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Thursday June 25

08:00
Apple snags Pharrell exclusive (sort of) for Apple...

Apple is preparing to launch its new streaming music service with an exclusive track from eleven-time Grammy award winner Pharrell Williams, reports Philip Elmer-DeWitt of Fortune. Williams teased the launch with a 15-second clip of his new song Freedom that he posted on Twitter with the tag line, Only on Apple Music June 30th.

Freedom. June 30th @AppleMusic
https://t.co/82MceAkbRe

— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) June 23, 2015

Apple highlighted the song in an advertisement from WWDC that is now on the company's YouTube channel. A full-length...

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08:00
At E3, I saw the missing pieces of the VR puzzle

The excitement around virtual reality may have started when Sony unveiled Project Morpheus last year, but last week's E3 was its coming out party. The thing is, I've been around long enough to remember the hype and subsequent commercial flatline over...

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07:57
Zane Lowe, the D.J. scratching out Beats 1 for Apple

The new York Times:

For the last 12 years, Mr. Lowe has been a top tastemaker on the BBC’s Radio 1 by championing brand-new music, landing interviews with stars like Kanye West and running his show with a frenetic production style inspired by hip-hop itself. Now he is preparing for a much broader role as the guiding voice of Beats 1, a free Internet radio station from Apple that on Tuesday will begin broadcasting to smartphones and laptops around the world — an experiment, of sorts, to reinvent live radio.

I hope we see profiles of the other two featured DJs for Beats 1. This is an aspect of Apple Music I find especially interesting and, I think, will make or break the service.

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07:51
Apple decides on royalty rate of 0.2 cents per play...

Apple’s decided on a royalty amount to pay the artists on Apple Music during its 90-day free trial.

And that number is 0.2 cents per play.

The New York Times is reporting that music executives close to the story have stated that Apple has negotiated 0.2 cents per play with the record labels. The amount is comparable to free tier rates paid by competing streaming services.

In addition to the per-play fee, Apple is also paying a smaller sum to publishers for songwriting rights. Publishing companies confirmed that negotiations are still in flux less than one week from Apple Music’s launch.

On Tuesday, Apple inked...

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07:41
Designer uses algorithms to create unique knit...

If you fall within the intersection of a Venn diagram, wherein circle A is labeled "knitting enthusiast" and circle B is "math geek," then you've got to see this Kickstarter campaign. It's called KnitYak, and its creator promises 100 percent unique b...

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07:35
Apple’s iCloud Calendar + Reminders web apps are...

No word on Apple’s official iCloud system status page, but the Calendar and Reminders web apps on iCloud.com are currently down as several readers have pointed out. We’ve tested it here and the above error was returned. Apple’s iMessage service suffered a similar outage earlier this week with users reporting widespread downtime. Other iCloud web apps appear to be working properly. We’ll keep an eye on the outage and update if anything changes, but if you’re seeing the outage it’s not just you.

Filed under: Apps Tagged: calendar, icloud, iCloud outage, outage,...

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07:19
New, faster Qi wireless charging spec could get an...

The Wireless Power Consortium has updated its popular Qi wireless power specification to include a new 15-watt fast charging mode, meaning that if Apple eventually does choose to expand the availability of wireless charging across its product range, it could do so with no detriment to charging times.

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07:06
T-Mobile’s new ‘Jump! On Demand’ plan lets you...

T-Mobile is upgrading its Jump plan introduced two years ago to allow subscribers to move to new smartphones more frequently than before. The new Jump On Demand option lets you lease a smartphone for a small monthly fee, then trade it in for a new smartphone up to three times per year at no additional cost. For example, a base model iPhone 6 would cost $15 per month to lease with Jump On Demand after trading in an eligible smartphone.

Without upgrading, leasing that iPhone 6 through Jump On Demand would carry the monthly fee for 18 months. Then T-Mobile will provide a purchase option, $164 in the case of the iPhone 6, if you choose to keep the leased device as owned.

The appeal of Jump On Demand,...

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07:05
Beats 1 to feature celebrity shows hosted by Elton...

Apple will indeed have a number of mainstream musicians host shows on Beats 1 including Drake, Disclosure, St. Vincent, Josh Homme, Pharrell Williams, and Elton John, a report said on Thursday.

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07:00
Apple Beats 1 advertising lands at Times Square

Apple is pulling out all the stops when it comes to its advertising campaign for its new Apple Music service and Beats 1 radio station. Not only is the company debuting the streaming service with an exclusive track from pop star Pharrell Williams, the company also is taking out a large advertisement in the center of Times Square as tweeted by Zane Low and reported by 9to5Mac. The billboard promotes the worldwide availability and always-on broadcast of the new online music channel. Notably missing from the advertisement is the Apple logo, which Apple has decided not to include in this part of the campaign.

The new Apple Music service with the Beats 1 channel will debut on June 30th. Apple Music will cost $9.99 per month for an individual plan with a family...

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06:51
Apple seemingly joining Confederate flag boycott as...

A couple of days after Zac Hall called for Apple to join large retailers like Walmart, Target, Sears, Amazon and eBay in withdrawing from selling items featuring the Confederate flag, Apple appears to be working on doing just that.

Touch Arcade noticed that many Civil War games like Ultimate General: Gettysburg and the Hunted Cow series have all disappeared. An App Store search for ‘Confederate’ on Tuesday found plenty of games featuring the flag, while the same search today appears to show only apps dealing with the history (such as the reference work shown) above. All of the games shown in Tuesday’s search (below) have been removed...

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06:45
News: Apple publishes detailed list of Siri HomeKit...

