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Sunday April 10

08:43
Roundup: Best iOS apps for creating, managing and...

Introduced in 1987, Graphics Interchange Format (GIF) images have evolved from small icons to hugely popular animated clips that are adding humor to everyday digital conversations. AppleInsider has compiled a list of the best keyboards, creators and storage tools to get you GIF-ing.

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Saturday April 9

21:54
Astronomers find a supersized black hole in a cosmic...

The humongous black hole in the center of a galaxy called NGC 1600 took the MASSIVE Survey astronomers by surprise. It's not only almost as big as the largest one we've discovered, it's also located in a sparsely populated region of only 20 or so gal...

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19:32
Car makers ask the US to slow down on rules for self...

You might think that car brands would want governments to approve self-driving cars quickly so that sales can start as soon as possible, but it turns out that they're quite cautious. The Global Automakers industry group (which includes numerous heav...

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18:04
Senators work on what might be the most anti-...

The White House might have avoided serious backlash by refusing to back an encryption bill being worked on by the offices of Senators Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein. Kevin Bankston, director of New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute, t...

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14:14
How-To: Enable Night Shift and Low Power Mode at the...

When Apple released iOS 9.3.1, it removed the ability to keep Night Shift and Low Power Mode enabled simultaneously. The ability to turn on both features was already hidden and only possible by using Siri, but the iOS 9.3.1 update made it so that Siri would disable one of them before enabling another.

We’ve found a workaround that once again allows you to use both modes at once. It’s not as easy as it once was, but it’s still fairly straightforward for those of you who desire to use Low Power Mode and Night Shift mode at the same time. more…

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10:22
What's that emoji mean? It all depends on the...

Communicating via digital means—such as text message or Twitter—can be a bit of a minefield. After all, without the nonverbal cues of face-to-face interaction, it can be hard to tell whether that period at the end of that text message was an attempt at good grammar or if the other person is just a jerk

But proper punctuation isn't the only thing subject to misinterpretation: Researchers with the University of Minnesota's Grouplens project found that the way different devices and platforms display emoji characters could completely change the perceived meaning of a message.

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10:00
A Convoy of Autonomous Trucks Just Platooned Across...


A dozen trucks utilizing an autonomous driving system arrived Wednesday in Rotterdam, Netherlands, after traveling across Europe in the European Truck Platooning Challenge. The Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, along with the Directorate General Rijkswaterstaat, the Netherlands Vehicle Authority and the Conference of European Directors of Roads were behind the initiative, which equipped a number of trucks with state-of-the-art driving support systems to create more efficient commercial vehicles.

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09:07
This week’s top stories: iPhone SE diary, iPad Pro 9...

Our top stories this week include our hands-on coverage and real-world testing of the new iPhone SE and iPad Pro 9.7-inch, as well as the latest on what to expect from the next generation iPhone 7 and iPhone sales going forward. Apple also attracted some attention with the announcement of new Hermès Apple Watch bands this week, and we had a handful of notable iOS and Mac app launches and updates.

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09:00
The Week in iOS Apps: Welcome to Jurassic Park

Clever girl

This week’s roundup includes the Lego version of one of our favorite movie franchises, ever. Read on!

A Video Meme App

Sometimes texts, GIFs, and stickers don’t quite capture how you feel, so the free A Video Meme App for iPhone offers an alternative: A library of thousands of meme-worthy videos that you can enhance with a caption, then share via text or social media.

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09:00
Caturday: Gracie has cold feet

Gracie. Photo courtesy of Don Moody.

One of our TUAW Caturday pinups, the gorgeous Gracie, is back again. Sadly, owner Don Moody reports that the new and more energy-efficient AirPort Extreme isn't to Gracie's liking.

“Thought I would send this fairly recent picture of Gracie sitting on the computer desk next to my MacBook Air and a couple of my Apple Displays. Some of you may remember Gracie from a TUAW Caturday picture of her sleeping on an Airport Extreme from October 2013. Since we upgraded our Airport Extreme from the previous model to the current model she no longer has that nice little warm surface to sleep on at her disposal. What’s really good about Gracie is she is very respectful of our computers and screens and does not lay all over the keyboards and mousepads. She’s a great cat and can be found around our Macs throughout the day. ”

If you have a cat who likes to "work" with your Mac, iPad, iPhone or Apple Watch, we'd love to see a...

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08:40
Variation in Depiction of Same Emoji on Different...

How your device depicts an emoji depends on the operating system it is running. The same "smiley face" emoticon, for instance, appears slightly different when viewed on an iPhone, an Android-powered handset, and a Windows Phone-powered handset. This variation can cause miscommunication between people (PDF), a study by GroupLens Research has found. The research lab in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota said that sometimes this can cause people to misinterpret the emotion and the meaning of emoji-based communication "quite significantly." The conclusion reads: Emoji are used alongside text in digital communication, but their visual nature leaves them open to interpretation. In addition, emoji render differently on different platforms, so people may interpret one platform's rendering differently than they interpret another platform's. Psycholinguistic theory suggests that interpretation must be consistent between two people in order to...

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07:49
How to backup and restore SMS and iMessages on a...

Have you noticed that virtually every aspect of the personal information on our iPhones can be restored individually via iCloud? Things like photos, mail, contacts, calendars, Safari bookmarks, and notes can all be individually recovered on a fresh install of iOS.

The one thing that sticks out like a sore thumb is text messages and iMessages. Sure, it’s possible to restore text messages if you’re willing to backup and restore the entire contents of your iPhone, but what if you wish to perform a fresh install of iOS and then restore messages?

Fortunately, backing up and restoring SMS texts and iMessages on an individual basis is possible, as long as you’re willing to take some time to follow our step-by-step guide.

more…

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06:30
Epson introduces Expression Home XP-430 Small-in-One

Epson America has introduced the Expression Home XP-430 Small-in-One  an ultra-compact, $99 printer designed to meet the printing, scanning and copying needs of busy students, families and individuals. 

