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03:00
The week in Apple news: iPhone and iPad rumors,...

Apple headlines for the week ending Aug. 7, 2015

We’re still weeks away from the rumored September Apple event, and the iPhone and iPad rumor mill is hard at work. Apple execs and personalities were talkative this week, with several granting interviews to media outlets. Apple also issued updates to OS X, iOS, iCloud, iTunes, and Boot Camp. The week ended with a report that the Apple Car is closer to reality than we all realized. You can see all the important headlines here in this slideshow. Want to get more details on a story? Click on the link.

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Friday August 14

18:48
Review: iHome iSP5 SmartPlug gives dumb appliances a...

Longtime "Made for iPhone" accessory maker iHome is diverting course from its bread-and-butter bedside alarm clock/radios toward the burgeoning connected home sector. Its first product, an app-connected, HomeKit-compatible smart plug called...SmartPlug, was released Thursday and AppleInsider has the review.

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17:49
Contractors stage workers' rights protests at...

For the past couple of weeks, construction workers have been staging peaceful protests outside a number of Apple Store locations across California, arguing for better wages and working conditions from Apple and contractor Ledcor Group.

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17:19
PDFpen and PDFpenPro 7.3

Improves scanning speed and reliability, plus enhances compatibility with OS X 10.11 El Capitan. ($74.95/$124.95 new, free update, 52.6/53.2 MB)

 

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17:12
Apple Watch success

Benedict Evans:

None of these are killer apps or ‘use cases’. All of them could be done with your phone. They’re just better with a watch.

This really sums up how I feel about the watch’s UI.

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17:05
Apple’s Link Bracelet Kit

Six additional stainless steel links for wrists that exceed 205mm.

I can say from experience that it’s very easy to add or remove links to the Link Bracelet.

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16:58
iCloud allows you to recover deleted files

Apple has introduced a new feature for iCloud on the web that allows you to restore deleted items. Not only can you recover files that you’ve deleted, but also restore contacts, calendars, and reminders. This new feature also shows you how long it will be until those items are permanently deleted if you choose not to restore them.

Great feature.

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16:51
Windows 10 connects to remote servers even with...

For example, even with Cortana and searching the Web from the Start menu disabled, opening Start and typing will send a request to www.bing.com to request a file called threshold.appcache which appears to contain some Cortana information, even though Cortana is disabled. The request for this file appears to contain a random machine ID that persists across reboots.

As the article notes, it appears to be harmless traffic, but it still shouldn’t happen.

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15:42
Samsung Doubles Down on Galaxy Phones


Samsung on Thursday unveiled two new devices, the Galaxy S6 edge+ and the Galaxy Note5. The smartphones reportedly will be available in the United States starting Aug. 21. Samsung also announced its NFC mobile payment service, Samsung Pay, will launch in the United States Sept. 28. The Note5 reportedly incorporates many of the Galaxy S6's features and design elements. It has a glass front and rear, a solid metal frame, a fast octacore Samsung Exynos processor and a high-quality camera.

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15:20
White House launches Spotify page with playlists by...

LA Times:

The world’s most popular streaming service revealed on Friday that the world’s most powerful man, President Obama, and his administration have launched an official channel on Spotify, and will be contributing playlists to the service. The president released the contents of his first two playlists on Friday through his @potus Twitter account.

I’ve been listening to these playlists all day. I’d like to think POTUS himself picked these songs but, regardless, there’s some great tunes on them.

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15:00
Apple Car rumors are picking up speed

I remain skeptical, but The Guardian reports that Apple is building a self-driving car and is scouting for secure locations in the San Francisco Bay area to test it.

The article says that, in May, engineers from Apple’s secretive Special Project group met with officials from GoMentum Station, a 2,100-acre former naval base near San Francisco that is being turned into a high-security testing ground for autonomous vehicles. GoMentum Station in Concord, California is where the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) leads and facilitates a collaborative partnership among communications suppliers, technology companies, researchers and academia; public agencies and other partners. 

These entities converge in research development, testing validation and commercialization of Connected Vehicle (CV) applications and...

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14:06
Paid upgrades in the Mac App Store

Realmac Software’s Daniel Counsell revisits a topic that’s been discussed for years, but still not addressed by Apple: Paid upgrades in the Mac App Store.

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14:00
AWT News Update: August 14, 2015

Lots of Apple news this fine Friday afternoon. Heading into the weekend, we report about:

  • Apple's looking for a secure location to test its self-driving car
  • Samsung loses an appeal in a patent infringement lawsuit to Apple
  • Apple Watch bands are now available for those with large wrists
  • Siri saves a life
  • ...and an accessibility update!

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for August 14, 2015.

The Guardian is reporting that Apple is indeed building a self-driving car and now looking for secure locations where the car could be tested far from the eyes, cameras, and drones of the press. In May, a group of...

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13:58
Pad & Quill: Quality leather bags and Apple...

Thanks to Pad & Quill for sponsoring The Loop this week. I own a number of their products and they are all top quality.

