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Thursday August 27

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

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

Get the 3-in-1 Smartphone Photography Lens Set now for only $29.99...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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04:44
82% think it’s rude to use a smartphone at a social...

A Pew study on mobile etiquette found that 82% of Americans think it hurts the conversation when people use smartphones at social gatherings, but 89% did so anyway at the most recent one they attended.

When asked for their views on how mobile phone use impacts group interactions, 82% of adults say that when people use their phones in these settings it frequently or occasionally hurts the conversation […]

In spite of this […], 89% said that they themselves used their phone during their most recent time with others.

Many do at least have the excuse that some of the smartphone use is related to the gathering, 45% posting a photo or video taken there, 41% sharing something that happened there and 38% getting information...

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04:27
Many Drivers Never Use In-Vehicle Tech, Don't...

Lucas123 writes: Many of the high-tech features automakers believe owners want in their vehicles are not only not being used by them, but they don't want them in their next vehicle, according to a new survey by J.D. Power. According to J.D. Power's 2015 Driver Interactive Vehicle Experience (DrIVE) Report, 20% of new-vehicle owners have never used 16 of 33 of the latest technology features. The five features owners most commonly report that they "never use" are in-vehicle concierge (43%); mobile routers (38%); automatic parking systems (35%); heads-up display (33%); and built-in apps (32%). Additionally, there are 14 technology features that 20% or more of owners don't even want in their next vehicle. Those features include Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto, in-vehicle concierge services and in-vehicle voice texting. When narrowed to just Gen Yers, the number of vehicle owners who don't want entertainment and connectivity systems increases to 23%.

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03:30
Apple vs. Google: Replacing Apple's stock iOS...

For about a year now, I’ve been joking that it’s entirely possible—if you want—to have the Android experience on an iOS device. Why not? While Apple keeps its own app offerings pretty strictly tied to its own devices (Apple Music being a forthcoming exception to the rule), Google is more willing to take customers wherever it can get them. Don’t have an Android phone? That’s fine: Google has an app for many of the things you already want to do on your iPhone, like email, instant messages, news, streaming music, and of course maps.

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02:06
Apple researching wireless earphones with bone...

According to a patent application published on Thursday, Apple is looking into advanced bone conduction technology that would enhance voice communications in an unannounced wireless earphone system.

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00:45
Rumor: Unlikely 'iPhone 6s Plus' retail...

A highly suspect photo out of East Asia on Thursday purportedly offers a first look at retail packaging for the next-generation "iPhone 6s Plus," though a closer inspection of its contents reveals a number of design choices inconsistent with Apple's usual aesthetic.

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Wednesday August 26

19:17
Eat24 finds iPhone customers healthier than their...

Congrats, iPhone owners: Popular online food ordering service Eat24 has determined that you are healthier than users of Google’s Android. That’s based on data it collected from its mobile app over a three month period, tracking information regarding how ordering habits differed across the rival platforms.

To come to its conclusion, Eat24 first looked at its filters used for narrowing down local restaurant choices. Here, the company found that 27% of iPhone users whittle down their options to only the “Healthy” variety before choosing any other filters. That’s...

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18:56
At 24, Linux Has Come Out of the Basement


Happy Birthday, Linux Project -- this week you turned 24. The Linux OS has grown up everywhere. Its code and the open source model are found worldwide. People often use linux without knowing it -- when they search on Google, buy metro tickets or surf the Web. Linux powers all of that infrastructure. Linux travels worldwide on airplanes, and it's embedded in many of the smart devices that bring ultra convenience to our homes and cars. It runs our WiFi routers and our Android phones and tablets.

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18:00
Apple expected to hold Sept. 9 iPhone/Apple TV event...

Earlier this week, whispers started arising that Apple was planning to hold its September 9th iPhone event at the Bill Graham Civic Center Auditorium in San Francisco. At the time, however, there was very little evidence to support the claims. Today, San Francisco news outlet Hoodline reports that a “trusty source” has confirmed that Apple is indeed hosting its event at the Bill Graham Civic Center.

The Planning...

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17:25
iOS code suggests 'iPhone 6s' will feature...

Code discovered in a recent iOS build suggests Apple is testing implementations of pressure-sensitive Force Touch gesture technology in its next-generation smartphone hardware, anticipated to launch in the coming weeks.

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16:44
Griffin unveils two new Apple Watch cases, the...


Griffin today has taken the wraps off a pair of new cases for Apple Watch, the company’s first venture into the Watch case market. The company touts that the two cases, dubbed the Survivor Tactical Case and Ultra Thin Case, are slim and stylish, while still offering an added layer of protection to your Apple Watch.

The Survivor Tactical Case offers an easy snap-on/snap-off design that allows the case to be seamlessly removed and applied without first removing the watch band. The Digital Crown is protected from above, while still being...

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16:20
Apple supposedly confirmed to hold Sept. 9 iPhone...

Following up on rumors circulating earlier this week, a report on Wednesday claims Apple has indeed rented out the large Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco for its upcoming iPhone event.

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15:53
Jony Ive & Jimmy Iovine slated to speak at...

Vanity Fair today has revealed the list of people who will speak at its upcoming New Establishment Summit in October and once again, Apple’s Chief Design Officer Jony Ive will be in attendance. Last year, Ive attended the event and discussed many of his opinions on design and told several stories of designing the various iPhone models over the years. This year, however, Beats cofounder Jimmy Iovine will also be attending the Vanity Fair event.

It’s unclear at this point if Ive and Iovine will be paired together during their interview,...

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15:44
Google launches Twitch clone YouTube Gaming with...

Google officially launched YouTube Gaming on Wednesday, entering into direct competition with Amazon's Twitch for live and pre-recorded videogame content.

