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Tuesday August 25

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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08:00
VMware Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Pro now available with...

VMware Fusion 8 screenshot courtesy of VMware

Last week, Parallels introduced Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac, the latest version of its virtual computing platform. And today, like clockwork, VMware has released VMware Fusion 8, its newest iteration in the VMware Fusion line.

Like its competitor, VMware Fusion 8 is designed to let Mac users run Windows on a Mac without rebooting. The new version provides support for Microsoft Windows 10 and Mac OS X El Capitan, so users can take advantage of features like “always on Cortana” (Microsoft’s Siri-like virtual assistant) or beta test El Capitan before its release later this year.

One place where VMware Fusion 8 really stomped the competition is in terms of graphics performance. The company enhanced the graphics engine and addes support for DirectX 10 and OpenGL 3.3, resulting in a virtual machine environment that can handle tough 3D applications and...

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07:51
Etsy Local alerts iOS app users of nearby sellers...

Etsy has long been an online marketplace for unique, often handmade items available directly from their creators, but a new feature of the app will connect shoppers with nearby sellers in the real world. The new Etsy Local feature, available from within the Etsy iOS app, will alert users when they are close to a seller’s real world location, including pop-up shops, flea markets, craft fairs, and local stores.

Sellers will just have to add their local store and event information in order for it to appear for app users. For users, this is how it works within the app:

When a shopper opens the Local tab in the app, recommended nearby retailers and events are tailored to their tastes, based on shops and sellers they have previously engaged with, through favoriting, purchasing, and browsing. Buyers can also discover great...

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07:44
Rumor: Apple to end “One to One” training program,...

The beloved US$99 “One to One” tutoring sessions for Mac and iOS users at the Apple Store may be coming to an end. A recent rumor is currently stating that Apple is stopping the program to allow retail employees to focus on hosting a greater number of free workshops, which multiple people are able to attend at once.

The One to One program allowed users who bought a Mac to pay an additional US$99 for one year of Mac and iOS instruction. One to One sessions include 30 or 60 minute Personal Training sessions, 90-minute Group Training sessions, and 90-minute group-based Open Training sessions.

Apple is apparently planning to fold the One to...

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07:29
News: Philips introduces dimmer remote kit for Hue...

Philips has announced a new no-installation dimming kit for its Hue wireless light bulbs. The kit comes with a single Hue white light bulb and a battery-powered dimmer switch that can be mounted on the wall, or slide out of the base plate for use as a remote as well. The dimmer can control up to 10 bulbs at once through the Hue bridge, making it able to alter the lights in an entire room remotely. In a June Facebook post, Philips promised that Hue…

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07:18
VMware launches Fusion 8 with Windows 10 & OS X...

VMware on Tuesday launched Fusion 8, an updated version of its virtualization tool for Mac users who want to run Windows -- or other operating systems -- without having to boot into the other OS.

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06:30
Wells Fargo upgrades Apple; company's shares up...

Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um has upgraded his Apple share outlook to "outperform" with a target range of US$125 to $135. 

"While we note that our fundamental stance on Apple's challenges are unchanged, we believe shares have over-corrected," Um wrote in a note to clients. 

Um, who downgraded Apple in early 2014, adds Apple CEO Tim Cook's Monday e-mail to Jim Cramer regarding Chinese iPhone sales provides better calendar quarter three visibility. 

With the help of higher equity markets Nasdaq futures are up 3.7%. Apple has risen to $109.01 premarket. Shares fell as low as $92 yesterday morning before closing at $103.12.

Speaking of Cook's email, the CEO may have violated SEC rules by sending it. In the email, confirmed by Apple  to ...

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06:30
News: Report: Apple ending One to One tutoring...

Apple may be discontinuing its One to One tutoring program for iOS and Mac users, MacRumors reports. An unnamed source claims Apple is stopping the program to place more emphasis on free workshops that allow one employee to teach multiple people at once. Apple is also reportedly in the process of revamping its website to make registering for free workshops easier and more accessible to those with disabilities. The One to One program currently charges…

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06:22
Tim Cook’s email to Jim Cramer may have violated SEC...

The email Apple CEO Tim Cook sent to CNBC analyst Jim Cramer, and which was read on the air, may have violated Securities and Exchange Commission regulations, according to lawyers speaking to MarketWatch. The regulations are designed to ensure that information that may impact a company’s share price is made available to the public in a fair and open way, rather than privately disclosed to particular individuals or entities.

Cook’s email revealed that the growth in iPhone activations “has actually accelerated over the past few weeks, and we have had the best performance of the year for the App Store in China during the last 2 weeks” – information that Apple had not previously disclosed … ...

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06:16
News: Daily Deal: SMFX Smart Bulb

Today in iLounge Deals you can get the SMFX Smart Bulb for only $39.99. Controllable directly from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, the SMFX app allows you to dim or brighten the bulb, change the colour, or turn it on or off. The bulb itself provides for up to 40,000 hours of life, or 27 years of typical use, and consumes 10% of the energy of a standard bulb. A “disco” mode lets you change the lighting to match whatever music is playing,…

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06:11
Jeff Bezos assures employees that HR working 100...

I see what you did there!

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06:09
Sorkin’s “Steve Jobs” – An insider’s view

In this post, you’ll meet Michael Stuhlbarg, who played Andy Hertzfeld (not sure why they insisted on putting a ‘t’ at the end of his name.) and hear his thoughts on the structure of the movie and the rehearsal process.

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06:06
Apple looks at ways to support femtocells in...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,119,141) by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for ubiquitous access to a femtocell-connected network. A femtocell is a small, low-power cellular base station typically reserved for use in a home or small business. 

