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Thursday August 6

06:46
On Beats 1 expansion and Apple Music in the car

Some thoughts on Beats 1 taking on satellite radio.

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06:45
iBooks Author Conference coming to Nashville, TN, in...

The iBooks Author Conference (http://www.ibooksauthorconference.com) is coming to Nashville, TN, Oct. 8-9. It will be held at the Ford Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Separate events, such as complementary iBooks Author Certification Program exam sessions and the Thursday night iBooks Author Hack, will be held off-site with shuttle service provided.

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06:28
Apple Music hooks 11 million trial members, App...

Marco della Cava, writing for USA Today:

One month after unveiling its new streaming music service, Apple has locked in 11 million trial members, company executives tell USA TODAY.

Here’s some math to go along with that.

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06:19
12-inch MacBook inventory numbers rise, device now...

You can now snag the 12-inch MacBook via the Apple Store Personal Pickup plan.

Nearly four months after its release, the 12-inch MacBook notebook now has a strong enough inventory presence to qualify for Apple’s Personal Pickup plan.

The personal pickup option isn’t universal yet however, with only select configurations at select stores being available. For example, the 256 GB Silver MacBook is not available for personal pickup in New York, NY while the 256 GB Space Gray is widely available.

For months, most Apple Store locations have only been able to have the unit on display. This has led to many users reporting that...

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06:13
Hackers can remotely steal fingerprints from Android...

Zack Whittaker, writing for ZDNet:

The attack, which was confirmed on the HTC One Max and Samsung’s Galaxy S5, allows a hacker to stealthily acquire a fingerprint image from an affected device because device makers don’t fully lock down the sensor.

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06:07
FileZilla 3.13.0-rc1 - Fast and reliable FTP client...

FileZilla (ported from Windows) is a fast and reliable FTP client and server with lots of useful features and an intuitive interface.



Version 3.13.0-rc1: New features

  • For SFTP servers the private key file to use can now be specified in the Site Manager
  • The contents of each queue tab can now be exported through the context menu
  • MSW: The installer now registers the App Path so that FileZilla is recognized in the Win+R dialog
  • FileZilla now uses pugixml instead of TinyXML to parse and create XML files
  • Several performance improvements
  • Code cleanup and modernization, building FileZilla now requires a C++14 compiler

Bugfixes and minor changes

  • Fixed an assert loading sitemanager.xml created by an old version
  • If password saving is disabled, specifying a password on the command-line no longer leads to extraneous password prompts when transferring files
  • If...

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06:00
Apple Supplier Catcher Confirms Receipt of Strong...

Apple supplier Catcher Technology hosted an investor's conference yesterday to explain its recent operations while commenting on market watchers' concerns about Apple's next-generation iPhone and...

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06:00
It may be time to eradicate Flash from your Mac;...

Adobe's Flash — a multimedia system for computers that is generally accessed through a web browser — has been slowly dying on the Mac vine for awhile. Perhaps it's time to remove it completely. 

Back in 2010 Apple stopped bundling Flash with Mac OS X, though Mac users could still continue to install it for themselves. In 2013 Adobe worked with Apple to "sandbox" Flash Player under Safari in Mac OS X, restricting the ability of attackers to exploit any vulnerabilities they might find in the browser plug-in.

(App Sandbox is an access control technology provided in OS X. Limiting access to resources on a per-app basis, it provides a last line of defense against the theft, corruption, or deletion of user data if an attacker successfully exploits security holes in your app or the frameworks it is linked against,...

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05:59
Firetask 3.7.5 - Innovative task management solution...

Firetask uniquely combines the advantages of classical priority-and-due-date-based task management with GTD.

  • Stay focused and on top of your commitments - Firetask's "Today" view shows all relevant due and next tasks in a single, clear overview. Due tasks only appear when becoming due within the next days, next tasks only if they are the first next task of a project or if marked as flagged. This helps you to focus on your most urgent and important tasks.
  • Manage your tasks in a project-oriented way - Firetask is project-oriented. Every task is part of a project and the order of next tasks is defined within each project. This helps you to break down your unnumbered tasks into manageable units and it helps us to provide you with a more focused view across all your commitments.
  • Efficiently enter and delegate your tasks -Entering a number of tasks in Firetask is as simple and fast as writing a view lines of text. There is no need to take...
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05:49
vjoon K4 designed to optimize enterprise, digital...

vjoon GmbH has released version 6.10 R1 of its vjoon K4 cross-media publishing platform. One of the highlights of this release is that it comes fully integrated with the new Adobe Digital Publishing Solution (DPS).

vjoon K4 will extend the features of the latest version of DPS. What’s more, interactive content for a variety of mobile devices can be created right along with HTML-based DPS articles. With this capability, vjoon K4 streamlines the workflow effort.

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05:33
Microsoft's Free Apple Watch App for Outlook is...

Today, Microsoft released Outlook for the Apple Watch. The latest update makes it easier to see full emails and the ability to now reply to messages.

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05:08
While the Majority of iPhone Users own an iPad, the...

According to the latest data from Kantar, 40% of all smartphones in use in the US are from Apple. Nationally, smartphone penetration has reached 62%. Among all of the people who own smartphones, 58% also own a tablet - and among iPhone owners, 65% have a tablet ...

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05:06
11 million sign up for Apple Music

Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet software and services, tells USA Today (http://tinyurl.com/oem879t) that 11 million people have signed up for Apple Music (or, at least, the three month, free trial version).

"We're thrilled with the numbers so far," says Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet software and services, adding that of that number, two million have opted for the family plan at $14.99 a month for up to six people.

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05:00
Ultra HD Blu-ray licensing to start Aug. 24 — but...

The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA)  has completed an Ultra HD Blu-ray technical specification that will lead to the release of players and discs that support the new format. It will be begin licensing the format starting Aug. 24. However, don't expect any support from Apple.

Ultra HD Blu-Ray consumer products should begin to arrive later this year. The format supports Ultra HD 4K TV resolution (3840×2160) and enables high dynamic range (HDR), high frame rates and object-based immersive sound. It’s not clear how much demand there will be for the new format, the BDA, citing data from the IHS research group expects Ultra HD TV-owning households will grow from 11.7 million last year to 95.6 million by 2019.

The Ultra HD Blu-ray format will deliver high dynamic range content that significantly expands the range between the brightest and darkest elements and...

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04:29
Apple Pay now available to diners at Pei Wei

Fast-casual restaurant Pei Wei now offers diners access to Apple Pay. The restaurant, known for its made-to-order, Asian-inspired menu, now accepts Apple's mobile payment system in all of its nearly 200 locations for customers using iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch.

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04:21
'Internet of Things' connected devices to...

New data from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) says that the number of IoT (Internet of Things) connected devices will number 38.5 billion in 2020, up from 13.4 billion in 2015: a rise of over 285%.

While IoT "smart home" based applications grab media headlines, it is the industrial and public services sector – such as retail, agriculture, smart buildings and smart grid applications – that will form the majority of the device base, notes the research group. This is due in no small part to a much stronger business case for these types of applications.

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04:20
Kool Tools: Just Mobile Lounge Dock

Just Mobile's Lounge Dock 8 is a cool, good-looking, multi-purpose dock for the Apple Watch. The adjustable charging stand allows you to interact with the smartwatch in multiple viewing angles.

