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Thursday May 21

18:43
Apple Store app updated with two-step authentication...

Apple on Thursday updated its Apple Store app for iOS with more comprehensive Touch ID support and a new two-factor authentication feature for securing users' Apple ID accounts.

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16:29
Why making your apps accessible is just the right...

Accessibility is not just an additional feature, but a best-practice.

Another great article on app accessibility.

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16:26
Why accessibility matters

Ideally, people with a variety of abilities should be able to access the same mainstream technology wherever possible. Companies such as Apple work hard to make their devices and software accessible irrespective of whether the user may have hearing difficulties, vision problems, fine-motor challenges, or, for that matter, small or large hands, thick or thin fingers, or whether they are left or right handed, young or old. They want their products to be usable by the widest possible range of people. They don’t design a special iPad for children with autism, or a different watch for left handed people. Yet, they invest a lot of effort in making sure that Apple Watch works well for left and right handed people and that iPads have features that work well for kids with autism without sacrificing their utility for, for example, blind users. They aim for universal design. Ease of use, simplicity, and refinement all contribute to making the products better for everyone.

This sums up...

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16:24
Apple highlights apps for Accessibility Awareness Day

We should all be aware of accessibility when making our apps. Apple has posted a few on its “Accessibility Awareness” page on the App Store.

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15:39
Apple Store app on iOS updated w/ support for Touch...



After being updated with support for Apple Watch last month, the Apple Store app on iOS has been updated today with a pair of highly requested features. With today’s update, which bumps the app to version 3.3, users can now use Touch ID to view orders, access EasyPay receipts, and make reservations at retail locations.

In addition to Touch ID integration, today’s update also adds support for two-step verification. This functionality appears to only apply when you place an order, however. Apple launched...

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14:44
Promotional Apple II Video with Steve Jobs, Steve...

Check out this Apple II promotional video circa 1984. Built on still images, it features voiceovers from Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Paul Terrell, who owned the Byte Shop. The voiceover tells the story of Apple I and Apple II, and includes all manner of tidbits from Apple lore. Highlights for me include Mr. Terrell's recollection of a parts company asking if the two Steves really had an order for 50 Apple I computers, Steve Jobs talking about Woz's ability to reduce components, and several comments about the need for someone to make fully assembled computers. It also features an atrocious song with the lyrics, "Apple II forever and ever/bringing the rainbows to you." It was posted to YouTube in April 2011 by Blake Patterson, who penned a blog post on this and several other Apple promo videos. I hadn't seen it before, and neither had Harry McCracken, who posted something about it on Thursday at FastCompany. It's very interesting, so check it out.

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14:29
LaunchBar 6.4

Adds Action Editor for easy creation and modification of actions. ($29 new, free update, 13.2 MB)

 

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13:52
AmpliTube 4 for iOS

There are a lot of changes in the new version. Two that really stood out to me are the fact AmpliTube for iOS now uses the same amp DSP as AmpliTube 3 Custom Shop for OS X, and the “Cab Room” that allows 3D miking of cabinets with up to two mics. I just downloaded it.

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13:47
Google Reportedly Plans to Fingerprint ID to Android...

Google will be adding native fingerprint authentication to the next version of Android, Android M, according to Buzzfeed. Without citing sources, the publication said the feature would allow users to login to their many Google services with a fingerprint. The company will reportedly announce the feature during next week's Google I/O developer conference.


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13:42
DoT: Time to Get Serious About Car Talk


United States Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx recently called for accelerating the timetable to develop technology allowing communication between cars and highway infrastructures. Foxx directed the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration 1) to submit its proposal to require vehicle-to-vehicle communication in new vehicles by the end of this year rather than in 2016; and 2) to accelerate necessary testing to ensure that V2V and vehicle-to-infrastructure transmissions will be free from radio interference.

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13:29
How NSA exploits mobile app stores from Google,...

In 2011 and 2012, the NSA and the communications intelligence agencies of its “Five Eyes” allies developed and tested a set of add-ons to their shared Internet surveillance capability that could identify and target communications between mobile devices and popular mobile app stores—including those of Google and Samsung.

Notice two words not mentioned anywhere in this story? “Apple” and “iOS.”

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12:59
Do you need to care if Apple changes its system font...

9to5Mac reported yesterday that Apple may switch out the system font used in OS X and iOS from Helvetica Neue to San Francisco, the font it developed in-house for the Apple Watch. And if you listen very carefully, that faint background noise you can just discern on the edge of your hearing is half the Apple community bellowing denunciations that this is a stupid idea, and half yelling that OS X 10.11 and iOS 9 (when the switch is rumored to happen) can’t come soon enough.

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12:16
Tip of the Day: Manually refreshing Passbook passes

Have you ever wondered why some of your Passbook passes don’t show correct balances for your accounts? While passes in Passbook are supposed to update automatically, for whatever reason this doesn’t always seem to be the case. Fortunately, if you find that your balances are out of date on some of your passes, the good news is that you can refresh them manually. Simply bring up the pass in Passbook and tap on the “i” in the…

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11:30
Does the Apple Watch Free Us or Enslave Us?