Apple has updated its support document on HomeKit, adding a full list of voice commands that can be used with Siri to control HomeKit compatible accessories. Standard commands include obvious ones such as “Turn on the lights,” “Turn off the lights,” and “Set the brightness to 50%,” however, the document also illustrates some more advanced commands that can be used with defined rooms or scenes to say things like…

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06:43
With iPhone & Apple Watch, Apple playing a key...

With the iPhone an everyday part of millions of consumers' lives, and now the debut of the Apple Watch, healthcare professionals believe that Apple is a pivotal part in what they see as the "consumerization" of healthcare, driven by easy access to health-related data.

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06:34
News: Apple to pay 0.2 cents per song during Apple...

Apple will be paying royalties of 0.2 cents for each song that is streamed from Apple Music during the service’s three-month trial period, The New York Times reports. While the company had originally not planned to compensate artists during the free trial period for its new streaming music service, it reversed course earlier this week following an open letter from Taylor Swift castigating the company for its unwillingness to support struggling…

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06:10
Here’s Apple’s full list of supported Siri HomeKit...

With the first products using Apple’s HomeKit platform for home automation accessories arriving earlier this month, Apple has updated its support page detailing a full list of supported Siri commands.

The Siri commands, which will act as the main method of controlling HomeKit accessories, include many that you’d expect such as ones for turning accessories on or off or adjusting settings, but also a long list of commands that will be used...

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06:07
Rapper will.i.am dismisses Apple Watch as “weird”...


will.i.am seen with Angela Ahrendts at last year’s Apple Watch event

Musician and former Beats shareholder will.i.am said that seeing someone in a gym with an iPhone 6 strapped to their arm while wearing an Apple Watch made him think “that s*** is weird,” reports the NY Post.

The comment – made at the Cannes Lions festival where Apple won an award for its Shot on iPhone campaign – was probably not what Apple had in mind when the company invited him to the launch of the Watch last year.

You don’t have to look too far to see why he would want to diss the Watch, however: he...

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06:03
News: VOXOA Waterproof Bluetooth Earbuds

In today’s iLounge Deal we’re offering the VOXOA Water-Resistant Bluetooth Earbuds for only $64.99 – 50% off the regular price. These premium stereo earbuds are designed to handle your workouts and rainstorms, with every playlist you throw at them. Crystal clear sound gives wired earphones a run for their money, and advanced Clear Voice Capture technology provides uninterrupted phone communication. You can listen for up to six hours…

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06:00
New Samsung ad portrays Apple fans as cable-tangled...

Samsung continues its years-long advertising campaign against Apple fans with the release of its latest Galaxy S6 commercial. The latest volley portrays the group as bumbling idiots always tripping over their tangled changing cables. While poking fun at competitors, the new "Change the Way you Charge" ad points out the benefits of the built-in inductive charging offered by the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge.

Our take on the news:

Charge, schmarge. I'll happily carry a single lightning cable that'll charge all my iOS devices any day over Samsung's wireless charging solution that is only supported by the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones.

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05:34
Spotify hits back at Apple Music 3-month free trial...

Spotify appears to be feeling the heat from the impending launch of Apple Music. While it currently offers U.S. consumers a trial of three months for $0.99, most other countries are offered only a one month free trial – which it has just doubled to two months in a bunch of other countries.

It was confirmed this morning that Apple would be taking the same approach as Spotify in effectively paying labels a 35% royalty – half the going rate – during its own three-month free trial.

I recently outlined my reasons for believing Spotify will really...

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04:59
The chemical tech that gives the the Apple Watch...

The Apple Watch Sport band may have been dismissed by some as something that likely costs just $2.05 to make, but it appears that some clever chemical tech goes into its design. Patently Apple drew our attention to an Apple patent application that appears to describe the Sport band.

The method includes creating an inner layer of the woven fabric band with the inner layer having a first temperature melting point. In certain embodiments, a sheath surrounds the inner layer. Further, the sheath has a second temperature melting point that is different from the temperature melting point...

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04:24
Apple inventions hint at next-level iOS geofencing...

A pair of Apple patent applications published Thursday point to ongoing research in mobile device location sharing, one being an augmentation of existing iOS geofencing technology, and another detailing an entirely new form of indoor request-and-answer location notifications reliant on node-based triangulation.

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02:00
New flagship Union Square Apple Store beginning to...

Walls are beginning to rise at the site of Apple's new flagship store at Union Square in San Francisco, three blocks away from the company's existing flagship store at Stockton and Market Street (which the new location will replace next summer).

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Wednesday June 24

21:41
With IBM partnership, Box thinks beyond cloud...

After announcing its landmark partnership with IBM on Tuesday, cloud-based content management firm Box elaborated on what iOS users -- and developers building on Box's platform -- can expect when the first jointly developed products hit market later this year, and intra-office file sharing is just the tip of the iceberg.

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20:15
How It’s Made: Beats Headphones

I don’t think Beats sound particularly good, but it’s an interesting article.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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18:54
Apple to reportedly pay 0.2 cents per song for Apple...

As Apple Music nears its June 30 debut more information is coming out regarding Apple's fee structure as applied to the service's 90-day free trial, with reports on Wednesday now pegging the number at 0.2 cents per play.

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18:22
Hands-on: WatchPlate’s rose gold treatment...

Nope, I haven’t caved to temptation and bought a $10,000 gold Apple Watch (waiting for gen-2…kidding!) … that’s a $549 stainless steel Apple Watch that met WatchPlate’s plating service to create a rose gold version with stunning resemblance to the Apple Watch Edition.

