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Apple updates App Store search engine algorithms,...

According to a report on Friday, iOS app developers have noticed a change in the App Store's search algorithms that appears to return more relevant results for direct app searches by going deeper than title and assigned keyword metadata.

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Beware of ads that use inaudible sound to link your...

Ars Technica:

Privacy advocates are warning federal authorities of a new threat that uses inaudible, high-frequency sounds to surreptitiously track a person’s online behavior across a range of devices, including phones, TVs, tablets, and computers.

The ultrasonic pitches are embedded into TV commercials or are played when a user encounters an ad displayed in a computer browser. While the sound can’t be heard by the human ear, nearby tablets and smartphones can detect it. When they do, browser cookies can now pair a single user to multiple devices and keep track of what TV commercials the person sees, how long the person watches the ads, and whether the person acts on the ads by doing a Web search or buying a product.

And the ad industry wonders why we hate them and happily use ad blockers.


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Why you should set up Medical ID on your iPhone


Did you know that you can set up something called a “Medical ID” on your iPhone?

This can be accessed even while the phone is locked by clicking on the emergency options, and it can display things like name, date of birth (DOB), emergency contacts, medical conditions, and even blood type!

It can be managed by clicking on the little “Health” app that comes default on the iPhone.

The Medical ID is important because, in case of an emergency, medical responders can look at your phone and know any allergies or medical conditions you have and know who to contact for you without unlocking your phone.

This only takes a few seconds to set up but if the EMTs on scene know about it, they can quickly access important medical information or your emergency contact.


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Apple sneaks a USB 3.0-compatible Lightning port...

The iPad Pro's Lightning port will apparently support USB 3.0 transfer speeds. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Our full review of the iPad Pro covers a lot of ground, but there is one small item that escaped our notice. When iFixit tore the device apart, it found a USB 3.0 controller, and Apple has confirmed to us that the new iPad Pro will in fact support USB 3.0 transfer speeds over its Lightning port. USB 3.0 supports theoretical transfer speeds of up to 5Gbps, a little over 10 times faster than USB 2.0's 480Mbps.

But those faster transfer speeds will cost you. The Lightning cable that ships with the iPad Pro is a standard USB 2.0-speed cable, and you'll need to purchase USB 3.0 cables separately when they're released at some undisclosed point in the future. The cables may be physically different from the current USB 2.0 models,...

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How Apple is giving design a bad name

Fast Company:

Once upon a time, Apple was known for its ease of use, for computers and applications that were understandable, powerful, and could be used without reference to any manuals. All the operations were discoverable (the power of menus), all could be undone or redone, and there was considerable feedback so you always knew what had just taken place.

However, when Apple moved to gestural-based interfaces with the first iPhone, followed by its tablets, it deliberately and consciously threw out many of the key Apple principles. No more discoverability, no more recoverability, just the barest remnants of feedback.

Why? Not because this was to be a gestural interface, but because Apple simultaneously made a radical move toward visual simplicity and elegance at the expense of learnability, usability, and productivity. They began shipping systems that people have difficulty learning and using, getting away with it because people don’t recognize such problems...

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Beware of scams regarding the App Store snafu

The Apple App Store’s failure to renew cryptographic certificates on Macs caused some applications to fail on Wednesday. While Apple quickly renewed the certificates, some users have been prompted to provide their Apple ID. 

Thomas Reed, Director of Mac Offerings at Malwarebytes, warns users to beware of possible tech support scams that have become more frequent, and offers advice on how to stay vigilant. He’s just published a blog about this issue.

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Exploratorium’s app rethinks time itself


Besides having one of the best names in the museum business, San Francisco’s Exploratorium is widely considered to be among the most beautiful and well-designed educational institutions on the planet.

Its oddball, hands-on exhibits are considered a model for the modern participatory museum. The Exploratorium has famously been termed a “mad scientist’s penny arcade.”

It turns out the Exploratorium makes apps, too. The latest from the museum team is called How Many Saturdays? and it’s a lot of fun.

San Francisco’s Exploratorium, a wonderful “participatory museum”, was always one of my favorite places to go when we had any extra time at a Macworld Expo. This app typifies the Exploratorium – quirky and weird but in the best possible way.


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Google Chrome gets new iOS beta program

Google is now letting iPhone and iPad users take a cutting-edge version of its browser for a spin. The company on Friday quietly launched a new Chrome for iOS public beta program, which leverages Apple's TestFlight system to give users the chance to try out a new version of the browser.

Users can sign up by going to Google's Chrome Beta page on their iOS device, and they'll then be taken to a form where they can enter their name, email address and agree to Chrome's terms of service. After that, Google will send an email to confirm their email address. 

Opting into the beta program ought to give users access to a version of the Chrome app that will have features before consumers get access to them. According to a post by 9to5Mac, that includes a new app icon that takes advantage of the 3D Touch capabilities built into the...

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Tim Cook’s email about the black teens barred entry...


Earlier this week, a video surfaced of three black teenagers from Sudan and Somalia being barred from entering an Apple store in Melbourne, Australia, because an employee thought “they might steal something.” The company subsequently apologized.

In an email obtained by BuzzFeed News, Tim Cook weighed in on the situation, calling it “unacceptable.”

“What people have seen and heard from watching the video on the web does not represent our values. It is not a message we would ever want to deliver to a customer or hear ourselves,” Cook wrote in the companywide email. “None of us are happy with the way this was handled.”

It is unclear if any disciplinary measures were taken against the manager involved in the incident, but multiple sources familiar with the situation say the employee hasn’t been at the store since.

Nor should they be. While this is yet another embarrassment for Apple this week, I think we can all agree that, as Cook says...

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The best ways to send money to friends and family...

Apple Pay might soon let you send person-to-person payments, but you don't need to wait on Cupertino to split the cost of a pizza without cash. AppleInsider took a look at some of the most popular money transfer apps available now for iOS.

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Apple Store in San Diego hit with pricing accuracy...

Apple Store, UTC in San Diego has been hit with a “Notice of Failed Inspection” through the county’s Price Accuracy Inspection Program for charging customers a higher than advertised price.

