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Wednesday August 31

11:04
External Link: Tranmission Infected with Malware…...

Back in March 2016, we reported that version 2.90 of the Transmission BitTorrent client had been hacked to include the KeRanger ransomware. Though Transmission’s developers acted quickly to solve that problem, it has happened again. For less than 24 hours between August 28th and 29th, the distribution copy of Transmission 2.92 was infected with the OSX/Keydnap malware, so if you downloaded Transmission during that time, your Mac might be infected. Transmission’s developers once again resolved the problem quickly and posted instructions for eliminating OSX/Keydnap from an infected Mac, but anyone contemplating using Transmission should keep this risk in mind. Note too that several studies have identified a significant percentage of BitTorrent downloads as containing malware — stick to the well-lit parts of the Internet if you’re concerned about safety.

 

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10:51
External Link: Walt Mossberg Evaluates Tim Cook’s...

Veteran tech journalist Walt Mossberg has taken a look at Apple under CEO Tim Cook, five years after Cook took the position. Overall, Mossberg praised Cook for guiding the company to new financial heights, refining its popular product lines, and retaining most of its senior talent. However, Mossberg deducts points for the fact that Apple under Cook has yet to introduce a game-changing product, though he admits that the Apple Watch might be that game-changer, saying that it took 3–4 years before the iPod took off. We’d also note that some of Apple’s biggest wins were actually low-hanging fruit — the iMac, iPod, iPhone, and MacBook Air all entered markets with radically inferior competition (the iPad didn’t have much to compete with in terms of tablets, but Steve Jobs set it against the entire netbook category). But there isn’t much low-hanging fruit left in the consumer electronics world.

 

Read the full article at TidBITS...

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10:48
Samsung stops shipments of 'exploding'...

After multiple reports of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 battery exploding during charging, the company has delayed rollout of the new "phablet" in undisclosed markets for additional quality control testing.

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10:24
EU-imposed Apple Irish tax bill could exceed $21.2B...

A long appeal process over Apple's Ireland tax bill might have unintended consequences, with a governmental official who has opposed the ruling making claims that the tally will be closer to 19 billion euro ($21.2 billion) when the process concludes.

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10:10
∞ Our (un)reasonable expectations of Apple

Apple is in a very unique position in the tech industry in that expectations of the company are much higher than those of its competitors. Let’s be honest, when was the last time you heard someone talk about Dell or HP product releases with the exuberance that we talk about Apple. That also puts Apple in a tough position of meeting, what are sometimes, inflated expectations from Wall St. and consumers. […]

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10:05
Apple opens job positions for Turi 'machine...

Not long after confirming its takeover of artificial intelligence and machine learning firm Turi, Apple is already beginning to make related hirings, referring to the company as its "new machine learning division" in official listings.

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09:51
Apple wants to hire Seattle-based data scientists...

As noted by MacRumors.com, Apple is looking to hire data scientists and advanced app developers, based in Seattle, following its acquisition of Turi, a "machine learning platform for developers and data scientists.”

Here are the job summaries per the “Jobs at Apple” site: “Turi is the new machine learning division at Apple. We build tools that enable teams across Apple to develop machine learning solutions to power amazingly intelligent user experiences. We are looking for new energetic members to join our ML Applications team to collaborate with product teams on a variety of proof-of-...

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09:44
CBS adds commercial-free option to its ‘All Access’...

Whether you’re a cord-cutter or just want to watch CBS shows on-the-go without ads, the network has a new option worth checking out. CBS All Access, the broadcast channel’s streaming video service, is introducing a commercial-free option for subscribers. The new tier will come at a higher price, of course, and still include commercials during live broadcasts.

CBS All Access with ads goes for $5.99/month while the ad-free version will cost $4 more each month. The pricier $9.99/month plan enters Netflix territory, although CBS focuses on recently aired content. For comparison, Hulu’s ad-free tier (which includes broadcast network shows but not CBS) costs $11.99/month.

CBS All Access is available on a variety of devices including iPhone, iPad,...

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09:35
Misfit debuts Apple-exclusive Ray fitness tracker...

Wearable device maker Misfit on Wednesday unveiled new color options for its Shine 2 and Ray fitness trackers, the latter of which is slated to arrive at Apple's retail stores this fall in Apple-inspired colors.

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 12” iPad Pro (refurb) $600,...

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09:27
BMW adds Apple's CarPlay as $300 upgrade for...

