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Monday May 2

07:58
Hulu could beat Apple to the punch with live TV...

Hulu -- currently an on-demand platform -- could soon join the ranks of internet-based live TV providers, increasing the challenge for Apple's rumored entry into the same arena.

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07:43
FBI should disclose iPhone vulnerability to Apple,...

Infamous NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has once again weighed in on the Apple-FBI battle, this time saying that the bureau should disclose the vulnerability used to crack the San Bernardino iPhone in the interest of national cybersecurity.

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07:31
Chinese report indicates iPhone 7 to have slightly...

A Weibo report has surfaced that indicates the iPhone 7 may have a slightly larger battery than the current generation iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. According to the poster, the iPhone 7 will include a battery with a 1735 mAH capacity and iPhone 7 Plus will feature a 2810 mAH battery. On both models, this is (slightly) more than the current-generation iPhones. The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have batteries with 1715 mAH and 2750 mAH respectively.

The iPhone 7 is rumored to look very similar to the current iPhone, with a thinner body and redesigned antennas. A...

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07:25
Mini Review: Schatzii Bullet – tiny, stylish,...

If there was one thing I would have sworn you could never interest me in trying, it was yet another Bluetooth earpiece. There are about a zillion of these available (well, 45,322 according to Amazon), and for the most part my view has always been that if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen ’em all. Stick them in your ear and get tinny, one-eared sound that is hopeless for music but does the job for hands-free phone calls when you don’t have access to an installed setup in your car.

But I had to admit that the Schatzii Bullet is rather smaller and more stylish than most, with a cute charging system that goes some way toward making up for the somewhat limited battery-life that inevitably accompanies such a small device. It seemed worth a try …

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06:57
Court orders woman to use her fingerprint to unlock...

Here we go again. A Los Angeles court has okayed a warrant for the FBI forcing a woman to unlock an iPhone equipped with Apple's Touch ID fingerprint technology, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The woman is the girlfriend of an alleged Armenian gang. The court order compelled her to press her finger against an Apple iPhone that had been seized by the FBI. The phone contained Apple's fingerprint identification system for unlocking, and prosecutors wanted access to the data inside it.

This “marked a rare time that prosecutors have demanded a person provide a fingerprint to open a computer, but experts expect such cases to become more common as cracking digital security becomes a larger part of law enforcement work,” adds the Times.

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06:54
Apple Campus 2 drone flyover shows progress on the...

In the latest drone flyover video of Apple’s under-construction Campus 2, this one sent in by Matthew Roberts, we get a close-up look at progress made in recent weeks on the new Apple headquarters set to open early next year.

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06:23
Los Angeles court orders woman to unlock Touch ID-...

Through a Los Angeles court, the FBI recently obtained a warrant forcing a woman to unlock an iPhone equipped with Apple's Touch ID fingerprint technology, according to a report.

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06:19
Okta offers Touch ID-based multifactor...

Okta, a San Francisco-based identity management startup, announced Monday a bunch of updates to its products that are aimed at improving its offerings on mobile devices. 

Okta Verify, the company's two-factor authentication product, now supports Touch ID for user authentication. What that means is that users who get a push notification sent to their iPhone in order to approve a login can now authenticate the attempt using their fingerprint. It's an added level of security on top of the two-factor authentication capabilities in Verify, which is useful for organizations that want to keep logins even more secure without worrying about inconveniencing users. 

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06:00
NetMarketShare: OS X up substantially in April,...

According to the latest market share survey from NetMarketShare, the market share for Mac OS X rose in April, while that of iOS dipped.

According to the report, among desktop operating systems, Mac OS X had 9.2% of the global market share in April, up substantially from 7.77% percent in March (that’s global market share; in the US it’s over 13%). This is an an all-time high by NetMarketShare’s measurements. Windows remains dominant with 89.23% as of April.

iOS had 28.62% of the mobile operating system market share in April, down from 32.28% in March. This compares to 61.8% for Android, 3.96% for Windows Phone, and 2.1% for Java ME. The all-time high for iOS was in July 2012 with 65.94%

NetMarketShares’ monthly surveys don’t measure market share in terms of computer systems sold. Instead they sample data from visitors to some 40,000 web sites operated by their clients. And note that NetMarketShare’s numbers...

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05:27
Comment: Atari co-founder’s ‘easy to learn,...

I’m not much of a gamer, but I think Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell may have put his finger on what is often missing from mobile games – a lesson he last week told the Guardian many have yet to learn from the early arcade games.

