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Wednesday May 20

14:00
Today in the App Store —PCalc - The Best Calculator...

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 Weather Live; the new 60Hz - TV Series Tracker app; and anupdate to PCalc - The Best Calculator that adds support for the Apple Watch. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Death Rally [Now free, down from $0.99] Death Rally is an action packed COMBAT RACER with GLOBAL MULTIPLAYER, STUNNING VISUALS and more than 10 HOURS of CARS, GUNS and EXPLOSIVE FUN.

HappyTruck [Now free, down from $1.99] HappyTruck - Deliver fruits to the marketplace with your truck.

Magnetized...

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13:47
A video for Konami fans who need a laugh, courtesy...

Konami has made some major, mysterious changes this year. It canceled Silent Hills, a horror game from Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima and filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro, even after the exceptionally warm reception to its PlayStation 4 teaser, PT...

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13:46
Tip of the Day: Previewing Link URLs in Safari

When you’re wandering around the web, sometimes it’s a good idea to check where a link goes before simply tapping on it. To do this on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, it’s actually as simple as tapping and holding your finger on the link, instead of quickly tapping and releasing. A menu will slide up from the bottom with the URL of the link shown right at the top. From here you can also open the linked page in the background (or…

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13:44
Sound Kick Bluetooth Speaker: $49.99

Check out the Sound Kick Bluetooth Speaker, a portable Bluetooth speaker with up to 7 hours of playback time. It features both Bluetooth connectivity and a direct line in, and you can control the volume and playback functions directly from the speaker. This device retails for $100, but through our deal you can get it for $49.99.


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13:41
iOS 9 may include a HomeKit hub called Home

Apple says the first HomeKit devices will be arriving in June, which means you’ll need a centralized remote control for managing all of those home gadgets. That will reportedly come in the form of an app built into iOS 9 called, appropriately, Home.

The app will let you control all of your HomeKit gadgets, from compatible smart thermostats and security cameras to lightbulbs and door locks. According to a Wednesday report from 9to5Mac, Home will let you connect and control your HomeKit devices from your iPhone or iPad in a visually appealing way. The app will cluster your HomeKit devices by virtual rooms, so you can easily see which accessory you want to turn on, turn off, or adjust without actually looking at it.

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13:25
Teen arrested for breaking an entire school district...

A teenager from Idaho has landed themselves in hot water after arranging a takedown of their school district's internet access. KTVB News reports that the 17-year-old student paid a third party to conduct a distributed denial of service attack that f...

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13:14
Video On Demand content comes to mobile Twitch app...

Twitch announced today that its mobile application now supports video on demand content, a feature that has been requested by fans of the service for quite some time. While the app was previously limited to live streaming, users can now access “highlights and past broadcasts” from all Twitch partners and what Twitch says is a growing list of broadcasters whose videos are HTTP live streaming (HLS)-enabled.

Twitch says that the newly-available video on demand content can be found in an HLS-enabled channel’s activity feed. To access this, you need to tap the Activity Feed icon located at the top left of the player while watching a stream. Alternatively, the app will take you directly to the Activity Feed of a channel if you tap any offline channel from the...

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13:10
Report: Apple in talks w/ Russian labels ahead of...


Apple Watch + Music

We’ve reported extensively on what Apple has in store for its new revamped music service that will come alongside an international expansion of iTunes Radio, and today reports from Russian publication Vedomosti (via Billboard) hint that Russia will be one market Apple is aiming to launch in soon…

The...

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13:08
Spotify gains video, moods, and podcasts, Facebook...

Music service Spotify on Wednesday announced a slate of major changes -- including the addition of videos, podcasts, and mood-based playlists -- while Facebook officially expanded Messenger video calls worldwide.

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13:00
Shakin' and wakin': The iLuv SmartShaker

iLuv SmartShaker. Photo ©2015, Steven Sande. All Rights Reserved.

iLuv has just started selling a fascinating little iOS accessory called the SmartShaker (US$19.99) that has one job to do: wake you up. It can do this either by making one of two traditional beeping alarm noises or through an even more annoying method -- vibration.

Design

Hey, if you're going to put a vibrating thing under a pillow, it should be very thin. The SmartShaker is like a weirdly-shaped Oreo cookie, just about .4 inches thick and about 3 inches in diameter. The “chocolate cookie outside” is a hard polycarbonate plastic shell in black, light blue, white, pink and light green, while the “creamy center inside” is actually light gray plastic with all of the electronics stuffed inside.

On the side of the creamy center you’ll find an elongated snooze buttoh, an on/off switch, a micro-USB port for...

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12:49
Analyst predicts Apple will ship less than 15...

The Apple Watch’s supply chain could remain constricted for some time to come.

Releasing a revised forecast note to investors, respected industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities stated that the Apple Watch is likely to see less than 15 million units shipped through the end of September.

In the note, he said that Apple Watch shipments for fiscal year 2015 are likely to be lower than most analysts and investors expect.

Apple’s fiscal year runs through the end of September, which means the 15-million forecast does not apply to holiday 2015 sales.

