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Wednesday January 20

05:00
Mach Wallpaper can bring your Mac desktop to life

Mach Wallpaper is customizable so you can choose your own Quartz Composition, QuickTime movie or web page to put on your desktop, as well. In case you're not familiar with them, Quartz Compositions are a Mac OS X-only data type that allows developers to make 3D compositions. Many screen savers are Quartz Compositions.

About the web page support: you can add “desklets" (background images) automatically on a per-theme basis, and automatically customized and positioned for each theme. Or with the Desklet Manager, you can customize desklets' position, size, font, and colors (and add new ones) with a single click. You can put webpage desklets on your Desktop to view detailed info on weather (forecasted temperature, humidity, wind speed, etc.), dates, and more.

Another nice touch: if you have two displays, Mach Wallpaper will automatically detect it and take advantage of that. It supports Retina displays and allows each display to be...

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04:00
How to use a passcode with your iPhone, iPad, or...

You can set a passcode on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch to help protect your data. When you do, each time you turn on or wake your iOS device, you'll need to unlock it with your passcode. (If your device supports Touch ID, you can use your fingerprint instead of a passcode.)

You'll enter your passcode when you:

  • Turn on or restart your device;
  • Slide to unlock your screen;
  • Update your software; 
  • Erase your device.

To set your passcode, go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode. On devices without Touch ID, go to Settings > Passcode.

Tap Turn Passcode On. Enter a six-digit passcode. Or tap Passcode Options to switch to a four-digit numeric code, a custom numeric code, or a custom alphanumeric code. Enter your passcode again to confirm it and activate it.

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03:00
Katy Perry Pop hits a dull note with its celebrity...

Free-to-play games often look appealing, but it’s difficult to know at a glance whether the business model is insidious and fun ruining, or reasonable and worth pumping a few bucks into. With Freemium Field Test, we’ll take a recent free-to-play iOS game, put it through its paces, and let you know if it’s really worth your time (and money).

Kim Kardashian: Hollywood made Glu Games (and Kim Kardashian, of course) a boatload of money, so it’s little surprise to see the developer turn that celebrity-centric template towards another huge star. And this time around, in Katy Perry Pop, it’s a different kind of entertainment industry that you’ll try to infiltrate and...

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Tuesday January 19

21:33
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21:32
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20:37
Apple Stores planned for India as application is...

Apple wanting to expand its presence in India isn’t a new development, but according to a new report from the India Times, the company has recently taken a major step in accomplishing that goal. According to the report, Apple has just filed an application with the Indian government to open its own branded retail stores in the company.

Apple filed the proposal with the department of industrial policy and promotion, or DIPP, which confirmed that it has received the document.  “We have just received Apple’s proposal. We are examining it,” DIPP secretary Amitabh Kant stated.

The company reportedly left specific details out of the proposal, only stating that it wishes to operate its own branded...

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20:23
Apple files government application to open Apple...

Apple fans living in India might soon be treated to the Apple Store experience, as the company this week filed an application to open its own branded outlets in the South Asian country.

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20:06
ClamXav 2.8.9

Improves reliability of virus definition updates. ($29.95 new, free update, 23.3 MB)

 

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20:06
Security Update 2016-001 (Mavericks and Yosemite)

Patches a memory handling issue which could lead to a vulnerability with libxslt. (Free, various sizes)

 

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18:40
Poll: What rumored iPhone 7 feature excites you the...

It was only a few months ago that the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus were made available, but rumors regarding the upcoming iPhone 7 have been circulating for several months now. Rumors have ranged from design changes to new software features to new hardware features and more. While it’s certainly possible that Apple could go all out and introduce every rumored feature with the iPhone 7, it’s likely some of the speculated features are either not real or will be held for future generation devices. So, we want to know, which of the rumored features has you most excited for the iPhone 7? Participate in the poll below and read on as we discuss each of the rumored features…

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18:04
Microsoft OneDrive for iOS updated w/ iPad Pro...

Microsoft today has updated its OneDrive cloud storage app with a handful of new features and capabilities. The update bumps the app to version 6.8 and includes additions like iPad Pro optimization, 3D Touch support, and more.

With iPad Pro optimization, PDF annotations are now pressure sensitive, meaning your writing and drawing will be darker the harder you press on the screen and lighter the softer you press. Furthermore, the Apple Pencil is now supported with improved optimization, as well.

The full changelog is below:

  • Your lines have never looked so smooth! PDF annotations are now pressure sensitive, including support for Apple Pencil and 3D Touch displays.
  • Plenty of bug fixes and stability improvements.

Microsoft OneDrive is available for free in the App Store.

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17:26
Hermes Apple Watch edition hits online store on...

Four months after announcing a special Apple Watch edition created in collaboration with French fashion house Hermes, Apple is taking the device out of limited availability and will begin online sales starting Friday.

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17:00
Apple grants widow access to husband's Apple ID...

Apple's strict data protection policies sparked debate over so-called "digital legacy" issues this week, as the company refused to supply a recently widowed Canadian woman with her late husband's Apple ID password.

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16:51
Apple Watch Hermès collection hitting online stores...

Originally released back in October, Apple partnered with French leather fashion company Hermès for a lineup of high-end leather bands for the Apple Watch. The Hermès bands, however, have only been available from Apple stores and Hermès stores in big cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and Miami. Starting this Friday, however, the Hermès collection will be available online from both Hermes.com and Apple.com (via Fashionista).

All three Hermès bands will be available online. The “Single Tour” band is the most affordable of the three bands, starting at $1,100, and is available in Noir or Fauve in 42mm and an additional Capucine color in 38mm. Next is the “Double Tour,”...

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16:48
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16:47
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16:17
Apple releases iOS 9.2.1, OS X 10.11.3 updates

They’re not huge updates according to Apple, but they could make a difference.

Apple on Tuesday released iOS 9.2.1 and OS X 10.11.3, the company stating that both updates contain security and bug fixes.

More specifically, iOS 9.2.1 contains a fix for an issue “that could prevent the completion of app installation when using an MDM server.”

The iOS 9.2.1 update weighs in at about 41MB and can be installed over the air or by connecting your iOS device to your Mac and running iTunes.

The OS X 10.11.3 update weighs in around 600MB and can be downloaded and installed through OS X’s App Store feature, wherein the user clicks on the “Updates” tab to locate and install the update.

These updates put the devices one step closer to the major changes that will be introduced...

