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15:04
Autonomous trucks hits public roads

Six groups of trucks just took part in the EU Truck Platooning Challenge, an international test of autonomous truck driving technology.

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14:54
House Passes Email Search Warrant Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill requiring a search warrant when law enforcement wants to access email and documents stored in cloud services such as Dropbox and iCloud. The Senate still needs to pass the bill before it becomes law, which seems a little weird considering we have this thing called the 4th Amendment in the Constitution. I'll just share a link to the Bill of Rights in case any of our Senators need a refresher.


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14:48
Apple Music for Android updated with family plan...

Apple today is rolling out an update to the Apple Music app for Android users. The update continues to bring the app up to speed with its iOS counterpart and adds support for music videos and family memberships. The update follows the addition of widget support last month for the Android Apple Music app.

With support for family plans, users can now subscribe or update to a six-person family membership, which is arguably one of the best features about Apple Music. A six-person family membership runs $14.99, which is just $5 more than the one-person $9.99 membership.

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Filed under: Apple Music Tagged: Android, Apple Music...

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14:47
BlockIQ Escalates War on Ad Blockers


As consumers turn to ad blockers to avoid advertising on their mobile and computer screens, marketers and content providers who depend on pitches to pay the bills are searching frantically for ways to counter the pesky programs. BlockIQ offers them one. BlockIQ, owned by AdSupply, which recently merged with Adaptive Medias, has launched BlockBypass. The software can detect users of the popular ad blocker AdBlock and perform a number of countermeasures, including circumventing the ad blocker.

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14:45
Apple World Today introduces the Deals Shop

Notice anything new about Apple World Today? Look closely, and you'll see a new item in the menu at the top of the blog -- Deals. That's your door to a world of bargains made possible through a partnership between Apple World Today and StackCommerce. 

An ad in our sidebar highlights new deals, we'll provide you with posts about a few impressive deals each week, and you can even sign up to get email notification of what's available. Whether it's accessories for your favorite Apple device that you're looking for, IT training in a wide variety of areas and disciplines, fun gizmos like drones or even software, you'll find deals every day in the Deals Shop.

Most of the deals are available for a limited time only, so when you see that one item you just have to get, jump on it. You'll be purchasing items through StackCommerce, who will provide full customer support should you have any questions....

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14:39
iMovie for Mac OS X is revved to version 10.1.2

Apple has updated iMovie for Mac OS X to version 10.1.2. According to Apple, the new version:

  • Offers an easy to find New Project button in the Projects browser;
  • Offers larger project thumbnails that match the look of iMovie for iOS;
  • Provides fast project creation that lets you begin editing with a single click;
  • Clicking a video clip selects the entire clip, instead of a range;
  • Has a keyboard shortcut to select range within a clip in the browser and timeline (hold down R key while dragging);
  • Provides sSupport for App Preview resolutions for the iPad Pro (1600 x 1200) and Apple TV (1920 x 1080) ;
  • Has Improved stability.

iMovie 10.1.2 is a free update for registered users. For new users the cost is $14.99. The app is available at the Mac App Store.

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14:30
Notable apps and app updates for April 28, 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

Journey Interactive has introduced Journey Creator 1.0. The $4.99 app is designed to help you create your own location-based app. Once a user enters information, he can send it to Journey Interactive who will take the data and publish a custom app “for a very affordable fee.”

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

TheKeptPromise has released Create Booklet 1.3.3, an update to its booklet printing app for Mac OS X.

Create Booklet allows anyone to create a booklet from almost any file from within almost any software....

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14:09
Apple might start pointing out iMessage autocorrect...

Apple is planning to ruin one of the most hilarious aspects of using an iPhone: iMessage autocorrect, which routinely changes the most basic of texts into something offensive, sexual, or just completely off-base. The company just filed a patent application for a new iMessage feature that would tell a recipient when autocorrect has been at work.

The patent filing, first spotted by AppleInsider, covers an iMessage feature that would highlight an autocorrected word. The person who’s reading your message won’t be able to see what you intended to type, but at least they’...

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14:02
iMovie for Mac updates with quicker project launch,...

Apple on Thursday released a new version of iMovie for the Mac, bringing several small but useful improvements, including three aimed at launching and browsing projects.

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13:59
Apple updates iMovie for Mac with navigation &...

Apple today is rolling out a small update to its iMovie video editing software on the Mac. The update bumps the app to version 10.1.2 and follows an update that fixed YouTube sharing bugs and improved stability. Today’s update includes a couple of changes that improve navigation, as well as your standard bug fixes and stability improvements.
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13:49
Review: August Smart Lock HomeKit enabled + Smart...

The brain child of industrial designer Yves Béhar and tech entrepreneur Jason Johnson, the original August Smart Lock was a revolutionary entry into the home automation market when it made its debut over two years ago — a smart door lock that brought iPhone integration to just about any deadbolt in an elegant design, and it seemed only natural that when Apple unveiled HomeKit, support for the August Smart Lock wouldn't be far behind. Announced last fall and released today, the August Smart Lock HomeKit Enabled ($229) is a second-generation version of the popular lock that sports the same classic design while adding ties into Apple's home automation ecosystem. Alongside the new lock, August has also released a new Smart Keypad accessory ($79) that provides the ability to unlock the August Smart Lock using a numeric code.
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13:45
Apple Music for Android gets music video support,...

