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19:08
Apple services will be size of Fortune 100 company...

Apple CEO Tim Cook during a quarterly investor conference call on Tuesday said he expects his company's services sector, which continues to exhibit growth despite slumping iPhone sales, to generate revenues equivalent to that of a Fortune 100 company next year.

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18:01
Apple CEO Tim Cook Is High on ‘AR,’ Says It Will Be...

Apple CEO Tim Cook says his company is “high on AR.” During Apple’s quarterly conference call with Wall Street analysts, he demurred from saying augmented reality will be the next so-called platform, but said, “regardless, [AR] will be huge.”

The post Apple CEO Tim Cook Is High on ‘AR,’ Says It Will Be Huge appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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17:27
Apple earnings call transcript

iMore did their usual transcript of the earnings call, which is always good.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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17:25
iPhone 7 again rumored to feature Force Touch Home...

Earlier today, we shared a handful of videos that gave perhaps the best look yet at the upcoming iPhone 7. Now, a new report from Macotakara reiterates a few features that the iPhone 7 could very well feature, including a capacitive Home button.

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17:10
Apple Q3 Earnings: iPhone Sales Continue To Slide,...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from BGR: Apple on Tuesday announced fiscal third-quarter earnings of $1.42 per share, or $7.8 billion in net income, on sales totaling $42.4 billion. That compares to a net profit of $1.85 per share in the same quarter last year, while revenue slid from the Q3 record of $49.6 billion that Apple set in fiscal 2015. Ahead of Apple's report, analysts were expecting EPS to come in at $1.39 while revenue was seen dropping to $42.1 billion, right in the middle of Apple's guidance of between $41 billion and $43 billion. iPhone sales in fiscal Q3 2016 totaled 40.4 million units, down from the 47.5 million iPhones the company sold during the June quarter last year, which was also a third-quarter record. Wall Street's consensus for this past quarter was 40 million units. The company said it expects between $45.5 billion and $47.5 billion in sales for the fiscal fourth quarter. The only part of Apple's business that's really growing is its mobile apps and...

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16:40
The best Pokémon Go map grabs data directly from the...

If you want the best Pokémon Go map, why not use the game’s servers to tell you where to find Pokémon? That’s the aim of Pokévision, which claims to use the the game’s own API to discover the Pokémon in your midst.

Pokévision’s premise is simple: It taps the game’s API to provide a real-time “cheat sheet” pointing to the locations of the nearest Pokémon in Pokémon Go. Each Pokémon location comes with a timer; when that timer expires, the Pokémon de-spawns and disappears. 

“Find all Pokémon near you (or a selected target location) in real time for Pokémon Go. Pokémon nearby will be marked along with their appearance timer on the map,” the Pokévision site claims. “These are real-time Pokemon locations, meaning they are currently live and can be found exactly at the marked spots.”

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16:32
Apple CEO Tim Cook bullish on augmented reality,...

During Apple's quarterly conference call for the third fiscal quarter of 2016, Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed investments into augmented reality solutions, saying the nascent platform holds "huge" potential.

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16:08
Apple Scores Exclusive Deal for CBS Carpool Karaoke...

Carpool Karaoke, the wonderfully fun segment on The Late Late Show where host James Cordon sings in his car with celebrities, is getting its own spin-off series streaming exclusively on Apple Music. The deal shows Apple’s growing interest in original content, and could draw more subscribers to its streaming music service.

The post Apple Scores Exclusive Deal for CBS Carpool Karaoke TV Series appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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16:01
Tim Cook: ‘Think of Apple TV as a Foundation for...

It might be tempting to think about the Apple TV as a hardware device, and its associated revenue combined with apps that deliver content and the associated revenue collected by Apple. But, during Apple’s 2016 Q3 earnings report, CEO Tim Cook said that we should think about the Apple TV in a different way.

The post Tim Cook: ‘Think of Apple TV as a Foundation for Broader Business’ appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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15:42
Why hackers love health apps

WASHINGTON—That handy health app on your phone—the one with access to your medical history, your doctor’s name, even your home address—may be vulnerable to hackers. Technology experts discussed the risks at a House hearing July 14 with the Energy and Commerce subcommittee.

The fast growth of information technologies in the health care sector has outpaced the industry’s efforts to safeguard them. A report by IMS Health, a research and service provider for health care professionals, showed that more than 165,000 mobile health (or mHealth) apps were available in 2013. Many of the apps offer access to users’ electronic health records from doctors or hospitals. 

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15:30
AWT News Update: July 26, 2016

Apple CFO Luca Maestri. Photo via Apple

It's Apple quarterly earning report day, and we have a short summary of everything you need to know -- basically, things weren't that great, but the expectations for next quarter are much better and the share price has actually gone up in after-hours trading:

  • Find out more about the Apple Q3 2016 Earnings Call
  • Some rumors about the iPhone 7/iPhone 6SE or whatever it will be called

The text version of the podcast can be read below. To listen to the podcast here, click the play button on the player below.

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Hi, this is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for July 26, 2016.

Apple released its third-quarter 2016 earnings statement this afternoon, and while the numbers...

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15:19
Gadget Ogling: Pretty Printers, Bargain Smartwatches...


Paper, designed by Ludwig Rensch, is sadly a concept for now. It holds a ream of paper to make loading the printing material easier than shuffling with a stack of loose leafs. It can scan documents and send them to your phone if you desire. It can make copies. There's a string of LEDs to show how much ink is left for each color, and there's even a handle on top to make the compact printer easy to move. At first glance, it seems abundantly easy to use. The design is clean, though I'm a little disappointed there are no anthropomorphic elements.

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15:08
Cook: the fourth gen Apple TV is a foundation on...

