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Friday September 4

09:00
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 13” Retina MacBook Pro $1,150...

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

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08:14
Wells Fargo says low expectations for Apple's...

There's a feeling on Wall Street that everything is already known and expected heading into Apple's "Hey Siri" event, investment firm Wells Fargo said on Friday, suggesting that any potential surprises could help push the company's stock higher.

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06:42
Add NFL stats to any show with Comcast's new app

If you can't get enough gridiron minutiae and analysis, Comcast has just unveiled Football Extras for its X1 sports app. It'll work in a similar way to Comcast's Baseball Extras, which was delivered to baseball stat fans earlier this summer. Armcha...

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06:37
Belgium's first Apple Store to open in Brussels...

Apple has reportedly confirmed plans to open its first Belgian store in the capital city of Brussels on Sept. 19, erecting a special construction barricade around a building on Avenue Toison d'Or. [updated]

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06:21
OSVR's open-source VR headset is slowly taking...

The Open Source Virtual Reality (OSVR) headset will get a significant upgrade soon. Gaming peripheral company Razer announced the OSVR program back in January, but the first prototype headset was an underwhelming affair with uncomfortable ergonomic...

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06:00
ICYMI: Self-healing plastic, Star Wars gear and more

Today on In Case You Missed It: We are seriously in awe of the scientific discovery that came from studying squid. Researchers developed a plastic that can reform, no weaker, after getting cut in half-- just so long as water is applied to it. And i...

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05:48
RBC reiterates $150 target for Apple stock, sees...

Apple's Sept. 9 event, where it is expected to introduce a new iPhone and Apple TV, will likely be a catalyst for shares of the company, RBC Capital Markets told investors on Friday, while reiterating its $150 price target.

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05:44
'Batman: Arkham Knight' for PC should be...

Batman: Arkham Knight was supposed to be the perfect swansong for Rocksteady's Dark Knight trilogy. While the game was received positively on PS4 and Xbox One, the PC version was a mess -- so bad, in fact, that Warner Bros. eventually pulled it com...

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05:32
Runtastic Moment combines fitness tracking and an...

After being acquired by Adidas for $240 million, Runtastic isn’t stopping to catch its breath. On Friday the company announced the Runtastic Moment, a line of analog watches that also track your fitness. Instead of wearing a watch and a rubber fitness bracelet, one device can count your steps and active minutes, and a quick glance at its face will show you not only the time, but also your progress toward the day’s goals.

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05:30
Here's how to watch Microsoft's IFA keynote

Unlike Sony, Samsung, Huawei and others, Microsoft isn't putting on a flashy press conference at this year's IFA. That said, Nick Parker, Corporate VP of the company's OEM division, will be taking to the stage to deliver a keynote speech entitled "...

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05:24
AppleInsider podcast delves into the rumored Apple...

With just a few days to go until Apple's Sept. 9 event, the AppleInsider podcast dives deep into the future of Apple TV, streaming content, rumors of new iMacs, new retail store designs, the next-generation iPhone, and an enterprise push with Cisco.

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05:15
IFA Day 2: Samsung's product showcase

IFA 2015 is turning out to be a trade show where the only company announcing anything of interest is Samsung. That's why our wrap-up of day two covers the company's new SmartThings Home Hub, its SleepSense monitor and the Ultra HD Blu-ray player...

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05:00
An Insider Betrayed Ashley Madison - Go Figure


When the giant data breach at infidelity website Ashley Madison made headlines last month, the CEO of the site's owner was quick to claim the caper was an inside job. He had the attacker's profile and work credentials, Avid Life Media's CEO Noel Biderman told ace cybersecurity blogger Brian Krebs. Though not an employee, the individual had accessed the company's technical services. Biderman is no longer at ALM -- he resigned last week after emails stolen from Ashley Madison exposed his infidelities -- but his inside-job assertion lives on.

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04:00
Android Wear on iOS: A hobbled, Google-centric...

You can use Android Wear smartwatches with iPhones now. You shouldn't, but you can.

That's not a value judgment of Android Wear relative to the Apple Watch or WatchOS—both platforms do a lot of the same things, at least when paired to a phone running the same OS. It's more about what Google (or any third-party wearable vendor) can actually do on Apple's platform, which despite recent progress still restricts third-party hardware and software from doing many of the things that first-party hardware and software can do.

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Thursday September 3

20:08
Lloyds Bank Apple Pay support appears to be a small...

Apple Pay officially launched in the U.K. earlier this summer with support from 8 banks, but notably missing from the list was popular bank Lloyds. It appears, however, that Lloyds is inching closer to launching support Apple Pay. As noted by several readers, U.K. residents can now add a Lloyds card to your Wallet, and almost complete the process, but the app presents an error at the end when you are presented with the terms and conditions…

Previously, Lloyds customers would be presented with a “Your Issuer Does Not Yet Offer Support for This Card” error when trying to add a card to Apple Pay. Now, that error no longer...

