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Thursday October 6

Apple has unceremoniously removed Dash from the App...

Dash is an off-line documentation browser, popular with developers. This morning, it was gone.

From the Dash for macOS blog:

Earlier today, Apple cancelled my developer account and has removed Dash from the App Store.

What Happened? I don’t know.

Read the post for details. But in a nutshell, Apple pulled the app and canceled the Dash developer account, sending an email saying “the account was terminated due to fraudulent conduct”.

This is a story with two major paths: Either the developer did something to deserve the rug being pulled out from under, something worthy of their developer credentials being cancelled. Or there’s a colossal misunderstanding here. I suspect there’s more to this than meets the eye.

Either way, don’t think this is the way this should have played out....

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Report: Apple to unify cloud services backend with...

Apple will unify its cloud service teams to improve product development and software quality, according to a new report by Bloomberg. Currently, employees that develop Internet services like Siri, Maps, iCloud, News and Apple Pay are housed in many different buildings mostly outside of the main Infinite Loop campus.

To improve collaboration and speed up product development, Apple will be moving all the relevant teams into the Infinite Loop buildings. This ultimately leads to a better services division, which is the leading source of revenue growth for the company. It is also unifying web products to run on a new backend, codenamed ‘Pie’ …


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Staples is now accepting Apple Pay on its mobile...

Staples, Inc., has announced the availability of Apple Pay on its mobile website. The company’s business customers have already been using Apple Pay for purchases within the Staples iPhone app and in Staples’ stores. 

Now users visiting Staples’ mobile website with Safari will have the ability to check out using Apple Pay with just a finger on Touch ID, with no need to manually fill out lengthy account forms or repeatedly type in shipping and billing information, says Faisal Masud, executive vice president, global e-commerce, Staples. When customers use a credit or debit card with Apple Pay, the actual card numbers aren’t stored on the device, or on Apple servers. Instead, a unique Device Account Number is assigned, encrypted and securely stored in the Secure Element on the device. Each transaction is authorized with a one-time unique dynamic security code.

Apple Pay works with the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s,...

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Apple to unite internet teams under one roof at 1...

Apple is planning to unite many of the teams working on its disparate internet services, relocating them to its Cupertino headquarters at 1 Infinite Loop, a report said on Thursday.

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Rumor: Apple has a plan to improve its online/cloud...

Apple fans have long complained about its online and cloud services. The company may be listening. Bloomberg says that the Cupertino, California-based company plans to unify its separate Internet services groups into a single campus to better compete with Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Amazon, Inc. in the cloud.

Quoting unnamed “people familiar with the plans,” Bloomberg reports that Apple cloud services teams run by Eddy Cue, senior vice president of Internet Software and Services — including Siri, Maps, iCloud, Apple Pay, Apple News and parts of iTunes and Apple Music — will move together into the company’s existing Infinite Loop campus in Cupertino. Now, most Apple services are developed separately from each other in office parks rented out in other parts of Cupertino and Sunnyvale, California.

The current structure...

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∞ If Steve Jobs walked into Apple Computer now,...

Yesterday was the 5th anniversary of Steve Jobs’ death. A number of tributes to Steve popped up, including this recode post pulled together by Dan Frommer, highlighting interviews Steve did with Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg at the All Things Digital conference from 2003-2010.

Another bit of writing I enjoyed was this Medium Post entitled We miss Steve Jobs, by Christina Goodwin, Samantha Chaves, and Michael Histen.

One particular question from this post really resonated with me:

If Steve Jobs walked into Apple Computer now, which products would he nix? What’s the “one thing” Apple does well? I...

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Happy Hour Podcast 088 | iPhone 7 Plus dual camera...

This week Benjamin and Zac talk about the quiet death of the Apple TV 3, iPhone 7 Plus dual camera impressions, 2017 iPhone and iPad rumors, Google’s event and new Pixel phone, and the hope for new Macs this month. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.


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Apple eyes the smart home market with ‘flexible room...

Apple has an eye on expanding its presence in the smart home market as evidenced by a newly granted patent (for “flexible room controls”). It involves human-machine interfaces, and particularly to user controls in a room or building. 

In the patent filing, Apple notes that locations of room controls, such as electrical switches and climate-control thermostats, are generally chosen during the architectural design of a building, and the controls are then hard-wired in place within the walls during construction. If the resident later wishes to add controls or move existing controls to another location, it will generally be necessary to break holes in the wall, run new wiring, and then repair and repaint. Apple thinks it can do better with a flexible room control system that works via projectors, a virtual control pad, and gestures.

Here’s Apple’s summary of the invention: “Control apparatus includes an optical subsystem, which is configured to direct first light toward a...

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Analyst: iPhone sales will outperform Wall Street...

In a note to clients — as noted by AppleInsider — RBC Capital Markets analyst Amit Daryanani to believe iPhone sales are set to outperform Wall Street expectations in the December quarter. He bases this on a positive earnings pre-announcement from Apple supplier Dialog Semiconductor yesterday.

Dialog pre-announced good September quarter results on the back of mobile systems revenue, suggesting strong component orders from Apple. The company raised revenue expectations for the past quarter to about $345 million, up 13%from previous estimates between $290 million to $320 million.

Daryanani has set a $125 target for Apple stock and estimates the company will take in $47.3 billion in revenue for the September quarter on 44.2 million iPhone unit sales. For the holiday quarter, the analyst sees $78.7B in revenue on about...

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Don’t expect Apple to buy Twitter

With Twitter sale news making the rounds, Recode reports that Alphabet isn't planning to make an offer and that Apple is unlikely as well.

A Recode source says Twitter should have "low expectations" of an offer from Apple. And with Google reportedly not moving forward, that may leave the driver's seat open for, whose stock appears to drop the more it talks about buying Twitter. However, Disney is still in the mix “or at least doesn't have as many sources tamping down reports of its interest,” according to Seeking Alpha.

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Samsung is buying Viv Labs, the company formed by...

