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Wednesday January 13

08:55
Feature Request: It’s time for an official Apple...

If everything goes as planned, Apple is set to hold a spring event in March to introduce the Apple Watch 2 along with some other new hardware and software goodies. That’s only about a year after the original Apple Watch went on sale, but roughly 18 months since the first-gen model was actually announced.

As a mostly satisfied Apple Watch 1 customer, March or April doesn’t strike me as being too soon for the Apple Watch 2. Personally, I’m excited to see if the next model can handle apps better with a needed speed boost and maybe lose a little overall thickness and display bezel.

But while I’m basically already lining up to buy the next Apple Watch, I probably won’t spend the extra $200 on a stainless steel...

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08:54
Why Apple might want to buy HBO from Time Warner

Apple has big plans for TV that don’t stop with a redesigned version of its set-top box and an App Store just for TV apps. While Cupertino has given up on creating its own television, leaving that to established players like Samsung and LG, the company is reportedly hard at work developing a streaming TV service that could kill cable. But instead of starting from scratch with its own streaming package, rumor has it Apple is eyeing Time Warner’s assets—not to partner with, but to buy outright.

Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of software and services, is reportedly keeping a close eye on Time Warner, which isn’t officially for sale, but is under pressure from shareholders and investors to either sell all or part of itself. According to the New...

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08:39
Apple patent suggests move away from 3.5mm headphone...

As frightening as the idea of an iPhone without the headphone jack may be, a recently published Apple patent suggests that the idea may be fairly likely.

A new patent awarded to Apple on Monday suggests that Apple may convert from the classic 3.5mm headphone jack to Lightning and Bluetooth. The patent seemingly describes a method of getting higher-quality and higher-volume audio from speakers built into slimmer devices.

From the patent itself:

Given the area constraints imposed on many portable electronic devices, it is increasingly difficult to provide high-quality audio sound output and pickup without hindering the ability to make portable electronic devices smaller and thinner. Consequently, there is a...

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08:33
Rumor: Second-gen Apple Watch going into trial...

The next-generation Apple Watch could go into trial production with Quanta later this month, paving the way for a launch in the not-too-distant future, according to rumors.

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08:21
VLC app becomes available for Apple TV

The much-loved VLC app has just become available for the Apple TV.

VLC, which looks to play video files in “their native formats without conversions”, is a full port of VLC media player combined with platform specific features.

Per lead iOS developer Felix Kühne:

VLC for Apple TV integrates with a plethora of devices and services on your local network and includes a custom way of casting files directly to the TV from your other computers using a web browser!
I was able to test the VLC Apple TV app for a few hours earlier today, and whilst it is early days yet, I am pretty impressed at what the VLC team has been able to accomplish.

VLC obtains its content via the following network protocols:

Local Network:
The first tab of VLC for Apple TV is dedicated to...

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07:19
Apple allegedly keeping 'close eye' on...

Apple is paying close attention to the possibility of Time Warner -- or parts of it -- going up for sale, potentially with the intent of buying assets to help launch a streaming TV service, according to rumors.

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07:14
Kool Tools: Cloud Outliner for OS X, iOS

Cloud Outliner (http://tinyurl.com/jeerfcw), the OS X and iOS app that allows anyone to create and share outlines between their Mac devices, iOS devices, and Evernote account, has been revved to version 2.

Outlines are interactive. Customizable notes let you organize plans, projects, and ideas in a clear way. Version 2 includes a multi-tier document manager, password protection, rich-text editing, PDF exporting, light and dark themes, and more.

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07:14
Kool Tools: Cloud Outliner for OS X, iOS

Cloud Outliner (http://tinyurl.com/jeerfcw), the OS X and iOS app that allows anyone to create and share outlines between their Mac devices, iOS devices, and Evernote account, has been revved to version 2.

Outlines are interactive. Customizable notes let you organize plans, projects, and ideas in a clear way. Version 2 includes a multi-tier document manager, password protection, rich-text editing, PDF exporting, light and dark themes, and more.

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07:11
IBM is King of Granted Patents for 2015 with Apple...

For the twenty-third time in a row, IBM was granted the most U.S. patents for 2015, according to a ranking by patent analysis firm ...

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07:08
Apple takes 11th place in awarded US patents in 2015

Apple was awarded 1,938 U.S. patents in 2015, placing it No. 11 overall in newly earned inventions, according to the latest intellectual property rankings published on Wednesday.

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07:00
Administration, Silicon Valley Bigs Meet to...


Obama administration officials last week met with senior executives from several leading Silicon Valley firms in a summit on how to combat the proliferation of terrorist communications on social media networks. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, FBI Director James Comey, and John Carlin, assistant attorney general for national security, represented the DoJ. The meeting was part of a larger strategy the administration announced last week, geared toward cracking down on violent extremism.

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06:59
SecureMac Launches MacScan 3

SecureMac has introduced MacScan 3, the next generation of its anti-malware software for Mac users.

It protects against trojan horses, keystroke loggers and adware. Automatic malware definition updates are designed to ensure that you're protected against the latest threats. MacScan 3 includes a streamlined user experience, new features, and major improvements to speed and stability.

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06:49
See what’s left after popular Paris canal drained...

No big surprises, but I did find the whole series fascinating.

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06:49
Fixstars launches 10TB and 13TB SSDs

Fixstars Corp. (http://www.fixstars.com/en/ssd/) has launched two new products: the 10TB Fixstars SSD-10000M, and the Fixstars SSD-13000M, which the company says is the world's largest SSD with 13TB of capacity. Starting today, Fixstars is accepting orders; the drives are expected to ship to US customers in late February.

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06:44
Seagate unveils 10TB Helium Enterprise Drive

Seagate (www.seagate.com) has launched its first 10TB enterprise capacity hard disk drive (HDD): the Enterprise 3.5 Capacity HDD.

It provides maximum storage capacity for easy system integration by using the standard 3.5-inch CMR design. Incorporating seven platters and 14 heads, says Mark Re, senior vice president and chief technology officer, Seagate. The drive seals in helium to create a turbulence-free, quiet environment, decreasing both friction and resistance on the platters and delivering the industry’s lowest power/TB ratio and weight specifications for a 10TB HDD, he adds.

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06:43
Pharrell in legal trouble over Beats 1 show OTHERtone

A long-running legal battle between music producer Pharrell and a group of former business associates has recently expanded to include OTHERtone, a show the artist hosts on Apple's Beats 1 streaming network.

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06:42
You can now pair multiple Apple Watches to an iPhone...

Nate Swanner explores the new ability to pair your iPhone to more than one Apple Watch. I think it’s a natural evolution.

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06:34
The Figurative Apple Logo Receives Updated...

Late yesterday the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest registered trademark ...

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06:33
Apple Interested in Buying Time Warner Assets for...

Time Warner CEO Jeffrey Bewkes reportedly told investors on Monday that he would entertain a sale of the media company, and Apple has been named as a possible suitor, according to the New York Post. AT&T, which owns DirecTV, and Fox are also said to have shown interest.Eddy Cue, one of Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook’s top lieutenants, in charge of content deals, has been keeping tabs on proceedings at Time Warner, a source close to Apple said.Time Warner owns a large number of assets that could lay the foundation for Apple's much-rumored streaming TV service, including CNN, HBO, TBS, TNT, NBA TV, Cartoon Network and its Warner...

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06:30
Apple is number 11 in 2015 U.S. patent rankings

IFI Claims Patent Services, a producer of global patent databases and innovative web services, has announced its annual tabulation of the top U.S. patent recipients, a ranking that is trusted throughout the world. The 2015 IFI CLAIMS U.S. Top 50 ranks global patent assignees by utility patent counts.

Apple’s counts decreased 3% over 2014 to 1,938. However, its ranking went unchanged as its in 11th place, following IBM, Samsung, Canon, Qualcomm, Google, Toshiba, Sony, LG, Intel, and Microsoft.

After seven straight years of increases, 2015 is the first year since 2007 to show a downturn in U.S. patent activity. IFI CLAIMS says there were 298,407 utility patents granted for the calendar year, which is down just less than 1% compared to 2014. Even perennial patent leader IBM is down slightly compared to 2014–although still keeps its #1 position–while #2 Samsung and...

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06:27
Apple has this, others do not

Jeffrey Mincey, writing for Mac360, on a major difference between Apple and companies like Google, Samsung, Dell, etc.

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06:22
How to control your Apple TV with your Apple Watch

Can’t wait to give this a try.

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06:17
Apple CarPlay wins NAIAS tech of the year award

Nice win. Be sure to check out the CarPlay video on the press release page.

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06:14
Apple gets a 70% satisfaction rating in IT client...

According to the “Product and Relationship Satisfaction of IT Clients, 2016” from the Temkin Group — a customer experience research, consulting, and training firm — Apple has a 70% satisfaction rating.

The report rates 62 technology vendors based on feedback from 800 IT decision makers within large North American organizations. The research examines eight areas of satisfaction; four that deal with products and services and four that examine relationships. Tech vendors earned the highest satisfaction level for innovation (64%) and the lowest for cost of ownership (56%).

Five tech vendors earned satisfaction levels of 70% or more across the eight areas:  Intel (74%), Google (73%), HP outsourcing (73%), IBM SPSS (71%), and Apple (70%). At the other end of the spectrum, three vendors earned average satisfaction levels below 50%: Cognizant (49%), Sage (49%), and Unisys (46%)....

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06:10
Revisiting the first OS X beta

This really brought back memories. Great job by Christopher Phin. Terrific screenshots.

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06:00
Apple purportedly ready to scoop up Time Warner if (...

Time Warner isn’t actually for sale (yet), but, according to the New York Post, Apple is a potential buyer. Why? An unnamed “senior tech insider” told the Post that the media company’s assets could ease the launch of a stand-alone streaming TV service.”

Not surprisingly, reps for Apple and Time Warner declined to comment. Time Warner Cable is an American cable telecommunications company. It’s the second largest cable company in the U.S. by revenue behind only Comcast, operating in 29 states.

According to Forbes, the company’s market cap, as of May 2015, was $70.8 billion. Apple has over $200 billion “in the bank” so could scoop up the media and entertainment company and still have a little cash left over for a rainy day.

Time Warner operates through Turner, Home Box office, Warner Bros and Time, Inc. business segments...

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05:53
Rumor Pegs Trial Production of the Apple Watch 2 Set...

A fresh report from China has it that the Watch 2 will be manufactured by Quanta – the same company responsible for producing the original model. More importantly, new rumors have it that Quanta could push the Watch 2 into trial production ...

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05:45
iOS device shipments overtook Windows shipments last...

A new chart by the Asymco analysis/news site shows that iOS device shipments overtook Windows shipments as a whole in 2015.

Apple shipped over 300 million Macs, iPhones, and iPads in 2015. Approximately 275 million Windows devices shipped last year, according to Asymco, down from 300 million in 2014. Since Mac unit shipments tallied around 10 million, Apple shipped 290 million iOS devices.

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05:43
AI readers choose Airmail, Outlook and Nylas N1 as...

We polled our AppleInsider audience to vote for their favorite email application for the Mac. The winner is Airmail, with Outlook coming in as a close second.

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05:24
Quanta May Begin Trial Production of Apple Watch 2...

A new report out of China today points to an earlier than expected trial production of the unannounced "Apple Watch 2," expected to begin as soon as the end of January. According to Taiwanese website Commercial Times (via G for Games), the second generation of the Apple Watch will be manufactured by Quanta, which was also responsible for last year’s production of the original smartwatch.