To use your simply slip your magnetic charger into its moulded recess and strap your Apple Watch to the soft-touch cuff. With its slim side-mounted arm, the Lounge Dock makes the watch appear to be floating in mid-air. But thanks to the heavyweight aluminum base and adjustable viewing angle, it’s easy to interact with your Apple Watch while it charges.

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03:28
Apple continues their Work on 3D Multispectral...

On August 6, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their ongoing work on imaging systems, and particularly to devices and methods for multispectral imaging.

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02:46
Apple invention looks to revive the mixtape, with a...

In an era where on-demand streaming puts massive music libraries at your fingertips and sharing playlists takes but a few taps, receiving a personalized mix of tunes doesn't quite mean as much as it used to. But that could change if Apple employs its invention for "digital mixtape" gifting.

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02:30
Apple announces 11 million trial members signed up...

In a statement to USA Today, Apple has officially announced it has signed up 11 million members to Apple Music since launch. Eddy Cue says he is “thrilled with the numbers so far”, noting that about 2 million of that number have signed up for a family plan, which costs $14.99 for up to six people. The real success of Apple Music won’t be known until the 3 month trial ends and the 11 million have to make the choice to start paying for the monthly subscription.

Apple Music continues to attract exclusive content deals and new music. Dre will...

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02:03
Apple Music has taken off like a Rocket despite Some...

It's being reported today that one month after Apple unveiled Apple Music, they've locked in 11 million trial members. Apple was happy ...

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00:37
Apple Music reaches 11M trial members after five...

After just five weeks of availability, Apple Music has gathered an impressive 11 million trial users, two million of whom opted in to the more expensive multi-user family plan, according to Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue.

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Wednesday August 5

23:48
Eddy Cue 'Thrilled With the Numbers' as...

In an interview with USA Today, Apple's Eddy Cue reveals that Apple Music currently has 11 million users taking advantage of the initial three-month trial period, with two million of those taking advantage of the family plan that will cost $14.99 per month once the trial ends. A single-user membership will be priced at $9.99 per month.

"We're thrilled with the numbers so far," says Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet software and services, adding that of that sum 2 million have opted for the more lucrative family plan at $14.99 a month for up to six people.The officially announced milestone of 11 million users is roughly in line with the rumored ten million users shared by HITS Daily Double last week.

Cue notes Apple is "releasing updates as fast as we...

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21:20
12-Inch MacBook Now Available in Apple Retail Stores...

Nearly four months after release, the new 12-inch MacBook is starting to become available for personal pickup in Apple Stores in the United States. Previously, some stores have had sporadic stock for walk-in customers, but it now appears that stock is substantial enough for Apple to offer personal pickup.

The personal pickup option isn't universal yet however, with only select configurations at select stores being available. For example, the 256 GB Silver MacBook is not available for personal pickup in New York, NY while the 256 GB Space Gray is widely available.

While some Apple Stores and Best Buys have had sporadic stock for walk-ins, most Apple Stores around the world have only had the unit on display. In the MacRumors' forums, users have been reporting which stores around the world have had the new MacBook on display, whether they were available to purchase...

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16:53
Bring On the New Apple TV - Streaming Service or Not


I've been waiting for a new Apple TV from Apple for years, and I've been disappointed each time a major Apple event came and went without one. Plus, I've been waiting for Apple to come along and disrupt the cable/satellite TV bundling status quo with some sort of a la carte streaming service, also to no avail. Now I don't think that second wish -- some sort of vastly improved and less-expensive TV service -- matters much at all. I think the time for it has passed. Here's why: Our TV and media consumption habits are now irreparably fractured.

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16:40
‘The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs’ opera to debut in...

Joining the increasingly growing lineup of Steve Jobs biographies, the Santa Fe Opera announced today that it will debut a new opera centered around the life of the late Apple CEO. The show is entitled “The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs” and is composed by Mason Bates with librettist Mark Campbell. The opera is currently scheduled to debut in 2017 (via LATimes).

The Santa Fe Opera teases that the show will focus on both the professional and personal lives of Jobs and will include characters based on his father and wife. The opera will also take...

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16:18
Designing pie charts with CSS
15:19
Queen guitarist Brian May recognized by NASA

Astrophysicist Dr. Brian May is recognized during a July 17, 2015 New Horizons science briefing at NASA Headquarters, Washington, D.C. May spent a long birthday weekend with the science team, attending two morning science plenaries, a meeting with the Student Dust Counter group, and working on stereo images of Pluto with the Geology, Geophysics and Imaging (GGI) team.

I’ve had the opportunity to meet and speak with Brian at some length during one of Queen’s European tours. He is not only smart and a fantastic guitarist, he’s also very humble.

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14:50
Swiss National Bank increases its stake in Apple

The Swiss National Bank has raised its stake in Apple, increasing its U.S. equity holdings to $38.6 billion, reports Bloomberg (http://tinyurl.com/pcgk62g).

Switzerland’s central bank owned 9.4 million shares in the Cupertion, California-based company on June 30, according to a regulatory filing made to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. That compared with 8.9 million shares at the end of March, a 5.5% increase, according to Bloomberg calculations.

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14:34
Steve Jobs to be focus of upcoming opera set to...

A U.S. opera company in Santa Fe on Wednesday announced plans for an upcoming production centering on Steve Jobs, adding to a growing number of books, movies and documentaries focusing on the life and times of the late Apple cofounder.

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14:30
AWT News Update: August 5, 2015

A lot of Apple news for our listeners and readers today:

  • Apple Watch helps a Virginia man get needed heart surgery and get out of the hospital fast
  • Get yourself to your local Pei Wei restaurant, as they've just started accepting Apple Pay. Booyah!
  • Don't be surprised if you walk into a Target store soon and have your iPhone start notifying you about deals
  • After a ten-year absence, Chronos StickyBrain for Mac is back

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for August 5, 2015.

The Apple Watch is credited with getting a 64-year-old Virginia man heart care as well as making sure he got out of the hospital as soon as...

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14:16
Hiroshima: What 70 years of reconstruction looks like

The Washington Post:

At 8:15 a.m. on Aug. 6, 1945, the first bomb exploded over Hiroshima killing, by some estimates, 140,000 people, and destroying 90 percent of the city. But near its hypocenter only one building was left standing.

Seventy years later, the Genbaku Dome — now known as the Hiroshima Peace Memorial — is part of a very different city that’s home to 1.2 million residents and filled with skyscrapers, apartment buildings and streetcars.

Armed with archival photographs, Reuters photographer Issei Kato revisited some of the same locations destroyed 70 years ago in both Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

On such a sombre day, it’s good to not only look back and remember what happened but also to look forward and see how the city has endured and prospered. The before and after pictures are truly heartening.

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14:16
∞ Crosby, Stills, and Nash: Southern Cross

Brilliant Song.

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14:05
Why you shouldn't freak out about this week...

One set of researchers explains how a modification to your Macintosh’s boot-up firmware can persist undetectably and spread through peripherals to other computers. Another researcher’s work from a month ago is found in the wild, installing adware through a hidden escalation in user privileges. Both sound terrible, but neither is quite what it seems.

