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12:37
Apple Hires New General Contractor for Apple Campus...

As construction on its "spaceship" campus in Cupertino continues, Apple has hired a new general contractor, sparking rumors questioning whether the new campus will be finished by the company's prospective 2016 completion date.

According to the Silicon Valley Business Journal, Silicon Valley company Rudolph & Sletten Inc. will take on the buildout of the Campus 2's interior structure, a job that was previously thought to be going to DPR Construction Co. and Skanska USA, the two companies heading up the construction project.

Most recent image of the ongoing construction of Apple Campus 2, from the City of Cupertino.It's unclear why Rudolph & Sletten is being brought in and exactly what DPR/Skanska's involvement will be going forward. Two sources said the DPR-...

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12:02
Microsoft prepping Continuity-like features for...

Just over a year after closing its acquisition of Nokia's phone division, Microsoft is reportedly set to reenter the high-end handset space with a pair of new Lumia devices that will feature powerful internals and carry the mobile banner for Windows 10.

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12:00
Droplr goes freemium and gets an all-new iOS app

Back in 2009, Droplr hit the world as a file sharing and collaboration tool, and all was good... until the team started charging for its service. With a number of other sharing tools already available -- like Dropbox -- a lot of us who were along for the ride stopped using Droplr. I really missed being able to just upload a file and have a link to it copied to my clipboard, but I couldn't justify the subscription cost. The app and service has a core of about 150,000 users who continued to use Droplr, and now it's back with a freemium model and new iOS app.

Droplr Free can be used by anyone free of charge, and those images, files, and GIFs that you're sharing will expire after a week. For many people, this is perfect and the service will work just like it used to. 

The premium version is called...

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11:55
Apple Painted as an Evil Force against Freemium...

The Verge is reporting today that "The Department of Justice is looking closely into Apple’s business practices in relation to its upcoming music streaming service, according to multiple sources." The report further notes that "The Verge has learned that Apple has been pushing major music labels to force streaming services like Spotify to abandon their free tiers ...

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11:55
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 4...

Notable software releases this week include Carbon Copy Cloner 4.1, Quicken 2015 for Mac 2.5, PDFpen and PDFpenPro 7.1.1, Default Folder X 4.7.1, Pixelmator 3.3.2, and BBEdit 11.1.

 

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11:55
ExtraBITS for 4 May 2015

In ExtraBITS this week, Adam Engst discusses the Apple Watch on the Tech Night Owl Live, Apple confirms that tattoos can interfere with the Apple Watch’s heart rate sensors, and the company offers an unexpected recommendation for Apple Watch owners suffering from sticky digital crowns.

 

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11:29
Google acquires Timeful time management iOS app to...

Google today announced that it’s acquiring Timeful Inc, the company behind the Timeful app that offers a central location for time management, calendar functions, to-do list and scheduling features.

While the company confirmed that you will be able to continue downloading the Timeful app from the App Store— the app is iOS only— it also said that it will focus “the team’s attention will be on new projects at Google.” That means the Timeful team will begin implementing features of Timeful into Google apps, the company confirmed. 

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11:13
General Electric to Produce an LED bulb Compatible...

According to a new report published today, General Electric announced collaborations with Apple and Qualcomm today as it uses digital technology and the growing appetite for data to reinvigorate its 130-year-old lighting business.

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11:13
DNS Borked itself

Forums: Networking

I am running an early 2008 Xserve w/ SL10.6.8 to host Primary DNS, AFP/NFS/SMB,DHCP & OD for my domain, over the weekend DNS somehow borked itself and I've got no clue why. I would like to simply restore from TM but I use network-based TM and am not comfortable with going that route yet. I would like to see if there is some way to put DNS back without a full system restore.

If I go to DNS in server admin on the primary server DNS is running but it shows 0 zones primary and secondary. When I checked in /private/var/named I can see the db's in the folder; EX:
bak.foo.local.
db.1.1.1.in-addr.arpa.
db.1.1.10.in-addr.arpa.
db.foo.lan.
named.local
named.ca
localhost.zone
zones/db.foo.lan.zone.apple
zones/db.1.1.1.in-addr.arpa.zone.apple
zones/db.1.1.1.in-addr.arpa.zone.apple

The...

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11:10
Adobe Adds Dazzle to Lightroom


Adobe's recently launched new version of Lightroom for its Creative Cloud Photography platform improves performance of the photo manager and adds new HDR, panorama and facial recognition features. Lightroom's mobile support also is bolstered in the latest version of the program. Further, it has new capabilities for creating slideshows from stills and video. "The more Adobe can offer within [Lightroom], the less photographers will need to find elsewhere," noted photographer David Guenther.

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11:00
Today in the App Store -- Over, FlatOut 2 and adidas...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today’s notable apps include a discount on Over, the new adidas go fitness app and a significant update to Today in History app. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Hello Moto HD: A Fun Car Racing Game [Now free, down from $0.99] One of the most addictive and entertaining physics based driving game ever made!

Over [Now Free, down from $1.99] Over is the app for adding text and artwork to your photos. Designed with mobile creatives in mind, Over features standard and custom-made fonts and well-crafted artwork combined with a sleek design, easy-to-use functionality, and immediate...

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10:38
Opinion: The secret Apple Watch port should probably...

photo credit: iFixit

This weekend, my colleague Jordan Kahn broke the news that “accessory makers plan to tap Apple Watch’s hidden port for battery straps and faster charging,” which is entirely true based on already-expressed developer interest. There is indeed a six-pin port nestled inside one of the watch band recesses, completely covered with a metal panel to obscure its functionality. Unfortunately, Jordan’s story has been picked up elsewhere to support the claim that the hidden port will be “a goldmine for accessory makers.” I hate to take issue with these reports, as the concept — exploiting a hidden port to make new accessories — is exciting, but I have one word for people who are planning to build or buy accessories reliant upon that port:

Stop.

Stop...

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10:17
May the 4th be with you: Apple offers collection of...

To celebrate Star Wars Day— yes, that’s why everyone keeps saying “May the 4th be with you” today— Apple is offering a number of discounts on apps and in-app purchase content from Disney, Konami, and others.

Below we’ve put together links for all of the Star Wars App Store content on sale today, including both Apple’s iOS collection and other iPhone, iPad, and Mac titles discounted for the occasion:

iOS apps on sale:

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10:06
GE to Create Intelligent LED Lightbulbs Compatible...

GE today announced plans to take advantage of Apple's HomeKit platform, creating intelligent, color-changing LED lightbulbs that will interface with iOS devices. GE's HomeKit-compatible LED lightbulbs will include GE's Align technology, which aims to improve sleep through controlling blue light output at critical times.

During the day, the Align technology is able to mimic daylight to suppress the production of melatonin for a more awake feeling, adding bright blue tones to white light, and at night, blue light is reduced to promote melatonin production and avoid disrupting circadian sleep rhythms.

"As we continue to grow our infrastructure business by connecting our brilliant industrial machines to the Internet, it is...

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10:05
Announcing first network partners to offer...

Today’s post was written by Paul Andrew, technical product manager for Datacenter and Networking on the Office 365 team.

In March we announced Azure ExpressRoute connectivity to Office 365, which enables Office 365 customers to use Azure ExpressRoute to establish a private, managed connection to Office 365 for highly predictable performance and the reliability that comes with dedicated connectivity.

A key part of delivering ExpressRoute for Office 365 are the network partners that provide connectivity between Office 365 services and your on-premises network. Network Service Providers manage and extend the customer’s WAN, routing it for direct connectivity to Office 365 and Azure services. Exchange Providers offer connectivity at the carrier neutral facilities where ExpressRoute is available. You can have a layer 3 connection directly at the carrier...

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10:00
Designing for Apple Watch

Apple Watch represents a new chapter in the way people relate to technology. Learn how to make your WatchKit apps seamlessly integrate with the user experience of Apple Watch by getting the latest design details and development resources from the updated Apple Watch Human Interface Guidelines.

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10:00
Daily Deals for May 4, 2015, featuring FX Photo...

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

AWT Featured Deal

FX Photo Studio - Camera & Photo Editor with Filters, Effects, Frames plus Color Editing for Perfect Pictures [On sale for $0.99, down from $2.99] FX Photo Studio is the biggest collection of photo filter effects available on iPhone, with stickers, borders, fonts, textures and frame effects to help you snap the perfect photo.

Hardware and Accessory Deals

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10:00
Designing for Apple Watch

Apple Watch represents a new chapter in the way people relate to technology. Learn how to make your WatchKit apps seamlessly integrate with the user experience of Apple Watch by getting the latest design details and development resources from the updated Apple Watch Human Interface Guidelines.

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09:58
A new website for web designers and developers [...

A new and exciting website has recently been launched for web designers and developers.

You likely spend hours every morning browsing through hundreds of posts on your RSS feeds, hoping to stumble across relevant stories. Webdesigner News was built to provide web designers and developers with a single location to discover the latest and most significant stories on the Web.

They search through hundreds of posts on blogs, social media, and news channels, to deliver the most essential stories of the day. The content covers quality news, fresh tools and apps, case studies, code demos, inspiration posts, videos and more.

With frequent updates throughout the day, you’ll always find something interesting and fun to read.

Click here to visit the Webdesigner News website...

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09:40
Charter pursues Time Warner Cable merger in wake of...

Following Comcast's unsuccessful takeover bid, high-level talks have reportedly taken place between Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable over a possible merger, in spite of the bad blood between the two companies.

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09:35
Droplr launches new Mac and iOS apps, introduces...


File sharing service Droplr announced today that it is launching new versions of both of its apps alongside a freemium account option. Users will now be able to sign up and use Droplr to share large files for free, but will only be able to store their files for one week. After that, the links will expire. Users subscribed the Droplr Pro service will be able to keep their files forever, and will get access to other settings to customize the file sharing process.

Along with the new account types comes a family of redesigned applications to support them. The iOS app, seen above, has been reworked with support for the latest iOS features, such as sharing extensions. When you upload a file through the...

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09:32
Samsung just can't Resist Mirroring Apple'...

Samsung has mocked the iPhone and Apple's fan base for years in ads like the one called the wall huggers. They've mocked the iPhone for not being able to ....

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09:29
Apple reportedly wants free Spotify dead to pave way...

