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Friday June 5

15:19
Latest comScore data shows Apple increase lead as...

comScore today has released its latest data regarding smartphone market share. The analytics firm says that 188.6 million people owned a smartphone during a three-month period ending in April. That equates to 76.9 percent of the mobile market being made up of smartphones at this point. Apple, according to the data, further strengthened its lead. The company saw a 1.8 percent increase in market share this time around, going from 41.3 percent in January to 43.1 percent in April.

Of the top 5, LG is the only other manufacturer to see an increase, rising from 8 percent to 8.4 percent. Samsung, Motorola, and HTC all three saw a decline in market share. Samsung, still ranked number two, fell from 29.3 percent to 28.6...

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15:10
Apple reportedly horning in on corporate bond issues...

Apple is among an elite cadre of cash-rich tech companies buying up corporate debt as a way to grow their coffers without befalling U.S. repatriation taxes, a report said Friday.

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15:08
Oh HTC

HTC today introduced a 24-karat gold limited edition of the HTC One M9. There’s just a slight problem: One of the three photos depicting the new smartphone was taken with an iPhone.

The most unfortunate photo taken in a while.

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15:07
Gibson Custom Shop True Historic Les Pauls

I love shopping on The Music Zoo Web site. I want all of these.

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14:30
AWT News Update: June 5, 2015

The lull before the storm of Apple news on Monday... here's what happened on National Doughnut Day:

  • Financial Times reports that Apple's new streaming music service will be called "Apple Music"
  • comScore shows that Apple increased its market share lead in the US capturing 43.1% of smartphone sales
  • The Cupertino Cops are playing hardball with AltConf
  • AWT will hold a Google Hangout on Monday to discuss the announcements made during the keynote

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Happy National Doughnut Day. I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for June 5, 2015.

The News Update didn’t make it...

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13:51
Apple's iPhone gobbles up marketshare in U.S....

A fresh report published by comScore on Friday says Apple's share of the U.S. smartphone market grew nearly two percent during a three-month period ending in April, pushing iPhone's share of subscribers above 43 percent.

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13:09
Apple to name streaming music service 'Apple...

Apple's new streaming music service -- likely to be announced at a Worldwide Developers Conference keynote on Monday -- will be called "Apple Music," and will use personalization to help set itself apart, a report said on Friday.

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12:00
Subsidized AT&T iPhone no longer available...

Since the days of the first iPhone in 2007, Apple has sold the smartphone -- set up for AT&T service ---- as a subsidized purchase. In other words, you'd buy your iPhone for a discounted price with a 2-year AT&T contract, say $199 or $299, as opposed to $599 and $699 for a non-subsidized phone. Well, it appears that those days are over. Last night, Apple removed the option of purchasing a new iPhone on a two-year contract with AT&T from the online Apple Store. Instead, all purchases are now done with AT&T's Next plan using a monthly fee.

On the plus side, the Next plan makes it much more simple for iPhone fans to move to the newest model at the end of 12, 18 ,or 24 months by bundling the unsubsidized price of the phone with a service plan and then splitting that cost into a monthly fee. There's also no required down payment.

The pricing for a 16 GB iPhone 6 starts at $21.64 per month without a voice and data plan, while the 128 GB iPhone 6 Plus starts...

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11:47
∞ AltBeardBash at WWDC

It’s become somewhat of a tradition now—the AltBeardBash at WWDC is in its fourth year, and we have big plans for the event next week.

As with previous years, entertainment will be provided by the Amazing Embarrassonic Human Karaoke Machine—these guys truly are amazing.

While the party is an invite-only event, I always hold a few tickets for readers of The Loop and listeners of my two podcasts, The Dalrymple Report with Merlin Mann and Amplified. So, if you’ll be in San Francisco for WWDC and would like to attend the party on Monday night,...

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11:38
Scientists power a fitness tracker with household...

Wireless electricity transmission sounds... dangerous, but the ability to do it could transform the internet of things. Researchers from the University of Washington have charged a JawBone UP24 fitness tracker with nothing but ordinary WiFi. They not...

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11:34
Apple mulling reduced App Store fees for...

For the first time since the opening of the App Store, Apple is reportedly considering alterations to its revenue model that would see the iPhone maker's cut of subscriptions reduced to less than 30 percent.

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11:15
What to expect from Apple at WWDC 2015

Didn't we just wrap up a developer conference? Never mind that -- Apple's WWDC kicks off in earnest on Monday, June 8th, and we'll be there to liveblog the finer points of the morning's keynote (and bring you some sweet hands-on coverage too, if we g...

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11:01
Popular SwiftKey third party keyboard adds diverse...

Previously available as a beta, the update is available to everyone today

SwiftKey, the popular alternative keyboard for iPhone and iPad, is out today with a big update that adds a ton of new emoji characters and other improvements.

