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Friday November 20

If your iPad Pro stops responding and the screen is...

If your iPad Pro has this issue, bookmark this link (Apple’s official support page).

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News: Daily Deal: SNES30 Bluetooth Game Controller

In our iLounge Deal for today you can relive the glory days of playing Super Nintendo with the SNES30 Bluetooth Game Controller for only $29.95. This retro Bluetooth controller lets you play modern games on your iPhone, iPad, iPod, Apple TV, and more with the feel of an old-school game controller. Wiimote emulation support also allows you to play with up to four players on a Wii or play multiplayer iOS games using the dual-keyboard code system, and…

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How to silence Siri with the mute switch

Easy to do. Great tip.

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AppleInsider podcast goes deep on iPad Pro, Apple...

Apple's new iPad Pro and accessories are the focus of this week's AppleInsider podcast, as Neil and Mikey share their thoughts on the giant tablet after a week's worth of testing. Shane drops by to discuss iOS-Mac convergence theories and we break down rumors about a supposed 4-inch iPhone set to debut next year.

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Developers say Apple’s App Store policies make it...

Developers of pro apps have long complained that Apple’s App Store policies are a barrier to them creating iOS versions of popular Mac apps. The launch of the iPad Pro has brought the issue front and center, with a number of developers sharing their thoughts with The Verge.

There are two key issues, they say. First, pro apps are expensive, and users want to satisfy themselves that they are worth the money before they pay. Free trials are the usual way to achieve this with desktop apps, but the App Store doesn’t allow them to offer the same option for iOS apps … 

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∞ Muppets Apple TV commercial

Embedded in the post itself is another short Apple TV spot, here and gone in 15 seconds. I wish this one was a bit longer. Muppets. Enjoy.

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“Help I’ve fallen” and the iPad Pro saves the day

We’ve seen the ads and laughed at the line “help I’ve fallen and I can’t get up”! When that happens it’s anything but comical as I discovered first-hand last night.

It was an evening like many others, I was eating dinner while reading a Kindle book on the iPad Pro sitting on the table. Once finished I set about cleaning off the table and while doing so the ceiling fan blew some napkins onto the floor.

I bent over to pick them up and in an instant I had slipped on one of the napkins and was lying flat on my back next to the dining table. I wasn’t injured, just flat out on the floor.

My first reaction was to laugh due to that comical line but after assessing my situation I realized I was in serious trouble. I recently injured my knee and it was in such bad shape it offered no support. After spending 30 minutes trying this and that, I realized the knee was useless. This meant that I was incapable of even getting up on my knees to try to get up. I was truly...

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Nvidia Updates Shield Tablet, Shaves $100 Off Price

Nvidia this week revealed a refreshed Shield Tablet K1 and indicated that it isn't done updating the gaming slate. One of the biggest parts of the refresh is a cut of $100 off the price of the 16-GB tablet. The original Shield Tablet was available in a $299 16-GB version and a $399 32-GB variant. There's also a new battery, replacing the fire-prone cells that caused Nvidia to recall the original Shield Tablets back in July. The refreshed Shield Tablet has picked up silicon grips, but it dropped LTE and the 32-GB variant.

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iTunes Match vs Apple Music: why you’ll want to use...

Apple’s cloud services are confusing to say the least, and things have only gotten more convoluted as these services have proliferated. iTunes Match, Apple Music, or both? iCloud Photo Sharing, Photo Stream, or both? I’ll try to shed some light on these matters over the next couple of days. Let’s start by looking at iTunes Match and Apple Music.

If you want to use Apple Music, using it along with iTunes Match is your best choice if you already have a large music library. In case you’re not familiar with it, Apple Music is a streaming music service, a live radio station, and a venue for music fans to connect with artists. 

Your music, whether from the iTunes Store or ripped CDs, “now lives in one place alongside the Apple Music catalog with over 30 million songs,” says Apple. You can stream songs, albums, or playlists — or let the service do the work for you. 

Apple Music costs $9.99 per month (you can try it free for three months). There’s a family plan for $14...

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This could be really interesting.

Image Searcher, Inc. and Net Ideas, LLC have brought out TapTapSee, a mobile camera application designed specifically for the blind and visually impaired iOS users. The app utilizes the iDevice’s camera and VoiceOver functions to photograph objects and identify them out loud for the user.

The App allows users to photograph any two or three dimensional object at any angle, have it accurately analyzed, and defined within seconds. The iDevice’s VoiceOver then speaks the identification audibly to the user.

TapTapSee also allows users to repeat the last image identified, upload images from the camera roll, share identification via Twitter, Facebook, text or email, rotor reader,...

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TrendForce: Apple will get closer to Samsung’s...

Total smartphone shipments for 2015 are projected to decline by 9.7 percent to 1.286 billion units, according to the latest report from TrendForce. However, the global market research firm says Apple will begin closing the gap with Samsung when it comes to global smartphone market share.

“While Samsung has kept its shipment title through the year, it is struggling against Apple in the high-end market and being pushed out of the mid-range and low-end segments by Chinese competitors,” says Avrid Wu, TrendForce’s smartphone analyst. “Facing challenges on two fronts, Samsung’s smartphone business will operate in an increasingly difficult situation in the near future. Closely trailing Samsung in global shipments is Apple, which remains as the dominant and most profitable vendor in the high-end market.”

