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Friday August 28

07:35
iPhone 6s rumors: Hello rose gold, goodbye iPhone 5c

The yearly iPhone refresh is a fact of life, as unmistakeable a sign of fall as back-to-school sales and baseball playoffs. And one thing you can count on just as certainly as a new iPhone is the rumor mill spinning out of control leading up to its unveiling. The iPhone 6s is no exception.

To help make sense of the chaotic hearsay, we've collected every rumor that has surfaced about the iPhone 6s, from its reported specs to its guesstimated release date, and everything in between—as well as tried to discern the plausibly of the rumor. It’s been a long, rumor-packed summer, but Apple will finally take the wraps off its new phones on Sept. 9. Until then, here's what we've been hearing so far.

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07:28
Apple Pay now works with PayAnywhere credit card...

CNBC:

Apple’s mobile payments service will now work with PayAnywhere, a credit card reader serving 300,000 locations across the country. The newest version of the PayAnywhere reader will be available exclusively in Apple Stores nationwide.

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07:23
Apple, other tech companies to team up with Dept. of...

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter has announced that the Obama administration has awarded a Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Flexible Hybrid Electronics to a consortium of 162 companies (including Apple), universities, and non-profits led by the FlexTech Alliance as part of the Department of Defense effort to partner with the private sector and academia "to ensure the United States continues to lead in the new frontiers of manufacturing."

By taking its part in the consortium, Apple puts itself at the cutting edge of 3D printing, wearables/sensor technology and artificial intelligence, according to Computerworld. The announcement follows a nationwide bid process for the seventh of nine such manufacturing institutes launched...

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07:07
The iPod Has Been Relegated to the Back of the Apple...

You may notice something different the next time you visit an Apple Retail Store. The iPod, arguably the savior of Apple at the turn of the century, is now missing from its usual table in the front of the store. While this may seem like a disrespectful demotion, the logic behind it is pretty clear.


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07:00
iOS 9 Content Blockers - Bring ‘Em On!

Apple's announcement of iOS 9 at WWDC included a feature that sent ripples through the online publishing community: iOS 9 will support third-party Content Blockers (as will/does Safari on OS X). The main goal of these, of course, is to give users the ability to filter out crap that slows down their (mobile) web experience. There's nothing wrong with that. They also (primarily) mean blocking ad-serving scripts. There's nothing wrong with that, either. In fact, I welcome it.


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06:59
FunBITS: Pac-Man 256 Retools Classic Fun for iOS

Pac-Man 256 is a reboot of the arcade classic that showcases the best and worst of modern gaming.

 

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06:59
Review: The Premium One W2 dual dock is a perfect...

Today we’re taking a look at what might be the best Apple Watch dock in the business. If you’re tired of just plopping your iPhone or Apple Watch on a table at night, this is a much better alternative. Meet Enblue Technology’s Premium One W2 dual dock and charging stand. Quite possibly one of the longest accessory names I’ve heard, but I’ll easily forgive that for the functionality it brings along…

If you’re thinking this looks familiar, it’s because my colleague Jeremy reviewed a different model a while back, which you can find here. This dock is awesome. There are no cables to mess with really and everything is clean and presentable. On the left side you’ll find a vertical riser...

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06:49
Why I won’t be sad to see One to One go away

Peter Cohen, writing for iMore, makes the case that if Apple did away with the One to One program, it might be a boon for non-Apple retail stores.

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06:39
News: Former Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers leaves Apple

Ian Rogers, one of the key executives behind the Apple Music launch, has now left Apple, the Financial Times reports. Rogers originally headed up the Beats Music subscription service prior to the company’s acquisition by Apple in 2014, after which he was appointed to a senior director position with Apple Music, responsible for iTunes Radio and the new Beats 1 radio service. According to people familiar with the situation, he is now leaving to…

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06:38
Apple Music exec Ian Rogers is leaving Apple

Given Rogers’ huge role in developing Beats 1 and Apple Music, his passionate advocacy for same, this is an astonishing development.

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06:34
News: Apple partners with PayAnywhere for Apple Pay

Apple has announced a new Apple Pay deal with credit card processing firm PayAnywhere, CNBC reports. The new arrangement allows Apple Pay to be accepted at any PayAnywhere credit card reader — currently in place in More than 300,000 locations throughout the U.S. As part of the deal, Apple will also become the exclusive seller for the newest version of the PayAnywhere reader in its retail stores. To promote the new deal, PayAnywhere is also offering…

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06:33
New rumors hint at an Apple Car unveiling on Sept. 9...

A Seeking Alpha article by "Electric Phred" says there's a good chance we'll see the rumored Apple Car at Apple's Sept. 9 media event. However, if I were a betting man, I'd bet against it.

Why? Electric Phred notes a report that says: "Sidewalks on two sides of the venue are inaccessible to pedestrians. Enormous power generators are stationed on the Larkin Street side of the building, occupying a lane of parking spots."

This leads him to this conclusion: "What sort of unveiling needs a 7000 seat venue, weeks of work, and likely millions of dollars? This wouldn't seem to me to be just the unveiling of the iPhone 6s or the iPad Pro (which one rumor has sporting an Intel Processor). I am betting we may see the Apple electric vehicle. Since the rental on the venue...

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06:31
Apple Music director Ian Rogers makes surprise...

One of the core Beats executives Apple acquired in its 2014 $3 billion takeover, Ian Rogers, has already left the company to pursue other ventures outside of the music streaming business, a report revealed on Friday.

