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Monday November 2

T-Mobile, Sprint poised to pick up subscribers from...

Apple's iPhone Upgrade Program appears to be leading U.S. phone buyers away from AT&T and Verizon toward carriers with cheaper fees such as T-Mobile and Sprint, a report said on Monday.

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Using Tech to Fix the Horrid US Political Debates

I watched with interest last week's Republican debate and realized very quickly that whatever that was on my TV, it sure as hell wasn't an actual debate. The idea is for us to be able to compare the qualifications and positions of a variety of candidates and then make a more informed choice -- but if every candidate is asked a different question, then how do we compare the answers? It seems strange that Americans likely put more rigor into hiring a gardener than in selecting the next leader of the free world. Tech could fix that.

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Apple pushes Maps Indoor service to venue owners,...

Joined by a new dedicated indoor mapping app, Apple has also begun encouraging large venue owners to sign up for its "Maps Indoor" service, potentially laying the groundwork for advanced indoor step-by-step directions in future iPhone updates.

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2015 5K Retina iMac supports 10-bit screen color...

This could come in handy if you’re doing extensive photo and video work.

Apple’s latest 5K Retina iMac supports 10-bit screen color. This feature was discovered via new driver software in OS X El Capitan, as noted in Cinema5D and German publication Mac & I. It’s not clear whether the code might support an external 10-bit monitor.

10-bit screen color helps eliminate banding artifacts while restoring gradient detail. Most external and built-in device displays are still limited to 8-bit color at most, and accordingly, OS X didn’t offer compatibility until now. Windows has had 10-bit support since 2009’s Windows 7.

Even on a 4K or 5K iMac,...

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Assorted Mac, iPad and Beats products edge towards “...

Every so often, a group of Apple products moves into an “Obsolete” category, meaning the product is no longer eligible for service or repair support through Apple retail stores or authorized third-party channels.

This time around, the products include:
– iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2009)

– iMac (27-inch, Late 2009)

– MacBook Air (Mid 2009)

– Mac Pro (Early 2009)

– MacBook (13-inch, early 2008)

– MacBook Pro (15-inch, early 2009)

These Macs will move to Obsolete status in all regions and vintage status where applicable. Apple typically begins the...

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Oh, Microsoft

Will Oremus, writing for Slate, points out the huge (read that in sarcastic tone, with air quotes) differences between the design of Microsoft’s new Manhattan flagship store and the Apple Store:

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Apple TV tips, tricks, shortcuts and useful settings

Joe Rossignol, writing for MacRumors, pulled together a nice list of tips and tricks for the new Apple TV. Worth reading through.

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How to disable password prompts for both free and...

If you’ve got a new Apple TV, you no doubt feel the pain of the long, linear software keyboard and recognize the value of any tip that will save you typing time (especially typing of long, arcane passwords).

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∞ How strong your iPhone signal actually is

I tested this on my iPhone and it works as advertised.

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Josh Centers, writing for TidBITS, pulled together a well-written assemblage of frequently asked Apple TV questions. Terrific set of questions, well worth scanning through.

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The WorkForce ET-4550 EcoTank is a good printer —...

The Epson WorkForce ET-4550 EcoTank wireless all-in-one comes loaded and ready with up to two years of ink in the box. Or so says Epson. I can let you know in …. let’s see … about 23 months.

If true, that’s an incredible amount of ink — enough to print up to 11,000 black/8500 color pages, and equivalent to about 50 ink cartridge sets. The printer is designed for homes, home offices and small offices that print 300 to 400 pages per month.

If it lives up to the hype, the WorkForce ET-4550 EcoTank will be worth its $499 price tag. If it doesn’t, the price tag won’t be justified. My family goes through a LOT of ink each year as my wife and daughter print photos, recipes, coupons, etc. I need a printer that doesn’t threaten to break my bank account in ink cartridge purchases.

When replacement ink is needed, the cost for the WorkForce ET-4550 EcoTan will reportedly be as...

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Jean-Louis Gassée: The Apple Car and Apple’s...

A thoughtful column (as usual) from JLG, questioning the culture that builds software that has the luxury of being allowed to crash and having that culture be required to build software that absolutely cannot fail.

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Procreate version 3 adds iPad Pro and Apple Pencil...

Popular drawing app Procreate has today released version 3 of their iPad app ($5.99) with a whole host of new features. This includes new brushes (including quick brush previewing before committing to canvas drawing), motion blur and perspective blur, simplified tap gestures and much more.

Perhaps the most significant change is the addition of iPad Pro and Apple Pencil integration. Procreate now create images with up to 16,0000 x 4000 resolution on Apple’s latest hardware, due to be released later in the month. Existing Apple hardware can also benefit, with the iPad Air 2 now capable of...

