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Wednesday August 19

13:45
Review: This $15 aluminum charging stand for Apple...

With a lot of compromised designs due to the rush to get Apple Watch docks and stands to market, I wasn’t initially all that impressed with the often overpriced options available. That’s why I opted for a DIY mod of my own Apple Watch box. But at just $15, this new charging dock from Poetic is one of the first dock products I’ve received that I can confidently recommend to those of you currently window shopping for a watch stand. Here’s why you shouldn’t waste your time with pricier options…...

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13:37
Gear: Speck MightyPack

Speck, known for its cases, has introduced its first backpack — MightyPack ($80). The debut backpack for the company can hold up to a 15” MacBook, and there’s plenty of space for other accessories, including an iPad and iPhone. A vegan fur-lined “Tech Locker” pocket near the top of the bag has a hardshell for extra protection, and a hole inside the bag allows users to pass cables between compartments for charging purposes.…

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13:27
Apple issues 7th OS X 10.11 El Capitan beta to...

Apple on Wednesday released the seventh beta version of its upcoming OS X 10.11 El Capitan operating system to developers for testing, while at the same time pushing out a fifth beta to those participating in the public beta program.

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13:03
Tip of the Day: Customizing Default Message Replies...

The Apple Watch can be a great tool for keeping up with your messages on the go, but if talking into your wrist like a modern day Dick Tracy feels weird, you’re going to be limited to choosing from a list of canned responses. Fortunately, there are quite a few available and you can customize any of them to your liking by visiting the iPhone’s Apple Watch app. To do this, go into the Messages section and tap on any of the replies listed…

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12:25
Could the Best Windows 10 Laptop Be a Mac?

dkatana writes: Now that Windows 10 is finally out there many people are looking for the best laptop with the power to make the new OS shine. The sweet spot appears to be in $900-$1500 machines from Dell, Asus and HP. But Apple, the company that has been fighting Windows for ever, has other options for Windows 10: the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. According to InformationWeek there are many reasons to consider purchasing a MacBook as the next Windows machine, including design, reliability, performance, battery life, display quality and better keyboard. Also MacBooks have a higher resell value, retaining up to 50% of their price after five years.


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12:11
MLB okays Apple Watch for use in the dugout, cell...

Major League Baseball will reportedly allow coaches and team personnel to wear Apple Watches in the dugout during games --?while continuing to ban other electronic devices, including cell phones --?as long as the Watch is not used for communication.

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11:59
Apple Car May Have a Smart, Sensor-Equipped...


Apple might be working on a heads-up display for windshields, Trip Chowdhry, managing director of equity research at Global Equities Research, said in a note sent last week to the firm's clients. It will have built-in sensor technology, and the entire surface will function as a HUD. It may be a "completely new device," he wrote. The display measures between 27 inches and 50 inches and might be gesture controlled, Chowdhry said, noting that the largest iMac has a 27-inch screen, while an automobile windshield measures about 50 inches.

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11:42
The agonizingly slow decline of Flash

Kill it. Just kill it. Put it out of our misery.

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11:37
Review: Kanex iPhone ChargeSync Dock for iPhone 6 +...

Kanex has released iPhone ChargeSync Dock ($40), a charging and syncing dock with a built-in Lightning connector for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The dock is mostly made of aluminum, with a non-slip base. A A 1-meter USB cable is attached to the back of the dock, and Kanex says iPhone ChargeSync Dock puts out 2.4A of power, offering a relatively quick charge. Though the dock is marketed toward iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users, iPhone ChargeSync Dock is also compatible with smaller Lightning devices, such as the iPod touch or the past generation of iPhones. Even an iPad mini can be hitched to the dock, though it's a bit wobbly compared to the iPhone and iPod touch.{/exp:char_limit}
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10:03
Podcast 470: Binging on Apple TV rumors

Apple is allegedly planning to hold its alleged fall event on September 9, you know, maybe. (Invites haven't been sent yet.) 9to5Mac dropped some major leaks about a revamped Apple TV to be announced, reportedly, at said alleged event. Susie and Glenn love television—especially this one obscure cartoon created by Matt Groening—so this is very exciting for them both.

Back in Shelbyville, Apple has made iCloud work more like Dropbox in regards to deleted files, USB-C adapters aren't proving to be the panacea we had once thought, and a teenager was rude. Shocker.

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10:00
The Week in iOS Accessories: Tripods, big and small

Tripods, big and small

This week’s roundup includes a tripod so small it can fit in your wallet—and one that can reach more than six feet in height. Read on!  

iHome

The $40 iSP5 SmartPlug lets you “control small appliances up to 1800 watts or under, including lights, window air conditioners, fans, portable heaters, coffee makers, home audio systems and more” using voice commands on devices running iOS 8 or later. You’ll need the iHome Control app to run the system. 

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09:40
Conflicting reports surface over Dubai Apple Store...

Apple has been eyeing the prospect of opening a retail store in Dubai for quite some time now with hiring starting almost exactly a year ago and a UAE newspaper claiming three months ago that a 50,000 square foot store would open this month.

Up until now, however, legal issues over foreign ownership laws in the UAE have presented roadblocks from that happening, and today Bloomberg reported that Apple has been granted a significant exemption resolving that issue:

Apple Inc. has been granted an exemption from foreign ownership laws in the United Arab Emirates that will allow it 100 percent control of...

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09:39
Mark Gurman discusses Apple Music numbers and next...

This morning, our Senior Editor Mark Gurman went live on CNBC to discuss the conflicting Apple Music survey and usage numbers in addition to the next-generation Apple TV. You can watch both clips below.

