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23:00
Parallels Access 3.1 arrives, adding full support...

Parallels has announced the arrival of Parallels Access 3.1, an update to the excellent remote control application for iOS. In the past, it was possible to use Parallels Access on a 12.9-inch iPad Pro, but there were some issues. Now the app makes use of the full screen resolution of the iPad Pro. 

When attaching to a remote Mac from the large iPad Pro, the same three resolution choices that already exist are still there -- "Best for your Device," "More Space," and "Same as Computer". That means that with the 2732 x 2048 pixel iPad Pro screen, one can pull up an undistorted image of a 27-inch iMac screen (not the Retina 5K model, though -- it features a 5120 x 2880 screen!). When the screen size is larger than that of the remote computer, Parallels Access 3.1 adds letterboxing black bars at the top and bottom. 

Other features for the iOS app include:

  • Support for 3D Touch on iPhone 6s and 6s Plus
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20:25
New 13" MacBook to launch in Q3, end...

Noted KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts Apple to launch a next-generation 13-inch MacBook model in the third quarter of 2016, which would expand the company's thin-and-light lineup directly into 13-inch MacBook Pro territory.

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20:22
Apple prepping thinner MacBook Pros with OLED screen...

According to a new note from reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo at KGI Securities and corroborated by our sources, Apple plans to introduce a dramatically overhauled MacBook Pro later this year. Kuo says the device will have a new “thinner and lighter” design with design cues taken from the 12-inch MacBook, as well as Touch ID support and a new OLED display touch bar above the keyboard.

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18:04
Prototype iPhone 6 with ‘SwitchBoard’ operating...

Every so often we see a prototype Apple product hit eBay and go for an astronomical amount of money. Today, a “vintage” iPhone 6 prototype with a red Lightning connector has surfaced on eBay. The listing just went up earlier today and has a starting price of $4,999. But expect it to go for much higher than that.

more…

Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: Apple, iPhone 6, Prototype ...

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17:40
Dubious Study Says Fitbit Sucks at Heart Rate...

A new study claims Fitbit's fitness trackers don't accurately measure user's heart rate. That shouldn't come as a big surprise considering Fitbit's products don't undergo FDA approval, but the study itself is dubious first because of its questionable methods and second because it was commissioned by a law firm that's currently suing Fitbit.


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17:33
Using emojis as search terms in iOS Spotlight

I had no idea you could do this.

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17:20
Apple Sued Over iPhones Making Calls, Sending Email

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Fortune: A company that seemingly does nothing but license patents or, if necessary, sue other companies to get royalties, has taken aim at Apple. But here's the kicker: the lawsuit alleges that Apple's last several iPhones and iPads violate a slew of patents related to seemingly standard features, including the ability to place calls as well as sending and receiving emails. A total of six patent infringement claims were brought against Apple by Corydoras Technologies on May 20, according to Apple-tracking site Patently Apple, which obtained a copy of the lawsuit. According to Patently Apple, the counts against Apple cover every iPhone dating back to the iPhone 4 and every iPad dating back to the iPad 2. In addition to taking issue with Apple's devices placing calls, the lawsuits also allege that the tech giant violates patents Corydoras holds related to video calling, which is similar to Apple's FaceTime, as well as displaying a person's...

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16:29
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16:26
As Apple prepares switch to OLED for 2017, suppliers...

While many are still waiting for Apple to officially announce the iPhone 7 this fall, some have already turned their attention to what the company has up its sleeve for next year’s iPhone. According to a report from Bloomberg, suppliers are already preparing to mass produce OLED displays for next year’s flagship device.

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Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: Apple, iPhone 8, OLED ...

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16:08
Microsoft Tightens Screws on Terrorists Posting...


Microsoft last week announced plans to crack down on terrorist content, perhaps in response to the Obama administration's intense effort to get Silicon Valley's help in preventing organizations like ISIS from using social media as a recruiting and fundraising tool. Microsoft has amended its terms of use to prohibit the posting of terrorist content on its various platforms, extending the existing prohibition on hate speech and advocacy of violence against others.

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15:23
ATM hacking spree nets thieves $12.7 million in two...

Normally when your data is part of a haul from some security breach your most immediate worry is about how it can be used to steal your identity online. Well, sometimes that information is instrumental in physical heists. On May 15th, a team of hacke...

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15:21
Notable apps and app updates for May 23, 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.

iOS Apps/Updates for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

iThinkdiff has introduced Njump 1.0. To avoid enemies and obstacles, players in the free game must guide Ninja by make the right jump at the right time. Currently there are six missions, each designed with different kinds of obstacles and enemies. Other than the first mission, all other missions are locked. If the player can score a 15 mile distance in the first mission, then the second mission will be unlocked. All other missions follow the same metaphor.

Facebook introduced the Like button seven years ago, and now Sickweather has introduced the Sympathy button for their public health social...

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15:16
Chance the Rapper Sounds the Changing of the Guard...

If you listen ever so closely you might just hear the refrain, that symbolic moment when the old guard—music downloads—began switching places with the new guard—music streaming. And it was Chance the Rapper who played the sound track of that moment, his album Coloring Book.


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15:15
AWT News Update: May 23, 2016

New ways to control your home lighting, the never-ending Facebook livestream, and more iPhone 7 rumors:

  • Philips ships its HomeKit-compatible White Ambiance bulbs and starter kits
  • Facebook Live Video adds a new API that provides endless livestreaming
  • New rumors based on what appear to be molds for the new iPhones show that the dual-camera arrangement will only happen with the iPhone 7 Plus
  • Apple share prices rebound on good financial news

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for May 23, 2016.

Here’s good news for people who want to get into Apple HomeKit control of their lighting. Philips is now shipping its Hue...