Last month we unboxed the first 42mm Apple Watch “3rd-party gold-plated edition” with Link Bracelet, a yellow gold version that looks like the ones only celebrities like Beyonce have, and today we’re taking a look at WatchPlate’s rose gold plating on a 38mm Apple Watch with Classic Buckle and Sport band. Check out our hands-on photos below:...

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17:59
Macworld’s July Digital Edition: which laptop has...

Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld Digital Edition.

Available as single copies or with a yearlong subscription, the Digital Edition comes in two forms: Enhanced and PDF replica. The Enhanced Edition has all the news, analysis, product reviews, and how-to’s, along with interactive features, videos, and slideshows—customized for consumption on your iPad. The PDF replica Edition is designed for your mobile device’s touchscreen to allow pinch and zoom.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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16:42
Are T-Mobile iPhones cursed with crashes and blue...

Today I noticed that every time I pulled my T-Mobile iPhone out of my pocket and tried to use it, I couldn’t use Touch ID and had to enter my passcode. I didn’t give it a second thought, since I was so focused on doing what I wanted to do on my iPhone.

But then I saw the following tweet from MacRumors:

T-Mobile iPhone Users Seeing Frequent Random Restarts and Blue Screens http://t.co/XntijFd2bP by @julipuli

— MacRumors.com (@MacRumors) June 24, 2015

And it all started to make sense. To see if that’s why I kept having to enter a passcode, I placed my iPhone on my desk and left it on. It crashed with a blue screen of death four times in 45 minutes. It also crashed while I used different apps.

...

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16:33
Anyone trying out El Capitan?

Forums: Software

Anyone trying out the new release?

Note: this year is different from the past and the developer forums are indexed by the major search engines, so anything discussed there is not as restricted as years past.

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16:04
Apple Music ad blitz moves to Times Square with...

In preparation of the upcoming Apple Music launch on June 30, Apple installed a gigantic billboard in Times Square this week advertising its unique live-streaming Beats 1 radio service.

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16:02
∞ The Dalrymple Report with Merlin Mann: It Started...

Essential apps, what makes a great app, and some stuff about KISS.

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15:51
Dropbox boasts 400 million users but rivals are...

Dropbox made itself a household name by giving away cloud storage. The eight-year-old company, valued at $10 billion, had 300 million registered users a year ago; now it’s got 400 million. Its two-year-old effort to make money from business users has been less impressive. While Dropbox led the $904 million global market for business file-sharing last year with about a 24 percent share, No. 2 Box and No. 3 Microsoft each took about 21 percent and doubled their slice of the pie, growing almost twice as fast, according to researcher IDC.

Dropbox is hugely popular, but it seems clear they need to figure out this sales strategy quickly.

∞ Read this on The...

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15:28
Apple CEO Tim Cook invited to attend Sun Valley...

Apple CEO Tim Cook is reportedly on the list to make a return appearance at this year's Sun Valley conference in Idaho next month, where media and tech moguls meet to take in lectures, participate in roundtables and broker deals.

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15:17
External Link: Take a Virtual Climb Up El Capitan

Google Maps has created a virtual climb up El Capitan. No, not the upcoming OS X release, but the actual rock formation in Yosemite National Park. Using Google Street View, you can experience more than 20 panoramic images taken by climbers who scaled the rock.

 

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13:44
Devialet Wants You to Experience an Emotional Sound...


Capable of pushing out sound levels that approach the edge of the infrasound spectrum, Devialet's Phantom speaker system finally reached the U.S. market last week. The 740 watt, 99 db base model, the Phantom, will sell for $1,990; the 3,000 watt, 105 dB Phantom Silver will sell for $2,390. Devialet will begin fulfilling U.S. preorders for the hi-fi speakers this September. Echoing the strategy that ultimately earned Beats a spot on Apple's team, Devialet is providing a step up for audio enthusiasts who want higher sound fidelity.

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12:30
The Week in iOS Accessories: Like an Apple Watch for...

Getting an earful

This week’s roundup includes the Jabra Sport Coach, earbuds that can also measure your athletic performance. Like some other new device we’ve been hearing about.

USBFever

The $12 Clip-on Super Wide Angle Lens works with both late-generation iPhone and iPad models. It easily clips on to offer a wide-angle view for your device’s camera, and you can order additional lenses that fit the clip.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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12:17
Today in the App Store, featuring Shifts – Shift...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today’s notable apps include a discount on Shifts – Shift Worker Calendar; the new Really. app ; and an update to Perfect Weather. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Nearly - Smart Location Reminders [$1.99 → Free] Nearly is a simple way to create smart location reminders.

Vintique [$0.99 → Free] Vintique provides awesome vintage filters and powerful image editing tools.

Halftone 2 - Comic Book Creator [$1.99 → Free] Easily turn your photos into comic...

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12:16
Facebook Messenger apps to allow chatting without a...

Facebook on Thursday announced that new Messenger users will soon be able to sign up without a Facebook account, potentially expanding the reach of the chat service.

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12:01
Article: CE Week 2015: IK Multimedia, Monowear’s...

Continuing our coverage of CE Week in Manhattan, we were able to stop by and talk with a number of other interesting companies developing new accessories for the iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Apple Watch. Monowear has just launched the first third-party Apple Watch bands that we’ve seen in public. The company’s “Outdoor” bands start at $60, with leather bands priced at $80, metal mesh for $90, and metal link bands in the $100-$120…

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11:53
Apple debuts massive Beats 1 advertisement in Times...