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15:30
AWT News Update: August 26, 2015

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Here are some of the top stories from the world of Apple today:

  • Third-party Apple Watch accessories are starting to appear in Apple Stores
  • The first promotional poster for the upcoming movie Steve Jobs is out. Steve might approve...
  • A patent troll gets slapped down for trying lawsuits over older technology in new products
  • Pocket gets an upgrade and recommendations

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for August 26, 2015.

Here’s a surprise: Third-party Apple Watch accessories are beginning to appear at some Apple Stores. The first is the NightStand from Elevation Labs, which is a charging dock that will be compatible with watchOS 2’s Nightstand...

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15:27
Apple's Jony Ive, Jimmy Iovine to join tech and...

Apple CDO Jony Ive will again be attending Vanity Fair's 2015 New Establishment Summit in October to talk design and tech -- and potentially new iPhones -- this time accompanied by Beats cofounder Jimmy Iovine.

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14:21
Griffin launches Survivor Tactical, Ultra Thin cases...

Griffin on Wednesday launched its first-ever protective cases for the Apple Watch, the Survivor Tactical and the Ultra Thin, adding to a growing selection of aftermarket accessories tailored to Apple's wearable device.

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13:41
Facebook launches 'M' virtual assistant...

Facebook on Wednesday launched "M," a text-based virtual assistant integrated with Facebook Messenger that unlike Siri, Cortana, or Google Now relies on both human and artificial intelligence to fulfill requests.

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13:11
Tip of the Day: Changing up animated emojis in Apple...

The Apple Watch provides a cute way to respond to text messages from your wrist by sending back an emoji, with access to a large template of standard emoji icons and three animated ones — a heart, a smiley face, and a fist-pump. What’s a bit less obvious is that you can actually change each of these animated emojis up by using the Digital Crown. Swipe to the one you like and then turn the Digital Crown to basically move through a variety of…

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13:10
Gear: Lunatik Epik Apple Watch Kit

Lunatik’s upcoming Epik Apple Watch Kit combines a band with a rugged cover that protects the Apple Watch. There are four different types of Epik kit: a polycarbonate cover with silicone band ($70) and an aluminum cover with a link band ($200) represent the low and high ends of the spectrum. We received two kits in the mid-range: aluminum with silicone band ($140), and aluminum with leather band ($150). The two band pieces are screwed into the…

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12:52
Universal unveils official poster for upcoming Steve...

As the release of the Aaron Sorkin-penned Steve Jobs movie grows closer, the Hollywood marketing machine has begun to churn faster and Wednesday's rotation brought the release of the official promotional poster.

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12:32
Pocket 6.0 rolls out for iPhone & iPad with new...

Pocket is one of the most popular read-it-later apps available on iOS, and the service is about to get better (or perhaps worse depending on your viewpoint), with the public launch of recommendations. The feature has been tested in beta for some time, and is now officially out in the wild and will be available to users on iOS, Android and on the web. Pocket describes it as “high-quality content without the noise”.

Recommendations takes the absolute best content being saved across Pocket and tailors it to your own saving and reading habits. The result is a feed that’s completely unique and personalized to you, and is filled with the most interesting articles and videos you might have missed otherwise.

Instead of being a collation of the most viewed web pages from the web, recommendations are based on how popular...

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12:30
The small and powerful Inateck 2-port Rapid Car...

Inateck 2-Port Rapid Car Charger. Photo ©2015, Steven Sande

Size isn't everything (ask Mighty Mouse or Ant-Man if you don't believe me). The Inateck 2-port Rapid Car Charger (US$49.99 MSRP, available on Amazon (affiliate link) for $19.99) is a perfect example of an iOS accessory that doesn't take up a lot of space, but provides a ton of power.

The specs for the 2-port Rapid Car Charger are impressive: 6.6A of current, 33W of power, with a pair of 2.1A 5V USB ports you can plug iPads or other power-hungry devices into. But those two ports only eat up 4.2A of current -- where does the other 2.4A go? 

Easy answer: there's also a 3-foot (1 meter) MFi-compliant Lightning cable for charging your favorite iPhone or iPad. Yes, you could theoretically charge three iPads at the same time with...

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12:16
Opinion: Here’s how both iPhone 6S cameras will...

Apple has called the iPhone “the world’s most popular camera,” a title originally earned by aggregating all iPhones together for counting purposes. But while the exact sales numbers for each iPhone model are difficult to quantify, there’s no question that Apple has already sold over 750 million iPhones, and well over 100 million iPhone 6 devices. Those are huge numbers, and well beyond the typical sales of individual point-and-shoot cameras.

Few people appreciate that growing iPhone demand has created an unusual challenge for Apple: reliably sourcing the tens of millions of parts needed to meet first month demand for tens of millions of iPhones. To that end, Apple’s camera maker Sony had to upgrade its manufacturing plants twice this year to produce more of the CMOS image sensors needed for smartphones including the iPhone. Even with a partner as large as Sony, however, iPhone-specific ...

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12:08
Leaked iPhone 6s media show new icon of “booting...

The part leaks continue and new photos and videos have surfaced showing the components of Apple’s upcoming “iPhone 6s” handset. Specifically, the new photos and videos reveal an iPhone 6s logic board and display assembly paired with a number of iPhone 6 components such as the rear shell and battery to create a device that starts up enough to be able to display a screen showing a booting gear icon.

The leaked video shows the handset booted to its gear screen and then opened, displaying the device’s component parts. Several components such as the rear camera are missing, but there are enough parts present to deliver data to the iPhone 6s display.

According to...

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12:00
Pac-Man Championship Edition DX evolves the classic...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play. 

