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Friday October 30

AppleInsider podcast talks AAPL earnings, Android...

On this week's all-new AppleInsider podcast, Neil, Mikey, and Victor discuss Apple's earnings call, Apple TV, and Nvidia deep learning artificial intelligence. Neil has tips about Wi-Fi Assist in iOS 9, and we talk about Aaron Sorkin's "Steve Jobs" and its low-performing box office numbers.

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Video game pioneer betting on the Apple Watch as the...

Video game pioneer Larry DeMar believes that the Apple Watch is the ideal platform for slot machine gaming if and when other U.S. states legalize online gambling. DeMar created the popular arcade machine game Defender, and now works on slot-machine games for casinos.

At present, online gaming for real money is legal only in New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware – and the App Store bans gambling apps. But DeMar thinks that will change, reports the Chicago Tribune.

He wants to be ready if more states legalize online gaming, something he and his brother – Steven DeMar, LED Gaming’s director of business development – believe is inevitable...

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ChargeCard, ChargeKey make it easy to charge your...

When you first see the $29 Nomad ChargeCard, you'll probably wonder what the heck it is. It's flat, black, and credit card-sized with an odd-looking prong that snaps out. Unusual, yes, but useful, as it's an ultra-thin iPhone Lightning cable.

It's designed to fit into a wallet or passport carrier just like a credit card, so you'll always have a charging/sync cable on hand. You can use the ChargeCard to charge any iPhone or iPad with a Lightning connector from any USB port. 

There's also the $24.95 Nomad ChargeKey. It performs the same function as the ChargeCard, but comes in a form factor built for connecting to a key chain. Both are made of rubber and plastic, and are slightly bendable,...

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Apple’s artificial intelligence work is being hurt...

Apple’s famed obsession with secrecy in its product development process is hampering its work in the field of artificial intelligence, say academics working in the field. Bloomberg reports that AI experts believe that lack of two-way sharing of information slows development.

“Apple is off the scale in terms of secrecy,” says Richard Zemel, a professor in the computer science department at the University of Toronto. “They’re completely out of the loop.”

Apple Maps was cited as an example of what can go wrong when AI teams within Apple are cut off from other work being...

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The New Apple TV: TidBITS Answers Your Questions

Curious about the new fourth-generation Apple TV or have one on the way? “Take Control of Apple TV” author Josh Centers answers your questions.


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How to open and close the Notification Center in iOS...

The Notification Center provides iOS 9 users with a way to easily access all notifications―text messages, missed calls, calendar alerts, app alerts and more, compiling ‘em all in a single place. Also, in iOS 9, the iPad’s Notification Center has been split into two columns to take better advantage of its larger screen (especially that of the upcoming iPad Pro).

To open the Notification Center, put a finger atop the iPhone/iPad screen and pull down. Think of it like pulling down a window shade. To close the Notification Center, drag the handle at the bottom of its window up — or press the Home button.

When you open an app for the first time, it will ask if you’d like to receive notifications from it (assuming it supports the Notification Center). Go to Settings > Notifications to select if the app will notify you. You’re provided with several choices as to how the app will notify you.

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You can buy the Apple TV from today in Apple Stores...

Apple has confirmed our report that the Apple TV is available in its retail stores from this morning, with Best Buy, MacMall and Target also having limited stock available for pickup starting today.

Apple has sent an email to some customers promoting the 4th-generation Apple TV as ‘the future of television,’ highlighting apps, Siri remote and the new user interface. Apple’s email contains links to both the online store and retail store-...

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If Pages is too limiting for your print projects,...

For the past couple of years, Chronos’ PrintLife has offered a reasonable alternative to Apple’s own Pages when it comes to designing print. However, version 3.0 sports a completely redesigned the user interface which makes the software even easier to use (and it was pretty darn easy to start with).