Designed as a complete wireless solution, it sports Wi-Fi CERTIFIED n and Wi-Fi Direct for printing without a router or wireless connection. It comes equipped with Epson Connect to print and scan from a tablet, smartphone or computer from virtually anywhere in the world. The new XP-430 works with the enhanced Epson Creative Print app, allowing users to leverage their favorite Instagram photos to create and print collages directly from a smartphone or tablet in a variety of sizes and templates.

It features a high-resolution 2.7-inch color LCD screen and built-in memory card slots for computer-free photo printing, scanning and copying. The XP-430 Small-in-One also allows users to edit, scan and share photos directly...

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06:00
Catalyst announces waterproof case family for the...

Catalyst (CatalystCase.com) has launched a new collection of waterproof cases for Apple iPhone SE, 12.9-inch iPad Pro and iPad mini, available for preorder today. 

Catalyst cases for iPad are 100% tested waterproof, designed to meet military-standards for impacts and are precision built for total protection wherever you take your iDevice, says June Lai, CEO of Catalyst Lifestyle. With a grippy rubber bumper, the Catalyst iPad cases feature a clear front and back to showcase the design of the iPad. The cases cost $89.99 for an iPad mini version, $119.95 for a 9.7-inch iPad Pro model, and $149.99 for a 12.9-inch iPad Pro version.

An integrated screen protector provides access to features including Touch ID, Control Center and swipe notifications while generously sized ports accommodate most aftermarket charging...

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05:30
UPPERCASE debuts KRADL for the 12-inch MacBook

UPPERCASE Designs has introduced its KRADL vertical stand for the 12-inch MacBook. It holds the laptop in a vertical position to free up desk space. It's available to match all three 12-inch Mac Book finishes: gold, silver and space gray.

The KRADL's design holds the laptop at seven degrees from vertical. The seven-degree tilt allows easier docking and removal of the laptop along with reduced wobble. Its shape makes the KRADL nearly "disappear" when the 12-inch MacBook is docked inside. An anti-slip silicone pad on the KRADL's base protects the desk surface and prevents movement.

The UPPERCASE Designs KRADL Vertical Stand for the 12-inch MacBook is currently available from kradlair.com and Amazon....

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05:00
WaterField Designs celebrates its 18th birthday with...

WaterField Designs, to celebrate its 18th successful year in business, has announced a modern update to its Cargo bag, a messenger-briefcase.

Initially designed to blend the benefits of his bicycle messenger bag with the functionality of a briefcase as he moved into a more professional setting, owner Gary Waterfield’s now upgraded Cargo ($349) reflects a culmination of 18 years of customer feedback; it’s streamlined into one ideal size, more functional with new modern features.

“As a bike messenger, I lived out of my bag, but when I started an office job, I needed the versatility of a messenger bag—but one with more functionality—so I created the...

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04:30
Twelve South introduces new SurfacePads for iPhones...

Twelve South has announced updates to its SurfacePad natural leather covers for the iPhone and iPad. Available immediately are new colors for iPhone 6s/6s Plus, all-new covers for the iPad mini 4 and iPad Air 2, and coming soon for iPhone SE and iPad Pro (9.7 inch). 

Joining Pop Red, Black and Camel, are the hues of Midnight Blue and Lavender available for all models. The all new SurfacePads for iPhone and iPad are available now

SurfacePad is a thin, napa leather jacket that covers the front and back of iPhone and iPad, protecting them from nicks and scratches. The cover also doubles as a hands-free viewing stand and, just for iPad, has a mini kickstand that provides an ergonomic angle for typing.

SurfacePad attaches to iPhone and iPad with a special adhesive that lets you remove and reposition SurfacePad, allowing users to change their case as often as desired. SurfacePad for iPhone SE and iPad Pro (...

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04:00
X-Doria expands its Defense line for the iPhone 6s...

X-Doria has expanded the Defense Shield for iPhone 6s and Defense Edge for Apple Watch with the introduction of its newest style: Sport. The Defense series merges polycarbonate, soft rubber and anodized aluminum.

X-Doria utilizes machined metal as opposed to plastic to ensure its Defense Shield provides military-level drop protection that has been tested to survive 6.6 foot drops on concrete. The perimeter of the iPhone is protected by machined aluminum while the inside is wrapped with soft rubber, protecting from drops and ensuring the metal never touches the device. 

The screen is protected from drops and surface scratches by an oversized raised lip, and the rear is shielded by a clear polycarbonate, protecting the device without covering it up. The snap-on construction requires no tools to assemble.

Defense Edge guards for Apple Watch combine a machined aluminum exterior and functional design, keeping the device protected...

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03:00
Review: Elgato's Eve Energy smartplug is easy...

Elgato's Eve Energy smartplug is a perfectly serviceable home automation product, but in some ways it proves that Apple's HomeKit platform still has a ways to go before it becomes mainstream.

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03:00
The week in Apple news: FBI hacks iPhone 5c, iPad...

Apple headlines for the week ending Apr. 8, 2016

The FBI may have dropped its case against regarding Apple and a San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone, but the story is far from over and continues to dominate the Apple headline feed. If court hearing aren;t your thing, there are plenty of other Apple-related headlines from the past week. They’re collected in this slideshow; just click on the link to get more info.

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02:53
This week on AI: FBI demands NYC iPhone unlock, 9.7...

The FBI and DoJ's interest in unlocking and decrypting iPhones continued to be a central theme, but Apple meanwhile fixed a security vulnerability in the iPhone 6s, and saw healthy sales of its latest iPhone model: the 4-inch iPhone SE.

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Friday April 8

23:22
Tesla will let you spec out a Model X starting Monday

Sure, all of the excitement is around Tesla's $35k+ Model 3, but what about the Model X SUV? It's slowly starting to hit the road, and CEO Elon Musk claimed (in a since deleted tweet) that the SUV's configurator will open to all on Monday.

