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Tuesday April 19

07:28
Mac: Apple MacBook (April 2016)

Apple’s updated 12” MacBook is a mostly minor tweak to last year’s offering, adding newer processors and an improved battery to the existing slim design. Apple touts upgraded sixth‑generation dual-core Intel processors, but like the fifth-generation found in the previous MacBook they are still listed as 1.1 GHz and 1.2 GHz, depending on the model. The laptop is the same weight, thickness and general design found in the previous model, but it’s now also available in rose gold.

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07:18
FruityMaps lets you try out Apple’s upcoming MapKit...

Not soon after the news of Apple potentially opening MapKit as a web API, creative developer Tim Broddin has gone ahead and developed a proof of concept showing what that experience might look like in the future. Fruity Maps mimics a very basic Apple Maps view similar to what you’ve likely encountered with embedded web versions of Google Maps. While it’s missing most features that would make it fully usable (such as pins and searching), it gives us a very nice idea of the extent that Apple Maps might be utilized by developers on a desktop experience.

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07:00
Review: Break this Safe, a creatively frustrating...

We’re nearing the one year mark of the Apple Watch’s original release. When Apple first announced the Watch I was excited to see all the creative applications, tools, and games developers would make for it. The watch was a new product category begging for creative development. After a full year, I believe we’re finally starting to see what that means, starting with Rafael Conde’s Break this Safe Apple Watch game.

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07:00
The HTC's Wow Factor May Trump Shortcomings for...


The HTC Vive drew accolades from a hyped-up base of gamers and virtual reality enthusiasts when it launched earlier this month. However, the Vive is proving to be an experience that is not for the faint of heart, the light of wallet, or the short of patience. HTC earlier this year unveiled the Vive to an enthusiastic audience at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Among its innovations is the Vive's ability to let users receive and respond to phone calls and text messages while immersed in the VR experience.

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07:00
Apple Launches MacBook 2016 With Intel Skylake...

Apple, on Tuesday, announced a refresh for its 12-inch MacBook laptop. The 2016 MacBook comes with an Intel Skylake processor -- sixth-generation dual-core Intel Core M model, offering up to 1.3 GHz clock speed with Turbo Boost speeds of up to 3.1 GHz, faster 1866 MHz memory, and a 'rose gold' color variant. Apple assures 10 hours of wireless Web browsing time, or 11 hours of movie playback on a single charge. The new model will hit retail stores on Wednesday. It starts at $1,299 for the 256GB SSD and 8GB (up from 4GB) version, and goes all the way up to $1,599 for the top-of-the-line model which offers 512GB SSD. A couple of points: the first-generation MacBook didn't fare well with reviewers and plenty of users alike. Second, today's announcement also hints that the MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro lineups won't be getting the Intel Skylake upgrade for at least a few more months -- which is really sad, because, at present, they come equipped with almost three-year-old processor...

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06:51
Apple drops the price on refurbished 12-inch...

From 9to5Toys.com:

With news of fresh 12-inch MacBooks this morning, Apple is now further discounting previous generation refurbished models with prices starting at $929 shipped. If you’re willing to hold off on the spec bumps announced today, you’ll be able to cash in on significant savings. All of Apple’s refurbished products come with a full one-year warranty and are...

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06:21
Apple updates MacBook line with new processors, adds...

Apple on Tuesday updated its laptop offerings with a new version of its 12-inch MacBook. The company upgraded the processor and graphics subsystem, boosted battery life, and expanded the color choices.

Apple offers two standard configurations of the new MacBook with Skylake processors that are an upgrade over the Intel Core M Broadwell processors in the previous MacBook. The $1,299 model comes with a 64-bit 1.1GHz dual-core Intel Core M3 processor with Turbo Boost up to 2.2GHz, 4MB L3 cache, and 256GB of PCIe-based onboard flash storage. The $1,599 model has a 64-bit 1.2GHz dual-core Intel Core M5 processor with Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz, 4MB L3 cache, and 512GB of PCIe-based onboard flash storage.

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06:14
Exclusive: Apple hires former Tesla VP and Aston...

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has an affectionate nickname for Apple: The ‘Tesla Graveyard‘. “They have hired people we’ve fired,” Musk said. “We always jokingly call Apple the ‘Tesla Graveyard.’ If you don’t make it at Tesla, you go work at Apple”. He made the comment after being asked about the so-called “poaching war” between the automaker and the consumer electronic giant following the start of Apple’s electric car program: ‘Project Titan‘.

We follow who’s coming and who’s going at Tesla pretty closely at Electrek and it’s clear that the two companies share a lot of former colleagues. Tesla’s senior engineering staff and leadership are full of former Apple directors and...

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06:01
Apple revs its MacBook line with new processors,...

So much for waiting until its Worldwide Developer Conference for Mac announcements.. Apple has updated its tiny (two pounds and 13.1 mm thin) MacBook with the latest Intel processors, improved graphics performance, faster flash storage and an additional hour of battery life. 

Plus, its all-metal unibody enclosure is now available in four aluminum finishes — gold, silver, space gray, and for, the first time on a Mac, rose gold. Rose gold “flavors” have previously only be offered on iPhones and iPads.

The updated MacBook features sixth-generation dual-core Intel Core M processors up to 1.3GHz, with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.1GHz, and faster 1866MHz memory. New Intel HD Graphics 515 deliver up to 25% faster graphics performance, and faster PCIe-based flash storage makes everyday tasks feel snappier, says Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. 

The faster stats will (...

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: RIF6 Cube Projector

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering the RIF6 Cube Projector for only $249. Built specifically for smart devices, this tiny and extremely lightweight cube connects directly to an MHL/HDMI port and lets you transform your five-inch screen into a 120-inch display. It also incorporates the latest LED and optical lens technology, and the light source lasts up to 20,000 hours.

