex comes in two versions. A free version of the media server software, and a $4.99 version called Plex Pass (more on that in a moment). Plex — even the free version — gives you one simple interface to organize all of your media: your movie and TV collection, your music library, and all of your photos and home videos. 

The media sharing platform also adds descriptions, plot summaries, posters, and album covers. It also pulls in information from the Web, including Rotten Tomatoes ratings, related content, trailers and more. The app also supports advanced search options allowing those with larger personal libraries to search by actor, director and genre, among others. Music receives similar treatment with...

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Knowledge Miner releases Insights 4.0 for OS X

KnowledgeMiner Software has released Insights 4.0, an update to its Mac OS X (10.10 or higher) application that implements original, self-learning modeling algorithms for development of reliable predictive models from data.

With ready-to-use Python and Objective-C source code implementation of developed models into web, iOS, or OS X development projects, Insights 4.0 takes cost and time-to-deploy measures to a new level of applicability and value for academic users and app developers, according to the folks at KnowledgeMiner.

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Ditch the man purse, go with the RFID Travel Vest...

Traveling with all my gadgets — such as an iPad Air, iPhone 6s Plus,, and more — once meant I carried a "man purse." No more. Now I travel hands-free thanks to the $135 RFID Travel Vest for Men from Scottevest. 

Yep, hands-free even though I often travel with LOTS of gadgets. I recently went to a meeting with my iPad Air, iPhone, 27-inch iMac, and more packed into my Travel Vest. Just kidding about the iMac. However, watching someone remove the maximum number of devices and accessories that you can pack into the vest is like watching a dozen clowns clamor out of a teeny "clown car."

How many pockets does the Travel Vest boast? Twenty-six. There are dedicated pockets for an iPhone, iPad, digital camera, keys, a water bottle, travel documents, USB/Bluetooth device, eyeglasses/sunglasses (replete with a cleaning cloth on an elastic cord), and more. What's more, the Travel Vest...

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Pebble Time Round starts shipping Sunday, on sale in...

Pebble has announced that its first circular smartwatch, the Pebble Time Round, will begin shipping on 8th November, and will be available in Best Buy and Target the same day, priced at $249.99. The watch offers significantly less functionality than the Apple Watch, but a much longer battery-life thanks to its always-on color e-paper display.

This Sunday marks the debut of the world’s lightest and thinnest smartwatch at Best Buy and Target stores in the US, giving customers a chance to see and feel Pebble Time Round in-person. Pebble Time Round will also be available online at Amazon.com, BestBuy.com, Target.com, and Pebble.com.


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Growing reports of Touch ID unlocks being slow or...

There have been an increasing number of reports from iPhone users running iOS 9.1 that Touch ID is proving slow or unreliable. The issue was first spotted by Forbes earlier this week.

The complaints are similar: users running iOS 9.1 find Touch ID either refuses to recognise a user’s fingerprint, has become highly unreliable or doesn’t even register a fingerprint pressed against it. Users have tried hard resets (holding in the power and home button for 10 seconds) and...

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24U rolls out 24U Toolbox Plug-In 2.0

FileMaker solutions provider, 24U Software (http://www.24usoftware.com/), has announced 24U Toolbox Plug-In 2.0, an update to their data processing extension for FileMaker Pro 13. 2

4U Toolbox Plug-In is designed to help FileMaker developers in their daily work by providing a toolbox of the most commonly needed simple but powerful functions. Version 2.0 brings full 64-bit support for FileMaker Pro with improved stability on server, as well as a better registration interface.

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Apple is number 32 on the ‘Top 50 Most Useful Brands...

T3, an independent creative agency, has revealed the results of their Useful Brand study, designed to identify what consumers currently find most useful about brands. As hard as it it to believe, Apple only ranked 32 in the top 50 list.

Ben Gaddis, chief innovation officer at T3, says the Useful Brand study sought to determine how brands can work to close this gap and who is currently doing it best. A panel of 5,500 consumers was interviewed for this first Useful Brand study. The study culminated in what T3 refers to as the Useful Brand Score, which is like a FICO score for brand usefulness. The Useful Brand Score is specifically designed to develop a more comprehensive business solution for brands—as opposed to a singular element such as just marketing, service or operations.

T3 found 14 different, specific expectations that brands must address in order to be considered...

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Kool Tools: Spyder charging solution for smartphones...

Spyder Digital Research’s (www.spyderstyle.com) Commuter is a 3-in-1 universal battery charger that combines a wall charger, car charger and internal battery pack into a single device for convenience. It’s handy for travel, the minimalistic and compact design eliminates the need for multiple devices, cables and accessories and is optimal for on-the-go power, featuring:

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Tablet owners like their data plans

 The share of customers who purchase tablets with mobile data plans is on the rise due to their ability to stay continuously connected to the Internet, and satisfaction among these customers is higher than those with Wi-Fi only connections, according to new data from J.D. Power.

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Thursday November 5

Apple Watch now available in India as the country...

As expected, Apple Watch is now available for purchase in India. The launch of the device comes a month after Apple made its iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus available in the country. In India, Apple Watch is available from Apple’s official retail channels and starts at Rs 30,900.

Both the 38mm and 42mm models of the device are available in India. You can purchase Apple Watch in Gold, Rose Gold, Space Gray, Silver Anodized Aluminium; polished Silver or Space Black stainless steel, and 18-Carat Rose Gold and Yellow Gold (via...

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Apple Watch launches in India with 40 available...

Apple Watch hit store shelves in India on Friday with 40 different size, model and strap combinations available to consumers starting at 30,900 rupees (about $470), a huge premium over identical versions sold elsewhere.

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Apple Wages Battle To Keep App Store Malware-Free

alphadogg writes: Apple is facing growing challenges keeping suspicious mobile applications out of its App Store marketplace. Over the last two months, researchers have found thousands of apps that could have potentially stolen data from iOS devices. Apple has removed some of affected apps since it was alerted by security companies. But the problems threaten to taint the App Store's years-long reputation as being high quality and malware free.


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Google looking for chip partners to enable Android...

Google has plans for series of chips it wants to co-develop with hardware partners to help standardize Android and make it more computationally competitive with Apple. However, the effort is considered a long shot by people in the chip industry.

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Apple again breaks Touch ID for some iPhone and iPad...

A number of iPhone and iPad owners are reporting Touch ID fingerprint recognition and stability issues after updating to the latest version of iOS 9, problems similar to those that cropped up in iOS 8.

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The Week in iPhone Cases: iLuv's Jstyle Gala...

... plus, a handful of wallet cases, and more!

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases features new wooden cases from Carved and DODOcase, leather shells from Toffee and DragonSkin, and much more.


The Traveler (iPhone 6/6s and 6 Plus/6s Plus; $24 to $56) combines a hand-finished wood cover with a polycarbonate shell.

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Apple hire suggests work on advanced EV software,...

