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Saturday May 9

10:00
Peace, Love & Macs: Macstock Conference &...

Macworld/iWorld may be a thing of the past, but that's not keeping Apple fans down. There are always local gatherings at user groups where you can feel the Apple love, a number of tech conferences like MacIT and the ACES Conference, and then there are regional conferences like the Macstock Conference & Expo. The latter is coming up next month in Woodstock, IL (hence the name) on June 20, with a full panel of speakers from the Mac and Apple podcasting community.

Speakers include Mike Potter and Eric Erickson of For Mac Eyes Only, Dave Hamilton of The Mac Observer's Mac Geek Gab Podcast, Chuck...

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09:58
Inside Apple Inc in Switzerland: No Watch yet, but...

Switzerland is an affluent country with lots of people who value high quality products and new technology, making it a potential hotspot for Apple Watch--at least once the new product is officially launched in the country, known for its breathtaking mountains and equally breathtaking consumer prices.

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07:00
Review: Adobe’s Lightroom CC + 6 let photographers...

Until this year, Mac owners had three major options for organizing large digital photo collections: Apple’s mainstream iPhoto, Apple’s “pro” app Aperture, and Adobe’s similarly professional-grade Lightroom. When Apple discontinued iPhoto and Aperture in favor of an even more basic app called Photos, many people —amateur photographers and professionals alike — had to decide whether to downgrade to Photos or switch to Lightroom. Apple understood that it was ceding at least the professional market to Lightroom, and even helped Adobe to develop Aperture and iPhoto to Lightroom importers. With the writing on the wall, some people switched to Lightroom 5 well before Photos officially debuted last month.

I didn’t; since Lightroom 5 was almost three years old, I wanted to see what Adobe would deliver...

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06:00
Pippin's paws-on review of Petcube

mrow!

My name is Pippin, and my human is Steve who you know from this website. I'm a little over a year old and I'm a cat, so Steve asked me to write about this thing called Petcube ($199, affiliate link) that I let him play with. It's a little hard typing by walking around on this keyboard thingy, but Steve said he'd edit what I wrote so here goes...

Petcube sits on Steve and Barb's dresser across from the kitty condo I share with Merry, the stupidest cat in the world. Well, she's cute, but dumb, and I love her anyway. It's a silvery-looking box with a shiny front; Steve called it a cube and said it's four inches on each side, whatever that means. All I know is that it's too heavy (1.3 lbs) for me to move much.

The only time Petcube does something seems to be when my humans are away from my house (I wish they'd take me somewhere, but not to...

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06:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Standalone keyboard and...

Standalone keyboard and protective case? It can be done!

This week’s roundup of new iPad’s cases brings you products from Kensington and Vaja designed to play nice with Apple’s Smart Cover, keyboard alternatives from Logitech and Poetic, a catchy design from M-Edge… and much more.

Kensington

If you want more protection but aren’t ready to give up your Apple Smart Cover, the CornerCase (iPad Air; $20) offers extensive corner and side padding for every need.

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05:00
External Link: The Sad State of the Mac App Store

It’s not a big secret among Mac users that the Mac App Store hasn’t lived up to its promise, but developer Sam Soffes has revealed just how bad the problem is. He launched a new app, Redacted for Mac, on 6 May 2015, and it quickly shot to the eighth spot on the U.S. Top Paid list. But the app wasn’t as successful as you might think: on the first day, it only sold 94 total copies, for a total of $452.

 

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05:00
Gadget Ogling: Virtual Sensations, Radio-Wave...


We're edging ever closer toward a virtual reality boom, with Oculus finally promising its Rift headset will arrive in 2016. Yet what if there were a way to make VR even more immersive? Feelreal has come up with two devices -- a virtual reality mask and a helmet -- that aim to draw users almost entirely into a fictional world. The mask is an add-on, compatible with major VR headsets. The company is seeking Kickstarter funding to develop a commercial model based on demonstrated prototypes. The helmet is designed to work with a smartphone. A prototype is under development.

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05:00
You Should Play: Tales from the Borderlands serves...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.

Telltale Games has had immense success of late turning pop culture smashes into engaging, well-written adventure games, consistently bucking the trend of poor licensed games. The Walking Dead remains its standout smash, using the comic series to spin out a grim, episodic tale in which even seemingly small decisions affect the story ahead. And using the same template, The Wolf Among Us (based on comic classic, Fables) and the current...

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Friday May 8

21:28
This week in AppleInsider: 12.9" iPad Pro...

This week saw a number of details emerge about Apple's plans for a 12.9-inch iPad, a new Apple TV, and Web search. The company's efforts to relaunch Beats Music appeared to be running into roadblocks however, with word of incomplete deals, and even probes by two U.S. government agencies.

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20:38
Fox officially plans 'Minority Report' TV...

It's official: Fox will bring back Minority Report later this year. Steven Spielberg directed the 2002 movie, and his company Amblin TV is behind the new TV series, set 10 years after the end of "pre-crime" in Washington D.C. The plot details availab...

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16:34
Apple could make Beats Music free -- for a little...

Apple might have tried to convince the record labels to kill their free-tier streaming deals with Spotify, but its revamped Beats Music could let listeners sign up without having to pay a dime.

Industry sources told Re/Code that Apple is currently negotiating with music labels to relaunch Beats Music as a free, unlimited streaming service for a short window immediately following its launch this summer. This trial period could be anywhere from one month to three months.

