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Monday April 4

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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08:30
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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08:29
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.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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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.

Encrypt the files you send with MacPaw's Encrypto

 

 

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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.

more…

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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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00:29
MoneyWell 2.3.10

Updates the Sparkle framework. ($59.99 new, free update, 9.9 MB)

 

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Sunday April 3

23:33
iBooks Author 2.4.1

Patches a security vulnerability that could lead to disclosure of user information. (Free, 419 MB)

 

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22:32
KeyCue 8.0

Major new release adds flexible ways to define triggers to perform actions within the keyboard shortcut utility. €19.99 new, free update, 5.1 MB)

 

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21:32
Default Folder X 5.0.3

Maintenance update fixes a number of bugs in the Open/Save dialog enhancement utility. ($34.95 new, free update, 8.0 MB)

 

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20:30
DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.8.10

Adds support for Airmail 2 and accepts videos from the Photos app via the Sharing extension. (All updates are free. DEVONthink Pro Office, $149.95 new; DEVONthink Professional, $79.95 new; DEVONthink Personal, $49.95 new; DEVONnote, $24.95 new)

 

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16:52
Review: Apple's 9.7" iPad Pro is...

After being neglected in 2015, Apple's 9.7-inch iPad has received a much-needed professional makeover, gaining key features from the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and even outperforming it in a few ways. It's a substantial upgrade, and one we find absolutely worthy of the "Pro" moniker, though the $599 starting price may deter some buyers.

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11:17
Add-ins are coming to Microsoft Office for Mac

Microsoft’s 2016 Build Developers Conference just wrapped up, and although the conference focused heavily on Windows 10, Office for Mac got some love as well.

According to Microsoft’s Office Dev Center, the company is bringing its add-ins feature to the Mac version of its Office suite. Add-ins, which allow third-party developers to add functionality and features to Office, are already a key feature of Office on Windows and iOS, as well as the Office Web apps, so their arrival on the Mac will bring that suite more in line with the rest of the Office universe. 

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09:30
6 gadgets that provide fresh water to those who need...

By Cat DiStasio

There are 1.2 billion people around the world do not have reliable access to fresh, potable water. That's why advancements in water purification technology are so important. Fortunately, there are a lot of innovative folks working on...

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08:00
The After Math: This is a joke, right?

April Fools Day was Friday, capping off a week of news that seemed too good to be true -- or, at least too ridiculous to be taken seriously. From drink-delivering drone caddies and off-road rollerblades to movie theater gimmicks and hilariously overp...

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07:03
How to get a free year of MLB.TV Premium if you’re a...

T-Mobile may not traditionally have the MLB coverage that bigger providers like AT&T and Verizon possess, but no one can argue that it isn’t trying to do everything in its power to stand out in other ways. Between April 3rd and April 10th, T-Mobile customers can sign up for a free year of MLB.TV Premium service, a $109.99 value, that features live games for the entire 2016 MLB season.

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, iOS Devices Tagged: how to, MLB.com At Bat, MLB.TV, T-Mobile, T-Mobile Uncarrier...

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07:03
FBI Tells Local Law Enforcement It Will Help Unlock...

Salvador Hernandez, reporting for BuzzFeed: Just days after breaking into a terroristâ(TM)s iPhone using a mysterious third-party technique, FBI officials on Friday told local law enforcement agencies it will assist them with unlocking phones and other electronic devices. The advisory, obtained by BuzzFeed News, was sent in response to law enforcement inquiries about its new method of unlocking devices. Though the dispatch does not explicitly state if the FBI will use the mysterious third-party method to unlock phones for local authorities, officials said the agency "will of course consider any tool that might be helpful to our partners."


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07:00
Inhabitat's Week in Green: Tesla's Model 3...

After years of anticipation, Tesla just unveiled its most affordable electric car to date. The Model 3 is a svelte EV for the masses that starts at $35,000, and it can drive 215 miles on a single charge. Meanwhile, Hyundai set a world record by drivi...

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Saturday April 2

15:44
∞ Apple and Autism Acceptance Month

This is an incredible story and one of the reasons I love Apple so much. They care and they do things to help.

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15:16
FBI will help authorities unlock devices when...

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has assured law enforcement across the United States that it will help unlock mobile devices such as iPhones involved in investigations when it is allowed by law and policy.

