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Thursday September 24

Apple adds 'Active Collection' colors to...

Apple on Thursday added new "Active Collection" colors to three of its Beats headphone lines, including its Tour2 and Powerbeats2 Wireless in-ear models, and the over-the-ear Solo2 Wireless.

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An open letter to anyone moving to San Francisco for...

I’ve been gone a long time. Is this really the way things are now?

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iOS 9 adoption rate continues to grow

For several days after the iOS 9 release on Sept. 16, ISPs and customers reported problems downloading iOS 9 due to overloaded servers. Obviously, the demand for iOS 9 was higher than even Apple anticipated, but how much higher? Few organizations outside of Apple have any idea what the actual iOS 9 adoption rates look like.

By analyzing the user agent strings of requests passing through the CloudFlare network, the Internet performance and security company was able to piece together a pretty good picture of iOS 9 uptake. They shared their results with AppleWorld.Today. (As CloudFlare oversees 5% of global Internet requests, the company has a good handle on how product launches like iOS 9 fare "in the wild.")

CloudFlare started seeing small amounts of iOS 9 usage before it was officially released, followed by a spike immediately after the launch. As of Sept. 21, the relative traffic of iOS 9 to iOS 8 on the CloudFlare...

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News: Apple releases tvOS beta 2 to developers

Apple has released the second beta of its tvOS for the new Apple TV to registered developers, allowing those who have already received a development kit for the new Apple TV to continue getting a head start on Apple TV App Development prior to the public release of the new set-top box. The release notes for the second beta indicate fixes in areas including app launching, Bluetooth, Game Center, home screen, keyboards, media playback, screen savers,…

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iOS 9: An unordered list of my favorite big and...

David Chartier, writing for FinerTech, presents a terrific TL;DR list of cool new iOS 9 features/observations.

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News: Daily Deal: Private Internet Access VPN, 2-yr...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering up a two-year subscription to Private Internet Access VPN for only $59.95 – 24% off the normal price. This industry-leading VPN solution allows you to surf the web securely and anonymously from your desktop or mobile device, allowing you to connect from coffee shop or airport Wi-Fi hotspots without worrying about exposing sensitive data. Encryption and IP cloaking allow you to also avoid digital advertising…

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iOS as OS of choice for millennials

Tim Bajarin, writing for Tech.pinions:

This younger generation does use PCs. However, they actually spend the most time on their iPhones and iPads and Macs are mostly relegated to serious productivity projects.

Agree. Mostly.

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Apple files patent involving inductive charging for...

Apple has applied for a patent (number ) with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for a "magnetic connector and alignment of connectible devices." It's for a magnetic docking system with inductive charging.

Inductive charging (also known as "wireless charging") — which Apple uses with the Apple Watch — uses an electromagnetic field to transfer energy between two objects. This is usually done with a charging station. Energy is sent through an inductive coupling to an electrical device, which can then use that energy to charge batteries or run the device.

Apple's patent certainly involves iOS devices such as the iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch, but could also involve Macs. That's assuming the invention ever sees the light of day. Apple publishes many patents that never come to fruition. However, this one seems a strong contender to see the light of day at some point.

In the patent filing, Apple notes that portable digital...

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Apple posts official XcodeGhost malware FAQ

Apple posts official FAQ on the XcodeGhost malware issue, including the top 25 infected apps.

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MarketWatch: Apple widens gap between iOS, Android...

This is a big year-over-year change, showing people moving from Android to iOS.

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Notes on Notes in iOS 9

Notes in iOS 9 offers a number of new features that make it worth another look for hardcore notetakers. Josh Centers, author of “iOS 9: A Take Control Crash Course,” surveys the new features.


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iOS 9 tips: Apple makes it easier than ever to...

Users beta testing iOS 9 can access a new, somewhat hidden feature in the mobile Safari browser, making it easier than ever to request the desktop version of a site when browsing on an iPhone or iPad.

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Netflix data reveals exactly when TV shows hook...


Netflix crunched cold, hard viewing data for more than two dozen TV shows and says it has determined which specific episode grabbed most subscribers to the point where they watched the entire first season.

The pilot is a huge decision point for me.

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Some say iOS 9's ad blocking features aren...

With iOS 9, Apple has allowed apps that block display advertising in mobile Safari. Not surprisingly, this has caused a stir among online publishers. Enabling ad blocking in mobile browsers will probably mean that more and more publishers will be forced to move their content from mobile websites to designated apps where advertising can't be blocked.