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17:12
Apple Won't Sue FBI To Reveal Hack Used To...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: Apple will not pursue legal action against the US government to discover how federal agents broke into an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters. Attorneys for Apple speaking on background during a media briefing call on Friday said that it believed the method used to unlock the iPhone 5c would be short lived. It follows similar comments by FBI director James Comey who said in a speech on Thursday that the hack used to unlock the encrypted phone works on a "narrow slice" of devices. Apple attorneys said that the company is "confident" that the security weakness that the government alleges to have found will have a "short shelf life." The FBI's hack in the San Bernardino case would not help agents access a newer iPhone 5s used by a drug dealer in New York, where Apple faces a similar case against the government.

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16:31
Boston judge orders Apple help FBI access iPhone 6,...

Recently unsealed court documents show Apple in February was ordered to assist the FBI in accessing an iPhone tied to a Boston court case, but the government has seemingly abandoned its pursuit as the ruling fell short of forcing Apple to bypass its own security.

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15:31
Unsealed court order shows Apple was ordered to...

We already knew about San Bernardino and Brooklyn, but according to court documents unsealed on Friday, Apple’s legal struggle with the FBI includes a case in Boston, too.

The Massachusetts chapter of the ACLU was successful in getting the documents unsealed after filing a motion in court. The ACLU is undertaking a nationwide project to uncover information about All Writs Act warrants being issued “to attempt to conscript Apple or Google to break into personal electronic devices.” So far they’ve found more than 60 cases in 20 states, stretching back to 2008.

The ACLU’s legal director, Matthew Segal, said in a statement:

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14:54
∞ Spintop Snipers’ amazing top trick shots

I had no idea you could even do this kind of stuff with a top.

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14:40
Microsoft’s Hub Keyboard for iOS puts Office365 at...

Microsoft is finally becoming mobile, especially for iOS users. The redesigned Outlook app is top-notch, especially with recent integrations with Sunrise, Facebook, and Evernote. Microsoft also recently acquired SwiftKey, which means that we’re only going to see the Office-maker bolden its mobile offerings.

In line with the strategy, today Microsoft released its Hub Keyboard for iOS (iTunes). Office365 users can sign in to their account and then bring up the third-party keyboard on their iPhone or iPad to instantly access links to OneDrive files and contacts, both from work and those stored on your phone. And that’s about it....

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14:37
Leaked Senate encryption bill called 'ludicrous...

A proposed U.S. Senate draft bill that would give courts the authority to compel tech company compliance in law enforcement requests to encrypted data leaked online Thursday night, and by Friday security experts and civil rights advocates were dismantling the policy, calling it ill-informed and potentially dangerous.

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13:38
∞ Yamaha’s New TransAcoustic Guitar

I absolutely love Yamaha. My very first acoustic guitar was a Yamaha FG420—it’s over 30 years old and still works great!

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13:31
Notable apps and app updates for April 8, 2016

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

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

Guilherme Rambo has introduced BrowserFreedom 1.1.2 for OS X. Due to trademark issues, the app is now rechristened from BrowserHub to BrowserFreedom. 

The tool is designed to solve the problem of managing multiple web browsers on OS X. Along with the new name change, version 1.1 introduces bug fixes and a new feature called "URL expander,” which allows the user to copy the original URL from a shortened link.

BrowserFreedom requires OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. BrowserFreedom 1.1.2 is a free update for current users of BrowserHub. For new users, the app costs $9.99 USD and is available its official website or through the...

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13:20
Reddit's Blocking Tool Balances Free Speech...


Reddit this week announced that it has extended the reach of its blocking tool, which was introduced in 2011 to let users fight harassment. The tool previously focused on blocking private messages; now it can block comments to users' posts. Clicking the Block User button while viewing a reply will hide the blocked user's profile, comments, posts and messages without that user's knowledge. The user doing the blocking won't be alerted to further messages from the user being blocked.

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13:14
The Swedish number

This is such a weird, funny and sweet thing. Sadly, because of the internet, I bet random jerk offs will ruin it fairly soon.

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13:00
Apple polishes the developer portal

Developers logging into developer.apple.com have a nice, shiny new website to work with. The developer portal has been redesigned, not only bringing it in line with the general look and feel of the other Apple websites, but making it easier to find information and online tools. 

The left sidebar of the site now places most important information one or two clicks away. The sidebar lists program resources like membership details, certificates, IDs and profiles, iTunes Connect, CloudKit Dashboard, and Code-Level Support. Below, links with access to documentation, the developer forums, bug reporter, and news and updates are once again a tap away.

While it's not a total rewrite of the entire developer portal, to me it seems to make things a bit easier to find. 

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12:59
AMD, Nvidia plan new GPUs, could bring significant...

Your Mac’s GPUs are about to get a lot more powerful.

Graphics titans AMD and Nvidia are set to unveil new GPU products this year featuring Global Foundries’ 14 nm FinFET and TSMC’s 16 nm FinFET Plus processor nodes, thereby allowing for significant improvements in graphics performance.

Both AMD’s Polaris architecture and Nvidia’s Pascal architecture will incorporate the latest FinFET silicon process and

AMD’s “Polaris” and Nvidia’s “Pascal” architectures both utilize the latest FinFET silicon processes and will represent the first GPU process node change since 28 nm GPUs debuted in 2011. Both AMD and Nvidia skipped the intermediate 20 nm node, elongating the typical release cycle of consumer graphics processors.

While processor provider and...

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12:52
Strong iPhone SE launch suggests 15M incremental...

Since it launched just over a week ago, the iPhone SE has seen demand outstrip supply, indicating to one investment firm that the new budget-priced 4-inch handset could offer some upside to shareholders.

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12:47
Google reportedly considering possibility of Swift...

Apple’s recently open-sourced programming language, Swift, may be seeing itself get adopted into Google’s Android platform in the future. Sources have told The Next Web that Google is “considering making Swift a ‘first class’ language for Android”.
more…

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12:44
A rare peek at Presto, Pixar’s secret weapon for...

