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Thursday May 12

14:45
AWT News Update: May 12, 2016

A trio of fun and/or interesting stories for the day:

  • Apple Music isn't deleting your music... but iTunes 12.3.3 might be!
  • Amazon has Echo, Apple has Siri devices, and Google's now working on a hardware device codenamed "Chirp"
  • Have old Apple devices that work? You can make a bundle selling them on eBay

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for May 12, 2016.

Recently, some Apple Music users had been complaining that they believed the service had deleted their music. iMore’s Serenity Caldwell has been looking into the issue, and it’s much more likely that it’s iTunes 12.3.3 that is the culprit. Apple Music was accused of...

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14:44
Report: Apple is approving apps more quickly to...

Developers who want to sell applications in any of Apple's App Stores first need to submit their software to Apple for review, a process in which actual humans examine apps to ensure they comply with Apple's guidelines. One of the problems with this method is that it takes time for apps to move through the opaque review process, meaning users can potentially be stuck with bugs for a few days if something goes wrong with an update, even if the developer submits a new build to Apple as soon as the bug is discovered.

Lately, though, that wait time has decreased. According to user-submitted data at appreviewtimes.com, the average review time for iOS apps has decreased from around a week to about two days since this time last year. The reason, according to...

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14:33
Facebook’s bias Is built-in

Farhad Manjoo:

Facebook is the world’s most influential source of news.

That’s true according to every available measure of size — the billion-plus people who devour its News Feed every day, the cargo ships of profit it keeps raking in, and the tsunami of online traffic it sends to other news sites.

But Facebook has also acquired a more subtle power to shape the wider news business.

It’s scary how powerful Facebook is these days.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:21
Uber, Lyft leave Austin

Having lost a referendum over whether they would be regulated by the local government, the ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft followed through on their threat to effectively fire 10,000 drivers and strand thousands of customers who had come to rely on them for transportation in this hot, spread-out, car-centric city.

I love Uber and Lyft. I use both services quite often.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:06
Building a product vision and roadmap

Very interesting post from Rian Van Der Merwe about building Postmark.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:51
∞ Conan and Slash go guitar shopping

Hilarious!

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13:29
Manhattan DA calls on US Congress to support bill...

The District Attorney of New York County is reportedly lobbying members of U.S. Congress in the hope they'll back legislation requiring companies like Apple to decrypt data on-demand following court orders.

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12:43
Data Breaches Chip Away at IT Pros' Confidence...


The daily barrage of data breach news appears to be eroding confidence in security solutions. Fifty percent of IT pros aren't confident about the ability of their security measures to protect their data, according to a survey released last week by Barkly. The high percentage of IT pros with doubts about their security systems caught Barkly CTO Jack Danahy off-guard. "Organizations are investing because they know they should be doing something for security, but their expectations are low," he said.

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12:30
The Week in iPhone Cases: Celebrate summer with...

New iPhone cases for your 6/6s, 6 Plus/6s Plus, and SE

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases includes fresh styles and colors for Speck’s popular CandyShell Grip. Plus, wallet cases, a running armband, basic, shells, and more. Read on! 

Belkin

The Ease-Fit Armband (iPhone SE; $20 MSRP or $12 on Amazon) is a sung-fitting workout armband for your iPhone, letting you safely carry it hands-free. Made with flexible materials, the Ease-Fit can be adjusted for the most comfortable fit possible, is handwashable, and gives you unfettered access to your iPhone’s touchscreen through its transparent window.

To read this article in full or to leave a...

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12:26
Gear: Danny P. Leather Wallet with iPhone 6 Plus Case

The Leather Wallet with iPhone 6 Plus Case ($129) is an interesting concept from leather accessory company Danny P. While we’ve seen many wallet cases over the years, this product is mainly a wallet that just happens to have space for your iPhone 6/6s Plus. Danny P. also makes a version for the iPhone 6/6s, and an iPhone 5/5s/SE version of the wallet is also still available. The iPhone 6/6s Plus version of the wallet has seven credit card slots…

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12:21
Apple is approving apps for the iOS App Store much...

Apple is promising developers they won’t have to wait over a week to see their iOS app show up in the App Store.

Apple is quickening the app review process, cutting it down from nine days down to two, in an effort to increase revenue from the App Store, according to Bloomberg. The shortened review process will also allow iOS developers to release upgrades and fix bugs faster, therefore keeping them more committed to Apple’s mobile platform. According to AppReviewTimes.com, the average approval time for the App Store submissions has dropped in the last two weeks, from 8.8 days a year ago to 1.95 days.

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11:54
Small London company makes the world’s most...

I’ve always had a fascination with maps and globes, even though I can’t read a roadmap to save my life. I’d love to own one of these art objects.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:05
As Apple display partner Sharp continues to bleed,...

While display panel maker Sharp continues to lose money, the Japanese company faces a sweeping management reorganization under the thumb of its new owner, Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn.

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10:57
Apple denies report it will stop selling iTunes...

UPDATE—May 12, 2016: Apple denied this rumor in a statement to Re/code’s Peter Kafka: “Not true.” The original rumor is below.

Annual iTunes song downloads are projected to hit almost $600 million in sales in 2019. But that figure may not be big enough to keep Apple in the music-selling business.

Apple wants to phase out the sale of music downloads via the iTunes Store in two years, according to a new report by Digital Music News. With the continued decline of music downloads, Apple is foreseeing that iTunes sales will eventually sink to zero. So the company is reportedly abandoning that ship to devote more resources to Apple Music and the growing streaming market. Digital Music News’ unnamed sources also revealed that Apple might also choose to ride the...

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10:45
Apple’s approval time for new App Store submissions...

Apple has cut the approval time for new submissions to its App Store from more than a week to less than two days, part of a broader push to increase revenue from services including mobile applications, according to Bloomberg — citing data from AppReviewTimes.com, which analyzes user-submitted data.

