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Tuesday June 14

09:25
WWDC: Apple highlights hefty tvOS update, new...

Apple’s tvOS is about to receive a fairly hefty update, as outlined by Eddy Cue during the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference yesterday. Cue began by showing off a reworked iPhone remote app that includes all the same features as the bundled Siri Remote. When you’re searching for stuff to watch, Siri can now look up categories like “high school comedies from the ’80s.” Siri’s universal search is also adding YouTube to its content sources in the upcoming tvOS update.

The company will also be incorporating a new feature called Single Sign-on, which allows you to enter multiple login credentials at once and gain access to app from larger networks like HBO, ABC, NBC, ESPN and others. tvOS is also gaining a new feature called Live Tune-in, which lets you open live programming...

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09:15
Apple Pay confirmed for France, Hong Kong &...

During its WWDC keynote, Apple solidified rumors by announcing that Apple Pay will be coming to France, Switzerland, and Hong Kong in the next several months.

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08:44
Inside iOS 10: Third-party compatibility opens up...

Apple users will be able to operate in a vastly expanded Messages environment now that Apple is introducing new flexibility, features and third party app compatibility - but developers had better hustle if they're going have their apps ready by the September launch target.

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08:27
WWDC: watchOS 3 unveiled, explained

Amidst the hubbub of yesterday’s announcements, Apple unveiled watchOS 3, its upcoming operating system for the Apple Watch.

The new operating system seems to focuses on addressing comments made about the speed and responsiveness in previous versions of watchOS, including background loading of data, a quick-access Control Center, and new uses for the side button.

During the demonstration, watchOS head Kevin Lynch showed off the speed factor and explained that favorite apps will be kept in memory, background updates will pre-cache data, and apps will launch instantly.

Lynch showed off a third-party app on watchOS 2, then demonstrated how it will launch about seven times faster with watchOS 3.

The new operating system incorporates new functions for the side button, allowing quick access...

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08:12
WWDC: Apple reveals iOS 10 details at WWDC

Yesterday, Apple officially announced iOS 10 at its Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. The upcoming mobile operating system 10 primary new features, going as follows:

User Experiencer: This incorporates an all-new lock screen, a refreshed overall look, the Control Center looks new, the lock screen now has widgets, and 3D Touch features are added to the lock screen. Widgets also appear in the Today view as usual plus the 3D Touch quick actions menu for new iPhones.

Siri: Starting with iOS 10, developers will have the ability to add features to Siri using a new SDK. Federighi used WeChat as an example. The UI for Siri looks similar, but now apps that work with Siri have much richer interface.

QuickType: Siri intelligence is now being applied to the keyboard. In addition...

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07:47
Siri for Mac: How it works in Apple's macOS...

macOS Sierra, revealed during Apple's WWDC keynote on Monday, will be the first Mac operating system to include Siri. Although many people are familiar with how the virtual assistant works in iOS, there will be quite a few differences on desktops and laptops.

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07:30
iOS 10 rich notifications will come to devices...

Though Apple showcased the new rich notifications in iOS 10 using 3D Touch on an iPhone 6s, the same functionality will also come to older iPhone models without pressure sensitive displays, developers have been informed.

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07:00
Apple Introduces New File System AFPS With Tons Of...

On the sidelines of its Worldwide Developer's Conference, Apple also quietly unveiled a new file system dubbed APFS (Apple File System). Here's how the company describes it: HFS+ and its predecessor HFS are more than 30 years old. These file systems were developed in an era of floppy disks and spinning hard drives, where file sizes were calculated in kilobytes or megabytes. Today, solid-state drives store millions of files, accounting for gigabytes or terabytes of data. There is now also a greater importance placed on keeping sensitive information secure and safe from prying eyes. A new file system is needed to meet the current needs of Apple products, and support new technologies for decades to come.Ars Technica dived into the documentation to find that APFS comes with a range of "solid" features including support for 64-bit inode numbering, and improved granularity of object time-stamping. "APFS supports nanosecond time stamp granularity rather than the 1-second time stamp...

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06:47
iPhones are about to get plugged into enterprises...

Apple and Cisco Systems have fleshed out their plans to make iOS devices work better in enterprises and said the new capabilities will arrive in the fall.

Voice calls on Cisco’s Spark collaboration app will act like regular phone calls, IT departments will be able to give Cisco apps priority on iOS devices, and iPhone calls will run over corporate networks. These are some of the ways the two companies’ technologies will mesh in enterprises.

Cisco announced the coming features on Monday after Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference keynote. They’ll ship in a version of Cisco Spark updated for iOS 10. Apple also touched on the news at WWDC as one of very few enterprise announcements at the show.

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06:45
The top 5 productivity improvements from Apple'...

Apple kicked off its Worldwide Developers Conference Monday and announced a metric ton of new features for its products. Most of them target consumers, but there were several announcements that improve productivity and will benefit business users as well. Here are the top five:

1. New Phone features

The developer tools for iOS 10, due later this year, will include CallKit, a framework that lets developers of VoIP (voice over Internet Protocol) applications make it easier for iPhone and iPad users to take calls sent from communication apps.

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05:00
Crime Pays: Ransomware Bosses Make $90K Annually


If crime doesn't pay, Russian ransomware bosses wouldn't know it. The average Russian ransomware boss makes $90,000 a year -- or 13 times the average income for citizens in the country who stick to the "straight and narrow," according to a recent Flashpoint study. What does a ransomware honcho do for those rubles? Basically, the job calls for supporting and maintaining the malware. "The software has to be constantly updated so that antivirus systems won't recognize it as malware," explained Vitali Kremez, a cybercrime intelligence analyst with Flashpoint.

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04:00
WWDC: Apple reveals details about macOS Sierra

On Monday, Apple revealed details of its upcoming macOS Sierra operating system.

Sierra, which might otherwise be known as “10.12”, includes a swath of new changes, including a much-updated Siri, which will be incorporated into the operating system and feature a Siri icon within the Dock that activates when clicked upon. During the macOS Siri demo at WWDC, Apple VP Craig Federighi used Siri to find files and followed up the search to refine the results. Federighi also showed how Siri results can be integrated into other Apple apps, such as Reminders.

During the keynote, Federighi announced that a third-party software development kit for Siri would be available, but didn’t mention any specific third-party apps that were corroborating with it.