However, Statistica, which provides stats and studies from more than 18,000 sources, says that for Apple to allow ad blocking in Safari may not be such big a deal, because users are spending the vast majority of their time in mobile apps anyway. Why? According to data from Flurry Analytics, Americans spent an average of 3 hours and 40 minutes per day using mobile devices in the past quarter. 

Of that total, they spent...

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Publisher Plus is for those who need more templates...

If you do a lot of template-based document creation but find the templates that come with Apple's Pages is too limiting, check out Publisher Plus from PearlMountain Technology. It's available for US$19.99 at the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category.

Targeted to business and home uses, Publisher Plus packs 170-plus cool-looking templates, including flyers, brochures, business cards, newsletters, adverts, reports, calendars, posters, booklets, etc. Blank templates are available as well. I've used the business card template to create business cards on more than one occasion. I tried to do this in Pages, but found the PearlMountain app gave me more options.

You have the ability to create create multiple pages. Publisher Plus' intuitive interface makes it easy to add images, text, shapes and other objects to documents. You can apply frames, masks, and filers to photos. Publisher Plus allows...

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Apple lists top 25 apps affected by XcodeGhost...

Apple has published a list of the top 25 iOS apps impacted by China's XcodeGhost hack, the next step in a continued effort to rid infected devices of tainted software distributed through the iOS App Store.

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Foxconn reportedly interested in buying Sharp’s LCD...

According to a report from Nikkei Asian Review, Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn has proposed to purchase Sharp’s LCD business. The deal would see Foxconn hold a majority stake in the company, while Apple would also come on board as an investor. The exact breakdown of the partnership between Foxconn and Apple in purchasing Sharp’s LCD […]

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iOS 9 security flaw grants unrestricted access to...

A video making the rounds this week claims to disclose an iOS 9 security flaw that bypasses a passcode protected lock screen to grant unhindered access to a device's stored photos and contacts.

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China's fake Apple Stores alive and well, look...

Thanks to lax copyright enforcement policies, growing demand for all things Apple and a lack of official retail channels, China's fake Apple Stores are experiencing a resurgence on the back of iPhone 6s preorders.

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Fake Apple Stores thriving in China

On a bustling street in China’s southern boomtown of Shenzhen, more than 30 stores carrying Apple Inc’s iconic white logos peddle pre-orders for the new iPhone, a gadget that has become a status symbol among many better-off Chinese.

Many of the stores look just like Apple’s signature outlets, right down to the sales staff kitted out in blue T-shirts bearing the company’s white logo and the sample iPads and iWatches displayed on sleek wooden tables.

First, what the fuck is an iWatch? Second, I wonder if there’s anything Apple can, or would, do about this. According to the story, the stores are selling “genuine Apple products.” Interesting problem.

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AWT News Update: September 23, 2015

A look at some apps, some localization fun, and a bad move on the part of Microsoft in today's news:

  • Apple starts notification of iPhone 6s shipments, days after the info has been available on the UPS website
  • iOS 9 includes at least one fun localization
  • Push Popcorn updates Records -- a "lite database" app for OS X -- to version 1.1
  • Want to make sure you don't go over your data limit? There's a Watch app for that
  • Microsoft makes a really dumb move

The text version of this podcast is available below. The video version will return whenever Periscope fixes its app so it runs on an iPhone 6 Plus.

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for September 23, 2015. We have a...

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Amplified: TV, TV, TV

Jim and Dan talk about Dan’s newfound Apple love, the iPhone 6s, Watch OS 2, apps as the future of TV (and the fundamentally changing way we view TV as a medium), the iPad Pro, the Pencil, and ad blocking from the standpoint of an independent content creator.

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Apple releases iOS 9.0.1 update

This is probably worth snagging.

And, with any luck, it’ll take care of some of the larger issues users have been having.

On Wednesday, Apple released iOS 9.0.1. The update, a 34.2 megabyte download (or 1 gigabyte download from a pre-iOS 9.0 version), offers the following fixes and changes:

– Fixes an issue where some users could not complete setup after updating.

– Fixes an issue where sometimes alarms and timers could fail to play.

– Fixes an issue in Safari and Photos where pausing video could cause the paused frames to appear distorted.

– Fixes an issue where some users with a custom APN setup via a profile would lose cellular data.

The iOS update is...

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Lara Croft GO does touchscreen Tomb Raiding right

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. 

