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Tuesday April 5

09:54
Former Apple execs form NextEquity, a venture...

Fred Anderson, former Apple chief financial officer, and Avie Tevanian, former Apple senior vice president of Software Engineering, are teaming up in a new venture capital fund dubbed NextEquity, reports Bloomberg.

NextEquity is a play on NeXT, the company Jobs started after he was ousted from Apple in 1985. Tevanian said the Menlo Park, California, firm has already made a few investments but declined to name them. The goal is to back tech start-ups.

Anderson was executive vice president and chief financial officer at Apple from 1996 to 2004. His responsibilities at Apple included oversight of the company's controller, treasury, investor relations, tax, information systems, internal audit, facilities and human resources operations.

Fred Anderson

Tevanian a long time friend of Steve Jobs, was senior vice president of Software Engineering at Apple from 1997 to...

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09:38
Why all printers suck (even the best ones)

Having used home and small office printers for over 25 years, it’s hard to argue with their premise. I have an Epson R2000 printer I love – when it works. But I dread having to print something on it because I know, even if I printed just fine yesterday, some problem will crop up when I use it today to make me waste time, energy, paper, and ink troubleshooting it.

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09:36
Sony’s Remote Play feature for playing PS4 games on...

If you’ve been holding out since last November when we first learned that Sony had plans to let gamers play PS4 titles on Mac, your time has finally (almost) arrived. Sony has already tested the 3.50 update with PS4 owners trying the beta although the pre-release version lacked Remote Play for Mac, but tomorrow that feature will be included in the public release for all PlayStation 4 owners.

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Filed under: Mac Tagged: gaming, Mac, playstation 4, Sony...

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09:31
9to5Toys Last Call: Apple TV 4th gen $109, Spigen...

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09:30
Apple might bake Force Touch into Magic Mouse 3

Apple’s Magic Mouse 2 debuted last year with just one noticeable difference over its predecessor: a weirdly placed Lightning port for recharging. Otherwise, there’s not a whole lot of magic going on. But that could change in the next version of the mouse if a patent just granted to Apple is any indication.

The patent, first spotted by Patently Apple, covers a Magic Mouse with Force Touch sensors that would add a slew of new functions without any extra effort on your part. The sensors would recognize different levels of clicks—a normal one and a deeper one that would unlock features, like the Apple Watch does.

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09:20
Sphero’s BB-8 can be your screening buddy for Star...

Sphero’s BB-8 droid is learning a new trick in time for the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Blu-ray release. Users can now set up the toy hover-droid to react in sync with the film, whistling and whirring at all the appropriate moments.

This does take some dedication, however. As Gizmodo notes, users will want to keep their smartphones plugged in, because the BB-8 companion app must run throughout the movie and listen for audio cues via the phone’s microphone. (The app also chimes in with its own fun facts and movie details as you watch.)

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09:00
Tomorrow's PS4 Update To Add Game Streaming for...

An anonymous reader cites a report on Polygon: The PlayStation 4's newest software update will be out tomorrow, April 6, adding PC remote play capabilities, a new live streaming channel, and several improvements to its social networking features, among others. With the update, the PS4 will support remote play on PCs running Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 or later and Mac OS X 10.10 and 10.11.You can read more about it on PlayStation's official blog post.


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08:48
Apogee releases its most affordable full-featured...

From 9to5Toys.com:

Apogee, one of the leading audio interface companies in the business, has just released its most affordable option for Mac yet. The new ONE for Mac is very much based on the company’s small-footprint ONE interfaces, but this time with a more focused approach just for Mac users. While you wont get the dual functionality of the...

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08:43
Starz embraces standalone streaming with $9 per...

Premium TV network Starz is joining rivals such as HBO and Showtime in offering a standalone streaming service.

The streaming version of Starz costs $8.99 per month, with subscriptions sold directly through iOS devices, Apple TV, and Android devices. Subscribers can stream Starz TV shows and movies on-demand, and can also download videos to iOS and Android for offline viewing, though the app does not offer a live feed of Starz’ cable channel, Variety reports.

Once users have signed up, they can also access Starz on the web from a PC or Mac. The company is aiming to support other devices and platforms in the future.

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08:40
Following Apple’s lead with iMessage, WhatsApp rolls...

Although the battle over encryption between the FBI and Apple has currently subsided, the issue of privacy and security in technology continues. Today, WhatsApp is announcing that all messages, photos, phone calls and videos sent over its messaging app will be encrypted end-to-end. This means that no one can access any communications apart from the people in the conversation. This means if WhatsApp is subpoenaed by government for information, WhatsApp will not be able to help them as it simply cannot help them.

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08:30
DoBox Kickstarter: A portable wireless dock

Despite having had a string of bad luck with crowdfunded projects, I'm still a huge fan of Kickstarter and Indiegogo One of the latest concepts to catch my attention is DoBox, a portable wireless dock for Apple devices. The DoBox project is currently 62% funded with 25 days to go, and this is one project that I think a lot of Apple fans will be excited about.

The DoBox features a micro-USB port to charge it, as you can take it anywhere with you to charge up your iOS devices with an internal 5000 mAh Li-ion battery. Next, there's a 3.5mm jack for headphones or speakers, an HDMI output for connecting your iPad or iPhone to any monitor, a pair of USB ports, and even an Ethernet connection. What would you need an Ethernet port for? Well, DoBox is also a Wi-Fi router. There's also a micro-SDHC card reader, and 32GB of internal storage for those movies or...

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08:26
France competition watchdog says Apple owes carriers...

According to a report from BFM.TV (via iphone.fr), France’s Directorate General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control (DGCCRF) has launched a case before a court in Paris claiming Apple owes 48.5 million euros. The complaint points to clauses in contracts Apple has with mobile operators in the country that the DGCCRF, a governing body under the Ministry of Finance, claims are illegal and essentially provide Apple with too much power over the carriers.

The DGCCRF outlined 10 clauses in Apple’s contracts specifically that it wants the company to remove. The clauses relate to stipulations Apple enforces including the amount of product carriers must order, advertising requirements, mobile plans and other guidelines the carriers must follow in order to sell iPhones. Other...

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08:24
Security hole in iOS 9.3.1 could offer access...

