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Monday June 6

13:38
You can now post to Instagram directly from Photos...

Starting today, it’s now possible 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.

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12:43
Apple continues ‘Shot on iPhone’ campaign with 8 new...

In addition to unveiling a pair of new Apple Music ads starring DJ Khaled, Apple today has uploaded a series of new videos as part of its “Shot on iPhone” ad campaign. Last month, Apple returned to the Shot on iPhone ad series for Mother’s Day, but this marks the first big release of videos for the campaign in a while. The company initially rebooted the ad campaign in February with all-new images from the iPhone 6s.

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12:43
Tough Guy Ray Liotta in new Apple Music TV Ad &...

Tough guy Ray Liotta known for his roles in Goodfellas and his recent TV role in Shades of Blue stars in Apple's latest Apple Music TV ad ...

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12:18
Apple Watch bands by Coach set to launch this Sunday...

A total of nine new Apple Watch bands -- three styles all available in three different colors --?will launch this Sunday from luxury fashion brand Coach, a new leak has revealed.

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12:14
DJ Khaled plays himself in two new Apple Music ads...

Following the success of Taylor Swift’s own ads, Apple Music has gotten the latest Snapchat sensation DJ Khaled on for two new ads featuring his famous catch phrases. In the first, he stars alongside supermodel Naomi Campbell driving down the highway playing his latest track. In the second, he breaks down Apple Music to Ray Liotta as they get a manicure and pedicure at a nail salon…

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11:55
New Apple Music ads feature DJ Khaled, Naomi...

Apple over the weekend launched two new Apple Music ads, both featuring musician and Beats 1 show host DJ Khaled in the wake of his new single with Drake, "For Free."

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11:37
Coach Apple Watch Bands Set to Launch on June 12

For the last several months, well-known luxury brand Coach has been quietly working on a set of designer Apple Watch bands created to match Coach handbags, and now those bands are set to debut on June 12.

Haute Écriture's David Boglin de Bautista has been sharing details on the design of the bands gleaned from sales representatives and over the weekend, he learned Coach retail stores will be receiving the bands starting next week.

Coach is planning to release the bands in three styles: Leather Strap with Charms, Wild Beast Camo, and Tea Rose Appliqué, with each style available in three colors for a total of nine bands. High-quality photos of each style were shared by de Bautista.

Coach salespeople are readily sharing...

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11:35
New OS X, iOS, tvOS, and watchOS betas available for...

Apple has released second beta of an upcoming OS X 10.11.6 El Capitan update to developers for testing purposes. It can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center or the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store.

Apple has also seeded the second beta of an upcoming iOS 9.3.3 update to developers for testing purposes. It can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center or over-the-air with the proper configuration profile installed.

tvOS 9.2.2 and watchOS 2.2.2 betas are also available for developers.

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11:32
T-Mobile’s Uncarrier 11: Free stock, gifts every...

In the latest installment of their Uncarrier initiatives, T-Mobile today announced their new #GetThanked campaign. The campaign puts a focus on “thanking” T-Mobile customers for their loyalty to the company and brand by giving away free T-Mobile’s stock, gifts and promotions ever Tuesday, and inflight Wi-Fi for domestic fliers with Gogo.

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11:27
Samsung Surprised US Trade Show Attendees with...

Over the years Samsung has been filing a great number of patents covering a wide range of possible future form factors that could them an edge over Apple's premium iPhone line. One consistant theme has been a slide-out or scrollable design ...

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11:01
T-Mobile offers free stock, pizza, movie rentals,...

T-Mobile launched its latest Uncarrier promotion, and boy is the company handing out the free stuff: free pizza, free frosties, free movie rentals and tickets, and even—get this—a free share of T-Mobile stock.

T-Mobile chief executive John Legere pitched the promotion as a way to thank customers, launching it at a New York store surrounded by employees wearing shirts that said, “Ask me for a thanking.”

“I’m not announcing any bullshit loyalty schemes,” Legere said. “Loyalty schemes are broken and backwards and everybody hates them.”

“I’m gonna thank you like you’ve never been thanked before,” Legere added. 

The T-Mobile Tuesdays app.

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11:00
iOS 9.3.3 beta 2 (13G21) Now Available

iOS 9.3.3 beta 2 (13G21) Now Available

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11:00
tvOS 9.2.2 beta 2 (13Y816) Now Available

tvOS 9.2.2 beta 2 (13Y816) Now Available

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11:00
watchOS 2.2.2 beta 2 (13V601) Now Available

watchOS 2.2.2 beta 2 (13V601) Now Available

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11:00
OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 beta 2 (15G12a) Now Available

OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 beta 2 (15G12a) Now Available

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11:00
iOS 9.3.3 beta 2 (13G21) Now Available

iOS 9.3.3 beta 2 (13G21) Now Available

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11:00
tvOS 9.2.2 beta 2 (13Y816) Now Available

tvOS 9.2.2 beta 2 (13Y816) Now Available

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11:00
watchOS 2.2.2 beta (13V601) Now Available

watchOS 2.2.2 beta (13V601) Now Available

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11:00
OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 beta 2 (15G12a) Now Available

OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 beta 2 (15G12a) Now Available

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10:59
New MacBook Pro concept envisions what an OLED fn-...

According to sources, a KGI analyst report, and leaked parts, Apple’s next MacBook Pro will feature an OLED capacitive touch panel that replaces the fn-key row. Such a change has been hotly debated online, with opponents lamenting the potential lack of tactile response for touch typing, and proponents salivating over the type of software flexibility that such a setup might offer.
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10:41
Apple Debuts New Apple Music Ads Featuring DJ Khaled...

Apple this weekend debuted 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.

The first of the two ads, filmed with Naomi Campbell, was shared by DJ Khaled on Twitter. In the spot, DJ Khaled drives Campbell down the Pacific Coast Highway in a Rolls Royce while listening to his new track.

Me @naomicampbell in my first @AppleMusic commercial #ForFree w/ @Drake at #1 ONLY on Apple Music NBA Finals 2morrowhttps://t.co/xluWbBZq1W

— DJ KHALED (@djkhaled)...

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10:25
T-Mobile Unveils 'T-Mobile Tuesdays' Perks...

T-Mobile CEO John Legere today hosted an Un-carrier 11 event, where he announced T-Mobile's latest customer perks, which include a new app that offers weekly freebies, customer stock options, and free in-flight Wi-Fi on domestic flights.

T-Mobile is releasing a new T-Mobile Tuesdays app, available now, with freebies available every Tuesday. Starting tomorrow, T-Mobile customers can get perks like food, movie tickets, ride-sharing credits, and more. Some of T-Mobile's partners include Domino's Pizza and Wendy's.

Tomorrow, all T-Mobile customers will be able to get free frosties and a ticket to the upcoming movie Warcraft. T-Mobile Tuesdays will also include weekly giveaways for trips, with tomorrow's raffle consisting of a Warcraft viewing party with a party bus that can accommodate 40 friends. Extra rewards come from sharing on social networks.

T-Mobile is also giving...

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10:23
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 6...

Notable software releases over the past two weeks include Alfred 3.0.1, Slack for Mac 2.0.3, Evernote 6.7, Pixelmator 3.5, Cyberduck 5.0, Tinderbox 6.6 and Storyspace 3.1.2, CrashPlan 4.7, GraphicConverter 10, RapidWeaver 7.0.1, Mailplane 3.6.3, Capto 1.0.1, PopChar X 7.5, TextExpander 6.0.5, 1Password 6.3.1, AirPort Base Station Firmware Update 7.6.7 and 7.7.7, and Airfoil 5.1.

 

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10:23
ExtraBITS for 6 June 2016

In ExtraBITS this week, Apple has updated its WWDC apps for iOS and Apple TV, Amazon isn’t coming to Apple TV anytime soon, and Spotify gets more competitive with Apple Music family plans.

 

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10:15
Bose Introduces New Wireless QuietComfort Headphones

The headphones that revolutionized an industry are set to do it again -- wirelessly. Yesterday Bose announced their new QuietComfort 35 around-ear headphones and the QuietControl 30 in-ear headphones, both shattering the limitations of existing wireless noise cancelling headphones with an entirely new experience for traveling, commuting, creating, studying, or relaxing. The QC35 lets you tune out completely with the...

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10:12
Apple issues second betas of iOS 9.3.3, OS X 10.11.6...

With just seven days to go before Apple unveils the future of iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS and at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, developers were provided with new betas for upcoming minor updates.

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10:07
Feature Request: WWDC 2016 wish list for iOS, MacOS...

We know a fair amount about what to expect from WWDC next week — software heavy with Siri as a star and light on hardware — yet there is still plenty of room for surprises like HomeKit and Apple News from previous years. Expectations are especially light on watchOS and tvOS, the software that runs on Apple Watch and Apple TV, and there are plenty of new features that could improve the iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Here’s my Feature Request for each of Apple’s software platforms, WWDC 2016 edition.

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10:00
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 El Capitan update to developers for testing purposes, two weeks after releasing the first OS X 10.11.6 beta and three weeks after the public release of OS X 10.11.5.

The OS X 10.11.6 update, build 15G12a, can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center or the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store.

OS X 10.11.6, like OS X 10.11.5 and the El Capitan updates that came before it, appears to focus mainly on performance improvements and bug fixes. According to Apple's release notes for the first beta, OS X 10.11.6 improves the stability, compatibility, and security of Macs.

No outward-facing bug fixes or changes were found in the first beta but...

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09:58
Apple issues OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 developer beta...

Apple has released the second OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 preview through the Mac App Store for developer testing. The software update to the Mac likely includes further bug fixes and performance improvements following similar releases throughout the year.

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09:50
Apple releases iOS 9.3.3 developer beta 2 including...

Apple started testing iOS 9.3.3 with developers and public beta testers near the end of May, and today the second beta version of the pre-release software has been released for developer iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches. The update marks the first iOS 9.3.3 beta available for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, which missed out on the first beta version during the iOS 9.3.2 update bug.

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09:50
Apple Seeds Second Beta of iOS 9.3.3 to Developers

Apple today seeded the second beta of an upcoming iOS 9.3.3 update to developers for testing purposes, two weeks after seeding the first beta of iOS 9.3.3 and three weeks after the public release of iOS 9.3.2, a minor bug fix update.

The second iOS 9.3.3 beta can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center or over-the-air with the proper configuration profile installed.

As a minor 9.x.x update, iOS 9.3.3 appears to focus on under-the-hood bug fixes and performance improvements to address issues discovered since the release of iOS 9.3.2. No outward-facing changes or obvious bug fixes were found in the first beta of iOS 9.3.3.

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09:42
Windows Holographic: Changing Our Perception of the...


There were a lot of interesting announcements last week, ranging from cool new devices to what was basically an Amazon Echo on wheels from Asus. Such is the nature of Computex -- arguably one of the most powerful technology shows in the world. However, one of the most fascinating was Windows Holographic, which goes far beyond Hololens to redefine the world as we perceive it. This is likely one of the biggest announcements this decade -- if not this century -- and it has the potential to change the world.

