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Tuesday November 3

Fitbit posts strong third-quarter revenue, says...

The Apple Watch had no "material impact" on Fitbit's sales in the third quarter, which saw revenue climb 168 percent year-over-year to $409.3 million, the company's CEO said in a results call.

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AnandTech’s incredibly detailed iPhone 6s and 6s...

An incredibly detailed review. Jump to the post for some highlights. AnandTech really digs into the nooks and crannies.

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Fitbit says sales unaffected by Apple Watch as...

Fitbit CEO James Park says that the company’s sales have been unaffected by the Apple Watch, as the company announced Q3 revenue up 168% year-on-year, reports the Guardian.

On a conference call with investors, Park said that the rollout of other smart watches, which often come with a step-tracker similar to Fitbit’s main function, did not have impact on the company’s growth. When asked about Apple’s new watch specifically, he said it had “no material impact”. He added that Apple and Fitbit cater to “two very different segments in the market” in terms of price point and use and that “there’s room for more than one dominant player.”

While there is no current overlap in pricing – Fitbit devices start from...

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The Million Dollar iOS Hack (Isn’t)

Although a security exploit broker paid out a million dollars for an iOS 9 attack, most users are safe, and the exploit’s days are already numbered.


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Apple TV remote meets tile floor

Here’s what might happen when you drop your Apple TV remote on a tile floor.

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Apple adds Apple TV charts, shows they are still...

Apple adds charts to the Apple TV app store. This is a very good sign.

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Apple Granted 44 Patents Today Covering an Advanced...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 44 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's invention that envisions a future smart bracelet and other devices that use curved, flexible OLED displays and much more.

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Women from Apple’s early days recall life with Steve...

Wish there was video of this gathering. Would have loved to have seen it live.

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Boris FX releases Boris Continuum Complete 10 for...

Boris FX has announced Boris Continuum Complete 10, brand new plug-in tools designed for Avid Media Composer, Symphony and NewsCutter.

New features include integrated mocha technology for planar motion tracking and masking, BCC Beauty Studio, a skin smoothing and retouching plug-in and BCC Title Studio, Boris FX's next generation 3D titling and motion graphics tool. It includes new filters, new transitions, and a new subscription/rental option.

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Apple’s planned manufacturing spend suggests a huge...

While most analysts are expecting Apple to comfortably beat its holiday quarter guidance of $75.5-$77.5B, one large firm of analysts goes much further.

An investment note by Morgan Stanley seen by Business Insider says that an analysis of Apple’s financial report suggests that the company could be gearing up for quarterly sales totalling as much as $84.4B.

The clue, claims the company, is the company’s off balance-sheet spending commitments.

Apple’s last quarterly report revealed $29.5 billion in off balance-sheet commitments, and $7.3 billion in other commitments, at the end of the September quarter.

These usually represent money that Apple is planning to spend on parts and manufacturing equipment.

It should be...

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Mosaiscope launches news aggregation platform

Mosaiscope has launched its web-based platform, which allows news to be extracted from both sources and topics pre-selected by the user, as well as being able to add their own sources.

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Configure The New Apple TV 4

The new fourth generation Apple TV is everything I hoped the third generation would be. We have a touch remote with a Mic, great video, USB-C, and most importantly, an App Store! And while I have security concerns around the setup process, I am sure Apple has thought through the myriad of questions I have surrounding sharing Apple ID keys over bluetooth from a phone to the Apple TV to streamline the setup process. So about that setup process. Configuring the new Apple TV is pretty straight forward. To get started, get your phone out. Yes, your phone. Then unwrap the Apple TV and plug it into the HDMI port on your TV and the AC adapter (which is the same as the second and third generation Apple TVs).

Once plugged in, boot up your Apple TV. When prompted, click Set Up with Device on the fancy  new remote.


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Flexera Software App Portal adds Mac support

Flexera Software (http://www.flexerasoftware.com/) — a provider of next-generation software licensing, compliance, security and installation solutions for application producers and enterprises — announced the latest release of its universal enterprise app store, App Portal.

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Nomad debuts Wallet for iPhone, hiding a 2400mAh...

With thousands of generic battery packs now on the market, it takes something special to make a new option stand out, and Nomad’s new Wallet for iPhone certainly succeeds. Shaped like a standard bifold wallet, the Wallet hides a 2,400mAh battery pack in its spine, as well as a 3″ Made for iPhone-certified Lightning cable.

Nomad notes that the goal was to produce a wallet that wasn’t any thicker than what “guys are already sitting on.” Made from Saffiano leather and measuring 4.7″ by 3.5″ by 0.75″ when closed, Wallet can hold six cards and a bunch of cash, in addition to providing at least a full recharge for pre-iPhone 6 models of the iPhone, and around 100% for the just-released...

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Alleged hiring freeze at Pegatron prompts more doom-...

Despite commentary from Apple itself indicating that the company is on track for a record setting holiday quarter, a hiring freeze at supplier Pegatron has fueled more speculation that interest in the company's products could be softening.

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Quark’s special software bundle runs through Nov. 30

Quark Software (www.quark.com) has announced a new special bundle offer for users who upgrade to or purchase QuarkXPress 2015 in November.

Throughout the month, all eligible purchases of QuarkXPress 2015 will include a free copy of AutoCorrectXT, a QuarkXPress XTension worth $50 from AthenaSoft. AutoCorrectXT is the professional choice when it comes to "as-you-type" spell checking and auto corrections in QuarkXPress 2015 documents.

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Apple granted patent for accessing digital media

Apple has been granted a patent by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for “accessing digital media.” It allows for movies, music, photos, and more to be shared across a network.

According to the patent — which was filed in 2012 —  a client requests media information from a server so the client can create a local representation of the server's database. The client is then able to manage the media information locally. When the client selects the desired media, it requests the selection from across the network. The server then delivers the selected media.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that the ability of computers to be able to share information is of “utmost importance in the information age.” Naturally, networks are the mechanism by which computers are able to communicate with one another. Generally, devices that provide resources are called servers and devices that utilize those resources are called clients. Depending upon the type of network, a device might...

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Apple, other tech companies form Financial...

Apple, Amazon, Google, PayPal and Intuit have formed Financial Innovation Now (www.financialinnovationnow.org), a financial services lobby a coalition “that will promote policies to help foster greater innovation in financial services.”

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Google co-founder Larry Page says both he and Steve...

Speaking in his first major interview since the formation of Alphabet, Google co-founder and now Alphabet CEO Larry Page said that both he and Steve Jobs had been right in their different approaches to running their respective companies.

Steve Jobs had argued that Google was doing too many things, and should adopt Apple’s focused approach of doing a few things really well. Page said both approaches worked.

He was right. He did fine as well […] We’re trying to make a company for entrepreneurs [we’re trying to] think creatively.

Page said that part of why the company has its fingers in so many pies is that each time Google...

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Apple Granted Patents for a Hybrid Notebook with...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 44 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's possible future hybrid notebook that at present they've decided to shelf until needed. A second published granted patent today covers Apple's chicklet styled Magic Keyboard that reveals a future capability of adding 3D Touch ...

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PopChar X 7.3 supports skin tone variants in Apple...

Ergonis Software has announced PopChar X 7.3, an improved version of the tool for finding and inserting special characters and exploring fonts.

With PopChar, thousands of special characters are only a few clicks away. Version 7.3 allows you to select skin tone variants of all applicable symbols of the Apple Color Emoji font. It  improves the organization of Unicode blocks and fixes a few user-reported issues and improves compatibility with El Capitan.

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ArtOptimizer for Adobe Illustrator now supports OS X...

Zevrix Solutions has announced ArtOptimizer 2.7.8, a compatibility update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe Illustrator.

ArtOptimizer allows users to reduce the size of Illustrator links and speed up processing by automatically eliminating excess image data and performing essential image adjustments. The software lets users save gigabytes of disk space, accelerate file output and cut costs through faster processing. The new version makes ArtOptimizer compatible with Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan.

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Apple, Google, PayPal & others form coalition to...

With Apple Pay, Google Wallet and other services transforming the way people carry out transactions, Apple has joined forces with four other companies to ensure that lawmakers don’t end up ‘inadvertently’ stifling innovation in the financial services field.

Technology industry leaders Amazon, Apple, Google, Intuit and PayPal today announced the formation of Financial Innovation Now, a coalition that will promote policies to help foster greater innovation in financial services.

While the new organization uses relatively diplomatic language, it’s pretty clear that the aim is to ensure that politicians don’t screw things up by introducing...

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Kool Tools: Install Disk Creator for OS X

MacDaddy’s Install Disk Creator 1.0, a installer disk utility for Mac OS X, simplifies the process of creating a bootable OS X installer from Mac App Store installation files, which can then be used to install El Capitan on any compatible Mac computer.

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Improving customer experience top priority for...

Improving the overall customer experience is a top business priority for companies and a main driver behind their digital transformation ambitions, according to a new study from Accenture. But the majority of businesses don’t set themselves apart yet from competitors through the digital customer experience they offer.

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Apple wins an 'Apple Pencil' Related...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 44 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's newly granted patent that covers their invention relating to the Apple Pencil for the iPad and future iPhone.

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Apple patents switch-less Force Touch keyboard for...

Apple is researching ways to implement its Force Touch technology into Mac keyboards, according to a patent published on Tuesday, a move that would not only cut down on key height by removing physical switches, but expand a device's overall utility.

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Apple Granted a Patent for a Smartphone with a...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 44 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's newly granted patent that generally relates to convex displays ...

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Monday November 2

Apple, Amazon, Google, others join forces in finance...

Tech giants Apple, Amazon, Google, PayPal and Intuit on Tuesday announced the formation of Financial Innovation Now, a financial services lobby that seeks to steer Washington policy as new technologies emerge.

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Microsoft Reduces OneDrive Storage for Office 365...

Microsoft tonight announced that it was making changes to its OneDrive cloud storage services, reducing the amount of storage both Office 365 and free users are granted and eliminating its unlimited option. The company says that the changes were needed to "ensure that we can continue to deliver a collaborative, connected and intelligent service."

Since we started to roll out unlimited cloud storage to Office 365 consumer subscribers, a small number of users backed up numerous PCs and stored entire movie collections and DVR recordings. In some instances, this exceeded 75 TB per user or 14,000 times the average. Instead of focusing on extreme backup scenarios, we want to remain focused on delivering high-value productivity and collaboration experiences that benefit the majority of OneDrive users.Office 365 Home, Personal and University subscribers will no longer have access to unlimited storage. Instead, these users...

