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Wednesday June 17

13:31
Happy Hour Podcast 019 | iPad Pro wish list

It looks like a few lines of iOS 9 code have provided a couple of key details regarding the upcoming iPad Pro. The resolution of this mysterious large device has been discovered, along with a new keyboard layout. In this episode we discuss our iPad Pro wish list and what we’d like to see if this device becomes a reality later this year. The Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and through our dedicated RSS feed…

New episodes of Happy Hour are available every Wednesday. As mentioned, you can ...

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13:15
Serious OS X and iOS flaws let hackers steal...

Researchers have uncovered huge holes in the application sandboxes protecting Apple's OS X and iOS operating systems, a discovery that allows them to create apps that pilfer iCloud, Gmail, and banking passwords and can also siphon data from 1Password, Evernote, and other apps.

The malicious proof-of-concept apps were approved by the Apple Store, which requires all qualifying submissions to treat every other app as untrusted. Despite the supposed vetting by Apple engineers, the researchers' apps were able to bypass sandboxing protections that are supposed to prevent one app from accessing the credentials, contacts, and other resources belonging to another app. Like Linux, Android, Windows, and most other mainstream OSes, OS X and iOS strictly limit app access for the purpose of protecting them against malware. The success of the researchers' cross-app resource access—or XARA—attacks, raises troubling doubts about those assurances on the widely...

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13:00
Apple fires Campus 2 primary contractor, Swedish...

There’s just no pleasing some people.

Apple has fired Skanska, its Swedish contractor, which has been working on its “spaceship” Campus 2 project.

Skanska issued a statement saying that it had reached an impasse in negotiations with an unidentified customer over changes in the scope of work, and that it had been terminated from the project. It said the lost work would cost it roughly US$800 million.

A Cupertino city official, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed that the joint venture partnership of DPR/Skanska had been replaced on Apple’s high-profile project.

Rudolph & Sletten and Holder Construction have taken over construction of the main...

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13:00
Holy shit Samsung

Over 600 million Samsung mobile device users may be at risk due to a significant security threat, according to researchers at mobile security specialist NowSecure.

and

“Welton found he could hijack the process of updating one of the virtual keyboards Samsung installs on many Android smartphones. From there, he could eavesdrop on phone conversations, rummage through text messages and contacts, or turn on the microphone to capture audio,”…

Enjoy your phone Samsung people.

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13:00
Today in the App Store, featuring Warmlight - Manual...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today’s notable apps include a discount on Warmlight - Manual Сamera & Photo Editor; the new Space Galaga International edition game; and a notable update to Dark Sky! All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

breakeroids [$1.99 → Free] Defend the Earth from wave after wave of asteroids, armed only with a paddle and a bouncing ball. Drop the ball and you lose a shield - lose all your shields and the asteroids wipe out the planet.

Pixelogic - Picross Picture Logic Puzzles [$0.99 → Free] Pixelogic is a fun and challenging puzzle game where you use logic to reveal a hidden picture...

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12:45
∞ The Dalrymple Report with Merlin Mann: The Pointy...

Jim and Merlin recap WWDC and talk rock.

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12:37
Report: Apple plans July retail revamp with new...

Apple is reportedly gearing up for retail changes next month that will introduce new accessory displays and reduce the quantity of third-party products. The report from Macotakara points to new accessory displays at Apple’s recently opened Upper East Side store (pictured above) and the store’s revamped design, noting that Apple plans to revamp the accessories at other stores in a “premium” manner starting next month. Part of the redesigned stores will include new accessory displays and packaging, according to the report:...

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12:34
Zero-day exploit lets App Store malware steal OS X...

Security researchers have found major flaws in OS X and a single one in iOS that open the door to malware. The exploits allow malicious apps that have made their way into the App Store to bypass or ignore sandbox and other security protections to grab passwords from others apps’ keychain entries, steal data from other apps’ private data storage, hijack network ports, and masquerade as different apps to intercept certain communications.

Apple’s review process for the App Store—both for iOS and OS X—is supposed to prevent malware from entering its system. If that bulwark fails, the company relies on sandboxing, which prevents apps from accessing data and files other than that managed by the app, except through very tightly defined channels.

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12:02
Amazon debuts next-gen Kindle Paperwhite with 300ppi...

Amazon on Wednesday launched preorders for a new edition of the Kindle Paperwhite, upgraded with a sharper e-ink display rated at 300 pixels per inch, matching the display resolution of its high-end Kindle Voyage.

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12:00
The Week in iOS Accessories: Wood, wood everywhere

Wood, wood, everywhere

This week’s roundup of accessories includes a few items made of wood—one is even designed to look like a tree!

BiteMyApple

The $120 Gingko Solar Tree is based on nature’s design for its namesake Japanese tree. The device includes a solar array and a 4000-mAh battery to store the clean energy. The aluminum base includes a small grip, so you can use the tree as an iPhone or iPad stand.

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12:00
Daily Deals for June 17, 2015

It’s time to save some of your hard-earned money with our Daily Deals, featuring highlighted deals for AWT readers, hardware discounts and our own handpicked iOS and OS X sales. All prices are USD and subject to change. Please check prices before you purchase as some deals may expire quickly.

AWT Featured App

Billings Pro [Starting at $5 per user/month] Make invoicing painless with Billings Pro. Now with Apple Watch support.

Hardware and Accessory Deals

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11:58
Podcast: Extra, extra, hear all about the News app

What’s the news about the new News app? First, Newsstand is dead, but standalone news apps remain alive. Second, there’s so much unknown about whether the iOS 9 News app, announced at WWDC, will affect consumption of news and how publications produce it.