It’s been 35 years since Pac-Man first hit arcades, and Bandai Namco has celebrated the classic chomper’s big birthday in a couple key ways. For example, the company opened a huge Pac-Man-themed arcade restaurant in the Chicago suburbs, and hosted a huge bash that featured original game creator Professor Toru Iwatani. On the other hand, Pac was a big part of this summer’s execrable Adam Sandler film, Pixels

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11:59
No Joke, MultiFab Prints 10 Materials at Once


Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, or CSAIL, this week presented a new MultiFab printer at SIGGRAPH, an annual computer graphics conference. For all of the promise 3D printing has offered, additive manufacturing techniques generally have been limited to one material at a time -- until now. The new multifabrication printer, still under development, boasts the ability to work with up to 10 materials simultaneously, and the implications are huge.

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11:38
Facebook 'M' deploys army of virtual...

In February, a startup introduced Magic, a service that promised that you could order up virtually anything via text message, than have it delivered to your door. It launched, went viral, then...faded. Now Facebook wants to do Magic one better.

As of today, Facebook is launching a trial of M, a service that lives on top of its Messenger application in iOS and Android. Dial M for Messenger, as it were, and a hybrid team of algorithms and real-life assistants promises to help you with your mundane tasks. To try the new service, users can tap a small button at the bottom of the Messenger app to send a note to M. (If you use Messenger, you may already be signed up for the trial.)

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11:36
IDC speculates an Apple 'iPad Pro' could...

If Apple releases a "larger, screen-detachable" iPad in the near future it could help invigorate the once-quiet 2-in-1 tablet market, IDC suggested in a Wednesday research report.

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11:30
Brand photos easily with Watermarker 2 for Mac

This week's featured app review is Watermarker 2 ($14.99, free trial available), a Mac app which lets you easily add pro watermarks to your images. I played with it for a few days and found that it works quite well and has nice time-saving features. Here's our look at Watermaker 2.

To begin, click the "+" in the upper right-hand corner to import your image. From there, you've got several options for marking up your photo:

  • Add a custom logo
  • Make an "X" strikethrough, with control over color, thickness and opacity
  • Add custom text
  • Add a square or circle (again, with control over appearance and placement)
  • Place an arrow
  • Pixelate an area

Choose one mark from the list above or any combination thereof. It's really simple and I had the whole thing figured out in about 60 seconds.

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10:59
Happy Hour Podcast 029 | Tim Cook saves the market,...

Another week in the world of Apple and it looks like Tim Cook may have violated some important SEC regulations. Along with that, there has been major demand for Apple Watch, but not where you’d expect it. Oh, and remember Bendgate? Looks like it won’t affect the iPhone 6S. The Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and through our dedicated RSS feed.

New episodes of Happy Hour are available every Wednesday. As mentioned, you can download this podcast via iTunes or plug in our RSS feed link...

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10:48
Facebook debuts Siri competitor ‘M’ built into...

Facebook today confirmed previous rumors that it was developing a Messenger-based virtual assistant codenamed “Moneypenny.” The software was debuted today under the name “M,” and will be available in a very limited release to users in the Bay Area starting today.

As explained in the original rumor, M isn’t just powered a computer parsing speech and trying to make sense of questions and commands. On the other side of the system is a group of human beings who can help answer queries when the machine is unable to.

Users...

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10:46
Windows 10 adoption up to 75M devices nearly one...

Adoption of Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system has already hit 75 million devices nearing the end of its first month, a marketing executive announced on Wednesday.

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10:31
Adobe details ‘Project Rigel’ image retouching app...

Ahead of its annual Max conference in October, Adobe is talking up its new photo retouching app dubbed Project Rigel that is expected to debut at the event this fall. As we learned in late May, Project Rigel is a new Adobe mobile app in development set to replace and improve the image retouching tools previously available in the discontinued Photoshop Touch iOS app. 

Photoshop has long been the go-to image editor for pros on the desktop, but trying to bundle the best of its functionality into a single mobile app designed for...

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10:16
14 Foxconn employees imprisoned for jailbreaking,...

Fourteen former and current Foxconn employees have been sentenced to prison for jailbreaking and selling more than 9,000 iPhones bought from the US and selling them for higher prices in China, according to Tencent Tech, the technology news section of Tencent, a major Chinese web portal. 

The 14 were charged with illegally accessing computer data at Foxconn, the Taiwanese company best known for making Apple devices. The convicts alleged used knowledge gained at the company to break into the iPhone network authentication server system to unlock the phones,according to Tencent Tech (as noted by BrightWire.com, a global investment newswire).

The group made more than CNY 3 million (about US$470,000) from the deals, the article adds. The convicts — who received fines ranging from CNY 20,000 to CNY 1 million — are from Foxconn's factories in the cities of Zhengzhou and Shenzhen.

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10:08
Cortana Cozies Up to Android Users


Microsoft on Monday released a public beta of its Cortana personal assistant for Android.
The Cortana app can do most of the things Cortana does on users' Windows: set and get reminders; search the Web on the go; track information such as flight details; and begin and complete tasks across all a user's devices. Cortana will find answers on the Web in response to spoken or typed requests, including things like sports scores, movie times, where to find a particular kind of restaurant, and other factual information.

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10:00
The Week in iOS Accessories: PhoneSoap charges and...

Charging and sanitizing your phone

This week’s roundup of accessories includes a device we’d never before considered: One that cleans your phone while charging it. Check out PhoneSoap and the rest of the week’s accessories.

BricWave

The $199 RCSU Utility Power Pack can recharge your iPhone, your iPad—or your car’s battery. “With the power below 25 percent, its 10,000-mAh battery is capable of starting the average car over 50 times by delivering 400A jump current.” But mostly it’s for your mobile devices; it has two USB ports so you can charge your iPhone and iPad at the same time.

