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Friday May 15

12:28
Reducing latency in MainStage 3

Audio latency is the phenomenon of sound reaching the ear at some point after it was created. In the natural world, latency is caused by physical distance from the sound source. The further away the sound source, the more latency. With digital audio there is also latency, and in this case it’s caused by buffering. MainStage (or any other audio software) needs some time to process audio data before it can be passed on to the Core Audio driver.

Some helpful information from Apple.

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12:24
Apps: Knights of Pen & Paper 2, Mortadella...

Knights of Pen & Paper 2 ($5) — Retro style games are becoming popular items on iOS devices, hearkening back to an era when 16-bit graphics were the norm, and games had to rely merely on sophisticated gameplay. In this particular case, a classic RPG genre is melded with pixel-art in a turn-based meta-game that emulates old-school tabletop RPG play on your iOS device, where players get to portray both the party and the game master. You get to…

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12:23
Apple quietly doubles total iCloud contact card limit

In a recent change to its iCloud syncing service, Apple has raised the total number of contacts it will store and sync across your devices before hitting the maximum allowed. Previously iCloud enforced a hard limit of syncing 25,000 contacts, but an updated support document (via iFun.de) highlights that limit doubling now to a total of 50,000 contacts…
Apple states that exceeding the limit may cause iCloud to experience “issues keeping changes up to date across your devices,” advising that users stay within the doubled contacts limit as well as other limits for calendars, reminders, and Safari bookmarks.

The syncing limits for...

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12:08
HomeKit products to begin shipping next month

“HomeKit has been available for just a few months and we already have dozens of partners who have committed to bringing HomeKit accessories to market and we’re looking forward to the first ones coming next month,” Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller said in a statement.

This is great news!

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12:04
Amplified: I Was Told There’d Be No Math

Jim and Dan talk about Pixelmator for iPhone, Scott Forstall is producing a Broadway musical, Apple Pay is creaming Walmart in the mobile payment war, how to back up your Apple Watch, Facebook begins testing instant articles from news publishers, the American Deluxe Stratocaster HSS Shawbucker, and more.

Sponsored by Squarespace (Use the code GUITARS for a free trial and 10% off).

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12:03
Oculus Rift VR headset puts Mac development on hold...

In a blog post published to the company’s website today, creators of the Oculus Rift VR headset said it is putting development of the platform for Mac OS X on hold in order to focus on Windows:

Our development for OS X and Linux has been paused in order to focus on delivering a high quality consumer-level VR experience at launch across hardware, software, and content on Windows.

The company also announced spec requirements for the device ahead of an official public release. The recommended specs, for Windows devices at least, include NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD 290 equivalent or greater,...

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11:55
No Oculus Rift for the Mac, but your Mac couldn’t...

We were so looking forward to the thrilling and nauseating experience that comes from the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. But alas, the company today announced the recommended specs for Rift, and Oculus’ Atman Binstock wrote that, “development for OS X and Linux has been paused in order to focus on delivering a high quality consumer-level VR experience at launch across hardware, software, and content on Windows.”

Bummer. But hey, Macs are so great, they can even run Windows. You can just use Boot Camp, launch Windows, and you’re all set to run the Oculus VR. Right?

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11:42
A bunch of iPhones and Macs are about to become ‘...

Apple is about to sunset support for a number of iPhones, Macs, and other products as it plans to switch several models to “Obsolete” or “Vintage” status in June, according to internal documents.

When a device receives Obsolete status from Apple — Vintage status only applies to California and Turkey, where the company is required to continue offering support — it no longer offers service or repair support through its own Apple retail stores or authorized service providers. It typically begins the process for models 5-7 years after manufacturing has been discontinued and maintains a list ...

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11:32
Mac development for Oculus Rift VR headset '...

Although Oculus VR is going ahead with a Windows launch of its Rift headset in the first quarter of 2016, work on OS X and Linux support has been "paused," according to the company's chief architect and technical director on the project.

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10:56
FireEye, Microsoft Outsmart Clever Chinese Malware


FireEye and Microsoft have scotched a scheme by a group of cybercriminals based in China to use an IT pro forum to hide malicious activity, according to a report released Thursday. The Chinese gang known as "APT17" devised the scheme, which uses forum pages and profiles on Microsoft's TechNet, to cover traffic from machines infected with the group's Black Coffee malware, FireEye explained in the report, titled "Hiding in Plain Sight: FireEye Exposes Chinese APT Obfuscation Tactic."

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10:00
Review: Spigen Apple Watch Stand is a minimalistic...

Apple Watch charging stands are sure to be a popular item as the device needs charging nightly. Not everyone, however, needs a dock that costs more than the charging cable that’s sold separately, and accessory maker Spigen has an affordable alternative for them.

The $24.99 Spigen Apple Watch Stand S330 combines attractive aluminum and rubberized TPU to produce a minimal Apple Watch charging stand. It resembles the base of an iMac with a smaller footprint than other options and a price that won’t break the bank. Read on for my first impressions and hands-on photos with the Spigen Apple Watch Stand below.

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09:49
Feedly debuts Apple Watch app for wrangling all your...

After Google Reader died, Feedly became the go-to RSS reader for following all of your favorite websites. Now you can access your news feed on your wrist with Feedly for Apple Watch.

