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Thursday April 28

15:49
Adobe Flash Player updates available for OS X on...

Adobe Flash Player updates address a recently identified Adobe Flash Player web plug-in vulnerability.

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15:30
AWT News Update: April 28, 2016

Carl Icahn's Yacht. Perhaps he can get a bigger one with the proceeds from his AAPL sale.

A surprising amount of action on this Thursday afternoon. What we haven't covered on the site is in today's AWT News Update:

  • Carl Icahn sells all his Apple stock, and we're sad (not really)
  • AWT unveils the shiny new Deals Shop, filled with deals for you
  • The Apple Music app for Android gets an update with new features, including the ability to sign up for a Family Membership

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for April 28, 2016. Just a reminder to our listeners that Apple World Today now has a new subscription service called...

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15:23
Icahn Contradicts his Positive Outlook on Apple,...

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn, who was among Apple’s largest outside shareholders, said on Thursday that he called Apple's CEO today to tell him that he no longer held a position in the company.

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15:04
Autonomous trucks hits public roads

Six groups of trucks just took part in the EU Truck Platooning Challenge, an international test of autonomous truck driving technology.

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15:00
CareKit Now Available

You can use the CareKit framework to develop apps that help people better understand and manage their health by creating dynamic care plans, tracking symptoms, connecting to care teams, and more. CareKit is open source so, in addition to creating great personal care apps, you can collaborate with other developers and the medical community to make CareKit even better. To download a sample app and learn more, visit CareKit.org.

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15:00
CareKit Now Available

You can use the CareKit framework to develop apps that help people better understand and manage their health by creating dynamic care plans, tracking symptoms, connecting to care teams, and more. CareKit is open source so, in addition to creating great personal care apps, you can collaborate with other developers and the medical community to make CareKit even better. To download a sample app and learn more, visit CareKit.org.

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14:48
Apple Music for Android updated with family plan...

Apple today is rolling out an update to the Apple Music app for Android users. The update continues to bring the app up to speed with its iOS counterpart and adds support for music videos and family memberships. The update follows the addition of widget support last month for the Android Apple Music app.

With support for family plans, users can now subscribe or update to a six-person family membership, which is arguably one of the best features about Apple Music. A six-person family membership runs $14.99, which is just $5 more than the one-person $9.99 membership.

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Filed under: Apple Music Tagged: Android, Apple Music...

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14:47
BlockIQ Escalates War on Ad Blockers


As consumers turn to ad blockers to avoid advertising on their mobile and computer screens, marketers and content providers who depend on pitches to pay the bills are searching frantically for ways to counter the pesky programs. BlockIQ offers them one. BlockIQ, owned by AdSupply, which recently merged with Adaptive Medias, has launched BlockBypass. The software can detect users of the popular ad blocker AdBlock and perform a number of countermeasures, including circumventing the ad blocker.

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14:45
Apple World Today introduces the Deals Shop

Notice anything new about Apple World Today? Look closely, and you'll see a new item in the menu at the top of the blog -- Deals. That's your door to a world of bargains made possible through a partnership between Apple World Today and StackCommerce. 

An ad in our sidebar highlights new deals, we'll provide you with posts about a few impressive deals each week, and you can even sign up to get email notification of what's available. Whether it's accessories for your favorite Apple device that you're looking for, IT training in a wide variety of areas and disciplines, fun gizmos like drones or even software, you'll find deals every day in the Deals Shop.

Most of the deals are available for a limited time only, so when you see that one item you just have to get, jump on it. You'll be purchasing items through StackCommerce, who will provide full customer support should you have any questions....

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14:39
iMovie for Mac OS X is revved to version 10.1.2

Apple has updated iMovie for Mac OS X to version 10.1.2. According to Apple, the new version:

  • Offers an easy to find New Project button in the Projects browser;
  • Offers larger project thumbnails that match the look of iMovie for iOS;
  • Provides fast project creation that lets you begin editing with a single click;
  • Clicking a video clip selects the entire clip, instead of a range;
  • Has a keyboard shortcut to select range within a clip in the browser and timeline (hold down R key while dragging);
  • Provides sSupport for App Preview resolutions for the iPad Pro (1600 x 1200) and Apple TV (1920 x 1080) ;
  • Has Improved stability.

iMovie 10.1.2 is a free update for registered users. For new users the cost is $14.99. The app is available at the Mac App Store.

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14:30
Notable apps and app updates for April 28, 2016

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks.

iOS Apps/Updates for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

Journey Interactive has introduced Journey Creator 1.0. The $4.99 app is designed to help you create your own location-based app. Once a user enters information, he can send it to Journey Interactive who will take the data and publish a custom app “for a very affordable fee.”

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

TheKeptPromise has released Create Booklet 1.3.3, an update to its booklet printing app for Mac OS X.

Create Booklet allows anyone to create a booklet from almost any file from within almost any software....

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14:09
Apple might start pointing out iMessage autocorrect...

Apple is planning to ruin one of the most hilarious aspects of using an iPhone: iMessage autocorrect, which routinely changes the most basic of texts into something offensive, sexual, or just completely off-base. The company just filed a patent application for a new iMessage feature that would tell a recipient when autocorrect has been at work.

The patent filing, first spotted by AppleInsider, covers an iMessage feature that would highlight an autocorrected word. The person who’s reading your message won’t be able to see what you intended to type, but at least they’...

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14:02
iMovie for Mac updates with quicker project launch,...

Apple on Thursday released a new version of iMovie for the Mac, bringing several small but useful improvements, including three aimed at launching and browsing projects.

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13:59
Apple updates iMovie for Mac with navigation &...

Apple today is rolling out a small update to its iMovie video editing software on the Mac. The update bumps the app to version 10.1.2 and follows an update that fixed YouTube sharing bugs and improved stability. Today’s update includes a couple of changes that improve navigation, as well as your standard bug fixes and stability improvements.
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13:45
Apple Music for Android gets music video support,...

Apple on Thursday pushed out an update for the Android version of Apple Music, delivering support for music video playback and new billing options for families.

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13:35
Vudu and Telegram iOS apps update with new 3D Touch...

Walmart on Thursday updated its Vudu iOS app with support for 3D Touch and iOS 9's Picture-in-Picture mode, while messaging service Telegram expanded its use of 3D Touch across the board.

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13:34
Alexa Takes Up Residence in a Really Smart Fridge...


Invoxia on Thursday announced that Amazon's Alexa Voice Service has been integrated with its Triby digital assistants. The voice-activated unit is the first non-Amazon product to be Alexa-enabled. Triby, which has a magnetic frame, features a built-in speaker and microphone that can be used to listen to Internet radio or as a hands-free speakerphone, but its main function is to act as a digital assistant that can provide hands-free control for getting information from the Web, including Wikipedia, weather, news and sports.

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13:30
Uber might charge you extra for making your driver...

Next time you hail an Uber, make sure you’re ready to head out the door or it might cost you. 

Uber is considering adding new extra charges for passengers who make their Uber drivers wait longer than two minutes. According to The Wall Street Journal, these charges will accrue on a per-minute basis, starting from the time the Uber app notifies passengers that their ride has arrived.

In addition, Uber is decreasing the no-penalty cancellation window from five minutes down to two minutes. And passengers who make their drivers wait longer than five minutes without cancelling could be penalized with a $10 no-show fee. Basically, you’ll have two minutes to cancel the ride after requesting it, and two minutes to show up when it arrives, if you want to avoid these new extra charges.

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12:46
Apple Store in Marseille, France set to open May 14...

Apple has officially announced that its new retail store in Marseille, France will open May 14 with the usual announcement on its website (via MacGeneration).

The new retail store, located at the Les Terrasses du Port shopping mall, is Apple’s 20th location in France. That’s if including the shop within Galeries Lafayette that it opened last year as one of several boutique locations for sales of the Apple Watch. Apple is also planning other retail stores for the country including a high-profile flagship location on...

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12:28
Apple releases official Apple Music API...

Apple today has officially released more information on the Apple Music API available in iOS 9.3. Entitled Apple Music Best Practices for App Developers, the documentation today solidifies what the Apple Music API can do and sets a precedent that developers of music apps should follow. At the original release of iOS 9.3, there seemed to be some confusion as to what the Apple Music API would entail exactly. We had reached out to Ben Dodson, developer of Music Tracker, to better understand the limitations and new features the API could introduce. Today’s document verifies our original thoughts.

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12:18
As tablet sales take a dive, analysts expect...

The traditional tablet may not be dying, but it’s increasingly being relegated to the low end of the market, according to an IDC report released Thursday. Users are migrating toward convertibles instead, and the vendors are following.

IDC said worldwide tablet sales fell 14.7 percent to just 39.6 million units during the first quarter of 2016. Excluding some seasonal holiday upticks, tablet sales have generally declined from their all-time high in the fourth quarter of 2013, when worldwide sales reached 78.6 million units. 

IDC analyst Jitesh Ubrani said traditional slate tablets still dominate the market with 87.6 percent of all units sold. Increasingly, though, they’ve become “synonymous with the low end of the market,” IDC said in its report. The firm said it believes the market for iPads will continue, but only as replacements, not as new customers purchasing an iPad for the first time.

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12:16
Porsche to bring Apple's CarPlay to 718 Cayman...

Sportscar maker Porsche has announced support for Apple's CarPlay in the 718 Cayman and 718 Cayman S, which are now on sale, but only shipping to dealers in late November.

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12:04
Investor Carl Icahn Dumps Apple Shares Over China...

Billionaire Carl Icahn, who has been buying large amounts of Apple stock over the past three years, today told CBNC that he sold his stake in the company."We no longer have a position in Apple," Icahn told CNBC's "Power Lunch" on Thursday, noting Apple is a "great company" and CEO Tim Cook is "doing a great job."Icahn, who sold his shares earlier this year, said that he did so based on worries over China's attitude towards Apple. Earlier this month, the Chinese State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television forced Apple to take down the iTunes Movies and iBooks stores, and Chinese officials believe that Apple is "too deeply established" in core industries in the country.

Apple sales also fell 26 percent in greater China in the second...

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11:50
Apple introduces Apple Music API for iOS 9.3

Apple has introduced a new Apple Music API (application programming interface) for iOS 9.3. It allows developers to directly control Apple Music playback for Members among other features. With it:

  • Developers can see if a user is currently a member.
  • Developers can see which country the users account is based.
  • Developers can queue up the next song or songs based on a song ID for playback.
  • Developers can inspect playlists already in My Music or create a new playlists with a title and description (see App Store Review Guidelines for limitation).