Let the Apple-Samsung rivalry continue. Samsung is buying Viv Labs, the company formed by the creators of Apple's Siri digital assistant.

Apple acquired Siri Inc., the company behind the Speech Interpretation and Recognition Interface (yep, Siri) on April 28, 2010, for more than $200 million. Siri, Inc. had announced that their software would be available for BlackBerry and for phones running Android, but all development efforts for non-Apple platforms were cancelled after the acquisition by Apple. 

In May Siri creators Dag Kittlaus and Adam Cheyer — who left Apple shortly after their company was scooped up — debuted Viv, the natural descendent of Siri — and more...

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Some iPhone users encountering Activation Lock error...

It appears that inputting the wrong Apple ID email address could lead to an Activation Lock with the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus and some iPhone 6s and 6s Plus models.

A number of users have stated that, after entering the wrong Apple ID email address, they cannot sign in and are therefore unable to proceed with setting up the iPhone. The issue has primarily affected new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models upon being turned on for the first time, and iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus models upon being restored to default settings, although older models appear to be affected to a lesser extent.

One users, identified as “The Kricket”, offered the following testimonial:

I purchased an iPhone 6s full-price and outright directly from an...

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Comment: Samsung buying Viv is bad news for the...

As regular readers will know, I’m a long-time fan of Siri. It’s my default way to interact with my iPhone: from checking the weather forecast through opening apps to dictating text messages. It was the sole reason I upgraded from the iPhone 4 to the 4S back in the day.

At the same time, I’ve also long wanted Siri to do more. Last month, Apple finally granted the request I made last year: to give her access to third-party apps. But I was also hoping then for more – much more – while Apple seems to be content to expand Siri’s capabilities at a relatively leisurely pace.

Many of Siri’s original developers, it turned...

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Former NSA staffer demonstrates Mac malware that can...

Security researcher and former NSA staffer Patrick Wardle is this afternoon demonstrating a way for Mac malware to tap into live feeds from the built-in webcam and microphone. His presentation is being delivered at the Virus Bulletin conference in Denver later today.

Although any unauthorized access to the webcam will light the green LED – a firmware-level protection that is exceedingly difficult to bypass – Wardle’s presentation shows how a malicious app can tap into the outgoing feed of an existing webcam session, like a FaceTime or Skype call, where the light would already be on …


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Rumor: Apple may have changed the date for its FY16...

This is an interesting rumor.

Apple may have rescheduled is FY16 fourth quarter earnings to Tuesday, October 25th to accommodate the announcement of a new MacBook Pro.

Moving the earnings call to earlier in the week also gives Apple a chance to quickly move past a potentially-disappointing quarterly earnings. Otherwise, the company would risk overshadowing a flashy new product announcement with news of less-than-stellar iPhone 7 sales.

This wouldn’t be the first time that Apple changed the date of its earnings call. Earlier this year the date was changed so Apple executives could attend the memorial service of board member Bill Campbell. This time, however, Apple has not disclosed why it...

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IoT Could Become Playground for Botnets Gone Wild

The source code for Mirai, the malware behind the botnet that launched a massive attack on the Krebs on Security website -- the largest DDoS attack on record -- has been released in the wild, according to Brian Krebs, author of the blog. A hacker who goes by the handle "Anna-senpai," apparently because of increased scrutiny from the cybersec industry, last week announced the release on Hackforums, Krebs said. The code release has heightened fears that the Internet of Things will be flooded with attacks from new botnets.

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Put old, unused hard drives to good use with the OWC...

OWC’s $79.95 Drive Dock USB is a handy tool for folks who need constant access to multiple drives. Though it’s designed to offer creative pros such as photographers, videographers, and music a quick, easy way to access data, archive files, perform backups and more, it’s an affordable, easy-to-use solution for anyone (creative pro or not) who has such needs. 

The OWC Drive Dock USB makes a great on-site backup solution or for those using multiple bare drives. It’s also a handy answer to the question, “what can I do with all those old Mac internal hard drives I have lying around.” Instead of giving ‘em away or tossing ‘em, you can now put them to good use.

The OWC Drive Dock USB provides a way to access bare SATA drives. You can hot swap, read multiple drives simultaneously, or boot from bare drives, all at the speed of the USB 3.1 interface.

Two drive bays accommodate both...

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Search ads start showing up in iOS App Store, early...

Apple recently started offering developers the opportunity to buy search ads in the App Store, allowing their apps to be shown when users search for particular keywords. Those ads have now started showing up for U.S. users.


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How to set up two-factor authentication (and how it’...

Two-factor authentication is an extra layer of security for your Apple ID designed to ensure that you're the only person who can access your account, even if someone knows your password. It’s a useful feature — and one that’s necessary if you plan to use your Apple Watch to automatically unlock your Mac.

However, there’s a difference between two-factor authentication and two-step verification, which we looked at yesterday. It’s one of those things that Apple has made needlessly confusing. 

Two-step verification protects access to certain activities with users’ Apple ID since 2013. This method introduces an extra verification step in addition to the password. Apple views two-factor authentication (first released in 2015 with iOS 9) as an improvement over the previously used two-step verification. The new and improved security method is...

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The Roku interview: Here's how the streaming-...

The company is taking a two-pronged approach to getting higher-quality TV apps onto its platform.

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Wednesday October 5

Supply chain suggests Apple to see better-than-...

A positive earnings pre-announcement from Apple supplier Dialog Semiconductor on Wednesday leads RBC Capital Markets analyst Amit Daryanani to believe iPhone sales are set to outperform Wall Street expectations in the December quarter.

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Apple, Google, Disney unlikely to place bids in...

As the rumor mill spins churns over speculation about who will take over ubiquitous microblogging network Twitter, a pair of reports on Wednesday put two of tech's biggest players, Apple and Google, and entertainment giant Disney out of the running.

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Apple’s new ‘Orchard’ program aims to discover the...

