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Tuesday January 12

13:11
Apple CarPlay wins Autoblog’s tech of the year award

Autoblog, an online automotive news and information site, has named Apple’s CarPlay the winner of its technology of the year feature award and the 2016 Tesla Model S P90D winner of the technology of the year car award at the 2016 North American International Auto Show.

The awards honor both the best individual technology features in a vehicle along with the vehicle that showcases the most transformative, integrated technologies in the auto world. Winners were selected based on testing conducted by Autoblog’s editorial staff and a guest judge from Engadget, a technology and culture publication.

“We wanted to take the opportunity to highlight the cutting-edge vehicles and technologies...

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13:07
Notable apps and app updates for Jan. 12, 2016

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 Mac OS X and iOS.

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

Reinvented Software has announced Together 3.5 for Mac and Together 1.4 for iPad and iPhone. Together was developed specifically for collecting, organizing and searching all kinds of files. 

Just about anything can be added to Together for safe keeping, tagged, previewed, collected together in different ways and found again instantly. In the latest versions, iCloud integration has been completely rewritten to make it more flexible, responsive and reliable.

Together 3.5 for Mac costs $49.99, is a free upgrade for all Together 3 users, requires OS X 10.11 El Capitan or later and is...

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12:47
Merrill Lynch upgrades AAPL to 'Buy,' says...

Bank of America Merrill Lynch upgraded Apple stock from "Neutral" to "Buy" on Tuesday, with an analyst at the firm suggesting that any worries about channel or supply chain checks are already factored into share prices.

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12:13
ESA Fails to Rouse Philae Lander


DLR, the German Aerospace Center, this week vainly tried to reawaken the dormant Philae robotic probe, which achieved the first-ever soft landing on a comet nucleus in 2014. DLR sent a command to Philae to spin up its flywheel, which had stabilized the lander during its descent onto the comet. DLR hoped that might give Philae some angular momentum to better align itself with the sun and possibly shake some dust from its solar panels so it could recharge its batteries, which have run down.

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12:05
Skype bringing free group video calling to iPhone...

Skype today announced that it’s bringing free group video calling— a feature it’s long had available on the desktop—to mobile devices including iPhone and iPad users.

Yes, it really has been a decade since Skype changed the way people connect with their loved ones. 6 years ago, we innovated again with one-to-one video calling on mobile phones. Today, we are excited to announce the next evolution – group video calling on Android, iPhone, iPad and Windows 10 Mobile.

The feature will officially launch in the coming weeks, but you can pre-register through Skype’s website here.

And keep an eye out for updates to the...

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11:40
New estimate says Apple Watch accounted for over...

The Apple Watch was far and away the most popular smartwatch during 2015, accounting for about 51.5 percent of shipments, or 8.8 million units, according to a Jupiter Research estimate.

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11:39
Tesla CEO Elon Musk on the Apple Car: ‘It will...

It’d be normal for car company execs to feel a tad threatened by the much-rumored Apple Car, but Tesla CEO Elon Musk is not one of those people. In fact he sounds happy to see Apple entering the electric car market.

“It will expand the industry,” Musk told the BBC this week, before reaffirming his own company’s goals. “Tesla will still aspire to make the most compelling electric vehicles, and that would be our goal, while at the same time helping other companies to make electric cars as well.”

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11:00
Apple World Today Video Tip: Hiding Apple apps in...

Today's tip comes from a smart YouTuber with the handle videosdebarraquito who figured out how to hide those pesky Apple apps that you can't delete. I recorded the process with a narration for your viewing enjoyment:

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10:34
Here’s $100. Can you win $1.5 billion at Powerball?

L.A. Times:

The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are 1 in 292,201,338. But someone has to win, right? We decided to put that idea to the test.This game starts with $100 to play against multiple lottery drawings. Pick your numbers and watch the money disappear.

I spent $10,000 and “won” $814. That being said, I will still very occasionally buy a lottery ticket, even knowing the odds are stacked against me if only because it’s fun to dream, even if only for a little while, about that kind of money and what I’d do with it.

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10:11
1Password 6 for Mac is here with all vaults view and...

AgileBits is having a huge week. The developer of 1Password released a new iOS version on Monday, followed by a huge update today for the password management app’s Mac version.

We’ve always been big fans of 1Password. In November, the app opened up vaults for teams in beta so colleagues can securely share passwords. It was a long-requested feature, but now many 1Password users have multiple vaults to switch between during the day. 1Password 6.0 now lets you view all vaults, and customize which ones you see if there are some you rarely need to...

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10:04
The two Apples

Above Avalon:

There are two Apples: AAPL, the stock, and Apple, the company. While it would seem logical that one is merely a reflection of the other, in reality, the two are guided by vastly different parameters. Over the long run, Apple and AAPL will likely be at odds with each other due to the very nature of Apple’s long-term mission of making products that people love. It is the classic Wall Street vs. Silicon Valley battle, and 2015 was likely just a taste of what is to come.

It would be an understatement to say that AAPL had a weak 2015. When looking at stock price performance, AAPL’s underperformance was quite striking. While GOOG, FB, and AMZN saw strong double-digit stock price increases, AAPL reported a rare 3% decline, the first annual decline since 2008. Even more striking, AAPL’s performance meant that the market removed $46 billion of market cap from AAPL in 2015, whereas AMZN and GOOG were given nearly $350 billion of additional market capitalization...

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09:00
9to5Toys Last Call: 3000mAh iPhone 6/s Battery Case...

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08:42
Jury selection to start Jan. 25 in Apple-VirnetX...

VirnetX Holding Corp., an Internet security software and technology company, says that jury selection in the company's pending litigation/civil action against Apple will start on Jan. 25. The court issued a “comprehensive order” with rulings on all of the pending daubert and dispositive motions, filed by both parties and pending before the court.

In January 2014, VirnetX filed a motion with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas seeking to supplement its infringement contentions against Apple, the defendant in a patent infringement lawsuit. 

The motion alleged that Apple products, including products containing the redesigned VPN On Demand and Per App VPN features implemented in Apple’s iOS 7, continue to infringe VirnetX’s patented inventions. Some of the currently accused products in this lawsuit include the iPhone 5, iPod touch (fifth generation), iPad (fourth generation), iPad mini, and certain Mac computers...

