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Wednesday October 7

How to find more with Spotlight search in El Capitan

Apple's search tool, Spotlight, is even smarter in Mac OS X El Capitan. You can now use Spotlight to check stock prices, weather conditions and forecasts, sports scores, schedules and standings, and even info on an athlete information. 

You can also search with Spotlight to find a file using natural language. Simply type "email from Steve Sande in September," "Word docs I worked on yesterday," "photos I took last month," etc., and Spotlight helps track down those items.

You can use Spotlight to find out the local weather — or the weather conditions in another city. Type in "Weather in [location]." For instance, if I want to find the weather in my location, I'd type in Weather in Nashville, TN."

You can find online videos. Type in "[name of] video" in Spotlight.

You can find information on your favorite sports teams with searches for "(team name) score," "(team name) schedule,"...

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If Apple didn’t hold $181B overseas, it would owe $...

(credit: 401(K) 2012)

More than any other American company, Apple holds $181.1 billion in offshore accounts, according to a Tuesday report released by Citizens for Tax Justice, an advocacy group.

Other major American tech firms—including Cisco, Google, Hewlett-Packard, and Oracle—are among the largest companies that are using legal but questionable tax tricks to keep money overseas and effectively pay little to no American federal corporate taxes.

Citizens for Tax Justice concluded: "Multinational corporations’ use of tax havens allows them to avoid an estimated $90 billion in federal income taxes each year."


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Mementum an easy-to-use voice recorder for Mac OS

If you need to record and edit voice memos on your Mac, there's no easier tool for doing so than Mementum (US$4.99) from AllGoritm. It lets you record vocal memos, then sort your recordings by categories. You can also write accompanying text notes. With version 1.1 it adds new keyboard shortcuts and interface improvements.

The latest version also sports a global hotkey, double operating mode. Plus, it offers remind preset controls for "time snooze."

Voice reminders -- or any other sounds -- can be recorded via your Mac's mic as a new reminder (just make sure you have the correct Sound Input source selected in Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app). Click the Record button or use the global hotkey (Cmd+Shift+M) and Mementum will immediately start recording. 

Click the Record button when you're done -- or press, again, Press Cmd+Shift+M --...

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Tweetbot 2.1

Brings the Activity View over from Tweetbot for iOS. ($9.99 new, free update, 11.8 MB)


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UK pricing for Microsoft's Surface Pro 4, Lumia...

It's fair to say that Microsoft's latest launch event was its most interesting for a long time. We finally learned that Hololens will be made available to developers early next year, clapped eyes on the first flagship Windows 10 phones, checked out...

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Apple Watch - Cycle (Video)

Apple has a new series of commercials promoting Apple Watch, including the one below called Cycle. Each is short and promotes a specific aspect of the device. Cycle, for instance, is tracking an athlete's intense workout on a stationary bike with a bright, clear "Goal Achieved" screen at the end. There's also Ride (directions through Siri), Sing (send a voice message via iMessage), Date (get important text messages even when you're out having fun), Train (track your heart rate), and Sprinkle (use Apple Pay even when your hands are full). What do you think?

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Tuesday October 6

Typinator 6.7

Adds support for scripting actions using AppleScript, JavaScript, and other scripting languages. (€24.99 new, free update, 7.1 MB)


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iBooks Author 2.4

Improves EPUB templates and adds capability to add Pop-Over widgets with text or images. (Free, 419 MB)


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Antitrust monitor again bemoans Apple's lack of...

In a report to a New York district court published on Tuesday, Michael Bromwich, Apple's court-appointed antitrust monitor, said the company has made "substantial progress" in its compliance program, but still exhibits an unwillingness to cooperate with his investigation.

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Microsoft Lumia 950XL hands-on: Here's the...

Windows Phone fans are finally getting a standard-setting device, and none too soon. With a big, crisp screen, a great camera, and PC-like capabilities, this is a phone good enough to bring more users into the ecosystem--but only time will tell whether it does.

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Surface Book hands-on: Microsoft's first laptop...

No one expected the Surface Book, and what they got was a true flagship for the Windows ecosystem. We got a firsthand look at this standard-setting laptop,

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Wall Street Journal Review of Google Now on Tap in...

I've been extolling the virtues of Google Now for a couple of years-it's Android's best feature; it's Google giving back something from pillaging our digital lives for profit; and it's a feature Apple will have a hard time matching because the iOS maker doesn't make us the product. Apple narrowed the gap with iOS 9 and Proactive, but Google is still ahead in this one area. The Wall Street Journal's Joanna Stern has spent a week with a pre-release version of Android Marshmallow, the next major update to Android, and she wrote extensively about how Google Now gets even better with Google Now on Tap. Marshmallow will take forever and a day to propagate out to users (Lollipop is even now only at 23.5 percent of Android users who use Google Play), but for those who get it, it seems like a solid mobile operating system. Her review is a good read.