From Kari (Mrs PQ):

Pad & Quill is passionate about designing and crafting unique leather bags, accessories and cases for Apple products. We employ the best leathers, canvas and various materials to make products that are beautiful, functional, durable and ageless. Our craftsmen exemplify the heart and soul of our company and we celebrate their skill by inviting each artisan to sign each Leather Bag or Apple Watch...

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13:56
Tip of the Day: Restoring Files, Contacts, and...

Anybody who has ever lost contact or calendar items will appreciate a new feature that Apple has quietly added to iCloud. You can now restore individual iCloud Drive files or roll back to a previous set of contact or calendar data by logging into the iCloud web portal at www.icloud.com, selecting Settings and scrolling down to the “Advanced” section at the bottom. The “Restore Files” option will allow you to restore any file…

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13:51
An interview with designer Marc Newson

I love this interview. Marc talks about some of his favorite, and not so favorite, things in life.

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13:50
Apple Watch gets larger Sport bands & Link...

Apple on Friday quietly introduced several new band options for Apple Watch focusing on options for people with larger wrists, while at the same time activating orders for the standalone Modern Buckle.

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13:36
Court rejects Samsung’s latest appeal in Apple case

Without comment, the U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Samsung’s bid to reconsider a previous ruling largely backing Apple — leaving the U.S. Supreme Court as the only legal option left for Samsung to try to overturn hundreds of millions of dollars in damages it now owes Apple in their ongoing patent feud.

Good. Make the scumbags pay already.

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13:35
XSAN Not Mounting: Missing LUNs

Forums: HardwareTags: StorNextXsanPromise RaidActiveRAID

Promise E class and J class SAS expansion chassis
ActiveRaid with SAS expansion chassis
QLogic 5800 and 5600 FC switches
Mac 12 core 10.6.8 FinalCutServer Host
StorNext 4.7.1 HA MDC
XSan Clients

StorNext and Suse Linux can not see 2 stripe groups that are associated with the Promise Raid.
Running fs_scsi -p shows all devices except for the missing SG’s from the Promise Raid
...

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13:34
News: Apple now offering L/XL Apple Watch Sport bands

Apple has introduced a larger size for its Sport bands, L/XL. The new size band is paired with the M/L band, while the S/M band is also paired with the M/L band. The new, larger sized band will fit up to 245mm wrists, where the M/L size fits up to 210mm wrists. Apple also introduced a 42mm Link Bracelet Kit for larger sizes — it extends the existing Link Bracelet an extra 40mm. Both the new Sport band and Link Bracelet Kit cost $49. [via 9to5Mac]...

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13:30
Apple’s self-driving car

In May, engineers from Apple’s secretive Special Project group met with officials from GoMentum Station, a 2,100-acre former naval base near San Francisco that is being turned into a high-security testing ground for autonomous vehicles.

Very interesting.

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13:29
News: Apple scouting locations to test self-driving...

A new report from The Guardian reveals that Apple is in fact working on a self-driving car project in Silicon Valley, and has already began scouting for secure locations in the area to conduct testing. Documents obtained by the news agency reveal that Apple’s car project, dubbed Project Titan, may be further along than many previously suspected. The report reveals that engineers from a secret Special Project group within Apple met with officials…

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13:26
∞ Brushing your teeth while listening to heavy metal

Happens to me every day.

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13:23
Apps: RollerCoaster Tycoon 3, Carrot Weather, Google...

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 ($5) — While an unabashedly freemium version of RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 has been on the App Store for a while now, we’re quite thrilled to see the original developer bringing the classic version to the iPhone and iPad as a “purchase once” option with no in-app purchases. The iOS version of RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 remains faithful to the original, adding only a new mobile-friendly UI to the classic gameplay.…

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13:22
No Air 3 in 2015? Here’s why Apple could wait until...

While a larger iPad Pro and a thinner, more powerful iPad mini are likely in the cards for this fall, Apple’s flagship 9.7-inch tablet sounds like it will be left out of this year’s update cycle. In a new report today, hit-or-miss Taiwanese technology trade website Digitimes says that Apple is not preparing a third-generation iPad Air for this fall. This follows up on a report from earlier this year that claimed that such a tablet...

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13:15
Apple car accelerates as Cupertino reportedly seeks...

Apple is rumored to be developing a self-driving car, but this isn’t just a distant dream. The company might be testing a prototype as we speak.

The Guardian dug up documents revealing that Apple is looking for a facility to test its car—preferably one with high levels of security. The company reached out to executives at GoMentum Station, a 2,100-acre test facility on what was once the Concord Naval Weapons Station not far from San Francisco. The station, which is guarded by the military, is closed to the public and used by other companies to test similar self-driving vehicles.

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13:07
BBEdit 11.1.2

The venerable text editor serves up a buffet of bug fixes and improvements. ($49.99 new, free update, 11.5 MB)

 

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13:04
Apple offering 42mm Link Bracelet Kit for the Apple...

Apple is now offering a 42mm Link Bracelet Kit for the Apple Watch for US$49.

