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Tuesday February 9

16:45
Apple’s Vision is Plain for (Most) Everyone to See

Scott Galloway, in a fascinating and informative presentation, asserts that it's fairly easy to grasp the basic message of Amazon, Facebook and Google. But when it comes to Apple, the argument is that Tim Cook, the superb operator, isn't a good storyteller. Worse, he says "What is Apple's mission? They don't have one that they can articulate." This blindness to Apple's charter from Steve Jobs is a mystery.


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16:37
New 'Star Trek' has a showrunner from the...

Star Trek fans have had a tumultuous last few months. But it seems that amid the recent ups and downs (a fan film getting shut down by CBS and Paramount most definitely qualifies as the latter), news of the upcoming streaming exclusive finding a show...

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16:32
NASA’s space tourism posters will make you want to...

Engadget:

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has a knack for space-themed travel posters. A little over a year ago, its “Exoplanet Travel Bureau” series made its debut with an homage to the iconic WPA prints of the 1930s. This year, the JPL commissioned Seattle-based design firm Invisible Creature to be part of a project/gift for staff. Invisible Creature designed three “travel posters” to be included in the “Visions Of The Future” 2016 calendar. Among the collection are visuals for a multi-planet tour, a stop at Mars and exploring Enceladus, Saturn’s icy moon.

For those of you wanting to remain on Earth, the JPL will make the artwork available as downloadable posters soon, but for now, you can purchase high-quality prints from the source.

The look and feel of these posters is spectacular. Very art deco.

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16:00
Final Fantasy IX Released for iPad and iPhone,...

Final Fantasy IX has been released on iTunes for iPhone and iPad, and it's on sale for 20 percent off through February 21st. TouchArcade noted that the game was originally supposed to be released in Japan only at first, making Tuesday's release a boon for fans of the iconic franchise.


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15:58
Apple Pay in-app transactions rapidly expanding...

App developers are increasingly adopting Apple Pay as a fast, convenient way to enable purchases, often as an alternative to standing in line at a store's cash register or manually entering in billing and shipping information.

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15:58
Rosa Is a Real Powerhouse


The Rosa Desktop Fresh R series optimizes desktop usage and targets advanced users and enthusiasts looking for rich functionality. Add to that mix the default KDE flavoring and you have a compelling Linux distro that challenges your first-choice OS. The typical Rosa user already is familiar with basic Linux offerings and wants a product with a wide set of customization and personalization possibilities. That is what Rosa Desktop delivers. Rosa is a Russian company with a variety of Linux-based solutions.

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15:27
Sonos to officially support Apple Music starting...

After launching in public beta last December, Sonos has revealed that it will officially add support for Apple Music to its connected speaker lineup tomorrow, February 10th. We had an opportunity to go hands-on with Sonos support for Apple Music when the beta was announced last year and noted that in some cases, using Apple Music through the Sonos Controller app is better than Apple’s own app.

“We’re big fans of Sonos,” Apple senior vice president of internet software and services Eddy Cue said to BuzzFeed. “We’ve been looking forward to this.” When asked...

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15:21
Apple Music to go live on Sonos connected speakers...

After month of waiting, Apple Music subscribers who are also invested in the Sonos speaker ecosystem will finally get native access to Apple's streaming music service on Wednesday, a report said Tuesday.

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14:50
Sparkle software updater leaves 'huge'...

A "huge" number of third-party Mac apps are under threat of man-in-the-middle attacks due to a recently discovered vulnerability in Sparkle, an open source framework used to facilitate software updates.

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14:40
Notable apps and app updates for Feb. 9, 2016

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks for Mac OS X and iOS.

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

KeepSolid has introduced Roadmap Planner 1.3 for OS X, an app oriented towards people who plan their lives or/and businesses.

It was specifically designed to help anyone put together strategy, systematize goals and ideas without piles of papers or huge tables in spreadsheets. Featuring predefined templates with different color and font schemes according to user preferences, the app also includes a presentation mode to present ideas and plans.

Roadmap Planner requires OS X 10.10 or later. It costs $19.99 and is available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Productivity category.

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14:38
India Trades Free Basics for Internet Freedom


India's Telecom Regulatory Authority on Monday ruled in favor of Net neutrality, effectively banning Facebook's Free Basics Internet access app. "This is a very important decision for the future of the Internet in India," said Barbara van Schewick, director of Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society, whose paper the TRA cited in its ruling. The TRA decided "ISPs should not pick winners and losers online. The Internet is a level playing field where users, not ISPs, decide what they want to do online."

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14:36
‘Frodo Lives!’ and Other DOS Malware Examples

Frodo lives! This was once a rallying cry on college campuses in the 1960s and 1970s. It's a curious concept, of course, because Frodo's continued existence at the end of The Lord of the Rings isn't in question. Maybe it's an existential exploration of immortality as expressed in the form of Valinor? It's either that or something that made sense to hippies under the influence of mind-altering and expanding substances. But I digress. A lot. The screenshot included with this article is from malware called Q FRODO.COM, a malware relic of the 1980s. How do I know that? It's part of The Malware Museum, a collection of malware from the 1980s and 1990s. Flick on any given example, and a fresh DOS emulator is started in your browser, the malware is loaded, and you can see it run its all is DOStacular glory.

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14:30
AWT News Update: February 9, 2016

Image via History.com

It's National Pizza Day in the USA, which has nothing to do with anything, but it's good to know...and it's also Pancake Day (Shrove Tuesday) and Mardi Gras! We have Apple stories for you today from around the globe:

  • Irish hackers are willing to pay for Apple employee user IDs and passwords
  • Apple's looking for a watch face engineer
  • Russia is playing hardball with American tech companies

The text of today's podcast is below, and video can be viewed here.

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14:02
Microsoft Mum on Office Accreditation Program Future

Microsoft has seemingly dropped its Microsoft Office for Mac and iOS Accredited Support Professional program, which was popular with consultants and IT professionals who found both the training and the accreditation valuable.