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Disney animators test Apple's iPad Pro, reveal...

A week after Apple offered Pixar staff an early look at the new iPad Pro with Apple Pencil, the company let animators at Walt Disney's Feature Animation studio take its upcoming tablet for a spin. Interestingly, the artists commented that the device's screen surface has "tooth," or textured roughness, to augment drawing feel.

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Microsoft's retail store chain flounders in...

Nearly six years have passed since Microsoft began opening retail outlets patterned after Apple's blockbuster retail locations. However, the now 116 Microsoft Stores are still a pale imitation to Apple's own retail network of 460 locations, often featuring more employees than customers as the firm's products have failed to excite and attract buyers.

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Disney Artists Tweet and Periscope about Apple’s New...

Apple is doing a little iPad Pro pre-release reach out to artists at Pixar and Disney, and project manager Paul Hildebrandt at Disney tweeted a photo showing some of his team playing with the device (via iMore). Jeff Ranjo, a Disney artist posted a video to Periscope of his hands-on time with the device and Apple Pencil, the stylus designed to go with iPad Pro. Listening to Mr. Ranjo talk about the two devices, I can't help but feel iPad Pro is going to have a major impact on the world of graphic design, animation, and art, regardless of its uses in other applications and disciplines.

Apple brought in some cool new toys. If I could get the artists to put them down then I could get a turn.
- Paul Hildebrandt (@paulhildebrandt) October 6, 2015


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AT&T granted FCC waiver to activate Wi-Fi...

After decrying T-Mobile and Sprint's decision to roll out Wi-Fi calling without approval from the Federal Communications Commission, AT&T on Tuesday was granted a waiver to enable such features in the near future.

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Disney animators use iPad Pro to sketch characters...

Just a short while after the Pixar development team got their hands on the iPad Pro and praised the device’s palm rejection, Disney’s design team spent the day testing Apple’s latest tablet. Disney’s team of designers used the iPad Pro to sketch a variety of different characters from Disney classics, including Olaf from Frozen and Mickey Mouse.

The testing seemingly went well for Disney. “Let’s order a bunch,” product manager Paul Hildebrandt said at the end of a Periscope stream showcasing the device. In a separate Periscope steam, Disney animators Jeff Ranjo and Jeremy Spears used the iPad Pro to draw...

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AWT News Update: October 6, 2015

Apple brought in some cool new toys. If I could get the artists to put them down then I could get a turn.

— Paul Hildebrandt (@paulhildebrandt) October 6, 2015

Artists, Wi-Fi calling, and taxes are all on the AWT News Update today:

  • A group of Disney artists give the iPad Pro a test-drive
  • AT&T gets the legal waiver needed to start implementing Wi-Fi calling
  • Apple has a lot of cash just sitting around overseas

And in case you're not willing to spend three minutes to listen to our podcast (shame on you!), the text version is just below, complete with a link to a video of one of those Disney artists sketching on an iPad Pro. Pretty cool stuff...


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The Loop Magazine updated for iOS 9 and new issue


We’ve been working hard on getting The Loop Magazine updated for iOS, but we’ve added a couple of nice features too. We’ve updated the entire backend of the magazine, so things should be much faster for everyone.

My favorite feature is a new universal search. You can now type in a keyword and it will search every published issue of the magazine. Just tap on the result and it will take you right to the story.

In addition, Issue 35 was published today with looking at the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, 3D Touch, watch OS 2, iPad Pro, Apple TV from a gamer’s perspective, Wearable health reminders, and more.

Another issue of the magazine is almost ready to go and will focus on Apple Music.

You can download The Loop Magazine app for iPhone...

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KOAR Bluetooth Cloud Buds: $24.99

Check out the Bluetooth Sound Buds from KOAR, Bluetooth earbuds that are designed to be lightweight and have an optional hook that will secure them to your ears. They also have a built-in microphone for hands-free calling or other voice uses. We have a deal on them, too. They retail for for $109, but through us you can get them for $24.99.

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Apple gains US smartphone share in August at expense...

The latest statistics from analytics firm comScore reveal Apple continued to chip away at Android's smartphone marketshare in the U.S. for the three-month period ending in August, while iPhone moved further away from second place Samsung.

