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Tuesday June 23

12:53
News: Google Play Music adds free, ad-supported...

Google has announced the launch of a free, ad-supported streaming radio tier to Google Play Music, allowing users to listen to any of the service’s curated streaming radio stations without needing to pay for a subscription. Google Play Music has offered a free tier for some time that allows users to upload up to 50,000 of their own tracks and stream them from Google’s cloud, however listening to anything the user hadn’t specifically…

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12:36
Review: blueLounge’s Posto is the handsome headphone...

When the iPod was surging, full-sized headphones were flailing. For decades, big “cans” were the only proper way to quietly listen to the massive audio players stored in home A/V cabinets. But by 2006, portable audio devices were king, and their pocketable little white earbuds were everywhere. Then Beats by Dre came along and convinced people that big headphones were worth buying again, even for portable media players. Beats’ signature Studio headphones aren’t as easy to carry around as little earbuds, but as their growing popularity demonstrates, people haven’t seemed to mind.

blueLounge’s new Posto ($20) is the latest in a series of “big headphone” stands made by Apple...

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12:36
iOS 9 can automatically delete, reinstall apps to...

The second beta of Apple's next-generation mobile operating system revealed a new feature that went undiscovered until now -- the ability to automatically delete apps to clear space for the update, then reinstall them once the upgrade is complete.

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12:30
The Week in Mac Apps: From Mars, with love

From Mars, with love

This week’s roundup of new Mac apps brings you a way to brighten up your living space, a program that makes your desktop bloom, and another one that makes sure you will never, ever lose another piece of data again—well, probably.

Kitchen Design 5D 1.0.3

Ah, summer—the perfect time for home owners to start looking around for a renovation project that will keep us busy.

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12:15
The Summer Mac Essentials Bundle: $19.99

Check out this Mac app bundle: Unibox, Noiseless, Hider 2, NoteBook 4, App Tamer 2, iStat Menus 5, Beamer 2, Chatology, Jump Desktop, and iMazing File Transfer Made Easy. That's ten great apps, and you can get them all for $19.99 through us.


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11:53
iOS 9 can delete and automatically re-download apps...

iOS 9 is implementing some changes to make things easier on owners of 8GB and 16GB iPhones and iPads. We've already taken a look at App Thinning, a collection of technologies that will reduce the amount of space downloaded apps take up. And Apple also says it has reduced the amount of free space needed to install OTA software updates—the main iOS 9 update needs about 1.3GB, compared to 4.6GB for iOS 8.0.

Today, the company sent out its first update for the iOS 9 developer beta, and iOS developer Kaleb Butt noticed yet another feature—if you don't have the required free space, the operating system will offer to delete apps to make room for the update. It will then automatically re-download them when the update is complete.

Deleting an app from your...

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11:38
Apple releases new developer betas of iOS 9, watchOS...

Developers got their talented hands on the betas of OS X El Capitan, iOS 9, and watchOS 2 a couple weeks back at WWDC. On Tuesday, Apple released second version of all three of those developer betas.

To get developer betas, you need to be part of Apple’s Developer Program, which is now just one program—formerly, devs had to register separately for OS X and iOS.

Developers who already have the first beta of iOS 9 installed can upgrade over the air, or download it from Apple’s Developer Resources. The OS X El Capitan beta is available in the Mac App Store, on machines already running the first beta, or from the Mac Developer Center.

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11:35
How to Determine Which Charger and Which Connector...

There is now a dizzying array of power adapters, wattages, Magsafe connectors (original and version 2) and connector types ("L" and "T" shapes) that go with each MacBook Air and Pro model. John Martellaro helps sort it all out.


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11:30
A happy day for developers: Apple releases a slew of...

Developers who are working on future versions of their apps for iOS, Mac OS X and watchOS got a nice gift from Apple today, with the latest betas of each of the major operating systems being made available for download.

First up was the second beta version of watchOS 2. However, the beta was pulled for unknown reasons a few hours later...

Next came the second beta (version 13A4280e) of iOS 9. It's available as an OTA (over-the-air) update to anyone who has the first beta installed on their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. The release notes say that the update fixes problems with the first beta, providing better AirPlay connectivity. Restoring from an iOS 9 backup is now speedier, Mail doesn't crash when you try to print a message, and third-party keyboards work in search results. The update also fixes an issue in which it was impossible to change a password in the Family section of iCloud Settings.

This doesn't mean iOS 9 is ready for business, though -- there are...

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11:25
Instagram iPhone app adds revamped Explore tab w/...

Instagram is rolling out an update today for its iPhone app bringing two major new features, including a redesigned Explore tab and improved search functionality. The company said the updates will “help connect our community to the world as it happens,” or in other words, a more real-time experience thanks to new trending Tags and Places within the Explore tab. 

With more than 70 million photos and videos posted to Instagram every day, wherever something is happening, chances are you can see it here. Whether it’s behind the scenes at the NBA Finals, on the runway with the latest fashion trend at a favorite club with a local band, people are capturing moments large and small on Instagram. But, until now, there’s...

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11:22
iOS 9 allows users to temporarily delete apps to...

A new iOS 9 feature added in beta 1 was only discovered when users attempted to update to beta 2 earlier today. This new feature will allow the operating system to intelligently delete applications if you don’t have enough free space to perform a software update. Once the update is complete, the apps will automatically be reinstalled and your data will remain intact.

Well this is new. http://t.co/BQKMDn5D6c


Kaleb Butt (@Kaleb_Butt) June 23, 2015

The feature is designed to accompany another iOS 9 tweak that was announced during the...

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11:12
Instagram makes it easier to discover trending events

On average, 70 million photos and videos get posted on Instagram every day. In this sea of filtered selfies, Instagram is now trying a new way to surface the most captivating photos with an upgraded discovery feature.

The Facebook-owned photo-sharing app announced on Tuesday that it has “reimagined” its Explore page to showcase events, places, and hashtags that are trending in real time, either nearby or across the globe. 