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08:39
Apple releases first iOS 9.3 beta, hints at new...

It’s the betas that tell you the cool things that are coming down the pipe.

Apple on Monday released the first iOS 9.3 beta through the Apple Developer Center, and a public beta is likely to be available in the near future.

The beta includes mentions of the following new features:

Apple Watch – With iOS 9.3 and watchOS 2.2, the iPhone is able to pair with more than one Apple Watch. Both updates are required, with each watch running watchOS 2.2 and the iPhone running iOS 9.3. WatchOS 2.2 was seeded to developers alongside iOS 9.3.

Night Shift – iOS 9.3 includes a feature that reduces blue light at night, much like f.lux does on a Mac.

Notes – Notes is now password protected and there are new features for sorting by date created, date modified, or...

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08:38
Periscope live streams arrive inside Twitter, no...

Twitter is giving greater visibility to its live streaming app Periscope, with videos appearing directly in users’ feeds.

Those videos will play automatically—though presumably without audio—straight from the timeline view in Twitter’s iOS app. Tapping on the video will open a full screen view of the Periscope stream, including hearts and comments from Periscope users in real time.

Previously, tweets of Periscope streams merely included a link to the separate app. With videos embedded into Twitter, users can tune into live streams even if they haven’t installed Periscope. The Periscope app will still be necessary to comment on streams or host videos, and there’s no word on whether that’ll change in the future.

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08:27
In-app credit card purchases account for 38% of...

New research from Phoenix Marketing International's ongoing tracking study on Apple Pay shows that in-app credit card purchases account for 38% of total credit card transactions for Apple’s mobile payment solution. 

During the first year of Apple Pay marketing, the Phoenix survey recorded Apple Pay credit card transactions among 833 Apple Pay users. Most (91%) made an Apple Pay credit card transaction in a store while two-thirds (67%) made an in-app transaction. Looking at total Apple Pay credit card transactions, 62% were made in-store and 38% were made in-app.

The survey also revealed some of the more popular Apple Pay retailer brands. In-store retailers with the highest foot traffic for Apple Pay credit card users were McDonald's and Apple itself – with over 40% of Apple Pay credit card users making at least one Apple Pay credit card transaction over the last 5 months. Other leading retailers included Macy's (36%) and Subway 32...

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08:23
1Password 6.2 for iOS released, adds array of new...

The cool cats at AgileBits have just released 1Password 6.2 for iOS, adding in a heaping helping of changes along the way:

Smarter Searching: The company’s made changes to the Search tool, and you can now search from the Favorites and Organize tabs, in addition to the Categories tab.

Users can also use a Search Titles feature as well as a Search Everything feature.

Watchtower: This monitors the latest security vulnerabilities from around the web and alerts you when your own accounts might need attention. To start using Watchtower, go to Settings > Security and tap the switch. If an item has a potential vulnerability, you’ll see it in the item’s details view.

Items can now be copies or moved across vaults. All you need to do is view the item’s details and tap...

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08:17
Popular VLC media player app arrives on the new...

After a false start late last month, VLC for Mobile has now arrived on the new Apple TV. VideoLAN officially announced the new Apple TV version of the VLC media player app, which it calls “a full port of VLC media player combined with platform specific features.” VLC enables unsupported media formats to be played on Apple products including the new Apple TV for the first time.

VideoLAN notes that the first version of VLC for Apple TV is notably missing connections to cloud services like Dropbox and OneDrive, but these features are being tested and will be added in the future. The...

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07:44
T-Mobile admits Binge On throttles all video, blames...

T-Mobile is coming clean about how its Binge On program treats streaming video, long after other people figured it out for themselves. But it also leaves some questions unanswered in its attempt to “clarify” matters.

Binge On is a new optional service from T-Mobile that lets users stream unlimited video from supported services, including Netflix and Hulu, without counting against data caps. Enabled by default, it reduces the video quality of those streams to as little as 480p resolution.

In late December, YouTube observed that T-Mobile was reducing its video quality as well, even though YouTube wasn’t part of the Binge On program and was still counting against users’ data caps. That claim was confirmed last week by the Electronic Frontier Foundation...

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07:36
As Apple looks to ditch 3.5mm socket, patent hints...

A new patent awarded to Apple today suggests that the company’s audio plans for future iPhones may go beyond reportedly ditching the 3.5mm headphone socket in favor of Lightning and Bluetooth. The patent is very densely-worded, but seemingly describes a method of getting higher-quality and higher-volume audio from speakers built into slimmer devices.

Apple’s statement of the problem is...

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07:19
52 places to go in 2016

This is a beautiful, video-laden project from the New York Times. It highlights 52 different cities to visit, a sort of bucket list, each accompanied by a writeup, a small map, and a sparkling photo or short video. Lovely job by the Times’ travel team.

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07:01
Elon Musk: It’s an open secret that Apple is working...

Elon Musk, in a BBC interview, talks about the Tesla Model 3, in production next year, designed to be affordable for the masses. When asked about Apple’s plans, he (almost reluctantly, it seems) makes the point that it is an open secret that Apple is working on a car of their own.

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07:00
ProPublica Launches News Site on Dark Web


ProPublica last week reportedly launched what's believed to be the first major news site on the dark Web. The site's purpose reportedly is to maximize the privacy of readers. The Tor hidden service goes beyond SSL in that visits to sites are hidden from eavesdroppers and Internet service providers. Anyone monitoring the various Tor nodes can track visitors who use a Tor browser to view ProPublica's regular site. Using the Tor hidden service retains visitors' anonymity.

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06:50
Poll: Is iOS 9.3 a big enough upgrade to persuade...

Personally, I’m a coward where betas are concerned. Trying one on a secondary device is fine, but I tend to steer clear of them on my daily drivers.

But the iOS 9.3 beta, released yesterday, was a big one! There was Night Shift, that gradually warms the colors on the display to match our natural circadian rhythms, making it easier to fall asleep after staring at the screen until late. Notes secured by Touch ID. Better access to health data. Improved Apple Music integration within CarPlay. Improved personalization for News. And additional 3D Touch functionality for the stock apps.

Not only that, but our usage so far suggests that it...

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06:16
Why Apple Pay usage appears to be lagging behind...