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How to use Share Sheets in iOS 9

Using Share Sheets in iOS 9 has been simplified. For example, now when you wan to search for a keyword on a Safari web page, or load its desktop version, just press the Share Sheet button in the bottom-left corner of the screen. 

Next, swipe to the left on the lowest horizontal menu until you see Find on Page and Request Desktop Site buttons. You can also tweak their  by tapping on the last item (dubbed More) in the menu. Use the drag and drop buttons next to each feature to reposition it as you wish.

In iOS 9 Share Sheets allow you to save a website as a PDF. Open the Safari Share Sheet menu and you’ll now find “Save PDF to iBooks.”

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Apple has a hidden ‘indoor GPS’ app in the App Store...

Apple has an Indoor Survey app on the iOS App Store, designed to help pinpoint locations inside a store, restaurant or other business – but it doesn’t show up in a search, and you need to register in Apple Maps Connect to download it.

By dropping “points” on a map within the Survey App, you indicate your position within the venue as you walk through. As you do so, the indoor Survey App measures the radio frequency (RF) signal data and combines it with an iPhone’s sensor data. The end result is indoor positioning without the need to install special hardware … 


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Get that syncing feeling with Eltima’s SyncMate for...

If you use only Apple products (Macs, iPhones, iPads, etc.), you can probably handle all your syncing chores through iCloud, iTunes, iTunes Connect, etc. However, if you use other devices and online storage platforms, you should check out Eltima’s SyncMate, which allows you to sync just about anything with your Mac (if it’s running Mac OS X 10.8.5 or higher).

The latest version (6) has been revved for Mac OS X El Capitan. SyncMate is, as far as I know, the only sync tool that’s fully compatible with El Capitan (OS X 10.11) and offers syncing with Android and iOS, MTP and storage devices and Microsoft Office apps. It’s also the only Mac sync software I’m aware of that allows syncing Mac with multiple devices simultaneously. 

The utility can not only sync data with several gadgets, but with online accounts and cloud storage options such as Outlook and Office 365, Google Drive,...

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Sunday November 1

The Guardian trots out notorious Mike Daisey to...

A British newspaper has published a meandering, conspiracy-chasing fantasy piece written by discredited theater-journalist Mike Daisey... in its technology section.

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Apple indoor positioning app 'Indoor Survey...

Apple could be on the verge of releasing its first dedicated indoor positioning app for iPhone, as a seemingly legitimate, albeit non-operational, first party app called "Indoor Survey" was spotted in the iOS App Store on Sunday.

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The Logic Pros: Working with Logic’s built-in Space...

In this week’s episode of The Logic Pros, we are looking at Space Designer, Logic’s flagship reverb plug-in. Much like the Delay Designer we detailed last week, Space Designer is highly customizable with various shaping tools and the ability to create your own impulse responses.

Reverb plug-ins are basically the emulation of the way instruments sound in a particular room or space. This effect is used commonly in music...

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Parallels Desktop 11.0.2

Maintenance update for popular virtualization software with a number of bug fixes. ($79.99 new for standard edition, $99.99 annual subscription for Pro/Business Edition, free update for version 11 licenses, 289 MB)


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Daniel Craig resisted Android phone placement in...

Internal Sony communications indicated that "Spectre" star Daniel Craig and the movie's director Sam Mendes were both opposed to multimillion dollar product placements for Sony or Samsung Android phones because it could tarnish the suave image of James Bond.

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State of the Site

Hi, friends of Apple World Today. 

It's the beginning of November, so I thought I'd let you know how we're doing. In one word, "better".

We are still not out of the woods yet financially, but our readership numbers are climbing at about 15 percent per month. With readership comes revenue and financial stability. Every day I thank each and every one of you who reads Apple World Today for making us one of your go-to websites for Apple news, reviews and how-tos.

The word of the month for AWT is going to be conversion. It's important that we convert readers to subscribers who are willing to throw a couple of bucks our way every month. We're still $400 per month below our minimum goal on Patreon. Why? Only a minuscule 0.36 percent of our readers are subscribers. Raise that number to 1 percent at our current average...

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Mophie debuts iPhone 6s Reserve batteries, TechLink...

With the post-launch dust now settled for the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPad mini 4, two accessory makers have released four batteries designed to fuel Apple’s latest devices. While they carry significant price premiums over top-rated batteries we’ve covered, both vendors have received Apple’s seal of approval for device compatibility.

Mophie has officially released...

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Nest Cam Review: Is Google’s Wi-Fi security cam...

It’s certainly not the only connected-security camera, but following Google’s acquisition of popular security cam maker Dropcam last year, the company has just launched a second-generation product with new features. The new product was re-envisioned by Google’s Nest team— the people building smart home accessories like the Nest thermostat and fire alarm— and in the process dropped the Dropcam branding and gained a few notable enhancements.

