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Tuesday June 2

21:50
Apple’s Tim Cook delivers blistering speech on...

Techcrunch:

“I’m speaking to you from Silicon Valley, where some of the most prominent and successful companies have built their businesses by lulling their customers into complacency about their personal information,” said Cook. “They’re gobbling up everything they can learn about you and trying to monetize it. We think that’s wrong. And it’s not the kind of company that Apple wants to be.”

Cook went on to state, as he has before when talking about products like Apple Pay, that Apple ‘doesn’t want your data.’

“We don’t think you should ever have to trade it for a service you think is free but actually comes at a very high cost. This is especially true now that we’re storing data about our health, our finances and our homes on our devices,” Cook went on, getting even more explicit when talking about user privacy.

I love that Cook continues to bang this drum.

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17:13
Today in the App Store -- Spark email, Guardian Saga...

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 Guardian Saga; the new Spark - fast and smart email for your iPhone; and an update to Stat. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Tactica [$0.99 → Free] Tactica is a game that requires strategy, tactical finesse and planning and enables you to utilize a 100 percent controllable 3D camera, play online against any iPhone owner worldwide, your friends or a highly sophisticated artificial intelligence.

Final Fury Pro [$0.99 → Free] Real 3D Battles! Tones of awesome features! Play Final Fury in Single Player Mode or crush Aliens with your friends in CO-OP...

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16:59
AT&T exec sees end of phone subsidies on horizon

President and CEO of AT&T Mobile and Business Solutions Ralph de la Vega said Tuesday that phone subsidies will soon vanish as customers move away from two-year commitments in favor of new financing plans.

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16:59
Thunderbolt's future on the Mac could be saved...

Just when you thought Thunderbolt was dead, it comes back to life like a horror-movie monster. On Tuesday Intel announced Thunderbolt 3, offering more bandwidth, trademark Thunderbolt versatility, and a page from the old Thunderbolt playbook–plug compatibility with an existing connector.

The result: On Monday, I was dubious about Thunderbolt’s future as an offered port on all but Apple’s highest-end Macs. Today, I’m guardedly optimistic that Thunderbolt 3 will be the main (if not only) connector on the Mac line in the near future.

Yes, it’s much faster

As Gordon Mah Ung reported earlier on Macworld, Thunderbolt 3 doubles the bandwidth of Thunderbolt 2, to 40Gbps–the original Thunderbolt only supported 10Gbps of bandwidth.

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16:00
The Week in Mac Apps: Forecast Bar brings hyperlocal...

Forecast Bar brings hyperlocal weather to your menu

In this week’s roundup of new Mac apps, you’ll find tools for making your own business cards, tracking your utilities, turning your photos into art, and making sure you never accidentally walk into a thunderstorm ever again.

Art in Black and White 1.0

As its name suggests, developer Alexandre Amato’s $10 Art in Black & White turns your pictures into monochromatic objects of art at the click of a mouse.

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15:45
Scrappy Hound Stalks Siri and Cortana


SoundHound on Tuesday launched a private beta of Hound -- a personal assistant similar to Siri, Google Now and Cortana -- and began fielding requests for invites. SoundHound built its music ID service on voice and pattern recognition technologies. In developing Hound, SoundHound has retrofitted that technology's framework with what it calls its "Speech-to-Meaning" engine. The Speech-to-Meaning engine empowers Hound to understand complex requests from users much better than rival software, according to SoundHound.

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15:30
AWT News Update: June 2, 2015

A slow news day, but still enough for almost five minutes of Apple news straight to your ears:

  • Apple confirms that it will be livestreaming the WWDC 2015 Keynote, and Apple World Today confirms that it will be doing a Google Hangout during the event
  • Wunderlist developer 6Wunderkinder is acquired by none other than Microsoft
  • Apple has a new series of short ads highlighting the capabilities of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus camera
  • Remember Liquidmetal? Apple won a patent on a new manufacturing technique that uses bulk metallic glasses

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I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for June 2, 2015.

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15:17
Apple's Cook speaks out against public, private...

At the Electronic Privacy Information Center's Champions of Freedom event on Monday, Apple CEO Tim Cook delivered an impassioned speech about public and private sector data collection, emphasizing consumers need data privacy, strong security and the right to encryption.

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15:02
Tim Cook talks privacy & encryption, criticizes...

While speaking at the Electronic Privacy Information Center’s (EPIC) Champions of Freedom Awards Dinner yesterday night, Apple CEO Tim Cook gave a speech during which he addressed the ongoing issues that surround privacy in the technology space. Cook, who was not physically in Washington D.C. for the event but rather spoke remotely, commented on both the steps Apple takes at ensuring customer privacy and how other companies are failing at the same task (via TechCrunch).

Cook first pointed out that there is no reason users should have to make tradeoffs between privacy and security and that it is Apple’s job to provide both in equal measure. He also took stabs at other “...