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09:30
Apple to reach goal of 40 Chinese stores later in...

Apple officially announced plans to launch two new Chinese outlets later this month, accomplishing a recent target of 40 stores across the Greater China region.

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09:29
9to5Toys Last Call: Apple Watch Stainless Steel from...

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09:13
A walkthrough of Canary security cam & air...

We take Canary’s all-in-one security system with home air quality and temperature sensors for a test drive, including a walkthrough of its super slick iPhone and Apple Watch apps.

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Filed under: Apple Watch, Apps, iOS Tagged: air quality, Canary, iPhone, security camera, Temperature...

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09:00
Microsoft Planner ready for showtime

Today marks the general availability of Microsoft Planner. Over the next several weeks, Planner will roll out to all eligible Office 365 customers worldwide. This includes Office 365 Enterprise E1–E5, Business Essentials, Premium and Education subscription plans.

All users with eligible subscription plans will automatically see the Planner tile appear in the Office 365 app launcher when it is available for them to use. No specific action by Office 365 admins is needed.

The addition of Planner to the Office 365 lineup introduces a new and improved way for businesses, schools and organizations to structure teamwork easily and get more done. With Planner, teams can create new plans; organize, assign and collaborate on tasks; set due dates; update statuses and share files, while visual dashboards and email notifications keep everyone informed on progress.

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09:00
Giveaway: Win an mCookie Kit from Microduino

Microduino is partnering with AppleInsider to offer readers the chance to win an mCookie kit, which contains a magnetic stackable Arduino microcontroller for programmers and DIY-ers. As a bonus, not one, but two kits are up for grabs this week.

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08:56
In Six Years Apple has leapt from #56 to #3 on...

Last year we reported that Apple had leapt from #56 to #5 on the Fortune 500 list and today, Fortune has raised Apple's position to #3.

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08:43
Rumor: Significant changes to Apple’s four operating...

The days leading up to WWDC 2016 are a mix of facts and rumors, but there’s some interesting stuff that’s being mentioned.

On that note, the mighty Mark Gurman went on the Jay and Farad Show podcast and offered the following predictions:

– There literally won’t be any new hardware product announcements at WWDC, but there will be announcements regarding iOS, MacOS, tvOS and watchOS.

– MacOS will receive a Siri upgrade and have it integrated in the top right corner. Photos will also see upgrades.

– iOS will see the following significant changes, including money transfers via iMessages and Apple Pay.

– iOS design refresh. More colors. Notifications will change. Tweaks in operating system.

– Big...

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08:30
Câmara Municipal de Cascais embarks on digital...

Today’s post was written by Miguel Pinto Luz, deputy mayor at Câmara Municipal de Cascais.

As deputy mayor at Câmara Municipal de Cascais, I value technology that puts our government ahead of the curve. We have a 650-year history as an alluring retreat for members of European royal families and as a weekend getaway for city dwellers. Our 32 kilometers of beaches and our protected parkland are well known for their natural beauty. Our mission as the municipal government of Cascais is to continue this tradition and to make our town the best place to live not just for today, but for a lifetime. And to accomplish this in the 21st century, we have to transform from a paper-based, compartmentalized organization to a “digital government.” We turned to the cloud services that Microsoft offers within the Azure computing environment and the Office 365 business productivity suite.

Microsoft Azure delivers a trusted cloud computing environment to store our data, but we...

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08:01
Apple jumps from fifth to third in 2016 Fortune 500...

Despite recent setbacks Apple nevertheless climbed from fifth to third place in this year's Fortune 500, ranking major U.S. corporations based on their gross revenues.

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07:46
Inside Apple’s perfectionism machine

Chock full of examples, quotes, images and anecdotes, this is another great read, worth making time for.

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07:34
∞ New Apple Music ad runs during NBA Finals

DJ Khaled and Ray Liotta. An unlikely pairing, but it works.

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07:27
Is it me, or did the power just go off?

A clever trick from Jason Snell

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07:13
Ep. 4 – MacAdmin Easter Egg

Just in time for WWDC, another special guest on the Frogor 45 – Tim Sutton, of Mac Operations fame, here to discuss things non-Adobe… like mcxToProfile.

Mastering by AD⚡️CB logo designer Pepijn Bruienne

Other things mentioned:

Bluetooth fingerprint unlock apps that shall remain nameless

Ollllld topics like ManifestDestiny

The first time I recall seeing the aforementioned Easter egg in the title

Erik Berglund(of EverythingCreator™ branding, already famous for the Imagr-Casper-DeployStudio-SIU omnibus...

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06:52
How to “Love” tracks in iTunes with a keyboard...

If you’ve never set up a custom keyboard shortcut on your Mac, this post from Kirk McElhearn is a double dose of good.

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06:49
Apple climbs in Fortune 500 ranking to #3,...

Apple has climbed two places in this year’s Fortune 500 list, a ranking of U.S. companies by revenue. Apple moved from 5th place last year to 3rd this, overtaking both Chevron and new AAPL investor Berkshire Hathaway, though still sitting behind Walmart and Exxon Mobile.

Reading Fortune‘s write-up of Apple, however, you might be forgiven for thinking it had fallen in the ranking rather than climbed …

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06:49
Siri, Alexa, and company: The bot power rankings

A top 25 list of conversational bots, including Siri and Alexa. Lots to read, almost every example with a link so you can learn more or, in some cases, give the bot a try.

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06:45
Microsoft's Cortana heading to Xbox One, will...

Apple's Siri voice controls debuted on the new Apple TV last fall, and Microsoft's competing Cortana will follow suit, debuting in the living room on Xbox One consoles starting this summer.

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06:42
Behind the scenes: Twitter bets everything on Jack...

A fascinating read, written by the guy who wrote “Hatching Twitter”. A real insider’s story, full of poison and plotting.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:18
Bose gears up for rumored removal of 3.5mm headphone...

Bose is one of the best-known names in noise-cancelling headphones with its QuietComfort 25 model a popular choice, and the firm is now gearing up for the rumored removal of the headphone jack from the iPhone 7 with a wireless version.

The new Bose QuietComfort 35 headphones, launched today, offer the same noise-cancelling performance as their wired predecessors, but with Bluetooth and NFC pairing.

These are our best headphones. In making them wireless, we had one goal: seamlessly merge Bluetooth and our Acoustic Noise Cancelling technology together with no compromise to the technologies or the audio performance we’re known for …

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06:17
India could exempt Apple Stores from local sourcing...

An idea allegedly being floated by the Indian government could make proposed Apple Stores exempt from local sourcing regulations, but only for two to three years, according to a new report

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06:09
Apple Rises to #3 in Annual Fortune 500 Rankings

Apple rose to 3rd place in the annual Fortune 500 list of the top U.S. corporations based on gross revenue, trailing behind only Walmart and Exxon Mobil. Apple's previous rankings include 5th place in 2015 and 2014, 6th place in 2013, 17th place in 2012, 35th place in 2011 and 56th place in 2010.

Other notable carriers, technology companies, and...

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05:42
Survey finds that 98% have used Siri, but only 3% do...

A survey by Creative Strategies found that while almost all American iPhone users have at least tried Siri, only 3% have ever used it in public. The firm expresses surprise at the apparent reason for this.

With public usage as low as 3% for iPhone users, it seems users are still uncomfortable talking to their devices. Even more fascinating is this happens in the US where consumers are accustomed to talking loudly on phones in public.

Highest usage of Siri was, unsurprisingly, in the car, where it hit 62%. Use at home averaged 39% across all the voice assistants surveyed, falling to just 1.3% at work where both the embarrassment factor and a desire not to disturb others likely combine …

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05:14
Benchmarks show notable differences between iPad Pro...

AnandTech doesn’t rush its product reviews, but their in-depth nature means they are always worth waiting for. Having gotten around to posting its review of the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, the system performance section in particular makes for interesting reading.

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05:00
App to Sync DynamoDB Databases to an iOS Device

Here’s a little app to sync data from a DynamoDB database to an iOS device. Includes the ability to search. Simply edit the constants file to link it to your source. Enjoy.

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05:00
Grovemade’s wood Mac accessories are gorgeous works...

As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve always had an appreciation for fine wood, which is why I’m a big fan of the products from Grovemade, a designer of handcrafted wooden and leather accessories. In March the company introduced newly redesigned trays for Apple’s latest versions of the Magic Keyboard and Trackpad, so now my desktop set-up is complete.

The desk trays — as classy as Grovemade’s other products — are crafted to complement the iconic profile of the Apple accessories, and feature ergonomically designed, slim profiles. They’re available in domestic Eastern Hardrock Maple or Black Walnut and lined with cork to protect your desk while keeping the Magic Keyboards and Trackpads from sliding about. The desk trays join the Monitor Stand ($119) and Mouse Pad ($99) on my desk, and I love the way they look. 

The Keyboard Tray retails for $99, the Keyboard Tray 10 Key retails for $119, and the Trackpad...

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04:50
The Indian Government may Open the Door for Apple...

The Apple-India Bolllywood soap opera began in January of this year when Apple officially reapplied to open Apple Stores in India after the Government relaxed its laws.Yet Cook's meeting with India's Prime Minister Modi at the end of their business trip in May didn't end with any positive announcement ...

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04:32
AudioBook Converter for Mac upgraded to version 4.2.4

AudioBooktoMP3.com has released AudioBook Converter for Mac 4.2.4. It’s an upgrade of software designed to convert all kinds of audiobook such as .AA, .AAX, .M4A, .M4B to unprotected MP3 and AAC formats.

The app can batch convert DRM-protected or unprotected audiobooks to MP3 files with 16X speed and CD quality. AudioBook Converter for Mac 4.2.4 costs $34.95 and can be downloaded from the developer's website (www.audiobooktomp3.com). All registered users of  AudioBook Converter for Mac can upgrade to the latest version for free.

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04:30
Total War: Fall of the Samurai for Mac OS X has an...

By J. Eric Anderson

The 19th century proved to be one of the most turbulent times in the history of the Japanese Empire. After the events of Total War: Shogun 2, Japan enjoyed a prosperous 200 years of peace. That changes with Total War: Fall of the Samurai ($39.99, from Feral Interactive) for Mac OS X 10.9.5 and higher.

Though the emperor had nominal sovereignty, the shoguns held the true power, and were responsible for the meaningful governance of the nation. Seeking to maintain the cultural integrity of Japan, virtually all involvement with the outside world was strictly forbidden; Japanese citizens weren't allowed to leave the country, and foreigners seeking to enter unbidden were met with violence. 

This lasted until an American fleet arrived and forced a trade agreement at gunpoint after bombarding a populous port city. The resulting torrent of foreign...