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09:24
Positive Grid adds studio racks to BIAS FX iPad

Now you can expand BIAS FX iPad with five of the most sought-after studio racks based on the LA2A Compressor, PSA-1 Preamp, Manley EQ, Echoplex and Dual Spring Reverb. The new studio racks can be integrated with BIAS Amp models, run into two different signal chains, and share and download on ToneCloud.

I really do like BIAS and use it all the time.

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09:23
Apple’s Tim Cook says student have right to “great...

ABC News:

Apple CEO Tim Cook is focusing on an academic revolution that aims to prepare these students for the 21st century.

The tech giant is part of the White House initiative known as ConnectED. The goal of the program is to connect 99 percent of U.S. schools to good technology.

“I think technology has to be a key part [of education] and that’s why we’re here,” Cook said. “Too many times today kids aren’t given the right for a great public education and this isn’t right. It’s not fair.

It’s great when Apple’s goals – selling products – mesh with the common good of better education. But I get a strong sense that Cook would be involved in these kinds of issues whether or not Apple was selling iPads to schools. He’s absolutely right that a good education is the key to many childrens’ future.

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09:20
Coin 2.0 credit card replacement announced with NFC...

Just after the Coin credit card replacement began shipping to early adopters, the company has announced a new next-generation model with a number of changes, including support for NFC tap-to-pay functionality, available for preorder now, and as a free upgrade for existing users.

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09:04
9to5Toys Last Call: 15″ Retina MacBook Pro (2014) 2....

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09:03
Former TSMC engineer gave secret process technology...

An engineer who left chipmaker TSMC for a new job at rival Samsung's foundry division illegally passed trade secrets to the South Korean firm, Taiwan's Supreme Court said in a Wednesday ruling.

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08:37
watchOS 2, Best Buy expansion expected to boost...

Investment firm J.P. Morgan believes sales of the Apple Watch will see a boost from two key events this fall --?the launch of watchOS 2 with support for native third-party apps, and a retail expansion to all Best Buy locations.

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07:37
Trade secrets stolen from TSMC helped Samsung win...

Taiwan’s top court has ruled that former TSMC R&D director Liang Mong-song revealed to Samsung trade secrets that enabled it to copy the chipmaker’s FinFET manufacturing processes, reports DigiTimes. The processes are used by both companies to produce the A9 chips used in the upcoming new iPhones.

It was recently suggested that Apple was playing off the two companies against each other, with Samsung reportedly offering discounted prices in order to “grab the majority of A9 chip orders.”

The ruling of the second-instance court was...

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07:22
Best Buy deepens links to Apple, says watch has been...

Was this part of the original Apple Watch marketing plan? This story feels very fluid, facts changing as if the strategy is still forming.

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07:21
Swatch insists 'one more thing' trademark...

Swatch's Swiss trademark on the term "one more thing" is really a reference to a line from the TV show Columbo, according to a spokesperson for the watchmaker.

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07:08
Opinion: With Apple Music launched, it’s time for...

I love AirPlay. It’s simple and elegant. It also means that my elderly but much-loved B&O Ouverture hifi system (with BeoLab 6000 speakers) – which is actually so old that it has a cassette deck – needed only a low-cost WiFi audio receiver to allow it to wirelessly stream music from my MacBook Pro. One $40 add-on and a 20-year-old hifi became bang up to date in its capabilities.

With my particular setup, AirPlay does exactly what we expect of Apple products: It Just Works. I open iTunes, select ‘B&O’ from the speaker output menu, and anything I play in iTunes – whether from my own music library or streamed from Apple Music – plays through the hifi, while system sounds continue to play through the Mac speakers. My partner can stream her own music from her iPad or iPhone just...

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07:07
How to disable El Capitan cursor shake-to-zoom...

In OS X El Capitan, when you shake the cursor (rapidly move the cursor back and forth), the OS will replace the cursor with a much larger version until you stop the shaking. This is really useful if you have a hard to see cursor (like a cross hair cursor, for example) or encounter a software bug that temporarily makes the cursor invisible.

Don’t like the feature? Perhaps you are an avid gamer and find it comes up at an inopportune time? No matter, easy enough to make it disappear.

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06:30
myTuner Radio for Mac OS X is a cool companion for...

If Apple Music doesn't satisfy all your music listening needs, AppGeneration's myTuner Radio app  for Mac OS X is a nice complement to the music service. 

After downloading it from the Mac App Store, the app offers easy access to 30,000 live radio stations from more than 120 countries. myTuner Radio is accessed via an icon in the menu bar, so it doesn't take up much screen real estate. 

With myTuner Radio, you can find stations that play everything from bluegrass to hip hop to sports news. You can search for radio stations by city, country, genre or artist, then save the ones you like as favorites, so they'll always be handy. You can even record radio stations.

You can share your favorite stations with others via SMS, email, Facebook, and Twitter. What's more, you listen to a sample of the most played songs on the radio.

If...

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06:27
IDC: the 'iPad Pro' will likely be a...

International Data Corp. thinks that the rumored "iPad Pro" will be a "detachable" device, a hybrid tablet/laptop along the lines of Microsoft's Surface devices. As I've said before, I'm dubious, but IDC's theory is an increasingly popular one. 

The research group says that tablet shipments, inclusive of 2-in-1 devices, are expected to decline -8.0% in 2015, representing a notable slowdown from IDC's previous forecast of -3.8%. Shipments are now expected to reach 212 million with the vast majority being pure slate tablets.

The overall trajectory of the tablet market has not changed significantly over the past year and a half, but the 2-in-1 segment, also referred to as detachables, is starting to gain traction, says IDC. While the 2-in-1 form factor is not new, OEMs [original equipment manufacturers] are getting more serious...

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06:09
PC shipments to shrink through 2016 (but you can...

