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Monday April 11

15:32
MacScan 3: Security. Privacy. Anti-Malware. [Sponsor]

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15:00
AWT News Update: April 11, 2016

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

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

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for April 11, 2016....

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Apple

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: 256GB, dual camera, Headphone Jack, iPhone 7, rumors...

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11:15
iPhone SE users reporting Bluetooth sound issues

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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10:21
ExtraBITS for 11 April 2016

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

 

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09:56
Learning to Love Virtual Reality


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“I just came back from their office in northern...

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

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Apple’s latest 256GB Retina MacBook Pro:...

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

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

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

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

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

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

And that’s just the beginning.

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

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

The post...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Updates for the new Office 365 admin center

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

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

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

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

MacRumors reader HickDead recently posted a...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

This is a beautiful video, full of beautiful moments.

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

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

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

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

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06:19
The pending collapse of iHeartMedia

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

∞ Read this on The Loop

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

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

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

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

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

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

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06:04
iFixit’s iPad Pro 9.7″ teardown

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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05:00
Are you getting OS X security updates?

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

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04:58
Kool Tools: ATHENA-EX range extender

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

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04:58
MacXDVD unveils H.265/HEVC converter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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04:07
QuickLicense 8.0 adds enhancements for spreadsheet...

Excel Software (www.excelsoftware.com) has shipped QuickLicense 8.0, an update of the tool for protection and licensing of Mac, Windows and Linux software. The new release adds major enhancements for spreadsheet protection, application usage statistics, end-user interface enhancements and improved developer tools.

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04:00
Streaming services such as Apple Music help lift...

The “surging popularity” of music streaming services such as Apple Music, Spotify and YouTube has lifted recorded music sales higher in Australia for the first time since 2012, according to Australian Industry Recording Association's annual wholesale revenue figures. The stats, seen first by Fairfax Media show a 5% jump in total revenues to $334 million, driven by a more-than-doubling in streaming revenues to $71.1 million.

Some analysts think this means end of a decade-long downward trend for the industry. The traditional media sector was hit first and hardest by the digital revolution, but could be the first to re-emerge with steady growth, though at lower levels.

"The optimistic view of that note is entirely consistent with the results we are seeing here in Australia where...

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03:35
Europe's Antitrust Chief Says that Apple moving...

On a visit to Washington last week, Margrethe Vestager, the EU competition commissioner overseeing a probe into Apple’s Irish tax arrangements, said that Apple moving its offshore cash around now would change nothing.

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03:30
Apple: we won’t sue the FBI for hacking into an...

Apple says it won’t sue the FBI for paying another firm for tools it used to hack into an iPhone owned by one of the San Bernadino, California, shooters, reports TechnoBuffalo. The iPhone maker says the method the FBI used won’t work on newer smartphones. 

Questions are still lingering over how the FBI found a backdoor into the device, but the agency reportedly hired Israeli-firm Cellebrite for technical assistance in accessing the phone. Until they were able to hack into the iPhone, government lawyers have insisted they needed Apple to write special software so that the FBI could bypass the security features on the iPhone being used by the shooter, Syed Farook, and obtain information critical to their ongoing terrorism investigation.

In related news, more than 2,000 miles from San Bernardino, another Apple smartphone could hold important...

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03:30
Nintendo's Miitomo is whimsical and weird, but...

It was about a year ago that Nintendo announced plans to make iOS games, finally dipping its toes into the mobile waters after holding tight to its console-centric past. Theories abound over what kind of game would lead the pack: An old-school favorite like Super Mario or The Legend of Zelda tweaked for touch devices? Or maybe a more familiar, proven mobile experience dressed up with classic characters? 

Snap a selfie and the app will create a Mii for you, but you’re better off making one from scratch.

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02:55
HTC's next flagship leaks in promotional video

If you had any doubts over what HTC's new flagship might look like, it's time to fold them up like a paper airplane and throw them out the window. A promotional video for the new "10" smartphone has leaked online, revealing what it looks like from al...

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01:14
The first 'Gears of War 4' trailer is sad...

We saw Gears of War 4 gameplay footage back at E3 2015, but (in time to hype the game before this year's game show), here's a short trailer that's a bit of a downer. Setting the scene for the son of the main protagonist from all the previous games, 2...

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01:09
Has also named nfl mobile coins

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The coaching personnel comprises of madden nfl mobile coins former staff as well as its assistants who have good cable connections to coach Schwartz, and Scott Linehan and Günter Cunningham who are responsible for the offensive and defensive departments respectively.Among them was the highly paid Leigh Bodden and Mike Furrey, guard Edwin Mulitalo, safety Dwight Cruz, tight end Dan Campbell and offensive tackle Jon Dunn.

The head trainer Schwartz has also named brand new nine coaches Jeff Horton (quarterbacks); Tim Lappano (tight ends); Bob Karmelowicz (defensive line); Kris Kocurek (assistant defensive line); Daron Roberts (assistant secondary); Tim Walton (secondary); George...

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00:00
Surface Pro Is Still The Best Productivity Tablet

Surface Pro 4 vs. iPad Pro vs. Galaxy TabPro S vs. Pixel C: Fight!

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Sunday April 10

23:42
Smart spray can turns photos into large-scale street...

Don't worry about needing artistic sensibilities to produce street art -- if researchers have their way, all you'd need is a good photo and the right tools. They've developed a robotic spray can that produce large murals based on pre-supplied images...

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20:48
GarageBand 10.1.1

Updates compatibility with GarageBand for iOS and Live Loops projects. ($4.99 new, free update, 938 MB)

 

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20:48
Pixelmator 3.4.4

Improves Intel HD 3000 graphics card support in OS X 10.11 El Capitan and fixes numerous bugs. ($29.99 new, free update, 46.7 MB)

 

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19:31
Cómo encontrar proveedor tricalcico citrato El

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Soy Karina, dedicada a la venta de El citrato tricálcico, por lo tanto, es muy importante para mí para seleccionar un proveedor confiable de El Citrato Tricálcico.

Suministro de Productos
En comparación con los fabricantes, con excepción de las ventajas del servicio, principal ventaja de las empresas comerciales radica en ser capaz de proporcionar varios tipos de productos. Por ejemplo, cuando nos gustaría pedir El Citrato Tricálcico, así como varios otros ingredientes alimentarios, las empresas comerciales se convierte en la mejor opción, ya que a diferencia de las fábricas, los operadores pueden ofrecer un servicio de ventanilla y tienen una mayor negociación en polvo que...

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16:24
Siri, Kobe Bryant & Michael B. Jordan feature in...

Apple on Sunday posted a new ad for the Apple TV, featuring soon-to-be-retired basketballer Kobe Bryant and actor Michael B. Jordan, best known for roles in movies like Creed and Fruitvale Station.

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15:46
My Huffington Post Article: From Dungeon Master to...

My latest post on Huffington Post is “From Dungeon Master to Scrum Master: 15 Software Development Lessons from Dungeons and Dragons” and is a bit of a revamp of my D&D article from here, but geared towards SCRUM mastering and managing Software Development teams. You may find it fun and kitschy or you may find it dumb. I’m kinda’ ok with both (I’m learning that I can’t make all the people happy all the time).

A sampling of that article:

I started playing Dungeons and Dragons in about the 5th or 6th grade. I didn’t get good at it for a while, but once I did, I didn’t play much longer (insert reference to “The Best Days of My Life” here.) Dungeons and Dragons taught me a few lessons that I didn’t realize would turn out to be great life lessons, until I was much older. This childhood game taught me life lessons that I would eventually apply to the business...

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14:38
Take Control of Slack Basics: Chapter 6, Work with...

You’ve learned everything there is to know about messages, so in this chapter, Glenn Fleishman focuses his attention on where messages go: channels. You’ll learn how to join channels, create channels, invite people to your channels, and a whole lot more.

