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Wednesday February 3

07:39
Walt Mossberg notes quality decline in Apple’s core...

Veteran tech journalist Walt Mossberg, now an executive editor at The Verge and editor-at-large of Re/code, says that in the last couple of years, he’s noticed a “gradual degradation in the quality and reliability of Apple’s core apps, on both the mobile iOS operating system and its Mac OS X platform.” Most folks (myself included) think he’s right, but Apple seems to be addressing the issue.

“It’s almost as if the tech giant has taken its eye off the ball when it comes to these core software products while it pursues big new dreams, like smartwatches and cars,” Mossberg writes. “Let me be clear: Most of the time, in most scenarios, I find the core Apple apps work well enough, sometimes delightfully well. Otherwise, I couldn’t recommend the hardware. I love iMessage, the new Notes, Apple Pay, Touch ID, Safari, AirPlay and more. And it isn’t as though the core apps...

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07:27
Here’s how Nintendo will get people to use its...

Nintendo is planning a new rewards program to go along with its first smartphone game next month.

Dubbed “My Nintendo,” the program will reward players both for playing games and for making purchases. Those rewards will then carry across smartphones, tablets, and Nintendo game consoles.

Nintendo plans to split rewards into two types of points. “Platinum Points” will be awarded for playing the company’s mobile apps, logging into the Nintendo eShop, or meeting certain other conditions. Players can then redeem these points for downloadable content. “Gold Points” will work more like a traditional rewards program, letting players earn money-saving coupons by purchasing Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games.

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07:01
My bathroom mirror is smarter than yours

Google’s Max Braun took some of his off time to marry an HDMI display board with a two-way mirror to produce a bathroom mirror that shows you the news, weather, etc. Terrific project. Lots of details and pictures, back and front.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:55
Microsoft’s new way of cooling its data centers:...

Ars Technica:

Microsoft has demonstrated an experimental prototype of a new approach: instead of pumping water around the data center, put the data center in the water.

Would this raise sea temperatures?

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:55
Nintendo's 'Miitomo' coming to iOS in...

Nintendo's first smartphone-only app, Miitomo, will launch sometime next month for iOS and Android, with a pre-registration process beginning on Feb. 17, the Japanese game maker announced on Wednesday.

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06:46
Angela Merkel, a bit of super-heated hydrogen, and...

Aamna Mohdin, writing for Quartz:

German scientists today will set about the first steps towards what has become the Holy Grail of energy—nuclear fusion, which has the potential for unlimited amounts of clean power.

This is a fascinating post, and Angela Merkel just got a lot cooler to me.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:38
A beginner’s guide to kerning like a designer

A nice, detailed tutorial on kerning. Something here for even moderately experienced designers.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:22
The struggle to create fusion energy at MIT

MIT's Dennis Whyte talks about the efforts to build a prototype fusion reactor.

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06:20
Fitbit's latest wearable is Alta, a low-profile...

Fitbit on Wednesday announced the latest addition to its iOS-connected wearable devices lineup, the $130 Alta, featuring a slim touchscreen OLED and five days of usage on a single charge.

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06:10
OS X: Watching Your Kid’s Screen (from Across the...

Today's Quick Tip is not about Parental Controls, exactly, but you could use it in conjunction with that feature if you need to go a step farther in keeping your kid safe online. With Remote Management, you can see what your child is doing from the comfort of your own computer screen, and if you set it up properly, he'll never even know that you're watching. The approach may be a bit draconian, but we guess sometimes you've gotta come down hard.

We're sorry, kids.


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05:06
New York Landmarks Conservancy to recognize Apple...

The New York City Landmarks Conservancy announced on Wednesday that the recipient of its 2016 Chairman's Award will be Apple, in recognition of the company's preservation and restoration of notable historic structures in New York City.

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05:00
Europe, US Cut 11th Hour Safe Harbor Deal


Europe and the United States on Tuesday announced a new Safe Harbor agreement that neutralizes the threat of enforcement actions against domestic companies handling overseas data. Called the "EU-US Privacy Shield," the agreement aims to protect the privacy of data belonging to European citizens when it's handled by U.S. companies. "The new EU-US Privacy Shield will protect the fundamental rights of Europeans when their personal data is transferred to U.S. companies," said EU Commissioner Vera Jourová.

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04:33
Microsoft confirms SwiftKey buy, says it will...

Microsoft is buying SwiftKey, the developer of a popular software keyboard for Android and iOS phones—even though it already has its own software keyboard, Word Flow.

Software keyboards such as SwiftKey and Word Flow are used to speed up input: Rather than pecking at individual letters, users slide their finger from one letter to another, drawing a shape on the touchscreen. The software analyses the pattern to identify which word they are trying to type.

Microsoft’s executive vice president for technology and research, Harry Shum, confirmed the deal in a blog post Wednesday morning, after rumors began circulating Tuesday.

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04:13
Nintendo: Our second iPhone game will feature a ‘...

When Nintendo first announced that it would finally be launching an iPhone game, it’s safe to say, many of we children of the 90’s got a little excited. Sadly, excitement turned to bemusement once the company revealed it would be launching a weird game called Miitomo, which wasn’t exactly a game, but rather a social network.

Following its disappointing Q4 results, Nintendo has confirmed that its second title would include a “very familiar character”, and won’t be another social network attempt. It did, however, stop short of confirming exactly which character we’re going to see.

“The second game won’t be another communication app,...

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04:00
Rayman Origins on the Mac is a fun, retro side-...

Rayman Origins — published by Feral Interactive — is great retro-ish arcade fun, especially now that an old-schooler like me can use a dedicated gamepad with it. More on that in a moment.

The game is designed and directed by Rayman's original creator Michel Ancel and published by Ubisoft for PC and consoles. Now the limbless hero is serving up vibrant fun on the Mac in one of the best side-scrollers in recent memory.

Here's how the game is described: "When a marauding army of the Livid Dead threatens his magical homeland, it's up to Rayman to leap into action and save the day. With a riotous mixture of unique moves, outrageous enemies and boldly psychedelic environments, this is Rayman at his hilarious and heroic best. Players will jump, swim, sprint and hover though over 60 fantastical levels, from a desert of immense didgeridoo formations and bouncy bongo drums to the fiery stomach of a dragon chef. They'll punch out enemies with Rayman's telescopic fists, confound...