Get the RIF6 Cube Projector now for only $249...

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06:00
Speedify review: Faster, more reliable internet for...

Speedify offers granular control over cellular data connections to avoid exceeding your carrier’s monthly allotment.

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05:51
Legal analysis of anti-encryption bill says it’s...

While the FBI abandoned its court case against Apple, the dispute of course still rumbles on in Congress, with hearings today and a proposed bill to force U.S. tech companies to break encrypted devices on demand. But at least one legal expert thinks the Feinstein-Burr bill is deeply flawed, arguing that it is unconstitutional, unenforceable and would harm U.S. investigative capabilities.

And not just any legal expert: you can’t really ask for better credentials in this area than those of Paul Rosenzweig.

Paul Rosenzweig is the founder of Red Branch Consulting PLLC, a homeland security consulting company [and] formerly served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy in the Department of Homeland Security. He is...

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05:44
Apple may be preparing a web version of its MapKit...

Apple may be preparing to announce a web version of its MapKit framework, allowing anyone to embed an Apple Map view into a web page. On the WWDC microsite —as noted by 9to5Mac — Apple has embedded its own map object in the page to show attendees how to get between Moscone West and the Bill Civic auditorium, where the 2016 Worldwide Developer Conference keynote will be held. 

9to5Mac says that, looking at the code, it appears Apple wants to make this embeddable map a public API [application programming interface] in the future so anyone could add an Apple Map to their website. Such maps would be interactive and users get to zoom in and out.

The MapKit framework provides an interface for embedding maps directly into your own windows and views. This framework also provides support for annotating the map, adding overlays, and performing reverse-geocoding...

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05:40
Apple spruces up its one-ported MacBook with Skylake...

Enlarge / Yes, this is last year's MacBook, but this year's MacBook is mostly different on the inside. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Apple has announced the first major hardware update for the 12-inch Retina MacBook, just over a year after releasing the first version. Apple first tipped its hand in a recent OS X Server update, which indicated that an "Early 2016" MacBook model was coming but revealed nothing else.

You'll find most of the hardware updates on the inside: the laptop has been upgraded with ...

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05:36
Apple issues latest ‘Report on Government Requests’

In its latest “Report on Government Requests” for user information, Apple says it received over 30,000 requests last year, and complied with up to 82% of them. U.S. law enforcement agencies had 1,015 requests for customer account information affecting 5,192 users in the second half of 2015. 

Apple says that most of the requests it receives from law enforcement relate to information about lost or stolen devices, and the company reports these as device requests. Device requests may include requests for customer contact information provided to register a device with Apple or the date(s) the device used Apple services. 

The number of law enforcement requests where Apple determined that an account request was lawful and provided content such as iCloud email, contacts, calendar, or Photo Stream content, the company says. Apple notes that it only provides user account...

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05:33
Apple releases new 12 inch Retina MacBook: new...

Apple has today released an update to the 12 inch Retina MacBook line, with new Skylake processors, overall better performance, and a new color: Rose Gold. The new internals have also allowed Apple to grab an extra hour of battery life out of the same sized product. The MacBook refresh keeps the same thin chassis, the same edge-to-edge keyboard and the same single USB-C port design as the original Retina MacBook, released about a year ago. The new Retina MacBook costs the same as before, starting at $1299.

The lineup means Apple now offers the MacBook in the same colors as its iOS devices, Space Grey, Silver, Gold, and Rose Gold. For the 13 inch MacBook Air, Apple has also made 8 GB RAM the standard spec across every configuration. More specs after the jump.

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05:00
REVIEW: Peralta Scarlett Sleeve for iPad Pro 9.7-inch

The Scarlett Sleeve for the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro by Peralta is an essential accessory for traveling with an iPad. It’s a protective sleeve that comes in the perfect size to fit the iPad Pro 9.7-inch.

Scarlett is a neoprene sleeve with a water-repellant nylon exterior and fleece liner to keep your iPad scratch-free. The velcro flap is gone, replaced with a slick, magnetic leather closure.

Scarlett includes a sleeve for the Apple pencil, which is notched out of the leather strip on the opposite side of the closure – a nice touch.

If you aren’t into classic black ballistic nylon, Peralta sleeves are also available in two colorful, water-resistant LUNA fabrics – ...

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05:00
Did you take your pills? The PillDrill medication...

This innovative device could lead to better medical outcomes while reducing family friction.

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03:30
5 Gmail hacks that help you master your messages

A while back we looked at several hacks for getting more out of your Gmail account. But as with all of Google’s services, there are always more tricks and features to uncover. Here are five that will help you better manage your messages.

Hit the ‘mute’

Who hasn’t wanted to run screaming from their monitor after the 13th “Welcome aboard!” message to the new hire? Gmail provides a means to tune out distracting email conversations like these: muting.

Muted conversations bypass your inbox and go straight to your archive. They only return to your inbox if a new message is addressed solely to you or you’re added to the “To” or “Cc” line in a new message. To silence the noise, select the conversation and click the More button above your messages, then select Mute. You can also use the keyboard shortcut M.

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02:25
Ways to Avoid Moving Frauds in Some Simple Steps

Forums: General Xsan Talk

In Indore, you can a lot of professional movers and packers, ready to offer you stress-free relocation services. Relocating from one place to another is always a cumbersome task. As a result, people only look for experienced and professional packers and movers Indore. Considering that Indore is the busiest city with a dynamic crowd, it is necessary to make sure that you don’t get picked up by frauds.
Rising Trends of Frauds in the Moving Industry
In busy cities like Indore, moving frauds are everywhere. There is every reason why customers are fooled by packers and movers in Indore like:
• Customers are unaware of their rights, roles and responsibilities when they are relocating
• There’s a frequent need to relocate, which makes it quite a cumbersome task to research for a company before hiring
• Customers are...