Apple Music Numbers:

Apple TV Features and Launch: 

Filed under: AAPL Company ...

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09:26
‘Final Fantasy VII’ port arrives for iPhone &...

Square Enix announced earlier this year at E3 that it would bring back its beloved Final Fantasy VII title as a remake for consoles, PC, and iOS. Today, the iPhone and iPad version of the game officially arrives on the App Store.

While we learned previously that Square Enix wouldn’t be using its Luminous Engine for the remake, the game’s iTunes page does confirm that the iOS title is a direct “port based on Final Fantasy VII for PC” and arrives without any changes to the original game’s storyline. It’s also made some enhancements specially for the iPhone and iPad version…

As for improvements made for the iOS version of the game, users can switch between a “virtual analogue” and...

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09:16
Mac: Parallels Software Parallels Desktop 11

Another year brings another release of Parallels’ eponymous PC emulator for Macs. Ready for the release of OS X El Capitan, Parallels Desktop 11 ($80) supports Windows 10 and allows users to make use of Cortana, Microsoft’s digital assistant. Users can now simply swipe to switch between Mac and Windows screens, but even when Windows is running in the background, saying “Hey Cortana” will still get a reply from the digital assistant. Parallels also makes it possible to cut and paste or drag and drop items freely between Windows and Mac programs. Standard speed improvements are here, with Parallels claiming to have increased Windows startup performance by 50 percent and shaved 20 percent off the time it takes to open Microsoft Excel speadsheets. Battery life is improved 25 percent as well when operating in a new “travel mode.”  Users will be able to tailor the Windows experience to their preferred use (gaming vs. design, for example), allowing them to stretch the battery...

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09:11
WhatsApp Web feature now supports iOS, available for...

The highly popular WhatsApp messaging service owned by Facebook appears to be adding a new feature that allows iPhone users to chat in the browser using a web app. The feature is called WhatsApp Web and became available on various platforms including Android and Windows Phone earlier this year, but the feature was absent for iPhone users at the time “due to Apple platform limitations.” Using the chat service on the web requires running WhatsApp on a corresponding smartphone.

WhatsApp users on Reddit first noticed the...

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09:10
Report: Force Touch Stylus could turn iPad Pro into...

Apple could get back to its graphic design roots with a Force Touch stylus for the long-rumored iPad Pro.

According to KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi-Kuo, the pressure-sensitive stylus will be an optional feature in the larger iPad, which is rumored to have a 12.9-inch display with 2732-by-2048 resolution. Kuo believes Apple will begin mass-producing the iPad Pro in September or October of this year, 9to5Mac reports.

Kuo has a decent track record with Apple rumors, for instance predicting the larger iPhone 6 with a 128GB storage option but no sapphire display. However...

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09:09
'iPhone 6s' will move to Apple Watch'...

Composition testing of what is purportedly a shell for Apple's next-generation iPhone confirms previous reports that the new device will move to 7000-series aluminum, an alloy first introduced to Apple's lineup with the Watch.

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09:01
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPad mini 3 16GB $289 or 64GB...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

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Apple iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi in all colors: 16GB...

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08:53
∞ Mark Watney is still alive! The Martian, trailer 2.

The Martian. One of my favorite reads of all time. This movie has huge expectations, impossibly big shoes to fill. Here’s hoping they can science the shit out of the movie.

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08:48
Russia's Monocrystal identified as Apple Watch...

Apple's scratch resistant sapphire supplier for the Apple Watch is reportedly Monocrystal, a Russian firm which has become the largest synthetic sapphire manufacturer in the world.

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08:30
Apple granted exemption, will open two Apple Stores...

Apple is reportedly revving up plans to build not one, but two Apple Stores in the United Arab Emirates after it received a government exemption to an ownership law that required at least 51% local ownership of any facility built outside of so-called "free zones". 

The company was apparently refusing to build retail facilities in the region until it was able to receive the exemption, which will give the company full ownership of its stores. The stores will be the first in the Middle East, and are located in a small but important market region. The initial store is earmarked for Dubai this year, with a second store planned for Abu Dhabi in the future. 

There are about 17 million cellular subscribers in the area, but 61 percent of them use smartphones. Apple's iPhone 5s was the most popular phone in the fourth quarter of 2014...

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08:25
Apple Music retention is actually not too bad, says...

Apple has seemingly refuted a survey that found mediocre retention rates for the new Apple Music streaming service.

The survey, from music industry research firm MusicWatch, claimed that 48 percent of U.S. customers who’ve tried Apple Music aren’t using the service anymore. But in a statement to The Verge, Apple says the actual usage rate is 79 percent among all people who’ve activated their three-month free trial.

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08:10
Apple Store to move the iPod from table to rack

The long, slow demise of the iPod continues. Once a leader in Apple’s product line, the iPod will soon lose its spot on display tables at the Apple Store. Instead, the legendary device will be sold on the accessory wall at Apple Stores nationwide. At least that’s the rumor from 9to5Mac’s Marc Gurman—who has a great track record for accurate rumor reporting.

Gurman, who spoke with “several Apple retail managers,” says the changes will roll out overnight next Tuesday. It’s not clear if that means we’ll see the change the morning of August 25 or August 26. Regardless, it looks like you’ll be able to pick-up a newly revamped iPod and a pair of Beats headphones within just a few paces of...

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08:05
New analytical data hints at “iPad Pro” device with...

Additional evidence of a forthcoming “iPad Pro” has turned up again, this time in the form of analytics data.