According to Kuo’s sources within...

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12:32
News: iOS 9 to include new Home app for HomeKit?

Apple is currently working on a new embedded iOS app for unifying and controlling HomeKit devices, 9to5Mac reports. Dubbed simply “Home”, the app would provide a central user interface to managing HomeKit accessories from any developer using the standard HomeKit specification. Sources familiar with the app have revealed that the app is currently “fairly basic” in its capabilities, with the present development version only providing…

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12:15
How I Feel About My Apple Watch After a Week

I've had my Apple Watch for a week now, and I'm ready to talk about my delivery time, how I feel about it, and how I use it. It's been mostly great, but there are a few things I hope Apple fixes.


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12:05
Report: OS X and iOS will switch to the Apple Watch’...

It looks like Apple could be shaking up its typefaces again. A report from 9to5Mac indicates that the forthcoming releases of iOS and OS X will use the Apple Watch's "San Francisco" as the system typeface, moving away from the Helvetica Neue typeface introduced in iOS 7 and OS X Yosemite.

The typeface, available for registered Apple developers to download here, is "designed specifically for legibility on small screens." We've included a comparison of the "ultralight" weight of both typefaces above.

Two things are immediately apparent—first, San Francisco is just a shade heavier than Helvetica Neue at the same size and weight. Second, San Francisco is narrower horizontally, which is doubtless helpful when you're working with a screen as small as...

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12:02
Daily Deals for May 20, 2015 - featuring DODOcase...

Daily Deals for May 19, 2015, featuring DODOCase sitewide 50% off sale

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.

AWT Featured Deal

  • DODOcase [On sale for 50% off] Celebrate DODOcase's 5th annual birthday sale with up to 50% off sitewide. Use promo code "5years" at checkout to receive the discount. *Excludes Apple Watch accessories and corporate orders.

Hardware and Accessory Deals

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11:52
Review: Witti Notti and Dotti

Witti's Notti ($60) and Dotti ($80) are two new app-controlled lights that provide a number of features, ranging from visual notification alerts to mood lighting. Notti is simply a smart light, similar in concept to Incipio's Prompt, which we looked at last year. Dotti goes in a different direction by providing an 8x8 LED grid to display 8-bit pixel art.{/exp:char_limit}

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11:30
Redundancy Is the New Productivity for Your Mac

Dr. Mac has been teaching people how to use their Macs more effectively for as long as he can remember. So he was surprised to find himself at a loss for words when a friend asked, âIf you could only recommend one thing to help me become more productive on my Mac, what would it be?â This week in Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves Episode 123 he explains why redundancy makes you more productive.


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10:49
Apple’s planned iOS 9 ‘Home’ app uses virtual rooms...

Apple’s plan to manage upcoming HomeKit-compatible accessories could revolve around a new iOS app called “Home,” according to sources familiar with the app. Introduced at last year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, HomeKit is an Apple initiative designed to encourage accessory makers to integrate “connected home” accessories such as Wi-Fi garage door openers, smart thermostats akin to Nest’s Learning Thermostat, and...

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10:48
External Link: The MacJury Discusses Apple Watch...

Last week Chuck Joiner convened a MacJury comprising TidBITS’s own Josh Centers and Michael Cohen to discuss their first experiences with Apple Watch. Tune in for a deep, serious, deliberative discussion of the new device’s pros and cons…ah, who are we kidding? We had a great and goofy time, and you might, too: you can find out — it's just a click away!

 

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10:26
News: Report: Apple to bring Apple Watch font to iOS...

Apple plans on bringing its own San Francisco font seen on Apple Watch to iOS 9 and OS X 10.11, 9to5Mac reports. The font will replace Helvetica Neue, which debuted in iOS 7 in 2013. Though the San Francisco font was developed “specifically for legibility,” the idea to bring the font to iOS appears to have a mixed reaction within Apple — the report claims that higher-ups believe the font will help “iOS and OS X to avoid becoming…

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10:20
Podcast: The app economy is amazing and terrible

If you live in a big city (like Caitlin in New York, Roman in San Francisco, and Susie in Oakland), you can get pretty much anything your heart desires delivered to your door, and thanks to a host of apps, you don't even have to talk to a person until the doorbell rings—and sometimes not even then. But is the app economy creating a shut-in culture? We discuss our experiences.

Elsewhere, a teaser trailer for the Steve Jobs movie is out, and rumors about a big Apple Watch update as well as a new Apple TV have us intrigued. Samsung and Apple are still battling in court, but we wonder if it might be time for them both to just give it up.

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10:16
Venom Less Toxic Than Heartbleed


It was a little over a year ago that the Heartbleed bug shocked the Internet with its potential for mischief. Now another flaw in open source code has sent network administrators into damage control mode. The bug, called "Venom" for "Virtualized Environment Neglected Operations Manipulation," allows an intruder to jump out of a virtual machine and execute malicious code on its host. Virtual machines are widely used in data centers, so it has the potential to cause widespread mischief.

