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Wednesday May 27

17:19
Linux/Moose Malware Wreaks Havoc on Social Networks


Internet security researchers at Eset on Tuesday published a security research paper on Linux/Moose, a major threat to social networks that turns routers into conduits for grabbing users' log-in credentials, employing them for network fraud and to further spread malware to client devices that connect through them to the Internet. The paper, "Dissecting Linux/Moose," details a months-long investigation into a carefully concealed flow of traffic involving the malware and recommends how to avoid prolonged exposure to it.

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17:11
Apple Pay rewards program coming at WWDC as Target...

According to a new report from The New York Times, Apple will, as expected, announce new details and enhancements for Apple Pay at WWDC next month. The report, citing two people briefed on the product, claims that Apple plans to add a rewards program to Apple Pay.

Specific details regarding how the rewards program will work remain sparse at this point. Earlier this month it was rumored that Apple had shown interest in acquiring the failed payment startup Clinkle. Clinkle, which has been mocked and ridiculed from the...

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16:59
Today in the App Store —Omnifocus 2, Echo Prime and...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today’s notable apps include a discount on Echo Prime; the new KORG iM1 app; and a significant update to Omnifocus 2. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Eden - World Builder [$0.99 → Free] Explore a world of limitless possibility. Build your own personal Eden. Unleash your creative and adventurous spirit!

Echo Prime [$0.99 → Free] Fight your way across the stars in this epic action game.

Colorbs [$1.99 → Free] Colorbs is a puzzle game that will play with your brain and strategic thinking,...

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16:00
GM To Offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto API In...

Lucas123 writes: GM today announced it will offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto mirroring APIs on 14 of its 2016 vehicles. GM's announcement follows one earlier this week by Hyundai, which said it would offer Android Auto in its Sonata Sedan this year. Some of GM's Chevrolet vehicles — such as the Malibu, Camaro and Silverado truck — use a seven-inch MyLink infotainment system; those systems will be compatible with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay in the beginning of 2016. Those models offering the smartphone mirroring apps include the all-new 2016 Cruze compact, which will debut on June 24. Other GM vehicles use an eight-inch version of MyLink that will only be compatible with Apple CarPlay at the beginning of the new model year. While development and testing is not yet complete, Android Auto compatibility may be available on the eight-inch version of MyLink later in the 2016 model year, GM said.

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15:47
TextExpander 5 and TextExpander touch 3.5 Released

Smile Software has released significant updates to both the Mac and iOS versions of TextExpander, adding support for JavaScript snippets and expanded syncing options. Kelly has the rest of the story on notable features in each release.


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15:35
AWT News Update: May 27, 2015

Whole lotta Apple news goin' on today:

  • The Apple Store App partners with Postmates to provide same-day delivery in a number of US cities
  • Jawbone is suing Fitbit for "systematically plundering" confidential info
  • GM CEO Mary Barra announces that 14 different 2016 Chevrolet car models will come with Apple's CarPlay built in
  • OWC announces a huge 8TB hard disk upgrade for iMac
  • Apple may be considering "Proactive", a more Google Now-like service using Siri and built-in/third-party apps to create a super-Spotlight search
  • Canada's CRTC wins an award for its "Text with 9-1-1" service

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15:34
Apple comments on iOS 8 unicode crash bug, fix in...

An Apple spokesperson comments on the bug. Also, note that the crash affects the Apple Watch as well as the iPhone and iPad.

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15:24
Developer of first Apple Watch battery strap demos...

Early this month I reported that accessory makers were planning on tapping into the Apple Watch’s hidden port for battery straps and faster charging. Not only would that allow companies to avoid having to design a solution with the magnetic, inductive charging system Apple is using, it also meant they wouldn’t have to workaround the sensors on the back of the watch.

Now, the company that first announced plans to use the hidden port, Reserve Strap, has posted a video showing faster charging using the port vs Apple’s charger:...

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15:18
Splatoon: Nintendo Seeks Bloodless Coup in Online...


With its bloodless battles of attrition between squads of human-squid chimeras, twitch-shooter Splatoon oozes classic Nintendo charm that has enamored many early reviewers. Splatoon is the first new intellectual property Nintendo has released in years. It takes a crack at the competitive shooter genre, opting to go the route of a third-person, rather than first-person perspective. Instead of the visceral shock of bullet wounds, blood, and the wails of the wounded, Splatoon supplies brightly colored ink to wield in chaotic matches.

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15:10
ACM 308: Jony Ive’s New Job, Cortana, and Apple...

Apple has a new job title for Jony Ive: Chief Design Officer. Jeff and Bryan have some thoughts on what the means for Apple, plus they share their thoughts on Microsoft bringing Cortana voice recognition to the iPhone, and talk about features they'd like to see come to Apple Watch.


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15:04
iOS Bug can Crash Your iPhone with a Text Message

Thanks to a bug in the iOS Messages app it's possible to crash your iPhone with a text message. The bug requires a specific string of Unicode characters, and there are some workarounds while we wait for Apple to release a fix.


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14:57
OmniFocus 2.2

Adds the capability to customize the Today Extension. ($39.99 new, free update, 24 MB)

 

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14:10
Apple Redefined ‘Hidden’ in Photos App for Mac

Let's say you have reason to hide a photo in the Photos app. So you hide it, but then when you're flipping through an album, there it is! Kelly explains Apple's new definition of the word "Hidden."


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14:03
Jawbone sues Fitbit

Jawbone sued Fitbit in California State Court here on Wednesday, accusing its rival of “systematically plundering” confidential information by poaching employees who improperly downloaded sensitive materials shortly before leaving.

This one is going to get messy.

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14:03
CBS will 'probably' be part of the new...

Fans of CSI, Survivor, and The Good Wife, here’s another reason to consider getting the revamped Apple TV service.