But is the new Nest Cam worth an upgrade from your current Dropcam setup? And how does the product compare to the other connected home security-cam and all-in-one security devices on the market? We’ve been testing out Nest Cam since its release a few weeks back to find out.


Setup is painless with the usual Wi-Fi...

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Review: Logitech's Z533 computer speakers...

Logitech's 2.1-channel Z533 speaker system may not be the pinnacle of home audio, but it more than gets the job done at a very reasonable price.

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Saturday October 31

Google's self-driving cars are more cautious...

If you've got spawn traipsing through the streets of Mountain View in search of sweets tonight, you needn't fear Google's self-driving cars... much. While there's something a little unsettling about an autonomous car -- even a cute one -- coming at...

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Amazon Follows Through: Drops Apple TV, Chromecast

Hot Hardware notes that Amazon has stopped selling two pieces of hardware -- Apple TV and Google's Chromecast -- that compete with Amazon's own streaming business. (They promised to drop them a while back; not everyone though they actually would.) From the article: While some have likened this move to being anti-competitive, it's hard to grasp whether the legal system would agree. Amazon's defense is that since these devices don't support Prime Video, it doesn't want to sell products to its customers and have them assume that they will."


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Study answers lingering questions about Voyager 1 in...

Three years ago, the American Geophysical Union said the Voyager 1 probe left the solar system. NASA quickly said nope, hold your horses, we're not there yet. Then, NASA announced a year later that yes, Voyager 1 really did make it. The debate stil...

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Researchers see evolution working faster than...

The word "evolution" tends to conjure up images of early hominids dodging predators on the veldt as they inch — agonizingly slowly — toward modern humanity. Most of those popular images of evolution are steeped in antiquity because, wel...

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A month with Nest's latest smart thermostat

Nest's programmable thermostat has just turned four, and the company marked the anniversary with the debut of its third-generation device. Four years ago, thermostats were still boring blocks stuck to your wall and while programming them was alread...

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Cute puzzler Haunt the House: Terrortown will get...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play. 

It’s Halloween, you’re a ghost, and all you want to do is rest in peace. But there are people nosing about your local haunting grounds—which include a spooky old mansion, a ghost town, and a carnival-themed runaway train.

What’s a ghost to do? You can’t scare these people away directly—you’re a ghost, and they can’t see you swooping through the air. But you can possess objects and scare them indirectly. And, of course, as the terror-level in the atmosphere becomes tenser, your abilities grow in power. Haunt the House: Terrortown is a creative...

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DJI Osmo review: A hand-held stabilized camera...

Thanks to the rise of small action cameras, camera stabilizers (aka gimbals) are becoming more portable than ever. Amazon has plenty of these coming from random Chinese brands, but most are either poorly designed, or only a partial solution to your...

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Vodafone says 1,827 customers' bank details...

In what's been a big week for corporate security following the TalkTalk hack, Vodafone has confirmed that it has also been the target of a malicious attack. In a statement today, the company said that between midnight on October 28th and midday on...

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Apple's investments in infrastructure, tooling...

After spending $11.2 billion across fiscal 2015 on capital expenditures, Apple anticipates that it will ramp up its investments in manufacturing, data centers, facility and retail infrastructure to $15 billion over the next year.

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Life with my robot secretary

By Mark Wilson

This article originally appeared on Fast Company and is reprinted with permission.

I'm not important enough to have what the rich and powerful call "people." Most of us aren't. The average personal assistant is paid about $31,000 a...

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∞ The Beatles: A 5 minute drum chronology

This is phenomenal. Note that this was filmed in 4K, so ratchet the video settings up if you have gear that will support it.

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∞ Happy Halloween

Some Halloween links to spread the Halloween spirit. Have a great Halloween and be sure to save some candy for us!

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Chrome OS Is Dead, Long Live Chrome OS?

Google reportedly is two years into a plan to consolidate the Chrome operating system and Android and plans to roll out a combined OS in 2017. Chromebooks running the Chrome OS have gained adoption as entry-level computers for students and as a low-cost option for a growing number of corporate customers. "Chrome OS isn't being killed," said a source familiar with the company's strategy. It has awesome momentum and we're still pursuing Chromebook partnerships, for example, and doing better than ever in U.S. schools."

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Nissan unleashes its autonomous car prototype in...

Nissan has begun testing its Leaf-based autonomous car prototype, not on private property, but on Japanese inner city roads and highways. To be exact, the automaker wants to put its "Piloted Drive" mode (part of its Intelligent Driving System) to t...

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The week in Apple news: Apple TV now available,...

Apple headlines for the week ending Oct. 30, 2015.

