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Tuesday September 8

Former Shanghai GM general manager may help develop...

Take this one with a big grain of salt, but Auto Sina — the auto news section of, an online media company based in China — says Apple may appoint Ding Lei, former general manager of Shanghai General Motors and vice president of SAIC Motor, as the director of its vehicle production project in China. This will only accelerate the Apple Car rumors, which continue to pick up speed.

The article, citing an unnamed "person familiar with the matter," says Apple has been looking for a site for its office in Beijing over the last month for its auto project. The director has already arrived from Shanghai to build the team, claims Auto Sina (as noted by, a global investment newswire.)

Ding worked at Shanghai GM between 2004 and 2011, helping the company boost its sales to 1.03 million units in 2010 from the...

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Nope, no Apple VR goggles on Sept. 9 (but I have a...

In a Seeking Alpha article, analyst Mark Hibben ponders whether Apple might unveil VR goggles at its Sept. 9 media event. I'm 99.9% sure that's not going to happen. If/when that day comes I have some suggestions for Tim Cook & Company.

"Apple is known to have been hiring engineers ( to work in the [VR] field," Hibben writes. "Apple is also known to have obtained a patent ( for VR goggles that would use an iPhone as the display unit:

Should Apple ever tackle its own version of Google Glass there might be a market. Eventually. And, as...

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Monday September 7

Review: Corning's USB 3.Optical cable delivers...

Corning's USB 3.Optical cable replaces copper with fiber optic filament for faster sustained data transfer over much longer distances than standard USB 3.0 cables, but that speed comes with a few caveats.

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Apple's Privacy Policies Are Keeping Data...

An anonymous reader writes: The Cupertino-based global device giant is falling behind in the race to create 'predictive' services for smartphones because its privacy policies are too protective of the end-user. Data retention policies on user-centric information gathered into its Siri 'personal assistant' product is a reasonably generous six months, whilst information retained from the user's exploration of Apple Maps expires after only 15 minutes. As a consequence Apple's smartphones attempt to crunch a great deal of user-data locally rather than in the cloud.


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Raspberry Pi transforms upright piano into a retro...

Upright piano's don't exactly scream "high-tech," since everyone's weird aunt has one. A pair of hackers from a company called MajorMega may change your mind, however as they've modified one to give you and your friends a fun way to create multi-pa...

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Argument over strong encryption reaches boiling...

A long-running debate concerning recent advances in consumer data encryption came to a head this summer when Apple rebuffed a Justice Department court order demanding access to iMessage transcripts, causing some in the law enforcement community to call for legal action against the company.

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Many iPhone fitness apps ignore comprehensive...

Many workout apps for the iPhone are too narrow in focus and omit important guidelines recommended by the American College of Sports Medicine, according to a recent study.

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Steve Wozniak "Steve Jobs Played No Role In My...

mikejuk writes: In a recent interview with very lucky 14-year old Sarina Khemchandani for her website, ReachAStudent, Steve Wozniak was more than precise about the role of Steve Jobs. "Steve Jobs played no role at all in any of my designs of the Apple I and Apple II computer and printer interfaces and serial interfaces and floppy disks and stuff that I made to enhance the computers. He did not know technology. He'd never designed anything as a hardware engineer, and he didn't know software. He wanted to be important, and the important people are always the business people. So that's what he wanted to do. The Apple II computer, by the way, was the only successful product Apple had for its first 10 years, and it was all done, for my own reasons for myself, before Steve Jobs even knew it existed." He also says a lot of interesting things in the three ten minute videos about life, electronics and education.


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Apple supplier Catcher's August revenues seen...

An Apple chassis supplier, Catcher Technology, on Monday posted $219.81 million in revenues for August, buoyed by what's believed to be a surge of orders for new iPhones shipping this month.

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MacPaw and the Ukrainian app revolution

Reception area at MacPaw Offices in Kiev, Ukraine. Photo by Krystian Kozerawski

Longtime friend of TUAW and Apple World Today Krystian Kozerawski (@mackozer) of the popular Polish Apple site recently visited the headquarters of popular Mac development firm MacPaw in Kiev, Ukraine to try to understand why so many top developers are located in the Eastern European country. Krystian shared his findings with Apple World Today in this special guest post.

I guess there is no need to introduce Apple World Today readers to apps like CleanMyMac, Hider 2 and Gemini, particularly the first two that have been around for seven years. My adventure with Macintosh computers started at about the same time, and shortly after I bought my first Mac I found CleanMyMac, a utility...

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Video will teach you about watch collecting &...


This video, Talking Watches with Jean-Claude Biver, not only tells us how he, and other top tier consumers collect (case quality and dial originality are a must!), but also about his early days in the watch industry, which date back to the 1970s. In sum, this 20 minute video is an amazing primer on not only serious watch collecting, but also how the watch industry came to be what it is today

I’ll never be able to afford any of the watches mentioned in this video but I’ve always been fascinated by these timepieces, their construction and what makes them so valuable.


