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Tuesday January 19

08:00
iQunix Zand iPhone/iPad stand: More flexible than a...

Just yesterday Dennis did a review of the Just Mobile AluBolt, a docking station for the iPhone 5 through 6s Plus, iPad mini, and iPod touch (fifth and sixth generation). Pretty flexible, isn't it? Well, what would you think about a stand that can hold any iPhone, iPad or iPod touch ever made? That's the iQunix Zand iPhone/iPad Stand (US$39.99, affiliate link), the latest of a genre of device stands that use micro-suction material and aluminum to keep your device in an upright position.

Design

The Zand features a design that is incredibly flexible, as it can be placed in several different positions depending on the device you're attaching and the orientation of the device. There are two big micro-suction...

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07:53
These are the 25 worst passwords of 2015

Look on the bright side! There’s one good thing that comes out of all those website breaches every year: Security researchers get to comb through all those lists of usernames and passwords to remind us just how bad most of our passwords are. Now that we’re well into 2016, password management company SplashData just released its annual round-up of the worst passwords of 2015.

The report is based on more than 2 million passwords that leaked online during the year. One trend the company found in 2015 is that while users are coming up with longer passwords (that’s good), they are simple and not random (that’s bad). Two examples the company points to are ‘1234567890’ and ‘qwertyuiop’. One just uses every number key and the other uses the top row of keys on a standard QWERTY keyboard.

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07:49
Apple chip partner TSMC plans to launch 7nm process...

Taiwanese semiconductor foundry TSMC is reportedly preparing to roll out its 7-nanometer process node as soon as 2018, with a jump to 5 nanometers currently penciled in for 2020.

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07:20
Apple sponsoring Super Bowl host committee with free...

The Super Bowl kicks off on February 7th at Levi’s Stadium, in close vicinity to the headquarters of major tech firms including Apple. Usually, the Super Bowl is funded by local government sponsorships. This year, tech companies are (at least partially) footing the bill. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple has contributed free products and equipment to the host committee and has explicitly declined any company or product marketing in exchange. Apple joins other tech companies like Alphabet, Yahoo, Seagate and HP in funding the proceedings — the Super Bowl committee has raised about $50 million in total from these firms.

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07:11
Apple among sponsors of the Super Bowl Host Committee

Apple is among the tech sponsors of the Super Bowl Host Committee, according to the Wall Street Journal. The committee is the liaison between the National Football League and the local community. The 2016 Super Bowl is slated for Feb. 7 and will be played at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

“Tech companies saw this as an opportunity to host a very important local Bay Area initiative,” Keith Bruce, chief executive of the Super Bowl Host Committee, told the WSJ. “The Super Bowl is a huge part of American culture and it’s the most-watched sporting event in the U.S. The scale of it was definitely attractive to tech firms, and the fact that it touches so many different types of people.”

Leading up to Super Bowl 50 is a weeklong series of public events held throughout the region, including the NFL Experience and the Super Bowl City fan village, featuring...

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07:01
Apple is (very) slowly improving its employee...

Apple mildly improved employee diversity this year, but voted against a proposal to improve it where the problem is worst -- the executive suite. According to the company's latest EEO-1 Federal Employer Information (FEI) filing, it had a net increase...

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07:00
Gadget Ogling: Baring Souls, Soaking Up Sound, and...


As time advances, more responsibilities seep into our lives. We get wrapped up in our own worlds, and don't necessarily make enough time to spend with the friends and family members who've been important parts of our worlds for decades. Concepter's Soul time tracker seeks to make us more conscious of the time we spend with those who matter most to us. It comes as a wristband or keyfob with Bluetooth connectivity, which is simple enough. The real essence here is in the accompanying app.

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06:41
Apple convinces U.S. court to ban Samsung phones in...

A federal court in California has banned the sale in the U.S. of Samsung smartphones that have features that infringe three patents owned by Apple.

On Monday, Judge Lucy Koh of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, ruled that the permanent injunction would come into effect 30 days after the entry of the order. The ban covers the implementation of features like the “slide-to-unlock” and auto word correction capabilities in some of Samsung’s earlier phones.

The smartphones covered under the order include Samsung’s Admire, Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note II, Galaxy S II, Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch, Galaxy S II Skyrocket, Galaxy S III, and Stratosphere products, which are Samsung’s older smartphones.

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06:24
Trump Says He'd Make Apple Build Computers In...

mrspoonsi writes with Business Insider's report that presidential candidate Donald Trump says he'd like to make Apple "start building their damn computers and things in this country instead of other countries."

From the article: Trump's ultimatum to the most valuable company in the world was made towards the end of a 45-minute speech he gave at Liberty University in Virginia on Monday. The most popular candidate in the Republican party said he would impose a 35% business tax on American businesses manufacturing outside of the United States. Apple has manufactured its Mac Pro at a factory in Texas since 2013, but the vast majority of its products (including the iPhone) are largely made and assembled in China. How Trump would force Apple's supply chain, which relies heavily on a vast network of suppliers and large factories throughout Asia, to be brought stateside remains unknown. Apple CEO Tim Cook recently called the U.S. tax code "awful for America." If Trump (or anyone)...

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06:05
Apple granted patent for the iMac’s cooling system

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,239,598) by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for the cooling system in the iMac. Dubbed “thermal architecture,” it’s for an apparatus for cooling a unibody computing device with obscured inlet and outlet vents.

According to the invention, inlet vents are arranged on a bottom surface of the unibody computing device and then exhaust air is vented out from a rear surface of the computing device. The rear vents can be obscured by a stand designed to support the weight of the computing device. By venting exhaust air to either side of the support stand exhaust air can be prevented from being drawn back into the inlet vents to avoid overheating.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that most computing devices generate enough heat to require some form of active cooling process in order to dissipate the heat and prevent overheating conditions in the device. One way devices are kept cool is by circulating air into and out of...

