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Wednesday April 27

09:53
Police investigating death in conference room at...

KTVU has reported that a law enforcement source stated an investigation has begun after a person was found dead in a conference room on Apple’s Cupertino campus. Information from any sources is extremely limited at this point, so we’ll withhold speculation until further confirmed reporting is released.

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09:52
Person found dead in Apple’s Cupertino campus...

The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday began investigating a body found at Apple’s Cupertino headquarters.

Damn.

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09:45
iPhone 7 ‘Pro’ schematics show up in Japanese mag w...

Rumors that Apple will ditch the headphone jack with this fall’s iPhone update have been around for a while now, but Japanese magazine Mac Fan today has shared detailed design schematics of the iPhone 7 ‘Pro.’ According to the magazine, the device will feature the same overall size as the iPhone 6s Plus, but will ditch the headphone jack and feature dual iSight cameras on the back (via Macotakara.)

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09:38
Hackers can track your whereabouts with Waze...

As if you didn’t have enough to worry about when it comes to being stalked on the Internet, now comes along a new hack to the social driving app Waze.

Researchers at the UC-Santa Barbara were able to demonstrate how to track an individual’s whereabouts by creating hundreds of different “ghost” drivers inside of the application.

As demonstrated to a reporter from Fusion, the team could then track her whereabouts using how Waze shows the location of other drivers and their username. 

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09:31
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Apple 27-inch iMac from $1,450...

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09:26
∞ The Dalrymple Report With Special Guest John Gruber

Jim and Merlin… wait, no, Gruber. Jim and John Gruber talk about the iPhone SE, iPad Pro, and Apple Watch.

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09:16
iPad Pro Charges Faster with MacBook Adapter and New...

Apple goofed in bundling an anemic 12-watt power adapter with the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, which needs a brawnier charger. It has one in the MacBook’s 29-watt USB-C power adapter, which can be paired with a new USB-C to Lightning Cable to charge the big iPad more rapidly.

 

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09:00
Gorgeous competitive tactics game 'Duelyst...

Duelyst isn't an eSport -- yet. After six months in a free open beta, Duelyst launches today as a full title that's still free to download across PC and Mac. It comes from Counterplay Games, a studio packed with talent from Diablo 3, League of Legend...

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09:00
TMO Daily Observations 2016-04-27: Apple’s...

Apple conferences are about more than traveling to a different city to learn something new. Today Mike Potter from Mac Stock and Barry Fulk from the Midwest Mac BBQ join Jeff Gamet to talk about the community experience we get from conferences and why that makes smaller events more appealing to some attendees.


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08:39
Beautiful images could lead to quieter supersonic...

Researchers have been looking for the key to quieter supersonic transport for years. And if you've ever heard a sonic boom, you'll know why it's an important problem to solve.

While it's impossible to eradicate that noise -- anything breaking the so...

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08:29
FBI discloses iOS security flaw, but not the one...

The FBI still won’t tell Apple how the third-party hackers it hired to crack the iPhone 5c used by the San Bernardino mass shooter managed to get into the device, but the agency has shared another security vulnerability with Cupertino. That’s real nice of them and all, but Apple had already fixed that particular flaw.

According to Reuters, the FBI told Apple about the security hole affecting iPhones and Macs on April 14. This was the first time the agency had shared information with Apple under the Vulnerability Equities Process, which was put in place by the White House in 2014.

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08:25
Apple Music subscriber base shows growth, now above...

Even with Apple reporting lower Q2 revenue during its earnings call yesterday, the call signaling ts first revenue decline since 2003, there’s still some bright spots.

The company has announced that its Apple Music subscriber base has jumped to 13 million, up from 11 million in February.

This compares to about 30 million subscribers to leading competitor Spotify, although the service obviously had a multi-year headstart over Apple’s streaming service, which launched last June.

Apple may be looking to its Internet Services business divisions to support future revenue growth, especially as sales of its iOS devices showed waning growth yesterday. The company has been relying on a mixture of exclusive deals and celebrity advertising to promote its streaming music...

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08:19
India makes it compulsory for phones to have '...

India has prescribed that starting next year mobile phones in the country should have buttons that can be quickly used by women to alert the police and close relatives if they are in distress.

The measure is one of several responses by the Indian government to the growing problem of rape attacks on women in the country.

Pressing the panic button will alert “police & designated friends/relatives, for immediate response in case of distress or security related issues,” said Minister of Communications, Ravi Shankar Prasad, in a tweet late Tuesday.

Under the new rules that come into effect in January 2017, all feature phones will need to have a panic button configured to the numeric key 5 or 9 and all smartphones will have the panic button linked to three short presses of the on-off button, according to the country’s Department of Communications.

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08:18
Plants might know when to bloom by remembering...

Plants might have some capacity to retain information or, in other words, to form memories, according to a biologist from the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research in Massachusetts. Susan Lindquist has discovered that a protein found in thale c...

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08:02
Pizza Hut turns to algorithms and GPS tracking to...

In lieu of making better food, the chain restaurant industry continues to embrace technology as the solution to its problems. The latest example is Pizza Hut, which is drawing comparisons to Uber as it updates its pizza delivery mechanisms.