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Activision to buy 'Candy Crush' developer...

Gaming giant Activision Blizzard late Monday announced an agreement to purchase all outstanding shares of Candy Crush Saga developer King Digital Entertainment in a deal worth $5.9 billion.

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Bushel: Powerful, affordable Mobile Device...

Our returning sponsor for this week is Bushel, the powerful and affordable cloud-based Mobile Device Management solution for Apple products. It doesn't matter if your organization doesn't have a dedicated IT staff to handle device management -- Bushel is easy enough to use that anyone can take on the responsibility of keeping all of your Apple devices safe and up-to-date. Bushel is free for the first three devices, then only $2 per month per device above that number. What can Bushel do for your organization?

  • Device Inventory lets you view remaining device storage capacity, which user is using which device, what apps you’ve installed on devices, and more.
  • Automatically configure email on all of your devices. Users get up and running quickly, and IT can ensure ongoing management for these devices.
  • Managing apps is super simple. Automatically install apps from the App Store to all of your...
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Activision acquires the company behind Candy Crush...

Activision Blizzard has agreed to acquire the company behind the popular Candy Crush Saga and Farm Hero games, King Digital Entertainment, for $5.9 billion in cash. King Digital’s games consist of a community of more than 340 million unique users. Activision, of course, is the company behind hit console games like the Call of Duty series.

King Digital closed with a $4.7 billion market capitalization on Monday, meaning Activision is paying a 26 percent premium to acquire the company. That’s less than, however, the price at which King Digital went public last year.

Activision’s motivation to purchase King Digital comes in that it is lagging dramatically in the mobile...

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Apple activates Top Charts section for Apple TV,...

Three days after launching an all new tvOS App Store alongside the fourth-generation Apple TV, Apple on Monday added a Top Charts section to aggregate the online shop's most popular and highest grossing titles, revealing games to be high on users' download lists.

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Killer Deals: Free AppleCare with each of Apple...

Black Friday is still weeks away, but that doesn't mean the deals have to wait. This week, AI readers can get free AppleCare with each 21" iMac 4K pre-order and Free AppleCare (plus $39 in additional instant discounts) with each 27" iMac 5K (Late-2015) order via new $120 and $150 discount coupons.

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New Apple TV Gains Charts for Top Paid, Free and...

The new Apple TV launched on Friday with an all-new App Store, but early adopters were quick to realize that app discovery was limited to a single featured section and a manual search option -- unlike the App Stores on iPhone, iPad and Mac, which have several genre-based categories and top charts for apps.

Apple has partially addressed this issue today by adding top charts to the tvOS App Store, listing the top paid apps, top free apps and top grossing apps. Confirming our previous report, games make up the majority of the top spots so far, while apps from content providers such as HBO, FOX and CBS are also popular.

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Apple TV App Store adds Top Charts section, confirms...

When the new Apple TV launched last week, one notable omission in the tvOS App Store were Top Charts like we are used to seeing on iOS devices. The obvious reason for this omission seemed to be that Apple didn’t have enough data collected to populate top charts, but now that appears to have changed…

Users of the new Apple TV have noticed a new section in the device’s App Store that lists the Top Charts for tvOS applications. Just like on iOS, the Top Charts tab breaks down the Top Paid, Top Free, and Top Grossing applications.

As we noted this morning, the Top Paid charts are heavily dominated with games, a feature new to the fourth-generation Apple TV. The first place spot, however, is held by Simple X, a third-party Plex client that will likely slide down the charts as more people realized...

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[Sponsor] Bellroy Makes Slim Wallets Easier To Use

It can be a pain folding your bills so they fit in a tiny wallet, but it doesn’t need to be.

Bellroy’s latest wallets, the Low Down and High Line, keep bills flat and crisp while staying super slim. Stripped back to the essentials, they’re ideal for the minimalist that likes to keep things simple. Made from full-grain leather, they fit up to ten cards. Shop now.

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Review: Fourth-gen Apple TV with Siri Remote and...

The new Apple TV has been revamped both inside and out, sporting an entirely new operating system dubbed tvOS that brings it even closer to iOS, along with an overhauled Siri Remote featuring voice input and a fantastic clickable trackpad. But it's what's yet to come --?namely, the growth of the Apple TV App Store --?that will make or break the next-generation set-top box.

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The Week in iOS Apps: Boomerang is Instagram's...

Bounce-back video

This week's roundup includes Boomerang, a new way to make videos fun, from the folks at Instagram.


Boomerang is the latest offering from the folks at Instagram—it lets you take a few seconds of video that you can then loop back-and-forth, turning a simple action into a cha-cha dance. The resulting creations can, of course, be shared on Facebook or Instagram.

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Apple's iPhone 6s, 6s Plus win Anandtech's...

Anandtech has awarded Apple's new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus the site's "Editors' Choice Gold" ranking, the first iPhone to ever rank that highly and only the second phones to receive it since the site began in 1997.

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Plex app turns 4th-gen Apple TV into personal media...

Adding to the quickly growing list of new Apple TV apps, media server solution Plex issued its hotly anticipated tvOS app on Monday with support for local content playback, Internet channels and more.

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Somebody Just Claimed a $1 Million Bounty For...

citadrianne writes with news that security startup Zerodium has just paid a group of hackers $1 million for finding a remote jailbreak of an iPhone running iOS 9. Vice reports: "Over the weekend, somebody claimed the $1 million bounty set by the new startup Zerodium, according to its founder Chaouki Bekrar, a notorious merchant of unknown, or zero-day, vulnerabilities. The challenge consisted of finding a way to remotely jailbreak a new iPhone or iPad running the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system iOS (in this case iOS 9.1 and 9.2b), allowing the attacker to install any app he or she wants app with full privileges. The initial exploit, according to the terms of the challenge, had to come through Safari, Chrome, or a text or multimedia message. This essentially meant that a participant needed to find a series, or a chain, of unknown zero-day bugs."


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Potential reference to new Mac Pro found in OS X El...

Apple could be nearing release of an expected Mac Pro refresh, as code buried in the latest version of Apple's OS X 10.11 El Capitan references an unknown Mac model with boosted specs and hardware not found in shipping machines.

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New UK Law to Forbid Apple & Google from...

The UK Government is preparing to introduce a new law that wouldn't allow the likes of Apple or Google to offer encryption so advanced that even they cannot decipher it when asked to.

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Review: Leef’s new Lightning thumb drive has a...

I first reviewed Leef’s USB to Lightning thumb drive last year when I compared a handful of similar products just hitting the market at the time. The products are essentially standard USB stick drives, but with the addition of a Lightning connector, you can now have the convenience of thumb drive storage on your iPhone or iPad. My favorite of the bunch was the Leef iBridge, and now the company has a new version that adds a microSD card slot…

It’s not necessarily a better version of the iBridge— Leef still sells that in ...

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Notable apps and app updates for November 2, 2015

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks for iOS, tvOS, and Mac OS X:

iOS Apps/Updates

Savage Interactive has released Procreate 3, an update to its $5.99 iPad. Targeted to the upcoming iPad Pro and Apple Pencil, Procreate 3 builds on the features of previous Procreate releases with 16K canvas resolution on the “super-sized Apple tablet. It also introduces Quickline, a new feature for creating straight lines, along with completely customizable perspective guides and over 100 new features and refinements. 

Ateam has announced Trivia Saga 1.03. It’s a quiz RPG whose trivia questions have been “culturalized” for western audiences and feature...

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Google Fine-Tunes Self-Driving Cars' Kid...

Google last week announced that it has developed technology for its self-driving vehicles that would be able to detect people in costumes -- presumably children dressed for Halloween. The company is teaching its cars to drive more cautiously around children and thus be ready to adapt to sudden and even erratic movement, it said. Google's engineers are striving to help the cars react, especially as children's behavior can be unpredictable.

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Apple Watch is $50 cheaper if you also buy an iPhone

For the first time since it launched, Apple is cutting the price of the Apple Watch but only if you end up spending more at the Apple Store.

On Monday CNET reported that some Apple Stores have started selling the Apple Watch with a $50 discount if customers purchase it along any new iPhone. Currently, the bundle discount is only available in select Apple Store locations in Northern California and the Boston metro area.

This limited-time promotion is only available in stores and not online at Apple.com or on the Apple Store iOS app. Furthermore, you can’t get the $50 discount when purchasing the most expensive Watch models, the Apple Watch Edition and the Apple Watch Hermes.


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Possible Upcoming Mac Pro Reference Discovered in OS...

It's been two years since Apple launched its radically redesigned Mac Pro, but the professional-level workstation has not seen any updates since that time despite the availability of upgraded versions of many of the components used in the machine. We may be getting closer to an update, however, as Pike's Universum has discovered a reference to a new Mac code name of "AAPLJ951" within OS X El Capitan.

The identity of the Mac corresponding to that code name is not explicitly revealed in OS X, but Pike points to the similar AAPLJ90 code name for the current Mac Pro as a reason to believe this new machine is a Mac Pro.

The data is identical to that of the late 2015 (iMac17,1 in the same file) so it may as well be a remnant of the new iMac, but the strange thing is...

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Official Plex app for Apple TV now available, offers...

The official Plex app for Apple TV is now available in the App Store. Plex is a media server for video, TV shows, music and photos. The app is fully featured, with quick access to search, playlists and more from the top bar. It also tracks your currently playing items so you can quickly pick up with a show or film from where you left off. The app incorporates channel streaming of content like TED, Revision3 and more as well as video queues from YouTube and Vimeo.

Although the app is free, be warned that the app will work only if you have a Plex Media Server setup either locally or on a remote network. You need to buy a Plex Pass subscription to access some premium features.


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Personal Pickup coming soon to international Apple...

Apple might be on the verge of expanding Personal Pickup to a number of countries outside the U.S., finally allowing people in those regions to shop online but claim their purchases at a local Apple Store.

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Take Control Books Catch Up with Apple Releases

When Apple pushes out major new operating systems, we at Take Control concentrate on discovering and documenting Apple’s changes. Our current batch of new titles looks at El Capitan and iOS 9, along with sub-topics like iCloud, Apple Mail, Photos, troubleshooting, networking, and more.


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Bunk Baidu SDK puts backdoor on millions of Android...

A software development kit created by Baidu, China's Google, has reportedly opened more than 100 million Android devices to malicious hackers. Baidu's Moplus SDK may not be available to the public but it's already made its way into more than 14,000...

