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Thursday August 6

13:31
Android’s security armageddon

We’re on day who-the-heck-knows of the Android Stagefright security vulnerability, and there’s really no point keeping track of the days because no one’s going to fix it. The Android ecosystem can’t deal with security, and it won’t change until it’s too late.

This is shocking. (No, it’s really not).

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13:30
AWT News Update: August 6, 2015

Santa Fe Opera, photo via Texas Tech KTTZ

On this wonderful, warm day in the Northern Hemisphere, there's a bit of news about our favorite fruit company -- Apple:

  • Apple Music has 11 million trial customers after five weeks
  • An opera about the life of Steve Jobs is scheduled to debut in 2017
  • iPhone market share is growing just about everywhere, except for the USA
  • Microsoft Translator is available for iPhone and Apple Watch

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for August 6, 2015.

Apple’s Eddy Cue, the senior vice preside of internet software and services, says that Apple Music now has 11 million...

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13:15
The Week in iPhone Cases: A Minecraft case for...

...plus sleeves, rugged cases, and more!

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases includes a charismatic option from ThinkGeek, sturdy protection from Speck, and brightly-colored cases from SwitchEasy.

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Manufactured with wool felt, the Ffelt Sleeve (iPhone 6; $31) is a simple, er, sleeve with a tab closure that will keep your iPhone from falling out.

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12:34
Apple Music has 'hundreds' working on...

Curated content will be how Apple Music sets itself apart from numerous rivals in the streaming music market, Jimmy Iovine said in a new interview published on Thursday.

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12:17
Microsoft’s ‘Bridge’ tool for porting iOS apps to...

Microsoft first unveiled “Windows Bridge” a few months back, a new tool for developers that aims to make porting iOS apps to Windows 10 easier and hopefully breathe some life into the Windows Store in the process. Today the company is releasing the software, albeit an early release ahead of a final launch planned for later this year in the fall.

The bridge offers developers tools for utilizing existing code from iOS apps to build Windows apps, but Microsoft stressed that its “goal with the iOS bridge has never been simply to run iOS apps on Windows.”...

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12:14
The post-PC world is here

John Gruber looking at which devices are important to us. I believe my answers would match the 2015 survey results.

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12:09
Lexus' Fancy Board Really Hovers, but It's...


Lexus on Tuesday presented the final video reveal of its Hoverboard as part of its Amazing in Motion campaign. Set to the sounds of Rudimental, pro skater Ross McGouran cruises around a Barcelona skate park on the Lexus Hoverboard. "I've spent 20 years skateboarding, but without friction it feels like I've had to learn a whole new skill, particularly in the stance and balance in order to ride the Hoverboard," McGouran said. "It's a whole new experience."

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12:09
Outlook for Apple Watch

Microsoft Outlook has added full Apple Watch support to its iPhone app, and it’s showing other email apps how it’s done.

Jared Newman takes Outlook for a spin and likes it. I’ve said before, Microsoft has done a great job on its iOS apps, but I’m still not a huge fan of the Mac versions.

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12:04
Apple launches iOS 9 Public Beta 3

Attention, iOS beta testers: Apple just launched iOS 9’s third public beta on Thursday, and it is available now as a software update.

Much like the El Capitan public beta, Apple doesn’t share details as to what specifically is changing in this beta release, but the company does recommend that all beta users install the update when they can. If you’re a member of Apple’s Beta Software Program, you can install the update from your iPhone or iPad over-the-air by going to Settings > General > Software Update

iOS 9 is the first version of iOS that Apple has made available as a public beta—meaning anyone can sign up to use this pre-release software. Before, you had to join Apple’s developer program for $99 per year for this access. Apple started the Beta Software Program for OS X in 2014 with OS X 10.10 Yosemite, and continued the program this year with...

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12:00
About the ad blocks...

You've probably noticed something on the AWT home page today; several blocks where ads will appear. Due to slow sales of sponsorships and a need to make enough money to survive, we'll be selling ad space on Apple World Today. 

Don't worry, you're not going to get those "1 weird trick to reduce belly fat" ads. We hold the keys and will reject any ads that don't meet our standards. So, why did we add more than one banner ad to the site? Because of pricing: rather than trying to sell one very expensive big ad space, we'll have several less expensive spaces. 

We really did try to keep ads off of AWT, but the stream of sponsors has dried up and our wonderful Patreon patrons have been keeping us barely afloat. With your help in supporting our advertisers, we can continue into the future as a fiscally strong entity.

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11:49
Microsoft open sources (most of) its iOS-apps-on-...

Back at its Build developer conference in April, Microsoft made the surprising announcement that it was creating a way for iOS and Android developers to port their apps to Windows. For iOS programs, this is achieved using a set of libraries and development tools that together are codenamed "Project Islandwood."

Microsoft announced today that large parts of Project Islandwood are being open sourced. The first code release is available on GitHub right now, published under the liberal MIT license. With it, Objective-C programmers can write...

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11:46
Cyberwarrior Demand Outpaces Supply


Demand for cybersecurity professionals continues to far outpace supply, according to a Burning Glass Technologies report released last week. Cybersecurity hiring remains concentrated in government agencies and among defense contractors, the third annual cybersecurity job market report notes, but hiring has started to boom in industries handling consumer data. Over the last five years, for example, hiring in the finance sector spiked 137 percent, healthcare climbed 121 percent, and retail jumped 89 percent.

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11:41
Everything new in iOS 9 beta 5: AT&T Wi-Fi...

With the release of today’s iOS 9 beta, Apple has introduced several new features. The first on the list, and probably one of the most important, is support for Wi-Fi Calling on AT&T. In previous betas the feature was limited to T-Mobile’s network, but it appears the final version of the software will enable it on multiple carriers.

At the moment, AT&T doesn’t actually support Wi-Fi calling from any device, but has previously promised that the feature would eventually be made available some time this year...

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11:27
MiStand+ tablet stand

I’ve seen a lot of tablet stands in the past few years, but this is one I’d actually buy.

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11:23
Latest iOS 9 beta adds beautiful, trippy new...

