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Friday May 1

06:00
You Should Play: If you're a fan of mobile...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play. 

I’m a sucker for games that start with a dramatic hook—and what’s more dramatic than an abandoned baby left on your doorstep in the middle of a rainstorm? A few quick puzzles later, and you’re in the middle of a forest, looking up at a huge, enchanted castle, taking a video call from a man who warns you both that “the baby must be protected at any cost,” and that “you must stay away from him at any cost.”

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05:57
Microsoft can guess your age using facial recognition

The age guessing thing is interesting. But I can’t imagine that technology ever maturing to the point where it is enough of a unique identifier to trust with my login credentials.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:50
Apple’s Beats Unveils New Ad Featuring Marcus Mariota

Beats has released its latest video, titled "Ohana" and featuring University of Oregon (now Tennessee Titan) quarterback Marcus Mariota with narration by his friends and family.

The Mac Observer Spin: Beats made this deal - and video - relatively quickly considering Mariota hadn't even announced he was headed to the draft until mid-January and the video came out before he was drafted, so Beats thought he was worth investing in no matter what team he played for.


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05:30
Apple confirms ink in some darker wrist tattoos can...

Apple this week updated a support page for the Apple Watch, revealing that the ink found in some tattoos on the wrist can in fact affect the heart rate monitor, and associated wrist detection feature, for the new wearable device.

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05:22
Steve Jobs business cards up for school auction, one...

If you like a little Steve Jobs memorabilia and want to contribute to a good cause, the Marin School has three Steve Jobs business cards up for auction, spanning 1984 to 1990, providing one each for NeXT, Apple and Pixar.

Bidding started at $600, and was up to $2,405 at the time of writing. The cards were collected by a family who used to do catering for the former Apple CEO, reports Business Insider.

The Marin School is a private school offering financial assistance to 18% of its students to allow access to students from all socio-economic backgrounds.

The recent biography Becoming Steve Jobs...

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05:00
Steer Clear of iOS 8's Infinite Loop


A flaw in iOS 8 allows hackers essentially to crash apps that perform SSL communications whenever they like. Skycure reported the bug at the RSA security conference held last week, advising owners of iOS devices to upgrade to iOS 8.3. Apple this week confirmed that iOS 8.3 addresses the vulnerability, according to Skycure. An attack would involve specially crafting an SSL certificate to regenerate a bug. SSL is used in almost all apps in the iTunes App Store, which means pretty much every device user running iOS 8 could be at risk.

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04:38
Component & manufacturing cost of 38mm Apple...

The Apple Watch wasn’t long out before iFixit did its usual teardown. Research firm IHS always takes longer, as it seeks to identify the components and find out what they cost. The result, it says, is that the component cost of the 38mm Apple Watch Sport – the cheapest model – totals $81.20, with manufacturing costs taking the total cost-price to $83.70.

Tim Cook made a pointed reference to this type of cost estimate during last week’s earnings call, saying that “I’ve never seen one that is anywhere close to being accurate” – though he was likely making a broader point … ...

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03:50
What can your Apple Watch do without your iPhone?

Strapped to your wrist, the Apple Watch goes everywhere that you go. Between it and the iPhone, it’s almost possible to leave your wallet at home. But what happens to the Watch when you leave your iPhone at home?

Smart as the Apple Watch is, it’s still dependent on your smartphone for a number of its most common features, most notably anything that requires access to the Internet or pulls data from apps on your phone. But even should your iPhone be elsewhere—or off—your Apple Watch is still a pretty competent device. 

Time is of the essence

Obviously the watch can tell time whether your iPhone is around or not. If it couldn’t, that would be downright nutty.

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03:30
The 10 Mac games you need to play from April 2015

Action. Adventure. Space travel. Bread.

It’s that time again: another month has passed, so we’re taking stock of another stellar month of new Mac game releases. April’s selection has gorgeous adventures, tough-as-nails action, tense shooting, brainy space travel tinkering, and even a game about playable bread—and that’s just the first half of the list.

As usual, we’ve got big-budget, AAA-style affairs in the mix, but also lovably odd and offbeat indie stuff thrown in, plus a wide range of price points and target audiences. If you’ve got a decent Mac and you want to put it to great use on something fun and enthralling, these are the latest standout games around.

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00:49
Russia launches its third 'world's...

Russian defense contractor Admiralty Shipyards launched the latest of its ultra-modern Varshavyanka-class diesel-electric submarines earlier this week. Dubbed the Krasnodar, this sub is the third of six its class. These vessels are primarily designed...

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Thursday April 30

23:20
Grooveshark's illegal music streaming service...

Death's icy grip hit more than just Secret this week; Grooveshark is shutting down too. Last year, judges found the music streaming service guilty of mass copyright infringement for hosting illegal uploads of songs from Jay-Z, Madonna and others. As ...

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21:34
Mozilla: All new web features should require secure...

A number of internet organizations and even the government want websites to use encryption by default in the future, and from the sound of it, Mozilla shares their view. The non-profit has announced that it plans to limit the capabilities of "the non...

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21:19
Tesla wants its Powerwall to save the grid and your...

Our lust for electricity is insatiable. At night we connect a hydra of wires to our phones, computers, smartwatches and tablets. They sip at the electrons being pumped into our homes, filling their batteries to be ready for another day without being ...

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20:04
Ekko Player for iPhone will read the latest news...