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19:05
Joy of Tech Comic Nails the Difference Between Cable...

This is so poignant, so spot on. So #totallynailedit. Nitrozac and Snaggy have made a new cartoon for The Joy of Tech called Apple TV: us and them! that utterly encapsulates the reality of the cable TV industry, Apple, and Apple customers, too. Not bad for two frames. Snaggy gave me permission to republish it, so check it out and tell me what you think.


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17:49
Firefox for iOS preview launches in New Zealand, to...

It appears that Mozilla is making progress with its Firefox for iOS browser, as the company launched a limited trial program in New Zealand to shake out bugs and gather data ahead of a planned worldwide debut later this year.

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16:47
Apple launches new gaming-centric Twitter account...

Apple activated a new Twitter account on Thursday dedicated to iOS App Store games and run by App Store editors, a move that some suggest could be tied to gaming capabilities for an expected Apple TV hardware refresh.

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15:53
Amazon buys mobile video services firm Elemental...

Amazon on Thursday announced the acquisition of Elemental Technologies, a firm that provides video processing services for encoding and transcoding traditional media content for consumption smartphones, tablets and PCs.

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15:42
∞ Dom Esposito looks at Samsung Gear S2 and Apple...

Good video if you were wondering about the differences between the two devices.

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15:15
Patriot Ready With a USB-C Flash Drive for Apple’s...

The new Apple MacBook comes with with a USB-C port precluding the use of any USB-A Flash drive without an adapter. Patriot Memory has solved that problem by launching a dual port USB-C, USB-A, combo Flash drive in 32 and 64 GB sizes at good price points. It's called the Stellar-C. John Martellaro has been testing one and posts his review.


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15:00
AWT News Update: September 3, 2015

Movies, rumors, rumors and rumors. Oh, yeah, and iTunes and Apple Music need work. That's all in today's AWT News Update:

  • "Steve Jobs" will premiere this weekend at the Telluride Film Festival
  • An iTunes international VP admits that iTunes and Apple Music need fixing
  • Philips has a HomeKit-compatible Hue Bridge coming out
  • Might be a 21.5-inch Retina display iMac coming in October, coinciding with the release of OS X El Capitan
  • Apple's sold over a million Apple Watches in China alone, and more...

The text version is located below! Want to watch a video version? That's available here. 

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14:40
Danny Boyle's 'Steve Jobs' to make...

Although its official debut isn't scheduled until October, Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs biopic will make an early showing at this weekend's Telluride Film Festival in Colorado.

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14:20
Apple Committed to ‘Cleaning Up’ Apple Music

Apple is working on "cleaning up certain things" about Apple Music, according to Oliver Schusser, vice president, iTunes International, for Apple. In an interview with The Guardian, Mr. Schusser said that Apple has been getting feedback from 110 markets around the world, and was focused on improving the Apple Music experience.


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14:05
Retailer Screws Up, Shows Off HomeKit Compatible Hue...

When Philips said its Hue smart lightbulb line would be HomeKit compatible the assumption was that we'd need some piece of new hardware to make that happen, and now we have confirmation thanks to a light retailer in the Netherlands who added the new Hue Bridge to its online store prematurely. The bad news is the HomeKit compatible Hue Bridge will cost about US$60, but the good news is you won't have to replace any of your bulbs.

The Mac Observer Spin: Spending extra cash to make your Hue lights HomeKit compatible does kind of suck, but it isn't like you have to replace all of your bulbs, too. So at least there's that.


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14:02
External Link: Hulu Now Offering an Ad-Free Option

Tired of the repetitive commercials on Hulu Plus? The good news is that the streaming TV service is now offering a commercial free version for $11.99 per month, with the ad-laden version still available at $7.99 per month. However, some shows, like ABC’s “Agents of SHIELD” will still feature ads.

 

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13:44
Microsoft updates Skype iPhone & iPad apps with...

Microsoft on Thursday released major updates of its Skype apps for iPhone and iPad, redesigning their interfaces for better ease-of-use and more visual appeal, while giving iPad users access to options like location sharing and interactive notifications.

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13:38
Tip of the Day: See when messages were received on...

Due to the limited screen space, the Apple Watch adds timestamps to your messaging conversations far less frequently, so it may not be clear just by glancing when a given message was actually sent or received. Fortunately there’s an easy way to check this out, and it works the same way as it does on your iPhone. When viewing the message list, pull any conversation bubble to the right and you’ll see the timestamps displayed beside each…

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12:10
Last Chance to Pay What You Want for the Mac Power...

The Mac Power User Bundle features ten apps designed to make your Mac more productive and useful. Pay anything, even a penny, and you get two of the apps. If you beat the average price, you get all ten. And if you hit the top ten at any point in the deal, you get five entries in our iPad Air 2 giveaway. But, this is the last chance to get it, as it expires in two days. Check out the details on the deal listing.