Despite today's report of Quanta's eagerness to begin production on the Apple Watch 2, a rumor back in November suggested the company had a "weaker...

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05:20
Apple Reportedly Eying Purchase of Time Warner to...

The Post is reporting that Time Warner Inc. isn’t even on the block yet, but Apple is staying extra close to any possible movement on this front.

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05:00
Apple could streamline its Mac line to just iMac and...

There are rumbles that Apple’s product line is becoming too jumbled. We have five product categories: the Mac, the iPhone, the iPad, the Apple Watch, and the Apple TV, not to mention the other products that are lumped in together such as the iPod. And each product category has multiple entries.

Take the Mac, for example. There are the iMac, Mac Pro, Mac mini, MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro. I have a radical suggestion that Apple could use to simplify the line (although I don’t really expect the company to do it): reduce the Mac line to iMac and the MacBook brands. 

Here’s how my plan would work: The iMac would be Apple’s only desktop. The Mac Pro would be replaced by the “iMac Pro” idea (http://tinyurl.com/jh8e8jg) I floated yesterday. The Mac mini could be replaced by a 17-inch all-in-one that shouldn’t cost too much more than the current $499 Mac mini.

The entire Mac laptop...

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04:59
Keith McMillen Instruments releases K-MIX

Keith McMillen Instruments has released K-MIX, a Mac OS X compatible, next-generation audio interface and programmable mixer for studio and stage.

The USB bus-powered K-MIX is a go-anywhere, fully-programmable mixer that features flexible routing, per-channel DSP (Digital Signal Processing) — three-band, semi-parametric EQ, compressor/limiter, gate, master reverb (with individual sends per channel), and surround (Quadraphonic, 5.1, 7.1, and Octophonic) output — and can also function without a computer, courtesy of the included USB power supply (with international convertor blades).

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04:58
US hospital engaging only 2% of patients via mobile...

New research from Accenture (www.accenture.com) has found that only 2 percent of patients in the largest U.S. hospitals are using hospital-provided mobile health apps. Accenture estimates that failure to align mobile apps to the services consumers’ demand could cost each of these hospitals, on average, more than $100 million in lost annual revenue.

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04:49
Kool Tools: olloclip Studio for the iPhone 6 family

olloclip has introduced the Studio, an integrated mobile photography solution for the iPhone 6/6s or 6/6s Plus that combines a new protective case design with an integrated rail-mounting solution (patent pending) and a series of mountable accessories.  
 

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04:30
The ScanSnap iX100 is a powerful scanner in a mobile...

Fujitsu's mobile ScanSnap scanner (the $229 iX100) may be the most versatile scanner around. Not the most powerful, mind you, but the most versatile. Small and portable, it not only lets you scan to Macs and PCs, but also to iOS devices. 

Fujitsu says the ScanSnap is the lightest and fastest of its kind that comes equipped with a built-in battery and Wi-Fi connectivity. I haven't researched every scanner out there, but I'll take them at their word (the iX100 weighs 14 ounces and measures 10.74 x 1.87 x 1.42 inches). 

The iX100 includes an image processor (the GI Processor) inside the scanner that produces its own wireless network, so you can connect from just about anywhere and instantly scan documents to your device or a cloud-based services such as Evernote, Google Docs, and Dropbox. This means you can have a group of travelers or students, for example, connected and scanning documents to multiple devices, all...

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04:15
Apple's CEO Rebukes Washington's need for...

Last Friday we posted a report titled "National Security Officials Met with Leading Tech Companies Today in a New Effort to Fight Radical Islamism around the Globe," wherein we noted that Apple's CEO Tim Cook was one of the ones attending to discuss how to better thwart violent extremists' use of the Internet. Last night ...

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04:00
Apple patent involves wireless point-of-sale...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,235,861) by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for a “system and method for managing wireless point-of-sale transactions.” It involves Apple Pay, the company’s mobile payment service.

The system involves an account module, an account selection module, a display, an input interface, and a wireless transmitter. The account module stores account information corresponding to a plurality of payment accounts. The account selection module selects a payment account from the array of payment accounts as a default payment account for a wireless point-of-sale transaction based on one or more predetermined criteria. 

The display displays the default payment account to the user. The input interface lets you accept the default payment account by the account selection module. The wireless transmitter that wirelessly transmits payment information to a point-of-sale device. The payment information...

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03:08
Take an inside look at the new Apple Museum in Prague

Apple fanboys and fangirls, behold!

Image by MobileMania.cz

Thanks to our friends at MobileMania.cz, we got a special look inside the new Apple Museum that just opened in Prague.

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03:00
14 of the most-promising new headphones we listened...

2016 will be a banner year for new headphones

Image by Sarah Jacobsson Purewal

This year’s CES saw headphone manufacturers moving in several directions. Almost every lifestyle brand has gone wireless for convenience’ sake, but
top-of-the-line offerings remain wired so as not to compromise audio quality. Thanks to rumors that Apple is doing away with the 3.5mm audio port on its
next phone, several companies are looking to find digital solutions that plug directly into an iPhone’s Lightning port (or the microUSB port on every other
manufacturer’s smartphone).

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Tuesday January 12

23:11
Deals: Apple's 15" MacBook Pros with free...

Readers shopping for a current 15" MacBook Pro this month can not only grab free AppleCare protection plans and a free Canon PIXMA AirPrint-ready printer, but additional cash discounts of up to $90 with free shipping and no tax in 48 states. What's more, this deal is now instant and no longer requires a mail-in-rebate.

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20:59
Tim Cook voices views on encryption during meeting w...

Last Friday, Tim Cook was among a handful of Silicon Valley officials who met with White House officials to discuss the use of technology and social media in fighting terrorism. The Intercept today reports that Tim Cook again took the stance of there being no backdoors in technology to allow access to user data and devices.

Cook argued during the meeting that it is the responsibility of the White House to come out and say firmly that there should be “no backdoors” to user information. This would mean that the government would have to...

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20:05
Tim Cook pushes for strong encryption at White House...

As expected, Apple CEO Tim Cook urged White House and government officials to come to terms with strong encryption practices that protect consumer data, at one point saying such intentions should be stated publicly.

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19:17
Apple Maintains Mac Sales Momentum Amid Overall...

Amid an overall decline in worldwide PC shipments, Apple is the sole manufacturer that saw positive shipment growth, according to new PC shipping estimates from Gartner. With worldwide PC shipments from Lenovo, HP, Dell, ASUS, and Acer down, Apple also broke into Gartner's list of top 5 worldwide PC vendors for the first time.

Gartner's Preliminary Worldwide PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 4Q15 (Thousands of Units)

During the fourth quarter of 2015, Apple shipped 5.7 million PCs, for 7.5 percent market share. That's up from 5.5 million PCs and 6.7 percent market share in the year ago quarter, for an overall year-over-year growth of 2.8 percent. Worldwide PC shipments totaled 75.7 million units in Q4 2015, an 8.3 percent decline, with Acer and Lenovo seeing some of the biggest drops.

Gartner's Preliminary U.S. PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 4Q15 (Thousands of Units)

In the...

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17:42
How-To: Add iOS 9.3’s Night Shift mode to your Mac...

Yesterday, released the first beta of iOS 9.3 and it includes a new feature called Night Shift. Apple says that Night Shift uses your iOS device’s location and clock to automatically adjust the colors in your display, making them warmer and easier on the eyes at nighttime. In the end, Apple says this should make it easier to fall asleep as the bright blue light normally emitted from a display has been found to disrupt your circadian rhythms, making it harder to sleep. While Apple has solved this feature on iOS, it remains an issue on OS X…

Despite Apple touting it as so, Night Shift is not necessarily a new feature. Popular third-party app Flux (or f.lux) has offered this feature for some time now, but only briefly...

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16:55
Blue Lola headphones review

After having a runaway hit with the Mo-Fi Headphones (check out our review here), Blue is back at it again with a new pair of passive, closed-back isolation headphones. The Lola headphones promise to deliver much of what is loved about the Mo-Fi model, but at a more budget-friendly price and without compromising on some of the forward-thinking design features. I used Lola for a few weeks to see if they were able to live up to the promise.

I enjoyed this review by Matt Vanacoro.

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16:44
∞ The Dalrymple Report with Merlin Mann: Power Nipple
16:35
FileMaker launches SDK for building native iOS apps

Apple subsidiary FileMaker on Tuesday announced the FileMaker iOS App SDK, a set of coding tools that offer developers the means to build native iPhone and iPad apps.

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16:35
The Week in Mac Apps: CloudMagic's latest...

...plus, apps to help you with your home chores, and more

This week’s roundup of new apps is all about productivity, with tools for organizing your email, files, tasks, and hard drive—and a little something to keep you on top of your network usage.

CloudMagic Email 7.4.173

If you’re juggling multiple email accounts (and really, most of us are), CloudMagic’s $20 CloudMagic Email (Mac App Store Link) helps you centralize all of your accounts across different providers in one convenient location.

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16:26
iOS shipments overtook Windows in 2015 for the first...

Last July, sales of iOS devices caught up with sales of Windows devices, making it a tight race as to who would ship the most units as 2015 wrapped up. Now, Asymco has shared a chart depicting the extraordinary growth of iPhone shipments and showing that in 2015, iPhone shipments overtook Windows shipments as a whole.

As you can see in the graph above, Apple shipped just over 300 Macs, iPhones, and iPads in 2015, continuing its consistent yearly growth. There were 275 million Windows devices shipped in 2015, according to Asymco, down from 300 million in 2014. Around 10 million Macs were shipped, meaning Apple shipped 290 million iOS devices.

While Android shipments still...

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16:02
China reports record sales and 33% growth in non-...

China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has released data showing a significant drop in Android's share of smartphone sales in the December quarter, leaving a 33 percent gain for non-Android smartphones, a segment dominated by Apple's iPhone.

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16:00
Boost your productivity with the new Full Screen...

Boost your productivity with the new Full Screen view feature in Outlook for Mac

We are happy to announce that Outlook for Mac now officially supports Full Screen view for OS X Yosemite and above. Ever since we released Outlook 2016 for Mac, native Full Screen view has been one of the most requested features at the Outlook for Mac UserVoice forum. Over the past few months, we received valuable feedback from usability studies and we’re excited to deliver a Full Screen view experience to help you manage multiple email messages more easily.

Let’s take a look at some of the highlights of this feature.

Immerse yourself in Outlook for Mac when managing your email messages

The inbox is your home for managing email messages and meeting invitations. By switching to Full Screen view, you can focus on incoming email messages in a distraction-free environment.

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15:50
Apple is the Lone PC Maker to Grow Worldwide in 2015...

A new report published by IDC today notes that Worldwide PC shipments totaled 71.9 million units in the fourth quarter of 2015 (4Q15), a year-on-year decline of -10.6%.

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15:27
Apple's iOS 9 now on 3 out of 4 compatible...

In statistics shared with developers on Monday, Apple revealed distribution of the latest iOS 9 mobile operating system now stands at 75 percent, a number up 5 percent since the last check in November.