Although early beta releases of iOS 9 featured relatively little new eye candy for potential upgraders, today’s release of iOS 9 beta 5 includes a welcome surprise: a large collection of colorful new wallpapers. The images range from colorful desert dunes to several different colors of feathers, plants, planets, and multi-colored explosions. They’re all packed with detail, showing off the photorealistic rendering abilities and vivid color palettes of Retina displays. Many (but not all) of iOS 8’s wallpaper images have been removed from the collection, and the blue/green tidal wave image originally included with iOS 9 betas has disappeared.

A gallery with some of the new wallpapers is below…


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11:00
Apple files for patent for authorizing tokens in...

Although a new report claims that the percentage of U.S. iPhone 6 owners who have tried Apple Pay fell from 15% in March to 13.1% in June, Apple continues to believe in its digital payment system. 

The company has filed for a patent (number 20150213443) with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for "tokenizing authorizations." It's for systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for creating sharable tokens that point to financial information stored in a secure online platform and that can be used in financial transactions.

Apple announced Apple Pay in September 2014, describing it as “a new category of service designed to transform mobile payments with an easy, secure and private way to pay.” It works with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus through a NFC antenna design, a dedicated chip called the Secure Element, and Touch ID.



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10:20
Hands-on with Outlook for Apple Watch: Microsoft’s...

Microsoft Outlook has added full Apple Watch support to its iPhone app, and it’s showing other email apps how it’s done.

The new app takes brings up an overview over users’ inboxes, along with any upcoming calendar appointments. From here, users can respond to emails (either with a canned response or voice dictation), delete or archive them, flag them as important, mark them as unread, or schedule a reminder to see them later.

Outlook’s app also shows up in Apple Watch’s Glances menu, so users can see an inbox and calendar overview with a quick swipe. Just as before, Outlook shows actionable notifications for incoming emails, letting users quickly delete, archive, schedule, or mark messages as read.

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10:09
Apple reporters from TechCrunch and The Verge hired...

TechCrunch’s lead Apple reporter Darrell Etherington quietly stopped writing for the news site at the end of June, and we’ve learned that he left to take up a job in Apple’s PR office in Toronto, Canada. Etherington’s modern journalism expertise should be beneficial for Apple as it improves its approach to press relationships, while the admiration of his former colleagues should go a long way in fostering those ties…

Etherington’s move is just the latest in a string of journalists who have been hired by Apple, but none of the career changes appear to be related. Lead Anandtech...

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10:07
∞ 11,000 marbles!

I find most assembly lines mesmerizing. I’m completely addicted to the TV show “How it’s Made”. So any Youtube video that shows a process like this is a guaranteed view from me. This is different in that it is a homemade contraption and it is a wonder to behold. Not to mention the fact, this lucky guy has 11,000 marbles to play with.

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10:05
Apple seeds watchOS 2 beta 5 for Apple Watch to...

Apple is continuing to fine tune the upcoming watchOS update for Apple Watch ahead of the software update’s release this fall, and now registered developers can test their apps against the latest build as watch OS 2 beta 5 is now available.

The watchOS 2 update allows developers to build native (read faster) apps that do not rely as much on the iPhone for processing power, third-party complications or widgets for the watch face, and closer access to hardware like heart rate sensor data and more. For consumers, watchOS 2 adds new features like Nightstand Mode, using photos or albums as a watch face, and various app refinements.

The last watchOS 2 beta notably added support for colored complications including Activity with increased legibility on certain watch faces including Utility and Modular. We’ll explore the latest watchOS 2 beta to find other new changes coming this fall, and let us know if you...

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10:04
Apple releases iOS 9 beta 5 for iPhone, iPad, and...

Apple today released iOS 9 beta 5 for registered developers testing the new operating system ahead of its release this fall. The latest build comes two weeks and two days after the previous version, which included tweaked icons, the return of Home Sharing support, a new Handoff UI, a cleaner Apple Music experience, and changes to how Apple Pay can be activated on the lock screen. Headlining features in iOS 9 include an overhauled Notes app, transit directions in Maps, multitasking features on iPad, a News app, and much more. As Apple starts to fine tune these releases, changes between each build should slow down. We’ll explore the latest beta for...

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10:04
‘Which Is the Most Important Device You Use to...

On Twitter, Benedict Evans points to fascinating polling data indicating that the answers to this question are changing dramatically. In 2013, just two years ago, the results were:

  1. Laptop 46%
  2. Desktop 28%
  3. Smartphone 15%
  4. Tablet 8%

In 2015, the results were:

  1. Smartphone 33%
  2. Laptop 30%
  3. Tablet 19%
  4. Desktop 14%

Assuming the polling is valid, this suggests we’ve already passed the inflection point where most people consider their mobile devices (phone and tablet) central to their use of the internet.

I don’t think the chart in Evans’s tweet indicates these trends well. I would prefer something like (spends 15 minutes dicking around in Numbers…) this:

Also interesting is to compare “mobile” (phone and tablet) versus “PC...

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10:00
The UK IPO is wrong; I should be able to make backup...

The UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has decided that ripping a CD in iTunes is no longer permitted, and neither is backing up your computer if it contains copyrighted content, notes TorrentFreak. That's not right.

If I've legally purchased a CD, I should have the legal right to make a digital copy for my Mac and be able to listen to it on my computer, my iPod, my iPad, or my iPhone. What I SHOULDN'T be able to do is "rip" a copy and give it to someone else. That is indeed "ripping off" all the talent involved in creating the music.

Last year the UK Government legalized copying for private use, a practice which many citizens already believed to be legal. The UK Intellectual Property Office noted that the changes were “in the best interest” of consumers and that they would bring copyright law into the 21st century. However, fearing a loss of income several music...

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09:26
iTunes is now basically illegal in the UK, and not...

iTunes has taken a lot of heat in the aftermath of Apple Music’s launch, with some critics declaring that the app should be dismantled and rebuilt from scratch. But now British law has actually rendered iTunes illegal—and not because it’s so bloated that using it has become a complete pain.

The United Kingdom’s High Court just ruled that copying music from your personal CD collection to iTunes violates copyright law—and so does backing up your music library to an external hard drive or cloud storage service. TorrentFreak asked Britain’s Intellectual Property Office if the law really means that ripping a CD to iTunes is illegal. The answer: Yes, yes it is.