I’ve got friends who work at Pixar and once got a “behind the scenes” look at the operation. The server room is absolutely incredible.

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12:35
Three-fifths of Apple Watch owners plan to upgrade...

A little over three-fifths of current Apple Watch owners are planning to upgrade to the next model, even though any features it might have are still nebulous, according to survey data published on Friday.

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12:32
Poll: Should Apple introduce new color options for...

If you ask me, Apple’s current color palette for the iPhone lineup is starting to look a bit dated. If it doesn’t introduce anything new in terms of colors with the next-generation iPhone 7 this fall, the device will have pretty much the same color options since the iPhone 5s (rose gold aside), and it wont have much to get excited about aesthetically for current iPhone users. And the fact that the iPhone 7 is said to retain the same metal design as the previous generation doesn’t help things…

more…

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12:23
Apple says it won't sue FBI to find out how San...

Saying that whatever method was used by the FBI will have a "short shelf life," Apple on Friday revealed it has no intention to sue the bureau in an effort to find out how it hacked the iPhone 5c used by a terrorist in California.

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12:06
Apple seeds iOS 9.3.2 beta to users for feedback

Well, now you get to feel almost as cool/elite as a developer.

Apple on Friday released the first beta of an upcoming iOS 9.3.2 update for public beta testers, just a day after seeding the first iOS 9.3.2 beta to developers. iOS 9.3.2 comes just over two weeks after the public release of iOS 9.3 and a week after the release of iOS 9.3.1, a followup bug fix update.

Users who signed up for Apple’s beta testing program will receive the iOS 9.3.2 update over-the-air after installing the proper certificate on their iOS device. For those of you who haven’t signed up and would like to, you can go through Apple’s beta testing web site, which offers users public betas of iOS and OS X as they become available.

iOS 9.3.2, as a minor 9.x.x update, focuses primarily on performance...

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12:00
Apple's Fight With US Over Privacy Enters a New...

An anonymous reader shares a report on Bloomberg: Apple Inc.'s fight over privacy with the U.S. isn't over yet, even after the government dropped a demand for the company's help in accessing a California shooter's iPhone because someone else found a way to crack it. The U.S. said it'll keep fighting to get the company's help in getting data off a phone in Brooklyn, New York, that belonged to a drug dealer because Apple provided assistance in accessing such devices earlier. In a court filing Friday, the government said it's going ahead with an appeal of a judge's order denying its request for Apple's help. The battle between the world's most valuable tech company and the U.S. over encryption and data privacy has sparked a national debate, with dozens of companies and organizations siding with Apple, while law enforcement has generally taken the government's side.

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11:39
Proposed U.S. law would require tech companies to...

A proposal from two senior U.S. senators would force tech companies to give technical assistance to law enforcement agencies trying to break into smartphones and other encrypted devices.

The draft bill, released Friday by Senators Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein, would allow judges to order tech companies to comply with requests from the FBI and other law enforcement agencies to help them break into devices. Burr, a North Carolina Republican, is chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee; Feinstein, from California, is the panel's senior Democrat.

"All persons receiving an authorized judicial order for information or data must provide, in a timely manner, responsive, intelligible information or data, or appropriate technical assistance," the draft bill says.

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11:00
Microsoft rolls Hub Keyboard for iOS out of the...

Microsoft seems to be doing more development of apps for iOS than Apple does. The latest is from Microsoft Garage, a team that produces apps that are designed to push the envelope a bit in terms of UI or functionality. The free Hub Keyboard adds a row of buttons to a traditional iOS keyboard that can perform all sorts of productivity-enhancing tasks. 

While some early users are reporting issues with the app, the concept is quite attractive. With a tap, Hub Keyboard makes it easy to pull up documents and contacts from other apps without having to switch between apps. Hub Keyboard also makes it simple to paste in the last text you copied. 

The best way of describing the Hub Keyboard came from the guy who thought it up --...

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10:56
The government still needs Apple’s help to crack a...

Like sands through the hourglass, so are the iPhones the government wants Apple’s help breaking into.

Recently, the FBI said it had paid for a “tool” that broke into the iPhone 5c used by San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook. The FBI also said that even though this tool allegedly works on a narrow slice of phones, they’d be happy to help other law enforcement agencies use it to break into locked phones they’ve seized in the course of investigating crimes.

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10:48
∞ Former Anthrax guitarist turns into master...

Amazing story.

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10:32
∞ Buying Zakk Wylde’s new album: Support the artists...

Zack Wylde, one of the greatest guitarists of all, on Friday released a new acoustic album, “Book of Shadows II.” The album is a follow-up to “Book of Shadows” released in 1996. [...]

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10:17
Fluent: Apple Watch one year later is a hit (sort of)

The Fluent research group (www.fluentco.com) conducted 2,578 interviews of Americans nationwide, and determined that the Apple Watch is a mild hit. Key findings from the survey by the consumer acquisition platform found that:

  • Eight percent of Americans say they own an Apple Watch.
  • Those who own Apple Watches use them for a variety of purposes, however health and fitness monitoring is considered the primary purpose by a majority of owners.
  • Apple Watch owners are remarkably loyal to the product; over three in five plan to upgrade to the next edition when it comes out.
  • Current Apple Watch owners are purchasing for convenience and features. Fashion and affordability are greater concerns for those who are not early adopters.
  • Apple product users, notably iPhone users, are most likely to purchase an Apple Watch in the next year.
  • The public is about equally divided on whether the Apple Watch is...
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10:09
Professional Logo Creation Kit Bundle with 500+...

Thanks to Mighty Deals for sponsoring The Loop this week.

Whether your own website needs a new logo or your clients are screaming for one, this Mighty Deal from Zeppelin Graphics is the perfect solution. This fantabulous mega bundle is really 3 Logo Creation Kits in 1! In total, you’ll get yourself more than 500 professional design elements to create your new logo. Each element is fully customizable thanks to the original PSD, AI and EPS files that let you change up the color, shape, size and more.

