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Saturday November 14

B&H's holiday sale slashes 2015 MacBook...

Delivering the lowest prices ever on numerous models, B&H's holiday sale knocks $300 off 15" MacBook Pros (2015), $200-$300 off 13" MacBook Pros (2015), $170-$200 off 12" MacBooks, $100-$170 off 11" & 13" MacBook Airs (2015), up to $30 off iPad mini 4 and up to $70 off iPad Air 2.

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Turkey blocks Reddit through its internet censorship...

The Turkish government's eagerness to censor the internet isn't letting up any time soon. The country's officials have blocked Reddit under the guise of Internet Law 5651, which lets Turkey ban sites it suspects of hosting 'scandalous' content lik...

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UFC doesn't want you posting Ronda Rousey...

The running joke about a Ronda Rousey fight is that you can fit the whole thing into a 15-second Instagram video, if not a 6-second Vine -- she's so good that her opponents usually crumble in seconds. You may not see many of those bite-sized clips...

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Translogic 188: Defiant EV3

Translogic drives the Defiant EV3, a boutique three-wheeled electric roadster designed by Shockwave Motors founder John McMillian.Host Jonathon Buckley hops behind the wheel of the Defiant EV3 on this episode of Translogic. This three-wheeled roa...

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Android Wear can do a whole lot more using your wrist

That big Android Wear update isn't just about allowing cellular data on smartwatches -- it's also really helpful if you don't have a hand free. Google has quietly revealed that Android Wear 1.4 has a ton of new wrist gestures beyond the usual flic...

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Notable apps and app updates for November 14, 2015

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

iOS Apps/Updates

Marvel Contest of Champions (free with in-app purchases) lets you collect the favorite Marvel heroes and villains, assembling a team of champions to fight against evil. The in-app purchases can be pricy -- anywhere from $1.99 for a collector's booster pack to $99.99 to all-father Odin's vault -- but bring the power to really move ahead in the game. 

Like to blow things up? Boom Beach (free with in-app purchases) is from the same folks who brought you Clash of Clans. The description says it all: "Fight...

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Steam Machines are slower gaming systems than...

The whole point of a Steam Machine is to get PC-like gaming in your living room, but do you actually get PC-like performance? Not so much, if you ask Ars Technica. It recently ran benchmarks comparing the performance of SteamOS and Windows 10 on...

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The iPad Pro's chip is not a big deal

The iPad Pro is here, and it comes with a lot of promises. The most-repeated is that its A9X chip is a desktop-class processor that fits inside a tablet. Initial benchmark results confirm that this is by far the most powerful chip Apple has ever pu...

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Tech has a diversity problem, and that problem is...

I've heard it before and so have you. We need more women in tech. We need more minority engineers. Everyone from Jesse Jackson and even President Obama has made a call for more inclusive policies in tech companies. But it still hasn't happened. You...

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Gadget Ogling: Comfy Earbuds, Barking Bots, and USB...

If you're a human being who listens to music using earbuds, chances are you've run into some issues along the way in keeping the infernal things nestled into your ear canal. Manufacturers have tried to find solutions, such as offering different-sized rubber molds, but we're still hewing to a few-sizes-fit-all model. Enter Revols, a company that might have the answer. Fully recognizing that we all have a unique ears, Revols has equipped its earbuds with gel-filled ends.

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A car up on cinder blocks: the disappointing launch...

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To begin with, let me say that this post is definitely about a first-world problem. Given the horrific events that unfolded in Paris last night, there are much more important things to think and write about. That being said, this isn't a world news or political site, it's a site about Apple and its products and this post was planned prior to the Paris attacks.

Last night I had a Twitter conversation with an Apple World Today reader in which I described the launch of the iPad Pro without the Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil as making the iPad Pro an "expensive grand piano without strings." Here's a better analogy -- let's think of the iPad Pro as a car. 

Before you buy the car, you check out the specs online, gaze through the beautiful brochures, choose your color and interior/exterior options, and build...

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What goes up

Daring Fireball:

Arguing that Apple is in trouble because the iPhone is so popular is like arguing that the ’90s-era Chicago Bulls were in trouble because Michael Jordan was so good. It’s true Jordan couldn’t play forever — and the iPhone won’t be the most profitable product in the world forever. But in the meantime, the Bulls were well-nigh unbeatable, and Apple, for now at least, is unfathomably profitable.

Just like how it’s better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all, it’s better to have tremendous success for some period of time than never to have had tremendous success in the first place. Right?

This is a typically well written and thought out piece by Gruber, taking down the ridiculousness of the Apple doomsayers. They have zero basis for their prognostications and yet, rather than being spiked by their editors as posts that have no basis in fact or shouted down by the media in general, they are lauded for their “prescience”.


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Beats Music To Shut Down November 30

UnknowingFool writes: After November 30, Beats Music subscriptions will be cancelled and no longer work, according to Apple. Subscribers can use Apple Music, which has many of the same features. This shutdown was not unexpected when Apple purchased Beats last year for $3 billion, as Apple has a history of buying companies for various reasons other the products. Many former companies have been absorbed into Apple in one form or another in this manner: the technology of Fingerworks peripherals was the start of multi-touch for iPhones; PA Semi and Intrinsity personnel were the core of Apple's internal chip design teams; and AuthenTec made biometric technology that became the backbone of Touch ID.


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Apple Faces Twitter Storm Over Mac App Security...

Apple faced the wrath of legions of Mac users after it reportedly allowed a security certificate to expire, leaving customers unable to use some apps. The expiration appeared to impact a number of apps, including Acorn, Byword, Daisy Disk, Tweetbot and 1Password. It's likely that the incident occurred due to problems with the security certificate management system. "The big firms, providers of applications and services, want to maintain control of the services and software they are selling," noted Ian Trump, security lead at Logic Now.

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Review: Aukey wireless sport earphones will stay in...

Aukey is a Chinese company more commonly known for producing charging accessories like in-car chargers and multi-port USB stations. But, it also builds headphones. I’ve been testing the wireless Bluetooth earphones while out running for a few months now. For $25, it’s really hard to argue against the Aukey Sport Bluetooth Headphone

It’s important to note, for me, buying wireless earphones was about fitting a couple of specific needs. I use on-ear and over-ear...

