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Wednesday May 4

03:59
tvOS at 6 Months: Where Are the Apps?

Six months in, the tvOS ecosystem feels a bit empty. “Take Control of Apple TV” author Josh Centers investigates to find out why.

 

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03:56
Apple will unveil ‘more intuitive’ version of Apple...

Apple has taken on board criticisms of the messiness of the Apple Music app, and will reveal a ‘more intuitive’ version at WWDC in June, reports Bloomberg. The revamp reportedly follows a management shake-up in which several execs involved in the music project have left the company.

Apple is altering the user interface of Apple Music to make it more intuitive to use, according to people familiar with the product who asked not to be identified because the plans aren’t public. Apple also plans to better integrate its streaming and download businesses and expand its online radio service, the people said

Bloomberg‘s sources say that Apple has been struggling to unite the...

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00:00
PCWorld Show Episode 15: Dell XPS 15 vs MacBook Pro...

Is it unfair to put a quad-core PC against a dual-core Mac?

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Tuesday May 3

22:48
Apple hires Google X co-founder and Nest's ex-...

Robotics professor Yoky Matsuoka is lending Apple her expertise, according to Fortune. Matsuoka co-founded X Labs, Google's secretive research facility that developed Glass and the company's self-driving car. She also used to be Nest's head of techno...

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21:43
Takata is reportedly recalling another 35 million...

If your car wasn't affected by Takata's massive airbag inflater recalls, it might be very shortly. Wall Street Journal tipsters hear that the Japanese firm is planning to recall "at least" 35 million more airbag inflaters, possibly as soon as this w...

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21:01
The 'Star Wars' holographic chess game is...

"Let's be real: Any article you read about Magic Leap or any AR platform, the first thing they talk about is Holochess."

That's Mike Levine, former senior effects specialist at LucasArts and current CEO of mobile game developer Happy Giant. Levine i...

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21:01
The Pay What You Want: Spring 2016 Mac Bundle

Have you ever wished you could get a pile of Mac productivity apps and utilities, but just pay what you want for the package? Dream no more -- the Pay What You Want: Spring 2016 Mac Bundle in our Deals Shop is exactly what you were imagining. 

Here's how it works: you pick what you think is a fair price for the bundle, and you get something from a variety of 13 Mac apps. If you beat the average price (at the time this post was written it was $15.48), you get all 13 apps. Make your price higher than the rest, and if you get onto the leaderboard at any point in the next five days you'll be entered to win a $1000 iTunes Gift Card. Make it to the top of the leaderboard, you get five entries into the iTunes Gift Card Giveaway.

You're also doing good by...

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20:57
Tesla adds a 75kWh battery option for the Model S

Later this week Tesla will add a new battery option for buyers of its Model S sedan. Currently available with either a 70 or 90kWh pack, the new option will be 75kWh -- the same size as the smallest battery currently available for the company's new M...

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20:21
Nextbit Robin 'cloud phone' is going on...

If you want a Nextbit Robin and missed its Kickstarter fundraising campaign in 2015, you may want to check out its Amazon listing. The "cloud-first" Android phone that raised over $1.3 million on the crowdfunding platform, is going on sale starting a...

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19:36
iPhone tops TIME’s list of most influential gadgets...

TIME Magazine today released its list of the 50 most influential gadgets of all time and Apple appears on the list more than once. At the top of the list, however, is the iPhone. TIME says the iPhone is the most influential gadget of all time because of it “fundamentally changed our relationship to computing and information.”

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19:31
China wants to put a man on the moon by 2036

A senior Chinese official announced yet another ambitious plan for the space-faring nation at a press conference on Saturday. PLA Lt. Gen. Zhang Yulin -- who is also deputy commander of the China Manned Space Program -- told reporters that China plan...

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19:10
Apple's iPhone is most influential gadget ever...

TIME Magazine named Apple's iPhone the most influential gadget of all time in a list published Tuesday, which included a variety of tech products from the likes of Sony, IBM, HP and other big-name players.

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18:55
Apple hires former Nest exec & Google X co-...

According to a report from Fortune and her LinkedIn profile, Apple has recently hired former Nest executive and co-founder of Google X Yoky Matsuoka. At Nest, Matsuoka was the head of technology. According to the report, Matsuoka is joining Apple to help with its health initiatives, including ResearchKit, HealthKit, and CareKit. Matsuoka will report to chief operating officer Jeff Williams who oversees all of the company’s health projects.

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18:40
Human-robot teams take the drudgery out of sorting...

Think about all the sticky, slimy vile stuff you throw away in a given week. Now multiply that level of gross by everybody in your town. Would you want to have to rummage through all that disgusting detritus to pick out valuable recyclables? Because...

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18:03
Apple Loses Exclusive Rights To 'iPhone'...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from AppleInsider: Adding to the company's problems in the region, Apple has lost exclusivity on the use of the "iPhone" trademark in China, and must now share it with Beijing-based leather products maker Xintong Tiandi Technology, reports said on Tuesday. On March 31, the Beijing Municipal High People's Court rejected an Apple appeal of an earlier ruling, according to Quartz. Xintong Tiandi is already selling a number of "IPHONE" products, including purses, passport cases, and most notably phone cases. The company registered its trademark in China in 2007, the same year as the Apple iPhone launched in the United States. That was, however, still five years after Apple registered the iPhone name in China for computer products, something which formed the basis of a 2012 complaint to the country's trademark authorities. In 2013 the government ruled that because Apple couldn't prove the name "IPHONE" was well-known prior to Xintong Tiandi's...