While AppReviewTimes.com offers an insight into how review times fluctuate, data from the past two weeks stem from 322 reviews, which is a small proportion of the total approved in that period. It could have something to do with personnel changes. Marketing head Phil Schiller, who has long been responsible for developer relations, took charge of the App Store from Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, in December.

“At the very beginning of the App Store it...

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10:31
What headphones will Apple bundle w/ iPhone 7?...

A big question up in the air for iPhone 7 is what Apple will do with its bundled headphones. If this is the first year Apple is to remove the headphone jack from the device as rumored, that means one of a few things for the bundled EarPods that usually come with its iPhones…

more…

Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: Adapter, AirPods, Beats, Bluetooth, bundled, EarPod, headphones,...

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10:20
iTunes bug may be to blame for disappearing music...

Based on several Apple Support threads, it appears that the most recent version of iTunes 12.3.3 contains a database error that affects a small number of users, and can potentially wipe out their music collection after the update.

Holy. Sweet. Shit.

I don’t care if it’s iTunes or Apple Music—this is my music library! Fix this shit.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:01
Security Sessions: Unique security challenges for...

In the latest episode of CSO's Security Sessions, CSO Editor-in-Chief Joan Goodchild sits down with Ellen Derrico from RES to discuss some of the unique security challenges that healthcare IT have to overcome. Topics include ransomware, vulnerabilities, BYOD policies and how to better train clinicians in security practices.

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10:00
British young offenders who brag online could see...

The Sentencing Council for England and Wales today proposed an expanded set of guidelines that courts would have to follow when sentencing young offenders aged 10 to 17. Importantly, for the first time the instructions explicitly mention video, image...

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09:52
Developers seeing dramatically faster App Store...

While there hasn’t been an official policy change or new strategy made public, software developers have been noticing dramatically shorter review times when submitting apps through Apple’s approval process on both the iOS and Mac App Stores. Citing data from AppReviewTimes.com, Bloomberg today highlights the positive trend, while noting that iOS App Store review times currently average just two days turnaround time and just one day for the Mac App Store.

more…

Filed under: Developers Tagged: App Store...

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09:45
It's no surprise that Disney shut down its...

No one should have been surprised by Disney's announcement that it would cancel the Disney Infinity series and shut down its video game business. However, when the news went live, Twitter immediately lit up with shock. My phone buzzed with questions...

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09:35
9to5Toys Last Call: 13-inch 256GB MacBook Air $1,000...

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09:22
IBM developed a 'magic bullet' to combat...

IBM Research and the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) in Singapore have created a new chemical "macromolecule" that could aid in the fight against a wide range of viral diseases like Ebola, Zika, dengue fever, herpes or even influ...

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09:14
Rumor: iPhone 7 to feature edge-to-edge display,...

The idea of an edge-to-edge screen on the iPhone 7 is a concept at this point.

But it’s a pretty cool concept, you have to admit.

The current rumor has it that the iPhone 7 will sport a very similar look to the iPhone 6s line, an assortment of major form factor changes arriving in 2017. As of late, blogger John Gruber dropped some “scuttlebutt” over on his The Talk Show podcast, the rumors including an edge-to-edge display that eliminates the top and bottom bezels on the device, with the front-facing camera, Touch ID, and other sensors hidden under the display.

Gruber offered the following:

“I think next year’s phone, the 2017 model, the one that will come out in September of 2017. What I have heard — now this is not really from the rumor mill but just...

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09:01
News: Apple unable to recover data from missing teen...

Apple has been unable to recover any data from the iPhone belonging to the teen who went missing last summer, the Sun Sentinel reports. Fourteen-year-old boys Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen went missing at sea last summer, with no clues as to their fate until this past March, when their capsized vessel was discovered by a Norwegian supply ship, with some of their belongings, including Austin’s iPhone, still on board. Apple offered to help…

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09:00
Evernote adds image previews and search for Google...

For many, Evernote is a useful productivity tool for notes, lists and more. Today, the company announced integration with Google Drive that allows you to drop in files instead of simply linking to them. As part of the new feature, those Drive files w...

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09:00
Angry Birds Action! delivers little Angry Birds...

Free-to-play games often look appealing, but it’s difficult to know at a glance whether the business model is insidious and fun ruining, or reasonable and worth pumping a few bucks into. With Freemium Field Test, we’ll take a recent free-to-play iOS game, put it through its paces, and let you know if it’s really worth your time (and money).

Some stages can be awfully busy: you’ll pull and fling the bird, spin around that pole, and smash through barriers to reclaim all the eggs.

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08:59
Google one-ups Apple with Gboard iPhone keyboard

Hey, Apple - not only has Alphabet (Google's parent company) just passed you in terms of market capitalization, but they've also outdone you with an iPhone keyboard that is awesome sauce. Gboard (free) is an absolutely brilliant iPhone keyboard that takes the app switching out of searches...and more. Here's a video from Google showing off Gboard:

My personal favorites so far? Being able to search GIFs and emoji. Want an emoji of the Brazilian flag? Tap on the emoji button next to the space bar, type Brazil into the search field, and you're done. 

There's also really decent autocorrect, and you can "type" by swiping between letters on the alphanumeric keyboard. It does a really good job of predicting what word you're trying to type. 

Well played, Google! 

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08:39
Google’s “Gboard” for iOS combines a keyboard with...

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The rumors were true—Google just launched "Gboard," an iOS keyboard that combines Google Search with everyday typing. Right inside the keyboard area, users can search for local business results, images, and GIFs to weave into their conversation.