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The Demographic that buys more Apple Products Online...

A new study that was published last week noted that the most significant factor of how much consumers spend on Apple products a year is not how much they earn, but rather how ....

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Browser-Based iOS 9.1/9.2 Jailbreak Wins $1M Bounty...

Earlier this month, exploit acquisition platform Zerodium debuted an iOS 9 bug bounty that would pay out up to three million dollars to hackers who managed to develop a browser-based untethered jailbreak for iOS 9, which it could then sell to clients interested in shelling out a lot of money to gain illicit access to iOS devices.

The contest expired at the end of October, and Zerodium today announced one hacking team had successfully created a browser-based jailbreak for iOS 9.1 and iOS 9.2, the latest versions of iOS 9, earning $1 million.

Zerodium foundar Chaouki Bekrar told Wired that the exploit developed by the hackers will be given to its customers, which include major technology, finance, and defense corporations, along with government...

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Apple hiring manager for original & live content...

Apple is hiring a person to help create "original content and live projects" for several of its online services, including Apple Music, iTunes, iBooks, and the App Store, according to a job listing discovered by AppleInsider.

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Pentagon launches cybersecurity exchange to combat...

The Department of Defense is taking a number of steps to up its cybersecurity game, Terry Halvorsen, the Pentagon's Chief Information Officer recently told a reporters breakfast hosted by The Christian Science Monitor. "There's not a time when I'm...

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Browser-based jailbreak for iOS 9.1 and 9.2 beta...

When Apple released iOS 9.1 last month, it closed an exploit that was used in the development of the most recent jailbreak software. As with every new iOS release, users were forced to choose whether they wanted to upgrade to the latest version of the operating system or stay on a slightly outdated version in order to preserve their jailbreak.

While that hasn’t changed today, a new bit of information from Zerodium has revealed that it is possible to jailbreak iOS 9.1—and the new iOS 9.2 beta—without even needing to plug it into a computer.

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Apple could be forced to stop completely encrypting...

Apple and government officials have been publicly sparring over how to handle privacy and encryption for months, and new rules expected to be proposed in the UK on Wednesday might make Apple’s position much harder to maintain.

The issue boils down to Apple allowing iPhone users to encrypt data behind a password — encryption that Apple can’t break through — and government officials wanting access in instances where de-encrypting smartphones could help law enforcement and security efforts. Services like iMessage and FaceTime are also encrypted end-to-end.

Now The Telegraph reports that the Investigatory Powers Bill being introduced on Wednesday will likely require Apple and other companies...

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Anonymous says it's outing 1,000 prominent KKK...

Anonymous is no stranger to risky internet activism, and its latest campaign is no exception to the rule. The hacking-focused collective claims that it's outing "up to" 1,000 people who are either Ku Klux Klan members or "close associates" of KKK f...

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Sorkin's 'Steve Jobs' Movie Drops 63....

Last weekend the Movie 'Steve Jobs' bombed at the box office as it released nationwide. In its second weekend...

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How to quickly switch and force-close apps with the...

Multitasking on the new Apple TV is more iOS-like than ever, thanks to the inclusion of a new dedicated home button on the Siri Remote that functions largely identical to the iPhone and iPad.

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Apple beefs up indoor mapping efforts with new app

Apple has a new app on the App Store, though you won’t be able to find it unless you own a small business. The under-the-radar app is called Indoor Survey, and it’s designed to map venues.

Developer Steve Troughton-Smith first noticed the app over the weekend, though it’s been in the App Store since Oct. 27.

“By dropping ‘points’ on a map within the Survey app, you indicate your position within the venue as you walk through,” the app description says. “As you do so, the Indoor Survey app measures the radio frequency (RF) signal data and combines it with an iPhone’s sensor data. The end result is indoor positioning without the need to install special hardware.”

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EPA discovers defeat device in more VW TDI engines

In a sternly worded letter, the United States Environmental Protection Agency has issued a new set of allegations against Volkswagen claiming that so-called emissions defeat software has been found in the company's 3.0-liter TDI V6 diesel engines....

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Apple Planning International Expansion of '...

Apple is training retail employees in Australia, France, United Kingdom and other countries for the international launch of Personal Pickup, a service that enables customers to place an order on the Apple Online Store or Apple Store app and pick it up at any Apple Retail Store within an hour, according to sources.

Apple is planning to roll out Personal Pickup internationally as early as November, possibly alongside the launch of the iPad Pro, but could push back the plans until later this year or beyond, according to sources. Apple did not immediately respond when reached for comment.

Personal Pickup, which launched exclusively in the U.S. in 2011, is available for a wide range of products including Macs, iPhones, iPads, Apple TVs and the Apple Watch. Apple notifies customers via email or text message when their order is available for in-store pickup, at which point they can pick it up with a valid photo ID...

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Apple Campus 2 'Spaceship' Taking Shape as...

Heading into November, construction on Apple's second campus is progressing nicely, with Apple's construction crews making a lot of headway on the ring-shaped main building. A new aerial video captured by drone pilot Duncan Sinfield and shared with MacRumors gives a close-up view at the current state of the building.

Four internal levels of the primary building have now been completed, and the concept Steve Jobs envisioned for the campus is starting to take shape. When completed, the interior area of the building will feature hundreds of trees and lots of greenery, with outdoor eating and viewing areas for Apple employees.

Two nearby parking structures are now close to being completed, and there's also been some progress made on the underground auditorium, where Apple will hold major press events. There have been a lot of changes since we last shared an...

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Google swears it won't phase out Chrome OS

That talk of Google merging Android and Chrome OS, effectively killing Chrome OS as you know it? Google would rather that you forget about all that. In a follow-up to its early rebuttal, the search firm acknowledges that it's working on ways to "...

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 2...

Notable software releases this week include Parallels Desktop 11.0.2, ScreenFlow 5.0.3, OmniFocus 2.3, and OS X Server 5.0.15.


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Battlezone's PSVR reboot is the ultimate fan...

It could be argued that Atari's 1980 arcade classic Battlezone was the first virtual reality game. In a simple duel of tanks, players looked through a small opening in the cabinet to maneuver their lumbering vehicle, firing at a single enemy and av...

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Best Buy hopes same-day delivery will fend off Amazon

Online retailers like Amazon are putting the pressure on brick-and-mortar retail spaces by offering cheap and speedy delivery of goods, with same-day -- and in some cases one-hour -- deliveries to metro areas around the country. In a bid to keep up...

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Vegas Pro 13 Edit now available on Steam

Sony Creative Software has announced the availability of Vegas Pro 13 Edit at Steam, the online game platform.

Since its introduction, the Vegas Pro family of video editing applications has become a favorite with game developers and producers of machinima, according to John Freeborg, vice president Sony Creative Software. This Steam-exclusive version of Vegas Pro 13 Edit offers a professional production environment for all those that create, consume, and enjoy digital content, he adds.

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Carbon Copy Cloner: What’s your plan when your Mac’s...

What’s your plan when your Mac’s hard drive dies? Plan ahead and get back to work in minutes with a Carbon Copy Cloner bootable backup. CCC—the app that saves your bacon.

Jim’s Note: I’ve used this app for many years. I trust and love it.

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Sprint signs first direct roaming agreement with Cuba

Not so fast Verizon, Sprint announced Monday that it is the first US carrier to ink a direct roaming agreement with Telecommunications Company of Cuba (ETECSA). This agreement, along with a similar deal for direct long-distance interconnection, mea...

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Sprint announces new agreement to let subscribers...

Sprint today announced a new agreement with the Telecommunications Company of Cuba that will allow the fourth-largest US carrier’s subscribers to roam in Cuba. The move comes on the heels of changes to US-Cuban relations recently implemented by the US government.

The Sprint press release (below) mentions two of the company’s global roaming initiatives, but doesn’t specify whether Cuba will join the existing programs or will be part of a different offer.

The company says the exact details and the timing of the launch will be announced at a later date.

Sprint First U.S. Carrier to Sign Direct Cuba Roaming Agreement

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Nov. 2, 2015 – Sprint (NYSE: S) today became the first U.S. wireless carrier to sign a direct roaming agreement with Telecommunications Company of Cuba (ETECSA).

“As the commercial relationship between the U...

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AT&T will be the first US carrier to offer...

AT&T will begin carrying the Blackberry Priv on November 6th, the company announced on Monday. The phone, which runs Android's Lollipop OS and features a slide-out physical keyboard, will be available that Friday in both AT&T retail outlets...

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Apple Podcasts app spotted for new Apple TV on demo...

The Apple TV is an advancement in many ways over the third-generation model (faster processor, App Store, Siri) but there are also a couple of regressions, features that existed before that are missing and/or removed. One such example is Podcasts. The third-gen Apple TV featured a pre-installed Apple Podcasts app, which would sync with your iTunes subscriptions on the desktop and iOS devices. However, it is nowhere to be seen on the new fourth-generation Apple TV yet …

The screenshot above comes from the video loop Apple plays in retail stores to demo the new product. It clearly shows Apple’s latest Podcasts app icon, suggesting the app is on the way for the new fourth-generation box. Like the Remote app which only works from iOS and Apple Watch on Apple TV 2/3, it seems Apple did not manage to get it ready for the...

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9to5Toys Last Call: iPad mini 2 $199, iPad Air 2...

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Buy a pair of PowerBeats 2 Wireless In-Ear...

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Spotify gets serious about its country music curation

Country music fans are flocking to streaming services and Spotify's latest hire shows the company is taking that segment of its audience seriously. The streaming service nabbed SiriusXM's John Marks to head its curated playlists for the genre. If y...

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6 iPhone apps that use 3D Touch to make you more...

Tons of third-party iOS apps don't yet take advantage of Apple's 3D Touch, a key feature of the new iPhone 6s models, but thankfully additional apps get 3D Touch support every day. Here are six iOS apps that use 3D Touch to help you save a few seconds here and there and be more efficient.

3D Touch on iPhone 6s helps you get stuff done

Evernote (freemium) is the Big Daddy of note-taking apps, despite increasing competition from Microsoft OneNote. Using 3D Touch on the app icon, you can quickly create new notes, take photos, set reminders, or search for existing notes. As of this writing, Microsoft OneNote doesn't support 3D Touch.


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Facebook Executive Just Mandated that Employees must...