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04:29
CRM software market grew 12.3% last year

Worldwide customer relationship management (CRM) software totaled $26.3 billion in 2015, up 12.3% from $23.4 billion in 2014, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com).

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04:09
External Link: WWDC App Adds Apple TV Version

With the Worldwide Developer Conference coming up on 13 June 2016, Apple has updated its iOS WWDC app with a version for the fourth-generation Apple TV. That’s less compelling for WWDC attendees, who will be most interested in the app’s maps of the venues and a schedule of events. For Apple developers not attending WWDC, though, the app will provide live streams of sessions and the Apple TV support will make watching easier to do in the living room. Considering the number of developers who don’t win the WWDC ticket lottery, we’re glad to see Apple improving the experience of not being there for those who can’t make it.

 

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04:06
Kool Tools: iDevices socket

iDevices' (www.iDevicesinc.com) $79 Socket allows you to turn any ordinary light bulb into a connected bulb quickly and easily.

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04:04
Default Folder X 5.0.5 for OS X improves speed,...

St. Clair Software has announced Default Folder X 5.0.5 (http://www.stclairsoft.com/DefaultFolderX/index.html), an upgrade to the utility for Mac OS X Yosemite and El Capitan. Default Folder X enhances the file dialogs in all Mac OS X applications.

It provides fast navigation to your files, convenient previews, integrated Spotlight tagging, and more. Default Folder X's custom keyboard shortcuts put your favorite and recent folders at your fingertips.Version 5.0.5 is a maintenance upgrade that improves speed, reliability, and compatibility.

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04:00
Compromise said to be likely in India, providing go-...

Times of India is reporting that a compromise is likely to be reached that will allow Apple to proceed with plans to open retail stores in the country despite rules that currently prevent this. If confirmed, it will be an important step for Apple in what Tim Cook expects to become a huge growth market over time.

I sort of view India as where China was seven to ten years ago from that point of view. I think there’s a really great opportunity there.

 

There are currently no official Apple Stores in India because of a rule that requires companies to manufacture at least 30% of their products within the country before they can open a single-brand...

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04:00
How to stamp out butt dialing

Has this ever happened to you: Your iPhone SPONTANEOUSLY MADE A PHONE CALL FOR NO APPARENT REASON? Friends say, "I'm returning your call," EVEN THOUGH YOU KNOW YOU DIDN'T CALL THEM? You see phone numbers in your Recent Calls list BUT YOU KNOW YOU DIDN'T DIAL THEM?  

If any of these things has happened to you, I'm pretty sure I know why. And, I'm also pretty sure I know a habit that will eliminate spontaneous iPhone dialing (aka butt-dialing) forever.  

The reason it happens, you see, is that you almost certainly didn't lock your phone before you stuck it into your pocket, purse, pack, cup holder, or whatever. With an unlocked phone it's far too easy to accidentally dial or redial a phone number without knowing. 

The reason I'm relatively certain that's why your iPhone is making those calls is that I forced myself to adopt a new habit of pressing my iPhone's Lock button religiously before stashing it in my pocket (or anywhere else). I rarely forget to...

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03:59
AppYogi debuts Internet Speed Test for OS X

AppYogi Software has introduced Internet Speed Test 1.0 (http://tinyurl.com/zd9bhzd) for Mac OS X. The menu bar app features a single threaded algorithm to monitor the download and upload speed of your personal computer network.

Internet Speed Test uses a single connection to download the sample files that simulates what is done in everyday online use. It also allows you to see your public IP with Mac address on the Menu Bar.

Internet Speed Test requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later. It costs $4.99 and is available at the Mac App Store in the Utilities category.

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03:52
India’s government expected to allow Apple to open...

The Indian government is expected to allow Apple to open its own retail outlets in the country without any sourcing requirement for two-to-three years as it tries to work out an arrangement under which the company will agree to local purchases once it gets a stronger toehold in the country, reports the Times of India

Quoting unnamed sources, the TOI says discussions have already kicked off between the finance ministry and the department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP) and the option of allowing Apple stores without sourcing requirements in the initial years has been floated. This follows the finance ministry's rejection of a DIPP-led panel's recommendation to do away with the sourcing requirement for Apple on the grounds that the company sold products that had "cutting-edge technology.”

Getting a...

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03:45
8 new 360-degree cameras that won't break the...

360-degrees of awesome.

Image by Facebook

No question about it—the popularity of 360-degree video and imagery is exploding, and it’s no coincidence that the new boom arrives smack-dab in the middle of 2016’s virtual reality revolution. Today, anyone can view 360-degree images and video in a browser, smartphone, tablet, or headset, and YouTube’s 360-degree Videos Channel and Facebook’s 360 community have become major destinations for immersive and streaming content.

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03:30
Barron’s: Johnson & Johnson supplants Apple as...

Johnson & Johnson — best known for baby powder and band-aids — has replaced Apple as Barron’s Most Respected Company. In fact, Apple slipped to number three, according to the magazine.

Johnson & Johnson jumped to No. 1 from No. 6 in 2015. Berkshire Hathaway moved into second place, up from third place last year.

Online retailer Amazon.com advanced to No. 4 from No. 17. Rounding out this year’s top five: Nike, which moved from ninth place in 2015.

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02:05
India May Exempt Apple From Sourcing Requirement For...

The Indian government is prepared to allow Apple to open its first three planned retail outlets in the country without any sourcing requirement for their first few years of business, reports Times of India.

As a rule, 30 percent of goods sold by foreign companies must be manufactured or produced in the country, a requirement Apple does not meet as its products are largely made in China.

That obstacle initially appeared to have been removed for Apple last year, when India exempted retailers selling state-of-the-art goods from the rule, prompting the company to file a new application with the Indian government.

However, a recommendation...

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02:00
Daily Deal: Huge savings on Nuance Dragon for Mac v5

Yeah, you can do dictation on the Mac with OS X, but only for short periods of time. You can give your Mac voice commands right out of the box...after you've set up specific shortcuts. If you really want to get productive with your Mac, both in terms of doing long sessions of voice dictation and controlling your Mac with your voice, it's time to get Nuance Dragon for Mac v5.

We've got one heck of a deal for you -- the app is 50% off, meaning it's only $99.99 to start with. Take an additional $10 of the price tag with coupon code DRAG10, and you're getting Nuance Dragon for Mac for just $89.99. 

What can you really do with Dragon? A lot!

  • Wide-ranging functionality: dictate emails, complete reports & spreadsheets, surf the web, capture thoughts on-the-go...
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Sunday June 5

20:00
Living circuits can handle complex computing

Gene-based circuits are about to get decidedly more sophisticated. MIT scientists have developed a method for integrating both analog and digital computing into those circuits, turning living cells into complex computers. The centerpiece is a thres...

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17:22
Bose QuietComfort noise-cancelling headphones go...

Bose’s famous QuietComfort 25 active noise-cancelling headphones are going cordless in the form of the company’s new QuietComfort 35s. But in a market already awash with wireless ANC cans, is the effort too little too late to grab the attention of music-loving/cord-hating aficionados? Having had the opportunity to spend a short amount of hands-on time with them last week at a media event in New York City, we think they have a fighting chance.

Comfortable, lightweight, and offering a welcome amount of sound separation and warm bass at all volume levels, the QC35 sound pretty agreeable. Similar in looks and heft to the company’s iconic QC25s, Bose’s QuietComfort 35 headphones are a cushy over-the-ear affair available in black or silver. They utilize four separate microphones and an ANC chipset to block out a massive amount of external noise—at least under the controlled conditions that we were allowed to listen to them in. Our full review of the QC35s will be available later...

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16:04
Norway reportedly agrees on banning new sales of gas...

There’s little chance of many other countries matching Norway’s timeline for any number of reasons but, going forward, governmental action similar to this might be required in order to make a significant leap in electric vehicle sales.

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15:11
Apple.com hosts late tribute to boxer Muhammad Ali

Apple on Sunday joined in the trend of public tributes to Muhammad Ali, updating its website with an image and epitaph for the famous boxer, who died on Friday at the age of 74.

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14:49
Why are we still teaching kids cursive writing?

It’s an interesting question. I had to write out a sentence a few weeks ago using a pen and paper (probably for the first time in years) and had to concentrate to remember how to write out certain letters. In the age of computers and voice-assisted interfaces, do we still need cursive?

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14:30
Cartography comparison: Google Maps & Apple Maps

While O’Beirne “designed and led the development of Apple’s cartography” and therefore might be considered biased, this is nonetheless a (very) long and interesting discussion of the differences and similarities of the two apps. I’m directionally-challenged so these kinds of discussions are really interesting to me. I still prefer a dedicated GPS device but occasionally need to use one of several iOS apps in order to find my way around and can see some huge differences in the way these two apps present information.

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13:13
A look at Apple’s insanely ambitious tree-planting...

Weirdly interesting article about the lengths Apple is going to to ensure the landscaping of the new campus is just as precise and groundbreaking as the building itself.

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12:30
Fascinating app shows you how misleading maps can be

There’s no doubt the vast majority of us learned what we know of world geography from a Mercator map but this online tool shows just how inaccurate our impressions of the size of various countries really is.

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10:54
Instagram goes algorithmic, will try to guess what...

Enjoy Instagram’s reverse-chronological timeline while you can, because it’s about to go away for good. In a blog post published late last week, Instagram announced that it will start to roll out a new algorithmic feed to its users “over the coming month.” 

The new algorithmic feed, which Instagram first announced back in March, will attempt to identify the things you’re most interested in and put those posts at the top of your feed. According to Instagram, users “miss 70 percent of their feeds” on average. The new feed tries to address this—you might not see more of your feed, the thinking goes, but at least you’ll see the things you’ll want to see.

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10:12
Apple Honors the Life of Muhammad Ali on its Homepage

Apple recently updated the homepage of its website with a tribute to legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, who died on Friday at age 74. Ali was admitted to a hospital earlier in the week due to respiratory ailments, which were further complicated due to a lengthy battle with Parkinson's disease.

The tribute on Apple's website includes a quote that reads, "The man who has no imagination has no wings." Apple has been a long-time supporter and admirer of Ali, showcasing the boxer in one of its famous "Think Different" campaign videos back in 1997.

"He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life." Rest in peace #MuhammadAli

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07:45
Facebook begins removing chat from its mobile site,...

If it wasn’t clear already, Facebook would really like it if you used its Messenger app.

TechCrunch reported Friday that the company is currently working to remove the Messenger function on the mobile version of its website, pushing users instead to use the separate Facebook Messenger app.

According to the report, tapping the chat button in the toolbar may result in a message informing you that “your conversations are moving to Messenger,” and that “soon you’ll only be able to view your messages from Messenger.” You can dismiss this notice, TechCrunch notes—at least for now.

It looks as though the push to Messenger will be in stages: When I checked Facebook via the mobile app, I got prompted to install Messenger, but I wasn’t warned that I would soon be required to use the Facebook Messenger app. According to...