 

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13:48
Chapter 6 of “Take Control of Slack Basics” Available

You’ve learned how to create simple and advanced messages in Slack; in this week’s serialized chapter, Glenn Fleishman explains all about channels, the main place where discussions happen in Slack. Did you know that all Slack team members can create channels by default?

 

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11:06
New Apple TV Ad 'Father Time' Released...

Apple has released a new television ad for the fourth-generation Apple TV called "Father Time" starring NBA superstar Kobe Bryant and actor Michael B. Jordan. It is the tenth ad for the new Apple TV since it launched in late October.

The one-minute spot centers upon Bryant and Jordan using the Apple TV and Siri Remote to open the NBA app, play a movie, and fast forward to a specific time in the movie. The ad uses the same trailer backdrop as the earlier "The Kiss" spot.

The underlying "Father Time" theme of the ad lightly pokes fun at how Bryant's all-star career with the Los Angeles Lakers, whom he will play the last game of his 20-year career for on Wednesday, is coming to an end.

The...

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10:20
Apple shares new fourth-gen Apple TV ad featuring...

Apple today has shared a new advertisement for the fourth-gen Apple TV. The ad follows the same theme as “The Kiss,” which was released last month and starred Allison Brie. Today’s new ad, however, features Lakers player Kobe Bryant and actor Michael B. Jordan using the Apple TV and accompanying Siri Remote.

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09:42
App Store app prices and in-app purchases to rise in...

Periodically, Apple updates App Store prices in certain regions to account for global changes in exchange rates. Today, Apple has notified developers that it will be raising app prices for customers in Norway in response to currency fluctuations.

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08:43
Roundup: Best iOS apps for creating, managing and...

Introduced in 1987, Graphics Interchange Format (GIF) images have evolved from small icons to hugely popular animated clips that are adding humor to everyday digital conversations. AppleInsider has compiled a list of the best keyboards, creators and storage tools to get you GIF-ing.

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05:18
Cellebrite may have just cracked an iPhone 6 to the...

On April 2 Patently Apple posted a report titled "Father Pleads in Vain with Tim Cook to open his Dead Son's iPhone because Touch ID Failed to Work when needed." In that report we recounted Leonardo Fabbretti's pleading with Tim Cook to help him see the photos stored on his dead son's iPhone. The Israeli firm Cellebrite was supposedly to be limited to cracking iPhones up to the iPhone 5 model ...

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Saturday April 9

21:54
Astronomers find a supersized black hole in a cosmic...

The humongous black hole in the center of a galaxy called NGC 1600 took the MASSIVE Survey astronomers by surprise. It's not only almost as big as the largest one we've discovered, it's also located in a sparsely populated region of only 20 or so gal...

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19:32
Car makers ask the US to slow down on rules for self...

You might think that car brands would want governments to approve self-driving cars quickly so that sales can start as soon as possible, but it turns out that they're quite cautious. The Global Automakers industry group (which includes numerous heav...

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18:24
Drake's New Album 'Views from the 6'...

Last summer, it was rumored that Apple offered him an estimated $19 million. But the deal should prove to be lucrative for both parties, as ...

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18:04
Senators work on what might be the most anti-...

The White House might have avoided serious backlash by refusing to back an encryption bill being worked on by the offices of Senators Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein. Kevin Bankston, director of New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute, t...

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14:25
Google Invents Global Communications Satellite...

Although Google has been filing patents for the design of an advanced high-altitude balloon network for some time now and CEO Larry Page talking up Project Loon with Charlie Rose at a TED Conference, it appears that they're simultaneously dreaming of another Moon Shot project related to a communications satellite constellation wrapped around the globe.

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14:14
How-To: Enable Night Shift and Low Power Mode at the...

When Apple released iOS 9.3.1, it removed the ability to keep Night Shift and Low Power Mode enabled simultaneously. The ability to turn on both features was already hidden and only possible by using Siri, but the iOS 9.3.1 update made it so that Siri would disable one of them before enabling another.

We’ve found a workaround that once again allows you to use both modes at once. It’s not as easy as it once was, but it’s still fairly straightforward for those of you who desire to use Low Power Mode and Night Shift mode at the same time. more…

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10:22
What's that emoji mean? It all depends on the...

Communicating via digital means—such as text message or Twitter—can be a bit of a minefield. After all, without the nonverbal cues of face-to-face interaction, it can be hard to tell whether that period at the end of that text message was an attempt at good grammar or if the other person is just a jerk

But proper punctuation isn't the only thing subject to misinterpretation: Researchers with the University of Minnesota's Grouplens project found that the way different devices and platforms display emoji characters could completely change the perceived meaning of a message.

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10:00
A Convoy of Autonomous Trucks Just Platooned Across...


A dozen trucks utilizing an autonomous driving system arrived Wednesday in Rotterdam, Netherlands, after traveling across Europe in the European Truck Platooning Challenge. The Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, along with the Directorate General Rijkswaterstaat, the Netherlands Vehicle Authority and the Conference of European Directors of Roads were behind the initiative, which equipped a number of trucks with state-of-the-art driving support systems to create more efficient commercial vehicles.

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09:07
This week’s top stories: iPhone SE diary, iPad Pro 9...

Our top stories this week include our hands-on coverage and real-world testing of the new iPhone SE and iPad Pro 9.7-inch, as well as the latest on what to expect from the next generation iPhone 7 and iPhone sales going forward. Apple also attracted some attention with the announcement of new Hermès Apple Watch bands this week, and we had a handful of notable iOS and Mac app launches and updates.

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09:00
Caturday: Gracie has cold feet

Gracie. Photo courtesy of Don Moody.

One of our TUAW Caturday pinups, the gorgeous Gracie, is back again. Sadly, owner Don Moody reports that the new and more energy-efficient AirPort Extreme isn't to Gracie's liking.

“Thought I would send this fairly recent picture of Gracie sitting on the computer desk next to my MacBook Air and a couple of my Apple Displays. Some of you may remember Gracie from a TUAW Caturday picture of her sleeping on an Airport Extreme from October 2013. Since we upgraded our Airport Extreme from the previous model to the current model she no longer has that nice little warm surface to sleep on at her disposal. What’s really good about Gracie is she is very respectful of our computers and screens and does not lay all over the keyboards and mousepads. She’s a great cat and can be found around our Macs throughout the day. ”

If you have a cat who likes to "work" with your Mac, iPad, iPhone or Apple Watch, we'd love to see a...

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09:00
The Week in iOS Apps: Welcome to Jurassic Park

Clever girl

This week’s roundup includes the Lego version of one of our favorite movie franchises, ever. Read on!

A Video Meme App

Sometimes texts, GIFs, and stickers don’t quite capture how you feel, so the free A Video Meme App for iPhone offers an alternative: A library of thousands of meme-worthy videos that you can enhance with a caption, then share via text or social media.

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08:40
Variation in Depiction of Same Emoji on Different...

How your device depicts an emoji depends on the operating system it is running. The same "smiley face" emoticon, for instance, appears slightly different when viewed on an iPhone, an Android-powered handset, and a Windows Phone-powered handset. This variation can cause miscommunication between people (PDF), a study by GroupLens Research has found. The research lab in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota said that sometimes this can cause people to misinterpret the emotion and the meaning of emoji-based communication "quite significantly." The conclusion reads: Emoji are used alongside text in digital communication, but their visual nature leaves them open to interpretation. In addition, emoji render differently on different platforms, so people may interpret one platform's rendering differently than they interpret another platform's. Psycholinguistic theory suggests that interpretation must be consistent between two people in order to...

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07:49
How to backup and restore SMS and iMessages on a...

Have you noticed that virtually every aspect of the personal information on our iPhones can be restored individually via iCloud? Things like photos, mail, contacts, calendars, Safari bookmarks, and notes can all be individually recovered on a fresh install of iOS.