A femtocell is, basically, a miniature cell phone tower that anyone can use to boost their wireless signal in their home. Most of the major U.S. wireless carriers sell femtocells, as do other retailers, and they can typically be purchased for US$150 to $250. Such a device, which resembles a wireless router, essentially acts as a repeater. The device communicates with the mobile phone and converts voice calls into voice over IP (VoIP) packets. The packets are then transmitted over a broadband connection to the mobile operator's servers.

There are pros and cons to using a femtocell. One plus is that the coverage is likely to remain consistent wherever you...

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06:00
How to block phone numbers on your iPhone

Recently, I began receiving annoying texts from a "mystery shopping" company asking me to do some work for them. I smelled something fishy, so when they kept texting me, I decided it was time to block their number on my iPhone. You may have a number you'd like to block, as well. If so, here's how.

To block someone you've added to Contacts list,:

  • Go to Settings > Phone > Blocked > Add New. 
  • The All Contacts window will appear.
  • Scroll until you find the name/number you wish to block and tap it.
  • You'll find yourself back at the Blocked window with the offending name/number added to the list of blocked contacts. 

(From Settings, contacts can also be blocked selecting either Messages or Facetime, and then following the instructions above).

If you want to a block a number that isn't stored in your Contacts list:

  • Open the Phone app and select Recents. 
  • Find the name/number you...
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05:55
A salute to solo programmers

Jean-Louis Gassée, writing for Monday Note, offers praises to solo programmers from long ago, leading up to this heaping praise for the newest solo gem, written for the Mac.

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05:53
VMware Fusion updated to support Windows 10, but...

A week after Parallels was updated to support Windows 10, VMware has followed suit with an update to its Fusion software – but with a bug when used in Unity mode. Unity mode is where Windows apps are run alongside Mac ones.

Fusion was today updated to version 8, with performance improvements as well as Windows 10 compatibility, but the company has confirmed a bug identified by ArsTechnica in which the Windows Start screen is sometimes unavailable (above left) and at other times...

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05:48
Minions vs Monsters Inc
05:42
How much is music really worth?

This is a truly epic post from Pitchfork. It digs into the history of music valuations and explores the conflicts that emerge when trying to pin a value on something created as art. A fantastic read.

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05:36
Apple patent hints that the company is considering a...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,118,642) by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office that hints at an Apple NAS device/home server I've long wanted. The patent is for "asset streaming." NAS — or network-attached storage — is a computer data storage server connected to your computer network that provides access to a wide variety of data.

It involves a device that streams assets to network-based storage, and servers administering the network-based storage operate to notify other authorized devices that the assets are available to download, including initiating the download of assets automatically or in response to user input. With streaming enabled on their device, a user is able to make assets, such as digital photograph, video or other type of media file, data file, or other type of electronic content, available immediately to all of their other devices and to other users having permission to follow assets streamed by their device. 

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05:26
China Telecom social media rep echoes expected...

A social media rep for China Telecom has made a Weibo post in which he echoes a number of the specs we’re expecting to see in the iPhone 6S, but says he has heard nothing to confirm the rumored option of a pink case color to match the rose gold of the Apple Watch. The post was spotted by GforGames.

He went on saying that, despite all the recent rumors hinting at a pink variant, he did not hear anything regarding this iPhone 6s flavor.

The fact that the rep ‘confirmed’ the 2GB RAM, improved...

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05:00
You can fine tune iTunes with beaTunes 4.5

Tagtrum’s beaTunes is a useful iTunes tool for Mac OS X and Windows users, and it's gotten even better with the latest version (4.5).

Let’s face it: you can accumulate so many tunes in iTunes that inconsistencies and glitches appear. What’s more, if you're like me, you rip CDs to the software, so there may be missing info. BeaTunes can help with such shortcomings. It intelligently creates playlists of matching songs, corrects your iTunes Music Library (typos, wrong genres, a misnamed album, etc.) and more.

One of my favorite features is the ability to search for and add missing data such as album artwork, which is more comprehensive than similar features in iTunes itself.

BeaTunes also analyzes the color and tempo (BPM) of your songs and lets you create playlists based on this info. You can even blog about your playlists (though I have absolutely no desire to do this). All of the changes you make are...

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05:00
VMware brings Windows 10 and graphics boost to...

VMware’s desktop virtualization software for Macs, Windows PCs, and Linux are being upgraded today to support Windows 10 and new features to boost performance.

VMware Fusion for Macs is up to version 8, while Workstation for Windows and Linux is up to version 12. Both products have an improved graphics engine to support DirectX 10 and OpenGL 3.3.

VMware's release comes one week after Parallels upgraded its desktop virtualization software for Macs. Here's what Fusion 8 looks like:

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05:00
Freemium Field Test: Monsters Ate My Metropolis can...

Free-to-play games often look appealing, but it’s difficult to know at a glance whether the business model is insidious and fun ruining, or reasonable and worth pumping a few bucks into. With Freemium Field Test, we’ll take a recent free-to-play iOS game, put it through its paces, and let you know if it’s really worth your time (and money). 

Each side picks an attack card, and then the results play out. There’s also a quick tap-based timing challenge that can increase—or diminish—the damage of your card.

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05:00
Linux Foundation Wants to Pin a Badge on Secure Open...


The Core Infrastructure Initiative last week announced a program that will offer badges to open software developers who follow best practice software development and security procedures. CII announced the free Badge Program at LinuxCon/CloudOpen North America. The CII, a project of the Linux Foundation, enables technology companies, industry stakeholders and software developers to collaborate on the identification and funding of critical open source projects in need of assistance.

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04:39
Philips adds improved HomeKit-compatible dimmer for...