Apple has quietly created a new program called Orchard with the goal of seeking out the next best marketing talent. Job listings have been appearing gradually over the past few weeks for the program, but Apple this evening has launched a new Orchard page on its website that talks about the program.


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Apple opens 'Orchard' project to groom...

Apple this week quietly announced "the Orchard," a new internal project that seeks to pair up-and-coming creative minds with leaders in Apple's Marketing Communications (Marcom) team, grooming them for a potential job at the company.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook Remembers Steve Jobs On Fifth...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from MacRumors: As he has done over the past four years, Apple CEO Tim Cook has shared a tribute to the late Steve Jobs, touching on the importance of remembering the Apple co-founder and former CEO today, which marks the fifth anniversary of his death on October 5, 2011. In previous years, Apple also updated its website to remember Jobs, creating a two-minute slideshow of his various keynote presentations and most famous audio clips on the one year anniversary of his death. In the days following his passing, Apple started posting "Remembering Steve" comments from fans on its website. The company noted that well over one million submissions came in for the project, all from well-wishing fans in the wake of Jobs' losing battle with pancreatic cancer. "'Most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.' Remembering Steve and the many ways he changed our world," tweeted Apple CEO Tim Cook with a picture of Jobs. In remembrance of...

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Google logs 2 million miles in self-driving cars

Google’s self-driving vehicles are mastering complex situations on public roads, from cars going the wrong way to bicycles darting in front of traffic, as the technology company strives to win the high-profile race to achieve full vehicle automation, executives said on Wednesday.

These are the types of situations that worry me the most about self-driving cars—normal everyday traffic accidents. Good to see Google is focusing on what may appear to be mundane incidents.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Samsung acquires Viv, a firm created by Siri’s co-...

Tech giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Thursday it is acquiring U.S. artificial intelligence (AI) platform developer Viv Labs Inc, a firm run by a co-creator of Apple Inc’s Siri voice assistant program.

Samsung said in a statement it plans to integrate the San Jose-based company’s AI platform, called Viv, into the Galaxy smartphones and expand voice-assistant services to home appliances and wearable technology devices.

Viv looks to be a pretty robust system. Impressive move.


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Samsung buys AI startup created by Siri co-cofounders

Samsung on Wednesday announced the acquisition of Viv, a next-generation artificial intelligence firm created by Siri co-founders and former Apple employees Dag Kittlaus, Adam Cheyer and Chris Brigham.

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Samsung acquires Viv, the AI bot developed by the...

Over the last year, the artificial intelligence assistant “Viv” has garnered a lot of attention. Viv was cofounded by Dag Kittlaus, Adam Cheyer and Chris Brigham, the original creaters of Siri, and has been billed as a more powerful and more capable personal assistant than Siri. Now, TechCrunch reports that Samsung has acquired Viv and plans to implement it into its devices.


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App Store Search Ads go live, queries for specific...

As promised, Apple on Wednesday activated Search Ads in the iOS App Store, meaning users will soon see promoted apps populating the top spot in search results feeds.

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Report: Twitter to make acquisition decision this...

Twitter has been rumored to be searching for potential buyers since last month, but a new report out of Reuters today suggests that its negotiations could soon come to a close. According to the report, which cites “people familiar with the matter,” Twitter hopes to conclude negotiations with a buyer by the time it releases its Q3 earnings on Ocobter 27th.


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Apple inexplicably terminates developer account for...

For unknown reasons, the developer account associated with popular developer app Dash, a utility tool providing offline API documentation, has been terminated by Apple. Consequently, both Dash apps for iOS and macOS have been pulled from the respective App Stores, crippling the developer’s business model in an instant without any explanation. The iOS app cannot be sold outside of the App Store, but the Mac version is now only available through the developer’s site.

What is particularly strange is that Apple gave no reason for the removal, after years of Dash existing in the App Store without issue. In a blog post describing the situation, the company says they literally “don’t know” what happened …


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AWT News Update: October 5, 2016

Photo by airline passenger Brian Green, via The Verge.

Today we welcome Pagico 8 as our sponsor of Apple World Today and our podcasts. Be sure to check out this cross-platform data and task management app that will keep you and your business running smoothly. In our Apple-related news bits today:

  • A Samsung Galaxy Note 7 owner moves to iPhone 7 after his replacement phone catches on fire and a plane is evacuated as a result (see photo above)
  • Apple assembly partner Foxconn now has 40,000 robots working in factories
  • Apple's first iOS Developer Academy opens this week near Naples, Italy
  • Apple assures everyone that the iPhone 7 camera lenses are indeed covered with sapphire

The text version of the podcast can be viewed below. To listen to the podcast here, click the play button on the player below.


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Replacement Samsung Galaxy Note 7 catches fire on...

Southwest Airlines flight 994 from Louisville to Baltimore was evacuated this morning while still at the gate because of a smoking Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone. All passengers and crew exited the plane via the main cabin door and no injuries were reported, a Southwest Airlines spokesperson told The Verge.

More worryingly, the phone in question was a replacement Galaxy Note 7, one that was deemed to be safe by Samsung.

People, get rid of this shit now and keep the rest of us safe.

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Did Apple reschedule its earnings call so it could...

Apple had set a date for its quarterly earnings call later this month, then that date mysteriously changed.

Apple has rescheduled its FY16 fourth quarter earnings call to Tuesday, October 25. Originally, Tim Cook and company had planned to publicly share quarterly earnings with shareholders on Thursday, October 27. The speculation is that the earnings call date was changed in order to accommodate the announcement of a new MacBook Pro.

Why Tuesday Oct. 25 and not Thursday Oct. 27? I wonder ...

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Apple's first European iOS Developer Academy...

On Thursday, Apple will open its first European training academy at the University of Naples Federico II's San Giovanni campus in Italy, with a first wave of 200 students enrolled.

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iOS 10 tips: Apple Music app updates help users...

Apple's newly released iOS 10 features a revamped Music app and updated Apple Music service. These changes make life a bit easier in terms of listening to, and accessing, music on Apple devices. Here's how to take full advantage of them.