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06:19
News: Report: iPhone 6S to retain 16GB base model

A new tweet from Steve Hemmerstoffer of OnLeaks shows more leaked photos of iPhone 6S packaging that would appear to confirm that Apple plans to release a 16GB version of the iPhone 6S, contrary to earlier speculation that the lowest-capacity device would be dropped in the next release. The leak notably also matches a report from early July that analyzed components purported to come from an iPhone 6S, identifying a 16GB Toshiba memory chip among them....

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06:08
Purported 'iPhone 6s' box suggests Apple...

A sticker claimed to be for the packaging for Apple's anticipated "iPhone 6s" shows a 16-gigabyte capacity, suggesting that Apple will stick with that memory level for its entry-level model.

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Griffin Twenty Digital Audio...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering you Griffin’s ‘Twenty’ Digital Audio Bluetooth Amplifier for only $119.99 – 20% off the regular price. This stylish Bluetooth amplifier lets you turn your existing speakers into a wireless setup to stream music from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. You can pump up the volume without sacrificing sound quality, and even power your subwoofer and in addition to streaming via Bluetooth, Twenty…

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05:50
OS X El Capitan Beta: Pinning Safari Tabs

Another piping-hot El Capitan tip, coming right up! Today Melissa Holt's talking about how we can "pin" sites to the Safari toolbar, which makes accessing favorite webpages faster. These pinned tabs even keep themselves updated in the background! That's the niftiness available in today's Quick Tip.


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05:21
AppleInsider podcast analyzes what to expect at...

With Apple's Sept. 9 keynote now official, the AppleInsider podcast explains everything you need to know ahead of the event, where new iPhones and a revamped Apple TV are expected. Plus, we tackle Apple's recent losses on Wall Street, the latest "Apple Car" rumors, Shane reviews some tools for digital nomads, and Mikey and Neil share their experiences with the iOS-connected Coin digital credit card.

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05:16
Samsung adds a $100-200 bribe to its test-drive...

Samsung has upped the ante on its ‘ultimate test drive‘ program, intended to persuade iPhone owners to switch by offering them a free one-month trial of an Android-powered Galaxy smartphone. For those who end up purchasing the phone, Samsung will give them $100 of Google Play credit which can be used to buy apps and other content.

If you end up trading in your iPhone, Samsung will additionally send you a check for $100 – on top of whatever trade-in deal you were offered by the retailer.

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05:00
6 only-for-iPad gestures you need to know

While every iPhone gesture will work on an iPad, not every iPad gesture will work on an iPhone—and some of the lesser-known but most interesting iOS gestures happen to be iPad-only.

Read on for six handy gestures for iPad—and only for iPad—starting with...

Swipe up with four (or five) fingers

Any iPhone or iPad user knows the shortcut to the iOS multitasking screen—that is, the screen that lets you swipe back and forth between all your running apps. Double-tap the Home button, and you’ll see all your background apps displayed as a series of swipeable cards.

Here’s an easy way to get to the iPad’s multitasking screen: swipe up with four or five fingers.

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05:00
I want all my Apple devices to have VIDITY support...

I'm definitely expecting the next generation Apple TV to be announced at Apple's Sept. 9 media event. I'll be disappointed if it lacks 4K support. In fact, I have a suggestion for Apple for future Apple TVs, Macs and iOS devices: add support for the VIDITY platform.

A one-time purchase and download of a 4K Ultra HD movie to a VIDITY-enabled storage device provides playback without an Internet connection needed, as well as across other a variety of devices. It's complementary to existing digital entertainment platforms.

It shouldn't be difficult for Apple to support the platform and technology. VIDITY spokesperson Chris Saito told Apple World Today that any device that adopts and licenses the company's technology can be VIDITY enabled. If Apple wanted Macs, Apple TVs and iOS devices to be compliant, it could license the technology and implement it via...

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04:07
Google gives developers code to disable iOS 9 app...

One of the backend improvements in iOS 9 is a strengthening of app security when accessing data from webservers. The new App Transport Security (ATS) feature ensures that only connections encrypted using HTTPS are permitted. There’s just one problem with that: not all advertisers use HTTPS, so ATS will stop some ads appearing in apps.

Google has responded by providing developers with five lines of code that allow them to disable ATS … ...

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03:45
The Apple Watch should help us get fit together

When people ask me what the best thing about the Apple Watch is—and rest assured, it comes up pretty much anytime they see I have one—I almost always tout the fitness features of the device as my favorite aspect. For one, they surpass the iPhone’s meager fitness offerings, making it one of the more compelling selling points of the Apple Watch. For another, it actually encourages me to do something that improves my life. 

Apple

Competing against friends may motivate you to actually fill those circles. 

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02:12
iPhone 6S rumors: New packaging leak suggests 16 GB...

A purported photo of an iPhone 6S information sheet has surfaced detailing the specifications of the upcoming iPhone, due to be announced at an event on September 9th. Whilst the detailed technical specifications do not reveal anything new, the page header is intriguing. It suggests that, once again, Apple will offer a 16 GB base model version of the iPhone 6S. (Via Steve Hemmerstoffer)

Low storage space iPhone SKUs is a big complaint in the community. Many had thought this would be the year Apple finally drops 16 GB from the new lineup of phones for good. Although iOS 9 is more efficient regarding storage, features...

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01:42
Key Apple Music / Beats 1 director Ian Rogers leaves...

Apple Music and Beats 1 lead Ian Rogers has unexpectedly left Apple two months since the Apple Music launch. Although Apple Music app has received some criticism, Roger’s primary responsibility, Beats 1, has received much critical acclaim and has been widely praised, so it is surprising to see a resignation out of the director. The Financial Times first reported the departure, which has now been confirmed by Apple.