Ahead of its launch next week, Apple today has launched a new ad for Beats 1 in Times Square in New York City. Zane Lowe, who will be one of three hosts on Apple’s 24/7 streaming station Beats 1, tweeted the above image of the advertisement.

The promotional image touts that Beats 1 is worldwide and always on, two of the qualities Apple discussed heavily when it unveiled Apple Music at WWDC. What’s weird about the Times Square advertisement, however, is that there is no Apple logo anywhere on the monumental display. There’s only a Beats logo, albeit slightly modified, the “Worldwide. Always on.” tagline, and the June 30th launch date. It’s a risky move by Apple not...

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11:43
Apple’s Lisa Jackson to lead all of Apple’s social...

The Washington Post:

Lisa Jackson, former head of the Environmental Protection Agency and Apple’s top executive on environmental issues, will become the company’s lead on all policy initiatives, including the environment, education and accessibility. Her new title will be the vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives.

In a memo to employees, Apple chief executive Tim Cook said that Jackson’s new role is in line with the company’s dedication to “leaving the world better than we found it.”

Another good sign that Apple’s commitment to environment issues isn’t just lip service. Even better, they wisely see this as part of making the company better and more successful.

...

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11:34
Kenwood ships its first aftermarket receivers...

Kenwood on Wednesday began shipping two new dash receivers, the DDX9902S and DDX9702S, expanding aftermarket support for Apple CarPlay beyond Alpine and Pioneer units for the first time.

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11:14
iOS 9 FAQ

Rene Ritchie put together an FAQ of Apple’s new iOS.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:55
Apple expanding user privacy, will prevent iOS apps...

As part of a continued focus on protecting user privacy, Apple is reportedly planning to change a policy on third-party applications and prevent them from finding out what other apps are installed on an iPhone or iPad.

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10:18
How to backup your iPhone to Apple's iCloud

When iPhone first launched, backing up data was a cumbersome process that required users to transfer their files to a Mac or PC via iTunes. Apple has since moved to the cloud with iCloud, providing an incredibly simple way to back up iPhones, iPads and iPods without a host computer.

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10:13
US, Brit Spooks Bedevil Security Software


The United States' National Security Agency and the UK's Government Communications Headquarters reportedly have been attacking antivirus and other security software since at least 2008. The aim is to infiltrate networks and track users. The agencies apparently have reverse-engineered security and antivirus software, sometimes under dubious legal authority, and monitored the vendors' Web and email traffic to subvert their products. One of their main targets has been Kaspersky Lab.

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09:20
Article: Live From CE Week 2015: Brand New iPad,...

Every year, Manhattan hosts CE Week — the official summertime event of the Consumer Electronics Association - and iLounge sponsors iLounge NYC, a dedicated area for Apple accessory makers. CE Week officially opens to attendees this morning, with exhibitions running through tomorrow afternoon. iLounge NYC is hosting a number of Apple accessory companies this year, and we’re live at CE Week checking out what’s new from them and other companies…

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09:08
Apple Music wins over indie labels with royalty...

Taylor Swift’s open letter to Apple may have sealed the deal on the company’s royalty payment reversal, but the independent artists and labels who had also protested Apple Music’s royalty-free 3-month trial also factored into Cupertino’s decision. Now Apple has convinced two major indie hold-outs to sign on with the streaming service just days before its launch.

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09:07
1Password for iOS updated to 5.4.3, includes bug...

1Password’s proven fairly infallible so far and its updates have been useful.

On that note, AgileBits announced the release of 1Password 5.4.3 for iOS. The new version offers the following fixes and changes:

1Password 5.4.3 retails for US$9.99 and requires iOS 8.0 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback to offer, let us know in the comments.

Via AgileBits

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09:00
Meet Twist, the AirPlay light-bulb speaker designed...

The connected home sounds like a pie-in-the-sky concept to apartment renters who can’t exactly invest in expensive hardware and rewire a place just to pack up and move after a year or two. But there are little ways to bring home automation into your temporary dwelling without huge costs up-front. Take Twist, a new LED light bulb that turns your lamp into a Jambox-style speaker using just AirPlay.

Twist is one of the simplest home automation products I’ve ever seen demoed. There’s no installation. There’s no hub.

“There’s literally no set-up,” said Shaun Springer, CEO of New York-based Astro, the home automation start-up behind Twist. “You don’t even have to put in a password.”

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08:56
Oh Flash. Sigh.

An evergreen blog post:

Adobe has released an emergency software patch for Flash after it found a serious vulnerability being exploited by hackers.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:42
News: Pharrell’s new single will be exclusive to...

Freedom. June 30th @AppleMusic
https://t.co/82MceAkbRe— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) June 23, 2015 In a teaser video posted on Twitter, Pharrell Williams reveals that his new single ‘Freedom’ will be exclusive to Apple Music and available on the subscription service’s June 30 launch date. Apple has locked down several celebrity guest DJs ahead of Apple Music’s debut and courted other artists for exclusive content…

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08:31
Adobe pushes Flash Player 18.0.0.194, cites security...

As useful as it may be, Adobe is still putting out fires with Flash Player.

The company issued a security update for its Flash Player on OS X, Windows, and Linux. In the bulletin, it cited that this update addresses a critical security vulnerability that could allow an attacker to gain control and take over an affected system.

While Adobe notes that hackers have most commonly taken advantage of this vulnerability with systems running Internet Explorer for Windows 7 and Firefox on Windows XP, the exploit affected all users. To combat the issue, the company has pushed the 18.0.0.194 build of Flash Player and is urging all users to update...