Wu thinks Apple will release an upgraded 4-inch iPhone C series in the second...

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Apple acknowledges issue with some iPad Pros failing...

Apple has officially acknowledged an issue reported by multiple iPad Pro owners on Reddit and Apple’s own support forum, in which some units become unresponsive after charging. We’ve even happened upon a few dead iPad Pros at the Apple Store for which an Apple employee shyly asked us to avert our eyes while he did a hard restart.

Some users report that the device won’t wake after charging, while others who left it switched on say that the Pro fails to respond to either the touchscreen or the home button. The problem can be resolved by a force restart, and this is the action Apple recommends while it investigates … ...

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Apple wants to make iOS devices with tougher...

Despite the situation with the bankrupt GT Advanced regarding the use of sapphire material, Apple hasn’t given up on building tougher, more durable iOS devices. The company has filed for a patent (number 20150327641) for “composite fiber reinforcement for stiffening shells.”

According to Apple’s patent, a device case can be reinforced by a reinforcing member made up of composite extrusions embedded within a top edge portion of the stiffening shell. The device shell can be utilized to define and maintain an overall shape of the device case. 

Apple says that composite fibers suitable for use in these embodiments can have high tensile strength and high tensile modulus. The device case can include a single length of embedded twisted composite fibers that extend continuously around the top edge or alternatively can include a number of discrete segments that reinforce particularly fragile portion of the top edge....

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Samsung wows investors with futuristic tech that...

Speaking at Samsung Electronics' 2015 Investors Forum, a series of company executives spent hours saying very little, while talking about "innovations" such as phase detection Focus Pixels and camera sensor Deep Trench Isolation that iPhones already have.

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Thursday November 19

Adobe kills off its photo-sharing service Revel

First it was called Adobe Carousel. Then it was renamed Adobe Revel. But regardless of the moniker, it was the company’s cloud-based platform for amateur photographers to privately save and share photos and videos free from prying eyes. And soon it will cease to exist.

Adobe has announced that Revel’s run is coming to an end, and that users can opt to transfer the assets stored and shared by the service into Adobe’s Creative Cloud Photography Plan. February 23, 2016, will be the last day both free and paying customers will be able to sign in to the Revel app.


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Apple Sales in India Top $1 Billion for First Time

A billion dollars. Just saying it makes me wax whimsical about the salad days when such an august figure was what we in the business called "a lot of money." The gigantic sums of money earned by the likes of Apple and Google may have jaded us to such figures, but there are innumerable companies that would kill for a billion dollars of business in year.

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iPad Pro cases from Pad & Quill

I’ve mentioned how much I love their products before—now you can get quality cases for the iPad Pro.

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New Facebook tools help you manage awkward romantic...

Wow, Facebook is getting downright emo. In a Thursday blog post titled “Improving the Experience When Relationships End” (and, no, that’s not a Morrissey song), Facebook introduced features that mitigate the awkwardness of break-ups in the social media age.

If you’ve ended a romance in the last seven or eight years, you probably know that “it’s complicated” barely begins to describe the weirdness of seeing your ex’s posts in your news feed—or knowing that he or she can see yours. The new tools address all that. Once you change you status to single, Facebook’s emotional-insulation agents come to the rescue.


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Apple Pencil Video Review: A New Breed of Stylus

Apple decided it could improve on the ten styluses on the ends of our arms with its new Apple Pencil for the iPad Pro. It's definitely a high quality stylus, but is it worth the US$99 price tag? Watch The Mac Observer's video review to see what Jeff Gamet thinks.

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Jimmy Iovine & Mary J. Blige discuss Apple Music...

Apple executive Jimmy Iovine and popular recording artist Mary J. Blige sat down with the hosts of CBS This Morning earlier today to discuss Apple Music. A couple of months back, Apple debuted a new TV ad for its music streaming service starring Blige along with actresses Kerry Washington and Taraji P. Henson. In the ad, the three stars described Apple music as the “Instant boyfriend mixtape service” and touted that the For You feature is the equivalent of having a boyfriend inside your computer.

In today’s interview with CBS, Iovine discussed the inspiration behind the ad, explaining that he believes women have trouble finding music to listen to (a quote some have found to be controversial). “Women find it very difficult at times – some women – to find...

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Volvo concept, Facebook Safety Check, Drone...

On The Wrap this week Volvo intros a new concept car that will pave the way for autonomous vehicles, Facebook enables Safety Check and there's a renewed push for chip and pin for new credit cards.

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First look: Apple Pencil paired with iPad Pro is no...

Still a rare find, with asking prices on eBay double --?or more --?its $99 suggested price, the Apple Pencil is slowly finding its way into the hands of consumers who are early adopters of the jumbo-sized iPad Pro. AppleInsider had the chance to spend an extended period of time with the new stylus, and we offer our initial first look.

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Tweetbot 2.2

Adds support for full screen and split screen views in OS X 10.11 El Capitan. ($9.99 new, free update, 11.5 MB)


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Jimmy Iovine says finding music is difficult for...

Apple Music exec Jimmy Iovine is getting flak for supposedly sexist comments made during a interview on Thursday, where he said a recent ad series was made because finding music is difficult for "some women."

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How-To: Unlock iPad Pro’s full potential w/ iOS 9...

