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Friday January 22

13:00
Yamaha Montage replaces Motif synthesizers

For more than 40 years, Yamaha has developed industry-leading synthesizers, from the revolutionary DX7 in the 1980s to the renowned Motif series – one of the best-selling synthesizers of all time. Now, Yamaha raises the bar again with Montage. Montage, available in 61-, 76- and 88-key configurations, features the Motion Control Synthesizer Engine, a powerful and intuitive way to interact with and control sound.

I never thought I’d see Motif get replaced, but Yamaha did quite a job with the Montage. This is an impressive synth.

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12:56
Yamaha’s Revstar electric guitars

Inspired by raw power and performance, Revstar’s sound is as unique and bold as its aesthetic. Working to evoke a visceral, unbridled power and an individual, organic tone that is made possible only by considering every detail, Yamaha’s engineers chose materials carefully and designed custom pickups to make sure Revstar sounds as stunning as it looks.

I had a demo of these guitars today and I must say, I was impressed. They have a presence in look and feel that many guitars are missing these days. They aren’t heavy, but they are solid when you play them. I wouldn’t hesitate adding one of these to my collection.

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12:53
Apple to update Apple Watch in mid-March with new...

Jeff Williams announcing September Apple Watch updates – AFP

In addition to launching a new 4-inch iPhone likely called the “iPhone 5se,” Apple plans to announce new Apple Watch models in March. The new lineup will be similar to the September 2015 Apple Watch revision, bringing a series of new band color options to the Apple Watch lineup. We are also told that entirely new bands made out of new materials are in development in addition to partnerships with firms beyond Hermes. Last year, Apple had discussed partnering up with popular third-party accessory makers, such as Incase, in some official fashion, but it is...

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12:50
TF Mixer series

With the TouchFlow Operation interface optimized for touch panel control, experienced engineers as well as newcomers to the field will find it easier than ever to achieve the ideal mix. Recallable D-PRE™ preamplifiers support sound quality that will satisfy the most discerning professional ears, while advanced live recording features and seamless operation with high-performance I/O racks give these compact digital mixers capabilities that make them outstanding choices for a wide range of applications. Experience the intuitive control and creative freedom that a truly evolved digital console can provide.

Yamaha made these mixers as foolproof as possible. They have a touchscreen display and a ton of presets preconfigured for each instrument in the band. You can also use an iPad to configure settings away from the mixer, so you can go onstage or anywhere in the room and check your sound. If I was going to buy a mixer today, I’d take a serious look at the TF series.

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12:49
Snap-Happy Trojan Targets Linux Servers


Security researchers at Dr.Web on Tuesday revealed details of the Trojan Linux.Ekoms.1, which takes screen shots and records audio to acquire sensitive and personal information, mostly from Linux servers. Malware for Linux is becoming more diverse and includes spyware programs, ransomware and Trojans designed to carry out distributed denial-of-service attacks, according to Dr.Web. Researchers did not assess the severity of the threat once the malware infects computers.

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12:46
Steinberg releases the UR22mkII audio interface

Record and compose music in studio quality on your laptop or iPad with the UR22mkII. With outstanding audio and build quality for its price class, the UR22mkII combines choice components with advanced connectivity and flexible I/O options to offer a full-on mobile production platform.

I love what Yamaha does with their new interfaces, making them compatible with iOS and Mac. I had a look at this today and it was impressive.

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12:44
Rumor: Apple's new 4-inch handset will be...

Apple's new, smaller iPhone model expected to launch in the coming months will be a "special edition" version of the iPhone 5s, and will accordingly be named the "iPhone 5se," a new rumor claims.

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12:06
Apple readies ’iPhone 5se’, not ‘6c’, for March/...

That purported 4-inch “iPhone 6c” floating around the web yesterday? It’s fake, according to sources who have used the upcoming iPhone with a 4-inch display. Instead of releasing a smaller version of the iPhone 6s in order to appease potential customers seeking an iPhone with a screen smaller than 4.7 or 5.5-inches, Apple is upgrading the existing iPhone 5s that was first released in fall 2013. Also contrary to rumors, the device is not a preview of the iPhone 7 as it will mostly retain the 5s’s design and still include a headphone jack…

The new device is internally codenamed “N69,” but the launch name will likely be the “...

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11:25
Data suggests Apple's iPhone Upgrade Program...

New data from Citizen's Financial Group suggests Apple's loan partner has financed some 250,000 iPhones through the newly launched iPhone Upgrade Program, according to calculations from investment firm Piper Jaffray.

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10:54
Apps shine in new 30-second Apple TV spot

This is sort of interesting.

After years of stating that the Apple TV set top box was a “hobby”, this is really the first commercial that declares that the device is a serious thing. The new 30-second Apple TV spot takes a focused look at apps and changes to suit an array of different popular apps on the platform. One second, the chicken mascot from Crossy Road is bursting out of the Apple TV, while the next second sees the box turning into the iron throne from Game of Thrones.

The new device uses tvOS as its foundation, which has drawn more app developers to it.

Take a look and see what you think:

Via iMore

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10:54
Apple a lurking factor in bidding war over Sharp,...

The two entities bidding for control of Sharp -- Hon Hai and Innovation Network Corp. -- are both ultimately doing so with Apple as a major factor, a report said on Friday.

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10:48
Why the feature-light iOS 9.2.1 security update...

Three days ago Apple released an iOS 9.2.1 update with seemingly arbitrary ‘security updates and bug fixes’ listed in the release notes. As we’ve seen time and time again with these type of software updates, most often these small updates seem to go ignored by the general public. We stress how important it is to keep your device up to date, even with small security updates like this.

As is customary after Apple releases a security update version of iOS, the firms and people that discovered the vulnerabilities are coming out explaining how and why these security updates matter. Apple has already included a breakdown of what security issues were resolved in iOS 9.2.1, but it’s still nice to get a further detailed look into what made the vulnerabilities ...