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12:00
Google Street View gets its own app

Over the past couple of years, I've enjoyed taking spherical photos using an app from Google. When I say spherical photos, I mean that they're totally immersive -- with a few swipes, you can see up and down, side to side, and even zoom in if you want. Those photos were uploaded to Street View, and have been remarkably popular -- my 22 photo spheres have almost 74,000 views so far. Now Google has changed the name of the free app to Street View and turned it into a fun way to view photo spheres, take your own, and if a Street View vehicle has been driving around the area, even take a "tour". 






The app makes it easy...

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11:40
External Link: Apple Admits that Apple Music Needs...

In an interview with The Guardian, Vice President of iTunes International Oliver Schusser said that there is “a bit of homework to be done” to improve the Apple Music streaming service. “There’s a lot of work going into making the product better. Our focus is on editorial and playlists, and obviously we have teams all around the world working on that, but we’re also adding features and cleaning up certain things,” Schusser said. Schusser added that an Android app and Sonos support are coming this fall.

 

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11:31
Star Wars’ adorable, impossible droid is real: our...

Polygon:

This $150 toy is what you’re going to want for Christmas.

The $150 BB-8 is a toy. A very advanced toy that does many things, but it’s a toy. The only utility it has is the joy that it’s going to bring you when you play with it.

That’s not to say we’re trying to talk you out of buying one. A review unit arrived this morning, and we’ve been playing with the little droid non-stop ever since. This is a premium product, and even the packaging lets you know that you’re about to experience something special.

The folks at Sphero just made Christmas shopping for your favorite Star Wars fan a hell of a lot easier.

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11:30
The Week in iPhone Cases: Getting close to September...

...plus, More and Spigen's designs for the next generation of iPhones

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases features wallets, camo patterns, and battery packs from Speck, PureGear, SwitchEasy, and more! Plus, we’ll show you a sneak peak of cases designed for Apple’s next iPhone.

Carved

Handmade in a number of different styles and patterns, the Random Puzzle (iPhone 5/5S, 5C, 6, and 6 Plus; $24 to $53) gently wraps your iPhone 6 in a natural solid wood exterior combined with a polycarbonate shell.

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11:00
A round of applause for our latest AWT supporters!

Our thanks continue to go out to all of you great readers who have chosen to support Apple World Today through Patreon. With your support, we've practically doubled the total pledges that we had before making our initial plea. There's still a long way to go, so if you haven't yet made a pledge of a monthly donation to keep Apple World Today running, please consider doing so.

We started Apple World Today after our former employer shuttered TUAW,  hoping that a good portion of the readership would follow us. While our core fans did come along, a lot of folks may not have been aware of where we went, so our readership dropped. It's stable now, even growing a bit, but there are three people here who need to make a living. You're helping to make that possible.

Without further ado, here are the latest good folks who have either pledged a monthly amount to support AWT, increased their previous...

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10:49
TMO Daily Observations 2015-09-03: Apple TV’s...

Apple TV may be getting a universal search feature, and Dave Hamilton says that's exactly what it needs. Dave, along with Kelly Guimont, join Jeff Gamet to discuss universal searches for shows and why it's so important for Apple TV. Kelly also explains why she wants to see Apple keep the iPod touch alive.


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10:17
Pro Tools 12.2 available

The new version is available to download.

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09:30
Use Siri to make college life easier

College life can be hectic. Classes, your social life, fitting into someplace new are all challenges that students face. There are poor decisions to be made, too. During the winter semester of my sophomore year I decided to take an 8:00 AM swimming class. Walking to a pool at 7:30 AM on a December morning is a good time to reassess your life choices.

Fortunately, Siri is here to make things easier. From dictation to location-awareness to grabbing a late-night pizza, Apple's digital assistant has got you covered. Here's how Siri can make your school day easier.

Dictate notes between classes

Every year you have that pair of classes that require a brisk, cross-campus walk. Use that time to dictate some notes to Siri. Simply press your iPhone's Home button and say, "Take notes." Continue dictating and Siri will listen attentively, transcribing your notes in Apple's Notes app.

Siri can help you...

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09:03
Apple TV Needs Universal Search

Steve Jobs claimed to have "cracked the code" for creating a connected TV that doesn't suck back in 2011. Earlier this year TiVo introduced their answer to universal search called OnePass. Perhaps the latter gives us a glimpse into what the former will look like. Buzzfeed's John Paczkowski thinks so, and so do I.


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08:16
Pre-event Apple rumor roundup: A song of iPhones,...

Apple’s September 9 product event is still several days away, but the ebb and flow of the great Rumor River has brought us many tidings ahead of time. Nothing is ever certain until Apple announces it, but when you get this close to a product reveal, the leaks get more accurate and it gets easier to separate truth from fiction.