Mobile analytics firm AppSee has reported that an iPad with model identifier “iPad6,8″ and a resolution of 2,732×2,048 pixels has appeared within its analytics logs. The firm is also seeing the “iPhone8,1″ and “iPhone8,2″ in its logs, as others have, which are likely the model identifiers for the so-called “iPhone 6s” and “iPhone 6s Plus.”

A few months ago, Taiwanese iOS developer Hiraku Wang shared iOS 9 beta code that suggested the 12.93-inch “iPad Pro” could feature a 2,732×2,048 pixels resolution. Research firm DisplaySearch also...

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08:01
How to boot your Mac in Verbose Mode

This is useful stuff. Worth bookmarking and passing along to other Mac support folks.

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07:58
On Siri, other voice-assists and humor

A nice look at the difference in humor between Siri and counterparts from other tech companies. Very interesting.

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07:48
Apple to open two Apple Stores in United Arab...

The United Arab Emirates is reportedly granting Apple an exemption from foreign ownership laws, allowing it to retain full control of planned operations in the country -- including two new Apple Stores.

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07:45
The downside of being featured by Apple in the App...

No doubt. Too many users too early in an app’s lifecycle can be bad news. Good words from M.G.

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07:29
Apple to demote the iPod, but here’s one reason to...

The iPod touch is being demoted. But there’s an important use case that Apple is ignoring.

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07:24
News: Apple moving iPod stock to accessory shelves...

Apple retail sources say starting next Wednesday, August 26, Apple Stores will be stocking iPods on store shelves alongside accessories, according to 9to5Mac. The move further separates the iPod from other Apple devices, which are kept in the back of the store and brought out to customers once they decide to buy one. Despite just getting a fresh set of updates, the iPod line has been demoted in Apple’s website redesign, as the once-flagship…

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07:12
Google OnHub Router Aims to Simplify Wi-Fi for...

Google’s surprise new hardware product, a Wi-Fi router, has many similar objectives to Apple’s AirPort base stations: simplicity, easy setup, and making services work better over a local network. Being platform agnostic, it may have broad appeal.

 

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06:48
News: Rumors: ‘iPad Pro’ found in data logs, to...

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is echoing previous speculation that Apple’s long-rumored 12.9-inch “iPad Pro”  will come with a Force-Touch enabled screen and a stylus to make it easier for users to navigate on the larger surface (via MacRumors). Rumors about the “iPad Pro” have been circulating since 2013, but Kuo thinks Apple will finally start mass production some time in September or October, making the…

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06:33
Study: 12% of Android users are considering a switch...

In a report obtained by AppleWorld.Today, Phoenix and SessionM's mobile insights platform, mXP, says that 12% of Android users are considering making the switch when Apple introduces the iPhone 6s/6s Plus. The next gen smartphone is expected to be introduced at an early September event — though Apple hasn't confirmed such an event.

The Phoenix market research firm says this "could potentially be a significant opportunity for Apple to increase its user base." More than 39,000 on-the-go consumers responded to the one-question micro-study that ran for 24 hours on Aug. 11. It was comprised of 42% Android users and 58% iOS users.

The single question — "Are you planning on buying the new iPhone this fall?" — was sent across a network of 12 million-plus mobile device users of the mXP...

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06:28
News: Daily Deal: Horizon RC Spy Drone

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering the Horizon Spy Drone for only $89.95 – that’s almost 50% off the normal price. A quadcopter like you’ve never flown before, this drone lets you perform daring aerial stunts and complex maneuvers in mid-air while recording them all with the integrated camera. Up to three control settings let you change your flight speed, and the LCD interface provides flight status information right on the…

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05:59
'iPad Pro' expected this fall, will get...

Apple's anticipated jumbo-sized iPad will feature Force Touch input via a new, optional stylus accessory, which will allow for new ways of interacting with the next-generation tablet, according to insider Ming-Chi Kuo.

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05:53
'iPad Pro' rumored for the fall; what can...

The rumored 12.9-inch "iPad Pro" will enter mass production sometime in September or October, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says in a note to clients (as noted by MacRumors.com). 

The analyst also thinks that the super sized iPad will come with a Force Touch-enabled stylus accessory so users can more easily navigate the increased surface area of the tablet. There are also various and sundry rumors that the iPad Pro will: run Mac OS X; have USB ports; and have a keyboard port.

The Sellers Research Group (that's me) thinks the iPad Pro will have an optional keyboard (as well as the aforementioned optional stylus), but will most certainly be a tablet. It will be able to perform basic computing tasks such as word processing, doing spreadsheets, surfing the Net, and basic image editing. However, don't expect it to handle heavy duty video editing, hardcore gaming and 3D model rendering. You'll...

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05:45
Apple's mythical 'iPad Pro' allegedly...

A new, high-resolution iPad with an as-yet-unseen model identifier has reportedly begun to surface in analytics data from some commercial iOS apps, suggesting that the long-rumored "iPad Pro" may have entered the later stages of testing.

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05:00
12-Mile-High Tower May Launch Spacecraft Horizontally


Thoth Technology last month won patents in the U.S. and UK for a space elevator -- a 12-mile-high tower that could herald a new era of space transportation. If all goes as planned, the freestanding ThothX Tower will be the tallest structure in the world by far. Dubhai's Burj Khalifa, currently the world's tallest building, is a mere half mile in height.
Thoth plans to build a rigid inflatable structure around an elevator that will be actively guided through its pneumatically pressurized interior.

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03:30
Six excellent IFTTT Recipes to make iOS even better

If This Then That is an incredibly handy automation service, bridging the gap between various apps, accounts, and devices to boost your productivity. And this free Web service is even better when paired with an iPhone. Here are six IFTTT tricks designed to bring iOS to a whole new level. 