Apple is also considering other “freemium” alternatives to try to lure listeners away from Spotify, YouTube and other streaming competitors. Those options include having a select number of songs, mainly only the promotional singles, available for free listening. Another option is giving listeners free access to a new version of iTunes Radio where they can listen to...

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16:03
On the Long-Term Viability of Apple’s Customer-First...

Great piece by Jason Kottke, “Asking ‘Who’s the Customer?’”:

This might be off-topic (or else the best example of all), but
“who’s the customer?” got me thinking about who the customers of
large public corporations really are: shareholders and potential
shareholders. The accepted wisdom of maximizing shareholder
value
has become an almost moral imperative for large
corporations. The needs of their customers, employees, the
environment, and the communities in which they’re located often
take a backseat to keeping happy the big investment banks, mutual
funds, and hedge funds who buy their stock. When providing good
customer service and experience is viewed by companies as...

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15:48
Sega to remove games that no longer meet its...

Sega announced in a post on its blog this evening that it is going to remove a number of games from its catalog of apps on the App Store. Sega says that a number of its games on the App Store no longer meet its “high-quality” standards. Sega will also remove the games from the Google Play Store, the Samsung App Store and the Amazon App Store.

Sega says that if you purchased one of the games that it is removing from the App Store, you will still be able to play it on your device and that it will remain in the purchased apps section of the App Store for future download on any of your devices.

While Sega did not specify which games it will be removing from the App Store over the coming weeks, it did note that a few of them may return eventually...

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15:45
The truth about Macs in the enterprise

[Editor’s note: The following article originally appeared in InfoWorld.]

When I said last week that Windows 10 won’t save the PC, some Windows-addled IT folks said I was secretly suggesting that enterprises replace their PCs with Macs. That wasn’t my intent, but those comments made me think about where the Mac fits in the enterprise and what causes so many IT organizations to be so emotionally opposed to having non-Windows PCs in their companies.

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15:00
AWT News Update: May 8, 2015

Happy Friday, everyone! Today we have a short blast of Apple news for your listening pleasure:

  • Apple begins sending out notifications to the winners of 350 WWDC scholarships
  • Xcode 6.3.2 GM seed has been shipped to developers
  • Patently Apple: more Watches will be sold in the first 60 days than iPhones sold in the first year 
  • A "smart cane" for the blind is developed by students from Birmingham City University

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14:57
SEGA to withdraw older, substandard iOS games in...

Japanese games maker SEGA on Friday said it will soon cull a number of back catalog titles from Apple's iOS App Store in an effort to maintain a level of consistency across its software lineup.

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14:54
Cyanogen Taps Truecaller in Effort to Build a Better...


Cyanogen, best known for its FOSS Android-based OS, CyanogenMod, soon will provide caller ID screening and spam blocking directly from the native dialer on Cyanogen OS, the commercial version of its operating system. These capabilities will be provided through the company's global partnership with Truecaller. They will be baked into future smartphone devices preloaded with Cyanogen OS. "I'm wondering whether Truecaller is addressing an actual need of smartphone users," mused Werner Goertz, a research director with Gartner.

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14:20
Apple seeds Xcode 6.3.2 gold master to developers

Apple on Friday released a golden master candidate for Xcode 6.3.2, brings a number of bug fixes and backend improvements to its coding tool for Mac and iOS developers.

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14:09
As Swiss watchmakers dismiss Apple Watch threat,...

Over the first calendar quarter of 2015, the Swiss National Bank increased its holding of Apple stock by 60 percent to 8.90 million shares, according to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

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14:00
DIRECTV Watch app puts the remote on your wrist

IMAGE VIA DIRECTV.COM

The ultimate in laziness has just arrived, courtesy of DIRECTV and your Apple Watch. No more do you have to stretch your arm to pick up the remote -- now just a tap on your wrist will control your satellite TV viewing. The DIRECTV iPhone App (free) now has a Watch companion that serves as a remote control that also just happens to tell time and do a lot of other amazing things, too -- like tell you to get off of the couch hourly and move around.

The app does most of the things you'd expect a full TV remote to do, including browsing of channels for movies and shows, checking details of those shows, and even setting them to record on the HD DVR. Once they're recorded on the DVR, you can play, pause, rewind and fast-forward with a few taps on your wrist.

The DIRECTV channel guide, your DVR playlist, and most of the...

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13:33
Apple sends out notifications to WWDC 2015...

Apple on Friday began sending out scholarship notifications for the 2015 Worldwide Developers Conference, giving lucky winners a chance to get into the event without paying the standard $1,599 ticket price.

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13:21
Xcode 6.3.2 GM seed with bug fixes released to...

Apple today released the Golden Master (GM) version of the upcoming Xcode 6.3.2 to developers via the official online developer downloads center. The current version, 6.3.1, was released on the Mac App Store in late April, and Apple has not indicated when the 6.3.2 will be released on the store. Version 6.3.2 includes the full SDKs for all of Apple’s devices, and introduces bug fixes for the Swift programming language Compiler, the Playgrounds feature, Account Management, and more. The full list of fixes is available below:

Swift Compiler

• Fixed a regression in the compile time of larger projects using Swift...

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13:00
Today in the App Store — DataMan Next, Droplr and...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today’s notable apps include a 50% off discount on DataMan Next, the new Redacted OS X app and a notable update to Droplr. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Amigo Pancho [Now free, down from $1.99] Help Amigo Pancho to get to the Mountains top.

Soviet posters HD [Now free, down from $1.99] A look back at the posters from that era creates a chronicled timeline of Soviet Union’s creation and evolution. Each and every major event in the life of the Soviet people is reflected in the legacy of socialist agitprop.