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How to quickly customize the Digital Touch colors on...

If you own an Apple Watch, you probably already knew that you could change the color of your Digital Touch drawings --?but did you know that you can also customize the options available with a single tap? AppleInsider shows you how.

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iPad Pro: ‘Monster screen’ runs full-sized side-by-...

Alongside the new iPhones, new Apple TV, new Apple Watch bands, and a gold anodized version of the Apple Watch Sport, Apple plans to debut a pair of new iPads on Wednesday: the larger iPad Pro and a new...

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Orca pod surrounds kayaker near San Juan Island

CBC News:

A kayaker had the thrill of a lifetime when a pod of about 30 orcas surrounded her boat near San Juan Island, in Washington State, east of Victoria, B.C.

“We are in whale soup. There’s one coming right under our boat, oh my God!” said Michelle Feis to her guide as a killer whale swam less than a metre from their double kayak.

I’m lucky enough to live in a part of the world where this is a farily common occurrence. They are magnificent animals, even if a little terrifying up close.

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Why you should upgrade (on your own terms)


We’re heading into Apple’s annual upgrade season again, with the upcoming releases of OS X 10.11 El Capitan, iOS 9, and watchOS 2, along with innumerable associated apps. Every upgrade is touted as the next best thing, teasing us with hot new features and promising improved performance, reliability, and security.

Unfortunately, these constant upgrades fill many people with dread, or if that’s overstating the case, with weary resignation. As the saying goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, but most changes foisted on us by technology companies are no longer aimed at fixing bugs or making everyday usage easier. Bugs are fixed, certainly, and security vulnerabilities blocked, but those under-the-hood improvements are part and parcel with checklist features from the perky twenty-somethings in Marketing and whatever visual tweaks were deemed trendy by the hipsters in Design.

I know many of you are tempted to scream, “Stop this bus! I want to get off!”...

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Toys: $100 US iTunes gift card, instant email...


Paypal’s Ebay store offers a $100 iTunes gift card for just $75 shipped. That’s 25% off and the lowest price we’ve seen in quite some time for a $100 iTunes gift card.

Each iTunes code is redeemable for apps, games, music, movies, TV shows and more on the iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks Store, and the Mac App Store. Recipients can access their content on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod, and watch or listen on a computer – Mac or PC.


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Fall foliage prediction map

Smoky Mountains:

The 2015 Fall Foliage Map is the ultimate visual planning guide to the annual progressive changing of the leaves. While no tool can be 100% accurate, this tool is meant to help travelers better time their trips to have the best opportunity of catching peak color each year.

For those of us lucky enough to live in a region where there are actual colors of fall, this is a great tool (for our US readers) to plan and anticipate when the autumn leaves will be at their peak in your area.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Apple finishes work on Buildings 3 and 4 of...

Photos published on Monday show the progress of Apple's new campus in Austin, Texas, which once it's completed in 2016 will reportedly be the company's second-largest office complex, spanning 38 acres and 1.1 million square feet of office space.

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Get the best trade-in price for your old iPad before...

With Apple’s introduction of the much anticipated 12-inch “iPad Pro” and a new iPad mini 4 planned for tomorrow’s press event, now is your last chance to trade-in your old iPad for its maximum value before resale prices inevitably fall following the official launch of the new device.

For the purpose of this article, we’ll be comparing prices for a current-gen, WiFi-only, 128GB iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 through some of the most popular trade-in services. For the most part, these trade-in prices will give us a good indication of who has the best prices across the board. The best prices we found: Amazon for the iPad Air 2 at...

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DJI updates Phantom 3 drones with new '...

DJI's latest generation of drones, the Phantom 3 lineup, gained a number of new features on Monday, thanks to new firmware that adds "intelligent flight modes," including auto-follow, waypoints, and auto-filming of points of interest.

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 7...

Notable software releases this week include TextExpander 5.1.1, Alfred 2.7.2, and Carbon Copy Cloner 4.1.4.


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ExtraBITS for 7 September 2015

In ExtraBITS this week, Hulu is offering a (mostly) commercial-free option, Apple admits that Apple Music needs more work, Amazon Prime Video debuts offline viewing for iOS devices, we give you yet another reason to not jailbreak your iPhone, Apple is reportedly testing a move into video content, and the NFL takes a step closer toward the Apple TV.


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TextExpander 5.1.1

Fixes a couple of expansion failure bugs in OS X 10.11 El Capitan. ($44.95 new, free update, 16.9 MB)


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Happy Labor Day from O’Grady’s PowerPage!!!

Labor Day is upon us and the staff at O’Grady’s PowerPage will be taking the day to spend time with friends, family and tasty food.