According to Nation’s Restaurant News, Pizza Hut will now tell customers what time to expect their pizza even before they place an order, using algorithms that factor in the volume of orders and the location and availability of drivers. The company says this “Visible Promise Time” is a first for pizza chains (though I’ll note that my local pizza chain in Cincinnati, LaRosa’s, already provides similar estimates). Pizza Hut is also testing GPS location tracking for its delivery drivers so customers can find out exactly how close their pizza is, presumably through the Pizza Hut app...

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08:00
Paranormal thriller 'Oxenfree' hits PS4 in...

Oxenfree is an acid trip wrapped in an enigma and smothered in nacho cheese -- and on May 31st, it's coming to PlayStation 4. Oxenfree hit Steam and Xbox One in January, and both of these versions get upgrades on May 31st, too. Developer Night School...

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08:00
Get Macphun's Filters for Photos -- free!

Macphun is one of our favorite development companies here at Apple World Today, as it has a lightning focus on creating excellent photography apps for Mac. Today the company announced the availability of Filters for Photos, a free Mac app and Photos extension that provides 30 unique filters to make your photos stand out.

All you need to do in order to get the app is click that link above and click the big green "Download for Free" button. When you launch the app, you'll be asked to join Macphun's email list to turn on 15 of the filters, or you can decline and still have 15 pretty impressive filters to play with. 

Filters for Photos turned a washed out picture into this painting-like work of art. ©Steven Sande

To add Filters for Photos as an extension to the Mac Photos app, just go to System Preferences > Photos and check the box next to Filters...

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07:40
Watch the first full trailer for Oliver Stone's...

Less than three years after Edward Snowden left the National Security Agency (NSA) and leaked thousands of classified documents, we're getting our first theatrical depiction of his actions. Following a brief teaser last year, we've now got a full Sno...

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07:37
Intel calls for the end of the headphone jack with...

Apple isn’t the only company looking to remove the last vestiges of the analog world from our smartphones and tablets. Intel apparently wants in on the action too. The chip maker recently talked about replacing the 3.5mm headphone jack with a USB-C connector, according to AnandTech.

Intel discussed the issue about two weeks ago during its developer conference in Shenzhen, China. The idea makes a lot of sense, at least on paper. USB-C is designed to be a multifunction port that can transfer data and power at higher speeds.

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07:22
Tinder Social helps you and your crew mix and mingle

Tinder is working on a feature that will enable groups of friends to meet groups of new people while on a night out. The idea behind Tinder Social is that you and your chums will start planning your Friday night a few days in advance. The system will...

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07:14
IMD professor: Apple’s sales show importance of self...

Apple saw the first decline in its sales and profits in 13 years, triggering a selloff in the financial market that wiped out $43 billion of the company’s market value.

As recent as in quarter one of 2016, 68% of the company revenue came from the iPhone, while the iPad and Mac each commanded 9%. Currently, Apple is first and foremost a mobile phone provider, which in turn highlights the danger of overreliance on a single product for growth, according to Howard Yu is professor of strategic management and innovation at IMD, a Switzerland-based institution “focused on real-world executive development.”

Under Steve Jobs, Apple had a track record of cannibalizing its own products. In 2005, when the demand for the iPod mini remained huge, the iPad nano was launched, effectively destroying the revenue stream of an existing product. And while...

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07:11
News: Nintendo bringing Fire Emblem, Animal Crossing...

A tweet from Nintendo America is teasing the release of more Nintendo games for the iOS platform, specifically mentioning Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing — versions of two existing Nintendo franchises. More #Nintendo apps are coming to smart devices, including Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing! pic.twitter.com/ZLsHirPltM— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) April 27, 2016 A year ago, Nintendo announced that it would be moving into the mobile…

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07:00
New Attack Technique Hides Spread of RATs in Asia


SentinelOne last week announced that it has detected a technique being used in Asia to infect systems with remote access Trojans that ensures that the payload remains in memory throughout its execution and doesn't touch the victim's computer disk in an unencrypted state. Attackers remain hidden from antivirus and next-generation technologies that focus only on file-based threats, according to SentinelOne. The samples analyzed also can detect the presence of a virtual machine, preventing them from being analyzed in a network sandbox.

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07:00
Google Play Music's podcasts are convenient but...

Google announced last fall that it would finally bring podcasts to Google Play Music, and last week a collection of shows debuted in the web app. This means that if you have a subscription to the service, all of your listening material is in one plac...

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06:54
Criterion collection leaving Hulu, moving to new...

Bloomberg:

Time Warner Inc.’s Turner division will introduce its first online-only channel, allowing film buffs to watch classic movies without a traditional TV subscription.

Will there be an Apple TV app?

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06:47
New Apple MacBook comes with tamper evident screws [...

If you make your way through iFixit’s Retina MacBook 2016 teardown, you’ll see some tamper evident screws holding the hinge to the aluminum body. Looks like Loctite, not tamper-proofing.

Interesting.

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06:47
IDC: iPhone SE will help compete in ‘numerous...

According to the latest preliminary release from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, vendors shipped a total of 334.9 million smartphones worldwide in the first quarter of 2016 (1Q16), up slightly from the 334.3 million units in 1Q15, marking the smallest year-over-year growth on record. The minimal growth this quarter is primarily attributed to strong smartphone saturation in developed markets, as well as a year-over-year...