While the iPhone app is a great way to control your Philips Hue lighting, there are times when a good old-fashioned button is more convenient – especially for the less techy members of your household. Philips already offers the Hue Tap, but that’s a little clunky and designed for wall-mounting only. Its new Philips Hue Wireless Dimming Kit is much sleeker, and is designed so that you can wall-mount it or use it as a handheld remote.

The dimmer can control up to 10 Hue bulbs at once, with Philips promising that the dimming will be smooth, flicker-free and buzz-free. The company also says the firmware can be upgraded for HomeKit compatibility when Philips adds its hub device in the fall … ...

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03:30
10 things that iTunes does right

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.

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03:01
Admin console

 August 25, 2015 3:01:00 AM PDT

We're investigating reports of an issue with Admin console. We will provide more information shortly.

Users of the Admin Console are seeing error messages when accessing the "Apps" section.

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01:35
Mirror your Android device on your Mac or PC with...

There are plenty of ways to mirror your smartphone onto your desktop, but none are as apparently easy (or snappy) as this one. Vysor has been cooked-up by AllCast creator Koush as a seamless way to mirror your Android device's display onto a Window...

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01:25
Amazon brings HDR video streaming to the UK

Sure, Amazon is focusing on Ultra HD (4K) broadcasts for its upcoming streaming content, but that isn't all that the company has on the agenda. Two months after it began supporting high dynamic range (HDR) in the US, Prime members in the UK now hav...

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Monday August 24

23:40
Neil Young's Pono is having expansion and...

Neil Young says the Pono music player and its accompanying high-quality music service aren't doing too badly. He also admits, however, that things haven't been easy since he and his team managed to raise $6 million via Kickstarter. In a Facebook po...

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22:00
Olympus' E-M10 II mirrorless camera is small,...

Olympus has had a busy 2015. From the E-M5 Mark II to the Air lens camera, the company's made sure to offer products for every different type of budget and taste. Today, Olympus is keeping this trend going by introducing its OM-D E-M10 II, a compac...

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21:00
Philips' latest Hue kit gives you wireless...

Dimmable lights can add an air of sophistication to your abode, but setting them up? Not fun -- not unless you enjoy messing with home wiring or paying a lot of money. Philips might have a better way, though. It's trotting out a wireless dimming ki...

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20:53
'Bit.Trip' limited vinyl soundtrack loaded...

The folks over at iam8bit have been knocking it out of the park pretty regularly. Earlier this year they released the absolutely gorgeous vinyl edition of the Hotline Miami 2 soundtrack, an equally beautiful video-game world map and during ComicCon...

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20:10
Google can upload your thumb drives to its cloud...

Cloud services are convenient, because you can upload data anytime, anywhere, so long as you have an internet connection. But if you're a developer with terabytes upon terabytes of data, it could become a bit cumbersome. That's why Google has launc...

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20:00
Watch Sony's prototype drone do a vertical...

Here's your first look at the drone Sony's developing with a Tokyo robotics firm under its collab company called Aerosense. The UAV can carry up to 22 pounds, fly continuously for two hours at a speed of 106 miles per hour and, as you can see in th...

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19:45
Players Raiders: FIFA 15 Common Formation And...

Forums: General Xsan TalkTags: http://www.urfifa.com/fifa15-ps3-coins/302-57-1-11346.html

Football 's tactics is to beat his opponent in football game, according to the actual objective and subjective condition, taken by means of individual and collective cooperation and overall performance! As a leader in the FIFA soccer game series in football tactics system is very well developed! we have the tactical play FIFA15 for everyone to do a brief introduction, the specific need the players themselves to the game experience a different tactical play brought a different thrill! Tactics are divided into two blocks: the formation and tactics!
 
Football team players in the formation by the court and the division of...

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16:32
Rumor: Apple might rent out new San Francisco space...

Piecing together clues about a "mysterious" week-long trade show at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, a report on Monday suggests Apple might have rented out the massive space for its annual iPhone event.

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15:20
Apple issues sixth Xcode 7 beta to developers with...

Apple on Monday released to developers the sixth beta version of its upcoming Xcode 7 coding tool with support for watchOS 2.0 beta, OS X 10.11 beta, and iOS 9 beta 5 SDKs.

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14:49
Apple promoting Apple Music in Snapchat with...

Apple has once again distanced itself from its past efforts in order to market its new Apple Music streaming service. The company has begun promoting the service using a unique geofilter in the popular Snapchat messaging application. The geofilter has showed up in select areas of Los Angeles, including at The Grove mall where an Apple Store is located.

It is unclear if this filter is meant to appear at specific highly populated areas like The Grove or around all Apple Stores. Snapchat began monetizing geofilters as ad units in June. Apple promoted Apple Music in New York City’s Times Square a couple of...

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14:43
Report: Apple Watch will track your health data with...

If 2015 is the year of the smartwatch, then get ready for “smart bands.”

According to 9to5Mac, Apple is already at work on updating the Apple Watch hardware for 2016. In addition to Apple Watch 2, Apple will also unveil a new line of smart bands for the current generation of the Watch. These smart bands will be equipped with sensors designed to track health data in new or more accurate ways.

Last week Czech tech site, Letem Svetem Applem, reported that these smart bands will be released in lieu of new Apple Watch 2 hardware because Apple didn’t believe that people would upgrade their smartwatch annually as likely as they do with their iPhones. But sources told 9to5Mac that both—a new watch and smart bands—are...

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14:38
Apple releases Xcode 7 beta 6 to developers

Apple today released the sixth beta of the upcoming Xcode 7 to developers. The new version is available in Software Update from the Mac App Store, as with all past betas this time around. Xcode 7 is the new SDK version to correspond with the upcoming releases of iOS 9, OS X El Capitan, and WatchOS 2, the first version of the Apple Watch operating system that supports native applications. Apple has not released new iOS 9 and WatchOS 2 betas since early August, while the latest El Capitan seed was provided just last week. Thanks, Joseph.