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16:02
iMovie for Mac updated to version 10.1.1

iMovie for Mac has been upgraded to version 10.1.1. It’s available via the Updates tab in the Mac App Store. According to Apple, the update:

  • Resolves an issue with YouTube sharing that could prevent sign-ins for users with multiple accounts;
  • Fixes a problem that could prevent white balance adjustments from being applied to clips;
  • Correctly plays Sony XAVC S clips captured at 100 or 120 frames per second;
  • Resolves an issue that could lead to the incorrect display of images.

Clips are now copied when dragged from the Project Media container to events in the Library list. iMovie 10.1.1 also sees stability improvements.

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15:58
Apple releases update iMovie 10.1.1 update

iOS and OS X aren’t the only software updates Apple released on Tuesday. The company also released iMovie 10.1.1.

According to the release notes, the update includes the collowing:

  • Resolves an issue with YouTube sharing that could prevent sign in for users with multiple accounts
  • Fixes a problem that could prevent White Balance adjustments from being applied to clips
  • Sony XAVC S clips captured at 100 fps or 120 fps now play correctly
  • Resolves an issue that could lead to incorrect display of still images
  • Clips are now copied when dragged from the Project Media container to events in the Library list
  • Stability improvements

The iMovie 10.1.1 update is available in the App Store under the Updates tab.

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15:52
Reading, Writing and Minecraft?


Microsoft on Tuesday announced its acquisition of MinecraftEDU, one of the building blocks for its upcoming Minecraft: Education Edition. MinecraftEDU, developed by Teacher Gaming, launched in 2011 as a version of Minecraft enhanced for the classroom. Microsoft has used the lessons learned from MinecraftEDU to expand Minecraft: Education Edition's feature set, the company said. Minecraft: Education Edition can assist in teaching all subjects, ranging from math and physics to history and language.

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15:29
Hubo the robot meets the rich and influential

At the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, on Monday, the DARPA-winning Hubo robot impressed attendees with its moves. Its presence highlights a future question for the global economy.

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15:00
AWT News Update: January 19, 2016

Here's all the Apple news that didn't make it onto the website today:

  • ESPN's president says they're still in talks with Apple for a streaming service
  • The founder of a company acquired by Apple in 2012 is leaving the company after being responsible for the look and feel of the new Apple TV's software
  • Verizon announces a new free data service for businesses, one that may attract an FCC investigation

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for January 19, 2016.

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14:14
Android running on a Mac: Remix OS 2.0 overview [...

Earlier this month, Jide.com released an early alpha version of its new Remix OS. In essence, it’s a multi-window desktop operating system built on Android. It’s an interesting concept, but what makes it truly intriguing is that you can run it off a regular, fast USB 3.0 flash drive on a Windows PC or Mac. I took it for a spin on Mac to see what the initial version is like to use…

As you can probably imagine, running an alpha version of a tweaked mobile operating system on a Mac from a USB drive was about as hit-and-miss as you’d expect. But it wasn’t as terrible as I thought it would be.

All the apps are placed in the pop-up menu which shows up when you click in the...

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14:08
Latest iMovie for Mac update fixes YouTube sharing,...

Following the release of OS X 10.11.3 on Tuesday, Apple released the latest version of its iMovie consumer level video editing app with fixes for issues related to YouTube sharing, image adjustments and more.

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14:00
Radmo's car mounts keep your mini tablet,...

Radmo for Mini Tablet/GPS. Photo©2016, Steven Sande

Back in the old days, I had a Garmin GPS unit that was stuck to my windshield. It was very useful when I was a consultant and needed to find my way to clients, but it often fell off the window when the weather got warm. Nowadays, I use my iPhone for finding my way around and it does a pretty darned good job, held in place by a vent-type car mount. Sometimes you may want a car mount that can hold something bigger than an iPhone or even hold a pair of iPhones at once, and that's where the Radmo car mounts discussed here are perfect.

Design

Radmo mounts are the result of a very successful Indiegogo campaign that raised over US$250,000. The inventors realized that windshield mounts were not only subject to coming loose, but that they...

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14:00
The Week in Mac Apps: Give your dock a different...

...plus, a tool for sprucing up your desktop, and more

In this week’s roundup of new Mac software, you’ll find several apps designed to help you stay organized and keep you on task. Read on!

Cloud Outliner 2 Pro: Outline your ideas to align your life 2.0

Xwavesoft’s $7 Cloud Outliner 2 Pro (Mac App Store Link) helps you manage your tasks with a powerful rich-text outline editor that quickly sorts and prioritizes important events.

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13:45
Key Apple TV designer Ben Keighran leaves Apple with...

One of the people principally responsible for the look and feel of the new Apple TV's interface, Ben Keighran, is reportedly leaving Apple shortly with the eventual goal of founding a new business.

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13:36
Apple releases iMovie for Mac 10.1.1 with YouTube...

The same day as it released OS X 10.11.3 to the public, Apple has now pushed an update to its iMovie video editing software. The update bumps the app to version 10.1.1 and includes primarily under-the-hood bug fixes and performance updates, some of which will certainly be welcomed by users.

First off, Apple says the update fixes an issue with YouTube sharing that would prevent a user from signing in if they had multiple accounts. The update also fixes an issue relating to applying White Balance adjustments to clips, as well as one that caused an incorrect display of still images. Another change is that clips are now copied when dragged from the Project Media area to the events area of the Library list.

The full changelog is below:

What’s New in Version 10.1.1

• Resolves an issue with YouTube sharing that could prevent sign in for users with multiple accounts
• Fixes a problem that...

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13:34
External Link: iOS 9.3 and Education

Frasier Speirs takes a look at the new education-oriented features slated to appear in iOS 9.3. These features include a Shared iPad capability, a Classroom app for teachers, and Managed Apple IDs (managed via an Apple School Manager portal). Apple is both renewing its education focus in a very big way with this upcoming iOS release as well as attempting to revive iPad sales, which have slowly but steadily declined in recent quarters.

 

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13:30
Notable apps and app updates for Jan. 19, 2016

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks for Mac OS X and iOS.

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

Soundness has announced SoundSoap 5.0, an update to their award-winning audio noise reduction software for Mac OS X (10.9 and higher) and Windows. The upgrade introduces new technology that finds and removes background noises automatically by analyzing the media file. 