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14:27
CyberGhost VPN Premium Plan 3-Year Subscription: $39...

We have a deal for you today on a 3-year subscription on VPN service through CyberGhost. This packages includes AES 256-bit encryption, unlimited bandwidth, and several other security features. Check out the details on the deal listing—our price on this 30-year subscription is $39.99.


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14:00
4K UHD TV: Samsung and Sony Are Passing on Dolby...

Page two of last Friday's Particle Debris explores an important CNET article about how, with the latest in HDR technology, Samsung and Sony have elected to pass on Dolby Vision. However, their current 4K UHD TVs still support the HDR10 standard. Why they're doing that and why you should be aware of it is showcased, and an important summary chart from CNET is shown. "But with two rival [HDR] formats, some TVs will have a leg up -- and the brand you buy could make all the difference."  You've been warned.


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13:43
Apple Music Paves Industry Pricing Path, Spotify...

Ten dollars per user per month is simply too expensive for streaming music, and the labels know it. Today's announcement that Spotify has dropped their family pricing to match Apple Music's $15 per month for up to six users is yet more evidence that the music industry is continuing to march towards this reality.


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13:34
MacTech Conference 2016 Adds Home Automation Showcase

Details of this year’s MacTech Conference are starting to become available, and the conference organizers have announced that the event will feature an Apple-focused Home Automation Showcase. Register by the end of the month to save $600 off the standard pricing.

 

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13:33
Gear: Belkin Travel RockStar

Belkin’s Travel RockStar ($60) is a battery pack + surge-protected charger. Designed to be a go-to option for travelers, Travel RockStar packs a 3000 mAh USB battery into its blocky frame. Two three-prong surge-protected outlets are included, in addition to a 2A USB output port. A battery meter is located near the USB port. Foldable wall prongs keep the accessory more compact, though no cables are included. Belkin offers a $75,000 connected…

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13:19
New iPhone 7 schematic images show dual-camera...

Over the weekend we saw a trio of iPhone 7 leaks showing the redesigned antenna lines, dual-camera module, speaker grilles, and a new 256GB storage chip. Now, HDBlog has uncovered a new set of images from Chinese web forum Baidu claiming to show schematics for both the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The images show the dual-camera being exclusive to the larger model, while Smart Connector holes are nowhere to be seen.

more…

Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: iPhone 7, iPhone 7 plus ...

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13:08
Review: Audio-Technica ATH-MSR7NC, a notable step up...

If you read our review of the ATH-M50x closed-back headphones, I made it pretty clear that I was a fan of what Audio-Technica was offering. The ATH-M50x’s are well-known for giving Beats By Dre headphones a run for their money, and at a much more affordable price.

I also had the opportunity to go hands-on with one of Audio-Technica’s newest offerings, the ATH-MSR7NC. These noise-cancelling cans differ in many ways from the company’s mainstream offering, and at more than double the price of the M50x’s, venture into more premium territory. Should you consider them? more…

Filed under: Reviews Tagged: active...

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12:56
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 23...

Notable software releases this week include Skype 7.28, OmniOutliner 4.5.3, Parallels Desktop 11.2, PDFpen and PDFpenPro 8.0.1, Security Update 2016-003 (Mavericks and Yosemite), and Safari 9.1.1.

 

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12:56
ExtraBITS for 23 May 2016

In our most important ExtraBITS this week, Apple first acknowledged issues with iOS 9.3.2 on the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and then pulled the update for that device. In other news, Apple has provided a look at the future of the Apple Store, millions of LinkedIn passwords from a 2012 breach have been leaked, Apple gets a big boost from a famous investment firm, and Apple Pay may be losing a competitor.

 

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12:53
Google's New Custom Chip May Not Live Up to the...


Google last week announced the Tensor Processing Unit, a custom application-specific integrated circuit, at Google I/O. TPU was built for machine learning applications and has been running in Google's data centers for more than a year. Google's AlphaGo software, which thrashed an 18-time international Go champion in a match earlier this year, ran on servers using TPUs. TPU is tailored for TensorFlow, Google's software library for machine intelligence, which it turned over to the open source community last year.

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12:45
TMO Background Mode: Interview With AquaMinds Co-...

Scott Love is the co-founder of AquaMinds, famous for its NoteTaker software. Like many successful developers, Scott got an early start with Steve Jobs at NeXT. One genesis of NoteTaker was their early fascination with thinking tools. A well designed notebook is not just a scrapbook—it's powerful personal software. Another inspiration was how Steve Jobs had a strong desire for visual fidelity on the display and an immersive experience with text. Finally, add the emergence of the Internet and more information to manage, and NoteTaker became the obvious, elegant solution. Later in the show we cover the tough decisions faced by a modern developer, betting on certain Apple technologies, being in Mac App store and dealing with yearly updates to OS X. Scott closes with an interesting prediction about future data storage.

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12:40
Ride sharing service Lyft testing scheduled pickups...

Uber competitor Lyft is adding a new level of convenience to catching a ride from an app on your iPhone. Starting today, Lyft is testing scheduled pickup times so you can arrange a car to pick you up before the moment you need it. Passengers will be able to set pickup times up to 24 hours ahead of time from the Lyft app.

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12:16
Skype causing problems for Mac podcasters

Great article. I can’t remember a time when podcasters, me included, haven’t complained about Skype.

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12:14
Google I/O 2016 Includes Announcements with Apple...

Google competes with Apple, but much of its technology also lives on Apple devices. So it’s not surprising that the Google I/O developer conference last week was jammed with technology announcements of direct relevance to Apple users. These include a Google Home voice-controlled device and two new messaging apps for iOS.