Federighi kicked off the Mac section of the...

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03:31
With macOS and iOS 10, Apple is changing how we pay...

Apple Pay is coming to Safari in iOS 10 and macOS Sierra, letting etailers and other payment-collecting sites offer an Apple Pay button that passes transaction verification to an iPhone or Apple Watch. Apple also said that iMessage apps in iOS 10 will allow payment apps, like Square Cash, to allow person-to-person payments within iMessage and via Siri; rumors of Apple directly offering Apple Pay for peer-to-peer payment so far seem misplaced.

About two dozen payment platforms work with Apple Pay today, and two of them, Stripe and Shopify, confirmed on Monday they will offer Apple Pay in Safari. Apple showed a list of early adopting retailers in one slide, and those retailers use an array of payment processors that will have to enable support as well. Shopify further noted that its hosted merchants who use Authorize.Net,...

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Monday June 13

23:56
Parallels celebrates its 10 years of innovation with...


Parallels, the virtualization software infamous for being able to run Windows on the Mac, is celebrating its 10 years of innovation this week. Parallels has seen a cornucopia of changes since its initial launch in 2006 and it shows no signs of slowing down. Today marks the 10th anniversary since Parallels’ launch and they’ve decided to spend the next week highlighting the decade of features that made its way onto the Mac. To further show their appreciation towards previous, current, and future customers, Parallels is offering 25% off Parallels Desktop software. This includes Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac, Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition, and Parallels Desktop Business Edition. We...

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22:16
Apple Design Award winners for WWDC 2016

I love these awards because many showcase just how gorgeous apps can be.

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20:07
These are the Apple Design Award winners of WWDC 2016

Winners all around!

The 2016 Apple Design Awards were announced Monday night at WWDC, with prizes going to apps that “set a benchmark for excellence” in “usability, excellence in design, excellence in innovation, and excellence in technology adoption.” Here are the winners—congratulations to all!

Student winner: Linum

Linum, (free, iPhone) by Joaquin Vila, is a puzzle game. Your goal is to move Lines, placing Land Nodes on the Landing Points in the fewest moves possible.  The app was praised for its smart implementation of touch and simplicity of design.

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19:24
Apple reveals macOS Sierra hardware compatibility...

Following Worldwide Developers Conference keynote on Monday, Apple posted details about the upcoming macOS Sierra release to its official webpage, noting hardware support going back to the 2009 model year.

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19:24
All the best slides, charts, and factoids from Apple...

So many slides, so little time

Monday’s World Wide Developer’s Conference keynote was jam-packed with info about Apple’s core operating systems—iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS—with info neatly presented in detailed slides that seemed to zip by a mere second or two after they hit the screen. Some of these slides went by so fast, that if you took your eyes off the live stream for one moment, you might have missed something fascinating—maybe not as exciting as new Apple hardware or software, but an interesting tidbit nonetheless. 

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19:17
Brief Thoughts and Observations Regarding Today’s...

Venue

Moscone West isn’t big enough for 5,000 attendees to fit in a room, so a few thousand WWDC attendees always had to sit in an overflow room where they’d watch the keynote on video. That’s a major reason why attendees would line up at the crack of dawn, even though the keynotes start at 10 am. The Bill Graham Civic Auditorium has no such limitation, and it was nice to see (and hear) all attendees. The sound system there was just great, and the huge screen behind the stage was good too. I give the new venue a thumbs-up.

WatchOS 3

I was hoping for a thorough reinvention of the WatchOS UI navigation structure, and it looks like we got it. Glances are gone — an updated app for WatchOS 3 is a glance. Just tap the side button once to see the new “Dock”, and the apps in the Dock are live views of the actual apps. A conceptual simplification, along with a deliberate effort to reduce many common tasks to just one or two taps, is just what the...

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18:23
Apple releases App Store Review Guidelines comic...

During Apple’s State of the Union and 15th annual Apple Design Awards, Apple explained that the App Store Review Guidelines would be receiving new updates this year. Currently on Apple’s own App Store Review Guidelines page there are two different guidelines listed, pre- and post- June 13,2016. Apple has decided to take these changes one step further into a partnership with Madefire. At the end of the Apple Design Award ceremony this year, Apple announced a collaboration with Madefire to make reading the newly updated guidelines easier. By releasing it as a comic book.

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17:50
macOS Sierra FAQ: What you need to know about the...

This fall, Apple will release macOS Sierra, a major update to the Mac operating system. This FAQ will answer some of the general questions you may have to help you learn what it’s all about and whether you should install it on your Mac. We’ll update this FAQ with more questions, answers, and details as the release date approaches.

macOS? What happened to OS X?

Apple decide to change the name in order to fit with the names of iOS, watchOS, and tvOS. So no more Roman numerals (or that annoying person who insists on calling it “OS eks”).

Some trivia, if you’re interested: macOS isn’t entirely a new name. Before version 10, Apple used to call its Mac operating system Mac OS, with the last version being Mac OS 9. Apple change the name to OS X when version 10 was released in 2001.

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17:43
Apple Design Awards go to Lara Croft Go, dj Pro,...

Apple on Monday announced its annual selection of Design Awards recipients on Monday, handing out honors to the developers behind standout app properties like Lara Croft Go, Frame.io and dj Pro, among many others.

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17:21
Apple’s “differential privacy” is about collecting...

Privacy advocates are really pouring over this but so far, it sounds like Apple has found an interesting solution to the conundrum of wanting access to more data but not identifying customers from that data.

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17:19
Here are the iOS & Mac apps that won this year’s...

Apple has just wrapped up its exciting WWDC 2016 keynote announcing macOS Sierra, iOS 10, watchOS 3, and the latest installment of tvOS. The event was mostly focused on what Apple would be releasing at the end of this year, but Apple also likes to put the attention back on the amazing developers in the community. Every year Apple celebrates developers and the work they’ve accomplished across the various software platforms at its Apple Design Awards. This year’s 2016 Apple Design Awards showcased apps for iOS, OS X, watchOS, and tvOS. The award ceremony made sure to highlight apps that were localized in multiple languages, and had been...

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16:50
Apple's Stock iOS Apps Land On App Store, Hints...

