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Wednesday April 13

08:47
Apple loses influential industrial designer Danny...

Industrial designer Danny Coster -- one of the Apple design team's longest serving members -- has left the company and will join action camera maker GoPro as Vice President of Design.

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08:39
New Version of 'January 1, 1970 Bug' Can...

Security researchers Patrick Kelley and Matt Harrigan have uncovered a new way to exploit the infamous January 1, 1970 bug that was found to be the cause of bricked iPhones in February. Despite Apple's patch of the original issue in iOS 9.3, Kelley and Harrigan discovered the way in which an iPhone constantly looks for trusted Wi-Fi networks could lend itself to the malicious bricking of a Wi-Fi enabled Apple device, without the user even knowing it was happening.

In a hypothetical example described by Krebs on Security, if a user confirms that a network called "attwifi" is a trusted connection, any subsequent network they come into contact with boasting the same name will connect with their iPhone. That way, when...

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08:38
GoPro hires longtime Apple industrial design team...

While Apple prides itself in maintaining a tight group of 19 industrial design team members under Jony Ive, one longtime member Daniel Coster has made a rare exception to the general rule and departed the company for a new venture elsewhere. As a member of Apple’s design team, Coster’s name has appeared on patents dating back to 1999 ranging from the iPhone 4 design to the iPad Pro’s Smart Keyboard cover as well as software interfaces. Since departing from Apple, Coster has taken an executive role at action camera company GoPro.

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08:36
Meizu's new Pro 6 smartphone mimics Apple'...

Chinese smartphone maker Meizu -- well-known for copying Apple's iPhone designs in its products -- on Wednesday announced the Pro 6, a phone which not only imitates design elements from the iPhone 6s but one of its signature features, 3D Touch.

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08:25
New York City's MTA plans to debut smartphone-...

The Metropolitan Transit Authority of New York issued a public bid on Wednesday, asking for proposals for a new contactless ticketing system to replace the MetroCard, and potentially allow iPhone users to pay for public transit on their smartphone.

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08:06
Nintendo’s first smartphone app, Miitomo, bringing...

Roughly 80% of that money comes from the iPhone version of the app. Fascinating numbers.

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08:04
FBI may have contacted “grey hat” hacker group along...

The plot continues to thicken.

A group of unnamed sources cited by the Washington Post contradict the widely-held belief that it was Israel-based mobile forensics company Cellebrite which helped the FBI hack into the locked San Bernardino iPhone. The report say that the agency was instead approached by a group of freelance hackers who revealed an iPhone passcode vulnerability to the FBI in return for a one-time fee.

The researchers, who typically keep a low profile, specialize in hunting for vulnerabilities in software and then in some cases selling them to the U.S. government. They were paid a one-time flat fee for the solution.

The story goes back to a $15,000 invoice sent from Cellebrite to the FBI around the time the FBI...

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08:00
External Link: Amazon Announces Kindle Oasis

Amazon has announced a premium entry to its Kindle e-reader lineup: the $289.99 Kindle Oasis. It’s designed to be held one-handed like a folded paperback, with a wedge-shaped hand grip that recalls the original Kindle, although Amazon brags that the screen is 30 percent thinner than any previous model. Since it’s intended for one-handed reading, the screen automatically rotates depending on which hand you’re holding it with. The Kindle Oasis will come with a leather charging cover that helps the device stay charged for months. While it’s unclear how much better it is than the $119.99 Kindle Paperwhite or $199.99 Kindle Voyage, some Kindle Oasis configurations are already delayed to ship after the 27 April 2016 launch date due to high demand.

 

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07:48
Apple's Safari is the second most popular web...

Apple’s Safari is the second most popular web browser, according to the U.S. government's Digital Analytics Program (DAP). It accounts for 21.9% of visits to government websites over the past 90 days.

The most popular web browser choice of 2.05 billion visitors was, drum-roll please, Google Chrome with 43.1%. In third place, counting every version from Internet Explorer (IE) 6 and below up to IE 11, was IE with 20.1%. In fourth and fifth place were Firefox (8.2%) and Android’s native browser (1.6%).

How is the often-underestimated Safari in second place?

Writing for ZDNet, Steven J.Vaughan-Nichols explains: “While 61.1% of users came to government web sites are using desktops--and the vast majority of them are running Windows—19.1% of all visitors are using iPhones. Of that number, I'd speculate that the...

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07:43
New Piper Jaffray Teen Survey Shows Half will choose...

In a January report we noted that Apple retained its title of top tablet brand worldwide in 2015, but iPad shipments fell by as much as 22% year on year, from 63.4 million units in 2014 to 49.6 million in 2015. Yet a new Piper Jaffray teen survey published yesterday notes that half the teens ...

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07:41
FBI Paid Professional Hackers One-Time Fee To Crack...

There's another new wrinkle in the never-ending FBI vs Apple saga. The Washington Post is claiming that FBI did not require Cellebrite's assistance in hacking San Bernardino iPhone. Instead, the report claims, the government intelligence organization bought a previously unknown security bug from a group of professional hackers. According to the report, the hacker group provided FBI with at least one zero-day flaw in the iPhone 5c's security, which enabled FBI to circumvent the lockscreen and other security features. The bug hasn't been disclosed. FBI has previously noted that the technique it utilized in breaking into the iPhone 5c does not work with any new iPhone models (iPhone 5s or newer).


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07:38
Professional hackers helped the FBI crack a shooter’...

The FBI cracked a San Bernardino terrorist’s phone with the help of professional hackers who discovered and brought to the bureau at least one previously unknown software flaw, reports The Washington Post, quoting unnamed “people familiar with the matter.”

The new information was then used to create a piece of hardware that helped the FBI to crack the iPhone’s four-digit personal identification number without triggering a security feature that would have erased all the data, the article adds. The FBI didn’t need the services of the Israeli firm Cellebrite, as previously believed, according to the Post. The U.S. government now has to decide whether to disclose the flaws to Apple.

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07:03
USB-C devices can now have safety, authenticity...

It will soon be much easier for consumers and businesses to determine whether a USB-C device is genuine and can be trusted, thanks to the newly introduced USB Type-C Authentication specification.

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06:55
External Link: USB-C Authentication Protocol to...

We’ve reported in the past that non-compliant USB-C cables and devices can damage or destroy connected hardware. To address this problem, the USB 3.0 Promoter Group has announced the USB Type-C Authentication specification, a cryptographic authentication standard for USB devices. A phone equipped with USB-C authentication could reject a connection to a non-approved charger, for instance, if it hadn’t been certified as meeting necessary specs. However, the authentication protocol could also be used to prevent devices from connecting to fully compliant devices that didn’t meet some other business requirement. That would let companies restrict access to only verified USB storage devices, but could also allow manufacturers to lock customers in to a proprietary ecosystem of approved devices. In short, beware the unintended consequences!

 

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06:48
Feature Request: Apple’s Calendar should borrow the...

I don’t classify myself as an Apple fanboy. I mostly prefer Apple products over competing ones, and I do find life is easier if I allow myself to be assimilated by a single ecosystem, but my opinion pieces are variously critical and supportive of Apple – and I’m certainly not blind to cool tech offered by Apple competitors.

I was particularly impressed by a feature Google released this morning: automatically and intelligently finding time in your calendar to work on your personal goals.

Most of us these days lead busy lives with packed schedules, and sometimes it can feel hard enough just keeping up with the essentials of work, family and those boring but essential chores – from...

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06:44
Better Finder Rename for OS X now lets you move...

publicspace.net has released A Better Finder Rename 10.06 an update of their batch file renaming solution for Mac OS X. It adds the ability to move ranges of text within the file name, making some file renaming tasks easier.

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

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06:38
Tension Software announces Password Creator 1.3 for...

Tension Software has revved Password Creator, its password creation tool for Mac OS X, to version 1.3.

The app lets you create up to half million random unique passwords in a single click. Password Creator also lets you create a single password  or a long list of passwords (up to 500,000), inside an internal table. The list is ready to be saved on disk in plain text format for reuse. Version 1.3 offers a better way to define how many passwords you wish to create.

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06:20
Upcoming version of Adobe Creative Cloud to add...

Ahead of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show next week, Adobe has revealed new features across its Creative Cloud tools for video editing, motion graphics, audio and collaboration. The CC tools are compatible with Mac OS X and Windows systems.

Media and entertainment companies are combining these advanced content creation capabilities with Adobe Primetime (a TV platform that helps broadcasters, cable networks and service providers “create and monetize engaging and personalized TV and film experiences”) to help deliver TV and video content across screens. With Adobe’s digital marketing tools TV networks and pay-TV providers can drive viewer acquisition, engagement and monetization as audiences embrace “over the top” (OTT) content via connected devices such as the Apple TV, Sony PlayStation, Roku and Microsoft Xbox.

In the next release of Creative Cloud – available in early summer – Premiere Pro CC will add new virtual reality capabilities, including “...

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06:14
Adobe unveils ‘breakthroughs’ in video and film...

Ahead of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show next week, Adobe has revealed new features across its Creative Cloud tools for video editing, motion graphics, audio and collaboration. The CC tools are compatible with Mac OS X and Windows systems.

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06:01
Here’s another reason to upgrade from iOS 9.3 to iOS...

While iOS 9.3 fixed a bug that "bricked" iOS devices when the date was set to Jan. 1, 1970, and iOS 9.3.1 fixed flitches with iOS 9.3 there’s a variation on iOS 9.3 that can remotely brick later devices as soon as they connect to a WiFi hotspot, reports KrebsonSecurity.

Researchers say they’ve proven how easy it would be to automate the iOS bricking attack over a network, so that potential victims would need only to wander within range of a hostile wireless network to have their Apple devices turned into useless bricks. So if you haven’t upgraded to iOS 9.3.1, do so immediately.

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06:00
Survey: employees choose Apple products for work

Organizations are increasingly offering employees technology device choice, and when given the choice people choose Macs, iPhones, and iPads for work, according to a survey of executives, managers, and IT professionals on choice programs in the workplace by JAMF Software, which specializes in Apple device management. 

Defined as giving employees the freedom to choose among brands of computer hardware and/or mobile devices for work, employee choice programs have gained prominence in the modern business landscape. Over half (61%) of survey respondents say their company has implemented a choice program, which can include employer-owned devices, BYOD (bring your own device), or both. Eighty percent say they should become a standard in business, demonstrating that choice programs are here to stay.

When given the choice, employees prefer Apple. Survey respondents attribute Apple’s ease of use as the number one reason for selecting...

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05:55
Apple offering iPhone leasing plans for corporate...

Apple has begun offering corporate customers in India two-year lease plans for the iPhone SE and iPad starting at 999 rupees (about $15) per month, reports The Economic Times. The Cupertino, California-based company is also offering iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S on similar leasing plans for two years at Rs 1,199 (about $18) and Rs 1,399 (about $20) a month, respectively.

Corporate users can, at anytime, move from one iPhone to another, and pay the change in monthly fee as per the model. Apple has had this model running in India for over a year, but the company “appears to be driving it this time around, given the increased India focus and great sales results the fastest growing smartphone market has produced last year,” according to The Economic Times.

Apple has also sought permission from the...

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05:34
Sketchy Japanese stats suggest majority of early...