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14:52
If your Xsan volume does not start after enabling...

Learn what to do if you see an Xsan-related panic in your server logs that mentions an Inode version mismatch.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204345

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14:38
Senate passes USA Freedom Act, restores some NSA...

The U.S. Senate on Tuesday passed the U.S.A. Freedom Act, a bill which restores certain surveillance powers to the National Security Agency while curtailing some of its greater excesses.

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14:22
[Sponsor] How We Built the #2 Most Popular Mobile...

Our mission was to build mobile analytics that you didn’t need to analyze. Just nine months ago, we launched Answers. Since then, we’ve went from zero to being trusted by Spotify, Tinder, and many other top iOS apps — and just recently being named the #2 most implemented mobile analytics tool.

For those of you who are founders of your app’s business, we wanted to tell you the inside story behind Answers, giving you a behind-the-scenes look at how we grew Answers from nothing to being one of the top players in the analytics space. All in just a few months.

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13:50
How-To: Build a $150-$300 iTunes video + music...

In May 2005, iTunes evolved from a music player into a video library manager, paving the way for video iPods (October 2005), Apple TV (March 2007), and AirPlay video streaming (September 2010). Since then, iTunes libraries have become bigger and more central in homes, as users now stream content stored in iTunes to Apple TVs, iPads, iPhones...

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13:22
Sprint adds Monthly Rolling Data to prepaid plans,...

Sprint on Tuesday joined the roster of U.S. carriers offering rollover data for prepaid cellular plans, but with some key restrictions, according to an official announcement.

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13:11
Hide the credit card: You can buy products on...

Browsing through Instagram has always been more like checking out a museum rather than shopping at a mall: you can look, but you can’t touch. Well, soon Instagram users will be able to do a lot more than just gawk at pretty photos.

On Tuesday, Instagram announced that the photo-sharing service will incorporate a button below certain sponsored photos to let users “Shop Now” for products, “Install Now” for apps or “Sign Up” for websites and newsletters. This is part of Instagram’s plan to become a more desirable platform for advertisers who are looking to engage directly with users using these call-to-action buttons.

“This will not only help advertisers, but the community as well, as people will be able to learn about a product or service and then take action directly from an ad to sign up on a website, buy a product or download an app,” Instagram wrote on its business blog. “In the coming days we’ll begin testing...

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12:59
Rumor: Samsung to take on Apple's iPhone 6 Plus...

Samsung is rumored to be just weeks away from introducing a larger version of its flagship Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone, featuring a 5.5-inch display that would match Apple's iPhone 6 Plus, and may even use the same "Plus" moniker.

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12:39
Heineken turns to Microsoft Azure for cloud needs

I can’t imagine how much data Heineken is pushing through the cloud.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:33
New 'Batteriser' could help your Magic...

A small, steel-and-silicon sleeve designed to slip over standard alkaline batteries promises to let those disposable cells run up to eight times longer, saving consumers money and frustration.

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12:30
Apple TV adds NatGeo TV channel

Another day, another Apple TV channel! Today the NatGeo TV channel appeared on the Apple TV main screen, which appears to provide content from the National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo Wild channel found on most cable and satellite TV systems. 

The new channel has on-demand shows and documentaries that cover history, science, culture and more. While the NatGeo TV channel is free, the Apple TV app requires you to sign in with an active cable subscription for special features.

Categories in the new channel include Adventure, Animals, History, People, Science, Technology and Travel among others. Some of these items are available for free even without a cable subscription. You may not see the NatGeo TV channel immediately, but it should appear automatically as time goes by or you can restart the Apple TV to refresh the content seen on your device.

This Apple TV news comes after word...

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11:57
Transformative FireWire is on the verge of burning...

Macworld:

FireWire is emblematic of everything that’s great about Apple as well as everything that’s not, and of a particular mindset among some Apple users.

It was technically hugely sophisticated, removing much of the burden for the data interchange from the main CPU; unlike USB, which required a host computer, FireWire was essentially a peer-to-peer networking technology, and it could transfer at full speed in both directions simultaneously, unlike USB.

But it was also, ultimately, expensive to implement, and although variants were supported by other companies (notably Sony), it struggled to get traction outside of the Apple ecosystem.

I have a soft spot for FireWire (I took delivery of the very first FireWire Drive in Canada). For those of us who remember not only the days of slow USB 1 but also back to ADB and (shudder) SCSI, it was a great way to move lots of data extremely quickly. I still have a bunch of FireWire cables I don’t have the heart...

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11:55
Feds' Photobucket Strategy Could Hobble White...


There's a new twist in the way feds are seeking to penalize bad actors for making and distributing software used in crimes, suggest recent arrests. "There's a more concerted campaign to go after go after those folks who are distributing in the underground," said Tom Kellermann, chief cybersecurity officer at Trend Micro. "People who are distributing capabilities have become a point of focus." The case in question involves two men charged with creating an app to steal credentials and content from online photo and video community Photobucket.