The Feedly team waited to roll out their watch app until after the device shipped to get a better idea of what the watch was really good for, and how Feedly would translate to a screen on your wrist. As you’d expect, the watch app lets you swipe through the eight best stories and Force Touch to save to read later, mark as read to avoid seeing them in your feed again, or tag them with descriptions for easy searching. Use the Digital Crown to scroll through the first lines of the story.

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09:48
External Link: Taking OS X to Eleven

Over at Macworld, Jason Snell proposes dropping the “X” from OS X, and rebranding the Mac operating system as Mac OS. Snell argues that unless Apple plans to run OS X on non-Mac devices, there’s no reason to not have “Mac” in the name. And dropping the “X” would give Mac OS the opportunity to push past the 10 version number before iOS 10 arrives.

 

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09:48
Foxconn posts record first-quarter profits on strong...

Asian manufacturer Hon Hai -- better known as Foxconn -- on Friday reported its highest first-quarter profit growth in a decade with a 56 percent jump year-over-year, driven at least in part by strong sales of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

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09:33
FileMaker Pro/FileMaker Pro Advanced 14

The venerable Apple-owned database software brings a number of improvements to the user interface and mobile publishing. ($329/$549 new, paid upgrade, 420 MB)

 

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09:19
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPad mini 2 128GB w/ LTE $370...

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Today’s can’t miss deals:

Apple iPad Air 128GB Wi-Fi + Cellular in Silver: $499 shipped (Orig. $929)

Apple iPad mini 2 128GB Wi-Fi + Cellular: $370 shipped (Orig. $829)...

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08:52
Review: Wren V5US Speaker

We could say Wren's V5US ($500) speaker looked familiar to us when it arrived, but that would probably be understating the matter. Wren's newest speaker has the same shape and design as the previous two Wren speakers we've reviewed — the Bluetooth Wren V5BT, and the previous AirPlay-only V5AP. Sometime after that, Wren also released the V5PF — instead of AirPlay or Bluetooth, that edition of the speaker used DTS Play-Fi, a newer lossless format targeted more toward Android users and not natively supported by Apple devices (DTS can be accessed in iOS through a Play-Fi app). And now, the inevitable: V5US does it all — AirPlay, aptX Bluetooth, and DTS Play-Fi, which lets users link multiple speakers to seamlessly play music in different rooms. There's also an aux-in jack to connect devices that way. So V5US is versatile, but it's also launching at $100 more than the original price of the V5AP and V5BT.{/exp:char_limit}
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08:37
Quanta vice chairman addresses Apple Watch rumors,...

This is where things get snippy.

Although never mentioning the Apple Watch by name, Quanta vice chairman CC Leung said that the lack of a sufficient work force has caused delays in Apple Watch production. Due to labor shortages during the Lunar New Year holidays, Quanta was forced to borrow manpower from other manufacturers and was only able to deliver limited shipments in the first quarter. However, Quanta already has sufficient capacity to manufacture all the orders and should see a giant contribution from its wearable device business in the second quarter.

Leung noted that the wearable device is unlike the smartwatches it...

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08:30
He made Tom Cruise 'forget the mouse.' Now...

In a way, John Underkoffler's like Hollywood's own Wizard of Oz. He's the man behind the curtain responsible for infusing blockbuster fantasy with real-world tech. He created the futuristic UI in Minority Report, worked on the timeline for Hulk's tra...

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08:30
What to play this weekend: Does Not Commute

"Dentist Charles Schneider skipped lunch and went to the library instead. He's heading back to his clinic with the books 'Temporal Paradoxes' and 'Retrocausaility in Practice.'"

There's an undercurrent of weirdness in Does Not Commute (universal, free with in-app purchase) that Fox Mulder would love. The beautiful and challenging strategy game from Mediocre Games has you driving various vehicles -- from sedans to speed boats to ice cream trucks -- through several neighborhoods, being careful to beat the clock and avoid the other drivers. It's challenging, thematic and a lot of fun. Here's my look at Does Not Commute.

Looks

Boy, this is a good-looking game. Does Not Commute's splash screen shows the dashboard of a big old 1970's American sedan, with no airbags, no Bluetooth stereo, no digital...

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08:19
Apple states HomeKit-based devices to surface in...

The HomeKit stuff will begin arriving in June according to Apple.

Refuting a recent report claiming delays with the home automation software platform would push back the launch until August or September, Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller went on record as saying that “HomeKit [hardware certification] has been available for just a few months and we already have dozens of partners who have committed to bringing HomeKit accessories to market and we’re looking forward to the first ones coming next month.”

The statement comes on the heels of an article in Fortune stating the the software platform that HomeKit is built upon was experiencing problems and...

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08:19
For sale: An amazing assortment of Mac memorabilia

MACazine covers from Blair Saldanah collection

No, it's not my "Museum of Ancient Technology". Instead, Blair Saldanah is putting a bunch of Mac goodies up for sale that any collector would love to have.

First off, Saldanah has a huge collection of Mac-related magazines for sale for "best offer over $8,000". This collection includes not only a ton of Macworld magazines (including the last issue from November, 2014), but such rarities nowadays as A+ Magazine, MacWeek, St. Mac, the Macintosh Buyer's Guide and the Macazine. That collection also includes a floppy disk from a company called Pixar containing part a 3D type rendering application called Typestry. As Saldanah notes, "Gee, I wonder what ever happened to Pixar, if they ever accomplished anything of note. ;-)"

Apple Starting Line catalog, from Blair Saldanah collection...

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08:16
Netflix in talks to offer its streaming library in...