As Apple works toward a relaunch of its Beats Music streaming service, it’s reportedly pushing labels to kill off the free version of Spotify.

It’s a bold move by Apple if The Verge’s unnamed sources are accurate, coming less than two years after a judge found that the company colluded with ebook publishers to raise prices before the launch of iBooks. Apple is appealing the iBooks verdict, but must comply with an antitrust monitoring program in the meantime. While it’s unclear if the monitor is involved with Apple’s music dealings, the U.S. Department of Justice is reportedly looking into the matter now.

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09:02
9to5Toys Last Call: Star Wars May 4th Deals, 6′ MFi...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

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

  • 6-foot MFi Lightning USB cable (variety of colors)...
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09:00
AWT Health Club: A week with the Apple Watch

For this week's Apple World Today Health Club column I thought I'd take a close look at how useful -- or not -- the Apple Watch has been as an activity tracker over the past week. The short answer? It's great!

Activity App

The Apple Watch/iPhone Activity apps were the focus of last week's AWT Health Club post, so I won't go into detail about the, but I'm finding that my fondness for the Watch app is growing as time passes. Unlike some other fitness trackers or apps that I've used previously, Activity lets me know with a glance at my Watch just how much progress I've made during a day in terms of the three critical factors -- movement (calories burned), exercise (30 minutes goal per day), and standing and moving for at least a few minutes each and every hour.

Activity doesn't nag me incessantly; rather, it's there to remind me...

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08:59
Holy Crap: Microsoft Is Building Tomorrowland!


One of the movies I'm really looking forward to this month is Disney's Tomorrowland. My first real job was at Disneyland, and I was so in love with the place I often would come back and work a second shift for free. Epcot, the city of tomorrow, was supposed to be Walt's final legacy but his untimely death ended that vision. That city of tomorrow never came to be, except finally -- at least in concept -- in the Tomorrowland movie. Imaginary Tomorrowland is an amazing place, where people go to create amazing things.

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08:52
Reserve Strap, other outfits, eye Apple Watch...

Sometimes it’s the lesser known ports that allow for the best peripherals.

A number of third party vendors are looking to use the small diagnostic port hidden inside one of the Apple Watch’s lugs to charge the device. One accessory maker discussed this approach, opening up the possibility of a “Made for Apple Watch” program down the line.

“Our engineers have been able to independently confirm that the 6-pin diagnostic port underneath the Apple Watch case can be used for charging,” the designers of battery band Reserve Strap wrote in a recent post. This is an undocumented functionality, and there is no word on whether Apple will allow...

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08:33
iFixit posts Apple Watch repair guides, tools now...

For the brave of heart, iFixit has the Apple Watch repair manuals you’ve been hankering for.

The tech outfit has posted manuals as to how to replace the battery, screen, adhesive, and NFC antenna. The guides provide step-by-step instructions on how to replace the Apple Watch’s OLED display and battery, alongside additional steps for repairing the adhesive and NFC antenna that can be damaged as a result of opening the casing.

The OLED display and fused glass digitizer repairs will require a sharp, curved knife and opening pick to pry out and remove the internal battery, disconnecting the display data and digitizer cables, and remove the screen....

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08:29
YouTube app vanishes from older Apple TV models,...

The YouTube app has disappeared from many second-generation Apple TV units, users noted on Monday, with both the home screen icon and references to the app in Settings vanishing overnight.

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08:12
Rumor: 12.9-inch “iPad Pro” to incorporate Force...

A source close to the story has stated that Apple is indeed working on a larger 12.9-inch iPad. The upcoming iPad, commonly referred to as the “iPad Pro”, is rumored to incorporate a number of changes including a Bluetooth stylus accessory with pressure sensitivity, support for Force Touch input, and a USB-C connector.

Its expected arrival date is currently unknown.

The source stated that Apple is expected to include an NFC radio within the new 12.9-inch iPad. While tap-to-pay functionality in an iPad is unlikely, the inclusion of NFC could allow for an “iPad Pro” to serve as a payment receiving terminal for Apple Pay.

The inclusion of...

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08:06
iFixit publishes light saber teardown for Fourth of...

Because it’s the Fourth of May, iFixit is nifty and you should be aware of what’s inside your light saber.

The coolest of felines at iFixit have published a full teardown of Jedi Master Obi Wan Kenobi’s light saber.

The teardown revealed that there wasn’t a need for specially designed tools, the Adegan crystal is remarkably easy to access and it’s an easy unit to dismantle, repair, reassemble and get back to fighting the Sith with.

Via The Mac Observer and...

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07:49
Apple Watch diagnostic port can be used for charging...

Third parties are able to use the small diagnostic port hidden inside one of the Apple Watch's lugs to charge the device, according to one accessory maker, opening up the possibility of a "Made for Apple Watch" program down the line.

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07:30
Modern productivity–Office news at Ignite

Today’s post was written by Julia White, general manager for the Office Marketing team.

Today, at our first-ever Ignite Conference in Chicago, we announced new capabilities and solutions from across the company, all of which help IT Pros fuel innovation and transformation within their organizations. I was thrilled to join corporate vice president of Skype engineering Gurdeep Singh Pall on stage during today’s keynote to showcase the innovation we’re delivering across Office to empower IT Pros.

For Office, our focus is on reinventing productivity for people and organizations. All of the new and coming Office capabilities we showed today at Ignite extend from our belief that productivity is at the heart of business success. But, how we work, where we work, with whom we work is changing rapidly and the technology must enable this modern workplace. Successful organizations have...

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07:30
Skype for Business gains momentum

Last month, we announced that the new Skype for Business client for Windows desktop and the online service in Office 365 have begun rolling out. Continuing the momentum, today at the Microsoft Ignite conference, we talked about modern meetings, which require that participants in any location can see, hear and collaborate within the meeting as easily as if everyone is sitting in the same room. We announced today that later this year we will deliver the ability to broadcast Skype for Business meetings to up to 10,000 people at a time. We also showed two new features coming this summer to Skype for Business: pre-loaded meeting attachments, which speeds meeting start times by having meeting content...

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07:30
Sway is coming to Office 365 for business and...

In October 2014, we introduced Office Sway to the world as a brand new app joining the Office family. It’s been inspiring to see the variety of ways people have used Sway in their educational, professional, and personal lives. People all over the world tell us how excited they are to quickly create and share their ideas with a variety of multimedia using Sway’s polished, interactive, web-based canvas. Sway Preview has been an awesome journey as we’ve been listening intently to our customers and taking direction from their input. We’ve made significant improvements over the last few months based on that feedback; our customers really have shaped this product with us! Of course, there is so much more we can do and we’re not done taking feedback, in fact—we’ll always continue to listen! Today, we are excited to address a very popular request by announcing the start of...

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07:30
Office 2016 Public Preview now available

Today’s post was written by Jared Spataro, general manager for the Office marketing team.

Over the last 12 months, we’ve transformed Office from a suite of desktop applications to a complete, cross-platform, cross-device solution for getting work done. We’ve expanded the Office footprint to iPad and Android tablets. We’ve upgraded Office experiences on the Mac, the iPhone and on the web. We’ve even added new apps to the Office family with Sway and Office Lens. All designed to keep your work moving, everywhere. But that doesn’t mean we’ve forgotten where we came from. While you’ve seen us focus on tuning Office for different platforms over the last year, make no mistake, Office on Windows desktop is central to our strategy.

In March we introduced an IT Pro and Developer Preview for the 2016 release of our Office desktop apps on Windows, and now—as a next...

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07:25
Review: Urban Armor Gear, the military-spec iPhone...

Scuff marks created during my own drop-tests …

The problem with buying a protective case for an iPhone or iPad is that you never know for sure just how protective it really is until it is needed to do its job. Even a drop-test video only shows you how well the case worked with that one drop on that one occasion.

The Urban Armor Gear (UAG from now on) iPhone and iPad cases are a little different. They are certified to a military standard known as MIL-STD-810G 516.6. In this test, a device is dropped from a height of four feet – the typical fall for a device dropped while using it – a total of 26 times. The tests cover falls into each corner, the face and back. To pass, the device must remain fully functional afterwards, with no damage at all to the screen.

This isn’t the same as no damage at all, of course, but it certainly lends confidence. And if that weren’t enough, UAG decided to demonstrate its confidence in the case by dropping an...

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07:25
Obvious always wins

In app layout, out of sight is out of mind. And that’s not a good thing. Great read.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:20
∞ Reserve Strap: An Apple Watch battery band with a...

Super clever design, high price, here’s hoping this product makes its way to market.

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07:10
Rage Software's EverWeb: This week's...

One thing that we've enjoyed so far here at Apple World Today is that many of our sponsors are companies that we have had a long-time relationship with. That's the case with Rage Software, the developers of EverWeb (US$79.95). 

We first became aware of EverWeb when Apple suddenly dropped support for iWeb, a website development tool that had become quite popular due to its ease of use and ability to use Apple's hosting service. People using iWeb were suddenly left in the cold, until Rage Software stepped in and saved the day.

The EverWeb Mac OS X application works as a quick and easy way to create beautiful and functional websites. You don't need to have any technical skills or web design background to use EverWeb to create a website that looks good on any device. The app can be used to...

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07:00
Apple Urging Music Labels to Stop Licensing Free...

Apple has been leveraging its power within the music industry in an attempt to push music labels to stop licensing freemium tiers offered by Spotify and other streaming music services, according to The Verge. The company has also reportedly offered to pay YouTube's music licensing fee to Universal Music Group if the label stops allowing its songs on the website, a popular destination for music videos.

The report claims that U.S. Department of Justice officials are looking into Apple's business practices in relation to its upcoming streaming music service, expected to be a rebranded version of Beats Music that will debut at WWDC next month. "DOJ officials have already interviewed high-ranking music industry executives about Apple’s business habits," the report claims.

Apple's much-...

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06:56
Apple pulls YouTube from older 2nd-gen Apple TVs...

Following up on our report from April that Google planned to end YouTube support for older Apple TVs and iOS 6 and earlier devices due to API changes, Apple has officially removed the YouTube channel from pre-third-generation Apple TVs. YouTube’s main menu icon has disappeared, along with the Settings menu option to hide or show it along with other channels. Current-generation models continue to have YouTube access.