The Apple Watch keeps us better connected, and that can be a good or bad thing depending on what one thinks is a good thing to be connected to. And who gets to decide? John Martellaro ponders his newfound attachment to his Apple Watch.


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11:12
News: Report: Dual app viewing, multiple logins...

In addition to the rumored iPad Pro expected later this year, Apple is said to be working on several additional hardware and software improvements to the iPad, according to a new report from 9to5Mac. Rumours have been circulating for some time now regarding split-screen multitasking on the iPad — a feature that was expected in iOS 8 last year — however sources now suggest that the side-by-side app support feature will arrive with iOS 9, and in…

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11:00
Adobe discontinues Photoshop Touch for iOS,...



Adobe announced today that it plans to discontinue its Photoshop Touch software for iPhone and iPad as it changes its approach to bringing features from its professional desktop application to mobile platforms. Rather than continuing to develop an all-in-one app that tries to recreate the Photoshop desktop experience on...

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10:50
Apple Fiddles With MacBook Pro, iMac Features and...


Apple on Tuesday announced performance enhancements for the MacBook Pro and a new configuration and price changes for the iMac. The new 15-inch MacBook Pro with its Force Touch trackpad and improved flash storage, battery and graphics performance is available immediately online, starting at $1,999. The Force Touch trackpad first appeared in the latest 13-inch MacBook. It includes the taptic engine found in the Apple Watch, which provides tactile feedback for tasks.

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10:41
TMO Daily Observations 2015-05-21: Orthogonal Watch...

John Martellaro finally received his stainless steel Apple Watch last week and, true to form, has some thoughts about exactly what is and isn't great with this first iteration of Apple's newest product line. John will take you there ... and we'll take you back home when you're finished.


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10:03
Mozilla begins seeking beta testers for iOS version...

Firefox may be waning in popularity as a desktop browser, but development team Mozilla is pushing ahead to release a version of the software for iOS devices. In a new survey discovered by TechCrunch, the company reveals that it’s currently searching for people who can beta test the upcoming app.

Just about anyone can sign up for the beta, though Mozilla hasn’t made it clear how many people will be chosen, or when the selection process will start. Users interested in testing will need to answer a few basic questions about the types of devices they own and their proficiency with iOS software.

Once you’ve answered all of the questions and supplied an email address, the only thing left to do is wait and see if you’ve been chosen.

Mozilla launched a version of...

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10:02
Automatic Launches App Gallery

Automatic has launched a gallery of compatible apps that greatly expand the capabilities of its Link adapter, which has been revised to allow for real-time engine data transmission.

 

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10:01
What to know before you buy the Apple Watch w/...

I decided on the Apple Watch with stainless steel Milanese Loop band for a few reasons, but not before considering the benefits and drawbacks of Apple’s entire collection of straps and bands for Apple Watch. Budget will in many cases guide your decision, but going for the Milanese Loop was a no-brainer for me. There are a few downsides of the band compared to others, however.

Here are a few observations I’ve made after wearing it for the last couple weeks, including little talked about pros and cons you’ll want to consider before purchasing the Milanese Loop for yourself.

1. It looks a bit different than in Apple’s press...

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09:57
Future of iPad: Dual-app viewing mode, then J98/J99...

Facing slowing growth for the first time since the iPad’s 2010 debut, Apple is working on several significant software and hardware updates to reinvigorate the tablet over the next year. Apple is developing a dual-app viewing mode, 12-inch iPads codenamed “J98″ and “J99,” as well as support for multi-user logins, according to sources briefed on the plans. First planned for debut last year, the split-screen applications feature for the iPad could be introduced as soon as June at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference, while multi-user login support and the 12-inch iPads will apparently arrive later…

Apple had...

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09:47
Some users irate over new 15-inch MacBook Pro, 27-...

The good news is that Apple released its new 15-inch Retina Display MacBook Pro along with a new US$1,999 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display this week, the 15-inch MacBook Pro gaining expected features like a Force Touch trackpad, faster flash storage, longer battery life, and better graphics. The new MacBook Pro comes in 2.2GHz and 2.5GHz configurations for US$1,999 and US$2,499 respectively. Both configurations come with a quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB memory, and Intel Iris Pro Graphics cards, with the higher-end 2.5GHz model gaining expected boosts in flash storage and memory.

The bad news is that Apple has included older technologies within the new...

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09:12
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 1Password for Mac $35, Samsung...

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

1Password secure password manager app for Mac drops to $35 (Reg. $50)

Home Theater Speakers:...

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08:56
Apple Could Add Mass Transit to Maps in iOS 9

Apple is planning to reintroduce mass transit directions to its Maps app in iOS 9. Apple hopes to introduce bus, subway, and train route navigation to Apple Maps, a feature that has been absent since Apple stopped working with Google to power its mapping services.


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08:45
Snake Rewind for iPhone needs work

"...and I am a snake head eating the head on the opposite side." -- They Might Be Giants

This song runs through my head as I play Snake Rewind (free, universal) the modern rebirth of the mobile game that confounded Nokia users in the late 90's. It has you guide an ever-growing snake around a confined space, nabbing power-ups and other benefits while avoiding the walls and its own body. It's a perfect example of the "just one more try" genre of game that can be so addictive.