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05:52
Apple granted yet another 3D-related patent, this...

Apple continues to work on 3D interfaces and has been granted a patent (number 9,235,753) by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for “optical pattern projection” that could be used for, among other things, gesture-based gaming.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that optical pattern projection is used in a variety of applications, such as optical three-dimensional (3D) mapping, area illumination and LCD backlighting. In some applications, diffractive optical elements (DOEs) are used in creating a desired projection pattern. 

Here’s the summary of the patent: “Optical apparatus includes first and second diffractive optical elements (DOEs) arranged in series to diffract an input beam of radiation. The first DOE is configured to apply to the input beam a pattern with a specified divergence angle, while the second DOE is configured to split the input beam into a matrix of output beams with a specified fan-out angle. The divergence and fan-out angles are chosen so as to...

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05:42
Killer Deal: Free AppleCare & Canon AirPrint...

Shoppers in the market for a 27" iMac with Retina 5K display this month can grab a free AppleCare extended protection plan, a free Canon PIXMA all-in-one AirPrint printer, and free shipping, with the purchase of all possible Late 2015 iMac 5K configurations. Plus no sales tax for customers in 48 states.

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05:38
Apple wins a (mostly symbolic) ban on some Samsung...

Apple has won a ban against U.S. sales on certain Samsung products found to infringe on its patents. However, the benefit to Apple is mostly symbolic.

California district court judge Lucy Koh issued a ruling granting the Cupertino, California-based company a permanent injunction against Samsung that prohibits company from developing, selling, importing, updating or advertising software that infringe on Apple's patents. In the ruling, the judge notes that the court “finds that Apple will suffer irreparable harm if Samsung continues its use of the infringing features, that monetary damages cannot adequately compensate Apple for the resulting irreparable harm, and that the balance of equities and public interest favor entry of a permanent injunction.”

However, as Florian Mueller writes for FOSS Patents the injunction is “practically...

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05:25
Apple, other tech companies accused of child labor...

Major electronics brands, including Apple, Samsung and Sony, are failing to do basic checks to ensure that cobalt mined by child laborers has not been used in their products, according to Amnesty International and Afrewatch in a report published today.

The investigation claims child labor is being used to acquire cobalt in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The mineral used to produce lithium-ion batteries.

“The glamorous shop displays and marketing of state of the art technologies are a stark contrast to the children carrying bags of rocks, and miners in narrow manmade tunnels risking permanent lung damage,” said Mark Dummett, Business & Human Rights Researcher at Amnesty International. “Millions of people enjoy the benefits of new technologies but rarely ask how they are made. It is high time the big brands took some responsibility for the mining of the raw...

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05:00
More than 200 million VR devices predicted to be...

Apple is doubtless keeping its eye on the virtual reality (VR)/augmented reality (AR) market. While virtual reality (VR) is not a new technology in concept and can trace its origins back to the 1950s, the past few years have witnessed a golden era of investment and product development in the sector, and highly-capable head-mounted displays (HMDs) are now on the verge of commercial deployment. 

VR offerings from Oculus, HTC, and Sony took the recent CES show by storm and are some of the most hotly anticipated new consumer technology products of 2016. Hardware and content companies alike are banking on strong consumer interest in VR over the next several years, driven in large part by gaming applications.

According to a recent report from Tractica...

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04:45
Apple finally gets US sales ban on some Samsung...

Apple has finally managed to secure a sales ban over some Samsung phone features that infringe on its patents and intellectual property. However, the victory is effectively manginess despite the milestone in its continuing patent litigation suit with Samsung in ever-longer court battles.

Apple’s ban resides over three features encumbered by its patents: the controversial ‘slide to unlock’ patent, predictive text technology and autocorrect. Getting a ban is a huge symbolic achievement, but the effect it will have on day-to-day business of the two companies is minor. The ban is effectively useless...

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04:30
JBL Micro On Time is a handy iOS dock/charger/alarm...

Harman's JBL On Time Micro is an attractive, compact, alarm-clock docking station that's compatible with all versions of the iPhone, iPad, iPod, MP3 and CD players, and desktop and laptop computers. The newest JBL time machine comes equipped with some sweet JBL technology and features a sleek, user-friendly design.

The US$199.99 system combines an iOS device dock, charging station, alarm clock and speaker system in one device. As with almost all Harman/JBL products I've test-driven it's a sweet package with surprisingly good sound for such a compact device.

I only need one alarm in the morning. I sleep until the alarm goes off, then I rise and shine (or at least rise). My wife, on the other hand, likes to hit the snooze button. Again. And again. And again. She's one of those folks who will love the On Time Micro's seven (yep, seven) separate alarms.

As you'd expect...

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04:00
Screenium is a full-featured OS X screen recorder...

I’ve long been a fan of Synium Software's Screenium, a screen recording tool for Mac OS X. It’s even better with the new version 3.1, which let you record from iOS and tvOS devices.

With the user-friendly Screenium you can record at 60 frames per second. This allows you to “grab” some nice screen recordings for tutorials, websites, and more. If you work with an ultra-high resolution 4K or 5K display or a Retina Mac, Screenium creates the smoothest video quality possible for these types of devices. It also packs a versatile video editor that makes it easy to process your footage.

With Screenium, you can create transitions between individual sequences, adapt the length of your video clips, add text, shapes, markers or pre-cast animations. There are templates for text or graphic overlays to make your work easier. With a few clicks, you can adapt the presentation to your specific requirements.

With version 3.1, you can now...

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03:55
Apple’s EEO-1 statement shows small change in...

Over the weekend, Apple posted its latest EEO-1 statement: the Equal Employment Opportunity form follows government regulations to note diversity of Apple’s employee base (via AppleInsider). The newly-released 2015 statement shows that 30 percent of Apple’s employees in the United States are female, a rise of 1% over the numbers posted in the 2014 statement. Black and Hispanic employees make up 8.6 percent and 11.7 percent of the workforce, respectively.