The current scuttlebutt is that this event will revolve around three product lines. A routine iPhone bump and a more powerful Apple TV with better software and an App Store are supposedly sure things. That fabled “iPad Pro” could make an appearance, too, but it’s apparently still up in the air. And don’t get your hopes up about new Macs—despite Intel’s new Skylake processors, rumors say we won’t be getting refreshes just yet.

The “iPhone 6S,” “6S Plus,” and the rest of the lineup

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08:00
DaisyDisk 4: Even more beautiful and now faster than...

The Apple World Today team has always been full of fans of DaisyDisk (US$9.99, free trial available), a Mac OS X utility that does one thing very, very well. DaisyDisk scans all disks attached to your Mac, displaying large files in a gorgeous "daisy-like" fashion and then letting you pick and choose which ones to delete to make more room. Today, DaisyDisk 4 hit the App Store, and we were able to take a look at the new version.

The first thing that strikes you is the new look, which just fits in much better with OS X Yosemite (and OS X El Capitan beta!) than the previous version. Once you've identified the disk you wish to scan, the app zips right through the process. The old version would take a couple of minutes to scan the 1 TB Fusion Drive in my iMac, DaisyDisk 4 did it in about 30 seconds. The company claims speed...

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07:52
Having Your Own Star Wars BB-8 Droid Really is That...

Even though Star Wars The Force Awakes isn't due in theaters until December 18 everyone wants to get their own BB-8 droid, and now you can. Sphero designed the little ball droid that rolls around in the next Star Wars movie, and now they have a smaller remote control version you can send zipping around your home or office. You control it with your iPhone or iPad, and can set it to patrol, explore, or play as it rolls around, and Sphero says BB-8's personality changes based on how you treat it. Sphero's BB-8 goes on sale on Friday, September 4 and will set you back US$150.


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07:47
Latest Apple TV rumor suggests skimpier storage,...

The next Apple TV might not have a lot of room for apps and games if a new report by 9to5Mac proves accurate.

The site, which tends to have a strong record with Apple rumors, claims that Apple’s next set-top box won’t exceed 16GB of storage. Apple may include 16GB in the base model, reportedly priced at $149, or it could charge $199 version for the 16GB version while putting just 8GB in the base model.

In any case, the latest report appears to contradict earlier rumors from both 9to5Mac and BuzzFeed. Last month, 9to5Mac said it...

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07:24
Recent patent shows Apple’s exploration into fuel...

This could lead to some extremely cool stuff.

A patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday shows that Apple is looking into using hydrogen fuel cell technology to power its portable devices.

Text and diagrams depict not only a fuel cell stack for generating power, but related aspects like connections with the portable device and a cartridge system for adding fuel.

The diagrams make reference to a MagSafe connector, implying that technology would be oriented towards MacBooks, and claim that a device could run for “days or even weeks” without refueling.

The report ties in with a recent...

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06:54
∞ Amazing a capella Hotel California

This is really good. If nothing else, jump to about 4:15 and catch the guitar work by the guy with the red bandana. Sunglasses!

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06:44
Meet Apple’s Beats 1 DJ Julie Adenuga (She used to...

I am an unabashed fan of Julie Adenuga. She’s one of my favorite voices on Beats 1. Here’s the Guardian interview/backgrounder.

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06:38
Tado, Europe’s Nest competitor, adds multi-room...

Tado, Europe’s main Nest competitor in the smart thermostat field, has announced two new enhancements to its system. First, multi-room temperature control, allowing different temperatures to be set in different rooms. Second, support for IFTTT recipes to automatically trigger other actions based on Tado detecting people arriving or leaving the home.

For homes that already have different heating devices in different rooms, such as underfloor heating, adding a second thermostat is all you need for the multi-room control. Most of us, though, will need a new smart radiator valve that won’t be available until next fall.

IFTTT support – first promised...

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06:35
XKCD survey

It’s a survey. And it’s being pulled together by XKCD. Go do it!

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06:27
Amazon Prime lets you download videos, watch offline

This is a real differentiator. Will Netflix move in this direction?

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06:25
Spigen’s new iPhone 6s cases are perfect day 1...

Most iPhone owners use cases. They’re the easiest way to keep your device looking and feeling new, even if you accidentally drop your iPhone, or keep it in a pocket or bag with other items. But when Apple releases new iPhones, it can be hard to find a case on day one (or even week one) that’s guaranteed to fit, especially if Apple makes subtle changes to the iPhone’s body.

That’s why Spigen’s new lineup of iPhone 6s cases is so appealing. Each of the 5 designs has been custom-molded with the little bit of extra space Apple’s slightly thicker iPhone 6s will need, so you can have protection ready as soon as your iPhone arrives. Starting at under $11 and topping out at $28, they’re also surprisingly slim and super-affordable, with a lot of cool color and texture options. Our top pick? The impressively slim, brand new design...

