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Tuesday May 26

07:36
The Apple Watch secretly gets you to exercise

Marco Arment captures the spirit behind the Apple Watch as an exercise driver. Love this.

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07:22
Great design: Shoes that will grow with your kid

Take a look at these shoes. True, they are more sandals than shoes, but they are US$12 (in bulk) and are designed to last through many years of foot growth.

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07:13
Force Touch is poised to rule all Apple devices

M.G. Siegler asks: if there was no Apple Watch, would Apple have come up with Force Touch at all?

My 2 cents: I don’t think Apple Watch was in anyone’s mind when Force Touch was patented.

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06:44
What Jony Ive’s “promotion” to Chief Design Officer...

Seth Weintraub, writing for 9to5mac, digs into the Jony Ive’s promotion to Chief Design Officer over the Memorial Day Weekend. Interesting conjecture.

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06:22
Siri will have competition this year as Microsoft...

Reuters reported back in March that Microsoft planned to bring its Siri competitor Cortana to iOS, and Microsoft has now officially confirmed this in a blog post.

Today, we’re announcing a Cortana application for Android phones and for iPhones which works as a companion to Cortana on your Windows 10 PC. The ‘Phone Companion’ app on the PC will help you install the Cortana app from the Google Play or Apple App Store onto your phone so you’ll be able to take the intelligence of Cortana with you, wherever you go […]

The Cortana...

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06:20
Local Content Deals to Delay Apple’s Streaming TV...

Apple most likely won't launch its rumored streaming television service this fall thanks to content licensing deals for local content. The company wants to include local TV stations as part of its service, but swinging the deals is proving to be a difficult task.

The Mac Observer Spin: If Apple really wants to disrupt the current television distribution model, deals with local stations across the country would play a significant role. Considering how difficult it is to line up those deals, however, Apple may have to make a decision to keep waiting, or launch with just a handful of stations and hope more come on board over time.


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05:32
Opinion: Should AAPL stockholders be worried about...


The Apple world this morning seems divided between those who seemingly haven’t grasped the implications of Apple’s ‘promotion’ of Jony Ive, merely taking Cook’s memo at face value, and those switching into full-on ‘Apple is doomed’ mode. The reality is, I think, a little more nuanced.

It seems pretty clear that this move is, as Seth outlined earlier, about Ive taking more of a backseat role – and especially being able to spend a lot more time back in England. Apple’s decision to announce the news on a day when the US markets were closed was obviously not coincidence.

Apple didn’t want to see a knee-jerk panic reaction on Wall Street setting its...

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02:39
Apple Design Guru Jony Ive Named Chief Design Officer

An anonymous reader writes: Jony Ive, Apple's senior VP of design has been promoted to the role of Chief Design Officer. Ive became Apple's chief of industrial design in 1997. Under Ive's direction, Apple's put out an impressive list of products including the iMac, iPod, and iPad. "In this new role, he will focus entirely on current design projects, new ideas and future initiatives," said chief executive Tim Cook in a memo. "Jony is one of the most talented and accomplished designers of his generation, with an astonishing 5,000 design and utility patents to his name."


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02:26
Apple Promotes Jony Ive to Chief Design Officer,...

Jony Ive has a brand new and ever so nifty title: Chief Design Officer. It's a brand new position created just for him, and it comes with two new vice presidents in charge of industrial design and user interface who report directly to him. Bryan Chaffin has the details.


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01:33
Apple's multitouch 'fusion keyboard'...

Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent describing a dual-purpose keyboard that sports touch sensors overlaid atop mechanical keys depressible to two more levels, affording users both multitouch gesture control and conventional keystroke entry without having to remove their hands from the device.

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Monday May 25

19:26
Samsung's Iron Man edition Galaxy S6 Edge lacks...

With Samsung being an active promoter of Marvel's latest Avengers movie, it's no surprise to see the tech giant releasing some sort of special edition product to sweeten the deal. Why yes, it's an Iron Man limited edition Galaxy S6 Edge with matching...

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18:24
What Jony Ive’s ‘promotion’ to Chief Design Officer...

A lot of folks are taking Sir Jonathan Ive’s just announced title of as Chief Design Officer at face value. Congratulations are in order and all that. But there is a lot more going on than a title change.

Ive basically runs the show at Apple and can do or have just about anything he wants. Titles aren’t of any significance, especially to someone with as little ego and indifference to such things as Ive. There is clearly more to the story than Apple is telling us. 

Announcing the role change on a US Federal holiday and effective on 2015H2 day 1 –July 1st is something big, planned and perhaps not to be taken as lightly as it is being portrayed.

Let’s look at the...

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17:12
∞ The Dalrymple Report with Merlin Mann: The Least...

Merlin and Jim have some fun with reader questions, talk about Apple’s MacBook lineup, look at the benefits of sleep tracking, and give some advice on guitar software for beginners.

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16:27
Jony Ive promoted to Chief Design Officer

Until now, Ive’s job title has been Senior Vice President of Design. But I can reveal that he has just been promoted and is now Apple’s Chief Design Officer. It is therefore an especially exciting time for him.