Joining Glenn Fleishman on this podcast are Jason Snell, proprietor of Six Colors and former editorial director at IDG, who knows from news sites big and small, and Tom Standage, deputy editor of the Economist, where he heads up the periodical’s digital strategy. The *Economist* was a launch partner in the News app. (Tom’s also the author of several fine books.)

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11:37
Apple reportedly yanks Monster's MFi license in...

Monster, the audio accessory maker, just lost its MFi license for making Apple-compatible accessories. The company says its Made for iPhone, iPod, and iPad certification was revoked after it sued Apple earlier this year, and that Apple will not allow Monster to sell MFi-licensed accessories after September.

While Apple isn’t commenting on Monster’s MFi license or the lawsuit, the Wall Street Journal reported that the company’s head legal counsel told Monster’s general counsel that the accessory maker would be losing its certification, and a spot on Apple Store shelves, because the lawsuit would “destroy the working relationship” between the two companies and that it wasn’t “mutually beneficial” to continue that relationship.

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11:22
Adele's record label backs out of Apple Music...

When it launches this month, Apple Music is promising three months of free, unlimited, on-demand music streaming without having to listen to ads, but for Adele fans this is simply too good to be true.

The music industry on the other side of the pond is fighting back against Apple Music’s free three-month trial because record labels won’t be paid royalties during that time. The Telegraph is reporting that British record label XL Recordings, home to Adele, Radiohead, Jack White, and M.I.A.,...

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10:57
Taiwan fines Apple $647K for forcing carriers to...

Apple has lost a Taiwanese lawsuit accusing it of anti-competitive phone pricing tactics, and barring an appeal will be fined T$20 million, or a little over $647,000 U.S., a report said on Wednesday.

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10:34
Xsan4 with StorNext Windows Client Configuration...

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MY CONFIGURATION/HARDWARE COMPONENTS:

  • 3 Mac-Mini's (Late 2014, i5, 16GB RAM, SSD)...
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10:27
Rumor: Next-gen iPhone to incorporate 7000 Series...

The next-gen iPhone may be getting a niftier aluminum body.

KGI Securities analyst and general dude-in-the-know Ming-Chi Kuo has issued a note to investors in which he corroborates rumors that the next-generation iPhone will adopt 7000 Series aluminum as used in the Apple Watch Sport. Kuo also claimed that Apple will retain the same design as the iPhone 6, although the smartphone may have slightly different dimensions.

The report claims that the next-generation iPhone could be wider and taller by about 0.15mm to account for the stronger 7000 Series aluminum design, while the next-gen iPhone may also be about 0.2mm thicker due to the addition of Force Touch. The...

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10:24
It's time: Apple Watch now available at the...

It doesn’t seem like it should be news that the Apple Watch is rolling out to Apple Stores, but here we are. The company announced earlier this month that it had nearly caught up with the backlog of orders, which meant that some Apple Watch models would be available for in-store purchase within two weeks. Now that day has arrived, complete with special Apple Watch shopping bags being given to customers. (Be careful with those things, OK?)

@apollozac The special bags for the Apple Watch pic.twitter.com/NL2G6dJsSO

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10:17
FCC slaps AT&T with $100 million fine for...

The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday announced its intent to levy a $100 million fine against AT&T after finding that the wireless carrier mislead customers about its throttling of data plans that were advertised as being unlimited.

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10:04
AppleCare Xsan Support Agreement: How to find the...

Learn how to find the registration number of an AppleCare Xsan Support Agreement.

Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT200278

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09:48
Robot dinos, archery and mystery in 'Horizon:...

Horizon: Zero Dawn was a bright spot of Sony's E3 press conference, largely because it was so unexpected. It broke through the monotony of sequel and remake reveals, and it was surprising to see a new IP from Guerrilla Games, a studio that's been ded...

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09:47
Senators Aim to Ground FBI's Warrantless Spy...


Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., on Wednesday introduced the Protecting Individuals From Mass Aerial Surveillance Act, which would require federal government agents to get a warrant before snooping from the sky. "Americans' privacy rights shouldn't stop at the treetops," Wyden said. The issue came to a head following the revelation earlier this month that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was using spy planes to engage in undercover surveillance activities across the United States.

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09:15
AT&T faces $100 million fine for quietly...

Look, it's no secret that if you've got a old-school unlimited data plan from AT&T, your data speeds get throttled from time to time. Alright, it might be a bit of a secret -- that's why the FCC has just announced that it plans to slap the massive te...

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09:12
Apple Maps vehicles spotted surveying England with...

Apple is stepping up its effort to provide street-view access in its Apple Maps, deploying a fleet of vehicles in the UK to collect street-level mapping data. As expected, Mercedes-Benz vans sporting an Apple Maps logo have been spotted just north on London in Solihull, England, reports MacRumors.

Apple will continue its mapping efforts in the US and UK, with New Orleans, Louisiana now added to list of cities to be mapped. You can visit Apple's Map vehicles webpage for detailed information on where the company will be collecting information in the coming month.

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09:11
Intel buys Recon, makers of the 'Google Glass...

Recon Instruments is famous for two things: building the technology behind Oakley's Airwave and the Recon Jet head-worn fitness wearable. The company has had a close relationship with Intel ever since the chip firm's venture-capital arm threw cash at...

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09:07
'Premium feel' will be focus of Apple...