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iOS 9 How-To: Use the updated multitasking interface...

Ever since Apple made the move to a more ‘flat’ design with iOS 7, the multitasking interface has changed in either a minor or major way with each iteration. With iOS 9, the interface has changed yet again. While the change is not hugely radical, it does take some adjusting to…

When you double tap the Home button (or 3D Touch with pressure on iPhone 6s/Plus), it takes you out of the app that you were using and shows you a fullscreen thumbnail preview of the app and the most recent apps you have accessed. The apps are presented in a fanned-out card-like interface. If you want to see the rest of your recently used apps, you just swipe left to right or right to left to browse through them all.

If you want to...

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Ford to Test Autonomous Vehicles at Mcity

Ford on Friday announced that it will be the first automaker to test its autonomous vehicles at Mcity, a full-scale simulated urban environment that was developed as part of the University of Michigan's Mobility Transformation Center. The site will allow Ford to take advantage of the diverse roads and neighborhoods Mcity offers. "The key element in testing at Mcity is the fact that you can create situations that our engineers would rarely encounter through public road testing," said Ford spokesperson Alan Hall.

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The week in Apple news: iPad Pro arrives, Apple...

Apple headlines for the week ending Nov. 13, 201

The iPad Pro is here. and the early reviews tend to say that the iPad Pro is a niche product since it doesn’t run OS X, which limits its power and usefulness. Macworld is working on a review, so look out for it. In the meantime, catch up on all the important Apple headlines in this slideshow. Just click the link to get more information on a story.

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Friday November 13

Review: Apple's iPad Pro with A9X CPU and 12.9-...

The iPad Pro is Apple's most fully realized example yet of the future of computing, with a workhorse of a processor and a beautiful 12.9-inch Retina display packed inside a svelte, ultraportable design. Current limitations with iOS apps prevent it from being a PC replacement for the most demanding tasks, and at $799 it won't appeal to casual users, but we are confident the iPad Pro will carve out a niche in the high-end market.

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Hands-on: Apple Pencil unboxing with iPad Pro [...

Tonight I won the Apple Pencil lottery at my local Apple Store. I made the two-hour drive over to New Orleans to pick up an iPad Pro that I’d ordered online for Personal Pickup in store, half because I wanted avoid shipping delays and half because I want to take a chance on iPad Pro accessories being in stock. That paid off thanks to some dumb luck, and now I’ve officially had some hands-on time with the iPad Pro’s digital stylus.

But first, the story of how I caught one of these rare unicorns in the wild…

Apple Pencil currently shows 4-5 week wait times for delivery when ordering on, and the Specialist that greeted me and called up my iPad Pro pickup...

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What Goes Up

This piece by Bryan Clark for TheNextWeb caught my eye last weekend — “We’ve Reached — Maybe Passed — Peak Apple: Why the Narrative Needs to Change”:

Last month, Apple’s latest earnings call announced its “most
successful year ever.” The numbers were reported, the stories
were spun and Wall Street basically anointed Apple the god of

They’re all wrong.

Apple wasn’t wrong — fiscal 2015 was Apple’s most successful year ever, by the objective measures of both revenue and profit. I suppose you can decide to define “most successful year ever” in terms of something else, like percentage growth or stock price gains, but revenue and profit are a pretty fair measures.

I missed it where “Wall Street basically anointed Apple the god of capitalism”. All I noticed was that Apple’s stock price went up...

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Pope Francis: Don't use your phones at the...

Know who's not cool with you poking at your phone at the dinner table? Your friend who's scowling while you Instagram your food, your mom/dad/significant other shouting at you to put your phone away... and Pope Francis. Maybe it's because the curre...

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The best photo inkjet printer

The Wirecutter:

After 76 hours of research and side-by-side testing with four different models, we found the $800 Epson SureColor P600 is the best photo inkjet printer for most people.

It delivers professional-quality color prints, as well as black-and-white photographs that are as close to traditional darkroom prints as you’ll see from any digital printer around. Its prints also last longer than anything you’d get from a typical online photo service. The P600 can print on a wider variety of media than the competition, and its LCD touchscreen control panel makes setup and maintenance easy.

I’m a big proponent of printing some of your photos. There’s nothing like holding a physical representation of a memory. I have an Epson R2000 and I love taking some of my better photos and printing them out and putting them on my own walls or giving them to friends.


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First Apple Store 'feature bay' accessory...

It seems that select Apple Store locations are organizing accessories into collections called "feature bays" to enhance the in-store shopping experience, with the first arrangement advertising iPhone photography products.

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Apple updates App Store search algorithms to display...

Apple, after unveiling a new Shopping category last week, appears to have now made more enhancements to the App Store. According to a report out of TechCrunch, Apple has improved its search algorithms to return more relevant and intelligent results when a keyword search is performed.

The change in algorithms appears to have begun on November 3rd, with the most notable changes being noticed yesterday and today. While Apple in the past has focused most on algorithms for the Top Free, Paid, and Grossing apps, these changes affect how apps are returned when a user performs a search.

Apps that are returned in search results are now ranked based on a mix of contextual...

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Apple hit with second class action lawsuit over Wi-...

Apple was hit with another class action lawsuit over iOS 9's new Wi-Fi Assist feature on Friday, with plaintiffs seeking a jury trial for damages in excess of $5 million.

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Multiple injuries reported as tour bus crashes into...

At least eleven people were injured, five critically, on Friday after a double-decker tour bus slammed into cars, protective barriers and scaffolding before coming to a stop at the construction site of Apple's upcoming flagship store in San Francisco on Friday.

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The Week in iPad Cases: Fresh, new cases for the..., Logitech’s competitor to Apple’s Smart Keyboard, and more

The iPad Pro is here, and so are the accessories! Feast your eyes on iPad Pro cases from Apple, DODOcase, Targus, and more. Read on!