During a conference call about Apple’s latest financial results, CEO Tim Cook was asked about the Apple TV and its plans regarding the larger streaming TV/video content scenario.

“We think of the new Apple TV as the foundation for what we can do in the space,” he said. “I don't want to be more specific than that. Just don't look at what's there today and think we've done what we want to do. We've built a foundation that we think we can build something bigger off of.”

Acronis True Image Cloud 2016: The Easiest, Fastest and Most Powerful Way to Backup Your PC, Mac and Mobile Devices

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15:06
Mac sales down year-over-year, but up 5% from the...

Mac sales for the fiscal 2016 third quarter that ended June 25 were down, but the news wasn’t all bad. Apple sold 4.25 million units during the period, down from from 4.8 million units in the year-ago quarter. However, Mac sales were up 5% from the previous quarter and revenues were up 3% sequentially. 

“It was a challenging quarter for personal computer sales,” says Apple Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri. “We faced a very difficult quarter with Macs compared to the year-ago quarter when we launched a new MacBook Pro and iMac.”

Mac sales could revive later this year with the release of macOS Sierra. Especially if we see new MacBook Pros and revamped Mac desktops.

Get Rugged, Rock Solid Protection With iPad 2, 3, And 4 Cases And Accessories at OtterBox.com!

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14:56
Apple announces $42.4 billion in revenue, $7.8...

You know, in most businesses, a quarterly profit of $7.8 billion would be considered a good thing.

In Apple’s frame of mind, this isn’t that stellar.

In today’s Q3 2016 conference call, representatives from Apple cited revenues of $42.4 billion, a profit of $7.8 billion with a margin of 38 percent.

Apple CEO Tim Cook cited the successful launch of the iPhone SE, wherein demand outstripped capacity at first. Additional capacity was brought online to handle this.

Cook cited an 8 percent decline in iPhone sales from Q3 2015.

Cook also cited a 19 percent growth in services with App Store revenue up 37 percent to an all-time high.

During the conference call, representatives lauded exceptionally strong iPad Pro sales, Cook, citing the very...

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14:49
Unit iPad unit sales down slightly (again), but...

However, though unit sales were down 3% from the previous quarter, revenues were up 10% thanks to the iPad Pro. About half of iPad Pro buyers are purchasing them for work, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook. 

“It’s the ultimate upgrade for existing iPad users,” he says. “And it’s the ultimate replacement device for customers switching from PC laptops.”

What’s more, the average selling price of an iPad prose from $430 to $490 due to the higher priced 9.7-inch iPad Pro compared to the previous iPad Air 2.

Among U.S. consumers planning to purchase a tablet in the next 6 months, 63% plan to purchase an iPad, says Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri. Most of those folks plan to buy a pro model, he says.

Cases For The Brand-new iPhone SE Are Now Available at OtterBox.com!

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14:46
The good news and bad news about iPhone sales…..

When it comes to the iPhone, there’s good news and bad news. Apple sold 40.4 million iPhones during the fiscal 2016 third quarter that ended June 25. Unit sales were down 21% from the previous quarter and 15% down from the year-ago quarter.  

However, that’s slightly better than the 40 million than Wall Street predicted. Switchers from Android and other platforms accounted for the highest percentage of iPhone buyers than ever before during the quarter, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook. And the iPhone SE demand outstripped supply through the entire June quarter, he added.

On the other than, the average selling price (ASP) of an iPhone declined to $595 from $642 last quarter, due mainly to the iPhone SE. However, according to Cook, the iPhone installed base in China grew 34% over the past year, andiPhone sales in India were up 51% year-over-year in the first three quarters of this year.

Finally, Apple Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri says the iPhone continues...

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14:45
News: Notes from Apple’s Q3 2016 earnings call

Kicking off Apple’s investor conference call following the company’s announcement of quarterly numbers for Q3 2016, Apple CEO Tim Cook reported that while the earnings numbers are slightly down from last year’s quarter, the results reflect stronger customer demand and business performance than Apple anticipated 90 days ago, and that there are several encouraging signs. Cook noted that revenue was near the high-end of Apple’s…

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14:42
Apple Pay exceeding expectations with 400 percent...

During Apple's quarterly financial results call for the third fiscal quarter of 2016, CEO Tim Cook shed more light on Apple Pay's adoption and growth with purchasers and retailers.

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14:39
Apple services to be the size of a Fortune 100...

Apple App Store revenue was up 37% to an all-time high in the fiscal 2016 third quarter that ended June 25. Also, the average amount spent per customer was the highest ever measured. Apple expects its services category to be the size of a Fortune 100 company by next year, says CEO Tim Cook.

Services — Apple Music subscriptions, iTunes Music, iCloud storage plans, paid apps from Apple's App Store, and Apple Care service plans, Apple Pay, etc. — now account for 11% of Apple's overall revenue. That’s up from 8% in the year-ago period.

Speaking of Apple Pay, Apple’s mobile payment services is now live in nine markets, including six of Apple’s top 10 markets. Cook says that three of four contactless payments are now made with Apple Pay. More than 11 million contactless locations/points of sale have been tallied in all participating Apple Pay countries.

Brand New! The Strada Folio...

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14:34
Apple's China revenue dives 33% amid iPhone...

Apple on Tuesday announced a steep decline in Greater China revenue for the third fiscal quarter of 2016, but CEO Tim Cook is optimistic about the region's future, one of the company's most important.

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14:32
World’s first autonomous suitcase

With all due respect to my esteemed colleague Dave Mark, I think “rideable luggage” is a silly idea. Now, luggage that follows you around like a puppy? I’d buy that. But this is yet another Indiegogo campaign I don’t expect to be delivered on schedule or, for that matter, delivered at all.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:31
Apple’s profit fell 27 percent in Q3 2016, but...

