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Monday June 6

08:43
Rumor: Significant changes to Apple’s four operating...

The days leading up to WWDC 2016 are a mix of facts and rumors, but there’s some interesting stuff that’s being mentioned.

On that note, the mighty Mark Gurman went on the Jay and Farad Show podcast and offered the following predictions:

– There literally won’t be any new hardware product announcements at WWDC, but there will be announcements regarding iOS, MacOS, tvOS and watchOS.

– MacOS will receive a Siri upgrade and have it integrated in the top right corner. Photos will also see upgrades.

– iOS will see the following significant changes, including money transfers via iMessages and Apple Pay.

– iOS design refresh. More colors. Notifications will change. Tweaks in operating system.

– Big...

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08:01
Apple jumps from fifth to third in 2016 Fortune 500...

Despite recent setbacks Apple nevertheless climbed from fifth to third place in this year's Fortune 500, ranking major U.S. corporations based on their gross revenues.

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07:46
Inside Apple’s perfectionism machine

Chock full of examples, quotes, images and anecdotes, this is another great read, worth making time for.

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07:34
∞ New Apple Music ad runs during NBA Finals

DJ Khaled and Ray Liotta. An unlikely pairing, but it works.

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07:27
Is it me, or did the power just go off?

A clever trick from Jason Snell

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06:52
How to “Love” tracks in iTunes with a keyboard...

If you’ve never set up a custom keyboard shortcut on your Mac, this post from Kirk McElhearn is a double dose of good.

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06:49
Apple climbs in Fortune 500 ranking to #3,...

Apple has climbed two places in this year’s Fortune 500 list, a ranking of U.S. companies by revenue. Apple moved from 5th place last year to 3rd this, overtaking both Chevron and new AAPL investor Berkshire Hathaway, though still sitting behind Walmart and Exxon Mobile.

Reading Fortune‘s write-up of Apple, however, you might be forgiven for thinking it had fallen in the ranking rather than climbed …

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06:49
Siri, Alexa, and company: The bot power rankings

A top 25 list of conversational bots, including Siri and Alexa. Lots to read, almost every example with a link so you can learn more or, in some cases, give the bot a try.

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06:45
Microsoft's Cortana heading to Xbox One, will...

Apple's Siri voice controls debuted on the new Apple TV last fall, and Microsoft's competing Cortana will follow suit, debuting in the living room on Xbox One consoles starting this summer.

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06:42
Behind the scenes: Twitter bets everything on Jack...

A fascinating read, written by the guy who wrote “Hatching Twitter”. A real insider’s story, full of poison and plotting.

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06:18
Bose gears up for rumored removal of 3.5mm headphone...

Bose is one of the best-known names in noise-cancelling headphones with its QuietComfort 25 model a popular choice, and the firm is now gearing up for the rumored removal of the headphone jack from the iPhone 7 with a wireless version.

The new Bose QuietComfort 35 headphones, launched today, offer the same noise-cancelling performance as their wired predecessors, but with Bluetooth and NFC pairing.

These are our best headphones. In making them wireless, we had one goal: seamlessly merge Bluetooth and our Acoustic Noise Cancelling technology together with no compromise to the technologies or the audio performance we’re known for …

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06:17
India could exempt Apple Stores from local sourcing...

An idea allegedly being floated by the Indian government could make proposed Apple Stores exempt from local sourcing regulations, but only for two to three years, according to a new report

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05:42
Survey finds that 98% have used Siri, but only 3% do...

A survey by Creative Strategies found that while almost all American iPhone users have at least tried Siri, only 3% have ever used it in public. The firm expresses surprise at the apparent reason for this.

With public usage as low as 3% for iPhone users, it seems users are still uncomfortable talking to their devices. Even more fascinating is this happens in the US where consumers are accustomed to talking loudly on phones in public.

Highest usage of Siri was, unsurprisingly, in the car, where it hit 62%. Use at home averaged 39% across all the voice assistants surveyed, falling to just 1.3% at work where both the embarrassment factor and a desire not to disturb others likely combine …

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05:14
Benchmarks show notable differences between iPad Pro...

AnandTech doesn’t rush its product reviews, but their in-depth nature means they are always worth waiting for. Having gotten around to posting its review of the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, the system performance section in particular makes for interesting reading.

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05:00
Grovemade’s wood Mac accessories are gorgeous works...

