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Friday February 12

18:33
Rock the vote for your favorite game in the GDC...

Want to make your voice heard in this year's Game Developer's Choice Awards? How about doing the same for the Independent Game Festival's accolades? Boy howdy, you're covered in both cases. Once again, the GDCA and IGF are opening up the floor for au...

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16:07
Apple’s First Scripted Series will Star Dr. Dre

Apple is pushing forward with its first scripted series with a show called Vital Signs starring and produced by Dr. Dre. Citing unnamed sources, The Hollywood Report reported that Vital Signs will be a semi-autobiographical vehicle for the rap mogul-turned-tech executive. Sam Rockwell and Mo McCrae will also be involved.


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16:07
Adobe Creative Cloud Bug Deletes Files Without...

Adobe Creative Cloud users were in for a surprise after installing a recent update: files from their Macs were deleted without any warning or request for permission. Adobe pulled the update, but not before many Mac users unexpectedly lost files.


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15:00
AT&T Says it’s 5G Network will be 100x Faster...

We don't have a 5G standard yet, but that isn't stopping AT&T from launching its own field trials. The cell service provider is teaming up with Intel and Ericsson to conduct tests this summer with the still in flux wireless protocol, and they expect to hit speeds that clock in 100 times faster than today's 4G LTE.

The Mac Observer Spin: Gigabit wireless data connections for our iPhones sounds awesome as long as it doesn't kill battery life.


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14:47
64-bit iPhones and iPads get stuck in a loop when...

Zach Straley demonstrates the problem on an iPhone.

Take a 64-bit iOS device—iPhone 5S or newer, iPad Air or newer, iPad Mini 2 or newer, sixth generation iPod touch or newer—laboriously set its date to January 1, 1970, and reboot. Congratulations: you now have a shiny piece of high-tech hardware that's stuck at the boot screen, showing nothing more than the Apple logo... forever.

Posted on Reddit and subsequently demonstrated on YouTube, it appears that iOS has a rather embarrassing software flaw. Redditors testing the bug have found themselves with unusable phones, and there are reports that vandals have been resetting the clocks of display devices in Apple stores.

So far, taking advantage of this bug requires a few minutes of physical...

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14:01
My Classic Hard Disks Are Spinning Right into the...

As the technology of SSDs develops and capacities grow, the lower capacity drives will become very, very affordable. This has already caused a sea change in how we boot up our Macs. And now it's going to change our Mac life in another way. John Martellaro is all over it.


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13:26
Hazel 3.3.7

Maintenance update for the file cleanup utility with a few bug fixes. ($29 new, free update, 9.0 MB)

 

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13:08
News: iPad Air 3, iPhone 5se expected to be...

Following reports that the iPhone 5se and iPad Air 3 will be unveiled on March 15, it now appears that the models will also be available in Apple Stores three days later, on March 18, according to a new report from 9to5Mac. With the devices going on sale so soon after the event, sources suggest that Apple is unlikely to offer pre-orders for either of the new devices, although they cautioned that Apple’s plans could still change. In the case…

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12:32
Why fruits and vegetables taste better in Europe

Vox:

“The bottom line here with the industrial tomatoes is that tomatoes have been bred for yield, production, disease resistance,” Klee told me. “The growers are not paid for flavor — they are paid for yield. So the breeders have given them this stuff that produces a lot of fruit but that doesn’t have any flavor.”

“We are raising a whole generation of people who don’t know what a tomato is supposed to taste like.” That’s why you see gigantic strawberries and fist-size apples on the store shelves. Since Americans like their produce big, and big fruit is more efficient to grow, growers do everything they can to supersize their fruit, even at the expense of flavor.

Anyone else noticed this? I did especially when I was in Italy. In particular, the tomatoes tasted amazing and completely different from the blandness of what we get in supermarkets here in North America.

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12:13
Review: VRS Design Crystal Bumper, High Pro Shield...

The recently rebranded VRS Design is continuing its push into the American market with a number of new iPhone cases. The company's Crystal Bumper ($33), High Pro Shield ($33), and Verge Active ($33) all still bear the Verus name the company used before rebranding. Crystal Bumper and High Pro Shield are similar cases, both using the style of a soft shell surrounded by a hard plastic bumper. Verge Active is a bit different, as it puts a soft shell inside a harder, outer shell. The case also comes with a partially rotating magnetic holster clip, if you're still interested in that sort of thing. All three cases have proper coverage for the sleep/wake button and volume controls.{/exp:char_limit}
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12:03
External Link: Google to Shut Down Picasa in Favor...

Google has announced that it will shut down its Picasa photo service on 1 May 2016. The company advises Picasa users to log in to Google Photos to access their Picasa photos, which should already be transferred. Google also said that it will provide a way for Picasa users to access their photos without Google Photos. As for the Picasa desktop app, Google will stop supporting it on 15 March 2016. We can’t say that we’re surprised by this move, since Google has shifted heavily toward Google Photos, but we will miss Picasa’s Mac app, as it was one of only a handful of alternatives to Apple’s Photos on the Mac.

 

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11:57
'iPhone 7' might replace 3.5mm headphone...

Apple's next-generation iPhone -- expected to abandon a 3.5mm headphone jack -- will probably replace the part with a second speaker, according to a Barclays research memo obtained by AppleInsider.

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11:49
Straight Outta Apple: Dr. Dre to star in Apple...

AP Images/Invision via The Hollywood Reporter

Apple is staying close to home for actors in its first original TV content, with an upcoming show called "Vital Signs" that will most likely be available to subscribers to Apple Music.

The Hollywood Reporter noted that the six-episode production will star Apple employee Dr. Dre, who will also be executive producer for the show. It's not known at this time if the show will be available through other avenues like iTunes. Apple followed a similar path with Taylor Swift's "1989 World Tour" concert video, which was available only to Apple Music subscribers.

Adults probably won't want their kids to watch "Vital Signs". Hollywood Reporter's sources said it is a "dark drama with no shortage of violence and sex" and filming this week included an "extended orgy scene." Each episode will be just 30 minutes long.

Dr. Dre...

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11:46
iPhones Bricked By Setting Date To Jan 1, 1970

lightbox32 writes: Beware of a hoax circling the interwebs, which can be seen by setting your iPhone's date to January 1, 1970. Many people are reporting that doing so will brick the device. It's unclear what exactly causes the issue, but could be related to how iOS stores date and time formats. Jan. 1, 1970 is a value of zero or less than zero, which would make any process that uses a time stamp to fail. Apple is aware of the issue and is looking into it.