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15:19
iOS 9 is Now Installed on 75% of Active iOS Devices

After four months of availability, Apple's newest mobile operating system, iOS 9, is now installed on 75 percent of active iOS devices as of January 11, according to new numbers posted on Apple's App Store support page for developers.

iOS 9 adoption has climbed from 71 percent to 75 percent over the course of the past month, which is when Apple last updated iOS 9 adoption numbers. As iOS 9 adoption grows, the number of people using iOS 8 and earlier operating systems has declined. 19 percent of iOS users continue to use iOS 8, while 7 percent use an earlier version of iOS.

iOS 9 adoption has outpaced iOS 8 adoption. At four months after launch, iOS 8 was installed on 68 percent of active iOS devices. In fact, iOS 9 adoption is nearly on pace with iOS 7 adoption, which was installed on 79 percent of devices four months after it was released in 2013.

In September, when iOS 9 hit a milestone that saw it...

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14:56
Apple Watch took 52% Market Share in 2015 while all...

While the iPhone 6s may not be breaking any records this quarter, new data from UK's Juniper Research shows the Apple Watch has claimed 52% of global smartwatch shipments in 2015 ....

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14:54
External Link: You’re Not an Average Apple User

MacNN has done something interesting — an “exit poll” of sorts, where they asked questions of 1,000 iOS users at four Northern Virginia Apple Stores, a task that took only two hours given the stores’ high foot traffic. In short, only about 20 percent of the people (200) also used a Mac, and just 20 percent of them (40) said they were capable of performing maintenance tasks. That last number was slightly higher for iOS, with 29 percent of people saying they were capable of performing basic maintenance. The takeaway is that most users — at least those who go to an Apple Store in Northern Virginia — treat their Apple devices as appliances. Of course, people in those stores may not be entirely representative of the Apple user base in other ways, but it seems safe to say that we Mac users who can do basic maintenance tasks are very much in the minority, and we have to take that into account when evaluating Apple’s actions. Be sure to read the full article!

 

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14:54
External Link: You’re Not an Average Apple User

MacNN has done something interesting — an “exit poll” of sorts, where they asked questions of 1,000 iOS users at four Northern Virginia Apple Stores, a task that took only two hours given the stores’ high foot traffic. In short, only about 20 percent of the people (200) also used a Mac, and just 20 percent of them (40) said they were capable of performing maintenance tasks. That last number was slightly higher for iOS, with 29 percent of people saying they were capable of performing basic maintenance. The takeaway is that most users — at least those who go to an Apple Store in Northern Virginia — treat their Apple devices as appliances. Of course, people in those stores may not be entirely representative of the Apple user base in other ways, but it seems safe to say that we Mac users who can do basic maintenance tasks are very much in the minority, and we have to take that into account when evaluating Apple’s actions. Be sure to read the full article!

 

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14:38
Apple now has 12.7% of the US computer market and 7....

Apple, which continues to buck the trend of an eroding consumer PC market, leveraged the consumer-heavy holiday season to retake third place with a 12.7% share of the U.S. personal computer market, according to the latest data from the IDC research group. The Mac has gained market share for 35 out of the last 36 quarters.

According to IDC, the top five U.S. personal computer vendors, and their market share, are: HP (28.1%), Dell (23.9%), Apple (12.7%; that’s up 8.9% year-over-year), Lenovo (12.5%), and ASUS (7.1%).

Apple is also now in fourth place when it comes to global PC market share. According to IDC the top five global vendors, and their market share, are: Lenovo (20.7%); HP (19.4%), Dell (14.1%; that’s up 6.2% year-over-year); Apple (7.5%), and Acer (7.1%).

The Gartner...

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14:30
AWT News Update: January 12, 2016

Today's Apple news bits include some app announcements, crazy Wall Street analysts, and a Microsoft spokesperson just being...a Microsoft spokesperson:

  • Shares in Apple given a "Buy" rating today by one major investment firm
  • Skype is adding free group video calling to the iPhone and iPad apps soon
  • Microsoft spokesperson Dan Laycock disses the iPad Pro
  • You'll now be able to watch Periscope streams -- like the one we do most days while recording the podcast -- right in your Twitter stream
  • VLC is now in the Apple TV App Store

Text version of this podcast is located below, and video can be viewed here.

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14:05
Skype to bring free group calling to iPhones, iPads...

Skype users will soon be able to make free group video calls from mobile devices like iPhones, iPods, and iPads, just as they can on Macs, PCs, and Xboxes, the Microsoft-owned company announced on Tuesday.

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13:53
Apple bucks downward PC market spiral, was lone...

The latest statistics from market research firm Gartner show Apple as the lone top-five PC vendor that grew worldwide shipments from 2014, bucking an negative market trend that saw shipments decline for the fourth consecutive year.

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13:50
iOS 9.3 Preview: First look at Night Shift mode,...

This week’s iOS 9.3 beta software update for iPhone and iPad is a pretty major release for a mid-cycle version. New features including the F.lux-like Night Shift which lets you change the color temperature of your display and Touch ID plus secure passwords for Notes feel more major version features. Other parts like new 3D Touch quick actions for many of Apple’s stock apps feel more like playing catch up, but overall iOS 9.3 is shaping up to be an impressive release. Check out the details below:

iOS 9.3 also includes new Siri languages including Hebrew, Finnish, and Malay, as well as the ability to pair multiple Apple Watches to one iPhone. Apple Watch users can also now view Activity data in the Health app, and detailed...

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13:48
Microsoft Puts Legacy IE Browsers Out to Pasture


Microsoft on Tuesday ended technical support for the older versions of its legacy Internet Explorer browser, placing at risk millions of users who -- despite extensive warnings -- have not upgraded to the latest version of Internet Explorer or the free install of Windows 10. The support expiration means that customers using IE 8, 9 and 10 no longer will receive technical support and security updates. Users who fail to upgrade to the latest version of IE or to Edge Users who fail to upgrade to the latest version of IE or to Edge will be at risk.

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13:45
Skype offers early access to free group video calls...

Microsoft said Tuesday that it will soon push free Skype group video calls to those users who have the Android, iOS, and Windows Mobile versions of Skype installed. This feature is already available on the desktop versions of Skype, but Microsoft's using the 10th anniversary of Skype to highlight the move to mobile. 

Microsoft said that in the last decade, Skype users have communicated via video for over 2 trillion minutes. The company explained how much time that is: "with that amount of time, you can use Skype to read to every child in the world for 10 hours, every family can be together over Skype for more than 7 hours and there’s still time left for the entire world’s workforce to have an hour-long interview via Skype." 

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13:39
iOS 9.3 Displays Exact Wi-Fi Assist Data Usage...

Apple's iOS 9.3 beta introduces major new features like Night Shift, but there are also dozens of little tweaks to be discovered in the operating system update. It appears that one of those minor changes applies to Wi-Fi Assist, adding a much-needed feature that allows users to see just how much data it's using.

Wi-Fi Assist data usage can be checked within the Settings app by choosing the Cellular section and scrolling down to the Wi-Fi Assist option. Next to the toggle that turns the feature on and off, there's now a data usage number that displays how much data has been consumed when it is in use.

Wi-Fi Assist was first introduced with iOS 9. It's a feature that allows an iPhone...

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13:11
Apple CarPlay wins Autoblog’s tech of the year award

Autoblog, an online automotive news and information site, has named Apple’s CarPlay the winner of its technology of the year feature award and the 2016 Tesla Model S P90D winner of the technology of the year car award at the 2016 North American International Auto Show.

The awards honor both the best individual technology features in a vehicle along with the vehicle that showcases the most transformative, integrated technologies in the auto world. Winners were selected based on testing conducted by Autoblog’s editorial staff and a guest judge from Engadget, a technology and culture publication.

“We wanted to take the opportunity to highlight the cutting-edge vehicles and technologies...

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13:07
Notable apps and app updates for Jan. 12, 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

Reinvented Software has announced Together 3.5 for Mac and Together 1.4 for iPad and iPhone. Together was developed specifically for collecting, organizing and searching all kinds of files. 

Just about anything can be added to Together for safe keeping, tagged, previewed, collected together in different ways and found again instantly. In the latest versions, iCloud integration has been completely rewritten to make it more flexible, responsive and reliable.

Together 3.5 for Mac costs $49.99, is a free upgrade for all Together 3 users, requires OS X 10.11 El Capitan or later and is...

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12:47
Merrill Lynch upgrades AAPL to 'Buy,' says...

Bank of America Merrill Lynch upgraded Apple stock from "Neutral" to "Buy" on Tuesday, with an analyst at the firm suggesting that any worries about channel or supply chain checks are already factored into share prices.

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12:13
ESA Fails to Rouse Philae Lander


DLR, the German Aerospace Center, this week vainly tried to reawaken the dormant Philae robotic probe, which achieved the first-ever soft landing on a comet nucleus in 2014. DLR sent a command to Philae to spin up its flywheel, which had stabilized the lander during its descent onto the comet. DLR hoped that might give Philae some angular momentum to better align itself with the sun and possibly shake some dust from its solar panels so it could recharge its batteries, which have run down.

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12:05
Skype bringing free group video calling to iPhone...

Skype today announced that it’s bringing free group video calling— a feature it’s long had available on the desktop—to mobile devices including iPhone and iPad users.

Yes, it really has been a decade since Skype changed the way people connect with their loved ones. 6 years ago, we innovated again with one-to-one video calling on mobile phones. Today, we are excited to announce the next evolution – group video calling on Android, iPhone, iPad and Windows 10 Mobile.

The feature will officially launch in the coming weeks, but you can pre-register through Skype’s website here.

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11:40
New estimate says Apple Watch accounted for over...

The Apple Watch was far and away the most popular smartwatch during 2015, accounting for about 51.5 percent of shipments, or 8.8 million units, according to a Jupiter Research estimate.

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11:39
Tesla CEO Elon Musk on the Apple Car: ‘It will...

It’d be normal for car company execs to feel a tad threatened by the much-rumored Apple Car, but Tesla CEO Elon Musk is not one of those people. In fact he sounds happy to see Apple entering the electric car market.

“It will expand the industry,” Musk told the BBC this week, before reaffirming his own company’s goals. “Tesla will still aspire to make the most compelling electric vehicles, and that would be our goal, while at the same time helping other companies to make electric cars as well.”

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11:00
Apple World Today Video Tip: Hiding Apple apps in...

Today's tip comes from a smart YouTuber with the handle videosdebarraquito who figured out how to hide those pesky Apple apps that you can't delete. I recorded the process with a narration for your viewing enjoyment:

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10:34
Here’s $100. Can you win $1.5 billion at Powerball?

L.A. Times:

The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are 1 in 292,201,338. But someone has to win, right? We decided to put that idea to the test.This game starts with $100 to play against multiple lottery drawings. Pick your numbers and watch the money disappear.

I spent $10,000 and “won” $814. That being said, I will still very occasionally buy a lottery ticket, even knowing the odds are stacked against me if only because it’s fun to dream, even if only for a little while, about that kind of money and what I’d do with it.

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10:22
A Hands-On Walkthrough of the New Features in iOS 9....

Apple yesterday surprised us with new betas of iOS 9.3, OS X 10.11.4, watchOS 2.2, and tvOS 9.2. Of those betas, iOS 9.3 and tvOS 9.2 introduce important new features to iOS devices and the fourth-generation Apple TV.

iOS 9.3 includes a new Night Shift mode that cuts down on blue light in the evening for better sleep, plus it introduces new Quick Actions for several stock apps and brings new features for News, Notes, Health, CarPlay, and more. A full walkthrough of what's new in iOS 9.3 is available in the video below...

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10:11
1Password 6 for Mac is here with all vaults view and...

AgileBits is having a huge week. The developer of 1Password released a new iOS version on Monday, followed by a huge update today for the password management app’s Mac version.