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03:55
Apple removes ‘impact resistant’ claim from Apple...

The BBC reports that Apple has removed the phrase ‘impact resistant’ from its description of the Apple Watch after losing a UK court case over a cracked screen. The owner said that he had been influenced by the description as he is “prone to knocking things about a bit.”

Gareth Cross, 32, from Aberystwyth, [bought] his Apple Watch Sport, but spotted a crack in the glass face 10 days later. The technology giant said work to fix the watch was not covered by warranty […]

Mr Cross took the company to the small claims court in Aberystwyth for breach of the Sale of Goods Act, and has won the case after a six-month fight. The company was ordered to refund the cost of the watch and pay £429 ($620) costs. Apple has now changed the description of the watch, removing the claim it was resistant to impact.

Cross says that he still plans to buy a replacement...

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00:00
PCWorld Show Episode II: Tanking tablets, the...

In this week's episode of the PCWorld Show, we ponder why PCs are killing tablets, why Microsoft would buy SwiftKey, why anyone would make a new Windows phone, and why we love (or hate) USB-C.

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Tuesday February 2

23:13
You can change the placement of the walls

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If you are looking to insult a Container House, one simple way is to say it looks prefab. That is now starting to change with new technology. The prefabricated housing industry is now creating multi-story homes that are designed by custom architects using assembly line efficiency in factories. This change has really gained steam in the last five years...

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20:00
Why Bill Gates Chose “Two of Us” to Represent His...

Bill Gates did an interview for the BBC's Desert Island Discs, a series that gets to know famous people by talking about the songs they would take with them to a desert island. All of his picks are interesting, but it's why he picked "Two of Us" by The Beatles to represent his relationship with Steve Jobs that will stand out to Apple fans.


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19:44
Apple hires firmware security experts who worked on...

Apple recently added a pair of firmware security experts to its ranks when it hired the team behind "deep system security" startup LegbaCore in November, an apparent effort to bolster platforms like iOS and OS X.

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19:08
Apple acquired LegbaCore consultancy firm to improve...

Back in November of 2015, Apple quietly acquired security consultancy firm LegbaCore it has recently been discovered. The acquisition was initially revealed back in December by security researcher Trammell Hudson during a presentation at the 32C3 conference. The acquisition was further corroborated by a series of tweets from founder Xeno Kovah (seen below) and the company’s website, which states that it is “not accepting any new customer engagements.”

Specific details of the acquisition are unclear at this point. Kovah and his partner Corey Kallenberg are working full-time at Apple, although their specific roles are unclear. Kovah only stated that he and Kallenbeg would be working on “low level security” at the company (via...

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18:50
Apple Stores reportedly stall growth at top US...

Apple Stores, which consistently rank among the most profitable retail outlets per square foot, are reportedly bogging down growth at a chain of upscale shopping malls across the U.S.

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18:27
Amazon plans hundreds of brick-and-mortar bookstores...

NASDAQ:

After dipping its toes into brick-and-mortar retailing last year with its first physical bookstore, online giant Amazon.com Inc. is poised to dive into the deep end.

The Seattle company plans to open as many as 400 bookstores, Sandeep Mathrani, chief executive of mall operator General Growth Properties Inc., said on an earnings call on Tuesday.

While nothing official has been announced by Amazon yet, if true, this seems like a bit of a head scratcher. After all, Amazon has been the prime suspect in the decline of traditional bookstores. But the best part of this story is the line, “Physical stores would give Amazon customers a place to leaf through books before buying them.” You don’t say. What a clever idea.

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17:22
Zagg to buy iPhone battery case maker Mophie for $...

Re/code:

Mophie, the accessory maker best known for its iPhone battery cases, is being bought for at least $100 million by rival Zagg.Zagg CEO Randy Hales said in a statement that the deal creates “numerous opportunities” to boost profits and revenues by combining the two companies’ strengths and distribution networks. Mophie CEO Daniel Huang and operating chief Shawn Dougherty will continue in their current roles, reporting to Hales. The deal, approved by both boards, should close later in the first quarter.

I’ve always been a fan of the Mophie products. I met their people several times at Macworld Expos and really liked them. Hope this works out well for all involved.

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17:16
Microsoft reportedly buys SwiftKey for $250M as part...

Microsoft is looking to expand on its artificial intelligence program with the reported purchase of UK-based developer SwiftKey, makers of the popular cross-platform predictive keyboard of the same name.

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16:56
Apple releases Xcode 7.2.1 with bug fixes and...

Apple this evening has pushed a small update to its developer software Xcode. The update bumps the app to version 7.2.1, following the initial release of version 7.2 late last year. Xcode 7.2.1 carries the build number 7C1002 and includes a handful of under-the-hood fixes and improvements.

Apple says that a variety of bugs have been fixed with this evening’s Xcode update. Hiccups relating to the command line and debugger have been fixed, while the certificate used to developer Wallet passes, Safari Push Notifications, and Safari Extensions has also been updated. As usual, the company says there are “additional bug fixes and stability improvements,” as well.

The full changelog is below:

Fixed in Xcode 7.2.1:

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16:24
ZAGG to merge with mophie

In a deal valued at US$100 million, accessory manufacturer ZAGG has acquired another well-known manufacturer of accessories -- mophie. Despite the irreconcilable differences in their use of upper or lower case, the two companies are actually a good fit for each other. As noted in a press release sent out today, the combination of the two companies will create the market leader in four different accessory categories; battery cases, external batteries, screen protection and tablet keyboards.  

In 2015, the two companies had combined net sales of about $470 million. The new entity (no word yet on whether they'll change the name of the combined company) expects to see growth through strengthened product development and expanded distribution.  

The companies expect the deal to be consummated in the first quarter of 2016 dependent on regulatory...

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16:18
Microsoft purchases popular keyboard maker SwiftKey...

The Financial Times is reporting that Microsoft has purchased popular third-party keyboard maker SwiftKey for $250 million. While SwiftKey is most known for their predictive keyboard, the acquisition is more of an artificial intelligence play for Microsoft.