The new Apple TV made its debut on Friday. You can go to the Apple Store to buy one, or you can go to Best Buy. Be sure to follow our advice on the six things you need to do first with your new Apple TV. While you’re waiting for your Apple TV to set up, you can catch up on all the important Apple-related headlines here in this slideshow. Just click the link to get more information on a story.


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Medicine-covered nanoparticles could help stroke...

Doctors have been working for years on using tiny nanoparticles covered in clot busting drugs to clear blocked vessels in stroke victims. The only problem is that when a vessel is completely blocked, a lack of blood flow in the affected area is a p...

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This week on AppleInsider: Q4 triumph, Apple TV...

The last week of October was (relatively) upbeat for Apple, with blockbuster quarterly results, the launch of a redesigned Apple TV, and plans to bring Apple Pay to new countries.

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Price Guides: How our new partner Citi can help you...

AppleInsider is proud to announce that it has partnered with Citi, which offers a Double Cash Card that financially-responsible Price Guide shoppers can use to get cash back twice on their future Apple product purchases this holiday shopping season, further?sweeting deals that are often already offered at unbeatable prices.

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Friday October 30

​Uber shuts down in three German cities amid driver...

Surprise: Uber has having trouble in Germany, again. No, the company isn't facing another nationwide ban, but the trouble does seem to stem from a previous court decision -- apparently Uber is just having a hard time finding drivers. "For many pros...

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Find life on Mars and kill it in 'The...

Miss the character decision-driven science fiction epic of Mass Effect, but wish it had a little more of a melee focus? Pay attention to Techromancer -- it could be the spiritual successor you've been looking for. The game's developer, Spiders, doe...

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Hacking Team offers encryption breaking tools to law...

Mere months after having more than 400 GB of confidential information stolen from its servers, spyware vendor Hacking Team has announced that it has resumed operations with a suite of digital tools to help law enforcement agencies get around pesky...

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Apple throws support behind Houston equal rights...

Apple on Friday issued a statement in support of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, also known as Proposition 1 or HERO, a ballot item that seeks to end multiple forms of discrimination in the Texas city.

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Amazon to deliver 'Call of Duty' at...

Grabbing a physical copy of a new game on day one usually means either braving an in-store midnight event or waiting through the day for a package delivery. In the case of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, Amazon has an alternative: midnight delivery stra...

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New Apple TV incompatible with Apple's own...

As shipments of Apple's latest and greatest Apple TV reach eager customers, some may be disappointed to find Apple's Remote app for iOS and watchOS incompatible with the new model, meaning all tvOS navigation and text entry must be conducted via the included Siri Remote and onscreen keyboard.

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Custom iPhone case picks of the week: El Dia de Los...

In keeping with our Halloween theme today, here are a few spooky, scary, and otherwise great Redbubble cases and skins to protect and customize your Apple gear.

Day of the Dead  - You Haz Key

Tomorrow through November 2, Mexico and many parts of the USA celebrate Día de Muertos (or El Dia de Los Muertos), the Day of the Dead. This incredible iPhone case by artist Jimiyo caught my attention immediately. It's too late to buy it for this year, but my iPhone will be wearing this next year. On $21.04 in "snap" style or $25.25 for the extra rugged "tough" version for every iPhone since the iPhone 4.

El Dia de Los Muertos Mermaid

And what could be more charming than a beautiful mermaid ... who is dead? This whimsical, bright, and morbid iPhone case by Spanish artist...

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Majority of Google Play reviews for Apple's...

Google has struggled to attract a fraction of iOS' top-tier commercial app development for its own Android platform. The abusive language allowed in Google Play--for reviews of products the reviewer hasn't even downloaded--highlight another reason why so few developers take Android seriously as a platform.

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The first 10 Apple TV games you should play

Apple's own console

The new Apple TV looks pretty similar to the previous version, and does most of the same things—but now it’s a game console, too. With the App Store included, now you can download a bunch of games, including iOS favorites and ports from the Mac and dedicated home consoles. And in many cases, if you already bought a game for the iPhone and iPad and it’s compatible with Apple TV, you’ll have it there free of charge. 

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These Mac, iPod, & Beats products are losing...

As it does regularly with older products, Apple is about to move a bunch of Macs, iPods, and accessories to obsolete status, meaning the products will no longer be eligible for service or repair support through Apple retail stores or authorized third-party channels. So if you happen to have one of these products and need a hardware repair of some kind, you’ll have until early December to do so at an Apple Store or authorized service provider. 

The Macs getting the axe this time around include:

  • iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2009...
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AWT News Update: October 30, 2015

This frightening image captured by Hal Sherman on Periscope...

Mullets and black cats and news, oh my!