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Microsoft Throws the Book at Apple

Microsoft on Tuesday held an event in New York City where it unveiled a laptop, a tablet, three Lumia smartphones and a fitness band -- all running Windows 10 -- along with a slew of other products. It also announced new apps for Windows 10, including Box, Facebook, Instagram, Flipagram, Candy Crush Soda Saga and Uber. All of the apps will be available on the new devices. "Microsoft's now working to showcase that it's building out its ecosystem based on Windows 10," said Susan Schreiner, an analyst at C4 Trends.

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iPhone 6s photos get sharper, better color with less...

Apple's iPhone 6 was already a great mobile camera, a fact the company touted globally in billboards featuring shots actual taken by the phone. With iPhone 6s, a faster, smarter processor and new 12MP image sensor deliver a sharper, more vibrant photography upgrade.

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Porsche picks CarPlay for new 2017 911 Carrera/...

Yeah, this is a 2016 model. But it's the Lava Orange color I want. Thank you.

The latest generation of Porsche's iconic 911 Carrera and Carrera S will be supporting only one infotainment system -- Apple's CarPlay. The carmaker could have done what so many other manufacturers are doing, giving auto buyers a choice between CarPlay and Google's Android Auto. But Porsche decided against it, according to Motor Trend, because of Google's tendency to gather too much data for nefarious uses.

Google wants any car manufacturer that uses Android Auto to agree to hand over information from the onboard diagnostic unit (AKA OBD2) relating to vehicle speed, throttle position, coolant and oil temperature, engine RPM and more. CarPlay only wants to know if a vehicle is in motion. 

Motor Trend wonders if Google is using that data collection to grab intelligence...

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Notable apps and app updates for October 6, 2015

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a short 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 for iOS and Mac OS X:

iOS Apps/Updates

The Paragon Software Group has announced the Oxford Collocations Dictionary for Students of English. It's an US$32.50 app that shows students the most frequently used word combinations (in both British and American English). 

Appdore has introduced Salt & Pepper 2: A Surreal Salty Physics Game 1.0, their new physics-based game for iOS devices.The concept of the game is simple: draw paths to lead the spices to their bowls. The game features Game Center leaderboard and achievements. Salt...

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Tip of the Day: Going back to a four-digit passcode...

One of the smaller security features touted by Apple in the iOS 9 update was the move to requiring six-digit passcodes, rather than the default four-digit option that’s been around since the iPhone first debuted. While complex alphanumeric passwords have been available in iOS for years, most users found them to be too much trouble, so Apple reasoned that going from a four to a six-digit passcode was a more sensible compromise for improving security,…

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Robohon robot doubles as smartphone

Sharp's cute robot is on show at the Ceatec electronics show outside Tokyo.

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Review: Scosche boomBOTTLE+ Waterproof Wireless...

Scosche has introduced another new version of its rugged boomBOTTLE speaker, boomBOTTLE+ ($180). This is the third straight year of a boomBOTTLE release from the company, following 2013's original boomBottle and last year's smaller boomBOTTLE H20. As one might imagine, the new "+" in the speaker's name denotes Scosche's move in the opposite direction — this is the tallest boomBOTTLE yet. The new boomBOTTLE+ comes with dual 50mm drivers and a passive subwoofer. The Bluetooth speaker comes with a micro-USB cable, small strap, carabiner clip, and a 2.4A wall charger. boomBOTTLE+ comes in three different colors.{/exp:char_limit}

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Lifeproof updates its popular FRĒ WaterProof case to...

Keeping your brand new iPhone in pristine condition from day 1 to day 365 is easily the best way to ensure it holds the most value when it comes time to resell it, and Lifeproof’s popular FRĒ WaterProof series for iPhones is known to successfully protect your shiny new hardware from the elements.

And typically cases made for iPhone designs introduced in even years (2008, 2010, 2012) continue to work without exception on new models introduced in odd years (iPhone 3G to 3GS, iPhone 4 to 4S, iPhone 5 to 5s), but the stronger aluminum body and pressure sensitive touch display used on this year’s iPhone models means some close fit cases for iPhone 6 won’t be compatible with iPhone 6s.

That’s the case with the very precise FRĒ WaterProof case. To...

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New 4K 21.5-inch iMac on tap for next week

Mark Gurman at 9to5Mac is reporting that "multiple reliable sources" say that new 21.5-inch iMacs sporting 4K screens will be introduced next Tuesday, October 13, 2015. While the style of the iMac will remain comparatively similar to the existing model, it will have a new 4096 x 2304 screen and faster graphics cards, and will most likely come pre-loaded with OS X El Capitan.

Gurman expects the 4K machines to come in at a slightly higher...

