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Monday February 9

16:10
Dish makes Sling TV available to all, adds AMC and...

Dish Network announced on Monday that its new over-the-top web television service, Sling TV, is now open for business and will include content from AMC --?the television home of Breaking Bad and Mad Men --?as well as access to WatchESPN apps for all customers.

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16:07
Speaking of Apple’s tablet competition, what’s this...

Slashing prices on tablets all over the place. I thought they were selling so good.

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16:02
And this is how Apple’s competition sells tablets

Buy a phone, get a tablet for $0.99. And they still can’t beat the iPad. It makes you wonder why people are so worried about iPad sales.

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15:37
Apple planning new Swiss franc-denominated bond...

Apple looks set to continue expanding its debt offering program, with the company reportedly planning a new sale of bonds denominated in Swiss francs designed to take advantage of the extremely low yields available in the market.

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15:30
Report: Connected Vehicles Vulnerable to Hack Attacks


Motorists in the United States are increasingly at risk of cyberattacks and violations of privacy, as more and more technology is added to their cars. A report released on Sunday by the office of Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) listed a number of key findings that are based on responses from 16 auto makers to a letter sent to them by Markey's office. While the Markey report praised some voluntary privacy principles adopted by two industry groups, it also raised some questions about them.

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15:22
Who will be first to introduce a 3D Camera in Mobile...

In 2013 Intel predicted that their breakthrough 3D camera for mobile devices would debut in 2014. While that didn't happen on schedule, Intel vowed that it would show up in products in 2015, and it did. Their 3D camera ...

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15:18
Sketchy new rumor claims Apple is planning to ‘give...

Remember those minivans driving around San Francisco with cameras on top that were reportedly leased to Apple? Well, a new rumor coming from Business Insider claims that the site was contacted by an Apple employee who says the company is planning a project that will “give Tesla a run for its money.”

Tesla, of course, is the electronic auto maker who is currently waging an employee-poaching war with Apple (and winning, for now). What exactly this means is unclear at the moment, but it would appear...

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15:13
“Silver” brings Apple’s Swift language to the .NET...

Fans of Apple's Swift language can now use their newly developed skills to write software for systems supporting both .NET and Java, including Android.

The Silver compiler, currently in beta, compiles Swift programs to run in the .NET and Java runtimes. It can also produce native binaries to run on OS X. With Silver, Swift developers can share their business logic and non-interface code across the different platforms.

Silver won't, however, permit full cross-platform apps to be developed. The company behind Silver, RemObjects, promotes the use of native development: iOS apps should use iOS user interface libraries so that they feel right on iOS. Similarly, .NET apps should use Windows' user interface libraries, and Java apps should use the Android or Java libraries as appropriate. The justification is that this will produce interfaces that are familiar to the users of the various...

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15:07
Apple Working On Project That Will 'Give Tesla...

Following last week's news of a mysterious Apple-leased vehicle roaming the streets of Northern California, an Apple employee has given some details to Business Insider, suggesting Apple is working on a project that will "give Tesla a run for its money."After writing about how the van could be used for a self-driving car, we got an unsolicited email from an employee at Apple about "vehicle development" at the company. [...]

"Apple's latest project is too exciting to pass up," the person said. "I think it will change the landscape and give Tesla a run for its money."According to the site's source, who was verified to be an Apple employee, Tesla employees are "jumping ship" and choosing to work at Apple because of this unidentified project.

Last week's pictures...

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15:06
How to amaze your Valentine without screwing over...

The Consumerist:

The floral wire services, FTD and Teleflora, were very relevant in 1910 and 1934 when they began, respectively. These companies, along with 1980s upstart 1-800-Flowers, now dominate the industry by advertising their national brand and squeezing local florists. While these companies, and mail-order services like Proflowers, blanket the airwaves and Web pages with ads showing off their great deals before major flower-giving holidays, they are not the best choice to get the best bloom for your buck.

We have long recommended that flower-givers follow this basic process

Definitely buy your significant other, male or female, a flower arrangement. But do your best to support your local flower merchant.

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15:00
Apple grabs 93% of the handset industry’s profit,...

New York Times:

Apple’s record-breaking holiday quarter, which brought in $18 billion in earnings, allowed the company to capture 93 percent of the profit in the handset industry, according to a new report from Canaccord Genuity, an investment firm.

Samsung took the rest, but its share is shrinking, the report said.

Apple is doomed.

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14:55
Concerns Emerge About Samsung Smart TVs '...


Owners of Samsung smart TVs need to watch what they say if they've activated the voice recognition feature on these devices. The feature may transmit some voice commands, together with information about the device, to a third-party service that converts speech to text, Samsung's global privacy policy warns. If voice recognition is going to be on all the time, "that seems like really poor design, and certainly represents a privacy risk," said Justin Brookman, director of the consumer privacy project at the Center for Democracy & Technology.

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14:53
The Replacements announce first US tour since 1991

I think this will be pretty popular.

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14:47
Rumor: Apple preparing to 'give Tesla a run for...

Apple is supposedly working on a vehicle-related project that is "too exciting to pass up" for potential hires, according to a new report, and is said to have employees from electric carmaker Tesla "jumping ship" in order to take part.

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14:43
Apollo moon artifacts found in Neil Armstrong’s...

A hidden treasure trove of gear flown on the Apollo 11 mission to the moon sees the light of day after Neil Armstrong’s widow shares the find with the Smithsonian.

Wow.

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14:35
Riding Light

Alphonse Swinehart:

In our terrestrial view of things, the speed of light seems incredibly fast. But as soon as you view it against the vast distances of the universe, it’s unfortunately very slow. This animation illustrates, in realtime, the journey of a photon of light emitted from the surface of the sun and traveling across a portion of the solar system, from a human perspective.

This visualization of the speed of light and the realization that, on a galactic scale, it’s actually really slow, is all kinds of mind boggling.

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14:31
The free Affinity Photo is a new pro Photoshop...

Petapixel:

Unlike other affordable photo-editing apps out there, which are usually dumbed down offerings with only a subset of Photoshop’s usefulness, Affinity Photo is trying to set itself apart by offering the power of Photoshop in a program that’s blazing fast and ridiculously affordable.

Looks very interesting and for free, there’s no harm in giving it a try.

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13:47
Take Control of Security for Mac Users, Chapter 3:...

In this chapter, we’ll look at a few essential security steps that are so easy, and so fundamental, that everyone should run through them. They include instructions for how to stay current with important security updates and a few key security settings.

 

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13:38
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 9...

Notable software releases this week include Evernote 6.0.6 and Mellel 3.3.8.

 

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13:38
ExtraBITS for 9 February 2015

In ExtraBITS this week, cloud backup service Backblaze has released the raw data from its hard drive reliability studies, Verizon is bulking up its data plans, The New York Times examines Apple’s victory over Microsoft, and President Obama has announced modest NSA reforms.

 

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13:27
Duplicate Annihilator 5.7.0 - Find and delete...

Duplicate Annihilator takes on the time-consuming task of comparing the images in your iPhoto library using effective algorithms to make sure that no duplicate escapes.

Duplicate Annihilator detects:

  • Duplicates
  • Imported thumbnails
  • Imported thumbnails of faces
  • Missing image files
  • Corrupt JPEGs



Version 5.7.0:

  • Ignore Photostream photos.
  • Various improvements and fixes



  • OS X 10.6 or later
  • iPhoto 5 or later



Download Now

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13:27
Dish Network Slings New TV Service


Dish Network on Monday officially launched Sling TV, its widely anticipated US$20 per month streaming service, and further announced that customers could sign up for a "Sports Extra" add-on pack for $5 per month. The service, which is available now via a one-week free trial, can be accessed via Roku devices, and through Android, iOS, Mac and PC devices -- with support for Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick coming soon. Dish also announced that the basic package will have AMC added in the coming weeks.

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13:11
Apple's first iOS 8.3 build includes wireless...

Apple just seeded the first beta of iOS 8.3 to developers before 8.2 has even rolled out to users.

We’re most excited for 8.2 because it includes support for Apple Watch and that rumored Companion app, plus new Health app capabilities. But iOS 8.3 packs in some useful features like wireless CarPlay, no Lightning cable required. No word yet on which cars will support wireless CarPlay or when 8.3 will roll out.

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12:52
Chapter 3 of “Take Control of Security for Mac Users...

You lock your door when you leave for the weekend, and in this week’s chapter from the streamed “Take Control of Security for Mac Users,” you’ll learn about similarly essential security practices for your Mac.

 

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12:23
iOS 8.4 in Development With Possible Support for New...

Along with iOS 8.2 and iOS 8.3, both of which have been seeded to developers in beta form, Apple is also said to be working on an iOS 8.4 update. According to 9to5Mac, the beta is codenamed "Copper," and set to be released later this year at some point after the Apple Watch becomes available for purchase in April.

Given the release timing after iOS 8.2 and iOS 8.3, it's possible that iOS 8.4 will be the update that introduces Apple's new streaming music service. Recent rumors have suggested that Apple's existing Beats music service will be rebranded, revamped with a lower price tag, and integrated into iOS and OS X...

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12:14
R.B.I. Baseball 15 coming to Mac w/ redesigned MLB...

MLB Advanced Media has announced that R.B.I. Baseball 15 will be released this spring and will be available for the first time on Mac. This is a follow-up to the popular version from last year that made its debut on iOS.

R.B.I. Baseball 15 promises a number of updates bringing the most realistic experience to date, most notability including authentic ballparks and full 25-man rosters for all 30 Major League teams. It also includes user stat tracking for the first time as well as an online multiplayer mode with both ranked and friendly games. Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo will be on the cover for this year’s rendition. A release date has yet to be...

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11:59
Apple working on iOS 8.4 update, may include new...

In addition to working on iOS 8.2, iOS 8.3, and iOS 9.0, Apple is working on yet another update to iOS 8: iOS 8.4. According to sources, the iOS 8.4 upgrade is well into development and is codenamed Copper, a popular ski resort in Colorado. Sources say that the iOS 8.4 update will be released after the Apple Watch becomes available, so users should not expect this update in the immediate future. Sources also say that Apple is currently considering using iOS 8.4 as the iOS update that includes the upcoming Beats-based streaming music service…

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11:49
iOS 8.3 beta introduces wireless support for Apple...

The forthcoming release of iOS 8.3 will enable wireless CarPlay support, removing the requirement for iPhones to be connected to head units through a Lightning cable. It also includes a revised emoji keyboard that allows users to scroll and browse more easily.