 

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14:00
Sparkle Updater vulnerability puts ‘huge’ number of...

A new vulnerability in Sparkle has put a “huge” number of Mac applications at risk for hijacking. For those unfamiliar, Sparkle is a tool used often by third-party apps that are not in the App Store to allow updates to be pushed to users. Apps susceptible to this hijacking hack include Camtasia, uTorrent, DuetDisplay, and Sketch. The attack applies to both OS X Yosemite and El Capitan (via Ars Technica).

The Sparkle vulnerability could allow for an attacker to take control of another computer on the network via a Man In The Middle attack, security researcher Radek points out on his blog. A Man In The Middle attack works when a third...

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13:56
Apple highlights certificate change deadline...

Apple has shared an update on its developer news and updates site to highlight an upcoming change to  Apple Worldwide Developer Relations Intermediate certificates from Sunday, February 14th.

Starting February 14, the renewed Apple Worldwide Developer Relations Intermediate certificate must be included when signing all new Apple Wallet Passes, push packages for Safari Push Notifications, and Safari Extensions. While most developers and users will not be affected by the certificate change, we recommend that all developers download and install the renewed certificate on their development systems and servers as a best practice.

Apple previously shared a detailed explainer on the upcoming certificate expiration and required actions, which developers can read...

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13:52
FBI Gripes "We Can't Read Everyone's...

New submitter rdukb writes: FBI Director James Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee that investigators still can't access the phone contents of one of the San Bernadino killers. He went on to argue that the phenomenon of communications "going dark" due to more sophisticated technology and wider use of encryption is "overwhelmingly affecting" law enforcement operations, including, not only the San Bernadino murders, but also investigations into other murders, car accidents, drug trafficking and the proliferation of child pornography. This might increase pressure on Apple to loosen the backdoor restrictions. Will the industry relent and allow Government access to data from these devices?


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13:16
Luminid Touch Light-Up Cable: $9.99

Check out Luminid, a MFi-certified Lightning cord lights up the moment you touch it. Once you plug it in, the light turns off. Cool, right? We have a deal on 40-inch long Luminid cables for $9.99, half off the regular price.


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12:55
Mac: Satechi Aluminum USB 3.0 Headphone Stand

Satechi’s new headphone stand is more than just that, and the company makes it clear with the product’s name: Aluminum USB 3.0 Headphone Stand ($35). So yes, it is a headphone stand, complete with two hooks for cable management in back and a pad up top to keep the headphones from being scratched by the aluminum construction. But the stand doubles as a USB hub, offering three USB 3.0 ports. A USB cable comes with the stand, to connect to your Mac, thus enabling the hub. A 3.5mm port is also included to plug in your headphones. Aluminum USB 3.0 Headphone Stand comes in silver, space gray, or gold, as seen here.
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12:49
Academic research and the dark web

This is a fascinating story. Academics do the research for free, but they have to buy back their papers through expensive subscriptions from publishers. Enter the dark web.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:42
I picked up this leather backpack from Pad &...

I love this bag. It’s quality from top to bottom and the leather artisan even signs it.

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12:39
BitTorrent launches first peer-to-peer streaming iOS...

The first official implementation of BitTorrent’s peer-to-peer technology hits iOS and the Apple TV today, but not in the way you may have expected. OTT News, a small team bringing a different perspective to the election coverage, has launched an app in partnership with BitTorrent to livestream coverage of the New Hampshire primaries and beyond.

The app, which broadcasts live footage from the primaries each afternoon, makes use of BitTorrent Live. The peer-to-peer system dedicated to live video helps mitigate latency and CDN issues broadcasters usually face when live-streaming.

BitTorrent states that BitTorrent Live has been “undergoing real world tests with a number of broadcast partners and OTT...

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12:33
Lawyers consider suing Apple over “error 53″ on...

It’s no surprise that lawyers are considering suing Apple, but this is an interesting case.

People who have iPhones running iOS 9 sometimes see “Error 53” when trying to restore the phone through Apple’s iTunes software after being prompted to connect the device to a computer. The error, which prevents the user from using the device, seems to occur on the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, and iPhone 6S Plus after their Touch ID sensors are repaired by unapproved retailers.

I can understand Apple’s reasoning, but perhaps they should have been more proactive in letting people know before they updated.

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12:23
Hacker Posts Stolen Data on FBI, Homeland Security...


The U.S. departments of Justice and Homeland Security on Monday announced they were investigating reports that a hacker broke into government computer systems and stole sensitive information about employees at the agencies. The hacker posted stolen information for about 9,000 DHS employees online Sunday and made public data on 20,000 FBI employees Monday. "We are looking into the reports of purported disclosure of DHS employee contact information," DHS said in a statement provided to TechNewsWorld by spokesperson S.Y. Lee.

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12:00
Exogear ExoHub adds USB ports, SDXC card reader to...

Exogear ExoHub, photo via Exogear

What if you could add three 1W USB 3.0 ports, a 2W rapid charger USB portand an easily accessible SDXC card reader to an iMac without taking up any more desk real estate? That's the premise behind the Exogear ExoHub (US$129, available for limited Kickstarter pledge for just $89), currently on Kickstarter getting funding for production. I had the opportunity to try out a prototype ExoHub and I'm happy to say that whether or not it gets funded, it's my first Apple World Today Top Pick of 2016.

Design

So, how do you add all those good ports and a card reader to an iMac without throwing some ugly external hub onto a desktop? Easy, you build them into an aluminum and black polymer stand that precisely fits the iMac's "foot".

ExoHub installed on 27-inch iMac. Photo©2016, Steven Sande

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11:52
Hackers in Ireland Trying to Buy Apple Employee...