The notice, which Apple has to display in the window of the Apple Store for ten days through November 22, reads:

“This establishment has been fined for overcharge violations found during an inspection on 9/1/2015.

Charging higher than the lowest posted or advertised price, is a violation of Business and Professions Code Section 12024.2.”

We spoke with an employee at the Apple Store, UTC who told us the pricing discrepancy wasn’t related to pricing on Apple’s own products, but rather a third-party accessory. The employee couldn’t confirm the...

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Tim Cook responds to 'unacceptable' Apple...

Apple chief executive Tim Cook on Friday told employees that the incident at an Australian Apple Store earlier this week -- in which a group of black students was asked to leave for fear that they might be thieves -- calling the situation "unacceptable."

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AWT News Update: November 13, 2015

Merry (left) and Pippin at the AWT HQ office. Photo©2015 Steven Sande

Happy Friday the 13th! While we're playing with black cats, smashing mirrors and working under ladders, we found this news for today's podcast:

  • A new Chrome beta is out for iOS, featuring some nice new goodies that are especially useful on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus
  • Fossil Watches bought fitness and activity tracker maker Misfit
  • The iPad Pro has a USB 3.0 controller built in, a first for iOS devices... but will it ever be able to use USB 3.0 transfer speeds?
  • 128GB iPad Pros seem to be sold out, 32GB models are available, and no sign of Smart Keyboards or Apple Pencils

Text is below, watch the dashing Steve Sande on video here.


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Here’s what’s happening with the Mac App Store and ‘...


Earlier this week Mac App Store (MAS) apps, on launch, were showing up as “damaged” and couldn’t be opened. The old MAS security certificate seemed to have expired and a new one, at first, didn’t seem to be showing up. Here’s my current understanding of what happened.

Some consider this just a minor mistake on Apple’s part while others see it as endemic to the Mac App Store situation. Regardless, I’m told Apple is working hard on a fix and will have something “soon”.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Tim Cook in company-wide email: Melbourne Apple...

Apple CEO Tim Cook sent an email to all of the company’s employees today addressing the situation at Apple’s Melbourne, Australia store that saw a group of teens booted from the outlet by management due to their race. The incident was captured in a video that appeared online this week.

In the email, which bore the subject line “Apple is open,” Cook calls the handling of the situation “unacceptable” and says that no one in Apple’s leadership was happy about what happened. He also said that store leadership teams worldwide would be required to re-take certain customer service training.


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Apps: Apple TV Edition: Asphalt 8, Battle Supremacy...

With the Apple TV App Store now entering its third week, we decided it was time to dedicate an installment of our Apps of the Week feature to looking at some of the interesting apps we’ve found so far for Apple’s new set-top box. While some of these are unique to the Apple TV and others are merely adaptations of long-running iOS versions, each brings something interesting to the experience. Asphalt 8: Airborne (free) — Our all-time favorite…

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Report: Apple Pay's Venmo-like feature could be...

Apple is reportedly gearing up to launch a Venmo competitor, but iPhone users might not need to install a new app to use it.

According to Quartz, the Apple Pay extension into peer-to-peer (P2P) money transfers could be integrated into the Messages app for iOS. Because it’s a native app for iPhone users, Messages is already extremely popular, especially with younger people which tend to make up most of the Venmo crowd. TechCrunch recently reported that 60 percent of teens use Messages as their preferred messaging app.


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Horipad Ultimate is the second Lightning-...

Horipad Ultimate, a new Apple-licensed gaming controller for both iOS and the fourth-generation Apple TV, is now available for purchase, sporting a built-in Lightning port for recharging its internal battery.

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Former Apple Design Gurus Criticize Apple’s Current...

If you’ve ever found yourself stymied in trying to use Apple’s current apps, a Fast Company article by design gurus Don Norman and Bruce Tognazzini lays out some of the mistakes Apple is making.


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Valve's Steam Gaming Hardware Hits Home

Valve this week rolled out the hardware phase of its road map from bedrooms and basements to living rooms and lounge areas with its long-awaited video game controller, PC link box and Steam boxes. Valve's road map to the living room began with Big Picture mode in 2011, continued with in-home streaming in 2014, and now includes the new Steam hardware. The Linux-based Big Picture mode formatted the Steam digital distribution platform for living room TVs, offering an experience similar to Xbox Live.

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News: First Alert releases first HomeKit-enabled...

First Alert’s Onelink alarm, released this week, is the first HomeKit-enabled smoke and carbon monoxide detector. Owners can use their iOS device to receive alerts in the event of an emergency, remotely silence false alarms or test the detector. Multiple alarms can also be synced up to sound alerts as one, and programmed to communicate what the specific danger is and where it’s located within the house. The Onelink alarm is available in…

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Notable apps and app updates for November 13, 2015

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 for iOS, tvOS, and Mac OS X:

iOS Apps/Updates

Here's something new: Thingthing Keyboard (free) is an iOS 9 keyboard that lets you share photos, documents, your calendar and just about anything else without switching apps. It does this by adding a "keyboard" above the usual iOS keyboard that lets you add the services that you use -- Instagram, Facebook, Dropbox, Calendar, and Pocket as examples. 

When you're doing something like writing an email or text, just tap on...

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Report claims some publishers are unhappy with...

Apple says its Apple News app for iOS 9 devices already has close to 40 million readers. However, some “publishing execs are unhappy about everything from the traffic they’re getting from the two-month-old news aggregation app to the user experience to the data Apple’s giving them,” according to a Digiday report.

The article claims that many publishers are disappointed with the traffic they’re seeing. They’re also allegedly unhappy with the data Apple is providing. 

Apple is providing weekly data reports including basics like the volume of page views and shares, but publishers want a dashboard that they can use to analyze data on demand, and more demographic data on users, says Digiday. To appeal to publishers, Apple was supposed to let them count the views toward their traffic and let...

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Stop Tossing and Turning on Your Sad Old Pillow

Thanks to Hullo for sponsoring The Loop this week. A hot, flat pillow can wake up even the deepest sleeper. Soft traditional pillows often collapse under the weight of your head which can cause strains in your neck and shoulders. They also retain body heat, which can make sleep hot and uncomfortable.