You can play the first couple of Tomb Raider games on the iPhone and iPad for a buck or two a pop, but aside from the nostalgic reminder, you shouldn’t bother—neither holds up all that well after nearly two decades of dramatic genre advancement. And aging aside, the games weren’t meant to be played on touch devices, and don’t control very well. You’ll turn the graceful maneuvers of legendary adventurer Lara Croft into the stumbles of a buffoon with minimal effort.


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How to teach 'Hey, Siri' to recognize only...

Siri — the digital personal assistant on iPads and iPhones — has been spruced up in iOS 9 to provide more detailed and relevant answers, and has a few new features. For instance, the "Hey Siri" hands-free feature that debuted in iOS 8 has been improved so that it can do a better job of recognizing your voice as it's listening to everyone within earshot all the time. 

Here's how to enable this feature:

  • Go to Settings > General > Siri and make sure that Siri is turned on. 
  • Tap the "Allow 'Hey Siri' " button (it turns green).
  • Siri asks you to say “Hey Siri” three different times, then say “Hey Siri, how’s the weather today?” and finally, “Hey Siri, it’s me."
  • After you've done this, tap the Done button.

Now when your iPhone is connected to a charger, preface a question with "Hey, Siri" and the personal assistant gets to work. Also, note that this works with an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus even when they...

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Questionable rumor claims Apple's next-gen...

Apple's next-generation mobile processor may be called the A10 and leap ahead to a six-core architecture, according to a rumor from Chinese microblogging site Weibo.

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Babymetal will cute you to death in Rock Band 4

Earlier this summer, a trio of teenage rockers took the internet by storm with their unique blend of J-Pop effervescence and head-banging thrash metal beats. The band's star continues to rise with both a world tour and the announcement that their f...

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Video game voice actors may go on strike

Voice acting in video games is serious and often thankless work. You have to recite hours of dialog that doesn't always get heard, and only a handful of actors (like Nolan North, John DiMaggio and Troy Baker) have high-profile careers. However, the...

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Firefox's anti-tracking private browsing is now...

Last month, Mozilla released a pre-beta version of its Firefox browser featuring an overhauled Private Browsing mode, designed to block certain web elements (such as analytic tools) that track your online behavior. This experimental build, however,...

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Review Roundup: iPhone 6s Joy Depends on Where You...

Notices for the new iPhones have started appearing, and Apple's hardware once again is being bathed in critical acclaim, with just a few cries of discontent here and there.
The new capabilities in the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus may appear underwhelming to some observers, but not to Walt Mossberg. "These are things that improve the quality of the phone while generally making a fluid, powerful product even better -- and faster and easier to navigate and use," he wrote. "They secure the iPhone's place as the best smartphone on the market."

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Sony's new A7R II brings more than just a...

Sony's A7 range of full-frame mirrorless cameras has only been around for just under two years and yet there are already six members in the lineup. The company has wasted no time in filling the series with models tuned for different uses -- from lo...

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Apple now sending iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus...

Apple has started sending out shipping notifications for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, right on schedule for Friday delivery. The shipment notifications are likely rolling out over the next few hours so don’t worry if you haven’t gotten your dispatched notification just yet. Unless your iPhone is delayed by the Pope, you should be just fine getting […]

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Pebble Time Round smartwatch moves to circular, thin...

Pebble on Wednesday opened up preorders for the Pebble Time Round, a new smartwatch model that not only changes to a circular face but shrinks the size of the Time to make it extremely thin and light.

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An amateurish dick measuring contest

Samantha Bielefeld talking about The Verge:

What I would like to see is the author not afraid to bite the hand that feeds, to confront the real issue here…the problem isn’t with there being advertising on the web driven by page impressions. The issue is how awful they look, how invasive they can be (auto-play audio/video, yuck!), their attempts at deceiving your website’s audience, and tracking your every mouse click or tap around the web in order to serve their own needs while sacrificing the privacy of the customers they are seeking to gain.

Great read.

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Fighting game inspired by 'My Little Pony...

Them's Fightin' Herds started life as My Little Pony: Fighting is Magic, a fighting game created by My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic fans and starring characters directly from the show. That project was shut down when Hasbro sent the developer,...

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Podcast 475: Kids and technology go together like PB...

Another special guest on the podcast this week: Lisa Schmeiser, who writes [the Generations column here at Macworld, and you probably also know her from The Incomparable podcasts, her amazing So What, Who Cares? newsletter—by day she runs the SuperSite for Windows but we won't hold that against her. Lisa joins us to talk about kids and technology: how to manage screen time, teach kids to be good digital citizens, and help them establish and control their online identity.