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11:39
Rumor: New 4" iPhone, 'iPad Air 3'...

Just a few days days after Apple announces its anticipated latest product updates, customers could be able to get their hands on the latest iPhone and iPad refreshes, according to a new report.

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11:27
Zuckerberg Aims to Set Things Right With India


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday went into damage-control mode following a tweet from board member Marc Andreessen about India and colonialism. Andreessen was reacting to the Indian telecom regulator's ban on Facebook's Free Basics service. "Another in a long line of economically suicidal decisions made by the Indian government against its own citizens," he reportedly tweeted. "Denying world's poorest free partial Internet connectivity when today they have none, for ideological reasons, strikes me as morally wrong."

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11:16
4-inch iPhone 5se & iPad Air 3 planned to go on...

Apple is currently on target to start selling its next iPhone and iPad models the same week that the new products are introduced in March. Apple is currently planning to introduce a new 4-inch iPhone dubbed the “iPhone 5se” and a new iPad Air at an event on Tuesday, March 15th, then put the products up for sale online and in retail stores as early as Friday, March 18th, according to sources. Apple is unlikely to offer pre-orders for the new devices, according to sources who cautioned that the plans could still change.

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10:52
News: Apple filming original ‘dark drama’ television...

Apple is forging ahead with plans for unveiling its own original, exclusive television programming, and is in fact already getting ready to announced its first television show, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The series, which will reportedly be titled Vital Signs, is described as a “dark semi-autobiographical drama” featuring Beats co-founder and rap legend Dr. Dre, who now works in the upper echelons of Apple. Multiple sources are…

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10:33
Dr Dre said to be starring in Apple Music’s first...

When Apple bought Beats back in 2014, it got a headphone/speaker line and the foundation for what became Apple Music. Now it appears that Beats co-founder and rap legend Dr Dre is going to be playing an even bigger role in the company. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Apple is currently producing an original series called Vital Signs with Dr Dre as the show’s star. It’s a new move for Apple, creating original video content, and one that is expected to be used to promote Apple Music.

While rumors of Apple developing a streaming TV package have been...

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10:33
Apple execs Eddy Cue & Craig Federighi talk...

John Gruber surprised podcast listeners today by getting Apple’s own Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi on The Talk Show to discuss a variety of topics behind Apple. Since Tim Cook took leadership at Apple, it hasn’t been unheard of for Apple execs to appear on Gruber’s show. The first occurrence was last June when Phil Schiller met John Gruber on stage during WWDC to discuss Apple’s recent announcements and decisions over the past few years. This marks the second time that Federighi has been on the The Talk Show, and Cue’s first.

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10:29
First Apple Music TV series to star Dr. Dre, will...

Apple is reportedly set to get into the original content business, competing with the likes of HBO, Netflix, Amazon and others, with a new TV show starring one of its own employees: Dr. Dre.

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10:23
External Link: Adobe Creative Cloud App Deletes...

The folks at cloud-backup service Backblaze have discovered a troubling behavior in Adobe Creative Cloud: Adobe’s Mac software is deleting the contents of the first hidden folder it sees, in alphabetical order, at the root of users’ disks. (Hidden folders aren’t displayed in the Finder, but often contain important settings or other data.) Backblaze users noticed the bug because the Backblaze app depends on a hidden folder called .bzvol, which is often alphabetically the first hidden folder on Backblaze users’ drives. If you use Backblaze, the company offers a way to work around the bug by creating a sacrificial folder that sorts before .bzvol. It’s up to Adobe to fix the issue permanently.

 

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10:20
OS X Hidden Treasures: Quick Look

Quick Look can help you peer inside files quickly, but it’s easy to miss or forget about. You’ll learn how to use Quick Look from the Finder, within some of Apple’s apps, and from the command line. We’ll also share some tricks you may not know and some of our favorite plug-ins that make Quick Look even more useful.

 

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09:55
AT&T lays plans to begin testing 5G data in 2016...

AT&T on Friday announced its plans to test 5G network technology, beginning with lab tests in the second quarter done in collaboration with Intel and Ericsson.

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09:32
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 12-inch MacBook $999, iPhone...

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08:52
iPad Pro could use much faster 29W charging, if...

The USB 3 capable Lightning port on Apple's iPad Pro could use an incoming charge of up to 29 watts, matching the abilities of Apple's 12-inch MacBook. But without any USB 3 Lightning cables yet available on the market, this power remains untapped for now.

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08:34
Switch to AT&T, buy a new iPhone, and get a...

Beginning today, new and existing AT&T customers can purchase a new iPhone and get another one free when adding a second line.

Both phones must be purchased on AT&T Next, the company’s installment plan. The first phone can be a new line or an upgrade. The second phone must be a new line and purchased on AT&T Next 24.

You can add both phones to a qualified plan, like Mobile Share Value, for as low as $70 a month for two phones. After three billing cycles or less, you’ll start to receive up to $650 spread out over 30 monthly bill credits. You do have to pay tax on both phones at sale. For more info, go to one of AT&T’s retail stores.

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08:01
Foursquare wants to send you food and groceries when...

Foursquare is all about discovering new places to visit, but for those times you don't feel like venturing out, the app can now help bring takeout, booze, and groceries to you. The “location intelligence” company recently announced a new partnership with Delivery.com and mobile commerce platform Button.

Users living in or visiting the 36 cities where Delivery.com is available will soon see the site’s icon within the Foursquare app. Tap the icon next to a location that uses the service, and you will move from Foursquare to the Delivery.com app (or be encouraged to install it). That means you’ll have to sign-up for Delivery.com’s service to use the new integration.

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07:36
Video filmed in zero gravity, with people, balls,...

[VIDEO] OK Go makes great videos. This one was filmed in zero gravity, at least for much of the time. Fantastic.

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07:32
Class-action suit over iPhone-bricking Error 53...

The iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S, and 6S Plus don't like it when you replace their TouchID sensors. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

In recent weeks, you may have read about iPhone error code 53, a problem related to the fingerprint sensor that can keep iPhones with damaged or replaced TouchID buttons from installing updates or brick them entirely. Yesterday, a Seattle law firm filed a class-action lawsuit against Apple in the US District Court for the Northern District of California. It argues that preventing iPhones with damaged TouchID buttons from working normally otherwise is "abusive," that Apple did not adequately warn consumers of problems that could arise from a damaged or replaced TouchID sensor, and that "more than 62 million units" have been affected in the US as of November 2015.