Ireland has a new problem to throw at Apple: hackers are trying to buy company logins from employees. In some cases, employees are being offered upwards of â20,000 (about US$22,245) in efforts to coax out user names and passwords.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple isn't going to make it as simple as handing over user names and passwords to get into its network. That said, hackers seem to be ready to spend some serious money to try anyhow.


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11:47
First look: Apple adds voice dictation to latest...

This week's release of tvOS 9.2 beta 3 further addresses the device's text input shortcomings, giving users the ability to enter words using their voice, rather than the onscreen keyboard.

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11:41
Scott Galloway on Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Google...

Scott Galloway, who is a professor of Marketing and Brand Strategy at the NYU Stern School of Business, did a presentation called "Gang of Four: Apple / Amazon / Facebook / Google." It's a lightning fast presentation on how these companies increasingly dominate the world, wield more influence, make all the profits, and affect our lives. I don't agree with everything he said (his thoughts on Apple's taxes in particular), but his insights are excellent. He's also a very entertaining speaker. I strongly recommend you take the 16 minutes to watch this video.


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11:30
Apple faces class-action lawsuit over 'Error 53...

Was your iPhone a victim of “Error 53”? You may meet the requirements to join a new class-action lawsuit against Apple.

A Seattle-based law film is preparing to file a class-action lawsuit against Apple over the mysterious Error 53 that rendered iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models useless after updating to iOS 9. Law firm PCVA believes Apple violated consumer protection laws in the U.S. and is asking iPhone users who experienced this mysterious error to contact them.

Error 53 affected iPhone users who had their Home button repaired or replaced by a third-party. Last week Apple confirmed the error and explained it was part of a security feature to prevent unauthorized tampering of Touch ID.

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11:00
The Week in Mac Apps: Performance Pro protects your...

...plus, an update from iA Writer, and more

This week's roundup of new Mac apps brings us better browsing tools, from antivirus scanners to ad blockers. Read on!

AntiVirus Sentinel Pro - Adware & Virus Scanner - Network Monitor & Protection 3.2.5

Work without worries with Security Focus Europe’s $10 AntiVirus Sentinel Pro (Mac App Store Link), which offers real-time protection from malware and other potential threats.

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

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10:56
“Huge” number of Mac apps vulnerable to hijacking,...

Enlarge (credit: vulnsec.com)

Camtasia, uTorrent, and a large number of other Mac apps are susceptible to man-in-the-middle attacks that install malicious code, thanks to a vulnerability in Sparkle, the third-party software framework the apps use to receive updates.

The vulnerability is the result of apps that use a vulnerable version of Sparkle along with an unencrypted HTTP channel to receive data from update servers. It involves the way Sparkle interacts with functions built into the WebKit rendering engine to allow JavaScript execution. As a result, attackers with the ability to manipulate the traffic passing between the end user and the server—say, an adversary on the same Wi-Fi network—can inject malicious code into the communication. A...

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10:55
External Link: Apple Stores Installing Belkin iPhone...

Although iPhone screens are generally quite durable, particularly if guarded by a case, some people like to add a screen protector too. But installing a screen protector can be a finicky and error-prone process that suffers from problems with alignment, air bubbles, and trapped dust. Apple and Belkin are trying to address these frustrations in Apple retail stores, where Apple employees will install screen protectors using Belkin’s proprietary ScreenCare+ Application System — a machine designed to perform perfect installations. The system works with the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, and 6s Plus, and offers two screen protector options: InvisiGlass and Anti-Glare.

 

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10:41
Twitter Clobbered Over Timeline Algorithm Plans


Twitter plans to introduce an algorithmic timeline, possibly this week, according to a report last week. The algorithm would organize tweets based on relevancy. Twitter users criticized the idea using the hashtag #RIPTwitter, prompting CEO Jack Dorsey to respond. "Regarding #RIPTwitter: I want you all to know we're always listening. We never planned to reorder timelines next week," he tweeted over the weekend. User discontent could be the cumulative effect of rumored change.

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10:26
TMO Daily Observations 2016-02-09: Snagging Apple...

Apple's employees in Ireland are being targeted by people or groups wanting company logins. John Martellaro and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to speculate on what those logins could access and what Apple does to prevent unauthorized network access, plus they have some thoughts on the proposed class action lawsuit against the company over the Error 53 debacle.


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10:11
Apple's biggest Florida store coming to...

Apple's largest-ever Florida outlet will debut within Brickell City Centre, a new open-air shopping mall launching in Miami this fall, according to reports.

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09:54
Apple plans its biggest Florida retail store to date

Apple is set to open its largest Florida retail store yet in downtown Miami, reports the South Florida Business Journal. The Cupertino, California-based company has signed a lease with the developer of Brickell City Centre, a $1.05 billion, mixed-use project in Miami’s financial district with residential towers under construction all around it.

Brickell City Centre will occupy nine acres along South Miami Avenue between Sixth and Eighth Street in downtown Miami. — Graphic courtesy of the South Florida Business Journal.

The 500,000-square-foot mall at Brickell City Centre is slated to open in fall 2016. It would be anchored by Saks Fifth Avenue and include the first Cinemex dine-in theater in the U.S. More than 70 stores have been announced for the project, with many of them luxury...

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09:49
Vine for iPhone gains 3D Touch shortcuts, new video...

Twitter-owned Vine for iOS, which lets you create and share short video loops, received a new update today that adds new shortcuts from the Home screen on the latest iPhones. Users can press the updated Vine icon firmly on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus to jump directly into making a short Vine clip or viewing the explore section of the app.

The new Vine update also adds an option for sorting clips from other users in different orders. For example, you can now sort videos by newest, oldest, and popular. The toggle for sort order can be found on account pages next to the Posts section.

The latest update follows the release of Vine’s Apple Watch app...

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: light-up MFi Lightning cable $...

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TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Luminid Touch light-up charging cable is ideal for plugging in at night: $10 (Orig. $20, CA Tax only)
2-pack of 3-ft....

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09:25
Final Fantasy IX is now available for download on...