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11:12
PDFKey Pro 4.1.3 - Edit and print password-protected...

PDFKey Pro can unlock PDF documents protected for printing and copying when you've forgotten your password. It can now also protect your PDF files with a password to prevent unauthorized access and/or restrict usage permissions. PDFKey Pro can also integrate in complex workflows using command-line tools (included).

Features:

  • Completely unlocks files restoring editing and printing capabilities
  • Supports PDF with viewing password set as well (providing the correct password)
  • Protects your PDF files with a password to prevent unauthorized access
  • Restricts usage, such as printing and copying, permissions with a password.
  • Batch processing
  • Automatic update system via UpdateFX
  • Command Line Tool to use in scripts
  • Localized in English, Italian, Russian, German and French
  • Free support



Version 4.1.2:

  • Fix the lock feature, which would not work since...

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11:03
iOS 8.3 brings wireless CarPlay, improved Google...

Earlier today, Apple seeded the first iOS 8.3 build to developers alongside Xcode 6.3 beta with Swift 1.2. Readers have discovered that the new operating system brings a new wireless CarPlay feature to the iPhone. This means that users can now wirelessly connect their iPhone to the car to bring an iOS-like experience the dashboard. Previously, users would have to connect their iPhone to the car via a USB Lightning cable. We first reported in March 2014 that Apple has been working on wireless CarPlay. It’s yet to be seen how long the wireless CarPlay...

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11:00
Build Your Apps with Swift 1.2

Swift has now reached 1.2 and includes a significantly enhanced compiler, as well as new features in the Swift language. For the highlights of this release, read the Swift blog. For detailed information on Swift, read The Swift Programming Language.

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11:00
Build Your Apps with Swift 1.2

Swift has now reached 1.2 and includes a significantly enhanced compiler, as well as new features in the Swift language. For the highlights of this release, read the Swift blog. For detailed information on Swift, read The Swift Programming Language.

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10:54
Apple releases Xcode 6.3 beta 1 w/ significant Swift...

Alongside iOS 8.3 beta 1, Apple released Xcode 6.3 beta with a new version of Swift, its programming language for Cocoa and Cocoa Touch used by developers to write apps for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac. The new release brings Swift, which was first announced last June at WWDC 2014, up to version 1.2.

Xcode 6.3 includes a new version of the Swift language. It includes a number of noteworthy changes to the language, detailed in the New in Xcode 6.3 beta section. Xcode 6.3 provides a migrator for moving your code to Swift 1.2.

Swift 1.2 is described as a “significant update” to the programming language while changes are...

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10:44
Apple supplies first beta of iOS 8.3 to developers,...

Before the public release of iOS 8.2, Apple on Monday already provided its development community with a beta build of iOS 8.3, along with a new version of its Swift programming language with "noteworthy" changes.

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10:32
Apple Seeds First iOS 8.3 Beta to Developers With...

Apple today seeded the first beta of iOS 8.3 to registered developers for testing purposes, just a week after seeding the fifth beta of iOS 8.2, which is also currently in testing.

The beta, build number 12F5027d, also includes Xcode 6.3 beta with Swift 1.2. It is not clear at this time what the iOS 8.3 beta introduces, but it likely includes several bug fixes. As a .1 update, it may also introduce new features.

Xcode 6.3, included with the beta, introduces a new version of the Swift language. According to Apple's release notes, Swift 1.2 includes "a number of noteworthy changes" to the language. Xcode 6.3 also includes enhancements to ease interoperability between Swift and Objective-C code.

New Features in iOS 8.3:

Based on our testing, iOS 8.3 appears to remove the "beta" label from iCloud Photo Library and it offers new CarPlay features, in the...

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10:27
Apple releases first build of iOS 8.3 to developers

While iOS 8.2 is not even in the hands of consumers yet, Apple has just seeded the first build of the upcoming iOS 8.3 to developers. Apple has not yet disclosed what iOS 8.3 brings to iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches, but we’ll keep you posted. We previously reported that iOS 8.2 will be released in March, before the April release of the Apple Watch. Earlier today we reported that iOS 9 will bring many bug and stability fixes later this year. We first reported last year that iOS 8.3 would be launching this year.

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10:18
Canon announces highest-resolution, full-frame DSLR...

Canon this month is gearing up to release its latest wave of DSLR cameras, including a pair of prosumer-focused T6 Rebels and its all-new professional series EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R -- both of which are capable of shooting 50.6-megapixel images and 1080p video.

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09:47
Report: iOS 9 will focus mainly on stability and...

Longtime Apple users speak fondly of the Snow Leopard (10.6) release of OS X. Even though it came with "no new features," it won users over by reducing the footprint of the OS and focusing mostly on refinement. A report from 9to5Mac's well-sourced Mark Gurman claims that Apple is taking a similar approach with iOS 9, focusing on fixing bugs and optimizing performance rather than adding another big stack of new features to the pile.

The report isn't specific about what Apple will be doing to accomplish those goals, but in any case it's a departure from the release-first-fix-later approach Apple normally takes with iOS. iOS 7's biggest problems were addressed by...

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09:33
iOS 9 to Focus Heavily on Stability and Optimization

With iOS 7, Apple introduced a major design overhaul and with iOS 8, we gained features like Continuity, Apple Pay, and new app abilities like extensions and widgets. Following these two ambitious OS updates, it seems iOS 9 may be somewhat less flashy, focusing heavily on stability and optimization.

Sources who spoke to 9to5Mac have suggested that Apple will market iOS 9 similarly to OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, which was also a maintenance upgrade that resulted in improved performance and better efficiency.For 2015, iOS 9 is going to include a collection of under-the-hood improvements. Sources tell us that iOS 9 engineers are putting a "huge" focus on fixing bugs, maintaining stability, and boosting performance for the new operating system, rather than solely focusing on delivering major new feature additions. Apple will also...

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09:32
Apple Watch might be the ultimate health-tracker...

In the months leading up to the launch of Apple Watch, talk has largely revolved around the watch’s style and specs like battery life. But Apple’s wearable might actually be a game-changer now that the Food and Drug Administration is giving health app developers more freedom.

Apple

Medical device maker DexCom is readying an Apple Watch app to pair with its diabetes glucose monitor to help diabetics monitor their blood-sugar levels all day long. According to the Wall Street Journal, DexCom will display data it pulls from a sensor beneath the skin as a graph on the Apple Watch face.

To read this article in...

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09:08
Xiaomi is holding a Press Conference in San...

A surprising report coming from China's Commercial Times today confidently states that Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is set to hold a press event in San Francisco on Thursday Feb. 12.

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09:06
9to5Toys Last Call: Lexar 256GB flash drive $80,...

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Today’s can’t miss deals:
Last Call Updates:

  • Canon Printer w/ AirPrint + Lightroom 5 or Photoshop Elements $90...
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09:00
Making waves in the energy industry

Today’s Office 365 post was written by Hercu Rabsatt, director of infrastructure and service management at Mansfield Oil.

The oil and energy industry isn’t known for pushing the proverbial envelope when it comes to technology, but at Mansfield Oil, we’ve consistently taken advantage of technology to put ourselves at the forefront of what we do.

We’re now in our 57th year and at a pivotal point as we transform our business. Last year we launched a three-year plan, which began with consolidating and stabilizing our IT environment. Converting our IT department from a cost center into a revenue generating part of the company is also underway as we continue in our “building phase.” Although I view 2015 as the “transformation phase,” I’ve been surprised by how much transformation and payoff we’re already experiencing today from our technology investments.

Nowhere is...

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09:00
iOS 8.3 beta Now Available

iOS 8.3 beta Now Available

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09:00
Xcode 6.3 beta with Swift 1.2 Now Available

Xcode 6.3 beta with Swift 1.2 Now Available

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09:00
iOS 8.3 beta Now Available

iOS 8.3 beta Now Available

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09:00
Xcode 6.3 beta with Swift 1.2 Now Available

Xcode 6.3 beta with Swift 1.2 Now Available

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08:38
Apple controls presentation in IBM partnership as...

While Apple and IBM's enterprise partnership is specifically about iOS devices, Apple has also insisted that IBM's salespeople use Mac hardware when making their pitches to customers, ensuring that the company's tightly integrated ecosystem remains in focus.

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08:30
Apple’s iOS 9 to have ‘huge’ stability and...

Following the success of OS X Snow Leopard for Macs in 2009, one of iOS 9’s standout ‘features’ will be a directed focus on stabilizing and optimizing the operating system. While stability is normally an expected component in Apple software rather than a marquee feature, the rapid pace of iOS releases and feature introductions has taken a toll […]

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08:15
Rumor: Apple to again stay out of megapixel race...

Apple has historically downplayed the significance of megapixels in measuring image quality, and the company may stick to that approach once again later this year with another 8-megapixel camera in its next-generation iPhone, according to a new rumor.

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08:04
DexCom device, app to work with Apple Watch upon...

This is interesting.

Medical company DexCom says that a glucose monitor made by the company that monitors blood sugar levels will be supported by the Apple Watch. The company is currently working on an app for the wearable that will be able to show blood sugar levels at a glance and can monitor them continuously.

The app has apparently been under construction for some time and while the Food and Drug Administration is generally required to approve new medical hardware, a hands-off approach to the companion app has allowed developers to sink their teeth into its creation for the time being.

Conventional glucose monitors require the user to prick their skin with a needle in order to draw a drop of blood to place on a test-strip, a process that is inconvenient and which generates only isolated readings. The DexCom monitor uses a tiny sensor embedded just under the...

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08:01
The iPhone and iPad reportedly captured 93% of...

Apple reported the largest profit ever recorded by a public company in the holiday quarter, mostly driven by sales of 74 million iPhones with an average selling price of $687. According to Cannacord, this meant Apple captured 93% of handset smartphone profits. Perhaps more staggering is that it claims Apple dominated on similar levels across the entire of 2014 — with 79% […]

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07:56
Vienna 3.0.3 :dfab247: - RSS and Atom newsreader. (...

Vienna is a freeware and Open-Source RSS/Atom newsreader with article storage and management via a SQLite database, written in Objective-C and Cocoa, for the OS X operating system. It provides features comparable to commercial newsreaders, but both it and the source code are free and available for download.