Apple on Thursday pushed out an update for the Android version of Apple Music, delivering support for music video playback and new billing options for families.

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13:35
Vudu and Telegram iOS apps update with new 3D Touch...

Walmart on Thursday updated its Vudu iOS app with support for 3D Touch and iOS 9's Picture-in-Picture mode, while messaging service Telegram expanded its use of 3D Touch across the board.

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13:34
Alexa Takes Up Residence in a Really Smart Fridge...


Invoxia on Thursday announced that Amazon's Alexa Voice Service has been integrated with its Triby digital assistants. The voice-activated unit is the first non-Amazon product to be Alexa-enabled. Triby, which has a magnetic frame, features a built-in speaker and microphone that can be used to listen to Internet radio or as a hands-free speakerphone, but its main function is to act as a digital assistant that can provide hands-free control for getting information from the Web, including Wikipedia, weather, news and sports.

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13:30
Uber might charge you extra for making your driver...

Next time you hail an Uber, make sure you’re ready to head out the door or it might cost you. 

Uber is considering adding new extra charges for passengers who make their Uber drivers wait longer than two minutes. According to The Wall Street Journal, these charges will accrue on a per-minute basis, starting from the time the Uber app notifies passengers that their ride has arrived.

In addition, Uber is decreasing the no-penalty cancellation window from five minutes down to two minutes. And passengers who make their drivers wait longer than five minutes without cancelling could be penalized with a $10 no-show fee. Basically, you’ll have two minutes to cancel the ride after requesting it, and two minutes to show up when it arrives, if you want to avoid these new extra charges.

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12:46
Apple Store in Marseille, France set to open May 14...

Apple has officially announced that its new retail store in Marseille, France will open May 14 with the usual announcement on its website (via MacGeneration).

The new retail store, located at the Les Terrasses du Port shopping mall, is Apple’s 20th location in France. That’s if including the shop within Galeries Lafayette that it opened last year as one of several boutique locations for sales of the Apple Watch. Apple is also planning other retail stores for the country including a high-profile flagship location on...

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12:28
Apple releases official Apple Music API...

Apple today has officially released more information on the Apple Music API available in iOS 9.3. Entitled Apple Music Best Practices for App Developers, the documentation today solidifies what the Apple Music API can do and sets a precedent that developers of music apps should follow. At the original release of iOS 9.3, there seemed to be some confusion as to what the Apple Music API would entail exactly. We had reached out to Ben Dodson, developer of Music Tracker, to better understand the limitations and new features the API could introduce. Today’s document verifies our original thoughts.

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12:20
Roxio Toast 14 Titanium for Mac: $49

Roxio Toast 14 is out, and we have a deal on it. This software allows you to capture video directly from your screen, portable devices, or the web, capture, edit, and enhance audio, convert video from the web to view on your devices, create cross-platform discs for easy sharing, copy CDs, DVDs & Blu-ray Discs, burn your digital media on to CD & DVD for both Mac and PC, and it features advanced DVD authoring capabilities. You can get it through our deal for $49, half off retail.
 


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12:18
As tablet sales take a dive, analysts expect...

The traditional tablet may not be dying, but it’s increasingly being relegated to the low end of the market, according to an IDC report released Thursday. Users are migrating toward convertibles instead, and the vendors are following.

IDC said worldwide tablet sales fell 14.7 percent to just 39.6 million units during the first quarter of 2016. Excluding some seasonal holiday upticks, tablet sales have generally declined from their all-time high in the fourth quarter of 2013, when worldwide sales reached 78.6 million units. 

IDC analyst Jitesh Ubrani said traditional slate tablets still dominate the market with 87.6 percent of all units sold. Increasingly, though, they’ve become “synonymous with the low end of the market,” IDC said in its report. The firm said it believes the market for iPads will continue, but only as replacements, not as new customers purchasing an iPad for the first time.

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12:16
Porsche to bring Apple's CarPlay to 718 Cayman...

Sportscar maker Porsche has announced support for Apple's CarPlay in the 718 Cayman and 718 Cayman S, which are now on sale, but only shipping to dealers in late November.

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12:00
Griffin’s BreakSafe USB-C Cable Replicates MagSafe...

When Apple introduced the new MacBook in early 2015, with USB-C, the legendary MagSafe power connector had to go. Instead of innovating a replacement magnetic connector, Apple left the job to Griffin. It's called the BreakSafe, and it restores the MagSafe-like functionality to a MacBook. John Martellaro was impressed. Almost.


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11:50
Apple introduces Apple Music API for iOS 9.3

Apple has introduced a new Apple Music API (application programming interface) for iOS 9.3. It allows developers to directly control Apple Music playback for Members among other features. With it:

  • Developers can see if a user is currently a member.
  • Developers can see which country the users account is based.
  • Developers can queue up the next song or songs based on a song ID for playback.
  • Developers can inspect playlists already in My Music or create a new playlists with a title and description (see App Store Review Guidelines for limitation).

A note from Apple says “we encourage developers to use the Apple Music API to provide a superior user experience by integrating these features in your app.”

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11:32
Bad Move: FBI won’t Share San Bernardino iPhone Hack...