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Hands on: Ricoh Theta S

The Ricoh Theta S can shoot cool 360-degree photos and videos for $350.

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Quanta chairman says Apple Watch 2 will ship next...

In what isn't exactly a surprise -- Apple seems to put product releases on an annual schedule -- Quanta Computer chairman Barry Lam was quoted by Chinese Media Source UDN as saying that Apple would make initial shipments of the second-generation Watch in small volumes during the second quarter of 2016. Quanta is one of the manufacturers of the Apple Watch, and Lam's comment could mean that the device should ship as soon as June. 

So what would be new in an updated Apple Watch? Some sites are suggesting that a FaceTime camera for video calls would be added, but the biggest change would be to make the Watch less dependent on the iPhone when on an Wi-Fi network. The setup and update processes could be made much faster as a result, although expected changes to Bluetooth in 2016 will also provide better range and increased...

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iPad Pro innards pave the way for USB 3.0 transfer...

Apple’s iPad Pro doesn’t currently bring any major improvements in transfer speeds over previous iPads, but that could change with the arrival of new adapters.

A teardown of the iPad Pro by iFixit revealed that Apple’s jumbo tablet includes a 4-port USB 3.0 Host Controller. In theory, this should allow for USB 3.0 transfer speeds through the iPad Pro’s Lightning port.

But as MacRumors reports, using a standard Lightning cable only transfers data in the 25 MBps to 35 MBps range. USB 3.0 allows for speeds beyond 60 MBps, up to a theoretical maximum of 640 MBps.


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Apple Pencil, Smart Keyboard accessories in short...

The good news is that the iPad Pro is out.

The and news is that the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard you might want for it are in short supply.

Both the keyboard and stylus designed specifically for the Pro are showing four to five week shipping estimates with no option to pick up in-store. Some Apple Stores do have the Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil in stock, but you’ll have to call or visit your nearby store to find out whether they’re carrying the accessories.

Apple offered the following comment regarding its inventory and supply levels:

“Customers are very excited for iPad Pro, Apple Pencil and the...

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No one minding the store

Michael Tsai:

I woke up to an inbox full of e-mails from customers reporting that my apps wouldn’t launch. This included new customers who had just purchased from the Mac App Store as well as people who had purchased long ago, hadn’t made any changes, and expected that things would just keep working.

The Mac App Store is supposed to make things easier, but it’s also a single point of failure. Not only is it neglected, but sometimes even the existing functionality stops working.

In short, the system is broken on multiple levels, and there is no evidence to suggest that things will get better.

Tsai is the developer of SpamSieve, among other apps, and he reflects the frustration many developers feel towards Apple and the way the App Store works – or, as in the case a few days ago, catastrophically doesn’t work. This is a huge embarrassment to Apple (and one they haven’t explained or apologized for) as well as being a giant pain point for developers. After...

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Apple Watch 2 development reportedly underway ahead...

Apple is reportedly planning to ship the first successor to the Apple Watch sometime next year around the second or third quarter, according to Chinese media source UDN. The report cites comments made during a meeting with Barry Lam, chairman and founder of Quanta Computer, an Apple Watch manufacturer. While it’s no surprise that Apple would be planning to introduce the Apple Watch 2 in 2016, a third quarter release would mean a launch two years after the first model was introduced and roughly a year and a half since it went on sale.

The report does mention initial shipments in small volume during the second quarter,...

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f.lux side loading workaround dubbed a violation of...

It’s a useful app, but Apple doesn’t think much of the way it installs onto your iOS device.

Apple had contacted f.lux Software to say that the f.lux for iOS download is in violation of the Developer Program Agreement, the criticism focusing on the way f.lux uses a sideloading technique to install.

f.lux, in return, stated that the updated Xcode signing allowed use of side loading, although Apple indicated that this wasn’t the case.

F.lux is a free program that changes the lighting conditions of your screen depending on the time of day and the light available around the device, thereby helping to promote better body rest and sleep functions.

For users...

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: PDF Expert 5 for iOS goes free...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.


App Store Free App of the Week: PDF Expert 5 goes ...

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The ‘Amazing Fantastic Incredible’ life of Stan Lee...


Stan Lee is a legend. Along with artists Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, Lee helped populate the Marvel Comics universe with heroes like the Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk and Iron Man.

The man who dreamed up lots of backstories for Marvel characters has now put out his own origin story: A memoir, Amazing Fantastic Incredible, in comic book form.

Even if you’re like me and have only a passing familiarity with comic books, you’ve undoubtedly heard of Stan Lee. I think it’s entirely appropriate that his memoir is in the format he is so well known for.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Google launches Chrome beta for iOS through Apple’s...

Google has quietly launched a Chrome beta for iOS through TestFlight, the beta distribution service Apple acquired last year and integrated into its own developer services. Google has yet to make an official announcement for the beta release, but users can already sign-up and download the beta when visiting Google’s Chrome beta download page on iOS.

Google has long had beta and other development channels available to all on its other platforms including Android, Mac, Windows, and Linux, making iOS one of the last of the platforms Chrome is on to get access to in-development, beta features....

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A designer’s take on the iPad Pro

The Verge:

The reviews are out on iPad Pro, and they address how big it is, whether it’s worth the price, and whether it can or can’t replace a laptop for average consumers. But as a design director at Vox Media, I was more interested in whether I could run all of the apps I normally use on it.

In a lot of ways, the computing devices I use have to feel like extensions of me. I’m always sketching, creating, and ideating on my MacBook Pro. And I don’t regularly use an iPad for work, so the promise of iPad Pro as a device for creatives was particularly intriguing.

I had high hopes that this new iPad would transform me into a rockstar designer. I mean, something this big should be life-changing… right?

There’s lots of discussion of the iPad Pro and where it fits into various workflows. This is an interesting take from the point of view of that group of people a lot of us think will be big buyers of the iPad Pro.