Class-action...

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07:10
Apple captured 21% of smartphone processors, 31% of...

Although the smartphone and tablet processor markets actually declined year-over-year in 2015, Apple managed to capture large shares of both in 2015 simply manufacturing for its own devices, Strategy Analytics said in data released on Friday.

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06:05
OS X: Turning Off Live Photos (For a Bunch of Images...

Been taking lots of pictures with your iPhone 6s or 6s Plus? Did you forget to turn off Live Photos and now want to edit the feature out of the images you've taken? Well, within Photos on the Mac, you can do just that, and it'll even work if you've selected a bucketload of pictures all at once. Melissa Holt's gonna tell us how in today's Quick Tip.


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05:40
Another day, another TWO lawsuits against Apple

Another day, another TWO lawsuits. A Seattle-based law firm called PCVA and Immersion, a haptic feedback tech company, are suing Apple.

The law firm is launching a class action suit against Apple over the “Error 53” codes brouhaha. It involves Apple's hardware repair practices, specifically targeting the "Error 53" code issue that renders an iPhone unusable following an unauthorized Touch ID fingerprint sensor install. 

In the other legal action, Immersion has filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission ("ITC") against Apple Inc., AT&T Inc., and AT&T Mobility LLC. Immersion has also filed a patent infringement complaint against Apple, AT&T and AT&T Mobility in the U.S. District Court for the...

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05:00
Why I stopped wearing my Apple Watch

I’ve been a Mac user since 1984 and iOS user since 2007. In 2016 I’m switching from iPhone and Apple Watch to Android and Android Wear as an experiment. This blog post is one in a series from a lifelong Apple/iOS user  switching to Android.

The Huawei Watch is a sharp-looking timepiece.

Like many of you I ordered an Apple Watch at midnight on April 10, 2015 and received it on April 24, 2015. To say that anticipation was high might be the understatement of the year.

Before the arrival of the smart watch, I wore a Breitling watch daily (and a Tag Heuer before that). I don’t consider myself a horologist or even a watch snob, I just have thing for nice watches. A watch is one of the few accessories that...

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05:00
Patent report: iPhone-controlling Apple watches,...

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

It’s just a matter of time before iOS and OS X devices have flexible screens. Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,256,250) for “electronic devices with flexible screens having fastened bent edges.” 

Apple says electronic devices such as laptops and smartphones usually have rigid displays made from rigid display structures that often include a significant amount of inactive border area for around the display for accommodating display circuitry for operating display pixels in an active region of the display. This type of wide inactive region tends to make displays bulky and requires the use of electronic device housings with wide bezels. 

Naturally, Apple doesn’t like this...

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04:30
The iGo is the coolest desktop for an iMac (though...

If you want THE desk that's designed specifically for the iMac, you'll have to pick up the iGo from Rain Design. 

Though gorgeous and unique, the iGo is a boutique item that won't appeal to everyone. It's a sexy minimalist desk that gives your iMac (or, if you prefer, a Mac mini with a Thunderbolt Display) "legs." In an office situation it beefs up the "wow" factor substantially. For home users, while the iGo doesn't make an iMac easily portable, it does facilitate moving it from one room to another. 

For instance, I normally do my Apple World Today work in my home office. With the iGo, I can work in the sunroom for a change of scenery and atmosphere. 

The iGo offers some ergonomic benefits, especially the standing model. You can adjust the height of your screen, keyboard and chair to prevent working in the same position for hours at a time. You can also use it to reduce eyestrain by...

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04:00
SuperTab offers a ‘floating Finder’ for Mac OS X

SpriTec Software's SuperTab, a Mac utility application designed to enhance and extend the Mac's built-in Command-Tab Application Switcher, has been called a "floating Finder" — and with good reason. It provides Finder features and an app launcher at your fingertips. 

Without SuperTab, the App Switcher only allows you to access your currently active apps. With the SpriTec app installed, you have access to a lot more.

After you've downloaded and installed SuperTab, you'll need to grant access to "SuperTab.app" in the Security & Privacy settings to take advantage of all its features. To do this, open the Systems Preferences app and click the "Security & Privacy" icon.

Click the "Privacy" Tab. Click "Accessibility." If it's locked, click the lock in the lower left, then enter your password. Check the box next to "SuperTab.app." Now you're ready to go.

Press the Command and Tab keys, and the translucent SuperTab interface appears on your Mac's screen...

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03:33
ASICS will acquire Runkeeper, following Adidas and...

Following in the footsteps of competitors, Adidas and Under Armor, ASICS will buy fitness app-maker, Runkeeper. The move was announced on Medium by Runkeeper’s founder, Jason Jacobs, and indicates that all fitness apparel companies clearly see the need to embed tracking technology, and/or tie-in apps with their brands.

Jacobs notes that partnering with ASICS to fulfill the company’s vision made complete sense. Not only is ASICS a running-oriented company, but, the manufacturer’s shoes are ‘by far’ the most popular brand among Runkeeper users.

In the short...

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00:21
Pew: More Americans Looking for Love Online


Online dating numbers are up in the United States, the Pew Research Center said Thursday, based on the results of a recent survey. Today, it's possible for singles from all walks of life to find a date who's compatible with them -- at least virtually -- the findings suggest. As the online dating world expands, adding ever more nuanced sites -- like The League, which targets affluent, ambitious go-getters who are looking for the same -- more people are signing up.

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Thursday February 11

20:24
JBL’s Legend CP100 head unit with CarPlay support to...

Back at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, JBL took the wraps off of its first CarPlay-capable aftermarket head unit, the Legend CP100. At the time, the company teased only that it would be “coming soon,” but now we have an official release date. The Legend CP100 head unit will be available starting February 14 for $399 via JBL’s website.

The JBL Legend CP100 features a 6.75-inch capacitive touchscreen, which is not bad at all for the price. Capacitive touchscreens are also often easier to use as they require a lighter touch than resistive touchscreens that are used in many in-car units. The Legend CP100 also has an AM/FC tuner, rear USB input, rear camera input for adding up a backup camera, and support for steering wheel controls in your car....

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19:49
Lowest Prices Ever: 12" MacBooks for $999 ($300...

Apple authorized reseller B&H just slashed $300-$350 off Apple's entire lineup of 12" MacBooks and $100 off all Apple Watches, delivering the lowest prices we've ever seen for these product lines. Plus free shipping and no tax outside NY.