Gboard looks just like a normal keyboard except for the Google icon on the left side of the suggestion bar. Tap on it, and you'll get the familiar Google search bar with suggestions above it. Type in a query and the usual "return/send" button will turn blue and say "search." Results appear in a horizontally scrolling interface in the keyboard area that allows you to sift through search results without leaving your current app. There are tiny tabs on the bottom for normal...

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08:39
Google releases Gboard, a third-party keyboard app,...

Google is now offering a third-party keyboard for iOS.

Since iOS 8, Apple has supported third-party keyboards for iOS, each with their own unique features. As such, Google has released Gboard for iOS, a third-party keyboard that also incorporates a search functionality.

Third-party keyboards can be accessed from any app and Gboard features a dedicated Google Search function right from the keyboard. This means you can search Google from Messages, Twitter, Facebook, or anywhere else you can type on iOS without leaving that specific app. Google’s pitch here is that it minimizes the need to switch between various apps and rely on copy and paste to grab information.

The app allows for a swipe functionality, which means you can essentially trace out the word you’re spelling...

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08:33
Google delays support for Android tech mimicking...

Google has reportedly interally delayed its own equivalent of 3D Touch, the pressure-sensitive Apple technology that allows iPhone 6s and 6s Plus owners to take shortcuts through iOS apps.

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08:16
Alphabet again briefly overtakes Apple as America...

Shares hit a 52-week low on Thursday, inching below $90 and allowing rival Alphabet, the parent company of Google, to surpass its market capitalization once again -- at least temporarily.

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08:14
GOOG market cap once again overtakes AAPL, making...

Google parent company Alphabet has once again surpassed Apple in terms of value based on market capitalization. CNBC points out that Alphabet (GOOG) saw its market cap around $498.56 billion during trading today, while Apple (AAPL) saw its market cap down around $496.69 billion.

more…

Filed under: AAPL Company, Tech Industry Tagged: Apple, Google ...

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08:07
Deals: Free Apple SuperDrive plus instant discounts...

This week, choose from a variety of Apple's current 15" MacBook Pros and 27" iMac 5Ks that each come with a free Apple SuperDrive, additional cash discounts, free shipping, additional cash discounts, and no tax outside NY and NJ. Or pick up a 12" MacBook for 964 with a free LG super drive, Apple USB-C Adapter, and more.

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08:00
60-Second Video Tip: Exporting data from Apple'...

You have your Apple Watch, your Withings connected scale, your Qardio blood pressure cuff, and a number of other devices and apps to capture your health data. At some point, you may need to share years of information with a healthcare professional or trainer, and this video (yeah, it's slightly over 60 seconds long) will show you two ways of doing that:

The QS Access app mentioned in the video can be downloaded here. 

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07:35
News: Canadian banks paying ‘steep price’ for Apple...

Although Canada’s major banks have finally gotten on board with Apple Pay, a new report in The Globe and Mail (via iPhone in Canada) suggests the banks paid a “steep price” for Apple Pay when it came to negotiations, despite the fact that many would have expected the “Big Five” banks to have the upper hand. The negotiations for Apple Pay apparently took months, and multiple sources have revealed that the terms of the…

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07:25
Google's Gboard is a feature-packed iPhone...

The rumors of Google building an iPhone-specific keyboard were true. On Thursday, Google revealed Gboard, a virtual keyboard designed to cut back on the amount of app-switching needed to send information to your pals.

Gboard bakes in GIF searches and emoji support to achieve that goal, but the highlight feature here is Gboard’s native Google Search integration. Tapping a prominent Google logo on the keyboard brings up a search interface, with results appearing in the form of Google’s “cards” that have key information like store hours and phone numbers highlighted. After finding the search information you need, Gboard lets you easily transfer it into the keyboard for immediate use with a single tap—no clunky app-switching or copy-pasting necessary. Sounds pretty handy-dandy.

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07:23
Google's new 'Gboard' for iPhone lets...

If you're an iPhone owner who has been wishing for a way to involve Google in basically everything you do on your Apple device, the search giant has good news -- an all-new iOS keyboard with Google inside.

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07:21
News: Apple Pay VP explains Canadian launch delays

Following the more widespread launch of Apple Pay in Canada earlier this week, Apple Pay VP Jennifer Bailey revealed more details about the launch in an interview with The Financial Post, explaining some of the reasons for the delay of the more general launch in Canada. A Canadian launch of the mobile payments service appeared to be on the horizon for last fall, with early reports from the Wall Street Journal pegging a November launch date, and leaked…

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07:16
iPhone decline hits Apple suppliers, say they see no...

Apple’s decline in iPhone sales is unsurprisingly having a knock-on effect on its key suppliers, with the WSJ reporting that Foxconn, Pegatron, Sharp, Japan Display and Sony have all reported falling profits or losses as a result.

more…

Filed under: AAPL Company, iOS Devices Tagged: Apple suppliers, Foxconn, iPhone, iPhone 7,...

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07:00
Simplicity Linux Digs Deeper Than Its Puppy Linux...


Simplicity Linux delivers a simpler way to run a fully powered Linux desktop on any computer you touch. It is derived from Puppy Linux. Two beta versions released in March offer experimental approaches that stray from the distro's standard releases. If you're familiar with Puppy Linux but have not yet taken Simplicity for a walk, you're missing out some interesting Linux computing experiences. Puppy Linux is a unique distro brand made for both new and old home-user computers. Simplicity Linux is more than a Puppy Linux clone.

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06:59
Latest Taylor Swift ad for Apple Music features...

Pop singer Taylor Swift on Thursday posted her latest Apple Music ad on Twitter, using her image and following to sell the service's "For You" playlist recommendations.

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06:43
Android device performance lags behind iOS

Android devices are no match for their iOS counterparts when it comes to device performance, according to the Q1 2016 State of Mobile Device Performance and Health report released by Blancco Technology Group. 

