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Wednesday April 20

14:37
Apple pushes Q2 2016 earnings call livestream to...

[UPDATE: Apple has now said that its reasoning for delaying the earnings call is because of the memorial service for former board member and tech icon Bill Campbell, who passed away this week.]

MORE: Apple says reason for delaying earnings report by one day to April 26 is due to memorial service for tech icon Bill Campbell.

— CNBC Now (@CNBCnow) April 20, 2016

Apple today has updated its investor relations page to reflect that its second quarter earnings call will now take place on Tuesday, April 26th. Previously, the company had said that it would hold the call on Monday, April 25th.

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14:29
Apple reschedules Q2 2016 earnings conference call...

In an update to its website on Wednesday, Apple quietly pushed back its quarterly earnings conference call for the second quarter of 2016 by one day to Tuesday, April 26.

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14:25
Initial tests point to 15% faster CPU performance,...

Apple’s next-gen 12-inch retina MacBook is out the door and the numbers have been run on it.

Over at Geekbench, Christina Warren noted that that 1.2 GHz configuration runs around 15 to 18 percent faster CPU performance compared to last year’s equivalent model. The notebook earned a single-core score of 2,894 and a multi-core score of 5,845, versus 2,437 single-core and 5,049 multi-core scores for the previous generation 1.2GHz model.

Also of note are early BlackMagic disk speed tests, which have seen write speeds that are up to 80 or 90 percent faster than the write speeds in the previous-generation MacBook. Read speeds are also improved.

Unfortunately, some elements have remained static. A 480p FaceTime camera has met with some...

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13:32
Sony revamps Crackle iOS app with AirPlay &...

Sony on Wednesday updated its Crackle video streaming app for iOS with many new features, including AirPlay and Apple Watch support, while Facebook began rolling out group voice calls for Messenger.

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13:23
Behind the scenes at Coachella

Each April thousands of music fans flock to the Southern California desert for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. Now in its 17th year, the event has expanded to eight booming stages and tents where musicians perform. We visited on the first of the event’s two weekends—the second weekend kicks off on Friday—for a look at the personal effects and habits of musicians and others helping to make the festival happen.

This was a fun article by Leah Latella at WSJ. Lots of pics too.

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13:17
Khoi Vinh on the Apple Pencil

I’m still having a lot of fun with Apple Pencil and Adobe Illustrator Draw (see what I made with them last week). Here’s a new drawing, of a young Elvis Costello. I’m not sure if I got the likeness really right, as portraits are not really my thing. But I do know I had a lot of fun doing it.

Khoi is a talented guy and I have a lot of respect for him.

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13:11
Apple: Inspiration for Teachers

Tips, lesson materials, stories, and other resources to help you get the most out of your Apple products and bring fresh ideas to your classroom.

I love the sites Apple puts together for education. It’s so important to help teachers integrate technology into the classroom.

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13:10
Almost Nothing About the 'Apple Harvests Gold...

Jason Koebler, reporting for Motherboard: You may have seen a viral headline floating around over the last few days: Apple recycled $40 million worth of gold last year, which was extracted from iPhones. Almost none of what was reported is true. [...] Here is the truth: Apple paid independent recyclers to recycle old electronics -- which were almost never Apple products, by the way -- because it's required by law to do so. Far from banking $40 million on the prospect, Apple likely ended up taking an overall monetary loss. This is not because Apple is a bad actor or is hiding anything, it's simply how the industry works. All electronics manufacturers that sell products in the United States are required to do e-waste recycling under laws enacted in 25 states. The laws are different in each state, but none of them require Apple to recycle Apple products. Instead, they usually require manufacturers to recycle a certain amount of pounds of e-waste, which is linked to either their market...

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12:45
Happy Hour Podcast 063 | New MacBooks, future iPhone...

In this episode, Benjamin and Jeff talk about the newly announced MacBooks, speculate on future MacBooks and iPhone redesigns, as well as the WWDC announcement and early expectations for Apple’s upcoming software announcements for iOS 10, OS X 10.12 (macOS?), watchOS and tvOS. The Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and through our dedicated RSS feed.

more…

Filed under: Happy Hour Tagged: Happy Hour, iOS, iOS 10, MacOs, OS X,...

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12:44
Poll: Should Apple give its other products the rose...

Yesterday Apple updated its 12-inch MacBook with some refreshed internal components and new a rose gold color. We already heard you loud and clear when we asked if Apple should bring new color options with the iPhone 7, but should it also give its other products and accessories the rose gold, gold, space gray treatment?

more…

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12:30
Rumor: Control of user data railroaded 'Project...

Apple was said to be involved in negotiations with automakers BMW and Daimler, but discussions fell apart because the parties couldn't agree on who would own and protect the data associated with a connected, self-driving car.

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12:23
Typinator 6.9 makes switching from TextExpander a...

For those of you thinking about making the switch, this may help. Typinator is a well regarded piece of software.

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11:44
Google's Inbox puts organizing skills to work...

Google named its new email app Inbox for a reason: the company wants it to be the hub for a lot more than just mail. 

That vision is expanding, as Google unveiled three new features that are coming to the Android, iOS, and web apps. The first organizes event details based on messages around the same topic. Inbox will then use those details to keep all the information about that upcoming outing up to date.