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10:13
Installing the Apple Watch 1.0.1 Update

Apple has released the first update for the Apple Watch, but the installation process isn’t immediately obvious.

 

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10:02
TMO Daily Observations 2015-05-20: Discovering...

Spotify plans to bring their discovery engine to podcasts this summer, and Apple releases Watch OS 1.0.1. Hear what Bryan Chaffin, Kelly Guimont and Dave Hamilton have to say about all this and more. Plus, get your 10-days of Lynda free at Lynda.com/TDO.


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09:58
Spotify turns itself into entertainment 1-stop shop...

Spotify wants to be your constant companion, as present in your daily life as your phone. The streaming music app on Wednesday rolled out a redesign that includes videos, podcasts, and contextually relevant playlists to accompany you throughout your day. You'll never need to leave Spotify.

The overhauled platform, which rolls out first in the U.S., U.K., Germany, and Sweden, greets you with recommendations that suit your mood, fit the time of day, and match your tastes (which Spotify already knows because of all the playlists you've made).

Beyond music

But it doesn't just offer you songs anymore. The app is now a one-stop shop for your favorite podcasts, if you'd rather start your morning with pop culture news from Slate or an episode of Radiolab than a high-energy playlist, and video clips from Vice News, ESPN, and shows like Broad City.

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09:41
Your phone isn’t the only camera you need

The Wall Street Journal:

Phone cameras have made photography everyone’s hobby. But even owners of the fanciest smartphones would recognize the many genres of disappointing phone-ography: The blurry runaway toddler. The lifeless landscape. The grainy candlelit dinner. The ghoulish flash portrait.

We need to save personal tech’s most endangered species, the stand-alone camera.

There’s no doubt that camera phones in general and the iPhone in particular are really good cameras – for phones. And while we’ve all seen or taken great shots with our iPhones, it’s definitely a “jack of all trades, master of none”.

A good camera provides a wider range of possibilities – from zoom to control over depth of field to capturing low light and a higher dynamic range. If you’re not satisfied with the shots coming out of your iPhone, I’d encourage you to learn more about photography in general by taking a class or reading books and web sites on it but don’t neglect the...

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09:38
Pebble may be in trouble

Smartwatch maker Pebble seems to be in some trouble. According to sources close to the company, the company is having trouble maintaining its growth and has turned to a Silicon Valley bank for a $5 million loan and $5 million line of credit. Valley VCs have been turning down the company’s requests for new capital.

You can see why VCs would not want to take on Apple.

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09:05
News: Leak reveals Flow by Outlook, a Microsoft...

Microsoft looks to be working on a way to make email conversations on the iPhone more like instant messaging with an apparent new app discovered by Twitter user @h0x0d. A posted image shows a general outline for Flow by Outlook, an app designed to let users have real-time conversations via their email accounts without bothering with the subject lines and signatures of traditional email exchanges. Only conversations started within the Flow app will…

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08:59
Microsoft Office 2011 14.5.1

Patches a security vulnerability while also fixing a bug that rendered Outlook’s main window invisible on Yosemite. (Free update, 114 MB)

 

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08:57
Spotify to Add Video and Podcasts

Spotify announced on Wednesday that it will soon incorporate videos and podcasts into its streaming service. The service will be offering content from Comedy Central, Vice News, The Nerdist, and more as it seeks to become an all-purpose jukebox.


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08:53
The untold story of ILM, a titan that forever...

Wired:

As it turns 40 this year, ILM can claim to have played a defining role making effects for 317 movies. But that’s only part of the story: Pixar began, essentially, as an ILM internal investigation. Photoshop was invented, in part, by an ILM employee tinkering with programming in his time away from work. Billions of lines of code have been formulated there. Along the way ILM has put tentacles into pirate beards, turned a man into mercury, and dominated box office charts with computer-generated dinosaurs and superheroes.

What defines ILM, however, isn’t a signature look, feel, or tone—those change project by project. Rather, it’s the indefatigable spirit of innovation that each of the 43 subjects interviewed for this oral history mentioned time and again. It is the Force that sustains the place.

I can’t think of another person, organization, studio or company that has had a hand in as many of the movies I love as ILM. They have been an integral part of my...

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07:52
News: Daily Deal: The Pick Your Own Apple Toy...

It’s time for The Pick Your Own Apple Toy Giveaway, in which one lucky winner will get to choose any Apple product they want worth up to $700! This means anything from an iPad Air or Apple TV to an Apple Watch or iPhone 6. To enter, simply submit your e-mail address on the giveaway page to sign up for our iLounge Deals, and you can even gain additional entries by sharing on Twitter and Facebook – the more your friends and followers enter,…

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07:29
The early days of Apple

This is an amazing video, a collection of audio interviews and still photos, beautifully edited together to capture the early days of Apple. You’ll hear lots of Steve and Woz, and some excellent anecdotes.

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07:25
Refurbished iPad Air 2 now available for purchase

There’s generally some good savings in Apple’s refurbished section.

And you can now count the iPad Air 2 as part of this inventory.

Apple on Wednesday added several configurations of the iPad Air to to its online store for refurbished products, marking the first time refurbished versions of the iPad Air 2 have been made available for purchase.