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19:08
Harman's JBL Legend CP100 CarPlay receiver to...

A month after Harman debuted its JBL Legend CP100 aftermarket receiver with CarPlay support, the company on Thursday opened preorders for the $400 device ahead of a Feb. 14 ship date.

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18:53
Law firm follows through with plan to file class...

Earlier this month, Apple acknowledged an issue referred to as “Error 53” that causes iPhone 6 units with home buttons repaired by a third-party to potentially be bricked with software updates. Shortly after Apple acknowledged the issue, a Seattle-based law firm announce that it was considering filing a class action lawsuit against Apple for forcing people to use the company’s own repair outlet, which is often more expensive. Now, the law firm PCVA has officially filed the case with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

In a press release announcing the lawsuit, PCVA stated that the first goal of the suit is to get all affected customers “re-outfitted” with...

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16:39
Immersion files lawsuit, ITC complaint against Apple...

Haptic feedback technology developer Immersion on Thursday announced a two-pronged legal attack against Apple for allegedly infringing on its patents with haptic systems embedded in Apple Watch and iPhone.

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16:10
LUX Lightning Cables on Kickstarter: MFi-Certified,...

There seem to be two schools of thought when it comes to Lightning cables: buy 'em cheap because they don't last, and pay for quality so they will last. I'm in the latter camp. I hate buying cheap cables knowing I'll have to replace them once they break, usually at the point where the connector connects to the actual cable. Apple's own cables fit in that not-good-enough category, and that's why I often post deals, product announcements, and Kickstarters for cables wrapped in metal, nylon, kevlar, and other materials. Which brings me to LUX Cables, MFi-certified cables on Kickstarter with, "thicker wire gauge (20 AWG), metal encased tips and braided with nylon." They blew past their modest funding goals, and there's still 36 days to help fund the project and get one of these 2-meter cables for US$17.

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15:32
VoIP-Pal Hits Apple, AT&T, Verizon with $7B...

Washington-based patent holding company VoIP-Pal filed filed lawsuits this week against Apple, AT&T, and Verizon over claims the companies are infringing on communication-related patents it owns. VoIP-Pal is asking for US$7 billion in damages from the companies.

The Mac Observer Spin: This is the state of patent law in the United States: It doesn't matter if VoIP-Pal has a legitimate claim. The knee jerk reaction is to assume they're a patent troll looking to strong-arm money out of deep pocket companies like Apple, AT&T, and Verizon. Maybe they are, or maybe they aren't; either way, the U.S. legal system is overrun with companies using the treat of court action over patent infringement claims as a business model.


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15:29
Apple slapped with class action suit over Touch ID-...

Seattle-based law firm PCVA has decided to move forward with a class action lawsuit related to Apple's hardware repair practices, specifically targeting the "Error 53" code issue that renders iPhone unusable following an unauthorized Touch ID fingerprint sensor install.

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15:21
Kim Jong-Un Found To Be Mac User

jones_supa writes: He might hate the United States, but he sure digs those designed-in-California computers. You probably wouldn't take Kim Jong-un as a Mac user. Usually, in photos of him checking out military computers, we see the North Korean dictator in front of a PC with a Dell monitor. However, a handful of photos of the supreme leader at his own desk show him with Macs, leading to the assumption that while the military may use PCs, his personal preference is Mac. Reuters correspondent James Pearson, who covers both Koreas, tweeted out a fresh image of little Kim using a MacBook Pro inside an aircraft. There are other images, including a 2013 image of Kim Jong-un at his desk with an iMac. That same year, the South Korean newspaper Chosun published a photo from North Korean Central News Agency, which features an Apple iMac. This might also explain why the country's home-grown Linux distribution Red Star imitates OS X.

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15:05
Apple sued over haptic feedback

Immersion, a company that develops and licenses haptic touch feedback technology, today filed a lawsuit against Apple and AT&T accusing the two companies of patent infringement. Citing technologies like 3D Touch, Force Touch, the Apple Watch Taptic Engine, and vibration patterns for ringtones and notifications, Immersion says multiple Apple devices use its intellectual property.

Another interesting case.

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14:55
Pandora looking for a buyer

Pandora has the largest number of users for music streaming, but the competition is encroaching. Spotify is said to be arming itself with another $500 million in capital, and Apple Music recently surpassed 10 million paying users. Pandora’s users peaked at 81.5 million at the end of 2014, declining to 78.1 million in the third quarter.

Pandora has the best algorithmic stations around. I’m surprised they’re shopping themselves around after taking over the Rdio assets last year, but I guess we’ll see what happens.

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14:34
TestFlight gets support for iOS 9.3, watchOS 2.2...

Apple on Thursday released a new version of the TestFlight iOS app, adding support for iOS 9.3 and watchOS 2.2, both of which are still in beta form.

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14:25
Apple Selling View-Master Virtual Reality Starter...

Apple is now selling the View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack. This is the device that turns your iPhone into a virtual reality viewer in the vein of Google Cardboard. Only it's not made of cardboard, it's made of plastic. It's designed to work specifically with View-Master reels you buy from the App Store, but as mentioned, it works with any Google Cardboard content. It also comes with a sample reel. Apple began selling it earlier this week, which reminds me of Apple CEO Tim Cook saying that virtual reality was interesting during the company's Q1 quarterly conference call. Apple is also building its own virtual reality team. It's easy to imagine that selling the View-Master device is part of Apple's information-gathering process. In any event, it's $29.99, making it an inexpensive way to get a quality viewer.

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14:15
AWT News Update: February 11, 2016

Today's Apple news is all over the map:

  • Don't try this, but there's a way to brick just about any 64-bit iOS device by just changing the date
  • According to officials, Sunnyvale, CA residents have complained about noise emanating from the alleged site of Apple's car project
  • Apple's Maps vans are now driving day and night to capture information
  • Vevo updated its Apple TV app for the 4th-generation device, now providing access to over 150,000 HD music videos

Text is below, while the Periscope video that was marred by trolls today is here.

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today,...

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14:04
TestFlight updated with support for watchOS 2.2 and...

Apple’s TestFlight iOS app has received an updated today with support for watchOS 2.2 and iOS 9.3, as well as the standard “stability and performance improvements.” Upon first glance, users who were having trouble installing beta apps from TestFlight onto the latest watchOS 2.2 betas won’t see much more success with today’s TestFlight update.

