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Friday April 29

09:39
Apple's iPad Pro beating Microsoft Surface in...

Apple's iPad Pro is already surpassing the Microsoft Surface in the so-called "detachable" tablet market, though that market is still relatively small, according to a new research report.

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09:37
How to customize the Apple TV (fourth-generation)...

The fourth-generation Apple TV ($149 MSRP) is much more powerful and capable than previous versions, with thousands of apps you can download from the App Store.

But you know what they say about having great power. To make the most of the latest Apple TV, you’ll need to take some responsibility over the arrangement of these apps on the home screen. Here are three steps to cleaning up the clutter and streamlining your binge-watching sessions.

Choose your four favorite apps

The top row of apps is not like the others with the fourth-generation Apple TV. Using the touchpad, you can scroll over any of these four apps to view suggested content right on the home screen. This can be a helpful way to see what’s on without having to dive into a bunch of separate apps.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 11” MacBook Air 256GB $850,...

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09:17
External Link: Inside “Emojigeddon”

If you have noticed the ever-growing collection of emoji characters available on your Mac and iOS devices, the people to thank for them are members of the venerable Unicode Consortium, a non-profit group that has been working to standardize the character sets for all the world’s languages and writing systems since 1991. The recent work on emojis undertaken by the Consortium is not without cost, however: a number of members of the Consortium think that the emoji characters are distracting the group from focusing on other, more important work. The chronicles of “Emojigeddon” make for fascinating reading, even if you don’t know a PUNCTUS FLEXUS MARK from a CAT FACE WITH TEARS OF JOY.

 

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09:16
Google begins beta test of Trips, a new travel...

Google Now and the company’s Inbox app already do a pretty good job when it comes to collecting and organizing all those pesky travel details.

But Google wants to go further by serving as your local tour guide with a new app called Trips. After teasing it last week, a beta build is now on the way to some members of the Local Guides program, which is Google’s equivalent of Yelp Elites. 

AndroidWorld.nl

Get suggestions for your trip as soon as you arrive at the destination.

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09:15
FCC wireless auction hits spectrum target, paving...

Television stations have volunteered to sell off 126MHz of “beach front” wireless spectrum to mobile carriers in an ongoing U.S. Federal Communications Commission auction, potentially bringing higher speeds and more reliable networks to customers.

The 126MHz of spectrum was the highest amount anticipated by the FCC in the so-called incentive auction, agency officials said Friday. In most areas of the country, the agency will be able to auction 10 blocks of 10MHz to mobile carriers and other interested bidders.

This low-band spectrum, in the 600MHz band, is highly coveted by mobile carriers because it can cover long distances and penetrate walls and other obstacles. Mobile carriers have pushed for more spectrum as their customers’ network use keeps growing, and the low-band spectrum will help carriers roll out faster 5G service,...

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09:03
VideoTweet: Share videos from Final Cut Pro X to...

VideoTweet is a new utility from the folks over at Arctic Whiteness that brings Twitter sharing to Final Cut Pro X. Appearing as a destination within Final Cut Pro X’s export options, it’s a quick way to get video from a project to your Twitter followers. more…

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How-To
, Apps, Mac Tagged: Final Cut Pro X, how to, Mac, OS X, photos app,...

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08:22
Comcast’s Raises Monthly Data Cap to a Less-...

Comcast has made a surprise announcement: It will no longer charge overages to any customer who uses less than one terabyte of data per month. That’s not bad. For now.

 

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08:08
Additional Apple Maps data, services emerges for new...

Apple on Thursday expanded its Apple Maps Flyover feature, adding both Flyover data and Spotlight Suggestions to new countries as well as traffic data to a new location. The Flyover feature is now available in Akron, Ohio and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. This brings the grand total of Flyover locations to over 260 cities as Apple has been expanding the feature at a brisk pace.

Additionally, Apple has expanded Spotlight Suggestions to a trio of new countries. The feature is now available in 19 countries with today’s additions of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. Spotlight Suggestions offers quick suggestions of content and locations from Maps, iTunes, the App Store, and web when users search for a term via the Spotlight search bar on their device.

Apple Maps...

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08:00
Apple World Today Deals Shop: Special launch deals...

Yesterday we told you about the Apple World Today Deals Shop, our new partnership with StackCommerce to save our readers some money on everything from accessories and apps to training and fun tech toys. Today we're bringing you some launch deals on the 20 for 20 iOS Game Developer Bundle and the Nomad Pod Portable Apple Watch Battery Pack, and if you jump on any deal in the shop, you'll get an additional 10% off if you use coupon code AWT10. Refer a friend to the Deals Shop and you'll also get $...

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07:38
Review: Kito+, the iPhone case that doubles as a...

Prior to the official announcement of the Apple Watch, there were multiple rumors that the device would be packed with health-related sensors. When it finally launched, however, it got just a heart-rate monitor – albeit a sophisticated one. A teardown revealed that there’s also a pulse oximeter in there, to measure oxygen saturation in your blood, but Apple hasn’t yet activated that functionality.

The apparent turnabout on sensors was explained by Tim Cook, who last year told the Telegraph that Apple wanted to avoid the need for FDA approval as a...

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07:26
Drake says new album's Apple Music exclusivity...

Although Drake's new album Views From the 6 is launching today as an Apple Music exclusive, that exclusivity period is just one week long, according to the rapper.

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07:14
Biz Stone's Jelly app relaunches, promising to...

Jelly’s back—but does it have a winning formula this time?

The Q&A app from Twitter cofounder Biz Stone relaunched this week—on the web and in Apple’s App Store—after Stone last year deemed the original version a failure.