The kit has six additional stainless steel links for wrists that exceed 205mm. Crafted from the same stainless steel alloy as the case and the Link Bracelet, these links extend the 42mm stainless steel Link Bracelet by an additional 40mm. 

Thanks to a simple release button, you can add and remove 'em without any special tools. The 42mm Link Bracelet Kit ships in 5-7 days.

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12:34
Apple eyes former naval base in California to test...

Apple's automotive project is said to be moving along quickly, with the company allegedly planning to rent a sprawling 2,100-acre property near San Francisco to work on its apparently self-driving "Project Titan."

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12:07
New report claims Apple’s Project Titan is racing...


GoMentum Station

Apple’s self-driving electric car, codenamed Project Titan, is moving ahead more quickly than originally believed according to a new report from The Guardian. The site claims that documents it has obtained regarding the project indicate that Apple is currently seeking out a secure location to test its vehicle. This development follows our reporting earlier this year profiling numerous...

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11:46
Fitbit Hooks Up With Windows 10


Fitbit on Thursday introduced a new app for Windows 10, Windows 10 mobile and Xbox One, scheduled for availability later this year. The Fitbit for Windows 10 app features an improved design that allows users to personalize the way they utilize Windows devices as part of a fitness routine. It handles traditional fitness tracking -- including counting steps taken, monitoring daily activity and exercise, logging food, weight and sleep -- and from the data gathered provides the user with advice to help reach overall fitness goals.

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11:42
UK's Lloyds Bank says Apple Pay support coming...

U.K. institution Lloyds Bank on Friday sent an email to its customers, informing them that Apple Pay support is coming "very soon" for credit and debit card holders.

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11:28
Review: Just Mobile Lounge Dock for Apple Watch

Lounge Dock ($40) is Just Mobile's second charging dock for Apple Watch, following the release of TimeStand. While TimeStand was a thick, solid piece of aluminum, Lounge Dock features a weighted aluminum base with an adjustable side arm and charging plastic "cuff." A small molded recess on the back side of the cuff makes it easy to insert the Apple Watch charger, but the dock doesn't feature any true cable management feature.{/exp:char_limit}

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10:48
Apple updates iCloud with new features to restore...

If you’ve ever accidentally deleted a document you saved to iCloud, Apple has a new way for you to restore your data. This new method can be used to restore lost iCloud files, Contacts, or data from Calendar and Reminders.

You’ll find the new restore features when you log into your iCloud.com account and go into Settings. At the bottom of the Setting page, there’s a new Advanced section, with links to Restore Files, Restore Contacts, or Restore Calendars or Reminders.

When you delete a file from iCloud Drive, you have 30 days from the day of deletion to recover it via the Restore Files feature. After 30 days, the file is permanently delete and cannot be recovered. When you restore a file, it reappears in your iCloud Drive.

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10:19
Apple offering new L/XL Sport bands & Link...

Apple today added two new accessories for Apple Watch that will make the wearable fit wrists as large as 245mm. The first accessory, simply called Link Bracelet Kit, costs $49 from Apple and includes six additional links to expand the Link Bracelet to fit wrists as large as 245mm. Apple also today introduced a new Sport band size in L/XL that also fits up to 245mm wrists. Previously, the Sport band only extended to 210mm.

Notably, Apple only appears to be offering its Link Bracelet Kit in silver, leaving users of the Space Black Link Bracelet in the dark. Apple touts that the Link Bracelet Kit includes the same type of links as the standard band, which means that no special tools are required to add and remove them. The L/XL Sport band is only available in black and white color options.

Crafted from the same...

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10:14
Samsung teases round smartwatch with heavy Apple...

Samsung's Unpacked event on Thursday brought more than a blown-up S6 Edge and a new Note -- the company also gave a sneak peak at the next version of its Galaxy Gear smartwatch, a significant update that takes more than a few cues from Apple's own wearable.

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10:01
Listening to classical music on Apple Music

Macworld:

I recently made some suggestions about how you can manage a classical music library in iTunes. Apple Music, however, can be even more of a challenge for listening to classical music. This isn’t surprising; the music streaming model is designed around the “song” rather than multi-movement works, such as symphonies and sonatas. Here are a few tips to help you listen to classical music more efficiently.

I like classical music at times but am no means an aficionado. This article may help some of you who are get through the ins and outs of classical on Apple Music.

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09:39
Finding iPad’s future

Above Avalon:

The tablet market is in complete disarray. Only five short years ago, the iPad helped jumpstart the category, ushering in multi-touch computing and the modern-day app revolution to large-screen devices. Today, there has never been a time when the tablet market faces so much unknown.

A quick look at iPad and tablet shipment data would show that things have gotten bad in recent quarters. However, in reality, things are much worse than quarterly shipment data would suggest.

I think Apple sees this as a good problem to have. They are still selling lots of iPads, are still the market leader and still have the opportunity to control the future of tablets.