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05:00
Connect Amazon Echo To An iHeartRadio Account

The Amazon Echo can’t control a FireTV. I guess they’re different groups at Amazon. And not all the music you want is available on Amazon Prime. Royalties, contracts, etc being what they are, sometimes Amazon can’t find something you want. But, even if an artist or song isn’t available, you can often hook into a channel that fills the void on iHeartRadio. So, let’s connect the two.

To get started, you’ll want to log into http://alexa.amazon.com. Then, click on Music & Books and then scroll down to the listing for iHeartRadio and click on the logo. If you haven’t linked an account, you’ll only have the option to “Link your account now” so click there.

When prompted either enter your username and password, or, if you initially setup your account with Facebook or Goolge, click on those....

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04:47
Apple commemorates Muhammad Ali with homepage tribute

Apple is today commemorating the life of boxer Muhammad Ali with a fullscreen homepage tribute, who died in hospital on Friday at the age of 74. The quote reads: ‘The man who has no imagination has no wings’. Apple executives Tim Cook and Phil Schiller have also shown their respects on Twitter.

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Saturday June 4

19:03
American Airlines planes will get ViaSat's...

American Airlines is equipping a fleet of Boeing 737 MAX planes with in-flight WiFi other than Gogo's. It has inked a deal with California-based company ViaSat, which also provides internet connection to some of Virgin America's newest A320 planes. V...

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17:35
RNA gene editing could stop viruses in their tracks

The gene editing technique CRISPR promises to treat all kinds of genetically-linked conditions, but it's so far limited to tweaking DNA, not the RNA that does everything from carrying protein sequence info to regulating gene expression. That may chan...

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17:16
Alfred 3.0.1

Major new release for the keyboard-driven launcher adds snippet expansion to its Powerpack add-on. (£17 new, free update, 2.8 MB)

 

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15:33
How-To: Drive a 4K display at 60 Hz on the 2016...

The 2016 MacBook is capable of driving a 4K display at 60 Hz via a single USB-C cable. Such a feat is achievable via an easy-to-apply IOKit patch.

One of the great things about the new Intel hardware inside of the 2016 MacBook is that it’s capable of supporting 4K resolution at 60 Hz. The jump in refresh is a big deal, as anyone who’s tried to put up with running a 30 Hz refresh rate can attest to.

Operating at 30 Hz results in jerky and choppy cursor movement, and in some cases can induce headaches after prolonged use.

Sadly, the MacBook only supports 30 Hz out of the box for 4K resolution. It’s not immediately clear as to why this is, but on its support page, Apple makes it known that 4K resolution is limited to 30 Hz.

The good news is that it is possible to enable 60 Hz at native 4K resolution and 1080p (HiDPI/Retina) resolution on a 2016 MacBook. In fact, I just did so on the ...

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12:30
IBM Has Been Awarded An Average Of 24 Patents Per...

Traditional companies continue to score a huge number of patents, reports Quartz. The publication deep dived into the patent filings to find which company has been awarded the most number of patents this year. According to its finding, IBM has been awarded 3,617 patents so far this year, whereas Samsung comes close with 3,032 patents during the same period. Behind these giants sit Google with 1,530 patents, Intel with 1,293, Qualcomm with 1,262, Microsoft with 1,232, and Apple with 1,060 patents. From the report: Although IBM's patent-producing power slowed somewhat in 2015, the number of patents it's received so far this year is up more than 13% compared to a year earlier. The company is in the middle of a painful reinvention, that sees the company shifting further away from hardware sales into cloud computing, analytics, and AI services. It's also plugging away on a myriad of fundamental scientific research projects -- many of which could revolutionize the world if they can come...

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11:36
Slack for Mac 2.0.3

Maintenance release group messaging system and productivity tool address problems with the sign-in process. (Free with paid subscription options, 22.2 MB)

 

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10:23
Apple’s K-12 market share hits a new low (is it time...

Apple’s share of the U.S. K-12 market has fallen to new lows, according to data released by researcher Futuresource Consulting. iPads accounted for only 17% of institutional educational purchases in the first quarter of 2016, while Mac laptops accounted for only 4%. In 2013, iPads accounted for nearly 40% of K-12 institutional purchases. 

"Apple's numbers are down. Sales to education are declining," Mike Fisher, Futuresource analyst, told Business Insider (http://www.businessinsider.com/ipad-sales-hit-lowest-point-in-educationa...). "As the market has matured, I think Apple's approach to the educational market probably needs to change a little bit." 

In terms of market share,...

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10:00
Banking Trojans Take Backseat to Ransomware


The banking trojan -- a type of malware used to steal credentials for bank accounts -- has been a staple of cyberthieves for years. However, ransomware, which has proven both easy to use and highly successful, has started eroding its popularity. In a typical banking trojan attack, a robber mounts a phishing campaign to entice a target to open an attachment or click on a link that delivers the malware to the victim's computer. The thief then leverages it to obtain banking credentials and make withdrawals from the mark's account.

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09:09
This week’s top stories: What to expect at WWDC 2016...

In this week’s top stories: iPhone 7 leaks, more on the rumored upcoming MacBook Pros with OLED touch bar, what’s in store for WWDC 2016, and much more.

Apple also launched its Back to School promo for 2016, and designer brand Coach started preparing for a launch of its Apple Watch bands next week. Head below for all of the handy links to these and our other top shared Apple stories this week.

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08:31
Apple Offers No Explanation for 7-Hour Outage

Apple services went offline for up to 7 hours Thursday -- and the company has yet to offer an explanation. An anonymous reader writes:
The outage affected the App Store, iTunes in the Cloud, Apple TV, Mail Drop, Find my iPhone, and Photos. During the outage, Apple responded to complaints on Twitter, "Thank you for the information. We're aware of this issue and are investigating,"

Tech Times reports that the iCloud Music Library had also experienced an outage on Wednesday, and that just weeks ago Apple released an operating system update which bricked several iPad Pros. And yesterday Amazon also experienced a service outage.


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07:29
Review: LG’s USB-C-enabled 4K Monitor lends single...

If you’re looking for a 4K display that can be paired with your 12″ MacBook via a single USB-C cable, then your options are fairly limited. It seems that LG is one of the few display makers that has such a monitor available for sale.

LG’s 27UD88-W is a 27″ USB-C-enabled display. Its USB-C port allows MacBook owners to connect a single cable to drive the display, charge the machine, and facilitate data transfer.

As I alluded to in my recent 2016 MacBook post, the 27UD88-W isn’t perfect, but it’s one of the only games in town if you desire a 4K monitor with USB-C connectivity in tow.

If you’re a MacBook owner, should you consider purchasing one? Have a look inside for the details. more…

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06:14
Muhammad Ali, King of Boxing, Dead at 74

"Think different." was an advertising slogan for Apple in 1997 created by the Los Angeles office of advertising agency TBWA\Chiat\Day. The Think Different campaign presented many people who thought differently and no respect for the status quo. Muhammad Ali was certainly one of them

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05:36
Apple Wins Two Design Patents for Apple Store iPad...

Last November Apple opened a next-gen Apple store in Brussels that introduced their next-gen tables and shelving display structures. More design patents supporting these designs have since rolled out in Hong Kong starting ...

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05:30
StarTech debuts Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt adapter

StarTech.com has announced that it says is the first Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt Adapter on the market, which bridges new Thunderbolt 3 computers to Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2 peripheral devices. This gives users the ability to connect their Thunderbolt 3 computers to the ecosystem of Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2 devices.

Thunderbolt 3 technology is different from previous Thunderbolt technologies because it uses the new USB-C connector to combine and deliver power, display and connectivity signals in a single connection. Thunderbolt 3 technology offers transfer speeds of up to 40Gbps, dual 4K display support, power and charging up to 100W, and support for both DisplayPort and PCI Express protocols. 

With the new StarTech.com adapter users can connect their existing Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2 devices to the Thunderbolt 3 USB-C port on...

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05:00
Alexa, Order Me A Pizza

Domino’s is arguably not the best pizza in the world. But it’s pizza. And, if you have an Amazon Echo, you can order it without opening an app, touching a keyboard, or making a phone call. This makes for a great look at using one of the skills options in Alexa to extend the usefulness of an Echo.

To do so, you’ll first setup a Domino’s account (aka Pizza Profile). Do that at Dominos.com (avoiding any conflicts with the Noid along the way).

Also setup an Easy Order, which is the kind of pizza that Alexa will order each time you tell her to do so. Once done, you’ll need to enable the Domino’s skill. To enable the Domino’s skill. A skill is an extension of an Echo. Think of it like an App Store on an iPhone. In this example, I’ll use my desktop to enable the skill, but the process is the same when run using the Alexa app. First,...

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05:00
Akitio previews a 4-bay Thunderbolt 3 storage device

Akitio has announced the $429.99 Akitio Thunder3 Quad, which the company says is the industry’s first 4-bay, Thunderbolt 3 storage device. It offers fast transfers with the added flexibility of a DisplayPort video output in a form factor small enough for a desktop.

The Thunder3 Quad can deliver transfer speeds of up to 1375 MB/s while simultaneously providing two 4K video streams to connected displays. It’s designed for consumers and professionals who desire high speed external storage and/or video streams in one connection, according to Akitio.

The Thunder3 Quad 4-bay enclosure features two Thunderbolt 3 Ports and a DisplayPort video output to connect to the latest 4K 60Hz displays. The second Thunderbolt 3 port on the Thunder3 Quad operates the same as a...

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04:30
WaterField Design gives us the Duo Dopp Kit

WaterField Designs has introduced the $79 Duo Dopp Kit, designed for daily or travel use.

It’s a two-compartment case for organizing gear. It’s deep enough to hold grooming items or even tech gear, and soft enough to compress so it packs into your luggage.

Crafted from brown, waxed canvas or black ballistic nylon and premium leather, the Duo Dopp Kit’s main self-locking zipper extends past three sides allowing the Kit to open all the way up and lie flat. This design provides access to two deep, interior mesh pockets that close with locking zippers and separate liquids and gels from other items.

Each pocket is lined with gold, water-resistant nylon to help light up the interior. A leather grab handle can be used to hang the Kit up and out of the way when counter space is limited. The Kit compresses to fit into luggage or carry-on bag.

For wet-shave enthusiasts, WaterField...

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04:00
Alien Hunters, the second DLC pack for XCOM 2, is...

Alien Hunters, the second DLC pack for XCOM 2, is out now. Available to buy separately, or as part of the Reinforcement Pack, Alien Hunters DLC features a narrative-driven mission, new weapons and armor, a new Hunter’s Lodge facility in the Avenger, plus three new “Ruler” alien units to combat.

Ruler aliens will show up at random during a campaign and they are highly intelligent: each has its own unique behavior and tactics. If you can’t take out a Ruler quick enough, it will escape to fight another day. 