In a post at Medium, Stone said the re-imagined app combines the wisdom of human users with artificial intelligence to quickly produce answers—sometimes fact-based, sometimes larded with opinion—to a user’s query.

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06:42
TrendForce: there’s good news and bad news regarding...

New data from TrendForce shows that worldwide tablet shipments in the first quarter of 2016 totaled 35.2 million units, translating to a 35% drop from the previous quarter and a 7.9% drop from a year ago. Despite what many press reports insinuate, slowing tablet sales are affecting also manufacturers, not just Apple. Plus, the research group’s report has good news and bad news about Apple’s iPad Pro.

TrendForce notebook analyst Anita Wang said branded tablet vendors’ shipment results were mediocre following their impressive fourth-quarter performances that were supported by the peak season demand. As large-size smartphones continue to erode the tablet market, the trend of tablets becoming even larger has become more apparent, she adds.

Apple was still the leading brand by shipments in the first quarter with 10.3 million units shipped, amounting to a 36% quarterly decline and an 18.8% year-on-year decrease.

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06:26
US Supreme Court approves search warrants for...

The U.S. Supreme Court has authorized a rule change that -- barring intervention by Congress -- will allow judges to issue search warrants for computers in any jurisdiction, instead of just the ones their courts oversee directly.

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06:20
Supreme Court approves rule change that expands FBI...

The Supreme Court has adopted amendments to a rule to give judges the authority to issue warrants to remotely search computers whose locations are concealed using technology.

The proposed move had been criticized by civil rights groups and companies like Google that said it threatened to undermine the privacy rights and computer security of Internet users.

The top court has approved changes to the Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure, including Rule 41, which with some exceptions prohibits a federal judge from issuing a search warrant outside of the judge’s district. The change in the rule was proposed by the Advisory Committee on the Rules of Criminal Procedure at the request of the Department of Justice.

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06:17
The FBI paid less than $1 million for its iPhone...

The FBI paid under $1 million for the technique used to unlock the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters - a figure smaller than the $1.3 million the agency's chief initially indicated the hack cost, reports Reuters, quoting unnamedU.S. government sources.

The article adds that the FBI will be able to use the technique to unlock other iPhone 5C models running iOS 9 - the specifications of the shooter's phone - without additional payment to the contractor who provided it. The Justice Department unlocked the iPhone in March with the help of the contractor after Apple Inc refused to bypass the device's encryption features on grounds it could undermine security for all users.

In related news, the U.S. House of Representatives has voted unanimously to pass the Email Privacy Act, a bill that has the backing of a coalition of major technology businesses including Apple...

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06:09
Drake’s new album an Apple Music exclusive (for one...

Streaming of Drake’s latest album Views has hit Apple Music, and will be exclusive to the streaming service for one week, the rapper announced on Beats 1.

You can also buy the album on iTunes for $13.99. However, you should note that it comes with a parental advisory for “explicit content.”

Speaking of the streaming music service — which now has 13 million subscribers —  yesterday Apple updated its Apple Music app for Android users. With support for family plans, users can now subscribe or update to a six-person family membership. A six-person family membership runs $14.99 — $5 more than the one-person $9.99 membership.

Shop iPhone 6/6s Cases & Covers at OtterBox.com with Free Shipping!

 

 

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05:18
AppleInsider podcast reviews Apple's 12"...

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, we go hands-on with Apple's new early 2016 12-inch MacBook, talk Apple's soft earnings, discuss the Logi Base Smart Connector charger, and talk about 'iPhone 7' and the headphone jack.

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05:00
The Outback Solo a handsome, retro, functional iPad/...

When I pack my iPad or MacBook into WaterField Designs' Outback Solo, I feel a need to put on an Indiana Jones-style fedora or a cowboy hat. Yes, the waxed canvas version of the Muzetto line is that inspiring. 

The Outback -- which radiates quality and top-notch design -- is available in dark brown canvas, a choice of six accent colors and five sizes. With its retro look/feel, it's incredible to look at and touch. Even better, the Outback is as durable a non-padded bag as I've tried. When scratches and marks do appear, they can be softened by applying some heat from a hair dryer -- which only adds to its well-worn look.

The Outback Solo is a vertical messenger bag that sports one main compartment to hold the iPad, a back pocket for paperwork, a pocket under the flap, a zippered interior pocket for stashing cash, and an adjustable strap. A gold liner lights up the interior, which makes it easy to see contents. There'...

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04:30
I'll take mine with pulp (PulpMotion, that is)

By Frank Petrie

So, you're getting tire of your homemade movies and wish there was something you could use to give them more "pop." Look no further than PulpMotion from Aquafadas. The easiest way to describe this app is to think of "themes"' in iMovie on Mac OS X (10.8 or higher). Aquafadas has taken the idea of "themes" to whole new heights.

PulpMotion is an $129 collection of animations that you can drag and drop onto your existing photos or movies into to complete the theme of your choice. Themes range from gorgeous title displays to striking animations; some artistic, some dazzling computer effects. 

There is sure to be something in the selection to suit your taste. From modern computer animation to family themes to drawn animation, all themes are of high quality. You can also add music to your masterpiece, from the user, friendly title bar/tool bar.

For the icing...

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04:24
Streaming of Drake’s new ‘Views’ album exclusive to...

Streaming of Drake’s latest album Views has hit Apple Music, and will be exclusive to the streaming service for one week, the rapper announced on Beats 1. This confirmed an earlier Buzzfeed report.

Drake told Zane Lowe that the album is a very personal one, based very much on his own feelings about himself and his home city of Toronto.