As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve always had an appreciation for fine wood, which is why I’m a big fan of the products from Grovemade, a designer of handcrafted wooden and leather accessories. In March the company introduced newly redesigned trays for Apple’s latest versions of the Magic Keyboard and Trackpad, so now my desktop set-up is complete.

The desk trays — as classy as Grovemade’s other products — are crafted to complement the iconic profile of the Apple accessories, and feature ergonomically designed, slim profiles. They’re available in domestic Eastern Hardrock Maple or Black Walnut and lined with cork to protect your desk while keeping the Magic Keyboards and Trackpads from sliding about. The desk trays join the Monitor Stand ($119) and Mouse Pad ($99) on my desk, and I love the way they look. 

The Keyboard Tray retails for $99, the Keyboard Tray 10 Key retails for $119, and the Trackpad...

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04:30
Total War: Fall of the Samurai for Mac OS X has an...

By J. Eric Anderson

The 19th century proved to be one of the most turbulent times in the history of the Japanese Empire. After the events of Total War: Shogun 2, Japan enjoyed a prosperous 200 years of peace. That changes with Total War: Fall of the Samurai ($39.99, from Feral Interactive) for Mac OS X 10.9.5 and higher.

Though the emperor had nominal sovereignty, the shoguns held the true power, and were responsible for the meaningful governance of the nation. Seeking to maintain the cultural integrity of Japan, virtually all involvement with the outside world was strictly forbidden; Japanese citizens weren't allowed to leave the country, and foreigners seeking to enter unbidden were met with violence. 

This lasted until an American fleet arrived and forced a trade agreement at gunpoint after bombarding a populous port city. The resulting torrent of foreign...

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04:09
External Link: WWDC App Adds Apple TV Version

With the Worldwide Developer Conference coming up on 13 June 2016, Apple has updated its iOS WWDC app with a version for the fourth-generation Apple TV. That’s less compelling for WWDC attendees, who will be most interested in the app’s maps of the venues and a schedule of events. For Apple developers not attending WWDC, though, the app will provide live streams of sessions and the Apple TV support will make watching easier to do in the living room. Considering the number of developers who don’t win the WWDC ticket lottery, we’re glad to see Apple improving the experience of not being there for those who can’t make it.

 

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04:00
Compromise said to be likely in India, providing go-...

Times of India is reporting that a compromise is likely to be reached that will allow Apple to proceed with plans to open retail stores in the country despite rules that currently prevent this. If confirmed, it will be an important step for Apple in what Tim Cook expects to become a huge growth market over time.

I sort of view India as where China was seven to ten years ago from that point of view. I think there’s a really great opportunity there.

 

There are currently no official Apple Stores in India because of a rule that requires companies to manufacture at least 30% of their products within the country before they can open a single-brand...

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04:00
How to stamp out butt dialing

Has this ever happened to you: Your iPhone SPONTANEOUSLY MADE A PHONE CALL FOR NO APPARENT REASON? Friends say, "I'm returning your call," EVEN THOUGH YOU KNOW YOU DIDN'T CALL THEM? You see phone numbers in your Recent Calls list BUT YOU KNOW YOU DIDN'T DIAL THEM?  

If any of these things has happened to you, I'm pretty sure I know why. And, I'm also pretty sure I know a habit that will eliminate spontaneous iPhone dialing (aka butt-dialing) forever.  

The reason it happens, you see, is that you almost certainly didn't lock your phone before you stuck it into your pocket, purse, pack, cup holder, or whatever. With an unlocked phone it's far too easy to accidentally dial or redial a phone number without knowing. 

The reason I'm relatively certain that's why your iPhone is making those calls is that I forced myself to adopt a new habit of pressing my iPhone's Lock button religiously before stashing it in my pocket (or anywhere else). I rarely forget to...

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03:52
India’s government expected to allow Apple to open...

The Indian government is expected to allow Apple to open its own retail outlets in the country without any sourcing requirement for two-to-three years as it tries to work out an arrangement under which the company will agree to local purchases once it gets a stronger toehold in the country, reports the Times of India

Quoting unnamed sources, the TOI says discussions have already kicked off between the finance ministry and the department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP) and the option of allowing Apple stores without sourcing requirements in the initial years has been floated. This follows the finance ministry's rejection of a DIPP-led panel's recommendation to do away with the sourcing requirement for Apple on the grounds that the company sold products that had "cutting-edge technology.”

Getting a...

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03:45
8 new 360-degree cameras that won't break the...

360-degrees of awesome.

