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Friday June 19

11:51
Hyperloop Dreams May Become Concrete


SpaceX this week announced plans to construct a mile-long Hyperloop test track next to its headquarters in Hawthorne, California, scheduled for completion by June 2016.
The company concurrently announced an open competition for university students and independent engineering teams to design and build the best Hyperloop pod. Entrants will be able to test their pods on the track. "These tests will provide proof points at a reasonable cost, and will help build support for the project," said Jim McGregor, principal analyst at Tirias Research.

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11:44
Apple Replacing 3 TB Hard Drives in Some 27-inch...

Apple is replacing 3 TB hard drives in 27-inch iMacs sold between December 2012 and September 2013.

 

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11:30
Daily Deals for June 19, 2015, featuring Billings Pro

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

AWT Featured App

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

Hardware and Accessory Deals

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11:27
Apple announces replacement program for 3TB hard...

Apple has just announced a replacement program for 3TB hard drives in 27-inch iMacs purchased between December of 2012 and September of 2013—approximately the lifespan of the 2012 iMac, though some of the first 2013 iMacs sold could potentially be affected as well. Apple says the drives "may fail under certain conditions."

Apple offers 3TB hard drives in its larger iMacs as an upgrade option, either as a standalone drive or as part of a Fusion Drive setup. Either way, enter your Mac's serial number on the replacement program page to check and see if you're eligible for a replacement. You'll want to back your data up before replacing the...

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11:19
Apple will replace some faulty 3TB iMac hard drives...

Apple on Friday announced that some iMac owners whose machines are equipped with a 3-terabyte hard drive may be eligible to have their drive replaced free of charge, as those drives "may fail under certain conditions."

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10:38
∞ This Father’s Day, “Tell Them Now”

As someone with an extremely complicated relationship with his three dads, this video had me in tears thinking about all the things I wish I could have said to them and all the things I wish I could have heard them say.

Don’t wait until it’s too late.

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10:34
Twitter is testing an easier way to find and buy...

Twitter has long been a platform for sharing cool finds, and now Twitter is hoping to make it easier to discover this stuff and buy it with a click of a button.

On Friday Twitter announced it was testing a new feature to help brands showcase their products in dedicated pages that includes relevant tweets, photos, videos, pricing info, and the option to buy a product, book a trip, or visit a website related to that product. Twitter product manager Amaryllis Fox wrote on the company blog that this new feature will launch with a small number of products. 

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10:33
HelloTalk: Learn a new language on your iPhone

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

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

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10:23
Apple announces replacement program for 3TB hard...

Apple today announced a replacement program for the 3TB hard drive included in some 27-inch iMac models due to a concern that some of the components “may fail under certain conditions.” Apple doesn’t mention a specific product number, but notes that affected machines would have been sold between December 2012 and September 2013, which would apply to Apple’s late 2012 iMac model.

Apple notes that it is contacting iMac owners that may be...

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10:00
From the Editor's desk: Beats 1

"1,000 songs in your pocket" was 14 years ago.

On June 30, that library of music will expand to include "all the music you could ever want." While the original iPod thrilled us with 5 GB of portable, on-demand music, my iPhone lets me listen to virtually any song I want to hear, whenever I want to hear it. That luxury has fostered a feeling of complete control over the soundtrack to my day. Whatever mood or situation I'm in, the perfect backing tracks are a few taps away.

When Apple's global radio station, Beats 1, goes live, the company will ask customers to relinquish that control and let someone else determine what they listen to.

In part, at least. Apple Music is the streaming service that will replace Beats Music, and continue to offer the all-you-can-eat,...

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09:45
Apple unceremoniously removes original iPad mini...

As spotted by 9to5Mac, Apple today quietly removed the original iPad mini from its website and its online storefront. Released in 2012, the first-generation iPad mini was innovative when it debuted, sporting the same internal specifications as the iPad 2, its bigger 9.7-inch counterpart. The loss of the non-retina iPad mini is a transition point for Apple as all of its iOS devices and most of its Mac lineup now sport a high-resolution Retina display.

Our take on the news:
With the next generation iPads possibly arriving later this fall, it is time for Apple to phase out its oldest model iPad mini and clear inventory of the device. And with discounts on the iPad mini 2 dropping the price to below to $299, it's not surprising to see the iPad mini go.

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09:25
Last minute Father's Day gift ideas for the...

It's Father's Day weekend, and time is running short to get a gift. If you need some last-minute ideas, then look no further as we have compiled a handy list of physical and digital presents that you can purchase right away.