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Review: IK Multimedia iRig Mic Lav

Apple's iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices have evolved to the point where it's becoming much more common for people to do video blogging, journalism and podcasting while on the go. IK Multimedia's new iRig Mic Lav ($50) is designed with these users in mind, providing a high quality condenser lavalier microphone that can be quickly setup and plugged into your iOS device to record high quality audio for on-the-spot interviews or podcasts. {/exp:char_limit}

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Apple’s 2015 Gift Guide


The person on your list is a music lover. Gamer. Photographer. Whiz. Workout devotee. Nomad, even. No matter who you’re shopping for this holiday, you’re sure to find a great gift.

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always loved gift guides and dreaming about the things I’d like to get for myself and now, as an adult, what I’d like to buy for others. Apple’s Gift Guide is the first in a long line of lists I’ll be perusing over the holidays. Do you plan on getting anything from this list?

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard are in short supply

Apple is pitching the iPad Pro is the ultimate work machine, but not just because of its extra screen real estate. The Pro pairs with the new Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil, giving you a set of tools to get more done. But while iPad Pros abound, good luck finding a Smart Keyboard or Pencil to round out the bundle.

Both the keyboard and stylus designed specifically for the Pro are showing 4- to 5-week shipping estimates with no option to pick up in-store. Some Apple Stores do have the Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil in stock, but you’ll have to call or visit...

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External Link: Verizon Wireless Rolls Out Better...

Verizon Wireless customers no longer have to purchase separate, overpriced plans when traveling abroad. With TravelPass, Verizon customers pay a flat daily fee to access their existing talk, messaging, and data plans: $2 in Canada and Mexico, and $10 in other supported countries.


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Apple HomeKit gets its first smart smoke detector

Apple’s smart home platform keeps growing with the arrival of the first HomeKit-enabled smoke detector.

The Onelink smoke and CO detector ($110 at Lowe’s) from First Alert connects to iOS devices over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, letting users test the alarm and get remote notifications, even outside the house. The companion smartphone app can call 911 directly, and uses voice and location to help get occupants to safety. If more than one detector is installed, they can talk to one another and sound alarms in unison.

Instead of using replaceable batteries, Onelink’s detector has a battery pack built in. It should last about 10 years, at which point users will need to buy a new detector. (As The Verge notes, safety...

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External Link: Comcast Testing a New Streaming TV...

Comcast is testing a new $15 per-month streaming TV service, called Stream TV, but so far it’s only available in the Boston area to Xfinity Internet customers. It will include all the major broadcast channels, as well as HBO and others. The first month is free and there are no contracts required. Comcast says that it will expand the service to all of its areas in 2016. If you’re in the Boston area and have had a chance to try it out, let us know what you think!


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News: Report: Apple may use iMessage for person-to-...

Following news that Apple is looking to expand Apple Pay to allow person-to-person payments, sources who have discussed the program with Apple said iMessage could end up being the method the company will use to facilitate those transfers, Quartz reports. The messaging client is one of the most-used apps installed on the iPhone by default and is especially popular with the demographic currently making the most use of person-to-person payments. People…

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iPad Pro diary day 2: The good, the bad & the...

I posted my first impressions of the iPad Pro yesterday, and having spent much of the past 24 hours mostly using it rather than my MacBook, I now have more of a sense of why Tim Cook thinks it could be a laptop replacement.

While most reviewers dismissed that, and I would certainly join them in doing so when thinking of you or I, it’s easy to forget that we are not normals. We want the power of pro apps, and the ability to do plenty of multitasking. We’re a very different user case to the average non-tech user who rarely ventures further than email, web, chat and a bit of light photo-editing.

I’ve said before that when non-tech friends ask me for advice on which laptop to buy, I quiz them on what they want to do with it and often end up recommending an iPad and keyboard instead. With the increased screen...

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Pad & Quill makes the unboxing video we didn...

Both Dennis and I were too busy this week to do unboxing videos, so Brian Holmes of Pad & Quill did the video we couldn't do. Enjoy!

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Rumor: Second-gen Apple Watch on track for launch by...

Apple supplier Quanta is said to be preparing for the debut of a new Apple Watch by the end of the second quarter of 2016, which would place its launch slightly later in the year than the first-generation model.

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News: Apple shutting down Beats Music on Nov. 30

In a post on the Beats Music support blog, Apple said it’s shutting down Beats Music on Nov. 30 and urged users to move their picks and preferences over to Apple Music before it’s too late. Apple has been encouraging Beats Music users to switch to Apple Music since launching the new service in June, but those users still paying for Beats Music will see their subscriptions canceled at the end of the month. The “related articles”…

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Apple's dropping Beats Music at the end of the...

Apple is pulling the plug on Beats Music on Nov. 30, shortly after launching the beta of an Android app for its Apple Music streaming service.

The company is now encouraging both Android and iOS users of Beats Music to transition to the Apple Music streaming service, which was launched by the company in June.

After the launch of the Apple Music app for Android phones, it has become easier for Apple to do the inevitable - shut down Beats Music, transition Android users and focus on Apple Music.

“All the pros that curated music for you are still crafting more amazing experiences,” wrote executive Dale Bagwell on a Beats support page. “Plus, on Apple Music, you’ll get even better recommendations based on music you already listen to and love, 24/7 global radio with Beats 1, exciting material from your favorite artist, and more.”

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Logitech K760: A Wireless Keyboard with No Strings...

The Achilles heel of wireless keyboards has traditionally been the burden of battery management. While Apple’s newly announced Magic Keyboard begins to address this issue, a solar-powered Bluetooth keyboard by Logitech solves this dilemma once and for all.


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Apple highlights iPad Pro, new Apple TV alongside...

Apple has some helpful tips for consumers who are having trouble deciding on gifts for their tech-savvy friends and family, launching a new edition of its annual holiday gift guide featuring the latest from Apple and its favorite partners.

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Review: Logitech’s Create for iPad Pro gets the...

I’m on the record as loving Logitech’s Apple accessories, having been a very early champion of the K811 Easy-Switch Keyboard, and fan of its cleanly-designed Rechargeable Trackpad for Mac. The company also thrilled a lot of people with its Ultrathin series of iPad keyboards, which weren’t cheap or perfect, but worked well while looking and feeling nice. And many of...