On Wednesday, CBS CEO Les Moonves told the audience at the Code Conference that his broadcast network will “probably” sign on to be included in Apple’s forthcoming TV service. Moonves said that he’s had an “ongoing conversation” with Apple, and he’s “pretty excited” about the company’s plan to create, sell, and deliver bundled TV packages with fewer networks. 

“Apple TV is trying to change the universe,” Moonves said, mentioning how Apple could sell smaller packages for cheaper than a cable subscription—a dream scenario for many cord-cutters. 

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13:50
Texas BBQ and High Technology…

Dr. Mac thought he'd try something completely different this week -- a column about Texas BBQ... What does Texas BBQ have to do with technology? You'll have to read Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves Episode #124 to find out.


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13:41
Tip of the Day: Find My Friends: Consolidating...

Likely as a consequence of the tighter integration of location sharing in iOS 8, Apple made an interesting change to its Find My Friends app, basically tying it to the primary iCloud account configured on the iOS device’s settings, rather than allowing it to use its own, independent Apple ID. If you were using a separate Apple ID for Find My Friends from the one that you use for your other iCloud services such as Calendars and Contacts, you’ll…

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13:39
Apple Store app offering limited same-day delivery...


Apple appears to be testing same-day delivery for some of its products in select markets for customers using the Apple Store app on iOS. First noticed by MacRumors, same-day shipping options fulfilled by the on-demand shipping service Postmates now appear for certain items when checking out with the app.

Not at all in-stock items qualify for the $19 flat rate same-day shipping option, however. The option doesn’t seem to be available within the Apple Store app for all markets with Apple Stores that Postmates serves, either, suggesting the same-day delivery option is being tested on a small scale for now.

Apple recently...

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12:57
Apple’s Jeff Williams says native watch SDK will...

Techcrunch:

Jeff Williams, Apple’s senior vice president of operations, said that there are over 4,000 apps now available for Apple Watch, a number we’ve previously heard. Williams also discussed the upcoming native SDK for the Apple Watch. Williams spoke in an interview today at the Code conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.

“A week from Monday at our developer conference we’ll release a preview so that developers will be able to write code natively and have access to sensors, and we’re really excited about that.”

When asked by TechCrunch about the possibility of future Apple Watches giving more transparency to overall health, Williams declined to say anything specific but did acknowledge that Apple was considering adding more sensors.

In three to six months, things are going to start getting even more interesting with the Apple Watch.

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12:55
Improved Apple Watch SDK will drastically improve...

We've always known that Apple would release a native SDK for the Apple Watch, something third-party developers could use to make more useful applications than the WatchKit ones that are currently shipping. In a talk at Re/code's Code Conference today, Apple SVP of Operations Jeff Williams shared some new details about the native SDK and when we can expect to get it.

Apple will provide a beta version of the SDK a week after its Worldwide Developer Conference keynote on June 8, which means that we'll probably get more information about it during the keynote. A final version will be distributed in the fall, which is when we'll begin seeing our first native watch apps from developers.

While WatchKit apps and Glances are limited,...

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12:32
Watch out Google Now, Siri may get 'Proactive...

Android fans love to extol the virtues of Google Now, the personal assistant that goes beyond Siri’s capabilities to intuitively give you information throughout your day. And they’re kind of right.

Google Now is already available on iOS as a tool in the main Google app, but it's nowhere near the personal assistant Siri could be.

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12:23
GM says 14 models of its Chevy-branded cars will...

General Motors CEO Mary Barra announced at Code Conference today where Apple’s Jeff Williams spoke that more than a dozen of its 2016 model cars will include support for Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto feature. Specifically, GM will ship CarPlay in 14 Chevrolet-branded cars being released this year including the $15,000 Chevy Spark.We first saw a version of GM’s budget-friendly vehicle sporting a...

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12:20
Phone Companion App Lets Cortana Get Around


Microsoft advanced its "if you can't beat'em, join'em" mobile strategy with Tuesday's announcement of Phone Companion, an app built into Windows 10 that's designed to synchronize information across multiple platforms, including Android and iOS. "In a multi-device world where you move between your phone, tablet and PC multiple times a day -- you expect your experience to go wherever you do," noted Joe Belfiore, vice president of Microsoft's operating system group.

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12:04
Podcast: iOS 9 will reportedly teach old devices new...

How many old iPhones and iPads are in your drawers, or enjoying their hand-me-down second lives with friends and family? You might not have to warn those friends and family not to upgrade the OS, if the latest iOS 9 rumor proves true: Apple is reportedly preparing special stripped-down versions of iOS 9 to run on older hardware. Even if your old iPhone or iPad doesn't get every iOS 9 feature, running a new OS will keep you more secure, and help Apple grow its already-huge iOS ecosystem just a little bit more. We're all for it.

Elsewhere, Jony Ive got a promotion, and Marco Arment didn't like his MacBook. (But we liked his take on it.) Product reviews have never been more plentiful, and while that means there isn't a definitive version we can point to, you can develop trusted relationships with reviewers who think like you—or just look to the 3-star cluster on Amazon.

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11:36
Native apps coming to the Apple Watch this fall,...

One of the biggest problems with third-party apps on the Apple Watch is that they don’t run natively and can’t gather data directly from the Watch’s own sensors. This makes them more sluggish and feature restricted to Apple’s own apps—they simply can’t keep up.

But Apple will soon open up more possibilities for Apple Watch development, according to Jeff Williams, Apple’s operations chief and the executive in charge of the Apple Watch. On Wednesday, Williams told Walt Mossberg at the Code Conference that developers would get an Apple Watch SDK at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, which...

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11:29
News: Upcoming kit will allow developers to build...