From 9to5Toys.com:

Late last year, Square Enix announced that a re-releases of Final Fantasy IX would be coming to iOS, Android and PC. At the time, there was no specific word as to when North American gamers would actually get their hands on it. However, this morning we noticed a listing for the iOS version of the game go live on the App Store.

While the game is currently listed at $16.99, it appears as though it will be 20% off from February 10th to February 21st. At this point, it is hard to tell whether or not the current $17 price tag reflects the discount or not,...

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09:23
Deals: Gazelle paying extra for old MacBooks this...

Got an old MacBook laying around? Gazelle this week wants to pay you an extra $25 in cash on top of its existing cash trade in value. Meanwhile -- at $1,599 -- this week's listing for Apple's current 15" MacBook Pro (2.2GHz, 16GB, 256GB) is the lowest price we've ever seen for this model, at $400 off MSRP.

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09:04
The most annoying Apple TV feature is about to be...

The fourth-gen Apple TV’s App Store is a game-changer, but searching for and installing apps is one of the most irritating experiences I've ever had on an Apple device because you have to use the touchpad remote to enter text. It takes forever. But tvOS 9.2 is about to change that with the addition of voice dictation. (Insert raised hands emoji here.)

Developers with access to the third tvOS 9.2 beta update discovered on Monday that the next version of the software includes support for dictation and Siri for App Store searches. This is major. Searching for apps using the touchpad is a pain. Entering your username and password is worse. My Apple ID is lengthy, my password comprised of various letters, numbers, and symbols. I have actually debated internally whether I really need...

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08:53
How-To: Migrate notes from Evernote to Apple Notes

Apple dramatically improved its Notes app with iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan last fall thanks to enhanced photo support, new formatting tools, URL snippets, a share extension, and an iCloud Drive backend to keep it all in sync. So much so that people have actually been moving from Evernote to Apple Notes and not looking back, but there hasn’t been a simple way to make the leap until now. Included in the OS X 10.11.4 software update is a new option in the Notes app that makes migrating content from Evernote to Apple Notes a very simple process. Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • A Mac running OS X 10.11.4, it’s currently in beta although there’s a public beta version available as well, this will likely be...
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08:53
82% Of Super Bowl Ad Searches Happened On Mobile, Up...

Huge percentage of searches during the game were done on mobile. Interesting numbers, not surprising that they are that high.

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08:49
Look closer: Macro photos of beautiful vintage Macs

Macworld:

One of the joys of macro photography is that for most of our lives most of us just don’t look at the world in that much detail. Whether you’re shooting or just looking at close-up shots, there’s something a bit magical about taking the time to examine things around us in minute detail. What they reveal is the “analogness” of those apparently crisp, perfect objects, their imperfections, and the artifacts of their manufacture.

So join me. Come near. Nearer! Let’s quite literally take a close look at some of the vintage Apple hardware in my collection.

As awful as the slideshow is, it’s a great example of macro (close up) photography and the beauty and attention to detail of some of Apple’s hardware.

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08:49
New job listing hints at wider number of clock face...

Future versions of watchOS should incorporate more clock face options, building on the 12 already included, a new Apple job listing discovered by AppleInsider suggests.

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08:44
Legal ground work begins towards class action...

It was bound to happen.

In the wake of the iPhone Error 53 bricking issue, The law firm of PVCA hasn’t filed a case against Apple yet, but is looking for iPhone owners ready to sign up for a class action lawsuit.

As mentioned before, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners who had their Home button and Touch ID components repaired by a third party are encountering Error 53 if the parts aren’t properly installed and paired with the rest of the device. Apple says it’s a security feature to prevent anyone from bypassing the built-in personal data and privacy safeguards.

PVCA offered the following opinion on the matter:

“Think of it this way: Let’s say you bought a car, and had your alternator replaced by a local mechanic. Under Apple’s...

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08:40
How to connect a classic mechanical keyboard to your...

Before you ask yourself why, click through and look at the picture. If that doesn’t awaken the maker in you, this just might not be of interest.

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08:38
1Password 6.0.2

Enables you to control which vault is opened when you unlock the password manager, plus adds a number of improvements and bug fixes. ($49.99 new, free update, 43.8 MB)

 

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08:34
Meet the most powerful woman in Hollywood

Meet Kathleen Kennedy, read the Vanity Fair interview. Great read.

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08:34
Apple launches iPhone screen protector program in...

Apple’s new screen protector program is coming to Apple Store locations in the United States and other countries today. The program was first mentioned and rolled out to Japanese Apple Store locations last week and allows customers to get a Belkin screen protector carefully applied to their iPhone in store. At Apple Stores across America, customers can purchase a Belkin screen protector and have it applied in store by an Apple Store employee. The program supports only Apple’s latest iPhone models in both 4.7 and 5.5 inch variants: the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

The service looks to apply screen protectors to the iPhone, eliminating common errors like air bubbles. For the official experience, Apple employees will use a cloth to...

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08:23
Sony Adds Fuel to Dual Camera iPhone Rumor

In January KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said Apple would include a new dual camera system on the iPhone 7 Plus, and now Sony may be backing that up. Sony's CFO recently talked about the company's dual-lens camera platform and said we'd see it in smartphones from the big name players.


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08:10
Many thanks to our current supporters

We wish to thank you once again for all of your support. Below is a list of our current supporters. If your name is not on the list and you're currently contributing support, please let me know so that I may add it. 

In addition, if you're a donor and not in our Slack chat room or able to listen to the weekly podcast we put together exclusively for those of you who keep things running, let me know and I'll remedy the problem.

For those of you who aren't yet donating to Apple World Today, take a look at this article to see why we need your support. Now, here are the great people who make AWT possible as of our first birthday, February 9, 2016: 

Mario Ciabarra
Lucas Bowers
Garry Winer
Ken Snider
Michael Rose
R
Hank Pepper
Harry
Alex Cohn
Tom
Michael Dunphy
Pat Lyons
Alan Koenigsberg
Adam...