I’m a very honest person. I can’t write fiction.

The short one-week exclusivity period was no doubt influenced by the fact that Drake was the most-streamed artist on Spotify last...

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04:00
Fashion Friday: ‘this is your brain, this is your...

Over the years, I’ve collected lots of nifty T-shirts from trade shows I’ve covered — mainly the late, lamented Macworld Expos held in Boston, San Francisco, New York, Tokyo, and Paris. Over the next few weeks I’ll be “modeling” some of the items in my collection.

Today I’m pictured in a version of the popular “this is your brain; this is your brain on drugs” t-shirt. I received it at some Macworld Expo over the years, but, honestly, I can’t remember which one. Can anyone help me out?

Classic protection: Pad & Quill's Little Pocket Book for iPhone® SE Case

 

 

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Thursday April 28

22:48
Microsoft is using synthetic DNA to store data

Microsoft's data might be intact for thousands of years to come, now that it's looking into DNA storage as an option. The company has purchased 10-million-long oligonucleotides (DNA or RNA molecules) from San Francisco startup Twist Bioscience. Accor...

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20:46
Report: FBI actually paid less than $1 million for...

In a new report, Reuters this evening is claiming that the FBI paid less than $1 million for the tool it used to unlock the San Bernardino gunman’s iPhone 5c. Apple, of course, denied to create a tool to do so, so the FBI went through a third-party to gain access. The report, citing “several U.S. government sources,” further claims that the technique can be used on any iPhone 5c running iOS 9.

more…

Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: iPhone 5C, San Bernardino...

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20:05
who left because of the subscription

Forums: Resharing

Farmers gold likely to drop their prices in response, but those who prefer a legitimate way to buy in-game Blade & Soul Gold currency now have an alternative to buying gold farmers.It may not be the ideal solution to this problem, but the fact that the storm, and now offers incentives to buy gold legally is a step in the right direction. Only time will tell whether this will solve the piracy and inflation problems of the world tin cans Blade And Soul experienced players, but it can worsen the situation, and we hope that the symbolic system not only stimulate the economy in the game, but also brought Blade And Soul new players who left because of the subscription. What month do you think about the world of new cans symbolic systems? 'World of Warcraft' Timewalking increases the risk of old and looting dungeons....

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20:05
this means that gold may still be available

Forums: Hardware

When controlled by Blizzard, it will be the amount that can be obtained after the deal without cutting house.That Blade & Soul Gold auction has taken does not mean that it is guaranteed plan. Gold farmers working for cheap, this means that gold may still be available from the farmers obscenely low prices. Four thousand gold costs about five dollars depending on the player, which server Blade And Soul, this means that if Blizzard wants to eliminate completely the agricultural Gold will have a competitive price symbols. If symbols are priced at competitive price is very similar amount of gold, for example, will be in danger of losing the monthly premiums tokens.As cheaper than the initial declaration, and icons will be $ 20 and 30,000 of gold in the game. The weakening of the gold farmers increased significantly (from...

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19:40
FBI reportedly paid less than $1M for San Bernardino...

A report on Thursday claims the U.S. Federal Bureau of investigation spent less than $1 million on an exploit used to access an iPhone tied to last year's San Bernardino terror attack, far below a previously estimated sum of more than $1.3 million.

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17:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Patchworks' Level...

...and, “breathe” a sigh of relief with Elago's latest accessory

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases features the Level Card, a new wallet case from Patchworks. Plus, rugged cases, standard shells, and more. Read on!

Case-Mate

The Naked Tough (iPhone SE, 6/6s, and 6 Plus/6s Plus; $35 through Case-Mate, or $19 on Amazon) is a clear case enhanced with a glittery finish. This dual-layered case sports a protective bumper against side and corner drops, matching button covers to keep out dust and dirt, and a smooth exterior for extra comfort when holding it. The Naked Tough comes in smoke, sheer glam noir, champagne sheer glam, or clear.

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16:50
Dead Apple employee identified as 25-year-old...

An Apple employee found dead at the company's headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., on Wednesday has reportedly been identified as a 25-year-old software engineer.

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16:15
Apple expands Flyover, Spotlight Suggestions, &...

Apple today has expanded its popular Apple Maps Flyover feature to a pair of new cities, while it has also rolled out Spotlight Suggestions to new countries and its traffic data to a single new location. Last month, the company expanded Maps Nearby, Flyover, and traffic data to a handful of new locations, following a more significant Flyover expansion that occurred in February of this year.

more…

Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Apple Maps, Spotlight...

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16:02
Apple Maps expands Spotlight Suggestions to 3 new...

Apple in an update to its Apple Maps product on Thursday rolled out new coverage areas for Flyover and traffic services, while activating Spotlight Suggestions in three countries.

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15:57
iMovie updated with faster project creation,...

Apple on Thursday released an update to iMovie, the company’s consumer-level video editing app for Mac. The update is available through the App Store.

According to the release notes, iMovie 10. 1.2 includes:

  • Easy to find New Projects button in the Projects browser
  • Larger project thumbnails that match the look of iMovie for iOS
  • Fast project creation lets you begin editing with a single click
  • Clicking a video clip selects the entire clip, instead of a range
  • Keyboard shortcuts to select range within a clip in the browser and timeline (hold down R key while dragging)
  • Support for App Preview resolutions for iPad Pro (1600 x 1200) and Apple TV (1920 x 1080)
  • Improves stability

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15:54
Apple buybacks to resume on Friday, gobbling up...