What’s New in Version 1.3.2

Includes support for watchOS 2.2 and iOS 9.3, as well as minor stability and performance improvements

The original TestFlight platform was ...

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13:45
X-Doria Revel Apple Watch Case is Colorful, Durable

X-Doria has introduced the Revel line of four colorful Apple Watch cases. They simply snap on and leave all ports accessible. The case is flexible yet durable. John's been using one with his Apple Watch for two weeks, and it has grown on him.


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13:35
Review: Bluelounge’s Kosta Apple Watch Charging...

Earlier this year at CES, I got the chance to stop by Bluelounge’s booth and discovered a product announced late last year that I hadn’t seen before, the Kosta Apple Watch Charging Coaster. What caught my attention is that it’s designed similarly to Apple’s Magnetic Charging Dock, but comes in three non-white colors including dark grey and costs $15 instead of $80. There are a few key differences to consider with Kosta compared to other Apple Watch docks …

Bluelounge offers Kosta in three different colors:...

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13:34
Beyond Ink Pen: $49

The Beyond Ink Pen is a clever device: part pen, part stylus, part USB drive, and part iPhone charger. Really. It has an ink reserve for the ballpoint pen, and the tips can be switched out so you can use it as a stylus. It also has a 16GB UB drive built into it-lift the cap to plug it in. But the best thing is that they crammed in a 1000mAh battery for giving your iPhone an emergency charge of up to five hours of talk time. Oh, and it has a built-in Lightning cable (MicroUSB model available, too) for charging. It sounds like something Q would be pleased with. Through our deal you can get Beyond Ink Pen for $49, a discount of 30 percent.


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12:57
News: CBS CEO Moonves notes Apple talks have stopped

Leo Moonves, CEO of CBS, has noted that his company’s talks with Apple have basically stopped, CNN Money reports. While Moonves was cautiously optimistic about making a deal with Apple back in October, he now tells CNN Money that those talks have ceased, at least for the time being, stating that although CBS had conversations with Apple “awhile back” his company hasn’t “had any recent conversations with them” although…

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12:54
Mac: Kanex MultiSync Aluminum Mac Keyboard

These days, just about every Apple device works with an external keyboard, from the iPhone to the Apple TV, and since most traditional Bluetooth keyboards only pair with a single device at a time, you’re often left juggling multiple keyboards or constantly repairing. This is where Kanex’s new MultiSync Aluminum Keyboard ($100) comes in — it allows you to simultaneously pair up to four Bluetooth devices and easily switch to your preferred device using four quick function buttons above the numeric keypad.

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12:52
CBS CEO now says company has had no ‘recent talks’...

Apple’s streaming web TV service has been rumored for nearly a year now, with reports originating last March claiming that Apple was planning to announce a service at $30-$40 per month. The service was said to feature upwards of 25 channels and be available on the fourth-gen Apple TV. Recently, however, reports have claimed that Apple’s talks with major networks have stalled. Now, speaking to CNN, CBS CEO Les Moonves has confirmed that talks between Apple and CBS have stopped recently.

“We had conversations awhile back, and we haven’t had recent conversations with them,” Moonves said regarding CBS...

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12:48
iOS date bug will freeze your device at startup

I can’t think of a practical reason for setting the date of your iPhone or iPad to January 1, 1970. But if you manage to find a reason, don’t do it. You’ll end up with an unusable device.

A discussion on Reddit and an article on 9to5Mac points out that if you set your iOS device’s date to January 1, 1970 and then restart, your device won’t boot past the Apple logo startup screen.

This bug occurs on iOS devices with a 64-bit processor (A7, A8, A8X, A9, and A9X) and iOS 8 or later. I was able to trigger the bug on an iPad mini 4 (64-bit A8 processor) with iOS 9.2.1. In the 3-minute video below, the first 30 seconds (after the ad) are spent setting the date and restarting the iPad mini. The rest of the video shows the device stalled on the startup screen.

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12:15
Htop 2.0 Released, Runs Natively On BSDs and Mac OSX

An anonymous reader writes: The popular Linux process viewer htop got a new major revision, and now runs natively on FreeBSD, OpenBSD and Mac OS X. The author discussed the process of making the tool cross-platform earlier this year at FOSDEM. Htop also got some new features, including mouse wheel support via ncurses 6 and listing process environment variables.


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11:57
New SourceForge Owners Start Trust Repair


SourceForge on Tuesday announced that it has pulled the plug on its DevShare program amid growing rebellion from software developers and a change of ownership. SourceForge Media announced the termination notice with a promise of other policy changes coming soon. DevShare was an opt-in revenue-sharing program for developers that was started in 2013. The program attempted to give open source software developers a monetizing stream by bundling selected software titles with the free downloads.

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11:54
Kanex launches new MultiSync Bluetooth keyboards for...

Popular accessory maker Kanex today announced a new lineup of Bluetooth keyboards for Mac and iOS users that allow easy switching between up to four wirelessly connected devices, as well as two products aimed specifically at iPad users.

There are four new keyboards in the lineup including the full-sized keyboard in black and aluminum pictured below, and a smaller miniature version (above) that is a lot like Apple’s own wireless keyboard in form factor (minus the questionable arrow key size).

Additionally, you’ll find two new iPad keyboards with stand covers, one for the iPad mini and one for either the iPad Air or iPad Pro:

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11:45
Amazon Opens Lumberyard to Game Devs


Amazon on Tuesday announced that it has widened its footprint in the game industry, complementing its development studio with the Lumberyard 3D game engine. Based on core components of Crytek's CryEngine, Lumberyard will support development for PCs and consoles (Xbox One and PlayStation 4). Amazon plans to add support for mobile devices and virtual reality gear soon. The game engine, which is available in a beta build, is free of charge, and there is neither a subscription fee nor revenue-sharing model to bar entry to small development teams.

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11:30
Gear: Rareform iPhone 6/6s Case

Rareform’s iPhone 6/6s Case ($40) is truly unique — each of the company’s cases have a different look, as the back of the case features an original piece of reclaimed billboard, cut, washed, and sewn into a matte, rubbery polycarbonate shell. We don’t give full reviews to shell cases, as they don’t provide proper everyday protection for an iPhone. Nevertheless, some users are only considered with cases as a fashion accessory,…

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10:57
Find Your Promised and Provisioned Comcast Internet...