People able to afford a BMW can now get Apple CarPlay on virtually any new model as a $300 upgrade option, according to the automaker's website.

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09:00
Trade-in time: Gazelle offering 45-day grace period...

In anticipation of Apple's iPhone 7 launch on Sept. 7th, Gazelle this week is offering up to $360 in cash for used iPhone trade-ins with an extended 45-day price lock that lets you hang on to those devices until Oct. 14th.

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08:59
Instagram 9.2 update brings pinch-to-zoom to photos...

On the heels of its recent Stories update, Facebook-owned Instagram has added low light improvements for photos and videos captured within the Stories interface. But even more notable is the fact that you can now use pinch-to-zoom on photos and videos in the feed, on profiles, and in the Explore tab. more…

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08:31
Apple transforms Turi into dedicated machine...

Following its acquisition of machine learning platform Turi earlier this month, Apple is now growing the team that will serve as the company’s new machine learning division focusing on integrating the tech into new and existing products, 9to5Mac has learned.

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08:30
Apple's new 2TB iCloud storage tier will give...

Just one week before Apple is expected to show off the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, the company launched a 2TB iCloud storage tier for $20 a month.

That’s a significant amount of space, but Apple is reportedly gearing up to add a 256GB option to its upcoming iPhone lineup. As 9to5Mac noted, Apple typically offers iCloud storage plans that are eight times the size of the iPhone’s internal storage options. The iPhone 6s tops out at 128GB, and the previous iCloud storage max was 1TB.

Does that confirm a 256GB iPhone? No. Apple has a 256GB iPad already, so maybe its cloud storage options are finally catching up with Pro-level usage. The new Desktop and Documents feature coming in macOS Sierra is poised to eat up tons of iCloud Drive space...

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08:20
Transmission Malware On Mac, Strike 2

New reader puenktli writes: Just five months after Transmission was infected with the first 'ransomware' ever found on the Mac, the popular BitTorrent client is again at the center of newly uncovered OS X malware. Researchers at security website We Live Security have discovered the malware, called OSX/Keydnap, was spread through a recompiled version of Transmission temporarily distributed through the client's official website. OSX/Keydnap executes itself in a similar manner as the previous Transmission ransomware KeRanger, by adding a malicious block of code to the main function of the app, according to the researchers. Likewise, they said a legitimate code signing key was used to sign the malicious Transmission app, different from the legitimate Transmission certificate, but still signed by Apple and thereby able to bypass Gatekeeper on OS X.


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08:17
DxO One iPhone camera gets new Wi-Fi modes, lens...

DxO on Wednesday announced new remote control and "Mobile Smart Lighting" features for its iPhone-connected DxO One camera, along with several accessories, such as a waterproof shell and a lens adapter.

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08:08
Snowman and The Game Band release game trailer for...

Snowman is the game studio that came out with the addictive and beautiful game "Alto's Adventure" a few years ago. Not a studio to rest on its laurels, Snowman and another game studio -- The Game Band --  are now hard at work on "Where Cards Fall," described as "A dreamlike journey through youthful uncertainty." While that description leaves a lot to the imagination -- which is a good thing -- the game trailer released yesterday certainly piqued my curiosity. 

Where Cards Fall is expected to arrive in 2017. In the meantime, you can enter a drawing for one of 25 custom Where Cards Fall t-shirts by signing up for a email newsletter about the game...

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07:50
Happy Hour Podcast 082 | iPhone 7 event expectations...

This week Benjamin and Zac detail upcoming emoji, Apple’s $15 billion tax problem, new home automation gear, iOS 9.3.5 and an App Store approved jailbreak app, and predictions for Apple’s upcoming iPhone 7 event. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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07:48
Latest rumor pegs secure iris scanner for Apple...

Rather than waiting until 2018, Apple could introduce eye-scanning technology to securely identify users next year, if a new supply chain rumor is to be believed.

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07:22
Irish lawmakers gearing up for $14.5B Apple tax bill...

While a prominent Irish businessman is decrying the $14.5 billion tax edict applied by the European Commission with strong language, members from Ireland's government have started the appeal discussion -- but the process may take more time than expected to garner sufficient support from a wide body of lawmakers.

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07:19
BMW now includes a $300 CarPlay option on almost all...

CarPlay has been a long time coming to BMW, but it now looks like the system is available as a $300 option across almost all models.