De-escalate your privilege, buddy

A month ago, a security researcher who has found previous flaws in iOS, Stefan Esser, documented a problem in OS X about which he didn’t warn Apple in advance. Starting in Yosemite, OS X allowed software to log errors to an arbitrary file. Esser discovered that this could be used maliciously to write to files that only a root user should be able to. He took that weakness to demonstrate how one might escalate privileges, allowing a regular user without administrator or root access to run any software he...

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13:40
Coming to the Mac Admin & Developer Conference...

In case you haven’t heard, there’s a cool new Apple conference for Mac Admins and Developers. It’s in London, and put on by the excellent people at Amsys. The site for the conference, being held in February, is at http://www.macad.uk.

And if you go, I’ll see ya’ there, when I do a talk on Mobile Device Management. Hope to see you there!

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13:28
Apple seeds OS X Yosemite 10.10.5 beta build 14F25a...

Apple has published a new beta build of the upcoming OS X 10.10.5 to developers. The third seed, which has a build number of 14F25a, comes just under a week after the previous build. The 10.10.5 update seems to be a simple stability and security fix, so there aren’t many new features to speak of.

OS X 10.10.5 beta 3 is available through the Updates tab of the Mac App Store for those already running a previous build, and should hit the Developer Center soon. Yesterday Apple also seeded a new version of the OS X El Capitan public beta, and the day before that...

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13:23
Apple Seeds Third OS X 10.10.5 Yosemite Beta to...

Apple today seeded the third beta of OS X 10.10.5 to developers, nearly one week after seeding the second 10.10.5 beta and more than a month after releasing OS X 10.10.4 to the public.

Today's beta, build 14F25a, can be downloaded through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store or through the Apple Developer Center.

The first and second OS X 10.10.5 betas did not appear to include any consumer-facing changes, so it's likely that this update focuses on behind-the-scenes bug fixes and performance enhancements. OS X 10.10.5 beta 2 introduced a fix for the DYLD_PRINT_TO_FILE exploit that's been making headlines over the last few days, and the security flaw will be patched as soon as OS X 10.10.5 is released to the...

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12:51
“Thunderstrike 2” rootkit uses Thunderbolt...

Update: Apple tells us that this bug has been at least partially patched in OS X 10.10.4, so this particular version of Thunderstrike shouldn't be of immediate concern to users of fully updated Macs. We've reached out to Trammell Hudson for confirmation and will update the post if we receive further information.

Update 2: Hudson has posted more details about Thunderstrike 2 and the status of Apple's fixes to his Web site.

Thanks to a firmware update and OS X 10.10.4, he says Macs are "no longer trivially vulnerable," but he lists several vulnerabilities that Apple still needs to fix; the company has been informed of the problems. Hudson and Xeno Kovah, the other researcher who helped develop Thunderstrike 2, will be presenting more details in a talk at the Black Hat conference tomorrow.

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12:49
Apple updates TestFlight app with support for...

Apple is now allowing developers to test more iOS 9 features with an update to its beta distribution app TestFlight. The updated version enables developers to test faster, native watchOS 2 apps for Apple Watch, including newly gained access to more sensors and custom watch face complications. The update also lets developers test some iOS 9 features like App Thinning, which allows users to download larger chunks of apps as needed to preserve local storage, for the first time.
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12:29
AppleCare+ gets simplified for international iPhone/...

In a video this week to retail store employees, AppleCare chief Tara Bunch has outlined some changes coming to the company’s AppleCare+ program for the iPhone and iPad. In the video, Bunch and an associate in charge of AppleCare+ say that the service will now become simpler to add for international customers. For example, if a Hong Kong resident travels to the United States, purchases an iPhone or iPad, and adds AppleCare+ to their purchase, their new device will become automatically registered with AppleCare+ in their home country…

As of fall 2013, AppleCare+ ...

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12:04
Apple Trying to Halt used iPhone Sales in Canada

Apple Canada Inc. has demanded that Ingram Micro Inc. stop selling used iPhones in Canada after the distributor struck a deal ...

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12:00
Epson EcoTank printers want to save you from the...

Almost everyone who owns an inkjet printer has run into this scenario; you're trying to get something important printed, and the printer tells you that a cartridge is out of ink. It happens frequently, and usually at the most inopportune time. Printer manufacturer Epson has taken a bold step with a new line of five new EcoTank inkjet printers that get rid of the pesky cartridges, replacing them with high volume ink tanks that are designed to keep your printer happy for two or more years of usage.

The printers come with bottles of ink in cyan, magenta, yellow and black, or in the case of the high-end WorkForce Pro WF-R4640, ink packs in the same colors. Squeeze the ink into the appropriate tanks or just slap the packs into the WorkForce pro, and you shouldn't see that...

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11:29
Facebook puts a celebrity twist on live-streaming...

Facebook and Twitter have been swiping features from each other’s playbooks for years now, so it’s not too surprising that the world’s biggest social network saw Twitter’s live-streaming app Periscope and thought, “Great idea! Let’s do that, too.”

Facebook’s live-streaming video feature isn’t as egalitarian as Periscope. The video tool is only offered inside Facebook’s Mentions app, which you will never use because you probably aren’t considered an “influencer.” (Are you Facebook verified? If not, you can’t use Mentions.)...

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11:11
Apple can't change the world every six months (...

Analysts often undervalue Apple stock, often implying that the company is "doomed" if it doesn't enter a new market such as making televisions (the long-rumored "iTV") or automobiles (the currently rumored "Apple Car'). They ignore one of the reasons Apple has been successful: it does a few things well.

Some pundits complain that Apple is losing its innovation edge despite a lack of evidence to back this up. Those who expect the company to unveil a world-changing product every six months aren't living in the real world.

Apple spent nearly $2 billion on research and development in the first fiscal quarter of 2015, an increase of more than 40% over the year-ago figure. The $1.9 billion outlay is $215 million more than Apple spent in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014 and $565 million more than the spend in the first...

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10:56
Adidas buys popular fitness app maker Runtastic for...

Runtastic, developers of several popular fitness iOS apps, today announced it has been acquired by Adidas for € 220 million. The move, according to a press release from both companies, will help Adidas bolster its efforts in offering connected products and its vision of “the convergence of sport, digital and data in an always connected and always on-demand world.” Or in other words, Adidas now has a strong software component with a large user base to integrate with its digitally enabled sports products including balls, wrist devices, apparel, and shoes.

Adidas already offers several of its own mobile apps that cross over into Runtastic’s territory, such as the...

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10:32
Podcast 468: The day the Music died

Every day is beautiful in the Mac world, but now and then storms gather in the iCloud. Let this podcast be your umbrella, and I promise to stop with the strained weather analogies. This week Glenn and Susie discuss/kvetch about the confusion over the collision of Apple Music, iCloud Music Library, and iTunes Match. Because it’s still pretty confusing.

Glenn also updated us on a couple very scary-sounding vulnerabilities that could affect Macs. Security research is good and necessary, and you shouldn’t be too freaked out—Glenn can explain why. There’s other news too, like Apple denying Business Insider’s report that it was starting an MVNO, and another rumor about Siri transcribing your voicemail someday.