Image by Facebook

No question about it—the popularity of 360-degree video and imagery is exploding, and it’s no coincidence that the new boom arrives smack-dab in the middle of 2016’s virtual reality revolution. Today, anyone can view 360-degree images and video in a browser, smartphone, tablet, or headset, and YouTube’s 360-degree Videos Channel and Facebook’s 360 community have become major destinations for immersive and streaming content.

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03:30
Barron’s: Johnson & Johnson supplants Apple as...

Johnson & Johnson — best known for baby powder and band-aids — has replaced Apple as Barron’s Most Respected Company. In fact, Apple slipped to number three, according to the magazine.

Johnson & Johnson jumped to No. 1 from No. 6 in 2015. Berkshire Hathaway moved into second place, up from third place last year.

Online retailer Amazon.com advanced to No. 4 from No. 17. Rounding out this year’s top five: Nike, which moved from ninth place in 2015.

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02:00
Daily Deal: Huge savings on Nuance Dragon for Mac v5

Yeah, you can do dictation on the Mac with OS X, but only for short periods of time. You can give your Mac voice commands right out of the box...after you've set up specific shortcuts. If you really want to get productive with your Mac, both in terms of doing long sessions of voice dictation and controlling your Mac with your voice, it's time to get Nuance Dragon for Mac v5.

We've got one heck of a deal for you -- the app is 50% off, meaning it's only $99.99 to start with. Take an additional $10 of the price tag with coupon code DRAG10, and you're getting Nuance Dragon for Mac for just $89.99. 

What can you really do with Dragon? A lot!

  • Wide-ranging functionality: dictate emails, complete reports & spreadsheets, surf the web, capture thoughts on-the-go...
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Sunday June 5

20:00
Living circuits can handle complex computing

Gene-based circuits are about to get decidedly more sophisticated. MIT scientists have developed a method for integrating both analog and digital computing into those circuits, turning living cells into complex computers. The centerpiece is a thres...

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17:22
Bose QuietComfort noise-cancelling headphones go...

Bose’s famous QuietComfort 25 active noise-cancelling headphones are going cordless in the form of the company’s new QuietComfort 35s. But in a market already awash with wireless ANC cans, is the effort too little too late to grab the attention of music-loving/cord-hating aficionados? Having had the opportunity to spend a short amount of hands-on time with them last week at a media event in New York City, we think they have a fighting chance.

Comfortable, lightweight, and offering a welcome amount of sound separation and warm bass at all volume levels, the QC35 sound pretty agreeable. Similar in looks and heft to the company’s iconic QC25s, Bose’s QuietComfort 35 headphones are a cushy over-the-ear affair available in black or silver. They utilize four separate microphones and an ANC chipset to block out a massive amount of external noise—at least under the controlled conditions that we were allowed to listen to them in. Our full review of the QC35s will be available later...

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16:04
Norway reportedly agrees on banning new sales of gas...

There’s little chance of many other countries matching Norway’s timeline for any number of reasons but, going forward, governmental action similar to this might be required in order to make a significant leap in electric vehicle sales.

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15:11
Apple.com hosts late tribute to boxer Muhammad Ali

Apple on Sunday joined in the trend of public tributes to Muhammad Ali, updating its website with an image and epitaph for the famous boxer, who died on Friday at the age of 74.

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14:49
Why are we still teaching kids cursive writing?

It’s an interesting question. I had to write out a sentence a few weeks ago using a pen and paper (probably for the first time in years) and had to concentrate to remember how to write out certain letters. In the age of computers and voice-assisted interfaces, do we still need cursive?

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14:30
Cartography comparison: Google Maps & Apple Maps

While O’Beirne “designed and led the development of Apple’s cartography” and therefore might be considered biased, this is nonetheless a (very) long and interesting discussion of the differences and similarities of the two apps. I’m directionally-challenged so these kinds of discussions are really interesting to me. I still prefer a dedicated GPS device but occasionally need to use one of several iOS apps in order to find my way around and can see some huge differences in the way these two apps present information.

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13:13
A look at Apple’s insanely ambitious tree-planting...

Weirdly interesting article about the lengths Apple is going to to ensure the landscaping of the new campus is just as precise and groundbreaking as the building itself.

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12:30
Fascinating app shows you how misleading maps can be

There’s no doubt the vast majority of us learned what we know of world geography from a Mercator map but this online tool shows just how inaccurate our impressions of the size of various countries really is.

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10:54
Instagram goes algorithmic, will try to guess what...