It’s suggested that you do the same.

We’ll be back tomorrow with full news coverage of Mac and iOS mobile devices as well as up-to-the-minute coverage of Apple’s media event on September 9th in which Apple is expected to show off the next-gen iPhone, the updated Apple TV, a 4K iMac, iOS 9 and other spiffy things.

Until then, have a great Labor Day, disconnect from your tech devices a bit and we’ll see you tomorrow.

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Apple is upping its AI game but can it become as...

Reuters reports that Apple is working on significantly increasing the number of artificial intelligence specialists it employs as it works to make Siri smarter, but that the company’s commitment to user privacy imposes constraints.

As part of its push, the company is currently trying to hire at least 86 more employees with expertise in the branch of artificial intelligence known as machine learning, according to a recent analysis of Apple job postings. The company has also stepped up its courtship of machine-learning PhD’s, joining Google, Amazon, Facebook and...

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Apple finds difficulty recruiting AI experts thanks...

Apple has reportedly set about massively expanding its team of data scientists and artificial intelligence experts, but has found it tough to recruit top minds in the field as the company's privacy policies prevent researchers from getting access to valuable user data.

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Waiting for offline Netflix viewing? The company...

If you, like me, have been wondering when Netflix is finally going to get around to allowing offline viewing, so we can stock up our iPad when traveling, the answer would appear to be: not anytime soon. When Gizmodo asked the company why, when Amazon Instant Video does so, a company spokesman gave the unconvincing reply that it thinks we can’t handle the awesome complexity of clicking a download button.

According to Neil Hunt, Netflix’s Chief Product Officer, Netflix users won’t be able to handle the complexity the added choice will bring […]

“Undoubtedly it adds considerable complexity to...

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Apple TV Should Take a Hint From Nvidia's Shield

Apple will be launching some interesting products on Wednesday. The timing is nearly right for its Intel Skylake laptops and PCs. The iPhone 6S is also due, and typically the smart Apple customers wait for the S, because S models have fixes to the earlier model's problems that most annoyed users. At the very least, the iPhone 6S is expected to avoid its predecessors' bending issues. However, the most interesting product may be the updated Apple TV. The old product has gone well beyond its use-by date and is in dire need of a refresh.

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Pebble Time Offers Low-Budget Apple Watch Alternative

Julio Ojeda-Zapata put Pebble’s next-generation watch, the Pebble Time, through its paces. And while it’s clearly no match for the Apple Watch, it’s a decent budget option with a nice design and lots of value for the money.


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New Apple TV said to focus on games, challenging...

Nick Wingfield, writing for the New York Times:

It’s tough to know how compelling the games on Apple TV will be until the company reveals the system this week. Yet many of the components necessary for a satisfying game experience will come with the device, the people say — including more power for better graphics, a new remote that could double as a controller and, perhaps most important, an app store to buy and download games.

The controller is critical. Is it possible to deliver a controller that serves TV, Bejeweled, and Call of Duty in a single package?

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A first look inside the new phase of Apple’s 2nd...

Alongside building its far more famous spaceship campus in Cupertino, Apple has also been busy expanding its main U.S. operations campus in Austin, Texas – with four of the planned seven buildings now open. The Austin-based American-Statesman got to do a photo tour of the facility.

We first reported on Apple’s $304M plans all the way back in 2012, with the first employees moving in two years later. This is our first look inside the latest stage of the development … 

The campus is set amid 38 acres...

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Make your MacBook chime like an iPhone when you plug...

The iPhone and iPad have made a cute little chime noise when plugged it into charge since their inception, but the Mac has no such noise as it uses the MagSafe light indicators to show charging status. This changed with the new 12-inch Retina MacBook which doesn’t have MagSafe so it uses the iOS chime sound to indicate charging. By default, this noise is simply disabled for other Macs …

However, there is a way to change it so that any Mac laptop can make the chime by following a couple of easy steps using Terminal.

  1. Open Terminal.
  2. Type (or copy and paste) the following command into the Terminal console.


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What we expect from Apple's Sept. 9 event: new...

Apple executives will take the stage in San Francisco on Wednesday for a special media briefing, during which we expect them to announce next-generation iPhones, a refreshed Apple TV, and provide updates on iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 El Capitan. Here's a breakdown of everything you need to know.

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First wave of reviews for Sorkin’s ‘Steve Jobs’ are...

This is the Steve Jobs movie I’ve been waiting for, hoping for. Penned by Aaron Sorkin, directed by Danny Boyle, terrific cast. And it looks like they’ve pulled it off.

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Could this be the patent behind 3D Force Touch on...

Our exclusive report that the Force Touch feature in the new iPhones will be a more advanced form of the technology than used in the Apple Watch has been supported by what may be the patent behind it.