Global shipments of PCs — as in "personal computer" as opposed to Windows computers — will fall by -8.7% in 2015 and not stabilize until 2017, according to the latest data from International Data Corp. However, the Sellers Research Group (that's me) says the Mac will defy this trend.

The latest IDC forecast has PC growth declining through 2016 – which will make five years of declining shipments. However, Macs have gained global market share for 33 out of the last 34 quarters. With the "halo effect" of iPhones, iPads (yes, iPads — the tablet is far from dead), and Apple Watches, that trend should continue.

Meanwhile, overall PC growth should resume in 2017, led by the commercial market, while consumer volume continues a small decline through the end of the forecast in 2019, according to IDC. Although the research had expected the second quarter of 2015 to be a transition period as...

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05:30
I want the 35-inch iMac with 10x stereo speakers...

Over a year ago, Apple fan and artist, Kurt Merki Jr., dreamed up a concept desktop that incorporates features of the iMac, the Mac Pro, and the Apple Thunderbolt Display. I've never forgotten the mock-up — and I still long for an iMac based on the concept.

Merki's "iPro" sports a 35-inch OLED display with almost 4K resolution (3382 x 1964) that rests on a unibody base capable of incorporating two new Mac Pro models, as well as additional components including up to four extra hard drives, a ventilation system and a drool-worthy sound system. The iPro also has a variety of connectivity options, including four Thunderbolt ports and eight USB 3.0 ports.



A tilt button in the front lets users move the display 20 degrees back and forth for optimal viewing angles, and makes sure the desktop doesn’t tip over. The "iPro"...

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04:37
Best Buy CEO announces Apple Watch will be available...

It looks like you’ll be able to snag an Apple Watch at every Best Buy location in the relatively near future.

Albeit Apple has been pretty quiet about the Apple Watch’s sales numbers, Best Buy’s CEO has stated that the device has been a hit with customers. The electronics retailer started selling Apple Watches this month in select stores, first in the United States and later in Canada. As of Tuesday, Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly said that Apple Watch demand has been “so strong” both online and in stores as the retailer plans to carry the smartwatch at even more locations.

Joly declared this during the...

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04:22
PSA: Another way to bypass the ad blocker in iOS 9...

As I mentioned back in June, the ‘content blocker‘ (read: ad blocker) feature of Safari in iOS 9 poses a big threat to free, ad-supported sites like this one. No ad revenue equals no money to pay for such luxuries as servers and writers.

Whitelisting the sites you want to support is the easy option, but John Gruber noticed a reference in the Finer Tech...

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03:57
Want connected car features without splashing out on...

If you feel a tinge of tech envy over the connected car features offered by many recent cars, but not enough to splash out on a new one (or you’re holding out for an Apple Car), Verizon’s $15/month Hum service could plug the gap.

Subscribers simply install hum through an onboard diagnostic (OBD) reader that is plugged into the vehicle’s OBD port, and a Bluetooth-enabled device that is clipped to the visor. The monthly subscription also includes a smartphone app allowing subscribers to monitor their vehicle health, contact help, and manage maintenance needs, even when they are not behind the wheel.

If the system detects an accident, it will automatically contact a response center, which will use the Bluetooth speakerphone unit to ask you to confirm that you need help. If you do,...

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03:27
'Angry Birds' studio cuts another 260 jobs

The firm behind Angry Birds has announced that it's laying off a further 260 employees as it attempts to become a smaller and more profitable company. CEO Pekka Rantala admits that Rovio was too eager to "explore new business opportunities," which...

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01:08
Pourquoi choisir Remy perruques de cheveux?

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Pourquoi choisir remy perruques synthétiques? Tout simplement parce qu'ils sont les meilleurs. La plus haute qualité et les meilleures perruques prospectifs sont perruques de cheveux remy. Perruques sont portés pour un certain nombre de raisons sociales, culturelles et esthétiques et il ya beaucoup de différents types de coiffures améliorant artificiellement. Vous pouvez ajouter des cheveux supplémentaire pour les cheveux existants ou couvrir complètement vos cheveux naturels en utilisant autre chose, comme une perruque ou un postiche naturel ou synthétique.

Ajout de cheveux supplémentaire est principalement pour attrait esthétique ajoutée,...

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Tuesday August 25

21:17
Killer Deal: $750 off Apple's 15" MacBook...

Apple authorized resellers B&H & Adorama are slashing Apple's mid-2014 MacBook Pro by $750 to its lowest price ever of $1,749 with a free notebook sleeve, free shipping and no sales tax collected outside NY.

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19:55
Tim Cook awarded $58M of Apple stock for performance...

As noted in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission today, Tim Cook on Monday was awarded 560,000 restricted Apple stock units. Cook was given these stocks as time and performance awards. At Apple’s stock price at the end of day Tuesday of $103.12, those stocks are worth roughly $57.5 million.

Cook chose not to sell any vested restricted stock units, although 290,836 were withheld by Apple to keep in line with minimum statutory tax withholding requirements.

In order for these restricted units to vest, Apple’s TSR performance had to fall in the top third of companies in the S&P 500. According to the SEC documents, Apple 76 percent TSR performance ranked 46th, meaning that...

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19:29
Apple's Cook awarded $58M worth of AAPL stock...

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Monday acquired 560,000 vested restricted stock units, split evenly between time- and performance-based awards, worth nearly $58 million, according to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

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18:53
Apple redesigns Workshops scheduling system in minor...

Apple on Tuesday rolled out a small change to its newly integrated website, allowing customers to easily browse and schedule Workshop appointments with in-store staff at participating brick-and-mortar stores.

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18:05
Apple revamps retail store appointment scheduling...