If you haven’t mastered iOS 9 and all its new tricks introduced in September, then it’s easy to find yourself using the iPad Pro as just a jumbo iPad Air or iPad mini. But new multitasking features like Picture in Picture, Split View, and Slide Over transform the iPad Pro experience and shine on the larger display if you know how to use them and which apps work. And while the iPad Pro doesn’t have 3D Touch like new iPhones, there’s a similar keyboard cursor gesture to now about. All that plus much more on unlocking the full potential of the iPad Pro below:

Before we dive in, many of these tips will apply to all iPads with iOS 9 while other features are limited to iPad mini 4 (7.9″), iPad Air 2 (9.7″), and iPad Pro (12.9″). If you’re comfortable with the bigger display of the Pro, however, it is able to present the most amount of...

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CalDigit announces two new USB-C docks, other...

Apple's 12-inch MacBook might not be getting the love that the iPad Pro is, but there are still a lot of companies that are creating new and exciting accessories for the diminutive Retina display laptop. CalDigit announced two new USB-C docks yesterday, the USB-C mini Dock (US$99, $89 on pre-order) and the USB-C Dock (US$159, $149 on pre-order). Also announced were a USB-C to HDMI Adapter ($29.99) and USB-C to VGA Adapter ($24.99).

The USB-C mini Dock is a small form-factor dock perfect for travel. Featuring 2 USB 3.1 Type C ports, 2 USB 3.1 Type A ports, Gigabit Ethernet and HDMI and VGA ports, the mini Dock uses bus power to operate. The mini Dock cannot be used while charging the MacBook.

On the other hand, the USB-C Dock can be connected to power, allowing the MacBook to...

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Lithium 9-Volt Battery with Built-in Wi-Fi for Smoke...

Here's a product I can get behind called the Roost Smart Battery. It's a Lithium battery in a 9-Volt form factor designed specifically for smoke alarms. First, it will last five years. Secondly, it has built-in Wi-Fi that allows you to monitor and communicate with the battery from your smartphone. That includes the ability to identify WHICH FREAKIN' SMOKE ALARM IS BEEPING FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS HOLY MAKE IT STOP!!! Oops, sorry. I just went through an epic hunt for a chirping smoke detectors, and it was absolutely the most idiotic event I've participated in this year. This product would have made it so much simpler to handle. Back to the Roost Smart Battery: the Lithium core is replaceable. It's priced at US$34.99, and just began shipping. You can also order it through Amazon.


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The Week in iPhone Cases: Customize iSkelter's... a granite case, transparent options, and more

This week’s iPhone case roundup brings you germ killing screen protectors, one-of-a-kind cases for that unique look you’ve always wanted, lots of extra power for extended trips, and much more!


The Pro Slider (iPhone 6/6s; $40) features co-molded side walls, a hard PC exterior, and a shock-absorbing band around its perimeter.

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Hands-on with HP's tough little Elite X2: This...

If you drop a Surface Pro 3 and shatter the screen, kiss it goodbye.

That’s not the case with HP’s newly announced Surface-clone Elite X2. Aimed at business users, you can walk the Elite X2 down to IT, where they can remove a few screws and replace the screen in minutes. No glue and no heat gun, as you must use to open most other tablets.

But that’s what HP says sets its convertible apart from similar designs, making it better suited for corporate customers who need to be able to service the devices. HP isn’t just taking shots at Microsoft’s Surface Pro-series either—the company says its similar (but consumer-focused) Spectre X2 isn’t up to enterprise standards of durability, either.


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$AAPL Rises as Goldman Sachs Tells Wall Street to...

Goldman Sachs goosed Apple's stock on Wednesday by placing it on the investment banking firm's "Conviction Buy List." Analyst Simona Jankowski told Wall Street that Apple should be valued more as a services company, rather than a hardware company, and issued a 12-month target of US$163 per share.

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Of 101M iPhones now in U.S installed base, 62% are...

According to research by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, the installed base of iPhones in the United States has now reached 101 million. Somewhat incredibly, the majority of these phones now in use are iPhone 6 (or newer) models with support for Apple Pay via Touch ID.

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∞ I don’t want an iPad to replace my Mac

There’s been a lot of talk about whether or not the iPad Pro can replace your Mac as a primary device. I think the simply answer to that question is, yes, it can. However, for me, the bigger question is do I want the iPad to replace my Mac? The answer to that question is, no.

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AWT News Update: November 19, 2015

News from Adele to Quanta, and all the Steve Jobs in between:

  • Adele snubs Apple Music (and Spotify) for her new album
  • Facebook lets you turn off exes.
  • Horace Dediu's classic handwritten review of the Apple Pencil
  • iPad Pros going dark after charging
  • Apple Watch doing so well, Apple wants a second company making them

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for November 19, 2015. Hey, have you checked out our Apple World Today hoodies? Buy one in the next 19 days and you’ll not only stay warm, but help...

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Uber’s Business Profiles make it easier to expense a...

Uber is catering to business users with the ability to switch between work and personal profiles.

After providing a work e-mail address, users can set up a separate credit card, add expense memos and project codes, and direct receipts to the appropriate inbox. There’s also an option to receive monthly or weekly expense reports.

Switching between profiles takes just a couple of taps within the Uber app. The option to switch appears in a drop-down box on the confirmation screen, with the last four digits of the associated credit card next to it. Users can also create badges to associate with personal and business profiles, and can rename either profile at any time.