The FBI isn't going to share the hack it bought to get into Syed Farook's iPhone with Apple, which means the law enforcement agency is intentionally withholding a 0-day exploit that could potentially be discovered by other parties and used before a patch is released. The reasoning behind the decision is that the FBI doesn't know how the hack works, and therefore complying with the White House Vulnerabilities Equities Process (VEP) wouldn't reveal any useful information.


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11:22
Citing concerns in China, activist investor Carl...

Billionaire Carl Icahn, who has used his financial clout to influence boardroom decisions at publicly traded companies, announced on Thursday that he no longer owns shares in Apple, just days after the company announced its first revenue decline in over a decade.

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11:08
Deals: Grab the lowest prices on Apple's latest...

AI readers can use exclusive coupons this week to grab the lowest prices anywhere on all of Apple's latest iMacs with AppleCare, including the new iMac HD, iMac 4K and Late 2015 iMac with 5K Retina display. Save up to $250 instantly, with no tax in most states. Plus a free Canon AIO Photo printer with each 4K and 5K.

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11:00
Ten One Designs Timeframe: A protective charging...

Apple devices never have a shortage of accessories, and one year after the debut of the Apple Watch, we're seeing a flood of unique products for the smartwatch. One of those devices is the $24.95 Timeframe (available in 38mm and 42 mm versions, affiliate links), a charging stand unlike any other we've seen for the Watch so far.

Design

Most Apple Watch charging stands are a variation on a common theme -- something elevated (or flat) that a Watch owner strings his or her charging cable through, with a place to put that magnetic charging puck. 

With the elevated models, there's an issue -- if there's no way to tighten the wristband, the Watch can be knocked off by motion or a curious cat. The flat models, including...

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10:40
iTunes Turns 13 Today -- Continues To Be 'Awful...

An anonymous reader points us to a link on Quartz: On April 28, 2003, Apple started up a revolution. Enter the iTunes Music Store, unveiled with a proud flourish by a beaming Steve Jobs. It was a digital jukebox, a music distribution game-changer, a record store to end all record stores -- and it did, in fact, kill off a great number of those. [...] For 13 years -- 15 if you count the two years the program was just a file-storing service -- users have grumbled loudly about iTunes' unwieldy interface, its bloated features, its inability to simply get better. [...] Instead of trying to streamline the service over the years, Apple has opted to stuff an overwhelming number of new features -- movies, television shows, podcasts, mobile apps, and most recently, Apple Music -- into it.The report mentions the following issues with iTunes: space-sucking size, slowness, ugliness, bloatware, lack of online or social integration, a wonky back-end, music isn't even its priority. Marco Arment,...

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10:23
Dr. Mac’s Deeper Look into Budget-Priced VR Headsets

Dr. Mac tested a variety of Virtual Reality (VR) goggles that use an iPhone as its brains, sensors, and screens. In this second installment on the subject, he takes a deeper look at those goggles and offers his suggestions on which to use.


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10:00
Review: ecobee3 HomeKit-enabled smart Wi-Fi...

While the now-Google-owned Nest brought the idea of smart home thermostats into the mainstream consciousness, it is by no means the only player in the game — nor was it even the first by a long shot. In fact, the race began back in 2008, when a small startup named ecobee debuted the world's first Wi-Fi connected smart thermostat. Hence, it's probably only fitting that the company's ecobee3 was the first thermostat to join the club when Apple's HomeKit home automation framework came online. In addition to providing control via HomeKit, ecobee3 has more than a few of its own unique capabilities to recommend it, and like other HomeKit devices we've taken a look at recently, was an existing product that added HomeKit capabilities, rather than a new product released specifically for HomeKit. {/exp:char_limit}
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09:59
Alphabet, Fiat Chrysler working toward self-driving...

Google parent Alphabet may soon have a major ally in its push toward autonomous vehicles, as the company is said to be "in the late stage of talks" with London-based Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

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09:42
Apple Watch shipped 2.2M units in March quarter, but...

Apple shipped about 2.2 million Apple Watches in the March quarter, although it still saw its share of the smartwatch market slip to 52.4 percent, according to research estimates published on Thursday.

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09:33
∞ Metallica perform at a record store on April 16,...

Recorded live at Rasputin Music, Berkeley, CA on Record Store Day, April 16, 2016.

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09:21
Ten years of Google Translate

Ten years ago, we launched Google Translate. Our goal was to break language barriers and to make the world more accessible. Since then we’ve grown from supporting two languages to 103, and from hundreds of users to hundreds of millions. And just like anyone’s first 10 years, we’ve learned to see and understand, talk, listen, have a conversation, write, and lean on friends for help.

I think we’ve all used Google Translate over the years.

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09:16
Apple-supported US Email Privacy Act passes...

The U.S. House of Representatives has voted unanimously to pass the Email Privacy Act, a bill that has the backing of a coalition of major technology businesses including Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo.

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09:00
TMO Daily Observations 2016-04-28: The Developer...

With Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference coming in June, today we look at how other developer-related events fit in. John Wilker from 360|iDev joins Jeff Gamet to talk about dev-focused conferences, meeting developer needs outside of WWDC, the openness between event organizers, and more.