For years, people have expressed their desire to be able to remove apps such as Mail, Stocks, Compass, Calculator, Watch, and Weather among others that come preinstalled on their iPhone and iPad. Apple is finally making it possible, it appears. TechCrunch reports: Apple quietly published these apps to its iTunes website today (some are live now), but has not yet officially announced the change on stage at WWDC. Product Hunt spotted the Mail app in iTunes thanks to a tweet from Owen Williams, leading to speculation that Apple's other apps will be made available through the App Store, as well. As it turned out, they were.This was a big issue especially for those users who go for the 16GB variant of the iPhone or iPad, as it has limited storage capacity, and these apps would eat up a significant part of it. The company had previously commented on the issue, noting that these apps work in conjunction with the core of the operating system, so uncoupling them wasn't so easy. Update: 06/...

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16:38
Some final tidbits from the WWDC keynote

Here are some final news nuggets from the two-hour keynote that kicked off Apple’s 2016 Worldwide Developer Conference:

 

  • iOS 10 will feature voicemail transcriptions and a new API [application programming interface] for third-party VoIP apps. The transcription function will interpret what a caller says in text form.
  • The Connect feature isn’t going away with the next revamp of Apple Music as many had predicted. However, the social feature for musicians will no longer have its own tab in the app. Instead, material from artists you follow will show up in For You.
  • Fandango and Apple are teaming up to allow you to buy movie tickets in the iMessage app.
  • With iOS 10, Apple will finally let you delete the default apps that comes built into the phone.
  • While we wait for Apple to launch its own live streaming TV service (if it does), the company announced will offer Dish Network’s Sling TV as an app on its Apple TV platform.
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16:35
Apple now offers an application programming...

Apple, which has traditionally kept its artificial intelligence research under wraps, is now allowing developers to build neural networks by calling on the company's simple API [application programming interface]. Such networks, which attempt to imitate the way a human brain works, are particularly particularly effective for predicting events when they have a large database of prior examples to draw on. 

In information technology a neural network is defined as a system of programs and data structures that approximates the operation of the human brain. A neural network usually involves a large number of processors operating in parallel, each with its own small sphere of knowledge and access to data in its local memory. 

Typically, a neural network is initially "trained" or fed large amounts...

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16:28
How to: Register for Apple's iOS 10 and macOS...

A spectrum of new features are set for introduction when iOS 10 and macOS (n?e OS X) see public release this fall, but those brave enough to take the leap can test drive the software as part of Apple's Beta Software Program come July.

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16:24
Apple previews Apple File System to replace HFS+ in...

Some changes are big for users: Siri on the Mac, fireworks in the Messages app, a new Breathe app on the watch! Others are a more seismic shift that end users may or may not notice. Apple’s operating systems have used the HFS+ file system for more than 18 years, but that era is coming to an end. At the Platform State of the Union after the WWDC keynote, Apple took the wraps off the replacement for HFS+, its new Apple File System.

Now, the file system is pretty well hidden from most users. It’s entirely possible that you’ve used the Mac for 20 years and only come across a reference to HFS+ when formatting a new drive in Disk Utility—I know this because that’s the kind of user I am. But Apple File System will have some benefits that should be a really big deal for developers.

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16:02
Apple again reverses stance, will no longer require...

When the fourth-gen Apple TV was announced last year, Apple initially said that it would be a requirement for games to support the included Siri Remote. Shortly thereafter, however, Apple reversed that stance and said that all games “must support the Apple TV remote.” Hidden inside today’s tvOS announcements though, is yet another reversal on Apple’s part. The company now says that developers can “require the use of an MFi game controller.”

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15:36
Messages in iOS 10 brings iMessage apps, emoji...

Emoji, stickers, and bubble effects, oh my! Apple has opened the floodgates of its most popular app in iOS 10.

At WWDC on Monday, Apple revealed that iOS 10 is making the Messages app way more visual and emoji-friendly, just as the overall iMessage platform will begin to integrate third-party apps. Developers will be able to create apps specifically for iMessage that will let you send stickers or perform certain group-actions right from the Messages app.

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In terms of style, Messages is getting a major “emojification” in iOS 10. Emoji that are sent by themselves (meaning without accompanying text) are three times bigger. And you will get emoji suggestions as you type.

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15:24
Everything Apple announced at WWDC 2016 and when you...

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote on Monday morning was jam-packed with announcements, from all the features coming in iOS 10 to a new iPad coding app for kids.

Here’s everything you need to know.

iOS 10

iOS 10 includes major upgrades to iMessage, Photos, Siri, Maps, and Apple Music, and a brand-new Home app to control all of your HomeKit devices. Check out all the announcements here.

The iOS 10 developer beta is available now, with a public beta coming in July. Anyone can sign up to test the public beta for free, though beta software can be annoying and bug-ridden. Check out the beta sign-up details here. iOS 10 launches publicly in September.

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14:58
Why watchOS 3 Will Be Nimble and Nifty

With watchOS 3, the Apple Watch will see performance improvements that finally make it feel snappy, along with numerous other interface tweaks that make it fit in more with the Apple product lineup.

 

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14:45
Playing Around with Swift on the iPad

For aspiring app developers, Apple is bringing the new Swift Playgrounds app to iPads later this year, complete with interactive Swift coding lessons.

 

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14:41
iOS 10 will let you delete most of Apple’s default...

Enlarge / See you all in hell. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Do you have a folder full of first-party, preinstalled iOS apps that you don’t use? Sure, we all do. We’ve all learned to live with this folder over the years, even as more and more of these icons have slowly crept onto our phones.

Well, no longer—in iOS 10, many (though not quite all) of the built-in system apps can be deleted just like any other app. The complete list of apps that can be removed, per the Apple Support document:

  • Calculator
  • Calendar
  • Compass
  • Contacts
  • FaceTime
  • Find My Friends
  • Home
  • iBooks
  • iCloud Drive
  • iTunes Store
  • Mail
  • Maps
  • Music
  • News
  • ...
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14:38
macOS 10.12 Sierra to Succeed OS X 10.11 El Capitan

Apple’s next operating system release for the Mac gets a new name along with support for Siri, deeper integration with other Apple devices, and many other clever-sounding features.

 

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14:28
Apple's making some built-in apps deletable in...

Apple’s jam-packed WWDC 2016 keynote showed off some brand-new apps for iOS 10, like Home, Breathe, and Swift Playground. And then Apple released some very familiar apps into the App Store, like Stocks.

