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Wednesday January 20

07:00
Ukraine Mounts Investigation of Kiev Airport...


Ukrainian officials earlier this week said they had launched a probe into the source of a cyberattack that targeted a Kiev Airport. The attack may be related to the BlackEnergy malware attacks that recently targeted Ukrainian infrastructure facilities, apparently from Russia. CERT-UA on Monday warned system administrators to be on the alert for the presence of BlackEnergy malware. The evidence shows a clear link to the BlackEnergy malware that took down utility companies and other targets in recent months, said Eset.

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07:00
New 'Music Tracker' App Monitors Your...

Music Tracker, from developer Ben Dodson, is a new app designed to keep an eye on changes made to the music library on your iOS device. After downloading, the app scans a user's music library and then tracks all changes that are introduced, including new song additions, deletions, and metadata changes to details like the title, artist, album, and genre of owned tracks. Whenever a change is discovered, a notification is sent.

While this is useful for those who like to monitor content and changes made manually to a music library to keep personal logs, it's perhaps best suited to Apple Music subscribers. There are instances where content available through the Apple Music service is deleted or changed due to licensing issues with record labels, and this app will allow users to keep track of potential deletions to replace missing music.

As an example, Dodson cites a recent change to a studio recording of Billy Joel...

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07:00
X-Doria intros Revel case line for Apple Watch and...

Image of X-Doria Revel case in Camo finish courtesy of X-Doria.

X-Doria Revel case for iPhone 6/6s in Floral Palm finish. Image courtesy of X-Doria.

X-Doria is a manufacturer of a number of accessories for Apple products, and today they announced a new line of fashion cases for Apple Watch and the iPhone 6/6s. The new Revel line of cases offers lightweight protection for your iPhone or Watch while providing a bit of style in the process.

The Revel cases for Apple Watch ($24.99) come in Camo, Floral, and Marble finishes, and clip onto the Apple Watch to give protection from scratches while not obstructing the Digital Crown or Side Button. The Revel cases for iPhone 6/6s will retail for $34.99, and have a...

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07:00
Hands-On: How Intel Authenticate will replace the...

Intel has quietly built what it calls Authenticate technology into its Skylake with vPro chips for businesses, combining multiple means of authentication for greater security.

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06:56
Feature Request: Apple, please bring Siri to the Mac

Siri percolated throughout all of Apple’s platforms in 2015. It started with iPhone in 2011, iPad in 2012, debuted on Apple Watch in early 2015 and Apple TV with the new model a few months ago. It’s quickly becoming a premier feature on these platforms, with live-as-you-speak transcription and radically new features like ‘Remind me about this’ contextual tasks when inside apps. Except for one platform of course. Mac OS X has been ignored and left abandoned with regards to true voice searching and Siri. It’s 2016, and I want Apple to bring Siri to the Mac.

Especially with Apple Watch, it’s just become natural for me to ask for stuff with my voice. For little things like timers or messages, I like to speak. Siri voice recognition has got significantly better for me in the last year, I have come to rely on it. And not...

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06:47
On Friday, the Boston Symphony Orchestra...

In order to win over millennials to classical music, orchestras around the U.S. have been trying a number of new ways to blend social media and technology to better engage a younger audience. One such effort is being led by the Boston Symphony Orchestra...

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06:46
BestiPhoneCleaner releases iPhone Cleaner for Mac

BestiPhoneCleaner has introduced iPhone Cleaner for Mac, an utility designed specifically to keep iOS devices clean.

Smartphones can store different unnecessary data, such as cookies and remnants of applications. This is where iPhone Cleaner for Mac can be incredibly useful, and has proven itself capable of freeing a good amount of space in iOS devices. iPhone Cleaner for Mac was specifically designed for its purpose.

iPhone Cleaner for Mac is completely free, and can be downloaded from BestiPhoneCleaner online (http://tinyurl.com/gl33q4c).

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06:45
Apple plans to set up stores in India

Apple has applied to the Indian government for permission to set up a wholly-owned store operated by the company, taking advantage of changing rules for retail in India.

The bid by Apple to set up a direct retail presence in India coincides with the company's move to strengthen its presence in a key market that is still seeing high growth in the smartphone market. The company's phones are currently sold through third-party retailers.

Indian rules currently allow 100 percent foreign ownership in "single-brand" retail stores if they source 30 percent of their products locally. But the government recently said it would consider on a case-to-case basis applications that do not meet the local sourcing requirement.

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06:41
Ford says Apple and Google are 'welcome'...

Ford is glad to see Apple and Google join the automotive world with their exploration of self-driving vehicles, an executive said in a newly-published video interview.

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06:39
OWC announces Mercury Electra MAX6G 2TB SSD

OWC has announced announced the Mercury Electra MAX 6G 2.0TB SSD, the highest capacity 2.5-inch solid state drive the company has ever offered.

It delivers “exceptional speeds and offers reliable, consistent high performance” via the 6G SATA interface, according to OWC. Sequential read performance reaches up to 490MB/s, with write performance up to 471 MB/s.  Read performance for incompressible data is up to 466 MB/s with write speeds of up to 447 MB/s.

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06:28
New CarPlay Vehicles From Honda, Kia and Lincoln...

A trio of carmakers have unveiled new vehicles with CarPlay and Android Auto support at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this month, including the 2017 Honda Ridgeline, 2017 Kia Forte5 and 2017 Lincoln Continental. All three models will be available in the first half of 2016.

Kia's all-new 2017 Forte5 will feature CarPlay and Android Auto support

The 2017 Ridgeline will mark Honda's return to the North American pickup truck market, which it exited after discontinuing the mid-size sport utility truck in 2014. Meanwhile, the 2017 Forte5 and 2017 Continental will be among Kia's and Lincoln's first...

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06:24
External Link: Apple Releases Music Memos for iOS

Apple has unveiled a new free app for musicians in the App Store: Music Memos for iPhone and iPad. Unlike the built-in Voice Memos app, Music Memos is tailored toward musicians, with features like auto-record, backup players, and a pitch tuner. It’s a simple tool for quickly grabbing a recording to send to GarageBand or another audio-editing app.

 

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06:20
Led by the iPhone 6s, the sensor hub market is...

The demand for sensor hubs, dedicated processing elements used for low-power sensor processing tasks, is booming.

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06:08
Apple to sell Hermès Apple Watch Collection at its...

Starting Friday, Jan. 22, Apple will sell the Hermès Apple Watch Collection at its online store, reports Fashionista. The entire collection will be available for purchase, which includes three styles of handmade leather straps: the Single Tour, Double Tour and Cuff.

The Single Tour with the 38 mm stainless steel case comes in fauve Barenia leather, noir box leather and capucine Swift leather, while the Single Tour with 42 mm stainless steel case comes in fauve Barenia leather and noir box leather. The Double Tour pairs with the 38 mm stainless steel case and is available in fauve Barenia leather and bleu jean, capucine and etain Swift leather. 

The Cuff pairs with the 42 mm stainless steel case and is available in fauve Barenia leather only. Across the collection, each stainless steel case features an etching of the Hermès signature and includes a customizable face with...

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05:57
Apple India files application to open retail stores...

Apple India has filed an application to open Apple branded retail stores in India with the department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP).

"We have just received Apple's proposal. We are examining it,” DIPP Secretary Amitabh Kant told the Economic Times.

Last November it was reported that Apple crossed the $1 billion sales mark in its India operations for the first time in the fiscal year that ended in March, according to results filed with the Registrar of Companies (RoC) on Wednesday. 

According to a Brand Equity report, Apple posted a 44% increase in sales to Rs 6,472.89 crore from Rs 4500.35 crore and net profit doubled to Rs 242.85 crore from Rs 119.48 crore as the company widened its retail network and stepped up marketing efforts, including buyback schemes,...

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05:47
iRig Keys Review: A mini MIDI Piano Keyboard for...

The iRig Keys Mini is an electronic MIDI music keyboard that connects to iPhone and iPad with a Lightning cable. Although it isn’t regularly advertised, iPhones and iPads have had great support for MIDI input instruments and other devices for a long time. Since iOS 4 in fact, Apple gave the developers the ability to interact with MIDI peripherals. Simultaneously, the App Store has bloomed a wide ecosystem of sophisticated music creation and audio production apps. This makes for a perfect storm of capability and functionality: not only are MIDI accessories possible, they can...

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05:41
Why Apple Defends Encryption

With the U.S. government once again campaigning against encryption, why does it seem as though only Apple is standing up for users? Rich Mogull has some answers.

 

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05:00
Video: Ford executive is optimistic on Apple Car...

Rumors of Apple Car (codename ‘Project Titan’) continue to swirl and there’s plenty time left for Apple to solidify or change its plans, given the expected launch of the new automobile is still five years away. However, that isn’t stopping car company executives weighing in on the rumors. Whilst GM execs diss the idea of Apple investing in an electric car as a ‘gigantic money pit’, an executive from Ford seems enthused by the prospect. In an interview with Trusted Reviews,  Don Butler, Executive Director for Ford Connected Vehicles, said that they welcome competition and thinks technology companies can pull it off.

“We welcome others joining. We welcome the activity that’s in the space. We think it’s exciting...

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05:00
Mach Wallpaper can bring your Mac desktop to life

Mach Wallpaper is customizable so you can choose your own Quartz Composition, QuickTime movie or web page to put on your desktop, as well. In case you're not familiar with them, Quartz Compositions are a Mac OS X-only data type that allows developers to make 3D compositions. Many screen savers are Quartz Compositions.

About the web page support: you can add “desklets" (background images) automatically on a per-theme basis, and automatically customized and positioned for each theme. Or with the Desklet Manager, you can customize desklets' position, size, font, and colors (and add new ones) with a single click. You can put webpage desklets on your Desktop to view detailed info on weather (forecasted temperature, humidity, wind speed, etc.), dates, and more.

Another nice touch: if you have two displays, Mach Wallpaper will automatically detect it and take advantage of that. It supports Retina displays and allows each display to be...

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04:55
GeekSuit announces beta test of Client Folder Maker...

GeekSuit has announced open beta testing of Client Folder Maker 4.5, an t update to their folder creation and management utility for Mac OS X.

Client Folder Maker offers a folder creation and management tool and is targeted to the busy web developer, graphic designer, app developer, desktop publisher, or prepress operator. GeekSuit is offering users the chance to beta test version 4.5 of the app in order to test drive the new features before it goes public.

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04:44
Kool Tools: Mindly for Mac OS X

Drip grind’s Mindly 1.1 for Mac (www.mindlyapp.com) is a handy companion to its Mindly app for iOS and Android devices. It help keep your “inner universe” organized by giving a structure to your thoughts, ideas, plans and projects.

Now you can capture your ideas on-the-go with mobile version of Mindly and development them further with all the conveniences of desktop environment such as multiple windows, full-size keyboard and large screen estate thanks to Mindly for Mac.

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04:12
IEEE: VR headsets might not have the staying power...

At CES 2016, IEEE (http://www.ieee.org) , the world's largest professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, conducted a survey that asked booth visitors to answer a range of questions regarding the future of AR/VR [augmented reality/virtual reality] technology. 1,537 participants took the survey.

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04:08
CS Odessa releases UK map solution for ConceptDraw...

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced a new UK Map Solution in ConceptDraw Solution Park. It’s designed to assist individuals who are looking for UK map content to be represented in maps they draw.