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08:45
Alto's Adventure 66% off for a limited time

I'm not much of a fan of side-scrollers, so when I found myself playing the ethereal, beautiful and exciting Alto's Adventure for hours on end, I knew I had found something special. The premise of the game is simple; you guide a character on his snowboard to round up llamas, do increasingly more complex stunts, jump over crevasses, and try to keep from wiping out. Between the fun gameplay, the ever-changing weather in the game, the beautiful sunset and night scenes, and the atmospheric soundtrack, Alto's Adventure is a joy to play. If you haven't yet purchased it, Alto's Adventure is now on sale for just $0.99, down from $2.99

Seriously, this will be the best dollar you've ever spent. The app includes the tvOS version as well, so those of you with the 4th-generation Apple TV can enjoy...

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08:40
Apple issues statement after death on campus

“We are heartbroken by the tragic loss of a young and talented coworker. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends, including the many people he worked with here at Apple.”

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08:35
FBI not submitting San Bernadino iPhone hack for...

The FBI is keeping the San Bernadino iPhone hack technique to itself for the time being.

A recent report has stated that the FBI will not be submitting the exploit used to break into the iPhone 5c of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook to a review process that could clear it for sharing with outside parties.

The FBI, which used a third party to unlock the iPhone, apparently didn’t acquire the rights to the technical details used in the hack, according to Amy Hess, the FBI’s executive assistant director for science and technology. As a result, Hess said the agency doesn’t “have enough technical information about any vulnerability” that could be considered for release.

On Wednesday, FBI director James Comey said that the agency was still deciding whether it...

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08:23
PDFpen 8 Adds Attachments, Digital Signatures, and...

Smile has updated PDFpen and PDFpenPro to version 8, featuring file attachments, digital signing, audio attachments, measurement tools, and better export capabilities.

 

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08:17
Apple reports higher than expected demand for iPhone...

Well, at least the iPhone SE is selling well.

While Apple has yet to divulge official sales numbers for the new handset, company executives said that demand for the device was “very strong” and higher than expected during this week’s earnings call.

As such, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company is working hard to meet demand and improve shipping times for the unit.

Cook offered the following statement.

“We’re thrilled with the response that we’ve seen on it. It is clear that there is a demand there even much beyond what we thought. That is really why we have the constraint that we have. Since its release, the iPhone SE has been in short supply despite reports of lackluster sales. For the past several weeks, new iPhone SE orders have listed expected delivery times...

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08:15
Kenu's Car Kit Deluxe adds Tripline cable for...

Last December as I was preparing for a long road trip, I reviewed the Kenu Dualtrip and Airframe+ Car Kit and found a lot to like. The Dualtrip ($19.95) offers two side-by-side USB charging ports in a slimline design, perfect for charging two iPhones or iPads at top speed. The Airframe+ ($29.95) is a compact and sturdy vent mount for your favorite iPhone -- the two together made my road trip a pleasure. Today Kenu announced the $59.95 Car Kit Deluxe, which builds on the Dualtrip and Airframe+ Car Kit, adding a new versatile cable called the Tripline...

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08:07
The first CareKit apps go live, focusing on babies,...

Last month Apple announced its potentially radical new health solution, a software development framework called CareKit. The initiative gives developers four tools to put in their apps that will make it easier for you, the patient, to monitor your medical conditions and share information with your doctor. The first wave of CareKit apps is now live in the App Store.

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You can share your medical data with a doctor right from an app.

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07:59
Tinder Social alarms users by showing Facebook...

Turns out some people like to keep their private life...private.

So when Tinder—the dating app that lets users “swipe right” to find matches, often for quick flings—announced this week that it was testing a new feature that let users see each other’s Facebook friends, the backlash set in quickly.

Tinder just as quickly told users how to to disable the new “Tinder Social” features, but company officials sounded defensive when making the announcement.

“We are only testing (Tinder Social) at this point, but it’s important to note Tinder’s not a secret considering 70% of users download Tinder because their friends recommend it,” the company said in a blog post.

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07:50
It’s Alive! CareKit Apps Come to the App Store

Apple introduced its CareKit platform in March, and now apps that take advantage of its features are rolling out on the App Store. The first four apps tasking advantage of CareKit are Glow Nurture, Glow Baby, One Drop, and Start.


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07:42
Weather forecast interrupted by Windows 10 upgrade...

I can definitely relate.

My wife and I have a Windows laptop in our kitchen. First we were asked politely if we were interested in upgrading to Windows 10. Then we were reminded repeatedly. And, ultimately, we woke up one morning to see our machine taking matters into its own hands, whistling silently, while it upgraded us to what it knew we really needed.

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07:31
No ducking way: Apple may soon let your friends know...

Textual ambiguity may be a thing of the past if Apple adopts one of its newly-published patent applications, a system which will inform the person on the other end of the line when autocorrect has been at work.

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07:30
August Home’s Siri-controlled Smart Lock with...

August Home unveiled its second-generation Smart Lock with an updated industrial design and Siri control through HomeKit last October. Starting this week, August’s Bluetooth-connected deadbolt is available to purchase from Amazon and Best Buy after a lengthy pre-order period (although stock appears slim so far).

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Filed under: HomeKit Tagged: homekit...

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07:25
Hey Siri, who’s better: you or Alexa?

[VIDEO] Lauren Goode, writing (and filming) for The Verge, walks you through the differences between Siri and Alexa, Alexa being the voice of the Amazon ecosystem, most notably found on the Amazon Echo.