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11:30
Grovemade adds the Trackpad Tray to the awesome Desk...

Grovemade's Desk Collection in Walnut, featuring the new Trackpad Tray

For quite a few years, I've used a Henge Docks Clique keyboard tray to keep my Apple Wireless Keyboard and Magic Trackpad side-by-side in front of my main blogging computer -- a 27-inch iMac. I like how it functions, but it's simply a rather pedestrian plastic tray that clashes with the large wood office desk that I work at. Fortunately, Portland-based Grovemade came to my rescue with the announcement today of the new wood Trackpad Tray ($59), part of the Desk Collection from the accessory manufacturer.

Available in both walnut and maple, the Trackpad Tray is carved from a solid piece of wood and provides a home for the Apple Magic Trackpad. It mirrors the design of the ...

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11:16
The first 5 HomeKit accessories are finally here

Flipping the switch

Apple introduced HomeKit, a framework that puts iOS in your connected home accessories, at last year’s Worldwide Developers Conference. We’ve seen sneak peeks of HomeKit-compatible devices over the last six months, but buyers couldn’t get their hands on these products until Apple gave manufacturers the go-ahead.

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10:48
Google hopes to count the calories in your food...

Be careful about snapping pictures of your obscenely tasty meals -- one day, your phone might judge you for them. Google recently took the wraps off Im2Calories, a research project that uses deep learning algorithms to count the calories in food phot...

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10:45
∞ Samsung’s new ad: WHAT. THE. FUCK.

I almost had a goddamn seizure.

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10:31
Shop from your Pinterest board with Buyable Pins

You've spent a lot of time collecting those dream dresses on your Pinterest board, but at the end of the day, you still have to actually go to the store to buy them. No longer. Pinterest has just introduced Buyable Pins, which lets you buy items dire...

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10:30
Expect your future MacBook to have USB-C,...

When the 12-inch MacBook with its single USB-C port was announced, a lot of pundits wondered what the future of multiple port MacBooks would be like. Today at Computex 2015, Intel announced the latest version of Thunderbolt -- Thunderbolt 3 -- which uses the same USB Type-C connector found on the MacBook.

Supporting data rates of up to 40 Gbps, the new standard will support the reversible USB-C connector, USB 3.1, DisplayPort 1.2 and PCI Express 3.0. The USB-C connector is smaller than the existing Mini DisplayPort connector that's used for Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2, which should allow future MacBook Pros to be thinner and lighter than they currently are. Thunderbolt 3 can also supply 100W of power for charging devices in accordance with the USB Power Delivery specification, or up to 15W without USB Power Delivery.

Best of all, Thunderbolt 3 can support twin 4K 60Hz displays and...

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10:14
US Air Force and DARPA team up on hypersonic weapons

"What do we want to do with this technology? We want to weaponize it." That's what the US Air Force told Military.com it's planning to do with the X-51A WaveRider -- use its "scramjet," (supersonic ramjet) tech to build hypersonic weapons that compre...

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09:57
Typo bows to the power of Blackberry, agrees to stop...


Typo was told not to sell the original keyboard case, but it did so anyway. Typo

When Typo Products launched its keyboard-on-an-iPhone product, BlackBerry was not amused. The flailing mobile phone maker still has more than enough cash around to pay IP lawyers, and it launched a patent lawsuit early last year.

Typo was cofounded by American Idol host Ryan Seacrest, who agreed with a CNN interviewer that the product was meant to be "the best thing about a BlackBerry, within the iPhone." That statement went straight into BlackBerry's complaint.

That resulted in an injunction preventing...

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09:55
We played 'Assassin's Creed' with our...

Taiwan's big tech trade show isn't just about CEOs shouting about its newest laptops and tablets. It's also the place for execs to shake hands, make deals and do ole' fashioned business. One deal is putting Tobii's eye-tracking tech inside a high-end...

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09:53
iCloud, iTunes again hit with global outages...

A Tuesday iCloud outage is preventing some people from accessing services like calendars or mail, or even logging into iCloud in the first place, according to numerous complaints on Twitter and received by AppleInsider.

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09:34
This is 'Henry,' Oculus Story Studio'...

Oculus' big push into cinema began at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, where it introduced its VR filmmaking endeavor, Story Studio. Back then, the company debuted Lost and revealed a list of other shorts it had plans for -- though it didn't go into ...

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09:17
Play PC games on your Amazon Fire TV through GameFly

Amazon's Fire TV devices may be focused primarily on Android games, but they can now do some PC gaming in a pinch. The media hubs have just scored an exclusive GameFly app that streams a mix of PC titles (such as the Batman series and Dirt 3) in subs...