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You’ll be waiting 4-5 weeks for that Smart Keyboard...

If you want a Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil for the iPad Pro, you’ll be waiting awhile. They’re now showing a 4-5 week waiting time for availability. 

What’s more, Apple has sold out of most 128GB models (both the Wi-Fi and cellular versions). Availability of specific super-sized iPads at specific retail stores varies from location to location, some have the 32GB model in stock, though the both the Wi-Fi and LTE 128 gigabyte variants are harder to find.

Regarding the situation Apple told Mashable this: “Customers are very excited for iPad Pro, Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard. We have limited supply of Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard in Apple Retail stores. Our stores will continue to receive regular shipments and we encourage customers to visit for online availability and delivery dates.”

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Apple launches holiday gift guide

Apple has launched a holiday gift guide website. It features HP computers, Android phones, and the Microsoft Surface. Just kiddin’. 

It spotlights Apple’s hardware and software products, The holiday gift guide has six main sections: Gaming, Photography, Music, Fitness, Learning and Travel. Don’t be shocked but Apple highly recommends its own products (the Apple TV, iPhone, the Beats Pill +, Apple Watch, the iPad, MacBook, etc.) as well as third-party peripherals and suggested apps.

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News: Daily Deal: 1byone Car Mount & 4-Port...

Today in iLounge Deals you can get the 1byone Car Mount & 4-Port Smart Charger Bundle for only $27.98. Providing power and stability for all of your devices, this bundle includes a universal smartphone car mount with a magnetic holding system, a 360-degree view capability, and super sticky suction to keep your phone in place without harming your car’s surface along with a four-port USB car charger that can simultaneously power up to four…

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Beats Music closing at month’s end; Apple wants you...

Beats Music, which is owned by Apple, is closing down at the end of this month, according to an announcement on its website. Your subscription will be cancelled, but you can move your picks and preferences over to Apple Music right now.

Apple bought the steaming music service Beats Music, and Beats Electronics — which makes the  Beats headphones, speakers and audio software — in 2014. Apple acquired the two companies for a total of $3 billion, consisting of a purchase price of approximately $2.6 billion and approximately $400 million that will vest over time.

Apple Music costs US$9.99 per month or $14.99 per month for up to six people in a household. There’s a three-month trial period.

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AppleInsider podcast reviews the new iPad Pro, talks...

On this week's all-new AppleInsider podcast, Neil reviews the iPad Pro and talks about the Logitech Create keyboard. Mikey talks about SixtyEight Research and its connections to an 'Apple Car.' Rumors say no AMOLED before 2019 for iPhones, and the Steve Jobs movie gets booted out of theaters.

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Apple releases holiday gift guide featuring iPhone,...

Apple has launched a holiday gift guide microsite today, featuring Apple products and accessories targeted at a wide variety of audiences. The list is separated into six main sections: Gaming, Photography, Music, Fitness, Learning and Travel. Naturally, Apple prominently features its own devices in the recommendations (iPhones, iPads, Apple TV, Beats headphones) alongside third-party accessories and suggested apps.

For example, in the Photography category of its gift guide, Apple lists the brand new iPhone 6s as the ‘world’s most popular camera’ alongside silicon cases, the...

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ShopKeep sees ‘significant linear growth’ in Apple...

In a report send to Apple World Today, ShopKeep says that Apple Pay acceptance with SMBs (small to medium sized businesses) is the single biggest opportunity to drive the universal ubiquity of this payment method. SK has been seeing “significant” linear growth in the number of Apple Pay sales on its registers that’s approximately 8.4 times faster than the rate of all credit card transactions being processed. 

ShopKeep has a month-over-month Apple Pay adoption rate of 10 percent for new merchants taking their first Apple Pay transaction. In February 2015, only 2.5 percent of the platform’s merchants had executed transactions with Apple Pay, but by the end of September, that percentage was up to 26 percent. What’s more, ShopKeep is seeing approximately 20 percent month over month growth among our merchant base who use Apple Pay at least once daily. 

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Microsoft OneNote picks up video embeds, new iPhone...

As part of its massive November update cycle, Microsoft on Thursday pushed a smorgasbord of new features to its OneNote notetaking software across a wide variety of platforms.

Users of OneNote Online and OneNote for iOS can now record audio into a note straight from the web and mobile app. It’s an extension of similar capabilities already available on OneNote for Mac and OneNote for Windows.

That said, the implementations aren’t equivalent. Recording or playing back audio in a note on the iPhone blocks input on the rest of the screen until users have stopped recording or playback. OneNote Online appears to be limited to recording audio in 90 second chunks, which is fine for capturing short snippets of speech, but not great for taking down an entire lecture. 


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How to remove a band from an Apple Watch

According to a report from Wristly Apple Watch band ownership is increasing, going from about 1.4 bands per user to nearly two bands per user. If you’re going to own multiple Apple Watch bands, you should know how to change ‘em. 

Before you change your band, place your Apple Watch face down over a clean surface like a lint-free, micro-fiber cloth or soft, padded mat. If you have a Link Bracelet, press the quick release button on a link to separate the band into two pieces. If the band doesn't slide out, press the band release button again and make sure that you hold it down.

Hold down the band release button, then slide the band across to remove it. Make sure the text on the band is facing you, then slide the new band in until you feel and hear a click.

Never force the band into the slot. If you don't feel or hear a click, slide the band...

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Apple considering using iMessage for its person-to-...

Quartz report citing banking sources says that Apple is considering the use of iMessage to handle its expected person-to-person service to complement Apple Pay.

One way Apple might add money transfer services to iOS is through iMessage, the proprietary messaging service, according to people who have discussed the program with Apple. It’s already one of the most used default apps on iPhones and is especially popular with the younger crowd.

Apple is reported to be in talks with banks to agree terms for the service. It’s believed that Apple wants banks to act as the payment processors so that it can steer...

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Lux Bands offer elegant, but affordable, Apple Watch...

Since I’m a runner, I’m a big fan of the Sports band for the Apple Watch. Its custom, high-performance fluoroelastomer build with a pin-and-tuck closure is great for sweat-related activities. However, it’s nice to have other bands when you want a bit more elegant look.