With Apple design chief Jony Ive and retail leader Angela Ahrendts apparently collaborating on a new direction for the company's retail stores, a new report claims that a focus on a "premium feel" to the stores and product packaging will begin next month.

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09:00
Dear Veronica: Should you hold off on solar, pre-...

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08:52
The increasing scarcity of Helium

Priceonomics:

As helium supplies start to dwindle, the prices have already started to rise, and party balloons are taking a back-seat to the more serious applications. A hundred years down the line, a party balloon might be about as precious as a gold ring.

Despite the fact that science has known about the impending helium scarcity for decades, it’s only made the news in the past five years. Why that is has a lot to do with helium’s complicated political history in the United States.

What a fascinating story about an element most of us give no thought to unless we are sucking it in to make funny voices.

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08:46
Research team finds major zero-day security flaws in...

Well, this is a bit awkward.

A group of researchers from Indiana University and the Georgia Institute of Technology have stated that security holes in both iOS and OS X allow a malicious app to steal passwords from Apple’s Keychain, as well as both Apple and third-party apps.

The claims appear to have been confirmed by Apple, Google and others.

The published report offered the following:

We completely cracked the keychain service – used to store passwords and other credentials for different Apple apps – and sandbox containers on OS X, and also identified new weaknesses within the inter-app communication mechanisms on OS X and...

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08:45
'Pro Evolution Soccer 2016' is actually...

I grew up with Winning Eleven, the franchise that Konami morphed into what we now know as Pro Evolution Soccer in North America. These days, I find myself playing EA Sports' FIFA, a choice I suspect is echoed by millions of football fans worldwide. D...

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08:38
Comcast flagged as new leading contender to buy out...

Deutsche Telekom now considers Comcast the leading candidate for a sale of T-Mobile U.S., reports said on Wednesday, potentially signalling a major shift in the American media landscape that could impact Apple.

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08:37
iOS and OS X vulnerablities allow malicious apps to...

Six University security researchers from Indiana University, Georgia Tech and Peking University detailed several zero-day flaws in iOS and OS X that allow malicious attackers to bypass Apple security measures and gain access to sensitive information stored in other apps. The sandboxed malicious apps can steal data such as iCloud keychain passwords, Google Chrome web passwords and more without detection, reports The Register.

"Recently we discovered a set of surprising security vulnerabilities in Apple's Mac OS and iOS that allows a malicious app to gain unauthorised access to other apps' sensitive data such as passwords and tokens for iCloud, Mail app and all web passwords stored by Google Chrome," Xing told The Register's security desk.

"Our malicious apps successfully went through Apple’s vetting process and was published on Apple’s Mac App Store and iOS...

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08:23
Apple begins in-store Apple Watch reservations ahead...

The rumored Apple Watch reservations system at assorted Apple Store locations in the United States has come to fruition.

And you get a snazzy bag with your Apple Watch.

Reservations will open at 8 a.m. local time every day, and can be found by picking a model online and then clicking a “check reservation availability” link. Supplies of the Watch may still be very limited, as even some popular models — such as the 42mm space gray Sport — are unavailable at many locations.

Apple has stated that due to demand, selected models could be sold out before a reservation has been confirmed. Once at a store, a clerk will answer questions and offer a try-on session...

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08:20
See the ISS like never before in these 4K videos

We're sure a time will come when watching something in 4K won't seem special. Now isn't that time. Astronaut Terry W. Virts is tweeting links to videos shot in Ultra HD during his time on the International Space Station, and predictably it's mesmeriz...

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08:00
Dropbox File Requests makes getting files from...

If you've ever tried to collect files from multiple people you know it can be a train wreck of emails with random subject lines and links to various online storage. Dropbox announced a simpler way to aggregate files from multiple people called File R...

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07:52
California labor commission rules Uber drivers are...

The California labor commission has ruled that an Uber driver qualifies as an employee, not a contractor, of the company. As a result Uber will have to reimburse a driver for expenses accumulated in the line of duty. That includes $256 in tolls and t...

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07:40
British indie labels object to Apple Music's...

Independent music labels in the UK are reportedly loath to agree to Apple's demand that they receive no royalties for songs played during Apple Music's three-month free trial period, a sticking point that could leave the new streaming service missing some major artists at launch.

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07:31
Researchers Find Major Keychain Vulnerability in iOS...

An anonymous reader notes a report from El Reg on a major cross-app resource vulnerability in iOS and Mac OS X. Researchers say it's possible to break app sandboxes, bypass App Store security checks, and crack the Apple keychain. The researchers wrote, "specifically, we found that the inter-app interaction services, including the keychain and WebSocket on OS X and URL Scheme on OS X and iOS, can all be exploited by [malware] to steal such confidential information as the passwords for iCloud, email and bank, and the secret token of Evernote. Further, the design of the App sandbox on OS X was found to be vulnerable, exposing an app’s private directory to the sandboxed malware that hijacks its Apple Bundle ID. As a result, sensitive user data, like the notes and user contacts under Evernote and photos under WeChat, have all been disclosed. Fundamentally, these problems are caused by the lack of app-to-app and app-to-OS authentications." Their full academic paper (PDF) is available...

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06:41
Serious iOS, OS X flaws lead to password theft in...

Three serious vulnerabilities in cross-app resource sharing protocols on Apple's desktop and mobile platforms have been discovered and used successfully to steal data --?like passwords and secret authentication keys --?including one that lays Keychain open to attackers.

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06:27
Apple opens up US Watch retail reservations,...

Apple on Wednesday morning opened up Apple Watch reservations in the United States, allowing shoppers to pick up an order at a time and Apple Store of their choosing, handed over in a specially-made bag.