Apple introduced the third-generation Apple TV in March 2012, noting that it was capable of operating at up to 1080p resolution, which was at that point the only major difference between the new model and its 720p predecessor. A later update to the Apple TV’s operating system further differentiated the 1080p and 720p models, refreshing the icons and fonts on the 1080p version while...

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06:45
Review: Apple Watch as a design piece

Precision. That’s the word that immediately came to mind the minute I picked up my Apple Watch for the first time. Something about this device felt different, on an almost subconscious level, from any other Apple product I’ve used before. Perhaps I was just caught up in the moment. After all, the Watch is the first totally new product to come out of Apple since the introduction of the iPad, which feels like so many years ago. On the other hand, I knew from the onset that I planned on buying the Apple Watch mostly for its design. I wasn’t so much interested in all of the software features it could offer me, I just couldn’t imagine not having this shiny little box on my wrist. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at the Apple Watch strictly as a design piece.

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06:41
Apple Watch review: Beautiful form, frustrating...

Susie Ochs, Executive Editor of Macworld, points out poky performance in her Apple Watch review. Solid review but, as to poky performance, this will get better, all by itself.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:40
DOJ to review secret cell phone tracking programs,...

The United States Department of Justice has reportedly decided that the use of controversial cell phone tracking devices --?widely known as "stingrays" --?by its agencies must be more closely monitored, and is preparing to launch an extensive internal review while publicly revealing more details about the secret programs.

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06:14
Apple efforts to end free streaming music on Spotify...

As it prepares to launch a new streaming music service, Apple is said to be pressuring music labels to force rivals like Spotify to abandon their free tiers -- something that has apparently brought scrutiny from the U.S. Department of Justice.

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06:13
A template for an excellent idea

Matt Gemmell noticed that his local Apple Store did not have any in-store seminars teaching blind or visually impaired people how to use Apple devices. Here’s what he did about it.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:05
Popular YouTube series 'Kids React!' takes...

Kids React! is  a popular YouTube series from The Fine Brothers that showcases kid's reactions to old technology. In the latest episode, the crew of young reactionaries ditch the traditional technology and examine the Apple Watch. The results are predictably hilarious. 

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05:49
VueScan 9.5.09 - Scanner software with advanced...

VueScan is a scanning program that works with most high-quality flatbed and film scanners to produce scans that have excellent color fidelity and color balance. VueScan is easy to use, and has advanced features for restoring faded colors, batch scanning and other features used by professional photographers.

Why should you use VueScan?

  • Easy to use - just run VueScan, press Preview, adjust the cropping, then press Scan.
  • Accurate colors - uses ICC profiles and IT8 calibration.
  • Powerful - dozens of advanced options.
  • Faster workflow - can edit one image while the next image is being scanned (most scanner software won't let you work with one image while another is being scanned).
  • Simple to install - installing VueScan changes nothing on your system, installs nothing in your operating system and all other scanner software will continue to function.
  • Award winning - 2002 "Best Utility", Mac Addict Magazine....
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05:13
External Link: Cleaning a Stuck Digital Crown on the...

Some users have reported that the digital crowns in their Apple Watches have become “sticky.” If your digital crown isn’t operating smoothly, Apple recommends rinsing the Apple Watch under running water for ten to fifteen seconds, making sure to remove any leather bands first. You should turn and press the digital crown while it’s under water, and be sure to not use any cleaning products.

 

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05:12
External Link: Apple Confirms that Tattoos Block...

Apple has released a new support document about the heart rate sensors in the Apple Watch, confirming what many had suspected: that some tattoos can interfere with the watch’s light-based sensors. If this affects you, is a significant problem, and can’t be solved by moving the watch to your other wrist, Apple recommends connecting the Apple Watch to a Bluetooth-based chest strap monitor instead.

 

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05:03
Carl Icahn: Every 50 Years we get a Company like...

Carl Icahn stated this weekend that 'Apple is the sort of company that only comes along twice in a century," adding that he was still pushing the group to use its cash to buy back more shares.

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05:00
Night Stand for Apple Watch and iPhone: First look...

Within the first few days of having my Apple Watch, two things became apparent. First, my cats find the device to be an attractive toy, and second, if the Watch isn't securely placed on the charging puck, it's not going to charge properly. Fortunately, the designers at Element 13 have come up with a dock called the Night Stand (US$69 - 79 depending on pledge level) that anchors both my iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch on a curvaceous circular platform for charging. The designers sent Apple World Today a prototype of Night Stand to check out, and I found a lot to love.

The base of the Night Stand is a truncated aluminum cylinder about 4.4 inches in diameter that adds a lot of heft to the dock -- it weighs in at 1 lb., 6 oz. without the cables added in. Above that is another cylindrically shaped piece of machined aluminum that has a niche...

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04:59
Kool Tools: cb Softcase for the iPhone

cb innovations' (http://tinyurl.com/l9z8rz9) cb Softcase is one of the most luxurious smartphone cases for the iPhone — for those who can afford it.

Italian leather, a button made out of 935 Sterling silver and microfiber all work in synergy to provide maximum protection and superior design. The cb Softcase is a high end product designed to fit in with a tailored suit and expensive Oxford shoes.

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04:59
802.11ac Wi-Fie CPE shipments to reach 71 million...

The worldwide consumer Wi-Fi equipment market increased 5% in 2014, surpassing 166.1 million unit shipments, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com).

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04:19
WSJ: Data-Breach Alert Laws May Be Eased

With the Republicans now in control of both houses, they're getting down to the business of rewarding their supporters in the business community by weakening consumer rights. According to a new ...

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03:59
FaceTime audio issues with pre-Bluetooth LE Macs...

A long-running Apple Support Communities thread with 257 posts complaining of audio issues when using a pre-Bluetooth LE Mac on Yosemite reports that the issue is still present in OS X 10.10.3 and 10.10.4 Beta . The issue reportedly affects a number of machines up to and including late-2011 Macs.

I am experiencing an issue with FaceTime video calls or voice calls (using FaceTime audio or the iPhone handoff feature) where all I can hear is a strange clicking sound, like static. The other person can hear me fine and I can see them fine if on FaceTime video, but I can’t hear them.

Various fixes suggested in the thread seem to work temporarily for some, including a restart and resetting PRAM, but the issue returns.

Some in the thread speculate that OS X 10.10 broke something when Apple attempted to ensure that phone continuity features worked only on Macs with...

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03:07
Apple Remains the Number Two Smartphone Vendor in...

Smartphone shipments to China totaled 109.8 million units in the first quarter of 2015, rising 17% from 93.6 million units a year earlier ...

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Sunday May 3

23:51
Airmail 2.1 - Powerful, minimal email client. (...

Airmail 2 is a new mail client designed for OS X 10.10 Yosemite with fast performance and intuitive interaction. Support for iCloud, MS Exchange, Gmail, Google Apps, IMAP, POP3, Yahoo!, AOL, Outlook.com, Live.com.

Airmail was designed from the ground to retain the same experience with a single or multiple accounts and provide a quick, modern and easy-to-use user experience. Airmail is clean and allows you to get to your emails without interruption -- it's the mail client for the 21st century.

We have taken usability and function to the next level with Airmail and bring a striking-design with support for all major email services. Switch between accounts like a breeze and quick reply to incoming messages within seconds -- email has never been so easy and productive.



Version 2.1:

  • New Icon
  • New Composer Layout
  • New Sort menu shortcuts
  • New Gmail Threads (New Accounts Only )
  • New Fantastical 2...

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20:15
Carbon Copy Cloner 4.1

Adds a task progress window to the User Agent menubar application. ($39.99 new, free update, 12.0 MB)

 

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20:15
Quicken 2015 for Mac 2.5

Makes changes to investment reporting on the Calendar and improves Download/Financial Institution settings on the Account settings sheet. ($74.99 new, free update)

 

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15:53
Parents use Apple Watch to share newborn’s heartbeat...

Some might write off Apple Watch’s ability to share your heartbeat as gimmicky, but these new parents have found a truly heartwarming use for it— to share their newborn’s heartbeat with family that weren’t able to make the occasion in person.

“Our first child was born and we used an Apple Watch Sport to send his heartbeat to our distant family members it was a really awesome experience that we couldn’t have done without the Apple Watch.”

Filed under: Apple Watch Tagged: Apple watch, heart, heartbeat, how to,...

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15:33
Accessory makers plan to tap Apple Watch’s hidden...

One of the first companies to announce plans to make a battery strap for Apple Watch— allowing you to charge the device while on the go while continuing to wear it— has confirmed plans to tap into Apple Watch’s hidden port to charge the device and offer faster charging.

Apple utilizes a magnetic, inductive charging solution to charge Apple Watch, but a wired connection to the device’s hidden 6 pin port will make designing battery straps much easier, according to maker of the upcoming Reserve Strap accessory, and even allow for faster more efficient charging compared to Apple’s own solution.

...

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14:12
How to calibrate Apple Watch to improve accuracy of...


Apple takes user submitted data for age, height, gender and weight to help it calculate the different data points it provides for workouts and activities, but there is also a way to calibrate Apple Watch to improve the accuracy of the data.

By initiating the calibration process, you can get more accurate readings for calorie, distance, Move, and Exercise estimations in the Watch’s Activity app, and also improved calculations in the Workout app.

By following the steps below, you’ll start calibrating the device’s accelerometer and improve Apple Watch’s accuracy by allowing it to learn your personal stride patterns at various speeds:...

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12:00
Review: The absolutely optional Apple Watch and...

If you're wondering whether to buy an Apple Watch, consider your computing life as a hierarchy of needs:

At the bottom sits your must have device—a computer, tablet, or phone—capable of independently accessing the Internet and storing useful quantities of data. And one step above that is Internet access itself. You need a device to use it, but your device can’t do much without it.

Every tier similarly builds upon the one below it. Next comes useful apps—browsers, productivity software, whatever you need to work and play—and these all extend your device’s functionality in basic, useful ways. Services for work (Dropbox, Office 365) and entertainment (Spotify, Netflix) follow. The line between software and services is increasingly blurry (especially if we’re talking about software-as-a-service) but most of them feel more optional. Everyone needs a browser. Not...

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11:17
Inventors of Medical Apps Sue Apple over HealthKit...

