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Tuesday May 24

18:50
Toyota Forms 'Strategic Partnership' With...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Toyota and Uber are forming a "strategic partnership" which will include an investment by the Japanese automaker in the San Francisco-based ride-sharing company. Under the agreement, Uber drivers can lease their vehicles from Toyota and cover their payments through earnings generated as Uber drivers. Toyota says it will invest an undisclosed sum in Uber, which is already the most valuable technology startup in the world. A partnership between Toyota and Uber could help the ride-sharing company solve a lingering question surrounding its self-driving ambitions, namely where its going to get a fleet of cars to equip with its autonomous technology. Toyota, which is the world's largest car manufacturer, is taking self-driving technology very seriously. It recently established the Toyota Research Institute to develop AI technologies in two main areas: autonomous cars and robot helpers for around the home. Last month, Google, Ford, Volvo...

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18:07
Apple To Open Up Siri To Developers, Release An...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from BGR: According to a new report from The Information, Apple is finally ready to let Siri grow up. Specifically, the publication relays that Apple will finally offer official Siri APIs to developers, thus paving the way for third-party integrations, the kind that Amazon Echo users can't seem to get enough of. Things like ordering an Uber or pizza are currently impossible, because Siri is locked down by Apple. What's more, Apple is also reportedly working on a standalone device meant to compete with the Amazon Echo and Google's recently unveiled Google Home. If that's true, it's huge news -- Apple has been lacking any kind of smart home hub until now, but a Siri-powered device would be a serious play to get Apple into our homes. Google is the latest tech giant to announce a virtual home assistant. It unveiled Google Home, a small round gadget with microphones and speakers that listen and respond to your questions and commands.

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13:39
Report: Apple planning Siri SDK for WWDC as it...

Last week Google officially took the wraps off of its Amazon Echo competitor Google Home, while earlier this month the original Siri creators unveiled their latest personal assistant Viv. Now, The Information reports that Apple is working on an Amazon Echo-like device.

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12:59
Versatile iBot Wheelchair to Make a Comeback


Toyota and DEKA Research and Development last week announced an agreement that will revive development of the iBot, a wheelchair that can climb stairs. The companies revealed their pact to develop mobility solutions for the disabled community at the annual convention of the Paralyzed Veterans of America. One of the first initiatives under the agreement will be to resurrect the iBot, which uses a balancing technology similar to the Segway's that allows it to perform tasks such as climbing stairs.

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12:49
Apple rehires cryptography expert Jon Callas

Apple has hired — no, make that rehired — Jon Callas, an expert in practical cryptography with the goal “to bring more powerful security features to a wide range of consumer products,” reports Reuters.

Callas, who co-founded several well-respected secure communications companies including PGP Corp, Silent Circle and Blackphone, rejoined Apple in May, the article adds. He had worked at Apple in the 1990s and again between 2009 and 2011, when he designed an encryption system to protect data stored on a Mac. Apple declined to detail his new role, and Callas declined to comment.

Callas is credited with creating several Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) standards, including OpenPGP, DKIM, and ZRTP, which he wrote. Prior to his work at Entrust as chief technical officer, he was chief technical officer and co-founder of PGP Corporation. He describes himself as "an...

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12:45
No, Apple Won't Become a Wireless Carrier

Don Reisinger, reporting for Fortune: Apple won't be competing with its carrier partners anytime soon. Speaking at Startup Fest Europe in Amsterdam during an interview on Tuesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook squashed rumors that his company is planning to eventually get into the cellular market to compete with the likes of AT&T and Verizon. "Our expertise doesn't extend to the network," Cook said. "We've worked with AT&T in the U.S., O2 in the U.K., as well as T-Mobile and Orange, and we expanded as we learned more. But generally, the things Apple likes to do, are things we can do globally. We don't have the network skill. We'll do some things along the way with e-SIMs along the way, but in general, I like the things carriers do."


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12:29
GhostCodes makes it easy to discover new Snapchat...

Snapchat is insanely popular with the younger demographic, and it flourishes in areas like schools, where there is a community of individuals using the app who see each other face to face.

One of Snapchat’s greatest weaknesses, though, is that it lacks good discovery tools built inside the app. It’s why I believe that its growth, although impressive, has been bridled in some instances. It’s why an app like GhostCodes can provide a valuable bridge to user discovery on the platform. more…

Filed under: Apps Tagged: App Store app, discovery, Snapchat...

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12:00
The Week in iOS Accessories: Virtual reality is here

Very VR!

The week’s lineup of new accessories includes a new virtual reality viewer that fits right in your pocket. Read on!