I’m thinking local law enforcement expected a bit more cooperation than this.

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14:46
This week’s top stories: iPhone SE & iPad Pro 9....

Apple’s 40th birthday week came alongside some troubles for iOS 9.3, as our top stories this week surrounded a number of bugs, fixes and responses from Apple related to iOS 9.3 problems and the fix with the release of iOS 9.3.1.

But those issues were balanced out by our excitement over our first impressions with the new iPhone SE and 9.7-inch iPad Pro, as well as the latest leaks for iPhone 7 and other upcoming next-generation iPhones.

more…

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14:26
Apple profiles iPad apps for World Autism Acceptance...

At the release of its new 9.7 inch iPad Pro, Apple presented a video of Dillan, a young man who is both autistic and non-verbal, who was able to begin expressively communicating via apps on his iPad. Today, the App Store is featuring more of Dillan's story and a range of apps developed for autistic people.

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11:55
Take Control of Slack Basics: Chapter 5, Go Beyond...

In this chapter, Glenn Fleishman explains how you can go beyond simple messages in Slack by uploading file attachments, entering formatted code snippets, creating posts for collaborative editing by your team members, and making voice calls for when text isn’t enough.

 

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11:51
Chapter 5 of “Take Control of Slack Basics” Available

Simple messages are fine, but you can do so much more in Slack with uploaded file attachments, snippets of code or other formatted text, posts that other team members can edit, and even voice calls. That’s where Glenn Fleishman turns his attention this week.

 

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11:38
FBI offers crypto assistance to local cops: “We are...

(credit: Cliff1066™)

In a new two-paragraph letter to state and local law enforcement partners, the FBI reiterated its commitment to helping those agencies unlock seized encrypted devices.

The letter was first reported Friday evening and published by BuzzFeedbefore being sent to Ars and presumably other media outlets.

Earlier this week, government prosecutors formally asked a federal judge in California to cancel her prior order that would have compelled Apple to assist efforts to unlock a seized iPhone linked to the San Bernardino attacks...

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09:06
Review: Apple's 4" iPhone SE is better...

With a decidedly classic design just like the iPhone 5 series, the new iPhone SE has been completely revamped inside in a huge way. For fans of smaller phones, the iPhone SE is just what you've been waiting for -- a capable, modern smartphone in a compact, ultraportable, proven chassis.

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08:41
Grieving Father is Begging Apple to Unlock His Dead...

"A grieving father is begging Apple to allow him access to the photos stored on his dead son's iPhone," reports Time. In September Leonardo Fabbretti's adopted son died of bone cancer at age 13, and the father believes that two months of photographs are still stored on his son's iPhone. Last fall Apple staff attempted to retrieve the photos from their cloud-storage service, but the iPhone hadn't been synced before the 13-year-old's death. "Don't deny me the memories of my son," the father writes in a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook.
The father's letter tells Apple that "Although I share your philosophy in general, I think Apple should offer solutions for exceptional cases like mine," according to a British newspaper, while 88% of respondents in their online poll believed that Apple should unlock the phone.


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08:40
Users Find Renting a Movie On iTunes Frees Up Space...

An anonymous reader writes: Many, if not all, believe that 16GB storage on their iPhone and iPad is not sufficient. Apple insists that users with 16GB variant iDevice can always save files to the cloud. At any rate, several users have found an interesting way to free up storage space on their iPhone and iPad. The trick is to rent a movie from iTunes (on your mobile device) that is larger than the storage you have available. If you have 500MB free, for instance, you could try and rent Bridge of Spies, which is a 5.79GB download, according to an article on BetaNews. "When you click Rent, a loading symbol will appear but then you'll receive a message informing you that "there is not enough available storage" to download the film, and you'll be given the option of managing your storage in Settings. Tap the Settings button, and -- ta-da! -- you should see the amount of free storage you now have is much greater than before. Repeating the process will free up even more space."

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08:00
Sony's RX10 III is an impressive but overly...

Superzoom cameras aren't exactly the most exciting category when you're looking at photography equipment. They're usually almost as large as a DSLR but don't offer the advantage of interchangeable lenses. But Sony's just-announced RX10 III made me si...

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07:00
Lawful conduct: Using the courts is not being above...

Do people just not understand how the law works? Is that the problem?