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06:46
Following earnings decline, AAPL opens down 8%,...

Following Apple’s earnings results last night, where it posted its first YOY quarterly revenue decline since 2003, AAPL has opened down more than 8% — the stock price is far below the $100 mark as morning trading begins. Apple reported revenue of $50 billion (compared against $58 billion in the year-ago quarter), on sales of 51.1 million iPhones, 10.2 million iPads and 4 million Macs.

The stock price fall means over 40 billion dollars of market cap value has been erased overnight. Market capitalization is the approximate value of the company, a multiple of the stock price and number of shares. The stock closed yesterday at $104.

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06:46
News: FBI will not disclose San Bernardino iPhone...

The FBI has “provisionally” decided not to reveal the details of the method it used to unlock the San Bernardino iPhone, Reuters reports. Anonymous sources reveal that the FBI plans to write to the White House within the next few days to explain that the agency cannot share the unlocking mechanism as it was provided by a third-party that retains the sole legal ownership to the method. Sources ”>reported previously that the FBI contractor…

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06:44
How-To: Quickly resize images on OS X using a...

Every day I use a handy service created with Automator to resize images exported from 4K footage to a smaller size. It’s easy to resize images in an app like Preview or Pixelmator, but using a service works better for me since it can batch resize multiple images in seconds, and it’s directly accessible from the Finder. Here’s how you can create your own handy image resizing service using Automator. more…

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06:41
Netflix lets Android users pay with their Google...

Netflix is giving Android users a new way to settle their monthly bill. As its Play Store listing reveals, the Netflix app on Android will "soon" be updated with a Google Play Billing option. That means customers can choose to have their account char...

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06:38
Backup and Restore OS X Text Substitutions on Your...

OS X provides a great feature that allows you to create shortcuts for longer text substitutions. These are synced to iCloud and accessible from your iPhone, too, and now there’s a way to backup and restore them, as well! Watch this quick video to find out how.


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06:37
Intel’s push to replace the headphone jack with USB...

Intel is battling to move from 3.5mm headphone jacks to pure digital audio, fed through USB Type-C. Lots of technical detail in the article, a few of my own thoughts on this.

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06:35
Study: Amazon, Apple ‘closely match’ the mindset of...

Forty-two percent of respondents in a FutureCasts survey said that Amazon matched millennial mindsets closely, followed by 37% for Apple and 31% for Netflix. 

Amazon and Apple were the only brands who scored equally well across millennials (those ages 18-34), Generation X (born between 1961 and 1981),  and Baby Boomers (born between 1946 and 1964). Brands considered favorites among the millennial generation, including Uber, didn’t fare as well, especially with Baby Boomers, at just 21%.

FutureCase specializes in millennial marketing. Services include millennial research, millennial consulting and content excellence. FutureCase’s e Millennial Mindset study, co-authored with The Cambridge Group, a growth strategy consulting...

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06:19
'Fallout 4' gets official mod support on PC

Even before Fallout 4 was released, Bethesda was keen to stress that the latest instalment of the post-apocalyptic franchise would officially support mods. In February, it told us that PC support would arrive in April, and sure enough, it's now deliv...

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06:09
Nintendo: Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing for mobile...

Nintendo sent out a press release jam packed with anticipation-causing tidbits.

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06:05
3 Toolbar Icons to Make OS X Mail more Powerful

Did you know that you can change which buttons appear in Mail's toolbar? You can, and looking through the list of possibilities may just give you some new ways to interact with your email. In today's Quick Tip, Melissa Holt's going to cover both how to edit your toolbar and a few of her favorite buttons to add there. 


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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Bobine Roundup

Today in iLounge Deals we have a roundup of three handy Bobine products for charging and docking your iPhone or Apple Watch. The BOBINE BLACKOUT Flexible iPhone Charging Dock ($29.99) is a flexible iPhone mount, now available in a sleek black design, that lets you get the perfect position to support your iPhone while charging it at the same time from any USB port with the included MFi-certified charging circuitry. The BOBINE BLACKOUT Auto iPhone Charging…

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05:54
Tim Cook, optimism, and the “G” word

Jason Snell digs into the transcript of yesterday’s earnings call:

If I had to describe Tim Cook’s attitude during the call, it would be “optimistic.” But only because he referred to his optimism eight different times over the span of an hour. (Maestri added another three on his own.) Then again, when your company just broke a 13-year streak of year-over-year revenue growth, expressing your optimism about the future is probably a smart move.

Growth is the currency of a small company and the curse of a large one.

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05:36
∞ That’s one hell of a curve

Take a look at Apple’s revenue curve since 2008. I think you’ll agree.

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04:30
Don’t write off the iPad; devices like it and the...

Sales may have plummeted, but don’t write off the iPad. Tim Cook’s assertion that the iPad Pro is Apple’s vision of the future of personal computing is a bit forward-looking, but it may be accurate — at least to a point. 

According to new data from comScore, which “measures the digital world,” computer use is dropping off quickly as mobile devices encourage new types of interaction. In fact, many younger folks don’t use computers at all, instead relying entirely upon their smartphones or tablets.

The conventional wisdom has been that desktop/laptop usage would level off or grow at a slower rate in the face of mobile device adoption. However, the trends aren’t following that model. The data gathered by comScore — as noted...

