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Thursday May 19

06:00
Adobe lights a fire under its free iOS consumer...

Where do you go when Microsoft Office and Google Docs are not enough but Adobe Creative Cloud is too much? Adobe hopes you’ll turn to Spark, a new integrated suite of storytelling web and mobile apps for creating and sharing visual content online and via social networks.

Spark may be a new name, but it’s not exactly a new game: Its mobile iOS apps—Adobe Post, Voice, and Slate—are already well known for creating social media posts and graphics, web stories, and animated videos. A new addition is the browser-based Adobe Spark web app, which facilitates cross-platform use to more easily create, update, sync, and share fliers, brochures, presentations, newsletters, memes, blog posts, explainer videos, and more from anywhere.

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05:40
Patent report: Apple Pencil/Mac touch screen combo,...

Apple files for — and is granted — lots of patents by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Many are for inventions that never see the light of day. However, you never can tell which ones will materialize in a real product, so here are today’s patent highlights: 

A future version of the Apple Pencil could work with a Mac trackpad, per a patent filing (number 20160139690) for a “stylus with inertial sensor” (but don’t call the Apple Pencil a stylus!). In the patent filing Apple says it can be challenging for a user to interact with electronic equipment using a computer stylus. 

A user may want to use an alternative input device such as a computer mouse or joystick when performing certain types of tasks. If care is not taken, Apple says a user's system may become cluttered with a number of potentially conflicting input devices so it would be “desirable to provide improved computer styluses for providing input to electronic equipment.”

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05:21
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04:47
Apple sets up Maps development center in India

Continuing his bid to woo Indian customers and developers, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook on Thursday said the company was setting up a new development center for its Maps product in Hyderabad in south India.

Apple earlier on Wednesday announced it would set up by early next year a facility in Bangalore to focus on helping developers on best practices and to improve the design, quality and performance of their apps on the iOS platform.

Cook is on his first visit to India where the company saw a 56 percent year-on-year growth in iPhone sales in the first quarter even as its global iPhone sales and overall revenue dropped.

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04:30
MacBooks, MacBook Airs, and iPad Pros could see some...

The MacBook, MacBook Air, and iPad Pro could be especially bright products for Apple sales this year. Despite a declining PC (as in in “personal computer,” not just Windows systems) market, the ultramobile premium segment is on pace to achieve revenue growth this year — the only segment set to do so, according to Gartner, Inc.. 

It is estimated to reach $34.5 million, an increase of 16% from 2015, adds the research group. In 2019, Gartner forecasts that the ultramobile premium segment will become the largest segment of the PC market in revenue terms, at $57.6 million.

"The ultramobile premium market is also more profitable in comparison with the low-end segment, where PCs priced at $500 or less have 5% gross margins," says Tracy Tsai, research vice president at Gartner. “The gross margin can reach up to 25% for high-end ultramobile premium PCs priced at $1,000 or more.”

The segment will continue to grow...

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04:00
The Nifty MiniDrive is mostly nifty for Mac laptop...

It's an easy pun I know, but the Nifty MiniDrive is pretty nifty, especially if you own a MacBook Air or newer MacBook Pro. Alas, without an adapter it doesn’t work with the 12-inch MacBook as it comes with a solo USB-C port.

All these laptops have limited storage. The Nifty MiniDrive isn't going to drastically increase your storage space. However, it adds an extra 4GB of storage for $39.99 — and every little bit of additional space helps. 

The Nifty MiniDrive is a microSD card that sits flush with the side of your MacBook Air or Pro. The good thing about the design is that, unlike spring-loaded SD cards, there's no end section of the adapter protruding. The bad thing is that you have to use the included ejection tool (basically, a hook) to remove the MiniDrive. The tool is small and easily lost. If you do lose it, you can fashion a make-shift replacement out of a paper clip.

The MiniDrive is also Time Machine...

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04:00
Does a cellular Apple Watch make sense? That depends...

Since the day the Apple Watch was announced in September 2014, and certainly once it launched in April 2015, people have been speculating about what the second-generation Apple Watch might bring to the table. (Those people probably liked shaking all the packages under their Christmas tree, too.) But a report in the Wall Street Journal got me thinking:

“Apple is working on adding cell-network connectivity and a faster processor to its next-generation Watch, according to people familiar with the matter,” the report said.

Faster, sure—I think anyone who’s used an Apple Watch would endorse faster. But the rest of the potential hardware features of a next-generation Apple Watch seem hard to prioritize to me.

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03:59
If you’re wondering why your iPhone needs your...

Something that has been bugging me for some time is that my iPhone, normally unlocked with Touch ID, asks for my passcode way more often than it ought to. That mystery has now been solved by a bullet-point that Apple added to its iOS Security Guide earlier this month – though the behavior has been there a lot longer.

Previous versions of the document said that iOS devices should only ask Touch ID users for their passcode in one of five circumstances. I found I was frequently asked for my passcode when none of these applied, but a sixth, recently-added bullet-point explains it …

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03:42
Google Assistant makes it clear that Siri is...

Google previewed its new voice assistant, the generically named Google Assistant, at its I/O developers conference on Wednesday, and while the assistant hasn’t actually launched yet, its features made Siri’s lack of functionality all the more obvious. Apple’s iOS assistant now lags so far behind not only Google, but Amazon’s Alexa, intelligent iOS apps like Hound, and new technology from Siri’s creators, that it’s unclear if Apple has any interest in catching up.

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01:42
Apple opening new office in India to develop Apple...