Enjoy Instagram’s reverse-chronological timeline while you can, because it’s about to go away for good. In a blog post published late last week, Instagram announced that it will start to roll out a new algorithmic feed to its users “over the coming month.” 

The new algorithmic feed, which Instagram first announced back in March, will attempt to identify the things you’re most interested in and put those posts at the top of your feed. According to Instagram, users “miss 70 percent of their feeds” on average. The new feed tries to address this—you might not see more of your feed, the thinking goes, but at least you’ll see the things you’ll want to see.

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07:45
Facebook begins removing chat from its mobile site,...

If it wasn’t clear already, Facebook would really like it if you used its Messenger app.

TechCrunch reported Friday that the company is currently working to remove the Messenger function on the mobile version of its website, pushing users instead to use the separate Facebook Messenger app.

According to the report, tapping the chat button in the toolbar may result in a message informing you that “your conversations are moving to Messenger,” and that “soon you’ll only be able to view your messages from Messenger.” You can dismiss this notice, TechCrunch notes—at least for now.

It looks as though the push to Messenger will be in stages: When I checked Facebook via the mobile app, I got prompted to install Messenger, but I wasn’t warned that I would soon be required to use the Facebook Messenger app. According to...

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04:47
Apple commemorates Muhammad Ali with homepage tribute

Apple is today commemorating the life of boxer Muhammad Ali with a fullscreen homepage tribute, who died in hospital on Friday at the age of 74. The quote reads: ‘The man who has no imagination has no wings’. Apple executives Tim Cook and Phil Schiller have also shown their respects on Twitter.

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Saturday June 4

19:03
American Airlines planes will get ViaSat's...

American Airlines is equipping a fleet of Boeing 737 MAX planes with in-flight WiFi other than Gogo's. It has inked a deal with California-based company ViaSat, which also provides internet connection to some of Virgin America's newest A320 planes. V...

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17:35
RNA gene editing could stop viruses in their tracks

The gene editing technique CRISPR promises to treat all kinds of genetically-linked conditions, but it's so far limited to tweaking DNA, not the RNA that does everything from carrying protein sequence info to regulating gene expression. That may chan...

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17:16
Alfred 3.0.1

Major new release for the keyboard-driven launcher adds snippet expansion to its Powerpack add-on. (£17 new, free update, 2.8 MB)

 

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15:33
How-To: Drive a 4K display at 60 Hz on the 2016...

The 2016 MacBook is capable of driving a 4K display at 60 Hz via a single USB-C cable. Such a feat is achievable via an easy-to-apply IOKit patch.

One of the great things about the new Intel hardware inside of the 2016 MacBook is that it’s capable of supporting 4K resolution at 60 Hz. The jump in refresh is a big deal, as anyone who’s tried to put up with running a 30 Hz refresh rate can attest to.

Operating at 30 Hz results in jerky and choppy cursor movement, and in some cases can induce headaches after prolonged use.

Sadly, the MacBook only supports 30 Hz out of the box for 4K resolution. It’s not immediately clear as to why this is, but on its support page, Apple makes it known that 4K resolution is limited to 30 Hz.

The good news is that it is possible to enable 60 Hz at native 4K resolution and 1080p (HiDPI/Retina) resolution on a 2016 MacBook. In fact, I just did so on the ...

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12:30
IBM Has Been Awarded An Average Of 24 Patents Per...

Traditional companies continue to score a huge number of patents, reports Quartz. The publication deep dived into the patent filings to find which company has been awarded the most number of patents this year. According to its finding, IBM has been awarded 3,617 patents so far this year, whereas Samsung comes close with 3,032 patents during the same period. Behind these giants sit Google with 1,530 patents, Intel with 1,293, Qualcomm with 1,262, Microsoft with 1,232, and Apple with 1,060 patents. From the report: Although IBM's patent-producing power slowed somewhat in 2015, the number of patents it's received so far this year is up more than 13% compared to a year earlier. The company is in the middle of a painful reinvention, that sees the company shifting further away from hardware sales into cloud computing, analytics, and AI services. It's also plugging away on a myriad of fundamental scientific research projects -- many of which could revolutionize the world if they can come...

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11:36
Slack for Mac 2.0.3

Maintenance release group messaging system and productivity tool address problems with the sign-in process. (Free with paid subscription options, 22.2 MB)

 

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10:23
Apple’s K-12 market share hits a new low (is it time...