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14:24
20 Years Later, Windows 95 Launch Brings Tears of...


Twenty years ago Monday, Bill Gates officially released Windows 95, ushering in a new era. The operating system featured a graphical user interface, along with a task bar and multitasking support, and it introduced the now-iconic Start button to launch applications. Those Windows 95 features made using a PC a whole lot easier. The Windows 95 launch also was notable for turning a software release -- an OS at that -- into a major media event. Microsoft pulled out all stops, including having comedian Jay Leno share the stage with Gates.

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14:20
Angela Ahrendts: As back-to-school gift, Apple Watch...

In her latest video to retail store employees, Apple Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores Angela Ahrendts discusses upcoming deeper integration of business sales across Apple Retail Stores as well as new back to school sales tactics for the Apple Watch. Currently, sales to small and medium-sized businesses via Apple Stores are mostly handled by a small group of specialized employees. Ahrendts says that she wants all employees to “own” business sales in order to provide a better experience to business customers.

“We want to make sure that were not building two separate teams,” Ahrendts said...

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14:10
AWT News Update: August 24, 2015

What a crazy day for the stock markets around the world, with Apple getting pummeled and then recovering. There's more to that story, as you'll find out:

  • Apple CEO Tim Cook may have violated market "Fair Disclosure" regulations by sending a reassuring email to Jim Cramer this morning
  • A fuel cell for your iPhone? It may happen sooner than you think
  • Some iPhone 6 Plus cameras are taking blurry photos; if your phone is in the proper serial number range and exhibiting the symptoms, you can get it replaced at no charge
  • Big changes in store for the Apple Store

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13:33
Ihnatko: A dozen true things about smartwatches

Andy Ihnatko:

Before I begin what’s going to be a multi-part, in-depth Apple Watch review, I thought it’d be valuable to write down all of the fundamental observations that I believe to be true of all wearables, as of August 2015.

In his usual long-winded but wonderfully entertaining style, Andy Ihnatko makes some great points of what smartwatches need in order for them to be successful.

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13:10
Review: Pad & Quill’s Classic Band dresses Apple...

Like a lot of 9to5Mac readers, I’m generally a purist when it comes to matching Apple hardware with accessories: I prefer iPhones and iPads without cases unless using one of Apple’s iPhone 6 Leather Cases or iPad Air Smart Covers and I can’t resist their overpriced Lightning Docks. If Apple made an Apple Watch Charging Stand, I’d be tempted to toss my Spigen Nightstand in a drawer in favor of the official solution.

And while I own both the Classic Buckle and Milanese Loop Apple Watch bands...

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13:08
Gear: Secur Six-in-One Car Charger

Secur’s Four-in-One Car Charger was an iLounge Best of Show Finalist at this year’s CES, and the company has just released its Six-in-One Car Charger ($40) for the same price. Along with the USB-outlet car charger (which plugs into a car’s cigarette lighter), flashlight, and flashing emergency light found in the Four-in-One edition, the battery gets a bump up to 2000 mAh (or possibly even 2200 mAh, as Secur’s marketing is contradictory).…

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12:49
A week without the Apple Watch

Everyone posts “A week with [insert device here],” but Lee Peterson spent a week without the Apple Watch and missed it. I’ve become dependent on my watch now and wouldn’t want to go a week or a day without it.

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11:51
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 24...

Notable software releases this week include Simon 4.1, Evernote 6.1, and Parallels Desktop 11.

 

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11:51
ExtraBITS for 24 August 2015

In this packed ExtraBITS collection, Intuit is looking to ditch Quicken, The Verge ponders the fallout of the Ashley Madison breach, Adam and Tonya Engst explain the new Take Control Web site on MacVoices, Adobe InDesign takes some flak for failing to install fonts, Apple acknowledges an executive’s history of misogyny, Comcast plans to provide cheap broadband to senior citizens, and the iTunes Music Festival returns with a new name.

 

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11:35
iSight Camera Replacement Program for iPhone 6 Plus

Apple:

Apple has determined that, in a small percentage of iPhone 6 Plus devices, the iSight camera has a component that may fail causing your photos to look blurry. The affected units fall into a limited serial number range and were sold primarily between September 2014 and January 2015.

If your iPhone 6 Plus is producing blurry photos and falls into the eligible serial number range, Apple will replace your device’s iSight camera, free of charge.

If you have an iPhone 6 Plus, it doesn’t hurt to enter you serial number to check to make sure your iPhone isn’t on the list of affected phones. If it isn’t and you’re still taking blurry photos, you might want to take a photography class.

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11:30
DODOcase Lorna iPhone Wallet Case: Finally, a real...

DODOcase Lorna iPhone Wallet Case. Photo ©2015, Steven Sande. All Rights Reserved.

There are a lot of iPhone cases that offer the opportunity to carry your iPhone as well as your cash and credit cards; I think I’ve personally reviewed well over a hundred of them! But most of these wallets have one problem in common. If you suffer from Fat Wallet Syndrome like I do, they aren’t a solution that is going to allow you to get rid of carrying a “real” wallet. DODOcase has recently introduced the Lorna iPhone Wallet Case ($64.95 for iPhone 6, $74.95 for iPhone 6 Plus), so I decided it was time to see if I could finally put my wallet away.

Design

The Lorna iPhone Wallet Case follows a tried-and-true design for wallet cases; there’s a polycarbonate tray that the iPhone snaps into and a folding exterior cover with slots in it for your cards and cash.

But of course, DODOcase...

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11:30
The Week in iOS Apps: Final Fantasy VII is here!

Final Fantasy VII is here!