Apple plans to debut a more advanced software development kit for the Apple Watch as early as next month, Re/code reports. At the Code Conference, Apple’s Chief Operations Officer Jeff Williams noted that the new SDK would allow apps like games to run directly on the watch as well as providing direct access to the Apple Watch’s built-in sensors. While the existing WatchKit SDK allows developers to build extensions for the Apple Watch into…

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11:27
Apple confirms WWDC keynote for June 8th at 10 AM PT

Apple:

Make the most of the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference with the WWDC app. Even if you can’t join us in San Francisco, you can still follow along each day — session videos are just a tap away. And because the WWDC app experience now extends to Apple Watch, conference information is available right from your wrist.

Along with the media invites Apple sent out this morning, they have updated the official WWDC app to include the keynote session, likely emceed by CEO Tim Cook and including the usual cast of characters and announcements.

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11:26
Hush! Everybody's Listening!


Americans have been spied on by their own government for far longer than most realized, it turns out, and the United States National Security Agency's surveillance activities are just the tip of the iceberg. The FBI, which repeatedly has expressed dismay at Google and Apple securing their mobile OSes -- on the grounds that it will hamper the fight against terrorism -- reportedly has become a major player in administering the NSA's warrantless surveillance program.

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11:12
Three Alternative Ways to Wear the Apple Watch Sport

The TidBITS crew has discovered some alternative ways to wear your Apple Sport. Try them out and see how you like them!

 

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11:08
Last Chance to Register for the Apple Thunderbolt...

We're giving away a 27-inch Apple Thunderbolt Display with our friends at Stack Social, and it's your last chance to enter. Just sign up to receive deal emails on the giveaway page. There are ways you can share your entry to get additional entries, too. The giveaway ends on May 27th. Good luck!


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11:04
Apple says native watch SDK preview coming at WWDC,...

Big improvements will be coming to Apple Watch apps later this year, Apple SVP of Operations Jeff Williams revealed during an interview at the Code Conference. In the current version of the Watch OS software, apps need to run on the iPhone rather than the watch itself, which puts a serious damper on performance.

However, that will change this fall, Williams said, when native watch apps are finally made possible…

Unlike current watch apps, native apps will run directly on the watch, increasing performance and allowing them to run even while the iPhone paired with the watch is dead or out of range. Developers will be able to start work on their native apps as soon as next...

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11:00
Happy Hour Podcast 016 | Fresh details on iOS 9, OS...

WWDC is right around the corner, and you can definitely expect some interesting changes with iOS 9 and OS X 10.11. This week we discuss some of those changes, along with some new features for the next iPhone. Also, it looks like Jony Ive has moved on from his position as Senior Vice President of Design at Apple. What is he up to now? The Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and through our dedicated RSS feed…

New episodes of Happy Hour are available every Wednesday. As mentioned, you can download this podcast via iTunes or...

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10:57
News: Apple may debut new ‘Proactive’ assistant with...

Apple is planning to expand Siri and Spotlight functionality in iOS 9 to provide a more effective personal assistant, 9to5Mac reports. Dubbed Proactive, the service is expected to be similar in concept to Google’s Google Now service that is available on Android devices and in Google’s iOS app, leveraging services such as Siri, Contacts, Calendar, Passbook, and third-party apps to provide relevant information to the user based on their…

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10:45
CBS boss Les Moonves again acknowledges Apple’s ‘new...

At a Re/Code event today where Apple’s Jeff Williams is currently speaking, CBS’s Les Moonves told the audience that he’s also speaking to Apple…about a TV deal.

CBS CEO Les Moonves says his network will “probably” sign a deal with Apple to carry his network. “We’re very excited about it,” he told Kara Swisher at the Code Conference Wednesday morning. Moonves said that he met with Apple media boss Eddy Cue last week to discuss Apple’s plans, as part of an “ongoing conversation.”

Typically the #1 rule about negotiating deals with Apple is that you don’t talk about negotiating deals with Apple, but at this point the Apple TV needs network support more than the networks need Apple TV.

Moonves compared the service to other “skinny bundles” and ...

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10:39
Portiko and Pixi: A look at two new and useful...

Bluelounge is an accessory manufacturer with a mission; creating well-designed accessories that people need and want. Over the years I’ve reviewed the company’s Soba cable guides and used a Kickflip with a MacBook Pro, finding the products to not only be attractive and useful, but also surprisingly inexpensive. Today I’m looking at two new products from Bluelounge; the Portiko (US$24.95) extension cord and Pixi multi-purpose ties ($9.95).

Bluelounge Portiko. Photo ©2015, Steven Sande. All rights reserved.

Let’s look at Portiko. Sure, a 6-foot extension cord doesn’t sound too exciting; after all, you can go to your local Home Depot and pick one up any day. But taking a...

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10:21
Beware of the text message that crashes iPhones

There's yet another iOS bug that causes Apple devices to crash when they receive text messages containing a string of special characters. With further finessing, the same exploit may be able to attack Macs, since OS X is also unable to process the same combination of characters, which are technically known as glyphs.

The menacing combination of ASCII and unicode-based characters looks like this:


According to people investigating the bug on reddit, the text causes iPhones running various versions of iOS to promptly crash. A flurry of Twitter users,...

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10:04
TMO Daily Observations 2015-05-27: Apple’s Big...

It's big Apple Bug Day on Daily Observations thanks to discoveryd and Messages. Dave Hamilton joins Jeff Gamet to sort out what Apple is doing to deal with OS X Yosemite networking issues, and they look at the bug that crashes your iPhone when you receive a specific text message.


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09:56
Skype for Mac Update Ignores Its Own Audio Settings

Skype released an update for their OS X client today, version 7.8.388, that includes a nasty bug: it now ignores whatever audio devices you have selected in Skype > Preferences > Audio/Video. It treats every one of those 3 drop-downs there as though you have selected "Same as System." This is bad news for some users.


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09:28
News: Google Search will soon surface content from...