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09:14
Senate Ready to Rumble Over Freedom Act Amendments


The U.S. Senate on Tuesday voted to close debate on the USA Freedom Act, a measure that would prohibit the NSA from the indiscriminate collection Americans' phone call data. The bill already has passed in the House. However, the brawling over the bill is not quite over. The Senate has yet to address several proposed amendments to the legislation before voting on it later on Tuesday. Action on the proposal is viewed as urgent, because several provisions in the Patriot Act expired Monday.

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09:11
New products reaffirm Apple TV's central role...

With the first round of HomeKit-enabled devices beginning to arrive, Apple's plans for its new home automation framework have become clearer, including the important role that the Apple TV will play for HomeKit users.

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08:53
Only thunder gods are worthy of handling this PC

Thermaltake's PC modding community often likes to do things to excess: Taiwan's biggest tech show is a huge opportunity for such excesses. The PC you see above, unashamedly modeled on a certain Nordic deity's blunt implement of choice, is a good exam...

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08:46
Intel: Rezence wireless charging will be in next...

As we heard from Intel at its Computex keynote, the merger between A4WP (Alliance for Wireless Power) and PMA (Power Matters Alliance) is finally a signed deal as of today, which is a big step toward delivering the next generation of wireless power -...

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08:45
Apple to stream WWDC keynote

Apple has announced that it will stream the 2015 WWDC keynote on Monday, June 8th. You can watch on the web or via the Events channel on your Apple TV. Let's see what Tim and company have cooked up this year. 

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08:37
Watch NASA test its main deep space rocket in a...

If you thought NASA's recent booster rocket test for the Space Launch System was full of sound and fury, just wait until you see what happens with the main engines. The agency recently conducted a nearly 8-minute burn test for the RS-25 rocket provid...

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08:19
Apple Pay picks up 12 new banks, surpasses 300...

Apple on Tuesday added another 12 U.S. banks to its official list of issuers with cards supporting Apple Pay, putting the total over 300 for the first time.

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08:03
HomeKit devices start shipping

Apple's HomeKit is a framework that allows control of compatible home automation devices through iOS and Siri. Announced last June at WWDC 2014, the framework was just a dream until today, when the first HomeKit-enabled devices began shipping. Here are some products that either are shipping or will begin shipping by the end of July.

ecobee

ecobee has a wireless thermostat ($249) that will begin shipping on July 7 (pre-orders begin on June 23). HomeKit-enabled, the ecobee3 thermostat "makes it easy for you to monitor and control your heating and cooling anytime, from anywhere, using your smartphone, tablet, computer, Apple Watch, and now Siri (with HomeKit-enabled ecobee3)."

Elgato

Elgato has four separate accessories that it is announcing under the Eve brand name. All of...

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07:52
Liquidmetal concept could enable Apple to...

Making use of its ties with Liquidmetal Technologies, Apple on Tuesday won a U.S. patent on a way of manufacturing products layer-by-layer using bulk-solidifying amorphous alloys, also known as bulk metalic glasses.

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07:26
Rumor: Apple working on “Reserve and Pickup” system...

It’s June and the Apple Watch unit you’ve been hankering for might just be available this month.

A new set of Apple training materials has indicated that Apple will be using a “Reserve and Pickup” system for customers to buy Apple Watches in its retail stores. The system will apparently allow customers to check model availability online, reserve the one they want, and pick it up.

The story came from an intercepted training video for Apple Store retail employees featuring Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores Angela Ahrendts and Vice President of Retail Operations Jim Bean. The “Reserve and...

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07:24
Blackberry Defeats Typo In Court, Typo To...

New submitter juniorkindergarten writes: Blackberry and Typo have reached a final settlement that effectively ends Typo selling its iPhone keyboard accessory. Blackberry took Typo to court for twice for patent infringement over the copying of Blackberry's keyboard design. Blackberry and Typo first battled it out in court, with Typo losing for copying the Blackberry Q10 keyboard design. Typo redesigned its keyboard, and again Blackberry sued them for patent infringement. The final result is that Typo cannot sell keyboards for screens less than 7.9", but can still sell keyboards for the iPad and iPad air. Exact terms were not disclosed.


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07:03
Thunderbolt 3 specification announced, will be...

The Thunderbolt 3 specification has been announced by Intel.

And it’ll be housed within the new USB-C cabling.

The next generation of the high-speed Thunderbolt specification was announced on Tuesday, effectively replacing the legacy Mini DisplayPort connector for the new smaller, reversible USB-C standard, and offering transfer speeds of up to 40Gbps with high-end cables.

Thunderbolt 3 will be a “superset” for USB 3.1, which runs at 10Gbps. Using a standard USB-C cable, Thunderbolt 3 will offer transfer speeds of twice that, at 20Gbps.

The Thunderbolt 3 specification will hit 40Gbps transfer speeds provided it’s housed within a...