Official Gmail Blog

Inbox will now organize emails based on a shared event.

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11:30
Can Switzerland Become a Safe Haven For the World...

An anonymous reader shares an interesting article on Daily Dot which lists a number of reasons why Switzerland should be deemed as the nation for storing all of your data. The article reads: As United States and European Union regulators debate a sweeping new data-privacy agreement, Switzerland is presenting itself as a viable neutral location for storing the world's data thanks to strict privacy laws and ideal infrastructure. The Swiss constitution guarantees data privacy under Article 13. The country's laws protecting privacy are similar to those enacted by the E.U. Swiss data protections are also, in some cases, much stricter than those of the E.U., according to Nicola Benz, attorney at Swiss law firm Froriep. And since Switzerland is not part of the E.U., data stored there remains outside the reach of the union's authorities. [...] The country's tight privacy laws could make the small nation more attractive to privacy-focused start-ups. And it already has that momentum. After...

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11:29
Review: Qwerkywriter, the Bluetooth keyboard that...

I’m old enough to have started writing on a typewriter – albeit, as a kid. I couldn’t imagine going back to one now, but there is something rather lovely about the sound and rhythm of the keys. For creative writing, I actually use an app that creates simulated typewriter sounds, simply because I find that puts me in the right mindset.

So when I spotted the Qwerkywriter on Kickstarter ages ago, I always meant to check it out. A recent post on 9to5Toys reminded me about it. From photos, I loved the look. My questions were whether it would look as good in real-life as it does in the photos, whether it would turn out to be a novelty or a serious keyboard – and whether it could possibly justify that $349 price-tag?

So yesterday...

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11:21
News: Apple releases second developer betas for iOS...

Apple has released the second developer betas for iOS 9.3.2 and watchOS 2.2.1. As with the prior beta, the sparse release notes and minor version numbers suggest that the betas are primarily focused on bug fixes and performance improvements and do not likely include any new user-facing features. The new betas are available to registered developers from Apple’s Developer Site; those developers who installed the necessary beta configuration profiles…

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11:19
How-To: Create an Apple Music playlist preview widget

If you’re an Apple Music subscriber, Apple makes it easy to create an embeddable playlist preview widget via its Apple Music website. All it takes is the share URL from the playlist of your choice, and the widget generator does the rest of the heavy lifting.

The widget is limited to 30-second previews of all of the songs included in the selected playlist. At the bottom of the widget, you’ll find a link to Apple Music, where playlist listeners who aren’t yet subscribers can sign up for a free 3-month trial subscription. more…

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11:18
Europe charges Google over Android licensing...

The European Commission has alleged demands by Google on phone makers regarding its Android operating system are anti-competitive.

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11:15
The Week in Mac Apps: Map your photos with the new...

...plus, create your own crossword puzzles

This week’s roundup of new Mac apps shows off an updated version of HoudahGeo 5, a tool for geo-tagging your photos. Plus, apps for creating desktop backgrounds, crossword puzzles, and more.

Cookie 5 - More privacy, better browsing 5.0.4

If you’re looking to gain more control over your browser experience, SweetP Productions’s $8 Cookie 5 (Mac App Store Link) offers a solid solution to managing your privacy.

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10:51
Apple Watch Hermes now available from Apple &...

The special Hermes models of the Apple Watch can now be bought from Apple and Hermes stores in 17 more cities worldwide, on top of the original handful of locations, Apple announced via its website.

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10:50
Article: Filling the Gap: A look at third-party...

Apple’s rollout of HomeKit has been an interesting one — a behind-the-scenes framework introduced in iOS 8 that was mostly invisible until the first HomeKit accessories began to make it to the market, more than a year later. From the beginning, Apple provided no HomeKit app or user interface of its own beyond the most basic Settings options, instead relying on third-party developers — usually hardware makers — to fill the gap by providing…

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10:43
EU Levels Antitrust Charges Against Abusive Android


The European Commission on Wednesday charged that Google breached EU antitrust rules by seeking to maintain and expand the dominance of its Android operating system. "A competitive mobile Internet sector is increasingly important for consumers and businesses in Europe," said the EC's antitrust chief, Margrethe Vestager. "Based on our investigation thus far, we believe that Google's behavior denies consumers a wider choice of mobile apps and services and stands in the way of innovation by other players, in breach of EU antitrust rules."

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10:35
StorNext FX 5.2.2 clients Windows & Linux

Forums: General Xsan Talk

I'm thinking of purchasing one/two client for Windows and Linux to accompany a small Xsan 4.1. setup used for postproduction work.

Would the StorNext-Fx-4.7 license (link below) entitle you to the later versions? i.e. StorNext-Fx 5.2.2 so it's compatible with Xsan 4.1.

https://www.cdw.com/shop/products/Quantum-StorNext-FX-v.-4.7-or-later-li...

It seems a relatively simple question but I can't find the answer anywhere.

Thanks in advance

Damien

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10:15
AC/DC’s Brian Johnson releases statement

I feel so bad for Brian.