While the number of U.S. retailers who accept Apple Pay has grown seven-fold between the launch of the service and the end of last year, usage appears to be lagging behind that curve. A survey by Phoenix Marketing found that even in the cases of retailers with the highest levels of Apple Pay usage, only a minority of customers use the payment method there more than once a month.

The survey also noted that 47% of Apple Pay users had experienced a failed transaction at least once, and that a handful of states account for half of all payments made using the service.

As someone who lives in the UK, where contactless payment first launched in 2008, none of this surprises me – and I don’t think it’s anything...

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06:10
Integrated CPU graphics are catching up with...

If you’re a casual or mainstream gamer, you don’t need a discrete graphics card, Intel says.

Instead, look at integrated graphics, which are getting more powerful by the day, said Gregory Bryant, vice president and general manager of Intel’s desktop clients platform.

The top-level graphics processors integrated in Intel’s chips, called Iris and Iris Pro, can outperform 80 percent of discrete graphics chips, Bryant said.

“We have improved graphics 30 times what they were five years ago,” Bryant said during a speech at a J.P. Morgan forum last week at CES.

The integrated graphics inside Intel’s latest Core processors code-named Skylake can handle three 4K monitors simultaneously, showing the improvements Intel has made recently.

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05:48
Apple’s audio port patent shows it wants to make...

There are persistent rumors that the iPhone 7 will ditch the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack and offer only two choices for connecting headphones and earphones: wirelessly via Bluetooth or, physically, via a Lightning port. Only Apple knows if the rumors are true, but a newly granted patent (number 9,237,389) by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office shows that the company remains committed (obsessed) with making its devices ever thinner.

In the patent for an “audio port configuration for compact electronic devices,” Apple even points out that, as portable electronic devices get smaller and thinner, there are increased difficulties in providing the same or greater audio functionality in a smaller area. An electronic device such as an iPhone can utilize at least one or two speakers and one or more microphones in its internal house.

However,, given the area constraints...

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05:26
Apple is granted another patent involving 3D...

Apple continues to work on 3D interfaces and has been granted a patent (number 9,235,753) for “extraction of skeletons from 3D maps.” While this sounds like something from a horror movie, it involves a method for processing data that includes receiving a timed sequence of depth maps of a scene containing a humanoid form having a head. 

A "depth map" has the form of an image in which the pixel values indicate topographical information, rather than brightness and/or color of the objects in the scene. They can be used to segment and identify objects in a scene. Identification of humanoid forms (in other words, 3D shapes whose structure resembles that of a human being) in a depth map, and changes in these forms from scene to scene, may be used as a means for controlling computer applications. 

For example, a depth map may be segmented to identify a contour of a humanoid body. The contour is processed in order to identify a torso and one or more limbs of the body. An input...

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05:11
In less than a year, the Apple Watch has over 50% of...

New data from Juniper Research shows the Apple Watch has claimed 52% of global smartwatch shipments in 2015, despite only launching at the end of April. Its popularity far eclipsed that of rival vendors, with Android Wear shipments comprising less than 10% of sales for the year, according to the research group.

According to the data, Samsung’s Tizen-based Gear S2 hasn’t achieved strong sales volumes since it launched in November despite being well received. Most other smartwatch sales are currently coming from cheaper, simpler devices from a range of smaller players, such as Martian, X and Razer, the latter with the recently-announced Nabu Watch, according to Juniper Research.

Their report says that the continued lack of a strong use...

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05:08
Microsoft dismisses iPad Pro as “a companion device...

A senior Microsoft spokesman dismissed the iPad Pro as nothing more than a companion device, contrasting it with the Microsoft Surface when speaking to TrustedReviews.

Dan Laycock, Senior Communications Manager for Microsoft Surface, says that while consumers can get by with a single Surface product, the same can’t be said for Apple’s heftiest tablet.

“Microsoft really wants you to only carry one device for tablet and PC use,” explains Laycock, speaking to us at the Consumer Electronics Show 2016 in Las Vegas. “Whereas the iPad Pro is always going to be a companion device.”

Laycock also said that “at one point in time, Apple declared that if there’s a stylus, that’s failure” – a...

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05:06
Stifel report: iPhone sales growing significantly in...

So much for all these reports of iPhone sales plummeting: sales in China of non-Android smartphones—which means mostly Apple’s smartphones —grew 33% last quarter, according to Stifel analyst Aaron Rakers, as noted by FORTUNE

The analyst drew his estimate from data released by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. Stifel is a service brokerage and investment banking firm.

“Android smartphones are estimated to have accounted for approximately 81% of total C4Q15 China domestic smartphone shipments, down from 88% in C3Q15 and 82.5% in C4Q14,” Rakers told clients. “This leaves total non-Android (Apple iPhone = majority?) shipments at a record ~24.3 million in C4Q15, an increase from 18. 3 million in C4Q14 and up from 14.5 in the prior quarter—implied non-Android smartphone phone shipments up 33% y/y and 67% sequentially in C4Q15.”

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04:36
New photos show work underway at rumored location of...

While retail head Angela Ahrendts last year confirmed an earlier report that the company would be opening its first Apple Store in Singapore, she didn’t reveal the location. The address had, though, been reported as 170 Orchard Road in an email from a fitness company advising that its branch there would be closing to make way for a new Apple Store.

Photos posted by iPhone Hacks appear to show work underway at the address as the windows are covered. While there’s still no definitive evidence that this is the location, it looks like we may not have to wait too much longer before we find out.

Apple...

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04:30
Why the next Mac Pro might be an iMac Pro

The “new” Mac Pro hasn’t been updated since 2009. I expect that it will be this year. But what if an “iMac Pro” replaced the Mac Pro as the new desktop for those needing as much power as possible. 

There are a couple of reasons why Apple might take this route. One: the Mac Pro has a limited, but vital, core group of users. Unit sales of the pro desktop are small -- and Apple doesn't like small (at least in terms of sales, though it loves small when it comes to design). An iMac Pro would appeal to those beyond the current Mac Pro target base. 

Two: the iMac, in its current form, offers lots of power and, with Thunderbolt, impressive expansion opportunities. In fact, the technology offers the potential and promise for even more expansion capabilities such as external graphics cards. More on that in a moment.

In fact, the main reason for making an iMac Pro is Thunderbolt. Imagine taking advantage of Thunderbolt connectivity...

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03:33
tvOS 9.2 Preview: First look at Apple TV’s new...