A note from Apple says “we encourage developers to use the Apple Music API to provide a superior user experience by integrating these features in your app.”

Slim,...

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11:44
Apple Promotes New Apple Music API Introduced in iOS...

With the launch of iOS 9.3, Apple introduced a new Apple Music API, which is today being promoted through Apple's Affiliate Program Newsletter. The Apple Music API gives developers the resources to expand Apple Music functionality in their apps, through the following features:

- Developers can see if a user is currently a member

- Developers can see which country the users account is based

- Developers can queue up the next song or songs based on a song ID for playback

- Developers can inspect playlists already in My Music or create a new playlists with a title and description (see App Store Review Guidelines for limitation)

The iOS 9.3 Apple Music API...

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11:31
Billionaire AAPL investor Carl Icahn says he’s...

Despite Apple’s $50 billion quarter with $10 billion in profit, the January to March period marked Apple’s first quarter in 13 years without growth including year-over-year iPhone sales declines for the first time. Apple set the expectations back in January, but its stock still took a beating after this week’s earnings report. Now activist investor Carl Icahn, who has been very noisy about what he thinks Apple should do in the past, tells CNBC he has sold his massive share of Apple stock. Icahn once owned nearly 1% of Apple’s shares, and publicizing that he’s out of the stock will likely influence other investors to follow.

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11:22
Citing concerns in China, activist investor Carl...

Billionaire Carl Icahn, who has used his financial clout to influence boardroom decisions at publicly traded companies, announced on Thursday that he no longer owns shares in Apple, just days after the company announced its first revenue decline in over a decade.

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11:08
Deals: Grab the lowest prices on Apple's latest...

AI readers can use exclusive coupons this week to grab the lowest prices anywhere on all of Apple's latest iMacs with AppleCare, including the new iMac HD, iMac 4K and Late 2015 iMac with 5K Retina display. Save up to $250 instantly, with no tax in most states. Plus a free Canon AIO Photo printer with each 4K and 5K.

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11:00
Ten One Designs Timeframe: A protective charging...

Apple devices never have a shortage of accessories, and one year after the debut of the Apple Watch, we're seeing a flood of unique products for the smartwatch. One of those devices is the $24.95 Timeframe (available in 38mm and 42 mm versions, affiliate links), a charging stand unlike any other we've seen for the Watch so far.

Design

Most Apple Watch charging stands are a variation on a common theme -- something elevated (or flat) that a Watch owner strings his or her charging cable through, with a place to put that magnetic charging puck. 

With the elevated models, there's an issue -- if there's no way to tighten the wristband, the Watch can be knocked off by motion or a curious cat. The flat models, including...

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10:53
Fiat Chrysler Open to Working With Apple as VW Seeks...

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is in the late stage of talks with Google parent company Alphabet Inc. about an industry partnership involving self-driving car technology, according to automotive blog Autoextremist and The Wall Street Journal.

Moreover, Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has reportedly indicated that he is open to working with a tech giant, including Alphabet or Apple, in order to build more scale and help offset automotive-related production and development costs.

On the contrary, Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller said that its ongoing discussions with potential partners to start new digital mobility businesses do not involve Apple or Alphabet, as reported by ...

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10:43
StarTech launches USB-C adapter line

StarTech.com has released a new USB-C to DVI Adapter that’s available in black and white. The adapter helps users utilize the USB-C port on their laptop and use their existing DVI cables.  
 
The USB-C to DVI Adapter provides the ability to continue using your existing DVI cables to connect a USB-C laptop, such as a MacBook, Chromebook, or Dell XPS laptop to a DVI projector or monitor. The $41.99 adapter is available at CDW, Amazon.com, Newegg.com, PC Connection, and Insight.

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10:40
iTunes Turns 13 Today -- Continues To Be 'Awful...

An anonymous reader points us to a link on Quartz: On April 28, 2003, Apple started up a revolution. Enter the iTunes Music Store, unveiled with a proud flourish by a beaming Steve Jobs. It was a digital jukebox, a music distribution game-changer, a record store to end all record stores -- and it did, in fact, kill off a great number of those. [...] For 13 years -- 15 if you count the two years the program was just a file-storing service -- users have grumbled loudly about iTunes' unwieldy interface, its bloated features, its inability to simply get better. [...] Instead of trying to streamline the service over the years, Apple has opted to stuff an overwhelming number of new features -- movies, television shows, podcasts, mobile apps, and most recently, Apple Music -- into it.The report mentions the following issues with iTunes: space-sucking size, slowness, ugliness, bloatware, lack of online or social integration, a wonky back-end, music isn't even its priority. Marco Arment,...

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09:59
Alphabet, Fiat Chrysler working toward self-driving...

Google parent Alphabet may soon have a major ally in its push toward autonomous vehicles, as the company is said to be "in the late stage of talks" with London-based Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

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09:47
Feature Request: How Apple’s Siri-controlled HomeKit...

Like a lot of new technologies from Apple these days, HomeKit isn’t perfect but the parts that work well are really useful. Apple’s home automation framework connects smart accessories from various companies all under the control of Siri and HomeKit apps like Home or Hesperus. But HomeKit is relatively young still and there’s plenty of low hanging fruit in terms of ways the framework could improve with iOS 10 and beyond. Here are a few ideas I hope we see with HomeKit this year:

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Filed under: Feature Request, HomeKit Tagged:...

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09:42
Apple Watch shipped 2.2M units in March quarter, but...

Apple shipped about 2.2 million Apple Watches in the March quarter, although it still saw its share of the smartwatch market slip to 52.4 percent, according to research estimates published on Thursday.

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09:40
Everyone has Advice for Apple, Some want to Poke...

A new report today states as far as Wall Street is concerned, Apple might as well rename itself 'The iPhone Company' as its stock market fortunes rise and fall with the rhythm of the iPhone product cycle. After Apple's earnings this week, everyone in the media has had something to say about Apple missing their quarter. In this brief moment, after a decade of never ending profits to report on, this is what Apple's detractors have been waiting for ...

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09:33
∞ Metallica perform at a record store on April 16,...

Recorded live at Rasputin Music, Berkeley, CA on Record Store Day, April 16, 2016.

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09:31
9to5Toys Last Call: Beats Studio Headphones $140,...

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App Store Free App of the Week: Dragon Hills...

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09:31
Widespread iMessage outage currently affecting users...

[UPDATE 1:31 PM: Apple’s system status page has updated to reflect the issue’s occurrence and resolution.]

Apple’s iMessage service appears to be experiencing widespread issues this afternoon. Numerous people on Twitter and several 9to5Mac staffers are having issues sending and receiving messages across iOS, Mac, and Apple Watch. While Apple has yet to confirm the issue on its System Status webpage, it does note that an outage affecting 0.5 percent of its user base occurred yesterday afternoon.

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09:21
Ten years of Google Translate

Ten years ago, we launched Google Translate. Our goal was to break language barriers and to make the world more accessible. Since then we’ve grown from supporting two languages to 103, and from hundreds of users to hundreds of millions. And just like anyone’s first 10 years, we’ve learned to see and understand, talk, listen, have a conversation, write, and lean on friends for help.

I think we’ve all used Google Translate over the years.

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09:16
Apple-supported US Email Privacy Act passes...

The U.S. House of Representatives has voted unanimously to pass the Email Privacy Act, a bill that has the backing of a coalition of major technology businesses including Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo.

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09:16
How-To: Disable or delete custom services in OS X [...

Yesterday, we showed you how to create a custom service using Automator for easily resizing images via the Finder. Today, we’ll show you how to find the location of the custom services that you create in order to remove them. We’ll also show you how to enable or disable Services using System Preferences. more…

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How-To
, Mac Tagged: Finder, how to, Mac, Mac OS X, OS X, Tips and...

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09:15
OneNote and Office Lens April roundup

Today, we are releasing several new capabilities for OneNote and Office Lens that enhance multimedia experiences, collaboration and canvas organization.

We’ve got a lot of great stuff to cover, so let’s dive in!

Multimedia

Insert and view content from YouTube, Vimeo, Vine, Sway and more, right alongside your notes. By simply pasting a video link into OneNote for Windows 10, Mac or iOS, a playable thumbnail version will appear next to it. Soon you’ll also be able to embed with copy and paste for OneNote Online.

OneNote for Windows

We updated the work and school sign-in process, so now you can sign in to OneNote for the first time using your Office 365 organization ID. We hope this eliminates potential confusion, saves time and gets people into their notes more quickly.

For OneNote for the Windows Phone, we added audio recording, giving you an additional and easier way to get your ideas down while on the go.

OneNote for iOS

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09:00
Seal Industries switches direction, gets to the...

Today’s post was written by Rick Cooper, director of IT at Seal Industries.

Seal Industries delivers high-quality monitoring, maintenance and repair services in the petrochemical industry. We’ve built our business on a reputation for innovation and cost-effective, highly technical service options, but we had outgrown a corporate IT infrastructure that was starting to impact our business.

We have more than 600 field employees working at refineries and plants around the country. They’re equipped with state-of-the-art technology to perform their functional roles, but they had no corporate email, and no way to connect with our network if they did. Meanwhile, we have almost 100 managers and sales people at the main office who had to rely on a small infrastructure of aging on-premises servers.

From impossible to the Microsoft cloud

We had most of the company shut out of our business loop and doing tons of actual paperwork. Back at the office, my IT...

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09:00
Episode 091 on Angular 2 with Sahil Malik—Office 365...

In this episode, Richard DiZerega talks with Sahil Malik about what it means to be a developer with Office 365 and the Office 365 work Sahil has been doing with authentication, Angular 2 and Cordova.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP91_SahilMalik.mp3

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09:00
Mobile application management and conditional access...

We are pleased to announce support for mobile application management (MAM) and conditional access capabilities for Skype for Business mobile apps for online customers. These capabilities are delivered through integration with Intune, Microsoft’s cloud-based mobile device and application management solution.

An integral aspect of enabling true productivity is ensuring that employees can communicate and collaborate from wherever they are, on their favorite devices. At the same time, keeping sensitive corporate information secure is critical. With Skype for Business, we are committed to enabling productivity on the go for end users, as well as providing IT the tools to protect and manage the applications and associated data.

Here’s a look at some of the core Intune MAM and conditional access capabilities that can help you enable managed productivity with Skype for Business.

Manage and prevent data loss from Skype for Business apps using Intune

With an...