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10:33
Hermes begins selling its exclusive Apple Watch...

Availability of the Apple Watch Herm?s has expanded online, as the French fashion house is now selling its exclusive collection of custom wearables via its website.

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10:23
Apple renews its partnership with (RED)

With UNAIDS data showing that mother-to-child transmission of HIV could be effectively ended as early as 2020, Apple, América Móvil, Bank of America, Belvedere, GAP, SAP, Starbucks and The Coca-Cola Company have renewed their partnerships with (RED) in support of reaching this goal, with NetJets, Salesforce and Tradeshift also announcing new partnerships with (RED) — the AIDS organization founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver — to fight AIDS.

This week marks 10 years since the 2006 inception of (RED) at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Founded to create a sustainable flow of private sector money for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and heat around the AIDS issue, (RED)'s partners, special events and many extraordinary collaborators have generated $350 million for the AIDS fight since 2006. To mark the anniversary and doubling (RED)'s impact, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced that it will match every dollar generated by (RED...

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10:19
Here's how GM's Maven car sharing works

A few clicks of an app and you've reserved a car and can drive it away. There's integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto too.

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09:53
Apple Pay adds support for 50+ new banks and credit...

Apple has been steadily adding more banks to its list of those officially supported for Apple Pay, and today it adds yet another 50+ for users of the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch-based payment service. The new additions include a mix of banks and credit unions across the US, but don’t bring any newly supported institutions to users internationally. Head below for the full list of new banks and credit unions. 

Apple Pay is officially live in Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom in addition to the US, but the rollout of banks in other regions has lagged behind the US rollout considerably. While Apple supports hundreds of banks and credit unions in the US and adds another 50+ today, it only supports 15 in...

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09:44
How-To: Use Apple Watch faces as gorgeous Mac screen...

Even though I’ve owned a Mac for going on 5+ years now, I never thought I would actually end up using screen savers. But the launch of Aerial a few months ago, which I’ve been using daily ever since, has definitely changed my mind. Awesome Apple TV screen savers on the Mac is a win. And today I came across the Apple Watch Screen Saver for OS X by Rasmus Nielsen and immediately knew it would be my next screen saver of choice.

Incorporating over 80 combinations of the already recognizable and well designed Apple Watch faces, all in Retina display quality, it makes a great additional screen saver to have installed. For those unfamiliar with the process of installing new screen savers on the Mac, or just want an overview before starting, I’ve put together a small guide below to walk you through the...

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09:18
9to5Toys Last Call: iOS/Mac productivity app deals,...

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09:10
Apple Watch Hermès collection now available online...

After several months of limited availability in select retail stores across the globe, Apple Watch Hermès is now available to purchase online. Interestingly, that counters the initial point-of-sale strategy with the other three Apple Watch collections, which were at first only available to purchase online before hitting retail stores months later. Instead, the Apple Watch collection introduced in partnership with Hermès last fall enjoyed a more intimate point-of-sale experience with North American availability limited to Apple, Hermès, and Maxfield locations in LA, Miami, New York, San Francisco, and Toronto with a similar situation across Europe and Asia.

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09:03
No, Apple won’t buy Dish Network (acquiring Comcast...

Pundit Robert X. Cringely predicts in a new I, Cringely column that Apple will buy Dish Network, the American direct satellite TV broadcaster. Yours Truly says this will never happen.

Here’s Cringely’s reasoning: “It’s the only acquisition that will give Apple the kind of entry point they want into the TV business, allowing Cupertino to create overnight an over-the-top (OTT) Internet streaming video service — effectively an Internet cable system.

“Buying Dish would be a bold move for Apple because all the benefits Cupertino seeks aren’t obviously available. True, Dish has 14 million U.S. subscribers (I am one of those) who get 100+ channels of TV from the sky. True, Dish has an existing OTT streaming service called Sling that already offers a subset of the company’s cable channels. But it doesn’t necessarily follow that Dish could simply transfer its...

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08:59
External Link: NSA Director Defends Encryption

While FBI Director James Comey and Attorney General Loretta Lynch continue to rail against encryption, information security has gained another unlikely ally: NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers. During an address to the Atlantic Council think tank, Rogers said, “encryption is foundational to the future,” and cited the recent hack of the Office of Personnel Management as a reason to encourage encryption. “So spending time arguing about ‘hey, encryption is bad and we ought to do away with it’ … that’s a waste of time to me,” Rogers said. Rogers’s predecessor at the NSA, General Michael Hayden, also recently spoke out in favor of encryption.

 

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08:59
Report: Google is the default iPhone search engine...

Apple ditched Google Maps for its own native app in 2012, but the company is sticking with Google for the iPhone’s default search engine because Google pays Apple a ton of money for the privilege: $1 billion, to be exact.

That closely guarded sum was spilled in court transcripts from Java software maker Oracle’s lawsuit against Google, according to a Friday Bloomberg report. Oracle claims Google used Java to build its Android operating system without paying, and has been fighting the company for damages since 2010. Now Oracle is airing all of Google’s business for the world to see.

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08:22
New Samsung Pay TV ad takes shots at Apple Pay'...

A new Samsung TV ad, featuring comedian Hannibal Buress, continues a theme of pointing out that Samsung Pay can be used in stores where Apple Pay isn't supported.

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08:14
Apple Maps now includes four new Flyover locales,...

If nothing else, Apple Maps is getting fleshed out.

Apple announced that its Maps application now included four new Flyover locales, public transit data for Los Angeles, a European expansion of Nearby POI suggestions and Traffic data for Hong Kong and Mexico.

The additions include new Flyover support in Aomori, Japan; Bruges, Belgium; Lake Powell, Utah; and Limoges, France. Counting the four cities, Flyover is now available in 220 locales around the world.