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10:04
External Link: SURFboard Cable Modems Vulnerable to...

A vulnerability has been discovered in the popular line of Arris (formerly Motorola) SURFboard cable modems, 135 million of which are at risk. The exploit allows remote attackers to reset the modems, knocking victims offline for up to 30 minutes — it’s a denial of service attack, not one that exposes personal information. The problem could be fixed with a firmware update, but unfortunately, there’s no mechanism that enables users to update their cable modems. Updates must be pushed out by Internet service providers, many of whom update only leased modems, not those owned by customers. If you have one of these modems, talk to your ISP about an update.

 

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09:55
iPhones SE sales have been slow — unless they haven’t

The iPhone SE is a bust. Or perhaps it’s a modest hit. Depends on whom you believe.

iPhone SE sales have been slow, according to an analysis of Apteligent data. Adoption is at 0.14%, which is “very lackluster compared to previous iPhone launches,” according to the app intelligence platform.

Sales of the recently released iPhone SE have been highest in the U.S., dramatically higher than sales in the rest of the world. According to Apteligent, sales in the U.S. were 6x higher than those in both France and the UK. 

The top three states by iPhone SE have large populations: California, New York, and Texas. D.C., Delaware, and Hawaii stand out as having the earliest adoption of the iPhone SE relative to population, while West Virginia, Mississippi, and Missouri are lagging. 

On the other hand, the iPhone SE continues to see demand outstrip Apple's available supply, with most stores completely out of...

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09:53
Microsoft debuts Hub Keyboard for iOS with Office...

Microsoft's Garage team on Friday released its expected Hub Keyboard for iOS, offering some special advantages for Office 365 users, but not two previously anticipated features.

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09:50
Rumor: Next-gen Apple Watch to be 20% to 40% thinner

It’s a rumor, but it’s interesting.

Apple analyst Brian White of Wall Street firm Drexel Hamilton on Friday issued a pair of research notes highlighting his upcoming Apple Watch and iPhone expectations through the end of 2016.

The most prominent point expressed was White citing a source who believes only the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus will feature a dual camera system, echoing the same prediction made by often-accurate KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo earlier this week.

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White claims that iPhone 7 production is expected to begin in July, the iPhone 7 helping Apple and its supplier return to growth in the second half of 2016.

White also predicted that the next-gen Apple Watch could be seen in the next two to three months and could be 20 to 40...

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09:45
Review: SteelSeries Apex M800 mechanical keyboard...

SteelSeries is well known around Apple circles for its iOS and Apple TV gaming controllers, but the company specializes in other gaming-related hardware ventures as well, such as mice, headsets and keyboards.

After browsing SteelSeries’ site to find some information on its popular Nimbus controller, I stumbled upon its keyboard line. Anyone that knows me understands that I have a special affinity for mechanical keyboards, and that’s exactly what I found on the SteelSeries website.

The Danish hardware manufacturer’s marquee mechanical keyboard, the SteelSeries Apex M800, is not your ordinary mechanical keyboard. It’s a fully customizable, gaming-centric experience that lets you assign an overwhelming variety of functionality and colors to individual keys. While the Apex M800 ships configured for Windows, it’s fully...

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09:40
Brooklyn prosecutors still pushing for Apple to...

The Justice Department will keep trying to force Apple to help open a locked iPhone seized as part of a New York drug investigation, according to a new court filing, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn notified the judge in the case today that they’ll keep trying to get a court order to require Apple to help them access data from a smartphone used by a convicted drug dealer, the article adds. According to court documents released in February, the government sought access to the phone in October, months before a judge in California ordered Apple to give the government access to the phone used by one of the shooters in the San Bernardino, California attacks.

A federal judge in Brooklyn has denied the U.S. government's motion to force Apple to provide access into an iPhone used in a drug case. However, the...

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09:30
9to5Toys Last Call: MacBook Air 13-inch $800, Apple...

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09:28
Microsoft releases updated Translator app for iPhone...

Microsoft is updating its Translator app today with some notable features, including support for offline translations, that could give it the upper hand on Google and the competition.

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09:00
Ces bandes Hermès pour Apple Watch sont magnifiques!

No, this isn't the French version of Apple World Today, but we wanted to call your attention to the new Hermès Apple Watch bands that will be available starting April 19. Hopefully Google Translate worked properly...

No longer will you need to buy a band and watch together. Now the bands will be offered on their own, starting at "just" $340. There's more good news; instead of just the fauve brown color, you'll now be able to get the bands -- Double Tour, Single Tour and Cuff -- in feu red, blanc white, bleu paon green, and bleu saphir finishes.

The least expensive band will be the Single Tour at the bargain price of $340, $490 for the Double Tour, and $690 for the Cuff. The standalone Hermès Watch bands are sure to be popular with the fashionistas in the crowd.

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08:57
Apple's 9.7" iPad Pro vs. 12.9" iPad...

Apple's professional-grade tablets now come in two distinct sizes: A 9.7-inch iPad Pro and a jumbo-sized 12.9-inch model. And while they both share a number of key features, including Apple Pencil support and the Smart Connector, both iPads are clearly geared toward different types of users. AppleInsider offers a handy guide to help you decide which model is right for you.

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08:27
DOJ still pursuing NY iPhone encryption case in...

The San Bernardino iPhone case over Apple’s iPhone encryption may be over for now after the FBI managed to break into the iPhone 5c used by one of the shooters, but the same isn’t true for another high-profile case in New York. Bloomberg reports that the United States Department of Justice has decided to indeed continue its demand that Apple help unlock the encrypted iPhone 5s of an alleged drug dealer in the case.

The U.S. government is pressing a demand that Apple Inc. help it crack a drug dealer’s phone in Brooklyn, New York, even after it said it successfully accessed a California shooter’s iPhone without the company’s help.

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08:24
DOJ will continue to push Apple to unlock iPhone 5s...

The U.S. Justice Department plans to continue seeking legal action against Apple, in an effort to force the company to create a way to unlock an iPhone that is said to be a crucial part of a drug investigation.