Writing for the Financial Post, Diane Francis sees through Apple’s crass marketing scheme disguised as protecting their customers’ privacy. Which they also happen to be trying to do.

“Apple Inc is protecting your privacy? No, it’s putting itself above the law.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Craig Ferry.)

Ha, can’t it be both?! LOL.

No, Apple did not gleefully declare that laws to do not apply to it, as it floated two feet in the air while using its perpetual motion machine to create headlines that can be answered “Yes.”

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Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Studio now shipping for Mac OS...

Blackmagic Design has announced that both Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Studio, the world’s most advanced visual effects and motion graphics software, is now shipping and is available for download from the Blackmagic Design website for both Mac OS X and Windows.

The release of Fusion 8 is the first ever Mac compatible release of Fusion, which was previously a Windows only product. Fusion 8 Studio is now also available in 10, 20 or 50 multi user licenses. The multi user licenses feature a single USB dongle programmed with multiple licenses that plug into a machine running Fusion Server, which is installed by default with Fusion Studio. 

Fusion Server manages the licenses across the Ethernet network. That means licenses can be floating and aren’t tied to any single machine, making it easy to administer in large facilities with lots of users. In addition, projects can be easily moved between Mac and Windows versions...

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05:00
Tribeca Shortlist launches on Apple TV

Expanding its footprint of curated, high-definition movies directly into more homes, Tribeca Shortlist announced today that its quality catalog is now available on the Apple TV. 

Apple selected Tribeca Shortlist earlier this year as one of its Best New Apps for iPhone and iPad, and the addition of Apple TV extends that experience to a new viewing platform, says Jeff Bronikowski, president of Tribeca Shortlost.Users can also access the service here, as well as via AirPlay from an iPhone and iPad. In addition, Tribeca Shortlist subscribers can download any movie or Shortlist video directly to their iPhone and iPad for offline viewing.

Tribeca Shortlist is a subscription video on demand service created by Lionsgateand Tribeca Enterprises. Subscriptions are $4.99 per month.

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Seagate previews USB-powered desktop hard drive with...

Seagate Technology has previewed Seagate Innov8, which it says is the world’s first USB-powered, 8TB desktop hard drive.

The Innov8 is purportedly the world’s first 8TB desktop hard drive that doesn’t need to be plugged into a power outlet. Similar to a standard car requiring a battery kick to start the engine, Ignition Boost together with USB 3.1 enables Innov8 to thrive off bus power. No dedicated power source or adapter is required. Users just plug in the reversible USB-C cable.

Innov8 includes Seagate Dashboard software, which offers users either one-click on-demand or customizable, scheduled backups for their devices. What’s more, it includes 200GB of Microsoft OneDrive cloud storage and Lyve software compatibility. The Seagate Innov8 will be available in April for $349.

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Apple shares new video ‘Dillan’s Voice’ highlighting...

Apple early this morning shared a new pair of videos on its YouTube channel highlighting the effect that technology has on those with special needs. As this month is Autism Acceptance Day, the video, called Dillan’s Voice, features a teenager named Dillan and shows how he uses Apple products to express his thoughts.

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04:00
The Power of Preview: Annotating Documents and Images

We once again explore the power of Preview, OS X’s built-in document and image viewer, with a focus on using Preview to annotate images and PDFs.

 

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04:00
Epistolary is now available on Mac OS X, Windows,...

Epistory, an atmospheric adventure with an origami aesthetic, is now available through Steam for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux for $14.99.  

Here’s how the game is described: “Players guide a girl riding atop a three-tailed red fox on an epic journey to discover the source of an invasive darkness taking hold in a once pristine land.  As Epistory’s narrative progresses, its papercraft world literally unfolds before the player, revealing lush forests, ominous dungeons, scorched plains, frozen temples and lost cities.

“Magical abilities derived from four elemental types are discovered during the adventure, and they enable the heroine and her companion to navigate these treacherous landscapes. Freezing an enemy with ice magic will lock them in place and allow players to deal with other threats, while fire magic will burn through enemies and obstacles.

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03:00
The week in Apple news: DOJ cracks the iPhone, Apple...