“This is our North Star—what we’ve been shooting for all along,” Instagram cofounder and CEO Kevin Systrom told Wired. “It’s a real-time visual pulse for what is happening in the world.”

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11:10
TMO Daily Observations 2015-06-23: Tim Cook Responds...

Following the tragic racist-driven shootings at a South Carolina church Apple CEO Tim Cook is speaking out to remove symbols of hate, and to bring an end to racism. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to look at Mr. Cook's comments and share their thoughts on what impact his words might have. They also look at a blog post that says Taylor Swift needs to take her own words to heart about paying artists for their work.


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10:58
Google Calendar for iPhone adds Drive integration,...



Google Calendar is out with an improved version for the iPhone today with version 1.1. The list of changes is short but the improvements should be welcome.

The update includes integration with Google Drive so users can connect files with events on your calendar. Interactive notifications now include the ability to open directions from alerts or respond to guests via email. Finally, users can now see week numbers next to the calendar and more entries using the week view.

Google Calendar for iPhone is available for...

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10:57
Sony Meets Microsoft in Game Console Muscle Match


Beefed up and slimmed down, the new 1TB PlayStation 4 Ultimate Player Edition is scheduled to arrive in Japan before this month concludes and then launch in the UK in the middle of July, Sony announced on Sunday. The revised console, bearing twice the storage capacity of its predecessor, will arrive in the U.S. somewhere inside of the two weeks that follow its July 15 launch in the UK. Along with doubling the storage capacity of the original PlayStation 4, the Ultimate Player Edition is 10 percent lighter and uses about 8 percent less power.

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10:27
News: Apple releases second iOS 9, watchOS 2 betas...

Apple has released second betas of iOS 9 and watchOS 2 to developers, continuing the beta cycle for its next-generation mobile operating systems announced at WWDC for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and the Apple Watch. Featuring a build number of 13A4280e, the second iOS 9 beta features a number of under-the-hood improvements from the first beta, focusing on improving the stability and reliability of the new features in the operating system. The latest…

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10:15
Billboard interviews Eddie Van Halen

This is just fascinating. I love EVH and what he’s done for guitar players over the years. This is definitely a must read.

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10:07
Apple released a new iOS OTA Firmware

Apple just released OTA iOS 9.0 (beta) (Build 13A4280e) for:

  • iPad 2 (Wi-Fi) (iPad2,1)
  • iPad 2 (GSM) (iPad2,2)
  • iPad 2 (CDMA) (iPad2,3)
  • iPad 2 (Wi-Fi, 2012) (iPad2,4)
  • iPad mini (Wi-Fi) (iPad2,5)
  • iPad mini (GSM) (iPad2,6)
  • iPad mini (CDMA) (iPad2,7)
  • iPad 3 (Wi-Fi) (iPad3,1)
  • iPad 3 (CDMA) (iPad3,2)
  • iPad 3 (GSM) (iPad3,3)
  • iPad 4 (Wi-Fi) (iPad3,4)
  • iPad 4 (GSM) (iPad3,5)
  • iPad 4 (CDMA) (iPad3,6)
  • iPad Air (Wi-Fi) (iPad4,1)
  • iPad Air (Cellular) (iPad4,2)
  • iPad Air (China) (iPad4,3)
  • iPad mini 2 (Wi-Fi) (iPad4,4)
  • iPad mini 2 (Cellular) (iPad4,5)
  • iPad mini 2 (China) (iPad4,6)
  • iPad mini 3 (Wi-Fi) (iPad4,7)
  • iPad mini 3 (Cellular) (iPad4,8)
  • iPad mini 3 (China) (iPad4,9)
  • iPad Air 2 (Wi-Fi) (iPad5,3)
  • iPad Air 2 (Cellular) (iPad5,4)
  • iPhone 4s (iPhone4,1)
  • iPhone 5 (GSM) (...

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10:03
Apple releases OS X 10.11 El Capitan beta 2 to...

In addition to new seeds for its mobile platforms, Apple has released the second Developer Preview of the upcoming OS X El Capitan for Macs. The update is available via Software Update in the Mac App Store. Similarly to iOS 9, El Capitan brings many under-the-hood enhancements in addition to new features like a split-screen mode for core applications, a new Notes app, and an enhanced Mission Control view. New changes and fixes in the second preview have already been discovered and are included in updates below. El Capitan will ship to all users in the fall following a public beta release in July.

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09:15
Apple becomes “Promoter Member” of Bluetooth SIG

Bluetooth Special Interest Group:

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) announced today that Apple, Inc. has become a Promoter member of the Bluetooth SIG. Promoter members are the sole voting class on Bluetooth SIG corporate matters and hold a continual seat on the SIG Board of Directors.

Current Promoter members Ericsson, Intel, Lenovo, Microsoft, Nokia, and Toshiba unanimously welcomed Apple to the highest membership level of the organization.

As the press release states, Apple has been a member of the group for years. This new status obviously means they will have more of a say over the future of Bluetooth.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:54
Emulsion for Mac is a simpler alternative to Adobe...

Petapixel:

While Adobe provides an excellent range of products, some photographers are looking to expand their horizon with more affordable alternatives.

Emulsion is described as a 3rd party photo cataloging software designed to replace Apple’s in-house Aperture photo editing and management program.

For $50 you can pick up Emulsion, which allows non-destructive editing, metadata manipulation, photo organization, and more. A free thirty-day trial is also available for those who would like to give the software a thorough run before purchasing. Current requirements for Emulsion include Mac OS X Yosemite and 4 GB of RAM.

As the review points out, if you’re already a Lightroom user, this app isn’t any better. But, if you don’t need all the features of Lightroom, Emulsion looks like a good alternative.

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08:52
GMC, Buick announce wider array of CarPlay-...

Apple’s CarPlay feature is finding its way into more makes and models in the coming year.