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06:51
Why Android Pay isn’t really about payments at all

Karen Webster, writing for PYMNTS.com, digs into the headwinds facing Android Pay.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:12
First wave of HomeKit devices from Insteon, Lutron,...

Just under one year after HomeKit was announced and less than a week before Apple's midsummer developers conference, the first devices certified for compatibility with the iPhone maker's new home automation framework have begun to hit shelves from companies like Insteon, Lutron, and iHome.

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06:00
Imgur for iOS updated w/ ability to upload images on...



In addition to launching an all-new Android app this morning, Imgur has also updated its iOS app with a notable and highly requested new feature. With today’s update to Imgur for iOS, users can now upload their own images to the service with the app directly on their iPhone. Users have the ability to upload from their Camera Roll or take an image with their camera from within the app and share it to the service.

With previous versions...

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06:00
Insteon ships its HomeKit-enabled hub and app

Now that HomeKit devices are finally starting to ship, Apple fans will need to build an entirely new collection of HomeKit-certified smart home gear in order to command it all with Siri, right? Not necessarily.

Insteon is bringing its entire ecosystem of products under the HomeKit umbrella with the new Insteon Hub, which was announced at CES and is available to purchase starting Tuesday.

Why this matters: Insteon has decades of experience building home control devices, and its embrace of HomeKit will give users a jump start on building out an expandable system for their home. Even if you dont want to go all-in with Insteon, you can pick and choose some HomeKit prodcuts from other companies, and the Hub will bridge those to your Insteon gear, letting you control everything from the Insteon+ app....

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05:30
Here comes Apple’s HomeKit, first products start...

Insteon, Lutron, iHome, Elgato and Ecobee have all just announced that their HomeKit products are now officially available and/or shipping to customers.

The announcements come on the heels of our report that Apple partners planned this week to launch the first products using the company’s new Siri-controlled HomeKit home automation platform, first introduced alongside iOS 8 last year. 

Insteon’s product is a hub that comes with a...

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05:23
How to watch Apple’s WWDC keynote livestream on...

As announced last night, Apple will live stream its WWDC keynote at 10 AM PST on June 8th, next Monday, where it will announce iOS 9 and OS X 10.11. The apple.com/live site confirms that the official website stream is limited to Macs, iPhones, iPads and Apple TV. However, it is possible to watch the keynote using Windows or even Android devices by using VLC, a free video player that can read Apple’s livestream data and show the video in its player …

The steps are pretty straightforward.

  • Download VLC...
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05:03
Elgato’s smart home devices now available for pre-...

Elgato has announced pricing for its range of HomeKit-compatible smart home devices, and made them available for pre-order. Sources told us last week that the first HomeKit devices would go on sale this week, but with no indication of delivery times, Elgato doesn’t appear to be one of the roughly five companies expected to begin shipping later today.

Elgato first announced last September that it would be making HomeKit devices, and has now revealed pricing on four products, ranging from door/window sensors for $39.95...

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04:26
USB-C likely to be used across the future MacBook...

The USB-C port first introduced by Apple in the new 12-inch MacBook looks likely to be used across the MacBook range as Intel has adopted the standard for Thunderbolt 3.

Thunderbolt was developed to simultaneously support the fastest data and most video bandwidth available on a single cable, while also supplying power. Then recently the USB group introduced the USB-C connector, which is small, reversible, fast, supplies power, and allows other I/O in addition to USB to run on it, maximizing its potential. So in the biggest advancement since its inception, Thunderbolt 3 brings Thunderbolt to USB-C at 40Gbps, fulfilling its promise, creating one compact port that does it all. 

Apple was an early adopter of the Thunderbolt standard, which allowed a single port to be used...

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03:30
Wrist-based password managers: How 1Password and...

One annoying side effect of online life: We have far too many accounts on far too many devices that require a password. Probably the most common way to manage this confusion is to come up with a good password and use it everywhere... which we know is a terrible idea. 

1Password keeps all your info in one list.

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03:22
Exercising with the Apple Watch: The Software

Adam Engst continues his deep dive into what the Apple Watch brings to the fitness world, looking this time at Apple’s apps.

 

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02:29
Apple earphone invention detects multiple users,...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple's invention for an earphone cable capable of detecting when its being shared between multiple users, allowing each to hear a monophonic audio track or completely different songs.

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Monday June 1

21:04
Apple unveils TV commercials featuring video shot...

Re/code:

To create each of the seven spots, the Apple team engaged in a little bit of benign online creepery. For instance, one of the featured videographers, Cielo de la Paz, had posted photos to Flickr, “and I hadn’t tagged them or anything. They must have been doing a search for photos shot on the iPhone, because they found me out of pure luck and asked if they could use my photo” for their iPhone 6 World Gallery campaign, which launched at the beginning of March.