In a press release, Apple has announced it is opening a new development office in Hyderabad, India. The team located here will apparently focus on improving Apple Maps, which is deeply integrated across Apple’s hardware and software as dedicated apps and embedded in other services, like Siri. The new center will create up to 4000 new jobs in the local economy. It is currently unclear as to the nature of the workforce, as Apple has preferred to keep its core software engineering team in California with most working solely in Cupertino.

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00:06
The Process Required to Die Cast Model

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Wednesday May 18

21:54
Emily is a tough, remote-controlled robotic lifeguard

Attention Dwayne Johnson: it's not too late to make your version of Baywatch more apt for this generation. May we suggest casting Emily -- a 25-pound, remote-controlled robotic lifeguard that can travel up to 22 mph. It might not have biceps and legs...

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21:41
Apple opens Maps development center in Hyderabad,...

Hot on the heels of revealing plans for an iOS app design and development facility in Bengaluru, Apple on Thursday local time announced the opening of an office in Hyderabad tasked with accelerating development of Maps products for iOS, Mac and Apple Watch.

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21:17
New details in 'iPhone' trademark case...

Weeks after Apple saw its bid for exclusive Chinese rights to the "iPhone" trademark dashed in court, new information illustrates the battle the company faces in dealing with China's laws.

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20:39
Here are all the highlights from the Google I/O 2016...

From two hours to under twelve minutes, we've distilled, titrated, evaporated and reconstituted Google's annual launch event into something a little bit more palatable. There's more on Google's VR plans, more on Android's latest iteration, and someth...

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19:58
Report: Apple considering Fifth Avenue retail...

According to a new report from the New York Post, Apple is looking to expand on its iconic Fifth Avenue retail location. While the company renovates the historic cube designed building, it will open in “some or all” of the 61,000-square foot FAO Schwarz space in the GM building. The report notes, however, that the temporary expansion could turn in to a permanent one seeing as how cramped the Fifth Avenue store has become.

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19:24
Department of Transportation bans e-cigarettes in...

Like the FDA, which recently decided to regulate e-cigarettes like tobacco products, the Department of Transportation has also decided to treat e-cigarettes like a fire hazard. The DOT issued a final rule today, banning e-cigarette batteries in check...

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18:41
Google isn't abandoning Hangouts for its new...

The launch of Google's new chat apps Allo and Duo doesn't mean death for Hangouts. A spokesperson told Business Insider that the company is "continuing to invest in Hangouts" and that "it will remain a standalone product." While these two new applica...

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18:32
Apple reminds developers of impending iAd App...

Apple in an email blast on Wednesday reminded developers of the impending iAd App Network shutdown that will bring an end to monetization revenues and app promotion on June 30, as scheduled.

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18:02
Harvard engineers designed a 'soft wearable...

A team of engineers from Harvard University's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have moved one step closer to a consumer version of a soft, assistive exosuit that could help patients with lower limb disabilities walk again. The Wys...

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16:29
[Sponsor] Meh.com

Every day, a new deal launches, there’s a story, a video, a community and… Look, just go there, it’s easier than trying to explain. It’s just meh.com.

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16:14
Control your Bentley's seat massagers from your...

Following the debut of its Bentayga SUV, British automaker Bentley Motors recently launched an eponymous Apple Watch app that goes beyond run-of-the-mill connected car features, putting control over creature comforts on the wrist of well-heeled owners.

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15:45
The Week in Mac Apps: WhatsApp lands on the Mac

Keep connected with your friends from the comfort of your chair

This week’s roundup of new Mac apps brings us a version of WhatsApp for the Mac, so you can keep in touch with your friends across all of your devices. Plus, you’ll find tools for watching your cash flow and for bill reminders. Read on!

Agenda Minder 1.1

Internodal’s $12 Agenda Minder (Mac App Store Link) helps you prepare for your meetings by organizing any relevant information into an interactive agenda.

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15:13
New Touch ID rules: Why you have to enter your...

Good to see Fleishman getting to the bottom of this but very annoying that Apple instituted this new procedure without letting the user know. Many of us have been confused and/or annoyed by this for months.

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15:13
Apple mulls permanent expansion of Fifth Avenue...

Apple's plan to temporarily relocate its flagship Fifth Avenue store from the base of the GM building to the old FAO Schwartz location has apparently evolved into a desire to permanently occupy the space -- and without paying the going rate for rent.

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14:19
I/O 2016: Android Pay coming to ATMs & mobile...

Widening the battleground with Apple Pay, Google on Wednesday announced that Android Pay will soon be usable at some ATMs, as well as by mobile Chrome users.

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14:18
Otto Kits Out Big Rigs With Aftermarket Self-Driving...


Otto on Monday introduced a self-driving kit designed to help those behind the wheel of big rigs drive more safely and efficiently. The company is developing a suite of sensors, software and other truck-related enhancements that could be retrofitted into existing vehicles. The technology has been tested in Otto's research fleet, and the company recently completed an autonomous demo of its technology on public highways. The initiative aims to enhance the capabilities of the Otto truck as well as collect safety data.

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14:10
New Touch ID rules: Why you have to enter your...

When iOS 9 was released, Apple updated its list of cases in which iOS asks for a passcode even when Touch ID is enabled. A previously undocumented requirement asks for a passcode in a very particular set of circumstances: When the iPhone or iPad hasn’t been unlocked with its passcode in the previous six days, and Touch ID hasn’t been used to unlock it within the last eight hours. It’s a rolling timeout, so each time Touch ID unlocks a device, a new eight-hour timer starts to tick down until the passcode is required. If you wondered why you were being seemingly randomly prompted for your passcode (or more complicated password), this is likely the reason.