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Monday April 18

23:40
US government requested information on nearly 5,200...

In its latest report on government requests for user information released Monday, Apple revealed U.S. law enforcement agencies lodged 1,015 requests for customer account information affecting 5,192 users in the second half of 2015.

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21:14
Average iPhone user unlocks device 80 times per day...

While reports covered the broad strokes of Apple's conference call on encryption last Friday, bits of information are still surfacing, including an interesting statistic that reveals an average iPhone user unlocks their device about 80 times a day.

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20:03
100th Pulitzer Prize winners announced

The 100th annual Pulitzer Prizes were handed out on Monday, bringing honors to the AP for a series that freed thousands of slaves, a Washington Post database that tracked the number of deadly police shootings in the U.S., and a hip hop Broadway musical about Alexander Hamilton.

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19:53
LaCie and Promise unveil speedy, massive Thunderbolt...

The annual National Association of Broadcasters Convention is usually a good place to find the latest in cutting edge storage solutions, designed to handle extremely demanding workflows like 6K video, and this year's event didn't disappoint with both LaCie and Promise introducing RAID solutions supporting Thunderbolt 3.

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19:10
Apple Worldwide Developer Conference 2016:...

After an odd semi-unveil via Siri earlier today, Apple this evening officially confirmed that its annual Worldwide Developers Conference would take place from June 13th through June 17th in San Francisco. As in previous years, tickets are being distributed via a random lottery process to eligible developers. Interested in attending? Read on as we break down everything you need to know about WWDC 2016.

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18:44
Rogue Source Code Repos Can Compromise Mac Security...

An anonymous reader writes: Recent Mac versions come bundled with a very old version of Git (2.6.4) that is vulnerable to two security flaws that allow attackers to execute code on the device when the user forks a Git repo holding "malicious" code. The problem is that users can't upgrade this Git repo, they can't change its runtime permissions, nor can they remove it because Apple blocks even root users from twiddling with some system-level programs. "If you rely on machines like this, I am truly sorry. I feel for you," the researcher wrote on her blog. "I wrote this post in an attempt to goad them [Apple] into action because this is affecting lots of people who are important to me. They are basically screwed until Apple deigns to deliver a patched git unto them."


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18:30
Gmail

 April 18, 2016 6:30:00 PM PDT

Gmail service has already been restored for some users, and we expect a resolution for all users in the near future. Please note this time frame is an estimate and may change.

This issue is primarily affecting users synchronizing email over IMAP.

 April 18, 2016 3:50:00 PM PDT

Gmail service has already been restored for some users, and we expect a resolution for all users in the near future. Please note this time frame is an estimate and may change.

This issue is primarily affecting users synchronizing email over IMAP.

 April 18, 2016 2:50:00 PM PDT

Gmail service has already been restored for some users, and we expect a resolution for all users in the near future. Please note this time frame is an estimate and may change.

This issue is primarily affecting users synchronizing email over IMAP.

 April 18, 2016 1:55:00 PM PDT

Our team is continuing to investigate this issue. We will...

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17:53
Apple Pay goes live in Singapore with American...

Apple on Monday added Singapore to a growing list of locales that offer support for Apple Pay, with customers in the region now able to conduct touchless transactions and in-app purchases thanks to American Express integration.

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17:47
Official WWDC 2016 invitation emailed to developers

That didn't take long. Just a few short hours after Siri let everyone in on the secret of when WWDC 2016 would take place, developers received the official invitation. A link on the invitation leads to this wonderful registration page:

As noted in the code-like invitation, buying tickets is only possible if a developer registers and is then selected in a random drawing. If you're a dev, get thee to the registration page by Friday for your roll of the dice...

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16:59
Apple debuts redesigned developer resources mini-...

In concert with Monday's WWDC 2016 announcement, Apple launched a revamped informational resources section on its developer portal, which includes articles, technical insight and real world examples designed to help new coders get their start on the App Store.

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16:36
Apple confirms WWDC June 13-17, opens registration...

After Siri provided a sneak peek at the dates for Apple’s 2016 Worldwide Developers Conference, the Cupertino-based company confirmed the event by launching its WWDC 2016 website.

WWDC starts on Monday, June 13, and runs throughout the week until Friday, June 17. WWDC actually takes place at two venues. Monday, the day of the keynote, will be at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. The rest of the week will be at Moscone West, where WWDCs in recent past have been held.

The keynote on June 13 starts at 10 a.m. PT, and according to the WWDC website, will be streamed live on the web. Apple will also stream select WWDC sessions and post videos of all the sessions.

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16:21
∞ Apple launches new resources for developers on the...

In addition to launching its WWDC Web site on Monday, Apple also launched a new part of its site dedicated to helping developers get on the App Store.

The App Store makes it simple for users around the world to discover, download and enjoy your apps. Grow your business with resources designed to help you create great apps and reach more users.

There is just so much I could say about the App Store, but I won’t right now. Another time.

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16:11
Apple confirms WWDC 2016 kicks off on June 13, opens...

Hours after Siri leaked upcoming dates for Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, the company on Monday confirmed its 27th annual WWDC will indeed run from June 13 through June 17 in San Francisco. Developers can now register to take part in this year's ticket lottery.

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16:03
Apple opens registration for WWDC

The opportunity to buy tickets to this year’s conference will be offered by random selection. Register now through Friday, April 22 at 10:00 a.m. PDT for your chance to attend. We will let you know your status by Monday, April 25, 5:00 p.m. PDT.

Go!