Analysis of retailer data in Japan indicates that early buyers of the iPhone SE are favoring the 16GB model over the 64GB one, possibly suggesting that the majority are buying on price. Life science researcher Naofumi Kagami says that this is particularly interesting as you’d expect early sales to be skewed towards early adopters, who tend to opt for the higher tiers.

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Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: iPhone SE, iPhone SE buyers, iPhone SE sales, Japan...

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05:00
Next Apple Watch Will Be More 'S' Than 2


Most of the changes in the next version of the Apple Watch will be on the inside and not the outside of the case, according to an investors note issued Monday by Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities. While he was short on details about what the internal changes for the watch might be, the analyst's comments are consistent with rumors circulating last summer that the design of the next version of Apple's wrist computer would remain essentially unchanged, with some improvements in battery life and its display's outdoor visibility.

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04:59
Did 'Grey Hats' Assist the FBI Crack the...

The closest proof to Cellebrite being contracted for the job with the FBI was posted online on April 6th. Of course Apple could always question the FBI about the noted contract with the Cellebrite, but the latest rumor is that the FBI ended up using "professional hackers" to get the job done.

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04:25
Worldwide semiconductor revenue declined 2.3% in 2015

Worldwide semiconductor revenue totaled $334.8 billion in 2015, a 2.3% decline from 2014, according to final results by Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com). The combined revenue of the top 25 semiconductor vendors fell by 0.5% during 2015, according to the research group.

This was a better performance than the rest of the market, however, which saw a 6.9% revenue decline. The top 25 vendors accounted for 73.5% of the market, down slightly from 74% in 2014.

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04:18
AutoCrypt for OS X upgraded to version 22

Tension Software has updated AutoCrypt, an encryption/decryption app with a document based approach, to version 2.2. It’s a maintenance upgrade

The software lets you save in a document all the settings used to encrypt or decrypt  collections of files using a powerful AES-256 algorithm. Using these documents, AutoCrypt can be used for encryption and decryption batch process of large quantity of files in a single click.

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04:15
Kool Tools: Xerox Duplex Travel Scanner

The new Xerox Duplex Travel Scanner (http://tinyurl.com/zsesws9), designed for use with Mac OS X and Windows, allows continuous feeding of pages up to 8.5x14 inches for creating multi-page files of one and two-sided documents.
 

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04:08
Goldman Sachs Sees Positive AAPL Q2 Earnings and...

Goldman Sachs's analyst Simona Jankowski is bullish on Apple and wrote yesterday that she had conducted an online survey of over 1,000 U.S. consumers above 18 years of age, from late March to early April, asking them if they plan to buy an iPhone in the next three months. She found ...

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03:37
Smile Brings Back Standalone TextExpander, Reduces...

In response to customer feedback, Smile has adjusted its approach with TextExpander, promising to maintain the standalone versions of the text-expansion utility and lowering the price of the individual subscription plan.

 

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02:06
New Immersive VR and 360 Video Editing Tools Coming...

Adobe has announced major updates to Premiere Pro CC and its other video apps, with VR workflows spearheading a new focus on immersive VR and 360 video experiences.

Set for an "early summer" release, the CC platform updates bring new VR capabilities to Adobe's flagship video editor, in the form of a "field of view" mode that allows editors to work with imported spherical stitched video and see what a viewer would see when looking in a given direction.

The new mode will allow users to dynamically switch between monoscopic, stereoscopic and anaglyph frame layouts, freely reposition the viewing angle across 360 degrees while editing, and export video with VR tags so that video players like YouTube automatically recognize it.

Adobe also announced a new workflow that enables editors to begin editing during "ingest" while importing video and audio...

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Tuesday April 12

23:16
Apple rolls out 24-month corporate iPhone & iPad...

In an apparent bid to boost sales in India, and gain a foothold in the developing market, Apple on Tuesday began offering corporate customers in the region attractive two-year lease plans for iPhone and iPad starting at 999 rupees (about $15) per month.

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22:05
How a Japanese Pinball Maker Helped the FBI Crack...

Cellebrite Mobile Synchronization Ltd., the forensics unit of a little-known Japanese pinball company, is fast becoming the go-to guys when law enforcement needs to unlock smartphones. Its group chief executive officer has plans to keep the firm on the frontlines against terrorism.

Not a big surprise they have some of the world’s biggest law enforcement agencies as clients.

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19:16
FBI reportedly paid 'gray-hat' hackers,...

In the latest development of what appears to be a never-ending guessing game, a report on Tuesday claims FBI officials purchased a zero day exploit from a group of professional security researchers as part of its successful effort in breaking into an iPhone 5c linked to last year's San Bernardino terror attack.

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18:31
The real key to Buy NBA 2K16 MT Points For PS4

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Do they feel you do something well particularly? Maybe you are nimble or you are reliably there to support them maybe.The real key to ball well is usually to spread your fingers....

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18:21
FBI Used Security Flaw Found by 'Professional...

Rumors have suggested the FBI employed Israeli mobile forensics firm Cellebrite to hack into the iPhone 5c used by San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook, but new information from The Washington Post suggests it was instead done with the help of "professional hackers" at least one of which is a "gray hat" researcher that sells flaws to governments, black market groups, or companies that create surveillance tools.

According to sources who spoke to The Washington Post, the hackers told the FBI about a previously unknown software flaw, which was used to "create a piece of hardware" the FBI used to access the phone via its passcode. The hardware in question allowed the FBI...

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18:20
Logitech expands audio portfolio with $50M Jaybird...

Accessories manufacturer Logitech on Tuesday announced an agreement to purchase Utah-based earbud maker Jaybird, known for its "active" style wireless headphone designs, in a deal worth some $50 million in cash.

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17:54
Logitech acquires earbud maker Jaybird

Interesting move for Logitech.

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17:53
Apple now offering two-year leasing option for...

Apple has expressed a growing interest in India over the past year, but sales of its newest and more affordable iPhone SE have been lukewarm in the country so far, reports claim. In order to combat these less-than-spectacular sales, Apple is offering a new way for customers to purchase the device.

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17:41
FBI Director Comey calls 'emotion'...

Two weeks after the Federal Bureau of Investigation withdrew its legal action against Apple, agency director James Comey on Tuesday said the difficulty of squaring national security policies with consumer privacy rights was the most onerous of his government career.

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17:22
Logitech to acquire Jaybird for $50M as it looks to...

Computer peripheral company Logitech has today announced that it is acquiring popular audio company Jaybird. Jaybird, for those unfamiliar, has released a variety of headphone products over recent years, most of which have been wireless. Logitech says the deal is worth $50 million in cash, with an additional earn-out of up to $45 million based on achievement of growth targets over the next two years.

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Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: acquisition, Jaybird...

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17:08
FBI Comey: We Can't Resolve the Issue of...

FBI Director James Comey said Tuesday that he was glad a court fight in California over access to a locked iPhone had ended. We can't resolve these really important issues that affect our values — technology, innovation, safety and all kinds of other things — in litigation."

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16:20
∞ Yngwie Malmsteen parody

I really dislike Yngwie. Probably why I love this video so much.

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16:10
Teen interest in iPhone remains high

Juli Clover:

Teen interest in Apple’s iPhone continues to grow, according to data gathered by Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster in the latest semiannual teen survey. 69 percent of teens surveyed own iPhones, up from 67 percent in the Fall 2015 survey. 75 percent of teens queried expect their next device to be an iPhone, up one percent from the previous survey.

This is very important. These are the people that Apple is relying on to purchase the iPhones of the future.

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16:07
Pure CSS games

I’m always impressed with the things people can do with CSS.

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15:46
Zuckerberg Launches Remodeled Messenger


CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday launched the company's new Messenger platform beta at its annual F8 conference. The Messenger announcement was the first major initiative in the long-term vision he presented. Zuckerberg outlined a major push to incorporate artificial intelligence and bots into the Messenger platform. The revamped service will allow companies and individuals to develop more sophisticated and personal experiences through Messenger than ever before, ultimately transforming the app into a major communications and marketing tool.

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15:42
Survey: Apple Watch the most popular smartwatch...

A report released yesterday showed that Apple will still growing in the PC market, and now Piper Jaffray has released its latest survey focusing on the company’s performance in the teen market. According to the survey results, gathered from 6,500 teens with an average age of 16 and a half years, Apple still dominates across all product categories.

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Filed under: Apple Watch, iOS Devices Tagged: Apple, Apple watch, iPad, iPhone, survey...

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15:15
AWT News Update: April 12, 2016

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  • Gene Munster surveys teens, finds out they like iPhones even more than they used to
  • Coming in the near future: Facebook Messenger bots and even more live video
  • Smile decides to give past TextExpander customers a break on pricing

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14:48
Apple Watch takes 71 percent share of teen market,...

Apple's mobile product lines continue to perform well with the all important U.S. teen demographic, as a new spring 2016 survey put Apple Watch far ahead in the nascent smartwatch game, while iPhone exhibited expectedly consistent growth.

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14:00
The Week in Mac Apps: Make your iTunes window just...

Apps of the week

This week’s roundup of new Mac apps includes Moom, a tool for making your app windows the perfect size (and keeping them that way). Plus, apps for making gorgeous photo collages, tracking the moon’s patterns, and more. Read on!

Deluxe Moon Pro 1.6

Any astronomy fans in the house? Natalia Gavrylova’s $2 Deluxe Moon Pro helps you keep track of the moon’s movements in the sky alongside its phase, eclipses, and position.

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13:58
Teen Interest in iPhone Remains High, Apple Watch is...

Teen interest in Apple's iPhone continues to grow, according to data gathered by Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster in the latest semiannual teen survey. 69 percent of teens surveyed own iPhones, up from 67 percent in the Fall 2015 survey. 75 percent of teens queried expect their next device to be an iPhone, up one percent from the previous survey.

Smart watches are not as popular among teens as smartphones, and only 12 percent of those surveyed owned a smart watch. With teen smart watch owners, the Apple Watch was the model most often chosen -- of the 12 percent of teens who own a smart watch, 71 percent are Apple Watches. Just 10 percent of teens say they're interested in purchasing a smart watch, a number that's grown just two percent since fall of 2015.

We would expect the Apple Watch to maintain market share close to that of iPhone, but don't expect major changes in interest until stronger use cases...

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13:30
Facebook debuts Messenger bots, Live API & more...

Facebook opened the F8 Developer Conference on Tuesday by announcing a number of developments, including Messenger bots and a Live API that will bring video streaming to a wider range of devices.

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13:24
Apple Targets Indian Corporate Users for the iPhone...

A new report from India informs us that Apple is focusing their new iPhone SE at Indian corporate user with a hard to resist deal ...

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13:01
Here’s everything Facebook announced at F8 that’s...

Facebook held its annual F8 developer’s conference today that laid out the foundation for what the company plans to accomplish as far out as the next ten years. Today’s keynote presentation focused more on what the next year at Facebook and its products would look like for customers. Putting a heavy emphasis on Messenger and Facebook Live, it’s fair to say that you’ll be seeing a lot of these changes coming to mobile very soon.

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12:42
Photos of the San Francisco earthquake of 1906

110 years ago next week, on April 18, 1906, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake centered near the city of San Francisco struck at 5:15 AM. The intense shaking toppled hundreds of buildings, but the resulting out-of-control fires were even more destructive.