Other improvements include a graphical learn noise mode, better hum removal, improved media playback controls, FLAC and MP3 file support, high-resolution audio meters, and full bypass and reset commands. SoundSoap is a tool that solves audio noise problems like unwanted hiss and background noises, clicks, pops, crackles, electrical hum, rumble, clipping, and low volume in media files.

SoundSoap 5 includes the...

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13:08
ESPN in 'ongoing conversations' with Apple...

ESPN is in discussions with Apple about the prospects of some sort of over-the-top streaming service, according to the sports network's president, John Skipper.

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12:45
Former Chomp co-founder and Apple TV designer Ben...

Chomp co-founder Ben Keighran is exiting his role at Apple according to a new report out of Re/code:

Ben Keighran, who joined Apple four years ago when it bought a startup he co-founded, says he is leaving soon and eventually intends to start something new. “I want to create not just a killer product, but my own iconic company,” he said.

Keighran joined Apple in 2012 when it bought his firm Chomp to overhaul iTunes and App Store search. Universal search among key media partners is a major feature of the new Apple TV. Chomp’s other co-founder Cathy Edwards joined Apple through that acquisition and worked on Maps Quality before leaving in March 2014.

The report notes that Keighran...

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11:55
Now you can save the songs you hear in Starbucks...

You might not need to use Shazam next time you listen to a really good song while ordering your Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks.

On Tuesday, Starbucks announced another exclusive partnership with Spotify, which will allow customers to save the music they hear in stores as a new form of discovery. The Starbucks mobile app now has a dedicated section devoted to telling you the music that’s currently playing in a Starbucks store nearby. The section lets you save and listen to the songs anywhere you go by connecting to your Spotify account. You can also browse the store’s previous playlists to see which songs are on rotation.

You can access this new section in the Starbucks app by tapping on the “Now Playing” banner at the bottom of the screen. This new mobile music feature is available in both iOS and Android versions of the Starbucks apps, and currently more than 7,500 U.S. Starbucks stores are participating in the Spotify-dependent program.

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11:49
Apple releases OS X 10.11.3 with fixes for bugs and...

(credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Today Apple release OS X 10.11.3, the third major update for El Capitan since it was released to the public in September. You can grab it now through the Update tab of the Mac App Store, or you can manually download and install the Combo Update version from Apple's support site.

As with the iOS 9.2.1 update, Apple's release notes are unusually light, and the more detailed release notes aren't available on Apple's support site as of this writing (it will post here when it's ready). The security release notes detail a handful of fixes for El Capitan and one for the still-supported Mavericks and Yosemite, most of which have been resolved thanks to memory handling improvements.

If you're hoping for more features, it looks...

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11:26
ESPN president says Apple ‘frustrated’ over building...

It’s easy to miss out on sports entertainment when you cut the cord and just rely on Apple TV, but ESPN president John Skipper tells The Wall Street Journal that may change in 2016. When asked about the potential streaming network Apple reportedly hopes to offer on its set-top box, the ESPN exec says that Apple has been “frustrated” with the process of building a service but that ESPN has been in past talks and continues to work with the company:

WSJ: Does Apple have a path to being a player in the TV industry?

Mr. Skipper: They...

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11:12
How Donald Trump got everything wrong about Apple in...

Re/code:

Donald Trump, the billionaire and leading Republican candidate for President of the United States, says he wants Apple, the biggest technology company in the world by market valuation, to make its computers and other products in America. It made for a good sound bite, but it betrayed a deep ignorance of how the tech economy actually works and the role of American workers in it.

When it comes to understanding technology, as he has proven time and again, Trump doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

He’s an utter buffoon. He’s either ignorant about the power he’d have as president or being deliberately stupid. Either way, he’s proving unfit for the job he wants, let alone the job he has.

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11:00
∞ My love of MacBook

I love the Mac. I feel no need to replace it with one of Apple’s other devices, like iPad, nor would I think of replacing it with another type of Windows-based computer. While Apple has focused a lot of attention and resources on mobile over the past few years, it has also made quite a number of significant improvements to the Mac. That fact is often overlooked by many people in the industry. [...]

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11:00
Apple publishes list of Apple TV content providers...

Dave Mark over at Loop Insight pointed out that Apple has published a list of content providers for the Apple TV. At this time, he counts 85 providers. Sure, that's not as many as my cable company can provide, and not all of the content is available here in the United States, but it's not too bad...

What content providers are you looking for that aren't on the list? Let us know in the comments. 

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10:59
After five years of conflict with Apple, some...

The Samsung Galaxy S III, released in mid-2012, is the newest phone involved in yesterday's injunction. (credit: SamsungTomorrow)

One month from now, Samsung will be banned from selling certain smartphones in the US. The phones involved are so old, however, that the legal order will not affect the marketplace in a meaningful way.

The injunction by US District Judge Lucy Koh is part of the long-running Apple v. Samsung lawsuits, which began nearly five years ago. In the second lawsuit, a jury awarded Apple $120 million, but Koh didn't grant an injunction against Samsung's infringing phones. Last September,...

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10:56
Phishing Attack Could Net LastPass Credentials


LastPass has boosted security for its users after a security researcher alerted the company of a phishing attack he devised to steal users' login and two-factor authentication credentials. Sean Cassidy, CTO of Praesidio, demonstrated the phishing attack, which he calls "LostPass," last week at ShmooCon. "We think this is a very serious problem for two main reasons," said Praesidio CEO Edgardo Nazario. "First, LastPass is a very popular password manager. Second, the phishing attack we uncovered is fairly simple to implement and execute."

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10:51
Verizon joins AT&T in launching sponsored data...

Verizon on Tuesday officially announced FreeBee Data, a service that will let businesses sponsor data access so subscribers can load some apps, websites, or downloads without it impacting their monthly limits.

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10:37
iOS 9.2.1 and OS X 10.11.3 are now available

Apple on Tuesday released updates for iOS and OS X. Both updates are minor; Apple says that both contain security updates and bug fixes.

iOS 9.2.1 also fixes a problem “that could prevent the completion of app installation when using an MDM server.”

Before installing the updates, back up the data on your Mac and iOS device.

iOS 9.2.1

To install the iOS update on your device through a Wi-Fi or mobile connection:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Tap General > Software Update.
  3. Tap Download and Install.
  4. Enter your passcode.
  5. Agree to the terms and conditions.

The iOS 9.2.1 update is 41MB. Your device will need to restart once to complete the installation.

