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Tuesday February 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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06:30
7 Swift 2 Enhancements iOS Devs Will Love

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


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

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

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


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

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

As we...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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04:14
suitX launches lightweight and affordable exoskeleton

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

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

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

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

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

Railroads! gets back to basics,...

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

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

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00:29
Apple patents hover-sensing multitouch display

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

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Monday February 1

22:00
This week's sponsor: WinningWP

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

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21:11
Poll: What rumored 2016 Apple product excites you...

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

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19:08
attorney age of wushu taels is also analyzing 's

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Switzerland's district attorney age of wushu taels is also analyzing 's prize of the 2018 and 2022 finals to France and to Qatar, a little, wealthy desert country with no actual football tradition.

The ethics committee said it had not discovered evidence that the transaction, created at once when Blatter was looking for re-election, constituted a offer, which meant the men were spared prospective lifetime prohibits. http://www.vgolds.com

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18:50
How to Delete iPhone Apps Stuck on Installing Updates

Updating apps on our iPhones and iPads should be an easy and simple process, and it usually is. When an app gets stuck part way through installing, however, it's frustrating because you're trapped in an endless loop and trying to reinstall typically doesn't help, plus doing the tap-and-hold trick to delete the app doesn't work, either. There is a fix, although it certainly isn't obvious.


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17:50
Analyst: Apple may decrease its use of Amazon cloud...

In a note to clients — as noted by Barron’s — Morgan Stanley analyst Brain Nowak says Apple may decrease its use of Amazon’s AWS cloud computing services.

AWS is a collection of web series that make up a cloud-computing platform offered by Amazon. These services operate from 12 geographical regions[ across the world. Amazon markets AWS as a service to provide large computing capacity more quickly and more cheaply than a client company building an actual physical server farm.

Map showing the approximate geographical regions used by Amazon Web Services.

Nowak notes that Apple has announced three data center openings over the next two years -- a “command center” for its global data centers in Mesa, Arizona (planned opening in 2016) and one data center each in Ireland and Denmark (planned opening in 2017). 

“In total, we estimate Apple is building approximately 2.5 million square feet of data...

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17:15
Harvard Study: The Internet of Things is a...

Harvard University released a study on Monday titled Don't Panic: Making Progress on the "Going Dark" Debate. It might also have been titled Governments Shouldn't Freak Out about Encryption: The Internet of Things is a Surveillance Playground. Bryan Chaffin explains.


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16:35
Apple predicted to abandon Amazon Web Services for...

Morgan Stanley analyst Brian Nowak believes Apple is considering drawing down its reliance, or altogether dumping, Amazon Web Services in favor of an in-house solution, though the shift might take two years.

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16:29
How CGI and old-school trickery created two towering...

CNET:

At the heart of the film, acclaimed British actor Hardy plays twin brothers Reggie and Ronnie Kray, notorious real-life gangsters who ruled the London underworld in the 1960s by killing and robbing, while also rubbing shoulders with celebrities in the nightclubs they owned. Although the film’s story could be more focused, Hardy is captivating — and justly award-winning — in the twin roles.

“I read the script as if it was going to be two actors playing Reggie and Ronnie,” said Pope. “It came as a huge surprise to me that they had signed Tom Hardy up to play both roles! From being a fairly straightforward narrative, it turned into an extremely technically challenging production.”

I’ve seen this film and the performance by Hardy is made all the more incredible by the visual effects.

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16:27
∞ 66 (old) movie dance scenes mashup

Another amazing mash up. The editing skills of these guys are incredible. And the addition of the “Uptown Funk” song is brilliant.

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15:24
Adobe Promotes iPad Pro and Sketch with Bob Ross...

Adobe has done something pretty clever. Let's call it a stroke of genius, even. The company has produced a series of four turorial videos called The Joy of Sketching with Bob Ross and Adobe Photoshop Sketch. The short pieces demonstrate using Adobe Photoshop Sketch on an iPad Pro with Apple Pencil using a Bob Ross impressionist (Adobe thanked Bob Ross Inc. for its help producing the videos, meaning it was done with permission). Below is Episode 1, but you can find Episode 2, Episode 3, and Episode 4 on YouTube. All in all, it's good exposure for Adobe and Apple's iPad Pro and Apple Pencil. [Via 9to5Mac]


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15:15
New dating app used your Instagram's #...

Toward the end of last year, a new meme surfaced on Instagram to help users find and share a grid of their nine most-liked Instagram pictures. Now that same service thinks Instagram users can use those nine photos to find a hot date.

BuzzFeed is reporting that the company behind the #2015bestnine Instagram meme has released a new dating app called Nine. This app relied on the #2015bestnine meme going viral to drive the number of early sign-ups to a then-mysterious app to “match with other Instagrammers.” Except it wasn’t clear that it would be a Tinder-style dating app.