Brydge

The $150 BrydgeAir Keyboard ($150 MSRP; available for $140 on Amazon) for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro features a lightweight aluminum body, an “unparallelled” typing experience, and stereo speakers. The keyboard can be operated for up to three months between charges, and there are versions available for the iPad Air and Air 2 as well.

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11:24
Google is enabling 'promoted pins' in Maps...

Businesses that have been trying to pop their head above all the clutter in Google Maps will soon have new tools to get noticed.

Google detailed a few specifics Tuesday about “promoted pins,” which will drop a recognizable icon into the middle of your map view.

Google

You’ll soon see promoted pins inside of Google Maps.

You may also see a related coupon that you could presumably redeem right away in the store. Google said during a press briefing that it won’t be using your phone’s location history, for now anyway, as part of the ad targeting. And it doesn't appear that the company is sharing Maps users' location with advertisers, either.

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11:01
Rebellin Linux Offers Best of Both Gnome Worlds


Rebellin Linux is a smart-looking, fast distro that is both lightweight and secure. It is well worth checking out. The Rebellin line avoids the pitfalls that befall many Debian GNU/Linux derivatives. It does not maintain a warehouse full of desktop versions. It is neither a minimalistic Linux line nor a distro stuffed with bloat from packages typical users will never need. Instead, it comes well loaded with essential applications, drivers and codecs to provide a very uncomplicated out-of-the-box user experience.

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10:31
TMO Daily Observations 2016-05-24: New MacBook Pros...

It looks like we won't see new MacBook Pro models until this fall, but at least they'll be loaded with new features. John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to talk about Apple's laptop upgrade cycle, what they're looking forward to in new models, and the mystery that is Ming-Chi Kuo. Turns out Dave is right about streaming music pricing, so he gets a few minutes to bask in his rightness.


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09:57
Tim Cook’s interview at Startup Fest

Tim Cook featured at StartupFest this morning, in an interview with Neelie Kroes discussing Apple’s influence in startups and entrepreneurship culture. Cook covered many topics including the role of entrepreneurs and the App Store, the startup climate in Europe, economic optimism, technology in education, Apple Watch and more.

There are some great comments from Cook in these snippets taken from the interview.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:53
iPhone 7: Specs & features expected for Apple’s...

A new dual-camera system, storage and RAM upgrades, a tweaked physical design, and possibly the Smart Connector that debuted on Apple’s iPad Pro line. Those are just a few of the upgrades possibly expected for Apple’s next flagship iPhone lineup, not to mention a lot of discussion over what it has planned for its bundled headphones now that it’s expected to ditch the old 3.5mm headphone jack with iPhone 7. Here’s what we know so far.

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Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: 5.5-inch model, Apple, Dual-Camera, features, iPhone 7,...

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09:44
Adonit launches new $79 Pixel stylus as worthy...

The stylus market was shaken up last fall with Apple’s first-party entrance into the race with the Apple Pencil, which works in concert with special sensors in the iPad Pro display for pixel-accurate recognition. This left third-party stylus accessory manufacturers in a quandary — how can they compete with the officially-endorsed Apple Pencil? The Pixel stylus is the answer from Adonit, on sale today for $79.99. Not only is Adonit’s stylus $20 cheaper than Apple’s, it has a huge advantage in terms of iOS device compatibility.

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Filed under: AAPL Company, iOS, iOS...

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Panasonic 50″ 4K UHDTV $500,...

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08:55
News: Apple’s plan to open stores in India hits a...

Apple’s attempt to bypass Indian rules to open its own retail locations in the country has been rejected, Bloomberg reports. The company was expected to qualify for an exemption from rules forcing single-brand retailers to obtain 30 percent of their products’ materials locally, applying as a provider of cutting-edge technology. But sources with direct knowledge of the discussions said India’s Foreign Investment Promotion Board ruled…

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08:41
No New MacBook Pro Until Fall, but it’ll be Really...

If you're holding out expecting Apple to introduce a redesigned Retina MacBook Pro at Worldwide Developer Conference in June, get ready for some disappointment. KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says we'll have to wait until this fall, and what we'll get is a thinner, faster laptop with an OLED touch surface instead of traditional function keys and Touch ID.


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08:28
News: iOS Spotlight search now offers relevant...

The Spotlight search on iOS devices now provides results for certain emoji. Searching with the hamburger emoji, for example, provides a list of nearby burger joints in Maps. Searching using the dress or pants emoji returns Maps results for clothing stores, while a dress shirt with a tie emoji curiously returns results for clothing retailer apps before the Maps listings. Searching the stack of American cash emoji returns results for nearby banks, but…

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08:20
Parallels Access 3.1 adds native iPad Pro resolution...

