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19:45
Penn State researchers to investigate Apple Watch as...

An upcoming research program to be conducted by Penn State University staff is exploring the effect wearables like Apple Watch have on human behavior, with an eye on turning the device into a learning tool.

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18:02
Today in the App Store, featuring LEGO Minifigures...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today’s notable apps include a discount on PhotoBulk: Watermark, Resize, Optimize and Rename; the new LEGO® Minifigures Online ; and an update to Evernote for the Mac. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Instaweather Pro [$1.99 → Free] This is not another boring weather forecast app ;)!

MilkCrate [$2.99 → Free] Get info on the spot! Prices, tracklists, ratings, descriptions, discography & label info, are all accessible!

Stickyboard 2 [$4.99 → Free] Imagine a giant whiteboard with a...

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17:39
Questionable report claims Apple Watch sales plummet...

According to research firm Slice Intelligence, which has been closely following Apple Watch performance since the device launched in April, sales averages are taking a nose dive in the U.S. as availability increases, but the firm offers little data to support the provided numbers.

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16:08
∞ Black Sabbath: The Sign of the Southern Cross

Black Sabbath with Ronnie James Dio. This is legendary.

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14:21
Xsan 4 spotlight issues

Forums: TroubleshootingTags: spotlight

We recently upgraded from Xsan 3 to Xsan 4 and everything is working except search is not working on any clients or the secondary MDC. Search works fine on the primary MDC only.

I have already tried deleting and re-indexing the whole Xsan volume, but the problem still is happening, sometimes if you search within a folder and type almost the whole filename your searching for it will bring up those results, but searching from the root of the Xsan always results in 0 items found.

Looks like the spotlight index is working its just not being read or shared to the Xsan clients, including the backup MDC, very strange.

Anyone have any ideas on how to fix this?

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14:20
Microsoft Attempts to Bring Virtual Xbox Game...

A recently published patent application from Microsoft reveals that they're attempting to bring virtual Xbox gaming controls to touch screen devices like their Surface tablet and far beyond.

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14:00
Get help using Find My iPhone

You can get help using Find My iPhone if you don't see your iOS device or Mac, it says that your device is offline, or you see a device that you don't use anymore.

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13:37
Apple stops signing iOS 8.3 just one week after 8.4...

On Tuesday, Apple quietly stopped signing the code for iOS 8.3, preventing people from downgrading to the release from iOS 8.4 using iTunes.

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12:28
Apple Pay comes to 23 more US banks, sees early...

Apple on Tuesday added 23 more companies to the list of U.S. banks supporting Apple Pay, simultaneously gearing up for the launch of the mobile payment service in the United Kingdom.

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11:41
Is Isolating the Internet Key to Bulletproof...


With so many cybersecurity pros drowning in an ever-rising tide of hack attacks on their computer systems, an emerging approach to defending those systems may be the life preserver they've been looking for. The approach doesn't involve beefing up perimeter defenses, carefully scrutinizing network traffic, or applying analytics to employee behavior. "We need something very different -- something that will take the malware problem off the table," said Kowsik Guruswamy, CTO of Menlo Security.

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11:31
Apple touts 'tested to the limit' iPhone...

Apple on Tuesday updated its virtual retail outlet with a new section that describes the company's approach to testing and approving the third-party cases it stocks for the iPhone and iPad.

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11:30
The Week in Mac Apps: Snow Daze makes your summer...

...plus an activity timer, apps for digital design, and more!

In this week’s roundup of new Mac apps, you’ll find a great way to make sure your bills are never late, tools that help your digital design efforts, and an app that turns summer into winter at the click of your mouse.

Activity Timer 2.0.1

If you have trouble staying on top of your tasks, Happy Coding’s Activity Timer (Mac App Store Link) can help you better track what you do throughout your day.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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11:23
Greeks are Maxing out their Credit Cards to Buy Macs...

Believe it or not, as the going gets tough in Greece, the Greeks are going shopping, for Macs.

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11:12
Apple launches new webpage to detail how it tests...

Yesterday we revealed that Apple was revamping the third-party accessory selection in its retail locations with new boxes designed by Apple itself. Apple has recently launched a new webpage that showcases the testing that all iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch cases are required to go through before they are sold in an Apple Store.

Apple first notes that it analyzes the design of the case to ensure that all ports and buttons are still easily accessible and that the case design is strong enough for day-to-day use. Apple then tests to make sure the case does not interfere with the camera on the iPhone in any way.

Next, Apple says that acoustics are tested for each and...

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11:12
Sales of 53M iPhones in June quarter predicted to...

Apple's June quarter will come in higher than most on Wall Street expect, Brean Capital told investors on Monday, revealing it expects the company to have sold as many as 53 million iPhones in the three-month period.

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11:04
Banks in the U.K. Gearing Up for Apple Pay Launch as...

Apple Pay in the United Kingdom has yet to officially launch, but some banks are preparing for the upcoming release of the payments service and have begun allowing customers to register their cards for use with Apple Pay.

Several Santander customers on the MacRumors forums have been able to successfully add their cards to Passbook for use with Apple Pay, making the cards available on both their iPhones and their Apple Watches.

Customers registering their cards are also receiving confirmation emails from Santander, informing them that they're now able to use Apple Pay. As of the time of writing, customers have not yet tested the Apple Pay service at a location that accepts Apple Pay. One customer...

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11:00
Daily Deals for July 7, 2015, featuring OmniGraffle

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

AWT Featured Apps

  • OmniGraffle [Standard version starts at $49 for iOS, $99 for Mac] OmniGraffle is for creating precise, beautiful graphics. Like website wireframes, an electrical system design, a family tree, or mapping out software classes. For artists, designers, casual data-mappers, and everyone in-between.

Hardware and Accessory Deals

  • ...

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10:51
Samsung Wins a Patent for Foldable TV and/or Tablet...

Today the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published an interesting Samsung granted patent that relates to a flexible display for a foldable TV and/or or tablet. What was interesting was Samsung stating that they could ...

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10:38
Showtime debuts a la carte streaming for $11 on...

Apple TV owners, today you can subscribe to Showtime, no cable subscription required.

The Showtime Apple TV channel is rolling out today, and so is a new Showtime app for iOS. You have to pony up $11 a month to subscribe, but Showtime is offering a free month if you want to take the service for a spin before signing up (and catch the season premiere of Ray Donovan on Sunday).

Showtime isn’t exclusive to Apple TV—the channel will also be available to Roku and PlayStation Vue users later this week, too. Hulu users can tack on a Showtime subscription for an additional $9 a month (on top of the $8-per-month Hulu subscription).

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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10:28
Apple Pay comes to over 20 more US banks and credit...

Apple is continuing the roll out of Apple Pay today with the addition of 20+ new US banks and credit unions supporting the iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch-based payments service.

The total 23 new banks and credit unions include:

  • American Chartered Bank
  • Bank-Fund Staff Federal Credit Union
  • Bellco Credit Union
  • EFCU Financial
  • First Federal
  • First National Bank
  • Health Care Systems Federal Credit Union
  • Keesler Federal Credit Union
  • Kemba Credit Union
  • Members 1st...
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10:24
Apple Adds New 'Apple Tested Cases' Page...

As it works on introducing some major changes to the third-party accessory sections of its retail stores, Apple has launched a new section in its online store dedicated to "Apple Tested Cases."

The new page is displayed alongside third-party iPhone and iPad cases and outlines the testing procedures for Apple-approved Made for iPhone/iPad (MFi) third-party cases that Apple sells both online and in its retail stores. Designed to reassure customers about the quality of the third-party accessories available from Apple, the site goes over several testing parameters that cases must meet, including design, camera, acoustics, sensors, and cellular and wireless.

We analyze how a case fits, so you can still access every button, port, and...

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10:15
NewerTech introduces the Kitchen Kit for the iPad

NewerTech has introduced the US$24 Kitchen Kit (http://tinyurl.com/o8lohq9) iPad stand and stylus bundle that lets you safely use your Apple tablet in the kitchen for viewing recipes, videos, web browsing, listening to music, IM’ing and Skype video casts -- all while cooking.

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10:03
Apple TV adds the Showtime streaming channel

Apple continues to add new channels to the Apple TV set-top box. The latest is Showtime's streaming service.

The Showtime streaming channel costs US$10.99 per month, although there's a 30-day, free trial period. The channel offers full access to Showtime’s catalog of TV shows, movies, documentaries, specials, and sports programming. It also includes access to Showtime’s live TV feed on either the east coast or the west coast.

The new Showtime streaming channel is available automatically on all second- and third-generation Apple TV units.

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09:54
Ecobee becomes the first HomeKit thermostat

Connected thermostats are an easy way to make your home a little smarter, and a new HomeKit-supported version of Ecobee aims to make things even easier.

The $250 Ecobee3 smart thermostat is available now through the Apple Store. Technically, Ecobee isn't the only thermostat that works with HomeKit, though it's the only one that doesn't require a separate hub device, such as Insteon's thermostat and HomeKit hub.

Like other HomeKit-enabled products, Ecobee3 users can control the thermostat using Siri voice commands. HomeKit can also group multiple actions into “scenes,” for instance letting users turn down the heat and switch off connected lighting with a single command. With an Apple TV as a hub, users can control HomeKit devices with Siri from outside the house as well.

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09:11
Contact Apple TV content providers

Learn how to get information or support from a third-party content provider.

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09:10
9to5Toys Lunch Break: WD 2TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard...

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:

WD Elements 2TB USB 3.0 Hard Drive $70, Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD $150...