Wait, Stocks?

Yes, the Stocks app is now available in the iOS App Store for the first time, as caught by our eagle-eyed friends at MacRumors, and then confirmed by a post on Apple’s support site. Also available are other Apple apps that were, until today, available only as part of iOS itself. They were only updated when iOS updated, and you couldn’t delete them. The full list is:

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14:10
Apple Introduces Swift Playgrounds App To Teach Kids...

An anonymous reader writes: At their Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco today, Apple CEO Tim Cook said, "We believe coding should be a required language in all schools." To help achieve this goal, Apple introduced Swift Playgrounds, a new app that is meant to teach kids basic coding skills in Apple's chosen language. It teaches concepts like loops and conditionals, and uses an animated character tasked with performing simple challenges in a digital maze to help make learning fun. The app also offers suggested coding languages and will be completely free. Tim Cook described it as "a powerful new way for kids to learn to code," and went on to compare writing code to basic literacy. "I wish Swift Playgrounds was around when I was first learning to code," said Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering Craig Federighi. "Swift Playgrounds is the only app of its kind that is both easy enough for students and beginners, yet powerful enough to write real code. It's...

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14:08
Watch the replay of the WWDC 2016 keynote
14:04
How to sign up for the iOS 10 and macOS Sierra betas

If you’re not a developer and just can’t wait until the Fall to get your hands on the latest Apple operating systems, here’s how to grab the public betas in July. It should go without saying that you shouldn’t install these on a daily work machine and you shouldn’t install them without having a very recent backup. And if you do, please don’t bitch at developers when some of your apps stop working.

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14:02
iOS 10 Promises New Lock Screen, Open Siri, and More

iOS 10, due this fall, will offer more features on the Lock screen, redesigned Music and News apps, third-party app integration with Siri, expanded messaging options, and more.

 

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13:57
Remove built-in apps from the Home screen on your...

This is a little thing but it shows Apple is removing the hooks these apps had in the OS and making them stand alone. So we can delete them to our heart’s content.

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13:54
The all-American iPhone

This is a really interesting article that makes the point that, in a global economy, it’s almost impossible to make global products in just one country.

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13:50
Apple restricts iOS 10 to the iPhone 5, iPad 2 or...

Basically, anything powered by the second-generation A5 chips and the iPad 2′s A5X chip is the new minimum requirement set by iOS 10. For the iPhone, that means the iPhone 5 and newer.

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13:42
Apple File System (APFS) announced for 2017, scales...

Although it didn’t make the keynote cut, one of the bigger news items for developers today is that Apple is rolling out a new file system for storage for all its products:

The Apple File System (APFS) is the next-generation file system designed to scale from an Apple Watch to a Mac Pro. APFS is optimized for Flash/SSD storage, and engineered with encryption as a primary feature. Learn about APFS benefits versus HFS+ and how to make sure your file system code is compatible.

Details are scant but developers can access information about the new File System here, but it comes with some significant caveats/limitations which will initially limit its...

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13:41
tvOS 10 to Get Improved Siri, Single Sign-on, iOS...

Apple’s fourth-generation Apple TV was a major leap forward compared to previous generations, thanks to tvOS. The promised upgrades to tvOS 10 are not as revolutionary, but should substantially improve the Apple TV experience.

 

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13:41
WWDC: Apple posts full video of WWDC 2016 keynote on...

Right, there’s a metric TON of new stuff coming out of the Worldwide Developers Conference, but Apple just posted full video of its keynote address on its web site for streaming.

As usual, Apple shared a few feature-specific videos within the keynote, focusing on app updates to Messages within iOS 10, macOS 10.12 (Sierra) and new apps like Swift Playgrounds.

Check out the link below to catch the keynote at your convenience and stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

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13:38
∞ Apple’s iOS 10 and developer story videos from...

These are the two videos Apple played during this morning’s WWDC. The second one will really tug at your heartstrings.

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13:35
Digging into the dev documentation for APFS, Apple’s...

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Though the feature wasn’t mentioned in Apple’s WWDC 2016 keynote, I’m most excited about the introduction of the Apple File System, or APFS. The preliminary version of the developer documentation is online now, and it looks like the new file system introduces a whole boat-load of solid features—including a few out of the ZFS playbook.

APFS looks to be a major update over Apple’s old and creaky HFS+ file system, which has been around in one form or another for decades. It has been the subject of expansions and additions over the years, but HFS+ never approached the extensibility and flexibility of current...

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13:31
How to sign up for the iOS 10 and macOS Sierra betas

Apple revealed a lot of new features from iOS 10 and macOS Sierra at Monday’s WWDC keynote. The final versions of each operating system won’t be available until the fall, and developers are the only folks who can try out them out right now.

But in July, Apple will release betas of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra to the general public. If you’re game for running a beta operating system, you can get your hands on the software by joining the Apple Beta Software Program.

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13:30
Every change coming to Apple Music in iOS 10

Apple Music has 15 million paying subscribers, which is nothing to sneeze at. But Apple’s Spotify competitor isn’t exactly easy to use, so iOS 10 is bringing a complete redesign.

It’s a totally new look, with giant cards, bigger and bolder fonts, and a clean white background that allows the album art to shine.

Apple Music’s redesign emphasizes vivid images.

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13:28
Facebook Turns On Safety Check Following Orlando...


Facebook on Sunday activated its Safety Check feature for the first time in the U.S., in the aftermath of the mass shooting at an Orlando night club that left 49 people dead and scores more wounded. Last year's terrorist attacks in Paris marked the first time Facebook activated the feature for a crisis other than a natural disaster. Safety Check lets users notify loved ones and friends that they're safe. Users can check on people thought to be in the affected area, and mark friends and loved ones as safe when they receive confirmation.

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13:25
WWDC 2016 Keynote Recap

In a keynote notable for the diversity of its presenters, Apple showed off what’s coming in iOS 10, watchOS 3, tvOS 10, and the renamed macOS 10.12 Sierra. Read on for a quick recap; we’ll have more detailed coverage separately.

 

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12:49
Swift Playgrounds brings iOS app development to the...

It was a developers conference, after all, so during Monday’s WWDC 2016 keynote, Apple CEO called special attention to Swift Playgrounds, a free new app for beginners who want to create iOS apps using Swift, Apple’s programming language.