This week’s roundup of apps includes one of gamerdom’s favorite offerings, finally fantasizing on your iOS device. Read on!

Final Fantasy VII

Final Fantasy VII dropped this week in the biggest way: Price-wise ($20!), memory-wise (you’ll need 4GB of free space on your iOS device to download it) and pre-established reputation-wise (11 million units of the game were sold before it came to Apple’s mobile platform). If you’ve got the money and the gigabytes, it’s time to say hello again to an old friend.

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11:21
Apple Store Smart Signs will be globally replaced...

Last week, we reported that Apple is preparing to launch a couple of significant changes for Apple Retail stores this upcoming Wednesday. Besides demoting iPods to the accessory shelves on the sides of Apple Stores, Apple will be removing the long-existing iPad-based Smart Signs. These are the iPads that sit alongside iPhones, iPads, and Macs in the stores explaining pricing and other pertinent information. Now, we’ve gathered a few more details. First, sources say that this will be a change across all Apple Stores across the globe, not just stores in the United States. More significantly, we now know what will replace the Smart Sign functionality: new dedicated pricing apps on both in-store Macs and iOS devices…

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11:08
The Apple Watch can grab health data from bands, but...

Last week, Europe-based news website letemsvetemapplem.eu reported that Apple is preparing “Smart Bands” to add additional health tracking sensors to the current-generation Apple Watch. The article went on to say that Apple would release the bands starting next year instead of refreshing the Apple Watch’s core hardware, with speculation that Apple does not believe people will upgrade their Watches annually like iPhones. Based on discussions with our sources, we do not believe this report to be entirely true.

According to...

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11:05
Opinion: These are the 10 reasons to upgrade your...

Apple releases at least one new iPhone every year, and the coverage has become predictable: reviews (accurately) herald “the best iPhone yet,” typically based on “small but important changes that refine the user experience.” Based on everything we know about the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, you can expect the same narrative again this year — starting with the obligatory sigh of similarity that precedes the review of every S model, and ending with the common recommendation to “go buy one unless you can wait until next year.”

For professional reasons, I’ve owned every iPhone since the original 2007 model, and upgraded every single year regardless of how small or large the differences were between models. This year, for the first time, I sold off my current-generation iPhone to maximize the cash I’d get towards the purchase of a new model, and as an experiment, I...

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10:52
Tim Cook set to speak at Box’s BoxWorks conference...

Apple hasn’t officially confirmed its expected September 9th iPhone 6S event just yet, but we now know where Tim Cook will be at the end of next month. Box announced today that the Apple CEO will be joining Box CEO Aaron Levie for a fireside chat to open the enterprise cloud service’s BoxWorks conference in California. The conference runs September 28-30 at Moscone Center in San Francisco with Cook’s fireside chat set to take place on September 29th. 

Levie announced Cook’s partcipation in a blog post today:

Tim and I will discuss...

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10:48
Apple Replacing Some iPhone 6 Plus iSight Cameras

Some units of the iPhone 6 Plus manufactured between September 2014 and January 2015 have a faulty component in the iSight camera that causes photos to be blurry. If your iPhone 6 Plus is covered, Apple will replace the camera for free.

 

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10:00
It's time to take Mac gaming to the next level

In an opinion piece for TechRadar, Matthew Bolton says "Macs don't represent a great deal for someone who wants high-end gaming, but they shouldn't be dismissed because of that. The range of games is already strong, and is only going to grow further - and you can run Windows for the rest." 

He notes that big games are coming to Mac more quickly, new indie games tend to hit Mac at the same time, and Mac hardware is looking better and better for gaming. He's right, of course, but I'd love to see Apple make moves to improve gaming on our favorite computing platform. 

1) Offer an Apple joystick/gamepad — or at least the "hooks" so third parties could make 'em. This would require an OS X upgrade. This probably won't happen, but but I know some users are tired of having to jump through a lot of software configuration hoops to play Mac games using a joystick/gamepad rather than the keyboard...

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09:52
Intel: Putting Innovation Back in the Hands of the...


We are living in an amazing time, but many of us seem to take it for granted. We have private spaceships. Self-driving cars are on the road, even though we can't buy them yet, and there are plans for a 12-mile-high inflatable building. Granted, a number of us are kind of convinced it will end up looking like a giant version of the inflatable fan blown stick man that you often see outside of car dealerships. It kind of sounds like one of those ideas folks come up with when they've been partying too much.

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09:51
Apple suppliers Sharp, Foxconn in talks for LCD...

Japanese supplier Sharp is negotiating with Hon Hai Precision Industry -- better known as Foxconn -- on a deal that would see the former spin off its display panel business to create a new joint venture, according to a Monday report.

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09:45
Swatch CEO needs to stop talking and start shipping

In the absence of an actual smartwatch to show off, Swatch CEO Nick Hayek keeps dialing up the anti-Apple rhetoric.

“The Apple watch is an interesting toy, but not a revolution,” Hayek told Swiss newspaper Tages Anzeiger, as translated by The Guardian. Hayek then lamented how most smartwatches must be recharged every night, while promising that Swatch’s eventual smartwatch will include a battery that lasts nine months.

Hayek also said Swatch won’t bother to include any fitness tracking features in its watch, saying he “cannot accept the responsibility of whether my device warns a customer in time before a heart attack.” Nonetheless, Hayek also felt the need to belittle the billion-dollar fitness wearable business, saying that “the user immediately loses control of all their data.” (As...

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09:43
Rumor: Apple to revamp Genius Bar, workshops,...

The Genius Bar and its associated web site might be getting revamped in the new future.