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09:00
Canalys: Lenovo (barely) overtakes Apple to lead the...

According to the Canalys research group, Lenovo took the top spot from Apple in the personal computer market (PCs) in the second quarter of 2015. Unlike most research groups, Canalys lists tablets such as the iPad in its tally of personal computers.

Apple had held the lead since the third quarter of 2014. Lenovo shipped just under 16 million PCs, some 240,000 more than Apple, giving it a 15% market share. The worldwide PC market fell 12% annually to 109.2 million units, with double-digit percentage declines affecting desktop, notebook and tablet shipments. 

Apple, HP and Dell followed Lenovo, with marginal increases in their shares of the declining market. Samsung completed the top five, but experienced a slight dip in share as a result of slowing tablet sales and the scaling back of its participation in the notebook market.

"Apple...

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08:43
Apple Music hits 11 million trial users in five weeks

It’s been five weeks and there’s 11 million trial users on board so far.

Apple’s Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue has stated that Apple Music has garnered 11 million trial users, with two million of these users opting in to the multi-user family plan.

To compare it to its competitors, streaming music heavyweight Spotify boasts about 80 million users worldwide, 20 million of whom pay regular monthly fees for access to ad-free, on-demand content. That would put Apple Music at half the capacity of an industry leader if each existing trial member converts their single-user or family plan to a full paying membership. After a free three-month...

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08:09
Apple Music actually has 11 million subscribers,...

It turns out that music industry insiders were a little off in their Apple Music subscriber estimates. Reports pegged the number at 10 million, but according to Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of software and services, the company’s streaming service actually has 11 million users (thankyouverymuch).

Cue announced the number in a USA Today interview, and even broke down the numbers by subscription type: 2 million have enrolled in the $14.99 family plan, while 9 million signed up for the $9.99 individual service.

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08:00
Miss the mixtape? Apple wants to bring it back —...

Apple is working on a way to create, buy, and gift personalized albums. The company has filed for a patent (number 20150220634) with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for a "digital mixed tape."

A mixed tape, or mixtape, is the name given to a compilation of songs recorded in any audio format. Those of us of a certain age (ahem) usually think of mixtapes in conjunction with audio cassettes or 8-tracks (and nobody really misses the days of the 8-track player).



Apple's patent filing describes a system that includes generating a personalized album from a request and subsequently gifting the personalized album to another party. The personalized album can include playback attributes stored in a file associated with the album or alternatively in metadata of the media items to be gifted. 

The playback attributes can limit...

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07:00
X-Doria starts shipping Defense Edge and LUX Band...

If there's one thing that has been missing from the Apple Watch world the past few months, it's the availability of lots of accessories for the device. That freeze has been thawing lately as more manufacturers get their production under way, and the latest to unveil products is accessory manufacturer X-Doria with the new Defense Edge shell and LUX Band for Apple Watch.

First, the Defense Edge (US$29.99) shell is designed to protect the sides of your Watch with a machined aluminum exterior cushioned with rubber beneath. It's easy to install and remove, available in sizes for both 38mm and 42mm Watches, and comes in an array of colors: gold, silver, blue and red. The latter color is...

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06:46
On Beats 1 expansion and Apple Music in the car

Some thoughts on Beats 1 taking on satellite radio.

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06:28
Apple Music hooks 11 million trial members, App...

Marco della Cava, writing for USA Today:

One month after unveiling its new streaming music service, Apple has locked in 11 million trial members, company executives tell USA TODAY.

Here’s some math to go along with that.

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06:19
12-inch MacBook inventory numbers rise, device now...

You can now snag the 12-inch MacBook via the Apple Store Personal Pickup plan.

Nearly four months after its release, the 12-inch MacBook notebook now has a strong enough inventory presence to qualify for Apple’s Personal Pickup plan.

The personal pickup option isn’t universal yet however, with only select configurations at select stores being available. For example, the 256 GB Silver MacBook is not available for personal pickup in New York, NY while the 256 GB Space Gray is widely available.

For months, most Apple Store locations have only been able to have the unit on display. This has led to many users reporting that...

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06:13
Hackers can remotely steal fingerprints from Android...

Zack Whittaker, writing for ZDNet:

The attack, which was confirmed on the HTC One Max and Samsung’s Galaxy S5, allows a hacker to stealthily acquire a fingerprint image from an affected device because device makers don’t fully lock down the sensor.

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06:00
It may be time to eradicate Flash from your Mac;...

Adobe's Flash — a multimedia system for computers that is generally accessed through a web browser — has been slowly dying on the Mac vine for awhile. Perhaps it's time to remove it completely. 

Back in 2010 Apple stopped bundling Flash with Mac OS X, though Mac users could still continue to install it for themselves. In 2013 Adobe worked with Apple to "sandbox" Flash Player under Safari in Mac OS X, restricting the ability of attackers to exploit any vulnerabilities they might find in the browser plug-in.

(App Sandbox is an access control technology provided in OS X. Limiting access to resources on a per-app basis, it provides a last line of defense against the theft, corruption, or deletion of user data if an attacker successfully exploits security holes in your app or the frameworks it is linked against,...

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05:00
Ultra HD Blu-ray licensing to start Aug. 24 — but...

The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA)  has completed an Ultra HD Blu-ray technical specification that will lead to the release of players and discs that support the new format. It will be begin licensing the format starting Aug. 24. However, don't expect any support from Apple.

Ultra HD Blu-Ray consumer products should begin to arrive later this year. The format supports Ultra HD 4K TV resolution (3840×2160) and enables high dynamic range (HDR), high frame rates and object-based immersive sound. It’s not clear how much demand there will be for the new format, the BDA, citing data from the IHS research group expects Ultra HD TV-owning households will grow from 11.7 million last year to 95.6 million by 2019.

The Ultra HD Blu-ray format will deliver high dynamic range content that significantly expands the range between the brightest and darkest elements and...

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02:46
Apple invention looks to revive the mixtape, with a...