A summary of some of its features:

  • Subscribe to Atom/RSS news feeds and podcasts.
  • Simple and intuitive user interface with customisable toolbar.
  • Built-in tabbed browser.
  • Global search of all retrieved articles.
  • Automatic detection of newsfeeds on Web pages.
  • Smart folders for organising related feed articles.
  • Custom article display styles.
  • Three separate reading layouts.
  • Blogging integration.
  • Support for downloading enclosures in articles
  • Filter the displayed articles.
  • Manual reordering of the subscription list.
  • Full AppleScript support...
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07:45
Samsung's Smart TV Spying Policy is compared to...

The Daily Beast set off a firestorm last week with a story that was basically about how Samsung's Smart TV could be spying on their customers.

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07:41
Apple Watch Set to Include Third-Party Glucose...

Medical device manufacturer DexCom over the weekend announced the company is developing an app for the upcoming Apple Watch that will display all of a user's glucose and blood sugar-related health data on their wrist (via The Wall Street Journal).

The company, whose expertise lies in "continuous glucose monitoring systems for diabetes management," says the app is expected to be ready when the Apple Watch launches in April. The app would sync to existing monitors manufactured by DexCom that use a "hair's width sensor" located under the user's skin to measure and report blood glucose levels every five minutes, a more seamless process than traditional skin-prick glucose monitors, according to the company.

Though most health-related apps...

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07:39
Opinion: Could Apple’s integrated streaming music...

Image: Forbes

When Apple enters a new business, you know it’s not going to do so in a half-hearted, small way. When it launches its Apple-branded Beats Music service later this year, it’s a no-brainer to predict that it’s going to be a big deal for the music industry. With Apple’s deep integration of Beats into its existing iOS/iTunes ecosystem exclusively revealed by Mark Gurman added into the mix, I wonder whether the unique selling points being notched up by Apple could be enough to leave existing big-name players like Spotify, Google Play and Rdio dead in the water?

That’s rather a grand idea, of course. As of last month, Spotify reached 15 million paid subscribers–...

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07:33
Rumor: Apple to quietly launch updated non-Retina...

If you’re hankering for an updated MacBook Air, there may be some good news on the horizon.

According to a new rumor, Apple may be refreshing the current MacBook Air as early as February 24th. Swedish web site Leterm svetem Applem, citing sources from the Czech reseller network, states the update will come with no fanfare or keynote presentation, unsurprising considering a lack of major changes for the lineup. Apple also won’t discuss the long-rumored ultra-slim MacBook Air around the launch of the new refresh, hoping the “quiet” update tides users over until later in the year.

The update itself might include only minor bumps to areas like storage and processing power, with Apple choosing from 2.2GHz Core i5-5250U, 1.8GHz Core i5 chip, and 2GHz Core i7 processors, while keeping the well-known 11- and 13-inch form factors of current MacBook Airs. Intel launched the new...

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07:30
IT Job Seekers Back in the Driver's Seat


Fast-paced growth in the IT industry and low unemployment rates for tech workers are making it difficult for corporate executives to find qualified hires. Add to that a bullish frenzy of investor support and corporate acquisitions as key factors driving the continued growth of the technology industry. The global IT market totaled more than US$3.7 trillion in 2014 -- and the U.S. market accounts for approximately 28 percent of that total, according to research firm IDC.

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07:29
Initial Impressions of Photos for OS X Beta

Will Apple’s new Photos app, which just saw the light of day in beta form, replace iPhoto and Aperture? Jason Snell shares his first impressions of the beta.

 

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06:50
Canaccord raises Apple price target to $145,...

Apple's domination in the smartphone market compelled Canaccord Genuity to raise its price target on Apple stock to $145 on Monday, advising investors to buy in on the continued strength of the new iPhone 6, which decimated profits for competitors last quarter.

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06:48
Apple Rumored to Update Non-Retina MacBook Air Line...

The much-anticipated 12-inch Retina MacBook Air is believed to launch sometime in the middle of 2015, but a new rumor out of foreign news website Letem svetem Applem [Google Translate] points to a smaller refresh of the existing MacBook Air line hitting as early as February 24.

The website, citing sources from the Czech reseller network, states the update will come with no fanfare or keynote presentation, unsurprising considering a lack of major changes for the lineup. The company also won't discuss the long-rumored ultra-slim MacBook Air around the launch of the new refresh, hoping the "quiet"...

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06:47
Computing for the Visually Impaired, Part 5

In the fifth and final part of our series on computing for the visually impaired, Mariva H. Aviram discusses hardware options, ergonomics, and new innovations in adaptive tech.

 

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06:43
American Express touts Apple Pay as ‘Next Evolution...

It’s no surprise that the three major card companies in the US have been taking advantage of being the first with Apple Pay out the door and that the majority of their latest ads and promotions have centered around the new payment service. The latest comes from American Express with a just released ad focusing on highlighting Apple Pay as “The Next Evolution of Membership.”

The ad is supposed to be a quick history lesson of sorts, showing the evolution of American Express by stitching together some of the company’s ads from over the years, many of which featured celebrities such as Tina Fey, Jackie Chan, and Jerry Seinfeld. The point of the ad is to showcase Apple Pay as the latest innovation for card tech, and it’s...

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06:33
Skype for iPhone updates the dialer, reintroduces...

Microsoft is out today with its latest version of Skype for iPhone, version 5.10, as it continues to add refinements and features to the overhauled version of its app first released last year.

The new version of Skype for iPhone highlights the ability to save contacts from the app’s phone dialer just like the native Phone app on iOS. You can also save contacts to Skype from the recent call list starting with this version, and Microsoft touts improved chat notification reliability as well.

Finally, Microsoft is reintroducing support for Skype URIs which let other developers include interactions with Skype...

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06:19
The Engineering Group Known as the IEEE has Ruled on...

In early December we posted a report titled "Apple, HP, Microsoft and Intel await Important IEEE Vote this Saturday on the Future of Wireless Technology Licensing Fees." The result of that vote only came to light yesterday and it could affect the lawsuit Ericsson brought against Apple at the beginning of the year.

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06:16
Altium announces new PCB design tool for SolidWorks...

Altium Limited has announced PCBWorks, a new PCB design tool created to enhance workflow collaboration between electrical and mechanical designers. Created in direct response to the divide between electrical and mechanical workflows, PCBWorks provides a set of collaboration tools to integrate design data with the industry-leading mechanical design software, SolidWorks.

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05:52
From NWA to Apple exec, Dr. Dre introduces NSFW...

Before there was his current Apple gig, there was Dr. Dre’s storied rise from the streets of Compton to global hiphop sensation and producer which eventually led to the headphone, speaker, and streaming music brand and Jimmy Iovine partnership with Beats.

This is the Hollywood version of that story which Dr. Dre co-produced.

Straight Outta Compton – Red Band Trailer with Introduction from Dr. Dre and Ice Cube (HD) (Official)
The Story of N.W.A. – In Theaters August 14th
http://www.straightouttacompton.com/

In the mid-1980s, the streets of Compton, California, were some of the most dangerous in the country. When five young men translated their experiences growing up into brutally honest...

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05:48
Stand that uses gecko-like microscopic suction to...

This is not necessarily my cup of tea as an iPad stand (the angle is not adjustable), but I find the technology behind the stickum fascinating.

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05:42
Rumor: Apple to launch MacBook Air refresh with...

Apple may be planning to debut a relatively minor update for its existing MacBook Air lineup in a matter of days, though won't be the anticipated 12-inch redesign with a high-resolution Retina display, according to a new rumor.

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05:26
iPhone 6s Rear Camera Rumored to Retain 8-Megapixel...

iPhone camera module supplier Largan Precision is expected to face limited earnings growth this year amid rumors that Apple's next-generation smartphone will retain an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera sensor, according to Taipei Times (via GforGames).

The report cites Taipei-based analyst Jeff Pu, who claims the iPhone 6s will have the same camera hardware specifications as previous models. Apple first introduced an 8-megapixel rear camera on the iPhone 4s in 2011 and used similar modules for the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s. Pu said that the camera specifications of the next-generation iPhone, dubbed iPhone 6S, will stay the same as the current iPhone 6 at 8-megapixels, limiting potential catalysts to push Largan’s stock price higher in the second half of the year. [...] Pu said that although...

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05:15
On code signing, and the world of difference between...

Geoffrey Goetz, writing for GigaOM, digs into the concept of code signing and getting your app on the App Store. Bottom line, code signing shows the world of difference between iOS and Android. It’s all about security.

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05:00
Freemium Field Test: Game of War Fire Age is even...

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

Players sure are dropping a lot of cash on a free-to-play game.

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05:00
In Search of the Perfect Windows 10 Hardware


I'm well into the user testing of the next generation of Microsoft's operating system and things are really looking up. Windows 10 is becoming a blend of the many things we liked about Windows 7, and the things that most folks don't know about that are great about Windows 8. Windows 10 is like a breath of fresh air, or for those truly annoyed with Windows 8, like the feeling you get when you stop hitting your head against the wall. Ironically, it's likely that the folks who hate Windows 8 will likely love Windows 10 the most.

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04:23
Apple Watch expected to support glucose monitor for...

Diabetics using a glucose monitor made by DexCom will be able to see a continuous graph of their blood sugar levels on the Apple Watch, says the company. It is working on an app for the smartwatch that is expected to be available when the Apple Watch launches in April – alongside a similar app […]

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04:11
Kool Tools: Hyper Plan for Mac OS X

Oryx Digital's Hyper Plan is a planning solution for Mac OS X and Windows. It allows anyone to create cards with user-defined properties, such as status, priority, assigned to and budget.

The cards can then be arranged and colored according to these properties. Users can arrange cards in rows by priority, or even colored by who they have been assigned to. Hyper Plan can also arrange cards in a timeline and total numerical properties by row and column.

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04:07
37% of U.S. broadband households will buy one or...

New research from the Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) research group predicts rapid growth in the smart home in 2015, as 37% of U.S. broadband households intend to buy one or more smart devices this year.

This growing adoption of smart devices will raise the importance of interoperability and speed in innovation as consumers will expect all devices to work together and offer the latest benefits. In 2014, nearly two-thirds of devices purchased were part of a home controls or security system.

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03:33
The mysterious case of the unauthorized iTunes Store...

On January 19, I received an email from Apple’s iTunes Store containing a list of songs I had recently purchased. The only problem? I hadn’t bought any of them.

Now, I’m highly paranoid about account issues, and have two-step verification enabled on both of my Apple IDs. I checked to make sure no other settings had been changed and I hadn’t seen any telltales of my account being cracked.

While I’m not an active target of abuse, I have waded into the GamerGate controversy, although purchasing about $8 in songs hardly seemed like something done to harass. Perhaps it was a “pilot fish,” an attempt to probe at a weakness, see if it could be exploited, and then used for worse ends? One of the songs was Mike Oldfield’s “Tubular Bells,” better known as the theme to the movie The Omen,...