Apple also flipped the switch on Traffic data for users in Hong Kong and Mexico, while residents in the Netherlands and the UK can now take advantage of iOS 9’s new Nearby feature, which points out automated, proximity-based search results of commonly queried points of interest. Results of nearby...

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07:52
Anandtech’s Apple iPad Pro review

Anandtech:

Overall, the iPad Pro has proven to be a very different experience for me than previous iPads. The design is definitely familiar, with the same industrial design and general feel as previous iPads scaled up to a 12.9” form factor.

On the SoC side, we’re finally seeing a major player in ARM SoCs directly competing with Intel on their home ground of sorts, and the results are at least somewhat shocking. Despite a handicap on process node, the CPU of the A9X isn’t all that far off from Skylake Core M. And while A9X can’t go toe-to-toe, Apple is for the first time capable of reaching Intel’s level for some workloads. Otherwise on the GPU side, Apple arguably bests Intel.

Here is the incredibly detailed iPad Pro review you’ve been waiting for.

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07:31
Mac users can now try out new Microsoft Office...

Microsoft opened up a beta test program for Windows users last November, letting Microsoft Office fanatics get early access to upcoming new features. Microsoft is now rolling out the program to the Mac, so OS X users can (optionally) join the beta program too. For the first round of the beta program, Microsoft will be adding inking and realtime typing / collaboration to PowerPoint. Expect these features in the ‘coming weeks’. More details available here.

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07:11
Google's Android revenue $31 billion over OS...

The Android operating system has reportedly generated $31 billion in revenues for Google since it first launched in 2008, creating $22 billion in profits largely from mobile advertising.

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07:11
Apple CEO Tim Cook met with Pope Francis in the...

Appleinsider:

A peek at the schedule of Pope Francis has revealed that the head of the Catholic Church met with Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook on Friday, though what the two discussed remains a mystery.

Carol Glatz of the National Catholic Reporter snapped a picture of the Pope’s schedule on Friday, revealing that the pontiff had a meeting scheduled with Cook at 11:30 a.m. local time. Tom Cheshire of Sky News later confirmed that the meeting took place, as highlighted by Business Insider.

Cook’s meeting with His Holiness comes one week after Pope Francis met with Eric Schmidt, CEO of Apple rival Alphabet.

Oh, to be a fly on the wall of that meeting.

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07:07
Google paid Apple $1 billion to keep search bar on...

Bloomberg:

Apple received $1 billion from its rival in 2014, according to a transcript of court proceedings from Oracle Corp.’s copyright lawsuit against Google. The search engine giant has an agreement with Apple that gives the iPhone maker a percentage of the revenue Google generates through the Apple device, an attorney for Oracle said at a Jan. 14 hearing in federal court.

Considering how valuable that piece of virtual property is, I bet Google thinks they got a bargain in the deal.

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07:05
Apple to release Q1 earnings on the analysts’...

Apple:

Apple’s conference call to discuss fourth fiscal quarter results is scheduled for Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at 2:00 pm PT/5:00 pm ET.

As always, this call is open to the public via the webcast. Only analysts are allowed to call in and ask questions. It promises to be yet more record numbers for Apple.

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07:00
Facebook Opens Sports Stadium


Facebook on Thursday announced its new Sports Stadium -- built with no taxpayer dollars or city leases required. About 650 million sports fans already make Facebook the world's largest stadium, the company reasoned. The new hub will compile and chronologize game-related content in real time so that "you can get the feeling you're watching the game with your friends even when you aren't together," said Steve Kafka, a product manager at Facebook. The hub itself is organized by tabs labeled "Matchup," "Friends," "Experts" and "Stats."

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06:38
Google Paid $1 Billion To Keep Search On iPhone

phantomfive writes: As the Google v. Oracle copyright case drags on, Oracle is claiming that Android has generated $31 billion in revenue for Google, $22 billion of which was profit. Court records also show Google paid Apple $1 billion USD to keep their search bar on the iPhone. A revenue sharing agreement was in place as well. At one point, Apple got 34% of the revenue generated by Google searches on iPhones. Both companies later requested that the information be redacted from the record, but once something is released on the internet, it tends to stay there.


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06:27
Apple hires expert in virtual reality/augmented...

Apple has hired Doug Bowman, an expert in virtual reality/augmented reality, according to the Financial Times. The Virginia Tech computer science professor was listed among grant winners for HoloLens research projects and he specializes in creating 3D user interfaces, fueling speculation that Apple is working on virtual reality/augmented reality (VR/AR) projects.

Microsoft HoloLens is described as “the first fully untethered, holographic computer, enabling high-definition holograms to integrate with your world.” Microsoft has announced that a HoloLens developer kit will arrive in the first quarter of 2016 for $3,000.

HoloLens is a smart glasses device to accompany Windows Holographic, a “mixed” reality computing platform for creating applications that incorporate live presentation of...

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06:14
All BCECC students in Norfolk, Virginia are getting...

A new partnership between Apple and the Berkley Campostella Early Childhood Center (BCECC) will provide every student with a new iPad.

The Norfolk, Virginia school received one of 114 grants from Apple as part of the company's $100 million commitment to the White House “ConnectED” initiative. The grant includes an iPad for every student, a MacBook Air and iPad mini for every teacher, an Apple TV for every classroom, ongoing professional development for teachers and a continuing partnership with Apple to ensure successful implementation.

According to Apple’s ConnectED website, as part of its participation in President Barack Obama’s ConnectED technology in education program, the company is giving its latest hardware to 114 schools across the U.S. 

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06:13
Apple pushes into virtual reality by hiring top VR...

Apple has lured a top virtual reality researcher away from Virginia Tech, according to the Financial Times. The move could give Apple a chance to catch up with rivals Samsung Electronics, Microsoft, Google and Facebook, which have all made plays in the virtual reality field.

The researcher, Doug Bowman, had been a professor of computer science at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and director of its Center for Human-Computer Interaction. He recently joined Apple after a short sabbatical, the Financial Times reported.