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Porsche Chooses Apple Over Google Because Google...

countach44 writes: As reported in number 5 of this list from Motor Trend, Porsche went with Apple over Google for the infotainment system in its new 911. Apparently, Android Auto wants vehicle data (throttle position, speed, coolant temp, etc.) whereas Apple Play only needs to know if the car is in motion. Naturally, people are curious what Google, as a company building its own car, wants that data for.


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News: Report: Apple holding $181.1 billion in...

Apple is holding $181.1 billion in offshore tax havens, more than any other U.S. company, Reuters reports. A study by The Center for Tax Justice and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund examined the Security and Exchange Commission filings of the 500 largest American companies, concluding nearly three-quarters of them are collectively holding more than $2.1 trillion in accumulated profits offshore to avoid an estimated $620 billion…

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Microsoft debuts Lumia 950 & 950XL phones,...

In addition to showing off new Surfaces, Microsoft on Tuesday also revealed two high-end Lumia smartphones, a redesigned Band fitness tracker, and a Display Dock for Windows 10's Continuum feature.

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Slackel Linux: Not Your Father's Slackware

Slackel is a Linux distro a step away from the mainstream Debian-based Linux OS line. It is based on Slackware and Salix. Users already familiar with that lineage are more inclined to like Slackel. Slackel offers a few advantages not usually found with the Slackware Linux lineup. Slackel is fully compatible with Slackware and Salix. The main difference is that it includes the current version of Slackware and the latest version of KDE in the repository. That gives Slackel a better reach for adding software.

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Synaptics announces 3D Touch-like touchscreen...

From 9to5Google:

Synaptics has today announced the ClearPad 3700 force-sensing touchscreen controller, which the company hopes will be packed inside many a 2016 flagship Android smartphone. This comes just about a month after Apple’s September 9th event, at which the Cupertino company announced the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, both packing “3D Touch” as a headline feature…

Apple is a follower in some areas (large-screened phones being just one example), but...

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Native Union Apple Watch Charging Dock Goes Both Ways

With the introduction of watchOS 2 and Nightstand Mode, it's preferable for an Apple Watch charging dock to work in both horizontal and vertical modes. Many early docks don't afford that capability, but the new Native Union Dock for Apple Watch does. However, it's far from perfect.

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Report: Apple will reveal a 4K 21.5-inch iMac next...

As if new iPhones, new iPads, and a new Apple TV weren’t enough, Apple may unveil even more hardware upgrades this fall. This time, it’s the iMac that’s allegedly getting an upgrade.

According to 9to5Mac, Apple will announce a new 21.5-inch iMac with 4K Retina display next week, and these new Macs could be in stores as early as Tuesday, October 13. 9to5Mac originally reported that these 4K iMacs would be announced in conjunction with the launch of OS X El Capitan.

Design-wise, these new models will be very similar to the non-4K iMacs, but will boast a 4096x2304 screen resolution. This exact screen resolution was first spotted in El Capitan Developer...

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Antitrust monitor: Apple “its own worst enemy”

“In this respect, Apple has been its own worst enemy,” he said. “This lack of cooperation has cast an unnecessary shadow over meaningful progress in developing a comprehensive and effective antitrust compliance program.”

Perhaps Apple, like many of us, are still wondering how the hell Amazon gets away with so much, without any punishment.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Steve Jobs Stories Need to Be Told, Stop Fighting...

Decades or centuries from now no one will care what we thought about any given movie or book released about Steve Jobs. What people will care about, however, is the information held by people who knew him. Let's stop the fighting and get to the documenting, folks.

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Please Welcome Julio Ojeda-Zapata

Julio Ojeda-Zapata is our newest contributing editor — please give him a warm welcome!


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Surface Pro 4: What you need to know

Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 has a new keyboard and is 30 percent faster than Surface Pro 3.

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Apple's 21.5-inch iMac with 4K Retina display...

Apple's all-in-one iMac desktop lineup could be expanded as soon as next week, with a new high-resolution 21.5-inch model with 4K Retina display reportedly set to launch soon.

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Apple planning to launch new 4K 21.5-inch iMac next...

With September’s iPhone release in the rearview and the iPad Pro set for an early November launch, Apple is ready to add some new Mac hardware into its fall product line. Apple is currently planning to announce new 21.5-inch iMacs with 4K screens next week, according to multiple reliable sources. While the new computers are likely ready to begin showing up in stores as soon as Tuesday, October 13th, Apple will ramp up larger quantities for November, according to the sources, so finding one early on may be a slight challenge.

The new 4K iMacs will physically look like the current non-4K version, so the highlights of the upgrade will be the new 4096 x 2304 screen and much faster...