There are four new weapons: the Bolt Caster, a high damage single-shot weapon; the Hunter’s Axe, a powerful blade weapon that can be thrown at enemies or used to dispatch foes at close range; the Frost Bomb grenade, which can temporarily freeze targets; and the ShadowKeeper pistol, which grants its user the Shadowfall ability, an ability that guarantees a hit and places its user...

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03:17
This week on AI: New MacBook Pro leaks, 256GB '...

Although there weren't any earthshaking developments this week, we did get more teases about the future of the iPhone and the Macbook Pro -- including suggestions that Apple might be moving to a slower, three-year cycle for major iPhone upgrades.

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Friday June 3

23:22
Muhammad Ali – 25 of the best photographs of the...

I was able to hang out with and interview Ali’s friend, photographer, and biographer, Howard Bingham, at a Macworld Expo in 1998. He told me of his friendship with Ali but also his photography and how much fun it was to shoot the champ. I wish I knew about photography then what I know now. I could have asked Howard much better questions. While Bingham didn’t shoot any of these linked shots, you can see a similar style – dictated not only because of its time but also because of its subject matter.

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23:15
Muhammad Ali, titan of boxing and the 20th century,...

When I heard the news that he was sick and in the hospital, I knew it was just a matter of time. He was an amazing man in so many ways who lived a life that was full and full of controversy but you got the impression he wouldn’t have it any other way. I met Ali at a Macworld Expo in the late 1990s. I don’t have many heroes in my life but he was definitely one of them. I was in awe of the man and I’m never in awe of other human beings. I had tears in my eyes (just as I do now writing this) as I told him how honored I was to meet him. He didn’t speak but did that familiar boxer’s thing of lightly tapping me on the jaw with his fist. I wish I had a picture of that moment.

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21:30
WWDC 2016 Preview Rumors: No new hardware but plenty...

Recently departed (but still friend of the site!) Mark Gurman went on the Jay and Farhad Show this evening and gave his predictions for WWDC 2016 and beyond. Most of the conversation material was either posted previously on 9to5mac or elsewhere but there were certainly some new “whispers”… more…

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17:21
AT&T to lean on 'iPhone 7' promotions...

AT&T is looking to iPhone to protect its postpaid mobile subscriber base from incursions made by carriers and "Un-carriers" alike, a strategy expected to result in attractive "iPhone 7" promotions later this year, according to investment bank Nomura Securities.

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17:08
A woman’s epic journey to climb 7 mountains—shot on...

Seven mountains. Unfathomable. I just got back from a 30 minute hike and I want to lie down and die.

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16:23
Grubhub, Seamless app updates add Apple Pay checkout...

Apple Pay gained the support of two major on-demand food delivery services on Friday, as Grubhub included Apple's payments service as a checkout option in updates to its Grubhub and Seamless iOS apps.

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16:06
Evernote 6.7

Makes changes to the switcher, adding tags and improving matching algorithm to recognize possible misspelled searches. (Free, 53.6 MB)

 

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16:00
The Public Access Weekly: Cake every day

What a week! Not only was it Public Access' first birthday this week -- And a very happy birthday to all of you who make Public Access what it is! -- But we also have stats on all the stories from May, details on a comments upgrade, special annivers...

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15:41
An Industry Trend Points to Biometric Ready...

Thinking way ahead of the curve, as Apple often does, they filed for a patent that would place a biometric sensor underneath a MacBook's trackpad as far back as 2009. It now appears ...

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15:14
Apple Daily Report for June 3, 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.

Apple is inviting staff to vote for one of 20 different ‘“community themes, a list of worthy projects ranging from using technology to boost environmental sustainability to empowering the elderly. One of the projects is geared to making Apple products more available to those who would not normally be able to afford them.

Well, maybe the "King of Bollywood" Shah Rukh Khan isn’t becoming the brand ambassador for Apple in India. According to news agency ANI, quoting inside sources, the speculations about the...

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15:13
Notable apps and app updates for June 3, 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.

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

Inspiring-Life Technologies Private Limited has introduced Notea 1.0, their new note taking app for OS X. Users can maximize their user experience by utilizing Magic Track Pad gestures.

Notes requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $0.99 for a limited time and is available at the Mac App Store.

Brotens has announced Illuminando 2.0. It’s an upgrade of the lighting calculation for Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. 

Illuminando is a native Cocoa CAD app designed to perform lighting calculations using interactive tools...

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14:34
Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo all add bloatware with...

A study by Duo Labs looking at a series of name-brand PC makers revealed that their bundled software "is making us vulnerable and invading our privacy."

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14:14
Nest Announces that Tony Fadell is out Effective...

Back in April Patently Apple posted a report titled "A Backlash is Brewing against Google's Nest." Nest had acquired a company called Revolv and rushed the product to market. The product was so bad that Google eventually shut it down. Today, the head of Nest Tony Fadell is out.

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13:44
Former Father of the iPod Tony Fadell is leaving...

Tony Fadell hasn’t been able to shake the bad press as CEO of Nest since Google (now Alphabet) acquired his smart home accessories company, and today that story’s coming to a close as Fadell announced publicly that he’s stepping aside and ‘leaving the Nest’.

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13:30
Nest Co-Founder Tony Fadell Leaving the Company

Tony Fadell, widely known as the "father" of the iPod and the creator of the Nest Learning Thermostat, today announced he is leaving Nest and Nest parent company Alphabet.

Fadell, Nest's founder, has been with Google since it acquired Nest for $3.2 billion in 2014 and has worked on projects like Google Glass in addition to continuing to run Nest Labs.

In a blog post, Fadell says he has decided the time is right to "leave the Nest," a decision that was originally made late last year. Fadell will not be present for day to day activities at Nest, but he plans to remain involved with the company as an advisor to Alphabet and Larry Page.While there is never a perfect time to transition, we've grown Nest to much more than a thermostat company. We've...

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13:18
Tony Fadell leaving Nest

Although this news may feel sudden to some, this transition has been in progress since late last year and while I won’t be present day to day at Nest, I’ll remain involved in my new capacity as an advisor to Alphabet and Larry Page. This will give me the time and flexibility to pursue new opportunities to create and disrupt other industries – and to support others who want to do the same – just as we’ve done at Nest. We should all be disrupters!

You could see this

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13:15
Tony Fadell, "father of the iPod," steps...

Tony Fadell, the founder and chief executive of Nest--the hardware firm acquired by Google in 2014 for $3.2 billion--has announced that "the time is right to 'leave the Nest.'"

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12:57
With Touch ID rumored for Apple's new MacBook...

Apple is rumored to bring its Touch ID fingerprint sensor to the MacBook Pro later this year, but Windows PC makers could potentially beat it to the punch, thanks to new technology from Synaptics that's nearing release.

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12:46
∞ See how a Google Doodle is made

Great.

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12:25
Tech CEOs Declare This the Era of Artificial...

You will be hearing a lot about AI and machine learning in the coming years. At Recode's iconic conference this week, a number of top executives revealed -- and reiterated -- their increasingly growing efforts to capture the nascent technology category. From a Reuters report (condensed): Sundar Pichai, chief executive of Alphabet's Google, said he sees a "huge opportunity" in AI. Google first started applying the technology through "deep neural networks" to voice recognition software about three to four years ago and is ahead of rivals such as Amazon.com, Apple, and Microsoft in machine learning, Pichai said. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos predicted a profound impact on society over the next 20 years. "It's really early but I think we're on the edge of a golden era. It's going to be so exciting to see what happens," he said. IBM CEO Ginni Rometty said the company has been working on artificial technology, which she calls a cognitive system, since 2005 when it started developing its Watson...

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12:15
The Week in iOS Apps: Over the rainbow!

Follow the yellow-brick road

This week’s roundup includes a new game based on a beloved old movie. Read on!

Wizard of Oz: Magic Match

Wizard of Oz: Magic Match (free, iPhone and iPad) mixes the beloved iOS game with characters and events based on the 1939 classic movie. Lions and tigers and purple hearts, oh my! 

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12:12
OS X 10.12 & Mac: What will Apple show off for...

Apple’s WWDC 2016 will be light on new hardware announcements this year, but that will give the company plenty of stage time to show off big new releases on the software side. Siri for Mac, a Siri SDK for developers, an Apple Music and iTunes refresh, Touch ID features, and possibly a first look at new Macs, Apple has a lot of interesting in-development projects it could show off for Macs and OS X 10.12 at WWDC 2016. Below we roundup the rumored features for the next release of Apple’s Mac operating system and explore some of the possible new hardware we might see at the event later this month.

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11:58
Apple updates its WWDC app

A tvOS version of this app is now available, so you can stream and download videos from WWDC 2016 and previous conferences on Apple TV. This update supports live streaming on iOS and tvOS. It also supports multitasking on iOS 9 on iPad.

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11:32
Official WWDC app gains dark UI, Apple TV support...

The official WWDC app was updated on Friday with a new dark user interface, universal app support for tvOS, live streaming on iOS and tvOS, and support for multitasking on iOS 9 on iPad.

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11:25
Google's Magenta AI Tickles the Ivories


The Google Brain team on Wednesday released a tune created by machine intelligence.
The composition is part of Project Magenta, which seeks to boost the capabilities of machine intelligence to create art and music. Among other things, the Magenta team is developing algorithms that enable artificial intelligence systems to learn how to create compelling art and music on their own. Magenta also seeks to build a community of artists, coders and machine learning researchers.

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11:19
Apple Updates Official WWDC App With New Look, Apple...

Ahead of its Worldwide Developers Conference, set to kick off on June 13, Apple has updated its official WWDC app with a new look and a new version that works on the fourth-generation Apple TV. The update also adds support for live streaming on iOS and tvOS and adds multitasking support on compatible iPads.

A tvOS version of this app is now available, so you can stream and download videos from WWDC 2016 and previous conferences on Apple TV. This update supports live streaming on iOS and tvOS. It also supports multitasking on iOS 9 on iPad.The WWDC app is designed to be used by both conference attendees and developers who were not able to obtain tickets for the event. In addition to providing on-site tools for viewing start times for labs, sessions, and events, the app also offers the ability to watch live...

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11:01
Apple updates WWDC app with dark theme, first Apple...

Apple has updated its WWDC app for iPhone and iPad with a new look and feel ahead of the annual conference later this month. The updated version of the app also includes tvOS support for the first time. This means video content and session information can be accessed from the fourth generation Apple TV.

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10:52
Anticipating WWDC 2016: What's in store for...

Apple is often thought of as a hardware company, but an increasingly important segment of its business now relates to online services. Here's a look at what we're likely to see about the future of iCloud and CloudKit from Apple at this year's Worldwide Developer Conference.

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10:24
Unicode Consortium approves 72 new emoji under...

The goal of having an emoji symbol for literally everything is well underway.