For the TV spots, “they were like, ‘you have good photos — do you have good videos?” and I was like “um, maybe?”

Simple, effective, minimal…typically Apple.

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03:49
GoPro's Hero+ LCD puts a touchscreen on its...

Last week, GoPro unveiled some advanced tools for the more ambitious content creator. Today, for the folk that just want to snorkel in the Bahamas, or jump off a cliff there's a new member of the GoPro camera family to consider: the Hero+ LCD. If you...

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03:46
NVIDIA's G-Sync brings smoother graphics to...

NVIDIA's G-Sync promised to kill a lot of gaming issues like lag and stutter on desktop PCs, but you need both a supported graphics card and monitor to make it work. However, that's obviously not an issue for laptops, and NVIDIA has just announced G-...

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03:01
Nintendo's new 'NX' console will...

Nintendo has already said that it won't be talking about its new NX console until 2016, but that hasn't stopped a few tantalising details from slipping out to the press. Nikkei reports that the new hardware will use the Android operating system, as N...

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02:15
MediaTek's Helio P10 offers octa-core and...

It's only been half a month since MediaTek announced a 10-core mobile processor, the Helio X20, as its flagship product for next year, but the company is already prepping a slightly lesser model to stay true to its roots. Meet the Helio P10, the firs...

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01:15
Windows 10 launches on July 29th, here's how to...

Microsoft has announced that Windows 10 is coming on July 29th, and you don't even need to get out of your chair to get a spot in the upgrade line. Take a gander at your Notification Area in the Taskbar and you should find a Windows icon that, when c...

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01:04
Agar.io brings massively multiplayer games to the...

Most massively multiplayer online games take place in epic fantasy worlds or the distant future, but one of the latest sensations takes place on a much, much smaller scale. Agar.io pits thousands of players against each other in a web-based petri dis...

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Tuesday January 13

16:50
Android 5.0 Lollipop still hard to find, full of...

Google's Android team has advised outside security researchers that it will no longer fix security bugs found in Jelly Bean or earlier releases, despite the fact that "pre-KitKat 4.4" software powers the majority of active users' devices currently accessing Google Play. Meanwhile, less than 0.1 percent of Android users have received Android 5.0, and those who have report an "unfinished/unpolished" experience.

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13:32
Hands On: Chrome Remote Desktop (OS X, iOS)

Imagine squeezing your retina iMac screen down onto an iPhone 5. You can do it. It might look a bit silly and initially you might wonder why you'd bother, but it has long been possible to see and remotely control your Macs and PCs on even your iPhone. Now Google has released Chrome Remote Desktop for iOS and you can do it for free. You'll do it, too: try this once and you will forever keep finding other reasons why it's incredibly useful. It's fantastic when you forget a file, for instance, and can now just find and email it to yourself from afar. And it will save your soul, your sanity and yo...



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13:24
InvenSense hit with lawsuit over concessions in...

A new lawsuit filed against gyroscope and accelerometer supplier for Apple, InvenSense, accuses the company of failing to tell investors about the concessions it made to secure a recent deal. InvenSense parts are used in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus; executives should have warned investors, the suit alleges, that Apple was given a "sweetheart deal" that would hurt profits. "Instead of revealing the true condition of the company and its prospects, defendants hid those facts from investors and chose to issue strong guidance and paint a picture of a bright future with a new mega-customer," the complai...



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13:04
Rumor: Apple's 'iPhone 6s' could ship...

With over half a year remaining before Apple is expected to unveil its next-generation iPhone, a fresh rumor out of Taiwan suggests that the company may be considering a new dual-lens camera system and the addition of "Force Touch," the pressure-sensitive touch technology set to be introduced in the Apple Watch.

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11:34
AllCast media streamer makes leap to iOS

A new port of AllCast, a popular Android app, has just been released for iOS. The title lets users stream personal photo, video, and music libraries to a variety of platforms, not just the Apple TV, the only format natively supported by Apple. Some compatible targets include Chrome, Chromecast, Fire TV, Roku, WDTV, Xbox One/Xbox 360, and various platforms compatible with DLNA....



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10:59
Apple axes long-running 'Single of the Week...

Ten years after giving away its first song, Apple has reportedly wound down the "Single of the Week" program that offered iTunes users a chance to download a free track from up-and-coming artists.

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10:23
Quanta ramping up production of 12-inch MacBook Air...

Taiwan-based supplier Quanta Computer has entered into "volume" production of Apple's upcoming 12-inch MacBook Air, according to supply chain sources. The laptop is reportedly on track to ship in the first quarter of the year, despite other rumors pointing to the second quarter. The new sources say that Quanta has escalated recruitment efforts in order to speed up production....



