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Thursday June 9

WWDC 2016: Apple's Siri and the future of voice...

While a variety of tech commentators have played up a dramatic "voice-first" rivalry ostensibly led by the Amazon Echo, a yet-unreleased Google Home and Microsoft's Cortana (and apparently miserably trailed by Apple's Siri), real data shows that's not actually the case.

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More than 32 million Twitter credentials reportedly...

The company trying to be the Google of hacked user credentials says it just obtained another huge leak, this time affecting Twitter users. LeakedSource recently reported it obtained a database of more than 32 million Twitter login credentials from a user going by the alias Tessa88@exploit.im.

LeakedSource uses a freemium model where anyone can search for their own credentials for free; however, to see the majority of the leaked credentials users must subscribe to the service. Twenty-four passes are available for $2-$4 depending on whether you pay by Bitcoin or PayPal—annual subscriptions run upwards of $200.

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Apple to significantly overhaul App Store for the...

As good as Apple’s App Store has been over the years, it still has its rough spots. It can be difficult to find apps, even when searching for them by name and it’s tough for developers to stand out from each other.

This coming straight from the horse’s mouth, Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, stated that a variety of changes are coming to the App Store. First, a new App Store subscription model will reward developers who can keep paying customers around for longer than a year. Apple will slice its cut of their subscriptions to 15 percent from the standard 30 percent after the first year. The company is planning to encourage all developers to explore the subscription model—and now they actually can....

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Hard Disk Manager comes to the Mac

Paragon Software Group (PSG has released Paragon Hard Disk Manager for Mac, a tool to protect, maintain, and manage your OS X system. It’s designed to cover all aspects of a Mac’s life cycle, from drive partitioning and regular backup to system migration, disaster recovery options, and wiping of recycled storage.

Sector-level data processing via Snapshot enables users to perform live imaging and migration of an entire Mac — including the operating system, applications, and files — without interrupting your daily work routine. Functionality includes the resizing of partitions, redistribution of free space, and other disk operations. 

Paragon Hard Disk Manager for Mac OS X (10.7 and higher) is available for immediate download as a free 30-day trial or can be purchased directly for $39....

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Paragon releases Hard Disk Manager for the Mac

Paragon Software Group (PSG has released Paragon Hard Disk Manager for Mac, a tool to protect, maintain, and manage your OS X system. It’s designed to cover all aspects of a Mac’s life cycle, from drive partitioning and regular backup to system migration, flexible disaster recovery options, and secure wiping of recycled storage.

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Chump change: Throwing Apple’s money around

It’s great that we have the Internet so that people have a place to post their ways for Apple to spend a metric butt-ton of money to solve other peoples’ problems.

Writing for the html version of circus poodles jumping through little hoops that is Business Insider, Matthew DeBord modestly suggests “Apple should buy Uber.” (Tip o’ the antlers to @JonyIveParody.)

Why not? How much could it be?

Conservatively, Uber's acquisition value would be something like $80 billion.

So, because it’s so reasonable, Apple should definitely not think twice about this and just go ahead and take the advice of a guy who said the iPhone 5 would fail and then said no, seriously, the iPhone 5 is really gonna fail. Why? Because…

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Apple Maps transit directions come to Atlanta, Miami...

Apple on Thursday expanded the availability of Maps transit directions to the US cities of Atlanta and Miami, and to National Rail lines in the United Kingdom.

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This Apple patent almost certainly isn’t about iOS...

Patently Apple has a piece entitled Apple Invents a User Interface for Combinable Virtual iOS Desktops on a Mac. It references a patent which PA suggests is for a Mac that could be used to run (or at least display) iOS apps.


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LG Innotek to be Apple's Exclusive Dual Camera...

While rumors have been swirling around for some time now that Apple could turn to LG for the iPhone 7's dual lens camera, news out of Korea today confirms and clarifies this position.

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Google's Larry Page bankrolling two flying car...

Google co-founder Larry Page isn't waiting for his company's self-driving car technology to hit the market before reportedly looking toward the next big thing: personal flying cars.

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Guardian gives us a first look at failed prototype...

The Guardian has an interesting piece on a prototype car that caught the interest of Steve Jobs in the spring of 2010. Called the V-Vehicle, it was an attempt to create a lightweight, low-cost, gas-powered car whose secret was cheaper materials.

Working with designers Tom Matano and Anke Bodack, Bryan Thompson had developed a car body made of polypropylene and glass fibre that was 40% lighter than a conventional steel vehicle and would cost 70% less to produce. The creamy white hatchback had unpainted, upgradable body panels and a “space frame” body, a design technique usually reserved for high-end cars like the Ferrari 360 or Audi’s line of cars.

Within a few hours of receiving an email saying that Steve wanted to see it, Thompson and the team had taken the car to Steve’s house – where Apple’s co-founder had plenty of...

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Mail Designer Pro 3 for OS X adds Retina resolution...

Equinux (http://www.equinux.com) has announced Mail Designer Pro 3, an upgrade of the Mac app for the creative design of professional HTML newsletters. It now supports Retina resolution.

Mail Designer Pro 3 packs more than 70 new ready-to-use design ideas that include full surface background art. You can choose from 500+ web fonts with all available font weights, as well as automatic and individual suggested font-fallbacks. For this new launch you can save 20% off Mail Designer Pro 3’s regular price ($39.99 instead of $49.99) for a limited time.

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ADATA releases the A10050 Power Bank

ADATA Technology (www.adata.com) has launched the A10050 Power Bank. As the model name suggests, the device is rated for 10050mAh and is purportedly capable of carrying 3.7 full iPhone battery charges.

The A10050 features dual USB ports and synchronous charge/discharge for battery charging of two devices at once. It comes in a body with a hairline-brushed aluminum texture and in a choice of four colors.

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Google Matches Apple's Plan To Give Developers...

An anonymous reader writes from a report via Recode: Apple announced a new revenue sharing model on Wednesday that would give developers more money when users subscribe to a service via their apps. Instead of keeping 70 percent of all revenue generated from subscriptions, publishers will be able to keep 85 percent of revenue, once a subscriber has been paying for a year. Google has decided to match Apple's latest offering. It too will move from a 70/30 split to a 85/15 split for subscriptions. However, instead of requiring developers to hook a subscriber for 12 months before offering the better split, it will make it available right away. Sources have said Google has been testing the new model over a year ago with video services in a way to get Play subscriptions to work with its TV streaming offerings like the Chromecast. Google has yet to announce when their new pricing plan will roll out. In other Google and Apple related news, Google's AI 'TensorFlow' software is coming to iOS...

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The Week in Mac Apps: Roadblock's customizable...

New Mac apps of the week

This week’s roundup of new Mac apps includes Roadblock, which lets you filter out certain browsing annoyances to give you a better internet experience. Plus, additional tools to keep track of your Bluetooth devices, organize your files, free up memory, save your favorite webpages for offline viewing, and much more.

AutoMute - Preventing Awkward Situations 1.3

Worried about accidentally playing music too loud in the office? Yoni Levy’s AutoMute comes to the rescue by automatically muting your speakers when this problem is most likely to happen.

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Will 2016 be the year that WiGig takes off?

WiGig has emerged as one of the most promising Wi-Fi standards in the recent few years with high speed data rates up to 7 Gbps operating in the 60 GHz band.

WiGig products have been on the market since 2013 (e.g. Dell Docking station) but the market has been slow to develop given a lack of compelling use cases and the need for development of new chip-sets to lower cost and drive usage. Much development work has been done in the last few years by OEMs and chip vendors.

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IDC: personal computer shipments will decline 7.3%...

Worldwide PC (as in personal computers, not just Windows systems) shipments are forecast to decline by 7.3% year -over-year in 2016 according to an updated forecast from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. The outlook continues to call for progressively smaller declines through 2017 followed by stable volume in 2018. 

However, growth in 2016 is now expected to be roughly 2% below earlier projections as conditions have been weaker than expected, according to IDC. Growth in the first quarter of 2016 (1Q16) came in at -12.5%, just below the research group’s forecast of -11.3%, and inhibitors such as weak currencies, depressed commodity prices, political uncertainty, and delayed projects continue to constrain shipments.

Although growth rates for devices such as phones and tablets continue to fall,...

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Steve Jobs Met With 'V-Vehicle' Creator in...

Although rumors surrounding Apple's electric car project began intensifying after the vehicle's development sped up last September, a new report out of The Guardian looks back before all of the current hubbub began, at the "secret car" that became of special interest to former Apple CEO Steve Jobs. Called the V-Vehicle and created by industrial designer Bryan Thompson, Jobs flew the designer out to San Francisco in 2010 to discuss Thompson's plans for the car, and pick his brain on the status of the automotive industry as a whole.

Thompson and the V-Vehicle

Thompson and his team created the V-Vehicle with the goal of constructing a disruptive force in the car industry with "a lightweight, petroleum-powered car that used cheaper materials and could sell...

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Apple Invents a User Interface for Combinable...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that generally relates to electronic devices for displaying user interfaces that improve user interaction with virtual desktops on the electronic devices.

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Article on Hiring IT for Small Businesses

Wrote an article awhile back that got edited by and is now posted at http://www.smallbizdaily.com/hiring-the-best-it-support-for-your-smb-to-make-the-most-of-your-investment/.

If it’s your kinda’ thing, hope you enjoy!

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Number of homes with smart thermostats grew rapidly...

According to a new research report from Berg Insight (www.berginsight.com), the number of North American and European homes with a smart thermostat grew by 81% to 5.8 million in 2015.

The North American market recorded a 78% growth in the installed base of smart thermostats to 4.5 million. In Europe, the total number of homes with a smart thermostat grew by 90% year-on-year to reach 1.4 million.

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WWDC wish list: Will we see any new hardware?

Over the past couple of years, Apple has turned WWDC into a decidedly software-centric show. It’s not just a new set of toys for developers to play with or even the double-barreled introduction of the latest versions of iOS and OS X; three of the last five conferences haven’t seen any new hardware at all, with the lone bright spots being the retina MacBook Pro, refreshed MacBook Airs, and a sneak peak at the radical Mac Pro redesign. And over the past week, several well-connected bloggers have intimated that this year’s show will be all about software.

But that doesn’t mean there isn’t any hope. The rumor mill might be uncharacteristically quiet for the week before a major Apple event, but there are still plenty of reasons to believe Tim Cook might be hiding a few goodies up his sleeve when he hits the stage Monday at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. After all, when Phil Schiller spilled the beans on the...