In the coming weeks, search results from the Google app and Chrome browser will begin including suggestions to use relevant apps available on iOS devices, according to a blog post from Google. In the above sample photograph, a search for a restaurant suggests using the OpenTable app to book a reservation. Clicking on the suggestion opens the app and guides it to the correct restaurant. The upgraded indexing of apps is starting with a “small…

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08:54
How to prevent the new Messages bug from crashing...

A bug in iOS 8 turns a string of Unicode characters into a phone-crashing catastrophe.

If you receive a message with the characters, either as an iMessage or an SMS text from contacts on other platforms, your iPhone will crash—but only if you open it. If you receive a notification with the message on your lock screen, your phone will either reboot or lock you out of Messages altogether.

The bug doesn’t actually generate the message—some prankster with your phone number has to actually send the code to you. Let’s hope your friends aren’t jerks. If one of your contacts does send you a malicious message, its effects can be reversed with a follow-up message—or you can send yourself the fix from your Mac by replying to the original string in Messages on OS X, according to The Verge. (The bug only affects iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches.)

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08:34
Creaceed Carbo: Taking analog notes into a digital...

A new universal iOS app from Creaceed is about to change the way that you take notes with digital devices — it has certainly changed my notetaking methods. Carbo (US$7.99, launch price of $3.99) is advertised as “handwriting in the digital age”, and that describes in a nutshell what the app accomplishes.

Carbo starts with a handwritten note. It doesn’t matter if it was written neatly in a notebook or scrawled on a napkin; all you need is a note. Next, you take a photo of that note and adjust the contrast. The app uses what Creaceed calls a “hybrid capture and rendering method, halfway between bitmap and vector” to visualize the note on any iOS display.

The file size captured is much smaller than what you’d see with a JPEG. A full-page note uses about 400KB of storage as opposed to 2.5MB for a full JPEG, so Carbo is quite efficient in storing the images.

Once the...

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08:23
Designing icons

If you ever find yourself in the iOS app icon design business, even temporarily, this is a helpful read, especially if you are an Illustrator user.

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08:18
ComputerWorld review: Apple’s new MacBook is a great...

Michael deAgonia, writing for ComputerWorld, lays out his reaction to the newest MacBook.

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08:15
The Week in iOS Accessories: Apple unveils an iPhone...

Apple unveils an iPhone dock

This week’s roundup includes a new accessory from Apple—an iPhone dock good to fit any Lightning-equipped phone, including the iPhone 6 generation.

Apple

We usually devote this space to third-party accessories, but hey! Apple made an accessory! In this case, it’s a $39 iPhone Lightning Dock equipped to handle any generation of Lightning-equipped iPhone. (A previous generation was built with a groove for just the iPhone 5 generation.) The new design makes it easy to dock an iPhone that has a case, and is useful for making hands-free speaker calls.

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07:52
Initial Transit Maps to launch in roughly half a...

Apple’s sexy new mass transit directions for Maps will hit in iOS 9.

And they’ll be available to you as long as you live in the right cities.

Sources have stated that, in its first iteration, Apple’s Transit service will only support approximately a half-dozen cities across the United States, Canada, and Europe, in addition to China.

In the United States, the planned launch cities are San Francisco and New York, while Toronto will be likely Canada’s sole representative for the iOS 9 Maps Transit feature at launch. In Europe, Apple is said to be gearing up to first launch the feature in London, Paris, and Berlin.

Apple has...

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07:31
Apple swaps out discoveryd network protocol in...

When in doubt, go back to the networking protocol that works best.

And, hey, it should hopefully fix some of the Wi-Fi bugs in Yosemite.

Apple, in an apparent effort to fix DNS errors seen in its Yosemite operating system, will be replacing its buggy discoveryd service with mDNSResponder, a process last implemented in OS X 10.9 Mavericks.

The change was found in the newest OS X 10.10.4 beta, released on Tuesday, wherein Apple reinstated mDNSResponder to handle DNS processes previously assigned to discoveryd since the debut of OS X 10.10 Yosemite.

An article by ArsTechnica found that discoveryd would...

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07:20
Kindle for iPhone, iPad updated with exclusive font

Amazon has updated the Kindle app for iPhone and iPad with an exclusive font called "Bookerly." The font was made available on the Kindle Fire HDX in December, 2014 and has now come to Apple's devices. Designed for "optimal readability at any screen size," Amazon notes that Bookerly is available on "most" Kindle books. 

The update also features improved character placement for less eye strain and improved accommodation of large fonts. 

 

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06:57
News: iOS bug allows peculiar string of characters...

A bug in banner notifications through the Messages app allows a string of characters sent via iMessage or SMS to crash an iPhone, MacRumors reports. Receiving the string of symbols and Arabic characters causes an iPhone to crash and quickly reboot after the message pops up in a notification. After the reboot, Messages will crash immediately upon opening, unless it’s being opened to the conversation containing the offending message. Even then,…

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06:55
Watch Effect: Apple Watch hints at a Siri who's...

Pairing an Apple Watch with an iPhone makes Siri easier to access than ever. But with a new voice-controlled Apple TV said to be on the horizon, Siri seems poised to become an even more prevalent part of the Apple ecosystem.

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06:36
Yosemite 10.10.4 Beta Dumps Discoveryd to Fix...

In hopes of finally addressing ongoing network-related issues in OS X Yosemite, the new 10.10.4 beta release does away with discoveryd and rolls back to mDNSResponder from OS X Mavericks. Apple replaced mDNSResponder in OS X Yosemite with discoveryd for handling certain network tasks, but that decision left many Mac owners frustrated with heavy CPU usage, slow Internet issues, and network connection problems.

The Mac Observer Spin: Discoveryd has been a big bag of hurt for Apple. Rolling back to mDNSResponder seems like a smart move considering just how many network-related issues Yosemite using Mac owners have been facing.