Adding fuel to the Apple Car rumor bonfire, Apple this summer hired an automotive engineer with vast experience in the electric vehicle industry, and who most recently worked at a company called Reviver, self-proclaimed creators of the world's first "digital license plate."

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Apple Hires Engineer From Digital License Plate...

One of Apple's recent hires is Rónán Ó Braonáin, who previously served as Director of Engineering at Reviver, a company that makes digital license plates. Braonáin joined the company in August, and as seen on his LinkedIn page, he's working on Apple Special Projects as a "Secret Agent." Presumably that means he's part of the team working on Project Titan, the codename for the Apple Car.

The profile, discovered by Electrek.co, says Braonáin led the Reviver engineering team for five months. Before that, he worked at Vision Fleet, building fleet management software to read data from electric vehicles, and prior to that, he was a software engineer at BMW working on connected car apps.

Reviver has produced Slate, a product dubbed "The World's First Digital...

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Three new malware strains infect 20k apps,...

A new adware scourge injecting itself into popular apps such as Facebook and Twitter is also "virtually impossible to uninstall," requiring infected users to replace their phones. Because it only affects users of Google's open-store Android app model, the device replacement requirement may accelerate the trend of users switching to iOS.

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Recent hire hints at ‘digital license plates’ for...

Original story from Electrek.

Digital license plates are a relatively new concept that could open up the transport industry to an array of new features. Beyond the Big Brother-like properties the implementation of the technology could enable, like location tracking or alerts for expired registrations, it could also greatly facilitate fleet management and transfer of ownership – things that are crucial for the future of mobility to embrace autonomous driving and ride-sharing.

We learned that among Apple’s hundreds of recent hires with automotive experience, the company hired a veteran software engineer...

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AWT News Update: November 5, 2015

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Rumors, we've got 'em. Also some news!

  • The second public beta of OS X 10.11.2 is out
  • Facebook wants you to tell Music Stories to your friends
  • Rumors say that Apple's next iPhone will still have a Home button

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New guesstimate puts total Apple Watch shipments at...

According to a new estimate by research firm Canalys, Apple has sold nearly 7 million Apple Watch units since the product launched in late April, blowing past competing smartwatch products from the likes of Pebble, Samsung and Motorola.

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Mini-review: Test driving a fully loaded, $4,000 27-...

The 5K iMac on a desk.

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A couple of weeks back, we took a look at the new 21.5-inch 4K iMac. It’s a solid desktop with a great screen, though its default configuration leaves something to be desired (particularly its slow 5400RPM hard drive).

If you really ask a lot of your computing equipment, though, there’s still no substitute for the 27-inch 5K version. More divides the small and large iMacs than ever before: the 27-inch versions include new...

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Google drone delivery, Tesla Autopilot, ISS birthday...

On The Wrap this week Google plans to deliver packages by drone, Tesla takes back Autopilot features and the ISS turns 15.

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Notable apps and app updates for November 5, 2015

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

iOS Apps/Updates

Especially here in the dry Southwest United States, we just don't get enough water into our systems to keep us properly hydrated. Fixing that problem is the idea behind WaterMinder! (US$1.99), a universal app with an Apple Watch companion. WaterMinder! makes it simple to get reminders to drink enough water, keep tabs during the day on your progress, and even store a history through the Apple Health app. Check out those Apple Watch screens (and even a Watch complication) at the top of this post.

Now that you're properly hydrated, keep yourself amused with the...

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Apple's iPhone is the Top Brand Choice for Gift...

It's being reported today that in the September quarter, Samsung and Apple models represented 66% of all smartphones sold in the US ...

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Live-Action Trailer Hypes Fallout 4 Release

Bethesda on Thursday released a preview trailer for its postapocalyptic video game Fallout 4. The game will be released worldwide next week for Microsoft Windows and Xbox One as well as the Sony PlayStation 4. Despite the title, it's actually the fifth major installment in the series and follows 2010's Fallout: Las Vegas. Bethesda has pulled out all the stops, including cross promotions, to build excitement for the release. A collector's edition, complete with a life-size wearable "Pip-Boy" computer, was announced earlier this year.

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Google’s note capturing iOS app ‘Keep’ adds widget...

Google’s iPhone and iPad note capturing app is out with a feature update today in the latest version. Keep users can now add an app widget to the Today view in Notification Center for capturing material in the app from anywhere with a swipe down.

iOS users can also add a new Keep extension using the latest update for sending websites and other information to Keep without opening it and leaving the app you’re already in. Finally, the new version lets Keep users copy notes with Google Docs for the first time.

Google Keep lets you capture notes using labels and colors as well as photography and images on-the-go. Keep also supports capturing voice memos and making lists that backup and sync to your Google account. The new iOS widget lets you jump right into the app to create new note, lists, photos, and voice memos.

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Rumor claims Apple ordering Synaptics LCD parts amid...

For its 2016 iPhone models, Apple is reportedly placing LCD driver orders with Synpatics because of delays with in-house work on merging touch and display components.

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Apple TV App Store adds Categories for better app...

It seems like every day Apple TV is adding new ways so you won’t spend your afternoon browsing endlessly through the App Store looking for the right app.

On Thursday, Apple TV owners noticed it’s easier to browse through apps on the tvOS App Store with the addition of Categories. Well, just two categories to be exact, Games and Entertainment. Earlier this week, the App Store introduced Top Charts featuring top paid, top free, and top grossing apps.

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Episode 070 at the MVP Summit—Office 365 Developer...

In this episode, Jeremy Thake talks to Paul Schaeflien, Elio Struyf and Waldek Mastykarz about the MVP Summit.


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Satechi Type-C USB Hub adds ports, flexibility to 12...

Satechi Type-C USB Hub. Photo ©2015 Steven Sande

Although the 12-inch Retina MacBook is the only Apple product that currently uses the Type-C USB port, there are a surprising number of accessories being launched to make the little laptop a lot more usable. Today we're looking at the Satechi Type-C USB Hub (US$39.99 MSRP, available on Amazon for $34.99 -- affiliate link). 


My first surprise came when I saw the box that the Type-C USB Hub came in; this thing is quite small, just 3.25 x 0.9 x 0.3 inches and weighing just 0.6 ounces (15 grams). There's just one USB Type-C connector on it, and that plugs into the MacBook. The hub comes in three different finishes; silver, gunmetal, and gold. 

The second surprise was just how much is packed into something the size of small pack of gum. There are three USB 3.0 ports to connect to your favorite accessories,...

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Review: Zolt’s Laptop Charger Plus is a 3-in-1...

When Zolt announced the Laptop Charger Plus ($100) at CES this year, I was skeptical that the accessory — a practical, logical power solution — would actually make it to market. Zolt promised that it would work with any laptop, including Macs with MagSafe connectors, and at that point, zero third-party MagSafe accessories were available to purchase. But a week ago, a company called Beaver sent us Quarter, the first MagSafe-based battery pack and car charger. And now Zolt is sending out review samples of the finished Laptop Charger Plus, complete with both MagSafe 1 and MagSafe...