The iPad Air 2, which was released last October, sports a slimmer body than the original iPad Air, a triple-core A8X processor, 8 megapixel camera, Touch ID, gapless display and anti-reflective screen coating.

Apple is currently offering several refurbished iPad Air 2 models, ranging from the entry-level 16GB Wi-Fi...

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07:17
Scamming a quiz show

Like a good scam story? How about one about scamming a quiz show? This one is a few years old, but I just ran into it today, thought it was good enough to share. Enjoy.

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07:09
Thought controlled prosthetics, a step on the road...

When he was a teenager, Les Baugh was racing with his brother and ran into some live power lines, ultimately losing his arms. Much later in life, he has been given the chance to try out some new, bionic limbs, arms and hands that he can control with his thoughts.

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07:03
News: Olloclip releases new Active Lens for iPhone 6...

Olloclip has introduced its new Active Lens for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus ($100). Active Lens fits over both front and rear cameras like the company’s previous 4-in-1 Lens and Macro 3-in-1 Lens and Telephoto + CPL Lens models. The newest lens kit features ultra-wide and telephoto lenses along with three wearable pendants. Active Lens can be paired with the Ollocase and is available for pre-order now on Olloclip’s web site. We’ll…

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06:57
Uber, not Tesla, will be Apple’s competition in the...

Neil Cybart argues that Apple and Uber will emerge as titans of an emerging auto industry. A terrific read.

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06:48
Refurbished iPad Air 2 now available from the Apple...

Apple has begun selling refurbished models of its iPad Air 2 via the online Apple Store. As of this writing, there are entry-level models for sale, as well as WiFi + cellular versions with 128 GB of storage. 

I use an original iPad air at home with no performance issues. With refurbished models at 15 to 17 percent off, these iPads are a great deal.

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06:47
Review: Apple’s iPhone Lightning Dock plays nice...

Four years ago, I wondered why Apple sold such seemingly simple plastic docks for $29, so I cut two of them in half to see what was inside. I was impressed: in addition to a larger-than-expected collection of electronic components, they were filled with substantial zinc plates that kept Apple’s devices standing safely upright, no easy feat since the docks kept shrinking every year. The only problem: most (but not all) of Apple’s docks have been model-specific and case-unfriendly, issues that were particularly pronounced in the official iPhone 5s Dock and...

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06:43
News: Refurbished iPad Air 2 models hit Apple Store

Apple has added refurbished iPad Air 2 models to its online store for the first time. The online store has several models and colors available, starting at $419 for Wi-Fi models and $519 for cellular-enabled versions. All the refurbished devices are discounted between 15 and 17 percent off the price of a new iPad Air 2 and include a one-year warranty. [via MacRumors]...

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06:40
Meet OS X Yosemite Extensions

Extensions have made a return to your Mac. These aren't the extensions you remember from the olden days of Mac troubleshooting, though. Kelly has the breakdown on what they are and how you can boss them around.


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06:17
Review: Dotti & Notti, fun (if pointless) ways...

My conclusion in my Skeptic’s Apple Watch diary series was that the device didn’t really have a unique selling-point to me, but was a slightly more convenient way to receive notifications. Ultimately, though, I kept it because it was a cool gadget.

The same argument, I think, would have to be deployed to justify what are really a couple of fun toys that happen to alert you to notifications: Dotti and Notti … 

Dotti is a 6.5×6.5x3cm white box with a display on the front comprising 64 multi-color LEDs in an 8×8 grid. When your iPhone receives an alert,...

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06:11
Tim Cook: Apple Watch in stores by June

This is pretty big news. What do you do if you’ve got a Apple Watch on order and a shipping date in late June?

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05:30
Apple Watch: Swapping Calendar Views

Today we've got a nifty Quick Tip on the Apple Watch's Calendar for you! We'll discuss how to swap between the different viewing modes, how to go to the current day, and even what to do to jump back to the top of your list of events.


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04:11
Microsoft working on a new Email/IM app for the...

Microsoft appears to be working on a new instant messaging app for the iPhone, acting as a kind of cross between email and instant messaging, known as Flow by Outlook. The download page, which describes the project as ‘Microsoft Confidential,’ was first spotted by @h0x0d (via ZDNet).

Use Flow with anyone, it’s email: Reach anyone with an email address and all conversations for you and others are also in Outlook. Together, you can use Flow and Outlook interchangeably to participate in the same conversations.

Fast, fluid, natural conversations: No subject lines, salutations, or signatures....

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02:13
Wild vs. Blackhawks 2015: Season, Television...

Forums: Networking

As the calendar flipped towards 2015 Bryan Bickell Jersey, the Minnesota Wild have been recovering towards their 6th consecutive decline Ryan McDonagh Jersey. Brain train Mike Yeo was firmly upon the sizzling seat. They experienced arguably the worst goaltending within the NHL. And, trapped within 6th House within the league's hardest department, their playoff hopes had been just about extinguished.