General Motors has announced that select 2016 model year Buick and GMC vehicles will support CarPlay and Android Auto through the IntelliLink system, including the 2016 Buick LaCrosse and Regal and 2016 GMC Canyon, Yukon and Sierra. Buick and GMC will support CarPlay at the beginning of the model year and add Android Auto compatibility to select vehicles later in the model year.

Where the 2015 GMC models are concerned, a built-in IntelliLink screen will sync to CarPlay or Android Auto-compatible devices via USB and allow for quick access to Maps, Phone, Messages,...

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08:51
Apple Wants $15M from Patent Troll for Frivolous...

Apple is asking a Federal Court to order Unwired Planet to hand over US$15 million to cover attorney fees and legal costs related to what it called a frivolous patent infringement lawsuit. The company claimed Unwired Planet filed a series of "kitchen sink" infringement cases targeting iPhone and iPad connectivity functions hoping at least one would stick.

The Mac Observer Spin: It looks like Apple is growing weary of the ongoing parade of frivolous infringement lawsuits from patent trolls.


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08:44
Gear: Bluelounge Posto

Bluelounge’s Posto ($20) is a new three-piece headphone stand. Made of a plastic base, an aluminum center piece, and a flexible rubber top to hold your headphones of choice, Posto isn’t meant to be taken apart after initial assembly. The headphone stand comes in white or black.

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08:24
The safety truck could revolutionize road safety

Samsung:

Have you ever found yourself driving behind a semi-trailer truck? If you’re on a single-lane highway or road, it can be a nightmare. Even though the truck is driving relatively slowly, you cannot overtake it due to its size, and because you cannot see what is happening in front of the truck.

However, Samsung has developed a solution that may make this problem a thing of the past.

This is a very clever idea but likely far too expensive for most trucking companies. There’s also likely a lot of regulations that would have to be changed as well as assurances companies won’t simply use the technology to show even more advertisements to motorists stuck behind semis.

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08:20
Developer adapts Apple Watch to run Mac OS 7.5.5

I’m not sure how he did it, but developer Nick Lee managed to get Mac OS 7.5.5 running on his Apple Watch.

The developer started by updating his Apple Watch to the developer version of watchOS 2, and then ported the Mini vMac emulator so it would run on the device.

The icons are really too small to use, the screen is hard to see, but it works. And that’s all that matters.

All in all, it’s pretty damn cool.

As always, let us know what you think over in the comments.

Via...

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08:19
Flashlight Brightens Up Spotlight in Yosemite

Flashlight enhances Yosemite’s built-in Spotlight search feature to make it nearly as powerful as third-party utilities.

 

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07:12
Developer Turns His Apple Watch into a Wrist Top Mac

If you've wondered if Apple Watch is powerful enough to run the Mac's operating system, then wonder no more. The answer is "yes," assuming you mean Mac OS 7.5.5. Nick Lee managed to get the 20 year old operating system up and running on his Apple Watch, and even though the screen makes icons too small to select, it really works. Nick started by updating his Apple Watch to the developer version of watchOS 2, and then ported the Mini vMac emulator so it would run on the device. It's slow, but to be fair, our Macs 20 years ago were slow compared to today's machines. The important part to remember here is that figuring out how to turn your Apple Watch into a Mac is pretty cool.


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06:30
Creative film showcases the life and death of an...

Filmmaker Paul Trillo  chronicles the life of the iPhone in a clever 7-minute video that was shot and edited on an iPhone. The video is filmed from the iPhone's point of view, starting with its birth on the factory floor in China. The adventure ends the poor device is dropped, shattering its screen. Fortunately, that's not the end of the iPhone -- it is reincarnated on the black market following a trip to the repair shop. 

[Via Gizmodo]

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06:25
News: Royalty rates for artists during Apple Music...

Apple has agreed to pay royalties during Apple Music’s three-month free trial, but The Wall Street Journal reports the royalty rate is still up for debate. The company has touted Apple Music’s 71.5 percent royalty rate as the highest in streaming music, but that rate is going to be applied to total monthly income from subscription fees. Until those payments start rolling in, there will be no subscriber income on which to base the rates.…

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06:06
Verizon Now in the News Business, Completes AOL...

Verizon announced Tuesday morning that it has completed its US$4.4 billion purchase of AOL. The deal brings all of AOL's properties under Verizon's wing, including well known Websites such as The Huffington Post, TechCrunch, and Engadget.

The Mac Observer Spin: Hopefully Verizon won't impose any editorial control over AOL's properties and limit the topics they can cover, like blocking them from writing critically about their new owner.


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06:00
News: Buick, GMC bringing CarPlay to select 2016...

Buick and GMC are the latest GM car brands to announce CarPlay availability for upcoming vehicles, GM has announced. Buick will be bringing CarPlay compatibility to the 2016 LaCrosse and Regal, while GMC’s 2016 Canyon, Sierra, and Yukon will also gain Apple’s CarPlay. Within the last month, GM has also announced CarPlay compatibility for upcoming Cadillac and Chevrolet models. Compared to Apple’s other CarPlay partners, GM appears…

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05:54
Developer ports Mac OS 7.5.5 to the Apple Watch

Using the  Mini vMac emulator, developer Nick Lee was able to run Mac OS 7.5.5 on his Apple Watch with watchOS 2.  First spotted by MacRumors, an accompanying video showcases the surprisingly snappy performance of the legacy desktop OS on the watch wearable.  

System 7 debuted in 1991, with version 7.5.5 arriving in 1996. The operating system was originally designed for Quadra and PowerBook hardware, but was transitioned to the Intel-based PowerPC during its development. 

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04:35
Apple Music free trial saga may not be over as Apple...

Just as we thought Apple’s u-turn would put an end to the controversy over its original intention to pay artists nothing during the free trial of Apple Music, a statement to the WSJ suggests that there is still time for the saga to turn into a PR nightmare.