A rumor has stated that Apple will begin changing the Genius Bar and its corresponding web site as of Tuesday, August 25th. Through these changes, Apple reportedly plans to move Genius Bar online appointments pages from their separate “Concierge” site into individual Apple Store pages

The new updated web-based service has also been re-written with a focus on accessibility and mobile devices. “Customers with visual or hearing impairments can more easily use the Concierge system,” Apple wrote in a note to retail employees about the upcoming change. As for...

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09:11
9to5Toys Last Call: MFi iPhone controller $9, Belkin...

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08:51
Review: DODOcase Lorna iPhone Wallet Case for iPhone...

DODOcase's Lorna iPhone Wallet Case for iPhone 6 Plus ($75) is a spacious wallet folio case for iPhone 6 Plus. Lorna iPhone Wallet Case sports a Pergamena leather exterior — the leather only comes from animals that have died naturally or have been raised for food — and a soft cloth interior. An affixed plastic shell keeps the iPhone 6 Plus in place (with no button coverage), and the case comes with four inside pockets. An elastic strap loops around the case to keep it closed when not in use. There's also a Lorna iPhone Wallet Case for iPhone 6 ($65), which includes three pockets, as opposed to four.{/exp:char_limit}
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08:45
Why is Canadian English unique?

BBC:

Some words refer to things Americans don’t seem to have: toque for a kind of fitted knitted hat; poutine, Nanaimo bars, and butter tarts for three of Canada’s great culinary gifts to the world if the world would but accept them; Caesar for a bloody Mary made with clamato juice (tomato plus clam).

These Canadianisms stand as evidence of the difference between Canadian and American culture. It is very important for Canadians to maintain that difference, even if people from Vancouver sound more like people from San Francisco than people from San Francisco sound like people from San Antonio.

Until I moved to the US, I had no idea that Butter Tarts were Canadian. If you get a chance, try them. They are delicious.

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08:18
News: Rumor: Apple working on health tracking ‘smart...

Czech website Letem Svetem Applem claims Apple is planning to release a set of ‘smart bands’ that will use the hidden data port on Apple Watch to add new health monitoring functionality to the device. Citing unnamed sources, the website claims the new straps will include sensors to let the watch monitor blood oxygen levels, respiratory rate, and body temperature. The sensors would be located on the side of the wrist opposite the watch,…

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08:11
Tim Cook to Apple investors: Relax

The stock market today is an unholy mess. China’s main index dropped off a cliff, which sent the Dow Jones industrial average plunging 1,000 points this morning. The Dow has since recovered, but not before Apple stock fell below $100 for the first time this year. In an unusual move, Apple CEO Tim Cook emailed CNBC host Jim Cramer Monday morning to reassure investors that Apple is doing A-OK.

Cook said Apple doesn’t usually offer financial updates outside of its quarterly earnings reports, but today’s stock market rollercoaster seemed to warrant a response.

Here’s what Cook had to say:

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08:00
Ouch! Market woes drive AAPL below $100 at today...

A precipitous drop in the Chinese Shanghai Index resulted in markets around the world opening well below Friday's closing prices. Shares in Apple opened below $100 at $94.87 before bounding back into safer territory. About one hour after the opening of the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ this morning, AAPL was hovering around the $104 mark.

The shaky opening follows concerns of a wider collapse of the Chinese economy, the world's second largest. Many investors are already referring to today as "Black Monday," thanks to a drop of almost 1,100 points in the Dow Jones Industrial Average -- of which Apple is a component -- at the open of trading today. At this point, the DJIA has recovered slightly, back up about 800 points.

Apple CEO Tim Cook remains upbeat about China and the company he runs, sending the following email to The Street's Jim Cramer early this morning:

“Jim,

As you know, we don’t give mid-quarter updates and we rarely comment on moves...

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07:37
Apple initiates repair program to address blurry...

If the pictures taken by your iPhone 6 Plus have been blurry, there’s an explanation for that.

A number of users who’ve experienced image quality problems with their iPhone 6 Plus’s iSight camera may be eligible for a free repair, as Apple on Friday acknowledged a problem with a “small percentage” of units and will replace the affected component free of charge.

The program, dubbed the “iSight Camera Replacement Program for iPhone 6 Plus,” is available to any iPhone 6 Plus owner whose device is producing blurry photos and carries the problematic part. Affected users can check their serial number at Apple’s website, linked below.

Apple...

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07:31
News: Apple provides iPads to 114 schools through...

In an interview with Good Morning America at Tuskegee Public School in Alabama, Apple CEO Tim Cook touted the company’s participation in the White House’s ConnectED initiative, which has delivered iPads to 114 schools in 29 states. Cook – himself a product of the public school system – said too many kids are stuck in a less-engaging analog environment at school that isn’t giving them the tools to succeed in a highly competitive…

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07:11
News: Apple to streamline Genius Bar, Workshop...

Apple will be making changes to its Genius Bar and Workshop services online, more deeply integrating them within individual Apple Store Retail pages as soon as Tuesday, August 25, 9to5Mac reports. In a note to retail employees, Apple said the updated service will focus on accessibility for those with visual and hearing impairments and provide a much more streamlined interaction for users on mobile devices. Like the upgraded Apple website, the new…

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07:08
Apple stock opens below $100 as whole market suffers...

$AAPL stock has opened below $100 in the first minutes of trading, erasing any gains since October 2014. Apple’s stock officially opened at $95.12 but has corrected slightly upwards since to circa $101. The fall in share price saw Apple’s market capitalization lose about $60 billion dollars in value today. Although any fall in price is bad news for the company, the 7% fall should not be taken at face value.

The whole market is down with losses across the board: the S&P saw a 5% overall fall — the largest one-day drop for four years. Technology stocks are being affected as much as any other sector. Twitter, Alibaba, Tesla and Netflix all saw falls in the double digits.