If you’re running iOS 9.3.1 and gave Siri access to your Twitter information as well as yourContacts or Photos, this is something worth looking into.

A video surfaced online yesterday purporting to show a vulnerability in iOS 9.3.1 that allows anyone to access photos and contacts on a locked iPhone without having to enter a passcode.

The YouTube video, uploaded by Jose Rodriguez, depicts a user performing a Siri search followed by a series of relatively simple steps, one of which involves 3D Touch, limiting the exploit to iPhone 6s and 6s Plus devices.

The procedure starts by invoking Siri on the locked phone by holding the home button or using the “Hey, Siri” function, and then asking the personal assistant to...

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08:23
Lawrence Livermore Lab Buys Brainy IBM Supercomputer


IBM last week announced that Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has purchased its TrueNorth processor-based cognitive computing platform. The purchase included an end-to-end ecosystem and a multisocket host node. The lab will build a supercomputer based on the platform to see how neural networks might be used in the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration's cybersecurity program. The NNSA's Advanced Simulation and Computing Program will conduct general computing feasibility studies using the supercomputer.

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08:03
Apple Pay now supported by Barclays, all major UK...

Apple appears to have locked down Barclays and the major UK banks for Apple Pay.

Barclays has announced that the bank has finally gone live and launched its support for Apple’s mobile payments service. This means that every major bank in the UK now supports Apple Pay, a big win for a country that already has wide availability of contactless merchant terminals in many stores.

Barclays customers can open the Wallet app on their iPhone and configure Apple Pay for their account on any iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus and the new iPhone SE.

Users can also configure Apple Pay to the Apple Watch, allowing customers with older iPhones to use Apple Pay through their wearable. To set up Apple Pay for Apple Watch, open the Watch app on the paired iPhone and follow...

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07:44
PlayStation 4 brings Remote Play streaming to PC and...

Sony is expanding the PlayStation 4’s Remote Play feature to PC and Mac, letting users stream their console games to laptops and desktops.

The new feature is part of a PlayStation 3.50 software update that’s set to launch on Wednesday. After getting the update, PS4 owners can download the Remote Play PC installer from Sony’s website.

To stream games, users will need a PC running Windows 8.1 or higher, or a Mac running OS X 10.10 or higher. A DualShock 4 controller must be plugged into the computer via USB.

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07:21
Refurbished and old models of iPhones only way for...

Apple’s strategy to sell refurbished and older models of its iPhone in the Indian market may be the only way the company can sell its phones in volumes in the country.

Indian users are very price-sensitive and the market for the high-end phones sold by Apple cannot be large, said Kiranjeet Kaur, research manager at IDC Asia-Pacific.

The Chinese experience cannot be replicated in India because per capita incomes are not very high in the country, Kaur said. Import taxes on smartphones are also high and the U.S. dollar has been strengthening against the Indian rupee.

Apple has invested in distribution channels in more cities in the country, and started selling old models of its phones. Still, it sold less than 1 million phones for a 3 percent share of the Indian smartphone market in the fourth quarter, Kaur said.

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07:16
Twitter signs deal to stream Thursday night NFL games

Twitter just cemented its reputation as the social network for sports fans. Twitter just won the rights to stream 10 Thursday night football games for the 2016-2017 NFL season with originating broadcasts from CBS and NBC. The games will also be simulcast on the NFL Network, which the league calls a “tri-cast” distribution model that covers broadcast TV, cable, and online.

The broadcasts will be free and won’t require cable authentication or a Twitter account. The games will be only half the show, however. Twitter also plans to continue distributing NFL highlights as it does now, and there will be pre-game Periscope broadcasts from individual players and teams.

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06:38
STARZ premieres subscription streaming app for iOS...

Cord-cutters, take note. STARZ has launched its “STARZ” digital retail service, providing STARZ streaming subscriptions directly to consumers and offering what the company says is the first-ever download capabilities from a premium pay TV streaming service.

For $8.99 per month, you can have access to more than 2,400 selections each month, including STARZ series ranging from “Outlander,” “Power” and the upcoming “American Gods” and other TV content, to Hollywood hits and movies including Avengers: Age of Ultron and, later this year, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In celebration of the launch of the new STARZ app, the second installment premiere episode of the STARZ hit series, “Outlander,” will be made available beginning April 7 for streaming and download in advance of its official premiere on STARZ on April 9 at 9PM ET/PT.

The standalone “STARZ” service allows for up to four...

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06:00
Here’s a video of Apple’s ‘next gen’ retail store

Apple retail stores are trendsetters within the larger retail industry. They’re also highly successful, earning top spot among U.S. retailers for sales per square foot.

For months, Apple enthusiasts and other interested parties have been waiting for the opening of the “next generation” Apple Store. Well, it’s here.

The anticipated store just opened in Germantown, Tennessee (Germantown is a suburb of Memphis). Field Agent, which specializes in location-specific auditing and research, dispatched several Agents to the new Apple retail store. Here's a video from a visit to the store, as well as some other feedback from their trips.

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05:38
Barclays finally adds support for Apple Pay

While Apple Pay has been available in the U.K. since July of 2015, one of the biggest banks in the country hasn't offered its customers the ability to use their credit cards with the touch-free payment system. Until now. Barclays has finally added support.

Barclays cardholders can set up Apple Pay through the Wallet app on iOS 8.1 or later. Bank-issued cards can be scanned or added manually by tapping the "Add Credit or Debit Card" option. Apple’s mobile payment system is also supported at Bank of Scotland, First Direct, Halifax, HSBC, Lloyds Bank, M&S Bank, MBNA, Nationwide, NatWest, Royal Bank of Scotland, Santander, Tesco Bank, TSB, and Ulster Bank in the United Kingdom.

Apple Pay is compatible with the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone SE, iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, and Apple Watch.

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05:28
Apple’s only retail store in Iowa is getting a major...

The Apple Store at Jordan Creek Town Center in West Des Moines, Iowa, is getting a major makeover,” according to The Des Moines Register. It’s Apple’s only retail store in the state.

Apple is taking over the former Brookstone space to its west, and the Clarks shoe store to the east. The expansion will nearly triple the size of the often crowded store. Apple will be temporarily housed in a space across from the construction in a storefront formerly occupied by New York & Company, which recently closed, Randy Tennison, general manager of the mall, told the Register.