Bowman worked on three-dimensional user interface design in academia, looking at the benefits of immersion in virtual environments, and led the 3D interaction group.

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06:09
Apple hires top virtual and augmented reality expert...

(credit: Steve Rhodes)

While nearly all of the big tech companies have some sort of plan in place to deal with the upcoming onslaught of virtual reality and augmented reality technology, there's been one rather large holdout: Apple. According to a report from the Financial Times, however, Apple now has its own VR/AR expert....

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06:09
External Link: Apple Demanded Court Order from Widow...

Apple’s focus on privacy is normally good, but it can sometimes carry unfortunate consequences. Peggy Bush, 72, tried to download a game to her iPad, but didn’t know her late husband’s Apple ID password. Her daughter dealt with Apple support for two months, providing serial numbers and legal documentation before being told that Apple required a court order to resolve the situation. In fact, according to Apple’s terms and conditions, accounts are not transferrable upon death and Apple may even terminate the account. Fortunately, Apple gave Bush access to the account after she reached out to CBC News and Apple CEO Tim Cook. This story illustrates why it’s important for families to have a plan for sharing key passwords, such as 1Password for Teams or at least a copy of 1Password’s master password in a safe-deposit box.

 

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06:04
Tim Cook makes ‘surprise’ visit to Brussels to lobby...

Apple CEO Tim Cook made a “surprise visit” to Brussels, Thursday, looking to lobby European Commissioner Margrethe Vestager as EU regulators close in on a final decision about the company's Irish tax deals, according to The Irish Times.

The Brussels meeting came on the same day as Taoiseach Enda Kenny described as “false and baseless” claims that Ireland is a tax haven for the company, the article adds. Apple and the European Commission both confirmed the talks took place but wouldn’t elaborate on what was discussed. It has been suggested that the state may eventually be forced to recoup billions of euros in unpaid taxes from Apple, according to The Irish Times.

The EU, Europe’s anti-trust and...

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06:01
Apple CEO Tim Cook met with Pope Francis in the...

A peek at the schedule of Pope Francis has revealed that the head of the Catholic Church met with Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook on Friday, though what the two discussed remains a mystery.

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05:57
It’s Apple vs. Alphabet for the title of the world’s...

The Financial Times says Apple is no longer the world's largest public company, when defined by enterprise value, which includes debt and subtracts cash to give a more complete picture of a firm's worth.

Alphabet overtook Apple in December and is now valued at $420 billion compared with the latter's $393 billion. Measured by market cap, Apple still remains bigger, at $535 billion versus the search giant's $485 billion. 

Alphabet Inc. is an American multinational conglomerate created in 2015 as the parent company of Google and several other companies previously owned by or tied to Google. At its most basic level, Google is just renaming itself "Alphabet" and creating a subsidiary business called "Google." The "new" Google will continue as the consumer-facing brand and will run all the products you've heard of, including...

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05:49
Google paid Apple $1 billion in 2014 to be the...

Bloomberg reports that, according to court testimony, Google paid Apple $1 billion in 2014 to remain the default search engine on iPhones.

A Google witness told an attorney for Oracle that the amount was 34%, but it wasn't clear if Apple or Google got that amount. In 2013, Morgan Stanley estimated Apple’s cut was 75% of  revenue. Since Google was dropped in late 2014 as the default search...

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05:34
AppleInsider podcast talks Apple manufacturing,...

This week the AppleInsider podcast explores Donald Trump's dictate that Apple build it's "computers and things" in America, "iPhone 6c" rumors, ESPN in an Apple streaming service, GarageBand and Music Memos, and more.

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05:00
Lynn University deploying iPad Pro/Apple Pencil/...

Lynn University, one of America's top 25 most innovative schools according to U.S. News & World Report, will deploy Apple’s iPad Pro, Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard to all undergraduate day students and faculty. Lynn will distribute approximately 1,800 new devices this semester.

“At Lynn, we continue to embrace new ideas and technology that allow us to engage our students, enhance learning and empower faculty," says Lynn President Kevin M. Ross. "Our introduction of iPad-powered learning in 2013 has supported rises in retention and prospective student inquiries, as well as improved student outcomes.”

“iPad Pro, its accessories and the next generation of education-focused apps will make learning even more relevant to the world students live in," adds Lynn Chief Information Officer Chris Boniforti. "This immersive, versatile technology also provides access to top-notch...

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04:30
Patent round-up, wraparound iPhone displays, the...

We could one day see an iPhone with a flexible, wraparound display. Apple has been granted a patent (number 20160021227) by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for “electronic devices with convex displays.”

Apple says that, in conventional arrangements, most electronic device’s displays are flat, so only the portions of the device other than the display have a convex shape. Apple says that this may limit the internal volume of the device and may detract from its appearance and “it would therefore be desirable to be able to provide improved electronic devices.”

According to the patent filing, convex displays may be formed from one or more flexible layers. A flexible display layer may be mounted to a rigid support structure or a rigid cover layer. Flexible display layers that conform to the curved shape of a rigid structure may provide additional internal volume in which internal components of the device may be positioned.

Another granted Apple patent (number...

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04:23
Apple made more revenue from iPhone in a single...

The lawsuit between Oracle and Google is inadvertently revealing some confidential information about the companies. It has already been disclosed that Google paid Apple a $1 billion fee in 2014 to keep Google as the default search provider for iOS Safari, as well as a revenue sharing agreement where Google gives a substantial portion of the iPhone search ad revenue to Apple.

Another lawyer from Oracle has also stated that Google has generated $22 billion in profit and $31 billion in revenue from Android in its lifetime, via Bloomberg. Although...