Devastating.

[Via Kottke]

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12:03
Some iPhone SE users complain of Bluetooth audio...

Well, this could be one for the bug team to sort out.

A number of oPhone SE early adopters have reported audio issues with Bluetooth phone calls when the smartphone is paired with a vehicle or wireless headset. The issue extends to GPS voice navigation for some, but streaming music over Bluetooth appears to be unaffected.

The users claimed to be experiencing distorted, staticky, or inaudible phone calls when using an iPhone SE over Bluetooth. Many of those affected noted that their previous iPhone model had “crystal clear” audio quality.

One user, who went by the handle HickDead, offered the following feedback regarding the issue:

“I actually had to return my SE back to Verizon because my Bluetooth calls reception quality...

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11:26
Wibu-Systems joins the Trusted Computing Group

Wibu-Systems (www.wibuusa.com) is joining the Trusted Computing Group (TCG) and offering CodeMeter as a secure licensing platform for all TPM users to monetize their business. CodeMeter, an anti-piracy solution creates and stores licenses either in a hardware device (CmDongle) or in software bound to individual computers (CmAct).

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11:02
Adobe updates Post with Live Photos support, Airmail...

Adobe on Tuesday updated its Post graphics design tool for iOS with several new features, including Live Photos support. Bloop meanwhile updated the iOS version of its Airmail email client, bringing it to the iPad for the first time along with other major improvements.

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10:57
Samsung's AR Vision Includes Smart Contact...


Samsung has been granted a patent for a smart contact lens, according to news reports published last week. The lens is equipped with a tiny display, a camera, an antenna, and several sensors that detect movement and eye blinks. Eye blinks would provide the input, and a smartphone would be needed to process the images. A user blinks to take pictures or interact with data displayed on the smart contact lens. Sensors pick up the blinks and relay the commands they indicate to the user's smartphone for processing.

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10:56
Facebook Introduces Chatbots for Messenger, Pushes...

As was rumored last week, Facebook today announced plans to bring chatbot support to its Messenger platform. At the Facebook F8 Developer Conference, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg demonstrated a Messenger chatbot on stage, using the Messenger platform to order flowers from 1-800-Flowers through a text conversation.

"To order from 1-800-Flowers, you never have to call 1-800-Flowers again," said Zuckerberg, explaining that Facebook chatbots are designed to allow users and businesses to connect together in new ways. "You don't have to install an app or enter your credit card."

Developers will be able to build chat programs to interface with users. These will range from product-based companies like 1-800-Flowers to news companies like CNN, another one of Facebook's partners.

Facebook also plans to expand its Live Video feature, which has proven popular with users and public...

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10:08
Panamas introduces DirectFlow for the Mac

Panasas, which specializes in performance scale-out network-attached storage (NAS), has announced DirectFlow for Mac.

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10:03
TextExpander adjustments

Smile made some adjustments to its upgrade plans and pricing.

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10:01
Gibson in financial trouble

There are signs that Gibson’s move to diversify isn’t working out as planned. Moody’s Investor Service has downgraded Gibson Brands (formerly Gibson Guitar Corporation) credit to junk status, and according to reports, the company has put up two of its Nashville warehouses for sale as a result.

Gibson has been in trouble for a long time. I’m not sure if they tried to buy their way out of it or tried to ignore it, but either way, it seems to be getting worse.

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09:55
Ransomware

That case and others show how cyber-criminals have professionalized ransomware schemes, borrowing tactics from customer service or marketing, law enforcement officials and security firms say. Some players in the booming underworld employ graphic artists, call centers and technical support to streamline payment and data recovery, according to security firms that advise businesses on hacking threats.

I didn’t realize how “professional” these people have become.

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09:36
9to5Toys Last Call: iPad Pro 12.9″ 128GB Wi-Fi +...

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09:32
Apple's AirPlay comes to Android in new...

HTC on Tuesday unveiled the HTC 10, its latest flagship smartphone, with an unusual feature in the form of native support for Apple's AirPlay wireless streaming protocol.

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09:31
HTC is the First Android Smartphone to Offer Native...

The new HTC 10 has launched with a nice clean design. While it doesn't have a killer dual camera system like the one that Huawei launched last week, it does uniquely offer Apple's AirPlay. Yes, that right, Apple's AirPlay.

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09:00
The Office Small Business Academy April webcast—“...

It’s no surprise that small businesses consider culture to be a major contributor to their overall success—and a healthy culture starts at the top. Register now for the April episode of Office Small Business Academy—“Culture Rules! Create a Positive Business Culture Inside and Out” —airing April 26 at 9 a.m. PT / 12 p.m. ET. You’ll get easy tips for shaping workplace values, developing effective leadership and polishing your digital presence.

  • CNBC on-air contributor Carol Roth has four tips every entrepreneur needs for smart social media strategy.
  • Brand-building expert and author of “What Great Brands Do,” Denise Lee Yohn, explains the connection between happy employees and loyal customers, and how to create a culture your employees will love.
  • The president and editor-in-chief of Inc., Eric Schurenberg, shares his advice to help you grow into...
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09:00
Outlook on the web makes going on vacations less...

Vacation is a time to relax. However, the weeks leading up to it can often be as stressful as the time off is fun, as you rush to get packed and finish all those important to-dos before you set your “Out of Office” message. We want to take one thing off your to-do list.

Outlook on the web now makes it easier to clear your calendar and automatically decline meetings before you head out for some time away from the office. When you set an automatic reply in Outlook on the web, Outlook will offer to do the following on your behalf:

  • Block your calendar so people know you’re away.
  • Clear existing meetings on your calendar by declining/canceling them.
  • Automatically send a response to incoming invitations while you’re away.

Block your calendar

One of the most common things you do before taking time off is block time on your calendar so people know you are going to be away. Now, when you set your automatic reply, select the option...

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08:59
EPIC Planning in OneNote

Today’s post was written by Lynette Barker, librarian teacher at St Therese’s Primary School in New Lambton, Australia.

Creating a comprehensive and authentic learning program gives many teachers a sense of purpose and direction in the classroom. They feel more prepared, more ready to teach. Through observations and informal discussions with my teaching colleagues, it became obvious that a considerable amount of their creative planning time was spent looking through SharePoint folders, personal document libraries and USB sticks trying to locate the latest programming documents, checklists and guides. As a result, valuable time that could have been spent chatting and brainstorming with colleagues to design rich lessons was lost.

The solution—bring all documents for teaching and learning together into one dynamic workspace that is accessible by all and supports collaborative planning.

The natural tool of choice—OneNote!

The OneNote Notebook not...

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08:58
London Met Police says it has deployed just 641...

In spite of one-time plans to adopt between 15,000 and 20,000 iPads, London's Metropolitan Police have so far deployed just 641 units, and don't have any immediate plans to deploy more, a report revealed on Tuesday.

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08:51
How-To: Quickly switch between audio input and...

If you have multiple audio inputs or outputs connected to your Mac, then you’re probably aware that you can visit System Preferences to manage and switch between interfaces at will. But wouldn’t it be nice if there was a quicker way to switch to a set of speakers or a microphone without venturing all the way into the Sound panel of System Preferences? In this post, we’ll share with you a handy shortcut that we use every day to do just that. more…

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08:49
External Link: Apple Pulls Third-Party Reddit...

Apple recently pulled most third-party apps for the popular social-news site Reddit from the App Store, drawing the ire of many of the site’s users, especially since the just-launched official Reddit app was spared. Apple apparently suddenly decided that it didn’t like that many of these apps — some of which had been in the App Store for over a year — contained a switch that let users choose whether or not to display content tagged NSFW (Not Safe for Work). However, Apple has now readmitted many of those apps in which the developer has removed that switch — users must now control access to NSFW content via the Reddit Web site preferences. Apparently, even an NSFW switch is, in Apple’s view, Not Safe for the App Store, which seems overly paternalistic.

 

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08:40
New York law could allow roadside 'textalyzer...

Drivers in New York might soon be subject to on-the-spot analysis of their mobile phones to determine whether they were distracted by their devices in the run-up to accidents, if a proposed law passes the state legislature.

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08:32
External Link: AirPlay Coming to Android with the...

AirPlay has been a standard iOS and OS X feature for years, but it’s not an open standard. As a result, it has been available in Google’s Android mobile operating system only via often-flaky third-party apps. But HTC’s upcoming HTC 10 smartphone will include AirPlay support out of the box, integrated into the HTC Connect service. This is presumably being done without Apple’s involvement, so it will be interesting to see how well the HTC 10 sends audio and video to Apple TVs and other AirPlay receivers.

 

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08:24
DisplayMate releases full analysis of 9.7-inch iPad...

The cool cats at DisplayMate have just released their usual insane analysis of the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and confirmed that this is the best iPad display to boot, but have also hinted that this could lead towards iPhone 7 screen upgrade possibilities.

In its report, which compares the new device to not only current iPads but also other top tablets from Microsoft, Samsung and others, DisplayMate shows how the new iPad achieved record results for its display in a number of categories, including: “Highest Absolute Color Accuracy for any display for Both Color Gamuts (1.35 JNCD), Lowest Screen Reflectance for any mobile display (1.7 percent), Highest Peak Brightness in a full size Tablet for any Picture Level (511 nits), Highest...

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08:21
OneDrive for Business recognized as an EFSS leader...

Today’s post was written by Jeff Teper, corporate vice president for OneDrive and SharePoint.

OneDrive for Business has made significant progress in the last 6 months, and was recently named a Leader by Forrester Research in “The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise File Sync and Share Platforms, Cloud Solutions, Q1 2016.” You can read the report here.

It’s an honor to get industry recognition like this, but we know there’s always more for us to do to improve the service. Today, we’re announcing important improvements and new capabilities in our sync, browser and mobile experiences, as well as new IT controls for administrators.

New features added to the Next Generation Sync Client

In December 2015, we released the first version of the Next Generation Sync Client, which we now refer to as the new OneDrive sync client. The new OneDrive sync client has...

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08:20
Announcing content viewing for Skype for Business on...

Today, we’re pleased to announce an update to the Skype for Business apps for Android and iOS, including the ability to view meeting content on Android and improvements to the meeting experience on both platforms, even when you are experiencing spotty Internet connectivity.

Content viewing now on Android and enhanced on iOS

You can now view a presenter’s desktop and applications shared in a meeting on your Skype for Business app for Android phones and tablets. When viewing content during a meeting on your Android device, the meeting controls disappear, so that you can focus on the content without distractions. A light tap on the screen will bring back the controls when you need them.

We have also greatly improved the content viewing experience on the Skype for Business app for iOS. Faster content refresh now allows for a smoother meeting experience—you’ll notice less delay between the presenter’s view and the content displayed on your device. The latest update...

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08:19
Cellebrite is Behind a NY Bill that will Allow...

It was reported on last week that New York State Senator Terrence Murphy (R-Westchester) and Assembly Assistant Speaker Felix Ortiz (D-Kings), together with awareness organization Distracted Operators Risk Casualties (DORCs) announced a joint effort that could go a long way in protecting innocent people from injuries caused by distracted driving.