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14:05
AWT News Update: May 18, 2016

Image via MacRumors

In today's AWT News Update, a familiar voice may soon be on Mac, an Apple Watch rival will be trying to bring contactless payment to its product line, and former mobile phone brand giant is resurrected:

  • Siri for Mac is leaked in screenshots
  • Fitbit buys coin in hopes of adding Apple Pay-like payments to its devices
  • Microsoft sells off the Nokia feature phone division, and Foxconn and a Finnish startup hope to revive the Nokia brand.  

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14:03
Got privacy? If you use Twitter or a smartphone,...

The notion of online privacy has been greatly diminished in recent years, and just this week two new studies confirm what to many minds is already a dismal picture.

First, a study reported on Monday by Stanford University found that smartphone metadata—information about calls and text messages, such as time and length—can reveal a surprising amount of personal detail.

To investigate their topic, the researchers built an Android app and used it to retrieve the metadata about previous calls and text messages—the numbers, times, and lengths of communications—from more than 800 volunteers’ smartphone logs. In total, participants provided records of more than 250,000 calls and 1.2 million texts.

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14:00
Happy Hour Podcast 067 | Instagram’s radical...

This week Benjamin and Zac react to Instagram’s radical new icon and app design, unpack Google’s new third-party Gboard keyboard for iOS, and detail Tim Cook’s globe-trot from China to India to Amsterdam and beyond. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

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13:15
Acura's sleeker 2nd-gen self-driving car hides...

With Acura's launch of its second automated vehicle, the RLX, the luxury sedan manufacturer is closer to providing an attractive consumer option --?a market Apple watchers expect the company's secretive "Project Titan" is also eyeing.

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13:05
Tip of the Day: Choosing Sidebar Categories in...

Now that iTunes 12.4 has brought the sidebar back, you can not only more easily navigate between different groupings of your media content, but you can also choose which categories you want to see. Hovering over the “Library” heading at the top of the sidebar will reveal an “Edit” button; click this and you’ll see all available categories — even some you may not have realized were there. Placing a checkmark beside a…

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12:47
iOS 9.3.2 Bricking Some 9.7-inch iPad Pro Devices...

An anonymous reader writes: iOS 9.3.2 is causing problems for some 9.7-inch iPad Pro owners, with multiple users reporting issues shortly after installing the update over the air. Affected users are seeing an "Error 56" message that instructs them to plug their devices into iTunes. Apple has issued a statement to iMore, simply stating the company is "looking into a small number of reports" regarding this issue. The statement reads: "We're looking into a small number of reports that some iPad units are receiving an error when updating the software. Those unable to restore their device through iTunes should contact Apple support."


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12:41
Podcast 508: The ballad of iTunes usability

Apple’s software can really bug ya—last week we discussed a bug that wiped out some users’ iTunes libraries, and this week Apple dropped iTunes 12.4 to clean up the interface and hopefully increase understanding of just how to manage your collection across iTunes on your Mac, your iCloud Music Library, and Apple Music. Glenn and Susie are joined by Kirk McElhearn, one of the world’s foremost experts in how the heck a person can use iTunes without tearing all their hair out, to explain what’s changed—and what still really needs to be fixed.

Elsewhere, we come to bury CurrentC, not to praise it—although we’re really into mobile payments now, thanks, especially after the rollout of those poky chip-reading point-of-sale systems. Glenn finally found an iPhone SE for sale. Twitter is considering a change that would actually improve things significantly. And Gboard leaked some chicken and noodles.

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12:30
I/O 2016: Google launches Android N beta with speed...

At the beginning of its I/O developer conference on Wednesday, Google revealed that the next major version of Android -- codenamed "Android N" -- is launching in beta later today, and will introduce features like better performance, improved multitasking, and even virtual reality support when it officially arrives in late summer.

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12:30
Siri on the Mac? It could be coming soon

Siri is a major feature of iOS, and its speech interface may soon be coming to the Mac, possibly as soon as the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June.

MacRumors

Proof that Siri for Mac is upon us comes from MacRumors. The site gained access from a reliable source to screenshots that show a Siri wavform icon in the Dock, and a Siri menu bar icon. According to MacRumors, clicking either icon shows an indicator that Siri is listening for you to say a command, and the user can also activate Siri by saying, “Hey Siri,” as you would on iOS.

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12:11
External Link: Warren Buffett Invests $1 Billion in...

After Apple’s first year-over-year quarterly revenue decline in 13 years, some on Wall Street soured on the company's stock, but one big-name investor is betting heavily on Apple. Warren Buffett, through his Berkshire Hathaway firm, invested over $1 billion in Apple earlier in 2016. Buffett is famously conservative in his investments, and rarely ventures into the tech sector, so his backing is a vote of confidence in Apple during an uncertain time. News of Buffett’s stake in the company caused an immediate 3.7 percent increase in Apple’s stock price.

 

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11:52
I/O 2016: Google Allo smart messenger and Duo video...

Google hopes to shake up the mobile communications landscape this summer with a cross-platform release of both Allo, a new smart messenger, and Duo, a simplified one-to-one video calling service.

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11:29
Motorola Shows Off New Moto G Collection


Motorola on Tuesday unveiled three new smartphones: the fourth-generation Moto G, the Moto G Plus and the Moto G Play. The Moto G and Moto G Plus can be customized using Moto Maker, while the Moto G Play can not. All three run Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. The Moto G and Moto G Plus became available Tuesday in Brazil and India. They will be rolled out across North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia over time. The lower-end Moto G Play will be available globally this summer, Motorola said.

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11:25
Google launches Duo, a video-calling app that's...

Hangouts? What’s that? Google debuted what it called a “simpler” one-to-one video-chatting app on Wednesday at Google I/O, known as Duo.