We’ve always been big fans of 1Password. In November, the app opened up vaults for teams in beta so colleagues can securely share passwords. It was a long-requested feature, but now many 1Password users have multiple vaults to switch between during the day. 1Password 6.0 now lets you view all vaults, and customize which ones you see if there are some you rarely need to...

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10:04
The two Apples

Above Avalon:

There are two Apples: AAPL, the stock, and Apple, the company. While it would seem logical that one is merely a reflection of the other, in reality, the two are guided by vastly different parameters. Over the long run, Apple and AAPL will likely be at odds with each other due to the very nature of Apple’s long-term mission of making products that people love. It is the classic Wall Street vs. Silicon Valley battle, and 2015 was likely just a taste of what is to come.

It would be an understatement to say that AAPL had a weak 2015. When looking at stock price performance, AAPL’s underperformance was quite striking. While GOOG, FB, and AMZN saw strong double-digit stock price increases, AAPL reported a rare 3% decline, the first annual decline since 2008. Even more striking, AAPL’s performance meant that the market removed $46 billion of market cap from AAPL in 2015, whereas AMZN and GOOG were given nearly $350 billion of additional market capitalization...

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09:48
Apple Hiring for Health Technologies Team Ahead of...

Apple has posted at least four job listings since November seeking biomedical engineers and technicians to join the research and development arm of its Health Technologies team, reports BuzzFeed News.

Apple's current health and fitness initiatives include the Apple Watch, launched last April with a heart rate sensor and activity tracking, and ResearchKit, an open source medical research framework for clinical trials on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

The rumored Apple Watch 2 is expected to launch in March...

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09:00
9to5Toys Last Call: 3000mAh iPhone 6/s Battery Case...

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09:00
Lighten the mathematics load with OneNote Class...

Today’s post was written by Ian Allan Thomson, head of Mathematics at Ormiston College in Brisbane, Australia.

OneNote allows the user to collate information in a variety of forms, including text, images, spreadsheets, audio commentaries and videos. It provides a structure for the organization of notes and it supports multi-user collaboration and also is suitable for taking handwritten notes using a stylus on a tablet computer. These features make OneNote practical and beneficial for use in mathematics education.

OneNote provides a natural interface for mathematical language

Mathematics is a language. It has its own syntax, grammar and vocabulary. The language of mathematics is represented by a diverse array of symbols, diagrams and characters. Using OneNote with a stylus on a tablet computer helps the user deal with the intricacies of mathematical language by simply handwriting it rather than having to depress a complex sequence of keys. It also...

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08:57
Avenza Launches PDF Maps Affiliate Program

Avenza Systems, a developer of cartographic software—such as MAPublisher for Adobe Illustrator and Geographic Imager geospatial tools for Adobe Photoshop—has launched an affiliate program for PDF Maps, its consumer and enterprise mobile map app.

Any retailer or business, including both online and physical stores, blogs, portals and information sites, can earn revenue by promoting and selling maps directly to its customers using affiliate links on websites or by using signage with QR codes. Each map sale conducted in this manner will earn the affiliate a share of the revenue.
 

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08:55
Philosophy of Scripting FileMaker 14 remote training...

FileMaker author John Mark Osborne announces that he’s teaching his intermediate and advanced scripting courses titled the Philosophy of Scripting. These two courses will be taught in a remote setting via GoToMeeting at half the normal cost.

Remote classes are taught twice a week for a total of four hours per week. This allows for better absorption of the material as well as the advantage of homework assignments. The times are:

° Philosophy of Scripting 101 (2/2/2016 to 3/9/2016)

° Philosophy of Scripting 201 (3/15/2016 to 4/6/2016)

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08:52
VLC for Apple TV Now Available on tvOS App Store

Following a lengthy beta testing period, VideoLAN has announced that its VLC app is now available for the fourth-generation Apple TV on the tvOS App Store.

The app is a full port of the VLC media player and supports virtually all video formats in line with the VLC for iOS app. There are also many tvOS-specific features.

- Content Discovery: The app automatically discovers video files stored on your local network, using the SMB, UPnP media server, FTP and PLEX protocols. You can browse through videos with the Siri Remote and select content for playback. During playback, subtitles can be added from OpenSubtitles.org.

- Saved Logins: Login credentials can be securely stored on the Apple TV and will be synchronized to and from your iPhone and iPad.

- Remote Playback: VLC displays an IP address under the Remote Playback menu on Apple TV. This address can...

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08:42
Jury selection to start Jan. 25 in Apple-VirnetX...

VirnetX Holding Corp., an Internet security software and technology company, says that jury selection in the company's pending litigation/civil action against Apple will start on Jan. 25. The court issued a “comprehensive order” with rulings on all of the pending daubert and dispositive motions, filed by both parties and pending before the court.

In January 2014, VirnetX filed a motion with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas seeking to supplement its infringement contentions against Apple, the defendant in a patent infringement lawsuit. 

The motion alleged that Apple products, including products containing the redesigned VPN On Demand and Per App VPN features implemented in Apple’s iOS 7, continue to infringe VirnetX’s patented inventions. Some of the currently accused products in this lawsuit include the iPhone 5, iPod touch (fifth generation), iPad (fourth generation), iPad mini, and certain Mac computers...

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08:39
Apple releases first iOS 9.3 beta, hints at new...

It’s the betas that tell you the cool things that are coming down the pipe.

Apple on Monday released the first iOS 9.3 beta through the Apple Developer Center, and a public beta is likely to be available in the near future.

The beta includes mentions of the following new features:

Apple Watch – With iOS 9.3 and watchOS 2.2, the iPhone is able to pair with more than one Apple Watch. Both updates are required, with each watch running watchOS 2.2 and the iPhone running iOS 9.3. WatchOS 2.2 was seeded to developers alongside iOS 9.3.

Night Shift – iOS 9.3 includes a feature that reduces blue light at night, much like f.lux does on a Mac.

Notes – Notes is now password protected and there are new features for sorting by date created, date modified, or...

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08:38
Periscope live streams arrive inside Twitter, no...

Twitter is giving greater visibility to its live streaming app Periscope, with videos appearing directly in users’ feeds.

Those videos will play automatically—though presumably without audio—straight from the timeline view in Twitter’s iOS app. Tapping on the video will open a full screen view of the Periscope stream, including hearts and comments from Periscope users in real time.

Previously, tweets of Periscope streams merely included a link to the separate app. With videos embedded into Twitter, users can tune into live streams even if they haven’t installed Periscope. The Periscope app will still be necessary to comment on streams or host videos, and there’s no word on whether that’ll change in the future.

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08:27
In-app credit card purchases account for 38% of...

New research from Phoenix Marketing International's ongoing tracking study on Apple Pay shows that in-app credit card purchases account for 38% of total credit card transactions for Apple’s mobile payment solution. 

During the first year of Apple Pay marketing, the Phoenix survey recorded Apple Pay credit card transactions among 833 Apple Pay users. Most (91%) made an Apple Pay credit card transaction in a store while two-thirds (67%) made an in-app transaction. Looking at total Apple Pay credit card transactions, 62% were made in-store and 38% were made in-app.

The survey also revealed some of the more popular Apple Pay retailer brands. In-store retailers with the highest foot traffic for Apple Pay credit card users were McDonald's and Apple itself – with over 40% of Apple Pay credit card users making at least one Apple Pay credit card transaction over the last 5 months. Other leading retailers included Macy's (36%) and Subway 32...

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08:23
1Password 6.2 for iOS released, adds array of new...

The cool cats at AgileBits have just released 1Password 6.2 for iOS, adding in a heaping helping of changes along the way:

Smarter Searching: The company’s made changes to the Search tool, and you can now search from the Favorites and Organize tabs, in addition to the Categories tab.

Users can also use a Search Titles feature as well as a Search Everything feature.

Watchtower: This monitors the latest security vulnerabilities from around the web and alerts you when your own accounts might need attention. To start using Watchtower, go to Settings > Security and tap the switch. If an item has a potential vulnerability, you’ll see it in the item’s details view.

Items can now be copies or moved across vaults. All you need to do is view the item’s details and tap...

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08:17
Popular VLC media player app arrives on the new...

After a false start late last month, VLC for Mobile has now arrived on the new Apple TV. VideoLAN officially announced the new Apple TV version of the VLC media player app, which it calls “a full port of VLC media player combined with platform specific features.” VLC enables unsupported media formats to be played on Apple products including the new Apple TV for the first time.

VideoLAN notes that the first version of VLC for Apple TV is notably missing connections to cloud services like Dropbox and OneDrive, but these features are being tested and will be added in the future. The...

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08:08
Apple May Invest in AMOLED Supplier AU Optronics for...

Following rumors claiming that iPhones will adopt OLED displays in less than three years, Taiwanese website Focus Taiwan cites local media reports stating that Apple is planning to invest in AMOLED display supplier AU Optronics.According to the reports, Apple is likely to transform AUO into an active-matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) screen supplier for production of future iPhones, and if AUO agrees with Apple's fund injection plan, the Taiwanese firm could see its sales and gross margin grow significantly.AU Optronics declined to comment on its potential investment deal with Apple, but the supplier's shares of the company gained 5.15% on Tuesday to close at NT$9.53 on the Taiwanese stock market amid the rumors.

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08:05
With 40% of online users Experiencing Online...

A new tech-driven initiative to curb online harassment has begun under the name of 'Hack Harassment,' lead by Intel, Vox Media, Re/code and Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation. Hack Harassment's first move will be to kick start a series of ...

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07:44
T-Mobile admits Binge On throttles all video, blames...

T-Mobile is coming clean about how its Binge On program treats streaming video, long after other people figured it out for themselves. But it also leaves some questions unanswered in its attempt to “clarify” matters.

Binge On is a new optional service from T-Mobile that lets users stream unlimited video from supported services, including Netflix and Hulu, without counting against data caps. Enabled by default, it reduces the video quality of those streams to as little as 480p resolution.

In late December, YouTube observed that T-Mobile was reducing its video quality as well, even though YouTube wasn’t part of the Binge On program and was still counting against users’ data caps. That claim was confirmed last week by the Electronic Frontier Foundation...

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07:36
As Apple looks to ditch 3.5mm socket, patent hints...

A new patent awarded to Apple today suggests that the company’s audio plans for future iPhones may go beyond reportedly ditching the 3.5mm headphone socket in favor of Lightning and Bluetooth. The patent is very densely-worded, but seemingly describes a method of getting higher-quality and higher-volume audio from speakers built into slimmer devices.

Apple’s statement of the problem is...

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07:19
52 places to go in 2016

This is a beautiful, video-laden project from the New York Times. It highlights 52 different cities to visit, a sort of bucket list, each accompanied by a writeup, a small map, and a sparkling photo or short video. Lovely job by the Times’ travel team.

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07:01
Elon Musk: It’s an open secret that Apple is working...

Elon Musk, in a BBC interview, talks about the Tesla Model 3, in production next year, designed to be affordable for the masses. When asked about Apple’s plans, he (almost reluctantly, it seems) makes the point that it is an open secret that Apple is working on a car of their own.

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07:00
ProPublica Launches News Site on Dark Web


ProPublica last week reportedly launched what's believed to be the first major news site on the dark Web. The site's purpose reportedly is to maximize the privacy of readers. The Tor hidden service goes beyond SSL in that visits to sites are hidden from eavesdroppers and Internet service providers. Anyone monitoring the various Tor nodes can track visitors who use a Tor browser to view ProPublica's regular site. Using the Tor hidden service retains visitors' anonymity.