Comcast customers are used to seeing items on their bills like "Performance Pro" and "Blast 105" for Internet service, but it's difficult to find out what speeds are advertised with those services. Even more difficult is finding out what Comcast actually provisions your cable modem to allow. Thankfully the folks at DSLReports keep a chart updated with precisely this information. For example, Blast 105 is currently advertised as 105 Mbps down, 10 Mbps up, but modems with this service are provisioned for 131.25 Mbps down and 12.5 Mbps up. Check out the chart for everything.


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10:19
Feds Put AI in the Driver's Seat


The artificial intelligence component of Google's Level 4 autonomous cars can be considered the driver, whether or not the cars are occupied by humans, the U.S. National Highway Transportation Safety Administration said in a letter released Tuesday. Level 4 full self-driving automation vehicles perform all safety-critical driving functions and monitor roadway conditions for an entire trip. Google's L4 vehicle design will do away with the steering wheel and the brake and gas pedals.

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10:08
TMO Daily Observations 2016-02-11: Apple’s A10 Chip...

TSMC is going to be the exclusive A10 chip maker for Apple, which means Samsung is losing out on some serious money. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on why Samsung lost out, and what this means for the company. They also talk about Comcast's broadband Internet speeds, and how you can find out just how fast your connection should be.


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09:45
Gravity Waves Detected For the First Time

From the press release: "For the first time, scientists have observed ripples in the fabric of spacetime called gravitational waves, arriving at the earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe. This confirms a major prediction of Albert Einsteinâs 1915 general theory of relativity and opens an unprecedented new window onto the cosmos. Gravitational waves carry information about their dramatic origins and about the nature of gravity that cannot otherwise be obtained. Physicists have concluded that the detected gravitational waves were produced during the final fraction of a second of the merger of two black holes to produce a single, more massive spinning black hole. This collision of two black holes had been predicted but never observed. The gravitational waves were detected on September 14, 2015 ... by both of the twin Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors, located in Livingston, Louisiana, and Hanford, Washington, USA."

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09:36
This iOS date trick will reportedly brick any device...

An interesting bug relating to the date and time system in iOS has emerged recently. Several users have discovered that if you change your iOS device’s date to January 1st, 1970, your device will be permanently bricked. You can see the process in the video below, and while I don’t have any desire to try it out to confirm, it’s pretty apparent based on separate reports that it’s a legitimate issue.

In order to change your date and time settings, you have to go to the Settings app, tap the General menu, choose Date & Time, and turn off the Set Automatically option. From there, you’ll have to scroll through the menu until it reaches as far back as it goes. After that, go back to the General menu then go back into the Date & Time settings and scroll backwards again. You’ll have to repeat this process until you reach...

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: new Apple TV from $117, Pad...

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09:30
'Steve Jobs' makes it to iTunes

Image from Steve Jobs via Universal Pictures

Talk about something that resembles the plot of the movie "Inception" -- the movie about the famed co-founder of Apple is now available for sale on iTunes, which of course was a service that started up when Steve Jobs was CEO of the company. Steve Jobs was written by Aaron Sorkin, who won a Golden Globe for his script, and stars Michael Fassbender (who is up for the Best Actor Oscar) and Kate Winslet (nominated for Best Supporting Actress, winner of a Golden Globe for her role). 

The movie is available for purchase in HD or SD formats for $14.99 and will be available for rental on February 16. While the movie received high critical acclaim, it definitely bombed at the box office. Apple management was, by and large, unhappy...

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09:08
Proposed bipartisan bill would prevent individual...

The plot may yet become even more intricate when it comes to states require backdoors into encryption.

A bipartisan bill introduced to the U.S. House of Represenatives on Wednesday would bar individual states and localities from requiring backdoors in encryption, something often demanded by law enforcement officials and intelligence agencies.

The ENCRYPT Act, sponsored Democrat Ted Lieu and Republican Blake Farenthold, was crafted in direct response to proposed rules in New York and California that would require companies to be able to decrypt smartphones.

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08:43
TSMC to be exclusive manufacturer for iPhone 7’s A10...

It looks like TSMC will be taking on the full manufacturing load for the iPhone 7’s processor.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company announced that they’ve reached a deal to produce the A10 processor and will most likely use a 10-nanometer manufacturing process. Full production is slated to begin in June.

Along with the 10-nanometer production process, TSMC is said to have beaten out rival Samsung for the contract given its better power performance and efficiency.

Apple used both Samsung and TSMC to manufacture the chips for the iPhone 6s, which caused some controversy as early benchmarks indicated that TSMC’s A9 chip outperformed Samsung’s in battery life. Apple revealed that, according to its internal testing, the...

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08:00
Science confirms that gravitational waves exist

At last, scientists have validated a key part of Einstein's general theory of relativity. The National Science Foundation, Caltech and MIT have confirmed the existence of gravitational waves, or ripples in spacetime. Their two LIGO (Laser Interfero...

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07:41
DJ software veteran Serato launches iOS app to...

DJs will be well familiar with the name Serato. It’s one of the — if not the — leading software products around for DJs that make the hop from vinyl to digital sets (and that’s most of them these days). But the company hasn’t had a huge presence on iOS devices outside of that world — save for its Remote companion app for users of a Serato desktop setup. That’s where Serato’s new Pyro app comes in, but it’s not exactly the scaled back version of the company’s desktop offering you might have been hoping for....

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07:39
Anova Culinary Bluetooth Precision Cooker for sous-...

Learning chefs that want to get a start on cooking sous-vide and get restaurant quality results, take a look at Amazon’s Gold Box deal today with the Anova Culinary Bluetooth Precision Cooker currently available at $139 (normally $179). Anova’s precision cooker clamps to the side of any deep pot or tank and continuously circulates the water inside to ensure that food is cooked evenly throughout. Connect the Anova to an iPhone via Bluetooth, and you can then wirelessly control and monitor...

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07:16
Apple to open tech development center in India

Apple plans to open its first technology development center outside the United States in Hyderabad, India, according to ZDNet.

It will be built on 250,000 square feet of land in the real estate firm Tishman Speyer's WaveRock facility at Hyderabad's IT corridor at a cost of $25 million (150 crore rupees). The center is expected to create 4,500 jobs for local, notes ZDNet. The move is viewed as a “momentous one.”

"It's a very positive development as Apple has not looked at cities only in India, but across many places in Europe and other parts of the world. Their decision to have the facility in Hyderabad is a strong endorsement of the city as a major IT hub in the country," Jayesh Ranjan, Secretary to IT department in the state of Telangana, told ZDNet.

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06:58
Voip-Pal sues Apple, Verizon, AT&T for patent...