While everyone assumed Apple would now be paying artists and publishers the...

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03:25
Apple seeks over $15M in fees from patent holdings...

A federal court motion filed last Friday reveals Apple is looking to garnish more than $15 million in attorneys' fees and costs from non-practicing patent holdings firm Unwired Planet, which engaged in a series "kitchen-sink" lawsuits targeting iOS device connectivity features.

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01:07
Apple mapping patent provides seamless outdoor/...

Apple on Tuesday was awarded a patent for harnessing onboard iOS device sensors to automatically switch from one location subsystem, such as GPS and indoor wireless gateway proximation, to another seamlessly and without user interaction.

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Monday June 22

22:13
iMessage suffering from a widespread outage, many...

Update: Reports of the outage are slowing down, although it’s unclear if issues are entirely resolved. Apple has yet to update it’s status page.

It appears that Apple’s iMessage is suffering from widespread issues this evening. While Apple has yet to acknowledge the issue on its system status page, users on Twitter have been reporting issues for the past hour, so much so that iMessage is trending on the social network right now.

Users report that their iMessages are not being delivered, delivering as both an iMessage and an SMS, and being delivered more than once, even after the initial message was received and responded to. Other users report that iMessages are taking an abnormally long amount of time to send, while many images sent via...

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18:51
Video shows Apple Watch running Mac OS 7.5.5 via...

A developer was able to start up the nearly 20-year-old Mac OS 7.5.5 (n?e System 7) onto his Apple Watch running the latest WatchOS 2 update, exemplifying the extent to which computing has evolved over the past two decades.

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18:17
Developer hacks 20-year old Macintosh OS 7.5.5 to...

Developer Nick Lee this evening has shared a video showing how he managed to hack an Apple Watch to run Macintosh OS, System 7.5.5. For those counting, that was released 19 years ago on September 27, 1996. The Apple Watch was released April 24, 2015. That’s a pretty impressive feat by Lee (via MacRumors).

Lee was able to accomplish this with an Apple Watch running watchOS 2 and the Mini vMac Macintosh Emulator. The mini vMac Macintosh Emulator is designed to allow more modern devices run software that was designed for early Macintosh computers. Macintosh OS, System 7.5.5 was designed to run on a PowerPC Mac at the time of release.

You can view the video of System 7.5.5 running on Apple Watch above. Below is a comparison of the...

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18:12
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18:12
Container Coalition Seeks Common Standard Creation


Docker and CoreOS on Monday announced the formation of a coalition of 21 industry leaders to create the Open Container Project, a nonprofit organization seeking minimal common standards for software containers for cloud storage. The two companies made the announcement on the opening day of Dockercon, a two-day conference covering all aspects of the Docker ecosystem. Docker will donate its de facto image format standard technologies in the hope that they will serve as cornerstones of the OCP.

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17:52
Hands-on with an affordable alternative to Apple’s...

When Apple first announced Apple Watch, one of the things I was most excited about was the ability to use third-party bands. I was surprised when Apple announced the capability and even though I was pretty sure I was going to buy an Apple Watch, third-party band support solidified my choice. Apple Watch has now been on the market for two months and so far, companies have been slow to release their aftermarket bands. With iPhone, companies usually have cases available the day the device launches, but Apple Watch has presented a whole new set of challenges for accessory makers.

When I purchased Apple Watch, I went with the stainless model with the classic buckle. Since my initial purchase, I have also bought a black Sport band, a Milanese Loop and now, an aftermarket stainless steel Link Bracelet. I love the idea of the band for my Watch matching the Watch itself, but Apple’s Link...

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16:14
NASA's version of 'Shark Tank'...

NASA wants to change the way planes fly. As part of a new Convergent Aeronautics Solutions project, the agency's innovators recently formed teams to pitch their wildest ideas to a jury. Out of the 17 teams that presented their aviation-transforming s...

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15:46
Documents show NSA, GCHQ launched attacks against...

The U.S. National Security Agency and its British equivalent, the Government Communications Headquarters, have both been launching attacks against security software in order to track individuals and break into networks, a report said on Monday.

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15:39
This device helps the blind navigate by tingling...

Remember the BrainPort, that device that helps the blind get around by sending electrical signals to their tongues? It's finally getting the green light. The Food and Drug Administration has cleared the BrainPort V100 for sale in the US, giving sight...

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15:37
Today in the App Store, featuring Panna Cookbook and...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today’s notable apps include a discount on SkySafari 4; the new Panna Cookbook; and an update to Artsy. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

SkySafari 4 [$2.99 → Free] If you're new to SkySafari, this is basic version. It includes everything you need to get started learning the night sky: 120,000 stars; over 200 star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies; all major planets and moons, and dozens of asteroids, comets, and satellites - including the ISS.

Clone Magic [$1.99 → Free] Do you want to make a photo where many of you appear? It's now very fast and easy with Clone Magic.

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15:23
iBeacon tech at Cannes Lions 2015 connects attendees...

This year's official Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity app, released on Monday in conjunction with the event, sports integration with Apple's iBeacon technology to offer attendees a personalized experience featuring relevant content surfacing and meet-ups with like-minded event-goers.

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15:02
Australia passes controversial law to block '...

Australia's senate has passed a controversial bill allowing sites hosted overseas that distribute pirated material to be blocked at the ISP level. But which sites to block is not up to the service providers to choose, instead movie and music studios ...

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15:00
News: Wondershare Dr. Fone Giveaway

iLounge and Wondershare are giving away ten (10) Wondershare Dr. Fone iPhone Data Recovery for Windows ($80 value) or Mac ($60 value). The winners will be able to choose either the Windows or Mac version. The World's 1st iPhone and iPad Data Recovery for Mac Recover lost or deleted contacts, messages, photos, notes, etc. from iPhone, iPad and iPod touch for Mac users. Fully compatible with iTunes 12.1, iOS 8.3, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus ...