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10:16
Hands On: Toca Hair Salon 2 (iOS)

Makeover apps tend to be somewhat serious, and are generally geared toward adults. Instead of being a fun game, they tend to be more akin to photo-editing software, which is generally pretty complex and low on the amusement scale. Toca Boca, however, has stepped forth with Toca Hair Salon 2, a makeover game that offers a lot to younger gamers or future beauticians....



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10:07
Facebook will display Amber Alerts in News Feeds

Facebook will start to post into its users News Feed alerts about missing children in the future, in an effort to locate them. A partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children will involve the social network showing Amber Alerts to Facebook users located in specific search areas, both on mobile devices and desktops....



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09:15
Briefly: Chrome Remote Desktop for iOS, CBS News iOS...

Google has expanded its Chrome Remote Desktop app to include iOS compatibility. Now available for download on iTunes, iOS users can now orchestrate accessing their desktop computer for free by downloading the accompanying Chrome browser app. Chrome Remote Access has been available for Android users since last year....

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09:08
Apple quietly ends Single of the Week promo on iTunes

Apple appears to have ended its Single of the Week promotion on iTunes, visitors note. No tracks have been offered in the first two weeks of 2015, and a person on Apple's support forums claims to have been told by iTunes Support that the company has officially dropped the initiative. It's missing from iTunes Stores across the globe....



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08:52
Samsung takes on Apple's iPhone 6 Plus with all...

South Korean electronics giant Samsung has officially unveiled the Galaxy A7, the latest entry in the company's premium all-metal Galaxy A series that brings a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display, 2 gigabytes of RAM and an 8-core application processor.

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08:37
iPhone Apps: IMDb, New Words With Friends, Duolingo
07:52
LA schools' iPad program flawed from beginning...

The Los Angeles Unified School District's failed iPad deployment was botched early on, according to a review by the US Education Department. The federal agency says that it first of all put too hard an emphasis on using Apple hardware and software, ignoring cheaper options that could have saved money for the District and taxpayers. In July the USD said it was shifting to a strategy involving Chromebooks and Windows devices, such as the Microsoft Surface....



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05:33
Hands On: Learn Spanish - Brainscape (iOS)

It's a fact that Spanish is the world's fourth most spoken language, with over 350 million native speakers across 21 countries. It's also a fact that people who are bilingual tend to do better in both academic pursuits as well as their career. If you've ever been curious about learning another language, Learn Spanish by Brainscape offers a solution for those who are trying to learn Spanish on the go....



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04:49
Hands On: PhotoWatermark (OS X)

It's a different world. You might be the sort who would never take photo from a website and use it in your own book, but today if an image is online, it's as if the world sees it as fair game. Maybe that's a peek into our base immorality and the ultimate cataclysmic self-destruction of humanity, or maybe it's just that cut and paste is easy. Whatever it is, though, it's happening and you cannot stop it – not even with an application like this: but if PhotoWatermark can't prevent the copying of images, it can help photographers and artists considerably by adding identifying text to your image...



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02:11
Flickr: iPhones surpass Nikon, claim second most-...

Flickr has updated statistics for 2014 in its "Most Popular Camera" and "Most Popular Mobile Camera" categories, with the combined models of iPhone taking second place in the general "camera" category -- beating out DSLR maker Nikon and popular point-and-shoot maker Sony for second place. While Canon remains the most popular overall camera, the built-in cameras on smartphones from Apple and Samsung have -- despite inherent limitations -- steadily risen in popularity....



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00:03
Viawear announces Tyia 'smart bracelet'...

This week, Viawear has launched pre-orders for a gold or rhodium-plated edition of the new Tyia "smart bracelet." The bracelet serves as a fitness tracker, with an RGB LED notification light embedded behind quartz and mother-of-pearl accent. As with fitness bands, the Tyia is marketing as letting users put away smartphones without missing an important call, text, or social-media notification -- and offers some basic fitness tracking compatible with Apple's HealthKit....



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Monday January 12

20:58
Multiple reports point to record-breaking Apple...

While the idea that Apple probably had another record-breaking holiday quarter (what the company calls fiscal 2015 Q1) is unsurprising to all but selected pundits, a spate of reports released on Monday may be painting a general portrait of not just significant improvement, but more importantly growth in key areas of importance both to investors and analysis as well as to the health of the company. Sales of Macs look to be way up, iOS devices are selling much better in a key foreign market, and Apple's suppliers are flourishing -- all signs that point to better-than-expected quarter....



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16:42
Apple Stores debut self-demoing Smart Cover window...

A good magic trick, even in the 21st century, will still get people to stop and watch and try to figure out how it is done. Over the weekend, Apple retail stores around the US debuted a new window display showcasing the company's iPad line and Smart Cover accessory on a thin tabletop that features a line of the products, with the Smart Cover opening and closing itself to demonstrate the magnetic latch feature that wakes or sleeps the machine automatically....



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14:59
Details emerge on specs for third-party Lightning...