 

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11:37
Patent Lawsuit Targets iPhone for Making Phone Calls

Apple is facing the most stunningly amazing patent infringement lawsuit ever: the iPhone's ability to be used as a phone. The patent holding company Corydoras Technologies filed its lawsuit in the Texas Eastern District Federal Court, which is known for favoring patent trolls.


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11:30
Office 2016

Forums: Troubleshooting

I just updated our network to office 2016, we are now unable to save any Office files directly to the SAN. I can save them over a file share to the same location so it's not a permissions issue. Has anyone seen this happen yet? I can save the files to my desktop and copy them over but then I am unable to edit them directly.

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10:51
TMO Daily Observations 2016-05-23: iPhone Calling...

Apple is getting sued for patent infringement because the iPhone can make phone calls. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at the Corydoras Technologies lawsuit and the plight of patent troll cases in general, plus they have some thoughts on a lawsuit claiming Fitbit's heart rate tracking feature is wildly inaccurate.


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10:23
Spotify matches Apple Music with improved $15 Family...

Looking to hold onto its dominance in the music streaming space, Spotify on Monday launched an upgraded Family plan, matching similar ones from Apple Music and Google Play.

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10:02
Study: still plenty of room for growth for the use...

New data from the Local Search Association — as noted by MediaPost — says that about 56% of smartphone, mobile phone or tablet users who access the Internet don’t use voice-enabled assistants. The study is based on data from 2015.

Of those that do use voice-enabled assistants, 22% access Apple Siri; 2%, Microsoft Cortana; 1%, HTC Hidi; 6%, Samsung S Voice; 1%, LG Voice Mate; and 18%, Google Voice Search, according to LSA, a not-for-profit industry association of media companies, agencies and technology providers who help businesses market to local consumers.

The study found that laptops and desktops were the most widely used devices for conducting searching — at 65% and 58%, respectively....

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09:54
New forecast has 2016 iPhone production reaching a...

Hold on! Perhaps Apple isn’t doomed after all. Taiwan’s Economic Daily — as noted by Barron’s said Apple had asked its suppliers to produce 72 to 78 million new iPhones by the end of the year, the highest production target in about two years. The street had expected only 65 million iPhone 7s to be produced this year.

According to the Taiwan newspaper, Hon Hai Precision Technology will remain the key assembler for the “iPhone 7” and Pegatron Corp. will be involved in the assembly process too. Both companies are expected to gain more market share this year, as they participate in dual camera, glass casing components production in addition to being assemblers.

One of the most unique iPhone cases you'll ever see: X-Doria...

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09:35
Spotify matches Apple Music’s family plan

Spotify has upgraded its family plan, now allowing up to six Premium accounts per family for $14.99 a month. The new plan is a direct match to Apple Music’s family plan — which Google Play also matched back in December — and is a dramatic improvement over Spotify’s old family offering, which would’ve cost users $30 a month for family of five (there was no six-person plan available before today).

Smart move.

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09:35
Xiaomi Revenues Were Flat in 2015

Scott Cendrowski, reporting for Fortune: Xiaomi, the Chinese smartphone maker and second highest-valued startup in the world at $45 billion, barely grew sales at all last year. Revenue for 2015 reached 78 billion yuan ($12.5 billion), a 5% rise from 2014's 74.3 billion yuan. Taking into account the falling value of the Chinese currency, the yuan, sales rose 3% in U.S. dollar terms. Xiaomi has been mum about the 2015 sales total since founder Lei Jun gave a revenue target of 100 billion yuan ($16 billion at the time) at a government meeting in March last year. Flat sales growth represents a dramatic change of fortune for Xiaomi, which until recently appeared to be enjoying the momentum befitting China's hottest startup. It was coming off sales growth of 135% in 2014, and in early 2015 founder Lei Jun said at a press conference that Xiaomi's new smartphone was even better than Apple's iPhone. However the phone, the Mi Note, amassed early user complaints about hot temperatures and...

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09:30
Apple offers to replace Maine school’s iPads with...

Before Auburn decided what to do, the district surveyed grades seven through 12 students and teachers, Auburn School Department Technology Director Peter Robinson told the Auburn School Committee on Wednesday night.

The results were overwhelmingly in favor of laptops: 88.5 percent of teachers and 74 percent of students favored them over iPads.

Interesting that iPads showed great success in lower grades, but the schools said “iPads have shortcomings for older students.”

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09:23
Final Cut Server Subscription Broken for Assets

Forums: FCS WorkflowsTags: Final Cut Server

Hi Guys

I have a bit of a problem with a Final Cut Server deployment and I am hoping someone can throw me a couple of hints to try to get past the problem I am having with Subscriptions in a clients Final Cut Server system that is about 4 years old now.

The trouble is I am trying to edit and also create new subscription for metadata to trigger when an asset field value is changed, however when I try and edit this in the FInal Cut Server backend (system prefs>final cut server>subscriptions) and also inside fcsvr>administrator>configuration>subscriptions the values do not appear for existing and also for new subscriptions for assets that is already configured.. or new ones I am creating. The...

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09:04
TuneIn to Radio Stations Worldwide, Plus Sports and...

The Internet service and mobile app TuneIn gives you access to radio stations around the world so you can listen to music, news, sports, and talk shows for free. It also offers podcasts, and, for a monthly fee, audiobooks and live sports coverage.

 

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08:17
Apple pulls iOS 9.3.2 update for 9.7-inch iPad Pro,...

Well, this is a bit of a mess.

As of Friday, Apple has effectively pulled the iOS 9.3.2 update for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

The company has promised that a fix is in the works, albeit some users complained that the update effectively “bricked” their tablets in some cases while others were able to install the update without issue.