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Apple’s first iOS App Development Center opens in...

Apple first announced plans for an iOS App Development Center in Naples earlier this year, confirming in July that the location would open this October. Now, The Guardian reports that Apple’s iOS Developer Academy will open in Naples this week, hosting 200 students for its inaugural program.


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Apple supplier Foxconn so far up to 40,000 '...

Apple's main assembly partner, Foxconn, has so far installed 40,000 production robots across China as it looks to minimize the number of people it employs, reports noted on Wednesday.

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Research shows intense interest in Apple MacBooks,...

Research data gathered in the summer of 2016 on interest in Apple's laptop lines suggest that any new release, despite the MacBook Pro having lain fallow for over a year, will generate both intense traffic and very high sales.

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Notable apps and app updates for Oct. 5, 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.

macOS Apps/Updates

FxFactory has launched EPICOLOR, a digital color processing plug-in for Apple’s Final Cut Pro X and Motion tools. It’s designed to completely automate primary color-correction. 


EPICOLOR is an artificial intelligence tool. It creates a natural look by dragging it onto a clip in the timeline. You can then give your film a special look using  the app’s interface. EPICOLOR lets you save your own presets as a file to share and it supports the use of third party LUTs.

EPICOLOR costs $99. A demo is available for download. 

Quark Software has released the October Update for QuarkXPress 2016, adding macOS Sierra...

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Apple issues second public beta of iOS 10.1

A day after issuing a second developer seed of iOS 10.1, Apple has released a matching public beta, cleaning up bugs on the way to the update's final release.

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How-To: Use Apple Pay on the web with Safari in iOS...

Thanks to macOS Sierra and iOS 10, you can now use Apple Pay on the web through Safari. Apple Pay was previously not available on the Mac and required apps for use on the iPhone and iPad. Apple Pay makes checking out online secure and convenient without the need to fill out billing and shipping information with an online form. Here’s how to get started with Apple Pay on the web:


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Samsung Galaxy fire blamed in evacuation of...

Southwest Airlines evacuated 75 passengers from a flight preparing to take off from Louisville Airport in Kentucky after smoke from a Samsung Galaxy phone filled the cabin. The phone was a replacement Galaxy Note 7 that had been powered down for takeoff.

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How about a 'Think Different' poster to...

Remember the "Think Different" ad campaign Apple launched in 1997? It was one of the most brilliant ad campaigns ever conceived -- and I'd love to see a one-off revival to honor Steve Jobs in the form of an “official” poster from Apple. Today is the five-year anniversary of his death.

The "Think Different" slogan was created by the Los Angeles office of advertising agency TBWA\Chiat\Day. It was used in a TV commercial, several print advertisements and a number of TV promos for Apple products. Shortened versions of the text were used in two television commercials, known as "Crazy Ones," which had a voiceover by actor Richard Dreyfuss. (There was also an unaired version featured the voice of Jobs himself.)

A one-minute commercial featured black-and-white footage of 17 iconic 20th century personalities: Albert Einstein, Bob Dylan,...

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A revved MacBook Pro will be a big seller; Apple...

If Apple does release a new MacBook Pro this month — and I’m 99.99% certain it will — it looks to be a big seller. According to new research from 1010data, online sales of laptops from the summer of 2016 reached $2.2 billion and grew 12% year over year.  

1010data uncovered how consumer purchases impacted the biggest players in the laptop space online from June – August 2016.  And it turns out that Apple is winning as a brand and as a retailer. This info comes from 1010data’s Ecom Insights Panel, which utilizes a number of sources of consumer spending data representing millions of consumers to provide an accurate assessment of online and offline retail sales and market share.

From June to August 2016, the top laptop brands by sales (in other words, dollars) were: Apple, Dell, ASUS, HP, Lenovo, Acer, MSI, Toshiba, and Microsoft.  

Apple preserved its spot as the number one laptop brand based on sales this...

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Apple's Cook & Cue make Vanity Fair '...

Apple executives Tim Cook and Eddy Cue both claimed spots in Vanity Fair's annual "New Establishment" list on Wednesday, even as Cook once again paid tribute to his famous predecessor -- Steve Jobs -- on the fifth anniversary of his death.

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Rumor: Apple considering purchasing Netflix (and...

According to R.W. Baird financial analyst William Power, and reported initially by MarketWatch, Disney and (to a lesser degree) Apple are considering scooping up Netflix. I doubt it will happen, but there are valid reasons for our favorite tech company to make such a move.

The 2015 Statista’s Digital Market Outlook found that annual revenues from video streaming and downloads are expected to grow by more than US$6 billion by 2020 – almost four times the expected growth of the digital music market. Considering that subscription-based streaming is the primary growth driver in the online video market, it would make sense for Apple to get into the game.

An Apple-Netflix combo would create a media powerhouse in the film and movie industry. This would mean the movie industry might not be able to press back against...

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: 1st Gen Apple Watch Stainless...

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Daily Deals: 1st. Gen Apple Watch Stainless Steel + free Sport Band...

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Say goodbye to Apple's third-generation Apple TV

It had a good run, but the 4-year-old third-generation Apple TV is being quietly phased out.

Apple confirmed that it was discontinuing the set-top box in an email to staffers obtained by 9to5Mac.

The move isn’t surprising. The fourth-generation Apple TV released last year was a dramatic reenvisioning of Apple’s plans for television, even if its long-rumored streaming service fell apart in the 11th hour, according to reports at the time. The now year-old model features its own App Store, with the older TV’s channels rebooted as apps you can download from a store (as opposed to...

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Five years after Steve Jobs: An Apple with the...

Five years ago today, Steve Jobs passed away -- just one day after Apple introduced Siri on the new iPhone 4s. While the pundit press immediately dreamed of a rapid collapse of Apple in his absence, instead the company Jobs cofounded spiraled upward to become the largest and most profitable ever. Why were they all so very wrong?

