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Monday May 16

09:45
tvOS 9.2.1 software update for Apple TV now available

Apple has been testing tvOS 9.2.1 for several weeks now through developer betas, and today the software update for the new Apple TV is now available. The software update appears to be focused on bug fixes and performance improvements following the big tvOS 9.2 release that came before it.

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09:32
Apple Releases OS X 10.11.5, iOS 9.3.2, tvOS 9.2.1,...

Apple has updated all four of its operating systems with bug fixes and security updates, but no new features.

 

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08:03
News: Conflicting reports on alleged IPO plans for...

Less than a week after Apple announced a $1 billion investment in Chinese ride-hailing company Didi Chuxing, speculation has ramped up that the company is planning an initial public offering. Bloomberg cites internal sources that claim Didi Chuxing hopes to make an IPO in New York next year, with the timing pegged to how its battle with Uber in China plays out. But a spokesperson from Didi flatly denied the claim to TechCrunch, saying, “We currently…

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08:00
Boinx TV becomes mimoLive, adds new capabilities and...

When it comes to live streaming TV and creating professional videos from multiple sources, the go-to Mac app has long been Boinx TV. Developers Boinx Software announced a new name for a new version of the app, unveiling mimoLive. That name describes precisely what mimoLive is -- a Multi-in, Multi-out Live Video Engine. 

What's new in the app? According to Boinx, 

  • Built in live streaming to any RTMP-based streaming service (including Wowza, YouTube, Facebook, Twitch.tv and more)
  • Integrate with your workflow using SDI playout including an alpha channel using hardware from BlackMagic Design
  • Direct manipulation in layers, to directly adjust all visual elements
  • Frosted glass effects in many layers
  • Modern 64-Bit architecture, so mimoLive can now use all the RAM available
  • All new user interface

mimoLive, unsurprisingly, runs only on Intel-based Macs...

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08:00
Could the Next Disruptive Consumer Product Be a Flip...


Smartphones appear to be losing their luster, and the king of smartphones -- Apple -- clearly is not having a good year. Suddenly, I'm hearing that there is an upswing in flip phones, making this feel a bit like a Game of Thrones episode, when a believed-dead king returns to seize the throne by surprise. Clearly, the market is looking for the next big thing. There was a lot to love about the flip phone, and phones have been a rather fluid environment for a time.

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07:58
Apple to release iTunes music deletion, says fix is...

Well, this has been a bit of a mess.

Apple on Monday confirmed user reports of an issue that caused music from personal collections in iTunes libraries to be deleted, stating it only affected a small number of users and that a fix was in the works.

The company offered the following comment on the issue:

“In an extremely small number of cases users have reported that music files saved on their computer were removed without their permission,” Apple said. “We’re taking these reports seriously as we know how important music is to our customers and our teams are focused on identifying the cause. We have not been able to reproduce this issue, however, we’re releasing an update to iTunes early next week which includes additional safeguards. If a user experiences this issue...

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07:38
News: Berkshire Hathaway buys $1B in Apple stock

SEC filings show billionaire Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway investment company has bought $1.07 billion worth of Apple stock as of March 31. The news sent Apple’s stock up more than two dollars per share as of Monday morning, seeming to quiet concerns raised by billionaire investor Carl Icahn’s public dumping of his position in Apple last month. Icahn expressed doubts over Apple’s ability to expand its business into China…

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06:53
∞ Something about Apple

There’s just something about Apple. I feel it. And, if you’re reading these words, you no doubt feel it too.

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06:52
Apple’s Divya Nag among the ‘100 Most Creative...

Divya Nag, health tech lead at Apple placed second on the annual ranking of the 100 Most Creative People in Business for 2016, the annual ranking by Fast Company. Nag was named "for moving Apple into the doctor's office.”

Introduced in 2009, the Most Creative People list honors “an influential and diverse group of leading thinkers around the globe.”

"Our goal is to discover and highlight the people around the world who are not just thinking differently, but also putting their ideas into action to create new opportunities, redefine the rules of modern business, and drive change within their own industries and beyond," says Fast Company editor Robert Safian. "In today's rapidly evolving world, it is creative and innovative leaders like these 100 who will continue to move the needle and inspire us all.”

Nag leads the team at Apple that created ResearchKit, an open-source...

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06:46
Radiohead’s moon shaped pool of up-sell money

Radiohead is making the adjustment to a new reality. Streaming is here and the new mainstream. The up-sell to their fan base is Radiohead’s way of not just living with the “barely scraping by” that comes from their share of streaming money. Interesting read from M.G. Siegler.

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06:41
IDC: Apple has 7.5% of the worldwide wearables...

A combination of device releases, price reductions, and company rationalizations marked the first quarter of 2016 (1Q16) in the worldwide wearables market. According to data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker, total shipment volumes reached 19.7 million units in 1Q16, an increase of 67.2% from the 11.8 million units shipped in 1Q15.