SwiftKey version 1.3.3 includes support for choosing the skin tone of human emoji characters, adds new flag and family emoji, and even features the Vulcan Salute emoji without needing it add it yourself. Apple first brought these new emoji characters to the iPhone and iPad through iOS 8.3, although you need a workaround to add the Vulcan Salute.

The update also improves general performance, a common issue with third party...

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11:00
Review: Incase’s DSLR Sling and Pro Packs are...

Eventually, pocket-sized cameras will compare in low-light performance to today’s large and expensive DSLRs. Although pro photographers will have moved on by then to even more powerful large cameras, the vast majority of people will see no need to carry big, heavy lenses and camera bodies around. The iPhone’s ascendance demonstrates that “eventually” is at least foreseeable, even though it’s not happening in the near term.

Serious photographers won’t be giving up their DSLRs any time soon, and in fact will be toting plenty of camera hardware — many times, along with a laptop — to any event or destination important enough to photograph properly. Over the years, I’ve learned that the “ideal bag” for my personal needs is one that can hold my camera, several lenses, and whichever MacBook I’m using. Having hunted for the ultimate carrying solution for both computer and photo gear, the best solutions I’ve found are made by Incase.

The bag I’ve used actively for the last...

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11:00
Two Lightning power accessories: Tylt Ribbn and...

Your iPhone and iPad need power, and recent devices are equipped with the handy slimline Lightning adapter. When you get a new iOS device, it comes with the standard Apple Lightning cable and an AC adapter. But cables get lost or broken, so chances are quite good that eventually a replacement cable will be needed. Today I'm taking a look at two Lightning power accessories: the Tylt Ribbn 4.8A Car Charger (US$49.99) and the Scosche FlatOUT LED charge/sync cable ($19.99). Both of these accessories have one thing in common -- flat MFi (Made for iPhone/iPad) compliant cables.

Tylt Ribbn

The Ribbn might be pricy for a car charger and cable, but it has two things going for it -- first, a 3-foot (1 meter) flat ribbon cable is almost impossible to tangle and second, the ability to provide 4.8 Amps of current allows for fast charging...

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10:53
Apple reportedly looking to reduce 30% revenue cut...

A new report by the Financial Times suggests that Apple is looking to change the 70/30 revenue share for certain types of App Store apps. The report claims that Apple wants to change the way revenue is distributed between developers and Apple for music, video and news apps.

The report is a bit circumspect as the timing of the change does not seem to be related to any particular incident, although potentially Apple is forced into cutting the share due to potential anticompetitive complaints with Apple Music, to be announced next week.

Developers hoping to make more money...

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10:53
Watch these fabulous flying rays

BBC:

Closely related to sharks but with long, flat bodies and wing-like pectoral fins, they are ideally suited to swooping through the water yet seem equally at home in the air, so much so that they have earned the name “flying rays”.

Mobula rays can reach heights of more than two metres (6ft 6ins), remaining airborne for several seconds, but their landings are much less graceful, creating a loud bang as they belly-flop back into the sea.

The video on this page is spectacular. I’d love to go scuba diving with this group but I’d be afraid of a 5.2 m (17 ft), 2,000 lbs ray landing on me.

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10:48
Apple Online Store stops offering iPhone with 2-year...

Apple removed the option to buy an AT&T iPhone on a two-year contract from its online store on Thursday night, reflecting AT&T's wider shift away from two-year contracts.

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10:37
1TB Xbox One with new controller spotted on Amazon

I spy with my little eye an Xbox One with 500GB more storage and a controller with a built-in 3.5mm headset port. Amazon has what appears to be a placeholder page for a 1TB Xbox One bundled with the newly designed controller and Halo: The Master Chie...

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10:18
Bold Poker for iPhone and iPad is your personal...

Deal with it.Thanks to Bold Poker for sponsoring The Loop this week.

Bold Poker: Deal with it.

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10:09
Apple Pay survey finds many retailers still...

Apple has invested a lot into its Apple Pay mobile payments solution since its launch last fall. Since launching in October, the payment method is already accepted at more than 700,000 retail locations, according to the company. Reuters today has published a new report in which Apple says that Apple Pay will be accepted by half of the top 100 merchants in the United States by the end of this year, with more planned in 2016. Currently, a fourth of the top 100 retailers support Apple Pay.

According to a retailer that Reuters contacted, Apple has been pushing its mobile payment service aggressively to retailers. The retailer, which remained anonymous and has no plans to accept Apple Pay, said this:

“They have been pushing hard and it’s been that way for months. They have called and tried to persuade us even after...

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09:43
iFlicks 2.2.1

Improves the watch folder agent and adds more tag actions to rules. ($24.99 new, free update, 13.6 MB)

 

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09:43
Amazon's Fire TV is a hit among US consumers,...