Swift Playgrounds features lessons to help beginners learn coding concepts such as creating functions, issuing commands, loops, and more. Apple will release new challenges, so coders can continue to learn new skills as they progress. Apple says that teachers can use Xcode to create their own content for Swift Playgrounds.

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12:45
Apple Announces iOS 10, watchOS 3, and new features...

Also at its annual developer conference, Apple announced major updates to its other platforms: Apple TV, iPhone and iPad, and Apple Watch. Starting with the Apple TV, the company announced that tvOS is getting a new feature called "Live-Tune-In" which uses Siri to allow users to simply state aloud what channel they want to watch. The company also announced a feature called Single sign-on, a cable networks feature which will let users sign-in to all their Apple TV accounts more efficiently and easily. There's a new TV Remote app for iPhone as well. watchOS 3 comes with a range of new capabilities as well. Most importantly, it offers much faster app performance, thanks to something Apple calls Instant Launch. It does the job seven times faster than its counterpart in watch OS 2. The Verge reports about other changes: The updated interface includes Control Center, which is accessed via a swipe up from the bottom of the display. The side button has been remapped to launch the dock of...

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12:40
Fiery Ex-NASA Chief Unveils Neuro-Computing Firm


Former NASA administrator Dan Goldin last week introduced a 10-year-old startup to the public. Backed by $100 million in private funding, KnuEdge is working to develop breakthrough technologies in voice biometrics and neural computing. KnuEdge launched two new products as it emerged from stealth mode. KnuVerse offers military-grade voice recognition and authentication technology that can operate in noisy, real-world environments. Knupath is a neurocomputing technology based on a processor that allows scaling up to 512,000 devices.

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12:37
These are Apple’s big announcements from WWDC 2016

The Apple WWDC keynote has just wrapped up. If you missed the video, Apple will likely have it available on iTunes and the Apple TV in a few hours. In the meantime, here is a wrap-up about the things Apple announced this morning. Which ones are you most excited by?

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12:35
New file system spotted in macOS Sierra [Updated]


Now that the WWDC keynote is over, Apple has published the names of the developer sessions to attendees at the conference. Previously masked by placeholder names, there are a bunch of events that folks can now plan on attending—including, apparently, a session discussing Apple's new file system for macOS.

Dubbed APFS, for "Apple File System," the session description implies that the new file system is a replacement for the aged HFS+ file system, which has been used in one form or another by OS X since its launch back in 2001....

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12:33
Sponsor: The DxO ONE miniaturized pro-quality camera...

The DxO ONE is a miniaturized pro-quality camera that can be used standalone, or attached directly to your iPhone (or iPad) via a patented Lightning connector. When connected, it turns your Retina display into the camera viewfinder and provides full control over aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and more via a companion iOS app. With a large 1” sensor and fast prime lens, the DxO ONE provides 10x the sensitivity of the iPhone camera which allows it to capture gorgeous portraits and stunning low-light images that rival those from a DSLR — only these images can be shared instantly via every service supported by iOS.

Editor’s Note: I’ve been using a DxO ONE for months and love the camera. I take it on every trip I go on to get better pictures.

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12:06
WWDC 2016: Apple Pay coming to online transactions...

Apple’s looking to bring Apple Pay to the Web.

Among the mucho announcements during the WWDC keynote, Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering, announced that the company will begin incorporating “Pay with Apple Pay” buttons. The new feature will be available when the latest version of macOS, Sierra, becomes available to Mac users this fall.

Federighi said the online “Apple Pay” button will require users to authenticate their identity from a TouchID device—iPhone or Apple Watch—to preserve the security of their transactions.

Since Apple Pay’s inception in October 2014, the technology has been confined to real-world brick-and-mortar locations, the method transferring over to purchases made from iOS apps. Today’s announcement pushes Apple...

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11:47
Goodbye, A5: iOS 10 ends support for iPhone 4S, iPad...

Enlarge / RIP iPhone 4S, we knew ye all-too-well. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Update: This page claims that the iPad 2, iPad Mini, and 5th-generation iPod Touch are supported by iOS 10, but Apple's developer beta site doesn't have beta builds available for those devices, and the support list used in the WWDC presentation didn't list any of them either. We've emailed Apple to confirm which page is correct and will update again when we get a response.

SAN FRANCISCO—Apple has just announced the hardware support list for iOS 10, the next version of its smartphone and tablet OS that will be released in beta form soon and in final form later this year. After a surprising...

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11:42
PSA: macOS Sierra drops support for many Macs from...

Enlarge / Older Macs like this late 2008 MacBook Pro are getting the axe in Sierra. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.—For the first time since Mountain Lion was released in 2012, a new Mac operating system release will end support for older hardware. Older Macs, mostly models from 2007, 2008, and 2009, won't run this fall's new macOS Sierra.

To run Sierra, you'll need:

  • MacBook (late 2009 and later)
  • iMac (late 2009 and later)
  • MacBook Air (2010 and later)
  • MacBook Pro (2010 and later)
  • Mac Mini (2010 and later)
  • Mac Pro (2010 and later)

Many of these Macs were already missing out on Yosemite and El Capitan-era features like AirDrop, Continuity, and the Metal graphics API.

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11:15
Apple Announces Its New Desktop OS macOS Sierra...

After playing with the names of cats and a few California landmarks, Apple at WWDC 2016 announced that its desktop operating system will now be called macOS -- and its first version update is macOS Sierra. It comes with a range of new features including Siri, the digital voice assistant. The move comes roughly a year and a half after Microsoft brought its Cortana virtual assistant to desktop platform Windows 10. Sierra also supports Apple Pay payment service via Safari web browser. Ars Technica reports about some other features of macOS Sierra: Universal Clipboard answers a longstanding complaint of Mac and iOS users -- copying and pasting now works automatically between an iOS device and a desktop Mac device. iCloud now plays an expanded sync role, too, letting you move files and folders from Mac to Mac or from Mac to iOS. Another new feature called Optimized Storage can sweep through old documents and files and push them to iCloud, clearing up local disk space for other uses. It...