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15:55
[Sponsor] Introducing Imprint

Imprint is a curated retailer and lifestyle publication, offering weekly collections of exclusive products for the modern gentleman.

Put differently, rather than selling thousands of different items, Imprint sells only 10-20 core products per month, presented alongside beautiful independent photography and story-telling. And rather than selling flash-sale leftovers, Imprint works with top brands to source, produce, and sell a truly limited and exclusive selection of top notch clothing, literature, coffee, and more.

Last week, Imprint also launched on iOS — both for iPhone and iPad — allowing customers to shop internationally with Apple Pay, consult with our on-demand personal styling service, and more.

For Daring Fireball readers keen to try Imprint — on web or iOS — use the code BASEBALL for 20% off your order. Shipping is free within the...

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15:41
Apple’s foray into Hollywood

Whether true or not, this is a fascinating read. I’m convinced that it’s something Apple is at least looking into.

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15:20
LXLE Gives Aging Hardware a New Lease on Life


LXLE is an ideal distro for out-of-the-box functionality to handle your everyday computing needs. It's a well-oiled lightweight distribution based on Ubuntu's long-term support releases for Debian and Lubuntu Linux from a community originating in the U.S. The latest version is 14.04.4, released last month. It runs an optimized LXDE, or Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment, that has a comfortable look and feel with plenty of system settings to tailor its performance to your way of working.

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14:53
Apple confirms QuickTime for Windows at end of life

I don’t know what this means for Mac users (hopefully, nothing) but it’s sad to see the demise of what, for Apple, was supposed to be its next great platform. Myself and others were encouraged directly by Apple (but behind the scenes) to develop and use QuickTime. Apple sent me a QuickTime Streaming Server (back in the days when there was such a thing) in order for me to broadcast my show using QuickTime 4. But, over the ensuing years, it became obvious that Apple was losing interest in developing QuickTime much further. This issue is yet another sign of that.

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13:54
Apple confirms QuickTime for Windows at end of life

After an 11-year run, QuickTime for Windows is no more. Apple has confirmed it will no longer issue updates or patch security holes for the PC version of its multimedia software, meaning those who continue to use the software do so at their own risk .

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13:19
Class action lawsuit attacks Tidal over 'Life...

A lawsuit launched Monday accuses Tidal -- along with rapper Kanye West, and Jay Z's Carter Enterprises -- of intentionally misleading people about West's album "The Life of Pablo," which was initially marketed as an exclusive on the streaming service.

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13:13
Google Calendar Offers Life-Coaching Goals Feature


Google last week rolled out Goals in Google Calendar, a feature designed to help users achieve their personal goals. Users set a goal, such as working out more often, and answer relevant questions, such as how often they want to work out and the best time for them to do so. Calendar then will sift through their schedules and select the best time to allocate for the task. Calendar uses artificial intelligence, so it will get better at scheduling the more often it's used, the company said.

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12:15
Apple brings Maps transit directions to Seattle

Apple on Monday quietly added public transit directions for Apple Maps users in Seattle, Wash., allowing them to navigate the city's various networks without a third-party app like Google Maps.

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11:31
World of Warcraft's Legion expansion launches...

If you thought you were safe from the Burning Legion until at least November, well, think again. On Monday, Blizzard announced the latest World of Warcraft expansion, subtitled Legion, will release August 30.

To recap: Legion is basically Burning Crusade Redux, using the time travel malarkey introduced in Warlords of Draenor to retcon the long-running MMO’s first ever expansion and bring fan-favorite Illidan Stormrage back to life. Which is either “Oh, great news!” or “Damn, Blizzard has run out of ideas” depending on your temperament.

There’s also the requisite level bump (up to 110) and a new class, the Demon Hunter, if you’re looking to change things up after a decade of WoW. Also a new never-before-seen location, the Broken Isles, which should please lore fanatics. It’s...well, it’s another World of Warcraft expansion.

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11:25
News: Siri announces WWDC to be held June 13-17

It appears that Apple has announced the dates for its annual Worldwide Developers Conference through Siri. Asking Siri “When is WWDC?” gets the response, “The Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) will be held June 13 through June 17 in San Francisco. I can’t wait!” It’s possible this response went live earlier than expected, as Apple hasn’t updated its WWDC website yet to reflect this year’s dates,…

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11:23
When is WWDC 2016? Just ask Siri

The official dates for Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) have yet to be formally announced by the company. But if you ask Siri, as Re/code’s Ina Fried did, you’ll find out the dates.

Apple hasn't officially posted details of its June developer conference but Siri will tell you if you ask her. pic.twitter.com/sR7QbNAGzc

— Ina Fried (@inafried) April 18, 2016

Based on the schedule for the Moscone Center, it’s been speculated by the media and others that WWDC would happen the week of June 13, since Moscone West, the place where Apple usually holds WWDC, doesn’t have any events scheduled. Considering that Apple programs Siri’s responses, this is as good...

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11:11
WWDC 2016 runs June 13-17, according to Siri

Enlarge / Siri! Shhhh!! (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Apple hasn't officially announced the dates for this year's Worldwide Developers Conference yet, but Siri seems to blab if you ask. Apple's personal assistant says that WWDC will run from June 13 to June 17 in San Francisco. The location hasn't been confirmed, but the conference has historically been held at the Moscone West event space downtown.

The official WWDC site hasn't been updated with the new information and there's no way to register to buy tickets yet, but if Siri is telling people the date, we'll probably get more information soon.

Apple has historically used its opening-day WWDC keynote to show off new OS X and iOS versions, and watchOS was added to the rotation last year. We...

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11:06
∞ Siri says WWDC will be June 13-June 17

Nothing official from Apple, but this is what Siri says.

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11:02
With new Macs and OS X 10.12 on deck, WWDC 2016...