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06:57
Simon 4.1

Redesigns the Web (HTTP) feature and adds supports dynamic Web content. ($99.99 new, free update, 14.4 MB)

 

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06:48
CEO Tim Cook discusses Apple's participation...

There was talk that Apple would announce a new education initiative this week. However, the company is instead emphasizing its participation in the US ConnectED program. Apple CEO Tim Cook appeared in a pre-recorded segment on Good Morning America today and discussed this with co-anchor Robin Roberts.

"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 … I wouldn’t be where I am today without a great public education."

According to Apple’s ConnectED website, as part of its participation in President Barack Obama’s ConnectED technology in education program, the company is giving...

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06:27
Tim Cook assures investors, via Jim Cramer email,...


Cook surprised Cramer on his 10th anniversary episode of Mad Money earlier this year.

Although the stock market is currently experiencing turbulence, with $AAPL stock dipping below $100 in pre-market trading, Tim Cook has made a rare exception and directly responded to CNBC analyst Jim Cramer who raised doubts about Apple’s Chinese growth. Cook notes that Apple has seen strong business growth for its products in China though July and August. Quoting from the email via CNBC:

Growth in iPhone activations has actually accelerated over the past few weeks, and we have had the best performance of the year for the App Store in China during the last 2 weeks.

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06:22
News: Apple offering free replacements for some...

Apple recently announced a replacement program for defective iSight cameras found in some iPhone 6 Plus units sold between September 2014 and January 2015. Apple said a “small percentage” of the devices sold during that time contain a component that may fail, causing photos to come out blurry. The offer only applies to the iPhone 6 Plus, as Apple claims the iPhone 6 has been unaffected by the defect. Users can search their phone’s…

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06:00
How to enable "Save As" in Mac OS X...

Once upon a time it was easy to save a document with a new name in Mac OS X as the "Save As" appeared automatically under the File option in appropriate apps (such as Pages, Numbers, Keynote, and TextEdit). For some reason, Apple hid it starting with Mac OS X Lion.

However, you can make it reappear. To use "Save As" in a current file in a support app:

  • Click on the File menu in the upper left corner of your Mac's screen.
  • Hold down the Option key and the "Duplicate File" option magically turns into "Save As."

You'll then be greeted with a window that allows you to enter a new name for the document, choose which Folder to save it to, and add tags if you wish. This works in Yosemite, Mavericks and Mountain Lion.

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05:59
News: Daily Deal: MOTA 4-Port USB 3.0 Hub

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering the MOTA 4-Port USB 3.0 Hub for only $18. Allowing you to neatly plug in up to four USB devices, this hub is made from a durable ABS plastic shell and designed to be both portable and easily accessible with its thin and compact design. Whether you need to simultaneously use multiple USB drives on your computer or simply want to charge up your iPhone, iPad, and e-reader simultaneously, this hub will get the…

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05:12
Photos: A Few Frames Shy of a Full Roll

Photos, Apple’s replacement for iPhoto and Aperture, offers some nice features, but isn’t all it could be, especially for those transitioning from iPhoto. Dave Kitabjian looks at a number of shortcomings in the early days of Photos.

 

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05:04
External Link: Intuit to Sell off Quicken

As financial software firm Intuit continues to lose money, it has announced that it will be selling off Quicken, QuickBase, and Demandforce. However, the company will be holding on to QuickBooks, which picked up 110,000 subscribers during the last fiscal quarter. As for the fate of Quicken, we can only hope that it’s picked up by a more Mac-friendly developer.

 

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05:00
Though not a vital app, Cockatoo offers a handy tool...

If the iTunes Mini-Player option in iTunes doesn't quite serve your iTunes management, Cockatoo from Intuitive Code might be for you. It lets you easily control the iTunes music player. 

You can control iTunes from its interface and also from the Dock (by right-clicking the iTunes icon), but Cockatoo provides other options. You can have it "sit" on either the left or right hand side of your screen. Move your mouse to the location you've chosen, and Cockatoo springs into action. (After first installing it, the left hand side of the screen is the default location). 

When Cockatoo launches, it automatically launches iTunes if it's not already opened. Info about the track that's currently playing is shown. Cockatoo also lets you navigate the track and volume controls and select the next or previous...

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04:58
XSAN 4 Yosemite 10.10.5 in dot local environments

Forums: NetworkingTags: Server AppXsandot localMac

Hi all,

I am currently still running a .local environment and was considering updating from 10.9.5 with XSAN 3 to XSAN4 (Server App). Heard that it won't allow dot local anymore.. Unfortunately I wont be able to change the environment because we have several subsidiaries.
Does anyone have experience with this issues? Been thinking of maybe setting up another DNS just for the production but worried about certificates......

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03:30
OneNote for iPad tips to make you more productive

More people than ever are bringing their iPads to work, and the quickest way to make the tablet ready for business it to outfit with Microsoft’s powerful productivity tool, OneNote. The time is never better, as a recent feature update brings OneNote for iPad up to par with its cross-platform cousins. Here are a few cool ways the app can make you more efficient around the office.

Scan whiteboards

Whiteboards are now as much a fixture of corporate conference rooms as speakerphones and glazed-over eyes. But, unless you can take notes with a stenographer’s speed, the products of your meetings and brainstorming sessions may never make it back to your desk. With OneNote for iPad’s scanning feature, you can easily capture the...

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00:50
BT outbowls Sky to show England's next Ashes...

The 2015 Ashes series may only have concluded yesterday (with England retaining the urn), but broadcasters are already focusing their attention to the next round of tests in two winters' time. After stealing a significant chunk of Sky's prized foot...

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Sunday August 23

23:34
Some Difference In FIFA16

Forums: General Xsan TalkTags: fifa16

There are some new features in fifa16, this is every players need to know.