The research group says that Apple sold 1.5 million smartwatches in 1Q16 to capture 7.5% of the wearables market. The wearable markets includes activity trackers, monitoring devices, wristbands, and optical head-mounted displays. Juniper Research says...

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06:10
Alleged 'iPhone 7' shell photos show...

Photos published on Monday show what is purported to be a rear shell for Apple's upcoming "iPhone 7," largely matching recent schematics leaks except for one addition.

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06:05
Berkshire Hathaway takes a new $1 billion position...

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway took a new $1 billion position in Apple in the first quarter, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The investor’s firm owns 9.81 million shares of Apple as of March 31, worth about $1.07 billion. News of the buy-in comes after investor Carl Icahn sold all of his shares in Apple last month. 

Icahn said he still views Apple as a "great company," but concerns over the Chinese economy and government led him to sell off his shares. Last week David Tepper's Appaloosa Management also sold its stake in Apple, shedding more than 1.26 million shares.

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: TarDisk 64GB MacBook Drive...

In our iLounge Deal for today, we’re offering the TarDisk 64GB MacBook Drive Expansion for only $99.99 — that’s 32% off the regular price. This simple add-on lets you permanently increase your MacBook Air’s storage space by adding a secondary drive into your SD card slot. TarDisk supports UHS-1 SDXC transfer speeds and 4k flash memory controllers for data allocation, and the unibody aluminum enclosure means it fits invisible into…

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05:43
Tim Cook arrives in China, rides in Didi car, meets...

CNBC:

Apple chief executive Tim Cook met some of China’s hottest app developers and used a Didi Chuxing car to visit Apple’s store in the popular shopping district Wangfujing on Monday, after arriving in Beijing for a charm offensive.

Tim Cook is playing it smart with respect to China.

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05:19
Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway buys $1B of...

Investor Warren Buffett has taken advantage of Apple's lowest share price in years, as new filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission reveal Berkshire Hathaway now owns 9.81 million shares of the iPhone maker.

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05:00
Apple bought Siri, why not buy Viv?

Siri, Apple’s “personal digital assistant,” is pretty cool, but it does look a little … dated after the preview of Viv this week. Since the team behind Viv is the same team who originated Siri, perhaps history could repeat itself, and Apple could scoop up Viv.

Apple acquired Siri Inc., the company behind the Speech Interpretation and Recognition Interface (yep, Siri) on April 28, 2010, for more than $200 million. Siri, Inc. had announced that their software would be available for BlackBerry and for phones running Android, but all development efforts for non-Apple platforms were cancelled after the acquisition by Apple. All these years later, the digital assistant is still only available on iOS devices, though a Mac version is rumored to be announced at next month’s Apple Worldwide Developer...

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04:33
UBI Research forecast adds fuel to idea that only...

With most reports now agreeing that Apple will switch to OLED displays in iPhones in either 2017 or 2018 (but no consensus yet on which of the two years), UBI Research has now added fuel to the idea that not all models will benefit from the new screen technology.

The Korea Herald reports the firm’s president and chief analyst suggesting numbers that indicate a gradual rollout across models.

Lee Choong-hoon predicted an OLED iPhone with a curved screen would debut in 2018, saying OLED models would make up 30 percent or 100 million units of total iPhone shipments in the year and the figure could surge to 80 percent by 2020.

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04:30
MacFamilyTree 8 grows on you (in a good way)

MacFamilyTree, the genealogy software for OS X, has grown to version 8.0. A good app continues to get better.

MacFamilyTree lets you explore your personal family history and discover your origins, your ancestors and how your family has evolved over the course of time. Version 8 assists you entering your data and researching your family tree, offers dozens of printable and configurable charts and reports, and publishes your family tree as a book or web site with a few clicks.

The user interface looks great and is easy to navigate. MacFamilyTree's graphics are elegant and impressive. Contextual menus let you access frequently used functions. You can edit several trees simultaneously, as well as connect and/or merge them.

When you first open MacFamilyTree you're asked to create, open or import a family tree (or else open the tutorial). When you start "growing" a new family tree, you start...

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04:30
Kanex’s HDMI AV/Digital Adapter returns the optical...

Sometimes you gotta wonder why Apple seems so determined to eliminate ports on all its devices. The fourth-generation Apple TV debuted without an audio output port. Why?

With an iPhone you might reason that eliminating all ports would help make the smartphone water resistant or even waterproof. But I doubt any of us are going to be taking our Apple TVs to the pool or the beach. 

Oh well, we have Kanex’s HDMI AV/Digital Adapter (http://www.kanex.com/hdmi-optical-audio) to solve the problem. It lets you stream HD content from theApple TV (or Amazon fireTV, Nexus Player or Roku) to an HDTV, 4K monitor, or projector with surround sound audio support. 

The $59.95 adapter supports 5.1 surround sound via standard optical audio, or 2.0 surround sound via the 3.5mm audio port. This means you can listen to your favorite music, podcasts, T.V. shows, and radio apps with...