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04:04
External Link: iPhone Upgrade Program Now Available...

Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program, which lets you pay a monthly fee for an iPhone with AppleCare+, was originally available only if you walked into an Apple Store. However, Apple is now offering it as an option if you buy a phone online, with no store visit required if you’re an eligible AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon customer. Frankly, this should have been available from the start.

 

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03:01
A Complete Guide To The New 'Crypto Wars'

blottsie writes: The latest debate over encryption did not begin with a court order demanding Apple help the FBI unlock a dead terrorist's iPhone. The new "Crypto Wars," chronicled in a comprehensive timeline by Eric Geller of the Daily Dot, dates back to at least 2003, with the introduction of "Patriot Act II." The battle over privacy and personal security versus crime-fighting and national security has, however, become a mainstream debate in recent months. The timeline covers a wide-range of incidents where the U.S. and other allied governments have tried to restrict citizens' access to strong encryption. The timeline ends with the director of national intelligence blaming NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden for advancing the spread of user-friendly, widely available strong encryption.


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02:00
First Look: Macphun’s new Filters for Photos app...

Filters for Photos functions as a standalone app or as an Apple Photos extension.

Do you love Apple Photos? If the answer is yes, then Macphun has a present for you. On Wednesday, the company has launched a new app called Filters for Photos, designed to augment Apple’s signature photo editor-slash-organizer by offering some gorgeous new filters to spice up your portraits, vacation shots, and panoramas.

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Tuesday April 26

22:32
Microsoft appears to be copying Apple's 2014...

Two years ago, Apple introduced Handoff--part of Continuity--as an innovative solution to a problem nobody had anticipated: how to wirelessly, automatically transition work in progress between a phone and tablet or desktop computer. Now Microsoft appears to be copying the feature for Windows 10.

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18:38
Instagram is quietly testing a major visual overhaul...

Instagram, following the controversial announcement that it would change the order in which images appear in user feeds, now appears to be testing a complete redesign of its app. Instagram has long stuck to the same classic design, but if this redesign rolls out to everyone, the app could finally move forward and fall into line with the design trends being adopted by many other apps.

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18:28
FBI's first vulnerability tip to Apple came on...

Apple on Tuesday said the FBI divulged its first vulnerability tip under a White House process for sharing digital security flaws with private corporations on April 14, but the information was useless as Apple had already patched the issue nine months earlier.

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17:21
Apple CEO Tim Cook optimistic on China despite 26%...

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Tuesday reiterated a positive outlook on Greater China despite suffering a year-over-year revenue contraction during the second quarter of 2016, saying the region is "a lot more stable" than some perceive.

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17:08
Tim Cook Worked Hard to Sell Us on Apple’s Future...

Tim Cook was working hard to sell the message that Apple is doing well despite turning in a "challenging" quarter during his quarterly conference call with analysts. CFO Luca Maestri even sounded apologetic. Bryan Chaffin walks us through why he found that interesting.


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16:37
Bodhi Linux 3.2 Promises Clearer Path to...


Bodhi Linux 3.2.0 is an update to the Bodhi Linux 3.x series and features key kernel and desktop improvements. It is a different kind of Linux distro. Its developers refer to it as the "Enlightened Desktop," because it draws its energy from the Enlightenment desktop. Enlightenment started as a project to build a window manager for X11 in 1996. It became much more than a window manager -- it grew into a desktop environment in its own right. The Enlightenment Project is currently version 17, known as E17, and the Bodhi crew recently forked it.

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16:19
Transcript of Apple’s earnings conference call

Rene Ritchie and Jason Snell put together a transcript of Apple’s earnings call today.

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16:06
Apple Music’s 13M Subscribers Take Away a Little of...

Apple's numbers were down across the board for its 2016 second fiscal quater, but music numbers were up. Apple Music showed a nice increase to 13 million subscribers compared 11 million in February, and that helped bring an end to what has been a declining market segment for the iPhone and Mac maker.


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16:01
Despite Apple’s Corporate Efforts and Optimism, iPad...

Despite Apple's efforts to boost iPad sales, those efforts aren't showing up in sales numbers. The iPad Pro (12.9-inch), discounting the typical exuberance of the holiday quarter (Apple's Q1), didn't seem to create much of an uptick. But CEO Tim Cook seems to have his hopes up for the next quarter's revenue, at least, when the iPad Pro line's sales make their mark.


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15:45
White Hat Finds Security Threats on Facebook's...


A white hat hacker last week announced the discovery of more than a half-dozen security flaws in some software Facebook used on its corporate network. While performing penetration testing of some third-party software in a network appliance Facebook used, Orange Tsai, a security researcher for Devcore, discovered seven vulnerabilities that attackers could use to compromise a system, as well as a backdoor script left by someone else who'd penetrated the network. The researcher was conducting tests as part of Facebook's bug bounty program.