Before joining Apple, Ian Rogers was CEO of Beats Music. The report frames the resignation as unexpected, with sources claiming Ian Rogers has joined a new...

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01:33
Twitter introduces Music on Vine: Better audio...

Last night, Vine announced that it’s bringing greater music controls to its popular video-looping app on iOS. While users have always had the ability to include audio of any kind in their Vines, this new update makes it far more precise. The biggest update is a feature called ‘Snap to Beat’ which enables users to more easily create a seamless loop, or perfect loop where you can’t tell the beginning of the audio from the end.

To get Snap to Beat working for you, choose a song by tapping on the music note in the ‘Details’ screen. Snap to Beat automatically identifies how much of the song to use to make a seamless loop, then trims the video to fit that music clip. If you don’t want it happening auto-magically, you can switch off Snap to Beat and edit the audio manually yourself....

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Thursday August 27

23:59
Status Analysis of sand making machine Disposal in...

Forums: SoftwareTags: sand making machine

According to the statistics of the authority, the waste output in Korea in recent years has been showing the trend of continuous increase. In the proportion of all kinds of waste construction materials, waste concrete accounts for 65%, followed by waste pitch that accounts for 18.9%, muck materials account for 4.6% and other waste accounts for 11.5%. The report also points out that the waste output in 2011 was 68.077 million ton, increasing 10.3% than that of 2006, and what deserves attention is that waste concrete and waste pitch (refer to recycling aggregate source hereinafter) accounted for about 84%.

Faced with the sand making machine...

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20:14
Apple partners with PayAnywhere to bring Apple Pay...

Apple today announced a new partnership with PayAnywhere, a credit card reader that serves more than 300,000 locations around the United States. As part of the partnership, the latest version of the PayAnywhere reader will also be sold in all Apple Stores beginning this September for $39.95.

The PayAnywere Mobile Reader accepts Apple Pay, as well as a variety of other contactless NFC payment solutions and traditional magnetic stripe credit cards. It’s also EMV-capable. To promote Apple Pay usage, the company is also offering merchants $5,000 of free Apple Pay transaction processing.

“We are very excited to launch sales exclusively in Apple Stores throughout the country,”...

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19:52
Google offers 'short term fix' to help ad...

Google on Thursday informed developers of a five-line bit of code crafted to sidestep Apple's upcoming App Transport Security encryption feature in iOS 9 by creating HTTPS exceptions, which could in some cases block mobile ads from appearing.

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18:08
Research firm claims Apple’s customer service...

According to a new report out of market research firm StellaService, Apple’s customer service took a turn for the worse during the second quarter of 2015. The firm, who develops its data by tracking and evaluating online retailers on a daily basis, claims that Apple is now ranked 25th in terms of customer service among the companies it profiled. Retailer L.L.Bean ranked first, while Apple retail head Angela Ahrendts’ former company Burberry ranked 7th. In the “electronics/media” category, however, Apple was the only surveyed company to place.

In terms of online shipping, Apple fell to 14th place this year, although its shipping fulfillment time...

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18:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Ballistic’s sparkly design...

...plus wallet cases, slim picks, and more!

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases includes wallet cases from Lab. C and Elago, extra battery power from Zero Lemon, and a variety of catchy designs from Native Union, Incase, iLuv, and more!

Ballistic

The Jewel Spark (iPhone 6; $25) features a transparent shell with raised edges and reinforced corners for advanced protection against bumps and impacts.

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17:01
Apple's customer service suffers in Q2, study...

A study from market research firm StellaService published this week seemingly reveals a rapid decline in Apple's customer service capabilities, from a slight slip in shipping fulfillment to longer wait times for online and phone support.

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16:22
YouTube Opens Video Game Floodgates


It's alive! YouTube Gaming, a hub that's home to over 25,000 video game pages, on Wednesday began broadcasting live and on-demand streams, let's play videos and the like. The gaming hub is accessible on desktop PCs, and on Android and iOS devices. YouTube's new hub is likely to offer a serious challenge to Twitch, the video game streaming service Amazon bought last year. Twitch has shown the world that gamers enjoy watching video games so much that they don't care who's controlling the gamepad or manning the keyboard and mouse.

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15:38
Help my daughter

My daughter and her boyfriend, Ian, have had a rough month. Ian’s computer was stolen in Montreal a couple of weeks ago, and earlier today his camera gear was stolen. Nicole set up a GoFundMe page to help raise some money to buy new gear. I realize money is tight for everyone, but If you can help, I thank you.

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15:30
AWT News Update: August 27, 2015

Today's news is right here, for your listening or reading pleasure:

  • Apple officially sent out those invitations for the September 9 iPhone event, and there's going to be a huge new audience to watch what transpires...
  • Instagram goes wide, Square gets an appointment app, and Workflow grabs notifications and syncing.

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for August 27, 2015.

In case you’re locked in a cave right now and the only information you’re getting is from this podcast, Apple has officially sent out invitations to its September 9 event where new iPhones and a redesigned Apple TV are expected to debut. We’ll have all...

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15:03
Walking Dead creator releases new iOS game ‘Road to...

Robert Kirkman, creator of the hugely popular TV series The Walking Dead, has today unveiled a new game for iOS based on the show. Dubbed “The Walking Dead: Road to Survival,” the game is described as a “thrilling, mature adventure constantly toeing the line between life and the undead.”