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Sunday February 8

21:34
Exclusive February aerial tour of Apple Inc's...

Apple's Campus 2 mega-project is showing major progress in its "Spaceship" Ring, where interlocking concrete slabs are building a foundation for a steel structure that is already beginning to reach upward by four stories. The first massive parking garage is nearly finished and existing buildings have been demolished to make room for a second stage R&D site.

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19:19
Evernote 6.0.6

Makes improvements to search and reduces CPU usage when indexing. (Free, 59.7 MB)

 

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19:19
Mellel 3.3.8

Fixes several instances of crashes. ($39 new, free update, 97.5 MB)

 

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19:16
Apple touts iPad as music creation tool in new ad...

Apple dropped a new iPad TV spot featuring music creation apps just in time for the Grammy Awards, featuring Swedish recording artist Elliphant, UK producer Riton, DJ The Gaslamp Killer and Parisian film director So Me.

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17:43
Apple Debuts Music-Themed iPad Air 2 Ad Ahead of...

Ahead of tonight's telecast of the 57th annual Grammy Awards, Apple has debuted a new music-themed iPad commercial titled "Change" featuring Swedish singer Elliphant, Los Angeles-based producer Gaslamp Killer, and English DJ Riton.

The ad shows the three musicians composing a remix to Elliphant's "All Or Nothing" entirely on an iPad, from initial songwriting, production, recording, and more. Apps shown throughout the add include Apple's GarageBand for songwriting, iMPC Pro for production, Serato Remote for live performances and Manual Camera for filming video.

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12:44
Weekend Apple rumor two-pack: refreshed MacBook Airs...

Apple news website letemsvetemapplem.eu claims that Apple has a scheduled MacBook Air update for February 24th. The site says that this Air refresh will be minor, so if it is indeed happening, the update will likely focus on processor, storage, and RAM improvements. Of course, this is not the radically new 12-inch MacBook Air with Retina display […]

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12:10
Apple highlights artists making music with iPad apps...

Apple today posted a new advertisement for the iPad to highlight artist Elliphant’s recording and beat making via the tablet. The one minute long ad highlights different applications used to make music with the iPad, ranging from first-party apps like Garageband to third-party programs such as Manual Camera and Nano Studio. The “iPad Remix” of the song All […]

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09:09
TSMC Sues Former Employee for Giving Samsung Trade...

Late last week a report surfaced telling us about how TSMC is suing a former employee for giving away their ...

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08:59
Bookends 12.5 - Reference management and...

Bookends is a full-featured bibliography/reference and information-management system for students and professionals.

Access the power of Bookends directly from Mellel, Nisus Writer Pro, or MS Word (including Word 2011): Bookends allows you to scan your existing word-processor files and automatically generate finished manuscripts with properly formatted bibliographies. You can also scan Apple Pages '08, '09, and 5, and OpenOffice 3 files, or RTF files saved from any word processor.

Bookends allows you to share your references over the Internet with anyone, on any platform. And with Bookends, you can directly search and import references from numerous sources:

  • EndNote
  • PubMed
  • Web of Science
  • JSTOR
  • Google...
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Saturday February 7

21:23
First Look: Dish's Sling TV web-based...

Even as Apple is reportedly struggling to put together its own long-rumored web television initiative, satellite provider Dish Network has begun to roll out its competing Sling TV over-the-top offering to a select group of early adopters. AppleInsider was given access to the invite-only beta and brings some first impressions of the impressive service.

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13:55
Mellel 3.3.8 - Powerful word processor with...

Mellel is the leading word processor for OS X and has been widely considered the industry standard since its inception. Mellel focuses on writers and scholars for technical writing and multilingual word processing. It offers special tools to help you write and organize long documents easily. If you need multilingual support or are writing bi-directional text, Mellel is just the thing for you: Arabic, Persian, Hebrew, and Syriac never looked better on a Mac. Even if you don't need all the bells and whistles, Mellel is still the right choice for you: clean, stable, and easy to use.



Version 3.3.8: Bug fixes:

  • Resolved a problem that caused artifacts to appear when working with longer documents at zoom levels other than 100%.
  • Fixed a bug that cause Mellel to crash when pressing the arrow keys in the find field under some very specific circumstances.
  • Fixed a bug that caused the iCloud menu to appear empty sometimes.
  • ...

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13:27
Elgato Thunderbolt 2 Dock

Many thanks to Elgato for sponsoring The Loop’s RSS feed this week. Elgato Thunderbolt 2 Dock enables you to connect everything to your MacBook or Ultrabook at once. With two Thunderbolt 2 and three USB 3.0 ports, simultaneously connect all of your devices with only one cable. Built-in HDMI enables you to directly connect a display of your choice up to 4K resolution, while enjoying increased network performance with built-in Gigabit Ethernet and crystal-clear conference calls through the separate microphone input and amplified audio output.

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11:12
TSMC Breaks Ground on New Plant for 10nm Processors...

Today a report from China notes that TSMC, the world's largest semiconductor foundry, is set to invest US$15.8 billion in the Central Taiwan Science Park (CTSP). TSMC will start building their 18-inch wafer foundry in March ...

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09:11
FCC Goes All-In on Net Neutrality

In a surprise move, the Federal Communications Commission has proposed classifying ISPs as common carriers. Geoff Duncan analyzes the potential ramifications.

 

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08:16
Apple Wins 9 Detailed iPhone 6 Design Patents that...

On August 24, 2012 the jury in Apple's first patent infringement lawsuit against Samsung returned a verdict largely favorable to Apple. It found that Samsung had willfully infringed on Apple's design and utility patents and had also diluted Apple's trade dresses related to the iPhone. The jury awarded Apple $1.049 billion in damages. Within the verdict were design patents that covered iPhone's features ...

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07:26
pwSafe 3.2.1 - Secure password management across...

pwSafe provides simple and secure password management across devices and computers. pwSafe uses iCloud to keep your password databases backed-up and synced between Macs and iOS devices. It is compatible with Open Source Password Safe.

Features:

  • iCloud sync, realtime and bi-directional
  • Generates strong passwords
  • Print a hardcopy of your data for ultimate security agains data loss
  • Copy password with Command+C or P
  • Copy username with Command+U
  • Double-click to easily copy password
  • Lots of other hotkeys (see menus)
  • Password history (per safe and per entry settings)

pwSafe is feature-complete password management, and is a one-time purchase (no subscriptions or optional items). Featured by Mac|Life as one the 20 Great Apps under $20.



Version 3.2.1:

  • Manual merging
  • Drag and drop entries between safes
  • Show entries' groups when...

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07:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Book-style folios from...

Book-style folios from Twelve South, Portenzo, and Pad & Quill

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases includes ultra-rugged cases for outdoor use, sleeves with optional carrying straps, and... book cases!

Catalyst

The Waterproof Sleeve (all iPad mini models; $40) combines the protection of a case with the convenience of a carry-all bag.

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Friday February 6

23:55
Apple's new Swift programming language takes...

Apple's new Swift programming language has only been available for a few months, but iOS and OS X developers from American Airlines, Getty Images, LinkedIn and Duolingo are reporting favorable impressions--ranging from increased productivity to fewer bugs in their shipping apps--as interest in the new language rapidly accelerates.

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17:22
Corning claims upcoming ‘Project Phire’ glass is...

Corning announced today that it is preparing to ship a new type of glass that can withstand scratches almost as well as sapphire while providing superior drop protection. The glass is the result of “Project Phire,” which aimed to create a more scratch-resistant glass to rival sapphire. The announcement comes shortly after the company debuted […]

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17:03
3D-Printed 'Urban Concept' Car Assembled...


Students at Singapore's Nanyang Technological University have built the island republic's first 3D-printed concept car. The NTU Venture 8 (NV8) is built on a carbon fiber single-shell chassis. Its 150 3D parts were made out of lightweight plastic that were created on printers at the university, 3D printer manufacturer Stratasys, and the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology. The vehicle has a honeycomb structure and is partially powered by solar cells designed to flow with the shape of the chassis.

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15:24
Apple begins training retail employees about the...

Apple today began training its retail store employees in multiple countries, including the U.S. and the U.K, about the upcoming Apple Watch. The training is said to not divulge many new details, but the beginning of the training program does represent Apple’s first move on the retail employee level in preparing for the Watch. We […]

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15:13
Corning Unveils 'Project Phire' Super...

Corning today unveiled a new material that it's been working on, which combines the strength of its existing Gorilla Glass with ultra scratch-resistance like that of sapphire, reports CNET. The material, which goes by the name "Project Phire," was shown off during an investor meeting by Corning Glass president James Clappin."We told you last year that sapphire was great for scratch performance but didn't fare well when dropped," Clappin, president of Corning Glass Technologies, told the crowd at the event. "So, we created a product that offers the same superior damage resistance and drop performance of Gorilla Glass 4 with scratch resistance that approaches sapphire."Corning's existing Gorilla Glass product is used in a range of smartphone and tablet displays, from Samsung's Galaxy line to Apple's own iOS lineup. Apple planned to move away from Corning's Gorilla Glass with the iPhone 6...

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15:06
LED Perimeter
14:55
Meanwhile in Japan, the Sapporo Snow Festival is...

VanCityBuzz:

This time every year, the Sapporo Snow Festival draws millions of people to Sapporo to see hundreds of intricately detailed snow sculptures and to participate in snow-themed cultural festivities.

The festival features an International Snow Sculpting Contest with teams from 12 countries around the world. 6,500 tons of snow is transported to the three festival sites throughout the month of January from locations in and around Sapporo.

The Star Wars sculpture is epic.

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14:50
“Take Control of OS X Server” Updated for Yosemite...

We’ve released a free update to “Take Control of OS X Server” that brings it up to date with Yosemite Server.

 

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14:42
∞ How Canadian trains deal with snow

So cool.

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14:29
Corning takes shot at sapphire with 'Project...

Glassmaker Corning on Friday unveiled "Project Phire," a glass composite that the company says is just as strong and drop-resistant as its latest Gorilla Glass but nearly as scratch-resistant as sapphire.

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13:25
Twitter clears up confusion on how iOS 8 made it...

There was a strange moment during Twitter’s fourth-quarter earnings call when the company’s chief financial officer, Anthony Noto, was trying to explain how the network lost 4 million monthly active users in the quarter. Noto off-handedly attributed the loss to trouble with iOS 8’s rollout, specifically Twitter integration with Safari, before quickly turning to other metrics.

iOS 8 doesn't automatically pull tweets into Safari's Shared Links anymore.

