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Tuesday September 15

Fixing Garbled Fonts on Apple Support Pages

Several people in the TidBITS crew had been seeing garbled, overlapping fonts and weirdly rendered pages while browsing Apple support articles. Although we don’t know what causes the problem, solving it is easy in Safari and Firefox, and not terribly hard in Chrome.


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watchOS 2 + iOS 9 apps begin hitting the App Store...

With both iOS 9 and watchOS 2 set to be released tomorrow, Apple has already started releasing third-party app updates that take advantage of the new features in each software update. watchOS 2 for Apple Watch introduces native apps that run faster and have access to sensors, and iOS 9 introduces new split-screen multitasking and deeper Spotlight-integrated search capabilities. There are some of the watchOS 2 and iOS 9 apps we’re already starting to see hit the App Store:

Star Walk 2 (...

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Apple Pay now boasts more than 500 US banks thanks...

Apple on Tuesday added 46 US banks to its list of Apple Pay backers, putting the total over 500 for the first time as it prepares to roll out a series of further improvements to its mobile payment platform.

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PSA: Tim Cook is Stephen Colbert's Late Show...

After surprising Apple Store employees and customers in Manhattan on Monday, Apple CEO Tim Cook continues his tour through New York with a guest spot on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Tuesday night.

Colbert is front-loading his new show with high-profile guests, and Cook isn’t even the first big tech exec to land on the week-old program—Tesla chief Elon Musk and Uber CEO Travis Kalanick both appeared on the Late Show last week.

"Siri, put Apple CEO Tim Cook on my calendar for Tuesday, Sept. 15. Oh, and come up with some questions to ask him."

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Snapchat update adds new selfie Lenses + paid extra...

Snapchat is out with its latest update bringing new features and tricks to the photo messaging app. The release notes are short: Before you take a selfie, press and hold on your face for a surprise! That’s referencing the new selfie Lenses trick, which lets you apply some pretty wild effects to your face before sharing with friends. To use Lenses, just tap and hold on your selfie before taking a Snap. A facial outline appears as well as seven effects including that dramatically change up your selfie.

Some of these effects ask you to raise your eyebrows or open your mouth to work and include popping heart eyes and and rainbow vomiting blushed cheeks effects.

On its blog post,...

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Apple updates Pages, Keynote, and Numbers for iOS w...

Ahead of the release of iOS 9 set for tomorrow, Apple has started updating its iOS apps beginning with improvements and fixes for its iWork suite of iOS apps.

All three apps— Pages, Numbers, and Keynote—get an update today with “stability improvements and bug fixes,” many of which are likely related to the iOS 9 update arriving tomorrow. 

iOS 9 will officially arrive Wednesday, September 16th, for the iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch 5th generation and later, iPad 2 and later and iPad mini and later. The release follows Apple’s new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus...

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Unassuming iPhone 6s Could Knock Some Socks Off

Muffled by the rumors Apple TV had gone Hollywood and the giggles the Apple Pencil provoked, the latest additions to Apple's core product line -- the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus -- had to settle for a smaller share of the headlines coming out of last week's Hey Siri event.
Although the iPhones received less media attention this year, it was not due to any compromises over quality or lack of forward-facing features. For starters, Apple upgraded the iPhone 6s line to 7000-series aluminum.

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iPad mini 4 uses overclocked A8 processor faster...

Apple has engineered the iPad mini 4's version of the A8 processor to make it slightly faster than the original chip used in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, a report said on Tuesday.

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iOS 9 adoption predicted to be faster than that for...

Crittercism, a mobile app intelligence platform provider, has created a predictive model for iOS 9 adoption and expects a 50% adoption rate by day 25, which is three days faster than iOS 8 reached the same level of adoption. iOS 9 is due for a Sept. 16 release.

This year's iOS release should be much smoother, says Crittercism. iOS 9.0 release's current crash rate of 2.77% is only 14.46% greater than last two versions, whereas iOS 8.0 had a crash rate of 3.48% during the equivalent time period.

A week after its release, Crittercism expects to see a 31% adoption rate for iOS 9, while iOS 8 saw a 35% adoption by the end of its first week. The mobile app intelligence platform believes this is because "public perception of upgrading has been a bit tarnished and users are becoming more cautious about upgrading."

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Apple Pay expansion continues with over 40 more...