Because the iPad Pro is a work machine, you’ll likely want to grab a keyboard to use along with it. Apple’s own Smart Keyboard (iPad Pro; $169) features a full-sized keyboard/case combo that seamlessly connects to your iPad Pro through its Smart Connector, and starts working right away without the need for pairing or additional setup.

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Apple updates App Store search engine algorithms,...

According to a report on Friday, iOS app developers have noticed a change in the App Store's search algorithms that appears to return more relevant results for direct app searches by going deeper than title and assigned keyword metadata.

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Beware of ads that use inaudible sound to link your...

Ars Technica:

Privacy advocates are warning federal authorities of a new threat that uses inaudible, high-frequency sounds to surreptitiously track a person’s online behavior across a range of devices, including phones, TVs, tablets, and computers.

The ultrasonic pitches are embedded into TV commercials or are played when a user encounters an ad displayed in a computer browser. While the sound can’t be heard by the human ear, nearby tablets and smartphones can detect it. When they do, browser cookies can now pair a single user to multiple devices and keep track of what TV commercials the person sees, how long the person watches the ads, and whether the person acts on the ads by doing a Web search or buying a product.

And the ad industry wonders why we hate them and happily use ad blockers.


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Why you should set up Medical ID on your iPhone


Did you know that you can set up something called a “Medical ID” on your iPhone?

This can be accessed even while the phone is locked by clicking on the emergency options, and it can display things like name, date of birth (DOB), emergency contacts, medical conditions, and even blood type!

It can be managed by clicking on the little “Health” app that comes default on the iPhone.

The Medical ID is important because, in case of an emergency, medical responders can look at your phone and know any allergies or medical conditions you have and know who to contact for you without unlocking your phone.

This only takes a few seconds to set up but if the EMTs on scene know about it, they can quickly access important medical information or your emergency contact.


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Apple sneaks a USB 3.0-compatible Lightning port...

The iPad Pro's Lightning port will apparently support USB 3.0 transfer speeds. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Our full review of the iPad Pro covers a lot of ground, but there is one small item that escaped our notice. When iFixit tore the device apart, it found a USB 3.0 controller, and Apple has confirmed to us that the new iPad Pro will in fact support USB 3.0 transfer speeds over its Lightning port. USB 3.0 supports theoretical transfer speeds of up to 5Gbps, a little over 10 times faster than USB 2.0's 480Mbps.

But those faster transfer speeds will cost you. The Lightning cable that ships with the iPad Pro is a standard USB 2.0-speed cable, and you'll need to purchase USB 3.0 cables separately when they're released at some undisclosed point in the future. The cables may be physically different from the current USB 2.0 models,...

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How Apple is giving design a bad name

Fast Company:

Once upon a time, Apple was known for its ease of use, for computers and applications that were understandable, powerful, and could be used without reference to any manuals. All the operations were discoverable (the power of menus), all could be undone or redone, and there was considerable feedback so you always knew what had just taken place.

However, when Apple moved to gestural-based interfaces with the first iPhone, followed by its tablets, it deliberately and consciously threw out many of the key Apple principles. No more discoverability, no more recoverability, just the barest remnants of feedback.

Why? Not because this was to be a gestural interface, but because Apple simultaneously made a radical move toward visual simplicity and elegance at the expense of learnability, usability, and productivity. They began shipping systems that people have difficulty learning and using, getting away with it because people don’t recognize such problems...

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Beware of scams regarding the App Store snafu

The Apple App Store’s failure to renew cryptographic certificates on Macs caused some applications to fail on Wednesday. While Apple quickly renewed the certificates, some users have been prompted to provide their Apple ID. 

Thomas Reed, Director of Mac Offerings at Malwarebytes, warns users to beware of possible tech support scams that have become more frequent, and offers advice on how to stay vigilant. He’s just published a blog about this issue.

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Exploratorium’s app rethinks time itself


Besides having one of the best names in the museum business, San Francisco’s Exploratorium is widely considered to be among the most beautiful and well-designed educational institutions on the planet.

Its oddball, hands-on exhibits are considered a model for the modern participatory museum. The Exploratorium has famously been termed a “mad scientist’s penny arcade.”

It turns out the Exploratorium makes apps, too. The latest from the museum team is called How Many Saturdays? and it’s a lot of fun.

San Francisco’s Exploratorium, a wonderful “participatory museum”, was always one of my favorite places to go when we had any extra time at a Macworld Expo. This app typifies the Exploratorium – quirky and weird but in the best possible way.


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Google Chrome gets new iOS beta program

Google is now letting iPhone and iPad users take a cutting-edge version of its browser for a spin. The company on Friday quietly launched a new Chrome for iOS public beta program, which leverages Apple's TestFlight system to give users the chance to try out a new version of the browser.

Users can sign up by going to Google's Chrome Beta page on their iOS device, and they'll then be taken to a form where they can enter their name, email address and agree to Chrome's terms of service. After that, Google will send an email to confirm their email address. 

Opting into the beta program ought to give users access to a version of the Chrome app that will have features before consumers get access to them. According to a post by 9to5Mac, that includes a new app icon that takes advantage of the 3D Touch capabilities built into the...

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Tim Cook’s email about the black teens barred entry...


Earlier this week, a video surfaced of three black teenagers from Sudan and Somalia being barred from entering an Apple store in Melbourne, Australia, because an employee thought “they might steal something.” The company subsequently apologized.

In an email obtained by BuzzFeed News, Tim Cook weighed in on the situation, calling it “unacceptable.”

“What people have seen and heard from watching the video on the web does not represent our values. It is not a message we would ever want to deliver to a customer or hear ourselves,” Cook wrote in the companywide email. “None of us are happy with the way this was handled.”

It is unclear if any disciplinary measures were taken against the manager involved in the incident, but multiple sources familiar with the situation say the employee hasn’t been at the store since.

Nor should they be. While this is yet another embarrassment for Apple this week, I think we can all agree that, as Cook says...

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The best ways to send money to friends and family...

Apple Pay might soon let you send person-to-person payments, but you don't need to wait on Cupertino to split the cost of a pizza without cash. AppleInsider took a look at some of the most popular money transfer apps available now for iOS.

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Apple Store in San Diego hit with pricing accuracy...