Another day, another lawsuit. Voip-Pal filed a lawsuit against Apple on Feb. 9 in the United States District Court, District of Nevada case number. The following day the company filed suit against Verizon Wireless Services and AT&T. 

The complaints allege infringement by Apple, Verizon and AT&T of various claims of Voip-Pal’s patents. The company seeks damages totaling over $7 billion.

Voip-Pal is a publicly traded corporation that acquired Digifonica International Limited in 2013 in order to fund, co-develop and complete Digifonica's suite of patents. Digifonica purportedly operationalized and tested its suite of software solutions with applications in five core areas of Internet connectivity: Routing, Billing and Rating; Lawful Intercept; Short Number Dialing (Enhanced 911) Mobile Gateway; and Uninterrupted Transmission.

Voip-Pa claims that “Apple, Verizon and AT&T were regrettably unwilling to engage in...

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06:54
News: Apple will source iPhone 7 ‘A10’ CPU solely...

Apple will be sourcing the new CPU for its iPhone 7 models exclusively from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), according to a new report from The Electronic Times . The two companies reportedly reached a deal based on the Taiwanese company’s manufacturing process for 10nm chips and more advanced designs that provide better performance and efficiency. Although Apple had been rumoured to be looking for new suppliers for its A9…

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06:24
Apple Dumps Samsung, Gives TSMC Exclusive iPhone...

Apple is distancing itself more from Samsung by partnering with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to be the sole manufacturer of future iPhone processors. The deal cuts Samsung out of some serious revenue considering how popular Apple's smartphone is, and is already boosting TSMC's value.

The Mac Observer Spin: Losing out on Apple's A10 chip manufacturing is a hit Samsung will definitely notice. Meanwhile, back at TSCM, it's party time.


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06:00
News: Daily Deal: AppDelete Uninstaller for Mac

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering AppDelete Uninstaller for Mac for only $4 — half off the regular price. While uninstalling apps on a Mac is usually as simple as dragging them to the Trash, many apps still leave a little bit extra behind, cluttering up your Mac and using space needlessly. AppDelete takes care of these stragglers such as preference files, cache files, and other data, and can even help you search for apps you’ve already…

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05:47
External Link: iTunes Must Die: The Song (and...

Over the years, we’ve shared numerous lamentations about the myriad problems with iTunes. The latest person to lend his voice — literally — to the cause is well-known author and musician Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus, who has recorded the song “iTunes Must Die” in conjunction with an “iTunes Must Die” petition. You can preview it for free on CD Baby, and if you want your own copy, it’s available for $0.99 from Amazon, CD Baby, and Google Play, though not yet from the iTunes Store. Hmm…

 

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05:14
Rumor: TSMC to be the sole supplier of processors...

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSMC) will be the exclusive supplier of mobile processors for Apple’s next iPhones, reports South Korea's Electronic Times — as noted by Reuters.TSMC is the world's largest dedicated independent semiconductor foundry, with its headquarters and main operations located in the Hsinchu Science and Industrial Park in Hsinchu, Taiwan.

This fan mockup of an iPhone 7 is courtesy of dailytech.com.

Quoting unnamed industry sources, the article says TSMC beat rival chipmaker Samsung to make the processors using 10-nanometre manufacturing technology, the report said. Samsung and TSMC both supply the processors for the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. Currently, estimates have Samsung making 60% to 70% of Apple’s A9 processor, with TSMC handling the remaining 30% to 40%.

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05:00
Choetech’s USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter...

You can buy a variety of adapters to use with the input-limited, 12-inch MacBook from Apple. However, I recently ran across the USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter from Choetech, which is convenient, as it serves multiple purposes.

The teeny Mac laptop only has a solo USB-C port, but the adapter lets you connect another USB-C device, a USB 3.0 device, and an HDMI device. To use, you just plug it into the MacBook.

The USB-C port on the Choetech gadget means you can charge the laptop while attaching external devices. The adapter’s HDMI port lets you mirror the MacBook display to a HDMI-enabled TV, project or display at up to 1080p at 60Hz or UHD (3840 x 2160) at 30Hz. It also outputs video content like movies and captured video.  

The Digital AV Multiport Adapter’s USB 3.0 lets you connect devices such as your flash drive, external hard drive, camera, or an USB cable for, say, syncing your iPhone. However, the Choetech adapter’s USB 3.0 port only supports 2.5-inch...

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04:30
The 'smart TV' and personal computer might...

I've long wanted an iMac with a built-in TV tuner and one capable of direct cable or satellite input. I doubt that's going to happen, but, a couple of years ago, one pundit predicted that we'll see "smart" TVs merging more with personal computers, perhaps even evolving into a "tabletop" system.

Lisa Graff, the vice president of the PC Client Group and general manager of the Desktop Client Platforms Group, told PCWorld that portable all-in-ones (AIOs) such as the 20-inch Lenovo Yoga Home 900 (pictured) are starting to double as a "second TV." 

"I wonder how much difference you’re going to see in the next few years between a smart TV — which becomes so smart that you can do a lot with it, like Netflix and Hulu, and it heads towards being a PC — and a PC which heads towards being a TV, and you get this sort of TV/PC thing.” 

Graff thinks future AIOs will be able to flip...

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04:00
Print Selection for OS X can save you ink, paper,...

My lovely wife loves to print recipes she finds on-line. She learned the hard way that you don't simply hit "print" when you see one you like. The first (and last) time she did this, about 40 pages printed (the entire cooking web site, not just the recipe she saw), as she went about her business unaware that the Epson printer was spitting out page after page after page. 

Needless to say that lots of paper and expensive inkjet ink was wasted. My wife now knows to cut and paste items, not just print 'em willy nilly. However, printing selected items is a whole easier with Chimp Studios' Print Selection 1.0 for Mac OS X. 

Accessible from the menu bar, the dock, or the Services menu, Print Selection lets you easily and quickly print snippets from webpages, emails, and documents. The OS X Services integration allows Print Selection to serve users even when it's not running.

Here's a scenario in which the software isn't running: by selecting a snippet in another app...

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01:43
Apple invention uses Apple Watch to auto adjust...

Apple is looking to turn Apple Watch into an automated iPhone command and control module, as a patent application published Thursday details a method by which the wearable monitors, compares and adjusts handset audio output on the fly.

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00:54
Bill Aims to Keep States From Banning Smartphone...