Based on diagnostics tests run on millions of iOS and Android devices via the SmartChk platform, the report reveals a glaring disparity in failure rates for Android devices (44%) and iOS devices (25%) during the first quarter of 2016. And out of the 44% of Android devices that failed, the Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy S5 and Lenovo K3 Note models had the highest failure rates.

These findings come off the heels of Kantar Worldpanel ComTech's latest smartphone market share report, which shows that Android commanded the lion's share of the mobile operating system (OS) market share for the three-month period ending Feb. 29. In particular, Android saw considerable sales growth in various parts of the world, including the U.S. Europe, China, Japan and Australia....

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06:35
Google at work on Amazon Echo-like voice device...

A special Google team is reportedly developing a device that would integrate its search and voice assistant technology, much like the Amazon Echo.

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06:33
DeviceAtlas report looks promising for the iPhone SE...

DeviceAtlas, a supplier of intelligence on mobile devices, has released its quarterly Mobile Web Intelligence Report for the first quarter of 2016, which analyzes mobile device traffic to hundreds of thousands of websites around the world. Not surprisingly, the report finds that Apple and Samsung devices are dominating mobile web browsing and that things look promising for the latest iPhone and for renewed growth of iOS.

DeviceAtlas says that Apple “recently surprised the mobile world by releasing a 4-inch phone, the iPhone SE, which can easily claim the title of the world’s most powerful 4-inch device.” It could be a hit as 4-inch phones are much more popular than 5.7-inch phones in all countries analyzed in the report. 

In 2015 Android was more popular than iOS in terms of web traffic, but the fourth quarter report found that iOS grew faster than Android. Android maintained its leading position and grew its...

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06:27
Google launches feature-packed ‘Gboard’ keyboard for...

Since iOS 8, Apple has supported third-party keyboards on iPhones and iPads with Microsoft and others offering their own unique options. Google, which has dozens of apps on iOS, is joining in on the action today with its new feature-packed ‘Gboard’ keyboard for iPhone. The final product lines up with what was reported a couple of months back.

more…

Filed under: Apps Tagged: Gboard, Google ...

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06:14
Taylor Swift dances to The Darkness in latest Apple...

Taylor Swift is continuing her partnership with Apple Music, with yet another ad featuring the singer and the streaming service. The new minute-long commercial features Taylor Swift dancing around to ‘I Believe In A Thing Called Love’ by The Darkness.

Swift demonstrates using the Apple Music discovery features (via the ‘Friday Night Rocks!’ playlist) to find the track. The ad ends with the slogan ‘Dance like no one’s watching’.  Watch the ad after the jump …

more…

Filed under: AAPL Company, Apple...

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06:13
More Americans would side with Apple than the FBI in...

According to a survey conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of Feedzai, a data science company, 18% of Americans would rather have a broken bone than gettheir identity and payment information stolen. In the aftermath of the Apple controversy with the FBI, apparently more U.S. citizens would side with Apple when it comes to their data and whom it’s shared with, and when.

Fifty-nine percent of Americans say it’s never acceptable for a company to use or access their personal data without their permission, while 29% say it’s OK if national security is involved. The “Consumer Trust Survey: Data in the Hands of Companies and Government” was conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of Feedzai from April 4-6, 2016 among 2,143 U.S. adults age 18 and older. 

Smartphones topped the list of personal devices Americans think are at most risk for fraud (22%), followed by desktop/laptop (17%), tablet (2%), and standard mobile (2%). Less than one in five (17%) Americans would be...

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06:05
App Store shuffle brings long-awaited speed boost...

Developers are the latest beneficiaries of Apple's ongoing bid to revamp the App Store, with new policies shortening the time it takes to gain app approval from more than a week to fewer than two days.

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05:59
How-To: Create a video record of a fun activity in...

I like to think I’m pretty handy with a camera, but am definitely an amateur when it comes to video. Unlike some of the talented videographers we have here on the team, my idea of video editing is to throw a bunch of clips into iMovie, add cross-dissolves between them, drop in a music track and call it good.

But even that level of video editing can be surprisingly time-consuming, which creates something of a dilemma. I enjoy having a video record of things like fun bike rides, but don’t want to spend hours creating them. So for a group ride at the weekend, I tried a different approach that took hardly any time and seemed to work surprisingly well …

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Filed under:
How-To
Tagged: Cycling,...

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05:36
Patent report: an iPad dock that provides more...

Apple files for — and is granted — lots of patents by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Many are for inventions that never see the light of day. However, you never can tell which ones will materialize in a real product, so here are today’s patent highlights: 

Imagine a device like the Logitech Logi Base that not only charges an iPad, but also provides it with more processing power. Apple has been granted a patent (number 20160132288) for “using a processing device as a dock for a media player” that, in theory, could make an iOS device function more like a desktop computer when docked.

 

In the patent filing, Apple says that, by integrating multiple electronic devices, it’s possible to increase the functionality of the devices individually. For example, you could improve media...

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05:16
Outlook for Mac will soon let you resize images and...

Microsoft is revamping the email editor in Outlook for Mac, providing new options for working with images and adding new fonts.

The biggest change is the ability to resize and rotate images. If you insert a very large image, for instance, you’ll soon be able to make it more reasonably-sized for email recipients.

Users are also getting access to a broader set of fonts, font colors, bulleted lists and other formatting options.

The changes will roll out in mid-May, Microsoft says, starting with people who are part of the Office Insider early release program. 

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04:39
Check the back of your drawers – your old iPod could...

The discontinuation of the iPod Classic back in 2014 gave prices of used models a boost in the following holiday season, some models selling for up to four times the original price. A Guardian report says that collectors are now paying even more for some models, with special editions selling for as much as $90,000.