Its ability to do everything, from video-streaming to gaming, makes the Fire TV a solid home entertainment product. And people in the US are starting to take note of this. According to Strategy Analytics, an independent firm that researches the consu...

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09:31
Apple boots contractor Skanska from Campus 2 project...

Swedish contractor Skanska AB will reportedly not be allowed to continue working on Apple's multi-billion dollar "spaceship" campus once its current projects are completed, a move that could be related to rising costs and delays in construction.

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09:19
You can now Skype from your browser in the US and UK

If you like using Skype, but the only connection you have in Squankville, USA is at an internet cafe, now you have an option. Microsoft has opened Skype for Web (beta) to all users in the UK and US on Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari and Firefox. Pr...

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09:15
9to5Toys Last Call: 32GB Wi-Fi Flash Drive $30,...

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:
Last Call Updates:

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09:00
Skype for Web Beta now open to US, UK users

Skype is an extremely popular way for people around the globe to connect to each other through messaging, audio calls, and video calls. But up until now, the service has always required a standalone application on your Mac. Back in March, Microsoft opened a beta of a web-based Skype service to a small number of users; now that beta has been opened to anyone in the US and UK.

To use Skype for Web Beta, users must either have a Skype account or sign up for one. The only software on your favorite Mac will be your browser (Safari, Chrome or Firefox are all supported) and a small browser plug-in. Pointing your browser to http://web.skype.com walks users through the setup process, after which they're ready to call friends and family around the world.

The experience of using Skype for Web Beta is surprisingly similar to that for the full-on Mac application, and I found it to work quite well for both video and audio calls...

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09:00
The best handheld vacuum

This post was done in partnership with The Sweethome, a list of the best gear for your home. Read the original full article at TheSweethome.com

For small spills and tight spots that a regular vacuum can't reach, we recommend using the Black & Decker...

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08:54
Apple Watch tips: How to use it as an iPhone camera...

Because the Apple Watch is an entirely new platform and interface, some of the more helpful functions of the device may not be readily apparent to new users, such as activating Apple Pay, taking screenshots, or using the remote camera shutter function.

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08:45
Killer Deal: Use $100 coupons to help knock $260+...

AppleInsider readers this month can take advantage of an exclusive offer from one of Apple's authorized resellers that allows instant discounts to be combined with a $100 coupon and $50 rebate, knocking a total of $260-$275 off every new 15" MacBook Pro configuration with AppleCare.

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08:44
Gaming hall of fame inducts 'Pong,' '...

The results are in. After a selection process that lasted nearly four months, the newly created World Video Game Hall of Fame has announced its first class inductees. Doom, Pac-Man, Pong, Super Mario Bros., Tetris and World of Warcraft were chosen by...

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08:42
Rumor: Apple taps AU Optronics to build 4-inch...

Supplier AU Optronics has secured a deal to produce screens for a future 4-inch iPhone, which may be in the works to ship in 2016, a report said.

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08:22
A drop of blood reveals almost every virus you'...

This stock image is just for illustration, you do not need this much blood to take the new test.

Every disease that you've ever encountered is cataloged within your DNA, and now a team from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute has worked out how to a...

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08:19
Yahoo slims down services, will require iOS 5.0 or...

Sometimes you’ve got no choice but to upgrade…

Yahoo announced that it will be ending support for Yahoo Mail and Yahoo Contacts will be discontinued for some older Apple devices as of June 15th.

In the case of Yahoo Mail, users with devices running iOS 4 or earlier will no longer be able to use their Yahoo accounts with iOS’ native Mail app. At the same time, Yahoo Contacts will stop syncing with Macs on OS X Lion or earlier.

Yahoo stated that the changes are needed to ensure the speed, security, and functionality of Yahoo services. People with unsupported operating systems will still be able to reach Mail and...

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08:11
AppleInsider podcast talks WWDC, Apple TV, HomeKit,...

This week's all-new AppleInsider podcast features Neil Hughes and Shane Cole as we discuss Apple's acquisition of augmented reality company Metaio, our WWDC predictions, Apple TV, and Apple HomeKit. Shane and Neil have a word to say on what they wish for Apple TV, and we have a special interview with Joe Dada, CEO of HomeKit accessory maker Insteon.

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08:00
Apple expands same-day courier options to online...

Apple has updated its online store with a quicker, same-day delivery option on select items ordered in certain zip codes. The new “courier delivery” option, which promises to deliver “on the same day, within four hours”, has been added today as an additional supported faster delivery method for items bought on Apple’s online store. Apple previously only offered guaranteed shipping services with additional fees that promised next day shipping or next day shipping before noon.

While Apple’s same-day courier option is extremely limited by item inventory and supported zip codes, the store pages for iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Apple TV now each mention the faster delivery option. Apple’s Shipping and Pickup documentation has also added the description for the...