The Unicode Consortium recently approved 72 new emoji for inclusion in Unicode 9, set to be released on June 21. New emoji range from expanded smileys and people to new animals, food, and sports.

Noted emoji include rolling on the floor laughing, drooling face, and nauseated face, while the people/body category gains shrug, selfie, and face palm. New animal emoji include gorilla, fox face, deer, shark, and owl, and some of the new foods include avocado, potato, croissant, pancakes, salad, and bacon.

There are also competition medals, objects like a scooter and a canoe, sports-based emoji such as boxing gloves, martial arts uniforms, wrestlers, fencing, juggling, and more. Emojipedia has...

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10:23
Yahoo Sports app comes to Apple TV with live...

Yahoo on Friday relased a new app for the Apple TV, Yahoo Sports, giving owners of the set-top another centralized option for watching sports videos, including some live streams.

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10:23
Apple's China branch fined for 'serious...

Apple's China branch has been fined 50,000 yuan ($7,595) for "serious dishonest acts” such as suspected tax evasion, according to media reports.

According to the 21st Century Business Herald, it was listed as "seriously dishonest" by the Bureau of Statistics of Beijing in December 2015 along with three other companies. The bureau said on its website that Apple's branch company has made “relatively big mistakes” in its reports on its financial situation, as well as on commodity purchases, sales and storage in 2014.

Specifically, wrong data was found in the current year value-added tax, staff salaries and annual commodity sales and the company was hence given a warning and fined 50,000 yuan, the 21st Century Business Herald says.

The Global Times notes that China stipulates that a company can be listed as one with serious dishonest acts if it fabricates census...

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10:16
Yahoo Sports App introduced for the Apple TV

Yahoo has unveiled the Yahoo Sports App for the Apple TV. It’s available for download at the Apple TV App Store.

The Yahoo Sports App allows you to watch your personalized sports news, highlights and live games free, according to Roger Urrabazo, Director Software Development Engineer. Select your favorite teams through a one-time setup, and you’ll get a personalized sports playlist of top highlights from your teams and the top stories across sports.  

At launch, you can watch the most recent news and highlights from MLB, NHL, NBA, PGA and some of the top soccer leagues from around the world. You’ll also get the “great coverage and in-depth analysis you’ve come to expect from the Yahoo Sports editorial team such as The Vertical with Woj, Instant Reactions, Sports Dash, and Power Rankings,” says Urrabazo. 

What’s more, you’ll also have access to Yahoo Sports’ full slate of  live streaming options including the MLB Free Game of the Day. Urrabazo says that...

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09:29
9to5Toys Last Call: 12.9-inch iPad Pro from $550,...

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09:22
Apple supplier Broadcom forecasts sales surge in...

Wireless chip supplier Broadcom is anticipating revenues in the current quarter to rise over 20 percent sequentially as the firm prepares for the launch of Apple's next-generation iPhone models, the company's CEO revealed late on Thursday.

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09:22
What The Fuck Should I Make For Dinner

Similar to yesterday’s Lorem Fucking Ipsum, I thought this was pretty funny.

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09:11
GrubHub rolls out Apple Pay support

While there are no stats yet from Grubhub’s rollout, Instacart’s checkout process is now 58 percent faster for customers who use Apple Pay compared to those using other payment methods, saving them about a minute each time they order.

I love Apple Pay and use it every chance I get. The convenience of using your fingerprint for payment is a big win for consumers.

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09:05
Apple hires top doctor specializing in treating kids...

The CEO of a major hospital is confirming that Apple’s health team has made yet another secretive hire: Rajiv Kumar, a top doctor who specializes in treating kids with diabetes. Kumar made headlines in the fall of 2015 by creating a HealthKit-enabled diabetes monitoring system for young patients at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University.

I love it that Apple cares so much about health and that they are investing heavily in it for the future.

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08:51
The Man behind Apple's 'Think Different...

Author Ken Segall is an advertising executive who worked closely with Steve Jobs for over 12 years spanning NeXT and Apple. He was the man behind Apple's i-frenzy starting with the iMac and helped develop Apple’s famous 'Think different' campaign.

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08:40
Twitter briefly considered bidding for Yahoo

Twitter briefly entertained the idea of a merger with Yahoo, and senior Twitter staff met Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer to discuss a possible deal.

The companies met “several weeks ago,” sources told the New York Post, but Twitter broke off the talks soon after, the newspaper reported Thursday night.

Yahoo put its core Internet business up for sale in December, after giving up hope of finding a tax-efficient way of selling its 15.4 percent stake in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba.com.

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07:46
Shah Rukh Khan won't be Apple's Indian...

Despite rumors, Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan is not poised to become Apple's brand ambassador in India, a regional news agency said on Friday.

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07:35
Lowest Prices of 2016: $200-$400 off MacBook Pros, $...

The start to the educational buying season is delivering the lowest prices we've seen all year on a wide assortment of custom configured 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros ($200-400 off), as well as the standard iMac 4K configuration ($1,299) and standard iMac 5K configuration ($1,599) -- all of which include free shipping and no sales tax outside NY.

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07:31
Apple releases iTunes 12.4.1 update, offers assorted...

It’s more a bug fix than anything.

Apple on Thursday released iTunes 12.4.1, the latest version of its media player.

The update address a variety of small problems and bugs, including compatibility issues with the OS X VoiceOver accessibility feature.

According to Apple’s release notes, iTunes version 12.4.1 for Mac includes a grab bag of fixes that might in some cases negatively impact software usability. In particular, the update addresses a problem that caused VoiceOver, Mac’s automated screen reader technology, to operate unexpectedly.

The new version also restores the option to reset plays and fixes a bug that sometimes caused the Up Next function to play tracks out of order.

The release comes two weeks after iTunes version 12.4 was pushed out...

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07:24
Yahoo Sports app for Apple TV 4 launches w/ free...

Yahoo is today launching a Yahoo Sports app for Apple TV that lets users access free sports news, live streams, and video highlights that the service already offers via an iOS app and across other platforms.

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07:15
Apple, Android, Samsung: Who is winning the mobile...

(credit: Samsung Tomorrow)

A recent study from market research group Phoenix Marketing International has found that although more people have reported using Apple Pay, Android Pay and Samsung Pay have adoption rates on par with where Apple Pay was several months into its launch. This suggests the two competing mobile payment technologies aren't far behind Apple in capturing market share.

Phoenix surveyed 3,004 credit card holders and concluded that an estimated 23 percent of the market had linked a credit card, debit card, or pre-paid card to either Apple Pay, Android Pay, Samsung Pay, or some combination thereof. (The survey reported its results as weighted percentages, however, as the company said it over-sampled millennials and affluent credit card holders. In raw data, 779 respondents, or 26 percent, had linked a card to one of the three mobile payment apps. All other percentages in this report are weighted.) Of those...

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07:12
Apple staff voting on new community themes,...

Apple is inviting staff to vote for one of 20 different ‘community themes,’ a list of worthy projects ranging from using technology to boost environmental sustainability to empowering the elderly. One of the projects is geared to making Apple products more available to those who would not normally be able to afford them.

Our themes are a result of global collaboration, innovation, and passion. They’re rich with intention and supported by detailed ideas. Each one reflects our belief that we can leave the world better than when we found it.

The internal document references Apple’s approach of ‘a thousand no’s for every yes’ and says that votes will determine which themes go forward into further development and testing …

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07:10
File List Export for OS X revved to version 2.0

Giorgos Trigonakis has rolled out File List Export 2.0 (http://www.gtrigonakis.com/filelistoexcel/) for Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. It’s an update to the folder and file list exporting utility.

Users select a folder, and the app will create a list of all files and subfolders on screen, and offers the ability to export the list to an Excel .xls. or .csv text file. Version 2.0 brings the ability to export the files list to a folder, as well as the ability to organize the files by kind, file extension, tag, and date.

File List Export 2.0 costs $4.99. It’s available at the Mac App Store.

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07:00
Daily Deal: Nifty Minidrive for MacBook Pro and Air...

Need more storage for your MacBook Pro or MacBook Air? Or do you just want to be able to do an immediate Time Machine backup of your most important data without the hassle of carrying around a separate backup drive? The Nifty Minidrive for MacBook Pro and MacBook Air ($33.99) comes with just a 4GB microSD card installed, but you can add any size -- up to 128GB -- to this great little adapter to create a virtually invisible "external" drive for your MacBook Pro or Air. 

I used the Nifty Minidrive in a 13-inch MacBook Pro a while back, and found it to be one of the most useful tools I've ever purchased for a laptop. I only installed a 64GB microSD drive in it, but considering that the computer had just a 256GB SSD internally, that was like adding 25% more storage to the MacBook Pro. I used it to...

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06:58
Notes is new note taking app for OS X

Inspiring-Life Technologies Private Limited has introduced Notea 1.0 (http://www.inspiringlife.co/notea/), their new note taking app for OS X. Users can maximize their user experience by utilizing Magic Track Pad gestures.

Notes requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $0.99 for a limited time and is available at the Mac App Store.

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06:50
Brotens announces Illuminando 2.0 for OS X

Brotens (http://www.brotens.com) has announced Illuminando 2.0. It’s an upgrade of the lighting calculation for Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan.

Illuminando is a native Cocoa CAD app designed to perform lighting calculations using interactive tools that allow users to obtain a simple and effective input.
After a calculation, the results are presented in 3D OpenGL and in a complete RTF report.

Illuminando costs $99.99. It’s available at the Mac App Sore (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/illuminando/id835784720?ls=1&mt=12).

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06:43
Self driving cars and honking

From Google’s Self-Driving Car monthly report, details on how self-driving horns work.

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06:38
GrubHub and Seamless apps add Apple Pay support

Food delivery company GrubHub, a food delivery service, has added Apple Pay as a payment option in the latest update to its GrubHub and Seamless apps, according to TechCrunch.

“Considering the company did $2.4 billion in food sales last year, and 60 percent of this was via mobile ordering, the integration is a major score for the Apple Pay platform,” the article adds. “…While there are no stats yet from Grubhub’s rollout, Instacart’s checkout process is now 58 percent faster for customers who use Apple Pay compared to those using other payment methods, saving them about a minute each time they order.”

The GrubHub app and the ...

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06:35
On Apple, Steve Jobs, and the loss of simplicity

Ken Segall knew Steve Jobs well. Segall was a former TBWA\Chiat\Day creative director, he worked on a long range of advertising projects for both Apple and NeXT, and he was and is a fierce advocate for simplicity.

He did an interview for The Guardian, weighing in with his thoughts on simplicity.

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06:34
PSA: Many UK retailers now allowing unlimited-value...

Apple Pay is arguably more useful in the UK than in Apple’s home market of the U.S. as contactless terminals have been in widespread use for many years – at least, in the bigger cities. But the standard £30 ($44) limit on contactless transactions has so far mostly been applied to Apple Pay too.