But there’s no doubt the market for tablets like the iPad has cratered, due in no small part to large screen iPhones. I know my iPad is only used as a bedside alarm clock now because the iPhone 6 plus has taken over almost all of the functionality I needed and wanted in the iPad. It’s going to...

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09:32
Zane Lowe talks Apple Music, Beats 1, Dr. Dre,...

In a new interview with Billboard, Beats 1 head anchor and “special creative” Zane Lowe has shared some new information and backstory regarding Apple’s (almost) always-on radio station and streaming music service. In the interview, Lowe discusses the motives behind playing the music he plays on his show, as well as some of the behind-the-scenes aspects of being in charge of the entirety of Beats 1.

Earlier this week,...

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09:31
A love letter to libraries

The Bloggess:

When I was little my favorite places were libraries. You weren’t expected to speak, which was heaven for a shy girl with an anxiety disorder. Thousands of small secret stories were hidden in plain sight all around you, just waiting to be held in your hands and discovered.

As a small girl in rural Texas, I knew that the best chance I had of seeing worlds that would never be open to me, and meeting fantastic people I’d never be bold enough to speak to was through books. I was able to see places that exist (or that had existed, and or that would never exist) through the words of the storytellers whose worlds had been bound up and shared and protected through generations of docent-guardians who called themselves “librarians”.

I still remember when I was first allowed to go on the bus by myself to the Halifax Public Library. There was a huge (to a ten year old)...

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09:22
Security Update 2015-006

Patches a variety of vulnerabilities, many of which appear in the 10.10.5 Yosemite update. (Free, various sizes)

 

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09:19
Opinion: What to expect from Apple’s A9 chip

Less than a month from now, Apple is expected to officially unveil its new A9 chip. This will be the ninth A-Series processor including the original A4, which powered the first iPad, iPhone 4, fourth-generation iPod touch, and second-generation Apple TV. It’s hard to overstate the importance of the A-series chips to Apple’s devices, as they’ve helped the company to achieve everything from major processing leaps to impressive power efficiency and — often taken for granted — guaranteed UI smoothness for every year’s newly-launched devices.

With the iPhone 6S just...

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09:10
iCloud.com gains options to restore files, contacts...

Without fanfare, Apple recently updated iCloud.com to allow users to restore files, contacts, and/or calendars and reminders hosted on the service, opening up a recovery window for mistakes.

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09:00
9to5Toys Last Call: iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular 128GB...

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09:00
iCloud.com now provides recovery of deleted files,...

iCloud.com is the web-based portal for many of the apps built into OS X and iOS. A new feature provides a way for iCloud users to recover deleted files, contacts, calendars and reminders from iCloud on the web, making the service even more useful.

To use the new recovery feature, simply log onto iCloud.com using your Apple ID. Once signed in, click on Settings:

In the lower left corner of the Settings page is a box marked Advanced. It's here where you can find links to Restore Files, Contacts, Calendars and Reminders. Clicking on Restore Files displays a list of files stored in iCloud that have been deleted recently, along with a date stamp showing when the file will finally be deleted:

The image above shows that some documents have over three weeks of "life" remaining in the cloud, while one image is about to be deleted forever. Clicking Restore Contacts provides a way to...

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08:39
AT&T revamping data plans with fewer options at...

Starting tomorrow, AT&T will be revamping its Mobile Share Value plans by adjusting data tiers and plan prices for new and current subscribers. At the low end, AT&T is consolidating a few data tiers into just two options with different price points. Meanwhile, AT&T’s double digit data tiers are also being reduced, and some subscribers can potentially end up with more data at no extra cost per month or get a better rate on even higher data tiers.

While AT&T’s 300MB option for $20/month remains unchanged (and not recommended), the carrier is consolidating single digit data tiers from three options down to just two. Mobile Share Value currently offers 1...

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08:35
New rumor repeats claim that Apple won't...

Questionable assertions continue to claim that there will be no new "iPad Air 3" this fall, only a faster "iPad mini 4," due to Apple's alleged newfound conservativeness about tablets.

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08:07
iCloud.com feature allows for Time Machine-esque...

This might come in handy.

Without a ton of fanfare, Apple has quietly added a new data restore feature to iCloud.com, enabling users to rollback accidentally deleted documents, calendar changes and contacts. A series of new ‘Restore Files’, ‘Restore Contacts’ and ‘Restore Calendars’ features are hidden in the iCloud.com Advanced Settings pane.

The new service apparently allows snapshots of your recently deleted documents and lets you put them back onto iCloud Drive. This allows you to recover accidentally deleted iCloud documents, a first since there’s never been a Trash folder equivalent in the iCloud.

Contacts can also be...

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08:00
Apple Web TV reportedly delayed until next year;...

Once hoping for a fall launch, Apple is now looking to bring its Web TV service to market in 2016, according to Bloomberg

Talks to license programming from TV networks such as those owned by CBS Corp. and 21st Century Fox are progressing slowly because Apple wants to offer a package of popular channels for US$40 a month, the article adds, quoting unnamed "people familiar with Apple's plans." What's more, the Cupertino, California-based company doesn’t have the computer network capacity in place to ensure a good viewing experience, Bloomberg adds.