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10:35
Apple, Samsung, and Sony Face Child Labor Claims

An anonymous reader writes: Amnesty International has accused Apple, Samsung, Sony, and other tech companies of failing to do basic checks to ensure minerals used in their products are not mined by children. A new report explains how cobalt is harvested from mines by children as young as seven years old. The cobalt then ends up in lithium-ion batteries sold to device-makers throughout the world. The list of companies who use these batteries also includes Daimler, Dell, HP, Huawei, Lenovo, LG, Microsoft, Vodafone, Volkswagen, and ZTE. Amnesty International notes that half the world's cobalt comes from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where many mining operations have terrible track records for accidents and concern for workers' welfare. They say, "the vast majority of miners spend long hours every day working with cobalt without the most basic of protective equipment, such as gloves, work clothes or facemasks to protect them from lung or skin disease." According to UNICEF,...

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10:26
OS X 10.11.3 and iOS 9.2.1 Bring Bug Fixes

Apple has updated both El Capitan and iOS 9 with unspecified bug fixes and security updates.

 

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10:18
Apple releases OS X 10.11.3 and iOS 9.2.1

Apple has released Mac OS X 10.11.3 and iOS 9.2.1. The latest version of OS X El Capitan provides bug fixes and security updates. You can obtain it via the Updates section of the Mac App Store.

 

iOS 9.2.1 addresses bug fixes, security improvements, and an MDM server issue fix. You can find the upgrade by tapping Settings > General > Software Update on your iPhone or iPad screen.

 

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10:15
Apple is slightly more diverse now than years past,...

Apple reports a breakdown of its employees by gender and race to the federal government every year, and its recently released 2015 diversity figures show the company is improving, but its staff is still largely white and male.

Apple is now 69 percent male and 31 percent female, a change of 1 percent in favor of women over 2014. The percentage of white employees also shifted downward, from 55 percent to 54 percent of the total company. Apple is now 18 percent Asian, up from 15 percent, and 8 percent black, up from 7 percent. The company said this year’s new hires are more diverse than ever before, at 35 percent woman globally, and in the U.S. 19 percent of new employees were Asian, 13 percent Hispanic, and 11 percent black.

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10:10
Apple release iOS 9.2.1 with fix for app installs,...

Apple on Tuesday publicly released iOS 9.2.1, a maintenance and security update for iPhone and iPad that addresses some minor issues, most notably a problem that could halt app installations for enterprise customers.

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10:10
iOS 9.2.1 update arrives with security and MDM fixes...

(credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Apple has just released iOS 9.2.1, the first bug fix update since iOS 9.2 was released and the third update for iOS 9 overall. It's available as an over-the-air download or through iTunes for everything that supports iOS 9: the iPhone 4S or newer, the iPad 2 or newer, all flavors of the iPad Mini, the iPad Pro, and the fifth- and sixth-generation iPod Touches.

Apple's release notes are less forthcoming than they usually are. iOS 9.2.1 provides non-specific security and bug fixes as well as "a fix for an issue that could prevent the completion of app installation when using an MDM (Mobile Device Management) server."

Last week, Apple...

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10:06
Mac OS X gets bumped to version 10.11.3, brings bug...

Apple on Tuesday released OS X El Capitan 10.11.3, a new point release that the company says brings bug fixes and security updates to the venerable desktop operating system.

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10:05
Apple releases iOS 9.2.1 with bug fixes, security...

There’s a new iOS 9.2.1 update within the Settings app awaiting all iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users today. Apple released the first developer beta version of the software update in mid-December after shipping iOS 9.2 earlier in the month. The second iOS 9.2 beta was later released at the start of January. Apple has since started testing iOS 9.3 with developers and public beta testers.

As the version number suggests, iOS 9.2.1 so far hasn’t included any major feature changes or enhancements, and the official release notes only reference bug fixes, security improvements, and an MDM server issue fix.

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10:01
OS X 10.11.3 hits the Mac App Store for all users

Heads up to all El Capitan users: OS X 10.11.3 is now available through the Mac App Store. Apple released the first developer beta version of the software update in mid-December after shipping OS X 10.11.2 earlier in the month. The second OS X 10.11.3 beta followed at the start of January. Apple has since started testing OS X 10.11.4.

As the version number suggests, OS X 10.11.3 so far hasn’t included any major feature changes or enhancements, although we’ll update our coverage if anything significant is discovered.

The update further addresses lingering bugs and performance issues hanging around the Mac software. The last OS X...

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10:00
Apple World Today Video Tip: Force-clicking with a...

Apple's Force Touch trackpads are impressive and some of the things that you can do with them by using a force click are very useful. Today we look at a few of the results of force-clicking. For even more tips, visit Apple's support website page on the topic at https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204352.

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09:45
iOS 9 code suggests iPhone 7 could experiment with...

My cheap headphone jack-less iPhone mockup

It’s been widely reported that the iPhone 7 is destined to ditch the dated headphone jack in favor of wireless audio solutions and a Lightning adapter for wired headphones and speakers, and now internal iOS software code seems to all but confirm the rumor. Jailbreaker @kyoufujibaya claims to have discovered a reference to ‘Headphones.have.%sinput.NO.’ within the latest iOS 9.3 beta 1.1 software release, which would appear to be related to the transition from 3.5 mm headphones to alternative solutions on iPhones. The same jailbreaker also has another interesting discovery based on the iPhone’s codebase …

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09:20
How to make the iPad more like a Mac without making...

Enlarge / The iPad Pro is a good start, but iOS needs to get better for it to realize its full potential. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Last week, Apple announced its plans for iOS 9.3. It’s surprisingly ambitious for a point update, hearkening back to the days of iOS 4.x where these smaller mid-cycle updates could be expected to do more than fix bugs or support new hardware and...

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08:54
Is the Elio P5 the car of the future?

Great gas mileage, two seats, airbags and it's coming this year. Would you consider buying it?

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08:50
Mapping places in America where prohibition never...

Atlas Obscura:

If you think that Prohibition is a thing of the past, think again. There are a surprising number of places in the U.S. where the sale and consumption of alcohol is still illegal.

While Prohibition was repealed in 1933, many municipalities opted to keep the ban in place. Thirty-three states allow for localities to prohibit the sale of alcohol, and in some cases consumption and possession. Kansas, Tennessee and Mississippi are dry states by default and require individual counties to opt in to sell alcohol.