U.S. Reps. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., and Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, last week introduced legislation to prevent states from passing laws banning the sale of smartphones with encryption capabilities. The ENCRYPT Act of 2016 provides that a state may not mandate or request that a manufacturer, developer, seller or provider of covered products design or modify security functions to allow the surveillance of their users or allow their physical search "by any agency or instrumentality of a state, a political subdivision of a state or the United States."

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Wednesday February 10

18:25
Feature Request: 7 ways Apple Music Connect could be...

Apple’s history when it comes to social networks is not the brightest. The company launched the infamous Ping social networking tool back in 2010, only to shut it down two years later. This year, alongside the announcement of the highly anticipated Apple Music streaming service, the company launched Connect, a different take on a social network based entirely around music. Connect is much different from traditional social networks like Twitter and Facebook, though.

To unveil Connect, Apple brought out popular hip-hop artists Drake, who gave the service a ringing endorsement, as well as Trent Reznor. Drake touted that the service would provide a revolutionary way for artists to interact with...

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17:28
Simon Pierro, Peanuts, a Chimp, and iPad Magic (...

Simon Pierro has a new iPad magic video involving peanuts and a chimp. Mr. Pierro has been doing magic shows using iPads as props for some time, but there's something about the simple curiosity of the chimp that is compelling in a whole new way. And then...well...the end. Enjoy!


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17:07
TSMC beats out Samsung to supply iPhone processors

Samsung already warned it was going to be a rough year—news like this is going to hurt them even more.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:51
TSMC reportedly sole supplier of next-gen '...

A report claims Apple will rely solely on Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company to produce the next-generation system-on-chip design destined to power this year's iPhone hardware refresh, beating out longtime Apple partner Samsung.

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16:45
Report: TSMC to be the only manufacturer of...

According to a report from South Korean news outlet The Electronic Times, the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, better known as TSMC, has reached a deal with Apple to be the sole provider of the processor used in the next-generation iPhone. TSMC and Samsung shared the task of building the processors for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

The report claims that TSMC edged out Samsung to win the job thanks to its 10-nanometer manufacturing technology. TSMC is expected to go into full production of the next-generation chip, likely called the A10, sometime in June. The iPhone 7 is expected to be announced sometime in September.

TSMC notably ...

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16:05
Apple Music and Sonos launch collaborative ad...

In conjunction with Apple Music's introduction to the Sonos connected speaker platform, the two companies teamed up to create a comprehensive ad campaign highlighting the scientific benefits of listening to music out loud.

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15:36
Aaron Sorkin’s ‘Steve Jobs’ Movie Available on...

Remember Steve Jobs, the film written by Aaron Sorkin starring Michael Fassbender? There was a lot of hype about the film, some controversy, and high expectations, but it fizzled at the box office. It's available on iTunes now, though, which I'm a little surprised at (and pleased about) because Apple's leadership disliked the film sight-unseen (the people who worked with Mr. Jobs early in his career were generally pleased with the film). You won't find it being promoted on iTunes, but it is available at $14.99 (for either the HD or SD versions).


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15:24
Surprise Funny or Die spoof "The Art of the...

A mockumentary secretly produced by Funny or Die, staring Johnny Depp as US Presidential hopeful Donald Trump, has grabbed widespread media attention, making it particularly notable that, "for the best viewing experience," the comedy site recommends viewers "get the Funny or Die app for Apple TV."

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14:54
iDevices sells its iPhone-controlled iGrill and...

iDevices, a company that makes many popular iPhone connected household products, today announced that it’s selling its iGrill and Kitchen Thermometer brands to Weber, a longtime leader manufacturing grills and grilling accessories. The two product lines include Bluetooth, smartphone-controlled thermometer, grilling, and cooking accessories and companion apps.

Weber is acquiring the brands and planning to release new version of the product later this year. iDevices isn’t exactly getting out of the space, however, as it sounds like the company will continue to work on the product lines under Weber’s control.

The iDevices...

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14:44
How updating your Mac's apps could allow man-in...

The drumbeat of avoiding insecure “http” web connections beats every louder. A researcher disclosed several days ago a vulnerability hiding in plain sight with the Sparkle update framework for OS X Yosemite and El Capitan. Because Sparkle allows apps to update via non-encrypted web connections, the potential of sending malicious updates through man-in-the-middle attacks is quite high. But the attack works because of three separate OS X issues: executing JavaScript in WebKit views intended to show formatted text; mounting FTP servers on the desktop; and Gatekeeper not checking certain paths for and kinds of downloaded files. (Ars Technica reported first on the researcher’s post, which went up in late January.)

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Scan our Apple Price Trackers for the latest information on sales, bundles, and availability on systems from Apple’s authorized internet/catalog resellers. We update the trackers continuously: - 15″... Read more
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Apple is now offering Certified Refurbished 12″ Retina MacBooks for up to $240 off the cost of new models. Apple will include a standard one-year warranty with each MacBook, and shipping is free. The... Read more
Apple refurbished 13-inch Retina MacBook Pros...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 13″ Retina MacBook Pros available for up to $270 off the cost of new models. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each model, and shipping is free: - 13″ 2.7GHz... Read more
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Apple has certified refurbished Time Capsules available for $120 off MSRP. Apple’s one-year warranty is included with each Time Capsule, and shipping is free: - 2TB Time Capsule: $179, $120 off - 3TB... Read more

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Lead Engineer *Apple* OSX & Hardware -...
Lead Engineer Apple OSX & Hardware **Job ID:** 3125919 **Full/Part\-Time:** Full\-time **Regular/Temporary:** Regular **Listed:** 2016\-02\-10 **Location:** Cary, Read more
*Apple* Mobile Master - Best Buy (United Sta...
Job Title Apple Mobile Master **Brand** Best Buy **Job Description** **What does a Best Buy Apple Mobile Master do?** At Best Buy, our mission is to leverage the Read more
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…part of a team Requires proven problem solving skills Preferred Additional: Apple Certified System Administrator (ACSA) Apple Certified Technical Coordinator (ACTC) Read more
Lead Engineer - *Apple* OSX & Hardware...
Lead Engineer - Apple OSX & Hardware **Job ID:** 3125919 **Full/Part\-Time:** Full\-time **Regular/Temporary:** Regular **Listed:** 2016\-02\-10 **Location:** Cary, Read more
Simply Mac *Apple* Specialist- Service Repa...
Simply Mac is the largest premier retailer of Apple products in the nation. In order to support our growing customer base, we are currently looking for a driven Read more
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