Regarding network capacity, Apple wants to improve quality and keep bandwidth costs down by using CDNs to stream content from data centers that are close to users, says Seeking Alpha. The company has been building out its own CDN, and also continues to use market leader Akamai's services, the article adds.

A CDN (content...

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07:51
Gear: Speck CandyShell Inked Luxury Edition for...

Speck’s CandyShell Inked for iPhone 6 case was released around the same time as Apple’s iPhone 6, and the company has now added a new premium edition to that case line.The CandyShell Inked Luxury Edition for iPhone 6 ($50) features new hi-res graphics. These new “luxury” cases will set you back $10 extra compared to the original iPhone 6 Inked cases.

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07:50
US court rejects Samsung's appeal against Apple...

Samsung's latest attempt to appeal Apple's 2012 patent infringement victory has fallen flat. A U.S Federal Court of Appeals rejected the Korean electronics giant's bid for reconsideration yesterday, reports the San Jose Mercury News. The original 2...

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07:44
Rumor: Next-gen Apple TV to arrive this fall,...

If you were hoping for a next-gen Apple TV device, it looks like it will be out this fall.

If you were looking for Apple’s TV streaming service, you might have to wait until next year.

Sources close to the story have stated that while Apple originally wanted to announce a live streaming service at this year’s iPhone event, those plans were put on ice as deals with major networks like CBS, 21st Century Fox and NBC have yet to be brokered.

The negotiation process has apparently been touch-and-go, as Apple is working on securing broadcasting rights for both national networks and local content...

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07:30
The realities of a $50 smartphone

As mobile networks kill off phone subsidies, users might now begin to appreciate just how much their new smartphone really costs. It's an even bigger problem in the developing world, where relatively few have the cash to buy even a mid-range phone...

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07:22
News: Court rejects Samsung’s appeal in iPhone...

Samsung’s most recent appeal in the 2012 iPhone patent suit has been rejected, the San Jose Mercury News reports. On Thursday, the U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Samsung’s request to re-examine the verdict that had ruled the company violated Apple’s iPhone patents — a verdict that had originally resulted in a judgement of more than $1 billion against Samsung (that award was later reduced). The appellate court upheld…

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07:15
The Week in iOS Apps: Apple Store updates

Updates to the Apple Store app

This week’s roundup includes an update to the Apple Store app—which means it’s easier than ever to use your iOS device to buy an iOS device. Whoa.

Apple Store

The updated Apple Store app lets you make purchases with an Apple Store Gift Card. You can use your iOS device’s camera to scan new gift cards, or import existing gift cards from Passbook. Either way: Enjoy your shopping!

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07:10
Younger version of Jupiter provides clues to planet...

It's likely not the first time you'll hear scientists compare an exoplanet to Jupiter. According to a team of astronomers, though, this one called the 51 Eridani b isn't only similar in size -- it's "very much what models suggest Jupiter was like i...

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07:06
Google's initial Android Stagefright patch...

The first software patch designed to mitigate the high-profile Stagefright vulnerability in Google's Android mobile operating system was insufficient, one security researcher discovered, leading to the issuance of yet another update.

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07:06
News: Apple TV service to be delayed to 2016

A new report from Bloomberg has confirmed an earlier report at the end of last month stating that Apple’s planned subscription TV service will be delayed into 2016. While the report notes that the company had wanted to introduce the service this fall, source familiar with Apple’s plans note that talks with TV networks such as subsidiaries of CBS and 21st Century Fox are progressing more slowly than expected. Further, Apple is apparently…

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07:05
News: Daily Deal: Juiced Systems USB-C 6.5-Foot...

In today’s iLounge Deal we’re offering you the Juiced Systems USB-C 6.5-Foot Braided Cable for only $19.99. The cutting-edge Type-C USB cable provides for seamless USB-C to USB-A connectivity so that you can use your favourite gadgets with Apple’s new MacBook and other modern USB-C devices. The durable, braided material means you can also carry it with you just about anywhere without worrying abound damage. Get the Juiced Systems…

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07:00
Windows 10 FUD Fades Fast


Complaints about Windows 10 keep rolling in, but so far none appears to have stuck. The latest brouhaha is over certain privacy settings. Windows 10 gives users many options to disable certain data-gathering and reporting features, but it appears that some communications to Microsoft servers still slip through. So far, there doesn't seem to be anything shifty or harmless about those interactions -- but to some users, they're unsettling. Why is Microsoft doing that? Another thing that just didn't seem to make sense was Wi-Fi Sense.

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06:43
Apple supplier Foxconn seen cutting costs to cope...

Apple's primary assembly partner, Hon Hai -- better known as Foxconn -- beat gross profit estimates for the June quarter, but in what may be a sign that the manufacturer cut costs to cope with weaker demand, a report said on Friday.