Apple's share repurchase program will exit a mandated quiet period on Friday--two days after the company reported earnings--enabling the company to resume buying back shares. Coincidentally, the company's shares were conveniently pushed down toward their lowest price of 2016 today.

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15:51
Carl Icahn sells entire Apple stake

But Icahn, who owned 45.8 million Apple shares at the end of last year, said China’s economic slowdown and worries about how China could become more prohibitive in doing business triggered his decision to exit his position entirely.

“We no longer have a position in Apple. Tim Cook did a great job. I called him this morning to tell him that and he was a little sorry, obviously. But I told him it’s a great company,” Icahn said. “In Apple today as opposed to six months or a year ago, in this one, there’s no need for activism because I think they have a great management. But you worry a little bit, maybe more than a little, about China’s attitude.”

Probably the best news Apple has had in a while.

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15:30
AWT News Update: April 28, 2016

Carl Icahn's Yacht. Perhaps he can get a bigger one with the proceeds from his AAPL sale.

A surprising amount of action on this Thursday afternoon. What we haven't covered on the site is in today's AWT News Update:

  • Carl Icahn sells all his Apple stock, and we're sad (not really)
  • AWT unveils the shiny new Deals Shop, filled with deals for you
  • The Apple Music app for Android gets an update with new features, including the ability to sign up for a Family Membership

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15:04
Autonomous trucks hits public roads

Six groups of trucks just took part in the EU Truck Platooning Challenge, an international test of autonomous truck driving technology.

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14:48
Apple Music for Android updated with family plan...

Apple today is rolling out an update to the Apple Music app for Android users. The update continues to bring the app up to speed with its iOS counterpart and adds support for music videos and family memberships. The update follows the addition of widget support last month for the Android Apple Music app.

With support for family plans, users can now subscribe or update to a six-person family membership, which is arguably one of the best features about Apple Music. A six-person family membership runs $14.99, which is just $5 more than the one-person $9.99 membership.

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Filed under: Apple Music Tagged: Android, Apple Music...

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14:47
BlockIQ Escalates War on Ad Blockers


As consumers turn to ad blockers to avoid advertising on their mobile and computer screens, marketers and content providers who depend on pitches to pay the bills are searching frantically for ways to counter the pesky programs. BlockIQ offers them one. BlockIQ, owned by AdSupply, which recently merged with Adaptive Medias, has launched BlockBypass. The software can detect users of the popular ad blocker AdBlock and perform a number of countermeasures, including circumventing the ad blocker.

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14:45
Apple World Today introduces the Deals Shop

Notice anything new about Apple World Today? Look closely, and you'll see a new item in the menu at the top of the blog -- Deals. That's your door to a world of bargains made possible through a partnership between Apple World Today and StackCommerce. 

An ad in our sidebar highlights new deals, we'll provide you with posts about a few impressive deals each week, and you can even sign up to get email notification of what's available. Whether it's accessories for your favorite Apple device that you're looking for, IT training in a wide variety of areas and disciplines, fun gizmos like drones or even software, you'll find deals every day in the Deals Shop.

Most of the deals are available for a limited time only, so when you see that one item you just have to get, jump on it. You'll be purchasing items through StackCommerce, who will provide full customer support should you have any questions....

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14:39
iMovie for Mac OS X is revved to version 10.1.2

Apple has updated iMovie for Mac OS X to version 10.1.2. According to Apple, the new version:

  • Offers an easy to find New Project button in the Projects browser;
  • Offers larger project thumbnails that match the look of iMovie for iOS;
  • Provides fast project creation that lets you begin editing with a single click;
  • Clicking a video clip selects the entire clip, instead of a range;
  • Has a keyboard shortcut to select range within a clip in the browser and timeline (hold down R key while dragging);
  • Provides sSupport for App Preview resolutions for the iPad Pro (1600 x 1200) and Apple TV (1920 x 1080) ;
  • Has Improved stability.

iMovie 10.1.2 is a free update for registered users. For new users the cost is $14.99. The app is available at the Mac App Store.

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14:30
Notable apps and app updates for April 28, 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.

iOS Apps/Updates for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

Journey Interactive has introduced Journey Creator 1.0. The $4.99 app is designed to help you create your own location-based app. Once a user enters information, he can send it to Journey Interactive who will take the data and publish a custom app “for a very affordable fee.”

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

TheKeptPromise has released Create Booklet 1.3.3, an update to its booklet printing app for Mac OS X.

Create Booklet allows anyone to create a booklet from almost any file from within almost any software....

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14:09
Apple might start pointing out iMessage autocorrect...

Apple is planning to ruin one of the most hilarious aspects of using an iPhone: iMessage autocorrect, which routinely changes the most basic of texts into something offensive, sexual, or just completely off-base. The company just filed a patent application for a new iMessage feature that would tell a recipient when autocorrect has been at work.

The patent filing, first spotted by AppleInsider, covers an iMessage feature that would highlight an autocorrected word. The person who’s reading your message won’t be able to see what you intended to type, but at least they’...

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14:02
iMovie for Mac updates with quicker project launch,...

Apple on Thursday released a new version of iMovie for the Mac, bringing several small but useful improvements, including three aimed at launching and browsing projects.

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13:59
Apple updates iMovie for Mac with navigation &...

Apple today is rolling out a small update to its iMovie video editing software on the Mac. The update bumps the app to version 10.1.2 and follows an update that fixed YouTube sharing bugs and improved stability. Today’s update includes a couple of changes that improve navigation, as well as your standard bug fixes and stability improvements.
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13:45
Apple Music for Android gets music video support,...