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Apple localizes 'Trash' to 'Rubbish...

Apple's legendary attention to detail is sometimes shown in small and fun ways, such as Mail's "Trash" folder being renamed "Rubbish" in some countries, or an Apple Watch support page referencing a popular Internet meme.

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Netflix knows the episodes that make you binge-watch...

Viewers were hooked on to Breaking Bad long before Walter White became Heisenberg. According to a Netflix data analysis, the second episode, where Walt and Jesse flipped a coin to see who would kill Krazy 8, turned viewers into fans. The on-demand...

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Kids prefer to play games on mobile devices over...

You may have fond memories of playing games on the family TV as a kid, but the next generation might not feel the same way. The NPD Group has published a report showing that more 2- to 17-year-olds in the US are playing games on phones and tablets...

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Facebook's 360-degree videos bring immersive...

Always trying new things to improve your News Feed browsing, Facebook now supports more immersive videos. The social network announced that 360 video will begin rolling out to that portion of the site today. Right now, they're only viewable on the...

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Apple Car Talk Starts Making Sense

The Apple car rumor gained some legs this week with a report that brings some interesting new insight. Though a bit shy on verifiable details -- it cites unnamed people familiar with Apple's plans and vaguely refers to people inside Apple -- the report suggests the company will triple its current 600-person team to 1,800 people as it ramps up its car development effort, code-named "Titan." Previous Apple car reports have linked Apple's hiring of automobile experts to Titan, with some assuming Apple even poached Tesla employees.

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Spotify creates playlists based on what your friends...

It's tough to create a playlist that your friend or partner will enjoy just as much as you do, especially if your tastes don't quite sync up. How are you going to reconcile your fondness for tender folk music with your pal's addiction to drum-and-b...

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Apple releases iOS 9.0.1 with fixes for setup...

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We're just a week out from the public release of iOS 9, and the operating system is already getting its first update. iOS 9.0.1 is primarily focused on fixing small-but-annoying bugs in the OS.

According to the release notes, the update fixes a problem where some users couldn't complete the setup assistant process after upgrading. Issues that would keep alarms and timers from going off, distort paused video in Safari and Photos, and break custom APN settings installed via profiles have also been fixed.

We've gotten some notes from readers about the setup assistant bug. After updating to iOS 9, some users who tried to press "continue" to walk through the assistant had their iDevices lock up and get stuck in a loop. If you have a device that's acting this way, you ought to be able to download and install the update...

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∞ The Deck and ad tracking on The Loop

I’ve been asked about ad tracking on The Loop quite a bit since iOS 9 and its content blockers were released. I use The Deck to serve ads on the site, and have for the last few years. Jim Coudal, the owner of The Deck, and I share a philosophy that ads should be unobtrusive and respectful to the reader.

Here is The Deck’s official stance on ad tracking (spoiler: there is none):

Short version. We don’t track our readers in any way or allow any other behind-the-scenes shenanigans. We just serve useful, relevant ads in a simple, unobtrusive way to support independent publishers. Please white-list The Deck when using ad blocking software. Thanks.

We will never share your personal information obtained by tracking, either individually or in aggregate, with advertisers or any one else for one very good reason: we don’t have any.

I understand people are...

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Apple's Tim Cook to meet with Chinese president...

Apple CEO Tim Cook will be among numerous corporate leaders meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday during his first visit to the United States, amid concerns about a troubled Chinese economy and the possibility of a flashpoint over cybersecurity issues.

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T-Mobile undercuts competition with $5-per-month...

Desperate for a new iPhone but have no money to spare? T-Mobile’s got you covered with an iPhone 6s plan that will only cost you $5 a month, or $9 for the larger 6s Plus, if you trade in your current phone.

T-Mobile’s Jump On Demand plan lets you upgrade your phone three times per year for a monthly hardware fee on top of your regular cell phone plan. The carrier had a similar promotion for the last-generation iPhones, but prices started at $15 a month. Sprint’s iPhone upgrade plan starts at $15.

If you don’t have a phone to trade in, you can still sign up for the Jump On Demand upgrade plan for $20 a month. Once the 18-month contract is up, you can pay off the phone for $125 less than retail. For a 16GB iPhone 6s, the total would come to $524.