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10:30
The Week in iOS Accessories: New bands for the Apple...

New bands for the Apple Watch

This week’s roundup includes plenty of new Apple bands—ranging from classy to shiny to just plain fun.

BatteryBox

The BatteryBox is a “a portable battery that works for 3000 cycles and can power a MacBook Air for 13 hours straight, or fully charge an iPhone 11 times.” It weighs in at just under a pound, and sells for $220. 

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10:23
Happy Hour Podcast 026 | Any truth behind denied...

Would you switch to Apple as a cellular provider? That’s the big question this week. Apple denied these reports, but there may be some details in this denial that lead other places. Speaking of unannounced and rumored Apple products, it looks like there’s new information on Project Titan, which could be a Cupertino-made electric car. The Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and through our dedicated RSS feed.

New episodes of Happy Hour are available every Wednesday. As mentioned, you can download this podcast via iTunes or plug in...

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10:20
91% of back-to-school shoppers find online...

SOASTA, which specializes in performance analytics, has unveiled the findings of its annual SOASTA Back to School Shopping Report Card, which found that nearly all (91%) of parents who plan to shop online for back to school report there are stressors for them when making online purchases for the new school year.

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09:52
Dash 3.1.0 - Instant search and offline access to...

Dash is an API Documentation Browser and Code Snippet Manager. Dash helps you store snippets of code, as well as instantly search and browse documentation for almost any API you might use (for a full list, see the screenshots).

Documentation Browser Features

  • Offline Documentation: iOS, OS X, watchOS, Swift, Man Pages, .NET Framework, ActionScript, Akka, Android, AngularJS, Angular.dart, Ansible, Apache, Appcelerator Titanium, AppleScript, Arduino, Backbone, Bash, Boost, Bootstrap, Bourbon, Bourbon Neat, C, C++, CakePHP, Cappuccino, Chai, Chef, Clojure, CMake, Cocos2D, Cocos2D-X, CodeIgniter, CoffeeScript, ColdFusion, Common Lisp, Compass, Cordova, Corona, CSS, D3.js, Dart, Django, Dojo Toolkit, Drupal, ElasticSearch, Elixir, Emacs Lisp, Ember.js, Emmet.io, Erlang, Express.js, Expression Engine, ExtJS, Flask, Font Awesome, Foundation, GLib, Go, Grails, Groovy, Grunt, Haml, Haskell, HTML, Jade, Jasmine, Java SE, Java EE, JavaFX, JavaScript, Joomla,...

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09:45
Lawsuit Against Apple Over Android-Switching...

Apple yesterday won a significant ruling against a group lawsuit filed by a former iPhone user who sued the Cupertino company after claiming that switching from an iPhone to an Android smartphone interfered with her receipt of text messages (via Bloomberg).

The plaintiff, Adrienne Moore, noted in her complaint originally filed in May 2014 that an inability to unlink her phone number from iMessage prevented her from receiving text messages sent by iPhone users to her Samsung Galaxy S5 running Android. The lawsuit claimed users switching away from the iPhone to other devices were "penalized and unable to obtain the full benefits of their wireless-service contracts" due to the issue, with Moore and her lawyers alleging Apple failed to successfully elaborate on the "...

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09:38
Judge dismisses lawsuit over iMessage bug that...

U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh today decided to stop a group lawsuit against Apple over undelivered text messages caused by an iMessage bug, Bloomberg reports. The issue drew a lot of attention last year when the bug with Apple’s messaging system caused former iPhone users that switched to Android to discover text messages were not being properly delivered to their phone number. In dismissing the lawsuit, Judge Koh explained that while Apple’s iMessage system may have resulted in lost text messages, their was inadequate evidence that the group faced a “contractual breach or interference” from iMessage…...

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09:31
IBM MobileFirst Introduces a new Enterprise Service...

Now that the Apple-IBM MobileFirst program for the enterprise is well underway towards reaching their stated goal of having 100 custom iPad apps for the enterprise by years' end, we learn today that IBM has launched new cloud-based IT services ...

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09:06
9to5Toys Lunch Break: $50 iTunes gift card for $40,...

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:

$50 iTunes gift card for $40 w/ email delivery from PayPal (20% savings)

13-inch Retina MacBook Pro w/ Force Touch (newest) 2.7GHz/8GB/256GBL ...

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09:05
Apple's next Music moves might include more...

No one expected Beats 1 to become Apple Music’s standout feature, but the 24/7 radio station is winning over listeners with a mix of truly great shows, exclusive interviews, and anchor Zane Lowe’s genuine love of music. Apple might replicate Beats 1’s success with more live radio stations, unnamed sources told The Verge.

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08:54
External Link: Reinventing the (iMac) Wheel

Thanks to Khoi Vinh for this link to a video from George Fox University’s IT department, which combined 36 iMac boxes into a giant wheel and then took it for a spin around campus. Big fun.

 

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08:45
Apple's iOS Returns to Growth in Top Five...

In a new Kantar report this morning we find that the latest smartphone sales data for the second quarter of 2015 show Apple iOS returning to growth across Europe’s five largest countries ...

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08:45
Eight Apple Watch Stands That Stand Out

Julio Ojeda-Zapata checked out an assortment of Apple Watch charging stands, which vary wildly in design and pricing. He found a few gems. But technology changes by Apple will soon trigger a flood of new watch-stand designs.

 

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08:08
Target Begins Testing Beacon-Based Deals and...

Target this morning announced that it would begin testing beacon technology in 50 of its stores in Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis, New York City, Pittsburgh, Portland, San Francisco and Seattle (via Buzzfeed and TechCrunch). The company plans to use the technology to send deals and customized recommendations to customers who opt-in to get the notifications within the Target iOS app [Direct Link].

After users download the app and turn on notifications and Bluetooth, the beacon technology will discover where customers are within each Target location and send out subsequent push...

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08:00
Did the U.S. Patent Office just reveal Samsung'...

For the last few days we've all seen the reported "leaked photos" of Samsung's next-gen Galaxy S6 Edge making the rounds .... yet courtesy of the U.S. Patent Office we might be able to see a little more of Samsung's design for the S6 Edge.

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08:00
Apple and IBM continue their collaboration with...

IBM has announced new cloud-based IT services to help clients "quickly, easily and securely" integrate Macs with their enterprise systems and applications. It's the latest development in the (relatively) new love fest between IBM and Apple. 

This new offering from IBM MobileFirst Managed Mobility Services is designed to help large enterprises incorporate Macs within their IT infrastructures – a rising requirement, as more clients adopt or allow the use of Macs by their employees, according to Richard Patterson, general manager, Infrastructure Services, IBM Global Technology Services. Shipments of Macs are growing faster than the industry average, and the Mac has outgrown the PC industry every year for the last decade.

These new mobility services for Mac are based on the experience IBM gained through its internal Mac@IBM program, with IBM...

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07:58
Apple Music data added to Billboard 200 chart system

This is pretty interesting.

You know that incredibly complex group of sources that tallies the data for the Billboard charts? Apple is now part of it.

Music magazine Billboard has quietly added Apple Music to the list of streaming services factored into its music charts, which are often treated as the main gauge of popular music in the United States.