At the moment, they're 12 wins absent in opposition to their initially Stanley Cup http://www.hockeyofficialstore.com/Derek_Stepan_Jersey-396.

There are a range of motives for Minnesota's increase, none excess vital than the...

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Tuesday May 19

22:53
Apple starts advertising Watch as part of connected...

Apple updated its online storefront on Tuesday with fresh imagery and text touting so-called Continuity features that interconnect iOS, Mac and now Apple Watch devices.

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21:34
Deals: $400 off 2014 15" MacBook Pros & mid...

Apple's 2015 MacBook Pro lineup is now complete and AI is proud to offer all 13- and 15-inch Force Touch models at the lowest prices anywhere via exclusive discount coupons. Meanwhile, the 2014 models they replace are now a bargain with fresh price cuts of $200-$400.

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17:35
The Rampant, Risky Babbling of Android Apps


Eurecom researchers recently developed an Android app that can monitor the network traffic of other apps to alert users of suspicious or malicious activity. With more than 1.2 million applications in the Google Play store, there are multiple programs for performing a particular task. That can make choosing an app a chore for users, they noted in a report released last month. "Moreover, some of the applications being of dubious origin, there are no mechanisms for users to understand who the applications are talking to, and to what extent."

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17:00
Daily Deals for May 19, 2015, featuring DODOcase...

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.

AWT Featured Deal

DODOcase [On sale for 50% off] Celebrate DODOcase's 5th annual birthday sale with up to 50% off sitewide. Use promo code "5years" at checkout to receive the discount. *Excludes Apple Watch accessories and corporate orders.

Hardware and Accessory Deals

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16:30
AWT News Update: May 19, 2015

Today the news is all over the map... literally and figuratively:

  • Apple Pay picks up more than 30 new participating card issuers from across the USA
  • Watch OS 1.0.1 is rolled out, bringing fixes and performance improvements to Apple Watch
  • Wall Street analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray issues a note about the demise of his beloved Apple-branded television
  • Dutch company TomTom renews its licensing agreement with Apple for mapping data
  • Mesa, Arizona will see more Apple employees than originally anticipated

The full podcast script is located below for your reading pleasure.

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Apple Pay has picked up another...

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16:17
MGG 553: Swiftly Solving Shrinking Storage

Finding what's using your free space, sorting out multi-monitor setups with Thunderbolt, long-term SSD reliability confusion and adding more USB ports to your Mac are just a few of the topics that Dave and John cover in this week's episode of Mac Geek Gab. Download, press play and enjoy!


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16:00
The Week in Mac Apps: Meet Alternote, a distraction-...

... plus, discover colors with ColorSnapper, draw the old-fashioned way with Monodraw, and more

In this week’s roundup of Mac apps, you’ll find apps for taking notes and getting your thoughts organized, even when you’re on the go. Plus, we’re bringing you great tools for managing your photos, drawing your next org chart, and translating foreign languages.

Alternote 1.0

Oleksandr Rakovets’s $5 Alternote (Mac App Store Link) is an Evernote client that offers a unique distraction-free experience for taking notes.

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15:53
∞ Banjo cover of ‘The Final Countdown’

Pretty amazing.

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15:45
The Help Desk Explains Paper Books

Converting from scrolls to newfangled books can make for a difficult transition. This medieval monk had a very tough time understanding how to operate one. What to do? Why, call the abbey's help desk, of course. It's not new, but still cool. New Apple Watch owner? You'll love it.


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15:44
Admin console

 May 19, 2015 3:44:00 PM PDT

We're investigating reports of an issue with Admin console. We will provide more information shortly.

Domain verification may not be completing for some customers.

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15:33
Apple Watch OS 1.0.1

This addresses a few of the things I’ve had trouble with.

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15:29
Cossacks 3 Could Revive RTS Game Genre


GSC Game World on Monday announced it will release Cossacks 3, a new version of the popular real-time strategy title Cossacks: European Wars. It will be available for PC, Mac and Linux machines later this year. Cossacks 3 is a modern remake of the original game that debuted in 2001. That history-based title was unique in that players could control hundreds of individual units at a time, vastly surpassing other games in the genre.

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15:23
How Eddie Van Halen hacks guitars and amps

Great article, written by EVH.

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15:03
Apple to hire up to 500 more workers for Mesa, Ariz...

Months after Apple announced plans to build a "global command center" on the site of its failed sapphire production facility in Mesa, Ariz., a report on Tuesday says the company is looking to hire up to 500 extra workers to complete and maintain the project.

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14:44
Apple, Other Techs, Security Experts, Civil Groups...

Apple, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!, Facebook, Twitter, the Electronic Freedom Foundation (EFF), and a host of security experts have penned an open letter to U.S. President Barack Obama urging him not to give law enforcement back door access to our data. The letter is a response by complaints from the U.S. Department of Justice, the FBI, and others criticizing Apple, Google, and others for incorporating encryption that even they can't bypass.


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14:42
The Dalrymple Report now on iTunes

You can now subscribe to the new podcast I do with Merlin Mann on iTunes.

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14:32
Clothing retailer Express now accepting Apple Pay at...