When the controls work.

While Snake Rewind is a noble reboot in several aspects -- looks, music, theming, -- the controls are so wonky that the rest is moot. There are a few other problems as well, which I address below. Allons-y!

Looks

The designers at Rumlius Design went with a retro look...

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08:44
News: Transit coming to Apple Maps in iOS 9?

Apple may finally be adding transit directions to Apple Maps with the release of iOS 9, according to new information obtained by 9to5Mac. When Apple transitioned from Google Maps to its own mapping service, integrated transit directions were one of the casualties, and as a stop-gap measure, Apple provided plug-ins for third-party routing apps for getting directions, allowing users to start planning a trip in Apple Maps and then switch to another app,…

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08:31
Review: Sennheiser’s ClipMic Digital is the perfect...

Back at NAB 2015, I had a chance to meet with Sennheiser and take a look at their new ClipMic Digital. This is a professional grade lavalier microphone that connects to an iOS device via its Lightning port, not to mention the the first of its kind. I know most audio accessories for iOS claim to be “professional” quality, but this thing is no joke. It even compares to my $600 wireless lavalier kit from Sennheiser…

This product was developed in partnership with Apogee, who has developed the 24-bit/96 kHz A/D conversion technology and the free companion app, ...

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08:11
In 1984, Jobs and Wozniak Talk About Apple's...

harrymcc writes: In 1984, Apple launched the Apple IIc computer. As part of its promotion, it produced a video with Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and other employees talking about company's founding and the creation of the Apple I and Apple II computers. Over at Fast Company, I've shared this remarkable, little-seen bit of history. It's full of goodies, from images of Jobs and Wozniak wearing remarkably Apple Watch-like timepieces to evocative photos of early computer stores.


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07:56
News: Apple and IBM expand MobileFirst apps to Apple...

Apple and IBM have begun expanding MobileFirst enterprise apps onto the Apple Watch, as evidenced by updates to Apple’s Mobile Enterprise Apps webpage. The updated page shows three apps that now provide Apple Watch support. Hospital RN allows notifications to be sent to the Apple Watch to alert “nurses to review new patient requests, changes in lab status, safety alerts, and prioritized task lists for immediate action. And Apple Watch…

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07:47
On the Apple Watch Interaction Model and the Digital...

Steven Berlin Johnson finds the digital crown button convoluted:

If you press this button, these are the potential events that will
transpire on your Watch’s screen:

  • You’ll be taken to the “watch face” view.
  • You’ll be taken to the “home screen” app view.
  • You’ll stay in the “home screen” view, but it will re-center on
    the “watch face” app.
  • You’ll move from a detailed view of a notification back to the
    notifications summary.

His proposed solution:

Fortunately there is an easy fix for this confusion, which is to
streamline the Digital Crown so that it focuses exclusively on the
Watch’s two homes. Pressing the Digital Crown should simply toggle
you back and forth between the “watch face” and the “home screen.”
(Its other functionality could all be...

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07:42
Apple Reportedly Looking at Expansion into San Jose

Apple is looking at two different sites in north San Jose for expansion, according to online reports. Any move into the largest city in the Valley would be the first such for Apple, despite its close proximity to Cupertino-the two municipalities border one another.


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07:31
News: Report: Pebble facing financial struggles?

Pebble, the company behind one of the first successful smartwatches, may be facing financial troubles, TechCrunch reports. Citing sources close to the company, the report notes that the company has allegedly turned to a Silicon Valley bank for a $5 million loan and $5 million line of credit, as VC firms have refused requests for new capital infusions. At this point, Pebble has 150 employees and continues hiring. However, even with the $18 million…

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06:42
Apple Watch Bands in Apple Stores in Limited...

Apple will begin having "limited" quantities of Apple Watch bands in its fleet of Apple Store retail locations later this week. Online reports say the bands will initially be available to customers who want to swap the band that came with their device, though the process for this isn't yet known.


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06:08
News: Daily Deal: Active Wrap Wireless Headphones

In today’s iLounge Deal you can pick up a set of SPBEAT9 Active Wrap Bluetooth Headphones for only $24 – that’s over 50% off. Designed to free you from hassling with ugly and knotty wires, these headphones are designed to be durable while also being lightweight and comfortable for all of your physical activities. The built-in lithium-ion battery provides up to 8 hours of non-stop listening, and built-in noise cancelling technology keeps…

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05:58
Find the tempo of any song

Go to songbpm.com and enter an artist and title. SongBPM will search its database and return all songs that match, along with the beats per minute (BPM) for each song.

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05:51
∞ Steve Jobs and time travel

Yesterday, I posted this video, a collection of photos and audio interviews of Apple’s early days. A reader alerted me to an interesting picture of a young Steve Jobs at about 1:50 into the video. Take a look.

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05:30
The new Spotify will stream music to match your...

This is Spotify’s latest move to distinguish itself from streaming competition from Apple, Pandora, Jay-Z’s Tidal, and the like. Sounds like a perfect job for Apple Watch.

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04:53
David Letterman’s very last entrance

We’ll miss you, Dave.

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03:49
Apple invents adaptive eye-tracking 3D display,...