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10:57
Musk Envisions Wagon Train to Mars


Elon Musk fleshed out his vision for establishing the first colony on Mars in a recent interview. As soon as 2018, Musk's SpaceX venture could launch an unmanned spacecraft to the red planet, he said, and that could be followed by future unmanned flights every two years -- timed for when the Earth and Mars orbits position the planets closest together. A cargo route to Mars would need to be established in advance of any manned trip, Musk said, and he compared the supply trips to trains leaving a station at regular intervals.

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10:51
Apple announced iOS 10 for iPhones and iPads at WWDC...

Apple Music on iOS 10, with Senior VP Eddy Cue. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Apple today announced iOS 10, a new major version of its operating system for iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touches.

There will be a public beta available in July, and it will be a free upgrade to all compatible devices this fall. There will also be a developer preview available today. Apple made the announcement at its WWDC keynote.

iOS 10 has a redesigned control center with interactive notifications and improvements to widgets (such as those that show calendar and weather information). 3D Touch can now do more: for example, you can press your screen to...

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10:40
Goodbye, OS X: Apple’s new desktop OS is “macOS...

As has become tradition at WWDC, Apple has announced the next version of its Mac operating system: Sierra. Of course, the real change is that, after fifteen years, Apple has finally ditched the "OS X" moniker. All things old are new again, and the new operating system will simply be called "macOS." We don't yet know if Sierra carries a "10.12" version number, but with developers getting their hands on the OS later today, we should soon have that question answered.

Apple's Craig Federighi ran through a whole bunch of new features to be included in the revised operating system. He started by mentioning Continuity and Auto-Unlock, which now combine to let you seamlessly unlock a desktop or laptop Mac merely by bringing your Apple Watch close, using what Federighi described as "time-of-flight networking" to detect the watch's proximity. It was unclear from the presentation whether or not this feature is an Apple Watch exclusive; Federighi...

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10:35
Microsoft to buy LinkedIn for $26.2 billion

Does this mean LinkedIn will get more or less annoying?

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10:32
Apple will update tvOS with Sling, sports, apps, and...

Eddy Cue is an Apple senior vice president. (credit: Apple)

Apple Senior Vice President Eddy Cue announced Monday that there will be new content available for the Apple TV platform.

At the company's WWDC 2016 conference in San Francisco, Cue showed off new support for Sling and Siri. Apple TV will also now allow "single sign-on" to cable networks, but Cue did not explain exactly how that feature would work.

Apple's new "Live Tune-In" uses Siri to allow users to simply say aloud what channel they want to watch; for example, Cue quickly popped into a soccer game on ESPN 2. That voice search feature also includes searching YouTube as well, so you can watch Steph Curry sink threes all day.

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10:10
watchOS 3.0 promises faster app loads, better...

Today at Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference, the company announced watchOS 3, the latest version of its operating system for the Apple Watch. Apple's main focus with this watchOS update is to make the device easier and more intuitive to use.

Faster and more “familiar”

First, Apple's Kevin Lynch showed off how much faster watchOS 3 is compared to the previous version. Watch apps now launch instantly instead of taking a few seconds to load. Overall, watchOS 3 is about seven times faster than watchOS 2, which should make all activity on the watch more seamless. The OS update will also allow background app updates, which adds to increased speed and efficiency of the entire system.

Apple added a number of UI updates to the OS to make it more "familiar" and easier to use. There's a new dock where you can get information from your favorite apps without fully opening them, and a Control Center can be accessed by swiping up from...

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09:57
Google and the Birth of the People-Delivery Drone


Larry Page is rumored to be building a flying car, apparently dropping a whopping $100M into the effort. Surprisingly, this actually makes more sense to me than a self-driving car does, because it potentially solves two problems at once: You won't have to fly the thing yourself; and it eliminates the need for roads for those who commute to work. If we go to drone delivery and take into account advances in 3D printing for much of the stuff we use, then roads could become like railroad tracks -- just used for moving heavy stuff.

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09:38
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 13...

Notable software releases this week include Default Folder X 5.0.5, Lightroom CC 2015.6 and Lightroom 6.6, iTunes 12.4.1, Audio Hijack 3.3, and DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.8.11.

 

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09:38
ExtraBITS for 13 June 2016

In ExtraBITS this week, Microsoft is buying the professional network LinkedIn for a whopping $26.2 billion, Glenn Fleishman exposes two-factor authentication’s weakness, we learn why you shouldn’t share Web links via Facebook Messenger, Apple shares some big changes coming to the App Store, AgileBits launches 1Password Teams, and we find out where people are embarrassed to use Siri.

 

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08:31
Siri begins to return queries regarding Finder,...

Siri is changing a bit ahead of WWDC 2016.

And it now knows what the Finder is.

As of now, when asked the specific question “Siri open settings in the window,” Siri for iOS responds with: “It doesn’t look like you have an app named ‘Finder’.”

Interestingly, omitting the word “Siri” from the query changes the response, and the assistant simply opens the iOS Settings application.

Over the years, there never has been a Finder application for iOS and the Finder was limited to OS X. The updated response has been seen as Apple’s possible integration of Siri on the Mac, a feature which is expected in OS X 10.12.

Apple is set to host a keynote presentation on Monday, where it’s highly anticipated to announce that Siri voice controls will be...

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08:13
IconFactory celebrates 20th anniversary with old-...

This could be pretty nifty.

The IconFactory has released BitCam, a small graphics app that creates a retro feel for the pictures on your iOS device.

Created to celebrate the IconFactory’s 20th anniversary, the app is done in something of a Mac OS 6 feel, complete with old camera click sounds when you take a picture and an old-school color palette to boot.

BitCam is available for $1.99 and requires iOS 9.0 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried BitCam and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

Via IconFactory and the App Store

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08:00
I said "No predictions," but...

OK, during the past week I've made at least two tweets in which I said I wouldn't make any predictions about the WWDC keynote. But I'm sorry, I have been an Apple geek since 1984, I attended many of the WWDC events in the early 1990s, and I have a vested interest in the continuing success of the company -- both as a business owner and as a shareholder. So here are my predictions for the upcoming keynote:

  • macOS 12 is announced (no more OS X 10.12.x BS), along with tvOS 10, watchOS 3, and iOS 10
  • A new, advanced Siri is demoed and announced, along with word that the 4th-generation Apple TV will act as an "Amazon Echo"-type of home intelligent assistant and that Siri will work on macOS 12. A Siri SDK will also be announced
  • New HealthKit initiatives will be announced, along with word that Apple has received FDA approval to measure blood pressure with Apple Watch
  • The Apple News app is updated to include video, and publishers are given...
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07:00
WALTR: Get an AWT exclusive 30% discount

Many past and present Apple World Today staffers are fans of Softorino's WALTR, an OS X (or shall we call it macOS?) app that speedily converts and transfers any video or music file over to your iPhone or iPad. 