The Apple Music data is now part of the Billboard 200 album chart as well as the Hot 100 singles list and various other rankings, the magazine said. The Billboard 200 incorporates “track equivalent albums” and “streaming equivalent albums” alongside conventional sales numbers.

Other sources Billboard...

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07:43
Status Board 2 released, adds new features,...

This could be useful.

Panic has just released Status Board 2, an update to its data layout program that keeps track of assorted applications.

The new version features an updated user interface, new panel types, multiple board support, a customizable transition & delay, wallpapers, publish & subscribe support and more.

The company is including six panel types with the free app and an “Expansion Pack” of six more panel types for US$9.99.

Status Board 2.0 is available for free and requires iOS 8.2 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried Status Board 2 and have any feedback, please let us know in the comments.

Via...

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07:27
External Link: How “The Martian” Author’s Comcast...

In a Facebook post, Andy Weir, author of “The Martian,” explained how a hacker took control of his Comcast email address. The simple, yet disturbing answer is the hacker called Comcast customer service to gain control. When Weir called to regain control of his email account, all he had to provide was his street address and the last four digits of his Social Security number. Weir has now flagged his account so that any password changes require a call to Comcast’s security department and a special code. The moral of the story, wrote Weir, is: “No amount of password complexity or multi-factor authentication will protect you from bad company policies at your provider.”

 

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07:09
NeoOffice 2014.13 - Mac-tailored, OpenOffice-based...

NeoOffice is a complete office suite for OS X. With NeoOffice, users can view, edit, and save OpenOffice documents, PDF files, and most Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents.

NeoOffice 3.x and OpenOffice users: before you buy NeoOffice, we recommend that you click on the "NeoOffice support" link and read the list of changes.

NeoOffice is extremely stable and thousands of users use it daily. The NeoOffice engineers created NeoOffice in 2003 when they made OpenOffice run natively on OS X for the first time. Since then, the NeoOffice engineers have continually added improvements to NeoOffice that users will not find in OpenOffice such as:

  • Open Calc or Impress instead of Writer at launch using the NeoOffice > Open at Launch menu
  • OS X Versions
  • Native OS X grammar checking
  • Native OS X text highlighting
  • Native file locking support for local and networked volumes
  • OS X Services support...
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07:03
How to deal with iPhone 6 freezes

For months, I've been using my iPhone 6 Plus with no problems. Recently, however, it began randomly freezing on me. If you've experiencing the same thing, or other problems, try the following solutions in order — AFTER you've backed up your iPhone data to your iCloud or iTunes.

  • First you'll want to perform a soft reset. This restarts your iPhone and doesn't erase any of content or data.
  • From the home screen, press and hold the Power key and the Home key.
  • Release the Power key and the Home key when the Apple logo appears and the iPhone restarts.

If that doesn't work (and it didn't for me) you'll have to reset all settings. This will remove most of the old settings. For example, you'll have to set up Touch ID and your wallpaper again. The good news: all your photos and data will remain intact. To reset all settings:

  • Launch the Settings app.
  • Tap on General.
  • Scroll down and tap on Reset....
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07:00
Announcing Sway General Availability, Windows 10 app...

Today, we are excited to announce that our digital storytelling app, Sway, is moving from Preview to General Availability! Sway is also moving beyond First Release and rolling out to all eligible Office 365 for business and education customers worldwide.* This makes it possible for many additional businesses, schools and other organizations to start using Sway to create and share interactive reports, presentations, assignments, lessons, projects and more. And of course, any consumer can use Sway with a free Microsoft account. Today, we are also introducing Sway for Windows 10, along with new layout and publishing capabilities.

We introduced Sway as a member of the Office family 10 months ago. Sway helps you create...

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06:51
Jean-Louis Gassée on Apple’s ad-blocking technology

Jean-Louis Gassée gets to the heart of the matter regarding Apple’s true motivation in releasing the upcoming ad-blocking technology, now in beta with iOS 9 and El Capitan.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:24
The hand engraved Apple Watch

Pricy, but some exquisite craftwork. Well worth a look.

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06:08
IBM Launches New Service to Deploy Macs to...

IBM today announced the launch of a new service that will allow large companies to easily incorporate Mac computers into their preexisting corporate infrastructure. The service, being deployed by IBM's MobileFirst Managed Mobility Services unit, will be aimed at companies around the world and not just based in the United States.

Thanks to the MobileFirst partnership with Apple that has brought about multiple waves of enterprise-focused apps as the company has increased its own usage of Macs, IBM saw an opportunity to commercialize its expertise in "enterprise deployment" of Macs in the workplace.“Ease of adoption and use are at the foundation of every Apple...

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05:55
Lawsuit against Apple over iMessage Ruled it can...

In May 2014 Patently Apple was first to report that a new Class Action lawsuit was filed against Apple over iMessage not working with Android phones.Yesterday Judge Koh ruled that ...

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05:23
Tech's Enduring Great-Man Myth

An anonymous reader writes: Did Steve Jobs deserve his reputation as a brilliant inventor? Since Jobs's death in 2011, Elon Musk has been thrust into the spotlight as a man who can shake the pillars of tech. Does he deserve that reputation? MIT's Technology Review argues that media and the industry have a habit of making legends out of notable leaders, while failing to acknowledge all the support that allowed them to execute their ideas. From the article: "Musk's success would not have been possible without, among other things, government funding for basic research and subsidies for electric cars and solar panels. Above all, he has benefited from a long series of innovations in batteries, solar cells, and space travel." While it may be fun to compare him to Iron Man, the myth has its perils: "The problem with such portrayals is not merely that they are inaccurate and unfair to the many contributors to new technologies. By warping the popular understanding of how technologies...

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05:16
Xiaomi Moving to Custom Designed ARM Processors...

The next big move for Xiaomi is to custom design ARM chips like Apple, according to a new report.

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05:05
Microsoft OneNote 15.12.3 - Free digital notebook...

OneNote is your very own digital notebook. With OneNote, you can capture that flash of genius, that moment of inspiration, or that list of errands that's too important to forget. Whether you're at home, in the office or on the go, your notes travel with you. And you can share your notes and collaborate with others, across multiple devices!

Here are some more ideas on how to use OneNote:

  • Capture rich notes for classwork, meetings, or research
  • Keep track of your shopping list and mark items off wherever you are
  • Create an itinerary and keep track of your travel plans for your next big vacation
  • Take pictures of receipts and bills to remove some of the paper clutter
  • Collaborate and share ideas with your team
  • Research items and prices to make the best purchasing decision
  • Keep and edit all of your notes



Version 15.12.3:

  • Bullets and Numbering Galleries - You can...

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05:00
Microsoft Aims to Meet Gamers' Great...


Microsoft on Tuesday launched the Rare Replay collection -- the best games lineup in Xbox History, according to Xbox Chief Phil Spencer -- at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany.
Even some loyal Xbox fans might disagree with that proclamation, but Microsoft attempted to back up its assertion with a content-rich presentation bedazzled with exclusive games. With more than 400,000 gamers and developers and other industry players in its ecosystem, Microsoft has been trying to be the Microsoft people expect it to be, Spencer said.

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04:53
Shimo 4.0 - VPN Client for Mac – for Everyone. (...