Prompted by our report, Patently Apple revisited a patent published in Europe in July and found references which point to the ability to measure three levels of force. While the technology used in the...

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Review roundup: Sorkin Steve Jobs biopic receives...

The official Steve Jobs biopic, written by Aaron Sorkin, was shown at the Telluride Film Festival for a preliminary screening ahead of its cinema debut on October 9th. The reviews are in and seem to be very good indeed. Variety called it “a terrific actors’ showcase and an incorrigibly entertaining ride that looks set to be one of the fall’s early must-see attractions.”

The film is just over two hours long, with Michael Fassbender who plays Jobs, being a standout success. The Guardian described Fassbender ...

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Cristiano Ronaldo fotbollsskor

Forums: Resharing

Manchester United Köp Royce transaktioner för närvarande fortfarande i planeringsstadiet, har det rapporterats att Manchester United vill ha för att möta hård konkurrens Outrageous. "Express" som många jättar, inklusive Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal och Barcelona, ​​inklusive hela den tyska geni dregla, varav Barcelona är den senaste att gå och Royce laget. När detta Xia Basa Royce mycket hoppfullt tecken, men de katalanska jättarna i överföringsförbudet perioden var ett resultat av affären försenades. Barcelona kommer att överföra förbudet hävs, Manchester United vill loggat nästa år i januari-Royce kommer att bli mycket svårt.

Dessutom Manchester United fick goda nyheter idag, ett antal brittiska medier har sagt Red Devils...

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Alfred 2.7.2

Improves focusing behavior and enables you to manually add and edit UTIs (£17 new, free update, 3.7 MB)


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Sunday September 6

Carbon Copy Cloner 4.1.4

Adds support for OS X 10.11 El Capitan and fixes a variety of bugs. ($39.99 new, free update, 12.0 MB)


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Forums: NetworkingTags: fifacoins

Does any one play fifa game here?

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FIFA 15 Gift Packs Classification

Forums: Troubleshooting

In FIFA 15 game, players in the game when he first entered the desired package than the various signing props, all kinds of training and experience card, which is helpful for the early upgrade. And in FIFA 15 game , there are many the packs, and most are also free for FIFA 15 packs Guinness by buy fifa coins, how many do you know?

1, new player packs
Where all players can receive the package, as long as the players in the game left column click on "to receive the new player card" to enter the new player card to receive the page, click on the receive after obtaining a redemption code that can be redeemed in the game.

2, media packs
Media packs is platform and other media to send gift to the players, content and new player packs almost. If it is a media exclusive gifts, but also may...

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Gaming reaffirmed as central tentpole of Apple TV...

When Apple executives take the stage on Wednesday to unveil the latest rendition of the company's set-top streamer, the pitch will reportedly revolve around the device's capabilities for living room gaming and could put Apple in direct competition with traditional industry powers like Nintendo.

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Samsung's 360-degree wireless speakers take aim...

Samsung's biggest announcement at IFA 2015 was the Gear S2, its long-rumored round smartwatch. But, as expected, that's not the only thing the company is showing off in Berlin, Germany. The R1, R3 and R5 are new wireless, multi-room speakers design...

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Buddy the robot wants to be your modern-day Rosie

Personal companion robots have been around for ages, but they've never really been able to live up to our expectations. Everybody wants Rosie from The Jetsons, but we seem to always wind up with Paulie's Robot from Rocky. While previous companion b...

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Here are the best things from Europe's biggest...

Big tech shows. Sometimes they amaze. Other times they can leave you a little cold -- it just depends on what you're looking for. This year's IFA, held in Germany and blessed with a mix of torrential rain and sun, is a good example of exactly that....

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A time capsule of ridiculous video game box art

Nostalgia is a weird, powerful thing. It's the force of nature that resurrected Captain EO at Walt Disney World and turned a children's cartoon about living robot cars into a blockbuster movie franchise. For me, it's also the reason I collect video...

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After Math: The price of doing business

This week on the After Math, we're all about the benjamins. Between four major corporations shelling out $413 million over an employee anti-poaching scheme, the feds spending $133 million to protect victims of the OPM breach and the new cost of Hul...

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4K is boring and other musings on the failures of...

The cardinal rule of technology is simple: It must never, ever, under any circumstances, be boring. The engine that motivates consumers to spend hundreds, if not thousands of dollars on a device that's not essential to furthering our lives is all d...

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Tuesday January 13

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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iPhone Apps: IMDb, New Words With Friends, Duolingo
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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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Wednesday June 8

Sprint iPhone in advanced testing?

Friday March 11

iPad 2 orders already shipping for delivery next week

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3D Touch could be a game-changer, but it...
Were you one of the lucky/financially secure enough ones to buy a new iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus over the weekend? Yup, me too (I’m not convinced I was either of those two things, but let’s go with lucky for now), so I thought I’d delve into just... | Read more »

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