“When you look at mobile and arcade gaming, they’re identical,” Bushnell says. “Mobile has some of the same game constraints for the player, and that ‘easy to learn, and difficult to master’ metric.” This common phrase is, as it happens, known as ‘Bushnell’s law’ – he first uttered it in 1971 while making his preliminary steps into the arcade business with seminal coin-op Computer Space.com

That lesson – dating back to the days when Apple co-founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak created Breakout for Atari – was something arcade games designers had to learn if they...

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05:00
Scrivener 2: 50% off in the Deals Shop today and...

Here's a deal that anyone thinking about writing a novel should not pass up. All day today and tomorrow -- May 2 and 3 -- the best Mac app for writing novels and scripts, Scrivener 2, is on sale for 50% off. That means you get Scrivener 2 for just $22.50 instead of the usual $45.

Scrivener is more than just a writing app; it includes tools for storyboarding, project management, and research as well. During the course of writing your book or play, Scrivener keeps versions in place in case you wish to go back to a previous version that was more compelling or accurate. The storyboarding...

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04:30
Forget the Apple Car; I want my iMow and my iSaw

Forget the Apple Car. I want Apple to enter the lawnmower, chainsaw and weed eater markets.

For years I've used Apple products and they work 99.9% of the time with no fuss. Not so with all the yard equipment I've owned.

For instance, my Yard Mower quit on me last week. I was mowing my lawn with the push mower, which had been treated to fresh oil and some nice ethanol-free gas. Despite the love bestowed up on it, it belched once and refused to do any more work. It's been on strike since that day.

Last autumn I was using a chainsaw to slice up some small, fallen trees in the yard. The chainsaw fell apart. Literally. The bar detached itself from the body and fell to the ground. Apparently, it was a mechanical suicide.

And don't get me started on weed eaters. They only work when they feel like it.

Admittedly, I'm not mechanically inclined when it comes to small engine repair. And Apple certainly isn't going to enter this market.

Too bad. I can...

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04:30
Envoy Pro EX is a slick and handy solid state drive...

Other World Computing's OWC Envoy Pro EX is one of the slickest solid state drive solutions around and a fine accessory for Macs with limited storagecapacity. Designed for high performance storage and/or backup, it's powerful and portable -- small enough, in fact, to fit into a coat pocket, backpack, or briefcase.

Inside the Envoy Pro EX is a SandForce Driven OWC Aura Pro 6G SSD that offers real world sustained reads up to 436MB/s and writes up to 429MB/s. The USB 3.0 interface can bus-power the drive so an AC power adapter isn’t required.

Aura Pro SSDs utilize Tier-1 Synchronous NAND instead of the commonly utilized Asynchronous NAND. Synchronous NAND enables reads and writes to be "synced" with the SSD processor's clock signal for maximum data throughput. 

Additionally, the Aura Pro SSD utilizes DuraWrite Technology and intelligent block management to ensure endurance and...

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04:06
FBI granted federal court warrant forcing suspect to...

For the first time in a federal case, a suspect has been ordered to use her fingerprint to unlock her iPhone using Touch ID. The LA Times reports that a federal judge signed a warrant allowing the FBI to compel a suspect in an identity theft case to to unlock the phone just 45 minutes after her arrest.

Authorities obtained a search warrant compelling the girlfriend of an alleged Armenian gang member to press her finger against an iPhone that had been seized from a Glendale home […]

In the Glendale case, the FBI wanted the fingerprint of Paytsar Bkhchadzhyan, a 29-year-old woman from L.A. with a string of criminal convictions who pleaded no contest to a felony count of identity theft.

The warrant is consistent with a 2014 case where a Virginia District...

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04:00
Today is Baby Day; celebrate accordingly with these...

Today is Baby Day, which celebrates, well, babies. At least I think it does. I couldn’t find any info on the origin of this “holiday,” but, hey, a day that celebrates the enjoyment and care of young infants is a good thing. To celebrate, I’ve picked out three baby related apps for the Mac and three for iOS devices.

Available at the Mac App Store:

Baby Tracker is a $0.99 app that allows you track your pregnancy and estimate when the new addition will make his or her entrance into the world. You can track weight, height, head circumference, heart beat, BMI, and more.

 

Gestational Age is a $8.99 due date calculator. It’s designed for gynecologists and obstetricians, but can also be used by expectant moms.

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03:30
The 10 Mac games you need to play from April 2016

April's Mac games

What always impresses me each month as I put together our picks for new Mac game releases is how diverse of a selection we have each and every few weeks. For example, April’s selections are headlined by a strategic role-playing game set against the end of the world, a frantic co-op shooting game with fantastical weapons, and a tough-as-nails puzzler about cooking sausages.