We knew a year ago that this was going to change over time, and it seems that rollout of the upgraded payment terminals has now reached many major retailers …

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Filed under: Apple Pay Tagged: Apple pay, UK...

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06:28
iTunes 12.4.1 for OS X fixes VoiceOver glitch and...

Apple has released iTunes 12.4.1 for Mac OS X. It fixes, among other things, compatibility issues with the OS X VoiceOver accessibility feature. You can obtain the new version via the UpDates tab of the Mac App Store.

According to Apple, iTunes 12.4.1 also: restores the option to Reset Plays, fixes an issue in which Up Next may have unexpectedly played songs added together in the incorrect order, and resolved an issue in which iTunes was prevented from crossfading between songs.

A totally new and compelling way to locate duplicates and eliminate them from your Mac. Learn How.

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06:25
Apple releases iTunes 12.4.1

Apple has released iTunes 12.4.1 for Mac OS X. It fixes, among other things, compatibility issues with the OS X VoiceOver accessibility feature. You can obtain the new version via the UpDates tab of the Mac App Store.

According to Apple, iTunes 12.4.1 also: restores the option to Reset Plays, fixes an issue in which Up Next may have unexpectedly played songs added together in the incorrect order, and resolved an issue in which iTunes was prevented from crossfading between songs.

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06:22
Apple issues $1.04 billion in second round of...

Apple reportedly sold A$1.425 billion ($1.04 billion U.S.) in Australian bonds on Friday, looking to raise more funding without tapping into its $233 billion U.S. in cash reserves.

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06:19
Apple hires doctor who specializes in treating kids...

Apple has hired Rajiv Kumar, a doctor who specializes in treating kids with diabetes, reports Fast Company. Kumar made headlines in the fall of 2015 by creating a HealthKit-enabled diabetes monitoring system for young patients at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University.

He began piloting HealthKit in March 2015 with 10 patients, including Blake, to assess its ability to track blood-sugar levels. Patients wear a continuous glucose monitor that sends 288 blood-sugar readings a day to an Apple mobile device through Bluetooth. The data is securely transmitted via HealthKit into the patient’s electronic medical record at Stanford Children’s Health through the MyChart app.

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06:07
Apple Reissues iOS 9.3.2 for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro

Apple has re-released the minor iOS 9.3.2 update to correct an issue that caused problems for some units of the 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

 

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06:05
No Apple Display with integrated GPU at WWDC

Sounds like no new MacBook Pro announcement, too. Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long for both.

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05:49
Inside Apple and Tim Cook’s operational brilliance

This back and forth between Motley Fool analysts Dylan Lewis and Evan Niu digs into the steps it takes to get an iPhone from the factory to your hand. A terrific read (or listen, if you prefer).

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05:35
Huawei’s plan is to take on Samsung and Apple to...

Huawei has told a Hong Kong conference that it is aiming to overtake both Apple and Samsung to become the world’s biggest smartphone maker within five years, reports the WSJ. Huawei director Richard Yu made the statement at the Wall Street Journal and f.ounders-held Converge technology conference.

“We want to be the number-one smartphone maker in the world. It’s a long distance race, and we have the patience,” said Yu.

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Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: china, Huawei, iPhone...

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05:22
AppleInsider podcast talks MacBook Pro rumors &...

August.com CEO Jason Johnson joins the AppleInsider podcast to talk about HomeKit, door locks, video doorbells, and their recent announcement adding IFTTT integration. In addition, Mikey Campbell and Victor discuss the latest in rumors, including new MacBook Pros, 5K Thunderbolt displays, and 'iPhone 7' refresh cycle.

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05:00
Connect Amazon Echo To Spotify

Do you have a Premium Spotify account? Before you start this, please note that only Premium Spotify accounts can be linked to Amazon Echo.

To link your Spotify account to an Amazon Echo, first open http://alexa.amazon.com and then click on Music & Books. Then, click on Spotify under the Music section.

When prompted, click on “Link your account”

Click Log In To Spotify (unless you don’t have an account, then click “Sign up for Spotify” to setup an account)

I use my...

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05:00
OpenSwitch Moves Under Linux Foundation Umbrella


The Linux Foundation on Wednesday announced that it has taken the OpenSwitch Project under its wing. OpenSwitch last year began as a joint project of Hewlett Packard Enterprises, Broadcom, VMware, Accton, Intel and Arista. OpenSwitch is an open source, Linux-based network operating system, or NOS, that works with enterprise-grade switches from multiple vendors. OpenSwitch removes interoperability issues and complex licensing structures that are inherent in proprietary systems.

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04:59
Former Apple ad guru Ken Segall says company is...

Ken Segall, the former Apple ad consultant who coined the iMac name, wrote the copy for the famous ‘Think different’ campaign and authored the book Insanely Simple, says that Apple is beginning to lose touch with its heritage of simplicity. He gave his assessment of Apple’s ‘state of simplicity’ in a piece for the Guardian.

Though Apple’s customers remain fiercely loyal, the natives are getting restless. A growing number of people are sensing that Tim Cook’s Apple isn’t as simple as Steve’s Apple. They see complexity in expanding product lines, confusing product names, and the products themselves.

While the Guardian‘s headline makes the piece seem entire critical, it’s actually very balanced …

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04:30
The Logi BASE is a good charging device/stand combo...

Logitech's Logi BASE is the first device to charge your iPad Pro (either the 12.9-inch or the 9.7-inch version) through the Smart Connector. In fact, Logitech is the only company (at least, of which I’m aware) that’s taking advantage of the connector, so it deserves kudos for supporting new Apple technology.

Beyond that, the $99 BASE is also a good charger/cradle combo (keep the “combo” description in mind as you read this). Magnets in the charging cradle guide your iPad Pro into place to align with the Smart Connector. Just drop your Apple tablet in, and you’re good to go. One downside to the Logi BASE is that you’ll have to remove a Smart Keyboard to attach it. The Logitech device occupies the Smart Connector, and there’s no passthrough option or any extra port.

The Logi BASE displays an iPad Pro at a 70-degree angle for viewing while the tablet is charging. With it sitting...

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04:13
ABI: mobile accessories revenue to top $110 billion...

ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com) forecasts global revenues of aftermarket mobile accessories to top $110 billion in 2021. Aftermarket Bluetooth headsets for smartphones will grow the fastest, in terms of both revenue and shipments, with shipments expected to show a 9% compound annual growth rate between 2016 and 2020, per the research group.

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04:04
Troi Automatisering releases Troi Serial Plug-in 4.5...

Troi Automatisering has released Troi Serial Plug-in 4.5 for FileMaker Pro 15. It gives FileMaker Pro users access to external devices with a serial interface.

Troi Serial Plug-in 4.5 has been made compatible with FileMaker 15. It also adds other new functionality features.

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04:03
Kool Tools: Amped Wireless ARTEMIS

Amped Wireless’ ARTEMIS High Power AC1300 Wi-Fi Router with MU-MIMO is designed to meet the needs of demanding, high activity households with multiple devices, The next generation, wave 2 802.11ac Wi-Fi router provides enough horsepower to easily manage music downloads, video chats, 4K content streaming and gaming all at the same time for everyone.

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04:01
Food delivery apps Grubhub and Seamless now accept...

If you’re of the view that life’s too short to fetch your own take-out food, you’ll probably appreciate anything that speeds up the ordering process too – which is why Grubhub and Seamless now offer Apple Pay in the iOS apps. TechCrunch estimates that using Apple Pay instead of a credit card will save you about a minute per order …

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04:00
A deeper look at Outlook for Android Wear

Outlook promises to keep you connected, focused and on top of what matters. Wearables promise to always be with you and provide relevant, timely information at glance. Combined, they have the potential to help us get more done in life and work.

Last August, we released Outlook for Apple Watch, letting you interact with email and calendar information right from your wrist. For details about Outlook for Apple Watch read, “Wearable Productivity—new apps for you to wear” on our Outlook blog.

Today, we are introducing the Outlook watch face for Android Wear. With the Outlook watch face, you can quickly see an overview of your day’s schedule along with key details on where you need to be next. Staying on top of your day has never been easier.

Let’s take a deeper look at what you get with Outlook for Android Wear.

Always know what’s next with a...

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04:00
With CopyLess for OS X, you may not copy less -- but...

If you need more power than the build-in Mac OS X clipboard offers, but not as many bells and whistles as ClipBuddy, check out CopyLess. It offers plenty of clipping/pasting power for most Mac users.

If you're like me, you get irritated by constantly have to jump between applications to copy and paste things. CopyLess rids you of this nuisance. 

Unlike the Mac OS X system clipboard, the utility lets you store and access up to 100 items. It can manage almost all data formats supported by the Mac OS X clipboard. 

CopyLess is a no-brainer to use. Just copy text, images, files or other data formats and you can access, preview and paste whenever and wherever you wish. 

You can instantly paste any items from CopyLess to the active application -- or just put the item to the system clipboard to make the item available for the...

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03:30
Fashion Friday: My OS X Jaguar T-shirt

Over the years, I’ve collected lots of nifty T-shirts from trade shows I’ve covered — mainly the late, lamented Macworld Expos held in Boston, San Francisco, New York, Tokyo, and Paris. This is the last week I’ll be “modeling” some of the items in my collection. I’m shown wearing my OS X Jaguar T-shirt from the launch of OS X 10.2.

Released on Aug. 23, 2002, it was the third major release of OS X. Jaguar added such features as MPEG-4 support in QuickTime, an Address Book, Inkwell for handwriting recognition, and Apple Mail. It also included the first release of Apple's Zeroconf implementation, Rendezvous (later referred to as Bonjour), which allows devices over a network to discover each other and display available services to the user, such as file sharing, shared scanners, and printers.

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03:04
Food Delivery Service GrubHub Now Supports Apple Pay

Food delivery company GrubHub has added Apple Pay as a payment option in the latest update to its GrubHub and Seamless apps (via TechCrunch).

The company follows in the footsteps of rivals Caviar, Door Dash, and Postmates in supporting Apple's mobile payment platform, and means that users of its two apps can now pay for their food using cards registered in the native iOS Wallet app.

Originally founded in 2004, GrubHub began as a website where users could order from local restaurants offering home delivery services. It later merged with rival company Seamless and expanded to offer its own service for restaurants that don't otherwise usually deliver. Last year GrubHub processed $2.4 billion in sales, 60 percent of which was generated through its...

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03:00
Apple Reportedly Developing 5K Retina Thunderbolt...

MojoKid quotes a report from HotHardware: If you head over to Apple's website, the Cupertino outfit will happily sell you a 27-inch Thunderbolt display for $999, at least until its inventory runs out. Word on the web is that it's nearly out of stock and Apple doesn't plan to replenish them. Instead, Apple will launch a new version of its Thunderbolt monitor, one that's been upgraded to a 5K resolution and has a discrete GPU stuffed inside. It's an interesting product actually, if you think about it. Depending on the task, it can take some serious graphics muscle to drive a 5K resolution display. It amounts to over 14.7 million pixels (5120x2880), compared to Apple's current generation Thunderbolt display which runs at 2560x1440, or less than 3.7 million pixels. Apple's thinking is likely that if it integrates a GPU capable of driving a 5K resolution into the display itself, it won't have to worry about trying to balance graphics performance with thin and light designs for its...