Save battery life

The IF app delivers simple, clear notifications.

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02:45
NASA releases gorgeous image of Saturn's moon...

NASA today released a new image of Dione, one of Saturn's many moons, as the spacecraft responsible for the shots moved into the next phases of its assignment. The visible light photograph displays the many craters and ice cliffs on Dione's surface...

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01:33
Aston plans Tesla-fighting 800-hp electric Rapide

Aston Martin intends to launch an electric version of the Rapide in the next two years, boasting 800 horsepower, all-wheel drive, and a 200-mile range. An electric DBX is also on the way somewhat later. Aston Martin is taking direct aim at the top...

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01:14
BBC iPlayer now lets you pause and resume shows on...

BBC iPlayer lets you watch TV shows on almost any device, but until now all of the different apps have felt like pretty siloed experiences. Well, that's soon going to change. An update rolling out this week is adding support for "cross-device resum...

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00:11
Privacy-focused Blackphone 2 is ready for pre-order

Blackphone 2, the second iteration of Silent Circle's privacy-focused handset, is now available for pre-order -- assuming you don't mind reserving a device without knowing its price. The original Blackphone was sold at the flagship-level cost of $6...

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Tuesday August 18

22:57
VAIO returns: coming to a Microsoft Store near you...

When Sony announced that it was spinning off its PC business, many mourned the passing of the premium -- but not quite best-selling -- VAIO series. The company was reborn in Japan, focusing on far less PC models (only two at the start), and a Made...

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22:55
Study claims 80% of Apple Watch owners in US, UK use...

According to new data from research firm Wristly, which saw its statistics cited in Apple's latest earnings conference call, Apple Watch is proving to be a boon for Apple Pay users, as 80 percent of owners use the service to make purchases.

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22:03
'Rainbow Six: Siege' won't breach and...
21:46
Parallels 11 now available w/ support for Windows 10...

Parallels, the company behind the popular virtual machine software, has today released the latest iteration of its popular Mac app. Parallels 11 ($79.99 retail, $49.99 upgrade) is available now with many of the features that were accidentally leaked by the company last month. Top features are of course support for both Windows 10 including Cortana and OS X El Capitan, as well as a variety of enhancements that improve the virtualization experience…

Parallels touts that its latest version is up to 50 percent faster than previous iterations, including 50 percent faster boot up and shutdown times and 20...

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21:01
Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac: Taking virtual...

All images and video in this post ©2015 parallels inc.

Late summer has become the time of year when the Big Two of Mac virtual machine software -- Parallels and VMware -- introduce the latest version of their marquee apps. The first to drop in 2015 is Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac, which adds a number of new features and improves on the performance of the app.

First, Parallels Desktop 11 is not only ready to run Windows 10, but also OS X 10.11 El Capitan -- both as a host operating system and as a virtual machine. For those who decide to run Windows 10 in a VM on their Mac, there are some really interesting capabilities -- like "always on Cortana", making Microsoft's virtual assistant available even while you're using your Mac. Since Apple hasn't yet brought Siri to Mac OS X, this provides the power of a virtual assistant on your Mac... or you could just use your Apple Watch and "Hey, Siri". 

Windows...

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21:01
Parallels Desktop 11 launches with support for El...

As anticipated, Parallels on Wednesday released Parallels Desktop 11, the latest version of its virtualization software that comes with a slew of improvements, the most notable being support for Microsoft Windows 10 and major features like the Cortana virtual assistant.

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20:14
Apple to simplify retail stores by demoting iPods to...

Apple is preparing to make significant changes to its stores to simplify the experience by relocating iPod stock to accessory shelves and removing iPad-based Smart Signs, according to several Apple Retail managers briefed today on the plans. Apple will begin rolling out these notable changes overnight on Tuesday of next week to stores in the United States so that customers who begin coming in on Wednesday see the refreshed look.

Typically reserved for accessories like...

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20:00
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19:48
MLB strikes out, bans Kansas City manager from using...

Since the device was released, many concerns regarding appropriate and inappropriate times to use Apple Watch have come up, and here is yet another one. Major League Baseball gifted Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost an Apple Watch Sport for being the manager of the All Star Game last month, and now, MLB is telling Yost that he can’t use the device during games and while in the dugout.

Major League Baseball has long been against the use of any smartphones during games, even going as far to restrict inactive players from accessing their devices during a game. When Yost was seen wearing his Apple Watch in the dugout earlier this week during a game against the Los Angeles Angels, many questioned whether or not that was allowed.

MLB then called Yost and told him that he was not allowed to use his Apple Watch during...

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16:00
How to enable DuckDuckGo, Bing or Yahoo as the...

Google is the default search engine in Mac OS X Safari. However, you can change it to Bing, Yahoo or DuckDuckGo. Of these three choices, DuckDuckGo is the most unique.

DuckDuckGo is a web browser "that doesn't track you." It lets you surf the web without your searches being saved or your info shared with advertisers. 

With other search engines, when you do a search and then click on a link, your search terms are sent to that site you clicked on. In addition, when you visit a site, your computer automatically sends information about it to that site. DuckDuckGo doesn't profile those using it. 

The search engine deliberately shows all users the same search results for a given search term. That said, it isn't always as thorough as Google. The question you'll have to answer is: can I sacrifice a little convenience for more privacy?

To set...

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15:46
Developer hacks custom watch face onto Apple Watch

In a post to Twitter on Tuesday, developer Hamza Sood revealed an Apple Watch hack that bypasses Apple's restriction against installing third-party watch faces on the device.