Apple’s share of the U.S. K-12 market has fallen to new lows, according to data released by researcher Futuresource Consulting. iPads accounted for only 17% of institutional educational purchases in the first quarter of 2016, while Mac laptops accounted for only 4%. In 2013, iPads accounted for nearly 40% of K-12 institutional purchases. 

"Apple's numbers are down. Sales to education are declining," Mike Fisher, Futuresource analyst, told Business Insider (http://www.businessinsider.com/ipad-sales-hit-lowest-point-in-educationa...). "As the market has matured, I think Apple's approach to the educational market probably needs to change a little bit." 

In terms of market share,...

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10:00
Banking Trojans Take Backseat to Ransomware


The banking trojan -- a type of malware used to steal credentials for bank accounts -- has been a staple of cyberthieves for years. However, ransomware, which has proven both easy to use and highly successful, has started eroding its popularity. In a typical banking trojan attack, a robber mounts a phishing campaign to entice a target to open an attachment or click on a link that delivers the malware to the victim's computer. The thief then leverages it to obtain banking credentials and make withdrawals from the mark's account.

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09:09
This week’s top stories: What to expect at WWDC 2016...

In this week’s top stories: iPhone 7 leaks, more on the rumored upcoming MacBook Pros with OLED touch bar, what’s in store for WWDC 2016, and much more.

Apple also launched its Back to School promo for 2016, and designer brand Coach started preparing for a launch of its Apple Watch bands next week. Head below for all of the handy links to these and our other top shared Apple stories this week.

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Filed under: AAPL Company, iOS, Mac Tagged: Apple pay, coach, Display, iMessage,...

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08:31
Apple Offers No Explanation for 7-Hour Outage

Apple services went offline for up to 7 hours Thursday -- and the company has yet to offer an explanation. An anonymous reader writes:
The outage affected the App Store, iTunes in the Cloud, Apple TV, Mail Drop, Find my iPhone, and Photos. During the outage, Apple responded to complaints on Twitter, "Thank you for the information. We're aware of this issue and are investigating,"

Tech Times reports that the iCloud Music Library had also experienced an outage on Wednesday, and that just weeks ago Apple released an operating system update which bricked several iPad Pros. And yesterday Amazon also experienced a service outage.


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07:29
Review: LG’s USB-C-enabled 4K Monitor lends single...

If you’re looking for a 4K display that can be paired with your 12″ MacBook via a single USB-C cable, then your options are fairly limited. It seems that LG is one of the few display makers that has such a monitor available for sale.

LG’s 27UD88-W is a 27″ USB-C-enabled display. Its USB-C port allows MacBook owners to connect a single cable to drive the display, charge the machine, and facilitate data transfer.

As I alluded to in my recent 2016 MacBook post, the 27UD88-W isn’t perfect, but it’s one of the only games in town if you desire a 4K monitor with USB-C connectivity in tow.

If you’re a MacBook owner, should you consider purchasing one? Have a look inside for the details. more…

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05:30
StarTech debuts Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt adapter

StarTech.com has announced that it says is the first Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt Adapter on the market, which bridges new Thunderbolt 3 computers to Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2 peripheral devices. This gives users the ability to connect their Thunderbolt 3 computers to the ecosystem of Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2 devices.

Thunderbolt 3 technology is different from previous Thunderbolt technologies because it uses the new USB-C connector to combine and deliver power, display and connectivity signals in a single connection. Thunderbolt 3 technology offers transfer speeds of up to 40Gbps, dual 4K display support, power and charging up to 100W, and support for both DisplayPort and PCI Express protocols. 

With the new StarTech.com adapter users can connect their existing Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2 devices to the Thunderbolt 3 USB-C port on...

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05:00
Akitio previews a 4-bay Thunderbolt 3 storage device

Akitio has announced the $429.99 Akitio Thunder3 Quad, which the company says is the industry’s first 4-bay, Thunderbolt 3 storage device. It offers fast transfers with the added flexibility of a DisplayPort video output in a form factor small enough for a desktop.

The Thunder3 Quad can deliver transfer speeds of up to 1375 MB/s while simultaneously providing two 4K video streams to connected displays. It’s designed for consumers and professionals who desire high speed external storage and/or video streams in one connection, according to Akitio.

The Thunder3 Quad 4-bay enclosure features two Thunderbolt 3 Ports and a DisplayPort video output to connect to the latest 4K 60Hz displays. The second Thunderbolt 3 port on the Thunder3 Quad operates the same as a...