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04:00
One week with Apple’s CarPlay

Banish your car's stock infotainment system to the background with CarPlay. (credit: Ron Amadeo)

If you buy a car today, it will probably come with some kind of touchscreen computer onboard. These are basically embedded tablet computers that run some kind of operating system, but rather than coming from Apple, Google, or Microsoft, the software comes from car manufacturers and their suppliers. Car companies don't have a ton of experience when it comes to software, so the integrated computers generally aren't designed very well. They also never have the app ecosystem we've come to expect from smartphones and tablets, so it's no surprise that many people still prefer using their smartphones over the in-car option.

Traditional software companies are getting a foothold in cars, though. We already reviewed...

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04:00
OWC’s Power2U can eliminate cable and power adapter...

OWC's Power2U is a gadget that lets you power iOS or other USB equipped mobile devices without a bulky adapter. The advantage: it eliminates clutter created by multiple cables and power adapters.

The UL approved AC/USB wall outlet lets you power and charge up to four devices simultaneously. Designed for homes with users of multiple USB chargeable devices (and if you're reading this, you almost certainly fall into this category), the Power2U installs on any 15Amp circuit with a 16-cubic inch electrical box to blend into the wall as a standard power outlet. 

Installation takes about 20-25 minutes (you can find a how-to install video here). If watching the video makes you nervous -- or if, like me, you'...

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03:50
Apple CEO Tim Cook meeting with the Pope today

According to several sources, the Catholic Church Pope, Pope Francis, is meeting with Apple CEO Tim Cook today for a private discussion. The exact agenda for the meeting is unknown, but ‘Signor Timothy Donald Cook’ is booked in for 11.30 as shown in the photo. The meetup is likely related to visits the Pope has been receiving from other tech giants. Francis met Eric Schmidt, Alphabet (Google’s) chairman last week. It could just be a cordial exchange of greetings.

Sky News reporter Tom Cheshire says the Pope shares Cook’s strong stance on the environment and ecology. Both Pope and Cook are frequently named in the...

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02:04
Apple Fibre Channel compatibility with El Capitan

Forums: Hardware

Good Morning Xsan deployers.
In the next few months i'll have to upgrade a Maverick Xsan to El Capitan.
This system still runs on MacPro 2012 equipped with the good old Apple Fibre Channel cards 4Gbit

Does anybody can tell me if there is any issue with these cards and El Capitan?

Thank you very much for your time

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00:04
Apple To Launch First European Development Center

An anonymous reader writes: Apple has announced plans to launch its first iOS app development center in Europe. The location will be in Naples, Italy, with the center aiming to teach youngsters how to code. The announcement was made 21 January and explained how the center would provide students (children and young adults) the practical skills and training required for developing iOS apps for "the world's most innovative and vibrant app ecosystem". The center will support teachers and provide a specialized curriculum that will prepare the youths to be a part of Apple's developer community.


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Thursday January 21

23:19
Apple expands Maps capabilities with new Flyover,...

Apple's efforts to build out its in-house Maps service moved forward on Thursday with the addition of four new Flyover locales, public transit data for Los Angeles, a European expansion of Nearby POI suggestions and Traffic data for Hong Kong and Mexico.

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21:48
BitTorrent Sync adds ability to make encrypted...

BitTorrent has released a new version of its Sync peer-to-peer app, and its biggest feature is the encrypted folder. Any data you keep in one will be encrypted, whether you choose to place it on cloud storage or on a networked storage device (NAS). P...

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19:50
Google paid Apple $1 billion in 2014 to keep it the...

Earlier this evening, the Oracle vs. Google lawsuit revealed Android’s revenues and profits for the first time. The same case has now revealed that Google paid Apple $1 billion in 2014 as part of its ongoing deal to be the main search provider—as in the one that resides in the search bar by default—on iOS devices.

Specifically, Apple’s deal with Google gives it a percentage of the revenue that the search engine generates through Apple devices. An Oracle lawyer said that the revenue share was 34 percent (although it’s not clear based on the transcript whether that means Apple got 34%, or if Google kept 34%). A Google lawyer...

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18:57
Apple hires top virtual & augmented reality...

According to a new report out of the Financial Times, Apple has hired one of the top virtual reality researchers in the United States to expedite its efforts in the platform. The report claims that Apple has recently hired Doug Bowman, who most recently was a computer science professor at Virginia Tech before taking a sabbatical. At Virginia Tech, he was the director of the university’s human-computer interaction center for around five years.

Bowman touts that he has focused his research on “three-dimensional user interface design and the benefits of immersion in virtual environments.” He has experience in both fully immersive virtual reality, such as the tech used HTC’s Vive and Google Cardboard, as well as augmented...

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18:37
Google paid Apple $1B to be default iOS search bar...

Court documents from Oracle's copyright lawsuit against Google show the Internet search giant paid some $1 billion to Apple in 2014 in return for making its search bar the default option on iOS.

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17:36
New Apple hire suggests increased interest in...

A report on Thursday revealed Apple recently hired Doug Bowman, a top researcher in the fields of virtual reality and augmented reality, suggesting the company is seriously investigating immersive computing and similar VR/AR solutions.

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16:55
Iris scanning simplifies cash aid for Syrian refugees

The United Nations is using an iris-scanning biometric ID system to streamline the delivery of money to Syrian refugees in Jordan.

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16:50
Latest Apple TV commercial puts focus on apps

Apple posted a fun new Apple TV commercial to the Web on Thursday showing off the tvOS App Store's deep selection of apps, games, over-the-top content streamers, interactive shopping services and more.

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16:23
Apple shares new Apple TV ad highlighting popular...

Apple this evening has shared a new advertisement for its Apple TV set-top box. This ad continues the trend of the company highlighting the tvOS App Store that is available on the device, showcasing a handful of the most popular applications available so far. The ad is entitled “Apple TV – The Future of TV is Apps,” which is a slogan Apple has used since the launch of the device back in October.