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15:24
Apple refutes Apple Music survey, says 79% of trial...

Commenting on a recent survey conducted by research firm MusicWatch, which claimed only 52 percent of Apple Music trial customers still use the service, Apple said the actual attrition rate is closer to 21 percent.

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15:20
Developer hacks Apple Watch to support custom watch...

Well respected developer Hazma Sood, who earlier this month helped us discover hints at an upcoming more powerful iPad mini, today has shared his latest tweak: the ability to use custom watch faces on Apple Watch. Sood posted a video to Twitter, which can be seen below, showing two custom watch faces running on his stainless steel Apple Watch.

After some haxx... Custom watch faces on Apple Watch!

Watch face source code is on GitHub:
github.com/hamzasood/Cust…...

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14:43
Apple Music, Apple Watch and Apple Pay are hits! No...

Are Apple Music, Apple Watch and Apple Pay hits? Like most things in life, it depends on whom you ask. Let's look at Aple's offerings one at a time.

Apple Music

According to a new research study conducted by MusicWatch, a company providing consumer research for the music industry, three quarters (77%) of Apple’s iOS users in the United States are aware of Apple Music, and 11% reported they are currently using Apple Music. 

According to MusicWatch, Apple Music's usage level is similar among consumers who purchase music from iTunes or use iTunes to manage their music collections. Among users of iTunes Radio, Apple’s earlier music streaming service, listening to Apple Music reached 18%. And nearly two-thirds (64%) of current users said that they were extremely or very likely to pay to subscribe to Apple Music after their free trials end.

In an interview with...

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14:35
Truth May Be Wiggly in Wikipedia's Hot-Button...


Users should take extra care when exploring Wikipedia's science topics, because many articles on controversial issues such as global warming and acid rain have been targeted for editing by revisionists who reject scientific findings, new research has found. Due to its crowdsourced model, academics widely regard Wikipedia as a starting point for research -- a compass more than a map. However, many people rely heavily on the information it presents. That realization prompted researchers Gene Likens and Adam Wilson to undertake a study.

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14:11
Fossil joins Apple Watch competition with Moto 360-...

Presenting Tuesday at the annual Intel Developer Forum, fashion brand Fossil teased its first competitor to the Apple Watch, a device that will run Google's Android Wear platform.

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14:00
AWT News Update: August 18, 2015

Google OnHub. Image via Google

Today on this special quick episode of the AWT News Update:

  • Google intros a nice looking and fast wireless router for the home
  • Paper for iPhone will be coming soon, according to developer FiftyThree
  • Fifth public beta of OS X El Capitan is available
  • Apple Pay has added 18 more banks and credit unions in the USA

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for August 18, 2015.

Apple’s AirPort wireless router had better watch out - Google today announced the OnHub wireless router they’ve developed in coordination with router manufacturer TP-Link. The $200 router looks like a minimalist black...

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13:58
Apple says only 21% of people opting out of free...

Earlier today a new survey over Apple Music usage surfaced with data over Apple’s new venture into the streaming music space, and Apple has decided to respond (vaguely) to at least one data point. MusicWatch’s survey results said that some 61 percent of its participants have turned off the auto-renew function on Apple Music, hinting that they would not be paying subscribers after the three-month free trial period. With the message being potentially interpreted that only 39 percent of current Apple Music users planning to become paid users this fall, Apple has responded to the survey by clarifying (somewhat) that a higher 79 percent of users that started the trial are continuing to use it, leaving only 21 percent of...

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12:04
Square's new Apple Watch app turns your wrist...

Mobile payments have made it so that you don’t have to take out your wallet to pay. Now the Apple Watch is making it so that you don’t have to take out your iPhone either.

On Tuesday, Square Cash released its Apple Watch-compatible app. The updated Square Cash app lets you transfer funds between friends, family, or anyone close by with just a few taps on the Apple Watch interface. To start using Square Cash on the Apple Watch, just download or update to the latest Square Cash app for iOS. It’s free to download and there are no transaction fees if you are transferring money between friends or family.

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12:01
Building circular navigation with CSS clip paths

The CSS clip-path property is one of the most underused and yet most interesting properties in CSS. It can be used in conjunction with CSS Shapes to create interesting layouts, and can be taken to the extreme to create some incredibly impressive layouts and animations like the Species in Pieces project.

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12:00
Square Cash app now on Apple Watch

Square Cash is already a simple and secure app that turns sending money to friends a matter of making a few taps. Now the app has gained an Apple Watch companion, so you can make and receive money transfers from your Watch. 

The original app lets you send money to your cousin Vinnie (who is always broke...) or your best friend for free, as long as you've linked a Visa, MasterCard or Discover debit card to the app. The new Apple Watch app presents a list of your contacts, one of which you select. Next you tap out the amount to be sent by hitting a combination of "dollar bills" on the entry screen. Send it on its way, and Vinnie can cover his gambling losses again.

The Watch app will appear automatically once the app has been updated on your iPhone. You may be asked to make a settings change on the iPhone to connect the Square Cash app and the Watch, but the process...

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11:34
Google launches OnHub Wi-Fi router, delays 'Ara...

Google on Tuesday launched preorders for the OnHub, a new 802.11ac Wi-Fi router it hopes will simplify wireless connections and will also act as a hub for smart home appliances. But the company also acknowledged that its Project Ara modular smartphone won't reach the public until at least 2016.

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11:22
Tip of the Day: Setting Reminders from your Apple...