The collection of library objects, templates, and example drawings for ConceptDraw Pro simplifies the job of drawing maps that contain county information. The UK Map Solution offers optional levels of detail, showing sub-divisions of territory and local government areas, along with major cities.

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04:00
How to use a passcode with your iPhone, iPad, or...

You can set a passcode on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch to help protect your data. When you do, each time you turn on or wake your iOS device, you'll need to unlock it with your passcode. (If your device supports Touch ID, you can use your fingerprint instead of a passcode.)

You'll enter your passcode when you:

  • Turn on or restart your device;
  • Slide to unlock your screen;
  • Update your software; 
  • Erase your device.

To set your passcode, go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode. On devices without Touch ID, go to Settings > Passcode.

Tap Turn Passcode On. Enter a six-digit passcode. Or tap Passcode Options to switch to a four-digit numeric code, a custom numeric code, or a custom alphanumeric code. Enter your passcode again to confirm it and activate it.

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03:44
Apple Officially Reapplies to Open Apple Stores in...

Back in 2014 we posted a report titled "Apple Blocked by the Indian Government to Open Apple Stores." Today, it's being reported that Apple is once again filing an application with department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) for permission ...

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03:00
Katy Perry Pop hits a dull note with its celebrity...

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

Kim Kardashian: Hollywood made Glu Games (and Kim Kardashian, of course) a boatload of money, so it’s little surprise to see the developer turn that celebrity-centric template towards another huge star. And this time around, in Katy Perry Pop, it’s a different kind of entertainment industry that you’ll try to infiltrate and...

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Tuesday January 19

21:33
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21:32
Square Enix Minecraft Creator

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20:37
Apple Stores planned for India as application is...

Apple wanting to expand its presence in India isn’t a new development, but according to a new report from the India Times, the company has recently taken a major step in accomplishing that goal. According to the report, Apple has just filed an application with the Indian government to open its own branded retail stores in the company.

Apple filed the proposal with the department of industrial policy and promotion, or DIPP, which confirmed that it has received the document.  “We have just received Apple’s proposal. We are examining it,” DIPP secretary Amitabh Kant stated.

The company reportedly left specific details out of the proposal, only stating that it wishes to operate its own branded...

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20:23
Apple files government application to open Apple...

Apple fans living in India might soon be treated to the Apple Store experience, as the company this week filed an application to open its own branded outlets in the South Asian country.

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20:06
ClamXav 2.8.9

Improves reliability of virus definition updates. ($29.95 new, free update, 23.3 MB)

 

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20:06
Security Update 2016-001 (Mavericks and Yosemite)

Patches a memory handling issue which could lead to a vulnerability with libxslt. (Free, various sizes)

 

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18:40
Poll: What rumored iPhone 7 feature excites you the...

It was only a few months ago that the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus were made available, but rumors regarding the upcoming iPhone 7 have been circulating for several months now. Rumors have ranged from design changes to new software features to new hardware features and more. While it’s certainly possible that Apple could go all out and introduce every rumored feature with the iPhone 7, it’s likely some of the speculated features are either not real or will be held for future generation devices. So, we want to know, which of the rumored features has you most excited for the iPhone 7? Participate in the poll below and read on as we discuss each of the rumored features…

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18:04
Microsoft OneDrive for iOS updated w/ iPad Pro...

Microsoft today has updated its OneDrive cloud storage app with a handful of new features and capabilities. The update bumps the app to version 6.8 and includes additions like iPad Pro optimization, 3D Touch support, and more.

With iPad Pro optimization, PDF annotations are now pressure sensitive, meaning your writing and drawing will be darker the harder you press on the screen and lighter the softer you press. Furthermore, the Apple Pencil is now supported with improved optimization, as well.

The full changelog is below:

  • Your lines have never looked so smooth! PDF annotations are now pressure sensitive, including support for Apple Pencil and 3D Touch displays.
  • Plenty of bug fixes and stability improvements.

Microsoft OneDrive is available for free in the App Store.

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17:26
Hermes Apple Watch edition hits online store on...

Four months after announcing a special Apple Watch edition created in collaboration with French fashion house Hermes, Apple is taking the device out of limited availability and will begin online sales starting Friday.

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17:09
Apple to Sell Hermès Apple Watch Collection Online...

Starting on Friday, January 22, both Apple and Hermès will begin offering the special edition Apple Watch Hermès via their online storefronts, reports Fashionista. Since its October debut, the Apple Watch Hermès collection has only been available for purchase in select boutique and Apple retail locations in major cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Toronto, Milan, Paris, London, Tokyo, and Beijing.

First introduced at Apple's September iPhone-centric event, the Hermès collection was made possible through a partnership between Apple and luxury brand Hermès. The collection consists of...

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17:00
Apple grants widow access to husband's Apple ID...

Apple's strict data protection policies sparked debate over so-called "digital legacy" issues this week, as the company refused to supply a recently widowed Canadian woman with her late husband's Apple ID password.

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16:51
Apple Watch Hermès collection hitting online stores...

Originally released back in October, Apple partnered with French leather fashion company Hermès for a lineup of high-end leather bands for the Apple Watch. The Hermès bands, however, have only been available from Apple stores and Hermès stores in big cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and Miami. Starting this Friday, however, the Hermès collection will be available online from both Hermes.com and Apple.com (via Fashionista).

All three Hermès bands will be available online. The “Single Tour” band is the most affordable of the three bands, starting at $1,100, and is available in Noir or Fauve in 42mm and an additional Capucine color in 38mm. Next is the “Double Tour,”...

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16:48
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16:47
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16:17
Apple releases iOS 9.2.1, OS X 10.11.3 updates

They’re not huge updates according to Apple, but they could make a difference.

Apple on Tuesday released iOS 9.2.1 and OS X 10.11.3, the company stating that both updates contain security and bug fixes.

More specifically, iOS 9.2.1 contains a fix for an issue “that could prevent the completion of app installation when using an MDM server.”

The iOS 9.2.1 update weighs in at about 41MB and can be installed over the air or by connecting your iOS device to your Mac and running iTunes.

The OS X 10.11.3 update weighs in around 600MB and can be downloaded and installed through OS X’s App Store feature, wherein the user clicks on the “Updates” tab to locate and install the update.

These updates put the devices one step closer to the major changes that will be introduced...

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16:02
iMovie for Mac updated to version 10.1.1

iMovie for Mac has been upgraded to version 10.1.1. It’s available via the Updates tab in the Mac App Store. According to Apple, the update:

  • Resolves an issue with YouTube sharing that could prevent sign-ins for users with multiple accounts;
  • Fixes a problem that could prevent white balance adjustments from being applied to clips;
  • Correctly plays Sony XAVC S clips captured at 100 or 120 frames per second;
  • Resolves an issue that could lead to the incorrect display of images.

Clips are now copied when dragged from the Project Media container to events in the Library list. iMovie 10.1.1 also sees stability improvements.

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15:58
iMovie for Mac revved to version 10.1.1

iMovie for Mac has been revved to version 10.1.1. It’s available via the Updates tab in the Mac App Store. According to Apple, the upgrade:

° Resolves an issue with YouTube sharing that could prevent sign-ins for users with multiple accounts;

° Fixes a problem that could prevent white balance adjustments from being applied to clips;

° Correctly plays Sony XAVC S clips captured at 100 or 120 frames per second;

° Resolves an issue that could lead to the incorrect display of images.

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15:58
Apple releases update iMovie 10.1.1 update

iOS and OS X aren’t the only software updates Apple released on Tuesday. The company also released iMovie 10.1.1.

According to the release notes, the update includes the collowing:

  • Resolves an issue with YouTube sharing that could prevent sign in for users with multiple accounts
  • Fixes a problem that could prevent White Balance adjustments from being applied to clips
  • Sony XAVC S clips captured at 100 fps or 120 fps now play correctly
  • Resolves an issue that could lead to incorrect display of still images
  • Clips are now copied when dragged from the Project Media container to events in the Library list
  • Stability improvements

The iMovie 10.1.1 update is available in the App Store under the Updates tab.

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15:52
Reading, Writing and Minecraft?


Microsoft on Tuesday announced its acquisition of MinecraftEDU, one of the building blocks for its upcoming Minecraft: Education Edition. MinecraftEDU, developed by Teacher Gaming, launched in 2011 as a version of Minecraft enhanced for the classroom. Microsoft has used the lessons learned from MinecraftEDU to expand Minecraft: Education Edition's feature set, the company said. Minecraft: Education Edition can assist in teaching all subjects, ranging from math and physics to history and language.

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15:29
Hubo the robot meets the rich and influential

At the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, on Monday, the DARPA-winning Hubo robot impressed attendees with its moves. Its presence highlights a future question for the global economy.

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15:00
AWT News Update: January 19, 2016

Here's all the Apple news that didn't make it onto the website today:

  • ESPN's president says they're still in talks with Apple for a streaming service
  • The founder of a company acquired by Apple in 2012 is leaving the company after being responsible for the look and feel of the new Apple TV's software
  • Verizon announces a new free data service for businesses, one that may attract an FCC investigation

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for January 19, 2016.

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14:39
Ben Keighran who Oversaw Apple TV's Look &...

Re/code reports this afternoon that Australian born internet entrepreneur "Ben Keighran, who joined Apple four years ago when it bought a startup he co-founded...

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14:14
Android running on a Mac: Remix OS 2.0 overview [...

Earlier this month, Jide.com released an early alpha version of its new Remix OS. In essence, it’s a multi-window desktop operating system built on Android. It’s an interesting concept, but what makes it truly intriguing is that you can run it off a regular, fast USB 3.0 flash drive on a Windows PC or Mac. I took it for a spin on Mac to see what the initial version is like to use…

As you can probably imagine, running an alpha version of a tweaked mobile operating system on a Mac from a USB drive was about as hit-and-miss as you’d expect. But it wasn’t as terrible as I thought it would be.

All the apps are placed in the pop-up menu which shows up when you click in the...

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14:08
Latest iMovie for Mac update fixes YouTube sharing,...

Following the release of OS X 10.11.3 on Tuesday, Apple released the latest version of its iMovie consumer level video editing app with fixes for issues related to YouTube sharing, image adjustments and more.

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14:00
Radmo's car mounts keep your mini tablet,...

Radmo for Mini Tablet/GPS. Photo©2016, Steven Sande

Back in the old days, I had a Garmin GPS unit that was stuck to my windshield. It was very useful when I was a consultant and needed to find my way to clients, but it often fell off the window when the weather got warm. Nowadays, I use my iPhone for finding my way around and it does a pretty darned good job, held in place by a vent-type car mount. Sometimes you may want a car mount that can hold something bigger than an iPhone or even hold a pair of iPhones at once, and that's where the Radmo car mounts discussed here are perfect.

Design

Radmo mounts are the result of a very successful Indiegogo campaign that raised over US$250,000. The inventors realized that windshield mounts were not only subject to coming loose, but that they...

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14:00
The Week in Mac Apps: Give your dock a different...

...plus, a tool for sprucing up your desktop, and more

In this week’s roundup of new Mac software, you’ll find several apps designed to help you stay organized and keep you on task. Read on!

Cloud Outliner 2 Pro: Outline your ideas to align your life 2.0

Xwavesoft’s $7 Cloud Outliner 2 Pro (Mac App Store Link) helps you manage your tasks with a powerful rich-text outline editor that quickly sorts and prioritizes important events.

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13:45
Key Apple TV designer Ben Keighran leaves Apple with...