The one thing that sticks out like a sore thumb is text messages and iMessages. Sure, it’s possible to restore text messages if you’re willing to backup and restore the entire contents of your iPhone, but what if you wish to perform a fresh install of iOS and then restore messages?

Fortunately, backing up and restoring SMS texts and iMessages on an individual basis is possible, as long as you’re willing to take some time to follow our step-by-step guide.

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07:29
Did Enron's Ex-CFO Compare his Company's...

So what does Enron's history have to do with present day Apple? Well, according to a new article posted today, Enron's ex-CFO Andy Fastow was recently speaking at an event with over 200 professionals and confessed ...

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06:30
Epson introduces Expression Home XP-430 Small-in-One

Epson America has introduced the Expression Home XP-430 Small-in-One  an ultra-compact, $99 printer designed to meet the printing, scanning and copying needs of busy students, families and individuals. 

Designed as a complete wireless solution, it sports Wi-Fi CERTIFIED n and Wi-Fi Direct for printing without a router or wireless connection. It comes equipped with Epson Connect to print and scan from a tablet, smartphone or computer from virtually anywhere in the world. The new XP-430 works with the enhanced Epson Creative Print app, allowing users to leverage their favorite Instagram photos to create and print collages directly from a smartphone or tablet in a variety of sizes and templates.

It features a high-resolution 2.7-inch color LCD screen and built-in memory card slots for computer-free photo printing, scanning and copying. The XP-430 Small-in-One also allows users to edit, scan and share photos directly...

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06:00
Catalyst announces waterproof case family for the...

Catalyst (CatalystCase.com) has launched a new collection of waterproof cases for Apple iPhone SE, 12.9-inch iPad Pro and iPad mini, available for preorder today. 

Catalyst cases for iPad are 100% tested waterproof, designed to meet military-standards for impacts and are precision built for total protection wherever you take your iDevice, says June Lai, CEO of Catalyst Lifestyle. With a grippy rubber bumper, the Catalyst iPad cases feature a clear front and back to showcase the design of the iPad. The cases cost $89.99 for an iPad mini version, $119.95 for a 9.7-inch iPad Pro model, and $149.99 for a 12.9-inch iPad Pro version.

An integrated screen protector provides access to features including Touch ID, Control Center and swipe notifications while generously sized ports accommodate most aftermarket charging...

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05:30
UPPERCASE debuts KRADL for the 12-inch MacBook

UPPERCASE Designs has introduced its KRADL vertical stand for the 12-inch MacBook. It holds the laptop in a vertical position to free up desk space. It's available to match all three 12-inch Mac Book finishes: gold, silver and space gray.

The KRADL's design holds the laptop at seven degrees from vertical. The seven-degree tilt allows easier docking and removal of the laptop along with reduced wobble. Its shape makes the KRADL nearly "disappear" when the 12-inch MacBook is docked inside. An anti-slip silicone pad on the KRADL's base protects the desk surface and prevents movement.

The UPPERCASE Designs KRADL Vertical Stand for the 12-inch MacBook is currently available from kradlair.com and Amazon....

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05:12
Apple Wins Design Patents for Apple Watch Packaging...

This week in Apple IP news we were first to report on an exciting futuristic MacBook that completely eliminates the physical keyboard and trackpad.To round off this week, Patently Apple discovered three design patents in Hong Kong ...

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05:00
WaterField Designs celebrates its 18th birthday with...

WaterField Designs, to celebrate its 18th successful year in business, has announced a modern update to its Cargo bag, a messenger-briefcase.

Initially designed to blend the benefits of his bicycle messenger bag with the functionality of a briefcase as he moved into a more professional setting, owner Gary Waterfield’s now upgraded Cargo ($349) reflects a culmination of 18 years of customer feedback; it’s streamlined into one ideal size, more functional with new modern features.

“As a bike messenger, I lived out of my bag, but when I started an office job, I needed the versatility of a messenger bag—but one with more functionality—so I created the...

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04:30
Twelve South introduces new SurfacePads for iPhones...

Twelve South has announced updates to its SurfacePad natural leather covers for the iPhone and iPad. Available immediately are new colors for iPhone 6s/6s Plus, all-new covers for the iPad mini 4 and iPad Air 2, and coming soon for iPhone SE and iPad Pro (9.7 inch). 

Joining Pop Red, Black and Camel, are the hues of Midnight Blue and Lavender available for all models. The all new SurfacePads for iPhone and iPad are available now

SurfacePad is a thin, napa leather jacket that covers the front and back of iPhone and iPad, protecting them from nicks and scratches. The cover also doubles as a hands-free viewing stand and, just for iPad, has a mini kickstand that provides an ergonomic angle for typing.

SurfacePad attaches to iPhone and iPad with a special adhesive that lets you remove and reposition SurfacePad, allowing users to change their case as often as desired. SurfacePad for iPhone SE and iPad Pro (...

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04:00
X-Doria expands its Defense line for the iPhone 6s...

X-Doria has expanded the Defense Shield for iPhone 6s and Defense Edge for Apple Watch with the introduction of its newest style: Sport. The Defense series merges polycarbonate, soft rubber and anodized aluminum.

X-Doria utilizes machined metal as opposed to plastic to ensure its Defense Shield provides military-level drop protection that has been tested to survive 6.6 foot drops on concrete. The perimeter of the iPhone is protected by machined aluminum while the inside is wrapped with soft rubber, protecting from drops and ensuring the metal never touches the device. 

The screen is protected from drops and surface scratches by an oversized raised lip, and the rear is shielded by a clear polycarbonate, protecting the device without covering it up. The snap-on construction requires no tools to assemble.

Defense Edge guards for Apple Watch combine a machined aluminum exterior and functional design, keeping the device protected...

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03:00
Review: Elgato's Eve Energy smartplug is easy...

Elgato's Eve Energy smartplug is a perfectly serviceable home automation product, but in some ways it proves that Apple's HomeKit platform still has a ways to go before it becomes mainstream.

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03:00
The week in Apple news: FBI hacks iPhone 5c, iPad...

Apple headlines for the week ending Apr. 8, 2016

The FBI may have dropped its case against regarding Apple and a San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone, but the story is far from over and continues to dominate the Apple headline feed. If court hearing aren;t your thing, there are plenty of other Apple-related headlines from the past week. They’re collected in this slideshow; just click on the link to get more info.

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02:53
This week on AI: FBI demands NYC iPhone unlock, 9.7...

The FBI and DoJ's interest in unlocking and decrypting iPhones continued to be a central theme, but Apple meanwhile fixed a security vulnerability in the iPhone 6s, and saw healthy sales of its latest iPhone model: the 4-inch iPhone SE.

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Friday April 8

23:22
Tesla will let you spec out a Model X starting Monday

Sure, all of the excitement is around Tesla's $35k+ Model 3, but what about the Model X SUV? It's slowly starting to hit the road, and CEO Elon Musk claimed (in a since deleted tweet) that the SUV's configurator will open to all on Monday.

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17:12
Apple Won't Sue FBI To Reveal Hack Used To...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Apple will not pursue legal action against the US government to discover how federal agents broke into an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters. Attorneys for Apple speaking on background during a media briefing call on Friday said that it believed the method used to unlock the iPhone 5c would be short lived. It follows similar comments by FBI director James Comey who said in a speech on Thursday that the hack used to unlock the encrypted phone works on a "narrow slice" of devices. Apple attorneys said that the company is "confident" that the security weakness that the government alleges to have found will have a "short shelf life." The FBI's hack in the San Bernardino case would not help agents access a newer iPhone 5s used by a drug dealer in New York, where Apple faces a similar case against the government.

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16:35
Carlsberg continues to brew local favorites with...

Today’s post was written by Anders Munck, enterprise architect for the Carlsberg Group.