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14:52
Zenwalk 8 Beta Led Me Down a Rocky Road


Zenwalk is a Linux distro that seems to be in a state of flux. I took a gamble with the Zenwalk 8.0 beta edition, released last month, after several colleagues raved about its improvements. Chalk that up to potentially bad advice. It's not that Zenwalk is a bad distro. It is an uncooperative and strange experience. With all the options available, a lot can be said about not having to struggle with a problematic OS version. The announcement for the upcoming version 8 release prompted some good vibes. I should have tempered my expectations.

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14:45
AWT News Update: February 1, 2016

It's a slow, sleepy and snowy February day with just a little news about Apple today:

  • Don't look now, but Alphabet is about to take over Apple's spot as the world's most valuable company
  • The NHL 7.0 app for iOS is out now (and on Apple TV, too), and it's AWESOME!
  • Just one model of the iPad -- the iPad Pro -- sold more units in the holiday quarter than all models of the Microsoft Surface
  • The FCC has granted approval for Verizon and Qualcomm to begin testing of LTE-U

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14:40
Google surpasses Apple as world's most valuable...

After beating Wall Street expectations for the fourth quarter of 2015, Google umbrella company Alphabet usurped Apple as the most valuable company in the world on Monday in after hours trading.

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14:30
Google posts record profits, highlights Alphabet...

Google just turned in some amazing quarterly numbers.

Alphabet, Google’s holding company, reported its fourth quarter earnings on Monday, the first ever in two segments, with separate figures its core business and its motley moonshots.

Google altogether beat expectations, reporting net revenue, minus partner site payout, of $17.3 billion on $8.67 earnings per share. Wall Street was looking for something around $16.9 billion on $8.10 in profit.

More important to Wall Street’s concerns, Google was able to show a meaty profit margin, especially when its costly venture projects are stripped away.

As such, the profit margin rose, though not by much. For this quarter, Google’s operating income was $6.7 billion for a margin of 32%. For the same quarter...

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14:16
Peel iPhone 6/6S Case: $24.99

Check out the Peel iPhone 6/6s Case, a case that's designed to retain the shape of your iPhone. It's thin, at 0.35mm, with a small lip for your camer lens. It also has no branding. You can get the Peel Case through our deal for $24.99. Check out the deal listing for more info.


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14:12
Alphabet has surpassed Apple to become the most...

Alphabet’s just-released Q4 earnings has seen its stock price rise in after hours trading, resulting in the Mountain View-based company passing Apple to become the most valuable company in the world. The company’s market capitalization was $517.6 billion at close, and while the price is still fluctuating after hours, Alphabet’s market cap will be over $540 billion tomorrow if these prices hold…

At market’s close, GOOG Class C stock was trading at $752, but immediately shot up to $813, an 8% jump. It is currently trading just shy of $800. Apple has held the title of most valuable company in the world since overtaking Exxon Mobil in 2011. In the weeks leading up to earnings season, however, many speculated that Alphabet could take the...

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14:09
How-To: Keep up with the 2016 U.S. presidential...

Today marks the official kick off of Americans deciding who will be the next President of the United States with the Iowa caucuses taking place tonight. So without stepping into partisan territory, I wanted to share a few helpful tips for keeping up with the whole election season using your iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

Calendar

First up is a classic calendar tip for following exactly when and where everyone will be voting across the country. Some states hold caucuses while other states hold primaries, different parties often vote on different days, and U.S. territories (not just states) make the calendar.

The easiest way to keep track of when everyone votes and where is to subscribe to a calendar that already has all of this information. ...

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14:06
FCC allows LTE-U network testing through Verizon,...

A faster cellular network architecture is en route for your iOS device.

The FCC has approved additional testing of a cellular technology called LTE-U, controversial because it can operate over the same bands as Wi-Fi routers.

Qualcomm will now be able to test LTE-U hardware at two Verizon facilities. The firms are among those arguing that LTE-U can be more efficient than regular LTE and won’t interfere with Wi-Fi.

The FCC has apparently invited both Qualcomm and Verizon to demonstrate LTE-U and Wi-Fi operating without conflict in their testing. The technology could also thereotically interfere with other devices using unlicensed spectrum, but Wi-Fi is the most serious issue, given its ubiquity.

Qualcomm has express its concern with the FCC’s choice, but a...

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14:00
Notable apps and app updates for Feb. 1, 2016

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

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

Mosa Motion Graphics has introduced Green Screen Pro 1.0 for OS X. It’s a helper app that brings 3D and 2D motion effects to iMovie and Final Cut Pro users. 

You can drag and drop into any video project. With its library of 100+ green screen CGI clips, anyone can create amazing transition animations, knock-off animations of iPhone, YouTube, FaceBook, Instagram and more.

Green Screen Pro 1.0 costs $9.99 and requires Mac OX 10.9 or later. It’s available worldwide through the Mac App Store in the Video category. All clips are royalty free, license prohibits resale.