While this deal could be seen as just the latest in a line of Microsoft purchases of popular apps, it is not. A source told the FT that, “There’s a war for talent in artificial intelligence...

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15:21
Steve Jobs Keynote Introducing the NeXT Computer in...

Man, do I love the Internet. The ReDiscovered Future project has posted a video of the introduction of It took place on October 12, 1988, in the the Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco. According to the introductory credits, it was tracked down as part of preproduction research for the Aaron Sorkin-penned Steve Jobs movie, and was assembled (and restored) from two VHS tapes. This media event was Steve Jobs's first public presentation after his departure from Apple. The quality is terrible, despite the restoration, but considering the source material came from VHS tapes that are decades old, it's astounding we have anything to see at all. Check it out.


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15:13
Zagg buys battery case maker Mophie for $100M

Zagg, best known for its InvisibleShield line of protective display coverings, on Tuesday announced plans to purchase iPhone battery case maker Mophie in a deal worth at least $100 million.

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15:00
AWT News Update: February 2, 2016

Happy Groundhog Day! We have a new sponsor this week (Winning WordPress) and plenty of fun news and rumors for the day.

Happy Groundhog Day! We have a new sponsor this week (Winning WordPress) and plenty of fun news and rumors for the day.

(see what I did there?)

  • MacRumors has word that the iPhone 7 will lose the camera bump of the iPhone 6 and 6s, as well as a few of the antenna bands that stretch across the back of the existing phones
  • A veteran Mac app developer updates a Mac CAD program that's been getting new features and updates since 1988
  • Everybody's favorite Apple analyst, Gene Munster, thinks the Apple Watch might get a hardware upgrade in March
  • A new Safe Harbor agreement is in place for data transfers between the US and EU

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14:51
Apple has become a regular at Stanford University...

Amid rumors claiming Apple is investing heavily in virtual and augmented reality solutions, it was revealed on Tuesday that the company has taken a recent interest in Stanford University's Virtual Human Interaction Lab, sending representatives to visit the facility three times in as many months.

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14:46
ZAGG to acquire Mophie, takeover battery, screen...

Popular accessory maker Zagg today announced that it has acquired Mophie, another accessory maker best known for its iPhone battery cases and power accessories. The deal will see Zagg purchase Mophie for $100 million. Mophie CEO Daniel Huang and COO Shawn Dougherty will continue their current respective roles and will report to Zagg CEO Randy Hales.

In the press release, Hales said that the acquisition will allow the two companies to work together and deliver an even better customer and investor experience than they could as independent companies....

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14:43
US Customs is seizing thousands of hoverboards

In the last few months, US customs officers have seized thousands of counterfeit and potentially dangerous hoverboards

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14:37
Study Says Apple Watch the Only Fitness Tracker...

Wearable fitness trackers collect a lot of personal information about our activities, but only one is keeping that data away from anyone who wants to intercept it: Apple Watch. That's the finding from a study conducted by the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs.


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14:26
Poll: Will you buy the upcoming 4-inch iPhone 5se?

With Apple’s much rumored upcoming iPhone 5se on the horizon— an upgraded version of the iPhone 5S that retains the 4-inch display size for diehard fans of the model— we want to find out if you plan on upgrading when the new device launches. That’s the question we ask in today’s poll, in addition to what device you’re upgrading from (or downgrading, depending on how you look at it). 

There are a few things to consider unlike usual Apple and iPhone product launches. It looks like the iPhone 5se, as we previously reported is the current plan for the device’s moniker, will break up Apple’s usual fall release schedule with a mid-year iPhone refresh. It will...

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14:25
Why Google/Alphabet Is Worth More than Apple

Google, or rather the new parent company called Alphabet, overtook Apple Inc. to become the world's most valuable corporation Tuesday. The two companies switched places after Alphabet jumped on its December quarterly earnings report, helped by a decline in Apple's shares. Bryan Chaffin explains why Wall Street values the two companies so differently.


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14:21
Apple, other companies to be taxed on digital sales...

Taxes on digital sales by Apple, Google Play and Netflix has been approved by the Russian government and is expected to be implemented as of 2017, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The article says that President Vladimir Putin ordered that relevant state agencies prepare changes to the country's legislation aimed to "ensure equal conditions for online companies' operation in Russia" by September 2016. Russian online video services complained that foreign companies selling digital content in Russia have an unfair advantage since don't pay VAT (value-added tax), which in Russia amounts to 18%.

An exemption from VAT was originally adopted in Russia for foreign software developers and was subsequently applied to software sales on Apple's AppStore and Google Play and later to sales of movies and music on iTunes, Google Play Music and...

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14:16
Apple Watch officially launching in Israel next week

Even before Apple shakes up the lineup with new bands and software next month, the Apple Watch is continuing its initial launch around the world. Israel, which doesn’t have an Apple Retail Store presence and instead relies on authorized resellers, is will be selling the Apple Watch locally for the first time next week.

iDigital, an authorized reseller owned by iCon Group in Israel, is expected to carry the Apple Watch Sport as well as select stainless steel models from 1,999 NIS, or about $430 USD without tax, starting Thursday, February 11th. Apple.com in Israel now lists the launch date as well.

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14:15
Rumor: the iPhone 7 will have a flush rear camera,...

Quoting an unnamed “source who has provided reliable information in the past,” MacRumors says the iPhone 7 body will appear very similar to the design used for the iPhone 6 and 6s, with two significant exceptions involving cameras and the antenna bands. 

The article says the rear camera, which protrudes slightly on the iPhone 6 and 6s, will sit flush with the rear casing of the iPhone 7, enabled by a thinner camera module. Recent rumors have indicated Apple is considering equipping the iPhone 7 Plus with a dual-lens rear camera, but the smaller iPhone 7 is expected to include a more traditional camera. 

MacRumors adds that the iPhone 7’s body will see the removal of antenna bands across the rear. Antenna bands at the sides and around the top and bottom edges are said to remain.

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14:04
Notable apps and app updates for Feb. 2, 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

SweetP Productions has served up Cookie 5.0, an update to their cookie management product for Mac OS X.