The 2016 edition of Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference may be later than usual this year, as the company gears up for OS X 10.12 and a wide-ranging refresh of its Mac lineup.

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11:01
News: Longtime Apple board member Bill Campbell dies

Bill Campbell, a trusted mentor in the tech world and a longtime member of Apple’s Board of Directors, has died, Re/code reports. Campbell’s death comes after a long battle with cancer. Campbell resigned from Apple’s board in 2014, and was replaced by Susan L. Wagner. A 2014 Fortune interview with Campbell, which came as he was stepping down from the board, details his relationships with past and present Apple CEOs John Sculley,…

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11:00
BlackBerry Comments on Canadian Police Eavesdropping...

Last week, a report, citing court documents, claimed that Canadian police have had BlackBerry's global decryption key since 2010. Today BlackBerry CEO John Chen officially commented on the report. In a blog post, Chen reiterated that his company remains committed to doing what is "right for the citizenry," without confirming if the Candian police have the "global encryption key." "I have stated before that we are indeed in a dark place when companies put their reputations above the greater good," Chen wrote, adding that the company's cooperation with the Canadian police resulted in shutting down a criminal organization. He adds: Regarding BlackBerry's assistance, I can reaffirm that we stood by our lawful access principles. Furthermore, at no point was BlackBerry's BES server involved. Our BES continues to be impenetrable -- also without the ability for backdoor access -- and is the most secure mobile platform for managing all mobile devices. That's why we are the gold standard in...

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10:23
EU confirms antitrust probe into Android apps, News...

The European Commission and global media giant News Corp. on Monday confirmed separate actions against Google, with both factions suggesting that Google may be violating European regulations.

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10:16
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 18...

Notable software releases this week include Fantastical 2.2.1, Retrospect 13.01, LaunchBar 6.6.2, and Delicious Library 3.5.1.

 

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10:16
ExtraBITS for 18 April 2016

In ExtraBITS this week, it turns out that the FBI hired hackers in the San Bernardino iPhone case, a new authentication protocol has been proposed to make USB-C safer, and AirPlay comes to Android on the new HTC 10 smartphone. Amazon has announced a new high-end e-reader, the Kindle Oasis, and is adding monthly payment options for its Amazon Prime service. Finally, in Apple news, the company has ended its iTunes Allowances program and its App Store reviewers have been feuding with developers of Reddit clients.

 

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10:15
Change Xsan 4 sanName

Forums: Troubleshooting

Hello,

Is it possible to "properly" change the SAN name of an already configured Xsan 4 ?
When I change the sanName in the config.plist of /Library/Preferences/Xsan/ of a MDC,
the Server app is not recognizing the SAN. I think I have to change it in the SAN OD users com.apple.xsan...

If it's too touchy I'll do with the bad name...

Thank you

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09:58
What the Traditional Car Companies Don't Seem...


Two interesting events took place this month. Tesla announced its Model 3, a relatively affordable electric car, and it attracted around 180K preorders on the same day. That was before the company actually revealed the car. There were more than 250K preorders in the first 36 hours. Oh, and the run rate is about 1,500 per hour of pre-orders for this car right now. Ford opened preorders for its new Ford GT, and only 500 people actually will get to buy this $400K car -- and as of right now, you still can order one of those 500.

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09:35
Former Apple board member Bill Campbell dies

Bill Campbell — who garnered the name “The Coach” for the sage advice and counsel he gave numerous tech leaders from Apple’s Steve Jobs to Google’s Larry Page to Amazon’s Jeff Bezos — has died.

My condolences to his family and friends.

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09:31
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Belkin Surge Protector w/ USB...

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09:26
∞ AC/DC name Axl Rose as new singer

Angus Young joined Guns N’ Roses on stage for a couple of songs over the weekend.

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09:25
Apple rebuts DOJ's appeal in N.Y. meth dealer...

Apple last week opposed the Department of Justice’s renewed demand that it assist investigators in accessing a drug dealer’s iPhone, arguing that the government has not proved the company’s help is required.

“The government has utterly failed to satisfy its burden to demonstrate that Apple’s assistance in this case is necessary,” lawyers for the Cupertino company said in a brief (PDF) filed with a federal court in New York on Friday. “The government has made no showing that it has exhausted alternative means for extracting data from the iPhone at issue here, either by making a serious attempt to obtain the passcode from the individual defendant who set it in the first place ... or by consulting other government agencies and third parties known to the government.”

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09:20
Silicon Valley's Legendary 'Coach'...

Kara Swisher, reporting for Recode: Bill Campbell, who garnered the name "The Coach" for the sage advice and counsel he gave numerous tech leaders from Apple's Steve Jobs to Google's Larry Page to Amazon's Jeff Bezos, has died. He was battling with cancer. News of his passing popped up on Facebook early this morning and many prominent tech players also confirmed the death to me, which came after a long battle with cancer. It is a big loss for Silicon Valley, given the impact a man who said he did not even know how to do HTML had by virtue of wisdom alone. But he was not without tech chops. Campbell ran companies like Intuit and worked in key jobs at Apple, Claris and Go, and also served on a plethora of boards, including Columbia University, Intuit and Apple. He has been a longtime adviser to Google execs including Page and Eric Schmidt -- and really just about every major tech executive you could think of at some point.VentureBeat interviewed Campbell in 2011, in which he shared...

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09:16
TidBITS Turns 26: Thoughts on Apple’s Evolution

On our 26th anniversary, TidBITS Publisher Adam Engst muses about the kind of company into which Apple has evolved. It’s not the Apple of Steve Jobs anymore.

 

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09:14
Longtime Apple advisor, board member Bill Campbell...