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14:37
New helicopter flyover gives up-close look at Apple...

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14:36
Windows 10 testers can keep it for free, with a...

Microsoft made headlines last week when it seemingly announced that it would give away a free copy of the new OS to anyone who signed up to test it. Today however, the company has "clarified" that statement to explain that the offer isn't quite as cu...

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14:30
It’s Time to Read “Apple Watch: A Take Control Crash...

Go deeper than Web articles with our latest Take Control book, Jeff Carlson’s “Apple Watch: A Take Control Crash Course,” which may be the first documentation of the Apple Watch that’s comprehensive, independent, and based on real-world experience.

 

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14:01
Corvette Z06 becomes first Chevrolet vehicle with...

GM's Chevrolet division is now manufacturing its first vehicles compatible with Apple CarPlay, beginning with the Corvette Z06, the company said on Monday.

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14:01
Opinion: Apple Music & Taylor Swift — PR...

Pop star Taylor Swift dominated the headlines yesterday after publishing an open letter to Apple in which she wrote that it was “shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company” to not pay artists during Apple Music’s free trial. By the end of the day, the whole episode had an almost storybook perfect ending with Apple’s Eddy Cue announcing that the company decided it will compensate artists during the free period. Reactions today have been all over the place, but for Apple Music, the upcoming streaming music service, is the Taylor Swift episode a PR nightmare or a publicity dream?

The story with Apple Music’s free trial policy...

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13:56
Walmart, staunch competitor to Apple Pay, tests...

Walmart, the brains and brawn behind the Apple Pay competing CurrentC, is now embracing Apple Watch.

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13:56
Army and Air Force team up for laser-based landmine...

Used to be that if the US military wanted to clear a roadway, runway or airfield of deadly IEDs (improvised explosive devices), they'd have to send in highly-trained and heavily armored explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) teams a la "The Hurt Locker." ...

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13:51
Trade-in services begin accepting Apple Watch, but...

While Apple Watch models were selling for a premium on eBay and elsewhere for quite a while after launch, now that the device is in Apple stores and stock of most models almost caught up to demand, trade-in services have officially started accepting the device. One of the first bigger companies to announce support for Apple Watch is NextWorth, which as of today will buy your Apple Watch, but without the eBay premiums. The company is capping Apple Watch trade-in payouts at $500, and you’ll be getting much less than that for the cheaper models that start at around $350 from Apple....

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13:33
Apple initiates 3TB Hard Drive Replacement Program...

This is Apple admitting it goofed.

Apple has initiated a 3TB Hard Drive Replacement program for 3 terabyte hard drives ordered on 27-inch iMacs manufactured between December 2012 and September 2013 in which the company will replace the drive for free.

Apple has stated that the drive can fail “under certain conditions.” The service will be performed at your local apple Store or at a nearby Apple Authorized Service Provider.

According to the Replacement Program website, Apple has contacted iMac owners who registered their iMac with a valid email address. If you did not register, you can check if your iMac is eligible by...

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13:33
Daily Deals for June 22, 2015, featuring OmniGraffle

It’s time to save some of your hard-earned money with our Daily Deals, featuring highlighted deals for AWT readers, hardware discounts and our own handpicked iOS and OS X sales. All prices are USD and subject to change. Please check prices before you purchase as some deals may expire quickly.

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13:32
Facebook algorithm can recognize people if it can...

A number of companies have developed photo software for facial recognition, but what happens when your face is partially hidden? What if it's completely covered up? Facebook's artificial intelligence lab developed an algorithm that remedies the issue...

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13:03
E3 2015: iOS games and virtual reality hint at the...

The annual Electronics Entertainment Expo was held last week, and AppleInsider was there to see the latest iOS games and controllers. We also also went hands-on with some of the next-generation virtual reality technology that has become a major focus for the industry, including a product that relies on Apple's iPhone 6 Plus.

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12:53
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 22...

Notable software releases this week include Lightroom CC 2015.1 and Lightroom 6.1, Default Folder X 4.7.2, ChronoSync 4.6.2 and ChronoAgent 1.5.3, Audio Hijack 3.1.1, and Mellel 3.4.

 

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12:53
ExtraBITS for 22 June 2015

This week we have only one link for you to read: Apple remains on top of the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s “Who Has your Back?” report, while Google and Microsoft have lost ground.

 

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12:34
Cook Says Chinese tastes considered in Apple product...

Bloomberg:

Apple Inc. takes Chinese consumer tastes into account when it designs many of its products, Chief Executive Tim Cook said, underscoring the country’s importance to the iPhone maker.

The company considers details including color palettes to suit local tastes, Cook said in an interview in the June 17 Chinese-language version of Bloomberg Businessweek, published under license by Modern Media Holdings.

The decision to offer a gold iPhone last year reflects in part the popularity of that color among Chinese users, he added. Greater China, which includes Taiwan and Hong Kong, is now Apple’s second-largest market and has become a battleground for the company as it vies with Samsung Electronics Co. and Xiaomi Corp. for smartphone supremacy.

This is a statement that will surprise some but really shouldn’t. China is poised to take over as Apple and the world’s largest market for consumer goods. It makes good business sense to cater to it whenever...

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12:19
Privacy group asks FTC to limit location, contact...

A non-profit public interest group on Monday filed a complaint with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, asking it to investigate Uber over policies that could soon add extra contact and location tracking permissions to its ridesharing apps.

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11:52
Gear: Scosche strikeLINE Rugged LED

Scosche’s strikeLINE Rugged LED ($20) is the third LED Lightning to micro-USB cable we’ve seen in recent weeks. Like the others (Scosche’s flatOUT LED and Just Mobile’s AluCable LED), strikeLINE Rugged LED is meant to tell users when a device is done charging at a glance — it glows red when charging, and blue when fully charged, via a small LED on the Lightning side of the cable.

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11:51
Swarm for iOS reintroduces mayorships and bragging...