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Apple posts first maintenance upgrade for iOS 9

Apple has released iOS 9.0.1. It's a maintenance release that addresses several issues, including (per Apple):

° Fixes an issue where some users could not complete setup assistant after updating;

° Fixes an issue where sometimes alarms and timers could fail to play;

° Fixes an issue in Safari and Photos where pausing video could cause the paused frame to appear distorted;

° Fixes an issue where some users with a custom APN setup via a profile would lose cellular data.

iOS 9 can be downloaded free via iTunes or as an over-the-air update through the Software Update function in iOS's Settings app. To install it, you'll need to be using (at least) an iPhone 4s, iPad 2, or fifth-generation iPod touch.

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Apple releases iOS 9.0.1 update

One week ago, Apple released iOS 9 to the general public. On Wednesday, the company released the first update to the operating system, iOS 9.0.1.

According to the release notes, the update contains bug fixes. The note specifically calls out the following:

• Fixes an issue where some users could not complete setup assistant after updating
• Fixes an issue where sometimes alarms and timers could fail to play
• Fixes an issue in Safari and Photos where pausing video could cause the paused frame to appear distorted
• Fixes an issue where some users with a custom APN setup via a profile would lose cellular data

To install the update on your iOS device, launch the Settings app, then tap General > Software Update. You also can update within iTunes with your device connected to your Mac.

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Apple issues second betas of iOS 9.1, tvOS, Xcode 7....

In conjunction with iOS 9.0.1, Apple on Wednesday also released second betas of iOS 9.1 and tvOS to developers for testing ahead of their public launch.

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News: Apple releases iOS 9.0.1 to public, iOS 9.1...

Apple has released iOS 9.0.1, a minor maintenance update that fixes issues with the setup assistant, alarms and timers sometimes failing to play, video problems in Safari and Photos, and custom APN setups via external profiles. The iOS 9.0.1 update is available over the air under General, Software Updates in the iOS Settings app. The second beta of iOS 9.1 has also been released for registered iOS developers, continuing the development of the next…

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Apple releases iOS 9.0.1 with minor fixes for alarms...

Just a week after iOS 9 launched to the public, Apple has already followed up with a quick security and maintenance update, addressing a handful of issues that affected the new mobile operating system.

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Apple Fixes Slide to Upgrade Bug in iOS 9.0.1

A small iOS 9.0.1 update addresses a bug that prevented some users from updating to iOS 9.


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News: Apple patents thinner headphone plug

Apple has patented a new “D-shaped connector” plug to replace existing 3.5mm headphone jacks. The plug still has the standard contacts for transmitting left audio, right audio and microphone signals, but is flat on one side, meaning it will only fit into the jack one way and would make standard headphones unusable with devices adhering to the new standard. Multiple outlets have speculated that the slightly slimmer headphone jack hints…

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Pixelmator releases iOS 9 update with multitasking...

Pixelmator is hands-down one of the best image editing apps for both Mac and iOS. Today, the company released an update to Pixelmator for iOS (version 2.1, US$4.99) that provides support for many of the features built into iOS 9.

To start with, the app now supports multitasking on iOS 9 through Split View and Slide Over on the iPad (see image and video above). There are also Open in Place and Save to Photos capabilities, but one of the big features is the ability for the app to open and edit 8K resolution images -- those images are up to 50 megapixels in size, but the app can handle them with ease on the iPad.

With full iCloud support built into both Pixelmator for iOS 2.1 and Pixelmator for Mac, it's simple to move seamlessly between platforms when editing photos. You can start working on the Mac, then pick up work on the iPad...

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iOS 9 bug prevents auto-lock for devices using...

iOS 9 contains a bug preventing devices with Guided Access on from auto-locking, which could potentially lead to batteries draining and dying for users who rely on the accessibility feature.

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T-Mobile's "Un-CEO" John Legere says...

John Legere, the CEO of T-Mobile USA, announced yesterday that preorders for the iPhone 6s are 30 percent higher than what the carrier saw for the iPhone 6 last year. 

Legere took to Twitter yesterday to announce the new special trade-in plan for folks who want to trade in an iPhone 6 and the a 6s for $5 a month, and threw out that interesting tidbit about preorders in one of the tweets. 

Although Apple is -- as usual -- tight-lipped about the exact sales numbers for the newest iPhones, the two new phones are no longer available for launch-day delivery. If you neglected to preorder and still want one of the new phones, it's time to get over to the nearest Apple Store and camp out until early Friday morning. Carrier stores and some third-party resellers...