In an era where on-demand streaming puts massive music libraries at your fingertips and sharing playlists takes but a few taps, receiving a personalized mix of tunes doesn't quite mean as much as it used to. But that could change if Apple employs its invention for "digital mixtape" gifting.

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02:30
Apple announces 11 million trial members signed up...

In a statement to USA Today, Apple has officially announced it has signed up 11 million members to Apple Music since launch. Eddy Cue says he is “thrilled with the numbers so far”, noting that about 2 million of that number have signed up for a family plan, which costs $14.99 for up to six people. The real success of Apple Music won’t be known until the 3 month trial ends and the 11 million have to make the choice to start paying for the monthly subscription.

Apple Music continues to attract exclusive content deals and new music. Dre will...

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00:37
Apple Music reaches 11M trial members after five...

After just five weeks of availability, Apple Music has gathered an impressive 11 million trial users, two million of whom opted in to the more expensive multi-user family plan, according to Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue.

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Wednesday August 5

16:53
Bring On the New Apple TV - Streaming Service or Not


I've been waiting for a new Apple TV from Apple for years, and I've been disappointed each time a major Apple event came and went without one. Plus, I've been waiting for Apple to come along and disrupt the cable/satellite TV bundling status quo with some sort of a la carte streaming service, also to no avail. Now I don't think that second wish -- some sort of vastly improved and less-expensive TV service -- matters much at all. I think the time for it has passed. Here's why: Our TV and media consumption habits are now irreparably fractured.

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16:40
‘The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs’ opera to debut in...

Joining the increasingly growing lineup of Steve Jobs biographies, the Santa Fe Opera announced today that it will debut a new opera centered around the life of the late Apple CEO. The show is entitled “The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs” and is composed by Mason Bates with librettist Mark Campbell. The opera is currently scheduled to debut in 2017 (via LATimes).

The Santa Fe Opera teases that the show will focus on both the professional and personal lives of Jobs and will include characters based on his father and wife. The opera will also take...

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16:18
Designing pie charts with CSS
15:19
Queen guitarist Brian May recognized by NASA

Astrophysicist Dr. Brian May is recognized during a July 17, 2015 New Horizons science briefing at NASA Headquarters, Washington, D.C. May spent a long birthday weekend with the science team, attending two morning science plenaries, a meeting with the Student Dust Counter group, and working on stereo images of Pluto with the Geology, Geophysics and Imaging (GGI) team.

I’ve had the opportunity to meet and speak with Brian at some length during one of Queen’s European tours. He is not only smart and a fantastic guitarist, he’s also very humble.

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14:34
Steve Jobs to be focus of upcoming opera set to...

A U.S. opera company in Santa Fe on Wednesday announced plans for an upcoming production centering on Steve Jobs, adding to a growing number of books, movies and documentaries focusing on the life and times of the late Apple cofounder.

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14:30
AWT News Update: August 5, 2015

A lot of Apple news for our listeners and readers today:

  • Apple Watch helps a Virginia man get needed heart surgery and get out of the hospital fast
  • Get yourself to your local Pei Wei restaurant, as they've just started accepting Apple Pay. Booyah!
  • Don't be surprised if you walk into a Target store soon and have your iPhone start notifying you about deals
  • After a ten-year absence, Chronos StickyBrain for Mac is back

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for August 5, 2015.

The Apple Watch is credited with getting a 64-year-old Virginia man heart care as well as making sure he got out of the hospital as soon as...

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14:16
Hiroshima: What 70 years of reconstruction looks like

The Washington Post:

At 8:15 a.m. on Aug. 6, 1945, the first bomb exploded over Hiroshima killing, by some estimates, 140,000 people, and destroying 90 percent of the city. But near its hypocenter only one building was left standing.

Seventy years later, the Genbaku Dome — now known as the Hiroshima Peace Memorial — is part of a very different city that’s home to 1.2 million residents and filled with skyscrapers, apartment buildings and streetcars.

Armed with archival photographs, Reuters photographer Issei Kato revisited some of the same locations destroyed 70 years ago in both Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

On such a sombre day, it’s good to not only look back and remember what happened but also to look forward and see how the city has endured and prospered. The before and after pictures are truly heartening.

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14:16
∞ Crosby, Stills, and Nash: Southern Cross

Brilliant Song.

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14:05
Why you shouldn't freak out about this week...

One set of researchers explains how a modification to your Macintosh’s boot-up firmware can persist undetectably and spread through peripherals to other computers. Another researcher’s work from a month ago is found in the wild, installing adware through a hidden escalation in user privileges. Both sound terrible, but neither is quite what it seems.

De-escalate your privilege, buddy

A month ago, a security researcher who has found previous flaws in iOS, Stefan Esser, documented a problem in OS X about which he didn’t warn Apple in advance. Starting in Yosemite, OS X allowed software to log errors to an arbitrary file. Esser discovered that this could be used maliciously to write to files that only a root user should be able to. He took that weakness to demonstrate how one might escalate privileges, allowing a regular user without administrator or root access to run any software he...

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13:28
Apple seeds OS X Yosemite 10.10.5 beta build 14F25a...

Apple has published a new beta build of the upcoming OS X 10.10.5 to developers. The third seed, which has a build number of 14F25a, comes just under a week after the previous build. The 10.10.5 update seems to be a simple stability and security fix, so there aren’t many new features to speak of.

OS X 10.10.5 beta 3 is available through the Updates tab of the Mac App Store for those already running a previous build, and should hit the Developer Center soon. Yesterday Apple also seeded a new version of the OS X El Capitan public beta, and the day before that...

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12:49
Apple updates TestFlight app with support for...

Apple is now allowing developers to test more iOS 9 features with an update to its beta distribution app TestFlight. The updated version enables developers to test faster, native watchOS 2 apps for Apple Watch, including newly gained access to more sensors and custom watch face complications. The update also lets developers test some iOS 9 features like App Thinning, which allows users to download larger chunks of apps as needed to preserve local storage, for the first time.
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12:29
AppleCare+ gets simplified for international iPhone/...