X-doria’s Lux Bands for the Apple Watch are classy, real leather bands designed with chrome hardware to match the world’s best-selling smartwatch. They’re easy to install/uninstall (no tools are required) so you can switch among them quickly — assuming you want to buy more than one; they’re $49.99 each. They’re available in black or brown pebbled leather or white or black crocodile finish color options for the 38 MM or 42 MM Apple Watch

The Lux Bands are lightweight and provide a secure, comfortable fit. The Sport will...

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Apple responds to month-long wait for iPad Pro...

With both the iPad Pro’s Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil showing availability of 4-5 weeks, and neither available in-store, Apple has issued a brief statement to Mashable acknowledging the issue and promising ‘regular shipments.’

Customers are very excited for iPad Pro, Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard. We have limited supply of Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard in Apple Retail stores. Our stores will continue to receive regular shipments and we encourage customers to visit for online availability and delivery dates … 


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Mini-review: Logitech’s Create is the iPad Pro...

Logitech's Create keyboard case for the iPad Pro.

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I received an iPad Pro early last week, and, throughout that week and into the weekend, I primarily used Apple’s Smart Keyboard to “dock” the tablet. As I said in our review, I liked it well enough—the feel of the keyboard is easy to get used to if you don’t absolutely hate the new low-travel switch mechanism and layout Apple introduced in the Retina MacBook. I could wish that the stand part of the cover allowed...

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Mac App Store Apps 'Damaged' Following...

An anonymous reader writes: A slew of complaints are emerging against Apple after users were forced to delete and re-install Mac App Store apps in the wake of a major security management error. The problem manifested with the apparent expiry of security certificates which validated the apps, but even after the certificates were updated yesterday to expire in 2035, the problems were not resolved; some users were unable to verify the new certificates, and others could not even connect to the internet. In some cases the programs had to be reinstalled from scratch, deleting the user's existing settings.


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Thursday November 12

Apple features 'amazing' apps and games...

One day after launching its extra large iPad Pro, Apple is throwing a spotlight on apps that take advantage of the tablet's massive 12.9-inch Retina display, titles compatible with Apple Pencil, "desktop-class" software, games and more.

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Apple to open 26th Chinese Apple Store in Chengdu on...

Pushing closer toward its goal of opening 40 Apple Stores in China by mid-2016, Apple on Thursday announced its newest regional outlet in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, will start accepting customers on Nov. 21.

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Apple showcasing apps & games optimized for iPad...

Following the official release of the iPad Pro yesterday, Apple this evening has launched a pair of new featured sections on the App Store showcasing apps that take advantage of the massive 12.9-inch Retina display the iPad Pro has.

The first featured section showcases games that are optimized for iPad Pro. Apple touts that the size and power of the device takes gaming to a whole new level. Apps featured in this section include Shadowmatic, Geometry Wars, Broken Age, Smash Hit, Lumino City, Horizon Chase, and many more. Apple says the following about gaming on the iPad Pro:

The size and power of iPad Pro let you enjoy gaming on an epic new scale. Get started with games whose breathtaking graphics, spectacular sound, and immersive features...

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Apple to phase out Beats Music service on Nov. 30

An inevitable end of services is about to befall Beats Music, which will officially shut down operations on Nov. 30 after being acquired by Apple and seeing its music curation and playlist generation technology infused into Apple Music.

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Apple shutting down Beats Music on Nov. 30,...

Following the launch of Apple Music on Android earlier this week, Apple today has revealed that it is officially shutting down the Beats Music service on November 30th. According to a support document shared on the Beats Music website, all subscriptions will be cancelled on that date, with users being asked to migrate to Apple Music.

In the support document, Apple, of course, touts that all of the features Beats Music users have grown accustomed to are present on Apple Music. Apple also points out all of the new features of its service, including Beats 1 and “even better recommendations.”

The full support...

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Apple Pencil, Smart Keyboard ship times at 4 to 5...

Apple is already showing stockouts of certain iPad Pro models less than two days after kicking off preorders, while shipping estimates for Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard, both deemed essential to the iPad Pro experience, have fallen to 4 to 5 weeks.

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Opinion: Apple TV price + app quality make it a...

Apple’s fourth-generation Apple TV has been available for two weeks now and after using it using it exclusively for all my media consumption, I’ve gathered a handful of thoughts. When Apple announced the device back in September, I was perhaps more excited for it than I was the iPhone 6s. And rightfully so. Tim Cook touted the new Apple TV as the future of television, using superlatives that seemed extreme even for Apple. The device had been a long time coming, too, which further contributed to the hype in my mind that surrounded the release.

As someone who had incredibly high hopes for the fourth-gen Apple TV, what do I think of it two weeks later? Let’s discuss…

I’ve always been an Apple TV user. Since the device’s essential “relaunch” in...

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Purism's Librem 13 Linux Laptop Is Sleek,...

The combination of custom-made hardware and a tweaked Linux OS makes the Librem laptop lineup a unique offering with several innovative security features not offered in any other computer. The Librem line is a work in progress. The OS just reached version 2.0 and comes preinstalled on the hardware built with the modified Linux kernel in mind. LinuxInsider received one of the first available Librem 13-inch units for review. Our hands-on testing shows the hardware/software combo is an impressive display of the power and finesse of Linux.

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iPad Pro contains USB 3.0 controller, hints at ultra...

A day after iPad Pro launched on Wednesday, teardowns and reviews of the gigantic tablet reveal Apple quietly included USB controller hardware capable of supporting high-speed USB 3.0 data connections, suggesting a faster Lightning protocol is in the works.

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Apple Apparently Planning Mobile Peer-To-Peer...

An anonymous reader writes: According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple is planning peer-to-peer services (paywalled) as an adjunct to its Apple Pay system. The company is said to be in talks with major banks including JP Morgan and Wells Fargo to develop a new framework that could be in place as early as 2016, and which would facilitate payment transfers directly between Apple devices such as the iPhone and the Apple Watch.


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The Week in Mac Accessories: Built to protect

Built to protect

This week’s roundup includes accessories that protect your Mac—and its data—from drops, fire, and water. Read on!