Duo won’t just be for Android devices—it will run on iOS as well. It complements Allo, a new messaging app also announced at Google I/O that’s partially powered by Google Assistant. Both apps will be available later this summer.

Google’s Erik Kay introduces the Duo app.

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11:09
I/O 2016: Google's new Home hardware takes on...

The smart home battle between Apple, Google and others continues to heat up, with Google on Wednesday announcing Home, a new voice-activated hardware kit that brings the Google assistant service to any room in your house.

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10:54
iOS 9.3.2 update bricks some 9.7-inch iPad Pro...

iOS 9.3.2 has arrived.

And it appears to have bricked some 9.7-inch iPad Pro tablets in the process.

A number of users are seeing an “Error 56” message after upgrading to iOS 9.3.2, and finding their devices bricked.

The error instructs affected users to connect to iTunes, but doing so and attempting to restore or update the iPad doesn’t work.

Apple has issued a comment stating that the company is looking into the issue and has offered the following quote regarding the issue:

“We’re looking into a small number of reports that some iPad units are receiving an error when updating the software. Those unable to restore their device through iTunes should contact Apple support.”

Let us know if this has happened on your end in the...

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10:50
Twelve South releases BookBook case for the 12.9-...

Twelve South has introduced the BookBook for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. The leather case angles the Apple tablet for drawing, painting and sketching with the Apple Pencil. 

The BookBook for iPad Pro also folds into a hands-free display mode. It protects the Apple tablet between two hardback covers and includes a storage pocket for Apple Pencil. 

The BookBook for iPad Pro (12.9-inch) is available now for $99.99 at twelvesouth.com. The BookBook for iPad Pro (9.7-inch) is coming soon.

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10:44
Apple reportedly to hire Samsung exec to handle...

Apple is set to hire Rajiv Mishra, currently vice president of media and corporate social responsibility division at Samsung Electronics, as its India head of media and public affairs, reports IANS, quoting unnamed “informed sources."

If true, the timing is good as Apple CEO Tim Cook is in India on a four-day visit and is slated to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi this week. Apple has also announced a new initiative to support engineering talent and accelerate growth in India’s iOS developer community. The company will establish an iOS App Design and Development Accelerator in Bengaluru, the home of India’s startup scene. It’s slated to open in early 2017.

Mishra is a well known media professional and...

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10:35
New patent points towards possible Touch ID sensor...

A newly-published patent shows that Apple may be going the way of a bezel-free iPhone wherein the display extends all the way to the edges of the handset.

The patent describes three different technologies that can be used for fingerprint sensors, and says that the third of them – ultrasonic imaging – would not only allow the reader to be embedded into the display, but would also be even more accurate than the capacitive sensor used by Touch ID today.

At present, the most accurate but least common finger-scanning technology is ultrasound imaging, wherein two transducers are placed on the x- and y-axes of a plate of glass–one each for receiving and transmitting–for propagating ultrasound waves through a glass plate. When the finger is placed on top of...

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10:26
Leaked screens show Siri in Apple's upcoming OS...

New images published on Wednesday appear to support rumors that Apple will finally bring Siri to the Mac in the next major version of OS X, premiering at WWDC 2016 in June.

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10:12
Fitbit buys Coin assets, makes plans to enter same...

Fitbit on Wednesday announced the purchase of Coin's wearable payments assets, a takeover which should put Fitbit on a path to launching its own mobile payments technology sometime in 2017, and hence competing even more closely with Apple.

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09:47
Killer Deals: Apple's 128GB 12.9-inch iPad Pro...

For a limited time this week, grab the lowest price ever offered on Apple's 12.9" iPad Pro (128GB, WiFi, Silver) at $745 ($204 off). Or pick up a new 13" MacBook Pro for $1,149 or 15" MacBook Pro for $1,799, both with no sales tax outside NY.

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09:30
Keep track of seconds to seasons with Cosmic Watch

As readers of our Team AWT Newsletter know, I have had a lifelong love of astronomy. That's why when I was asked to take a look at Cosmic Watch (US$3.99, universal app) I jumped at the chance. The best way to describe Cosmic Watch is that it's an interactive 3D astronomical time device -- and that's exactly how developers Celestial Dynamics AG describe it.

Cosmic Watch launches into a realtime world clock with your location pulsing on a realistic globe that you can set spinning with a swipe of your finger. The app graphically shows the relationship between the Earth and Sun in terms of determining local time, with a pointer "above" your location pointing to the current time on a 24-hour clock dial circling the Earth on a direct line between the Earth and Sun. 

This is a great way to see how the Earth tilts in relation to the...

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09:06
Proposed Pebble Time smart band could add standalone...

While patents reveal Apple has explored the possibility of adding new functionality to the Apple Watch with connectable smart bands, a new Kickstarter campaign hopes to beat it to the punch with a GPS-connected, battery-equipped smart band for the Pebble Time smartwatch.

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08:43
Apple working on a fix for iPad Pros bricked by iOS...

If you have a brand-new 9.7-inch iPad Pro and you haven’t yet installed the iOS 9.3.2 update, you might want to hold off another day or two. Some users are seeing an “Error 56” message when upgrading, and finding their devices bricked.

The error instructs affected users to connect to iTunes, but doing so and attempting to restore or update the iPad doesn’t work.

Guay! Apple acaba de sacar la versión 9.3.2 que bloquea el iPad Pro de 9,7

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08:15
Tim Cook, other Apple execs to talk iPhone...

While in India this week, CEO Tim Cook and a team of fellow Apple executives will reportedly be meeting with the leaders of local telecoms firms, looking to bolster iPhone numbers with partnerships on sales and distribution.