Apple Store, UTC in San Diego has been hit with a “Notice of Failed Inspection” through the county’s Price Accuracy Inspection Program for charging customers a higher than advertised price.

The notice, which Apple has to display in the window of the Apple Store for ten days through November 22, reads:

“This establishment has been fined for overcharge violations found during an inspection on 9/1/2015.

Charging higher than the lowest posted or advertised price, is a violation of Business and Professions Code Section 12024.2.”

We spoke with an employee at the Apple Store, UTC who told us the pricing discrepancy wasn’t related to pricing on Apple’s own products, but rather a third-party accessory. The employee couldn’t confirm the...

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Tim Cook responds to 'unacceptable' Apple...

Apple chief executive Tim Cook on Friday told employees that the incident at an Australian Apple Store earlier this week -- in which a group of black students was asked to leave for fear that they might be thieves -- calling the situation "unacceptable."

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AWT News Update: November 13, 2015

Merry (left) and Pippin at the AWT HQ office. Photo©2015 Steven Sande

Happy Friday the 13th! While we're playing with black cats, smashing mirrors and working under ladders, we found this news for today's podcast:

  • A new Chrome beta is out for iOS, featuring some nice new goodies that are especially useful on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus
  • Fossil Watches bought fitness and activity tracker maker Misfit
  • The iPad Pro has a USB 3.0 controller built in, a first for iOS devices... but will it ever be able to use USB 3.0 transfer speeds?
  • 128GB iPad Pros seem to be sold out, 32GB models are available, and no sign of Smart Keyboards or Apple Pencils

Text is below, watch the dashing Steve Sande on video here.


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Here’s what’s happening with the Mac App Store and ‘...


Earlier this week Mac App Store (MAS) apps, on launch, were showing up as “damaged” and couldn’t be opened. The old MAS security certificate seemed to have expired and a new one, at first, didn’t seem to be showing up. Here’s my current understanding of what happened.

Some consider this just a minor mistake on Apple’s part while others see it as endemic to the Mac App Store situation. Regardless, I’m told Apple is working hard on a fix and will have something “soon”.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Tim Cook in company-wide email: Melbourne Apple...

Apple CEO Tim Cook sent an email to all of the company’s employees today addressing the situation at Apple’s Melbourne, Australia store that saw a group of teens booted from the outlet by management due to their race. The incident was captured in a video that appeared online this week.

In the email, which bore the subject line “Apple is open,” Cook calls the handling of the situation “unacceptable” and says that no one in Apple’s leadership was happy about what happened. He also said that store leadership teams worldwide would be required to re-take certain customer service training.


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Apps: Apple TV Edition: Asphalt 8, Battle Supremacy...

With the Apple TV App Store now entering its third week, we decided it was time to dedicate an installment of our Apps of the Week feature to looking at some of the interesting apps we’ve found so far for Apple’s new set-top box. While some of these are unique to the Apple TV and others are merely adaptations of long-running iOS versions, each brings something interesting to the experience. Asphalt 8: Airborne (free) — Our all-time favorite…

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Report: Apple Pay's Venmo-like feature could be...

Apple is reportedly gearing up to launch a Venmo competitor, but iPhone users might not need to install a new app to use it.

According to Quartz, the Apple Pay extension into peer-to-peer (P2P) money transfers could be integrated into the Messages app for iOS. Because it’s a native app for iPhone users, Messages is already extremely popular, especially with younger people which tend to make up most of the Venmo crowd. TechCrunch recently reported that 60 percent of teens use Messages as their preferred messaging app.


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Horipad Ultimate is the second Lightning-...

Horipad Ultimate, a new Apple-licensed gaming controller for both iOS and the fourth-generation Apple TV, is now available for purchase, sporting a built-in Lightning port for recharging its internal battery.

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Former Apple Design Gurus Criticize Apple’s Current...

If you’ve ever found yourself stymied in trying to use Apple’s current apps, a Fast Company article by design gurus Don Norman and Bruce Tognazzini lays out some of the mistakes Apple is making.


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Valve's Steam Gaming Hardware Hits Home

Valve this week rolled out the hardware phase of its road map from bedrooms and basements to living rooms and lounge areas with its long-awaited video game controller, PC link box and Steam boxes. Valve's road map to the living room began with Big Picture mode in 2011, continued with in-home streaming in 2014, and now includes the new Steam hardware. The Linux-based Big Picture mode formatted the Steam digital distribution platform for living room TVs, offering an experience similar to Xbox Live.

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News: First Alert releases first HomeKit-enabled...

First Alert’s Onelink alarm, released this week, is the first HomeKit-enabled smoke and carbon monoxide detector. Owners can use their iOS device to receive alerts in the event of an emergency, remotely silence false alarms or test the detector. Multiple alarms can also be synced up to sound alerts as one, and programmed to communicate what the specific danger is and where it’s located within the house. The Onelink alarm is available in…

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Notable apps and app updates for November 13, 2015

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

iOS Apps/Updates

Here's something new: Thingthing Keyboard (free) is an iOS 9 keyboard that lets you share photos, documents, your calendar and just about anything else without switching apps. It does this by adding a "keyboard" above the usual iOS keyboard that lets you add the services that you use -- Instagram, Facebook, Dropbox, Calendar, and Pocket as examples. 

When you're doing something like writing an email or text, just tap on...

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Report claims some publishers are unhappy with...

Apple says its Apple News app for iOS 9 devices already has close to 40 million readers. However, some “publishing execs are unhappy about everything from the traffic they’re getting from the two-month-old news aggregation app to the user experience to the data Apple’s giving them,” according to a Digiday report.

The article claims that many publishers are disappointed with the traffic they’re seeing. They’re also allegedly unhappy with the data Apple is providing. 

Apple is providing weekly data reports including basics like the volume of page views and shares, but publishers want a dashboard that they can use to analyze data on demand, and more demographic data on users, says Digiday. To appeal to publishers, Apple was supposed to let them count the views toward their traffic and let...