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08:45
Alto's Adventure 66% off for a limited time

I'm not much of a fan of side-scrollers, so when I found myself playing the ethereal, beautiful and exciting Alto's Adventure for hours on end, I knew I had found something special. The premise of the game is simple; you guide a character on his snowboard to round up llamas, do increasingly more complex stunts, jump over crevasses, and try to keep from wiping out. Between the fun gameplay, the ever-changing weather in the game, the beautiful sunset and night scenes, and the atmospheric soundtrack, Alto's Adventure is a joy to play. If you haven't yet purchased it, Alto's Adventure is now on sale for just $0.99, down from $2.99

Seriously, this will be the best dollar you've ever spent. The app includes the tvOS version as well, so those of you with the 4th-generation Apple TV can enjoy...

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08:40
Apple issues statement after death on campus

“We are heartbroken by the tragic loss of a young and talented coworker. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends, including the many people he worked with here at Apple.”

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08:35
FBI not submitting San Bernadino iPhone hack for...

The FBI is keeping the San Bernadino iPhone hack technique to itself for the time being.

A recent report has stated that the FBI will not be submitting the exploit used to break into the iPhone 5c of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook to a review process that could clear it for sharing with outside parties.

The FBI, which used a third party to unlock the iPhone, apparently didn’t acquire the rights to the technical details used in the hack, according to Amy Hess, the FBI’s executive assistant director for science and technology. As a result, Hess said the agency doesn’t “have enough technical information about any vulnerability” that could be considered for release.

On Wednesday, FBI director James Comey said that the agency was still deciding whether it...

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08:23
PDFpen 8 Adds Attachments, Digital Signatures, and...

Smile has updated PDFpen and PDFpenPro to version 8, featuring file attachments, digital signing, audio attachments, measurement tools, and better export capabilities.

 

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08:17
Apple reports higher than expected demand for iPhone...

Well, at least the iPhone SE is selling well.

While Apple has yet to divulge official sales numbers for the new handset, company executives said that demand for the device was “very strong” and higher than expected during this week’s earnings call.

As such, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company is working hard to meet demand and improve shipping times for the unit.

Cook offered the following statement.

“We’re thrilled with the response that we’ve seen on it. It is clear that there is a demand there even much beyond what we thought. That is really why we have the constraint that we have. Since its release, the iPhone SE has been in short supply despite reports of lackluster sales. For the past several weeks, new iPhone SE orders have listed expected delivery times...

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08:15
Kenu's Car Kit Deluxe adds Tripline cable for...

Last December as I was preparing for a long road trip, I reviewed the Kenu Dualtrip and Airframe+ Car Kit and found a lot to like. The Dualtrip ($19.95) offers two side-by-side USB charging ports in a slimline design, perfect for charging two iPhones or iPads at top speed. The Airframe+ ($29.95) is a compact and sturdy vent mount for your favorite iPhone -- the two together made my road trip a pleasure. Today Kenu announced the $59.95 Car Kit Deluxe, which builds on the Dualtrip and Airframe+ Car Kit, adding a new versatile cable called the Tripline...

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08:07
The first CareKit apps go live, focusing on babies,...

Last month Apple announced its potentially radical new health solution, a software development framework called CareKit. The initiative gives developers four tools to put in their apps that will make it easier for you, the patient, to monitor your medical conditions and share information with your doctor. The first wave of CareKit apps is now live in the App Store.

Apple

You can share your medical data with a doctor right from an app.

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07:59
Tinder Social alarms users by showing Facebook...

Turns out some people like to keep their private life...private.

So when Tinder—the dating app that lets users “swipe right” to find matches, often for quick flings—announced this week that it was testing a new feature that let users see each other’s Facebook friends, the backlash set in quickly.

Tinder just as quickly told users how to to disable the new “Tinder Social” features, but company officials sounded defensive when making the announcement.

“We are only testing (Tinder Social) at this point, but it’s important to note Tinder’s not a secret considering 70% of users download Tinder because their friends recommend it,” the company said in a blog post.

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07:42
Weather forecast interrupted by Windows 10 upgrade...

I can definitely relate.

My wife and I have a Windows laptop in our kitchen. First we were asked politely if we were interested in upgrading to Windows 10. Then we were reminded repeatedly. And, ultimately, we woke up one morning to see our machine taking matters into its own hands, whistling silently, while it upgraded us to what it knew we really needed.

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07:31
No ducking way: Apple may soon let your friends know...

Textual ambiguity may be a thing of the past if Apple adopts one of its newly-published patent applications, a system which will inform the person on the other end of the line when autocorrect has been at work.

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07:30
August Home’s Siri-controlled Smart Lock with...

August Home unveiled its second-generation Smart Lock with an updated industrial design and Siri control through HomeKit last October. Starting this week, August’s Bluetooth-connected deadbolt is available to purchase from Amazon and Best Buy after a lengthy pre-order period (although stock appears slim so far).

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Filed under: HomeKit Tagged: homekit...

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07:25
Hey Siri, who’s better: you or Alexa?

[VIDEO] Lauren Goode, writing (and filming) for The Verge, walks you through the differences between Siri and Alexa, Alexa being the voice of the Amazon ecosystem, most notably found on the Amazon Echo.

Watch the video embedded in the main post to get a sense of Alexa in action. Nice side-by-side effect there, Lauren.

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07:17
Wired review of the new Apple MacBook

The review makes me want one, but it also makes me long for an update to the retina MacBook Pro.

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07:15
Volkswagen says it's not in talks with Apple or...

Volkswagen is talking with external partners about launching so-called digital mobility businesses, but is not in any negotiations with either Apple or Google, the carmaker's CEO said on Thursday, pointing to a different direction for its self-driving car efforts.

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07:12
Comcast Acquires DreamWorks Animation for $3.8...

Comcast's NBCUniversal said on Thursday that it will buy DreamWorks Animation for $41 per share. Shares of DreamWorks soared 24 percent ...

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07:12
Ground-level video takes us for a walk through Apple...

Two videos, taken by truck drivers as they make their way around the campus.

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07:09
Google accused of enabling photography piracy

Time:

Photography company Getty Images is accusing Google of scraping images from third party websites and encouraging piracy, adding a new wrinkle to the Mountain View, Calif.’s ongoing legal battles in Europe.

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07:06
iTunes is 13 years old—and it’s still awful

On this date in 2003, Steve Jobs rolled out the iTunes Music Store. This is a good take on how it evolved over the years.

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07:00
Gadget Ogling: Electric Nightmares, Cold Coffee, and...


I'm quite possibly the worst person in the world at waking up, without exaggeration. As a boy, I slept through a gas explosion that destroyed a home around 100 yards from my bedroom. All too often, I rely on my partner to shake me out of my slumber, as my own alarm clock rarely does the trick. I need something a little more forceful. The Shock Clock may be just up my alley. It's a wearable band that can vibrate, beep, or administer an electric shock to jolt you awake. You might elect to use a combination of two or three elements, with the shock always saved for last.

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06:57
Strategy Analytics: Apple Watch slips to 52% global...

According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global smartwatch shipments grew 223% annually to reach 4.2 million units in the first quarter of 2016 (Q1 2016). Apple captured 52% global smartwatch marketshare, dipping from 63% share in the prior quarter.

 "Global smartwatch shipments grew a healthy 223% annually from 1.3 million units in Q1 2015 to 4.2 million in Q1 2016,” says Rajeev Nair, senior analyst at Strategy Analytics. “Global smartwatch growth is being driven by consumer demand for Apple, Android Wear and Tizen models across North America, Western Europe and Asia. On a sequential basis, global smartwatch shipments fell 48%from 8.1 million in Q4 2015 to 4.2 million in Q1 2016, due to seasonality trends."

Neil Mawston, executive director at Strategy Analytics, adds: "We estimate Apple Watch shipped 2.2 million units and captured 52 percent smartwatch marketshare worldwide in Q1 2016,...

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06:47
Second-gen August Smart Lock with Apple HomeKit...

The newly launched August Smart Lock includes support for Apple's HomeKit, allowing users to lock, unlock and check the status of their door lock with voice commands using Siri.

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06:45
PBS Kids Games app debuts with free educational...

iPhones and iPads can be great educational tools and sources of entertainment for kids, but finding appropriate games and content can be tricky sometimes. PBS is helping make that easier with its new PBS Kids Games mobile apps for iOS and Android.

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06:41
∞ The AMC Apple TV app and the coming political...

AMC adds yet another unbundling Apple TV app. My take on what’s coming as all this unfolds and things start to heat up.

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06:38
Apple & Microsoft Pushed for the new '...

Theft of intellectual property, including trade secrets, is estimated to cost American firms more than $300 billion a year, according to a 2013 report by the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property. Corporations such as Boeing and Johnson & Johnson, as well as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and computer software lobbyists representing companies such as Apple and...

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06:22
Apple’s ‘cutting-edge technology’ means it will be...

A report back in February that Apple would be allowed to open retail stores in India has been corroborated by India’s Economic Times. India normally doesn’t allow single-brand retail stores unless at least 30% of their products are made within the country, but Apple is reportedly set to be granted an exemption on the grounds that its products are ‘cutting-edge technology.’

A government panel has recommended exempting Apple from mandatory local sourcing norms, a move which would pave the way for Apple to open single-brand retail stores in the country. “The committee has found that the company’s products are cutting edge technology and state-of-the-art. It has recommended to exempt them from the local sourcing norms,”...

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06:10
Indian government to allow Apple-owned retail stores

There are currently no Apple Stores in India, so this is an important step.

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06:00
Precache Now Supports AppleTV

Precache, available at https://github.com/krypted/precache, is a script that populates the cache on an OS X Caching server for Apple updates. The initial release supported iOS. The script now also supports caching the latest update for an AppleTV. To use that, there’s no need to include an argument for AppleTV. Instead, you would simply  run the script followed by the model identifier, as follows:

sudo python precache.py AppleTV5,4

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05:59
Apple’s CareKit tool arrives along with four new apps

Apple has launched its third medical framework, CareKit. Four apps are now available at the Apple App Store.

CareKit is a tool for assisting people in taking an active role in their care. iPhone apps using it make it easier for individuals to keep track of care plans and monitor symptoms and medication; providing insights that help people better understand their own health, says Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer, Initiatives.

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05:56
Create Booklet for OS X gets automated batch...

TheKeptPromise (www.thekeptpromise.com) has released Create Booklet 1.3.3, an update to its booklet printing app for Mac OS X.