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08:00
WWDC 2015: What to expect from this year's...

On Monday, June 8 beginning at 10 AM PT/1 PM ET, Apple executives will be taking to the stage at Moscone West in San Francisco to launch the 2015 Apple Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC). We'll be providing coverage of all of the announcements as they happen through a Google Hangout, but today we're providing you with an idea of what we think will be the top items of discussion. 

Mac OS X 10.11

OS X 10.11 is expected to focus on system-level improvements that'll increase the stability of the Mac-based operating system. One area of improvement outside of performance tweaks may be Control Center, which could be overhauled with Bluetooth, WiFi and Do Not Disturb controls similar to iOS. 

iOS 9

Similar to OS X 10.11, iOS 9 also is expected to bring under-the-hood improvements for performance and stability purposes. Apple will likely continue its focus on smarter...

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08:00
Going Android: How Nintendo could learn from Amazon

Nintendo may have quashed rumors that its next-generation "NX" console will run Android, but that isn't enough to stop the speculators. After all, the company has a history of denials that weren't entirely forthright. Remember how the console maker d...

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07:56
Apple to stream WWDC keynote at Monday, 10 AM PST

If you’re hankering to watch the Worldwide Developer Conference keynote, Apple’s got you covered.

The keynote will take place on Monday, June 8th at 10 AM pacific time and the PowerPage will do everything it can to bring you the latest news from the event. .

This year, Apple is expected to show off features from the next versions of OS X and iOS, may introduce a new streaming music service built on Beats Music, and could unveil new features for Apple TV such as support for third-party apps. The company is also going to share details on developing native apps for Apple Watch.

Take a gander at the link below come Monday, 10 AM for the live stream.

And, as...

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07:40
Edward Snowden hails Apple as 'pioneering...

Whistleblower and former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden lauded Apple for enabling measures like default full-disk encryption in iOS 8, in a rare editorial published on Friday.

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07:30
Today in the App Store -- Minecraft, Hitman GO and...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today’s notable apps include a discount on Hitman GO; the new Arpeggist; and an update to Minecraft. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

SAT Trainer - NerdCoach [$6.99 → Free] NerdCoach’s LSAT Trainer is a video-game inspired study tool that makes LSAT test prep fun and portable.

Slingshot Racing [$0.99 → Free] Behold a beautiful steampunk environment with ice tracks, grappling hooks, snowmen and more!

Funfair Ride Simulator 2 [$1.99 → Free] Did you ever control...

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07:23
External Link: Yahoo Dropping Services for Some...

Yahoo has announced that it’s dropping two services for older Apple devices on 15 June 2015: Yahoo Mail in the built-in Mail app for devices running iOS 4 and earlier and Yahoo Contacts syncing support for Macs running Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and earlier. Yahoo is also ending Yahoo Maps at the end of June, and will be discontinuing Yahoo Pipes on 30 August 2015, along with a few other services.

 

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07:15
How an astronaut shook hands with someone on Earth...

NASA astronaut Terry Virts is part of the current ISS crew, while ESA telerobotics specialist André Schiele is in the Netherlands. Thanks to two special joysticks with force feedback in both locations, though, they were able to "shake hands" during a...

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07:10
∞ Hound demo: Keep Siri in mind when you watch this

An impressive demo, a bit of what Siri could be.

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06:54
How to add spaces to your Mac’s Dock using Terminal

Peter Cohen, writing for iMore, talks you through the process of adding spacers into your dock, creating natural groupings for all your dock icons.

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06:54
Apple expects half of top US merchants will accept...

Apple's work to expand the footprint of its iPhone-based mobile payment service continues more than half a year after its debut, and while the company expects to bring a number of large merchants on board before the end of 2015, though it appears to be an uphill battle.

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06:46
Apple Legal prevents AltConf from streaming WWDC...

Apple just sent AltConf a letter that, in effect, was a shot across their bow. Be sure to read the update at the bottom of the post, as well as the comments (some excellent points, well made).

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06:16
Coming at WWDC 2015: New Apple Watch SDK, Quality-...

Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference is about to kick off. On Monday, June 8th, company executives will take the stage at San Francisco’s Moscone Center to provide their annual roadmap for Apple’s software, services, and devices.

Traditionally, Apple has used the conference to introduce major upgrades to the iPhone, iPad, and...

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05:44
Mactracker 7.4.4

Adds detailed information about the Apple Watch, plus the latest iMac and MacBook Pro models. (Free, 38.7 MB)

 

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05:40
∞ Today is National Doughnut Day

Turns out, the first Friday in June is National Doughnut Day.

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05:00
iOS apps to help you track the 2015 Women’s World Cup

Women’s World Cup on iPhone and iPad

The 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup is in Canada, but there are plenty of ways to enjoy the tournament on your iOS device if you live in the U.S. Here are a few apps you can use to enhance your World Cup experience.