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09:00
Scary Internet Scam Becoming Disturbingly Common

Infected Web sites are trapping users by apparently freezing their browsers, making it hard to escape. These sites offer release either by offering help that is dangerously invasive or by demanding a ransom. Not actually malware, this social engineering attack has been called “scareware” or “ransomware.”

 

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09:00
Management consulting firm picks Office 365 at...

Today’s post about Office 365 was written by Gordon Loeb, chief operating officer at Loeb Consulting Group.

Loeb Consulting Group grew out of my wife Natalie’s expertise and passion about helping people reach their potential at work. It all started about 17 years ago, when Natalie began consulting for the law firm where she had worked as a training manager designing professional development programs. Her drive to help people achieve as much as they can in the workplace and enjoy what they do is responsible for the growth of her consulting business.

I joined her full-time about two and a half years ago, and today, with four employees and 25 consultants working across the United States and in the United Kingdom, Loeb Consulting Group has reached a juncture in its evolution. At this critical moment, it’s essential for us to look professional and to have sound business...

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08:42
Expect your local Apple Store's accessory...

Apple is giving its in-store accessory selection a makeover—literally. The company is reportedly working with accessory makers like Mophie, Incase, and Logitech to redesign their product packaging so everything sold in Apple stores has that distinct Apple aesthetic.

Expect accessories to appear in new packaging as soon as next week. 9to5Mac reports that Apple just notified its retail employees about the overhaul. Products from partner companies will appear in Apple’s signature clean, white boxes with higher-quality product photos, Apple’s preferred fonts, and clearer compatibility labels.

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08:40
The best read-it-later service

The Sweet Setup:

In the read-it-later space, the two dominant players have long been Instapaper and Pocket. Each app has its own strengths and weaknesses, and Pocket has some features that could make it the ideal app for some use cases, but Instapaper is our favorite app for actually reading the best writing on the web … later.

I was an original user of Instapaper but switched to Pocket (when it was still named Read It Later). After reading this article, I’m going to at least give Instapaper another shot.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:20
iOS 8.4 disables some Home Sharing functions, Apple...

This is why they invented bug fixes.

A number of iOS 8.4 users have stepped forward to complain that the recent update disabled their Home Sharing functionality.

They, in turn, have been told that they’re have to wait until iOS 9′s release to get the feature working again.

Home Sharing lets users stream their iTunes songs over Wi-Fi from a Mac to iOS devices, Apple TV boxes, and other Macs. Last week, Apple disabled this feature for music in iOS 8.4, which is the same update that enables the new Apple Music streaming service. Apple has since flagged the lack of Home Sharing as a “known issue” and has yet to say when it might bring the...

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08:16
Showtime now available on Apple TV w/o a cable...


CBS’s channel Showtime is now available on Apple TV. The company this morning began rolled out its version of the service that does not require a cable subscription. Instead, users simply pay $11 per month for the service, after a 30-day free trial.

In addition to coming to Apple TV, a new Showtime app that does not require a cable login is also hitting the iOS App Store. The app is not live yet, although it should rollout soon. The same $11/mo charge applies to it, as well. HBO’s standalone service costs $14.99, for comparison’s sake.

Last year, Showtime Anytime...

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08:14
Apple Watch Demand Slides Significantly in June as...

Apple Watch sales in the United States appear to have slowed down significantly in June based on new data that research firm Slice Intelligence shared with MarketWatch. Following a steep decline in the days after Apple Watch pre-orders commenced, which is to be expected of any product, daily U.S. sales remained relatively stable through May before experiencing a large drop-off last month as launch momentum begins to wane.

The report claims that Apple is now selling fewer than 20,000 watches per day in the United States, and fewer than 10,000 on certain days, while the logarithmic chart above indicates that sales dipped to as low as 4,000 to 5,000 units per day in late June. The data does not account for sales in Canada, Australia, United Kingdom or the twelve other countries where the Apple Watch is sold outside of the United States.

Slice Intelligence...

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08:05
12-inch MacBook notebooks essentially chained to...

You know how people sometimes go to outlandish (and destructive) lengths to steal things from Apple Store locations?

This, combined with the new 12-inch MacBook’s light weight, may be why they’re literally chaining the new notebook to the display tables.

Apparently the new MacBook, which weighs all of 2.0 pounds, to the display tables as opposed to letting customers walk around with it in the store.

Instead of being able to pick it up and take a few paces with it, about all one can do is lift one up for a bit and then stoop over and fiddle with the keyboard. This, combined with the fact that customers wouldn’t mind...

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08:00
Eddy Cue: Home Sharing for music will return in iOS 9

It's back (almost)! 

When Apple released iOS 8.4, many users noticed that Home Sharing for music was not supported. Home Sharing lets customers stream video and typically music between devices on the same WiFi network. Video streaming still works with iOS 8.4, but not music. That's about to change, according to Eddy Cue.

In a Twitter exchange published on July 6, Cue confirmed that "We are working to have Home Sharing in iOS 9." 

Good on you, Apple! Many people will glad to have that feature restored. 

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07:51
Queens NYC Apple Store to open this weekend

The borough of Queens, NYC will get its first Apple Store this weekend, according to a statement the company made to the New York Daily News. The busy Queens Center shopping center will host the store, where foot traffic is expected to be high. 

In an interesting note, the company revealed that the store's staff will speak a total of 25 languages, with two-thirds of them being bilingual. 

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07:45
Apple Music diary one week in: A massive missed...

I gave my first impressions of Apple Music on day two, and my main disappointment remains: despite putting both owned and streamed music into a single app, there is absolutely no real integration between the two. All the evidence suggests that Apple Music has no awareness of my owned music.

I’ll get past that in a moment, but bear with me first for a couple of paragraphs. Because this is, in my view, more than just a missed opportunity: it’s almost criminally negligent. iTunes knows more about my musical tastes than my girlfriend. More than my neighbours, who have sometimes been more familiar with my musical tastes than they might wish. More than any of my...

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07:37
Apple confirms it's trying to fix Home Sharing...

iOS 8.4 users who’ve relied on Home Sharing to stream their music from a Mac will have to wait until at least iOS 9 to get the feature working again.

Home Sharing lets users stream their iTunes songs over Wi-Fi from a Mac to iOS devices, Apple TV boxes, and other Macs. Last week, Apple disabled this feature for music in iOS 8.4, which is the same update that enables the new Apple Music streaming service. While Apple flagged the lack of Home Sharing as a “known issue,” the company didn’t say when it might bring the feature back.

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07:30
Review: Elago’s W Stand is a surprisingly tall, $30...

It’s easy to look at a photograph of Elago’s new W Stand ($30) without fully appreciating how large it is. There aren’t many Apple Watch stands that dwarf the device they’re holding — Griffin’s plastic WatchStand is a notable exception — but when you take the 6-inch-tall, 2.4-inch-diameter W Stand out of its package, you quickly get the sense that it’s designed to feel big and solid. Yet it’s also affordable, selling for the same price as WatchStand and $10 less than ...

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07:25
About the OS X Yosemite v10.10.4 Update

The OS X Yosemite v10.10.4 Update is recommended for all OS X Yosemite users.

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07:23
Apple CEO Tim Cook joins Duke University Board of...

Apple CEO Tim Cook, an MBA graduate and devoted booster of Duke University, has been appointed to the school’s Board of Trustees for a six-year term. Cook and seven other people joined the Board on July 1, bringing it to a total of 37 members — a size that suggests Cook will not be unduly distracted from his work at Apple.

The Board is the University’s governing body, responsible for its “educational mission and fiscal policies.” Fellow new Board members include NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, Coca-Cola Foundation Chairwoman and VP of Coca-Cola Global Community Affairs Lisa Borders, and two experts on financial services.

Cook has appeared at Duke a number of times during his years at Apple, notably offering leadership tips (above) during a 2013 interview at the Fuqua School of Business, his alma mater. He attended the 2015 NCAA basketball championship game back in April, wearing a blue sweater in the Duke Blue...

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07:18
Microsoft Reinvents and Rebrands Music Service to...

Late yesterday Microsoft introduced the next evolutionary step for their current Xbox Music experience, now titled Groove, with new features that they think fans will love. Groove will also be coming to the iPhone shortly according to Microsoft.

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07:17
Eddy Cue: Apple working to bring back iTunes Home...

iOS 8.4 and its new Music app included a few regressions for those with large local music libraries, but the biggest was the apparent removal of the Home Sharing feature. Home Sharing allows you to use your Apple ID to stream your iTunes library from your Mac to up to five other Macs, iDevices, or Apple TVs on your local network, but the feature disappeared from iOS 8.4 without much warning.

Last night, Apple's Eddy Cue stated on Twitter that the company is "working to have Home Sharing in iOS 9," confirming that the feature's removal is only temporary. That's of small comfort to the people who like Home Sharing and need to wait for the final release of iOS 9 in the fall before they can use it again, but it's better than nothing.

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07:12
Tim Cook named to Duke University Board of Trustees

Apple CEO Tim Cook is among eight people named as trustees to the Duke University Board of Trustees.

In addition to cook, the new trustees are the Coca-Cola Foundation Chairwoman Lisa Borders, PRM Advisors founder Patricia Morton, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and ValueAct Capital CEO Jeff Ubben. They will each serve six-year terms.

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07:00
Locate the UUID of a SAN

You can use the UUID of a SAN MDC in Xsan to perform a lot of tasks. To locate the UUID of a SAN MDC in Xsan:

sudo serveradmin settings san:UUID

The output is just the GUID of the san client UUID. Now you know.