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DEVONtechnologies updates all editions of DEVONthink...

DEVONtechnologies has updated all editions of its intelligent information and document manager DEVONthink as well as the smart notebook DEVONnote.

DEVONthink 2.8.11 brings a revised view/edit pane, better compatibility to RSS 1.0 feeds, and user interface improvements. DEVONthink Pro Office also comes with a rewritten OCR metadata entry panel and email archiving enhancements. All editions fix minor bugs and glitches too. The updates are free and recommended for all users.

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Kool Tools: AKVIS SmartMask 8.0

AKVIS has released AKVIS SmartMask 8.0, an important update to the software for cutting out a subject from a background. It’s a perfect tool for creating selections and masking objects on images.

The software lets a user quickly select any detail on a picture - fluff, hair, fur, tree branches, glass, or a transparent veil. Featuring intelligence powerful tools the program makes even complex selections and removes backgrounds as easy as pie. It processes equally well soft and sharp edges.

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Google to mirror Apple’s App Store revenue split – a...

It seems Apple isn’t going to be alone in offering a better deal to developers of subscription-based apps. The same day Phil Schiller revealed that developers will receive 85% of subscription revenue from year two, Re/code reports (and TNW confirms) that Google will be offering the same deal to Android developers – but with one big difference …


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Payback Time! The DOJ Sides with Samsung in Apple...

Back in January of this year Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple's CEO Rebukes Washington's need for 'Balance' between National Security and Consumer Privacy." Apple had no intention of playing nice with the government and was specifically noted as actually lashing out at the high-level delegation of Obama administration officials and openly criticizing the White House for a lack of leadership. Yesterday it was payback time for the DOJ.

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'Cardiogram' App Update Brings Native...

HealthKit-enabled Apple Watch app Cardiogram has received its 1.0 release, bringing native watchOS 2 compatibility, 3D Touch for supporting devices, and a redesigned interface.

The app has been developed in collaboration with researchers at the University of California San Francisco's Health eHeart study, which aims to help end heart disease. The program wants to develop a way to detect atrial fibrillation – a medical condition that can lead to stroke – using innovations in everyday consumer technology.

By that token, the Cardiogram developer team have been refining an algorithm that attempts to detect abnormal heart rhythms using the Apple Watch's heart rate sensors.

The 1.0 version of the app at the center of its efforts brings that goal...

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Apple Invents Conformable, Wearable Displays

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their work on conformable, wearable displays. The inventors on this patent were LuxVue engineers. Apple acquired LuxVue in May 2014.

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Heart rate monitoring app Cardiogram goes native...

Cardiogram, the HealthKit-enabled Apple Watch app powering an ongoing University of California, San Francisco heart study, received a major update on Thursday with support for native watchOS 2 operation, a new complication, 3D Touch support for iPhone 6s and a refreshed look.

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Wednesday June 8

DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.8.11

Brings a revised view/edit pane to all editions and an improved OCR metadata entry panel to the Pro Office edition. (All updates are free. DEVONthink Pro Office, $149.95 new; DEVONthink Professional, $79.95 new; DEVONthink Personal, $49.95 new; DEVONnote, $24.95 new)


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App Store Subscription Uncertainty

From Lauren Goode’s interview with Phil Schiller for The Verge, specifically regarding the new 85/15 revenue split after the first year of a subscription (italic emphasis mine):

But Schiller insisted that it wasn’t any kind of “Apple tax”
backlash or companies encouraging users to go to their own
websites that drove Apple’s new subscription model: “It wasn’t
done from a negative like that,” he says. When I asked about this,
he stresses that it was “absolutely done because we recognize that
developers do a lot of work to retain a customer over time in a
subscription model, and we wanted to reward them for that by
helping them to keep more of the revenue.” Apple can help drive
customers to the original download, Schiller argues, but only the
developer can keep the customer over time and “we want to incent...

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DOJ urges Supreme Court to return Apple vs. Samsung...

The Justice Department on Wednesday filed an amicus brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Apple's appellate court win over Samsung in a nearly five-year-old patent dispute, a decision that would inevitably lead to a new round of litigation.

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DOJ asks the Supreme Court to return the Apple vs....

The U.S. Department of Justice has asked the Supreme Court to overturn an appeals court ruling that had favored Apple over Samsung in smartphone patent litigation, and asked that it return the case to the trial court for more litigation, reports Reuters, that’s exactly what has happened.

Samsung had appealed a federal appeals court ruling to the Supreme Court, which agreed to hear the case. The Justice Department submitted its view in an amicus brief Wednesday. 

Earlier this year, Samsung agreed to pay Apple $548 million for the five-years-and-counting-legal brouhaha over patent infringement — with some stipulations. However, the company then went to the U.S. Supreme Court “in a last-ditch effort to pare back” the damages it must pay Apple for infringing the patents and designs of the iPhone.

In its petition to the high court, Samsung said it should not have...

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DOJ asks Supreme Court to send Samsung vs Apple case...

In what feels like a never-ending patent battle, the Department of Justice today filed an amicus brief regarding the ongoing case between Apple and Samsung. Back in December, it was announced that Apple and Samsung had reached a $548 million settlement, but shortly after that Samsung asked that Supreme Court hear an appeal of its case, saying that the lower courts misapplied the design patent law. Apple then asked the Supreme Court not to hear the appeal and argued that the case was closed, but in March the Supreme Court agreed to hear Samsung’s appeal over the case.


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More evidence of 'macOS' rebranding...

In another subtle hint that Apple plans to rebrand its desktop operating system "macOS," the company on Wednesday published a support document containing reference to the new naming convention alongside software pillars iOS, tvOS and watchOS.

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Google's AI 'TensorFlow' Software Is...

An anonymous reader writes: Google published an early version of TensorFlow that adds support for iOS. TensorFlow is "neural network" software that lets computers process data in a way similar to our own brain cells. Google CEO Sundar Pichai recently said it advances machine learning capability by a factor of three generations. With the software running on your iPhone, its capabilities will allow for more sophisticated apps to run on iOS. We can expect the apps to be released later this year and into next year from Google and others who use TensorFlow. Some of the tasks TensorFlow can allow for include being able to recognize subjects in photographs or being able to teach your phone what a particular object looks like, which is what another neural network software project called MemKite aims to do. Google has released its TensorFlow software as open source, where anyone can use or modify it for free.


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Latest hint at ‘macOS’ rebranding of OS X appears in...

[UPDATE: Apple has changed the webpage to say Mac OS X, not macOS.]

It’s widely expected at this point that Apple will rebrand Mac OS X to simply ‘macOS’ next week at WWDC, but hidden in today’s announcements regarding the App Store was yet another hint at the change. In a FAQ from on the iTunes Connect website, Apple mistakenly refers to Mac OS X as ‘macOS,’ again prematurely hinting at the change.


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Apple Again References 'MacOS', This Time...

Because iOS, watchOS, and tvOS all share a common naming scheme, there's been some speculation that OS X, the operating system for Macs, could see a name change to "MacOS" at this year's Worldwide Developers Conference.

Earlier this year, Apple referenced "MacOS" in an environmental website update, and today the company has made the same gaffe on a developer FAQ page outlining new App Store revenue sharing policies, again raising the question of whether a name change is on the horizon.

In a section on when the new revenue split goes into effect, Apple references the types of apps that are eligible, listing iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS.

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Using Google Motion Stills

Everyone seems to really like this new app, although Dave Caolo did have some trouble with the GIF.

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Samsung Wins a Design Patent for a Desktop Display...

Yesterday the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted Samsung a design patent for a desktop or TV display stand that appears to be based on magnetics. The design will also allow the display to fold into a position that could accommodate a virtual multitouch keyboard and or an S-Pen for drawing. In October 2014, Apple's Senior VP of Software Engineering Craig Federighi ...

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Google to ape Apple's 'Subscriptions 2.0...

After Apple announced an upcoming change to its App Store revenue sharing policies that will net developers a larger cut for customers who maintain a subscription for more than one year, a report now says Google plans to offer identical terms -- minus the probationary period.

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Snowden and the NSA Gets Curiouser and Curiouser

Edward Snowden made a greater effort than originally believed to raise his concerns within the NSA before releasing thousands of classified documents detailing programs that allowed the agency to spy on U.S. citizens. The truth is more complex than the NSA let on, according to a report based on documents secured through two years of Freedom of Information Act litigation. In the aftermath of Snowden's release of a cache of stolen NSA documents, he claimed that he had exhausted all official avenues available to him before going public.

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Gartner: The Top Ten Features Coming to Smartphones...

Gartner has published a new report today covering the top ten features for 2016 and 2017 that smartphones are likely to have. The smartphone market is getting more complex and dynamic...

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Tim Cook climbs to #8 on list of highest rated CEOs...

Earlier this week, Apple continued to climb the Fortune 500 ranking to 3rd, and now Glassdoor’s annual CEO ratings have been released with Tim Cook moving towards the top. Last year, Cook barely cracked the top 10 and was ranked 10th, but this year he’s moved up to 8th.


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Withings' Body Cardio scale delivers at-home...

Withings on Wednesday launched a fourth-generation Wi-Fi connected scale called Body Cardio, offering users access to cutting edge cardiovascular health measurements formerly restricted to clinical settings, and other key health metrics, right on their iPhone.

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The Week in iOS Accessories: Take it to the kitchen

Kitchen confidential

This week’s roundup includes a device that lets you prepare your meal while keeping an eye on your iPad. Read on!

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If you like to take your tablet into the kitchen, the $25 Bamboo iPad Cutting Board ($25 MSRP, available for $11.11 on Amazon) is a nifty accessory: It includes a slot for displaying your iPad, a transparent screen shield to keep food from splattering onto the display, and side storage for up to eight knives. 

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Belkin releases USB-C Car Charger with USB-PD...

This could be interesting.

Accessory maker Belkin has launched what it claims to be the first USB-C car charger to support USB-PD (power delivery), dubbed the “USB-C Car Charger + Cable”. While there are already multiple USB-C car chargers on the market, generally priced around $10 to $15, that also support quick-charging features of advanced USB-C devices, Belkin’s device supports not only 5V (the traditional max voltage of USB), but 9V over USB-C thanks to its implementation of the new USB-PD spec.

This, in turn, makes it better suited for charging some notebooks and tablets.

Oddly enough, Belkin doesn’t claim an ability to charge a MacBook in its press release, though it does tout “faster or higher power outputs” for charging a Chromebook Pixel, Pixel C, or an iPad...

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Slashdot Asks: Is the App Boom Over?