Inside the fabled design studio (cloths over the long tables hiding the exciting new prototypes from prying eyes like mine) Jony has two people with him. They too have been promoted as part of Ive’s new role.

One is Richard Howarth, English as Vimto. “Richard is going to be our new head of Industrial Design,” says Jony. “And this is Alan Dye, the new head of User Interface.” Dye is a tall, amiable American.

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16:20
Mapbox: Add beautiful maps to your iOS app [Sponsor]

Mapbox lets iOS developers add beautiful maps to their applications. Our building blocks make it easy to swap out Apple maps with our open source SDK. Choose the map design that fits your app and feels good in your hand.

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14:39
Apple's Jony Ive promoted to Chief Design...

Longtime Apple designer Jony Ive has been promoted from SVP of Design to a new position called Chief Design Officer, which will see the star designer relinquish day-to-day oversight of industrial design and user interface operations to take on a wider array of projects.

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14:33
Jony Ive promoted to ‘Chief Design Officer’, handing...

Alan Dye, Jony Ive, and Richard Howarth

Apple’s Jony Ive has served as the company’s Senior Vice President of Design for several years now, but Apple has announced today that the executive is being named Chief Design Officer (a newly-created position). Additionally, Ive and will be handing the managerial reins of both the industrial and software design units at Apple over to two new leaders on July 1st.

Richard Howarth will become VP of Industrial Design and focus on hardware. Howarth has been part of the iPhone team since the very first generation of the device was in development.

Alan Dye will now be VP of User Interface Design, which covers both desktop and mobile devices. He was a key player in iOS 7’s major redesign as well as the work on the new Watch OS interface. Both of these...

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13:49
Tip of the Day: Navigating through songs and videos...

While it’s been around since iOS 3.0, you may not realize that you can actually vary the speed at which you adjust the position – known as “scrubbing” – through a song or video to allow you to navigate to a specific position with greater precision. This works in most of the built-in iOS apps such as Video, Music, and Podcasts, although it may not be available in third-party apps depending on the playback methods they use. When…

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12:49
Charter said to be nearing $55B deal to buy Time...

Charter Communications is on the verge of buying out rival Time Warner Cable in a cash-and-stock deal worth approximately $55.1 billion, a report said on Monday.

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11:02
Apple's iPhone 6s could add 12MP Sony camera...

The next-generation iPhone will reportedly sport a camera with a 12-megapixel Sony sensor that makes use of the firm's RGBW technology to help with low-light photography.

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10:14
$100 kit lets you plate Apple Watch with 24K gold...


We’ve seen a number of solutions for getting a gold Apple Watch without spending the $10,000+ price Apple charges for the 18 Karat gold Apple Watch edition. We went hands-on with one of the first companies doing gold plating for Apple Watch, but that requires you to mail-in the device and pay approximately $400 on top of the Watch’s retail price (depending on the model).

Another option is this $100 DIY kit that offers an easy step by step solution for gold plating the Watch yourself with 24K gold…...

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09:34
How to back up Apple Watch settings & data

Backing up Apple Watch doesn’t work exactly like your iOS device, and some of the data on the watch— like Workout and Activity calibration data, for example— won’t be included in your backup. Head below to learn exactly how to back up your Apple Watch, what to expect when doing so, and how to access the data if need be.

There’s a couple ways to initiate a back up of your Apple Watch, but so far the process is tied to the iPhone back up process.

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09:26
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPad Air 2 16GB $400, ZAGG 50...

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:

iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi in all colors: 16GB $400 (Reg. $499), 128GB...

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09:02
Rumor: Microsoft interested in acquiring BlackBerry

Microsoft is rumored to be talking with investment firms about the prospect of buying out Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry, likely motivated by a desire to deepen its foray into the mobile enterprise and gain access to BlackBerry's patent trove.

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07:59
Watch Effect: How the Digital Crown and Force Touch...

Even staunch Apple Watch detractors have to admire the technology Apple managed to pack into its first wearable platform. As Apple's "most personal device ever," Watch boasts multiple advancements to the user interface, two of which -- Force Touch and UI concepts invented alongside the Digital Crown -- we'd like to see in future iPhones and iPads.

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07:08
National Security Agency's bulk phone metadata...

The Obama administration has decided not to ask a secret court for a 90-day extension of Section 215 in the Patriot Act, effectively putting end to the authorized bulk collection of U.S. phone metadata by the National Security Agency.

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07:04
Happy Memorial Day from O’Grady’s PowerPage

Ladies and gentlemen, in honor of Memorial Day, the PowerPage staff will be spending time with friends and family. We’ll resume coverage of everything Mac and mobile tomorrow and bring you the most recent news as to everything that’s happening in the Mac/iOS universe. For the time being, put down the computers and the devices for a little while and have an amazing Memorial Day.