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iPhone 7 performance leaves Google Pixel far behind

Good try, Google. The new Google Pixel phones were released yesterday to much hoopla, but not before a lot of leaks made the world aware of the features and foibles of the latest smartphones from Google-land. Not only were most pundits aware ahead of yesterday's announcements that the Pixel would look remarkably like an iPhone 7, but benchmarks began showing up in Geekbench 4 several weeks ago. Despite Google's best try at making the Pixel phones just like the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, they're lacking in sheer performance.

The Pixel and Pixel XL phones are coming in at about 4100 on the Geekbench listings for multiple core performance, and about 1580 for single core. By comparison, the iPhone 7 scores are around 5600, with a single core score of about 3430. 

Even the iPhone 6s Plus from 13 months ago handily trashes the Google Pixel, with a multiple core rating of 4106 and single core score of 2508. Even Apple's "entry...

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Google Plasters Its Name on a New Hardware Collection

Google on Tuesday unveiled a new smartphone and home hub that squarely aim at products from market leaders Apple and Amazon. The company's new branded smartphone, called "Pixel," marks a departure from past efforts. Up to now, Google's Nexus phones were made by a variety of manufacturers that sold them under their brands. "Google is trying to position itself as a complete supplier rather than simply offering Nexus-branded handsets that were rebatched by another company," said Jeff Orr, senior practice director for mobile devices at ABI Research.

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Investors buoyed by report claiming Apple, Disney...

Hot on the heels of rumors that Disney was investigating buying social media platform Twitter, now Netflix is said to under scrutiny by Disney and possibly Apple for a buyout bid, allowing either company to greatly expand on media delivery to cord-cutters.

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OurMine retaliates against BuzzFeed for exposing an...

The account hijackers at OurMine are fond of intruding into the personal worlds of their celebrity targets, but they don't respond kindly when someone turns the tables. BuzzFeed is recovering after OurMine compromised its website in retaliation for...

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∞ Crushing metal pipes with hydraulic press

How much fun would it be to have one of these presses? I’d be crushing things all day long.

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macOS, Windows Spotify Free users plagued by...

Music streaming service Spotify has apparently been serving up malware-laden websites to users of its free ad-supported service, but at this time it is having little effect on Mac users other than inconvenience.

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Apple holds top spot with $178B value in annual...

For the fourth year in a row, Interbrand has ranked Apple as the most valuable brand in the world, though the company didn't chart in a list of the fastest-growing brands.

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Deals: Up to $435 off 2015 12" MacBooks; iPhone...

Shoppers this week can save $300-$435 on 2015 12" MacBooks with exclusive coupon savings. Verizon Wireless is also offering customers a 32GB iPhone 7 for $99.99 with a qualifying trade. An EasilyDo lifetime subscription is 90% off as well.

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Happy belated birthday, Siri

Siri, I am so, so sorry.

I missed telling our readers about your birthday yesterday, even after I took some amazing screenshots where you and I talked about how you were now five years old. You really don't look a day over three!

Anyway, I didn't get you anything...except that new iPhone 7 Plus to hang out in, and we now talk all the time on my iMac and Apple Watch, so hopefully you'll forgive me for not telling everyone. OK?

Siri? Hello? Um, why did you just erase all of my appointments? Siri? Siri??!

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Apple's Use Of 'Sapphire' in iPhone...

An anonymous reader writes: Apple has been using sapphire on its iPhone camera lenses for a few years now since the launch of the iPhone 5S, but it might not be as scratch resistant as you'd expect. A new video raises questions over Apple's use of sapphire in its iPhone camera lens, and includes scratch tests to rate its durability. While Apple claims it uses sapphire crystal in its iPhone lens, tests by YouTuber JerryRigEverything show that Apple could be using a more cost effective sapphire laminate on top of regular glass. JerryRigEverything tested Apple's iPhone lens with an XRF machine and electron microscope, and concluded that Apple doesn't use pure sapphire in its lenses. The underside of the lens contains less sapphire than the exposed part, and a scratching comparison with a Tissot sapphire watch showed that the lens cover will scratch at a level 6 on Mohs Scale of Hardness, compared to level 8 for the Tissot watch.


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Yahoo’s official response to Reuters spy report

Sam Biddle, writing for The Intercept:

After Tuesday’s revelatory story by Reuters’ Joseph Menn that exposed an apparent vast, secret, government-ordered email surveillance program at Yahoo, the company has issued a brief statement through Joele Frank, a public relations firm.

Here’s a link to the Reuters article in question.

Yahoo’s email statement, via Jacob Silber of the Joele Frank communications firm:

Good morning –

We are reaching out on behalf of Yahoo regarding yesterday’s Reuters article. Yahoo said in a statement:

“The article is misleading. We narrowly interpret every government request for user data to minimize disclosure. The mail scanning described in the article does not exist on our systems.”


The Joele Frank Team

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Reuters' Joseph Menn reported yesterday that Yahoo had reportedly created custom software that would scan all incoming emails in real-time, and flag any that contained certain pre-defined keywords. Yahoo hasn't denied it, saying in a brief statement only that "Yahoo is a law-abiding company and complies with the laws of the United States.”

Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and Twitter said they never have, and would never do, such a thing. Apple, which is known for its strident privacy stance, says it has never been asked to do anything like this. "We have never received a request of this type. If we were to receive one, we would oppose it in court,"...

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Tim Cook tweets about Steve Jobs on the fifth...

Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple and its long-time CEO, died Oct. 5, 2011, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 56. Apple CEO Tim Cook has tweeted in remembrance of his predecessor and his impact on the world at large.

He noted: ”Most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition." Remembering Steve and the many ways he changed our world.

The following is the Telegraph's obituary at the time of Jobs’ death: Steve Jobs, who died on October 5 aged 56, was the visionary co-founder, and later chief executive, of Apple, makers of the Macintosh computer, the iMac, the iPod, iPad, and iPhone, and the man behind the astonishing success of the computer animation firm Pixar, makers of Toy Story and Finding Nemo; in consequence he did more to determine what films we watch, how we listen to...