Construction on the new Apple Store will take about five months, he added.A building permit issued by West Des Moines listed the value of the construction project at $3 million. The new store will be about 7,160 square feet. There's no word yet on whether...

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05:19
Fundraising campaign underway for Apple engineer...

Longtime Apple engineer, François Jouaux, 46, of Woodside, California, died Sunday when an allegedly drunken driver crossed the double-yellow line on La Honda Road in Woodside and hit him head-on, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Francois worked more than 20 years at Apple, most recently as a manager of a team within the Maps group. There’s a fundraising campaign for Jouaux’s family to help with the immediate expenses they will face and to providing a memorial for him.

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05:00
Drobo adds secure remote access with myDrobo, Drobo...

Owners of Drobo devices already know just how powerful the BeyondRAID boxes are, but until now, it’s been difficult to access all of that storage securely from a remote location. Today Drobo announced myDrobo and DroboAccess, two services for Drobo 5N and Drobo B810n Network Attached Storage (NAS) that provide secure remote data access to data and DroboApps that are running on the devices.

To start with, myDrobo is a DroboApp that runs on either of the two supported Drobo boxes, providing end-to-end encryption of data at a unique URL. For example, let’s say AWT has a massive Drobo B810n with about 64TB of total storage (we don’t…). We could flip on the myDrobo app with one click, do some fast configuration, and then have access to our storage through AWT.mydrobo.com...

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04:44
Facebook takes a guess at what's in pictures to...

With images an ever-growing proportion of what we share on social networks, Facebook fears that users with visual impairments may be missing out.

Beginning Tuesday, the company is tweaking its timelines so that users of screen readers can hear not just the text on a page, but also a brief description of what any images may contain. Until now, they’ve heard only the name of the person who posted the photo.

To describe the images, Facebook built a computer vision system with a neural network trained to recognize a number of concepts, including places and the presence of people and objects. It analyzes each image for the presence of different elements, and then composes a short sentence describing it that is included in the webpage as the “alt” text of the image.

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04:30
Photo Slideshow for Mac lets you easily create...

You can create some pretty sweet slideshows with Photos. However, if you want even better, more intricate, results, check out iFunia Studio's Photo Slideshow for Mac. It's a tool for combining digital pictures and music into home movies and slideshows complete with captions and transitional effects.

The folks at iFunia say Photo Slideshow lets you create slideshows with unlimited photos and audios. That's a bit of an exaggeration; after all, one with unlimited data would run forever, right? Still, Photo Slideshow can handle a ton of photos and audio and spruce 'em up with an abundance of transitional effects, DVD menus (yes, iFunia still believes in DVDs even if Apple doesn't), and flexible output formats.

The iFunia app is easy and fun to use. You can import your photo collections in such formats as jpg, jpeg, png, gif, bmp, tiff, psd, and more. Photo Slideshow's built-in media manager makes it a breeze to browse and find your files on your Mac's hard drive or...

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04:00
Your Apple device can travel in style with the...

I don't travel as much as I once did. However, when I am on the go I pack my 12-inch MacBook, some USB-C accessories, and the power adapter into a $64 Travel Express from Waterfield Designs. It's a rugged, good-looking case. Add the optional shoulder strap for another $22 as I have and you also have a protective carry bag.

What's more, the Travel Express is spacious enough to hold a cell phone and, if you really squeeze things in tightly (which I don't recommend), a magazine. Soft, microsuede, scratch-free pockets separate and protect each item, while plastic inserts protect the laptop and help maintain the Travel Express' shape. And it’s not just for the MacBook; the case works with any size of iPad, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro.

A YKK, self-locking zipper opens the case along the top and side panel of the Travel Express, making it easy to access to the contents inside. Note that the zipper is sewn in a continuous...

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00:20
Barclays adds Apple Pay support 9 months after UK...

After months of waiting in the wings, Barclays customers in the UK can now provision bank-issued cards for use with Apple Pay on compatible devices, as the bank finally flipped the switch on Apple's mobile payments service.

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Monday April 4

22:27
1Password 6.2

Under-the-hood improvements to make filling in forms more accurate. ($49.99 new, free update, 44.4 MB)

 

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22:04
Yelpers are getting a show on The Food Network

The Food Network is teaming up with Yelp for a new show, according to Forbes, and it's aptly entitled 12 Angry Yelpers. Forbes says it will use Yelp reviews to "help restaurants discover and fix their problems" and will focus on one restaurant per ep...

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22:01
Tech Firms Have An Obsession With 'Female...

An anonymous reader writes: Alexa, Tay, Siri, Cortana, Xiaoice, and Google Now. These technologies all have one thing in common -- they are digital servants aimed at a mass-market audience that feature a "female" voice or persona. And it's not just the voice or persona of the digital persona we interact with that is biased. The results of those interactions also demonstrate male favoritism. It took Apple more than four years to fix Siri's responses to questions about abortion services, and yet the company didn't seem to have any problem programming Siri to search for prostitutes and Viagra. Here's the gender breakdown for the tech workforce of each company: Microsoft: 83.0% male, 16.9% female Google: 82.0% male, 18.0% female Apple: 79.0% male, 22.0% female Amazon: 61.0% male, 39.0% female


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21:21
New iPhone 6s passcode bypass lets handlers access...

A new iPhone 6s/6s Plus passcode bypass flaw is making its rounds on the internet today, and it’s similar to flaws we’ve seen in the past on iOS. Don’t be overly alarmed, though, as the odds of this happening to you are slim. Besides, if you are concerned, there are some bonafide ways to go about protecting yourself. more…

Filed under: iOS, Tips and Tricks Tagged: bug, contacts, how to, iPhone 6s, iphone 6s plus, lock screen,...

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19:47
Iowa's only Apple Store to get massive $3M...

Apple's lone retail outlet in Iowa, which has served Apple faithful for the past 12 years, is about to get a long-awaited makeover that promises to nearly triple floor space, and could introduce the "next-generation" Apple Store design language currently rolling out at international flagship locations.

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17:35
Apple Stores to use paper, not plastic, bags in...

Like many retailers looking to go green, Apple reportedly plans to phase out its familiar plastic shopping bags in mid-April, with the drawstring design to be replaced by environmentally friendly paper bags made out of recycled materials.