One of the people principally responsible for the look and feel of the new Apple TV's interface, Ben Keighran, is reportedly leaving Apple shortly with the eventual goal of founding a new business.

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13:36
Apple releases iMovie for Mac 10.1.1 with YouTube...

The same day as it released OS X 10.11.3 to the public, Apple has now pushed an update to its iMovie video editing software. The update bumps the app to version 10.1.1 and includes primarily under-the-hood bug fixes and performance updates, some of which will certainly be welcomed by users.

First off, Apple says the update fixes an issue with YouTube sharing that would prevent a user from signing in if they had multiple accounts. The update also fixes an issue relating to applying White Balance adjustments to clips, as well as one that caused an incorrect display of still images. Another change is that clips are now copied when dragged from the Project Media area to the events area of the Library list.

The full changelog is below:

What’s New in Version 10.1.1

• Resolves an issue with YouTube sharing that could prevent sign in for users with multiple accounts
• Fixes a problem that...

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13:34
External Link: iOS 9.3 and Education

Frasier Speirs takes a look at the new education-oriented features slated to appear in iOS 9.3. These features include a Shared iPad capability, a Classroom app for teachers, and Managed Apple IDs (managed via an Apple School Manager portal). Apple is both renewing its education focus in a very big way with this upcoming iOS release as well as attempting to revive iPad sales, which have slowly but steadily declined in recent quarters.

 

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13:30
Notable apps and app updates for Jan. 19, 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 for Mac OS X and iOS.

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

Soundness has announced SoundSoap 5.0, an update to their award-winning audio noise reduction software for Mac OS X (10.9 and higher) and Windows. The upgrade introduces new technology that finds and removes background noises automatically by analyzing the media file. 

Other improvements include a graphical learn noise mode, better hum removal, improved media playback controls, FLAC and MP3 file support, high-resolution audio meters, and full bypass and reset commands. SoundSoap is a tool that solves audio noise problems like unwanted hiss and background noises, clicks, pops, crackles, electrical hum, rumble, clipping, and low volume in media files.

SoundSoap 5 includes the...

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13:10
ESPN President thinks tvOS Delivers a Great...

John Skipper, president of sports at TV giant ESPN, runs a corner of the Walt Disney Empire that has long been a star performer, and rarely a source of anxiety for Wall Street. Yet the mood among investors dramatically began to shift last August ...

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13:08
ESPN in 'ongoing conversations' with Apple...

ESPN is in discussions with Apple about the prospects of some sort of over-the-top streaming service, according to the sports network's president, John Skipper.

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12:45
Former Chomp co-founder and Apple TV designer Ben...

Chomp co-founder Ben Keighran is exiting his role at Apple according to a new report out of Re/code:

Ben Keighran, who joined Apple four years ago when it bought a startup he co-founded, says he is leaving soon and eventually intends to start something new. “I want to create not just a killer product, but my own iconic company,” he said.

Keighran joined Apple in 2012 when it bought his firm Chomp to overhaul iTunes and App Store search. Universal search among key media partners is a major feature of the new Apple TV. Chomp’s other co-founder Cathy Edwards joined Apple through that acquisition and worked on Maps Quality before leaving in March 2014.

The report notes that Keighran...

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12:33
Apple Frustrated by Inability to Reach Deals With TV...

ESPN president John Skipper spoke with The Wall Street Journal in an interview this morning, revealing some insider details on Apple's struggle to establish deals with content providers for a streaming television service.

According to Skipper, Apple is "frustrated" by its ongoing inability to find a mutually advantageous way to work with programmers. Though no deals have been established, ESPN "continues" trying to work with Apple on some kind of partnership.

They are creating a significantly advantageous operating system and a great television experience and that television experience is fabulous for sports. We are big proponents of believing it would be a fabulous place to sell some subscriptions. We have ongoing conversations. They have been frustrated by their ability to construct something which works for them with programmers. We continue...

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11:55
Now you can save the songs you hear in Starbucks...

You might not need to use Shazam next time you listen to a really good song while ordering your Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks.

On Tuesday, Starbucks announced another exclusive partnership with Spotify, which will allow customers to save the music they hear in stores as a new form of discovery. The Starbucks mobile app now has a dedicated section devoted to telling you the music that’s currently playing in a Starbucks store nearby. The section lets you save and listen to the songs anywhere you go by connecting to your Spotify account. You can also browse the store’s previous playlists to see which songs are on rotation.

You can access this new section in the Starbucks app by tapping on the “Now Playing” banner at the bottom of the screen. This new mobile music feature is available in both iOS and Android versions of the Starbucks apps, and currently more than 7,500 U.S. Starbucks stores are participating in the Spotify-dependent program.

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11:50
LG Wins a Design Patent for a Smartphone with a Two-...

Earlier this month LG was granted a design patent for a possible future smartphone that will offer consumers a two sided wraparound display with rounded edges. The market is definitely looking for a smartphone design that finally breaks away from the pack and LG's design just might fit the bill.

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11:49
Apple releases OS X 10.11.3 with fixes for bugs and...

(credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Today Apple release OS X 10.11.3, the third major update for El Capitan since it was released to the public in September. You can grab it now through the Update tab of the Mac App Store, or you can manually download and install the Combo Update version from Apple's support site.

As with the iOS 9.2.1 update, Apple's release notes are unusually light, and the more detailed release notes aren't available on Apple's support site as of this writing (it will post here when it's ready). The security release notes detail a handful of fixes for El Capitan and one for the still-supported Mavericks and Yosemite, most of which have been resolved thanks to memory handling improvements.

If you're hoping for more features, it looks...

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11:26
ESPN president says Apple ‘frustrated’ over building...

It’s easy to miss out on sports entertainment when you cut the cord and just rely on Apple TV, but ESPN president John Skipper tells The Wall Street Journal that may change in 2016. When asked about the potential streaming network Apple reportedly hopes to offer on its set-top box, the ESPN exec says that Apple has been “frustrated” with the process of building a service but that ESPN has been in past talks and continues to work with the company:

WSJ: Does Apple have a path to being a player in the TV industry?

Mr. Skipper: They...

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11:12
How Donald Trump got everything wrong about Apple in...

Re/code:

Donald Trump, the billionaire and leading Republican candidate for President of the United States, says he wants Apple, the biggest technology company in the world by market valuation, to make its computers and other products in America. It made for a good sound bite, but it betrayed a deep ignorance of how the tech economy actually works and the role of American workers in it.

When it comes to understanding technology, as he has proven time and again, Trump doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

He’s an utter buffoon. He’s either ignorant about the power he’d have as president or being deliberately stupid. Either way, he’s proving unfit for the job he wants, let alone the job he has.

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11:09
Apple's 2016 Worldwide Developers Conference...

Each June, Apple holds its Worldwide Developers Conference at the Moscone West convention center in San Francisco, California, giving thousands of developers from around the world a chance to meet up with Apple engineers and sit in on valuable workshops and software sessions.

Apple has not yet announced the dates for its 2016 conference, but based on scheduling information available from the Moscone Center, it appears there's only one narrow window that's potentially available -- June 13 to June 17.

Dates in red are unavailable at Moscone West

During the first, second, fourth, and fifth weeks of June, Moscone West is booked for a Travel Association Luncheon, a Biotechnology Industry Organization conference, an International Society for Stem Cell Research convention, and the Red Hat Summit. There's nothing on the calendar for the third week of...

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11:00
∞ My love of MacBook

I love the Mac. I feel no need to replace it with one of Apple’s other devices, like iPad, nor would I think of replacing it with another type of Windows-based computer. While Apple has focused a lot of attention and resources on mobile over the past few years, it has also made quite a number of significant improvements to the Mac. That fact is often overlooked by many people in the industry. [...]

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11:00
Apple publishes list of Apple TV content providers...

Dave Mark over at Loop Insight pointed out that Apple has published a list of content providers for the Apple TV. At this time, he counts 85 providers. Sure, that's not as many as my cable company can provide, and not all of the content is available here in the United States, but it's not too bad...

What content providers are you looking for that aren't on the list? Let us know in the comments. 

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10:59
After five years of conflict with Apple, some...

The Samsung Galaxy S III, released in mid-2012, is the newest phone involved in yesterday's injunction. (credit: SamsungTomorrow)

One month from now, Samsung will be banned from selling certain smartphones in the US. The phones involved are so old, however, that the legal order will not affect the marketplace in a meaningful way.

The injunction by US District Judge Lucy Koh is part of the long-running Apple v. Samsung lawsuits, which began nearly five years ago. In the second lawsuit, a jury awarded Apple $120 million, but Koh didn't grant an injunction against Samsung's infringing phones. Last September,...

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10:56
Phishing Attack Could Net LastPass Credentials


LastPass has boosted security for its users after a security researcher alerted the company of a phishing attack he devised to steal users' login and two-factor authentication credentials. Sean Cassidy, CTO of Praesidio, demonstrated the phishing attack, which he calls "LostPass," last week at ShmooCon. "We think this is a very serious problem for two main reasons," said Praesidio CEO Edgardo Nazario. "First, LastPass is a very popular password manager. Second, the phishing attack we uncovered is fairly simple to implement and execute."

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10:51
Verizon joins AT&T in launching sponsored data...

Verizon on Tuesday officially announced FreeBee Data, a service that will let businesses sponsor data access so subscribers can load some apps, websites, or downloads without it impacting their monthly limits.

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10:37
iOS 9.2.1 and OS X 10.11.3 are now available

Apple on Tuesday released updates for iOS and OS X. Both updates are minor; Apple says that both contain security updates and bug fixes.

iOS 9.2.1 also fixes a problem “that could prevent the completion of app installation when using an MDM server.”

Before installing the updates, back up the data on your Mac and iOS device.

iOS 9.2.1

To install the iOS update on your device through a Wi-Fi or mobile connection:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap General > Software Update.
  3. Tap Download and Install.
  4. Enter your passcode.
  5. Agree to the terms and conditions.

The iOS 9.2.1 update is 41MB. Your device will need to restart once to complete the installation.

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10:35
Apple, Samsung, and Sony Face Child Labor Claims

An anonymous reader writes: Amnesty International has accused Apple, Samsung, Sony, and other tech companies of failing to do basic checks to ensure minerals used in their products are not mined by children. A new report explains how cobalt is harvested from mines by children as young as seven years old. The cobalt then ends up in lithium-ion batteries sold to device-makers throughout the world. The list of companies who use these batteries also includes Daimler, Dell, HP, Huawei, Lenovo, LG, Microsoft, Vodafone, Volkswagen, and ZTE. Amnesty International notes that half the world's cobalt comes from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where many mining operations have terrible track records for accidents and concern for workers' welfare. They say, "the vast majority of miners spend long hours every day working with cobalt without the most basic of protective equipment, such as gloves, work clothes or facemasks to protect them from lung or skin disease." According to UNICEF,...

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10:28
About the security content of OS X El Capitan 10.11....

This document describes the security content of OS X El Capitan 10.11.3 and Security Update 2016-001.

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10:26
OS X 10.11.3 and iOS 9.2.1 Bring Bug Fixes

Apple has updated both El Capitan and iOS 9 with unspecified bug fixes and security updates.

 

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10:21
Smart home technologies and IoT driving new growth...

Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) has released new research reporting that 70% of U.S. security dealers currently install or plan to install some type of interactive smart home device or system within their residential offerings in the next 12 months. Nearly three-quarters of security dealers offer interactivity with their devices, which can be controlled through smartphones, tablets, and computers.