Make your picks

Fans love picking winners and losers in a tournament. Togga, which runs a fantasy soccer league based on the Barclays Premier League, lets you pick the Women’s World Cup winners with its free Women’s World Cup Challenge app.

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03:34
Inside Apple UK: Lavish London stores welcome Apple...

London -- one of the most expensive cities in the world -- has prime exposure to Apple Watch, both in high-end boutiques and in two of Apple's own most impressive retail flagship stores, among the 38 total stores in the United Kingdom. Actually buying the new device in those stores, however, remains frustratingly difficult, at least for now.

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01:44
Tinderbox 6.3

Adds a new treemap view to the personal content assistant. ($249 new, free update, 49.4 MB)

 

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Thursday June 4

23:56
Live blog: Apple's WWDC 2015 keynote starts...

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21:44
Fantastical 2.0.6

Adds a pop-up calendar that appears when editing start and end dates. ($39.99 new, free update, 12.8 MB)

 

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18:21
Apple, record labels negotiating last-minute...

With Apple widely expected to announce a new subscription-based music streaming service at its Worldwide Developers Conference next week, a report on Thursday suggests the company is cutting it close and holding last-minute negotiations with record labels.

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17:56
Apple prohibits AltConf from streaming WWDC content

It appears Apple is instituting tight control over WWDC content for 2015, as the company on Thursday threatened legal action against AltConf if it moved forward with plans to stream the yearly keynote and subsequent sessions to attendees at an offsite location.

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17:28
∞ Mesa Boogie Mark Five 25 guitar amp

I’ve been a Marshall guy forever, but those new Marshalls can’t touch what Boogie is doing. I’m getting one of these Mark Five 25 amps. I’ll post my thoughts.

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17:04
ConnochaetOS Makes Slackware Truly Free and a Bit...


ConnochaetOS is a nice entry into a pure, free Linux experience. Most people mistakenly equate open source with "free," as in pay nothing. Experienced Linux users know, however, that the open source concept separates the price of the software from the cost of obtaining enterprise-level modifications and support. The notion of "free" does not mean there's no cost to get it. Open source licenses prevent anyone from selling or owning the code. They allow the software to be used, modified and shared under defined terms and conditions.

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16:40
Apple blocks alternative WWDC conference AltConf...

In a letter received by the leaders of AltConf, it was revealed that Apple is cracking down on the live streaming of its WWDC video content at events other than its own. AltConf, which is a community-based developer conference being held in San Francisco the same week as WWDC, had planned to stream content from WWDC in its Viewing Room, but received a letter from an Apple legal representative which demanded that AltConf cease all plans to stream Apple content.

This firm represents Apple Inc. (“Apple”) in certain matters. Apple has recently learned that AltConf 2015 (“AltConf”) is promoting its intent to stream live content from Apple’s WWDC events, including the Keynote address, and is charging $300 for guaranteed spots in the viewing area for the live streams.

Publicly streaming Apple’s WWDC content in the manner in which AltConf proposes would violate Apple’s copyright rights in...

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16:17
Samsung says '6>6' in new Galaxy S6...

In its never ending quest to one-up Apple, Samsung on Thursday revealed a new ad campaign counting the ways the partially curved Galaxy S6 Edge display outperforms iPhone 6. The spots come with the cheeky tagline, "When you do the math it's clear, six is greater than six."

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15:32
Samsung looks for any possible advantages in new...

Samsung today has shared two new ads for its Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge flagships and in typical Samsung fashion, both of the ads take multiple disses at the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The first ad features the Galaxy S6 Edge and focuses on how the curved display of the device is “useful.” Samsung touts that the S6 Edge lights up on the side when someone calls, while the iPhone 6 simply vibrates. Because a strobing light is definitely more useful than a vibration…

The ad also mentions how the side of the Galaxy S6 Edge is useful for viewing notifications and other content, while the side of the iPhone 6 is simply home to the volume buttons and mute switch.

The next ad focuses on the...

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15:19
It's Hard to See WWDC Through My Apple TV Tears


By the time you read this, I'll have finished swearing in the privacy of my office, and likely will have entered the acceptance stage of grief. Already, realization is dawning that I was right to withhold hope that Apple would reveal a new Apple TV at its WorldWide Developers Conference on Monday. I hate it when pessimism wins. So what gives? If WWDC isn't set to kick off until next week, how can I know that Apple isn't going to introduce a new Apple TV? Isn't Apple the most secretive consumer tech company ever devised?

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13:39
BitTorrent's Bleep Hides Messages From Prying...