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06:20
Emojipedia’s preemptive strike against online ads

This is one way to get out of the ad biz. I like it!

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06:06
KGI: iPhone 6S will have upgraded 5MP front camera,...

A report from the usually-reliable KGI has repeated many of the details from our exclusives on the iPhone 6S, but additionally offered support for an earlier rumor that the front camera will be upgraded to 5MP. Surprisingly, it also suggests that the rear camera lens may not be sapphire, as it has apparently failed drop tests.

Aside from upgrading rear camera module to 12MP, Apple will upgrade front camera module to 5MP […] The new iPhone may not be equipped with sapphire cover lens, as it still has quality issues on the drop test.

Although sapphire is much more scratch-resistant than Gorilla Glass, it is more brittle, and thus at greater risk of shattering when dropped.

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06:00
Samsung Sleep Sense wants to hop into bed

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06:00
iShowU Studio for OS X is an intuitive screen...

Shinywhitebox sys its US$79 iShowU Studio for Mac OS X (10.9 and higher) provides "video editing for mortals." That's a pretty high-falutin'  claim, but it's mostly true. The screen casting solution is designed to provide easy post-recording editing and publishing of footage you capture.

iShowU Studio lets you quickly record your Mac's screen. You can capture videos, then edit them by adding text, annotations, pointers and highlights. Though it's aimed at the consumer and beginner prosumer market, it shares a lot of the same features of the iShowU HD and iShowU Pro apps, including camera capture, keyboard/mouse compositing, and upload services to YouTube and Vimeo. 

Once you open the app, you'll be presented with a dialog to help you select a microphone and camera. A red Record button lets you stop and start recording. It's that easy.



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05:54
The horrible awfulness of online ads

I see ad blocking with new eyes now. Read on.

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05:30
Patent application suggests possible Apple Watch-...

As anyone who’s tried one of the interactive demo units for the Apple Watch will know, it’s a pretty effective way to understand what the Watch can do. From a patent application published today, it appears Apple may be considering doing the same thing with future iPhones.

While iPhone users may consider the devices pretty self-explanatory, and wonder why such interactive displays might be needed, the patent text does give one clue. The description specifically references Bluetooth devices as a potential application of the technology.

An electronic device may include features that require communication with...

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05:21
Rumor: New iPads, including “iPad Pro”, to debut at...

Apple might be debuting its long-awaited next-gen “iPad Pro” come the media event on September 9th.

The rumor mill currently has it that besides a pair of new iPhones, the substantially revamped Apple TV set top box, and new bands for the Apple Watch, Apple is currently planning to debut a a refreshed version of the iPad mini and the iPad Pro at the event.

The iPad Pro is currently scheduled to go on sale in November, following a pre-order campaign that will launch toward the end of October. Rumors which indicated that the tablet could be announced in October and still hit a November ship date, although recent announcements of Apple iOS enterprise...

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05:00
KeyRaider Malware Busts iPhone Jailbreakers


Data-robbing malicious software dubbed "KeyRaider" has stolen more than 225,000 valid Apple accounts and thousands of certificates, private keys and purchasing receipts, Palo Alto Networks' Unit 42 reported last week. The firm identified the malware in cooperation with WeipTech, which found the accounts on a server while it was analyzing suspicious user-reported iOS tweaks. KeyRaider targets Apple iPhones modified by their owners -- that is, jailbroken -- to accept third-party applications.

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04:38
Samsung launches next-gen SmartThings Hub with 10-...

SmartThings, Samsung’s answer to Apple’s HomeKit, got some valuable stage time at IFA in Berlin this morning, with the announcement of a brand new SmartThings Hub.

The hardware has been revamped, and no longer needs a connection to the cloud in order to work. What’s more, it’s got a built in backup battery capable of giving you 10 hours use in the event that you have a power cut.  The new Hub is available to order today and was launched alongside a handful of complimentary sensors for tracking water leaks and motion among other things.

Whether you have two smart devices or 200, all you need is one Hub to create a smart home. Like...

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04:36
More than 1M Apple Watches sold in China, reports...

A week after IDC estimated worldwide Apple Watch Q2 sales of 3.6M units, a large Chinese app analytics company has reportedly measured more than 1M Watches in use in China. TalkingData has access to huge volumes of data as the apps it monitors include WeChat, which has more than half a billion active users, reports Business Insider … 

Apple has not released any official...

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04:00
Lawsuit against Apple, Google & others for ‘Do...

A class action lawsuit against Apple, Google and other tech companies for agreeing not to poach each other’s employees has finally been settled. Steve Jobs, Google’s Eric Schmidt and others had agreed in emails not to offer higher salaries to each other’s employees in order to reduce the risk of losing valuable employees. When the emails came to light, the 64,000 employees affected successfully argued that this had limited their earning potential.