Ekko Player for iOS is a neat app that will read news headlines and stories to you. In addition to reading the headlines and articles to you, the app also allows you to use you voice to navigate between stories, making it an excellent way to digest news while on-the-go.

Ekko aggregates news from a variety of sources, including CNN, ABC, BBC, Time, and more. To change the source, simply tap the icon in the lower right corner, then choose the ‘+/-” option, which will then allow you...

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17:17
Russian Politician Wants Apple’s U2 Album Giveaway...

Russian politician Alexander Starovoitov, a member of the rightwing LDPR party, is accusing Apple of distributing pro-gay propaganda to minors with its U2 album giveaway. That's the same album-The Age of Innocence-giveaway that was a thing back in September of 2014, but a new version of the album cover has homophobes in Russia freaking out that they might catch teh gheys, and they want Apple punished.


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16:59
ACLU launches iOS app to record law enforcement...

Looking to reduce "over-policing" and surface instances of excessive force, the American Civil Liberties Union of California on Thursday launched a smartphone app that lets users securely document law enforcement encounters.

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16:07
Apple Store app for iOS updated with Apple Watch...

Apple on Thursday rolled out an updated version of its Apple Store app for iOS with support for Apple Watch, which lets users keep track of orders, pick up purchases, check in to Genius Bar appointments and more.

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16:00
Apple Store App Update Adds Apple Watch Support

If taking your iPhone out of your pocket to make an Apple Store purchase is just too much work, Apple has you covered with a new Apple Store app update. The update added support for Apple Watch so you can check up on your orders and more from your wrist.


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15:48
Apple Invites Developers to App Analytics Beta

Apple began inviting developers participate in a beta program for App Analytics, an other unannounced service that gives developers more information about how and how often their customers are engaging with their apps. The invitation was posted to Twitter by developer Ryan Hoover, and is limited on a first-come, first-serve basis.


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15:38
The Apple Store app is now available for your Apple...

As the release of the Apple Watch showed, checking your Apple order status has become a bonding ritual for Apple customers. And today, Apple added Apple Watch support to its Apple Store app, so now watch owners can check the order status of the goodies they bought, right on their wrist.

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15:35
Ford details CarPlay integration with SYNC...

Ford CEO Mark Fields on Thursday offered a few more details about plans to integrate Apple's CarPlay into future vehicles, saying that while support is coming, Ford's SYNC infotainment system will be the star of the show.

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15:16
Apple Store app on iOS updated with support for...



As we reported would happen earlier this week, Apple this evening has updated its Apple Store app with support for Watch. From the app, users can get real-time order status updates, initiate the process of picking up an order, make and search for Genius Bar appointments, and discover events and workshops taking place in nearby Apple Stores.

The update is available on the...

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15:00
AWT News Update: April 30, 2015

A quiet day in the world of Apple, but enough to generate a four-minute long AWT News Update!

  • The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple Watch Taptic Engines made by supplier AAC Technologies failed reliability tests, forcing Apple to destroy some early Watches and move to another supplier
  • More Flyover locations are available in Apple Maps
  • Time Warner CEO thinks Apple will be launching a streaming TV product
  • VoiceOver celebrated a decade of helping the blind and visually impaired yesterday
  • Netflix is adding more audio description tracks to TV seasons and films in its library

The full text version of the podcast script is available below.

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This is Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and you’re...

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14:58
Ford shares more details on CarPlay support, will...

Ford was one of the first car manufacturers to announce its intentions to add support for Apple’s CarPlay to its in-dash systems. Questions concerning how Ford plans to integrate Apple’s solution, however, have remained since the initial announcement. In an interview with Re/code today, Ford CEO Mark Fields clarified some of the details regarding the company’s plans to offer CarPlay (and Android Auto) in its vehicles.

Fields first commented that Ford doesn’t want to end up as the handset business, meaning that the company doesn’t want to simply offer hardware with other operating systems. Ford has its own SYNC in-car solution and it will continue...

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14:24
Amazon Instant Video gets HD, cellular streaming on...

Amazon on Thursday released a major update to its Instant Video iOS client, while Waze launched Unusual Traffic, a series of city-based Twitter accounts hooked into data from its mobile navigation apps.

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14:20
Apple’s Approach to Advanced TV Shifts Gears - Again

Apple has gone through several stages in its approach to advancing the state of the art in TV viewing. The latest one is leveraging the quickly splintering industry as content providers seek, more and more, to work directly with customers.


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14:01
Microsoft Offers Devs an Edge


Microsoft on Wednesday made its new Edge browser available to participants in the Windows Insider Program. Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president, operating systems group, made the announcement at the company's Build developers' conference, being held in San Francisco through Friday. Edge is available through the Windows 10 Preview, accessible to Windows Insiders. It incorporates Cortana, Microsoft's personal assistant. That lets it "learn what you care about and helps you get things done," Belfiore said.

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13:46
Apple updates iMovie for iOS with fix for...

Apple on Thursday issued a minor update to its iMovie video editing app for iOS, addressing an issue that sometimes caused portrait photos to be cropped incorrectly.

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13:30
No, Apple didn’t ship a bunch of defective Apple...

The Daily Dot:

Before you go cancelling your order for Apple’s first smartwatch, it’s important to grasp the facts.