Road to Survival is a role-playing game based on a new story from Walking Dead writer Jay Bonansinga and features the dark aesthetic that fans of the show have come to know and appreciate. The game includes iconic characters from the show such as Rick, Michonne, and the Governor. The premise of the game is to collect resources, build and fortify compounds, search for and rescue fellow survivors, and fend off the undead.

From the description of the game:

The Walking Dead: Road to Survival is a mature, intense, story-driven...

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15:00
Windows 10 Users Will Be Able to Watch Apple’s...

Previously, Apple events, as they were streamed, were restricted to OS X and Safari 6 or later, iOS 7 or later or the Apple TV. Now, the September event will also be available to Windows 10 users with the Microsoft Edge browser. Is this a change of heart by Apple? John Martellaro thinks not.


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14:48
Review: Are Belkin’s latest Wemo lights worth the...

Belkin’s three latest products in its Wemo line of Wi-Fi connected, smartphone-controlled products for the home include a white bulb starter kit, a versatile strip light, and...

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14:16
Apple sends out invitations for September 9th media...

The rumors of the media event on September 9th were true.

Apple just sent out official invitations to assorted media outlets for its media event on Wednesday, September 9th. The invitation teases the reader with “Hey Siri, give us a hint” and the event itself will take place at 10 AM PT at Bill Graham auditorium in San Francisco, California. Apple’s September event is set to include the next generation iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus as well as the long awaited Apple TV hardware update.

The Siri tag also increases speculation as to Siri integration with the next generation of Apple TV hardware, which has been rumored for a while now....

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14:09
September iPhone event marks return of live stream...

Next month's iPhone event will mark the first time in recent history that Windows users will be able to officially live-stream an Apple presentation, the company quietly revealed on Thursday through the event's website.

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13:59
Griffin’s Twenty Bluetooth Amplifier: $119.99

Griffin's Twenty is a cool amplifier that connects to your current audio setup so you can play your favorite songs from your iPhone or iPad through a Bluetooth link. While the Twenty is physically connected to your sound system, you're free to roam around with your iOS device since it sends audio to the receiver wirelessly. It also includes an optical audio port, and can power your subwoofer. The Twenty typically costs US$150, but thanks to TMO's deal you can pick one up with a 20% discout for only $119.99.


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13:20
PayAnywhere Hops on the Apple Pay Bus

PayAnywhere is onboard with Apple Pay and will be launching its compatible mobile device credit card transaction reader in September. This should give independent merchants another option for joining in on the Apple Pay action, and give consumers more payment options when they're out on a spending spree.

The Mac Observer Spin: Once iPhone and Apple Watch users get a taste for Apple Pay they want to use it everywhere. With both PayAnywhere and Square on board we should have a much easier time paying our favorite street vendors and food carts without breaking out our wallets.


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13:19
Square launches Appointments iPhone app for booking...

Mobile payment firm Square on Thursday launched Square Appointments, a combination service and iPhone app for businesses dependent on client bookings.

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13:18
Tip of the Day: Customizing World Clock City...

Most of the watch faces on the Apple Watch include the ability to add a world clock display — a handy feature for travelers or anybody who needs to regularly keep track of the time in more than one city. To use the feature, you simply add additional world clocks in your iPhone “Clock” app and these automatically appear on the Apple Watch. By default, the Apple Watch uses pre-determined abbreviations for each city, however you can customize…

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13:00
Siri-ously, what can we expect on Sept. 9?

It's official. Apple will hold a media event on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 10 am (Pacific), at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. The media invitation came with the teaser: "Hey Siri, give us a hint." I've stared into my crystal ball to see what we can expect.

Of course, we'll see new iPhones, which will have Siri support. And, hopefully, a new Apple TV with Siri support. However, Tim Cook & Company wouldn't hold the event in the massive Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco (which seats 7,000) for just those announcements, would they? Nah. So I'm expecting bigger Siri announcements. Among them….

  • An improved Siri that can understand my Tennessee accent. There'll be no more instances when I say "Call Maggiano's," that I'm told "I can't find a number for Maggie Arnold." And since Tim Cook is, like me, a Southern boy (he's from Alabama), I'm sure that he's fixed things in Siri so we can say "Hey, y'all" instead of "Hey, Siri" to...
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12:26
How to Disable Auto-Play Videos on Social Media

Don’t want to stumble across a potentially disturbing video on social media? Josh Centers explains how to disable auto-play videos on your favorite social networks.

 

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12:26
Instagram loosens limits, enables portrait,...

Facebook on Thursday released an update to its Instagram apps for iOS and Android, opening up the media-sharing service to posts in landscape and portrait ratios.

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12:22
Intel's drone investment, faster in-flight WiFi...

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12:20
Amazon’s Failed Fire Phone Was Too Creepy for...

In August of 2014, John Martellaro reviewed, in detail, the Amazon Fire Phone. Even though it was missing some key features, he found it to be a solid smartphone with good looks and a good looking GUI. However, the creepy factor of a feature called Firefly doomed the product from the start. The failure tells us something important about Apple and the consumer marketplace.


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12:05
Shadow IT Feeds 'Man in the Cloud' Attacks


Shadow IT -- the use of unauthorized online services by company employees -- is a concern of cyberwarriors charged with defending business systems against network attacks. There's new evidence that those concerns are justified. A new attack vector on business systems leverages the synchronization features of services like Dropbox and Google Drive to perform malicious mischief, according to a report Imperva released earlier this month at the Black Hat Conference in Las Vegas.