Avid Foursquare junkies (myself included), rejoice – mayorships are back, just now in the Swarm app. You can become the mayor of a place by checking into it more than anyone else in the last 30 days, and only one check-in per day counts towards your rank.

Foursquare was launched in 2009 by the same person who in 2003 founded the Google-acquired Dodgeball, a check-in location service similar to Foursquare that pre-dated smartphones and was based on SMS. When Foursquare launched, mayorships and badges added a layer of playfulness and gamification to the action of...

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11:37
Tweetbot for Mac 2.0.1 brings Twitter’s new ‘quote...

The first update for Tweetbot 2 on OS X has been released, bringing promised support for Twitter’s new “quote tweet” feature along with a bevy of bug fixes, including one for a particularly nasty bug that could crash the app while creating a new mention, and another related to uploading a profile photo.

The app also speeds up the process of changing accounts and introduces support for longer direct messages, which will be available as soon as Twitter flips the switch on that feature in the near future.

You can grab Tweetbot 2.0.1 from the Mac App Store for free if you bought an previous version of the app. For new users it’s available...

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10:48
Pad & Quill’s new leather backpack and briefcase

I just love Pad & Quill’s products. The workmanship and care put into every aspect of their bags is top notch. I own one of the bags already, but that backpack is calling my name. They also have a new briefcase available.

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10:27
Source: First iPhone without home button on Apple...

Apple is indeed working on a radical iPhone redesign that will ditch the home button, AppleInsider has learned, but consumers shouldn't expect to see such a drastic change to the company's handset within the next few years.

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10:19
Got a bad 3TB hard drive in your iMac? Apple will...

If you bought an iMac with a 3TB hard drive between December 2012 and September 2013 and you’re having problems with that drive, Apple will replace it for free.

The iMac (27-inch) 3TB Hard Drive Replacement Program replaces 3TB hard drives that, according to Apple, “fall under certain conditions.” The service will be performed at your local apple Store or at a nearby Apple Authorized Service Provider.

According to the Replacement Program website, Apple has contacted iMac owners who registered their iMac with a valid email address. If you did not register, you can check if your iMac is eligible by entering the serial number on the Replacement Program website.

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09:58
3 Things That Will Change Electronic Entertainment...


E3 -- perhaps the biggest and most important gaming conference in the world -- took place last week. Sony and Microsoft came ready to do battle, Nintendo showed up, and we were up to our armpits in little companies doing amazing things with virtual reality. However, companies that weren't at the event, like Amazon and Netflix, likely have more to say about the future of gaming than those that had a big presence there. There are three technologies that could change gaming forever.

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09:43
Lightroom CC 2015.1 and Lightroom 6.1

Lightroom CC 2015 receives two new features, while both apps get a number of bug fixes. ($149 new or $9.99 monthly Creative Cloud subscription, free update)

 

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09:31
Monster's lawsuit against Beats recalls long...

The ongoing legal tussle between Monster and Beats?--?over the way in which Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre assumed control of the company in the run-up to its acquisition by Apple --?has focused the spotlight on the many ways the two music moguls worked with Apple and late cofounder Steve Jobs over the years.

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09:30
Your gold iPhone was designed with Chinese buyers in...

I was certain that Apple had tailored its gold iPhone to me, but it turns out that the company is really thinking about its Chinese customers when tweaking product designs.

Apple CEO Tim Cook told the Chinese-language Bloomberg BusinessWeek that Apple added a gold option to its iPhone lineup because the color is popular in China.

But Apple is going beyond gold to appeal to Chinese buyers. The company is also investing in the country’s education. Cook told the publication that Apple is supporting more than 180 trial programs to teach smartphone technology to Chinese children.

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09:23
Eddy Cue on responding to Taylor Swift

Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, sat down with Billboard to discuss his company's recent experience with singer Taylor Swift. The musician refused to make her current album, 1989, available to Apple Music streaming as long as artists were unpaid during the forthcoming service's three-month trial period. 

In the interview, Cue discussed reading Taylor's open letter to Apple as well as the thought process that prompted Apple to change its course: 

"We've been hearing a lot of concern from indie artists about not getting paid during the three-month trial period, which was never our intent. We never looked at it as not paying them...

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09:15
9to5Toys Last Call: iPad Air 2 64GB $500, V-MODA...

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09:06
Rumor: Next-gen iPhone display could feature Touch...

The next-gen iPhone’s display may incorporate some interesting additional features.

The sometimes-reliable DigiTimes reported on Monday that Apple is developing touch and display driver integration single-chip solutions for future iPhones. The chips are also said to include fingerprint sensors, which would allow for new iPhone designs without a home button, enabling the entire front panel to be the device’s display.

This syncs with Apple’s recent patents and acquisitions, which has signaled interest in moving Touch ID to the iPhone’s display.

Apple acquired fingerprint technology company AuthenTec in 2012, setting the stage for what...

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08:57
Best Buy begins taking Pebble Time preorders in...

U.S. retailer Best Buy on Monday launched preorders of the Pebble Time, signalling the first opportunity to buy the smartwatch for those who didn't back the project on Kickstarter, just days after the Apple Watch became available at Apple's own retail stores.

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08:50
Apple reverses position on royalty payments during...

Taylor Swift has come forward to criticize Apple Music’s planned three-month trial.

And apparently won.

Which means it might be slightly easier for you to listen to her next 987,752 songs about a breakup.

In a released statement, Swift offered the following comment with regard to the free streaming element:

This is not about me. Thankfully I am on my fifth album and can support myself, my band, crew, and entire management team by playing live shows. This is about the new artist or band that has just released their first single and will not be paid for its success. This is about the young...

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08:50
Tim Cook discusses the Chinese market's...