But “Apple Watch Defective!” is such a sexier headline. By the way, it’s a good rule of thumb that, when the headline includes something bad about an Apple product, wait 24 hours before commenting. Invariably, the facts come out and it’s not nearly as bad as the Chicken Littles would have you think.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:24
Tip of the Day: Quickly reading and replying to...

One of the useful smaller features added in iOS 8 is the ability to quickly read and reply to your Messages directly from the new message notification that comes up. When a new message comes in while you’re using your iPhone, the notification banner that appears can actually be “pulled down” to read the full message and quickly reply to it; simply tap on the banner and swipe downward to “pull” the banner down and the…

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12:53
The Loop Magazine: Apple’s New MacBook

The Loop Magazine released a new issue today with eight new articles. You can download the app for iPhone and iPad and get a free preview of every article in this month’s issue. You can purchase the issue for $1.99 or get a subscription for just $1.99 per month and get access to all of the issues.

In this issue:

Review: 12-inch MacBook: Jim Dalrymple got his hands on one of the new MacBooks Apple recently introduced and gives you his thoughts, from the Retina display to using the one USB-C port.

Skating To Where The MacBook Is Going To Be: Rene Ritchie takes a look at why the all-new MacBook is ahead of the curve and why competitors will have a hard time catching Apple.

The MacBook: A New...

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12:44
San Francisco’s luxury bus

Would you pay $6 to commute in a bus that looks like a cafe crossed with a Virgin America plane?

A luxury-bus startup called Leap Transit relaunched in San Francisco last week, carting passengers from the wealthy Marina district to downtown. It’s the latest company to offer a high-end alternative to public transit.

I’d do it.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:39
Amid rumors of an Apple buyout, Nokia's maps...

Shares of Nokia fell more than 12 percent on Thursday after the company's networking division reported disappointing results. But a bright spot was its "Here" mapping division, which is rumored to be a potential acquisition target for Apple.

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12:28
Interactive Coding Bootcamp: $39

Here's a bundle of training courses designed to get make you a job-ready developer. HTML, CSS, Javascript, jQuery, and frameworks like AngularJS. Ruby on Rails, Node.js, e-commerce, databases, and more. It's a lot of content packed into more than 33 hours of video tutorials. Check out the deal page for details.


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12:14
Apple opens up early access to App Analytics for...

Apple on Thursday offered developers the option to register for the App Analytics beta, opening early access to a feature originally announced at last year's Worldwide Developers Conference.

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11:59
Top 6 essential smart home accessories (Video)

There’s no denying that connected smart home accessories are on the rise. Apple’s HomeKit is slowly making an entrance into this space, but for the moment there are a wide variety of accessories available that can make your house a lot cooler. Today we’re taking a look at some of the essential options that have been around for a little while, but are definitely must-haves if you’re into the smart home scene. These devices may not be necessary, but they make things around the house more convenient…

Withings Home

First up we’re taking a look at Withings Home. This is one of the easiest ways to keep an eye on the house while away. Withings Home is a connected security camera that even has Apple Watch integration. Withings Home...

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11:17
Apple opens sign-ups for developers to test upcoming...


Apple has started offering registered developers the chance to sign-up and test its upcoming App Analytics feature first announced last year at WWDC. Developers have been awaiting the service since it was announced following Apple’s acquisition of TestFlight (and FlightPath), a service which offered its own analytics features....

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11:00
The Week in iOS Accessories: Arm yourself

Arm yourself

This week's roundup includes perhaps the most disturbing accessory we've ever featured: The Selfie Arm. But don't worry! We've got some useful stuff, too.

ActionProof

We’ve mentioned this product back in its crowdfunding stage, but the $35 Bumper is now ready for pre-order. The product is is (natch) a bumper to protect your precious new iOS device from scrapes, bumps, and bruises—it’s made of a rubber material—while still allowing full access to your screen and buttons.

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10:44
Apple, IBM To Bring iPads To 5 Million Elderly...

itwbennett writes: An initiative between Apple, IBM and Japan Post Holdings could put iPads in the hands of up to 5 million members of Japan's elderly population. The iPads, which will run custom apps from IBM, will supplement Japan Post's Watch Over service where, for a monthly fee, postal employees check on elderly residents and relay information on their well-being to family members.


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10:40
Throwback Thursday: ThunderScan

ThunderScan image from yesterbits.com

This week, we're taking the time machine back to 1989 to look at a $249 scanner. What?! An inexpensive scanner in the 1980s? Well, the ThunderScan had more than a few limitations, but it made a fairly workable scanner provided that you owned an ImageWriter or ImageWriter II dot matrix printer. Macintosh pioneer Andy Hertzfeld was the whiz behind the software that drove the ThunderScan and made its images viewable on original Macs.

Users simply removed the printer ribbon cartridge from the ImageWriter, then popped in the ThunderScan. The printer's roller mechanism acted as a "sheet feeder" to feed one page at a time, one line at a time, past the ThunderScan's optical head that moved back and forth across whatever it was you were trying to scan. A cable ran to a nearby adapter connected to a Mac, where the ThunderScan software captured the images.

The original ThunderScan came out in 1984, and basically just provided black...

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10:35
Apple and IBM will give 4 to 5 million iPads to...


Nokton

IBM and Apple said today that they would be working with Japan Post, the country’s postal service, to deliver four to five million iPads outfitted with IBM software to seniors in Japan by 2020.

The collaboration between Apple and IBM is an extension of the partnership the two companies announced last year as they...

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10:26
Undeterred by Tim Cook's browbeating, supply...