At an executive level, Apple continues to be heavily stacked towards white men. The report says that Apple’s senior officials, executives and managers are 83 percent are...

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03:48
Digital property after death issues continue as...

CBC News is reporting that Apple would not disclose Apple ID passwords to a widow after presenting her late husband’s death certificates and her will. Instead, Apple demanded Peggy Bush, 72, to attain a court order in order to gain access to the account. See the video after the jump for the full story.

Initially, Apple said that a death certificate would suffice but the company changed its mind on followup calls, making this situation even more frustrating for Bush. She just wanted to play her iPad freemium card game in peace. Law regarding digital assets after death is murky, although Bush points out that death certificates enabled her to transfer pensions and benefits, making it seem...

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Monday January 18

22:00
Apple wins US ban of Samsung software features, only...

After months of back-and-forth litigation, Apple won a US sales ban against certain Samsung software features found in infringement of three patents, though the ruling has no real bearing on either company's business.

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21:00
Sony's Mike Fasulo Shows Off Latest Products

IDG CMO Perspectives provides insight into the state of Marketing across industries from leading business executives. Cool new products coming soon from Sony: turntables, lightbulb speakers and camcorders.

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20:21
Apple's 2015 EEO-1 report shows slow progress...

Over the weekend, Apple quietly released its latest EEO-1 Federal Employer Information Report tallying employment diversity information through Aug. 1, 2015, revealing raw numbers that, while a slight improvement year over year, are incongruent with statements the company made last year.

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18:48
New investigation claims Apple’s battery suppliers...

According to a new investigation performed by Amnesty International, Apple is one of several technology companies using cobalt mined by child labor in their lithium-ion batteries. The report claims that Apple, Sony, Samsung, and Microsoft are all using the cobalt mined by child labor, as are electric car makes like Volkswagen and Daimler.

There are a handful of steps before the cobalt actually gets to an iPhone, however. Traders first purchase the mined cobalt from small producers, then sell it to Congo Dongfang Mining, which is a subsidiary of Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt Ltd, a Chinese mineral retailer. Battery manufacturers are next to acquire the cobalt, using it to produce the lithium-ion batteries...

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16:55
Apple Releases 2015 EEO-1 Diversity Data Over Weekend

theodp writes: Just days after it came under fire for dismissing a call for diversity as "unduly burdensome and not necessary," Apple quietly released its 2015 EEO-1 diversity report (dated 10/6/2015, reflects the 8/1 payroll). Like other tech companies' diversity disclosures, Apple's EEO-1 raw numbers can't really be reconciled to the percentages based on undisclosed raw numbers that grace the infographic-heavy diversity progress narrative CEO Tim Cook spoke to last August. As to why they keep two sets of diversity books, Apple explains, "The EEO-1 has not kept pace with changes in industry or the American workforce over the past half century. We believe the information we report elsewhere on this site is a far more accurate reflection of our progress toward diversity." Taking this stance allows Apple CEO Tim Cook to boast that "in the United States, we hired more than 2,200 Black employees — a 50 percent increase over last year," while ignoring Apple's EEO-1 report, which...

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16:54
Apple battery suppliers use cobalt mined by child...

An Amnesty International investigation claims child labor is being used to acquire cobalt in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a mineral used in the production of lithium-ion batteries purchased by tech companies like Apple.

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15:57
Donald Trump says he will force Apple to build its “...

2016 presidential candidate Donald Trump today held a rally at Liberty University in Virginia during which he spoke about his normal wide range of topics. This time, however, Trump brought Apple into his speech when discussing how to bring manufacturing jobs back to the United States and away from countries like China.

Trump told the audience at Liberty University that to bring manufacturing jobs back to the United States he would make Apple “build their damn computers and things in this country.” While this isn’t a bad idea, or even the first time it has been suggested, Trump didn’t offer any specifics on how he would force Apple to abruptly change its manufacturing (via Gizmodo).

We have such amazing people in...

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15:33
Deepin Takes Linux to New Depths


The latest release of the Linux distro now called "Depth OS" deserves serious consideration. It is fast, reliable and innovative, with an impressive homegrown desktop design dubbed "Deepin Desktop Environment." Depth OS has a bit of an identity problem. It's not well known outside Asia and Europe, but that's not the major cause of confusion. The problem is that the open source community that developed the distro seems to have a difficult time deciding what to call it.

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14:48
Microsoft Prods Skylake Users to Take the Windows 10...


Microsoft last week announced that within the next 18 months, it will end support for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 on machines equipped with Intel's 6th generation Core processors, also known as "Skylake." As of mid-July next year, Windows 10 will be the only supported Windows platform on Skylake systems, and only the most critical security fixes will be released for earlier versions of Windows -- and then only if the fixes don't cause compatibility problems for non-Skylake systems running Windows 7 and 8.1.

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14:46
Apple to spend $80M on Campus 2 visitor center

Apple is estimating a $79.9 million financial outlay to build a planned visitor center with store and cafe at the currently under construction Campus 2 site, according to a recent permit filing.

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14:32
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 18...

Notable software releases this week include Microsoft Office 2016 15.18 and Office 2011 14.6.0, Fantastical 2.1.5, Boom 2 v1.4, and Mailplane 3.6.

 

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14:32
ExtraBITS for 18 January 2016

In this week’s ExtraBITS, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates have gotten their own Broadway show, the former head of the NSA came out in favor of encryption while Tim Cook battles the Obama administration over backdoors, and we have a reminder that you, gentle reader, are not an average Apple user.

 

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14:19
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14:09
Tim Cook, Apple employees volunteer at San Jose...

Apple CEO Tim Cook joined hundreds of Apple employees in honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday by volunteering time in a renovation effort at Santee Elementary School in San Jose, Calif.