The app can be configured to automatically remove any security threats including tracking cookies, unnecessary cookies, flash cookies, silverlight, and databases from your Mac. Version 5.0 has been re-written from the ground-up to support El Capitan and supports Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Chromium, and Opera browsers.

Cookie 5.0 requires El Capitan and costs . It can be purchased at the product website or the Mac App Store.

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13:51
News: Report: iPhone 7 to include flush camera lens...

A few new details have emerged on Apple’s iPhone 7, as reported by MacRumors. Citing a reliable source, the report notes that the iPhone 7 body will be very similar to the iPhone 6 design, although the rear camera will apparently sit flush with the rear casing, rather than protruding as it does on the iPhone 6 and 6s. The iPhone 7 will also reportedly exclude the antenna bands across the rear, providing a cleaner, flat metal look on the back,…

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13:45
Satechi Magnet Mount and Magnet Vent Mount: Stick...

SATECHI MAGNET MOUNT. PHOTO © 2016 STEVEN SANDE

Most people who have iPhones and iPads quickly find new and fun uses for them, and it's remarkable where you'll find the Apple devices. Whether it's on an exercise bike control panel, in the bathroom for watching the news while shaving, or in the kitchen as a digital cookbook and timer, Apple's digital toys are everywhere. Here's a pair of upcoming products from Satechi that will help you mount your iPhone or iPad mini just about anywhere. The Satechi Magnet Mount (US$19.99) and Magnet Vent Mount ($19.99) use powerful magnets to hold your device rock-steady in the kitchen, gym or car.

Design

Both of the mounts work the same way; if your device is in a case, you slide a slim rectangular plate into the case...

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13:44
Mac: Bloop Airmail 2.6 for Mac

We liked the look and feel of Bloop’s Airmail email client for Mac when it debuted a couple of years ago, and now Bloop is back, taking it to the next level with Airmail 2.6 for Mac ($10). The latest version adds support for OS X El Capitan, along with a totally redesigned app menu, new shortcuts, and a snooze feature akin to the now-defunct Mailbox. You can also now resize images in attachments, and a new smart unread selection helps you manage your inbox more effectively. The update came just before the recent debut of Airmail for iOS.

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13:30
Man successfully sues Apple for a crack in his ‘...

Gareth Cross, 32, a Welsh man from Ceredigion has successfully sued Apple after his watch broke, forcing the company to change its product description, reports the BBC News. He paid £339 in July 2015 for his Apple Watch Sport, but spotted a crack in the glass face 10 days later.

Apple said fixing the watch wasn’t covered by the smartwatch’s warranty, despite its official claim it was scratch-resistant. Cross took the company to the small claims court in Aberystwyth for breach of the Sale of Goods Act, and has won the case after a six-month fight. Apple was ordered to refund the cost of the watch and pay £429 costs. BBC News says the company has changed the description of the watch, removing impact resistant claim.

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13:17
'iPhone 7' to return to flat back without...

Apple's next flagship iPhone will return to a flatter and more elegant rear casing, ditching some of the style cues of the iPhone 6 and 6s, a report said on Tuesday.

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12:57
Environmental concerns slow progress on Apple's...

Progress on Apple's new ?850 million data center in Ireland is reportedly at a standstill as the Irish government continues to sort out complaints about the project's potential to harm local wildlife.

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12:54
Adobe Ink & Slide Stylus Combo: $29.99

We loved Adobe's Ink stylus and Slide ruler for the iPad when they were released, and an 85 percent discount makes them too good to pass up. The Ink stylus offers pressure and angle sensitivity in supported apps, plus you can color code the status light so it's easy to tell yours from everyone else's. The Slide makes it easy to create shapes, angles, patterns, and perspective in your drawings. Working together, they make for a pretty awesome combo, and totally worth checking out-especially at this awesome price.


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12:44
Harvard Researchers Debunk Warnings of Terrorists...


The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University on Monday released a report that questions the so-called "going dark" phenomenon. The U.S. government and its surveillance and law enforcement agencies have been calling for an end to encryption because they say it lets terrorists communicate and plan with impunity and is responsible for going dark -- the inability of law enforcement to monitor communications. That's not true, according to the Berkman Center.

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12:38
Report: iPhone 7 will lose camera bump and antenna...

While reports have been circulating that Apple is considering using a rear dual-camera system on the expected iPhone 7 Plus later this year, a new report today claims that there’s another change coming to the iPhone 7 camera as well.

Citing an anonymous source with an apparently reliable history, MacRumors is reporting that the upcoming iPhone 7 will lose the rear camera bump thanks to a thinner camera...

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12:30
The Week in Mac Apps: Get things done with Chaos...

...plus, plenty of productivity tools

This week’s roundup of new Mac apps features Chaos Control, a tool for task management. Plus, you’ll find an app for tracking shipments, a publishing program, and more. Read on!

Beautiful Backup : Create Beautiful Folders for Photos 4.0

Protect your most precious memories with Muharrem Ozkan’s $5 Beautiful Backup (Mac App Store Link), a simple app that backs up all of your digital media in easily accessible folders.

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12:27
Man sues Apple, wins case over Apple Watch Sport...

A Welsh man on Tuesday won a small-claims case against Apple, one which accused the company of violating the region's Sale of Goods Act in refusing to honor his Apple Watch warranty.

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12:05
Apple’s planned Irish data center may be delayed

Apple's first data center in Ireland is facing delays after unhappy Irish citizens lodged formal complaints with the Irish government, reports Business Insider.

The Cupertino, California-based company planned to start building the €850 million data center on a 500-acre site before the end of last year, but a decision won't be made until the summer, a local councillor told the publication. 

The application is being held up by the Irish government, which is currently reviewing a number of appeals that were made after Galway Council granted Apple planning permission to build a data center.

A computer-generated image of Apple’s proposed data center, courtesy of “Business Insider.”

Business Insider reports that it’s visited the site and found that the vast majority of locals were in favor of Apple's data centre, which could create up to 300 jobs in...

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12:03
Hand engraved Apple Watch

Viljo Marrandi:

Our owner and operator, Viljo Marrandi, has been doing handwork since childhood, growing up the son of a carpenter and wood carver. Beginning with a one week class taught by master engraver, Sam Alfano, in Antwerp, Belgium, Viljo was fascinated with the art. After practicing his craft for several years, Viljo received private lessons from Scott Pilkington, another renowned engraver and custom crafter, and honed his skills at English scroll with engraver Simon Lytton.