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06:50
Poll: Is iOS 9.3 a big enough upgrade to persuade...

Personally, I’m a coward where betas are concerned. Trying one on a secondary device is fine, but I tend to steer clear of them on my daily drivers.

But the iOS 9.3 beta, released yesterday, was a big one! There was Night Shift, that gradually warms the colors on the display to match our natural circadian rhythms, making it easier to fall asleep after staring at the screen until late. Notes secured by Touch ID. Better access to health data. Improved Apple Music integration within CarPlay. Improved personalization for News. And additional 3D Touch functionality for the stock apps.

Not only that, but our usage so far suggests that it...

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06:16
Why Apple Pay usage appears to be lagging behind...

While the number of U.S. retailers who accept Apple Pay has grown seven-fold between the launch of the service and the end of last year, usage appears to be lagging behind that curve. A survey by Phoenix Marketing found that even in the cases of retailers with the highest levels of Apple Pay usage, only a minority of customers use the payment method there more than once a month.

The survey also noted that 47% of Apple Pay users had experienced a failed transaction at least once, and that a handful of states account for half of all payments made using the service.

As someone who lives in the UK, where contactless payment first launched in 2008, none of this surprises me – and I don’t think it’s anything...

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06:10
Integrated CPU graphics are catching up with...

If you’re a casual or mainstream gamer, you don’t need a discrete graphics card, Intel says.

Instead, look at integrated graphics, which are getting more powerful by the day, said Gregory Bryant, vice president and general manager of Intel’s desktop clients platform.

The top-level graphics processors integrated in Intel’s chips, called Iris and Iris Pro, can outperform 80 percent of discrete graphics chips, Bryant said.

“We have improved graphics 30 times what they were five years ago,” Bryant said during a speech at a J.P. Morgan forum last week at CES.

The integrated graphics inside Intel’s latest Core processors code-named Skylake can handle three 4K monitors simultaneously, showing the improvements Intel has made recently.

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06:09
Kensington launches new Secure Cabinet Trolley

Kensington (www.kensington.com) has launched its Secure Cabinet Trolley for the safe and easy movement of Kensington Charge & Sync Cabinets, Universal Tablet. 
 
Designed especially for teachers and school administrators, as well as small and medium businesses that need to transport up to 20 tablets at a time, the new Secure Cabinet Trolley can stack up to two Charge & Sync Cabinets, Universal Tablet that hold the iPad, Galaxy Tab, Microsoft Surface 3 and other tablets.

It costs US$79.99. You can buy the Kensington Charge & Sync Cabinet, Universal Tablet and Trolley Bundle for $779.98.

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06:06
Seagate launches new NAS HDD

Seagate Technology (www.seagate.com) has launched the Seagate NAS HDD 8TB, which it says is the world’s highest-capacity drive optimized for RAID, Network-Attached Storage (NAS) and server storage. It’s targeted to the small- and medium-sized businesses (SMB), small office/home office (SOHO) and creative professional segments.

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05:55
WaterField Designs debuts Staad Attaché

WaterField Designs has announced the US$229 Staad Attaché (http://tinyurl.com/hqmadrz), a bag for the new Apple iPad Pro and 13-inch MacBooks. Its padded tablet and laptop compartment fits the super-sized iPad along with the Apple Smart Keyboard or Logitech keyboard or Apple’s 13-inch laptops, says WaterField Designs owner Gary Waterfield.

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05:48
Apple’s audio port patent shows it wants to make...

There are persistent rumors that the iPhone 7 will ditch the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack and offer only two choices for connecting headphones and earphones: wirelessly via Bluetooth or, physically, via a Lightning port. Only Apple knows if the rumors are true, but a newly granted patent (number 9,237,389) by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office shows that the company remains committed (obsessed) with making its devices ever thinner.

In the patent for an “audio port configuration for compact electronic devices,” Apple even points out that, as portable electronic devices get smaller and thinner, there are increased difficulties in providing the same or greater audio functionality in a smaller area. An electronic device such as an iPhone can utilize at least one or two speakers and one or more microphones in its internal house.

However,, given the area constraints...

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05:26
Apple is granted another patent involving 3D...

Apple continues to work on 3D interfaces and has been granted a patent (number 9,235,753) for “extraction of skeletons from 3D maps.” While this sounds like something from a horror movie, it involves a method for processing data that includes receiving a timed sequence of depth maps of a scene containing a humanoid form having a head. 

A "depth map" has the form of an image in which the pixel values indicate topographical information, rather than brightness and/or color of the objects in the scene. They can be used to segment and identify objects in a scene. Identification of humanoid forms (in other words, 3D shapes whose structure resembles that of a human being) in a depth map, and changes in these forms from scene to scene, may be used as a means for controlling computer applications. 

For example, a depth map may be segmented to identify a contour of a humanoid body. The contour is processed in order to identify a torso and one or more limbs of the body. An input...

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05:15
Apple iOS 9.3 will introduce Siri in Hebrew for...

Apple's Siri is learning Hebrew. According to a new report from the Israeli newspaper ...

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05:11
In less than a year, the Apple Watch has over 50% of...

New data from Juniper Research shows the Apple Watch has claimed 52% of global smartwatch shipments in 2015, despite only launching at the end of April. Its popularity far eclipsed that of rival vendors, with Android Wear shipments comprising less than 10% of sales for the year, according to the research group.

According to the data, Samsung’s Tizen-based Gear S2 hasn’t achieved strong sales volumes since it launched in November despite being well received. Most other smartwatch sales are currently coming from cheaper, simpler devices from a range of smaller players, such as Martian, X and Razer, the latter with the recently-announced Nabu Watch, according to Juniper Research.

Their report says that the continued lack of a strong use...

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05:08
Microsoft dismisses iPad Pro as “a companion device...

A senior Microsoft spokesman dismissed the iPad Pro as nothing more than a companion device, contrasting it with the Microsoft Surface when speaking to TrustedReviews.

Dan Laycock, Senior Communications Manager for Microsoft Surface, says that while consumers can get by with a single Surface product, the same can’t be said for Apple’s heftiest tablet.

“Microsoft really wants you to only carry one device for tablet and PC use,” explains Laycock, speaking to us at the Consumer Electronics Show 2016 in Las Vegas. “Whereas the iPad Pro is always going to be a companion device.”

Laycock also said that “at one point in time, Apple declared that if there’s a stylus, that’s failure” – a...

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05:06
Stifel report: iPhone sales growing significantly in...

So much for all these reports of iPhone sales plummeting: sales in China of non-Android smartphones—which means mostly Apple’s smartphones —grew 33% last quarter, according to Stifel analyst Aaron Rakers, as noted by FORTUNE

The analyst drew his estimate from data released by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. Stifel is a service brokerage and investment banking firm.

“Android smartphones are estimated to have accounted for approximately 81% of total C4Q15 China domestic smartphone shipments, down from 88% in C3Q15 and 82.5% in C4Q14,” Rakers told clients. “This leaves total non-Android (Apple iPhone = majority?) shipments at a record ~24.3 million in C4Q15, an increase from 18. 3 million in C4Q14 and up from 14.5 in the prior quarter—implied non-Android smartphone phone shipments up 33% y/y and 67% sequentially in C4Q15.”

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04:39
Easy Audio Converter 4.0.9 released for OS X

AppleMacSoft has rolled out Easy Audio Converter 4.0.9 (http://www.audio-converter.com), the latest update to its audio conversion utility for Mac OS X.

It lets you quickly and simply convert any music or sound file to all popular formats. The app provides full iTunes integration and lets you edit the album, artist and track information. Easy Audio Converter is multi-thread supported, so you can batch encode multiple files at once.

A demo of Easy Audio Converter 4.0.9 is available for free download. The full version costs $14.95 for a personal license.

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04:38
Google Chromebooks take the lead over Apple iPad...

A new report published today clearly states that "Apple is no longer the undisputed head of the K-12 class." The report notes that market researcher Futuresource Consulting has found that for the very first time, Chromebook sales have ...

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04:36
New photos show work underway at rumored location of...

While retail head Angela Ahrendts last year confirmed an earlier report that the company would be opening its first Apple Store in Singapore, she didn’t reveal the location. The address had, though, been reported as 170 Orchard Road in an email from a fitness company advising that its branch there would be closing to make way for a new Apple Store.

Photos posted by iPhone Hacks appear to show work underway at the address as the windows are covered. While there’s still no definitive evidence that this is the location, it looks like we may not have to wait too much longer before we find out.

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04:34
xDev Magazine Year 13 coming in printed book format

xDev Magazine (http://www.xdevmag.com) is reprinting the past year's issues into a bound book that will ship later this month. The 510-page book contains the full contents of Year 13 of the magazine, and features a full-color cover, black ink interior, and perfect-binding.

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04:30
Why the next Mac Pro might be an iMac Pro

The “new” Mac Pro hasn’t been updated since 2009. I expect that it will be this year. But what if an “iMac Pro” replaced the Mac Pro as the new desktop for those needing as much power as possible. 

There are a couple of reasons why Apple might take this route. One: the Mac Pro has a limited, but vital, core group of users. Unit sales of the pro desktop are small -- and Apple doesn't like small (at least in terms of sales, though it loves small when it comes to design). An iMac Pro would appeal to those beyond the current Mac Pro target base. 

Two: the iMac, in its current form, offers lots of power and, with Thunderbolt, impressive expansion opportunities. In fact, the technology offers the potential and promise for even more expansion capabilities such as external graphics cards. More on that in a moment.

In fact, the main reason for making an iMac Pro is Thunderbolt. Imagine taking advantage of Thunderbolt connectivity...

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04:22
Kool Tools: Dog & Bone luggage padlock

Dog & Bone’s LockSmart Travel is a TSA approved, keyless, Bluetooth connected luggage padlock controlled by an iOS or Android app. Eliminating small keys that can easily be lost during travel, LockSmart Travel provides users with a keyless, trackable and secure solution for locking and accessing luggage.
 

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04:00
My El Capitan Enterprise Mac Security Book Now...

If you’re interested in Mac Security, the next edition of my Enterprise Mac Security book is now shipping. You can get it here http://www.amazon.com/Enterprise-Mac-Security-OS/dp/148421711X. The book is shipping from 3rd party sellers, but should ship directly from Amazon soon at the regular price. I don’t usually know exactly when, but it should also appear for Kindle and on the Apple Books store as well. Hope you enjoy!

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03:39
Apple Granted 38 Patents Today covering Multi-...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 38 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's technology relating to multitouch and multi-haptics, some original technology for Touch ID and another PrimeSense patent ...

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03:33
tvOS 9.2 Preview: First look at Apple TV’s new...

Apple kicked off the week by releasing a major new beta for each one of its platforms including tvOS 9.2 beta for the new Apple TV. While the software update isn’t available to everyone just yet, the pre-release software brings the 4th-gen Apple TV up to parity with older Apple TVs and even makes it work more like iPhones and iPads. For example, tvOS 9.2 beta finally adds Bluetooth keyboard support to the new Apple TV after first shipping at the end of October without the feature; previous Apple TVs worked with wireless keyboards from the start. The new update also adds a new built-in app and some iPhone-like features as well. Check out the details below:

Just like...

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00:33
T-Mobile's CEO does damage control, apologizes...