A New Jersey company by the name of LMG 3 Marketing and Development Corp. has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple. The patent infringement lawsuit concerns Apple's HealthKit and Health App. The company, which isn't a patent troll, has two legitimate granted patents on record and has been selling and/or licensing their products to customers like the retailer Target.

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10:59
Tesla starts selling used electric cars on the web

Tesla is a big fan of selling electric cars directly to the public (much to dealers' chagrin), and it's now doing the same for used vehicles. The automaker has opened an online pre-owned store where you can buy someone's former Model S at a relative ...

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10:00
Review: AAXA’s ST200 LED Pico Projector beams bright...

Even though I’ve had a fair bit of experience with video projectors, I took Celluon’s PicoPro somewhat for granted when I reviewed it this January. I praised the pocket-sized projector, which squeezed a 720p laser video display and speaker into the footprint of an iPhone 6 Plus, but I didn’t triple-underscore how much easier it was to use than most of its rivals. PicoPro worked so well and so quietly with such little effort that I hardly thought about it.

AAXA’s ST200 Short Throw LED Pico Projector ($299) is the newest of the traditional projectors PicoPro is challenging. It has roughly the same footprint and 1280×720 resolution as PicoPro, but it’s around 2.5 times thicker, since it uses...

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09:12
Apple's 12.9" iPad will feature Bluetooth...

Apple is indeed working on a larger iPad which will feature a number of changes, including an all-new Bluetooth stylus accessory with pressure sensitivity, support for Force Touch input, and a USB-C connector, AppleInsider has learned.

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09:07
External Link: Adam Engst Runs Down Apple Watch on...

You knew this was coming, didn’t you? With a week of experience under his wristband, Adam Engst joined Tech Night Owl host Gene Steinberg to talk about what works well and what doesn’t, with a focus on fitness. Put simply, Garmin and Fitbit don’t have much to worry about yet.

 

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07:32
Om Malik’s fantastic interview with billionaire...

This is a long, lovely, lazy Sunday read.

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06:37
Apple Sued for Allegedly Infringing 7 Patents from...

STMicroelectronics is a French-Italian multinational electronics and semiconductor manufacturer headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. It is commonly called ST, and it is Europe's largest semiconductor chip maker based on revenue. The company sold Apple low-powered three-axis gyroscope for the iPhone 5. But when it came to...

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05:50
Elvis Costello revealed

A solid, if too short, documentary on Elvis Costello, and my absolute favorite Costello performance of a song he wrote with Paul McCartney.

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Saturday May 2

23:18
Logitech Control Center 3.9.2 - Keyboard, mouse, and...

Logitech Control Center (LCC) is designed to support OS X and allows you to take full advantage of your Logitech keyboard, mouse, or trackball. With the LCC you can:

  • Browse the Internet using dedicated keys that provide one-touch access to your favorite sites.
  • Launch your email application by pressing a button.
  • Play music and control the system speaker using built-in buttons.
  • Open frequently used items, such as documents, folders, and applications with a single keystroke.
  • Scroll in windows of applications built for OS X. You can scroll up and down with a single keystroke or wheel movement.
  • Switch between open applications.
  • Show contextual menus with a single mouse click.
  • Simulate keystrokes to provide shortcuts to commands you use regularly.
  • ...
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11:04
What would it take to take Apple private?

Die-hard Apple fans have long suggested that the company might be better off without the scrutiny that comes with being publicly traded. On the heels of another record-breaking quarter, AppleInsider took a look at what going private might mean for the computing juggernaut.

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11:00
Review: OWC’s Envoy Pro mini hides a MacBook-like...

Across the How-To guides I’ve written for adding solid state drives (SSDs) to iMacs, Mac Pros, Mac minis and MacBooks, there was one option I left out: thumb drives. While external SSDs such as Elgato’s Thunderbolt Drives and Samsung’s T1 can do two things — dramatically speed up Macs and add storage space — thumb drives tend to be much slower, lower in capacity, and made from inexpensive materials to achieve smaller sizes...

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10:00
Build 2015: With Windows 10, Microsoft is no longer...

Referencing former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's infamous "developers!" chant is practically a cliche nowadays, but it felt like the silent refrain throughout the company's entire Build conference this week. In the run-up to Windows 10, Microsoft wan...

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08:29
DUFL, a service that packs and ships your suitcase,...

Techcrunch:

The idea behind Dufl is that frequent travelers waste a lot of time trying to clean and prep their clothes for each trip, especially when those trips are pretty much back-to-back. With Dufl, the user never has to pack a bag or clean their travel clothes ever again.

I’d hate to be such a frequent business traveller I’d need this kind of service but it does sound like a pretty cool idea and an example of a business that wouldn’t have been possible ten, maybe even five years ago.

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07:44
Linking the most interesting places in the world

Mapbox:

The Geotaggers’ World Atlas is my long-term project to discover the world’s most interesting places and the routes that people follow between them. Five years ago I first started retrieving photo locations from the Flickr search API and drawing lines between them to make the first version of the Atlas.

Today I’m able to launch the full Geotaggers’ World Atlas covering every city in the world. Thanks to Flickr’s API, it exposes over 10 years of photo locations, and as a web map it lets you explore not just the largest centers of activity but also their context, anywhere on earth.

As an exercise in coding, this is interesting. As a visualization of data, it’s utterly fascinating. The only downside is the interactive map doesn’t have details like street names so it may be hard to find out what is so fascinating about that particular location but look up your own city on the map and see if you can spot “the most interesting places”.

...

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07:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Griffin's cute and...

Bring on the cute!

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases features screen covers from Zagg and Spigen, sturdy and functional options that hold up under extreme conditions from Gumdrop and Tech21, and more.

Belkin

The Classic Tab (all iPad mini models; $30) sports a slick design with a tab cover that folds into a stand in landscape orientation with support for multiple viewing and typing angles.

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05:00
Gadget Ogling: Wine in a Dash, Connected Bicycles,...


I'll admit I'm not the planet's most refined wine connoisseur, but I do enjoy a glass or two of red with my dinner. Right now, I have a few bottles that are vacuuming up space in my kitchen, so I could use a wall-mounted wine rack -- but what's the use of having an empty rack once they're gone? Poppy Reserve -- just a concept at present -- could solve the problem of a barren wine rack by tapping into Amazon's Dash technology. It would track the level of wine in a given bottle and then ask Amazon to ship more when the supply's running low.

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04:42
Samsung takes their act to the next level

Remarkably original Samsung marketing effort. NOT.

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03:29
This week on AppleInsider: Apple's blockbuster...

The week began with a financial bang, as Apple published the results of its record-breaking second quarter, but later saw controversies swirl with Apple Watch production obstacles and problems for wearers with tattoos. AppleInsider meanwhile reviewed the device, finding it attractive but saddled with some flaws.

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02:11
PDFpen and PDFpenPro 7.1.1

Maintenance update focused on fixes for the two PDF editing apps. ($74.95/$124.95 new, free update, 52.3/53 MB)

 

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02:09
Default Folder X 4.7.1

Fixes a bug that caused Carbon applications to default to the Documents folder. ($34.95 new, free update, 11 MB)

 

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02:06
Driving with the Apple Watch

Thanks in part to the iPhone, distracted driving has become a 21st century epidemic. Will the Apple Watch change things for better or worse? Traumatized former commuter Josh Centers took it for a spin to find out.

 

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Friday May 1

19:49
Samsung Debuts Apple-Like Design Video for Galaxy S6...

Earlier today Samsung debuted a new video on its YouTube channel called "Designing Possible", detailing the design process of the brand new Galaxy S6 Edge (via iMore). However, the video bears a striking resemblance to Apple's video on how the company designed the gold Apple Watch Edition.

Both videos feature men with English accents talking about the design process of the companies' devices while showcasing the manufacturing processes. The two videos also share similar cinematography, with both of them including almost identical images of lined up components in a dark area as a light zooms over them. The intent for both ads also appears to be the same, making sure people understand the kind of thought and detail that goes into the...

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19:49
How to manage Glances on the Apple Watch

From customizable clock faces to notifications, quickly referencing important information without having to dive into an app is a key feature of the Apple Watch. Dubbed Glances, users can access these bits of information with just a single swipe.

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19:30
Adjust the intensity of haptic alerts on your Apple...

Apple Watch taps you on the wrist whenever you receive an alert or notification. Follow these steps to adjust the intensity of haptic alerts. 

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19:16
Make a call over Wi-Fi

Learn about making a voice call over Wi-Fi using the Wi-Fi Calling feature on your iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, or iPhone 6 Plus. 

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19:07
Calibrating your Apple Watch for improved Workout...

Apple Watch uses the personal information you provide (age, gender, height, and weight) to help calculate a variety of metrics for your workouts and daily activity. Additionally, you can calibrate your Apple Watch for even more accuracy.

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18:20
Samsung takes Apple obsession to next level with new...

Samsung has been known to borrow Apple's ideas from time to time, an effective -- if not entirely inspired -- strategy considering massive iPhone, iPad and now Watch demand. But its latest advertisement for the new Galaxy S6 edge, basically an amalgamation of Apple Watch promo videos, dials the homage up to 11.

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17:36
Apple Campus 2 progress

Pictures and videos in this update. The scale of this project is just unreal.

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14:44
Twitter’s multi-billion dollar mistake

Mathew Ingram:

The idea that someone could monetize Twitter before Twitter itself got around to doing so was what one investor called a “holy shit moment” for the company.

I wonder what would have happened if Twitter embraced the third-parties years ago.

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14:41
Microsoft Releases Visual Studio Code Preview For...

ClockEndGooner writes: Microsoft is still extending its efforts into cross platform development with the release of a preview edition of Visual Studio Code, "a lightweight cross-platform code editor for writing modern web and cloud applications that will run on OS X, Linux and Windows." Derived from its Monaco editor for Visual Studio Online, the initial release includes rich code assistance and naavigation for JavaScript, TypeScript, Node.js, ASP.NET 5, C# and many others.


...

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14:38
Tweetbot updates iOS app with new Twitter '...

Popular iOS Twitter client Tweetbot received a small update on Friday with access to Twitter's new "Quote Tweet" format, which embeds tweets in a new message instead of copying a block of text.