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10:09
Podcast 504: New MacBooks and WWDC 2016 dates

Sometimes new Apple products are announced with fanfare at a fancy event. Sometimes they just get a new processor and a press release. The first MacBook got an event, and on Tuesday Apple put out a press release about the second MacBook revision, with a processor bump, a new rose gold color, and an extra hour of battery life. Glenn and Susie are a bit underwhelmed by this underwhelming development, but Glenn’s still really enjoying the first-gen MacBook he’s used all year.

Elsewhere, Apple’s encryption tussle with the government has moved to New York, and Apple filed a briefing last week pointing out the weakness of the government’s appeal. And WWDC dates were announced: June 13 to 17 in San Francisco. A lottery is on now for tickets, and hotel rooms are already expensive, so our pro tip is to consider staying in beautiful downtown Oakland and riding BART to San Francisco instead. Can’t wait!

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10:07
Apple issues second beta of iOS 9.3.2, restores...

Members of Apple's registered developer program can now get their hands on a second pre-release beta of iOS 9.3.2, a forthcoming maintenance and security update for iPhone and iPad that also restores the ability to use Night Shift while in Low Power Mode. New betas of watchOS 2.2.1 and OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 are also available.

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10:05
Final Cut Pro X helps small company delight world’s...

When Trim Editing started creating music videos over a decade ago, just paying the rent was a huge accomplishment. Now, the small East London company is crafting award-winning visuals for big brands — like Audi, Nike, Adidas, and Guinness — propelled by the power of Final Cut Pro X. The video editing software’s comprehensive features allow Trim Editing to organize film and audio clips, pull together compelling projects, and make changes on the fly. “When I’m playing back an edit for a director, they’ll say, ‘Okay, let’s go and make those changes I talked about.’ I’ll say, ‘Oh, no, they’re already done,’ and we’ll jump back and watch it again. People can’t believe that I’ve magically done the change before we even finish playback,” says editor Thomas Grove Carter.

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09:57
Using Apple Watch to control Apple TV

I thought this was a great article. I’ll give this a try later today.

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09:46
Mac: WaterField Designs Atelier Folio

WaterField Designs has released the leather Atelier Folio ($109) to compliment the newly updated 12” MacBook. The simple cognac-colored sleeve is created from a single cow hide, lined with red Ultrasuede scratch-free microfiber and has an invisible magnet inside the leather fastener to hold the case shut. The slim sheath measures 12.25” by 8” and is designed to mold gradually to the shape of the MacBook, providing an even closer fit over time. The Atelier Folio is available for pre-order now with shipments set to begin on May 12.

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09:43
Apple, Google workers among top donors to Bernie...

Google and Apple are among the most common employers of people donating to the campaign of Bernie Sanders, who's vying against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections.

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09:25
External Link: Why Apple Stinks at Services

Analyst Ben Thompson takes a hard look at Apple’s organizational structure to explain why the company excels at hardware, but performs poorly with services. Using DuPont’s shaky pivot from gunpowder to paint, Thompson illustrates why it will take a major organizational shakeup for Apple to succeed in services. With its executives indicating that they believe services are important to the future of the company, Apple may have no other choice than to create an entirely new division with a corporate structure better suited for online services, while separately maintaining the existing structure that has been so successful with hardware.

 

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09:19
Apple to pay $24.9 million to settle Siri patent...

Apple has agreed to pay $24.9 million to a patent holding company to resolve a 5-year-old lawsuit accusing Siri of infringing one of its patents.

Apple will pay the money to Marathon Patent Group, the parent company of Texas firm Dynamic Advances, which held an exclusive license to a 2007 patent covering natural language user interfaces for enterprise databases. Marathon reported the settlement in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Tuesday.

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08:14
Apple adds more than 50 new banks and credit unions...

In addition to adding Apple Pay support to its sixth country, Singapore, recently, Apple added yet another crop of United States banks and credit unions that can add their credit and debit cards to Apple Pay.

The list goes as follows:

Access Federal Credit Union
Alcoa Tenn Federal Credit Union
Audubon Savings Bank
Bank of Stockton
Barrington Bank & Trust Company N.A.
Beverly Bank & Trust Company N.A.
Champlain National Bank
Community Trust Bank
Connected Credit Union

Country Club Bank
Crystal Lake Bank & Trust Company N.A.
Englewood Bank & Trust
Financial Horizons Credit Union
Financial Plus Credit Union
First & Farmers National Bank
First...

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08:04
News: Apple to pay $24.9 million to settle Siri...

Apple has agreed to pay $24.9 million to a Dallas company that claims Siri’s voice technology violates one of its patents, Albany Business Review reports. The years-long case alleged Siri was developed at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2007, four years before Apple introduced the voice assistant with the iPhone 4s. Dallas-based Dynamic Advances licensed the patent from Rensselaer and stands to gain $5 million from Apple after dropping its…

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07:52
Review: LG’s 34″ UltraWide curved monitor is great...

As someone who uses timeline-based apps such as Logic Pro X and Final Cut Pro X on a regular basis, horizontal display real estate is incredibly important to me. When it comes to editing video and audio, the bigger the monitor the better.

With the recent popularity of extra-wide 21:9 monitors, I’ve come to understand that width can make a major difference in managing timeline-based editing workflows as well. The extra horizontal real estate is also a nice option for watching movies shot with a 2.39:1 aspect ratio.