Apple CEO Tim Cook took supply chain "guesstimators" to task on the company's second-quarter earnings call earlier this week, but that did not stop one firm from moving ahead with its own analysis of Apple's new wearable device.

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10:22
TMO Daily Observations 2015-04-30: Apple Watch Parts...

It looks like Taptic Engine component failures are behind Apple's constrained Apple Watch inventory. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at Apple's parts supply issues and the impact that's having on the company and its suppliers, plus they offer up their thoughts on Microsoft's new Hololens technology.


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10:15
Apple Watch, backups and iCloud

Rob Richman bought a 38mm Apple Watch, spent some time with it, then had a bit of buyer’s remorse. He swapped it out for a 42mm model. This is a bit of what he went through.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:13
How to manage notification alerts on your new Apple...

Managing and customizing notifications is key to having a great experience with the Apple Watch. By default, many of your apps will mirror the notification settings on your iPhone, but dealing with all those apps on your wrist can be a chore.

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10:04
Apple Watch Could Be a Password Alternative


With password tolerance levels at an all time low, alternatives to the pesky and insecure authenticators are beginning to abound. One of those alternatives could be the Apple Watch. Even before Apple's latest gadget began shipping last week, MicroStrategy announced it was extending its Usher enterprise security solution to the Apple Watch. Usher, launched earlier this year, lets an enterprise use smartphones to authenticate its users and eschew user names, passwords and tokens.

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10:04
ABI Research gives us our first look at the Apple...

When iFixit tore down the Apple Watch last week, one of the things it couldn't dig into was the S1 "System in Package" (SiP) that powers the device. The S1's components were covered in a "solid block of plasticky resin" rather than a standard heat spreader, so we couldn't see the individual chips and controllers on the board like we usually can in iFixit teardowns.

Today ABI Research took things one step further, removing that block of resin and exposing what's underneath. Most of the components aren't surprising. There's a Broadcom BCM43342 chip for dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0, 512MB of RAM from Elpida, and 8GB of flash memory from Sandisk and Toshiba. An NFC controller from NXP and a signal booster from...

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09:39
‘Marvel Future Fight’ action RPG for iOS arrives as...

With the North American release of the new Avengers: Age of Ultron movie hitting theaters tomorrow, Korean developer Netmarble has perfectly timed the release of its anticipated “Marvel Future Fight” action RPG for iPhone and iPad.

Available on the App Store now for free, the game features 36 officially licensed Marvel characters, including The Avengers, Hulk, Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Daredevil, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Loki, Doctor Octopus and Ultron.


The game includes a single player campaign, 3 vs. 3 battles, one-finger gesture control or a virtual gamepad, and a familiar RPG leveling system.

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09:11
How-To: Clean and speed up your Mac with free,...

“My Mac used to be fast, but now it’s running so slow.” I’ve heard many versions of this complaint, and they’re always factually true, not just opinions: Macs do become sluggish over time, even if all of their chips and hard drives are working like new.

I’ve devoted several columns to hardware solutions — replacing old hard drives with fast new SSDs, adding more RAM, and increasing storage capacity using an external drive — but there are software solutions, too. Even die-hard Apple fans will admit that Macs typically run new OS X versions better (faster, and with fewer bugs) if you start with a clean slate: completely wipe your hard drive, do a fresh install of the latest OS X release, and restore only the files you need. That’s not as...

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09:10
9to5Toys Last Call: Beats Tour $95, 13″ MacBook Pro...

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09:00
Teardown shows Apple Watch S1 chip has custom CPU,...

The first complete teardown of the S1 system-on-chip in the Apple Watch shows parts from a number of different manufacturers, including a Broadcom wireless chip, and memory from Elpida, Toshiba, and SanDisk, a detailed look inside the custom chip revealed on Thursday.

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08:51
Taptic Engine Issues Behind Apple Watch Shipment...

The delays in shipping Apple Watch pre-orders looks to be tied one supplier's defective Taptic Engine parts. AAC Technologies Holdings reportedly delivered large numbers of the vibrating motors that are failing, leaving Nidec as the only part supplier able to get reliable parts to Apple.

The Mac Observer Spin: A single part supplier can unintentionally cause all kinds of headaches for a product launch, and that's what happened with AAC's Taptic Engine parts. The upside is that Apple caught the issue before shipping defective Apple Watches to customers.


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08:47
Apple TV shipping times slip to 1-2 weeks ahead of...

Ahead of Apple’s WWDC in June and an expected Apple TV refresh, shipping times for its current generation Apple TV have just slipped from in stock to 1-2 weeks. Apple’s estimates for shipping Apple TV from its online store often jump between being “in stock” and “1 day”, but a longer delay in shipping could signal Apple’s intent to introduce a refreshed Apple TV in the near future.

We reported earlier this year that...

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08:40
Apple's iPad remains dominant in shrinking...

More than one out of every four tablets sold in the first quarter of 2015 bore an Apple logo, new data indicates, though the worldwide market for tablets and convertible devices continues to contract.

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08:39
Inside Apple Watch’s ultra compact S1 chip exposes...

We’ve already seen the Apple Watch get torn apart by iFixit, giving us an inside look at the Taptic Engine, Digital Crown, and (mostly) battery, and now ABI Research has gone a level further and opened up the custom designed S1 chip that is the brains of the Apple Watch…

As part of its Teardowns Market Research effort, ABI illustrates each component packed into the tiny, weather resistant module including WiFi, Bluetooth, and NFC radios.