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03:48
Tim Cook visits China, speaks with app developers,...

As reported earlier, Apple CEO Tim Cook is visiting Beijing, China this week. The earlier Reuters report suggested Cook was intending to talk with government officials about company matters amidst increasing tensions between the country and Apple, following trademark disputes and the ban on iTunes Movies and iBooks content.

On Monday, though, Cook met with Chinese app developers at an Apple Store. The talk was hosted by Jean Lui, president of taxi company Didi Chuxing, of which Apple has invested $1 billion dollars. A plethora of Chinese...

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03:12
Microsoft Office 2016 15.22

Adds support for saving PowerPoint decks as PDF files. ($149.99 new, free update)

 

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03:03
Avast Technical Support Phone Number

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Having installation issues and any problem with Avast or if you are facing any difficulties in configuration of Avast antivirus in your device like PC, laptop, mobile and others then Avast Contact Number is available for 24 hours and 7 days to help in such crucial condition.

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03:00
Deal of the Day: Micromat TechTool Pro for Mac, 60%...

Whether you have just one Mac or you're the administrator of an office full of Apple's finest desktops and laptops, you need to make sure that those machines are running at their best. For a limited time only, the Apple World Today Deal Shop has a deal on the tool that the pros use: Micromat TechTool Pro for Mac. You can get this powerful app for just $39.99, 60% off the usual $99.99 price tag.

Use TechTool Pro to create a bootable USB flash drive for troubleshooting many Macs or just run the app on a single Mac, and the app does the following:

  • Makes sure your RAM, processor,...
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01:12
Fantastical 2.2.2

Adds support for Google Apps rooms and resources when adding invitees. ($49.99 new, free update, 13.3 MB)

 

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Sunday May 15

23:02
Nintendo is thinking about getting (back) into the...

As Nintendo continues to stretch beyond gaming for new money-making opportunities, it might get into the movie biz. According to Nintendo spokesman Maokoto Wakae, details are undecided, but the results could be a big movie release... or a straight t...

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22:36
Google Play makes it easier to test Android apps

It's not too hard to beta test an Android app, but the process still tends to involve jumping through a few hoops. You might need to visit the developer's website, for instance, or join a community. Thankfully, it's about to get downright trivial i...

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21:19
Apple CEO Tim Cook & Didi Chuxing's...

Apple CEO Tim Cook and the president of taxi/ridesharing service Didi Chuxing, Jean Liu, visited an Apple Store in Beijing on Monday morning, just days after Apple's confirmation of a $1 billion investment into Didi.

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20:43
Linksys will let you use open router code under new...

While the FCC's imminent rules for wireless device interference are supposed to allow hackable WiFi routers, not every router maker sees it that way. TP-Link, for instance, is blocking open source firmware out of fear that you'll run afoul of the re...

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19:17
ESL gives eSports an official oversight body

While eSports is now a big money-maker, it's still wildly inconsistent at times: rules, prizes and schedules can vary from league to league. The Electronic Sports League thinks the industry can do better, though. It's forming the World Esports Asso...

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19:11
Default Folder X 5.0.4

Brings a number of tweaks and bug fixes to the Open/Save dialog enhancement utility. ($34.95 new, free update, 8.7 MB)

 

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18:15
Chrome will make Flash player a last resort soon as...

We've come a long, long way from the time when Google was praising Adobe Flash as if it were a cornerstone of the internet. The internet firm has quietly proposed an "HTML5 by Default" initiative for Chrome that would make Flash more of an if-you-mus...

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17:04
John McAfee claims to have cracked secure WhatsApp...

John McAfee is already many things -- entrepreneur, presidential hopeful, alleged criminal. However, you might have to add one more item to that list: the co-discoverer of a potentially major Android security flaw. He and a team in Colorado claim to...

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15:28
Amazon will sell its own food brands to Prime members

Amazon is no stranger to selling self-branded goods, whether they're tablets, USB cables or baby wipes. However, it's reportedly close to venturing into uncharted territory: food. Wall Street Journal sources understand that the internet shopping pi...

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15:11
Art Text 3.0

Major new release for the graphic design app adds a 3D rendering engine for creating 3D text and logo. ($49.99 new, free update, 611 MB)

 

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08:52
Let’s talk about Amazon reviews: how we spot the...

As more of us trust “crowd-sourced” reviews over individual writers, there’s value in gaming those reviews. Here’s a good primer on how to spot the fakes.

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Saturday May 14

23:44
Samsung smartwatch concept projects an interface on...

Smartwatch makers have tried a few ways to overcome the limitations of a tiny wrist-worn screen, such as gestures, pressure sensitivty or voice commands. Samsung thinks there might be a better way, though: moving the display beyond the watch. It's...

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21:51
Review: Moxiware Apple Pencil Magnet is simple,...