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08:23
Daily Deals for June 24, 2015, featuring OmniGraffle

It’s time to save some of your hard-earned money with our Daily Deals, featuring highlighted deals for AWT readers, hardware discounts and our own handpicked iOS and OS X sales. All prices are USD and subject to change. Please check prices before you purchase as some deals may expire quickly.

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08:17
Apple’s “World Gallery” campaign wins outdoor Lions...

Fast Company:

Apple’s “World Gallery” campaign, by agency TBWA\Media Arts Lab, that showcased iPhone photos taken by amateur and professional photographers around the world, has snapped the top prize in the Outdoor Lions at Cannes this year.

According to the jury president Juan Carlos Ortiz, creative chairman at DDB Americas, the judges didn’t so much choose “World Gallery,” it chose them. Praising the Grand Prix winner, Ortiz said: “It’s not just a great idea, it’s a game changer. It’s really opening a new way of doing things and changing behavior.”

Congratulations not just to Apple for the win but to all the photographers who had their work showcased. It really brought to the fore how a creative person with an iPhone can create amazing images.

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08:13
Apple begins labeling Apple Maps camera vans in US,...

The good news is that Apple is now labeling the camera-laden SUVs that may or may not be taking a picture of your house.

Weeks after confirming the existence of the vans, the minivans now sport a simple “Apple Maps” decal along the rear quarter panels, with the address of Apple’s Maps microsite below. Both decals appear to be set in Myriad, Apple’s marketing typeface of choice for years.

Apple has stated that data collected “will be used to improve Apple Maps,” and provides an up-to-date list of locales where data will be collected in the immediate future.

When the vans first appeared in February of this year, many believed they were acting as testbeds for a secretive...

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07:51
Apple Music signs Beggars Group, Merlin

Billboard:

Apple Music, the hardware giant’s soon-to-launch streaming service, has landed an eleventh-hour coup, striking deals with the independents’ digital rights organization Merlin and with Martin Mills’ indie powerhouse Beggars Group, sources tell Billboard. Label group PIAS has also announced it has signed on.

In a letter sent to Merlin members, CEO Charles Caldas writes, “I am pleased to say that Apple has made a decision to pay for all usage of Apple Music under the free trials on a per-play basis, as well as to modify a number of other terms that members had been communicating directly with Apple about. With these changes, we are happy to support the deal.”

I think independent music will be a big deal for Apple Music and, like many, am getting more and more excited to see what Apple Music will offer in terms of real world use.

...

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07:22
Apple Music picks up major indie labels following...

Taylor Swift isn't the only artist happy with Apple's decision to pay artists for songs played during Apple Music's three-month free trial: Billboard reports that major indie outfits Beggars Group and the Merlin Network have also made deals with Apple. Indie labels and artists had been fairly vocal about not wanting to sign up for the service, but it took a letter from Taylor Swift to actually change Apple's mind.

Swift's letter, which was published this past Sunday, stated that she would not be releasing her latest album 1989 to Apple Music because of the service's royalty-free...

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07:12
News: U.K. Apple Pay won’t require a PIN, but likely...

Apple has spelled out the requirements for using Apple Pay in the United Kingdom in an FAQ. Apple’s requirement that users enter their Touch ID or passcode for every purchase means using Apple Pay won’t require entering a separate PIN at the terminal, but at launch in July transactions will likely be limited to £20 or less at many retailers. While Apple Pay allows transactions of any amount, payments to retailers with most existing contactless…

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06:45
News: Report: Apple Music cut deals with prominent...

With less than a week to go before launch of its new music service, Apple has now struck deals with indie label Beggars Group and digital rights organization Merlin, Billboard reports. Merlin CEO Charles Caldas sent a letter to members recommending the new arrangement now that Apple has agreed to pay royalties during the service’s three-month free trial, although financial terms were not disclosed. Apple’s pay rate for artists during the…

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06:30
Apple adds seven new Flyover locations to iOS and OS...

Apple this week expanded its Flyover support to include seven cities worldwide as the company strives to improve its mapping service. These new Flyover locations will be available to both iOS and OS X users and include the following cities:

  • Almería, Spain
  • Braga, Portugal
  • Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
  • Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Kiel, Germany
  • Kingston upon Hull, England
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico

Introduced in iOS 8, Flyover is a mapping feature that provides a 3D view of notable landmarks, buildings and points of interests in supported cities. It is only available in cities where high-resolution imagery and 3D modeling combine to provide a zoomed overhead view of a location of interest. 

Our take on the news:

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06:20
News: Apple already publishing iOS 9 Tips in latest...

Apple has already begun pushing out tips specific to iOS 9 in the second iOS 9 beta released yesterday. The built-in Tips app, which first appeared last year in the fourth iOS 8 beta, provides push-based tips to help illustrate useful features specific to Apple’s latest mobile operating system. So far, two iOS 9 specific tips have appeared in the latest beta, the first explaining how users can now search for a player or team to get the latest…

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06:10
Apple's Lisa Jackson Now Vice President of...

Apple yesterday updated its executive leadership webpage to reflect Lisa Jackson's new role as Vice President of Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives, following a leaked memo published by the Washington Post that detailed these changes. 

Jackson previously left her administrator position at the US Environmental Protection Agency and joined Apple in 2013 as the Vice President of Environmental Initiatives. Her expanded role for policy and social initiatives will allow Jackson to guide Apple's environmental efforts, educational policy programs, product accessibility work and global governmental affairs, says Apple.  

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06:09
News: Daily Deal: MFi-Certified 10-Ft iOS Lightning...