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13:23
OS X 10.10.3 beta points toward better emoji...

Photos for OS X is the biggest change introduced in the first beta build of OS X 10.10.3, but the folks at MacRumors have discovered another: preliminary support for better diversity in emoji.

The implementation looks like the one laid out in a Unicode Consortium draft proposal published in November. That proposal calls for a selection of five color swatches, which, when combined with a "base" emoji like a man or woman's face, can change that emoji to display different skin and hair colors. Apple's early implementation is full of blank and placeholder images, but it looks like certain emoji are getting a dropdown menu that will allow users to choose from among several versions of the same basic emoji.

The update also includes other...

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13:01
Universities Scramble to Deal with Apple Watch in...

With the Apple Watch due to arrive sometime in April, there's been an unexpected side-effect rippling through the University scene in London that is likely to escalate to Universities around the globe. Forget the ..

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12:49
OS X 10.10.3 Beta Adds Support for Google 2-Step...

In addition to a new Photos app and emoji improvements, yesterday's developer release of the first OS X 10.10.3 beta also includes new direct support for Google's 2-Step Verification when setting up Google services in the Internet Accounts section of System Preferences.

2-Step Verification is an optional security setting that requires users to enter not only their account password but also a unique code sent by Google via phone app, text message, or voice call to a previously registered device or phone number, greatly enhancing account security.

Not all devices and apps support Google's 2-Step Verification, however, and as a backup Google also allows users to generate...

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12:46
OS X 10.10.3 makes it easier to login to Google...

Upcoming changes to OS X will soon make setting up Google accounts that use 2-step verification with the Mac much simpler. Added in the developer beta of OS X 10.10.3 released yesterday, setting up a Google account in the Internet Accounts section of the System Preferences app now supports 2-step verification just like the web.Prior versions […]

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12:24
How Likely Is an Apple Pen?

The Apple Watch hasn’t even been released yet, but pundits are already speculating on the next product Apple might create: a stylus for the iPad. Josh Centers examines why an Apple Pen may be possible.

 

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12:22
Among New York subway’s millions of riders, a study...

New York Times:

Researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College released a study on Thursday that mapped DNA found in New York’s subway system — a crowded, largely subterranean behemoth that carries 5.5 million riders on an average weekday, and is filled with hundreds of species of bacteria (mostly harmless), the occasional spot of bubonic plague, and a universe of enigmas. Almost half of the DNA found on the system’s surfaces did not match any known organism and just 0.2 percent matched the human genome.

I’m never taking the New York City subway ever again.

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12:00
Office 365 news round-up

In today’s fast paced world, you can’t afford to be away when you are on the go. Whether you are traveling, working from a remote location or sitting in a coffee shop, we’ve heard loud and clear that you want the same rich functionality of Microsoft Office applications everywhere—on all of your devices and platforms—so you can work in a variety of situations. During the past couple of weeks, we have made several big announcements that demonstrate how well we are leading the way into the mobile productivity space.

After unveiling Windows 10, we announced our plan to deliver touch-optimized versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook. These touch-first, mobile-first  “universal” apps are built from the ground up to run on Windows 10 small screen devices like your phone and tablet—all the way up to...

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11:52
First Ubuntu Smartphone to Arrive in Europe Next Week


The first smartphone to be powered by the open source Ubuntu operating system will arrive at retail in Europe beginning on Monday, Feb. 9. The Aquaris E4.5 will be offered to early adopters via a series of "flash sales" across the continent. The unlocked phone will retail for 169.90 euros or roughly US$195, without the need for a contract. Features include a 4.5 inch screen, dual SIM support, a front facing 5 megapixel camera, and an 8 megapixel rear facing camera.

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11:30
The Week in iOS Apps: Organize your to-do list with...

New ways to do your to-dos

This week’s app roundup includes a couple of offerings that help you stay on target with your task list—plus games, a reading list manager, photo apps, and more.

Chordana Composer

The $3 Chordana Composer lets even the most unschooled musicians make memorable music—you just enter two bars of the melody in your head (either by playing on a keyboard, arranging the notes yourself, or singing into your iPhone’s microphone) and the app begins to build the actual song for you. You can guide the app by letting it know the song’s genre, and edit the finished product to your liking. 

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10:40
Apple’s new Photos app means big future changes for...

Apple yesterday released a preview of its upcoming all-new Photos app for Mac, which replaces iPhoto and Aperture with a simpler all-in-one photo editor and library manager. Most of the discussion of Photos focused on the huge number of changes from iPhoto and Aperture, burying one very important detail: Apple is changing the way it handles cloud-based […]

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10:27
Job listing offers glimpse at advanced medical...

With the launch of the health- and fitness-focused Apple Watch fast approaching, Apple continues to bolster its internal research teams focused on analyzing the human body, representing a new and different direction for the tech giant.

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09:53
KGI: iPad shipments will see steepest decline ever...

A new report from KGI out today predicts iPad sales this year will drop by around 30% marking the biggest decline in the history of the device. That 30% decline year over year compared to 2014 means KGI predicts Apple will sell 44-45 million units during 2015. The decline in iPad sales has already started, […]

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09:41
Insider advises Apple investors to brace for 50%...

Apple's shrinking iPad sales are expected to continue their downward trend this year, led by a particularly drastic year over year drop this quarter, according to well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who does not expect a new 12.9-inch model to turn things around in the immediate future.

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09:30
More diverse Emoji characters likely coming with OS...

While the highlight of the OS X 10.10.3 pre-release seed yesterday was the iPhoto replacement app simply called Photos, the beta version of the OS X software update also contains changes to how and which Emoji characters are presented. First, the new Emoji picker found in the OS X 10.10.3 beta has been redesigned with […]

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09:18
Why Tesla is poaching Apple employees

Tesla wants the best minds in tech, from engineers to designers to lawyers, so it’s knocking on Apple’s door.

The Silicon Valley electric car company has recruited more than 150 Apple employees to join its ranks over the last few years, according to a Thursday Bloomberg report, including some high-ranking execs like Apple hardware designer Doug Field, now VP of Tesla’s vehicle program, and former Apple retail strategist George Blankenship. (Blankenship has since left Tesla.)

Tesla CEO Elon Musk reportedly views himself as a creative genius akin to Steve Jobs. He has the same leadership style at Tesla that Jobs was famous for, demanding perfection in every tiny detail, changing his mind at the last minute, and hiring only the best of the best. (Jobs believed that A-team employees would do their best work only if surrounded by other A players.) And while...

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09:00
9to5Toys Last Call: iPad mini 2 $250, Valentine’s...

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: Twitter, RSS Feed, Facebook, Google+ and Safari push notifications. Today’s can’t miss deals: Last Call updates: ControlAir adds iTunes and Spotify gesture control to any Mac for free 2-pack of KANEX 1.6 ft. MFi Lighting to USB […]

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08:46
djay Pro 1.0.1 - Transform your Mac into a full-...

djay Pro provides a complete toolkit for performing DJs. Its unique modern interface is built around a sophisticated integration with iTunes and Spotify, giving you instant access to millions of tracks. Pristine sound quality and a powerful set of features including high-definition waveforms, four decks, audio effects, and hardware integration give you endless creative flexibility to take your sets to new heights.

Note: This application contains in-app purchases.



Version 1.0.1:

  • Improved searching in iTunes library to include genre, comments, and grouping
  • Improved refreshing of Match results in Spotify
  • Allow loading of songs via keyboard shortcuts in queue and search results
  • Allow scrolling via MIDI controller in queue and search results
  • Added contextual menu option to show selected song in iTunes
  • Added "Expand Library" MIDI mapping action
  • Fixed Automix...

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08:45
Steve Jobs biopic release date announced

The Steve Jobs biopic has a release date.

Universal Pictures will release the long-anticipated Steve Jobs movie on October 9. The upcoming biopic, based on Walter Isaacson’s official biography of the late Apple co-founder, is directed by Danny Boyle and stars Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs and Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak. Universal took over the film in November.

The filming of the movie began last month in the garage of Steve Jobs’ childhood home, and will reportedly also take place at two auditoriums and a restaurant in the Bay Area. The movie will be focused upon three main scenes, including the unveiling of the NeXT computer, the debut of the original Mac, and the introduction of the iPod.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

Via MacRumors...

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08:21
Viber 5.0.0 - Send messages and make calls for free...

Viber lets you send free messages and make free calls to other Viber users, on any device and network, in any country!

Viber syncs your contacts, messages and call history with your mobile device, so you can start the conversation on the Viber mobile application and continue from the comfort of your Mac.

Features:

  • Best-quality HD voice calls
  • Video calls
  • Free text and photo messages
  • Group conversations
  • No registration, passwords or invitations required
  • Contacts and messages sync between your mobile and Mac
  • Transfer ongoing calls between devices



Version 5.0.0: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

  • OS X 10.7 or later



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08:17
OS X 10.10.3 Puts More Focus on Emoji, Lays...

While the featured addition in yesterday's OS X 10.10.3 developer seed was the new Photos app, Apple is addressing other issues with the forthcoming update, and one of these focus areas is emoji, which is seeing several changes and improvements.

One immediately evident change is the menu option used to bring up the character palette where emoji and other symbols can be browsed and selected. The Character palette a is systemwide option generally accessed through the "Edit" menu in most Mac apps. On OS X 10.10.2 and earlier, the menu item is called "Special Characters," while on OS X 10.10.3, it is labeled "Emoji & Symbols". The change offers a clearer description of what can be accessed through the menu item while specifically giving a strong visibility boost to emoji.

Another significant change for...

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07:43
Samsung Presents a Brave Face Prior to Launch of...

During the Samsung event unveiling the new Galaxy Note 4 in September just ahead of Apple's event launching the iPhone 6 Plus phablet, Samsung's representative stated: "We started the large screen smartphone movement and we continue to lead in this area." Within weeks, their lead had all but disappeared ...

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07:39
Belgian shop selling Tetris mugs & electric...

The Apple Watch isn’t shipping by Valentine’s Day– a date that many speculated could make an ideal launch date– and there won’t be an event this month showcasing Apple’s new device ahead of preorders, but that’s not stopping anyone from using the Apple Watch as prime marketing material. European department store chain Cora has chosen Apple Watch […]

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06:30
Apple Competitors in China to Challenge iPhone...