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06:00
A round-up of four Apple Watch stand/docks

If you own an Apple Watch, you might as well display its gorgeous looks at every opportunity. Thankfully, there are several products available that do this while allowing you to charge your smartwatch.

My favorite of the four I've tried is the Griffin WatchStand . It has an advantage in that it's built to work with both the Apple smartwatch and an iPhone.

The ebony pedestal looks classy on a desk, nightstand, or tabletop and allows you to power up the Apple Watch in either horizontal or vertical orientation. Conveniently, it works with all types of Apple Watch bands — from the Sport model to semi-flexible ones.

The WatchStand houses the MagSafe charging cable that comes with the Apple Watch (there’s no cable included with the Griffin product — or any of the stands/docks mentioned here). To get started you...

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05:56
OS X 10.10.5 Yosemite and iOS 8.4.1 Address Numerous...

Although OS X 10.10.5 has only three items in its release notes, and iOS 8.4.1 focuses on Apple Music-related fixes, both updates include numerous security fixes, and are worth installing sooner rather than later because of this.

 

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05:42
New iCloud.com feature lets users restore recently...

Apple has quietly added a new data restore feature to iCloud.com today, enabling users to rollback accidentally deleted documents, calendar changes and contacts. The new ‘Restore Files’, ‘Restore Contacts’ and ‘Restore Calendars’ features are hidden in iCloud.com Advanced Settings pane.

Seemingly unrelated to iCloud backup, Apple shows snapshots of your recently deleted documents and lets you put them back onto iCloud Drive. This means there is now a way to recover accidentally deleted iCloud documents for the first time, because there is no equivalent to the Trash folder in iCloud.

Similarly, Contacts restoration shows timestamped snapshots of  your iCloud contacts database. Restoring to an earlier version reverts all changes made since the backup date. Unlike...

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05:37
AppleInsider podcast discusses Apple's Sept. 9...

This week's all-new AppleInsider podcast features Shane Cole and Neil Hughes as we talk about Apple's anticipated Sept. 9 media event. Shane talks about Alphabet and Samsung, while Neil reviews a DJI drone. Shane, Neil and Victor also discuss Sony robot dogs, and the damage caused by counterfeit products.

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05:30
What you should play this weekend: Tengami

Occasionally you'll find a game that's so beautiful you want to play it slowly and intentionally, savoring the developers' work. Tengami (US$4.99, universal for iOS) is one of those games.

It's an adventure puzzler that has your character exploring his world, one scene at a time, unlocking secrets and moving ever forward. There's no clear objective other than discovery itself, and that's a big part of Tengami's appeal. Walk, look, and see what's next. Here's our look at Tengami.

Looks

To call this game pretty is a laughable understatement. The premise is that you're in a Japanese pop-up book come to life. Each "page" unfolds to reveal charming cut-outs and intricate folds. Paper petals flutter from tree tops. Water "shimmers," a paper moon glows faintly in the sky and hidden bridges, staircases and more unfold before you...if you figure out how to trigger them.

The...

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05:00
App Store currently showing all apps as having only...

A glitch in the iOS App Store means that all apps are shown as having only five reviews on category listings screens. The correct number of reviews is shown once you click through to the app.

Apple last month moved to fix another issue with App Store reviews. Those using iOS betas were leaving poor reviews for apps simply because they didn’t work with as-yet unsupported versions of the mobile OS. Apple solved the issue by blocking attempts to write reviews while using iOS betas.

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04:04
Apple Watch will make up 40% of premium watch sales...

A BI Intelligence report on the future of wearables is predicting that by 2020 the Apple Watch will account for 40% of all premium watch sales, defined as watches costing upwards of $350. The report suggests Apple will be shipping over 40M Watches a year by this date.

A supporting survey found that those currently considering a smartwatch purchase were most interested in notifications and health & fitness apps, with the Apple Watch unsurprisingly seeing substantially greater appeal than Android Wear models.

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03:30
Transistor is an unsettling, fun, and subtly cool...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play. 

Let’s hear it for the villains. The bad guys. The nefarious forces you have to defeat to ultimately complete a game. It wasn’t until I played Transistor, a cyberpunk action-adventure game from Supergiant Games, that I appreciated why I’ve found so many other mobile titles’ world’s lacking: They have forgettable bad guys. But Transistor, a lovingly-made and original vision of the future, reveals the parties responsible for stealing your voice and trapping your friend’s soul in your sword in the first few minutes. All four conspirators...

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01:32
Performance tuning XSAN

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Good afternoon.
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Thursday August 13

21:47
iTunes 12.2.2

Provides a number of improvements and fixes for Apple Music and the Beats 1 streaming radio station. (Free, 222 MB)

 

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20:03
Court rejects Samsung’s latest appeal request in...

In its seemingly never-ending legal battle between Apple, Samsung earlier this summer asked a federal appeals court to reconsider the U.S Federal Circuit Court’s decision to uphold damages from a 2012 ruling. Today, San Jose Mercury News reports that the U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected Samsung’s request to have its case reheard.