Viljo named his company, “Bottega Marrandi,” the word “Bottega” meaning “Workshop” in Italian. So welcome to his workshop, we think you will love it.

Check out the pictures of the Apple Watch engravings. If you’re looking to really...

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11:40
[Sponsor] Igloo, a Modern Intranet

Imagine people could find all the information they needed to do their jobs in one, unified space. You could break down silos and share information more efficiently. For real. Sometimes, cultural shifts start with technological ones. Shift your intranet perceptions, with Igloo.

Igloo is an intranet you’ll actually like. And, because we know love doesn’t happen overnight, you can try it for free — forever. Try it now at igloosoftware.com.

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11:23
Review: Just Mobile TENC for iPad Pro

Just Mobile's TENC ($50) is a simple case for iPad Pro. TENC draws its naming inspiration from The Emperor's New Clothes, and Just Mobile claims the clear matte plastic case is covered with a self-healing coating to guard against "casual scratches." Outside of that however, TENC is really just a plastic shell case. Though we historically don't review such cases for iPhone, many iPad cases don't offer button coverage, and in the case of iPad Pro, we'll be seeing a lot of cases leaving one side exposed for Smart Connector compatibility. That's TENC — a well-fitting plastic shell with an opening on the side of the case for Smart Connector accessories. TENC is a straightforward playthrough case, and doesn't offer any integrated kickstand or Apple Pencil holder.{/exp:char_limit}
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11:18
Apple’s Irish data center faces delays as citizens...

Last year it was announced that Apple was planning a major new data center for County Galway in Ireland, as well as one in Denmark, both set to begin operations in 2017. According to a new report from Business Insider, however, Apple’s plans for the Irish data center have hit a speed bump. The report claims that the company’s $928 million dollar center has been put on hold due to complaints from the community.

Apple had originally hoped to start building the data center on a 500-acre site by the end of 2015, but a new decision from the Irish government now won’t come until this summer. The government is reviewing a variety of appeals...

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10:47
TMO Daily Observations 2016-02-02: The Low Down on...

Google is now valued higher than Apple in the stock market, but that doesn't mean Apple is doomed. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to sort out the math that shows Google's valuation above Apple's, plus they worth through the different types of Google stock, and dig into a little Wall Street logic, too.


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10:38
Apple is among top 10 U.S. business-to-business...

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. business-to-business (B2B) commercial channel revenue increased. Sales in 2015 grew 2.1% to more than $72 billion, according to The NPD Group’s Distributor and Reseller Tracking Services.  And Apple is among the top 10 vendors in the channel, according to NPD.

From 2012 to 2015, the U.S. B2B commercial channel market increased at a 4.4% compound annual growth rate, adding $8.7 billion in revenue over that period, says the research group. From a revenue perspective, the top 10 vendors in the U.S. B2B commercial channel in 2015 were Hewlett-Packard, Cisco Systems, Lenovo, Microsoft, IBM, Apple, EMC, Samsung, Dell and Network Appliance. 

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10:16
Report: Apple to reveal smaller iPhone and new iPad...

Enlarge / The iPad Air 2. A new version could bring over multiple features from the iPad Pro. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Mark your calendars: A new report from Buzzfeed's John Paczkowski says that Apple is planning a product event for March 15, its first since the iPhone 6S, iPad Pro, and Apple TV event it held back in September. Paczkowski's sources have reliably predicted the dates of multiple iPhone and iPad events in the past, and 9to5Mac's sources have also pegged March 15th as the event date.

Apple's plans could change, but as of this writing, Apple is...

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10:15
Twelve South updates iPad Air, iPad mini BookBook,...

Although they don't seem to have us on the top of their PR priority list anymore (we miss you, Shannon), Twelve South is one of our favorite premium accessory manufacturers here at Apple World Today. The company has announced that the BookBook vintage leather cases have been updated, with two new versions available for the iPad Air 2 (US$79.99) and iPad mini 4 ($69.99) respectively. But the big news -- no pun intended -- is the announcement of the BookBook for iPad Pro, which will be shipping this Spring.

The new BookBooks for iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4 have the usual distressed leather binding that doubles as a hideaway for your favorite tablet, and they come with built-in viewing and typing stands as well as holes for accessing the iPads connectors and cameras without removing the case. 

The BookBook for iPad Pro is designed with a display stand set at an angle that's perfect for...

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10:03
Munster: 4" iPhone doesn't make sense for...

Despite rumors that Apple plans to hold a mid-March event to introduce several new products, it may not make sense to include a 4-inch iPhone among them, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster.

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09:40
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09:40
Apple allegedly testing dual-lens cameras from three...

Multiple camera modules, image from LinX Computational Imaging Ltd. 

You can take this rumor with a bit of skepticism since it comes from DigiTimes and KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo -- both of whom have rather crappy records when it comes to rumors -- but supposedly the dual-lens camera systems that are expected for the next-generation "iPhone 7 Plus" are being tested by Apple right now. The company is allegedly testing camera modules from its main camera supplier Largan Technology and two "unnamed" Japan and China-based vendors. 

If it adopts dual-lens camera technology as a differentiating factor for the iPhone 7 Plus, Apple will most likely use technology that was obtained through the acquisition of LinX Computational Imaging Ltd. last year. That company's tech provides a way for a smartphone to use optical zoom rather than the grain-inducing digital zoom, and can also be used for...

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09:38
Quick Solution to Apple Mail’s TidBITS Wrapping Woes

If you’re having trouble reading this week’s HTML email issue of TidBITS in Apple Mail because of too-long line lengths, Adam explains why, and suggests a quick workaround.

 

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09:19
Apple might show off iPhone 5se and iPad Air 3 at...

Rumors are swirling that Apple has a spring event in the works to launch a 4-inch iPhone, a revamped iPad Air, and new Apple Watch models. Now we have a tentative date for that event: March 15.

Apple hasn’t sent out invites to the media yet, so the event isn’t a lock. The date comes courtesy of 9to5Mac, which has a proven track record for reliable intel, but the site noted that event details are still in flux so the date could change or the announcements could be moved online.