Quartz did a story in 2014 in which, citing comScore's data, it noted that most smartphones users download zero apps per month. Two years later, the data from Nomura reveals that the top 15 app publishers saw downloads drop an average of 20% in the United States. While there are exceptions -- Uber and Snapchat continue to attract new users worldwide -- it appears that developers are finding it increasingly difficult to get new people to download and try their apps. Recode reports: But now even the very biggest app publishers are seeing their growth slow down or stop altogether. Most people have all the apps they want and/or need. They're not looking for new ones.What's your take on this?


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In Q1 2016, Apple Led the Detachables Market in the...

In February Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple's iPad Pro was surprisingly the Top 'Detachable' Sold in Q4 2015." Now a new report tells us that the U.K. became the largest detachable market in Western Europe in the first quarter of 2016 ...

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New US guidelines on self-driving cars coming in...

The U.S. Department of Transportation will reportedly be laying out new guidelines on self-driving cars in July, hoping to improve the speed with which companies like Apple and Google can deploy their technology.

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Uber faces fraud allegations

Uber must hand over documents to a New York judge probing whether private investigators hired by the ride-hailing company fraudulently sought information about its opponents in an antitrust case, according to a court ruling on Tuesday.


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Apple Set to Introduce a Major App Store Shakeup...

Earlier today we posted a report titled "It was Apple's Second Generation iPhone that Actually Changed the Mobile World Forever." The reason Apple's iPhone 3G changed the world is because it introduced the App Store. Some 20 years since that dream and Apple is about to take their humble App Store and take it to the next-level.

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iOS, “MacOS,” MacBook Pros, and all the other WWDC...

Enlarge / WWDC time. (credit: Apple)

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off on Monday, and it all begins at 10am Pacific at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. While the bulk of the actual developer sessions will be happening at the nearby Moscone Center, Apple has moved the opening-day keynote to a larger venue to make room for more attendees.

Even given the iPhone announcements in the fall, WWDC is usually Apple's biggest event of the year, the one where we see the direction in which Apple's increasingly unified platform is moving for the next 12 months. We already know that we'll be getting our first looks at new versions of iOS, OS X,...

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Hands-On With Feld & Volk's Custom $5000+...

Luxury device manufacturer Feld & Volk is known for ripping the internals out of iPhones and building new enclosures for them from a range of high-quality materials, and now the company is doing the same thing with the Apple Watch.

Feld & Volk extracted the components of the Apple Watch and built a unique carbon fiber Apple Watch body from the ground up, for a line of Apple Watches unlike anything Apple is able to offer. Ahead of the launch of its new carbon fiber Apple Watch, Feld & Volk invited us to take a closer look at the device, so MacRumors videographer Matt did a hands-on video to show off its construction and build quality.

As can be seen in the video, the carbon fiber enclosure of the Apple Watch has been built with precision, incorporating a custom carbon fiber side button in addition to...

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Apple SVP Phil Schiller: Huge iOS App Store changes...

Apple’s App Store problems are well-documented. It’s difficult to find apps, even when searching for them by name, and it’s tough for developers to stand out from the millions of other apps in the store. At next week’s Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple will officially announce its overhauled App Store.

Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, spilled the beans on those changes in a Wednesday interviews with The Verge and Daring Fireball. First, a new App Store subscription model will reward developers who can keep paying customers around for longer than a year. Apple will slice its cut of their subscriptions to 15 percent from the standard 30 percent after the first year. The company is planning to encourage all developers to explore the subscription model—and...

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Office will be big at Microsoft Ignite—see the full...

The Microsoft Ignite session catalog is now live—with more than 440 sessions to choose from, including 120+ sessions on Office topics. Whether you want in-depth strategy, hands-on labs, overviews, deep dives, expert Q&As or a mix of everything, you’ll find it all there. Start exploring now so you can get the most out of your time in Atlanta.

Here’s a sample of the Office topics you’ll find:

Peer behind the curtain—how Microsoft runs Exchange Online
For 75 minutes, you’ll put on a virtual Microsoft blue badge and enter the world of Exchange Online operations. See how it’s done with a rare look behind the scenes of one of the world’s biggest email service providers.

Find similar sessions using the tags: Automation, High...

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Apple is making big changes to the App Store under...

Enlarge / Apple is bringing search ads and other major changes to the App Store over the next few months. (credit: Apple)

We're a few days out from the WWDC keynote, but Apple is already making some announcements. Apple SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller was put in charge of the App Store back in December, and today he sat down with The Loop's Jim Dalrymple to detail his first major changes to the App Store.

The single biggest difference is...

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Podcast 511: WWDC predictions, Apple TV love, and...

We’re just days away from the WWDC 2016 keynote, and it’s time to talk (and talk, and talk) about what might be announced, what probably won’t be announced, and what we really want Apple to announce, however unlikely. Be sure to join us for the live blog Monday morning—the keynote starts at 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern.

Elsewhere, Glenn made a Mac 911 FAQ because it turns out about half the questions he gets are the same handful of questions. We’re both loving the Apple TV more than ever, as articulated by Jason Snell in a recent column. Instagram is finally using the real iOS Share sheet, so we also pause to praise how great the Share sheet is at linking up apps. Then speaking of awesome apps, Glenn has written two books about Slack, which is one of those apps it’s easy to love but so powerful that it’s hard to take full advantage of. Oh, and speaking of taking advantage, T-Mobile wants you to eat Domino’s every Tuesday forever—for free.

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Apple employees raise Tim Cook to 8th place in...

An anonymous poll of employees at Apple has given Chief Executive Tim Cook a 96 percent approval rating, ranking him No. 8 among U.S. companies surveyed for Glassdoor's annual Employees' Choice Awards.

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The New App Store: Subscription Pricing, Faster...

“We’re doing something a little different this year. We’ve got a bunch of App Store/developer-related announcements for WWDC next week, but frankly, we’ve got a busy enough keynote that we decided we’re not going to cover those in the keynote. And rather, just cover them in the afternoon and throughout the week. We’re talking to people today for news tomorrow about those things, in advance of WWDC, and then developers can come and be ready for sessions about these things, with knowledge about them before the conference. We haven’t done this before, but we figured, what the heck, let’s give it a try.”

So started my phone call with Phil Schiller yesterday.1 Doing something a little different, indeed.

These changes and improvements to the App Store — or App Stores, if you prefer, because they all apply to iOS (and thus WatchOS), Mac OS X, and tvOS — are no little things. These changes fundamentally...

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Snapchat's Discover feature gets magazine-style...

A fresh Snapchat redesign makes is significantly easier for you to browse for videos and images from the increasing number of publishers that are competing for your attention.

In an update to both the iPhone and Android versions, you’ll see several changes designed to make browsing for news and other updates more pleasant. When you swipe over to the Discover tab, you’ll see magazine cover-style spreads for different media outlets.

The new Discover tab and Stories section no longer rely on a grid of bubbles and logos.

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New Samsung Fitness Trackers Have Music Built-In

Samsung last week unveiled its Gear Fit2 fitness band and Gear IconX earbud set. The Gear Fit2 will be available for $180 this Friday at major retailers. The IconX will hit shelves later this year. The Gear Fit2 has a built-in GPS and a heart rate monitor. The Gear IconX is a pair of Bluetooth earbuds that can track fitness information and provide users with feedback on their exercise performance.
Both offer access to music -- the Gear Fit2 has a standalone music player while the IconX earbuds have internal storage for up to 1,000 MP3s.

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Rumor: Apple to unveil updated MacBook Air, MacBook...

Rumors have come down the pipe from assorted suppliers that Apple may announce updated MacBook Air notebooks this month as opposed the August. The rumor also states that Apple might refresh its entire MacBook line earlier than expected,

The report, citing “a reliable Chinese supplier,” mentions earlier rumors that Apple will discontinue the smaller 11-inch MacBook Air to focus on 13-inch and all-new 15-inch models. All of the new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models are expected to be equipped with Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports, while USB-A, MagSafe 2, and Thunderbolt 2 ports found on existing models will allegedly be removed.

It’s unclear whether Apple plans to announce the updated MacBook Air and MacBook Pro notebooks at WWDC 2016, especially when assorted sources...

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Apple To Offer iOS Developers 85-15 Revenue Split;...

Apple says it will now take a smaller cut of commission from app developers provided they have customers who stick with their subscription model for longer than a year. Phil Schiller, Apple's Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, told The Verge in an interview that the company will revise the 70-30 split for such developers to 85-15. In addition, the company will also begin showing search ads for apps in its iOS App Store search results. Also, the company says it is speeding up app review times "to the point where 50 percent of submitted apps are now reviewed in 24 hours, and 90 percent are reviewed within 48 hours." From the report: If the new subscription model becomes widely adopted, it will represent a fundamental shift in the economics of the App Store. Developers will be incentivized to sell their apps for a recurring fee instead of a one-time cost. It could change the way consumers pay for certain apps, but it also presents a massive opportunity for developers, many...

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MCX to end CurrentC beta, disable all user accounts

Put a fork in CurrentC, it might just be done.

Following layoffs of 30 employees in May, the Merchant Consortium Exchange, or MCX, announced today that it is ending its the ongoing CurrentC beta test and postponing all future releases. The beta test will be suspended on June 28th, according to an email sent to beta testers in Columbus, Ohio.

Following the conclusion of the beta test, MCX will disable all consumer accounts and end their access to the service. The company offered the following comment in an email sent to beta testers:

“We will be concluding our beta test and postponing further releases of CurrentC on June 28, 2016. Therefore, June 28th will be the last day that transactions will be accepted using CurrentC,”

MCX also posted a similar message on its web...

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Apple announces it will offer App Store...

In the near future, Apple will be shifting to a new revenue sharing model for apps -- one that more heavily favors subscription services than one-time or in-app purchases, marketing head Phil Schiller revealed on Wednesday. The company also plans to begin allowing search ads in the App Store this fall.

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Apple Announces Major App Store Changes Including...

Apple's Phil Schiller recently sat down with several publications including The Loop and The Verge to detail some of the changes that are going to be made to the App Store under his reign, including major improvements to search, subscription access for all developers, App Store ads when searching for content, and some other smaller tweaks that should go a long way towards improving app discoverability.

Apple is...

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Coming Soon to the App Store

We’re introducing exciting new capabilities and tools designed to help grow your app’s business and engage with new and existing customers on the App Store.