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15:41
FBI Director Suggests iPhone Hacking Method May...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: FBI Director James Comey said on Tuesday that his agency was still assessing whether a vulnerability used to unlock an iPhone linked to one of the San Bernardino killers would go through a government review to determine if it should be disclosed to Apple or the public. "We are in the midst of trying to sort that out," Comey said. "The threshold (for disclosure) is, are we aware of the vulnerability, or did we just buy a tool and don't have sufficient knowledge of the vulnerability to implicate the process?" The White House has a procedure for reviewing technology security flaws and deciding which ones should be made public. Although officials say the process leans toward disclosure, it is not set up to handle or reveal flaws that are discovered and owned by private companies, sources have told Reuters, raising questions about the effectiveness of the so-called Vulnerabilities Equities Process.

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15:14
FBI won't share its iPhone hack with Apple...

The FBI claims that being forced to share its iPhone-hacking tool with Apple wouldn’t be worth it–because the government agency doesn’t actually know how it works.

This week, the FBI will notify the White House that it doesn’t actually know the underlying code that facilitated hacking into the iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters. Because of this, the FBI claims that it doesn’t make sense to launch an internal government investigation to decide whether to share the information with Apple.

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15:00
The good news: Apple services and ‘other products’...

For the second fiscal quarter of 2016, Apple’s revenues from services (Apple Care, Apple Pay, iTunes, app stores) was up 20% over last year. And the “other products” category -- including the Apple TV, Apple Watch, Beats products, the iPod and accessories -- were up 30% from the second quarter of 2015.

In a call with analysts and the press, CEO Tim Cook said the purchase value of the company’s services tied to the installed user base was a record $9.9 billion dollars in the March quarter. That’ up 27% over last year and an increase from the 24% growth rate in the December quarter.

He added that the reach of Apple Pay also continues to expand following a successful launch in China in the March quarter and last week's rollout in Singapore. Cook says Apple’s mobile payment service is growing at a “tremendous rate with more than five times the transaction volume of a year ago and one million new users per week.”

The CEO says that there are now more than 10 million...

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14:57
Apple Has First Earnings Decline In More Than A...

An anonymous reader writes: Apple has announced its first-ever decline in revenue in the past 13 years as its iPhone sales have slowed down. Apple posted quarterly revenue of $50.6 billion and quarterly net income of $10.5 billion. Last year, the company posted revenue of $58 billion and net income of $13.6 billion. The reason Apple has been so successful is because of the iPhone, which was first released in 2007. What goes up must come down -- and we're starting to see that now. The success of the iPhone is starting plateau and ultimately decrease now that consumers are finding less of a reason to upgrade to the latest and greatest smartphone. Apple CEO Tim Cook pointed to weakening currencies worldwide as one of the obstacles the company would face as iPhone sales were up less than 1 percent year-over-year last quarter. Gene Munster, managing director and senior research analyst at Piper Jaffray, told ABC News, "This has been anticipated for three months now. The reason is...

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14:51
Apple faces constrained iPhone SE supply on surprise...

Apple CEO Tim Cook during Tuesday's quarterly conference call said supply of its latest iPhone SE model is constrained due to surprisingly high demand from users who want the latest technology in a small package.

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14:50
News: Notes from Apple’s Q2 2016 earnings call

Kicking off Apple’s investor conference call following the company’s announcement of quarterly numbers for Q2 2016, Apple CEO Tim Cook reported again that Apple sold 51 million iPhones, but noted that the numbers fell short of the iPhone sales in the year-ago quarter. Cook noted that iPhone sales remain healthy and strong in all purchase target markets, with slightly higher upgrades in the iPhone 6s cycle that are higher than in the iPhone…

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14:44
Apple Reports Second Quarter Results

Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2016 second quarter ended March 26. The company posted quarterly revenue of $50.6 billion and quarterly net income of $10.5 billion, or $1.90 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $58 billion and net income of $13.6 billion, or $2.33 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 39.4 percent compared to 40.8 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 67 percent of the quarter’s revenue. “Our team executed extremely well in the face of strong macroeconomic headwinds,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We are very happy with the continued strong growth in revenue from Services, thanks to the incredible strength of the Apple ecosystem and our growing base of over 1 billion active devices.”

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14:41
iPad sales continue to fall, but Apple expects...

For the second fiscal quarter of 2016, iPad sales fell from 12.6 million units a year ago to 10.3 million units this year. That’s a 19% dip, but Apple sees better days ahead.

In a call with analysts and the press, CEO Tim Cook says response to the 9.7-inch iPad Pro has been tremendous. That’s one of the reasons Apple expects to see its best iPad unit sales comparison in over two years in the June quarter, he added.

Chief Financial Office Luca Maestri noted that, according to the NPD research group, Apple has 78% of the market share of tablets prices priced over $200. And in the second fiscal quarter, there was double-digit market growth in many served markets, he added.

Maestri said that there's 97% customer satisfaction for iPad Air 2. Research by IDC says that 59% of those looking to buy are planning to buy an iPad, more than three times next highest brand, he added.

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14:39
Apple releases Q2 2016 numbers, reports $10.5...

The good news is that Apple made billions and billions of dollars in profits last quarter.

The bad news is that this represents a lower profit than Q2 of 2015.

For the first time ever, iPhone sales fell for the quarter. While this doesn’t include iPhone SE sales, Apple reported its first quarterly revenue decline in 13 years on Tuesday, which came as no surprise to the company and the investors and analysts who closely follow its finances.