Sales of the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus haven't been as stellar as the 6 and 6 Plus. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Apple's quarterly profit fell 27 percent in Q3 2016, to $7.80 billion from $10.68 billion a year ago, but the company's shares rose today as the earnings beat analysts' expectations. Quarterly revenue was $42.36 billion, down from $49.60 billion in the year-ago quarter, a drop of 14.6 percent.

The third quarter results "reflect stronger customer demand and business performance than we anticipated at the start of the quarter," CEO Tim Cook said. When Apple announced its previous results three months ago, the company said it expected to make between $41 and $43 billion in revenue in the third quarter of...

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14:23
More expensive iPad Pro helps boost Apple Q3...

Revenue-wise, the iPad Pro appears to have helped Apple make the iPad its only growing hardware segment during the June quarter, despite the category actually registering yet another drop in sales.

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14:15
The Week in iOS Accessories: Hear your music better...

Crystal clear

This week’s roundup includes “the world’s lightest micro-amplifier”—a gadget that’ll help your iPhone music sound better. Read on!

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Aqua ($80 MSRP) is billed as “the world’s lightest micro-amplifier”—it pairs with a regular pair of headphones to create a high-fidelity audio experience when listening to music on your iPhone or iPad.

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14:12
Apple's so-so Q3: $7.8 billion profit, but...

After Apple’s disappointing second quarter in which iPhone sales slipped for the first time ever, the company had some making up to do. And while iPhone sales continued to decline in the quarter ending June 25, from 47.5 million units in Q3 of last year to 40.4 million this year, the quarter was stronger than both Apple and analysts had expected.

Apple was expecting the slip, as were analysts, though it wasn’t as bad as originally feared. Apple reported a profit of $7.8 billion on $42.4 billion in revenue for the third quarter, which is better than the $42 billion estimated. To compare, Apple raked in $49.6 billion in revenue during Q3 of last year. It was unclear whether the iPhone SE, which was released in March and...

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14:03
Notes of interest from Apple's Q3 2016...

Apple's sales continue to decline across its three major platforms --?iPhone, iPad and Mac --?but the year-over-year losses weren't quite as bad as the market had expected. After reporting the results of its June quarter, Apple executives gave commentary and fielded questions, and notes of interest from the conversation follow.

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13:58
Apple Beats Estimates, Sees iPhones Sales Decline

Apple on Tuesday reported revenue of $42.4 billion for the June quarter, the company’s 3rd fiscal quarter. That included earnings of $7.8 billion, or $1.42 earning per share (EPS). Those results were down from the year ago quarter of $49.6 billion in revenue and $10.7 billion in earnings. It was within Apple’s own guidance of $41 to $43 billion, and earnings beat analyst expectation.

The post Apple Beats Estimates, Sees iPhones Sales Decline appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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13:52
Aquila Test Flight Carries Facebook's Internet...


Facebook has carried out the first full-scale test flight of Aquila, a high-altitude solar-powered unmanned aircraft designed to provide Internet access to remote regions. The company had flown a one-fifth scale version of the airplane for several months. The full-sized craft has the wingspan of a Boeing 737 but reportedly weighs less than 900 pounds fully laden, thanks to the carbon fiber materials used in its construction. The goal of last week's test flight was to verify Facebook's operational models and the overall aircraft design.

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13:43
Live blog: Apple’s fiscal year Q3 2016 earnings call

Just minutes ago, Apple released its official Q3 2016 earnings and as usual, the earnings release will be followed by a live conference call. Typically, Apple CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri give a deeper look into the results, while questions will also be taken from analysts and investors.

In case you missed it, Apple reported $42.4 billion in revenue and $7.8 billion in operating profit. Contributing to those results were sales of  40.3 million iPhones, 9.9 million iPads, and 4.2 million Macs. As usual, Apple did not break out sales of the Apple Watch, which it says is for competitive reasons.

As usual, we’ll have live coverage of Apple’s earnings call in this post. The call will begin at 2PM ET/5PM PT. Tim Cook will likely speak first, followed by Maestri. The Q&A session will round out the call.

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13:40
Apple's Q3 beats expectations with $42.4B in...

Though Apple's sales continue to decline year over year, the company's June quarter came in ahead of Wall Street expectations, with the company posting $42.4 billion in revenue and quarterly net income of $7.8 billion.

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13:38
∞ Apple reports $7.8 billion profit for third-...

Apple on Tuesday announced its fiscal third-quarter results. The company posted quarterly revenue of $42.4 billion and quarterly net income of $7.8 billion, down from the $49.6 billion revenue and profit of $10.7 billion reported in the year-ago quarter. […]

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13:34
Apple announces Q3 2016 revenue of $42.4b: 40.4m...

Apple has officially reported its Q3 2016 earnings results with $42.4 billion in revenue and $7.8 billion in profit from the April to June quarter.

Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2016 third quarter ended June 25, 2016. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $42.4 billion and quarterly net income of $7.8 billion, or $1.42 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $49.6 billion and net income of $10.7 billion, or $1.85 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 38 percent compared to 39.7 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 63 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

Here’s Apple’s breakdown of iPhone, iPad, and Mac sales from the quarter:

iPhone: 40.4 million units
iPad: 9.9 million units
Mac: 4.2 million units

Apple CEO Tim Cook:

“We are pleased to report third quarter results that reflect stronger customer demand and business performance than we...

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13:34
News: Apple Q3 results: $42.4B revenue, 40M iPhones...