Clothing retailer Express on Tuesday began accepting Apple Pay at all of its U.S. outlets, adding yet another feather in the cap of Apple's mobile payment platform.

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13:49
Tip of the Day: Showing only downloaded books in...

By default, the iBooks app on iOS will show you not only content on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, but also anything that exists in your purchased library. While this is a handy way of making your entire library readily available to you without having to sort through your iBookstore purchase history, it can sometimes get a little overwhelming. The good news is that it’s easy enough to filter out this content to show only iBooks that have…

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13:41
Apple Watch OS 1.0.1 Sees Minor UI Speed Increases [...

Apple released the first update to Apple Watch OS earlier on Monday-Apple Watch OS 1.0.1-and right off the bat we noticed that screen reaction times are dramatically faster. Glances load more swiftly, too, and switching between notifications, the Watch face, Glances, and Apps is all smoother and faster.


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13:32
Second-gen Automatic car adapter adds GPS, real-time...

Automatic Labs on Tuesday launched a upgraded version of the Automatic, a Bluetooth adapter that plugs into a vehicle's OBD-II (on-board diagnostic) port and communicates with a paired iOS or Android device.

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13:23
Gear: Tylt Ribbn Car Charger

Tylt’s new Ribbn Car Charger comes in micro-USB ($40) and Lightning ($50) versions — we got our hands on the Lightning edition of the charger. Notably, Ribbn is a 4.8A charger — it has a 3-foot Lightning cable and an additional USB port, allowing two devices to be simultaneously charged at 2.4A speeds. Those speeds will allow any iOS device to be charged at full speed, including an iPad 3 or iPad 4. Ribbn comes in a variety of colors.

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13:16
Express clothing store starts officially accepting...

Add Express to the list of retailers now taking Apple Pay at checkout. Checks with multiple Express stores across the United States and tips from readers indicate that the fashion and clothing retailer starting accepting the iPhone and Apple Watch payment feature this week. Express joins a short list of clothing stores that formally accept Apple Pay, which already includes Bloomingdales and American Eagle. According to Apple’s website, more clothing stores such as Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie will start accepting Apple Pay soon. Earlier this month, grocery store Trader Joe’s started officially taking Apple Pay, while 30 new banks and credit unions started showing their support this morning. We also...

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12:51
Kinkoo 40W 6-Port High Speed Charger: $35

If you have a lot of devices in your household, we have a deal for you: the Kinkoo 40W 6-Port High Speed Charger. As the name suggests, it has six charging USB ports, each of them designed to deliver maximum charging power to your mobile devices. It's designed to handle U.S. and international power from the wall, and it's certified CE, FCC and RoHS. Through our deal you can get the Kinkoo for $35.


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12:44
Apple Releases Updated MacBook Pro, iMac, and iPhone...

Apple has updated the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display to include a Force Touch trackpad, lowered prices on the iMac with Retina 5K display, and introduced a new iPhone dock with a Lightning connector.

 

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12:34
PCalc brings its calculator app to Apple Watch w/...



TLA Systems has brought is popular calculator app to the Apple Watch today through the latest version of PCalc for iPhone. The PCalc Apple Watch app features a fully functional calculator for quickly crunching numbers from your watch — 1985 Casio-style like the similar Calcbot app — and similarly features a clever tip calculator that makes splitting the bill a cinch. 

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12:32
Strengthening dollar prompts Apple to increase...

Apple raised prices in a number of overseas markets on Tuesday, a move precipitated by the U.S. dollar's continued rebound and designed to minimize the effect of foreign exchange headwinds.

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12:28
Review: PhoneSuit Elite 6 and Elite 6 Pro Battery...

PhoneSuit's newest battery cases first impressed us at this year's CES, where they earned a coveted iLounge Best of Show award. There are two versions of the battery case for both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus — PhoneSuit claims Elite 6 ($80-$90) delivers up to 80 percent of a charge to an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, while Elite 6 Pro ($100-$110) is said to provide 120 percent extra power to either device. Unfortunately, one of our most anticipated features of these cases — a free power management app that gives users more precise control of when the case should start charging the iPhone — didn't make the cut. PhoneSuit claims the app is still under development and will be released later this year, but we won't factor that feature into consideration for this review.{/exp:char_limit}
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12:18
∞ Bird laughs like super villain

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12:15
Apple, Google, others ask Obama to resist smartphone...

In a letter to be sent Tuesday and obtained by The Washington Post, a coalition of tech firms, security experts and others appeal to the White House to protect privacy rights as it considers how to address law enforcement’s need to access data that is increasingly encrypted.

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12:07
PCalc now on the Apple Watch

Added support for the Apple Watch – now you can use PCalc without taking your phone out your pocket! Includes a full calculator app, a tip calculator, and a glance to see the result of your most recent calculations.

It’s great to see PCalc on the watch.

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11:52
Carl Icahn remains convinced Apple will build...

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn argued in a Tuesday TV interview on Tuesday that Apple will indeed make and sell a television set, despite a new report claiming that the company abandoned the project over a year ago.