The photo also reveals 512 MB of RAM sourced from Elpida, 8GB of flash storage sourced from SanDisk/Toshiba, and the integrated accelerometer/gyroscope sensor. The real brains of the S1 chip...

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08:30
Apple, IBM team with Japan Post to address needs of...

Tim Cook recently appeared in Japan with Japan Post CEO Taizo Nishimuro and IBM CEO Ginni Rometty to discuss a collaboration that will benefit Japan's growing aging population.

Nishimuro's Post is developing iPad solutions that are "very easy for seniors to use," and intends to use help from IBM to create analytics and cloud services to support those apps. Without getting too specific, the group announced they'll be making quality of life apps with a focus on accessibility, as well as apps to address accessibility concerns that haven't been addressed yet. Finally, the collaborators will address delivering these apps to elderly customers. 

Our take on the news

It's great to see such powerful and high-profile companies addressing accessibility and the needs of seniors. I'm not sure what WiFi coverage is like in rural Japan. I hope elderly customers in those areas have an opportunity to benefit,...

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08:22
Duet Dock: Apple Watch and iPhone in perfect harmony

Even before the Apple Watch started shipping last week, several products aimed at charging your iPhone and Watch at the same time were touted from several different accessory manufacturers. The Duet Dock, currently on Kickstarter, won't be here until August, but looks like a solid competitor to other products we're seeing. 

Machined from aluminum, Duet uses a design similar to those we've seen from other manufacturers -- it has an elevated "arm" onto which you can place your Watch for charging, as well as a dock for an iPhone. The two parts are held securely together with neodymium magnets but can be separated if desired. The Watch band is wrapped around the arm, which makes it less susceptible to movement. I think this is a good idea -- my cats have decided that a Watch on its charging puck is a...

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08:08
Sony operating profits set to quadruple, aided by...

Based in large part on strong sales of camera sensors for products like Apple's iPhone, Sony is forecasting that its operating profits will more than quadruple in the coming year, a report said on Thursday.

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08:00
Doblet batteries on demand: Today SF, tomorrow the...

You've probably never heard of Doblet, but if you live in San Francisco the name is going to become very important to you. The company is starting the first network of batteries on demand for recharging your smartphone, placing doblets (quick-charge battery packs) where you recharge -- in restaurants, bars and cafes.

The company now has doblets in about a hundred locations and expects to expand to about 1,000 Bay Area venues soon. Backed by Y Combinator, Doblet wants to expand to New York, Chicago, Boston, Miami and Toronto. Not only will your favorite watering hole or eatery have doblets available, but the company wants to place them at hotels, stadiums, airports, and in Lyft and Uber cars.

To use the service and find out where the nearest doblet is waiting for you, just...

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07:59
Rumor: Apple Watch rollout slowed by faulty Taptic...

This may be part of the reason for the delay/long shipping time for your Apple Watch.

A report on Wednesday claims Apple discovered a serious flaw in certain vibrator mechanisms that power Apple Watch’s Taptic Engine, prompting completed units to be scrapped just prior to launch.

Citing sources close to the story, a Wall Street Journal report stated that an unknown number of haptic feedback motors built by AAC Technologies Holdings broke down during reliability testing shortly after mass production of the Apple Watch kicked off in February. AAC Technologies has functioned as the primary supplier for the the feedback motors.

The report also matches...

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07:58
Gear: Knomo Knomad Air Portable Organizer

Knomo’s Knomad Air Portable Organizer ($70) is a compact pouch which can accommodate an iPad Air, among other items. The cotton canvas organizer has a touch of leather trim and brass buttons to keep all the gear secured. Knomad Air Portable Organizer comes in three different colors.

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07:42
Apple, IBM, Japan Post Group create pilot program to...

This is an incredibly ambitious program with a potentially huge upside for the elderly in Japan and for their families as well. A remarkable effort on the part of Apple, IBM, and Japan Post Group.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:36
Rumor: Apple Store app to arrive for Apple Watch “...

It won’t be long before you can shop for Apple Store items via your Apple Watch.

Sources have stated that Apple is completing its work on a version of the Apple Store app for the new wearable device. The app has not been given a firm release date beyond “soon” and will be part of an application update for the iPhone and iPad.

Given that the Apple Watch lacks a keyboard, more complicated orders will need to take place on the iPhone or iPad app.

It’s also been stated that Apple will ask employees to push Apple Store app installations for the Apple Watch to customers this summer, when the Watch goes on sale in Apple’s own stores.

Until then, retail...

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07:33
Apple Watch Edition suddenly looks cheap as Marc...

If you wanted to get your hands on something (partly) designed by Marc Newson, the Apple Watch is probably the cheapest option out there. Even the $17,000 top-of-the-range Edition model might look a little more reasonable after learning that a Newson-designed lounge chair just sold at a London auction for $3.7M.

Still, when you’re laying out a few million on a chair, you can at least be confident it’s the most comfortable chair in the world, right? Apparently not: Newson told the BBC that it was “not really meant to be comfortable.”

Newson, a close friend of Jony Ive, joined Apple last year to work on a number of projects, among them a special edition...

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07:33
Japan Postal Workers Team with Apple, IBM to Monitor...

Apple and IBM are partnering with Japan's postal service to help monitor the welfare of elderly people in the country by using iPads. The partnership will enhance Japan's service where postal workers check in on elderly people along their routes by using iPads running IBM software.