New information has been revealed on the specifications Apple has in mind for its planned licensing of the female Lightning port for third-party accessories. Manufacturers have reportedly been briefed on details and objectives, which include spreading Lightning to as many different accessories as possible in place of micro-USB. Possibilities include not just things like docks and headphones, but battery cases, gamepads, and Bluetooth speakers....



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12:20
Fourth iOS 8.2 beta seeds to developers

Apple is now seeding a fourth beta of iOS 8.2 via the company's developer portal, and as an over-the-air update for existing beta users. The build is listed as 12D5461b, and follows a little less than a month after beta 3, which was issued December 18. That build was 12D5452a. Accompanying the beta is a new version of WatchKit, the SDK and framework needed to build Apple Watch support into iOS apps....



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11:53
Hands On: Word of the Rings (iOS)

Word games are fairly numerous at this point. You've got your Boggle-style games, your Scrabble-style games, your crosswords and word searches. There are a lot of duplicates out there -- so when we find a fresh, new game, we tend to get pretty excited. One such app is Word of the Rings, by James Porter, a game that quite literally puts an interesting twist on the genre....



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11:11
Spotify hits 15M subscribers, majority of streams on...

Spotify is continuing to enjoy rising user numbers, with the popular music streaming service announcing it has reached a total of 15 million subscribers. At the same time, reports claim that the majority of Spotify streams stem from mobile listeners, with 52 percent of listening taking place on smartphones and tablets rather than desktops....



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10:50
Marsh, inMarket partner on first Apple Watch-...

Marsh Supermarkets and inMarket have announced a new iBeacon platform, the first to emphasize the Apple Watch. The plan is to use iBeacons at Marsh's 75 locations to push ads, shopping lists, and other content to both Watches and iPhones. Initially, the platform will support the official Marsh app and inMarket's List Ease, but other apps should follow as long as they support inMarket's Proximity SDK. All apps will have to update with Watch support, but the platform itself is Watch-ready....



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09:20
Chevy Volt will support CarPlay, 2016 demo model...

The 2016 model of the Chevy Volt will support Apple's CarPlay, at least if an early demonstration version is accurate. The car is on display at this week's North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and its dash system shows options for both CarPlay and MirrorLink connections. Google's Android Auto is notably absent, but since the 2016 Volt isn't due to go on sale until mid-2015, there may be time to implement it....



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08:18
HomeKit requires Apple TV hub for remote Siri...

People wanting to control HomeKit-enabled devices remotely through Apple's Siri must have an Apple TV at home to serve as a hub, according to Verge sources, including two launch partners and a person said to be "close to HomeKit's development." Siri controls will always work while an iPhone or iPad is on the same network as a HomeKit device, but until now it wasn't fully clear how remote operation might work. The Apple TV must also be a third-generation model running at least v7.0 firmware or newer. Notably, remote operation without Siri -- using the vendor app for a HomeKit product directly -...



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07:58
Apps: AppDelete, NetShade, FotoMagico
02:06
Hands On: Weather Wall (OS X)

You could just look out of your window, of course, but Weather Wall aims to set your wallpaper to an image that's right for the weather where you are. But if you ever had views like these from your office window, you would not stay sitting at your desk. These wallpaper shots are simply beautiful....



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00:53
Apple opens Games For Kids section of App Store over...

Over the weekend, Apple launched a new subsection of the App Store called Games for Kids, following the opening of the dedicated Kids category in September 2013. The Games for Kids section breaks out groups of games for various age groups, mirroring the other actions that offer more educational apps for children divided by age. Interestingly, most of the featured games avoid in-app purchases....



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Sunday January 11

23:28
AT&T files to dismiss FTC lawsuit using Title II

In order to nullify a lawsuit brought by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over charges that the carrier was still throttling users on unlimited plans even when there was no network congestion, AT&T is claiming for the purposes of the lawsuit that it qualifies as a Title II "common carrier." This is the opposite of what it has told the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with regards to possible actual Title II regulation of broadband....



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19:28
Spotify will not support Google Cast, Spotify...

Spotify will not include support for Google Cast any time in the near future, the company has revealed. Rather than allow for its apps to connect to the audio streaming technology Google Cast, Spotify will instead reportedly continue to work on its own competing Spotify Connect audio system, one which allows users to stream music to a number of networked speakers and audio equipment....



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16:09
Weekly Game Replay: New Baldur's Gate game,...

Every Sunday at Electronista and MacNN, we offer a one-stop look at a few of the significant events that occurred in the video game industry during the previous week. In this week's look back in the Weekly Game Replay, we discuss a new game in the Baldur's Gate series from Beamdog, the closure of Zombie Studios, Hellblade coming to PC, the lawsuit over EA using retired NFL player likenesses in Madden NFL moving forward, and Sony delaying the release of the PlayStation 4 in China....



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17:36
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22:55
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