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10:18
Apple releases OS X 10.11.3 and iOS 9.2.1

Apple has released Mac OS X 10.11.3 and iOS 9.2.1. The latest version of OS X El Capitan provides bug fixes and security updates. You can obtain it via the Updates section of the Mac App Store.

 

iOS 9.2.1 addresses bug fixes, security improvements, and an MDM server issue fix. You can find the upgrade by tapping Settings > General > Software Update on your iPhone or iPad screen.

 

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10:15
Apple is slightly more diverse now than years past,...

Apple reports a breakdown of its employees by gender and race to the federal government every year, and its recently released 2015 diversity figures show the company is improving, but its staff is still largely white and male.

Apple is now 69 percent male and 31 percent female, a change of 1 percent in favor of women over 2014. The percentage of white employees also shifted downward, from 55 percent to 54 percent of the total company. Apple is now 18 percent Asian, up from 15 percent, and 8 percent black, up from 7 percent. The company said this year’s new hires are more diverse than ever before, at 35 percent woman globally, and in the U.S. 19 percent of new employees were Asian, 13 percent Hispanic, and 11 percent black.

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10:10
Apple release iOS 9.2.1 with fix for app installs,...

Apple on Tuesday publicly released iOS 9.2.1, a maintenance and security update for iPhone and iPad that addresses some minor issues, most notably a problem that could halt app installations for enterprise customers.

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10:10
iOS 9.2.1 update arrives with security and MDM fixes...

(credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Apple has just released iOS 9.2.1, the first bug fix update since iOS 9.2 was released and the third update for iOS 9 overall. It's available as an over-the-air download or through iTunes for everything that supports iOS 9: the iPhone 4S or newer, the iPad 2 or newer, all flavors of the iPad Mini, the iPad Pro, and the fifth- and sixth-generation iPod Touches.

Apple's release notes are less forthcoming than they usually are. iOS 9.2.1 provides non-specific security and bug fixes as well as "a fix for an issue that could prevent the completion of app installation when using an MDM (Mobile Device Management) server."

Last week, Apple...

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10:06
Mac OS X gets bumped to version 10.11.3, brings bug...

Apple on Tuesday released OS X El Capitan 10.11.3, a new point release that the company says brings bug fixes and security updates to the venerable desktop operating system.

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10:05
Apple releases iOS 9.2.1 with bug fixes, security...

There’s a new iOS 9.2.1 update within the Settings app awaiting all iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users today. Apple released the first developer beta version of the software update in mid-December after shipping iOS 9.2 earlier in the month. The second iOS 9.2 beta was later released at the start of January. Apple has since started testing iOS 9.3 with developers and public beta testers.

As the version number suggests, iOS 9.2.1 so far hasn’t included any major feature changes or enhancements, and the official release notes only reference bug fixes, security improvements, and an MDM server issue fix.

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10:03
PipelineFX releases Qube! 6.8 

PipelineFX has launched released Qube! 6.8 (http://www.pipelinefx.com/features/), an update to the render farm management software for visual effects. The new version expands the capabilities of ArtistView bringing job submissions, a simpler configuration process and tabbed navigation into a new user interface.

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10:01
OS X 10.11.3 hits the Mac App Store for all users

Heads up to all El Capitan users: OS X 10.11.3 is now available through the Mac App Store. Apple released the first developer beta version of the software update in mid-December after shipping OS X 10.11.2 earlier in the month. The second OS X 10.11.3 beta followed at the start of January. Apple has since started testing OS X 10.11.4.

As the version number suggests, OS X 10.11.3 so far hasn’t included any major feature changes or enhancements, although we’ll update our coverage if anything significant is discovered.

The update further addresses lingering bugs and performance issues hanging around the Mac software. The last OS X...

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10:00
Apple Releases iOS 9.2.1 With Bug Fixes, Security...

Apple today released iOS 9.2.1 to the public, marking the first update to iOS 9 since iOS 9.2 launched in December of 2015. iOS 9.2.1 has been in testing since December 16, with developers and public beta testers receiving a total of three betas before its public launch.

Today's iOS 9.2.1 release is available as an over-the-air update to all iOS 9 users. A minor update, iOS 9.2.1 is the fifth update to iOS 9 in total, following the launches of iOS 9.0.1, iOS 9.0.2, iOS 9.1, and iOS 9.2.

iOS 9.2.1, as a 9.x.x update,...

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10:00
Apple World Today Video Tip: Force-clicking with a...

Apple's Force Touch trackpads are impressive and some of the things that you can do with them by using a force click are very useful. Today we look at a few of the results of force-clicking. For even more tips, visit Apple's support website page on the topic at https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204352.

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09:55
Apple Releases OS X 10.11.3 El Capitan With Multiple...

Apple today released OS X 10.11.3 to the public, marking the launch of the third update to the El Capitan operating system that was first released on September 30. In testing since December 16, OS X 10.11.3 follows the December launch of OS X 10.11.2. Prior to release, Apple seeded three betas of OS X 10.11.3 to developers and public beta testers.

The OS X 10.11.3 update can be downloaded through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store. It is available to all OS X El Capitan users.

During the beta testing period, no significant outward-facing changes were discovered in OS X 10.11.3, with the update instead aiming to improve performance and fix bugs discovered since the launch of OS X 10.11.2. According to Apple's release notes, OS X 10.11.3 includes unspecified bug fixes and security updates. The...

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09:45
iOS 9 code suggests iPhone 7 could experiment with...

My cheap headphone jack-less iPhone mockup

It’s been widely reported that the iPhone 7 is destined to ditch the dated headphone jack in favor of wireless audio solutions and a Lightning adapter for wired headphones and speakers, and now internal iOS software code seems to all but confirm the rumor. Jailbreaker @kyoufujibaya claims to have discovered a reference to ‘Headphones.have.%sinput.NO.’ within the latest iOS 9.3 beta 1.1 software release, which would appear to be related to the transition from 3.5 mm headphones to alternative solutions on iPhones. The same jailbreaker also has another interesting discovery based on the iPhone’s codebase …

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09:20
How to make the iPad more like a Mac without making...

Enlarge / The iPad Pro is a good start, but iOS needs to get better for it to realize its full potential. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Last week, Apple announced its plans for iOS 9.3. It’s surprisingly ambitious for a point update, hearkening back to the days of iOS 4.x where these smaller mid-cycle updates could be expected to do more than fix bugs or support new hardware and...

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09:00
From Inside the Cloud—What protection exists for...

It’s the New Year and one of the things that I hope gives you increased peace of mind in 2016 are the continued investments that we are making to protect your information within the Office 365 service, as I explain on our latest episode of “From Inside the Cloud.”

To put this into context, Office 365 has one of the largest data sets in the world. As people author and share files, send email and collaborate on their day-to-day tasks, terabytes and terabytes of enterprise data flows through the service at any given time.

We focus on protecting your data everywhere it is authored and shared, without disrupting your ability to get work done. This is a very real and vital engineering goal and requires an approach that balances both information security and end user needs. It starts with harnessing the intelligence of the service itself and providing the controls to tailor protection to your specific organization requirements.

In previous episodes of “From Inside...

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09:00
Embed video throughout your intranet

A video message that is easy to find and easy to view will be more successful than one buried in the depths of one, two, three clicks away. When you put a company message from the CxO or a status update from a project leader—front and center where employees and team members are—the information and insights will be better targeted, more fully understood and ultimately shared within the right context.

“The capabilities of Office 365 Video represent a tremendous productivity value: it’s not intrusive, and it’s reliable.
It’s a great way to reach large audiences and targeted audiences alike.”

—Jacob Skaggs, SharePoint developer at PulteGroup. Read their full case study.

Within Office 365, it is possible to place videos (embed) in-line and in-context where people work on projects, online and on-premises. You can do this within SharePoint Team Sites,...

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08:57
9to5Toys Last Call: iPad Air $299, UE MEGABOOM (...

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08:54
Is the Elio P5 the car of the future?

Great gas mileage, two seats, airbags and it's coming this year. Would you consider buying it?

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08:50
Mapping places in America where prohibition never...

Atlas Obscura:

If you think that Prohibition is a thing of the past, think again. There are a surprising number of places in the U.S. where the sale and consumption of alcohol is still illegal.

While Prohibition was repealed in 1933, many municipalities opted to keep the ban in place. Thirty-three states allow for localities to prohibit the sale of alcohol, and in some cases consumption and possession. Kansas, Tennessee and Mississippi are dry states by default and require individual counties to opt in to sell alcohol.

When I lived in the Southern US, I always found it weirdly quaint, but annoying nonetheless, how many places had prohibitions on the sale and service of alcohol. The best example is Lynchburg, Tennessee, the home of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey. You can’t drink Jack Daniel’s in the place where it’s distilled.

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08:46
Verizon's FreeBee Data 360 program lets...

Before 2016 comes to an end, the apps on your smartphone may be paying for your wireless data usage. Verizon announced on Tuesday that it will start testing a program where companies can pay to sponsor a user’s data. Those sponsorships mean Verizon subscribers can use an app or certain parts of an app without that usage counting against their data cap.

The new program is called FreeBee Data 360 and currently comes in two flavors. FreeBee Data 360 lets a content provider, such as a news service, sponsor some or all of the mobile data a subscriber uses to access that content. The sponsorship can include a website, app, or both, with content providers paying by the gigabyte.

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08:44
Starbucks app now lets you save Spotify playlists...

For me, coffee at Starbucks is secondary to the great music you discover courtesy of your twenty-something barista’s Spotify DJ skills. The good news is you can now easily save those Spotify playlists for listening later through an update to the Starbucks iPhone app today.

As a continuation of the partnership with Spotify that Starbucks first announced back in May of last year, today the company is rolling out an update to its mobile apps that will let users view and save Spotify playlists they hear playing in its stores.

In addition to saving Spotify playlists through the...

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08:39
Amazon Prime Air building drones to cope with...

Amazon's drone-based Prime Air delivery service will have an array of craft to deal with different climates and environments, though the company is still devising solutions to other problems and could end up launching outside the U.S. first, according to a new interview.

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08:36
iOS code references possible upcoming Li-Fi protocol...

No one’s really heard of Li-Fi, but it sounds amazing.

And it sounds like it could be part of the way your iPhone communicates with the rest of the world.

A study of recent iOS code from iOS 9.1 and beyond has found references to Li-Fi, an experimental high-speed wireless networking protocol that uses pulses of light to transmit data and is being marketed as a long-term replacement for Wi-Fi.

Beginning with iOS 9.1, the operating system’s library cache file makes mention of “LiFiCapability” alongside other hardware and software capability declarations. The change was spotted by Twitter user Chase Fromm.

Li-Fi’s functionality is similar to that of an infrared remote control. Data is transmitted by rapidly modulating a light...

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08:31
The history of the iPod nano

Stephen Hackett did a lovely job pulling together this history of the iPod nano for 512 Pixels.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:13
Do you listen to Beats 1? Here’s what Apple can do...

Apple continues to talk high praise of Apple Music, most recently leaking that the service has 10 million paying subscribers, but it has remained somewhat quiet about its Beats 1 online 24/7 radio station. Beats 1 launched to much fanfare with Zane Lowe leading the effort, and while it seems to be doing decently, it isn’t a sensation in the music business yet. It’s especially timely to talk about Beats 1 now that Apple has retired the iTunes Radio ad-supported stations, leaving Beats 1 as the only way to get free streaming music from Apple. I’m intrigued...