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08:08
Belkin's ScreenCare+ Application System for...

Accessory maker Belkin has partnered with Apple to bring its ScreenCare+ Application System to the iPhone maker's retail stores in America, allowing customers to have a screen protector professionally installed.

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08:04
News: Screen protector installation now available at...

Apple Stores worldwide began offering screen protector installation for iPhone 6, 6s, 6 Plus and 6s Plus users starting today. As previously reported, Apple has partnered with Belkin to place specialized screen protector installation machines in the back of stores, allowing customers to have their screen protector properly installed free of charge after they buy it. Two types of screen protectors — “Invisiglass” and “Anti-Glare”…

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08:00
Happy Birthday To Us: One Year of Apple World Today

Exactly one year ago today, Apple World Today launched with high expectations from me and the two other co-founders, Dave Caolo and Kelly Hodgkins. A lot has happened over the past year, so I thought I'd write a bit of a combined "lessons learned" and history post about the site. Here's what's happened:

A great launch, then a crash to reality

Our launch went really well, thanks to publicity from a number of sources. However, our first month as a new website was our best ever. Things were really quite desperate during the summer of 2015, when our traffic dipped to about a third of that first glorious month. Fortunately, we've recovered somewhat with a little growth each month since then, and we're now seeing solid numbers that are at about 55 percent of last February. It's not great, but seeing growth is a good thing and keeps us going to the keyboard every morning.

Some people got real jobs

During 2015 we had some staff...

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07:46
Apple screen protector installation program...

Apple is now deploying its new screen protector program to Apple Stores across the United States and other countries from today. The introduction of the program was first reported by 9to5Mac and rolled out to Japanese Apple Stores last week. The program allows customers to get a Belkin screen protector carefully applied to their iPhone in store. At Apple Stores across America, customers can purchase a Belkin screen protector and have it applied in store by an Apple Store employee. The program supports only Apple’s latest iPhone models in both 4.7 and 5.5 inch variants: the...

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07:30
Belkin partners with Apple for in-store screen...

Image via Belkin

Despite the fact that the super-hard glass used on iPhone screens keeps getting better, the screens are still the most fragile and expensive portion of the device to replace. Most iPhone buyers refuse to purchase screen protectors of any sort because of those past bad memories of mis-installation that resulted in hairs, dust and bubbles under the protector. Starting today, Belkin ScreenCare+ will provide in-store installation of screen protectors at Apple Stores right at purchase time.

ScreenCare+ supports the iPhone 6, 6s, 6 Plus and 6s Plus, and a choice of one of two types of screen protectors can installed by a trained specialist at the store:

Invisiglass

  • It's made of 100% flexible glass with a 9H hardness (one level below diamond)
  • Engineered with FluidFlex technology to absorb shock and be shatterproof
  • Reacts just like the "naked" iPhone screen
  • No loss of touchscreen sensitivity due...
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07:26
Apple set to open largest Florida retail store in...

Apple is set to open its largest Florida-based Apple Store yet in Greater Downtown Miami, according to a new report. Sources close to The Real Deal and South Florida Business Journal have confirmed that Apple has signed a lease with Miami’s new Brickell City Centre to open the new retail location.

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07:09
Why play iPhone games yourself when you can build a...

We’ve all been there, right? You download a game, can’t be bothered to play it so you build a robot to do it for you …

Engadget spotted this one.

Puzzle & Dragons is a ridiculously popular mobile game in Japan that tasks players with matching coloured orbs in order to take down enemy monsters. If you’ve played Pokemon Shuffle before, it’s just like that. To help with the trickier stages, YouTube user Junya Sakamoto has developed a robot that can play the game for him.

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07:07
News: Russia mulling tax increase on App Store...

The Russian government is considering a bill that would increase taxes on a dozen categories of digital products and services offered by foreign companies like Apple, including ads, games, movies, marketplace transactions and cloud computing, Bloomberg reports. In a recent interview described as “peppered with expletives,” Russian Internet Czar German Klimenko said he is pushing to raise the taxes to level the playing field for Russian…

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07:00
New Safe Harbor Pact Offers Temporary Port in Storm


Through an eleventh-hour maneuver, the United States and the European Union last week avoided action that could have choked the movement of data between the regions and caused financial harm to U.S. companies. It may be only a temporary respite, however. The problem stems from a European Court of Justice decision in October that blew up an agreement between the regions that provided more than 4,000 U.S. companies with a "safe harbor" from strict European privacy laws when handling the information of the region's citizens.

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06:51
News: Lawyers threaten to sue Apple over ‘Error 53’...

After reports that iOS 9 updates have disabled iPhone 6 and 6s devices that had third-party repairs done to their Touch ID sensors, law firms in the U.S. and U.K. are considering legal action against Apple, The Guardian reports. Users with iPhones that have been repaired by someone other than Apple or that have unrepaired damage have reported receiving an “Error 53” message when updating their device’s software, leaving the phone…

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06:28
tvOS 9.2 beta includes voice dictation to replace...

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When we reviewed the new Apple TV and tvOS, one of our biggest complaints with the core experience was text entry with the Siri Remote. The scrolling and swiping was inaccurate and time-consuming—it's a big pain during initial setup and text-driven searches, and it is at best a step sideways from the old Apple TV software keyboard.

Apple released the third beta of tvOS 9.2 yesterday, and among its new features was a new text dictation feature that will let users spell out usernames and passwords letter by letter with their voices instead of the trackpad. The...

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06:16
VR coming to iOS within 2 years, says guy who...

There’s no doubt that Apple has a definite interest in virtual reality. Tim Cook said on the most recent earnings call that “it’s really cool and has some interesting applications,” and he didn’t see it as a niche product. That’s as big a clue as Apple ever gives about its degree of interest in a product area.

We’ve also seen some interesting hires being made in...