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Tip of the Day: Changing the name of your Apple TV

While your new Apple TV would have prompted you to give it a name during the setup process, if you were in a hurry to get going you might have just selected a default name like “Apple TV” without giving it too much thought. However, if you want to choose a more descriptive name — particularly useful if you use AirPlay and have multiple devices around the house — you can easily go back in and change it to just about anything you want.…

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Fantastical 2.1.3

Maintenance update for the full-featured calendar app. ($39.99 new, free update, 11.8 MB)


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CIRP: over 100 million iPhones are in use in the US...

Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) has released research on the installed based of iPhones in the U.S. The research says that, as of the end of the September 2015 quarter, 101 million iPhones were in use in the country, including 58 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and 4 million iPhone 6s and 6s Plus models.

“The analysis shows the continued strength of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, now one year old,” says Mike Levin, Partner and Co-Founder of CIRP. “We estimate a combined 60 million of these flagship phones sold in the US from the September 2014 launch through September 30, 2015. For comparison, the iPhone 5S sold about 28 million in the same period in 2013-2014. With only a weekend of availability in the quarter, we estimate 4 million of the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus sold in the US.”

By analyzing data on iPhone buyers, their new model selection, and their prior phones, and...

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Here’s what to do if your iPad Pro stops responding...

Apple has posted a support document about what you should do if your iPad Pro doesn't respond when you press buttons or tap on the screen, and the screen is black.

It’s pretty simple. Apple says that to get back to using your iPad Pro, force restart it by pressing and holding both the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons for at least 10 seconds, until you see the Apple logo.

Apple says it’s aware of this issue and is investigating. The support document will be updated as more information becomes available.

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REMXD On-Ear Bluetooth Headphones: $35.99

Check out the REMXD On-Ear Bluetooth Headphones. Being Bluetooth, they offer up to 33 feet of connectivity, and they support hands-free calls and uninterrupted audio for up to 15 hours of straight playtime on one charge. You can get these headphones through our deal for $35.99.

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Apple acknowledges iPad Pro screen blackouts, offers...

Apple on Thursday posted a new support document on its website, responding to complaints about iPad Pros suddenly going black and refusing to accept touch or button input.

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It’s Metal month at Toontrack

I own a lot of Toontrack products and they are all fantastic. This company gets music creation for all genres, but especially Metal.

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Review: Lunatik Taktik 360 for iPhone 6/6s

There have been plenty of rugged, protective iPhone cases over the years, but few are quite as hardcore as Lunatik's new Taktik 360 ($120). Taktik 360 provides full coverage of an iPhone 6/6s, and IP68 waterproof, dustproof protection. Lunatik claims the case can be submersed in two meters of water for up to one hour. Drop and impact protection almost goes without saying in this bulky case — Lunatik says the case endured drop testing above 4 feet. The front is protected by a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass, and a clear membrane covers the touch ID. The entire case is actually locked into place with a small key. A headphone port extender is also included in the package. {/exp:char_limit}

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The ‘Transatlantic’ Accent Explained

This is way off the tech track, but Boing Boing posted this great video from HowStuffWorks explaining the "Transatlantic" or "Mid-Atlantic" accent that we know today mostly from movies in the 1930s and early 1940s. I enjoy the study of accents, and I thought this was a great breakdown of how this peculiar one worked, where it came from, and why it disappeared. No spoilers, just watch the video. It's great.

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Announcing the best value fix or cash trade-in for...

If you’re like me, you have a bunch of old Apple devices sitting around that hardly get used. Whether it’s because they’re broken or they’ve just been supplanted by newer, better tech, they lose a lot of value EVERY DAY just sitting on your desk or in a drawer doing nothing. With the holidays coming up and lots of presents to buy, that’s a lot of potential cash left sitting on the table.

To get value out of your old or broken Apple devices, we’ve partnered with two companies we’ve long used ourselves and have a great relationship with to get value out of your unused devices.

For repairs, ifixyouri has long been our go-to for broken screens, dents, and other damage to our iPhones and iPads. Their site is easy to navigate, and they will immediately generate a UPS shipping label by email which you can print out and attach to your device and send it on its way. Repair turnaround is generally just a few days and cost is ...

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FBI, Carnegie Mellon Deny $1M Contract to Crack Tor

The FBI has denied allegations that it paid Carnegie Mellon University security researchers $1 million to crack a network designed to protect the anonymity of its users. The Tor Project, which operates the network, last week accused the FBI of cutting the CMU deal. The attack occurred from January to July 2014. The attackers discovered a way to strip the anonymity of Tor users by tracking their traffic on the network. Tor attributed the attack to CMU after a pair of researchers from that university abruptly canceled a scheduled presentation.

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Report: Apple now at over 100 million iPhones in use...

Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) is out with a new report today claiming Apple is now at over 100 million iPhones in use in the US. That means Apple has crossed 100 million active iPhone units since CIRP reported 97 million iPhones in use back in August, according to the research firm’s data.

CIRP uses its data to estimate that, of the 101 million iPhone in use during the quarter, around 58 million were iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, 4 million were iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, and the rest previous generation models (as pictured above).

The report’s data accounts for up to the end of the...

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New Adele album to be withheld from Apple Music,...

Singer Adele's new album, 25, reportedly won't be made available on streaming services like Apple Music or Spotify when it launches on Friday.