A pair of Apple patent applications published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday describe a display capable of displaying 2D and 3D images at the same time and a portable cellular hotpot with a unique cylindrical design.

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Wednesday May 20

19:23
Morgan Stanley: Apple Watch demand up 60% in US...

Countering an analyst report earlier on Wednesday predicting a plateau to Apple Watch demand, investment bank Morgan Stanley says U.S. consumer interest is not just strong, but is increasing, with first-year sales estimated to hit 36 million units.

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17:40
ACM 307 - Dr. Mac’s One Tip for Mastering Your Mac,...

Bryan Chaffin is joined this week by Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus on the Apple Context Machine. They look at Dr. Mac's one tip for making the most of your Mac, whether or not Apple was ever going to make a television set, and Apple's support for encryption that actually works.


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17:21
A look at the modified Apple Watch w/ Lightning...

Apple’s in-store “magical” Apple Watch displays have brought about a variety of questions since they first appeared back on April 10th. Thanks to new documents from the Brazilian regulatory process, shared by BlogDoiPhone, we now know a bit more about how the Apple Watch display units are set up. The documents and accompanying images show how a special, proprietary band is connected to the Watch that incorporates a built-in Lightning cable and charges the device.

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17:01
Rare Power Computing Posters by Frank Kozik - Fight...

In 1996, Mac clone maker Power Computing commissioned a series of posters from illustrator Frank Kozik. These were great pieces of art that captured the zeitgeist of the platform wars of the 1990s. They exploited both Apple's weaknesses at the time and Power Computing's strengths when it came to making fast computer hardware, while simultaneously harnessing that underdog quality that gripped so many Mac fans at the time. These posters were handed out as schwag at Macworld Expo, Seybold, and other events, and not many have survived. Bob "Dr. Mac" Levitus, who was Power Computing's Director of Eva, just posted his last unframed prints on Ebay. Check them out.


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16:43
Your photos are more popular when you use filters,...

Whether or not you think photo filters represent creative assets or the death of photography as we know it, one thing's becoming increasingly clear: they're your ticket to popularity. Yahoo and Georgia Tech researchers have learned that filtered phot...

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16:29
Russia Aims to Build US-Free Mobile OS


Russia wants to develop alternatives to proprietary or partly closed mobile operating systems by using open source tools as a foundation, Minister of Telecom and Mass Communications Nikolay Nikiforov said last week. "Success would make a fairly significant impact on the go-to market plans of numerous IT vendors. We are seeing the beginnings of similar efforts in China, a market that has long been central to many vendors' future plans and hopes," said Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT.

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16:09
Google Editions cases come with live wallpapers and...

Before you dismiss this as a slow-day news post, hear us out: these aren't your run-of-the-mill phone cases. These are the first products Google has released under its new Editions project, a series of collaborations with artists to develop limited e...

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16:00
Accessible Apple: An Interview With Steven Aquino...

steven aquino

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to sit down with Steven Aquino, tech blogger and a contributor to many well-known publications, including: MacWorld, iMore and TidBITS. Among other things, we discussed Steven’s experiences with the Apple Watch, the accessibility of the new device’s straps and how third-party accessories will contribute to the watch’s overall accessibility. You can find a transcript of our interview below:

Alex Jurgensen (AJ) - Hi Steven and thank you for joining me for this interview. I’m really excited to hear what your experience with the Apple Watch has been so far.

AJ - You mentioned to me before the interview that you were writing on an iPad Air. What other Apple products have you owned?

Steven Aquino (SA) - Several iPhones, a MacBook, a few iPods. Magic Mouse. So many.

AJ - That’s quite the collection. May I suggest an Apple TV?

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15:27
Viber's calling and messaging app launches on...

In order for Chrome OS to succeed, Google needs all the support it can get from developers. Hardware companies are certainly doing their part, namely by offering Chromebooks to people at affordable prices. That's why it's important when a popular ser...

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15:24
Fove VR Headset Locks Onto Your Gaze


Fove is the first virtual reality headset to feature eye-tracking -- meaning, among other things, that characters you view on screen can look right back at you. So far, close to 500 people have pledged nearly $200,000 to bring the Fove VR headset to fruition. Just a day into its 45-day Kickstarter campaign, the Fove appears certain to reach its $250,000 goal. Backers can secure a Fove and a developer's kit by pledging at least $375 to the campaign -- the kits offered for $349 have sold out.

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15:22
How to Throttle iCloud Photo Library Uploads

Frustrated by Photos sucking all your Internet bandwidth to sync photos to iCloud Photo Library? There’s a solution, but it’s a bit geeky and requires installing an Apple developer utility. Adam Engst walks you through it.

 

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15:15
Apple gets closer to opening up its first store in...


New Brussels shopping complex La Toison d’Or

Apple is getting closer to taking its retail stores to a new market: Belgium. According to sources within Apple retail, Apple today sent out a memo announcing the new market. The note also was sent to gauge interest from employees who may be inclined to relocate to Belgium to assist with opening up the new location…

When Apple enters new markets, the company frequently seeks employees from the United States and other established markets to temporarily assist with new store launches. Indicating that an opening will occur in the not to distant future, Apple asks interested employees to respond to the note by the end of this month. In addition to reaching...