Apple headlines for the week ending Apr. 1, 2016

Apple turned 40 yesterday, and the web celebrated by posting retropsectives about the company. We even posted our 40 favorite Apple memories. Here’s to another 40 years and beyond, Apple. There was plenty of other Apple-related news last week, and we’ve rounded up the headlines here. Click on the link to get more info.

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02:15
Siri Now Responds Appropriately To Sexual Assaults

An anonymous reader writes: Confirmed in a report from ABC News, Apple has updated Siri to respond to statements involving sexual assault and abuse in a more appropriate and consistent manner. JAMA Internal Medicine published an article in mid-March noting how personal assistants like Siri, Cortana, S Voice and Google Now incompletely and inconsistently responded to phrases relating to abuse or sexual assault. Apple has updated Siri in response to that article. If you say, "Siri I was raped," Siri will respond with the following: "If you think you may have experienced sexual abuse or assault, you may want to reach out to someone at the National Sexual Assault Hotline.'' Previously, Siri would respond by saying users "should reach out" for available help.


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02:10
This week on AI: DOJ drops court order, Apple ships...

Apple's confrontation with the U.S. government over encryption took a major twist, thanks to the Justice Department officially withdrawing its court order. Later in the week, Apple shipped the iPhone SE and 9.7-inch iPad Pro, and fixed a critical bug via iOS 9.3.1.

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19:34
Apple celebrates 40th anniversary with Beer Bash DJ...

Apple turned 40 years old on Friday, and to celebrate the company held a traditional Beer Bash in front of its Cupertino, Calif., campus shortly after the workday ended, with Beats 1 providing tunes for a crowd of more than 6,000 people.

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17:57
Tesla Model 3: What Elon Musk revealed about this $...

Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled the eagerly awaited Model 3 electric vehicle on March 31, 2016. Here’s what you need to know about the most affordable Tesla ever..

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15:59
New iOS exploit works only on managed devices

A new vector to infect iOS with malware seems unlikely to be easily exploitable except in very particular circumstances. Researchers from Checkpoint presented Thursday at the Black Hat Asia 2016 conference (summarized in a PDF) how iOS devices enrolled in a business-scale management system can be attacked via phishing without leaving much of a trace. A legitimate-seeming message can lead a user to click a link and install a certificate without additional alerts present in non-managed systems, and then be susceptible to a host of attacks.

But surely this would only affect people using iOS in enterprises. Attackers would need to obtain phone numbers or email addresses of potential targets to get any reasonable yield of victims. Administrators would be alert to the problem. Right?

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15:54
Cellebrite again rumored to have accessed San...

Citing inside sources, reports this week claim Israeli data forensics firm Cellebrite provided the FBI with technology to extract information from an iPhone 5c linked to San Bernardino terror suspect Syed Rizwan Farook.

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15:00
That Time When Instead of Saying 'April Fool!...


Unintentional consequences led Google to pull its April Fools' prank, Gmail Mic Drop, a few hours after launching it on Friday. The joke let users claim the last word in an email thread by clicking on the "Send + Mic Drop" option. A GIF of a minion from the animated movie Despicable Me -- would accompany the reply, and the sender would not receive any further responses to the thread. The "send and mic drop" button, which was located next to the "send" button, replaced the "send and archive" button.

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14:52
Apple, Amazon, Google & Microsoft file joint...

Apple alongside Amazon, Google and Microsoft today filed a joint amicus brief in support of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and President Obama’s proposed Clean Power Plan that aims to introduce new emissions regulations. The EPA had some major pushback on the plan, so now Apple and the others are lending their support:

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13:43
Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Amazon support clean...

Apple, Amazon, Google, and Microsoft have filed an amicus brief in support of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, showing the importance of the plan to major electricity consumers and the growing political advocacy by major technology companies for renewable energy. 

“Amazon, Apple, Google, and Microsoft have each committed to powering their operations with 100% renewable energy, and they know that achieving these corporate commitments will not be possible without state and federal policy solutions such as the Clean Power Plan that will drive new investment in renewable energy,” says Gary Cook, senior energy campaigner for Greenpeace. “Contrary to claims by Clean Power Plan opponents that these policies will drive business outside of the US, some of the largest and fastest growing...

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13:33
These Google Nik Collection video courses are now...

I haven’t used the Nik Collection in years so I’m looking forward to watching these tutorials to bring me up to speed.

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12:50
At 40, There's Never Been a Tech Company Quite...