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14:33
HelloTalk: Learn a new language on your iPhone

Thanks to HelloTalk for sponsoring The Loop this week. Finally, learning and practicing a new language is easier and more intuitive than ever before. Introducing HelloTalk, the language app where your teachers are native language speakers from around the world. You just pick the language you want to learn—there are over 100 from which to select—and almost instantaneously you’ll be in touch with native speakers of that language … and you’ll start learning and practicing immediately.

HelloTalk isn’t a course you strictly follow; rather, you learn and practice at your pace and in the manner that best meets the way you learn. Practice foreign languages with people around the world. Simultaneously speak and type the language you’re learning. Record your voice before speaking to your HelloTalk friends and compare your recording to standard pronunciations. Change your friends’ audio messages to text for better understanding, and receive help to improve your grammar. Easily...

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14:30
AWT News Update: May 1, 2015

A new month and a quiet Apple news day!

  • Apple confirms that tattoos interfere with heart rate sensing with the Apple Watch
  • Want a piece of Steve Jobs history? Three of his business cards are up for auction
  • Would you believe that Apple support docs recommend holding your Watch under running water?
  • Proloquo4Text gets a Watch companion

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This is Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and you’re listening to the AWT News Update for May 1, 2015. Our sponsor this week has Juicy Bits Software, developers of the new WhereNotes app for iPhone and Apple Watch and the popular Halftone apps for iOS. 

Apple has confirmed in a support page that the Apple...

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14:28
Amplified: The Beard Wins

Jim and Dan talk about the Apple’s record second quarter results, the Apple Watch’s issue with tattooed skin, and more.

Sponsored by MetaCDN (Use the code ’5by5′ for a 10% discount for life) and Macminicolo (Get a full year of hosting for just $100).

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14:09
Find the serial number of your Apple hardware product

Learn how to find the serial number of an iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac, or other Apple product.

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14:00
Apple Watch How-To: Unpair your Apple Watch and...

When the Apple Watch first launched, we showed you in detail how to pair and set-up the device with your iPhone. Now, we’re going to show you how to unpair your Apple Watch from your iPhone. There are several reasons one might want to unpair the two devices…

The process could be a troubleshooting step for users who are experiencing connectivity issues between their Apple Watch and iPhone. The unpairing process could also be useful when selling your Apple Watch or returning it to Apple.

The first step in the unpairing process is to ensure that your Apple Watch and iPhone are close enough together to be connected. Then,...

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14:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: A case with a screen… in...

A case with a screen… in the back!

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases features accessories from Rockford, Waterfield Designs, and Element Case, designed to make your wallet obsolete. Plus, a cool marble case from Native Union, a gorgeous leather option from CB Innovations, and more.

CB Innovations

Fashionable and luxurious, the Softcase (iPhone 5/5S, 6, and 6 Plus; $175 to $950) sports a leather exterior with a soft microfiber interior where you can snuggle your iPhone to prevent scratches and smudges.

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13:52
Dropbox Adds File Comments

Dropbox has added a way to create and share comments among users for files stored in its cloud. However, you have to go through your Web browser to use it.

 

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13:38
Use Verbose Logging With Profile Manager

Verbose logging can help you isolate a number of problems with Profile Manager. Turn on verbose logging by writing a debugOutput key with a value of 3 into /Library/Preferences/com.apple.ProfileManager.plist using the defaults command:

defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.ProfileManager debugOutput 3

Once set, restart the daemon using killall:

killall -u _devicemgr

To disable, just write the key with a blank value:

defaults delete /Library/Preferences/com.apple.ProfileManager debugOutput

Then restart the daemon again:

killall -u _devicemgr

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12:52
Tweetbot for iPhone update adds support for Twitter’...

Tweetbot for iPhone was updated today with support for Twitter’s recently-introduced ‘quote tweet’ format. The update adds a new option called “standard quote” under the retweet style options. Selecting that setting will change the “quote tweet” button in the timeline so that instead of copying the body of the tweet into the compose screen, it inserts only the URL of the original post.

Linked tweets will appear as embedded media within the timeline, allowing you to quickly see text and images without tapping through to the next screen. You’ll still need to tap through the preview to the original post to watch animated GIFs or videos, however. Embedded tweets...

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12:15
Vizzywig 8HD gets an amazing Apple Watch companion

Do you shoot HD or Ultra HD video? Have a GoPro camera? If the answer to either or both of those questions is yes and you're the happy owner of an Apple Watch, then you owe it to yourself to get the latest version of i4software's Vizzywig 8HD (US$99.99, universal).

You may remember Vizzywig 8HD from i4software's sponsorship the first week Apple World Today was up and running. It's a full ultra-high-definition film production studio and editor in an easy to use iPad and iPhone app. Seriously, you can shoot at a resolution of 3840x2160 at 30 frames per second on the iPad Air 2, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, add titles and transitions, and then publish the edited movie.

So what does the Apple Watch have to do with Vizzywig 8HD? The company recently added GoPro integration to the app, meaning that you can bring in footage from a GoPro camera for editing. Well, if you...

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12:06
Elon Musk Unveils Tesla's World-Changing...


Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk on Thursday announced the company's plan to develop residential and business battery systems, including the Powerwall Home Battery and business-oriented Powerpack. These systems are being developed to work in conjunction with solar panels to store energy for use at a later time. They also can draw power from the grid when demand for electricity is low and discharge it during the more expensive rate periods, when demand is higher. Musk suggested it could substantially reduce energy dependence on fossil fuels.

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11:39
NBC Sports channel unexpectedly disappears from some...

In the midst of the NHL playoffs and hype for the Kentucky Derby, a number of users have found that the Apple TV channel to stream those events, NBC Sports Live Extra, has unexpectedly disappeared from their set-top box.

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11:30
Pastimes: Gardening

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Pastime (noun): an activity that someone does regularly for enjoyment rather than work; a hobby; his favorite pastimes were shooting and golf. This weekly feature provides ideas on how to use your Apple devices to provide more enjoyment of your favorite hobbies and sports.

It's May, and the thoughts of a lot of people in the Northern Hemisphere are turning towards gardening. Whether you're a fan of fresh vegetables during the spring, summer and fall, love to see flowers at their peak through the seasons, or you're just planting a few pots for the balcony of your apartment building, there are a lot of apps -- and some accessories -- that can help you enjoy your greenery a lot more.

Apps

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11:02
Create an ISO image for Boot Camp from a Windows...

When installing Windows 7 or Windows 8 using an installation DVD, you might see the message "press any key" or your Mac might restart to OS X.

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11:00
The Week in iOS Apps: Offerings for the jet set

Offerings for the jet set

This week’s roundup includes new and improved apps for travel. Airbnb lets you figure out where to stay; DUFL lets you get dressed once you’re there. Plus, new games inspired by new movies.

Airbnb

Airbnb is now a universal app, available for iPad as well as iPhone. Hosts can use the app to list a space and manage the listing, and accept or decline reservations from guests. Guests can search for listings and request bookings. The service offers places to stay in more than 34,000 cities.

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10:56
Hands-on with alleged 'iPad Pro' case...

Whether or not a new 12-plus-inch iPad becomes an actual product, case makers are betting on leaked design specifications, and a new video offers an idea of just how big a so-called "iPad Pro" might be.

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10:48
Rumor: Purported industrial renderings of Apple...

An alleged industrial rendering of Apple's rumored "iPad Pro" was leaked on Friday, supporting rumors that the tablet will use a 12.9-inch screen instead of a less-frequently claimed 12.2-inch version.

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10:41
Apple acknowledges Apple Watch tattoo issue

The company updated its Apple Watch heart rate support page, noting that tattoos could affect the watch’s ability to read your heart rate.

[Via 9 to 5 Mac]

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10:38
Change a Mac client's default save location...

If you're an IT professional managing a number of Mac clients, you can use Profile Manager to change the default save location from iCloud to local storage.

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10:35
Unpair your Apple Watch and iPhone

A new Apple support article covers the steps needed to unfair your watch. Might be handy to bookmark for the future, although it’s easy to find in the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.

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10:30
Today in the App Store — Money Pro, Scout GPS and...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today’s notable apps include a discount on Terminology 3, the new Money Pro from iBear and a significant update to Scout GPS Navigation. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Chess - SocialChess [Now free, down from $0.99] SocialChess is a fun way to play fast or slow chess with friends or with random opponents!

iComics - The Comic Reader for iPad and iPhone [Now free, down from $1.99] iComics™ is a Universal app designed for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch that allows you to read DRM-free comics from your own collection, quickly and smoothly!

...

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10:17
∞ Apple Watch bands: Color has weight

You’d think that all five color bands for the 38mm Apple Watch Sport would weight the same. Turns out, color has weight.

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10:17
Philip Michaels on Microsoft’s HoloLens

Some great thoughts, although using it must of been kind of freaky.

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10:08
Twitter, LinkedIn lose $6 billion market value after...

Shares of LinkedIn Corp, operator of the most popular social network for professionals, fell 20 percent in early trading on Friday, wiping out more than $6 billion of market value, after the company slashed its full-year forecast.

LinkedIn reported on Thursday its slowest quarterly revenue growth since it went public four years ago.

The surprisingly weak results followed Twitter Inc’s on Tuesday. Twitter’s stock fell by as much as 24 percent, slicing about $6 billion off its market value.

Social media companies are a bit to volatile for me.

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10:03
iFixit Posts Apple Watch Repair Manuals for Battery...

iFixit has released Apple Watch repair manuals for various components of the device, including the battery, screen, adhesive, and NFC antenna. The guides provide step-by-step instructions on how to replace the Apple Watch's OLED display and battery, alongside additional steps for repairing the adhesive and NFC antenna that can be damaged as a result of opening the casing.

The steps required to replace the OLED display and fused glass digitizer, in simplified terms, include separating the screen from the watch body with a sharp, curved knife and opening pick, prying and removing the internal...

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09:48
Apple Watch repair guides walk you through screen,...


Following its usual teardown of the Apple Watch, iFixit today released its first repair guides for Apple’s new device covering screen, NFC antenna, and battery replacements, as well as the process of safely replacing adhesives during repair.

When it comes to the NFC antenna, iFixit warns that it’s easy to damage the component when opening the Apple Watch for any repair, meaning replacement or repair might be...

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09:34
Analyst: folks aren't that interested in the...