Apple on Thursday pushed out an update for the Android version of Apple Music, delivering support for music video playback and new billing options for families.

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13:35
Vudu and Telegram iOS apps update with new 3D Touch...

Walmart on Thursday updated its Vudu iOS app with support for 3D Touch and iOS 9's Picture-in-Picture mode, while messaging service Telegram expanded its use of 3D Touch across the board.

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13:34
Alexa Takes Up Residence in a Really Smart Fridge...


Invoxia on Thursday announced that Amazon's Alexa Voice Service has been integrated with its Triby digital assistants. The voice-activated unit is the first non-Amazon product to be Alexa-enabled. Triby, which has a magnetic frame, features a built-in speaker and microphone that can be used to listen to Internet radio or as a hands-free speakerphone, but its main function is to act as a digital assistant that can provide hands-free control for getting information from the Web, including Wikipedia, weather, news and sports.

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13:30
Uber might charge you extra for making your driver...

Next time you hail an Uber, make sure you’re ready to head out the door or it might cost you. 

Uber is considering adding new extra charges for passengers who make their Uber drivers wait longer than two minutes. According to The Wall Street Journal, these charges will accrue on a per-minute basis, starting from the time the Uber app notifies passengers that their ride has arrived.

In addition, Uber is decreasing the no-penalty cancellation window from five minutes down to two minutes. And passengers who make their drivers wait longer than five minutes without cancelling could be penalized with a $10 no-show fee. Basically, you’ll have two minutes to cancel the ride after requesting it, and two minutes to show up when it arrives, if you want to avoid these new extra charges.

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12:46
Apple Store in Marseille, France set to open May 14...

Apple has officially announced that its new retail store in Marseille, France will open May 14 with the usual announcement on its website (via MacGeneration).

The new retail store, located at the Les Terrasses du Port shopping mall, is Apple’s 20th location in France. That’s if including the shop within Galeries Lafayette that it opened last year as one of several boutique locations for sales of the Apple Watch. Apple is also planning other retail stores for the country including a high-profile flagship location on...

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12:28
Apple releases official Apple Music API...

Apple today has officially released more information on the Apple Music API available in iOS 9.3. Entitled Apple Music Best Practices for App Developers, the documentation today solidifies what the Apple Music API can do and sets a precedent that developers of music apps should follow. At the original release of iOS 9.3, there seemed to be some confusion as to what the Apple Music API would entail exactly. We had reached out to Ben Dodson, developer of Music Tracker, to better understand the limitations and new features the API could introduce. Today’s document verifies our original thoughts.

more…

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12:18
As tablet sales take a dive, analysts expect...

The traditional tablet may not be dying, but it’s increasingly being relegated to the low end of the market, according to an IDC report released Thursday. Users are migrating toward convertibles instead, and the vendors are following.

IDC said worldwide tablet sales fell 14.7 percent to just 39.6 million units during the first quarter of 2016. Excluding some seasonal holiday upticks, tablet sales have generally declined from their all-time high in the fourth quarter of 2013, when worldwide sales reached 78.6 million units. 

IDC analyst Jitesh Ubrani said traditional slate tablets still dominate the market with 87.6 percent of all units sold. Increasingly, though, they’ve become “synonymous with the low end of the market,” IDC said in its report. The firm said it believes the market for iPads will continue, but only as replacements, not as new customers purchasing an iPad for the first time.

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12:16
Porsche to bring Apple's CarPlay to 718 Cayman...

Sportscar maker Porsche has announced support for Apple's CarPlay in the 718 Cayman and 718 Cayman S, which are now on sale, but only shipping to dealers in late November.

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11:50
Apple introduces Apple Music API for iOS 9.3

Apple has introduced a new Apple Music API (application programming interface) for iOS 9.3. It allows developers to directly control Apple Music playback for Members among other features. With it:

  • Developers can see if a user is currently a member.
  • Developers can see which country the users account is based.
  • Developers can queue up the next song or songs based on a song ID for playback.
  • Developers can inspect playlists already in My Music or create a new playlists with a title and description (see App Store Review Guidelines for limitation).

A note from Apple says “we encourage developers to use the Apple Music API to provide a superior user experience by integrating these features in your app.”

Slim,...

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11:31
Billionaire AAPL investor Carl Icahn says he’s...

Despite Apple’s $50 billion quarter with $10 billion in profit, the January to March period marked Apple’s first quarter in 13 years without growth including year-over-year iPhone sales declines for the first time. Apple set the expectations back in January, but its stock still took a beating after this week’s earnings report. Now activist investor Carl Icahn, who has been very noisy about what he thinks Apple should do in the past, tells CNBC he has sold his massive share of Apple stock. Icahn once owned nearly 1% of Apple’s shares, and publicizing that he’s out of the stock will likely influence other investors to follow.

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11:22
Citing concerns in China, activist investor Carl...

Billionaire Carl Icahn, who has used his financial clout to influence boardroom decisions at publicly traded companies, announced on Thursday that he no longer owns shares in Apple, just days after the company announced its first revenue decline in over a decade.

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11:08
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AI readers can use exclusive coupons this week to grab the lowest prices anywhere on all of Apple's latest iMacs with AppleCare, including the new iMac HD, iMac 4K and Late 2015 iMac with 5K Retina display. Save up to $250 instantly, with no tax in most states. Plus a free Canon AIO Photo printer with each 4K and 5K.

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11:00
Ten One Designs Timeframe: A protective charging...

Apple devices never have a shortage of accessories, and one year after the debut of the Apple Watch, we're seeing a flood of unique products for the smartwatch. One of those devices is the $24.95 Timeframe (available in 38mm and 42 mm versions, affiliate links), a charging stand unlike any other we've seen for the Watch so far.