Watch the video embedded in the main post to get a sense of Alexa in action. Nice side-by-side effect there, Lauren.

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07:17
Wired review of the new Apple MacBook

The review makes me want one, but it also makes me long for an update to the retina MacBook Pro.

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07:15
Volkswagen says it's not in talks with Apple or...

Volkswagen is talking with external partners about launching so-called digital mobility businesses, but is not in any negotiations with either Apple or Google, the carmaker's CEO said on Thursday, pointing to a different direction for its self-driving car efforts.

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07:12
Ground-level video takes us for a walk through Apple...

Two videos, taken by truck drivers as they make their way around the campus.

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07:09
Google accused of enabling photography piracy

Time:

Photography company Getty Images is accusing Google of scraping images from third party websites and encouraging piracy, adding a new wrinkle to the Mountain View, Calif.’s ongoing legal battles in Europe.

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07:06
iTunes is 13 years old—and it’s still awful

On this date in 2003, Steve Jobs rolled out the iTunes Music Store. This is a good take on how it evolved over the years.

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07:00
Gadget Ogling: Electric Nightmares, Cold Coffee, and...


I'm quite possibly the worst person in the world at waking up, without exaggeration. As a boy, I slept through a gas explosion that destroyed a home around 100 yards from my bedroom. All too often, I rely on my partner to shake me out of my slumber, as my own alarm clock rarely does the trick. I need something a little more forceful. The Shock Clock may be just up my alley. It's a wearable band that can vibrate, beep, or administer an electric shock to jolt you awake. You might elect to use a combination of two or three elements, with the shock always saved for last.

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07:00
The Best and Worst Analyst Questions from Apple’s Q2...

In every Apple earnings conference call with analysts, there are a range of questions from good to bad. Sometimes worse. And sometimes most of them are just bad. But in Tuesday's call for Apple's second fiscal quarter of 2016, two analysts stood out for Bryan Chaffin as the ones who asked both the best and and worst questions.


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06:57
Strategy Analytics: Apple Watch slips to 52% global...

According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global smartwatch shipments grew 223% annually to reach 4.2 million units in the first quarter of 2016 (Q1 2016). Apple captured 52% global smartwatch marketshare, dipping from 63% share in the prior quarter.

 "Global smartwatch shipments grew a healthy 223% annually from 1.3 million units in Q1 2015 to 4.2 million in Q1 2016,” says Rajeev Nair, senior analyst at Strategy Analytics. “Global smartwatch growth is being driven by consumer demand for Apple, Android Wear and Tizen models across North America, Western Europe and Asia. On a sequential basis, global smartwatch shipments fell 48%from 8.1 million in Q4 2015 to 4.2 million in Q1 2016, due to seasonality trends."

Neil Mawston, executive director at Strategy Analytics, adds: "We estimate Apple Watch shipped 2.2 million units and captured 52 percent smartwatch marketshare worldwide in Q1 2016,...

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06:47
Second-gen August Smart Lock with Apple HomeKit...

The newly launched August Smart Lock includes support for Apple's HomeKit, allowing users to lock, unlock and check the status of their door lock with voice commands using Siri.

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06:45
PBS Kids Games app debuts with free educational...

iPhones and iPads can be great educational tools and sources of entertainment for kids, but finding appropriate games and content can be tricky sometimes. PBS is helping make that easier with its new PBS Kids Games mobile apps for iOS and Android.

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06:44
News: Apple launches CareKit, with four apps...

Apple has officially launched its new CareKit platform today, with four new apps available out of the gate, and more expected to come. Announced last month, CareKit is an extension of Apple’s HealthKit and ResearchKit initiatives, designed to better facilitate doctor-patient communication by allowing users to automatically share health information with care providers and loved ones. The new apps already available with CareKit support include…

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06:41
∞ The AMC Apple TV app and the coming political...

AMC adds yet another unbundling Apple TV app. My take on what’s coming as all this unfolds and things start to heat up.

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06:22
Apple’s ‘cutting-edge technology’ means it will be...

A report back in February that Apple would be allowed to open retail stores in India has been corroborated by India’s Economic Times. India normally doesn’t allow single-brand retail stores unless at least 30% of their products are made within the country, but Apple is reportedly set to be granted an exemption on the grounds that its products are ‘cutting-edge technology.’

A government panel has recommended exempting Apple from mandatory local sourcing norms, a move which would pave the way for Apple to open single-brand retail stores in the country. “The committee has found that the company’s products are cutting edge technology and state-of-the-art. It has recommended to exempt them from the local sourcing norms,”...

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06:10
Indian government to allow Apple-owned retail stores

There are currently no Apple Stores in India, so this is an important step.

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Roxio Toast 14 Titanium for Mac

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering Roxio Toast 14 Titanium for Mac for only $49 — that’s 50% off the regular price. This popular digital media tool, now in its fourteenth edition, is packed with even more features to help you maximum your digital media workflow. Burn digital media to DVD, copy your favourite Blu-ray disc, and even capture and enhance both audio and video directly from your screen, portable devices, or the Web, edit…

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05:30
Here's what to expect from Nintendo's next...

Things are looking a little uncertain for fans of Nintendo’s console games and hardware. That’s been the case for a few years now with the rocky run of the Wii U, but Wednesday’s announcements hit pretty hard: Nintendo’s next console, codenamed the NX, will be released in March 2017, and The Legend of Zelda for Wii U will be delayed to launch then on both systems. And that leaves potentially little new for Wii U owners to play later this year.