Search Ads
Search Ads is an efficient and easy way for you to promote your app directly within the U.S. App Store search results, helping customers discover or reengage with your app, while respecting their privacy. Starting this summer, you’ll be able to participate in the Search Ads beta and see the ads in action. Learn more about Search Ads.

Subscription Enhancements
We’re opening auto-renewable subscriptions to all app categories including games, increasing developer revenue for eligible subscriptions after one year, providing greater pricing flexibility, and more. Learn about what’s new in subscriptions.

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Coming Soon to the App Store

We’re introducing exciting new capabilities and tools designed to help grow your app’s business and engage with new and existing customers on the App Store.

Search Ads
Search Ads is an efficient and easy way for you to promote your app directly within the U.S. App Store search results, helping customers discover or reengage with your app, while respecting their privacy. Starting this summer, you’ll be able to participate in the Search Ads beta and see the ads in action. Learn more about Search Ads.

Subscription Enhancements
We’re opening auto-renewable subscriptions to all app categories including games, increasing developer revenue for eligible subscriptions after one year, providing greater pricing flexibility, and more. Learn about what’s new in subscriptions.

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∞ Phil Schiller: Apple making major changes to the...

Not even six months after taking over the App Store, and just five days before the start of the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller sat down on Tuesday to discuss some major changes coming to the App Store this year. [...]

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Deals: 12-inch MacBook for $1,199; $70-$220 off...

Apple authorized reseller B&H is slashing the price of the standard 2016 12-inch MacBook to $1,199. Plus, save $150-$200 on 13-inch MacBook Pros or $70-$220 on Apple Watches. All come with free expedited shipping as well.

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Report insists Apple 'keeping options open...

Despite vocal denials by the company, Apple is still considering phasing out iTunes music downloads in favor of streaming services, a new report claims.

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Apple Pay rival CurrentC ends beta test, may finally...

The CurrentC death watch continues: After a round of layoffs last month, the group of retailers backing a proprietary mobile payment system is ending a trial run of its app in Columbus, Ohio and will be shutting down user accounts at the end of June.

The Consumerist reported that the Merchant Consumer Exchange, a consortium of companies that signed on to back the CurrentC app, isn’t exactly folding. But CurrentC users won’t be able to use the app anymore, and there are no plans to expand the service nationwide.

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This custom-built case lets Android run on an iPhone...

If there are two things that seemingly never should go together, it’s Android and the iPhone.

That mystical threshold has been crossed, however, thanks to the magic of 3D printing and some innovative engineering work. 

The dark sorcery was performed by Nick Lee of Tendigi, a mobile design and development studio. He 3D-printed a custom case that, when paired with an app he built, runs Android on an iPhone.

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Apple could face slower upgrade cycles as study...

A slower rate of technical improvements in the iPhone, coupled with new carrier financing plans phasing out two-year subsidies, have helped to change how frequently mobile customers upgrade their Apple handset, a new study has revealed.

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Updated MacBook Air and MacBook Pro With USB-C May...

Apple plans to announce new MacBook Air models within the month of June, and begin shipping the notebooks to retailers in August, according to Japanese website Mac Otakara. The conflicting report also claims that Apple will announce a refresh to its entire MacBook Pro series this month, although it did not specify when shipments of those models would begin.

The report, citing "a reliable Chinese supplier," mentions earlier rumors that Apple will discontinue the smaller 11-inch MacBook Air to focus on 13-inch and all-new 15-inch models, although it is unclear if Mac Otakara's source is independently corroborating them. All of the new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models are expected to be equipped with...

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What’s new in Office 365 administration—May roundup

The new Office 365 admin center is nearly complete. This month, we added full support for mail-enabled security groups, the ability to create custom tiles and custom help desk information and email apps management. If you notice a feature that is still missing, please let us know using the feedback link at the bottom-right of the new admin center.

Over the last few weeks, we had the opportunity to demo the new admin center and the usage reporting dashboard at Cloud Roadshow events in Sydney, Seoul, The Hague and Milan. We love attending events like the Cloud Roadshow because they allow us to meet many of you in person and put faces to the names we know from the Office 365 Yammer Network or email conversations based on your admin center feedback. They also allow us to meet new customers, have in-depth conversations about business management requirements and receive even more feedback.

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Mindtree uses Office 365 to create digital...

Today’s post was written by Subramanyam Putrevu, chief information officer at Mindtree.

Mindtree delivers digital transformation and technology services from ideation to execution. Mindtree was founded in the digital age, so we have an innate understanding of the value of an agile, collaborative and mobile business culture. We take these values to heart, training our employees—whom we call Mindtree Minds—to embody our culture of expert thinking, unrelenting dedication and collaborative spirit as they partner with customers to solve business challenges. Mindtree Minds use the newest digital tools in Microsoft Office 365 to hone their expertise and business practices, giving our company a tremendous competitive advantage. As we stay ahead of trends in the productivity space—working collaboratively anytime and anywhere we need to, on any device—we are in a great position to help customers reap the benefits of digital transformation as well.

As we use Office 365...

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Intel's Unite meeting tech comes to the iPad,...

Intel's providing fewer excuses to miss meetings by bringing support for its Unite meeting room technology to iPads, and later, to Chromebooks.

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∞ An Apple Watch wrist experiment

In this experiment, you’ll move your Apple Watch from one wrist to another without it unlocking.

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The future of Apple Pay, and a wrist experiment

Jonny Evans, writing for Computerworld, weighs in with his predictions for the future of Apple Pay. One in particular struck me:

Banks are developing cash machines with NFC support. I imagine these will demand both a biometric element and passcode in order to protect against theft, but one day you will inevitably be able to withdraw cash from any ATM anywhere just by waggling your Apple Watch above the machine.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Report Insists Apple Will Eliminate iTunes Store...

New sources have come forth claiming that Apple is in fact aiming to phase out digital music downloads on iTunes, despite the fact that Apple rep Tom Neumayr specifically stated such rumors were "not true" in May.

Speaking with Digital Music News, the insiders said that Apple is simply "keeping their options open" while moving forward, intending to keep a watch on how Apple Music performs in comparison to the digital sales numbers in iTunes.

According to the sources, Apple might be gearing up for an iTunes revamp that would introduce software architecture with the ability for the company to "more easily drop iTunes music downloads" down the road. This would allow Apple to subtly shift the service towards the...

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An iOS app that teaches you how to program

Interested in learning how to program? Have some dead time, perhaps during a commute or visit to the DMV? Check out TapCoding, an iOS app that teaches you the fundamentals of Swift, all via taps on your iPhone.

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Eddie Cue, the Golden State Warriors, and the Valley...

NY Times:

With Silicon Valley just a short Tesla drive away from Oracle Arena, Mr. Cue is far from the only techie losing his mind over the Warriors. The team is owned by a coalition of tech investors, and on any given night, you will find a passel of executives, venture capitalists and other assorted billionaires cheering from the sidelines.

A very valley problem.

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Rumor: New MacBook Pros will be announced by Apple...

Apple is set to revamp its notebook lineup in the coming months, and could pre-announce a drastic change to its MacBook Pro hardware as soon as this month, a new rumor claims.

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The future of podcasting

Since its inception, podcasting has largely been an indie game. Though there are larger players in this space, almost all are independent companies. Ben Thompson digs into the current model, and the difficulties of making money with this model. He details a major threat to the independent podcast universe and offers some thoughts on alternatives.

Good read.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Gamevice iOS gaming controllers gain prime real...

Apple has once again chosen to spotlight a third-party product with prime shelf space at its retail stores, partnering with Gamevice to push sales of its lineup of iOS-compatible gaming controllers.

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UberPool guarantees you'll arrive on time or...

Uber’s come up with a new trick to encourage more people to use its carpooling option, UberPool. The ride-hailing company will now guarantee you’ll get to your destination by a certain time (or earlier). If you don’t, you’ll get $2 off your next UberPool trip.

The new “Arrive by” feature is currently being tested in Los Angeles; Uber says “Arrive by” will roll out to more locations soon. UberPool is currently available in 13 cities in the United States including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, New Jersey, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington DC.

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It was Apple's Second Generation iPhone that...

When Apple's late CEO Steve Jobs launched the iPhone back in 2007 it was considered a real game changer in the mobile industry. Everyone who say that keynote knew this was revolutionary. Yet according to ...

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Ericsson survey finds one-fourth of wearable users...

One-fourth of new users of smartwatches and other wearables say their devices failed to meet their expectations, according to a survey by communications technology company Ericsson.

Also, about 10% of all users of wearables have abandoned their devices, one-third of them within two weeks of purchase, according to the survey released today.   The online survey was conducted with 5,000 smartphone users ages 15 to 65, in the U.S. and four other countries in March. Half of the the respondents were owners of wearable devices.

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Apple's Taiwanese bonds come in higher than...

Apple actually did nearly 40 better than anticipated in its first Taiwanese bond sale, raising $1.38 billion, a report indicated on Wednesday.

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UberPOOL for iPhone adds estimated arrival time,...

iPhone users looking to save money on an Uber ride in L.A. can now view estimated arrival times for the company's UberPOOL option, and they'll even receive a $2 credit toward their next trip if the ETA is missed.

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ICYMI: Baggage bot, sea plastics become fashion and...

Today on In Case You Missed It: A baggage handling robot is being tested at the Geneva Airport to both carry your luggage and print out tags. Adidas made athletic shoes that are almost entirely recycled; with gill nets making up the stitching on t...

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New Survey Places Tim Cook as one of the Top 10 CEO...

Seven of the 10 most popular chief executives in America lead tech firms, including Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook Inc. and Tim Cook at Apple Inc.

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View System Information On An iOS Device

Under the hood on iOS is a hard place to get; especially without bricking or jailbreaking a device. There are a few tools that can provide insight into what’s on a device, and about the device, though. One is an app called SysSecInfo, available at https://www.sektioneins.de/en/blog/16-05-09-system-and-security-info.html.

Once installed, you’ll see how much CPU and memory are in use, and not in use, on your device.

Scroll down and tap on Process List to see a list of each process running on the device.

Tap Details towards the bottom of the screen to see more information about the OS build running on the device.


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Elevator takes your Mac laptop to new heights (well...

If the GhostStand — see my review here — doesn’t suit your fancy for a laptop stand, check out Griffin Technology’s elegant Elevator. It elevates your laptop 5.5 inches, which offers several advantages. 

For one, it opens up extra desktop real estate for a keyboard and mouse. It helps keep your laptop cool as the elevated computer has air circulating all around it. And it’s healthier for you.