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17:18
Apple retail stores moving away from plastic bags to...

In a note sent to retail employees and obtained by 9to5Mac, Apple has announced that it will be moving away from the iconic plastic drawstring Apple Store bags in favor of new paper bags made out of 80% recycled materials.

In the note, Apple says that the change will occur on April 15, but adds that if stores still have plastic bags in stock, they should use those first before switching exclusively to the new paper bags. According to AppleInsider, Apple also tells employees to first ask if the customer would like a bag before giving them one, again looking to limit the number bags that it uses to begin with. The new bags are said to come in medium and large sizes.

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17:14
Professional Logo Creation Kit Bundle with 500+...

Whether your own website needs a new logo or your clients are screaming for one, this Mighty Deal from Zeppelin Graphics is the perfect solution. This fantabulous mega bundle is really 3 Logo Creation Kits in 1! In total, you’ll get yourself more than 500 professional design elements to create your new logo. Each element is fully customizable thanks to the original PSD, AI and EPS files that let you change up the color, shape, size and more.

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17:11
Siri security flaw grants access to Contacts and...

A newly discovered Siri search handling bug allows nefarious users to bypass passcode protected lock screens on iPhone 6s and 6s Plus handsets, granting easy access to Contacts and Photos data. The vulnerability is likely applicable only to a subset of devices, however.

That’s not good.

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16:10
“Alien Day” is April 26th, 2016

If you are lucky enough to live in a city with an Alamo Drafthouse, you owe it to yourself to see one of the greatest horror sci-fi movies of all time. I never had the opportunity to see either movie in a theater and am jealous of those folks who will get the chance on April 26th.

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16:10
Siri security flaw on iPhone 6s & 6s Plus grants...

A newly discovered Siri search handling bug allows nefarious users to bypass passcode protected lock screens on iPhone 6s and 6s Plus handsets, granting easy access to Contacts and Photos data. The vulnerability is likely applicable only to a subset of devices, however.

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15:58
TSA Paid $1.4 Million For Randomizer App That...

An anonymous reader writes: For those of you who have traveled through U.S. airports in recent years, you may have noticed the Transport Security Administration (TSA) use a Randomizer app to randomly search travelers in the Pre-Check lane. The app randomly chooses whether travelers go left or right in the Pre-Check lane so they can't predict which lane each person is assigned to and can't figure out how to avoid the random checks. Developer Kevin Burke submitted a Freedom of Information Act request asking for details about the app. The documents he received reveals the TSA purchased the Randomizer iPad app for $336,413.59. That's $336,413.59 for an app, which is incredibly simple to make as most programming languages of choice have a randomizing function available to use. What may be even more intriguing is that the contract for the TSA Randomizer app was won by IBM. The total amount paid for the project is actually $1.4 million, but the cost is not broken down in Burke's documents...

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15:17
Oculus' Controversial ToS a Stark Reminder of...


Oculus last week updated its terms of service to accompany the release of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, raising privacy and content ownership concerns. Software will be installed to monitor how the device is used, and the usage data will be sent back to Oculus and its parent company, Facebook, according to the terms of service. Collected data could be shared with third parties, including service providers and researchers. The terms of service also limit the ability to claim ownership of content created for the VR system.

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15:00
AWT News Update: April 4, 2016

The Nest Revolv hub, which will soon be a $300 (and not very attractive) brick

Thank you, listeners, for a record month! Please tell your friends about the AWT News Update and keep our numbers growing. Today we bring you news from all around the world of Apple:

  • If you own a Nest Revolv home automation hub (seen above), you're not going to be a happy camper when you hear that they're totally shutting down your $300 device
  • Have you spit into the bottle for 23andMe to get genetic information? If so, you'll be able to anonymously link your genetic info to ResearchKit medical studies in the near future
  • Apple's plans to sell low-cost refurbished iPhones in India are being undermined by a lobbying group backed by local firms and Samsung

The text version of the podcast can be found below.

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14:07
Universal Audio: Tones and techniques with the...

I have this plug-in from Universal Audio and love it. What this company does to allow people to make music is outstanding. Watch the video.

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14:02
Notable apps and app updates for April 4, 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.

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

DEVONtechnologies has updated all editions of its intelligent information and document manager DEVONthink as well as the smart notebook DEVONnote. DEVONthink help its users classify and organize documents effortlessly with unique artificial intelligence. 

Version 2.8.10 adds contextual menu options to HTML 5 videos, supports Airmail 2, and accepts videos sent via the sharing extension. All editions fix minor bugs and glitches too. The updates are free and recommended for all users.

All editions of DEVONthink as well as DEVONnote require an Intel-based Mac and OS X 10.8.5 or later (the Mac App Store versions require OS X 10.9 or later). They can be downloaded from...

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13:17
Setting up Apple Classroom

Fraser Speirs, who has written extensively about iPads in classrooms, takes us through setting up the new Apple Classroom.

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13:04
Apple's ResearchKit incorporates more genetics...

Private genetics firm 23andMe has released a new software module, allowing its genetics results to be incorporated into ResearchKit apps, Apple announced on Monday.

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13:00
Satechi’s Aluminum Mobile Dock and Watch Stand:...

Satechi keeps rolling out new models in its Metallic Series, all featuring solid aluminum construction that compliments the design of Apple products. Today we’re looking at the two newest members of the aluminum family, the Aluminum Mobile Dock for iPhone and iPad mini (US$24.99) and the Aluminum Watch Stand (US$19.99).

Aluminum Watch Stand

The Aluminum Watch Stand is a nice-looking piece of hardware, made from a solid chunk of aluminum complete with an iPhone-like shiny chamfer on the edge of the rectangular base. As you’d expect, you supply your own Watch Charging Cable, which winds down through a channel in the back and bottom of the stand.

On the bottom of the stand is a silicone base that keeps it from sliding, a feature that cat lovers will...

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12:46
Aretha Franklin – Soul Survivor

There is no one on the planet who sang like Aretha did in her prime. My mom was a huge fan (sadly, mom would ruin a lot of my listening by singly along, badly) and we listened to everything she recorded when I was a kid. Even now, at the age of 74, she is a better singer than 99.99% of people on tour today and can still occasionally reach the vocal power of her 70′s fame.

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12:24
A journey through the most disgusting baseball...