We saw back in May that it was on the way to the X5 and X6 M, and a month later the same option appeared for the M3 and M4, suggesting that BMW might have been reserving it for higher-end models. As of today, though, ‘Apple CarPlay Compatibility’ appears as an entertainment option across most of the range …

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07:11
Irish cabinet may get more time to decide on Apple’s...

Ireland's cabinet may be given more time to decide on whether to back the finance minister's recommendation that Dublin appeal the European Commission's ruling against its tax dealings with Apple, reports Reuters.

Finance Minister Michael Noonan said on Tuesday he "disagreed profoundly" with the Commission's order that Apple should hand over to Ireland unpaid taxes of up to 13 billion euros ruled to be illegal state aid. He will seek approval for an appeal from the cabinet today.

Yesterday the European Commission ruled that Apple must repay 13 billion euros ($14.5 billion) in back taxes dating back to 2003-2014. The Europe’s anti-trust and consumer investigation agency claimed that Ireland, Luxembourg and the Netherlands have attracted investment and jobs by helping big companies avoid tax in other countries, including EU members. 

The commission suspects Ireland was...

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07:05
A collection of lesser known iOS 10 features

David Chartier pulled together this list of important, but lesser known, features coming in iOS 10. Solid list.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:00
Griffin’s iTrip Clip lets you wirelessly connect any...

Griffin Technology has announced its iTrip Clip, a Bluetooth audio adapter that converts any pair of wired headphones to wireless headphones. This could come in handy if the “iPhone 7” does indeed ditch the traditional audio jack as rumors claim. 

“iTrip Clip ensures users can continue using their favorite 3.5mm headphones, with no worries about if their new smartphone eliminated the headphone jack," said Andrew Biddle, Category Manager of Power at Griffin. “Not only can our iTrip Clip make any pair of headphones wireless, it also puts the convenience of a Bluetooth sound system into any car.”

The iTrip Clip connects wirelessly to any smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth 4.1. Connecting any headphones, earbuds or AUX cables to the compact, self-powered adapter lets users listen to music and video, or make calls, without cables. The iTrip Clip sports play, volume, and...

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06:58
Netflix renews Stranger Things for Season 2

[VIDEO] Variety:

Season 2 will debut in 2017 and will consist of 9 episodes, in comparison to the first season that spanned 8 episodes.

The news comes hardly as a surprise, as the supernatural drama has become arguably the buzziest series of the summer. Insiders tell Variety that work on the second season has already been underway for quite some time.

Really glad to see this.

Teaser trailer in the original Loop post.

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06:51
Collection of Apple TV remote tips and tricks worth...

My favorite tip:

Press the Home and Play/Pause buttons until the lights on Apple TV begin blinking. Let go and the system will reboot.

Solid list of tips, worth a scan.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:45
Peter Cohen: How to add Bluetooth to a car with a...

This is old school. But still, pretty interesting, and good to know if you’ve got a car with a cassette deck and no Bluetooth. Still plenty of those on the road.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:42
Rumor: Mirle’s curved glass chassis tech could be...

Mirle Automation, a Taiwanese firm, has developed equipment for making a 3D curved glass chassis, and has entered the supply chain for the 2017 iPhone series, according to a Commercial Times report.

The article says Mirle has obtained orders for the newly-developed equipment from Foxconn Technology and Lens Technology with shipments scheduled to kick off in the fourth quarter of 2016. Foxconn is one of Apple’s manufacturing partners.

Earlier this month the Japanese site, Nikkei (as noted by AppleInsider) claimed that Apple will debut three new iPhone models next year, presumably the “iPhone 8” and “iPhone 8 Plus,” as well as a third model that will sport a curved OLED screen similar to the Edge versions of Samsung's Galaxy phones....

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06:41
Apple’s little known secret to success

Tim Bajarin, writing for Tech.pinions:

One of the things that most consumers do not know about Apple is their supply chain and manufacturing is one of the best in the world. Tim Cook, when he was in charge of the chain, created one of the most efficient supply and manufacturing systems in the market. Cook managed this side of Apple’s business for over 10 years before he was elevated to the role of CEO. Even today he has an eagle eye on this part of their business and understands the supply chain better than any other CEO in the tech world today.

But what really makes Cook and Apple stand out is that, when they design hardware, they only marginally look at what type of equipment they will use to make this product. Creating a product that is great, easy to use, and extremely well designed is the first priority.