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08:16
Analysis ranks 9.7" iPad Pro screen as best...

With two color gamuts, increased brightness, lower reflectance, and the new True Tone color shifting technology, the Retina display in Apple's new 9.7-inch iPad Pro is not only the best in its class --?a new analysis has found it's the best performing mobile LCD on the market, period.

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08:00
9.7" iPad Pro Has 'Excellent' Display...

DisplayMate has performed in-depth testing of the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro and determined that its IPS LCD display is a "truly impressive top performing display" and a "major upgrade" over the iPad Air 2.

While both tablets have similar tech specs, including matching 4:3 aspect ratios, 2,048×1536 pixel resolutions, and 264 PPI, Apple has made several underlying improvements to the 9.7-inch iPad Pro that qualified it as DisplayMate's "best performing mobile LCD display" it has ever tested.

Specifically, the exhaustive display shootout found the 9.7-inch iPad Pro to have two color gamuts that deliver "color accuracy that is visually indistinguishable from perfect" and "very likely considerably better than any mobile display, monitor, TV or UHD TV" that most people own.

The tablet uses a "new...

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07:59
iPad Pro 9.7 analysis shows record display...

DisplayMate is out today with its usual in-depth analysis of new Apple products, this time examining the display on Apple’s latest tablet, the iPad Pro 9.7-inch. The result? DisplayMate says the new iPad’s display isn’t just the best iPad display yet, but that it also includes record setting performance among all tablets it’s tested as well as hints at iPhone 7 screen upgrade possibilities. 

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07:53
Opinion: Here’s what I’d do to rationalize Apple’s...

Apple has long been about simplicity and minimalism. Steve Jobs’ philosophy was effectively that usability trumps choice. Sure, you lose the ability to customize your iPhone or iPad in the way you can an Android device without jailbreaking it, but what you gain in return is a device that is both more reliable and a lot more secure.

Jobs applied that same philosophy to Apple’s product range. When he returned to Apple in 1997, one of the first things he did was to rationalize the company’s product lineup, paring it back to the essentials. In 2008, he proudly told Fortune that “Apple is a $30 billion company, yet we’ve got less than 30 major products.”

Apple has, for the most part, maintained that approach ever since, famously saying ‘no’ to a thousand product ideas for every time it says ‘yes.’ But I still think there’s a little more work to be...

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07:36
Robust New FreeOffice Suite Proves Free Can Be Just...


SoftMaker's FreeOffice Linux office suite is a LibreOffice look-alike that provides strong performance compatibility with Microsoft Office documents. SoftMaker offers a line of open source offerings that compete with its commercial flagship office suite, SoftMaker Office 2016. It's a Windows/Linux cross-platform office suite with integrated applications for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations and email management. The commercial version is nearly identical to the free, open source FreeOffice version.

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07:13
HTC 10 is the First Android Smartphone to Support...

Earlier this morning, HTC announced its new smartphone, the HTC 10, revealing that the Android device will have the ability to wirelessly play audio through devices and speakers that support streaming via Apple's AirPlay feature (via SlashGear). In addition to AirPlay support, the basic specs of the phone include a 5.2-inch display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, 3,000 mAh battery for two full days of charge, and a USB Type-C port.

The addition of support for AirPlay makes the HTC 10 the first Android smartphone to work with Apple's audio and video streaming feature out of the box. AirPlay's inclusion into the HTC 10 also means that the Android device will be able to stream directly to the new...

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07:09
Did Politics Play any Role in Apple Losing a Massive...

In March 2013 the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) in London England started a trial of 500 iPad mini devices. If the trial proved fruitful, the MPS would order 15 to 20,000 for their entire force. Well, the trial is now over and the MPS won't be ordering the iPad mini to fill its needs.

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07:03
FileMaker publishes ‘Deploy’ ebook

FileMaker, Inc. (www.filemaker.com) has released "Deploy," the last of a three-part series of free how-to eBooks that lead teams through the process of deploying a custom app using the FileMaker Platform.

Custom apps connect team members with each other and with their business, enabling anytime, anywhere collaboration and productivity. With this final installment in the series, FileMaker has provided a step-by-step process to planning, creating and deploying custom apps.

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07:02
To make crashes 'friendlier,' Microsoft...

Windows users will no longer be forced to manually Google error messages to figure out why their computer crashed, as development builds of Windows 10 now include a QR code on the Blue Screen of Death.

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07:00
Style on the go—personal stylist uses Office 365 to...

Constance Turman, owner of The Constant Stylist, is a personal fashion and style consultant in the greater Seattle area. We recently spoke with Constance about how she uses Office 365 to help her business be more agile, responsive and professional. Here are some highlights:

As a personal style consultant, what’s your biggest business challenge?

To create the style that’s right for any client, I have to build a very close relationship with them. It’s almost intimate. I come into their most private personal space, where very few people get to go. It’s critical that I take that trust seriously, get to know who they are and do all I can to make them comfortable. If I can get them to be vulnerable, speak freely and still enjoy the experience, they’ll walk away more confident with their style and their image.

How did you decide that Office 365 could help you meet that challenge?

I wanted to be known for constant availability...

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06:59
∞ Whole Lotta Love and Beethoven’s Fifth

[VIDEO] Big fan of 2 Cellos, but this might be my favorite yet. If you are new to their work, check out their take on AC/DC’s Thunderstruck. Great production values, great musicianship.

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06:52
Facebook Messenger snags Dropbox integration for in-...

Facebook just can’t stop adding new features to Messenger leading up to the F8 Developer Conference on Tuesday. The world’s most popular social network just added Dropbox integration to Messenger on Android and iOS so you can share photos, videos, and other files inside Messenger without leaving Facebook’s chat app. The new feature is rolling out now, but it may take a few days before it arrives on your phone.

To see if you have the new feature, first make sure you have both the latest Messenger and Dropbox apps on your device. Once that’s done, tap More in Messenger and look for Dropbox as an option. If it’s there, you can tap it to access your Dropbox files inside Messenger.

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06:51
∞ A geek’s garden of iPhone secrets

Watch the video embedded below for a fantastic collection of iPhone secrets. My gut tells me there’s something new here for even the most knowledgeable iOS power user.

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06:44
Airmail lands on iPad with Touch ID support, iOS 9...

Airmail made its way from the Mac to the iPhone a couple of months ago, and today the popular email app is completing the suite and releasing the first version for iPad. Airmail for iPad supports keyboard shortcuts and iOS 9’s multitasking features like Split View and Slide Over, so you can triage email in Airmail and browse Safari or Twitter at the same time. And the free update includes loads of other new features for both the iPad and iPhone versions including Touch ID support, custom shortcuts, a new gesture for moving between messages, and tons of new integrations and improvements.

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06:41
Hey Chloë – you can find that iPhone even more...

In a new Apple Watch ad, Chloë Sevigny uses her Apple Watch to ping her iPhone. Keir Thomas takes things one step further, showing you how to add the iPhone’s flash to the equation.

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06:38
The HTC 10 is the first Android device to ship with...

Android has featured the ability to stream to AirPlay devices like the Apple TV by means of third-party utilities for some time now, but no Android device has ever shipped with native AirPlay support in tow. That’s all changed with the announcement of the HTC 10, the first device to ship with native AirPlay support.

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06:32
How to work with parental controls in iOS

Nice post from Faiz Orz on setting up restrictions on your iOS device.

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06:28
Twitter/Medium founder: “We put junk food in front...

Very interesting writing here. Ev Williams, founder of both Twitter and Medium, talks about feedback loops, the mechanisms that reward journalists for writing certain kinds of stories. If journalists are rewarded (with page views, which translates to dollars) for propagating junk food, junk food it shall be.

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06:25
Apple pulls, then reinstates several Reddit clients...

Apple briefly removed several popular Reddit clients from the App Store, after it began cracking down on a feature allowing users to toggle whether "not safe for work" content is displayed by default.

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06:23
Official Reddit app ships. Apple pulls 3rd party...

Interesting timing. Reddit ships their app, Apple pulls a bunch of third party apps from the app store. Why?

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06:22
USB Network Gate 4.0 provides full support for OS X...

Eltima Software has announced USB Network Gate 4.0 (http://www.eltima.com/products/usb-over-network-mac/) for Mac OS X. The utility Network Gate lets you work with remote USB devices from your local computer over Internet/LAN/WAN as if those devices were plugged directly into your machine.

Version 4.0 adds support for OS X El Capitan. It also includes several stability and interface improvements.

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06:09
SoftRAID 5.5 lets you convert AppleRAID volumes to...

OWC Holdings has updated SoftRAID (www.softraid.com) for Mac OS X (10.6.8 and higher) to version 5.5. It’s a free update for all version 5.x users of SoftRAID.

SoftRAID is a disk driver for Mac OS X, and replaces the RAID functionality that was removed from Disk Utility in Mac OS X El Capitan. With version 5.5, users can convert their existing AppleRAID stripe (RAID 0) and mirror (RAID 1) volumes to SoftRAID and preserve all the files on those volumes. This provides a way for existing AppleRAID users to start using the features of SoftRAID.

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06:00
Juicy Bits delivers Bez, a powerful vector graphics...

It's great when a developer creates a new product that provides yet another reason for people to do more work on the iPad and especially the iPad Pro. That's the case with a new vector graphics editor released today. Bez (free, $7.99 in-app purchase to unlock all features) is designed to create and export vector graphics on Apple's tablets, and it looks like a winner.

According to Juicy Bits founder Michael Swanson, Bez has its roots in a search for new features to add to Halftone 2 -- a perennial Editor's Choice in the App Store and the flagship app of Juicy Bits. The developers found that one of the features users wanted was a way to edit the WHAM, BAM, and POW sound effects found in comic books, which are usually created by comic book artists using tools like Adobe Illustrator. Bez evolved into...

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05:58
The reports of its death are greatly exaggerated;...

Some folks say iOS devices such as the iPad Pro will replace the Mac. Apparently not anytime soon. While tablet sales continue to decline, overall Mac marketshare during the March quarter continued to grow globally during the first quarter of 2016, according to the latest research data from Gartner and IDC.

According to Gartner, the Mac’s worldwide computer market share was 7.1% during the quarter, up 1.5% year-over-year. In the U.S., Apple has 12.7%, up from 11.9% a year ago. Gartner’s stats are based on global sales of 3.1 million Macs in the first quarter of 2016. 

According to IDC, the Mac’s worldwide computer market share was 7.4% during the quarter, up 6.7% year-over-year. In the U.S., Apple has 13%, up from 12.7% a year ago. IDC’s stats are based on global sales of 4.5 million Macs in the first quarter of 2016. 

Globally, all other personal computer...

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05:53
Cellebrite could give NY cops the ability to partly...

A proposed bill now in committee in the New York State Senate could give NY police officers the ability to plug smartphones into a ‘textalyzer’ following a motor vehicle accident. The device would read data from the phone to determine whether or not the driver had been texting or otherwise using the phone at the time of the crash.

ArsTechnica reports that Cellebrite, the Israeli company believed to have cracked the San Bernardino iPhone, is developing the technology required for the checks. Such checks without a warrant would normally violate the Fourth Amendment right to privacy, but Cellebrite believes it has...

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05:41
Apple is naming its (rumored) Apple Car buildings...