That’s disappointing. But some good news did come out of Nintendo’s info dump yesterday, at least if you like mobile games. We now know what to expect from the company’s next iPhone (and Android) releases, and unlike last month’s Miitomo, they will be actual games. In fact, Nintendo said just that: “Both of these are pure game applications,” they wrote. 

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05:22
Apple’s sales slump part of overall market fall;...

Apple isn’t the only smartphone manufacturer seeing falling sales. New figures from Strategy Analytics show what the global smartphone market saw its first-ever year-on-year drop on sales, down 3%.

Linda Sui, Director at Strategy Analytics, said, “Global smartphone shipments fell 3 percent annually from 345.0 million units in Q1 2015 to 334.6 million in Q1 2016. It is the first time ever since the modern smartphone market began in 1996 that global shipments have shrunk on an annualized basis. Smartphone growth is slowing due to increasing penetration maturity in major markets like China and consumer caution about the future of the world economy.”

Apple’s fall was of course far more dramatic, iPhone sales down 18% year-on-year, with CEO Tim Cook blaming economic ‘headwinds’ – and Strategy Analytics’...

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04:00
PCWorld Show Episode 14: Apple tanks, Intel...

Jon, Mark and Gordon discuss whether the end is nigh for Apple, just how much it hurts for the PC to get tossed under the bus by Intel, and strange-but-true: This web page probably took more space than Doom did.

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03:02
Intel Wants To Eliminate The Headphone Jack And...

An anonymous reader writes: With rumors circulating about how Apple may do away with the 3.5 mm headphone jack on its upcoming iPhone 7, Intel has shared a similar desire, citing "industry singling a strong desire to move from analog to digital." Intel believes USB-C is the future audio jack. They believe USB-C has more potential than the 3.5mm audio jack as it allows users to add additional smart features to headphones in the future. For instance, a future pair of headphones could monitor one's pulse or inner-ear temperature for fitness tracking, something that could only be possible if the headphones were connected to a smartphone via a USB-C cable. What's also worth mentioning [quoted from 9to5Mac]: USB-C already supports analog audio transfer through sideband pins simplifying the engineering steps necessary to swap 3.5mm with USB-C in device designs. In the second quarter, Intel should have a finalized USB-C standard for digital audio transfer. Intel does note that the...

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03:00
Mingis on Tech, Episode 12: All about the Surface...

If you're eyeing a Microsoft Surface Book, or want to make sure your next laptop is future-proof, this episode's for you.

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01:02
Apple CareKit platform goes live with four health...

Apple on Thursday flipped the switch on its new CareKit framework, a health-minded platform that lets developers build advanced software solutions for tracking, managing and reporting medical conditions.

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00:00
Child Porn Suspect Jailed Indefinitely For Refusing...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A Philadelphia man suspected of possessing child pornography has been in jail for seven months and counting after being found in contempt of a court order demanding that he decrypt two password-protected hard drives. The suspect, a former Philadelphia Police Department sergeant, has not been charged with any child porn crimes. Instead, he remains indefinitely imprisoned in Philadelphia's Federal Detention Center for refusing to unlock two drives encrypted with Apple's FileVault software in a case that once again highlights the extent to which the authorities are going to crack encrypted devices. The man is to remain jailed "until such time that he fully complies" with the decryption order. The government successfully cited a 1789 law known as the All Writs Act to compel (PDF) the suspect to decrypt two hard drives it believes contain child pornography. The All Writs Act was the same law the Justice Department asserted in its...

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PCWorld Show Episode 14: Web Pages Are Doomed

What the heck? The average web page is larger than the original Doom installer?

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Wednesday April 27

23:31
Philips releases Hue 'Gen 2' app with...

Philips on Thursday released a "Gen 2" Hue app for iOS, updating the tool for its HomeKit-enabled smartbulbs with new features like Routines, and extra options for controlling rooms and scenes.

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23:30
Philips Hue smart lighting gets a new app with more...

Philips has announced a new app for its Philips Hue gen 2 smart LEDs that gives users more fine-grain detail control over their lighting. It includes one of the most user-requested enhancements, according to Philips: the ability to assign multiple lights to a room, so that all the lights in the room can be controlled at once. Users will also be able to program daily routines, and use geofencing to automatically turn lights off when they leave the home, and on again as they return. 

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The app’s dashboard provides easy access to Hue’s most popular features.

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22:54
Indian government approves Apple bid to open stores...

An Indian government committee this week recommended Apple be exempted from local sourcing regulations that previously kept the company from opening its own brick-and-mortar retail outlets in the country.

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22:13
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Good afternoon. Please tell me whether there is a rule or formula for calculating the size of the metadata section?

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20:59
Apple and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad...

Some much needed perspective on Apple’s first year-over-year quarterly sales drop since 2003, from Daisuke Wakabayashi for the WSJ:

Apple’s revenue and profit for the fiscal second quarter ended
March 26 both missed analysts’ expectations. The company also
projected that revenue in the current quarter would fall far short
of expectations.