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07:57
Adobe updates Flash Player to version 21.0.0.213,...

As useful as Adobe’s Flash Player tends to be, this is sort of a mess.

Less than a month after a critical Flash vulnerability allowed an attacker to take control of a Mac, Adobe has issued an emergency update for yet another critical flaw, bringing the current version to 21.0.0.213. The latest one is already being exploited by ransomware that encrypts Windows PCs, but while there’s no known exploit for OS X as yet, Adobe says that the same vulnerability exists on all platforms, and users should update immediately.

Adobe has released the updates for its Flash Player client on the Windows, Macintosh, Linux and ChromeOS operating systems. The patch itself addresses critical vulnerabilities that could allow an outside user to take control of an affected...

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07:46
Microsoft releases Hub Keyboard for iOS with Office...

Microsoft Garage, Microsoft’s experimental projects team, has finally released their much anticipated Hub Keyboard for iOS today. This specific keyboard lacks the expected special one-handed typing mode, along with the previously reported Swype-like typing functionality. The latter feature may have been related to Microsoft’s recent purchase of SwiftKey, although it appears...

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07:39
Indian court orders Apple to stop using 'Split...

Delhi's High Court has ordered Apple to no longer use the term "Split View" in any of its products, following a trademark complaint by a software firm local to the city.

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07:21
AT&T hikes smartphone activation & upgrade...

AT&T has quietly raised its smartphone activation and upgrade fee from $15 to $20, matching a similar fee imposed by Verizon earlier this week.

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07:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: More cases for the iPhone...

Protect your SE

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases is all about the iPhone SE, featuring sleeves, screen protectors, bumpers, and standard shells for Apple’s latest device. Read on!

Ballistic

The Every1 (iPhone SE; $50) slips in and out of your pocket with ease thanks to its slim layout and tactile finish.

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06:53
Apple can’t use the term ‘Split View’ in India

The Delhi High Court has declared that Apple can’t use the term "Split View" in India, reports MacNN. The complaint, filed by Microsoft vendor Vyooh, claims it developed similar functionality in its Splitview software in 2006, with basically the same functionality.

"SplitView is not descriptive but had acquired distinctiveness and was associated exclusively with the Indian software developer," Mustafa Safiyuddin, chairman of Legasis Partners, said. "This order will send a strong message to multinational software companies to respect the intellectual property rights of Indian software developers. It also signifies the importance of trademarks in the software field.”

Split View on Mac OS X and iOS allows you to use multiple applications simultaneously using a, well, split view. You can run two apps side-by-side and share...

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06:15
Analyst: ‘smart’ watch bands are a part of the Apple...

A smarter watch band will play a crucial role in Apple Watch's future as a personal technology device as they begin to incorporate technology and gain additional importance for wearable computing, Neil Cybart of Above Avalon — which is focused on analyzing Apple from a Wall Street and Silicon Valley perspective — says in a Seeking Alpha article.

“The Watch's future is not found by simply taking the way we use our iPhone and putting it on a smaller screen on our wrist. Instead, the Watch will gradually handle tasks we used to give to our iPhones,” he writes. “We already see this taking place in terms of sending and receiving messages and paying for things in stores. In addition, the Watch is beginning to handle new tasks...

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06:14
Indian court orders Apple to cease using ‘Split View...

The Delhi High Court has ordered Apple to cease all use of the term ‘Split View‘ within India as a local software company claims to own the trademark for the name ‘SplitView’ (without a space). ET Tech reports that Apple has appealed the ruling, and a final decision is expected in May.

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06:05
9.7-inch iPad Pro diary: Decision time, and my...

I said in the final part of my iPhone SE diary that perceptions of iDevices are very personal, in part because of the role the product plays within our own personal Apple ecosystem – and that’s equally true here.

For someone who likes to draw, or handwrite, Apple Pencil support makes the upgrade from an earlier iPad a no-brainer. You’re getting a huge amount of additional functionality for your money. You could say that you’re getting an iPad Air 2 plus a sophisticated electronic sketching device, all in one box.

But I can’t draw, and I haven’t handwritten anything for years. So for me, the upgrade from my iPad Air is a less dramatic one. The question is whether the relatively modest enhancements can justify the fairly stiff increase in price … ?

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05:41
Cheaper Alternatives to Expensive Standing Desks

Motorized standing desks are all the rage, thanks to height adjustability and purported health benefits, but they suffer from high prices. Luckily, lower-cost alternatives exist. Julio Ojeda-Zapata tested a half-dozen adjustable platforms that perch atop regular furniture.

 

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05:30
Universe2Go: The stars await with this personal...

I can honestly say that the Universe2Go personal planetarium is unique and unlike anything I have come across before. It’s a personal handheld device with an accompanying iOS app that allows users to hold the beauty of the night sky in their hands, making constellations and planets come alive.

Unboxing

Typically before I open a new product for review, I like to go to the company’s website to get myself excited about the unboxing. Universe2Go was no exception. The website did a good job getting me interested in the product, but the video was the selling point. After using the device I can confirm that the video does a good job in capturing the features of Universe2Go. So I was a bit surprised when I opened the box to find what seemed like an adult View-Master from the 1980’s without the wheel of images. 

I was initially disappointed in the plastic construction and lack of “awww” that you...

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05:02
AppleInsider podcast reviews iPhone SE, 9.7"...

This week on the Appleinsider podcast, Neil and Victor talk about the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro, and Neil's feelings about the iPhone SE. Also, we talk beta software, some of Neil's favorite apps, and the ongoing FBI saga.

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05:00
This week’s rumors (and my take on them): April 8

Each week brings a handful of Apple rumors. Here’s what’s making the rounds this week (and my take on ‘em):

Dual cameras will be exclusive to Apple's next-generation 5.5-inch iPhone,  the “iPhone 7 Plus,” according to a research note issued by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Chances that this rumor is true (IMHO): 90%. I think he’s right and that the dual camera system will only be applied to the high-end model of Apple’s smartphone.