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11:41
Apple Introduces 15-inch MacBook Pro with Force...

Apple today updated the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display with the new Force Touch trackpad, faster flash storage, longer battery life, and faster discrete graphics. Apple also introduced a new $1,999 configuration of the 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display featuring a 14.7 million pixel display, quad-core processors, and AMD graphics, and lowered the price of the top-end iMac to $2,299. “The response to the new MacBook and updated 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display has been amazing, and today we are thrilled to bring the new Force Touch trackpad, faster flash storage, and longer battery life to the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Customers love the groundbreaking iMac with Retina 5K display, and now with a new lower starting price, even more people can experience the best desktop we’ve ever made.”

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11:37
Google adds real-time tweets to mobile web and iOS...

Following up on Google’s agreement with Twitter to instantly add tweets to web search results, the duo announced today that users on mobile devices will start seeing real-time Twitter results as well. The feature is available in the Google app on iOS or Google’s mobile website, and is expected to make its way to the desktop soon.

Now when you search for a person, hashtag, or popular topic of discussion, you’ll find related tweets on your results page. Like all other...

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11:27
Apple releases Watch OS 1.0.1 update, offers Siri...

The first Apple Watch update is here.

And it includes a slew of interesting fixes and changes.

On Tuesday, Apple released its Watch OS 1.0.1 update. To install the update, connect your Apple Watch to power, make sure it has at least a 50 percent charge, connect your iPhone to a Wi-Fi network, make sure your iPhone is within range of your Apple Watch, on your iPhone, open the Apple Watch app and tap My Watch > General > Software Update.

The update offers the following fixes and improvements:

Siri

Measuring standing activity

Calculating calories for indoor cycling and rowing workouts

Distance and pace during outdoor walk and run workouts

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11:25
Why Apple Ditched Its Plan To Build a Television

Apple has been rumored to be developing their own line of HDTVs for years, but a new report from the Wall Street Journal (paywalled) says while those plans did exist, they've been abandoned. Apple began pondering the idea of jumping into the television market roughly a decade ago, as iTunes started hosting video content. The AppleTV made a foray into living rooms in 2007, and other devices reached the prototype stage. The company continued to do research and work on their ideas, but eventually gave up more than a year ago.
Apple had searched for breakthrough features to justify building an Apple-branded television set, those people said. In addition to an ultra-high-definition display, Apple considered adding sensor-equipped cameras so viewers could make video calls through the set, they said. Ultimately, though, Apple executives didn't consider any of those features compelling enough to enter the highly competitive television market, led by Samsung Electronics Co. Apple...

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11:01
How-To: Install Watch OS updates on your Apple Watch

The Apple Watch received its first official software update today, giving lucky early adopters their first opportunity to see how the Watch OS updating process works. Unlike the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, which can update themselves using iOS’s Software Update feature, the Apple Watch depends upon an iPhone to download the update from Apple’s servers and install it on the Watch. You’ll also need a Wi-Fi network, your Apple Watch charger, and at least 50% battery life in order to do the update.

Here are the full details…

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10:55
How to install Apple Watch software updates

On Tuesday, Apple released Watch OS 1.0.1, the first public update to the Apple Watch's software. It's a relatively minor update, with some performance improvements and support for new display emoji under the hood. Installing the update is easy, and requires only a few steps. Here's how to install a software update on the Apple Watch.

Updates are distributed via the Apple Watch app for iPhone. When a new update becomes available, you'll see a badge on the My Watch icon in the app's toolbar. If not, tap General and then Software Update. You should see Watch OS 1.0.1 waiting for you.

In order for the update to be successful, your Watch:

  1. Must be within range of your iPhone (which has an active Internet connection)
  2. Be connected to its charger
  3. Have at least 50% battery life

Once you're set, tap Install. The process doesn't take very long and happens over the air. Your Mac is not involved. You can monitor the installation's...

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10:52
Watch OS 1.0.1 arrives to improve your Apple Watch...

The first Apple Watch update is here, and while it doesn’t include amazing features like Find My Watch and third-party watch face Complications, it does promise to make the device work better.

The update delivers improved performance for Siri, third-party apps, accessibility, calculating indoor cycling and rowing workout calories, measuring stand activity, and measuring distance and pace during outdoor walk and run workouts. I’m looking forward to the workout upgrades, because the native Workout app has shown iffy stats when it comes to distance and pace compared to third-party apps.

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10:47
Another day, another Samsung ripoff of Apple

Samsung has just released a public beta of its new feature called Samsung Flow, which is essentially a ripoff of Apple’s Continuity – introduced last year. This new feature will allow users to start a task on one device, and be able to pick it up and continue from another.

Can this company can up with nothing original? I’m all for competition, but Jesus, this continuous copying is getting tiresome.

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10:35
∞ Elvis: Burning Love

Elvis is just a badass.

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10:15
Apple released a new Software Update

Apple just released a new Software Update:

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10:14
Tim Cook: Apple Watch in stores ‘by June’, in talks...