PrintLife can help you jump start a variety of printing projects such as greeting cards, collages, labels, letterhead, gift tags, contact summaries, certificates, photo pages, CD labels, raffle tickets, fax covers, activity lists, flyers, postcards, jewel cases, file folder tabs, invoices, activity summaries, invitations, posters, envelopes, name badges, contact lists, and menus. It packs an artwork collection that’s over 7.6 GB and includes 145 kits (called “iScrapKits”) containing over 5,100 graphics. All of the artwork has a resolution of 300 dpi.

So what’s new with PrintLife 3’s interface? The Smart Inspector has been replaced with dedicated inspectors in a sidebar for...

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Thursday October 29

Apple Usurps Oracle As the Biggest Threat To PC...

AmiMoJo writes: According to data from Secunia, Apple's software for Windows is now the biggest threat to PC security, surpassing previous long term champion Java. Among U.S. users, some 61 percent of computers detected running QuickTime did not have the latest version. With iTunes, 47 percent of the installations were outdated versions. There were 18 vulnerabilities in Apple QuickTime 7 at the time of the study. Oracle has now fallen/risen to 2nd place, followed by Adobe. All three vendors bundle automatic updater utilities with their software, but users seem to be declining new versions. Update fatigue, perhaps?


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Video games are pretty lazy in their portrayal of...

It's reported that one in three troops returning home from war are being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress symptoms. If you look at video games, those numbers are probably exponentially higher considering the events characters endure while savin...

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Apple launches new Beats Pill+ apps for iOS and...

Apple on Thursday issued its first ever synchronized iOS and Android app release in a remote control and setup app for its Beats Pill+, the first Bluetooth speaker to come out of Beats since the company was acquired by Apple in 2014.

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Adobe updates Photoshop Mix & Fix w/ iOS 9 Split...

Adobe today has rolled out updates to a pair of its iOS apps, adding support for features introduced in the latest version of Apple’s operating system. Adobe Photoshop Fix and Adobe Photoshop Mix have both been updated this evening, the former being bumped to version 1.1 and the latter to version 2.1.

The changelogs for both updates are identical. Adobe has added support for iOS 9 multitasking to Photoshop Fix and Photoshop Mix. This means that both apps now support iOS 9’s Split View multitasking feature, allowing users to use Adobe’s apps on one half of their display and another app on the other half.

The updates also both add iPad Pro support. With...

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Apple ceases iOS 9.0.2 code signing after iOS 9.1...

Following the release of iOS 9.0.2 last week, Apple on Thursday stopped signing code for iOS 9.1 on compatible devices, prohibiting users from downgrading to the older operating system version.

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Google to fold Chrome OS, Android together into new...

After two years of exploration work, Google is said to be "folding" its web-based Chrome OS into its mobile Android platform, creating a single operating system strategy that it expects to unveil in 2017.

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Following release of iOS 9.1, Apple no longer...

A little more than a week after it released iOS 9.1 to the public, Apple today has stopped signing iOS 9.0.2. This means that users are no longer able to downgrade from iOS 9.1 to iOS 9.0.2, which was initially released almost exactly a month ago.

For Apple, it’s normal for the company to stop signing an older version of iOS when it releases an update to the public. In Apple’s eyes, any bugs that were present in iOS 9.0.2 have since been fixed with iOS 9.1, making it the more stable and secure option for the average user.

Of course, the more likely reason for Apple to stop singing iOS 9.0.2 is to block the...

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Apple TV Reviews: Kinda Buggy, Kinda Great

The latest version of Apple's streaming media set-top box, expected to hit U.S. retail stores on Friday, has gathered a bundle of mixed early reviews. Some reviewers saw great potential in the $149 diminutive black box designed to pump movies, TV shows, games and apps from the Internet to a television set. Others found plenty to criticize. "Functionally, it's the biggest change we've seen to Apple TV since its introduction," Ross Rubin, principal analyst with Reticle Research.

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New Apple TV supports 3DTV content, games already in...

It appears Apple's fourth-generation Apple TV is capable of displaying 3DTV content on compatible sets, as a third-party developer on Thursday released one of the first 3DTV-enabled titles to hit the new tvOS App Store.