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13:59
Apple's Swift language project gains continuous...

Apple on Monday officially launched continuous integration for Swift, enabling checks on the project's health, and integrated testing within pull requests before any commits are made.

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13:40
X-Doria Revel cases for iPhone 6/6s and Apple Watch

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Case manufacturer X-Doria is back with a new series of cases for both the iPhone 6 and 6s ($34.99)  and the Apple Watch ($24.99) The Revel cases offer both protection and style for your devices, and the prices are reasonable, too!

Design

First, let's take a look at the Apple Watch cases. They're designed only for the 42mm Apple Watch; X-Doria does have another series (Defense Edge) that works with the 38mm Watch if that's what you wear. Like many Apple Watch cases, the Revel snaps onto your Watch easily and keeps all available ports and buttons close at hand. It's a slim plastic shell that gives your Apple Watch a fighting chance against scratches when you bang your wrist into a table or wall.

There are four different...

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13:25
Review: Native Union DOCK Lightning

Native Union's DOCK Lightning ($50) is a minimalist aluminum-and-silicone dock designed to hold and charge a Lightning-based iPhone, with or without a case. Curiously, the product is known as DOCK Lightning on Native Union's website, but as "DOCK for iPhone" on the box we received. Furthermore, the box lists DOCK as compatible with all Lightning-based iPhones and iPad minis, while the website claims DOCK can also work with full-sized Lightning iPads, as well. DOCK Lightning includes two clips, for accommodating an iPhone with or without a case. Users must supply their own Lightning cable, which isn't out of the ordinary for many recent docks.{/exp:char_limit}
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13:09
Bluetooth wireless range, speed to continue improving

Soon, turning off the heat and lights before leaving your house could be as simple as turning a key in a Bluetooth-equipped lock.

This scenario may be possible with the latest Bluetooth wireless technology, which could start appearing in products next year. With the improvements, devices will be able to communicate directly over a longer range and at faster speeds than with current technology.

The range and speed of Bluetooth will continue to increase in coming years as the markets for home automation and IoT grow, said Mark Powell, executive director at standards-setting organization Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG).

The upcoming Bluetooth protocol—which will be released in the second half this year—will quadruple the wireless range and double the speed of the current technology. Bluetooth-SIG members involved usually develop chips in parallel, but it takes a few months until they start appearing in devices, Powell said.

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13:07
Facebook's latest News Feed overhaul puts...

Facebook knows everything about you, from who your friends and family are to what you like and where you’ve been. It even knows the posts you draft but never publish. Combine all that information with the power of the like button, which signals to Facebook that a post should be shared more widely, and the network should know exactly what to show in your News Feed every day. But it doesn’t—not even close. The Facebook News Feed algorithm can be infuriating. It won’t show me all of my best friend’s posts, which I obviously want to see, but it will surface a photo someone I barely know has liked. 

That’s about to change. Facebook knows that it hasn’t perfected the News Feed, so it’s making some tweaks that will take more than just likes, comments, and shares into account when showing you News Feed stories.

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13:01
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 1...

Notable software releases this week include Tweetbot 2.3.3; Little Snitch 3.6.3; Printer Drivers for Gestetner, Lanier, NRG, Savin, and Xerox Printers; Lightroom CC 2015.4 and Lightroom 6.4; Mac App Store Update for OS X Snow Leopard; and BBEdit 11.5.

 

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13:01
ExtraBITS for 1 February 2016

In this week’s ExtraBITS roundup, you can ask questions of the co-creator of the legendary game The Oregon Trail, Security Editor Rich Mogull offers travel security tips in a Macworld podcast, and The New Yorker gives a humorous look at the next version of OS X.

 

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12:52
The 100 jokes that shaped modern comedy

Vulture:

A joke, as defined by this list, is a discrete moment of comedy, whether from stand-up, a sketch, an album, a movie, or a TV show.

For clarity’s sake, we’ve established certain ground rules for inclusion. First, we decided early on that these jokes needed to be performed and recorded at some point. Second, with apologies to Monty Python, whose influence on contemporary comedy is tremendous and undeniable, we focused only on American humor. Third, we only included one joke per comedian. And fourth, the list doesn’t include comedy that we ultimately felt was bad, harmful, or retrograde.

As with most lists, there will always be disagreements and even with the caveats, this list doesn’t seem as funny as you would have hoped it would be. But there are still some great, and some even could be considered important, moments included.

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12:43
Google taking Nexus smartphone program in more...

Google is hoping to exert more control over its Nexus smartphone line, more closely following a business model set out by Apple and the iPhone, a report said on Monday.

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12:05
TMO Background Mode: Interview With Smile Software’s...