You may be familiar with Parallels for its virtual machine software that lets you run Windows alongside OS X on a Mac, but the company also offers a service and mobile app called Parallels Access that lets you remote into your Mac and Windows VM from other devices. Parallels Access for iOS is updating to version 3.1 today with enhancements for Apple’s latest iPhones and iPads plus new features for all users.

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Filed under: Apps Tagged: Parallels...

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08:18
Eric Schmidt says he uses an iPhone, but claims to...

Alphabet chairman Eric Schmidt has owned up to the worst-kept secret in Silicon Valley: that the leader of the Android mothership leans on an arch rival for his day-to-day communications.

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07:50
Apple, Microsoft and Google Hold 23% Of All US...

An anonymous reader writes: Apple, Microsoft, and Google are the top three cash-rich U.S. companies across all sectors of business, not including banks and other financial institutions -- holding a combined $391 billion in cash as of the end of 2015, or more than 23 percent of the entire $1.68 trillion held by the nation's non-financial corporations. Apple leads the pack with $215.7 billion in cash, followed by Microsoft at $102.6 billion, and Google at $73.1 billion. The numbers are documented in a new report from Moody's Investors Service that shows an unprecedented concentration of cash in the tech sector. For the first time, the top five companies on the Moody's cash ranking are tech companies, with Cisco and Oracle following Apple, Microsoft, and Google. Technology companies overall held $777 billion in cash, or 46 percent of the total cash across all non-financial industries.

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07:48
Pebble 2 + Time 2 w/ built-in HR monitors &...

Pebble has just unveiled its latest smartwatches, and has done so in the most Pebble-like way possible, by launching a new Kickstarter project. The smartwatch maker has returned to the platform it used so successfully with the original Pebble, and the following iterations, with a true second generation Pebble and a second generation Pebble Time along with an all-new 3G wearable called the Pebble Core.

more…

Filed under: Tech Industry Tagged: Accessories, Kickstarter,...

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07:43
Rumor: Apple looking to create thinner, lighter...

When Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo releases a research note, people tend to listen.

A new note states that Apple plans to introduce a dramatically overhauled MacBook Pro later this year. Kuo says the device will have a new “thinner and lighter” design with design cues taken from the 12-inch MacBook, as well as Touch ID support and a new OLED display touch bar above the keyboard.

The changes are expected to hit both the 13-inch and 15-inch models, which are set to debut during the fourth quarter of 2016.

The OLED display touch bar will replace the physical function keys along the top of the keyboard, while the design will adopt new metal injection molded hinges as reported earlier this year. Additionally, the refreshed...

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07:40
Local sourcing rules may still block Apple Stores...

Apple may not have secured permission to open its first stores in India after all, though the company has not been shut out of the process, a report said on Tuesday.

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07:31
News: Cook discusses ambitious plan to beef up Apple...

During Startup Fest Europe, Tim Cook compared Apple’s ambitious hopes for improvements to Apple Watch functionality to a car’s computer monitoring system, Bloomberg reports. “If you drive for a while and your car gets too hot, it says pull over. If you need an oil change, it says check your oil. What’s the equivalent for the body?” Cook said to the crowd. The current Apple Watch monitors vital signs and encourages users…

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07:25
Star Wars as an Infographic is Fantastically Awesome

What happens when you mash up Star Wars and infographics? Only the most graphically awesome retelling of the movie ever. That's exactly what Martin Panchaud did with his retelling of the original Star Wars movie. You'll need to check it out in a Web browser. It's brilliant, it's beautiful, and Han shoots first.


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07:00
Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2 add heart sensors, and...

After a pair of successful Kickstarter campaigns—two of the most successful campaigns of all time—Pebble is launching three products with its third Kickstarter campaign starting Tuesday.

Two of the new products are, naturally, smartwatches: Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2. However, the real news is Pebble’s first product that’s not a watch. Pebble Core is a small, unassuming square made of plastic that adds more capabilities to your Pebble Watch, standing in for a smartphone’s GPS, cellular connectivity, and storage when you want to leave your phone behind.

Next-gen Pebble smartwatches

Adding to the company’s newfound focus on fitness applications, the Pebble 2 and Pebble Time 2 are equipped with heart rate sensors. The heart monitor will record your heart rate every 10 minutes, unless you begin a workout on the watch, or it automatically detects you’re running or walking, after which it will continuously...