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07:00
A quick review of Apple’s new iPhone Lightning Dock

Earlier this week, Apple released a new iPhone Dock. Back in the day, the third generation iPod came with a dock, and nearly two years ago Apple released iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C docks. Those old docks had a 30-pin or Lightning connector, respectively, as well as a 3.5mm line out connector. As I like to use my iPhone on my nightstand as a clock while it charges (Analog Digital Clock for the win!), I took a knife to my 5S Dock and managed to make it fit an iPhone 6. But I ended up using the dock fairly rarely because docking requires getting my iPhone out of its case—which I use religiously with the iPhone 6.

A quick hands-on video...

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06:54
Fontstand lets Mac OS X users rent fonts for hours,...

This could be useful, especially if you only need as specific font for a short period of time.

A new application called Fontstand allows Mac OS X users to rent or try fonts for free. Once a font is previewed, it can be activated for one hour or rented at 10 percent of its retail price per month. Users can own the font after renting it for 12 months and a font can be shared with a team for a fraction of its rental price.

Fontstand’s pricing centers around European standards, a family of 10 styles of font generally retailing for around €67 (US$73.55) while a single font might retail for €15 (US$16.47).

It’s an interesting idea and might be...

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06:47
Apple Watch “3rd party gold-plated edition” w/ link...

I know what you may be thinking: why would you spend any significant amount of money on a gold Apple Watch? Well, this isn’t an Apple Watch Edition, but it’s the closest thing available to my wallet. This Apple Watch and Link Bracelet was beautifully plated with 18K gold and it looks stunning.

I’m not even a fan of gold, but I can definitely appreciate the beauty here. This is just about as classy as it gets if you’re into the style. Last week, this used to be an ordinary Apple Watch, but a few days with the people over at WatchPlate changed it for life. If you’re not into spending a boat load of cash on an Apple Watch Edition, this is the next best thing and quite possibly a better option…

I opted for the Link...

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06:44
Ever wished your iPhone 6/Plus had a back button?...

Apple may have introduced Reachability to aid one-handed operation of its larger-screened iPhones, but if you’ve ever found yourself happily enjoying the full-screen experience only to need your second hand to reach the back button at the top of the screen, there’s a clever solution on Kickstarter.

Halo Back is what its creator terms a smart screen protector. Covering the entire front face of your iPhone just like a conventional screen protector, it adds an embedded capacitive circuit layer running from the area to the left of the home button to the top left of the iPhone. Touch the invisible button, and Halo Back transmits your touch to the usual position for...

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06:43
News: Daily Deal: PhoneClean iOS Cleaner

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering PhoneClean iOS Cleaner for only $9.99 – 74% off the regular price. Designed to help you reclaim space on your iPhone, PhoneClean finds and removes cruft from your iPhone, including hidden temp, cookie and cache files, deleted private SMS, iMessage, MMS, and associated pictures, audios & videos, Internet browsing history, discarded emails and attachments for webmail, and useless app crash logs and system…

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06:10
A skeptic’s Apple Watch diary: One month in, after...

When I decided that I was keeping my Apple Watch after my arbitrary one week trial, several of you wondered whether that would still be the case once the novelty had worn off. Indeed, I wondered that myself.

Well, it’s now a month in as of yesterday, and I can definitely say the novelty has worn off – and, somewhat to my surprise, I’m still wearing it every day. Perhaps it’s time to drop the ‘skeptic’ part of the title.

Given the kind interest shown in my earlier pieces, I thought I’d update you with a few additional things I’ve noted and the reasons I’m still wearing it …

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05:00
Apple vs. Lenovo: Lenovo's Coming-Out Party


If there is one vendor on the planet that has the capability to fight Apple -- on paper, it is Lenovo. Lenovo this week will hold its annual Lenovo Tech World event in China, showcasing the company's new breadth. While it would be easy to position this as the U.S. against China, Lenovo is actually far more of a multinational company, with executives balanced between the U.S. and China, and with strong alliances with both Microsoft and Google. This will not only be a battle between companies, but also between approaches to the market.

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04:10
Designer shows why Apple is adopting San Francisco...

When Apple launched the Watch, it also designed a new system font to go with it: San Francisco. The typeface was specifically designed to combine a clean look with readability on the small display of the Apple Watch.

We exclusively revealed last week that Apple doesn’t intend to limit San Francisco to the watch: it instead plans to adopt the new typeface for Macs, iPhones and iPads. San Francisco is expected to replace Helvetica Neue as part of iOS 9 and OS X 10.11. Designer Wenting Zhang features the font in a...

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Sunday May 24

13:09
Instagram wants to reel you back in with emailed...

Instagram's photographic social feed isn't as novel as it once was, and you may be tempted to stop using it if you're overwhelmed by that never-ending stream of square pictures. How is the company supposed to keep you coming back for more? Though reg...

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11:02
Some of Hollywood's best animatronics are going...

If you're a movie buff who can't get enough of Hollywood's monsters, you might want to brace your wallet for impact. Famed special effects guru Rick Baker is auctioning over 400 items from his collection, including animatronics that were key to liven...

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10:26
The Logic Pros: TE’s new pocket-sized synths &...