Upon attempting to install the update, affected iPad Pro units displayed an “Error 56” message, which Apple identifies as a generic hardware effort. Early reports suggested there was no immediate workaround other than taking the tablet to an Apple Store for help or a replacement.

After pulling the update on Friday, Apple issued a statement stating it is working on a fix for the bug, which it claims affected “a small...

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08:00
Rumor: Next-gen iPhones could see antenna redesign,...

It looks like you might get the 256GB iPhone you’ve been hankering for.

Late last week, a leaked image corroborated a previous rumor that Apple may be offering a 256GB storage tier for the next-gen iPhone.

In addition to showing a dual-camera module, a series of Weibo images claim to show a 256GB memory chip, suggesting that Apple for the first time will introduce a higher storage variant with the iPhone 7 lineup. What’s notable, though, is that the images show 16GB, 64GB, and 256GB chips, perhaps implying that the 128GB model will be replaced all together with the new 256GB model. Judging by this leak, however, the 16GB model is here to stay.

The 256GB component leak lends credence that Apple could introduce this new storage capacity to...

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07:19
Spotify's New Family Plan Is Cheaper, $14.99...

An anonymous reader writes: Spotify on Monday announced some changes to its family plan subscriptions, allowing them to use Spotify Premium for $14.99 per month and get six different Spotify accounts and profiles. This is the exact same deal as the one you can get on Apple Music today. Spotify is just making sure you're not going to move your entire family over to Apple Music for pricing reasons. The company introduced family plans back in 2014. At the time, it was one of the first subscription services with family plans. You could get 50 percent off extra Spotify accounts. So it would cost you $14.99 for two accounts, $19.99 for three accounts, $19.99 for four accounts, etc. For big families with at least three accounts, the new Spotify family plan is cheaper. For singles and couples, it's the same price.


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07:12
Spotify feels the heat from Apple Music, matches 6-...

Spotify is clearly feeling the competition from Apple Music, and is now matching the Cupertino company’s family deal of $14.99 per month for up to six family members. This literally halves the cost of Spotify’s previous family membership, as well as extending it from five to six people …

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Filed under: Apple Music Tagged: Apple Music, Music, Spotify, Spotify Family Membership, Streaming Music...

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06:50
Apple May Turn its Stores into Car Showrooms

The massive sliding doors on Apple's redesigned Union Square San Francisco retail store create a 40-foot opening that's more than big enough to drive a car through. Sure, it makes for a great open air experience when shopping, but maybe it's a hint that Apple plans to use its new store design to show off its own car.


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06:36
Patent trollin’: Corydoras Technologies sues Apple...

Another day, another lawsuit. A Texas “patent troll” dubbed Corydoras Technologies that first sued Samsung in March is now suing Apple with a series of patents that they acquired from Japan which they claim are "presumed valid,” reports Patently Apple

The company claims that 20 iPhone and iPad models infringe on their patents in respect to cameras, call blocking, FaceTime calling and more. Corydoras Technologies filed as a Domestic Limited Liability Company (LLC) in the State of Texas on Friday, Dec. 29, 2006. A LLC isn’t a corporation; it is a legal form of a company that provides limited liability to its owners in many jurisdictions. 

A patent troll is an individual or an organization that purchases and holds patents for unscrupulous purposes such as stifling competition or launching patent infringement suits. In...

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06:26
Apple's Tim Cook is third on Adweek’s ‘The...

Apple CEO Tim Cook placed in Adweek’s second annual “The Power List,” trailing Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Larry Page, co-founder of Google’s Alphabet.

To assemble The Power List, AdWeek — which covers breaking news and trends in media, marketing, advertising and technology — “considered the profiles and results of global corporate titans, taking into account such criteria as company value, revenue and revenue growth, market performance, consumer reach and affinity, their standing among rivals, the number of employees overseen, key acquisitions and partnerships, industry accolades and media buzz.” 

Here’s what Adweek has to say about Cook: “Lately, Apple's shiny reputation has been tarnished. Following four...

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06:17
Pop artist’s lawsuit against Apple is dismissed by a...

A lawsuit filed by pop artist Romero Britto against Apple and a design firm claiming misuse of his distinctive images and colorful style has been dismissed, report the Miami Herald. Miami federal court documents show the 2015 lawsuit was dropped last week. No details were provided, but all parties will pay their own costs, notes the Herald.

In April 2015 Britto sued Apple for using Craig & Karl artwork in its "Start Something New" ad campaign. He claimed the ad campaign mimicked the design style that he's famous for.

Apple used a Craig & Karl image featuring a patchwork hand on a bright yellow background on one of the iPads in the graphics used to promote the "Start Something New" campaign. There was even a profile of Craig & Karl on Apple's describing how the image was made on an iPad Air 2 using iOS apps. 

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06:09
Some Maine schools choosing to replace iPads with...

The "post-PC era" may not be here just yet (assuming it comes at all). For example: after hearing students and teachers “overwhelmingly” say iPads are used to play games in class, while laptops are better for schoolwork, Auburn and other districts in Maine are offering to replace the Apple tablets with laptops such as MacBooks, reports the Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal.

The department and Apple are calling it a “refresh” and are making the swap at no extra charge. Laptops and iPads ordered in 2013 can be returned for new MacBook Airs, which cost less than the Apple laptops three years ago according to the Journal. The article adds that schools who do prefer iPads can also opt to get the latest versions of the tablets. 

Before Auburn decided what to do, the district surveyed grades seven through 12 students and teachers, Auburn School...

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05:00
The highly recommend Neato Botvac did a bang-up job...

Neato’s Wi-Fi enabled Botvac Connected robot vacuum can be controlled with your Apple Watch. That’s cool, but it’s only one of the cool things about this robo-vacummer, which can be controlled from Apple and Android smartwatches. 