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08:00
Customer service: Apple sent two engineers to...

Remember James Pinkstone? He's the designer and music buff who found that 122GB of music had disappeared from his MacBook and one of the people interviewed by iMore's Serenity Caldwell in an attempt to figure out what was going on. Well, Pinkstone got a visit from two Apple senior software engineers this past Saturday who attempted to find out what caused the music to be deleted.

The engineers, "Tom" and "Ezra", were sent from California to Pinkstone's Atlanta home to perform troubleshooting tests with a special version of iTunes that could track issues. The team had Pinkstone reactivate his Apple Music account and go through the iTunes track sync process, all while discussing the process with another group back in California. 

After a unsuccessful day of trying to reproduce the issues, the team headed back to California. Pinkstone updated...

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07:53
∞ Isolated guitar from Aerosmith’s Walk This Way

[VIDEO] Just came across this isolated Joe Perry guitar work. Hearing the guitar without all the other layered production elements was a real revelation. This is some beautifully subtle guitar work by a real master.

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07:46
Google to announce its Amazon Echo competitor,...

The market’s been made. Every home will eventually have a similar device. Will we see one from Apple?

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07:33
5 things Apple's Tim Cook needs to do on his...

Apple CEO Tim Cook is on his first visit to India, a market where the company's revenue has grown but whose market share is still small because of price-sensitive consumers. The trip is important as Apple looks for markets where it can  expand. In April, the company reported its first quarterly revenue decline in 13 years as iPhone sales dropped year over year. Meanwhile, India is the world's third-biggest smartphone market, after China and the U.S. Here are five things Cook will be aiming for in India. 

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07:20
Quip takes another swing at Excel with enhanced...

Quip, a Silicon Valley startup that’s taking on the giants of the productivity software market, announced a major update to its spreadsheet capabilities Wednesday that’s aimed at bringing its service more in line with Microsoft Excel. 

The service’s spreadsheets now include features like the ability to merge cells, validate data and filter information in a sheet. With this update, users can also insert spreadsheets into documents so data and commentary can reside in the same place. It’s all tied together with Quip’s signature chat feature, which lets users discuss what’s going on inside a spreadsheet while they’re working on it together. 

These updates are key to helping Quip compete with its biggest rivals in the cloud productivity suite space: Microsoft’s Office 365 and Google Apps for Work. Those two services have their own spreadsheet applications, and this update makes Quip’s upstart offering more appealing to people who have richer spreadsheet needs. 

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07:18
A hacker is selling 167 million LinkedIn user records

A hacker is trying to sell a database dump containing account records for 167 million LinkedIn users.

The announcement was posted on a dark market website called TheRealDeal by a user who wants 5 bitcoins, or around $2,200, for the data set that supposedly contains user IDs, email addresses and SHA1 password hashes for 167,370,940 users.

According to the sale ad, the dump does not cover LinkedIn’s complete database. Indeed, LinkedIn claims on its website to have over 433 million registered members.

Troy Hunt, the creator of Have I been pwned?, a website that lets users check if they were affected by known data breaches, thinks that it’s highly likely for the leak to be legitimate. He had access to around 1 million records from the data set.

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07:12
Didi Chuxing president hints at tech link for Apple...

In a TV interview, Didi Chuxing president Jean Liu dropped more hints about the possible reasons for Apple's $1 billion investment, suggesting a technological connection.

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TermHere: a new Finder extension that points new...

TermHere is a new app available on the Mac App Store that serves as a Finder extension. Once enabled, right-clicking inside of the Finder will present a new shortcut to jump to a Terminal window pointed to the current working directory.

TermHere may feature a straightforward premise, but it’s very nice to have if you’re a developer or avid Terminal user. Watch our brief hands-on video inside to see it in action. more…

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06:07
Mac sales could be boosted with more focus on gaming

Apple has always — or so it seems — treated gaming as an afterthought on the Mac. It’s time for that to change. 

The worldwide PC market registered one of its lowest quarterly growth rates in the first quarter 2016, but Gartner, Inc. says several profit opportunities exist for PC [personal computer, not just Windows systems] vendors. One of those is gaming.

"PCs are no longer the first or only devices users are choosing for Internet access," says Meike Escherich, principal research analyst at Gartner. "Over the last five years, global shipments of traditional PCs (desktops and notebooks) have fallen from 343 million units in 2012 to an estimated 232 million units in 2016. In terms of revenue, the global PC market has contracted from $219 million in 2012 to an expected $137 million in 2016.”

 

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06:00
Apple Pay rival CurrentC delayed, may never see...

The CurrentC horse may never even make it out of the gate.

CurrentC, the payment platform backed by a group of retailers under the banner Merchant Customer Exchange that caused a kerfuffle when Apple Pay launched, may never see release.

The consortium announced Monday that the CurrentC rollout has been postponed and that the company will lay off 30 employees after “feedback from the marketplace and our Columbus pilot.” MCX tested CurrentC at Target, Walmart, and other retail locations in Columbus, Ohio.

Walmart is currently experimenting with its own mobile payment platform, while Target has confirmed that it will support Apple Pay at stores nationwide later this year.

MCX CEO Brian Mooney said the group will focus on “working with...

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05:54
Microsoft sells Nokia feature phone division to...

Microsoft's steady decline in the mobile phone business continues, as the Redmond, Wash., company announced on Wednesday that it will sell the feature phone division it acquired from Nokia to a subsidiary of manufacturer Foxconn for $350 million.

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05:49
Apple to open iOS App Design and Development...

Apple has announced a new initiative to support engineering talent and accelerate growth in India’s iOS developer community. The company will establish an iOS App Design and Development Accelerator in Bengaluru, the home of India’s startup scene. It’s slated to open in early 2017.