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Sunday May 1

16:10
The Government Wants Your Fingerprint To Unlock...

schwit1 quotes this report from the Daily Gazette: "As the world watched the FBI spar with Apple this winter in an attempt to hack into a San Bernardino shooter's iPhone, federal officials were quietly waging a different encryption battle in a Los Angeles courtroom. There, authorities obtained a search warrant compelling the girlfriend of an alleged Armenian gang member to press her finger against an iPhone that had been seized from a Glendale home. The phone contained Apple's fingerprint identification system for unlocking, and prosecutors wanted access to the data inside it. It marked a rare time that prosecutors have demanded a person provide a fingerprint to open a computer, but experts expect such cases to become more common as cracking digital security becomes a larger part of law enforcement work. The Glendale case and others like it are forcing courts to address a basic question: How far can the government go to obtain biometric markers such as fingerprints and hair?"

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15:58
Latest 'Shot on iPhone' ad uses Mother...

Apple on Sunday released a new TV commercial, making use of the upcoming Mother's Day holiday to further its "Shot on iPhone" marketing campaign.

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15:21
Why Your Bits Might Be Flipped (and What to Do about...

We all experience misunderstandings about technology from time to time. Joe Kissell explains why it’s not your fault, and how he approaches the subject of tech misconceptions in his new book, “Are Your Bits Flipped?”.

 

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11:30
Apple's Smartwatch Draws Competition And A Very...

Apple's share of the smartwatch market actually started declining in 2016, dropping down to just 52.4% (down from 63%), according to Business Insider. And following up on Apple's first drop in earnings in over 10 years, Slashdot reader Zanadou shares a Gizmodo's latest story about the Apple Watch.

"I stopped wearing it two months ago, and I'm not sure if I'll ever wear it again. That's because it doesn't really do anything that anyone needs, and even when it does, it doesn't always work like it's supposed to. Here are some things I learned over the past year of strapping the screen vibrator to my wrist."

The article describes wanting to try a new form factor, but ending up confused by the watch's two-button interface (where the buttons perform multiple functions). Gizmodo's writer complains that "there's literally no comfortable way to actually use it," and while he did appreciate things like the time-of-sunrise feature and the ability to read text messages on your...

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11:21
Take Control of Slack Basics: Chapter 9, Search...

A messaging system is only as good as its search feature because you will need to refer back to previous discussions. Happily, Slack offers a powerful and flexible search that you can use to find any content to which you have access. You can even refine your searches by channel or conversation, by person, by date, and by emoji! Glenn Fleishman explains all in this week’s chapter.

 

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11:20
Chapter 9 of “Take Control of Slack Basics” Available

One of the advantages of Slack is that it archives all of your team chatter so you can find essential discussions later on. In this week’s chapter, Glenn Fleishman tells you how to search your Slack’s messages effectively.

 

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11:03
Apple, Samsung, Facebook, Amazon & the case of...

Apple's fiscal Q2 earnings were the company's "worst ever" of the last decade in terms of year-over-year growth, but not in terms of actual commercial activity during the first three months of 2016. Take a closer look at Apple and three other firms: Samsung, Facebook and Amazon.

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11:02
Apple shares new ‘Shot on iPhone’ ad for Mother’s Day

Apple today uploaded its latest ad to YouTube. The ad returns to the company’s popular “Shot on iPhone” campaign and focuses on Mother’s Day, which is one week away from today. The touching video comes in at 30-seconds long and follows two new iPhone 6s ads from last week, one that highlighted the device’s 4K camera and one that showed off Touch ID.

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07:00
Inhabitat's Week in Green: The Karma Revero,...

The Fisker Karma is one of the hottest plug-in hybrid cars ever built. However, production stopped in 2012 when the company went bankrupt. Now the car is set to be reborn as the Karma Revero this year. Meanwhile, Ford is planning to launch a 200-mile...

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05:30
Ben Heck's salvage wars

Finally it's time for the team to decide who is the ultimate master of salvage. Ben, Karen and Felix fight it out to discover just how thrifty they can be in recovering motors, sensors and controllers from hardware you can find at your local thrif...

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02:18
Scientists find a tailless comet from Earth's...

It's well-established that the many asteroids and comets in the Solar System are the result of its violent early history, but finding an untouched example from the inner system is difficult. However, an astronomy team has discovered just that -- and...

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Saturday April 30

16:30
Amazon Beats Microsoft In 'The Battle of...

An anonymous reader writes: Yesterday Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos earned $5 billion in one afternoon when the company's stock price jumped 9.6%. Amazon reported an actual profit of $513 million (nearly double the amount expected), and next year Amazon's sales are projected by analysts to be 63% higher than Microsoft's, which USA Today calls "a good illustration of how growth in the sector has moved from hardware, software and chip companies to Internet firms selling goods or advertising online... [W]hile Bill Gates helped put Seattle area on the map as a U.S. tech hub, Bezos now runs the largest tech company in the State of Washington, by far, in terms of sales."