It's the last AWT News Update before Halloween, which means it's time for costumes and black cats (on the video) and some frighteningly good news:

  • The 12.9-inch iPad Pro has a delivery date
  • New iMacs (and one older model) have a new 10-bit graphics driver
  • Apple opens two security-related open source libraries to developers

The text version is below, while the video (seriously, dude - mullets and black cats!) is here.

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Marketcircle: Helping small businesses grow

Thanks to Marketcircle for sponsoring The Loop this week. Marketcircle, helping small businesses grow with amazing Mac, iPhone, Apple Watch, and iPad apps. Marketcircle is a Mac-based software company in Toronto that develops award-winning apps to help you save time, stay organized, and work happier. Serving the Apple/Mac community for over 10 years, Marketcircle’s Daylite and Billings Pro can take your business to new heights.

Billings Pro is a time tracking and invoicing app that helps freelancers and small businesses create beautiful and professional invoices in as little as 60 seconds. With less time managing invoices, you have more time to focus on clients and do the work you love...

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Apple TV apps come flooding out; here’s some of the...

With the fourth generation Apple TV generally available today — look for our review next week — apps are being released in droves for the revamped set-top box. Here’s a roundup of some of the ones we’ve run across.

MacPaw has unleashed three tvOS apps. Open the World is a countries and capitals quiz game. You jump through the toughest questions and see how well you know the whole world, not just your country. 

Opti is an Apple TV app that has exercises for relaxing and training your eyes. GIFtv is a gif reel app with background music from iTunes’ popular.

Harmonix Music Systems and Tilting Point have teamed up for Beat Sports. It’s a $9.99 collection of music-infused mini-games inspired by familiar sports like tennis, volleyball and golf.

Ubisoft’s Rayman Adventures...

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Rumor: Apple to release iPad Pro on November 11th

November looks to be the month where Apple releases its big gun.

Apple has been teasing the launch of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and sources have indicated that the tablet will launch on November 11th, or Veterans Day. There’s no word yet on whether the company will open up preorders a week early, like it did for the latest iPhones and Apple TVs.

The iPad Pro starts at US$799 for the 32GB Wi-Fi model, then hits US$949 for the 128GB Wi-Fi model, and tops out at US$1,079 for an 128GB version with both Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity. The Apple Pencil, which is Apple’s version of a pressure-sensitive stylus, and the Smart Keyboard will be sold separately, for US$99 and US$169,...

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Apple promo offers $50 savings on Apple Watch with...

Apple is conducting a very limited promotional offer at select Apple Store locations in California and Massachusetts that nets customers $50 off the price of an Apple Watch or Apple Watch Sport model when purchased with a new iPhone.

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MIT Media Lab celebrates 30 with Martha Stewart,...

MIT's Media Lab celebrated its 30th anniversary with tech visionaries including Marvin Minsky, Alan Kay and Danny Hillis.

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Select Apple Stores offering $50 discount on iPhone...

Apple seems to be trialling small discounts on Apple Watches purchased with iPhones in certain stores. Through a store-only deal running today through November 15th, Apple is knocking $50 off the price of Apple Watches and Apple Watch Sports when bought with new iPhones, MacRumors notes. Not only is the promo not available online but it’s also being offered in select stores in just two states: California and Massachusetts.

Shoppers in other markets may not be missing out on much, however, as 9to5Toys has seen better deals from resellers previously including $80 off without the required iPhone...

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BackBox Takes Its Security Tools Seriously

BackBox Linux 4.4 is a great Linux distro for IT and other techies who want to do their own penetration tests and security assessments. The latest version, released this month, is an Ubuntu 14.04.3-based distribution that is speedy and simple to use. It is a fully functional Linux distro that comes well stocked with standard software. It runs a desktop environment based on the Xfce window manager, which makes it standard and uncomplicated to use.

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T-Mobile Rumored to Roll Out Unlimited Video

Rumors that T-Mobile plans to introduce an unlimited data plan for streaming video services circulated Thursday following a Twitter post from journalist Evan Blass, who tweets under the handle @evleaks. The company would allow unlimited high-speed data to be used to watch select streaming from services such as Netflix and HBO under its "Uncarrier 10" campaign, he suggested. The Uncarrier 10 press event will be held Nov.10 in Los Angeles.

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Last Call: Save $79 instantly on Apple's new 21...

Exclusive coupons from Apple authorized resellers Adorama and MacMall that offer AppleInsider readers instant $79 discounts on every new iMac, iMac 4K and iMac 5K configuration will expire at 11:59 on Oct 31st and will not return.

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How to control your TV volume with the new Apple TV...

The vastly improved Siri Remote that ships with the fourth-generation Apple TV includes dedicated volume buttons, which can be programmed to control volume levels on TVs and receivers, even via legacy infrared line-of-sight.

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Facebook changes 'real names' policy to...