Create Booklet allows anyone to create a booklet from almost any file from within almost any software. Thanks to the manual duplex feature, the user saves money, time and paper when printing many pages. In version 1.3.3, Booklet Factory has been updated with automated batch processing and now supports El Capitan. It's perfect for anyone who quickly needs to create multiple booklets at once.

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05:44
Apple Watch Loses Market Share as Android Wear Grows...

The latest data from research firm Strategy Analytics reveals that Apple Watch sales totaled an estimated 2.2 million in the first quarter.

Apple Watch remains the most popular smartwatch, but its market share declined to 52.4-percent compared to 63-percent in the previous quarter.

Strategy Analytics cites increasing competition from Android Wear rivals such as LG and Motorola as one reason for the Apple Watch ceding market share:"We estimate Apple Watch shipped 2.2 million units and captured 52 percent smartwatch marketshare worldwide in Q1 2016, dipping from 63 percent share in Q4 2015," said Neil Mawston, Executive Director at Strategy Analytics. "Samsung shipped...

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05:32
IDC Report's on Q1 2016 Global Smartphone...

According to the latest preliminary release from IDC, vendors shipped a total of 334.9 million smartphones worldwide in the first quarter of 2016 (1Q16), up slightly from the 334.3 million units in 1Q15, marking the smallest year-over-year growth on record. The minimal growth this quarter is primarily attributed to strong smartphone saturation in developed markets, as well as a year-over-year...

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05:30
Here's what to expect from Nintendo's next...

Things are looking a little uncertain for fans of Nintendo’s console games and hardware. That’s been the case for a few years now with the rocky run of the Wii U, but Wednesday’s announcements hit pretty hard: Nintendo’s next console, codenamed the NX, will be released in March 2017, and The Legend of Zelda for Wii U will be delayed to launch then on both systems. And that leaves potentially little new for Wii U owners to play later this year.

That’s disappointing. But some good news did come out of Nintendo’s info dump yesterday, at least if you like mobile games. We now know what to expect from the company’s next iPhone (and Android) releases, and unlike last month’s Miitomo, they will be actual games. In fact, Nintendo said just that: “Both of these are pure game applications,” they wrote. 

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05:22
Apple’s sales slump part of overall market fall;...

Apple isn’t the only smartphone manufacturer seeing falling sales. New figures from Strategy Analytics show what the global smartphone market saw its first-ever year-on-year drop on sales, down 3%.

Linda Sui, Director at Strategy Analytics, said, “Global smartphone shipments fell 3 percent annually from 345.0 million units in Q1 2015 to 334.6 million in Q1 2016. It is the first time ever since the modern smartphone market began in 1996 that global shipments have shrunk on an annualized basis. Smartphone growth is slowing due to increasing penetration maturity in major markets like China and consumer caution about the future of the world economy.”

Apple’s fall was of course far more dramatic, iPhone sales down 18% year-on-year, with CEO Tim Cook blaming economic ‘headwinds’ – and Strategy Analytics’...

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04:54
Tension Software announces Product Manager 2.1for...

Tension Software has updated Product Manager to version 2.1 It’s a Mac OS X application for managing company products from different standpoints.

Product Manager is document based and can manage an unlimited number of documents each with an unlimited number of products, subdivided in families.

Product Manager can be used also for a different typology of products (not only software) to manage the activities associated to the improvements, distributions and marketing of the product.Version 2.1 is a maintenance upgrade.

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04:47
Kool Tools: Insights for OS X

KnowledgeMiner Software’s Insights 5.0 for OS X is an alternative and supplemental tool to established confirmatory science based modeling approaches.

Following the principle of Occam's razor, the app develops complexity minimized predictive models from observation data, autonomously, and extracts new knowledge in form of explicit model equations that describe the data, mathematically. And it generates new knowledge in form of explicit model equations that describe the data, mathematically, for further analysis, interpretation, and theory formulation purposes.

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04:38
U.S. carriers score poorly on ‘app experience’...

Apteligent (www.apteligent.com) and analyst firm, STL group, have put together a report quantifying the customer “app experience” on 27 mobile networks in 7 countries. The findings on U.S. carrier providers was especially surprising considering analysts and market observers often cite the U.S. as a mobile market that has achieved higher broadband prices owing to its operators’ network investment. 

So how do U.S. carriers Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T measure up?

° All four of the major US mobile operators are in the bottom half of the ranking table.

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04:00
PCWorld Show Episode 14: Apple tanks, Intel...

Jon, Mark and Gordon discuss whether the end is nigh for Apple, just how much it hurts for the PC to get tossed under the bus by Intel, and strange-but-true: This web page probably took more space than Doom did.

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03:43
One of Apple's Latest Encryption Inventions...

With the encryption issue being a high priority with Apple fighting their cases with the FBI regarding the San Bernardino terrorist's iPhone and one owned by a drug dealer in New York, Apple vowed to go deeper down the encryption rabbit hole. Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals one of Apple's latest patent-pending encryption methods ...

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03:02
Intel Wants To Eliminate The Headphone Jack And...

An anonymous reader writes: With rumors circulating about how Apple may do away with the 3.5 mm headphone jack on its upcoming iPhone 7, Intel has shared a similar desire, citing "industry singling a strong desire to move from analog to digital." Intel believes USB-C is the future audio jack. They believe USB-C has more potential than the 3.5mm audio jack as it allows users to add additional smart features to headphones in the future. For instance, a future pair of headphones could monitor one's pulse or inner-ear temperature for fitness tracking, something that could only be possible if the headphones were connected to a smartphone via a USB-C cable. What's also worth mentioning [quoted from 9to5Mac]: USB-C already supports analog audio transfer through sideband pins simplifying the engineering steps necessary to swap 3.5mm with USB-C in device designs. In the second quarter, Intel should have a finalized USB-C standard for digital audio transfer. Intel does note that the...

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03:00
Mingis on Tech, Episode 12: All about the Surface...

If you're eyeing a Microsoft Surface Book, or want to make sure your next laptop is future-proof, this episode's for you.

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02:21
Apple Still Waiting for Approval to Open Stores in...

Last Friday we posted a report titled "Apple Could be the First Foreign Company to get a Regulatory Waiver to Open Retail Stores in India," but it's not a done deal yet.

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01:47
Apple Launches CareKit Platform With Support for...

Apple's new CareKit iOS framework goes live today, allowing app developers to create integrated software that helps patients and doctors to better track and manage medical conditions.

The open source platform was announced last month and aims to make it easer for developers to build health apps by offering a number of integrations, such as monitoring of medical symptoms, sending images of an injury, and keeping tabs on medication schedules. CareKit also offers two-way benefits, since it not only helps doctors monitor patients but also allows patients to observe their progress over time.

CareKit is made up of series of interactive modules. The Care Card can be configured to manage wellness tasks such as medication scheduling and exercise, while the Progress Card includes a Symptom and Measurement tracker for logging physical metrics like weight and heart-rate (with the potential for...

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01:02
Apple CareKit platform goes live with four health...

Apple on Thursday flipped the switch on its new CareKit framework, a health-minded platform that lets developers build advanced software solutions for tracking, managing and reporting medical conditions.

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00:00
Child Porn Suspect Jailed Indefinitely For Refusing...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A Philadelphia man suspected of possessing child pornography has been in jail for seven months and counting after being found in contempt of a court order demanding that he decrypt two password-protected hard drives. The suspect, a former Philadelphia Police Department sergeant, has not been charged with any child porn crimes. Instead, he remains indefinitely imprisoned in Philadelphia's Federal Detention Center for refusing to unlock two drives encrypted with Apple's FileVault software in a case that once again highlights the extent to which the authorities are going to crack encrypted devices. The man is to remain jailed "until such time that he fully complies" with the decryption order. The government successfully cited a 1789 law known as the All Writs Act to compel (PDF) the suspect to decrypt two hard drives it believes contain child pornography. The All Writs Act was the same law the Justice Department asserted in its...

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00:00
PCWorld Show Episode 14: Web Pages Are Doomed

What the heck? The average web page is larger than the original Doom installer?

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Wednesday April 27

23:31
Philips releases Hue 'Gen 2' app with...

Philips on Thursday released a "Gen 2" Hue app for iOS, updating the tool for its HomeKit-enabled smartbulbs with new features like Routines, and extra options for controlling rooms and scenes.

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23:30
Philips Hue smart lighting gets a new app with more...

Philips has announced a new app for its Philips Hue gen 2 smart LEDs that gives users more fine-grain detail control over their lighting. It includes one of the most user-requested enhancements, according to Philips: the ability to assign multiple lights to a room, so that all the lights in the room can be controlled at once. Users will also be able to program daily routines, and use geofencing to automatically turn lights off when they leave the home, and on again as they return. 

Philips

The app’s dashboard provides easy access to Hue’s most popular features.

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22:54
Indian government approves Apple bid to open stores...

An Indian government committee this week recommended Apple be exempted from local sourcing regulations that previously kept the company from opening its own brick-and-mortar retail outlets in the country.

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22:13
Size metadata partition

Forums: General Xsan TalkTags: metadatasize

Good afternoon. Please tell me whether there is a rule or formula for calculating the size of the metadata section?

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20:59
Apple and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad...

Some much needed perspective on Apple’s first year-over-year quarterly sales drop since 2003, from Daisuke Wakabayashi for the WSJ:

Apple’s revenue and profit for the fiscal second quarter ended
March 26 both missed analysts’ expectations. The company also
projected that revenue in the current quarter would fall far short
of expectations.

Worth noting that Apple’s actual results were very nearly in line with the company’s own guidance for the quarter, given three months ago. (Revenue was within guidance, but gross margins were slightly low.) A year-over-year decline is never good news, and is a possible harbinger of a sustained decline, but these numbers, along with Apple’s guidance for the June quarter, ...

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19:20
Happy Hour Podcast 064 | AAPL’s not-so-record-...

This week Zac and Benjamin get into new iPhone 7 rumors, news about Apple Watch 2, as well as Apple’s somewhat disappointing $50b quarter. The Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and through our dedicated RSS feed.

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Filed under: Happy Hour Tagged: Apple, Apple Watch 2, Happy Hour, iPhone 7, Podcast, tech...

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18:58
Samsung reports Q1 mobile profits just 24% of Apple...

Samsung Electronics reported Q1 operating profits of 6.68 trillion won ($5.81 billion), while its Mobile division reported 3.89 trillion won ($3.38 billion) in profits, both a fraction of the "disappointing" $13.987 billion in operating profits Apple reported for the same quarter.