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06:06
Glimpses builds photo slideshows, but leaves me flat

Glimpses ($9.99) from Eternal Storms Software lets you make photos slideshows, or "still motion videos," to share with family and friends. Simply add a few images, pop in a soundtrack, export and you're good to go.

I spent a few days with Glimpses and, while I can say it does in fact work, it left me uninspired. Don't get me wrong, there are some very nice features here. You can make an attractive slideshow with a lightweight, inexpensive app that's a breeze to learn. However, there are also some areas that could use work. What's good about Glimpses is very good; what's confusing is just that. Let's gets started and take a look.

Looks

Glimpses has a...

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05:15
Rumor: 'iPhone 6s' to be stronger with...

Apple's next-generation iPhone will take a few design cues from the Apple Watch, not only gaining the new Force Touch input method, but also utilizing the company's custom Series 7000 aluminum for a casing that will be up to 60 percent harder than the iPhone 6.

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04:40
Apple De-Certifies Monster Cables After Lawsuit...

An anonymous reader writes: Since 2005, Monster cables have been licensed under Apple's "Made For iDevice" program, which lets cable manufacturers put a logo on their product signifying they work with Apple products. Now, Apple has revoked that certification. In January of this year, Monster sued Beats, accusing its founders of fraud. Beats was acquired by Apple in 2014, and Monster is accusing Apple of bullying them by terminating the licensing deal. Monster's general counsel said the move would "significantly disrupt Monster's business and that the two companies had worked well for years, with Monster paying Apple more than $12 million in licensing fees since 2008."


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03:55
Fallout Shelter stays true to Fallout's spirit...

In the wake of Bethesda’s Fallout 4 announcement at E3 2015 on Sunday, the developer surprised fans by releasing its very first iOS game: Fallout Shelter. Even more exciting was that it launched the same day as the announcement—players could download and start grinding away at this resource management game right away, while waiting for Fallout 4 to launch this upcoming November.

In Fallout Shelter, you play as an Observer, controlling a virtual ant farm or “vault” that contains a growing number of dwellers. Your dwellers all resemble Fallout’s iconic mascot “Vault Boy,” and have similarly 1950s-esque boundless enthusiasm for their tasks… despite living in a post-apocalyptic bunker. Premise aside, Fallout Shelter gives us a very different take on the...

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Tuesday June 16

17:57
Apple Watch models now available for in-store pickup...

As of Wednesday local time, Apple Stores in Australia are stocking Apple Watch models for in-store sales, portending a start to brick-and-mortar retail sales at outlets around the world.

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17:13
Apple Watch Reserve & Pickup system now rolling...

Apple this evening has launched a new Reserve & Pickup system for Apple Watch customers in the UK, Australia, and other countries as they change to June 17th. Earlier today it was reported that Apple Watch would soon be available in retail stores and this development is a step towards that for customers. Apple’s webpage for Reserve & Pickup says that Apple Watch models are available by reservation in retail stores, although availability will still be sparse and limited to select variants of Apple Watch.

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16:20
Linbit Launches New Synchronous Server Storage...


Linbit on Tuesday announced the release of DRBD9, its new distributed replicated block device product. DRBD9 provides enterprise Linux users with synchronous server storage replication including support for native remote direct memory access, or RDMA, and OpenStack integration. Linbit developed the software to give end-users, OEMs and independent software developers a tool for building redundant, highly scalable and flexible storage architectures. Linbit's DRBD9 solution expands the core functionality of DRBD.

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15:00
Today in the App Store, featuring Air Sketch and...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today’s notable apps include a discount on Air Sketch; the new Spare Lens - Photo & Video Editor; and a notable update to Flipboard! All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Twin Moons HD (Full) [$6.99 → Free] Reveal shocking secrets from the past and save the future in this thrilling hidden object adventure!

Twin Moons (Full) [$4.99 → Free] Reveal shocking secrets from the past and save the future in this thrilling hidden object adventure!

Drop The Chicken 2 [$1.99 → Free]...

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14:50
DuckDuckGo has grown 600% since Apple made it a...

Speaking in an interview with CNBC, DuckDuckGo CEO Gabe Weinberg said that the company’s traffic has grown 600 percent over the past two years. A variety of factors likely played a role in this explosion of growth, but it is mainly attributable to the NSA’s surveillance program, which was revealed two years ago, and Apple adding it as a default search option with iOS 8 and Safari 7.1 on the Mac.

With iOS 8, Apple added the option for users to choose...

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14:43
Uber delivery service fails to get Apple, Starbucks...

The demand economy has spawned an Uber for everything. Now Uber wants you to just simply UberEverything.

Uber, the world’s most valuable startup, wants to deliver your new iPhone or a much-needed caffeine fix. But its plan to become an on-demand, same-day delivery service has stalled after logistical nightmares scared off potential big partners, including both Apple and Starbucks.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Uber has been facing major roadblocks as it hopes to expand beyond ride-sharing and into using its urban fleet of vehicles for same-day delivery. The company is working toward creating a so-called “urban logistics fabric,” or UberEverything, where drivers can deliver food, groceries and other items across town when demand for passenger pickups is low.

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14:41
Square Enix is bringing Final Fantasy VII to iOS...

As the main headline events wrap up at this year’s E3, Square Enix dropped more information on its plans for the beloved Final Fantasy series. After a very impressive reveal for the Final Fantasy VII remake on consoles and PC at the Sony event last night, Square executive producer Shinji Hashimoto took to the stage today to announce that FF7 is coming to iOS devices this Summer.