Design

Most Apple Watch charging stands are a variation on a common theme -- something elevated (or flat) that a Watch owner strings his or her charging cable through, with a place to put that magnetic charging puck. 

With the elevated models, there's an issue -- if there's no way to tighten the wristband, the Watch can be knocked off by motion or a curious cat. The flat models, including...

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10:40
iTunes Turns 13 Today -- Continues To Be 'Awful...

An anonymous reader points us to a link on Quartz: On April 28, 2003, Apple started up a revolution. Enter the iTunes Music Store, unveiled with a proud flourish by a beaming Steve Jobs. It was a digital jukebox, a music distribution game-changer, a record store to end all record stores -- and it did, in fact, kill off a great number of those. [...] For 13 years -- 15 if you count the two years the program was just a file-storing service -- users have grumbled loudly about iTunes' unwieldy interface, its bloated features, its inability to simply get better. [...] Instead of trying to streamline the service over the years, Apple has opted to stuff an overwhelming number of new features -- movies, television shows, podcasts, mobile apps, and most recently, Apple Music -- into it.The report mentions the following issues with iTunes: space-sucking size, slowness, ugliness, bloatware, lack of online or social integration, a wonky back-end, music isn't even its priority. Marco Arment,...

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09:59
Alphabet, Fiat Chrysler working toward self-driving...

Google parent Alphabet may soon have a major ally in its push toward autonomous vehicles, as the company is said to be "in the late stage of talks" with London-based Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

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09:47
Feature Request: How Apple’s Siri-controlled HomeKit...

Like a lot of new technologies from Apple these days, HomeKit isn’t perfect but the parts that work well are really useful. Apple’s home automation framework connects smart accessories from various companies all under the control of Siri and HomeKit apps like Home or Hesperus. But HomeKit is relatively young still and there’s plenty of low hanging fruit in terms of ways the framework could improve with iOS 10 and beyond. Here are a few ideas I hope we see with HomeKit this year:

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09:42
Apple Watch shipped 2.2M units in March quarter, but...

Apple shipped about 2.2 million Apple Watches in the March quarter, although it still saw its share of the smartwatch market slip to 52.4 percent, according to research estimates published on Thursday.

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09:33
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09:31
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Widespread iMessage outage currently affecting users...

[UPDATE 1:31 PM: Apple’s system status page has updated to reflect the issue’s occurrence and resolution.]

Apple’s iMessage service appears to be experiencing widespread issues this afternoon. Numerous people on Twitter and several 9to5Mac staffers are having issues sending and receiving messages across iOS, Mac, and Apple Watch. While Apple has yet to confirm the issue on its System Status webpage, it does note that an outage affecting 0.5 percent of its user base occurred yesterday afternoon.

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09:21
Ten years of Google Translate

Ten years ago, we launched Google Translate. Our goal was to break language barriers and to make the world more accessible. Since then we’ve grown from supporting two languages to 103, and from hundreds of users to hundreds of millions. And just like anyone’s first 10 years, we’ve learned to see and understand, talk, listen, have a conversation, write, and lean on friends for help.

I think we’ve all used Google Translate over the years.

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09:16
Apple-supported US Email Privacy Act passes...

The U.S. House of Representatives has voted unanimously to pass the Email Privacy Act, a bill that has the backing of a coalition of major technology businesses including Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo.

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09:16
How-To: Disable or delete custom services in OS X [...

Yesterday, we showed you how to create a custom service using Automator for easily resizing images via the Finder. Today, we’ll show you how to find the location of the custom services that you create in order to remove them. We’ll also show you how to enable or disable Services using System Preferences. more…

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08:45
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I'm not much of a fan of side-scrollers, so when I found myself playing the ethereal, beautiful and exciting Alto's Adventure for hours on end, I knew I had found something special. The premise of the game is simple; you guide a character on his snowboard to round up llamas, do increasingly more complex stunts, jump over crevasses, and try to keep from wiping out. Between the fun gameplay, the ever-changing weather in the game, the beautiful sunset and night scenes, and the atmospheric soundtrack, Alto's Adventure is a joy to play. If you haven't yet purchased it, Alto's Adventure is now on sale for just $0.99, down from $2.99

Seriously, this will be the best dollar you've ever spent. The app includes the tvOS version as well, so those of you with the 4th-generation Apple TV can enjoy...

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08:40
Apple issues statement after death on campus

“We are heartbroken by the tragic loss of a young and talented coworker. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends, including the many people he worked with here at Apple.”

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08:35
FBI not submitting San Bernadino iPhone hack for...

The FBI is keeping the San Bernadino iPhone hack technique to itself for the time being.

A recent report has stated that the FBI will not be submitting the exploit used to break into the iPhone 5c of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook to a review process that could clear it for sharing with outside parties.

The FBI, which used a third party to unlock the iPhone, apparently didn’t acquire the rights to the technical details used in the hack, according to Amy Hess, the FBI’s executive assistant director for science and technology. As a result, Hess said the agency doesn’t “have enough technical information about any vulnerability” that could be considered for release.

On Wednesday, FBI director James Comey said that the agency was still deciding whether it...

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08:23
PDFpen 8 Adds Attachments, Digital Signatures, and...

Smile has updated PDFpen and PDFpenPro to version 8, featuring file attachments, digital signing, audio attachments, measurement tools, and better export capabilities.

 

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08:17
Apple reports higher than expected demand for iPhone...

Well, at least the iPhone SE is selling well.