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AWT News Update: October 29, 2015

Stories from both sides of the pond on today's AWT News Update!

  • Apple has petitioned the Supreme Court to have the 2013 guilty verdict on antitrust and conspiracy charges heard (did you catch the visual joke in the thumbnail photo for this post? The Supremes? Get it? Never mind...)
  • iPad Pro is coming soon! Training for AppleCare support staff is underway and will finish by November 6.
  • BBC has confirmed that iPlayer will be available "soon" for the new Apple TV
  • Siri will be coming to Apple Music on Apple TV in early 2016

The text version is back today (see below) and here's video of the podcast recording!

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The Week in iPhone Cases: Spigen's Thin Fit..., two new crystal-clear cases, and more!

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases includes a plethora of options from More, Caseology, OtterBox, and more. Read on!

Bianca Mosca

Handcrafted in France, the Alligator (iPhone 6/6s; $395) features real gator leather straight from the source: Louisiana. You can pick between a number of colors and patterns.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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Amazon yanks Apple TV and Chromecast from digital...

Making good on 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.

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Apple releases its second Android app for managing...

Apple has published a new app for controlling and managing its Beats Pill+ speaker. Notably, this cross-platform release is the second Android app the company has released, following up on the Move to iOS app.

The app includes features that allow multiple users take control of the music playing from one speaker, or use two speakers to achieve a higher volume level than one speaker can output. Dual speakers can also be put into a stereo mode that uses one speaker as the left channel and the other as the right channel.

Unlike Move...

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Apple's secrecy hampering AI development,...

Apple's intense levels of secrecy are preventing the company from making real leaps in the quality of its artificial intelligence, a report said on Thursday.

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Apple has apparently sold almost $1.7 billion of...

In examining Apple’s annual SEC filing, the folks at VentureBeat found that the Apple Watch, which didn’t go on sale in the U.S. until April 10, still accounted for more than 100 percent of the year-over-year growth in net sales of “Other Products.” 

Other Products -- which includes, among other things, the Apple TV and the iPod -- grew from $8.379 billion in 2014 to $10.067 billion in 2015. That means Apple has sold at least $1.688 billion worth of Apple Watches, notes VentureBeat. However, as the statement implies, the actual figure is higher in a category that was dragged down by falling iPod sales. 

“If that pace can be maintained, it’s reasonable to think Apple Watch could be at least a $5 billion business in this current fiscal year,” VentureBeat adds.


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Fly to the edge of space on a balloon with a bar

World View hopes to have commercial flights ready for 2017.

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Apple seeds OS X 10.11.2 beta to public testers

Two days after Apple seeded the first OS X 10.11.2 beta to developers for testing, the company on Thursday issued a build to consumers taking part in the public beta program.

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First look: SteelSeries Nimbus wireless controller...

Online buyers of the new fourth generation Apple TV get a "personalized" recommendation to also buy the SteelSeries Nimbus, a wireless video game controller designed to enhance gameplay on the new device with physical joysticks, a D-pad and buttons. Although it won't be required for standard play on any games, it is needed for multiplayer gaming.

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Apple wants the Supreme Court to dismiss ebook...

Apple has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn an appellate court decision that found the company conspired with five publishers to increase e-book prices, reports Reuters. The Cupertino, California-based company wants the high court to review a June ruling that favored the U.S. Department of Justice, and found the company liable for engaging in a conspiracy that violated federal antitrust laws.

Reuters reports that Apple, in its petition, said the June decision by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York contradicted Supreme Court precedent and would "chill innovation and risk taking.” "The Second Circuit's decision will harm competition and the national economy," Apple wrote.

If upheld, the decision would force Apple to pay consumers $450 million under a 2014 settlement with 33 state attorneys general and consumers that was contingent on the company's...

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Apple begins delivering 4th-gen Apple TV, launches...

The first online orders of the new Apple TV are beginning to reach customers, just as Apple is officially launching the device's App Store and seeding the finished version of tvOS.