The Mac Observer Spin: People are living longer, which means caring for our elderly population is becoming more important. Assuming the partnership with Japan Post, Apple, and IBM proves successful, the iPad could become a big part of that in Japan and other countries, too.


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07:30
Apple spending on research and development swells...

Apple's spending on research and development surged year over year by another $500 million last quarter, reaching $1.9 billion and growing to 3.3 percent of the company's total net sales.

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07:14
Tattoos Found To Interfere With Apple Watch Sensors

An anonymous reader writes: A number of early Apple Watch adopters have complained that their tattoos cause interference with many of the new product's key features. According to multiple tattooed sources, inked wrists and hands can disrupt communication with the wearable's sensors installed in the underside of the device leading to malfunction. Owners of Apple Watch have taken to social media to voice their frustration using the hashtag #tattoogate and sharing their disappointment over the newly discovered Apple flaw. One user reported that the Watch's lock system did not disable as it should when the device was placed on a decorated area of skin – forcing those affected to constantly enter their security pins. A further source suggested that notification alerts would fail to 'ping' as they are supposed to, and that heart rate monitoring differed significantly between tattooed and non-tattooed wrist readings.

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07:10
Amazon Instant Video iOS app adds HD content,...


The Amazon Instant Video app for iOS is getting a nice update today that brings streaming of content in HD as well as the ability to stream over a cellular connection. Previously users were only able to stream over WiFi, but will now be able to stream movies and TV shows on their LTE connection while on the go. 

With the new iOS app, Prime members can instantly watch tens of thousands of great titles available at no additional cost to their...

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07:04
Today in the App Store — Stella’s Journey,...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today’s notable apps include a discount on Flick Kick Football, the new Stella’s Journey game and a major update to Pixelmator for OS X. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

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Lane Splitter [Now free, down from $0.99] Ride your motorcycle at insane speeds through ever changing traffic. Your reflexes will mean the difference between surviving or crashing in spectacular fashion. Do you have what it takes to reach TOP SPEED?

Flick Kick Football [Now free, down from $1.99] Kick it old school! See for yourself why Flick Kick® Football is the soccer game that people simply can’t put down...

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06:47
Apple to aid Japan's elderly with iPads in...

Japan Post has forged a deal with Apple and IBM that will see iPads put in the hands of elderly Japanese under the care of the national Watch Over service, the companies announced on Thursday.

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06:45
Tour the Arches National Park on Apple Maps Flyover...

Apple is adding 20 new Flyover locations to Apple Maps, including the Arches National Park in Utah. Flyover not only provides a great way to get a realistic view of a location, but also allows some virtual tourism of some of the bigger sights out there that you may never get the chance to visit in person.

As always with Flyover updates, it can take a little time for them to roll out to everyone. You’ll know it’s available when you search for a location and see the Flyover bar with its Start button … 

The other 19 locations are:

  • Badajoz, Spain
  • Bari, Italy
  • Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Canberra, Australia
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06:41
News: Daily Deal: The Beats Pill XL Giveaway

In today’s iLounge Deal, we have the The Beats Pill XL Giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a Beats Pill XL, a great portable speaker that boasts deep, rich sound yet is light enough to rock out on the go. To enter, simply submit your e-mail address on the giveaway page to sign up for our iLounge Deals, and you can even gain additional entries by sharing on Twitter and Facebook – the more your friends and followers enter, the more entries…

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06:38
News: Apple reportedly hires four more producers...

Apple has been poaching more radio producers from BBC, according to a new report from Music Business Worldwide. On the heels of the recent move of BBC Radio 1 personality Zane Low to Apple in March, the report notes that four other producers from BBC Radio 1 have been hired by Apple, including Lowe’s former producer, James Bursey, who apparently is already headed to Los Angeles to work with Lowe. Three other BBC producers are expected to join…

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06:23
Time Warner Says Apple Streaming TV Service Coming

Apple is putting together its own streaming TV service, according to Time Warner CEO Jeffrey Bewkes. He said he's "pretty confident" the service is coming, but didn't say how soon he thinks Apple will unveil its plan.

The Mac Observer Spin: We've already heard rumors of an Apple streaming television service. Adding in the comments from Time Warner's CEO adds more credibility to those reports, and makes it look like we're getting closer to a new TV option that doesn't require traditional subscription packages.


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06:22
Samsung profit dips as feature phone, tablet sales...

South Korean electronics conglomerate Samsung has taken a sizable year-over-year profitability hit in its mobile phone division, with declining sales of high-volume, low-cost feature phones and tablets dragging down its bottom line.

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05:39
Private I: Apple's Chinese market share may...

Google apparently doesn’t mind picking a fight with China. In 2010, unable to find a basis in which it could operate its services with minimal filtering or interference, and after attacks reported to originate in China against the company’s internal mail and other systems, it shifted its search results from mainland China to servers in Hong Kong. Hong Kong operates under a special status, though it is part of the People’s Republic. Mainland searchers had to use workarounds to perform searches via Google in Hong Kong and elsewhere.

In late 2014, China blocked retrieving Gmail via email clients using IMAP and POP3 and sending via SMTP. Webmail has been intermittently heavily disrupted. China has also stepped up its blocking of virtual private networks (VPNs) and other connections, preventing tens of millions of people in China, if not more, from accessing resources outside the country that...