Believe it or not, Chris Cox, Facebook’s chief product officer, is forcing an untold number of Facebook employees to drop their iPhones for Android phones.

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T-Mobile, Sprint poised to pick up subscribers from...

Apple's iPhone Upgrade Program appears to be leading U.S. phone buyers away from AT&T and Verizon toward carriers with cheaper fees such as T-Mobile and Sprint, a report said on Monday.

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Samsung Declares War on Cheap Rivals in China like...

After another declining quarter for Samsung's mobility division last week, Samsung is declaring war on China's Xiaomi by releasing two new smartphones for China's market.

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Using Tech to Fix the Horrid US Political Debates

I watched with interest last week's Republican debate and realized very quickly that whatever that was on my TV, it sure as hell wasn't an actual debate. The idea is for us to be able to compare the qualifications and positions of a variety of candidates and then make a more informed choice -- but if every candidate is asked a different question, then how do we compare the answers? It seems strange that Americans likely put more rigor into hiring a gardener than in selecting the next leader of the free world. Tech could fix that.

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SoftRAID version 5.1 supports Mac OS X 10.11 El...

OWC Holdings has released SoftRAID 5.1 (www.softraid.com), an update to the disk driver for OS X that replaces the RAID functionality that was removed from Disk Utility in El Capitan.

Version 5.1 supports the enhanced security mechanisms in Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan. It’s a free update for all version 5.x users of SoftRAID.

For new users the cost is $179. Upgrades from version 4.x users to version 5.1 are $89. A demo is available for download. SoftRAID 5.1 requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or higher.

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Apple pushes Maps Indoor service to venue owners,...

Joined by a new dedicated indoor mapping app, Apple has also begun encouraging large venue owners to sign up for its "Maps Indoor" service, potentially laying the groundwork for advanced indoor step-by-step directions in future iPhone updates.

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2015 5K Retina iMac supports 10-bit screen color...

This could come in handy if you’re doing extensive photo and video work.

Apple’s latest 5K Retina iMac supports 10-bit screen color. This feature was discovered via new driver software in OS X El Capitan, as noted in Cinema5D and German publication Mac & I. It’s not clear whether the code might support an external 10-bit monitor.

10-bit screen color helps eliminate banding artifacts while restoring gradient detail. Most external and built-in device displays are still limited to 8-bit color at most, and accordingly, OS X didn’t offer compatibility until now. Windows has had 10-bit support since 2009’s Windows 7.

Even on a 4K or 5K iMac,...

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Assorted Mac, iPad and Beats products edge towards “...

Every so often, a group of Apple products moves into an “Obsolete” category, meaning the product is no longer eligible for service or repair support through Apple retail stores or authorized third-party channels.

This time around, the products include:
– iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2009)

– iMac (27-inch, Late 2009)

– MacBook Air (Mid 2009)

– Mac Pro (Early 2009)

– MacBook (13-inch, early 2008)

– MacBook Pro (15-inch, early 2009)

These Macs will move to Obsolete status in all regions and vintage status where applicable. Apple typically begins the...

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InSili.com introduce iSwift 2.0

InSili.com has announced iSwift 2.0 (http://iswift.org), an update of its automated Objective-C to Swift conversion tool, developed exclusively for Mac OS X.

It offers automatic as-you-type conversion of your Objective-C sources to Apple's Swift language, along with a full-featured Objective-C editor. iSwift offers a tool to convert and translate your existing Objective-C files (Cocoa or iOS) to Swift on the fly.

iSwift requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher. It costs US$13.99.

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Install Apple Configurator 2

Apple Configurator 2 is a great tool to manage iOS devices. It’s also a pretty decent tool when you need to create profiles for use on Macs. Apple Configurator is easily installed using the Mac App Store. This involves a number of tasks:

  1. Restore: Restore an operating system to an iOS device
  2. Duplicate: Similar to imaging (but not), restore various options on a device so it is similar to a previous device. There are limitations to this feature as any data stored in the secure enclave will not be duplicated
  3. Application Assignment: Install apps on devices with or without an MDM solution to manage the devices
  4. Supervise: Enable supervised mode on the devices so that you can prove ownership and therefore unlock additional restrictions on devices
  5. Manage: Deploy profiles on devices to control the features used on devices and automate configuration

However you plan on using Apple Configurator, the first step to use the product is...

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Oh, Microsoft

Will Oremus, writing for Slate, points out the huge (read that in sarcastic tone, with air quotes) differences between the design of Microsoft’s new Manhattan flagship store and the Apple Store:

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Apple TV tips, tricks, shortcuts and useful settings

Joe Rossignol, writing for MacRumors, pulled together a nice list of tips and tricks for the new Apple TV. Worth reading through.

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How to disable password prompts for both free and...

If you’ve got a new Apple TV, you no doubt feel the pain of the long, linear software keyboard and recognize the value of any tip that will save you typing time (especially typing of long, arcane passwords).

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∞ How strong your iPhone signal actually is

I tested this on my iPhone and it works as advertised.

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Apple Financing iPhones is a Huge Boost for Smaller...

I don't think that it comes as much of a surprise that Apple's entry into iPhone financing is starting to dislodge some customers from the biggest carriers and sending them shopping for cheaper, smaller providers like T-Mobile US Inc.

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Hidden 'Indoor Survey' App Created by...

Apple last week quietly launched a new first-party app called Indoor Survey [Direct Link], which allows its users to map out the interior space of a building using their iPhone. Spotted by developer Steve Troughton-Smith yesterday evening, the app specifically uses radio frequency signals in concert with an iPhone's various sensor data to successfully map an interior location (via AppleInsider).

The app, however, doesn't appear to be entirely functional as of yet. When prompted with Indoor Survey's home menu, after entering an Apple ID and password, users will be met with an Authorization Failed message and be barred from further accessing the app's suggested indoor mapping abilities. The app...

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Josh Centers, writing for TidBITS, pulled together a well-written assemblage of frequently asked Apple TV questions. Terrific set of questions, well worth scanning through.

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The WorkForce ET-4550 EcoTank is a good printer —...

The Epson WorkForce ET-4550 EcoTank wireless all-in-one comes loaded and ready with up to two years of ink in the box. Or so says Epson. I can let you know in …. let’s see … about 23 months.

If true, that’s an incredible amount of ink — enough to print up to 11,000 black/8500 color pages, and equivalent to about 50 ink cartridge sets. The printer is designed for homes, home offices and small offices that print 300 to 400 pages per month.

If it lives up to the hype, the WorkForce ET-4550 EcoTank will be worth its $499 price tag. If it doesn’t, the price tag won’t be justified. My family goes through a LOT of ink each year as my wife and daughter print photos, recipes, coupons, etc. I need a printer that doesn’t threaten to break my bank account in ink cartridge purchases.

When replacement ink is needed, the cost for the WorkForce ET-4550 EcoTan will reportedly be as...

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Jean-Louis Gassée: The Apple Car and Apple’s...

A thoughtful column (as usual) from JLG, questioning the culture that builds software that has the luxury of being allowed to crash and having that culture be required to build software that absolutely cannot fail.

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Procreate version 3 adds iPad Pro and Apple Pencil...

Popular drawing app Procreate has today released version 3 of their iPad app ($5.99) with a whole host of new features. This includes new brushes (including quick brush previewing before committing to canvas drawing), motion blur and perspective blur, simplified tap gestures and much more.

Perhaps the most significant change is the addition of iPad Pro and Apple Pencil integration. Procreate now create images with up to 16,0000 x 4000 resolution on Apple’s latest hardware, due to be released later in the month. Existing Apple hardware can also benefit, with the iPad Air 2 now capable of...

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How to use Share Sheets in iOS 9

Using Share Sheets in iOS 9 has been simplified. For example, now when you wan to search for a keyword on a Safari web page, or load its desktop version, just press the Share Sheet button in the bottom-left corner of the screen. 

Next, swipe to the left on the lowest horizontal menu until you see Find on Page and Request Desktop Site buttons. You can also tweak their  by tapping on the last item (dubbed More) in the menu. Use the drag and drop buttons next to each feature to reposition it as you wish.

In iOS 9 Share Sheets allow you to save a website as a PDF. Open the Safari Share Sheet menu and you’ll now find “Save PDF to iBooks.”

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Top Apple TV Apps Revealed With Games Topping the...

On Friday, Apple officially launched the fourth-generation Apple TV, which for the first time included an App Store.

While Apple includes a list of featured apps, there are currently no other methods for discoverability, and users can't browse categories or Top Charts to find other Apple TV Apps that haven't been explicitly featured. Currently, the Apple TV App Store only shows what's featured. If your game isn't featured, it effectively doesn't exist. There's no way to browse genres, top lists don't exist (this arguably might be a good thing), and finding something that isn't featured requires typing its name in the search field. Siri search doesn't work on apps (yet?) so the amount of friction to download a game like Highway Rider which didn't make the feature cut is not only incredible but also has resulted in three sales. (Well, make...

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Apple has a hidden ‘indoor GPS’ app in the App Store...

Apple has an Indoor Survey app on the iOS App Store, designed to help pinpoint locations inside a store, restaurant or other business – but it doesn’t show up in a search, and you need to register in Apple Maps Connect to download it.

By dropping “points” on a map within the Survey App, you indicate your position within the venue as you walk through. As you do so, the indoor Survey App measures the radio frequency (RF) signal data and combines it with an iPhone’s sensor data. The end result is indoor positioning without the need to install special hardware … 


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Get that syncing feeling with Eltima’s SyncMate for...

If you use only Apple products (Macs, iPhones, iPads, etc.), you can probably handle all your syncing chores through iCloud, iTunes, iTunes Connect, etc. However, if you use other devices and online storage platforms, you should check out Eltima’s SyncMate, which allows you to sync just about anything with your Mac (if it’s running Mac OS X 10.8.5 or higher).

The latest version (6) has been revved for Mac OS X El Capitan. SyncMate is, as far as I know, the only sync tool that’s fully compatible with El Capitan (OS X 10.11) and offers syncing with Android and iOS, MTP and storage devices and Microsoft Office apps. It’s also the only Mac sync software I’m aware of that allows syncing Mac with multiple devices simultaneously. 

The utility can not only sync data with several gadgets, but with online accounts and cloud storage options such as Outlook and Office 365, Google Drive,...