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Email archiving—5 reasons why this is the best email...

Whether you work in the corporate world or not, you probably send and receive multiple emails every day. It’s a fast, convenient way to communicate with peers, colleagues, clients, friends and family. Of course, email is an extremely popular communication tool for companies—in part because of its ability to document conversations and serve as a searchable repository of information.

In fact, studies suggest that three-fourths of an organization’s intellectual property is contained within email and messaging systems. That means it’s important to protect this data and not just send it to the trash. But keeping that much information can overload your company’s storage servers.

So what’s the best solution?

Email archiving is nothing new. The tool has been around for years—so why don’t more companies use it? Here are five benefits to using an email...

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You can finally rack up loyalty points in Apple Pay...

Apple Pay began to support store loyalty cards with the rollout of iOS 9 and Apple’s replacement for Passbook, called Wallet. But while you could theoretically use store cards when you tapped your phone or Apple Watch to pay, there were no chains yet on board until today. Walgreens said Thursday it was the first to integrate its loyalty program with Apple Pay, so you can rack up Balance Rewards points for drugstore purchases.

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Facebook now plays songs from Apple Music and...

Earlier this year, we dispelled the rumors that Facebook might be building its own music streaming service. Now we have more details about a partnership—not a rivalry—that has been in the works.

On Thursday, Facebook announced Music Stories, a new feature that lets Facebook users share a 30-second song clip from Apple Music or Spotify directly in their News Feeds using the Facebook iOS app. Now any song clip you share from those streaming services will generate a playable widget with album art and a link to listen to the full track on Apple Music or Spotify.

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Instagram Shows Off Collections in New Curated Video...

Instagram last week began offering packaged videos tied to topical events, starting with a stream of video content to celebrate Halloween. In launching a curated content initiative, Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, is following in the steps of Snapchat and Twitter. Snapchat launched Live Stories in June, and Twitter introduced a feature called Moments last month. Live Stories packages Snapchat posts on an event into a single stream. Moments appears as a tab on the Twitter app and links to collections of videos posted to Twitter.

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Financial Times Video Report: Apple Turns its...

In a new report today it was pointed out that "India was mentioned three times in Apple's latest annual report compared with 27 for China. The company plans 40 Chinese retail stores by the end of 2016. In India, it is yet to open a single one." The Financial Times of course fails to mention that the Indian Government is...

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Pad & Quill intros new Made in USA leather Apple...

A little over a month ago, Apple World Today introduced you to Pad & Quill's Classic Band for Apple Watch. Today the company is announcing two new bands made in the USA in the company's historic warehouse on the banks of the Mississippi in northeast Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Lowry Leather Cuff (US$129.95, click image at top for details) and Lowry Leather Band ($109.95) both join the Classic Band in the Pad & Quill Watch band lineup. Here's Mr. PQ himself, Brian Holmes, demonstrating the cuff.


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Second public beta of OS X 10.11.2 now available to...

The second beta for Apple's next maintenance and software update for its OS X 10.11 El Capitan operating system is now available to members of the company's public beta program.

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Apple pushes OS X 10.11.2 beta 2 to public beta users

Two days after seeding OS X 10.11.2 beta 2 to developers, Apple has pushed the update out to public beta testers as well. The developer version included a build number of 15C31f, which will likely match today’s release.

Public beta users can download the update now from the Mac App Store’s Updates tab. New users can apply for the program at Apple’s beta website.

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Apple Releases Second OS X 10.11.2 El Capitan Beta...

Apple today seeded the second beta of OS X 10.11.2 El Capitan to public beta testers, two days after releasing the second beta to developers and a week after seeding the first OS X 10.11.2 public beta. Today's update comes two weeks after the public launch of OS X El Capitan 10.11.1.

The second OS X 10.11.2 beta is available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store to those who are enrolled in Apple's beta testing program. Those wishing to join the program can sign up on Apple's beta testing website.

The first OS X 10.11.2 beta did not include any outward-facing changes, but it likely includes bug fixes, security...

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Facebook iPhone app gets 'Music Stories'...

Facebook on Thursday inaugurated "Music Stories," a new kind of post format allowing people to listen to previews of songs or albums from various music services without having to switch apps.

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First Remote-Access Trojan That Can Target Android,...

An anonymous reader writes: Hackers have put on sale OmniRAT, a remote access trojan that can target Androids, Linux, Mac, and Windows PCs. The tool costs $25-$50, which is only a fraction of $200-$300,the price of DroidJack, another Android RAT. Avast is currently reporting that the RAT was used this summer in Germany, spread to victims via SMS messages. The Softpedia article about OmniRAT includes a video, but declined to post the tool's homepage. You can easily find it via a Google search.


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NetShred X updated for El Capitan

Mireth Technology Corp. has released version 4.8.6 of NetShred X, its Internet eraser app that erases browsing data: internet cache, history, mail and more.

Version 4.8.6 includes adds support for OS X 10.11 El Capitan, Thunderbird 38, and Apple Mail 9. NetShred X is designed to run automatically, without user intervention. Since erasing temporary internet files can take some time, its runs in the background.

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Apple Working on waterproofing iDevice Speakers...

Apple has been filing patents and even winning patents for years regarding waterproofing iDevices and their individual components. Today, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published another waterproofing/water resistant related patent application from Apple titled "Evacuation of Liquid from Acoustic Space" wherein Apple tackles waterproofing methods for iDevice speaker(s) and microphone.

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TextExpander 5.1.3

Improves snippet expansions in save dialogs when running OS X 10.11 El Capitan. ($44.95 new, free update, 17.1 MB)


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Flickr, Mobile Mouse are latest apps to add support...

Third-party apps continue to adds support for Apple's 3D Touch input on the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, including updates that launched on Thursday for popular apps Flickr and Mobile Mouse Remote.

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Pad & Quill launches new handcrafted Horween...

Pad & Quill, makers of some our favorite handcrafted wood and leather goods for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch, today announced a new lineup of Apple Watch bands.

Adding to the first ‘Classic’ lineup of bands it launched (which we reviewed and loved), today the company started taking orders for the new “Lowry” band collection pictured above.

Here’s a closer look at the Lowry Leather Cuff for Apple Watch, which comes in 3 color options for the 42mm Apple Watch. Colors include American Tan, Chestnut or Galloper Black, inside you’ll find a velvet soft suede interior, while outside you’ll notice full-grain vegetable-tanned leather from Horween Tannery and “Durable nickel finish Apple Watch lugs and buckles”:


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9to5Toys Last Call: LG 34″ monitor $330, Rayman...

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Car Tech accessories for iPhone: Aukey windshield mount...

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Set Device Wallpaper Using Apple Configurator 2 On...

You can set a wallpaper on both the home screen and lock screen of a supervised iOS device. As mentioned, the device will need to be supervised. Supervision can be implemented via Apple’s Device Enrollment Program (DEP for short), but DEP will require MDM to implement supervision, and with a device enrolled and supervised via MDM, you’ll need to use the MDM to set the wallpaper. You can also use Apple Configurator 2.