Though the Apple Pencil is expertly designed to not roll away on a table, there's still not an ideal place to put it when it's not in use, especially when being used on your lap or while standing. Moxiware's new Apple Pencil Magnet aims to fix that with a simple and affordable accessory, though its aesthetics may not be for everyone.

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20:11
Software predicts the lifespans of machines by...

In some cases, machine breakdowns are more than just inconveniences -- in the military, they can spell disaster on the battlefield. Software is quickly eliminating those rude surprises, however. NASA spinoff Sentient Science has been offering Digit...

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18:37
'Battlefield 1' breakdown reveals a close...

Video games play fast and loose with realism by definition, but authenticity still matters to some degree After all, it's hard to enjoy a history-focused game if there are obvious factual errors. So how does Battlefield 1 stack up, then? So far so...

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17:04
HDHomeRun is ready to make your Android TV a DVR

When SiliconDust announced its DIY DVR project a year ago, recording your shows meant building a PC dedicated to the task, or hooking up network storage. Now it's testing out HDHomeRun Record for Android TV, which lets you create an entire DVR with j...

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15:08
Apple's Didi investment is surprising but good...

Investment firm Piper Jaffray views Apple's Didi funding as a new direction for the company, providing long-term strategic positioning benefits in China's expanding automotive industry.

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14:45
Despite Q2 sales dip, Apple's Macs, iPad and...

Over the past quarter, reports from all over have been belaboring the idea that Apple is on the edge of crisis because its iPhone sales--which represent the majority of its business--declined year-over-year and because China--its brightest growth territory--similarly turned in disappointing sales numbers across the board.

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14:42
Hands-on: Sony’s a6300 mirrorless camera makes a...

The iPhone can shoot 4K video, and now even the iPad can shoot 4K video. Yet, there are times when you need the flexibility and power provided by a standalone camera.

Standalone cameras have inherent advantages over smartphone cameras, despite the major strides made by iPhone photography over the last few years. Even with amazing third-party apps like FiLMiC Pro, which lets you adjust things like ISO and shutter speed, you’re still stuck with a constant aperture and fixed lens.

While smartphones have replaced point and shoot cameras for a vast amount of people, standalone cameras, especially ones with interchangeable lenses like the recently-released 24MP Sony a6300, still have their place.
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14:22
This week on AI: Apple puts $1B into Didi Chuxing...

The biggest news was clearly Apple's $1 billion investment into Didi Chuxing, but the rest of the week was chock full of stories, including plenty of rumors about future iPhones, and Apple Pay finally making its "real" Canadian debut.

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12:36
iTunes update coming next week to address file...

If you’ve been hit by the apparent bug that causes Apple Music users to lose their iTunes music files, here’s some good news and bad news: The bad news is that Apple hasn’t been able to reproduce the issue so far. The good news? An update coming next week should help mitigate any possible bug.

In a statement to iMore, Apple confirmed receiving reports from users, stating that “in an extremely small number of cases users have reported that music files saved on their computer were removed without their permission.” According to the statement, Apple is looking into why this is happening, though its engineers haven’t yet encountered the issue themselves.

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11:10
∞ Siri has lost her mind—Updated! Google doesn’t...

I use Siri all the time to confirm the NHL schedule and simple things like that. It works well, even though looking up a schedule isn’t the most difficult task in the world. Or maybe it is. [...]

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10:30
Apple Says It Doesn't Know Why iTunes Users Are...

Earlier this month, an Apple Music user James Pinkstone claimed that the online music streaming service deleted 122GB of music from his library for no apparent reason. Several Slashdot readers noted they had also faced a similar issue or knew someone who had. The iPhone maker has now acknowledged a bug in iTunes that is apparently causing the glitch, however, it adds that it doesn't really know why "some" users are facing this issue. The Verge reports: The company confirmed that "in an extremely small number of cases, users have reported that music files saved on their computer were removed without their permission." However, Apple was unable to reproduce the bug, indicating it doesn't really know what's going on here. The company adds: We're taking these reports seriously as we know how important music is to our customers and our teams are focused on identifying the cause. We have not been able to reproduce this issue, however, we're releasing an update to iTunes early next week...

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09:26
This week’s top stories: iPhone 7, Apple invests in...

In this week’s top stories: iPhone 7 leaks, Apple invests in a Chinese Uber competitor, the UK shows off works to bring driving licenses to Apple Wallet, and we take a look at the state of jailbreaking for May, new apps, & much more. Head below for the usual handy roundup of links to all this week’s most shared stories and video.

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08:16
Apple working on issue of Apple Music deleting some...

Apple issued a statement Friday acknowledging an issue of Apple Music deleting music from some subscribers’ accounts. The company said it doesn’t know what’s causing the problem, but is investigating the situation.

“In an extremely small number of cases users have reported that music files saved on their computer were removed without their permission,” Apple says. “We’re taking these reports seriously as we know how important music is to our customers and our teams are focused on identifying the cause. We have not been able to reproduce this issue, however, we’re releasing an update to iTunes early next week which includes additional safeguards. If a user experiences this issue they should contact AppleCare.”