President Underwood is already popular in China, but it looks like Netflix is prepping to offer more of its streaming library in that locale. The Wall Street Journal reports that Reed Hastings & Co. are in talks with online broadcasters BesTV and Was...

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08:11
Xiaomi starts small with a UK online accessory store

Xiaomi is about to enter the UK market, but it won't be selling the Android phones and tablets it's best known for. Mimicking its plans for the US, the company is starting with an online accessory store for its Mi-branded headphones, battery packs an...

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08:07
Quanta blames limited Apple Watch production on...

Without mentioning the Apple Watch by name, the vice chairman of manufacturer Quanta Computer said on Friday that initial production of a client's wearable was limited because of workforce shortages, although his company has since caught up.

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08:01
∞ Adam Sandler’s sweet goodbye song for David...

Adam Sandler really cares about David Letterman, wrote this song as a tribute and a way to say goodbye. Just great.

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08:00
LG Watch Urbane review: a premium watch that falls...

There are only a few companies out there with as much experience making Android Wear watches as LG. After all, the platform's only been part of the public consciousness for a year and yet this Korean giant has already made three of them. Its first se...

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07:58
Starbucks app compromised, hackers using auto-reload...

If you’re going to use the Starbucks mobile app, have a strong password behind it.

This seems to be what’s necessary as thieves have begun accessing users’ Starbucks mobile apps and siphoning money from their credit cards, bank and PayPal accounts. The Starbucks app, which ties into a rewards account, also lets you reload the account by automatically drawing off your bank account, credit card or PayPal account. Once a Starbucks account has been accessed, hackers can add a new gift card, transfer funds over and repeat the process every time the original card reloads.

In the case of Jean Obando, Obando had stopped by a Starbucks in Sugar...

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07:57
Regarding Apple Watch and Activation Lock

Not sure if and when Find My Apple Watch and Activation Lock are coming, but certainly an interesting discussion.

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07:27
Shutting down piracy sites is like playing Whac-A-...

The European Commission (EC) has finally confirmed what we've all known for years: if you shut down one online piracy site, another will simply take its place. A report published by the EC's Joint Research Center found that the closure of Kino.to, a ...

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07:19
Hullo — Your favorite pillow. Guaranteed.

My thanks to Hullo for sponsoring The Loop this week. Have you ever slept on a buckwheat pillow? It’s kind of like a beanbag for your head. Hullo includes…

  • Quality construction & materials.
  • Cool, comfortable support.
  • American-made craftsmanship.
  • Free shipping.
  • 60-Night money-back guarantee.

Drop what you’re doing—go and check out Hullo. Try it for 60 nights. If it’s not your favorite pillow, return it for a refund. No-brainer!

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07:04
Spotify facing pressure from Sony, Universal to drop...

Major record labels Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment are both reportedly proposing that Spotify end its free, ad-supported on-demand music in a bid to push people into paid subscriptions.

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07:02
Etsy's counterfeit problem is getting worse

News of Etsy's battle against sellers pedaling knockoff goods on its site isn't a recent revelation, but an analyst report this week details the extent of the problem. Investment firm Wedbush says that up to 2 million items listed on the marketplace ...

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07:02
News: Report: Spotify to discontinue free streaming...

Spotify may be planning to effectively eliminate its free, ad-supported streaming option, according to a new report by Digital Music News. The change would see the popular streaming music service limit free ad-supported access to a three month “trial” period, rather than the current open-ended and unlimited plan that many users currently enjoy. Spotify is said to be resisting this change, and has been trying to make the case that its “freemium-to-premium”…

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06:56
Strong iPhone 6 demand helps Foxconn achieve 56%...

Record iPhone sales helped Apple’s lead manufacturer Foxconn to achieve 56% growth in year-on-year earnings, Apple representing almost half the company’s turnover. Foxconn achieved its highest first quarter profit growth in a decade, reports the WSJ.

The company also more than doubled its 2014 dividend from NT$1.80 per share to NT$3.80 (US$0.06 to 0.12).

Apple announced last month that it sold 61.1M iPhones in its fiscal Q2, demand for its larger-screened phones remaining extremely strong after the initial record start. Two analysts with strong track-...

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06:41
Rumor: 12MP camera in Apple's 'iPhone 6s...

With numerous reports reaffirming that Apple's next-generation iPhone will feature a higher-quality 12-megapixel camera, one analyst has chimed to claim that the company will achieve this through smaller pixels in the images it captures.

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06:38
Belgium tells Facebook to reign in user tracking

Belgium's Privacy Commission thinks that "Facebook tramples on European and Belgian privacy laws," and said it would take legal action if its latest recommendations aren't obeyed. A new report follows previous accusations from the nation that Faceboo...

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06:22
Early look at Windows 10 on the new Retina MacBook...

One of the first people to try Windows 10 on the new Retina MacBook says that it actually runs more smoothly than OS X. The comment was made by Computer Science major Alex King, who tried upgrading his Boot Camp installation of Windows 8.1 to the preview of Windows 10.

Here’s the real kicker: it’s fast. It’s smooth. It renders at 60FPS unless you have a lot going on. It’s unequivocally better than performance on OS X, further leading me to believe that Apple really needs to overhaul how animations are done. Even when I turn Transparency off in OS X, Mission Control isn’t completely smooth. Here, even after some Aero Glass transparency has been added in, everything is smooth. It’s remarkable, and it makes me believe in the 12-inch MacBook more than ever before.