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AmpliTube 4 for Mac

AmpliTube 4 is a guitar and bass tone studio for Mac/PC that works as a standalone application and as a plug-in for your favorite DAW. AmpliTube recreates the entire guitar/bass signal chain from instrument to recording device, and does so in a very realistic and intuitive way. But it also does it in ways you never dreamed possible.

AmpliTube has been around for years and is one of the best amp software packages on the market. I’m looking forward to trying this out.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Apple TV apps now appearing in tvOS search as first...

The first Apple TV shipments have started rolling out to customers in preparation for the device’s launch later this week. As seen in the screenshot above, users are now seeing their shipment statuses updated on Apple’s website.

At the same time, Apple has now enabled users with pre-release hardware to search for and find tvOS apps, though the platform’s dedicated App Store has yet to officially launch…

As you can see in the tweet below, app search is now fully functional despite the current lack of an actual store from which to install them. Search is powered by Siri and the...

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Apple asks US Supreme Court to toss ruling upholding...

Apple has formally asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a lower appeals court ruling from June, which upheld a judgment that Apple violated antitrust laws in its 2010 e-book dealings with publishers.

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Element 14 to Bake Custom Raspberry Pi's

Element14 on Tuesday revealed an exclusive agreement to offer OEM customers bespoke designs based on the Raspberry Pi platform. Raspberry Pi -- which has seen success in the educational and maker fields -- is targeting commercial manufacturers and the Internet of Things, signing up Premier Farnell through the latter's element14 brand to customize its boards. Customizations will include reconfiguring the Raspberry Pi board layout, adding functionality, redesigning the interfaces, and changing board and memory configurations.

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iPad Pro: AppleCare staff given Nov. 6 training...

Ahead of the iPad Pro’s launch in November, sources have shared a couple of tidbits regarding launch plans for the device. We are told that Apple this week has started training its AppleCare support staff to become familiar with troubleshooting the larger tablet. Apple typically prepares its support network on major new products in the couple of weeks prior to the device’s launch. Apple is asking its support centers to complete their training by Friday, November 6th, which indicates that the iPad Pro is likely still on track for the early November launch we previously discussed.


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Notable apps and app updates for October 29, 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:

iOS Apps/Updates

The Weather Channel is a huge source of information and forecasts for anyone who is interested in weather, and today it updated its free (with in-app purchases) iPhone app. Note that the in-app purchases take away ads in the app for a year, probably a worthwhile purchase if you use this app a lot. 

Now, I'm one of those people who uses Siri dictation to enter a lot of messages and text on my iOS devices, but if you insist on using a keyboard, you might want to look at Swype (US$0.99 with in-app purchases). It...

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Popular iPhone camera app VSCO launches new GIF...

Photography-focused startup Visual Supply Co. on Thursday launched a new app entirely exclusive to iOS: DSCO, a quick and easy way to make animated GIFs on your iPhone.

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Former OS X chief Bertrand Serlet offers a new peek...

Former OS X chief Bertrand Serlet is finally ready to talk about his cloud startup UpThere after founding the company in 2011. While Sertlet isn’t completely taking the wraps off the company he assembled after leaving Apple four years ago, UpThere is opening a beta for its cloud service today following nearly three years of silence. The service is said to be similar to iCloud, Dropbox, and similar cloud solutions, but UpThere’s strategy is fast access to data stored online and not syncing content across devices. The beta will preview two products coming down from UpThere… While UpThere’s site has been updated beyond the hiring page first seen in 2012 to further explain their mission and take sign ups for the beta, it’s an interview between Bertrand Serlet and ...

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Eddy Cue dodges questions about original TV content...

In a TV interview posted on Thursday, Eddy Cue -- Apple's senior VP for Internet Software and Services -- dodged questions about original programming, while downplaying the possibility of using the new Apple TV as a cord-cutting option.

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Project Loon, Oracle security, Samsung profits - The...

Project Loon takes off in Indonesia, Oracle touts new security measures embedded in silicon and a balloon will take you to the edge of space for a price.