Greg Scown is the co-founder of Smile Software, well known for the essential OS X and iOS app TextExpander. Greg started his career as a computer science student at Stanford University. Having already interned with Apple, after graduation, Greg was offered a full-time job on campus. A few years later, that led to working for Apple in China, near Hong Kong, writing software. That's a pretty nifty background. Later, Greg would go on to start (along with Philip Goward) a very successful Silicon Valley company that now employs 18 people and makes award-winning products. Near the end of my interview, we chat about some of the interesting development issues associated with TextExpander, an app that other developers need to formally support before it will work. How does he do that?

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11:53
News: Alleged iPad Air 3 drawing shows Smart...

A drawing representing the alleged iPad Air 3 shows a number of rumored features for the device, along with a slight size increase. The drawing, published by Engadget, shows a Smart Connector and four speakers, in addition to a rear camera flash. If the drawing is correct, the new iPad Air 3 will be 0.1 mm wider and 0.05 mm thicker than iPad Air 2 — a thicker screen could portend Apple Pencil support. Another recent report featuring an alleged case…

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11:30
Microsoft's Project Natick: Data Centers Better...


Microsoft on Monday unveiled Project Natick, a research initiative aimed at developing underwater data centers that could be built near coastal cities. The project is still in its infancy, but Microsoft built one test facility last year. Dubbed "Leona Philpot" -- after a character in the Halo video game series -- it was deployed 30 feet underwater off the California coast in August and was tested through December, when it was returned to the Microsoft campus in Redmond, Washington.

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11:17
Latest Apple Campus 2 flyover gives up close look as...

Apple’s under construction Campus 2 building in Cupertino is rapidly taking shape as this latest flyover video from Duncan Sinfield shows.

The video gets us as close to the site as we’ve seen yet with the video showing a ton of progress made on the main circular building that will house a large portion of the total 13,000 or so employees the campus will hold.

Evidence that Apple is nearing completion on at least the exterior of the main building can be seen at around 45 seconds in the video where Sinfield notes you can see the roof being lifted in place, and we also get our best shot yet at the large glass panels Apple has been installing on the main building as of a few months back....

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10:35
TMO Daily Observations 2016-02-01: Maps Search...

Apple Maps may not always show the search results you're expecting, but that doesn't mean the company is pushing an agenda. Bryan Chaffin and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look into reports about Maps abortion-related search results, plus they offer up their thoughts on the secret virtual reality team tucked away in Apple's offices.


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10:29
Perspective: iPad Pro blew past Microsoft Surface as...

IDC is out with its latest report on worldwide tablet shipments following Apple’s Q1 2016 earnings and in the report shares a nugget about iPad Pro sales.

It may not surprise you, but Apple’s new 12.9-inch iPad, which many would have you believe is the company’s first to compete directly with detachable and hybrid tablets/laptops, outsold Microsoft Surface and other detachable tablets, according to the report:

This quarter was unique as we had new detachables in the market from all three of the major platform players,” said Jitesh Ubrani, Senior Research...

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10:27
Purported iPad Air 3 blueprint adds barely thicker...

With Apple expected to hold an event next month, iPad Air 3 rumors are continuing to trickle out with various degrees of reliability. The latest is yet another schematic claiming to show the upcoming iPad Air refresh courtesy of Engadget, which cites a “reliable source”. While the blueprint appears to build on existing rumors like the presence of a camera flash, Apple’s new Smart Connector, and a quad-speaker design, the illustration claims to show that the iPad Air 3 will have just barely thicker dimensions than the current 9.7-...

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10:23
FCC greenlights further testing of LTE-U by Verizon...

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has approved additional testing of a cellular technology called LTE-U, controversial because it can operate over the same bands as Wi-Fi routers.

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10:20
Space laser communications satellite launches

The first node of the European Data Relay System is in orbit, promising much faster relay of important scientific data

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10:13
iPad Air 3 rumors: Everything we know so far about...

Apple shook up its tablet lineup last fall with the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, a laptop-sized device that supports stylus input from the Apple Pencil and snaps to a Bluetooth keyboard. Even the iPad mini got a major overhaul last year.

But the Pro’s size and new features have a higher price tag attached, one that’s squarely in the laptop range, and while the iPad mini 4 is an amazing device, it’s too small for many people. iPad sales continue to plummet, as Apple’s Q1 earnings showed, so Apple is gearing up to take the wraps off the iPad Air 3 next month. If its rumored features come to...

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09:24
Apple's iPad Pro outsold Microsoft's...

Consumers have apparently taken a liking to the iPad Pro following its November release, as new data suggests that Apple moved nearly half a million more of the jumbo tablets alone than Microsoft did of its entire Surface lineup.

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09:20
Deals: 21" iMac HD for $999; Free AppleCare...

The $999 price point for Apple's new 21" iMac with HD display is back, or you could grab one of last year's models for just $899 while supplies last. And if you're looking for a 21" iMac with 4K display, we have coupons for free AppleCare and free Canon AIO AirPrint printers, or $70 off all BTO models.