Carlsberg has a unique approach to building our business. When we acquire a new brewery—we’ve grown from four small markets in 2000 to a global beer brand with 80 breweries in 2015—we don’t just ask for conformity, we ask for a great local beer that reflects that region’s taste and culture. Our brewers keep true to their roots while producing a beer that anyone anywhere in the world would recognize as meeting the high quality of Carlsberg. This requires close collaboration and coordination across markets.

For IT, this was a challenge. As Carlsberg entered regional markets, we acquired disparate local IT infrastructures that could not communicate with each other, which meant colleagues joining the company from around the world couldn’t easily share knowledge and join the Carlsberg culture. In a business developing by leaps and bounds, our team needed to provide seamless...

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16:31
Boston judge orders Apple help FBI access iPhone 6,...

Recently unsealed court documents show Apple in February was ordered to assist the FBI in accessing an iPhone tied to a Boston court case, but the government has seemingly abandoned its pursuit as the ruling fell short of forcing Apple to bypass its own security.

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16:20
Former NSA Director Hopes the Gov't and Silicon...

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s attempt to force Apple to help unlock the iPhone of a gunman in December’s San Bernardino, California, shooting ignited a national debate over privacy and security. Today former head of the U.S. National Security Agency said that "The U.S. government and Silicon Valley need to find ...

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15:31
Unsealed court order shows Apple was ordered to...

We already knew about San Bernardino and Brooklyn, but according to court documents unsealed on Friday, Apple’s legal struggle with the FBI includes a case in Boston, too.

The Massachusetts chapter of the ACLU was successful in getting the documents unsealed after filing a motion in court. The ACLU is undertaking a nationwide project to uncover information about All Writs Act warrants being issued “to attempt to conscript Apple or Google to break into personal electronic devices.” So far they’ve found more than 60 cases in 20 states, stretching back to 2008.

The ACLU’s legal director, Matthew Segal, said in a statement:

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14:54
∞ Spintop Snipers’ amazing top trick shots

I had no idea you could even do this kind of stuff with a top.

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14:40
Microsoft’s Hub Keyboard for iOS puts Office365 at...

Microsoft is finally becoming mobile, especially for iOS users. The redesigned Outlook app is top-notch, especially with recent integrations with Sunrise, Facebook, and Evernote. Microsoft also recently acquired SwiftKey, which means that we’re only going to see the Office-maker bolden its mobile offerings.

In line with the strategy, today Microsoft released its Hub Keyboard for iOS (iTunes). Office365 users can sign in to their account and then bring up the third-party keyboard on their iPhone or iPad to instantly access links to OneDrive files and contacts, both from work and those stored on your phone. And that’s about it....

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14:37
Leaked Senate encryption bill called 'ludicrous...

A proposed U.S. Senate draft bill that would give courts the authority to compel tech company compliance in law enforcement requests to encrypted data leaked online Thursday night, and by Friday security experts and civil rights advocates were dismantling the policy, calling it ill-informed and potentially dangerous.

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14:33
The First Draft of the New Feinstein-Burr '...

This week we noted in a new report that Feinstein and Burr were working on a new bill to limit the use of encryption in consumer technology that's expected to be made public in the weeks to come." Today, the first draft of the new bill was leaked online and we get to take a peek at some of the framework that is likely to make it into the final version in the weeks ahead.

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13:38
∞ Yamaha’s New TransAcoustic Guitar

I absolutely love Yamaha. My very first acoustic guitar was a Yamaha FG420—it’s over 30 years old and still works great!

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13:31
Notable apps and app updates for April 8, 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

Guilherme Rambo has introduced BrowserFreedom 1.1.2 for OS X. Due to trademark issues, the app is now rechristened from BrowserHub to BrowserFreedom. 

The tool is designed to solve the problem of managing multiple web browsers on OS X. Along with the new name change, version 1.1 introduces bug fixes and a new feature called "URL expander,” which allows the user to copy the original URL from a shortened link.

BrowserFreedom requires OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. BrowserFreedom 1.1.2 is a free update for current users of BrowserHub. For new users, the app costs $9.99 USD and is available its official website or through the...

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13:20
Reddit's Blocking Tool Balances Free Speech...


Reddit this week announced that it has extended the reach of its blocking tool, which was introduced in 2011 to let users fight harassment. The tool previously focused on blocking private messages; now it can block comments to users' posts. Clicking the Block User button while viewing a reply will hide the blocked user's profile, comments, posts and messages without that user's knowledge. The user doing the blocking won't be alerted to further messages from the user being blocked.

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13:14
The Swedish number

This is such a weird, funny and sweet thing. Sadly, because of the internet, I bet random jerk offs will ruin it fairly soon.

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13:00
Apple polishes the developer portal

Developers logging into developer.apple.com have a nice, shiny new website to work with. The developer portal has been redesigned, not only bringing it in line with the general look and feel of the other Apple websites, but making it easier to find information and online tools. 

The left sidebar of the site now places most important information one or two clicks away. The sidebar lists program resources like membership details, certificates, IDs and profiles, iTunes Connect, CloudKit Dashboard, and Code-Level Support. Below, links with access to documentation, the developer forums, bug reporter, and news and updates are once again a tap away.

While it's not a total rewrite of the entire developer portal, to me it seems to make things a bit easier to find. 

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12:59
AMD, Nvidia plan new GPUs, could bring significant...

Your Mac’s GPUs are about to get a lot more powerful.

Graphics titans AMD and Nvidia are set to unveil new GPU products this year featuring Global Foundries’ 14 nm FinFET and TSMC’s 16 nm FinFET Plus processor nodes, thereby allowing for significant improvements in graphics performance.

Both AMD’s Polaris architecture and Nvidia’s Pascal architecture will incorporate the latest FinFET silicon process and

AMD’s “Polaris” and Nvidia’s “Pascal” architectures both utilize the latest FinFET silicon processes and will represent the first GPU process node change since 28 nm GPUs debuted in 2011. Both AMD and Nvidia skipped the intermediate 20 nm node, elongating the typical release cycle of consumer graphics processors.

While processor provider and...

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12:52
Strong iPhone SE launch suggests 15M incremental...

Since it launched just over a week ago, the iPhone SE has seen demand outstrip supply, indicating to one investment firm that the new budget-priced 4-inch handset could offer some upside to shareholders.

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12:48
Senate Draft Encryption Bill Called 'Absurd,...

A draft of an encryption bill created by Senate Intelligence Committee leaders Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein was released last night, revealing the scope of the legislation that would require technology companies to decrypt data and share it in an "intelligible format" when served with a legal order.

The Compliance with Court Orders Act of 2016, a copy of which was shared by Re/code, starts out by declaring "no person or entity is above the law." It says that all providers of communication services and products, from hardware to software, must both protect the privacy of residents of the United States through "implementation of appropriate data security," while still respecting the "rule of law" and complying with legal requirements and court orders to provide information stored...

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12:47
Google reportedly considering possibility of Swift...

Apple’s recently open-sourced programming language, Swift, may be seeing itself get adopted into Google’s Android platform in the future. Sources have told The Next Web that Google is “considering making Swift a ‘first class’ language for Android”.
more…

Filed under: Developers, iOS Tagged: Android, Apple, Google, IBM,...

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12:44
A rare peek at Presto, Pixar’s secret weapon for...

I’ve got friends who work at Pixar and once got a “behind the scenes” look at the operation. The server room is absolutely incredible.

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12:35
Three-fifths of Apple Watch owners plan to upgrade...

A little over three-fifths of current Apple Watch owners are planning to upgrade to the next model, even though any features it might have are still nebulous, according to survey data published on Friday.

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12:32
Poll: Should Apple introduce new color options for...