How so? Healthycomputing.com, a source for office ergonomics, recommends positioning the top of your screen level with your eyes and sitting at least an arm's length from the screen. Both of these key ergonomic standards are made possible using Elevator with an external keyboard.

The Griffin stand is easy to assemble and showcases your laptop’s...

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WWDC wish list: Improvements to services like iCloud...

Services with a smile

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There’s a good reason why Apple has devoted more and more WWDC keynote time to streaming apps and subscriptions. From Apple Music to iCloud Drive and the App Store, services are rapidly becoming one of the most exciting elements of Apple’s sizable catalogue, and with some serious pressure being applied by the likes of Google and Amazon, a healthy amount of WWDC stage time will almost certainly be devoted to Apple’s burgeoning services strategy.

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Number of smart homes in Europe and North America...

According to a new research report from Berg Insight (www.berginsight.com), the number smart homes in Europe and North America reached 17.9 million in 2015.

North America is the world’s most advanced smart home market and the region had an installed base of 12.7 million smart homes at the end of the year, a 56% year-on-year growth. The strong market growth is expected to last for years to come, driving the number of smart homes in North America to 46.2 million by 2020, which corresponds to 35% of all households, according to Berg Insight.

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Apple's 2018 iPhone could launch with a UHD 4K...

When the news broke that Samsung had signed a deal with Apple for OLED displays for the 2017 iPhone, it somehow cemented the reality that Apple was actually making the leap to a display technology it once downplayed as inferior. Looking forward, the news today out of Korea is that Samsung demonstrated a 5.5 inch smartphone 4K OLED display ...

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Shattered Throne comes to the Mac

Checkmark Games has released Shattered Throne, its new fantasy strategy game onto Steam Early Access (http://store.steampowered.com/app/469710) for Mac, Windows, and Linux systems.

In the game you follow the story of the young prince as he leads his forces against dark forces that threaten to tear the realm apart. Brave knights turn on one another, while sylvan armies emerge from the wilds and necromantic magic commands forces of the dead. You test your tactics on the fields of battle. And you master both steel and magic to secure victory.

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Web4GUI released for OS X

Stunnix (www.stunnix.com) has released Web4GUI, its tool for developers that allows them to produce apps out of  PHP/Python/Java/MySQL websites.

The apps produced with Web4GUI can run directly from CDs/DVDs/USB drives or network shares. They look like usual desktop apps.

Web4GUI works with Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. Pricing starts at $239. A demo is available for download.

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ADATA launches the Premier SP580SATA 6Gb/sSSD

ADATA Technology (ADATA launches the Premier SP580SATA 6Gb/sSSD ) has launched the Premier SP580 SATA 6Gb/s solid state drive, built for users who want to upgrade their computers with affordable SSDs and gain access to faster speeds and better efficiency compared to traditional HDDs.

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France launches terrorism warning app for Euro 2016...

Fears that terrorists may be planning attacks in Paris during the Euro 2016 football tournament have led the French government to create an app that sends location-based terrorism alerts to users, helping them steer clear of affected areas.


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Kool Tools: Exhibeo 2 for OS X

Softpress’ Exhibeo 2 is an important update to the popular photo gallery and slideshow creation tool for the Mac.

Designed exclusively for OS X Yosemite and El Capitan, Exhibeo allows web designers and creatives to quickly and easily generate HTML5 image presentations using a range of beautifully designed and highly customizable themes. Its features include seven customizable gallery designs, fine control while editing images and thumbnails, image metadata, and more.

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External Link: AgileBits Launches 1Password Teams

AgileBits has officially launched the 1Password Teams service, which had been in beta since November 2015; it enables professional teams to sync and share passwords easily. Two plans are available: Standard for $3.99 per user per month and Pro for $11.99 per user per month. The Pro plan adds additional storage per user, priority email support, unlimited item history, custom groups, and more. From now through 31 July 2016, if you sign up for a Pro account, you’ll lock it in at the Standard price forever, even for additional teammates you add in the future.


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iPhone 7 and the Audiophile Case For Lightning...

According to some rumors, Apple's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will not include a headphone jack, requiring headphones to connect to the devices using a Lightning connector.

Last month, MacRumors considered the case for and against Lightning headphones by comparing the audio performance of existing brands at three different price points: the $45 Brightech earphones, the $300 Philips Fidelio M2L headphones, and the $800 Audeze El...

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Latest connected gadget to hit Apple Store shelves...

The latest connected gadget to go on sale in Apple Stores is the Withings Body Cardio, a scale that measures not just weight and body fat, but can also detect cardiovascular problems. Using sensors that measure Pulse Wave Velocity – how quickly blood pumps through your arteries – it can point to problems like hypertension and high cholesterol.

Body Cardio gives everyone the opportunity to follow heart health at home via the introduction of a new measurement: pulse wave velocity. Recognized by the medical community as the best stand-alone indicator to provide a reliable assessment of overall cardiovascular health, pulse wave velocity assessments from Body Cardio have the potential to revolutionize how we care for our cardiovascular health.

The scale can’t identify the reason for poor PWV readings, but the connected iPhone app will let you know if it is in the range where you...

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CIRP data worrying for Apple, shows Americans slower...

Data from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners shows that iPhone owners are holding onto their phones longer before they upgrade them. Three years ago, almost two-thirds of iPhones in use were just 1-2 years old, but CIRP says that number has now fallen to just 51%.

CIRP attributes the change to a combination of the slowing pace of development and carriers switching from phone-inclusive plans to separate financing for the phone itself …


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Tuesday June 7

Apple's 'Hey Siri' helps mom call...

Siri is expected to gain volumes of new skills if and when Apple releases a rumored software development kit, but it was the virtual assistant's existing abilities that recently proved critical in preserving the life of a baby girl.

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Setups: My hardware setup for podcasting and...

As someone who regularly does voiceover work and records podcasts, I need a setup that allows me to easily record on a whim. Any modern Mac could work for this setup, but I’m especially fond of the 12″ MacBook with its USB-C port. That single port, which handles data transfer, power, and display output, helps to simplify my configuration because all it requires is one cable to get started.

In this post, I’d like to share with you my setup for voiceovers and podcasting. What you’ll find is a rig that’s extremely easy to use and happens to look decent as well. more…

Filed under:
, Mac Tagged: 12" MacBook, audio mixer,...

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This 3D printed case allows Android to run on the...

Nick Lee, CTO of development studio Tendigi, previously was able to get Windows 95 running on an Apple Watch and now he’s back at it again with a new project. As he details in this blog post, Lee was able to get Android running on an iPhone thanks to a custom-built case.


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Slack could host your next conference call

Get ready to start fielding voice calls in Slack. The company announced Tuesday that all users of its popular chat app will be able to ring their teammates with a couple of clicks. 

People who access Slack on a Mac or Windows PC using either Google Chrome or the communication service’s own app will see a phone icon in the header. Users can click that button and start a voice-only call without making other participants open up a second app. 


This phone glyph in the header of a Slack window lets users place a call to one of their teammates.

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The UK's Controversial Investigatory Powers...

Back in March Patently Apple reported that the UK's revised Investigatory Powers Bill that would go to UK's House of Commons for a vote that would in some ways ease up on tech companies like Apple and Google.

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CurrentC inches closer to death as Apple Pay adds...

Payments industry hopeful CurrentC continued its slow death march on Tuesday, announcing plans to officially end beta testing later in June without plans for wider rollout. In related news, Apple Pay this week gained support from more than 30 U.S. banks and credit unions.

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Microsoft Adds Planning Prowess to Office Space

Microsoft on Monday announced the general availability of its Planner collaboration tool, which will roll out in the next few weeks to all eligible customers -- those who have Enterprise E1-E5, Business Essentials, Premium or Education subscriptions to Office 365. Planner lets users create new plans, as well as organize, assign and collaborate on tasks. Users also can update statuses and share files. It provides visual dashboards and email notifications to keep members of a team informed.

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Apple Pay rival MCX ending CurrentC beta test,...

After laying off some 30 employees last month, The Merchant Consortium Exchange, or MCX, announced today that it is ending its the ongoing CurrentC beta test and postponing all future releases. The beta test will be suspended on June 28th, according to an email sent to beta testers in Columbus, Ohio and obtained by The Consumerist.


Filed under: Apple Pay Tagged: Apple pay, currentc, MCX ...

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Firefox 47 Arrives With Synced Tabs Sidebar, Better...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from VentureBeat: Mozilla today launched Firefox 47 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. The browser has gained a sidebar for synced tabs from other devices, improvements to YouTube playback and HTML5 support, and is seeing the end of support for Android Gingerbread. [If you're logged in with your Firefox Account, the sidebar will show all your open tabs from your smartphone and other computers. The sidebar even lets you search for specific tabs. Next, Firefox 47 supports the open source VP9 video codec on machines with powerful multiprocessors. VP9 is the successor to VP8, both of which fall under Google's WebM project of freeing web codecs from royalty constraints.] Firefox 47 is available for download on Firefox.com, and will be slowly released on Google Play. You can view the full Firefox 47 changelog here. If you're a developer, Firefox 47 for developers offers more details for you.


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Modern document libraries in SharePoint

Last month, we unveiled our broad vision for the Future of SharePoint, and today we’re delighted to announce the that modern document libraries are now rolling out to all Office 365 commercial customers worldwide. You can learn more about how to use modern libraries in this article, “What is a document library?

What’s new

Helping people share files and collaborate on content has always been central to our mission. That’s why we’re creating a better experience for document libraries that’s faster, more intuitive and responsive.

Here’s a look at what’s new:

The new, modern document library experience, showing two documents and a link pinned to the top.

User interface

Modern document libraries combine the power of SharePoint with...

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Google makes its TensorFlow artificial intelligence...

Google this week has published a new version of its TensorFlow machine learning software that adds support for iOS. Google initially teased that it was working on iOS support for TensorFlow last November, but said it was unable to give a timeline. An early version of TensorFlow version 0.9 was released yesterday on GitHub, however, and it brings iOS support.


Filed under: iOS Tagged: Artificial Intelligence, TensorFlow ...

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Apple Pay competitor, CurrentC, is dead

Weeks after CurrentC was delayed (again) and half the team was laid off, the mobile payment that was supposed to serve as a merchant-backed alternative to payment systems from Apple and Android may be over for good. Or at least that’s the impression one might get from an email sent to testers of the system.

Not a surprise at all.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Hacks Highlight Zuckerberg's Cavalier Attitude...