Apple reported its third quarter 2016 financial results today, with 40.4 million iPhones and 10 million iPads sold. The company posted quarterly revenue of $42.4 billion and quarterly net income of $7.8 billion, or $1.42 per diluted share. In Q3 2015, Apple had revenue of $49.6 billion and net income of $10.7 billion, or $1.85 per diluted share. Gross margin was 38 percent compared to 39.7 percent a year ago. International sales contributed to 63…

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13:31
Apple published a new Press Release

Apple just published a new Press Release:

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13:30
No charges filed in alleged gun threat involving...

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department confirmed that rapper, producer, and key Apple employee Dr. Dre was temporarily detained without charges while police investigated an alleged gun threat.

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13:29
Apple Q3 2016 Earnings Summary

Apple just released its Q3 2016 earnings statement and quarterly revenue was down year-over-year for the second quarter in a row. The company posted quarterly revenue of $42.4 billion and a quarterly net income of $7.8 billion. Those compare to $49.6 billion and $10.7 billion in the year-ago quarter. 

The bright spots? Services grew 19 percent year-over-year, and App Store revenue was at its highest level ever. The company returned $13 billion to investors as part of the share repurchase and dividend programs, completing almost $177 billion of the expected $250 billion capital return program. 

It's obvious that the iPad Pro is having an effect on revenues -- although unit sales were down 3 percent from the previous quarter, revenues were up 10 percent. But iPhone numbers were bleak -- unit sales were down 21 percent of the previous quarter and 15 percent down...

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13:27
Mobile Data Management Bundle: $9.99

Check out the Mobile Data Management Bundle, a deal for Leawo iOS Data Recovery and Leawo iTransfer.  Leawo Data Recovery allows you to restore 12 types of data from your devices, iTunes, and iCloud backup when you suffer a lost or broken device. And Leawo iTransfer allows you to transfer files between iOS devices, and backup your iPhone, iPad, and iPod data to a Mac. You can get both products for $9.99 through our deal.

The post Mobile Data Management Bundle: $9.99 appeared first on The Mac Observer.

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13:23
Google releases redesigned Zagat app for iOS

The Google-owned restaurant recommendations app Zagat gets a refresh today on iOS including a brand new visual design, improved search functions, and more.

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13:23
Apple Music exclusive streaming venue for '...

The Carpool Karaoke segment introduced to the U.S. on The Late Late Show With James Corden is being spun off from the parent show, with the new show streaming solely to Apple Music subscribers.

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13:14
Apple buys ‘Carpool Karaoke’ and will distribute it...

Apple has reportedly bought the Carpool Karaoke series being spun out of The Late Late Show with James Corden on CBS. No word on what the purchase price was.

Apple will distribute the show on Apple Music , where it sees a natural fit in the series (which will feature James Corden driving celebrity guests around while they sing hits), and where it's been starting to turn to original video as a bonus for its paying subscribers. The series will consist of 16 episodes. In each episode, celebrities will ride along and sing along with the host, James Corden.

Each week, a new episode will become available exclusively to Apple Music subscribers in more than 100 countries. A host...

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13:13
Notable apps and app updates for July 26, 2016

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

tvOS Apps/Updates for the Apple

Adobe has premiered Lightroom for the fourth generation Apple TV. The free app allows you to share your photos one by one in a slideshow, with the ability to stop and zoom in to see all the detail within your photo. You can navigate through all your photos to find that exact memory you’re looking for.

All your photos are always available with your latest edits. In Lightroom for Apple TV, you can view and share all of your synced Lightroom photos including photos you’ve uploaded via Lightroom CC on your desktop, Lightroom on mobile, or Lightroom on the web.

iOS...

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13:12
Hackers can spy on wireless keyboards from hundreds...

This hack doesn’t affect non-wireless or Bluetooth keyboards and none of the more popular keyboards used by Mac or iPad users are included on the list of affected keyboards. At least, not yet.

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13:11
Apple Music Buys ‘Carpool Karaoke’ series

Apple has emerged as the surprise buyer of the unscripted TV series based on the “Carpool Karaoke” segment of CBS’ “The Late Late Show with James Corden.”

I’ll admit to being a little surprised.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:04
Pokémon GO: Tracking Pokémon with PokéVision

Hunting down Pokémon is pretty frustrating when you know one is near, but can’t find it. That’s because the tracking feature in Pokémon GO is horribly broken and there isn’t any word on when it’ll be working again. To that end, some resourceful Pokémon GO fans put together a site that not only tells you where nearby Pokémon are, but how long they’ll be around.

The post Pokémon GO: Tracking Pokémon with PokéVision appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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13:03
Rumor: second gen Apple Watch due this September or...

According to DigiTimes, the second generation Apple Watch will arrive this September or October. Considering that the first generation smartwatch went o sale in September 2014, that timetable sounds about right.

It would make sense for the Apple Watch 2 (pictured here in fanciful mock-ups only) to debut alongside the iPhone 7 (or 6SE, depending on which rumor you believe), which is speculated to debut on Sept. 12. 

So what would be new in an updated Apple Watch? Some sites are suggesting that a FaceTime camera for video calls would be added, but the biggest change would be to make the Watch less dependent on the iPhone when on an Wi-Fi network. The setup and update processes could be made much faster as a result. Also, lots of folks are hoping for a waterproof (as opposed to water resistant) Apple smartwatch.

There are also reports that Apple will introduce a "smart band" capable of...

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12:55
Review: Moe Bull Stand for iPad Air 2 + 9.7” iPad Pro

The Moe Bull Corporation is a small company which specializes in wooden iPad stands, dubbed the Moe Bull Stand — get it? We received the Moe Bull Stand for iPad Air 2 and 9.7" iPad Pro ($80). The stand has no moving parts. Instead, notches on each side of a tray with one center canal allow an iPad to remain steady in one of four separate landscape viewing angles. Two angles work best for standard viewing, while the more extreme angles lend themselves to typing or iPad viewing in bed, respectively. Moe Bull Stand comes in walnut or maple wood, and there are a number of versions of the stand for other iPad models, as well.{/exp:char_limit}
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12:55
Apple buys viral ‘Carpool Karaoke’ Late Late Show...