Starting in December, you will be able to change your Facebook name to match whatever identity you want—if you have a good enough reason.

On Friday, BuzzFeed reported that Facebook will soon start making changes to how it enforces its “real names” policy. Facebook users who want to use a name other than their legal name will be able to provide context and additional details as to why. Secondly, Facebook users who are reporting a profile name they believe to be fake will have to provide their reasoning. These changes will take effect in December, according to a letter Facebook released today in response to criticism by a coalition of civil rights groups.

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Google Migrates Project Loon to Indonesia

Project Loon, part of Google's parent company, Alphabet, on Wednesday announced that it has signed agreements with three mobile network operators in Indonesia -- Indosat, Telkomse, and XL Axiata -- to begin tests of its balloon-powered Internet service in 2016. Only about one in three of Indonesia's 250 million residents is connected to the Internet. Project Loon will transmit signals from areas connected to an Internet ground station across several balloons in the stratosphere and back down to areas without access.

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Notable apps and app updates for October 30, 2015

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 for iOS and Mac OS X, especially selected to enhance your Halloween weekend!

iOS Apps and Updates

Want to pick up some scary apps before Halloween? This first pick will give you nightmares -- The Walking Dead: Road to Survival (free with in-app purchases) is based on the hit TV series and  asks you to make life and death decisions -- stay & fight the walkers or run away. It's a popular app on the App Store, and you'll be having fun for weeks delivering headshots to the walkers or using an axe (bloody, no less) for defense. 

The little ones in the household might have nightmares if you give them The Walking Dead to play, so why...

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Rumor pegs Nov. 11 launch date for Apple's iPad...

Apple is targeting a Nov. 11 launch date for the iPad Pro, including its Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard accessories, a report said on Friday.

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How-To: Make Apple TV screenshots and video captures...

At some point in the future, creating pixel-sharp screenshots, UI videos, and game recordings from your Apple TV may be as easy as hitting a button or two on the Siri Remote, but right now, the only obvious technique is a workaround. Thankfully, the workaround doesn’t require the use of Apple’s Xcode or another developer tool — all you’ll need is OS X’s built-in app QuickTime Player and a USB-C cable of your choice

The process is the same for screenshots and videos. Load QuickTime Player on your Mac using Spotlight or the Applications folder. Connect your Apple TV — still plugged into the wall and your HDTV — to your Mac using the...

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Google’s new ‘Who’s Down’ app shows which of your...

Google has just quietly released a new app on the App Store called “Who’s Down”. As you might be able to tell from its name, the app will apparently — once there are people who are actually using it — let you see which of your friends are free to hang out. Currently, the app is invite-only, so the only things we know about its functionality are from the app’s App Store screenshots…

As you can see in the images below, the app’s main functionality seems to be a quick-to-access toggle switch, letting your friends know if you’re free. Sliding the switch makes you available for three hours, and lets you pick from a list of popular activities to say you’re down for (although it seems likely that one particular thing that people are commonly “down to” do...

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iPad Pro's rumored release date is Nov. 11

Apple has been teasing the November launch of the iPad Pro and its accessories, the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard, since September, but hasn’t officially narrowed down that release window. Rumor has it that Nov. 11 is the big day when the Pro goes on sale online and in stores.

According to 9to5Mac, which is usually accurate when it comes to Apple’s product launch announcements, Apple is gearing up to sell its 12.9-inch tablet on Veterans Day. No word yet on whether the company will open up preorders a week early, like it did for the latest iPhones and Apple TVs.


The Apple Pencil will retail for $99 and is sold separately from the iPad Pro.

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Report: iPad Pro, Smart Keyboard, and Apple Pencil...

Enlarge / The iPad Pro and its Smart Keyboard. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

According to a report by the usually reliable 9to5Mac, Apple's new iPad Pro is slated to go on sale on Wednesday, November 11. The tablet (as well as its Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil accessories) will supposedly be available both on Apple's online store and in retail stores, so this appears to be the actual launch day and not just a pre-order date.

The new iPad looks a lot like an iPad Air 2, but it has a larger 12.9-inch 2732×2048 screen, a new Apple A9X SoC, and 4GB of RAM. Between the better specs, the larger screen, and the...

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Game controller support is already better on Apple...

Right out of the box, the new fourth-generation Apple TV offers much clearer, simpler, and broader support for dedicated physical game controllers than the iPhone or iPad, even though the latter devices have featured gamepad connectivity for years.

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Apple plans to start selling the iPad Pro on...