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More users, more ads: Instagram hits 400 million...

In just nine months, Instagram wooed 100 million new amateur photographers, bringing its total user base to 400 million. Sure, parent company Facebook still slays with almost 1.5 billion monthly active users, but for a social network, Instagram’s announcement is nothing to sneeze at.


Even more impressive than its swift growth is how international Instagram’s reach is. The network said that 75 percent of its community lives outside the U.S., with more than 50 percent of the newest 100 million users residing in Europe and Asia. This makes Instagram’s places search filter more useful if you’re looking for somewhere specific, or if you’re in the mood to explore, the Trending Places section is full of stunning images from exotic locales.


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News: iPad Pro users will have to pay to use...

If iPad Pro users want to use Microsoft’s Office suite, they’re going to have to pay for an Office 365 subscription. In a March blog post, Microsoft VP Kirk Koenigsbauer said the company uses screen size to “delineate between professional and personal use,” allowing devices with screens smaller than 10.1 inches to use a limited version of its productivity software for free. Last November Microsoft made Word, Excel and Powerpoint…

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Foxconn may buy Sharp's LCD business, with...

Sharp's LCD spinoff may end up in the hands of manufacturing giant Foxconn, thanks to a potential investment by Apple, helping to give the iPhone maker greater control of its sprawling supply chain.

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Microsoft offers subscription-free versions of...

If paying US$7 a month or US$70 a year for an Office 365 subscription to use Office 2016 for Mac isn’t your thing, you can now buy the thing outright.

Microsoft is now offering the Home & Student edition for a one-time fee of US$150, and limits users to one Mac and 15 gigabytes of OneDrive cloud storage, versus the 1 terabyte assigned to 365 subscribers. Users can’t fully unlock the mobile version of Office, and lack other perks like free tech support and Skype minutes.

The Home and Business edition retails for US$230 and includes Outlook.

For Office 2016 for Mac, Microsoft redesigned its apps with new interfaces in line...

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News: Apple censors ‘Ferguson Firsthand’ app

An app exploring the 2014 shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri has been rejected by Apple, according to a blog post by creator Dan Archer. Archer is a graphic journalist and founder of Empathetic Media, a media agency that produces virtual and augmented reality stories. The “Ferguson Firsthand” app was listed as an educational app and takes users on a 3D tour through the apartment complex where Brown was shot, but Archer…

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Tip: Simple batch file renames in the Finder

Dan Moren, writing for Six Colors, with a nice tip you might want to bookmark.

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T-Mobile offers a 16GB iPhone 6s for $5 a month with...

With the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus due to arrive Friday, T-Mobile has unveiled an US$5 a month for the iPhone 6s and $9 a month for the iPhone 6s Plus with JUMP! On Demand and trade-in of an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. Unfortunately, those prices are for the 16GB models, which have a paucity of storage.

T-Mobile’s new pricing builds on the Un-carrier’s $20 a month for a new iPhone 6s 16GB with JUMP! On Demand without a trade-in. Now, your trade-in value for any old phone you own brings that monthly price down to $10 a month with the trade-in of iPhone 5s, Note 5 or Note edge and $15 a month with trade-in of almost any other phone you own like an iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, HTC M8 and Motorola Droid Turbo. 

T-Mobile customers who have already pre-ordered their new iPhone with trade-in will get the same offer with an upfront bill credit, according to John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile...

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Inside iOS 9: Siri brings new smarts to sports,...

With Siri replacing Spotlight in iOS 9, Apple's personal digital assistant has received a new brain that lets her retrieve information sports and weather, find photos, look inside apps, and more.

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Apple Pay users more satisfied than other...

Fifty-one of Apple Pay users are "extremely satisfied," compared to 32 percent of contactless card users who said the same, according to new data from eDigitalResearch. The research group's study shows that over a third (40 percent) of shoppers who have an Apple device have used Apple Pay to pay for goods or services

What's more, 20 percent believe using Apple Pay could encourage them to spend more. According to eDigitalResearch, the spend limit of contactless payments and Apple Pay has increased from US$30.5 to $46 as of Sept. 1, meaning more Apple Pay users could be using their iPhones to make payments. 

According to the UK Card Association during the first half of 2015 customers spent £2.5 billion (approximately US$3.8 billion) in contactless payments meaning that with the rise of spending limits, the UK could be set to start making more contactless payments in the near...

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Fancred's playbook for sports app domination:...