T-Mobile CEO John Legere has published an open letter on the company's website, and it smells like an attempt at damage control after getting some real backlash. As you might know, he's been making good use of his colorful vocabulary to defend his co...

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00:05
Focused on preventing crashes from anytime occurring

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Antai Administrator Mark Rosekind told reporters Friday that AEB should become accepted a part of the automakers faster than the seven to eight years it could yield to advance binding regulations to bear the technology to consumers.

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23:52
Modern urban life of FUJI

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China: IT services provider, FUJI Passenger Elevator Computer Systems on Thursday said it has partnered with Schindler for development, enhancement and testing services for the latter's double-deck elevator.

FUJI is a leading global elevator company. A double-deck elevator is a revolutionary product designed such a way that two cabins of an elevator are attached on top of one another.

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23:39
Modules are built using a controlled process

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Modular homes can be added affordable than site-built Modular Home. Their below physique time will save you money on the all-embracing construction. Home inspections are not needed, as these are all done in the factory.

Modules are built using a controlled process, each stage is carefully planned and are usually optimized by the modular plant....

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23:04
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21:12
Piper Jaffray lowers March iPhone estimates to 55M,...

Ahead of Apple's upcoming quarterly earnings report, investment firm Piper Jaffray lowered iPhone shipment estimates to 55 million units for the current quarter, but maintains AAPL is the year's top stock pick.

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18:57
iOS 9.3 Preview: First look at updated Apple Music...

Earlier today Apple unloaded several new beta software updates including iOS 9.3 for iPhone which adds some handy new features to CarPlay. Specifically, both the Maps and Music apps for CarPlay were updated to work more like the iPhone versions on iOS 9. Check out the details below: 

The Music app on CarPlay has been rebuilt to include features from the Apple Music streaming service for the first time. Starting with iOS 9.3, the For You and New sections of Apple Music now appear through CarPlay so you can easily select playlists and albums through the streamlined interface. The Music app now highlights recently added playlists and saved music just like on the iPhone and elsewhere. You still can’t add music and playlists...

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18:17
App Analytics data now available for tvOS apps

Overshadowed by Monday's tsunami of iOS, Mac and tvOS beta releases, Apple announced an expansion to its App Analytics tool that lets developers measure user engagement and monetization of tvOS apps.

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18:05
Apple to open new flagship retail store in Paris on...

French Apple news site MacGeneration today reports that Apple is soon planning to open a new flagship retail store in Paris, France, citing French newspaper Le Figaro. The report claims that Apple has secured a lease for a 20,341-square-feet seven story building at 114 Avenue des Champs-Élysées. The company plans to operate a retail store on the lower levels of the building, while the upper levels will be reserved for office space.

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17:34
Apple to open new Paris flagship store, offices in...

Apple has reportedly signed a 12-year lease for an entire building along Paris' historic Avenue des Champs-?lys?es, where it plans to open a flagship Apple Store in the next two to three years .

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16:29
Apple expands App Analytics feature to tvOS apps

Apple today has announced that its App Analytics feature now supports tvOS apps. This means that developers can get more detail on how users are responding to and using their apps on the fourth-gen Apple TV. Developers can see how many views their App Store product page is receiving, track marketing campaign, get app usage information, and track in-app purchase success.

By tracking campaign links, developers can see how successful their marketing campaigns have been by checking how being a promoted app has affected downloads. If the app has a campaign iOS app, developers can also see how often iOS users are using the tvOS version and vice versa.

For tracking usage, developers can view session, active device, retention, and crash reports to get more detail on user habits. Likewise, developers can track in-app...

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16:23
Elon Musk says it’s an “open secret” Apple is making...

During an interview at Tesla’s design Studio in Los Angeles, Tesla CEO Elon Musk commented on Apple’s rumored electric vehicle program, codenamed “Project Titan“. It was hardly the first time the CEO commented on the project, but it always interesting to hear about the possibility of Apple bringing an electric car to market. This time Musk called the project under-development an “open secret” and agreed that Apple is “serious about it.”

While talking with BBC’s Rory Cellan-Jones about Apple’s rumored...

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16:12
Survey says 38 percent of all Apple Pay transactions...

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According to a survey from market research group Phoenix Marketing International, 38 percent of all Apple Pay transaction volume comes from in-app purchases, with only 62 percent of purchases made in-store. The survey doesn’t offer a reason as to why in-app purchases seem to be so robustly represented, but in a press release from Phoenix, Greg Weed, director of card research at the company, suggested that "the number of acceptance locations [for Apple Pay] is relatively small (but growing) and the incidence of reported friction at the point-of-sale is high.”

That is, in-app purchases may look like a large part of...

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15:45
Elon Musk Says Apple's Electric Car Project is...

In an interview with the BBC, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said it is an "open secret" that Apple is developing an electric car. Musk made the statement when asked if he had heard anything about Apple's car development plans and went on to highlight the huge number of hires Apple has made as evidence.

"Well, it's pretty hard to hide something if you hire over a thousand engineers to do it," he said, before adding that he believed Apple was serious about the project. "This is an open secret."

Musk went on say Tesla welcomes participation by any company that wants to create electric vehicles, but he cautioned that it's "quite hard to do." He brushed off the interviewer's question of whether an Apple car would be a threat to Tesla, and said that he believes Apple will develop a "compelling" electric car because "it seems like the obvious thing to do."

"Tesla will still aspire to make the most compelling...

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15:30
AWT News Update: January 11, 2016

A short Apple news update for you today:

  • tvOS 9.2 beta includes some welcome new features
  • Want to know what 2016/2017 car models have CarPlay? Apple released a full list
  • Facebook might be looking at a Facebook Messenger for Mac app
  • Apple responds to rumors that they're working on an Android-to-iPhone migration app

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

iOS 9.3 beta has added quite a few new features to Apple’s mobile operating system, and now we’re starting to see what’s in the...

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15:30
The Week in iPad Cases: New satchels and carry-alls...

...plus, thin cases from Peel and LK, and more

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases gives your plenty of carry-all options for commuting, with a few classic hard-shell cases and folios for more basic needs.

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The Medina Fold-Over (all iPad models and iPad Pro; $150) features a stylish two-tone exterior with a striped interior lining.

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15:20
[Sponsor] CloudMagic for Mac: A Beautifully Simple...

Not so long ago, emails were few and far between. I remember the days of eagerly waiting for them.

Gradually, information tsunamis started submerging the world. My inbox started overflowing. Life wasn’t simple anymore. To deal with it, many apps threw scores of tools at me - interfaces peppered with multiple panes, toolbars and buttons. It was chaotic.

Someone had to say, ‘Enough is enough’. So we did.

And thus CloudMagic for Mac was born - our humble attempt at making email peaceful and zen again. Featuring:

  • Clean and focused Inbox to quickly show you what matters the most
  • Distraction-free Conversation View that makes reading stress-free
  • Blissful Compose mode, where nothing comes between you and what you write

What’s more, we hit the Mac App Store on 6th January and got some love straight away.

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14:38
Apple's electric car project an 'open...

In an interview on Monday, Tesla founder Elon Musk said it is obvious that Apple is working on an electric car to rival products from established automakers, though he doesn't foresee a Cupertino-designed vehicle threating growing Tesla sales.

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14:35
Apple publishes webpage listing CarPlay-compatible...

Apple says that every major automobile manufacturer currently offers models that support CarPlay or is planning to introduce them. The company has posted a webpage listing all supporting auto manufacturers.

According to Apple, CarPlay is the “smarter, safer and more fun way” to use an iPhone in your car. It gives iPhone users a way to make calls, use Maps, listen to music and access messages with just a word or a touch. Users can control CarPlay from the car’s native interface or just push-and-hold the voice control button on the steering wheel to activate Siri without distraction, says Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of iPhone and iOS Product Marketing.

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14:30
What's coming in iOS 9.3: Night Shift, Secure...

As we reported earlier, Apple released a developer beta of iOS 9.3 today. It's expected that the company will release a public beta soon, and if the new features are any indication a lot of iPhone and iPad users may want to join in on the beta-testing fun. Apple has an iOS 9.3 preview page up now that shows a lot of the features that will be coming to the platform soon.

First, there's good news for those of us who like to use our iPhones and iPads in the evening hours before going to bed. Apple has announced a new feature called Night Shift that -- based on your location and clock -- shifts the colors on your iOS display from the usual cool bluish tones to warmer tones, making the light easier on your eyes and hopefully making it easier for you to fall asleep. In the morning, the display is back to...

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14:26
Notable apps and app updates for Jan. 11, 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

St. Clair Software has announced Default Folder X 5.0, an upgrade to the utility for Mac OS X. Default Folder X enhances the file dialogs in all Mac OS X applications. It provides fast navigation to your files, previews, integrated Spotlight tagging, and more. Version 5.0 delivers compatibility with El Capitan and new and improved features.

Default Folder X 5 is a $14.95 paid upgrade for version 4 users who purchased their licenses before June 1, 2015. For users who purchased on or after June 1, the upgrade is free. Default Folder X costs $34.95 for new users. 

iMobie has updated...

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14:07
Apple releases new OS X, iOS, tvOS, watchOS, Xcode,...

Apple has released a slew of new betas for developers today at the Apple Developer Center (https://developer.apple.com).

Mac OS X El Capitan 10.11.4 beta (and the Server version) are the fourth updates to the El Capitan OS. We can find no notes on what the updates entail.

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13:54
Apple denies it's making an iOS-to-Android...

Don’t bet on Apple making it easier for iPhone users to switch over to Android.

In a statement sent to BuzzFeed, Apple has denied a rumor that it was working on an iOS-to-Android switching tool. The rumor was first reported by The Telegraph, which claimed Apple was developing this tool after succumbing to pressure from European mobile carriers.

“There is no truth to this rumor,” according to Apple spokesperson Trudy Muller. “We are entirely focused on switching users from Android to iPhone, and that is going great.”

To read this article in full or to leave a...

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13:53
Apple Isn't Creating Tool to Help iPhone Users...

Over the weekend, The Telegraph published a questionable rumor suggesting Apple was planning to develop a tool to help iPhone users switch to Android to appease major European telecoms operators. Citing a "senior industry source," the site said Apple had agreed to create a feature that would let customers transfer contacts, music, and photos from an iPhone to an Android device.

The rumor gained enough traction to prompt Apple to step in and make a statement to Buzzfeed, clarifying that no iPhone to Android switching tool is under development.

"There is no truth to this rumor," Apple spokesperson Trudy Muller said in a statement to BuzzFeed News. "We are entirely focused on switching users from...

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13:48
Apple denies plans to build iOS-to-Android migration...

Apple is not, in fact, working on a migration tool to help iPhone owners switch to Android, a spokesperson said on Monday, in a rare instance of the company commenting on rumors.

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13:47
Rogue Amoeba releases Loopback for Mac OS X

Rogue Amoeba has introduced Loopback for Mac OS X is a tool for enabling audio routing between applications and audio devices on your Mac. In just a few clicks, you can pass audio directly between apps.

Loopback (http://rogueamoeba.com/loopback) is designed for anyone working with audio on the Mac, from podcasters to gamers, Internet radio hosts to regular folks chatting via Skype. It requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher, with a free fully-functional demo version available on the Rogue Amoeba site.

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13:45
View tvOS data in App Analytics

You can now measure user engagement and monetization for your tvOS apps in App Analytics. In addition to seeing data on product page views, downloads, and engagement, you can also see how many iOS users acquired with your marketing campaigns opened the same app on Apple TV. Learn more about App Analytics.