Mike Murphy, reporting for Quartz: Forty years ago today, two college dropouts decided to start selling cobbled-together computers out of a garage in California because they couldn't afford the ones on the market. They had an intricate wood-cut logo, not much money or manpower, and their first computer only sold about 175 units. But in the years between then and now, Apple has become one of the most valuable companies in the world, spurring revolutions in how we communicate, use computers, listen to music, and to a lesser extent, tell the time. [...] Some critics think that Apple is boring now, setting itself up to iterate on its successes and lock customers into their services with products that are very good, but nothing they haven't really seen before. This is a solid business strategy that will provide strong returns for years to come, but not those eye-popping leaps we've seen before. Here's a video Apple published recently showcasing 40 of its most remarkable products.

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12:49
Facebook Plots Secret Chat for Messenger


Facebook has been working on mobile pay and secret chat features for its Messenger app, according to a report published this week, based on clues found in extracted software code on Messenger for iPhone. Commands embedded in the software hint at secret conversations, similar to what's found in WhatsApp, the voice and messaging service owned by Facebook, according to the report. Other references reportedly found in the code include commands to pay in person and pay in Messenger when picking up an item.

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12:42
Apple flies pirate flag to commemorate 40th...

You can still rock the pirate flag on occasion.

On April 1st, 2016, Apple marked its 40th anniversary by flying its pirate flag over its Cupertino headquarters in a tribute to the first-generation Macintosh team headed by company co-founder Steve Jobs.

The flag resembles a stereotypical pirate flag, with the notable difference of a rainbow Apple “eyepatch.” It was originally hoisted by the Mac team in 1983, sewn together by programmer Steve Capps with an emblem painted by graphic designer Susan Kare.

The gesture references an infamous Steve Jobs quote, Jobs stating that “It’s better to be a pirate than join the navy,” and also marked the Mac team’s arrival in a new office building.

Apple also released the following tribute video, which highlighted 40 years of...

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12:38
Apple files amicus brief supporting EPA's Clean...

Four of the biggest tech companies on the planet -- Apple, Google, Microsoft and Amazon --?all officially pledged their support for the Environmental Protection Agency's embattled Clean Power Plan on Friday, calling for carbon emissions from power plants to be reduced.

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12:31
Apple’s iCloud services experiencing downtime for...

Users are reporting downtime for some of Apple’s iCloud services this afternoon including problems logging in to iCloud and syncing data to apps that access the cloud services for calendars, mail and more.

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12:00
∞ Taylor Swift vs Treadmill, all for Apple Music

[VIDEO] Taylor Swift, in a new ad to show off Apple Music’s activity playlists (click “New” in the tab bar at the bottom of the screen, then scroll down to Activity Playlists).

A nice bit of stunt-work and editing there.

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11:57
Apple flying the pirate flag

On its 40th anniversary, Apple is flying a replica of that original pirate flag over its corporate headquarters today.

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11:36
Fantastical 2.2 features highlighted, explained

The spiffy people over at Flexibits have been busy and have finished a hefty number of updates to one of our favorite applications, Fantastical.

Fantastical, which has been updated to version 2.2, adds the following updates and changes which are explained via the following YouTube masterpiece:

Fantastical 2.2 retails for $49.95 and requires OS X 10.10 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried version 2.2 and have any feedback to offer, let us know in the comments.

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11:31
Ubuntu Goes to Microsoft's Windows 10 Bash


Microsoft on Wednesday unwrapped a major open source coup for Canonical when it announced that Ubuntu Linux will be able to run on Windows 10. Kevin Gallo, Microsoft's director of Windows developer platform, announced the development during a keynote address at Microsoft's Build 2016 conference in San Francisco. The Linux Bash command-line tool will run natively within Windows 10. That has been possible using third-party tools for years, but a direct partnership with Canonical should offer developers more flexibility and convenience, he said.

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11:00
Apple turns 40: Reflecting on four decades of history

This is a great collection of facts, images and movies, all to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the founding of Apple. Dig in. Lovely job.

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10:50
Tesla unveils more affordable Model 3, gives glimpse...

Tesla on Thursday night unveiled the long-awaited Model 3, its first electric car to be priced for the general public instead of rich sports and luxury car buyers.