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Paragon NTFS for Mac 14 revved for El Capitan

Paragon Software Group has released Paragon NTFS for Mac 14. an upgrade of the solution to solve incompatibility issues between Mac OS X and Windows.
The new update helps overcome the functional limitations of the latest version of OS X Disk Utility in El Capitan, according to the folks at Paragon Software. Earlier versions of OS X allowed to easily format volumes in Disk Utility by implementing third-party file system drivers, but these functions are no longer available in El Capitan.

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The Northern Spy: Apple’s sales saga

By Rick Sutcliffe

Apple's sales saga continues to flummox many pundits. They forecast earnings estimates too low or too high, and when they miss, they criticize--not themselves, but Apple--as if it were Cupertino's fault they aren't more prescient.

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Kool Tools: Boot Runner 2.3 for OS X

Twocanoes Software’s Boot Runner is a popular startup solution for dual-boot Macs in classrooms, labs and enterprise workspace. The latest version (2.3) adds support for Mac OS X El Capitan.

Boot Runner makes it easy to automate startup control to ensure that Mac-based Windows systems are ready when critical security patches arrive. Version 2.3 includes detection of and notification for OS X 10.11 El Capitan's System Integrity Protection.

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Sunday November 1

The Guardian trots out notorious Mike Daisey to...

A British newspaper has published a meandering, conspiracy-chasing fantasy piece written by discredited theater-journalist Mike Daisey... in its technology section.

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Apple indoor positioning app 'Indoor Survey...

Apple could be on the verge of releasing its first dedicated indoor positioning app for iPhone, as a seemingly legitimate, albeit non-operational, first party app called "Indoor Survey" was spotted in the iOS App Store on Sunday.

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New Apple TV: Tips, Tricks, Siri Remote Shortcuts...

The new Apple TV launched on Friday in several countries around the world, giving early adopters a chance to try out the fourth-generation device for a few days now. The consensus opinion is that the new Apple TV is a worthwhile upgrade, particularly because of new features such as the App Store, Siri, and tvOS user interface, with lots of potential to get even better in the months and years ahead.

Press the Home button twice to bring up the new Apple TV's app switcher

To complement our coverage of the new Apple TV, which includes a trio of hands-on videos, an Apple TV apps roundup, several tidbits, and a reviews roundup, we have created...

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The Logic Pros: Working with Logic’s built-in Space...

In this week’s episode of The Logic Pros, we are looking at Space Designer, Logic’s flagship reverb plug-in. Much like the Delay Designer we detailed last week, Space Designer is highly customizable with various shaping tools and the ability to create your own impulse responses.

Reverb plug-ins are basically the emulation of the way instruments sound in a particular room or space. This effect is used commonly in music...

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Parallels Desktop 11.0.2

Maintenance update for popular virtualization software with a number of bug fixes. ($79.99 new for standard edition, $99.99 annual subscription for Pro/Business Edition, free update for version 11 licenses, 289 MB)


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Daniel Craig resisted Android phone placement in...

Internal Sony communications indicated that "Spectre" star Daniel Craig and the movie's director Sam Mendes were both opposed to multimillion dollar product placements for Sony or Samsung Android phones because it could tarnish the suave image of James Bond.

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State of the Site

Hi, friends of Apple World Today. 

It's the beginning of November, so I thought I'd let you know how we're doing. In one word, "better".

We are still not out of the woods yet financially, but our readership numbers are climbing at about 15 percent per month. With readership comes revenue and financial stability. Every day I thank each and every one of you who reads Apple World Today for making us one of your go-to websites for Apple news, reviews and how-tos.

The word of the month for AWT is going to be conversion. It's important that we convert readers to subscribers who are willing to throw a couple of bucks our way every month. We're still $400 per month below our minimum goal on Patreon. Why? Only a minuscule 0.36 percent of our readers are subscribers. Raise that number to 1 percent at our current average...

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Mophie debuts iPhone 6s Reserve batteries, TechLink...

With the post-launch dust now settled for the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPad mini 4, two accessory makers have released four batteries designed to fuel Apple’s latest devices. While they carry significant price premiums over top-rated batteries we’ve covered, both vendors have received Apple’s seal of approval for device compatibility.

Mophie has officially released...

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Nest Cam Review: Is Google’s Wi-Fi security cam...

It’s certainly not the only connected-security camera, but following Google’s acquisition of popular security cam maker Dropcam last year, the company has just launched a second-generation product with new features. The new product was re-envisioned by Google’s Nest team— the people building smart home accessories like the Nest thermostat and fire alarm— and in the process dropped the Dropcam branding and gained a few notable enhancements.

But is the new Nest Cam worth an upgrade from your current Dropcam setup? And how does the product compare to the other connected home security-cam and all-in-one security devices on the market? We’ve been testing out Nest Cam since its release a few weeks back to find out.


Setup is painless with the usual Wi-Fi...

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Restrict Access To Sites On iOS Devices Using Apple...

One of the more common requests we get for iOS devices is to restrict what sites on the web that a device can access. This can be done in a number of ways. One is using the content filter option in Apple Configurator 2. The second is using a Global HTTP Proxy. We’ll cover both here, using custom profiles. Both require the device be Supervised.

Use the Content Filter

To enable the Content Filter, open Apple Configurator and click on the New menu. From there, click on Content Filter in the sidebar. You have three ways you can use the Content Filter. These include:

  • Built-in: Limit Adult Content: A basic profile that allows you to specifically whitelist and blacklist sites. This gives you very basic control of sites. Here, use the plus sign to enter a URL, as you can see here.
  • Built-in: Specific Websites Only: This option only allows certain sites, and creates a badge for each in the bookmarks list of Safari.
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Review: Logitech's Z533 computer speakers...

Logitech's 2.1-channel Z533 speaker system may not be the pinnacle of home audio, but it more than gets the job done at a very reasonable price.

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Saturday October 31

Google's self-driving cars are more cautious...

If you've got spawn traipsing through the streets of Mountain View in search of sweets tonight, you needn't fear Google's self-driving cars... much. While there's something a little unsettling about an autonomous car -- even a cute one -- coming at...

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Amazon Follows Through: Drops Apple TV, Chromecast

Hot Hardware notes that Amazon has stopped selling two pieces of hardware -- Apple TV and Google's Chromecast -- that compete with Amazon's own streaming business. (They promised to drop them a while back; not everyone though they actually would.) From the article: While some have likened this move to being anti-competitive, it's hard to grasp whether the legal system would agree. Amazon's defense is that since these devices don't support Prime Video, it doesn't want to sell products to its customers and have them assume that they will."


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Study answers lingering questions about Voyager 1 in...

Three years ago, the American Geophysical Union said the Voyager 1 probe left the solar system. NASA quickly said nope, hold your horses, we're not there yet. Then, NASA announced a year later that yes, Voyager 1 really did make it. The debate stil...

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Don’t Have Time To Make A Halloween Playlist: Use...
Researchers see evolution working faster than...

The word "evolution" tends to conjure up images of early hominids dodging predators on the veldt as they inch — agonizingly slowly — toward modern humanity. Most of those popular images of evolution are steeped in antiquity because, wel...

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A month with Nest's latest smart thermostat

Nest's programmable thermostat has just turned four, and the company marked the anniversary with the debut of its third-generation device. Four years ago, thermostats were still boring blocks stuck to your wall and while programming them was alread...

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Cute puzzler Haunt the House: Terrortown will get...

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. 

It’s Halloween, you’re a ghost, and all you want to do is rest in peace. But there are people nosing about your local haunting grounds—which include a spooky old mansion, a ghost town, and a carnival-themed runaway train.

What’s a ghost to do? You can’t scare these people away directly—you’re a ghost, and they can’t see you swooping through the air. But you can possess objects and scare them indirectly. And, of course, as the terror-level in the atmosphere becomes tenser, your abilities grow in power. Haunt the House: Terrortown is a creative...

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DJI Osmo review: A hand-held stabilized camera...

Thanks to the rise of small action cameras, camera stabilizers (aka gimbals) are becoming more portable than ever. Amazon has plenty of these coming from random Chinese brands, but most are either poorly designed, or only a partial solution to your...

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Vodafone says 1,827 customers' bank details...

In what's been a big week for corporate security following the TalkTalk hack, Vodafone has confirmed that it has also been the target of a malicious attack. In a statement today, the company said that between midnight on October 28th and midday on...

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Apple's investments in infrastructure, tooling...

After spending $11.2 billion across fiscal 2015 on capital expenditures, Apple anticipates that it will ramp up its investments in manufacturing, data centers, facility and retail infrastructure to $15 billion over the next year.

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Life with my robot secretary

By Mark Wilson

This article originally appeared on Fast Company and is reprinted with permission.

I'm not important enough to have what the rich and powerful call "people." Most of us aren't. The average personal assistant is paid about $31,000 a...

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∞ The Beatles: A 5 minute drum chronology

This is phenomenal. Note that this was filmed in 4K, so ratchet the video settings up if you have gear that will support it.

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∞ Happy Halloween

Some Halloween links to spread the Halloween spirit. Have a great Halloween and be sure to save some candy for us!

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Apple and 60 Tech Companies Support the Houston...

In a recent statement, Apple urges Houstonians to vote Yes on Prop 1 to ensure everyone is treated fairly and equally under the law

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A New Twist Arises in the DOJ's Case to Force...

Last week we reported that the DOJ Filed their official reply with the Court that continued to request that Apple be required to unlock an iPhone 5s in a drug dealer case. On Friday there was another twist this story. The defendant in the case pleaded guilty prior to the scheduled court date. So will Apple still be compelled to unlock the iPhone 5s in this case? The DOJ said ...

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Make Your Bash Prompt Into A Smiling Pile Of Poo (

Did you know that bash supports emojis? So do SSIDs. Let’s run a quick and easy command so that bash can enjoy the same holiday that you’re enjoying. Let’s say the name of an emoji. To do so, open the Terminal.app and paste this command in:

say 💩

You can also easily edit your .bash_profile. To do so, run the `vi .bash_profile` command and paste this line in:

PS1="💩   $"

Note that I put a few spaces here, after the smiling pile of poo (which I really just like to type and verbalize while sitting next to people on airplanes). The reason for the spaces is that otherwise your text might overlap with the emoji. The $ allows me to know I’m at a prompt rather than just looking at an otherwise smiling pile of poo. Anyway, save and open a new Terminal prompt. Boom. Poo. In the Edit menu of the Terminal app, there’s an “Emoji & Symbols” option, which lets you pick many, many more emojis. So you’re not just stuck with the poo I left for...