In China, Phablets are the big craze and Apple's Chinese competitors are wasting no time in getting the message out about how they intend to challenge Apple during the holiday quarter in 2015.

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06:27
AppleInsider podcast discusses OS X Photos, Apple...

This week's all-new AppleInsider podcast is now available to download and subscribe in iTunes or SoundCloud, with detailed analysis of this week's news, including the beta release of Photos for OS X, an inside look at the Apple Watch companion app, and discussion of Apple's mysterious camera-equipped vehicles.

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06:18
Backblaze Reliability data set for 41,000 hard...

Backblaze Online Backup has released raw data collected from the more than 41,000 disk drives in its data center to correlate drive failures with drive model numbers, with SMART statistics, and other variables.

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05:26
Apple's mysterious vans are almost certainly...

Apple inadvertently made waves earlier this week with the revelation that the company was behind a fleet of camera-equipped minivans found roaming streets throughout the country. Initial rumors suggested that they may be a step towards a self-driving "iCar," but digging done by AppleInsider suggests that the vehicles are not actually early indications of an autonomous Apple automobile.

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05:20
RadioShack files for bankruptcy, Sprint to take over...

Well, it’s official. Sigh. Tough watching this decline.

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05:00
Apple releases first OS X 10.10.3 build to developer...

It’s the previews and betas that let you know about the cool stuff coming down the pipe…

Developers got their mitts on build 14D721, the first preview build of OS X 10.10.3 on Thursday. The new build featured the first sample of Apple’s forthcoming Photos application, which replaces iPhoto for Mac.

Apple offered a preview of Photos under embargo to select publications ahead of Thursday’s beta release. Initial impressions make it clear the application is yet another marriage between iOS and OS X, including icons and a general look and feel borrowed from the native Photos application for iOS 8.

In the release notes, Apple states that Photos for OS X automatically organizes a user’s photo library, and includes comprehensive editing tools. Users can also store both photos and videos in the cloud using iCloud Photo Library, accessing them across devices.

Features of...

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05:00
Virtual Reality a Sports Training Game Changer


Quite a bit of buzz broke out recently in sports circles when a Stanford quarterback was caught on ESPN sporting an Oculus virtual reality (VR) face mask. Not that VR is totally new, but fans want more out of their athletes and the sight of such a souped-up technical edge on the field was a novel thrill. But that thrill won't be novel for long as VR is headed for mainstream use in all sports from pro to little league and T-ball levels -- and when transformative training shows up in a few teams -- it invariably spreads to others.

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04:39
Kool Tools: FontAgent Pro Server 6

Insider Software's FontAgent Pro Server 6 for Mac OS X has been updated with lots of new features in version 6.

FontAgent Pro Server a solution for managing, distributing and synchronizing fonts across creative workgroups in agencies, small businesses and large enterprises. It provides a font management system that integrates diagnostics, repair, font selection, font book creation, and design tools in a single powerful, yet simple application for creative professionals. The new release of the font server introduces: 


• Unique, highly detailed font usage and license compliance reports

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04:34
Maintain serves up Cocktail 7.7.1 Mavericks Edition

Maintain has served up Cocktail 7.7.1 (http://cocktail.maintain.se) Maverick Edition, a new version of its Mac OS X utility that's compatible with Yosemite. This version improvements on the "Clear System caches" procedure and fixes compatibility issues with Safari Cookies cookie manager.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets you clean, repair and optimize your Mac. Its features are arranged into five categories that help you manage various aspects of your computer.

read more

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04:21
Connected cars to form a major element of the...

By 2020, there will be a quarter billion connected vehicles on the road, enabling new in-vehicle services and automated driving capabilities, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com).

During the next five years, the proportion of new vehicles equipped with this capability will increase dramatically, making connected cars a major element of the Internet of Things (IoT), says the research group. Gartner forecasts that 4.9 billion connected things will be in use in 2015, up 30% from 2014, and will reach 25 billion by 2020.

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04:00
Swatch looking to release smartwatch to compete in...

It’s been a while since Swatch was considered hip and/or cutting edge, but the company might be seeing something in the wearables market.

Swatch Group AG announced plans to start selling a smartwatch within the next three months, potentially pitting the Swiss maker of colorful plastic timepieces against the debut of the Apple Watch.

The device will communicate via Near Field Communications and won’t have to be charged, Chief Executive Officer Nick Hayek said in an interview. The Swatch smartwatch will also let consumers make mobile payments and work with Windows and Android software, he said.

Analysts stated that the market for such timepieces, which enable phone or data communication, will probably reach about US$10 billion in 2018, Citigroup Inc. analysts forecast last year, with half of the market coming from traditional watch wearers switching to the devices.

Swatch...

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04:00
You Should Play: Rearrange comic panels to help...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.

We've seen loads of games based on comic books, many more styled to look like comics regardless of heritage, and even a couple set in comic-panel worlds—Sega Genesis favorite Comix Zone comes to mind. But Framed tries a different approach: it's a game designed to mimic the flow and structure of a comic book or graphic novel. It builds mechanics from the placement of the panels themselves, which is incredibly clever. 

To read this article...

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Thursday February 5

23:45
metadata network required?

Forums: Troubleshooting

Hi all,

So i have xsan server and clients connected only to the corporate network, and was wondering if xsan requires a separate metadata network to function properly. Corporate network is of course gigabit and reliable cisco enterprise switches. Reason why I had to skip on the metadata network is because client machines and xsan locates in different buildings, therefor setting up a separate private network would be a challenge. Not to mention it would not be as reliable as corporate switches. Would i bet able to get away with using just 1 ethernet for each device?

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21:31
With Insider Help, ID Theft Ring Stole $700,000 In...

itwbennett writes The Manhattan District Attorney's office has indicted five people for using personal information stolen from around 200 people to fund the purchase of hundreds of thousands of dollars in Apple gift cards, which in turn were used to buy Apple products. "Using stolen information to purchase Apple products is one of the most common schemes employed by cybercrime and identity theft rings today," District Attorney Cyrus Vance said in a statement. "We see in case after case how all it takes is single insider at a company—in this instance, allegedly, a receptionist in a dentists' office—to set an identity theft ring in motion, which then tries to monetize the stolen information by purchasing Apple goods for resale or personal use," he said.

...

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20:59
Adobe Flash Player 16.0.0.305 - Plug-in plays...

Adobe Flash Player is a cross-platform, browser-based application runtime that provides uncompromised viewing of expressive applications, content, and videos across browsers and operating systems.



Version 16.0.0.305:

  • Empty ContextMenu item causes Pepper Plugin crash.
  • IE does not work with symbolic link.
  • Graphical glitches with bitmap smoothing and scaling.
  • Flash Player shows "plug-in failure" when system language is Hebrew.



  • OS X 10.6 or later
  • Browser compatibility:
    • Safari 5.0 or later
    • Mozilla Firefox 17.0 or later
    • Google Chrome
    • Opera 11 or later



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18:48
Apple, Tesla Fighting Over Top Employees

Apple and Tesla have been battling to recruit top talent from each other, according to a new report from Bloomberg Business. Tesla has hired at least 150 former Apple employees, more than they have from any other company.

The company has hired at least 150 former Apple employees, more than from any other company, even carmakers. The former Apple staffers work in many areas of the 6,000-employee automaker, including engineering and law. “From a design philosophy, [Apple] is relatively closely aligned,” says Musk, Tesla’s co-founder and chief executive officer. Apple declined to comment for this story.Former Apple employees say their decision to join Tesla was based on the company's electric cars and CEO Elon Musk, who is a similar figure to Jobs. Like Jobs, Musk pays a great deal of attention to the details...

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18:23
Editing with Photos for OS X, Apple’s iPhoto (and...


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The writing has been on the wall for Apple's older photo editing apps for some time now. Apple announced back in June of 2014 that both the consumer-level iPhoto app and the pro-level Aperture app would be replaced by a new app called Photos for OS X (which may have began life as iPhoto X). The app is an offshoot of the Photos app for iOS, and early demos of the app showed that it used the same icon and a similar interface.

Photos for OS X wasn't ready in time for the Yosemite launch, but today Apple released the app to developers and some members of the press as part of the first preview build of OS X 10.10.3. Rather than being available as a separate app, Photos will be downloaded and...

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17:34
Apple and Tesla are locked in an employee poaching...

Former Apple Mac Engineer Doug Field gives our Seth Weintraub a test drive of the new P85D  Perhaps annoyed by Tesla’s persistence in picking off its engineers, Apple is attempting to win over some of the electric car maker’s employees with signing bonuses of a quarter-million dollars and salary increases of up to sixty percent, […]

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16:44
Twitter blames iOS 8, iPhone 6 launch for loss of 4...

Twitter CFO Anthony Noto announced today that the social network was placing the blame for 4 million lost users squarely on Apple’s shoulders, saying that the company had “lost approximately 4 million net users due to rollouts of iOS 8″ during an earnings call. The logic here, Business Insider explains, is that the Shared Links section in […]

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16:43
Apple trying to hire Tesla engineers

According to Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Apple has made a major push to recruit talent from the electric carmaker, offering massive bonuses and significant salary bumps for those willing to come to work in Cupertino.

Musk said Apple’s attempts have not been successful. I do have a lot of respect for Musk and the work he’s done.

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16:27
Twitter's plan to boost growth: Videos,...

Expect to see Twitter move fast and try not to break anything this year as it attempts to add new users and make more money without angering the people who love it just the way it is. Things have to change. Despite Twitter proving that it can sell ads with the best of them, the company’s lagging user growth is a sore point still.

Twitter grew its user base by 20 percent in 2014 over 2013. Solid, right? But when you dig into the actual numbers, Twitter is faltering: The network added just 4 million monthly active users in the fourth quarter, up to 288 million, despite efforts to make signing up and using the service easier than ever. The network also lost 4 million MAUs in the fourth quarter due to trouble with the rollout of iOS 8, Twitter Chief Financial Officer...

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16:17
Twitter blames glitch in Apple's iOS 8 for loss...

Character-limited social network Twitter on Thursday announced a lower-than-expected number of monthly active users for its just-completed fourth quarter, a figure that the company blamed in part on problems in Apple's rollout of iOS 8.

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15:29
Apple trying 'very hard' to nab Tesla...

According to Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Apple has made a major push to recruit talent from the electric carmaker, offering massive bonuses and significant salary bumps for those willing to come to work in Cupertino.

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15:08
End of an Era: RadioShack Officially Files for...