BitTorrent's Bleep, a secure peer-to-peer messaging service, last month reached the end of its third trimester in alpha testing, and an official version became available for iOS, Android, OS X and PC. The official release is the first to reach iOS. Bleep's Whisper feature enables ephemeral messaging, along with the service's cloudless, end-to-end encrypted calling function. Although BitTorrent appeared to forego a beta testing period for Bleep, the company has been creating separate alpha and beta tracks, according to developer Farid Fadaie.

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13:18
Apple TV leaps into first place as iOS dominates...

Adobe's Digital Index team on Thursday issued a report on video viewing and browsing ahead of Apple's WWDC, noting that Apple TV has doubled its share in premium video viewing to overtake Roku as iOS devices in general widen their lead over Android and other competitors.

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13:07
Yahoo to discontinue support for Mail, Contacts on...

Support for Yahoo Mail and Yahoo Contacts will be discontinued for some older Apple devices as of June 15, Yahoo said in a Thursday blog post.

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13:00
Google Chrome aims to improve laptop battery life by...

Google has been working with Adobe to improve battery life drain caused by Flash and today flipped the switch on a new Chrome feature that does exactly that. The new feature aims to detect Flash on a webpage that is actually important to the main content and “intelligently pause content” that isn’t as important. The result is to hopefully make the web experience with Flash more power efficient to improve battery life on your laptop. Here’s how it works:

When you’re on a webpage that runs Flash, we’ll intelligently pause content (like Flash animations) that aren’t central to the webpage, while keeping...

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12:25
Subscription music service expected to boost iPhone...

Apple is expected to announce a new subscription streaming music service at WWDC next week, but investment bank Piper Jaffray expects that the pay-to-play Spotify competitor will bolster the iPhone ecosystem much more than it will pad Apple's bottom line.

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11:40
Apple holds grip on 5th place in Fortune 500 thanks...

Fortune on Thursday published the 2015 edition of its annual Fortune 500 list, as last year ranking Apple fifth among U.S. corporations in terms of revenue, largely on the sales of iPhones and Macs.

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11:37
Robinhood Opens Stock Trading to All

Robinhood for the iPhone makes stock trading both easy and free. Josh Centers reviews the app and its limitations.

 

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11:28
Google's Android Permissions Get Granular


Google appears to be heeding warnings of security experts who say Android users need better control over what apps do with information from their phones. At I/O, its worldwide shindig for developers held last week, the company announced that the next version of its mobile operating system, Android M, would take a more granular approach to permissions for data requested by apps. Recent versions of Android allows applications to make a block of permission requests as they're installed.

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10:53
Apple Watch tips: Jump to last task, delete watch...

The Apple Watch's user interface is unlike any that has made before, and there are more than a few tricks to using it efficiently. AppleInsider shows you how to quickly jump to your last task, delete watch faces, organize your glances, and remove third-party apps.

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10:51
Yahoo ending support for mail & contact syncing...

Yahoo announced today that a few of its services will no longer be support on older Macs and iOS devices. The changes will impact Yahoo Mail with Apple’s built-in Mail app on older iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches, and Yahoo Contact syncing on Macs running older versions of the desktop operating system. The changes will take place later this month on June 15th.

Starting then, Yahoo Mail will only work with Apple’s built-in Mail app on iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches running iOS 5 or later. Yahoo says it is dropping support for iOS 4 and older versions to focus on security and functionality and points users to mail.yahoo.com to continue using the email service on older devices.

On the Mac side, Yahoo will no...

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10:26
Amplified: Pre-WWDC Beard

Jim and Dan talk about next week’s WWDC, Apple’s interest in music and television, and more.

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10:21
Keeping Up with the Snoops 11: News at Eleven

Congress has taken its first step toward surveillance reform. Josh Centers explains how we got here and what that means.

 

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09:54
Led Zeppelin to release Deluxe Editions of final...

Deluxe editions of Led Zeppelin’s final three studio albums: Presence, In Through The Out Door, and Coda will be released in July. As with the previous deluxe editions, all three have been newly remastered by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page and are accompanied by companion audio comprised of previously unreleased music related to the original release selected and compiled by Page.

Jimmy has done a good job on remastering some of the band’s other works, so this should be worth picking up.

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09:52
New charity auction offers chance to tour Apple HQ...

Apple on Thursday launched another auction through Charitybuzz, offering the winner a chance to tour the company's Cupertino, Calif. headquarters with VP of Education John Couch.

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09:50
Apple’s Marc Newson responds to Apple Watch...

Marc Newson, famous designer and close friend of Apple design guru Jony Ive, just gave his first solo interview since joining Apple last year. In the interview with the London Evening Standard, Newson talks Apple Watch, thought to be one of the first products he had involvement with since joining the company, as well as the future of the company from fashion to cars. 

When asked about Apple Watch, and specifically the criticism from the fashion industry, Newson responded:...

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09:09
Review: Tweetbot for Mac 2.0 brings a Yosemite-style...