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06:16
Lawfirm Ready to File iPhone Error 53 Lawsuit

The Error 53 issue that's bricking iPhones that get replacement Touch ID sensors has the Internet up in arms, and that can mean only one thing: it's lawsuit time. The law firm of PVCA hasn't filed a case against Apple yet, but is looking for iPhone owners ready to sign up for a class action lawsuit.

The Mac Observer Spin: Right or wrong, the lawsuits over Error 53 were bound to happen. Welcome to the United States where starting lawsuits is as easy as buying a new pair of shoes.


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06:00
News: Daily Deal: SizeUp for Mac

Today in our iLounge Deal you can pick up SizeUp for Mac for only $4.99 — that’s over 60% off the regular price. This premium window manager helps you bring order to your Mac desktop, helping you easily move and resize windows on your screen and position them where you please based on screen quadrants and halves or even on an external monitor. You can also customize your preferred window dimensions, move windows around with keyboard shortcuts…

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05:37
Eli Lilly and Company buys 15,000 iPads for its...

Eli Lilly and Co. is participating in a “secretive program” with tech giant Apple to make the iPad more business-friendly and has bought 15,000 tablets for its workers, according to USA Today.

The Indianapolis drugmaker has bought iPads for 15,000 field workers and is upgrading its U.S. workforce to the iPad Pro. In a statement to USA Today, Lilly confirmed it has bought iPads for all sales representatives, district sales managers, account managers and "certain medical liaison roles" who work outside the company's Indianapolis headquarters. 

"Several years ago Lilly made the decision to equip all field-based employees with iPads and eliminate laptop computers for non-management sales employees," Lilly spokesman Mark Taylor said. "The goals were three-fold...

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05:26
Russia wants to force Apple & Google to pay more...

In what Bloomberg describes as ‘a 90-minute interview peppered with expletives,’ Russia’s new Internet advisor has said that he wants to force Apple and Google to pay more taxes.

German Klimenko is pushing to raise taxes on U.S. companies to help level the playing field for Russian competitors such as Yandex and Mail.ru […]

Bloomberg says that he has an interesting ally in this aim …

The Putin adviser already has an ally in parliament: Andrey Lugovoi, one of two former KGB officers accused by a U.K. judge of assassinating former agent Alexander Litvinenko, a vocal Putin critic, in London in 2006.

Lugovoi wants...

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05:00
Withings' connected health app gets better at...

February is American Heart Month, so there’s no better time to make sure you’re doing great when it comes to overall cardiovascular health.

Maker of connected health devices, Withings, has just released Hy-Result, a paid upgrade to its Health Mate iOS app that delivers advanced blood pressure monitoring. Using any in-home blood pressure monitor, Hy-Result takes six daily readings over the course of five days to create a more comprehensive view of your cardiovascular health.

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04:55
Hackers reportedly attempting to bribe Apple...

Apple employees in Ireland have been offered €20,000 ($23,000) for access to the login details, reports Business Insider, citing a current and former employee.

“You’d be surprised how many people get on to us, just random Apple employees,” the source said. “You get emails offering you thousands to get a password to get access to Apple. I could sell my Apple ID login information online for €20,000 (£15,000 / $23,000) tomorrow. That’s how much people are trying.” 

A former employee says that hackers target those who have recently joined Apple, rather than those who have been at the company a long time. They said that this is one reason Apple attempts to...

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04:29
Adobe delivers Animate CC (formerly Flash...

Adobe announced back in December that it would be renaming Flash Professional as Animate CC in recognition of the fact that HTML 5 has now taken over from Flash as the main form of web animation. It has now done so, adding in a “seriously long list” of new features at the same time.

The new features range from new vector art brushes to a rotating stage whose contents scale proportionally to the size – and the company is providing live demos on its Twitch.tv channel …

Topics include Learn Adobe Animate CCLive Game Creation and Live Music and Animation. The live broadcasts kick off today, with...

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04:00
ChronoSync simplifies the process of syncing between...

If you have multiple Macs -- as many of us do -- you should certainly look into ChronoSync. The US$49.95 utility offers a way to synchronize or backup files and folders. You can synchronize between folders on your Mac, other Macs, PCs, external drives or anything you can mount on your Mac.

Let me admit that I mainly use ChronoSync for synching, as I have Time Machine and a Time Capsule that I use for my back-ups. What I really like about the software is its "intelligent" synchronization. It identifies and copies only the files that have changed since you last synchronized.

The most common need for synchronization is to simply maintain a redundant backup of your data. In this case, all the changes made in one target, the main target, will get copied over to another target, the backup target. You may never directly access the files on the backup target; they're there as a backup in case something...

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03:59
Apple faces ‘Error 53’ class action lawsuit in U.S...

A Seattle-based law firm is preparing to file a class action lawsuit against Apple over iOS updates bricking iPhones whose home buttons have been repaired or replaced by third-party companies. The Guardian reports that lawyers PCVA are inviting those who have experienced the ‘Error 53’ problem to contact them.

A London-based lawyer also believes that the issue may place Apple in breach of consumer law in the UK …

Apple says that the issue is a security feature designed to ensure that Touch ID cannot be compromised.

Error 53 is the result of security checks designed to protect our customers...

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00:21
Old-Timey Mischief on Display at the Malware Museum


The Internet Archive on Friday cut the ribbon on its online Malware Museum, an online compendium of malware programs computer users in the 1980s and 1990s sometimes encountered. Everything old is new again, so the saying goes, and apparently that retro fascination applies to computer viruses. The museum presents examples of the viruses, complete with the messages or animations they would have shown when infecting a computer, allowing visitors to download examples and experience their own malware "infection."

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Monday February 8

20:07
Munster: Apple likely to fold VR into 'Made for...

Following up on a recent flurry of Apple acquisitions and key hires from the augmented reality/virtual reality field, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster believes the iPhone maker plans to pivot on iOS in a bid for the mixed reality space within the next two years.