It is official, RadioShack Corp., the 94-year-old consumer-electronics chain that sold the first mass-produced personal computer, filed for bankruptcy after failing to stave off competition from big-box retailers and online merchants.

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14:56
External Link: Backblaze Releases Complete Hard...

Backblaze, a cloud backup service, has been releasing hard drive reliability data for the past year, but now they are offering the complete data sets from both 2013 and 2014. The data comes in comma-separated values (CSV) format for each year, ready for you to plug into the spreadsheet or database of your choice. The company plans to release data for 2015 when it’s ready.

 

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14:32
The history of measles: A scourge for centuries

LA Times:

Measles has been a scourge for centuries, afflicting millions of people. It has been blamed, in part, for decimating native populations of the Americas as Europeans explored the New World. In modern times, before a vaccine was developed, nearly every American contracted the virus, with its telltale skin blotches and fever. Measles was declared eradicated in the U.S. in 2000, but has staged a comeback as the inoculation rate has dropped. Here’s a history.

Many people think of measles as an innocuous childhood disease but it’s actually incredibly dangerous and sometimes deadly.

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14:15
Swatch prepping Apple Watch, Apple Pay competitors,...

Swiss timekeeping giant Swatch is planning a new smartwatch and mobile payment system to compete with the forthcoming Apple Watch and the already-established Apple Pay, the company's CEO has said.

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14:13
TSMC will be Vying for Apple's A10 Processor...

A couple of weeks we posted a report that Samsung was reportedly to gain 70% of Apple's A9 Processor Orders. Yesterday, re/code was apparently given word by their sources that Samsung sealed the deal. The news site stated that Apple "has turned to Samsung for its next-generation A9 chip."

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13:40
Swatch to take on Apple with new smartwatch

The device will communicate via a form of technology known as NFC and won’t have to be charged, Chief Executive Officer Nick Hayek said in an interview. The Swatch smartwatch will also let consumers make mobile payments and work with Windows and Android software, he said.

I really like the not having to be charged bit.

Hayek is ready to go head-to-head with Apple Inc., which has scheduled its smartwatch introduction for April.

Nobody is truly ready to take on Apple.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:29
Cleveland Cavaliers now sending iBeacon push...

Like several other professional sports teams, the Cleveland Cavaliers will now be sending out location-aware notifications to iPhone users at its games using Apple’s Bluetooth beacon iBeacon tech. The team will send out the usual reminders, video content, and promos available to those at the game.  The team announced today that the notifications (pictured above) will […]

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13:29
Microsoft acquires Sunrise for $100 million, looks...

When in doubt, buy the best calendar app you can and make it part of your services package.

Microsoft has shelled out a reported US$100 million for Sunrise, an outfit offering a suite of calendar products for mobile and desktop users that connects with and consolidates calendars from different providers. It’s available on the iPhone, iPad, Android devices, and on the Mac App Store, as well as offering a web client.

Users can access their calendars from Google, iCloud, and Microsoft Exchange, as well as connecting to a wide range of other third-party apps. That cross-device and cross-platform support has helped it gain significant traction among users.

The purchase furthers Microsoft’s push into supporting the platforms of rival technology firms. Microsoft made waves...

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12:53
If you can't make or receive calls on your...

You might not be able to make or receive calls on your iPhone if you have certain settings turned on, if your software isn't up to date, or if there's a problem with your network.

Read more: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT204027

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12:53
UIKit-like framework called UXKit used in Photos for...

Apple released a preview version of its new Photos for Mac app to testers today, and some developers noticed a new private framework used to build the iPhoto replacement called UXKit. While Apple often uses private frameworks that never become accessible to developers, the UXKit framework is notable as it appears to be a version of […]

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12:49
Anthem Mega-Breach Jeopardizes 80 Million Consumers


Hackers broke into the databases of Anthem Inc., the second-largest health insurer in the U.S., and stole up to 80 million customers' personal information. The data includes current and former customers' names, birthdays, medical IDs, social security numbers, street addresses, email addresses and employment information, Anthem president and CEO Joseph Swedish wrote in a note sent to customers. There is no evidence at this time that credit card or medical information such as claims, test results or diagnostic codes were targeted or stolen.

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12:44
First look: Apple's all-new Photos for OS X...

Apple's first beta of the new Photos application for OS X showcases a sleek, uncluttered interface that will instantly feel natural to anyone who has used the modern Photos app for iPhone and iPad, bringing welcome features and strong iCloud integration to the desktop.

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12:29
The town where everyone got free money

Vice:

Between 1974 and 1979, the Canadian government tested the idea of a basic income guarantee (BIG) across an entire town, giving people enough money to survive in a way that no other place in North America has before or since.

For those four years—until the project was cancelled and its findings packed away—the town’s poorest residents were given monthly checks that supplemented what modest earnings they had and rewarded them for working more. And for that time, it seemed that the effects of poverty began to melt away. Doctor and hospital visits declined, mental health appeared to improve, and more teenagers completed high school.

Damn Canadian socialists.

∞ Read this on The Loop...

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12:26
Take Control Of OS X Server (Yosemite) Now Available

I’ve been light on posting here, mostly because I’ve been swamped with work, selling my old house, buying a new house, doing some crazy taxes, wrapping production on a new book and updating the Take Control of OS X Server book to Yosemite Server. Well, earlier this week I sold my house, got the next version of Bushel ready to rock and filed my taxes. Aaaaannnnnndddddd, the Yosemite version of Take Control Of OS X Server is now available at http://tid.bl.it/1xuCJUC.

Boom. Will get back to my normally scheduled postings shortly!

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12:25
Under Armour purchases My Fitness Pal, Endomondo to...

When one of the largest fitness attire companies on the planet starts to look into wearables, people take notice.

Under Armour has apparently shelled out $560 million to buy two fitness apps, giving it access to a mountain of data about health enthusiasts that it hopes will help it to sell more sportswear.

The company will pay US$475 million to buy MyFitnessPal, a HealthKit-integrated app that helps people lose weight by letting them record what they eat and count calories. It will also pay US$85 million for Endomondo, an app from Denmark that lets people track their activity, whether that’s running or doing gymnastics.

Combined with the fitness services it already owns, Under Armour says the deals give it access to “the world’s largest digital health and fitness community,” with 120 million registered users. And the more people log and share what they do, the more...

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11:50
First Impressions of Photos for OS X: 'Vast...

Following the release of the first OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 beta to developers this afternoon, the embargo has lifted for media outlets to publish their first impressions and hands-on reviews of the all-new Photos for OS X app. Below is a roundup of some of the more interesting comments and opinions about Photos for OS X, which combines iPhoto and Aperture into one for OS X Yosemite.

The Wall Street Journal describes Photo for OS X as a significant improvement for users in the Apple ecosystem, adding that the app is less confusing to use than iPhoto thanks to an improved iCloud-based approach. It also found Photos for OS X to have snappier performance...

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11:32
FiftyThree’s Paper drops drawing tool prices to zero

Good news for all of you artists and doodlers out there: FiftyThree’s widely popular app, Paper, ditched its in-app purchase system on Thursday, opting for an all-you-can-eat download instead. Paper’s Sketch, Outline, Write, Color, and Mixer tools are now available for free.

All of these tools! For free!

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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11:15
Lumoid to allow customers to rent Apple Watch before...

If you’re on the fence and hesitant about buying an Apple Watch, you might be able to rent one first.

A gadget rental outfit called Lumoid plans to rent Apple Watches as part of its wearable rental program for consumers, said, Aarthi Ramamurthy, the company’s founder and CEO.

Lumoid will roll out a waiting list on its website later this week for consumers looking to get their hands on the device when it begins shipping in April.

Although details about the Apple Watch are still emerging, pricing rumors have the watch retailing for between US$349 for the Sport model and US$5,000 for the gold edition.

“Before breaking the bank on the smartwatch, consumers should be able to try it out,” Ramamurthy said.

At present, Lumoid lets customers rent up to five wearable devices for a period of seven days. At the end of the week, if the customer decides not to make a...

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11:15
Photos for OS X brings easier navigation and more...

Macworld:

Providing many of the features found in its mobile sibling, the Yosemite-only Photos for OS X offers an interface less cluttered than iPhoto, improved navigation, simpler yet more powerful editing tools, the ability to sync all your images to iCloud (though it doesn’t require you to), and new options for creating books, cards, slideshows, calendars, and prints. I’ve had the opportunity to take an early look at Photos, and this is what I’ve found.

This is the developer preview but, in my experience, it’s pretty stable with few true glitches or bugs. Keep in mind, this is not (yet at least) a professional Aperture or Lightroom level app. But, that being said, it’s still pretty good.

...

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10:55
GoPro Studio software for HERO4 cameras updated to 2...

You’ve got to admit, GoPro makes a good camera.

For GoPro users, GoPro Studio 2.0 for the HERO4 cameras has just hit and is packed with some pretty decent new features. The software, which can be downloaded here, offers the following fixes and changes:

New Modes + Features:
- Adds Time Lapse Video mode
- Adds 720p240 video mode (Narrow FOV only)
- Adds 2.7K60 video mode
- Adds Auto Image Rotation
- Adds 30 photos/6 seconds Burst rate

Performance Improvements:
- Changes Protune™ default video ISO to 1600

Usability Improvements:
- Adds Reset option for camera Wi-Fi settings
- Displays Night Lapse shutter time on the camera status screen

LCD Touch BacPac Improvements:
- Delivers the...

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10:50
A Second Class Action has been filed against Apple...

In December we posted a report titled "Apple Faces New Class Action over False iDevice Storage Capacities." That case was brought on by two Floridians. Late on Tuesday, Steven Neocleous of Flushing New York and Shaefer Wiese of Minnesota Minneapolis individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated filed a similar Class Action against Apple. Patently Apple's report covers ...

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10:31
Apple Said To Be Working On a Pay TV Service

walterbyrd writes Apple is in talks with TV programmers to put together its own over-the-top pay TV service, Recode says. According to the site's industry sources, Apple's proposed service would comprise of bundles of programming, secured through deals with content providers and sold direct to consumers, rather than a full TV lineup. Apple has reportedly already shown demonstrations of the proposed service to people in charge of TV programming, but Recode says the talks 'seem to be in early stages,' with the pricing and release date still yet to be set.

...

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10:20
Apple releases first beta of OS X 10.10.3 with debut...

Developers can be among the first to get their hands on the new Photos for OS X application, thanks to the release of a preview build of of OS X 10.10.3 on Thursday.