...

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12:36
Apple begins issuing WWDC scholarships to winning...

With its major developer conference scheduled to kick off in just over four weeks, Apple has started sending out WWDC scholarship notifications to winning applicants. Scholarship recipients avoid the limited lottery system for purchasing a ticket while the $1599 price of the ticket is waived. This year the scholarship program includes 350 slots for student developers and STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) organization members. In previous years, the scholarship program has been limited to 200 tickets. Apple will reveal the latest versions of iOS and OS X during the WWDC keynote. The conference begins June 8th. You can read the full email...

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12:36
Bidding intensifies for Nokia's Here maps as...

Whether or not Apple is still in the running to buy Nokia's Here, the digital mapping service will likely sell for more than $3 billion thanks to a bid made by transportation service Uber.

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12:00
The Week in iOS Apps: Version 4.0 of Flickr arrives

Version 4.0 of Flickr arrives

This week’s roundup includes a major update to the Flickr photo app, as well as a new hide-and-seek game, an app for ACLU supporters, and more.

Addapp

Addapp takes the input from all your wearables—like Fitbit and Jawbone, along with a whole range of health-related apps—and converts the information into daily, personal insights about what you’re doing to get healthy, and what you can do to improve. It’s not just feedback—it’s affirmation.

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11:30
NFTY PL+S wants to be your all-in-one charging and...

One market that seems to be quite saturated with different devices is that of chargers and battery packs for smartphones and tablets. Fortunately, there are still companies that take on the challenge of creating better products and one of them -- designed by many -- is seeking funding on Indiegogo for a new device it refers to as the NFTY PL+S that wants to be "the last charging solution and battery bank you will ever need."

The Miami-based design firm certainly packed a lot of technology into a small (2.25 x 2.25 x 1.15 inch) container. The NFTY PL+S features a 4000 mAh Lithium-Polymer battery pack, comes with a car charger, fold-out car charger, USB charger, 4 female USB ports (for charging up to four devices simultaneously), and can be used to add power to your Apple Watch, iPhone, and iPad simultaneously.

There's a $55 early-bird level pledge still available, and the campaign has raised about 6 percent of...

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11:28
Apple Inc. shares approach ex-dividend as it gears...

On May 14, Apple will pay shareholders of record a quarterly dividend of $0.52 per share, but investors must have settled ownership of the company's stock by Monday, May 11, in order to qualify.

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11:26
Hands-on: Apple Watch standalone bands, packaging,...

While the initial Apple Watch launch is still ongoing, Apple started shipping standalone bands to customers this week. We’ve got our hands on both the Leather Loop and Sport bands plus packaging today. Check out our comparison photos and my early impressions of each band and the swapping process below.

Personalizing the Apple Watch by changing the watch faces and swapping bands can give the same model a very different look and feel. Customization isn’t always a strong focus for Apple, but ease-of-use usually is. The band swapping process is very Apple in this regard. No tools required, just a custom quick-release system. You’ll also want to make sure you’re matching your 38mm or 42mm with the same size band.

Just like the stainless steel Apple Watch...

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11:14
You can now bulk download from Flickr: your photos...

Petapixel:

Today Flickr launched a number of new improvements to their service. In my mind, the most significant change is that Flickr is introducing the ability for you to bulk download your photos from their site.

Now you can fill up that free 1 terabyte (or unlimited terabytes if you’ve got a grandfathered Pro account) with confidence knowing that if you ever want/need those photos back from Flickr you’ll be able to get them back much more easily.

One of my knocks on Flickr (a site I’ve used for years) is now moot with this new feature. Really good news for those of us who want additional backups of our photos.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:08
Nike CEO discusses future of Apple partnership,...


Nike+ Running App for Apple Watch

Earlier today, Nike CEO Mark Parker sat down with CNBC for a video interview to discuss his company exiting wearable hardware, Fitbit’s IPO, fitness software, a partnership with Apple, and the Apple Watch. Asked where the Nike and Apple partnership goes from here, Parker said “it continues,” and that “we are excited about the potential that the Apple/Nike relationship has.”

Parker noted that Nike already offers the Nike+ app on the Apple Watch and that Nike has over 60 million digital fitness software users. Parker said Nike is “working with Apple” on new software and...

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10:54
Apple’s new music service will reportedly feature a...

A new report from Re/code today about Apple’s upcoming music streaming platform reiterated much of what we already know about the service, which is expected to debut with iOS 8.4 at WWDC. iOS 8.4 is already in the...

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10:48
Apple to give the first hit free with its new...

Apple is reportedly planning to entice consumers to sign up for its new streaming music service by offering a number of try-before-you-buy options, including a lengthy trial period and revamped iTunes Radio stations.

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10:38
How to modify your Apple Watch box into an Edition-...

Apple only includes its fancy charging case if you buy one of the $10,000+ gold Apple Watch Edition models, so I decided to DIY my own using the box Apple includes with its mid-range, stainless steel Apple Watch collection.

If you bought an Apple Watch model— the entry-level Sport collection comes with cheaper, somewhat disposable packaging— you get a box much like with the Edition minus the charging features and leather shell.

With few drilled holes and less than $10 worth of materials, I transformed my box into a charging case that looks a lot like the Apple Watch Edition charging case.

Here’s how I did it:

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10:00
What to play this weekend: Lifeline

The last time I texted Taylor, he was walking towards the plumes of smoke. He estimated they were about an hour away, but depending on the force of gravity wherever he is, that could be off. He said he'll text back when he arrives. In the meantime, I'm thinking about him.