Apple plans to start selling the 12.9-inch iPad Pro on Wednesday, November 11th via both its physical retail and online stores, according to multiple sources. Apple previously only said that the large tablet would become available during the month of November, a couple of months after the introduction in early September. The iPad Pro’s marquee accessories, the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard, will also become available for purchase on November 11th. The iPad Pro starts at $799 and comes in both 32GB and 128GB configurations with WiFi only. An LTE-compatible version comes exclusively in the 128GB configuration and costs upwards of $1000. We reported earlier this week that Apple’s support staff is scheduled to complete...

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Apple opens cryptographic libraries to developers in...

Apple has opened its Security Framework and Common Crypto libraries to developers, hoping to foster tighter levels of security in third-party apps.

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Apple voices support for Houston’s Equal Rights...

Continuing its efforts in supporting various equal rights campaigns in recent years,  Apple has voiced its support for a new equal rights bill in Houston through a statement issued by the Human Rights Campaign organization. Business Houston Journal reports that the organization issued the statement below on Apple’s behalf in support of the bill known as Proposition 1, or Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), ahead of voting on the bill ending October 30.


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First look: Fourth-generation Apple TV with Siri...

After being unveiled in September, the revamped Apple TV today made its way into consumers' living rooms, along with the all-new Siri Remote with voice input and touchpad. AppleInsider offers a closer look at the brand new set-top box.

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Amazon follows through on threat, yanking all Apple...

Following through on a threat made earlier this month, Amazon has pulled all Apple TV hardware from its online stores, regardless of whether it was being sold by Amazon directly or third-party vendors in Amazon’s Marketplace. The removal coincides with today’s official release of the fourth-generation Apple TV, Apple’s first model to launch with an App Store full of third-party apps.

Amazon notified third-party merchants that it planned to remove both Apple TVs and...

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New 4K & 5K iMacs support 10-bit screen color...

Apple's latest Retina iMacs support 10-bit screen color, something that may be especially useful for professional photo and video editors in the future, reports said on Friday.

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New Apple TV hits store shelves as first wave of...

Apple opened up preorders for the fourth-generation Apple TV on Monday, but didn’t say when the 32GB and 64GB models would be available to buy in-store. It’s unclear why the company didn’t announce a date, given that they probably want to sell a lot of products, but now it’s official: New Apple TVs are on Apple Store shelves starting right now.

Before venturing down to your local Apple Store to snag a new Apple TV, check inventory online to make sure your efforts don’t go to waste. You can select Personal Pickup to see which store has the device in stock, then reserve one and prepay for it so you can get in and out quickly.


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∞ Apple TV Hands On: This Changes Everything

I went to Cupertino to meet with the Apple TV team yesterday, and to pick up a unit to try out for myself. What struck me about the new model was Apple’s attention to detail—this is the most “Apple” Apple TV the company has ever released. [...]

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Video suggests Nexus 6P bends easier than iPhone 6...

There’s nothing like a little controversy when a new smartphone is launched to get people debating online. Remember ‘#scratchgate’ when the iPhone 5’s slate blue anodized finished scratched off really easily? Or last year’s iPhone 6 Plus, which some said bent really easily? Put those two hashtag-gates together and you apparently have the latest flagship Android phone. The Nexus 6P is the newest pure Android phone from Google, and is about to come under some new scrutiny from prospective buyers thanks to a video from Jerry Rig Everything on YouTube


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Apple Music Diary: Really appreciating it while my...

After a rough start and a mixed early experience, I did finally press the button on Apple Music – a decision I’m grateful for at present as my main Mac is away for repair. This diary piece is as much about that experience as Apple Music, but I will get to music, I promise …

I love a large screen on a laptop, so have stuck doggedly to my 17-inch MacBook Pro, despite the fact that it’s now four years old. It’s a maxed-out late-2011 machine that has been very heavily upgraded over the years, with 16GB RAM and 2TB of SSD storage, and consequently still offers decent...

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Fourth-gen Apple TV now available for in-store...

The new Apple TV is available for in-store pickup on Friday not only at Apple Stores, but also for some Best Buy shoppers, who previously didn't expect to have any pickups until next week.

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Clear my weekend; Alto's Adventure comes to...

In case you haven't noticed, I haven't exactly been jumping at the opportunity to spend even more of my hard-earned cash on one of the new 4th-generation Apple TVs. I just don't watch that much TV. But one announcement is making my resolve quickly fade away -- Alto's Adventure ($2.99) is now available on the big screen. 

Anyone who's played this snowboarding side-scroller with beautiful graphics and sound knows how addictive it is. Now your levels will transfer straight to the Apple TV version thanks to iCloud syncing. 

The iOS app also got a bump to version 1.2, adding support for Apple TV syncing, MFi Game Controller support, the option to move the pause button to the right side of the screen, volume sliders in the settings menu, and the all-important choice of whether or not to use helmet or chasm rescues after crashing (this will make sense to you if you play...

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Apple’s latest Android app is already getting...