When I lived in the Southern US, I always found it weirdly quaint, but annoying nonetheless, how many places had prohibitions on the sale and service of alcohol. The best example is Lynchburg, Tennessee, the home of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey. You can’t drink Jack Daniel’s in the place where it’s distilled.

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08:46
Verizon's FreeBee Data 360 program lets...

Before 2016 comes to an end, the apps on your smartphone may be paying for your wireless data usage. Verizon announced on Tuesday that it will start testing a program where companies can pay to sponsor a user’s data. Those sponsorships mean Verizon subscribers can use an app or certain parts of an app without that usage counting against their data cap.

The new program is called FreeBee Data 360 and currently comes in two flavors. FreeBee Data 360 lets a content provider, such as a news service, sponsor some or all of the mobile data a subscriber uses to access that content. The sponsorship can include a website, app, or both, with content providers paying by the gigabyte.

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08:44
Starbucks app now lets you save Spotify playlists...

For me, coffee at Starbucks is secondary to the great music you discover courtesy of your twenty-something barista’s Spotify DJ skills. The good news is you can now easily save those Spotify playlists for listening later through an update to the Starbucks iPhone app today.

As a continuation of the partnership with Spotify that Starbucks first announced back in May of last year, today the company is rolling out an update to its mobile apps that will let users view and save Spotify playlists they hear playing in its stores.

In addition to saving Spotify playlists through the...

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08:39
Amazon Prime Air building drones to cope with...

Amazon's drone-based Prime Air delivery service will have an array of craft to deal with different climates and environments, though the company is still devising solutions to other problems and could end up launching outside the U.S. first, according to a new interview.

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08:36
iOS code references possible upcoming Li-Fi protocol...

No one’s really heard of Li-Fi, but it sounds amazing.

And it sounds like it could be part of the way your iPhone communicates with the rest of the world.

A study of recent iOS code from iOS 9.1 and beyond has found references to Li-Fi, an experimental high-speed wireless networking protocol that uses pulses of light to transmit data and is being marketed as a long-term replacement for Wi-Fi.

Beginning with iOS 9.1, the operating system’s library cache file makes mention of “LiFiCapability” alongside other hardware and software capability declarations. The change was spotted by Twitter user Chase Fromm.

Li-Fi’s functionality is similar to that of an infrared remote control. Data is transmitted by rapidly modulating a light...

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08:31
The history of the iPod nano

Stephen Hackett did a lovely job pulling together this history of the iPod nano for 512 Pixels.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:13
Do you listen to Beats 1? Here’s what Apple can do...

Apple continues to talk high praise of Apple Music, most recently leaking that the service has 10 million paying subscribers, but it has remained somewhat quiet about its Beats 1 online 24/7 radio station. Beats 1 launched to much fanfare with Zane Lowe leading the effort, and while it seems to be doing decently, it isn’t a sensation in the music business yet. It’s especially timely to talk about Beats 1 now that Apple has retired the iTunes Radio ad-supported stations, leaving Beats 1 as the only way to get free streaming music from Apple. I’m intrigued...

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08:09
Feature Request: Apple TV dictation in search fields...

Recent software updates have really turned me on to the new Apple TV by adding features previously available on the last generation set-top box. The new Apple TV has redesigned apps and a whole App Store for finding new channels and games, a new Siri Remote with voice search that pulls in content from a handful of services, and there’s the full Apple Music experience too. The tvOS 9.1 update added Siri search for Apple Music ahead of schedule and brought support for Apple’s Remote app on iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches. The upcoming tvOS 9.2 update goes even further by bringing over an updated Podcasts app and adding app folders and a refreshed app switcher user interface. But there’s still just one more piece of low-hanging fruit left for the...

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08:08
Trump claims he’ll get Apple “to start building...

Because one man’s stupidity should never be underestimated.

GOP frontrunner, questionable billionaire, person who will say anything and outright failure that walks like a man Donald Trump, speaking at Liberty University yesterday, claimed he would reclaim lost U.S. manufacturing jobs if elected President, criticizing Apple in the process.

“We have such amazing people in this country: smart, sharp, energetic, they’re amazing,” Trump said. “I was saying make America great again, and I actually think we can say now, and I really believe this, we’re gonna get things coming… we’re gonna get Apple to start building their damn computers and things in this country, instead of in other countries.”

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08:00
iQunix Zand iPhone/iPad stand: More flexible than a...

Just yesterday Dennis did a review of the Just Mobile AluBolt, a docking station for the iPhone 5 through 6s Plus, iPad mini, and iPod touch (fifth and sixth generation). Pretty flexible, isn't it? Well, what would you think about a stand that can hold any iPhone, iPad or iPod touch ever made? That's the iQunix Zand iPhone/iPad Stand (US$39.99, affiliate link), the latest of a genre of device stands that use micro-suction material and aluminum to keep your device in an upright position.

Design

The Zand features a design that is incredibly flexible, as it can be placed in several different positions depending on the device you're attaching and the orientation of the device. There are two big micro-suction...

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07:53
These are the 25 worst passwords of 2015

Look on the bright side! There’s one good thing that comes out of all those website breaches every year: Security researchers get to comb through all those lists of usernames and passwords to remind us just how bad most of our passwords are. Now that we’re well into 2016, password management company SplashData just released its annual round-up of the worst passwords of 2015.

The report is based on more than 2 million passwords that leaked online during the year. One trend the company found in 2015 is that while users are coming up with longer passwords (that’s good), they are simple and not random (that’s bad). Two examples the company points to are ‘1234567890’ and ‘qwertyuiop’. One just uses every number key and the other uses the top row of keys on a standard QWERTY keyboard.

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07:49
Apple chip partner TSMC plans to launch 7nm process...

Taiwanese semiconductor foundry TSMC is reportedly preparing to roll out its 7-nanometer process node as soon as 2018, with a jump to 5 nanometers currently penciled in for 2020.

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07:20
Apple sponsoring Super Bowl host committee with free...

The Super Bowl kicks off on February 7th at Levi’s Stadium, in close vicinity to the headquarters of major tech firms including Apple. Usually, the Super Bowl is funded by local government sponsorships. This year, tech companies are (at least partially) footing the bill. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple has contributed free products and equipment to the host committee and has explicitly declined any company or product marketing in exchange. Apple joins other tech companies like Alphabet, Yahoo, Seagate and HP in funding the proceedings — the Super Bowl committee has raised about $50 million in total from these firms.