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10:12
Announcing free Paper tools

FiftyThree:

Beginning today, the Draw, Sketch, Outline, Write, Color, and Mixer tools in Paper are available for free for everyone.

I can’t draw a straight line with a ruler but Paper is my favourite app for doodling and showing off the iPad’s drawing capabilities to others. Go grab these apps now.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:07
Apple Seeds First OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite Beta to...

Apple today seeded the first beta of OS X 10.10.3 Yosemite to developers, just over a week after releasing OS X 10.10.2 to the public. OS X 10.10.3 includes the much anticipated Photos app for Mac.

The new beta is available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store and through the Mac Dev Center.

Recent rumors questioned the removal of mentions of the Photos app for Mac from Apple's website, suggesting it might be delayed, but today's beta release indicates that it is still on track for an early 2015 launch. 10.10.3's release notes offer details on the app:All new for OS X, Photos automatically organizes your photo library and helps you perfect your photos with comprehensive editing tools. You can also store your photos and videos in the cloud using iCloud Photo Library, and access them on all your devices.

Photos lets you:
- Browse your photos by time and...

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10:05
Apple releases OS X 10.10.3 pre-release seed to...

Apple is rolling out the first pre-release seed of OS X 10.10.3 to testers and developers today including the all-new Photos app with support for iCloud Photo Library beta. Previously, iCloud Photo Library was only available for desktop users through iCloud.com using a web app. The new Photos app replaces iPhoto while Aperture is also no longer […]

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10:04
Twitter makes up with Google to make tweets easily...

Google has access to Twitter like everyone else, but the process of crawling the network for tweets is a painstaking one. But later this year, Twitter will make it easier for Google to show tweets in search results now that the two companies have reportedly patched up their relationship.

The agreement isn’t official, but Bloomberg reported Wednesday evening that Google and Twitter are working on a deal that would let Google plug back into Twitter’s firehose of data. The search engine had access to the stream from 2009 to 2011, but was cut off after Twitter began tightening access to its API. Twitter allows Bing and Yahoo access to the firehose, so it’s not surprising that Google is being allowed back into the fold.

...

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09:24
Apple shows continued interest in embedding Touch ID...

Future iPhones and iPads could move Apple's Touch ID fingerprint sensor from the device's home button to the display itself, allowing a more seamless and potentially dynamic way for a device to securely authenticate a user.

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09:11
Choosing the Metadata Network on Xsan 4

Forums: Troubleshooting

Good Evening Xsan Admins.

I would like to share with you an experience i had configuring a brand new Xsan 4.
I have my two Mdc, configured in the DNS as the following:

mdc1.xsan 192.168.0.100
mdc1-private.xsan 10.0.0.100
mdc2.xsan 192.168.0.101
mdc2-private.xsan 10.0.0.101

The metadata network is the 10.0.0.x, so the hostname is set to the public one, the mdc1.xsan with 192.168.0.x
The Open Directory is created properly, and so the Xsan, with it's volume comes up nice.
Unlike the Xsan up to Maverick, during the creation of the Xsan, it doesn't comes up the selector of the Metadata network, and in the fsnameserver file, the IP showed is the 192.168.0.100 and 101: the public one.

What i've noticed, is that the Xsan takes as Metadata network, the Primary address of the Open directory...

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09:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 032 on //Build...

In this episode Jeremy Thake talks to Sonya Koptyev about the developer content at //Build and Ignite and what to get excited about.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP32.mp3

Download the podcast.

Weekly updates

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09:00
Office Lens now converts pictures of paper documents...

When we launched the Word and PowerPoint conversion feature last September, we promised to use customer feedback to improve Office Lens. Today is the day we prove it.

Since September, we’ve received a lot of exciting and positive feedback from our customers about our conversion scenarios. We also learned about how customers are finding new and creative ways to use Office Lens and the text they capture in their pictures.

Today we’re very happy to announce a new scenario. Now the Office Lens app on Windows Phone converts images to PDF files.

Converting pictures to PDF files

Converting pictures to PDF files is very similar to converting images to Word and PowerPoint. This is a useful feature for teachers and students looking to go paperless because now they can scan all their paper documents to OneDrive so they are accessible, searchable on all their...

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Industry challenger Alaska Airlines takes service to...

Today’s post was written by Veresh Sita, chief information officer at Alaska Airlines.

In today’s age of instant gratification, air travel is all about enabling travelers to discover new avenues while offering memorable customer experiences. At Alaska Airlines, we have made a pledge to provide hassle-free air travel to our growing customer base.

Our industry is undergoing constant change, affected by the overall economy, the emerging preferences of the newest generation of travelers, and the crucial role of technology and information services. Alaska Airlines has a small but growing market share, which makes us a challenger brand that can innovate more quickly than the legacy carriers. We’re transforming ourselves—starting with our internal operations and communications—with the goal of delivering travel experiences that reflect just how much we care about...

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OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 (14D72i) Now Available

OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 is now available and includes Photos, an all-new photography app for the Mac. Take a test-drive and let us know what you think. Learn more about Photos.

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09:00
OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 (14D72i) Now Available

OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 is now available and includes Photos, an all-new photography app for the Mac. Take a test-drive and let us know what you think. Learn more about Photos.

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08:21
BlackBerry wins a cool $860,000 from makers of Ryan...

Back in January of 2014, BlackBerry sued the makers of the Typo, a hardware keyboard case for the iPhone. BlackBerry argued that the Typo violated its keyboard patents, and it's not hard to see why the court eventually came down on BlackBerry's side—the Typo is a clear imitation of the keyboard BlackBerry has been selling with its phones for years.

The US District Court of Northern California ordered Typo to halt sales, and the injunction went into effect on April 15, 2014. However, Typo didn't comply, and BlackBerry decided to pursue a contempt of court charge that the court has now...

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08:17
Under Armour buys MyFitnessPal for $475M, SwiftKey...

Popular health tracking service and iOS app MyFitnessPal has been acquired by clothing maker Under Armour for nearly a half-billion dollars, while iOS 8 custom keyboard SwiftKey has added predictive emoji entry, and WhatsApp Messenger has been updated with a new quick camera button.

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08:08
How to get the lowest prices anywhere on Apple'...

Back for a limited time: AI readers can use exclusive coupons at one of Apple's top authorized resellers to get the lowest prices anywhere on all 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display configurations by instantly knocking an additional $55-90 off already reduced pricing.

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07:33
Apple Introduces an Alternative Touch ID Method...

On February 5, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals new fingerprint sensors for possible future electronic devices. Today's cover graphic illustrates patent figures FIGS. 8-10 which represent various top views of an iPad showing options for operating a full panel fingerprint sensor in a display.

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07:00
IoT Risky Business for Enterprise Networks


There were 9 billion Internet of Things (IoT) units installed at the end of 2013 by IDC's count, and its analysts expect the figure to hit 28 billion by 2020. That's going to make life difficult for IT security administrators. A Tripwire survey found that employed consumers who took work home had an average of 11 IoT devices on their home networks, and 24 percent of them had connected at least one of these devices to their enterprise network. The survey covered 404 IT professionals and 302 executives in the United States and the UK.

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06:59
Apple may be deploying its own mapping vans into the...

If Google’s mapping vehicles seemed a bit strange, Apple may have their own making the rounds.

A number of minivans with what appears to be camera equipment and a LiDAR sensor mounted to the roof that have appeared around California in recent weeks could be part of a new Apple project, as at least one of the vehicles is registered to the company.

The minivans sport an X-shaped frame mounted to their luggage racks, with dark recesses that likely house cameras at each corner. The California Department of Motor Vehicles confirmed to San Francisco CBS affiliate KPIX that a blue Dodge Caravan spotted with the equipment was leased to Apple.

Along with the cameras, a pair of spinning cylindrical devices fitted to the front and rear look to be LiDAR sensors. LiDAR is a laser-based technology used to make high-resolution maps, and also forms an integral part of the sensing systems on...

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06:56
A New Apple iBeacon Indoor Mapping Patent sheds more...

Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals some of their intellectual property on the subject of indoor mapping using beacon technology. Apple's patent generally relates to techniques for monitoring device locations within buildings and enhancing user services with indoor traffic information. Finding your friends or kids in a mall, or a colleague at a crowed trade-show could be a new service that we could look forward to on our iDevices in the future.

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06:36
Swatch Prepares to Go Head-to-Head With Apple Watch

Swatch CEO Nick Hayek today revealed that the company has plans to manufacture and ship its own line of smartwatch devices with a launch target within the next three months, easily setting itself up against Apple's recent confirmation of an April launch date for the Apple Watch (via Bloomberg).

Hayek previously displayed skepticism about smartwatches, in particular the idea of one from Apple, saying he didn't believe it would be "the next revolution." Hayek also previously dismissed the concept of a Swatch smartwatch initiative, arguing the company's highest-end devices should already be called smartwatches...

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06:12
Apple's 'indoor traffic' concept...

Apple's interest in indoor positioning technology could go well beyond just identifying a user's location, by offering estimated wait times at a variety of businesses, allowing iPhone users to adjust their schedules and save time by avoiding high-traffic periods of the day.

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Tuesday January 27

09:00
About the security content of Apple TV 7.0.3

This document describes the security content of Apple TV 7.0.3.

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08:59
About the security content of OS X Yosemite v10.10.2...

This document describes the security content of OS X Yosemite v10.10.2 and Security Update 2015-001

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08:57
About the security content of iOS 8.1.3

This document describes the security content of iOS 8.1.3

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08:50
About the security content of Safari 8.0.3, Safari 7...

This document describes the security content of Safari 8.0.3, Safari 7.1.3, and Safari 6.2.3. 

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Wednesday January 14

11:20
When Yosemite has Fallen, and it Can’t Get Up

People are noticing a symptom, branded LoginLockout (credit @andrewrose), where Yosemite seemingly freezes during startup. The keyboard shows caps lock light, no mouse cursor appears, and it could either be during post-FileVault(hereafter referred to as FV2) login, or on a ‘black-screen with white apple’, normal boot. Correlated ingredients for this symptom are 10.10+, AD binding, and possibly FV2. I’ve noticed it on roughly 20% of the computers I’ve migrated, and in some instances a reimage does not clear it – the moment the computer is bound to AD, even with a clean shutdown or without FV2, the progress bar at boot starts stalling at about 1/4 in, and definitely makes no progress when reaching about halfway. You know you’re NOT having the symptom if a mouse cursor appears by about a 1/3rd into the progress bar. We started noticing it on 10.10, and its persisted through 10.10.1.

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