Anticipation is part of the fun of Lifeline, ($2.99, universal, with support for Apple Watch), an interactive fiction game from 3 Minute Games. You play the as the only point of contact for Taylor, a student astronaut who wakes up in a damaged escape pod, scared, alone and not knowing what to do. The UI is basically spacey-looking text messages that the two of you share. It's part choose-your-own-...

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09:58
Nike CEO 'excited about the potential' of...

The long-standing partnership between Nike and Apple has been beneficial for both companies, and Nike's chief executive hinted on Friday that additional projects were in the works even as Apple encroaches on Nike's territory.

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09:57
No, the Apple Watch does not cost $84 to make

Mobile Forward:

The Apple Watch is out, and we’re seeing the first analyst estimates of some of its key costs. The variation in these early estimate is huge. It’s so big that, even if some estimates aren’t perfect, others are, to use a Tim Cook phrase, “in another universe”.

From my experience working with product and cost experts at a well-known mobile device company, I can tell you: Apple Watch does not cost $84 in hardware and manufacturing. It costs meaningfully more. Probably more than 2X that. And I’ll tell you why. Maybe I’ll even give you my estimate.

Every time one of these “this is what Product X actually costs to make!” articles comes out, I get pissed at the tech media for being so stupid as to believe and parrot the numbers without having any grounds to do so. This article, spelling/grammar issues aside, does a good job of explaining why these estimates aren’t worth the time it takes to type them out.

...

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09:44
A new website for designers and developers

My thanks to Designer News for sponsoring The Loop this week. A new and exciting website has recently been launched for web designers and developers.

You likely spend hours every morning browsing through hundreds of posts on your RSS feeds, hoping to stumble across relevant stories. Designer News was built to provide web designers and developers with a single location to discover the latest and most significant stories on the Web.

They search through hundreds of posts on blogs, social media, and news channels, to deliver the most essential stories of the day. The content covers quality news, fresh tools and apps, case studies, code demos, inspiration posts, videos and more.

With frequent updates throughout the day, you’ll always find something interesting and fun to read.

Click ...

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09:42
∞ Bob Clearmountain: Recording drums with two mics

This is a must see if you’re interested in recording. Bob Clearmountain is the best in the industry.

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09:23
The Last Apple Watch Review You'll Ever Need to...


If you're thinking about getting an Apple Watch and have been on the fence, this review is for you. Why? The Apple Watch, it turns out, is less about being the perfect smartwatch than it is about being a watch. For the fence sitters out there, these two questions are really where you should start: First, do you want a watch? Second, do you want a digital wearable device you can use to transform your life, pay for coffee, live healthier, and make the rest of the world think you're actually paying more attention than you really are?

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09:20
The Debacle of Google Glass

Great article from Tim Bajarin on the mistakes and lack of understanding Google had with glass.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:14
Early word on ResearchKit apps: So far, a success

Apple offered up the iPhone to medical researchers as a new way to collect hard-to-get health data two months ago, and now we have an idea of how the company’s newly open-sourced ResearchKit initiative is paying off.

Mobile health developers LifeMap Solutions worked with New York’s Mount Sinai to develop one of the first ResearchKit apps, Asthma Health, and LifeMap CEO Corey Bridges has a few takeaways eight weeks in.

Bridges published the first official ResearchKit blog post with answers to ResearchKit questions like whether users would continue to use the app after the novelty wore off and how they would react to the e-consent process needed to participate in the asthma study. To participate in...

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09:06
9to5Toys Last Call: uNu iPhone 6 battery case $40,...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

Today’s can’t miss deals:
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09:00
Daily Deals for May 8, 2015

It’s time to save some of your hard-earned money with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive 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

Snapselect: Duplicate and Similar Photos Cleaner [Now free, down from $17.99] Beautiful, Fast, Reliable. Snapselect is the award-winning and fast tool to eliminate similar photos & duplicates, conveniently browse all your images and discover the best photos from thousands of others.

Hardware and Accessory Deals

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08:53
Uber bids $3 billion for Nokia’s mapping service

Uber has submitted a bid for Here, the main competitor to Google Maps, for as much as $3 billion, according to three people with knowledge of the offer, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Here is owned by Nokia, the Finnish telecom giant, which announced last month that it was considering selling the business.

Makes sense for Uber, but there’s stiff competition to purchase the mapping service.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:55
Additional teardown, analysis finds Apple Watch CPU/...

The Apple Watch has gone through a number of teardowns since its release on April 24. The newest release from Chipworks has revealed the wearable to feature 512MB of RAM, a Broadcom Wi-Fi chip, an accelerometer/gyrometer from STMicroelectronics, 30 individual components inside the 26mm x 28mm S1 package, a feat Chipworks calls “quite an accomplishment.”

Among the more interesting discoveries Chipworks has made is the manufacturing process for the APL0778 application processor (CPU/GPU). It was made with Samsung’s 28 nanometer LP process, which is no longer cutting edge technology. A 28-nanometer processor was also used in the...

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07:50
Nintendo plans to release 5 smartphone games within...

Legendary video game maker Nintendo plans to take a "less is more" approach with its entrance into the smartphone gaming market, revealing this week that it only plans to release a handful of games within the next few years.

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07:31
How accurate is the Apple Watch heart-rate monitor?...