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Stop Tossing and Turning on Your Sad Old Pillow

Thanks to Hullo for sponsoring The Loop this week. A hot, flat pillow can wake up even the deepest sleeper. Soft traditional pillows often collapse under the weight of your head which can cause strains in your neck and shoulders. They also retain body heat, which can make sleep hot and uncomfortable.

Have You Ever Slept on a Buckwheat Pillow?

They’re totally different than the soft spongey pillows you’re used to. A buckwheat pillow is sort of like a beanbag for your head. Their unique and firm support simply can’t be matched by traditional pillows; it will perfectly conform to your head and neck. Buckwheat pillows also allow air to move freely, preventing uncomfortable heat build up. Sleep on the cool side of the pillow all night long! Give our buckwheat pillow, Hullo™, a try for 60 nights. If it’s not for you, ship it back to us it for a full refund.

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Hands on: Ricoh Theta S

The Ricoh Theta S can shoot cool 360-degree photos and videos for $350.

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Quanta chairman says Apple Watch 2 will ship next...

In what isn't exactly a surprise -- Apple seems to put product releases on an annual schedule -- Quanta Computer chairman Barry Lam was quoted by Chinese Media Source UDN as saying that Apple would make initial shipments of the second-generation Watch in small volumes during the second quarter of 2016. Quanta is one of the manufacturers of the Apple Watch, and Lam's comment could mean that the device should ship as soon as June. 

So what would be new in an updated Apple Watch? Some sites are suggesting that a FaceTime camera for video calls would be added, but the biggest change would be to make the Watch less dependent on the iPhone when on an Wi-Fi network. The setup and update processes could be made much faster as a result, although expected changes to Bluetooth in 2016 will also provide better range and increased...

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iPad Pro innards pave the way for USB 3.0 transfer...

Apple’s iPad Pro doesn’t currently bring any major improvements in transfer speeds over previous iPads, but that could change with the arrival of new adapters.

A teardown of the iPad Pro by iFixit revealed that Apple’s jumbo tablet includes a 4-port USB 3.0 Host Controller. In theory, this should allow for USB 3.0 transfer speeds through the iPad Pro’s Lightning port.

But as MacRumors reports, using a standard Lightning cable only transfers data in the 25 MBps to 35 MBps range. USB 3.0 allows for speeds beyond 60 MBps, up to a theoretical maximum of 640 MBps.


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Apple Pencil, Smart Keyboard accessories in short...

The good news is that the iPad Pro is out.

The and news is that the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard you might want for it are in short supply.

Both the keyboard and stylus designed specifically for the Pro are showing four to five week shipping estimates with no option to pick up in-store. Some Apple Stores do have the Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil in stock, but you’ll have to call or visit your nearby store to find out whether they’re carrying the accessories.

Apple offered the following comment regarding its inventory and supply levels:

“Customers are very excited for iPad Pro, Apple Pencil and the...

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No one minding the store

Michael Tsai:

I woke up to an inbox full of e-mails from customers reporting that my apps wouldn’t launch. This included new customers who had just purchased from the Mac App Store as well as people who had purchased long ago, hadn’t made any changes, and expected that things would just keep working.

The Mac App Store is supposed to make things easier, but it’s also a single point of failure. Not only is it neglected, but sometimes even the existing functionality stops working.

In short, the system is broken on multiple levels, and there is no evidence to suggest that things will get better.

Tsai is the developer of SpamSieve, among other apps, and he reflects the frustration many developers feel towards Apple and the way the App Store works – or, as in the case a few days ago, catastrophically doesn’t work. This is a huge embarrassment to Apple (and one they haven’t explained or apologized for) as well as being a giant pain point for developers. After...

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Apple Watch 2 development reportedly underway ahead...

Apple is reportedly planning to ship the first successor to the Apple Watch sometime next year around the second or third quarter, according to Chinese media source UDN. The report cites comments made during a meeting with Barry Lam, chairman and founder of Quanta Computer, an Apple Watch manufacturer. While it’s no surprise that Apple would be planning to introduce the Apple Watch 2 in 2016, a third quarter release would mean a launch two years after the first model was introduced and roughly a year and a half since it went on sale.

The report does mention initial shipments in small volume during the second quarter,...

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f.lux side loading workaround dubbed a violation of...

It’s a useful app, but Apple doesn’t think much of the way it installs onto your iOS device.

Apple had contacted f.lux Software to say that the f.lux for iOS download is in violation of the Developer Program Agreement, the criticism focusing on the way f.lux uses a sideloading technique to install.

f.lux, in return, stated that the updated Xcode signing allowed use of side loading, although Apple indicated that this wasn’t the case.

F.lux is a free program that changes the lighting conditions of your screen depending on the time of day and the light available around the device, thereby helping to promote better body rest and sleep functions.

For users...

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The ‘Amazing Fantastic Incredible’ life of Stan Lee...


Stan Lee is a legend. Along with artists Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, Lee helped populate the Marvel Comics universe with heroes like the Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk and Iron Man.

The man who dreamed up lots of backstories for Marvel characters has now put out his own origin story: A memoir, Amazing Fantastic Incredible, in comic book form.

Even if you’re like me and have only a passing familiarity with comic books, you’ve undoubtedly heard of Stan Lee. I think it’s entirely appropriate that his memoir is in the format he is so well known for.

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Google launches Chrome beta for iOS through Apple’s...

Google has quietly launched a Chrome beta for iOS through TestFlight, the beta distribution service Apple acquired last year and integrated into its own developer services. Google has yet to make an official announcement for the beta release, but users can already sign-up and download the beta when visiting Google’s Chrome beta download page on iOS.

Google has long had beta and other development channels available to all on its other platforms including Android, Mac, Windows, and Linux, making iOS one of the last of the platforms Chrome is on to get access to in-development, beta features....

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A designer’s take on the iPad Pro

The Verge:

The reviews are out on iPad Pro, and they address how big it is, whether it’s worth the price, and whether it can or can’t replace a laptop for average consumers. But as a design director at Vox Media, I was more interested in whether I could run all of the apps I normally use on it.

In a lot of ways, the computing devices I use have to feel like extensions of me. I’m always sketching, creating, and ideating on my MacBook Pro. And I don’t regularly use an iPad for work, so the promise of iPad Pro as a device for creatives was particularly intriguing.