Some of the food pictured is truly disgusting. I’m not sure what started this gatronomic arms race but there’s no need for it. It’s a baseball game. The only food you need is a hot dog or a hamburger and a beer.

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12:16
Pebble brings iOS text replies to Verizon, adds...

Pebble on Monday announced a series of service and software updates for its multi-platform smartwatches, most notably enabling the iOS text reply feature for Verizon iPhones.

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11:47
Apple and VR

Michael Gartenberg:

VR has been part of that club for the last thirty years. When, and if Apple does bring a VR product to market it will look very different from anything we’ve seen before or see today. That kind of leap is what Apple looks for prior to making things that are virtual into reality.

Apple does not follow trends unless there is a way they can innovate and bring it to the masses. Don’t expect anything from them until they can do that.

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11:39
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 4...

Notable software releases this week include Banktivity 5.6.7, Parallels Desktop 11.1.3, Fantastical 2.2, Evernote 6.6, OmniFocus 2.5, OmniOutliner 4.5.1, MoneyWell 2.3.10, iBooks Author 2.4.1, KeyCue 8.0, Default Folder X 5.0.3, and DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.8.10.

 

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11:38
ExtraBITS for 4 April 2016

In ExtraBITS this week, the FBI has agreed to unlock an iPhone related to an Arkansas homicide, Verizon is adding a $20 fee to phone upgrades, and Amazon is trying to banish non-compliant USB-C cables from its store.

 

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11:10
Brean Capital believes iPhone sales will fall to...

Though the firm remains bullish on Apple, Brean Capital believes Apple will see total iPhone sales for 2016 drop by 16 million units, amidst a slowing smartphone market.

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11:09
Localytics: iPhone SE is off to a sluggish start,...

Both the iPhone SE and the 9.7 inch iPad Pro have received positive industry reviews, but, after their first full weekend on sale, the the iPhone SE managed to grab only 0.1% of the iPhone market, as measured by Localytics’ device adoption.

The new phone was unable to take away the iPhone 5’s share, the model it most closely resembled, suggesting that small-screen lovers haven’t yet been convinced to upgrade from their 5 models to the new iPhone SE, notes the mobile engagement platform. While the 5S, 5 and 5C all lost market share compared to two weeks ago (by 1 percentage point each), the...

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10:14
FBI method for hacking iPhone likely to leak

But even if the government walks away from that battle, the growing number of state and local authorities seeking the FBI’s help with locked phones in criminal probes increases the likelihood that the FBI will have to provide it. When that happens, defense attorneys will cross-examine the experts involved.

Although each lawyer would mainly be interested in whether evidence-tampering may have occurred, the process would likely reveal enough about the method for Apple to block it in future versions of its phones, an Apple employee said.

You know that Apple engineers have been all over this since the FBI first announced they found a way into the phone. If they haven’t already found the weakness, they will as soon as these cases go to court.

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10:08
Tesla Model 3 orders top $10 billion in first 36...

Tesla Motors Inc said orders for its new Model 3 electric sedan topped 253,000 in the first 36 hours — a fast start for the company’s first mass-market vehicle, which may not begin to reach customers for another 18 months or more.

That’s impressive.

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09:57
1Password 6.2 for Mac adds automatic login naming +...

Juggling passwords for all the digital services we manage these days is no easy task with varying rules and expiring credentials all the time, but 1Password makes the process both more secure and way more convenient. Rather than using a version of a few passwords that you can actually remember, 1Password easily lets you generate strong, randomized passwords for each service that you protect behind a single secure password, then browser extensions and action extensions on OS X and iOS make password entry super simple.

The latest update to 1Password for Mac, version 6.2, adds a couple of minor but useful enhancements to the desktop experience. First, intelligence behind the automatic login and password filler is smarter in the new version, which means using the keyboard shortcut or browser extension to fill in your info will fail fewer times....

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09:47
The Hololens Academy: How I Became a Novice Wizard


At last week's Microsoft Build conference, I attended the Hololens Academy -- a whirlwind effort to turn me into a master programmer able to create things out of thin air. It failed. Apparently it takes longer than an hour to teach someone who hasn't coded in decades to be a master programmer -- go figure. However, by the end of the class I was gleefully throwing fireballs at the heads of my co-wizards and their digital familiars. That took me down a Hogwarts-like path to the idea that doing things like Harry Potter did won't be that difficult.

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09:38
Sheer amount of data involved delaying EU ruling on...

There's no way of telling when the European Commission will conclude its investigation into Apple's Irish tax deals, simply because the huge amount of data involved, the Commission's competition head said on Monday.

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09:38
A letter to Apple: you’ve given my brother life

What a great story, not from the point of view of Apple but from this young man who could have easily given up, bemoaning his lot in life but instead, pushes through his physical impairments to be the best person he can be.

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09:36
9.7-inch iPad Pro teardown reveals iPhone 6s Plus...

The 9.7-inch iPad Pro isn’t simply a scaled down version of its larger predecessor, according to a closer inspection of the tablet’s internals from the folks at iFixit.

First thing’s first: Like all iOS devices, the smaller iPad Pro isn’t easy to repair, so if you’re a DIY-er, this tablet isn’t the one you’re looking for.

There are a few big differences between the large and small Pros. The 12.9-inch model scored a little higher on iFixit’s repairability scale because its larger battery has pull tabs for easier removal, which the smaller Pro’s does not.

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09:30
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09:12
Apple's new iPhone SE lags siblings in sales as...

The newest, littlest iPhone hasn't captured the imagination of smartphone buyers just yet, new launch data indicates, while the 9.7-inch iPad Pro has seen steady adoption following last week's debut.

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08:40
SquareTrade completes iPhone SE durability tests,...

How durable is your new iPhone SE?

The best answer might be “fair to middling”.

Recently, extended warranty provider SquareTrade subjected the iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 6s Plus to a series of excessive bend, drop, tumble, and water tests, and the results show that its compact design does not necessarily make it more durable than the slimmer 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones.

The company noted that the iPhone SE bent at 160 pounds of pressure as opposed to the 170 pounds that the iPhone 6s began to bend at. Moreover, at 178 pounds, the iPhone SE reached “catastrophic failure,” whereas the iPhone 6s Plus was only beginning to bend under the pressure.