If you’re fortunate enough to have...

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06:08
News: Daily Deal: FLOTE Orbit Universal Tablet Stand

In today’s iLounge Deal we’re offering up the FLOTE Orbit Universal Tablet Stand for $119.99 – 14% off the regular price. Designed to hold your iPad just where you want it, the Orbit Flote can be a great way to keep a recipe handy in the kitchen, use around the house for streaming videos, or sharing presentations in the office. Flote orients your iPad in virtually any position freely and easily with a magnetic ball joint, and includes…

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06:04
12-inch MacBook month review: A great new Mac if you...

For the last month, I’ve been using Apple’s new 12-inch Retina MacBook almost exclusively. There’s no denying that’s it’s underpowered when compared to other models on the market, but is its portability worth the performance sacrifice? Can you really get anything done with a relatively small display, an Intel Core M processor, and more importantly, zero traditional USB ports?

This won’t be an in-depth review of features and performance (check out Zac’s take on the MacBook for an in-depth look), but instead, I’ve mainly focused on my personal experiences over the month I’...

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06:00
You Should Play: Implosion's hack-n-slash...

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.

I know, I know—Rayark’s Implosion – Never Lose Hope is pretty pricey for a mobile game. But it’s time to break open your piggy bank, because this game is easily worth twice that. I might be biased, of course, since it hits all of my favorite play points—it’s a top-down hack-n-slash customizable build game in which you fight mutant aliens (basically, my dream come true in a game). But even if you’re not into slicing up mutants, Implosion is still worth a look for its super pretty graphics and unparalleled gameplay mechanics.

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05:52
Quanta vice-chairman reportedly acknowledges “...

If you’ve been waiting impatiently for your Apple Watch to arrive, there may be some good news today. Quanta vice chairman CC Leung reportedly said that while the company had struggled to meet orders to date, the company’s capacity problems have been solved and production is now fully up to speed.

Because of labor shortages during the Lunar New Year holidays, Quanta was forced to borrow manpower from other manufacturers and was only able to deliver limited shipments in the first quarter. However, Quanta already has sufficient capacity to manufacture all the orders and should see a giant contribution from its wearable device business in the second quarter.

While not identifying the Apple Watch by name, there seems little doubt that this is the ‘wearable’ in question … ...

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05:35
Google’s self driving cars will hit public roads...

A big step for self driving cars. Google self-driving cars hit the roads. This is us, standing at a big precipice of change.

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05:26
AppleInsider podcast tackles the latest 'iPhone...

This week's all-new AppleInsider podcast is now available with detailed analysis of this week's news, including the latest round of "iPhone 6s" and "iPad Pro" rumors, a discussion of Apple's automotive ambitions, Tim Cook's trip to China, and more.

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05:15
Spotify is not ending its free service (Updated)

Update: We’ve gotten word from a Spotify spokesperson that the Free model isn’t going anywhere. Director of Communications at Spotify Graham James told me “This is totally false.  Our model is working.” 

Digital Music News is claiming that Spotify is coming under pressure from music labels to end its free, ad-supported service, limiting users to a three-month free trial.

The three-month ‘proposal,’ advanced most principally by major labels Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, would allow current, free-access, ad-supported (or ‘freemium’) subscribers to continue their plans for 6 months, while...

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04:48
∞ B. B. King, defining bluesman for generations,...

The thrill is gone.

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04:00
Bentley again uses iPhones to shoot latest ad, this...

Luxury car-maker Bentley last year shot an ad for the Mulsanne (a mere $298,000 to you, Sir) on the iPhone 5s and iPad Air, and has this year upgraded to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Its new ad is for a driving jacket rather than a car, and it has again produced a behind-the-scenes video (below) showing the kit and software used … 

The latest video features four Saville Row tailors, each of which has created a bespoke jacket commissioned by Bentley...

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03:45
The final frontier: How Apple TV could connect all...

Ever since Steve Jobs gave us a sneak peak at Apple’s internal iTV project at 2006’s “Showtime” event, we’ve been waiting for Apple’s pioneering set-top box to mature. Officially released just moments before the iPhone, Apple TV was designed to be the magical gadget that bridged the gap between the small screens on our mobile devices and the giant ones in our living rooms, wirelessly delivering our music, movies and photos to a place where they could look and sound their best.

At the time, Jobs triumphantly declared that the square box “completes the story” that started with the iPod. But we know now the story didn’t end there: With the dawn of the iPhone, iPad and now Apple Watch, our digital lives have become far greater than the things that entertain us. But the box that sits under our TVs hasn’t really evolved with it. 

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Thursday May 14

19:51
Bentley again chooses iPhone to shoot new '...

Almost one year to the day after Bentley aired its first promotional "documentary" shot and edited on iOS devices, the luxury car brand repeated the effort to commemorate the Savile Row Bespoke exhibition in Washington, D.C.

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17:08
Today in the App Store — Table Tennis Touch, Day...

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 Pinnacle Studio; the Heroes and Castles 2 game; and a significant update to Day One for OS X. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Zombies, Run! [Now free, down from $3.99] Join 1,000,000+ runners in an epic adventure!

Dark Parables: Rise of the Snow Queen HD - A Magical Hidden Object Adventure (Full) [Now free, down from $6.99] From the ashes of the snow, the legendary Snow Queen rises and terrorizes nearby villages with her supernatural powers.