Bill Campbell, a legendary figure in Silicon Valley and a major part of Apple's history, has succumbed to cancer and passed away on Monday at the age of 75.

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09:02
‘GoPro VR’ mobile app launches for 360-degree &...

GoPro is today launching a new GoPro VR mobile app where anyone will be able to view 360-degree and virtual reality content uploaded using its new Omni and Odyssey camera rigs also announced today.

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08:51
The nightmare of rogue USB-C cables and adapters...

The wave of rogue USB-C products that poses risks to PCs and mobile devices hasn’t gone unnoticed, and the USB Implementers Forum has taken steps to eradicate the issue once and for all.

A new specification announced by the USB 3.0 Promoters Group, which is part of USB-IF, aims to eliminate rogue cables, ports and chargers. The USB Type-C Authentication protocol will verify and ensure a USB-C connection won’t fry a port or damage a device.

A host device like a smartphone or PC will first verify the authenticity of the cable, charger or power source before any data is transferred. If everything checks out, a connection will be established.

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08:50
Apple’s iPhone image sensor producer Sony details...

Sony Corporation has issued an official news release in regards to the status of their manufacturing companies in Japan after the Kumamoto earthquakes. Having confirmed the safety of their employees in the affected regions, Sony has listed out a few details of the manufacturing sites that have been impacted as result of the earthquake.

Sony’s semiconductor factory in Kumamoto, which primarily manufactures image sensors for cameras, had seen its production halted after the earthquake and has yet to be started again. According to Sony, damage to the site is currently being evaluated, but the timeframe for resuming has yet to be confirmed. Sony’s main facility for smartphone image sensors in Nagasaki and its sister-site, Oita Technology Center, had its operations suspended but production had resumed on April 17th.

Currently there is no news as to how or if this will affect Apple’s current or future product line-up, specifically...

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08:23
Apple's 2016 MacBook refresh inching closer as...

The wheels seem to be in motion for Apple to begin updating its MacBook offerings during the second quarter of 2016, with resellers holding firesales on all 2015 MacBook Airs while Best Buy has halted sales of current-generation 12" MacBooks completely.

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08:05
Apple working to promote Apple Music with superstar...

Apple's marketing strategy for its nascent music streaming service is inspired by the music industry itself, the company revealed on Monday alongside a new one-minute spot featuring pop sensation Taylor Swift.

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07:43
Rumor: Apple looking to shift from aluminum to “all...

When KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo offers a research note, people tend to listen.

Recently, Kuo offered a report stating that the iPhone will be seeing a major redesign in 2017, dropping the iconic aluminum casing for an all-glass enclosure with AMOLED screen. This corroborates a previous report offering hints of a fairly radical redesign to be seen in the near term.

Kuo believes that Apple will be moving to an all-glass enclosure, dropping aluminum completely as it will no longer appear modern or fresh in 2017. Apple’s smartphone competitors are also adopting aluminum designs in droves, making it more likely Apple will want to differentiate with entirely new materials.

Kuo did note elaborate as to whether the next-gen...

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07:42
IK Multimedia iRig Acoustic: More Twang for the Buck

IK Multimedia’s iRig Acoustic is an inexpensive, highly portable way to record an acoustic guitar on your iOS device — just be careful you don’t drag your iPhone or iPad onto the floor!

 

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07:39
Apple salvaged 61 million pounds of recyclable...

During its fiscal 2015, Apple managed to recover over 61 million pounds of reusable material out of the almost 90 million pounds in electronics it took in through its recycling programs, according to the company's most recent Environmental Responsibility Report.

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07:21
Council claims that Apple’s proposed Irish data...

Apple's proposed Irish data center could increase electricity consumption in Ireland by 8.2%, according to a document obtained by Business Insider and which can be accessed through Galway County Council's website.

The article says Galway County Council received a detailed letter from a man named Allan Daly last May expressing a number of concerns he has over an €850 million (£599 million) data center that Apple wants to build in a forest near Athenry, on the west coast of Ireland. The Cupertino, California-based company planned to start building the €850 million data center on a 500-acre site before the end of last year, but a decision won't be made until the summer, a local councillor told the publication. 

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07:18
News: Rumors swirl around German facility thought to...

In the latest round of speculation around Apple’s car project, German website Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung claims that the company’s secretive Berlin facility is staffed by 15 to 20 “top-class” employees of the German automotive industry. Sources familiar with the matter said the small team operates the lab as an incubator for ideas on future vehicles, after leaving traditional car companies where they were held back by management....

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07:12
Japan earthquakes not expected to affect Sony’s...

Sony said a factory producing image sensors for smartphone makers such as Apple will remain closed while it assesses the damage from two deadly earthquakes which hit southern Japan, reports Reuters. The quakes measured up to 7.3 in magnitude and, tragically, killed at least 42 people.

The company said it will extend the closure of its image sensor plant in Kumamoto, which is in the southern island of Kyushu, after major trembles on Thursday and Saturday rocked the key manufacturing region. Sony added that operations at its image sensor plant in Nagasaki, also in Kyushu, will be partially suspended and it does not yet have a timeline for full resumption of operations.

“We are not expecting any immediate supply disruption as we have some inventories right now," a company spokesman told Reuters. "We will make an...

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07:00
Music Industry Sees First Big Gains in 20 Years...

Thanks to subscription-based music streaming services, the music industry is seeing a significant growth for the first time in nearly two decades. According to International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), an industry trade group, the global music sales rose 3.2 percent last year, also surpassing those from all physical music formats. The important tipping point in 2015 saw digital services account for 45 percent of recorded music revenue. According to the report, Spotify, Apple Music and other music streaming services brought in about $2.9 billion in revenue. The findings are in line with Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)'s estimates from last month. IFPI also noted that music on free streaming services such as YouTube has also grown quickly, creating a panic among record labels and artists alike. Billboard elaborates that aspect: In criticizing ad-supported services, the IFPI joined a growing list of trade bodies and music company executives to...