Apple Pay compatibility in the UK grew by two major banks last week with the addition of Lloyds and Halifax, and today Apple has added over 40 to its list of participating issuers. Since launching in the United States nearly a year ago, Apple’s mobile payment solution has steadily been signing on and rolling out support for waves of new banks and credit unions around the country. These are the latest to join:

Amplify Federal Credit Union
Bank of the Ozarks
Branch Banking & Trust
Bridgehampton National Bank
Capital Educators Federal Credit Union
Centra Credit Union...

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Apple's Angela Ahrendts places 16th in FORTUNE...

Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president of retail and online stores, places 16th on FORTUNE's "Most Powerful Women" list.

Here's what FORTUNE says about Anrendts: "Just over a year into her tenure as Apple’s retail chief, the former CEO of Burberry is making her mark on the $183 billion tech giant. Ahrendts spearheaded the retail launch of the Apple Watch, which has received mixed reviews. Her other focus has been integrating Apple’s online and retail divisions, as well as expanding its China presence. She’s being paid well to do it: The first woman on Apple’s management team took home a package valued at $73.4 million in cash and stock in 2014."

The FORTUNE list includes 51 women in technology, business and entertainment. This year, more than half of the list is made up of CEOs—the most it has ever had.

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Deals: Free AppleCare, free super drive & cash...

This week, readers can save between $300-$800 on the purchase of a new 15-inch MacBook Pro with AppleCare, each of which includes free accessories and delivers the lowest prices anywhere. Or get a LG 34" Curved WQHD display for a record low of $750.

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Apple working to boost cloud services with new,...

Apple has reportedly embarked upon a long-term internal project to unify the infrastructure that powers cloud offerings like Siri and Apple Maps, a sign that the company has begun to view services as a strategic lynchpin moving forward.

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9to5Toys Last Call: 10 Mac apps including Toast 14...

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Amazon’s Jeff Bezos unveils plans for rocket plant

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos on Tuesday unveiled plans to build a rocket manufacturing plant and launch site in Florida, a business that will compete against fellow tech billionaire Elon Musk’s SpaceX.

Bezos taking on Elon Musk.

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Tim Cook interview

John Paczkowski had 20 minutes with Apple CEO, Tim Cook, to discuss a number of things while he’s in New York.

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Review: Beaconic’s iBeacon kits let any store or...

I’ve been interested in iBeacons — proximity-based wireless transmitters — ever since they were first announced by Apple alongside iOS 7 at WWDC in 2013. The idea of walking into a store, restaurant, or other public space and receiving (opt-in) wireless notifications based on proximity to a Bluetooth sensor struck me as a potentially compelling next step forward for both retailers and smartphone users. Even more exciting was the opportunity to receive incentives, such as coupons or free apps, just for being in proximity to the store. iBeacons have been added to Apple Stores,...

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iOS users may eventually be able to remove unwanted...

Apple is looking at allowing iOS users to delete some preloaded apps, though others will probably have to remain, according to CEO Tim Cook.

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Creating complex icons with CSS

Coded CSS icons have some significant advantages over icon fonts or static images. CSS icons are a part of the DOM and unless you’re using a CSS icon library like Icono, they don’t require another HTTP request. Just like font icons, CSS icons can be colored by CSS and You can also animate the icons in an easy, smooth way without much effort.

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Launch Center Pro for iPhone adds launcher widget to...

Apple opened the door to new extensibility features on iOS with extensions and Notification Center widgets in iOS 8, but mixing app launchers with the swipe down Today view was quickly disallowed by the App Store as we saw around this time last year. That policy has since changed and we’ve seen developers able to build better widgets like Workflow’s recent update.

Launch Center Pro has been working on its own Today widget, which puts actions like opening the Instagram camera or messaging a specific contact a swipe down away from anywhere directly in...

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Apple grows operations in Lund, Sweden for work on...

Apple is reportedly expanding its operations in Lund, Sweden, where the company is now believed to be working on "advanced mapping technology" for unknown projects.

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3D Touch screen components add almost 11% weight...

Not that the current iPhone in your pocket is a weighty brick that threatens your spine every moment of every day, but the upcoming iPhone 6s and 6s Plus units may be a bit heavier.

According to Apple the 3D Touch display components account for the bulk of an 11 percent increase in weight over last year’s models, not the use of 7000 series aluminum as some have speculated.

The findings were located through Apple’s environmental reports for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, which break down materials used by respective component weight.

The 3D Touch display comes in at 29 grams for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6s and 40g for the larger 5.5-inch...

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iPad Mini 4 performance preview: A 1.5GHz Apple A8...