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07:00
A visual tour of the Pokémon Research Lab

There's no better way to inspire children into a career in animal taxonomy and species classification than Pokémon. Possibly. A temporary Pokémon Lab in Japan is opening its doors to wannabe researchers (and their parents), offering them a pokéball a...

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06:58
ecobee3 HomeKit-enabled Smart Thermostat available...

ecobee's ecobee3, the first smart thermostat to support Apple HomeKit, is now available at Apple Stores across North America for US$249.

The ecobee3 thermostat comes with one free wireless remote sensor and supports up to 32 sensors total. Additional remote sensors can be purchased in a package of two for $79.

"The new ecobee3 plays an integral role in the connected and energy-efficient home by allowing users to remotely control temperature in the rooms that matter most with simple commands using Siri," says Stuart Lombard, president and CEO of ecobee.

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06:34
Tim Cook Named to Duke University's Board of...

Apple CEO Tim Cook has been named as one of eight new board of trustee members at his alma mater Duke University, where he earned his MBA from the Fuqua School of Business in 1988, the school announced today. Cook began serving his six-year term on July 1 and will assist the governing body in determining Duke University's educational mission and fiscal policies.

Tim Cook speaking at Duke University in April 2013
The other new trustees are The Coca-Cola Foundation chairwoman Lisa Borders, PRM Advisors founder Patricia Morton, NBA commissioner Adam Silver and ValueAct Capital CEO Jeff Ubben. Duke University also appointed three observing members on the board, including Elastic Fabrics of America marketing executive and Duke alum Jack Boyd, recent Duke graduate Anna Knight and Duke JD/MBA candidate Ben Shellhorn.

Cook returned to Duke University in 2013 for his 25th reunion and participated in...

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06:30
FBI director says he's 'not a maniac...

FBI director James Comey is making a final push for backdoor cellphone access for law enforcement ahead of key Senate committee meetings. In national security site Lawfare, he first admitted that "universal strong (cellphone) encryption will protect ...

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06:27
Cyberduck 4.7.1 - FTP and SFTP browser. (Free)

Cyberduck is a robust FTP/FTP-TLS/SFTP browser for the Mac whose lack of visual clutter and cleverly intuitive features make it easy to use. Support for external editors and system technologies such as Spotlight, Bonjour, Keychain, and AppleScript are built-in.

Cyberduck is an Open Source product licensed under the GPL and free to use. Donations are welcome to help advance development in the future. Thanks to contributors, Cyberduck is available in English, Japanese, German, Catalan, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Russian, and Polish.



Version 4.7.1: New Features

  • Invalidate multiple files using wildcards (CloudFront)

Bug Fixes

  • Interoperability with Ceph S3
  • Interoperability with Oracle Service Cloud
  • Second level cache not invalidated when reloading...

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06:21
Devastating crash at the Tour de France

The linked images are graphic and really give a sense of the risks of riding a bike at high speed as part of a tightly packed group of competitors.

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06:15
Apple Music and the stark contrast with Google and...

Daniel Dilger, writing for Apple Insider, captures an essential difference between Apple, Microsoft, and Google’s music efforts. The difference is the need for music to be a profit center.

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06:15
RESTfm Goes Open Source

Australian FileMaker solutions provider, Goya Pty Ltd (http://www.goya.com.au/) has open sourced their RESTful Web Services product (http://www.RESTfm.com/) for FileMaker Server.

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06:12
Apple announces that its first Apple Store in Queens...

Apple has announced on its website that its first retail store in Queens will open on Saturday 11th July at 1oam. We exclusively revealed that the store was on the way back in February, with the first construction shots seen later the same month and signage appearing in May.

The new store is located on the second floor of the Queens Center mall in Elmhurst and will be...

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06:07
Apple Watch pixels, as seen through a microscope

Bryan Jones is a retinal neuroscientist and photographer. Fortunately for us, he likes to share his images.

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06:02
I’m going independent

I love stories like this. Inspirational.

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06:00
ICYMI: 3D-printed art, a Pac-Man satellite and more

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Today on In Case You Missed It: The giant robot...

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05:55
No Surprise: Samsung Misses Quarter Due to Poor S6...

Earlier this morning we posted a report titled "Samsung Slashes Smartphone Prices to Bump up Orders." In that report we briefly noted that "Samsung’s profits fell 4.03 percent in the three months ending June compared to a year earlier...

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05:51
How to share Apple Music songs, albums, and playlists

Kirk McElhearn takes you through the Apple Music sharing interface.

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05:48
What the Apple Watch Retina Display looks like when...


Bryan Jones has taken close up images of the Apple Watch screen, magnified such it is possible to discern the individual pixels and sub-pixels. The images show the arrangements of red, green and blue light that make up the images users see on the Apple Watch Retina Display.

Jones compares the screen technology with that of iPhone screens (shown below). They look quite different likely due to the fact that Apple Watch uses an AMOLED display rather than a LCD. iPhone pixels are tightly packed together with the red, green and blue aligned vertically. With the Apple Watch, the blue sub-pixels act as spacers for the stacked red and green sub-pixels. Jones also notes that the...

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05:46
Apple Music review from 9to5mac

Chance Miller, writing for 9to5mac digs into Apple Music. Good review, from someone who obviously loves both Apple and music.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:40
How the BBC's Micro:bit came to be

In the early eighties, the BBC started a computing revolution with the launch of the Micro. The heavy, light-brown box, created with help from Acorn and ARM, was designed to complement the broadcaster's ongoing computer literacy project. It was inten...

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05:19
Apple's First Retail Store in Queens, New York...

Apple has announced that its first retail store in Queens, New York, located at the Queens Center shopping mall in the Elmhurst neighborhood, will have its grand opening on Saturday, July 11 at 10:00 AM local time. The new Apple Store at 90-15 Queens Boulevard will be open between 10:00 AM and 9:30 PM on Monday-Saturday and between 11:00 AM and 8:00 PM on Sunday.

Apple's first retail store in Queens will mark its eighth location in New York City, with six existing locations in Manhattan and one in Staten Island. Apple is also planning to open its first retail store in Brooklyn, having signed a long-term lease for a 20,000 square-foot building at 247 Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, although those plans are running behind schedule after the store missed its original April 2015 grand opening target.

Apple Store at Queens...

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05:15
Facebook tests 'floating' videos in your...

Pop-Up Video: it's not just the greatest VH1 show ever, it's also Facebook's latest feature. The social network is rolling out floating videos for desktop users that can sit anywhere in your window while you continue browsing your News Feed, just lik...

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05:00
Apple Stores to carry third-party accessories with...

Image of new Mophie Juice Pack Plus and Logitech Keys-to-Go Keyboard. Via 9to5Mac

In order to further unify the interior look of its stores, Apple will soon begin carrying third-party accessories in packages that were co-designed by the company. According to an article on 9to5Mac, the move is part of an overall makeover spearheaded by retail chief Angela Ahrendts to reduce the variety of product packaging on store shelves.

Companies like LifeProof, Mophie, Tech21, Logitech, and Sena are taking part, and the first new packages should start appearing on store shelves as soon as next week. The revised boxes are sleeker and look similar to Apple product boxes -- white, with a minimum of imagery on the exterior. It's expected that Apple will soon start limiting accessory sales to...

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04:53
Gartner: worldwide IT spending to decline 5.5% in...

Worldwide IT spending is on pace to total US$3.5 trillion in 2015, a 5.5%decline from 2014, according to the latest forecast by Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com).

Analysts at the research group attribute the decline to the rising U.S. dollar. In constant-currency terms, the market is projected to grow 2.5%. In Gartner's previous forecast in April, it had forecast IT spending to decline 1.3% in U.S. dollars and grow 3.1% in constant currency. 

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04:50
Package Central for Adobe InDesign now supports...

Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has launched Package Central 1.9.1, a compatibility update to its file packaging workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

The software automates InDesign packaging by processing files from hot folders. Package Central offloads file packaging to a central system leaving operator machines free from the document collection process. The new version adds support for InDesign CC featured as part of Creative Cloud.

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04:30
EE's Rook is a £49 4G smartphone for pay-as-you...

It seems like we can't get through a single month these days without one UK carrier or another launching an own-brand device. And, since the last device bearing a network provider's name came from Vodafone, it's only fitting that its own-brand nemesi...

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04:28
Kool Tools: The Hitting Test for iOS devices

Zepp (www.zepp.com) which specializes in sports sensor technology, has teamed up with baseball and softball scouting organizations to develop and implement the US$149.99 Hitting Test, an evaluation using Zepp’s sensors to capture and grade player swing data at amateur scouting events.

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04:16
NASA funds low-cost probes and other futuristic...

Low-cost probes, an extraterrestrial submarine and spacecraft propelled by electric sails: these are but three of the seven projects moving on to Phase II of NASA's Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program. All the entries have only just begun dev...

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04:08
RuneScape is a fantasy massively MMORPG

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04:07
MapleStory is a free-to-play, 2D, side-scrolling...

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FIFA 16 is an upcoming association football game

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04:04
Samsung Slashes Smartphone Prices to Bump up Orders

It was just yesterday that we posted a report titled "Samsung's missed S6 Opportunity likely to lead to Lower Expectations for the Quarter." Today, the news from the Taiwan supply chain are claiming that ...

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04:02
AirBeam for Mac OS X, iOS beams up to version 2

Appologics (http://appologics.com/airbeam) has announced AirBeam 2, a remake of its app-suite that turns iPhones, iPads and Macs into flexible remote cameras.