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15:10
Rumor: Apple Watch bands to begin arriving in Apple...

You won’t be able to buy the actual Apple Watch in your nearby Apple Store location any time in the immediate future.

But you’ll be able to start picking up the Apple Watch bands starting this week.

Apple has recently sent a message to its retail locations informing them that the Apple Watch bands will be available in “limited” quantities. The bands will apparently be intended for customer who want to swap out their pre-bundled band with a new band. Secondary to this, these early band shipments for stores will be available as replacements for worn-out bands from the various store Apple Watch try-on stations.

Finally, the remaining...

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15:08
Xsan 3

Forums: Troubleshooting

Hi to all!

We have MD on Xsan3.
And trying to make debug of metadata and after using snmetadump have a message:

snmetadump exiting at line 1790 of dump_metadata.c: Subsystem error (14):
Inode version mismatch:
Expected 4.0 inode version with big inodes (0x206).
The file system is a 4.0 big inodes + NamedStreams (0x207)i.
Plz help.

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15:08
White 'Halo' Xbox One bundle coming to the...

It's no secret that people love white gadgets. And in case you missed out on the Xbox One Sunset Overdrive bundle from last year, now's your chance to get one. Microsoft just revealed a kit that's loaded with a white version of the console, Halo: The...

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15:00
AWT News Update: May 20, 2015

It's hump day, and there's some interesting Apple news to bring you on today's AWT News Update:

  • Apple is rumored to be moving to a new system font -- San Francisco -- for iOS 9 and OS X 10.11
  • An Apple-backed group presses the US Senate to pass the USA Freedom Act and halt NSA phone surveillance
  • Pebble may be having financial issues and slow growth...
  • The Apple Watch will be used as a support tool for breast cancer patients
  • An Indiegogo campaign seeks to give those who use speech synthesizers a unique vocal identity

The full script for today's AWT News Update follows for your reading pleasure...

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14:43
Trolls are using Twitter ads to push hate speech

As much as Twitter is doing to fight harassment lately, it's clear that ill-willed users are still slipping past the social network's defenses -- and sometimes, in very conspicuous ways. Users have spotted trolls using Twitter's promoted tweet ads to...

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14:40
Apple Stores to begin stocking Apple Watch bands...


Image via Zac Hall’s Apple Watch review

Apple Stores will begin stocking Apple Watch bands later this week in “limited” quantities, according to a message sent to retail stores, with the majority of bands being the fluoroelastomer Sport Bands. According to the notice, this strap inventory will primarily be for customers who would like to swap the band that comes pre-bundled with their Apple Watch after their purchase. Secondary to this, these early band shipments for stores will be available as replacements for worn-out bands from the various store Apple Watch try-on stations…

...

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14:34
Gaming cooperatively makes you more sociable, say...

Gaming has well known dark sides, but it can also improve spatial skills, reduce stress and even bring families together. Two new studies may further confuse you about the benefits, with one concluding that gaming makes you friendlier in the real wor...

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14:25
Fetch and MindMeld debut the first AI-powered Apple...

The Apple Watch isn’t just a dumb screen for parroting the notifications that come to your iPhone—or it doesn’t have to be, anyway. On Tuesday, Fetch announced an integration with MindMeld’s artificial intelligence technology to better interpret on-demand voice requests on its Apple Watch app. This partnership makes Fetch, an on-demand personal shopping service, the first third-party AI-powered app for the Apple Watch.

For a $10 monthly subscription, Fetch users can send a text, photo, or voice command to have a real person (or concierge) assist them with buying specific products, booking plane tickets, making dinner reservations, or even paying for parking tickets. Now Fetch, available on Apple Watch, iOS and Android, will incorporate MindMeld’s technology to better analyze each user’s individual request and meet their demands faster.

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14:06
Robotic news writers are faster, but not necessarily...

Robotic news editors promise to save the trouble of picking and writing news stories (and might put people like me out of work), but are they really ready to replace human writers? Yes and no, if you ask NPR. The outlet held a showdown between Automa...

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14:05
Apple Posts Security Content of Watch OS 1.0.1, and...

Apple, as it always does, has posted the security details of its Watch OS 1.0.1 update. If you thought this update was minor, take a look at the details. Then update right away.


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14:00
Today in the App Store —PCalc - The Best Calculator...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today’s notable apps include a discount on Weather Live; the new 60Hz - TV Series Tracker app; and anupdate to PCalc - The Best Calculator that adds support for the Apple Watch. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Death Rally [Now free, down from $0.99] Death Rally is an action packed COMBAT RACER with GLOBAL MULTIPLAYER, STUNNING VISUALS and more than 10 HOURS of CARS, GUNS and EXPLOSIVE FUN.

HappyTruck [Now free, down from $1.99] HappyTruck - Deliver fruits to the marketplace with your truck.

Magnetized...

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13:47
A video for Konami fans who need a laugh, courtesy...

Konami has made some major, mysterious changes this year. It canceled Silent Hills, a horror game from Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima and filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro, even after the exceptionally warm reception to its PlayStation 4 teaser, PT...