Although the Apple Watch doesn’t have a built-in Reminders app, you can still receive — and action — reminder notifications on your wrist, and can even set Reminders using Siri in much the same way as you would on your iPhone. Activate Siri either by holding down the Digital Crown or raising the Watch to your wrist and starting with “Hey Siri” and then continue with a statement like “Remind me to…” You can even…

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11:00
Tylt's Flyp-Duo and Y-Charge [Quik]: Odd...

Odd spellings of product names are the bane of the tech reviewer, but fortunately some of the weirdest product names are given to some of the most useful accessories. Tylt has been creating some great charging accessories for iPhone and iPad, and continues the trend with the Flyp-Duo Reversible USB Charge and Sync Cable (US$24.99) and Y-Charge [Quik] Dual Car Charger ($39.99). I'll struggle through the attempts of autocorrect to change these spellings into English for your benefit.

Tylt flyp-duo dual connectors. photo ©2015 steven sande

Flyp-Duo

The Flyp-Duo is a charging cable with a few important differences. First, the USB end is reversible, meaning that it doesn't matter which way you plug it into a USB port -- it's going to plug in properly. Next, the cable is flat and doesn...

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10:58
Review: Onanoff Sound Cover for iPad Air + iPad Air 2

Onanoff's Sound Cover ($199) is a Bluetooth speaker which can attach to the front of an iPad Air or iPad Air 2. We first saw the product at this year's International CES. Sound Cover doesn't act as a traditional case — you can't use Sound Cover while it's attached to an iPad. Instead, it covers the device's screen, and must be removed to listen to audio. Of course, because it's Bluetooth, an iPad isn't actually necessary to use Sound Cover. Onanoff claims the speaker's 3300 mAh battery delivers more than 15 hours of playtime. Sound Cover comes with a micro-USB cable for charging, and a carrying pouch, too. We received the "silver gray" version of Sound Cover — the speaker also comes in gold and black.{/exp:char_limit}
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10:44
Survey: Majority of current Apple Music trial users...

Most consumers still using the three-month free trial of Apple Music say they are likely to continue paying for a subscription after the period ends, new survey data shows, though a significant portion may have dropped off soon after trying the service.

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10:32
Fifth build of OS X 10.11 El Capitan supplied to...

Apple on Tuesday pushed out the fifth public beta of OS X 10.11 El Capitan, its forthcoming major update for the Mac operating system, scheduled to launch this fall as a free update.

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10:10
External Link: The iTunes Music Festival Returns as...

The iTunes Music Festival will now be known as the Apple Music Festival, which should surprise no one. This year’s event will be held from 19 September 2015 through 28 September 2015. Confirmed performers include One Direction, Disclosure, Pharrell Williams, and Florence + the Machine. If you live in the UK, you can enter to win free tickets; otherwise, you’ll be able to view the performances in iTunes, or on your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or Apple TV.

 

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10:06
iPhone 6s rumor roundup: fake Rose Gold image,...

Another day, another series of iPhone rumors. Yesterday’s roundup included the latest information about a September 18th next-generation iPhone launch date, faked benchmarks, and new system-on-a-chip schematics, and today our roundup covers a likely fake rose gold iPhone 6S image, reservations for the new phone from carriers, and Germany, and a pair of claims out of China about future iPhone models. Let’s start with the rose gold image:

Based on claims from reliable analysts, and Apple’s history of expanding colors and features across its product portfolio, a rose gold or pink version of the iPhone 6S sounds highly likely. But that does not mean that an image to the right from...

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10:05
Misfit brings a Speedo-branded swim tracker to the...

Swimmers in search of a cheap, waterproof exercise tracker now have another option in Misfit’s Speedo Shine.

The $80 fitness band uses an accelerometer and algorithms to count laps, distance, calories burned, and exercise time. After the workout, users can sync the data over Bluetooth to Misfit’s apps for iOS, Android, and Windows phones, where it counts toward a general activity score. The data will also sync with Speedo’s own swim tracking app soon after launch.

Beyond the swim tracking—and a new pale silver color scheme—the Speedo Shine is identical to Misfit’s existing Shine fitness trackers, and is able to track walking, running, cycling, and sleep. A set of 12 LED lights around the aluminum face tells users how far they are toward their daily fitness goals, and the device is water resistant to 50 meters. It runs on a standard CR2032 coin cell battery,...

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10:00
The Week in Mac apps: Dress Assistant helps you look...

Dress Assistant makes you look fabulous everywhere you go

In this week’s roundup of new Mac apps, you’ll find tools to keep your wardrobe in check, make your music sound great, and even find that almost-lost file.

Dress Assistant 5.2

Figuring out what to wear just got a lot easier, thanks Software de Arte’s $20 Dress Assistant (Mac App Store Link).

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09:59
Apple seeds OS X El Capitan beta 5 to AppleSeed...

Update: Public beta testers may not see the update currently as it appears to have been pulled for now.

Apple has pushed out the fifth public beta version of OS X 10.11 “El Capitan.” The update brings bug fixes and tweaks the pre-release operating system in preparation for its launch later this year.

The new beta comes with a build number of 15A262c, putting it ahead of the current developer build 15A244d. The previous public beta was build number 15A243d.

Users running the current preview build should be able to...

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09:56
Google unveils OnHub, a wireless router that...

Apple has long been involved in the networking peripheral space with its AirPort products, and today Google announced its own wireless router in partnership with TP-LINK. Google has just published a blog post unveiling OnHub, a wireless router it has developed in partnership with popular router manufacturer TP-LINK, which it says provides a Wi-Fi experience that’s “that’s fast, secure, and easy to use.”