Tens of thousands of developers in India make apps for iOS, and this initiative will provide additional, specialized support for them, says Apple CEO Tim Cook. Apple’s team will work to inspire and instruct developers on best practices, help them hone their skills and transform the design, quality and performance of their apps on the iOS platform, he adds.

Each week, Apple experts will lead briefings and provide one-on-one app reviews for developers. The facility will also provide support and guidance on Swift, Apple’s programming language created to build apps for iOS, Mac OS X, tvOS, and watchOS. 

Bengaluru is now home to more technology startups than any other part of India. Over...

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05:46
The Power of Preview: Converting Images and...

In this final installment of our series on Preview, OS X’s built-in image and PDF utility, we explore Preview’s export options and explain how to work around a common collaboration problem.

 

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05:44
Cook meeting with major carriers in India to forge ‘...

The Economic Times reports that Tim Cook is meeting with the heads of major carriers in India in order to form ‘strategic partnerships’ as the country accelerates its LTE rollout. The smartphone market in India has so far been constrained by slow data speeds in most parts of the country.

Cook has said the advent of high-speed 4G networks in India will expand the market for iPhones, flagging elsewhere, making it a key market for the company.

Cook is said to be meeting with Bharti Airtel, the largest carrier in the country; Reliance Jio Infocomm, which plans to roll out LTE services nationwide this year; as well as Vodafone and others …

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05:05
Kickstarter: Pebble wristband adds 7-day power and...

While the Pebble smartwatch range may not compete with the Apple Watch in terms of functionality or display quality, it can be a good option for those who want multi-day battery-life. Third-party company Powerstrap is now aiming to boost that life even further with a powered strap that claims to add a full week of power through a 250mAh battery, as well as an on-board GPS module.

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05:01
Apple's Tim Cook woos app developers in India

In a bid to win over more Indian developers, Apple on Wednesday announced it would set up by early next year a facility to help developers on best practices and to improve the design, quality and performance of their apps on the iOS platform.

The facility in Bangalore, called a Design and Development Accelerator, aims to provide specialized support for the “tens of thousands” of developers in the country, who develop applications for the iOS operating system.

Bangalore has a large base of developers, working for the research and development centers of multinational companies or in startups, besides others who work independently. Apple estimates that over 1 million people in the city work in the tech sector, with over 40 percent of graduates from local universities specializing in engineering or IT.

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04:30
BT2200 headphones: do you hear what I hear?

I have to start this review with a confession: I hate buying headphones. If you are anything like me, when the time comes to replace the short-lived ear buds that you paid $12 for at Target, it hurts. You know they are not going to last long, they will probably hurt your ears — if you don’t lose them first. 

A few weeks ago I was trying to find a new pair of headphones before deciding I just did not want to pay $15 for another cheap pair that would not last. Lucky for me, the next day I was approached with the BT 2200 Studio grade Wireless Headphones. 

Did I mention they are made for kids? At first I was very skeptical about reviewing headphones made for children, but for a woman nearing her thirties, I have a fairly small head so I figured, "Why not?" That was the best decision I made all week. 

When unboxing the BT2200 headphones from Puro Sound Labs I was first impressed with the aesthetic quality. The...

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04:06
Bezel-free iPhone a step closer as third Apple...

Concept designers have been creating renderings of bezel-free iPhones – where the display extends all the way to the edges of the phone – for years now. One major barrier to realizing this vision has, of course, been the Home button with its embedded Touch ID sensor.

Third-party companies have already developed transparent fingerprint sensors capable of being embedded into a smartphone display, and an Apple patent filed in March of last year but only published yesterday describes the exact same approach …

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04:00
Flygrip is a gripping iPhone accessory

Some inventions are so innovative and well thought out that you simply can't imagine life without them. Somebody had to invent the wheel after all. While the $29.95 Flygrip isn't quite as groundbreaking, I can't imagine using my iPhone without it.

The Flygrip will attach to practically any iPhone case with a very strong adhesive (The company will provide a basic bumper case at a nominal charge if you don’t have one). That's one of the things I like about the Flygrip - the ability to bring my own case (in fact, it isn't iPhone specific and will work with any phone).

While attached the Flygrip adds minimal bulk to the back of the case and can be used as a horizontal or vertical stand for your iPhone -- perfect for those tiny airplane tray tables or really any situations in which you want an easy viewing angle.

The killer feature of the Flygrip is the ability to hold your phone with one hand when the Flygrip is...

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04:00
GPS comes to Pebble Time smartwatches with...

Pebble’s plan to make its current generation of smartwatches even smarter is a genius one: The company includes a port for accessory makers to create straps that add all sort of functionality to the Pebble Time and Pebble Time Steel. Since Pebble announced that plan last spring, developers have created straps with built-in heart rate monitoring, wireless charging, and gesture control. But GPS has remained a requested but missing feature—until now.

Powerstrap just launched a Kickstarter for its Pal GPS smartstrap for the Pebble Time and Pebble Time Steel, which will let you track runs and store them on the sporty, sweat- and water-resistant strap (which comes in six colors...

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03:30
5 ways to search Gmail that everyone should know...

In a perfectly productive world, your inbox would have a place for every email with every email in its place. But it’s easy to let messages stack up knowing Google’s powerful search can usually bail you out when you need to find a months-old missive. Still, there will be cases when you need the help of an advanced search operator.

These terms can help you home in on what you’re looking for more quickly and accurately than a simple search. There are dozens of operators you can use, but we’ve narrowed down five of the most handy.