Worth noting that Apple’s actual results were very nearly in line with the company’s own guidance for the quarter, given three months ago. (Revenue was within guidance, but gross margins were slightly low.) A year-over-year decline is never good news, and is a possible harbinger of a sustained decline, but these numbers, along with Apple’s guidance for the June quarter, ...

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19:20
Happy Hour Podcast 064 | AAPL’s not-so-record-...

This week Zac and Benjamin get into new iPhone 7 rumors, news about Apple Watch 2, as well as Apple’s somewhat disappointing $50b quarter. The Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and through our dedicated RSS feed.

more…

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18:58
Samsung reports Q1 mobile profits just 24% of Apple...

Samsung Electronics reported Q1 operating profits of 6.68 trillion won ($5.81 billion), while its Mobile division reported 3.89 trillion won ($3.38 billion) in profits, both a fraction of the "disappointing" $13.987 billion in operating profits Apple reported for the same quarter.

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18:34
Opinion: Where does the rumored iPhone 7 ‘Pro’ fit...

Earlier today, yet another report emerged claiming that Apple would launch an iPhone ‘Pro’ or iPhone 7 ‘Pro’ this fall. This report claimed that the device would be identical to the iPhone 6s Plus in terms of size, but would feature dual cameras on the back and Smart Connector support.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard reports of Apple perhaps adding an additional model to its iPhone lineup, either. A separate report from last month claimed that the company was planning an iPhone 7 Pro with dual camera capabilities.

While all of this is obviously yet to be confirmed and could very well change before Apple announces new iPhones this September, it brings up some interesting possibilities for the iPhone’s 2016 lineup. Will Apple replace the ‘Plus’ model with the ‘Pro...

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17:47
AMC launches tvOS app with free streaming for select...

As promised, AMC this week launched a tvOS app with a content selection mirroring that of its iOS app and web portal, including free-to-stream episodes of hit shows like "The Walking Dead" and "The Night Manager."

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17:31
U.S. Federal Trade Commission investigating Google...

The FTC is expanding its investigation into Android related to complaints that Google is exploiting its ostensibly open platform to shut out rivals.

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17:10
Was Mike Daisey right about Apple being doomed?

Back in November, theatrical performer Mike Daisey was given the opportunity to write about Apple in the Technology section of the The Guardian. He's now claiming "reverse claim chowder," insisting that some of what he wrote about actually turned out to be true, given Apple's recent earnings report showing the first decrease in year-over-year, quarterly iPhone revenues.

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16:56
New videos offer first-person view of Apple's...

A pair of videos posted to YouTube are some of the first to show an up-close look at the main "spaceship" building on Apple's Campus 2 headquarters, including views of the structure's inner courtyard and underground access tunnels.

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16:13
Apple R&D spending jumps to $2.5B in Q2,...

Apple's research and development spending spiked at an all time high of more than $2.5 billion during the second quarter of 2016, with the unusually large $600 million year-over-year jump owing primarily to new hires and related expenses, Apple said in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

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15:44
Ground-level video takes us for a walk through Apple...

Apple’s Campus 2 is expected to be completed by early next year and now we have some new video from within the spaceship ring itself. Courtesy of YouTuber MrWhitestew, a pair of new videos have emerged that take us for first-person walkthrough of Apple’s Campus 2 construction, offering one of the first looks from within the spaceship ring itself.

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15:16
Pentagon to Open New Cyberfront in War Against ISIS


The Obama administration reportedly has authorized a new online campaign in its slow, grinding war against ISIS. The Pentagon's Cyber Command aims to get inside the heads of terrorist commanders to disrupt their military operations. The goal appears to be to sow mistrust and confusion among ISIS leaders by interfering with their ability to pay their soldiers, execute operational orders, recruit new fighters, and communicate with one other. The plan amounts to dropping cyberbombs on the enemy, said Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert O. Work.

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15:13
Apple Pay in Australia expands to support ANZ...

After expanding to Singapore earlier this year and to a handful of new United States banks and credit unions earlier this month, Apple Pay is now available to ANZ customers in Australia. First reported by EFTM, this rollout makes ANZ the first bank in Australia to add support for Apple Pay following the American Express exclusive launch last year.

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15:09
Five recommended products Apple should make (and my...

Tom’s Guide‘s Mark Spoonauer has a list of products he thinks Apple should make. Here’s his list (and which ones Yours Truly would love to see):

A gaming Mac: Apple should create gaming-focused Macs. Apple would also be able to cater to buyers of virtual-reality headsets like the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive if it made a gaming-focused Mac Pro desktop. My take: I think he’s right, although I think a gaming-focused iMac is just as feasible.

An “Echo killer.” The Echo in question is the Amazon Echo speaker. Spoonauer says that since Beats Audio is now under the Apple umbrella, the company should make a smart speaker of its own that will respond to your voice via Siri to answer questions, play music and even control smarthome gadgets through Apple's HomeKit protocol. My take: this, too, is a great idea.

Apple Antivirus for OS X. OS X has faced increasing threats from...

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14:50
Apple’s R&D expenditures reach the highest...

Apple’s fiscal second quarter report Tuesday showed research and development spending surging by 31% year-over-year, even as revenue slid by 13%. That means Apple spent about 5% of its revenue on R&D during the period, its highest level in years, notes The Wall Street Journal.