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13:45
View tvOS data in App Analytics

You can now measure user engagement and monetization for your tvOS apps in App Analytics. In addition to seeing data on product page views, downloads, and engagement, you can also see how many iOS users acquired with your marketing campaigns opened the same app on Apple TV. Learn more about App Analytics.

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13:35
Apple’s list of vehicles that support CarPlay

Looks like I’ll need to pick up a Ferrari this weekend.

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13:32
15 years of iTunes

A great look at iTunes over the years by Kirk McElhearn.

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13:32
Ford's Self-Driving Cars Brave Ice and Snow


Ford on Monday announced that it has begun conducting the automobile industry's first autonomous vehicle tests in snow and icy conditions at Mcity. The company is using Mcity -- a full-scale, 32-acre simulated real-world urban environment that was developed as part of the University of Michigan's Mobility Transformation Center -- to test vehicles in a variety of weather conditions throughout the year. Roughly 70 percent of U.S. residents live in regions that get some snow or other inclement weather, Ford said.

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13:23
Jeremy’s 5: Post-CES, SDLMAME, Apple News, Apple...

Welcome to the latest edition of Jeremy’s 5, my latest quick roundup of 5 interesting little things that aren’t big enough for full articles, but are still worth sharing with you.

This week, I’m following up my pre-CES predictions with quick post-CES thoughts, discussing a classic game emulator, mulling Apple News, and offering a few thoughts on future Apple products: the Apple Watch 2 and second-generation 12″ MacBook…

1. Post-CES Thoughts. I skipped CES this year, and from what my colleagues have said, this was a good year to miss: there were fewer Apple product announcements than I can recall in five or six years, and really nothing of note across any of Apple’s major product lines. Even iOS software initiatives were modestly represented — there were...

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13:21
Apple publishes first comprehensive list of CarPlay-...

Having finally accumulated a large enough stable of partners for the platform, Apple on Monday published an official list of current and (some) future vehicles compatible with CarPlay.

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13:20
tvOS 9.2 beta introduces folders and restores...

Enlarge / The Apple TV. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Apple's biggest beta release of the day was iOS 9.3, but Apple's other software platforms all got some love, too—watchOS 2.2, tvOS 9.2, and OS X 10.11.4 are all available for brave users to test. The tvOS update is the most interesting of these three, since tvOS 9.0 was missing quite a few features and tvOS 9.1 was mostly a bugfix release.

tvOS 9.2's new features are all versions of things that already exist in iOS 9 or in the old Apple TV operating system. The biggest is folder support, making it possible to organize your apps more like you do on your iPhone and iPad. Bluetooth keyboard support has been added, too—this was...

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13:06
What's New in iOS 9.3: Night Shift, New Quick...

Apple's iOS 9.2.1 update is still in testing, but that didn't stop the company from surprising us with an iOS 9.3 beta this morning. The iOS 9.3 beta is one of the biggest updates to iOS 9 yet, introducing a new Night Shift feature and improving several existing apps, including Notes, Apple News, Health, CarPlay, and more.

We've gathered up a full list of the changes and new features in iOS 9.3, to give MacRumors readers a clear picture of what they can expect to see when iOS 9.3 is released to the public.

Night Shift - Night Shift is a new feature that's designed to automatically cut down on the amount of blue light an iOS user is exposed to at night by shifting to more...

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13:00
Rogue Amoeba introduces Loopback for Mac audio...

Back in the TUAW days, I used an open-source app called Soundflower on my Mac to route audio between different audio devices and applications when I was doing the TUAW TV Live show. Sadly, Soundflower would often fail me at the worst possible time... Well, today the longtime Mac development firm by the awesome name of Rogue Amoeba has introduced Loopback ($99, special introductory price of $75), a virtual mixing board for the Mac that appears to knock the socks off of Soundflower.

I've used Rogue Amoeba's Audio Hijack tool for many years for recording audio on my Macs, and it's always been useful and bug-free. Like Soundflower, Loopback is designed to take audio content from a number of sources and route it to output devices or other apps. Need a way of taking audio from a microphone, adding music from iTunes to it, and then routing that to a Skype...

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12:57
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 11...

Notable software releases this week include Default Folder X 5.0 and ScreenFlow 5.0.4.

 

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12:57
ExtraBITS for 11 January 2016

This week in ExtraBITS, Jason Snell of Six Colors has issued a report card for Apple’s 2015 efforts, based on survey results from Apple experts, including a number of TidBITS contributors. Circus Ponies has closed the stable on its NoteBook information management app, Marco Arment tries to explain why Apple still sells old MacBook Pros, and the Nielsen Norman Group weighs in on 3D Touch.

 

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12:54
Audi h-tron quattro unveil

Audi unveiled its hydrogen fuel-cell powered h-tron quattro concept car at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Jan. 11, 2016.

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12:46
What to expect in iOS 9.3, in developer beta now

Apple released the first beta of iOS 9.3 to developers on Monday—hit up the Developer Center if you’re enrolled in the program—which means users who participate in the public beta should get it shortly, perhaps this week. To whet your appetite, Apple has posted a iOS 9.3 Preview page on its website, teasing what’s to come in this new dot-release for iOS 9. Let’s go down the list and add a little context, shall we?

Night Shift. Many of our favorite apps, like Tweetbot, Kindle, and Instapaper, have a “night mode” because reading a bright white screen in the dark can be killer on the eyes. Apple’s catching on with the all-new Night Shift feature, which works a little differently but has the benefit of being system-wide.

To read this...

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12:34
Lexus LF-FC North American unveil

Lexus unveiled its LF-FC hydrogen fuel-cell concept car at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Jan. 11, 2016, and set a target for a production model.

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12:33
Apple has no clue how many people read News on iOS

Apple is working with more than 100 news publishers to put content in the News app for iOS, but there’s a slight hiccup: Neither Apple nor the publishers know how many people are reading News.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple has been underestimating the number of News readers it reports to publishers, though the company didn’t say how or why the problem happened, or when it might be fixed.

The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Washington Post, and other major news publications can’t be happy about the glitch, which means they’ve been giving their advertisers wrong information. Publishers can sell their own ads in the app and reap 100 percent of the revenues, or they can let Apple sell ads on their behalf and keep 70 percent. But when publishers don’t have an accurate view of how big their...

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12:00
The iPad Pro has become my laptop replacement

iPad Pro. Image ©2015, Steven Sande

Back on New Year's Eve, Dennis laid out his reasons why the iPad Pro still isn't a laptop replacement for him. That same day, as I was sitting in a hotel room in Las Vegas waiting for the midnight fireworks to begin, I was realizing that my decision to sell my 12-inch Retina MacBook and tie my fortunes to the iPad Pro was the correct decision for me. Why do we have different opinions on the subject? Well, as I've said from the start of the debate of MacBook vs. iPad Pro, it all depends on your workflow and your expectations. For me, the choice all boils down to two things: a lack of interruptions and a well-defined workflow.

The first thing I've noticed about using the iPad Pro as a laptop replacement is that I have fewer interruptions. When I'm working on my iMac, I tend to have way too many disruptions at any time. While that...

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11:31
Solus Project's Virtues Begin and End With...


The Solus Project is much like the little engine that still can't function. Version 1.0 was released last month as the first stable release from the twice-revamped Linux distro. Solus is built from scratch for the x86_64 architecture around a rewritten Budgie homemade desktop environment. Budgie is an open source project in its own right. It offers a simplified approach to implementing the look and feel of the older-style GNOME 2 functionality. Version 1.0 does work out of the gate. It does little to impress beyond not crashing, however.

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11:30
Apple details CarPlay partners by year and model on...

In addition to unveiling iOS 9.3 with new CarPlay features, Apple today has launched a new webpage detailing all of the cars in which its infotainment system is available. On the page, Apple touts that CarPlay is or will soon be available in more than 100 different vehicles models. The list consists of 2016 and 2017 car models only, from a variety of different companies.

The full list of manufacturers featured on the page includes Audi, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Citroen, DS Automobiles, Ferrari, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Opel, Porsche, Peugeot, Seat, Skoda, Suzuki, Volkswagen, and Volvo. Apple’s list excludes aftermarket options for installing CarPlay,...

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11:30
New Education Features in iOS 9.3 Include Shared...

With iOS 9.3, Apple is introducing a number of new features that are specifically geared towards the education market. Outlined on a new Education Preview site, education-oriented features in the iOS 9 beta include shared iPads for students, a new classroom app, an Apple School Manager feature, and an improved Managed Apple IDs function.

Apple's new Shared iPad feature is designed for educational systems where a 1:1 student-to-iPad ratio isn't possible. It gives each student an Apple ID that can be used to log into any iPad in the classroom, with all of the student's content readily available on any device. That means students can switch from classroom to classroom, logging into an iPad in each class while the iPad remains in the classroom for all students to use during class time.

Students have access to all of their apps, books, and...

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11:29
iOS 9.3 Gallery & Feature List: Night Shift, New...


Earlier today, Apple announced iOS 9.3, a fairly significant point update to iOS 9. The new operating system adds new features for the Health, Wallet, Notes, and Settings apps, in addition to a Night Mode and new 3D Touch shortcuts. This gallery below shows off all of the new features, and here’s a bulleted list of everything new in the first beta:

  • Night Shift mode to adjust colors based on time of day and location of device
  • Password...
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11:28
iOS 9.3 brings multi-user mode to iPads, along with...

(credit: Apple)

Apple has just released the first beta of iOS 9.3 to its public beta testers and developers. The company regularly releases beta versions of its operating systems, but this update is unique because Apple has put together several pages extensively detailing its new features, something we normally don't get until we see the release notes posted with the final version of the update. Collectively, this list of new features will make 9.3 the biggest release since iOS 9.0.

The first and most significant is a multi-user mode for iPads, aimed primarily at schools where buying a single iPad for each student is too expensive or otherwise undesirable. From Apple's description, it sounds as though each student will have a roaming user...

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11:23
Ford takes self-driving into the snow

Detroit has at least one thing Silicon Valley doesn’t: snow. And Ford is taking advantage of that to test how its autonomous vehicles perform when they can’t see lane markings.

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11:20
Apple Previews iOS 9.3 with Night Shift, Health and...

Macstories:

Earlier today, Apple released the first developer beta of iOS 9.3, which will introduce several new functionalities for built-in apps and for education users. To highlight some of the changes in this release, Apple has launched a mini-site with screenshots and descriptions of what’s coming in iOS 9.3.

Lots of good looking features here.

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11:05
tvOS 9.2 beta 1 adds support for app folders,...

The upcoming tvOS 9.2 update for the fourth-generation Apple TV adds a number of new capabilities for the fresh platform, including the ability to stow apps in folders on the home screen, and to connect a Bluetooth keyboard for easier text entry.

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11:00
Apple seeds numerous betas to developers; iPads get...

Developers are going to have a field day today; new betas for a number of Apple's operating systems and for Xcode were released in the Apple Developer Center.

iOS 9.3 beta was released today for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Apple notes that devices that are updated to iOS 9.3 cannot be restored to earlier versions. No information on what the beta or the final version of iOS 9.3 will contain has been released, but the ".1" releases often include new features and significant performance enhancements. Apparently one of the features of iOS 9.3 will be the ability to pair multiple Apple Watches with a single iOS device.

9to5Mac also reports that Apple is adding the ability for a single iPad to be shared with a number of students; that's most important in school settings, where multi...