To use Apple Configurator 2 to set a wallpaper on a supervised iPhone or iPad, first save the image or images lo call on an iOS device. Once saved to the Apple Configurator machine, open Apple Configurator 2 and plug a device in.

Then right-click on the device, choose the Modify menu and then Wallpapers… from the Modify menu.


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Hivemapper, a flight guide for drone pilots

Hivemapper takes the video signal from your drone and superimposes onto it details of buildings and points of interest nearby. And if you get too close to those buildings, it also serves up a warning that you might be about to hit them.

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Deals: All 2014 MacBooks slashed to sell out; up to...

While they last, one of Apple's authorized resellers is blowing out its remaining inventory of all Early-2014 11- & 13-inch MacBook Airs, as well as a few Mid-2014 13- & 15-inch MacBook Pros, with instant discounts ranging from $139 to $700 per model and no tax in 48 states.

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Facebook for iPhone adds enhanced Apple Music and...

Facebook is rolling out a new post format on the latest version of its iPhone app called Music Stories. The new format lets you share songs and albums from popular streaming music services, starting with Apple Music and Spotify, while friends can enjoy 30-second previews of what you share. The Music Stories format also looks rich within the app. Tapping play turns the artwork in a record-like spinning animation, and a button to listen to the whole track or album on the streaming service is presented on...

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Google Maps for iOS updated with spoken traffic...

Like Waze. Every mapping app should have this feature.

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Apple has patented a way for your iPhone to enter ‘...

I love this idea. Could be a life saver.

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Walgreens first to launch loyalty program...

Solid addition to Apple Pay.

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Apple TV gets categories, folder code found in tvOS

When reviews of the fourth-generation Apple TV appeared last week, one common complaint was how hard it was to search for apps on the tvOS App Store. Apple yesterday took a big step towards making discovery of apps a lot easier by adding categories to the App Store. 

As of yesterday afternoon, those categories were limited to "Games" and "Entertainment", and only in the US. Earlier this week, Top Charts appeared on the Apple TV App Store -- that feature is also limited to the US App Store at this point. 

Like iOS, it appears that future support for folders in tvOS is baked into the code. Developer Steve Troughton-Smith disclosed this in a tweet after going through the OS code:

Fun fact: HeadBoard, the tvOS UI, has pretty complete folder support inside. Looks like it would work like iOS - drop an app on another app

— Steve T-S (@stroughtonsmith)...

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3D Touch and Spotlight search arrive for Flickr’s...

Flickr has announced a major upgrade to its mobile photo app to take advantage of two of iOS 9’s headline features: 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus and the augmented Spotlight search function, according to a blog post by Flickr Community Manager Matthew Roth.

Support for 3D Touch on Apple’s newest phones enables Quick Actions—designed to save numerous taps and swipes—letting you preview photos, people, notifications and more with a light press on the screen. Pressing the app icon lets you upload a photo or go directly to notifications or the feed or initiate a search from your home screen.

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∞ Gaming tweak: Change your Apple TV remote tracking...

A suggestion for better game play on the Apple TV.

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Sony inks deal with Disney, will bring ESPN &...

Sony's Vue subscription TV service, which is available on the company's PlayStation game consoles as well as Apple's iPad, will gain access to Disney-owned channels including live sports from ESPN, it was announced on Thursday.

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How-To: Go beyond OS X Photos + make amazing wall...

Several months ago, I wrote a three-part guide to making amazing wall art from your Mac’s photos (part 1part 2part 3) — a popular series that readers told me they’d really enjoyed. The premise: as photography has gone digital, most of the pictures we take have become trapped on our computers, rarely seeing the light of day. Turning your favorite photos into large-format wall art is a great way to decorate your home or office, and with the recent introduction of the iPhone 6s and...

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Walgreens becomes first retailer to merge Apple Pay...

You may love or hate Walgreens, but they’re now the first to offer a rewards program via Apple Pay.

Walgreens announced on Thursday that the pharmacy chain has begun running its rewards program via Apple Pay. The company has long supported this through QR codes, but can now do this through NFC thanks to features in iOS 9.

In addition to Walgreens turning on support for its Balance Rewards card through Apple Pay, Kohl’s recently became the first retailer to enable its store credit card for use with Apple Pay. Apple also added more than 50 banks to work with Apple Pay this week.

New locations including Starbucks, KFC, and Chili’s will start...

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Apple goes country with Kenny Chesney in Apple Music...

Ads for Apple devices and Apple Music often aim at an urban audience, but a new TV ad for Apple Music features country artist Kenny Chesney preparing for a concert at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts as part of his "No Shoes Nation" tour. 

The ad, which premiered Wednesday night during the Country Music Association Awards, follows Chesney through a show day routine -- preparing a "Show Day" playlist and working out at a gym, looking at his progress with an Apple Watch. 

In the one-minute ad, Chesney provides a voiceover in which he touts Apple Music as a streaming music service where "music is treated with a real reverence and respect." Previous Apple Music ads have focused on artists from a number of musical genres, such as U2, Flo Morrissey, Mary J. Blige, and more. 

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Flickr iOS app updated with 3D Touch for quick...

The Flickr iOS app has been update with support for 3D Touch on the latest iPhones. You can now upload a photo, view your feed, check notifications or carry out a Spotlight search right from the Home screen. Spotlight lets you search for albums, groups or recently-viewed photos.

The app also has a handy new 3D Touch feature within the app for deciding which photo to share from a selection … 

In your camera roll, we’ve added something unique to help you find your best shot. Press a photo to preview, then move your finger left/right to quickly page through neighboring photos. Once you’ve found your favorite, press harder to Pop full-screen.

Shared links now also open directly in the...

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Hands on with Apple Pay competitor CurrentC

If you are interested in the payments market, this is a good read. But the bottom line is the real takeaway. A recommendation from a real CurrentC user.

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Apple Watch sales estimate: 7 million after six...

Officially, Apple won’t say how many smartwatches it’s sold. But unofficially, the Apple Watch is already leaving the competition in the dust.

According to market research firm Canalys, the Apple Watch has shipped nearly 7 million units in its first two quarters of availability, with shipments steadily increasing. We can therefore assume that at least 3.5 million Apple Watches shipped last quarter, and probably more.

By comparison, Canalys claims that no other smartwatch maker shipped more than 300,000 units last quarter. The firm specifically calls out Pebble as having shipped a mere 200,000 watches (though in fairness the company struggled with manufacturing issues as it tried to fulfill Kickstarter orders.) Sales of...

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Rumor: Apple places LCD display driver chips order...

When in doubt, go with an outside supplier for help.

Apple has apparently placed LCD display driver orders with touchscreen supplier Synaptics for its next-generation iPhones, indicating the company’s in-house development of touch and display driver integration (TDDI) chips may have fallen behind schedule.