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07:11
Apple among sponsors of the Super Bowl Host Committee

Apple is among the tech sponsors of the Super Bowl Host Committee, according to the Wall Street Journal. The committee is the liaison between the National Football League and the local community. The 2016 Super Bowl is slated for Feb. 7 and will be played at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

“Tech companies saw this as an opportunity to host a very important local Bay Area initiative,” Keith Bruce, chief executive of the Super Bowl Host Committee, told the WSJ. “The Super Bowl is a huge part of American culture and it’s the most-watched sporting event in the U.S. The scale of it was definitely attractive to tech firms, and the fact that it touches so many different types of people.”

Leading up to Super Bowl 50 is a weeklong series of public events held throughout the region, including the NFL Experience and the Super Bowl City fan village, featuring...

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07:01
Apple is (very) slowly improving its employee...

Apple mildly improved employee diversity this year, but voted against a proposal to improve it where the problem is worst -- the executive suite. According to the company's latest EEO-1 Federal Employer Information (FEI) filing, it had a net increase...

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07:00
Gadget Ogling: Baring Souls, Soaking Up Sound, and...


As time advances, more responsibilities seep into our lives. We get wrapped up in our own worlds, and don't necessarily make enough time to spend with the friends and family members who've been important parts of our worlds for decades. Concepter's Soul time tracker seeks to make us more conscious of the time we spend with those who matter most to us. It comes as a wristband or keyfob with Bluetooth connectivity, which is simple enough. The real essence here is in the accompanying app.

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06:41
Apple convinces U.S. court to ban Samsung phones in...

A federal court in California has banned the sale in the U.S. of Samsung smartphones that have features that infringe three patents owned by Apple.

On Monday, Judge Lucy Koh of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, ruled that the permanent injunction would come into effect 30 days after the entry of the order. The ban covers the implementation of features like the “slide-to-unlock” and auto word correction capabilities in some of Samsung’s earlier phones.

The smartphones covered under the order include Samsung’s Admire, Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note II, Galaxy S II, Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch, Galaxy S II Skyrocket, Galaxy S III, and Stratosphere products, which are Samsung’s older smartphones.

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06:24
Trump Says He'd Make Apple Build Computers In...

mrspoonsi writes with Business Insider's report that presidential candidate Donald Trump says he'd like to make Apple "start building their damn computers and things in this country instead of other countries."

From the article: Trump's ultimatum to the most valuable company in the world was made towards the end of a 45-minute speech he gave at Liberty University in Virginia on Monday. The most popular candidate in the Republican party said he would impose a 35% business tax on American businesses manufacturing outside of the United States. Apple has manufactured its Mac Pro at a factory in Texas since 2013, but the vast majority of its products (including the iPhone) are largely made and assembled in China. How Trump would force Apple's supply chain, which relies heavily on a vast network of suppliers and large factories throughout Asia, to be brought stateside remains unknown. Apple CEO Tim Cook recently called the U.S. tax code "awful for America." If Trump (or anyone)...

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06:05
Apple granted patent for the iMac’s cooling system

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,239,598) by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for the cooling system in the iMac. Dubbed “thermal architecture,” it’s for an apparatus for cooling a unibody computing device with obscured inlet and outlet vents.

According to the invention, inlet vents are arranged on a bottom surface of the unibody computing device and then exhaust air is vented out from a rear surface of the computing device. The rear vents can be obscured by a stand designed to support the weight of the computing device. By venting exhaust air to either side of the support stand exhaust air can be prevented from being drawn back into the inlet vents to avoid overheating.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that most computing devices generate enough heat to require some form of active cooling process in order to dissipate the heat and prevent overheating conditions in the device. One way devices are kept cool is by circulating air into and out of...

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05:52
Apple granted yet another 3D-related patent, this...

Apple continues to work on 3D interfaces and has been granted a patent (number 9,235,753) by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for “optical pattern projection” that could be used for, among other things, gesture-based gaming.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that optical pattern projection is used in a variety of applications, such as optical three-dimensional (3D) mapping, area illumination and LCD backlighting. In some applications, diffractive optical elements (DOEs) are used in creating a desired projection pattern. 

Here’s the summary of the patent: “Optical apparatus includes first and second diffractive optical elements (DOEs) arranged in series to diffract an input beam of radiation. The first DOE is configured to apply to the input beam a pattern with a specified divergence angle, while the second DOE is configured to split the input beam into a matrix of output beams with a specified fan-out angle. The divergence and fan-out angles are chosen so as to...

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05:42
Killer Deal: Free AppleCare & Canon AirPrint...

Shoppers in the market for a 27" iMac with Retina 5K display this month can grab a free AppleCare extended protection plan, a free Canon PIXMA all-in-one AirPrint printer, and free shipping, with the purchase of all possible Late 2015 iMac 5K configurations. Plus no sales tax for customers in 48 states.

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05:38
Apple wins a (mostly symbolic) ban on some Samsung...

Apple has won a ban against U.S. sales on certain Samsung products found to infringe on its patents. However, the benefit to Apple is mostly symbolic.

California district court judge Lucy Koh issued a ruling granting the Cupertino, California-based company a permanent injunction against Samsung that prohibits company from developing, selling, importing, updating or advertising software that infringe on Apple's patents. In the ruling, the judge notes that the court “finds that Apple will suffer irreparable harm if Samsung continues its use of the infringing features, that monetary damages cannot adequately compensate Apple for the resulting irreparable harm, and that the balance of equities and public interest favor entry of a permanent injunction.”

However, as Florian Mueller writes for FOSS Patents the injunction is “practically...

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05:25
Apple, other tech companies accused of child labor...

Major electronics brands, including Apple, Samsung and Sony, are failing to do basic checks to ensure that cobalt mined by child laborers has not been used in their products, according to Amnesty International and Afrewatch in a report published today.

The investigation claims child labor is being used to acquire cobalt in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The mineral used to produce lithium-ion batteries.

“The glamorous shop displays and marketing of state of the art technologies are a stark contrast to the children carrying bags of rocks, and miners in narrow manmade tunnels risking permanent lung damage,” said Mark Dummett, Business & Human Rights Researcher at Amnesty International. “Millions of people enjoy the benefits of new technologies but rarely ask how they are made. It is high time the big brands took some responsibility for the mining of the raw...

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05:00
More than 200 million VR devices predicted to be...