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19:57
Nick Farmer knows dozens of languages, so he...

Ars Technica:

The Expanse series takes place two centuries from now in the Belt, a ring of asteroids that orbit the Sun between Mars and Jupiter. People who have migrated to the Belt come from all over Earth speaking dozens of languages, and they’re often isolated for years at a time on remote mining stations. To communicate, they evolve a creole called Belter, which becomes the lingua franca for what is essentially the solar system’s new proletariat. The problem? In the book, Belter could be referenced. But now that The Expanse was coming to television, people would actually have to speak the damn thing. SyFy suddenly needed a linguist who could build a language out of dozens of parts. Luckily, Franck knew a guy. He soon recommended Farmer, who delivered a lot more than they bargained for.

I’m really enjoying this show. It started off a little slow but hit its stride about four episodes in.

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17:25
Apple CEO Tim Cook Congrats Denver Broncos with Tweet

Apple CEO Tim Cook tweeted his congratulations to the Denver Broncos for winning Super Bowl 50. Mr. Cook did so with a pair of tweets from the game itself, including the one below and an earlier one from the field.

Congrats @Millerlite40 Peyton Manning @Broncos Amazing season. pic.twitter.com/3RfQml832C
- Tim Cook (@tim_cook) February 8, 2016


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17:15
Firewatch Release on February 9th for Mac, Windows,...

Firewatch comes to Mac, Windows, Linux, and PlayStation 4 on Tuesday. The Mac version is via Steam, where it's available for a preorder discount of US$17.99 (regularly $19.99) now. According to the developers, "Firewatch is a mystery set in the Wyoming wilderness, where your only emotional lifeline is the person on the other end of a handheld radio." It's set in 1989, meaning no smartphones or even cellphones. The trailer looks great. Check it out.


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16:56
Report: Apple’s quest for retail stores in India on...

Earlier this year it was revealed that Apple is slowly making its way towards opening its own branded retail stores in India. Apple Stores in India have been a long time coming, but now it looks like they are finally getting close. Bloomberg reports that, after filing the initial paperwork last month, Apple is on track to have its request to be permitted to operate retail stores in India approved.

The report claims that, while a portion of the paperwork is being resubmitted due to a formatting error, the Indian government has every intention to approve the request. Although, there’s still no specific time-frame for the...

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16:53
Intego Warns of Fake Flash Update that Installs...

Security software company Intego is warning of a malware disguised as a (fake) Flash installer that actually installs scareware and other malware on your Mac. The malware isn't exploiting any security holes in OS X, but instead does a semi-credible job of looking like an Adobe Flash update to socially engineer users into permitting the installation.


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15:30
AWT News Update: February 8, 2016

Fresh off of a Super Bowl 50 victory by the Denver Broncos, it's the AWT News Update from the suburbs of Denver, Colorado. Today's stories include:

  • A new tvOS beta allows users to dictate names and passwords using Siri dictation
  • Instagram app now allows multiple user accounts
  • Apple has filed a motion for a mistrial in that lawsuit that awarded $625 million to a patent troll

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15:18
NPR live tweets the Super Bowl in haiku

That’s certainly original.

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15:07
Apple makes its Swift benchmark suite open source

In a post on its Swift blog Apple says Swift’s benchmark suite is now open source. The uite contains source code for benchmarks, libraries, and utilities designed to help track Swift performance and catch performance regressions before they are committed, including:

  • 75 benchmarks covering a number of important Swift workloads;
  • Libraries providing commonly needed benchmarking functions;
  • A driver for running benchmarks and displaying performance metrics;
  • A utility for comparing benchmark metrics across Swift versions.

The Swift programming language itself went open source in December. It’s the brainchild of Chris Lattner, who is the senior director of Apple's Developer Tools Department. In 2010, he began taking ideas from Objective-C, Rust, Haskell, Ruby, Python, C#, CLU and other languages to create the new language. Swift...

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14:45
Apple open sources benchmarking suite for Swift

Apple today announced in a post on its Swift blog that it is open sourcing the Swift benchmark suite. This announcement comes two months after the company made the Swift programming language open source, allowing the developer community to have direct access to the platform. Much like the rest of Swift, the benchmarking suite is available now on GitHub with an open source Apache license.

Specifically, the suite contains source code for benchmarks, libraries, and utilities. Apple engineer Luke Larson made the announcement, explaining that the benchmark suite is designed to track Swift performance and catch performance issues before they are committed.

Here’s what is ...

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14:30
Infographic for Spotting Fake Apple Watches

Watch retailer Watches2U put together an infographic for spotting fake Apple Watches, which we've included below. It's a handy-dandy guide, especially for those who don't eat, breathe, and sleep Apple products. Check it out in the full story.


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14:16
Potential lawsuit looming over ‘Error 53’ problems

Another day, another (possible) lawsuit. According to The Guardian, one firm of U.S. lawyers is planning to bring a class action lawsuit against Apple over the “Error 53” codes brouhaha.

A UK barrister told The Guardian that Apple’s “reckless” policy of effectively killing people’s iPhones following the software upgrade could potentially be viewed as an offense under the Criminal Damage Act 1971. The act makes it an offense to intentionally destroy the property of another.

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14:00
Notable apps and app updates for Feb. 8, 2016

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks for Mac OS X and iOS.

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

Ben Software, in conjunction with Pro Video Analytic Tools, has introduced MotionMap, a new video analytics software product designed to work in conjunction with any video surveillance (CCTV) system. 

The Mac OS X compatible software analyses captured footage to build a picture of where motion most occurs in the video frame. These motion maps give insights into traffic flows - for example customers moving around a store or showroom.

MotionMap costs $199). A 10-day fully-functional trial version of the software is available for download.

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14:00
TMO Background Mode: Interview with The Wirecutter’s...