Terapeak, a company which tracks pricing of collectibles on eBay, […] found that classic iPods in their original packaging were priced at collectibles levels – one U2 special edition, Terapeak noted, sold in November for $90,000.

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04:29
Lyft agrees to more than double payment to drivers...

Lyft has agreed to pay $27 million to settle a dispute with drivers in California, under pressure from the judge who found the earlier proposed payment of $12.25 million was too small.

The ride-hailing company and its rival Uber Technologies are keen to settle with the drivers in class-action lawsuits, without having to agree to their reclassification as employees, which would push up their costs.

The companies currently classify their drivers as independent contractors, which does not require them to pay the drivers benefits such as reimbursement in work-related expenses.

A filing by the lawyer for the drivers in another lawsuit in a California court suggests that Uber could have to pay over $700 million in mileage expense reimbursement and phone expenses between 2009 and April of this year, if its drivers in California and...

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04:06
Apple unable to recover data from iPhone belonging...

Apple has told the families of two teenage boys lost at sea that it has been unable to recover any data from the iPhone belonging to one of them. The families had hoped that content on the phone might have provided clues as to what happened.

14-year-olds Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen failed to return from a boating trip last July, but their 19-foot boat was boat was found drifting 100 miles from Bermuda back in March, and on it was an iPhone belonging to Stephanos. Apple agreed last month to attempt to recover data from the phone, but the SunSentinel reports that the company’s efforts were unsuccessful …

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03:17
Apple smart home invention uses pattern recognition...

An Apple patent application revealed Thursday outlines plans for an automated smart home system that tracks individual users through their connected devices, detects common patterns and compiles events for triggering thermostats, lights, door locks and more.

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Wednesday May 11

22:04
Apple unable to repair iPhone of teen lost at sea

A team of Apple engineers worked "around the clock" to return missing Florida teen Austin Stephanos' iPhone back to working order after it was submerged in sea water for some eight months, but on Wednesday the device was deemed unrepairable.

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22:00
Elgato Eve Energy: Keeping tabs on energy use with...

Our sponsor of Apple World Today this week is Elgato Eve Energy.

We’re all concerned about our energy consumption, and being able to switch power-consuming devices on and off with a simple Siri command is one way to keep electrical usage under control. But Eve Energy goes one step beyond that, providing information on just how much energy each connected device is using.

Through Apple’s HomeKit framework, Eve Energy easily connects to your iPhone or iPad with Bluetooth Smart. There’s no need for a expensive and quickly-outdated hub; just plug Eve Energy into an outlet, plug in your lamp or appliance, and set up the device in the Eve app. 

Now turn your lights or appliances on and off with a quick command to Siri, and if you have an Apple TV, use it as a...

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21:00
FBI Has Sights On Larger Battle Over Encryption...

An anonymous reader writes from a report via Bloomberg: FBI Director James Comey said the FBI is exploring how to make broader use of the hack, used to access a San Bernardino terrorist's encrypted iPhone, while bracing for a larger battle involving encrypted text messages, e-mails and other data. The tool could "in theory be used in any case where there's a court order" to access data on an iPhone 5c running Apple's iOS 9 OS, Comey told reporters in Washington on Wednesday. However, accessing content on a phone, known as "data at rest," is only part of the challenge that encryption poses for U.S. investigators. Software applications and other services that encrypts texts, e-mails and other information in transit over the Internet, known as "data in motion," are "hugely significant," especially for national security investigations, Comey said. He said criminals are increasingly using services that encrypt data in motion, and he didn't rule out litigation against companies such as...

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18:44
FBI director says legal war on encryption far from...

FBI Director James Comey on Wednesday said the U.S. government will continue to wage legal war with tech companies to gain access to encrypted devices, intimating that such measures are weakening terror organizations like ISIL.

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17:47
Apple will not stop selling music on iTunes

“This is not true,” Apple spokesperson Tom Neumayr told to BuzzFeed News, rebutting to a Digital Music News report claiming the company “is now preparing to completely terminate music download offerings on the iTunes Store” in two years — or possibly “the next 3-4 years.”

Not a big surprise. I don’t know why people thought it was true.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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17:08
Apple debunks rumors that it will stop selling...

Apple issued a rare statement on Wednesday debunking rumors that claimed the company has plans to discontinue iTunes music downloads sometime in the next four years, ostensibly in favor of an all-streaming service powered by Apple Music.

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16:52
Happy Hour Podcast 066 | iPhone 7 + iOS 10 rumors,...

This week Zac and Benjamin talk about some juicy iOS 10 and iPhone 7 rumors. Along with that, we’ll get into some Apple Music changes and a powerful Siri competitor called Viv. The Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and through our dedicated RSS feed.

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16:42
FBI director says debate over encryption is far from...

Even though the FBI’s battle with Apple over the San Bernardino iPhone is essentially over, FBI director James Comey today explained that the case is just the beginning of litigation over accessing smartphones and other devices. As reported by Reuters, Comey explained that there will be more litigation between the FBI and manufacturers over accessing locked devices, noting that encryption is “essential tradecraft” of terrorist groups.

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15:08
Apple again rumored to turn LA landmark into retail...

A report on Wednesday claims Apple looking to build a new Apple Store at the Tower Theater site in Los Angeles, a designated historic-cultural monument in the city's famed Broadway Theater District.

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15:00
AWT News Update: May 11, 2016

LA's Historic Tower Theatre - Image via Wikimedia (CC_BY_SA3.0)

iPhone 8 rumors, translator updates, a new Apple Store in a historic building, and crazy App Store statistics - they're all part of today's Apple news:

  • Apple is looking at the historic Tower Theatre in LA as the location for a new Apple Store
  • Just 1% of the monetized apps in the iOS App Store account for 94% of the revenue generated
  • Daring Fireball's John Gruber says the 2017 iPhone will look radically different
  • Google Translator can now be used to translate text offline

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14:45
The Week in Mac Apps: Use multiple search engines at...