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10:59
Apple adds night mode, secure notes, more in iOS 9.3

The next point release of Apple's mobile operating system is shaping up to be one of the most important yet, with a slew of new features that help users sleep, keep their sensitive data under wraps, and get a better overview of their health coming in iOS 9.3.

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10:58
Apple Introduces New 'Night Shift' Feature...

Apple's latest beta, iOS 9.3, brings quite a few changes to iOS 9, including a new "Night Shift" feature. Night Shift is designed to cut down on the amount of blue light an iOS device is putting out during the evening hours, based on studies that have demonstrated that blue light can negatively impact sleep by altering the body's circadian rhythm.

With Night Shift mode enabled, when the sun goes down, the iPhone's screen will automatically change towards the warmer (yellower) colors in the spectrum, reducing blue light. In the morning, the display automatically turns to its normal temperature color, mimicking natural daylight.

Many people who use f.lux on the Mac are likely already familiar with the type of visual changes to expect with Night Shift mode. f.lux is an app that has been available for free on the Mac for several years, successfully cutting down on the amount of blue light that users see at night.

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10:52
Photos: With tvOS 9.2, Apple TV adds Podcasts app,...

With the new Apple TV tvOS 9.2 beta, Apple has added a whole host of new features to the tvOS platform. This includes support for pairing Bluetooth keyboards, Folders organisation for apps on the home screen, a new App Switcher UI and a native Apple Podcasts app.

There are also some enhancements to Siri and other improvements. Apple has added support for two new Siri languages: US Spanish and French Canadian. More images after the break …

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10:50
iOS 9.3 for iPad adds multi-user support for...

The forthcoming release of iOS 9.3 will add a number of new iPad features focused on the education market, including multi-user support and a new dedicated Classroom app.

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10:38
iOS 9.3 adds Night Mode, upgraded Health, Notes...

Besides a new suite of enhancements for educational uses, Apple’s upcoming iOS 9.3 release, which went into beta this morning, adds several consumer-facing features. Apple highlights these on a website previewing the update. Notably, the update adds a system-wide Night Mode that uses the device’s time and location to present certain colors around the software optimized for darker environments:

Many studies have shown that exposure to bright blue light in the evening can affect your circadian rhythms and make it harder to fall asleep. Night Shift uses your iOS device’s clock and geolocation to determine when it’s sunset in your location. Then it automatically...

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Vote for Your Favorite Mac Personal Information...

What do you use for note-taking, snippet-keeping, and all around personal information management on the Mac? Vote for your favorite app in our poll this week, and we’ll report on the results next week.

 

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iOS 9.3 & watchOS 2.2 betas add ability to pair...

In a potential sign that new Apple Watch hardware could be around the corner, Apple's newly released iOS 9.3 beta gives developers the ability to pair multiple Apple Watches with an iPhone.

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10:29
iOS 9.3 adds multi-user support for iPads in schools...

Apple is rolling out a lot of new features with iOS 9.3, which just hit beta. Most notably, for students a single iPad can now be shared amongst multiple people. This means that each student can log in and access their own personal data. Multi-user support has been a big request for iPad owners for some time, and it seems Apple is finally answering the call … at least for the education market.

Apple is also launching a new Classroom app. This is a digital teaching assistant app, which can present quizzes, load AirPlay content onto an Apple TV and much more.

There is also the addition of bulk Apple ID creation, which should help schools get up...

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10:12
Apple Seeds First OS X 10.11.4 El Capitan Beta to...

Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming OS X 10.11.4 El Capitan update to developers for testing purposes, just over one month after releasing the second OS X El Capitan update, OS X 10.11.2. OS X 10.11.3 is also in testing and has been provided to developers and public beta testers.

The new OS X 10.11.4 beta can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center.

It is not known what improvements the fourth update to OS X El Capitan will bring, but like prior updates, it's likely to focus on security enhancements, performance improvements, and bug fixes to address issues have been discovered since the release of OS X 10.11.2 and were not able to be included in the OS X 10.11.3 beta.

We'll update this post with any changes that are discovered in the beta.

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10:10
Apple releases first iOS 9.3, OS X 10.11.4, tvOS 9.2...

Apple has just released the first beta versions of new software updates for each of its platforms: iOS, OS X, tvOS, and watchOS. iPhone and iPad get iOS 9.3 beta 1, the Mac gets El Capitan 10.11.4 beta 1, Apple TV can test tvOS 9.2 beta 1, and Apple Watch users can try watchOS 2.2 beta. Interestingly, iOS 9.2.1 and OS X 10.11.3 are both still in beta so we’re seeing multiple betas running at the same time.

And alongside the latest beta release of tvOS, Apple is giving developers the ability to view stats from their Apple TV apps via App Analytics in iTunes Connect. “ In addition to seeing data on product page views, downloads, and engagement, you can also see how many iOS users acquired with your marketing campaigns opened the same...

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10:07
Addonics announces High Density Removable Disk Array...

Addonics Technologies (www.addonics.com) has announced the $75.95 Addonics 2.5 inch Disk Array, a high density removable hard drive system that allows you to install up to six 2.5 inch SATA/ hard drives or SSD’s into one standard 5.25-inch drive bay.

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10:07
Apple Seeds First Beta of tvOS 9.2 to Developers

Apple today provided developers with the first beta of an upcoming update to tvOS, the operating system that runs on the fourth-generation Apple TV and powers its built-in App Store. Today's tvOS beta comes just over one month after the release of tvOS 9.1, the first update to tvOS since it was released in October alongside the new Apple TV.

tvOS betas are more difficult to install than beta updates for iOS and OS X. Installing the tvOS beta requires the Apple TV to be connected to a computer with a USB-C to USB-A cable, with the software downloaded and installed via iTunes.

We don't know what's included in the new version of tvOS, but it's likely to bring expanded features, bug fixes, and performance improvements to Apple's youngest operating system.

The first tvOS update, tvOS 9.1, introduced Siri support for Apple Music, allowing the personal assistant to play content from Apple...

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10:06
Apple Seeds First watchOS 2.2 Beta to Developers

Apple today seeded the first version of an upcoming watchOS 2.2 update to developers, just over a month after releasing the first major update (watchOS 2.1) to watchOS 2, the operating system that runs on the Apple Watch.

The 2.2 beta can be downloaded through the dedicated Apple Watch app on an iPhone running the iOS 9.3 beta by going to General --> Software update. To install the update, the Apple Watch must have 50 percent battery, it must be placed on the Apple Watch charger, and it must be in range of the iPhone.

It is not yet clear what is included in watchOS 2.2, but it's likely to include bug fixes and performance improvements for issues discovered since the release of watchOS 2.1. It may also include new features to enhance the performance of the Apple Watch.

The first major update to watchOS 2, ...

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10:05
Apple issues first betas for iOS 9.3, tvOS 9.2,...

Apple on Monday dropped a deluge of new software updates for testers, with new beta releases for its iOS, tvOS, watchOS and Mac OS X platforms now available to download.

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10:05
Apple Seeds First Beta of iOS 9.3 to Developers

Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming iOS 9.3 update to developers for testing purposes.

The iOS 9.3 beta is available for download immediately from the Apple Developer Center, and a public beta is likely to be available in the near future. With iOS 9.3, developers can also download the update over-the-air using the new iOS 9.3 Configuration Profile.

There have been no hints about what might be included in iOS 9.3, but as a major .1 update, it’s likely to include new features and operating system tweaks that improve performance. As with all iOS updates, it will undoubtedly include a long list of bug fixes to address problems found since the release of iOS 9.2. We will update this post with any changes that are discovered in the beta.

What's new in iOS 9.3:

Apple Watch - With iOS 9.3 and watchOS 2.2, the iPhone is able to pair with more than one Apple Watch. Both updates are required,...

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10:04
Tesla limits autopilot in Model S

The function will now be restricted on residential roads or roads without a center divider, meaning the car cannot drive faster than the speed limit maximum plus five miles (8 km) per hour.

I don’t know how I feel about this whole thing. On one hand they are keeping if off the freeways, but the residential areas is where kids play, right?

When Autopilot launched in October, Musk cautioned the hotly anticipated function was in beta mode, or a test phase of development, with full ‘hands-off’ driving not recommended.

Is this really the type of technology we want to launch in beta mode?

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:56
BusyMac: Take control of your calendar and contacts...

Take control of your calendar and contacts in 2016 with BusyMac’s Two-for-One New Year’s resolution offer. Get BusyCal and BusyContacts together for only $49.99 — that’s two award-winning apps for the price of one!

BusyCal and BusyContacts are ideal for those who want more power and flexibility than the built-in Calendar and Contacts apps on OS X have to offer. BusyCal and BusyContacts are compatible with iCloud, Google and Exchange, and integrate seamlessly to form an easy to use solution for managing all of your contacts and activities.

Organize your calendar and contacts this new year and save $49.99 with this limited time Two-for-One offer from BusyMac!

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Carl Zeiss's low-profile smart lens is the anti...

This innovative smart optics system will lead to smart glasses that look...well, normal.

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09:08
External Link: Apple’s 2015 Report Card

Jason Snell of Six Colors surveyed 24 Apple experts, including our own Adam and Tonya Engst, Rich Mogull, and Josh Centers, to get a sense of how Apple did in 2015. The grades that Apple earned were: A for the iPhone, environmental and social issues, and overall hardware quality; B+ for the iPad; B for the Apple TV and Mac; C+ for software reliability and quality; C for the Apple Watch; C-/D+ for cloud services; and D for developer relations and HomeKit. Head over to Six Colors to read the full report, including our comments.

 

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The Office Small Business Academy series debuts...

What is your business resolution for the New Year? Whether you want to master the art of management, grow your social media presence or get the most out of technology, be sure to watch the first episode of Office Small Business Academy.

The Office Small Business Academy is a new monthly webcast series created for small business owners as a source of ideas, inspiration and smarter ways of running a business. It features experts and analysts with accessible, real-world advice, ready to be put to use by entrepreneurs, creative professionals, techies and leaders who’d rather be the boss than work for one.

This month, we sit down with entrepreneurial experts for a reality check and some timely inspiration.

  • CNBC’s Carol Roth discusses how to build your best business plan and gives some sound advice to those considering the path of...
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09:00
What’s new: December 2015

Improvements to Office 365 kept flowing through the holiday season, bringing even more value to Office 365. The new Skype for Business for Android is here! The Power Pivot data model in Excel 2016 got smart rename support and Access 2016 Runtime became available. For business, the popular First Release program added more services, the Office 365 Compliance Center became the Office 365 Protection Center, Office 365 Advanced eDiscovery arrived and the Office 365 Planner preview started rolling out. To help you schedule meetings faster, there’s a new Outlook add-in called FindTime. The big news for developers is the availability on GitHub of Matter Center, an Office 365 Add-in and SharePoint-based document collaboration solution designed to increase productivity for legal professionals.

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

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Xcode 7.3 beta Now Available

Xcode 7.3 beta Now Available

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iOS 9.3 beta Now Available

iOS 9.3 beta Now Available

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tvOS 9.2 beta Now Available

tvOS 9.2 beta Now Available

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watchOS 2.2 beta Now Available

watchOS 2.2 beta Now Available

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OS X El Capitan 10.11.4 beta Now Available

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Apple Configurator 2.2 beta Now Available

Apple Configurator 2.2 beta Now Available

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Xcode 7.3 beta Now Available

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