In a note to clients — as reported by Barron's (http://tinyurl.com/ob8bgmz) — UBS analyst Steve Milunovich says his research indicates that people aren't that interested in the Apple Watch. At least not yet.

"Search interest has deviated lower relative to an index of 30 consumer electronics introductions and the first iPad and iPhone releases—the week of launch, the Watch is about 20% of iPad and iPhone interest," says Milunovich. "We now think about 7% rather than 10% of the expected iPhone 5/6 average installed base of 430 million in F16E is likely to buy a Watch."

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09:01
Pixelmator 3.3.2

Adds support for the Photos for Mac app and Force Touch trackpads. ($29.99 new, free update, 42.9 MB)

 

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09:00
Our secret weapon—OneNote for sharing, collaborating...

This post was written by Steffi Svendsen, teacher and Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert at the Skjetten Primary School in Norway.

Living in the 21st century, the use of technology plays an important role in education. And I can understand why school leaders, educators, students and parents feel overwhelmed when they are introduced to new tools, programs, apps and so forth if the main focus is on the shifting to the new technology, rather than implementing the right technology. However, at Skjetten Primary School we all have one secret weapon—OneNote!

From my perspective, OneNote is the best educational tool, with so many useful tools just waiting to be discovered and used in new and exciting ways. However, I would also like to bring the school as a whole into this educational use of OneNote. Not only are OneNote notebooks easily shared, through Office 365, but OneNote also has a lot of nifty collaboration and assessment features;...

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08:59
9to5Toys Last Call: iPhone 6 battery cases from $30...

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08:59
‘Remote S’ app for Apple Watch takes control of...

It’s happening

A new video posted to YouTube today has demonstrated what is almost certainly the first Apple Watch app capable of remotely controlling most of the functions of Tesla’s Model S. In the video (which you can watch below), developer Allen Wong shows off a Glance that views an overview of the car’s status before launching into the main app to review its capabilities.

Through the app, Wong is able to issue a series of commands to the vehicle, ranging from rudimentary options like honking the horn or flashing the lights, to bigger settings such as full panoramic roof control (something not even Tesla’s official app offers yet) or controlling the car’s charging state and port.

The app also allows the user to lock or unlock the doors, change the car’s charge limit, modify the...

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08:52
Apple Files European Patent Regarding Work on...

On May 01, 2015, the World Intellectual Property Organization published a patent application from Apple regarding a unified connector for multiple interfaces which may be considered Apple's work regarding USB-C.

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08:27
Apple admits that tattoos can confuse Apple Watch...

Apple is officially warning inked Apple Watch users that they might have trouble getting reliable heart rate readings.

The company has updated its Apple Watch support documents to note potential problems for some tattooed users, after complaints started popping up around the web.

“Permanent or temporary changes to your skin, such as some tattoos, can also impact heart rate sensor performance,” the document now reads. “The ink, pattern, and saturation of some tattoos can block light from the sensor, making it difficult to get reliable readings.”

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08:23
Alleged iPad Pro schematics leak as cases compared...

A new video has been published that compares the rumored iPad Pro shape/size to the current generation iPad. It’s obviously much larger than the iPad Air 2. This rumored tablet is said to feature a 12.3 to 12.9 inch display and crafted from the same 7000 series aluminum used on Apple Watch Sport. Check out the video below for a size comparison between the cases and iPad Air 2…

Recently images surfaced of similar cases, but it’s unclear if the shape/size here actually represents something Apple is working on. Most of these cases are put together using renders and mockups, but in some cases have been fairly accurate...

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08:17
Shipping dates for 42MM Apple Watch, Apple Watch...

Apple's online store in the U.S. -- alongside storefronts in Europe and Asia -- is now showing July shipping estimates for 42-millimeter stainless steel and aluminum Watch models, checks on Friday revealed.

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08:15
Apple Watch support doc suggests tap water rinse to...

Despite its splash and water resistance rating, meaning Apple doesn’t recommend going for a swim with Apple Watch, it does recommend running water over it to clean certain components. One problem it’s anticipating is the Watch’s Digital Crown getting stuck or not running smoothly due to trapped debris, like dust or lotions, between the crown and the Watch’s casing. Apple’s fix: hold your Apple Watch’s digital crown under your sink faucet.

From a new support doc Apple published this week:

  • 1. Turn off your Apple Watch and remove it from the charger.
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08:08
Deals: 6-Day Apple Accessory Blowout: $49 Super...

From now through May 6th, one of Apple's authorized resellers is offering the lowest prices of the year on a wide assortment of official Apple-branded accessories including AirPort Base Stations (from $69), Keyboards ($45), Mice ($45), Super Drives ($45), MacBook Power Adapters ($59), and several Lightening, USB, FireWire, VGA, DVI, SD Card & Gigabit Ethernet adapters ($19).

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08:05
Daily Deals for May 1st, featuring FX Photo Studio

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

AWT Featured Deal

FX Photo Studio - Camera & Photo Editor with Filters, Effects, Frames plus Color Editing for Perfect Pictures [On sale for $0.99, down from $2.99] FX Photo Studio is the biggest collection of photo filter effects available on iPhone, with stickers, borders, fonts, textures and frame effects to help you snap the perfect photo.

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07:55
Rumored 'iPad Pro' Dimensions and Features...

Following a lull in rumors and news circulating Apple's so-called "iPad Pro", most likely due to the launch of the Apple Watch and reported delays in Apple's internal production timeline, a newly shared industrial rendering (via nowhereelse.fr) [Google Translate] of the device once again provides some claims of dimensions for the large-screened iPad.

The industrial rendering, dated December 2014, points to a 12.9-inch screen iPad Pro with dimensions measuring exactly 305.70mm x 222.60mm x 7.20mm, or 12 inches x 8.7 inches x 0.28 inches...

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07:51
Opinion: Here’s why Apple won’t offer internal...

At the height of my Apple fandom, I purchased one of the company’s most iconic and quixotic designs: a used Power Mac G4 Cube, the beautiful floating computer Apple initially described as “revolutionary” before putting it on ice — Apple’s words — less than a year later. Like many other people, I had fallen in love with the Cube’s design the first time I saw it, but wouldn’t spend $1,800-$2,300 to own one. So I waited until the price fell significantly and...

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07:45
Maple syrup rebellion

The National Post:

Backed by the Quebec justice system and the provincial police, sheriffs have raided sugar shacks down country roads and seized barrels of maple syrup, using trucks and front-end loaders. The federation’s goal: enforcing a supply management system that controls the sale and proceeds of maple syrup in Quebec.

“They have more power than police,” says Daniel Gaudreau, a syrup producer in Scotstown, Que. “They can come into my house anytime they want.”

Quebec is the Saudi Arabia of maple syrup.

We have written about this issue in the past but this story really brings home the enormous power of the The Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers – power that looks, on the surface, out of control.

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07:33
Find the OS X version and build information on your...

The OS X version and build number on your Mac can be helpful if you're trying to determine if the installed version of OS X is up to date.

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07:31
Adobe Acrobat Pro 15.007.20033 - Powerful PDF editor...

Acrobat Pro DC is available only as a part of Adobe Creative Cloud, and can only be installed and/or updated through Adobe's Creative Cloud app.

Adobe Acrobat Pro DC with Adobe Document Cloud services is here. Completely reimagined PDF tools let you create, edit, sign, and track PDFs from anywhere. It will change the way you work with design layouts, press-ready files, and all your important documents forever.

  • Access powerful print production and digital publishing tools. Preview, preflight, correct, and prepare PDF files.
  • Work anywhere. Create, export, and sign PDFs from your computer or the Acrobat DC mobile app.
  • Take your files with you. Use Mobile Link to access recent files across desktop, web, and mobile.
  • Edit anything. Instantly edit PDFs and scanned documents -- as naturally as any other file.
  • Make last-minute changes...
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07:21
Apple bringing back personal shopping for...

Customers at Apple's forthcoming Madison Avenue store on Manhattan's Upper East Side will be privy to a special Apple Store experience, as the company will reinstate its dormant personal shopping service and observe shorter-than-normal hours in order to fit in with the tony neighborhood.

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07:19
Apple confirms Apple Watch wrist tattoo issue

If you’ve got nifty ink around your wrist, it might get in the way of using an Apple Watch.

Apple has confirmed that dark wrist tattoos have the potential of interfering with the Apple Watch’s heart rate sensor. It was reported earlier this week that some tattoos, particularly dark or saturated ones, can affect the Apple Watch’s heart rate sensor and ability to register contact with the wearer’s skin.

Per Apple’s support page on the topic.

“Permanent or temporary changes to your skin, such as some tattoos, can also impact heart rate sensor performance. The ink, pattern, and saturation of some tattoos can block light from the sensor, making it difficult to get...

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07:17
MacRumors 2015 Blood Drive

MacRumors is pleased to announce the Sixth Annual MacRumors Blood Drive, throughout the month of May 2015. Our goal every year is to increase the number of life-saving donations in real-world communities by encouraging everyone in our online community to step forward. While most blood drives are specific to a geographic location or collection center, our blood drive is online and worldwide. Our past blood drives have collectively recorded donations of over 250 units of blood and platelets.

Apple often supports health, relief, and charity efforts, including facilitating cash donations after the recent earthquake in Nepal, but this drive is run by the staff and volunteers of MacRumors.

We ask that you:

1. Donate...

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07:07
Rumor: Apple TV ship times slip to 1-2 weeks, next-...

It’s when the shipping times slip that new stuff is probably around the corner.

Recently, shipping times for the current generation of Apple TV has slipped to 1-2 weeks, as opposed to “in stock” or “1 day”.

The change hints towards a next-generation Apple TV that’s rumored to feature slimmer hardware, a new tactile remote, and a redesigned operating system with App Store-like functionality.

The new Apple TV is rumored for a WWDC announcement, WWDC taking place from June 8-12.

Apple last refreshed its third-gen Apple TV quietly in March 2013 with upgraded internals, but apart from a few iOS 8 features it has remained the...

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07:05
FunBITS: App Camp Quiz Compendium for iPhone

Every summer at App Camp for Girls, teams develop personality quiz apps to hone their iOS development skills. Now you can see their work for yourself.

 

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06:54
The Apple Watch and accessibility, a review from...