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14:00
AWT News Update: January 18, 2016

We're back after a slow news Friday that kept us away from the mic. At the top of the news of Apple for this Monday:

  • CarPlay beats six other finalists to get Autoblog's 2016 Technology of the Year award
  • Apple's not using Swift in-house very much at this point
  • Rumors of a March/April Apple product intro event seem to be false

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for January 18, 2016.

CarPlay has received another award, this time as Autoblog’s 2016 Technology of the Year....

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13:57
Donald Trump promises to make Apple manufacture in...

In a campaign speech at Virginia's fundamentalist Liberty University on Monday, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump tangentially promised that he would force Apple to manufacture its hardware in the US instead of looking to overseas labor.

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13:44
Your Favorite Mac Personal Information Managers

Thanks to ratings and comments from over 600 TidBITS readers in the past week, we have recommendations for the top personal information managers on the Mac. And even if the top vote-getters aren’t right for you, you might be able to find your perfect replacement for Circus Ponies NoteBook among the 36 apps that make up the full list.

 

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13:21
Quick Review: Incase’s 12″ MacBook Neoprene Classic...

Today we’re taking a quick look at two Incase sleeves made specifically for Apple’s 12″ Retina MacBook. Neoprene Classic Sleeve ($39.95) comes in five colors and zips the 12″ MacBook in a low-profile soft carrying case. ICON Sleeve ($69.95) has a slightly larger profile that makes it thinner and ditches zippers for a tight-fitting opening at one end.  We compare both MacBook sleeves in detail below:

Both sleeves perfectly fit the 12″ Retina MacBook without adding spare space or slots for lots of adapters and accessories. Neoprene...

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13:00
The Week in iPad Cases: New keyboard cases for the...

...plus, Griffin's latest Survivor case, and more

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases features high-tech backpacks, folios with built-in stands, and much more. Read on!

1Voice

The Mapmaker (all iPad models and iPad Pro; $159) keeps your gear protected and readily accessible.

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13:00
Notable apps and app updates for Jan. 18, 2016

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

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

Software and Computer System Company has announced Performance Probe 2.1 for Mac OS X.

The tool is designed to help users find the sources of bottlenecks and performance problems with their systems. Version 2.1 includes a heads-up display that can perform loading measurements, dynamically graph drive and network activity, provide quick snapshots of the systems highest CPU and memory consumers. And it’s fully El Capitan capable.

The price for the standalone version of Performance Probe is $14.95. The tool is now a standard part of both the Scannerz with FSE and Scannerz with FSE-Lite packages.

Techno-Grafit...

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12:53
Apple's CarPlay wins Autoblog 2016 Technology...

Apple's CarPlay was awarded the "best individual technology feature in a vehicle" by Autoblog at Detroit's North American International Auto Show.

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12:32
Apple hikes App Store prices in Canada, Russia, New...

Reacting to fluctating currencies, Apple on Monday told developers that it will be hiking App Store prices in several countries within the next three days.

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12:09
Pokken Tournament to Kick Off in March


Nintendo last week announced that "Pokkén Tournament" will be available worldwide for Wii U on March 18. The Pokémon-themed fighting game, developed by Bandai Namco and published by Nintendo, will retail for $60. For the first production run of "Pokkén Tournament" copies, Nintendo is tossing in a Shadow Mewtwo amiibo card. When used with a Wii U gamepad, the amiibo card will unlock Shadow Mewtwo as a playable character. This year, the 20th anniversary of Pokémon, also will see the release of "Pokémon GO."

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11:52
Apple promises to compensate for iAd layoffs with...

The decision to scale back iAd will see some people lose sales jobs, although new positions should be created to compensate, an Apple spokesman acknowledged on Monday.

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11:51
iPhone not updating its battery status? Apple's...

If you’ve changed the time on your iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, you might have encountered an odd issue where your iPhone’s battery percentage indicator in the status bar doesn’t update like it should. Sound familiar? If so, you’ll be happy to know that Apple is on the case.

According to a page added to Apple’s support site last week, Apple is investigating reports that the battery status indicator on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus stops working correctly when you manually change the time on your phone or change time zones. The problem only occurs on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, according to Apple, and only happens when you manually change the time or time zone setting.

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11:41
App Store app prices going up in Canada, New Zealand...

Apple has notified developers that App Store prices in Canada, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore and South Africa are increasing. Customers in these regions will see prices for apps and in-app purchases rise within the next 72 hours. If you have a renewing subscription, Apple will notify you with an email about the price change ahead of the next subscription payment, although customers in Russia and South Africa will have to resubscribe manually.

Low price tiers are also being introduced into Canadian and New Zealand markets; Alternate Price Tier A and Alternate Prier Tier B. These offer alternate price...

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11:24
App Store prices increasing in Canada, Mexico and...

iMore:

Apple will soon be increasing the prices of paid apps and in-app purchases in a handful of countries due to exchange rate changes. App Stores affected by the change will be those in Canada, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, and South Africa. Those using in-app subscriptions in Russia and South Africa will need to resubscribe.

These sorts of adjustments are not uncommon. The changes in pricing are expected to take place across these countries in the next 72 hours, according to an email sent to developers by Apple.

While this is disappointing, it’s not surprising. The Canadian dollar in particular has dropped like a stone in the past few months.

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11:20
Apple asked widow for court order when she sought...

iPads. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

A woman whose husband died has spent months trying to gain access to his Apple account, according to a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation report today. Apple initially told the woman that she would have to provide a will and death certificate, but once she provided those documents the company reportedly asked for something else—a court order.

There are good privacy and security reasons for Apple to impose strict controls on account access, but in this case, the company seems to have acknowledged it went too far by demanding a court order. After CBC got involved, Apple relented and will apparently allow the widow, 72-year-old Peggy Bush of Victoria, BC, to get access to her late husband's Apple ID.