The tool streams live video and audio from the cameras and microphones of of iPhones, iPods or iPads. The stream can be followed and controlled remotely on another device with the app or a web browser.

To celebrate the release of AirBeam 2, the iOS app is available at the Apple App Store at a promotional price of US$0.99. The Mac OS X version is available at the Mac App Store in a free and US$3.99 "pro" version.

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03:40
Apple Granted Patent 47 Today Covering a Secure...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 47 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's invention relating to a secure identity service for iMessage and ...

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03:30
Freemium Field Test: Angry Birds Fight is a truly...

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

Angry Birds Space showed that Rovio could do more than simply dress up its tried-and-true series formula with new visual themes, altering the pull-and-fling design in an inspired, entertaining fashion. Sadly, the creative well ran dry shortly after that, and many of the games released since have seemed like half-hearted and desperate attempts to ride the coattails of surging genres.

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03:22
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02:57
Meet the Micro:bit, the BBC's tiny programmable...

The Raspberry Pi has been a huge success story for Britain, giving millions of people an affordable way to tinker and learn with pocket-sized hardware. Now, the BBC is hoping to make a similar impact with the "Micro:bit." Like the Raspberry Pi, this ...

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02:25
Apple patent adds magnetic drive actuation to UK-...

Continuing a seemingly never ending quest for smaller form factor products, Apple engineers dreamed up a compact folding pin USB adapter design with the convenience of push-button magnetic actuation, as detailed in a patent granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday.

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02:23
Amazon will stand trial for its 'confusing...

Have you ever searched for a product on Amazon, only to find a similar item from another company? Sure you have. But while this search behavior is arguably great for customers, it's the reasoning behind a trademark lawsuit against the online retailer...

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02:14
Apple Granted a Patent for an iPhone Dock with a...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 47newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's granted patent for an iPhone dock with a moveable connector.

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01:51
Nest's home security camera comes to the UK

Last month, Nest unveiled two new products that could make your home a whole lot safer: a revamped Protect smoke alarm and a wireless Nest Cam security camera. Both quickly debuted in the US and now, they're available in the UK too. The new £159 Nest...

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21:48
Apple Stores to start sales of first HomeKit-enabled...

Apple online and brick-and-mortar stores on Tuesday will start selling ecobee3, the first Internet-connected thermostat compatible with Apple's iOS-based HomeKit framework.

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20:59
TotalFinder 1.6.27 - Adds tabs, hotkeys, and other...

TotalFinder is a universally acclaimed navigational companion for your Mac. Enhance your Mac's Finder with features so smart and convenient, you won't believe you ever lived without them.

Tab-based interface
Say goodbye to scattered, disorganized Finder windows. TotalFinder merges everything into a workflow-friendly, tab-based layout.

System-wide access
With TotalFinder, convenience is key: With the stroke of a hot-key, it's available instantly, system-wide.

Helpful tweaks
TotalFinder's Folders on Top feature takes file organization to a new level. Just click the option in the Preferences menu and your much-needed folders will automatically be prioritized in every window.

Reduce clutter
OS X's Finder has a bad habit of cluttering your system with hidden attribute files. TotalFinder emphasizes cleanliness, eliminating superfluous files and freeing...

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20:59
LaunchBar 6.4.1 - Powerful file/URL/email launcher...

LaunchBar is an award-winning productivity utility that offers an amazingly intuitive and efficient way to search and access any kind of information stored on your computer or on the Web. It provides instant access to your applications, documents, contacts, and bookmarks, to your music library, to search engines and more, just by entering short abbreviations of the searched item's name.

You just hit Command-Space to bring LaunchBar's input window to front, enter an arbitrary abbreviation, and as soon as you start typing LaunchBar displays the best matching choices, ready to be opened immediately.

Start applications, open documents, invoke system services, compose emails, or navigate the Web--LaunchBar will be your essential servant.



Version 6.4.1: New and Improved

  • Minor improvements to LaunchBar Action Editor.
  • Added support for searching in Dash 3.
  • Extended list of currency symbols that are ignored in...

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18:07
Eddy Cue: Apple ‘working’ to bring back music Home...

Last week, we noted that Apple’s latest iOS 8.4 release with Apple Music removes support for the long-existing Music Home Sharing feature. This function allows an iOS device user to stream music from a computer running iTunes on their own WiFi network. Today, Apple Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services noted on Twitter that Apple is “working” to restore Home Sharing functionality in iOS 9. It is likely that Home Sharing was removed in iOS 8.4 due to changes necessary with the record labels to launch the new streaming music service. Cook previously revealed details on...

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18:05
'Hacking Team' Data Breach Confirms Firm...

Cybersecurity firm Hacking Team experienced a data breach earlier today, resulting in 400 GB of its documents being leaked onto the Internet, reports The Guardian. The documents confirm Hacking Team's ability to infiltrate and monitor jailbroken iPhones on behalf of government law enforcement agencies like the NSA, as noted by Macworld.

Much has been speculated before and after Edward Snowden’s release of a trove of National Security Agency (NSA) documents in 2013 about the capabilities of the United States’ agencies as well as those of allies and enemies. The Hacking Team dump reveals quite a bit more about the routine functions of third-party suppliers into that ecosystem, including...

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18:03
Apple's push into automotive spurs race to cash...

Rumors of automotive product entries from Apple and Google are prompting carmakers to look beyond traditional toward revenue streams fueled by data, the first being a reported joint overture for Nokia's HERE mapping service worth billions of dollars.

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16:38
Apple looks to reinstate Home Sharing with iOS 9,...

Following revelations that Apple disabled the popular music Home Sharing feature with its latest iOS 8.4 update, SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue on Monday said the company is working to restore services for iOS 9.

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16:29
Apple Working to Add Home Sharing for Music in iOS 9

With the release of iOS 8.4 and the new built-in Apple Music service, Apple removed Home Sharing for music on iOS devices, a move that many Home Sharing users have been upset about.

It was unclear if Home Sharing for music would be re-added in the future, but according to iTunes chief Eddy Cue, Apple is planning to add Home Sharing to iOS 9. In response to a tweet about the removal of Home Sharing for music, Cue tweeted "We are working to have Home Sharing in iOS 9."

Wording in the release notes for the last iOS 8.4 beta suggested that Home Sharing and Genius Mixes were "not currently available," hinting that the features could return at a later date, and it appears that is indeed Apple's plan.

While Home Sharing for music...

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16:20
Hacking Team hack reveals why you shouldn't...

An Italian firm with the appropriate name Hacking Team suffered a massive breach in its company data Sunday, and 400GB of internal documents so far have been released and are being analyzed by reporters and security researchers. Hacking Team’s customers are government agencies, including both law enforcement and national security, and the ostensibly legal software it sells to help them intercept communications includes not-yet-exploited vulnerabilities, known as zero-days.

Much has been speculated before and after Edward Snowden’s release of a trove of National Security Agency (NSA) documents in 2013 about the capabilities of the United States’ agencies as well as those of allies and enemies. The Hacking Team dump reveals quite a bit more about the routine functions of third-party suppliers into that ecosystem, including...

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15:46
Final Cut Server: Cannot connect to Java Web Start...

When you connect to Final Cut Server to download the Java Web Start file using a web browser, the webpage may display a message such as "File not found!" or "Object not found!"  The Final Cut Server installer will only install web server components to the default web site included with Mac OS X Server.

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15:41
iMac G5: Troubleshooting when your computer won...

If your iMac G5 won't turn on—the display has no picture or color, and you don't hear fan or hard drive activity sounds—follow these steps to troubleshoot the issue.

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15:35
How to make Apple Music do more with Siri voice...

While Apple Music has drawn a lot of comparions with other streaming services, like Spotify and Google Music, on iOS it does have at least one special trick: Siri voice commands.

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15:34
GoPro Whittles Down Hero4 Action Cam


GoPro's latest action cam features something the company's fans haven't seen for eight years: a product redesign. The company on Monday announced the Hero4 Session, a 1-inch cube video camera that weighs just 2.6 ounces -- less than half the heft of an iPhone. Unlike previous GoPro models, you won't need a case to protect it from getting wet. It's designed to withstand a soaking in up to 10 meters of water. However, while the camera is light in weight, it's also light on features -- and a heavy on price.

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15:24
[Sponsor] DevMate

DevMate is a powerful platform for app development and distribution. It’s designed to save hours of coding for both indie developers and established software companies. DevMate offers ready-to-use mechanisms and data collection. This includes licensing, built-in update and purchase mechanisms, feedback and crash reporting. The app data is presented in the Dashboard in real time, and is easy to access and monitor. DevMate is an indispensable tool for developers who value their time and want to focus on the tasks that are really important.

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14:52
Apple to reportedly debut co-designed third-party...

Apple Stores will soon get a more uniform look as select third-party accessory makers adopt packaging co-designed by Apple, part of a larger transition toward a "premium feel" under retail chief Angela Ahrendts.

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14:34
iMovie ’08: Camcorder Support

iMovie '08 is designed to work with a wide range of digital video devices and formats, including tape-based and the latest tapeless camcorders that record to flash memory, a hard disk drive, or DVD media.

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14:31
iCloud: Account troubleshooting

This article discusses common troubleshooting steps for various issues that you might encounter when creating or using your iCloud account.

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14:13
About AirPrint

AirPrint is an Apple technology that helps you create full-quality printed output without the need to download or install drivers.

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14:12
Review: Apple Music offers great discovery &...