To be clear, this isn’t a mobile version of the new remake, but rather a port of the now iconic original PlayStation release. Square Enix already has a wide selection of mobile titles available in the App Store including Final Fantasy 1 through 6.

No exact release date or pricing details have been given...

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13:58
Apple expands roles for remaining Campus 2...

Following Apple's decision to jettison general contractors DPR and Skanska from Campus 2 construction, two of the other construction firms on the project have stepped in to fill the gap, a report said on Tuesday.

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12:51
Apple strips MFi licensing from Monster following...

Years before Apple bought Beats Electronics, the Beats by Dr. Dre-branded headphones were produced in part by audio and video equipment maker Monster. After Beats decided to let its contract with Monster expire in 2012, however, the cable maker saw Apple’s $3 billion purchase of the company as reason to sue. Now Monster claims, after filing its lawsuit in January, that Apple is pushing it out of the MFi program that allows manufacturers to advertise compatibility with and use the iPhone maker’s licensed technology when producing and selling accessories…

Monster tells ...

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12:50
Apple removes cable maker Monster from MFi program...

Electronics maker Monster is no longer allowed to manufacture licensed "Made for iPhone" accessories and must stop selling its current stock by October, having been booted from Apple's certification program following a January lawsuit against Apple subsidiary Beats.

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12:45
Daily Deals for June 16, 2015, featuring Dad &...

It’s time to save some of your hard-earned money with our Daily Deals, featuring highlighted deals for AWT readers, hardware discounts and our own handpicked iOS and OS X sales. All prices are USD and subject to change. Please check prices before you purchase as some deals may expire quickly.

AWT Featured App

Billings Pro [Starting at $5 per user/month] Make invoicing painless with Billings Pro. Now with Apple Watch support.

Hardware and Accessory Deals

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12:39
Apple wins two patents on feedstock, molding for...

Apple has won two new U.S. patents through its ties with exclusive materials partner Liquidmetal, addressing ways of manufacturing amorphous alloys including hollowed-out shapes.

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12:38
LeapFrog's new Imagicard games and LeapPad...

If our house was burning down, my three-year-old would want to save his plush rabbit pal Deedee, our iPad mini 2, and as many Paw Patrol toys as he could carry. He loves playing games and watching videos on our tablet, and the toys obviously come in handy when he’s hit his screen time limit, but what he really loves are toys like Osmo, that let him use real-world objects and an iPad app at the same time.

LeapFrog is combining a physical play experience with a digital app, offering three new Imagicard games for kids ages 3 to 8. Kids can use the cards to play a game on one of LeapFrog’s LeapPad tablets, using the tablet’s camera to “capture” the card in the game for an augmented reality experience. But if screen time is over (hey, that tablet’s got to recharge at some point...

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12:30
The Week in Mac Apps: Diapositive brings Instagram...

...plus friendlier clocks, easy surveillance, storage, and more!

This week’s roundup of Mac apps brings you a friendly clock app, software that keeps an eye on your Mac while you’re away, and a way to ensure that your data has a chance to leave your hard drive before your hard drive leaves you.

Diapositive 1.0

Can’t get enough of Instagram? MenuBar Labs’s $5 Diapositive - Instagram Client (Mac App Store Link) puts your feed right on your Mac’s desktop.

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12:08
San Jose to Dabble With Smart City Tech


The city of San Jose, California, recently decided to undertake an Internet of Things pilot project. Under a deal finalized last month, anyCOMM, will deploy WiFi sensors on 166 streetlights in the city center and around Mineta San Jose International Airport. The sensors will collect data on traffic, sense movement on the streets, turn off streetlights when sidewalks and roads are empty, detect ground shifts and send earthquake warnings, and act as WiFi hotspots.

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11:41
∞ Apple Watch: My most personal review ever

I have been reporting on Apple for more than 20 years now, and in all that time no product has had such an impact on my life as this little piece of hardware and software. I don’t say that for dramatic effect, it has had a profound effect on the way I live. As you will read later, this is the most personal review I have ever written. [...]

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11:30
Gain knowledge for free: FileMaker Training Series...

Knowledge is a great thing; becoming an expert about an application or supporting hardware has launched many a successful career. What's even better than knowledge? Gaining it for free, save for the effort expended in obtaining it. FileMaker has announced the free availability of the FileMaker Training Series: Basics for FileMaker 14 online and on the iBooks Store

FTS Basics focuses on the skills that beginners need to create solutions that run on iPad, iPhone, Mac, Windows and the web. The 19-part training series is available as a set of PDF files covering everything (software not included) you'll need to hone those FileMaker skills:

  1. FileMaker Platform Overview
  2. Using Starter Solutions
  3. Viewing and Working with Data
  4. Finding and...
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10:58
LensProToGo’s stolen gear serial numbers

LensProToGo:

As many of you may have heard, LensProToGo suffered a break-in at our Concord, MA location over the weekend of June 13-14 totaling just shy of $600,000 worth of gear stolen. We’ve taken a full inventory and this is the list of items that was taken. While this list is quite large, it does represent only a portion of our inventory, so we’re still able to handle customer orders with virtually no effect.

Please take a look at this list and be wary of any used camera items for sale in the coming months. Always ask to see serial numbers before purchasing.

The nice folks at LensProToGo (who I’ve rented from often) need your help. As with any purchase, always check the serial numbers and, if you are a photographer, be on the look out for “special deals” on eBay, Craigslist and other places on lenses. As you can see by the list, LensProToGo got ripped for a lot of lenses that will soon start showing up for sale.