In the ad, which can be viewed below, Apple showcases a variety of different apps for tvOS. The ad highlights apps such as Netflix, ESPN, Asphalt 8, Disney Infinity, GrubHub, Showtime, Crossy Road, HBO Now, and Fox Now. Apple seems to have made a point to show off several different categories of apps, including entertainment, food, and games.

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16:09
Brave Browser Promises to Defend Users' Privacy


Brave Software, helmed by Brendan Eich, who cofounded Mozilla and created the JavaScript programming language, on Tuesday released the 0.7 developer version of its Brave browser. Brave is an open source project that promises to block Internet greed and ugliness, while improving speed and protecting privacy. Basically, it blocks ads containing pixels and cookies that track users and load stuff onto their devices without their knowledge. Malvertising won't get onto users' devices because the EFF's HTTPS Everywhere is integrated into the browser.

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15:54
Munster: Apple Pay distribution low, but peer-to-...

Fresh data from investment firm Piper Jaffray shows Apple Pay adoption hovering between 10 and 20 percent, but analyst Gene Munster expects numbers to rise in 2016 as Apple integrates attractive new features like peer-to-peer payments and in-browser integration.

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14:33
NPR One for iOS updated with CarPlay support, bug...

The NPR One app for iOS has been updated today with support for Apple’s in-car infotainment system CarPlay. The update bumps the app to version 1.6.1 and also includes a few bug fixes and the under-the-hood performance improvements.

With CarPlay support, NPR fans can now listen to their favorite shows seamlessly while on the road. The CarPlay interface for NPR One is relatively simple and in line with other CarPlay apps. On the main screen of the app, you have quick access to Up Next, Recommendations, Catch Up, and Followed. Catch Up shows you what’s next in the national and local newscasts you listen to, while Recommendations presents a curated list of stories and podcasts tailored just for you.

Introducing support for CarPlay. Listen to NPR One in vehicles that have support for CarPlay as part of the in-dash...

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14:24
Apple takes 50% off popular productivity apps in new...

In its latest iOS App Store promotion, Apple is for a limited time knocking 50 percent off a selection of 14 productivity titles like PCalc, task manager Things, second screen solution Duet Display and more.

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14:14
Tim Cook meets with European Commission antitrust...

Tim Cook this week met with the European Commission’s antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager, Bloomberg reports and Kristin Huguet, a spokeswoman at Apple, confirms. The Cupertino based company is fighting back against contentions that they have formed a special agreement with Ireland in which they pay significantly lower taxes to the country’s government. The news also appears to coincide with Tim Cook’s announcement in launching an iOS development center in Italy.

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14:09
AT&T CEO says US encryption policy is up to...

US government policies on device encryption should be decided by the public and Congress, not companies like Apple, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said in an interview at the World Economic Forum being held this week in Davos, Switzerland.

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14:02
Facebook for iPhone testing in-app peek & pop...

Facebook today is rolling out a new update to its iOS app that brings a handful of new features to iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus users. As usual, the actual changelog provided in the App Store by Facebook doesn’t detail any of the changes, but rather states that Facebook periodically updates its app to add new features and performance and reliability improvements. Today’s new features come in the form of new 3D Touch capabilities for the app on iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus devices.

The first 3D Touch enhancement comes to the homescreen icon. Now, when you 3D Touch on Facebook’s app icon, you’ll see a new “quick view” shortcut that takes you directly to your timeline. The Facebook app has had 3D Touch quick view actions shortcuts for posting updates and pictures since October, but the timeline shortcut is new (via...

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13:00
Apogee introduces the Symphony I/O Mk II

Today at NAMM, Apogee Electronics and Waves Audio announced a partnership that will connect the world’s most advanced multi-channel audio recording interface to the world’s most powerful DSP enabled audio network. Symphony I/O Mk II, Apogee’s new flagship converter, will offer optional SoundGrid connectivity, enabling it to connect to the Waves SoundGrid System for studio, live and post production audio networking with real-time digital signal processing of Waves and SoundGrid compatible third-party plugins.

This is a very interesting partnership. Apogee makes some terrific products—some of the best.

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12:54
Universal Audio releases the Marshall JMP 2203...

the Marshall JMP 2203 plug-in is an expert emulation of the legendary ultra-flexible 100-watt amplifier used by everyone from Iron Maiden and Slayer, to Jeff Beck and My Bloody Valentine.

I can’t wait to get home and try this plug-in. I love everything that UA does, but a rocking Marshall could be the best yet. UA also released the Sonnox Oxford Envolution and the Brainworx bx_digital V3 EQ Collection.

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12:49
Kemper introduces ToneTravelling

Either engaged automatically by just hitting a switch on the Profiler Remote or dynamically by using an expression pedal, all continuous parameters can be changed smoothly to take the tone from ultra dry clean rhythm to utmost distorted, FX soaked lead tones.

Kemper made a big splash a few years back with its amp profiling and while I haven’t had extensive experience with it, others I know have said they really like it.

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12:45
Taylor’s new 12-string acoustic guitars

Among the new shapes are 12-fret Grand Concerts (552ce 12-Fret, 562ce 12-Fret), Grand Orchestra guitar models (458e, 858e), along with a new 12-string Dreadnought (360e). Powers’ design philosophy is focused on giving players a broader spectrum of 12-string voices to enable them to find the right fit.

I’m heading up to Taylor’s booth to check these out today. Taylor is my favorite acoustic, but I don’t have a lot of experience with 12-strings, so it should be interesting.

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12:26
iPad mini sales rebound year-over-year; the iPad Pro...

When it comes to tablets, Apple is selling more iPad minis (all models combined) than any other model, though the iPad Pro now accounts for a “meaningful” 12% of sales, according to new data from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners — as noted by AppleInsider.

While the iPad Air 2 remained the best-selling individual iPad model during the period, both Air generations comprised just 40% of units sold overall, CIRP said, basing its info on a survey of 500 U.S. shoppers who bought Apple devices between October and December. The Mini segment’s share increased from 32% to 47% year-over-year.