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13:46
Tip of the Day: Previewing Link URLs in Safari

When you’re wandering around the web, sometimes it’s a good idea to check where a link goes before simply tapping on it. To do this on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, it’s actually as simple as tapping and holding your finger on the link, instead of quickly tapping and releasing. A menu will slide up from the bottom with the URL of the link shown right at the top. From here you can also open the linked page in the background (or…

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13:44
Sound Kick Bluetooth Speaker: $49.99

Check out the Sound Kick Bluetooth Speaker, a portable Bluetooth speaker with up to 7 hours of playback time. It features both Bluetooth connectivity and a direct line in, and you can control the volume and playback functions directly from the speaker. This device retails for $100, but through our deal you can get it for $49.99.


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13:41
iOS 9 may include a HomeKit hub called Home

Apple says the first HomeKit devices will be arriving in June, which means you’ll need a centralized remote control for managing all of those home gadgets. That will reportedly come in the form of an app built into iOS 9 called, appropriately, Home.

The app will let you control all of your HomeKit gadgets, from compatible smart thermostats and security cameras to lightbulbs and door locks. According to a Wednesday report from 9to5Mac, Home will let you connect and control your HomeKit devices from your iPhone or iPad in a visually appealing way. The app will cluster your HomeKit devices by virtual rooms, so you can easily see which accessory you want to turn on, turn off, or adjust without actually looking at it.

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13:25
Teen arrested for breaking an entire school district...

A teenager from Idaho has landed themselves in hot water after arranging a takedown of their school district's internet access. KTVB News reports that the 17-year-old student paid a third party to conduct a distributed denial of service attack that f...

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13:14
Video On Demand content comes to mobile Twitch app...

Twitch announced today that its mobile application now supports video on demand content, a feature that has been requested by fans of the service for quite some time. While the app was previously limited to live streaming, users can now access “highlights and past broadcasts” from all Twitch partners and what Twitch says is a growing list of broadcasters whose videos are HTTP live streaming (HLS)-enabled.

Twitch says that the newly-available video on demand content can be found in an HLS-enabled channel’s activity feed. To access this, you need to tap the Activity Feed icon located at the top left of the player while watching a stream. Alternatively, the app will take you directly to the Activity Feed of a channel if you tap any offline channel from the...

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13:10
Report: Apple in talks w/ Russian labels ahead of...


Apple Watch + Music

We’ve reported extensively on what Apple has in store for its new revamped music service that will come alongside an international expansion of iTunes Radio, and today reports from Russian publication Vedomosti (via Billboard) hint that Russia will be one market Apple is aiming to launch in soon…

The...

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13:08
Spotify gains video, moods, and podcasts, Facebook...

Music service Spotify on Wednesday announced a slate of major changes -- including the addition of videos, podcasts, and mood-based playlists -- while Facebook officially expanded Messenger video calls worldwide.

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13:00
Shakin' and wakin': The iLuv SmartShaker

iLuv SmartShaker. Photo ©2015, Steven Sande. All Rights Reserved.

iLuv has just started selling a fascinating little iOS accessory called the SmartShaker (US$19.99) that has one job to do: wake you up. It can do this either by making one of two traditional beeping alarm noises or through an even more annoying method -- vibration.

Design

Hey, if you're going to put a vibrating thing under a pillow, it should be very thin. The SmartShaker is like a weirdly-shaped Oreo cookie, just about .4 inches thick and about 3 inches in diameter. The “chocolate cookie outside” is a hard polycarbonate plastic shell in black, light blue, white, pink and light green, while the “creamy center inside” is actually light gray plastic with all of the electronics stuffed inside.

On the side of the creamy center you’ll find an elongated snooze buttoh, an on/off switch, a micro-USB port for...

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12:49
Analyst predicts Apple will ship less than 15...

The Apple Watch’s supply chain could remain constricted for some time to come.

Releasing a revised forecast note to investors, respected industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities stated that the Apple Watch is likely to see less than 15 million units shipped through the end of September.

In the note, he said that Apple Watch shipments for fiscal year 2015 are likely to be lower than most analysts and investors expect.

Apple’s fiscal year runs through the end of September, which means the 15-million forecast does not apply to holiday 2015 sales.

According to Kuo’s sources within...

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12:32
News: iOS 9 to include new Home app for HomeKit?

Apple is currently working on a new embedded iOS app for unifying and controlling HomeKit devices, 9to5Mac reports. Dubbed simply “Home”, the app would provide a central user interface to managing HomeKit accessories from any developer using the standard HomeKit specification. Sources familiar with the app have revealed that the app is currently “fairly basic” in its capabilities, with the present development version only providing…

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12:15
How I Feel About My Apple Watch After a Week

I've had my Apple Watch for a week now, and I'm ready to talk about my delivery time, how I feel about it, and how I use it. It's been mostly great, but there are a few things I hope Apple fixes.


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12:05
Report: OS X and iOS will switch to the Apple Watch’...

It looks like Apple could be shaking up its typefaces again. A report from 9to5Mac indicates that the forthcoming releases of iOS and OS X will use the Apple Watch's "San Francisco" as the system typeface, moving away from the Helvetica Neue typeface introduced in iOS 7 and OS X Yosemite.