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08:09
Feature Request: Apple TV dictation in search fields...

Recent software updates have really turned me on to the new Apple TV by adding features previously available on the last generation set-top box. The new Apple TV has redesigned apps and a whole App Store for finding new channels and games, a new Siri Remote with voice search that pulls in content from a handful of services, and there’s the full Apple Music experience too. The tvOS 9.1 update added Siri search for Apple Music ahead of schedule and brought support for Apple’s Remote app on iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches. The upcoming tvOS 9.2 update goes even further by bringing over an updated Podcasts app and adding app folders and a refreshed app switcher user interface. But there’s still just one more piece of low-hanging fruit left for the...

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08:08
Trump claims he’ll get Apple “to start building...

Because one man’s stupidity should never be underestimated.

GOP frontrunner, questionable billionaire, person who will say anything and outright failure that walks like a man Donald Trump, speaking at Liberty University yesterday, claimed he would reclaim lost U.S. manufacturing jobs if elected President, criticizing Apple in the process.

“We have such amazing people in this country: smart, sharp, energetic, they’re amazing,” Trump said. “I was saying make America great again, and I actually think we can say now, and I really believe this, we’re gonna get things coming… we’re gonna get Apple to start building their damn computers and things in this country, instead of in other countries.”

Keep in mind that even former Apple CEO...

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08:00
iQunix Zand iPhone/iPad stand: More flexible than a...

Just yesterday Dennis did a review of the Just Mobile AluBolt, a docking station for the iPhone 5 through 6s Plus, iPad mini, and iPod touch (fifth and sixth generation). Pretty flexible, isn't it? Well, what would you think about a stand that can hold any iPhone, iPad or iPod touch ever made? That's the iQunix Zand iPhone/iPad Stand (US$39.99, affiliate link), the latest of a genre of device stands that use micro-suction material and aluminum to keep your device in an upright position.

Design

The Zand features a design that is incredibly flexible, as it can be placed in several different positions depending on the device you're attaching and the orientation of the device. There are two big micro-suction...

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07:53
These are the 25 worst passwords of 2015

Look on the bright side! There’s one good thing that comes out of all those website breaches every year: Security researchers get to comb through all those lists of usernames and passwords to remind us just how bad most of our passwords are. Now that we’re well into 2016, password management company SplashData just released its annual round-up of the worst passwords of 2015.

The report is based on more than 2 million passwords that leaked online during the year. One trend the company found in 2015 is that while users are coming up with longer passwords (that’s good), they are simple and not random (that’s bad). Two examples the company points to are ‘1234567890’ and ‘qwertyuiop’. One just uses every number key and the other uses the top row of keys on a standard QWERTY keyboard.

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07:49
Apple chip partner TSMC plans to launch 7nm process...

Taiwanese semiconductor foundry TSMC is reportedly preparing to roll out its 7-nanometer process node as soon as 2018, with a jump to 5 nanometers currently penciled in for 2020.

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07:20
Apple sponsoring Super Bowl host committee with free...

The Super Bowl kicks off on February 7th at Levi’s Stadium, in close vicinity to the headquarters of major tech firms including Apple. Usually, the Super Bowl is funded by local government sponsorships. This year, tech companies are (at least partially) footing the bill. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple has contributed free products and equipment to the host committee and has explicitly declined any company or product marketing in exchange. Apple joins other tech companies like Alphabet, Yahoo, Seagate and HP in funding the proceedings — the Super Bowl committee has raised about $50 million in total from these firms.

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07:11
Apple among sponsors of the Super Bowl Host Committee

Apple is among the tech sponsors of the Super Bowl Host Committee, according to the Wall Street Journal. The committee is the liaison between the National Football League and the local community. The 2016 Super Bowl is slated for Feb. 7 and will be played at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

“Tech companies saw this as an opportunity to host a very important local Bay Area initiative,” Keith Bruce, chief executive of the Super Bowl Host Committee, told the WSJ. “The Super Bowl is a huge part of American culture and it’s the most-watched sporting event in the U.S. The scale of it was definitely attractive to tech firms, and the fact that it touches so many different types of people.”

Leading up to Super Bowl 50 is a weeklong series of public events held throughout the region, including the NFL Experience and the Super Bowl City fan village, featuring...

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07:01
Apple is (very) slowly improving its employee...

Apple mildly improved employee diversity this year, but voted against a proposal to improve it where the problem is worst -- the executive suite. According to the company's latest EEO-1 Federal Employer Information (FEI) filing, it had a net increase...

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07:00
Gadget Ogling: Baring Souls, Soaking Up Sound, and...


As time advances, more responsibilities seep into our lives. We get wrapped up in our own worlds, and don't necessarily make enough time to spend with the friends and family members who've been important parts of our worlds for decades. Concepter's Soul time tracker seeks to make us more conscious of the time we spend with those who matter most to us. It comes as a wristband or keyfob with Bluetooth connectivity, which is simple enough. The real essence here is in the accompanying app.

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06:44
Just Mobile introduces its first iPad Pro accessories

Just Mobile (www.just-mobile.com) has released its first iPad Pro accessories -- Just Mobile AutoHeal and TENC for Apple’s iPad Pro.

The $44.95 AutoHeal self-healing full-coverage screen protectors protecting the super-sized iPad screen from minor scratches. The naturalist “wanting the true beauty of their iPad Pro to shine” will love the TENC self-healing, ultra-slim transparent cases, says Nils Gustafsson, co-founder of Just Mobile. 

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06:41
Apple convinces U.S. court to ban Samsung phones in...

A federal court in California has banned the sale in the U.S. of Samsung smartphones that have features that infringe three patents owned by Apple.

On Monday, Judge Lucy Koh of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, ruled that the permanent injunction would come into effect 30 days after the entry of the order. The ban covers the implementation of features like the “slide-to-unlock” and auto word correction capabilities in some of Samsung’s earlier phones.

The smartphones covered under the order include Samsung’s Admire, Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note II, Galaxy S II, Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch, Galaxy S II Skyrocket, Galaxy S III, and Stratosphere products, which are Samsung’s older smartphones.

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06:24
Trump Says He'd Make Apple Build Computers In...

mrspoonsi writes with Business Insider's report that presidential candidate Donald Trump says he'd like to make Apple "start building their damn computers and things in this country instead of other countries."

From the article: Trump's ultimatum to the most valuable company in the world was made towards the end of a 45-minute speech he gave at Liberty University in Virginia on Monday. The most popular candidate in the Republican party said he would impose a 35% business tax on American businesses manufacturing outside of the United States. Apple has manufactured its Mac Pro at a factory in Texas since 2013, but the vast majority of its products (including the iPhone) are largely made and assembled in China. How Trump would force Apple's supply chain, which relies heavily on a vast network of suppliers and large factories throughout Asia, to be brought stateside remains unknown. Apple CEO Tim Cook recently called the U.S. tax code "awful for America." If Trump (or anyone)...

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06:05
Apple granted patent for the iMac’s cooling system

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,239,598) by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for the cooling system in the iMac. Dubbed “thermal architecture,” it’s for an apparatus for cooling a unibody computing device with obscured inlet and outlet vents.

According to the invention, inlet vents are arranged on a bottom surface of the unibody computing device and then exhaust air is vented out from a rear surface of the computing device. The rear vents can be obscured by a stand designed to support the weight of the computing device. By venting exhaust air to either side of the support stand exhaust air can be prevented from being drawn back into the inlet vents to avoid overheating.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that most computing devices generate enough heat to require some form of active cooling process in order to dissipate the heat and prevent overheating conditions in the device. One way devices are kept cool is by circulating air into and out of...

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05:52
Apple granted yet another 3D-related patent, this...

Apple continues to work on 3D interfaces and has been granted a patent (number 9,235,753) by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for “optical pattern projection” that could be used for, among other things, gesture-based gaming.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that optical pattern projection is used in a variety of applications, such as optical three-dimensional (3D) mapping, area illumination and LCD backlighting. In some applications, diffractive optical elements (DOEs) are used in creating a desired projection pattern. 

Here’s the summary of the patent: “Optical apparatus includes first and second diffractive optical elements (DOEs) arranged in series to diffract an input beam of radiation. The first DOE is configured to apply to the input beam a pattern with a specified divergence angle, while the second DOE is configured to split the input beam into a matrix of output beams with a specified fan-out angle. The divergence and fan-out angles are chosen so as to...

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05:42
Killer Deal: Free AppleCare & Canon AirPrint...

Shoppers in the market for a 27" iMac with Retina 5K display this month can grab a free AppleCare extended protection plan, a free Canon PIXMA all-in-one AirPrint printer, and free shipping, with the purchase of all possible Late 2015 iMac 5K configurations. Plus no sales tax for customers in 48 states.

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05:38
Apple wins a (mostly symbolic) ban on some Samsung...

Apple has won a ban against U.S. sales on certain Samsung products found to infringe on its patents. However, the benefit to Apple is mostly symbolic.

California district court judge Lucy Koh issued a ruling granting the Cupertino, California-based company a permanent injunction against Samsung that prohibits company from developing, selling, importing, updating or advertising software that infringe on Apple's patents. In the ruling, the judge notes that the court “finds that Apple will suffer irreparable harm if Samsung continues its use of the infringing features, that monetary damages cannot adequately compensate Apple for the resulting irreparable harm, and that the balance of equities and public interest favor entry of a permanent injunction.”

However, as Florian Mueller writes for FOSS Patents the injunction is “practically...

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05:25
Apple, other tech companies accused of child labor...

Major electronics brands, including Apple, Samsung and Sony, are failing to do basic checks to ensure that cobalt mined by child laborers has not been used in their products, according to Amnesty International and Afrewatch in a report published today.

The investigation claims child labor is being used to acquire cobalt in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The mineral used to produce lithium-ion batteries.

“The glamorous shop displays and marketing of state of the art technologies are a stark contrast to the children carrying bags of rocks, and miners in narrow manmade tunnels risking permanent lung damage,” said Mark Dummett, Business & Human Rights Researcher at Amnesty International. “Millions of people enjoy the benefits of new technologies but rarely ask how they are made. It is high time the big brands took some responsibility for the mining of the raw...

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05:11
Apple's U.S. Workforce Continues to Diversify...

Apple has shared its most recently filed Federal Employer Information Report EEO-1, providing a breakdown of the company's U.S. workforce as of August 2015. AppleInsider first spotted the document over the weekend.

The employment data reveals that Apple is slightly more diverse compared to its previous July 2014 report, hiring 1,475 African-American or Black employees, 1,633 Hispanics or Latinos and 1,662 Asians over a 13-month period.

The latest EEO-1 data contradicts Apple's public-facing diversity page, which said the company hired 2,200 Black employees, a 65% increase over the previous year, and 2,700 Hispanic employees, a 50% year-over-year increase,...

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05:00
More than 200 million VR devices predicted to be...

Apple is doubtless keeping its eye on the virtual reality (VR)/augmented reality (AR) market. While virtual reality (VR) is not a new technology in concept and can trace its origins back to the 1950s, the past few years have witnessed a golden era of investment and product development in the sector, and highly-capable head-mounted displays (HMDs) are now on the verge of commercial deployment. 