The recently released "Sights & Sounds of FIFA 16" trailer also confirms "new 900 chants, new player face captures and several specific body types," GameReactor added. You can spend cheap fifa 14 coins to experience the new features.

"In addition to Barclays Premier League players and athletes from Women's National Teams, we have also captured the likeness of some FUT Legends, and players from the major clubs in Spain and other leagues around the world," EA explained

In addition, players can also choose from over 78 stadiums as their background. (You may check...

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20:49
Tim Cook announcing new Apple education program for...

Just as many students and teachers around the country are preparing to start or already have started the new school year, Apple is set to announce a new education program that aims to ‘end America’s public schools’ digital divide’. The new plan will be unveiled tomorrow morning with ABC’s Good Morning America program airing an exclusive interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook discussing the company’s latest education initiative with Robin Roberts (seen wearing an Apple Watch in the promo shot).

Apple already participates in the White House’s...

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15:56
The Logic Pros: Moog Sub 37 works with your Mac and...

In this week’s episode of The Logic Pros, we are taking a look at the Moog Sub 37. Another analog instrument from legendary synth powerhouse Moog, the Sub 37 takes it up a notch offering a much deeper feature set and refined workflow compared to its baby brother, Sub Phatty.

In last week’s review we found that Sub Phatty was a more than capable instrument that brings Moog’s world famous sound at an, all things considered, affordable price tag. While the Sub 37 will certainly be reaching into your pockets a little deeper, it comes with just about everything the Sub...

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15:53
Evernote 6.1

Darkens the sidebar and makes a couple changes that affect Evernote Business uers. (Free, 60.5 MB)

 

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12:06
Tools for digital nomads: OneAdaptr Twist Plus and...

As an increasing number of knowledge workers turn to lives of perpetual travel, companies have begun to respond to the shifting market with new products designed specifically for them. AppleInsider took a look at two of these: OneAdaptr's Twist Plus and Nimbus's USB LED lamp.

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07:11
Back to school gift guide: Great stuff for Apple-...

The new school year is rapidly approaching, and that means stocking up on supplies and the latest tech to be ready for class by early next month. Since we’re tracking the latest deals from around the web incessantly over at 9to5Toys, and reviewing the best in tech for your Mac, iOS, and Android devices on 9to5Mac and 9to5Google, we’ve rounded up the team to put together a gift guide with our top picks for gear, supplies, apps and more to get you through the year.

Jeremy:...

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Saturday August 22

23:36
ASUS makes a Zenfone 2 with a whopping 256GB of...

Smartphones with more than 128GB of storage are still extremely rare, but they just became a little more accessible... if you live in Brazil, at least. ASUS has unveiled a Delxue Special Edition of the Zenfone 2 that includes a cavernous 256GB of s...

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17:22
Apple to revamp & integrate Genius Bar, Workshop...

Apple is continuing to transition its three main retail outlets, its physical retail stores, online store, and main website, into a single experience. Following the deep integration of the Apple Online Store throughout Apple.com, Apple is set to integrate its appointment scheduling services for the Genius Bar and in-store workshops deeply into the main website, according to sources briefed on the plans. The latest indications are that Apple will roll out these significant retail changes as soon as Tuesday, August 25th.

In Apple retail vocabulary, this combined appointment scheduling service is...

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12:31
∞ Laso Schaller’s Insane 193 foot (59 Meter) Cliff...

From the YouTube page:

Remember the first time standing on a high-dive at your local pool? It was a little terrifying, right? Maybe 10 feet high? Imagine what it would be like to stand on a platform nearly 59 meters high, taller than the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and perched on a cliff above a tiny natural pool of water. Yeah…no thanks. But don’t worry, Laso Schaller’s POV of the jump is enough to make your stomach flip. Take a look at the man’s world record cliff jump, and prepare yourself for one of the gnarliest POV shots ever.

The whole thing was great to watch, but that POV shot at the end was thrilling. Full screen this puppy.

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12:30
Just Mobile TimeStand and TopGum: A weekend...

The weekend. Just the time to go out and see some baseball, and if you're really lucky, a doubleheader. Two games for the price of... well, usually two, but you get to spend more time in the ballpark eating hotdogs and Cracker Jack. Today I have a doubleheader review for you, featuring two new products from Just Mobile: The TimeStand (US$39.95) and TopGum ($79.95). 

Timestand image courtesy of JustMobile

TimeStand

Sadly, we didn't get the TimeStand to review back when I did the "Week of Apple Watch Stands," but at least it's here for all those people (like my sister) who are just getting on the Apple Watch bandwagon. The TimeStand...

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11:03
External Link: The Sordid Messiness of the Ashley...

At The Verge, Casey Newton explores just how messy things could get with the release of stolen information from AshleyMadison.com, a Web site for connecting people who want to have affairs. Other high profile breaches have mostly revolved around credit card numbers or other relatively innocuous (if financially troubling) pieces of data. But since the Ashley Madison data reveals — or could be interpreted to reveal — far more personal information, it opens up a family-sized can of worms. The takeaway, which may be too late for up to 36 million people, is that you want to be very, very careful about what sort of confidential information you share online, since even sites with the best of intentions can fall prey to determined attackers.

 

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10:54
External Link: Adam and Tonya Explain the New Take...

In this episode of MacVoices, Adam and Tonya Engst talked with Chuck Joiner about the challenges of redesigning the Take Control Web site, all the under-the-hood functionality that isn’t (and shouldn’t be) readily apparent to users, and the complex business logic that drives it all. They also discussed the complex realities of ecommerce and explain how Take Control protects its customers’ confidential information. In short, it’s not as easy as it looks!

 

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