The latest additions to the Mac App Store

This week’s roundup of new Mac apps features Simul-Search, a tool that lets you perform one search and get results from Google, Bing, DuckDuckGo, and Wikipedia. Plus, a wide range of other productivity tools. Read on!

AndyBooks 1.9.2

Andy Bettis’s $5 AndyBooks helps you keep your finances neatly organized with a few simple steps. The app lets you integrate all of your bank and finance accounts, and it then records your transactions and organizes everything according to a variety of criteria. The app also lets you export your data into a spreadsheet for further analysis.

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14:21
New Siri sibling Viv may be next step in AI evolution

With the creators of Siri offering up a new personal assistant that won't just tell you what pizza is but can order one for you, artificial intelligence is showing a huge leap forward.

Viv is an artificial intelligence (AI) platform built by Dag Kittlaus and Adam Cheyer, the creators of the AI behind Apple's Siri, the most well-known digital assistant in the world.

Siri is known for answering questions, like how old Harrison Ford is, and reminding you to buy milk on the way home.

Viv, though, promises to go well past that.

Earlier this week during an onstage demo at Disrupt NYC, Kittlaus showed off Viv. This created an online buzz about the assistant's ability to not just answer questions or fire up a timer on a smartphone, but to answer complex questions and to interact with third-party services as well as online businesses.

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14:09
Exodus of original Siri team continues at Apple

Almost all of the talent Apple acquired from the original Siri team has reportedly left the company, with a pair of key departures having taken place in recent weeks.

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14:08
Report: Apple could shutdown iTunes music downloads...

[UPDATE: Apple spokesperson Tom Neumayr has denied this report in a statement to Recode, simply saying it’s “not true.”]

A report from Digital Music News today citing sources close to Apple claims the company is currently considering a plan that would see it shutdown its iTunes Store music download business within two years. The move would mean the company would stop selling downloads of music from iTunes and instead focus entirely on monthly subscriptions to its Apple Music streaming service.

However, on top of the rather fast two year timeline quoted for exiting from the downloads business, the report does add that a 3 to 4 year timeline is also something being considered by Apple executives:

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13:45
Report: Apple to open new retail location at...

According to a new report from LA Business Journal, Apple is in the process of securing real estate space for a new store in Los Angeles. The store will reportedly be located at the historic Tower Theatre in downtown Los Angeles, which could help revitalize the area’s retail business as a whole.

The Apple Store would be located at 800 S. Broadway, although specific details regarding the size of the store are still unclear. Additionally, it’s unknown how much Apple is paying for this retail space. Currently, there is over 250,000-square-feet of vacant retail space on Broadway between First Street and Olympic Boulevard, so Apple likely isn’t paying an extraordinary amount of money for the space.

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13:44
Ending music downloads on the iTunes Store would be...

I don’t think this is true, but if it is it’s one of the dumbest moves Apple could make: Apple is preparing to end music download offerings on the iTunes Store, perhaps within two years.

This is from Digital Music News, quoting unnamed sources “with close and active business relationships with Apple.” The article says that discussions are now focused “not on if, but when” music downloads should be retired for good.

The reasoning: streaming music is on the rise (Apple Music reportedly has 13 million subscribers with that number growing), while song downloads are on the decline (an estimated -25% or -30% this year). Also, according to Digital Music, folks are confused and don’t understand the difference between Apple Music, iTunes, iTunes Match, iTunes Cloud, etc.

Chart courtesy of Digital Music

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13:30
Smanos brings home security to the Apple Watch

Smanos is a company that markets wireless smart home and security devices, and today the company announced that the iOS apps for its L020, W100, and W020 systems now work on the Apple Watch.

Smanos L020 app on an Apple Watch

The W020 is a $149 Wi-Fi alarm system that hooks to a WI-Fi router, then connects to sensors and accessories like door and window switches (two included), keypads, sirens, webcams (one included), and gas and smoke detectors. The $129 L020 does away with the webcam, but features the switches and can use all available accessories, while the $199 W100 adds an HD camera, a motion detector, and a touch panel to the mix.

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13:25
Notable apps and app updates for May 11, 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

Montibus has rolled out Suite for Pixelmator 1.0 for Mac OS X. It features more than 1,500 new brushes, shapes, gradients and styles for the image editing app.

The add-ons support Pixelmator's custom palettes. Categories and subcategories are designed to make it simple to find an item you need from the collection.

Suite for Pixelmator 1.0 costs $19.99 and is available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Graphic & Design category. The app requires Mac OS X 10.9 or later and, of course, Pixelmator.

Corel has debuted ...

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13:15
Diced: My favorite new anti-productivity tool

I'm not much of a game-player. I don't have a console, I don't buy role-playing games, and I'm much more apt to play a word or number game than any other genre. Lately I have been spending way too much time playing a simple new game that has me hooked. Diced ($0.99, universal) from Agile Tortoise is an incredibly easy game to learn and can be both captivating and frustrating. 

Diced has no ads and no in-app purchases, which makes it a bit of a unique game. Instead, you pay a buck and you've got the app. What's the point of the game? A series of dice appear in random order at the bottom of the game. With the dice, you attempt to gain points and clear dice from the 5 by 5 game matrix by creating combos of five of a kind or five in a row (straights). So for example, putting a 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 die...

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13:10
Occupy the App Store? Top 1% of monetized apps...

The top 1 percent of earners don't just control the lion's share of money in the U.S. economy -- a similar disparity between the haves and the have-nots has emerged in Apple's own App Store economy, a new study reveals.