If you ask me, Apple’s current color palette for the iPhone lineup is starting to look a bit dated. If it doesn’t introduce anything new in terms of colors with the next-generation iPhone 7 this fall, the device will have pretty much the same color options since the iPhone 5s (rose gold aside), and it wont have much to get excited about aesthetically for current iPhone users. And the fact that the iPhone 7 is said to retain the same metal design as the previous generation doesn’t help things…

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Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: iPhone 7, poll...

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12:23
Apple says it won't sue FBI to find out how San...

Saying that whatever method was used by the FBI will have a "short shelf life," Apple on Friday revealed it has no intention to sue the bureau in an effort to find out how it hacked the iPhone 5c used by a terrorist in California.

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12:06
Apple seeds iOS 9.3.2 beta to users for feedback

Well, now you get to feel almost as cool/elite as a developer.

Apple on Friday released the first beta of an upcoming iOS 9.3.2 update for public beta testers, just a day after seeding the first iOS 9.3.2 beta to developers. iOS 9.3.2 comes just over two weeks after the public release of iOS 9.3 and a week after the release of iOS 9.3.1, a followup bug fix update.

Users who signed up for Apple’s beta testing program will receive the iOS 9.3.2 update over-the-air after installing the proper certificate on their iOS device. For those of you who haven’t signed up and would like to, you can go through Apple’s beta testing web site, which offers users public betas of iOS and OS X as they become available.

iOS 9.3.2, as a minor 9.x.x update, focuses primarily on performance...

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12:00
Apple's Fight With US Over Privacy Enters a New...

An anonymous reader shares a report on Bloomberg: Apple Inc.'s fight over privacy with the U.S. isn't over yet, even after the government dropped a demand for the company's help in accessing a California shooter's iPhone because someone else found a way to crack it. The U.S. said it'll keep fighting to get the company's help in getting data off a phone in Brooklyn, New York, that belonged to a drug dealer because Apple provided assistance in accessing such devices earlier. In a court filing Friday, the government said it's going ahead with an appeal of a judge's order denying its request for Apple's help. The battle between the world's most valuable tech company and the U.S. over encryption and data privacy has sparked a national debate, with dozens of companies and organizations siding with Apple, while law enforcement has generally taken the government's side.

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11:39
Proposed U.S. law would require tech companies to...

A proposal from two senior U.S. senators would force tech companies to give technical assistance to law enforcement agencies trying to break into smartphones and other encrypted devices.

The draft bill, released Friday by Senators Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein, would allow judges to order tech companies to comply with requests from the FBI and other law enforcement agencies to help them break into devices. Burr, a North Carolina Republican, is chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee; Feinstein, from California, is the panel's senior Democrat.

"All persons receiving an authorized judicial order for information or data must provide, in a timely manner, responsive, intelligible information or data, or appropriate technical assistance," the draft bill says.

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11:00
Microsoft rolls Hub Keyboard for iOS out of the...

Microsoft seems to be doing more development of apps for iOS than Apple does. The latest is from Microsoft Garage, a team that produces apps that are designed to push the envelope a bit in terms of UI or functionality. The free Hub Keyboard adds a row of buttons to a traditional iOS keyboard that can perform all sorts of productivity-enhancing tasks. 

While some early users are reporting issues with the app, the concept is quite attractive. With a tap, Hub Keyboard makes it easy to pull up documents and contacts from other apps without having to switch between apps. Hub Keyboard also makes it simple to paste in the last text you copied. 

The best way of describing the Hub Keyboard came from the guy who thought it up --...

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10:56
The government still needs Apple’s help to crack a...

Like sands through the hourglass, so are the iPhones the government wants Apple’s help breaking into.

Recently, the FBI said it had paid for a “tool” that broke into the iPhone 5c used by San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook. The FBI also said that even though this tool allegedly works on a narrow slice of phones, they’d be happy to help other law enforcement agencies use it to break into locked phones they’ve seized in the course of investigating crimes.

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10:48
∞ Former Anthrax guitarist turns into master...

Amazing story.

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10:32
∞ Buying Zakk Wylde’s new album: Support the artists...

Zack Wylde, one of the greatest guitarists of all, on Friday released a new acoustic album, “Book of Shadows II.” The album is a follow-up to “Book of Shadows” released in 1996. [...]

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10:17
Fluent: Apple Watch one year later is a hit (sort of)

The Fluent research group (www.fluentco.com) conducted 2,578 interviews of Americans nationwide, and determined that the Apple Watch is a mild hit. Key findings from the survey by the consumer acquisition platform found that:

  • Eight percent of Americans say they own an Apple Watch.
  • Those who own Apple Watches use them for a variety of purposes, however health and fitness monitoring is considered the primary purpose by a majority of owners.
  • Apple Watch owners are remarkably loyal to the product; over three in five plan to upgrade to the next edition when it comes out.
  • Current Apple Watch owners are purchasing for convenience and features. Fashion and affordability are greater concerns for those who are not early adopters.
  • Apple product users, notably iPhone users, are most likely to purchase an Apple Watch in the next year.
  • The public is about equally divided on whether the Apple Watch is...
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10:10
Use HomeKit-enabled accessories with your iPhone,...

With HomeKit, you can use your iOS device to control any of the "Works with Apple HomeKit" accessories that you have in your home.

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10:09
Professional Logo Creation Kit Bundle with 500+...

Thanks to Mighty Deals for sponsoring The Loop this week.

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10:04
External Link: SURFboard Cable Modems Vulnerable to...

A vulnerability has been discovered in the popular line of Arris (formerly Motorola) SURFboard cable modems, 135 million of which are at risk. The exploit allows remote attackers to reset the modems, knocking victims offline for up to 30 minutes — it’s a denial of service attack, not one that exposes personal information. The problem could be fixed with a firmware update, but unfortunately, there’s no mechanism that enables users to update their cable modems. Updates must be pushed out by Internet service providers, many of whom update only leased modems, not those owned by customers. If you have one of these modems, talk to your ISP about an update.

 

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09:55
iPhones SE sales have been slow — unless they haven’t

The iPhone SE is a bust. Or perhaps it’s a modest hit. Depends on whom you believe.

iPhone SE sales have been slow, according to an analysis of Apteligent data. Adoption is at 0.14%, which is “very lackluster compared to previous iPhone launches,” according to the app intelligence platform.

Sales of the recently released iPhone SE have been highest in the U.S., dramatically higher than sales in the rest of the world. According to Apteligent, sales in the U.S. were 6x higher than those in both France and the UK. 

The top three states by iPhone SE have large populations: California, New York, and Texas. D.C., Delaware, and Hawaii stand out as having the earliest adoption of the iPhone SE relative to population, while West Virginia, Mississippi, and Missouri are lagging. 

On the other hand, the iPhone SE continues to see demand outstrip Apple's available supply, with most stores completely out of...

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09:53
Microsoft debuts Hub Keyboard for iOS with Office...

Microsoft's Garage team on Friday released its expected Hub Keyboard for iOS, offering some special advantages for Office 365 users, but not two previously anticipated features.

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09:50
Rumor: Next-gen Apple Watch to be 20% to 40% thinner

It’s a rumor, but it’s interesting.

Apple analyst Brian White of Wall Street firm Drexel Hamilton on Friday issued a pair of research notes highlighting his upcoming Apple Watch and iPhone expectations through the end of 2016.

The most prominent point expressed was White citing a source who believes only the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus will feature a dual camera system, echoing the same prediction made by often-accurate KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo earlier this week.

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White claims that iPhone 7 production is expected to begin in July, the iPhone 7 helping Apple and its supplier return to growth in the second half of 2016.

White also predicted that the next-gen Apple Watch could be seen in the next two to three months and could be 20 to 40...

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09:49
The DOJ Files an Appeal in NY Case to Compel Apple...

Last month Patently Apple posted a report titled "Attorney General: Do we let one Company Decide this Issue for all of us?" wherein we posted Judge James Orenstein's full ruling that rejected the government's case in Brooklyn New York compelling Apple to help investigators extract data from a locked iPhone based on the 18th century All Writs Act. Today, the...