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17:52
Nintendo pulls a 3DS game to fight another homebrew...

Nintendo's cat-and-mouse game with homebrew exploits isn't over yet. The gaming giant recently pulled Terry Cavanagh's retro platformer VVVVVV from the 3DS eShop after Shiny Quagsire discovered a way to use the game to run your own code. It's not a...

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17:08
Tim Cook talks Apple ethos, government issues, role...

In the second and final segment of a rare one-on-one interview with CNBC's Jim Cramer, Apple CEO Tim Cook discussed his company's core tenets, the recent debate over encryption, his personal legacy and more.

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16:10
Tim Cook gets personal in second part of CNBC...

After focusing on Apple’s second quarter earnings and the subsequent reaction by Wall Street in the first part of his interview on CNBC’s Mad Money, Apple CEO Tim Cook got a little more personal in part two. During today’s portion of the interview that just aired, Cook talked about his personal motivation for creating products, as well as people he looks up to and more.

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16:03
Jony Ive explains Apple's interest in wearables...

In an interview published on Tuesday, Apple CDO Jony Ive offered his take on the recent Apple-sponsored Met Gala, the intersection of fashion and design, Apple Watch, wearables and more.

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16:00
Things every designer needs to know about...

Accessibility enables people with disabilities to perceive, understand, navigate, interact with, and contribute to the web. Imagine a world where developers know everything there is to know about accessibility. You design it and they build it… perfectly. In this world, only the design itself can cause people with disabilities to have trouble using a product.

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15:53
Slashdot Asks: What Do You Think Is The Most...

TIME has published a list ranking the 50 most influential gadgets of all time, from cameras and TVs to music players, smartphones, and drones. Can you guess what was the number one most influential gadget on the list? That's right, the Apple iPhone. "Apple was the first company to put a truly powerful computer in the pockets of millions when it launched the iPhone in 2007," according to TIME. "The iPhone popularized the mobile app, forever changing how we communicate, play games, shop, work, and complete many everyday tasks."

There's a lot of interesting gadgets on the list that have had a profound impact on mankind in some form or another, for better or worse. Do you agree with TIME's number one choice? What do you think is the most influential gadget of all time?


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14:59
WhatsApp Goes Through Judicial Revolving Door in...


A Brazilian court on Tuesday overturned a different court's Monday order that blocked WhatsApp, the messaging site owned by Facebook, amid a criminal investigation into drug trafficking in the state of Sergipe. The earlier judicial demand that WhatsApp provide data considered critical to the investigation came soon after a ramp-up in the level of encryption built into the app. Five major Internet service providers faced hefty fines of about US$142,000 daily if they failed to comply with the order.

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14:59
App Store educational “discounts”

How the hell can this be possible?

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14:52
Apple hires Google X lab cofounder, former Nest head...

Apple recently expanded its health technology team in a big way with the hire of Yoky Matsuoka, a robotics expert who co-founded Google's experimental X labs and most recently served as head of technology at Nest.

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14:50
Apple hires former Nest, Google executive

Apple has hired famed robotics expert Yoky Matsuoka, one of the co-founders of Google’s X lab and former head of technology at Nest, to work on the iPhone maker’s health projects.

Her credentials are outstanding.

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14:42
Macworld’s MacScan 3 review

But malware attacks are on the rise and OS X is no longer immune to such threats. According to a study from Bit9 and Carbon Black, 2015 was a banner year for malware on the Mac, with more than 1,400 unique samples collected and analyzed, a whopping five-fold increase over the previous five years combined.

I have MacScan on my system and it works great.

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14:30
AWT News Update: May 3, 2016

Image of "iPhone" products from China via Quartz

Tuesday brings an ominous breeze from China, new banks for Apple Pay, CarPlay to the 2016 Hyundai Sonata, and a handful of new betas.

  • Apple must share the iPhone trademark with a Chinese leather good manufacturer, of all things
  • Think things were bad for Apple in Q2? Just wait, as the Chinese smartphone market is taking a hit
  • Apple Pay is joined by Moody National Bank of Texas as well as 19 other firms, and UK gets a prepaid card option
  • Have a 2016 Hyundai Sonata? Get a CarPlay update from your dealer
  • Betas of OS X, iOS and tvOS hit the streets

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14:29
Jony Ive talks future of Apple Watch, design...

The Apple sponsored 2016 Met Gala was held last night and in attendance was Tim Cook, Jony Ive, and Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Steve Jobs. In addition to delivering opening remarks for the event yesterday afternoon and serving as its co-chair, Jony Ive also sat down with fashion news outlet Business of Fashion to discuss the Met Gala’s “Manus x Machina” theme, as well as some more Apple-specific topics.

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14:29
Universal Audio releases the Fender ’55 Tweed Deluxe...

One of Leo Fender’s first and finest amp designs, the Fender Deluxe was introduced in 1946. After various circuit tweaks, Fender eventually landed on the now historic “wide-panel” 5E3 Deluxe in 1955. This amplifier’s touch-sensitivity has a dynamic range from clean and sweet, to overdriven raunch that’s made it a go-to recording amp for the likes of Larry Carlton, Neil Young, Mike Campbell, Daniel Lanois, and Billy Gibbons.