The iPhone SE permanently shut off after less than one minute when...

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08:30
The Week in iOS Apps: Play ball!

A home run!

This week’s roundup includes two apps that help you live the thrill of baseball season. Read on!

AlertFilm

Trying to figure out which streaming service has that old James Bond movie you wanted to watch? AlertFilm lets you create a watchlist, then notifies you when your desired flick becomes available on several streaming services—paid and subscription—as well as when it hits theaters. (One service that’s missing: Amazon. But developers promise that will change soon.)

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08:30
Siri might just be a SABR member with its new...

For many years, my wife and I have been members of SABR, the Society for American Baseball Research. The group is full of what we fondly call "baseball nerds," those people who can rattle off stats for teams or players, or who have a deep interest in the history of the game. Well, Siri has received an update for the start of the 2016 baseball season and it now has a very impressive grounding in baseball stats for the past and present.

Since Siri's inception, it has usually returned requests for stats with the "here's what I found on the web" push to a bunch of website results. Now the statistics show up as native results. Asking Siri questions like "How many home runs did Mark McGwire's hit in his career?" or "What was Ted Williams lifetime batting average?" now gives you fast and accurate answers.

Siri also now provides league-level answers for 29 different baseball leagues, not just Major League Baseball. Once the...

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08:29
9.7" iPad Pro teardown finds 12.9" model...

In order to compress technology from the 12.9-inch iPad Pro into a 9.7-inch form factor, Apple had to make some significant internal design changes, a teardown of Apple's new flagship tablet reveals.

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08:21
iFixit posts 9.7-inch iPad Pro teardown

The cool cats at iFixit have just torn down the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and found the typical mix of components from Samsung, Bosch Sensortec, NXP Semiconductors, and others, plus a whole lot of battery. Cutting to the chase, iFixit rates the smaller iPad Pro’s repairability at a low 2 out of 10, which is the same as the iPad Air 2 it replaces but one point below what it rated the 12.9-inch iPad Pro last year.

Comparing the two, iFixit gave the 12.9-inch iPad Proa slightly higher repairability score because its battery features pull tabs which help when removing and replacing it; the smaller iPad Pro’s battery lacks these pull tabs and can’t be easily removed due to a ton of adhesive that keeps it in place almost like soldering.

The 9.7-inch iPadPro’s battery is slightly smaller than the iPad Air 2...

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07:50
Like Bo, now Apple's Siri knows baseball

Apple's new tie-up with Major League Baseball seems to have brought more than dugout cred for the iPad -- the company's virtual assistant, Siri, now has access to a trove of modern-day and historic baseball statistics.

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07:24
9to5Mac readers warming to the iPhone SE – purchase...

The first time we ran a poll on the iPhone SE, just after launch, some 26% of you were planning to buy it. Now it’s on sale, and we’ve run a number of hands-on pieces with the more pocketable phone, and that number has grown dramatically, to 48%.

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07:21
9.7-inch iPad Pro teardown finds Samsung RAM,...

It’s been a year and a half since iFixit tore into the flagship 9.7-inch tablet from Apple, and now it’s finally time to look inside the smaller iPad Pro and see what it’s really made of. What you’ll find is your typical mix of components from Samsung, Bosch Sensortec, NXP Semiconductors, and others, plus a whole lot of battery. Cutting to the chase, iFixit rates the smaller iPad Pro’s repairability at a low 2 out of 10, which is the same as the iPad Air 2 it replaces but one point below what it rated the 12.9-inch iPad Pro last year. Here’s what’s inside the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and why iFixit says it’s not so repairable…

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07:15
∞ David Gilmour on Jimmy Kimmel performing Wish You...

[VIDEO] Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here stands as one of my all time favorite albums, and David Gilmour one of my favorite guitarists. This performance of the album’s title track, his first on live TV in ten years, does not disappoint.

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07:03
Planning an Apple product purchase? Check a buyer’s...

In the market for a new retina MacBook Pro? An iPad mini? An iPod Touch? You might consider checking out a buyer’s guide before you buy, to get a sense of where your particular product is in its release cycle.

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06:47
iFixIt: the 9.7-inch iPad Pro’s innards are ‘kind of...

The gang at iFixIt, which tears down new products so you don’t have to, says Apple’s new 9.7-inch iPad Pro “may take after the Air 2’s looks and Pro’s specs, but it ended up with the ugly genes of the family.”

With so much tech to cram into a thinner case, the iFixIt folks weren’t surprised to see the infamous camera bump make its iPad debut. But when they found out they forgot the battery strips we'd seen in the 12.9-inch iPad Pro 12.9, they “were crushed.”

“Add to that some weird cabling choices, copious adhesive, and four speakers, and this iPad is kind of a mess—no offense,” says iFixIt. “Will the Pro line stand the test of time, superseding the original iPad, iPad Air, and maybe even Mini? Time will tell, but we’re hoping future devices will be bump-free and adhesive tab-equipped.

The iPad Pro 9.7" teardown highlights include:

  • The battery weighs in at 27.91 Whr—essentially the...
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06:38
Indian smartphone sellers fear iPhone 'snob...

Apple's application to sell used iPhones in India is reportedly being fought by executives with leading vendors and manufacturers, who are worried that it could jeopardize local industry by opening the door to used imports as a whole.

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06:31
Siri can now answer more of your baseball questions

Baseball season is now officially here, and Siri can now answer more of your baseball related questions.

Try this one to get you started:

How many career home runs does Bryce Harper have?

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06:30
Banktivity 5.6.7

Resolves a number of bugs in the popular financial app. ($59.99 new, free update, 39.3 MB)

 

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06:28
Apple is added to the U.S. Focus list at Credit...

Credit Suisse analyst Kulbinder Garcha has raised his price target on outperform-rated Apple from $140 to $150 and the stock has been added to the firm's U.S Focus List.

He says the market under appreciates the growth potential and annuity -type business Apple gets from Services (Internet services, AppleCare, Apple Pay, licensing, etc.) Garcha estimates gross profit from Services has grown from $3.2 billion in 2010 to $14.5 billion (or 15% of total) today. The analyst thinks that, by 2020, it could grow to $33.7 billion — or 29% of total, driven by three factors:

Garcha notes that the installed base of more than 1 billion active devices and nearly 600 million unique users are highly affluent and like to transact (spending 7x more than Android users). As Apple Pay, Apple Music, and iCloud take hold,...