I had high hopes that this new iPad would transform me into a rockstar designer. I mean, something this big should be life-changing… right?

There’s lots of discussion of the iPad Pro and where it fits into various workflows. This is an interesting take from the point of view of that group of people a lot of us think will be big buyers of the iPad Pro.


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Review: IK Multimedia iRig Mic Lav

Apple's iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices have evolved to the point where it's becoming much more common for people to do video blogging, journalism and podcasting while on the go. IK Multimedia's new iRig Mic Lav ($50) is designed with these users in mind, providing a high quality condenser lavalier microphone that can be quickly setup and plugged into your iOS device to record high quality audio for on-the-spot interviews or podcasts. {/exp:char_limit}

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Apple’s 2015 Gift Guide


The person on your list is a music lover. Gamer. Photographer. Whiz. Workout devotee. Nomad, even. No matter who you’re shopping for this holiday, you’re sure to find a great gift.

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always loved gift guides and dreaming about the things I’d like to get for myself and now, as an adult, what I’d like to buy for others. Apple’s Gift Guide is the first in a long line of lists I’ll be perusing over the holidays. Do you plan on getting anything from this list?

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Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard are in short supply

Apple is pitching the iPad Pro is the ultimate work machine, but not just because of its extra screen real estate. The Pro pairs with the new Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil, giving you a set of tools to get more done. But while iPad Pros abound, good luck finding a Smart Keyboard or Pencil to round out the bundle.

Both the keyboard and stylus designed specifically for the Pro are showing 4- to 5-week shipping estimates with no option to pick up in-store. Some Apple Stores do have the Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil in stock, but you’ll have to call or visit...

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External Link: Verizon Wireless Rolls Out Better...

Verizon Wireless customers no longer have to purchase separate, overpriced plans when traveling abroad. With TravelPass, Verizon customers pay a flat daily fee to access their existing talk, messaging, and data plans: $2 in Canada and Mexico, and $10 in other supported countries.


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Apple HomeKit gets its first smart smoke detector

Apple’s smart home platform keeps growing with the arrival of the first HomeKit-enabled smoke detector.

The Onelink smoke and CO detector ($110 at Lowe’s) from First Alert connects to iOS devices over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, letting users test the alarm and get remote notifications, even outside the house. The companion smartphone app can call 911 directly, and uses voice and location to help get occupants to safety. If more than one detector is installed, they can talk to one another and sound alarms in unison.

Instead of using replaceable batteries, Onelink’s detector has a battery pack built in. It should last about 10 years, at which point users will need to buy a new detector. (As The Verge notes, safety...

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External Link: Comcast Testing a New Streaming TV...

Comcast is testing a new $15 per-month streaming TV service, called Stream TV, but so far it’s only available in the Boston area to Xfinity Internet customers. It will include all the major broadcast channels, as well as HBO and others. The first month is free and there are no contracts required. Comcast says that it will expand the service to all of its areas in 2016. If you’re in the Boston area and have had a chance to try it out, let us know what you think!


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News: Report: Apple may use iMessage for person-to-...

Following news that Apple is looking to expand Apple Pay to allow person-to-person payments, sources who have discussed the program with Apple said iMessage could end up being the method the company will use to facilitate those transfers, Quartz reports. The messaging client is one of the most-used apps installed on the iPhone by default and is especially popular with the demographic currently making the most use of person-to-person payments. People…

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iPad Pro diary day 2: The good, the bad & the...

I posted my first impressions of the iPad Pro yesterday, and having spent much of the past 24 hours mostly using it rather than my MacBook, I now have more of a sense of why Tim Cook thinks it could be a laptop replacement.

While most reviewers dismissed that, and I would certainly join them in doing so when thinking of you or I, it’s easy to forget that we are not normals. We want the power of pro apps, and the ability to do plenty of multitasking. We’re a very different user case to the average non-tech user who rarely ventures further than email, web, chat and a bit of light photo-editing.

I’ve said before that when non-tech friends ask me for advice on which laptop to buy, I quiz them on what they want to do with it and often end up recommending an iPad and keyboard instead. With the increased screen...

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Pad & Quill makes the unboxing video we didn...

Both Dennis and I were too busy this week to do unboxing videos, so Brian Holmes of Pad & Quill did the video we couldn't do. Enjoy!

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Rumor: Second-gen Apple Watch on track for launch by...

Apple supplier Quanta is said to be preparing for the debut of a new Apple Watch by the end of the second quarter of 2016, which would place its launch slightly later in the year than the first-generation model.

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News: Apple shutting down Beats Music on Nov. 30

In a post on the Beats Music support blog, Apple said it’s shutting down Beats Music on Nov. 30 and urged users to move their picks and preferences over to Apple Music before it’s too late. Apple has been encouraging Beats Music users to switch to Apple Music since launching the new service in June, but those users still paying for Beats Music will see their subscriptions canceled at the end of the month. The “related articles”…

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Apple's dropping Beats Music at the end of the...

Apple is pulling the plug on Beats Music on Nov. 30, shortly after launching the beta of an Android app for its Apple Music streaming service.

The company is now encouraging both Android and iOS users of Beats Music to transition to the Apple Music streaming service, which was launched by the company in June.

After the launch of the Apple Music app for Android phones, it has become easier for Apple to do the inevitable - shut down Beats Music, transition Android users and focus on Apple Music.

“All the pros that curated music for you are still crafting more amazing experiences,” wrote executive Dale Bagwell on a Beats support page. “Plus, on Apple Music, you’ll get even better recommendations based on music you already listen to and love, 24/7 global radio with Beats 1, exciting material from your favorite artist, and more.”

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Logitech K760: A Wireless Keyboard with No Strings...

The Achilles heel of wireless keyboards has traditionally been the burden of battery management. While Apple’s newly announced Magic Keyboard begins to address this issue, a solar-powered Bluetooth keyboard by Logitech solves this dilemma once and for all.


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Apple highlights iPad Pro, new Apple TV alongside...