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TMO Daily Observations 2015-10-06: The Fight Over...

A dividing line is forming in the Steve Jobs world thanks to the books and movies about his life. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about the Steve Jobs history factions and what some people who knew him think about the various accounts of his life.

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News: Apple releases fourth iOS 9.1 beta, third tvOS...

Less than a week after the last iOS 9.1 beta release, Apple has now released a fourth beta of iOS 9.1 to developers. iOS 9.1 appears to be primarily focused on adding developer-level support for features such as 3D Touch and Live Photos on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, with this latest beta focusing on fixing a number of issues from prior betas. Registered iOS developers can download the iOS 9.1 beta from Apple’s Developer site; a public version…

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Rock Jaw Alfa Review: Replace your EarPods with...

The Rock Jaw Alfa Genus V2 headphones ($49.90) are not especially meant as a replacement for EarPods, but that’s how I see them. Apple’s bundled EarPods have a lot of positives. They are ‘cheap’, lightweight and small. You can chuck them in a bag or pocket without worrying too much. This is in stark contrast to Beats on-ear and over-ear headphones, for example, which are expensive, bulky and heavy. However, EarPods leave much to be desired in regard to sound quality.

It turns out the Rock Jaw Alfa’s fill this gap nicely. They have the same portability as EarPods but with a focus on also providing great sound to listen to. They aren’t...

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Apple releases fourth beta of iOS 9.1, third tvOS...

Apple on Tuesday issued a trio of new beta software releases to developers for testing: iOS 9.1 beta 4, tvOS beta 3, and Xcode 7.1 beta 3.

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Microsoft unveils Surface Book laptop & Surface...

Microsoft took direct aim at Apple's MacBook Pro and iPad Pro at a press event Tuesday, revealing the Surface Book -- its first-ever laptop -- and the Surface Pro 4, an updated tablet matched by a redesigned stylus.

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Apple released a new iOS OTA Firmware

Apple just released OTA iOS 9.1 (beta) (Build 13B5136) for:

  • iPad 2 (Wi-Fi) (iPad2,1)
  • iPad 2 (GSM) (iPad2,2)
  • iPad 2 (CDMA) (iPad2,3)
  • iPad 2 (Wi-Fi, 2012) (iPad2,4)
  • iPad mini (Wi-Fi) (iPad2,5)
  • iPad mini (GSM) (iPad2,6)
  • iPad mini (CDMA) (iPad2,7)
  • iPad 3 (Wi-Fi) (iPad3,1)
  • iPad 3 (CDMA) (iPad3,2)
  • iPad 3 (GSM) (iPad3,3)
  • iPad 4 (Wi-Fi) (iPad3,4)
  • iPad 4 (GSM) (iPad3,5)
  • iPad 4 (CDMA) (iPad3,6)
  • iPad Air (Wi-Fi) (iPad4,1)
  • iPad Air (Cellular) (iPad4,2)
  • iPad Air (China) (iPad4,3)
  • iPad mini 2 (Wi-Fi) (iPad4,4)
  • iPad mini 2 (Cellular) (iPad4,5)
  • iPad mini 2 (China) (iPad4,6)
  • iPad mini 3 (Wi-Fi) (iPad4,7)
  • iPad mini 3 (Cellular) (iPad4,8)
  • iPad mini 3 (China) (iPad4,9)
  • iPad mini 4 (Wi-Fi) (iPad5,1)
  • iPad mini 4 (Cellular) (iPad5,2)
  • iPad Air 2 (Wi-Fi) (iPad5,3)
  • iPad Air 2 (...

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Microsoft Surface Book: What you need to know

The Surface Book is Microsoft's first convertible computer and will start shipping October 26, 2015 and start at $1,499.

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Adobe Lays Out a Feast at Its MAX Picnic

Adobe raised the curtain on two mobile apps and a basket of product upgrades at its MAX conference in Los Angeles. Both new apps -- Photoshop Fix and Capture CC -- are free, but they initially will be available only to users of Apple's mobile devices. Photoshop Fix includes some commonly used Photoshop features -- exposure, contrast and saturation control, as well as object and blemish removal. It also has a tool for altering parts of a face. For example, you can widen eyes, suggest a smile, or perform a virtual rhinoplasty on a visage.

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Philips announces Hue Bridge 2.0 lights with HomeKit...

This definitely smacks of the nifty.

Philips on Monday announced its first HomeKit-enabled product, the Hue Bridge 2.0, an updated version of its original Hue Bridge. With the Hue Bridge 2.0, its line of Philips Hue lights are able to work with Apple’s home automation platform, allowing all existing and future Hue bulbs to be controlled with Siri voice commands.