As we reported earlier this month, Apple today has updated its online website with deeper integration with its appointment scheduling services for the Genius Bar and in-store workshops. This change comes not far after the Apple Online Store was heavily integrated throughout the entire online site, continuing Apple’s efforts to consolidate its physical retail stores, online store, and main website.

Apple’s combined appointment scheduling service is being referred to as the “...

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16:59
10 things iTunes does right

Macworld:

iTunes gets a lot of criticism, including a lot that I dish out, and much of this criticism is justified. iTunes has lots of problems syncing iOS devices, iTunes Match and iCloud Music Library are confusing, and the interface, particularly in iTunes 12, is confusing.

To be fair, though, iTunes does get a lot right. You can condemn it for many problems, but it’s good to sometimes take a step back and give it credit for the features that work so well that you hardly pay attention to them. I’ve picked ten things that iTunes does right.

McElhearn has a good point. After all the complaining many, myself included, do about it, there are many things it does very well.

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16:57
For consumers, Apple's CarPlay takes backseat...

A study published on Tuesday shows consumers are largely indifferent to high profile automotive infotainment initiatives from Apple and Google, instead exhibiting considerably more interest in practical car technology like blind spot detection and lumbar seat adjustment.

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16:14
German court says ‘swipe-to-unlock’ not...

Germany’s top civil court today has ruled against Apple in a case pertaining to the company’s swipe-to-unlock input method. Judges in the case explained that swipe-to-unlock is not sophisticated enough to be awarded patent protection. This ruling falls in line with a similar ruling that favored Motorola back in 2013 (via Bloomberg).

Swipe-to-unlock was not an invention by Apple, the court claims, seeing that it was already suggested by “the state of the art.” The court wrote the following:

“This user-friendly...

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15:45
The Week in Mac Apps: Smooth out your photos with...

...plus two other photo tools for you to check out

In this week’s roundup of new Mac apps, you’ll find the latest update to Acron’s excellent image editor, a new password tool, and something special to help you see colors better.

Acorn 5

There’s a new version of Flying Meat’s venerable Acorn (Mac App Store Link) image editor out, and it’s chock full of new features.

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15:12
Facebook Moments turns your photos into music videos

Facebook has released a new update for its photo-sharing app. No, not Instagram, its other photo-sharing app: Moments.

First launched in June, Moments lets you privately share photos from your Camera Roll with your Facebook friends. Facebook’s updated Moments app will now automatically create short music videos from your photo collection that you can share privately with your friends or post directly to Facebook.

The video montages resemble the digital flipbooks created by Flipagram, except without the rights to recognizable songs that Flipagram was able to secure this summer. Instead, Moments will use “about a dozen different background music options,” according to...

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15:00
Verizon launches program to activate non-Verizon...

Verizon has recently started allowing customers to bring non-Verizon devices its network and will activate them. The program officially began this week and Verizon confirmed to 9to5Mac that it applies to the iPhone, as well as Google’s Nexus 6. Verizon notes, however, that the devices must be unlocked prior to being activated on its network.

Potential customers can see if their Nexus 6 or iPhone is compatible with the program by heading to this webpage. First you must enter your device ID, such as an ESN, IMEI, or MEID, and then you will be taken to a webpage that prompts you to input your SIM ID number or to purchase...

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14:37
German court rules against Apple 'swipe-to-...

Judges in a top German court ruled against Apple's European "swipe-to-unlock" patent on Tuesday, stating that it didn't meet high enough standards to secure patent protection.

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14:30
Opinion: I spent a week with the Apple Watch, and...

As anyone who knows me or follows me on Twitter will tell you, I’ve been openly critical of the Apple Watch and the entire concept of smartwatches for a long time now. Most people have responded with an attitude of “don’t knock it until you try it,” which I suppose is a fair attitude to have. The problem was that I had no plans to spend over $300 (or $1,000 for the model I really liked) to try an Apple Watch.

Recently, however, an opportunity arose to try the watch out for a while. I was offered a loaner watch to test out an app that I was covering. I accepted the offer and spent about a week with it, wearing it full-time and using it for everything I could (including, of course, using the app that I was testing whenever I could). Earlier this year my colleague Ben Lovejoy...

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14:12
Supposed 'iPhone 6s' display and logic...

A video and photoset published Tuesday claim to show a partially assembled Frankenphone with "iPhone 6s" display and logic board powered by a host iPhone 6 battery, chassis and other integral components.

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14:10
Purported iPhone 6S parts assembled into semi-...

A new YouTube video claims to show parts from Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6S assembled into a working handset. The device doesn’t boot into iOS, but does power on and show a gear icon on the screen. Several photos also claim to show the phone’s internal components, which do appear to show some changes over the current generation, while the outside remains mostly unchanged.

The video, which was published by...

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13:52
Review: iHome iSP5 SmartPlug

First unveiled earlier this year at CES, iHome's new iSP5 SmartPlug ($40) is the first HomeKit-enabled accessory we've been able to take an in-depth look at. While on the surface it's a basic switched outlet similar to offerings we've seen before from companies like Belkin, the slightly lower price tag and integration with Apple's new HomeKit features promise to set it slightly apart from the rest. While iHome initially indicated that there would be two versions of SmartPlug – one with a USB charging port and one without – thus far only the less expensive one without the USB port appears to be available. {/exp:char_limit}
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13:46
YouTube Gaming, Google’s Twitch competitor,...

YouTube Gaming, Google’s attempt at taking on Twitch, is allegedly set to launch tomorrow, August 26, according to TechCrunch’s sources. The site will go live at gaming.youtube.com tomorrow in the US and the UK and will act as a central hub where viewers can find and watch people live streaming their own video gameplay.

Google announced that it would be getting in to gaming live-streams a couple of months back and has been working behind the scenes to get its service ready for a public rollout. Once live it will act as a direct competitor to Twitch,...