Apple kicked off the week by releasing a major new beta for each one of its platforms including tvOS 9.2 beta for the new Apple TV. While the software update isn’t available to everyone just yet, the pre-release software brings the 4th-gen Apple TV up to parity with older Apple TVs and even makes it work more like iPhones and iPads. For example, tvOS 9.2 beta finally adds Bluetooth keyboard support to the new Apple TV after first shipping at the end of October without the feature; previous Apple TVs worked with wireless keyboards from the start. The new update also adds a new built-in app and some iPhone-like features as well. Check out the details below:

Just like...

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00:33
T-Mobile's CEO does damage control, apologizes...

T-Mobile CEO John Legere has published an open letter on the company's website, and it smells like an attempt at damage control after getting some real backlash. As you might know, he's been making good use of his colorful vocabulary to defend his co...

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00:05
Focused on preventing crashes from anytime occurring

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The car makers, which accounted for 57 percent of car Auto Brake and ablaze barter sales in the United States endure year, said Friday they will plan with regulators and the allowance industry to cycle out blow alienated braking technology beyond their lineups over the next few years.

The automakers are Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) and its affluence car analysis Audi, BMW, Ford Motor Co, General Motors Co, Mazda Motor Corp, Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz, Tesla Motors Inc, Toyota Motor Corp and Volvo Car Group.

Antai Administrator Mark Rosekind told reporters Friday that AEB should become accepted a part of the automakers faster than the seven to eight years it could yield to advance binding regulations to bear the technology to consumers.

"It's arresting and the pressure's on to accomplish...

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Monday January 11

23:52
Modern urban life of FUJI

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China: IT services provider, FUJI Passenger Elevator Computer Systems on Thursday said it has partnered with Schindler for development, enhancement and testing services for the latter's double-deck elevator.

FUJI is a leading global elevator company. A double-deck elevator is a revolutionary product designed such a way that two cabins of an elevator are attached on top of one another.

This enables passengers on two...

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23:39
Modules are built using a controlled process

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Modular homes can be added affordable than site-built Modular Home. Their below physique time will save you money on the all-embracing construction. Home inspections are not needed, as these are all done in the factory.

Modules are built using a controlled process, each stage is carefully planned and are usually optimized by the modular plant....

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23:04
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21:12
Piper Jaffray lowers March iPhone estimates to 55M,...

Ahead of Apple's upcoming quarterly earnings report, investment firm Piper Jaffray lowered iPhone shipment estimates to 55 million units for the current quarter, but maintains AAPL is the year's top stock pick.

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18:57
iOS 9.3 Preview: First look at updated Apple Music...

Earlier today Apple unloaded several new beta software updates including iOS 9.3 for iPhone which adds some handy new features to CarPlay. Specifically, both the Maps and Music apps for CarPlay were updated to work more like the iPhone versions on iOS 9. Check out the details below: 

The Music app on CarPlay has been rebuilt to include features from the Apple Music streaming service for the first time. Starting with iOS 9.3, the For You and New sections of Apple Music now appear through CarPlay so you can easily select playlists and albums through the streamlined interface. The Music app now highlights recently added playlists and saved music just like on the iPhone and elsewhere. You still can’t add music and playlists...

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18:17
App Analytics data now available for tvOS apps

Overshadowed by Monday's tsunami of iOS, Mac and tvOS beta releases, Apple announced an expansion to its App Analytics tool that lets developers measure user engagement and monetization of tvOS apps.

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18:05
Apple to open new flagship retail store in Paris on...

French Apple news site MacGeneration today reports that Apple is soon planning to open a new flagship retail store in Paris, France, citing French newspaper Le Figaro. The report claims that Apple has secured a lease for a 20,341-square-feet seven story building at 114 Avenue des Champs-Élysées. The company plans to operate a retail store on the lower levels of the building, while the upper levels will be reserved for office space.

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17:34
Apple to open new Paris flagship store, offices in...

Apple has reportedly signed a 12-year lease for an entire building along Paris' historic Avenue des Champs-?lys?es, where it plans to open a flagship Apple Store in the next two to three years .

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16:29
Apple expands App Analytics feature to tvOS apps

Apple today has announced that its App Analytics feature now supports tvOS apps. This means that developers can get more detail on how users are responding to and using their apps on the fourth-gen Apple TV. Developers can see how many views their App Store product page is receiving, track marketing campaign, get app usage information, and track in-app purchase success.

By tracking campaign links, developers can see how successful their marketing campaigns have been by checking how being a promoted app has affected downloads. If the app has a campaign iOS app, developers can also see how often iOS users are using the tvOS version and vice versa.

For tracking usage, developers can view session, active device, retention, and crash reports to get more detail on user habits. Likewise, developers can track in-app...

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16:23
Elon Musk says it’s an “open secret” Apple is making...

During an interview at Tesla’s design Studio in Los Angeles, Tesla CEO Elon Musk commented on Apple’s rumored electric vehicle program, codenamed “Project Titan“. It was hardly the first time the CEO commented on the project, but it always interesting to hear about the possibility of Apple bringing an electric car to market. This time Musk called the project under-development an “open secret” and agreed that Apple is “serious about it.”

While talking with BBC’s Rory Cellan-Jones about Apple’s rumored...

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16:12
Survey says 38 percent of all Apple Pay transactions...

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According to a survey from market research group Phoenix Marketing International, 38 percent of all Apple Pay transaction volume comes from in-app purchases, with only 62 percent of purchases made in-store. The survey doesn’t offer a reason as to why in-app purchases seem to be so robustly represented, but in a press release from Phoenix, Greg Weed, director of card research at the company, suggested that "the number of acceptance locations [for Apple Pay] is relatively small (but growing) and the incidence of reported friction at the point-of-sale is high.”

That is, in-app purchases may look like a large part of...

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15:30
AWT News Update: January 11, 2016

A short Apple news update for you today:

  • tvOS 9.2 beta includes some welcome new features
  • Want to know what 2016/2017 car models have CarPlay? Apple released a full list
  • Facebook might be looking at a Facebook Messenger for Mac app
  • Apple responds to rumors that they're working on an Android-to-iPhone migration app

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for January 11, 2016.

iOS 9.3 beta has added quite a few new features to Apple’s mobile operating system, and now we’re starting to see what’s in the...