Facebook top dog Mark Zuckerberg had several of his social media accounts breached and defaced, according to reports that surfaced Sunday. Zuckerberg's Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest memberships were hacked, but evidence of the attacks quickly disappeared. In addition to requiring passwords, Twitter and LinkedIn protect their accounts with optional two-factor authentication. "My guess is that Zuckerberg did not have [2FA] turned on on these sites," said Centrify security strategist Chris Webber.

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MCX Ends CurrentC Beta Test, Postpones All Further...

The Merchant Consortium Exchange, aka MCX, today told beta testers that it is suspending its CurrentC beta test on June 28 and postponing all further releases of the payments platform.

The news was delivered in an email sent to all Columbus, Ohio beta testers and shared by The Consumerist. On June 28, when the beta test ends, MCX plans to disable all active accounts and end customer access.

MCX has also announced the news on the CurrentC website, complete with an FAQ for customers that says MCX has "not yet determined the future timing of CurrentC" but will provide further details in the future addressing whether or not the project will be continuing.

Last month, MCX CEO Brian Mooney announced plans to postpone the rollout of the CurrentC payments platform following feedback from the...

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Apple Pay comes to over 30 new banks and credit...

After coming to over two dozen new banks last month, Apple Pay today has expanded to over 30 new banks and credit unions in the United States. The new banks join the increasingly large list of existing banks and credit unions that support Apple’s mobile payment service. Below are the new banks and credit unions that now work with Apple Pay:


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Oddball Rumor Claims Kaby Lake will be Delayed until...

Intel's website published an editorial titled "Intel at Computex 2016: 5 Things to Know." In that editorial, they clearly noted that "Intel also talked about the innovation that is coming later this year to PCs, demonstrating 7th Gen Intel Core processors (code named Kaby Lake) for the first time and highlighting some of the advancements in performance ...

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Success of next-generation iPhone could rest with...

A fresh survey published ahead of Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference suggests updates to Siri and the unlocking of the digital assistant's software development kit could be a key factor in future iPhone adoption, a topic of keen interest coming off Apple's first ever handset sales contraction.

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After Apple's objections, UK removes encryption...

The U.K. House of Commons has passed a limited version of its Investigatory Powers Bill after removing controversial elements that would have demanded that manufacturers like Apple to weaken or build backdoors into their encryption products.

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Notable apps and app updates for June 7, 2016

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.

iOS Apps/Updates

Magnin & Associates have driven out Go Kart Park 1.0 for iOS and Apple TV devices. The $1.99 game features three different types of go kart tracks: a standard oval lap track, a slick track with tight hairpin turns, and a drag strip. There are eight different go karts from which to choose, along with automatic or manual transmission on each.

QLess has rolled out QLess. The free app is designed to allow users to reduce wait times and avoid waiting in line. 

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

publicspace.net has announced A...

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Apple will live stream WWDC 2016 keynote

They added the page to their site today. Bookmark it and be ready, it’s going to be fun.

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PSA: Apple will live stream its WWDC 2016 keynote on...

After updating the iOS WWDC app and launching a tvOS version last week, Apple today has added a new page to its WWDC website that confirms its plans to live stream the kick off keynote. As usual, Apple will open WWDC week with a keynote event on June 13th at 10AM PT/1PM ET.


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Google’s Motion Stills app: Create gifs from Live...

Today we are releasing Motion Stills, an iOS app from Google Research that acts as a virtual camera operator for your Apple Live Photos. We use our video stabilization technology to freeze the background into a still photo or create sweeping cinematic pans. The resulting looping GIFs and movies come alive, and can easily be shared via messaging or on social media.


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Dear Apple: Please use these ideas to modernize the...

Enlarge / A late 2008 MacBook Pro with El Capitan, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD upgrade feels a whole lot more modern than it should. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

I took a vacation last month. I traveled some. I read a lot. And I refurbished an old late 2008 MacBook Pro, one of the original aluminum unibody models. I completely took it apart, dusted it out, put it back together, and stuck in a memory and SSD upgrade. This is the kind of thing I do to unwind.

There are lots of differences between this thing and a new MacBook of any stripe. They’re smaller and they’re thinner and they’re faster and they have better screens, better performance, better batteries. But once you’ve put in a few more modern parts and plunked a fresh install of El Capitan onto the SSD, it feels a whole lot like a modern...

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Apple to Live Stream June 13 WWDC Keynote

Apple has added a page for the 2016 Worldwide Developers Conference to its events website, confirming plans to live stream the keynote event on June 13 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time.

The keynote event, which will take place at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, will be available on Macs and iOS devices through an event stream on Apple.com and on the Apple TV through an events app.

On the second and third generation Apple TV, there will be an event channel, and on the fourth-generation Apple TV, the event will either be watched through the dedicated WWDC app, which expanded to the Apple TV this year, or through an upcoming events app. Apple has not yet updated its apps on the Apple TV to reflect the...

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Flag’s new app offers free, ad-supported photo...

This is an interesting solution but it’s not for everyone – you have to give up a certain amount of information to advertisers. That being said, I ordered my 20 prints fairly easily from the app on my phone. I’ll be interested to see how they come out.

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Google releases Motion Stills for iOS, uses...

The animated gif is by no means dead.

It’s just become high res looping video clips.

On Tuesday, Google announced the release of Motion Stills, an iOS app from its Google Research division that takes stabilized GIFs and creates looping videos out of them that can be shared via messaging or social media.

The app cites that it’s able to achieve a 40x speedup by using techniques such as temporal subsampling, decoupling of motion parameters, and using Google Research’s custom linear solver, GLOP. This, in turn, adds additional speed and conserves storageby computing low-resolution warp textures to perform real-time GPU rendering, just like in a video game.

From here, Motion Stills separates the background from the rest of the scene...

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GigJam Preview is now available for everyone

Today’s post was written by Vijay Mital, general manager of the Ambient Computing team.

We’re pleased to announce that the GigJam Preview is now available to everyone on Windows, Mac, iPhone and iPad. Start using GigJam today—you no longer need an invitation. GigJam is a product coming to Office 365 later this year for people with a co-working mindset. It empowers you to spontaneously and ephemerally involve others in your work.

Need to discuss a draft contract with a customer? Just send over the right paragraphs to their phone, no need to send the entire file. Need a vendor’s help to fill in order details? Pull up the Salesforce order and related emails, hide the price and beam over the information to their phone to edit. In a huddle? Show a draft brochure to your designer, but only the text to your copywriter. Even bring a photographer into the session to pool photo options onto your designer’s phone so that they can choose the best fit for the brochure....

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Google Debuts 'Motion Stills' App for...

Google today announced the launch of a new app called Motion Stills, which is designed to create unique GIFs from Live Photo images captured with the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone SE.

According to Google, the app was built by the Google Research Team and uses the company's video stabilization technology to freeze the background into a still photo or create cinematic panoramas. Multiple clips can also be combined into a montage.

GIFs created by Motion Stills can be shared via apps like Messages or on social media networks.

We pioneered this technology by stabilizing hundreds of millions of videos and creating GIF animations from photo bursts. Our algorithm uses linear programming to compute a virtual camera path that is optimized to...

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External Link: Does Siri Embarrass You in Public?

Since Siri debuted on the iPhone 4S, voice assistants have become all the rage, with Amazon, Google, and Microsoft all following suit. Apple put Siri on the Apple Watch and the fourth-generation Apple TV, and rumors suggest that Siri may come to the Mac in the next version of OS X. A survey of 500 consumers by research firm Creative Strategies shows that most people have at least tried Siri, with only 2 percent of iPhone users having never used Apple’s digital assistant.

How heavily is Siri actually used, and in what contexts? According to the study, 70 percent of iPhone owners use Siri only infrequently, which is a little sad to hear, but the more interesting statistic to emerge is that many iPhone users are too embarrassed to talk to Siri in public, with a vanishingly small 3 percent of iPhone users saying they do so. This might account in part for why the living-room–based Amazon Echo is doing so well — 39 percent of smartphone consumers say they use voice assistants at...

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Apple Supplier Already Shipping 13-Inch MacBook Pro...

Apple's suppliers have already begun providing it with parts for an upcoming 13-inch "MacBook" update, according to a paywalled report from China's Commercial Times summarized by DigiTimes.

Notebook hinge maker Jarllytec reportedly started shipping metal injection mold-made (MiM) hinges to Apple in May, said to be destined for a 13-inch MacBook. The MacBook in question is likely to be a future revamped 13-inch MacBook Pro, which past rumors suggest will use MiM hinges.

Metal injection molding is a technique used to create small, intricate metal parts. Apple is rumored to be using hinges crafted this way to save space, as the next-generation MacBook Pro models are...

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US International Trade Commission to investigate...

This is just a notification of an investigation, not a judgement.

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The T-Mobile Tuesdays #getthanked app gets tanked,...

T-Mobile chief executive John Legere is known for his colorful language. But after the mobile carrier’s T-Mobile Tuesdays app failed to deliver the freebies Legere promised, customers probably dropped a few F-bombs of their own.

(Update: At 4:45 PM, T-Mobile sent a text saying that the T-Mobile Tuesdays app was working again. PCWorld has confirmed that it is.)

As of about 9:45 a.m. PT, the T-Mobile Tuesdays app failed to hand out coupon codes for the Domino’s pizza, Wendy’s Frosty, and Vudu video rental that Legere promised a day ago as part of T-Mobile’s Uncarrier 11 promotion. Some users, including PCWorld contributing writer Ed Oswald, reported that the app went right to a connection error page.


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NFL Twitter account hacked

The National Football League’s Twitter account was hacked on Tuesday and a false tweet was sent that Commissioner Roger Goodell had died, an NFL spokesman said on his Twitter account.

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Zenbo Home Robot Pours on the Charm

Asus recently unveiled a family robot that can serve as a home healthcare assistant, control connected devices in the smart home, monitor security, perform various online tasks, and function as a playmate, among other things. Asus' Zenbo made its debut at last month's Computex computer show. At the same time, Asus launched a program that provides devs with access to the Zenbo SDK. Zenbo will be priced at US$600, but Asus did not announce when it will be available to consumers.

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Apple Seeds Second OS X 10.11.6 El Capitan Beta to...

Apple today seeded the second beta of an upcoming OS X 10.11.6 beta to public beta testers, one day after releasing the second OS X 10.11.6 beta to developers. OS X 10.11.6 has been in testing since May 23 and the second beta comes three weeks after the public release of OS X 10.11.5, the fifth update to the El Capitan operating system.

Beta 2 is available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store for those who are enrolled in Apple's beta testing program. Mac users who want to join the program can sign up on Apple's beta testing website.