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04:30
WaterField Design gives us the Duo Dopp Kit

WaterField Designs has introduced the $79 Duo Dopp Kit, designed for daily or travel use.

It’s a two-compartment case for organizing gear. It’s deep enough to hold grooming items or even tech gear, and soft enough to compress so it packs into your luggage.

Crafted from brown, waxed canvas or black ballistic nylon and premium leather, the Duo Dopp Kit’s main self-locking zipper extends past three sides allowing the Kit to open all the way up and lie flat. This design provides access to two deep, interior mesh pockets that close with locking zippers and separate liquids and gels from other items.

Each pocket is lined with gold, water-resistant nylon to help light up the interior. A leather grab handle can be used to hang the Kit up and out of the way when counter space is limited. The Kit compresses to fit into luggage or carry-on bag.

For wet-shave enthusiasts, WaterField...

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04:00
Alien Hunters, the second DLC pack for XCOM 2, is...

Alien Hunters, the second DLC pack for XCOM 2, is out now. Available to buy separately, or as part of the Reinforcement Pack, Alien Hunters DLC features a narrative-driven mission, new weapons and armor, a new Hunter’s Lodge facility in the Avenger, plus three new “Ruler” alien units to combat.

Ruler aliens will show up at random during a campaign and they are highly intelligent: each has its own unique behavior and tactics. If you can’t take out a Ruler quick enough, it will escape to fight another day. 

There are four new weapons: the Bolt Caster, a high damage single-shot weapon; the Hunter’s Axe, a powerful blade weapon that can be thrown at enemies or used to dispatch foes at close range; the Frost Bomb grenade, which can temporarily freeze targets; and the ShadowKeeper pistol, which grants its user the Shadowfall ability, an ability that guarantees a hit and places its user...

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03:17
This week on AI: New MacBook Pro leaks, 256GB '...

Although there weren't any earthshaking developments this week, we did get more teases about the future of the iPhone and the Macbook Pro -- including suggestions that Apple might be moving to a slower, three-year cycle for major iPhone upgrades.

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Friday June 3

23:22
Muhammad Ali – 25 of the best photographs of the...

I was able to hang out with and interview Ali’s friend, photographer, and biographer, Howard Bingham, at a Macworld Expo in 1998. He told me of his friendship with Ali but also his photography and how much fun it was to shoot the champ. I wish I knew about photography then what I know now. I could have asked Howard much better questions. While Bingham didn’t shoot any of these linked shots, you can see a similar style – dictated not only because of its time but also because of its subject matter.

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23:15
Muhammad Ali, titan of boxing and the 20th century,...

When I heard the news that he was sick and in the hospital, I knew it was just a matter of time. He was an amazing man in so many ways who lived a life that was full and full of controversy but you got the impression he wouldn’t have it any other way. I met Ali at a Macworld Expo in the late 1990s. I don’t have many heroes in my life but he was definitely one of them. I was in awe of the man and I’m never in awe of other human beings. I had tears in my eyes (just as I do now writing this) as I told him how honored I was to meet him. He didn’t speak but did that familiar boxer’s thing of lightly tapping me on the jaw with his fist. I wish I had a picture of that moment.

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21:30
WWDC 2016 Preview Rumors: No new hardware but plenty...

Recently departed (but still friend of the site!) Mark Gurman went on the Jay and Farhad Show this evening and gave his predictions for WWDC 2016 and beyond. Most of the conversation material was either posted previously on 9to5mac or elsewhere but there were certainly some new “whispers”… more…

Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: App Store (iOS), Apple Inc, Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, iOS, iPhone, Mac OS,...

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16:00
The Public Access Weekly: Cake every day

What a week! Not only was it Public Access' first birthday this week -- And a very happy birthday to all of you who make Public Access what it is! -- But we also have stats on all the stories from May, details on a comments upgrade, special annivers...

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Tuesday January 13

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

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

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

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



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

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



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

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

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11:34
AllCast media streamer makes leap to iOS

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



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

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

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

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



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

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



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10:07
Facebook will display Amber Alerts in News Feeds

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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



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04:49
Hands On: PhotoWatermark (OS X)

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



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

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



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

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



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Monday January 12

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

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



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

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



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

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



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12:20
Fourth iOS 8.2 beta seeds to developers

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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07:58
Apps: AppDelete, NetShade, FotoMagico
02:06
Hands On: Weather Wall (OS X)

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



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

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



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Sunday January 11

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

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



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

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



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

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



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17:36
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