In a video this week to retail store employees, AppleCare chief Tara Bunch has outlined some changes coming to the company’s AppleCare+ program for the iPhone and iPad. In the video, Bunch and an associate in charge of AppleCare+ say that the service will now become simpler to add for international customers. For example, if a Hong Kong resident travels to the United States, purchases an iPhone or iPad, and adds AppleCare+ to their purchase, their new device will become automatically registered with AppleCare+ in their home country…

As of fall 2013, AppleCare+ ...

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12:00
Epson EcoTank printers want to save you from the...

Almost everyone who owns an inkjet printer has run into this scenario; you're trying to get something important printed, and the printer tells you that a cartridge is out of ink. It happens frequently, and usually at the most inopportune time. Printer manufacturer Epson has taken a bold step with a new line of five new EcoTank inkjet printers that get rid of the pesky cartridges, replacing them with high volume ink tanks that are designed to keep your printer happy for two or more years of usage.

The printers come with bottles of ink in cyan, magenta, yellow and black, or in the case of the high-end WorkForce Pro WF-R4640, ink packs in the same colors. Squeeze the ink into the appropriate tanks or just slap the packs into the WorkForce pro, and you shouldn't see that...

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11:29
Facebook puts a celebrity twist on live-streaming...

Facebook and Twitter have been swiping features from each other’s playbooks for years now, so it’s not too surprising that the world’s biggest social network saw Twitter’s live-streaming app Periscope and thought, “Great idea! Let’s do that, too.”

Facebook’s live-streaming video feature isn’t as egalitarian as Periscope. The video tool is only offered inside Facebook’s Mentions app, which you will never use because you probably aren’t considered an “influencer.” (Are you Facebook verified? If not, you can’t use Mentions.)...

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11:11
Apple can't change the world every six months (...

Analysts often undervalue Apple stock, often implying that the company is "doomed" if it doesn't enter a new market such as making televisions (the long-rumored "iTV") or automobiles (the currently rumored "Apple Car'). They ignore one of the reasons Apple has been successful: it does a few things well.

Some pundits complain that Apple is losing its innovation edge despite a lack of evidence to back this up. Those who expect the company to unveil a world-changing product every six months aren't living in the real world.

Apple spent nearly $2 billion on research and development in the first fiscal quarter of 2015, an increase of more than 40% over the year-ago figure. The $1.9 billion outlay is $215 million more than Apple spent in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014 and $565 million more than the spend in the first...

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10:56
Adidas buys popular fitness app maker Runtastic for...

Runtastic, developers of several popular fitness iOS apps, today announced it has been acquired by Adidas for € 220 million. The move, according to a press release from both companies, will help Adidas bolster its efforts in offering connected products and its vision of “the convergence of sport, digital and data in an always connected and always on-demand world.” Or in other words, Adidas now has a strong software component with a large user base to integrate with its digitally enabled sports products including balls, wrist devices, apparel, and shoes.

Adidas already offers several of its own mobile apps that cross over into Runtastic’s territory, such as the...

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10:32
Podcast 468: The day the Music died

Every day is beautiful in the Mac world, but now and then storms gather in the iCloud. Let this podcast be your umbrella, and I promise to stop with the strained weather analogies. This week Glenn and Susie discuss/kvetch about the confusion over the collision of Apple Music, iCloud Music Library, and iTunes Match. Because it’s still pretty confusing.

Glenn also updated us on a couple very scary-sounding vulnerabilities that could affect Macs. Security research is good and necessary, and you shouldn’t be too freaked out—Glenn can explain why. There’s other news too, like Apple denying Business Insider’s report that it was starting an MVNO, and another rumor about Siri transcribing your voicemail someday.

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10:30
The Week in iOS Accessories: New bands for the Apple...

New bands for the Apple Watch

This week’s roundup includes plenty of new Apple bands—ranging from classy to shiny to just plain fun.

BatteryBox

The BatteryBox is a “a portable battery that works for 3000 cycles and can power a MacBook Air for 13 hours straight, or fully charge an iPhone 11 times.” It weighs in at just under a pound, and sells for $220. 

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10:23
Happy Hour Podcast 026 | Any truth behind denied...

Would you switch to Apple as a cellular provider? That’s the big question this week. Apple denied these reports, but there may be some details in this denial that lead other places. Speaking of unannounced and rumored Apple products, it looks like there’s new information on Project Titan, which could be a Cupertino-made electric car. The Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and through our dedicated RSS feed.

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

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09:38
Judge dismisses lawsuit over iMessage bug that...

U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh today decided to stop a group lawsuit against Apple over undelivered text messages caused by an iMessage bug, Bloomberg reports. The issue drew a lot of attention last year when the bug with Apple’s messaging system caused former iPhone users that switched to Android to discover text messages were not being properly delivered to their phone number. In dismissing the lawsuit, Judge Koh explained that while Apple’s iMessage system may have resulted in lost text messages, their was inadequate evidence that the group faced a “contractual breach or interference” from iMessage…...

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09:06
9to5Toys Lunch Break: $50 iTunes gift card for $40,...

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$50 iTunes gift card for $40 w/ email delivery from PayPal (20% savings)

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09:05
Apple's next Music moves might include more...

No one expected Beats 1 to become Apple Music’s standout feature, but the 24/7 radio station is winning over listeners with a mix of truly great shows, exclusive interviews, and anchor Zane Lowe’s genuine love of music. Apple might replicate Beats 1’s success with more live radio stations, unnamed sources told The Verge.

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08:54
External Link: Reinventing the (iMac) Wheel

Thanks to Khoi Vinh for this link to a video from George Fox University’s IT department, which combined 36 iMac boxes into a giant wheel and then took it for a spin around campus. Big fun.

 

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08:45
Eight Apple Watch Stands That Stand Out

Julio Ojeda-Zapata checked out an assortment of Apple Watch charging stands, which vary wildly in design and pricing. He found a few gems. But technology changes by Apple will soon trigger a flood of new watch-stand designs.

 

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08:00
Apple and IBM continue their collaboration with...

IBM has announced new cloud-based IT services to help clients "quickly, easily and securely" integrate Macs with their enterprise systems and applications. It's the latest development in the (relatively) new love fest between IBM and Apple. 