Fancred started out as a social network for sports fans, a place where people could share photos from games and talk some mess about rival teams. But, like Facebook and Twitter when they gathered steam, the 3-year-old platform has bigger ambitions. It wants to be the next global sports media company. That plan starts falling into place on Wednesday, when Fancred adds live-streaming video and real-time game scores to its mobile apps and website—and that’s just the beginning.

Fancred just might be the first sports app with a Periscope-like live-streaming feature. Anyone can broadcast on the app, though there is a 5-minute limit. That cap serves two purposes: It gives the person broadcasting time to...

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News: New York City, Philadelphia customers may see...

Apple has sent an email to some customers in New York City and Philadelphia warning them their new iPhones may not be delivered by the Sept. 25 launch date. Citing “traffic restrictions expected for that day in New York City” — alluding to Pope Francis’ first visit to the U.S. — the company said deliveries could be delayed, but assured customers that they’ll be making Saturday deliveries in an effort to compensate, and…

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T-Mobile CEO says iPhone 6s preorders up 30 percent...

T-Mobile USA has so far seen preorders for the iPhone 6s rise 30 percent higher than those for the iPhone 6 last year, according to CEO John Legere.

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News: Daily Deal: TrackR Bravo & Accessory Bundle

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering the TrackR Bravo & Accessory Bundle for only $39.99 – 31% off the normal price. TrackR Bravo is a coin-sized Bluetooth Smart tag that you can attach to your most valuable or easily misplaced items and then receive alerts on your iPhone when you’re about to leave something behind, or simply make it beep to help you find it. Built from anodized aluminum, TrackR is thin enough to be unobtrusive…

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∞ Apple: iPhone pre-orders sold out, but...

Apple (doomed) has officially closed pre-order reservations for the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. But there’s another path opening up Saturday morning.

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Apple Alerts Developers about Xcode Downloads

In response to the XcodeGhost hack, Apple is encouraging developers to get copies of Xcode directly from the company, and is also providing instructions on how to verify the identity of copies acquired via other methods.


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The Week in iOS Accessories: A new remote for Apple...

A new remote for Apple TV

This week’s roundup includes a new remote that takes advantage of Apple TV’s new capabilities. Siri, are you listening?


The latest version of Apple TV, of course, will include searches using Siri, as well as features that position the machine as a gaming console. The $20 Survivor Play for Siri Remote is built for both purposes, featuring a microphone button that lets you do voice searches, while being made with “impact-absorbing silicone” to take the brunt of gaming uses. No word on when the device will be available for shipping. 

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Apple to officially host Xcode on Chinese servers in...

Downloads of Xcode should become faster for Chinese developers after Apple begins hosting its development software on local servers within the country, the company revealed in an interview with local media this week.

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New iPhones, new behaviors

Ben Bajarin, writing for Tech.pinions, on the wave of changes that came with the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. The only thing that’s changed is everything. Great read.

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Rene Ritchie’s watchOS 2 review

Everything you might want to know about the new watchOS release.

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How to track your iPhone 6s/6s Plus delivery without...

This is a great tip. You can track your phone “by reference” using the phone number used to place the order.

Read on for details.

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Lucky customer got rose gold iPhone 6s delivered...

Jump to the article for pictures and a bit of 4K video shot with Adrienne’s new lucky phone.

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What Goes Around Comes Around: Russia Gets Hacked

Russia has been a prime suspect in recent cyberattacks launched against U.S. government targets. However, Russia has been poked with the other end of the hacker stick. For more than two months, hacker attacks originating in China have bedeviled Russia's military and telecom sectors, researchers at Proofpoint revealed last week. "We also observed attacks on Russian-speaking financial analysts working at global financial firms and covering telecom corporations in Russia," wrote Thoufique Haq and Aleksy F, authors of the report.

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Macs and iOS devices can listen and talk; one day...

In the long-ago days of 2012, IBM's seventh annual "5 in 5" -- a list of innovations that "have the potential to change the way people work, live and interact during the next five years" — predicted that computers would gain the ability to smell and taste. It hasn't happened yet, but is there a need for your Mac or iOS device to be able to sniff scents?

IBM predicts that tiny sensors embedded in your computer or cell phone will detect if you're coming down with a cold or other illness. By analyzing odors, biomarkers and thousands of molecules in someone's breath, doctors will have help diagnosing and monitoring the onset of ailments such as liver and kidney disorders, asthma, diabetes and epilepsy by detecting which odors are normal and which are not.