The Federal Circuit denied the request without comment, leaving Samsung’s only remaining option as the U.S. Supreme Court. Samsung’s request for a rehearing was...

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19:15
Samsung denied rehearing of appeal over $400M patent...

The U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday denied Samsung's request for an en banc review of a previous decision that kept Apple's patent infringement trial win largely intact, leaving the Supreme Court as the Korean company's last recourse.

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16:11
Xiaomi Unveils Redmi Note 2 as US Twinkles in Its Eye


Xiaomi on Thursday announced its new Redmi Note 2, getting a jump on Samsung's announcement of two new smartphone entries. Xiaomi's Redmi Note 2 comes with a 2-GHz octacore Mediatek Helio X10 CPU and 16 GB of flash memory. The Redmi Note 2 Prime edition comes with a 2.2-GHz octacore MTK Helio X10 CPU and 32 GB of flash memory.
The phones will start selling this weekend in China at prices equivalent to about $125 to $140. At that price, the Redmi Note 2 is "very competitive," said Nick Spencer, a senior practice director at ABI Research.

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15:58
TestFlight update lets developers seed iOS 9 app...

A week after updating its TestFlight app evaluation tool with support for iOS 9, Apple on Thursday added a backend feature that allows developers to seed beta builds of their apps to users outside of their dev teams.

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15:57
Report: Apple is delaying its live TV service until...

Apple really wants you to be able to watch live channels on its new Apple TV set-top, but as the song goes, you can’t always get what you want.

According to a new report from Bloomberg, Apple is delaying the announcement of its new Internet-powered live TV streaming service until at least 2016, as negotiations with TV networks like ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox continue to stall. The holdup has to do over the subscription price for the service. Apple wants to give viewers a mini-bundle of select TV channels for about $40 a month, roughly half of the typical cable bill. TV networks, on the other hand, expect to be paid more than what they get from current providers.

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15:54
Apple releases iOS 8.4.1 update, targets iTunes,...

It’s not the biggest iOS update in the world, but it might prove helpful.

On Thursday, Apple released iOS 8.4.1.

The update, a 55 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:
- Resolves issues that could prevent turning on iCloud Music Library.

- Resolves an issue that hides added music because Apple Music was set to show offline music only.

- Provides a way to add songs to a new playlist if there aren’t any playlists to choose from.

- Resolves an issue that may show different artwork for an album on other devices.

- Resolves several issues for artists while posting to Connect.

- Fixes an issue where tapping Love...

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15:44
Apple releases iTunes 12.2.2 update

It’s not a huge update, but it might pin down some of the problems you were having between iTunes, your libraries and Apple Music.

On Thursday, Apple released iTunes 12.2.2. The update, which can be snagged through OS X’s Software Update or App Store features, offers the following fixes and changes:

- Click on the Beats 1 banner to see what’s currently on, or view a complete broadcast schedule so you never miss a show.

- You can now view a list of the artists you’re following on Apple Music.

- Resolved an issue where iTunes loses its place when you go back to a previous page in Apple Music.

- Addressed a problem where artists may be sorted incorrectly in My Music....

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15:26
AWT News Update: August 13, 2015

Just a pair of quick stories today, but you can get all of the rest of the news on AppleWorld.Today any time!

  • Gene Munster's back with a possible maybe perhaps rumor about a new Apple product being announced in September
  • Want to pre-order an iPhone 6s or whatever it may be called? You can do it if you're a Deutsche Telekom customer!

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for August 13, 2015. Just a quick one today since I spent most of the day helping my elderly parents. Yeah, I’m that kinda guy…

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15:25
Report: Apple’s efforts to build a live-TV service...

A report from Bloomberg today said that Apple is struggling to come to common ground with CBS, Fox, and Comcast-owned NBC in negotiations to offer a live TV streaming service much like Dish's Sling TV.

The rumored service would be targeted at cord cutters, hosting a handful of live channels bundled together for about $30 to $40 a month. Back in March, the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple's service would include networks like ABC, CBS, Fox, and various subsidiary channels like ESPN and FX. Apple has been pushing hard to develop a news and entertainment...

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15:00
Apple Watch tallies 42% of total dollars spent on...

How is the Fitbit faring against the Apple Watch? We now know, thanks to an upcoming report from 1010data's Ecom Insights. AppleWorld.Today received an advance copy of the report, which will be released next week.

In just three months of availability, Apple now has 42% of total dollars sold in the first half of the year followed by Fitbit at 31%. Motorola, Garmin, Jawbone, Polar, Pebble and Samsung combined make up just 15%, according to 1010data's Ecom Insights, which measures what consumers are purchasing online. However, when we look at units, Fitbit is number one with 35% of the market and Apple #2 at 11%.

Apple.com sells the most wearables, accounting for 41% of total dollars, followed by Amazon at 43%, and Best Buy and Fitbit with 5% each.

This research comes from 1010data’s Ecom Insights panel.  The panel consists of millions of online shoppers in the U.S. who allow 1010data to anonymously track...