Will the Apple Car be an achievement of mythic proportions? Rumors have been flying for over a year bout "Project Titan,” which is allegedly Apple’s internal name for a self-driving electric vehicle project. Now the company has been giving a network of industrial projects throughout South Bay (California) names from Greek mythology, according to the Silicon Valley Business Journal.

The Business Journal says Cupertino, California-based company and its contractors have been working out a network of industrial projects throughout the South Bay. Buildings have been nicknamed Zeus (king of the Gods of Mount Olympus), Rhea (mother of the gods)Medusa (monster, a Gorgon, generally described as a winged human female with a hideous face and living venomous snakes in place of hair), Athena (Greek goddess of wisdom and good counsel, war, the defense of...

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05:14
BBC launches iPlayer Kids, a child-friendly version...

British parents have long known that handing your kids an iPad full of children’s TV shows is a good way to keep them quiet for a while appropriately entertained and informed. The BBC has made that job even easier today by launching a special iPlayer Kids app. The iPad app, which has a user-interface suitable for young children, features only age-appropriate TV shows.

The new child-friendly app is safe and easy to use. With over 10,000 episodes being made available this year alone, it has all of BBC Children’s world-class content in one place, allowing kids to discover and enjoy both new and old CBeebies and CBBC favourites including Wolfblood, Blue Peter, The Dumping Ground, Topsy & Tim and Go Jetters.

Each child in the family creates their own profile, complete with their age and a cartoon character to represent them, and the...

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05:00
If you (sob) don’t have an Apple smartphone, you’ll...

Many folks weren’t happy when Apple replaced its old dock connectors with the reversible Lightning cable (so imagine the outcry if the rumors of upcoming iPhones eliminating the audio jack are true), but Lightning has made life easier for iPhone and iPad users. The MicFlip, which is purportedly the world’s first reversible micro-USB cable, is designed to do the same for Android (and other non-iOS smartphone) users.

The MicFlip (pronounced “Mike-flip”) works in any orientation, so it’s work whenever you attempt to plug in a micro-USB device — even if you’re fumbling in the dark. Featuring a hardy aluminum shell, gold plated plugs, and a braided cable (that’s strong and tangle free), the $19.99 cord is available in 20cm, 100cm, and 200cm version and silver, gold, and red/black flavors. 

If you have an Android smartphone, you’ll love the handy MicFlip. Or you could switch to an iPhone and really...

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05:00
HTC 10 Hands-On

The HTC 10 doesn't break new ground, but focuses on getting the fundamentals right.

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04:56
London’s Met Police abandons plan to issue 15-20,000...

London’s Metropolitan Police service has apparently abandoned plans to issue iPad minis to 15-20,000 frontline officers after spending a total of £6M ($8.58M) on a trial of just 641 devices. This means that the trial ended up costing the taxpayer £9,360 ($13,397) per iPad.

The Inquirer obtained the information using a Freedom of Information request.

The Met spent £1.2m on hardware during that time, including the iPads and supporting servers and accessories, £4.1m on custom software development, which included the databases to support mobile operations, £600,000 on business and management activities and £100,000 on licences. The costs also include the replacement of 12 tablets during the trial period … 

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04:35
High-growth wireless charging market matures in 2016

The wireless charging receiver market grew more than 160% in 2015 over the previous year, as annual global shipments reached 144 million units.

Integrated receivers hit mainstream devices, and refinements to system design and diversification for various applications and power ratings is now driving the development of the technology. Annual shipment volume is expected to top one billion units by 2020 and two billion by 2025, according to IHS (www.ihs.com), a source of critical information and insight.

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04:30
2016 may be the year that WiGig finally takes off (...

Research and Markets (www.researchandmarkets.com) says 2016 may be the year in which 802.11ad (better known as WiGig) finally takes off. But will it arrive on Macs this year?

WiGig isn't aimed at replacing your wireless network. Instead it's designed to aid your existing Wi-Fi by providing a fast, direct link between devices. More on that in a moment. 802.11ad marks the coming of 7Gbps wireless. Data transfer rates are purportedly over 10 times the maximum speed previously enabled within the IEEE 802.11 standard.This involves fast speeds over short distances; 802.11ad will deliver 7Gbps speeds over 60GHz frequencies.

WiGig is so fast that it can be used as a "wireless bus extension." In other words, it can wirelessly substitute for hardware inside your Mac. Imagine a hard drive sitting on your desk -- or near your desk -- but not physically connected to your computer. If both your Mac and the HD were WiGig enabled, the...

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04:14
Kool Tools: Epson WorkForce Pro M5000 Series...

Epson America’s (www.epson.com) WorkForce Pro WF-M5694 multifunction and WorkForce Pro WF-M5194 single function monochrome printers are designed to maximize business productivity for small networked workgroups. Powered by Epson’s next-generation PrecisionCore technology, they provide the lowest-cost monochrome printing in their class.

Equipped with a 10,000-page cartridge yield and up to 580 sheets maximum paper capacity, these monochrome printers require little user intervention. They also come equipped with IT admin tools, including security features and network configuration.
 

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04:12
All PC OEMs Including Apple Show PC Sales Decline in...

IDC reports that Worldwide PC shipments totaled 60.6 million units in the first quarter of 2016 (1Q16), a year-on-year decline of 11.5% which was forecasted. None of the PC makers including Apple escaped the continuing downturn in PC sales ...

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04:11
Facebook Messenger iOS app now lets you share...

It’s easy to drop recently-taken photos and videos into your Facebook Messenger chats directly from the camera roll, but it was less easy to share Dropbox files. This previously required you to open the Dropbox app first to grab a link to share.

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Filed under: Apps Tagged: Dropbox, Facebook, Facebook Messenger ...

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04:00
MAZ launches Home platform for the Apple TV

MAZ, a New York City-based startup, has released a new platform called Home, which is designed to enable any media provider to distribute their video content on an Apple TV.

CEO Paul Canetti says that, in many ways, Apple TV is reminiscent of the early days of iPhone, where the App Store enabled newer and smaller brands to emerge and establish an audience. Using MAZ's Home platform, “brands of any size can quickly and easily create apps with a fraction of the time and cost it would take with traditional custom development,” he adds.

"There were phones before apps, but no one remembers them,” Canetti says. ”The way we thought about phones back then is the way we think about TV today. Apps are going to dramatically change that, and we want to make sure that anyone with video content can be at the forefront of that change”

Following on the heels of recent MAZ product releases like Wear, a platform for...

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03:39
Inflatable space stations could orbit the Earth by...

The latest SpaceX launch ferried not just supplies for the ISS, but also an inflatable module designed to add a small living room on the space station. That module was made by Bigelow Aerospace, which has just announced that it teamed up with United...

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03:32
How to Pack Home Appliances?

Forums: TroubleshootingTags: movers and packers in Mumbaipackers and movers from Mumbai

In a busy city like Mumbai where thousands of people come every dayto start their career, it is not uncommon to come across different moving and packing companies. If you stop to ask each one of them which part of the house is most difficult to arrange and pack, each one of them shall have a different answer.
Personally however,any individual who has tried shifting the home without the help of professional movers and packers in Mumbai might have a different perspective. Kitchen with its array of diverse appliances, cooking utensils and boxes...

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03:30
Stream PlayStation 4 games from the console to your...

As of early April, you can now play PlayStation 4 games right on your Mac. It’s not emulation, and no, the Blu-ray discs won’t work in your computer… assuming you even still have an optical drive. Oh, and you’ll need a PlayStation 4 console, of course.

Sound complicated and/or convoluted? Surprisingly, it’s not: Thanks to the latest system update released for PlayStation 4, it’s now possible to stream games directly from the console to your Mac or PC over an Internet connection. With the Mac installer and a PS4 gamepad, you can tap into the digital and disc-based games on the most popular game console on the market today.

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03:25
BBC launches iPlayer Kids app

Is it just us, or are TV providers starting to forget who pays the bills 'round here? The younger, inexplicably energetic members of the household seem to be getting all the attention of late. Barely a few weeks have passed since Sky debuted its Kids...

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03:13
iOS 9.3.2 Beta Reportedly Fixes 'White Screen...

A long-standing bug in Game Center that renders many games unplayable has reportedly been resolved in the latest public beta of iOS 9.3.2.

Game Center for iOS is a necessary component of many turn-based multiplayer App Store titles, which rely on Apple's social gaming network to enable gamers to invite friends, start multiplayer matches, and compete for high scores.

The bug, which first appeared in iOS 8, affects many popular games of the sort and involves the Game Center app launching as a white screen, crashing games to a white screen, and/or the Settings app freezing when Game Center's options are selected.

TouchArcade forum member and journalist Craig Grannell's video of the bug in action.

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03:08
Apple Granted 59 Patents Today covering an original...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 59 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover one of Apple's original Apple Pencil patents. We wrap up this week's granted patent report with our traditional listing of the remaining granted patents that were issued to Apple today.

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03:00
The AfterMaster Pro promises to improve any type of...

Ordinary audio goes into this black box; extraordinary audio comes out. What's the secret?

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02:35
Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 gets a luxurious Type...

Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 is having to do battle with a slew of tablet-hybrid competition that includes Apple's smaller iPad Pro and the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S. It's a little early for an all-new Surface, so instead Microsoft has come out with a new...

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01:20
Experts crack nasty ransomware that locks your PC...

Petya, a brutal piece of malware, surfaced two weeks ago. It's a mean bit of crypto-extortion that hits its victims where it hurts: right in your startup drive. Because it encrypts your master boot file, if attacked, not only will you be unable to st...

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Monday April 11

21:21
Apple removes third-party Reddit clients from the...

Following the release of the official Reddit iOS app last week, Apple today has pulled a handful of third-party Reddit clients from the App Store. While the change appears to be unrelated to the launch of the official Reddit client, it’s a surprise nonetheless. As for its reasoning for removing the apps, Apple says they violate clause 18.2 of the App Review Guidelines, which relates to NSFW content…

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20:59
Apple naming buildings for its Project Titan car...

While it has been said that it’s “common knowledge” Apple is working on building an electric car, there’s still much we don’t know about the company’s plans. According to a new report from Silicon Valley Business Journal, though, Apple has been quietly purchasing and leasing a variety of buildings in Sunnyvale, California. The company is naming most buildings after Greek mythological figures, as well.

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20:49
Third-Party Reddit Apps Pulled From App Store for...

Popular third-party Reddit apps like Narwhal, iAlien, Baconreader, Eggplant and Antenna have been pulled from the App Store for breaching clause 18.2 of the App Review Guidelines, Narwhal developer Rick Harrison told Gizmodo. The takedowns were first spotted on a Reddit thread.

Today, we received notice that our new update with a lot of great new features was rejected under the App Store rule 18.2: “Your app contains a mechanism to enable or disable Not Safe For Work (NSFW) content, including pornographic content. Apps with sexually explicit content are not appropriate for...

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19:40
Worldwide Mac Sales Hold Steady as PC Market Sees...

Amid a decline in worldwide PC shipments, Apple's Mac sales have held steady, according to new PC shipping estimates from Gartner. During the first quarter of 2016, Apple shipped 4.6 million Macs worldwide and held 7.1 percent of the market, up from 4.56 million Mac shipments and 6.4 percent of the market during the first quarter of 2015.