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12:03
Review: Thonet & Vander Koloss Bluetooth Speaker

Thonet & Vander may not yet be a big name in the US audio market, but they’re certainly trying to make a statement. The massive Bluetooth-enabled Koloss ($400), currently scheduled for release in September, is at the top of T&V’s "high-end" home speaker line. T&V claims that the Koloss will “overcome all barriers” and “lead us to the limit of sound” with proprietary technologies like “Rage Bass” and “GlowFX.” Though our days of testing at high volume certainly forced sound through the barriers of our apartment walls, we’re not sure that the Koloss quite delivers on the pure audio experience that its marketing promises.{/exp:char_limit}
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12:00
View a wealth of image data with PixelMet for iPhone

Like so many apps, PixelMet (free with in-app purchase) was built to fill a specific need. "When I am on my Mac," developer Danny Wong told me, "I can view the location of my photos with the Photos app on OS X. However, I can't do the same thing on iOS to my satisfaction, and I couldn't find any third party app that did the job. I thought, why don't I build one myself?"

The result is PixelMet, which Danny calls "a companion to Apple's Photos app on iOS," akin to the "get info" function on a Mac. I've been playing with it for a few days and I've found it's a nifty little utility. Here's our look at PixlMet for iPhone.

Summarize, Mr. Data

PixelMet's provides a lot of information on your photos. Once you've given the app permission to access your photos, just tap anyone to make your selection. From there you're taking to a very clean and well laid-out information screen....

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11:52
PayAnywhere to launch Apple Pay-compatible card...

A company called PayAnywhere is preparing to launch a self-named card reader that could help bring Apple Pay support to small businesses, which have so far mostly foregone the technology.

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11:39
iPhone 6S will come in Apple Watch-like Rose Gold...

Earlier this year, reports began to suggest that Apple would launch the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus in an additional color beyond the Space Gray, Silver, and Gold options that have been available in the popular iPhone 6 and...

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11:37
Instagram steps out of the box, allows posts in...

Your already-packed Instagram feed is about to get a little bit taller. Or wider. Or both. On Thursday, Instagram announced that everyone’s favorite photo-sharing app will now support posts in both landscape and portrait orientation, stepping away from the perfectly square limit that has defined Instagram since its launch. This expanded posting option will apply to both photos and videos, and you’ll select which orientation you’d like to use during the formatting process—similarly to how you choose a filter, you’ll now be able to choose to post in landscape, portrait, or the traditional square.

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11:36
External Link: Apple Event Set for September 9th

Apple’s next big media event is set for 9 September 2015 at 10 AM PDT, and you can watch it live in Safari for Mac and iOS, in the Apple TV’s Apple Events app, and surprisingly, in the new Edge browser in Windows 10. If you’re busy at that time, the recording usually remains available afterwards. Apple is expected to announce new iPhone models, and other possibilities include updated iPads and an Apple TV refresh.

 

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11:12
Rumor: New display with Force Touch could make...

A leaked display component purportedly destined for Apple's next-generation iPhone has been measured up and comes in heavier and thicker than its counterpart in the iPhone 6, suggesting that the addition of Force Touch might make the "iPhone 6s" bigger than its predecessor.

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11:10
Square debuts new schedule booking Appointments app...

The San Francisco-based company Square has always focused on using technology to make commerce tools accessible to businesses of all sizes, and their latest app adds another resource to their growing lineup of mobile payment solutions.

Square Appointments for iOS is an iPhone-only app that lets clients book appointments and businesses manage schedules. Perks include appointment reminders for clients through push notifications and appointment history for businesses. Square highlights these specific features in their new app:

  • Manage appointments on the go: Set up and edit your appointments anywhere your business takes you.
  • Carry all your clients with you: Access and edit your client profiles.
  • Accept appointments instantly: Accept or decline appointments directly through your iPhone notifications screen.
  • Complete payments anywhere: Check clients out directly on your iPhone seamlessly through the Square app.

Businesses can...

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11:00
Building AWT: Advertising

Over the past day, you've probably noticed some little "Advertise Here" banners show up on the site, replacing the in-house ad spots we had produced in hopes of doing our own ad sales. That didn't work too well, so we've hitched our fortunes to a well-known online advertising firm called BuySellAds. 

We feel that BuySellAds is a good fit for Apple World Today. We get full control over which ads run, so you won't be inundated with the "1 Weird Trick To Reduce Belly Fat" ads you see on other Apple sites. This also opens us up to a larger pool of potential advertisers than what we have had in the past, which can help us to increase our revenues. If you're an advertiser, just click one of those little banners to see the rate sheet. 

We have some ideas in store for our Patreon patrons as well, so expect new goals and spiffs for those of you who make it all possible. 

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10:58
Apple’s first employee: The remarkable odyssey of...

Tech Republic:

Apple was not even officially a company yet, and Fernandez had to delay working for Jobs and Woz until he gave his notice at HP. But, when he came on board in early 1977 it was just as Mike Markkula became an investor and Apple Computer, Inc. was officially formed. Fernandez became the first official full-time employee.

I love these stories of the original Apple employees and the loose organization and work duties involved.

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10:55
Apple Sept. 9 event: We asked Siri to give us a hint...

Hey Siri...

Apple’s invitation to its September 9 event features the tagline, “Hey Siri, give us a hint.” So what happens when you ask Siri for a hint? Here are some of the answers.

Playing coy

Got it. But we’re going to ask again.

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When you migrate your data to a new Mac using Migration Assistant and Time Machine, the process may go smoothly, but some loose ends and hiccups are inevitable.

 

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10:40
Instagram rolls out support for portrait + landscape...

Instagram today announced that it’s rolling out two new orientations for photos and videos including portrait and landscape formats to add to the old square photo format that was previously the only option for users uploading content.