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06:53
News: New leak shows dual camera exclusive to ‘...

The latest alleged leaked iPhone images, dug up by HDBlog off of the Chinese Baidu forum,  show schematics and metal casts of what appear to be the rear shells of an iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. As mentioned in some previous reports, the new images show the larger dual camera setup to be exclusive to the larger phone. Smart Connector holes are also nowhere to be seen on either model....

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06:19
Tim Cook hints Apple pushing further into health...

Apple is hoping to venture deeper into health tracking, through the Apple Watch and beyond, CEO Tim Cook hinted on Tuesday during a talk at Startup Fest Europe in Amsterdam.

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06:15
El Capitan: Adjust Safari’s Reader Settings

Under El Capitan, you can now customize Safari's Reader view, which'll let you read articles in the distraction-free way of your choice. Switch up the font! Change the background color! We're here to tell you all about it in today's Quick Tip.


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05:00
Rob Enderle Calls Apple ‘Desperate’

Rob Enderle called Apple's new Union Square flagship store in San Francisco a sign that Apple is desperate. After flailing about in an apoplectic fit, Bryan Chaffin discusses the merits—or lack thereof—of this idea.


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05:00
The Rise of Drone Racing, Part 1


Tearing through open spaces and timing each turn to burst out of them, a seeming continuum of drones weaves through a set of obstacles lap after lap, until the stutter of a pilot's joystick breaks the cadence of this competitive concert and destroys the illusion. It's the drama -- anticipating and reacting to those human moments -- that has propelled drone racing from an underground scene in Australia four or five years ago to vying for a place in the sports mainstream today. Drone racing is more than a group of pilots pushing their cinematographic drones from point A to B.

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04:51
Facebook denies bias in Trending Topics, but...

Facebook on Monday denied any evidence of ‘systematic political bias’ in the selection or prominence of stories included in its Trending Topics feature, but promised changes in its processes in any case to minimize errors of judgment by individuals, who appear to play an important role in selecting the stories.

The move by the social networking company was outlined in a response to a letter from Senator John Thune, chairman of the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, in the wake of a report in tech blog Gizmodo that cited anonymous sources as saying that Facebook was holding back stories with conservatives views from Trending Topics and instead injecting stories that weren’t as popular. The company decided to investigate the matter internally.

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04:32
Tim Cook rules out Apple becoming a mobile carrier,...

As part of an interview at Startup Fest Europe in Amsterdam today, Tim Cook has ruled out the possibility of Apple becoming a mobile carrier or MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator).

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04:30
Picture ++ is an OS X Photos extension, but is more...

One of the cool things Apple did with last year’s release of Mac OS X El Capitan was to allow the application of third-party image editing extensions within Photos. One such extension is Picture++, which is available at the Mac App Store for $3.99.

It’s an enhancement extension. To enable it, go to System Preferences > Extensions and click on the Photos box under the Picture ++ icon. The utility can analyze images and make enhancements specific to them. You can adjust the intensity of the enhancement by using a slider with a range from 0 to 100%. 

That’s a little helpful, though I found it limiting. However, Picture ++ also works as a standalone app, and that’s where it’s the most useful. As a standalone app, you can use to open, improve, and save most RAW, HDR, and other image formats. In other words, it’s a defaultRAW to JPG converter. Not everyone will need such a...

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04:06
Apple, Microsoft & Google own 23% of all U.S....

Apple famously sits on a huge stockpile of cash – $215B at the latest count – but a new report from corporate credit rating agency Moody’s puts the number into perspective. It shows that if you exclude banking & finance, a sector that sits on a lot of cash by definition, just three companies hold 23% of all the corporate cash in the USA: Apple, Microsoft and Google.

GeekWire notes that this is the first time that all five of the top spots have been held by tech companies, with Apple holding twice as much as Microsoft and three times as much as Google …

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04:00
NuScribe Stylus does double duty as pen, stylus

While Steve Jobs hated the stylus and worked hard to make the iPhone completely usable without one, in some circumstances you simply need a more traditional way to interact with the iPhone — and the Apple Pencil only works (so far) with the iPad Pro.

Typically, I like using a stylus in cold weather when taking off my gloves would just be too cold. Or sometimes my hands are dirty or wet, and I don't want to touch the screen. In my day job, I often take credit cards via Square, and customers feel more comfortable signing with a traditional writing device rather then their finger. My female friends tell me a stylus is indispensable when you've got long nails because the touchscreen isn't always friendly for those with long or manicured nails.