Today in iLounge Deals you can pick up a MFi-Certified 10-Ft iOS Lightning Cable for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod for only $18.99 – that’s over 50% off the normal price. This handy cable gives you the length you need to comfortably couch-surf from your iOS device without having to worry about running out of power or staying in close proximity to your wall outlets.

Get your MFi-Certified 10-Ft iOS Lightning Cable now for only $18.99...

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05:56
Google eavesdropping tool installed on computers...

Some folks are calling this evil. I don’t think there’s any evil intent here, at least not on Google’s part. But the use of this approach to do evil is obvious.

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05:48
iOS 9 includes emergency space saving feature

A bit of a hack, made necessary by an OS update size that outgrew the smallest iOS device RAM size. But a terrific idea, nonetheless.

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05:40
Seven iOS web browsers compared

Kirk McElhearn takes a quick tour through seven (six, really) iOS browsers. Good to know the strengths and specialties of each.

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05:32
Serenitea is a great tea timer for iPhone and Apple...

Serenitiea ($0.99) is a simple, useful timer for iPhone and Apple Watch.

I don't like coffee; I like tea. There, I said it. Feels kind of good to get that off my chest, actually. Down with coffee!

While the process of brewing tea is less persnickety than producing a proper cup of coffee, there are a few things to keep in mind. Each type of tea wants a specific water temperature, steeping time and water-to-leaf ratio. This is where a simple app like Serenitea helps.

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Talk about a clean, straight-forward look. Serenitea's main screen lists eight types of tea in a scrollable, legible list. The timing screen is just as pretty and clean, with a big 'ol, can't-miss-it timer and preparation suggestions.

Use

At the bottom of the screen you'll find the suggested leaf-to-water ratio and optimal water temperature. Tap either to change the unit of...

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05:25
Apple Maps adds 7 new city flyovers

Here’s the official flyover list, along with a quick “how to” on using flyover.

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05:00
Apple’s New iPhone Dock Versus the Competition

Users of current-model iPhones finally have an Apple dock that also works with older iPhones, even those protected by cases. How does the iPhone Lightning Dock stack up to third-party cradles?

 

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Make your own app with these DIY services

Small business owners: Have you ever considered going mobile? That is, making an app for your business, whether it’s a restaurant, store, or events company?

It’s not a bad idea, right? After all, you know your customers are on their phones 24/7, so you might as well capitalize on that.

Good news: Going mobile isn’t nearly as difficult or as expensive as you might think. In fact, you don’t even need to hire an outside developer to create an app for your business. There are plenty of do-it-yourself app building services on the market, which offer intuitive app creation tools and app hosting for a low monthly fee.

I tried out several DIY services and found that Appy Pie, Como, and GoodBarber are all especially user-friendly for people who have never built so much as a website (let alone an app). Here’s how they work.

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01:00
The next Ubuntu phone is here, but you'll need...

Another Ubuntu phone, another unusual launch. After the BQ Aquaris E4.5, which debuted with a series of online flash sales, Canonical is following up with an invite-only handset built by Meizu. Yep, the same Meizu that once hoped to release an Ubuntu...

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23:32
Apple Music reaches streaming deal with indie labels...

A report late Tuesday claims Apple has inked last-minute streaming deals with independent record labels under the umbrellas of Merlin and Beggars Group, suggesting tracks from the likes of FKA Twigs, Radiohead, M.I.A. and more will be part of Apple Music's debut lineup.

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19:04
Apple adds 7 new 3D Flyover locations to Maps


Kingston upon Hull

Apple today has added seven new cities to its Flyover feature in Maps. Flyover, for those unfamiliar offers high resolution 3D imagery of locations via the Apple Maps app. Apple added 20 new Flyover locations back in April, including the Arches National Park in Utah. In February, the company added nine new cities, including Venice.

Today’s new additions can be seen below and bring the total number of Flyover locations to 148.

  • Almería, Spain
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Braga, Portugal
  • Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
  • Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Kiel, Germany
  • Kingston upon Hull, England

Apple offers a...

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18:55
Building Eric Clapton’s 1964 ES-335 Guitar

This is a YouTube playlist showing how this guitar was built. Just wow.

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18:42
VP Lisa Jackson promoted to oversee all of Apple’s...

Apple today has updated the biography of Lisa Jackson on its executive leadership webpage, noting that she is now Vice President of Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives. Previously, Jackson was the VP of Environmental Initiatives only. The promotion will allow Jackson to take over leadership of all governmental affairs and public policy teams, according to Apple.

Tim Cook announced the change in a memo to employees, obtained by The Washington Post. In the memo, Cook explains that in her new position, Jackson will be even more able to work towards Apple’s central goal of leaving the world...

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18:24
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18:00
Daily Deals for June 23, 2015

It’s time to save some of your hard-earned money with our Daily Deals, featuring highlighted deals for AWT readers, hardware discounts and our own handpicked iOS and OS X sales. All prices are USD and subject to change. Please check prices before you purchase as some deals may expire quickly.

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  • OmniGraffle [Standard version starts at $49 for iOS, $99 for Mac] OmniGraffle is for creating precise, beautiful graphics. Like website wireframes, an electrical system design, a family tree, or mapping out software classes. For artists, designers, casual data-mappers, and everyone in-between.

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16:11
Apple takes top Outdoor Lions prize at Cannes...

Apple first launched its Shot on iPhone 6 ad campaign earlier this year to showcase photographs taken by users with their iPhone. The shots were shown in Apple’s World Gallery and were taken from various areas around the world. Now, Apple’s World Gallery campaign has taken the top prize in the Outdoor Lions category at the Cannes Grand Prix festival. The World Gallery images were shown off on billboards around the world. 