Yes, you read that headline right. The long-awaited Yosemite update for Tweetbot is finally here. The application has been rebuilt with a new look and updated controls for several features that make things like creating columns and tracking down the tweet associated with an image much easier.

The main attraction for most users will be the new design, so let’s take a look at that in a bit more detail first…

Tweetbot 2 fully embraces the Yosemite aesthetic that was introduced in OS X last year while still maintaining much of the same functionality and layout with which users are already familiar. Everything has been flattened, and timelines that previously sported a light gray tone are now pure white...

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09:08
9to5Toys Last Call: Bose Soundlink Mini II release,...

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08:57
Apple clarifies Space Black Apple Watch won’t hit...

This morning, Apple announced that the Apple Watch will arrive in new countries on June 26th and in Apple Retail stores across the globe in two weeks. The company also said that all orders placed through May will ship to customers within two weeks, with the exception of the 42mm Space Black stainless steel model.

In an email to those who ordered at least that Space Black version, Apple has clarified that this model will not be in retail stores until all online orders have been fulfilled:

Thank you for ordering an Apple Watch. We’re working hard to ship orders as quickly as possible and in the order they were placed.

As you may have heard, some models of Apple Watch will soon be available for purchase in Apple Retail Stores. We’d like...

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08:55
Periscope adds map-based feed browsing, Sunrise...

Twitter on Thursday added several features to Periscope, most significantly a map browser, while Microsoft added an Apple Watch app to Sunrise Calendar.

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08:43
Next-gen Apple TV won’t surface at WWDC, not ready...

It looks like Apple won’t be unveiling a next-gen Apple TV at WWDC this year.

In spite of copious rumors that Apple would introduce an updated set-top box, it seems as if the device isn’t ready yet. The New York Times’ Brian X. Chen writes that Apple has postponed its plans because the product is “not ready for prime time.”

The event was rumored to show off new Apple TV hardware, including an improved remote control and a tool kit for developers to use to make apps with. But those plans were postponed partly because the product was not ready for prime time, according to two people briefed on the product.

Apple has not introduced a new version of...

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08:28
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It's June! Summer is almost here, school will let out soon, Tim Cook and friends will have goodies for us next week and Apple World Today will produce another month of articles. 

Our fantastic patrons over at Patreon help make that happen and for that they have our gratitude! Heres's our monthly shout-out to the fantastic people who support us every month. You're the best. 

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08:04
Apple’s latest charity auction invites you to tour...

Apple has been a part of several fundraising auctions through Charitybuzz over the last few years, giving lunch meetings and event invites in exchange for generous donations to various non-profit efforts. The company’s latest campaign promises a bit of a golden ticket in Willy Wonka fashion as the highest bidder will be invited to tour Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino and bring 1 guest (or up to 3 kids if it’s a family visit). Just don’t expect to be allowed inside Jony Ive’s secret lab…The tour is donated and will be lead by John Couch, Apple’s VP of Education:

“As Apple’s vice president of Education, John Couch has been responsible for driving Apple’s renewed success in the...

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08:04
Apple Watch units begin shipping with exception of...

Apple has essentially vowed to get all its Apple Watch back orders out the door and shipping within two weeks, albeit buyers of the Apple Watch 42 mm Space Black Stainless Steel with Space Black Link Bracelet will have to wait a bit longer.

A recently released statement offered the following:

All orders placed through May, with the sole exception of Apple Watch 42 mm Space Black Stainless Steel with Space Black Link Bracelet, will ship to customers within two weeks. At that time, we’ll also begin selling some models in our Apple Retail Stores.

The statement suggests that Apple retail locations will...

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08:00
New model, two-year-old processor: The 2015 15-inch...

Specs at a glance: 15-inch 2015 Apple Retina MacBook Pro

Screen
2880×1800 at 15.4" (220 PPI)

OS
OS X 10.10.3 "Yosemite"

CPU
2.5GHz Intel Core i7-4870HQ (Turbo up to 3.7GHz)

RAM
16GB 1600MHz DDR3L (non-upgradeable)

GPU
Intel Iris Pro 5200 (integrated), AMD Radeon R9 M370X with 2GB GDDR5

HDD
512GB solid-state drive

Networking
802.11a/b/g/n/ac (up to 1.3Gbps), Bluetooth 4.0

Ports
2x USB 3.0, 2x Thunderbolt 2, card reader, HDMI, headphones

Size
14.13" × 9.73" × 0.71" (358.9 mm × 247.1 mm × 18.0 mm)

Weight
4.49 lbs (2.04 kg)

Battery
99.5 WHr

Warranty
1 year

Starting price
$1,999.99

Price as reviewed
$2,499.99

Other perks
Webcam, backlit keyboard, dual integrated mics, Force Touch trackpad

Apple released a new 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro last month, but it’s not...