Synaptics acquired Renesas SP Drivers, reportedly the sole supplier of LCD driver ICs for iPhones, in September 2014 in an effort to maintain orders from Apple, and for now it appears the iPhone maker will remain one of its customers. The supplier also works with Google, HTC, Microsoft, Samsung, Sony and other smartphone makers.


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Walgreens first retailer to launch loyalty program...

Walgreens Balance Rewards members can now use their account through Apple Pay without separately scanning a Balance Rewards card or barcode. More than 85 million active Balance Rewards members will have the ability to earn and redeem loyalty points via Apple Pay, the easy, secure and private way to pay, says Sona Chawla, president of digital and chief marketing officer for Walgreens. 

Users can simply add the Balance Rewards digital card to the Wallet app in iOS 9 and use it at checkout with Apple Pay. Members hold their iPhone near the contactless reader with a finger on Touch ID and the appropriate rewards information will be sent. With they Apple Watch, you can just double-click the side button, select your Balance Rewards card, and hold the face of Apple Watch up to the reader.

Apple Pay works with the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus and Apple Watch.

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Apple has opened a subsidiary company in Vietnam:...

Apple has opened a subsidiary company in Vietnam, allowing the maker of iPhones to import and distribute cellphones directly.

Apple Vietnam Limited Liability was established on Oct. 28 with a registered capital of 15 billion dong ($672,194), according to a news announcement recorded on Vietnam's national business registry website spotted by Reuters. The Ho Chi Minh City-based firm will conduct wholesale businesses of various products including its signature smartphones, provide information technology and maintenance services as well as advising services, the announcement said.

Communist Vietnam was Apple’s hottest market after sales there tripled in its fiscal first half of last year, a growth rate five times faster than in India, notes Reuters. CNET says that...

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Apple Extends iDevice Emergency Mode Options using...

In 2009 Apple's first emergency-mode processor invention came to light. Then in March 2014 Apple invented emergency iPhone modes to detect personal attacks, accidents and emergency call assistance. Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published another emergency related invention from Apple that reveals a future Touch ID feature that will cover a 'Panic Mode.'

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Walgreens Balance Rewards card gains Apple Pay...

Members of the Walgreens loyalty program can now use their Balance Rewards card with Apple Pay, enabling tap-to-pay capabilities on both iPhone and Apple Watch.

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Apple Orders Display Driver Chips From Synaptics for...

Apple has placed LCD display driver orders with touchscreen supplier Synaptics for its next-generation iPhones, indicating the Cupertino-based company's in-house development of touch and display driver integration (TDDI) chips may have fallen behind schedule, according to Taiwanese website DigiTimes.

iPhone 7 concept with integrated Touch ID by designer Martin Hajek

Synaptics acquired Renesas SP Drivers, reportedly the sole supplier of LCD driver ICs for iPhones, in September 2014 in an effort to maintain orders from Apple, and for now it appears the iPhone maker will remain one of its customers. The supplier also works with Google, HTC,...

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Walgreens launches loyalty program integration with...

Walgreens Balance Rewards members can now use their account through Apple Pay without separately scanning a Balance Rewards card or barcode. More than 85 million active Balance Rewards members will have the ability to earn and redeem loyalty points via Apple Pay, the easy, secure and private way to pay, says Sona Chawla, president of digital and chief marketing officer for Walgreens.

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Apple among the best companies when it comes to...

Apple, Microsoft and Google are among the corporations awarded an “A” for their efforts to reduce heat-trapping emissions, according to a global ranking that grades corporations according to their environmental credentials.

That report is from the nonprofit CDP. Nearly 2,000 companies submitted information to be independently assessed against CDP’s scoring methodology; 113 have made the list, which features brands from around the world such as, Apple, Microsoft and Google, the three largest by market capitalization.

The CDP data shows “significant improvements” in corporate management of climate change. The group says governance is improving, with a higher percentage of companies allocating responsibility for climate issues to the board or to senior management (from 80 percent to 94 percent of respondents). And more companies are incentivizing employees through financial and non-...

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Apple opens Vietnamese subsidiary, enabling direct...

Apple has quietly opened up its first subsidiary in Vietnam, a move which should allow direct sales to a burgeoning market, a report said on Thursday.

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An Apple patent hints that Apple is considering a...

On Tuesday Apple World Today reported that Apple had been granted a patent by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for “accessing digital media.” It allows for movies, music, photos, and more to be shared across a network. Now the company has been granted a patent (number 20150319206) for “sharing a media station,” which sounds like a competitor to Plex. Alex is a solution that organizes your video, music, and photo collections and streams them to all of your screens.

Online media stations allow uses to stream media items such as music, videos, and photos from any computing device with a network connection. A user may wish to share media stations with friends, however current systems are limited in their functionality, according to Apple. The company thinks it can do better.

According to the patent, a user can share a...

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External Link: The FBI Isn’t Much Help with...

If your computer is infected with ransomware, don’t bother calling the FBI, because the law enforcement agency will likely just advise you to pay the ransom. Why? Because the FBI can’t figure out how to defeat it. “The ransomware is that good,” said Joseph Bonavolonta, the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s CYBER and Counterintelligence Program. In the meantime, the advice in Joe Kissell’s “Take Control of Security for Mac Users” may be your best defense.


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Enable Device Supervision On iOS Devices Using Apple...

When a DEP device is setup, the device is supervised. By supervising a device, in Apple wisdom, ownership by the organization is proven and so additional options for limiting what a device can do. For example, supervised iOS devices that are enrolled in an MDM solution by a DEP portal cannot then be unenrolled. Supervision also allows an MDM to escrow a key that can be used to unlock a device locked by Activation Lock. And there are plenty of restrictions and other management options that Apple makes available on a device owned by an organization rather than an individual. It’s understandable given the massive consumer market served and the desire to preserve a fantastic user experience on devices.

If you purchased iOS devices before DEP was available, then you can still enable supervision on those devices. To do so, we’ll use Apple Configurator 2. Before you do anything, know that this process will wipe a device and reactivate the device. There are a number of reasons for...

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Country star Kenny Chesney promotes Apple Music free...

The latest advertisement for the Apple Music subscription service showcases pre-show preparations by country artist Kenny Chesney, including a trip to the gym tracked by his Apple Watch.

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Beamer 3.0 lets you stream video from a Mac to Apple...

Tupil has announced Beamer 3.0, an upgrade to their Mac OS X (Yosemite or El Capitan) video streaming app. It allows users to stream any video file from a Mac to any Apple TV or Chromecast or Google Cast-supported HDTV.

The app streams video directly, so it will be played natively on the streaming devices. Version 3.0 brings support for Chromecast devices, quick selection of playback options, a redesigned interface, improved playlist controls, new sound playback and subtitle options, and more.

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Drone’s-eye view of new Apple HQ, annotated with...

Love watching this unfold.

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SoftRAID announces SoftRAID Lite

SoftRAID has released SoftRAID Lite, a software RAID utility powered by the SoftRAID 5 engine. SoftRAID Lite replaces Apple RAID, which is no longer supported in Mac OS X El Capitan. It’s designed to make it easy for Mac users to create and manage software RAID 0 and RAID 1 arrays.