Changes to iTunes metadata suggest that Apple will soon make it easier to hide first-party apps on the iOS homescreen, solving a long-standing complaint of iPhone and iPad owners. Chances that this rumor is true (IMHO): 60%. I’m a little dubious because Apple really, really likes you to use its own apps.

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04:40
Apple helped the DOJ write a court order compelling...

The WSJ has illustrated the stark contrast in Apple’s attitude to assisting law enforcement to access iPhones before and after the Snowden revelations about mass surveillance of private data. It was already known that Apple had helped access more than 70 pre-iOS 8 iPhones, and the paper today reports that – in the earliest known case – the company went as far as drafting the language for the court order.

Lawyers and investigators involved in the 2008 prosecution of Amanda and Christopher Jansen, a young married couple from Watertown, N.Y., remember it as one of the most horrific cases of child sex abuse they had ever seen.

History may remember it for another reason. It is believed to be the first case of a federal judge ordering Apple to assist the government...

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04:30
Patent report: next gen Apple laptop, expanded Force...

Apple files for — and is granted — lots of patents by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Many are for inventions that never see the light of day. However, you never can tell which ones will materialize in a real product, so here are this week’s patent highlights: 

One of the most interesting patents to appear this week hints at a next generation Mac laptop is for a that hints at a configurable, force-sensitive input structure that may be configured as a variety of input devices for the electronic device including, but not limited to, a keyboard, a number pad or a track pad. Patent number 20160098107 is for a “configurable force-sensitive input structure for electronic devices.

Apple says that conventional input devices, such as keyboards or track pads for a laptop, are susceptible to damage due to, among other things, a drop or mechanical shock. What’s more, because many conventional input devices have a number of components positioned both...

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04:02
Another month, another Flash vulnerability … Adobe...

Less than a month after a critical Flash vulnerability allowed an attacker to take control of a Mac, Adobe has issued an emergency update for yet another critical flaw. The latest one is already being exploited by ransomware that encrypts Windows PCs, but while there’s no known exploit for OS X as yet, Adobe says that the same vulnerability exists on all platforms, and users should update immediately …

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03:00
External Link: You May See a Netflix Price Increase...

If Netflix had previously grandfathered you into the $7.99 per-month price for its Standard streaming plan, your monthly price will increase next month to $9.99. Netflix raised the monthly price for new subscribers to $8.99 in 2014 and then to $9.99 last year, but allowed existing customers to pay the old price for up to two years after the original increase. While the price hike is unfortunate, Netflix would still be a good deal at twice the price.

 

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22:03
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20:44
Apple says Mississippi 'religious freedom...

An avid promoter of civil rights, Apple on Thursday voiced concern over Mississippi's "religious freedom" house bill that was signed into law this week by Governor Phil Bryant, a piece of legislation opponents say is a tool for discrimination against LGBT individuals.

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18:44
Uber settles background check lawsuit in California

Uber promises never to describe its service as the "safest ride on the road" or call its background check process "the gold standard" again. That's one of the terms it agreed to when it hashed out a settlement agreement with the San Francisco and Los...

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18:27
∞ Cookie Monster’s Apple Watch commercial “outtakes”

I love the idea of “outtakes” like this.

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17:26
Apple's first court-ordered iPhone unlock...

A report chronicling Apple's history of handling government data requests says the company received, and willingly complied with, its first court order to help unlock an iPhone in 2008. Apple continued on that path until around 2014, when the wider tech industry began clamping down on product security in light of revelations regarding government snooping operations.

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16:49
Facebook unveils ‘Messenger Codes,’ will reportedly...

According to a new report from TechCrunch, Facebook is working with developers to build chatbots and Live Chat web plugins for business clients. The tools are said to be officially announced next week at the social network’s F8 conference. Chatbots will allow for businesses to offer automated response systems for responding to inquires from potential customers.

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16:49
White House Declines To Support Bill That Would Let...

kheldan quotes a report from Consumerist: Senators Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein are expected to introduce a bill regarding phone encryption as soon as this week, according to Reuters. The draft text will give judges authority to order tech companies to help law enforcement when asked to -- basically, it would be a newer piece of law to fall back on than the All Writs Act of 1789, which is the one that usually sees use for this sort of thing. However, sources tell Reuters that the bill "does not spell out what companies might have to do or the circumstances under which they could be ordered to help," and therefore really doesn't necessarily change the underlying discussions at play, both in the tech world and in government. Nor does the bill specify penalties for failing to comply. The FBI recently briefed Senators Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein on the methods used to unlock the San Bernardino terrorist's iPhone 5c. According to Reuters, the White House is declining to offer...

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16:05
Google May Adopt Apple's Swift Programming...

An anonymous reader writes: Google has plans to make Apple's Swift object-oriented language a "first-class" language for Android, reports The Next Web. The publication, citing sources, adds that Google doesn't mean to replace the current first-class language for Android -- Java -- at least, "initially." Google sees an "upside" in using Swift, which Apple made open source last year. But a ton of things need to fall into place for this to work. From the report, "All told, Google would have to effectively recreate its efforts with Java -- for Swift. If the company is motivated enough, it's very possible to do so without compromising on its open source values or ruffling any developer feathers along the way." The company is also discussing internally about making Kotlin as a first-class language for Android. "Unlike Swift, Kotlin works with Android Studio, Google's IDE for Android development. Unfortunately, sources tell The Next Web that Google's current mindset is that Kotlin is a...

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16:01
White House Takes a Pass on Encryption Debate


It appears that the Obama administration will refrain from giving its outspoken support to any legislation that aims to compel high-tech companies to help law enforcement agencies crack mobile phone encryption. On the other hand, it won't level any outspoken opposition either.
Introduction of such a bill, sponsored by Sens. Diane Feinstein and Richard Burr, is expected soon. Although the White House has reviewed a draft of the measure and offered feedback, it is expected to provide minimal public input.