OS X 10.11.6, like most of the previous updates to the El Capitan operating system, appears to be minor in scale,...

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Apple Seeds Second iOS 9.3.3 Beta to Public Beta...

Apple today seeded the second beta of an upcoming iOS 9.3.3 update to public beta testers, one day after seeding the second iOS 9.3.3 beta to developers. iOS 9.3.3 has been in testing since May 23 and comes three weeks after the release of iOS 9.3.2, an update focusing primarily on bug fixes.

Beta testers who have signed up for Apple's beta testing program will receive the iOS 9.3.3 update over-the-air after installing the proper certificate on their iOS device.

Those who want to be a part of Apple's beta testing program can sign up to participate through the beta testing website, which gives users access to both iOS and OS X betas.

As another minor 9.x.x update, iOS 9.3.3 includes under-the-...

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Finding photos with Siri

A couple of good tips here. It will definitely save a lot of time searching back through years of photos by narrowing the search a little. I wonder if it will find a photo you named—I’ll have to try that later.

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Apple Pay to Launch in Switzerland on June 13

According to a Switzerland's financial news site, Apple Pay is set to launch on June 13. The news site claims that ...

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Apple Music adds an NBC Sports Radio livestream...

One thing that's been missing from Apple Music is a 24/7 sports talk radio station for sports junkies. Well, sports fanatics, your prayers have been answered! Apple Music today added NBC Sports Radio, featuring live sports talk with pesonalities like Mike Florio, Rodney Harrison, Amani Toomer, and Chris Mannix. 

The new service isn't the only live news or talk station available -- those have been available from BBC World Service and NPR for a while. The new station is available to stream via the iOS Music App or in iTunes on a Mac or PC. 

NBC Sports Radio is available for all users without a subscription, as part of the iTunes Radio service that's part of Apple Music. We're expecting to hear more about other enhancements to Apple Music next week as part of the WWDC 2016 keynote on Monday, June 13.

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: 15″ MacBook Pro $1,600, 50-...

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Second Source Now Claims to be Supplying Apple with...

In April Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple's Future MacBooks Likely to Introduce Next-Gen Hinge." A supply chain report stated that Apple's next generation MacBooks would once again be thinner due to an all new metal injection molding (MIM) process. Today ...

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Boinx Software introduces the mimoLive video engine

Boinx Software has announced mimoLive, the multi-in, multi-out live video engine. It’s a complete overhaul of the BoinxTV live video production system.

mimoLive includes a number of new features for optimal live streaming across multiple platforms, such as a new, easier-to-use interface. It’s designed to be a solution for everything from school morning announcements and community TV, to events and conferences, podcasting and webinars, video game streaming and more.

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New Instagram feature for iOS makes it easier to...

Instagram recently added a long-awaited feature to its iOS app that will make life easier for budding and experienced users of the photo-sharing service. The latest version of the app, which rolled out on Monday, adds the ability to share from other apps to Instagram, as first spotted by iMore.

Previously, Instagram would only grab images from your device’s camera or the built-in Photos app. Now, however, you can create an image in your favorite third-party photo app, and then share it directly to Instagram.

Sharing to Instagram is live.

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Rumor Claims that Samsung may Finally Deliver a...

On June 01 we posted a report titled "Will Samsung ever have the Courage to deliver on their Foldable Smartphone Dream?" According to a new Bloomberg report posted today, Samsung may have just answered that question with news that they're considering to deliver a smartphone with a bendable and/or foldable display as early as Q1 2017. The report notes that one of the designs may fold like a cosmetic compact.

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Rumor: Apple to incorporate dark mode into iOS 10

WWDC is just around the corner and with it, some fairly intense speculation as to iOS 10’s user interface has come about.

One rumored concept that’s gotten some attention is the idea of a potential dark mode to be released with the new operating system. As such, a set of concept images has been leaked, the concept showing a system-wide dark mode is depicted in the images, offering up an example of what darker backgrounds would look like in Messages, Mail, Contacts, News, and more.

It’s been speculated that the feature could be set to automatically activate when the sun sets, darkening the entire operating system as is currently done in the Maps app.

The site images a dark mode that would extend to built-in Apple apps and system menus, as well as third-party apps using a potential dark mode API.

The concept...

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Instagram 8.2 now supports direct photo sharing from...

Following an update on Monday, Instagram now allows users to share photos and videos directly to Instagram on iOS without having to first launch the app. Instagram version 8.2 includes an iOS extension that lets you share both photos and videos from Photos and other iOS apps directly to Instagram. The feature also lets you write a caption to accompany the photo or video, but filters and other editing features will still require launching the full app.

To enable the new extension, update to the latest version of Instagram, tap the share button and swipe to the far right of the colored app icons then tap ‘More’. Toggle Instagram on, arrange it on the list where you’d like it placed, then tap done. Now Instagram will appear in the share sheet where sharing photos is supported. This...

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The incredibly weird story behind Tetris

This is a pretty interesting read. I think the story would make a great movie.

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India: Apple may get 2-3 years’ breather on sourcing...

Times of India:

The government is expected to allow Apple to open its own retail outlets in the country without any sourcing requirement for two-to-three years

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Best Buy sale shaves up to $200 off Apple Watch

Think this price cut is purely a Best Buy loss leader, or is this a sign of new Apple Watch hardware in the short term?

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How to find your iPhone’s IMEI even if you’ve lost...

A solid tip from Kirk McElhearn.

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The Waze battle over local shortcuts

The ongoing and ever-growing battle between Waze and the suburban streets that have become an unwilling part of the main traffic grid.

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Fusion 8.1 update adds Fusion Connect for Avid on OS...

Blackmagic Design (www.blackmagic.com) has announced a free Fusion 8.1 update that adds Fusion Connect for Avid as well as compatibility with the latest Avid Artist DNxIO video interface. The Fusion 8.1 update is available now for both Fusion 8 and Fusion Studio customers, and can be downloaded from the Blackmagic Design website.

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Apple Granted 45 Patents Today Covering Touch ID,...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 45 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover one of the original Touch ID inventions regarding on-chip security against fraud, tampering and viruses. Apple was also granted a series of design patents ...

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Better Finder Rename for OS X revved to version 10.07

publicspace.net (http://www.publicspace.net/) has announced A Better Finder Rename 10.07 an update of their batch file renaming solution for Mac OS X. It adds the ability to to export and import presets to enable smoother sharing within and across teams.

A Better Finder Rename requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. Version 10.06 is a free upgrade for customers who have purchased A Better Finder Rename after Jan. 1, 2015, or who own a forever upgrade. Discounted upgrade prices are available from our web store and start at $12.95 for a single user license.

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Fengtao upgrades its DVDFab product line

Fengtao Software has updated its multimedia software package of DVDFab product line to version There are two new features.

One allows users to remove unwanted audio tracks while compressing a full disc Blu-ray down to BD 25 size. The other one enables users to keep the original navigation menu or add custom menu while doing a custom Blu-ray backup.

Demo versions of the DVDFab products are available for download.

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Samsung Rumored to Launch Fully Bendable Smartphones...

Smartphone maker and display manufacturer Samsung is believed to launch a pair of smartphones in early 2017, each with a bendable OLED display. According to people familiar with the smartphones' development (via Bloomberg), the two devices could be unveiled as early as Q1 2017 -- potentially at Mobile World Congress in February -- and come in two different sizes, similar to that of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

Bendable smartphone mockup by Samsung

One phone would have a 5-inch screen when used in a normal handset fashion, and could then be opened to a tablet size that's "as large as 8 inches." The smaller alternative is estimated to be sized around a traditional modern 5-inch smartphone, but users would have the ability to fold it in half "like a...

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Episode 5 of the MacAdmins Podcast

Episode 5: SSO & Puppies, Two Tales of Adoption with Tom Bridge, Pepijn Bruienne, Marcus Ransom, and I is now available at http://podcast.macadmins.org or using the embed below. Hope you enjoy!

And a special thanks to Andrew Seago, Miles Leacy, and Mikey Paul for joining us!

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Bejeweled Stars aims higher than Candy Crush and...

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).

Currents shift certain gems around a rotating path in some stages—plus you’ve got butterflies to contend with.

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ReactOS Is a Promising Open Source Windows...

If you want to run a clone of Microsoft Windows to escape the drama of upgrading to Windows 10, try ReactOS -- but do not expect it to be a fully functional replacement. ReactOS is a free, open source operating system built on the design principles found in Windows NT. ReactOS is a Windows clone and not a Linux distro. However, the release last month of version 0.4.1 brings this unique open source project one step closer to its goal of providing users full compatibility with Windows software on a free OS made almost from scratch.

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Kool Tools: Pixelmator Canyon for OS X

The Pixelmator Team’s Pixelmator 3.5 Canyon is a kool update of its image editor for Mac OS X.

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VidConvert for OS X gets Korean localization

Reggie Ashworth has released VidConvert 1.6.6, an update to his video converter for Mac OS X 10.7 or later.

It will convert just about any type of video into one of the formats of today. Version 1.6.6 introduces Korean localization and a number of other fixes and improvements.

VidConvert costs $7.99 for a single user license. A demo that creates three-minute samples is available (http://www.reggieashworth.com/vidconvert).

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There’s 24% more spending on in-app transactions...

Mobile app users spend 24% more on in-app transactions than on upfront app payments, according to an online consumer survey by Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com). Consumer preference for in-app transactions indicates that the flexibility they offer is delivering a better customer experience than paid-for downloads, according to the research group.

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The GhostStand is a scarily good stand for an Apple...

If you have a 12-inch Apple MacBook, you might as well display it with style. One way to do so is with Twelve South’s GhostStand.

The $34.99 stand elevates the tiny laptop to a more comfortable viewing angle — around six inches off a desk. This makes it handy for pairing the MacBook with a keyboard and mouse if (unlike me) you use it as your main computer. 

My 12-inch MacBook sits on is GhostStand next to its big brother, a 27-inch iMac.


The folks at Twelve South say the GhostStand makes it appear your laptop is levitating. That’s a bit of hyperbole, but it does facilitate a “lighter than air” atmosphere. Plus, its two sets of soft silicon rails will keep your MacBook from sliding off. 

However, when you’re ready to go (and you didn’t buy Apple’s tiniest laptop to leave it at the home or office, did you?), just unplug your power cable and any USB-C cords,...

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AAPL’s rumored Taiwanese bond sale goes live, 30-...