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09:07
Apple TV just became the best box for streaming live...

Channels, an app for watching live television through the new Apple TV, has received a substantial update with timeshifting support.

The app, which first launched in December, works in conjunction with SiliconDust HDHomeRun networked TV tuners. Users plug an antenna into the tuner, then connect the tuner to a Wi-Fi router. This setup allows for streaming live channels to other devices around the house, using companion apps such as Channels for Apple TV.

Channels is the first app for HDHomeRun tuners to support timeshifting without complicated plugins. The app begins storing up video when users first tune into a channel, caching up to 30 minutes of programming. Users can also pause live video for up to 30 minutes. Although the app doesn’t offer full-blown DVR, it’s still useful for rewatching a bit of dialog that you...

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08:57
Alleged 'iPad Air 3' schematic reaffirms...

Yet another schematic claiming to show off the design of Apple's anticipated "iPad Air 3" again includes a Smart Connector, rear camera LED flash, and four-speaker array.

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08:45
Finding Network Utility in OS X El Capitan

Back when I was doing a lot of Mac consulting, one of my go-to tools was Network Utility, a handy app that was always in the Utilities folder where I could bring it up to troubleshoot network problems. Now that I'm "just" a publisher/blogger, I don't have that much of a need to use Network Utility. So this weekend when I was working on setting up encryption for the site and ran into some issues, I decided it was time to use my old favorite utility again... but I couldn't find it. It turns out it's still around on all of our Macs, just in hiding.

Sure, you can do pings, traceroutes and all of that other stuff from the Terminal, but I prefer using the nice familiar UI of Network Utility. The official path for the app is:

Macintosh HD > System > Library > Core Services > Applications > Network Utility

There's an easier way to launch it, though. Select "About This Mac..." from the Apple menu, then click on the System Report button in the window that...

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08:34
Irate Comcast subscriber turns Raspberry Pi into a...

One Comcast customer has a Raspberry Pi complain to the company every time his fast connection becomes too slow.

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08:33
Explaining the Iowa Caucus, LEGO Style

It's Iowa Caucus day, which is a big thing heading into the presidential election. That sounds really big and important, but what does it mean? Vermont Public Radio did an awesome job explaining what a caucus is and why it's a big deal-and they did it all with LEGO minifigures. It's a great way to wrap your head around what's going down in Iowa today in a friendly and fun way. Bonus: LEGO minifigures. And thanks to @spsheridan on Twitter for turning me on to the video.


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08:32
US & Europe miss deadline for new 'Safe...

In spite of late-hour talks, U.S and European officials missed a deadline on Sunday to renegotiate a "Safe Harbor" agreement allowing companies like Apple and Google to shuttle data back and forth across the Atlantic.

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08:26
Leaked iPad Air 3 casing images hint at Smart...

It’s the leaks that keep things interesting.

Asian Mac site Macotakara recently found an image of what could be the iPad Air 3 casing. The leaked case design suggests some of the potential new design changes that the iPad Air 3 could feature when it launches to the public.

The leaked image shows what appears to be a cutout for the Smart Connector. Apple first introduced this connection with the iPad Pro, using it for a more stable and reliable connection for things like keyboards. This case leak suggests that Apple plans to add the Smart Connector to the iPad Air lineup with the March revision.

Other changes include a camera cutout on the back of the case appears to extend further down, perhaps hinting that the iPad Air 3 will gain...

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08:26
TidBITS Membership Ad-Removal Challenge Finished

The second month of our membership challenge is over, and while our membership rolls and revenues did increase, it wasn’t enough that we can justify removing banner ads from our site.

 

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08:12
How a teenage app developer helped support his...

Michael Sayman, known for creating the iOS game 4 Snaps, shared a story today on what it was like growing up in the world of iOS development at such a young age. After his first app’s major success at the age of 13, an app based on his Club Penguin blog, Sayman soon gained to media attention and began to travel the world sharing his story. In the profile, he delves into the irony of being paid to travel and tell this personal story on success, all the while his parents were struggling financially at home.

Sayamn also explains how he became the primary bill-payer for the household and what that...

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08:08
Porsche CEO says ‘iPhone belongs in your pocket, not...

As our sister-site Electrek covers so well, the automobile landscape is clearly changing with electric vehicles replacing gas-powered cars, autonomous features potentially replacing drivers, and Apple even developing an EV of its own. But Porsche wants no part in that future, says CEO Oliver Blume. Reuters reports that Blume told German media this week essentially that a Porsche is meant to be driven, and that an iPhone is meant for your pocket, not the road:

“One wants to drive a Porsche by oneself,” Blume said in an interview with regional newspaper Westfalen-Blatt published on Monday.

“An iPhone belongs in your pocket, not on the road,” Blume added, saying that Porsche did not need to team up with any big technology companies.

While Blume...

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07:50
Opinion: With Blackberry’s BB10 platform dead,...