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07:50
Todoist introduces developer platform today

Todoist has released a developer platform today, paving they way for integration with products and services you love. Right away, service's developers have added support for Evernote, GitHub and Google Calendar. 

Developers will be able to create cool features with a webhook URL. I'm already looking forward to what comes of this, as Todoist is my project manager of choice. 

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07:38
Apple ranks in at number 5 on latest Fortune 500 list

Apple ranks in at number 5 on the latest Fortune 500, the annual list that ranks US companies by revenue, this time for fiscal year 2014. The company maintains its same position as last year behind Berkshire Hathaway (no. 4), Chevron (no. 3), Exxon Mobil (no. 2), and Wal-Mart Stores (no. 1).

While Apple comes in at fifth place for revenue, Fortune notes that it “boasts both the biggest profits of any company on the list ($39.5 billion) and the highest market value (more than $700 billion).”

After a bumpy start to 2014, Apple’s stock finished the year up 40%, adding nearly $200 billion...

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07:24
Periscope for iPhone now lets you find streams by...



Twitter’s live video streaming app Periscope is out with a big update today adding a key promised feature. Periscope for iPhone version 1.1 now lets you find live streams around the world based on location using a new map view from the global tab. This lets you jump into streams going on around you or watch something interesting happening on the other side of the world. In addition to adding the new maps view, Periscope has been localized in 29 more languages:English, Japanese,...

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07:08
Jeff Williams: “Response to Apple Watch has...

The logjam is loosening.

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06:52
Apple’s Japanese bond sale will raise more than...

Apple’s first ever Japanese bond sale will raise more than had been previously estimated. An SEC filing reveals that the sale will raise ¥250B ($2B), more than the ¥200 billion ($1.6B) which had been reported earlier.

Apple is selling the bonds in Japanese yen due to the extremely low interest rates in the country, with Apple offering a rate of just 0.35%, paid twice a year in June and December. Goldman Sachs, one of the two underwriters of the bond issue, said that the market would welcome the offering.

“It’s Apple’s first time issuing in yen. Their ratings, credit fundamentals and familiarity within the Japanese market are very high,” said a Goldman Sachs banker. “The outcome proves...

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06:48
Dish Network in talks to merge with T-Mobile US,...

Dish Network is in talks to merge with T-Mobile U.S., a report said on Thursday, and while major details remain unsorted, the companies are believed to be closely aligned about what a resulting entity would look like -- one that might pose a threat to Apple's rumored subscription TV service.

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06:44
Is that an Apple Watch on your wrist?

If you are the go-to person for your friends and family on all things tech, this is worth a read.

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06:33
ETA brings travel times and traffic status to Apple...

This will be going on my Apple Watch today.

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06:24
No new Apple TV at WWDC

Brian X. Chen, writing for the New York Times:

Yet one much ballyhooed device will be absent from the conference: a new Apple TV, Apple’s set-top box for televisions.

Feh.

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06:21
iOS, OS X, music, Swift, and more: What you should...

Apple’s WWDC keynote kicks off at 10am Pacific on Monday morning. Though the focus at the company’s developer conference is usually on the next versions of its flagship operating systems, Apple has used the stage at the Moscone Center in San Francisco to announce any number of things over the years.

To prepare you for the show, we’ve sifted through a few months of rumors to bring you the most credible stuff—this won’t all be correct, and we’re sure Apple has some surprises up its sleeve, but this is the basic information you should know going into the show on Monday.

iOS 9


If the rumors are true, iOS 9 could run on (and speed up) everything that currently runs iOS 8.

Since we first began hearing about iOS 9, word on the...

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06:06
Agent 47 returns to iOS with the new Hitman Sniper...

From 9to5toys:

Following the release of the last main console entry in the long running Hitman franchise, Square Enix took the franchise mobile with the stellar, board-game style Hitman GO. Now Square is back with another iOS game starring Agent 47:

Unlike the console games and Hitman Go, you won’t be navigating various locations in order to take out your target quietly in the new...

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05:59
Almost all May Apple Watch orders shipping – and...


Almost all Apple Watches shipping within 2 weeks … but not this one

Apple has said that all Apple Watch orders placed during May will ship within two weeks, with one exception – and no prizes for guessing which.

All orders placed through May, with the sole exception of Apple Watch 42 mm Space Black Stainless Steel with Space Black Link Bracelet, will ship to customers within two weeks. At that time, we’ll also begin selling some models in our Apple Retail Stores.

This suggests retail store sales will begin around 18th June … 

Apple has also announced that the Watch will go on sale in seven more countries from 26th June...

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05:41
Apple's first-ever Japanese yen bond raises $2...

In a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday, Apple revealed that it has raised 250 billion yen through its first-ever Japanese bond offering, which is the equivalent of $2 billion U.S.

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