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03:25
Yahoo Email Support Contact Number

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Yahoo email is a reliable medium for instant communication, where quick connection is established between sender & receiver. Yahoo email also plays a vital role for logging into social accounts like Facebook, Flickr etc. This even makes it more important for users to ensure strength on Yahoo mail password, so that one can continue with hassle-free log in process into various social accounts. To get hold of an unbreakable password & strong email security, one can directly get in contact with Yahoo...

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03:00
The Full Nerd Episode 0: GeForce GTX 1080,...

This week Gordon Mah Ung, Brad Chacos, and Hayden Dingman fawn over the GeForce 1080 and debate whether to build an LGA1151 or LGA2011 v3 rig.

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03:00
The week in Apple news: Apple’s $1B Didi investment...

Apple headlines for the week ending May 13, 2016

It was a slow week in Apple news, with maybe the most juicy report being one that was immediately refuted: that Apple would stop selling songs and offer only music streaming. Apple was quick to say that the report was not true. For the rest of this week’s Apple headlines, click through this slideshow. The links will take you to the full story.

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01:13
Some Things To Consider When Designing A Kitchen

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Everyone wants their home to be the most beautiful, and to achieve that goal they are willing to go any height. If you truly want your home to be beautiful then you will have to make sure that you kitchen looks gorgeous. There are many things to consider when you are designing a kitchen and here you will find some of them. Kitchen design is not something that is easy, but if you follow the simple steps then you can achieve your goals.

The Layout:

When you are designing a kitchen, then deciding the layout should be the first thing that you do. When you are deciding the layout of your kitchen then your top most priority must be efficiency. With beauty on one side, you have to keep in mind that you kitchen might become useless if you are not able to work their efficiently.

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Friday May 13

20:59
Study: Amid sea of disposable apps, health and...

Recent data gathered by Yahoo-owned firm Flurry Analytics illustrates a growing interest in health and fitness apps, a category that has skyrocketed in popularity over the past months to become some of the most used digital properties in terms of frequency and duration.

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20:59
Periscope users can start broadcasting from DJI...

You can start streaming videos taken by compatible DJI drones on Periscope. The video streaming team introduced the feature a few days ago, and it's now out on iTunes as part of the app's latest update. You can switch between the drone's camera and y...

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16:52
Appaloosa unloads all Apple shares as other hedge...

Another big investment fund is breaking up with Apple. According to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing, David Tepper's Appaloosa Management has reduced its position in the iPhone maker to zero, mirroring a recent move by high-profile investor Carl Icahn.

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16:04
Apple confirms reports of iTunes music deletion...

Apple in a statement Friday said it is investigating reports of a supposed Apple Music compatibility bug that deletes local music files without user permission, adding that an updated version of the media management software is expected for release next week.

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16:00
Apple acknowledges reports of personal music files...

Apple has officially acknowledged community reports of inadvertently deleted music, with users left with missing tracks in their libraries that may never be recovered, in a statement to iMore. The company says that it is pushing an iTunes update next week with ‘safeguards’ to pre-emptively target the issue but it cannot reproduce the bug as of yet in internal testing. This means the exact cause of the bug is still unknown and it is not guaranteed that the forthcoming iTunes software patch will fix the problem.

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15:33
Docker Ramps Up Container Security


Docker this week announced the rollout of security scanning technology to safeguard container content across the entire software supply chain. Docker Security Scanning is an opt-in service for Docker Cloud private repository plans. It provides a security assessment of the software included in container images. It enables detailed image security profiles, continuous vulnerability monitoring, and notifications for integrated content security across the entire software supply chain, Docker said.

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15:31
The limitations of iOS custom keyboards

Some good points here from Viticci, but I can still see why Apple turns off access to the microphone.

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15:16
∞ Apple comments on iTunes deleting music

Apple on Friday contacted The Loop with a statement regarding reports that iTunes is deleting music from people’s library without permission. [...]

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15:10
Mac Users Reporting Widespread System Freezes With...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Mac Rumors: A large number of MacBook Pro owners running OS X El Capitan are reporting widespread system freezes since installing the 10.11.4 update to Apple's Mac OS. The problem appears to be concentrated on 13-inch Retina MacBook Pros (Early 2015) running 10.11.4. Users report that their system becomes totally unresponsive at seemingly random times, with no way to regain access to their Mac other than to force a hard reboot. The issue was initially reported by MacRumors forum member Antonnn on March 25, four days after Apple released what is the third update to the Mac OS. In Antonnn's case, the freezes have been occurring "about once a week," first when browsing in Safari, but then also during the use of other Mac apps, including Adobe Photoshop and several third-party browsers. The freeze seems to affect not only the screen and mouse cursor but also the Mac's Force Touch trackpad, which completely loses feedback. Apple Support is...