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17:08
First Space Black steel Apple Watches arriving,...

In line with shipments beginning yesterday for multiple Apple Watch models, the Space Black version of the stainless steel Apple Watch has begun arriving at the doorsteps for those who placed orders early into the April pre-order process. We’ve received our 42mm Space Black Apple Watch and have put together a hands-on gallery of photos for those interested in the only all-black Apple Watch model. As our photos indicate, this Apple Watch still includes white packaging and a silver MagSafe charging puck, so there are no special black accessories for this version. We also highlight how the Space Black Apple Watch looks with the black Leather Loop and Sport Band in this gallery, below.

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16:57
Feedly updated with Apple Watch support



Joining the growing list of apps that support Apple Watch, Feedly this evening has rolled out an update to its iOS client that adds support for the device. The update, which bumps the app to version 27.0.2, allows users to read their feed of stories, save stories for later reading, and mark articles as read.

Feedly is not supported in Glances on Apple Watch, but it does...

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16:47
HTML parsing quirk allows 'hidden' email...

Thanks to an interesting quirk in the way Apple Watch handles email content, users willing to brave a little HTML code can include "hidden" versions of a message specifically formatted for the device.

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16:15
Sunrise Calendar on iOS adds new “Meet” keyboard to...

Sunrise, the company behind the popular Mac and iOS calendar apps, today launched a new feature called Meet. Meet is not integrated how might expect, though. It’s actually a keyboard designed by Sunrise for quickly scheduling one-to-one meetings.

Since Meet is a keyboard, it can be accessed from anywhere within iOS, including other apps. The process is relatively simple. With the keyboard, you can pick available spots within the week view of their calendar and schedule one-on-one meetings. After you choose a date...

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15:38
Venom Vulnerability Could Violate Virtual Machines


Crowdstrike on Wednesday made public its discovery of yet another long-buried Linux vulnerability. "Venom," as it has been dubbed, was unearthed by the firm's senior security researcher, Jason Geffner. It is listed as vulnerability CVE-2015-3456. Venom exists in the virtual floppy drive code used by virtualization platforms based on QEMU, or quick emulator. It has been around since 2004. The code probably went undetected for 11 years because "it's not obvious at all that this is a vulnerability," Geffner said.

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15:30
AWT News Update: May 14, 2015, incorporating Think...

Today's Apple World Today News Update includes accessibility editor Alex Jurgensen's Think Different Thursday report, providing instruction on how to use Apple's VoiceOver technology to provide an audible caller ID for your iPhone. Our other news includes:

  • Word on how IT professionals can get a $200 discount from Apple World Today on registration for the MacIT Conference
  • An Apple Store in Monterey, CA was evacuated after a package made some people ill
  • Fortune's report that HomeKit was going to be delayed has been refuted by Apple
  • UBS thinks Apple could seel more than 51 million iPhones in the quarter ending June 30, 2015

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15:19
To-do app Wunderlist debuts API integrations with...

If you rely heavily on Slack or HipChat to get you through your work day and cross things off your to-do list, then you should take a look at Wunderlist, the Mac, iOS and Watch app that’s already helping Ira Glass manage his time.

On Thursday, Wunderlist released its public API in an effort to become an even more powerful productivity tool and “participate in the growing interconnected network of applications.” Popular work chat tools Slack and HipChat have already used Wunderlist’s API to integrate to-do alerts. Other API launch partners include Microsoft’s digital note-taking app OneNote and its Sunrise calendar app, as well as digital scanning app ScanBot and app automation platform Zapier.

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15:15
Apple Macintosh memorabilia collection for sale

There are some really cool items in this collection that are for sale. Have a look if you’re into Apple collectables.

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15:01
Final Cut Pro 10.2.1 solves bugs causing crashes,...

Apple on Thursday issued a minor update to Final Cut Pro X, its professional video editing suite, fixing a trio of bugs including a critical crash-on-start issue seen by some users.

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14:35
Apple releases Final Cut Pro X 10.2.1 with bug fixes...

Apple today updated Final Cut Pro X to version 10.2.1 with bug fixes and improvements. Apple’s release notes say that this update fixes a bug that would cause Final Cut Pro to quit at launch on some Macs. Support for Panasonic AVCAAM video at 25P and 30P rates has been restored, while Apple also says that dragging through the Timeline view is now more accurate. This 10.2.1 update follows up on the significant 10.2 update from April, which added 3D title support, new editing features, and support for several new cameras and video formats. Today’s minor update is the first to Final Cut since its...

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14:20
Sunrise Calendar builds Meet into iOS 8 keyboard,...

Microsoft on Thursday updated Sunrise Calendar for iOS with a new scheduling tool called Meet, while HBO brought the iOS edition of HBO Go up to par with a redesigned interface.

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14:00
Throwback Thursday: That "affordable" $2,...

JASMINE DIRECTDRIVE AD FROM JUNE 1989 MacUser MAGAZINE

Ahhh, 1989. That was the time when you could spend $549 for a "reliable, affordable and technologically advanced" 20MB hard drive from Jasmine Technologies. This company lasted just five years -- 1986 to 1991, and is known as being the first technology company to be based in San Francisco rather than Silicon Valley. It was also a company that was well-known to Mac users of the era as being customer-focused, something that was important when you didn't have an Apple Store to go to when you needed help.