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18:34
Opinion: Where does the rumored iPhone 7 ‘Pro’ fit...

Earlier today, yet another report emerged claiming that Apple would launch an iPhone ‘Pro’ or iPhone 7 ‘Pro’ this fall. This report claimed that the device would be identical to the iPhone 6s Plus in terms of size, but would feature dual cameras on the back and Smart Connector support.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard reports of Apple perhaps adding an additional model to its iPhone lineup, either. A separate report from last month claimed that the company was planning an iPhone 7 Pro with dual camera capabilities.

While all of this is obviously yet to be confirmed and could very well change before Apple announces new iPhones this September, it brings up some interesting possibilities for the iPhone’s 2016 lineup. Will Apple replace the ‘Plus’ model with the ‘Pro...

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17:47
AMC launches tvOS app with free streaming for select...

As promised, AMC this week launched a tvOS app with a content selection mirroring that of its iOS app and web portal, including free-to-stream episodes of hit shows like "The Walking Dead" and "The Night Manager."

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17:31
U.S. Federal Trade Commission investigating Google...

The FTC is expanding its investigation into Android related to complaints that Google is exploiting its ostensibly open platform to shut out rivals.

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17:10
Was Mike Daisey right about Apple being doomed?

Back in November, theatrical performer Mike Daisey was given the opportunity to write about Apple in the Technology section of the The Guardian. He's now claiming "reverse claim chowder," insisting that some of what he wrote about actually turned out to be true, given Apple's recent earnings report showing the first decrease in year-over-year, quarterly iPhone revenues.

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16:56
New videos offer first-person view of Apple's...

A pair of videos posted to YouTube are some of the first to show an up-close look at the main "spaceship" building on Apple's Campus 2 headquarters, including views of the structure's inner courtyard and underground access tunnels.

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16:13
Apple R&D spending jumps to $2.5B in Q2,...

Apple's research and development spending spiked at an all time high of more than $2.5 billion during the second quarter of 2016, with the unusually large $600 million year-over-year jump owing primarily to new hires and related expenses, Apple said in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

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15:44
Ground-level video takes us for a walk through Apple...

Apple’s Campus 2 is expected to be completed by early next year and now we have some new video from within the spaceship ring itself. Courtesy of YouTuber MrWhitestew, a pair of new videos have emerged that take us for first-person walkthrough of Apple’s Campus 2 construction, offering one of the first looks from within the spaceship ring itself.

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15:41
Man with Gun Next to Body Found in Apple Conference...

Hours after Apple announced their Q2 2016 financials that marked the first time the company’s sales had fallen in 13 years ...

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15:16
Pentagon to Open New Cyberfront in War Against ISIS


The Obama administration reportedly has authorized a new online campaign in its slow, grinding war against ISIS. The Pentagon's Cyber Command aims to get inside the heads of terrorist commanders to disrupt their military operations. The goal appears to be to sow mistrust and confusion among ISIS leaders by interfering with their ability to pay their soldiers, execute operational orders, recruit new fighters, and communicate with one other. The plan amounts to dropping cyberbombs on the enemy, said Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert O. Work.

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15:13
Apple Pay in Australia expands to support ANZ...

After expanding to Singapore earlier this year and to a handful of new United States banks and credit unions earlier this month, Apple Pay is now available to ANZ customers in Australia. First reported by EFTM, this rollout makes ANZ the first bank in Australia to add support for Apple Pay following the American Express exclusive launch last year.

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15:09
Five recommended products Apple should make (and my...

Tom’s Guide‘s Mark Spoonauer has a list of products he thinks Apple should make. Here’s his list (and which ones Yours Truly would love to see):

A gaming Mac: Apple should create gaming-focused Macs. Apple would also be able to cater to buyers of virtual-reality headsets like the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive if it made a gaming-focused Mac Pro desktop. My take: I think he’s right, although I think a gaming-focused iMac is just as feasible.

An “Echo killer.” The Echo in question is the Amazon Echo speaker. Spoonauer says that since Beats Audio is now under the Apple umbrella, the company should make a smart speaker of its own that will respond to your voice via Siri to answer questions, play music and even control smarthome gadgets through Apple's HomeKit protocol. My take: this, too, is a great idea.

Apple Antivirus for OS X. OS X has faced increasing threats from...

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14:50
Apple’s R&D expenditures reach the highest...

Apple’s fiscal second quarter report Tuesday showed research and development spending surging by 31% year-over-year, even as revenue slid by 13%. That means Apple spent about 5% of its revenue on R&D during the period, its highest level in years, notes The Wall Street Journal.

In a conference call with analysts, Apple Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri said the company has a “much broader portfolio” of internal initiatives and projects that includes more “in-house technology development” than it used to have. Those projects could well involve the long-rumored Apple Car and virtual reality/augmented reality projects.

An iPad without a Brydge Keyboard is like a car without wheels...

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14:46
∞ Every iPad speed test comparison 2016

Interesting video showing several tests of the various iPad iterations.

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14:42
Patent trollin’: Apple sued regarding multi-mode...

Another day, another lawsuit. As noted by Patently Apple, a company called Nova Intellectual Solutions of Texas has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple using a Novatel Wireless patent that they've acquired. 

Nova Intellectual Solutions — regarded as a “patent troll” — claims Apple violated patent number 8,208,517 for “systems and methods for a multi-mode wireless modem.” Here’s the summary of the patent: “A multi-mode modem comprises a first device configured to communicate with a first communication system, a second device configured to communicate with a second communication system, a processor communicatively coupled the first and second devices, and a control function configured to place the device in one of the following communication modes: 1) communication with the first communication system;...

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14:35
Congress Votes 419-0 to Require Law Enforcement to...

The U.S. House of Representatives voted unanimously on Wednesday to require law enforcement authorities to get a search warrant before asking technology companies ...

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14:26
ANZ is the first Australian bank to support Apple Pay

Apple has expanded Apple Pay in Australia after ANZ (Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited) became the country's first bank to support the mobile payment service, reports Reuters.

The article adds that Apple has partnered with a bank widely seen as trailing its three bigger peers in digital technology, a situation ANZ's new Chief Executive Shayne Elliott has set out to change with Apple Pay, as well as by hiring Google's Australia managing director. The Cupertino, California-based company continues to speak with other Australian banks, hoping ANZ customers' experience will create demand among competitors. Jennifer Bailey, vice president of Apple Pay, told Reuters.

ANZ is the fourth largest bank by market capitalization in Australia, after the Commonwealth Bank, Westpac Banking Corp., and National...

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14:19
iPhone flaw used by FBI fixed by Apple nine months...

The FBI informed Apple Inc of a vulnerability in its iPhone and Mac software on April 14, the first time it had told the company about a flaw in Apple products under a controversial White House process for sharing such information, the company told Reuters on Tuesday.

And

Though he declined to provide technical details, the executive said the problem had been fixed by the company nine months ago, with the release of iOS9 for phones and Mac OS C El Capitan.

Apple doesn’t plan to release an update for older operating systems.

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14:18
Notable apps and app updates for April 27, 2016

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks.

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

EnsenaSoft has introduced Mahjong Deluxe 3, the latest installment in their series of Mahjong games for Mac OS X. 

Suitable to players of all ages and experience levels, it offers a modern rendition of the Chinese classic. This game includes eight different worlds containing a total of 640 puzzle layouts in 2D and 3D.

Mahjong Deluxe 3 requires OS X 10.6.6 or later. It costs $4.99 and is available through the Mac App Store in the Games category.

Stairways Software has announced...

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14:03
ANZ is first Australian bank to support Apple Pay

Apple Pay expanded services in Australia on Thursday local time with the addition of ANZ Bank, the first major financial institution in the region to support Apple's payments product after a limited rollout in November.

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13:57
Apple iDevices Targeted in Patent Lawsuit over the...

Patent Troll Nova Intellectual Solutions of Texas has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple using a Novatel Wireless patent that ...

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13:34
Tech, Auto Honchos Join Forces to Push Self-Driving...


Some major players in both the new and old economies on Tuesday announced an alliance to pave the way for self-driving cars in America. Ford, Google, Lyft, Uber and Volvo raised the curtain on their Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets, which will work with lawmakers, regulators and the public to raise awareness of the safety and societal benefits of self-driving vehicles. Self-driving vehicles could significantly reduce the severity and frequency of auto accidents, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

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13:33
Google updates Maps for iOS with Travel Times widget...

Google has updated the iOS version of Google Maps with several new features, including a new Notification Center widget for commuters, while Philips is hinting at an imminent update of its official control app for Hue smartbulbs.

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13:08
Review: SanDisk’s new Lightning to USB drive for...

SanDisk’s new iXpand Lightning to USB drive introduces a new design, faster USB 3.0, and a brand new app, making it one of the most attractive offerings as far as thumb drives for your iPhone or iPad go. I’ve been testing it out to see if it’s worth a recommendation over the many competitors.

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Filed under: iOS Devices, Reviews Tagged: iXpand Drive, Lightning, review, SanDisk, thumb drive, USB 3.0...

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13:06
Apple Pay Expands Beyond American Express in...

Apple today updated its Apple Pay website in Australia to note that Apple Pay now supports credit and debit cards from the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (aka ANZ).

The ANZ website has also been updated with a new Apple Pay webpage and a report from Reuters confirms the partnership. ANZ card holders in Australia are able to add their cards to Apple Pay, which has been confirmed by a MacRumors reader.

According to the ANZ website, many Visa and American Express cards are supported, including the ANZ Rewards Platinum Card, the ANZ Access...

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12:58
How did Goldman Sachs get their Forecast on AAPL so...

On April 13 we posted a report titled "Goldman Sachs Sees Positive AAPL Q2 Earnings and Strong Demand for the Upcoming iPhone 7." Did Goldman miss the boat on this or were they trying to ...

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12:31
Opinion: Window on Apple Watch has closed, wait for...

Apple sent out an email blast this week marketing the Apple Watch as a Mother’s Day gift recommendation:

Help her do it all and look great, too. Whether she’s working or playing, Apple Watch is
the perfect Mother’s Day gift to help her stay connected and active throughout the day.

The email was fine as far as marketing messages go. It featured the message above plus a nice photograph of a woman wearing an Apple Watch Sport with a band color-matched to her jacket. “Celebrate her with a gift she’ll love” and “Finally, something that can keep up with her” cleverly nudged you into making Apple Watch the fashionable fitness tracker gift for the May 8th holiday.