This is a new regular series exploring all of the most interesting gadgets and software for making music on your Mac/iOS devices. If there is any gear you would like us to take a closer hands-on look at, let us know in the comments section below or shoot us an email.

Teenage Engineering, best known for its flagship synthesizer/sequencer the OP-1, recently unleashed a new line of tiny music makers on the world known as the Pocket Operators. The...

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09:13
MGG 554: Sleepy Macs Sometimes Go To Work

Ever have IMAP mail get confused? Ever have your Mac slow to wake up? Ever have your Mac doing something (far too much, in fact) while it's sleeping? All this and more on today's MGG!


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09:07
How the rest of Apple's ecosystem could benefit...

Apple frequently introduces new technologies and features in a singular new product, then gradually brings them to other devices in its ecosystem, making for a more coherent user experience. With the recent launch of the Apple Watch, the company has begun offering smarter and more contextually aware locations --?something we'd like to see on the rest of the company's platforms.

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09:07
Clip-on adds gesture control to Pebble Time and...

Aria is a small add-on that clips underneath a smartwatch band and lets you control the device with finger gestures. It's an accessory for an accessory, which sounds kind of ridiculous, but it's not like you have a lot of choices when it comes to add...

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07:00
Inhabitat's Week in Green: rain lamps and solar...

Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week's most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us -- it's the Week in Green.

Everything about Tesla is groundbreaking, including its direct-sales model. Laws in New Jersey, Ohio, T...

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04:14
Review: CastStudi's Libre Bluetooth keyboard is...

An increasing number of consumers and businesspeople are turning to portable Bluetooth keyboards to increase the productivity potential of their iPad. AppleInsider took a look at one of the latest contenders, CaseStudi's Libre.

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04:11
The next Firefox OS devices will focus on quality,...

Outside of one or two exceptions, most Firefox OS devices have been aimed squarely at the budget crowd -- at folks who would otherwise have to entirely forego smartphoness or tablets. However, Mozilla is ready to switch things up. The organization ha...

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01:08
NASA finds distant galaxy shining as bright as 300...

Ever tried looking at the sun with your bare eyes? Too bright, right? Now imagine looking at something with the brightness of 300 trillion suns. That's how intense "the most luminous galaxy found to date" is, so much so that NASA has created a new cl...

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Saturday May 23

13:57
DOJ lays down some privacy rules for feds flying...

The Justice Department promises to keep a closer eye on how its agencies are using drones from now on -- after all, they can be useful in nabbing suspects, but they can also be used as a tool to abuse power. In its new five-page policy guidance, the ...

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13:45
Creaceed Carbo: Apple World Today sponsor of the week

This week we're proud to have Creaceed as our sponsor. Based in Belgium, the company has made a name for itself over the years with impressive apps for Mac such as Hydra, Prizmo, Elasty, and Morph Age, as well as amazing iOS apps like Hydra, Prizmo,...

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13:00
Showdown! Four Apple Watch calculator apps face off

My first wearable device other than a regular old wristwatch was a Sinclair Wrist Calculator. Over the years, I had other calculator watches from Casio and the like so I naturally got excited about the idea of having a calculator on my Apple Watch. Fairly quickly, I had four — PCalc ($9.99, also PCalc Lite for free), CalcyCalc ($0.99 launch price), CalcBot (free with in-app purchases) and CALC (free with in-app purchases). This is a quick look at these four...

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12:18
Review: Griffin’s WatchStand is a tall, cheap way to...

I respect any accessory developer who attempts to solve a legitimate problem, and admire developers who find smart ways to solve multiple problems simultaneously. Unlike many competing Apple Watch stands, Griffin Technology’s new WatchStand thinks past the initial challenge of mounting your watch, and also includes a place for your iPhone to rest on your nightstand. As you’ll see in my guide to the best Apple Watch stands and docks, it’s impossible to find a combination Watch and iPhone stand at a lower price: normally $30 via Amazon, WatchStand is ...

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11:56
Daimler and Qualcomm team up on connected car tech

Car companies aren't usually good at wireless tech, and wireless companies aren't great with cars -- if you want to make wireless-savvy vehicles, you'll probably need some teamwork. Accordingly, Daimler and Qualcomm have forged a partnership that sho...

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11:30
Caturday: Leo the Norwegian Forest Cat reboots her...

LEO THE NORWEGIAN FOREST CAT. PHOTO BY GEERT-JAN NILSEN

It's been a few weeks since we've had our feline friends gracing the Saturday "front page" of Apple World Today, but earlier this week we received an email from a Norwegian reader, Geert-Jan Nilsen, with a link to this beauty.

GJ let us know that Leo had just rebooted "her" MacBook Pro after updating to the latest OS X 10.10.4 beta. Do I sense a bit of impatience in her face while she's waiting for the update to finish?

Leo's a Norwegian Forest Cat (AKA Norsk Skogkatt), a breed of cat that's perfectly adapted to the cold winters of Norway. She certainly looks warm in all that fur!