The Botvac Connected was tested for two weeks in a large carpeted auditorium at Northside Church in Nashville, TN, with 72 large benches for seating. Anyone who has vacuumed a large auditorium with benches knows the challenges of the job. Most vacuums are too big to move between the benches and the time required to complete the job is extensive.

 

The Botvac Connected comes well packaged; we (Yours Truly and the Northside staff) were instantly impressed with the quality of the machine. Setup was simple and straightforward. The Botvac performed extremely well, moving quietly between...

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04:38
No Email Issue on 30 May 2016 for Memorial Day

We’re taking a brief break from building an email issue of TidBITS next week in honor of the Memorial Day holiday in the United States, so look for the next issue in your mailbox on 6 June 2016.

 

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04:32
Apple & Maine Dept of Education swapping out...

Apple and the Maine Department of Education are swapping out iPads for MacBooks after a survey found that students and teachers alike favored laptops for older students. The deal means that there will be no additional cost to schools for exchanging the devices, reports the Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal.

Auburn School Department Technology Director Peter Robinson said that the success of iPads in primary grades had make them look like the right choice at the time, but they have turned out to be less than ideal for older students …

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Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: Apple in schools,...

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04:30
The Atelier Folio is a classy sleeve for MacBooks on...

WaterField Designs has yet to disappoint me with one of its products. This includes the elegant, leather Atelier Folio for the 2016 rev of the 12-inch MacBook (though it works just fine with the 2015 model).

At $109, the laptop sleeve is pricey, but you’re paying for value. It’s made of “heirloom quality” leather laptop sleeve that’s custom fit to the teeny laptop’s dimensions. It also cradles the MacBook leather cut by WaterField’s artisans from one hide. It’s designed to model to the laptop over time for a perfect fit.

The interior of the cognac-colored Atelier Folio — comprised of red Ultrasuede scratch-free microfiber — offers a modicum of protection for the laptop’s frame. The laptop sleeve closes with a magnetic snap to keep the MacBook from escaping. 

If you mainly use the laptop at home or at the office, you can find less expensive sleeves. However, if you and...

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03:54
Apple hit with dumbest patent troll claims yet: ‘...

Patent trolls – companies that buy old patents purely to sue companies for claimed infringements – love to get their hands on very generic patents, as those give them the maximum number of possible targets. But Texas-based Corydoras Technologies LLC wins the prize for the dumbest claims yet against Apple. It is alleging, among other things, that the iPhone infringes its patents by making phone calls and sending emails …

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Filed under: AAPL Company, iOS Devices Tagged: Corydoras Technologies LLC, iPad, iPhone,...

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03:00
Deal of the Day: ProXPN VPN Lifetime Subscription 89...

For true Internet safety and privacy, there's probably nothing better to use than a virtual private network (VPN). Think of a VPN as a highly secure encrypted tunnel through which your data travels; nobody can "sniff" unencrypted data from your Mac or iPad when you're using public Wi-Fi, and if you're being blocked from visiting a site because you're in the "wrong country," VPNs can be used to get around the geo-blocking. For the next few days, the Apple World Today Deal Shop has a big deal for you -- a lifetime premium subscription to ProXPN VPN for just  $39

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02:49
Purported photos of iPhone 7 back show beveled...

Via Weibo, the above image is claimed to be a real photo of an actual iPhone 7 back, not a mockup or case. Most interestingly in this picture is the new rear camera — it appears to be bevelled and protrude outwards. The camera is also aligned differently compared to current iPhones; it is positioned closer to the top-left corner. The camera hole also appears to be slightly larger than the current 12 megapixel shooter in the iPhone 6s. Unfortunately, people hoping for the camera bump to go away will be disappointed with this leak, as it suggests the bump will continue to be a part of iPhone design for at least another year.

On the positive side, the new design of the camera does suggest that substantial improvements to photo and video quality are on the cards. Whether the image...

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02:48
Undersecretary of nine appeared somewhere in the...

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Nintendo 3DS is going to steal my time! Follow on Twitter superkyol Kyle. 'Fate: Where can I find a dealer strange XUR this week. The end of the week in the world of destiny, and that means XUR, Undersecretary of nine appeared somewhere in the tower. But instead of players scape pore over every inch of the land Haven. We have the full scoop on where to find XUR what items you have to sell these week.Unlike last week, when it was hidden XUR well off the beaten track in the vicinity of one of the factions and the fate of supplies, Undersecretary of nine actually very easy to detect.

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02:42
requiring Drake somewhere.

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It is advisable to give Bruce Straley and Neil Druckmann considering leading this project as well.More art graphics of Naughty Dog can be seen on the internet in the core of the exhibition, which is also holding the 30th Anniversary tribute Naughty Dog in Alhambra, California. The exhibition began on 27 September 2014 and was completed on 12 October, so if you want to get a closer look at the exhibition has to offer before the publication of the book, it's time.

Yesterday Anonymous 4 entries chief designer Kurt Margenau outside PS4 improve the image of the new bearer of Nathan Drake. Deadman Mode Gold While the image was taken from TV (you can see a lot of things to think), Drake has a lot of details this time. He looked older, rougher and less like a man who was crazy, right?! Drake got used to it. However,...