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14:40
Report: Apple TV service pushed back to 2016, new...

A report on Thursday claims Apple has been forced to delay the announcement of a hotly anticipated over-the-top streaming television service to sometime in 2016 as content licensing talks sputter.

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14:32
Apple releases OS X 10.10.5 update

If you were waiting for the OS X 10.10.5 update, it’s here.

On Thursday, Apple released OS X 10.10.5. The update, an 815 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

- Improves compatibility with certain email servers when using Mail.

- Fixes an issue in Photos that prevented importing videos from GoPro cameras.

- Fixes an issue in QuickTime Player that prevented playback of Windows Media files.

The update can be located, downloaded and installed via the App Store feature in OS X Yosemite.

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

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14:27
The Pichai Era: Google's New Age of Innocence?


"A" is for new Google parent company "Alphabet," for Sundar Pichai's "ascension" to CEO, and for a slimmed-down search engine company that seeks to become more "agile." With Google cofounders Larry Page and Sergey Brin stepping back to manage the newly formed Alphabet Holdings, consumers may wonder if that "A" also stands for "altruism." Pichai's work ethic and congeniality helped drive his ascension to the top, and he'll need both to redirect the mounting mistrust of Google -- his greatest challenge yet.

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14:15
Report: Apple’s streaming TV service delayed into...

While Apple is expected to unveil a new Apple TV set-top box at an event next month, its rumored internet TV service will not make an appearance at that event according to a new report out of Bloomberg. The report says that Apple, while it originally wanted to launch its streaming TV service this year, has decided to push the service back until some point in 2016. We also reported earlier this year that Apple’s streaming TV service would likely launch after the...

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14:01
Apple flips the switch on external TestFlight...

Update: Apple appears to have now disabled external testing in iTunes Connect again after briefly enabling it this afternoon.

External Testing is disabled in iTunes Connect again. Seems like it was a bug. http://t.co/qr4bnKAIRw


Amit Nivedan Kalra (@AMITNKALRA) August 14, 2015

When Apple updated the TestFlight app for iOS 9 compatiblity earlier this month, it came with the caveat that developers could only submit iOS 9 betas to members of their own teams. Today, however, the company has enabled external testing, allowing developers to start pushing iOS 9-ready betas to any users.

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13:50
Tip of the Day: Keeping Apple Watch Notifications...

The Apple Watch is a somewhat private device by its very nature, since it sits on your wrist, so having Messages and other notifications appear with full detail is probably not going to be a problem for most users, particularly since notifications are only received when you’re actually wearing the device. If you’re looking for a bit more privacy, however, Apple does provide the option of suppressing notification details until you actually…

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13:46
Apple’s diversity numbers

Tim Cook:

Diversity is critical to innovation and it is essential to Apple’s future. We aspire to do more than just make our company as diverse as the talent available to hire. We must address the broad underlying challenges, offer new opportunities, and create a future generation of employees as diverse as the world around us. We also aspire to make a difference beyond Apple.

Great progress.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:43
The one hour mix

Graham Cochrane is doing a series a videos showing users how to mix a song. I always like watching these types of videos—every audio engineer has their own way of doing things, but I usually pick up a tidbit from everyone.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:43
Updated Apple diversity numbers show growth in hires...

As promised, Apple on Thursday issued an updated diversity report, claiming that it hired the most diverse range of candidates in the past year than at any other point in its history.

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13:34
Boot Camp supports Windows 10

Apple posted a support document showing users how to install or upgrade to Windows 10.

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13:24
∞ The Dalrymple Report with Merlin Mann: A Crow, a...

Jim and Merlin talk about beta software, bass players, and how to minimize stress while traveling.

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13:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Lifeproof’s new camo...

...plus battery cases, camera accessories, and more!

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases includes a fashionable pick from designer Ted Baker, no-frills cases from Amzer, Moshi, and Spigen, and a battery boost from Incipio.

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12:57
News: Apple releases updated diversity report

Apple has updated its diversity report, outlining the company’s efforts in ensuring employment equality in the workplace. The latest report notes that Apple has hired over 11,000 women globally — an increase of 65 percent over the previous year — and that Apple hired more than 2,200 black employees and 2,700 Hispanic employees – increases of 50 percent and 66 percent, respectively, and that nearly 50 percent of all new U.S. hires in the…

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12:54
Apple Music outdoor ad campaign goes interactive...

Apple has begun to roll out new, interactive Apple Music posters that work with the Shazam iOS app to link iPhone owners directly to the featured artist's page in Apple Music.

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12:41
Apple releases updated diversity report, “a lot more...

Apple has updated its diversity report with new data about gender, race, and ethnicity hiring at the company. The updated diversity report comes one day after Apple committed to sponsoring a minority-focused technology program and one year after releasing its first report on such data.

While the new data does not show dramatic diversity improvements compared with last year’s report, Apple does highlight some key changes in hiring over the last 12 months. The company is still mostly male with men accounting for 69% of Apple around the world, but that’s moved slightly from 70% a year ago.

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