The Mini 2 from 2013 was the most popular Mini model, followed by last year's Mini 4. The Mini 3 “took home just a fraction of sales, presumably because the product is effectively a Mini 2 with Touch...

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12:23
Apple's Tim Cook meets with EU antitrust chief...

Earlier on Thursday Apple CEO Tim Cook attended a private meeting in Brussels with Margrethe Vestager, the head of the European Commission's antitrust efforts, presumably in an attempt to diminish the chances of owing billions in back taxes because of the company's Irish tax deals.

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12:02
Apple increasing the money it spends on Washington...

Apple is increasing its Washington activities. It spent $4.48 million in 2015 compared to $4.11 million in 2014, a record and a 9% increase from 2014, according to new data from Consumer Watchdog, a nonpartisan nonprofit public interest group that monitors the lobbying disclosure reports of 16 tech and communications companies. Apple’s fourth quarter spending was $1.03 million vs. $1.19 million, a 13.4 percent decrease.

However, the Cupertino, California-based company’s lobbying expenses are dwarfed by those of many other tech firms. Google's federal lobbying expenses in 2015 topped $16 million for the second year in a row, according to records just filed with the Clerk of the House of Representatives and analyzed by Consumer Watchdog. The company spent $16.66 million on lobbying in 2015 compared with $16.83 million in 2014, a 1% decrease. 

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11:50
Microsoft pushes Office inking, Insider, and Morph...

On Thursday, Microsoft released a laundry list of improvements to its Office apps for the Mac and iOS, focusing on inking as well as giving Mac users a sneak peek of what’s coming down the pipe.

In response to Apple’s launch of the iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil, most of Microsoft’s improvements focus on inking, specifically for the iPad and iPad Pro. But Microsoft also announced the first iPhone, iPad, and iPad Pro versions of Morph and PowerPoint Designer, two intelligent tools for creating PowerPoint presentations that had previously only been available for Windows.

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11:30
The Week in iPhone Cases: Is a $1,000 titanium case...

...plus, a thin waterproof case from Lunatik, and more

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases features wallets from iLuv and Mujjo, as well as classic hard shells from Incipio, SwitchEasy, Tech21, and much more.

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Assuming you can get past the hefty price tag, the Advent (iPhone 6/6s; $1,000) dresses your iPhone in a titanium enclosure that’s mechanically textured for a modern look.

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10:57
Mini takes lead in US iPad sales as iPad Pro jumps...

The split of U.S. iPad sales is now weighted in favor of the iPad mini, although the iPad Pro captured a "meaningful" 12 percent share during the December quarter, according to a survey compiled by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners.

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10:56
Macworld’s February Digital Edition: iPad Pro for...

Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld Digital Edition.

Available as single copies or with a yearlong subscription, the Digital Edition comes in two forms: Enhanced and PDF replica. The Enhanced Edition has all the news, analysis, product reviews, and how-to’s, along with interactive features, and videos—customized for consumption on your iPad. The PDF replica Edition is designed for your mobile device’s touchscreen to allow pinch and zoom.

In the February issue

We take a look how the iPad Pro stacks up as a photographer's tool and Jason Snell shares his hopes for Apple's Mac lineup in 2016. Plus, we review nightstand-mode-ready Apple watch stands and offer our party game apps recommendations.

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10:55
Chrome Browser to Blaze With Brotli


Google Chrome users will get faster Web access soon through the Brotli open source compression algorithm, which has been rolled out to the M49 release of Chrome. That's in Canary -- which is designed for devs -- so it's not clear when Brotli will surface in the Chrome browser. Brotli, which was introduced in September, gives 20 to 26 percent higher compression ratios over Google's 2-year-old Zopfli algorithm and provides faster page loads, the company said.

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10:55
The strange life of Q-tips, the most bizarre thing...

The Washington Post:

Q-tips are one of the most perplexing things for sale in America. Plenty of consumer products are widely used in ways other than their core function — books for leveling tables, newspapers for keeping fires aflame, seltzer for removing stains, coffee tables for resting legs — but these cotton swabs are distinct. Q-tips are one of the only, if not the only, major consumer products whose main purpose is precisely the one the manufacturer explicitly warns against.

I’m sure I’m as guilty as anyone when it comes to using Q-tips in a way that can be harmful but at least I’m not my mother. She’d use bobby pins (kids, ask your grandmother) to “clean” her ears.

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10:51
Deals: iPad Airs from $328; new 13" MacBook...

An assortment of new and returning offers this week include: $70 off 16GB iPad Airs, $80 off iPad Air 2s, $100-$200 off current 13" MacBook Pros, $187-$290 off current 15" MacBook Pros, and limited inventory closeout duo of a 15" MacBook Pro and 27" iMac -- both at $700 off.

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09:49
Apple will open an iOS Application Development...

Apple is taking a hand in training future iOS developers, announcing the creation of an iOS App Development Center in Italy, along with plans to expand the program to “other countries around the world.”

The first center will be in partnership with an unnamed institution in Naples, and will feature an Apple-supplied curriculum that teaches students how to make iOS apps. The official announcement is light on other details about the program, such as how long it’ll take, if tvOS or watchOS are also covered, or if it includes any kind of official certification.

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09:41
Adobe’s Voice app for storytellers lands on iPhone...

Adobe first launched its creative Voice app for iPad almost two years ago, and this week version 2.0 has been released with full iPhone support for the first time. I took Adobe Voice for a test drive when it was brand new back in 2014. The app lets you easily combine photos, videos, text, voiceovers, and more to a project that you can easily share to spread your message. Stories can be shared either publicly or privately over Facebook, Twitter, email, messaging, the web, and more.

While the iPad is a great canvas for creating storytelling projects, Adobe Voice 2.0 puts the...

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09:34
AT&T CEO calls for Congress to decide on...