Apple today has acquired the rights to the insanely popular Carpool Karaoke series that started out as a part of The Late Late Show with James Corden on CBS. While it’s unclear how much Apple has paid for the series, it will release new episodes of it via the Apple Music, reports THR.

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12:50
Next-gen Apple Pencil could work with Mac trackpads...

What does the future hold for the Apple Pencil? Perhaps you’ll use it with your Mac.

On Tuesday, Apple was granted a new patent that would make it possible for future versions of the Apple Pencil to work with Magic Trackpads on the Mac. According to Patently Apple, Apple originally filed for this patent in 2014; right now, the Apple Pencil can only be used with the iPad Pro, both the 12.9-inch model and the 9.7-inch model. 

To read...

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12:25
Adobe Lightroom Comes to Apple TV

Adobe Lightroom is already available on the Mac, iPad and iPhone, and now it’s on Apple TV, too. The Apple TV version won’t let you edit images, but it does display Lightroom galleries on your big screen TV. You can view photos synchronized with the iPad version, or uploaded through Lightroom on the Web, view photos in slide shows, and zoom in on image details, too. Installing Lightroom (free) on your iPhone or iPad first makes it show up in purchased apps on your Apple TV. You’ll need a fourth generation Apple TV and a Creative Cloud account, too.

The post Adobe Lightroom Comes to Apple TV appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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12:21
Apple Beats Expectations in Q3 2016, but Slump...

Is Apple losing its touch, or are consumers’ wallets tightening? Apple’s investment in services like Apple Music and Apple Pay, coupled with the growing success of professional-grade iPads, seems to be paying off, even while its other product categories decline.

 

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11:50
Prisma app becomes unavailable, rumors swirl as to...

The rumors have begun circulating.

Prisma, the insanely popular photo filter which adds powerful and pretty easily used art and rendering tools via neural networks and an artificial intelligence configuration to photographs, appears to have crashed under the weight of its aforementioned popularity.

A series of error messages have stated that the app is over the capacity as to what it can handle for its user base, which has given rise to speculation as to the future of the app.

Current rumors have it that it could be purchased under Facebook’s Instagram brand and we’re awaiting verification to media inquiries as to the future of Prisma and its developer, Prisma Labs Inc.

Prism requires a device running iOS 8.0 or later.

If you haven’t tried it,...

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11:44
How to Display the macOS/OS X Version From the...

There may be occasions when one wants to verify what OS X version is running on a Mac. We all know how to do it from the GUI with “About This Mac,” but John shows us how to do it from the UNIX command line when necessary.

The post How to Display the macOS/OS X Version From the Command Line appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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11:40
Home button on Apple's waterproof 'iPhone...

Much like the Force Touch trackpad on Apple's latest MacBooks, the home button on the company's next-generation iPhone won't physically click when pressed -- instead, it'll simulate a click with vibration, a pair of new rumors claim.

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11:22
Vizio purchased by Chinese company for $2 billion

Under the deal, Vizio will be operated as an independent subsidiary, with the company’s current management team staying in place and working out of its offices in Southern California. Vizio’s data business, Inscape, will be spun out into a privately held company, with Vizio CEO William Wang serving as chairman and CEO. The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter of this year.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:07
Microsoft Word gains powerful Editor, Researcher...

For years, Microsoft Word has included spell checking, grammar checking, and bibliography tools to help students and others polish their writing skills. You can think of the new Editor and Researcher tools as supercharged versions of what’s already there.

Both capabilities will only be available to those who subscribe to Office 365, Microsoft’s subscription service, however. The Researcher tool should be available today to subscribers, or after your Office 365 suite completes its most recent update. Editor will arrive this fall, Microsoft said. The July updates also include new Outlook capabilities.

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11:06
Fluent survey: Apple has a strong core business, but...

Fluent, an ad tech company, has released a report on Apple products, which surveyed 2,144 Americans to better understand their views of Apple products—the iPhone in particular. The survey results confirmed the belief that Apple has a strong core business, but also demonstrated that consumers are divided on the extent to which Apple will continue to lead its competitors. According to Fluent:

 

  • Thirty-eight percent of Americans said they most regularly use an iPhone. This trails Android devices by only seven percentage points.
  • iPhone owners plan to buy new iPhones. Eighty-seven percent of iPhone users say they will purchase another iPhone for their next purchase, higher than 74% of android users saying they will purchase another android device.
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10:58
Deals: $100-$500 off iMacs; $200-$300 off MacBook...

Apple authorized resellers are offering triple-digit discounts on iMac and MacBook configurations this week with free shipping and no tax in most states. Save up to $500 on iMacs or snap up a 13-inch MacBook Air for as low as $799. The 1.3GHz Early 2015 12-inch MacBook is also $999 this week.

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10:46
Adobe brings browsing-only version of Lightroom to...

Adobe on Tuesday launched a new version of Lightroom for the fourth-generation Apple TV, intentionally scaled back from its siblings in terms of functionality.

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10:45
TMO Daily Observations 2016-07-26: Stronger iPhone...

Apple’s iPhone display glass is pretty strong, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at whether or not the iPhone needs stronger glass, plus they shoot down the idea that the iPhone 7 will really be called the iPhone 6SE.

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10:37
Two things that aren’t going to happen: Apple won’t...

Sometimes you have to wonder what tech analysts and pundits are thinking. There are two op-ed pieces today suggesting changes to Apple that simply aren’t going to happen. One recommends breaking Apple into separate companies. The other recommends firing Tim Cook.