Once that is in place, they get serious about how they can manufacture the product in mass quantities and in the most cost-effective way. However, Apple...

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06:37
Monster’s lawsuit against Beats has gone very poorly

The Verge:

Monster’s claims that Beats Electronics fraudulently ended their relationship were dismissed in a Los Angeles Superior Court today, leaving Beats and Apple off the hook. The judge ruled that Beats was allowed to end their partnership, meaning its actions were not, as Monster and its CEO Noel Lee claimed, a “sham” designed to take control of their shared headphone line.

The case continues, but not in a way that Monster’s going to be happy about: Beats is now countersuing for attorneys’ fees, claiming its termination agreement with Monster should have prevented this lawsuit — or really any other lawsuit — from being filed in the first place. Apple declined to comment, and Monster attorney Philip Gregory did not return a request for comment.

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06:35
Using Siri to control 3rd party apps in iOS 10

Nathan Olivarez-Giles, writing for The Wall Street Journal:

You’re going to have a lot more to talk about with Siri this fall. In iOS 10, Apple Inc.’s upcoming iPhone and iPad operating system, you’ll be able to control third-party app functions using the company’s voice-activated assistant for the first time.

Among the first apps to yield to Siri are big names like WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Square Cash and Slack, along with lesser-known ones including Looklive and The Roll.

I’ve tried out Siri’s new abilities in demos with developers over the past few days. After getting an early look at a more capable Siri, it’s clear that this long-overdue feature is important to making Siri more useful in everyday life. Still, controlling third-party apps is merely a first step toward Siri living up to Apple’s promise as a new way to control our devices.

We are at the cusp of a new age, an age that will see Siri play an ever-increasing role in our lives. Adding...

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06:30
Station 1.0 is a new multilevel Dock for Mac OS X

True North Software has debuted Station 1.0, a multilevel (hierarchical) launcher for Mac OS X. It’s designed to help promote a more natural organization of applications and documents into folders. 

With nested folders, you can arrange items in Station in a way that fits your workflow with an uncluttered look and feel. Scalability is increased through logical groupings, which helps increase the number of items that can be added to the app without having to shrink the launcher size. 

Related items can be grouped together into a single folder. For example, one folder can contain work related items and another folder gaming items. Station can also launch all the items in a launch fold simultaneously. The utility implements scrollbars when a launch panel exceeds the width or height of the screen. 

Station requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher. It costs $14.99 and is available at the Mac App...

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06:28
Mirle readying equipment for curved glass chassis on...

Taiwanese firm Mirle Automation has developed forming machinery for curved glass chassis that should put it in the supply chain for Apple's 2017 iPhones, a report said on Wednesday.

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06:26
Apple debuts new 2TB iCloud storage option for $19....

Here’s a link to Apple’s updated iCloud storage pricing page. 2TB tiers added, across the board.

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06:23
Mossberg: The post-Jobs Apple has soared financially...

Mossberg:

Five years ago last week, the legendary Steve Jobs stepped down as Apple’s CEO after an amazing 14-year run that took the technology company from the edge of disaster to the heights of glory. He personally selected his COO, Tim Cook, as the new CEO, and passed away six weeks later.

So, how has Apple changed in the first five years of the Tim Cook era? How is it different from the peak of the Jobs era?

The short answer is that the company has surged financially to heights Jobs likely never dreamed of. It has also refined its popular product line and retained most of its senior talent.

But Cook’s Apple has yet to produce the kind of new, game-changing product Jobs was famous for launching. Or, if it has, we don’t know it yet.

I think a better title for this article would have been, “Jobs’ metric of success is different than Cook’s metric of success. Both were critical.”

I think Walt Mossberg’s analysis is interesting, worth reading...

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06:06
Garmin’s new action camera can be used with iPhones...

Garmin has announced the VIRB Ultra 30, a waterproof action camera that can shoot Ultra HD footage at 4K/30fps or take 12-megapixel photos. It can also be used with Mac compatible software.

The action camera gathers G-Metrix data to show how far, how high, and how fast your adventures take you. The VIRB Ultra 30’s features include voice control, a LCD color touchscreen, one-touch live streaming, 3-axis image stabilization, and more. 

The action camera accepts one microSD card and includes a high-sensitivity microphone that records even when the action camera is secured in the included waterproof case. The LCD color touchscreen was also designed to work in and out of the waterproof case to let users customize their settings and view what’s being recorded. The waterproof case also sports a water-repellant, anti-glare coated lens to capture crystal clear video in water environments and more.