Apple can’t catch a break on Android. When Apple released its first app on Google’s platform last month called Move to iOS, Android fans were quick to negatively rate the app that only existed to help people switch from Android to iPhone. To date, Move to iOS has roughly 30,000 1 star reviews to only 10,000 5 star reviews with not much happening in the middle.

Now Apple has its second Android app on the Google Play Store called Beats Pill+. It’s a companion app to Apple’s new portable Bluetooth speaker with the same name, allowing both Android and iPhone users to pair two...

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The 10 best Apple TV apps to grab on day one (and...

After years of waiting, the Apple TV finally has its own App Store, and it’s already populated with a surprisingly large number of worthwhile apps and games. We’ve been testing them and looking to see what’s hot and not for day one Apple TV buyers, including some titles compatible with third-party Apple-authorized game controllers.

Here are 10 of our top early picks, plus some honorable mentions that you may want to grab anyway despite some early issues. There are even several games that support...

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The subtle ways in which Pulp Fiction visually...

I am a huge fan of both. Amazing how many of these shots are strikingly similar. I just can’t imagine this is coincidence.

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Roundup of best Apple TV apps and games

Got an Apple TV on its way? Spend a few minutes and Christian Zibreg, writing for iDownloadBlog, will give you a tour of some of the best Apple TV apps and games you can look forward to downloading.

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Adobe Photoshop Fix & Mix get iOS 9 multitasking...

Adobe has updated its two main Photoshop apps for iOS, Fix and Mix, with full support for iOS 9's multitasking features, as well as the upcoming iPad Pro.

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Everything you need to know about Apple TV and game...

Serenity Caldwell does her usual awesome job laying out the details. There’s one bit in particular I found interesting, about how Apple not allowing games to require a controller. Read on.

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The animated biography of Steve Jobs

This was just lovely. Watch the video below, then take a trip over to the home page to read through the time line.

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Amazon pulls Google Chromcast, Apple TV units from...

If this proves anything, it’s don’t sell a product that directly competes with Amazon’s interests.

Following through on its promises to halt sales of set-top streaming devices competing with its own Fire TV lineup, Amazon on Thursday removed all Apple TV and Google Chromecast products from its online store.

In an effort to boost both its Prime Video subscriptions as well as sales of its Fire TV set top box and Fire TV Stick units, has pulled both the Chromecast and the Apple TV from its shelves.

“It’s important that the streaming media players we sell interact well with Prime Video in order to avoid customer...

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Bluetooth not working or unreliable? Here’s the fix

Another of those tips that you should bookmark and pass along. You never know when you’ll need it. In my post, there’s a TL;DR version.

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Apple TV and cord cutting

Hayley Tsukayama, writing for The Washington Post:

The new Apple TV, which launched this week, offers a tantalizing breakthrough: It has the potential to be the only set-top box you will need.

Interesting read, plus a video that lays out some cord cutting options.

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Fourth-generation Apple TV now available in assorted...

The fourth-generation Apple TV has begun to arrive in the cases of some pre-orders.

For those of you looking to put your mitts on it in person, today’s your lucky day.

Apple Store and Best Buy locations have begun selling the new fourth-generation Apple TV in the U.S. and first wave launch countries. Apple is also offering Personal Pickup in the U.S., while Best Buy is allowing customers who pre-ordered for in-store pickup to pick up their set-top boxes starting this morning as the stores open up for the day.

Best Buy, which began accepting pre-orders on Monday, had originally listed November 4th as the first date it would be on...

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Apple has sold more than $1.7B in Apple Watches, and...

There are a lot of interesting tidbits in Apple’s 10-K, including patent filings, dependencies, and lots of discussion of risks in the marketplace. But if you don’t feel like digging through all the cruft, Chris O’Brien, writing for Venture Beat, did a nice job of laying out some of the highlights.

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Apple's smartphone share in Japan fell 7.2...

Apple's share of smartphone shipments in Japan fell 7.2 percentage points YoY to 50 percent in the first halfof 2015 (that’s April to September), or 6.31 million units, according to a report by MM Research Institute (as noted by, a global investment newswire.

New mid-priced smartphones from Sony, Sharp and Fujitsu ate into Apple's share of the shipments, according to the research group. Sony had an 18.6 percent share of shipments in H1, the second-highest among brands. Sharp was in third place with 14.3 percent and Fujitsu had 9.3 percent. Samsung was fifth with 6.1 percent, the report said.

Smartphone will account for 75.6 percent of cell phone shipments in Japan this year, according to MM.

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Apple and the hidden challenge standing in the way...

Most of what you read about Apple’s rumored web TV service (where Apple provides both the set top box and the content) revolves around the complexities of acquiring rights. But there’s another, subtler issue that is just as critical.

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