A test case for Apple’s accessibility features. Usher Syndrome means hearing loss and visual impairment.

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06:43
Explore Zelda’s Hyrule in your browser

Does the name Zelda ring a bell? If you thought Hyrule, rather than Fitzgerald, then check out this animated HTML 5 map of Hyrule Kingdom from A Link to the Past.

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06:39
Apple begins hunt for director of Global Marketing...

Apple is hunting for a new director of Global Marketing Operations at its Beats division, according to a job listing posted on Thursday, a rare high-level opening at the company.

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06:37
Apple TV shipping time fluctuation could maybe...

Jordan Kahn, writing for 9to5mac:

Ahead of Apple’s WWDC in June and an expected Apple TV refresh, shipping times for its current generation Apple TV have just slipped from in stock to 1-2 weeks.

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06:28
Most 42mm Apple Watches Now Estimated to Ship in July

While many customers have been receiving their Apple Watch pre-orders earlier than expected, all 42mm Apple Watch Sport and stainless steel Apple Watch models now have shipping estimates of July on the Apple Online Store in the United States for new orders. Apple Watch Edition shipping times have not changed.

Now that the calendar has turned to May, it is likely that Apple has simply bumped forward its original June estimates for 42mm models to July to remain conservative. Many pre-orders with initial shipping estimates of 4-6 weeks or later have already been shipped or delivered, as Apple appears to be making up ground on most models.

The only two Apple Watches that remain virtually nowhere to be seen are the 38mm and 42mm Space Black with Link Bracelet models, both of which remain available to ship in 4-6 weeks or later for most customers. Earlier this week, it was...

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06:17
Amazon and rockets

A fantastic race for a reusable rocket between Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin.

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06:12
AppleInsider podcast discusses our Apple Watch...

This week's all-new AppleInsider podcast is now available to download and subscribe in iTunes or SoundCloud, with detailed analysis of this week's news. We discuss the full Apple watch review and what it's like after a week of day to day use. Apple's record Q2 earnings call, CurrentC ousts its CEO, Microsoft bring Objective-C support to Windows 10, and more.

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06:01
Apple confirms tattoo issue with Apple Watch in...

Apple has confirmed reports of problems using the Apple Watch on tattooed wrists. The company has quietly updated a support page on the heart-rate functionality.

Permanent or temporary changes to your skin, such as some tattoos, can also impact heart rate sensor performance. The ink, pattern, and saturation of some tattoos can block light from the sensor, making it difficult to get reliable readings.

Apple Watch owners on Reddit and Twitter have been posting conflicting reports and video, some showing that the heart-rate functionality works fine with their tattoos, others showing either no reading at all or erratic readings … ...

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06:00
You Should Play: If you're a fan of mobile...

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

I’m a sucker for games that start with a dramatic hook—and what’s more dramatic than an abandoned baby left on your doorstep in the middle of a rainstorm? A few quick puzzles later, and you’re in the middle of a forest, looking up at a huge, enchanted castle, taking a video call from a man who warns you both that “the baby must be protected at any cost,” and that “you must stay away from him at any cost.”

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05:57
Microsoft can guess your age using facial recognition

The age guessing thing is interesting. But I can’t imagine that technology ever maturing to the point where it is enough of a unique identifier to trust with my login credentials.

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05:34
Apple Watch Faces Hydrogen Explosion, Liquid...

After being put under multiple torture and waterproof tests in the week since its official launch on April 24, the Apple Watch this week faced some of its most hardcore trials yet from YouTuber Richard Ryan. Known as "FullMag" on YouTube, Ryan this week has put the Apple Watch Sport through a series of three destruction tests - Liquid Nitrogen, Hydrogen Explosion, and a 50-caliber bullet shell - on his technology destruction-focused channel (via Cult of Mac).

First posted on Monday, Ryan began his Apple Watch videos with a test focused on dropping the Sport version of the Watch into a container of liquid nitrogen and smashing...

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05:30
Apple confirms ink in some darker wrist tattoos can...

Apple this week updated a support page for the Apple Watch, revealing that the ink found in some tattoos on the wrist can in fact affect the heart rate monitor, and associated wrist detection feature, for the new wearable device.

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05:22
Steve Jobs business cards up for school auction, one...

If you like a little Steve Jobs memorabilia and want to contribute to a good cause, the Marin School has three Steve Jobs business cards up for auction, spanning 1984 to 1990, providing one each for NeXT, Apple and Pixar.

Bidding started at $600, and was up to $2,405 at the time of writing. The cards were collected by a family who used to do catering for the former Apple CEO, reports Business Insider.

The Marin School is a private school offering financial assistance to 18% of its students to allow access to students from all socio-economic backgrounds.

The recent biography Becoming Steve Jobs...

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05:00
Steer Clear of iOS 8's Infinite Loop


A flaw in iOS 8 allows hackers essentially to crash apps that perform SSL communications whenever they like. Skycure reported the bug at the RSA security conference held last week, advising owners of iOS devices to upgrade to iOS 8.3. Apple this week confirmed that iOS 8.3 addresses the vulnerability, according to Skycure. An attack would involve specially crafting an SSL certificate to regenerate a bug. SSL is used in almost all apps in the iTunes App Store, which means pretty much every device user running iOS 8 could be at risk.

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04:51
Kool Tools: AKVIS ArtSuite School Pack

The AKVIS ArtSuite School Pack offers extra frame packs can be installed in AKVIS ArtSuite to increase its functionality. The new School Pack includes 50 high quality frame designs.

AKVIS ArtSuite (http://tinyurl.com/n5jylnz) is a collection of versatile frames and effects for your photo. It packs a large number of effects and a rich pattern library. It's possible to add extra themed frame packs to the program to increase its functionality.

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04:38
Component & manufacturing cost of 38mm Apple...

The Apple Watch wasn’t long out before iFixit did its usual teardown. Research firm IHS always takes longer, as it seeks to identify the components and find out what they cost. The result, it says, is that the component cost of the 38mm Apple Watch Sport – the cheapest model – totals $81.20, with manufacturing costs taking the total cost-price to $83.70.

Tim Cook made a pointed reference to this type of cost estimate during last week’s earnings call, saying that “I’ve never seen one that is anywhere close to being accurate” – though he was likely making a broader point … ...

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04:07
Low-cost tablets to help grow global touchscreen...

The Technavio (www.technavio.com) research group has published a report saying the global tablet touchscreen market is expected to grow at a CAGR [compound annual growth rate] of 11.5% from 2015-2019.

The report draws attention towards the availability of low-cost tablets as well as increased internet penetration in emerging markets like China and India, which has led tablet shipments to increase by a significant amount.

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03:50
What can your Apple Watch do without your iPhone?

Strapped to your wrist, the Apple Watch goes everywhere that you go. Between it and the iPhone, it’s almost possible to leave your wallet at home. But what happens to the Watch when you leave your iPhone at home?

Smart as the Apple Watch is, it’s still dependent on your smartphone for a number of its most common features, most notably anything that requires access to the Internet or pulls data from apps on your phone. But even should your iPhone be elsewhere—or off—your Apple Watch is still a pretty competent device. 

Time is of the essence

Obviously the watch can tell time whether your iPhone is around or not. If it couldn’t, that would be downright nutty.

To read this article in full or...

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03:30
The 10 Mac games you need to play from April 2015

Action. Adventure. Space travel. Bread.

It’s that time again: another month has passed, so we’re taking stock of another stellar month of new Mac game releases. April’s selection has gorgeous adventures, tough-as-nails action, tense shooting, brainy space travel tinkering, and even a game about playable bread—and that’s just the first half of the list.

As usual, we’ve got big-budget, AAA-style affairs in the mix, but also lovably odd and offbeat indie stuff thrown in, plus a wide range of price points and target audiences. If you’ve got a decent Mac and you want to put it to great use on something fun and enthralling, these are the latest standout games around.

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00:49
Russia launches its third 'world's...

Russian defense contractor Admiralty Shipyards launched the latest of its ultra-modern Varshavyanka-class diesel-electric submarines earlier this week. Dubbed the Krasnodar, this sub is the third of six its class. These vessels are primarily designed...

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00:31
CleanMyMac 3.0.1 - Delete files that waste your disk...

CleanMyMac makes space for the things you love. Sporting a range of ingenious new features, CleanMyMac lets you safely and intelligently scan and clean your entire system, delete large, unused files, reduce the size of your iPhoto library, uninstall unneeded apps or fix the ones that started to work improperly, manage all your extensions from one place and do much more - all from one newly designed and beautifully simple interface.



Version 3.0.1: What's new:

  • Workflow improvement for Utilities.
  • Numerous interface texts improvements.
  • Improved VoiceOver support for all the main controls.
  • Numerous localization improvements.
  • Brazilian Portuguese localization now works for all applicable language codes.
  • Dutch localization added.

Bugs fixed:

  • Inability to disable dictionaries and Safari extensions.
  • Fixed false freezing apps detection in CleanMyMac 3 Menu.
  • ...

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Thursday April 30

23:20
Grooveshark's illegal music streaming service...

Death's icy grip hit more than just Secret this week; Grooveshark is shutting down too. Last year, judges found the music streaming service guilty of mass copyright infringement for hosting illegal uploads of songs from Jay-Z, Madonna and others. As ...

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21:34
Mozilla: All new web features should require secure...

A number of internet organizations and even the government want websites to use encryption by default in the future, and from the sound of it, Mozilla shares their view. The non-profit has announced that it plans to limit the capabilities of "the non...

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21:19
Tesla wants its Powerwall to save the grid and your...

Our lust for electricity is insatiable. At night we connect a hydra of wires to our phones, computers, smartwatches and tablets. They sip at the electrons being pumped into our homes, filling their batteries to be ready for another day without being ...

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20:04
Ekko Player for iPhone will read the latest news...




Ekko Player for iOS is a neat app that will read news headlines and stories to you. In addition to reading the headlines and articles to you, the app also allows you to use you voice to navigate between stories, making it an excellent way to digest news while on-the-go.

Ekko aggregates news from a variety of sources, including CNN, ABC, BBC, Time, and more. To change the source, simply tap the icon in the lower right corner, then choose the ‘+/-” option, which will then allow you...