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13:16
Wii U to Become Pokken Tournament Playing Field


Nintendo and The Pokemon Company have announced that Pokken Tournament -- the Pokemon fighting game developed by Namco Bandai -- will expand from arcades in Japan to a worldwide launch on the Wii U in the spring of 2016. Instead of just issuing commands to use special attacks, players of the fighting game can direct the blows their Pokemon deliver. Although Namco Bandai's role as developer may imply game play characteristic of titles like Soul Caliber and Tekken, Pokken Tournament is for Pokemon fans first.

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13:02
Gear: Bluelounge Kosta

Bluelounge’s Kosta ($15) is an interesting alternative to the many Apple Watch docks we’ve seen. Kosta is a silicone coaster designed to charge an Apple Watch in Nightstand mode. A magnetic center keeps the charger in place, and there’s a small hole — and a notch in the bottom of the coaster — to keep your cable in place. Kosta comes in dark gray, light gray, or green.

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13:00
AWT News Update: August 25, 2015

Photo of Neil Young by Man Alive! via TechCentral.co.za

A bit of a slow news day for Apple today... which is why we're poking fun at competing products:

  • Neil Young's Pono Player and high-quality audio seem to have a lack of resources for expansion
  • LOLZ - Samsung Galaxy Note 5 users can insert the "S pen" the wrong way and break their devices
  • Wristly finds some interesting -- and odd -- things about Apple Watch owners
  • IDC thinks a low cost iPhone 6C is a bad idea in a slowing smartphone market

Today's transcript is below the podcast player. Enjoy!

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for August 25, 2015.

Remember Neil Young’s Pono project? According to Young...

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12:14
Apple releases major updates to Logic Pro X,...

Apple today released Logic Pro 10.2, a major update to the professional audio production app. The update incorporates Alchemy, a sample-manipulation synthesizer. The Alchemy updates also appear in Mainstage 3.2, Apple’s app for live performances.

Alchemy in Logic Pro 10.2.

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12:00
Best Buy selling a ton of Apple Watches, throws more...

One of the places you can now buy an Apple Watch is at selected Best Buy stores. The retailer originally had plans to sell the Watch at only 300 locations before the 2015 holiday season, but Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly says that things are going so well that the company will now sell it at all 1,050 US retail locations by the end of September. That's contrary to many analyst reports that point to the Apple Watch selling slowly... although Apple doesn't release exact sales figures for the device.

The strong sales of the Apple Watch and Best Buy's accelerated support for the device are just part of what the retailer is doing for Apple. According to Joly,

“We’ve also been working with Apple to update the 740 stores-within-a-store that were first implemented in 2007. The stores-within-a-store will have new Apple fixtures and are larger with more display tables for phones, computers, and tablets....

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11:56
Solve Wi-Fi Coverage Problems with WiFi Explorer and...

Two OS X tools for surveying Wi-Fi signals can help you visually sort out what’s causing interference and better plan placing or moving access points for optimal signal coverage.

 

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11:35
Apple's Logic Pro X and MainStage get Alchemy...

Apple has updated Logic Pro X — its software for writing, recording, editing and mixing your own music — to version 10.2. It now integrates Alchemy, a sample-manipulation synthesizer. 

With it you can find and shape sounds from the Alchemy library or create your own with a choice of synthesis engines and advanced morphing tools. You can also produce sounds with analog-modeled filters, multiple modulation sources, an integrated arpeggiator, and a range of effects.

Apple has also updated MainStage, the live performance companion app for Logic Pro X, with Alchemy support. The tool turns the Mac into a live rig for bringing sounds from the studio to the concert stage.

Logic Pro X and...

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11:20
Apple updates Logic Pro X and MainStage with...

Apple has pushed out an update to its professional audio software that introduces native integration with the Alchemy softsynth that was acquired as part of the company’s buyout of Camel Audio at the beginning of this year.

Alchemy has been added to both Logic Pro X 10.2 and MainStage 3.2, while the mobile Logic Remote has gained new controls to support the synthesizer. Several other improvements have also been made to the desktop apps...

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11:16
Best Buy is an Apple Watch believer after strong...

Best Buy is doubling down on its partnership with Apple after seeing early Apple Watch sales success.

“Demand for Apple Watch has been so strong in the stores and online,” Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly said during the company’s second-quarter earnings call, according to Fortune.

Sales of the Apple Watch weren’t reflected in Best Buy’s earnings, because the gadget just went on sale August 7. And so far, the company is only selling the watch in about 100 of its stores, which it originally planned to expand to 300 by the holiday season. Now demand is so high that Best Buy will start selling the Apple Watch and its accessories at all of its 1,050...

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11:11
How-To: Safely prepare + wipe your iPhone for resale...

If you’re thinking of selling or trading in your current iPhone ahead of the iPhone 6S’s release, you probably know that you’ll need to wipe your device before a buyer can use it free and clear. Prepping an iPhone for resale used to be almost as easy as hitting a “reset” button in the iPhone’s settings menu. But over the past few years, the process has become more complex thanks to new security, wallet, and cloud-dependent features such as Activation Lock, Apple Pay and iTunes in the Cloud. Completely removing all of your personal items from your iPhone — and your iPhone from Apple’s servers — requires extra work.

Today, I’m going to walk you through the process of thoroughly scrubbing your iPhone prior to resale. There are 8 steps to take to make sure your device is cleaned up and...

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10:57
Free Apple Logic Pro 10.2 update brings back famed...

When it emerged that UK-based Camel Audio—a highly respected developer of professional audio plugins—was acquired by Apple earlier this year, many wondered what the fate of its flagship Alchemy synthesizer would be. Early signs of Alchemy's influence appeared in the mainstream music production app GarageBand, leading to fears that perhaps one of the most highly regarded software synths of all time was being chopped up for use across a wide range of apps across Apple.