I have never been so excited to try out a plug-in. It took Universal Audio two years to complete this single plug-in.

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14:24
How-To: Hide System Preferences sections in OS X [...

If you find that System Preferences in OS X contains too many options that you don’t regularly use, then you should considering hiding rarely used sections of the app. By using the Customize option in System Preferences, it’s easy to both show and hide specific sections with ease. more…

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14:22
What Jony Ive said at the Met Fashion Gala

Sir Jony Ive, chief design officer of Apple was one of the four co-hosts of Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala alongside Anna Wintour of Vogue, singer Taylor Swift and actor Idris Elba. Apple, was an underwriter of an event widely known as “Oscars of the East Coast.” Here is a text of his speech at the event.

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14:13
[Sponsor] StoryWorth

Mother’s Day is on Sunday, and StoryWorth’s app helps you give her something meaningful this year.

StoryWorth lets you get to know her through weekly stories about her life, from her first crush to her brief stint in marching band.

Invite your mom, and each week they’ll send her a question. She replies with a story through the app, email, or even a landline. After a year, they’ll bind her stories in a hardcover book. She’ll be happy you want to get to know her better, and you’ll have something to talk about when you call. (Get $20 off.)

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14:05
Photographer shatters reality with this mind-bending...

This kind of photo-illustration just melts my brain. I can’t even conceive of the concept let alone have the incredible skills this guy has, both in the camera and on the computer.

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13:54
Judge overturns Brazilian WhatsApp shutdown in...

On Tuesday a Brazilian judge lifted a temporary block on Facebook's WhatsApp Messenger, imposed yesterday by another judge in a fight over chat data demanded in a drug trafficking case.

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13:45
Apple loses exclusive use of the ‘iPhone’ moniker in...

Apple has lost exclusive ownership of the “iPhone” name in China. The company has lost a trademark suit against a Chinese company, which now holds the right to make and sell handbags and other leather products branded “IPHONE,” reports Quartz.

The Beijing Municipal High People’s Court rejected Apple’s appeal of the trademark dispute against Xintong Tiandi Technology (Beijing) Co., Ltd. on Mar. 31, the article adds. The final judgement allows the Beijing company to brand leather products including handbags, purses, and cellphone and passport cases with the name “IPHONE.”

Xintong Tiandi Technology,applied to register its trademark on the name -- in the category of leather goods -- in 2007. While Apple filed its own "iPhone" trademark in 2002, that application wasn't approved until 2013.

According to a 2013 ruling from the Chinese...

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13:35
Notable apps and app updates for May 3, 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

Tasa Graphic Arts has introduced Plate Tectonics Visual Glossary and Atlas 1.0. It’s a $1.99 comprehensive glossary of terms and definitions related to plate tectonics with visuals that include illustrations, animations, photos, and videos. The app provides a visual experience that encourages discovery by exploration of Earth's surface. Using a 3D globe with surface maps that show Earth's geologic features, terms are related to the features that are a direct result of the motion of tectonic plates.

The Clash Soft has launched...

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13:30
The Week in iOS Accessories: The everywhere doorbell

C'mon, ring that bell!

The latest roundup includes a new home doorbell that you can answer from your iPhone. Read on!

August

The $199 August Doorbell Cam (also available on Amazon) lets you see who is on your front porch—whether you’re at home, or away—on your iPhone. It’s motion triggered, and records the people who approach, so you can have a record of visitors. And it makes a handy intercom: Let people in remotely to drop off a package, then ensure the door is locked again once they leave.

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13:21
Review: The Nodus Shell leather iPhone case comes w...

If a super-slim, high-quality leather iPhone case is on your wish list, the Nodus Shell case has a few perks that make it my new recommendation and go-to everyday case.

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Filed under: iOS Devices, Reviews Tagged: case, iPhone, Leather, magnetic, Micro Dock, mount, Nodus, shell...

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13:13
India has shot down Apple's plan to sell...

India reportedly has rejected Apple’s plan to sell refurbished iPhones in the country, a blow to the company’s hopes for growth there.

The government turned down Apple’s application to import and sell the older, refreshed phones, Bloomberg reported, citing an unnamed official. Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Apple looked to refurbished handsets as a way to attract more buyers in India. An earlier application was rejected last year by India’s Ministry of Environment.

The company’s phone sales growth has been slowing in China, so it has been looking to India as its next big growth market. Apple had only three percent market share in India in the fourth quarter of...

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13:07
Apple loses exclusive rights to “iPhone” trademark...

Well, this is a bit awkward.

In a strange turn of events, Apple has lost exclusive rights to the “iPhone” name in China thanks to losing a trademark suit against a Chinese company which now holds the right to make and sell handbags and other leather products branded “IPHONE.”

The Beijing Municipal High People’s Court rejected Apple’s appeal of the trademark dispute against Xintong Tiandi Technology (Beijing) Co., Ltd. on Mar. 31, state media Legal Daily reported. The final judgement allows the Beijing company to brand leather products including handbags, purses, and cellphone and passport cases with the name “IPHONE.”

Xintong Tiandi registered the “IPHONE” trademark to make leather products back in 2007, about five years after Apple registered the same name in...