If you were wondering whether the sophisticated heart-rate monitor in the Apple Watch does actually generate more accurate results, the answer appears to be a pretty resounding ‘yes.’ Software engineer and SonoPlot founder Brad Larson extracted the raw data from his Apple Watch and compared it to that generated by a dedicated heart-rate monitor. The results can be seen above.

The comparison device, a...

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07:24
Tests show Apple Watch heart rate sensor to be...

Apple picked a good heart rate sensor for the Apple Watch.

After a series of tests by Mac and iOS developer Brad Larson in which raw data was extracted from both devices, the heart rate sensor on the Apple Watch was determined to be nearly on par with the Mio Alpha, a popular dedicated heart rate sensor also worn on the wrist. The Alpha produced sharper peaks, which may suggest more filtering on the Watch, but in most cases the data produced was essentially equal.

The two wearables each use optical sensors that measure reflected light to gauge blood flow. Larson noted that the sensor on the Watch takes a reading every 5 seconds while in...

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07:02
iPhone share of US market grows to 42.6% in March...

Apple slightly increased its lead as the most popular smartphone maker in the U.S. during the March quarter, while Samsung and Motorola lost ground, according to new data published on Friday.

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06:25
Keeping Up with the Snoops X 10.0

A lot has happened since our last installment. Several key bills are being debated in Congress, a new surveillance program has been revealed, presidential candidates have offered their input, the snoops are moving on Silicon Valley, and a high-profile leaker had his time in court.

 

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06:10
There’s good news & bad news for Nintendo fans:...

We learned back in March that Nintendo would finally be creating games for the iPhone and iPad, featuring Mario and other popular characters – though not in their original games, as we’d predicted. Today brings a mix of bad and good news …

The bad news is that Nintendo announced in its financial results presentation that it is planning to release just five games by March 2017.

Regarding the number of the titles, you may want to know that we will release approximately five titles by the end of the next fiscal year, which is the end of March 2017.

The company...

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05:55
Ericsson turns patent royalty spat with Apple into...

Months after taking Apple to court in the U.S., Swedish telecom giant Ericsson has filed separate but related lawsuits in the UK, Germany, and the Netherlands accusing Apple of using Ericsson patents without a legitimate license.

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05:43
FunBITS: Google Takes You to Abbey Road

Google’s interactive tour of London’s Abbey Road Studios pulls back the curtain on one of the music industry’s most-storied spaces… without being too much of a hard-sell.

 

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05:20
AppleInsider podcast discusses Apple Watch sales in...

This week's all-new AppleInsider podcast features Daniel Eran Dilger sharing his experiences from Colette, one of the few fashion boutiques selling Apple Watches. We also discuss the latest 'iPad Pro' rumors, and special guests tech journalist Georgia Dow and Dell UX designer Jim Young join us for a talk on the Apple Watch.

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04:30
Ericsson sues Apple in Europe over alleged patent...

Ericsson is continuing its allegations that Apple has infringed on a number of its wireless patents, filing lawsuits against the company in Germany, Netherlands and the UK, reports Reuters. The patents concern basic mobile phone technologies, including both GSM and LTE.

The company previously asked the ITC to block iPhones from sale in the US market in respect of the same patent claims. The ITC agreed in March to investigate the claims.

Should Apple lose the cases in Europe, the sums involved would be relatively small, totalling between $240M and $725M according to analyst estimates.

Photo: AFP

Filed under:...

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04:01
iPhone slightly increases lead as most popular...

Apple has further increased its lead as the top smartphone manufacturer in the US, the iPhone increasing its market share by one point from 41.6% in Dec 2014 to 42.6% in March 2015, according to comScore. There was no change in the rankings, with Samsung in second place at 28.3% – a fall of 1.4% – followed by LG, Motorola and HTC.

Android remained the most popular platform, with 52.4% of the market against iOS at 42.6%. Windows, Blackberry and Symbian were all also-rans, totalling just 5%...

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03:30
The first 10 Apple Watch games you should play

Watch and play

The Apple Watch is less obvious a gaming platform than the iPhone or iPad, but sure enough, it debuted with dozens of games available on day one. Creating a game for a small-screened wearable device is much different than doing the same for a phone or tablet, as developers told us before the launch, but there are some bright ideas amidst the early lineup. 

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17:33
LifeMap Solutions reports success in post to Apple...

In the first third-party post to Apple's ResearchKit blog, mobile health provider LifeMap Solutions reports seeing high rates of consent and participation due in large part to iOS and iPhone app "stickiness."

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16:30
ResearchKit Asthma app developer praises framework...

Apple’s ResearchKit platform debuted earlier this year alongside iOS 8.2 and has been gaining traction ever since then. Today, LifeMap Solutions, a company taking advantage of ResearchKit, posted the first official entry on Apple’s official ResearchKit blog. In the post, the company discussed its launch of Asthma Health, which was one of the inaugural apps built on ResearchKit.

The goal of Asthma Health is to gain greater insight into what causes the disease and help those who suffer from it live with it and prevent it from worsening. LifeMap Solutions says in the post that the decision to use ResearchKit was an easy one and that it has greatly paid off. For one, the company says that over half...

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16:01
Voyager-X Will Take You on a New Xfce Journey


Voyager-X 10.14.4, released in March, is based on Xubuntu/Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. This new Voyager-X is one of the first distros to use the new Xfce 4.12 desktop. Ubuntu has yet to implement it, and few other Linux distros have put the new update into play. Thus, the latest Xfce desktop is considered "experimental." However, it is a fully functional upgrade. Voyager-X adds to this the Linux kernel 3.16, for a faster and more responsive OS that is optimized for better performance and offers much improved hardware support.