It doesn't matter what music format (FLAC, MP3, ALAC), video format (MKV, AVI, MP4) or ringtone file (M4R) you have on your Mac. Just run WALTR with your iPhone or iPad attached to the Mac, and the files are converted to the proper formats for the Apple Music and Videos apps. 

Softorino has been a great supporter of Apple World Today in the past, and their support continues with this 30% discount on any WALTR license. Whether it's the single license (usually $29.95) or the $79.95 WALTR family pack, you'll be able to chop 30% off the top immediately just because you visited our site.

To take a...

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06:50
Foxconn chairman tells staff to expect 'feeble...

The chairman of Hon Hai -- better known as Foxconn -- is reportedly telling subordinates that demand for Apple iPhones will stay weak until early next year, despite an anticipated fall launch for new models.

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06:20
External Link: Microsoft Buying LinkedIn for $26.2...

Microsoft has announced that it is buying the professional networking service LinkedIn for $26.2 billion. The acquisition brings with it the training Web site Lynda.com, which LinkedIn bought last year. Microsoft said that LinkedIn, which boasts over 400 million users, will retain its current leadership and independence. What’s less clear is how Microsoft will connect LinkedIn with Office 365 and its other services, or if LinkedIn will remain largely separate.

 

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05:58
Microsoft to buy LinkedIn professional social...

Microsoft and LinkedIn announced today that the two companies would become one after Microsoft purchases outstanding shares at $196  in an all-cash transaction valued at $26.2 billion, inclusive of LinkedIn’s net cash.

The new organization will give Microsoft a big social graph for professional life and is interestingly announced just hours before Apple’s WWDC.

LinkedIn also owns the popular Pulse Reader for iOS/Web.

more…

Filed under: Tech Industry Tagged: LinkedIn,...

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05:55
Microsoft buys professional social networking...

Microsoft on Monday announced it will acquire LinkedIn in an all-cash transaction worth $26.2 billion, bringing more than 433 million members of the social networking site under the Redmond, Wash., company's banner.

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05:46
Share Passwords Securely with One-Time Secret

If you’ve ever needed to send someone a password via email or instant messaging, you might have worried that a bad guy could somehow intercept it or discover it after the fact. For a solution, check out the free One-Time Secret service.

 

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05:15
Popular Science takes us on a tour of Apple’s...

We’re following construction progress of Apple’s Campus 2 via a series of drone videos and renders, but Popular Science got invited in for a closer look at some of the unique features of the building.

The piece starts out with some stats, among them that there are around 3,000 sheets of glass, the heaviest of which weighs 7000 pounds. And it’s the glass that’s been one of the great challenges of the project …

more…

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05:00
Daily Deal: IDrive Unlimited Mobile Backup Lifetime...

Maybe you don't trust iCloud or don't want to pay Apple for the right to backup your iOS data to the service. Perhaps you're thinking about defecting to the Android world and want a way to take all of that iOS data with you. Here's just the answer for you: a lifetime subscription to IDrive's Unlimited Mobile Backup service for just $10 -- that's 79% off the regular price!

Everything that's backed up by IDrive is secured with 256-bit AES encryption. With this unlimited Lifetime Mobile Backup Plan, you can back up contacts, photos, videos, calendar events and even more for up to 5 devices. Check out these details:

  • 256-bit AES encryption with an optional user defined key
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04:51
With Xbox One S expected today, iOS remote app...

With Microsoft expected to launch a 4K Xbox One S console today, the company has updated its iOS app, now renamed to just Xbox…

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04:34
How much extra would a US-made iPhone cost? MIT has...

With two Presidential candidates saying that Apple should be making more of its products in the USA, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has done the sums to see just how practical it would be for Apple to manufacture iPhones in its home market.

The question, of course, isn’t a simple one: you first need to define your terms. Does it just mean assembling iPhones here rather than in China, or does it mean sourcing components from the U.S. too? The MIT analysis considered both scenarios, starting with assembly-only …

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04:30
Paragon’s Hard Disk Manager is what Apple’s Disk...

Paragon Hard Disk Manager for Mac 1.0 for Mac OS X (10.8 and higher) is a new system and data management solution for managing, protecting, backing up, and restoring OS X systems.

It’s a solid release for a version 1.0 app. My favorite feature of Hard Disk Manager is its ability to create recovery media to get your Mac back on track in case of a disaster.

The Bootable Media Builder creates a bootable flash stick or external disk to boot your Mac for maintenance when OS X fails to start up or SIP (more on that in a moment) restricts writing to disks. The native OS X Recovery HD partition is used as a basis for the prepared media. If you don’t have it, the wizard won’t work. Also, the data on the disk you select will be lost. 

The Bootable Media Builder works reasonably well,...

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04:00
Why haven’t you customized your Mac OS X Toolbar?

I’m teaching a class on Mac basics at University of Texas Informal Classes and It freaks me out that not a single one of my students knew you could customize the Toolbar and Sidebar. And that’s a shame since they’re two powerful features that have been around since time immemorial and are common to all Finder windows in all versions of OS X.

If your Sidebar is still just as Apple shipped it, you’re about to see how to make it über-useful. And for those who’ve customized their Sidebar, let me show you a few of my favorite tricks for making it work smarter.

On Making Your Toolbar Work Smarter

You probably know that in the Finder, you can choose View-->Customize Toolbar to add or remove items from the Toolbar. And, if you didn’t, you do now:

 

What you probably don’t know is that you can also add any folder or file to your Toolbar by holding down the Command key and dragging the item onto the Toolbar.

In the figure...

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02:58
You aren’t going to hate a ‘deep blue’ iPhone 7...

Last week, a rumor said that Apple was getting rid of the space gray iPhone and replacing it with a ‘deep blue’ iPhone 7.  Most folks, myself included, didn’t really like the idea of Apple’s default iPhone color shifting to a blue variant.