Apple World Today needs good cats! Have a picture of your cat soaking up the good vibes of an Apple product? Tell us the back story behind your kitty's photo on the Apple World Today contact page - we don't accept inbound...

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11:16
Apple Maps in China offer a sneak peak what's...

Apple has gobbled up mapping market share on iOS (and the Mac) since introducing its own alternative to Google Maps back in 2012, despite lacking a variety of key features. Hints at how Apple Maps may soon improve are coming from a seemingly unlikely source: China.

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10:00
Skully debuts AR helmet app while navigating delays

Skully CEO Marcus Weller stood in front of an crowd of customers that shelled out $1,500 to be one of the first recipients of the company's helmet with a heads up display and rear-facing camera to answer their questions. A few weeks ago Weller sent t...

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08:05
A racing legend on mastering America’s greatest track

Wired:

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway, founded in 1909, is the world’s oldest permanent motorsport facility. It’s changed a lot since the early days—pavement instead of bricks for a racing surface, new stands and administration buildings—but the track is essentially the same. It still has corners banked at 9 degrees, 12 minutes, and those corners are the same radius they were a century ago.

More than that, the track is still a magical, ghostly place, eerily alive with death and life. Stand on the front straight and stare into Turn 1—it looks like a tunnel, or maybe a wall of asphalt—and you feel the echo of death and time in your bones.

I’ve watched this race every year since I was eight years old and I was lucky enough to drive my motorcycle on it for a charity event. It really is a amazing place.

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08:00
Great expectations: An Ars reader wishlist for iOS 9

Last weekend we published a short wishlist of things we’d like to see in iOS 9. Some of it was fairly basic, some of it was more involved. Some wishes were new, and others have been around for years. Some things seemed like a safe bet, and others were more farfetched. But software is never done, and hey, we can dream.

Many of you had desires beyond what we asked about, and we’ve gathered some of the most interesting and frequently requested features here. Like our original list, your requests are a mix of plausible and implausible, simple and complex. But all of them would be interesting additions that would make iOS more useful.

A Spotlight API


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08:00
Virtual reality's roller coaster ride to the...

In the early '90s, four odd-looking arcade games appeared at a rented-out store in my local mall. For about seven dollars, anyone could stop in and play three minutes of a new virtual reality game called Dactyl Nightmare. I paid up, put on the massiv...

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07:30
How to Decide Between a Smartswitch and a Timer for...

Running up a large tab making your home smart? Juan Collao shows you how to decide between smartswitches for your lights and timer switches.


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07:00
Review: Kanex USB-C to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter...

Adapters for adding thicker ports are nothing new for Apple’s modern line of notebooks. Even the high-end Retina MacBook Pro decidedly excludes a direct Ethernet connection, and Apple’s MacBook Air and new ultrathin 12-inch MacBook are especially too thin for a wired connection to the Internet without relying on an adapter in the middle.

While modern WiFi is fine for most everyday situations, even Apple acknowledges that a wired connection is necessary in some instances. To remedy this, it sells a $29 USB Ethernet Adapter and a faster $29 Thunderbolt to Ethernet Adapter. The 12-inch MacBook has neither port, however, additionally requiring Apple’s $19 USB-C to USB Adapter to work with the slower adapter.

Fortunately with USB-C being a new industry standard, accessory makers like Kanex are ready with solutions like the...

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06:30
Recommended Reading: Why do we hate CGI so much?

Recommended Reading highlights the best long-form writing on technology and more in print and on the web. Some weeks, you'll also find short reviews of books that we think are worth your time. We hope you enjoy the read.

Why VFX Is Being Vilified...

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05:04
Ecocapsules are pint-sized solar and wind-powered...

Ecocapsule is a small, egg-shaped abode that could be the perfect home for someone who wants to let it all go like Elsa and live off the grid. Its roof is decked with 600W solar cells and a built-in 750W wind turbine that store the energy they harnes...

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01:35
Artist adds poop emoji to selfie sticks to remind us...

As depressing as it may be, selfie sticks are inescapable despite how many places ban them. It's a sad truth of the future we live in. But! An enterprising artist by the name of Pablo Garcia has figured out a way to "reduce vainglory and self-importa...

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Friday May 22

22:02
This week on AppleInsider: New Macs, Apple Watch...

Perhaps the most significant Apple-related event this week was the launch of a refreshed 15-inch MacBook Pro, but the company also released its first firmware update for the Apple Watch, and saw its takeover of GPS firm Coherent Navigation made public.

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21:49
Senate blocks NSA reform bill and Patriot Act...

The USA Freedom Act aimed at addressing the NSA's bulk collecting of phone call metadata was approved by the House of Representatives ten days ago, but blocked by the Senate tonight (live video stream here). The Section 215 provisions of the Patriot ...

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20:31
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20:29
Sabres send out absent 4 veterans upon NHL exchange...

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20:10
Researchers find Android factory reset faulty and...

Android's factory reset function isn't as effective as we'd all like it to be, according to a team of Cambridge University researchers. The group estimates that as many as 500 to 630 million Android devices might not be capable of completely wiping t...

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20:02
Apple bolsters Maps with more business listings data...