In a new interview published by the Chinese edition of Bloomberg Businessweek, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed that his company keeps the Chinese consumers' tastes in mind during the design process. For example, gold is a popular color among Chinese consumers, and that fact influenced the gold iPhone, which debuted with the 5s in 2013:

"The decision to offer a gold iPhone last year reflects in part the popularity of that color among Chinese users, he added. Greater China, which includes Taiwan and Hong Kong, is now Apple's second-largest market and has become a battleground for the company as it vies with Samsung Electronics Co. and Xiaomi Corp. for smartphone supremacy."

Our take on the news...

China is Apple's second-biggest market, so this is not a surprise. Expect the country's consumers to continue to have an...

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08:32
BGR: iOS 9 beta 2 reportedly coming later today...

A new report from BGR claims that Apple will release the second beta of iOS 9 today along with the GM build of iOS 8.4. The report says it’s possible Apple could bump back the new iOS 9 seed another week. Though two week intervals have basically been the standard for most betas, there have been exceptions in the past.

This isn’t the first time BGR has tried to predict iOS beta schedules, though some previous attempts have proven incorrect, so this one, while it seems likely based on the fact that we’re now two weeks out from WWDC, should probably be taken with a grain of salt.

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08:00
Tim Cook says Watch attracting more developer...

The Apple Watch has only been available for a very short time, but it’s already attracting more developer interest than the iPhone or iPad did early on. That’s the message Apple CEO Tim Cook gave to an interviewer from the Chinese-language version of Bloomberg Businessweek.

According to the article, “Developers are working on more than 3,500 apps for the gadgets, he said. That’s well ahead of the 500 apps available for the 2008 edition of the iPhone and the 1,000 for the first iPad in 2010, he added.”

Cook also confirmed what most tech bloggers had suspected — that the gold versions of iPhone, iPad, MacBook and Watch were created in part as a response to the popularity of the color in China. The country is now responsible for 29% of Apple’s revenue.

During the interview, Cook noted that Apple is supporting...

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07:49
How Taylor Swift convinced Apple to switch gears on...

If there was ever any doubt about how powerful superstar Taylor Swift is, let this be a lesson: Hours after Swift admonished Apple for not paying royalties to artists during Apple Music’s free 3-month trial, the company abruptly switched gears.

“We don’t ask you for free iPhones,” Swift wrote in a Sunday morning blog post. “Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation.”

Apple media head Eddy Cue took to Twitter Sunday night after Swift’s open letter to the company went viral and announced that Apple will pay artists for songs streamed during the free trial.

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07:46
Opinion: Seven reasons I think Apple may become a...

I first speculated that Apple might one day become a bank almost a year before the launch of Apple Pay. What triggered that thought was the use of Touch ID for iTunes purchases and the depth of security involved in the secure enclave used by Apple’s fingerprint system. It was clear even then that Apple had big ambitions in the mobile payment field.

Now that Apple Pay has launched, and already proven a big success, I think the argument for Apple to make the move are even stronger. So here are seven reasons I think Apple may become a bank within the next five years … ...

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07:28
QuickShot is a handy utility for screenshots

QuickShot from thnkdev is one of those utilities you don't realize how much you've needed it until you try it. It's a minimal menu bar item that offers access to all of the screenshots you've taken. For the work I do, it's tremendously useful. 

When you launch QuickShot for the first time, it asks where you store your screenshots. I chose the Desktop, as that's where I've been having them land for all these years. A bit on that decision before we go further.

It's kind of a hassle. Yes, they're right there, but they often get lost in the sea of icons I create during the day. I often takes several seconds to find the one I'm after. Do this several times per day, and it slows things down. This is where QuickShot is a big help. 

To use QuickShot, just click the menu bar item and presto! You've got a tidy window of all of the screenshots in your designated location. You can drag any screenshot from the window to where ever...

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07:18
Apple caves to Taylor Swift, will pay artists when...

Apple has decided to pay musicians right from the launch of its new music streaming service, a move that will cost the company some money because it won't be charging customers during a free trial period that will last three months.

Apple hadn't planned to make any payments until after the free trial period ended, but it changed course upon hearing criticism from singer-songwriter Taylor Swift.

"When I woke up this morning and saw what Taylor had written, it really solidified that we needed to make a change. And so that's why we decide[d] we will now pay artists during the trial period," Apple Senior VP Eddy Cue told The Hollywood Reporter last night. "A lot of artists" expressed the same concern, he said.

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07:03
News: Cook: Chinese tastes influence Apple’s designs

Apple CEO Tim Cook said Apple’s product designs are influenced by China’s consumer tastes, Bloomberg reports. As many have already suggested, the decision to release a gold iPhone last year was a reflection of that color’s popularity among Chinese users, Cook told the Chinese edition of Bloomberg Businessweek. Greater China has become Apple’s second-largest market after the U.S. Without releasing exact sales figures, Cook also…

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06:51
Rumor: Apple developing iPhone display with...

Rumors have persisted for years claiming that Apple may eventually eliminate the home button on its iPhone, and a new report suggests the company is looking into developing a new solution for moving its Touch ID fingerprint sensor to the display itself.

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06:42
Eddy Cue talks about Apple’s change of heart

Lots of action yesterday. Taylor Swift writes a bit of a nastygram to Apple, Apple responds in the best possible way. Your move Taylor.

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06:41
Report: Apple already working on putting a virtual...


Concept image: Martin Hajek for Computer Bild

The idea of replacing the iPhone’s physical Home button with a pure touch one embedded in the display has been around for quite a while now, but a report from the variably reliable DigiTimes claims that Apple is already working on the technology.

Apple is internally developing touch and display driver integration (TDDI) single-chip solutions for its iPhones, according to sources in Taiwan’s IC design industry.

The TDDI single-chip solutions will also come with integrated fingerprint sensors, said the sources. The integrated design would fit into future iPhone designs – models with ultra-thin and ultra-narrow displays, and with a...

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06:37
News: Apple caves to Taylor Swift, agrees to pay...