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09:45
Review: SteelSeries Apex M800 mechanical keyboard...

SteelSeries is well known around Apple circles for its iOS and Apple TV gaming controllers, but the company specializes in other gaming-related hardware ventures as well, such as mice, headsets and keyboards.

After browsing SteelSeries’ site to find some information on its popular Nimbus controller, I stumbled upon its keyboard line. Anyone that knows me understands that I have a special affinity for mechanical keyboards, and that’s exactly what I found on the SteelSeries website.

The Danish hardware manufacturer’s marquee mechanical keyboard, the SteelSeries Apex M800, is not your ordinary mechanical keyboard. It’s a fully customizable, gaming-centric experience that lets you assign an overwhelming variety of functionality and colors to individual keys. While the Apex M800 ships configured for Windows, it’s fully...

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09:40
Brooklyn prosecutors still pushing for Apple to...

The Justice Department will keep trying to force Apple to help open a locked iPhone seized as part of a New York drug investigation, according to a new court filing, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn notified the judge in the case today that they’ll keep trying to get a court order to require Apple to help them access data from a smartphone used by a convicted drug dealer, the article adds. According to court documents released in February, the government sought access to the phone in October, months before a judge in California ordered Apple to give the government access to the phone used by one of the shooters in the San Bernardino, California attacks.

A federal judge in Brooklyn has denied the U.S. government's motion to force Apple to provide access into an iPhone used in a drug case. However, the...

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09:30
9to5Toys Last Call: MacBook Air 13-inch $800, Apple...

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09:28
Microsoft releases updated Translator app for iPhone...

Microsoft is updating its Translator app today with some notable features, including support for offline translations, that could give it the upper hand on Google and the competition.

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09:00
April Office 365 security and compliance update

Over the last month, the Office 365 team announced the expansion of Customer Lockbox to new workloads and new features coming to Office 365, such as capabilities that improve security management and reduce eDiscovery costs.

Below is a roundup of the key news items from the last several weeks:

Customer Lockbox rolling out to SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business—In December of 2015, Microsoft announced general availability of Customer Lockbox for Exchange Online, bringing customers into the multi-level approval workflow to grant access to customer content. Today, we are pleased to announce that Customer Lockbox is rolling out to SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business. By extending Customer Lockbox to additional Office 365 services, we’re providing customers new approval rights, greater transparency and enhanced control...

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09:00
New usage reports for SharePoint, OneDrive, Yammer...

For IT, understanding how people in your organization are using Office 365 is an important step in driving more usage and ultimately getting the utmost value from your investment in Office 365. That’s why we introduced the new reporting dashboard in the Office 365 admin center. Today, we’re pleased to announce the rollout of usage reports for SharePoint, OneDrive for Business, Skype for Business and Yammer, which give IT greater visibility into usage across these services in Office 365.

Providing a complete picture across all Office 365 services

The reporting dashboard and usage reports make it easy for you to monitor your service and identify issues and opportunities, such as the need for user training. It also gives you metrics to use in reporting to management on your Office 365 investment. With the new reports added today, the reporting portal now...

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09:00
April 2016 updates for Get & Transform in Excel...

Excel 2016 includes a powerful new set of features based on Power Query technology, which provides fast, easy data gathering and shaping capabilities and can be accessed through the Get & Transform section on the Data ribbon.

Today, we are pleased to announce two updates to this powerful feature set. These updates are available as part of an Office 365 subscription. If you are an Office 365 subscriber, find out how to get these latest updates. If you have Excel 2010 or Excel 2013, you can also take advantage of these updates by downloading the latest ...

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09:00
What’s new: March 2016

March brought a new tool for migrating your Evernote notes to OneNote, PowerPoint Designer enhancements and new language support in Office for Mac and Skype Translator, plus collaboration and Power Pivot updates. For business users, Skype for Business meetings experiences and voice services are being expanded, video viewer statistics are rolling out in Office 365 Video, a new reporting portal in the admin center is rolling out, new update options are available for Office 365 ProPlus and Office 365 Connectors is here. The redesigned OneNote Class Notebook—designed and built with teachers—is available worldwide. And for devs, there’s a new site for keeping up with the latest news and resources.

Leave us a comment to let us know what your favorite new feature is. If you missed last month’s updates, see What’s new: February 2015.

Office 365 Personal, Office 365 Home and Office 365...

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09:00
April’s MTC Studios webcast series—”Unlocking the...

In the emerging data economy, how well a business uses advanced analytics to get insights from data can become a major competitive differentiator.

Join the Microsoft Technology Centers’ (MTC) four-part webcast series—live or on-demand—to learn more about how you can improve your business performance dramatically, through mission-critical capabilities, comprehensive security and deep business insights, with a modernized database platform.

Part 1—”Running Your Mission Critical Line of Business Applications”

This session focuses on how SQL Server can help you achieve the performance you need for mission critical workloads. Read more.

Part 2—”Unlock Insights from Your Data”

This session focuses on how you can improve productivity and deliver insights faster with SQL Server’s new...

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09:00
Ces bandes Hermès pour Apple Watch sont magnifiques!

No, this isn't the French version of Apple World Today, but we wanted to call your attention to the new Hermès Apple Watch bands that will be available starting April 19. Hopefully Google Translate worked properly...

No longer will you need to buy a band and watch together. Now the bands will be offered on their own, starting at "just" $340. There's more good news; instead of just the fauve brown color, you'll now be able to get the bands -- Double Tour, Single Tour and Cuff -- in feu red, blanc white, bleu paon green, and bleu saphir finishes.

The least expensive band will be the Single Tour at the bargain price of $340, $490 for the Double Tour, and $690 for the Cuff. The standalone Hermès Watch bands are sure to be popular with the fashionistas in the crowd.

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08:57
Apple's 9.7" iPad Pro vs. 12.9" iPad...

Apple's professional-grade tablets now come in two distinct sizes: A 9.7-inch iPad Pro and a jumbo-sized 12.9-inch model. And while they both share a number of key features, including Apple Pencil support and the Smart Connector, both iPads are clearly geared toward different types of users. AppleInsider offers a handy guide to help you decide which model is right for you.

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08:27
DOJ still pursuing NY iPhone encryption case in...

The San Bernardino iPhone case over Apple’s iPhone encryption may be over for now after the FBI managed to break into the iPhone 5c used by one of the shooters, but the same isn’t true for another high-profile case in New York. Bloomberg reports that the United States Department of Justice has decided to indeed continue its demand that Apple help unlock the encrypted iPhone 5s of an alleged drug dealer in the case.

The U.S. government is pressing a demand that Apple Inc. help it crack a drug dealer’s phone in Brooklyn, New York, even after it said it successfully accessed a California shooter’s iPhone without the company’s help.

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08:24
DOJ will continue to push Apple to unlock iPhone 5s...

The U.S. Justice Department plans to continue seeking legal action against Apple, in an effort to force the company to create a way to unlock an iPhone that is said to be a crucial part of a drug investigation.

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07:57
Adobe updates Flash Player to version 21.0.0.213,...

As useful as Adobe’s Flash Player tends to be, this is sort of a mess.

Less than a month after a critical Flash vulnerability allowed an attacker to take control of a Mac, Adobe has issued an emergency update for yet another critical flaw, bringing the current version to 21.0.0.213. The latest one is already being exploited by ransomware that encrypts Windows PCs, but while there’s no known exploit for OS X as yet, Adobe says that the same vulnerability exists on all platforms, and users should update immediately.

Adobe has released the updates for its Flash Player client on the Windows, Macintosh, Linux and ChromeOS operating systems. The patch itself addresses critical vulnerabilities that could allow an outside user to take control of an affected...

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07:52
Up to 40% Thinner Apple Watch 2 Predicted to Debut...