But it also reminded me of a recent experience I had in an Apple Store and a realization about Apple Watch right now. Agree or disagree, I believe the window on buying the first-gen Apple Watch has closed, and in almost every situation potential customers should wait for Apple Watch 2.

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12:30
The Week in Mac Apps: Product Hunt launches for the...

New apps of the week

This week’s roundup of new Mac apps brings us a dedicated app for Product Hunt, the popular tech-trend finding network. Plus, apps for iTunes organization, photo transfers, and more. Read on!

Actio: The App for Action 1.0.3

iThought’s Actio (Mac App Store Link) helps you manage all your tasks with a full set of customizable tools.

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12:28
CNBC interviews Benjamin Mayo about Apple’s earnings...

Following Apple’s earnings report yesterday, where it recorded its first quarterly revenue decline since 2003, CNBC spoke with 9to5Mac’s Benjamin Mayo about Apple’s potential future products and revenue streams. Benjamin discusses Apple’s expanding Services sector including Apple Music, the realities of Apple Watch growth possibilities, and more.

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11:50
FBI says San Bernardino iPhone hack won't be...

The FBI will not be submitting the exploit used to hack into the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook to a review process that could clear it for sharing with outside parties, a report said on Wednesday.

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11:40
Here’s the problem: Apple is ignoring the Mac

Apple sold 4.03 million Macs in the March quarter, a 9% decline from the same period in 2015. It was the second consecutive quarterly contraction for the personal computer line. The problem, according to Ezra Gottheil, an analyst with Technology Business Research, is that Apple is ignoring its Mac line-up. He’s right.

In an interview with Computerworld, Gottheil says that folks are waiting longer before to replace their personal computers, so “a new Mac has to be a whole lot better to take the step up [to a new system].”

Here’s where Apple has failed by largely ignoring the Mac, he adds. Gottheil cited the line’s lack of innovation on both hardware and the OS X operating system—and confusing customers with overlap between models, particularly the 12-inch MacBook and the MacBook Air. He criticized Apple’s refusal to add a touch-...

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11:04
Mac sales fall 12 percent in second-biggest downturn...

Apple yesterday said it sold 4 million Macs in the March quarter, a 12 percent decline from the same period the year before, and a larger contraction than for the personal computer business as a whole.

The year-over-year downturn in Mac sales was the second straight down quarter, and excepting a brutal 22 percent drop at the end of 2012, the largest since Apple introduced the iPhone in 2007.

Analysts at IDC and Gartner earlier this month pegged the continued contraction of the PC industry at 11.5 percent and 9.6 percent, respectively. Both also missed the actual Mac number for the quarter in their forecasts for Apple, overestimating by 11 percent to 13 percent: IDC had tapped shipments at 4.5 million, while Gartner said 4.6 million.

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11:01
iPhone 7 Plus Design Drawings Depict Dimensions...

Schematics featuring the dual-camera 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus or "Pro" that's set to launch in the fall of 2016 have been published in the June issue of Japanese magazine MacFan, reiterating many of the design details that have been previously rumored for the device.

Japanese site Mac Otakara has shared images taken from MacFan, which seemingly confirm rumors that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will use largely the same design as the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.

The schematic focuses solely on the 5.5-inch model, which MacFan says will measure in at 158.22mm x 77.94mm x 7.3mm, identical to the dimensions of the iPhone 6s Plus.

While this agrees with a previous Mac Otakara rumor suggesting...

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11:00
tvOS 9.2.1 beta 3 (13Y768) Now Available

tvOS 9.2.1 beta 3 (13Y768) Now Available

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11:00
tvOS 9.2.1 beta 3 (13Y768) Now Available

tvOS 9.2.1 beta 3 (13Y768) Now Available

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11:00
OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 beta 3 (15F28b) Now Available

OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 beta 3 (15F28b) Now Available

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11:00
OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 beta 3 (15F28b) Now Available

OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 beta 3 (15F28b) Now Available

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10:53
3rd beta of iOS 9.3.2 seeded to public, developers...

Apple pushed out a number of software updates on Wednesday, including the latest iOS beta for public testers, and new OS X and tvOS releases intended for developers.

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10:45
The Android TV remote app for iOS is as bare-bones...

Google has released an Android TV remote app for iPhone and iPad, but don’t expect much from it.

Like the existing remote app for Android phones and tablets, the iOS version lets you tap on a virtual D-pad, swipe on a virtual touchpad, play/pause, hit the back button, hit the home screen, and conjure voice search. It also includes a keyboard for faster on-screen typing.

No, it’s not a particularly imaginative app, but in fairness, hardly any of the phone control apps for modern media players are. Apple TV? Virtual remote buttons on a touchscreen. Amazon Fire TV? Virtual remote buttons on a touchscreen. Roku fares better, letting you browse channels and new arrivals in...

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10:37
Aleratec releases Mac software for 1:10 USB 3.0 Copy...

Aleratec (www.aleratec.com) has announced a software upgrade for 1:10 USB 3.0 Copy Cruiser Mini Duplicator, allowing compatibility with Mac OS X computers and laptops in addition to Windows 10/8/7/Vista platforms.

The 1:10 USB 3.0 Copy Cruiser Mini is a computer-connected USB duplicator that clones up to 10 USB 3.0/2.0 flash drives simultaneously. The new software is now included with the purchase of any new 1:10 USB 3.0 Copy Cruiser Mini duplicator.

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10:32
iPhone's global marketshare falls to 15.3% in...

During the March quarter Apple's iPhone remained firmly in second place in global smartphone marketshare, but saw a significant drop year-over-year to 15.3 percent, ceding some ground to up-and-coming Chinese vendors.

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10:31
Apple Seeds Third OS X 10.11.5 El Capitan Beta to...

Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming OS X 10.11.5 El Capitan update to developers and public beta testers, one week after releasing the second OS X 10.11.5 beta and a month after releasing OS X 10.11.4, the fourth update to the OS X El Capitan operating system. OS X 10.11.5 has been in testing since April 6.

OS X 10.11.5 beta 3 has a build number of 15F28b and can be downloaded through the software update mechanism in the Mac App Store or through the Apple Developer Center (for developers).

OS X 10.11.5, like prior OS X El Capitan updates, appears to focus on security...

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10:29
Podcast 505: MacBook and Apple Watch backlash blues

The new MacBook is here, and it's been reviewed against its predecessor, the other portable Macs, and even the iPad Pro. Bottom line is that it's a great machine—and how cool is it that the choice between iPad and laptop has basically come down to personal preference—but it's still taking heat from people who didn't think Apple went far enough.

FBI refusing to say who gave them the pin in NY; admitting they used a tool/service again will ruin all chances of winning future AWA cases.

— Jonathan Zdziarski (@JZdziarski) April 23, 2016

Elsewhere, now the government has given up on the New York iPhone-unlocking case too, and its stated reasons aren't really passing Glenn and Susie's smell test. Apple's services division is showing the most growth, but making those services indispensible is a vastly different problem to tackle than making great hardware. But with...

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10:25
Person found dead in Apple’s at Apple's...

A law enforcement source told KTVU that they’reconducting an investigation after a person was found dead in a conference room on Apple's Cupertino, California, campus.

“Details on this Santa Cara County Sheriff's investigation are very limited and the source would not confirm whether or the death is believed to be suspicious,” says KTVU. “They also could not confirm is the deceased is an Apple employee.”

KTVU, channel 2, is a Fox owned-and-operated television station licensed to Oakland, California, USA and serving the San Francisco Bay Area.

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10:18
Apple releases Safari Technology Preview 3, iOS 9.3....

Apple has begun seeding the third update to its Safari Technology Preview, iOS 9.3.2 public beta 3, and OS X 10.11.5 developer beta 3. Safari’s update today includes changes in the way it works with JavaScript, CSS, web APIs, Web Inspector, rendering, security, networking and accessibility. iOS 9.3.2’s latest developer and public betas haven’t seen any major changes as it appears that this release is turning out to be more of a small bug fix release. Simultaneous use of Low Power Mode and Night Shift has been reactivated as of iOS 9.3.2 beta 2.

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10:03
Dead body found at Apple's Infinite Loop...

An investigation is underway after a body was reportedly discovered at Apple's Infinite Loop corporate headquarters in Cupertino.

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10:03
Apple Seeds Third Beta of iOS 9.3.2 to Public Beta...

Apple today released the third beta of an upcoming iOS 9.3.2 update to public beta testers, one day after seeding the third iOS 9.3.2 beta to developers. iOS 9.3.2 comes more than a month after the release of iOS 9.3, a major update that introduced Night Shift mode and other new features. iOS 9.3.2 has been in testing since April 6.

Beta testers who are taking part in Apple's best testing program will receive the iOS 9.3.2 update over-the-air after installing the proper certificate on their iOS device.

Those who would like to participate in Apple's beta testing program can sign up through the...

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10:02
Rumored 'iPhone 7 Plus' schematic shows...

The rumored design of Apple's next-generation iPhone appears to be taking shape thanks to continued leaks out of the Far East, which are now consistently showing a new design with a larger, still protruding camera lens, a Smart Connector port, and the absence of a 3.5-millimeter headphone jack.

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09:53
Police investigating death in conference room at...

KTVU has reported that a law enforcement source stated an investigation has begun after a person was found dead in a conference room on Apple’s Cupertino campus. Information from any sources is extremely limited at this point, so we’ll withhold speculation until further confirmed reporting is released.

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09:52
Person found dead in Apple’s Cupertino campus...

The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday began investigating a body found at Apple’s Cupertino headquarters.

Damn.

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09:45
iPhone 7 ‘Pro’ schematics show up in Japanese mag w...

Rumors that Apple will ditch the headphone jack with this fall’s iPhone update have been around for a while now, but Japanese magazine Mac Fan today has shared detailed design schematics of the iPhone 7 ‘Pro.’ According to the magazine, the device will feature the same overall size as the iPhone 6s Plus, but will ditch the headphone jack and feature dual iSight cameras on the back (via Macotakara.)

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09:38
Hackers can track your whereabouts with Waze...

As if you didn’t have enough to worry about when it comes to being stalked on the Internet, now comes along a new hack to the social driving app Waze.

Researchers at the UC-Santa Barbara were able to demonstrate how to track an individual’s whereabouts by creating hundreds of different “ghost” drivers inside of the application.

As demonstrated to a reporter from Fusion, the team could then track her whereabouts using how Waze shows the location of other drivers and their username. 