1. Use ‘in:anywhere’ to search everywhere

It’s a given that a general Gmail search crawls every nook and cranny of your inbox, right? Alas, no. Search ignores Spam and Trash unless you specifically tell it to look there. That’s important to know because even Gmail’s spam filter is imperfect. And who hasn’t accidentally consigned some important message to the trash when furiously trying to get to inbox zero?

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03:30
10 classic early iPhone games still worth playing...

Old, but not forgotten

Remember the early days of iPhone gaming? The App Store wasn’t nearly as jam-packed with ultra-slick freemium games, but we still had plenty of fun. Touchscreen gameplay was still new and unfamiliar, and the games were often raw and less polished—but that made for some brilliant and unexpected experiences that kept us tapping and swiping for ages.

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03:00
Deal of the Day: iOS 9/Swift 2 Course Bundle for...

iOS 9 is the most advanced mobile operating system on the planet, while Swift 2 is quickly becoming the programming language of choice for developers. What if you could get 55 hours of training in both from the #1 instructor for online education marketplace Udemy for just $15? You can with today's deal - the iOS 9 and Swift 2 Course Bundle.

Whether you'd just like to learn more about app development or you're honing your skills for a new career, the bundle provides 2 courses with a phenomenal 373 lessons. During the Complete iOS 9 Developer Course, instructor Rob Percival will provide you with the following: 

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Tuesday May 17

22:31
iOS Uber app now offers Find My Friends-style...

Uber has added Find My Friends-style tracking of family members using the car service on your account. The feature is an extension of the Family Profiles facility Uber started testing back in March, allowing you to add partners and children to your account so that their rides are all billed to a single card.

more…

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21:48
Apple announces iOS App Design and Development...

Apple this evening has announced that it is opening a new iOS App Design and Development Accelerator in Bengaluru, India. Apple says that the city is the “home of India’s startup scene,” while there are tens of thousands of developers in India building apps for iOS.

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21:40
Apple to open iOS app design and development...

As expected, Apple late Tuesday announced plans to open a Design and Development Accelerator in Bengaluru, India, where developers will learn a variety of skills for coding on Apple's software platforms.

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20:42
ANZ's Apple Pay exclusivity drives credit card...

Australian bank ANZ earlier this month observed a 20 percent spike in online credit card and deposit account applications after announcing support for Apple Pay, results that have prompted holdouts to rethink their position on Apple's payments service.

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20:30
Two Apple engineers traveled to a customer’s house...

Last week, we drew attention to a blog post from James Pinkstone in which he described how iTunes Match deleted 122GB of his personal music collection went viral. Apple confirmed the issue on Friday and rolled out a potential fix with iTunes 12.4 yesterday, but Pinkstone today has shared a new blog post detailing the extreme lengths to which Apple went in order to track down what exactly caused the problem in the...

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17:38
Apple sent senior engineers to customer's house...

James Pinkstone, whose blog post about an apparent iTunes music deletion bug went viral last week, said on Tuesday that Apple flew two senior software engineers across the country in attempts to troubleshoot the issue.

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15:54
Forked Debian Beta Is Rough Around the Edges


The Devuan GNU/Linux community's much-awaited Devuan Linux Jessie 1.0 beta release is available. It took two years for disgruntled Debian community members to make good on their promise of a systemd-free Debian distro. They rejected a Linux-wide trend to replace older init processes such as Upstart and System V with systemd. The process of forking Debian into Devuan took much longer than the Devuan leadership expected, according to Devuan.org. Despite that delay, Devuan Jessie is a safe upgrade path from Debian Wheezy.

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14:50
Apple Pay gains 30 more US banks amid wait for more...

Apple on Tuesday updated the roster of U.S. banks supporting Apple Pay with another 30 entries, while shoppers continued to wait for more retail partners to come onboard.

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14:40
AWT News Update: May 17, 2016

Today's AWT News Update brings you news from the world of Apple!

  • The iOS 9.3.2 update is bricking some iPad Pros
  • Apple's apparently hiring a number of people with expertise in wireless charging
  • Foxconn and Pegatron are hiring iPhone assembly workers earlier than usual this year
  • Free the FM!

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for May 17, 2016. Our sponsor this week is Elgato Eve Energy, providing Apple HomeKit-compatible control of your home through Siri.

Have an iPad Pro? You might want to hold off on updating the tablet to iOS 9.3.2. Why? Well, reports are coming out with the news that the latest iOS update...

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14:38
Investor George Soros latest to snap up Apple stock...

Following Warren Buffett's surprise investment in Apple, it was recently revealed that billionaire investor George Soros took a position in the iPhone maker, buying up thousands of shares as company stock prices hover at their lowest point in years.

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14:30
Google to Dim Flash Player in Chrome Browser


Google last week announced that it would minimize use of Adobe's Flash Player in its Chrome Web browser by the end of the year by turning off its default status. When Chrome encounters a Web page, it will report the presence of Flash Player only if a user has indicated that the domain should execute Flash or if the site is in one of the top 10 domains using Flash, ‎Google's Anthony LaForge said. When a Web surfer using Chrome encounters a site offering HTML5, the change in Google's browser will make that the primary experience.

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14:00
The Week in Mac Accessories: Case in point

Casing the joint

This week’s roundup includes a number of options for carrying and protecting your MacBook when you’re on the go. Read on!

Amped Wireless

The $90 High Power AC1200 Plug-In Wi-Fi Range Extender lets you extend the range of your Wi-Fi by up to 10,000 square feet, and it’s universal, working with all brands of routers and service provider gateways. The result? No more dead spots in your Wi-Fi coverage.