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07:00
It's complicated: A film examines our...

In a world of status updates, indie filmmaker Kerith Lemon categorizes her relationship with modern technology under the "It's complicated" banner. And with good reason. Lemon, whose short film "A Social Life" casts a harsh light on our addictive ent...

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06:52
Japan earthquake halts some iPhone camera production...

An earthquake centered near Japan's Kyushu island has forced Apple supplier Sony to close its Kumamoto image sensor factory -- which supplies components for use in the iPhone -- indefinitely, but the company does not believe deliveries will be affected.

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06:48
HP wants to turn your Mac into a 44-core Windows PC

If your Mac isn’t fast enough to edit 3D video, HP has a workaround to make it possible.

HP’s new remote graphics tool will allow Mac users to tap into the massive computing power of HP Z workstations, which can have up to 44 CPU cores.

The Remote Graphics Software (RGS) turns the Mac into a remote desktop tuned for graphics. A “sender” plugin on the HP Z links to a receiver on the Mac, allowing the computers to share screens and applications. 

“HP is upgrading your Mac,” said Christian Jones, worldwide product manager for remote desktop software at HP.

The Mac receiver is being released as HP announces new workstations with the latest CPUs and GPUs. The high-end HP Z840, equipped with Intel E5-2600 v4 chips and Nvidia Quadro GPUs, can outperform any Mac.

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06:43
TrendForce: iPhone sales unlikely to see turn-around...

In a new report, TrendForce reports that the worldwide smartphone shipments in the first quarter of 2016 totaled 292 million units, down 18.6% from the previous quarter and a year-on-year decline of 1.3%. The decrease was mainly attributed to market saturation. 

Leading brands such as Apple and Samsung no longer have the same growth momentum as before, so the overall shipments depended on contributions from Chinese brands and rising demand in India and other emerging markets, according to the global market research firm. Avril Wu, TrendForce smartphone analyst, said the combined shipments (including exports) from Chinese brands in the first quarter reached 125 million units, surpassing the combined shipments from Apple and Samsung for the first time. Chinese brands accounted for 42.9% of the global smartphone shipments, up from 41.5% in the previous quarter.

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06:43
News: Report predicts all-glass body for 2017 iPhone...

In the latest report from KGI Securities, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo doubles down on his earlier prediction that Apple will move to an all-glass body for its 2017 iPhone. The report said Apple is moving to adopt the all-glass body to keep the iPhone looking modern, ahead of competitors who are beginning to adopt its current aluminum design. The new iPhones are expected to feature OLED screens, a claim bolstered by the Korean Herald’s report last week…

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06:26
LinkedIn today launching Tinder-style swiping iPhone...

The LinkedIn profile of the typical student may look a little empty at this stage in their career, but the company believes its network can still be useful. It’s today launching an iPhone app to help students identify companies and job titles that might be suitable for them, as well as pointing to live job postings that may be of interest.

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06:07
External Link: Amazon Expands Prime Subscription...

Amazon Prime has always been billed annually, with a current price of $99 per year. For that fee, you get a bundle of benefits, most notably free 2-day shipping on many items and an ever-expanding lineup of Prime Instant Video selections. For those in the United States who have trouble with the yearly pricing, Amazon is now offering two monthly subscription options: just Amazon Prime Instant Video for $8.99 (a dollar less than Netflix’s most popular plan) or the full Amazon Prime service for $10.99 per month. However, neither option is preferable to the $99 per-year price, which equals $8.25 per month.

 

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06:06
Rumor: Apple to use Austrian-based Magna to...

German publication Frankfurter Allgemeine claims Apple may be planning to use Austrian-based automotive contract manufacturer Magna to manufacture the Apple Car. The publication — as noted by 9to5Mac -- also says that Apple has created a “secret lab” in Berlin where it has head-hunted a small cross-disciplinary team of 15-20 upcoming engineers from a number of German car companies.

Magna is a global automotive supplier with 305 manufacturing operations and 93 product development, engineering and sales centers in 29 countries. The company has over 139,000 employees focused on “delivering superior value to our customers...

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News: Daily Deal: Maxboost 3100mAh Battery Case for...

Today you can pick up the Maxboost 3100mAh Battery Case for iPhone 6/6s for only $29.99 in our iLounge Deals. This case will keep your iPhone charged and protected from unexpected falls in one sleek and modern design. The 3100 mAh battery provides up to 125% extra juice, and handy cutouts allow you to sync your iPhone to your computer without needing to remove the case. Get the Maxboost 3100mAh Battery Case for iPhone 6/6s now for only $29.99...

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05:57
Taylor Swift features in another new Apple Music...

Taylor Swift and Apple Music have today launched another commercial on Twitter promoting Apple’s $9.99 streaming music service, featuring song ‘The Middle’ by Jimmy Eat World. It is unclear if the minute-long ad will be exclusive to online promotional channels or also be shown on TV.

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Jean-Louis Gassée takes on the Burr Feinstein Senate...

Jean-Louis does a terrific job. The whole post is right on, top to bottom.

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German report claims Apple Car could be manufactured...

German publication Frankfurter Allgemeine is reporting that Apple may be planning to use Austrian-based automotive contract manufacturer Magna to manufacture the Apple Car. The publication also says that Apple has created a ‘secret lab’ in Berlin where it has head-hunted a small cross-disciplinary team of 15-20 upcoming engineers from a number of German car companies.