Apple has some helpful tips for consumers who are having trouble deciding on gifts for their tech-savvy friends and family, launching a new edition of its annual holiday gift guide featuring the latest from Apple and its favorite partners.

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Review: Logitech’s Create for iPad Pro gets the...

I’m on the record as loving Logitech’s Apple accessories, having been a very early champion of the K811 Easy-Switch Keyboard, and fan of its cleanly-designed Rechargeable Trackpad for Mac. The company also thrilled a lot of people with its Ultrathin series of iPad keyboards, which weren’t cheap or perfect, but worked well while looking and feeling nice. And many of...

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You’ll be waiting 4-5 weeks for that Smart Keyboard...

If you want a Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil for the iPad Pro, you’ll be waiting awhile. They’re now showing a 4-5 week waiting time for availability. 

What’s more, Apple has sold out of most 128GB models (both the Wi-Fi and cellular versions). Availability of specific super-sized iPads at specific retail stores varies from location to location, some have the 32GB model in stock, though the both the Wi-Fi and LTE 128 gigabyte variants are harder to find.

Regarding the situation Apple told Mashable this: “Customers are very excited for iPad Pro, Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard. We have limited supply of Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard in Apple Retail stores. Our stores will continue to receive regular shipments and we encourage customers to visit for online availability and delivery dates.”

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Apple launches holiday gift guide

Apple has launched a holiday gift guide website. It features HP computers, Android phones, and the Microsoft Surface. Just kiddin’. 

It spotlights Apple’s hardware and software products, The holiday gift guide has six main sections: Gaming, Photography, Music, Fitness, Learning and Travel. Don’t be shocked but Apple highly recommends its own products (the Apple TV, iPhone, the Beats Pill +, Apple Watch, the iPad, MacBook, etc.) as well as third-party peripherals and suggested apps.

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News: Daily Deal: 1byone Car Mount & 4-Port...

Today in iLounge Deals you can get the 1byone Car Mount & 4-Port Smart Charger Bundle for only $27.98. Providing power and stability for all of your devices, this bundle includes a universal smartphone car mount with a magnetic holding system, a 360-degree view capability, and super sticky suction to keep your phone in place without harming your car’s surface along with a four-port USB car charger that can simultaneously power up to four…

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Beats Music closing at month’s end; Apple wants you...

Beats Music, which is owned by Apple, is closing down at the end of this month, according to an announcement on its website. Your subscription will be cancelled, but you can move your picks and preferences over to Apple Music right now.

Apple bought the steaming music service Beats Music, and Beats Electronics — which makes the  Beats headphones, speakers and audio software — in 2014. Apple acquired the two companies for a total of $3 billion, consisting of a purchase price of approximately $2.6 billion and approximately $400 million that will vest over time.

Apple Music costs US$9.99 per month or $14.99 per month for up to six people in a household. There’s a three-month trial period.

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AppleInsider podcast reviews the new iPad Pro, talks...

On this week's all-new AppleInsider podcast, Neil reviews the iPad Pro and talks about the Logitech Create keyboard. Mikey talks about SixtyEight Research and its connections to an 'Apple Car.' Rumors say no AMOLED before 2019 for iPhones, and the Steve Jobs movie gets booted out of theaters.

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Apple releases holiday gift guide featuring iPhone,...

Apple has launched a holiday gift guide microsite today, featuring Apple products and accessories targeted at a wide variety of audiences. The list is separated into six main sections: Gaming, Photography, Music, Fitness, Learning and Travel. Naturally, Apple prominently features its own devices in the recommendations (iPhones, iPads, Apple TV, Beats headphones) alongside third-party accessories and suggested apps.

For example, in the Photography category of its gift guide, Apple lists the brand new iPhone 6s as the ‘world’s most popular camera’ alongside silicon cases, the...

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ShopKeep sees ‘significant linear growth’ in Apple...

In a report send to Apple World Today, ShopKeep says that Apple Pay acceptance with SMBs (small to medium sized businesses) is the single biggest opportunity to drive the universal ubiquity of this payment method. SK has been seeing “significant” linear growth in the number of Apple Pay sales on its registers that’s approximately 8.4 times faster than the rate of all credit card transactions being processed. 

ShopKeep has a month-over-month Apple Pay adoption rate of 10 percent for new merchants taking their first Apple Pay transaction. In February 2015, only 2.5 percent of the platform’s merchants had executed transactions with Apple Pay, but by the end of September, that percentage was up to 26 percent. What’s more, ShopKeep is seeing approximately 20 percent month over month growth among our merchant base who use Apple Pay at least once daily. 

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Microsoft OneNote picks up video embeds, new iPhone...

As part of its massive November update cycle, Microsoft on Thursday pushed a smorgasbord of new features to its OneNote notetaking software across a wide variety of platforms.

Users of OneNote Online and OneNote for iOS can now record audio into a note straight from the web and mobile app. It’s an extension of similar capabilities already available on OneNote for Mac and OneNote for Windows.

That said, the implementations aren’t equivalent. Recording or playing back audio in a note on the iPhone blocks input on the rest of the screen until users have stopped recording or playback. OneNote Online appears to be limited to recording audio in 90 second chunks, which is fine for capturing short snippets of speech, but not great for taking down an entire lecture. 


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How to remove a band from an Apple Watch

According to a report from Wristly Apple Watch band ownership is increasing, going from about 1.4 bands per user to nearly two bands per user. If you’re going to own multiple Apple Watch bands, you should know how to change ‘em. 

Before you change your band, place your Apple Watch face down over a clean surface like a lint-free, micro-fiber cloth or soft, padded mat. If you have a Link Bracelet, press the quick release button on a link to separate the band into two pieces. If the band doesn't slide out, press the band release button again and make sure that you hold it down.

Hold down the band release button, then slide the band across to remove it. Make sure the text on the band is facing you, then slide the new band in until you feel and hear a click.

Never force the band into the slot. If you don't feel or hear a click, slide the band...

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Apple considering using iMessage for its person-to-...

Quartz report citing banking sources says that Apple is considering the use of iMessage to handle its expected person-to-person service to complement Apple Pay.