BlackBerry phones were once the default choice for enterprise, the combination of physical keyboard and secure messaging facility the two key selling-points. Those days are long gone.

The company dismissed the iPhone when it was launched in 2007, claiming that touchscreen phones could never compete with physical keyboards – before doing a U-turn by launching its own touchscreen phone less than a year later. A series of major service outages and a failure to deliver the promised BlackBerry 10 in 2011 sealed the company’s fate as a major player, and it today appears set to completely cede the secure messaging space to Apple.

BlackBerry CEO John Chen effectively admitted in December that the company had a ‘backdoor’ into its supposedly secure messaging system, and the company has ...

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07:43
Do Cool Things on the Command Line with Five Quick...

Why would a modern Mac user want to go back to a command-line interface? There are lots of reasons, and Joe Kissell provides five of them here. These quick recipes, which require no prior knowledge of the command line, enable you to do useful things that Apple doesn’t provide a way to accomplish in OS X’s graphical interface.

 

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TidBITS Security Editor Rich Mogull joined Glenn Fleishman and Susie Ochs on the latest Macworld Podcast to discuss recent Apple security issues, but the discussion quickly turned to travel, with Rich offering tips on digital security while traveling, especially when crossing borders and visiting hostile countries. If you’re headed to another country and are concerned about your data and devices, it’s worth a listen.

 

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07:04
Samsung announces Galaxy S7 to debut on Feb. 21...

Troubled South Korean smartphone maker Samsung will reveal the next iteration of its Galaxy smartphone lineup later this month, and will reportedly accompany the new handsets with a 360-degree virtual reality camera.

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06:59
Detachable tablet sales climbing (is the iPad Pro a...

Apple has pooh-poohed the idea of a “hybrid” device — a laptop with a detachable screen that can be used as a tablet — but the IDC research group says such devices are growing in popularity.

Despite the holiday season, the worldwide tablet market declined yet again in the fourth quarter of 2015 (4Q15) with 65.9 million units shipped, down 13.7% year over year, according to preliminary data from the (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker.  Total shipments for 2015 were 206.8 million, down 10.1% from 230.1 million in the prior year. Despite the market's negative trajectory overall, shipments for detachable tablets reached an all-time high of 8.1 million devices.

The transition towards detachable devices appears to be in full swing as pure slate tablets experienced their greatest annual decline to date of 21.1%, according to itesh Ubrani, Senior...

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06:43
News: iPad Air 3 case photos reveal Smart Connector...

A Chinese company has posted photos of an alleged case for iPad Air 3. Spotted by Macotakara, the case photos reveal a small cutout on the left longer side of case where the Smart Connector would be on iPad Pro, implying that iPad Air 3 will also have Smart Connector support. The alleged case also has four speaker cutouts — two on each short side, like the iPad Pro. It also appears as if the camera hole has been extended, possibly to make room for…

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06:38
Popular Airmail desktop email app lands on the...

Airmail, the popular third-party email client for the Mac, has landed today on the iPhone for the first time. The brand new Airmail for iPhone app works with various email services including Gmail, iCloud, Outlook, and Exchange, and even features iCloud sync to keep the mobile and desktop preferences on the same page. Airmail also includes modern features for the latest iPhones, third-party app integration, and email management features missing after Dropbox retired Mailbox.

As far as email apps go, my personal iCloud email goes through the built-in Mail app, but the Gmail experience is sub par as almost everyone...

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06:35
Apple sees record iPhone profits despite fourth...

A new report from Juniper Research says that Apple saw 20% year-over-year growth in iPhone sales despite a sales slowdown in the fourth quarter. The research group says it was the slowest ever year-over-year growth, but one with record profits.

Samsung shipped an estimated 317 million smartphones, representing less than 1% year-over-year (YoY) growth, says Juniper Research. Microsoft’s phones continue to slide with shipments declining 57% YoY to 4.5 million devices.

“Global smartphone market slowdown has begun to impact all players, with the slowest Q4 market growth since 2008,” notes Juniper Research. “This has begun to impact even the usually impervious Apple, which reported a 0.4% YoY growth in iPhone shipments for the quarter. However, successes early in the year gave the California-based company a more comfortable 20% year-on-year growth.”

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06:34
Apple Music search stops working for many users

Apple Music's search feature was down for many subscribers on Monday, leaving much of the service impractical to use.

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06:28
Apple Doesn’t Have an Anti Abortion Agenda

Apple may have taken a strong stance on the environment, equal rights, and privacy, but it isn't taking an anti-abortion position. The iPhone maker came under fire after some Maps users reported seeing adoption centers instead of clinics and other health centers when using "abortion" as a search term. Those results weren't part of a conspiracy, just a search algorithm Apple is continually refining.


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06:19
Four-part video tutorial taps Bob Ross lookalike to...