So what new products are on tap? Surprisingly, just six months after releasing the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, Apple reportedly has another phone ready to go. The rumored iPhone 5se is a 4-inch phone that reportedly has the same chips as the iPhone 6s for always-on Siri without...

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09:15
Photo of the Day: Apple Adjustable Keyboard from...

Apple has long been trying to push the iPad into the business market, but this use case is probably something the company never expected to see. On Twitter, AfterPad.com owner Kevin shared the above image of Apple’s Adjustable Keyboard, first introduced back in 1993 for $219, connected to an iPad and working nearly flawlessly. Just for good measure, he also attached the numeric keypad Apple offered with the keyboard itself.

As you can see in the image above, a variety of adapters and cables go into powering this set up. The Apple Adjustable Keyboard itself is connected via an ADB cable to the Griffin iMate ADB to USB adapter. From there, the USB end of the adapter is...

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09:08
Dutch National Police working to train anti-drone...

As remotely-controlled drones become smaller and more sophisticated, authorities are working to counter the potential security and privacy implications in sometimes novel ways -- including training eagles to take the aircraft down.

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08:47
Seagate slapped with a class action lawsuit over...

Seagate is facing a class action lawsuit over its 3TB consumer hard drives, which by some accounts have suffered unusually high failure rates.

The lawsuit, filed on February 1 in the U.S. District Court for Northern California, primarily cites reliability data from Backblaze, a cloud backup provider that builds its own storage pods from consumer hard drives. In Backblaze’s experience, Seagate's 3TB HDDs failed at much higher rates than other drives, prompting the storage provider to phase out those drives by mid-2015.

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08:40
TwelveSouth debuts BookBook cases for slimmer iPad...

TwelveSouth, maker of stylish accessories for Apple products, is out today with new versions of its signature BookBook case fit for the slimmer iPad mini 4 and iPad Air 2. In addition, TwelveSouth’s also showing off the upcoming iPad Pro version of the BookBook case. If you’re unfamiliar, TwelveSouth’s BookBook line wraps your Apple device in a vintage leather book-like case which offers equal parts protection and disguise.

TwelveSouth already has versions of the BookBook case designed for iPhones,...

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08:17
Report Claims 4-inch iPhone 5se, iPad Air 3 Launch...

Apple is reportedly planning on introducing a new 4-inch iPhone along with the iPad Air 3 on March 15th. The company also plans to introduce new Apple Watch bands at the same media event-an event that so far hasn't been announced or confirmed.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple's last big media event was in September 2016, so a March product reveal isn't out of the question-especially considering the iPad Air 2 is getting pretty long in the tooth.


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08:15
Restored video of Steve Jobs introducing the NeXT...

Apple history buffs know that on October 12, 1988, Steve Jobs introduced the NeXT computer to the world. NeXT was the company founded by Jobs after his departure from Apple, and it was later purchased by Apple upon his return to the company. The NeXTSTEP operating system used on the NeXT workstation ended up being the core of the Mac operating system as we know it today: Mac OS X. New video of the introduction event was recovered during production of the recent "Steve Jobs" movie, restored as much as possible, and is now available on YouTube.

I recall being at a local introduction that day, watching the event via closed-circuit TV in a banquet room in a nearby hotel. My interest in possibly obtaining one of the workstations dropped to zero once the price was announced -- $6,500 in 1988 dollars (about $13,000 in today's dollars). ...

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08:03
U.S., EU reach breakthrough on new 'Safe Harbor...

Having already missed the original Sunday deadline, U.S. and European officials are reportedly on the verge of cinching a new "Safe Harbor" deal on transferring data across the Atlantic. [Updated]

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08:00
Rumor: Apple to hold media event on March 15th,...

Apple’s next media event is rumored to take place on Tuesday, March 15th and is expected to cover a new 4-inch “iPhone 5se”, iPad Air 3 and Apple Watch updates.

Still, the date could change at the last minute, so things are up in the air.

Apple’s new 4-inch iPhone is rumored to feature an A9 chip with M9 motion coprocessor, 1,624 mAh battery, 1GB of RAM, Bluetooth 4.2, Apple Pay, VoLTE, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and 16GB and 64GB storage models, but 3D Touch appears unlikely.

The “iPhone 5se” is rumored to ship in late March or early April and will likely replace the iPhone 5s. Apple is also expected to release the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models this September.

Details surrounding the iPad Air 3 are less clear, but leaked design drawings...

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08:00
Killer Deal: Get a free 32GB Apple TV with 15"...

This week, AI readers can use exclusive coupons to grab a free 32GB Apple TV in addition to cash discounts with the purchase of all current 15" MacBook Pros, in addition to dozens of popular 21" iMac with Retina 4K display and 27" iMac with Retina 5K display configurations.

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07:52
Fitness trackers are leaking lots of your data,...

Some of the more popular sports wearables don’t just let you track your fitness, they let other people track you.

That’s what Canadian researchers found when they studied fitness-tracking devices from eight manufacturers, along with their companion mobile apps.

All the devices studied except for the Apple Watch transmitted a persistent, unique Bluetooth identifier, allowing them to be tracked by the beacons increasingly being used by retail stores and shopping malls to recognize and profile their customers.

The revealing devices, the Basis Peak, Fitbit Charge HR, Garmin Vivosmart, Jawbone Up 2, Mio Fuse, Withings Pulse O2 and Xiaomi Mi Band, all make it possible for their wearers to be tracked using Bluetooth even when the device is not paired with or connected to a smartphone, the researchers said. Only the Apple device used a feature of the Bluetooth LE standard to generate changing MAC addresses to prevent tracking.

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07:31
T-Mobile ties Verizon for LTE speed supremacy in...

Verizon is still the LTE king among U.S. mobile carriers, but T-Mobile wants to be the heir apparent. That’s the main takeaway from the latest State of Mobile Networks: USA report from OpenSignal. The crowd-sourced mobile data company found that T-Mobile is closing in on AT&T in terms of nationwide coverage, and the “Un-carrier” is tied with Verizon for the 4G speed crown.

OpenSignal’s report pulls data from 180,000 people nationwide who have the company’s mobile app installed on their smartphone.