The typeface, available for registered Apple developers to download here, is "designed specifically for legibility on small screens." We've included a comparison of the "ultralight" weight of both typefaces above.

Two things are immediately apparent—first, San Francisco is just a shade heavier than Helvetica Neue at the same size and weight. Second, San Francisco is narrower horizontally, which is doubtless helpful when you're working with a screen as small as...

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It’s time to save some of your hard-earned money with our Daily Deals, featuring highlighted deals for AWT readers, hardware discounts and our own handpicked iOS and OS X sales. All prices are USD and subject to change. Please check prices before you purchase as some deals may expire quickly.

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11:52
Review: Witti Notti and Dotti

Witti's Notti ($60) and Dotti ($80) are two new app-controlled lights that provide a number of features, ranging from visual notification alerts to mood lighting. Notti is simply a smart light, similar in concept to Incipio's Prompt, which we looked at last year. Dotti goes in a different direction by providing an 8x8 LED grid to display 8-bit pixel art.{/exp:char_limit}

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11:30
Redundancy Is the New Productivity for Your Mac

Dr. Mac has been teaching people how to use their Macs more effectively for as long as he can remember. So he was surprised to find himself at a loss for words when a friend asked, âIf you could only recommend one thing to help me become more productive on my Mac, what would it be?â This week in Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves Episode 123 he explains why redundancy makes you more productive.


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10:49
Apple’s planned iOS 9 ‘Home’ app uses virtual rooms...

Apple’s plan to manage upcoming HomeKit-compatible accessories could revolve around a new iOS app called “Home,” according to sources familiar with the app. Introduced at last year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, HomeKit is an Apple initiative designed to encourage accessory makers to integrate “connected home” accessories such as Wi-Fi garage door openers, smart thermostats akin to Nest’s Learning Thermostat, and...

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10:48
External Link: The MacJury Discusses Apple Watch...

Last week Chuck Joiner convened a MacJury comprising TidBITS’s own Josh Centers and Michael Cohen to discuss their first experiences with Apple Watch. Tune in for a deep, serious, deliberative discussion of the new device’s pros and cons…ah, who are we kidding? We had a great and goofy time, and you might, too: you can find out — it's just a click away!

 

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10:26
News: Report: Apple to bring Apple Watch font to iOS...

Apple plans on bringing its own San Francisco font seen on Apple Watch to iOS 9 and OS X 10.11, 9to5Mac reports. The font will replace Helvetica Neue, which debuted in iOS 7 in 2013. Though the San Francisco font was developed “specifically for legibility,” the idea to bring the font to iOS appears to have a mixed reaction within Apple — the report claims that higher-ups believe the font will help “iOS and OS X to avoid becoming…

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10:20
Podcast: The app economy is amazing and terrible

If you live in a big city (like Caitlin in New York, Roman in San Francisco, and Susie in Oakland), you can get pretty much anything your heart desires delivered to your door, and thanks to a host of apps, you don't even have to talk to a person until the doorbell rings—and sometimes not even then. But is the app economy creating a shut-in culture? We discuss our experiences.

Elsewhere, a teaser trailer for the Steve Jobs movie is out, and rumors about a big Apple Watch update as well as a new Apple TV have us intrigued. Samsung and Apple are still battling in court, but we wonder if it might be time for them both to just give it up.

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10:16
Venom Less Toxic Than Heartbleed


It was a little over a year ago that the Heartbleed bug shocked the Internet with its potential for mischief. Now another flaw in open source code has sent network administrators into damage control mode. The bug, called "Venom" for "Virtualized Environment Neglected Operations Manipulation," allows an intruder to jump out of a virtual machine and execute malicious code on its host. Virtual machines are widely used in data centers, so it has the potential to cause widespread mischief.

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10:13
Installing the Apple Watch 1.0.1 Update

Apple has released the first update for the Apple Watch, but the installation process isn’t immediately obvious.

 

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10:02
TMO Daily Observations 2015-05-20: Discovering...

Spotify plans to bring their discovery engine to podcasts this summer, and Apple releases Watch OS 1.0.1. Hear what Bryan Chaffin, Kelly Guimont and Dave Hamilton have to say about all this and more. Plus, get your 10-days of Lynda free at Lynda.com/TDO.


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09:58
Spotify turns itself into entertainment 1-stop shop...

Spotify wants to be your constant companion, as present in your daily life as your phone. The streaming music app on Wednesday rolled out a redesign that includes videos, podcasts, and contextually relevant playlists to accompany you throughout your day. You'll never need to leave Spotify.

The overhauled platform, which rolls out first in the U.S., U.K., Germany, and Sweden, greets you with recommendations that suit your mood, fit the time of day, and match your tastes (which Spotify already knows because of all the playlists you've made).

Beyond music

But it doesn't just offer you songs anymore. The app is now a one-stop shop for your favorite podcasts, if you'd rather start your morning with pop culture news from Slate or an episode of Radiolab than a high-energy playlist, and video clips from Vice News, ESPN, and shows like Broad City.