Visit your local Best Buy

Best Buy has one advantage over its online competition -- you can walk into a store and come out with an excellent Father's Day gift. It also has a Father's Day sale this week with discounts on popular items such as the iPad mini 3, the GoPro HERO4 Silver, Dr. Dre Powerbeats 2 Earbuds and...

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09:14
Apple denies threatening to pull artists off iTunes...

Despite allegations to the contrary, Apple is not threatening to remove artists from the iTunes Store if they refuse to sign up for Apple Music, a company spokesperson said.

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09:05
9to5Toys Last Call: iPad Air 2 $75 off, Monoprice’s...

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09:04
No, Apple won't ban artists from iTunes for...

A firestorm erupted on Twitter this week after Anton Newcombe, front man for psychedelic rock band The Brian Jonestown Massacre, accused Apple of threatening him with an iTunes ban if his band didn’t agree to the terms of Apple Music. Apple says it will do no such thing.

The biggest issue musicians have with Apple Music is the free three-month trial Apple is going to offer starting June 30. Apple won’t pay royalties to record labels for songs streamed during that period, which could have a significant impact on indie artists who rely on revenue from downloads. People who have free access to streaming music might not buy as many songs as they used to, and Apple won’t make up the difference with royalties.

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09:03
The original iPad mini is gone, but this non-Retina...

Apple’s original iPad mini is no longer an option if you’re looking to grab a new tablet on the cheap.

As pointed out by Ars Technica, Apple has removed the 7.9-inch iPad mini, which had been selling for $249, from the Apple Store. The least expensive option for a new Apple tablet is now the iPad mini 2, which starts at $299.

Granted, at more than two and a half years old, the original iPad mini is hardly worth recommending at this point anyway. Before its discontinuation, it was the only iPad without a Retina display, and its dual-core A5 chip originally appeared in 2011’s iPad 2. (Apple stopped selling the iPad 2 over a year ago.)

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08:24
Apple receives Helen Keller Achievement Award for...

Congratulations to Apple for receiving the Helen Keller Achievement Award for VoiceOver. The accessibility feature reads what's happening on a device's display out loud, enabling vision-impaired to use Apple's devices more easily and successfully. 

The American Federation for the Blind's vice president, Paul Schroeder, noted the achievement in a tweet published earlier this week:

"VoiceOver came out...and the world changed." --VP Paul Schroeder on #Apple and #accessibility #HKAA

Our take on the news...

VoiceOver is an achievement that benefits many Apple customers. When I read this story, I thought about the Apple Watch in general. With its myriad of input sensors, not to mention Taptic engine and Force Touch...

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08:16
FCC announces plan to block robocalls, spam text...

Maybe the FCC can help put an end to robocalls and spam text messages.

In recent days, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said that the agency is working on a new rule that would allow consumers to block robocalls and automated text messages if requested. The move clarifies the agency’s interpretation of a 1991 consumer protection law that banned telemarketers from making cold calls to consumers. Companies have skirted that ban by using automated dialing machines, prerecorded calls and text messages. The new rule makes it clear that texts are the same as phone calls, and that phone carriers may block robocalls to consumers if asked.

The rule also expands consumers’...

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07:49
Apple quietly pulls first-gen iPad mini from its...

The original iPad mini has disappeared into the night from the Apple online store.

Early Friday, Apple unceremoniously removed the first-generation iPad mini from its website, including product pages and the online store, leaving only the iPad mini 2 and 3, both of which feature high-resolution Retina displays.

The company offered no explanation as to why it was pulled and it’s presumed that this cleared out unsold inventory after sales of the tablet tapered off. The first-generation iPad mini is now largely outdated, sporting a 32-bit A5 processor and a non-Retina display.

The original iPad mini was released in October 2012, and has seen...

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07:42
Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, designed to...

An image that purports to show a new, "Plus" version of Samsung's S6 Edge handset appeared on Twitter on Tuesday with an expanded footprint that suggests it may sport a display between 5.5 and 5.7 inches while keeping the industrial design largely unchanged.

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07:35
Apple, IBM collaborate on app for teachers

The Coppell Gazette reports that Apple and IBM have been working on a "Student Achievement App" aimed at educators. Representatives from both companies attended a meeting of the Coppell ISD Board of Trustees to discuss the solution, which will provide teachers with "actionable intelligence on a per-student basis." The app will reportedly run on Apple hardware exclusively. 