Amazon's Echo and Alexa devices are believed to be outselling their Kindles (and Alexa will soon make her first appearance on a non-Amazon device). But Amazon attributed their surprise jump in revenue to a 51% annual increase in the "tens of millions" of subscribers paying for their Amazon Prime shipping service (which in...

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15:29
Lightroom CC 2015.5.1 and Lightroom 6.5.1

Resolves a number of bugs in the professional photo cataloging and editing applications. ($149 new or $9.99 monthly Creative Cloud subscription, free update)

 

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14:17
Intel splits on Atom after the mobile relevance of...

Intel is ending production of its mobile Atom processors as the reality sets in of a mobile world where virtually all the profits are inhaled by devices sold by Apple and powered by the iPhone-maker's own custom Ax series Application Processors.

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13:47
Apple agrees to analyze contents of iPhone found in...

An iPhone 6 is at the center of an investigation of two missing Florida teens. Last July, 14-year-olds Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen set out on a boat trip in the Atlantic Ocean, but both of the bodies went missing and boys never returned. The United States Coast Guard performed an eight-day search for the boys, but never found them. Last, month, however, their boat was recovered 100 miles off the shore of Bermuda and on the boat was Stephanos’ iPhone (via ABC News).

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11:30
Someone got Windows 95 running on an Apple Watch,...

The tech world was a very different place in 1995. Back then, a 100MHz processor was considered powerful, the upcoming Copland operating system was going to be Apple’s next big thing, and Windows 95 was going to change everything on the PC side of things.

As if to prove the point, Nick Lee of mobile app development firm Tendigi Studios hacked his Apple Watch to run Microsoft’s one-time flagship operating system.

To get the hack to work, Lee ported the Bochs x86 emulator to the Apple Watch, using a technique that lets you “patch certain files within a WatchKit app to load your own application code rather than Apple’s.” He then dropped a Windows 95 disk image into the app he created to finish the project.

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10:00
Microsoft Curbs Cortana in Windows 10


Microsoft on Thursday announced that it was restricting its Cortana digital assistant to operating with the Edge browser and Bing search engine in Windows 10. "As Windows 10 has grown in adoption and usage, we have seen some software programs circumvent [its] design and redirect you to search providers that were not designed to work with Cortana," said Ryan Gavin, Microsoft's general manager of search and Cortana. "The result is a compromised experience that is less reliable and predictable."

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09:52
FCA offers Apple Siri Eyes Free to almost two...

FCA Uconnect, a North American automaker, is releasing a new complimentary software update designed to add Apple Siri Eyes Free capability to the vehicle's Uconnect system for nearly two million properly equipped Uconnect vehicles dating back to the 2013 model year.

An extension of Apple's Siri functionality for enabling voice control of an iOS mobile device that is linked with a car's in-dash audio system. With Siri Eyes Free, drivers can speak natural language voice commands in order to operate the mobile device as well as the car's sound or in-vehicle infotainment system. Siri Eyes Free — introduced in 2012 — operates via a voice command button on the car's steering wheel, enabling the driver to make and receive calls, select and play music, audibly send and receive text messages, access Maps and get directions, audibly receive notifications, set reminders and more.

"With the addition of the Siri Eyes Free feature for later model-year vehicles, more customers will...

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09:03
This week’s top stories: iPhone 7 leaks, AAPL Q2...

There was lots of news for Apple this week with the company’s Q2 2016 earnings representing some notable declines across the board despite reporting $50.6 billion in revenue and $10.5 billion in profit. But readers were more interested in the latest rumors and expectations for the upcoming iPhone 7 and Apple Watch 2, as well as some new “exclusive” Apple Music and iTunes releases and this week’s new apps and updates.

Head below for all the handy links to this week’s top stories and more.

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08:01
How-To: Find your MacBook’s battery cycle count and...

Recently I noticed that my Late 2013 MacBook Pro with Retina Display seemed to be dying at a faster clip. Naturally, I assumed that the battery might be going bad.

After checking the battery cycle count, I learned that I was probably wrong about the battery being bad, as the cycle count was still well within the normal life span of my MacBook. Here’s how I was able to verify that everything was okay with my MacBook’s battery.

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07:22
Review: Logi Base Smart Connector charging dock is...

MagSafe has long been a defining feature of Apple's market leading notebooks. Thanks to the Smart Connector charging capabilities first introduced by the new Logi Base dock for iPad Pro, Apple's iDevices now have their own convenient MagSafe equivalent.

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07:00
The Week in iPad Cases: New folios for the iPad Pro

Fun with folios

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases features a few new folios for the iPad Pro—from Incase, Incipio, Patchworks, and more. Read on!