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14:30
AWT News Update: May 13, 2016

Ahhh, another slow news Friday for Apple! What happened on this Friday the 13th? Lots of stuff with cars...

  • You can buy a rather expensive 9-inch CarPlay display for 2011 and newer Jeep Wranglers from Alpine
  • If you own certain models of Kia automobiles that have a built in UVO 3 infotainment system, you'll get CarPlay for free later this year
  • Apple's Wallet app may become much more useful soon, as the UK's DVLA is prototyping a digital driver's license that uses the Wallet

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14:29
∞ Strat vs Tele vs Les Paul: Ultimate Guitar...

Great video showing the tonal differences between some iconic guitars.

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13:56
Google's Chirp May Try to Drown Out Amazon...


Google is rumored to be developing a direct competitor to Amazon's Echo, code-named "Chirp." The device, which might resemble the OnHub router, would incorporate its Google Now voice assistant technology. Google likely will launch the product later this year, although it's expected to preview it at I/O. The Echo, one of Amazon's biggest product launches in years, combines a speaker with the Alexa personal digital assistant -- voice recognition software that answers questions, maintains lists, controls home automation systems, and more.

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13:25
∞ Living with Gboard

I think Gboard is brilliant and it is now my default iOS keyboard. Here’s why.

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12:28
Design Hunt for iOS gains 3D Touch support + general...

Daily design curation and inspiration app Design Hunt has seen a 2.1 version upgrade today focusing on improving overall performance and introducing 3D Touch features to the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Today’s update also introduces Design Hunt on the web so users can continue their discoveries on the desktop. Curating content from multiple sources like Designer News, Dribbble, Pinterest, and Fast Co, Design Hunt helps surface some of the best design content and ideas everyday.

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12:19
As the sun sets on Microsoft's Sunrise, here...

Microsoft announced this week that by the end of August it will discontinue Sunrise, a popular calendar app it acquired. For existing Sunrise users, here are some of the best alternative third-party calendar apps, offering similar functionality and push notifications.

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12:00
External Link: The Right to Bear… Encryption?

The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is a favorite of gun owners, but could it also provide a constitutional basis for a right to encryption? That’s not as kooky as it sounds. As Motherboard’s Susan McGregor explains, the United States government has long considered encryption to be “munitions,” as was the case for Philip Zimmermann, developer of the PGP cryptographic software, when he was detained at Dulles International Airport in 1994. But if the Second Amendment guarantees Americans the right to own firearms, it might also support our right to use encryption. However, this line of reasoning opens up a family-size can of worms. For instance, could convicted felons be barred from using encryption? Furthermore, many privacy advocates may not be thrilled to find themselves on the same side of the table as the gun lobby.

 

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11:54
UK working on putting your drivers license in Apple’...

It looks like drivers in the UK could soon be able to store their driver’s license within Apple’s Wallet app on iPhones as CEO of the country’s Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) today shared the image of the work in progress feature above.

This is pretty cool.

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11:47
Alpine debuts new 9-inch CarPlay display, Kia...

Aftermarket upgrade specialist Alpine on Friday launched a new, 9-inch dash display with support for Apple's CarPlay, while Korean automaker Kia further detailed plans to support CarPlay in the 2016 Optima and 2017 Sportage.

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11:37
The PCWorld Show Episode 16: Windows 10 upgrade,...

Jon, Brad, and Gordon discuss the week's hot tech topics, including the Windows 10 upgrade offer, the GeForce GTX 1080, and the death of VGA.

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11:31
Opera Browser Sips Laptop Juice Rather Than Slurping


Opera on Thursday announced a dedicated power-saving mode in the developer version of its Web browser. Tests showed it extended laptop battery life by up to 50 percent against Google Chrome, the company said. The browser will suggest that users enable the power-saving mode when their laptop battery has 20 percent of capacity left. Clicking on the battery icon after a laptop is disconnected from its power cable activates it. "To some degree, this is about allowing savvy browser power users to kick the tires," analyst Al Hilwa said.

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11:07
IK Multimedia releases VocaLive 3

VocaLive lets you create amazing vocal effects by chaining up to 4 effects procesors into a single effects chain, just like you would in the studio. Use VocaLive on stage as your own personal controllable vocal effects processor adding lush reverbs, delays, multi-part harmonies, creative effects and more, all at your fingertips. VocaLive also lets you record up to 8 tracks of audio simultaneously and is perfect for tracking vocals with multi-track class compliant USB audio interfaces.

IK makes some great software and hardware for iOS and Mac.

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11:06
UK shows off prototype of digital iPhone driving...

It looks like drivers in the UK could soon be able to store their driver’s license within Apple’s Wallet app on iPhones as CEO of the country’s Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) today shared the image of the work in progress feature above.