"After [CBC News] contacted Apple, it did reach out to the Bush family and...

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10:53
Like iTunes Radio? Prepare to Pay or Switch

Apple is ending its free iTunes Radio service at the end of the month, herding those users into paid Apple Music subscriptions. Josh Centers offers some theories as to why Apple is doing this, as well as some alternatives.

 

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10:34
Apple making sparse use of Swift in its own apps,...

In spite of Apple expressing a desire to switch its apps to Swift, just a handful of them are actually using the programming language so far, according to a software engineer.

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10:04
8 reasons you should buy a 50mm f/1.8 lens

Petapixel:

When people ask me what lens they should get after buying their first camera, I always tell them to buy a 50mm f/1.8 lens because it’s one of the cheapest and one of the coolest lens you could buy.

Why should you buy it? Here are 8 different reasons.

One of the first lenses I recommend beginning photographers buy is one of the “Nifty Fifties”. They are relatively inexpensive, generally better than the kit lens that came with your camera, great in low light conditions and will force you to move your feet to get the shot rather than just zooming into it.

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09:57
4,000 Apple employees evacuated amid possible...

Gardai responded to the scene and have confirmed that a number of plants have been evacuated.

It is understood that several threatening emails were received by the company.

There is nothing in the report to indicate what the threat was, but the plants were evacuated.

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09:50
iOS code showing references to Li-Fi wireless data...

Image of Li-1st, first Li-Fi product ©2013, PureLiFi

Imagine a future network that uses light to transfer data to and from your iPhone or iPad at up to 224 gigabits per second. That's not that far-fetched, and according to an article on AppleInsider this morning, it appears that the iOS 9.1 library cache file refers to "LiFiCapability", meaning that Apple could be very well experimenting with the Li-Fi wireless data protocol.

The capability declaration was discovered by Twitter user Chase Fromm and verified by AppleInsider:

Li-Fi testing is already imminent. May appear in the next iPhone 7 according to iOS code in iOS 9.1 firmware. pic.twitter.com/MPK65QwLvp

— Chase Fromm (@kyoufujibaya)...

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09:38
Candidates agree, disagree with Apple’s stance on...

Last week, Apple was at the heart of a conversation during the Republican presidential debate over encryption and national security. Candidates such as Jeb Bush explained that, even if companies like Apple aren’t willing to give up user data, the government has “got to keep asking because this is a hugely important issue.” Last night, NBC held a Democratic presidential debate out of South Carolina, and once again, encryption and technology’s role in national security were hot button issues during the debate.

The NBC debate was co-run by YouTube and featured questions from prominent YouTubers. Popular technology reviewer Marques Brownlee, or...

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09:09
Apple to add Nearby feature to watchOS 2.2

Apple’s watchOS 2.2 is en route and the current beta features an upcoming Nearby search features in Apple Maps as well as quick navigation buttons for travel directions to home and work addresses.

The current shipping watchOS version has the Maps application launch to a view of your current location, then pressing the display firmly reveals buttons to access contact addresses, search, and toggling between transit and standard directions.

The Maps application on watchOS 2.2 appears to incorporate a new layer of actions, the beta featuring shortcuts to navigating to your home and work address from your current location. Search is also a more accessible button that doesn’t require Force Touch. The old Maps view can still be accessed through the My Location button beneath Search.

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09:07
The 62 richest people in the world now own as much...

MIC:

The most shocking statistic in the report, released Sunday, is this: In 2015, a mere 62 people held the same amount of wealth as “the bottom half of humanity” — 3.5 billion people. Identifying the reasons why this is happening is as important as the statistic itself.

Things are getting bad, quickly: In 2010, it took 388 individuals to match the wealth of the bottom half. But in the past five years, wealth has become so concentrated in the hands of the global elite that the number has reduced dramatically.

This story is more than just a little depressing.

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09:00
Moshi iGlaze for iPad Pro offers lightweight, slim...

MOSHI iGlaze for iPad Pro. Photo©2016, Steven Sande

Those of us who are fans of the iPad Pro have a common dilemma; when that big tablet is connected to the Apple Smart Keyboard, there's no way to protect the back of the device from scratches and bumps. Fortunately, Moshi has released the US$39.95 iGlaze for iPad Pro as a way to keep using the keyboard while protecting the rest of your iPad Pro.

Design

The design of the iGlaze for iPad Pro is about as minimalist as you could imagine. It's a slender piece of translucent plastic that is perfectly molded to snap onto the back of the monster iPad. While weighing in at only 3.95 ounces (112 grams), it offers just enough protection to keep your device from getting scratched if you bump it against a rough surface or drop it.

Function

The iGlaze for iPad Pro is perfect for use with either the Apple...

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08:55
iOS code shows Apple experimenting with ultra fast,...

Recent versions of iOS have been found to contain references to Li-Fi, an experimental high-speed wireless networking protocol that uses pulses of light to transmit data and is being marketed as a long-term replacement for Wi-Fi.

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08:46
Apple acknowledges battery percentage indicator bug...

Well, this is why they invented software updates.

Following a plethora of complains, Apple recently posted a new support document acknowledging an issue with the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus that causes the battery percentage indicator in the status bar not to update as the battery itself drains. This means that the battery percentage icon could display that you have much more battery life left than you actually do.

The support document states that Apple is working to address the issue and assures issues that the company is working on a fix. Strangely, Apple also states that the issue is caused by time zone changes, whether done manually or automatically while traveling.

From the support document:

If you...

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08:41
These are the signs Apple is working on the next...

Business Insider:

It’s all but a given that Apple is developing a car (even Elon Musk called the project “an open secret” in the auto industry). But when it comes to a new kind of personal computing gadget, several recent acquisitions and hires hint that Apple is at least exploring augmented reality.

As always, Apple is tight lipped about what it’s cooking up in its research and development labs. But a recent series of acquisitions and hires shows the company is at least experimenting with augmented reality.