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12:55
The 50 most influential gadgets of all time

These lists are always fun/interesting and congratulations to Apple for having the iPhone named as #1 but, is it just me or does anyone think of the iPhone as most certainly not a “gadget”?

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12:35
Apple loses exclusive rights to 'iPhone'...

Adding to the company's problems in the region, Apple has lost exclusivity on the use of the "iPhone" trademark in China, and must now share it with Beijing-based leather products maker Xintong Tiandi Technology, reports said on Tuesday.

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12:34
External Link: Dish Now Offering iPhone House Calls

Satellite provider Dish has an intriguing new service: on-site iPhone screen and battery repair. You’ll pay a premium for its services, which range from $74.99 to $184.99, which is more than even Apple typically charges, but it might be worthwhile if you don’t have an Apple Store or Apple Authorized Service Provider nearby. $35 of the fee is a “Drive to Me” fee, which is waived for additional devices repaired in a single visit. While devices fixed by Dish won’t be covered by their original warranties, Dish warranties its work for 60 days.

 

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12:30
Law Affords More Protection to PINs Than Prints


A federal magistrate in Los Angeles ordered the girlfriend of an alleged gang member to open her phone using her fingerprint so prosecutors could look at the data on it for a case they were working on, according to a news report published last week. Paytsar Bkhchadzhyan, 29, of Los Angeles pleaded no contest to identity theft earlier this year. Within 45 minutes after she was taken into custody, U.S. Magistrate Judge Alicia Rosenberg issued a warrant to force Bkhchadzhyan to press her finger to her iPhone to open it.

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12:17
iPhone warning signs

There is a lot of justifiable doom and gloom surrounding Apple in general and the iPhone in particular so far this year. A lot of it is incomprehensible to those of us who use and enjoy the products the company makes. Personally, I don’t think there’s any need to push a panic button but the company does have some serious challenges ahead for the rest of the year and into 2017.

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11:50
Apple revenue from China forecast to fall 15% this...

Apple's revenue from China plummeted 26 percent year over year last quarter, and is projected by Sterne Agee CRT to fall 15 percent in fiscal year 2016, as the entire smartphone market faces struggles in that market.

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11:06
Tim Cook Sits Down with Jim Cramer on Mad Money

As Apple comes under fire from financial analysts, Cook talks to Mad Money’s Jim Cramer to tell Apple’s side of the story.

 

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11:00
Exclusive: Redesigned Aspen Grove Apple Store...

The eponymous aspen trees at the Aspen Grove shopping mall in Littleton, Colorado are barely budding out, but there is something new that's sprouted up at the location: A freshly–updated Apple Store.

The Aspen Grove Apple Store has been open for quite a few years (it opened on November 10, 2001 and was the 16th Apple Store overall), and to be honest with you it was definitely in need of a renovation. It's my local Apple Store, and the location where I picked up my first iPhone in 2007. The store is rather small (6,281 square feet), and unlike some recently-refurbished Apple Stores, the new store doesn't feature a mammoth video screen in the back. 


Aspen Grove Apple Store: May, 2016

All photos ©2016, Steven Sande


Interior tables

The new tables provide an open and clean design....

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10:22
Twitter’s Connect tab takes another shot at the...

Twitter is trying to get better at recommending people to follow with a new Connect tab for iOS and Android.

The Connect tab replaces a previous Find People section, and does more to explain why it is recommending particular people and accounts.

Trending accounts no longer have their own section, but are instead featured in a carousel at the top of the screen. Below that, there’s an option to connect your address book for finding people you know in the real world.

The meat of the new Connect tab, however, lies below these two sections. Here, you can scroll through a series of recommendation cards, each based on a group of people you’re following already and on your recent activity. Additional cards are interspersed for popular accounts nearby and people you might know through your Twitter contacts. Twitter says it will continue to refine these recommendations over time.

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10:16
Apple seeds fourth tvOS 9.2.1, iOS 9.3.2, & OS X...

Apple has released the fourth beta of its iOS 9.3.2 update to both developers and public beta testers today. OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 and tvOS 9.2.1 also saw a fourth beta release for developers today. The latest developer and public betas haven’t seen any major changes as it appears they are turning out to be more bug fix releases than anything. Simultaneous use of Low Power Mode and Night Shift had been reactivated as of iOS 9.3.2 beta 2.

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10:09
Apple releases fourth betas of iOS 9.3.2, OS X 10.11...

Apple on Tuesday issued the fourth pre-release beta builds of iOS 9.3.2, OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 and tvOS 9.2.1, giving developers the ability to test the software before its official launch. Public beta testers also got their hands on the latest builds of iOS and OS X [updated].

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10:03
Apple Pay picks up over 20 more US banks including...

Apple on Tuesday updated the roster of U.S. banks supporting Apple Pay with 26 new entries, such as Moody National Bank, one of the biggest headquartered in Texas with branches in Houston, Galveston, and Austin.

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10:00
Cyclists will love WaterField's Cycling Ride...

Cyclists know that for speed and comfort, you want to carry the bare necessities on each ride. Gary Waterfield, the founder of WaterField Designs, is an avid cyclist and designed the perfect way to carry an iPhone, keys, wallet, and even bike tools in the least amount of space. The redesigned Cycling Ride Pouch (US$79) and Club Pouch ($49) are now available for preorder and start shipping on May 20.