Spoken commands like “Turn lights red” can be used for specific colors, while commands like “Set the lamp to 30 percent” can be used for dimming. While users have long been able to use the Philips Hue app to set custom light sequences, these commands can now be spoken via Siri as well as control an...

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From analog to digital: How Danny Boyle's...

The film "Steve Jobs" is set in three different time periods over a 14-year span, each presented in a visually distinct way by director Danny Boyle, reflecting the fast-paced evolution of modern technology.

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The New Apple TV Turns its Back on 4K UHD, But the...

The new, 4th generation Apple TV is due this month, and it won't support 4K UHD video. Yet the entire TV industry is laser focused on 4K UHD video. A technology called Vidity is part of that evolution and promises to return the customer to a simpler way to acquire and view content. How Apple will play in the process is still unfolding.

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European reservations open up for second-wave iPhone...

Shoppers in several European countries can now reserve an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus for pick up this Friday, when Apple will bring the devices to 40 more regions on top of the original 12.

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iPad Pro Coming in Early November

Apple said the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil stylus will ship in November, which typically means the end of the month. This time, however, it sounds like we'll get Apple's jumbo iPad right at the beginning of the month.

The Mac Observer Spin: Early November would suit me just fine. I want to get my hands on an iPad Pro as soon as possible.

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Apple fixes app slicing issue with iOS 9.0.2 update...

Well, there’s good news if you’re developing iOS apps.

Apple has just announced that its app slicing issue has been fixed. This will allow for device-specific versions of apps to be delivered when downloaded by users running iOS 9.0.2 or later.

For those of you unfamiliar with app slicing, this is a delivery method that allows for the optimal installation of an iOS or watchOS app to be delivered to a user’s particular device, with minimal footprint. This optimization, called app thinning, lets developers create apps that use the most device features, occupy minimum disk space, and accommodate future updates that...

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Twitter makes current events easier to follow with...

After months of floundering to find a new CEO and shore up its user base, Twitter is having the best week ever. First, the publishing platform confirmed that cofounder Jack Dorsey is retaking the helm as CEO of the company he created. Now Twitter is officially rolling out a feature that will make it much easier for people to find the best and most important tweets of the day without having to hunt for them.

The new tool is called Moments, and it will be easily accessible in a new tab on Twitter for iOS, Android, and the web. Rolling out today for U.S. Twitter users, Moments will offer a curated list of current events in a variety of categories—news, sports, entertainment, etc.—and let you tap through to see more information about the moment and the most relevant tweets about it. Those tweets can be text only, or they can include GIFs, videos, photos, and Vines. Each Moment will include...

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Google’s Fall Event Echos Apple’s Event

Google followed Apple’s September media event with a set of product announcements that were quite similar: new smartphones, a productivity-focused tablet, new streaming-media hardware, a mobile OS update, and photography announcements. Google and Apple, once very different, are more alike every day.


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Microsoft acknowledges crashes under OS X 10.11 El...

The good news is that Microsoft has acknowledged the massive crashes between Office for Mac 2016 and the newly-released OS X 10.11 El Capitan.

The bad news is that they don’t have an estimated timeline for a fix.

In an emailed statement, a Microsoft spokeswoman said the company is looking into the problem.

“We know that some users may be experiencing issues with Office 2016 for Mac running on El Capitan,” the statement read. “We are actively investigating the matter with Apple. Until there is a fix, we recommend people install the latest updates to Office 2016 for Mac using Microsoft AutoUpdate.”

OS X 10.11 El Capitan was...

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News: Apple taking reservations for new iPhones in...

Apple is accepting iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus reservations in six of the 40 countries where the new phones are set to debut this Friday. Customers in Belgium, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the Netherlands can pick the model, color and storage size they want and reserve a phone for in-store pickup Friday, although iPhone 6s Plus models are still in limited supply at most locations. Reservations are limited to two per customer and valid government-issued…

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News: Apple adds transit directions for Boston,...

Apple has quietly added Boston and Sydney, Australia to its list of cities where transit directions are supported in Apple Maps. The expansion solves a problem for some Australian users who were left without access to transit directions after Apple shut down the popular HopStop transit directions app earlier this month. HopStop covered cities in Russia, Israel and Australia that Apple Maps has yet to expand into with transit directions. Note: Though…

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Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent for a new type of camera that could capture images at indirect angles --?a concept that the company says could be used to enable projected, virtual keyboards on any flat surface.

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Video: Shark attacks underwater drone

Fantastic video. Look at those teeth!

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Microsoft exec jabs at Apple, tweets drawing of...