The $19.99 NuScribe stylus is a great writing instrument in and of itself. Sleek and simple, it has the right amount of weight to hold it comfortably in...

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Monday May 23

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

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

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

Other features for the iOS app include:

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

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

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

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

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19:40
Touch ID, OLED touch bar to highlight thinner...

Apple is expected to drastically revamp its flagship laptop line in the second half of 2016, according to one informed insider, with the slimmed down 13- and 15-inch models said to sport Touch ID, an OLED display touch bar, USB-C and Thunderbolt 3, among other improvements.

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

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

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

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

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


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17:33
Using emojis as search terms in iOS Spotlight

I had no idea you could do this.

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17:32
Will.i.am debuts i.am+ EPs earphones as Apple Store...

Musician will.i.am's "i.am+" tech brand on Monday released a pair of pricey Bluetooth earphones dubbed the "EPs," with initial sales to be exclusive to Apple's online and brick-and-mortar retail stores.

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

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

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16:37
IDC: $200-350 Chromebooks shipped 37% more U.S....

Google's Chrome OS partners Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Samsung and Lenovo collectively shipped 37 percent more low-priced netbooks than the number of premium laptops Apple sold during the quarter in the U.S., although most of those Chromebook sales were to K-12 schools.

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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15:21
Notable apps and app updates for May 23, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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


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15:15
AWT News Update: May 23, 2016

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

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

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

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

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15:08
Alleged 'iPhone 7' production plates,...

Adding to a growing pile of supposed parts leaks, a set of images posted to the web on Monday suggest Apple's upcoming "iPhone 7" series will indeed sport a larger rear camera aperture, as well as a dual-camera array for the larger "Plus" model, but might ship without a Smart Connector as previous rumors claimed.

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

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


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

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


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

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


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13:34
MacTech Conference 2016 Adds Home Automation Showcase

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

 

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13:33
Gear: Belkin Travel RockStar

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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12:56
ExtraBITS for 23 May 2016

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

 

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


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

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

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

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

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

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12:16
Skype causing problems for Mac podcasters

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

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

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

 

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11:37
Patent Lawsuit Targets iPhone for Making Phone Calls

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


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11:30
Office 2016

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

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

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


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10:33
Using the Scientific Method to Pick the Best US...


I've been thinking a lot this week about what it takes to select a strong CEO and being annoyed by robocalls from the different campaigns. On one such call, when asked what I'd do if given the choice between Clinton and Trump, my response was "move to Canada." That apparently wasn't what they were looking for. Boards often have to select from a very small pool of CEO candidates, and they don't get the "move to Canada" option. I thought it would be interesting to apply my recommended process for CEO selection, which is based roughly on simplified scientific method, to Clinton, Sanders and Trump.

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10:28
News: Apple releases first developer betas for iOS 9...

Apple has released the first betas for iOS 9.3.3 and tvOS 9.2.2 to developers today. Both betas are likely to be minor updates; we’ll update if there are any major findings. Apple just released iOS 9.3.2 and tvOS 9.2.1 to the public one week ago....

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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09:35
Spotify matches Apple Music’s family plan

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

Smart move.

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09:35
Xiaomi Revenues Were Flat in 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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09:23
Final Cut Server Subscription Broken for Assets

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Hi Guys

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

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

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

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

 

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

Well, this is a bit of a mess.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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06:55
News: More iPhone 7 leaks surface, protruding camera...

Another alleged iPhone 7 leak from Chinese social network Weibo shows a more refined, similar design to past leaks and schematics (via Nowhereelse.fr), with a protruding circular camera on the rear shell. Antenna lines are also seen once more at the top and bottom of the device. The new leak, however, doesn’t match another recent leak which featured two holes between the camera and the flash. There’s also no Smart Connector seen on the…

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06:50
Apple May Turn its Stores into Car Showrooms

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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06:01
Mac: Bloop Airmail 3 for Mac

On the heels of last month’s Airmail for iOS update, Bloop has now released Airmail 3.0 for the Mac ($10), bringing it closer to feature parity with the iOS version, with a whole collection of improvements. If you like to heavily configure and customize your email experience or are a power user that likes to integrate your email with a ton of third-party apps, then Airmail is definitely the email app for you, and the new features in version 3 add many of the little things missing from the prior version, making the experience even better.

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What does ProXPN VPN provide? 

  • Unlimited traffic bandwidth
  • Fast worldwide access to proXPN’s full service network
  • Secure Wi-Fi connection w/ a masked IP address, even on public networks...
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02:49
Purported photos of iPhone 7 back show beveled...

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

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

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