But, just as he did with the MacBook Pro’s rumored upcoming OLED display, Mockup designer Martin Hajek is back with some beautiful iPhone 7 renderings in a deep blue color. All of a sudden, this deep blue...

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00:29
Some Dish subscribers will miss NBA and NHL playoff...

There's bad news for some folks hoping to catch the NBA or NHL finals today. The Tribune network, which owns WGN and affiliates for FOX, CBS and other networks, is no longer available on Dish. As usual with such disputes (which often involve Dish), t...

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Sunday June 12

22:55
NASA aims to predict dust storms on Mars

If NASA is going to send people to Mars, it needs to predict the planet's weather. You don't want to land in the middle of a ferocious storm that wipes out your entire mission. Thankfully, the space agency just took a step toward making that happen...

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18:44
Some low hanging fruit for Apple to pick at WWDC 2016

On Monday, Apple will finally reveal an assortment of new technologies and initiatives it's been working on over the past year. Here's a look at some of the ideas Apple likely--or hopefully--has on its agenda.

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15:32
Siri response raises hopes for 'dark mode...

A curious response from Apple's Siri indicates the virtual assistant will soon support "dark mode" settings, suggesting forthcoming integration with OS X, or a highly anticipated introduction of dark mode functionality on iOS.

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14:32
Facebook to users: Download Moments or say goodbye...

Facebook is becoming ever more aggressive at pushing users toward its expanded universe of services. First, it worked to push users toward its Messenger app instead of using the chat feature in the standard Facebook mobile app and site. Now, it’s coming for your synced photos.

As TheNextWeb reported Saturday, Facebook is notifying users who automatically synced photos between their phones and Facebook that it’ll soon delete those photos—unless you download the Facebook Moments app, that is.

To read this article in full...

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13:24
BMW will support CarPlay in its 2017 M3 and M4

Earlier this year, a leaked pricing list indicated that BMW was set to bring CarPlay support to its X5 M and X6 M models this year, a first for the company. Now, BMW’s pricing list for the 2017 M3 and M4 have emerged, and it again lists CarPlay as an option for customers.

more…

Filed under: CarPlay Tagged: CarPlay ...

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12:34
New York Thieves Wearing Apple Store T-Shirts Steal...

An anonymous reader quotes this article from a TV station in New York about a "brazen daylight heist" made possible by wearing the right t-shirt:
Two thieves put on Apple store employee T-shirts and headed past the Genius Bar to the repair room, grabbed what they could and walked out with more than $16,000 worth of stolen iPhones... Police said just one hour before, the same thieves may have stolen three iPhones 6's worth $1,900 from the Apple Store on 14th Street and Ninth Avenue in the West Village... Earlier this year, three thieves pulled off two similar, but much more lucrative heists, at the Upper West Side Apple Store at Broadway and 67th Street, a training center for Apple employees. Once again, they dressed as Apple employees and stole a total of $49,000 worth of iPhones.


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12:30
Liveblog: Apple’s WWDC 2016 keynote starts Monday at...

Enlarge / Developers wandering the halls of the Moscone Center during WWDC 2015. (credit: Megan Geuss)

Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference is nearly upon us, and you know what that means: a two-hour keynote extravaganza in which Apple unveils and describes its major software and platform updates. We'll be liveblogging the whole thing as usual, and you can join us on Monday June 13 at 10:00am Pacific (1:00pm Eastern) to find out more about the replacements for El Capitan, iOS 9, and more.

Current rumors indicate that Siri will be a focus for both iOS and OS X—developers will finally be given access to an API for Apple's assistant, and it will supposedly be available on the Mac for the...

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09:34
Feds Ask Supreme Court To Void Apple's $400...

An anonymous reader quotes the San Jose Mercury News technology blog: "The $400 million awarded to Apple in a patent-infringement case against Samsung is a moving target... On Friday, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a "friend of the court" brief to the Supreme Court, asking justices to void the $400 million award and send the case back to a lower court to determine if a new trial is needed... Samsung has argued that it should be liable only for profits attributable to a specific design that violated a patent, not an entire phone, and that the law should be interpreted to impose liability related to "components of the phones, rather than the phones themselves, according to the brief. The department came down on Samsung's side on the component argument, and blasted a federal circuit court ruling that had upheld the jury award.
Ironically, earlier this week Steve Wozniak was praising Samsung for its innovation, both in virtual reality headsets and with a Samsung camera that...

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09:00
STM Haven 15-inch Laptop Backpack

STM Haven 15-inch Laptop Backpack

With all the talk about the 12-inch MacBook, it's hard for some people to remember that Apple makes an amazing 15-inch MacBook Pro. With the power of the top-end MacBook Pro comes a necessity to keep it protected while in transit, and that's why the STM Haven 15-inch Laptop Backpack (US$99.95) is a perfect product for the current or prospective MacBook Pro owner.

Design

Over the years we've seen some good and bad backpack designs for laptops. The best ones are usually sleekly designed with no dangling straps or unnecessary frills, and that's the case with the Haven backpack. It comes in four different colors -- black, Frost Grey, Moroccan Blue, and steel -- and is made of a tough 300 denier dobby.

The inside of the backpack is lined 200 denier poly that creates a smooth surface for easy...

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08:44
This nine-year-old girl is WWDC’s youngest attendee

She started coding at seven. When I was nine, I couldn’t even spell “programming”, let alone do it.

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06:13
External Link: Two-Factor Authentication’s Weak Point

Two-factor authentication makes your accounts more secure by requiring something else in addition to a password to log in. However, its weak point was recently exposed, as attackers gained access to Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson’s Twitter account despite his use of two-factor authentication. Many two-factor systems rely on codes sent via SMS text messaging, but unfortunately, cellular carriers turn out to be easy targets for social engineering. Glenn Fleishman, writing for Macworld, explains the vulnerability and how to better secure your cellular accounts against troublemakers.

 

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Apple has Certified Refurbished 2014 15″ 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pros available for $1609, $390 off original MSRP. Apple’s one-year warranty is included, and shipping is free. They have refurbished 15... Read more
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Ergonis Software has released KeyCue 8.1, a new version of the company’s keyboard shortcut cheat sheet. KeyCue 8 introduced a new way to define a wide variety of triggers, which can be used to... Read more
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