While Apple has yet to divulge official sales numbers for the new handset, company executives said that demand for the device was “very strong” and higher than expected during this week’s earnings call.

As such, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company is working hard to meet demand and improve shipping times for the unit.

Cook offered the following statement.

“We’re thrilled with the response that we’ve seen on it. It is clear that there is a demand there even much beyond what we thought. That is really why we have the constraint that we have. Since its release, the iPhone SE has been in short supply despite reports of lackluster sales. For the past several weeks, new iPhone SE orders have listed expected delivery times...

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08:15
Kenu's Car Kit Deluxe adds Tripline cable for...

Last December as I was preparing for a long road trip, I reviewed the Kenu Dualtrip and Airframe+ Car Kit and found a lot to like. The Dualtrip ($19.95) offers two side-by-side USB charging ports in a slimline design, perfect for charging two iPhones or iPads at top speed. The Airframe+ ($29.95) is a compact and sturdy vent mount for your favorite iPhone -- the two together made my road trip a pleasure. Today Kenu announced the $59.95 Car Kit Deluxe, which builds on the Dualtrip and Airframe+ Car Kit, adding a new versatile cable called the Tripline...

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08:07
The first CareKit apps go live, focusing on babies,...

Last month Apple announced its potentially radical new health solution, a software development framework called CareKit. The initiative gives developers four tools to put in their apps that will make it easier for you, the patient, to monitor your medical conditions and share information with your doctor. The first wave of CareKit apps is now live in the App Store.

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07:59
Tinder Social alarms users by showing Facebook...

Turns out some people like to keep their private life...private.

So when Tinder—the dating app that lets users “swipe right” to find matches, often for quick flings—announced this week that it was testing a new feature that let users see each other’s Facebook friends, the backlash set in quickly.

Tinder just as quickly told users how to to disable the new “Tinder Social” features, but company officials sounded defensive when making the announcement.

“We are only testing (Tinder Social) at this point, but it’s important to note Tinder’s not a secret considering 70% of users download Tinder because their friends recommend it,” the company said in a blog post.

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07:42
Weather forecast interrupted by Windows 10 upgrade...

I can definitely relate.

My wife and I have a Windows laptop in our kitchen. First we were asked politely if we were interested in upgrading to Windows 10. Then we were reminded repeatedly. And, ultimately, we woke up one morning to see our machine taking matters into its own hands, whistling silently, while it upgraded us to what it knew we really needed.

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07:31
No ducking way: Apple may soon let your friends know...

Textual ambiguity may be a thing of the past if Apple adopts one of its newly-published patent applications, a system which will inform the person on the other end of the line when autocorrect has been at work.

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07:30
August Home’s Siri-controlled Smart Lock with...

August Home unveiled its second-generation Smart Lock with an updated industrial design and Siri control through HomeKit last October. Starting this week, August’s Bluetooth-connected deadbolt is available to purchase from Amazon and Best Buy after a lengthy pre-order period (although stock appears slim so far).

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07:25
Hey Siri, who’s better: you or Alexa?

[VIDEO] Lauren Goode, writing (and filming) for The Verge, walks you through the differences between Siri and Alexa, Alexa being the voice of the Amazon ecosystem, most notably found on the Amazon Echo.

Watch the video embedded in the main post to get a sense of Alexa in action. Nice side-by-side effect there, Lauren.

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07:17
Wired review of the new Apple MacBook

The review makes me want one, but it also makes me long for an update to the retina MacBook Pro.

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07:15
Volkswagen says it's not in talks with Apple or...

Volkswagen is talking with external partners about launching so-called digital mobility businesses, but is not in any negotiations with either Apple or Google, the carmaker's CEO said on Thursday, pointing to a different direction for its self-driving car efforts.

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07:12
Ground-level video takes us for a walk through Apple...

Two videos, taken by truck drivers as they make their way around the campus.

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07:09
Google accused of enabling photography piracy

Time:

Photography company Getty Images is accusing Google of scraping images from third party websites and encouraging piracy, adding a new wrinkle to the Mountain View, Calif.’s ongoing legal battles in Europe.

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07:06
iTunes is 13 years old—and it’s still awful

On this date in 2003, Steve Jobs rolled out the iTunes Music Store. This is a good take on how it evolved over the years.

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07:00
Gadget Ogling: Electric Nightmares, Cold Coffee, and...


I'm quite possibly the worst person in the world at waking up, without exaggeration. As a boy, I slept through a gas explosion that destroyed a home around 100 yards from my bedroom. All too often, I rely on my partner to shake me out of my slumber, as my own alarm clock rarely does the trick. I need something a little more forceful. The Shock Clock may be just up my alley. It's a wearable band that can vibrate, beep, or administer an electric shock to jolt you awake. You might elect to use a combination of two or three elements, with the shock always saved for last.

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06:57
Strategy Analytics: Apple Watch slips to 52% global...

According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global smartwatch shipments grew 223% annually to reach 4.2 million units in the first quarter of 2016 (Q1 2016). Apple captured 52% global smartwatch marketshare, dipping from 63% share in the prior quarter.

 "Global smartwatch shipments grew a healthy 223% annually from 1.3 million units in Q1 2015 to 4.2 million in Q1 2016,” says Rajeev Nair, senior analyst at Strategy Analytics. “Global smartwatch growth is being driven by consumer demand for Apple, Android Wear and Tizen models across North America, Western Europe and Asia. On a sequential basis, global smartwatch shipments fell 48%from 8.1 million in Q4 2015 to 4.2 million in Q1 2016, due to seasonality trends."