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Chrome OS Is Dead, Long Live Chrome OS?

Google reportedly is two years into a plan to consolidate the Chrome operating system and Android and plans to roll out a combined OS in 2017. Chromebooks running the Chrome OS have gained adoption as entry-level computers for students and as a low-cost option for a growing number of corporate customers. "Chrome OS isn't being killed," said a source familiar with the company's strategy. It has awesome momentum and we're still pursuing Chromebook partnerships, for example, and doing better than ever in U.S. schools."

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Apple Filed for Several Trademarks this Week in...

This week Apple filed for four trademarks in Hong Kong China and two in Europe as highlighted in this weekend report.

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Nissan unleashes its autonomous car prototype in...

Nissan has begun testing its Leaf-based autonomous car prototype, not on private property, but on Japanese inner city roads and highways. To be exact, the automaker wants to put its "Piloted Drive" mode (part of its Intelligent Driving System) to t...

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The week in Apple news: Apple TV now available,...

Apple headlines for the week ending Oct. 30, 2015.

The new Apple TV made its debut on Friday. You can go to the Apple Store to buy one, or you can go to Best Buy. Be sure to follow our advice on the six things you need to do first with your new Apple TV. While you’re waiting for your Apple TV to set up, you can catch up on all the important Apple-related headlines here in this slideshow. Just click the link to get more information on a story.


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Medicine-covered nanoparticles could help stroke...

Doctors have been working for years on using tiny nanoparticles covered in clot busting drugs to clear blocked vessels in stroke victims. The only problem is that when a vessel is completely blocked, a lack of blood flow in the affected area is a p...

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This week on AppleInsider: Q4 triumph, Apple TV...

The last week of October was (relatively) upbeat for Apple, with blockbuster quarterly results, the launch of a redesigned Apple TV, and plans to bring Apple Pay to new countries.

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Price Guides: How our new partner Citi can help you...

AppleInsider is proud to announce that it has partnered with Citi, which offers a Double Cash Card that financially-responsible Price Guide shoppers can use to get cash back twice on their future Apple product purchases this holiday shopping season, further?sweeting deals that are often already offered at unbeatable prices.

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Friday October 30

50 Choices For Your Halloween Party Background...

My Top 10

The Lost Boys: Thow shall not kill is still in my head from last night. Seriously, my favorite movie to throw on in the background when throwing a Halloween party. You can do this one with or without audio. It’s not so scary, it moves quick enough, and it can be watched for just a few seconds or minutes without someone becoming engrossed and not socializing. Regrettably not available on Netflix.

The Crow: An instant classic. A love story. A ghost story. So many things are kinda’ creepy and kinda’ awesome about this movie, including an amazing soundtrack. And it’s available on Netflix.

Underworld: Vampires vs werewolves. Kate Beckinsdale. Guns. Leather. Did I mention vampires vs werewolves? Available on Netflix. Basically I’d watch the whole series again. Worth it.


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​Uber shuts down in three German cities amid driver...

Surprise: Uber has having trouble in Germany, again. No, the company isn't facing another nationwide ban, but the trouble does seem to stem from a previous court decision -- apparently Uber is just having a hard time finding drivers. "For many pros...

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Find life on Mars and kill it in 'The...

Miss the character decision-driven science fiction epic of Mass Effect, but wish it had a little more of a melee focus? Pay attention to Techromancer -- it could be the spiritual successor you've been looking for. The game's developer, Spiders, doe...

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Hands-On With the New Apple TV: An Overview of Siri...

Along with an App Store, Siri voice integration and universal search are important software-based features available on the new Apple TV. With Siri voice integration, it's possible to search for content and control video playback, while universal search allows users to look for movies and TV shows across a range of different apps.

In the video below, we went hands-on with the new Apple TV to give MacRumors readers an in-depth look at how the new Siri and universal search features work in person.

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Siri is linked to universal search, as the main (and simplest) way to seek out television shows, movies, and apps on the Apple TV. Siri is able to do things like pause, rewind, and fast forward, and there are also some cool tricks. For example, asking Siri "What did he say?" during a bit of missed speech in a TV show or movie will...

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Hands-On With the New Apple TV: A Look at the tvOS...

One of the key features of the new Apple TV is the full App Store, which mirrors the iOS App Store and allows third-party developers to create a range of apps and games for the device. We went hands-on with the new Apple TV and took a look at the App Store to give MacRumors readers a better idea of how it works.

Anyone who has downloaded an iOS app on an iPhone or an iPad will be familiar with the way the tvOS App Store works. When first logging in, the Apple TV interface is rather empty, because standard apps, like Netflix, must be downloaded from the tvOS App Store. There are a wide range of games and apps already available, and we've catalogued a number of them in a list.

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Games in the tvOS App Store are controlled with the included touch-based...

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Hacking Team offers encryption breaking tools to law...

Mere months after having more than 400 GB of confidential information stolen from its servers, spyware vendor Hacking Team has announced that it has resumed operations with a suite of digital tools to help law enforcement agencies get around pesky...

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Apple throws support behind Houston equal rights...

Apple on Friday issued a statement in support of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, also known as Proposition 1 or HERO, a ballot item that seeks to end multiple forms of discrimination in the Texas city.

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Hands-On With the New Apple TV: A Closer Look at the...

The new Apple TV officially became available for purchase today, with Apple selling the fourth-generation set-top box in retail stores around the world. We went hands-on with the Apple TV to give MacRumors readers who want to know more about the device a chance to get an overview of the hardware and the software.

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Apple's latest Apple TV marks a significant departure from the previous-generation Apple TV, with a thicker external design, a touch-based motion-enabled remote control that doubles as a gaming controller, and a more powerful A8 processor.

On the software side, it's running a new operating system called tvOS, which includes universal search features for finding television shows and movies across a wide variety of platforms, Siri integration for voice-based search, and a full App Store that's open to third-party...

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Amazon to deliver 'Call of Duty' at...

Grabbing a physical copy of a new game on day one usually means either braving an in-store midnight event or waiting through the day for a package delivery. In the case of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, Amazon has an alternative: midnight delivery stra...

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Access to Past Beats 1 Radio Shows Now Limited to...

Access to Apple Music's Beats 1: Replay feature, which allows users to listen to previously broadcast Beats 1 radio shows, is now limited only to Apple Music subscribers. MacRumors readers and users on reddit have both noticed a recent change that no longer allows those without an Apple Music subscription to access Beats 1 radio segments they've missed.

According to the reddit thread, past Beats 1 radio shows became inaccessible to non-subscribers approximately two weeks ago. The Apple Music Help Twitter account has confirmed that Beats 1 Replays now require an active Apple Music subscription.

@adrow You are correct. Beats 1 replays do require that you have an active subscription with Apple Music.

— Apple...

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New Apple TV incompatible with Apple's own...

As shipments of Apple's latest and greatest Apple TV reach eager customers, some may be disappointed to find Apple's Remote app for iOS and watchOS incompatible with the new model, meaning all tvOS navigation and text entry must be conducted via the included Siri Remote and onscreen keyboard.

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Custom iPhone case picks of the week: El Dia de Los...

In keeping with our Halloween theme today, here are a few spooky, scary, and otherwise great Redbubble cases and skins to protect and customize your Apple gear.

Day of the Dead  - You Haz Key

Tomorrow through November 2, Mexico and many parts of the USA celebrate Día de Muertos (or El Dia de Los Muertos), the Day of the Dead. This incredible iPhone case by artist Jimiyo caught my attention immediately. It's too late to buy it for this year, but my iPhone will be wearing this next year. On $21.04 in "snap" style or $25.25 for the extra rugged "tough" version for every iPhone since the iPhone 4.

El Dia de Los Muertos Mermaid

And what could be more charming than a beautiful mermaid ... who is dead? This whimsical, bright, and morbid iPhone case by Spanish artist...

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Majority of Google Play reviews for Apple's...

Google has struggled to attract a fraction of iOS' top-tier commercial app development for its own Android platform. The abusive language allowed in Google Play--for reviews of products the reviewer hasn't even downloaded--highlight another reason why so few developers take Android seriously as a platform.

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The first 10 Apple TV games you should play

Apple's own console

The new Apple TV looks pretty similar to the previous version, and does most of the same things—but now it’s a game console, too. With the App Store included, now you can download a bunch of games, including iOS favorites and ports from the Mac and dedicated home consoles. And in many cases, if you already bought a game for the iPhone and iPad and it’s compatible with Apple TV, you’ll have it there free of charge. 

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These Mac, iPod, & Beats products are losing...

As it does regularly with older products, Apple is about to move a bunch of Macs, iPods, and accessories to obsolete status, meaning the products will no longer be eligible for service or repair support through Apple retail stores or authorized third-party channels. So if you happen to have one of these products and need a hardware repair of some kind, you’ll have until early December to do so at an Apple Store or authorized service provider. 

The Macs getting the axe this time around include:

  • iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2009...
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AWT News Update: October 30, 2015

This frightening image captured by Hal Sherman on Periscope...

Mullets and black cats and news, oh my!

It's the last AWT News Update before Halloween, which means it's time for costumes and black cats (on the video) and some frighteningly good news:

  • The 12.9-inch iPad Pro has a delivery date
  • New iMacs (and one older model) have a new 10-bit graphics driver
  • Apple opens two security-related open source libraries to developers

The text version is below, while the video (seriously, dude - mullets and black cats!) is here.

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Text Version

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Marketcircle: Helping small businesses grow

Thanks to Marketcircle for sponsoring The Loop this week. Marketcircle, helping small businesses grow with amazing Mac, iPhone, Apple Watch, and iPad apps. Marketcircle is a Mac-based software company in Toronto that develops award-winning apps to help you save time, stay organized, and work happier. Serving the Apple/Mac community for over 10 years, Marketcircle’s Daylite and Billings Pro can take your business to new heights.

Billings Pro is a time tracking and invoicing app that helps freelancers and small businesses create beautiful and professional invoices in as little as 60 seconds. With less time managing invoices, you have more time to focus on clients and do the work you love...

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Apple TV apps come flooding out; here’s some of the...

With the fourth generation Apple TV generally available today — look for our review next week — apps are being released in droves for the revamped set-top box. Here’s a roundup of some of the ones we’ve run across.

MacPaw has unleashed three tvOS apps. Open the World is a countries and capitals quiz game. You jump through the toughest questions and see how well you know the whole world, not just your country. 