After more than a decade of amazing revenue and profit leaps, Apple reported $10.5 billion in profits on $50.6 billion in sales. iPhone sales were down, the company selling only 51.2 million units in Q2, this number falling short of the 61.2 million iPhone units sold in Q2 of 2015.

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14:33
iPhone sees first ever year-over-year decline (but...

For the second fiscal quarter of 2016, iPhone sales saw a year-over-year decline (the first ever), as the shipped 51.2 million units — down from 61.2 million a year earlier. That’s a dip of 18%.

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal Cook said it was “a challenging quarter” for the company. It struggled with tough comparisons on iPhone sales compared with a year earlier, when demand for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus was booming. What’s more, demand for those models prompted some consumers to upgrade sooner than usual, and sapped interest in the latest phones, he said.”

On the bright side, Cook, in a call with analysts and the press, said the company saw more switchers to the iPhone from Android switchers and other handset manufacturers in the first six months of 2016 than at any time in Apple’s history. With 42% smartphone penetration...

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14:32
Apple services stand out as bright spot in otherwise...

Services revenue was perhaps one of the few comforts for Apple in its second-quarter financial results shared on Tuesday, growing 20 percent year-over-year to $5.99 billion, setting an all-time record for the company.

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14:29
Slower iPhone, iPad, and Mac sales drive Apple’s...

Apple's three biggest moneymakers, the iPhone, iPad, and Mac, are down year-over-year. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Apple has just released its earnings report for the second quarter of fiscal 2016, which runs from the beginning of January to the end of March. As CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri warned in last quarter's earnings call, iPhone sales were down year-over-year for the first time since the product's launch in 2007. Since the iPhone accounts for around two-thirds of Apple's revenue, this means that Apple is also reporting its first year-over-year quarterly revenue decline since 2003, something CEO Tim Cook referred to as a "pause in [Apple's] growth." iPad and Mac sales are also down, though the Services...

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14:27
Over half of Mac buyers are new to the platform (and...

Mac sales for the second fiscal quarter of 2016 were 4.03 million units, down from 4.5 million in 2015. That’s a dip of 9% — a lower dip than the iPhone or iPad experienced (18% and 19%, respectively). And Apple’s personal computers are attracting lots of new users.

In a call with analysts and the press, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company’s installed base of over one billion active devices continued to grow. There was a “huge” number of Android switchers and new Mac users.

“Over half of buyers were new to Mac, and in some countries, it's even higher,” Cook said. “In China it's over 80%.”

Chief Financial Office Luca Maestri says it was a challenging quarter for personal computer sales. Despite this Apple saw double digit growth in some regions, including Russia and (as mentioned) China. Apple also expects to see an uptick in Mac sales for the June fiscal quarter.

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14:27
Apple reports first drop in iPhone shipments

For the first time since it launched, shipments of the iPhone dropped year-on-year and pushed Apple revenue and profit down.

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14:26
Apple Music surpasses 13M paid subscribers on strong...

During Apple's quarterly earnings conference call on Tuesday, CEO Tim Cook revealed Apple Music now serves more than 13 million paying subscribers, adding two million customers in as many months.

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14:19
Apple’s Q2 numbers: iOS sales, 13m Apple Music subs...

With drops in revenue and iOS device sales in what CEO Tim Cook called a “challenging quarter,” highlights from Apple’s Q2 2016 earnings today include an increase in Apple Music subscribers, more cash for Apple’s capital return and share repurchasing programs, and a “huge number of Android switchers and new to Mac customers.” Cook said the company had record switchers from Android and others platforms in the quarter and also noted an increase of 56% for iPhone sales in India despite an overall decline for iOS device sales.

Cook said the company hit record App Store revenue up 35% and updated us on Apple Pay noting the payments service has grown around 5X compared to a year ago and is adding approximately 1 million new users a week.

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14:08
Notes of interest from Apple's Q2 2016...

Calling it a "busy and challenging quarter," Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook gave commentary and fielded questions on his company's fiscal 2016 second quarter. Notes of interest from the call with investors and the media follow.

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14:00
Apple's not-so-great Q2 saw declining revenue...

It’s the end of an era: For the first time ever, iPhone sales fell in the quarter ending March 26, which does not include iPhone SE sales. Apple reported its first quarterly revenue decline in 13 years on Tuesday, which came as no surprise to the company and the investors and analysts who closely follow its finances.

After more than a decade of dizzying revenue and profit leaps, Apple is coming back down to earth—at least in its own way, which is still leagues above most companies. The company reported $10.5 billion in profit on $50.6 billion in revenue. So what’s going on? iPhone sales are down, as expected, though the company sold 51.2 million of them in Q2, beating the 50.7 million estimated units sold. Apple just didn’t sell as many iPhones as it did in Q2 of 2015, which was a record-breaking quarter with 61.2 million units sold.

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13:59
Apple Misses Wall Street Estimates on Earnings,...

Apple Inc. missed Wall Street consensus estimates with its March quarter results, missing earnings per share by 5 percent, and missing both iPhone and Mac estimates, as well. The company also announced that it was raising its dividend by 10 percent to US$0.57 per share.


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13:58
Apple Music now has 13 million paying subscribers,...

Alongside its announcement of Apple’s quarterly earnings, its first revenue decline since 2003, Apple has also announced latest numbers for Apple Music, its $9.99 per month streaming music service. The company says it now has 13 million paying subscribers, up from 11 million in February.