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18:25
Wi-Fi Quick Assist

With Wi-Fi, you can connect wirelessly to the Internet, email, local servers, and shared printers. If your Mac has Wi-Fi built in, or an AirPort card, it can access nearby Wi-Fi networks or hotspots.

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17:49
TA15-120A: Securing End-to-End Communications

Original release date: April 30, 2015
Systems Affected

Networked systems

Overview

Securing end-to-end communications plays an important role in protecting privacy and preventing some forms of man-in-the-middle (MITM) attacks. Recently, researchers described a MITM attack used to inject code, causing unsecured web browsers around the world to become unwitting participants in a distributed denial-of-service attack. That same code can be employed to deliver an exploit for a particular vulnerability or to take other arbitrary actions.

Description

A MITM attack occurs when a third party inserts itself between the communications of a client and a server. MITM attacks as a general class are not new. Classic MITM attacks (e.g., ARP Spoofing) focus on redirecting network communications. By definition, network infrastructure under attacker control is vulnerable to MITM. However, as technology evolves, new methods for performing MITM attacks...

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16:59
ACLU launches iOS app to record law enforcement...

Looking to reduce "over-policing" and surface instances of excessive force, the American Civil Liberties Union of California on Thursday launched a smartphone app that lets users securely document law enforcement encounters.

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16:38
Unpair your Apple Watch and iPhone

In some cases, you might need to unpair your Apple Watch and iPhone. 

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16:35
Find the right power adapter and cord for your Mac...

Learn which power adapter, cord, and plug comes with your Mac notebook.

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16:22
Apple Watch Insides: PCB Details Revealed for the...

Deconstructing the new Apple watch is not a game for amateurs. ABI Research’s TeardownIQ reveals a design centered on a custom Apple Processor ...

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16:07
Apple Store app for iOS updated with Apple Watch...

Apple on Thursday rolled out an updated version of its Apple Store app for iOS with support for Apple Watch, which lets users keep track of orders, pick up purchases, check in to Genius Bar appointments and more.

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15:53
Some Apple Watch Users Experiencing 'Sticky...

With any new Apple product launch, there are always several issues that pop up in the days following release, and the Apple Watch is no exception. Thus far we've seen sensor issues with customers who have dark wrist tattoos and problems with bands that don't lock. It appears there's another minor problem Apple Watch users are encountering -- malfunctioning digital crowns. The digital crown is located on the left side of the watch and is used as the primary input method on the Apple Watch, aside from touch.

A number of users on both the MacRumors forums and Apple's own support communities are reporting issues with...

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15:48
IDC Report: Apple's iPad Still the Tablet...

Worldwide tablet shipments recorded a year-over-year decline for the second consecutive quarter in the first quarter of 2015 (1Q15). Overall shipments for tablets and 2-in-1 devices fell ...

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15:38
The Apple Store app is now available for your Apple...

As the release of the Apple Watch showed, checking your Apple order status has become a bonding ritual for Apple customers. And today, Apple added Apple Watch support to its Apple Store app, so now watch owners can check the order status of the goodies they bought, right on their wrist.

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15:35
Ford details CarPlay integration with SYNC...

Ford CEO Mark Fields on Thursday offered a few more details about plans to integrate Apple's CarPlay into future vehicles, saying that while support is coming, Ford's SYNC infotainment system will be the star of the show.

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15:16
Apple Store app on iOS updated with support for...



As we reported would happen earlier this week, Apple this evening has updated its Apple Store app with support for Watch. From the app, users can get real-time order status updates, initiate the process of picking up an order, make and search for Genius Bar appointments, and discover events and workshops taking place in nearby Apple Stores.

The update is available on the...

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15:00
AWT News Update: April 30, 2015

A quiet day in the world of Apple, but enough to generate a four-minute long AWT News Update!

  • The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple Watch Taptic Engines made by supplier AAC Technologies failed reliability tests, forcing Apple to destroy some early Watches and move to another supplier
  • More Flyover locations are available in Apple Maps
  • Time Warner CEO thinks Apple will be launching a streaming TV product
  • VoiceOver celebrated a decade of helping the blind and visually impaired yesterday
  • Netflix is adding more audio description tracks to TV seasons and films in its library

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

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14:58
Ford shares more details on CarPlay support, will...

Ford was one of the first car manufacturers to announce its intentions to add support for Apple’s CarPlay to its in-dash systems. Questions concerning how Ford plans to integrate Apple’s solution, however, have remained since the initial announcement. In an interview with Re/code today, Ford CEO Mark Fields clarified some of the details regarding the company’s plans to offer CarPlay (and Android Auto) in its vehicles.

Fields first commented that Ford doesn’t want to end up as the handset business, meaning that the company doesn’t want to simply offer hardware with other operating systems. Ford has its own SYNC in-car solution and it will continue...

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14:37
Interesting IHS Teardown of the Apple Watch Sport...

Today IHS revealed the results of their new Teardown of the Apple Watch to find the real cost of Apple's newest iDevice. According to IHS and its Teardown Mobile Handsets Intelligence Service, the much-anticipated Apple Watch has the lowest hardware costs compared to retail price of any Apple product to date.

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Amazon Instant Video gets HD, cellular streaming on...

Amazon on Thursday released a major update to its Instant Video iOS client, while Waze launched Unusual Traffic, a series of city-based Twitter accounts hooked into data from its mobile navigation apps.

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Volume Purchase Program: Requesting free iLife and...

Follow these instructions to request iLife and iWork for Mac applications on your Volume Purchase Program (VPP) account.

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Microsoft Offers Devs an Edge


Microsoft on Wednesday made its new Edge browser available to participants in the Windows Insider Program. Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president, operating systems group, made the announcement at the company's Build developers' conference, being held in San Francisco through Friday. Edge is available through the Windows 10 Preview, accessible to Windows Insiders. It incorporates Cortana, Microsoft's personal assistant. That lets it "learn what you care about and helps you get things done," Belfiore said.

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Ford Working With Apple on CarPlay, But Won't...

Ford has promised to bring CarPlay to its vehicles and is listed as one of Apple's CarPlay partners, but Ford executives say the company will also focus on compatibility with Android and its own Ford SYNC in-car infotainment system to give consumers as much choice as possible. In an interview with Re/code, Ford CTO Raj Nair explained that the company doesn't want people making car choices based on their smartphones.CTO Raj Nair said part of the reason behind that is ensuring that car buyers have choice. "We want to make sure you are not pushed into a decision on a $40,000 car based on your $200 smartphone," Nair said.

Ford, like the other car makers, also sees its infotainment system, known as SYNC, as a key selling point. "The data shows SYNC has been a significant draw in the showroom," Nair said.Ford's focus is on...

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13:46
Apple updates iMovie for iOS with fix for...

Apple on Thursday issued a minor update to its iMovie video editing app for iOS, addressing an issue that sometimes caused portrait photos to be cropped incorrectly.

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13:30
No, Apple didn’t ship a bunch of defective Apple...

The Daily Dot:

Before you go cancelling your order for Apple’s first smartwatch, it’s important to grasp the facts.

But “Apple Watch Defective!” is such a sexier headline. By the way, it’s a good rule of thumb that, when the headline includes something bad about an Apple product, wait 24 hours before commenting. Invariably, the facts come out and it’s not nearly as bad as the Chicken Littles would have you think.

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12:53
The Loop Magazine: Apple’s New MacBook

The Loop Magazine released a new issue today with eight new articles. You can download the app for iPhone and iPad and get a free preview of every article in this month’s issue. You can purchase the issue for $1.99 or get a subscription for just $1.99 per month and get access to all of the issues.

In this issue:

Review: 12-inch MacBook: Jim Dalrymple got his hands on one of the new MacBooks Apple recently introduced and gives you his thoughts, from the Retina display to using the one USB-C port.

Skating To Where The MacBook Is Going To Be: Rene Ritchie takes a look at why the all-new MacBook is ahead of the curve and why competitors will have a hard time catching Apple.

The MacBook: A New...

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12:44
San Francisco’s luxury bus

Would you pay $6 to commute in a bus that looks like a cafe crossed with a Virgin America plane?

A luxury-bus startup called Leap Transit relaunched in San Francisco last week, carting passengers from the wealthy Marina district to downtown. It’s the latest company to offer a high-end alternative to public transit.

I’d do it.

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12:39
Amid rumors of an Apple buyout, Nokia's maps...

Shares of Nokia fell more than 12 percent on Thursday after the company's networking division reported disappointing results. But a bright spot was its "Here" mapping division, which is rumored to be a potential acquisition target for Apple.

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12:35
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 043 on Build...

In this episode, Jeremy Thake and Richard DiZerega talk to Rob Howard and Chakkaradeep Chandran about the announcements from Build 2015.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP43.mp3

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Show notes

Got questions or comments about the show? Join the O365 Dev Podcast on the Office 365 Technical Network.

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If you can't connect to a cellular network or...

Get help with No Service or Searching, cellular network, and 4G LTE issues on your iPhone or iPad (cellular model).

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Apple opens up early access to App Analytics for...

Apple on Thursday offered developers the option to register for the App Analytics beta, opening early access to a feature originally announced at last year's Worldwide Developers Conference.

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11:59
Top 6 essential smart home accessories (Video)

There’s no denying that connected smart home accessories are on the rise. Apple’s HomeKit is slowly making an entrance into this space, but for the moment there are a wide variety of accessories available that can make your house a lot cooler. Today we’re taking a look at some of the essential options that have been around for a little while, but are definitely must-haves if you’re into the smart home scene. These devices may not be necessary, but they make things around the house more convenient…

Withings Home

First up we’re taking a look at Withings Home. This is one of the easiest ways to keep an eye on the house while away. Withings Home is a connected security camera that even has Apple Watch integration. Withings Home...

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11:41
Apple Pay FAQ

Apple Pay offers an easy, secure, and private way to pay using Touch ID on iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, and Apple Watch.

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11:31
Apple Working on Bending Beam Sensors for Force...

Apple worked hard on the Force Sensor solutions that went into the new MacBook and Apple Watch. Today, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published another patent application from Apple regarding force sensors using strain and bending beam sensors.

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11:26
Apple, IBM and Japan Post Announce New iPad...

Today "Japan Post Group, IBM and Apple announced a first-of-its-kind initiative aimed at improving the quality of life for millions of Japanese senior citizens.

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