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00:00
Minecraft Tops 100 Million Sales

An anonymous reader writes: Mojang has announced today that its game 'Minecraft' has passed 100 million sales across all platforms, including PC, Mac, consoles and mobile. Nearly 53,000 copies of the game have been sold every single day around the world since the beginning of the year. What may be even more impressive is the fact that more than 40 million people actively open up a Minecraft world each month and play around with a blocky axe, shovel and sword. According to Wikipedia, Minecraft is the second-bestselling video game of all-time next to Tetris. Tetris has sold a whopping 495 million copies, so don't expect Minecraft to earn the number one spot anytime soon. Minecraft did acquire Mojang almost two years ago, and there has been no word on a sequel as the company continues to release Minecraft for new platforms like HoloLens and Samsung's Gear VR. Soon, there will even be a version made just for China too.

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Thursday June 2

19:50
Apple hires doctor with HealthKit experience away...

According to a report published Thursday, Apple recently poached Dr. Rajiv Kumar, a pediatric specialist whose diabetes ResearchKit study made headlines in 2014, away from Stanford Children's Health.

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19:21
Latest iTunes 12.4.1 update fixes VoiceOver problems...

Apple on Thursday released a minor update to its iTunes media management platform to address a variety of small problems and bugs, including compatibility issues with the OS X VoiceOver accessibility feature.

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18:53
Face palm, pregnant woman among 72 new emoji coming...

The Unicode Consortium on Thursday announced and published samples of 72 new emoji characters set for release as part of Unicode 9.0 in June, including what is sure to be a crowd favorite: the cucumber.

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17:42
iTunes 12.4.1 now available with VoiceOver...

Two weeks after the release of iTunes 12.4, Apple this evening has pushed an updated build of the software bringing it to version 12.4.1. Apple says the update addresses a “number of problems” concerning VoiceOver working properly with iTunes.

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17:28
Unicode Consortium officially approves 72 new emoji...

It’s been essentially confirmed in the past, but today the Unicode Consortium officially unveiled the 72 new emoji that will be made available in Unicode 9. The latest batch of emoji include a variety of new foods, faces, objects, and sports. Unicode 9 is set to be released on June 21st, which means we may see these new emoji in iOS 10 when it ships to the public this fall.

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16:54
1Password Teams launches with introductory pricing...

After seven months of beta testing, developer Agile Bits on Thursday released 1Password Teams, a subscription-based version of its popular multi-platform password and secure data management app designed to serve work groups.

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16:48
Opinion: Is the iOS vs Android battle headed down...

Yesterday, well-respected venture capitalist Mary Meeker released her annual Internet Trends Report. Inside the over 200 slide PowerPoint were some interesting numbers relating to the continuing battle between iOS and Android. As we reported last night, Meeker’s report showed iOS continue to decline in marketshare, while Android continues to gain. In many ways, the current split between Android and iOS in terms of market share and unit shipments is very similar to the split between Mac and PC shipments and marketshare. And it’s been a long time coming for Apple.

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16:47
Samsung Invents Next-Gen Gear VR Omnidirectional...

Late last month the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Samsung that reveals an expected development in their Gear VR headset. While the system has been used to show photos or play games, one of the latest inventions is quite the leap in creating a whole new service working with sporting and other types of live event venues.

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16:43
72 New Emoji Including Bacon, Shrug, Selfie and Face...

The Unicode Consortium recently approved 72 new emoji for inclusion in Unicode 9, set to be released on June 21. New emoji range from expanded smileys and people to new animals, food, and sports.

Notable smileys include rolling on the floor laughing, drooling face, and nauseated face, while the people/body category gains shrug, selfie, and face palm. New animal emoji include gorilla, fox face, deer, shark, and owl, and some of the new foods include avocado, potato, croissant, pancakes, salad, and bacon.

There are a line of new medals, objects like a scooter and a canoe, and emoji to represent boxing gloves, martial arts uniforms, wrestlers, fencing, juggling, and more. Emojipedia has shared mockups and a full list of upcoming emoji.

The emoji above serve as simple mockups and are not representative of what the...

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16:30
Bringing Outlook Mail and Calendar to Microsoft...

Today, we are thrilled to bring the first holographic email and calendaring apps, Outlook Mail and Calendar, to Microsoft HoloLens—the first fully self-contained holographic computer. Our team is eager to get Outlook apps into the hands of early HoloLens developers to allow them to experience the benefits of email and calendaring in mixed reality.

Outlook Mail on HoloLens—personalize the app by choosing an accent that matches your surroundings.

With Outlook Mail on HoloLens, you can now place your inbox on your office wall to stay on top of emails while simultaneously interacting with other digital content in your real world. You can also quickly see what’s coming up next in your day with your new wall calendar. Since Outlook Mail and Calendar apps are built on the Universal Windows Platform (UWP), like other Office apps for HoloLens released...

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15:56
Samsung unveils Gear IconX wireless earbuds with...

As part of continued efforts to break into the health and fitness market, Samsung on Thursday added two new products to its wearable device lineup, including a pair of wireless earbuds capable of monitoring a user's heart rate.

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15:11
HP Offers Versatile PC Gaming Machines for Grown-Ups


HP last week introduced several new additions to its Omen by HP gaming hardware line: 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch laptops, a desktop PC and a 32-inch Quad HD4 display. The laptops will be available next month with a starting price of $900; the desktop and display will be available in August at HP online and at select retailers, with pricing as yet undisclosed. The notebooks "address the gamer who wants ... a gaming machine without breaking the bank," said Mike Nash, VP of portfolio strategy and customer experience at HP.

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15:01
James Dempsey’s party at WWDC: A WWDCGirls benefit...

Join the WWDCGirls and James Dempsey and the Breakpoints for an evening of mingling and music to benefit App Camp For Girls!

This is going to be a great event. I’ll be joining James on stage for a couple of songs, so pick up a ticket and I’ll see you there!

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14:43
∞ Undercover Lyft with Shaquille O’Neal

This is funny as hell.

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14:43
Apple hires luxury car satellite navigation engineer...

The software engineer who led development of satellite navigation systems for a variety of luxury carmakers including Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, has been working for Apple since October.

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14:39
Samsung Announces Gear IconX Wireless Earbuds and...

Samsung today introduced the Gear IconX, a set of wireless earbuds that are similar in style to the Bragi Dash. The IconX earbuds have no wires to connect them to one another and no wire to plug them into a smartphone or other device, instead communicating wirelessly over Bluetooth.

Priced at $199.99, the IconX earbuds feature 4GB of internal storage to hold music and use hooks to securely fit into an ear. There are also built-in fitness sensors for monitoring movement and heart rate, with the data able to be synced to Samsung's S Health app, and there's a built-in voice coach feature. Touch gestures like tapping and swiping on the earbud are used for skipping tracks and changing the volume.

When not in use, the earbuds can be placed into a pill-shaped case which also serves as a backup battery, offering two full charges. The battery inside the IconX lasts...

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14:34
Apple: “Multiple iCloud Services – Some users are...

There are widespread outages being reported. iTunes, the App Store, Apple TV, etc., are all being affected.

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14:17
iMac G3 TV ads

Stephen Hackett gathered together some of the original iMac G3 ads. I remember these.

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14:09
Apple Daily Report for June 2, 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.

According to Apple's system status page, multiple store services are currently experiencing an outage. The Apple App Store, Apple TV App Store, Mac App Store, iTunes in the Cloud, and the Volume Purchase Program are unavailable for some users.

iMore says that, no, there’ll be no Apple display with an integrated GPU introduced at the Worldwide Developer Conference — or anytime soon.

Developers now have access to the first preview release branch for Swift 3.0,...

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14:08
Notable apps and app updates for June 2, 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

Gotta Apps has introduced Gotta Joga Prenatal - Yoga during Pregnancy 1.0. The $2.99 app offers a set of high yoga classes and 27 postures dedicated for expecting mothers. Classes are suitable for pregnant women from the second trimester forward.

Speaking of babies, Fat Cigar Productions has debuted Hear My Baby 1.0.1. The $4.99 pregnancy app is designed to help expectant mothers to hear their baby's heartbeat by pressing the microphone from their iPhone up against their tummy. Featuring a audio recording system, Hear My Baby can...

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So you've sunken plenty of hours into crawling around in slither.io on your iPhone or iPad. You've got your stories of tragedy and triumph, the times you coiled four snakes at one time balanced out by the others when you had a length of more than... | Read more »
Rodeo Stampede guide to running a better...
In Rodeo Stampede, honing your skills so you can jump from animal to animal and outrun the herd as long as possible is only half the fun. Once you've tamed a few animals, you can bring them home with you. [Read more] | Read more »
VoxSyn (Music)
VoxSyn 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Music Price: $6.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: VoxSyn turns your voice into the most flexible vocal sound generator ever. Instantly following even subtle modulations of pitch and... | Read more »
Catch Battleplans on Google Play from Ju...
Real-time strategy title Battleplans is due for release on Google Play on June 30th, following its release for iOS systems last month. With its simple interface and pretty graphics, the crowd-pleaser brings a formerly overlooked genre out for the... | Read more »
iDoyle: The interactive Adventures of Sh...
iDoyle: The interactive Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - A Scandal in Bohemia 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Books Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Special Release Price $1.99 (Normally $3.99) | Read more »
Five popular free apps to help you slim...
Thanks to retail and advertising, we're used to thinking one season ahead. Here we are just a week into the summer and we're conditioned to start thinking about the fall. [Read more] | Read more »
How to ride longer and tame more animals...
It's hard to accurately describe Rodeo Stampede to people who haven't seen it yet. It's like if someone took Crossy Roadand Disco Zoo and put them in a blender, yet with a unique game mechanic that's still simple and fun for anyone. [Read more] | Read more »
Teeny Titans - A Teen Titans Go! Figure...
Teeny Titans - A Teen Titans Go! Figure Battling Game 1.0.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $3.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes) Description: Teeny Titans, GO! Join Robin for a figure battling RPG of epic proportions! TEENY... | Read more »
NinjAwesome: Tips and tricks to be a mor...
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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ABBYY TextGrabber: 1,000,000 Installs in 5 Da...
ABBYY, an international OCR technologies provider, has announced that their image-to-text application TextGrabber, got installed 1,000,000 times in just five days while being featured by the App... Read more
New SkinIt Waterproof Case For iPhone 6
With its impact and waterproof design, the Skinit Waterproof case provides security and protection to guarantee your phone will get you through even the most demanding outdoor conditions. The impact-... Read more

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