This new offering from IBM MobileFirst Managed Mobility Services is designed to help large enterprises incorporate Macs within their IT infrastructures – a rising requirement, as more clients adopt or allow the use of Macs by their employees, according to Richard Patterson, general manager, Infrastructure Services, IBM Global Technology Services. Shipments of Macs are growing faster than the industry average, and the Mac has outgrown the PC industry every year for the last decade.

These new mobility services for Mac are based on the experience IBM gained through its internal Mac@IBM program, with IBM...

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07:58
Apple Music data added to Billboard 200 chart system

This is pretty interesting.

You know that incredibly complex group of sources that tallies the data for the Billboard charts? Apple is now part of it.

Music magazine Billboard has quietly added Apple Music to the list of streaming services factored into its music charts, which are often treated as the main gauge of popular music in the United States.

The Apple Music data is now part of the Billboard 200 album chart as well as the Hot 100 singles list and various other rankings, the magazine said. The Billboard 200 incorporates “track equivalent albums” and “streaming equivalent albums” alongside conventional sales numbers.

Other sources Billboard...

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07:43
Status Board 2 released, adds new features,...

This could be useful.

Panic has just released Status Board 2, an update to its data layout program that keeps track of assorted applications.

The new version features an updated user interface, new panel types, multiple board support, a customizable transition & delay, wallpapers, publish & subscribe support and more.

The company is including six panel types with the free app and an “Expansion Pack” of six more panel types for US$9.99.

Status Board 2.0 is available for free and requires iOS 8.2 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried Status Board 2 and have any feedback, please let us know in the comments.

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07:27
External Link: How “The Martian” Author’s Comcast...

In a Facebook post, Andy Weir, author of “The Martian,” explained how a hacker took control of his Comcast email address. The simple, yet disturbing answer is the hacker called Comcast customer service to gain control. When Weir called to regain control of his email account, all he had to provide was his street address and the last four digits of his Social Security number. Weir has now flagged his account so that any password changes require a call to Comcast’s security department and a special code. The moral of the story, wrote Weir, is: “No amount of password complexity or multi-factor authentication will protect you from bad company policies at your provider.”

 

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07:03
How to deal with iPhone 6 freezes

For months, I've been using my iPhone 6 Plus with no problems. Recently, however, it began randomly freezing on me. If you've experiencing the same thing, or other problems, try the following solutions in order — AFTER you've backed up your iPhone data to your iCloud or iTunes.

  • First you'll want to perform a soft reset. This restarts your iPhone and doesn't erase any of content or data.
  • From the home screen, press and hold the Power key and the Home key.
  • Release the Power key and the Home key when the Apple logo appears and the iPhone restarts.

If that doesn't work (and it didn't for me) you'll have to reset all settings. This will remove most of the old settings. For example, you'll have to set up Touch ID and your wallpaper again. The good news: all your photos and data will remain intact. To reset all settings:

  • Launch the Settings app.
  • Tap on General.
  • Scroll down and tap on Reset....
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06:51
Jean-Louis Gassée on Apple’s ad-blocking technology

Jean-Louis Gassée gets to the heart of the matter regarding Apple’s true motivation in releasing the upcoming ad-blocking technology, now in beta with iOS 9 and El Capitan.

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06:24
The hand engraved Apple Watch

Pricy, but some exquisite craftwork. Well worth a look.

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05:23
Tech's Enduring Great-Man Myth

An anonymous reader writes: Did Steve Jobs deserve his reputation as a brilliant inventor? Since Jobs's death in 2011, Elon Musk has been thrust into the spotlight as a man who can shake the pillars of tech. Does he deserve that reputation? MIT's Technology Review argues that media and the industry have a habit of making legends out of notable leaders, while failing to acknowledge all the support that allowed them to execute their ideas. From the article: "Musk's success would not have been possible without, among other things, government funding for basic research and subsidies for electric cars and solar panels. Above all, he has benefited from a long series of innovations in batteries, solar cells, and space travel." While it may be fun to compare him to Iron Man, the myth has its perils: "The problem with such portrayals is not merely that they are inaccurate and unfair to the many contributors to new technologies. By warping the popular understanding of how technologies...

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05:00
Microsoft Aims to Meet Gamers' Great...


Microsoft on Tuesday launched the Rare Replay collection -- the best games lineup in Xbox History, according to Xbox Chief Phil Spencer -- at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany.
Even some loyal Xbox fans might disagree with that proclamation, but Microsoft attempted to back up its assertion with a content-rich presentation bedazzled with exclusive games. With more than 400,000 gamers and developers and other industry players in its ecosystem, Microsoft has been trying to be the Microsoft people expect it to be, Spencer said.

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04:00
Garmin's latest low-cost running watch gives...

If you've been jonesing for a Garmin running watch that will talk to your smartphone without trashing your bank balance, you're in luck. Garmin has rolled out the Forerunner 25, a follow-up to the 15 (but not a replacement) that's much more at home...

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23:20
OS X Bug Exploited To Infect Macs Without Need For...

An anonymous reader writes: A new flaw has been discovered in the latest version of OS X which allows hackers to install malware and adware onto a Mac without the need for any system passwords, researchers say. The serious zero-day vulnerability was first identified last week and results from a modified error-logging feature in OS X Yosemite which hackers are able to exploit to create files with root privileges. The flaw is currently found in the 'fully patched' OS X 10.10.4, but is not in the newest 10.11 El Capitan beta – suggesting that Apple developers were aware of the issue and are testing a fix.


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21:38
Chicago Apple Store to host Q&A with fitness...

On Wednesday, Apple's director of Fitness and Health Technologies Jay Blahnik, who played a role in realizing Apple Watch, will be at the North Michigan Avenue Apple Store in Chicago to take part in a special question and answer session, to be followed by a 5K fun run.

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19:19
[Sponsor] Igloo Is an Intranet You'll Actually...

If you’ve ever worked in a company, you know that most intranets suck, they are not user friendly, the content is stale and good luck accessing them on your phone.

Igloo is different. It’s an intranet you’ll actually like. It’s packed full with cool features like microblogs to share news inside your company, file sharing capabilities and calendars to coordinate work between teams. And it’s mobile friendly so you can take your work with you wherever you go.