With this in mind, I’ve been looking forward to going hands-on with a 21:9 display. LG’s 34UC98 UltraWide IPS monitor is not only extremely wide at 3440 x 1440, but it’s curved as well. How does this new display fit...

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07:28
News: FBI found no relevant information on terrorist...

The FBI has told CNN that it found no useful information on San Bernardino terrorist Syed Rizwan Farook’s iPhone, but said the lack of information actually provided some answers. At issue was an 18-minute gap during which authorities couldn’t account for the actions of Farook and his wife. The iPhone hack eliminated the possibility that the couple used the phone to engage in communication with a third party, allowing the FBI to rule out…

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07:07
Apple hires former Tesla VP of Vehicle Engineering...

Porritt was a former Chief Engineer at Aston Martin, certainly a solid hire for Apple, not a “Tesla Graveyard” pick.

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07:01
Chatbots land on Skype's Mac client and web app

If you’ve been dying to try out Skype bots but don't have a Windows PC, Android, or iOS device to chat on, you’re finally in luck. Skype recently rolled out bot integration to the Mac client and the service’s beta web app.

There are only six bots to try out right now, which is to be expected since this is still a preview feature. Despite the small numbers, some of the automated services are fairly useful. Give Bing News some keywords such as “Presidential election” and you get three recent headlines for that topic.

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06:56
News: Web previews popping up for some Apple TV apps

Apple has started making preview pages for some Apple TV apps viewable in iTunes from a web browser, finally making it easier to share links to interesting apps with friends, or on social media. While iOS and Mac apps have been visible in iTunes web previews for years, this is a new development for tvOS — it should solve a big problem for developers trying to link to their apps from their own websites or social media pages. First spotted by Twitter…

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06:40
External Link: Apple Joins Tech Giants to Call Anti-...

Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Diane Feinstein (D-CA) have proposed a bill that would punish companies like Apple that refuse to comply with decryption orders. Now the Reform Government Surveillance Coalition, which includes Apple, Dropbox, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter, has published an open letter calling the proposed legislation “unworkable,” saying that it would “weaken the very defenses we need to protect us from people who want to cause economic and physical harm.” So far, there isn’t much cause for alarm, because the bill is only a draft; it’s still a long way from even reaching the Senate floor, much less becoming law. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) has vowed to filibuster the bill if it reaches the Senate floor.

 

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: iRig Mic Field: Audio & Video...

Today in iLounge Deals you can pick up the iRig Mic Field Audio & Video Recorder for only $74.99 — that’s 25% off the regular price. This handy mic lets you capture high-quality audio on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, with digital audio quality via the built-in Lightning connector and an integrated headphone port for immediate and real-time audio monitoring. You can rotate the microphone 90° for optimal audio pickup and the multicolour…

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05:54
Apple, others pen letter opposing the anti-...

The Reform Government Surveillance coalition — which includes Apple, Dropbox, Evernote, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, and Yahoo! — have written a letter to the two Senators behind the anti-encryption Burr-Feinstein bill explaining why it’s a very bad thing.

Among its many provisions, the draft bill mandates that tech companies make all of their online data "intelligible" when presented with a court order. The bill defines intelligible as "decrypted, deciphered, decoded, demodulated, or deobfuscated" to "the Government of the United States and the government of the District of Columbia, or any commonwealth or possession of the United States, of an Indian Tribe, or of any State or political subdivision thereof.”

This bill — proposed by Sens. Richard Burr (R) of North Carolina and Dianne Feinstein (D) of California (both pictured) — would make us all less safe. t would force American companies to keep...

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05:32
Apple employees among the top contributors to Bernie...

Funding data published by the Federal Elections Commission reveals that the largest donors to Bernie Sanders’ election campaign PACs were employees of tech companies. Employees of Google parent company Alphabet donated the most, at a little over a quarter of a million dollars, while Apple employees collectively donated $85k.

more…

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05:13
Europe files antitrust charges against Google over...

The European Commission on Wednesday made new antitrust charges against Google, alleging that the company foisted its search application and the Chrome browser on Android smartphones makers as a condition to license its other apps and services.

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05:00
MIT Researchers Forge New Weapon for Code Warriors


MIT researchers have developed a fast, accurate system for identifying security flaws in Web apps written in Ruby on Rails, according to news reports published last week. In tests the researchers -- MIT Professor Daniel Jackson and Joseph Near, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California at Berkeley -- performed on 50 popular RoR apps, they uncovered 23 previously undiscovered security flaws. What's more, the longest amount of time it took to analyze any one program was 64 seconds.

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05:00
IDC: ‘ultra-thin, portable’ products will become...

Good news for the iPad Pro: a new analysis from the...

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04:50
Apple agrees to pay $24.9M to settle Siri patent...

Apple has agreed to pay $24.9M to settle a long-running lawsuit alleging that Siri violated a patent owned by a New York institute and exclusively licensed to a company in Dallas. The patent predates the launch of Siri by four years.