The price of Jasmine's hard drives was pretty much par for the course for the time. The DirectDrive 300 you see listed there? If you needed that much storage, you were paying about $9,500 per gigabyte for the privilege. The 300MB drive was a real bargain compared to the 20MB version, which sold for the equivalent of about $28,000 per GB! At that rate, 1TB of storage -- common in today's desktop Macs -- would run...

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13:45
Tip of the Day: Inserting Pauses when Dialing a...

Although dial-up touchtone services like voicemail and calling cards have started to be replaced by modern technologies like Visual Voicemail and voice-over-IP, sometimes they’re still useful and necessary. If you find yourself frequently dialing into a voicemail system that requires a password, making long distance calls using a calling card service, or even dialing somebody’s office extension, the iPhone still provides the ability to…

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13:37
Mac: IK Multimedia iRig Pads Editor

We were pretty impressed with IK Multimedia’s iRig Pads MIDI Groove Controller when it arrived last year, and the company has now taken its offering up a notch with its iRig Pads Editor (free), a Mac application that lets users much more easily customize the MIDI controller for their own personal creative process.

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13:35
Apple asks court to block the sale of some...

Apple is asking a Delaware bankruptcy court to prohibit RadioShack from selling data that the retailer gathered about customers buying Apple products.

I'm RadioShack filed for bankruptcy in February, asking for a court-supervised sell-off of its $1.2 billion in assets. Among those assets was a database of information pertaining to 117 million RadioShack customers, gleaned from mailing lists and service registrations. [Update: Hedge fund Standard General made a winning bid of $26.2 million on Tuesday to buy RadioShack's name, its customer data, and its remaining assets. The sale of the customer data still needs to be approved by bankruptcy court. A hearing is scheduled for May 20.]

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13:23
Apple refutes report of delayed HomeKit launch, says...

Apple on Thursday refuted claims that software issues have forced the company to push back its HomeKit Internet of Things initiative, saying the first compatible devices are on schedule to launch in June.

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13:08
Apple Watch is better for you than Obamacare, Jeb...

During a Thursday stop in Phoenix, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush --?widely expected to challenge for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016 --?reportedly said that he would do away with the Affordable Care Act in favor of health tracking on the Apple Watch.

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13:00
The MacIT Conference: An AWT interview with Paul Kent

While the defining conference and expo for fans of Apple technology -- Macworld/iWorld -- is no longer being held, those who deploy Apple devices, software and services in the enterprise still have a major three-day event they can look forward to: the MacIT Conference. This year’s event is scheduled for July 14-16 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California, featuring a slate of over 70 speakers and more than 40 sessions. I recently chatted with Paul Kent, the Conference Chair of MacIT to hear more about this year’s event. Read on for details, then take advantage of Apple World Today’s marketing sponsorship of the event to get $200 off of the regular $695 registration fee.

Steve Sande (SS):

Hi, Paul. Tell us a little about this year’s MacIT Conference. 

Paul Kent (PK):

Sure, so MacIT is the world’s largest gathering of enterprise professionals...

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12:58
Small number of users report Find My iPhone showing...

A bug appearing for a small number users on iCloud.com may allow them to temporarily track and make changes to Macs belonging to other users, according to reports appearing on Twitter. Users have noted that Macs with names they don’t recognize recently started appearing in the device list on the Find My iPhone web service, allowing them to remotely lock or erase the computers in some cases, or just play a sound in others.

Update: The exact nature of the problem is difficult to pin down, but a person aware of the issue says that this is likely related to users not properly erasing their Macs before transferring them to someone else. Sources have told us that following the steps on this Apple help document should fix it. That said...

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12:47
Apple overhauling data services 'front-to-back...

Apple is planning major changes to Maps that will involve radically overhauling the data services behind the platform, according to a job listing posted on Thursday discovered by AppleInsider.

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12:12
HBO GO iOS app updated with fresh design to match...



Following the release of HBO’s new HBO Now app for its $14.99/month standalone streaming service, today the company updated its main HBO GO app with a similar, long-awaited redesign.

Here’s what HBO GO looked like prior to today’s update (left) next to the new design (right):

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12:10
How-To: Benchmark your Mac with these three free...

Over the course of writing guides to boosting Mac and hard drive speeds, I’ve discussed the incredible performance improvements Macs can get from simple upgrades — adding RAM, choosing a fast solid state drive (SSD) as an internal or external drive, and even running a simple disk optimizer tool. But there’s a common question that comes up when considering upgrades: how can you tell in advance how big of an improvement you’ll actually see?

The answer: benchmarking tools. Many apps help you measure the speed of various components of your Mac, and with a little help, you can estimate the performance jumps you’ll see after an upgrade. Below, I’ll introduce...

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11:45
The Week in iPhone Cases: Go swimming with Mophie’s...

Just in time for summer

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases bring you fitness-forward options from Belkin and Griffin, cases for photographers from Manfrotto and Olloclip, and extended battery life from Mophie and PowerSkin.

Belkin

Slim and stylish, the Sport-Fit Plus Armband (iPhone 6 and 6 Plus; $30 to $35) comfortably wraps around your arm while housing your iPhone 6 during walks or runs.

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11:26
Apple on track for another 51+ million iPhone sales...

Demand for Apple's iPhone continues to stay extremely strong, even as the life cycle of the current iPhone 6 series begins to wind down heading into the fall, new data from UBS reveals.