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Docker, Yubico Team Up to Secure App Development

Docker this week announced new security enhancements at DockerCon EU in Barcelona, Spain, including hardware signing of container images -- an industry first -- through a partnership with Yubico. Docker Content Trust offers hardware signing through support for Yubico's YubiKey. The YubiKey 4 lets Docker users digitally sign code during initial development and through subsequent updates, ensuring the integrity of Dockerized apps throughout the application pipeline, Yubico said.

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Swiss watchmakers see huge decline post-Apple Watch

Remember the bluster of Swiss watch manufacturers before the Apple Watch appeared on the scene? Many of them were sure that nothing could cause a decline in the sales of their mechanical watches. Well, the Swiss customs office released a statement today showing that exports of Swiss watches dropped 12 percent in October, the most dramatic decline in six years.

Perhaps the biggest decline by region was in Hong Kong, normally a hotspot for sales of luxury watch lines like Rado, TAG Heuer, and IWC. Shipments to Hong Kong dropped by 39 percent, and shares in watch companies slumped today as a result. In addition to the competition from Apple Watch and other smartwatches, the Swiss watch industry is also suffering from an 11 percent surge in the value of the Swiss franc from a year ago, cutting profit...

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SunPower to build three solar farms for Apple in...

SunPower will build three solar farms in China’s Inner Mongolia region with a capacity of 170 megawatts for Apple, a sale that will more than quadruple the Mac/iPhone/iPad maker’s commitments to pollution-free power in the country, reports Bloomberg.

SunPower designs and manufactures high-efficiency crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells, roof tiles and solar panels based on a silicon all-back-contact solar cell invented at Stanford University. When completed next year, the company, Tianjin Zhonghuan Semiconductor. and another partner will own the three plants, San Jose, SunPower said in a regulatory filing Wednesday. While the third investor wasn’t identified in the statement, SunPower Chief Executive Officer Tom Werner said Wednesday that Apple would take an equity stake in the new projects, notes Bloomberg.

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Facebook testing feature to hide posts from your ex...

Facebook announced today that a new feature rolling out soon across its mobile apps will allow you to hide posts from ex automatically (or hide your posts from them) when you change your relationship status back to single. You can also hide all traces of your past relationship from the public.

Now when you decide that you are never, ever, ever getting back together, the Facebook app will suggest that maybe it’s time to “take a break” and present several new options.

Among those other options are the ability to go back and edit any posts...

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iPad Pro and Apple Pencil make TIME’s ‘Best...

TIME is out with its list of the “25 Best Inventions of 2015.” The list includes the “hoverboard” scooter, period proof  underwear, Samsung’s transparent truck and more. The Apple Pencil and iPad Pro also made the list.

Here’s what TIME has to say about the tablet/pencil combo: “In the 450 years or so since its invention, the pencil has become so ubiquitous, it’s easy to forget how remarkable a technology it is. It can write at any angle. Shades get darker depending on how hard you press. Marks can be erased. Reproducing this functionality digitally has vexed computer engineers for years, which is what makes Apple’s latest effort so impressive. 

“The Pencil allows users to draw, paint or write on a screen, just as they would a sheet of paper. And it works in tandem with the iPad Pro, a tablet faster than roughly 80% of laptops sold in the past year, so there’s no perceptible delay. That...

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Adele's new album won't stream on Apple...

According to a new report, streaming music subscribers won’t be “rolling in the deep” with Adele’s new music tomorrow.

Adele’s highly anticipated new album, 25, will hit stores on Friday, but it won’t be available for streaming on Apple Music, Spotify, or any other competing service, according to The New York Times. Adele is said to be personally involved in the decision to withhold 25 from streaming, at least during its initial release.

According to the Times, 25 is expected to sell 2.5 million albums in its first week, which would make it the fastest-selling album ever, even beating album sale figures from the peak of the CD-selling era in 2000.

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Notable apps and app updates for November 19, 2015

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 iOS, tvOS, and Mac OS X:

iOS Apps/Updates

So, you want to write music but you don't play any instruments? Don't let that stop you. iMaschine 2 (US$4.99 with in-app purchases) is a powerful but easy universal iOS app for creating melodies, bass lines, and beats that can be saved and shared. The app is on sale between now and December 1, 2015, so be sure to buy it today if you're interested!

One of my favorite games on...

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SunPower agrees to build 170 megawatts of Chinese...

California's SunPower is planning to build three new Chinese solar farms for Apple with a peak capacity of 170 megawatts, the company said in a newly-submitted regulatory filing.

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Someone made a giant Rubik's Cube in '...

It seems there are two types of Fallout 4 gamers: those who want to do nothing but take out bad guys, and a very patient few who painstakingly create some incredible stuff. Case in point, this giant floating Rubik's Cube. User "Theowest" spent a wh...

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Microsoft Office 2011 14.5.8

Patches several critical security vulnerabilities. (Free update, 113 MB)


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'Beyond: Two Souls' hits PS4 next week

When it comes to story-driven gameplay, few developers are quite as ambitious as Quantic Dream. We already knew that its PS3 titles, Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls, were coming to PS4, and now we've got some release dates. Beyond is coming out di...

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Adele won’t be sharing her upcoming album ’25’ with...