In a conference call with analysts, Apple Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri said the company has a “much broader portfolio” of internal initiatives and projects that includes more “in-house technology development” than it used to have. Those projects could well involve the long-rumored Apple Car and virtual reality/augmented reality projects.

An iPad without a Brydge Keyboard is like a car without wheels...

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14:46
∞ Every iPad speed test comparison 2016

Interesting video showing several tests of the various iPad iterations.

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14:42
Patent trollin’: Apple sued regarding multi-mode...

Another day, another lawsuit. As noted by Patently Apple, a company called Nova Intellectual Solutions of Texas has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple using a Novatel Wireless patent that they've acquired. 

Nova Intellectual Solutions — regarded as a “patent troll” — claims Apple violated patent number 8,208,517 for “systems and methods for a multi-mode wireless modem.” Here’s the summary of the patent: “A multi-mode modem comprises a first device configured to communicate with a first communication system, a second device configured to communicate with a second communication system, a processor communicatively coupled the first and second devices, and a control function configured to place the device in one of the following communication modes: 1) communication with the first communication system;...

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14:42
Sheriff Says Death of Man in Apple HQ ‘Isolated,’...

The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office said on Wednesday afternoon that the death of a man inside Apple's Infinite Loop headquarters earlier in the day was an "isolated incident," and that no one else is at risk. The statement from the Sheriff puts to rest worries of a broader situation at Apple.


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14:26
ANZ is the first Australian bank to support Apple Pay

Apple has expanded Apple Pay in Australia after ANZ (Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited) became the country's first bank to support the mobile payment service, reports Reuters.

The article adds that Apple has partnered with a bank widely seen as trailing its three bigger peers in digital technology, a situation ANZ's new Chief Executive Shayne Elliott has set out to change with Apple Pay, as well as by hiring Google's Australia managing director. The Cupertino, California-based company continues to speak with other Australian banks, hoping ANZ customers' experience will create demand among competitors. Jennifer Bailey, vice president of Apple Pay, told Reuters.

ANZ is the fourth largest bank by market capitalization in Australia, after the Commonwealth Bank, Westpac Banking Corp., and National...

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14:19
iPhone flaw used by FBI fixed by Apple nine months...

The FBI informed Apple Inc of a vulnerability in its iPhone and Mac software on April 14, the first time it had told the company about a flaw in Apple products under a controversial White House process for sharing such information, the company told Reuters on Tuesday.

And

Though he declined to provide technical details, the executive said the problem had been fixed by the company nine months ago, with the release of iOS9 for phones and Mac OS C El Capitan.

Apple doesn’t plan to release an update for older operating systems.

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14:18
Notable apps and app updates for April 27, 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.

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

EnsenaSoft has introduced Mahjong Deluxe 3, the latest installment in their series of Mahjong games for Mac OS X. 

Suitable to players of all ages and experience levels, it offers a modern rendition of the Chinese classic. This game includes eight different worlds containing a total of 640 puzzle layouts in 2D and 3D.

Mahjong Deluxe 3 requires OS X 10.6.6 or later. It costs $4.99 and is available through the Mac App Store in the Games category.

Stairways Software has announced...

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14:03
ANZ is first Australian bank to support Apple Pay

Apple Pay expanded services in Australia on Thursday local time with the addition of ANZ Bank, the first major financial institution in the region to support Apple's payments product after a limited rollout in November.

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13:48
John McAfee Invokes ‘Crazy Ones’ and Steve Jobs for...

John McAfee, founder of his self-titled antiviral software company (sold to Intel in 2010), launched a new commercial in support of his bid to be the presidential candidate for the Libertarian party. The spot quotes the "Here's to the Crazy Ones" wording used in Apple's Think Different campaign of 1997, and it uses the tagline "Vote Different." The spot also quotes "Stay hungry. Stay foolish." That's from the late Steve Jobs's commencement speech at Stanford University. In addition to borrowing from Apple, the spot highlights many tech icons (also like the Think Different campaign), including Steve Jobs—which is interesting. It's impossible to know if Mr. Jobs would have supported John McAfee's bid for president, but he was known to support Democrats—not Libertarians—when he made his political affiliations known. That said, it's human nature for people to claim important and great people in the wake of their death no matter the...

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13:34
Tech, Auto Honchos Join Forces to Push Self-Driving...


Some major players in both the new and old economies on Tuesday announced an alliance to pave the way for self-driving cars in America. Ford, Google, Lyft, Uber and Volvo raised the curtain on their Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets, which will work with lawmakers, regulators and the public to raise awareness of the safety and societal benefits of self-driving vehicles. Self-driving vehicles could significantly reduce the severity and frequency of auto accidents, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

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13:33
Google updates Maps for iOS with Travel Times widget...

Google has updated the iOS version of Google Maps with several new features, including a new Notification Center widget for commuters, while Philips is hinting at an imminent update of its official control app for Hue smartbulbs.

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13:08
Review: SanDisk’s new Lightning to USB drive for...

SanDisk’s new iXpand Lightning to USB drive introduces a new design, faster USB 3.0, and a brand new app, making it one of the most attractive offerings as far as thumb drives for your iPhone or iPad go. I’ve been testing it out to see if it’s worth a recommendation over the many competitors.

more…

Filed under: iOS Devices, Reviews Tagged: iXpand Drive, Lightning, review, SanDisk, thumb drive, USB 3.0...

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