WaterField Designs Ride Pouch

The Ride Pouch (image above) weighs just 4 ounces (113.4 grams) empty and easily slips into a cycling jersey pocket. There's a clear screen in a separate pouch pocket for viewing and seeing your iPhone, and both external and internal mesh pockets for cash, cards and keys. Made of full-grain distressed leather with ballistic nylon, the Ride Pouch can also hold a spare tube, an air...

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09:53
Bowers & Wilkins is the trophy acquisition of a...

Ever heard of Eva Automation? Me neither. Until I got a press release from Bowers & Wilkins this morning reporting that the little-known Silicon Valley startup had acquired the renowned British manufacturer of high-end audio equipment.

Eva’s management team, on the other hand, is well known in the upper echelons of the tech industry. CEO Gideon Yu’s resume includes a partnership at the venture-capital firm Khosla Ventures, Senior VP of Finance at Yahoo, CFO at YouTube, and then the same position at Facebook. More recently, he became a co-owner of the San Francisco 49ers football team and led the team’s efforts in financing the construction of Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif, which hosted Super Bowl 50 in January.

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09:31
9to5Toys Last Call: Beats Solo2 Wireless $160,...

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09:01
Dish Network's traveling technicians get into...

Dish Network is finding a new purpose for its technicians in the age of streaming video.

With its new Smart Phone Repair program, Dish will send someone to your house or work to replace a broken iPhone screen or worn-out battery on site. The service is available seven days a week to anyone across the United States—whether they’re Dish TV subscribers or not—with same-day and next-day appointments. Repairs take 30 to 45 minutes.

Each iPhone battery replacement costs $40, and screen repairs range from $130 to $150, depending on the model of iPhone. Dish also charges $35 for the service call itself, which can cover the repair of multiple phones. Dish says it’s open to corporate events as well, in case companies want to repair company iPhones on a large scale.

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08:52
Fiat Chrysler, Google partnering on self-driving...

Google and Fiat Chrysler are on the verge of signing their rumored partnership on self-driving technology, which should begin with several dozen Pacifica minivans being equipped as prototypes, a report said on Tuesday.

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08:51
SpaceX's Red Dragon Could Soar Off on Mars...


SpaceX last week announced plans to launch a mission for Mars in 2018, with help from the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The Red Dragon, a variant of the SpaceX Dragon 2 spacecraft, will make the unmanned journey. The Falcon Heavy 9 space launch vehicle will send it on its way. The mission will gain data for NASA as part of its agreement with SpaceX. SpaceX CEO Elon is expected to disclose detailed plans for the Mars Colonial Transporter and associated architecture at a conference this summer in Mexico.

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08:16
Apple Pay gains over 20 more banks in the US,...

We’re now more than a year and a half out from the launch of Apple Pay — Apple’s iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch-based mobile payment system — in the US, and we’re still seeing additional banks across the country regularly join the roster of participating partners. More than 20 new banks have added Apple Pay support in this round, and a new prepaid card launching in the UK today has also made the list. These are the latest banks to work with Apple Pay:

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08:15
Apple's iPhone tops TIME's "50 Most...

Original iPhone. Image via WIRED.

Those of us who have watched the changes in the world since the introduction of the iPhone in 2007 know just how influential that device has been. Whether it is the dominance of smartphones these days, the fact that most other manufacturers have copied the design of the iPhone, or the rise of the App Store economy, there's no denying that the iPhone started something big. TIME today published a list of the "50 Most Influential Gadgets of All Time", and the iPhone is at the top of the list.

The Mac made the number 3 spot on the list for how it "forever set the standard for the way human beings interact with computers," and the iPod (below) was at the number 9 spot as "...an entire generation's introduction to Apple's easy-to-use products and slick marketing." 

Two more Apple products made the list, with the iPad at the number 25 spot as being not "the first tablet, but ......

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08:08
Rumor: Apple ups iPhone SE component orders to meet...

Even with declining iPhone sales, the iPhone SE might just prove to be a hit.

A new supply chain rumor has indicated that Apple has increased orders for its new low-end iPhone SE, and plans to build more than 5 million units this quarter alone, as the company continues to struggle to keep up with demand for the 4-inch handset.

The supplies have been constrained since launch and as of Tuesday, predicted shipping times run from two to three weeks on Apple’s web site.

As a result, Apple may be upping production and it was reported that chipmakers have increased component orders for the iPhone SE.

While Apple was apparently previously planning to build between 3.5 million and 4 million iPhone SE units in the current quarter, Tuesday’s report suggests that Apple has...

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07:58
Report: India won’t let Apple sell refurbished...

Enlarge / The iPhone SE is Apple's best cheap iPhone ever, but in India even it may be too expensive. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

The Indian government won't allow Apple to sell refurbished iPhones in the country, according to a "telecommunications official" speaking to Bloomberg. Apple is currently working to open retail stores in India to expand its market presence, and selling low-cost refurbished iPhones is another part of that strategy. Apple's opponents claim that allowing the company to sell used phones in the country could undermine...

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07:38
Apple and Lenovo are the fastest growing among India...

Now for some good news: the Indian government may have denied Apple’s request to sell used smartphones in the country, but the company and Lenovo are the fastest growing among India’s top 109 smart phone vendors, according to a new report from Canalys.