CaseCrown

The Poly North Messenger (9.7-inch iPad Pro; $40 through CaseCrown or $42 from Amazon) is a sleek vertical messenger bag with an adjustable shoulder strap for extra comfort.

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06:00
ICYMI: Barely hoverbiking, new hair dryer tech and...

Today on In Case You Missed It: YouTuber Colin Furze teamed up with Ford to build a working hoverbike within just a few weeks, from his shed. It runs off of two diesel engines so granted, it's probably not the most mass-production friendly item, bu...

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06:00
AluCup is handy for iPhones, iPods -- iPads, not so...

The AluCup from Just Mobile is a one-trick pony, but it's a pretty neat trick. It's an $29.95 multi-purpose desktop stand for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad (well, sorta -- more on that in a moment). 

Sculpted from a single piece of aluminum lined with soft rubber, the AluCup provides an upright stand when you sit your iDevice inside it. Its "grippy" bottom keeps it from sliding around your desk. 

Thanks to its high-friction rubberized edges, the AluCup -- with is available in yellow, blue, black and red -- doubles as a reclining pedestal for your iDevice, while offering space for you to stash your storage cables. There are four vertical slots are for keeping those cables tidy.

But let's be practical. The AluCup works best for iDevices that fit inside it. That would be the iPhone and iPod touch. I didn't find it useful for the iPad Pro or iPad mini, two devices that won't...

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05:03
OmniOutliner 4.5.2

Brings a number of improvements to the outlining and information organization app. ($49.99 new, free update, 24.8 MB)

 

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05:00
cb Softcase is a luxurious iPhone case — if you can...

cb innovations' cb Softcase is one of the most luxurious smartphone cases for the iPhone — for those who can afford it. 

Italian leather, a button made out of 935 Sterling silver and microfiber all work in synergy to provide protection in a classy design. However, the cb Softcase isn’t for everyone; it’s a high end product designed to fit in with a tailored suit and expensive Oxford shoes.

The "Classic Edition" cb Softcase (pictured) and Gold Edition can hold either hold an iPhone 5/5S, iPhone 6/6 Plus, or iPhone 6s/6s Plus to protect it from scratches, dirt and impact. Your smartphone can always be pulled out of the case without any hassle.

One unique feature is the inner lining, which is made out of cb Microfiber. This silky-soft fabric beds your smartphone and also cleans the display from fingerprints when you pull it out of the case. 

The cb Button on the Classic Edition is made out...

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03:00
Roaming within the EU has just become cheaper

European decision-makers have been forcibly capping mobile roaming charges in the region for several years now. The last mandated reduction came into effect in July 2014, but today the European Commission has made calls, texts and megabytes that much...

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03:00
The week in Apple news: Apple's Q2 results,...

Apple headlines for the week ending Apr. 29, 2016

The big news this week is that Apple released its 2016 second-quarter financials. Revenue is down, but the company still made $10.5 billion in profit. That’s more profit than what Alphabet, Facebook, and Microsoft made combined. You’ll find more Apple related headlines in this slideshow. Just click the link to get more information.

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02:50
This week on AI: Apple's no-good terrible...

In many ways the last week of April was a negative one for Apple, with disappointing financial results, a death on campus, and word of more labor abuses at a key supplier. Rumors did emerge, however, about plans for the "iPhone 7" and a second-generation Apple Watch.

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02:25
Developer hacks Apple Watch to boot and run Windows...

Developer Nick Lee has managed to hack a working version of Windows 95 onto his Apple Watch. The utility of this is close to zero — but it is hilarious to watch. It highlights how smart wristwatches like Apple Watch are now as powerful as (if not more than) desktop computers from the turn of the century. Watch the full video of the ‘microsoftOS’ Apple Watch in action after the jump …

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00:47
Watch a 360-degree video of SpaceX's rocket...

If you've ever had any doubt whether SpaceX's Falcon 9 really touched down on a barge, you should watch this YouTube video. It shows a 360-degree view of the drone ship as the rocket was landing, which means you can drag the video around to watch it...

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Friday April 29

22:38
Puma's robotic running companion can keep pace...

For some people, the RunKeeper coach's voice is enough to keep them motivated during a jog. Others need something physical to keep pace with. That's where Puma's BeatBot comes in. Developed by a NASA robotics engineer, a trio of MIT students and Puma...