VR offerings from Oculus, HTC, and Sony took the recent CES show by storm and are some of the most hotly anticipated new consumer technology products of 2016. Hardware and content companies alike are banking on strong consumer interest in VR over the next several years, driven in large part by gaming applications.

According to a recent report from Tractica...

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04:45
Apple finally gets US sales ban on some Samsung...

Apple has finally managed to secure a sales ban over some Samsung phone features that infringe on its patents and intellectual property. However, the victory is effectively manginess despite the milestone in its continuing patent litigation suit with Samsung in ever-longer court battles.

Apple’s ban resides over three features encumbered by its patents: the controversial ‘slide to unlock’ patent, predictive text technology and autocorrect. Getting a ban is a huge symbolic achievement, but the effect it will have on day-to-day business of the two companies is minor. The ban is effectively useless...

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04:30
JBL Micro On Time is a handy iOS dock/charger/alarm...

Harman's JBL On Time Micro is an attractive, compact, alarm-clock docking station that's compatible with all versions of the iPhone, iPad, iPod, MP3 and CD players, and desktop and laptop computers. The newest JBL time machine comes equipped with some sweet JBL technology and features a sleek, user-friendly design.

The US$199.99 system combines an iOS device dock, charging station, alarm clock and speaker system in one device. As with almost all Harman/JBL products I've test-driven it's a sweet package with surprisingly good sound for such a compact device.

I only need one alarm in the morning. I sleep until the alarm goes off, then I rise and shine (or at least rise). My wife, on the other hand, likes to hit the snooze button. Again. And again. And again. She's one of those folks who will love the On Time Micro's seven (yep, seven) separate alarms.

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04:20
Screenium for OS X now lets you record from iOS...

Synium Software has served up Screenium 3.1, an update to their screen recording tool for OS X.

The app lets you record at 60 fps. Version 3.1 lets you record the contents of your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and tvOS devices.

Screenium requires a OS X 10.9 or later. Recording iOS devices requires iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 or later as well as an iOS device with a Lightning connector.
Until January 19, Screenium is offered with a 50% discount. After that, the regular price of $49.99 will apply.

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04:17
ABI Research: 156 million tablets will ship in 2020

ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com) predicts 156 million tablets will ship in 2020, marking a 3% CAGR [compound annual return rate] for the device category between 2015 and 2020.

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04:06
iTaskX for OS X revved to version 3

Techno-Grafit has released iTaskX 3 (http://tinyurl.com/zlvmdvd) for Mac OS X. It’s an update of the Microsoft Project compatible, pro project management software.

The update sports a revamped user interface inspired by OS X El Capitan. It also boasts: new usage views; cost rate tables; recurring tasks; advanced work calendars; effort-driven scheduling; and more.

iTaskX 3 requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. Pricing starts at US$140 for a single-user license.

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04:04
Korean Analysts say that Samsung has lost its Luster...

A new Korean report today notes that "Samsung Electronics, Korea's most valuable company according to all financial analyses, is losing its luster...

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04:00
Screenium is a full-featured OS X screen recorder...

I’ve long been a fan of Synium Software's Screenium, a screen recording tool for Mac OS X. It’s even better with the new version 3.1, which let you record from iOS and tvOS devices.

With the user-friendly Screenium you can record at 60 frames per second. This allows you to “grab” some nice screen recordings for tutorials, websites, and more. If you work with an ultra-high resolution 4K or 5K display or a Retina Mac, Screenium creates the smoothest video quality possible for these types of devices. It also packs a versatile video editor that makes it easy to process your footage.

With Screenium, you can create transitions between individual sequences, adapt the length of your video clips, add text, shapes, markers or pre-cast animations. There are templates for text or graphic overlays to make your work easier. With a few clicks, you can adapt the presentation to your specific requirements.

With version 3.1, you can now...

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03:55
Apple’s EEO-1 statement shows small change in...

Over the weekend, Apple posted its latest EEO-1 statement: the Equal Employment Opportunity form follows government regulations to note diversity of Apple’s employee base (via AppleInsider). The newly-released 2015 statement shows that 30 percent of Apple’s employees in the United States are female, a rise of 1% over the numbers posted in the 2014 statement. Black and Hispanic employees make up 8.6 percent and 11.7 percent of the workforce, respectively.

At an executive level, Apple continues to be heavily stacked towards white men. The report says that Apple’s senior officials, executives and managers are 83 percent are...

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03:48
Digital property after death issues continue as...

CBC News is reporting that Apple would not disclose Apple ID passwords to a widow after presenting her late husband’s death certificates and her will. Instead, Apple demanded Peggy Bush, 72, to attain a court order in order to gain access to the account. See the video after the jump for the full story.

Initially, Apple said that a death certificate would suffice but the company changed its mind on followup calls, making this situation even more frustrating for Bush. She just wanted to play her iPad freemium card game in peace. Law regarding digital assets after death is murky, although Bush points out that death certificates enabled her to transfer pensions and benefits, making it seem...

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03:07
Apple Wins U.S. Ban against Old, Outdated Software...

Yesterday Judge Koh granted Apple a motion for a permanent injunction against Samsung devices that infringe on three specific Apple patents ...

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03:00
Learning Tools for OneNote improves learning for all

“Students spend so much energy decoding that they can’t focus on content. This tool will help making learning more efficient.”
—Joel Reese, educator at Sammamish High School

“If my imagination designed technology, this would be in my wildest dream.”
—Haley Heck, educator at Sammamish High School

Today’s classrooms include students with a wide range of abilities. Educators are expected to adapt content to meet the needs of each of their students, including students with learning differences. While technology can be an enabler to learning, for some, technology is a challenge. Many educators lose valuable instructional time discovering, justifying, deploying and maintaining assistive technology for students with learning differences. To help address these challenges, we’re introducing Learning Tools for OneNote....

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02:30
Apple was Granted 21 Patents Today Covering a 3D...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 21 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a specific invention that Apple inherited from PrimeSense titled "Optical Pattern Projection" which is...

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Monday January 18

22:00
Apple wins US ban of Samsung software features, only...

After months of back-and-forth litigation, Apple won a US sales ban against certain Samsung software features found in infringement of three patents, though the ruling has no real bearing on either company's business.

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21:00
Sony's Mike Fasulo Shows Off Latest Products

IDG CMO Perspectives provides insight into the state of Marketing across industries from leading business executives. Cool new products coming soon from Sony: turntables, lightbulb speakers and camcorders.

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20:21
Apple's 2015 EEO-1 report shows slow progress...

Over the weekend, Apple quietly released its latest EEO-1 Federal Employer Information Report tallying employment diversity information through Aug. 1, 2015, revealing raw numbers that, while a slight improvement year over year, are incongruent with statements the company made last year.

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18:48
New investigation claims Apple’s battery suppliers...

According to a new investigation performed by Amnesty International, Apple is one of several technology companies using cobalt mined by child labor in their lithium-ion batteries. The report claims that Apple, Sony, Samsung, and Microsoft are all using the cobalt mined by child labor, as are electric car makes like Volkswagen and Daimler.

There are a handful of steps before the cobalt actually gets to an iPhone, however. Traders first purchase the mined cobalt from small producers, then sell it to Congo Dongfang Mining, which is a subsidiary of Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt Ltd, a Chinese mineral retailer. Battery manufacturers are next to acquire the cobalt, using it to produce the lithium-ion batteries...

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17:46
My 16 Mac Security Advances Article On TechCrunch

Ever since the kids from Silicon Valley went to TechCrunch, I’ve been thinking that at some point I’d want to put a piece there. Luckily, I recently got the chance. Today, 16 Apple Security Advances To Take Note Of In 2016 went up on TechCrunch. You can access the article here.

The original article actually listed the year that each was introduced in order. It was a lot of work to go back in time and piece the timeline together, so since the years didn’t make it through editorial, I list them here (not that anyone actually cares):

  • 2002: Managed Preferences
  • 2003: FileVault
  • 2004: Require all software installers that need system resources to prompt for a password
  • 2005: Restrict setuid and setgid in scripts...
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16:55
Apple Releases 2015 EEO-1 Diversity Data Over Weekend

theodp writes: Just days after it came under fire for dismissing a call for diversity as "unduly burdensome and not necessary," Apple quietly released its 2015 EEO-1 diversity report (dated 10/6/2015, reflects the 8/1 payroll). Like other tech companies' diversity disclosures, Apple's EEO-1 raw numbers can't really be reconciled to the percentages based on undisclosed raw numbers that grace the infographic-heavy diversity progress narrative CEO Tim Cook spoke to last August. As to why they keep two sets of diversity books, Apple explains, "The EEO-1 has not kept pace with changes in industry or the American workforce over the past half century. We believe the information we report elsewhere on this site is a far more accurate reflection of our progress toward diversity." Taking this stance allows Apple CEO Tim Cook to boast that "in the United States, we hired more than 2,200 Black employees — a 50 percent increase over last year," while ignoring Apple's EEO-1 report, which...

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16:54
Apple battery suppliers use cobalt mined by child...

An Amnesty International investigation claims child labor is being used to acquire cobalt in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a mineral used in the production of lithium-ion batteries purchased by tech companies like Apple.

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15:57
Donald Trump says he will force Apple to build its “...

2016 presidential candidate Donald Trump today held a rally at Liberty University in Virginia during which he spoke about his normal wide range of topics. This time, however, Trump brought Apple into his speech when discussing how to bring manufacturing jobs back to the United States and away from countries like China.

Trump told the audience at Liberty University that to bring manufacturing jobs back to the United States he would make Apple “build their damn computers and things in this country.” While this isn’t a bad idea, or even the first time it has been suggested, Trump didn’t offer any specifics on how he would force Apple to abruptly change its manufacturing (via Gizmodo).

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15:35
Donald Trump Sets his Crosshairs on Apple Making...

Donald Trump addressing Liberty University students reiterated that if elected President of the U.S. he would force companies like ford to build cars in America and not in Mexico or they'll be heavily taxed. While we've heard that from Trump before, what was new was his view that Apple ...

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15:33
Deepin Takes Linux to New Depths


The latest release of the Linux distro now called "Depth OS" deserves serious consideration. It is fast, reliable and innovative, with an impressive homegrown desktop design dubbed "Deepin Desktop Environment." Depth OS has a bit of an identity problem. It's not well known outside Asia and Europe, but that's not the major cause of confusion. The problem is that the open source community that developed the distro seems to have a difficult time deciding what to call it.

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14:48
Microsoft Prods Skylake Users to Take the Windows 10...


Microsoft last week announced that within the next 18 months, it will end support for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 on machines equipped with Intel's 6th generation Core processors, also known as "Skylake." As of mid-July next year, Windows 10 will be the only supported Windows platform on Skylake systems, and only the most critical security fixes will be released for earlier versions of Windows -- and then only if the fixes don't cause compatibility problems for non-Skylake systems running Windows 7 and 8.1.

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14:46
Apple to spend $80M on Campus 2 visitor center

Apple is estimating a $79.9 million financial outlay to build a planned visitor center with store and cafe at the currently under construction Campus 2 site, according to a recent permit filing.

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14:32
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 18...

Notable software releases this week include Microsoft Office 2016 15.18 and Office 2011 14.6.0, Fantastical 2.1.5, Boom 2 v1.4, and Mailplane 3.6.

 

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14:32
ExtraBITS for 18 January 2016

In this week’s ExtraBITS, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates have gotten their own Broadway show, the former head of the NSA came out in favor of encryption while Tim Cook battles the Obama administration over backdoors, and we have a reminder that you, gentle reader, are not an average Apple user.