India’s smart phone market grew by 12% year-on-year, with 24.4 million units shipping in first quarter (Q1) of 2016, notes the research group. The top five vendors stayed the same, with Samsung in the lead, followed by Micromax, Intex, Lenovo and Lava. Lenovo grew the most; its shipments were up 63% on Q1 2015. 

Established international brands Microsoft, BlackBerry, Sony and LG were the biggest losers as the market shifted toward low-cost and value-for-money handsets. Though in eighth place, Apple continued to climb in India, increasing shipments...

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07:34
Dish Network ventures from satellite TV to iPhone...

In a surprise move, Dish -- known for its satellite television business -- on Tuesday announced an iPhone repair service, allowing people in the U.S. to have a technician come out to their location and fix their phone's screen or battery.

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07:30
Grovemade Walnut & Leather Case for iPhone SE, 6...

Grovemade Walnut & Leather Case: iPhone 6s Plus. Photo©2016, Steven Sande

There's something about the juxtaposition of Apple's glass and aluminum works of art with the natural materials of wood and leather that makes the rare handmade cases that use the nature as a source of inspiration all that much more attractive. That's the situation with Grovemade's Walnut & Leather Case ($99 for iPhone SE, $109 for iPhone 6/6s, $119 for iPhone 6/6s Plus).

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The Walnut & Leather Case (also available in Maple & Leather) uses a carefully-crafted wood bumper around the sides of the iPhone with a stick-on leather back. The Walnut & Leather Case uses a black tanned leather that works just beautifully with the darker iPhone models, while the Maple & Leather Case's lighter wood and natural leather works...

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06:57
Indian government nixes Apple’s plan to import used...

The Indian government has nixed Apple's application to import and sell refurbished iPhones, according to Bloomberg, quoting an unnamed telecommunications ministry official.

Apple wanted permission to import and sell used phones in an effort to appeal to price-conscious consumers. A similar proposal was rejected by the Indian government last year.Apple’s rivals have mounted a public campaign against the effort, arguing that such a move would trigger a flood of used electronics while defeating the government’s Make-in-India program to encourage local manufacturing, notes Bloomberg.

What’s more, within two years, all phones — including iPhones — sold in India must have a “panic button” and built-in GPS, according to a new ruling by Minister of Communications and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad.

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06:52
Apple Pay gets support for prepaid cards with Boon...

If you're an iPhone owner in the UK and your bank has yet to climb aboard the Apple Pay train -- or you don't have a compatible credit or debit card -- you now have a new prepaid option thanks to the UK launch of Wirecard's Boon mobile payment app with Apple Pay.

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06:15
Indian government turns down Apple request to import...

The Indian government has reportedly denied Apple's application to import and sell refurbished iPhones, in a step that may hinder the company's ability to gain traction in the cost-sensitive local smartphone market.

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06:05
Tim Cook Defends Apple, Teases Exciting New Products...

anderzole quotes a report from BGR: Apple's earnings report last week saw the company report a year over year decline in profits for the first time since 2003. The biggest contributing factor to the decline, not surprisingly, is that year over year iPhone sales dropped by 16%. Notably, Apple's most recent quarter represents the company's first iPhone sales decline in history. Consequently, the usual contingent of pundits and analysts have come out of the woodwork, all exclaiming that we've reached 'peak iPhone' and that Apple at this point has nowhere to go but down. In an effort to inject a bit of good news and all-around optimism to a particularly negative Apple news cycle, Tim Cook earlier today appeared on CNBC with Jim Cramer where the Apple CEO teased that Apple's still has a lot of innovation left to do and some interesting items in the product pipeline. "We've got great innovation in the pipeline," Cook said to Cramer. "New iPhones that will incentivize you and other people...

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05:53
∞ Latest drone footage of Apple’s Spaceship Campus

[VIDEO] The campus is looking good. And Matthew Roberts’ production technique is evolving. Now in 4K.

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05:43
TV has lost the working class

We’re seeing a fundamental shift in TV, a move from reflection to idealism.

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05:27
Legally forcing someone to use their finger to...

The LA Times:

Authorities obtained a search warrant compelling the girlfriend of an alleged Armenian gang member to press her finger against an iPhone that had been seized from a Glendale home. The phone contained Apple’s fingerprint identification system for unlocking, and prosecutors wanted access to the data inside it.

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05:06
Apple reportedly increases iPhone SE chip orders...

A new supply chain rumor claims that Apple has increased orders for its new low-end iPhone SE, and plans to build more than 5 million units this quarter alone, as the company continues to struggle to keep up with demand for the 4-inch handset.

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05:00
Driving around the Apple Car theory

Speculation is raging that Apple will enter the automotive market with the Apple Car. Maybe so, but I think there’s a chance that it’s not going to happen — at least in the way many folks expect. However, you will see an ever-increasing Apple influence in automobiles.

In fact, a Slashdot article from way back in 2012 (yep, these Apple Car theories have been driving around for a long time) opines that Apple’s revolution should be IN your car instead of the company making its own automobiles. The article looked at the "sorry state" of car makers' stereo and navigation systems and concluded: 

"It's clear that most of the auto companies that offer more than a car stereo want to lock you into their interface and services -- as awful as they are. The rest don't care. The aftermarket stereo and nav systems are no better. Stuffed with even more buttons and light-show gewgaws, they're sure to keep your eyes off the road and...

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04:46
Nintendo claims non-Mario games chosen for mobile...