Let’s take a look at the evidence.

BI is using the tired cliche of “where there’s smoke, there’s fire” but what do you think? Is VR/AR “the next major computing platform”? While tech nerds may be salivating over VR and AR, do you think The Normals want this platform? Will VR be the next HD TV or the next 3D TV?

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08:36
Apple demands widow get court order to access dead...

CBC:

A Victoria widow is outraged over Apple’s demand that she obtain a court order to retrieve her dead husband’s password so she can play games on an iPad.

“I thought it was ridiculous. I could get the pensions, I could get benefits, I could get all kinds of things from the federal government and the other government. But from Apple, I couldn’t even get a silly password. It’s nonsense,” 72-year-old Peggy Bush told Go Public.

Experts warn this is a growing problem, as more people die leaving important information and valuable digital property on computers and electronic devices.

The news media is typically and gleefully playing up this story (it will get resolved by Apple without any court order required), it does bring forward some of the issues we are and will continue to have with our digital lives.

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08:35
Facebook's WhatsApp Messenger drops annual fees...

WhatsApp, the popular messaging service owned by Facebook, is dropping its 99-cent annual charge in order to continue growing, CEO Jan Koum said on Monday.

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08:28
Apple’s home page tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King...

Apple:

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is ‘What are you doing for others?’”

Tim Cook has often said that Dr King is one of his heroes and today, on Martin Luther King Jr Day, Apple’s front page is dedicated to him.

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07:50
4,800 workers at Irish Apple facilities evacuated...

Apple Hollyhill site evacuation. Photo via independent.ie

The Irish Times is reporting that a bomb threat was made against Apple's operations in Ireland today, resulting in the evacuation of 4,800 employees for several hours before they were allowed to return to work. 

Apple received several threatening emails, and the threat was posted on the website of Garda Siochána, the national police force for the Republic of Ireland, at about 8:20 AM local time. Police started the evacuations at three locations near Cork -- an iMac assembly plant at the Hollyhill campus, a facility in Lavitts Quay, and the Model Farm Road site. After a search of the facilities uncovered no dangerous devices,...

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07:36
Microsoft to bring Windows Phone keyboard, Word Flow...

Microsoft is reportedly working on bringing the Windows Phone keyboard -- known as Word Flow -- to iOS devices, marking the arrival of yet another feature previously exclusive to Microsoft platforms.

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07:25
Swift is quickly rising in popularity as a developer...

The TIOBE index uses search engine rankings to track popularity of programming languages. In January, Swift overtook Objective-C to become the 14th most popular language in the TIOBE index. The surge in popularity was spurred by the release of Swift into open-source in December. With developer interest growing, Ryan Olson was interested in how much Apple is using Swift for its own apps.

Despite producing the language, Apple is not ahead of the curve on Swift adoption. In his blog post, Olson finds that in iOS 9.2 only one Apple app uses...

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07:18
Apple said widow needed a court order to access her...

Apple reportedly insisted that a Canadian widow get a court order to retrieve her deceased husband’s password so that she could access his iPad to play a card game.

“I thought it was ridiculous,” 72-year-old Peggy Bush told CBC. “I could get the pensions, I could get benefits, I could get all kinds of things from the federal government and the other government. But from Apple, I couldn’t even get a silly password. It’s nonsense.”

Experts warn this is a growing problem, as more people die leaving important information and valuable digital property on computers and electronic devices.

Bush lost her husband David to lung cancer in August, the article notes. The couple owned an iPad and an Apple computer. Bush knew the iPad's log-in code, but didn't know the Apple ID password.

Peggy Bush finally enlisted CBC’s...

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07:16
CarPlay Offers Limited, Glitchy iPhone/Auto...

Touchscreens in select cars are now iPhone extensions via CarPlay, Apple’s attempt to extend its influence into vehicle cabins. Alas, Julio Ojeda-Zapata found CarPlay to be a dumbed-down and glitchy experience.

 

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06:54
1Password 6 for Mac Adds Teams, Expands Sync Options

AgileBits has released version 6 of 1Password for Mac with a number of major new features, including support for sharing passwords among a group, a unified view of all your password vaults, an improved password generator, and iCloud syncing for more people. Joe Kissell covers what has changed and introduces the all-new, second edition of “Take Control of 1Password.”

 

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06:44
Feature Request: Apple TV 4 needs a way to watch TV...

Apple released the new Apple TV in the fall. Despite the clunkier fatter physical appearance, the new Apple TV 4 features better performance, a cool new Siri Remote touchpad and an App Store. The App Store unlocks unlimited potential for the Apple TV as a content platform: rather than waiting for content deals between Apple and the networks, TV channels can release their own apps as they please. When the new Apple TV was announced, Tim Cook said the ‘future of TV is apps’. It is true this is a substantial improvement over the previous-generation Apple TV in terms of content (for UK residents like me, addition of BBC iPlayer is a huge win) however there are big user-experience issues with the app model that current Apple TV software does not address …

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06:10
Apple honors Martin Luther King Day with website...

Apple on Monday acknowledged the Martin Luther King holiday in the U.S. with an image on its website, featuring a photo of the civil rights activist alongside a famous quote.

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05:54
Apple commemorates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on...

Apple has again dedicated its home page to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

There’s a black-and-white picture of the civil rights leader. It also lists one of his many famous quotes: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ "

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. It’s observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is close to King's birthday (Jan. 15).

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05:09
False bomb threat at Apple's Ireland facilities...

A fake bomb threat was issued for Apple's operations in Ireland on Monday, causing officials to evacuate 4,800 employees before giving the all-clear.

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05:00
What the PC Industry Could Learn From the NRA


One of the fascinating things about the NRA is that buyers of guns think the organization represents them, when in fact its mission is to represent gun sellers -- not gun buyers -- and certainly never gun buyers against gun sellers. Guns for consumers largely have been banned in most of the world, with the exception of the U.S., which uniquely has the NRA. This likely makes the NRA the most effective industry association in history. The PC industry, which is facing yet another decline, could learn a lot from the NRA.