The most important aspect of the OnHub router that Google highlights is a “unique antenna design and smart software” that constantly searches the airwaves in your home. This looks for the ideal frequency channel to deliver data to your devices at the fastest speeds and with the least interference. The router will adjust as needed,...

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09:50
Apple Pay gains support for 18 more US banks, credit...

Apple on Tuesday updated its list of official Apple Pay-backing card issuers with 18 more U.S. institutions, putting the current total close to the 500 mark.

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09:13
Visualizing a modern Apple Wireless Keyboard [...

Over the weekend, we learned some preliminary details about Apple’s planned updates for two of their most popular Mac accessories, the Apple Wireless Keyboard and Magic Mouse, in the form of FCC filings. Aside from new and improved connectivity thanks to Bluetooth 4.2, both accessories appear to have design deviations from their existing models, as detailed by the rough sketches...

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09:05
Apple vs. Samsung rages on as core iPhone patent is...

One of Apple’s iPhone patents—the one that a jury used to decide that Samsung owed Apple hundreds of millions of dollars in damages—was just ruled invalid by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

The patent in question, D618677, covers the design of the iPhone 3G and was filed in November 2008, but Apple relied on two patents filed in January 2007 to give that 2008 patent an earlier protection date. It’s a common practice, but the earlier patents have to sufficiently describe the later one in order to extend the protection date. The U.S. patent office decided that those two original patents didn’t describe the design patented in late 2008 sufficiently enough, and that perhaps that patent should have never been issued to begin with, according to FOSS Patents.

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09:00
Hands-on with the iHome iSP5 HomeKit-compatible...

The iHome iSP5 Smart Plug (US$39.99) represents a first for Apple World Today; the first HomeKit-compatible hardware we've had the pleasure to review. Up to this time, all the smart plugs and intelligent light bulbs reviewed here or at The Unofficial Apple Weblog did not include HomeKit capabilities. In this review I'll talk about what that means for those who'd like to automate their homes, and why the iSP5 is a welcome move to the future.

Design

The iSP5 is an attractive and very compact smart plug. Unlike some of the first plugs that came out a few years ago, the iSP5 is only about 1.25" deep x 1.5" high X 3" wide. It's a passthrough plug, meaning that you plug it into an available 120V US wall socket and then plug a lamp or small appliance into it. One one side of the iSP5 is a raised bump that serves as a push switch should you need to turn a light on or off without a...

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09:00
Square Cash quick mobile money transfers come to...

Square on Tuesday released a new version of its Square Cash iPhone app, bringing the platform's quick money transfers to the Apple Watch.

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08:56
How to see your iPhone’s precise signal strength

TidBITS:

The folks over at Tech Insider have produced a video that will help you see what your signal strength is numerically, for troubleshooting purposes. But for some reason, they didn’t also write up the instructions for those who prefer reading. So if you fall in that camp, here’s how to see your iPhone’s precise signal strength.

Great little tip to help troubleshoot signal strength issues.

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08:54
Cannot Mount on 10.8

Forums: TroubleshootingTags: 10.8.5; Stornext 5.1.1; failed to load volume list; Mac Mini; M440

I have a Mac Mini with a Promise SANLink connected to my SAN. I can see LUN's and labels, I can ping MDC's in both directions. I have my automount.plist and config.plist and fsnameserver in place with proper permissions. I continually get the error "Failed to Load Volume List". I will post logs in the next post, but I had questions about config.plist:

1. What is the name of the SAN and does it really matter? Can I put anything there and it will work? Remember I am using an M440 appliance for the MDC's
2. Where is the .auth_secret and does that matter for this setup?
3. Are there known issues or special config...

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08:39
Sprint launches iPhone Forever offer in response to...

If your competitor does it, it’s usually a good idea to do something similar.

Wireless carrier Sprint has announced that it will follow T-Mobile’s lead and offer customers who get an iPhone 6 now a free upgrade to the iPhone 6s upon its release. The deal, dubbed “iPhone Forever”, lets subscribers lease a new iPhone and upgrade whenever an updated model is released.

The plan will retail for US$22 a month for the 16GB model.

The company’s PR line is as follows:

“Anytime customers don’t have the latest iPhone, they are eligible to upgrade. They bring their iPhone, upgrade on the spot...

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08:25
Can Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre save the music Industry?

Wired:

“All I’ve ever wanted to do is move the needle on popular culture.” It sounds almost modest, the way he says it. Don’t be fooled. Some music executives want to help talented artists reach their natural audience, no matter how small. Iovine is not among them. He’s after the kind of massive flash points that unite populations around the world and change not just what they listen to but how they dress and move and behave and think and live. “He finds one great idea, gets rid of everything else, and chases it to the end of the earth until it’s everywhere,” says Luke Wood, president of Beats Electronics.

By his count, Iovine has pulled this off four times over the past couple of decades by introducing the world to Snoop Dogg, Tupac, and Chronic-era Dr. Dre, shepherding the careers of Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson, giving Eminem his start, and creating Beats, the hardware company that turned headphones into a fashion accessory and today accounts for 34 percent...

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08:21
Misfit, Speedo team up for new Apple Store-exclusive...

People who swim for fitness or competition will have a new option for tracking their progress some Sept. 1, when the Speedo Shine swim tracker --?a collaboration between wearables firm Misfit and swimwear brand Speedo --?will hit Apple Store shelves.

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08:10
News: US patent office invalidates iPhone design...

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has ruled that one of Apple’s iPhone design patents should never have been granted, Foss Patents reports. The patent office’s Central Reexamination Division — acting on an anonymous request from 2013 that may have came from Samsung — issued a non-final action last week rejecting the design patents that formed part of a 2012 Apple lawsuit against Samsung. That suit resulted in a judge ordering…

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08:03
Rumor: German wireless carriers back September 18th...