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Apple quietly discontinues the $69 third-gen Apple TV

Enlarge / The fourth-generation Apple TV (left) next to the third-gen model. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

According to an internal e-mail obtained by 9to5Mac, Apple has completely discontinued the third-generation Apple TV and will stop selling it as soon as it fulfills all current orders for the device. It's the end of a long road for that Apple TV model, which was introduced in 2012, updated internally in 2013, and discounted to $69 in 2015. Apple is still selling the fourth-generation model with no changes to...

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Targus introduces a USB-C laptop docking station

Targus has launched the $199.99 USB-C Universal Docking Station (DOCK410USZ), a compact 4K docking station that supports USB-C technology. It works with the 12-inch Apple MacBook.

The USB-C Universal Docking Station can connect up to two high-definition displays for images at resolutions up to 3840 x 2160. Its ergonomic wedge design supports the laptop for comfortable typing, and its compact size fits in the hot-desking, flexible environments of modern workspaces, according to Ron DeCamp, director of Product Management, Targus.

The Targus USB-C Universal Docking Station has these connectivity ports: 

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The Week in Mac Accessories: Resist MacBook theft...

Better bags

This week’s roundup includes several bags that make it difficult for thieves to make off with your MacBook. Read on!

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Apricity: Slip Into Something More Comfortable

Apricity OS is a great, two-pronged Linux distro that recently reached a milestone that will ensure its continued success. Apricity's first public beta, which was GNOME-only, was released more than a year ago. A choice of either the GNOME or Cinnamon desktops later became available in the monthly development snapshot releases. This rolling release delivery method already provided a pleasant computing experience. Both desktop versions performed well. Each monthly build brought more functionality.

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Study claims Apple avoided paying $65.08B in US...

Apple managed to avoid paying $65.08 billion in U.S. taxes last year by keeping $218.55 billion offshore, according to a study produced by an activist group and a non-partisan think tank.

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The origin of the “comic book font”


Phil Edwards, writing for Vox:

Comic book culture is mass culture — even lacrosse moms and field hockey dads who’ve never been in a comic book store can recognize the “comic book font.”

But calling it a font is a misnomer — as the above video shows, this distinctive style of handwriting is an aesthetic shaped by culture, technology, and really cheap paper.

Watch the video, embedded in the original post.

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Google Assistant will live in three places, each...

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Jacob Kastrenakes, writing for The Verge:

Nailing down exactly what the Google Assistant is capable of can be strangely difficult right now. That’s because Google currently has three different ways to use the Google Assistant. Google says it’s the same Assistant in each place, but it can (and can’t) do different things depending on where you use it.

  • Google Assistant on Google Home (the new speaker)
  • Google Assistant on Pixel (the new phones)
  • Google Assistant on Allo (the new-ish chat app)

At its core, Google Assistant is a model of you, with threads through your life, your calendar, your photos and other media, your travel plans, food ordering habits, etc. Each of these examples is a window into your Google model and a well-defined read and write access to that model.

One of the challenges to creating this sort of model is the ability to keep that model online and distributed. Ideally,...

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Apple ecosystem key to company remaining world’s...

Interbrand’s annual brand value report lists Apple as the world’s most valuable brand for the fourth year running, estimating the total worth of the brand at $178B, up 5% on the previous year. Apple first knocked Coca-Cola out of Interbrand’s top slot in 2013.

Apple is a technology company that leads innovation with their products and software platforms, providing seamless experiences across devices, and empowering people with breakthrough services.

The company says that Apple’s ecosystem is the biggest contributor to the value of the brand …


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Apple discontinues third-generation Apple TV,...

Chance Miller, writing for 9to5mac:

The gradual death of the third-gen Apple TV is continuing this evening, as Apple has officially discontinued the device. In an email sent out today to employees and education partners, obtained by 9to5Mac, Apple confirmed that it is discontinuing the device, shifting its focus entirely to the fourth-gen, tvOS-powered model and possibly a new model.

I have a third-gen Apple TV and it still works well. Perfect solution to add Netflix, Hulu, etc. to a lower-use TV. If I could get another one at a heavily discounted price, I’d snap it up in a heartbeat.


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Apple's iPhone 7 handily outperforms new Google...

The Google Pixel phone officially revealed on Tuesday wasn't a well-kept a secret prior to release, and as a result there are a large number of benchmarks available. They show the phone's raw performance lags far behind that of the iPhone 7, and is even defeated in single-core performance by the iPhone 6s and iPhone SE.

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Apple Pay adds support for 25+ more U.S. banks...

Apple today added support for its Apple Pay service for a long list of new banks and credit unions in the US, as well as the addition of support for Visa and debit cards for Desjardins customers in Canada.


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Apple is the 'Best Global Brand' for the...

Apple remains the world's most valuable brand this year, topping Interbrand's annual rankings of the Best Global Brands for the fourth consecutive year. Apple’s brand value grew by 5% to US$178 million.

Coming in second, Google’s brand value rose 11% to $133 million. Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Toyota, IBM, Samsung, Amazon, Mercedes-Benz and GE round out the Top 10. Dior and Tesla enter the Best Global Brands report for the first time, at #89 and #100 respectively. The world’s five Top Growing Brands include Facebook (48% growth), Amazon (33%), LEGO (25%), Nissan (22%) and Adobe (21%).

Interbrand’s 17th annual report analyzes how brands help grow businesses—from delivering on customer expectations to driving economic value. The ranking is based on three key components that contribute to a brand’s cumulative...

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∞ One thing Google’s Pixel offers that Apple doesn’t

From the fine print at the bottom of Google’s official Pixel Phone page:

Unlimited backups for photos and videos taken with your Pixel. Requires Google account. Data rates may apply.

There are a number of fronts in the battle between Google and Apple for the hearts and minds of smartphone users. One well-defined line in the sand is for media storage. Do you pay a monthly fee for an iCloud account to store your photos, as well as updates and backups?