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Sunday May 22

20:33
Skype 7.28

Enables you to start a call or a text chat from the dock icon. (Free, 43.7 MB)

 

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16:32
OmniOutliner 4.5.3

Fixes a couple of instances of crashes. ($49.99 new, free update, 24.2 MB)

 

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16:32
Parallels Desktop 11.2

Adds a new Developer Settings pane for managing automatic updates in virtual machines ($79.99 new for standard edition, $99.99 annual subscription for Pro/Business Edition, free update, 294 MB)

 

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16:30
How the Pentagon Punished NSA Whistleblowers

10 years before Edward Snowden's leak, an earlier whistle-blower on NSA spying "was fired, arrested at dawn by gun-wielding FBI agents, stripped of his security clearance, charged with crimes that could have sent him to prison for the rest of his life, and all but ruined financially and professionally," according to a new article in The Guardian. "The only job he could find afterwards was working in an Apple store in suburban Washington, where he remains today... The supreme irony? In their zeal to punish Drake, these Pentagon officials unwittingly taught Snowden how to evade their clutches when the 29-year-old NSA contract employee blew the whistle himself."

But today The Guardian reveals a new story about John Crane, a senior official at the Department of Defense "who fought to provide fair treatment for whistleblowers such as Thomas Drake -- until Crane himself was forced out of his job and became a whistleblower as well..." Crane told me how senior Defense Department...

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16:23
Google I/O 2016: Android's failure to innovate...

Rather than focusing on the incremental innovation needed to win back the attention of enterprise users and premium consumers, Google's vision for Android this year has again leapt in new directions which appear even less attainable. Android's scattered, imitative strategies du jour are resulting in a platform that looks a lot like Apple's--albeit the very unsuccessful Apple of the mid 90s.

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15:12
This 54-year-old custodian just graduated from the...

Someone hand me a tissue. I think I’ve got something in my eye.

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14:25
Outlandish 'iPhone 7' chassis shell...

A set of highly questionable photos posted to the web on Saturday supposedly show an "iPhone 7" rear casing sporting a quad-speaker array and vertically arranged rear camera, microphone and True Tone flash module, both hallmark design features seen on Apple's 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

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11:47
iPhone 7 case leak indicates a total of 4 speaker...

An unusual iPhone 7 leak is making the rounds today, showing some changes that have not be seen before. An Italian case manufacturer is showing a potential chassis design that features ‘four speakers’ and new layout for the rear camera and flash, including a hole for a larger aperture (via NowhereElse). As pictured, there are two speaker grilles cut into the top of the case and another two grilles on the bottom side.

This is not corroborating with previous leaks, that showed an iPhone 7 design near identical to the existing iPhone 6s. The rearrangement of the flash is particularly unusual although the larger camera hole has been suggested by previous leaks. As expected, the case leaks do not include holes for a 3.5 mm headphone jack which is rumored to be going away for the iPhone 7 — Apple will rely on Lightning connector and Bluetooth wireless headphones...

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11:15
How to free up space on your iPhone without deleting...

Running out of space on your iPhone can be extremely frustrating. Whether you're looking to install a cool app recommended by friends or want to add to your photo collection, being limited by a lack of space is exasperating to say the least. Instead of deleting files and apps, though, there are a few simple ways to free up space on your iPhone to make room for new data.

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10:54
A response to the Yellowstone bison incident from an...

First of all, I’m embarrassed that the idiots who did this were Canadian. Secondly, if you have to go out in the woods (and I don’t recommend it), please be aware you are the visitor/intruder and leave it the same way you found it. That includes not physically interacting with the animals you come across.

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09:50
MGG 606: The Palindrome Reviver

Logic Pro X, Hackintoshes and ghost calls are a few brand new topics for the show this week. Of course, some of your old favorites are here, too and, yes, OK, we'll talk a little bit about routers again, as well. All that plus a few Cool Stuff Found entries rounds out the show, brought to you by your two favorite geeks.


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07:00
Inhabitat's Week in Green: Self-driving Uber...

The self-driving cars are coming: This week Uber unveiled its first autonomous vehicle, while Google patented a sticky "fly paper" car hood that could protect pedestrians caught in self-driving car crashes. Los Angeles celebrated the completion of it...

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05:15
Wristband that measures alcohol levels wins US...

BACtrack is a San Francisco company known for making breathalyzers for both law enforcement and ordinary people. But it won the $200,000 grand prize at a National Institutes of Health-sponsored competition for a different kind of blood alcohol monito...

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03:45
Six machines that build a better world

By Cat DiStasio

When it comes to construction, technology can go a long way toward making building projects faster, more economical and safer. Robots that can alleviate back-breaking manual labor and cut down on injuries are a welcome addition to wo...

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Saturday May 21

23:05
Second 'The Division' update raises the...

Ubisoft and Massive Entertainment are willing to try quite a few things to keep you coming back to The Division, but their latest approach is particularly direct: they're upping the ante. Ubi has revealed that its second free update, Conflict, will i...

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20:42
The Milwaukee Bucks fell prey to a phishing email...

Just because you're part of a major league sports team doesn't mean you're immune to internet fraudsters. The Milwaukee Bucks have confirmed that they fell victim to a phishing scam that compromised the basketball team's financial data. After recei...

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19:32
Inside Moog's Minimoog Model D synth factory at...

When Moogfest kicked off in North Carolina this week, the company announced that the iconic Minimoog Model D was going back into production during the festival. What's more, the analog synths are being assembled on-site at the event right in the midd...

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18:05
Google I/O 2016: Android's Instant Apps seek to...

Google's Android installed base has long suffered a major problem with fragmentation at the OS API level, due to the fact that licensees continue shipping low end phones paired with old versions of Android. Here's what the company is ostensibly doing to address that in a new project introduced at its I/O 2016 conference: Instant Apps.

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18:04
Watch NASA inflate the space station's...

It's almost time for the ISS crew to begin testing the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM). On Thursday, May 26th, BEAM will be inflated to reach its full size, and you can watch it live on NASA TV, starting at 5:30AM EDT. BEAM was ferried to t...

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16:39
Google I/O 2016: Android deployment rate slips...

Over the last year, the pace of Google's Android deployment, already very slow, actually rolled backward by 20 percent over the previous year. Google is leading Android and Chrome toward stagnant beleaguerment.