It turns out that nearly one in five photos or videos people post aren’t in the square format, and we know that it hasn’t been easy to share this type of content on Instagram: friends get cut out of group shots, the subject of your video feels cramped and you can’t capture the Golden Gate Bridge from end to end.

When users upload an image in the app, they’ll now be able to tap a new icon to get access to the new portrait and landscape orientation options. In the screenshots above, Instagram gives us a look at how the new photo orientations will appear in a user’s feed.

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10:37
Instagram no longer thinks it's hip to be square

Ask any photographer: good composition is essential to capturing a great image. Ask that same photographer the most frustrating thing about Instagram, and they'll probably say "aspect ratio." Since its launch, every image or video uploaded to the s...

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10:28
Siri knows about Apple's new iPhone event on...

The invitations for Apple's upcoming Sept. 9 event were designed around Siri --? bearing what she would call "colorful wavey words" and the phrase "Hey Siri, give us a hint" -- and it turns out there's more to it than meets the eye, as the erstwhile digital assistant actually does drop some knowledge.

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10:10
News: Apple sends out invites to September 9 event

Apple has sent out media invitations to its September 9 event. The invites show a stylized top of the Apple logo with the phrase “Hey Siri, give us a hint.” As rumored earlier today, the event is being held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, and as usual will be held at 10 a.m. Pacific time. It’s expected that we’ll see the new iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus debuted at the event, alongside a new Apple TV as…

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10:00
Hey Siri, give us a hint: Apple's iPhone event...

Apple just sent out press invitations to its annual iPhone event, to no one’s surprise. The date: Sept. 9. Time: 10 a.m. Pacific. Location: The spacious Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco.

Cupertino continues its tradition of teasing what’s to come in its event invites, this time with the tagline, “Hey Siri, give us a hint.”

As usual, the phrasing is coy and vague, but based on Apple events of yore, we know a few things: There will be new iPhones, and we will see final updates to iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan, which will be released in the fall.

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09:58
No 4-inch ‘iPhone 6c’ at Sept. 9 event, iPhone 5c to...

While Apple will unveil a pair of next-generation iPhones at its September 9th event, the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, don’t expect a new 4-inch “iPhone 6c” to show up on stage. Sources say that while Apple has been working on a new 4-inch iPhone with the capabilities of last year’s iPhone 6, the device is not yet ready to ship. Interestingly, Apple has also internally prototyped a new, smaller iPhone with a 3.5-inch display, the same size of the iPhone’s screen from the first model in 2007 to the iPhone 4S in 2011, but it does not appear that the company plans to move forward with actually releasing such a device.

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09:58
In death, Justin Wilson helped six people live by...

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Justin Wilson’s younger brother has been sharing his grief on social media. Stefan Wilson is also an IndyCar driver, and he is in deep mourning for the loss of his “best friend … role model and mentor,” who died Monday after being injured during a race on Sunday.

On Tuesday, Stefan Wilson, 25, followed that up with the news that, indeed, a half-dozen needy recipients had benefited from his brother’s organs.

This tragic story is made a little less painful in the knowledge that Wilson had signed his Organ Donar Card. Unless you have specific moral or religious objections, I believe everyone should. There are too many needy people out there not to do it.

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09:56
PayAnywhere, Apple to offer Apple Pay-ready mobile...

Apple is teaming up with American Bancard's PayAnywhere to introduce a new version of its PayAnywhere Mobile credit card reader, which will be ready for Apple Pay. The NFC card reader will be available exclusively in U.S. Apple Stores and at Apple's online store next month.

PayAnywhere is a go-to mobile credit card reader for businesses and individuals who want to accept Apple Pay. Available for iOS devices such as the iPhone and iPad, this new PayAnywhere Mobile reader accepts Apple's payment system, other contactless NFC payments, traditional magnetic stripe credit cards and is EMV-capable. PayAnywhere is also offering merchants US$5,000 free in Apple Pay transaction processing with a new PayAnywhere account.

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09:36
Invites go out for Apple’s September 9 iPhone event

Apple has made it official: the company's next product event happens on September 9 at 10am PT. The event will be held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, which is larger than the "town hall" event space on Apple's campus in Cupertino. Traditionally, larger spaces usually imply larger, more important announcements.

Apple included a cryptic message with its event invite—"Siri, give us a hint"—but our safe expectations for the event are fairly straightforward. Apple is likely to release "S" versions of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus designs with faster internals, better cameras, and Force Touch support among a handful of other features. Those phones will arrive alongside iOS 9, which is usually released to...

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09:29
Kate Winslet talks new Steve Jobs movie as first...

Following the first trailers for the upcoming Aaron Sorkin-penned Steve Jobs film landing online and TV in recent weeks, Universal has now revealed the first official poster for the movie (pictured above) as star Kate Winslet shares some thoughts on her role and the film in a new interview.

In a recent interview in New York Magazine, Kate Winslet, who stars in the Danny Boyle directed film alongside Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs and supporting roles for Seth Rogen and Jeff Daniels, shares some insight into how she got the role, what to expect from the film and her experience on set.

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09:24
Official: Apple event on Sept. 9

Apple will hold a press event on September 9 at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco (as rumored), starting at 10:00 AM Pacific.

What's going to happen? The invitation simply reads, "Hey Siri, give us a hint." We'll have your coverage so be sure to check back then!

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09:17
Apple announces Sept. 9 event for 'iPhone 6s,...

Apple on Thursday sent out invitations to members of the media, making official its anticipated Sept. 9 event at San Francisco's Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. It's expected to showcase not only a next-generation "iPhone 6s" handset, but also a new Siri-enabled Apple TV set-top box.