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06:31
Gear: Bluelounge Portiko

Bluelounge’s Portiko ($25) is a 6’ extension cord with a hub at the end that includes two USB ports and two outlets — one USB port and outlet on each side of the hub. One port is actually marked “iOS,” while the other is marked “USB.” According to Bluelounge, the two USB ports share 2.4A, but only plugging an iPad into the iOS port will charge it at full speed. Portiko ships with a magnetic plate backed with 3M…

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06:29
News: Daily Deal: Last Chance to enter The Apple...

Today is your last chance to enter The Apple Thunderbolt Giveaway, in which one lucky winner will receive a 27-inch AppleThunderbolt Display. Simply visit the link below, enter your e-mail address and click the “Enter Now” button. Hurry up, though: the giveaway closes tonight, May 27, 2015, at 11:59 PM EDT. Good luck!

Enter The Apple Thunderbolt Giveaway now...

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05:55
A Text Message Can Crash An iPhone and Force It To...

DavidGilbert99 writes with news that a bug in iOS has made it so anyone can crash an iPhone by simply sending it a text message containing certain characters. "When the text message is displayed by a banner alert or notification on the lockscreen, the system attempts to abbreviate the text with an ellipsis. If the ellipsis is placed in the middle of a set of non-Latin script characters, including Arabic, Marathi and Chinese, it causes the system to crash and the phone to reboot." The text string is specific enough that it's unlikely to happen by accident, and users can disable text notification banners to protect themselves from being affected. However, if a user receives the crash-inducing text, they won't be able to access the Messages app without causing another crash. A similar bug crashed applications in OS X a few years ago.

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05:55
OS X: 3 Tricks for Moving Files Around

Ever been curious about how you can use a keyboard shortcut to move files on your Mac? What about ways to drag and drop stuff without having to open separate windows? Melissa Holt has three very useful Quick Tips on organizing items in the Finder, coming right up!


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03:13
70,000 pictures make up this panorama of Europe...

This is a photo of Mont Blanc, the tallest mountain in the European Union. But it's not just any photo: it's actually just a small part of a panorama comprised of 70,000 pictures and 365 gigapixels. In 2014, a team of photographers led by Filippo Ble...

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02:02
Oculus VR bought a firm that reconstructs 3D scenes...

I'm willing to bet that one of the best things about having Facebook in your back pocket is that your pocketbook is likely bottomless. How's that? Well, Oculus has acquired yet another company on its path to a retail model. This time it's Surreal Vis...

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01:00
Wake up to the smell of money, not farts

If we were rich, we'd pay gourmet baker Richard Bertinet to rouse us every day with the scent of his freshly baked bread. Unfortunately, we're not, which is why SensorWake's smell-based alarm clock is such an exciting prospect. Rather than waking use...

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Tuesday May 26

23:04
Silk Road creator could spend decades behind bars

Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht aka Dread Pirate Roberts will be an old man by the time he gets out of prison. The 31-year-old is already expected to serve a minimum of 20 years after being found guilty on seven charges, including money laundering an...

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21:10
iOS bug causes Messages to crash, iPhone to reboot...

A newly found bug surrounding iOS and Messages has emerged this evening that causes the app to continuously crash when a certain text is received. If the text is received while the phone is on the lock screen, it also causes your iPhone to reboot without any notice or explanation.

This isn’t the first time a bug like this has emerged, in fact it has happened several times in the past. Apple usually fixes the issue in a timely matter, but until it’s fixed it is a rather malicious problem. Thankfully, the ability to crash Messages and reboot someone’s iPhone is limited to iPhone to iPhone communication and a certain specific strand of text. Since the characters strand is so specific, most...

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20:59
Bug in iOS Unicode handling crashes iPhones with a...

A peculiar iOS bug apparently that allows pranksters to crash a victim's iPhone by sending a text message from their own iPhone containing what appears to be a single line of seemingly innocuous Arabic script.

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20:54
Cox is bringing VOD to select TiVo boxes in July

Cox and TiVo have been making noise about joining forces and making the cable provider's extensive Video-On-Demand catalog available on retail TiVo set-tops for nearly five years now. Following a recent post by ZatzNotFunny, however, Cox confirmed ea...

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17:38
FuzzMeasure

FuzzMeasure is an audio and acoustic measurement tool to produce, analyze, and publish beautiful graphs. It delivers a comprehensive suite of features for professionals in research, acoustics, live sound, room design, and pro audio. By combining sophisticated technology with an elegant user interface, FuzzMeasure offers an unparalleled experience.

I’ve talked to the developer about FuzzMeasure quite a bit over the years. Great to see this update.

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17:36
Snapchat CEO says that holding down Snaps to View...

Speaking at the Code Conference south of Los Angeles this evening, Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel revealed that the key Snapchat feature of needing to hold down the display to view a photo or a video will go away in the future. Asked by Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg about needing to hold down on the display to view content, Spiegel said that the feature was originally designed to circumvent the lack of a Screenshot API on the iPhone…

Without developer access to the screenshot control, Snapchat used the holding down on the display mechanism to block people from being able to take screenshots of Snapchat photos and videos they were sent. Now that iOS has a Screenshot API, Spiegel hinted that the need to hold down on content to...

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17:33
Amazon Prime an EcoCrime

There was nothing unique about these items—they were puny in size and yet they arrived in a giant box bursting with air-filled packaging material. And I looked at that box with absolute and complete disgust, wondering, Is Amazon Prime actually an EcoCrime? Others on Twitter agreed with that take, which only reaffirmed my guilt for using Prime—for being an unwitting enabler of waste.

I’m not a member of Amazon Prime, but I know a lot of people, like Om, that are. I can’t wait to hear the explanation for the oversized packaging from Amazon.