Adele’s people have already tried to get her new blockbuster album, 25, into Apple Store retail shelves as physical CD volumes with no success, but she isn’t so keen on Apple Music streaming. According to the New York Times, Adele’s management has informed digital music distributors that 25 will not be offered for streaming, at least at launch. You can of course buy the album on the iTunes Store; preorders are up now.

Taylor Swift famously keeps he...

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Horace Dediu’s Apple Pencil review
Daily fantasy sports to stay in Massachusetts with...

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Most Apple Watch stands released so far have fit a similar mold, basically acting as a place to insert an existing Apple Watch cable while keeping the watch aloft. Which makes Belkin's Charge Dock for Apple Watch + iPhone ($130) rare — it includes not just integrated charging for an Apple Watch, but also a built-in, adjustable Lightning connector meant to charge an iPhone. Both devices are recharged through the dock using Belkin's AC adapter, so no extra cables are necessary. It's an obvious solution, as many users likely charge their iPhone and Apple Watch side by side, but it comes with a high price tag. Note: Belkin is currently referring to the dock as the "Valet Charge Dock" on its website, but our packaging still just says "Charge Dock." It's the same product.{/exp:char_limit}

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Apple Pencil teardown reveals tiny logic board,...

If you’re wondering exactly how the iPad Pro’s Pencil stylus works, a new look at its innards helps draw a clearer picture.

Officially, we know the Apple Pencil connects to the iPad Pro via Bluetooth, and is not capacitive like a finger or generic stylus. Instead, it uses a pair of emitters to send angle and location data, and includes some sensors inside the case for pressure detection.

A teardown by iFixit gives a little more detail: Inside the Pencil’s tip is a small metal bit, which likely connects to one of the two aforementioned emitters for angle and orientation detection. And inside the Pencil case, there’s a set of matching “ticks,” with three on the logic board and three on the pen assembly. iFixit guesses that these ticks help “sense pressure...

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Huawei's Fast-Charging Batteries Could Solve...

Huawei Technologies last week unveiled lithium-ion batteries that recharge in minutes rather than hours. The batteries, developed by Huawei's Watt Lab, recharge 10 times faster than their competitors and can reach 50 percent capacity in two to five minutes, the company said. Huawei demonstrated two models at the 56th Battery Symposium in Japan last week: a 600-mAh unit that reached 68 percent capacity in two minutes and a 3,000-mAh model that reached 48 percent capacity in five minutes.

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Pad & Quill introduces three new rich iPad Pro...

With the iPad Pro now available and shipping around the world, the artisanal Apple accessory makers at Pad & Quill have introduced three new high-end cases to hold and protect the larger tablet. Whether you’re looking for a book-style carrying case that holds Apple Pencil or a nice leather bag that adds room for a keyboard, Pad & Quill’s three new accessories are worth checking out for iPad Pro owners.All three iPad Pro cases from Pad & Quill are offered in multiple colors with rich materials and available to pre-order or order now.


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Rumor has it Adele's new album won't hit...

Adele's latest album, 25, is due to release on Friday -- but it's going to skip streaming services like Apple Music and Spotify, The New York Times reports. Adele's previous records, 21 and 19, remain available to stream, as do the new singles from...

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Apple crosses $1 billion sales mark in India for the...

Apple crossed the $1 billion sales mark in its India operations for the first time in the fiscal year that ended March in March, according to results filed with the Registrar of Companies (RoC) on Wednesday.

According to a Brand Equity report, Apple posted a 44 percent increase in sales to Rs 6,472.89 crore from Rs 4500.35 crore and net profit doubled to Rs 242.85 crore from Rs 119.48 crore as the company widened its retail network and stepped up marketing efforts, including buyback schemes, installment programs and discounts.

The rupee traded at around 62-63 against the dollar in FY15. Apple has more than doubled sales in India in the last two years, having posted revenue of Rs 3,057.79 crore in FY13. Brand Equity says analysts attributed this to the surge in demand for iPhones with sales growing upwards of 35 percent quarter-on-quarter in the last two years. As per the RoC filing, the parent didn't...

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Lightroom CC 2015.3 and Lightroom 6.3

Returns previously excised import functionality to the professional photo cataloging and editing applications. ($149 new or $9.99 monthly Creative Cloud subscription, free update)


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Rumor claims Apple seeking second supplier for next-...

Apple is looking to pick up a second manufacturer for the next-generation Apple Watch apart from Quanta Computer, a Chinese report said on Thursday.

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Upgraded Mac minis finally see deep discounts this week at B&H. Plus $300-$400 off Mid-2015 iMac 5Ks, $200-$300 off 2015 MacBook Pros, $400 to $900 off Mac Pros, and up to $30 off iPad mini 4s.

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Photojojo opens presale on Iris Lens kit

Avid iPhoneographers are familiar with the great lens kits that are available from Olloclip and how they can turn a so-so photo into a winner, but Olloclip lenses have two issues: they're expensive and if you use any case but the one from Olloclip, you have to remove it before you can use the lenses. Today, Photojojo has opened up presales on their new Iris Lens series, with special pricing today only.

While they're still not exactly inexpensive, the Iris Lenses have some major advantages over the Olloclip product. First, you can purchase just one lens if that's all you need -- there's no need to buy a fisheye lens or macro lens that you're never going to use if you don't want to. Second, the lenses work with most iPhone cases, using a unique elastomeric paracord to hold a mount in place.