Apple Music was a service that I was incredibly excited about when Apple announced it last month at WWDC. I’ve written a lot about music here at 9to5Mac and every time I explain how big of a music fan I am. When I’m in my office, I always have music playing, whether it be radio or a specific artist or album. For the past two years, I’ve been using Spotify for all of my streaming music needs. I never had a problem with the service, especially recently as it has upped the quality of both its iOS and Mac apps to be both more stable and feature-rich. A combination that is hard to come by nowadays.

Being the Apple fanboy that I am, however, I obviously had to give Apple Music a try. For the past week, I’ve been using the service as my exclusive source for music. How does it...

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14:00
Apple Retail Stores to Offer Third-Party Accessories...

Apple is planning to introduce new co-designed packaging for many of the third-party accessories that it sells in its stores, according to retail store information shared by 9to5Mac. Apple has reportedly been working with several third-party accessory manufacturers on packaging design, helping to create a new look for boxes to better fit in with the packaging that's used for Apple's own products.

Companies participating in Apple's revamped packaging efforts include Tech21, Sena, Incase, Mophie, Logitech, and Life Proof. When these products are sold in Apple Stores, they'll be sold with simple, no-frills white boxes with minimal labeling as seen in photos.

According to the memo, the packaging will be mostly white to match the Mac, iPhone, and Apple Watch boxes, while they will also include simpler fonts, new photography, higher-quality materials, and more consistent...

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13:49
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13:31
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 6...

Notable software releases this week include Voila 3.9, Typinator 6.6, GarageBand 10.1, iTunes 12.2, Security Update 2015-005, Mac EFI Security Update 2015-001, and Safari 8.0.7, 7.1.7, and 6.2.7.

 

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13:31
ExtraBITS for 6 July 2015

Our ExtraBITS this week revolve around developer Nolan Lawson, who sparked discussion recently with a pair of blog posts suggesting that Safari is the new Internet Explorer in terms of holding back Web standards.

 

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13:31
All Apple Stores revamping third-party accessory...

Apple-designed packaging for the Mophie Juice Pack and Logitech iPad Keyboard

Apple is looking to own yet another aspect of its product experience. The company is gearing up to revamp its third-party accessory selection across all of its retail stores by next week by reducing the amount of accessories available in stores to ones sold in packaging co-designed by Apple. Apple has been working with select third-party...

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13:30
Opinion: Will size alone be enough to sell a bigger...

There isn’t any question that Apple’s working on a larger-screened iPad: early details leaked in 2013 and have been followed by dimensional drawings and prototype shells over the past year. All of the leaks suggest that the “iPad Pro” or “iPad Plus” will be nearly identical to the iPad Air 2, except with an almost 13″ screen and four (rather than two) speaker grilles. Few of the leaks have suggested major new design elements, such as an extra connector port, an integrated stand, or ...

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13:07
Skype 7.9.746 - Voice-over-internet phone and chat...

Skype allows you to talk to friends, family and co-workers across the Internet without the inconvenience of long distance telephone charges. Using peer-to-peer data transmission technology, Skype eliminates the central server as a middle manager.

Today, millions of individuals and businesses are taking advantage of Skype's diverse communication features:

  • Free Skype-to-Skype
  • Landline and cellphone calling
  • SMS and instant messaging
  • Voicemail
  • Free video calls
  • Call forwarding to your phone when you're offline

Skype-to-Skype calls, video calls, and instant messaging are free, 24 hours a day, anywhere in the world. Users can make phone calls and send SMS messages at great value Pay-As-You-Go rates, or make unlimited calls to certain countries with a subscription.



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13:00
NBA player blames injury on iPhone 6 Plus; We call...

Matt Bonner, a player for the San Antonio Spurs, says that his season-changing injury has been caused by -- are you ready for this? -- his iPhone 6 Plus. In an interview with the Concord Monitor, Bonner blamed the drop in his 3-point shooting, from 41.4 percent average over his 11-year career in the NBA to a still respectable 36.5 percent on an injury to his left (non-shooting) elbow. Bonner is "sure" that the injury was caused by the "way bigger" iPhone 6 Plus. 

Bonner says about his injury that "I think because I got that new phone it was a strain to use it, you have to stretch further to hit the buttons, and I honestly think that’s how I ended up developing it."

Wimp.

Ummm, Bonner is 6 feet, 10 inches tall. Like most NBA players (with the possible exception of my personal favorite player from the past, the 5 foot, 3 inch...

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12:54
∞ My walking playlist on Apple Music

A lot of people have asked what music I listen to while I do my walks, so I thought I’d put it up on Apple Music. The songs were chosen to keep up a good walking pace—each of the songs makes me want to sing or play air guitar while I’m walking. I hope you enjoy it.

Jim’s Walk playlist on Apple Music.

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12:50
Amazon Launched a Free Cloud Drive App for iDevices

Over the July fourth holiday, Amazon quietly introduced "Amazon Cloud Drive" for the iPhone and iPad.

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12:46
Apple’s MacBook SSD OEM Samsung takes wraps off pair...

From 9to5Toys.com:

Samsung today has announced that it will be adding a 2TB option to its 850 EVO and PRO 2.5-inch internal solid-state drive offerings. Previously, the largest sized capacity was 1TB for ...

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12:32
Musk Donates $10 Million to Keep AI From Going Rogue


The Future of Life Institute on Monday announced 37 winners of grant funding provided by Elon Musk and the Open Philanthropy Project. Musk contributed $10 million toward the effort. A total of $7 million will be awarded to fund the research teams for up to three years, with many of the projects beginning in September. Another $4 million is available to support research grants for areas that emerge as most promising. The teams will focus on the common goal of keeping artificial intelligence beneficial to humanity.

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12:28
Instagram rolling out support for high-res images on...

Instagram has announced today that it is rolling out support for higher resolution 1080 x 1080 pixel images. This doubles the previous upload resolution of 640 x 640 pixels, and you’ll probably notice very soon that the photos in your stream are looking a bit crisper.

According to a post today from Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger, the update is rolling out to both Android and iOS. Other statements from the company suggest that the feature has been rolling out for about week and you should already be seeing these newer photos in-app.

There doesn’t appear to be an actual app update, as this is a change that is being flipped server side for both major platforms. If...

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12:17
∞ Punked by Apple Music

The other night, I checked out the “New” section of Apple Music. Like usual, I switched to the Metal section—when it loaded, I thought for sure someone at Apple was punching me. To be clear, I’m not saying this is a problem, I thought it was funny as hell. I closed the app, reopened and everything was fine. Still funny.

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12:11
Rapper recorded album by posting up at NYC Apple...

A New York-based rapper has taken the phrase "demo unit" quite literally, saying that he parked himself at Apple's SoHo store in Manhattan five days a week, for sixteen weeks, so he could use the store's display computers to record a full-length album.

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12:02
Hullo — Your favorite pillow. Guaranteed. [Sponsor]

Have you ever slept on a buckwheat pillow? It’s kind of like a beanbag for your head. The hull fill supports your head and neck in a way that can’t be matched by traditional pillows.

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12:00
Skype for Business Windows Phone app is here!

It’s an exciting time for Skype for Business as we deliver communication-powered productivity in Office. In the last few months, we’ve delivered the Skype for Business client for Windows, the new Skype for Business Server, and Skype for Business Online in Office 365. And just last week, we announced previews of new meetings and voice capabilities in Office 365 through the Skype for Business Preview Program.

Today we’re pleased to announce the availability of the Skype for Business app for Windows Phone.

What’s new—intuitive interface, more emoticons, improved server communications

If you are familiar with the Lync app for Windows Phone, you’ll notice a number of enhancements in the new app. The most noticeable...

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11:07
NBA player blames nagging arm injury on larger-...

There have been a wide range of both complaints and praises regarding the larger screened iPhones Apple introduced last fall, but this one is new. Matt Bonner, longtime member of the San Antonio Spurs, gave an interview recently in which he blamed a season-changing injury on Apple’s larger screened iPhone (via Yahoo).

Bonner revealed that he suffered from tennis elbow in his non-shooting arm for a two-and-half month period during the 2014-2015 NBA season. The pain was such a distraction to Bonner that before we would even catch the ball he would be dreading...

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10:56
While Samsung has invented a new TV Remote with...

Today our Patently Mobile IP blog posted a new report covering one of Samsung's latest inventions relating to a next generation remote controller.

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10:51
Rick Perry and the Texas vs. California Tech War


A couple of weeks ago, I was waiting to do a CNBC slot on the Apple Watch in Asia -- the entire smartwatch class is having a lot of issues -- and I ran into Rick Perry, former governor of Texas, as he was coming out of the studio I was about to enter. For some reason, I thought he was going to be a typical entitled stuck-up jerk, like a lot of folks in his position are, but he wasn't. We started chatting about technology and jobs, and how he'd been focused as governor on getting tech companies to move to Texas from California.

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10:25
Amazon brings Cloud Drive media, document access to...

Amazon on Monday released an official iOS client for Cloud Drive, allowing people to access content from the file storage service on their iPhone or iPad.

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10:22
Why compatibility isn't just a computer problem...

Some people I know who dearly love their Sonos speaker systems were feeling nervous this week as Apple launched Apple Music. Would Sonos support Apple Music, and vice versa? Some tweets from Sonos and Apple made it clear that it would, and those Sonos-using friends gave a sigh of relief.

But it struck me that this is yet another example of how conflicting compatibility between hardware and services can frustrate consumers, making us regret our purchases even of otherwise fine devices. In the competition between different standards, between online services, and plenty of other areas, there’s often fallout that can make it hard to be a user of tech products.

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10:20
Microsoft introduces ‘Tossup’ iOS app to make...