After Apple’s originally settlement offers were rejected by Judge Lucy Koh as inadequate, the company increased its offer to $415M, which the judge agreed was...

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03:30
What does Apple have in store for Windows users?

It's that time again. Apple has sent out invitations to its September 9 new product event, and tech journalists are reading the tea leaves, checking the colors and tagline of the invitation for clues as to what's coming. Apple is messing with us this time, suggesting we ask Siri for some hints, but Siri is just being a tease.

We know that we'll see a new iPhone, most likely called the 6s and the 6s Plus (or the 6 Plus s?). There may be new colors, and there may or may not be a 4-inch model of the iPhone. (Personally, I hope so.) iOS 9 will be released at the same time as the new iPhone....

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00:33
Apple supplier Japan Display alludes to increased...

Japan Display CEO Mitsuru Homma dropped some clues regarding Apple's upcoming iPhone release on Thursday, saying his company's biggest client, widely thought to be Apple, is increasing orders despite a soft Chinese market.

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Wednesday September 2

23:33
Judge approves $415M settlement in Silicon Valley...

A federal court judge has green-lit a joint $415 million settlement in an anti-poaching lawsuit involving Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe, officially bringing the years-long case to a close.

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21:14
JetBlue mechanics choose iPad mini 3 for digital...

After putting iPad 4 into operation as an electronic flight bag in 2013, then iPad mini 3 for in-flight cabin services this year, U.S. airline JetBlue is turning to Apple's tablet platform to aid aircraft maintenance technicians.

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19:20
ACM 322: Apple’s TV Shows, Ian Rogers’ New Job,...

Apple is reportedly looking to create original content for Apple TV in the form its own TV shows and movies. Jeff and Bryan offer up their thoughts on whether or not Apple is in a position to make that happen, plus they look at Ian Rogers' unexpected departure from Apple Music, and why jailbreaking your iPhone may not be such a good idea.


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17:41
Facebook, casual games dominate list of most popular...

According to fresh statistics from analytics firm App Annie published on Wednesday, social media giant Facebook is responsible for four of the top ten most downloaded iOS apps of all time, with Google and Apple titles in tow.

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17:03
"Extremely Critical" OS X Keychain...

Mark Wilson writes: Two security researchers have discovered a serious vulnerability in OS X that could allow an attacker to steal passwords and other credentials in an almost invisible way. Antoine Vincent Jebara and Raja Rahbani — two of the team behind the myki identity management security software — found that a series of terminal commands can be used to extract a range of stored credentials. What is particularly worrying about the vulnerability is that it requires virtually no interaction from the victim; simulated mouse clicks can be used to click on hidden buttons to grant permission to access the keychain. Apple has been informed of the issue, but a fix is yet to be issued. The attack, known as brokenchain, is disturbingly easy to execute. Ars reports that this weakness has been exploited for four years.

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16:41
Internet-connected baby monitors are vulnerable to...

Don't call a priest just yet if you hear strange voices coming out of your child's baby monitor -- it's more likely a hacker than some kind of supernatural entity. Security firm Rapid 7 has released a study that shows just how vulnerable at least n...

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16:21
New 'iPhone 6s' photos reportedly confirm...

A set of photos posted to the Web on Wednesday supposedly show a next-generation iPhone partially assembled from leaked parts being measured with a pair of calipers, revealing the device is slightly larger than current models in all dimensions.

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15:46
US will pay over $133 million to protect OPM data...

That massive data breach at the US Office of Personnel Management is going to cost the country a lot more than you might think. Officials have awarded ID Experts a contract to protect the 21.5 million affected government workers against identity th...

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15:17
Panasonic is reviving Technics' legendary DJ...

Ask DJs about their favorite turntables and they'll frequently swear by Technics' SL-1200 -- even though it hasn't been made since 2007, the super-reliable deck is still the gold standard for vinyl spinners. If you're one of those enthusiasts, you...

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15:02
Google Nexus event rumored for Sept. 29 with new...

Google is reportedly planning to host a Sept. 29 press event in San Francisco, at which it will reveal two new Nexus smartphones running Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

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14:52
WD's latest cloud tech gives you a reason to...

Let's be honest: the cloud features bundled with hard drives tend to suck. They're seldom more than nice freebies that you ignore while you set up Dropbox, Google Drive or another more sophisticated option. However, WD (aka Western Digital) might g...

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14:41
Attacks accessing Mac keychain without permission...

On Tuesday, Ars chronicled an OS X technique that's being actively used by an underhanded piece of adware to access people's Mac keychain without permission. Now there's evidence the underlying weakness has been exploited for four years.