Adobe has chosen to use a Bob Ross lookalike for a series of video tutorials on using Adobe Photoshop Sketch with the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil. The company posted the last of the four-part series (below) over the weekend.

The late host of the long-running TV show The Joy of Painting was a much-loved personality, and the decision to effectively bring him back from the dead some eleven years later could easily have been considered tasteless, but YouTube commentators seem to be broadly in favor.

The series was made with the cooperation of Bob Ross Inc, which says Adobe took great care to get all...

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06:08
NetMarketShare: OS X up, iOS down in January

According to the latest market share survey from NetMarketShare, the market share for Mac OS X and iOS both rose in January.

According to the report, among desktop operating systems, Mac OS X had 7.68% of the global market share in January compared to 7.02% percent in December (that’s global market share; in the US it’s over 13%). October 2015’s 8% was an an all-time high by NetMarketShare’s measurements. Windows remains dominant with 90.61%  as of January. That's down from 91.32% in December.

iOS had 32.93% of the mobile operating system market share in January, down from 35.43% in December. This compares to 58.75% for Android, 2.86% for Windows Phone, and 2.14% for Java ME. The all-time high for iOS was in July 2012 with 65.94%

NetMarketShares’ monthly surveys don’t measure market share in terms of computer systems sold. Instead they sample data from visitors to some...

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Peel iPhone 6/6S Case

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering the Peel iPhone 6/6S Case for only $24.99. Providing full protection that’s nearly invisible to the naked eye, this case retains the shape and form of your iPhone while protecting it from accidental drops. It adds virtually no bulk or weight to your iPhone at just 0.35mm thick and is free of any branding for a clean and subtle look.

Get the Peel iPhone 6/6S Case now for only $24.99...

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05:53
Multiple complaints of failed searches in Apple...

If searching for Apple Music content in the iOS Music app isn’t working for you, it’s not just you. Multiple users on Apple’s support forum are reporting the issue, with Twitter users joining the complaints. The problem appears to have begun late last night.

It’s not a universal issue, as it’s working fine for some people. Apple hasn’t yet acknowledged any problem on its system status page, but it’s not unusual for issues to exist for some time before showing up there.

Reboots aren’t curing it, so if you’re experiencing the problem there doesn’t appear anything you can do about it except wait for Apple to solve the problem, or switch to iTunes on the...

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05:30
Apple wants the FCC to recognize Made for iPhone...

An Apple filling with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) shows that the company is urging the FCC should “recognize solutions such as the MFi hearing aid platform as alternatives for hearing aid compatibility compliance,” according to macReports

Apple’s MFi (“Made for iPhone/iPod/iPad”) is a is a licensing program for developers of hardware and software peripherals that work with these iDevices. Companies joining the MFi program and passing certification tests are able to display certain MFi-related logos on their product packaging,

macReports says that Apple argues that:

° The FCC should recognize Made For iPhone Hearing Aids as an alternative for hearing aid compatibility compliance because (a) there are many MFI hearing aid devices available to customers (b) technologies like MFi Hearing Aid Platform...

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05:16
Bill Gates chooses Beatles song “Two of us” to sum...

On a BBC radio show where interviewees are asked to choose eight music tracks with special significance to them, Bill Gates yesterday selected the Beatles song “Two of us” as one of them, saying that it summed up his relationship with Steve Jobs. In the Radio 4 show Desert Island Discs, Gates said the two of them had a varied relationship.

Steve really is a singular person in the history of personal computing in terms of what he built at Apple. For some periods, we were completely allies working together – I wrote software for the original Apple II. Sometimes he would be very tough on you, sometimes he’d be very encouraging. He got really great work out of people.

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05:00
How Analytics Could Upset the Presidential...


Given all the campaign drama between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, and between Trump and Fox News, there was little else on my mind when I started to write my column at the end of last week. The also-rans really didn't understand how suicidal Trump's comments were about fans supporting him even if he shot someone in New York. Also, Clinton's use of a nonauthorized BlackBerry revealed what she really thought of the Obama administration. Their opponents didn't grasp that both candidates had come close to making campaign-ending admissions.

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04:30
iPad Pro + MacBook + Duet Display = lots of screen...

Do you find that the screen of your MacBook, MacBook Air, or even a 15-inch MacBook Pro looks uncomfortably small after using a 21-inch or 27-inch iMac? If so, and you’ve also got an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, spend a few bucks on a dandy app called Duet Display and you can increase your screen real estate.

The app — well, actually, it’s two apps: one for your Mac and one for your iOS device — allows you to use your iDevice as an extra display. I use Duet Display to set up my iPad Pro as a secondary display for my 12-inch MacBook when I’m traveling. It works seamlessly.

Developed by a team of ex-Apple engineers, Duet Display delivers a retina display at 60 frames per second with zero lag. Before Duet Display, I used an app called Air Display that also allowed you to use your iOS device as a second display. However, it used Wi-Fi for connectivity, so there was noticeable screen lag on my iPad. Duet Display uses a physical connection.