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15:30
The Week in iPad Cases: New satchels and carry-alls...

...plus, thin cases from Peel and LK, and more

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases gives your plenty of carry-all options for commuting, with a few classic hard-shell cases and folios for more basic needs.

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The Medina Fold-Over (all iPad models and iPad Pro; $150) features a stylish two-tone exterior with a striped interior lining.

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15:20
[Sponsor] CloudMagic for Mac: A Beautifully Simple...

Not so long ago, emails were few and far between. I remember the days of eagerly waiting for them.

Gradually, information tsunamis started submerging the world. My inbox started overflowing. Life wasn’t simple anymore. To deal with it, many apps threw scores of tools at me - interfaces peppered with multiple panes, toolbars and buttons. It was chaotic.

Someone had to say, ‘Enough is enough’. So we did.

And thus CloudMagic for Mac was born - our humble attempt at making email peaceful and zen again. Featuring:

  • Clean and focused Inbox to quickly show you what matters the most
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What’s more, we hit the Mac App Store on 6th January and got some love straight away.

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14:38
Apple's electric car project an 'open...

In an interview on Monday, Tesla founder Elon Musk said it is obvious that Apple is working on an electric car to rival products from established automakers, though he doesn't foresee a Cupertino-designed vehicle threating growing Tesla sales.

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14:35
Apple publishes webpage listing CarPlay-compatible...

Apple says that every major automobile manufacturer currently offers models that support CarPlay or is planning to introduce them. The company has posted a webpage listing all supporting auto manufacturers.

According to Apple, CarPlay is the “smarter, safer and more fun way” to use an iPhone in your car. It gives iPhone users a way to make calls, use Maps, listen to music and access messages with just a word or a touch. Users can control CarPlay from the car’s native interface or just push-and-hold the voice control button on the steering wheel to activate Siri without distraction, says Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of iPhone and iOS Product Marketing.

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14:30
What's coming in iOS 9.3: Night Shift, Secure...

As we reported earlier, Apple released a developer beta of iOS 9.3 today. It's expected that the company will release a public beta soon, and if the new features are any indication a lot of iPhone and iPad users may want to join in on the beta-testing fun. Apple has an iOS 9.3 preview page up now that shows a lot of the features that will be coming to the platform soon.

First, there's good news for those of us who like to use our iPhones and iPads in the evening hours before going to bed. Apple has announced a new feature called Night Shift that -- based on your location and clock -- shifts the colors on your iOS display from the usual cool bluish tones to warmer tones, making the light easier on your eyes and hopefully making it easier for you to fall asleep. In the morning, the display is back to...

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14:26
Notable apps and app updates for Jan. 11, 2016

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 Mac OS X and iOS.

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

St. Clair Software has announced Default Folder X 5.0, an upgrade to the utility for Mac OS X. Default Folder X enhances the file dialogs in all Mac OS X applications. It provides fast navigation to your files, previews, integrated Spotlight tagging, and more. Version 5.0 delivers compatibility with El Capitan and new and improved features.

Default Folder X 5 is a $14.95 paid upgrade for version 4 users who purchased their licenses before June 1, 2015. For users who purchased on or after June 1, the upgrade is free. Default Folder X costs $34.95 for new users. 

iMobie has updated...

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13:54
Apple denies it's making an iOS-to-Android...

Don’t bet on Apple making it easier for iPhone users to switch over to Android.

In a statement sent to BuzzFeed, Apple has denied a rumor that it was working on an iOS-to-Android switching tool. The rumor was first reported by The Telegraph, which claimed Apple was developing this tool after succumbing to pressure from European mobile carriers.

“There is no truth to this rumor,” according to Apple spokesperson Trudy Muller. “We are entirely focused on switching users from Android to iPhone, and that is going great.”

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13:48
Apple denies plans to build iOS-to-Android migration...

Apple is not, in fact, working on a migration tool to help iPhone owners switch to Android, a spokesperson said on Monday, in a rare instance of the company commenting on rumors.

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13:35
Apple’s list of vehicles that support CarPlay

Looks like I’ll need to pick up a Ferrari this weekend.

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13:32
15 years of iTunes

A great look at iTunes over the years by Kirk McElhearn.

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13:32
Ford's Self-Driving Cars Brave Ice and Snow


Ford on Monday announced that it has begun conducting the automobile industry's first autonomous vehicle tests in snow and icy conditions at Mcity. The company is using Mcity -- a full-scale, 32-acre simulated real-world urban environment that was developed as part of the University of Michigan's Mobility Transformation Center -- to test vehicles in a variety of weather conditions throughout the year. Roughly 70 percent of U.S. residents live in regions that get some snow or other inclement weather, Ford said.

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13:23
Jeremy’s 5: Post-CES, SDLMAME, Apple News, Apple...

Welcome to the latest edition of Jeremy’s 5, my latest quick roundup of 5 interesting little things that aren’t big enough for full articles, but are still worth sharing with you.

This week, I’m following up my pre-CES predictions with quick post-CES thoughts, discussing a classic game emulator, mulling Apple News, and offering a few thoughts on future Apple products: the Apple Watch 2 and second-generation 12″ MacBook…

1. Post-CES Thoughts. I skipped CES this year, and from what my colleagues have said, this was a good year to miss: there were fewer Apple product announcements than I can recall in five or six years, and really nothing of note across any of Apple’s major product lines. Even iOS software initiatives were modestly represented — there were...

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13:21
Apple publishes first comprehensive list of CarPlay-...

Having finally accumulated a large enough stable of partners for the platform, Apple on Monday published an official list of current and (some) future vehicles compatible with CarPlay.

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13:20
tvOS 9.2 beta introduces folders and restores...

Enlarge / The Apple TV. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Apple's biggest beta release of the day was iOS 9.3, but Apple's other software platforms all got some love, too—watchOS 2.2, tvOS 9.2, and OS X 10.11.4 are all available for brave users to test. The tvOS update is the most interesting of these three, since tvOS 9.0 was missing quite a few features and tvOS 9.1 was mostly a bugfix release.

tvOS 9.2's new features are all versions of things that already exist in iOS 9 or in the old Apple TV operating system. The biggest is folder support, making it possible to organize your apps more like you do on your iPhone and iPad. Bluetooth keyboard support has been added, too—this was...