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10:37
Twitter is adding autoplay to GIFs, Vines, and...

Twitter is turning on automatic playback for certain types of media in your timeline through an update to its iOS app and its website, the social network announced.

Starting today, users will notice that native videos, GIFs, and Vines all autoplay directly in the timeline when browsing Twitter without the need to tap or click to initiate playback. Sound playback for native videos and Vines will still require tapping or clicking to play to avoid hijacking the experience. Users can also initiate full playback by rotating the iPhone to landscape mode when viewing an autoplay video.

Not everyone is a fan of autoplaying media, of course, so Twitter says it will provide users with an option to disable the new...

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10:25
Overseas Apple Watch shipping times improve as...

Apple Watch buyers outside the U.S. can now get their hands on one of the company's new wearable even faster than before, with the more diminutive 38-millimeter model shipping in as little as one day in a number of international markets.

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10:04
Police search for 3 men in death of 18-year-old...

CBC:

Cook had left his smartphone in a taxi and traced it electronically to an address on Highbury Avenue.

When he and a relative went to the address, he was confronted by three men in a car, London police Const. Ken Steeves told CBC News.

After a discussion about the phone, the men started to drive away and Cook dove onto the hood of the car. He was shot soon afterward.

We hear “heartwarming” stories of people tracking down their iPhones, confronting the bad guys, and getting them back all the time. Here’s the flip side. Please don’t do this. I promise your phone isn’t worth your life. Contact your local police if you’ve lost your phone and can track it to a specific location.

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09:57
Apple adds UBS, 29 other financial institutions to...

Apple on Tuesday added another 30 institutions to the list offering credit and debit cards with support for Apple Pay, the most prominent being the U.S. branch of UBS, a Swiss banking and investment firm primarily serving rich and institutional clients.

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09:43
Auto-playing videos come for your Twitter feed

Twitter wants you to watch more videos, so it’s going to helpfully auto-play them for you in its iOS app and on desktop.

“Your thumbs deserve a break,” the company tweeted Tuesday morning, because it just eliminated that extra tap needed to play GIFs, Vines, and in-line videos. Now instead of seeing a thumbnail with a play button, videos will just play on their own—muted at first, but with sound when you tap on it. If you’re watching a video in Twitter’s iOS app, turning your phone to landscape mode will make the video full-screen.

Adam Bain, Twitter’s head of revenue and partnerships, tweeted out some stats to support the move: People are 2.5 times more likely to prefer auto-play videos to “other methods,” and will “complete” viewing of a promoted video seven times more often if it autoplays.

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09:18
Apple Stores to begin selling select Apple Watches...

Some Apple Watch models shipping as soon as 1-3 days ahead of Apple Store availability

Apple said at the beginning of the month that it would fulfill all May Apple Watch orders with the exception of Space Black Link Bracelets by the middle of the month, then begin selling some models in retail stores for the first time. We’re hearing now that some Apple Retail Stores are preparing to begin limited in-store sales as soon as this week ahead of the Apple Watch’s expansion into seven more countries next Friday, and there will be a small perk for those who’ve waited…Apple Retail Stores appear to be preparing to carry mostly Apple Watch Sport models and in limited quantities to start, according to multiple sources. Many ...

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09:03
Should Edward Snowden Trust Apple To Do the Right...

Nicola Hahn writes: As American lawmakers run a victory lap after passing the USA Freedom Act of 2015, Edward Snowden has published an op-ed piece which congratulates Washington on its "historic" reform. He also identifies Apple Inc. as a champion of user privacy. Snowden states: "Basic technical safeguards such as encryption — once considered esoteric and unnecessary — are now enabled by default in the products of pioneering companies like Apple, ensuring that even if your phone is stolen, your private life remains private."
This sort of talking point encourages the perception that Apple has sided with users in the battle against mass surveillance. But there are those who question Snowden's public endorsement of high-tech monoliths. Given their behavior in the past is it wise to assume that corporate interests have turned over a new leaf and won't secretly collaborate with government spies?

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08:59
Bethesda Dazzles in E3 Debut


With a sackful of news about additions to its library and an expansion of its lore, Bethesda Softworks held its first-ever showcase on Sunday, as the Electronic Entertainment Expo gathered heat for its official kickoff on Tuesday. Jolly staffers dished news and trailers for the next entries in some Bethesda's most successful franchises, as well as a pair of spinoffs, and a new intellectual property that will compete for a slice of the multiplayer shooter pie.

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08:35
∞ Metallica performs the Star Spangled Banner at...

Some people are comparing this to the Hendrix Woodstock version. To me, not even close. But still, great job, amazing sound.

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08:31
Apple Watch crushed between neodymium magnets, keeps...

You probably shouldn’t do this.

Especially not with a US$10,000 Apple Watch Edition, which is insanely expensive.

And made of gold.

The guys at TechRax (the same gents who brought you a video demonstrating what happens if you shoot an iPhone 6 with a handgun) have posted a video demonstrating what happens when an Apple Watch Edition is crushed between two neodymium magnets and 650 pounds of force in the process.

It’s an impressive video and the Apple Watch Edition actually holds up pretty well, the outer screen shattering and the gold taking some scratches. Despite the damage, it still manages to charge after being crushed, making it...

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08:08
Apple Music signups begin appearing in iOS 8.4 beta...

Users of the latest iOS 8.4 public beta are encountering a signup prompt for Apple Music a full two weeks before the service is scheduled to go live, according to tips received by AppleInsider.