While Apple only saw 1 percent worldwide growth, it fared better than the overall PC market, which saw total worldwide shipments of 64.8 million, a 9.6 percent decline from 71.7 million shipments in Q1 2015. Among other vendors, Lenovo and HP saw some of the biggest shipment drops with 12.5 million and 11.4 million shipments in 1Q 2016, down from 13.5 million and 12.5 million, respectively, in the year-ago quarter.

Gartner's Preliminary Worldwide PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 1Q16 (...

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19:36
Drake’s upcoming album ‘Views From The 6’ will be an...

Since Apple Music was officially announced, Apple has had a deep partnership with rapper Drake, even bringing him on stage last year at WWDC to discuss Connect. Drake and Apple reportedly inked a $19 million deal to have the rapper host a show on Beats 1 among other things, and now, BuzzFeed News reports that Drake’s highly anticipated new album “Views From The 6” will be an Apple Music exclusive when released on April 29th…but only for a week.

more…

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19:29
Codenames for Apple's 'Project Titan...

A series of buildings in Sunnyvale, Calif., are ground zero for Apple's top secret "Project Titan" electric car project, and a new report reveals the codenames of some of the company's facilities in the area, including names like "Pegasus," "Aria," "Rhea" and "Corvinus."

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18:46
City Documents Reveal Code Names of Secret Buildings...

Apple secretly purchased and leased several buildings in the Silicon Valley area and naming them after Greek mythological figures and other interesting inspirations in 2014 and 2015, according to city documents obtained by the Silicon Valley Business Journal (via Business Insider).

Photo of "Rhea" building via Silicon Valley Business JournalApple and its contractors have been building out a network of industrial projects throughout the South Bay, giving them intriguing monikers largely drawn from Greek mythology and filling them with heavy-duty equipment, including gear with potential automotive applications.In February, loud "motor noises" were heard emanating from an Apple-...

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18:06
IDC: Apple continues to gain in PC market share...

IDC has today published its latest report concerning the PC market, and once again, it shows Apple outpacing the rest of the industry, albeit at a slightly slower pace this time around. According to the data, Apple saw its total market share increase during the first quarter of 2016, though it actually saw total sales fall year-over-year.

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16:35
Apple grows to 7.4% of worldwide PC market as...

Apple continued to grow overall Mac marketshare during the March quarter as most leading Windows PC makers suffered significant setbacks, according to the latest research data from Gartner and IDC.

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16:31
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16:22
Cellebrite Is Developing Roadside Police '...

An anonymous reader writes: Cellebrite, the company many believe helped the FBI crack into the iPhone 5c belonging to a San Bernardino terrorist, is developing a roadside "textalyzer" device to help law enforcement determine whether someone involved in a motor vehicle accident was unlawfully driving while distracted. As reported from Ars Technica: "Under the first-of-its-kind legislation proposed in New York, drivers involved in accidents would have to submit their phone to roadside testing from a textalyzer to determine whether the driver was using a mobile phone ahead of a crash." The textalyzer allegedly would keep conversations, contacts, numbers, photos, and application data private in an effort to get around the Fourth Amendment right to privacy. "Cellebrite has been leading the adoption of field mobile forensics solutions by law enforcement for years, culminating in the formal introduction of our UFED FIELD series product line a year ago," Jim Grady, Cellebrite's CEO, said...

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15:32
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15:00
AWT News Update: April 11, 2016

It's a short, slow news day episode of the AWT News Update:

  • Portland, Oregon is the latest metropolitan area to get access to transit directions in Apple Maps
  • Apple sends out seven new Apple Watch ads, and you'll want to keep an eye out for some celebrities in these short TV spots
  • Boston-area running fans can visit the Boylston Street Apple Store this Saturday for a discussion moderated by Apple Director of Fitness and Health Technology Jay Blahnik. RSVP Here.

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14:54
Apple Patent Filing Points To a Keyboard With No Keys

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Digital Trends: Apple's patent, titled "Configurable Force-Sensitive Input Structure for Electronic Devices," was filed in September 2015 and was recently made available to the public on April 7th. It states that this all-in-one input interface consists of a metal contact layer, and a sense layer combined with a drive layer mounted underneath. According to the patent, the sense and drive layers detect a force exerted on the metal contact layer. This is accomplished by using an array of pixels on the sense and drive layers that determine an input location when active pixels are aligned on both layers. The user then gets a response to his or her action thanks to a haptic feedback module and a light guide layer that lights up the "keys" through extremely tiny holes in the metal surface. The components of the force-input sensitive "structure" are enclosed within the device's chassis; thus the only exposed portion is the contact surface itself....

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14:36
New Drake album to be exclusive (initially) to Apple...

Drake — a rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor — is releasing his new album, Views from the 6, exclusively on Apple Music when it arrives April 29, notes Pitchfork. The exclusivity will be for a limited time, but there’s no indication of how long that will be.

Drake has been with Apple Music since its inception. His hit song Hotline Bling was first released on Apple Music before any other streaming service. Also, Drake’s OVO Sound radio show is an Apple Music exclusive, and currently only available on Apple’s Beats 1 radio station. 

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14:30
The Week in iPad Cases: More gear for the 9.7-inch...

A clear case from Speck, the latest from Pad & Quill, and more

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases includes all new gear for the new iPad Pro, from folios to screen protectors. Read on!

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The Smart Keyboard (9.7-inch iPad Pro; $149) features an updated layout for the new iPad Pro’s smaller form factor while retaining all the original functionality introduced with its larger cousin.

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14:24
Apple premieres seven new Apple Watch ads with...

Apple on Monday debuted several new Apple Watch TV ads, highlighting features and apps while also leveraging celebrities to gain some marketing clout.

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14:11
Don't expect Apple to give Apple Watch 2 a...

Every other year, Apple redesigns its iPhones. It looks like the Apple Watch will be on the same biennial hardware overhaul schedule, if KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is on target (and he usually is).

Kuo’s latest research note came out today with guidance on the Apple Watch 2, and he notes that the second-gen model will have “limited changes to form factor design.”

Expect internal improvements, though Kuo didn’t say what those might be. We can guess, though. Reports last summer indicated that an Apple Watch 2 was already in the works with a Wi-Fi chip that would allow the watch to function on its own without an iPhone nearby. That would make the device a whole lot more useful than...

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13:46
Apple Debuts 7 New Apple Watch Ads Highlighting...

Apple today uploaded a series of seven new ads to its YouTube channel, all of which focus on different aspects of the Apple Watch. Each spot, which has a different colored background, is 16 seconds in length, giving a quick look at a single feature set to music.

Three videos, "Row," "Chase," and "Golf," featuring a rower, a runner, and a golfer, respectively, all focus on the fitness capabilities of the Apple Watch. The ad depicts users reaching their fitness goals for the day, using the Workout app to track workout progress, and competing with friends for the best time.

"Find," the fourth ad Apple shared today, highlights the Apple Watch's ability to locate the iPhone through a Glance on the device, while "Swap" highlights the myriad band options that are available.

"Surprise," depicts the Apple Watch being used to plan a surprise party, showing off the Messages app and its ability to control...

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13:29
Latest Apple Watch ads featuring Nick Jonas &...

Just a day after unveiling a new fourth-gen Apple TV ad starring NBA player Kobe Bryant, Apple today has released a handful of new 15-second ads for the Apple Watch highlighting a variety of different features. The new ads continue Apple’s trend of having Watch ads each highlight a specific feature of the device.

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12:44
Ford After Dark: Self-Driving Car 'Sees'...


Ford on Monday revealed that it has been testing its Fusion Hybrid autonomous research vehicle with no headlights on remote desert roads at night. While such a task would be quite perilous for a human driver, it was an important step in developing a fully autonomous vehicle, the company said. The test vehicle relied not on cameras, which require light, but instead on LiDAR technology for navigation. LiDAR worked with the car's virtual driver software to navigate the pitch-black and winding roads at the Ford Arizona Proving Ground.

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12:27
Microsoft adds contextual edit commands to Office...

Microsoft on Monday updated its Office apps for iOS with new contextual functions on the iPhone, while Google updated its iOS search app to better sort Now information cards on the iPad.

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12:23
Mac Update Cycle Faces Uncertainty as Intel Abandons...

In its latest 10-K annual report (PDF) filed last month, Intel confirmed the end of its long-heralded "tick-tock" strategy of delivering new microprocessors to the market. Intel originally introduced the product cadence to the world in 2006 with the launch of the "Core" microarchitecture, alternating "ticks" of shrinking chip fabrication processes with "tocks" of new architectures.

Over the past ten years, Intel has successively delivered new processor families based on this tick-tock cycle on a nearly annual cycle from its 65 nm manufacturing node all the way up until recently. The tick-tock release cycle allowed Intel to reestablish dominance in both the consumer and enterprise CPU markets and had given OEMs such as Apple a regular update cycle to rely on for annual product updates. But with chip updates stretching about beyond a yearly cycle in recent generations, Apple's...

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12:22
Review: iPhone SE is just a (really nice) phone for...

There was a time just a few years back when the 4-inch screen was considered Apple’s big phone. After five generations of 3.5-inch screens, Apple made the iPhone taller in 2012 with the 4-inch iPhone 5. The width remained the same in a “common sense” move that maintained easy one-hand use for most people, and the 16:9 aspect ratio framed video playback perfectly. Two years later, Apple upgraded the iPhone with two new models: 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch, but no new 4-inch iPhone until now.

iPhone SE is the first upgrade to this size since the iPhone 5s in 2013. It’s a huge specs upgrade if you’re coming from an iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, or earlier. And in some cases like mine, iPhone SE is mostly on par with Apple’s iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus flagships. But there are a few limitations of varying importance plus a few oddities that should be considered before buying … even with the relatively competitive price tag on iPhone SE.

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12:15
You'll be able to get tickets from Ticketmaster...

Every concert-goer has had at least one Ticketmaster horror story, so now the company is looking to make the ticket-buying experience less painful by integrating with Facebook.

On Monday, Ticketmaster announced that it would start selling select event tickets directly on Facebook by the end of April. When browsing an official event page on the Facebook iOS and Android app, you’ll be able to place your Ticketmaster order by clicking on the new “Buy Tickets” link.

In addition, you’ll have the option to buy from Ticketmaster in the Facebook Messenger app via its experimental virtual assistant M, which can even send you a photo of your digital tickets before an event.

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11:27
iPhone 7: Everything we currently know about Apple’s...

With the iPhone SE behind us, those that didn’t jump on the new 4-inch iPhone are now looking to the fall when Apple is expected to introduce its true next-generation smartphone with the iPhone 7. Or at least that’s what we’re calling it until things become official, and from the sounds of the latest rumors and reports, there’s a lot more up in the air than just the device’s name when it comes to new features, design changes, and more.

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11:15
iPhone SE users reporting Bluetooth sound issues

It's never nice to hear about problems with a new Apple product, but that's the case with the new iPhone SE. The Apple support forums are currently showing a number of reports of distorted sound during phone calls made with the iPhone paired through Bluetooth to a wireless headphone or car audio system.