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09:41
Your phone isn’t the only camera you need

The Wall Street Journal:

Phone cameras have made photography everyone’s hobby. But even owners of the fanciest smartphones would recognize the many genres of disappointing phone-ography: The blurry runaway toddler. The lifeless landscape. The grainy candlelit dinner. The ghoulish flash portrait.

We need to save personal tech’s most endangered species, the stand-alone camera.

There’s no doubt that camera phones in general and the iPhone in particular are really good cameras – for phones. And while we’ve all seen or taken great shots with our iPhones, it’s definitely a “jack of all trades, master of none”.

A good camera provides a wider range of possibilities – from zoom to control over depth of field to capturing low light and a higher dynamic range. If you’re not satisfied with the shots coming out of your iPhone, I’d encourage you to learn more about photography in general by taking a class or reading books and web sites on it but don’t neglect the...

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09:38
Pebble may be in trouble

Smartwatch maker Pebble seems to be in some trouble. According to sources close to the company, the company is having trouble maintaining its growth and has turned to a Silicon Valley bank for a $5 million loan and $5 million line of credit. Valley VCs have been turning down the company’s requests for new capital.

You can see why VCs would not want to take on Apple.

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09:05
News: Leak reveals Flow by Outlook, a Microsoft...

Microsoft looks to be working on a way to make email conversations on the iPhone more like instant messaging with an apparent new app discovered by Twitter user @h0x0d. A posted image shows a general outline for Flow by Outlook, an app designed to let users have real-time conversations via their email accounts without bothering with the subject lines and signatures of traditional email exchanges. Only conversations started within the Flow app will…

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08:59
Microsoft Office 2011 14.5.1

Patches a security vulnerability while also fixing a bug that rendered Outlook’s main window invisible on Yosemite. (Free update, 114 MB)

 

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08:57
Spotify to Add Video and Podcasts

Spotify announced on Wednesday that it will soon incorporate videos and podcasts into its streaming service. The service will be offering content from Comedy Central, Vice News, The Nerdist, and more as it seeks to become an all-purpose jukebox.


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08:53
The untold story of ILM, a titan that forever...

Wired:

As it turns 40 this year, ILM can claim to have played a defining role making effects for 317 movies. But that’s only part of the story: Pixar began, essentially, as an ILM internal investigation. Photoshop was invented, in part, by an ILM employee tinkering with programming in his time away from work. Billions of lines of code have been formulated there. Along the way ILM has put tentacles into pirate beards, turned a man into mercury, and dominated box office charts with computer-generated dinosaurs and superheroes.

What defines ILM, however, isn’t a signature look, feel, or tone—those change project by project. Rather, it’s the indefatigable spirit of innovation that each of the 43 subjects interviewed for this oral history mentioned time and again. It is the Force that sustains the place.

I can’t think of another person, organization, studio or company that has had a hand in as many of the movies I love as ILM. They have been an integral part of my...

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07:52
News: Daily Deal: The Pick Your Own Apple Toy...

It’s time for The Pick Your Own Apple Toy Giveaway, in which one lucky winner will get to choose any Apple product they want worth up to $700! This means anything from an iPad Air or Apple TV to an Apple Watch or iPhone 6. To enter, simply submit your e-mail address on the giveaway page to sign up for our iLounge Deals, and you can even gain additional entries by sharing on Twitter and Facebook – the more your friends and followers enter,…

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07:29
The early days of Apple

This is an amazing video, a collection of audio interviews and still photos, beautifully edited together to capture the early days of Apple. You’ll hear lots of Steve and Woz, and some excellent anecdotes.

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07:25
Refurbished iPad Air 2 now available for purchase

There’s generally some good savings in Apple’s refurbished section.

And you can now count the iPad Air 2 as part of this inventory.

Apple on Wednesday added several configurations of the iPad Air to to its online store for refurbished products, marking the first time refurbished versions of the iPad Air 2 have been made available for purchase.

The iPad Air 2, which was released last October, sports a slimmer body than the original iPad Air, a triple-core A8X processor, 8 megapixel camera, Touch ID, gapless display and anti-reflective screen coating.

Apple is currently offering several refurbished iPad Air 2 models, ranging from the entry-level 16GB Wi-Fi...

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07:17
Scamming a quiz show

Like a good scam story? How about one about scamming a quiz show? This one is a few years old, but I just ran into it today, thought it was good enough to share. Enjoy.

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07:09
Thought controlled prosthetics, a step on the road...

When he was a teenager, Les Baugh was racing with his brother and ran into some live power lines, ultimately losing his arms. Much later in life, he has been given the chance to try out some new, bionic limbs, arms and hands that he can control with his thoughts.

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07:03
News: Olloclip releases new Active Lens for iPhone 6...

Olloclip has introduced its new Active Lens for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus ($100). Active Lens fits over both front and rear cameras like the company’s previous 4-in-1 Lens and Macro 3-in-1 Lens and Telephoto + CPL Lens models. The newest lens kit features ultra-wide and telephoto lenses along with three wearable pendants. Active Lens can be paired with the Ollocase and is available for pre-order now on Olloclip’s web site. We’ll…

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06:57
Uber, not Tesla, will be Apple’s competition in the...

Neil Cybart argues that Apple and Uber will emerge as titans of an emerging auto industry. A terrific read.

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