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08:05
iOS 9 beta code references suggest larger 2,732 x 2,...

This could point the way towards something pretty cool.

Reference code buried in the iOS 9 developer beta suggests Apple’s 12.9-inch “iPad Pro” is poised to use a high-resolution 2,732-by-2,048-pixel display, with a pixel density of about 263 pixels per inch.

The code is tied to the new keyboard size discovered in iOS 9 earlier on Monday, and was highlighted by developers Hiraku Wang and Steve Troughton-Smith. Although the actual code refers to a resolution of 1,366 by 1,024 pixels, Retina scaling implies a real hardware resolution of 2,732 by 2,048 pixels.

The pixel density is effectively identical to that of the iPad Air 2, which has a 2,...

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08:00
Adobe updates most everything in Creative Cloud,...

This is a big deal for Creative Cloud users.

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07:51
J. J. Abrams: He was The Beatles to me

Great appreciation piece on Medium.

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07:50
I do not agree to your terms

Mike Ash writes a widely read development blog, which he makes available as an RSS feed. Mike got an email from Apple letting him know that they planned to include his feed in their iOS 9 News initiative. Nice to be noticed, right?

Read on.

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07:15
Apple to iOS devs: IPv6-only cell service is coming...

On the first day of its World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC), Apple presents its keynote, where it mostly unveils its consumer-facing plans. Later, when the pundits are taking their first jab at explaining what it all means, there's the Platforms State of the Union session. At 35 minutes in, Sebastien Marineau, Apple’s VP of Core OS, dropped the following bomb: "Because IPv6 support is so critical to ensuring your applications work across the world for every customer, we are making it an App Store submission requirement, starting with iOS 9."

However, on the last day of WWDC, there was a session that put the above statement in a somewhat different light. We'll get back to that because, in the mean time, I spent a larger part of the week than I'd like to admit testing whether various applications work over IPv6.

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06:57
Apple adds new videos to "Shot on iPhone 6...

Apple has posted more inspiration to its "Shot on iPhone 6" gallery in the form of four videos shot with the handheld device. The latest examples come from customers in the Netherlands, Australia, the United States, and Norway, and feature gorgeous footage and iPhone features like slo-mo and time lapse.

Videos like these make me want to grab my iPhone and make something beautiful. But that's the point, isn't it?

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06:47
Apple Will Pay More To Streaming Music Producers...

Reader journovampire supplies a link to Music Business Worldwide (based on a re/code report) that says Apple's new Apple Music service, after a trial period during which the company has refused to pay royalties, is expected to pay a bit more than 70 percent of its subscription revenue out to the companies supplying it, rather than the 58 percent that some in the music industry had feared. Notes journovampire: "If 13% of iOS device users in the world paid $9.99-per-month for Apple Music, it would generate more cash each year than the entire recorded music biz manages right now."


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06:37
∞ Oh Trevor

More original thinking, this time from a Samsung fan.

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05:00
Farewell Instacast

Vemedio, developer of the popular Instacast podcasting client, is closing up shop. Josh Centers recommends a few alternatives.

 

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An outpouring of love for the playful, personality-...

At the heart of each Think Retro column I’ve written so far has been some thing: A practical guide, a lesson from history, a celebration of design, say. At the heart of this one is heart. This week’s column is nothing more nor less than an outpouring of love for one of the sweetest, most exquisite little computers of all time: The Macintosh Classic. 

I know that for many the powerful and flexible Macintosh SE/30 is the pinnacle of these early compact Macs, and yes, the thick chamfers and endearingly chunky styling of the original Macintosh and its siblings have charisma far beyond mere nostalgia, but for me the Classic’s purity of line is truly special. It is, in fact, classic Apple. Everything extraneous is stripped away—within engineering constraints—leaving you with just the essence of the computer. And that’s not to say it’s bland and anodyne. No, the Classic retains its playfulness and personality—that’s part of the essence that is being exposed,...

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03:02
Apple Watch Time Travel vs. Pebble Time: Just how...

Pebble couldn’t have been pleased with the smartwatch portion of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote last week.

Apple seemed to have taken a page straight out of Pebble’s playbook with an Apple Watch feature called Time Travel. Coming this fall in watchOS 2, Time Travel will let users scroll the Watch’s Digital Crown to view information from the past or future, straight from their main watch face. A forward scroll, for instance, could show tomorrow’s weather forecast, and a backwards scroll could reveal the score of last night’s game.

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02:29
Adobe updates Creative Cloud with a sync service,...

With each passing year, the line between mobile and desktop continues to blur. No longer limited to content consumption alone, smartphones and tablets have become powerful tools capable of liberating artists and designers from having to create their best work while chained to a computer.

Adobe’s Creative Cloud pulls these disparate worlds closer together, with a major update announced Tuesday to bring faster performance and new tools across more platforms than ever.

Between two worlds

Anyone who’s started reading a Kindle ebook on one device and picked up right where they left off on another is familiar with Whispersync, the technology Amazon uses to silently sync metadata in the background. Adobe has implemented their own version dubbed CreativeSync, which can be used to start a design or illustration on mobile and finish up on the desktop (or vice versa).

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02:00
Apple's Siri, Spotlight extend Google-like...

The biggest announcement at WWDC--with the most relevance to developers and end users--appears to be new Apple's Siri and Spotlight search services that deliver results including deep links within apps. Here's why.

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01:00
Ultimate Ears Roll is a tough, wearable speaker that...