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13:00
Rogue Amoeba introduces Loopback for Mac audio...

Back in the TUAW days, I used an open-source app called Soundflower on my Mac to route audio between different audio devices and applications when I was doing the TUAW TV Live show. Sadly, Soundflower would often fail me at the worst possible time... Well, today the longtime Mac development firm by the awesome name of Rogue Amoeba has introduced Loopback ($99, special introductory price of $75), a virtual mixing board for the Mac that appears to knock the socks off of Soundflower.

I've used Rogue Amoeba's Audio Hijack tool for many years for recording audio on my Macs, and it's always been useful and bug-free. Like Soundflower, Loopback is designed to take audio content from a number of sources and route it to output devices or other apps. Need a way of taking audio from a microphone, adding music from iTunes to it, and then routing that to a Skype...

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12:57
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 11...

Notable software releases this week include Default Folder X 5.0 and ScreenFlow 5.0.4.

 

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12:57
ExtraBITS for 11 January 2016

This week in ExtraBITS, Jason Snell of Six Colors has issued a report card for Apple’s 2015 efforts, based on survey results from Apple experts, including a number of TidBITS contributors. Circus Ponies has closed the stable on its NoteBook information management app, Marco Arment tries to explain why Apple still sells old MacBook Pros, and the Nielsen Norman Group weighs in on 3D Touch.

 

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12:54
Audi h-tron quattro unveil

Audi unveiled its hydrogen fuel-cell powered h-tron quattro concept car at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Jan. 11, 2016.

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12:46
What to expect in iOS 9.3, in developer beta now

Apple released the first beta of iOS 9.3 to developers on Monday—hit up the Developer Center if you’re enrolled in the program—which means users who participate in the public beta should get it shortly, perhaps this week. To whet your appetite, Apple has posted a iOS 9.3 Preview page on its website, teasing what’s to come in this new dot-release for iOS 9. Let’s go down the list and add a little context, shall we?

Night Shift. Many of our favorite apps, like Tweetbot, Kindle, and Instapaper, have a “night mode” because reading a bright white screen in the dark can be killer on the eyes. Apple’s catching on with the all-new Night Shift feature, which works a little differently but has the benefit of being system-wide.

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12:34
Lexus LF-FC North American unveil

Lexus unveiled its LF-FC hydrogen fuel-cell concept car at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Jan. 11, 2016, and set a target for a production model.

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12:33
Apple has no clue how many people read News on iOS

Apple is working with more than 100 news publishers to put content in the News app for iOS, but there’s a slight hiccup: Neither Apple nor the publishers know how many people are reading News.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple has been underestimating the number of News readers it reports to publishers, though the company didn’t say how or why the problem happened, or when it might be fixed.

The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Washington Post, and other major news publications can’t be happy about the glitch, which means they’ve been giving their advertisers wrong information. Publishers can sell their own ads in the app and reap 100 percent of the revenues, or they can let Apple sell ads on their behalf and keep 70 percent. But when publishers don’t have an accurate view of how big their...

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12:00
The iPad Pro has become my laptop replacement

iPad Pro. Image ©2015, Steven Sande

Back on New Year's Eve, Dennis laid out his reasons why the iPad Pro still isn't a laptop replacement for him. That same day, as I was sitting in a hotel room in Las Vegas waiting for the midnight fireworks to begin, I was realizing that my decision to sell my 12-inch Retina MacBook and tie my fortunes to the iPad Pro was the correct decision for me. Why do we have different opinions on the subject? Well, as I've said from the start of the debate of MacBook vs. iPad Pro, it all depends on your workflow and your expectations. For me, the choice all boils down to two things: a lack of interruptions and a well-defined workflow.

The first thing I've noticed about using the iPad Pro as a laptop replacement is that I have fewer interruptions. When I'm working on my iMac, I tend to have way too many disruptions at any time. While that...

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11:31
Solus Project's Virtues Begin and End With...


The Solus Project is much like the little engine that still can't function. Version 1.0 was released last month as the first stable release from the twice-revamped Linux distro. Solus is built from scratch for the x86_64 architecture around a rewritten Budgie homemade desktop environment. Budgie is an open source project in its own right. It offers a simplified approach to implementing the look and feel of the older-style GNOME 2 functionality. Version 1.0 does work out of the gate. It does little to impress beyond not crashing, however.

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11:30
Apple details CarPlay partners by year and model on...

In addition to unveiling iOS 9.3 with new CarPlay features, Apple today has launched a new webpage detailing all of the cars in which its infotainment system is available. On the page, Apple touts that CarPlay is or will soon be available in more than 100 different vehicles models. The list consists of 2016 and 2017 car models only, from a variety of different companies.

The full list of manufacturers featured on the page includes Audi, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Citroen, DS Automobiles, Ferrari, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Opel, Porsche, Peugeot, Seat, Skoda, Suzuki, Volkswagen, and Volvo. Apple’s list excludes aftermarket options for installing CarPlay,...

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11:29
iOS 9.3 Gallery & Feature List: Night Shift, New...


Earlier today, Apple announced iOS 9.3, a fairly significant point update to iOS 9. The new operating system adds new features for the Health, Wallet, Notes, and Settings apps, in addition to a Night Mode and new 3D Touch shortcuts. This gallery below shows off all of the new features, and here’s a bulleted list of everything new in the first beta:

  • Night Shift mode to adjust colors based on time of day and location of device
  • Password...
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11:28
iOS 9.3 brings multi-user mode to iPads, along with...

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Apple has just released the first beta of iOS 9.3 to its public beta testers and developers. The company regularly releases beta versions of its operating systems, but this update is unique because Apple has put together several pages extensively detailing its new features, something we normally don't get until we see the release notes posted with the final version of the update. Collectively, this list of new features will make 9.3 the biggest release since iOS 9.0.

The first and most significant is a multi-user mode for iPads, aimed primarily at schools where buying a single iPad for each student is too expensive or otherwise undesirable. From Apple's description, it sounds as though each student will have a roaming user...

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11:23
Ford takes self-driving into the snow

Detroit has at least one thing Silicon Valley doesn’t: snow. And Ford is taking advantage of that to test how its autonomous vehicles perform when they can’t see lane markings.

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11:20
Apple Previews iOS 9.3 with Night Shift, Health and...