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11:20
Gear: Armpocket Racer and Mega i-40 Armbands

Armpocket’s sport armbands for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are the Racer ($30) and Mega i-40 ($50), respectively. Racer is a thin, lightweight armband which can house an iPhone 6, along with cards and a key. The larger Mega i-40 has a zipper enclosure — it’s also got space inside for cards and a key.

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11:17
Consumer Group Worries Over Safety of Google's...


Media pressure this week led Google to reveal that its self-driving cars, which are being tested on select city streets in California, have been involved in 11 accidents. All were minor accidents that occurred over the past six years, according to Chris Urmson, director of the self-driving car program. The disclosure followed a press report that Google vehicles were involved in three collisions since September, when reporting all accidents involving self-driving cars became mandatory.

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10:46
LifeProof launches ruggedized Fre Power battery case...

Case maker LifeProof on Thursday launched preorders for the Fre Power, a new battery case for the iPhone 6 also designed to be rugged and waterproof.

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10:40
Apple denies reports that HomeKit is delayed

UPDATE 1:14 p.m.— Apple reached out with a statement, denying Fortune's report. An Apple spokesperson said, "HomeKit has been available for just a few months and we already have dozens of partners who have committed to bringing HomeKit accessories to market and we’re looking forward to the first ones coming next month."

HomeKit was announced at WWDC 2014 as being part of iOS 8. And, yes, it’s currently a software framework for iOS 8 app developers—that much is true. But you and I haven’t been able to use HomeKit yet. I saw plenty of HomeKit devices at CES this past January, but most haven’t made it to market, and the ones that...

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10:21
News: Report: Apple pushes HomeKit launch to fall

Apple has delayed the launch of its HomeKit home automation platform until the fall, Fortune reports. Originally expected to arrive in May or June, sources participating in the program have revealed that the launch date has been moved back to “something closer to late August or September.” While Apple has not formally announced a launch date, several HomeKit partners had suggested at CES that products could be expected this spring, with…

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09:52
News: Apple objects to inclusion of customer data in...

Apple has filed a formal objection with a U.S. bankruptcy court to prevent the transfer of customer information as part of RadioShack’s auctioned-off assets, according to a new report from the Dallas Business Journal. In its filing, Apple claims that a reseller agreement it had in place with RadioShack prohibits the company from selling information specific to Apple’s customers, and further claims that such information does not “fall…

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09:48
2015 Cartoon Art Museum Fundraiser: #NeXTEVNT

Hosted by longtime Objective-C hacker, Pixarian, and CAM board member (in order of seniority: 26 yrs, 22 yrs, 13 yrs) Dr. Michael B. Johnson, this lively evening will feature a number of special guests from back in the day, including former solidThinking developer and current VP of Tools at Pixar Guido Quaroni, ur-NeXTSTEP developer Andy Stone, and several others too shy to let us give out their names (some of whom might work at a local fruit company).

I went to this event last year and will try again this year.

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09:27
Software problems force Apple to delay HomeKit...

Apple is reportedly facing technological issues with HomeKit, the company's forthcoming smart home platform designed to act a central hub for iOS-connected products like light bulbs and door locks, that have forced a re-evaluation of the platform's launch timeline.

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08:43
How to enable a passcode on the Apple Watch

Similar to the iPhone and iPad, Apple provides a way to add a passcode to your Watch to secure it from prying eyes. Adding a passcode to your Watch is optional, unless you're enabling Apple Pay, which requires a passcode to protect your financial data in case of theft or loss. Read on to find out how to enable, disable or change the password on your Apple Watch.

Enabling a passcode

During setup, the Watch will prompt you to enter a passcode. If you skipped this option during the initial configuration, you can enable it after the fact through the settings on the Apple Watch or in the Watch app on the iPhone.

On the Apple Watch, tap the Settings icon on the home screen, scroll down until you see Passcode. Tap Passcode > Change Passcode and then follow the on-screen prompts to enter and confirm a new 4-digit passcode.

You also can open the Apple Watch app on the...

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08:37
Monterey Apple Store evacuated after handling...

The Del Monte Apple Store in Monterey, Calif., was evacuated on Wednesday after a dozen people in the store were nauseated by a chemical-contaminated package delivered by FedEx.

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08:30
Apple Store evacuated after employees fall ill,...



An Apple Store in Monterey, California was evacuated yesterday as employees began to fall ill reportedly due to a package delivered to the location covered with an unknown substance. CBS reports that “fire and hazmat officials determined the package was contaminated in transit when an unknown substance most likely leaked onto the package’s exterior.”...

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08:08
Apple may give social networking another shot with...

Remember Ping? Probably not, but the music-based social network Apple tried in 2010 might be making a comeback as part of the company's Beats Music reboot.

Musicians will be able to create their own pages within the service, which will possibly be renamed Apple Music, 9to5Mac reported. Artists can use those pages to share new music, tour dates, and more with fans, according to the unconfirmed report. Musicians will also allegedly be able to promote other artists on their pages, so if Jay-Z wants his fans to support Beyoncé, he can encourage them to do so.

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08:00
Apple steps into Radio Shack sale to protect its...

The bidding for RadioShack's brand name and customer data has concluded with the hedge fund Standard General as the top bidder. However, Apple has stepped in to say its customer data may not be a part of that sale. 

Apple alleges that, in order to become a retail partner, RadioShack waived rights to data of customers who bought Apple products that the store sold, like iPhones and iPods. Apple's filing reads, in part: 

"In order to protect its customers' personal information, Apple oversees the collection and use of customer information collected by its retail partners, including RadioShack. The reseller agreement between Apple and RadioShack protects information collected by RadioShack regarding purchasers of Apple products and prohibits the proposed sale of such information."