The $30 Chatlight can fit either on your MacBook or your iOS device as a light to make sure you’re seen when you do FaceTime chats with friends and loved ones. The battery lasts 90 minutes on a single charge.

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Watchmaker Fossil picks up fitness wearable tech w...

Misfit, makers of popular smartphone-connected wearable fitness accessories, today announced the company is being acquired by watchmaker Fossil Group for $260 million, reports The Wall Street Journal.

Fossil plans to take the technology and integrate it into its traditional watch designs, according to the report:

“We believe it isn’t about function. It is about function and design and branding,” said Greg McKelvey, chief strategy officer and digital officer at Fossil Group. “We see tremendous growth opportunity and that a lot of our jewelry and...

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Singles Day sales, Tag Heuer's smartwatch,...

On The Wrap China's Singles Day puts Black Friday to shame, Tag Heuer debuts a luxury smartwatch and Hollywood effects artists help hospitals make training more lifelike.

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Fossil spends $260M on wearables startup Misfit to...

In a bid to address the growing smartwatch market, established consumer wristwatch maker Fossil on Thursday announced an agreement to acquire wearables firm Misfit for $260 million.

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Apple shuts down iPhone and iPad screen brightness...

Yesterday we shared that the popular automatic screen brightness adjusting app Flux had found a way to make it from the Mac to iPhones and iPads on iOS 9. This afternoon the developers behind Flux announced that the app will no longer be available on iOS at the request of Apple. In a blog post sharing the development, the developers behind the app said that Apple contacted them to say that the app violated Apple’s Developer Program Agreement. While the app was unofficially supported on iOS 9 as a sideloaded app and not an official App Store app, Flux did use Xcode signing to work properly on iPhones and iPads.

Flux on iPhones and iPads with iOS 9 was originally made possible due to...

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Samsung again claims 'leadership by following...

Samsung Electronics has unveiled its new Exynos 8 Octa chip, combining its first custom 64-bit ARMv8 CPU core with the company's proprietary mobile baseband in the same package. But while claiming leadership, the new chip trails Apple in performance.

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AWT News Update: November 12, 2015

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Big iPads, subscription apps, PDF Expert goes Mac, and errors on OS X:

  • iFixit tears down the iPad Pro, and they find big speakers!
  • Castro for iOS has gone the patronage model
  • Readdle introduced PDF Expert for Mac today, and makes PDF Expert for iOS free for a while
  • Certificate expiration errors galore

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Password-pilfering app exposes weakness in iOS and...

Highlighting crucial weaknesses in Apple's and Google's processes for admitting new titles into their competing app stores, both companies have ejected a third-party Instagram app after discovering it probably pilfered user passwords and pictures.

InstaAgent, as the app was called, marketed itself as a program that tracked people who visited a user's Instagram account. It had between 100,000 and 500,000 downloads from Google's Play Store and was in the top charts of the iOS App Store. But behind the scenes, an app developer said earlier this week, the app sent users' Instagram login credentials to a server controlled by the InstaAgent developer. Google was the first to pull the app. Apple later followed.

According to a blog post published Thursday by the iOS developer:


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Analyst: iPad Pro’s A9X CPU poses a threat to Intel

In a note to clients — as noted by AppleInsider — Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Acuri says the A9X CPU found in the iPad Pro poses a threat to Intel as it surpasses the Intel Core M processor (the one used in the new 12-inch MacBook).

The CPU also compares favorably to the Core i5 processor used in the baseline Macbook Air, although it’s still far behind the Core i5 and i7 processors used in higher-end Macbook Pros, the investment firm analyst notes. Acura says the A9X outperformed all Apple laptops that use integrated Intel graphics, registering a three-to-four-times improvement in frame rate of the 12-inch MacBook with Retina display.

The iPad Pro processor also posted an improvement of as much as 40 percent over the Intel Iris 5200 integrated graphics featured on the 15-inch MacBook Pro. However, he points out that what remains to be seen if developers can and...

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'We take your security seriously'

Anyone who has even the slightest amount of contact with the internet is familiar with the scenario: An email or actual piece of mail arrives from a company who apparently handles some part of your connected life. The letter calmly identifies its a...

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Mozilla releases Firefox for iOS

If you’ve been hankering for the day Firefox would be available for iOS, it’s finally here.

Mozilla has announced that its Firefox browser is now available for iOS and can be used on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

Until today, Firefox for iOS was available as a public preview, and only in New Zealand. Launching first in New Zealand has become a common practice for testing new apps and features on the Web — companies use the country as a test market because it has a small population and English is the primary language.

Over the course of its preview launch in September, Mozilla stated it would expand to “a few more” countries prior to its launch. The company seems to have jumped ahead...

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Google introduces YouTube Music app, Facebook adds...

Two web giants released major updates for iOS users Thursday, with YouTube announcing a brand new music discovery app and Facebook adding support for 360-degree video in its existing iOS app.

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Apple, Google remove InstaAgent app after password-...

This is the joy of the war against malware.

Both Apple and Google have removed the InstaAgent app from their respective app stores after it was discovered that the app was storing users’ Instagram usernames and passwords in an unencrypted form, before sending them on to unknown servers.

InstaAgent, which tied in with Instagram, had become a popular download in the App Store’s free software section.

Google responded quickly to the revelation, removing the app from its Play Store, but Apple took a little longer to kill any mention of InstaAgent from the App Store, finally removing it a few hours after the first tweets indicated its malicious...

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Spotify launches personalized concert recommendations

A new update promises Spotify listeners will never miss their favorite bands whenever they’re in town.

On Thursday, the music streaming service announced a partnership with tour tracking site Songkick to intergrate personalized concert recommendations into the Spotify iOS and Android apps. Found in the Browse tab, the new “Concerts” feature will provide Spotify listeners with a personalized list of upcoming tour dates based on their location and listening habits.


As with Spotify’s Discover Weekly personalized playlist feature, Concerts will include live shows by artists you love, as well as some new artists that the Spotify algorithm thinks you might like.


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Apple flub leaves users confused over 'damaged...