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16:00
AWT News Update: May 26, 2015

We hope you had a nice Memorial Day (US) or Bank Holiday (UK) weekend. Here are some top stories for this Tuesday:

  • Facebook adds restaurant reviews written by professional food critics to mobile Facebook Pages for thousands of restaurants
  • The Apple facility in Mesa, AZ caught on fire today... but all damage seems to be limited to the roof
  • Marriott has an Apple Watch app for check-ins and more
  • iOS 9 may include transit service routes and navigation in the Maps app
  • A new Mac game offers auto racing for blind and low-vision users

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15:45
Daily Deals for May 26, 2015, featuring Carbo

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

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  • Carbo - Handwriting in the Digital Age [$7.99 → $3.99] Carbo lets you capture and organize handwritten notes and sketches, bringing handwriting in the digital age, right on your iPhone and iPad.

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15:45
The Week in Mac Apps: Clean up your contacts,...

All about keeping organized

This week’s roundup of new Mac apps brings you all kinds of ways to keep your folders tidy and files organized—plus a couple of apps just for fun.

Address Book Clearout 2.0

If your contacts have turned into a duplicated mess, Grande Americano’s $5 Address Book Clearout (Mac App Store Link) can help you sort through the rubble and bring order to chaos.

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15:35
iKlip Grip: iPhone Stand and Selfiestick with...

IK Multimedia announced iKlip Grip Tuesday, a single product with that can function as a desktop tripod, grip handle, monopod or tripod adapter. In other words, you can use it as a stand or a selfie stick, and it comes with a Bluetooth shutter button for remotely activating your camera. Its holder is designed to accommodate smartphones of most sizes, as well as cameras. It ships later this month for US$59.99.


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15:09
ShowStoppers & MacTech Team Up for DevFocus at...

ShowStoppers has long put on some of our favorite events at tradeshows (and beyond). They assemble great product and app creators, put them in a room where all the booths are roughly the same size (and not over-adorned with lights and glitz) and only allow media as attendees for a 2-to-4 hour event. Good news: this year it's happening for the first time at WWDC.


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15:02
Gadget Ogling: A Mighty Little Amp, a Credit Card-...


Thankfully, tinny, terrible laptop speakers seem a relic of the past, but there are still occasions when the built-in audio from your portable computer's speakers or audio jack just doesn't quite cut it. Let's say you're an electronic music luminary traveling the world without the comforts of one's home studio but with an album deadline to meet. You need to hear what's going on. So here's the Apogee Groove, a portable USB amplifier that apparently improves audio all the way from low-bitrate WAV files to high-quality FLAC files.

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14:52
New OS X beta dumps discoveryd, restores...

Apple has fixed a bunch of OS X Yosemite's bugs since releasing it last fall, but one big one remained: the error-prone discoveryd DNS service was still present in 10.10.3, and it was still causing problems.

Today, Apple released a new beta build of the OS X 10.10.4 update, and it turns out that Apple's fix for the problem was the same as ours: 9to5Mac reports that the discoveryd service is gone, and it's been replaced by the mDNSResponder service that handled DNS in Mavericks and older versions. That doesn't mean discoveryd is gone for good—Apple could try to fix its bugs and reinstate it in a future update, or it...

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14:42
Report: iOS 9 Maps will finally bring mass transit...

For iPhone users living in a big city where public transportation is oftentimes the quickest way to get around, navigating using Apple’s Maps app has been less than ideal.

According to 9to5Mac, Apple’s Maps app will finally include mass transit service routes and navigation in iOS 9, coming in the fall. The long-awaited Maps integration will allow iPhone users to get directions that take into account bus routes, subway maps, and train schedules. In addition, transit spots like subway stations will be easily visible on the map, and there will be a Transit map view available alongside Standard, Hybrid, and Satellite. Apple is rumored to be announcing these upgrades to Maps during WWDC on June 8.

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14:07
Apple drops discoveryd in latest OS X beta following...

After many complaints from the developer community about poor networking performance on Yosemite, the latest beta of OS X 10.10.4 has dropped discoveryd in favor of the old process used by previous versions of the Mac operating system. This should address many of the network stability issues introduced with Yosemite and its new networking stack.

The discoveryd process has been subject to much criticism in recent months as it causes users to regularly drop WiFi access and causes network shares to list many times over, due to bugs. Many developers, such as Craig Hockenberry, have complained about the buggy software and workarounds have been found to include substituting the older system (called mDNSResponder) back into Yosemite.

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13:46
News: iOS 9 Transit feature to launch in select...

Following an earlier report that Apple Maps will be adding Transit in iOS 9, a follow-up report by 9to5Mac provides more details on Apple’s initial rollout plans, indicating that at launch the service will be limited to a handful of cities around the world. According to sources familiar with the project, Apple’s Transit service will be coming to only a half-dozen cities at first, with the list including San Francisco and New York in the…

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13:32
Facebook adds restaurant reviews from actual food...

In this post-Yelp era, everyone’s become a food critic. But now Facebook is looking to showcase reviews from people who actually get paid to eat for a living, above the crowdsourced noise.

On Tuesday, The Verge first reported that thousands of restaurants will start integrating reviews from actual food critics on their mobile Facebook Pages. Facebook has partnered with five established publications to source these professional reviews, including Bon AppetitConde Nast Traveler, Eater, New York magazine, and the San Francisco Chronicle. The “Critic Reviews” section is now right above user reviews and includes images and a short blurbs pulled right from media outlet. Clicking on the critic the module takes you to the full review on the publisher’s website.

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13:30
Tip of the Day: Showing badge count for only...

Sometimes dealing with email can be an overwhelming task, and the default settings in the iOS Mail app — showing every unread message on your icon badge — doesn’t make things any easier in that regard. Especially if you’re the sort of person who feels that every red indicator on your home screen has to be dealt with as soon as possible. While alternative email applications and services often do a better job of filtering out and only…

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13:11
Opinion: Here’s how Apple can solve its 3 big,...