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09:15
Apple announces expected iPhone 6S event for Sept....

Apple has just sent out official invitations to media outlets (via CNBC) for its next special event on September 9th. The tagline this year reads “Hey Siri, give us a hint.” The event will take place at 10 am PT at Bill Graham auditorium in San Francisco, California, which was rumored to be the venue ahead of the invites. Apple’s September event is set to include the next generation iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus as well as the long awaited Apple TV hardware update.

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09:15
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This week we have one more last minute back-to-school deal: the lowest price ever on Apple's new Gold 12" MacBook (1.1GHz/8GB/256GB) at $1,129.99 ($170 instant savings) plus a free 3-piece USB-C early adopter accessories kit, free software, free shipping, and no sales tax collected in 48 states.

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09:13
∞ Apple sends out invite for Sept. 9 special event

Apple on Thursday sent out invitations for a special event to be held on September 9, 2015. The event will be held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco at 10:00 am. [...]

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09:07
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BlueLounge Kosta Apple Watch charging coaster: An...

BlueLounge Kosta. Photo ©2015, Steven Sande. All Rights Reserved.

Here's a riddle for you: What's both a coaster and an Apple Watch charger? Well, you won't want to use it as a coaster once you've tried it as an Apple Watch charger, but the BlueLounge Kosta (US$14.95) is a stylish and functional little stand that is pure design genius.

It's made out of silicone in dark grey, light grey, or green. It's about 3.25 inches (8.25 cm) in diameter, and only about .5 inch (1.27 cm) in height. There's even a little rim around the top of the Kosta, which you might think is a design nod to catching condensation from a cold glass. 

BlueLounge Kosta. Photo ©2015, Steven Sande. All Rights Reserved

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Workflow iOS automation app puts its Today widget to...

Workflow for iOS has become the go-to automation tool for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch users wanting to streamline actions on mobile devices, and now the latest version is ready to put its useful Today widget in Notification Center to work. Workflow originally launched last December after a number of high profile iOS 8 apps were being pulled from the App Store for doing too much with widgets newly made available in Notification Center, but Apple has clearly cooled off and decided that widgets that do more than present information are fine. Workflow’s new version highlights this as the updated widget can now run many tasks right from the swipe down Today view without launching the full app. The latest update also adds a few new actions as well as a new sync and backup...

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Additional iPhone 6s leaks point towards slightly...

Some additional points have come out about Apple’s upcoming “iPhone 6s” handset.

Namely, the display panel might be a bit thicker.

And there’s a weird mystery chip with an unspecified function to date.

Following up on an overview of leaked images, numerous rumors have pointed toward the iPhone 6s including support for Force Touch, which will allow the device to sense how hard the user is pressing on the screen and present different interface options or functionality based on the amount of pressure. This has yet to be confirmed, although a small, rectangular chip has been noted on the rear of the display. It has been seen in all leaked parts...

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08:00
An Apple event on September 9 is looking more likely...

Photo by Brittany Hopkins/Hoodline

It appears that September 9, 2015 will be the date that Apple holds a press event to release the newest iPhones and possibly a new Apple TV. Rumors had been flying about a "reservation" made by an unknown company for a "trade show" to be held at the 7000-seat Bill Graham Civic Center in San Francisco between September 4 - 10. 

San Francisco neighborhood news source Hoodline heard from a "trusted source" that activity has begun already at the site and that it is indeed Apple that's behind the arrival of heavy equipment and security personnel. 

Whatever Apple's planning, they're also going to shut down traffic on a few streets. Grove Street in front of auditorium will close down to traffic at 6 PM on Tuesday, Sept. 8, reopening at 11:59 PM on Thursday Sept. 10. Fulton Street then be closed on the planned...

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Lenovo folds smartphone unit under Motorola, plans...

Apple competitor Lenovo on Thursday confirmed that it will shuffle all of its smartphone operations -- including design and manufacturing -- under its Motorola banner, and eventually shut down Lenovo Mobile entirely.

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News: Report: iPhone 6S to support Motion wallpapers

Apple is expected to bring its Apple Watch Motion wallpaper feature to the iPhone 6S, according to 9to5Mac. Sources that have used internal iPhone 6S prototypes have revealed that it will support a new set of animated wallpapers that come from the same family as the “Motion” watchfaces of the Apple Watch, sporting images such as jellyfish, butterflies, and flowers. The iPhone 6S will reportedly include wallpapers such as sets of animated…

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Apple Watch and cheating

It sure seems like Ahrendts is pitching the Apple Watch as a cheating tool. This is not what I’d expect from Apple or from Ahrendts.

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07:36
IDC Device Tracker estimate puts Apple Watch sales...

Although Apple has yet to announce its official sales numbers for the Apple Watch, yet another research firm is putting forth an educated guess, estimating that Apple debuted at second place in the wearable device market behind Fitbit.

IDC’s latest Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker suggests that 3.6 million Apple Watch units shipped last quarter, giving it a 19.9 percent share of units worldwide. IDC claims that was second only to Fitbit, which it estimates shipped 4.4 million units, for a 24.3 percent share.

The only other wearable device which has cracked the million-unit mark, according to IDC, was Xiaomi, which is said to have...

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07:30
Here's another optical disc format that Apple...

Sony and Panasonic's "Archival Disc," which is described as "a new standard for professional-use, next-generation optical discs, are due in the second half of the year. The objective is to "expand the market for long-term digital data storage." Will Apple support it?