Reuters said last week that Apple was planning a $1B bond launch in Taiwan – home to iPhone assembler Foxconn – and it now reports that the sale has gone live.


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WWDC wish list: Predicting the next version of OS X

Not many people get a new computer every single year, but now that Apple has OS X on a yearly update cycle, our computers can feel refreshed and renewed while we bide our time waiting for new MacBook Pros or MacBook Airs.

New features add convenience and speed up tasks we do all the time, and developers can get new tools to delight us with their own apps too. This year’s WWDC keynote is bound to hold some surprises, and here’s what we could see in the next OS X—er, excuse me, MacOS. Or whatever it’s called.

Siri on the Mac, at last

Siri is on our iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches, and even the Apple TV—hopefully this is the year Apple’s personal assistant makes the jump to the Mac. We’ve been jealous of Cortana (and its...

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Apple patents liquid resistant speaker port, bone...

Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent covering water-resistant iPhone speakers, hinting at a potential ruggedized handset, as well as a property detailing bone conduction technology that might one day deliver advanced noise cancellation to EarPods headsets.

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Monday June 6

New algorithm may lead to a picture of an actual...

MIT grad student Katie Bouman and her team have developed an algorithm that could finally show us a photo of an actual black hole. See, all the black hole "photos" you've seen thus far, including the one above, are merely artist interpretations depic...

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Deals: $150-$350 off MacBooks; iPad Air 2 for $599;...

Apple resellers are breaking out the bargains this week with deals on 2015 MacBooks, as well as instant savings on iPad Air 2 and 13" MacBook Air configurations. Snap up a Gold 12" MacBook for $999 or a 13" MacBook Air for $799. Tablet fans can also snag a 128GB iPad Air 2 in any finish for $599.

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Apple reportedly raises up to $1.2B in first...

As rumored last week, Apple on Monday reportedly completed a U.S. dollar denominated bond issuance in Taiwan estimated to have raised up to $1.2 billion.

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​Samsung might have bendable, foldable smartphones...

Bloomberg sources say that Samsung is thinking of introducing phones with bendable screens. In fact, Samsung said that it would have that technology ready by 2017 itself, just a few years ago at its investors conference. However, this goes some way t...

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Florida man gets four years in prison for selling...

41-year-old Kevin Wain, of Tampa, Florida, has been sentenced to four years in federal prison for running a credit card fraud operation that netted him more than $881,000 over the course of three years. Using counterfeit credit cards -- made with wit...

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Astronauts climb into BEAM for the first time

Earlier, a couple of ISS crew members floated into BEAM to check on its condition for the first time ever. NASA astronaut Jeff Williams and Russian cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka collected air samples and downloaded data from the sensors inside the expand...

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Volition's newest project is 'Agents of...

The Saints Row series has always been appropriately wacky and out there thanks to developer Volition, but shortly after Saints Row IV released, the company went a bit quiet. It's back now with a brand new game with a whole new attitude. It's called A...

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Trade off unwanted 'Rocket League' gear...

Cross-platform play is getting some fresh company with the new additions coming to the soccer-meets-vehicular-mayhem of Rocket League. As part of the game's next update, the developers at Psyonix say they're adding "rare" and "very rare" items (hats,...

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T-Mobile entices subscribers with stock options,...

T-Mobile at its latest "Un-carrier" event on Monday announced a fresh set of incentives designed to woo subscribers, including a stock program for customers, weekly giveaways and free Gogo Wi-Fi service on domestic flights.

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Apple partners with designer Alexander Wang for...

Apple has long talked about blurring the line between technology and fashion, especially with the launch of the Apple Watch, and today it partnered with fashion guru Alexander Wang to launch a fashion channel on Apple Music. As reported by Vogue, Wang has partnered with Apple to launch a series of three playlists: Chill, Hype, and Vibe.


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iOS 10 Concept Features Dark Mode, Split Screen for...

There's been some speculation that the dark theme of Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference website and WWDC app are hinting at a potential dark mode set to be released as part of iOS 10, and a new set of concept images from iHelpBR imagines what a dark mode setting could look like on iOS devices.

A system-wide dark mode is depicted in the images, offering up an example of what darker backgrounds would look like in Messages, Mail, Contacts, News, and more. iHelpBR speculates that such a feature could be set to come on automatically when the sun sets, darkening the entire operating system as is currently done in the...

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1Password updated to 6.3.1 for OS X, 6.4.2 for iOS

1Password, AgileBits’ ubiquitous password manager, has been updated the version 6.3.1 for OS X and 6.4.2 for iOS.

1Password 6.3.1 for OS X offers the following fixes and changes:

– Item sharing has returned with proper advice for sharing only over secure services.

– When first setting up 1Password the back buttons shown there now properly support VoiceOver.

– The password generator shown when first setting up 1Password now announces the number of words.

– VoiceOver no longer reads the image descriptions in sidebar categories or item list.

– We made it more clear how to sign out of an account in the “Accounts” preferences.

– Improved VoiceOver support in the 1Password Account login form so that the text fields are associated with...

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Apple Music launches fashion channel curated by...

Further blurring the line between technology and high fashion, Apple on Monday added the Apple Music Fashion channel to its streaming platform containing songs curated by noted designer -- and music aficionado -- Alexander Wang.

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Some users reporting issues signing in with Apple ID...

Following a prolonged outage last week that affected iTunes, iCloud, and various other services, users are again reporting issues with Apple’s cloud services. According to a variety of reports on Twitter, some users are unable to sign in to the App Store and iTunes Store on their iOS device, while others are unable to access either store at all. Apple has yet to acknowledge these issues on its System Status page, but its support account on Twitter has replied to some users.


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Future Phones May Use Vacuum Tube Chips As Silicon...

An anonymous reader writes: A team of researchers want to replace transistors with vacuum tubes. Vacuum tubes are nothing new, however the ones in development at Caltech's Nanofabrication Group are a million times smaller than the ones in use 100 years ago. "Computer technologies seem to work in cycles," Alan Huang, a former electrical engineer for Bell Laboratories, told the New York Times. "Some of the same algorithms that were developed for the last generation can sometimes be used for the next generation." Dr. Axel Scherer, head of the Nanofabrication Group, said to the New York Times on Sunday, "Ten years ago, silicon transistors could meet all our demands. In the next decade, that will no longer be true." He argues silicon transistors can only take us so far. Vacuum tubes, for comparison, use tiny metal tubes that can control the flow of electricity. They're especially intriguing to researchers as they can provide a better solution to silicon transistors as they can consume...

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Apple Daily Report for June 6, 2016

The AWT News Update is on hiatus while my compadre, Steve, takes a road trip. In its place, I’ll offer a text-only (no podcast) summary of breaking stories with a tip o’ my hat to my former website, Apple Daily Report.

Alexa, Siri, Cortana, and OK Google are all hot names in tech right now. Digital assistants powered by artificial intelligence are the next big thing for Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, and Google. Consumers however, might not be as excited. Creative Strategies set out to understand more about how consumers are using these agents as well as how they feel about them.

Apple has rolled out new ads for Apple Music, featuring record producer, label executive, and musician DJ Khaled. The ads, which aired following the Apple Music launch of DJ Khaled and Drake's new track "For Free," feature DJ Khaled with Naomi Campbell and Ray Liotta. 


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Spotify Hires Ex-Lady Gaga and John Legend Music...

A music trade magazine by the name of Hits Daily Double is reporting today that Troy Carter is taking a high-ranking position at Spotify where he'll compete head to head with Apple and Tidal for exclusive artist content as well as focus on the creation of original content. Highly respected and well-liked, Philly native Carter came up through the ranks...

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What’s new: May 2016

This month brought a new OneDrive app for Windows 10 on your PC, a new editor for Outlook 2016 for Mac, updates to Outlook and accessibility enhancements. For business, there’s a new tool for helping resolve Office 365 issues, the GigJam Invitation Preview and the integration of PowerApps and SharePoint, plus updates to Skype for Business, Office 365 administration and SharePoint. Security and compliance improvements include a new Office 365 datacenter region in Canada, enhancements to eDiscovery and new features and accreditations. Teachers can now use ClassPolicy to help manage the OneNote Class Notebook Collaboration Space. And for developers, there are new updates and scenarios for the Class Notebook APIs, the Skype for Business App SDK Preview is available and the SharePoint Framework is advancing toward First Release this summer. See what else is new and what’s on the way.

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Spotify hires manager Troy Carter to challenge Apple...

Apple's chief competitor in the streaming music space, Spotify, is reportedly hiring Troy Carter, a high-profile manager best known for artists like Lady Gaga, Meghan Trainor, and John Legend.

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Concept imagines dark mode + split screen features...

Apple already has a dark mode on Mac and a split-screen feature for iPads, but this latest concept from iHelpBR imagines what it might look like if the company brought those two features over to iPhone users in iOS 10.


Filed under: iOS Tagged: concept, dark, dark mode, iOS, iOS 10, iPhone, night, split-screen, WWDC...

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Apple's 'Shot on iPhone' video...

In a friendly reminder that iPhone is the world's most popular digital camera, Apple on Monday added eight new user videos to its "Shot on iPhone" series, highlighting the handset's ability to capture high-quality footage in the most challenging environments.

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Microsoft's Holographic Platform Opening Mixes...

Microsoft last week announced it would open its Windows Holographic platform to partner firms looking to develop products for the Hololens ecosystem. Microsoft already is already working with a range of partners -- including Intel, AMD, Qualcomm and others -- to build a hardware ecosystem that can support mixed-reality environments, company officials said at Computex. The market for virtual reality is expected to grow to 80 million devices per year by 2020, noted Terry Myerson, executive vice president for Microsoft's Windows and Devices Group.

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Apple honors Muhammad Ali
∞ Apple releases “Shot on iPhone” videos

I like the penguins.

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Apple Launches Eight New 'Shot on iPhone'...

Earlier this afternoon we posted a report about the new Apple Music TV ad with Ray Liotta and DJ Khaled. Apple has now released a new 'Shot on iPhone' photos (videos) series from around the world, on land, the skies and on water. The video of the Hippo racing towards the boat ...

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Sorry about that headline, but I'm going to go ahead and assume that GameResort would not have named its game NinjAwesome without expecting some of that. It is, in fact, pretty awesome the way it combines an endless runner and old school arcade... | Read more »
Into Mirror (Games)
Into Mirror 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: "Is all that we see or seem, but a dream within a dream?"- Edgar Allan Poe New game by Lemon Jam Studio, the team behind Pursuit... | Read more »

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