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Apple launches first public beta of iOS 9.2

On the heels of the developer release, the first public beta of iOS 9.2 was made to members of Apple's voluntary testing community on Thursday.

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Apple, U2 ride the Experience Bus with a VR music...

Apple and their musical buddies, U2, has teamed up for a virtual reality, 360-degree music video for “Song for Someone,” a song off the band’s Songs of Innocence album. 

The music video is part of a larger Apple Music partnership with U2 called the Experience Bus, “which is basically an environment at concerts for U2 fans to come strap on Oculus headsets a’” music video and experience it alongside other fans,” according to TechCrunch. As you're watching the video, you get to interact with U2 as if you're standing on the e-stage as they perform. You also see other fans singing the song, too -- presumably sourced from several months ago when fans were invited to send the band videos of themselves singing the song....

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Few folks care if their music service is championed...

Drake’s recent hit, Hotline Bling, is exclusively available on Apple Music, but according to a recent study by Vennli, only 15 percent care if their service is championed by big-name celebrities. However, 96 percent of music streaming users strongly agree that it’s important for their services to have a large music selection, according to the SaaS (software as a service) growth strategy platform.

With artists voicing their allegiances to different streaming platforms, the market may become fragmented, and services could struggle to win over consumers if no one platform has every artist. What’s more, YouTube Red will launch tomorrow, joining a crowded market of paid, ad-free music streaming services. 

However, new data from Vennli reveals that 22 percent of consumers currently using a free music streaming service plan to switch to a paid model, pointing to a substantial opportunity to snap up new premium members...

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4th-gen Apple TV reviewers love Siri as a TV helper

Tomorrow is the day that pre-orders of the new, fourth-generation Apple TV will arrive, and Apple Stores will have the new unit in stock. So should you pull out the credit card and buy one? We can't tell you what to buy -- or not -- but we can let you know what the other folks who are doing reviews of the device are saying. To start off, this video review by Nilay Patel over at The Verge is excellent:

What are other bloggers saying? Mashable's Christina Warren (a TUAW alumnus!) said that setup is a snap if you have an iOS device with iOS 9.1 installed as you can "use the Bluetooth connection from your iPhone or iPad to share information such as iCloud and iTunes account preferences and your WiFi password". 

BuzzFeed loves the new Siri Remote, saying it's a big improvement over the previous Apple TV remote. The ability to ask Siri to find content is great, but the reviewer (John...

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Apple discloses $1.69 billion increase in “Other...

Although Apple has yet to disclose any specific sales numbers for the Apple Watch, they may have tipped their hand a bit with the company’s most recent financial report.

A figure within the report states that Apple’s “Other Products” division climbed by more than US$1.69 billion in sales by the end of September.

As part of the company’s quarterly 10-Q filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Apple said that more than 100 percent of the year-over-year revenue growth in its “Other Products” category was attributed to the Apple Watch.

Apple’s catch-all category grew from US$8.379...

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Rumor: Apple to begin selling fourth-gen Apple TV in...

You’ll be able to snag the fourth-generation Apple TV from Apple Store locations as early as tomorrow.

While priority deliveries will arrive tomorrow and next weekend, it’s been discovered that Apple is planning to begin selling the new set-top-box at its retail stores this Friday.

Apple retail employees say that stores are beginning to receive shipments to sell at the end of this week, while stores will be re-organized overnight on Thursday to promote the new Apple TV in stores on Friday.

The fourth-gen Apple TV retails for US$149 and US$199, depending on either a 32GB or 64GB configuration, and includes a new user-...