This compares to about 30 million subscribers to leading competitor Spotify, although the service obviously had a multi-year headstart over Apple’s streaming service, which launched last June.

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13:49
Apple adds $50B to capital return program, increases...

In announcing its first quarterly revenue decline in 13 years, Apple on Tuesday said it will infuse another $50 billion into an ongoing capital return program, a move that comes with a $35 billion boost to the company's share repurchase initiative.

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13:45
News: Apple Q2 results: $50.6B revenue, 51M iPhones...

Apple reported its second quarter 2016 financial results today, with 51.2 million iPhones and 10.2 million iPads sold. The company posted quarterly revenue of $50.6 billion and quarterly net income of $10.5 billion, or $1.90 per diluted share. In Q2 2016, Apple had revenue of $58 billion and net income of $13.6 billion, or $2.33 per diluted share. Gross margin was 39.4 percent compared to 40.8 percent a year ago. International sales contributed to…

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13:37
iPhone sales fall to 51.2M, Apple earns $50.6B in...

Apple's second fiscal quarter of 2016 officially marks the first time ever that iPhone sales saw a year-over-year decline, as the company shipped 51.2 million handsets on its way to $50.6 billion in total sales.

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13:37
∞ Apple reports $10.5 billion quarterly profit, down...

Apple on Tuesday reported revenue of $50.6 billion and quarterly net income of $10.5 billion. These results are down from revenue of $58 billion and net income of $13.6 billion, or $2.33 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. [...]

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13:33
Apple fights headwinds, reports revenues of $50.6...

The second quarter results for fiscal year 2016 are in, and Apple is dooooomed. DOOOOMED! (Not really) The company posted quarterly revenues of $50.6 billion and net income of $10.5 billion ($1.90 per diluted share). That compares to revenues of $58 billion for the year-ago quarter and net income of $13.6 billion ($2.33 per share). 

Apple CEO Tim Cook was positive, saying "Our team executed extremely well in the face of strong macroeconomic headwinds. We are very happy with the continued strong growth in revenue from Services, thanks to the incredible strength of the Apple ecosystem and our growing base of over one billion active devices."

Apple announced that it will be authorizing an increase of $50 billion to its capital return program, with a plan to spend a cumulative total of $250 billion in cash by the end of March 2018.

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13:31
Notable apps and app updates for April 26, 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

Smile has released PDFpen 8, the latest version of its all-purpose PDF editing tool for the Mac. The upgrade features support for digital signatures, file attachments, and, in PDFpenPro, portfolio creation.

PDFpen and PDFpenPro 8 now enable the application of digital signatures, as well as validation of digitally signed documents. This signing option adds to PDFpen 7’s current signing options, which include interactive signature fields, pasting scanned signatures, and a scribble tool.

PDFpenPro and PDFpen 8 work with PDFpen for iPad and iPhone version 2, allowing editing across devices when used with Dropbox storage or iCloud Drive. iCloud storage is available when PDFpen is purchased via the Mac App...

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13:31
Apple published a new Press Release

Apple just published a new Press Release:

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13:30
AWT News Update: April 26, 2016

Some fascinating news in the world of Apple and tech today. Have you joined Team AWT yet? It's our new subscription service for supporters, bringing benefits that casual readers and listeners don't have access to. 

  • YouTube updates its iPhone and iPad app with bigger thumbnails and a powerful deep neural network back end
  • iOS 9.3.2 beta 3 makes it to developers today
  • Nokia is buying health and fitness accessory manufacturer Withings
  • Will the iPhone 7 include Smart Connector charging?

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13:09
Pay What You Want: Spring 2016 Mac Bundle

We have a new pay-what-you-want deal for you called the Spring 2016 Mac Bundle, a collection of 13 Mac apps. If you pay anything, even a penny, you'll get three of those apps. If you beat the average price, which is $14.11 as of this writing, you'll get all 13. If you make the leaderboard at any time during the deal, you'll get an entry into a giveaway for a $1,000 iTunes Gift Card. If you hit the top of the leaderboard at any time, you'll five entries. 10% of the profits go to Save the Children, too. Check out the details on the deal listing.


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13:07
FBI may keep iPhone flaw secret

FBI Director James Comey said on Tuesday that his agency was still assessing whether a vulnerability used to unlock an iPhone linked to one of the San Bernardino killers would go through a government review to determine if it should be disclosed to Apple or the public.

I’d be shocked if they disclosed the flaw to Apple or the public. If this is the only way they have to get into these phones, they have no reason to disclose the flaw.

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12:50
Top Silicon Valley Execs and Others Urge Congress To...

An anonymous reader shares a TechCrunch report:Some of the biggest names in tech and corporate America, including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Walmart CEO Doug McMillon, have teamed up with governors and educators to ask Congress to provide $250 million in federal funding to school districts in order to give every single K-12 student in the nation an opportunity to learn how to code. On the legislative side, these tech CEOs are joined by governors from both sides, including California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) and Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson (R). Earlier this year, President Barack Obama called for more than $4 billion in funding for states, and $100 million for districts in order to bring computer science curricula to every single K-12 student in the country. What this group of CEOs, governors and educators is asking for today is different. They're saying that this issue can be addressed without...