Sometimes it’s the German wireless carriers that give away the details you want to hear.

A group of German carriers are reportedly preparing to launch Apple’s next-gen iPhone on September 18th, a date in line with a rumored press event earlier in the month.

At least two out of three major German carriers have apparently signed on for September 18th. The carriers are thought to be at least two out of three, the German market being controlled by O2, Vodafone, and T-Mobile DE (owned by Deutsche Telekom). All three will likely be ready on the same day, since they already carry the iPhone 6.

Apple is expected to reveal at least two new...

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07:39
News: Pharrell Williams, Florence + The Machine to...

Apple’s rebranded iTunes Music Festival — now called the Apple Music Festival — will take place from September 19 to 28 at London’s Roundhouse and feature headlining acts Pharrell Williams, Florence + The Machine, One Direction, and Disclosure, among others. U.K. residents can apply to win tickets through Apple Music and Apple’s media partners, but as always, Apple plans to make performances available for free to Apple Music…

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07:38
Apple Music Festival in London beginning Sept. 19

Apple:

Apple Music Festival is a full-volume celebration of music. It’s live from London and broadcast to every corner of the globe. This year, we return to London’s Roundhouse for 10 incredible nights.

This is always an incredible show and this year, Apple will tie in various aspects of the Apple Music service to make it an even bigger and better event with a list of headliners that includes Pharrell Williams, One Direction, Florence + The Machine and Disclosure.

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07:31
Parents on a budget turning to certified used...

Price-conscious parents looking to equip their kids with smartphones or tablets for the new school year are embracing Gazelle's new certified pre-used iPhone and iPad stores as an alternative to paying full price for a brand new device, the company says.

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07:17
News: Apple Stores shifting to walk-ins for Apple...

Apple seems to have eliminated try-on appointments for the Apple Watch from its online store. An appointment was never required to try on an Apple Watch (though prospective customers would have to make an “appointment” in store), but high demand early on meant that walk-in customers trying on an Apple Watch had to buy online. Four months after the Apple Watch’s debut, Apple Retail employees say customers looking to try on the watch…

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07:00
Someone needs to develop a 'Shazam for movies...

One of my favorite iPhone apps is Shazam, which "recognizes" and identifies music for you. I'd love to have a Shazam-like app for movies. Let me explain.

With Shazam on an iPhone or iPad, you launch the app, point your iDevice atyour car stereo or radio, press the Shazam button, and the app displays the name of the song playing, who sings it, and whether it's available for purchase at the iTunes Store. 

I'm a big movie fan, and watch lots of older movies on Turner Classic Movies. Sometimes an actor will appear on-screen and I wonder, "Who is that?" 

Of course, I can look up data on the movie and find info on the actors. But imagine if I had an app called, say, Shazam Movie on my iDevice. When an actor is talking or singing, I point my iPhone at the TV screen and, voila!, the app identifies the actor, pulls up background info and a filmography, and informs me which of his/her films are available at iTunes.

Crazy? Perhaps. Impossible to create? Maybe. I'm...

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06:56
Review: Anker’s PowerCore 20100 + PowerPort 10 make...

“Bigger and better” has been a safe sequel strategy for years, but “smaller, lighter, and slightly more affordable” sequels began to take off when Apple debuted the iPod mini and iPod nano a decade ago. Anker relied upon “bigger and better” for its insanely powerful 25,600mAh Astro E7 battery, and now is using “smaller and lighter” with PowerCore 20100 ($40), a sequel with nearly 80% of Astro E7’s power. But Anker’s diverging from Apple’s formula on one key point: PowerCore 20100 sells for only 50% of Astro E7’s price. It’s still capable of recharging many iPads twice, which is more...

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06:32
Square Cash adds convenient money transfer to Apple...

Cash, the iPhone app that lets you easily send money from your bank account to anyone with email or text messages or even just nearby with a smartphone, is out with a new version today that puts Square’s cashing sending app right on the Apple Watch. Square Cash highlights three uses for its first Apple Watch app:

• Send cash to your top contacts even faster.
• Quickly pay nearby people with a new contact-first interface.
• Easily approve requests with a single tap.

I use Square Cash occasionally to send money to family across the country (it’s free for friends and has a 1.9% fee on transactions for businesses) and I’ve...

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06:26
∞ Dave Grohl invites crying fan onstage at Foo...

Dave Grohl loves his fans, really knows how to put on a show, even with a broken leg.

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06:24
Use Siri to play sound effects

Try telling Siri:

Play the crickets sound

Lots of other sound effects available.

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06:19
Apple Music Festival (once known as the iTunes Music...

Apple says Pharrell Williams, One Direction, Florence + The Machine and Disclosure are among the headliners at the 2015 Apple Music Festival at London’s Roundhouse this September. 

Apple will broadcast performances to music fans worldwide3 for free. The performances can be viewed live and on-demand on Apple Music. The Apple Music Festival lets fans get even closer to their favorite performers with coverage on Beats 1 alongside backstage news and footage straight from the artists on Apple Music Connect, according to Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services.

The Apple Music Festival takes place over 10 nights from Sept. 19 to Sept. 28. UK residents can apply to win tickets on Apple Music as well as through media partners including the London Evening Standard. Apple hosted the iTunes Festival in London for eight years, and now in honor of the launch of Apple Music, has renamed the event the Apple...

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06:19
Man whose truck fell on him says Apple’s Siri helped...

When I read this story, I couldn’t help but think, “Siri, go get help, Timmy fell in the well!”

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