Shimo is the most versatile VPN client for OS X and it enables really everybody to master secure network. It supports more protocols than any other VPN application out there! CiscoVPN, AnyConnect, IPSec, OpenVPN, PPTP/L2TP, Nortel and even SSH connections are no problem for Shimo.

Shimo is able to automate everything around your secure network connections: Establish connections automatically when you change your network location, execute AppleScripts on certain events or get notified about these events. This is just a very small excerpt of Shimo's capabilities. Feel free to download Shimo from our website and get a 30 days free trial before you have to buy a license!



Version 4.0:

Note: Now requires OS X 10.9 or later.

  • Optimized for OS X 10.11 El Capitan and 10.10 Yosemite
  • Exporting and deployment of accounts and configurations
  • Statistics and accounting
  • Two-factor...
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04:26
Global Demand for LTPS Smartphone Displays Rising...

Led by Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, LTPS TFT LCD smartphone display shipments grew by ...

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04:24
Kool Tools:  inTone2 music app

Audiffex's inTone2 is a multifaceted multichannel effects processor, software mixing console, virtual instruments host, and flexible multitrack zonal player for Mac OS X 10.8 or higher.

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04:20
Biometrics industry to generate US$13 billion in...

Biometric technologies are developed constantly, strengthening their position in both existing markets like law enforcement and government applications, but also in emerging high-value segments like the consumer and banking markets.

Near-infrared iris recognition technology is a promising up-and-comer for both smartphone applications and enterprise access control, while ultrasound fingerprint and vein recognition companies are looking to establish their dominance in banking and finance applications, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com).

read more

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04:00
Garmin's latest low-cost running watch gives...

If you've been jonesing for a Garmin running watch that will talk to your smartphone without trashing your bank balance, you're in luck. Garmin has rolled out the Forerunner 25, a follow-up to the 15 (but not a replacement) that's much more at home...

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Tuesday August 4

23:20
OS X Bug Exploited To Infect Macs Without Need For...

An anonymous reader writes: A new flaw has been discovered in the latest version of OS X which allows hackers to install malware and adware onto a Mac without the need for any system passwords, researchers say. The serious zero-day vulnerability was first identified last week and results from a modified error-logging feature in OS X Yosemite which hackers are able to exploit to create files with root privileges. The flaw is currently found in the 'fully patched' OS X 10.10.4, but is not in the newest 10.11 El Capitan beta – suggesting that Apple developers were aware of the issue and are testing a fix.


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Monday July 27

13:00
Apple Web Server notifications

This article provides credit to people who have reported potential security issues in Apple's web servers.

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Tuesday July 21

03:26
Thunderstruck Update via Shea Craig

Just a quick link to (your friend and mine) Shea ‘G’ Craig’s blog for an update about the new Thunderstrike patches that came down with 10.10.4, head over there for the skinny.

Two notes, if you don’t have a local Reposado server downloading pkgs, here’s the link on Apple’s WAN SUS: http://swcdn.apple.com/content/downloads/12/33/031-25233/anpo6ixy84skmcf...
Keep in mind they came out with one for the Late 2012 Mac Mini’s later,...

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Wednesday July 15

17:47
Java updates available for OS X on July 15, 2015

Java updates address a recently identified Java web plug-in vulnerability.

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Tuesday July 14

04:49
Things that were awesome at PSU MacAdmins Conference...

This year many attendees of the Penn State Mac Admins Conference likened the experience to summer camp. I described it as the feeling of gluttony, and as I’m a bit of an enthusiast, I’m still recovering from intellectual overload. It felt different than previous years – personally that may be because I had to do half as much work as I usualy do, since Ben Toms joined me on stage(and yet I still interrupted and talked twice as much as him, but ¯_(ツ)_/¯). One overall feeling was of a lot of folks you’ve seen for years were at once more familiar, and new faces stepping out from the shadows of Slack to make themselves seen and heard made it quite the event. Here’s some of the other things that I got exposed to, or otherwise made an impact on me over the span of the conference:...

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Saturday July 11

18:09
Mac Basics: The Finder organizes all of your files

The Finder in OS X provides access to your files, folders, and drives, and helps you to keep them organized.

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Friday July 10

11:47
If iTunes for Windows XP won't open, stops...

Learn how to resolve issues with iTunes for Windows XP.

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09:15
About iTunes Plus

Learn more about iTunes Plus, the high-quality format of songs and music videos available through the iTunes Store.

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09:08
Where can I use my Apple ID?

This article lists many of the Apple features and services that use Apple ID.

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08:48
Listen to Apple Music Radio

Apple Music Radio lets you listen to Beats 1—Apple’s first ever 24/7, worldwide radio station— as well as handcrafted, on-demand stations curated by a DJ or created by you. All on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or PC.

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08:25
Availability of iTunes redownloads

Find out which purchases you can redownload from iTunes in your country.

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Thursday July 9

17:02
Troubleshooting wireless mouse and keyboard issues

If you’re having trouble with your wireless mouse or keyboard, try these steps.

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16:08
System requirements to install Windows on your Mac...

Learn about the general requirements to install Microsoft Windows using Boot Camp. Review the tables in this article to determine which Windows versions you can use with your Mac.

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15:24
If you see an alert in iTunes that says "There...

You may see this alert when you try to download purchased content from the iTunes Store: "There was an error downloading your purchased music. An unknown error occurred." Learn how to resolve this issue with the steps below.

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15:18
If you see error 1415, 1417, 1418, 1428, 1429, 1430...

When you restore or update your iPod in iTunes, you may see an alert that says "An unknown error has occurred" followed by the number 1415, 1417, 1418, 1428, 1429, 1430, 1436, or 1439.

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12:02
Keep Apple Watch within acceptable operating...

Learn about suitable operating temperatures for Apple Watch. Get tips for maintaining those temperatures and handling your device safely.

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09:51
Mac OS X: Gray screen appears during startup

Instead of seeing the Finder or the login window after startup, your computer may stop responding and the display may only show a persistent gray screen (you may also see an Apple logo, spinning gear, spinning globe, prohibitory sign, or a folder with a flashing question mark on it). Note: The below steps may not apply if a blue screen appears during start up.

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08:55
Specific time zones might not sync calendar events...

Events you create in some time zones where daylight saving time is used might not sync to Microsoft Exchange.

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07:26
Availability of Apple Music, Apple Music Radio, and...

Find out in which countries you can join Apple Music, listen to Apple Music Radio and Beats 1 Radio, or subscribe to iTunes Match.

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Wednesday July 8

18:04
Vintage and obsolete products

Owners of iPad, iPhone, iPod or Mac products may obtain service and parts from Apple or Apple service providers for 5 years after the product is no longer manufactured (or longer where required by law). Apple has discontinued support for certain technologically obsolete and vintage products.

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13:49
Get help with WeChat

If you have a question about WeChat, you can look for it—and the answer—in the app's help section. You can also visit the WeChat support website or call the hotline.

| Read more »
11:59
Use iPad accessibility and assessment settings in...

Learn to use the iPad accessibility and assessment features so teachers can make the most of lessons and tests.

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11:54
If Wi-Fi is grayed out or dim on your iPhone, iPad,...