 

Over the weekend I got my hands on the new Ultimate Ears Roll Bluetooth speaker –a durable and waterproof frisbee of a device that pumps the beats like its UE Mini Boom cousin.

First up: It sounds really good with significant bass emerging from that thin profile.. Not quite as good as $200+ portable speakers like the Bose Soundlink Mini or even the full-sized UE MegaBoom but plenty good to fill up a room or for a few people to rock out with some background music on the beach for a volleyball game. If you...

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01:00
UE's Roll is a resilient flying saucer of sound

Ultimate Ears just tied up the last loose end in its product line today, replacing its aging Mini Boom speaker with the UE Roll. Instead of a rounded rectangle with mono-directional sound, this new model takes the form of a flying saucer, with a simi...

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00:00
Sony E3 2015: From 'Horizon: Zero Dawn' to...

Sony has surprised audiences at its E3 event by revealing a full-blown Final Fantasy VII remake, the new Call of Duty and The Last Guardian gameplay. It has also announced a seriously lengthy list of games other than those three, including a title fo...

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Monday June 15

17:39
Apple posts entire WWDC 2015 keynote to YouTube

After hosting this year's Worldwide Developers Conference keynote on its own website for one week, Apple on Monday made a video of the event available to a wider audience by posting a full-length version to its official YouTube channel.

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17:00
Daily Deals for June 15, 2015, featuring Billings Pro

It’s time to save some of your hard-earned money with our Daily Deals, featuring highlighted deals for AWT readers, hardware discounts and our own handpicked iOS and OS X sales. All prices are USD and subject to change. Please check prices before you purchase as some deals may expire quickly.

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16:52
antiX Linux Doesn't Fool Around


The antiX distro is both something old and something new. It is a handy and innovative approach to keeping aging computers fast and active. It is also an energy infuser for new computers. I started playing around with antiX when looking for something different to keep some older computers out of the trash heap. antiX is a fast, lightweight distro that is easy to install. It is based on Debian Testing for Intel-AMD x86 compatible systems. It uses Flushbox and IceWN for the desktop environment.

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16:06
Apple Music won't pay record labels for 3-month...

Now we know why those negotiations between Apple and the record labels went until the 11th hour before Apple Music’s big unveiling at WWDC last week.

According to Re/code, Apple has negotiated not to pay record labels for streaming their catalogs during the three-month free trial Apple Music is offering all new customers. After the three months, an Apple Music subscription will cost $10 a month, and record labels will receive about 71.5 percent of the U.S. revenue. Outside the U.S., Apple Music will pay out a slightly higher figure: 73 percent, although that’s likely to fluctuate.

To read...

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16:00
Today in the App Store, featuring Fallout Shelter...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today’s notable apps include a discount on Anodia: Unique Brick Breaker; the new Fallout Shelter game from Bethesda; and an update to Fantastical that brings Apple Watch support! All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

  • Crazy Hedgy - Beat ’em up 3D Platformer: $2.99 → Free: CYBERTIME presents the world's first Beat 'em up 3D Platformer.

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    15:51
    Apple posts four new 'Shot on iPhone 6'...

    Continuing its camera-focused iPhone 6 ad campaign, Apple added four new user films to the "Shot on iPhone 6" webpage on Monday, highlighting the handset's ability to capture stunning high contrast images.

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    15:09
    ExtraBITS for 15 June 2015

    In ExtraBITS this week, Daring Fireball’s John Gruber talks to Apple’s Phil Schiller, while Mashable’s Christina Warren talks to Apple CEO Tim Cook. We revisit After Dark’s flying toasters, warn you of a scary iOS security vulnerability, and alert you to this year’s Apple Design Award winners.

     

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    14:57
    SummerFest 2015 Sale on Artisanal Software

    A group of small software companies have banded together to offer their writing-focused apps at 25 percent off in a SummerFest 2015 sale, and we’ve included our Take Control books in the sale.

     

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    13:33
    HelloTalk: Learn a new language on your iPhone [...

    Finally, learning and practicing a new language is easier and more intuitive than ever before. Introducing HelloTalk, the language app where your teachers are native language speakers from around the world. You just pick the language you want to learn—there are over 100 from which to select—and almost instantaneously you’ll be in touch with native speakers of that language … and you’ll start learning and practicing immediately.

    HelloTalk isn’t a course you strictly follow; rather, you learn and practice at your pace and in the manner that best meets the way you learn. Practice foreign languages with people around the world. Simultaneously speak and type the language you’re learning. Record your voice before speaking to your HelloTalk friends and compare your recording to standard pronunciations. Change your friends’ audio messages to text for better understanding, and receive help to improve your grammar. Easily translate whenever you don’t understand, and so much more....

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    13:30
    You Should Play: Lost Within will scare the pants...

    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.

    When I first scrolled past Lost Within on the App Store, my reaction was something along the lines of: Oh, look…another survival horror game set in an abandoned insane asylum. (But I downloaded it anyway, despite the $7 price tag, because I not-so-secretly love survival horror games set in abandoned insane asylums.)

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    13:18
    Did Twitter lose the plot?

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    The folksy roots, the founder breakups, the dysfunction — all those things made Twitter a very human and a much beloved service. It was a service everyone (especially those in the media) wanted to love — and yet it is 2015 and the narrative around the company has become negative and toxic. The more I read all these things about the company, the more I wonder — how did Twitter lose the plot, the narrative. Till not too long ago, the press was generally very kind to the company.

    It’s very true, there’s been very little positive out of Twitter in a while.

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