#AppleMusic will pay artist for streaming, even during customer’s free trial period— Eddy Cue (@cue) June 22, 2015 Just one day after Taylor Swift announced she would hold back her “1989” album from Apple Music during the three-month free trial period, the company has agreed to pay royalties to rights owners during the free period. In a series of tweets, SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue publicly reversed Apple’s…

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06:32
Tim Cook says Apple now factors Chinese tastes when...

Apple now heavily factors in the tastes of Chinese consumers when designing its products, including tailoring colors, CEO Tim Cook revealed in a new interview.

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06:16
iPhone-based eye-exam kit raises $6.1M to bring eye...

The equipment needed to carry out a proper eye examination typically costs $20-40k; the Smart Vision Labs SVOne aims to reduce that cost to just $4k by using an iPhone as part of the kit. The iPhone takes a series of photos of the eye, while an app performs the analysis and generates a prescription.

We were given a demo of the kit last year (video below), but the company needed funding to make it possible. Smart Vision announced today that it’s raised $6.1M in institutional funding led by Techstars Ventures. The funding allows it to scale its production and expand the team, helping it reach an estimated billion people around the world who don’t currently have access to eye examinations … ...

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06:07
News: Daily Deal: iPhone 5 & 1-Yr FreedomPop...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering up an iPhone 5 with a one-year Unlimited Talk-and-Text plan from FreedomPop for only $299.99 – over 70% off the full price. This bundle includes a certified pre-owned iPhoned 5 with a contract-free FreedomPop plan that provides unlimited talk and text and 500MB per month of LTE data, good for one year. After your year is up you can keep the plan for only $19.46/month, or downgrade to FreedomPop’s…

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05:53
Apple To Pay Musicians For Free Streams, After All

vivaoporto writes: As reported on Re/code, Apple media boss Eddy Cue appears to have capitulated and Apple Music will be paying music owners for streaming even during customers's free trial period. He says Taylor Swift's letter, coupled with complaints from indie labels and artists, did indeed prompt the change.

Cue says Apple will pay rights holders for the entire three months of the trial period. He explains that it can't be at the same rate that Apple is paying them after free users become subscribers, since Apple is paying out a percentage of revenues once subscribers start paying. Instead, he says, Apple will pay rights holders on a per-stream basis. No word from Swift or her camp about whether Apple's move is enough to get her to put "1989," her newest album, on Apple Music. On Twitter, she says, "I am elated and relieved. Thank you for your words of support today. They listened to us."

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04:28
Tim Cook: Apple Watch attracting more developer...

In an interview with the Chinese language edition of Bloomberg Businessweek, Tim Cook noted that developers are showing more interest in the Apple Watch than they had in the iPhone and iPad at a similar early stage.

Developers are working on more than 3,500 apps for the gadgets, he said. That’s well ahead of the 500 apps available for the 2008 edition of the iPhone and the 1,000 for the first iPad in 2010, he added.

Cook also confirmed what most had assumed: the gold color introduced for the iPhone, iPad and now MacBook (and...

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03:49
Mini review: Home Radio, the Mac app that could plug...

While we’re all expecting good things from the radio side of Apple Music, it’s going to be a curated experience, meaning we’ll get the radio stations Apple chooses to offer. If it doesn’t cover all of our favorite stations, we’re going to need another radio app to plug the gap.

For listening on the move, the free SwipeRadio iOS app is a delightfully minimalist way to do it. Developer Dataphase has now taken the same approach on the Mac, with Home Radio. The philosophy is the same: no bells, no whistles, just the radio stations you want to listen to in an extremely lightweight app.

I’ve been trying it out, and if you want to do the same, developer Noam Gordon is kindly making it free for...

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03:45
"To Apple, Love Taylor": Swift not happy...

IMAGE OF TAYLOR SWIFT VIA FEELGRAFIX.COM

Recording artist Taylor Swift is NOT happy with Apple's refusal to pay musicians their percentage during the upcoming three-month free trial of Music. In an open letter to Apple on her Tumblr blog, Swift said "It's not about me," stating that she can afford to support her band, crew and management team through live shows. Her concern is with "the young songwriter who just got his or her first cut and thought that the royalties from that would get them out of debt." As she notes, that's a quarter of a year during which artists won't be getting paid.

In her letter to Apple, Swift made a compelling argument to Apple to overturn the policy, saying:

“Three months is a long time to go unpaid, and it is unfair to ask anyone to work for nothing. I say this with love, reverence, and admiration for everything else Apple has done...

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B&H Photo has Mac Pros on sale for up to $260 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges sales tax in NY only: - 3.7GHz 4-core Mac Pro: $2799, $200 off MSRP - 3.5GHz 6-core Mac Pro: $3719.99... Read more
Save up to $400 on 2014 15-inch Retina MacBoo...
B&H Photo has previous-generation 2014 15″ Retina MacBook Pros on sale for up to $400 off original MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY sales tax only: - 15″ 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pro... Read more
15-inch Retina MacBook Pros on sale for up to...
B&H Photo has new 2015 15″ Retina MacBook Pros on sale for up to $125 off MSRP including free shipping plus NY sales tax only: - 15″ 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pro: $1899.99 $100 off - 15″ 2.5GHz... Read more
College Student Deals: Additional $100 off Ma...
Take an additional $100 off all MacBooks and iMacs at Best Buy Online with their College Students Deals Savings, valid through July 11, 2015. Anyone with a valid .EDU email address can take advantage... Read more
Apple refurbished Time Capsules available for...
The Apple Store has certified refurbished Time Capsules available for $100 off MSRP. Apple’s one-year warranty is included with each Time Capsule, and shipping is free: - 2TB Time Capsule: $199, $100... Read more
Newsweek Launches iPhone App
The venerable weekly news magazine Newsweek, owned by IBT Media, has announced the launch of its first iPhone app. The new app is available through Apple’s App Store and will allow consumers to read... Read more

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