The Albany Business Review notes that Apple was sued not by the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, which holds the patent, but by Dallas-based Dynamic Advances, which licensed it. The company reportedly receives $5M now, and the balance after meeting unspecified conditions. In return, Apple gets a license to use the patented technology for three years.

The settlement means that the patent trial, due to take place in New York next month, will no longer proceed....

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04:30
Apple comes in fifth place among ‘100 Most Authentic...

Cohn & Wolfe has published its inaugural Authentic 100, an annual index of global brands ranked by consumer perception of authenticity. Among the top 10 brands are Apple (number five on the list), Disney (number one), BMW (number two), Microsoft (number three), Amazon (number four), Intel (number six), Audi (number seven), Samsung (number eight), Adidas (number nine), and Lego (number 10).

The 2016 study by the a global communications agency on authenticity defines what consumers believe are the individual attributes of authentic behavior and whether a brand displaying these attributes will affect the actions of consumers. The study identifies a large "authenticity gap" between brands and consumers, with 75 percent of nearly 12,000 consumers surveyed across 14 markets indicating that brands and companies have a credibility problem. Key findings of the study include:

  • High global cynicism: Consumer cynicism...
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04:10
Apple joins Google, Microsoft and others in an open...

Just a day after a prominent legal expert described the proposed anti-encryption Burr-Feinstein bill as unconstitutional, unenforceable and harmful, Apple has called the proposal ‘well-intentioned but ultimately unworkable.’

The description is in an open letter from the Reform Government Surveillance coalition, of which Apple is a key member, alongside companies such as Google, Dropbox, Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter. The letter, addressed to the two Senators behind the proposed bill, explains why it would be harmful to the interests of both the U.S. people and American businesses …...

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Tuesday April 19

19:08
Dearth of new data from San Bernardino iPhone...

Law enforcement sources on Tuesday said that while an iPhone linked to last year's San Bernardino shootings has yielded no actionable intel, the dearth of new information has actually helped the FBI investigation into the terror attack.

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18:24
Lawsuit asks Justice Department to reveal decryption...

Do you want to know whether or not US officials have ever forced a company to decrypt data to aid in an investigation? So does the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The civil liberties group has sued the Department of Justice to make it reveal whethe...

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17:36
Apple’s tribute to Bill Campbell
17:24
Report: While no new data was found on the San...

CNN today reports that while the FBI did not find anything new on the San Bernardino iPhone 5c that it unlocked without Apple’s help, it has “produced data the FBI didn’t have before.” Essentially, not finding anything new on the device is what the FBI needed to know in order to answer some of its remaining questions regarding the case.

more…

Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Encryption, FBI, iPhone,...

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17:23
Apple actviates web previews for select Apple TV apps

As part of ongoing efforts to build out its new tvOS App Store, Apple on Tuesday activated iTunes web previews for fourth-generation Apple TV apps, allowing potential buyers to browse current offerings without turning on their television.

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16:50
Piper Jaffray: Apple's services business saw...

Pulling data from Apple's December 2015 earnings report, investment bank Piper Jaffray estimates gross margins on the company's rarely discussed services business could be above 60 percent. And that figure is expected to grow.

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16:47
FBI Tells Congress It Needs Hackers To Keep Up With...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from BuzzFeed: A high ranking technology official with the FBI told members of Congress Tuesday that the agency is incapable of cracking locked phones and devices on its own, even with additional resources. Amy Hess, the agency's executive assistant director for science and technology told a panel of the House Energy and Commerce Committee that encrypted communications continue to pose a challenge to the American law enforcement, and to the safety of the American public. But when asked by lawmakers to provide a practical solution beyond the FBI's talking points, she said that the cooperation of technology companies would be necessary. According to the New York Times, "The FBI defended its hiring of a third-party company to break into an iPhone used by a gunman in last year's San Bernardino, Calif., mass shooting, telling some lawmakers on Tuesday that it needed to join with partners in the rarefied world of for-profit hackers as technology...

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16:32
Remembering Bill Campbell

This is a great piece from Adam Lashinsky. Take a minute and read it.

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16:31
Here’s how Apple’s refreshed 12-inch MacBook...

Earlier today, Apple took wraps off of a refreshed 12-inch MacBook just over a year after the line was first introduced. While Apple is touting that this MacBook is faster and offers longer battery life than last year’s model, the company is notoriously vague when it comes to sharing under-the-hood details on its product pages. We’ve done some digging, however, and will attempt to break down all of the differences between last year’s 12-inch MacBook and this year’s upgraded model.

more…

Filed under: Mac Tagged: Apple, comparison, ...

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16:26
Apple slowly rolling out ability to preview fourth-...

At long last, Apple today has started rolling out web links and iTunes web previews for tvOS apps, similar to how links to iOS/Mac apps and iTunes content has worked for years now. As reported by MacStories, users will now be able to easily share links to fourth-gen Apple TV apps on their computer and subsequently be able to view app details, as well.

more…

Filed under: Apple TV, Apps Tagged: App Store, Apple TV, Apps, iTunes...

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16:14
Apple's MacBook Refresh Draws Tepid Response


Apple on Tuesday announced a refreshed MacBook with some incremental improvements but nothing likely to dazzle even the staunchest Mac fans. The improved battery life and fanless design got the attention of Eric Smith, a senior analyst at Strategy Analytics. "Battery life is always top of mind for consumers," he said. However, he was "a little disappointed" that there has been no improvement to display resolution, as "more PC OEMs are going to 4K displays in this price tier." The MacBook starts at $1,300.