Fortunately for the music making elite, not only is the full-fat version of the Alchemy synthesizer back, it's been given a significant overhaul...

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10:52
Survey reveals which Apple Watch apps most popular,...

The results of a Wristly survey published today reveal a new look at Apple Watch behavior among early adopters and adds some insight into how many Apple Music users plan to subscribe after the 3-month free trial. The survey is the latest in a continuing series and captures responses from more than 1,300 people, Wristly says, marking its largest pool of participants yet. In it, Wristly shows what apps Apple Watch users are using most often, ...

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10:43
Review: Spigen Apple Watch Nightstand S350

Spigen's Apple Watch Nightstand S350 ($20) is the company's second Apple Watch dock, following the simple and effective aluminum Apple Watch Stand S330. Nightstand S350 is even simpler by comparison — and for most users in the very near future, it may be more effective, as well. The tiny black matte TPU dock is designed to hold Apple Watch in its Nightstand mode (a feature in the upcoming watchOS 2). An adhesive pad on the bottom of the dock allows it to stick to a surface to remain in place, and a silicone pad is included to allow proper docking of a 38mm Apple Watch.{/exp:char_limit}

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10:22
External Link: Best Buy to Offer AppleCare

Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly has announced that his company’s ties to Apple are deepening, with Best Buy beginning to offer AppleCare plans and service this quarter. Best Buy is also testing out an Apple Authorized Service Provider program at 50 of its stores, as well as expanding its existing Apple stores-within-stores. The retailer recently began offering the Apple Watch, and Joly said that demand has been strong.

 

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09:32
IDC: an 'iPhone 6c' wouldn't steal...

According to new data from the International Data Corporation, smartphone shipments are expected to grow 10.4% in 2015 to 1.44 billion units. This is lower than IDC's previous smartphone forecast of 11.3% year-over-year growth in 2015. 

IDC expects to see a noticeable slowdown in smartphone shipments in 2015 as China joins North America and Western Europe in a more mature growth pattern. However, steadily falling average selling prices (ASPs) will fuel steady growth through the end of the forecast period, with global shipments reaching 1.9 billion units in 2019, according to the research group.

China remains the focal point of the global smartphone market in 2015, although the results haven't been as positive as in previous years. As the largest market for smartphones – China consumed 32.3% of all new smartphone shipments in 2014 – its importance remains great even if its growth has...

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09:07
9to5Toys Last Call: Retina MacBook Pro $1,100,...

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08:46
News: Best Buy expanding Apple Watch sales to all...

Best Buy will expand Apple Watch sales to all its stores in September, Fortune reports. The company started selling the watch in August and initially expected to have the watches in 300 of its stores by the holiday season. But in a call with Wall Street analysts, CEO Hubert Joly said Best Buy has seen such strong demand for the Apple Watch, both in stores and online, that sales will be expanding to all 1,050 of its storefronts next month. Joly also…

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08:45
IDC: China slowdown cuts smartphone forecast,...

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IDC released an updated forecast today lowering its expectations for worldwide smartphone shipments this year with a continuing slowdown in growth in China cited as the biggest contributor to the lower than expected shipments. It also shared some insight into expected growth for Apple in the years to come, predicting Android’s current 81% share of the market by operating system will likely hold strong through 2019 and that a cheaper iPhone 6C model wouldn’t do much to help.

When it comes to Apple, IDC notes that it expects Android to maintain its...

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08:21
Mac: VMware Fusion 8

Hot on the heels of Parallels 11, VMware has released its own updated Fusion 8 ($80) software, allowing Mac users to run Windows alongside their Mac’s OS. The newest incarnation is optimized for OS X El Capitan and is Windows 10 compatible, allowing Microsoft’s digital assistant Cortana to work on the machine even when Fusion is running in the background. The software supports the iMac’s 5K Retina display and includes an enhanced graphics engine with DirectX 10 and OpenGL 3.3. Thus far, Ars Technica has spotted serious problems with Fusion 8. Some users aren’t able to access the Windows 10 start screen while in Unity mode, while others who are able to access it notice lower parts of the start screen are covered by the Mac’s dock. VMware confirmed the bug and said it won’t be fixed in this initial release, but will be addressed in a point release later.
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08:07
Apple Watch demand ‘so strong’ says Best Buy CEO,...

While Apple has been mostly mum on the numbers behind Apple Watch sales so far, Best Buy is standing behind the iPhone maker’s general message that the Apple Watch has been a hit with customers. The electronics retailer started selling Apple Watches this month in select stores, first in the United States and later in Canada, and today Best Buy’s CEO Hubert Joly said Apple Watch demand has been “so strong” both online and in stores as the retailer plans to carry the smartwatch at even more locations....

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08:06
External Link: Joe Kissell Finds the Best Online...

Our own Joe Kissell teamed up with review site The Wirecutter to definitively discover the best online backup service. In this exhaustive guide, Joe covers what you should look for, how each service performs, how to set them up, and how to restore your files. Joe’s top pick is former TidBITS sponsor CrashPlan, with competing service Backblaze as the runner-up.

 

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08:05
Goo receives FAA clearance for 70Mbps in-flight...

You’re about to get faster Wi-Fi on hundreds of additional flights.

The FAA has approved in-flight broadband provider GoGo’s 2Ku technology, allowing for in-flight data speeds up to 70Mbps. GoGo is hoping to launch the service this year.

In-flight broadband provider Gogo’s 2Ku technology has been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration, opening the door for data speeds up to 70Mbps. The company is hoping to launch commercial services this year.

This was the final hurdle to be cleared before Gogo could launch tech technology.

Gogo has stated that seven commercial airlines have signed up for either a trial or...

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