The problem exists with both iOS 9.3 and iOS 9.3.1, and it's happening everywhere that the phone is being sold. Not every user is having the problem, so it could be associated with Bluetooth chipsets made by a certain vendor. Restoring the device, clearing and then restoring pairing, and other changes do not work to fix the problem.

Apple is aware of the situation and has given it a high priority for resolution. 

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10:40
Apple's iPhone SE brings poor Bluetooth call...

Some early adopters of the small but state-of-the-art iPhone SE have reported trouble with the audio quality of phone calls made over Bluetooth headsets and ear pieces, an issue which Apple is said to be investigating internally.

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10:21
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 11...

Notable software releases this week include GarageBand 10.1.1, Pixelmator 3.4.4, and 1Password 6.2.1.

 

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10:21
ExtraBITS for 11 April 2016

In ExtraBITS this week, since the FBI has admitted that its existing iPhone crack doesn’t work on newer models, the Justice Department is still pursuing court orders to force Apple to unlock encrypted iPhones. Beyond that ongoing story, an exploit could let your cable modem be knocked offline, your Netflix bill may be higher next month, Bill Atkinson offers insight into the Mac’s origins, and Macminicolo is merging with MacStadium.

 

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09:56
Learning to Love Virtual Reality


At Nvidia's technology conference last week, I saw a variety of new technologies showcased. From deep learning systems -- computers that arguably are smarter than we are -- to self-driving cars that can drive better than we can, the technological advances on display made me feel just a tad inadequate. One way to get over my sudden concern over obsolescence was to check out the virtual reality showcase. With the realization of all the free time I'm likely to get, the prospect of computers doing what I used to do suddenly didn't look so bad.

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09:48
My first article in Entrepreneur: Business Lessons...

My first article on Entrepreneur is out! This is a piece on lessons about running a business that I learned from… Superheroes. So continuing the overarching theme of linking business, technology, and what we in those realms are actually interested in! These articles evolve once they go to the publisher, which is fun for me to watch as well. Anyway, I hope you enjoy. As usual, a sample, and a photo (many of these are for my own library, btw).

“Batman v Superman” set a record in late March for the biggest superhero movie international opening ever (negative reviews aside, as parodied in the “Sad Affleck” video that’s closing in on 20 million hits as of this writing). Superheroes are serious business, in more ways than you might think.

Comics, movies and TV shows have taught me a bunch of lessons. For example, growing up without much diversity in my community, I learned about racism from reading...

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09:37
Christy Turlington Burns, Apple's Jay Blahnik...

Model and Apple spokeswoman Christy Turlington Burns will be one of several guests appearing at Boston's Boylston Street Apple Store on Saturday, Apr. 16, there to discuss the Boston Marathon, running in general, and training with the Apple Watch.

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09:36
Cellebrite says it’s “optimistic” it can unlock...

Cellebrite, the company that is believed to have been hired by the FBI and successfully unlocked the San Bernadino shooter’s iPhone 5c, says that it is “optimistic” that it will also be able to access a locked iPhone 6.

Earlier this year, Italian architect Leonardo Fabbretti met with the company last week to see whether it could help gain access to his dead son’s iPhone. Before his death from bone cancer, 13-year-old Dama Fabbretti had added his father’s thumbprint to allow him access – but the phone required the passcode after a restart, and his father didn’t know the code.

Apple had told him it was impossible to access the iPhone without the passcode, but Fabretti stated that Cellebrite has already made progress.

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09:31
9to5Toys Last Call: Crucial/Lexar Storage Sale – 1TB...

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09:29
Killer Deals: Apple's current 15" MacBook...

For the next 6 days only, grab Apple's current 15" MacBook Pro for $1,749 (Mid-2015), 128GB Gold 12.9" WiFi iPad Pro (Late 2015) for $849, and Mac mini (Late 2014) for $429. Plus there's 1 day left for a $749 11" MacBook Air and $869 13" MacBook Pro. All with no tax outside NY.

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09:22
Apple Music scores another big exclusive with Drake...

The tight relationship between Apple and Drake is set to continue with the release of the hip-hop star's newest album, Views From the 6, which will be an Apple Music exclusive when it drops on April 29.

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09:00
This just in—Satya Nadella to kick off Microsoft...

We’re pleased to announce that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will deliver the opening keynote at Microsoft Ignite 2016 in September. During the keynote, Satya will provide his unique perspective on the technology trends shaping the future of business and enabling powerful new ways for people and organizations to work.

And that’s just the beginning.

We’re working to deliver an amazing lineup of product experts, top Microsoft executives and industry visionaries at Microsoft Ignite, making it the event for IT decision makers and professionals to get hands-on learning and industry insights.

Register now to join the IT community in Atlanta, Georgia, from September 26–30, 2016, and stay tuned for more Ignite conference news in the coming weeks.

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09:00
Take Microsoft for a test drive and boost your...

You have business problems—we have answers. Let’s get to work!

This isn’t your typical online event: you won’t see any slides, demos or sales pitches. You’ll start the session in an online roundtable to discuss your biggest business challenges and then sign in to a live environment in the cloud. Our trained facilitator will guide you through a hands-on experience to see how Microsoft Windows 10 and Office 2016 can meet your needs in this collaborative, fun environment.

We’ll send you a link to connect your own device to a remote desktop loaded with our latest and greatest technology, so you can experience first-hand how Microsoft tools can solve your biggest challenges. During this interactive online session, you will explore how to:

  • Keep information secure while being productive—Make it easier to work securely and maintain compliance without inhibiting your workflow.
  • Capture, review and share notes from anywhere...
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09:00
Email Safety Tips in Office 365

Today’s spam and malware attacks are sometimes so well-crafted they may look legitimate to your users, and putting messages into the Junk Email folder isn’t enough. Over the coming weeks, we are rolling out Safety Tips in Exchange Online Protection, an additional layer of protection for all users that provides a warning to the user in an email that is marked suspicious, or a reassurance when a message is safe.

When a message includes a safety tip, the tip will be displayed in a messaging bar at the top of the email in one of four color-coded categories indicating that the message is either Suspicious, Unknown, Trusted or Safe.

  • Messages marked Suspicious have a red safety tip and are either a known phishing message, have failed sender authentication, are a suspected spoofing message or have met some other criteria that Exchange Online Protection has used to determine the message...
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09:00
Education staff leaders—invite your colleagues to a...

Education staff in over 100 countries have been using OneNote Staff Notebooks to save time, get organized, collaborate more effectively and capture activities such as professional development and classroom observations. Today, we are pleased to announce that school leaders, teachers and education staff who do not have an Office 365 Education account can sign up for free and create OneNote Staff Notebooks for their schools.

In a few simple steps, education staff leaders can add staff members into their Staff Notebook; set up a collaboration space for meeting notes, shared curriculum or initiatives; create a Content Library for read-only staff material; and add a private workspace for each staff member. All of this is within one powerful notebook and free with Office 365 Education. All you need is a school-assigned email for each staff member to get them into the Staff Notebook and give them free access to...

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09:00
Register for “Machine Learning—How technology...

Machines are helping people learn faster, better and more efficiently. Join us as we explore cognitive technology and learn what advances in artificial intelligence will impact analytics and demand for human interaction on the next episode of Modern Workplace, “Machine Learning: How technology advances human intelligence,” airing April 12 at 8 a.m. PT / 3 p.m. GMT.

This month, two of the industry’s most forward thinkers share their predictions of where business is going with big data and how we can take advantage of the changes in technology to come.

Dr. Tom Davenport, president’s distinguished professor of IT & Management at Babson College, shares how analytics technology is being advanced by the progression of artificial intelligence and will discuss how to strike the right balance between man and machine.

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09:00
Can a shift to the cloud improve your security...

Today’s post was written by Sara Manning Dawson, principal group manager for the Office 365 Core Foundations team.

I recently returned from the RSA Conference in San Francisco, where each year the security community meets to discuss the latest security risks and concerns, share best practices and showcase new solutions. As the threat landscape continues to evolve, so do the stakes for staying ahead with security intelligence. IT is under pressure to be able to quickly prevent, detect and remediate to minimize the impact of attacks if they do occur.

As many of our customers are now discovering, keeping up with changes to the security landscape is one of the unique advantages of the cloud. In fact, there are a number of properties that make the cloud inherently different versus managing your own IT services. These go well beyond security, but have important security implications and benefits.

As I explain in this episode of “From Inside the...

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09:00
What’s new in Office 365 administration—April update

First, we’d like to thank each one of you who took the time to provide feedback on the new admin center. Since we started to roll it out as default experience, the amount of feedback has increased substantially, and we love reading every single message. Your feedback helps us prioritize our work, fix bugs and improve the overall experience and performance of the new admin center.

This month, we continued our work to improve the new Office 365 admin center to make it faster, easier and more efficient for you to manage the service. Here’s a summary of the latest updates, including improved search, new usage reports and additional user list management functionality.

Updates for the new Office 365 admin center

Quickly find what you’re looking for with expanded search—In addition to users and groups, you can now search for tasks, settings...

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08:46
Many iPhone SE Users Experiencing Bluetooth Phone...

Over the past two weeks, an increasing number of iPhone SE early adopters have reported audio issues with Bluetooth phone calls when the smartphone is paired with a vehicle or wireless headset. The issue extends to GPS voice navigation for some, but streaming music over Bluetooth appears to be unaffected.

Specifically, dozens of users in the Apple Support Communities and MacRumors discussion forums claim to be experiencing distorted, staticky, or inaudible phone calls when using an iPhone SE over Bluetooth. Many of those affected noted that their previous iPhone model had "crystal clear" audio quality.

MacRumors reader HickDead recently posted a...

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08:23
Jay Blahnik hosting Q&A w/ Christy Turlington...

Apple’s fitness expert (and former Nike FuelBand developer) Jay Blahnik is hosting an upcoming Q&A session with Christy Turlington Burns and others to discuss training for the Boston Marathon using Apple Watch. The event takes place in Boston on Saturday afternoon at the Boylston Street Apple Street at 3 pm. If you’re in town and interested in hearing the supermodel discuss her experience with Apple’s fitness tracker, you can RSVP ahead of time to guarantee a spot here. The event is free to...

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08:18
US shoppers increasingly buying iPhones from...

A growing number of Americans are choosing to buy their iPhones from carrier outlets and websites, instead of directly from Apple's website and retail stores, recent research data indicates.

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08:17
Apple Maps adds public transit information for...

Apple Maps has apparently added the public transit data for Portland, Oregon, right on the heels of Montreal and Austin.

The expansion comes a week after Apple Maps added transit directions for Montreal, the second-largest city in Canada. And just over a month ago, Apple also debuted transit in Austin, Tex., just in time for the annual South by Southwest festival.

Apple has included the additions at a steady clip in recent weeks, indicating that the company wouldn’t hold off and introduce them in bulk. Information for Sydney and Boston was added last year.

When iOS 9 launched last year, Apple Maps transit was available in just Baltimore, Berlin, Chicago, London, Mexico City, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Toronto, Washington D.C., and 30 cities in...

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08:00
This man's Fitbit may have saved his life

Some people are so unhappy with the performance of their Fitbit activity tracker they’re willing to sue. But at least one person can credit his wristband with dramatically improving his health. A 42-year-old man was recently admitted to the emergency room at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden, New Jersey with an irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia) suffered in the wake of a seizure—a condition that doctors treated with an electrocardioversion after consulting historical data from his Fitbit, according to The Annals of Emergency Medicine.