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15:58
Killer Deal: Apple's 13" MacBook Air for $...

For the next 48 hours, AI readers can grab the lowest price ever offered on remaining inventory of Apple's 13" MacBook Air (1.6GHz, 4GB, 128GB) at $799, with free expedited shipping and no sales tax outside NY. Or pick up the new baseline model with 8GB of RAM for $979.

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15:14
Apple Pay support expands to over 50 more US banks...

Following a market expansion into Singapore, Apple on Tuesday announced Apple Pay integration with 59 new U.S. card issuing banks and credit unions, bringing the total number of supported domestic financial institutions to 1,199.

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14:36
Apple conferences offer discounts in response to...

Being in San Francisco for WWDC is getting expensive. Really expensive. For many people airfare + hotel in 2016 will cost twice as much as it did in 2014: upwards of $2,000 USD. That’s more than the price of getting into the event itself (assuming you’re lucky enough to win a ticket)! Already tons of our friends have said they have to skip this year and might not be back.

But it’s OK: the iOS and Mac community isn’t limited to San Francisco once a year.

The high cost of hotels, etc. certainly isn’t Apple’s fault, but it’s nice to see some of the independent conferences come together and offer users an alternative.

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14:30
AWT News Update: April 19, 2016

Here's your daily dose of fresh news from the world of Apple:

  • Apple testifies in front of Congress about encryption
  • Intel, which makes processors for Macs, will lay off 11% of its workforce
  • Pinterest updates its iOS app with a little help from the original Mac icon designer
  • Apple Pay expands to its sixth country and adds more US banks and credit unions
  • Picking up a new MacBook tomorrow? There's an update for it already

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for April 19, 2016.

Apple recently released figures showing that the company received over 30,000 requests from US law enforcement agencies in 2015 to turn over user...

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14:26
Apple Pay adds support for 61 new U.S. banks

You can see Apple’s full list of supported banks and countries. I love Apple Pay.

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14:19
Apple to adopt AMD's new Polaris graphics chips...

AMD's latest graphics chips, the Polaris 10 and 11, will make their way into Apple desktops and laptops shipping later this year, a report said on Tuesday.

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14:15
EU antitrust chief expected to charge Google

Europe’s antitrust chief is expected to hit Google on Wednesday with anti-competitive charges concerning its Android mobile phone operating system, two people familiar with the matter said.

Google is already in a battle with the EU over promoting its shopping service in search results.

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14:09
Notable apps and app updates for April 19, 2016

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

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

Upspace has announced Upspace 1.0.1 for OS X. It’s an update to their menubar uploader for Dropbox. Using the Dropbox infrastructure, it was built specifically for those who need to share a lot of screenshots and files during the day. 

Just choose a file and drag it to the menubar. Ups pace provides you with a short link automatically copied to your clipboard so that you can use to share your upload with co-workers and friends. Version 1.0.1 includes various bug fixes.

Upspace 1.0.1 requires OS X 10.10 or later. It costs $3.99 and is available through the Mac App Store in the Productivity...

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14:03
Sources: Data from San Bernardino phone has helped...

A question many outside security experts will ask is, what took the FBI so long? Supposedly, the phone had been unlocked a couple of weeks ago.

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13:41
Apple Says it rejected Chinese demand for source code

Apple will continue to get these request from both foreign and domestic governments which is why they are working hard at locking down security in iOS so these requests become moot.

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13:38
Apple settles Siri lawsuit with Rensselaer, Dallas...

Is it just me (and this feels weird to say) but does $25 million seem like not a lot of money to settle this lawsuit?

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13:34
YouTube Wants You to See the World From Every Angle


YouTube on Monday announced the rollout of live-streaming 360-degree video and spatial audio, part of the company's push to boost its reach in the growing market for immersive video and virtual reality. The company has provided support for 360-degree video for more than a year, but it has been working with content creators to push the technology even further to bring fans into live events when they cannot be there themselves, Chief Product Officer Neal Mohan said.

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13:33
Intel announces “restructuring initiative to...

The press release is typical marketing speak. Bottom line is a lot of good people lost their jobs today.

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13:30
Ten One Design Blockhead: A surprisingly intelligent...

Ten One Design Blockhead (left). Photo by Steve Sande

There's always been a design problem with most MacBook AC adapters: when you just use the adapter and unfold the prongs to plug it into the wall socket, the adapter sticks straight out, making it difficult to plug into sockets located behind furniture. Sure, you could always use the extension cord included with a lot of MacBooks -- you just pull off the "duck head" piece with the plugs, and plug the extension cord in -- but who wants to carry that long extension cord everywhere? This problem has a good solution now in the form of the Ten One Design Blockhead (US$19.95 or $34.94 for two). 

Design

The idea of Blockhead is simple; it replaces the duck head on your standard Apple AC adapter with one that has the prongs at a 90° angle. What that means is that when the adapter is plugged into the wall with Blockhead installed,...