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16:00
AWT News Update: May 7, 2015

This week's AWT News Updates are in part sponsored by Rage Software, makers of the great EverWeb website development tool for Mac. Get a 20% off special offer by clicking here. Today's news:

  • The TestFlight beta-testing platform has been down since Wednesday, causing problems for developers who use the system
  • Flickr for iOS has been updated, making the service easier to use and adding some new automated features
  • A Las Vegas hotel will soon start accepting Apple Pay
  • And a look at closed captions for Apple TV

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15:30
Daily Deals for May 7, 2015

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

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15:19
Amplified: Warm for a Canadian

Jim and Dan talk about Beats Music’s relaunch might hurt Spotify more than others, the new Apple TV remote’s probable touch pad redesign, Microsoft’s emoji additions, the Reserve Strap, Apple’s launch of the ‘Made for Apple Watch’ third-party band program, and more.

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15:13
Applebot

Learn about Applebot, the web crawler for Apple.

Interesting.

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15:08
RIP David Morgenstern

Among many other things, David Morgenstern was a long time Mac journalist. He was also a friend. Rest in Peace, David.

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15:05
DirecTV app updated w/ support for using Apple Watch...

DirecTV has announced an update to its iOS app today that adds support for Apple Watch. With the DirecTV app on Apple Watch, users can play, pause, rewind, and fast forward recorded content on any connected receiver directly from their wrist.

In addition to controlling playback of content, users can also navigate throughout on-screen guide, playlists, and menus with their Apple Watch. Finally, DirecTV customers can also view titles, channels, and episode details of TV shows and movies via Apple Watch and set DVR recordings.

The update is available now via the App Store for free. DirecTV notes that the latest version of its iOS app requires HR20, H21 and above connected HD DVRs. The full release notes for the update can be seen below. You can...

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14:56
Fitbit files for $100 million IPO, warns of Apple...

San Francisco-based fitness tracking device maker Fitbit on Thursday announced it is preparing for an initial public offering that it hopes will raise at least $100 million.

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14:50
More than 1 million people made video calls with...

Need to send a message, make a call or start a video chat? There’s now a Facebook app for all of that.

Facebook Messenger introduced video calls in late April, and the company recently told Mashable that more than a million people had used the Messenger app to make a face-to-face video call during the first two days the feature was available. 

Over 600 million people have downloaded Facebook’s standalone messaging app all over the world, but the voice call feature was only introduced in 18 countries, including the U.S., the U.K, Canada, Mexico, and France.

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14:20
Apple Watch's heart rate sensor on par with Mio...

The heart rate sensor in the Apple Watch is nearly on par with Mio's Alpha, a popular dedicated heart rate tracker also worn on the wrist, a new comparison of the two devices has found.

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14:10
Splatoon: Nintendo Hits You With Its Best Shot


Nintendo has invited players to paint the town red -- and green and blue and a palette of other colors -- in Global Testfire events over the weekend for Splatoon, a new game launching May 29 exclusively on the Wii U. The Testfire events will provide three hour-long windows to try out Splatoon and provide Nintendo with the server stress-testing the game will need for a successful launch. The first Testfire event takes place from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. PT on May 8. Two more tests -- 4 a.m. to 5 a.m. PT, and 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. PT -- are set for May 9.

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13:46
Fitbit warns against highly competitive factors like...

Earlier today, fitness tracker hardware and software company Fitbit filed to go public on the New York Stock Exchange. Since the regulatory filing went public, observers have been scouring the paperwork for information on Fitbit’s financials, sales numbers, and notes about the competition. The Financial Times‘s Tim Bradshaw noticed that that Fitbit cites Apple and the recently-launched Apple Watch as the top billed competitor in the IPO Risk Factors section:

For example, Apple has recently introduced the Apple Watch smartwatch, with broad-based functionalities including some health and fitness tracking capabilities. We also compete with a...

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13:44
'Matrix' directors' Netflix show...

If you're all out of Daredevil, there's another geeky show coming to Netflix soon: Sense8, a new sci-fi series from the Wachowskis and Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski. We've been excited about the project since it was announced, but now we'v...

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13:39
Talking watches with Tony Fadell

Tony made the iPod and worked on several versions of the iPhone before leaving Apple. This is when he founded Nest. I have a ton of respect for Tony and his thoughts on products. Note that this interview was done before the Apple Watch came out.

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13:24
Downcast 1.1.10

Adds settings for skipping intro/outro sections of a podcast and a button for opening 1Password to access protected podcast credentials. ($9.99 new, free update, 20.9 MB)

 

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13:14
Apple Watch S1 processor uses older 28-nanometer...

Nearly two weeks after the product’s official release, Chipworks has updated its earlier Apple Watch teardown to note several significant details, most notably that Apple’s latest processor uses a 28-nanometer building process that has already been leapfrogged by newer technology. The discovery reveals that the S1 — believed to be roughly equivalent in processing power to Apple’s A5 processors — can be readily evolved using the smaller 20-nanometer process used in Apple’s current A8 processors, as well as the cutting-edge 14-nanometer process that’s reportedly being used in the upcoming A9. This is good news for next-generation versions of the Apple Watch, as they will be able to easily fit faster or more power-efficient processors in the same space as the S1.

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13:04
Apple cash reserves greater than those held by most...

The $178 billion in cash reserves Apple held at the end of 2014 was more than aggregate of every other non-financial U.S. industry sector, excluding the technology and medical industries, according to a Moody's Investors Service study released on Thursday.