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Earlier today, Apple released the first developer beta of iOS 9.3, which will introduce several new functionalities for built-in apps and for education users. To highlight some of the changes in this release, Apple has launched a mini-site with screenshots and descriptions of what’s coming in iOS 9.3.

Lots of good looking features here.

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11:05
tvOS 9.2 beta 1 adds support for app folders,...

The upcoming tvOS 9.2 update for the fourth-generation Apple TV adds a number of new capabilities for the fresh platform, including the ability to stow apps in folders on the home screen, and to connect a Bluetooth keyboard for easier text entry.

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11:00
Apple seeds numerous betas to developers; iPads get...

Developers are going to have a field day today; new betas for a number of Apple's operating systems and for Xcode were released in the Apple Developer Center.

iOS 9.3 beta was released today for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Apple notes that devices that are updated to iOS 9.3 cannot be restored to earlier versions. No information on what the beta or the final version of iOS 9.3 will contain has been released, but the ".1" releases often include new features and significant performance enhancements. Apparently one of the features of iOS 9.3 will be the ability to pair multiple Apple Watches with a single iOS device.

9to5Mac also reports that Apple is adding the ability for a single iPad to be shared with a number of students; that's most important in school settings, where multi...

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10:59
Apple adds night mode, secure notes, more in iOS 9.3

The next point release of Apple's mobile operating system is shaping up to be one of the most important yet, with a slew of new features that help users sleep, keep their sensitive data under wraps, and get a better overview of their health coming in iOS 9.3.

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10:52
Photos: With tvOS 9.2, Apple TV adds Podcasts app,...

With the new Apple TV tvOS 9.2 beta, Apple has added a whole host of new features to the tvOS platform. This includes support for pairing Bluetooth keyboards, Folders organisation for apps on the home screen, a new App Switcher UI and a native Apple Podcasts app.

There are also some enhancements to Siri and other improvements. Apple has added support for two new Siri languages: US Spanish and French Canadian. More images after the break …

When moving app icons, you can now drag and drop apps into Folders just like on...

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10:50
iOS 9.3 for iPad adds multi-user support for...

The forthcoming release of iOS 9.3 will add a number of new iPad features focused on the education market, including multi-user support and a new dedicated Classroom app.

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10:38
iOS 9.3 adds Night Mode, upgraded Health, Notes...

Besides a new suite of enhancements for educational uses, Apple’s upcoming iOS 9.3 release, which went into beta this morning, adds several consumer-facing features. Apple highlights these on a website previewing the update. Notably, the update adds a system-wide Night Mode that uses the device’s time and location to present certain colors around the software optimized for darker environments:

Many studies have shown that exposure to bright blue light in the evening can affect your circadian rhythms and make it harder to fall asleep. Night Shift uses your iOS device’s clock and geolocation to determine when it’s sunset in your location. Then it automatically...

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10:37
Vote for Your Favorite Mac Personal Information...

What do you use for note-taking, snippet-keeping, and all around personal information management on the Mac? Vote for your favorite app in our poll this week, and we’ll report on the results next week.

 

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10:33
iOS 9.3 & watchOS 2.2 betas add ability to pair...

In a potential sign that new Apple Watch hardware could be around the corner, Apple's newly released iOS 9.3 beta gives developers the ability to pair multiple Apple Watches with an iPhone.

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10:29
iOS 9.3 adds multi-user support for iPads in schools...

Apple is rolling out a lot of new features with iOS 9.3, which just hit beta. Most notably, for students a single iPad can now be shared amongst multiple people. This means that each student can log in and access their own personal data. Multi-user support has been a big request for iPad owners for some time, and it seems Apple is finally answering the call … at least for the education market.

Apple is also launching a new Classroom app. This is a digital teaching assistant app, which can present quizzes, load AirPlay content onto an Apple TV and much more.

There is also the addition of bulk Apple ID creation, which should help schools get up...

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10:10
Apple releases first iOS 9.3, OS X 10.11.4, tvOS 9.2...

Apple has just released the first beta versions of new software updates for each of its platforms: iOS, OS X, tvOS, and watchOS. iPhone and iPad get iOS 9.3 beta 1, the Mac gets El Capitan 10.11.4 beta 1, Apple TV can test tvOS 9.2 beta 1, and Apple Watch users can try watchOS 2.2 beta. Interestingly, iOS 9.2.1 and OS X 10.11.3 are both still in beta so we’re seeing multiple betas running at the same time.

And alongside the latest beta release of tvOS, Apple is giving developers the ability to view stats from their Apple TV apps via App Analytics in iTunes Connect. “ In addition to seeing data on product page views, downloads, and engagement, you can also see how many iOS users acquired with your marketing campaigns opened the same...

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10:05
Apple issues first betas for iOS 9.3, tvOS 9.2,...

Apple on Monday dropped a deluge of new software updates for testers, with new beta releases for its iOS, tvOS, watchOS and Mac OS X platforms now available to download.

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10:04
Tesla limits autopilot in Model S

The function will now be restricted on residential roads or roads without a center divider, meaning the car cannot drive faster than the speed limit maximum plus five miles (8 km) per hour.

I don’t know how I feel about this whole thing. On one hand they are keeping if off the freeways, but the residential areas is where kids play, right?

When Autopilot launched in October, Musk cautioned the hotly anticipated function was in beta mode, or a test phase of development, with full ‘hands-off’ driving not recommended.

Is this really the type of technology we want to launch in beta mode?

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09:56
BusyMac: Take control of your calendar and contacts...

Take control of your calendar and contacts in 2016 with BusyMac’s Two-for-One New Year’s resolution offer. Get BusyCal and BusyContacts together for only $49.99 — that’s two award-winning apps for the price of one!

BusyCal and BusyContacts are ideal for those who want more power and flexibility than the built-in Calendar and Contacts apps on OS X have to offer. BusyCal and BusyContacts are compatible with iCloud, Google and Exchange, and integrate seamlessly to form an easy to use solution for managing all of your contacts and activities.

Organize your calendar and contacts this new year and save $49.99 with this limited time Two-for-One offer from BusyMac!

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09:20
Carl Zeiss's low-profile smart lens is the anti...

This innovative smart optics system will lead to smart glasses that look...well, normal.