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Walgreens Officially Launches First Apple Pay...

Popular retailer Walgreens today announced that its Balance Rewards loyalty program can now be linked with Apple Pay and used by its customers across the country. The partnership will allow Apple Pay users to link their Balance Rewards card with the mobile payments service so they can earn and redeem loyalty points without having to scan their physical Walgreens card. Following Kohl's launch of Apple Pay support for its store-branded credit card, Walgreens is the first retailer to support a loyalty rewards program within Apple Pay.

“We’re excited to be the first to provide our customers with increased ease of access to their Balance Rewards account and information when using Apple Pay,” said Sona Chawla, president of digital and chief marketing officer for...

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iPhones’ Touch ID could eventually support multiple...

Apple already supports Touch ID on the iPhone and iPad. However, the company is investigating a safety feature that would let you use a designated finger or thumb to active a “panic mode.” Apple has filed for a patent (number 20150319294) with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for such technology 

According to the patent, a fingerprint authentication technique would unlock your mobile phone and activate customized functions. You could control access to one or more iPhone functions by pressing your finger to a fingerprint sensor. The iPhone may be unlocked using a designated finger that activates a panic mode of operation. Personal data stored on the device wouldn’t accessible or viewable to during his mode. The patent would also allow you to register particular fingerprints to be associated with different modes of operation and activate the different modes based on the particular fingerprints.

In the patent filing, Apple...

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∞ Kenny Chesney stars in new Apple Music commercial

This Apple Music commercial is a departure from the string of recent iPhone commercials, with their fast cuts and smart Lake Bell voiceover.

This is Kenny Chesney doing what he does best, heartfelt, dedicated, as earnest as they come, making his case for Apple Music as “All the Music You Want”.

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Apple Invents a Sophisticated Positioning Accuracy...

Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their work on sophisticated 3D mapping and positioning technology. Apple notes that in urban environments where tall buildings surround a mobile device, the signals that the mobile device detects from various satellites might not be direct line-of-sight signals...

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Lytro takes a giant leap into video with the Immerge...

Remember those nifty Lytro cameras that used light field technology to create cool, variable focus images? It turns out, the first-generation, kaleidoscope-shaped Lytro shooter and the more traditional looking camera-like Illum were just the beginning.

On Thursday, Lytro announced it has jumped into the video arena with Immerge, a video camera that uses light field tech to capture and blend realistic, immersive live action video and computer graphics.

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NewsON Puts Local News in Your Pocket

NewsON on Wednesday launched a free, ad-supported app that offers instant access to broadcast-quality local newscasts and clips. Users can search by market for curated content linked to breaking news from 118 stations in 90 markets, covering about 75 percent of the United States. All top 10 U.S. markets, as well as 17 of the top 20, 40 of the top 50, and 73 of the top 100 are participating, said NewsON CEO Louis Gump.
Multiple stations are available in some markets so users can change channels, as it were.

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BatchOutput for Microsoft Excel now supports OS X El...

Zevrix Solutions has announced BatchOutput XLS 2.3.1, a compatibility update to its output automation solution for Microsoft Excel on Mac OS X.

In addition to batch printing and PDF exporting, the software lets users carry out automated professional PDF production directly from Excel, eliminating the need for post-processing. The new version makes BatchOutput XLS compatible with Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan and addresses processing issues with Office 2008/2011.

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Apple patent application published for one-touch ‘...

The USPTO has today published a patent application by Apple to allow a specific fingerprint to activate a ‘panic mode’ on an iPhone, designed for use when the owner feels threatened, is in danger or is being forced to unlock their phone.

In its most basic form, placing a specific finger on the Touch ID button would place the iPhone into a special locked-down mode, blocking access to personal data store on the phone – perhaps simulating a brand new phone. In that way, if a street robber forced you to unlock your phone before handing it over, your data would be safe.

But the patent...

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iResizer for Mac OS X makes it a breeze to resize...

If you want to resize your JPEG images for the best web performance or create thumbnails for an image gallery check out iResizer for Mac OS X (10.7 or higher). It scales an image without changing important visual content such as people, buildings and animals — and avoids distortion of the important parts of the image.

iResizer is easy to use. Load the image you want to resize. Make a rough selection around the area you don't want to be affected when you resize the image. You can also, if you wish, make a selection around the content you want to discard (discard masks are ignored when enlarging an image). 

You can mark important elements in the image using the green marker. This technique is handy if you have areas of the image that you want to retain at the expense of other areas. You can use the red marker to select which features of the image should be discarded. Press the Smart Resize button. iResizer users "...

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Apple is on a Roll as their Fifth Wireless Inductive...

Last week we posted a report titled "Apple's Fourth Inductive Charging Invention in a Month Surfaces," which listed the four recent patent applications that Apple had filed regarding wireless inductive charging. Today, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's fifth inductive charging patent application showing yet another approach that their engineering team is working on.

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Gaming on the Apple TV: Why a gamepad isn't as...

As of last Friday, Apple finally has its own game console of sorts—we’re ignoring the Pippin, just like everyone else did—and there are some early victories with the new Apple TV. You’ll find several interesting games out already across a nice spectrum of price points and genres, including some games designed specifically for TV. And if you already play games on your iPhone or iPad, chances are you already own a few of them thanks to universal apps. 

But there are irritations, as well. Due to developer storage restrictions, some games make you wait for levels and content to download mid-game—Asphalt 8: Airborne has it the worst of the early crop. And pressingly, some games ported over from iOS just don’t play very well with the Siri Remote. 


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Regular Netflix users watch 10 TV shows per week

Regular (monthly) Netflix users in the US have grown even more dependent on the service for viewing TV programming, saying they watch 10 shows per week via the platform – as well as four movies during the same timeframe, according to the GfK research group (www.gfk.com). For TV content, this represents a doubling of the level (five shows per week) found in the same survey three years ago.

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Kool Tools: Epson WorkForce Pro product line

Epson’s (www.epson.com) WorkForce Pro WF-6590 multifunction printer (MFP) and the WorkForce Pro WF-6090 printer are Epson’s fastest letter/legal-size office printers to date with color and black print speeds of 24 ISO ppm and can save companies up to 50 percent on printing costs versus similarly-featured color lasers.

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Apple behind Schedule on Key iPhone 7 Component and...

Apple has placed LCD driver IC orders for its 2016 series of iPhones with Synaptics ...

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Wednesday November 4

Huawei's next chipset may give competitors a...

Huawei is now Europe's second largest Android brand, according to Kantar, but there's just no time for celebration. Not too long after launching the Huawei Mate S and the Nexus 6P, the Chinese telecom giant is already teasing the launch of the Mate...

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The 'Fallout 4' Pip-Boy app is available...

Attention future Commonwealth explorers: The Fallout 4 Pip-Boy app is available for you to download. Unlike the gap between the release of Fallout Shelter on Android and iOS, both versions are available right this very moment. More than just acting...