Apple is doubtless keeping its eye on the virtual reality (VR)/augmented reality (AR) market. While virtual reality (VR) is not a new technology in concept and can trace its origins back to the 1950s, the past few years have witnessed a golden era of investment and product development in the sector, and highly-capable head-mounted displays (HMDs) are now on the verge of commercial deployment. 

VR offerings from Oculus, HTC, and Sony took the recent CES show by storm and are some of the most hotly anticipated new consumer technology products of 2016. Hardware and content companies alike are banking on strong consumer interest in VR over the next several years, driven in large part by gaming applications.

According to a recent report from Tractica...

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04:45
Apple finally gets US sales ban on some Samsung...

Apple has finally managed to secure a sales ban over some Samsung phone features that infringe on its patents and intellectual property. However, the victory is effectively manginess despite the milestone in its continuing patent litigation suit with Samsung in ever-longer court battles.

Apple’s ban resides over three features encumbered by its patents: the controversial ‘slide to unlock’ patent, predictive text technology and autocorrect. Getting a ban is a huge symbolic achievement, but the effect it will have on day-to-day business of the two companies is minor. The ban is effectively useless...

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04:30
JBL Micro On Time is a handy iOS dock/charger/alarm...

Harman's JBL On Time Micro is an attractive, compact, alarm-clock docking station that's compatible with all versions of the iPhone, iPad, iPod, MP3 and CD players, and desktop and laptop computers. The newest JBL time machine comes equipped with some sweet JBL technology and features a sleek, user-friendly design.

The US$199.99 system combines an iOS device dock, charging station, alarm clock and speaker system in one device. As with almost all Harman/JBL products I've test-driven it's a sweet package with surprisingly good sound for such a compact device.

I only need one alarm in the morning. I sleep until the alarm goes off, then I rise and shine (or at least rise). My wife, on the other hand, likes to hit the snooze button. Again. And again. And again. She's one of those folks who will love the On Time Micro's seven (yep, seven) separate alarms.

As you'd expect...

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04:00
Screenium is a full-featured OS X screen recorder...

I’ve long been a fan of Synium Software's Screenium, a screen recording tool for Mac OS X. It’s even better with the new version 3.1, which let you record from iOS and tvOS devices.

With the user-friendly Screenium you can record at 60 frames per second. This allows you to “grab” some nice screen recordings for tutorials, websites, and more. If you work with an ultra-high resolution 4K or 5K display or a Retina Mac, Screenium creates the smoothest video quality possible for these types of devices. It also packs a versatile video editor that makes it easy to process your footage.

With Screenium, you can create transitions between individual sequences, adapt the length of your video clips, add text, shapes, markers or pre-cast animations. There are templates for text or graphic overlays to make your work easier. With a few clicks, you can adapt the presentation to your specific requirements.

With version 3.1, you can now...

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03:55
Apple’s EEO-1 statement shows small change in...

Over the weekend, Apple posted its latest EEO-1 statement: the Equal Employment Opportunity form follows government regulations to note diversity of Apple’s employee base (via AppleInsider). The newly-released 2015 statement shows that 30 percent of Apple’s employees in the United States are female, a rise of 1% over the numbers posted in the 2014 statement. Black and Hispanic employees make up 8.6 percent and 11.7 percent of the workforce, respectively.

At an executive level, Apple continues to be heavily stacked towards white men. The report says that Apple’s senior officials, executives and managers are 83 percent are...

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03:48
Digital property after death issues continue as...

CBC News is reporting that Apple would not disclose Apple ID passwords to a widow after presenting her late husband’s death certificates and her will. Instead, Apple demanded Peggy Bush, 72, to attain a court order in order to gain access to the account. See the video after the jump for the full story.

Initially, Apple said that a death certificate would suffice but the company changed its mind on followup calls, making this situation even more frustrating for Bush. She just wanted to play her iPad freemium card game in peace. Law regarding digital assets after death is murky, although Bush points out that death certificates enabled her to transfer pensions and benefits, making it seem...

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Monday January 18

22:00
Apple wins US ban of Samsung software features, only...

After months of back-and-forth litigation, Apple won a US sales ban against certain Samsung software features found in infringement of three patents, though the ruling has no real bearing on either company's business.

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21:00
Sony's Mike Fasulo Shows Off Latest Products

IDG CMO Perspectives provides insight into the state of Marketing across industries from leading business executives. Cool new products coming soon from Sony: turntables, lightbulb speakers and camcorders.

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20:21
Apple's 2015 EEO-1 report shows slow progress...

Over the weekend, Apple quietly released its latest EEO-1 Federal Employer Information Report tallying employment diversity information through Aug. 1, 2015, revealing raw numbers that, while a slight improvement year over year, are incongruent with statements the company made last year.

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18:48
New investigation claims Apple’s battery suppliers...

According to a new investigation performed by Amnesty International, Apple is one of several technology companies using cobalt mined by child labor in their lithium-ion batteries. The report claims that Apple, Sony, Samsung, and Microsoft are all using the cobalt mined by child labor, as are electric car makes like Volkswagen and Daimler.

There are a handful of steps before the cobalt actually gets to an iPhone, however. Traders first purchase the mined cobalt from small producers, then sell it to Congo Dongfang Mining, which is a subsidiary of Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt Ltd, a Chinese mineral retailer. Battery manufacturers are next to acquire the cobalt, using it to produce the lithium-ion batteries...

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16:55
Apple Releases 2015 EEO-1 Diversity Data Over Weekend

theodp writes: Just days after it came under fire for dismissing a call for diversity as "unduly burdensome and not necessary," Apple quietly released its 2015 EEO-1 diversity report (dated 10/6/2015, reflects the 8/1 payroll). Like other tech companies' diversity disclosures, Apple's EEO-1 raw numbers can't really be reconciled to the percentages based on undisclosed raw numbers that grace the infographic-heavy diversity progress narrative CEO Tim Cook spoke to last August. As to why they keep two sets of diversity books, Apple explains, "The EEO-1 has not kept pace with changes in industry or the American workforce over the past half century. We believe the information we report elsewhere on this site is a far more accurate reflection of our progress toward diversity." Taking this stance allows Apple CEO Tim Cook to boast that "in the United States, we hired more than 2,200 Black employees — a 50 percent increase over last year," while ignoring Apple's EEO-1 report, which...

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16:54
Apple battery suppliers use cobalt mined by child...

An Amnesty International investigation claims child labor is being used to acquire cobalt in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a mineral used in the production of lithium-ion batteries purchased by tech companies like Apple.