Apple analyst Brian White of Wall Street firm Drexel Hamilton, who is currently on a Chinese tech tour, today issued a pair of research notes highlighting his upcoming Apple Watch and iPhone expectations through the end of 2016.

Foremost, White cites a source who believes only the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus will feature a dual camera system, echoing the same prediction made by often-accurate KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo earlier this week.

The analyst claims that iPhone 7 production is expected to begin in July, and the next-generation smartphone is...

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07:46
Microsoft releases Hub Keyboard for iOS with Office...

Microsoft Garage, Microsoft’s experimental projects team, has finally released their much anticipated Hub Keyboard for iOS today. This specific keyboard lacks the expected special one-handed typing mode, along with the previously reported Swype-like typing functionality. The latter feature may have been related to Microsoft’s recent purchase of SwiftKey, although it appears...

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07:39
Indian court orders Apple to stop using 'Split...

Delhi's High Court has ordered Apple to no longer use the term "Split View" in any of its products, following a trademark complaint by a software firm local to the city.

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07:21
AT&T hikes smartphone activation & upgrade...

AT&T has quietly raised its smartphone activation and upgrade fee from $15 to $20, matching a similar fee imposed by Verizon earlier this week.

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07:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: More cases for the iPhone...

Protect your SE

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases is all about the iPhone SE, featuring sleeves, screen protectors, bumpers, and standard shells for Apple’s latest device. Read on!

Ballistic

The Every1 (iPhone SE; $50) slips in and out of your pocket with ease thanks to its slim layout and tactile finish.

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06:53
Apple can’t use the term ‘Split View’ in India

The Delhi High Court has declared that Apple can’t use the term "Split View" in India, reports MacNN. The complaint, filed by Microsoft vendor Vyooh, claims it developed similar functionality in its Splitview software in 2006, with basically the same functionality.

"SplitView is not descriptive but had acquired distinctiveness and was associated exclusively with the Indian software developer," Mustafa Safiyuddin, chairman of Legasis Partners, said. "This order will send a strong message to multinational software companies to respect the intellectual property rights of Indian software developers. It also signifies the importance of trademarks in the software field.”

Split View on Mac OS X and iOS allows you to use multiple applications simultaneously using a, well, split view. You can run two apps side-by-side and share...

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06:21
Tension Software announces Private Contact 3.3 for...

Tension Software has announced Private Contact 3.3 for OS X. It’s an update of the app for managing an always-encrypted address books.

An Autolock feature has been added. Version 3.3 also offers better startup behavior (if no documents where left opened when you previously quit the app), better management of the toolbar at startup, and various bug fix and improvements.

Private Contact 3.3 requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $4.99 and is available at the product website (http://tinyurl.com/zu28xob) and the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/jsh96gu).

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06:15
Analyst: ‘smart’ watch bands are a part of the Apple...

A smarter watch band will play a crucial role in Apple Watch's future as a personal technology device as they begin to incorporate technology and gain additional importance for wearable computing, Neil Cybart of Above Avalon — which is focused on analyzing Apple from a Wall Street and Silicon Valley perspective — says in a Seeking Alpha article.

“The Watch's future is not found by simply taking the way we use our iPhone and putting it on a smaller screen on our wrist. Instead, the Watch will gradually handle tasks we used to give to our iPhones,” he writes. “We already see this taking place in terms of sending and receiving messages and paying for things in stores. In addition, the Watch is beginning to handle new tasks...

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06:14
Indian court orders Apple to cease using ‘Split View...

The Delhi High Court has ordered Apple to cease all use of the term ‘Split View‘ within India as a local software company claims to own the trademark for the name ‘SplitView’ (without a space). ET Tech reports that Apple has appealed the ruling, and a final decision is expected in May.

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06:05
9.7-inch iPad Pro diary: Decision time, and my...

I said in the final part of my iPhone SE diary that perceptions of iDevices are very personal, in part because of the role the product plays within our own personal Apple ecosystem – and that’s equally true here.

For someone who likes to draw, or handwrite, Apple Pencil support makes the upgrade from an earlier iPad a no-brainer. You’re getting a huge amount of additional functionality for your money. You could say that you’re getting an iPad Air 2 plus a sophisticated electronic sketching device, all in one box.

But I can’t draw, and I haven’t handwritten anything for years. So for me, the upgrade from my iPad Air is a less dramatic one. The question is whether the relatively modest enhancements can justify the fairly stiff increase in price … ?

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05:54
BrowserHub for OS X gets a new name (BrowserFreedom...

Guilherme Rambo has introduced BrowserFreedom 1.1.2 for OS X. Due to trademark issues, the app is now rechristened from BrowserHub to BrowserFreedom.

The tool is designed to solve the problem of managing multiple web browsers on OS X. Along with the new name change, version 1.1 introduces bug fixes and a new feature called "URL expander,” which allows the user to copy the original URL from a shortened link.

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05:41
Cheaper Alternatives to Expensive Standing Desks

Motorized standing desks are all the rage, thanks to height adjustability and purported health benefits, but they suffer from high prices. Luckily, lower-cost alternatives exist. Julio Ojeda-Zapata tested a half-dozen adjustable platforms that perch atop regular furniture.

 

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05:30
Universe2Go: The stars await with this personal...

I can honestly say that the Universe2Go personal planetarium is unique and unlike anything I have come across before. It’s a personal handheld device with an accompanying iOS app that allows users to hold the beauty of the night sky in their hands, making constellations and planets come alive.

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Typically before I open a new product for review, I like to go to the company’s website to get myself excited about the unboxing. Universe2Go was no exception. The website did a good job getting me interested in the product, but the video was the selling point. After using the device I can confirm that the video does a good job in capturing the features of Universe2Go. So I was a bit surprised when I opened the box to find what seemed like an adult View-Master from the 1980’s without the wheel of images. 

I was initially disappointed in the plastic construction and lack of “awww” that you...

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05:02
AppleInsider podcast reviews iPhone SE, 9.7"...

This week on the Appleinsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk about the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro, and Neil's feelings about the iPhone SE. Also, we talk beta software, some of Neil's favorite apps, and the ongoing FBI saga.

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05:00
This week’s rumors (and my take on them): April 8

Each week brings a handful of Apple rumors. Here’s what’s making the rounds this week (and my take on ‘em):

Dual cameras will be exclusive to Apple's next-generation 5.5-inch iPhone,  the “iPhone 7 Plus,” according to a research note issued by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Chances that this rumor is true (IMHO): 90%. I think he’s right and that the dual camera system will only be applied to the high-end model of Apple’s smartphone.

Changes to iTunes metadata suggest that Apple will soon make it easier to hide first-party apps on the iOS homescreen, solving a long-standing complaint of iPhone and iPad owners. Chances that this rumor is true (IMHO): 60%. I’m a little dubious because Apple really, really likes you to use its own apps.

According...

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04:42
URL Extractor for Mac OS X revved to version 4.5

Tension Software has revved URL Extractor, its tool for extracting emails and other URL from the web and from local files, to version 4.5.

The tool can be used extract thousands of email addresses or other URLs, as example web addresses, in various modes. Version 4.5 adds a ew section with a list of pages obtained by automatic navigation and used to collect URLs and emails. It also adds a lack List section of sites not used for URL collection (with import/export) and an improved interface and usability.

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04:40
Apple helped the DOJ write a court order compelling...

The WSJ has illustrated the stark contrast in Apple’s attitude to assisting law enforcement to access iPhones before and after the Snowden revelations about mass surveillance of private data. It was already known that Apple had helped access more than 70 pre-iOS 8 iPhones, and the paper today reports that – in the earliest known case – the company went as far as drafting the language for the court order.

Lawyers and investigators involved in the 2008 prosecution of Amanda and Christopher Jansen, a young married couple from Watertown, N.Y., remember it as one of the most horrific cases of child sex abuse they had ever seen.