A quick confirmation that the Mini 4 is using a 1.5GHz A8 with 2GB of RAM.

Andrew Cunningham

We've just gotten our hands on the iPad Mini 4, the new version of the tablet that Apple quietly introduced at its product event last week. Though we knew that the new tablet uses a dual-core Apple A8 chip rather than the faster tri-core A8X in the iPad Air 2, and we knew that the new tablet supported iOS 9's new Split View multitasking mode, Apple didn't get any more specific about the tablet's specifications.

To shed some light on the subject, we fired up Geekbench 3 and ran some tests. We can confirm that the tablet uses a 1.5GHz Apple A8 with 2GB of RAM, which is faster than both the 1.4GHz A8 in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and the 1.3GHz A7 in the iPad Mini 2 and Mini 3.


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The 1 Infinite Loop Apple Company Store reopens on...

For anyone who loves the Apple brand, there's literally no place on Earth like the Apple Company Store at 1 Infinite Loop in Cupertino, CA. It's an Apple Store, but unlike any Apple Store you've ever seen.

During trips to the Bay Area for business or personal travel, it's possible to pop into the Apple Company Store and pick up things you won't find elsewhere -- company logo clothing and merchandise of every possible type. Whether it's an Apple logo onesie for your favorite grandkid, an Apple water bottle for exercising or Apple hats for your softball team, the Store has it all. However, you usually can't buy the usual Apple products in those stores...

Sadly for visitors, the store has been closed since June, undergoing renovations of some sort. But this Saturday it's opening again, although nobody (except Apple) is sure exactly what changed in the store. 

It could be that the...

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Line rules, details for Apple Store iPhone 6s, 6s...

If you’re looking to snag an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus from an Apple Store during its launch next Friday, there are some rules you need to follow.

First off, like previous years, Apple will limit customers to purchasing only two new iPhones per day and you can only buy two per store reservation.

On the big day, Apple will once again close normal Genius Bar appointment services to dedicate as many people as possible, about 50% of specialists and Geniuses, to iPhone sales. Other initiatives like Personal Training will also be shut down for the launch period.

For those of you camping out, Apple is expected to queue waiting customers into two line for reservations and...

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This should be the rule, not the exception

Google Fiber gives you 1,000 Mb/s (that’s crazy fast) for about $70 per month. This should be the rule, not the exception.

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54% of owners in limited survey 'very satisfied...

Apple Watch owners generally love their smartwatch, according to new data from 451 Research.

The July 27-Aug. 4 survey, conducted by 451 Research’s ChangeWave service, focused on overall satisfaction, key likes and dislikes, and the impact Apple Watch is having on other markets. A total of 145 Apple Watch owners participated.

Overall satisfaction ratings (87%) are very positive for the Apple Watch. According to 451 Research, more than half (54%) of owners saying they’re "very satisfied" and 33% are "somewhat satisfied" with their new device. 

In terms of expectations, 28% of Apple Watch owners say their new smart watch exceeds expectations and 51% say it meets expectations. Whenowners of the device owners were asked whether they’d recommend their new device to a friend or colleague, 83% say they’re very likelyy (55%) or somewhat likely (28%) to do so.


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Apple to reopen their Infinite Loop company store...

A visit to the Infinite Loop company Apple Store has long been a pilgrimage for me. Looking forward to the reopen.

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Apple's 'Project Titan' car faces...

With an internal goal of 2020 to begin building its own car, Apple faces a number of roadblocks in automotive manufacturing, which could lead it to partnering with another company in its vehicular venture, a source has indicated to AppleInsider.

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Apple granted patent for generic media covers

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,135,725) by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for "generic media covers." It involves those, well, generic items you see on Apple's online stores, such as iTunes and iBookstore, for digital media items that publishers have submitted without a personalized cover.

According to the patent, a generic media cover can be generated for a media item by "hashing" a unique identifier of the media item that remains consistent throughout the life cycle of the media item. Music producers and publishers frequently add new digital media items for sale on the online store. 

However, newly added digital media items can sometimes be received without a media cover. This can happen because the artist/author didn't provide or didn't wish to provide a media cover. In these scenarios, the online store presents the digital media item to customers...

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Apple is reassigned a patent from Topsy Labs, which...

Apple has been reassigned a patent from Topsy Labs, a company Apple bought in 2013 for more than US$200 million. The patent (number 9,135,294) is for "systems and methods using reputation for influence scores in search queries."