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15:57
Donald Trump says he will force Apple to build its “...

2016 presidential candidate Donald Trump today held a rally at Liberty University in Virginia during which he spoke about his normal wide range of topics. This time, however, Trump brought Apple into his speech when discussing how to bring manufacturing jobs back to the United States and away from countries like China.

Trump told the audience at Liberty University that to bring manufacturing jobs back to the United States he would make Apple “build their damn computers and things in this country.” While this isn’t a bad idea, or even the first time it has been suggested, Trump didn’t offer any specifics on how he would force Apple to abruptly change its manufacturing (via Gizmodo).

We have such amazing people in...

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15:33
Deepin Takes Linux to New Depths


The latest release of the Linux distro now called "Depth OS" deserves serious consideration. It is fast, reliable and innovative, with an impressive homegrown desktop design dubbed "Deepin Desktop Environment." Depth OS has a bit of an identity problem. It's not well known outside Asia and Europe, but that's not the major cause of confusion. The problem is that the open source community that developed the distro seems to have a difficult time deciding what to call it.

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14:48
Microsoft Prods Skylake Users to Take the Windows 10...


Microsoft last week announced that within the next 18 months, it will end support for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 on machines equipped with Intel's 6th generation Core processors, also known as "Skylake." As of mid-July next year, Windows 10 will be the only supported Windows platform on Skylake systems, and only the most critical security fixes will be released for earlier versions of Windows -- and then only if the fixes don't cause compatibility problems for non-Skylake systems running Windows 7 and 8.1.

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14:46
Apple to spend $80M on Campus 2 visitor center

Apple is estimating a $79.9 million financial outlay to build a planned visitor center with store and cafe at the currently under construction Campus 2 site, according to a recent permit filing.

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14:32
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 18...

Notable software releases this week include Microsoft Office 2016 15.18 and Office 2011 14.6.0, Fantastical 2.1.5, Boom 2 v1.4, and Mailplane 3.6.

 

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14:32
ExtraBITS for 18 January 2016

In this week’s ExtraBITS, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates have gotten their own Broadway show, the former head of the NSA came out in favor of encryption while Tim Cook battles the Obama administration over backdoors, and we have a reminder that you, gentle reader, are not an average Apple user.

 

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14:19
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14:09
Tim Cook, Apple employees volunteer at San Jose...

Apple CEO Tim Cook joined hundreds of Apple employees in honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday by volunteering time in a renovation effort at Santee Elementary School in San Jose, Calif.

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14:00
AWT News Update: January 18, 2016

We're back after a slow news Friday that kept us away from the mic. At the top of the news of Apple for this Monday:

  • CarPlay beats six other finalists to get Autoblog's 2016 Technology of the Year award
  • Apple's not using Swift in-house very much at this point
  • Rumors of a March/April Apple product intro event seem to be false

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for January 18, 2016.

CarPlay has received another award, this time as Autoblog’s 2016 Technology of the Year....

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Dreii is a rather stylish and wonderful puzzle game that’s reminiscent of cooperative games like Journey. If that sounds immensely appealing, then you should immediately get cracking and give it a whirl. We can offer you some tips and tricks on... | Read more »
Kill the Plumber World guide - How to ou...
You already know how to hop around like Mario, but do you know how to defeat him? Those are your marching orders in Kill the Plumber, and it's not always as easy as it looks. Here are some tips to get you started. This is not a seasoned platform... | Read more »
Planar Conquest (Games)
Planar Conquest 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $12.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: IMPORTANT: Planar Conquest is compatible only with iPad 3 & newer devices, iPhone 5 & newer. It’s NOT compatible with... | Read more »
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Ultimate Briefcase guide - How to dodge...
Ultimate Briefcase is a simple but tricky game that’s highly dependent on how fast you can react. We can still offer you a few tips and tricks on how to survive though. Guess what? That’s exactly what we’re going to do now. Take it easy [Read more... | Read more »
SoundPrism Link Edition (Music)
SoundPrism Link Edition 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Music Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: ***Introductory price for a the first few days after launch - if you're reading this, get it while it's fresh out of... | Read more »

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Target has WiFi iPad Air 2s and iPad mini 4s on sale for up to $100 off MSRP on their online store for a limited time. Choose free shipping or free local store pickup (if available). Sale prices for... Read more
Target offers Apple Watch for $100 off MSRP
Target has Apple Watches on sale for $100 for a limited time. Choose free shipping or free local store pickup (if available). Sale prices for online orders only, in-store prices may vary: - Apple... Read more
Apple refurbished 2014 13-inch Retina MacBook...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 2014 13″ Retina MacBook Pros available for up to $400 off original MSRP, starting at $979. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each model, and shipping is free... Read more
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Purchase a new Mac or iPad using Apple’s Education Store and take up to $300 off MSRP. All teachers, students, and staff of any educational institution qualify for the discount. Shipping is free, and... Read more
Watch Super Bowl 50 Live On Your iPad For Fre...
Watch Super Bowl 50 LIVE on the CBS Sports app for iPad and Apple TV. Get the app and then tune in Sunday, February 7, 2016 at 6:30 PM ET to catch every moment of the big game. The CBS Sports app is... Read more
Two-thirds Of All Smart Watches Shipped In 20...
Apple dominated the smart watch market in 2015, accounting for over 12 million units and two-thirds of all shipments according to Canalys market research analysts’ estimates. Samsung returned to... Read more
12-inch 1.2GHz Retina MacBooks on sale for up...
B&H Photo has 12″ 1.2GHz Retina MacBooks on sale for $180 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY tax only: - 12″ 1.2GHz Gray Retina MacBook: $1499 $100 off MSRP - 12″ 1.2GHz Silver... Read more
12-inch 1.1GHz Gray Retina MacBook on sale fo...
B&H Photo has the 12″ 1.1GHz Gray Retina MacBook on sale for $1199 including free shipping plus NY sales tax only. Their price is $100 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest price available for this model... Read more
Apple now offering full line of Certified Ref...
Apple now has a full line of Certified Refurbished 2015 21″ & 27″ iMacs available for up to $350 off MSRP. Apple’s one-year warranty is standard, and shipping is free. The following models are... Read more
Free GUI Speedometer – The Ultimate Digital D...
Miami, Florida based RMKapps has announced the official release of GUI Speedometer 1.0, their digital dashboard display developed for iOS devices. GUI Speedometer allows users to track their precise... Read more

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