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06:20
The evolution of tech, always seen as a toy. Until...

Terrific post by Steven Sinofsky, showing a sequence of images of evolutionary steps in technology over the years, each one seen as a techie toy when it first emerged.

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06:15
Amazon is first, Apple third, in the 2016 RESCUECOM...

The latest 2016 RESCUECOM Computer Reliability Report — based on 60,000 service call requests into the computer repair and tech support company’s 1-800-RESCUE-PC hot line annually — rates the Kindle as the most trouble-free device.

However, the always-high-ranking Apple hasn’t dropped dramatically in reliability and only slightly in its rank, taking third this year. Its devices account for fewer tech support calls than most and steadily attract consumers, the Mac and MacBook Pro remaining popular alternatives to PCs.

Amazon has taken over as the most reliable brand because RESCUECOM's Computer Reliability Report now includes tablets and personal...

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06:09
Apple’s push to bring used iPhones to India ignites...

Interesting piece from Bloomberg. In a nutshell, Apple is finding that the price of a new iPhone is too high for the Indian economy, so they are seeking permission to sell used iPhones. Apple’s Indian competitors are doing everything they can to derail that prospect.

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06:02
Analyst says iPhone sales could fall below 200...

In a note to clients — as reported by AppleInsider — KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says lower-than-expected demand for the iPhone 6s, a soft iPhone SE launch, and dual-camera designs from competitors expected to beat the “iPhone 7” to market means Apple smartphone shipments could fall below 200 million units this year. (Let the “Apple is doomed rumors” begin!)

He predicts shipments of between 85 million and 95 million iPhone units in the first half of 2016, followed by 105 million to 115 million in the back half of the year. Kuo thinks iPhone units will fall between 190 million and 210 million for the full year, and he believes Apple is "likely" to see sales fall on the short end of that prediction, dipping under 200 million.

Apple shipped 232 million iPhones in 2015. Most Wall Street “experts” expect Apple to ship...

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06:00
Bay area software developer selling massive vintage...

If you’re a vintage Apple hardware fan, you’re going to like this.

Bay area software developer, in an effort to clear out some space in his apartment, has just placed a massive amount of his Apple hardware collection on Craigslist with most of the items at rock bottom prices as well as assorted free items in the mix.

Kaisershot, who has been collecting and enjoying Mac stuff for decades, has conceded the need to clear up some room in his apartment as well as the desire to raise money to upgrade his graphics card as well.

So, without further ado, here is the massive list of the items Keith has for sale:

1 $5 Altec Lansing external USB sound card.

1 $50 Apple Adjustable Keyboard ADB with numeric keypad. Surface cleaned and disinfected by me.

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05:39
Apple's iPhone shipments 'likely' to...

With lower-than-expected demand for the iPhone 6s, a soft iPhone SE launch, and dual-camera designs from competitors expected to beat the 'iPhone 7 Plus' to market, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes iPhone shipments could fall below 200 million units this year.

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05:30
Parallels Desktop 11.1.3

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, 293 MB)

 

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05:30
How to switch apps on an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus...

I usually switch apps using the "double-tap the home button to access the app switcher" on my iPhone shortcut, but recently learned that there's an easier way. 

Excuse me if you already know this one, but it was new to me (a few months ago) and most of the people I've shown it to have been surprised. Press and swipe from the left edge of the screen to switch to the next app.

This nugget of info is from my “Working Smarter for Mac Users” newsletter.  You can sign up for free and get free timesaving tips, and more, every week.

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05:00
This is Laugh at Work Week, so celebrate accordingly

April 1-7 is Laugh at Work Week. Steve and I always have fun here at Apple World Today, but wanted to suggest some apps to help you liven up your workplace.

This is a week dedicated to building more fun into our workplaces. Work should always have an element of fun. Here are some apps that may bring a smile to your face and the faces of your co-workers.

Funny Reader is a $0.99 app for Mac OS X. Available at at the Mac App Store, it’s a simple speech synthesizer. Type in any text you want, and Funny Reader will read it for you in some, uh, weird voices, including Bells, Boing, Bubbles, Deranged, Pipe Organ, Princess, and more.

Funny-Quotes, which you nab at the Mac App Store for $1.99, is filled with funny quotes to keep you entertained. Quotes change periodically.

If you prefer some fun on your iOS device, there’s the $0.99 Energy Charger-Artwork Jokes series. It has, as the name implies, a series of jokes on various topics. Or there’s the Funny...

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04:50
Jean-Louis Gassée: Apple’s first victory over Big...

Jean-Louis Gassée, writing for Monday Note, talks about the road to success for Apple’s biggest (back in the early days) business outside the US, Apple France.

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04:45
Apple’s plans to boost iPhone uptake in India thru...

Apple’s plan to sell used iPhones in India to bring new customers into the Apple ecosystem has met with strong opposition, reports Bloomberg. A newly-formed lobbying group has sent a letter to the government asking it to deny Apple the official approval it would need to begin the sales – and one of the companies behind the group is Samsung.

“Why even consider allowing import of used phones when import of other used goods such as cars are precluded by 300 percent duty levies?” asked Ravinder Zutshi, chairman of the newly formed Mobile and Communications Council, which issued the letter. The group’s members include the largest Indian phone brands: Micromax, Intex and Samsung … 

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04:40
After cracking Apple's iPhone, FBI will help US...

The FBI has promised to help local law enforcement authorities crack encrypted devices, in a letter that refers to the federal agency’s success in accessing the data on an iPhone 5c running iOS 9 that was used by one of the San Bernardino terrorists.

The agency did not, however, explicitly promise investigators that it would deploy the same tool, said to have been developed by an outside organization, on other iPhones.

The FBI had earlier demanded in court that Apple should assist it in its attempts to crack by brute force the passcode of the iPhone used by the terrorist, without triggering an auto-erase feature that could be activated after 10 unsuccessful tries.

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04:31
Fantastical 2.2

Adds native Exchange support and enables you to print calendars and reminder lists in a variety of different views. ($49.99 new, free update, 13.2 MB)

 

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04:30
Business spotlight: Chronos, making OS X and iOS...