Can you hear T-Mobile now?
OpenSignal

OpenSignal’s data says that T-Mobile’s 4G coverage is now at 81 percent. That means that whenever users were connected, T-Mobile’s 4G customers received a 4G signal 81.2 percent of the time. Verizon...

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07:30
Rumor: iPad, iPhone, Apple Watch updates to be...

Apple will hold an event on Tuesday, March 15 and announce updates to the iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch software, reports Mark Gurman at 9to5Mac

The company is expected to release a 4-inch iPhone (the “iPhone 5se”), the iPad Air 3, and new bands and software for the Apple Watch. Other rumors (or perhaps wishful thinking) has Apple rolling out new Apple Watches (as in hardware) and updated MacBooks. My crystal ball says the first is possible, but the second won’t happen until June when a major refresh of the entire Mac laptop line is announced at the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference.

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07:25
Opinion: Could the rumored twin-lens of the iPhone 7...

When Apple first made the move into larger-screen phones with the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, there was only tiny difference between them in terms of features: the larger-screened model included optical image stabilization while the smaller one didn’t. This was likely driven simply by the practicality of fitting the technology into the larger device rather than any real intention to differentiate the two devices feature-wise.

But the rumors suggest that the iPhone 7 Plus may offer a dual-camera system, offering optical zoom, while the smaller iPhone 7 won’t. A fresh report today suggests that a number of camera lens makers have sent dual-lens samples to Apple for...

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07:21
Worldwide wearables device sales to grow 18.4% (...

The Forecast: Wearable Electronic Devices, Worldwide, 2016 report from Gartner, Inc. forecasts that 274.6 million wearable electronic devices will be sold worldwide in 2016, an increase of 18.4% from 232.0 million units in 2015. And theApple Watch and virtual reality/augmented reality will spur growth by almost one-fifth this year, according to the research group.

Sales of wearable electronic devices are predicted to generate revenue of $28.7 billion in 2016. Of that, $11.5 billion will be from smartwatches, and the Apple Watch is expected to do just fine.

"From 2015 through 2017, smartwatch adoption will have 48% growth largely due to Apple popularizing wearables as a lifestyle trend. Smartwatches have the greatest revenue potential among all wearables through 2019, reaching $17.5 billion," said Angela McIntyre, research director at...

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06:48
Soundcloud launches free ‘track stations’ on iOS...

Shortly after Apple’s decision to let free ad-supported iTunes Radio stations go away, Soundcloud today has introduced a new similar feature called Stations for free on its own music streaming platform. Users can launch a new track station based off of the current song they’re listening to and easily discover an endless stream of new music.

Soundcloud users no longer have to hunt for the next great song or worry about just playing what’s on their current Stream (Soundcloud’s equivalent of a timeline). This makes the music listening and discovery process much more smooth in general.

In initial testing, it appears that stations use a...

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06:47
News: Report: iPhone 5se, iPad Air 3 set for March...

Apple is looking to hold an event on March 15 to unveil a new iPhone, iPad Air, and Apple Watch band options, 9to5Mac reports, following a report last week that the new standard-sized iPad would be available in March, while also revealing that the rumored 4-inch iPhone model will debut at the same time. Sources suggest that the new “iPhone 5se” will include an A9 chip, improved cameras, Live Photos support, and Apple Pay, while mirroring…

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06:40
Rumor: Apple testing dual-lens camera modules from...

Taiwan's Largan Technology and camera lens makers in China and Japan have sent dual-lens camera samples to Apple for testing, aiming for inclusion in Apple's next Plus-sized iPhone, a report claimed on Tuesday.

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06:30
7 Swift 2 Enhancements iOS Devs Will Love

snydeq writes: InfoWorld's Paul Solt outlines how Apple has made good on Swift's emphasis on performance, approachability, and ease in its latest update, offering up seven worthwhile enhancements to Swift 2, along with code samples. 'Many of the enhancements to Swift, through both the Swift 2.0 update and subsequent Swift 2.1 update, have made the language more explicit and intentional, and in turns, Swift 2 code will be safer and easier to maintain for years to come (especially now that Swift is open source). New language constructs (keywords) in Swift 2 improve the readability of control flow — the order in which lines of code are executed. Thanks to these new keywords, collaborating on Swift code will be much more productive and efficient.'


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06:25
Apple Lands Patent for Multi-touch Display Hover...

Our iPhones already support single and multi-finger tap and swipe gestures, as well as pressure sensitive presses, and soon they may recognize hover gestures, too. Apple has been granted a patent that describes a system where our finger movements can be recognized when they're near our iPhone displays, but not actually touching them.

The Mac Observer Spin: Mixing Apple's VR and AR efforts with its gesture proximity sensing patents sounds like an awesome mix for Tony Stark's JARVIS interface.


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05:51
Apple eyes March 15 event for iPhone 5se, iPad Air 3...

Apple is currently aiming to unveil the new 4-inch the iPhone 5se, the iPad Air 3, and new Apple Watch band options at an event on Tuesday, March 15th, according to sources. We previously reported that Apple was on track to launch the new products during the week of March 14th. As the scheduled event is still a month-and-a-half away, the date could conceivably still shift or turn into an online announcement. The media event would be Apple’s first since September, and much like the fall event, is planned to touch on three major product categories for the company.

As we...

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05:44
Apple is (still) the world’s most valuable brand,...

Apple remains the world’s most valuable brand, up 14% to $145.9 billion, according to the latest Brand Finance rankings. However, the brand valuation and strategy consultancy says Disney is the “most powerful,” thanks to the record-breaking success of Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens.

Brands are evaluated to determine which are the most powerful (based on factors such familiarity, loyalty, promotion, marketing investment, staff satisfaction and corporate reputation) and which are most valuable and ranked in the Brand Finance Global 500.

Apple has maintained its dominance at the summit of the Global 500. Brand value is up 14%, thanks to the huge success of the iPhone 6 and recently released iPhone 6s. Revenue for fourth quarter of the fiscal year 2015 was a record-breaking $51.5 billion with profits at US$11.1 billion while revenues for the year were $233.7 billion. This huge surge is partly responsible for recent disappointing sales growth (the slowest since...