As part of ongoing upgrades to its in-house mapping service, Apple on Friday added a handful of entries to its rolling list of providers that supply the company with maps data, business listings and satellite imagery.

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18:46
Gold Apple Watch Editions arrive for regular...

Nearly a month after the Apple Watch officially went on sale, gold Edition models have begun arriving for non-celebrity customers who placed the earliest online orders. As expected, the Apple Watch Edition’s white external packaging is nearly identical to the cardboard box for the stainless steel Apple Watch, save for the box noting the color of the 18-Karat gold casing and unique band on the side.

Inside the box, however, the items are a bit different. As we’ve noted before, the Apple Watch Edition includes a colored leather-covered box that integrates the MagSafe charger. The Edition also includes a color-matched cleaning cloth with the word Edition embossed into the material. The...

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18:17
Chromecast iOS app updated w/ interface tweaks,...



The companion app to Google’s $35 Chromecast dongle received an update today with a handful of improvements and changes. Bumping the app to version 1.11.4116, the update brings several interface tweaks. First off, the devices view of the app has been redesigned with a card-like interface. The devices screen also now lists what backdrop is currently being displayed along with...

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17:13
Geek Watch brings the classic Casio calculator...




We’ve already seen a couple of useful calculator apps for the Apple Watch, but the most recent one, released today, arguably has the coolest interface of them all. Geek Watch takes the design and interface of the...

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16:28
Reading Roundup: Everything to know (so far) about...

Over the past week, we’ve published several articles detailing the future of iOS (the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch’s operating system), OS X (the Mac’s operating system), and Watch OS (the software that runs on the Apple Watch). With the long weekend ahead, we’ve decided to put together a roundup of all of our published stories on these topics…

iOS

Apple plans to refresh iOS 9, OS X 10.11 using new Apple Watch font: This story details Apple’s plans to utilize a new typeface for iOS 9, taking a page out of the design language for the Apple Watch.

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16:08
New book says BlackBerry ignored iPhone threat...

An excerpt from an upcoming book on the rise and collapse of Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry suggests that while the company -- then known as RIM -- had some appreciation for 2007's first-generation iPhone, it did not see the device as a threat given RIM's core customers.

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15:47
1987 Apple Promo Video Hints at Hubris of the 1990s

Hubris. Wow. So much hubris. The first half of the video below was a promo video Apple made in 1987 under then-CEO John Scully. It was fashioned to be a fake series of clips set ten years in the future (in 1997) that showed how awesome and big Apple would be. From satellites to Macintosh psychiatrists, to even the very notion of success, it's all wrong. It features John Scully, who is proudly featured as the glorious leader of Apple in 1997, Michael Spindler, who would replace him and be fired in 1996, Steve Wozniak, who offers the most insightful comments in the piece, and Del Yoakem, who also had some interesting things to say. Blake Patterson, who posted the video to YouTube, described it as cheesy and cute. Personally it makes me cringe. So much hubris. And it was so wrong, both on technology and Apple's future.

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15:36
Apple Watch Edition buyers begin receiving...

If you’re among the mucho-wealthy who ordered an Apple Watch Edition, the shipment times have started to come in.

A number of Edition buyers have begun receiving shipping notifications and credit card charges for their units. Emails sent to the customers ask them to pick a specific delivery time, as long as it fits within courier hours and days of operation.

The Edition features 18-karat gold layered into its chassis, controls and some of its band components and is priced at US$10,000 and up with some models going as high as US$17,000.

Many other Watch orders have been shipping since April 24,...

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15:30
AWT News Update: May 22, 2015

After missing a day yesterday, the AWT News Update is back with some fun and informative news about the world of Apple... and its competitors:

  • Anker announces a number of adapters and cables for the new USB-C standard
  • Samsung's flagship Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge phones aren't selling well
  • Researchers at Cambridge University find big problems with security on Android phones
  • Apple Watch sales cool a bit after a hot launch

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I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for May 22, 2015.

Those of us who have the 12-inch MacBook are, for the most part, quite happy with our purchase. For most of our...

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15:10
Apple attends 'spy summit' to discuss data...

Apple was on the list of attendees at a secretive three-day conference last week, where heads of intelligence agencies from around the world met with private sector tech companies, security experts and journalists to discuss the ramifications of data privacy on state protection.

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14:40
Early Apple Watch Edition orders begin shipping with...

The first Apple Watch Edition orders should arrive as soon as Saturday, although unlike most Watch models, buyers are being given the option of when they'll have their device delivered, a report noted on Friday.

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14:33
“Photos for Mac: A Take Control Crash Course” Now...

We’ve now released the full “Photos for Mac: A Take Control Crash Course,” previously available in an abbreviated early-bird version. It helps you transition to Photos, walks you through importing photo libraries, explains the Photos interface and how you can organize your images, gets you going with the editing tools, assists you with syncing to iOS devices, and looks at creating slideshows and print products.

 

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14:16
Apple adds on new data providers for Apple Maps,...

Apple’s apparently adding to its list of information providers for its Maps application.