Apple World Today runs an occasional series (as whenever Steve and I have time) that will spotlight a company that offers cool products and/or services for Apple users. This week we’re featuring Chronos.

“The name Chronos comes from the Greek word ‘khronos,” which means time, says Jerry Halls, vice president of sales. “The information flow and demands of the twenty-first century require that we find more efficient ways to utilize time, our most precious resource. Einstein suggested that Time Dilation (which happens when objects approach the speed of light) is the only way to slow down time. Since this is not feasible, Chronos aims to give people back more seconds, minutes and hours in their day by providing effective time and contact management solutions.”

Chronos makes consumer and small business software for OS X and iOS. Based in Heber City, Utah, the company has been making award-winning Mac software...

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04:00
You'll want to be in the GRID driver's...

Thanks to Feral Interactive, the BAFTA award-winning racing game GRID roared onto the Mac some time ago. Developed and published by Codemasters for PC and consoles, it's part of the acclaimed TOCA Touring Car series. And if you like racing games, you'll want to be behind the wheel in GRID.

The graphics in the $24.99 game are vibrant and gorgeous. I wouldn't describe them as realistic, but "ultra-realistic" with the vibrant colors. 

GRID also has several neat options. You’re in charge of your own racing team. This means you can choose sponsors, buy and sell cars, hire and fire teammates. If you cash strapped, you can even race for other teams to earn some moolah.

GRID is easy to learn, but achieving spectacular racing results isn't so easy. When you start the game, you're diving a Dodge Viper on a street circuit. This helps you learn the rules of the game.

I found driving...

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03:53
President Obama still not allowed to use an iPhone,...

President Barack Obama has said in the past that he’s not allowed to use an iPhone for security reasons (though he does use a WiFi-only iPad) – but the NY Times reports that senior White House aides finally can. The change of policy comes as part of a major update to elderly White House technology.

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03:31
Evernote 6.6

Brings a new navigation scheme for switching between notes and notebooks. (Free, 52.7 MB)

 

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02:53
Promise Vtrak e610f to Xserve 1,1 with LSI

Forums: Hardware

I have recently acquired a 2006 Xserve 1,1 and a Promise Vtrak e610f from different sources. The Vtrak appears to be functional, all light green. Currently, I cannot connect via IP (not sure what the IP is) and don't have a serial cable (on back order).

The Xserve is running 10.6.8 and has an LSI Fibre Channel HBA. I've connected the Promise to this HBA directly using the Apple 4bg SFP copper cable. The link shows as active in System Preferences 'Fibre Channel'.

System Profiler sees the HBA. No LUNS are showing in System Profiler or in Disk Utility.

What do I need to get this working? I am guessing that logging into the Promise would be very useful, but is it necessary? Is there software that needs installing on a base/clean 10.6.8 server install?

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02:32
OmniFocus 2.5

Adds a new Style Preference Pane for creating styles from built-in font and color collections for from your own imported styles. ($39.99 new, free update, 27.6 MB)

 

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02:09
Apple upgrades Siri to be smarter about baseball,...

Apple doesn’t normally improve the capabilities of Siri outside of a major operating system update, but it has made an exception this time around for baseball. Apple has dramatically improved the knowledge base Siri can draw from for Siri, allowing the voice-activated personal assistant to answer a wider range of questions about the sport. Via The Verge, Siri now covers 28 leagues, not just Major League Baseball, too.

Siri first started answering sports questions with iOS 6. Apple says that the upgrade to baseball, timed alongside the new MLB season, allows users to ask more detailed questions about career statistics and baseball history.

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01:32
OmniOutliner 4.5.1

Fixes a number bugs related to printing. ($49.99 new, free update, 24.1 MB)

 

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27-inch 5K iMacs on sale for up to $150 off M...
B&H Photo has 27″ 5K iMacs on sale for up to $150 off MSRP including free shipping plus NY sales tax only: - 27″ 3.3GHz iMac 5K: $2199 $100 off MSRP - 27″ 3.2GHz/1TB Fusion iMac 5K: $1849.99 $150... Read more
What Does The Refreshed 12-Inch MacBook Tell...
A lot of commentators are complaining that Apple’s update of the 12-Inch MacBook last week is a bit of a damp squib. I don’t know what they were expecting, since it would be very unlike Apple to do a... Read more
Free Wittify Keyboard Now Available On The Ap...
A team of Harvard Business School students have announced that the Wittify Keyboard, a new app utility for iOS devices, is now available on the Apple App Store. The Wittify keyboard and application... Read more
13-inch 2.7GHz Retina MacBook Pros on sale fo...
Take $130-$150 off MSRP on the price of a new 13″ 2.7GHz Retina MacBook Pro at Amazon. Shipping is free: - 13″ 2.7GHz/128GB Retina MacBook Pro: $1169 $130 off MSRP - 13″ 2.7GHz/256GB Retina MacBook... Read more
Logi BASE: The Easy Way to Charge and Use You...
Today Logitech unveiled its new the Logi BASE Charging Stand with Smart Connector for iPad Pro, enabling a new way to charge your 12.9-inch or 9.7-inch iPad Pro while it’s in use. A first of its kind... Read more
JAMF Software Announces Bushel Blueprints T...
Minneapolis based JAMF Software, specialists in Apple device management, today announced a new release of their Apple device management solution Bushel. Included in this release is Blueprints for... Read more
15-inch Retina MacBook Pros on sale for up to...
Amazon.com has 15″ Retina MacBook Pros on sale for up to $210 off MSRP including free shipping: - 15″ 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pro: $1799 $200 off MSRP - 15″ 2.5GHz Retina MacBook Pro: $2289 $210 off... Read more
12-inch 32GB Gold iPad Pro available for $699...
MacMall has the 12″ 32GB Gold iPad Pro on sale for $699 including free shipping. Their price is $100 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest price available for this model. Read more
Apple refurbished 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 2015 15″ Retina MacBook Pros available for up to $380 off the cost of new models. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each model, and shipping is free: - 15″ 2... Read more

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Job Description: Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, Read more
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*Apple* Solutions Consultant - … (United Sta...
Job Summary As an Apple Solutions Consultant, you'll be the link between our future customers and our products. You'll showcase your entrepreneurial spirit as you Read more
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