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10:51
Mac: Booq Slimsuit 13

If you’re looking for an ultra-slim way to keep your 13” MacBook protected while on the go, Booq has you covered with its new Slimsuit 13 ($40). This sleeve is designed specifically for the commuter and mobile worker, with a slim profile and a zipperless magnetic closure so you can get quick access to your MacBook without worrying about scratching it on zipper teeth.

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10:45
The Week in iOS Apps: Browse around

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The latest roundup brings you two new and updates apps to let you roam freely across the Internet. Read on!

Boom: Music Player

The free Boom: Music Player app for iOS promises to let you hear your tunes in highest-quality stereo, promising 3D Surround Sound, a 16-band equalizer, an “intensity slider” and more. One warning: It only works for your downloaded music files, not streaming music. 

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10:29
Billion-dollar Didi deal seen as sign Apple's...

As rumors of an "Apple Car" continue to grow, the company's $1 billion investment in Chinese ride hailing company Didi Chuxing has further driven speculation that Apple's interest in the automotive market goes far beyond improving its Maps service.

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10:24
After LAUSD iPad program failure, Apple’s help spurs...

In 2014, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) shuttered a $1 billion program to give an iPad to every kid in the school district. There were improprieties in the way the bidding process was carried out, the school said, and a year earlier, students had “hacked” their iPads (really just deleting profile information that imposed limits on how the kids could use the tablets).

That failure, which resulted in an FBI probe and an SEC...

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10:19
Apple’s shorter app review times

Apple Inc. has cut the approval time for new submissions to its App Store from more than a week to less than two days.

Phil Schiller.

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10:18
With Gboard, Google Unveils a Great iPhone Keyboard

It has taken almost two years for a great iOS keyboard to appear, but Google has done it with Gboard, which integrates Google search, glide typing, easy emoji entry, and other neat features into a well-made keyboard.

 

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10:15
Gboard is private and some other features

Some interesting notes that Gruber found in Gboard’s privacy policy—it seems it is private, which is great. The emoji tip is awesome.

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10:07
Qardio's smart medical devices will now share...

The future of health care is wearable devices that transmit our vitals to our physicians. Instead of self-reported data, which is often inaccurate (no offense, but your memory just kind of sucks), doctors will have real numbers to form the basis for diagnoses and treatment plans. In the wake of Apple’s CareKit launch, connected medical device maker Qardio is launching a platform to share health data from its hardware with your doctor.

Qardio

QardioArm is a medical-grade smart blood pressure monitor that can send data to your doctor.

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09:46
Alpine ships its giant 9-inch CarPlay display for...

Alpine unveiled its 9-inch aftermarket display with CarPlay support back in January, and starting this week the giant screen is now available for purchase. Alpine’s i109-WRA Restyle dash system isn’t cheap, however, as the 9-inch CarPlay screen retails for $2500 and only works with 2011 and newer Jeep Wranglers. Kia is also making news in the CarPlay space this week as the auto company detailed upcoming availability on three of its 2016 and 2017 model cars.

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09:31
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09:01
Apple invites WWDC 2016 scholarship winners to June...

People who won a scholarship to attend Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in June are now being invited to attend a special orientation session on the Sunday before the conference, June 12.

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08:55
Awa is a new AI voice assistant for Mac OS X

Stahl Labs AB has introduced Awa, a new AI voice assistant for Mac OS X. It’s designed to help you perform tasks like searching the web, opening apps and creating todos as well as more complex tasks using only your voice. 

According to the folks at Stahl Labs, it’s like Apple’s Siri but for your Mac. Awa is based on a fully automated speech recognition and artificial intelligence engine that analyzes voice input in milliseconds, the company says.

"Our goal is to create the most intuitive assistant for Mac that understands what and when you need things done," says Joacim Sthl, founder of Awa. "The first version of Awa featuers the basic commands and integration you could expect from an Mac assistant. We are not stopping there, more features and commands is added daily."

Aww requires OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $0.99 and is available worldwide through the...

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08:27
Kia launches Apple CarPlay with UVO

Kia Motors America (KMA) says the 2017 Sportage and 2016 Optima, when equipped with a compatible navigation system or UVO3, will be offered with Apple CarPlay compatibility when the vehicles arrive at Kia retailers during the second quarter.  

Additionally, customers who have previously purchased the 2017 Sportage or 2016 Optima equipped with a compatible navigation system or UVO3 will be provided with a downloadable update via myuvo.com that will be available beginning in the third quarter. Currently on sale, the 2017 Sorento is the first Kia vehicle to be offered with CarPlay support and other models in the Kia lineup eligible for the CarPlay update will be announced at a later date. 

CarPlay gives drivers the ability to access the iPhone’s user interface through Kia's UVO infotainment system. By connecting the smartphone into the USB port, users are able to make phone calls, access music, send and receive messages,...

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08:22
Apple schedules WWDC 2016 scholarship winner...

After issuing WWDC scholarships to winning applicants earlier this week for its upcoming developers conference in June, Apple has now invited winners to a WWDC 2016 orientation on Sunday, June 12th.