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13:00
Today in the App Store — Goat Simulator GoatZ, Toca...

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 Toca Nature, the new Goat Simulator GoatZ game and a notable update to PhotoSync. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

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BTT Remote [Now free, down from $1.99] BTT Remote (BTT stands for BetterTouchTool) is a great remote control for your Mac.

Peek Calendar - Simple & Minimalist Cal [Now free, down from $2.99] Peek is a quick and simple to use calendar for your iPhone. It is designed to be glance able and intuitive.

2-bit Cowboy [Now...

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12:39
Worst-case scenario from Irish tax changes could...

If the European Commission were to levy a 12.5 percent tax on all of Apple's earnings that run through Ireland, it would reduce the company's annual earnings by just under 10 percent, a new "worst-case scenario" analysis has found.

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12:34
Analysis of Apple Watch's S1 chip reveals 30...

A deeper inspection of the S1 system-in-package that powers Apple's new wearable reveals a plethora of parts packed into an impressively compact space, including a new Apple-designed application processor alongside components from Broadcom, Skyworks, and NXP.

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12:17
Apple Watch Leather Loop band ship times improve...

Earlier this week the first standalone Apple Watch bands began shipping to pre-order customers including Link Bracelet and Leather Loop, and today shipment times for both sizes and all four colors of the Leather Loop band have improved from sometime in June to 2-4 weeks suggesting new purchases could be delivered as soon as late May.

Both sizes of all six variations of the Sport band now show promised ship dates of 2-4 weeks rather than the more general May delivery date. The 38mm and 42mm Classic Buckle band has also changed from May to 2-4 weeks. Unlike Leather Loop’s change, however, Sport’s and Classic Buckle’s change is likely to due with standard fluctuation as we go further into May....

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11:47
ABI Research gives us our first look at the Apple...

When iFixit tore down the Apple Watch last week, one of the things it couldn't dig into was the S1 "System in Package" (SiP) that powers the device. The S1's components were covered in a "solid block of plasticky resin" rather than a standard heat spreader, so we couldn't see the individual chips and controllers on the board like we usually can in iFixit teardowns.

Today ABI Research took things one step further, removing that block of resin and exposing what's underneath. Most of the components aren't surprising. There's a Broadcom BCM43342 chip for dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0, 512MB of RAM from Elpida, and 8GB of flash memory from Sandisk and Toshiba. An NFC controller from NXP and a signal booster from...

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11:27
How-To: Safely shrink your Mac’s giant photo library...

I’ve focused a lot over the last few months on helping readers to speed up and optimize Apple’s Macs — everything from adding RAM to recovering hard drive space and upgrading old hard drives to faster SSDs. Today’s How-To is focused on something very specific but with a lot of optimization potential: trimming down your Mac’s photo library.

Particularly after installing OS X 10.10.3 with Apple’s new Photos app, you might be surprised to learn that you’ve lost a lot of hard drive space, and that there are suddenly tons of duplicate photos on your Mac. After installing OS X 10.10.3, the new Photos app converted my 90GB Aperture library into a 126GB Photos...

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11:09
AT&T eases up on throttling of grandfathered...

AT&T has relaxed its policy of throttling users of its grandfathered unlimited data plans, and will now only impose slower speeds only at times or in places with high network congestion, a small update to the carrier's website revealed on Thursday.

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11:00
Xiaomi's Mi 4i Spreads in Asia


Chinese wunderkind smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi is taking its flagship Mi 4i smartphone to Hong Kong and Singapore, with availability slated for next Tuesday. Designed especially for emerging markets, the Mi 4i has been wildly successful in India, where it launched two weeks ago and reportedly sold 40,000 units in less than 15 seconds. The Mi 4i is the first Xiaomi phone to run Android 5.0, aka "Lollipop," albeit with MIUI 6, Xiaomi's custom skin for the OS.

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10:20
External Link: Apple’s Networking Kerfuffle

Many Apple users have experienced networking problems, and developer Craig Hockenberry explains the cause in a profanity-laced tirade. The discoveryd service, introduced in OS X 10.10 Yosemite and iOS 8, is the root of the problems. Unfortunately, the more Apple devices you have on a network, the more likely it is that you will have networking issues. So far, the only fix seems to be to reboot all of your Apple devices. If you have both an Airport router and an Apple TV, then you should turn off the Apple TV, reboot the router, and then turn the Apple TV back on.

 

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10:00
Throwback Thursday: Claris CAD

Poor Claris. The company was a 1987 software spinoff from Apple tasked with developing apps for Mac. At first it took over control of MacWrite, MacPaint, MacDraw and MacProject from the parent company, then started stretching its wings by upgrading the former Apple apps to a "pro series" and purchasing FileMaker from developer Nashoba Systems. 

One of the lesser-known members of the family that I don't remember anybody ever using was Claris CAD. The app came out in late 1988 as a drafting application for the Mac, ostensibly to let the Mac compete with the fledgling AutoCAD on the PC platform. Of course, AutoCAD for Mac came out about the same time, and Claris CAD never really took off. 

This two-page ad from the June 1989 MacUser magazine shows a typical ad for Claris CAD, complete with a host of products that in reality were probably either designed by traditional hand drafting or with AutoCAD...

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09:28
These Apple Watch settings make me less annoying

Apple isn't doing enough to tout the Watch's greatest feature: it makes you less annoying.