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12:38
Podcast 507: The day the iCloud Music Library died

So a person wrote a blog post about an iCloud Music Library snafu that wiped out a bunch of his collection. That would be very upsetting for anyone, whether it's from a random software glitch, or it was your fault because of confusing dialogs in iTunes. Our own iTunes Guy, Kirk McElhearn, has a good explanation of what probably happened, but since the original poster is no longer discussing the problem, we can't be 100 percent sure.

Elsewhere, we talk about smartphone security and the government again, but it has nothing to do with encryption or the FBI. The FCC and FTC are inquiring with smartphone makers about how often they issue security updates, especially for phones that are no longer brand-new. Speaking of mobile, Netflix is making it easier for you to control how much data you use, and Opera has a free and unlimited VPN—that doesn't work with Netflix.

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11:55
Instagram’s New Look

Ian Spalter, head of design at Instagram:

The question then became, how far do we go? If you abstract too
much, the glyph doesn’t feel tied to the history and soul of
Instagram. If you make it too literal, it’s hard to justify
changing from what we currently have.

After a lot of refinement, we landed on a glyph that still
suggests a camera, but also sets the groundwork for years to come.

Instagram seems like a “measure twice, cut once” sort of company. Deliberative, almost to a fault. Even you disagree with the direction in which they’ve taken their brand today, do not think for a second that they did this on a whim. They stuck with the old skeuomorphic camera icon for years after everyone else went flat. Now they’ve gone with something very different, and very abstract. I like the idea, but I’m not sure I care...

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11:43
Rumor: Apple's 2017 iPhone will be radical...

With this year's "iPhone 7" expected to have a similar design and form factor to the current iPhone 6s, rumors continue to point toward a major overhaul in 2017, with one well-connected insider suggesting Apple is working on an edge-to-edge display that will conceal components and sensors under the screen.

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11:30
Reddit Tech Forum May Ban Sites That Circumvent Ad...


A forum on Reddit, /r/ Technology, on Monday announced it was considering blocking links to websites that require visitors to turn off their ad blockers before viewing content on the site. "It has come to our attention that many websites such as Forbes and Wired are now requiring users to disable ad blockers to view content. Because Forbes requires users to do this and has then served malware to them, we see this as a security risk to you, our community," said creq, the moderator of the site.

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11:15
DIUx gets a new reserve unit led by Apple VP for...

Doug Beck, via Apple

The Defense Innovation Unit Experimental - AKA DIUx - is getting a new, first of its kind reserve unit that will be led by an Apple executive. Doug Beck is the Apple Vice President for North America and Northeast Asia, and just happens to also be a US Naval Reserve Commander.

Mr. Beck served from 2006 to 2007 in both Iraq and Afghanistan, and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, and Presidential Unit CItation. At Apple, Beck reports directly to CEO Tim Cook. From 2010 to 2014 Beck was based in Tokyo and led Apple's Northeast Asia businesses. 

The formation of the reserve unit was announced today by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, who spoke at DIUx Headquarters in Mountain View, California on the future of the organization. According to Carter's prepared remarks in an article...

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10:58
Instagram updates iOS apps with 'flat'...

Facebook-owned Instagram on Wednesday launched a cosmetic overhaul of its iOS apps, while Google updated its Translate app with support for offline translation in 52 languages.

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10:48
A look at Instagram’s new icon

I always find these types of deep looks into design very fascinating.

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10:47
Instagram unveils revamped icon and interface tweaks

No, your eyes don’t deceive you. The Instagram logo really does look dramatically different. 

You’ll notice the new icon, along with a reworked app interface, when you get the newest update to the Instagram app for iOS and Android

In a blog post outlining the change, design director Ian Spalter said the company has been considering a redesign for a while as a way to modernize the overall aesthetic.

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10:29
Feds to Take a Hard Look at Mobile Device Patch...


The U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission on Monday announced a joint investigation into the issue of mobile device security updates. The FTC issued an order requiring eight mobile device manufacturers -- Apple, BlackBerry, Google, HTC America, LG Electronics USA, Microsoft, Motorola Mobility and Samsung Electronics America -- to provide information about how they issue security updates to address mobile device vulnerabilities. FTC members voted unanimously to issue the order under Section 6(b) of the FTC Act.

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10:26
Safari Technology Preview 4 released with fixes to...

Apple has released the fourth update to Safari Technology Preview today with fixes in connecting to the 1Password extension and watching videos on Netflix. The update primarily focuses on general bug fixes including networking, media, JavaScript, CSS, web APIs, Web Inspector, rendering, and accessibility. Safari Technology Preview is available as a download through the Apple Developer Center and subsequent updates will be received through the Mac App Store.

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10:23
With Apple sales slumping, Taiwanese suppliers sink...

The rapid development of Taiwan's technology sector has been fed in no small part by Apple's nearly insatiable demand for components and complex manufacturing processes, but the ride has turned rough for many of the island's tech firms.

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10:22
Android steals market share from iOS in many regions

The latest smartphone operating system data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech for the three months ending March 2016 shows Android continuing to grow sales across the EU5 (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom), the U.S., and Urban China. The growth came at the expense of iOS.

Android saw “solid gains in the EU5, up 7.1% points to 75.6%, according to Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. In the US, Android share increased 7.3% points to 65.5%, and in China, it rose nearly 6% points to over 77%, adds the research group.

In the EU5, iOS share declined from 20.2% to 18.9% in the three months ending March 2016. Windows phone sales dropped five percentage points to become 4.9% of overall smartphone sales in the region. Nearly 7% (6.6%) of new Android customers came from Windows, vs. just 3.3% from iOS. Among new iOS buyers, 2.6% migrated from Windows. 

In Urban China, iOS continued to decline to 21.1% in the three...