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20:36
Developer Installs Windows 95 On An Apple Watch

An anonymous reader writes: Developer Nick Lee has successfully installed Windows 95 on his Apple Watch. It works, but it runs very slow. For example, it takes about an hour for the OS to boot up. In a blog post, Lee points out the Apple Watch features specs capable of running the old OS. To get Windows 95 running on the Apple Watch, Lee had to modify Apple's development software in "rather unorthodox ways" that allowed him to turn the OS into a Watch app, which also emulates an environment for the OS to run on, he tells The Verge. To deal with the fact that Apple Watch's screen is always turning itself off when not in use, he set up a motorized tube that constantly turns the Watch's crown, preventing it from falling asleep. In addition, Lee altered the Watch's software to let Windows 95 track a single fingertip, hence the constant swiping in his video.

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19:51
HoudahGeo 5.0

Major new release of photo geotagging utility. ($39 new, free update, 21.7 MB)

 

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17:13
Billionaire Investor Carl Icahn Sells Entire Stake...

An anonymous reader writes: Billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn said he has sold his entire stake in Apple, citing the risk of China's influence on the stock. The report comes after Apple announced its first earnings decline in more than a decade, where Apple's revenue is dropping 26% year-over-year. Icahn is concerned with the barriers to trade that China's authoritarian regime might put in place. Icahn said he wasn't concerned with interference so much with the country's "relationship" with Apple. "The thing that I'm worried about here in China doesn't affect the whole market. I'm not talking about China's economic status right now. I'm talking about, could the thing with Apple escalate a little bit? And if that does, what does that mean to Apple's profits during the interim?" Icahn acquired a stake in the company almost three years ago, calling the investment a "no brainer." What caused him to sell his 45.8 million Apple shares (priced at $240 a share) was China's economic...

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Tuesday January 13

16:50
Android 5.0 Lollipop still hard to find, full of...

Google's Android team has advised outside security researchers that it will no longer fix security bugs found in Jelly Bean or earlier releases, despite the fact that "pre-KitKat 4.4" software powers the majority of active users' devices currently accessing Google Play. Meanwhile, less than 0.1 percent of Android users have received Android 5.0, and those who have report an "unfinished/unpolished" experience.

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13:32
Hands On: Chrome Remote Desktop (OS X, iOS)

Imagine squeezing your retina iMac screen down onto an iPhone 5. You can do it. It might look a bit silly and initially you might wonder why you'd bother, but it has long been possible to see and remotely control your Macs and PCs on even your iPhone. Now Google has released Chrome Remote Desktop for iOS and you can do it for free. You'll do it, too: try this once and you will forever keep finding other reasons why it's incredibly useful. It's fantastic when you forget a file, for instance, and can now just find and email it to yourself from afar. And it will save your soul, your sanity and yo...



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13:24
InvenSense hit with lawsuit over concessions in...

A new lawsuit filed against gyroscope and accelerometer supplier for Apple, InvenSense, accuses the company of failing to tell investors about the concessions it made to secure a recent deal. InvenSense parts are used in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus; executives should have warned investors, the suit alleges, that Apple was given a "sweetheart deal" that would hurt profits. "Instead of revealing the true condition of the company and its prospects, defendants hid those facts from investors and chose to issue strong guidance and paint a picture of a bright future with a new mega-customer," the complai...



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13:04
Rumor: Apple's 'iPhone 6s' could ship...

With over half a year remaining before Apple is expected to unveil its next-generation iPhone, a fresh rumor out of Taiwan suggests that the company may be considering a new dual-lens camera system and the addition of "Force Touch," the pressure-sensitive touch technology set to be introduced in the Apple Watch.

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11:34
AllCast media streamer makes leap to iOS

A new port of AllCast, a popular Android app, has just been released for iOS. The title lets users stream personal photo, video, and music libraries to a variety of platforms, not just the Apple TV, the only format natively supported by Apple. Some compatible targets include Chrome, Chromecast, Fire TV, Roku, WDTV, Xbox One/Xbox 360, and various platforms compatible with DLNA....



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10:59
Apple axes long-running 'Single of the Week...

Ten years after giving away its first song, Apple has reportedly wound down the "Single of the Week" program that offered iTunes users a chance to download a free track from up-and-coming artists.

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10:23
Quanta ramping up production of 12-inch MacBook Air...

Taiwan-based supplier Quanta Computer has entered into "volume" production of Apple's upcoming 12-inch MacBook Air, according to supply chain sources. The laptop is reportedly on track to ship in the first quarter of the year, despite other rumors pointing to the second quarter. The new sources say that Quanta has escalated recruitment efforts in order to speed up production....



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10:16
Hands On: Toca Hair Salon 2 (iOS)

Makeover apps tend to be somewhat serious, and are generally geared toward adults. Instead of being a fun game, they tend to be more akin to photo-editing software, which is generally pretty complex and low on the amusement scale. Toca Boca, however, has stepped forth with Toca Hair Salon 2, a makeover game that offers a lot to younger gamers or future beauticians....