Although the company continues to have TomTom at the top of its list of data providers, additional contributors cited on the acknowledgement page include, E-WEGO SARL, NavAds BV, and Yellow Pages Turkey. The new data sources are likely noticeable in regions around the world including France and Turkey where the information is sourced.

New data providers have been added on occasion, Apple recently adding Gas Buddy and GreatSchools for points-of-interest and ratings data for its mapping service across iPhones, iPads, and Macs. The company is also rumored to be...

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13:52
Tip of the Day: Suspending or removing Apple Pay via...

Apple takes security pretty seriously, particularly when it comes to Apple Pay, and authentication features like Touch ID and Wrist Detection help to ensure that only you can use your device to make payments. However, if you’ve misplaced your iPhone or Apple Watch, you may not be entirely confident in relying solely on these features to protect your credit cards or bank accounts, so Apple provides several ways to remove your Apple Pay information…

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13:23
Apple Maps adds new data providers including NavAds...

While TomTom continues to top Apple’s list of data providers for the backend of its Maps service, a few new additions have recently joined the list of contributors supplying information to Apple Maps. New sources providing business listing data per Apple’s acknowledgement page include E-WEGO SARL, NavAds BV, and Yellow Pages Turkey. The new data sources are likely noticeable in regions around the world including France and Turkey where the information is sourced.

Apple adds new data providers to its backend occasionally, most recently adding Gas Buddy and GreatSchools for points-of-interest and ratings data for its mapping service across iPhones, iPads, and Macs. Earlier this week, we reported on some greater changes coming to Apple...

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13:00
Today in the App Store — Action Climbing, Skiing...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today’s notable apps include a discount on Action Climbing; the Skiing Yeti Mountain game; and a significant update to Lumy photography app. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Title Challenge – Football Manager [$3.99 → Free] Made by fans of classic Champ Man, Title Challenge is a back to basics football manager game that puts the fun back into managing your favourite club.

Textkraft Pocket - Write text, research, correct & share [$3.99 → Free] Textkraft Pocket for iPhone and Apple Watch is a professional writing app and document reader in one app...

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12:48
Apple's iPhone 5c helps man survive shotgun...

A 25-year-old British man who was shot in the chest with a shotgun during a confrontation outside of his home survived the event, thanks in part to his green iPhone 5c, which absorbed much of the impact.

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12:30
Daily Deals for May 22, 2015, featuring 50% off...

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

AWT Featured Deal

  • Weather Live [$1.99 → $0.99] Whether it is sunny, cloudy, rainy, snowy or even stormy, Weather Live provides you with beautiful weather scenes that reflect local and worldwide current weather conditions and forecast.

Hardware and Accessory Deals

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12:29
Blur Premium Privacy Protection Lifetime...

Blur is an interesting service that creates disposable email addresses for required email confirmations, makes limited-balance, limited-duration credit card numbers that are accepted anywhere credit cards are, and creates a masked phone number that forwards calls and texts to your real phone number. It also includes a password keeper that will sync across devices and browsers. We have a deal that will let you get a lifetime subscription to Blur for $49.99, a discount of 74 percent. Check it out.


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11:55
Apple May Finally Be Ready to Reinvigorate the iPad

Apple is brilliant at building user interfaces. One essential element in that practice is to have a vision. But sometimes the vision doesn't work out in the real world, and Apple engineers have to backtrack. In the case of iOS on an iPad, Apple's obsession with the one app at-a-time on a 9.7-inch display is not serving the customer well. Apple may be getting ready to fix that problem.


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11:46
Uber's first autonomous car goes out for a test...

If everything goes according to Uber’s master plan, pretty soon you won’t have to sit through having to make small talk with a human when you take one of their rides.

The ride-sharing giant has set up a research and development outpost in Pittsburgh, and its first project has already driven itself off the lot for a test drive. Uber now has an autonomous car.

The modified Ford vehicle spotted in the wild had an Uber logo on the side and a large Back to the Future-looking device on top when it was first spotted driving around Pittsbugh on May 13. Uber quickly confirmed that the car was the work of the company’s Advanced Technologies Center to experiment with the use of robotics in transportation.

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11:39
Google Study Finds ‘Security Questions’ Next to...

Google has published the results of a study that found security questions (or challenge questions) used for online account recovery are next to useless. To distill it down to a single sentence, security questions, "suffer from a fundamental flaw: their answers are either somewhat secure or easy to remember-but rarely both." Bryan Chaffin explains.


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11:30
Review: Mophie’s Watch Dock elevates your Apple...

As I noted in yesterday’s review of the Nomad Stand for Apple Watch, I wasn’t initially certain that the Apple Watch needed a dock, but actually using a Watch changed my mind: just as the Apple Watch Edition’s custom charging cases hinted, it’s best to keep metal or metal-accented Watch bands from rubbing against nightstands during charging, and even Apple’s fluoroelastomer Sport Bands tend to flop around when the Watch’s charging puck is connected. My guide to the best Apple Watch stands and docks spotlights many potential solutions, some of which are a lot more compelling than others.