Microsoft today has introduced a new app for iOS and Android that makes it considerably easier for friends and family to make plans while on the go. Dubbed Tossup, the app was developed by the Microsoft Garage, which means it implores new ideas and thinking that the company hopes will catch on to the masses.

Tossup helps groups decide on plans by giving them suggestions and allowing each member of the group to vote and suggest other options. It offers the ability...

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09:54
Cocktail 7.9 (Mavericks Edition) adds support for...

Maintain has served up Cocktail 7.9 (Mavericks Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X Mavericks.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. Version 7.9 adds compatibility with QuarkXPress 11 and the latest versions of supported web browsers. It also contains other improvements and bug fixes.

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09:48
IK releases Future Synths, Hugh Padgham Drums

IK Multimedia (www.ikmultimedia.com) has launched two new sound libraries for SampleTank 3 for Mac and PC systems.

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09:36
What Apple Music Connect needs to succeed

Apple Music’s Connect is designed to foster connections between artists and fans, but there’s not much to love yet on either front. For listeners, Connect is pretty bare-bones and hasn’t offered much in the way of new content. Musician and iOS app designer Dave Wiskus says it’s not great for artists yet, either.

In a Friday blog post, Wiskus detailed his near-disastrous attempt at uploading a new song to share on Connect.

Embedding a song to share on the platform is riddled with difficulties, a far cry from the ease of uploading to SoundCloud. Artists have to make the clip they want to post available in My Music, which requires importing the track to iTunes (which can be its own special kind of hell). Posting the track can be glitchy—the form artists have to fill out wouldn’t allow...

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09:26
How to catch every song Beats 1 plays

Thanks to Twitter, you can find every song that gets played on Beats 1

Here's a scenario you might find familiar. You're listening to Beats 1 when a great song comes on that you haven't heard before. You try to add it to your collection but it's not available. You search the iTunes Store but it's not there either. In the meantime, the song is over. What was it again? Drat, I forgot. Oh well. 

I was complaining about this on Twitter this morning when Kristoffer Tsinontas pointed me to the Twitter account Beats1 Plays. This unofficial account live-tweets every track that's being played on Beats 1. In the scenario above, I could simply hop on Twitter and see the very song I missed. 

Regarding those songs we can't add to our libraries, I'm not sure...

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09:07
9to5Toys Last Call: Belkin WeMo switches from $31,...

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09:00
Document font embedding demystified

For many years, Office on Windows has offered users the ability to embed fonts within electronic documents such as Word documents or PDF files. However, we often get questions about the font embedding feature and today are providing you with details on what font embedding is and how you can use in your electronic documents.

Put simply, font embedding is taking a digital font file and including it within another digital file. Usually when people refer to font embedding they are talking about document font embedding. Document font embedding ensures that the recipient of a document can view it properly even if they don’t have the fonts you used to create it installed on their machine.

How to take advantage font embedding

Font embedding settings are usually included as an advanced option under the document “Save” or “Export” menus of Word, PowerPoint and Publisher and can be enabled by selecting the Embed fonts in the file checkbox.

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08:40
Purported 'iPhone 6s' schematics back...

An alleged schematic for Apple's next-generation "iPhone 6s" may support claims that the device will be marginally thicker than its predecessor, presumably owing to design additions such as Force Touch.

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08:09
Let us know what you think of iOS 8.4/Apple Music

iOS 8.4 is out and with it, Apple has launched its new Apple Music subscription streaming service.

While nothing has apparently caught fire yet and cats and dogs have yet to begin interspecies dating as a result of the update and launch, we’d like to know what you think of it, for better or for worse.

So, as always, let us know what’s gone right, what needs improvement, what’s driving you nuts about the new operating system and the new Apple Music service and what’s on your mind.

And it isn’t that I MIND cats and dogs interspecies dating, it’s just awkward when they lower the lights and begin slow dancing across my living room floor…

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08:04
Purported Schematic Suggests 'iPhone 6s'...

A purported schematic for the so-called "iPhone 6s" obtained by Engadget Japan (via BGR) reveals that the next-generation smartphone could have a thickness of 7.1mm, a slight increase over the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which measure 6.9mm and 7.1mm respectively. The schematic also suggests that the "iPhone 6s" will still have a home button, while all other buttons and ports remain unchanged.

The slight 0.2mm increase in thickness could be the result of Apple adding pressure-sensing Force Touch technology to the next iPhone, enabling the smartphone's display to distinguish between a light tap and firmer press and complete different actions accordingly. The "iPhone 6s" is also rumored to adopt...

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08:04
Find your “Pluto Time”

NASA:

If you go outside at (a particular) time on a clear day, the world around you will be as bright as the surface of Pluto at noon.

It’s always Pluto Time somewhere, and NASA wants to see your view. New Horizons will become the first spacecraft to have a close encounter with Pluto. After the historic flyby on July 14, 2015, we’ll combine as many submitted images as we can into a mosaic image of Pluto and its moons.

Here in Chilliwack, BC, my “Pluto Time” is tonight at 9:20 PM PDT. I’ll definitely be outside taking a picture for NASA.

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07:48
Amazon releases Cloud Drive file management app for...

Amazon has just launched a dedicated iOS app for its Cloud Drive service, bringing an iPhone and iPad experience to the service that was previously only available through desktop apps and a recently launched Android mobile app.

Before the launch of the Cloud Drive app for iOS this weekend, Amazon allowed users to access content from the cloud service through various apps such as Amazon Photos (aka Cloud Drive Photos) and...

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07:42
Leaked iPhone 6S schematic shows minimal exterior...

If nothing else, a leaked schematic should do the trick.

The cool cats at Engadget Japan have published what’s apparently a schematic of the upcoming iPhone 6S, which came from a source in the Chinese supply chain. The schematic shows a handset with only minimal changes from the current iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

In truth, the changes to the handset’s thickness appear to be imperceptible, as the thickness marked on the schematic is 7.1mm – just 0.2mm thicker than the iPhone 6, and the exact same thickness as the iPhone Plus.

With these relatively unchanged numbers, it seems possible that your current iPhone 6 and 6 Plus case will fit the new model...

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07:39
The real voice of Siri explains her work

Susan Bennett, the original voice of Siri, talks about voicing Siri and the fact that her real voice sounds so much different than what comes out of your phone:

“A Siri-like voice is still, at this point in time, very robotic,” she says. “The pitch is a little bit lower…it’s not as evenly paced as if you were speaking naturally.” She told me that few people recognize her on the street, since her speaking voice is different.

Watch the video. Absolutely love this.

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07:21
Google's Waze mapping service launches...

As Apple looks to expand its Maps effort with public transit information, Google its taking its Waze service in a different direction, debuting a new ride sharing feature that is being tested in Israel.

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07:19
Claimed iPhone 6S schematic matches our report of...

Engadget Japan has shown a purported schematic of the iPhone 6S which it attributes to a reliable source in the Chinese supply chain. While the diagram does not appear to have originated from Apple, the design and marked dimensions are consistent with casing photos we obtained from a proven source.

We noted that any change in thickness was imperceptible, and the thickness marked on the schematic is 7.1mm – just 0.2mm thicker than the iPhone 6, and the exact same thickness as the iPhone 6 Plus. This also matches (...

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07:01
GoPro launches compact, single-button Hero4 Session...

GoPro on Monday announced a new $400 action camera, the Hero4 Session, a cube-shaped device said to be half as big and 40 percent lighter than other Hero4 models, while still offering many of the same features including wireless connectivity to Apple's iPhone.

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07:00
Bypass the Application Downloaded From the Internet...

___ “is an application downloaded from the Internet. Are you sure you want to open it?” is a warning dialog that appears when you open an application that you downloaded from the Internet. When you install those software titles with automation, you can clear the attribute that causes the prompt, so you don’t get a lot of confusion from end users. TO do so, use the xattr command, using -d to delete the com.apple.quarantine attribute. Here, we’re going to do so recursively, using the -r option and finally defining the application:

sudo xattr -d -r com.apple.quarantine /Applications/iExplorer.app

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06:54
Identify your iPad model

Find out which iPad model you have.

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06:52
Rapper claims he recorded entire album on display...

Rapper Prince Harvey claims that when his first computer died and his second was stolen, he recorded his entire album in the SoHo Apple Store in Manhattan. The Daily Beast reports that he visited the store every weekday for four consecutive months.

After a second computer failure left him without a means to record his album and no money to buy a replacement, Prince finished recording the vocals and backing instrumental tracks for his new album entirely in that one Apple Store.

We’re not saying it didn’t happen, and that this is just an attempt by an unknown artist to create a cool-sounding story as a publicity stunt, but we do note that it’s...

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06:32
Worries about sales of Samsung's Galaxy S6...

Korean investors have begun to back off their formerly hopeful predictions that Samsung's updated flagship Galaxy S6 smartphone could mitigate the conglomerate's recent financial freefall, thanks to seemingly lackluster sales of the new handsets.

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06:31
Salon: The origins of Steve Jobs’ and Apple’s success

An interesting analysis of Apple’s move from the brink of failure to the largest company in the world.

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06:16
Manpower for Mac OS X gets refreshed user interface...

Code by Kevin has introduced Manpower 6.0 (http://tinyurl.com/4yaxes), an upgrade of the program that provides a three-pane interface for reading Unix documentation pages on Mac OS X.

The new version sports a refreshed user interface and smoother overall performance. To install Manpower, download the latest version. It can be installed anywhere on your Mac.

The download is a 30-day demo; you can purchase a license for US$29.99 to use the program past the 30-day trial period. Manpower 6.0 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher.