Perhaps such tech could some tie in with Apple's Health app and HealthKit software. Currently, the apps are only on iOS devices. But other iOS apps have come to Mac OS...

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Validating the integrity of your copy of Xcode

A few days ago, we posted the story about the XcodeGhost malware that made its way onto the App Store via compromised copies of Xcode.

In response, Apple pulled affected apps from the store and, just as importantly, sent out letters to developers to test their copies of Xcode, to make sure it was indeed a valid copy from Apple.

Here’s how.

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Happy Birthday to… Hold on a sec

Joe Mullin, writing for Ars Technica, presents a story that has been flying around the internet:

More than two years after a documentary filmmaker challenged the copyright to the simple lyrics of the song “Happy Birthday,” a federal judge ruled Tuesday that the copyright is invalid.

But this is not quite a done deal.

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Turntable is a fun 'real (well, kinda) album...

If you longingly remember the heyday of digital albums, you're the person for whom Turntable for Mac. It's a "real album" app for Mac OS X and is available at the Mac App Store for US$14.99. (A demo is available at the product web site.)

It's touted as the first desktop music player ever to present real albums as you have in a physical collection. And to an extent, that's true. Albums and album art play full-screen and wide-screen on your Mac. However, Turntable doesn't replace iTunes; it simply provides a new, colorful interface.

The interface is fun to use. It uses Albums as the main navigation medium. You can scroll through a matte collection of tiled album art. A slider lets you adjust the size of the tiles. If you have a 27-inch iMac, you may want 'em big. If you're on an 11-inch MacBook Air, you'll probably prefer smaller icons.

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Dave’s guest spot on The Committed podcast is now...

Podcasting is a very interesting experience. It’s fun, though a little unnerving. You really have to think on your feet. Ian and Kirk were tremendously welcoming and kind. I hope I didn’t break anything.

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How to set up the Workout app in watchOS 2

Apple has released watchOS 2, the first major software update for the Apple Watch. If you've downloaded it (and you should) and haven't yet tried the Workout app, here's how to set it up:

° Go to the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.

° Select the Health app. Enter your birthday, sex, height and weight.

Next go to the Workout app. 

You can either enable or disable the "Show Goal Metric." When this is enabled, the smartwatch displays distance, calorie or elapsed time metrics numerically instead of via a progress ring during workouts. Personally, I recommend you enable Show Goal Metric.

Next you can enable Power Saving Mode if you wish. When this is on, the Apple Watch conserves battery life by disabling the heart rate sensor during running and walking workouts. When the heart rate sensor is off, calorie burn...

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The best feature of 3D Touch? Trackpad text...

The reviews for the iPhone 6s came out yesterday and it was generally agreed that 3D Touch is a substantial advancement in the iPhone’s UI and interaction experience. However, most reviewers focused on how you can use the pressure-sensitive display to bring up quick actions on the Home Screen or peek at content in apps without navigating all the way in. These […]

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Apple's iOS 9 introduces a new Notification Center tweak that allows users to display alerts individually in the order they are received rather than compartmentalizing by app, a change that presents an event "firehose" format common with social media services.

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XcodeGhost apps haunting iOS App Store more numerous...

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Security researchers have both good and bad news about the recently reported outbreak of XcodeGhost apps infecting Apple's App Store. The bad: The infection was bigger than previously reported and dates back to April. The good: Affected apps are more akin to adware than security-invading malware.

"XCodeGhost seems to be far more widespread than initially assumed," researchers from security firm Appthority wrote in a blog post published Monday. "We were able to identify 476 affected apps for our customers from within our...

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The iPhones 6S

The pattern is pretty clear. In even-numbered years (2008, 2010, 2012, 2014) Apple releases all-new iPhone form factors: 3G, 4, 5, 6/6 Plus. In the subsequent years, they release “S” variants: iPhones that look nearly identical to their predecessors, but with improved components.

Why do they do this?

There are some ecosystem advantages to this tick-tock1 schedule. Most iPhone cases, for example, fit both the tick and tock iPhones. (The rare exceptions are certain hard cases with extremely tight tolerances. The iPhones 6S, for example, are both a few tenths of a millimeter bigger, wider, and thicker than their corresponding siblings from last year.) I think there are some branding advantages to this two-year cycle as well. iPhones are iconic devices. The devices themselves are recognizable. Keeping each new form factor around for two model years lets that iconic appearance seep deeper into the mass market...

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