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Brendan L. Shannon, who is overseeing the proceeding,...

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07:48
News: Daily Deal: Sound Kick Bluetooth Speaker

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering you a great price on Soundfreaq’s Sound Kick Bluetooth Speaker – 50% off at only $49.99. This award-winning speaker provides great sound in a compact size and sleep design, all at a great price. You get over 7 hours of playtime with the built-in rechargeable battery, streaming music wirelessly via Bluetooth, along with controls directly on the speaker of controlling volume and playback functions.…

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07:45
Rumor: 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro shipping times...

It’s the shipping times that tend to give away when a new product is in the works.

Over the past several weeks, the shipping times for Apple’s 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro have increased, jumping from one to two weeks and then to two to three weeks.

With the Worldwide Developers Conference taking place next month and Apple typically announcing new products at this event, Intel’s current Broadwell chip is rumored to be in short supply. As a result, it’s unknown as to whether Apple will refresh the 15-inch notebook, which was last updated in the summer of 2014.

Even with supply constraints, Intel has started shipping a...

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07:33
Apple Watch open to Activation Lock bypass, can be...

This may be something that’ll need to be fixed in a near-term firmware update.

A new video has shown that the Apple Watch’s wrist-detection, which is designed to ask for your passcode if the wearable is removed from your wrist. The iDownloadBlog video demonstrates how the Apple Watch can be reset without having to enter the passcode, then paired with any other iPhone.

iPhones are protected by Activation Lock, which means that even if a thief performs a hard reset of the phone, it cannot be reactivated without the original owner’s Apple ID and password. The Apple Watch, however, has no such protection, and does not require a passcode to wipe it....

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07:12
Apple Watch’s security features protect data but won...

When you first set up the Apple Watch, it asks you to assign the device a security passcode to stop just anyone from picking up your watch and looking at all the stuff on it. While that passcode is an effective tool to protect your data, it does nothing to stop someone from lifting your watch, resetting it, and using it themselves or selling it.

As detailed in a post on iDownloadblog, it's dead simple to find the Watch OS reset option without unlocking the device. Long-press the side button to bring up the power menu, then Force Touch that menu to find the "erase all content and settings" button. Once you've done that, pairing the watch to a new phone works exactly the same way as it did when you took the watch out of the box.

There are also ways to erase all the data on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch without bypassing the lock...

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06:55
Apple display supplier Sharp posts $1.9 billion...

One of Apple's key display suppliers, Sharp, posted an annual net loss of $1.9 billion on Thursday and cast doubt on its ability to keep operating, although it will continue to live on in the short-term thanks to investments by banks.

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06:46
News: Apple Music service to include social pages...

Apple’s new Beats-based streaming music service, expected to be named “Apple Music”, will feature Ping-like social network pages for artists, 9to5Mac reports. While the network won’t extend to users of the service, artists will be able to setup their own pages that can be used to post information such as track samples, photos, videos, and concert updates. Artists will also be able to cross-promote by sharing content from other…

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06:45
Apple Watch security concerns

Writing for iDownloadBlog, Jeff Benjamin notes:

"Unlike the iPhone, if someone steals your Apple Watch, they can easily reset the device (bypass the passcode), and pair it with a new iPhone logged in to a different iCloud account. In other words, it’s totally feasible to steal an Apple Watch and set it up on a different device as if you just purchased it from an Apple Store."

Jeff later goes on to note, "It's not a security problem from a user data standpoint, but it is a security issue from a device theft standpoint," and that's certainly true. Your data lives on your iPhone, so pairing an Apple Watch to another iPhone or iCloud account won't put your data in jeopardy. That's cold comfort when your  Watch is gone, though. I wonder if Apple will institute an activation lock for Apple Watch in the future.

In the meantime, add a passcode to your Apple Watch. 

This posts goes out to Ken Snider, whose name I regrettably left out of...

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06:28
News: Lack of Activation Lock makes Apple Watch...

A new report from iDownloadblog highlights how Apple’s latest wearable device lacks the important theft deterrent feature found on Apple’s other mobile devices. First introduced in iOS 7, Apple’s Activation Lock feature prevents an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that is associated with an iCloud account from being erased and reactivated without the iCloud Apple ID and password of the original owner. As this feature has become common…

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06:19
Apple intervenes in Radio Shack sale in effort to...

Bidding for the RadioShack brand and customer data has ended, but not before Apple weighed in on the proceedings, saying that information collected during the sale of its own products should be left out of the deal.

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05:45
Automatic for the People

If you’re a frequent driver, Automatic can help make you a smarter, more efficient, safer driver. Josh Centers explains how.

 

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05:16
Image identification

Stephen Wolfram, writing on the Wolfram blog:

“What is this a picture of?” Humans can usually answer such questions instantly, but in the past it’s always seemed out of reach for computers to do this.

Wolfram wrapped his image identification project in a public interface that you can play with for free.

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04:21
The Apple Watch and theft

Jeff Benjamin, writing for iDownloadBlog:

The Apple Watch contains security measures to prevent thieves from accessing your data, but it doesn’t include the necessary features to dissuade thieves from trying to steal your device to begin with.

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04:08
Apple Music to add Ping-like social for artists

Apple takes another swing at a music social network.

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