Just before his company's Surface Pro 4 event, the head of Microsoft's Windows division took a shot at Apple, recalling disparaging comments its CEO Tim Cook made about "converged" devices like the Surface tablet a few years ago.

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Rob Leathern, writing for Medium, with some interesting analysis on where all the money is going.

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This is why we can’t have nice things

M.G. Siegler worries that Amazon’s move to ban Apple and Google streaming devices is the start of a war of walled ecosystems.

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On Apple’s Perceptio acquisition

The Perceptio acquisition is a big show of Apple’s commitment to privacy and, potentially, a huge step forward for the Photos app at the heart of your iOS device.

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This will surely open the door much more widely for third party Apple Watch bands.

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Here’s how to pin Safari tabs in El Capitan, and some thoughts on the value of doing just that.

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Why is there no News app for El Capitan?

iOS 9 added a News app (think of it as Apple's version of Flipbook and Zite). A companion app for Mac OS X El Capitan would seem like a natural, but it's nowhere to be found. 

In iOS 9, News compiles articles you've expressed interest in from several sites.  Stories are pulled from a range of sources, from top news organizations to indie publications. Stories are chosen for you based on what you like to read. Apple says that the more you use News, the better it gets at picking out just what you’ll want to see. 

You can share articles with others and save them to read later. Thanks to iCloud, stories are saved on all your iOS devices, so you can start reading something on your iPhone and pick it up later on your iPad. It would be nice to also be able to do this with a Mac.

You can set up News to provide a continuously updated feed of stories that are collected based on your likes and...

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Beddit launches Apple Watch sleep tracking app as...

Sleep tracking accessory maker Beddit is out with a new watchOS 2 app for Apple Watch today. Because Beddit offers a dedicated sensor for tracking your sleep duration and quality each night, Apple Watch is able to charge overnight as needed and still present sleep data in the morning. Thanks to hardware access granted to native software, Beddit’s watchOS 2 app lets Apple Watch double as a sleep tracker during the day for measuring naps and creating silent alarms. Just as Beddit’s watchOS 2 app is hitting the App Store, Beddit’s Smart Sleep Tracker is coming to Apple Stores around the world and for the first time starting today…...

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PCWorld's Mark Hachman takes us on a guided tour of Surface Pro 4.

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Porsche selects Apple CarPlay for new 911 models,...

The latest iterations of Porsche's storied 911 Carrera and Carrera S support Apple CarPlay and CarPlay only, because Android Auto siphons off too much critical vehicle information for Stuttgart's liking.

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Latest Apple Watch ads mark shift in style, focus on...

Apple released six new Apple Watch spots on Monday highlighting tentpole features like Apple Pay, Siri, fitness tracking and Maps presented in a fresh, somewhat abstract visual style set apart from current TV commercials.

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Factions Form For and Against Upcoming ‘Steve Jobs’...

Controversy is building around Steve Jobs, an upcoming film based on Walter Isaacson's biography of the same name. While praised by critics, the film is being criticized by some of the people who were closest to him, including his widow, Laurene Powell Jobs, Apple CEO Tim Cook, and long-time Apple board member Bill Campbell.

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Apple shares six new Apple Watch ads showcasing...

Apple this evening has shared six new video advertisements for Apple Watch. All six of the ads have different focuses, but all of them center around what Apple Watch is useful for and in what instances it can be used effectively.

The first ad is called “Sprinkle” and focuses on Apple Watch’s support for Apple Pay, which is the company’s contactless payment solution. The second ad is entitled “Date” and showcases how notifications are handled with Apple Watch, including the light vibration your wrist feels whenever you receive a message. The next ad, called “Ride,” focuses on Apple Maps and how it works with Apple’s wearable. The video showcases a user asking Siri for directions to a destination.

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New York isn't the only city getting up in Verizon's grill over the provider's reluctance to roll out FiOS across its service areas. The mayors of 13 large US cities (plus a mayoral candidate in Philadelphia) have sent a letter to Verizon CEO Lowe...

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Another Day, Another Billion Android Users at Risk

Google on Monday released an over-the-air update for Nexus devices, which includes patches for the latest Stagefright vulnerabilities and other flaws. Android's Stagefright media processing feature, which recently imperiled 1 billion devices around the world, was once again putting them at risk, Zimperium revealed last week. Zimperium found two new vulnerabilities that manifest when Android's Stagefright media playback engine handles specially crafted MP3 audio or MP video files.

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Apple adds Boston and Sydney Transit data to Apple...

After transit directions made their debut in iOS 9 last month, work continues toward building out support for the new Apple Maps feature, the latest additions being information for areas in Boston, Mass. and Sydney, Australia.