 

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14:21
Likely Fake 13-Inch Skylake MacBook Pro Showing Up...

A pair of benchmark results uploaded to Geekbench 3 on January 14 purportedly belong to a next-generation Skylake-based 13" Retina MacBook Pro, but they more likely represent a Hackintosh.

The benchmarks report the machine as running an announced but unreleased 3.3GHz Intel Core i7-6567U processor, which would be appropriate for the high-end 13-inch model, and includes integrated Intel Iris Graphics 550 graphics. As a result, the results have generated some excitement among those eagerly awaiting Skylake notebooks from Apple.

Nevertheless, there are some unusual aspects of the benchmarks that suggest the results could belong to a Hackintosh instead.

First, the 15W4314 build number of OS X 10.11.3 shown in the...

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14:19
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14:09
Tim Cook, Apple employees volunteer at San Jose...

Apple CEO Tim Cook joined hundreds of Apple employees in honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday by volunteering time in a renovation effort at Santee Elementary School in San Jose, Calif.

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14:00
AWT News Update: January 18, 2016

We're back after a slow news Friday that kept us away from the mic. At the top of the news of Apple for this Monday:

  • CarPlay beats six other finalists to get Autoblog's 2016 Technology of the Year award
  • Apple's not using Swift in-house very much at this point
  • Rumors of a March/April Apple product intro event seem to be false

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for January 18, 2016.

CarPlay has received another award, this time as Autoblog’s 2016 Technology of the Year....

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13:57
Donald Trump promises to make Apple manufacture in...

In a campaign speech at Virginia's fundamentalist Liberty University on Monday, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump tangentially promised that he would force Apple to manufacture its hardware in the US instead of looking to overseas labor.

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13:44
Your Favorite Mac Personal Information Managers

Thanks to ratings and comments from over 600 TidBITS readers in the past week, we have recommendations for the top personal information managers on the Mac. And even if the top vote-getters aren’t right for you, you might be able to find your perfect replacement for Circus Ponies NoteBook among the 36 apps that make up the full list.

 

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13:21
Quick Review: Incase’s 12″ MacBook Neoprene Classic...

Today we’re taking a quick look at two Incase sleeves made specifically for Apple’s 12″ Retina MacBook. Neoprene Classic Sleeve ($39.95) comes in five colors and zips the 12″ MacBook in a low-profile soft carrying case. ICON Sleeve ($69.95) has a slightly larger profile that makes it thinner and ditches zippers for a tight-fitting opening at one end.  We compare both MacBook sleeves in detail below:

Both sleeves perfectly fit the 12″ Retina MacBook without adding spare space or slots for lots of adapters and accessories. Neoprene...

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13:00
Notable apps and app updates for Jan. 18, 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 for Mac OS X and iOS.

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

Software and Computer System Company has announced Performance Probe 2.1 for Mac OS X.

The tool is designed to help users find the sources of bottlenecks and performance problems with their systems. Version 2.1 includes a heads-up display that can perform loading measurements, dynamically graph drive and network activity, provide quick snapshots of the systems highest CPU and memory consumers. And it’s fully El Capitan capable.

The price for the standalone version of Performance Probe is $14.95. The tool is now a standard part of both the Scannerz with FSE and Scannerz with FSE-Lite packages.

Techno-Grafit...

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13:00
The Week in iPad Cases: New keyboard cases for the...

...plus, Griffin's latest Survivor case, and more

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases features high-tech backpacks, folios with built-in stands, and much more. Read on!

1Voice

The Mapmaker (all iPad models and iPad Pro; $159) keeps your gear protected and readily accessible.

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12:53
Apple's CarPlay wins Autoblog 2016 Technology...

Apple's CarPlay was awarded the "best individual technology feature in a vehicle" by Autoblog at Detroit's North American International Auto Show.

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12:32
Apple hikes App Store prices in Canada, Russia, New...

Reacting to fluctating currencies, Apple on Monday told developers that it will be hiking App Store prices in several countries within the next three days.

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12:09
Pokken Tournament to Kick Off in March


Nintendo last week announced that "Pokkén Tournament" will be available worldwide for Wii U on March 18. The Pokémon-themed fighting game, developed by Bandai Namco and published by Nintendo, will retail for $60. For the first production run of "Pokkén Tournament" copies, Nintendo is tossing in a Shadow Mewtwo amiibo card. When used with a Wii U gamepad, the amiibo card will unlock Shadow Mewtwo as a playable character. This year, the 20th anniversary of Pokémon, also will see the release of "Pokémon GO."

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11:52
Apple promises to compensate for iAd layoffs with...

The decision to scale back iAd will see some people lose sales jobs, although new positions should be created to compensate, an Apple spokesman acknowledged on Monday.

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11:51
iPhone not updating its battery status? Apple's...

If you’ve changed the time on your iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, you might have encountered an odd issue where your iPhone’s battery percentage indicator in the status bar doesn’t update like it should. Sound familiar? If so, you’ll be happy to know that Apple is on the case.

According to a page added to Apple’s support site last week, Apple is investigating reports that the battery status indicator on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus stops working correctly when you manually change the time on your phone or change time zones. The problem only occurs on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, according to Apple, and only happens when you manually change the time or time zone setting.

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11:41
App Store app prices going up in Canada, New Zealand...

Apple has notified developers that App Store prices in Canada, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore and South Africa are increasing. Customers in these regions will see prices for apps and in-app purchases rise within the next 72 hours. If you have a renewing subscription, Apple will notify you with an email about the price change ahead of the next subscription payment, although customers in Russia and South Africa will have to resubscribe manually.

Low price tiers are also being introduced into Canadian and New Zealand markets; Alternate Price Tier A and Alternate Prier Tier B. These offer alternate price...

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11:24
App Store prices increasing in Canada, Mexico and...

iMore:

Apple will soon be increasing the prices of paid apps and in-app purchases in a handful of countries due to exchange rate changes. App Stores affected by the change will be those in Canada, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, and South Africa. Those using in-app subscriptions in Russia and South Africa will need to resubscribe.

These sorts of adjustments are not uncommon. The changes in pricing are expected to take place across these countries in the next 72 hours, according to an email sent to developers by Apple.

While this is disappointing, it’s not surprising. The Canadian dollar in particular has dropped like a stone in the past few months.

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11:20
Apple asked widow for court order when she sought...

iPads. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

A woman whose husband died has spent months trying to gain access to his Apple account, according to a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation report today. Apple initially told the woman that she would have to provide a will and death certificate, but once she provided those documents the company reportedly asked for something else—a court order.

There are good privacy and security reasons for Apple to impose strict controls on account access, but in this case, the company seems to have acknowledged it went too far by demanding a court order. After CBC got involved, Apple relented and will apparently allow the widow, 72-year-old Peggy Bush of Victoria, BC, to get access to her late husband's Apple ID.

"After [CBC News] contacted Apple, it did reach out to the Bush family and...

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11:07
Major Tech Coalition is Once Again Backing Samsung...

Back in July 2015 we posted a report titled "WTF: Samsung and a Coalition of Whiners Filed a Motion against Apple over Apple's Patent Win over Samsung." I noted then that "Google, Facebook, Dell, HP, eBay and a collection of other large Silicon Valley companies have decided to side with Samsung in its battle over patents with Apple…" We're now learning today ...

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10:53
Like iTunes Radio? Prepare to Pay or Switch

Apple is ending its free iTunes Radio service at the end of the month, herding those users into paid Apple Music subscriptions. Josh Centers offers some theories as to why Apple is doing this, as well as some alternatives.

 

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10:34
Apple making sparse use of Swift in its own apps,...

In spite of Apple expressing a desire to switch its apps to Swift, just a handful of them are actually using the programming language so far, according to a software engineer.

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10:21
Apple Tells an Elderly Widow to Get a Costly Court...

A widow from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, was outraged over Apple's demand that she obtain a court order to retrieve her dead husband's password so she can play games on an iPad. Evidently a notarized death certificate ...

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10:04
8 reasons you should buy a 50mm f/1.8 lens

Petapixel:

When people ask me what lens they should get after buying their first camera, I always tell them to buy a 50mm f/1.8 lens because it’s one of the cheapest and one of the coolest lens you could buy.

Why should you buy it? Here are 8 different reasons.

One of the first lenses I recommend beginning photographers buy is one of the “Nifty Fifties”. They are relatively inexpensive, generally better than the kit lens that came with your camera, great in low light conditions and will force you to move your feet to get the shot rather than just zooming into it.

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09:57
4,000 Apple employees evacuated amid possible...

Gardai responded to the scene and have confirmed that a number of plants have been evacuated.

It is understood that several threatening emails were received by the company.

There is nothing in the report to indicate what the threat was, but the plants were evacuated.

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09:50
iOS code showing references to Li-Fi wireless data...

Image of Li-1st, first Li-Fi product ©2013, PureLiFi

Imagine a future network that uses light to transfer data to and from your iPhone or iPad at up to 224 gigabits per second. That's not that far-fetched, and according to an article on AppleInsider this morning, it appears that the iOS 9.1 library cache file refers to "LiFiCapability", meaning that Apple could be very well experimenting with the Li-Fi wireless data protocol.

The capability declaration was discovered by Twitter user Chase Fromm and verified by AppleInsider:

Li-Fi testing is already imminent. May appear in the next iPhone 7 according to iOS code in iOS 9.1 firmware. pic.twitter.com/MPK65QwLvp

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09:38
Candidates agree, disagree with Apple’s stance on...

Last week, Apple was at the heart of a conversation during the Republican presidential debate over encryption and national security. Candidates such as Jeb Bush explained that, even if companies like Apple aren’t willing to give up user data, the government has “got to keep asking because this is a hugely important issue.” Last night, NBC held a Democratic presidential debate out of South Carolina, and once again, encryption and technology’s role in national security were hot button issues during the debate.

The NBC debate was co-run by YouTube and featured questions from prominent YouTubers. Popular technology reviewer Marques Brownlee, or...

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09:09
Apple to add Nearby feature to watchOS 2.2

Apple’s watchOS 2.2 is en route and the current beta features an upcoming Nearby search features in Apple Maps as well as quick navigation buttons for travel directions to home and work addresses.

The current shipping watchOS version has the Maps application launch to a view of your current location, then pressing the display firmly reveals buttons to access contact addresses, search, and toggling between transit and standard directions.

The Maps application on watchOS 2.2 appears to incorporate a new layer of actions, the beta featuring shortcuts to navigating to your home and work address from your current location. Search is also a more accessible button that doesn’t require Force Touch. The old Maps view can still be accessed through the My Location button beneath Search.

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09:07
The 62 richest people in the world now own as much...

MIC:

The most shocking statistic in the report, released Sunday, is this: In 2015, a mere 62 people held the same amount of wealth as “the bottom half of humanity” — 3.5 billion people. Identifying the reasons why this is happening is as important as the statistic itself.

Things are getting bad, quickly: In 2010, it took 388 individuals to match the wealth of the bottom half. But in the past five years, wealth has become so concentrated in the hands of the global elite that the number has reduced dramatically.

This story is more than just a little depressing.

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09:00
Moshi iGlaze for iPad Pro offers lightweight, slim...