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04:30
Fileloupe for OS X is a convenient photo browser/...

Corduroy Code's Fileloupe 1.0 for Mac OS X combines the features of a photo viewer, video player and document browser into a single, fast app. It can easily handle thousands of files.

Harnessing the power of Apple's Quick Look technology, Fileloupe offers users one of the fastest ways to browse, view and share photos, videos, PDFs and documents. Quick Look is a quick preview feature that Apple introduced in Mac OS X 10.5. While OS X's Finder has always had icon previews, Quick Look allows users to look at the contents of a file in the Finder at full or near-full size (depending on the size of the document relative to the screen resolution).

Fileloupe doesn't require a lengthy import process, doesn't use a master library and never moves or copies your files. It eliminates the need have to open multiple windows or multiple applications to quickly view the contents of a folder. Videographers, in particular, will...

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04:23
Apple celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day with...

Like last year, Apple is once again dedicating the entirety of its Apple.com home page to commemorate Marin Luther King Jr Day. A black and white photo fills the entire width and height of the browser, with all product marketing removed to focus on the celebration. The quote used cleverly reflects Apple’s company values in products as well as their goals towards society and ecology: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'”

Apple CEO Tim Cook has often said that Martin Luther King was his inspiration,...

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04:12
Fujitsu wants to fix Japan's deer problem with...

Fujitsu is teaming up with a Japanese forest research institute to learn how animal populations grow. The pair will look into Sika deer, a creature that's causing plenty of environmental damage due to overgrazing. Traditionally, these sorts of studie...

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04:00
Just Mobile's AluBolt dock for iOS devices...

If you want a sleek dock for your iPhone (the 5 through 6s Plus models), iPad mini (all models), and iPod touch (fifth and sixth gen devices), Just Mobile's AluBolt is for you. It's a handsome, "high-design" dock without a high price tag (it's US$49.95).

The AluBolt gives off a sports car vide with its silver-toned (as in aluminum) construction and curved backrest. What's more, it packs a "fully sprung" Lightning connector. Since the iPhone and iPad mini come with a Lightning connector, you'll have a spare, which makes it easy to stash the one that come with your iDevice in your backpack or travel case. 

The AluBolt is designed to allow total control of your docked device, even if it’s in a case; unlike some peripherals, it works just fine with Apple's iPhone 5s and 5c cases). It features an integrated USB cable for charging your iDevice. A rubber ring on the bottom of the...

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03:31
Apple employees at headquarters in Cork, Ireland...

According to local news, Apple’s plants in Cork, Ireland have been evacuated following a potential security threat in the area. Around 4000 workers have been told to leave premises at Apple’s facilities in Lavitts Quay, Hollyhill and Model Farm Road. Although details are scarce, Defence Forces told The Independent that explosive ordnance disposal teams are on standby in case they are needed. Employees have been waiting outside for over 2 hours now, as local ‘Gardai’ police respond to the bomb threat.

Update: Apple has confirmed plant evacuation of Cork...

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03:09
WhatsApp is dropping the $1 annual fee

WhatsApp, the $19 billion dollar messaging service is dropping its $1 annual fee. Founder Jan Koum revealed the news on stage at this year's DLD conference, explaining that the buck-a-year charge might not sound like much, but still prevents many peo...

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02:52
WhatsApp is now free for all users forever, dropping...

Today, WhatsApp has announced a pretty major shift in its business model. The popular chat client is going completely free. Facebook-owned WhatsApp used to run on a trial model: users could use the app for free for a year. Subsequent years would cost $0.99 cents each. The paid model notably made WhatsApp stand out from the crowd, as almost every other social networking is free to use from the customer perspective. Although WhatsApp will stop charging customers from today, it will take a few weeks for the payment UI in apps to go away as app updates roll out to the store.

WhatsApp says although a 0.99 cent charge is not onerous, it prevented growth as a lot of customers do not have access to...

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02:50
Thorpe Park unveils VR ghost train designed by...

VR headsets have matured to the point where some of the UK's biggest theme parks now want to integrate them into their next rides. Alton Towers announced a VR rollercoaster last week and today Thorpe Park has unveiled its own plans for a VR ghost tra...

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02:25
This color-changing polymer warns of tiny damage you...

Tiny cracks can actually be a big deal when they're forming inside parts of your car or, say, a metal shell that's flying into space. University of Illinois research, led by Professors Nancy Sottos and Scott White, has lead to a polymer coating that...

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00:36
Comets don't explain the strange 'alien...

And here we thought that the mystery of the "alien megastructure" star was all sewn up. Researcher Bradley Schaefer has determined that the most plausible explanation for KIC 8462852's unusual dimming, a swarm of comets, doesn't really hold up. You...

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22:37
After abandoning iAd revenue, Apple Inc can...

Apple's five year effort to radically enhance iOS app advertising with its own ad sales has now been scuttled. That opens the door for an even more radical rethinking of how to monetize apps and Internet services, one that is clearly differentiated from the incessant adware associated with Android, Windows and the open web.

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22:02
Wikipedia fund gives the site a long-term future

Wikipedia just turned 15 years old, but you wouldn't know it from the nigh-on inescapable donation drives -- the crowdsourced encyclopedia often seems as if it's months away from extinction. The Wikimedia Foundation (its parent organization) may hav...

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21:21
Microsoft Office 2016 15.18

Patches several security vulnerabilities, plus adds minor improvements to individual apps. ($149.99 new, free update)

 

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19:59
Astronauts grow their first flower in space

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly can brag about having a green thumb all day long, and we wouldn't mind at all. He's earned that right by successfully growing the first flower in space after the zinnia plants the ISS crew planted almost died. The astronaut...