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Review: Mophie Juice Pack Reserve for iPhone 6/6s...

Battery maker Mophie's latest portable charging accessories are compact, convenient and durable, making them an easy recommendation for anyone looking to keep their iPhone juiced on the go.

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Content blockers on iOS 9: Much ado about nothing?

About two months ago, most of the chatter on the Apple websites including AWT was about ad blockers. There was a lot of concern that they spelled the beginning of the end for ad-supported websites, since most sites rely heavily on advertising to make money. Imagine my surprise last night when I saw this tweet from publisher Federico Viticci:

Two months after the launch of iOS 9, there are no Content Blockers in the Top 150 Paid charts for iPhone (US App Store).

— Federico Viticci (@viticci) November 19, 2015

Dave Mark over at The Loop did a search and found that the content blockers are all in the App Store's Utilities category. But even when looking in that category, Mark found that "the first paid ad...

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Apple Pay launched in Australia through American...

Apple Pay has just launched in Australia.

In a somewhat limited capacity, but it’s launched.

On Thursday, Apple, partnering with American Express, launched Apple Pay in Australia.

At present, no co-branded cards are currently supported, and only stores equipped for AmEx wireless payments are accepting transactions. This does include major chains though, among them Coles, Harvey Norman, Starbucks, Woolworths, and others.

Similar to the Canadian launch, Australia is typically better-equipped than the U.S. for wireless payments. Related technologies such as chip cards have been common in the region for some time.

The same AmEx deal...

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Apple crossed $1 billion sales mark in India in 2015...

Apple achieved its first $1 billion in Indian sales in an annual period ending last March, according to newly-published data from India's Registrar of Companies.

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iFixit tears down Apple Pencil, posts findings

The coolest of felines at iFixit have torn down the Apple Pencil and found some amazing stuff inside.

The crew, which had to resort to opening the device with a small circular saw and breaking a flex cable in the process, found that the plastic outer casing reveals a metal inner one. The tip contains two separate emitters, used to determine both the angle and orientation of the Pencil in order to adjust the width of the pen stroke.

iFixit reported that the logic board is the smallest one it’s ever seen, and weighs just one gram. Even so, the board as still been folded in half to fit inside the casing.

An even smaller sensor fits inside the nib of the Apple Pencil,...

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News: iFixit tears down the Apple Pencil

iFixit has posted a teardown of the new Apple Pencil. The report notes the basic specs of the Pencil, noting a new Apple model number of A1603, and draws comparisons to the Microsoft Surface Pen and 53’s “iPad Pencil,” the latter of which oddly bears the same Pencil name and continues to be sold by Apple in its retail stores. The Apple Pencil box includes a spare tip along with a Lightning-to-Lightning adapter to allow users to charge…

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Poll: Is Tim Cook right that a converged Mac and...

Tim Cook has consistently spoken out against the possibility of converging iOS and OS X devices, most famously saying that “you can converge a toaster and refrigerator, but these things are probably not going to be pleasing to the user.”

He repeated this line earlier this week, stating that Apple wants to make “the best tablet in the world and the best Mac in the world – and putting those two together would not achieve either.”

However, some of your comments suggest that not all of you agree, so we’ve adopted the suggestion of one commentator and posed the question … 

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Apple refreshes Beats Solo 2 Wireless + urBeats with...

Two months after the introduction of the rose gold iPhone 6s and Apple Watch Sport, Apple has refreshed its Beats Solo 2 Wireless headphones and urBeats in-ear headphones with matching rose gold color options. If you’ve already got Solo 2 Wireless or urBeats, the only difference here is the new color option, but they do look good especially if you want to match your hardware. Apple now offers iPhone and Apple Watch color-matching versions of both headphone models with gold, rose gold, silver, and space gray.

Beats Solo 2 Wireless pair to iPhones, iPads, Macs, Apple Watches, Apple TVs, and other Bluetooth-compatible devices for audio playback without the hassle of dealing with an audio cable....

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Sprint’s compelling new promo: Switch from another...

There’s no need for complicated cost comparison charts with Sprint’s latest wireless promotion.

Quite simply, Sprint is promising to cut bills in half for customers who switch from Verizon, AT&T, or T-Mobile. The deal runs from November 20 through January 7, 2016, and Sprint says it will lock in those lower prices until January 8, 2018.

The savings apply to both the cost of data and the per-line access fees that AT&T and Verizon charge. For instance, a Verizon family plan with four phones and 12GB of shared data costs $160, which includes $80 per month for the data, and $20 per month for each phone. With Sprint, you’d pay $40 per month for the data, and $10 per month for each phone, at a total of $80 per month.

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Holiday gift guide for designers

Some of these are really great. Definitely worth making your way through the post.

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Half of data connections by top 500 Android apps are...

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have discovered that half of the communications connections established by the top free Android apps are hidden to the user, and much of the data is being transmitted for unknown purposes.

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The hidden trackers in your email

This is why we can’t have nice things.

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∞ Comparing drawing capabilities of the iPad Pro and...

In the embedded video, Serenity Caldwell used the iPad Pro and the Surface Book (same screen as the Surface Pro 4) to do some similar sketching tasks using built in tools, all with informative running commentary. If you are considering an iPad Pro to use for sketching, this is well worth watching.

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Apple releases rose gold versions of Solo2 Wireless...