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09:31
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Apple 27-inch iMac from $1,450...

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09:26
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Jim and Merlin… wait, no, Gruber. Jim and John Gruber talk about the iPhone SE, iPad Pro, and Apple Watch.

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09:16
iPad Pro Charges Faster with MacBook Adapter and New...

Apple goofed in bundling an anemic 12-watt power adapter with the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, which needs a brawnier charger. It has one in the MacBook’s 29-watt USB-C power adapter, which can be paired with a new USB-C to Lightning Cable to charge the big iPad more rapidly.

 

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09:16
Review: Apple's 2016 12" MacBook is a...

Apple's second-generation ultraportable 12-inch MacBook features some noteworthy internal improvements, including an extra hour of battery life and Intel's latest Skylake processors, that make it a worthwhile update. But all of the major concessions of the 2015 model remain, making it unlikely this refresh will change anyone's opinion on the divisive-yet-impressive notebook.

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09:00
OneNote transforms the way we work as a staff

Today’s post was written by Stewart Davies, assistant principal at the Ysgol Bae Baglan, opening in September 2016.

Ysgol Bae Baglan is a brand new, state-of-the-art school for 1,600 students aged 3–16 in Wales. The school’s team is proud to be in one of the very first schools serving students from age 3–16. Bae Baglan is the amalgamation of four very successful schools, and has students with a broad range of needs and from different socio-economic backgrounds. The school will open in September 2016 and will implement a one-to-one program with the Microsoft Surface over the next three years, starting with Year 9 from day one.

The challenge for Ysgol Bae Baglan is to have our brand new cross-phase school ready to open in September 2016. Our teachers currently work in four different schools, so we needed an effective way for them to communicate and collaborate. Eighteen months ago, we started by deciding what we needed to achieve: simple email group...

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09:00
Sway featured story #2—“That Dragon, Cancer”

Last month, we kicked off our featured story series with our Sway on Nathan Sawaya. Nathan’s inventive use of LEGO blocks to create works of art strongly embodies Sway’s mission to provide an adaptable medium that empowers everyone to tell their stories in unique, innovative and delightful ways.

Our second piece features the profoundly moving story of the family behind the video game “That Dragon, Cancer” and the film “Thank You for Playing.” Ryan and Amy are the parents of Joel Green, who was diagnosed with cancer when he was just a year old. Ryan, a game designer, first began developing the game to express his feelings about their family’s struggles. Over time, it became the couple’s way to broaden the conversation about cancer, uncertainty and death. Amy notes that people...

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09:00
Gorgeous competitive tactics game 'Duelyst...

Duelyst isn't an eSport -- yet. After six months in a free open beta, Duelyst launches today as a full title that's still free to download across PC and Mac. It comes from Counterplay Games, a studio packed with talent from Diablo 3, League of Legend...

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09:00
Get started in the cloud with the new IT Pro Cloud...

As the IT profession continues its transition to leveraging more and more cloud services and technologies, we’re introducing the new IT Pro Cloud Essentials program to give you a better experience on the journey with access to professional training, extended trials, Azure credit and priority support. Last week, Mike Neil announced the program on the Server & Cloud blog, but this also helps IT pros focused on Office 365 and supporting services.

Technologies born in the cloud are transformative opportunities for you to support the needs of your organization. As an IT pro, people look to you to be the first to know about new technologies, and you are vital to technology adoption.

With IT Pro Cloud Essentials,...

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08:55
Intel's CEO Presents a New Corporate Vision...

Beyond Intel's grandiose vision, Intel is always trying to advance industry standards and the next one on their list will be to deliver USB Type-C Digital Audio.

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08:42
Wall Street remains optimistic about 'iPhone 7...

Analysts on Wall Street were pushing optimism after Apple's disappointing fiscal 2016 second quarter earnings, saying they expect that the company will continue to innovate and will return to growth over the next year.

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08:39
Beautiful images could lead to quieter supersonic...

Researchers have been looking for the key to quieter supersonic transport for years. And if you've ever heard a sonic boom, you'll know why it's an important problem to solve.

While it's impossible to eradicate that noise -- anything breaking the so...

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08:29
FBI discloses iOS security flaw, but not the one...

The FBI still won’t tell Apple how the third-party hackers it hired to crack the iPhone 5c used by the San Bernardino mass shooter managed to get into the device, but the agency has shared another security vulnerability with Cupertino. That’s real nice of them and all, but Apple had already fixed that particular flaw.

According to Reuters, the FBI told Apple about the security hole affecting iPhones and Macs on April 14. This was the first time the agency had shared information with Apple under the Vulnerability Equities Process, which was put in place by the White House in 2014.

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08:25
Apple Music subscriber base shows growth, now above...

Even with Apple reporting lower Q2 revenue during its earnings call yesterday, the call signaling ts first revenue decline since 2003, there’s still some bright spots.

The company has announced that its Apple Music subscriber base has jumped to 13 million, up from 11 million in February.

This compares to about 30 million subscribers to leading competitor Spotify, although the service obviously had a multi-year headstart over Apple’s streaming service, which launched last June.

Apple may be looking to its Internet Services business divisions to support future revenue growth, especially as sales of its iOS devices showed waning growth yesterday. The company has been relying on a mixture of exclusive deals and celebrity advertising to promote its streaming music...

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08:21
TSMC sales to Apple rose nearly $2 billion in 2015...

TSMC picked up an extra $1.99 billion in Apple sales during 2015, buoying the chipmaker's entire growth for that year, and further cutting rival chipmaker Samsung out of the iPhone maker's supply chain.

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08:19
India makes it compulsory for phones to have '...

India has prescribed that starting next year mobile phones in the country should have buttons that can be quickly used by women to alert the police and close relatives if they are in distress.

The measure is one of several responses by the Indian government to the growing problem of rape attacks on women in the country.

Pressing the panic button will alert “police & designated friends/relatives, for immediate response in case of distress or security related issues,” said Minister of Communications, Ravi Shankar Prasad, in a tweet late Tuesday.

Under the new rules that come into effect in January 2017, all feature phones will need to have a panic button configured to the numeric key 5 or 9 and all smartphones will have the panic button linked to three short presses of the on-off button, according to the country’s Department of Communications.

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08:18
Plants might know when to bloom by remembering...

Plants might have some capacity to retain information or, in other words, to form memories, according to a biologist from the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research in Massachusetts. Susan Lindquist has discovered that a protein found in thale c...

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08:02
Pizza Hut turns to algorithms and GPS tracking to...

In lieu of making better food, the chain restaurant industry continues to embrace technology as the solution to its problems. The latest example is Pizza Hut, which is drawing comparisons to Uber as it updates its pizza delivery mechanisms.

According to Nation’s Restaurant News, Pizza Hut will now tell customers what time to expect their pizza even before they place an order, using algorithms that factor in the volume of orders and the location and availability of drivers. The company says this “Visible Promise Time” is a first for pizza chains (though I’ll note that my local pizza chain in Cincinnati, LaRosa’s, already provides similar estimates). Pizza Hut is also testing GPS location tracking for its delivery drivers so customers can find out exactly how close their pizza is, presumably through the Pizza Hut app...

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08:00
Get Macphun's Filters for Photos -- free!

Macphun is one of our favorite development companies here at Apple World Today, as it has a lightning focus on creating excellent photography apps for Mac. Today the company announced the availability of Filters for Photos, a free Mac app and Photos extension that provides 30 unique filters to make your photos stand out.

All you need to do in order to get the app is click that link above and click the big green "Download for Free" button. When you launch the app, you'll be asked to join Macphun's email list to turn on 15 of the filters, or you can decline and still have 15 pretty impressive filters to play with. 

Filters for Photos turned a washed out picture into this painting-like work of art. ©Steven Sande

To add Filters for Photos as an extension to the Mac Photos app, just go to System Preferences > Photos and check the box next to Filters...

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08:00
Paranormal thriller 'Oxenfree' hits PS4 in...

Oxenfree is an acid trip wrapped in an enigma and smothered in nacho cheese -- and on May 31st, it's coming to PlayStation 4. Oxenfree hit Steam and Xbox One in January, and both of these versions get upgrades on May 31st, too. Developer Night School...

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07:40
Watch the first full trailer for Oliver Stone's...

Less than three years after Edward Snowden left the National Security Agency (NSA) and leaked thousands of classified documents, we're getting our first theatrical depiction of his actions. Following a brief teaser last year, we've now got a full Sno...

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07:37
Intel calls for the end of the headphone jack with...

Apple isn’t the only company looking to remove the last vestiges of the analog world from our smartphones and tablets. Intel apparently wants in on the action too. The chip maker recently talked about replacing the 3.5mm headphone jack with a USB-C connector, according to AnandTech.

Intel discussed the issue about two weeks ago during its developer conference in Shenzhen, China. The idea makes a lot of sense, at least on paper. USB-C is designed to be a multifunction port that can transfer data and power at higher speeds.

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07:22
Tinder Social helps you and your crew mix and mingle

Tinder is working on a feature that will enable groups of friends to meet groups of new people while on a night out. The idea behind Tinder Social is that you and your chums will start planning your Friday night a few days in advance. The system will...

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07:16
LG Racing to become Apple's Number Two OLED...

Yesterday we posted a report titled "Rumor Claims that Apple Could Sign an Exclusive iPhone OLED Display Contract with Samsung," wherein we noted that Samsung will exclusively get the initial orders from Apple in late 2017 for the flagship lines. According to a new report this morning, LG Display is making a facility investment into flexible OLEDs during the second quarter ...

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07:16
iPhone Drops to 15% Market Share as Smartphone...

The latest data from research firm IDC reveals that Apple's smartphone market share dropped to 15.3 percent in the March quarter as the worldwide smartphone market fell nearly flat during the first three months of 2016.

Apple yesterday reported iPhone sales of 51.2 million during the three-month period ending March 26, compared to 61.2 million units and 18.3 percent market share in the year-ago quarter. Meanwhile, overall smartphone shipments totaled 334.9 million during the quarter, a year-over-year increase of only 500,000 units.Despite the plethora of new features found on the newer "S" models, current iPhone 6/6 Plus owners may feel that a 6S upgrade may not be warranted at the moment. Apple also announced the new iPhone SE...

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07:14
IMD professor: Apple’s sales show importance of self...

Apple saw the first decline in its sales and profits in 13 years, triggering a selloff in the financial market that wiped out $43 billion of the company’s market value.