Opti is an Apple TV app that has exercises for relaxing and training your eyes. GIFtv is a gif reel app with background music from iTunes’ popular.

Harmonix Music Systems and Tilting Point have teamed up for Beat Sports. It’s a $9.99 collection of music-infused mini-games inspired by familiar sports like tennis, volleyball and golf.

Ubisoft’s Rayman Adventures...

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Rumor: Apple to release iPad Pro on November 11th

November looks to be the month where Apple releases its big gun.

Apple has been teasing the launch of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and sources have indicated that the tablet will launch on November 11th, or Veterans Day. There’s no word yet on whether the company will open up preorders a week early, like it did for the latest iPhones and Apple TVs.

The iPad Pro starts at US$799 for the 32GB Wi-Fi model, then hits US$949 for the 128GB Wi-Fi model, and tops out at US$1,079 for an 128GB version with both Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity. The Apple Pencil, which is Apple’s version of a pressure-sensitive stylus, and the Smart Keyboard will be sold separately, for US$99 and US$169,...

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Apple promo offers $50 savings on Apple Watch with...

Apple is conducting a very limited promotional offer at select Apple Store locations in California and Massachusetts that nets customers $50 off the price of an Apple Watch or Apple Watch Sport model when purchased with a new iPhone.

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MIT Media Lab celebrates 30 with Martha Stewart,...

MIT's Media Lab celebrated its 30th anniversary with tech visionaries including Marvin Minsky, Alan Kay and Danny Hillis.

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Select Apple Stores offering $50 discount on iPhone...

Apple seems to be trialling small discounts on Apple Watches purchased with iPhones in certain stores. Through a store-only deal running today through November 15th, Apple is knocking $50 off the price of Apple Watches and Apple Watch Sports when bought with new iPhones, MacRumors notes. Not only is the promo not available online but it’s also being offered in select stores in just two states: California and Massachusetts.

Shoppers in other markets may not be missing out on much, however, as 9to5Toys has seen better deals from resellers previously including $80 off without the required iPhone...

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BackBox Takes Its Security Tools Seriously

BackBox Linux 4.4 is a great Linux distro for IT and other techies who want to do their own penetration tests and security assessments. The latest version, released this month, is an Ubuntu 14.04.3-based distribution that is speedy and simple to use. It is a fully functional Linux distro that comes well stocked with standard software. It runs a desktop environment based on the Xfce window manager, which makes it standard and uncomplicated to use.

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T-Mobile Rumored to Roll Out Unlimited Video

Rumors that T-Mobile plans to introduce an unlimited data plan for streaming video services circulated Thursday following a Twitter post from journalist Evan Blass, who tweets under the handle @evleaks. The company would allow unlimited high-speed data to be used to watch select streaming from services such as Netflix and HBO under its "Uncarrier 10" campaign, he suggested. The Uncarrier 10 press event will be held Nov.10 in Los Angeles.

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Apple Offering $50 Off Apple Watch With Any iPhone...

Apple has started a new limited time in-store promotion that offers customers $50 off an Apple Watch Sport or Apple Watch with the purchase of any new iPhone, including the latest iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, the company confirmed to MacRumors. Apple Watch Edition and Apple Watch Hermès models are ineligible for the discount.

The promotion is available at participating Apple Store locations in California and Massachusetts, including Burlingame, Chestnut Street, Corte Madera, Hillsdale, San Francisco and Stonestown in the Bay Area, and Boylston Street, Burlington, CambridgeSide and Chestnut Hill in the Boston metro area.

Apple confirmed that the promotion runs from October 30 through November 15, 2015, and is not available online. The deal does not require purchasing AppleCare+ or other accessories and add-ons. The offer is only valid when the qualifying iPhone and Apple Watch are purchased together on one transaction.

(Thanks, Robert!)

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Last Call: Save $79 instantly on Apple's new 21...

Exclusive coupons from Apple authorized resellers Adorama and MacMall that offer AppleInsider readers instant $79 discounts on every new iMac, iMac 4K and iMac 5K configuration will expire at 11:59 on Oct 31st and will not return.

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How to control your TV volume with the new Apple TV...

The vastly improved Siri Remote that ships with the fourth-generation Apple TV includes dedicated volume buttons, which can be programmed to control volume levels on TVs and receivers, even via legacy infrared line-of-sight.

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Facebook changes 'real names' policy to...

Starting in December, you will be able to change your Facebook name to match whatever identity you want—if you have a good enough reason.

On Friday, BuzzFeed reported that Facebook will soon start making changes to how it enforces its “real names” policy. Facebook users who want to use a name other than their legal name will be able to provide context and additional details as to why. Secondly, Facebook users who are reporting a profile name they believe to be fake will have to provide their reasoning. These changes will take effect in December, according to a letter Facebook released today in response to criticism by a coalition of civil rights groups.

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Google Migrates Project Loon to Indonesia

Project Loon, part of Google's parent company, Alphabet, on Wednesday announced that it has signed agreements with three mobile network operators in Indonesia -- Indosat, Telkomse, and XL Axiata -- to begin tests of its balloon-powered Internet service in 2016. Only about one in three of Indonesia's 250 million residents is connected to the Internet. Project Loon will transmit signals from areas connected to an Internet ground station across several balloons in the stratosphere and back down to areas without access.

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Notable apps and app updates for October 30, 2015

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks for iOS and Mac OS X, especially selected to enhance your Halloween weekend!

iOS Apps and Updates

Want to pick up some scary apps before Halloween? This first pick will give you nightmares -- The Walking Dead: Road to Survival (free with in-app purchases) is based on the hit TV series and  asks you to make life and death decisions -- stay & fight the walkers or run away. It's a popular app on the App Store, and you'll be having fun for weeks delivering headshots to the walkers or using an axe (bloody, no less) for defense. 

The little ones in the household might have nightmares if you give them The Walking Dead to play, so why...

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Rumor pegs Nov. 11 launch date for Apple's iPad...

Apple is targeting a Nov. 11 launch date for the iPad Pro, including its Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard accessories, a report said on Friday.

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How-To: Make Apple TV screenshots and video captures...

At some point in the future, creating pixel-sharp screenshots, UI videos, and game recordings from your Apple TV may be as easy as hitting a button or two on the Siri Remote, but right now, the only obvious technique is a workaround. Thankfully, the workaround doesn’t require the use of Apple’s Xcode or another developer tool — all you’ll need is OS X’s built-in app QuickTime Player and a USB-C cable of your choice

The process is the same for screenshots and videos. Load QuickTime Player on your Mac using Spotlight or the Applications folder. Connect your Apple TV — still plugged into the wall and your HDTV — to your Mac using the...

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Google’s new ‘Who’s Down’ app shows which of your...

Google has just quietly released a new app on the App Store called “Who’s Down”. As you might be able to tell from its name, the app will apparently — once there are people who are actually using it — let you see which of your friends are free to hang out. Currently, the app is invite-only, so the only things we know about its functionality are from the app’s App Store screenshots…

As you can see in the images below, the app’s main functionality seems to be a quick-to-access toggle switch, letting your friends know if you’re free. Sliding the switch makes you available for three hours, and lets you pick from a list of popular activities to say you’re down for (although it seems likely that one particular thing that people are commonly “down to” do...

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iPad Pro's rumored release date is Nov. 11

Apple has been teasing the November launch of the iPad Pro and its accessories, the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard, since September, but hasn’t officially narrowed down that release window. Rumor has it that Nov. 11 is the big day when the Pro goes on sale online and in stores.

According to 9to5Mac, which is usually accurate when it comes to Apple’s product launch announcements, Apple is gearing up to sell its 12.9-inch tablet on Veterans Day. No word yet on whether the company will open up preorders a week early, like it did for the latest iPhones and Apple TVs.


The Apple Pencil will retail for $99 and is sold separately from the iPad Pro.

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New Apple TV Tidbits: Limited App Discovery, User...

The new Apple TV officially launched today at Apple Stores and select resellers in the U.S. and other first wave countries. As customers begin receiving their new Apple TV deliveries around the world, the following are useful tidbits about the new fourth-generation device.

Apple TV Support and User Guide - Forum Discussion

Apple has updated its Apple TV Support portal for the new Apple TV, including an official Apple TV User Guide that contains detailed information about how to set up and use the streaming box. The user guide is broken down into several categories: Getting Started, Basics, Siri, iTunes, App Store, Photos, Music, Home Sharing, Search, Accessibility, Safety and more.

Apple TV apps -...

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Report: iPad Pro, Smart Keyboard, and Apple Pencil...

Enlarge / The iPad Pro and its Smart Keyboard. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

According to a report by the usually reliable 9to5Mac, Apple's new iPad Pro is slated to go on sale on Wednesday, November 11. The tablet (as well as its Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil accessories) will supposedly be available both on Apple's online store and in retail stores, so this appears to be the actual launch day and not just a pre-order date.

The new iPad looks a lot like an iPad Air 2, but it has a larger 12.9-inch 2732×2048 screen, a new Apple A9X SoC, and 4GB of RAM. Between the better specs, the larger screen, and the...

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Game controller support is already better on Apple...

Right out of the box, the new fourth-generation Apple TV offers much clearer, simpler, and broader support for dedicated physical game controllers than the iPhone or iPad, even though the latter devices have featured gamepad connectivity for years.

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Apple to Start Selling iPad Pro on November 11

Apple's much-anticipated larger-screened iPad Pro will go on sale both online and in Apple retail stores on Wednesday, November 11, reports 9to5Mac. Apple has thus far remained tight-lipped on the tablet's release date, giving only a general November release timeline.

Previous rumors suggested the iPad Pro would go on sale in early November, perhaps during the first week of the month, but Apple's release plans can shift ahead of an important launch. It is not clear if the company will offer pre-orders for the device ahead of the Wednesday, November 11 launch date.

Along with the iPad Pro, Apple also plans to begin selling its accessories, the Apple Pencil and the Apple Smart Keyboard, on November 11, both online and in retail stores.

Pricing on the iPad Pro starts at $799 for the 32GB...

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Apple plans to start selling the iPad Pro on...

Apple plans to start selling the 12.9-inch iPad Pro on Wednesday, November 11th via both its physical retail and online stores, according to multiple sources. Apple previously only said that the large tablet would become available during the month of November, a couple of months after the introduction in early September. The iPad Pro’s marquee accessories, the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard, will also become available for purchase on November 11th. The iPad Pro starts at $799 and comes in both 32GB and 128GB configurations with WiFi only. An LTE-compatible version comes exclusively in the 128GB configuration and costs upwards of $1000. We reported earlier this week that Apple’s support staff is scheduled to complete...