Mophie’s Watch Dock ($60) is completely different in looks from the...

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10:54
Apps: Apple Store, Asphalt 8, Magnetized, PCalc

Apple Store (free) — Apple has been unusually slow to update its own store app for the iPhone to take advantage of some of the newest hardware features, so it’s a pleasant surprise to see Touch ID support finally arrive in the Apple Store app, along with support for Apple’s two-factor authentication for additional security. Touch ID can now be used to quickly access order history, EasyPay receipts, and make reservations, although you’ll…

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10:46
Active Drive Firmware

Forums: Active Storage

Can anyone confirm if "Official" Active Storage hard drives come with a custom firmware, or can off-the-shelf drives be used?

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10:31
Anker unveils line of 12-inch MacBook compatible...

Popular accessory maker Anker has shown off its upcoming lineup of USB-C cables and adapters including USB-C to USB 2.0, 3.0, and USB-C solutions. Especially interesting for 12-inch MacBook users is Anker’s USB-C to Lightning cable — the first that I’ve seen from a reputable vendor — which will allow users to connect iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches with Lightning ports directly to Apple’s USB Type C-only notebook for charging and syncing.Apple currently only offers three USB-C adapters including its...

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10:24
Report: iOS 9 will be optimized for older devices,...

We're just a few weeks out from WWDC, and new details about Apple's next-generation operating systems continue to surface. A new report from the well-sourced 9to5Mac details a handful of features, the most interesting of which is a note about support for older devices. We had assumed that Apple would include support for some devices based on its aging A5 SoC—the fifth-gen iPod Touch, original iPad Mini, and third-gen Apple TV are all still being sold, after all—but the report indicates that we can expect an update for out-of-production devices like the iPhone 4S (the iPad 2 isn't mentioned by name, but the implication is that it will be supported as well).

If true, this would be the longest that Apple has ever provided software updates for any one iPhone model. Normally, iOS releases support four iPhone...

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10:12
Take a look at the next major redesign of Spotify’s...


Spotify announced yesterday that it would be redesigning its iOS application with support for new features like original video clips and podcasts. A few glimpses of the updated version of the music streaming app were shown off during the announcement, but today a tipster has supplied us with a collection of screenshots from a beta build of the upcoming release.

Below you’ll find a gallery demonstrating the podcast integration, running speed-based tempo detection, and more. Almost every corner of the app has been completely overhauled with a new design. Many of the icons in the older app have been removed in...

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10:08
TMO Daily Observations 2015-05-22: Fingerprints to...

Google wants to offer Android M users the convenience of Touch ID's fingerprint unlocking... will users want to offer Google their fingerprints? Also, do you care if Apple Watch checks your resting heart rate less than every ten minutes, because it seems like that's what's happening with this week's Watch OS update. Bryan and Dave talk through all of this today on TDO.


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10:07
WALTR: Transfer and playback unsupported formats on...

MY thanks to WALTR for sponsoring The Loop this week. WALTR is the first Mac app in the world to allow users transfer and playback unsupported formats such as MKV, AVI, FLAC & more – directly from the native Videos/Music app.

iTunes is the only option Apple gives us for loading media onto our iPhone, iPad or iPod touch from our Macs, and it limits the audio and video file formats we can upload. That’s a thing of the past thanks to WALTR from Softorino. This awesome Mac app lets you upload a long list of file formats — such as MKV, AVI, MP4, CUE, FLAC, APE, ALAC, OGG, AAC, AIFF and WAV — to your iOS device without ever touching iTunes. Just fire up WALTR, connect your iPhone or iPad to your Mac via USB, and drag files to convert and upload them so you can watch or listen on the go. It really is drag-and-drop simple, and file transfers are surprisingly fast.
 
No iTunes required; No jailbreak required; No need to worry about 3rd party converters;

  • the...

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10:00
The Week in iOS Apps: WinIt lets you fight your...

Just say no to parking tickets

This week’s apps includes an offering that lets you fight parking tickets; there are also transit and photography apps, and much more.

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10:00
What to play this weekend: Dead Man's Draw

Each Friday I highlight an iOS game that you should play over the weekend. This week's selection is Dead Man's Draw by Stardock.

Dead Man's Draw (universal, free with in-app purchases) is a push-your-luck card game with an enjoyable pirate theme. A lot of people are turned off by games that feature luck as a main mechanic. If that's you, move along. As for the rest of you, read on to learn more about this simple, fun game.

Looks

It's not easy to depict a card game on an iPhone. Trying to fit the cards, scoring and other necessary components on that small screen isn't easy. Blizzard's Hearthstone is a shining example of the genre done well. The developers...

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09:56
Millions of Android phones don’t completely wipe data

Weaknesses in the factory reset function within Google’s Android mobile operating system mean data from more than 500 million phones can be discovered despite being wiped, researchers have found.

And

Recovering data was even possible with full-disk encryption switched on, the researchers discovered.

Good luck Android people. Here is a sure way to fix the security issues you’re having.

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