If you can't turn on Wi-Fi on your device because the setting is grayed out or dim, follow these steps.

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Tuesday July 7

20:38
MacBook: Vertical lines or solid gray, white, or...

After updating to Mac OS X 10.4.7, the MacBook may show a solid grey, white, or black screen or a screen with vertical multi-colored lines.

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14:00
Get help using Find My iPhone

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

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09:11
Contact Apple TV content providers

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

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

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

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Monday July 6

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

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

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

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

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14:34
iMovie ’08: Camcorder Support

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

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14:31
iCloud: Account troubleshooting

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

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14:13
About AirPrint

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

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13:49
Upgrade your iCloud storage on your iOS device
06:54
Identify your iPad model

Find out which iPad model you have.

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Saturday July 4

16:06
Boot Camp: Multi-Touch trackpad gestures

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

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15:58
Identifying legitimate emails from the iTunes Store

Learn how to identify legitimate emails from the iTunes Store.
 

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15:49
Choosing good passwords in Mac OS X

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

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11:31
Using USB 3 devices on Mac computers FAQ

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

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10:44
Promise VTrak: Configuring for optimal performance

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

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

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

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Friday July 3

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

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

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Thursday July 2

19:34
One or more keys on the keyboard do not respond

If some or all of the keys on your Apple keyboard don't seem to be working, use these tips to troubleshoot.

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19:30
OS X: Manually migrating data from another Mac

 If your computer is too old to work with Migration Assistant, you can manually copy your data from one computer to another using these steps.

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19:19
Locating vendor information

Learn how to find information about a third-party product vendor.

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18:53
Upgrading from Xsan 1.4.2 to Xsan 2.x

Follow these instructions to upgrade your Xsan 1.4.2 SAN to Xsan 2.

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17:11
Using the USB-C port and adapters on your MacBook (...

Learn about the power, data-transfer, and video capabilities of the USB-C port and USB-C adapters for your MacBook.

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16:04
About EFI and SMC firmware updates for Intel-based...

This article lists firmware updates available as standalone installers for Intel-based Mac computers.

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15:09
Create and modify share destinations in Final Cut Pro

This video demonstrates how to create and modify share destinations in Final Cut Pro X.

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15:08
Use 3D Text in Final Cut Pro

This video demonstrates how to use 3D text in Final Cut Pro X.

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15:08
Use clip effects in Final Cut Pro

This video demonstrates how to use clip effects in Final Cut Pro X.

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15:08
Import media in Final Cut Pro

This video demonstrates how to import media in Final Cut Pro X.

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15:08
Manage libraries in Final Cut Pro

This video demonstrates how to manage libraries in Final Cut Pro X.

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12:03
Create a new book in iBooks Author with the same...

Learn how to create a template, give your book a new internal ID, or duplicate your book as a new one.

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10:02
Accessing and archiving content from iTunes U...

On September 1, 2015, Apple will discontinue iTunes U private sites and disable all access to private sites. Please review the information below to determine whether your iTunes U site will be affected.

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08:52
Boot Camp: iMac displays a black screen during...

When installing Microsoft Windows 7 on an iMac (27-inch, Late 2009) and iMac (21.5-inch, Mid 2010) using Boot Camp, a black screen may appear.  This can happen because the Windows 7 installer does not include the necessary graphics or Bluetooth drivers for your Mac.

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07:01
Get help signing in to Messages, FaceTime, and Game...

In rare situations, when you try to sign in to Messages, FaceTime, or Game Center with your Apple ID you might receive one of the following alerts.

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Wednesday July 1

15:30
Changes to iCloud storage for current customers

We're offering new storage plans. Learn what your options are and what will happen to your current plan.

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13:37
Use LTE on iPhone with China Unicom

You can update certain models of iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c to iOS 8 and enable 4G LTE for China Unicom. Your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus already have iOS 8, and certain models can support 4G LTE for China Unicom.
If your carrier is China Telecom, learn to use LTE on iPhone with China Telecom.

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13:31
Identify your iPhone model

Learn to identify your iPhone model by its model number and other details.

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12:34
Learn about cellular data settings and usage on your...

Cellular data on your iPhone and iPad (Cellular Model) is used for data communication in cellular networks. It doesn't affect your ability to make or receive phone calls or use Wi-Fi to connect to the Internet.

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12:10
If your Mac won't turn on

Learn what to do if your Mac won't turn on.

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11:30
Boot Camp 3.0, Mac OS X 10.6: Frequently asked...

This article contains answers to common questions about Boot Camp.

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Tuesday June 30

17:51
Join Apple Music

Join Apple Music, choose artists that you like, and start enjoying the greatest collection of music on the planet.

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17:44
If Apple Music appears with unusual text or doesn...

If Apple Music appears with unusual text or doesn't open as expected after you update to iOS 8.4, force the Music app to close and then reopen it.

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17:28
If your Apple ID has been locked

If you or someone else enters your password incorrectly too many times, your Apple ID will automatically be locked to protect your security.  

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17:11
About the security content of iTunes 12.2

This document describes the security content of iTunes 12.2.

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16:34
Transfer content from an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch...

You can use iCloud or iTunes to transfer content from your current iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to another device.

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15:59
TCP and UDP ports used by Apple software products

Learn more about TCP and UDP ports used by Apple products like OS X, OS X Server, Apple Remote Desktop, and iCloud. Many of these are referred to as "well known" industry standard ports. 

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15:28
Apple security updates

This document outlines security updates for Apple products.

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14:26
About the security content of QuickTime 7.7.7

This document describes the security content of QuickTime 7.7.7.

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12:57
About the security content of OS X Yosemite v10.10.4...

This document describes the security content of OS X Yosemite v10.10.4 and Security Update 2015-005.

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12:52
About Apple SIM on iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3

Apple SIM makes it easy to sign up for short-term, long-term, or shared cellular data plans right on your iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi+Cellular.

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11:19
Soundtrack Pro 3: Troubleshooting Basics

If Soundtrack Pro 3 isn't starting up properly or performing normally, try these basic troubleshooting steps. Please note that these steps aren't exhaustive and are not intended to cover any specific issue. They are fundamental, basic steps that are most effective in getting Soundtrack Pro 3 into good working order and are the steps most often suggested by AppleCare Technical Support. 

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11:17
Motion 4: Troubleshooting basics

If Motion isn't starting up properly or performing as expected, try these basic troubleshooting steps to remedy the situation. Please note that these steps aren't exhaustive, and are not intended to cover any specific issue. They are fundamental, basic steps that are most effective in getting Motion into good working order, and are the steps most often suggested by AppleCare Technical Support.

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Monday June 29

18:25
Cameras supported by iMovie

iMovie is designed to work with a wide range of video recording devices, including camcorders, digital still cameras, iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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14:27
Keeping iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch within...

Learn about the operating temperatures and temperature management of iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch (4th generation and later).

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13:51
Get help connecting your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch...

You can connect your iOS device with a compatible car stereo using CarPlay, Bluetooth, or a USB cable. If you can't pair or connect your iOS device with your car stereo, or you don't hear audio playback, try these steps.