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03:45
Apple Watch as fitness tracker: Putting Activity and...

No one is going to buy an Apple Watch just to replace her (much cheaper) fitness tracker, but if you shell out $350+ for Apple’s latest device, it needs to perform better than a Fitbit, Jawbone, or Basis Peak. Who’s going to strap two bands to their wrist to count steps? Fortunately the Apple Watch isn’t just a capable health and fitness band: It’s downright amazing, though, like every other facet of the watch, it has room for improvement.

Apple Watch’s health and fitness features were what sold me on the watch to begin with, so I had high expectations. I put the device’s native Activity and Workout apps through their paces on outdoor runs and gym workouts during my first week with the watch and plan to fold third-party fitness apps into my regimen down the line. I’ll revisit this in future stories.

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03:30
Apple's biggest March quarter ever sees China...

Apple likes to control when it releases information to the public. That’s why it doesn’t present at trade shows anymore, but schedules its own events on its own schedule.

There’s just one catch: As a public company, Apple is obligated to release quarterly earnings reports, as it did Monday. And its presence in the financial sector means it needs to explain its business to analysts, at least a little bit. This is why we get a little piece of delight every three months: A phone call featuring CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri talking to a small group of Wall Street analysts.

To read this article in full or to leave a...

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03:13
Apple's TV play won't be first, but it...

Winter is coming.

Okay, that may not be exactly what Tim Cook said at the end of Apple’s quarterly financial conference call this past Monday, but the sentiment of the CEO’s closing comments on the future of media seemed pretty clear:

… I think HBO in particular has some incredibly great content, and so we’re marrying their great content, our great product and ecosystem. And it’s clear from looking at the early returns, we’ve only been at this for a couple weeks or so, that there’s a lot of traction in there. And so where could it go? I don’t want to speculate. But you can speculate probably as good as I can about where that can go. I think we’re on the early stages of just major, major changes in media that are going to be really great for consumers, and I think Apple could be a part of that.

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01:56
Future iPhones may sport both telephoto and wide...

Coming amid rumors of a next-generation iPhone with dual lenses, an Apple patent application published Thursday reveals a setup that features both wide angle and telephoto cameras.

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Wednesday April 29

23:11
Watch, Apple Watch

When You Were Young and Your Heart Was an Open Book

Regular readers of this column are well aware of my affinity for the James Bond movies. I’ve been a fan for as long as I can remember. As a kid growing up in the late ’70s and early ’80s, I was a staunch Roger Moore fan. I loved the Connery films too, but they felt old, and as a kid, “old” is not cool. That perspective applied even to their watches. Roger Moore wore digital watches; Sean Connery wore mechanicals. Digital watches were cool; analog watches were old-fashioned.

Today, I’ve come to my senses, and I know that Connery was and always will be the definitive James Bond, and his Rolex Submariner — reference 6538 — the definitive Bond watch. The coolest of the cool. But Moore’s Bond’s digital watches were cool, too. Connery drove the most...

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18:26
Microsoft Demos Amazing Virtual Reality Hololens at...

Microsoft Hololens is that company's take on wearable computing and augmented vision, and Microsoft put on an amazing demo Thursday at Build 2015. Hololens allows you to impose virtual reality onto your vision of the real world through the use of glasses. It's early days for this technology yet, but the demonstration was impressive. Highlights of the demo include creating a video that follows the user around and being able to place apps on a wall so that you see them whenever you enter a particular virtual room. There is also a virtual menu that is SciFi brought to life (if you can ignore how slow it was and how careful he had to be to manipulate it-early days, like I said). On the other hand, watch the very unnatural and awkward way the demonstrator walks around without moving his head or neck. Despite such armchair nitpicks, it's a remarkable demonstration.

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18:16
Apple reportedly hires additional BBC Radio 1...

A new report from Music Business Worldwide claims that Apple has recently hired four producers from BBC Radio 1. This report comes two months after it was announced that Zane Lowe was leaving the British radio station to take a new position at Apple. According to today’s report, the recent Apple hires include James Bursey, Natasha Lynch and Kieran Yeates, as well as one other.

Bursey was Zane Lowe’s old producer at Radio 1 and has been at the station since 2003. Bursey reportedly left BBC Radio 1 on Friday and is now on his way to Los Angeles to begin working with Lowe on Apple’s new...

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17:53
BBEdit 11.1

Adds support for Git and EditorConfig, as well as brings a Dostoevskian list of improvements and fixes to the venerable text editor. ($49.99 new, free update, 11.5 MB)

 

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17:20
ACM 304: AAPL Q2 Wrap Up, Apple’s Media Plans, and...

Jeff and Bryan have some context on Apple's second quarter earnings report, along with Mac, iPhone, and iPad sales. They also have some thoughts on Apple's hints at plans to disrupt the media market, Best Buy getting on board with Apple Pay, and the renewed success of the Mac.


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16:59
Today in the App Store -- Broken Age, Star Wars...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today’s notable apps include a discount on Star Wars™ Pinball 3, the new Microgue and a major update to Broken Age. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Lane Splitter [Now free, down from $0.99] Ride your motorcycle at insane speeds through ever changing traffic. Your reflexes will mean the difference between surviving or crashing in spectacular fashion. Do you have what it takes to reach TOP SPEED?

Swordigo [Now free, down from $2.99] Run, jump and fight your way through a vast world to defeat the spreading corruption.