If you’re reading this article, you already know Apple’s pre-order drill for major new releases: Apple announces a new product, says advance online orders will start at 12:01am on a specific day, and then — when most of its customers are either exhausted or groggy — re-opens its online store to a pent-up frenzy of reservations. Virtually every time, Apple’s most dedicated customers deal with delays and web site loading problems. Sometimes, even if their orders were placed in the first hour or two of sales, they may also face uncertainty over adequate supplies for launch day deliveries.

Despite Apple CEO Tim Cook’s suggestion that the Apple Watch rollout could not be going better, his customers have widely deemed it a disaster: some unlucky people who pre-ordered Apple Watches in the first 10 minutes still haven’t received anything a full month later. Meanwhile...

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12:55
iOS 9 Transit Maps to launch in a handful of cities...

While Apple plans to debut its own mass transit directions service for Maps in iOS 9 as soon as June, the rollout will not be as ambitious as some users may have hoped. In its first iteration, Apple’s Transit service will only support approximately a half-dozen cities across the United States, Canada, and Europe, in addition to China, according to sources…

In the United States, the planned launch cities are San Francisco and New York, two major metropolitan areas that are known for public transportation, while Toronto will be likely Canada’s sole representative for the iOS 9 Maps Transit feature at...

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12:42
External Link: Charter Sets Its Sights on Time Warner

With regulators having nixed Comcast’s bid to purchase Time Warner Cable, rival Charter Communications has stepped in with a $56.7 billion bid. The deal is expected to close by the end of the year. While the acquisition will face regulatory scrutiny, it’s not expected to be as intense as that experienced by Comcast when it attempted to buy Time Warner.

 

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12:40
HiRise Apple Watch Stand is Beautiful, Well...

The HiRise Apple Watch stand from Twelve South elevates the Apple Watch beautifully, integrates the inductive charger, and showcases the smartwatch for charging overnight. It works with any model Apple Watch and bands and is a step above the ordinary in design.


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12:39
External Link: A Bit of Fry and Ive

British comedian and self-described Apple “fanboi” Stephen Fry got the rare chance to break some news from inside Apple: Jony Ive is being promoted to Chief Design Officer, with Richard Howarth serving under him as head of Industrial Design and Alan Dye serving as head of User Interface. Alongside the news, Fry toured the site of Apple’s new campus with Ive and CEO Tim Cook, and Fry shared a story about how he once annoyed Steve Jobs.

 

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12:27
Minecraft Pocket Edition for iOS updated w/ skins,...

Mojang today announced a huge update to its popular Minecraft Pocket Edition app for iPhone and iPad. The big focus of the update is access to new free and paid skins for characters (as pictured above):

Skins are the way you change the appearance of your Minecraft character. Instead of looking like Alex or Steve, you can roll with a different vibe, like a butcher, dog, or plumber. Skins are purely cosmetic – they don’t affect the way the game plays or give you any special abilities.

Paid skins are available to purchase in bundles, but users can...

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12:08
iPhone 6S will reportedly include new Force Touch...

Do you wish you could do more than just swipe and tap on your iPhone screen? If the rumors are correct, pretty soon you will be able to interact with the iPhone in another cool way.

According to 9to5Mac, the forthcoming iPhone 6S will include a “Force Touch” feature that will allow users to drop a pin in Maps, create an event in Calendar, and perform other quick functions by simply pressing more deeply on the screen. The Force Touch feature was first introduced with the Apple Watch earlier this year. On the Watch, Force Touch allows you to clear your notifications, compose a new message in the Messages app, share your locations in Maps, and a bunch of other interactions.

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12:05
People are flipping their Apple Watch BOXES for more...

Jordan Kahn’s DIY Apple Watch charging case

The market for buying and flipping Apple Watches at a profit established itself in less time than it took Apple to deliver the first round of watches to pre-order customers. Taking entrepreneurialism way up to the next level, some ambitious Apple Watch owners are now taking to eBay to sell their Apple Watch boxes for a profit. Not the Apple Watch itself; just the packaging.

In one instance, the seller is actually asking more for the Apple Watch box itself, no watch included, than some retailers are asking for whole Android Wear watches. Talk about an Apple tax… err...

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11:53
Large fire breaks out at Apple’s Mesa Arizona...


Update: It appears that the fire has been put out. NO injuries. Reports are that the fire was isolated to the Solar panels on the roof.

Local Media reports indicate that Apple’s Mesa Arizona facility is on fire.

Mesa fire said the fire is located near Elliot and Signal Butte Roads in east Mesa. The fire appears to be on the roof of the building over a loading dock. The fire does not appear to burning inside the building itself, officials said. No other information is known.

Apple has planned on using the building as a data processing plant after it was picked up in the GTAdvanced Bankruptcy. ...

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11:18
9to5Toys Last Call: iPad mini 2 128GB w/ LTE $370,...

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11:00
Twelve South HiRise for Apple Watch: Simply beautiful

Twelve South HiRise for Apple Watch. Photo ©2015, Steven Sande. All rights reserved.

Over the past few weeks we’ve talked about some charging stands for the Apple Watch. Pad & Quill’s Timber Catchall is a solid wood beauty, the Duet Dock features a solid aluminum iPhone/Watch charging solution, as does the Night Stand Kickstarter project (which doesn’t appear to be making it into production...). Today I’m looking at the Twelve South HiRise for Apple Watch (US$49.99), a compact and sturdy Watch charging stand that’s now shipping.

Design

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10:29
CarPlay support added to MLB At Bat iPhone app

There’s one more app joining Apple’s small list of road-ready apps for the car today as MLB At Bat for iPhone has been updated with CarPlay support. MLB At Bat version 8.2 adds its own CarPlay interface for iPhone users with supported in-dash receivers in the car. The app’s game audio streaming is expected to be the focus of the CarPlay version, although the menu has been empty for me in testing as no games are currently being played until this evening.

The baseball-focused app follows recent audiobook service additions from Auidobooks....