When you begin setting up...

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04:01
Apple reboots ‘Shot on iPhone 6’ campaign with all-...

After the success of last year’s Shot on iPhone 6 ad campaign, taking one of the top prizes at the Cannes Grand Prix festival, Apple is relaunching the campaign to highlight photos taken with the iPhone 6s/Plus, reports Time.

The new ad campaign features 53 images from 41 amateurs and professional photographers from around the world. While the previous campaign included a variety of photographic subjects – from landscapes to extreme close-ups – this time, Apple has put the focus on portraits, most of them photographed in subtle, everyday moments.

Apple first launched...

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04:00
The handsome, rugged Staad Attache has room for a...

WaterField Designs touts its Staad Attaché, as “a beautifully-designed, unique bag for the new Apple iPad Pro and 13-inch MacBooks.” The company imagines you’ll fill it with either the tablet or laptop, but I stash both in mine — and it works great.

As I’ve mentioned before, the iPad Pro doesn’t quite work as a laptop replacement for me, so I’ve held onto my 12-inch MacBook. But sometimes when I’m on-the-go I use ‘em in tandem — with my iPad Pro serving as a secondary display for my Mac laptop thanks to the Duet Display software (see my separate review).

Enter the Staad Attache. Though it only measures 4 x 10.5 x 1.3 inches, the interior is ingeniously arranged. I can fit both my supersize iPad...

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04:00
How to Stream Super Bowl 50 for Free on Your Apple...

The 50th Super Bowl is approaching, and Josh Centers explains how you can stream the game for free on any of your Apple devices in the United States.

 

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23:56
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20:59
Tweetbot 2.3.3

Updates the user interface to better align with Twitter’s display guidelines (Stars are now Hearts, Favorites are Likes). ($9.99 new, free update, 11.5 MB)

 

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18:22
Apple's 'Shot on iPhone' billboards...

Apple returned to the advertising well of its popular crowd-sourced "Shot on iPhone" campaign this weekend, with billboards going up on Sunday featuring still photos captured using stock iPhone 6s and 6s Plus hardware.

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14:59
Little Snitch 3.6.3

Fixes several issues related to installing and uninstalling the network monitoring and diagnostic utility. ($34.95 new, free update, 21.3 MB)

 

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11:36
Leaked iPad Air 3 case images hint at Smart...

A new leak spotted by Macoatakara that first appeared on an Alibaba site appears to hint at some potential changes coming with the iPad Air 3. Earlier this month, Mark Gurman reported that Apple announce a new version of the iPad Air at a March press event alongside new Apple Watch models. Now, a leaked case design suggests some of the potential new design changes that the iPad Air 3 could feature when it launches to the public.

The first thing you’ll notice in the image below is that there appears to be a cutout for the Smart Connector. Apple first introduced this connection with the iPad Pro, using it for a more stable and reliable connection for things like...

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11:14
Apple Developing Wireless Charging For Mobile Devices

An anonymous reader writes: Apple is currently working with partners in the US and Asia to develop wireless charging for iPhone and iPad. Mobile devices with wireless charging capabilities could be released as soon as next year. Apple has not released the specific details on the range that could be available, but as far back as 2010, Apple applied for a patent to use an iMac as a wireless charging hub for distances of 1 meter. In 2014 it applied for a patent on specialized housing for a mobile device with an integrated RF antenna, which would also allow for wireless charging by helping to eliminate the problem of metallic interference with charging signals. Apple would apparently be building on these ideas to create a new iPhone or iPad that could charge further away from the hub, while continuing to be used.


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10:52
Moose doubles as plow in chest-high snow

Outdoor Hub:

Wildlife experts advise that if you run across a moose on a trail in the winter, it may be prudent to turn around and leave. Just like you, moose would rather walk on trails than sink their legs into deep snow. Whatever else you do, don’t approach the moose or try to push it off the trail. Moose can be aggressive animals, especially when they are already tired. As you can see in the video, this moose decided to speed through a patch of snow rather than confront the skiers.

I’ve encountered a couple of moose in my life and they are gigantic, stupid and therefore terrifying animals. Never get into a confrontation with them. As this video shows, you will lose. I find it safer just to not go into the woods.

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10:46
Alleged 'iPad Air 3' case suggests Smart...

Many of the features introduced in last year's iPad Pro, including the new Smart Connector magnetic port and four-speaker array, may be coming toon to the third-generation iPad Air, if third-party cases being manufactured in China are accurate.

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08:44
MGG 590: This is Why You Listen All The Way Through...

QuickTips, including offline dictation on iOS, audio sync with AirPlay and 25 hidden iPhone features. Then your questions are answered, including moving backups from one drive to another, a strangely-starting MacBook, what the best small desktop speakers and what to do with lost+found items. All this and more, just for you!


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