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13:53
Facebook Looks Into Bias Claims


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg last week announced that the company would investigate allegations that its Trending Topics feature had an anticonservative bias. "We have found no evidence that this report is true," he said, referring to a news report earlier this month that kicked off the storm. The company is "conducting a full investigation to ensure our teams upheld the integrity" of Trending Topics, Zuckerberg asserted, adding that he would hold discussions with "leading conservatives and people from across the political spectrum."

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13:52
Notable apps and app updates for May 17, 2016

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks.

iOS Apps/Updates for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

Sl's Repository has debuted Browsy. It’s a $3.99 “smart” fullscreen web browser designed to allow you to browse the web without anything getting in your way. Features include an Apple Watch app, Reading View, Notes View, tabs, support for iOS 9 features like keyboard shortcuts, Spotlight, iPad multitasking, 3D touch and more.

tvOS Apps/Updates for the Apple TV

Kwalee has unleashed Time Monkeys for the Apple TV. The free 3D action adventure features a time...

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13:45
Tip of the Day: Adjusting Artwork Size in iTunes 12.4

iTunes 12.4, released earlier this week, has taken steps to simplify the user interface a bit. Although most of the same options are still there, they’ve been moved around and a few have been enhanced a bit in the process. View options have been taken out of the location on the top-right drop-down menu and have returned entirely to the traditional View overlay dialog found in pre-iTunes 12 versions — accessible using the Show View Options…

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13:33
IK Multimedia releases Saturator X

The effect of Saturation, or the introduction of harmonic distortion, on an audio track or mix can add that certain special “flavor” and “warmth” that only magnetic tape, tubes, transformers or transistors can deliver. The T-RackS Saturator X delivers that classic analog saturation and takes you on a trip back in time to the birth of “modern” recording before computers and opens your recordings to the mysterious, elusive and warm world of analog saturation.

There really is something special about saturation.

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13:22
Apple's iTunes 12.4 update provides unexpected...

The iTunes 12.4 update appears to have improved the speed of Apple's jukebox software, even though the company isn't actively promoting that fact, according to user comments on Reddit and Twitter, and first-hand experience by AppleInsider.

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13:00
Belkin's Wemo smart home devices now work with...

Two of the biggest names in home automation -- Belkin's Wemo and Google's Nest -- just announced that they'll be working together. The ability of the Nest Learning Thermostat to control Wemo devices increases the power of both the Nest Thermostat and the Wemo devices.

All Wemo switches -- the Wemo Insight Switch, Wemo Switch, Wemo Light Switch and Wemo Maker -- now work with the Nest Thermostat. How this all integrates together is through the Nest Home/Away Assist feature, so any time the Nest detects Home or Away status, it can turn Wemo devices on or off. In addition, the Wemo App adds the capability to check the status and temperature of the Nest Thermostat, change the Home and Away mode settings, or even set the target temperature of the Nest.

Some of the sample uses of the integration highlighted by Wemo include:

  • Having the porch light come on...
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12:52
Apple TV sales surge with hardware refresh, but...

A new survey of U.S. broadband households recently purchased a streaming media player has found that Roku continues to own the largest market share, while the Apple TV sales have greatly increased since last year's update. However, no one device controls a majority of the market, leaving the race for a winner still wide open.

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12:35
BitTorrent Live app to bring peer-to-peer live video...

BitTorrent on your TV? It’s on the way. BitTorrent on Tuesday announced BitTorrent Live, a streaming app coming to Apple TV this week, with videos covering topics like news, sports, music, and tech. According to a blog post, the app will expand to Android, iOS, and OS X in June, and Windows later on.

Unlike the BitTorrent protocol for peer-to-peer file sharing, or the BitTorrent Sync app that streams media from your computer to your mobile devices, BitTorrent Live doesn’t rely on files that you already have or that you sniff out on the Internet. You just open BitTorrent Live and start...

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12:15
External Link: CurrentC Out of Juice

The Verge is reporting that MCX, the retail consortium behind Apple Pay competitor CurrentC, is laying off 30 employees. The layoffs may indicate that CurrentC, which never saw widespread release, is dead in the water. Since MCX-affiliated merchants banded together to block Apple Pay in October 2014, some members, such as Best Buy, have added support for Apple Pay, while others, like Walmart, have introduced their own payment apps. This outcome was entirely predictable: CurrentC linked to customer checking accounts via flimsy QR codes, giving it the double whammy of being both inconvenient and insecure.

 

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11:52
Apple Pay's retailer-backed rival CurrentC may...

In a move that will surprise absolutely no one, an Apple Pay rival that never actually launched has now fizzled. CurrentC was backed by a group of retailers under the banner Merchant Customer Exchange and caused a kerfuffle when Apple Pay launched because many of its retail members turned off Near-Field Communication on their payment terminals to thwart people trying to use their iPhones to pay. Apple Pay is still chugging along and CurrentC may never emerge.

The consortium announced Monday that the CurrentC rollout has been postponed and that the company will lay off 30 employees after “feedback from the marketplace and our Columbus pilot,” TechCrunch reported. MCX tested CurrentC at Target,...

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11:45
Who makes the most reliable hard drive? Latest...

Nearly every hard drive manufacturer improved in reliability but one manufacturer still leads the pack, according to the latest hard drive survey from BackBlaze.

The hard drives in question power BackBlaze’s cloud backup data center and total some 61,590 spinning drives with more than a billion hours of operation among them.

Why this matters: Hard drives aren’t sexy anymore but a failure means expensive recovery fees or simply the loss of one’s precious memories. BackBlaze’s annual survey of a large sample of drives has come to represent a way for consumers to discern what brand and what model to buy.

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11:32
Elle’s 2016 women in tech

Impressive list of talented people.

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