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05:29
'Knights and Bikes' is a charming co-op...

Every so often we'll spot a game in the bowels of Kickstarter which, despite all of the problems associated with crowdfunding, grabs our attention and won't let go. Knights and Bikes is one of those projects because, well, just look at the screenshot...

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05:09
Apple granted patent for detecting touch-free...

Apple was today granted a patent for detecting touch-free gestures at close range, the patent language suggesting that the approach could build on the capabilities of multi-touch and 3D touch to respond to fingers hovering close to an iPhone or iPad display, as well as use on keyboards and trackpads.

The patent describes using sensors similar to the proximity detectors used to disable accidental touch input on the iPhone screen when you’re holding the phone to your face during a call. Unlike longer-range gesture technologies like Kinect, the system would detect ‘hover events’ just above the surface of the screen …

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05:00
The fight for a third-best smartphone OS has been...

Enlarge / We've been watching smartphone operating systems burn out and fade away for the last year or two, and that's too bad. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

A few days ago, BlackBerry CEO John Chen strongly implied that Android was the future of the company’s phones—he didn’t say BlackBerry 10 was finished, but future phones from the company are much more likely to resemble the not-entirely-awful BlackBerry Priv. Last week, Microsoft announced that Lumia sales had taken a big year-over-...

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05:00
Gadget Ogling: Babe-Friendly Smartwatches, Pretty...


If I were a parent, I assume I would have a strong opposition to giving a smartphone to an under-14 child of mine. Don't get me wrong. I would, I surmise, be all in favor of my offspring being able to tap into the Internet to explore, learn, and communicate. I'd also want my kid to be reachable at all times -- but, ideally, in a more-controlled way than by carrying a typical smartphone. The dokiWatch has 3G connectivity, voice and video calling, an emergency alert function, location tracking, fitness tracking and, of course, games.

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05:00
Like Santa’s bag, Tom Bihn's Cadet case holds...

Tom Bihn's Cadet is small, but you can pack a lot of stuff into it. How much stuff? How about a 12-inch MacBook, an iPhone 6, power cords for both, a few small accessories, earphones and a couple of magazines.

I admit that I was pushing it. My Cadet was bulging by the time I had all my tech gadgets and goodies crammed in. You may not want to have your case bursting at the seam, but this item -- another topnotch offering from Tom Bihn -- is like Santa's bag: it's a lot more spacious than it looks.

The Cadet comes in sizes for a variety of Apple products ranging from the iPad Air to the 15-inch MacBook Pro. Using two clips, the bottom edge of the case attaches to two vertical pieces of webbing sewn into the Cadet. When passing through a TSA checkpoint, you can slide your iOS or OS X device (still in its protective Cadet Cache) out of the Cadet for X-ray inspection; the electronic device...

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04:30
BT's updated TV app has an on-demand section...

Like the UK's other big TV providers, BT offers customers an app that lets them manage their YouView+ set-top box and access some of the content they pay for when they're away from the living-room flatscreen. The service formally known as BT TV Every...

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04:14
suitX launches lightweight and affordable exoskeleton

suitX, the robotics company out of University of California, Berkeley's Human Engineering Lab has launched its first exoskeleton after years of development. It's called Phoenix, a relatively lightweight and affordable device that can help people with...

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04:00
Sid Meier’s Railroads! is fun, but may disappoint...

Sid Meier’s Railroads! (published by Feral Interactive and developed by Firaxis games) it’s a "re-imagining" of Railroad Tycoon on the Mac. If you haven't followed the Railroad series, you'll enjoy the game, though longtime Railroad Tycoon fans may be disappointed. 

For better or worse, the re-imagining caters to the casual gamer. It's a more playful, if shallower, gaming experience than its predecessors. Play is entirely intuitive, though it lacks the complexity and challenges of Railroad Tycoon and Railroad Tycoon 2. For example, there's no campaign mode. Laying track is so easy there's little challenge. There's no map or scenario editor. 

On the other hand, Railroad Tycoon 3 went off the rails with its overcomplicated features. Railroads! attempts to rectify this with vibrant graphics, good use of music and even a real manual. Plus, you can change the look of your trains if you wish.

Railroads! gets back to basics,...

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03:30
The 10 Mac games you need to play from January 2016

January's Mac games

Did you check out our picks for the can’t-miss Mac games of 2015? We hope so, because 2016 didn’t wait to start unleashing a killer selection of new games to fall in love with. The first few weeks of the year have already delivered several games that players are obsessing over and gleefully dissecting, and we have them all profiled here for your perusal. 

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03:12
Politician rallying against SWATting falls victim...

Writing about SWATting victims is as depressing as writing about data breaches, but this is the future we live in. In regards to the former, the politician who's come out strongest against the potentially deadly prank found herself on the receiving e...

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00:29
Apple patents hover-sensing multitouch display

After the release of 3D Touch force-sensing input on iPhone 6s, Apple continues its push for the perfect input technology, most recently winning a patent that uses inline proximity sensors to detect non-contact hover gestures.

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This week, we’re proud to have a new sponsor for Apple World Today — WinningWP.

A surprising number of Apple World Today readers are also bloggers, and many of them use WordPress as their content management system of choice. WordPress is the most popular blogging system in use, the engine behind more than 60 million websites as of 2012 and used by more than 27.5% of all websites. It’s not just small websites that use WordPress — big names like Time.com and TechCrunch.com are powered by it.

With the unrivaled popularity and widespread acceptance of WordPress, it’s difficult to learn more about using the blogging tool and find deals on everything from themes to hosting. That’s where WinningWP excels. The award-winning blog focuses on tips and tricks to turn you into a power blogger, provides resources to make your life as a blog admin easier, and sweetens the pot with ...

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Poll: What rumored 2016 Apple product excites you...

If early indications are anything to go by, 2016 looks to be a relatively big year for Apple. After an ‘s’ year of iPhone upgrades, no new iPad Air model, and the original Apple Watch hardware going on two years of age, there is huge potential for the company to impress users and investors alike. We’ve already seen a handful of leaks and rumors pointing to possible releases for Apple this year, which makes us wonder: What rumored 2016 Apple product excites you the most?

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