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10:29
Apple reportedly considering $1.6b bond sale in Japan

Apple financial engineering is nothing to sniff at: with nearly $200 billion in cash, they have a lot of flexibility to initiate capital trades. Following a major seven-part domestic bond sale in the US, Nikkei reports it is now looking to do something similar in Japan.

Apple is interested in Japan due to comparatively lower interest rates than the US so it can sell debt more cheaply there than it could elsewhere. The report notes Apple is looking at a bond sale of about $200 billion in yen, which is equivalent to over $1.6 billion dollars. Apple...

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10:25
Review: Griffin WatchStand for Apple Watch

Griffin's WatchStand ($30) is one of the first Apple Watch stands to hit the market. WatchStand is made of plastic and rubber — the most visible portions of the stand are almost all black plastic. Notably, Griffin has come up with a few very clever and welcome touches for its stand. The first is cord management, as an inner rubber core allows users to wrap the Apple Watch's long charging cable around it, significantly cutting down on the amount of exposed cable which needs to be fed out the bottom of the stand. The other bit of inspired design is an asymmetrical weighted base with a wedge, which allows iPhone users to charge the device while displaying it for viewing. WatchStand includes a small rubber spacer to be used with the stainless steel Apple Watch charger.{/exp:char_limit}
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10:03
Is Home Where HomeKit's Heart Is?


Apple reportedly is preparing to launch an app called "Home" to act as an interface for setting up and managing smart devices that plug into its HomeKit framework. The Home app is expected to manage thermostats, smoke alarms, garage door openers, door locks, and other automated home tech. Apple already has announced that some HomeKit products will be making their debut at this year's WWDC, which will be held next month in San Francisco. It's possible the Home app could be unveiled there as well.

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10:00
Feed the Line is a tricky precision game for iPhone...

Feed the Line (free, universal) is a precision game from Touchdown Games with one rule: push rising blocks into a line in the center of the screen before they reach the top. Sounds easy, but this game is kicking my backside.

The game is played in landscape orientation, with the line bisecting the play area. There's are "fingers" on the far left- and right-hand sides, pointing towards the center. As you play, small, colorful blocks rise from the bottom on the screen. You must push them onto the line before they reach the top of the screen by tapping left or right to extend the fingers and give them a nudge. The longer the tap, the further the fingers extends. Once three blocks reach the top of the screen outside of the line, the game is over.



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09:42
What Jony Ive's new job means for Apple design

Without designer Jony Ive, Apple as the world knows it wouldn’t exist. Macs, iPhones, and iPads certainly wouldn’t be as iconic without Ive’s industrial magic. The Cupertino company has always prized Ive’s skills, but now the former senior VP of design is joining CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri in the C-suite as Apple’s first ever Chief Design Officer.

Ive established a signature look for Apple’s core device lineup and ushered in a new product category this year with Apple Watch. In his new role, which takes effect July 1 and was announced in a memo from Cook to Apple employees as well as a glowing profile of Ive in The Telegraph, the design chief can focus his ambitions on high-level, grand-scale design projects...

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09:14
Apple hiring spree looks to improve iTunes search,...

A large set of Apple job listings posted on Tuesday suggests the company is looking to make major improvements to iTunes, particularly in search and music discovery at the iTunes Store.

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09:00
AWT Health Club: Keeping your brain sharp

Last week's Health Club topic was motivation; it appears that I needed some. My week was pathetically bad, with my excuses being that I had to move my parents back to their home after my Dad's stay at a local skilled nursing facility and that once again, it was rainy. On the plus side, this week is forecast to be sunnier, warmer and drier than last, and I will be able to devote more time to my health.

Our topic this week is keeping your brain sharp. Work by scientists and the medical research community has shown that it should be possible for the brain to be “trained” to create new pathways and places for memory and cognition to occur. You’ve probably seen and heard ads from Lumosity, which talk about neuroplasticity and how their games can help memory and other brain skills at any age.

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08:42
Watch Effect: Apple's iPhone, iPad could learn...

In Apple's post-Watch world, pressing a button to bring your iPhone to life just feels wrong, something akin to plugging a Retina MacBook into an ethernet jack --?a procedural relic of a time gone by. Tap-to-wake has arrived, and we hope it's here to stay.

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08:30
News: Report: iOS 9 to feature Force Touch support,...

Apple has designed iOS 9 to support Force Touch capability — rumored to be coming in next-generation iPhones — and is making improvements to the OS keyboard, according to a report from 9to5Mac. Apple’s updated iOS 9 will offer similar functionality to the Force Touch trackpads in new MacBooks, integrating the new technology to bring pressure-sensitive scrolling to media players. Force Touch will also modify the way users look up words, allow…

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08:15
Jony Ive is Apple’s “Chief Design Officer,” steps...

Jony Ive's role at Apple is changing again. When Scott Forstall was pushed aside in 2012, Ive was promoted to oversee both hardware and software design at the company. Now he's being promoted again, according to a profile by Stephen Fry in The Telegraph. As Apple's Chief Design Officer, Ive will still oversee hardware and software design, but he'll hand off day-to-day management to Richard Howarth and Alan Dye, respectively.

9to5Mac also has an internal memo from CEO Tim Cook:

Design is one of the most important ways we communicate with our customers, and our...

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08:13
Rumor: Next-gen iPhone to feature 12-megapixel Sony...

It’s a rumor, but it’s a rumor that could point towards an really nifty camera for the next-gen iPhone.

A recent report states that the next-gen iPhone will arrive with a 12-megapixel Sony sensor that makes use of the firm’s RGBW technology to help with low-light photography.

Sources downplayed the possibility of a dual-camera setup with wide-angle and telephoto lenses, but noted that RGBW means an alleged switch to smaller pixels won’t come at the expense of low-light imaging.

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus both employ 8-megapixel sensors with larger-than-average pixels designed to improve light sensitivity. RGBW makes use of an extra white...

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