I'm nearly two weeks into Apple Watch ownership and exactly what that entails is taking shape. It's an effective iPhone sidekick, and a shiny piece of jewelry that seems to be off most the time, which is weird. It has made me more aware of the physical activity I get during the day and the oddly comforting thwack of the Taptic Engine is becoming less odd all the time.

Best of all, the Apple Watch has made me easier to tolerate. To explore why, we must look back at the iPhone.

For years, the hardest part of buying a phone was selecting the model you were willing to look at every 30 seconds for the next two years. It's a habit that makes people crazy. "There he goes, looking at his phone again." The incessant beeping and buzzing is also irritating. You can engage Do Not...

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09:27
∞ Stevie Ray Vaughan’s 12-string acoustic version of...

Wow, just wow.

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09:15
Safari 8.0.6, 7.1.6, and 6.2.6

Updates to the three versions of Apple’s Web browser with WebKit-related security patches. (Free)

 

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09:08
Beats Music relaunch drama: FTC may be probing Apple...

Apple is gearing up to relaunch Beats Music as the streaming service to beat at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference in early June, but the Cupertino company is already taking heat from competing services and the feds over its negotiating tactics with record labels.

Apple is working to secure deals for exclusives from some of the world’s most popular artists, like Florence and the Machine, so it can successfully compete with Spotify, the dominant streaming service. But not only does Apple not have those deals locked down yet, the company is now under a Federal Trade Commission investigation for reportedly using iTunes’ position as the No. 1 digital music storefront in the world to get more juice out of labels. The Department of Justice is also looking into Apple's tactics,...

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09:00
9to5Toys Last Call: Belkin/Kensington iPad Keyboard...

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08:43
This is Nifty: Medium offers secure, self-...

This could be pretty interesting.

Medium’s Confide, which has surfaced for the Apple Watch, allows users to send end-to-end encrypted messages that delete themselves forever as soon as they’re read.

The app also works with iOS’ Handoff, allowing you to edit your messages between iOS devices before sending with customizable notifications alerting you to new messages as they arrive.

Confide is available for free and requires iOS 7.0 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the app and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

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08:42
TestFlight beta-testing platform down since...

Apple's TestFlight beta-testing platform for iOS has been inaccessible to developers since late Wednesday, with no indication thus far of when the service might be restored.

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08:33
The price of nice nails

The New York Times:

Once an indulgence reserved for special occasions, manicures have become a grooming staple for women across the economic spectrum. There are now more than 17,000 nail salons in the United States, according to census data. The number of salons in New York City alone has more than tripled over a decade and a half to nearly 2,000 in 2012.

But largely overlooked is the rampant exploitation of those who toil in the industry. The New York Times interviewed more than 150 nail salon workers and owners, in four languages, and found that a vast majority of workers are paid below minimum wage; sometimes they are not even paid. Workers endure all manner of humiliation, including having their tips docked as punishment for minor transgressions, constant video monitoring by owners, even physical abuse. Employers are rarely punished for labor and other violations.

Awful story of the treatment of these women. Pass this along to anyone you know who is “going...

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08:28
Appeals court deals blow to NSA bulk data program,...

The National Security Agency's controversial metadata collection program --?which indiscriminately siphons up billions of phone records -- was not authorized by the Patriot Act, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday, though the court stopped short of ordering the program to be suspended.

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08:23
Apple’s iOS devices, ResearchKit being incorporated...

The iOS is being used for some pretty neat DNA studies.

A series of five new apps based on Apple’s ResearchKit, including one called ‘mPower”, has allowed researchers to track symptoms of Parkinson’s disease as well as help recruit thousands of study participants in a few days.

“Apple launched ResearchKit and got a fantastic response. The obvious next thing is to collect DNA,” says Gholson Lyon, a geneticist at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, who isn’t involved with the studies.

The article, written by Antonio Regalado, can be found over at MIT’s Technology Review web site, focuses on Apple’s collaboration with researchers to create the...

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08:15
Apple's invisible display concept would show...

Future iPhone displays could transmit invisible but valuable information, such as barcodes for coupons or even advanced facial recognition, according to a proposed Apple invention.

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07:46
Cosmopolitan resort in Las Vegas now accepts Apple...

You will soon be able to lose a great deal of money in Vegas with Apple Pay.

Or at least pay for the hotel/casino in which you lose a great deal of money.

The Cosmopolitan resort in Las Vegas has announced that Apple Pay will be accepted at the hotels’ front desk, restaurants and bars by early June. Room service can also be streamlined using Apple Pay, as the concierge service will also accept Apple Pay as a payment method. This means that you can pay with your iPhone or your Apple Watch.

It’s currently unknown as to whether you’ll be able to use Apple Pay to gamble directly, as most casinos limit chip purchases to cash-only transactions. In cases where...

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07:25
Apple edges closer to offering in-store pickup for...

You might be able to pick up an Apple Watch from an Apple Store location in the relatively near future.

Following a change to its web site, Apple is apparently preparing to have the Apple Watch available as an in-store item that can be picked up in the United States and other launch countries. The option has been revamped to “available soon” on the Apple Online Store and within the Apple Store app. The news is mixed, as the option remains grayed out on Apple’s website and app, making it unavailable to select, and Apple’s Reserve and Pickup system for the Apple Watch has yet to go live.

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**Job Summary** As an Apple Solutions Consultant (ASC) you are the link between our customers and our products. Your role is to drive the Apple business in a retail Read more
*Apple* Watch SW Application Project Manager...
**Job Summary** The Apple Watch software team is looking for an Application Engineering Project Manager to work on new projects for Apple . The successful candidate Read more
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