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10:07
Facebook will display Amber Alerts in News Feeds

Facebook will start to post into its users News Feed alerts about missing children in the future, in an effort to locate them. A partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children will involve the social network showing Amber Alerts to Facebook users located in specific search areas, both on mobile devices and desktops....



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09:15
Briefly: Chrome Remote Desktop for iOS, CBS News iOS...

Google has expanded its Chrome Remote Desktop app to include iOS compatibility. Now available for download on iTunes, iOS users can now orchestrate accessing their desktop computer for free by downloading the accompanying Chrome browser app. Chrome Remote Access has been available for Android users since last year....

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09:08
Apple quietly ends Single of the Week promo on iTunes

Apple appears to have ended its Single of the Week promotion on iTunes, visitors note. No tracks have been offered in the first two weeks of 2015, and a person on Apple's support forums claims to have been told by iTunes Support that the company has officially dropped the initiative. It's missing from iTunes Stores across the globe....



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08:52
Samsung takes on Apple's iPhone 6 Plus with all...

South Korean electronics giant Samsung has officially unveiled the Galaxy A7, the latest entry in the company's premium all-metal Galaxy A series that brings a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display, 2 gigabytes of RAM and an 8-core application processor.

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08:37
iPhone Apps: IMDb, New Words With Friends, Duolingo
07:52
LA schools' iPad program flawed from beginning...

The Los Angeles Unified School District's failed iPad deployment was botched early on, according to a review by the US Education Department. The federal agency says that it first of all put too hard an emphasis on using Apple hardware and software, ignoring cheaper options that could have saved money for the District and taxpayers. In July the USD said it was shifting to a strategy involving Chromebooks and Windows devices, such as the Microsoft Surface....



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05:33
Hands On: Learn Spanish - Brainscape (iOS)

It's a fact that Spanish is the world's fourth most spoken language, with over 350 million native speakers across 21 countries. It's also a fact that people who are bilingual tend to do better in both academic pursuits as well as their career. If you've ever been curious about learning another language, Learn Spanish by Brainscape offers a solution for those who are trying to learn Spanish on the go....



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04:49
Hands On: PhotoWatermark (OS X)

It's a different world. You might be the sort who would never take photo from a website and use it in your own book, but today if an image is online, it's as if the world sees it as fair game. Maybe that's a peek into our base immorality and the ultimate cataclysmic self-destruction of humanity, or maybe it's just that cut and paste is easy. Whatever it is, though, it's happening and you cannot stop it – not even with an application like this: but if PhotoWatermark can't prevent the copying of images, it can help photographers and artists considerably by adding identifying text to your image...



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02:11
Flickr: iPhones surpass Nikon, claim second most-...

Flickr has updated statistics for 2014 in its "Most Popular Camera" and "Most Popular Mobile Camera" categories, with the combined models of iPhone taking second place in the general "camera" category -- beating out DSLR maker Nikon and popular point-and-shoot maker Sony for second place. While Canon remains the most popular overall camera, the built-in cameras on smartphones from Apple and Samsung have -- despite inherent limitations -- steadily risen in popularity....



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00:03
Viawear announces Tyia 'smart bracelet'...

This week, Viawear has launched pre-orders for a gold or rhodium-plated edition of the new Tyia "smart bracelet." The bracelet serves as a fitness tracker, with an RGB LED notification light embedded behind quartz and mother-of-pearl accent. As with fitness bands, the Tyia is marketing as letting users put away smartphones without missing an important call, text, or social-media notification -- and offers some basic fitness tracking compatible with Apple's HealthKit....



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Monday January 12

20:58
Multiple reports point to record-breaking Apple...

While the idea that Apple probably had another record-breaking holiday quarter (what the company calls fiscal 2015 Q1) is unsurprising to all but selected pundits, a spate of reports released on Monday may be painting a general portrait of not just significant improvement, but more importantly growth in key areas of importance both to investors and analysis as well as to the health of the company. Sales of Macs look to be way up, iOS devices are selling much better in a key foreign market, and Apple's suppliers are flourishing -- all signs that point to better-than-expected quarter....



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16:42
Apple Stores debut self-demoing Smart Cover window...

A good magic trick, even in the 21st century, will still get people to stop and watch and try to figure out how it is done. Over the weekend, Apple retail stores around the US debuted a new window display showcasing the company's iPad line and Smart Cover accessory on a thin tabletop that features a line of the products, with the Smart Cover opening and closing itself to demonstrate the magnetic latch feature that wakes or sleeps the machine automatically....



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14:59
Details emerge on specs for third-party Lightning...