Magna specialises in making limited-edition models for major car manufacturers, having made the Mini Paceman and Clubman for BMW, as well as the BMW X3. It is expected to make over 100,000 vehicles for BMW over the next 6-7 years …

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You use Emoji on your iPhone/iPad all the time. You know Emoji, right? They’re those little picture/icon thingies —

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04:30
The Ultimate SleeveCase protects your iPad when you...

You have your iPad Pro, iPad Air or iPad mini — and you certainly want to carry it with you wherever you go. In which case you should check out the $59 iPad SleeveCase from WaterField, which offers great on-the-go protection.

The messenger style bag is cushioned with neoprene and wrapped in tough ballistic nylon shell with a "screen cleaning" Ultrasuede lining. It also sports an impact-resistant, screen protecting insert. The iPad SleeveCase functions as a stylish stand-alone case or can be inserted into another bag. With it you don't have to take your iPad out of its compartment when going through airport security, as the SleeveCase is TSA Checkpoint Friendly.

The Ultimate SleeveCase for iPad also has a convenient side pocket where you can stash earbuds, a cleaning cloth, etc. It's available in a choice of grey Indium or brown, naturally-tanned, leather trim. All this combines for a professional, elegant look....

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04:08
Hackers use Congressman’s iPhone to demo ability to...

Apple may take iOS security so seriously that it’s willing to do battle with the FBI over it, but German hackers have demonstrated that all phones – even iPhones – are susceptible to a mobile network vulnerability that requires nothing more than knowing your phone number. Armed with just that, hackers can listen to your calls, read your texts and track your position.

60 Minutes invited the hackers to prove their claims by giving a brand new iPhone to Congressman Ted Lieu – who agreed to participate in the test – and telling the hackers nothing more than the phone number. The hackers later replayed recordings they’d made of calls made on that iPhone …

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This is National Karaoke Week so celebrate...

This is National Karaoke Week, so we’ve rounded up some apps to help you celebrate. And don’t worry; neither Steve nor I will sing.

At the Mac App Store, you may want to check out KaraokeTube if you’re a serious karaoker. The $11.99 app has a streaming library of over thousands of songs with lyrics.

For fans of Disney’s Frozen movie, there’s Disney Karaoke: Frozen. The $7.99 app allows you to sing along with your favorite Frozen songs, record your voice with the original instrumental tracks, create a gallery of your performances, and share your recordings with others.

Instalyrics is a free app that’s good for other things besides karaoke. Click its icon and it will use Safari to find lyrics to a song playing in iTunes. Instalyrics will automatically refresh the Safari tab with the lyrics to the next song.

At the Apple App Store, there’s Sing! Karaoke, which lets you sing your favorite songs with sound effects — or “duet” with featured...

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03:12
Fantastical 2.2.1

Improves reliability of Exchange account setup and fixes other Exchange-related bugs. ($49.99 new, free update, 13.2 MB)

 

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02:14
Apple runs secret car lab in Berlin with 15-20...

Adding to rampant rumor and speculation surrounding Apple's "Project Titan" automotive initiative, a new report claims the company is operating a secret car lab out of Germany's capital city tasked with imagining, and realizing, vehicles of the future.

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01:01
Video streaming race heats up, Amazon now offers its...

Rumors of Apple’s entrance into the video streaming arena have been swirling for a couple of years now, with Apple wanting to launch a skinny bundle streaming internet cable TV service, however news on the progress of this project has died down in 2016. It is unclear if it is still on the cards, various outlets reports talked had stalled with the television networks. However, Amazon and Netflix continue to battle it out.

Today, just as Netflix customers are forcibly moved to more expensive monthly plans, Amazon has announced it will offer its streaming video service as a standalone monthly subscription for the first time. Priced at $8.99/per month, the plan is a dollar cheaper than Netflix’s most popular offering. Until today, the only way to get Amazon Prime Video through a...

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00:12
Retrospect 13.01

Maintenance update improve log reporting and fixes several bugs with the Mac client. ($119 new, free update, 183 MB)

 

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21:12
LaunchBar 6.6.2

Fixes an incompatibility with OS X 10.9 Mavericks and 10.10 Yosemite. ($29 new, free update, 14.1 MB)

 

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21:12
Delicious Library 3.5.1

Updated to utilize Apple’s latest iTunes access framework and fixes several bugs. ($25 new, free update, 78.2 MB)

 

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13:40
The 30 best TV theme songs of all time

I’m sorry but I’d have to put the Spider-Man theme number one if only because it was the only song my brothers and I ever sang at the top of our lungs every time it played. Drove my mother nuts.

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12:31
Google's Android N OS Will Support Pressure-...

An anonymous reader writes: In the latest Developer Preview 2 of Android N, Google introduced new "Launcher shortcuts" to the beta OS. It allows developers to "define shortcuts which users can expose in the launcher to help them perform actions quicker." It's reminiscent of Apple's "3D Touch" feature found in the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, which can allow for specific parts of an app to be displayed in a pop-up menu when users forcefully press on an icon or other miscellaneous piece of information developed with the feature.

As mentioned in Phandroid's report testing the "setDynamicShortcuts(List)" feature, Google offered four different scenarios where Launcher Shortcuts make sense: Navigating users to a particular location in a mapping app, sending messages to a friend in a communication app, playing the next episode of a TV show in a media app, or loading the last save point in a gaming app.
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OWC’s Aura SSDs are a good way to add storage to...


OWC's Aura drive for newer MacBook Airs and Pros.

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MacBooks (and iBooks and PowerBooks before them) have never been renowned for their repairability, but post-2010 MacBook Air models have been particularly bad. RAM is soldered to the motherboard. Drives use proprietary connections. The Retina MacBook has no user-serviceable parts on the motherboard, which is so tightly integrated that it’s more like an iPad motherboard than a Mac.

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