The first —which you can read in full at TheStreet — finds Carnegie Mellon Professor Vivek Wadhwa recommending that our favorite tech company splinter into smaller companies akin to what Google did when it split its core Internet business from several of its other projects by becoming a subsidiary of Alphabet in 2015.

"Apple's problem is that it has no new products. The iPhone is now nine years old, there's been nothing new since then. Yeah they made it bigger, they made it smaller, they added some new processors and so on but that...

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10:35
New videos provide high quality look at iPhone 7...

Are you ready for another look at the iPhone 7 dummy units that seem to be proliferating around the web? A couple of popular YouTubers have provided high quality hands-on looks at the units, comparing them to the current-generation iPhone 6s. more…

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10:11
Announcing Lightroom for Apple TV

I use Flickr right now as a way to show off my images on an Apple TV but this would allow me to keep up with any edits I may make to them.

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10:11
T-Mobile bulks up Binge On with ABC, Fox Now, Apple...

Binge On is adding to its smorgasbord of data-free viewing and listening choices. T-Mobile announced that streaming from Fox Now, ABC, Apple Music, NatGeo TV, and Ceek VR are the latest additions to the popular program.

The new entrants give T-Mobile a total of over 100 providers, which means there’s a good chance that a few of your favorite services participate. When you enable Binge On, you can play streaming content from any of those providers without eating into your monthly data allotment on T-Mobile’s network.

Sounds great, right? Well, not to everyone. Recently, researchers at Northeastern University studied Binge On, and found that it regularly drops below a 480p resolution, which is usually a minimum for acceptable quality....

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10:05
External Link: Why Your Phone’s Battery Meter Is...

Has your iPhone ever died, even though it claimed to have charge left? The Wirecutter goes over the complex reasons why mobile device battery meters are often so inaccurate. The article describes the disparate variables that go into computing remaining battery charge and concludes that battery meters can, at best, provide only a guess of charge remaining.

 

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External Link: Adam Engst and Josh Centers Discuss...

Adam Engst and Josh Centers joined host Chuck Joiner on the MacVoices podcast to discuss their new book, “Take Control of Preview.” They describe how it started out as a popular TidBITS series, outline Preview’s many capabilities, and explain why the built-in Mac app is akin to a Swiss Army Knife.

 

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10:00
NIST: SMS shouldn't be used for two-factor...

The US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published a preview of documents that are recommending against the use of SMS as an authenticator for two-factor authentication. As a result, Apple may need to develop a dedicated app or use another app for two-factor authentication.

If two-factor authentication is turned on for verification of Apple IDs, for example, a validation code is sent to a smartphone and then entered on the device the owner is trying to validate. While NIST says that SMS can be used for two-factor authentication as long as a phone number is linked to a real cellular network and is not a virtual phone number, future guidelines will do away with the use of SMS.

Apple's two-factor authentication scheme is entirely voluntary and doesn't rely totally on phone numbers, but without using SMS, a...

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09:41
Supply chain expects 2nd-gen Apple Watch in...

Apple's supply chain is reportedly expecting the second-generation Apple Watch to debut sometime in September or October, although the company may not be planning a huge launch for its next wearable.

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09:25
Smartphone platform wars: The final score

The smartphone platform wars are pretty much over, and Apple and Google won. But it’s interesting, in passing, to note the final score, and think about what it means.

Some good work from Benedict Evans.

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09:00
Have Osram Lightify iPhone-controlled light bulbs?...

The "Internet of Things" may make it easy for us to automate our lives, but it's also making it easier for hackers to gain access to home networks and computers. Security researchers Rapid7 (via ZDnet) are reporting that security flaws in Osram's Lightify brand of iPhone-controlled lightbulbs could allow hackers to launch browser attacks or even identify the wireless network's password.

According to the ZDnet post, "The security firm said in an advisory that one of the worst flaws could allow an attacker to “take control of a product” in order to launch attacks against a browser by allowing the injection of persistent JavaScript and web-based HTML code into the web management interface… Another severe weakness in the smart home device allows an attacker to identify the wireless network’s password. The devices use short, eight-character codes, which can be easily...

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08:57
Microsoft Office 365 gains machine learning writing...

New updates are coming to Microsoft's Office 365, including artificial intelligence driven writing style coaches and research assistants in Word, plus the addition of "Focused Inbox" email management to macOS.

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08:44
Investor’s Expensive Lesson: Nintendo Didn’t Make...

Investors, just like gamers, are a fickle lot, and Pokémon GO is showing just how true that is for Nintendo. The company’s stock shot up to its highest point in decades after pretty much everyone with a smartphone went crazy over the game, then took a big hit when Nintendo reminded investors it has only a partial stake in developer Niantic and Pokémon Company.

The post Investor’s Expensive Lesson: Nintendo Didn’t Make Pokémon GO appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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08:30
Apple's Q3 Earnings Call is this afternoon, 2...

How time flies! It's already time for Apple's third fiscal quarter earnings call, which will be held this afternoon starting at 2 PM PDT/5 PM EDT. Last quarter's call brought bad news to investors, with the first year-over-year decline in smartphone sales ever. The company's new iPhone SE has now been selling for a full quarter, so we'll be anxiously waiting to see if it has pulled the company from the doldrums or if Apple has a second quarter with declines.

You can listen in on the earnings call at http://www.apple.com/investor/earnings-call/, and we will try to have the numbers as soon as they're available -- usually about 30 minutes before the start of the call. 

We won't be doing a liveblog of the event; instead, we encourage you to listen to the event and come to your...

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08:28
New guidelines may push Apple to switch away from...