Sound too good to be true? Sign up now and try Igloo yourself — completely free of charge for up to 10 team members.

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18:31
Apple now sharing full replays of Beats 1 shows on...

Apple this week appears to have started uploading full “replays” of Beats 1 shows to its Connect social network. Apple Music hosts including Zane Lowe, Julie Adenuga, and Ebro Darden have all shared full, unedited replays of their shows on their respective Connect pages over the past two days.

This process appears to have started yesterday, without any official announcement by Apple. Prior to uploading full replays, each host would share a playlist with every song that was played during their show. Interviews were also often made available after the fact, as was Zane Lowe’s daily “World Record.” In other cases,...

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16:17
Autodesk's Stingray Gets Into Video Game Guts


Tired of serving as just a pretty face, Autodesk on Monday announced that it's putting its muscle into the business of making video games. The new Stingray engine pulls together Autodesk's efforts in the games space. Autodesk later in August will offer Stingray worldwide for $30 a month -- and it will make the game engine available to Maya LT Desktop Subscription customers before the summer's close. Stringray is a cross-platform engine that supports Xbox One, PlayStation 4, the Oculus Rift, Windows, Android and iOS.

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15:22
Taylor Swift explains the difference between Apple...

Almost overnight, Taylor Swift went from criticizing Spotify to singing Apple Music’s praises. And the pop star is now revealing why.

“Apple treated me like I was a voice of a creative community that they actually cared about,” Swift told Vanity Fair. The magazine calls Swift an “Apple Music crusader” with the “willingness to take on tech giants.”

A few days before Apple Music launched at the end of June, Swift posted an open letter criticizing Apple for not paying royalties to music rights holders during the free three-month trial. It took mere hours for Apple to reverse the policy, with Apple’s senior VP of Internet software and services Eddy Cue tweeting, “#AppleMusic will pay artists for streaming, even during customer’s free trial...

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14:20
OS X Zero-Day Exploit Threatens Massive Mac Attack


Mac users, beware -- the ads you see on the Web could let hackers hijack your device.
Malwarebytes has discovered a new zero-day exploit in OS X that lets apps bypass passwords during installation to get root permission through a Unix shell. A new adware installer downloaded by a Malwarebytes researcher modified his sudoers file -- a hidden Unix file that controls access to root permissions. The script exploited the DYLD_Print_To_File vulnerability publicized last month by German security researcher Stefan Esser.

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14:00
AWT News Update: August 4, 2015

Some entertaining and informative Apple news for you this afternoon:

  • You can now use an Apple Watch to unlock a door equipped with the August Smart Lock
  • Australia's Telstra announced that anyone signing up for a new Go Mobile plan will get a one-year Apple Music subscription for free
  • Even more banks and credit unions have jumped on the Apple Pay bandwagon, bringing the US total to over 400
  • Happy Birthday to Readdle!

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for August 4, 2015.

Besides telling the time, hounding you every hour to stand up and move around, and being able to run over 3,000...

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13:33
Report: Apple could launch Beats 2-6 at will, music...

Anonymous “sources with knowledge of the situation” have told The Verge that there are some bright points to consider in the otherwise troubled start of Apple Music. Pointing to the comparatively successful launch of the streaming radio station Beats 1, The Verge suggests that Apple’s contracts with major music labels included the right to launch up to five more stations — for instance, “a Beats 2 station headquartered in Australia or Asia,” or seasonally available stations. The report claims that labels already receive more money for plays on Beats 1 than on Pandora, hinting that the launch of additional stations could be lucrative for artists…

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13:26
Twitter rolling out landscape support to iPhone 6...

In yet another staggered feature rollout, Twitter has begun enabling full landscape support for its iOS app on the iPhone 6 Plus. Like with many of Apple’s bundled applications, Twitter app users on the larger, 5.5-inch iPhone can navigate their Timelines, Tweet, and Direct Message in landscape mode…

This mode allows users to view past message threads while replying to a current thread for example. However, especially...

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13:18
Publishing versus performance

Such a great post by Jeffrey Zeldman, and one we can all relate to in one way or another.

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12:30
Huge thanks to our patrons

Well, look at that. It's August 4th, which means Apple World Today has existed for exactly six months! We literally would not be here without you, our Patreon backers. Nor would we produce the news items, features and videos that you enjoy reading. 

Additionally, this month we were able to add Dennis Sellers to our staff, which we're thrilled about. 

We've got more on tap for this month and I'm finalizing the calendar for September and back-to-school. You all have our gratitude and commitment to timely, quality work. Without further ado, huge thanks goes out to:

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12:19
Macminicolo: Twelve month trial for just $10/mo [...

For ten years, Macminicolo has been hosting thousands of Mac minis in a high end data center. The minis are used for all sorts of services. The Mac mini “has become Apple’s most popular server system.”

Readers of The Loop can signup for a twelve month trial for just $10/mo. Come see what a Mac mini can do. Signup here.

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11:38
Apple Music hits Billboard charts + street ads, will...

Apple has already taken over its homepage, produced video advertisements, and injected promotions into iOS to digitally promote its new Apple Music service. Now, the company is expanding its billboard promotion strategy, which has been mostly reserved in recent years for new iPhones and iPads, to include Apple Music. Several 9to5Mac readers and social media users have spotted posters and billboards for Apple Music across San Francisco, subway stations in Japan, London, Canada, and Los Angeles

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11:30
Status Board 2: All your information at a glance

Cabel Sasser and the team over at Panic have been working hard lately on a lot of their products, and the recent debut of Status Board 2 for iPad (free with in-app purchases) made it obvious that their hard work is paying off.

Status Board is a unique iPad app — users basically add status panels to a full-screen iPad display that show those things they’re interested in seeing all the time. Things like the time (local or in other cities), weather, upcoming appointments, incoming mail subjects, tweets, or headlines from news feeds.

Using bright, bold colors to display the information, Status Board 2 makes it easy for just about anyone to set up and customize their very own status board. The panels can be moved around with a simple drag and drop, and an iPad can have multiple status boards set up for auto-rotation. For companies that might want to have similar Status Boards in widely separated...