Glenn Fleishman is currently the Editor at Large for The Wirecutter and a Macworld Senior Contributor. Glenn is also a book author, and his Peachpit Press bio describes him as an "unsolicited pundit." That's because, as you'll hear in this interview, Glenn mind-melded with mechanical devices at an early age and soon discovered that he has a programmer's mind. That led to computers, graphic design and journalism in college. Later, that led to stints at Infoworld magazine and at Amazon as well as technical support for Kodak. And that led to ... well you'll just have to listen in-especially to hear Glenn's perspectives on Apple.


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13:34
AppDelete Uninstaller for Mac: $4

AppDelete Uninstaller for Mac is a utility that will deletes any stray folders, files, preference files, caches, widgets, preference panes, plugins, bundle, and screensavers associated with an app you want to delete. And it has an undo feature, too. We have a deal on it for just $4. Check out the deal listing for more information.


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13:23
Gear: Hex Brigade Messenger Bag and DSLR Camera Gear...

Hex has recently introduced a number of new bags, including its Brigade Messenger Bag ($90) and DSLR Camera Gear Bag ($175). Brigade Messenger Bag is an affordable bag with a woven cotton exterior that’s been treated for water resistance. A front flap and two clasps keep the bag shut, ensuring the many included compartments are kept safe, dry, and secure. While Brigade Messenger Bag could be a travel option for a variety of travelers and commuters,…

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12:43
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 8...

Notable software releases this week include Carbon Copy Cloner 4.1.7, Final Cut Pro X 10.2.3, Motion 5.2.3, Compressor 4.2.2, Banktivity 5.6.5 (formerly iBank), and DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.8.9.

 

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12:43
ExtraBITS for 8 February 2016

In this week’s ExtraBITS collection, writer Craig Grannell calls out Apple for a lack of Reduce Motion options in OS X and tvOS, Facebook’s iOS app continues to use more power than is reasonable, and veteran technology journalist Walt Mossberg says that Apple’s apps need improvement.

 

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12:14
External Link: El Capitan and tvOS Criticized by...

The Reduce Motion option in iOS (Settings > General > Accessibility) helped many users for whom iOS’s animations and parallax effects cause motion sickness and nausea due to vestibular disorders. Writer Craig Grannell charges that Apple has not followed suit with OS X 10.11 El Capitan and tvOS, both of which sport the kind of eye candy that makes him ill. In OS X, the only app that attempts to help is Photos, which has a Reduce Motion option in its preferences, but Grannell claims that both it and tvOS’s Reduce Motion settings are almost entirely ineffective. Although it’s impossible to know what percent of the population suffers from vestibular disorders, estimates range from 5 to 35 percent, meaning that there could be many millions of people out there who endure some level of discomfort due to unnecessary animations and effects. We’d like to see Apple extend its accessibility work in iOS to its other operating systems (including watchOS, which Grannell doesn’t discuss)....

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11:58
PSA: Get 2GB of free Google Drive storage when you...

Admit it: you can always use more cloud storage. Google is offering you an easy way to score more Drive space and get some extra peace of mind about your account security.

Just as it did last year, Google is honoring Safer Internet Day by giving you 2GB of Google Drive space if you perform an account security check.

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After a quick check-up, two GB of Drive storage will be yours.

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11:33
Apple Files for Mistrial in VirnetX Patent...

Apple has filed a motion for a mistrial in the infringement case where the patent holding company VirnetX won US$625 million. The winnings came from a retrial, and Apple claims VirnetX's legal team misrepresented the facts, warranting a mistrial.

The Mac Observer Spin: Regardless of who's right and who's wrong in the Apple and VirnetX patent fight, it's pretty clear the fight isn't ending any time soon.


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11:08
Super Bowl halftime show marred by functioning sound...

The Onion:

Disappointing the thousands of fans in attendance as well as an estimated 100 million viewers watching at home, the Super Bowl 50 halftime show was marred Sunday by the stadium’s functioning sound system, sources confirmed. “Right from the beginning, the sound was working normally, and unfortunately, I could clearly hear the singing,” said 29-year-old spectator Joe Kessler.

Priceless.

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10:43
Keybase Releases Encrypted File-Sharing iPhone App


Keybase last week announced the alpha release of the Keybase app for the iPhone with a cryptographically secure file mount. Users can write data in an automatically created folder in this format: /keybase/public/username. Files written in the folder are signed automatically and appear as plain text files on computers. The folder prevents server-side and man-in-the-middle attacks, according to Keybase. Files stream in on demand; there is no syncing as there is in Dropbox, Google Drive and Box.

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10:40
The Guardian: Uninstall the Facebook app to gain...

Facebook strikes again! Last year, the company's iPhone app was widely criticized for draining battery power thanks to using wasteful methods of staying active. According to an informal survey of iPhone users by Samuel Gibbs at The Guardian published today, removing the Facebook app can save up to 15% of iPhone battery life so it's obvious there are still issues with the app.

Gibbs used his own iPhone 6s Plus for a week without the Facebook app, choosing to use the social network's website through Safari instead. He compared his daily average battery life each day at 10:30 PM both without and then with the app installed, and found that deleting Facebook from the iPhone increased his battery power by an average of 15 percent.

At that point, Gibbs recruited other Facebook users with iPhones to perform the same test, and all were able to...

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10:27
Switch from Facebook's iOS app to Facebook on...

Facebook last October promised to fix technical issues with its iOS app that caused it to suck up tons of battery life, but despite those efforts, Facebook’s iPhone app continues to hog more power than it should. The Guardian has some anecdotal evidence indicating that it’s not just using Facebook that’s running your battery down—it’s using the Facebook iOS app specifically.

Uninstalling the app altogether and using Facebook on Safari conserves up to 15 percent of your iPhone battery life on average, and that’s including the same amount of daily usage, according to The Guardian’s research. The news organization first tested Facebook’s Android app and found that deleting it from a phone saves up to 20 percent of its battery...

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