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13:29
Sports Fans and Social Media, Part 1: It's a...


Twitter and the National Football League are betting that a partnership announced this month could help refine the roughly defined relationship between social media and the world of sports. The NFL set out to reclaim fans who chewed through their cable TV cords and strayed from the flock of football faithful, while Twitter's motive in agreeing to stream 10 gridiron games during the 2016 season was growth and retention. The NFL fielded offers from Facebook, Amazon and others, but Twitter's reach and relevance to fans of the game won it over.

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13:08
Review: Yantouch EyE Portable Wireless Speaker

We've been reviewing Yantouch's products for years now, and the small Taiwan-based company is still focused on its distinct niche — speakers with light functions. Yantouch's newest is EyE ($100), a Bluetooth wireless speaker that can pair with another EyE unit for stereo capabilities. Of course, it wouldn't be a Yantouch speaker without some kind of light show, and Yantouch's HueDJ app lets users control the lighting while listening — you can change the colors or have the lights sync up with your music. The company claims EyE can display up to 16 million colors. EyE's music can be controlled as normal through iTunes or your streaming service, but the other functions of the speaker can be controlled through the app, or via the included remote control. Our EyE units also came with a velvet carrying pouch and micro-USB cable for recharging. EyE comes in white or black versions.{/exp:char_limit}
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13:00
Apple denied Chinese government requests for source...

Chinese authorities have asked Apple to turn over source code twice in the past two years, but the company refused in both cases, Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell told a hearing of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Tuesday.

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12:53
Rumor: Apple to use AMD’s Polaris architecture in...

Apple is apparently planning to use AMD's Polaris architecture in both its upcoming laptops and desktops, according to a Digital Trends report. Polaris 10 and 11 chips — formerly referred to under the codenames Ellesmere and Baffin — are expected to be used in hardware hitting the market later this year.

Polaris is built on the 14nm FinFET process with some major power efficiency numbers, which is something Apple is always pushing towards. Most likely they’ll pop up in MacBook Pros and iMacs, which could be previewed at June’s Apple Worldwide Developer Conference. AMD is expected launch its Polaris-based family of GPUs at Computex 2016 (May 31-June 4) or E3 2016 (June 14-17).

Chances that this rumor is true (IMHO): 90%. I predict we’ll see Polaris...

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12:39
China’s quarterly iOS revenue grew nearly 2.2x year-...

China’s quarterly iOS revenue grew nearly 2.2x year-over-year from the first quarter of 2015 to the first quarter of 2016, mostly from in-app purchases within mobile games, according to the “App Annie Index Market Q1 2016."

Asia continues to reign in iOS revenue, but last quarter, China leapt ahead of Japan on the revenue rankings thanks to its legions of mobile gamers. App Annie — which provides analytics services and market intelligence to app developers — also notes that entertainment and music app revenue is “exploding” in the U.S. and China with major apps adding subscription revenue models.

The report notes that Google’s Play Store saw a number of downloads that roughly doubles that of the Apple App Store. As established markets continue to see revenue rise, emerging markets — Vietnam, Argentina and Egypt in particular — are experiencing significant download growth on Google...

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11:40
Apple Refused China Request For Source Code In Last...

Dustin Volz, reporting for Reuters: Apple has been asked by Chinese authorities within the last two years to hand over its source code but refused to do so, the company's top lawyer told U.S. lawmakers at a hearing on Tuesday. Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell made the statement in response to a line of attack from law enforcement officials who have attempted to portray Apple as complicit in handing over information to Chinese authorities for business reasons while refusing to cooperate with U.S. requests for access to private data in criminal investigations. Apple and the FBI returned to Washington to testify before lawmakers about their heated disagreement over law enforcement access to encrypted devices, highlighted in the case of a locked iPhone linked to a gunman in last December's Islamist militant-inspired shootings in San Bernardino, California. Earlier in the hearing before a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee, Captain Charles Cohen, commander in the Indiana State...

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11:31
WaterField unveils its leather Atelier Folio for the...

WaterField Designs, one of my favorite makers of accessories for Apple products, has announced the $109 Atelier Folio for the Apple’s revamped 12-inch MacBook.

The laptop sleeve cradles the laptop in premium leather cut by WaterField’sartisans from one hide. Inside the laptop sleeve, red Ultrasuede scratch-free microfiber protects the MacBook's frame. The leather sheath closes with a magnetic snap.

The Atelier Folio is available in cognac-colored, full-grain, naturally-tanned leather. It joins two  leather iPad accessories as part of the WaterField Atelier Collection. The $29 Atelier Pencil Case for the iPad Apple Pencil and $69 iPad Gear Case to hold iPad cords and accessories...

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11:29
Unlocked San Bernadino iPhone providing some leads...

In spite of all the controversy and kerfuffle surrounding the San Bernadino iPhone and the steps taken to unlock it, sources are indicating that the FBI is getting some useful information and leads from the device.

Investigators are now more confident that terrorist Syed Farook didn’t make contact with another plotter during an 18-minute gap that the FBI said was missing from their time line of the attackers’ whereabouts after the mass shooting, the officials said. The phone has helped investigators address lingering concern that the two may have help, perhaps from friends and family.