Optical discs have excellent properties to protect themselves against the environment, such as dust-resistance and water-resistance, and can also withstand changes in temperature and humidity when stored. They also allow inter-generational compatibility between different formats, ensuring that data can continue to be read even as formats evolve. 

Recognizing that optical discs will need to accommodate much larger volumes of storage going forward, particularly given the anticipated future growth in the archive market, Sony and Panasonic have been engaged in the joint...

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07:11
Amazon to forego future phone development following...

E-commerce behemoth Amazon has reportedly begun to draw down engineering resources in its mobile phone team, shedding jobs and re-focusing efforts on tablets and other home electronics in the wake of the Fire Phone's dismal showing.

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News: Rumor: iPhone 6S Plus to have smaller battery...

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06:52
Latest guesstimate pegs Apple Watch at 3.6M units...

Though Apple still hasn't announced sales of its wrist-worn Apple Watch, that hasn't stopped yet another research firm from throwing their hat into the ring, estimating that Apple debuted at second place in the wearable device market behind Fitbit.

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06:30
News: Report: Apple behind San Francisco ‘mystery...

A report has appeared in Hoodline, a local San Francisco neighborhood news site, that Apple is behind a “mystery event” being planned at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. The venue has reportedly been booked through mid-September, and security personnel are already on constant duty with heavy equipment being moved in. Official documents simply reference a “trade show” scheduled for the week of September 4-10, however no companies…

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06:16
IDC: the Apple Watch is now number two in the global...

In its first appearance in the wearables market, Apple finds itself within striking distance of the established market leader, Fitbit. According to the International Data Corporation, Apple shipped a total of 3.6 million units in the second quarter of 2015 (2Q15), just 0.8 million units behind Fitbit's 4.4 million units. Total shipment volume for the quarter came to 18.1 million units, up 223.2% from the 5.6 million units shipped in 2Q14.

"Anytime Apple enters a new market, not only does it draw attention to itself, but to the market as a whole," says Ramon Llamas, research manager for IDC's Wearables team. " … Now that Apple is officially a part of the wearables market, everyone will be watching to see what other wearable devices it decides to launch, such as smart glasses or hearables."

Apple's arrival had the greatest impact on the smart wearables category, or those devices capable of...

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06:12
News: Daily Deal: 3-in-1 Smartphone Photography...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering you a 3-in-1 Smartphone Photography Lens Set for only $29.99. Providing a telephoto, wide angle, and 180-degree “fisheye” lens, this kit enhances your iPhone camera with magnetic “snap-on, snap-off’ attachments and a sleek and minimal design for easy storage.

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06:09
iPhone sales down in Japan, but Apple remains the...

Cell phone shipments in Japan fell 1.9% year-over-year to 7.23 million units in the second quarter of 2015 (April to June), according to a study by IDC Japan. However, Apple remains the top seller of phones in the country.

The decrease (as noted by BrightWire.com, a global investment newswire) was attributed to feature phones. Smartphone shipments rose 23.6% year-over-year to 6.08 million, and accounted for 84% of the total.

Apple's share of the shipments fell six percentage points to 32.9%, but remains the top-selling brand. Sharp was second with a 14% share. Kyocera had a 10.5% share and Samsung had a 10.1% share.

IDC Japan predicts that current feature phone users may again purchase the new generation of feature phones before 2017. The research group says that vendors need to "greatly" reduce service fees to attract users to switch to smartphones...

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05:50
Apple working on ways to implement better privacy in...

Apple's AirPlay lets you wirelessly stream what’s on your iOS devices and Macs to an HDTV and speakers. The company has filed for a patent (number 20150242062) with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for "selectively broadcasting audio and video content" that would involve changes in the technology, especially long the lines of privacy.

The patent mention, among other things, techniques that let you create one or more "broadcast profiles," where each broadcast profile, when applied on your iOS or OS X device, that lets you stream content without exposing personal data. 

In the patent filing, Apple says that portable computing devices such as Mac laptops and iPhones are commonly being used to broadcast content to auxiliary displays (e.g., projectors and televisions). A common use-case scenario involves a user loading a slideshow presentation onto his or her iOS or OS X device,  connecting the portable computing device to an...

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05:30
Apple looks to improve wireless headsets for iOS, OS...

Apple is considering advanced bone conduction technology that would improve voice communications in a wireless earphone system. The company has filed for a patent (20150245129) with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for a "system and method of improving voice quality in a wireless headset with untethered earbuds of a mobile device."

The invention would determine which of the earbuds should transmit the acoustic signal and the inertial sensor output to the mobile device. The determination could be based on a noise and wind level captured by the microphones in each earbud, the inertial sensor output from the inertial sensors in each earbud, the battery level of each earbud, and the position of the earbuds. 

Apple says that, currently, a number of consumer electronic devices are adapted to receive speech via microphone ports or headsets. While the typical example is an iPhone, with the advent of Voice over IP (VoIP), desktop...

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05:17
Consumer wearable market report bodes well for the...

The wearables market in the U.S. from 2014 through the first half of 2015 has shown fast growth in year-over-year volume of consumer feedback. Hhowever after peaking post-holidays in January 2015, demand growth has slowed significantly, according to a new report from Argus Insights. However, things look good for the Apple Watch.

Over the last 18 months, the wearables market has started to mature and has grown considerably with new players entering the market with numerous products such as fitness bands, smartwatches, smart glasses, and other sensor-enabled devices, according to the research group. Using data compiled from approximately 328,000 consumer reviews since January 2014, the Argus Insights report reveals that after the holiday season of 2013, consumers briefly lost interest in wearables before steadily increasing demand reached its high point in January of this year where it was four...

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