As documented by Twitter user @noarfromspace, the keychain-penetrating technique was carried out in 2011 by a piece of malware known as DevilRobber. The then new threat caught the attention of security researchers because it commandeered a Mac's graphics card and CPU to perform the mathematical calculations necessary to mine Bitcoins, something that was novel at the time. Less obvious was the DevilRobber's use of the...

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14:39
The Weeknd, The Chemical Brothers, James Bay, more...

Apple on Wednesday revealed more information about its upcoming Apple Music Festival slated to kick off later this month, adding The Weeknd, The Chemical Brothers, James Bay, Leon Bridges and Take That to the list of artists set to perform live in front of UK fans.

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14:36
More Apple Music Festival performers revealed...

Apple officially confirmed its Apple Music Festival two weeks ago, announcing that the event will take place from September 19th through September 28th in London. At the time, the company announced artists such as One Direction,  Disclosure, Pharrell, and Florce + The Machine would be performing at the event. This evening, however, Apple has announced a handful of new artists for its annual festival…

In tweets and on Julie Adenuga’s Beats 1 show, Apple has announced that The Weeknd, The Chemical Brothers, Take That, Leon Bridges, and James Bay are all now slated to perform at the Apple Music Festival. While The Weeknd, The Chemical Brothers, and Take That will perform their own headlining sets, Leon Bridges will perform with Pharrell, while...

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14:30
Frozen: How to Force Quit an OS X App Showing a...

From time to time, an app may lock up with a spinning beachball of death. Because you have no control of the cursor to activate a Force Quit or launch Activity Monitor, it's necessary to invoke a keyboard command. John delves, lightly, into a handy trick.


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14:30
The Week in Mac Accessories: Stands, sleeves, bags,...

Stands, sleeves, bags, and more

We’ve got a little bit of everything in this week’s roundup.

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The $150 CT3 Apex X2 17-inch Backpack is big—it holds laptops up to 17 inches in size—and rugged, with case compartments hinged by “military-grade nylon.” And it’s comfortable, featuring a padded back to reduce your fatigue.

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14:27
Machinima settles FTC charges over paid Xbox One...

Ever watch a YouTube review of a game or console and worry that the reviewer was a little too enthusiastic? You're not alone. Machinima has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it mislead gamers by failing to disclose that Xbox On...

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14:02
3D printing resurrects Iron-Age Irish musical...

While 3D printing is often used for advancements in medicine or science, such as FDA-approved drugs or rocket pumps, this week it made an academic one. A PhD student at the Australian National University recently used a 3D printer to duplicate an I...

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13:46
Review: Nest’s 3rd Gen Learning Thermostat adds a...

By now, Nest’s story is quite well known: founder Tony Fadell left Apple after co-inventing the original iPod, founding Nest to re-imagine neglected home devices with modern designs and features. Nest started with the Nest Learning Thermostat, which made HVAC programming and remote management easy — really for the first time — then released the Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide alarm, and after acquiring Dropcam, the...

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13:46
Gear: IK Multimedia iRig PowerBridge

IK Multimedia’s new iRig PowerBridge ($70) is a new accessory that solves an issue we’ve had with IK’s Lightning-connected studio accessories for a while — the problem of powering your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch while using them. Devices such as the iRig PADS, iRig KEYS, and iRig Mic HD connect to the Lightning port, so you can’t normally connect your iOS device to power at the same time. While this is fine for casual use,…

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13:44
Baby Monitors Riddled With Security Holes


Rapid7 on Wednesday released a report on an assortment of new vulnerabilities in baby monitors from several manufacturers: predictable information leaks; backdoor credentials; reflective, stored XSS; direct browsing; authentication bypass; and privilege escalation. "Many of the issues would allow video and audio from the device to be viewed by an attacker, whether from a live stream or previously recorded clips," said Mark Stanislav, senior security consultant for global services at Rapid7.

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13:40
Making the Case for the iPod Touch

While the iPhone continues to evolve, its counterpart, R2D2 the iPod touch, has fallen out of step. Kelly makes the case for why the iPod touch should not only stick around but get a little bit of the "updated iOS device" love that's going around.


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13:39
Motorola debuts second-gen Moto 360 smartwatch,...

Motorola on Wednesday introduced two new versions of its Moto 360 smartwatch, including a second-generation flagship device and separate edition specifically for fitness, the Moto 360 Sport.

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13:38
Videos of ships going through storms will turn you...

Atlas Obscura:

it’s September, and hurricane season is once again upon us. Since it is an El Niño year with cooler than normal temperatures across the tropical Atlantic, everyone is hoping for a low-drama season.

However, as AccuWeather reports, we may not end up being so lucky. Indeed, it is likely that a few tropical storms will track northerly, and make life a living hell for pleasure boaters and working crews alike.

While you may never set sail on the seven seas, why not watch some terrifying, yet mesmerizing videos of ships stuck in storms from the safety of your computer screen?