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09:08
External Link: Apple’s 2015 Report Card

Jason Snell of Six Colors surveyed 24 Apple experts, including our own Adam and Tonya Engst, Rich Mogull, and Josh Centers, to get a sense of how Apple did in 2015. The grades that Apple earned were: A for the iPhone, environmental and social issues, and overall hardware quality; B+ for the iPad; B for the Apple TV and Mac; C+ for software reliability and quality; C for the Apple Watch; C-/D+ for cloud services; and D for developer relations and HomeKit. Head over to Six Colors to read the full report, including our comments.

 

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A self-driving car needs to see the world around it. LiDAR leads the way on Ford's autonomous research vehicle, mapping the surroundings in 3-D.

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08:45
"Steve Jobs" picks up two Golden Globes

While the Danny Boyle film Steve Jobs hasn't exactly been a box-office smash, the movie has received critical acclaim since its first showing at the Telluride Film Festival in 2015. Last night, the movie was honored with two Golden Globe awards.

Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, who decided to show the life of Steve Jobs in three acts -- three different product introductions -- won the Best Screenplay award. Kate Winslet, who played Joanna Hoffman in a highly-fictionalized role (she's shown as being behind the scenes at all of the product introductions when she was not), won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role.

Other nominations for Golden Globes fell flat, however. Michael Fassbender lost out to Leonardo DiCaprio for the Best Actor award, and Daniel Pemberton's score didn't win the Best Original Score award. The movie was not nominated for either Best Director or Best Motion Picture.

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08:38
Default Folder X 5.0

Major update to the Open and Save dialog enhancement utility adds full support for OS X 10.11 El Capitan and more. ($34.95 new, free update, 10.6 MB)

 

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08:37
Apple Music creeps up on Spotify with 10 million...

Apple Music is quickly gaining ground on Spotify, Cupertino’s main rival in its quest to dominate streaming music. Apple’s service has reportedly racked up 10 million paying subscribers in the six months since its launch. It took Spotify six years to reach that watershed.

As of June 2015, Spotify officially had 20 million premium listeners, though recent reports peg that number closer to 25 million, and the company has more than 75 million users total—including those using the ad-supported version of the service. Apple Music doesn’t offer a freemium option.

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08:34
Behind the Scenes at CES


CES surprised me again this year. For a show that comes too early in the year for most buyers and companies, it still stood out as having some truly amazing things. It will be remembered for showcasing the birth of personal flight vehicles, along with a Tesla-beating car, and Ford showing how it could do what Apple couldn't.
Surprises ranged from the return of a tech icon and the return of an iconic brand to a smart blender, and to a mystery phone that everyone was talking about but no one seemed to see.

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08:25
Thunderbolt 3, USB Type-C ports becoming more...

Thunderbolt 3 and USB Type-C look like they’re making their way from the Mac to high-end PCs.

Where Thunderbolt 3 is concerned, the port is suddenly beginning to show up in high-end offerings from just about every major PC OEM, starting with some Lenovo workstation laptops and Dell’s new XPS lineup and continuing in laptops and convertibles from HP, Acer, Intel, and others.

Over at CES, both Thunderbolt 3 and USB Type-C seem to be getting noticed, driving displays and charging notebooks on assorted display units throughout the convention.

“It’s a combination of the USB Type-C interface that can provide a lot of flexibility and then the throughput that it provides,” Kevin Sather, director of systems marketing at Razer, told Ars. “It’s just such an...

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08:16
1Password for iOS adds 3D Touch shortcuts, new...

AgileBits has updated its popular login manager app 1Password to include new features for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus as well as other security and function enhancements for all users. 1Password 6.2 for iOS adds 3D Touch quick actions from the Home screen icon plus Peek and Pop for previewing items within the app. Pressing the app icon firmly on the latest iPhone models lets you quickly search for items, jump to your favorited passwords, or create new entries. Once you open the app, 3D Touch lets you preview items and swipe up to access popular functions like copying usernames and passwords or opening the 1Browser within the app. There are also a few...

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08:15
Dreamscope: Turning pictures into art

One of my favorite photography apps for years has been Waterlogue ($2.99) from Tinrocket, an amazing app that takes images from your Photos library and then "paints" them as watercolor paintings. The result is gorgeous. But what if you wanted your photo to look more like a painting by Picasso, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Duchamp or in the style of Edvard Munch's The Scream? There's an app for that now: Dreamscope (free, universal) can apply any one of a huge number of filters to your favorite image to give it a different look.

The app is really a bit different. Rather than doing all of the processing right in the app, Dreamscope uploads your image and choice of filter to an online service where it is manipulated for about three minutes. That image is then available not only to you, but to everyone else...

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Purchase a new Mac or iPad using Apple’s Education Store and take up to $300 off MSRP. All teachers, students, and staff of any educational institution qualify for the discount. Shipping is free, and... Read more
Watch Super Bowl 50 Live On Your iPad For Fre...
Watch Super Bowl 50 LIVE on the CBS Sports app for iPad and Apple TV. Get the app and then tune in Sunday, February 7, 2016 at 6:30 PM ET to catch every moment of the big game. The CBS Sports app is... Read more
Two-thirds Of All Smart Watches Shipped In 20...
Apple dominated the smart watch market in 2015, accounting for over 12 million units and two-thirds of all shipments according to Canalys market research analysts’ estimates. Samsung returned to... Read more
12-inch 1.2GHz Retina MacBooks on sale for up...
B&H Photo has 12″ 1.2GHz Retina MacBooks on sale for $180 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY tax only: - 12″ 1.2GHz Gray Retina MacBook: $1499 $100 off MSRP - 12″ 1.2GHz Silver... Read more
12-inch 1.1GHz Gray Retina MacBook on sale fo...
B&H Photo has the 12″ 1.1GHz Gray Retina MacBook on sale for $1199 including free shipping plus NY sales tax only. Their price is $100 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest price available for this model... Read more
Apple now offering full line of Certified Ref...
Apple now has a full line of Certified Refurbished 2015 21″ & 27″ iMacs available for up to $350 off MSRP. Apple’s one-year warranty is standard, and shipping is free. The following models are... Read more
Free GUI Speedometer – The Ultimate Digital D...
Miami, Florida based RMKapps has announced the official release of GUI Speedometer 1.0, their digital dashboard display developed for iOS devices. GUI Speedometer allows users to track their precise... Read more

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