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08:21
Here’s a reason Apple wants/needs a video streaming...

Here’s a reason why Apple is almost certainly working on its own video streaming service: The video streaming market is estimated to grow from $30.29 billion in 2016 to $70.05 billion by 2021, according to Research and Markets.

The market is expected to grow at an “impressive” compound annual growth rate of 18.3% because of the rising usage of online streaming, notes the research group. Users have started adopting pay TV and OTT (over-the-top) solutions for streaming videos. In broadcasting, refers to delivery of audio, video, and other media over the Internet without the involvement of a multiple-system operator in the control or distribution of the content. Examples are Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime.

The online streaming has provided many advantages to users such as ability to skip advertisements, access to episodes anytime, and ability to watch events and shows with flexibility in time. The online...

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08:06
Apple Store at Penn Square Mall in Oklahoma to get $...

The Oklahoman reports that renovations to Oklahoma City's only Apple Store at Penn Square Mall will top $2.5 million, according to building permits filed Tuesday in Oklahoma City. 

The mail is centrally located in the heart of Oklahoma City's popular Business and Tourism District, Penn Square. It’s home to over 140 specialty shops and restaurants. 

The Apple store closed April 18 for renovations. A temporary store has opened on the upper level of the mall in the Macy's wing while the renovations are underway.

AppleInsider notes that the build cost suggests Apple intends to include the mammoth 37-foot TV display that sits as a centerpiece at some newer Apple Stores. Custom built, the gigantic installation is estimated to cost about $1.5 million, and was first...

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07:57
News: Apple investing $1 billion in Chinese ride-...

Apple has invested $1 billion in Chinese ride-sharing service Didi Chuxing, CNBC reports. In a statement regarding the move, Apple CEO Tim Cook explained that the investment was intended to “help the company better understand the critical Chinese market.” With Apple’s sales flagging in China, and the company coming under pressure from Chinese regulators who seem to be moving to a “China first” economic policy, the move…

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07:56
Didi received $1 billion investment from Apple

Didi Chuxing announced on May 13 that Apple has invested $1 billion in the Chinese car hailing company. Didi claims the investment will see Apple involved in both its technology and product strategies, but further details about this have been scarce.

For Apple, the investment in Didi highlights the strategic importance of China and the services segment for Apple’s future strategy, according to Jack Kent, director, Operators & Mobile Media at IHS Technology. The past quarter’s results show that Apple’s iPhone business is slowing and expansion in China had been one of its main growth drivers in recent years. 

As its hardware business has slowed, Apple has been keen to drive growth in its services revenues. This move shows how Apple is increasingly focused on services, such as Apple Pay, App Store, Apple Music, iTunes and iCloud, says Kent.

 The Didi Chuxing car-hailing app has more than 87% of the market in...

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07:48
The two finger iPad gesture when using an external...

This is brilliant. Just tried it. External keyboard in place, type, type, type. Then, reach over and touch the screen with two fingers, slide around, and the cursor moves as advertised. Love this.

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07:41
Who pays writers?

Are you a writer looking for a gig? Trying to get a sense of who pays what? Here’s a great resource.

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07:27
Opinion: Apple badly needs to fix App Store search,...

We heard last month that Apple has a team of around 100 people working on revamping the search functionality in the iOS App Store. If true, it’s long overdue because App Store search is a truly terrible experience. You know it, I know it, developers know it, everyone in the world knows it – except, it had always appeared, the Apple execs in charge of it.

If Apple is actually going to fix App Store search so that it works, that’s excellent news. But one part of the report sounded distinctly less encouraging.

One of the methods that Apple is considering is paid search. Essentially, developers and companies could pay to have their app shown more prominently in search results.

That gives the impression that Apple is more focused on generating additional revenue than delivering a great user experience …

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07:23
Google’s GBoard for iOS adds search right into your...

A very clever idea from Google, a keyboard plugin that brings search right to the keyboard in any app. Watch the embedded video to see this for yourself.

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07:22
Some 2015 Retina Display MacBook Pro owners...

Well, this is sort of a mess.

A large number of MacBook Pro owners running OS X El Capitan are reporting widespread system freezes since installing the 10.11.4 update to Apple’s Mac OS.

Hundreds of users have posted to a dedicated thread discussing complete system freezes on the early 2015 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro notebook running OS X 10.11.4. Users have reported that their system becomes totally unresponsive at seemingly random times, with no way to regain access to their Mac other than to force a hard reboot.

Many users have reported similar freezes after updating to 10.11.4, with some 15-inch MacBook Pro (Mid 2015) owners also experiencing issues. One potential cause has been identified from crash logs as a system framework or...

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07:13
Apple's iCloud Mail & Notes services hit by...

Two iCloud services, Mail and Notes, suffered server-side problems on Friday morning, leaving some people unable to send or receive email, or create and sync any notes online. [Updated]

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