As a Nova Scotianer, I love the sea but these videos make even the sailor in me queasy.

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13:37
Amazon reimburses you for Dash Buttons after your...

In late July, Amazon quietly made its Dash Buttons available to all Prime members, without any announcement or fanfare. Today, the company finally made its new program official, and added products from 11 new brands in the process, though it's stil...

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13:16
Apple Music seen as gateway for streaming TV service...

The recent launch of Apple Music --?while important to the future development of iTunes -- is also thought to be part of a larger effort to push consumers toward Apple's long-rumored web television service by softening the ground for monthly subscriptions.

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13:12
Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 is twice as friendly...

Qualcomm is clearly bent on drumming up hype for its Snapdragon 820 chip by drip-feeding facts, but its latest revelation is a big one. The company has revealed that the Kryo CPU at the heart of the chip is up to twice as power-efficient as the Sna...

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12:52
CBS to stream Super Bowl 50, AFC playoffs & two...

CBS on Wednesday announced that it will stream the Super Bowl, the AFC playoffs, and two regular-season NFL games to a wide range of devices and platforms, including Apple TV, for free, with no authentication required.

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12:48
Robots can learn from their mistakes in real-time

Robots and other artificial intelligences can already learn from their mistakes, but they typically have to pause what they're doing to process what happened. They might not have to take a break in the future, though. Researchers have patented a te...

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12:07
iOS 9's News app grows to 50 publishers amid...

When its News app launches this fall alongside iOS 9, Apple will have over 50 publishing partners on board, a report revealed on Wednesday.

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11:07
Rumor: New colors coming to Apple Watch Sport Band...

Current and future Apple Watch owners will reportedly have a number of new color options to choose from when picking out a Sport Band for their wearable, as Apple is said to have prepared an expanded range of color options that will be unveiled on Sept. 9.

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11:00
AWT Reader Poll: What type of content do you want to...

AWT supporter Javier Vilanova had a great idea this morning in our patrons-only Slack chat: "In the interest of getting closer to the readers, a survey post asking what we want from an Apple focussed news org in this day and age."

You asked, we listened. Here's a short poll that will be open for one week, and we'd love to have your input on which of the following content types you'd like to see more of. If your favorite choice isn't here, please leave a comment after the post and we'll take your input into account.

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10:36
iPad Pro planned for Sept. 9 debut with iPad mini 4...

Apple’s September 9th event is set to be one of the company’s largest events in history, as is reflected by the expansive size of its San Francisco venue. Besides a pair of new iPhones, the substantially revamped Apple TV set top box, and new bands for the...

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10:30
Happy Hour Podcast 030 | What you should know ahead...

With the recent announcement of the expected iPhone 6S and Apple TV 4 event, we’ve got a lot to talk about this week. From rumors to reporting, there’s no shortage of iPhone and Apple TV details to discuss. The Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and through our dedicated RSS feed.

New episodes of Happy Hour are available every Wednesday. As mentioned, you can download this podcast via iTunes or plug in our RSS feed link into your favorite podcasting app. Send an email to...

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10:17
Hulu launches $12 'ad-free' streaming tier...

Hulu on Wednesday added a $12 "No Commercials" tier to its steaming video service, looking to better compete with rivals like Netflix and HBO Now, which have always been ad-free.

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10:00
Back to school: iPhone, iPad apps for high school...

High school students have a lot to keep track of throught the day, from academics to extracurriculars to the all-important social life. In this post we're going to look at hitting the books, staying on top of things and preparing for what's next. Here is our list of iPhone and iPad apps for high school students.

Numerical (universal, free with in-app purchase) The self-professed "calculator without equal" is literally that: There's no equals button. "The equals button was invented when calculators were the size of furniture. It's time to move on," its developers say. Numerical displays the results of your calculations as they're entered and maintains a history that's one swipe away.

Numerical also offers plain-language errors, which is very helpful and different. If you make an error, it's explained in human-readable English. Nice! With several themes to choose from and a...

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09:35
Apple Event: New Apple Watch bands, 16GB iPhones...

Starting with the iPhone 3GS, every new iPhone has started with 16GB of storage as a base model — a capacity that has come under increasing fire as both videos and apps have grown in size. Despite new capabilities and the presence of 4K video recording in the new iPhones, sources say that the new iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus will retain the same storage tiers as the current iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus: 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB. On-contract pricing will also be the same as the 2014 models: $199, $299, and $399 for the iPhone 6S, versus $299, $399, and $499 for the iPhone 6S Plus. We previously posted images of pre-production next-generation iPhone components that indicated that the 16GB option could remain.

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09:09
New adware scripts mouse clicks to access OS X...

A new version of the long-running Genieo adware has brought with it a new technique for accessing the OS X Keychain without user intervention, a security gray area that could be used by other malicious actors to make off with sensitive data stored in the Mac credential manager.

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