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Google engineer takes on subpar USB Type-C cables

Trying to save a few bucks by purchasing offbrand cables? We've all done it -- but there's something you should know about new USB Type-C connectors popping up on cellphones (Nexus, OnePlus), laptops (Macbook, Pixel), tablets (Pixel C) and even App...

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Apple shares approach ex-dividend as it gears up to...

On November 12, Apple will pay shareholders of record a quarterly dividend of $0.52 per share, but investors must have settled ownership of the company's stock by Thursday November 5 in order to qualify.

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California police use these biometric scanners

Police are increasingly turning to biometric tech in the field. It's supposed to help cops verify the identity of suspects, but there's a real concern that they could abuse this to get personal details on record -- and the Electronic Frontier Found...

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Apple TV's tvOS found to support app folders

Developer Steve Troughton-Smith continues to find interesting nuggets of info in Apple's tvOS that hint at future Apple TV capabilities, and on Wednesday discovered a way to bring app folder support to the new operating system.

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tvOS 9.0 Code Hints at iOS-Like Folder Support for...

Developer Steve Troughton-Smith has explored the code and found that HeadBoard, tvOS' UI, includes support for folders. Yesterday, Apple seeded the first beta of tvOS 9.1 to developers, the first software update to tvOS 9.0.

Image via Steve Troughton-Smith

Folders on tvOS currently work in a similar way to iOS, notes Troughton-Smith. A user would just have to drag one app over the other to create a folder. Users would also have the ability to rename folders. Troughton-Smith was able to activate the folders using the...

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Circle with Disney makes it easy to control your...

When I was younger, I had a friend whose dad would shut down their house's internet connection every 12AM without fail. He'd love Circle with Disney if his children were still kids. It's a cube (despite its name) that pairs up with your WiFi networ...

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New Apple TV tvOS hacked to show iOS-like app folders

Apple released the first tvOS 9.1 beta to developers earlier this week, but it lacked the addition of one major feature many have been calling for: folder support on the homepage. Now, well-known developer Steve Troughton-Smith has discovered that out of the box, the tvOS user interface features “pretty complete” folder support…

Smith dug deeper into the tvOS 9.0 build and was even able to hack folders into working. He has since been playing around with it and has shared images of the feature on Twitter....

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Sony's A7 II camera gets a faster and more...

The Sony A7 II is one of the best mirrorless cameras available right now, although it isn't perfect. After trying it out earlier this year, one of our main issues with the full-frame shooter was its autofocus performance, which was at times slow an...

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FireEye: Many Companies Still Running XcodeGhost-...

itwbennett writes: In September, more than 4,000 applications were found to have been modified with a counterfeit version of Xcode, dubbed XcodeGhost. On Tuesday, FireEye said in a blog post that it has detected 210 enterprises that are still using infected apps, showing that the XcodeGhost malware 'is a persistent security risk.' In addition, whomever created XcodeGhost has also developed a new version that can target iOS 9, called XcodeGhost S, FireEye wrote.


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Google Maps on iOS will now give spoken traffic...

Google today has rolled out an update its Maps application on iOS, bringing with it a pair of new features. The update bumps the app to version 4.12.0 and includes support for adding missing businesses to the app’s database and spoken traffic alerts.

The latter of the two is the far more interesting addition of this update. Spoken traffic alerts mean that Google Maps will now alert you about upcoming traffic congestion and traffic incidents as you use the Navigation feature of the app. It does so via voice so you aren’t distracted while you drive. Traffic descriptions provide the same information, but in both text and verbal forms before you start to move.

Google Maps version 4.12.0 is available via the App Store now for free. The full changelog can be seen below:

What’s New in Version 4.12.0

  • Easily add new and missing businesses from the sidebar
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The Week in iOS Accessories: Leather accents add a...

Like it in leather!

This week’s roundup includes two accessories—an Apple Watch stand and an iPhone car mount—wrapped in leather, to add a touch of class to the iOS ecosystem.

Elevation Lab

The $89 Elevation Dock 3 is built to handle all sizes of phone, including both sizes of the iPhone 6 generation and the cases you may use to protect them. The aluminum base is heavy enough that you can undock your phone in an easy one-handed fashion.

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Google Maps for iOS speaks out traffic warnings...

If you're carrying an iPhone, Google Maps just got much more helpful in those moments when you're determined to avoid gridlock. As on Android, Maps' iOS app now speaks out traffic warnings in navigation mode. You'll get a verbal summary of conditio...

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You can drive cars from 'Fallout 4' in...

Can't wait until November 10th to wander through a desolate nuclear wasteland? That's a little weird, dude -- but if you need something to tide you over until Fallout 4 hits stores, Forza Motorsport 6 may have the ticket: starting today, players wi...

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Apple's Eddy Cue touts iOS for enterprise,...

Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue made a surprise appearance at the Dropbox Open event on Wednesday, where he touted Apple's efforts in enterprise and showed off the new Dropbox Paper app for iPad Pro.

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Eddy Cue Talks Up the iPad Pro at Dropbox Conference

Today, Apple’s SVP Eddy Cue sat down for a fireside chat with Dropbox CEO Drew Houston at the cloud storage company’s Open conference.

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Apple's Eddy Cue Talks Enterprise, iPad Pro at...

Apple's SVP of software and services Eddy Cue today spoke at the Dropbox Open conference, where he talked about Apple's enterprise efforts and the upcoming 12.9-inch iPad Pro in an interview with Dropbox CEO Drew Houston. Several conference attendees covered Cue's remarks in a series of tweets with the hashtag DropboxOpen, giving some insight into the topics he covered.

Image via James Titcomb

According to Cue, Apple's success in the enterprise segment is a natural evolution of its success in the consumer space, as it's bridged the gap between devices used at home and devices used at work. Things "important to the consumer," he says, are "important to the enterprise."We've always been a consumer company. We've been trying to create products for individuals and part of that was...

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AWT News Update: November 4, 2015

This would look very nice on the wall here at Apple World Today HQ. Thank you. 

What's new in the world of Apple? Let's see:

  • Facebook will release a new standalone news app next week
  • Why Siri doesn't work on the new Apple TV in some countries... but will be soon
  • A Warhol painting of the Apple logo will be auctioned next week
  • Apple TV App Store gets categories

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for November 4, 2015. Our sponsor this week is Bushel, providing inexpensive and comprehensive mobile...

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Facebook to Launch 'Notify' a Standalone...

Two weeks ago Facebook officially launched 'Instant Articles' for the iPhone. Today, Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer at Facebook, told CNBC that "We think we have the best mobile ad product in the market. We're able to target, we're able to measure. We have broad scale." And with that positive news and perspective, Facebook announced that it is preparing its latest push into news with a new standalone app called Notify ...