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06:10
ArtHandler for Mac OS X revved to version 1.5

Martin Walk has released ArtHandler 1.5 (http://arthandlerapp.com), a new version of the Artists Record Book application for Mac OS X.

It's built for artists who need to remember titles, dimensions and dates of their artworks. ArtHandler archives images of each artwork and makes them accessible for future use. Version 1.5 updates the user interface and improves sharing features.

ArtHandler 1.5 requires OS X 10.9 or later. It costs US$17.99 and is available exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category.

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06:08
How to set a sleep timer for Beats 1 and Apple Music

Rene Ritchie, writing for iMore, tells you how to set a timer that turns off your music (whether it be a playlist or Beats 1) after a specific amount of time.

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06:01
Infographic: Social networks by followers and age

Fascinating look at the age group demographics of each of the major social networks. Pay attention to the numbers that show where the major growth is for each.

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05:56
Apple Music, the App Store and human curation

Jean-Louis Gassée, writing for Monday Note, discusses the difference between algorithm and human curation and makes the point that Apple should use the Apple Music approach on the App Store.

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05:47
Samsung's missed S6 Opportunity likely to lead...

It was reported late yesterday that doubts over the sales prospects of Samsung Electronics new flagship smartphones are damping expectations of a rapid turnaround for the South Korean giant.

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05:47
External Link: Revisiting “Is Safari the New...

Developer Nolan Lawson has penned a followup to his “Safari is the new IE” blog post, apologizing for some of it, but emphasizing his original points that Safari is not keeping up with Web standards, Apple is too secretive, and Apple acts like a monopoly by not allowing other rendering engines on iOS. But most of all, he’s frustrated with Apple’s lack of interaction with the Web developer community. Lawson links all of the recent meetups and conferences, which Apple has skipped, to the fact that the Web is fast becoming the world’s most advanced cross-platform application runtime.

 

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05:39
Voila 3.9

Adds iOS screen recording capabilities, plus video recording through the Mac’s FaceTime camera. ($29.99 new, free update, 28.6 MB)

 

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05:29
Debunk: iPhone 6S keynote date of Friday, September...

Chinese blog report that claims to reveal the date of the keynote announcing the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus is being picked up by some media outlets. According to the blog, sources inside the Foxconn supply chain have stated that the keynote will take place on Friday 11th September, with the phones going on sale a week later on the 18th.

Leaving aside the uncomfortable anniversary of the Sept 11th attacks and the fact that Apple is extremely unlikely to choose a Friday for its keynote (it generally opts for early in the week, to maximise media coverage prior to new iPhones going on...

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05:01
Pegatron Subsidiary Cranks up Hiring for iPhone that...

On Friday we reported that Apple's two main iPhone OEMs Foxconn and Pegatron have started to stock up on iPhone parts as they prepare to start production. Today the supply chain news is reporting that a subsidiary of Pegatron ...

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05:00
Finding Clues to the Next Apple TV in iOS 9

“Take Control of Apple TV” author Josh Centers hasn’t given up hope on the device yet. He explains why the Apple TV isn’t dead, reveals clues about the upcoming model, and weighs in on whether you should buy one now or wait for a new model.

 

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04:48
Emergency banking controls prevent Greek customers...

Given the enormity of the financial meltdown in Greece, not being able to make iCloud or iTunes purchases is rather a long way down the list of the country’s problems – but for those with data stored on iCloud, not being able to renew a subscription could put that data at risk.

For those outside Europe who may not have seen too much news coverage, a combination of a long history of low levels of tax collection and the global financial crash has left Greece unable to pay its international debts. To prevent a collapse of the Greek banking system, the government has put strict controls in place, including maximum cash withdrawals of €60 ($66) a day – and a...

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04:07
Pay TV penetration to exceed 50% in next two years

The worldwide pay-TV market surpassed more than 900 million subscribers in 1Q 2015, representing 48% penetration—the market is likely to grow steadily over the next 5 years, mainly boosted by emerging markets, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com). Half of the world’s households will have access to pay-TV service by 2017, representing 1 billion subscribers, notes the research group.

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04:02
Kool Tools: Dualy Extreme for Apple routers

QuickerTek (www.quickertek.com) has created an upgrade for their adapted Apple AC Base Station and Base Station Express with the Dualy Extreme. It's an antenna system with one watt of RF power that enables the Apple router with additional speed and range.

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01:39
Typinator 6.6

Brings a number of improvements to the text expansion tool, which celebrates its 10th anniversary. (€24.99 new, free update, 7.0 MB)

 

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Sunday July 5

21:24
Apple Music offers a peek into the future of Apple...

Just in its first few days, the launch of Apple Music has demonstrated that Apple can competently execute outside of its core hardware business. That has implications for its future ambitions in TV and automotive, as well as highlighting the vast gulf between it, Google and Microsoft.

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20:37
GarageBand 10.1

Adds new Drummers and synthesizer Patches, while promising direct sharing to Apple Music Connect (a feature currently available on the iOS version of GarageBand). ($4.99 new, free update, 911 MB)

 

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20:23
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15:59
3D-printed 'dough' helps fix your...

One day, you might not have to spend ages waiting for broken bones to heal. Researchers have developed a 3D-printed, dough-like biomaterial that could fill large bone fractures while aiding the recovery process. The porous chemical blend can withstan...

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14:18
The Logic Pros: How to create Retro Synth patches...

In this week’s episode of The Logic Pros, we will take one final look at some of the new additions to Logic Pro X 10.1. We have already gotten a taste of a number of very helpful new features including custom plug-in menus, Track Stacks, the Brush Tool and the powerful new Drummer features, but today Retro Synth is on tap.

While Logic already had a number of classic synth-inspired virtual instruments like ES1, 2 and more, we are talking about instruments that have been around for 10 years+. A serious breath of fresh air for Logic users, Retro Synth (RS) wraps all the major synthesis disciplines of...

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12:23
Ripple

The Grateful Dead classic, Ripple, in honor of the Grateful Dead’s 50th anniversary

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09:41
Apple GarageBand 10.1 - Complete recording studio...

The new GarageBand is a whole music creation studio right inside your Mac -- complete with keyboard, synths, orchestral and percussion instruments, presets for guitar and voice, an entirely redesigned sound library, and virtual session drummers. A beautiful and intuitive interface makes it easy to learn, play, record, and create great-sounding songs. And you can share your hits worldwide with just a few clicks. It’s never been easier to make music like a pro. Even if you’ve never played a note.

Version 10.1:

  • 10 new Drummers that produce beats in a variety of electronic music and Hip Hop styles including House, Trap, Techno, Dubstep and more
  • Over 100 EDM and Hip Hop-inspired synthesizer Patches featuring the new Transform Pad Smart Control for sound morphing
  • Record the movements of software instrument Smart Controls to capture performances of effect and tone adjustments
  • 1,000 new Apple Loops from a variety of popular...

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07:00
Unix Signals

When you run a kill command to stop a process from bash or the javax.realtime.POSIXSignalHandler class, you’re sending what’s known as a POSIX signal to the process. These signals can be called via their numeric representations or the signal (e.g. with the -s option of the kill command). Signals include the following:

  • 1: SIGHUP – Close the controlling terminal when the controlling process dies
  • 2: SIGINT – Send a keyboard interrupt
  • 3: SIGQUIT – Quit from a keyboard/terminal
  • 4: SIGILL – Terminate illegal instruction with a core dump and don’t restart
  • 5: SIGTRAP – Send a trace/break trap (with core dump)
  • 6: SIGABRT – Process an abort signal
  • 7: SIGEMT – Send the signal when emulator traps happen
  • 8:SIGFPE – Terminate floating point errors (erroneous arithmetic operations) with a core dump
  • 9: SIGKILL – Kill a signal outright (kill cannot be ignored)
  • 10: SIGBUS – Terminate access (some portion of...
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05:27
How Apple Music Can Disrupt Users' iTunes...

An anonymous reader writes: Early adopters of Apple Music are warning others they could get more than they bargained for if they intend to download tracks for offline listening. Since Apple Music is primarily a streaming service, this functionality necessitates turning on iCloud Music for syncing purposes. The way Apple syncs files is to scan your library for known music files, and if it finds one, the service gives your account access to Apple's canonical copy. Unfortunately, this wipes out any custom edits you made to the file's metadata. For those who have put a lot of time into customizing their library, this can do a lot of damage to their organizational system. Apple's efforts to simplify and streamline the process have once again left advanced users with a difficult decision to make.


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05:00
Microsoft Anchors Minecraft Strategy to Education


Microsoft wants to find ways to assist the pioneering teachers who have taught pupils through the sandbox construction game Minecraft. The company earlier this week launched its Minecraft in Education initiative to turn the pioneers into pillars. There was puzzlement over Microsoft's end game last September, when it purchased Mojang, the studio behind the multiplatform hit, in a $2.5 billion bet. Many thought Minecraft was at or near its peak. It turns out Microsoft has some novel plans for the game.

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03:32
Review: Mad Catz Micro C.T.R.L.i wireless game...

The Mad Catz Micro C.T.R.L.i is the most affordable iPhone- and iPad-compatible wireless game controller on the market, and that alone will make it the ideal choice for many mobile gamers, even though its design has a few glaring issues.

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Saturday July 4

23:11
Duplicate Annihilator 5.7.7 - Find and delete...

Duplicate Annihilator takes on the time-consuming task of comparing the images in your iPhoto library using effective algorithms to make sure that no duplicate escapes.