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12:49
FBI still deciding whether to allow review of San...

The FBI has yet to decide whether an exploit used to crack the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook will even be reviewed for possible disclosure, agency director James Comey said on Tuesday.

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12:24
In Q2 2016, Apple Sees First Revenue Decline in 13...

For Apple, the sky has fallen… by 12.8 percent, which is how far its revenues declined compared to those of last year.

 

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11:56
Google mimics Apple Watch with conveniently...

Taking a page from the simple customization of the Apple Watch, Google on Tuesday announced it is launching a new lineup of Android Wear bands that can be easily replaced to give a wearable device a fresh look.

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11:43
Chromebooks May Get Avalanche of Android Apps


Google appears to be on the verge of executing a long-speculated plan to integrate Google Play's vast collection of more than a million Android apps into the Chrome operating system. A series of screen shots recently posted on Reddit show Chrome OS users able to access the Google Play store on a Chromebook. Users were able to find extensive references to ARC, or App Runtime for Chrome, embedded in the source code. ARC allows users to run their favorite Android apps in the Chrome OS. Google was coy about whether the code cameo signals a new strategy. "We're always experimenting with new features," said spokesperson Iska Saric.

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11:32
Skype for Business finally makes its way to the Mac

Microsoft's new business communication product is finally coming to the Mac after the company launched it for PC users last year.

The company announced the first technical preview of Skype for Business for Mac on Tuesday morning, giving users of Apple computers an easy way to connect to meetings they have scheduled through Microsoft's professional audio and videoconferencing software. 

When users sign into the app, they'll see their Skype for Business meetings for the current day and the following one, and be able to easily join them to discuss whatever business things they want to with the other people invited.

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11:30
Apple Is Outdated, Says Chinese Conglomerate LeEco...

An anonymous reader shares an article on CNBC: Apple is "outdated" and losing momentum in China, billionaire entrepreneur Jia Yueting told CNBC in his first international television interview. "Apple only has individual apps. This was the right choice during the first generation of mobile net, when CPUs [central processing units] and the mobile network speeds were not fast enough," Jia said. "However now we're moving into the next era of mobile internet, these problems no longer exist. Moreover, having separate apps just means great obstacles in the user experience. We hope to break down these obstacles. One of the most important reasons [for slowing sales] is that Apple's innovation has become extremely slow," he said. "For example, a month ago Apple launched the iPhone SE. From an industry insider's perspective, this is a product with a very low level of technology... We think this is something they just shouldn't have done. [...] The Watch hasn't cut it. And they're looking at...

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11:00
The Week in Mac Accessories: Oh, say can you USB-C?

Three for USB-C

This week’s roundup includes three new devices that let you make the most of your MacBook’s USB-C port. Read on!

Amped Wireless

The $179 Athena High Power AC2600 Wi-Fi Router includes 16 amplifiers and four high-gain antennas, to give you top-flight Wi-Fi coverage over a 15,000-square-foot area—perfect for offices, classrooms, and computer labs in any setting. 

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10:59
A flop unlike any other

Leaving aside the “…if industry estimates are accurate…” (they’re not), the media in general and the tech media is particular always seem to need to see everything in absolute terms. The Apple Watch is most certainly not a flop – nothing that sells millions of copies at $500+ a pop can be called that.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:51
Redesigned YouTube Home tab recommends videos using...

YouTube is rolling out a redesigned Home interface for the iOS and Android app. The new design is cleaner and simpler, but also takes advantage of deep neural networks to better recommend videos for users to watch.

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10:47
Dropbox's 'Project Infinite' will let...

Cloud storage service Dropbox on Tuesday announced "Project Infinite," a new feature that will let people browse cloud files on their desktop without having to have the content synced locally.

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10:22
Apple drops third iOS 9.3.2 beta for developers

It's that time of the week again, as registered developers who hit Software Update on their testing devices or log in to the Apple developer portal will find a shiny new preview of iOS 9.3.2 waiting.

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10:00
New Apple ads highlight Touch ID and ... onions

There's nothing quite like those Apple TV ads, with their slightly quirky look at the things that we take for granted. Two new ads showed up yesterday, one highlighting Touch ID and the other focusing on how good the camera of the iPhone 6s is at shooting 4K video!

Now, if you'll excuse me, I will be shooting video of shallots being sliced...

Cases For The Brand-new iPhone SE Are Now Available at OtterBox.com!

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09:40
TMO Daily Observations 2016-04-26: The Evolution of...

The conference and tradeshow market is evolving, and we're seeing changes in the offerings for Apple-related content. Today Neil Ticktin from MacTech joins Jeff Gamet to talk about where we've come from and where we're headed with Apple conferences, what's working, and why some events fail.


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09:29
News: Logi BASE is first stand to charge iPad Pro...

Logitech’s Logi BASE for the iPad Pro provides a new take on a tablet stand by charging the device through its Smart Connector. Until now the Smart Connector had only been used to connect Apple’s Smart keyboard to the device, but Logitech has capitalized on the new port to provide charging capabilities to both the 9.7” and 12.9” models....

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09:23
Nokia dives into digital health

With the $191 million acquisition of France's Withings, Nokia is back in the consumer gadget space and diving deeper into digital health.

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