Mac users who rely on apps provided through Apple’s App Store are facing some confusion Thursday after an error message caused by Apple incorrectly said that they had to re-install their applications.

The problem, as identified by developer Paul Haddad of Tapbots (the makers of the popular Tweetbot client) is that Apple’s Mac App Store security certificates expired Thursday, five years after their original creation. Without a valid security certificate, apps that users tried to open would throw up an ominous message that said an app was “damaged” and couldn’t be opened.

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Horace Dediu on iPad Pro: It's a desktop...

Horace Dediu is an analyst with Asymco who always provides some great insights into the world of Apple and mobile devices in general. This video came out yesterday, and it's well worth watching if not just for Dediu cavalierly tossing expensive devices, but for his take on what the iPad Pro really is. Be sure to watch it all the way through to the end.

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Readdle brings its best-selling iOS productivity app...

Today, Readdle has launched PDF Expert for Mac. Compatible with OS X Yosemite and El Capitan, this productivity app offers a multitude of PDF editing tools including text annotations, customized shapes, multiple signatures, and “smart tools for filling forms.” Support for Apple Continuity and Handoff allows you to work without interruption when moving between different devices. Readdle is positioning PDF Expert as being a more powerful solution than the built-in Preview app and more cost-effective than Adobe DC.

PDF Expert for Mac is now available on the Mac App Store for $19.99. As part of a limited time launch promotion, PDF Expert for iOS is now free on the App Store (down from $9.99).

When it’s time to edit, all the...

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Notable apps and app updates for November 12, 2015

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 for iOS, tvOS, and Mac OS X:

iOS Apps/Updates

If you've ever watched the weekday recording of the AWT News Update online, then you already know about Periscope. It's a Twitter product that lets you watch live video, catch videos that have been made within the past 24 hours, and even broadcast your own videos. The app got a huge update a few days ago that adds features for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus -- one can use 3D Touch to start a broadcast, search for broadcasters, or teleport to a location in the world... You'll have to load the app on...

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YouTube Music mobile apps launch, with offline...

YouTube is growing into a mansion with many distinct rooms. The latest is YouTube Music, which seeks to capitalize on the video site’s massive music catalogue and convince more subscribers to jump on board YouTube Red.

YouTube Music is free and grants you a focused application for discovering music videos, exploring YouTube’s recommendations, viewing your previous favorites, and streaming audio.

If you sign up for the $10-per-month subscription, you get ad-free access to the entire catalog of videos and the ability to save them offline. The YouTube Red package also applies to YouTube’s other apps and grants you unlimited streaming with Google Play Music.


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4 reasons Logitech's Create keyboard may top...

If you're hot to get your hands on Apple's Smart Keyboard for the new iPad Pro, be prepared to wait. As of this writing, the keyboard won't be in stock for three or four weeks.

In the meantime, I recommend giving Logitech's Create keyboard case the jeweler’s eye. Like Apple's keyboard, it uses the iPad Pro's "smart connector" for its connection and power.

Here are four reasons to consider Logitech’s iPad Pro keyboard:

1. It's available now. You've waited since the iPad Pro's announcement in September to get your hands on Apple's gigantic tablet. And you know you're going to want a keyboard to go with it. Do you really want to wait for the iPad-as-laptop experience?


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Rearranges font options in the Printing preferences for improved clarity. ($49.99 new, free update, 11.6 MB)


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iPad Pro: The Thrill Is Gone

Apple this week began selling its iPad Pro, but the newly introduced device is failing to evoke the enthusiasm the company's line of tablets traditionally has seen. Reviewers gave the device high marks for its battery life, screen, speakers, light weight and Pen, but panned the keyboard, the lack of a touchpad and 3D Touch, its long charging times and its price. They compared it less than favorably to Microsoft's offerings and to the MacBook Air.

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Hands-on: Inboard M1 skateboard is fast, fun &...

With a unique design that places its motors inside the rear wheels, plus connectivity with the iPhone and Apple Watch, the forthcoming Inboard M1 electric skateboard promises to be a ride unlike any other. AppleInsider has tested the company's latest prototype ahead of an early 2016 launch.

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Hands-on with Facebook Notify, a news app without...

It’s hard to believe people are clamoring for more push notifications from their phones, but that’s exactly what Facebook is delivering with a new iPhone app called Notify.

At its core, Facebook Notify is an app for staying informed. But instead of coming up with a pretty interface for reading, like Flipboard or Facebook’s own Paper, Notify is little more than a vessel for notifications, which pop up on your lock screen or swoop down over whatever else you might be doing.

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9to5Mac Holiday Gift Guide: Best picks for the Apple...

If you own an iPhone or Mac, you’re probably a photographer — either with your iPhone’s camera or a standalone camera you connect to your Mac. Just as iPhoto’s simple editing and storage tools helped Apple sell iMacs, photography has become a major marketing focus for iPhones, empowering people to capture increasingly beautiful images and videos with the one device they’re always carrying.

Over the past year, I’ve reviewed some of the very best hardware, software, and services available to Apple-loving photographers. And I’ve spent the last month adding new choices to the list. So just in time for the holidays, I’ve put together 9to5Mac’s Holiday Gift Guide with top photography picks, at price points ranging from $2.99 to $2,200. From basic accessories to smart photo backup solutions to amazing photo-to-wall art printing services, there’s something for everyone inside…


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Upthere cloud service launches first Home and Camera...

Two weeks ago Upthere, the cloud company co-founded by former OS X chief Bertrand Serlet, officially launched after several years of stealth development. Details were still sparse on what exactly Upthere would offer aside from being a different kind of cloud service option for your data. Now Upthere is officially launching its first products in beta: Upthere Home and Upthere Camera.

The idea behind Upthere is that data connections are plenty fast for a lot of people but local storage is a growing issue. Cloud services like Dropbox and iCloud tackle different areas of the problem is different ways, but Upthere believes keeping everything on the server then bringing it to your device on demand is the suitable approach. I got the chance to try out each of the new apps overnight, and while my data is spread across iCloud and Dropbox right now, Upthere’s new apps make a good first...

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