As recent as in quarter one of 2016, 68% of the company revenue came from the iPhone, while the iPad and Mac each commanded 9%. Currently, Apple is first and foremost a mobile phone provider, which in turn highlights the danger of overreliance on a single product for growth, according to Howard Yu is professor of strategic management and innovation at IMD, a Switzerland-based institution “focused on real-world executive development.”

Under Steve Jobs, Apple had a track record of cannibalizing its own products. In 2005, when the demand for the iPod mini remained huge, the iPad nano was launched, effectively destroying the revenue stream of an existing product. And while...

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07:12
Intel pushes USB-C as headphone jack's successor

The technology world has a seething hatred of the traditional 3.5-millimeter headphone jack -- or so it seems, given that chip giant Intel is the latest company to propose replacing the aging plug with a digital alternative.

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07:00
Google Play Music's podcasts are convenient but...

Google announced last fall that it would finally bring podcasts to Google Play Music, and last week a collection of shows debuted in the web app. This means that if you have a subscription to the service, all of your listening material is in one plac...

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07:00
New Attack Technique Hides Spread of RATs in Asia


SentinelOne last week announced that it has detected a technique being used in Asia to infect systems with remote access Trojans that ensures that the payload remains in memory throughout its execution and doesn't touch the victim's computer disk in an unencrypted state. Attackers remain hidden from antivirus and next-generation technologies that focus only on file-based threats, according to SentinelOne. The samples analyzed also can detect the presence of a virtual machine, preventing them from being analyzed in a network sandbox.

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06:54
Criterion collection leaving Hulu, moving to new...

Bloomberg:

Time Warner Inc.’s Turner division will introduce its first online-only channel, allowing film buffs to watch classic movies without a traditional TV subscription.

Will there be an Apple TV app?

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06:47
New Apple MacBook comes with tamper evident screws [...

If you make your way through iFixit’s Retina MacBook 2016 teardown, you’ll see some tamper evident screws holding the hinge to the aluminum body. Looks like Loctite, not tamper-proofing.

Interesting.

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06:47
IDC: iPhone SE will help compete in ‘numerous...

According to the latest preliminary release from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, vendors shipped a total of 334.9 million smartphones worldwide in the first quarter of 2016 (1Q16), up slightly from the 334.3 million units in 1Q15, marking the smallest year-over-year growth on record. The minimal growth this quarter is primarily attributed to strong smartphone saturation in developed markets, as well as a year-over-year...

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06:46
Following earnings decline, AAPL opens down 8%,...

Following Apple’s earnings results last night, where it posted its first YOY quarterly revenue decline since 2003, AAPL has opened down more than 8% — the stock price is far below the $100 mark as morning trading begins. Apple reported revenue of $50 billion (compared against $58 billion in the year-ago quarter), on sales of 51.1 million iPhones, 10.2 million iPads and 4 million Macs.

The stock price fall means over 40 billion dollars of market cap value has been erased overnight. Market capitalization is the approximate value of the company, a multiple of the stock price and number of shares. The stock closed yesterday at $104.

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06:44
How-To: Quickly resize images on OS X using a...

Every day I use a handy service created with Automator to resize images exported from 4K footage to a smaller size. It’s easy to resize images in an app like Preview or Pixelmator, but using a service works better for me since it can batch resize multiple images in seconds, and it’s directly accessible from the Finder. Here’s how you can create your own handy image resizing service using Automator. more…

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06:41
Netflix lets Android users pay with their Google...

Netflix is giving Android users a new way to settle their monthly bill. As its Play Store listing reveals, the Netflix app on Android will "soon" be updated with a Google Play Billing option. That means customers can choose to have their account char...

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06:37
Intel’s push to replace the headphone jack with USB...

Intel is battling to move from 3.5mm headphone jacks to pure digital audio, fed through USB Type-C. Lots of technical detail in the article, a few of my own thoughts on this.

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06:35
Study: Amazon, Apple ‘closely match’ the mindset of...

Forty-two percent of respondents in a FutureCasts survey said that Amazon matched millennial mindsets closely, followed by 37% for Apple and 31% for Netflix. 

Amazon and Apple were the only brands who scored equally well across millennials (those ages 18-34), Generation X (born between 1961 and 1981),  and Baby Boomers (born between 1946 and 1964). Brands considered favorites among the millennial generation, including Uber, didn’t fare as well, especially with Baby Boomers, at just 21%.

FutureCase specializes in millennial marketing. Services include millennial research, millennial consulting and content excellence. FutureCase’s e Millennial Mindset study, co-authored with The Cambridge Group, a growth strategy consulting...

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06:19
'Fallout 4' gets official mod support on PC

Even before Fallout 4 was released, Bethesda was keen to stress that the latest instalment of the post-apocalyptic franchise would officially support mods. In February, it told us that PC support would arrive in April, and sure enough, it's now deliv...

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06:13
Stairways Software releases Keyboard Maestro 7.1 for...

Stairways Software has announced Keyboard Maestro 7.1 (https://www.keyboardmaestro.com/main/), the new version of its productivity enhancer for OS X.  

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06:09
Nintendo: Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing for mobile...

Nintendo sent out a press release jam packed with anticipation-causing tidbits.

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06:03
EnsenaSoft introduces Mahjong Deluxe 3 for Mac OS X

EnsenaSoft has introduced Mahjong Deluxe 3 (http://www.mahjongdeluxe3.com), the latest installment in their series of Mahjong games for Mac OS X.

Suitable to players of all ages and experience levels, it offers a modern rendition of the Chinese classic. This game includes eight different worlds containing a total of 640 puzzle layouts in 2D and 3D.

Mahjong Deluxe 3 requires OS X 10.6.6 or later. It costs $4.99 and is available through the Mac App Store in the Games category.

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06:00
The AppleTV Software Update Feed

AppleTVs automatically update. They do so using a process similar to how iOS updates, but instead of looking at the feed I posted in http://krypted.com/mac-security/how-the-os-x-caching-server-caches-updates/, they look at http://mesu.apple.com/assets/tv/com_apple_MobileAsset_SoftwareUpdate/com_apple_MobileAsset_SoftwareUpdate.xml.

The AppleTV feed is similar to that available for iOS updates, with each dictionary having roughly the same data:

ActualMinimumSystemPartition
1482
Build
13Y6234
InstallationSize
0
MinimumSystemPartition
1534
OSVersion
9.2
ReleaseType
Beta
SUDocumentationID
PreRelease
SUInstallTonightEnabled

SUMultiPassEnabled

SUProductSystemName...

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05:54
Tim Cook, optimism, and the “G” word

Jason Snell digs into the transcript of yesterday’s earnings call:

If I had to describe Tim Cook’s attitude during the call, it would be “optimistic.” But only because he referred to his optimism eight different times over the span of an hour. (Maestri added another three on his own.) Then again, when your company just broke a 13-year streak of year-over-year revenue growth, expressing your optimism about the future is probably a smart move.

Growth is the currency of a small company and the curse of a large one.

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05:36
∞ That’s one hell of a curve

Take a look at Apple’s revenue curve since 2008. I think you’ll agree.

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05:19
Apple's Business made TSMC the Top Foundry in...

IC Insights has released its 2015 top IC foundries (pure-play and IDM) ranking. TSMC, by far, was the leader with US$26.4 billion in sales last year. Without Apple ...

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04:36
Kool Tools: Upspace for OS X

Upspace (http://hello.upspace.co) for OS X is a handy menubar uploader for Dropbox. Using the Dropbox infrastructure, it was built specifically for those who need to share a lot of screenshots and files during the day.

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04:30
Don’t write off the iPad; devices like it and the...

Sales may have plummeted, but don’t write off the iPad. Tim Cook’s assertion that the iPad Pro is Apple’s vision of the future of personal computing is a bit forward-looking, but it may be accurate — at least to a point. 

According to new data from comScore, which “measures the digital world,” computer use is dropping off quickly as mobile devices encourage new types of interaction. In fact, many younger folks don’t use computers at all, instead relying entirely upon their smartphones or tablets.

The conventional wisdom has been that desktop/laptop usage would level off or grow at a slower rate in the face of mobile device adoption. However, the trends aren’t following that model. The data gathered by comScore — as noted...

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04:17
Organizations failing to harness benefits of agile...

Organizations are far less willing than their employees to adopt agile working methods and are missing out on the benefits such as earlier delivery of projects and return on investment, according to a new global survey published by AXELOS (www.axelos.com).
 
The survey of more than 2,400 professionals found that more than three-quarters (81%) of respondents – across all job roles and industry sectors surveyed – now see value in working in an agile way. In fact, the appetite to use agile methods among individual professionals is on average 37% greater than their employer’s.
 

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04:14
Tension Software announces DMG Master 2.5.1 for OS X

Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has released DMG Master 2.5.1 for Mac OS X. It’s a maintenance upgrade.

It’s a document based application for creating standard Disk Image Archive with just one click. Disk Image Archive is the universal standard on OS X and is recognized by any Mac. Disk Image Archive (.dmg) files can be opened on any Mac without any software.

DMG Master 2.5.1 requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher. It costs $6.99.

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04:04
External Link: iPhone Upgrade Program Now Available...

Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program, which lets you pay a monthly fee for an iPhone with AppleCare+, was originally available only if you walked into an Apple Store. However, Apple is now offering it as an option if you buy a phone online, with no store visit required if you’re an eligible AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon customer. Frankly, this should have been available from the start.

 

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03:01
A Complete Guide To The New 'Crypto Wars'

blottsie writes: The latest debate over encryption did not begin with a court order demanding Apple help the FBI unlock a dead terrorist's iPhone. The new "Crypto Wars," chronicled in a comprehensive timeline by Eric Geller of the Daily Dot, dates back to at least 2003, with the introduction of "Patriot Act II." The battle over privacy and personal security versus crime-fighting and national security has, however, become a mainstream debate in recent months. The timeline covers a wide-range of incidents where the U.S. and other allied governments have tried to restrict citizens' access to strong encryption. The timeline ends with the director of national intelligence blaming NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden for advancing the spread of user-friendly, widely available strong encryption.


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02:00
First Look: Macphun’s new Filters for Photos app...

Filters for Photos functions as a standalone app or as an Apple Photos extension.

Do you love Apple Photos? If the answer is yes, then Macphun has a present for you. On Wednesday, the company has launched a new app called Filters for Photos, designed to augment Apple’s signature photo editor-slash-organizer by offering some gorgeous new filters to spice up your portraits, vacation shots, and panoramas.

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