Newly-published guidelines could lead Apple and other companies to find an alternative to SMS for two-factor authentication, such as dedicated apps, according to reports.

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08:25
Adobe brings Photoshop Lightroom to the living room...

Professional photo editing likely comes to mind first when you think of Lightroom, but Adobe has managed to bring Photoshop Lightroom to the living room with a neat new Apple TV app sans any editing features.

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08:12
News: Researchers expose security flaw in Osram...

Researchers have discovered a number of flaws in the Osram Lightify lighting system that could leave a user’s WiFi network open to attack, ZDNet reports. In an email advisory, security firm Rapid7 said one of the worst flaws allows an attacker to “take control of a product” to launch browser-based attacks against a user or identify the home wireless network’s password. Where a home network’s password is as strong as the…

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08:00
Adobe brings Lightroom to the living room with an...

Adobe’s Photoshop Lightroom has widespread appeal to a broad constituency of photographers for viewing, management, editing, and sharing their images. Today, the company is augmenting its Lightroom brand with a new app for the fourth-generation Apple TV.

Lightroom for Apple TV is designed for large-screen viewing of photos in your home or studio. All of the photos that you’ve synchronized with Lightroom mobile or uploaded via Lightroom on the web are available for viewing in this app and you can present them individually, in a slideshow, or zoomed to 200 percent for fine detail.

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07:41
CarPlay, Android Auto functionality included in all...

You’ll be able to use CarPlay as well as Android auto in Ford’s entire line of 2017 cars, SUVs, light trucks and electric vehicles.

On Monday, the company announced that it will bring CarPlay to already-released 2017 models such as the Fusion, Mustang, and Explorer, while other models like the 2017 F-150, Focus, Edge, and Super Duty will arrive at U.S. dealerships later this year.

Ford confirmed in January that it would be adding CarPlay and Android Auto to all of its 2017 vehicles in North America equipped with BlackBerry’s QNX-based SYNC 3 platform, starting with the 2017 Escape in May.

The auto make also added Spotify, Pandora, Ford PASS, AccuWeather and AAA member services to SYNC AppLink.

In December, Ford retroactively added Siri...

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Security flaw in Osram’s iPhone-controlled Lightify...

Osram’s Lightify brand of connected, iPhone-controlled lightbulbs is reportedly subject to security flaws that could allow unwanted access to your home network, according to a report from security researchers Rapid7 (via ZDnet).

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07:34
News: Cops bust ‘criminal enterprise’ using stolen...

Chicago police have arrested six people in connection with “an organized criminal enterprise” using stolen credit cards at various Apple stores, the Chicago Tribune reports. The suspects were using identities and credit card numbers stolen from victims throughout the country to make fraudulent purchases, police said. The suspects, all of whom were from New York state, would fly into O’Hare International Airport, rent a car and visit…

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News: Update in iOS 10 allows for autoplay of silent...

Apple is relaxing its controls on autoplay videos in Safari with the release of iOS 10, allowing silent or muted videos to start automatically. A post on the WebKit blog explains the rationale behind the changes as an effort to keep up with new display needs, as developers integrate more video elements into their sites. Some of those pages don’t work on iOS 9 due to user gesture requirements, so Apple is relaxing its restrictions. Silent or…

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07:13
AAPL Q3 Earnings Report Set for Tuesday Afternoon

Apple’s 2016 third fiscal quarter earnings report is scheduled to start this afternoon after the market closes. This quarter will include iPhone SE sales, and analysts will be watching closely to see if the company’s smartphone numbers show a year-over-year decline for a second quarter. The Mac Observer will be here to bring you the latest news and analysis from the event, so be sure to follow along with us this afternoon.

The post AAPL Q3 Earnings Report Set for Tuesday Afternoon appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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07:12
T-Mobile now lets subscribers stream unlimited video...

Last fall T-Mobile introduced its Binge On feature that allows subscribers to watch unlimited video from select services over their network, and today the carrier has expanded Binge On to include video content from Apple Music. This means T-Mobile customers can watch music videos or other video content through Apple Music without worrying about hitting a data cap. The carrier already supported unlimited audio streaming through Apple Music through its Music Freedom program.

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07:05
Runkeeper gets social with new Running Groups feature

Popular Apple Watch app Runkeeper was updated on Tuesday with a new feature called Running Groups, a cross-platform social element designed to help users achieve their fitness goals.

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06:51
Apple wins patent on tech hinting at Apple Pencil...

Apple on Tuesday won the U.S. patent rights to a stylus concept that could pave the way for using an Apple Pencil with Macs, whether on Force Touch trackpads or otherwise.

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06:43
Six caught in attempted fraud at Chicago area Apple...

Chicago Tribune:

Six people from New York state have been charged in “an organized criminal enterprise” during which fraudulent transactions allegedly were attempted at an Apple store in Deer Park, according to Lake County authorities.

The sheriff’s office obtained information last week that the enterprise was attempting to make fraudulent purchases at various Apple stores in the Chicago area, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office. Further investigation revealed the suspects were using stolen identities and stolen credit card numbers of victims throughout the country to make the purchases, police said.

Christopher Covelli, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office, said the suspects would fly into O’Hare International Airport, rent a car and go to Apple stores to attempt to make purchases.

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06:40
A cleaner, simpler Google Maps focuses on '...

Who says you can’t have form and functionality? Google Maps just received a major facelift on desktop, Android, and iOS that’s designed make it much easier to find your way about town. The new changes are rolling out now.

The first big change: Google gave Maps a cleaner, simpler look. The idea is to help you more easily observe “actionable information” like traffic conditions and transit locations. Bold outline borders for roads have been removed, for example. You’ll still see outlines for major thoroughfares, but all those side streets are just a simple white lines.