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16:58
Apple reportedly poaches more BBC Radio 1 staff for...

A report on Wednesday claims Apple poached a handful of top producers from BBC Radio 1 to work on a secret streaming music service rumored to debut later this year, potentially as a rebranded Beats Music.

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16:45
Podcast: Apple Watch is in the house, along with...

The Apple Watch landed on Susie's wrist on launch day, and while Glenn still waits for his (spoiler: it showed up the day after we recorded this), they discuss the launch, our first impressions, and how Apple tried to underpromise and overdeliver when it came to ship dates. We also revisit our favorite topic of late, Photos for OS X and how it's still giving us trouble. Then Glenn welcomes Kyle Wiens, the founder and CEO of iFixit, to discuss the teardown of the Apple Watch—how does its reparability stack up to other watches?

Show notes

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16:44
Apple says it could face ‘material’ back taxes over...


Apple’s European HQ in Cork, Ireland

Following its announcement of record Q2 earnings, Apple published its quarterly 10-Q report, providing more in-depth details about finances. Notably, the company warns of the possibility of “material” back taxes due to the company’s well-documented favorable tax arrangements with Ireland.

On June 11, 2014, the European Commission issued an opening decision initiating a formal investigation against Ireland for alleged state aid to the Company. The opening decision concerns the allocation...

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16:40
The Apple Thunderbolt Display Giveaway

We're giving away a 27-inch Apple Thunderbolt Display with our friends at Stack Social! To enter, just sign up to receive deal emails on the giveaway page. There are ways you can share your entry to get additional entries, too. The giveaway ends on May 27th. Good luck!


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15:10
Vivid Vervet Doesn't Have Much Meat on Its Bones


You will not see much new in Ubuntu 15.04, aka "Vivid Vervet" -- as in East African monkey -- unless you peer under the hood. The release of Ubuntu 15.04 for the desktop includes mostly maintenance and bug fixes, along with new integrated menus and dashboard usability improvements. Perhaps the most significant technical change in this desktop release is the adoption of Systemd to replace the default init manager system. A significant number of continuing Linux distros are joining the SystemD party line.

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15:00
AWT News Update: April 29, 2015

On a sunny (at least at Apple World Today HQ) day in April, there's a variety of Apple news awaiting you on this podcast:

  • iOS 8 is now running on more than 80% of all iOS devices
  • American Airlines passengers faced delays yesterday after an iPad app used by pilots on Boeing 737 aircraft caused the iPads to crash
  • Twitter announced yesterday that it was working with Apple to build tweet search into Spotlight, and that capability is up and running
  • Pixelmator for Mac gets a huge update including Force Touch trackpad support

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14:42
Third-party iPad software to blame in delay of...

American Airlines on Wednesday said it identified an issue that delayed some 70 planes on Tuesday after crew iPads crashed, blaming the kerfuffle on mismanaged third-party software, not Apple hardware.

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14:30
How My New MacBook Speaks to Me

No, this isn't an article about speech synthesis. Instead, John Martellaro talks about his first, hands-on reactions to his new MacBook. And guess what? It really is speaking to him-in a design sense.


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14:20
Evernote adopts new Plus tier and revamped Premium...

Evernote on Wednesday added a new Plus tier to its notetaking services, simultaneously changing up its Premium subscription, while Airbnb introduced a native iPad interface to its iOS app.

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14:12
WSJ: Taptic Engine component responsible for limited...

If you're still waiting for your Apple Watch order to arrive, the Wall Street Journal has someone for you to blame: Taptic Engine components manufactured by AAC Technologies Holdings Inc. "started to break down over time," a manufacturing defect that "people familiar with the matter" say caused Apple to throw out some watches that had already been built.

Components from another supplier, Nidec Corp., haven't been faulty, but it will apparently take time for Nidec to ramp up production and catch up with demand. Neither AAC nor Nidec provided a comment for the Journal's story.

The Taptic Engine is a key part of the Apple Watch—it's what makes it vibrate when the watch wants your attention. Though many phones and tablets from other companies have used similar haptic feedback for a while now, Apple has only started to deploy...

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13:56
Sideshow Toys Announces R2-ME2 Art Project

Glorious goodie purveyor Sideshow Toys has launched a new project called R2-ME2. Sideshow gave blank Sixth Scale R2-D2 figures to a bunch of friends and fans, and they are becoming amazing custom pieces. You can check out versions of R2-D2 gussied up as Pee-Wee Herman, a Dalek, Groot, and many more you can check out on Instagram with the tag #R2ME2. Not all of them are up yet, so keep checking back to see more. Also, when the project is over, these little beauties will be auctioned off for charity. Keep in mind if you have your eye on the Dalek youâll be fighting with me and Jeff Gamet for ownership.


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13:51
Apple Watch rollout delayed by defective Taptic...

A report on Wednesday claims Apple discovered a serious flaw in certain vibrator mechanisms that power Apple Watch's Taptic Engine, prompting completed units to be scrapped just prior to launch.

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13:50
News: Limited Apple Watch supplies due to faulty...

The limited availability of the Apple Watch at launch is the result of supply constraints related to the taptic feedback sensors, the Wall Street Journal reports. The component, which provides the wrist-based vibration feedback, was being manufactured by two suppliers, one of which was found to be producing faulty components. The problem apparently remained undiscovered until mass production began in February, only revealing itself through reliability…

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