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10:14
iPhone 7 Rumors Blunt Anticipation


It appears there won't be a lot of design changes in the next iPhone, according to a schematic photo published online Monday. It shows what's purported to be Apple's upcoming iPhone 7 to be the same size as the 6s. "They've done a lot with the design already. They're keeping multiple design languages to keep their customer base happy. The SE, for example, has the old design language, while the 6 and 6s have the new design language," said Kevin Krewell, an analyst with Tirias Research. "That mix is something they'll do more of."

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10:14
Google Translate for iOS gains offline mode and Word...

Google Translate is getting a bevy of new features today that will make translating on mobile easier. While Android gets a new feature that will get rid of the need to manually copy and paste into the Translate app, iOS finally gets an offline mode. Additionally, the Word Lens instant visual translation feature now works on both Simplified and Traditional Chinese.

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10:11
External Link: How Steve Jobs Inspired the Apple...

You could ascribe Apple’s development of the Apple Watch to any number of commercial or even cynical reasons, but the one cited by Apple executives is the late CEO Steve Jobs’s vision of making the company’s customers healthier through technology. According to Tim Bajarin in Time, after Jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2004, he grew frustrated with the byzantine American medical system and became obsessed with bringing digital order to healthcare data. Although it’s unclear if Jobs knew about the project, his desire to improve healthcare inspired Apple to create the Apple Watch, in part as a platform for health monitoring. Along the way, the company has also started to make a real difference in the healthcare field with initiatives like HealthKit, ResearchKit, and CareKit.

 

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10:09
Apple tops Forbes’ most valuable brands list (again)

Apple has topped Forbes’ list of the most valuable global brands for the sixth straight time. The company has a value of $154.1 billion, 87% more than second-ranked Google.

“Apple dominates in a consumer tech industry where brand matters,” notes Forbes. “Revenue fell in the latest quarter, but the release of the iPhone 7 will certainly have fans of the brand lining up for hours outside stores in the fall ahead of the unveiling. The adulation helped the company generate $53 billion in net income last year.”

Google closed the gap on Apple this year with its brand value up 26% to $82.5 billion (Apple’s brand rose 6%). Rounding out the top five are Microsoft ($75.2 billion), Coca-Cola ($58.5 billion) and Facebook ($52.6 billion).

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10:00
Analyst: all models of the iPhone 7 will include a...

In a note to clients — as reported by 9to5Mac — KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that the next generation 5.5-inch iPhone, likely to be dubbed the iPhone 7 Plus, will have a dual back camera across the whole line. Previously, he thought that only the high end configurations of the iPhone would adopt the new camera technology.

“Dual-camera to become a must-have feature for high-end smartphone. The initial market response to Huawei’s (CN) new flagship dual-camera model, P9, has been better than expected, and we estimate shipments may reach 10mn units in 2016F,” Kuo told clients. “In our view, more high-end smartphones will adopt this feature going forward. And, in order to maintain its leading position in the high-end market, we expect Apple will fully adopt dual-camera on the new 5.5-inch iPhone in 2H16.”

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09:46
Lower MacBook sales push Apple down to sixth place...

A drop in MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air shipments year-over-year likewise resulted in Apple losing share in the world's declining laptop market, according to March-quarter research data.

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09:15
Instagram gets a beautiful new app icon and makeover

The Instagram app has been begging for a redesign for quite some time, and today the photoblogging app showed up with an update featuring a new app icon and a UI makeover. The following video provides a fun (but probably quite fictional) look at the process behind the design of the icon:

The colorful gradient color scheme has made it to the other Instagram apps as well, including Layout, Boomerang and Hyperlapse.

Inside the app, navigation hasn't changed, but it just seems much easier to take a look at what your friends are doing out there in the great big world. All in all,...

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09:05
Apple's 'iPhone 7 Plus' rumored to...

Apple's larger 5.5-inch "iPhone 7 Plus" will rely on 3 gigabytes of RAM in order to handle the hefty image processing requirements for its advanced dual-camera design, according to well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities.

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08:59
Pebble is quietly becoming a much better smartwatch

If you previously wrote off Pebble smartwatches for their limited functionality, you might want to start paying attention again. The latest Pebble firmware adds new fitness- and sleep-tracking features, while also making it easier to send text messages from a paired iPhone.

On the fitness side, Pebble Time smartwatches can now automatically detect long walks and runs. From the Pebble Timeline, users can see how long the exercise lasted, how far they travelled, and how many calories they burned.

Sleep tracking is also getting better with a smart wakeup feature in Pebble’s Alarms app. Users who wear their watches to sleep can get buzzed during a light sleep cycle, up to 30 minutes before their scheduled wakeup time.

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08:48
Apple is the Teflon tech company as Wall Street...

No matter what the suits in New York think, Apple is still the king of the hill when it comes to consumers -- the company's brand is now worth some $154 billion, according to one calculation, nearly double its closest competitor.

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08:30
'iPhone 7' schematics suggest dual camera...

A new series of images rumored to show the design of both the "iPhone 7" and "iPhone 7 Plus" suggest that Apple's larger 5.5-inch model will be the only one to receive a dual-lens camera, as well as the magnetic Smart Connector.

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08:30
Disney Infinity: We hardly knew you

In March, owners of the fourth-generation Apple TV noticed that one app -- Disney Infinity 3.0 -- had disappeared with no explanation. Yesterday, Disney announced that it is closing down the video game business altogether due to poor financial performance.

Disney Infinity hasn't been around all that long, having just launched in 2013 as a hybrid game system consisting of software and physical collectibles from various Disney franchises. The last major release was Disney Infinity 3.0, which introduced characters from the Disney-Pixar film "Inside Out", the Star Wars universe, and the Marvel superhero franchises. 

The Apple TV version of Disney Infinity 3.0 launched last November, and fans could purchase a starter kit containing the fourth-generation Apple TV, a SteelSeries Nimbus game controller, and a number of character collectibles. Apparently, the company will still release...

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