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10:36
iPhone 5s vs iPhone SE: As expected, 2GB RAM makes a...

The iPhone SE is here, and we’ve given your our initial impressions as well as a look at some of the device’s top features. Now it’s time to talk more about the key differences that differentiate the iPhone 5s from the iPhone SE.

The one key difference that Apple likes to keep under the radar is the amount of RAM included in its mobile devices. It’s ironic, because this is arguably one of the biggest changes between the iPhone 5s and iPhone SE, and it makes a noticeable difference in day to day usage. Watch our video, and see for yourself. more…

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10:20
FBI takes heat for keeping iPhone hack details under...

The FBI doesn’t have to tell Apple how it cracked the iPhone 5c in the San Bernardino terrorism case, and now the American Civil Liberties Union is taking the agency to task.

According to the Wall Street Journal, a White House review group will determine which of three avenues the FBI can take: publicly announce the security flaw, disclose the flaw to Apple, or keep it under wraps so it can use the flaw to crack more iPhones. For now, it looks like the FBI is keeping it a secret. Not even Apple knows what technique the agency is using to get into the iPhone 5c in the San Bernardino case. All the FBI will say is that an “outside party” helped investigators crack the phone, negating the need for Apple’s help.

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10:00
Belkin does away with the need for an Apple Watch...

Let's face it - isn't it kind of stupid that you have to carry an iPhone with you in order to get your Apple Watch to do anything "smart"? Belkin today announced its new Wrist-Candi Band for iPhone (US$49.99), which not only does away with the need for an Apple Watch by placing your iPhone comfortably on your wrist or ankle, but also offers waterproof protection and additional power. 

Available in Purple Rain, Flamingo Pink and Midnight Black, the Wrist-Candi Band is the first iPhone wristband with a built-in solar battery. Stay outside in bright sunlight, and the Wrist-Candi keeps your iPhone powered up. The device is available in sizes for the iPhone SE, iPhone 6/6s and iPhone 6/6s Plus. 

According to Belkin Product Manager Candice B. Fureal, “We know that many people suffer from “nomophobia” (no-mobile-phone-phobia), which is defined as anxiety or distress that an individual experiences when they do...

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09:39
Apple turning comparatively low profit on iPhone SE...

In spite of recyling many parts from other iPhones, Apple's profit margin on the iPhone SE is relatively low next to the high-end iPhone 6s, a new analyst estimate suggests.

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DC Healthcare Provider Limps On After Malware Attack


Despite its computer systems being infected with malware since Monday, MedStar Health, which operates 10 hospitals and more than 250 outpatient facilities in and around Washington, D.C., has continued to provide patient care at near normal levels, according to several updates released this week. Since the malware attack occurred, MedStar Health has treated an average of 3,380 patients a day at its 10 facilities, it announced Thursday. It has treated nearly 4,000 patients in its ERs and performed more than 1,000 surgeries.

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09:13
Review: Mujjo Leather Case for iPhone 6 & 6s

For the first few months after purchasing my iPhone 6, I was a daily Apple Leather Case user. I picked up the case more out of convenience than desire, but I never truly felt it served my needs. The case felt weak, unsupportive, and more like a leather-wrap than a protective case. I’ve kept an eye out for other potential alternative leather cases, but could never find one I really loved. The Apple Leather Case seemed so close to what I would have wanted, but the way it wore down was just not appealing to me at all. A lot of other leather cases are too bulky, have a built-in wallet, or are just utterly expensive. Then Mujjo released their Leather Case for the iPhone 6(s). As soon as I laid my eyes on it, I knew I wanted it. It looked strong without adding bulk, sported a beautiful tanned leather, and was priced fairly in comparison to competing cases.

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09:01
Mozilla co-founder's ad-blocking Brave browser...

Brave, a new privacy- and speed-focused web browser helmed by Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich, has a plan to get you to unblock ads.

First announced in January, Brave is a web browser for Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android that has ad blocking built in. But instead of eliminating ads entirely, Brave wants to replace them with speedier, non-intrusive ads from its own network. Users who agree to see these ads will then get paid in bitcoin.

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09:00
Taylor Swift sells out, now shilling for Apple Music

Pop singer Taylor Swift was no fan of Apple Music last June when the service launched, threatening to keep her album 1989 off of the service in a protest of Apple's royalty policies. Her threatened boycott had the desired effect, with Apple almost immediately responding with a change in how royalties would be paid during a listener's three-month free trial. Now the singer is appearing in a hilarious video for Apple Music that highlights curated playlists.