Many Nintendo fans were disappointed when the company chose to launch a new game Miitomo for its first move into mobile, rather than the popular Super Mario series. The company later revealed that it will be bringing existing Nintendo game franchises to iOS later this year, but again, no sign of Mario. Instead, we can expect Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem.

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04:42
Alleged 'iPhone 7' cable suggests Apple...

Despite a plethora of rumors and alleged design leaks suggesting Apple's next iPhone won't include a legacy headphone jack, a new part from China claimed to be for the "iPhone 7" depicts space for a 3.5-millimeter input.

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04:24
China’s booming middle class bodes well for Apple,...

Apple CEO Tim Cook still sees great potential in the Chinese market despite a drop in its revenue from the country in the first quarter.

In an interview to Jim Cramer of CNBC’s Mad Money program, Cook said Monday that the middle class in China is expected to boom from 50 million people five years ago to almost 500 million in the next five years. “This is an unprecedented growth of the middle class,” said Cook, adding that he “could not be more optimistic about China.”

To a question from Cramer, Cook said it was an error by him not to to mention the figures about the burgeoning Chinese middle class during the company’s recent earnings call.

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04:13
Purported iPhone 7 component leak disagrees with...

The iPhone 7 had been rumored to be dropping the analog 3.5 mm headphone jack, in favour of wireless Bluetooth or Lightning cable headphones for audio output. However, a new iPhone 7 component leak posted on Weibo disagrees with previous reports, depicting a board that includes a 3.5mm jack (in the top right of the photo above).

The 3.5mm jack is large (relative to the thinness of the phone), dates back more than a hundred years and has been superseded in terms of signal quality by the modern digital solutions, so it is plausible that Apple would want to abandon it. However, the idea of removing the port has been controversial (with complaints about existing accessory compatibility). This Chinese...

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04:02
Smartwatch report forecasts that Apple Watch will...

Business Insider report on the smartwatch market is forecasting that the Apple Watch will by 2020 account for around 40% of sales in the luxury watch market, which it defines as watches costing at least $350.

As evidence for this, it cites a consumer survey showing growing interest in the Apple Watch among owners of traditional watches, 27% of those who already wear a watch saying that the added functionality of Apple’s wearable appeals to them. The report also notes a trend away from simpler fitness bands toward full...

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04:00
AluFrame is an elegant shield case for the iPhone 6...

The AluFrame from Just Mobile is an elegant aluminum shield case for the iPhone 6 and 6s Plus. It protects the Apple smartphone from damage without hiding its design. 

The AluFrame also boasts a rubber inner lining to protect the iPhone's own aluminum bezel. It's easy to install. Fit the Apple smartphone in the piece that protects the bottom and right edges. Rotate the other arm around and snap the two segments together. To remove, just press the top of the catch mechanism and pull. Once the AluFrame is installed, you still have access to all your iPhone's ports and buttons.

The AluFrame comes with a screen protector, as well as a film to protect the back of the iPhone. As always, when using a "peel and apply" screen protector, I had a devil of a time getting rid of the air bubbles. But perhaps you're more talented than I.

My one complaint: though the Just Mobile case's interior is...

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02:20
Apple patent hints next-gen Apple Pencil to sport...

A years-old Apple patent filing might yield clues as to the company's future plans for Apple Pencil, as the document includes never before seen features like interchangeable multifunction nibs with built-in sensors.

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00:01
3 features that would make the iPhone 7 truly...

The iPhone 7 doesn't have to be mind-blowing to get us excited for an upgrade.

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00:00
PCWorld Show Episode 15: Phone-cam shoot-out, laptop...

Jon, Flo, and Gordon talk iPhone 6s vs. Galaxy S7 cameras, MacBook Pro vs. XPS 15, and if it's right to have a fully catered Burning Man without dirty hippies.

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Monday May 2

22:50
Fitbit CEO says Apple Watch 'wrong way' to...

James Park, chief executive at Fitbit, in an interview published Monday described how his company was able to withstand what many viewed as direct competition from Apple in 2015, saying the Cupertino tech giant took a wrong turn with Apple Watch.

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19:25
Apple stock posts longest losing streak in 18 years

In the aftermath of Apple's disappointing earnings report that brought news of a slowdown in worldwide iPhone sales, the company's stock price dropped for the eighth consecutive day on Monday, a losing streak not seen since 1998.

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17:51
Opinion: Smart Connector is the future but Apple...

Alongside the iPad Pro last November, Apple introduced a new connectivity option for users with the Smart Connector. Originally, Apple only touted the connection as being good for easily pairing things like keyboards to the iPad. We’ve since learned a little more about the capabilities of the three-pin connection, but overarching details are still vague.

Last month, I had the chance to try out the LOGI Base dock with Smart Connector support. Prior to using it, I was totally unaware that the Smart Connector was capable of charging the iPad Pro, albeit it at a slightly slower pace. Using the LOGI Base, however, intrigued me. What are the actual capabilities of Smart Connector?

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16:06
Tim Cook calls Wall Street response to Q2 earnings a...

As expected, Apple CEO Tim Cook this evening appeared on CNBC’s Mad Money with Jim Cramer to discuss the recent news surrounding the company’s second quarter earnings results. The company reported $50.6 billion in revenue and $10 billion in profits, but its stock was sent into spiral. Speaking to Cramer, however, Cook defended Apple’s future and called Wall Street’s response a “huge overreaction.”