Topsy Labs (, which specializes in tracking Twitter data, provides a full-scale index of the public social web and can “instantly analyze any topic, term or hashtag across years of conversations on millions of web sites.” The company provides targeted analysis of Twitter’s “firehose,” the stream of tweets posted to the microblogging service.

As a Twitter-certified partner, Topsy Labs examines tweets and other user data to track user sentiment, find influencers for specific subjects and measure the effectiveness of Twitter ad campaigns. Retailers tap into the Topsy API [application programming interface] to access data centers and search analytics tools.

According to...

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High end-fashion retailer, Burberry, makes a channel...

Burberry has announced a new streaming channel for Apple Music, marking the companies' first official product collaboration since Apple hired former CEO Angela Ahrendts to head its retail arm, reports The New York Times.

Burberry ( is a British luxury fashion house, distributing outerwear, fashion accessories, fragrances, sunglasses, and cosmetics. Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president of retail and online stores, was the former CEO of Burberry before joining Apple in September 2013. 

Burberry’s Apple Music channel will kick off with exclusive videos from emerging British artists that will be filmed at the Burberry Womenswear show. The show is scheduled to take place Sept. 21 in London.

Burberry has been commissioning work from and filming British recording artists since 2010 as part of its Burberry Acoustic...

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The Week in iPhone Cases: More cases for the iPhone...

New screen protectors, wallet cases, and classic shells for the iPhone 6s

Check out these elegant wooden designs from Miniot, classic protection from Speck, and many more cases for the recently announced iPhone 6s and 6s Plus!


Sturdy and lightweight, the Jewel (iPhone 6/6s, 6 Plus/6s Plus; $20) features reinforced corners and raised edges for an all-around protective little case.

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Google, Twitter Forge Open Source Publishing...

Google and Twitter reportedly are collaborating on an open source project that focuses on helping publishers bring instant articles to mobile phone subscribers. Facebook launched its Instant Articles feature earlier this year. The Google and Twitter team-up "is a very important development," said Zebra Social CEO Jordani Sarreal. "While Facebook is keeping the traffic on their site with Instant [Articles], Google and Twitter are trying to be more appealing to content creators in that they can keep their website data with their content."

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How to prepare your devices for iOS 9

iOS 9 officially launches Wednesday, bringing huge changes to iPhones, iPads, and iPods. But before you rush to upgrade, take some time to get your device ready. That way, if anything goes wrong during the install process—or if you decide you hate iOS 9—you can reverse your decision without losing any important files.

The good news: You won’t have to delete a whole bunch of apps to get ready to upgrade. Why? The new OS will do the deleting for you. Apple said at June’s Worldwide Developers Conference that iOS 9 will take up 1.3GB of storage—way less than iOS 8’s space-hogging 4.58GB. If you’re using a 16GB phone and don’t have any room to spare, iOS 9 will delete apps and then reinstall them after the update is done.

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Tuesday January 13

Android 5.0 Lollipop still hard to find, full of...

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

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

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


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InvenSense hit with lawsuit over concessions in...

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


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

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

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AllCast media streamer makes leap to iOS

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

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Apple axes long-running 'Single of the Week...

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

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Quanta ramping up production of 12-inch MacBook Air...

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

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Hands On: Toca Hair Salon 2 (iOS)

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

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Facebook will display Amber Alerts in News Feeds

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

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

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

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Apple quietly ends Single of the Week promo on iTunes

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

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

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

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

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

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Hands On: Learn Spanish - Brainscape (iOS)

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

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Hands On: PhotoWatermark (OS X)

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


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

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

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Viawear announces Tyia 'smart bracelet'...

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

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Monday January 12

Multiple reports point to record-breaking Apple...

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


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Apple Stores debut self-demoing Smart Cover window...

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

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Details emerge on specs for third-party Lightning...

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

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Fourth iOS 8.2 beta seeds to developers

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

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Hands On: Word of the Rings (iOS)

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

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

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

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Marsh, inMarket partner on first Apple Watch-...

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


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Chevy Volt will support CarPlay, 2016 demo model...

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

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HomeKit requires Apple TV hub for remote Siri...

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


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Apps: AppDelete, NetShade, FotoMagico
Hands On: Weather Wall (OS X)

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

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Apple opens Games For Kids section of App Store over...

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

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Sunday January 11

AT&T files to dismiss FTC lawsuit using Title II

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

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Spotify will not support Google Cast, Spotify...

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

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

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


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