During his trip last week across China, Apple CEO Tim Cook held a meeting at Apple’s China headquarters with several employees in attendance, according to sources with knowledge of the briefing. Cook reportedly reiterated several recent China-focused announcements, including the new forest-focused environmental initiatives and improvements for education, but he also mentioned some new tidbits regarding the upcoming retail launch for the Apple Watch and the rollout of Apple Pay for China…

Regarding the Apple Watch, Cook began by telling the employees that “...

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10:14
News: Apple releases first Apple Watch Software...

Apple has released Watch OS 1.0.1, the first software update for the Apple Watch. The 51.6MB download includes performance improvements and bug fixes related to Siri, measuring stand activity, calculating calories for indoor cycling and rowing workouts, distance and pace during outdoor walk and run workouts, accessibility, and third party apps. The update also provides support for new Emoji characters and language support for seven additional countries.…

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10:10
Apple releases Watch OS 1.0.1 with Siri and fitness...

Apple has just released Watch OS 1.0.1, the first ever over-the-air software update for the Apple Watch. The new version improves performance for Siri, Accessibility, and third-party apps. Some fitness tracking functions also get attention—standing activity measurements, calorie counting for indoor cycling and rowing, and measuring distance and pace while walking and running outdoors have all been improved.

The update includes support for the new emoji introduced in iOS 8.3. Brazilian Portuguese, Danish, Dutch, Swedish, Russian, Thai, and Turkish language support have also been improved.

Apple Watch software updates are installed from the Apple Watch app rather than from the watch itself. Go to the app, then General, and Software Update to prompt an update check. To install the update, Apple says your watch needs to be within...

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10:03
Apple's back in the pricey iPhone dock business

Apple has just released a new iPhone dock, and like any other Apple product, you’ll pay a premium for its extreme simplicity.

The “iPhone Lightning Dock” costs $39, and works with any Lighting-equipped iPhone (including the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus) or iPod Touch. It’s a simple slab of white plastic, with a wide enough base to work with reasonably-sized iPhone cases. It also has an audio line-out port, so you can hook up external speakers through any 3.5 mm cable (sold separately, of course.)

This isn’t the first Lightning Dock that Apple has sold for the iPhone. In 2013, the company released a pair of docks for the iPhone 5s and 5c, but neither are compatible with other iPhones. The new one is universal, at the expense of a more form-fitted base.

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09:59
First Apple Watch update released: Watch OS 1.0.1...

Apple on Tuesday released Watch OS 1.0.1, its first-ever software update for the newly released Apple Watch, addressing a myriad of bugs and issues, including improved performance for Siri, measuring standing activities, counting calories for indoor cycling and rowing, and more.

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09:55
Mac: Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display (...

While Apple brought its new “Force Touch” feature to the 13-inch model of the MacBook Pro with Retina Display around the same time as the new MacBook, Apple’s larger model has taken a bit longer to get the update. The new 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display ($1,999 - $2,499) goes a step beyond simply adding the Force Touch trackpad, however, with some nice performance boosts to storage and battery life.

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09:54
News: Apple extends agreement with TomTom for Maps

In a simple two-sentence statement, TomTom confirmed that its partnership to provide Apple with maps and related information has been extended, but provided no further details. TomTom has been partnered with Apple since 2012, the same year Apple fired its own internal manager in charge of Maps for iOS 6. Apple recently announced the acquisition of GPS firm Coherent Navigation, which could be another move to bolster the features of Maps. [via 9to5Mac]...

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09:52
Apple releases first Apple Watch update with Watch...


Apple has released the first software update for Apple Watch today with the release of Watch OS 1.0.1. The update is available through the Apple Watch app on iPhone.

The update measures in at 51.6 MB and includes “performance improvements and bug fixes” as Apple notes. In addition to adding support for the 300+ new Emoji characters added in iOS 8.3 and OS X 10.10.3,  Apple lists these as improvements areas:

  • Siri
  • Measuring stand activity
  • Calculating calories for indoor cycling...
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09:40
FTC sides with Apple, other parties concerned with...

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has intervened in the bankruptcy court dispute over the sale of RadioShack customer data, spelling out conditions it feels are needed to protect personal privacy.

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09:01
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08:56
Mac: Apple iMac with Retina 5K Display (Mid-2015)

Apple has updated its iMac with Retina 5K Display ($1,999 – $2,299) which first debuted last fall, dropping the price of the original model, introducing a second more affordable option, and emphasizing the higher resolution display by adding “5K” to the product’s name. Sporting the same 27” 5120 x 2880 display, the $1,999 model features a 3.3 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 CPU and AMD Radeon R9 M290 graphics, 8GB of memory and 1TB of storage alongside four USB 3.0 ports and two Thunderbolt 2 ports.

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08:52
British Pathé – the largest archive of history on...

British Pathé:

Follow us through the 20th Century and dive into the good and the bad times of the past. Feel free to explore more than 80,000 videos of filmed history and maybe you’ll find stuff no one else has ever seen.

Do not go to this site if you want to get any work done today. Thanks to my friend Antonio Rosario for the huge time suck.

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