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13:07
DVD Studio Pro: Troubleshooting Basics

If DVD Studio Pro isn't starting up properly or performing normally, try these basic troubleshooting steps to remedy the situation. Please note that these steps aren't exhaustive and are not intended to cover any specific issue. They are fundamental, basic steps that are most effective in getting DVD Studio Pro into good working order, and are the steps most often suggested by AppleCare Technical Support.

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08:00
If you forgot your Apple ID password

If you're having issues signing in with your Apple ID password, use these steps to reset it and regain access to your Apple ID account.

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Friday June 26

12:46
iOS Wi-Fi profiles: About Auto Join and per-...

When you create a Wi-Fi profile for an iOS device, you can configure a device to automatically join a configured wireless network and also use a per-connection password with a configured wireless network. However, when both settings are applied to the same wireless network, they may not work as expected when installing the profile on the device. Learn how these settings work.

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Using Apple power adapters, cables, and duckheads...

Learn how to use Apple power adapters, cables, and duckheads, and what to do if you have a damaged part.

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Delete photos and video synced from iTunes when you...

You can delete photos you synced from iTunes by syncing them with a new folder.

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If you can't import photos from your iPhone,...

If you can't import your photos to your computer, or your computer doesn't recognize your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch as a camera, try the steps below. 

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07:42
What to expect when you import edited photos from...

Most programs will show the original, unedited version of the image.

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07:11
If you can't update your Signed Configuration...

If you can't replace an existing profile on an iOS 8 device, update the device to iOS 8.3. Then, remove the existing profile and install its replacement.

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07:11
About the security content of Safari 8.0.6, Safari 7...

This document describes the security content of Safari 8.0.6, Safari 7.1.6, and Safari 6.2.6.

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06:55
What type of gift card do I have?

Apple offers two different types of gift cards: Apple Store Gift Cards and iTunes Store Gift Cards.

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06:47
If Photos won't open a library that you already...

Photos lets you know if you try to open an iPhoto or Aperture library that you already migrated. 

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06:44
Apple Deployment Programs: Web Browser Support

If you are seeing issues when setting up your device deployment or administrating your Volume Purchase Program (VPP) account, make sure you are using a supported web browser.

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06:43
Airport Utility says your Apple ID or password is...

After enabling Two-Step Verification for your Apple ID, if you use AirPort Utility to set up Back to My Mac on your AirPort base station, AirPort Utility shows this message: “An Apple ID or password is incorrect or couldn’t be authenticated. Enter the correct AppleID and password and try again.” This happens even if you've entered the correct Apple ID and password.

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06:40
Apple Deployment Programs and two-step verification

Learn about how two-step verification is used with the Apple Deployment Programs.

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Thursday June 25

14:40
If your Apple TV gets stuck on the date and time...

Each time your Apple TV powers on, it updates the system's date and time. If your Apple TV can't connect to the Internet or to the port that it uses to update the date and time, it might get stuck on this screen.

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12:19
If you need help restoring from an iTunes Backup

Follow these steps if you need help restoring your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch from an iTunes backup. For example, there might not be a backup available for your device, or you might have questions about using an iPhone backup for an iPad.

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11:53
What to do before selling or giving away your iPhone...

Follow steps to remove your personal information from a device you're giving away, even if you don't have the device anymore.

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11:40
Wireless carrier support and features for iPhone in...

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

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09:09
iTunes U security and privacy overview

Apple takes data security and the privacy of personal information very seriously. iTunes U is built with industry-standard security practices and employs strict policies to protect user data.

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Wednesday June 24

14:10
iBooks and iBooks Store: Parental Controls in iOS 6

Learn more about Parental Controls for books in iOS 6.

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10:59
Get help with your keyboard on your iPhone, iPad, or...

iOS supports multiple languages and dialects, offering international keyboards and dictionaries. You can use the built-in keyboards in all apps, and you can change between multiple international keyboards.

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09:23
Magnets in devices might cause your Mac notebook...

Placing a device that contains a magnet under your Mac notebook computer or on its palm rest might cause your computer to sleep.

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08:55
System requirements for iCloud

This article provides the recommended system requirements and minimum system requirements for iCloud.

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07:07
Use modern cryptographic practices when setting up...

To make sure that your iOS and OS X clients can connect to your server, use Diffie-Hellman keys with a group size of 2048 bits or greater.

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Tuesday June 23

21:37
Consumer Device Cardholder Verification Method

Learn more about Consumer Device Cardholder Verification Method and Apple Pay.

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19:39
About Apple Pay for merchants in the UK

Apple Pay gives your customers an easy, secure, and private way to pay in shops and within apps using the devices that they have with them every day. 

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19:33
About Apple Pay for merchants in the UK

Apple Pay gives your customers an easy, secure, and private way to pay in shops and within apps using the devices that they have with them every day. 

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14:50
About Windows Migration Assistant

Learn about how to use Windows Migration Assistant to migrate your files from a Windows PC to a Mac.

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11:15
Use AssistiveTouch on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod...

If you have trouble performing some of the gestures on your device, like a pinch or multi-finger swipe, AssistiveTouch can help.

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09:45
Use Digital Touch

With Digital Touch, you can send sketches, taps, or even your heartbeat to your friend's Apple Watch. 

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08:54
Manage your Apple ID email addresses

Learn how to add, change, or delete the different types of email addresses that you can use with your Apple ID account. 
 

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Monday June 22

18:37
iOS 7: List of available trusted root certificates

The iOS Trust Store contains trusted root certificates that are preinstalled with iOS.

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13:47
Remove and reinstall iTunes and related software...

Learn how to completely uninstall iTunes and its related software components from Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8.

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08:55
OS X: About kernel panics

In rare situations, your Mac may spontaneously restart, turn off, display a message "You need to restart your computer…", or become unresponsive, indicating a kernel panic has occurred.

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08:35
Manage the Wi-Fi connection on your Mac

You can use the Wi-Fi menu on your Mac to see the status of your wireless network connection, switch between networks, or turn Wi-Fi on or off.

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06:52
Boot Camp 5.1: Frequently asked questions about...

Boot Camp 5.1 supports Windows 8.0 and Windows 8.1 on Intel-based Macs.

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Friday June 19

15:43
Apple ID: Turning off two-step verification for your...

Learn how to turn off two-step verification for your Apple ID.

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11:55
If you hear no sound or distorted sound from your...

Can't hear anything from the built-in speaker of your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch? Maybe you can hear, but the sound is distorted, muffled, intermittent. Or maybe you hear static or crackling noises. If your iOS device has any of these issues, follow these steps.

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10:52
Frequently asked questions about iBooks

Learn what you need to use iBooks, how to get books from the iBooks Store, how to organize your library, how to change your settings, and more.

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09:41
Gmail account cannot get or send email in iOS

If you can’t get or send mail with a Gmail account on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, follow these steps. 

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08:54
Change or reset a user account password on your Mac

Use these steps if you've lost or forgotten the password you use to log into your Mac, or if you know your password and want to change it.

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08:24
Remove the Link Bracelet on your Apple Watch

Use the steps below to remove your band.

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08:23
Deauthorize your computer using iTunes

Make sure that you deauthorize your Mac or PC before you sell it, give it away, send it in for service, or make major upgrades.

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