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12:19
Apple's Tim Cook talks retail, manufacturing,...

As anticipated, Apple CEO Tim Cook met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, talking about issues such as retail stores, manufacturing, and app development, according to reports.

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10:53
Tim Cook meets with Indian Prime Minister Narendra...

Apple CEO Tim Cook laid out his company’s plans for the vast Indian market in a meeting Saturday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who in turn sought Apple’s support for his “Digital India” initiative focusing on e-education, health and increasing farmers’ incomes.

It’s fine that India ask for help from Apple, but the country is going to have to give something too—you can’t ban Apple from selling used iPhones and then ask them for help.

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10:09
Hyperloop Dreams Are Getting Real


The Hyperloop -- the high-speed transportation concept Elon Musk has promoted heavily -- is edging closer to becoming a reality. Russia plans to develop a Hyperloop network for freight transportation, the country's transport minister announced Friday. MIT last week unveiled its Hyperloop Pod, a prototype of its award-winning design concept intended for human travelers. Hyperloop One recently announced $80 million in Series B financing and demonstrated its groundbreaking technology. When completed, its system will be able to transport passengers from Los Angeles to San Francisco in half an hour.

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09:52
Tim Cook meets with Indian PM Modi, talks...

As part of his tour throughout India, Apple CEO Tim Cook met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi this past week to discuss the company’s plans in the country. This isn’t the first time the two have met, but this meeting comes as Foxconn is planning a manufacturing plant in India while Apple plans to open two new establishments, as well as three retail stores.

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09:49
This week’s top stories: iPhone 7 leaks, iTunes 12.4...

In this week’s top stories we break down the latest iPhone 7 leaks, the new iTunes 12.4 release, Tim Cook’s trip to India & much more. Head below for the usual roundup of handy links to all of this week’s most shared stories:

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09:12
10 reasons to seriously consider the 2016 Retina...

Yesterday, I bought a 12″ MacBook, and after playing with it for 10 minutes, I immediately knew that I made the right decision. 24 hours later, I’m convinced that this is the best laptop for me, and a much better portable workhorse than something like a 12.9″ iPad Pro. Here are 10 reasons why you should consider going with a MacBook if you’re in the market for something powerful, yet portable. more…

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08:40
Latest iPhone 7 Plus component leak shows dual-...

Earlier this week, we saw a leaked image appear showing the 4.7-inch model and its potential support for laser auto focus. It’s been rumored for a while now that the iPhone 7 Plus, however, will see even more camera updates with a new dual-camera setup on the back. In March, leaked images emerged claiming to show the alleged dual-camera module and now a new leak from Weibo has emerged corroborating the earlier images and showing potential for a 256GB storage tier (via Steven Hemmerstoffer).

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06:30
Notable apps and app updates for May 21, 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.

iOS Apps/Updates for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

WITLS Games has debuted Rescue Birds - Slingshot and Power Balls 1.0. In the 3D action game, your goal is to rescue captured birds by breaking cages with a slingshot and different power balls. Rescue Birds is free, but does offer in-app purchases.

Ivanovich Games has launched Cosmic Challenge 1.0. In the free game you must master different space ships and move forward to new levels and scenarios as you race against a variety of opponents.

RT Teknika has introduced...

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06:29
Ask Slashdot: Can You Have A Smart Home That's...

With the announcement of Google Home on Wednesday, one anonymous Slashdot reader asks a timely question about cloud-based "remote control" services that feed information on your activities into someone else's advertising system:

In principle, this should not be the case, but it is in practice. So how hard is it, really, to do 'home automation' without sending all your data to Google, Samsung, or whoever -- just keep it to yourself and share only what you want to share? How hard would it be, for instance, to hack a Nest thermostat so it talks to a home server rather than Google?
Or is there something already out there that would do the same thing as a Nest but without 'the cloud' as part of the requirement? Yes, a standard programmable thermostat does 90% of what a Nest does, but there are certain things that it won't do like respond to your comings and goings at odd hours, or be remotely switchable to a different mode (VPN to your own server from your phone and deal...

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06:00
TekGrip Power Dock is new all-in-one phone charger/...

Bracketron has announced the $29.99 TekGrip Power Dock, a hands-free mounting option for drivers that includes dual charging capabilities. 

It sports two USB outputs for you and your passenger to plug in and power up, all while using voice commands and GPS from your mounted device. To use you just plug it into your vehicle’s 12V port and adjust its 360-degree rotating gooseneck to any viewing angle. 

The Power Dock’s arms will expand up to four inches with the push of a button, to hold most smartphones or GPS devices. Folding legs offer additional support when needed and foam pads provide protection. With TekGrip Power Dock, there’s no need for a separate charger for your phone, you can place your phone in the mount when you get in your car or truck, and charge on-the-go, all from one place.

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05:30
Saddle Pro is new brief for business travelers

booq has released a new brief for business travelers, the $295 Saddle Pro, which has an expandable design and quick-access pockets to keep important items — such as passports and an iPad — within easy reach. 

The exterior is made from ballistic nylon with water-repellent coating. Zippered mesh side pockets hold water bottles or an umbrella. The Saddle Pro will accommodate a laptop to up 16.4 inches. Increasing the bag via its expandable zipper adds another gallon in volume, enough for a change of clothes or another set of folders.

At only 3.8 pounds, travelers may hand-carry the bag by its two leather handles or carry it over the shoulder using the adjustable, nylon seatbelt shoulder strap with slip-resistant shoulder pad and custom, lightweight aluminum buckles.

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05:00
Youtubers Life comes out on Steam for the Mac in...