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18:25
Hit indie game 'Axiom Verge' gets a vinyl...

Game studios have sometimes been a little too eager to get their soundtracks on vinyl, but this is one you'll want to consider if you're a connoisseur. Creator Thomas Happ and Ship to Shore PhonoCo are releasing a limited edition vinyl soundtrack for...

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18:17
The Logic Pros: 3 overlooked tricks to keep your...

In this week’s episode of The Logic Pros, we will be taking a look at three handy little tricks to keep things moving, a little more tidy and some helpful plug-in quick keys/shortcuts. Sometimes it’s the little things that keep our minds focused on the task at hand, whether it be tedious straight-line editing for film/TV/app work or carefully crafted creative ideas. LPX is at its best when I forget I’m even using it. Personal plug-in menus, customized default plug-in settings, templates and a deeply comprehensive instrument library are just a few things Logic uses to make our lives easier every day. So we thought a new mini series was in-line, covering some of our favorite LPX experience-enhancing shortcuts. Here are a few to get started:

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16:42
Judge says Facebook tagging violates protective...

You don't have to physically get close to a person or to call and text them to end up violating a protection order. According to Acting Westchester County Supreme Court Justice Susan Capeci, tagging the victim, which sends them a notification, is eno...

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16:09
Roundup: The best Mac email clients for push Gmail

Mac owners who use Gmail know Apple's Mail app for OS X is less than perfect when it comes to pushing emails from Google's service. AppleInsider weeded through a forest of third party apps to find the fastest, cleanest and most reliable push Gmail clients for your desktop.

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15:14
Windows Phone's keyboard is coming to your...

Ask Windows Phone and Windows 10 Mobile fans about their favorite interface features and they may point to the Word Flow keyboard -- that combination of swiping, word correction and overall feel is hard to replicate. Well, you might not have to pick...

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11:22
The 7 worst ad campaigns of 2015

Venturebeat:

It’s always been important for advertisers and content creators to consider their target audience when developing an ad campaign. In the past year, however, we have seen a slew of ad campaigns that seem to have skipped over this essential, yet obvious, standard. Perhaps advertisers forget that unless they carefully understand and represent their audience’s values, they’ll get bombarded with aggressive tweets, posts, pins, and shares, calling them cold, insensitive, and downright ignorant.

These kinds of campaigns can easily be avoided if advertisers learn to engage better with their consumers so that they truly grasp their audience’s character.

That said, here are seven ad campaigns that just plain failed in 2015.

As much as many of us, myself included, hate most of the advertising we see, a good campaign can really capture our attention. Sadly, so can a bad one. These campaigns make you wonder how the hell they managed to make it out into...

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10:00
Apple “investigating” inaccurate battery percentage...

(credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Apple is investigating a bug in the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus that may cause the battery percentage level to be displayed incorrectly. More specifically, the percentage level on affected phones "won't update," which could lead users to assume their batteries are more charged than they actually are.

Apple's support document says the bug occurs when users manually set a new time zone or when their time zone changes automatically as they travel. The recommended fix for now is to restart your phone and to check that your iPhone's clock sets itself automatically (go to Settings > General > Date & Time to check).

This sounds like the kind of problem that can be fixed in a software update—Apple has a minor iOS 9.2.1 update and a...

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09:28
Microsoft developing iPhone version of its Swype-...

Microsoft appears to be planning to port its Windows Phone keyboard called Word Flow to the iPhone as a third-party keyboard, according to WinBeta. The company is currently reaching out to enlisted software testers to recruit iOS users with iPhone 5s or later to test the Windows Phone keyboard.

Word Flow works similarly to gesture-based third-party keyboards like Swype, which let you trace your finger across letters to suggest words for quick typing. The keyboard also supports traditional typing in the same interface. Emoji characters are even recommended when typing words so ‘dog’ might show the dog emoji when typing the word out.

This is how typing with Word Flow looks on Windows Phone minus gesture typing :

Microsoft is...

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09:00
Ex-Jailbreakers now working to secure iOS for...


For nearly half a decade, teams of hackers and programmers have worked tirelessly to crack Apple’s iOS software code in order to inject new features, themes, and applications. Now, a team led by noted former jailbreak developers Will Strafach, otherwise known as “Chronic”, and Joshua Hill, known as P0sixninja, is working to secure Apple’s mobile platform. The duo, along with a list of unnamed former jailbreak developers, has been working on a new comprehensive platform to secure iOS devices for both enterprises and consumers. Strafach provided us with a preview of the platform known as “Apollo,” the first security product from his new...

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09:00
Apple axes free iTunes Radio service, directs...

Eddy Cue announces iTunes Radio at WWDC 2013. (credit: Clint Ecker)

In an e-mail sent to users late Friday, Apple announced that it would be shutting down its ad-free iTunes Radio streaming service on January 28. Those who enjoyed the Pandora-like feature are instead being directed to Beats 1, the live radio station that Apple launched alongside Apple Music last year. Apple Music subscribers can continue to create iTunes Radio-like stations based on artists or songs, but they'll need to pay the standard $9.99-per-month membership fee to do so.

iTunes Match users will apparently be losing their ad-free version of iTunes Radio, too. The message to users of that service is clear:...

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03:56
Pluto probe sends back photos of possible ice volcano

The New Horizons spacecraft might already be heading for a Kuiper belt object farther than Pluto, but it continues to give us a closer view of the dwarf planet. Some of the latest photos it sent back taken during the probe's closest flyby in July 201...

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…: * Work Authorization : * Contact Number(Best time to reach you) : Skills : Apple Macintosh OSX Location : New York, New York. Duartion : 6+ Months The associate would Read more
Computer Operations Technician ll - *Apple*...
# Web Announcement** Apple Technical Liaison**The George Mason University, Information Technology Services (ITS), Technology Support Services, Desktop Support Read more
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