While the unlocked iPhone 5c didn’t contain evidence of ISIS-associated contacts or the use of encrypted communications during the period the FBI was concerned about, officials are...

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10:30
Lawmakers call for middle ground on law enforcement...

Technology vendors and law enforcement agencies need to look for a compromise that allows police to gain access to encrypted devices during criminal investigations, lawmakers say.

Many tech vendors and privacy advocates have suggested there is no available compromise between strong security for device users and police access to encrypted communications. But members of a congressional committee on Tuesday pushed both sides in the ongoing encryption debate to look again for a possible middle ground.

As Apple and the FBI continue to argue in court about whether the company should assist the agency with unlocking iPhones, "it's time to begin a new chapter in this battle, one which I hope can...

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10:24
60 Minutes Shows How Network Flaw Makes Any...


An international team of cybersecurity experts hacked into an iPhone loaned to a U.S. congressman who sits on a key technology committee, in a 60 Minutes demonstration of how easy it is for a criminal to spy on callers by exploiting an international mobile phone network vulnerability. The hackers were able to listen in on a call by Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., who sits on the House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee, just by getting the actual phone number he was using, according to the program.

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10:18
Outdated Git version in OS X puts developers at risk

The OS X command line developer tools include an old version of the Git source code management system that exposes Mac users to remote code execution attacks.

The Git client allows developers to interact with source code repositories. It is not installed by default on Mac OS X, but it is included in the Command Line Tools package for Xcode, Apple’s integrated development environment (IDE).

Software developers who create applications for OS X or iOS are likely to use Xcode and to have Apple’s Command Line Tools package installed on their Macs. The latest version of this package includes Git version 2.6.4, released in December.

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09:57
Apple Updates 12-inch MacBook, Bumps MacBook Air RAM

Apple has refreshed the 12-inch MacBook Pro with faster internals and a new rose gold color option, but it’s still limited to 8 GB of RAM and a single USB-C port. Meanwhile, 8 GB of RAM is now standard in all 13-inch MacBook Airs.

 

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09:42
News: Apple releases data showing how often it...

Apple has published a Report on Government Information Requests covering how it handled demands for information from law enforcement agencies received during the second half of 2015. The company said the “vast majority” of those requests were for information about lost or stolen devices, about which Apple complied 80 percent of the time within the United States. Totals outside the U.S. fluctuated between 52 and 80 percent....

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09:06
News: Embedded Apple Map on WWDC site leads to...

The code behind Apple’s WWDC map has led to speculation that the company is preparing to release a web version of its MapKit framework, allowing users to embed an Apple Map view into a website, 9to5Mac reports. The map includes the pan and zoom features you’d expect from Apple’s MapKit, which is currently exclusive to iOS and Mac apps. With a built-in core of users already accustomed to Apple Maps on their devices and recent expansions…

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09:00
This electric bike is made for Imperial Stormtroopers

Zeitgeist's carbon-fiber electric bike will go up to 100 miles on a charge and looks like it was built for the Empire.

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08:22
Apple releases updated 12-inch MacBooks, now with...

It was a pretty quiet update, but the new MacBooks are out.

Apple on Tuesday announced its updated 12-inch MacBooks, complete with sixth-generation Skylake dual-core Intel Core M processors with speeds up to 1.3 GHz, an Intel HD Graphics 515 system, PCIe-based flash storage, an additional hour of battery life and 1866 MHz RAM.

The notebooks retain their two pound weight and 13.1 mm thickness as well as their Force Touch trackpad. The 12-inch MacBook is also fanless and has no moving parts or vents to speak of.

Other features include a 12-inch display with a 2,304-by-1,440 resolution at 226 PPI, single USB 3.1 Type-C port, 256GB or 512GB flash storage, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, a 480p FaceTime camera,...

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08:14
News: Apple reportedly courting ‘triple A-list’...

Sources who visited Apple’s “iTunes Lounge” at the Sundance Film Festival said the company is courting “triple A-list” talent for original TV series to be launched on an “exclusives” app for Apple TV and sold on iTunes, Fast Company reports. The stealthy conversations at Sundance led to meetings in Los Angeles where Apple executives heard pitches for original TV shows from producers who kept things so quiet…

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08:11
Apple releases bluetooth software update for new 12-...

Even though nobody has gotten their hands on the new 12-inch MacBook released today, Apple has already gone ahead and released a new software update. The update focuses on bluetooth compatibility with third-party devices. Weighing in at 157.8 MB, it will be a relatively small update to download once configuring your new machine.

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07:48
Viber joins WhatsApp and Apple with end-to-end...

Not wanting to be left behind in the pursuit of enhanced user security, Viber is adding end-to-end encryption (E2EE) following WhatsApp’s E2EE roll out earlier in April. Viber announced on Tuesday that E2EE would roll out to its users globally over the next two weeks. The new encryption will cover text, voice, and group chats, and will work across mobile and PC versions of Viber.

Viber with end-to-end encryption.

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07:46
WWDC 2016 Ticket Lottery Now Open

With the lottery for Apple’s WWDC 2016 tickets now open, developers can sign up for the opportunity to pay $1599 for a ticket — and the rest of us can anticipate the keynote address.

 

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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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