U-Play Online has announced Youtubers Life, a mixture of two genres, life sim and tycoon. It’s launching simultaneously for the Mac and Windows systems on Steam

The game is in “early access” (think beta). During this period, the game will just include the option of recording videos based on gaming —it reportedly takes more than 10 hours to finish the game— but four extra vertical channels will be added in the near future: music, fitness, cuisine and fashion.

Here’s how the game is described: “In Youtubers Life, you can effortfully become the world’s greatest youtuber in history by editing videos, expanding the amount of fans and turning yourself into a wealthy fellow. Create your character and start making your first broadcasts in the cozy room at your parents’ where you have grown up since you were little. Record gameplay sessions, buy new and classic consoles, keep an eye on daily tasks, and...

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04:30
IK Multimedia releases T-RackS Saturator X for Mac/PC

IK Multimedia has released T-RackS Saturator X, a new T-RackS digital signal processor module designed to impart the color, flavor and saturation effects of classic analog audio processing gear to digital recordings.

T-RackS Saturator X is a plug-in that can be used on individual tracks or on the master fader in your favorite DAW. It provides controls that let users select from 10 modes of saturation effects that span the panorama of classic analog gear. It also features a Brickwall limiter and oversampling options.

T-RackS Saturator X is available now from the IK online store for $79.99, or from within the T-RackS Custom Shop for $79.99 or 80 Custom Shop Gear Credits. T-RackS Saturator X may also be downloaded from the T-RackS Custom Shop and operated as an unrestricted demo for a period of...

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03:00
The week in Apple news: Bricked iPad Pro, Tim Cook...

Apple headlines for the week ending May 20, 2016

How slow was the Apple news this week? It was so slow that perhaps you spent some time paying attention to the news coming from the Google developers conference, and maybe you saw a few things that Apple should take cues from. Regardless of the week that was, we still have the top Apple headlines in this slideshow. Click on the link for more information.

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02:01
This week on AI: 2017 iPhone details, Buffett pumps...

Apple CEO Tim Cook was on tour in India this week, but some of the most attention-grabbing news actually happened elsewhere, for instance giving a glimpse at what 2017 iPhones will look like, and solidifying Apple's financial future.

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Friday May 20

23:53
Paramount will end its lawsuit against 'Star...

Lawyers from Paramount/CBS have been pursuing the makers of a crowdfunded Star Trek fan film, Axanar, for months, but according to JJ Abrams, they're finally going to back off. Abrams made the announcement at an event last night on the studio's movie...

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20:48
Google is making mobile search more visual with rich...

Google's new "rich cards" format will make googling on your phone a more visual experience than what you're used to. It's sort of an evolved version of rich snippets, those search results that come with small images and a short sample of the web page...

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19:48
Apple working to bring entire product line to India...

Apple CEO Tim Cook continued a tour of India on Friday, granting a one-on-one interview with a local television network that offered a bit more insight into the company's ambitions for the developing market.

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19:23
Purism Laptops to Protect You from Surveillance...

SAN FRANCISCO - There's a new hardware company on the scene called Purism, and the name is a significant clue as to what the company is all about: pure software. At its heart, Purism is dedicated to providing computer hardware driven entirely by open source software so that users can "trust, but verify." Purism is putting itself in direct opposition to what it considers "surveillance capitalism." Bryan Chaffin has the low-down.


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19:20
Philips will launch a $400 Ultra HD Blu-ray player...

Even as Ultra HD Blu-ray discs continue to trickle out, in the US there's only one option to play them -- Samsung's UBD-K8500. That should change next month as Philips introduces its own Ultra HD Blu-ray player. Available in two colors the BDP7501 (b...

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17:40
A Third Of Cash Is Held By 5 US Tech Companies

An anonymous reader writes: Moody's Investors Service released an analysis Friday that shows Apple, Microsoft, Alphabet, Cisco Systems, and Oracle are sitting on $504 billion, which is roughly 30% of the $1.7 trillion in cash and cash equivalents held by U.S. non-financial companies in 2015. Almost all of their earnings ($1.2 trillion) are stashed overseas in an effort to avoid paying taxes on moving profits back to the U.S. under the country's complex tax code. Apple has more than 90 percent of its money located outside of the U.S., according to its most recent filings. Moody's said in its report that "we expect that overseas cash balances will continue to grow unless tax laws are changed to encourage companies to repatriate money." Some of the other tech and Silicon Valley companies in the top 50 include Intel, Gilead Sciences, Facebook, Amazon, Qualcomm, eBay, Hewlett-Packard and Yahoo.

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17:00
Apple Opens First 'Next Generation' Retail...

An anonymous reader writes: Apple has opened its new flagship store on Thursday in San Fransisco, throwing the curtain back on a design that puts a premium on hanging out over shopping. About 20 percent of the new store's space features an open Forum area where visitors can learn about Apple's various products. The new design is rolling out to stores in Brussels, Memphis and Guilderland, N.Y. "This is the next generation of Apple retail," Angela Ahrendts, Apple's senior vice president of retail and online operations, told media. "Fifteen years ago today Apple opened its first two stores and we're thrilled to mark the occasion with the opening of Apple Union Square in San Francisco," she said. "We are not just evolving our store design, but its purpose and greater role in the community as we educate and entertain visitors and serve our network of local entrepreneurs." The new stores were designed by Ahrendts and Apple's design chief, Jony Ive. "Among the other big changes in...

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16:45
The Real Reason Apple Retail Stores Flourish

One of the classic Steve Jobs videos is his introduction to the first Apple retail store in Tyson's Corner, Virgina in 2001. In that legendary video, Mr. Jobs lays out his vision for what those stores would do for customers. Because other similar stores had failed, pundits assumed the Apple store would as well. Here are some observations by John Martellaro why Apple flourished.


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