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15:24
Apple's developer Web portal gets minimalist...

A redesigned Apple developer portal went live on Thursday, bringing with it a refreshed user interface reminiscent of recent company webpage updates like last year's iTunes Connect revamp.

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15:15
Apple speaks out against new Mississippi religious...

Apple today has spoken out against a controversial new bill in Mississippi that was signed into law by the state’s governor earlier this week. House Bill 1523 is spun as protecting religious freedom but has been criticized for enabling LGBT discrimination. Apple today has joined a variety of technology companies in voicing its opposition to the law.

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15:15
Cookie Monster is back in a "Behind the Scenes...

Cookie Monster's appearance in a recent Apple ad for the "Hey Siri" function of the iPhone 6s/6s Plus has been so popular that the company released a behind the scenes look at the filming of the ad.

Just how popular was the original ad? As of this afternoon it had almost 9 million views on YouTube. 

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14:50
Volkswagen Picks Mirantis to Build Massive OpenStack...


Mirantis on Wednesday announced that Volkswagen Group has selected Mirantis OpenStack to power its cloud applications. The selection process involved a series of cloud-to-cloud performance trials between Red Hat and Mirantis, one of the last pure-play OpenStack companies that hasn't been shut down or acquired. It's ideally positioned to pursue and win large-scale deals like the Volkswagen project, said Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT. The cloud services contract encompasses dozens of data centers and tens of thousands of nodes.

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14:45
AWT News Update: April 7, 2016

Due to a lot of work on the Patron Podcast today (available only to supporters of Apple World Today), there wasn't time to work up a script for today's show, so there won't be a text version of this podcast to read. However, you can enjoy the recorded version, which Steve ad-libbed! Today's news includes:

  • Cookie Monster is in a behind-the-scenes video!
  • Public betas of iOS and OS X are now available for download
  • The FBI's hacking tool only works with the iPhone 5c
  • iOS digital forensics expert published a letter to FBI Director James Comey, saying that it release the information about the tool as "keeping an exploit secret is impossible" and Apple would be able to fix that
  • Microsoft adds power to Outlook for Evernote, Facebook and Wunderlist
  • Drop everything; Disney Crossy Road is available

Whoops. No text edition today. You'll have to listen to your news...

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14:32
Apple Developer Center revamped with new account...

It looks like Apple’s Developer Center is getting a visual refresh as the developer center account page has been updated today with some notable changes. The main view after signing in has gone through a reorganization, making accessing various sections much easier. Moving primary links into a left sidebar view, developer’s can now quickly access their CloudKit Dashboard, Documentation, and even the Bug Reporter.

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Filed under: Developers Tagged: adc, Apple Developer Center...

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14:18
Notable apps and app updates for April 7, 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.

iOS Apps/Updates for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

Andrew Kaz, developer of the app Classics that inspired iBooks, has created iBrary, a $1.99 interface and collection of audiobooks on the iPhone. Kay says iBrary is meant as a friendly, fun, joyful way to hear the best literature, with some of the very best books all in one place. 

Red Card Studios has grown Veggie Bottoms Kitchen 1.0, a $1.99 app that encourages parents and kids to cook real recipes together, while promoting healthy eating, and making learning to cook fun. It has over 40...

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13:49
FBI Director Says Unlocking Method Won't Work...

Even though the FBI was able to gain access to the San Bernardino terrorist's iPhone without Apple's help, the Apple-FBI saga continues. It was reported yesterday the FBI is telling members of Congress of the methods used to break into the iPhone 5c. The most recent tidbit comes from FBI Director James Comey in regard to how many iPhones are at risk from the unlock tool.

An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNN: FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday that the government had purchased "a tool" from a private party in order to unlock the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters. "Litigation between the government and Apple over the San Bernardino phone has ended, because the government has purchased, from a private party, a way to get into that phone, 5c, running iOS 9," Comey said. The FBI director also said the purchased tool worked only on a "narrow slice of phones" that does not include the newest Apple models, or the 5s.

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13:48
Apple posts 'Behind the Scenes' video for...

Apple on Thursday released a behind-the-scenes video for "Timer," its extremely popular TV ad featuring Sesame Street's Cookie Monster and the iPhone 6s' always-ready "Hey Siri" command.

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13:45
The Week in iOS Accessories: Olloclip's latest

Picture this

This week’s roundup includes the latest lenses from Olloclip, making your iPhone photos look even better. Read on!

Olloclip

The Olloclip system has been redesigned for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus ($80 on Amazon). As usual, it come with four advanced optics lenses—this time, though, the lenses are built so you can use them with either front or rear-facing camera lenses on your phone. The result? “You can let your photos and selfies run wild.”

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13:36
Vivaldi Flaunts Its Plus-Size Browser Attributes


Vivaldi on Wednesday launched the first release of its eponymously named browser. Vivaldi is the brainchild of CEO Jon von Tetzchner, a cofounder of Opera Software. Aimed at the power user, Vivaldi 1.0 packs in features that were stripped out of Opera 12. However, "Vivaldi is not about a single feature," von Tetzchner said. "Vivaldi is more about a philosophy." While other mainstream browsers are stripping down their feature sets, "we go in the other direction and add features and options."

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13:30
Microsoft introduces Evernote, Facebook and...

If there is one thing we learned from CEO Satya Nadella’s corporate restructuring of Microsoft over the last couple of years, it’s that he wants its services to be everywhere. And that doesn’t just mean apps like those in Office 365‘s suite keeping your productivity up even on non-Windows systems, but something that aims at a much deeper integration.

With today’s update rolling out for iOS and Android, the Outlook app is adding what the company calls “Calendar Apps”. While you could already see your calendar from within the dedicated tab inside the app, the new addition — which likely...

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13:26
Apple issues first iOS 9.3.2, OS X 10.11.5 betas to...

One day after Apple released the first beta versions of iOS 9.3.2 and OS X 10.11.5 to developers, the company on Thursday issued the same builds to members of the public beta program for testing.

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