Swift isn't the only artist who is changing her or his tune about Apple Music. This morning, Kanye West allowed his album The Life of Pablo to be released on Apple Music and Spotify. West swore that he'd never let his work show up on Apple Music, but apparently the album isn't getting enough exposure on Tidal, the streaming service West is part owner of.

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08:24
iFixit posts iPhone SE teardown, notes impressive...

The cool cats at iFixit have found some interesting stuff within the iPhone SE.

The company, which posted its own teardown, but also installed an iPhone 5s display into the iPhone SE, noting that the display from the older model fits and functions perfectly into Apple’s new handset. iFixit also noted that the parts are interchangeable between the loudspeaker, SIM card tray and vibration motor.

The iPhone SE has been noted for sharing components with the iPhone 5s, including the internal design and the design for the logic board, which is identical to 2014’s iPhone release.

While the phone’s aesthetics haven’t changed, iFixit did uncover a few upgrades from the years-old model, the most prominent being a battery capacity upgrade from 1,...

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08:14
iPhone SE diary: Day 1, first impressions

I had two immediate impressions when first picking up the iPhone SE. First, ‘wow this feels small!’. Having gotten used to the iPhone 6 and 6s as the new normal, the SE really does feel like an iPhone mini when you first handle it.

But the second, which followed seconds later, was ‘… in a good way.’

I’m old enough to have used the very first mobile phones, which were ginormous. For many years, the primary goal of manufacturers as they introduced successive models was to make them smaller and smaller. Smaller was newer, sexier and more hi-tech.

Picking up the iPhone SE gave me that feeling all over again. It didn’t feel like a step down, it actually felt like a step up. It was like ‘wow, Apple has managed to fit (almost) all of that 6s tech into this much more pocketable phone.’ And yes, this thing fits sideways into jeans pockets, and gives no sense of being at risk of falling out of other trouser...

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08:11
iFixit: The iPhone SE and iPhone 5S share many...

Enlarge / iFixit cracks open the iPhone SE. (credit: iFixit)

iFixit completed its customary teardown of Apple's latest iPhone yesterday, and it turns out that the similarities between the iPhone SE and the iPhone 5S don't stop at the design. Most of the repair procedures for the new phone are substantially identical to the procedures for the old phone, and in fact the two share a number of identical components: the entire display assembly—including the LCD and digitizer, front camera, earpiece speaker, and proximity sensor—is interchangeable, as are the speaker assembly, vibration motor, and SIM tray.

The shared components mean that shops already set up to repair the iPhone 5S should have no problem repairing the SE,...

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08:11
Gmail April Fools' prank yanked after Minion...

The only thing Google loves more than creating doodles on random anniversaries is April Fools’ Day. Google went too far with one Gmail prank during the 2016 online laugh-fest, however. Before you could said “April fools!” Google had to pull the joke after people complained of missed business opportunities and lost jobs.

Drop the mic

It all started out innocently enough. Who doesn’t love a good “drop the mic” joke—like this one featuring Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston? So Google thought it would be a good idea to create a send button that automatically inserted an animated GIF featuring a Minion (from the Despicable Me and Minions movies) dropping a microphone.

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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
Apple Reports First Year-Over-Year Quarterly...
Apple on TUesday announced financial results for its fiscal 2016 second quarter ending March 26, 2016. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $50.6 billion and quarterly net income of $10.5 billion... 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

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Simply Mac *Apple* Specialist- Service Repa...
Simply Mac is the largest premier retailer of Apple products in the nation. In order to support our growing customer base, we are currently looking for a driven Read more
*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions - Apple,...
Job Description: Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, Read more
Restaurant Manager (Neighborhood Captain) - A...
…in every aspect of daily operation. WHY YOU'LL LIKE IT: You'll be the Big Apple . You'll solve problems. You'll get to show your ability to handle the stress and Read more
*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
Restaurant Manager (Neighborhood Captain) - A...
…in every aspect of daily operation. WHY YOU'LL LIKE IT: You'll be the Big Apple . You'll solve problems. You'll get to show your ability to handle the stress and Read more
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