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Cortana for iOS Enters Beta Territory

Microsoft this week launched a survey for Windows Insiders, seeking candidates for a limited beta of Cortana for iOS. "We're testing the Cortana for iOS app with a limited number of users in the U.S. and China before releasing [it] publicly," said Microsoft spokesperson Jennifer Reynolds. The full app is slated for release later this year.
Selected testers will get the app in the next few weeks. Microsoft will deliver frequent updates to the app to improve its features and functionality.

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Eddy Cue continues Apple’s enterprise tour, shows...

Ahead of the release of the iPad Pro later this month, Apple executives have been taking part in a variety of enterprise-focused interviews, looking to convince the enterprise market of the device’s usefulness. Today, Apple’s SVP Eddy Cue sat down for a fireside chat with Dropbox CEO Drew Houston at the cloud storage company’s Open conference.

During the interview, Cue discussed a variety of topics, mostly talking the benefits of iOS over competitors and in the enterprise. Speaking to Dropbox CEO Drew Houston, Cue said the one of the primary benefits of iOS is that “everyone upgrades really quickly.”


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Canalys: almost seven million Apple Watches shipped...

According to the Canalys research group as now shipped nearly seven million smart watches since launch, a figure in excess of all other vendors’ combined shipments over the previous five quarters. In the third quarter Apple was the only smart watch vendor to ship more than 300,000 units. 

The quarter also saw the release of the Pebble Time Steel, which helped the company ship more than 200,000 total smart watches, while Samsung’s Gear shipments declined ahead of the fourth quarter (Q4) release of the Gear S2. Canalys says vendors will continue to battle for position behind Apple in Q4 as new devices from a diverse set of companies hits the market. 

For example, both Fossil and Tag Heuer will be launching their first smart watches before the end of the year. Still, all eyes will be on Apple Watch sales during the Q4 holiday quarter as a barometer of the strength of the nascent smart watch market...

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Notable apps and app updates for November 4, 2015

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

iOS Apps/Updates

Ubisoft says that Anno 2205 Asteroid Miner, a galactic match-three puzzle game, is now available to download for free. The game gives players the opportunity to experience a mobile space adventure set in the Anno universe.

Open Media has announced Find My Stuff 1.2 . The fee navigation app helps people keep up with their belongings. Version 1.2 offers such improvements as the ability to be used by international users. Improved battery usage...

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Great News: Apple has Reportedly Sold 7 Million...

Last Tuesday we posted a report titled "The 'Apple Watch' is the Most Recognized Wearable Device in the World which bodes well for Holiday Sales." Today, prior to the holiday shopping season really heating up, Canalys publishes a report that inflates the Apple Watch lead from 4.5 million to 7 million units.

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Apple TV’s App Store gets better curation with...

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After some complaints about app discoverability for the new Apple TV App Store that launched late last month, Apple appears to be rolling out curated categories for the storefront not unlike its App Store on iPhone and iPad.

The new categories currently only include lists for gaming and entertainment apps, but it’s likely the curated lists will expand into other categories as Apple continues to enhance curation on the newly launched App Store.

Apple added top charts to the Apple TV App Store last week after first rolling...

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Attention RSS readers: Our feed link has changed

Since the early days of Apple World Today, one thing that has been problematic is our RSS feed. Sometimes it works perfectly, other times it doesn't update for days. We're pretty sure it's an issue with the automatic feed generation from our host, so we've changed it over to another source that always seems to work -- Feedburner. 

Our new RSS feed link is: http://feeds.feedburner.com/appleworld/UhaR or you can just click that nice "AWT blue" RSS feed that's right below the line of social media buttons to the right. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope that today's change makes things more stable for our RSS-using friends in the future. 

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Apple introduces 'Categories' section to...

Continuing the build out of its all new tvOS App Store, Apple on Wednesday added a "Categories" section to the online marketplace's top navigation bar for a more streamlined app browsing experience.

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Apple eyes new San Jose campus possibly sprawling...

Apple is working with the city of San Jose on a development agreement for a campus on the north side of town, which if authorized could be larger than Cupertino's Campus 2 at 4.15 million square feet, a report said on Wednesday.

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Apple looking into potential 4.15 million square...

You can do a lot with 4.15 million square feet.

Or at least that’s what Apple might be up to given its inquiry into a campus north of San Jose. The new structure, if completed, would be larger than the “spaceship” campus Apple has underway.

The draft agreement between Apple Inc. and the city of San Jose, which is not yet completed, will come before the city’s Planning Commission later this month, officials said. It would lock in development rights — and expectations for both sides — for the next 15 years in an area that sprawls across 86 acres north of Highway 101 across from the Mineta San Jose International Airport.


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Apple TV App Store Gains Categories Section for...

Apple appears to have updated the tvOS App Store to add a new Categories section, which should make it easier for new Apple TV owners to discover apps on their devices. Like the iOS App Store, the new Categories section arranges apps into different sections based on purpose, like Games and Entertainment.

First noted by iDownloadBlog on an Apple TV running the new 9.1 tvOS beta, the new Categories section appears to be rolling out to Apple TV users now. We were able to get the Categories feature to show up on an Apple TV running tvOS 9.0 following several device restarts.

Shortly after the Apple TV was released, there were multiple complaints about the state of the tvOS App Store. At launch, the App Store displayed only a list of featured apps, leaving the rest to be discovered through searches. Apple has been improving the tvOS App Store over...

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Apple looks to build 4.15 million square foot campus...

Hmmm, how big is this Apple thing gonna get? The Silicon Valley Business Journal reports that Apple and the city of San Jose, California, are working toward a development agreement that would allow the Cupertino-based juggernaut to build a north San Jose campus of up to 4.15 million square feet, according to city records. That would be bigger than Apple’s “spaceship” campus, which is under construction in Cupertino.

The draft agreement, which hasn’t been completed, will come before the city’s Planning Commission later this month, officials said. It would lock in development rights — and expectations for both sides — for the next 15 years in an area that sprawls across 86 acres north of Highway 101 across from the Mineta San Jose International Airport, according to The Silicon Valley Business Journal.

This is the latest development in Apple’s apparently never-ending...

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Canalys: Apple has shipped nearly 7 million Watches...

A new report from analytics firm Canalys claims that Apple has shipped nearly 7 million Apple Watches since the device debuted earlier this year. That number puts Apple’s shipments ahead of every other smart watch maker on the market combined.

No other vendor even managed to ship 300,000 units, according to the report, with the Pebble shipping over 200,000 thanks to the boost from the recently released Pebble Time Steel. Korean competitor Samsung...

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Apple considering earlier-than-usual launch for...

Though Apple has used the month of September to introduce new iPhones for four straight years, that could change in 2016 with an earlier than expected debut for the '"iPhone 7," a source has told AppleInsider.

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Apple looks to build 4.15 million square foot campus...

As construction continues on Apple’s new Campus, the company is considering expanding its operation to a new, even larger 4.15 million square foot facility in San Jose, according to a new report.

The tech company is currently seeking an agreement with the city that would allow it to develop the massive lot for a new campus, though actually getting such an agreement would not necessarily guarantee that Apple would begin construction.


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