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16:06
Apple CEO Tim Cook calls doom and gloom 'huge...

In an exclusive one-on-one interview with CNBC's Jim Cramer on Monday, Apple CEO Tim Cook said concerns that the company's best days are behind it are overblown, citing optimism in China and areas of huge growth potential like India.

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15:57
Fedora-Based Sugar on a Stick Is One Sweet Desktop


The Fedora 23 Sugar on a Stick desktop offering is an unusually flexible computing desktop for children of all ages, school admins and organizations looking for the best bang for absolutely no bucks on existing computer hardware. The Sugar environment is both a desktop and a collection of activities or apps that involve user engagement. Activities automatically save results to a journal. Users can add comments and share the activity instances with other users. Many of these activities support real-time collaboration.

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15:40
∞ Transcript of Tim Cook’s interview on CNBC

Here is a transcript from Tim Cook’s interview on CNBC this afternoon. I think Tim did a great job explaining the latest quarter’s numbers. He really put things in perspective. [...]

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14:32
Opinion: MacBook Pro owners, it’s time to consider a...

If you own a MacBook Pro with Retina Display and desire extra screen real estate, then a 4K monitor can be a good investment, especially as the price of such monitors continue to dwindle.

Why should you consider a 4K display instead of a cheaper monitor with lesser resolution? It all boils down to clarity. more…

Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: 4k, 4K Monitor, 4k monitors, BenQ, Dell, Dell 4K, HiDPI, MacBook Pro,...

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14:30
AWT News Update: May 2, 2016

A variety of news bits for today from around the world of Apple, from Cupertino to Brazil:

  • Apple has added transit directions for Rio de Janeiro to the Maps app in anticipation of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games
  • Brazil puts Facebook's WhatsApp Messenger service on hold for 72 hours as punishment for having good encryption
  • Hulu is apparently moving forward on a live TV streaming service
  • New drone footage of Apple's Campus 2 shows construction is really moving along for the planned early 2017 opening

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for May 2, 2016.

It is a world of Apple, and today we’ll start off with news from...

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14:10
Notable apps and app updates for May 2, 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

Ensenasoft has introduced MOP: Operation Cleanup 1.0, an arcade runner for Mac OS X. 

To save the world players must sweep the area for trash and run, jump, swim and slide their way through each world, destroying enemies and obstacles blocking their path. You can explore five worlds with 50 missions. 

MOP: Operation Cleanup 1.0 requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later. It costs $4.99 and is available at the Mac App Store.

VideoTweet is a new app for Mac OS X with one...

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14:09
Facebook Messenger testing Snapchat-style...

Facebook is considering a new feature so that not every message your send on its Messenger app will live forever.

On Monday, screenshots revealed a potential version of Facebook Messenger on iOS where users can set a time-limit for their messages to remain visible after being sent. According to the screenshots, Messenger users will have the option to enable disappearing messages on the iOS app and set a time-limit for the messages to disappear after one minute, after 15 minutes, after one hour, after four hours, or after a day. The screenshots were posted on Twitter by @iOSAppChanges and were picked up by VentureBeat.

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13:28
Canon’s new entry-level DSLR is good enough for its...

If you or someone you know is in the market for an entry level DSLR, you can’t go too far wrong with the Canon Rebel line. At the “DSLR for Beginners” photography classes I teach, well over 75% of the students use some variation of the Rebel.

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13:27
Apple CEO Tim Cook to appear on CNBC's '...

In a rare TV appearance, Apple CEO Tim Cook will take part in an interview on Monday night's episode of Mad Money with Jim Cramer on CNBC, scheduled for 6 p.m. Eastern.

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13:23
Quitter: a new Mac app from the creator of...

Marco Arment is well known for working at Tumblr, creating Instapaper and Overcast, and for being a fairly prolific podcaster. Needless to say, he’s dabbled his toes in lot of different areas. One area that has remained virtually untouched by Arment is, oddly enough, the Mac.

As someone whose name is so synonymous with iOS development, it’s surprising that Quitter, a brand new app based around auto-quitting distracting apps after a set period of inactivity, is Arment’s first app release for the Mac. more…

Filed under: Apps, Mac Tagged: Mac App, Marco Arment, Quitter...

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13:07
RadTech releases ProCable UHD Lightning cables

RadTech has always had good stuff and this could come in handy.

The company has just released the ProCable UHD Lightning, a charge and sync cable for all Lightning port-equipped devices. The cable itself is braided to prevent tangling and uses oversized, crush-proof aluminum connectors, yet is designed to last longer than most Lightning cables to date.

The ProCable UHD Lightning arrives in 18″, 6 foot and 10 foot lengths, which retail for $12.95, $16.95 and $24.95, respectively and are warranted for life.

If you’ve tried the ProCable UHD Lightning and have any feedback to offer, let us know in the comments.

Via RadTech

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13:06
Tim Cook to appear on CNBC tonight

Jim Cramer tweeted today that Tim will join him on the show tonight. It’s always good hearing from Tim.

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12:59
Apple CEO Tim Cook to appear in interview on CNBC’s...

Apple CEO Tim Cook is set to appear on CNBC’s Mad Money program tonight following Apple’s Q2 earnings earlier this month where the company reported declines across the board.

more…

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