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YouTube for iOS updated w/ Material Design interface...

After a long time in scattered A/B testing, YouTube today has updated its iOS app with a brand new design very reminiscent of its Material Design theme that has graced its other iOS apps recently, as well.

YouTube says that the new interface makes it even easier to find and discover new content. Recommended videos, favorite channels, and subscriptions are all directly accessible from the homescreen of the app by either swiping left and right or tapping on the icons. As you can see in the screenshots above and below, a variety of other changes are also present when it comes to the interface of the app.


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YouTube for iOS gets 'material design'...

Months after Google rolled out a redesigned YouTube app for Android, the Internet search giant released a similarly revamped version for iOS on Monday with new gesture controls, video editing tools and more.

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Watch this: Inside Android's Easter egg...

Google loves placing Easter eggs in its products. On Android devices, this has been a tradition since the Gingerbread days, wherein a zombie showed up on the screen after repeatedly tapping a menu's setting. That's still the case now, although the...

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The Dalrymple Report with Merlin Mann: Hey Dingus!

Jim and Merlin talk about appreciating ‘good enough’ and how to start playing guitar, and Merlin gets really excited about his new Amazon Echo.

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Apple acquires advanced smartphone artificial...

Bloomberg reports that Apple has acquired Perceptio, a startup that focuses on developing technology that allows companies to run artificial intelligence systems on smartphones, but without the need for sharing as much user data in the cloud.

Perceptio was founded by Zac Stone and Nicolas Pinto with the goal of developing advanced artificial intelligence systems for smartphones. Both Pinto and Stone have backgrounds in the artificial intelligence field, having been researchers dedicated to building image-recognition systems that use deep learning.

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Apple buys machine learning firm Perceptio...

Apple on Monday confirmed the purchase of machine learning firm Perceptio, a startup focused on bringing advanced image-classifying artificial intelligence to smartphones with minimal data overhead.

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AWT News Update: October 5, 2015

A short AWT News Update today on a slow October news day...

  • Evernote, once a darling of tech investors everywhere, is apparently having issues with finances
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook tells BuzzFeed a universal search API for Apple TV is on the way

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for October 5, 2015.

Fans of the Evernote note-taking app might want to start searching for a different solution, as a Business Insider article posted on Saturday notes that the company is having financial issues despite being a company that jumped quickly into the Unicorn club — the group of tech startups that are worth $1 billion or more. Well, the company still has over 150 million registered users, but isn’t...

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iPhone 6s vs. MMA Contender Luke Rockhold (Video)

I found this highly entertaining. SquareTrade pitted Apple's flagship iPhones against #1 MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) contender Luke Rockhold. Spoiler alert, an iPhone can't take a roundhouse kick from a martial arts expert, especially not when it hits a wall. Shocker that, of course, but it's a crap ton of fun to watch. What was more interesting was the strength test, where Mr. Rockhold broke iPhone 6/6 Plus/6s/6s Plus. Turns out iPhone 6s Plus is way stronger than the other devices. This is in keeping with SquareTrade's more formal testing methods that found iPhone 6s and 6s Plus were both stronger than last year's devices. Anyhoo, let's have some fun:

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Tim Cook pens emotional Steve Jobs essay on the...

Monday, October 5, marks the fourth year anniversary of Steve Jobs’ death. He would’ve been 60 this year.

To commemorate Jobs’ life and legacy, several Apple executives, including Apple CEO Tim Cook, penned personal remembrances that were posted on AppleWeb, Cupertino’s internal news website.

“He was unselfish in the face of his own mortality,” wrote Cook, recalling his last days with the iconic Apple co-founder. Cook shared how he had offered Jobs a portion of own liver for a donor liver transplant, but Jobs refused.

“Even when his outlook was bleak and he had every right to accept help, he refused, rather than put a friend’s health at risk,” Cook continued. “He put his compassion for me above his own needs, and I will never forget it.”

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The 'Secure Empty Trash' option has...

When you delete files from a hard disk, the storage space that the files occupied is available for use. However, the deleted files can still be recovered using data-recovery software.

If you've installed Mac OS X El Capitan, you may have discovered that the Secure Empty Trash feature is missing and it doesn't seem as if you can get it back.

A support page on the security content of El Capitan says: "An issue existed in guaranteeing secure deletion of Trash files on some systems, such as those with flash storage. This issue was addressed by removing the Secure Empty Trash option."

Previously, if you wanted to delete files that contain sensitive information, you could use Secure Empty Trash. Files deleted in that way were completely overwritten by meaningless data. 

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