One way Apple might add money transfer services to iOS is through iMessage, the proprietary messaging service, according to people who have discussed the program with Apple. It’s already one of the most used default apps on iPhones and is especially popular with the younger crowd.

Apple is reported to be in talks with banks to agree terms for the service. It’s believed that Apple wants banks to act as the payment processors so that it can steer...

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Lux Bands offer elegant, but affordable, Apple Watch...

Since I’m a runner, I’m a big fan of the Sports band for the Apple Watch. Its custom, high-performance fluoroelastomer build with a pin-and-tuck closure is great for sweat-related activities. However, it’s nice to have other bands when you want a bit more elegant look.

X-doria’s Lux Bands for the Apple Watch are classy, real leather bands designed with chrome hardware to match the world’s best-selling smartwatch. They’re easy to install/uninstall (no tools are required) so you can switch among them quickly — assuming you want to buy more than one; they’re $49.99 each. They’re available in black or brown pebbled leather or white or black crocodile finish color options for the 38 MM or 42 MM Apple Watch

The Lux Bands are lightweight and provide a secure, comfortable fit. The Sport will...

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Apple responds to month-long wait for iPad Pro...

With both the iPad Pro’s Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil showing availability of 4-5 weeks, and neither available in-store, Apple has issued a brief statement to Mashable acknowledging the issue and promising ‘regular shipments.’

Customers are very excited for iPad Pro, Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard. We have limited supply of Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard in Apple Retail stores. Our stores will continue to receive regular shipments and we encourage customers to visit for online availability and delivery dates … 


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Mini-review: Logitech’s Create is the iPad Pro...

Logitech's Create keyboard case for the iPad Pro.

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I received an iPad Pro early last week, and, throughout that week and into the weekend, I primarily used Apple’s Smart Keyboard to “dock” the tablet. As I said in our review, I liked it well enough—the feel of the keyboard is easy to get used to if you don’t absolutely hate the new low-travel switch mechanism and layout Apple introduced in the Retina MacBook. I could wish that the stand part of the cover allowed...

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Mac App Store Apps 'Damaged' Following...

An anonymous reader writes: A slew of complaints are emerging against Apple after users were forced to delete and re-install Mac App Store apps in the wake of a major security management error. The problem manifested with the apparent expiry of security certificates which validated the apps, but even after the certificates were updated yesterday to expire in 2035, the problems were not resolved; some users were unable to verify the new certificates, and others could not even connect to the internet. In some cases the programs had to be reinstalled from scratch, deleting the user's existing settings.


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Apple features 'amazing' apps and games...

One day after launching its extra large iPad Pro, Apple is throwing a spotlight on apps that take advantage of the tablet's massive 12.9-inch Retina display, titles compatible with Apple Pencil, "desktop-class" software, games and more.

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Apple to open 26th Chinese Apple Store in Chengdu on...

Pushing closer toward its goal of opening 40 Apple Stores in China by mid-2016, Apple on Thursday announced its newest regional outlet in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, will start accepting customers on Nov. 21.

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Apple showcasing apps & games optimized for iPad...

Following the official release of the iPad Pro yesterday, Apple this evening has launched a pair of new featured sections on the App Store showcasing apps that take advantage of the massive 12.9-inch Retina display the iPad Pro has.

The first featured section showcases games that are optimized for iPad Pro. Apple touts that the size and power of the device takes gaming to a whole new level. Apps featured in this section include Shadowmatic, Geometry Wars, Broken Age, Smash Hit, Lumino City, Horizon Chase, and many more. Apple says the following about gaming on the iPad Pro:

The size and power of iPad Pro let you enjoy gaming on an epic new scale. Get started with games whose breathtaking graphics, spectacular sound, and immersive features...

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Apple to phase out Beats Music service on Nov. 30

An inevitable end of services is about to befall Beats Music, which will officially shut down operations on Nov. 30 after being acquired by Apple and seeing its music curation and playlist generation technology infused into Apple Music.

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Apple shutting down Beats Music on Nov. 30,...

Following the launch of Apple Music on Android earlier this week, Apple today has revealed that it is officially shutting down the Beats Music service on November 30th. According to a support document shared on the Beats Music website, all subscriptions will be cancelled on that date, with users being asked to migrate to Apple Music.

In the support document, Apple, of course, touts that all of the features Beats Music users have grown accustomed to are present on Apple Music. Apple also points out all of the new features of its service, including Beats 1 and “even better recommendations.”

The full support...

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Apple Pencil, Smart Keyboard ship times at 4 to 5...

Apple is already showing stockouts of certain iPad Pro models less than two days after kicking off preorders, while shipping estimates for Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard, both deemed essential to the iPad Pro experience, have fallen to 4 to 5 weeks.

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Opinion: Apple TV price + app quality make it a...

Apple’s fourth-generation Apple TV has been available for two weeks now and after using it using it exclusively for all my media consumption, I’ve gathered a handful of thoughts. When Apple announced the device back in September, I was perhaps more excited for it than I was the iPhone 6s. And rightfully so. Tim Cook touted the new Apple TV as the future of television, using superlatives that seemed extreme even for Apple. The device had been a long time coming, too, which further contributed to the hype in my mind that surrounded the release.

As someone who had incredibly high hopes for the fourth-gen Apple TV, what do I think of it two weeks later? Let’s discuss…

I’ve always been an Apple TV user. Since the device’s essential “relaunch” in...

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Purism's Librem 13 Linux Laptop Is Sleek,...

The combination of custom-made hardware and a tweaked Linux OS makes the Librem laptop lineup a unique offering with several innovative security features not offered in any other computer. The Librem line is a work in progress. The OS just reached version 2.0 and comes preinstalled on the hardware built with the modified Linux kernel in mind. LinuxInsider received one of the first available Librem 13-inch units for review. Our hands-on testing shows the hardware/software combo is an impressive display of the power and finesse of Linux.

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Hardware Systems Architect - *Apple* Watch...
# Hardware Systems Architect - Apple Watch Job Number: 38449977 Santa Clara Valley, Califo ia, United States Posted: Apr. 16, 2015 Weekly Hours: **Job Summary** The Read more
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