MOSHI iGlaze for iPad Pro. Photo©2016, Steven Sande

Those of us who are fans of the iPad Pro have a common dilemma; when that big tablet is connected to the Apple Smart Keyboard, there's no way to protect the back of the device from scratches and bumps. Fortunately, Moshi has released the US$39.95 iGlaze for iPad Pro as a way to keep using the keyboard while protecting the rest of your iPad Pro.

Design

The design of the iGlaze for iPad Pro is about as minimalist as you could imagine. It's a slender piece of translucent plastic that is perfectly molded to snap onto the back of the monster iPad. While weighing in at only 3.95 ounces (112 grams), it offers just enough protection to keep your device from getting scratched if you bump it against a rough surface or drop it.

Function

The iGlaze for iPad Pro is perfect for use with either the Apple...

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08:55
iOS code shows Apple experimenting with ultra fast,...

Recent versions of iOS have been found to contain references to Li-Fi, an experimental high-speed wireless networking protocol that uses pulses of light to transmit data and is being marketed as a long-term replacement for Wi-Fi.

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08:46
Apple acknowledges battery percentage indicator bug...

Well, this is why they invented software updates.

Following a plethora of complains, Apple recently posted a new support document acknowledging an issue with the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus that causes the battery percentage indicator in the status bar not to update as the battery itself drains. This means that the battery percentage icon could display that you have much more battery life left than you actually do.

The support document states that Apple is working to address the issue and assures issues that the company is working on a fix. Strangely, Apple also states that the issue is caused by time zone changes, whether done manually or automatically while traveling.

From the support document:

If you...

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08:41
These are the signs Apple is working on the next...

Business Insider:

It’s all but a given that Apple is developing a car (even Elon Musk called the project “an open secret” in the auto industry). But when it comes to a new kind of personal computing gadget, several recent acquisitions and hires hint that Apple is at least exploring augmented reality.

As always, Apple is tight lipped about what it’s cooking up in its research and development labs. But a recent series of acquisitions and hires shows the company is at least experimenting with augmented reality.

Let’s take a look at the evidence.

BI is using the tired cliche of “where there’s smoke, there’s fire” but what do you think? Is VR/AR “the next major computing platform”? While tech nerds may be salivating over VR and AR, do you think The Normals want this platform? Will VR be the next HD TV or the next 3D TV?

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08:36
Apple demands widow get court order to access dead...

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A Victoria widow is outraged over Apple’s demand that she obtain a court order to retrieve her dead husband’s password so she can play games on an iPad.

“I thought it was ridiculous. I could get the pensions, I could get benefits, I could get all kinds of things from the federal government and the other government. But from Apple, I couldn’t even get a silly password. It’s nonsense,” 72-year-old Peggy Bush told Go Public.

Experts warn this is a growing problem, as more people die leaving important information and valuable digital property on computers and electronic devices.

The news media is typically and gleefully playing up this story (it will get resolved by Apple without any court order required), it does bring forward some of the issues we are and will continue to have with our digital lives.

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08:35
Facebook's WhatsApp Messenger drops annual fees...

WhatsApp, the popular messaging service owned by Facebook, is dropping its 99-cent annual charge in order to continue growing, CEO Jan Koum said on Monday.

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08:28
Apple’s home page tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King...

Apple:

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is ‘What are you doing for others?’”

Tim Cook has often said that Dr King is one of his heroes and today, on Martin Luther King Jr Day, Apple’s front page is dedicated to him.

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07:50
4,800 workers at Irish Apple facilities evacuated...

Apple Hollyhill site evacuation. Photo via independent.ie

The Irish Times is reporting that a bomb threat was made against Apple's operations in Ireland today, resulting in the evacuation of 4,800 employees for several hours before they were allowed to return to work. 

Apple received several threatening emails, and the threat was posted on the website of Garda Siochána, the national police force for the Republic of Ireland, at about 8:20 AM local time. Police started the evacuations at three locations near Cork -- an iMac assembly plant at the Hollyhill campus, a facility in Lavitts Quay, and the Model Farm Road site. After a search of the facilities uncovered no dangerous devices,...

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07:36
Microsoft to bring Windows Phone keyboard, Word Flow...

Microsoft is reportedly working on bringing the Windows Phone keyboard -- known as Word Flow -- to iOS devices, marking the arrival of yet another feature previously exclusive to Microsoft platforms.

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07:25
Swift is quickly rising in popularity as a developer...

The TIOBE index uses search engine rankings to track popularity of programming languages. In January, Swift overtook Objective-C to become the 14th most popular language in the TIOBE index. The surge in popularity was spurred by the release of Swift into open-source in December. With developer interest growing, Ryan Olson was interested in how much Apple is using Swift for its own apps.

Despite producing the language, Apple is not ahead of the curve on Swift adoption. In his blog post, Olson finds that in iOS 9.2 only one Apple app uses...

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07:18
Apple said widow needed a court order to access her...

Apple reportedly insisted that a Canadian widow get a court order to retrieve her deceased husband’s password so that she could access his iPad to play a card game.

“I thought it was ridiculous,” 72-year-old Peggy Bush told CBC. “I could get the pensions, I could get benefits, I could get all kinds of things from the federal government and the other government. But from Apple, I couldn’t even get a silly password. It’s nonsense.”

Experts warn this is a growing problem, as more people die leaving important information and valuable digital property on computers and electronic devices.

Bush lost her husband David to lung cancer in August, the article notes. The couple owned an iPad and an Apple computer. Bush knew the iPad's log-in code, but didn't know the Apple ID password.

Peggy Bush finally enlisted CBC’s...

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07:16
CarPlay Offers Limited, Glitchy iPhone/Auto...

Touchscreens in select cars are now iPhone extensions via CarPlay, Apple’s attempt to extend its influence into vehicle cabins. Alas, Julio Ojeda-Zapata found CarPlay to be a dumbed-down and glitchy experience.

 

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06:54
1Password 6 for Mac Adds Teams, Expands Sync Options

AgileBits has released version 6 of 1Password for Mac with a number of major new features, including support for sharing passwords among a group, a unified view of all your password vaults, an improved password generator, and iCloud syncing for more people. Joe Kissell covers what has changed and introduces the all-new, second edition of “Take Control of 1Password.”

 

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Feature Request: Apple TV 4 needs a way to watch TV...

Apple released the new Apple TV in the fall. Despite the clunkier fatter physical appearance, the new Apple TV 4 features better performance, a cool new Siri Remote touchpad and an App Store. The App Store unlocks unlimited potential for the Apple TV as a content platform: rather than waiting for content deals between Apple and the networks, TV channels can release their own apps as they please. When the new Apple TV was announced, Tim Cook said the ‘future of TV is apps’. It is true this is a substantial improvement over the previous-generation Apple TV in terms of content (for UK residents like me, addition of BBC iPlayer is a huge win) however there are big user-experience issues with the app model that current Apple TV software does not address …

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06:10
Apple honors Martin Luther King Day with website...

Apple on Monday acknowledged the Martin Luther King holiday in the U.S. with an image on its website, featuring a photo of the civil rights activist alongside a famous quote.

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05:59
On this Day, Apple Honors Mr. Luther King

Apple once again honors Martin Luther Day by dedicating their home page to his memory with one of his quotes: "Life's most persistent and urgent question is...

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05:55
Apple’s home page honors Martin Luther King Jr.

Apple has again dedicated its home page (www.apple.com) to honor Marin Luther King Jr on the day that honors him.

There’s a black-and-white picture of the civil rights leader. It also lists one of his many famous quotes: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ “

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. It’s observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is close to King's birthday (Jan. 15).

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05:54
Apple commemorates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on...

Apple has again dedicated its home page to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

There’s a black-and-white picture of the civil rights leader. It also lists one of his many famous quotes: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ "

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. It’s observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is close to King's birthday (Jan. 15).

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05:24
Apple Still Ranks as one of the top Brands in the...

In October 2015 we posted a report titled "Apple is the Top Brand in new United Arab Emirates Retail Study." An Emirates news site reports today that the latest rankings of the UAE’s hottest brands, by research firm YouGov, show that Emirates ...

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05:09
False bomb threat at Apple's Ireland facilities...

A fake bomb threat was issued for Apple's operations in Ireland on Monday, causing officials to evacuate 4,800 employees before giving the all-clear.

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05:00
What the PC Industry Could Learn From the NRA


One of the fascinating things about the NRA is that buyers of guns think the organization represents them, when in fact its mission is to represent gun sellers -- not gun buyers -- and certainly never gun buyers against gun sellers. Guns for consumers largely have been banned in most of the world, with the exception of the U.S., which uniquely has the NRA. This likely makes the NRA the most effective industry association in history. The PC industry, which is facing yet another decline, could learn a lot from the NRA.

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04:30
Apple Honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. With...

Apple today has commemorated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a full homepage tribute on the company's website. The image on the site is accompanied by a famous quote from the African-American civil rights leader, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'"

Apple CEO Tim Cook has publicly expressed his admiration for Martin Luther King, Jr. in the past, telling journalist Charlie Rose that he keeps photos of Dr. King and politician Robert F. Kennedy in his office at Apple."I had the — just tremendous respect for both of them, and so I do," he said. "I look at them every day because I think for people — there’s still too many cases in the world and in the United States where there’s a class kind of structure or where voting or people are trying to convince...

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04:30
Fileloupe for OS X is a convenient photo browser/...

Corduroy Code's Fileloupe 1.0 for Mac OS X combines the features of a photo viewer, video player and document browser into a single, fast app. It can easily handle thousands of files.

Harnessing the power of Apple's Quick Look technology, Fileloupe offers users one of the fastest ways to browse, view and share photos, videos, PDFs and documents. Quick Look is a quick preview feature that Apple introduced in Mac OS X 10.5. While OS X's Finder has always had icon previews, Quick Look allows users to look at the contents of a file in the Finder at full or near-full size (depending on the size of the document relative to the screen resolution).

Fileloupe doesn't require a lengthy import process, doesn't use a master library and never moves or copies your files. It eliminates the need have to open multiple windows or multiple applications to quickly view the contents of a folder. Videographers, in particular, will...

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04:23
Apple celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day with...

Like last year, Apple is once again dedicating the entirety of its Apple.com home page to commemorate Marin Luther King Jr Day. A black and white photo fills the entire width and height of the browser, with all product marketing removed to focus on the celebration. The quote used cleverly reflects Apple’s company values in products as well as their goals towards society and ecology: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”

Apple CEO Tim Cook has often said that Martin Luther King was his inspiration,...

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04:20
For the Second Time this Month, Apple Plants in...

Irish news sites are abuzz this morning claiming that up to 4,000 workers have been evacuated from three different Apple plants in Cork amid a possible security threat.

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04:12
Fujitsu wants to fix Japan's deer problem with...

Fujitsu is teaming up with a Japanese forest research institute to learn how animal populations grow. The pair will look into Sika deer, a creature that's causing plenty of environmental damage due to overgrazing. Traditionally, these sorts of studie...

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04:06
Miko Mole goes gem hunting in new Mac arcade puzzler

EnsenaSoft has released Miko Mole 1.0.3 (https://itunes.apple.com/app/miko-mole/id1057333338), a stealth-action gem collecting title for Mac OS X.

Here’s how the game is described: “Miko Mole is a great arcade puzzler suitable to players of all ages and experience levels. Featuring the charismatic Miko with a passion for shiny gems, this game is a lot of fun with its stealth-action gameplay and mind-bending puzzles. The ability to grab and move objects, and the ability to blow-up stuff is not just insanely cool it is a recipe for success.”

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