The free Garmin VIRB...

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06:00
Your last chance to enter the Team AWT drawing for a...

At midnight Pacific Time tonight, entries close for the Team AWT drawing for a Drobo 5Dt Thunderbolt 2 storage device and five 2TB drives to go in it (value estimated at almost $1,200). To be eligible to enter and possibly win, you must be a member of Team AWT, our premium subscription service. For more information on the benefits provided by Team AWT, please check out this page.

Once you're a member of Team AWT, you can head over to this online entry form to officially enter the giveaway. We'll announce the winner in the next few days!

If you're curious about what the Drobo 5Dt is all about, we did a full review of it and were very impressed with the speed, expandability, and ease of use of the device. With the five...

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06:00
Z-Wave (part of it, at least) becomes an open smart-...

Sigma Designs has released crucial software elements of its Z-Wave technology into the public domain.

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05:31
B&O announces two new AirPlay speakers with 360-...

Bang & Olufsen has announced two new wireless speakers, featuring a conical design and 360-degree sound projection. Both speakers support Apple’s AirPlay – as well as Google Cast, DNLA and plain old Bluetooth – and are compatible with the company’s BeoLink system for multi-room setups.

B&O has a reputation for great aesthetics and hi-tech features as well as fantastic sound, and Engadget reports that you won’t be disappointed on this score …

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05:30
olloclip announces Pivot, an iPhone-compatible...

olloclip has unveiled announced the Pivot, a compact articulating grip optimized for mobile videography. iPhone compatible, it features an articulating hub that provides 225 degrees of rotation to ensure proper positioning.

The Pivot is also water resistant and can be taken for a swim when using a waterproof camera or GoPro. The ergonomic design results in a more natural feel in the hand and features passive stabilization, minimizing camera shake in video, according to Patrick O’Neill, olloclip founder. 

You can connect your smartphone or favorite camera through the included universal clamp or 1/4-20 tripod mount.  Or use the GoPro adapter to connect your GoPro. The integrated cold shoe mount also allows for lightweight accessories such as a light or microphone to be attached.

Owners of olloclip’s Studio case can connect to Pivot using...

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05:30
Daily Deal: One year of SelectTV for $19

Thinking about cutting the cable or simply having more access to shows and movies that you currently do? Either of those is a great goal, and you're going to want to have SelectTV as a streaming source. Why? SelectTV has the world's largest entertainment library, putting Hulu and Netflix to shame. Today's Apple World Today deal is a one year subscription to SelectTV for the paltry sum of $19.

Your $19 subscription will let you:

  • Access a massive library of TV shows, movies, live channels, radio stations & more from over 150 countries
  • Watch 10,000 movies & 250,000 TV episodes absolutely free, & unlimited video on demand from any device
  • Enjoy over 1,000 curated channels, w/ latest episodes from top networks, as well as classic TV from the...
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05:23
Purported 'iPhone 7 Plus' packaging shows...

An insert claimed to be for Apple's anticipated "iPhone 7 Plus" would --?if legitimate -- not only confirm the product's name, but also reveal that it will come with a Lightning to Headphone Jack Adapter in the box.

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05:02
Dropbox made you change your password because 68...

Dropbox’s move last week to ask users who had signed up before mid-2012 to change their account passwords followed the discovery of a large dump of email addresses and passwords related to these accounts.

The online storage company confirmed late Tuesday reports that 68 million user email addresses and hashed and salted passwords from an incident in 2012 had been compromised.

Dropbox said that the password reset the company completed last week covered all of the affected users so that the Dropbox accounts are protected.

Last week, the company asked users who signed up before mid-2012 to change their passwords if they haven’t done so since then, describing it as a preventive measure and not because there was any indication that their accounts were improperly accessed.

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Tuesday January 13

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

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

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

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



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

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



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

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

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11:34
AllCast media streamer makes leap to iOS

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



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

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

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

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



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

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



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10:07
Facebook will display Amber Alerts in News Feeds

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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



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04:49
Hands On: PhotoWatermark (OS X)

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



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

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



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

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



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Monday January 12

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

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



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

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



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

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



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12:20
Fourth iOS 8.2 beta seeds to developers

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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

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



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Sunday January 11

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

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



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

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



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

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



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17:36
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22:55
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