Neil Mawston, executive director at Strategy Analytics, adds: "We estimate Apple Watch shipped 2.2 million units and captured 52 percent smartwatch marketshare worldwide in Q1 2016,...

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06:47
Second-gen August Smart Lock with Apple HomeKit...

The newly launched August Smart Lock includes support for Apple's HomeKit, allowing users to lock, unlock and check the status of their door lock with voice commands using Siri.

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06:45
PBS Kids Games app debuts with free educational...

iPhones and iPads can be great educational tools and sources of entertainment for kids, but finding appropriate games and content can be tricky sometimes. PBS is helping make that easier with its new PBS Kids Games mobile apps for iOS and Android.

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06:41
∞ The AMC Apple TV app and the coming political...

AMC adds yet another unbundling Apple TV app. My take on what’s coming as all this unfolds and things start to heat up.

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06:22
Apple’s ‘cutting-edge technology’ means it will be...

A report back in February that Apple would be allowed to open retail stores in India has been corroborated by India’s Economic Times. India normally doesn’t allow single-brand retail stores unless at least 30% of their products are made within the country, but Apple is reportedly set to be granted an exemption on the grounds that its products are ‘cutting-edge technology.’

A government panel has recommended exempting Apple from mandatory local sourcing norms, a move which would pave the way for Apple to open single-brand retail stores in the country. “The committee has found that the company’s products are cutting edge technology and state-of-the-art. It has recommended to exempt them from the local sourcing norms,”...

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06:10
Indian government to allow Apple-owned retail stores

There are currently no Apple Stores in India, so this is an important step.

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05:30
Here's what to expect from Nintendo's next...

Things are looking a little uncertain for fans of Nintendo’s console games and hardware. That’s been the case for a few years now with the rocky run of the Wii U, but Wednesday’s announcements hit pretty hard: Nintendo’s next console, codenamed the NX, will be released in March 2017, and The Legend of Zelda for Wii U will be delayed to launch then on both systems. And that leaves potentially little new for Wii U owners to play later this year.

That’s disappointing. But some good news did come out of Nintendo’s info dump yesterday, at least if you like mobile games. We now know what to expect from the company’s next iPhone (and Android) releases, and unlike last month’s Miitomo, they will be actual games. In fact, Nintendo said just that: “Both of these are pure game applications,” they wrote. 

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05:22
Apple’s sales slump part of overall market fall;...

Apple isn’t the only smartphone manufacturer seeing falling sales. New figures from Strategy Analytics show what the global smartphone market saw its first-ever year-on-year drop on sales, down 3%.

Linda Sui, Director at Strategy Analytics, said, “Global smartphone shipments fell 3 percent annually from 345.0 million units in Q1 2015 to 334.6 million in Q1 2016. It is the first time ever since the modern smartphone market began in 1996 that global shipments have shrunk on an annualized basis. Smartphone growth is slowing due to increasing penetration maturity in major markets like China and consumer caution about the future of the world economy.”

Apple’s fall was of course far more dramatic, iPhone sales down 18% year-on-year, with CEO Tim Cook blaming economic ‘headwinds’ – and Strategy Analytics’...

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04:00
PCWorld Show Episode 14: Apple tanks, Intel...

Jon, Mark and Gordon discuss whether the end is nigh for Apple, just how much it hurts for the PC to get tossed under the bus by Intel, and strange-but-true: This web page probably took more space than Doom did.

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03:02
Intel Wants To Eliminate The Headphone Jack And...

An anonymous reader writes: With rumors circulating about how Apple may do away with the 3.5 mm headphone jack on its upcoming iPhone 7, Intel has shared a similar desire, citing "industry singling a strong desire to move from analog to digital." Intel believes USB-C is the future audio jack. They believe USB-C has more potential than the 3.5mm audio jack as it allows users to add additional smart features to headphones in the future. For instance, a future pair of headphones could monitor one's pulse or inner-ear temperature for fitness tracking, something that could only be possible if the headphones were connected to a smartphone via a USB-C cable. What's also worth mentioning [quoted from 9to5Mac]: USB-C already supports analog audio transfer through sideband pins simplifying the engineering steps necessary to swap 3.5mm with USB-C in device designs. In the second quarter, Intel should have a finalized USB-C standard for digital audio transfer. Intel does note that the...

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03:00
Mingis on Tech, Episode 12: All about the Surface...

If you're eyeing a Microsoft Surface Book, or want to make sure your next laptop is future-proof, this episode's for you.

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01:02
Apple CareKit platform goes live with four health...

Apple on Thursday flipped the switch on its new CareKit framework, a health-minded platform that lets developers build advanced software solutions for tracking, managing and reporting medical conditions.

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00:00
Child Porn Suspect Jailed Indefinitely For Refusing...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A Philadelphia man suspected of possessing child pornography has been in jail for seven months and counting after being found in contempt of a court order demanding that he decrypt two password-protected hard drives. The suspect, a former Philadelphia Police Department sergeant, has not been charged with any child porn crimes. Instead, he remains indefinitely imprisoned in Philadelphia's Federal Detention Center for refusing to unlock two drives encrypted with Apple's FileVault software in a case that once again highlights the extent to which the authorities are going to crack encrypted devices. The man is to remain jailed "until such time that he fully complies" with the decryption order. The government successfully cited a 1789 law known as the All Writs Act to compel (PDF) the suspect to decrypt two hard drives it believes contain child pornography. The All Writs Act was the same law the Justice Department asserted in its...

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00:00
PCWorld Show Episode 14: Web Pages Are Doomed

What the heck? The average web page is larger than the original Doom installer?

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