Google has thrown down the gauntlet, offering free unlimited media storage for Pixel buyers. This move will be difficult for other Android phone manufacturers to match, since the photos go to Google’s servers, even if the phone is made by, say, Samsung.

Apple does control the entire path from camera to photo storage. The question is, will Apple address this challenge directly?

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Goodbye, third generation Apple TV

Apple has discontinued the third-generation Apple TV, removing it from its online store, notes 9to5Mac. Links to it now send you to the page for the fourth-generation Apple TV. 

The Apple TV 3 was introduced in 2012 and was updated a year later. Since then, Apple has shifted its focus to the fourth gen model and tvOS. Currently, Apple is still selling refurbished models of the third-gen Apple TV for $59; however, supply is limited.

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Survey: enterprise IT folks don't find Apple...

Enterprise IT folks have mixed feelings about Apple, according to a survey of 900 of them from Spiceworks — as noted by Business Insider. Still, Apple ranked second only to Dell in terms of hardware brands discussed by IT pros on the social networking site for IT professionals.

According to the survey, IT folks don’t consider Apple a particularly "innovative" brand to watch in 2017. Only 16% surveyed believed that it was. One reason that the company’s reputation for innovation has fallen is that it’s not considered much of a player in the upcoming tech trends that IT pros are watching and talking about: 3D printers, the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and intelligent assistants. 

Google and Amazon are the top two companies IT...

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Multiple reports of Spotify Free ads launching...

There have been multiple reports of Spotify Free ads launching malware on all platforms – including in Safari on Macs. This is not the first time the issue has occurred, the company apologising after a previous incident back in 2011 …


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Hey Apple, what’s the scheduling conflict?

Philip Elmer-DeWitt, writing for Apple 3.0:

Apple has moved up by two days its final quarterly earnings call of fiscal 2016 due to what Apple Investor Relations calls a “scheduling conflict.”

What’s the conflict? Why Tuesday Oct. 25 and not Thursday Oct. 27? Apple didn’t say, and reporters’ inquiries (including mine) were met with silence.

And, among the rumors encountered for the change:

The best guess for the date shift, in my book, was also the most popular:

A launch event for new Macs

Just food for thought, here are the October events since 2010:

  • Oct 20, 2010, Wednesday – Back to the Mac
  • Oct 4, 2011, Tuesday – iPhone 4s
  • Oct 23, 2012, Tuesday – iMac, iPad 4th Generation, iPad mini, Mac mini and MacBook Pro 13 inch
  • Oct 22, 2013, Tuesday – iPad Air, iPad mini with Retina display
  • Oct 16, 2014, Thursday – iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3, 27-inch iMac

Notably, there was no October event...

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Apple apparently discontinues third-gen Apple TV...

It’s been some time coming.

Apple has officially discontinued the third-gen Apple TV set-top box. In an email sent out today to employees and education partners, Apple confirmed that it is discontinuing the device, shifting its focus entirely to the fourth-gen, tvOS-powered model.

In the email, Apple explained that it would fulfill order backlog for the device, but pointed partners towards the other available products for new purchases.

Apple offered the following explanation in the email:

Effective immediately, Apple TV (3rd generation), MD/199LL/A, has reached end of life and is now discontinued. The Apple Supply team is going to fulfill all shippable backlog.

This has been in the works for a while. As of September, Apple...

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Comment: Apple’s rescheduled earnings call could...

When the largest company in the world changes the date of a quarterly earnings call, there has to be a good reason. It’s not the sort of thing you do on a whim.

Apple has done this once before, and there was indeed a very good reason, which it shared with us: to allow senior Apple execs to attend the memorial service of long-standing board member Bill Campbell.

This time, however, no explanation has been offered, and enquiries by reporters have received no response. I’m with Philip Elmer-DeWitt in thinking that there’s one very...

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Apple Pay launches in Russia, becomes 10th country...

You can now use Apple Pay in Russia, comrade.

Apple launched Apple Pay in Russia on Tuesday, marking the 10th country in which Apple Pay has gone online, following the United States, Britain, Canada and others.

Apple Pay first went online in 2015 and will operate via partners Sberbank and Mastercard in Russia.

To use Apple Pay, consumers tap their iPhone over payment terminals to buy coffee, train tickets and other services. It can be also used at vending machines that accept contactless payments.

If you’re in Russia and have a chance to try Apple Pay, please let us know about the experience in the comments.

Via Reuters

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Daily Deal: The iPhone Family Pack keeps all your...

For a lot of families, it's almost impossible to keep files, content like music and photos, and information from apps like Calendar and Contacts synched across devices. Family sharing in iCloud can be mind-bogglingly confusing, and more often than not family members need to log in and out using multiple Apple IDs to merge data. Today's deal includes three Mac apps that make it simple to keep everything running smoothly across a number of iPhones. We call it the "iPhone Family Pack", and it's available for 85% off the usual price for just $23.99.

What's in the Family Pack? Let's go through the apps:

AnyTrans for Mac (Family License)

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How to set up two-step verification for your Apple ID

Two-factor authentication is an extra layer of security for your Apple ID designed to ensure that you're the only person who can access your account, even if someone knows your password. It’s a useful feature. It requires you to verify your identity using one of your devices or another approved method before you can:

  • Sign in to your Apple ID account page
  • Sign in to iCloud on a new device or at
  • Sign in to iMessage, Game Center, or FaceTime
  • Make an iTunes, iBooks, or App Store purchase from a new device 
  • Get Apple ID related support from Apple.

To set up two-step verification:

  • Sign in to your Apple ID account page.
  • Under Two-Step Verification, click Get Started.
  • Answer your security questions and follow the steps to finish your set up...
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As latest govt surveillance on Yahoo revealed, end-...

While some have questioned the need for strong encryption to protect simple chats between friends, the continuing revelations of mass surveillance by governments does make the issue a matter of principle for some. Just yesterday it was revealed that Yahoo likely allowed the government to scan all of its users’ emails. And, as I’ve argued before, we all have perfectly innocent things to hide.