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Apple opens cryptographic libraries to developers in...

Apple has opened its Security Framework and Common Crypto libraries to developers, hoping to foster tighter levels of security in third-party apps.

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Apple voices support for Houston’s Equal Rights...

Continuing its efforts in supporting various equal rights campaigns in recent years,  Apple has voiced its support for a new equal rights bill in Houston through a statement issued by the Human Rights Campaign organization. Business Houston Journal reports that the organization issued the statement below on Apple’s behalf in support of the bill known as Proposition 1, or Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), ahead of voting on the bill ending October 30.


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First look: Fourth-generation Apple TV with Siri...

After being unveiled in September, the revamped Apple TV today made its way into consumers' living rooms, along with the all-new Siri Remote with voice input and touchpad. AppleInsider offers a closer look at the brand new set-top box.

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Amazon follows through on threat, yanking all Apple...

Following through on a threat made earlier this month, Amazon has pulled all Apple TV hardware from its online stores, regardless of whether it was being sold by Amazon directly or third-party vendors in Amazon’s Marketplace. The removal coincides with today’s official release of the fourth-generation Apple TV, Apple’s first model to launch with an App Store full of third-party apps.

Amazon notified third-party merchants that it planned to remove both Apple TVs and...

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New 4K & 5K iMacs support 10-bit screen color...

Apple's latest Retina iMacs support 10-bit screen color, something that may be especially useful for professional photo and video editors in the future, reports said on Friday.

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New Apple TV hits store shelves as first wave of...

Apple opened up preorders for the fourth-generation Apple TV on Monday, but didn’t say when the 32GB and 64GB models would be available to buy in-store. It’s unclear why the company didn’t announce a date, given that they probably want to sell a lot of products, but now it’s official: New Apple TVs are on Apple Store shelves starting right now.

Before venturing down to your local Apple Store to snag a new Apple TV, check inventory online to make sure your efforts don’t go to waste. You can select Personal Pickup to see which store has the device in stock, then reserve one and prepay for it so you can get in and out quickly.


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∞ Apple TV Hands On: This Changes Everything

I went to Cupertino to meet with the Apple TV team yesterday, and to pick up a unit to try out for myself. What struck me about the new model was Apple’s attention to detail—this is the most “Apple” Apple TV the company has ever released. [...]

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9to5Toys Last Call: 21″ iMac (newest version) $950,...

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:
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Word real-time co-authoring—a closer look

Now that Office 2016 is officially here, we are giving a special nod to one of our coolest features within the suite—real-time co-authoring. The Word team is honored to debut this new capability in Office 2016 for Windows.

We work and live in a world where collaboration can’t always happen in person and sharing ideas and information can’t always wait. In fact, a lot of real-time collaboration went into delivering this very blog post—weaving comments and content together between engineering and marketing teams located in different buildings. At times, multiple people were in the document making changes at the same time.

Real-time co-authoring in Word 2016 allows for this and, in fact, has been available since 2013, when we introduced real-time collaboration in Office Online. But with Office 2016, we take real-time collaboration to the next level by offering it within the client, delivering a ton of flexibility. In the client, users don’t need to go back and forth...

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Video suggests Nexus 6P bends easier than iPhone 6...

There’s nothing like a little controversy when a new smartphone is launched to get people debating online. Remember ‘#scratchgate’ when the iPhone 5’s slate blue anodized finished scratched off really easily? Or last year’s iPhone 6 Plus, which some said bent really easily? Put those two hashtag-gates together and you apparently have the latest flagship Android phone. The Nexus 6P is the newest pure Android phone from Google, and is about to come under some new scrutiny from prospective buyers thanks to a video from Jerry Rig Everything on YouTube


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Apple Music Diary: Really appreciating it while my...

After a rough start and a mixed early experience, I did finally press the button on Apple Music – a decision I’m grateful for at present as my main Mac is away for repair. This diary piece is as much about that experience as Apple Music, but I will get to music, I promise …

I love a large screen on a laptop, so have stuck doggedly to my 17-inch MacBook Pro, despite the fact that it’s now four years old. It’s a maxed-out late-2011 machine that has been very heavily upgraded over the years, with 16GB RAM and 2TB of SSD storage, and consequently still offers decent...

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Fourth-gen Apple TV now available for in-store...

The new Apple TV is available for in-store pickup on Friday not only at Apple Stores, but also for some Best Buy shoppers, who previously didn't expect to have any pickups until next week.

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Clear my weekend; Alto's Adventure comes to...

In case you haven't noticed, I haven't exactly been jumping at the opportunity to spend even more of my hard-earned cash on one of the new 4th-generation Apple TVs. I just don't watch that much TV. But one announcement is making my resolve quickly fade away -- Alto's Adventure ($2.99) is now available on the big screen. 

Anyone who's played this snowboarding side-scroller with beautiful graphics and sound knows how addictive it is. Now your levels will transfer straight to the Apple TV version thanks to iCloud syncing. 

The iOS app also got a bump to version 1.2, adding support for Apple TV syncing, MFi Game Controller support, the option to move the pause button to the right side of the screen, volume sliders in the settings menu, and the all-important choice of whether or not to use helmet or chasm rescues after crashing (this will make sense to you if you play...

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Apple’s latest Android app is already getting...

Apple can’t catch a break on Android. When Apple released its first app on Google’s platform last month called Move to iOS, Android fans were quick to negatively rate the app that only existed to help people switch from Android to iPhone. To date, Move to iOS has roughly 30,000 1 star reviews to only 10,000 5 star reviews with not much happening in the middle.

Now Apple has its second Android app on the Google Play Store called Beats Pill+. It’s a companion app to Apple’s new portable Bluetooth speaker with the same name, allowing both Android and iPhone users to pair two...

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Apple's Culture of Secrecy Slowing its...

Apple's strict adherence to an environment of secrecy and privacy in regards to its software and hardware development has been suggested as a major blow to the company's potential for growth in the field of artificial intelligence. In a new article by Bloomberg, Apple was noted as a non-attendee at the Neural Information Processing Systems conference, an annual confluence of companies including Google and Microsoft where researches get together to discuss the progress and development of AI technologies.

In years past, Apple has attended the conference, but its emissaries were known to keep "a low profile" during the proceedings. In the midst of a mass sharing and celebration of discoveries and findings in the world of AI, many remain unsure of the Cupertino company's continued success in such departments if it remains attached to such strict secrecy...

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The 10 best Apple TV apps to grab on day one (and...

After years of waiting, the Apple TV finally has its own App Store, and it’s already populated with a surprisingly large number of worthwhile apps and games. We’ve been testing them and looking to see what’s hot and not for day one Apple TV buyers, including some titles compatible with third-party Apple-authorized game controllers.

Here are 10 of our top early picks, plus some honorable mentions that you may want to grab anyway despite some early issues. There are even several games that support...

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Migrate Settings From Apple Configurator 1 to Apple...

The first time you open Apple Configurator 2, if you’ve been using Apple Configurator 1, your settings will be upgraded from the old sqlite3 database in Apple Configurator 1 into the Apple Configurator 2 decentralized file structure. To get started, first backup your computer. I’d recommend a clone as with certs and profiles and databases and all that fun stuff. Once you have a solid backup, open the new Apple Configurator 2 app and then click on the Next button at the Introduction screen.

At the Library Migration screen, select each of the types of data that you’d like to migrate and click on the Next button.

At the Device Backups screen, you will have the option to select any backups that should be migrated...

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The subtle ways in which Pulp Fiction visually...

I am a huge fan of both. Amazing how many of these shots are strikingly similar. I just can’t imagine this is coincidence.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Google to launch new OS in 2017 Merging Chrome...

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Sago Mini Superhero (Education)
Sago Mini Superhero 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Education Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: KAPOW! Jack the rabbit bursts into the sky as the Sago Mini Superhero! Fly with Jack as he lifts impossible weights,... | Read more »
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Snowboard Party 2 (Games)
Snowboard Party 2 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Crowned the best snowboarding game available on the market, Snowboard Party is back to fulfill all your adrenaline needs in... | Read more »
One Button Travel (Games)
One Button Travel 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: “To cut a long story short, If you like interactive fiction, just go buy this one.” - Toucharcade.com “Oozes the polish that... | Read more »
Light Apprentice Volume 1 (Games)
Light Apprentice Volume 1 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Light Apprentice Volume 1 includes Chapters 1 to 4, all gathered in a new exclusive game. When life in the world of... | Read more »
The best games like Animal Crossing on m...
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Facility 47 (Games)
Facility 47 1.0.1 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $3.99, Version: 1.0.1 (iTunes) Description: You wake up alone and freezing in an icy cell. You try the cell door but it’s locked, it seems that you are stuck with no... | Read more »

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Black Friday deals on the Apple Watch and App...
Apple resellers are offering discounts and bundles with the purchase of an Apple Watch this Black Friday weekend. Below is a roundup of the deals being offered by authorized Watch resellers: Apple... Read more
Early Black Friday sale at B&H Photo, up...
B&H Photo has all new Macs on sale for up to $500 off MSRP as part of their early Black Friday sale including free shipping plus NY sales tax only: - 15″ 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pro: $1699 $300 off... Read more
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Walmart Black Friday deals: $100 off select i...
Walmart has released their Black Friday deals for 2015, now available online. Choose free shipping or free local store pickup (if available): - 16GB iPad Air 2: $399, $100 off MSRP - 16GB iPad Air: $... Read more
Photo Cleaner 1.0 Reclaims iPhone Storage Spa...
Seoul, Korea based mix1009 has announced the release and immediate availability of Photo Cleaner 1.0, their handy iPhone app that deletes the video portion of Live Photos, in order to reclaim space... Read more
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Best Buy Black Friday deals: Up to $200 off M...
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Save $30-$40 on new Apple TVs after rebate
Adorama has new Apple TVs on sale for up to $40 off MSRP after mail-in rebate, good through December 15th. Shipping is free, and Adorama charges NY & NJ sales tax only: - 32GB Apple TV: $119.99... Read more
13-Inch Haswell MacBook Air At Two Years – Th...
The 13-inch mid-2013 “Haswell” MacBook Air I ordered in Apple’s November 2013 Black Friday sale was my first new Mac in four and a half years — the longest interval I’ve gone between system upgrades... Read more
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