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07:49
BlackBerry kills BB10, will work on mid-range...

The latest turnaround strategy for formerly-dominant smartphone maker BlackBerry is reportedly centered on mid-range Android devices, as the company will no longer manufacture new phones based on its own BlackBerry 10 operating system.

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07:06
External Link: Justice Department Presses Apple in...

Despite the Justice Department backing down after finding a way to unlock the iPhone 5c connected to the San Bernardino terrorism case, the U.S. government is continuing efforts to compel Apple to unlock iPhones associated with a Brooklyn drug case and a Boston gang conspiracy. In the Brooklyn case, Magistrate Judge James Orenstein has already said that the Justice Department overstepped its authority in trying to use the All Writs Act of 1789. But in the Boston case, a federal judge has directed Apple to assist the FBI. In short, it ain’t over till the Supreme Court rules.

 

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06:55
China's Inspur rumored to be joining Apple...

A Chinese server vendor, Inspur, has allegedly joined Apple's datacenter supply chain, as the iPhone maker continues to work toward bringing more of its cloud services in-house.

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06:53
∞ Deafening applause in the control room as SpaceX...

If you have a few minutes, watch the video embedded below (watch in full screen mode), the webcast of SpaceX’s CRS-8 Dragon launch and the subsequent landing of the reusable first stage on the floating drone raft.

This is a beautiful video, full of beautiful moments.

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06:31
Apple Maps public transit data comes to Portland,...

New cities with Apple Maps transit data continue to be added on a regular basis, with the town of Portland, Ore., the latest to enter the fold, on the heels of Montreal and Austin.

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06:24
Why the iPad does not have a native calculator

The story (not clear if this is true) of Steve Jobs and the original iPad calculator.

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06:19
The pending collapse of iHeartMedia

Wow. I had no idea. iHeartMedia is a massive company. Internet radio platform iHeartRadio is just one piece of the puzzle. It’d be sad to see this fall apart.

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06:10
Apple's Yokohama, Japan R&D facility...

Apple's upcoming research and development facility was originally due to be completed this year, but new details posted at the construction site reveal the facility will now be completed by March of 2017.

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06:05
Apple reportedly working with Chinese server vendor...

Apple is reportedly working with Chinese server vendor Inspur as it seeks to bring the infrastructure for its cloud services in-house.

Apple currently relies on third-party companies to host its cloud content, most of the capacity currently provided by Microsoft and Amazon Web Services, with Google also recently joining the roster. However, the company is said to be working on developing its own data network and infrastructure in a project codenamed McQueen.

While part of the motivation will be cost, it was also recently reported that security is another significant consideration, Apple being concerned that servers received from third-parties may have been tampered with...

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06:04
iFixit’s iPad Pro 9.7″ teardown

Some real repairability issues. I wonder if Liam the Robot would have problems taking this one apart.

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06:00
reBOOK for OS X offers automatic tagging and cover...

One Geek Army has introduced reBOOK 1.0, its new ePub tagging and cover searching utility developed exclusively for Mac OS X.

The app allows you to find and edit ePub files metadata and cover art. Users can automatically search for proper metadata on the internet. reBOOK offers the ability to apply the cover

reBOOK 1.0 requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $4.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/h5ddt4c).

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06:00
Slashdot Asks: It's Been a Year Since Apple...

In an op-ed, Quartz's Mike Murphy writes that Apple Watch, the Cupertino-based company's first wearable device, hasn't been the success the company was hoping it to be. Apple unveiled the Apple Watch alongside the iPhone 6 at a media conference in September 2014. It wasn't, however, until April 2015 that the company began selling it. The Apple Watch has received a mixed response from people. While some have found the design premium-looking, almost everyone has complained about the battery life. Many have found the health-centric features of Apple Watch useful. though the lack of apps, in general, is a downer for many. Apple, which usually doesn't miss boasting sales number, remains tight-lipped on exactly how many Apple Watch units it has sold. Murphy writes: Every Apple product in the last 15 years or so has been two things: desirable and useful. They've made it easier for people to be creative, listen to a lot of music on the go, communicate with anyone in the world or find out...

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05:50
“That’s a real nice song you got there. Be a shame...

Great quote from Recording Industry Association of America CEO Cary Sherman about the music industry’s ongoing feud with YouTube.

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05:48
Acer H277HU USB-C Display Is an Affordable MacBook...

Apple’s 12-inch MacBook is terrific on the go but can feel limiting in an office where large display sizes matter. Acer’s new H277HU display addresses this by letting you connect to it from a MacBook via USB-C. It provides 27 inches of screen real estate along with two USB-A ports and power to the MacBook.

 

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05:30
Today is Eight Track Tape Day; celebrate accordingly...

Today is Eight Track Tape Day, which is designed to bring back fond memories of the sixties and seventies. During this era, eight track tapes — based on a magnetic tape sound recording — were very popular. 

America's love of the automobile, was a driving force in creating the demand for musical cassette formats. For those who grew up in this era, an eight track tape player in your home and your car was an essential. It was eventually — and, thankfully, replaced by cassette and other formats for storing music. Let’s be honest: eight-tracks were pretty crappy. The tape broke easily, and sometimes songs would just stop as the cassette jumped to the next track before the tune continued.

I had an eight-track player. And I was happy when cassette tapes replaced eight-tracks, and ecstatic when CDs arrived. I still like me some CDs, but also buy a lot of music at iTunes. 

But just about anything that followed was better than the eight-track.

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05:09
Apple Watch Shipments Expected to Decline 25% in...

Apple Watch shipments will decline more than 25 percent year-over-year in comparison to 2015, according to a new research note issued by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The wearable device sold an estimated 10.6 million units in eight months last year, but Kuo predicts that even with the launch of the Apple Watch 2, and a full twelve months of sales, the device's shipments will still come in at less than 7.5 million units in 2016.

The analyst describes an "immature wearable device market" and a few key lacking features of the first-generation Apple Watch -- iPhone independency, no killer app, limited battery life, etc. -- that will contribute to its overall sales decline...

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05:00
Are you getting OS X security updates?

Adam C. Engst over at TidBITS.com wrote a nice little article called, Make Sure You’re Getting OS X Security Data. You should probably read it; if you’re not going to, here’s the App Store System Preferences pane showing the checkbox you want to enable to insure that OS X security updates are installed automatically:

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04:58
Kool Tools: ATHENA-EX range extender

Amped Wireless’ (ampedwireless.com) ATHENA-EX — a high power AC2600 Wi-Fi range extender with MU-MIMO, — is capable of enhancing the performance of any router by delivering up to 15,000 square feet of fast, additional coverage. Multiple users will now be able to stream, download and surf from far corners of a home or office without their devices battling for bandwidth.

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04:58
MacXDVD unveils H.265/HEVC converter

MacXDVD has launched a H.265/HEVC converter for Mac OS X and Windows to help convert 1080p 4K UHD 8K H.265 to H.264, MP4, AVI, MPEG4, etc. to formats accepted by TV, media player, mobile devices, as well as to convert H.264 to H.265.

MacX Video Converter Pro (http://tinyurl.com/22ujyvx) has built-in 320 video codecs and 50+ audio codecs that provide a wide range of H.265 decode/encode choices. A demo is available for download. MacX Video Converter is on sale for $34.95 for a limited time.

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04:54
A Korean Report Expresses Amazement at Samsung'...

In a Korean Press report today they're expressing their amazement at the extent of the Samsung Galaxy S7 promotion in the U.S...

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04:45
WhatsApp outpaces iMessage on verification and...

Apple’s security and encryption strategies have received a lot of attention lately, from the way in which iOS devices’ data are locked down to how Apple doesn’t have the encryption keys the iMessage and FaceTime systems employ to secure its users’ communications to how Secure Enclave keeps our secrets secret. But WhatsApp, an app-based text, video, and voice service with a billion users, took the spotlight Tuesday with the news that its users have end-to-end encryption as well.

WhatsApp has a couple of legs—and maybe an arm or two—up on Apple, which has designed iMessage and FaceTime to exclude itself from the equation. Both Apple and WhatsApp, acquired by Facebook in 2014, can’t gain access to the encryption keys used to secure communications sessions. But WhatsApp’s approach and user interface go even farther, in ways that Apple should be considering—and, for...

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04:42
Apple’s Japanese R&D center apparently delayed,...

Apple’s planned R&D center in Yokohama, Japan, appears to have fallen behind schedule. We got our first look at renders of the funky-looking building a little over a year ago, when the city’s mayor reported that construction would begin in 2015 and complete in 2016. But Japanese blog Macotakara now reports that a construction board outside the site says that it will instead complete in March 2017.

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04:39
2016 Apple Watch will be internal 's'...

This year's second-generation Apple Watch will feature improved internal components, but its external design will be largely unchanged from the first-generation model, according to well-connected insider Ming-Chi Kuo.

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04:30
52% of millennial smartphone owners use their device...

As consumer preferences and habits for smartphone usage continue to shift, millennials are driving the increased usage of video calling as a preferred application among smartphone users.

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04:30
Business Spotlight: Smith Micro Software, Inc.

Apple World Today runs an occasional series (as whenever Steve and I have time) that will spotlight a company that offers cool products and/or services for Apple users. This week we’re featuring Smith Micro Software, which makes a plethora of products for Mac OS X, including Poser, Anime Studio, MotionArtist, and StuffIt.

Headquartered in Aliso Viejo, California, the company was founded on Nov. 30, 1982, and incorporated Dec. 1, 1983. What makes them unique?

“Trust. Reliability. Experience. Three words frequently touted, but seldom delivered. At Smith Micro Software, Inc., we make good on the promise,” says William S. Smith, president and CEO. “ Trust, reliability and experience are core principles of our business. With the proliferation of mobile broadband technology and the complex challenges of wireless connectivity in today’s increasingly demanding global environment,...

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04:22
Company which accessed San Bernardino iPhone 5c ‘...

Cellebrite, the company widely believed to have accessed the San Bernardino iPhone for the FBI, is reportedly ‘optimistic’ that it will also be able to access a locked iPhone 6.

CNN reports that Italian architect Leonardo Fabbretti met with the company last week to see whether it could help gain access to his dead son’s iPhone. Before his death from bone cancer, 13-year-old Dama Fabbretti had added his father’s thumbprint to allow him access – but the phone required the passcode after a restart, and his father doesn’t know the code.

Apple had told him it was impossible to access the iPhone without the passcode, but Fabretti told CNN that Cellebrite has already made progress …

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04:19
KGI forecasts Apple Watch shipments will fall 25%...

A KGI investment note seen by 9to5Mac suggests that Apple Watch shipments will fall by more than 25% this year. The note estimates 2015 sales at 10.6M units, and predicts that full-year shipments this year will be below 7.5M units. The fall would be even more dramatic in real terms, as it would be comparing 12 months of sales in 2016 against 8 months of sales last year.

The company cites two reasons for the forecast. First, that the wearable device market is still a fledgling one, not yet mature in terms of behaviour. But KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo also believes the Watch itself falls short …

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