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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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Monday January 12

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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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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Sunday January 11

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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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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Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes is all about collecting heroes, powering them up, and using them together to defeat your foes. It's pretty straightforward stuff for the most part, but increasing your characters' stats can be a bit confusing because it... | Read more »
The best cooking apps (just in time for...
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Square Rave guide - How to grab those te...
Square Rave is an awesome little music-oriented puzzle game that smacks of games like Lumines, but with its own unique sense of gameplay. To help wrap your head around the game, keep the following tips and tricks in mind. [Read more] | Read more »
Snowboard Party 2 (Games)
Snowboard Party 2 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Crowned the best snowboarding game available on the market, Snowboard Party is back to fulfill all your adrenaline needs in... | Read more »
The best games like Animal Crossing on m...
Animal Crossing amiibo Festival is out right now for the Wii U, reminding us of just how much fun that world can be. Or at least to go back and check in on our villages once in a while. [Read more] | Read more »
Between 2 Taps - Tap for Tap interview M...
Hello, and welcome back to Between 2 Taps, Tap for Tap’s Indie Dev interview series. [Read more] | Read more »
Facility 47 (Games)
Facility 47 1.0.1 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $3.99, Version: 1.0.1 (iTunes) Description: You wake up alone and freezing in an icy cell. You try the cell door but it’s locked, it seems that you are stuck with no... | Read more »
The best Photoshop alternative on iPad
Instagram and Lightroom are great and all, but sometimes people need to get extra creative with their image editing.Like, Photoshop creative. If you're one of these people, take a look at our pick for the best mobile Photoshop experience on iPad... | Read more »
The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land guide -...
A new update for The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land was released last week, making it the perfect time for you to head back to your base and take out some walkers. Here’s the lowdown on what’s new to the game, and how to take advantage. [Read more] | Read more »
Goat Rider guide - Tips and tricks to st...
We've all been there. One second, we're riding high on a crazed goat, and the next, we've been tossed off it like someone who's no good at goat ridin'. [Read more] | Read more »

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Best Buy Black Friday deals: Up to $200 off M...
Best Buy has posted their Black Friday sale prices for 2015. Save on MacBook Pros, MacBooks, MacBook Airs, iMacs, iPads, and Apple Watches. Choose free shipping or free local store pickup (if... Read more
Save $30-$40 on new Apple TVs after rebate
Adorama has new Apple TVs on sale for up to $40 off MSRP after mail-in rebate, good through December 15th. Shipping is free, and Adorama charges NY & NJ sales tax only: - 32GB Apple TV: $119.99... Read more
13-Inch Haswell MacBook Air At Two Years – Th...
The 13-inch mid-2013 “Haswell” MacBook Air I ordered in Apple’s November 2013 Black Friday sale was my first new Mac in four and a half years — the longest interval I’ve gone between system upgrades... Read more
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Target is offering early access to their Black Friday deals on Apple products on their online store for today, the 25th, only. Choose free shipping or free local store pickup (if available): - Apple... Read more
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BlackBerry has announced results of its thirteenth Good Mobility Index Report, showing that organizations are increasingly building custom secure apps. Among Good Powered by BlackBerry (formerly Good... Read more
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Save up to $500 on a new Mac with these early Black Friday deals from Apple resellers, currently the lowest prices available for these models: (1) B&H Photo has all new Macs on sale for up to $... Read more
iPod nano on sale for $119, $30 off MSRP
Walmart has the 16GB iPod nano (various colors) on sale for $119.20 on their online store for a limited time. That’s $30 off MSRP. Choose free shipping or free local store pickup (if available). Sale... Read more
Adorama Black Friday deals: Up to $400 off Ma...
Adorama has released their Black Friday deals for 2015. Save up to $400 on MacBook Pros, $200 on MacBooks and MacBook Airs, and $270 on iMacs. Use code RYBFDEAL during checkout to see these prices.... Read more
B&H Photo Deals: $200 off 12-inch 1.2GHz...
In addition to the B&H Photo Black Friday week sales we posted yesterday, B&H has lowered their price on two products to $200 off MSRP: - 12″ 1.2GHz Gray Retina MacBook: $1399 save $200 - 13... Read more
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Best Buy has iPad Air 2s on sale for up to $125 off MSRP and Apple Watch models on sale on their online store for up to $100 off MSRP with special codes through midnight CT tonight. Choose free... Read more

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