History may remember it for another reason. It is believed to be the first case of a federal judge ordering Apple to assist the government...

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04:40
Kool Tools: TrackR tablet for the iPad

TrackR’s (www.TheTrackR.com) latest application, TrackR tablet, allows users to locate lost or missing iPads using their smartphone, without needing Wi-Fi or an Internet connection.

Just download the free TrackR tablet app to your iPad. This enables you to track your tablet using the existing TrackR app on your iPhone. Both are free downloads at the Mac App Store.

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04:40
Maintain serves up up Cocktail 9.2.4 (El Capitan...

Maintain has served up Cocktail 9.2.4 (El Capitan Edition), a new edition of Cocktail for users running OS X El Capitan.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. The new version contains improvements on the "Clear applications caches" procedure and fixes compatibility issues with 1Password. It also adds compatibility with the latest versions of supported web browsers and resolves a number of other issues discovered in the previous release. Cocktail updates are now distributed over HTTPS (HTTP over SSL) for extra security.

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04:30
Patent report: next gen Apple laptop, expanded Force...

Apple files for — and is granted — lots of patents by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Many are for inventions that never see the light of day. However, you never can tell which ones will materialize in a real product, so here are this week’s patent highlights: 

One of the most interesting patents to appear this week hints at a next generation Mac laptop is for a that hints at a configurable, force-sensitive input structure that may be configured as a variety of input devices for the electronic device including, but not limited to, a keyboard, a number pad or a track pad. Patent number 20160098107 is for a “configurable force-sensitive input structure for electronic devices.

Apple says that conventional input devices, such as keyboards or track pads for a laptop, are susceptible to damage due to, among other things, a drop or mechanical shock. What’s more, because many conventional input devices have a number of components positioned both...

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04:07
Consumers happier with their wearable hardware than...

Wearable technology is evolving beyond wrist-worn devices to include shirts, tattoos, hats, shoes and more but what makes these devices useful is the actionable collected data.

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04:02
Another month, another Flash vulnerability … Adobe...

Less than a month after a critical Flash vulnerability allowed an attacker to take control of a Mac, Adobe has issued an emergency update for yet another critical flaw. The latest one is already being exploited by ransomware that encrypts Windows PCs, but while there’s no known exploit for OS X as yet, Adobe says that the same vulnerability exists on all platforms, and users should update immediately …

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03:00
External Link: You May See a Netflix Price Increase...

If Netflix had previously grandfathered you into the $7.99 per-month price for its Standard streaming plan, your monthly price will increase next month to $9.99. Netflix raised the monthly price for new subscribers to $8.99 in 2014 and then to $9.99 last year, but allowed existing customers to pay the old price for up to two years after the original increase. While the price hike is unfortunate, Netflix would still be a good deal at twice the price.

 

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20:44
Apple says Mississippi 'religious freedom...

An avid promoter of civil rights, Apple on Thursday voiced concern over Mississippi's "religious freedom" house bill that was signed into law this week by Governor Phil Bryant, a piece of legislation opponents say is a tool for discrimination against LGBT individuals.

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18:44
Uber settles background check lawsuit in California

Uber promises never to describe its service as the "safest ride on the road" or call its background check process "the gold standard" again. That's one of the terms it agreed to when it hashed out a settlement agreement with the San Francisco and Los...

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18:27
∞ Cookie Monster’s Apple Watch commercial “outtakes”

I love the idea of “outtakes” like this.

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17:26
Apple's first court-ordered iPhone unlock...

A report chronicling Apple's history of handling government data requests says the company received, and willingly complied with, its first court order to help unlock an iPhone in 2008. Apple continued on that path until around 2014, when the wider tech industry began clamping down on product security in light of revelations regarding government snooping operations.

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16:49
Facebook unveils ‘Messenger Codes,’ will reportedly...

According to a new report from TechCrunch, Facebook is working with developers to build chatbots and Live Chat web plugins for business clients. The tools are said to be officially announced next week at the social network’s F8 conference. Chatbots will allow for businesses to offer automated response systems for responding to inquires from potential customers.

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16:49
White House Declines To Support Bill That Would Let...

kheldan quotes a report from Consumerist: Senators Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein are expected to introduce a bill regarding phone encryption as soon as this week, according to Reuters. The draft text will give judges authority to order tech companies to help law enforcement when asked to -- basically, it would be a newer piece of law to fall back on than the All Writs Act of 1789, which is the one that usually sees use for this sort of thing. However, sources tell Reuters that the bill "does not spell out what companies might have to do or the circumstances under which they could be ordered to help," and therefore really doesn't necessarily change the underlying discussions at play, both in the tech world and in government. Nor does the bill specify penalties for failing to comply. The FBI recently briefed Senators Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein on the methods used to unlock the San Bernardino terrorist's iPhone 5c. According to Reuters, the White House is declining to offer...

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16:42
AT&T Raises Smartphone Upgrade Pricing From $15...

Starting last year, AT&T began charging a $15 activation fee for customers who wanted to upgrade to a new smartphone purchased outright or through an AT&T Next plan, and as of yesterday, that fee has been increased from $15 to $20.

As Droid Life noticed yesterday, AT&T updated its wireless activation and upgrade fees document to reflect the new $20 pricing on April 6, matching Verizon's recently implemented fee.

On Monday, Verizon started charging $20 for activating smartphones purchased through an installment plan or at full retail price, $5 less than AT&T was charging at the time. Less...

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16:05
Google May Adopt Apple's Swift Programming...

An anonymous reader writes: Google has plans to make Apple's Swift object-oriented language a "first-class" language for Android, reports The Next Web. The publication, citing sources, adds that Google doesn't mean to replace the current first-class language for Android -- Java -- at least, "initially." Google sees an "upside" in using Swift, which Apple made open source last year. But a ton of things need to fall into place for this to work. From the report, "All told, Google would have to effectively recreate its efforts with Java -- for Swift. If the company is motivated enough, it's very possible to do so without compromising on its open source values or ruffling any developer feathers along the way." The company is also discussing internally about making Kotlin as a first-class language for Android. "Unlike Swift, Kotlin works with Android Studio, Google's IDE for Android development. Unfortunately, sources tell The Next Web that Google's current mindset is that Kotlin is a...

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16:01
White House Takes a Pass on Encryption Debate


It appears that the Obama administration will refrain from giving its outspoken support to any legislation that aims to compel high-tech companies to help law enforcement agencies crack mobile phone encryption. On the other hand, it won't level any outspoken opposition either.
Introduction of such a bill, sponsored by Sens. Diane Feinstein and Richard Burr, is expected soon. Although the White House has reviewed a draft of the measure and offered feedback, it is expected to provide minimal public input.

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15:24
Apple's developer Web portal gets minimalist...

A redesigned Apple developer portal went live on Thursday, bringing with it a refreshed user interface reminiscent of recent company webpage updates like last year's iTunes Connect revamp.

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15:15
Apple speaks out against new Mississippi religious...

Apple today has spoken out against a controversial new bill in Mississippi that was signed into law by the state’s governor earlier this week. House Bill 1523 is spun as protecting religious freedom but has been criticized for enabling LGBT discrimination. Apple today has joined a variety of technology companies in voicing its opposition to the law.

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15:15
Cookie Monster is back in a "Behind the Scenes...

Cookie Monster's appearance in a recent Apple ad for the "Hey Siri" function of the iPhone 6s/6s Plus has been so popular that the company released a behind the scenes look at the filming of the ad.

Just how popular was the original ad? As of this afternoon it had almost 9 million views on YouTube. 

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15:08
Cyber Weapons Dealer Offers $1MN for Tools to Hack...

CNNMoney's Jose Pagliery discusses cyber weapons dealer Zerodium, which sells hacking tactics to governments and corporations.

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