Duplicate Annihilator detects:

  • Duplicates
  • Imported thumbnails
  • Imported thumbnails of faces
  • Missing image files
  • Corrupt JPEGs



Version 5.7.7:

  • Bug fix: issues with detecting filenames.
  • Various fixes and improvements.



  • OS X 10.6 or later
  • iPhoto 5 or later



Download Now

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16:06
Boot Camp: Multi-Touch trackpad gestures

Learn how to use your MacBook or MacBook Pro trackpad in Windows for secondary clicking, dragging, scrolling, and more.

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15:58
Identifying legitimate emails from the iTunes Store

Learn how to identify legitimate emails from the iTunes Store.
 

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15:49
Choosing good passwords in Mac OS X

Mac OS X is designed to give you a safe and secure computing environment, often by the use of passwords. One of the best things you can do to keep your information and computer secure is to use good, hard-to-guess passwords.

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15:30
Apple Sued for Over 'Ion-X' Glass Branding

A Company by the name of Saxon Glass Technologies is suing Apple for trademark infringement.

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14:56
BMW has a hydrogen-powered 5 Series

Battery-powered EVs are in the spotlight right now, but that doesn't mean car manufacturers aren't looking at alternative fuel sources. At its "Innovation Day" in France, BMW unveiled a prototype 5 Series GT that uses a hydrogen fuel cell to power it...

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11:31
Using USB 3 devices on Mac computers FAQ

Learn more about using USB 3 ports and devices on Mac computers.

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10:44
Promise VTrak: Configuring for optimal performance

Configure Promise VTrak RAIDs for best performance using the guidelines in this article.

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10:44
Promise VTrak: Configuring for optimal performance (...

Configure Promise VTrak RAIDs for best performance using the guidelines in this article.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT200273

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10:36
A Look at Apple's War on Big Data and Far Beyond

A new report published today notes that Tim Cook has launched an assault on Google and Facebook’s Big Data model, even as most consumers remain in the dark about how companies use their personal information. Two different reports and two different privacy centric surveys were recently conducted on the matter with results that provide us with an insightful overview of the matter.

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10:30
Apple Pay expected to go live in the U.K. on July...

Apple appears to be planning to enable its Apple Pay iPhone mobile payments service in the United Kingdom on July 14th, according to sources at multiple retailers. Apple has informed some Apple Retail employees in the U.K. that Apple Pay support will go live on that Tuesday, while an internal memos for supermarket Waitrose plus an additional retail partner indicate the same date:

Apple will also begin training its U.K staff on supporting Apple Pay on July 12th. Apple has begun enabling its mobile point of sale systems in England-based stores to take NFC payments and has been preparing materials to promote the Apple Pay launch in stores. It is plausible that different stores will have different launch dates, but the presence of the same, at least tentative, date makes July 14th a very possible widespread start date.

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10:15
Wireless carrier support and features for iPhone in...

Choose your region to learn about the wireless carriers in your country.

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10:03
OS X Server 4.1.3 - For OS X 10.10 Yosemite. (...

Designed for OS X and iOS devices, OS X Server makes it easy to share files, schedule meetings, synchronize contacts, develop software, host your own website, publish wikis, configure Mac, iPhone, and iPad devices, remotely access your network, and more.

OS X Server is an application you can add to OS X Yosemite right from the Mac App Store. Anyone can quickly and easily turn a Mac running OS X Yosemite into a server that’s perfect for home offices, businesses, schools, developers, and hobbyists alike.



Version 4.1.3:

  • Updated for OS X Yosemite 10.10.4.
  • Profile Manager support for new features, Mobile Device Management commands, and payloads introduced in iOS 8.3.
  • Caching Server configuration option to output DNS TXT records in Windows format.
  • Messages service improvements for group access.
  • Enhancements for Profile Manager device searching.
  • User and Group accounts can now be exported to...

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07:00
Bash: A Silly wc Example

The wc command is used to count words, characters and lines. Here, we’ll run it a few different ways. -l shows the number of lines in a file. For example, in my home directory, I can use it to see how many lines are in my .gitconfig file:

wc -l .gitconfig

This would output something like the following:

11 .gitconfig

Or count the number of characters with -c:

wc -c .gitconfig

Or check the number of words:

wc -w .gitconfig

You can also run it against multiple files. For example, here I’ll check the number of lines in both my .gitconfig file and my .gitignore_global files:

wc -l .gitconfig .gitignore_global

Let’s say I have a list of numbers and I want to take an average of them. I can use this to quickly figure out how many numbers I have (and so will divide by) before tallying them up.

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07:00
How-To: Go beyond OS X Photos + make amazing wall...

Apple knew it had something special to share with the world when it released iPhoto in 2002: in addition to printing 20″ by 30″ poster-sized photos, the original iPhoto’s “most stunning feature” (according to Apple) was a page layout tool that quickly turned digital photo collections into printed hardcover books. These were Apple’s acknowledgements that tangible photos still had value in a digital era, and it subsequently added calendars, greeting cards, softcover books, and letterpress cards to iPhoto. Apple’s newer app Photos for Mac hides these options under the File menu at the top of the screen, and hasn’t expanded on them, a shame considering how nice the results look.

But apart from including the poster options in 2002, Apple never added “large-format art” to the list of things its photo apps could produce. Back in 2002, digital cameras were so low-resolution that they struggled to...

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07:00
Caturday: Dempsey's iPod touch

Dempsey poses for a Caturday centerfold. Image courtesy of Kyle Hagen.

Dempsey is a very, very lucky cat belonging to Kyle Hagen and Carol Caolo. That's her iPod touch - Kyle let us know that "Now that Dempsey's owner has upgraded to an iPhone she has claimed his iPod Touch as hers. 'Finally a device I can operate without thumbs!'"

With that intent look in those beautiful green eyes, I don't think there's any way Kyle is going to get that iPod touch back... ever. Does Dempsey have her own Apple Music account yet?

Apple World Today needs good cats! Have a picture of your cat soaking up the good vibes of an Apple product? Tell us the back story behind your kitty's photo on the Apple World Today contact page - we don't accept inbound attachments, so please host the photo on Dropbox, Flickr, iPhoto, etc... and then include the link in your message. Please note that the picture must have some tie to an Apple product.

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06:47
∞ How to listen to Apple Music offline

A plea to backup your music files, a bit of background on iCloud Music Library, and a quick walkthrough on downloading Apple Music tracks onto your device for offline listening.

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06:04
Apple Music Scores "Phenomenal" Eminem...

Today, a new exclusive video from Eminem launched on Apple Music called "Phenomenal." The opening scene is noted in our cover graphic.

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05:17
How to use Up Next in Apple’s new Music app

Rene Ritchie, writing for iMore, walks you through everything you could ever want to do with Up Next, the Music app’s list of songs queued up to play next.

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05:00
The Week in iPad Cases: HEX's Supply Sonic...

...plus keyboard cases, standard hard shells, and more!

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases includes cases with extra padding from Belkin and OtterBox, keyboard cases from The Snugg and M-Edge, lovely bags and backpacks from HEX, Toffee, and Tucano, and much more.

Belkin

Available in blue, black, or green, the Air Protect (iPad Air; $35) sports shock-absorbent foam designed to dissipate impact from drops or falls.

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04:51
A musician’s experience with Apple Music Connect

The potential for Connect is huge. But only if you get it right.

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02:05
This week on AppleInsider: Apple Music, Beats 1, new...

The week's news was dominated by the launch of Apple Music and Beats 1 on Tuesday, but other developments percolated under the surface -- including Apple losing its last appeal of a long-fought e-book antitrust case.

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Friday July 3

20:59
Firefox 39.0 - Fast, safe Web browser. (Free)

Firefox offers a fast, safe Web browsing experience.

Browse quickly, securely, and effortlessly. With its industry-leading features, Firefox is the choice of Web development professionals and casual users alike.

The Web, as it's meant to be experienced

Features

  • Faster than Safari. Firefox stays speedy when other browsers become sluggish.
  • More private than Chrome. Firefox respects your privacy by minimizing suggestive pop-ups.
  • Bursting with features. Tabbed browsing, developer tools, extensions -- Firefox has it all, giving you the power to explore, customize, and create like never before.



Version 39.0: New

  • Share Hello URLs with social networks
  • Project Silk: Smoother animation and scrolling (Mac OS X)
  • Support for 'switch' role in ARIA 1.1 (web accessibility)
  • SafeBrowsing malware...

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19:19
If you can't see images for Apple Music...

To see images for playlists, albums, and artists in Apple Music, your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch must be connected to the Internet.

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16:57
Apple Music scores another exclusive with Eminem...

Eminem dropped an epic music video-cum-short film for his latest single "Phenomenal" on Friday as an Apple Music exclusive fraught with product placement courtesy of Apple Watch and iPhone.

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15:16
Dr. Dre to debut radio show 'The Pharmacy...

Rap mogul Dr. Dre on Friday announced a Fourth of July debut of a bi-weekly radio show called "The Pharmacy," which will launch on Saturday as an Apple Music exclusive focusing on West Coast jams.

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14:11
OnePlus is giving away Google Cardboard for $0 plus...

Well, this is one way for an up-and-coming company to get people's attention. OnePlus, the Chinese manufacturer best-known for making a cheap handset with surprisingly good specs, is about to launch its second-generation phone, and to get folks pumpe...

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July is Heating Up With 148Apps How do you know what apps are worth your time and money? Just look to the review team at 148Apps. We sort through the chaos and find the apps you're looking for. The ones we love become Editor’s Choice, standing out... | Read more »
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