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10:40
Epson kills the printer ink cartridge

The Wall Street Journal:

We don’t love paying through the nose for the ink, and the arrangement means that at the first sign of printer trouble, many of us just dump the thing and buy a new one.

Epson’s new move is a sly one. Rather than compete on price, the printer maker is dropping the cartridge issue entirely.

When you buy an EcoTank printer — for instance, the ET-2550 — you fill up its four-chambered reservoir with ink from plastic containers included with the printer. There’s a satisfying feeling of dumping all of that ink into the tubs. You then let the printer prime itself and your ink worries are over.

Fast forward two very print-productive years. You and your family have churned out more than 35 black-and-white and 60 color pages every week. Finally, you need more ink. Epson will sell you a whole set of replacement canisters for $52. That same amount of Epson ink, in XL cartridges, would cost more than 10 times as much.

I’m a big fan...

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10:37
Resolutionator: Change the resolution on all...

Cool little utility from the folks at Many Tricks.

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10:32
Apple releases fourth public beta of OS X 10.11 El...

Less than a week after releasing the third public beta, Apple has released the fourth public beta of OS X 10.11 El Capitan.

Apple doesn’t provide any details as to what’s been updated in the new beta, but the company does recommend that all beta users install the update. To do that, all you have to do is launch the App Store, click on the Updates tab, and when it appears in the listing, click the Update button. Your Mac will need to restart.

Have no clue as to what this beta stuff is all about? Read our El Capitan beta FAQ. You can still sign up for the El Capitan beta program, but remember, it’s beta software and it’s possible that you’ll encounter bugs and problems with your apps...

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10:30
Apple Maps needs the ability to edit and save...

Google Maps for Android devices recently added the ability to edit the names of locations on the map, save them to your personal Google account and search for them the next time you’re out and about. This is something that Apple's Maps app should have already featured.

The ability to mark up your personal maps is a great thing. Another feature that Google had a long time ago was the ability to graph and drag a route point to readjust it. Instead of just offering three routes, you could purposefully create a fast route with scenic detours. Again, another feature that Apple should add to Maps.

Another idea for improving the Mac OS X and iOS tool is to use it to build Boston-Waze type relationships. Recently,...

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10:29
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10:05
Hey, Siri - Get Out Your Steno Pad


Apple reportedly is working on a service that will enlist Siri to transcribe voice mail messages for iPhone users. Employees are testing the service in preparation for a 2016 rollout, possibly as a new feature in iOS 10. When a call is placed to a phone that has iCloud Voicemail enabled and you don't answer it, Siri will pick it up. Depending on who the caller is, Siri may provide information about where you are and why you can't answer the call. If your caller leaves a voice message, Siri will notify you and send you a transcription.

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09:06
Apple denies MVNO rumor, defuses idea of company...

It was an interesting rumor while it lasted, but Apple appears to have nipped it in the bud.

Apple on Tuesday directly addressed and denied a recent rumor that Apple was looking to launch its own MVNO service in the U.S. and Europe, thereby becoming its own cellular carrier further down the line.

The rumor stated that Apple would lease space from existing network carriers and build SIM cards that switch from network-to-network as need be. Rumors about such a service have been around for a while now, and today marks the first time that Apple has directly denied the existence of any such feature being built by the company.

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08:50
Additional 46 banks and credit unions now support...

With any luck, your bank or credit union is now among those supporting Apple Pay.

Apple has once again updated its Apple Pay web site, adding 46 more banks and credit unions to the list of institutions whose customers can set up credit and/or debit cards with the service. The new additions increase the number of banking institutions in the U.S. supporting Apple Pay to over 425 and international support has begun over in the U.K.

The new list of banks and credit unions include the following:

1st United Services Credit Union

Align Credit Union

Atlantic Regional FCU

Bank of Marin

Bank of Oklahoma...

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08:30
Apple has been granted a patent for an application...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,099,010) by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for a easy-to-use, content authoring application for creating e-learning courses such as web-based education courses. 




The app's graphical user interface would allow an instructor to management online course content. The instructor could create in-session and self-paced courses that could be delivered over a network to student operated client devices such as Macs and iOS devices. 

The editing tools in the app could be used to create and edit pages of content for a course, including adding links and multimedia, information pages, posts and course materials. The user interface could also include a...

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08:00
Ibotta cash back app pays out $30 million to users

Everybody likes a deal, and Ibotta (free) is a popular iPhone app for getting cash back on just about everything you buy in a store. The Denver-based company today reported that they’ve paid out $30 million in rebates to users of the app, with $10 million of that cash making its way out to happy customers in the last four months.

The app is totally different from traditional coupons, as consumers can select any brand they like and still get a rebate. The company also sends out promo codes for additional saving and unlock bonuses when shoppers redeem rebates.

For retailers and brands, the app provides a way to connect to shoppers by showing them a video or asking them to take a feedback quiz to gain a special rebate. Big name brands that work closely with Ibotta include Nike, Target, Walmart, Walgreens, Best Buy and Whole Foods.

Like to shop online? You can...

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07:30
Apple invention would let you skip online (and TV)...

Apple wants you to be able to skip online advertisements that aren't of interest to you (which, of course, isn't the same as being able to skip ads entirely). Interestingly, the patent also mentions television ads, which at least raises the possibility that Apple's rumored television streaming service could include commercials to keep down costs (though I don't think that's likely; no one wants to sit through ads on a service they're paying for).




Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,100,722) by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for "filtering and tailoring multimedia content based on observed user behavior." The invention would give you the ability to control the display of content items (such as ads) that aren't of...

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07:18
New iMac with 4K display hinted at once again in...

A new set of configuration files discovered in the latest beta of Apple's OS X El Capitan desktop operating system point to an unreleased Apple product --?perhaps an iMac refresh waiting in the wings --?with a new-to-Apple 4K resolution.

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07:00
iPhone 5c successor to use 14-16nm Samsung and TSMC...

Apple is reportedly working on one or more spiritual successors to the iPhone 5c that will use 14- to 16-nanometer FinFET chips manufactured by suppliers TSMC and Samsung.

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