Facebook began testing Secret Conversations – Facebook Messenger chats protected by end-to-end encryption – back in July, promising a wider rollout later in the year. The company has now told ...

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The Drobo 5C is a great product for local storage...

I’ve long argued that the “cloud” is fine for storing and backing up data — as long as you also have a local copy. Sorry, Apple, but I’m simply not wiling to trust you — or any company will safeguarding all my valuable data. Which is why the newly introduced Drobo 5C with USB-C connectivity is a great product.

Aggressively priced at $349, it has a durable metal chassis and five bays into which you can place a combination of 3.5-inch hard disk or solid state drives. They simply click into place after removing the magnetically attached faceplate. You don’t need a single tool to install or remove a drive into the Drobo 5C.

Drobo devices can be set up for either single or dual drive redundancy, meaning that one or two drives can fail simultaneously without loss of data. Drives are easily hot-swappable. You can start off with two or three drives of relatively small size (say, 1TB), then add more and larger drives (up to 6TB) as your storage...

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Remembering Steve Jobs 5 years on [video]

Update: We’ve been directed to remove the video. Apologies.

The Apple community and the world lost Steve Jobs five years ago today.  Enjoy some of the lighter yet interesting, behind the scenes sides of Apple’s co-founder and “Spirit and DNA” of the company in these never before seen in public clips that were passed to us a few years ago.

"Most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition." Remembering Steve and the many ways he changed our world.

— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) October 5, 2016

Via 9to5mac Youtube channel, subscribe for more.

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​Pagico 8: Cross-platform task and data management,...

On September 30, the developers at NOTES 17 released the latest version of their cross-platform task and data management app — Pagico 8. Apple World Today is honored to be sponsored by Pagico 8 this week, and we’d like to share details of the updated app with you.

When we say that Pagico is cross-platform, we mean it — there are versions for Mac, Windows, and Ubuntu, as well as Pagico Plus for iOS and Android. All take full advantage of built-in cloud syncing to your data is always available wherever you are. Pagico works for individuals who wish to get organized and become more productive, and is also scalable for workgroups from four to unlimited participants.

Contact information (see image above) for your clients, project team, and suppliers gets the royal treatment, with automatic links to mentions, notes, files and even tasks in which a contact has a role. Pagico organizes everything in your...

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Yahoo created program to scan customer emails for U....

A report on Tuesday claims Yahoo last year cooperated with U.S. government agency requests to create and deploy software that scanned hundreds of millions of customer emails as they arrived at the company's servers.

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Apple, Google, Microsoft: We Have No Government...

Apple, Google and Microsoft -- three of the largest technology companies in the U.S. -- have each said they don't scan all incoming messages for the U.S. government, which is exactly what Yahoo does. According to Reuters, Yahoo secretly built a custom software program last year to search all of its customers' incoming emails for specific information provided by U.S. intelligence officials. The company complied with a classified U.S. government directive, scanning hundreds of millions of Yahoo Mail accounts at the behest of the National Security Agency or FBI. Vocativ reports: In a statement, a Microsoft spokesperson told Vocativ that "We have never engaged in the secret scanning of email traffic like what has been reported today about Yahoo." While Apple declined to give a statement on the record, a representative for the company did, in response to Vocativ's question, refer to CEO Tim Cook's official letter on consumer privacy, which reads in part: "I want to be absolutely clear...

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Tech companies respond to Yahoo spying on users for...

What the hell were they thinking.

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Apple seemingly discontinues third-gen Apple TV,...

The gradual death of the third-gen Apple TV is continuing this evening, as Apple has officially discontinued the device. In an email sent out today to employees and education partners, obtained by 9to5Mac, Apple confirmed that it is discontinuing the device, shifting its focus entirely to the fourth-gen, tvOS-powered model.


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∞ Metallica: Moth Into Flame

James Hetfield is one of the greatest.

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Beats by Dre marketing chief to leave company in...

Omar Johnson, Beats by Dre chief marketing officer, on Tuesday announced he will leave the company in November after architecting a brand campaign some deem responsible for Beats' high-flying success.

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PSA: The Apple Watch Series 1 is just as fast as...

There seems to be a bit of confusion about the differences between the Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 2. To be sure, there are several differences between the two. We addressed these in our previous Apple Watch walkthrough, but speed isn’t among those differences.

The point is, if you’re just looking for a faster, more agile Apple Watch, then you’ll be happy with any of the watches that you can currently buy from Apple. The company has discontinued the original, notoriously slow Apple Watch (Series 0), so anything you purchase in store or online will be one of the new, faster models. more…

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Apple executives net nearly $10M each in vested...

Six of Apple's top executives, including SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue and SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller, each saw 87,578 restricted stock units worth nearly $10 million vest as part of an award granted in 2014.

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8 times Google savagely burned Apple during the...

It burns! It burns!!!

Hot on the heels of Apple’s big fall event, Google held an event of their own on Tuesday. The company announced a plethora of new products, including two new Android phones (the Pixel and Pixel XL), an updated Chromecast dongle (the Chromecast Ultra), a VR headset (the Daydream View), and some connected-home devices (...

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AWT News Update: October 4, 2016

Did we say "Apple World Today News Update"? We're sorry, but all of the news today is about Google's announcements. Of course, they DO have an impact on Apple and there are some comparisons we can make both pro and con. Here's what came out today:

  • Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones; probably the biggest impact to Apple will be the fact that the Pixel phones have a very good camera rating
  • Google Daydream, a VR headset that will hopefully be given iOS compatibility in the future
  • Google Home; think of this as Amazon Echo without Alexa and using Google Assistant instead
  • Google Wi-Fi, a router that can be bought in a 3-pack for network extension
  • and last but not least, the Google Chromecast Ultra, which unlike the 4th-generation Apple TV, actually supports 4K streaming

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