Apple on Thursday released new faux rose gold versions of its Beats Solo2 Wireless on-ear headphones, as well as its urBeats in-ear headphones.

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iFixit Apple Pencil teardown reveals twin emitters...

No new Apple tech survives long without being taken apart by iFixit, and the Apple Pencil is no exception. Apple didn’t make it easy, however, with iFixit having to resort to a small circular saw to open up the device and needing to break a flex cable along the way.

Inside, it found that the plastic outer casing reveals a metal inner one. The tip contains two separate emitters, used to determine both the angle and orientation of the Pencil in order to adjust the width of the pen stroke. With such little space to play with, Apple had to get creative with the logic board … 

iFixit reports that the logic board is the smallest one it’s ever seen, and weighs just 1g. Even...

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∞ Australia, American Express, and Apple Pay: The ads

These ads are like music to my ears.

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Where did the content blockers go?

Federico Viticci pointed out a lack of content blockers on the app store top paid list. Here’s my take.

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iFixIt: the Apple Pencil is chock full of rad tech

The gang at iFixIt has torn apart the Apple Pencil. They say it’s “pretty neat how much clever tech they were able to cram into such a teensy cavity,” but add that “this device was not meant to be repaired or opened—you can’t get in without destroying it.”

Their Apple Pencil teardown highlights include:

  • “This is the smallest logic board we’ve ever seen, weighing in at a whopping 1 gram. This little board gets even littler, folding in half to make the most of the minimal space.”
  • “The Pencil's pressure sensor is made up of a tiny board with three conductive ticks, matched up with another three ticks that move with the (spring-loaded) tip. We assume that by measuring movement between these two parts, the pen knows how hard you're pressing.”
  • “A peek inside the Pencil nib reveals a tiny metal bit sunk...
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Supply-chain report claims Apple on track for 10M...

The variously-reliable Digitimes reports supply-chain sources as saying that Apple is likely to ship more than 10M Apple Watches by the end of the year, noting that the company is currently seeking a second supplier.

Apple has placed orders for four million Apple Watches for the fourth quarter, targeting mainly demand from the year-end holidays. Sales of Apple Watch are expected to surpass 10 million units in 2015 […]

Apple is to seek another manufacturer aside from Quanta Computer, according to a Chinese-language Apple Daily report … 

Apple Watches are currently all made by Quanta Computer, but Apple has reportedly approached ...

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News: Daily Deal: The Black Friday Mac Bundle

Today in our iLounge Deals section we’re offering you a great deal on 10 top-rated productivity apps for your Mac at one great price in The Black Friday Mac Bundle. For only $39.99, you can pick up fully licensed copies of Drive Genius 4, After Shot Pro 2, PDFpen 7, Mixtape Pro, MacX DVD Ripper Pro, BusyContacts, Prizmo 3, MotionComposer, DropZone 3, and DaisyDisk. That’s a savings of almost $500, or over 90% off the price of purchasing each…

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Manhattan DA Pressures Google and Apple To Kill Zero...

An anonymous reader writes: In a speech to the 6th Annual Financial Crimes and Cybersecurity Symposium, New York County District Attorney for Manhattan Cyrus Vance Jr. has appealed to the tech community — specifically citing Google and Apple — to "do the right thing" and end zero-knowledge encryption in mobile operating systems. Vance Jr. praised FBI director James Comey for his 'outspoken' and 'fearless' advocacy against zero knowledge encryption, and uses the recent attacks on Paris as further justification for returning encryption keys to the cloud, so that communications providers can once again comply with court orders.


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Apple’s sales in India cross the $1 billion mark

Huge growth in India.

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Apple Pencil torn apart to find incredibly small...

The new Apple Pencil for iPad Pro packs a great deal of advanced technology into a tiny package, including a logic board that's actually folded in half to fit inside the writing tool.

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IBM’s Watson predicts Apple Watch as hottest holiday...

IBM’s supercomputer, Watson, tracks what people are talking about buying for Xmas.

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Apple Watch hits Swiss watch industry hard, suffers...

Jony Ive’s year-ago prediction that the Swiss watch industry would be in trouble once the Apple Watch launched appears to have been correct (his actual language was said to have been stronger). Bloomberg reports that Swiss watch exports suffered their biggest slump in six years.

Shipments declined 12 percent to 2 billion Swiss francs ($2 billion), the Swiss customs office said in a statement Thursday. Adjusted for fewer working days, the drop was 7.6 percent. Exports to the U.S. dropped 12 percent.

“2015 has been one to forget for the watchmakers,” said Jon Cox, an analyst at Kepler Cheuvreux in Zurich...

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Future Mac laptops could have a ‘multiple backlit...

Future Mac laptops could come with a backlight keyboard that individually illuminates the keys using multiple keyboard backlights if the invention described in a patent filing (number 20150334799) with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office comes to fruition. 

In the patent filing, Apple says that, despite computers becoming more useful for a variety of personal, business, and manufacturing tasks, keyboards have hardly changed beyond their original design. Physically, some keyboards have improved by providing a single backlight that allows the user to see the keys of a keyboard better. However, such backlights are typically static and don’t provide any additional utility beyond improving the visibility of keys. Apple thinks we need a keyboard interface offers an additional means for communicating information to the user.

Why would you want/need a multiple backlight keyboard? Apple says that lighting schemes can include...

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