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson is the latest to weigh in on the issue of data encryption policy with the executive telling The Wall Street Journal that Apple CEO Tim Cook and other tech execs should leave the decision making on encryption policy up to Congress:

“I don’t think it is Silicon Valley’s decision to make about whether encryption is the right thing to do. I understand Tim Cook’s decision, but I don’t think it’s his decision to make”… I personally think that this is an issue that should be decided by the American people and Congress, not by companies,”

…The AT&T chief said his own company has been unfairly singled out in the debate over access to data. “It is silliness to say there’s some kind of conspiracy between the U.S. government and AT&T,” he said, adding that the company...

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09:34
What Apple would have to do to comply with Donald...

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump made headlines this week with a protectionist proposal that included a vow to force Apple "to build their damn computers and things in this country" if he's elected. It's a suggestion that has been outright dismissed by most observers -- but should it be?

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09:26
Parallels Desktop 11.1.2

Resolves a number of bugs and crashes for the popular virtualization software. ($79.99 new for standard edition, $99.99 annual subscription for Pro/Business Edition, free update for version 11 licenses, 289 MB)

 

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09:23
Microsoft adds 3D Touch, illustrated annotations to...

Microsoft on Thursday updated the core Office for iOS apps -- Word, Excel, and PowerPoint -- with support for 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, as well as several other features, such as illustrated annotations.

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09:06
Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.3

Resolves a number of bugs bedeviling the venerable word processor. ($79 new, free update, 221 MB)

 

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08:52
Jeremy’s 5: New emoji, T-Mobile LTE CellSpot, Google...

Welcome to the latest edition of Jeremy’s 5, my latest quick roundup of 5 interesting little things that aren’t big enough for full articles, but are still worth sharing with you.

This week, I’m looking at the next wave of emoji, T-Mobile’s 4G LTE CellSpot, Google Photos, iCloud/iTunes Account Merging, and battery drain from the latest iOS beta…

1. Take A Sneak Peek At The Next 70+ Emoji. As I’ve said in prior columns, readers seem to be more excited about new emoji than pretty much any other feature Apple adds to iOS. Apple doesn’t create the emoji characters — it implements the Unicode standard, which has standardized hundreds of icons over a dozen different revisions since 1991. The next revision, Unicode 9.0, is currently being...

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08:46
Purported video of 4-inch iPhone surfaces

It’s the leaked videos of purported new products that make life interesting.

A chunk of footage leaked by MIC Gadget claims to have an early view of the 4-inch iPhone that Apple’s expected to release this April.

The video, which was apparently shot in the Foxconn factory, shows a handset that’s been dubbed the “iPhone 6c” and looks just like an iPhone 6s, but smaller. The latest rumors indicate it will also have similar internals, featuring Apple A9 SoC and NFC for Apple Pay.

The validity of the video cannot be confirmed. The ratios of the speaker holes is very similar to the 4.7 inch phone so it’s not 100 percent that this phone is actually smaller. The video also does not include a comparison with other iPhones to confirm the relative size.

The handset appears to share a lot...

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08:30
Microsoft Office for iOS gets an update; new...

It's always nice to see an update that adds support for the latest Apple gadgets, and doubly so when the developer that is sending out the update is Microsoft. Like 'em or hate 'em, the Redmond, WA-based company has some serious credibility in the mobile market not because of its Windows-based tablets and smartphones, but because of the apps it makes for iOS. The Office for iOS suite is unparalleled for productivity on iPhones and iPads, and today's update adds 3D Touch quick actions for iPhone 6s and 6s Plus in addition to Apple Pencil support on the iPad Pro.

For the core apps -- Word, PowerPoint, and Excel -- there's now 3D Touch support. Doing a "deep press" on the app icon lets you...

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08:22
Apple filing hints at work on OLED-based wraparound...

A U.S. patent application published on Thursday suggests that Apple is at least experimenting with the concept of wraparound displays for some of its portable devices.

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08:18
Four Alternatives to iCloud Photos on the Apple TV

The fourth-generation Apple TV may be new, but the built-in Photos album is stuck in the past. Josh Centers offers four alternatives that let you view your photos on your TV.

 

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08:18
Comparison breaks down all the missing features in...

This comparison of the differences between Microsoft Office on Mac, Windows, and iOS devices was put together by Kurt Schmucker who (disclaimer) works for Parallels — the company that makes slick virtual machine apps for running Windows and other operating systems on Mac — but he also happens to know a thing or two about the subject after his previous role as Senior Mac Evangelist at Microsoft and on the Office team. So what exactly is missing on Mac and iOS devices compared to Windows when it comes to the Office suite?

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08:16
Apple releases Music Memos app for musicians/...

This is kind of a neat thing.

Apple on Wednesday unveiled a new Music Memos app designed to help musicians and songwriters store ideas on the go.

The app uses the iPhone’s built-in microphone can be used to record instruments in a lossless format, and the resulting recordings can be analyzed for rhythm and chords.

Users can then add instant drums and a bass line to help flesh out the song, and it will also provide a basic notation view. Music Memos are synchronized via iCloud and can be opened directly in GarageBand or Logic Pro X.

Music Memos launched with support from some big-name artists, including singer-songwriter Ryan Adams.
Music Memos is still rolling out through iTunes, but will be available as a free download from the App Store.

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08:04
Harrison Ford, lucky to be alive

Poor Harrison Ford. His life is a never ending series of disasters.

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07:59
Logic Pro X and Adele

Producer Greg Kurstin on working with Adele and Logic Pro, with some backstory on the creation of Hello.

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07:59
Rumor: Video from China claims to show new 4"...

A video posted to YouTube this week contains footage of what is purportedly a new 4-inch iPhone, boasting the same industrial design as the current iPhone 6 series.

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07:51
Anywhere but Medium

Dave Winer, with his thoughts on the dominance of Medium and his efforts to keep blogging/Tumblr posting alive and well

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