Apple won a Grand Prix in Press back in 2013 for its ad campaign that placed ads on the backs of magazines, advertising the size of the...

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16:00
Today in the App Store, featuring Toca Life: Town...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today’s notable apps include a discount on Toca Life: Town; the new Count Days Pro; and an update to 5by. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Book Crawler [$1.99 → Free] Forgot which books you have read? Tired of buying books you already own? Not sure what to checkout at the library? Want to tell others about what you are reading and share thoughts? Welcome to Book Crawler- the HIGHEST RATED book database in the App Store based on hundreds of professional and user reviews!

Toca Life: Town [$2.99 → Free] You rule this Town, a play world where anything and everyone is welcome! With...

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15:44
Amazon Holds Coming-Out Party for Echo's Alexa


About seven months of invitation-only exclusivity for Prime customers came to a close on Tuesday as Amazon opened up sales of Echo, its digital assistant hardware, to anyone willing to spend $180 for it. Amazon will start fulfilling new Echo orders on July 14, but shoppers can prepurchase the cylindrical tower now. The device is animated by Alexa, digital assistant software that can call on Amazon Web Services to share whatever information users request. Alexa can play music, read news reports, create to-do lists and more.

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14:29
Facebook can recognize you without looking at your...

Think you can stop Facebook from automatically tagging photos of you by covering your face? Think again.

The New Scientist reports that Facebook is developing a new facial recognition algorithm so powerful that it can identify individuals even when their faces are hidden or blocked off. Instead the experimental algorithm gathers information based on other unique characteristics like hair style, body shape, and body language. It can even identify individuals based on what types of clothing they typically wear.

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14:09
Marketcircle: Helping small businesses grow and 10%...

Marketcircle, helping small businesses grow with amazing Mac, iPad, iPhone apps, and now Apple Watch. Marketcircle is a Mac-based software company in Toronto that develops award-winning apps to help you save time, stay organized, and work happier. Serving the Apple/Mac community for over 10 years, Marketcircle’s Daylite and Billings Pro can take your business to new heights.

Daylite is a business productivity app that brings together the benefits of a CRM, project management app, calendar app, and to-do app all in one. Daylite helps you share information, build effective processes, and increase efficiency. With Daylite to keep you and your team organized, you can accomplish more than you thought possible.

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14:05
Opinion: Apple’s App Store needs to join the...

Apple’s App Store should join Amazon, eBay, Walmart and others in boycotting the Confederate Flag

Apple’s Tim Cook added his voice to the chorus of CEOs speaking against displaying the Confederate Flag on Sunday, indirectly referencing it as a symbol for racism. In a tweet, Cook called to honor the lives of the victims in last week’s tragic South Carolina shooting by “eradicating racism & removing the symbols & words that feed it.” An Alabama native like myself, Cook has been a strong proponent for equality during his tenure as CEO, often speaking out against the South’s tarnished history and the...

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14:00
Apple extends its exclusive rights to Liquidmetal...

After Apple’s original contract securing the rights to use Liquidmetal’s unique metal alloy in consumer electronic products was extended through February 2015, today proof comes that Apple has once again secured rights for another year, hinting at its continued interest in the material.

On June 17, 2015, Liquidmetal Technologies, Inc. (the “Company”) and Apple Inc. (“Apple”) entered into a third amendment (the...

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13:00
Venezuela: The land where an iPhone 6 costs $47,678...

Venezuela was once a country with a robust oil economy and a population that, while predominantly poor, was beginning to crawl out of the abyss of poverty. Then came the economic policies of Hugo Chávez and his successor Nicolás Maduro, who spent the fortunes of the country on ill-advised social programs that didn't help the abjectly poor and ruined the rest of the economy. Now it's a country where you can -- if you can find one -- buy an iPhone 6 for $47,678. 

Bloomberg Business had a piece about how the combination of high levels of criminal violence, chronic scarcity of basic goods, and high inflation have conspired to make a common staple for many around the world -- a smartphone -- just a dream in Venezuela. If you are lucky enough to have enough money to get an iPhone 6 (you'll probably need to be a government official or...

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12:53
News: Google Play Music adds free, ad-supported...

Google has announced the launch of a free, ad-supported streaming radio tier to Google Play Music, allowing users to listen to any of the service’s curated streaming radio stations without needing to pay for a subscription. Google Play Music has offered a free tier for some time that allows users to upload up to 50,000 of their own tracks and stream them from Google’s cloud, however listening to anything the user hadn’t specifically…

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12:36
Review: blueLounge’s Posto is the handsome headphone...

When the iPod was surging, full-sized headphones were flailing. For decades, big “cans” were the only proper way to quietly listen to the massive audio players stored in home A/V cabinets. But by 2006, portable audio devices were king, and their pocketable little white earbuds were everywhere. Then Beats by Dre came along and convinced people that big headphones were worth buying again, even for portable media players. Beats’ signature Studio headphones aren’t as easy to carry around as little earbuds, but as their growing popularity demonstrates, people haven’t seemed to mind.

blueLounge’s new Posto ($20) is the latest in a series of “big headphone” stands made by Apple...

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12:36
iOS 9 can automatically delete, reinstall apps to...

The second beta of Apple's next-generation mobile operating system revealed a new feature that went undiscovered until now -- the ability to automatically delete apps to clear space for the update, then reinstall them once the upgrade is complete.

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12:30
The Week in Mac Apps: From Mars, with love

From Mars, with love

This week’s roundup of new Mac apps brings you a way to brighten up your living space, a program that makes your desktop bloom, and another one that makes sure you will never, ever lose another piece of data again—well, probably.