New information has been revealed on the specifications Apple has in mind for its planned licensing of the female Lightning port for third-party accessories. Manufacturers have reportedly been briefed on details and objectives, which include spreading Lightning to as many different accessories as possible in place of micro-USB. Possibilities include not just things like docks and headphones, but battery cases, gamepads, and Bluetooth speakers....



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12:20
Fourth iOS 8.2 beta seeds to developers

Apple is now seeding a fourth beta of iOS 8.2 via the company's developer portal, and as an over-the-air update for existing beta users. The build is listed as 12D5461b, and follows a little less than a month after beta 3, which was issued December 18. That build was 12D5452a. Accompanying the beta is a new version of WatchKit, the SDK and framework needed to build Apple Watch support into iOS apps....



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11:53
Hands On: Word of the Rings (iOS)

Word games are fairly numerous at this point. You've got your Boggle-style games, your Scrabble-style games, your crosswords and word searches. There are a lot of duplicates out there -- so when we find a fresh, new game, we tend to get pretty excited. One such app is Word of the Rings, by James Porter, a game that quite literally puts an interesting twist on the genre....



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11:11
Spotify hits 15M subscribers, majority of streams on...

Spotify is continuing to enjoy rising user numbers, with the popular music streaming service announcing it has reached a total of 15 million subscribers. At the same time, reports claim that the majority of Spotify streams stem from mobile listeners, with 52 percent of listening taking place on smartphones and tablets rather than desktops....



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10:50
Marsh, inMarket partner on first Apple Watch-...

Marsh Supermarkets and inMarket have announced a new iBeacon platform, the first to emphasize the Apple Watch. The plan is to use iBeacons at Marsh's 75 locations to push ads, shopping lists, and other content to both Watches and iPhones. Initially, the platform will support the official Marsh app and inMarket's List Ease, but other apps should follow as long as they support inMarket's Proximity SDK. All apps will have to update with Watch support, but the platform itself is Watch-ready....



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09:20
Chevy Volt will support CarPlay, 2016 demo model...

The 2016 model of the Chevy Volt will support Apple's CarPlay, at least if an early demonstration version is accurate. The car is on display at this week's North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and its dash system shows options for both CarPlay and MirrorLink connections. Google's Android Auto is notably absent, but since the 2016 Volt isn't due to go on sale until mid-2015, there may be time to implement it....



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08:18
HomeKit requires Apple TV hub for remote Siri...

People wanting to control HomeKit-enabled devices remotely through Apple's Siri must have an Apple TV at home to serve as a hub, according to Verge sources, including two launch partners and a person said to be "close to HomeKit's development." Siri controls will always work while an iPhone or iPad is on the same network as a HomeKit device, but until now it wasn't fully clear how remote operation might work. The Apple TV must also be a third-generation model running at least v7.0 firmware or newer. Notably, remote operation without Siri -- using the vendor app for a HomeKit product directly -...



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07:58
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02:06
Hands On: Weather Wall (OS X)

You could just look out of your window, of course, but Weather Wall aims to set your wallpaper to an image that's right for the weather where you are. But if you ever had views like these from your office window, you would not stay sitting at your desk. These wallpaper shots are simply beautiful....



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00:53
Apple opens Games For Kids section of App Store over...

Over the weekend, Apple launched a new subsection of the App Store called Games for Kids, following the opening of the dedicated Kids category in September 2013. The Games for Kids section breaks out groups of games for various age groups, mirroring the other actions that offer more educational apps for children divided by age. Interestingly, most of the featured games avoid in-app purchases....



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Sunday January 11

23:28
AT&T files to dismiss FTC lawsuit using Title II

In order to nullify a lawsuit brought by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over charges that the carrier was still throttling users on unlimited plans even when there was no network congestion, AT&T is claiming for the purposes of the lawsuit that it qualifies as a Title II "common carrier." This is the opposite of what it has told the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with regards to possible actual Title II regulation of broadband....



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19:28
Spotify will not support Google Cast, Spotify...

Spotify will not include support for Google Cast any time in the near future, the company has revealed. Rather than allow for its apps to connect to the audio streaming technology Google Cast, Spotify will instead reportedly continue to work on its own competing Spotify Connect audio system, one which allows users to stream music to a number of networked speakers and audio equipment....



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16:09
Weekly Game Replay: New Baldur's Gate game,...

Every Sunday at Electronista and MacNN, we offer a one-stop look at a few of the significant events that occurred in the video game industry during the previous week. In this week's look back in the Weekly Game Replay, we discuss a new game in the Baldur's Gate series from Beamdog, the closure of Zombie Studios, Hellblade coming to PC, the lawsuit over EA using retired NFL player likenesses in Madden NFL moving forward, and Sony delaying the release of the PlayStation 4 in China....



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17:36
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22:55
iPad 2 orders already shipping for delivery next week
 

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