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06:39
Apple Music streaming videos added to T-Mobile Binge...

T-Mobile U.S. on Tuesday added 16 more video streaming services to its unlimited data Binge On program, highlighted by Apple Music, ABC, Disney, DISH Anywhere, and Nat Geo TV.

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06:38
Google rolls out new version of Google Maps – a love...

I do a lot of long drives, and over time, have made the shift to Apple Maps. Apple Maps has made obvious, continuous improvements since its rollout and it serves me well. I made a long trek this weekend and was pleased when Apple Maps weighed in, mid-route, with a suggested alternate route to save me time due to an accident ahead.

Accepting this new guidance took a single tap and the new route got me there faster. How do I know? Because Apple Maps shows me my expected arrival time, and with the new route, that expected arrival time changed. And proved accurate.

Add the Apple Watch to this mix. I love the fact that as I drive, I get steadily updated turn by turn directions on my Apple Watch, with haptic taps on my wrist to remind me of upcoming turns.

Apple Maps does a terrific job of getting me where I need to go.

Is this new version of Google Maps better? Here’s an experiment to try. Go to the announcement page, then scroll down to the video that shows...

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06:11
All the Q3 AAPL numbers analysts are expecting to...

Business Insider gave us a steer last week on analyst expectations from Apple’s fiscal Q3 earnings report due later today, and the WSJ has now put together its own roundup of the consensus numbers analysts are expecting to hear.

Apple told us last quarter to expect revenue in the $41-43B range, with analysts anticipating that the company will land pretty much in the middle at $42.1B. Apple didn’t provide an estimate of earnings per share, but a Wall Street survey by Thomson Reuters forecasts the number at around $1.39 – a big drop on the $1.85 in the same quarter last year.

Analysts are pessimistic about iPhone numbers and revenues …

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06:09
Patent report: Apple Pencil on a Mac, electronic...

Apple files for — and is granted — lots of patents by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Many are for inventions that never see the light of day. However, you never can tell which ones will materialize in a real product, so here are today’s patent highlights: 

The Apple Pencil is one of the niftiest accessories for an iPad Pro. Soon you may be able to use it with a Mac via a Magic Trackpad. Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,400,570) for a “stylus with inertial sensor” with images (shown) showing it working with a Mac.

What’s more, the Apple Pencil may also be operated as a as a joystick, a rotational controller, or other input devices in addition to serving as a touch sensor input device. For example, on-screen content may be rotated, tilted, or otherwise manipulated using rotational controller and joystick input from the inertial sensor, per the patent.

Apple has also been granted a patent (number 9,400,526) for a “bumper...

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06:09
The Apple goes mushy

Nicholas Windsor Howard shares his thoughts on what he perceives as a decline of the OS X interface. There’s a lot to process here, a reasoned, well thought out essay.

Just a taste:

In Apple’s view, an icon depicting a camera and a photo was too literal for an application that handles photos. Therefore, when iPhoto gave way to its replacement in 2015—Photos—the previous carefully-rendered icon gave way to this bland, meaningless rainbow abstraction.

Is the move from the obvious to the minimalistically abstract a step up? A step down? Read this, decide for yourself.

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06:09
This new Outlook feature will organize your inbox...

Microsoft is finally bringing one of the best features of its Outlook mobile app to the desktop. Users of Outlook on Mac and Windows will start seeing their inbox separated out into two tabs: Focused and Other.

As the name implies, the Focused Inbox is supposed to hold all of a user’s important emails, while Other contains everything else. Users can train the system by moving email to and from the Focused Inbox, and establishing rules about certain senders and subjects.

When new messages come into the Other inbox, a banner will show up at the top of the list of focused messages letting users see how many new messages are in that section of their inbox, along with a select list of senders.

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06:08
Apple's December 2016 quarter could gain extra...

Apple has historically added an extra week to its December quarter when the 31st of the month falls on a Saturday --?which it does again this year. That extra time could add 3 million iPhone sales to the three-month period, one analyst has predicted.

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06:08
iOS Messages: Leaving Group Conversations

This Quick Tip is all about a neat Messages feature called “Leave this Conversation.” Melissa Holt will discuss why you need it and why you might not be able to use it in certain situations.

The post iOS Messages: Leaving Group Conversations appeared first on The Mac Observer.


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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Layze Flexible Universal Car Mount

In our iLounge Deal for today, you can pick up the Layze Flexible Universal Car Mount for only $12.99 — that’s 73% off the regular price. This car mount will help you easily and safely view your iPhone’s GPS while on the go, attaching firmly to your dashboard or windshield and orienting in any direction that works for you. It’s compatible with all smartphones and GPS devices, and the gooseneck, 360-degree rotation provides lots…

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05:57
Apple earnings call expectations

If you are interested in Apple’s upcoming earnings call, spend a few minutes looking through these Above Avalon charts, which lay out the numbers, making it easy to see the numbers Apple needs to hit to meet expectations.

Terrific job by Neil Cybart pulling these together.

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05:39
Apple earnings call, today at 2p PT

You can listen in on Apple’s official earnings call page.

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05:36
Fraudulent transactions attempted at Chicago Apple...

Six people from New York state have been charged in "an organized criminal enterprise" during which fraudulent transactions allegedly were attempted at an Apple store (pictured) in Deer Park, Illinois, Lake County authorities told the Chicago Tribune.

Christopher Covelli, a spokesman for the sheriff's office, said the suspects would fly into O'Hare International Airport, rent a car and go to Apple stores to attempt to make purchases with stolen identities and stolen credit cards. Between Wednesday and Sunday, six people allegedly tried to commit fraud at the store. The six were arrested and charged with multiple felonies. Authorities successfully recovered over $10,000 worth of stolen Apple products from the alleged suspects.

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