Kitchen Design 5D 1.0.3

Ah, summer—the perfect time for home owners to start looking around for a renovation project that will keep us busy.

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11:53
iOS 9 can delete and automatically re-download apps...

iOS 9 is implementing some changes to make things easier on owners of 8GB and 16GB iPhones and iPads. We've already taken a look at App Thinning, a collection of technologies that will reduce the amount of space downloaded apps take up. And Apple also says it has reduced the amount of free space needed to install OTA software updates—the main iOS 9 update needs about 1.3GB, compared to 4.6GB for iOS 8.0.

Today, the company sent out its first update for the iOS 9 developer beta, and iOS developer Kaleb Butt noticed yet another feature—if you don't have the required free space, the operating system will offer to delete apps to make room for the update. It will then automatically re-download them when the update is complete.

Deleting an app from your...

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11:38
Apple releases new developer betas of iOS 9, watchOS...

Developers got their talented hands on the betas of OS X El Capitan, iOS 9, and watchOS 2 a couple weeks back at WWDC. On Tuesday, Apple released second version of all three of those developer betas.

To get developer betas, you need to be part of Apple’s Developer Program, which is now just one program—formerly, devs had to register separately for OS X and iOS.

Developers who already have the first beta of iOS 9 installed can upgrade over the air, or download it from Apple’s Developer Resources. The OS X El Capitan beta is available in the Mac App Store, on machines already running the first beta, or from the Mac Developer Center.

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11:30
A happy day for developers: Apple releases a slew of...

Developers who are working on future versions of their apps for iOS, Mac OS X and watchOS got a nice gift from Apple today, with the latest betas of each of the major operating systems being made available for download.

First up was the second beta version of watchOS 2. However, the beta was pulled for unknown reasons a few hours later...

Next came the second beta (version 13A4280e) of iOS 9. It's available as an OTA (over-the-air) update to anyone who has the first beta installed on their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. The release notes say that the update fixes problems with the first beta, providing better AirPlay connectivity. Restoring from an iOS 9 backup is now speedier, Mail doesn't crash when you try to print a message, and third-party keyboards work in search results. The update also fixes an issue in which it was impossible to change a password in the Family section of iCloud Settings.

This doesn't mean iOS 9 is ready for business, though -- there are...

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11:25
Instagram iPhone app adds revamped Explore tab w/...

Instagram is rolling out an update today for its iPhone app bringing two major new features, including a redesigned Explore tab and improved search functionality. The company said the updates will “help connect our community to the world as it happens,” or in other words, a more real-time experience thanks to new trending Tags and Places within the Explore tab. 

With more than 70 million photos and videos posted to Instagram every day, wherever something is happening, chances are you can see it here. Whether it’s behind the scenes at the NBA Finals, on the runway with the latest fashion trend at a favorite club with a local band, people are capturing moments large and small on Instagram. But, until now, there’s...

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11:22
iOS 9 allows users to temporarily delete apps to...

A new iOS 9 feature added in beta 1 was only discovered when users attempted to update to beta 2 earlier today. This new feature will allow the operating system to intelligently delete applications if you don’t have enough free space to perform a software update. Once the update is complete, the apps will automatically be reinstalled and your data will remain intact.

Well this is new. http://t.co/BQKMDn5D6c


Kaleb Butt (@Kaleb_Butt) June 23, 2015

The feature is designed to accompany another iOS 9 tweak that was announced during the...

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11:12
Instagram makes it easier to discover trending events

On average, 70 million photos and videos get posted on Instagram every day. In this sea of filtered selfies, Instagram is now trying a new way to surface the most captivating photos with an upgraded discovery feature.

The Facebook-owned photo-sharing app announced on Tuesday that it has “reimagined” its Explore page to showcase events, places, and hashtags that are trending in real time, either nearby or across the globe. 

“This is our North Star—what we’ve been shooting for all along,” Instagram cofounder and CEO Kevin Systrom told Wired. “It’s a real-time visual pulse for what is happening in the world.”

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10:58
Google Calendar for iPhone adds Drive integration,...



Google Calendar is out with an improved version for the iPhone today with version 1.1. The list of changes is short but the improvements should be welcome.

The update includes integration with Google Drive so users can connect files with events on your calendar. Interactive notifications now include the ability to open directions from alerts or respond to guests via email. Finally, users can now see week numbers next to the calendar and more entries using the week view.

Google Calendar for iPhone is available for...

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10:57
Sony Meets Microsoft in Game Console Muscle Match


Beefed up and slimmed down, the new 1TB PlayStation 4 Ultimate Player Edition is scheduled to arrive in Japan before this month concludes and then launch in the UK in the middle of July, Sony announced on Sunday. The revised console, bearing twice the storage capacity of its predecessor, will arrive in the U.S. somewhere inside of the two weeks that follow its July 15 launch in the UK. Along with doubling the storage capacity of the original PlayStation 4, the Ultimate Player Edition is 10 percent lighter and uses about 8 percent less power.

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10:27
News: Apple releases second iOS 9, watchOS 2 betas...

Apple has released second betas of iOS 9 and watchOS 2 to developers, continuing the beta cycle for its next-generation mobile operating systems announced at WWDC for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and the Apple Watch. Featuring a build number of 13A4280e, the second iOS 9 beta features a number of under-the-hood improvements from the first beta, focusing on improving the stability and reliability of the new features in the operating system. The latest…

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10:15
Billboard interviews Eddie Van Halen

This is just fascinating. I love EVH and what he’s done for guitar players over the years. This is definitely a must read.

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