A pilot program is scheduled to roll out in 2016 and include US school districts, including Coppell, Texas. 

Our take on the news

I've been out of education for about 10 years, but from what I recall, a lot of this information was managed by disconnected spreadsheets. The teachers I worked with were smart folks who would have welcomed a solution that made their job more efficient, effective and successful. Good luck to Apple...

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07:27
New York school district converts 75% of its...

All students in grades 3 through 9 in the affluent Mineola, N.Y., school district have been equipped with Apple's iPad, in an aggressive and ambitious initiative that has converted some 75 percent of its students' instructional days to the touchscreen tablet.

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06:58
First-gen iPad mini vanishes from Apple's store...

Apple on Friday unceremoniously removed the first-generation iPad mini from its website, including product pages and the online store, leaving only the iPad mini 2 and 3, both of which feature high-resolution Retina displays.

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06:40
Apple stops selling original $249 iPad Mini, the...

Last year when Apple announced the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3, it also announced that the original iPad Mini would continue to hang around at a new, discounted price of $249. Today, after eight months, Apple has quietly delisted its old, relatively cheap tablet from the online Apple Store.

One the inside, the two-and-a-half-year-old Mini was actually a lightly modified version of the four-and-change-year-old iPad 2, which Apple stopped selling in early 2014. The Mini was the last iOS device Apple sold with a non-Retina display—the rest of the lineup, from the iPad Air 2 and iPhone 6 to the iPod Touch, is all Retina at this point even, though the Mac lineup is still making the switch.

Even with the price drop, it was...

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06:07
Edward Snowden supports Apple’s public stance on...

Josh Constine, writing for Tech Crunch, asked Edward Snowden about Tim Cook’s public statement on privacy.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:57
Apple quietly pulls original iPad mini from web site...

Last week, above. Today, below.

The original iPad mini has quietly disappeared from Apple’s web site, and is no longer available to purchase new from the Apple Store. Introduced in October 2012, the first iPad mini established the industrial design that was subsequently used in the iPad mini 2 and iPad mini 3, as well as the larger but...

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05:57
iOS 9 iPad keyboard shortcuts

A quick look at some of the iPad keyboard shortcuts currently available in the pre-release of iOS 9.

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05:48
Brian Jonestown Massacre frontman rants at Apple...

Update: As we suspected, this appears to be a misunderstanding on Newcombe’s part. An Apple spokesperson told Rolling Stone that it is not threatening to remove music from its iTunes store if artists don’t agree to it’s streaming terms.

Anton Newcombe, frontman for Brian Jonestown Massacre, has posted a series of tweets attacking the fact that Apple is paying nothing to artists for streaming their music on...

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05:45
∞ Code like a girl, lead like Tim Cook

Buzzfeed followed five coders, all of them girls, all of them winners of full scholarships to this past WWDC. Simply fantastic.

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05:22
AppleInsider podcast talks iOS 9, security and very...

This week's all-new AppleInsider podcast features Mikey Campbell and Daniel Eran Dilger as we talk about the features we're looking forward to most from iOS 9, security vulnerabilities, and some of the problems of having a very large phone. Plus, Daniel discusses Apple Music, how it affects iTunes, and what it means to consumers.

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05:17
Details on OS X and iOS cross application resource...

Details on the XARA cross application resource attack, the latest threat to iOS and OS X.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:00
You Should Play: Brickies puts a fresh spin on the...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.

How many hits does it take to get to the center of this stage? More than a few, that’s for sure.

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Thursday June 18

23:46
Google, Microsoft join government's disaster...

People hit by storms and other disasters need more than food, clothes or shelter in the days following the unfortunate event. They also need access to working internet or cellular networks to find family and friends who (heaven forbid) might be missi...

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22:51
Apple, IBM to take partnership into education with...

It appears that Apple and IBM have plans to stretch their mobile solutions partnership beyond enterprise and into the classroom, as the companies are co-developing an experimental app that provides teachers with real-time student data analytics.

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20:02
Antergos Linux Lowers the Arch Barrier


Antergos is an Arch-based Linux distribution that offers six desktop choices. This is a distro that Linux tinkerers might well embrace, but it comes with a few more stumbling blocks than other Linux options, which could make it a less welcome alternative. Its developers created a cute logo that espouses the notion that Antergos is a distro "for everyone." In some ways, that is true. The developers smoothed over some of the tripping points that bog down typical Arch distro entry.

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19:12
Apple takes App Analytics service out of beta, adds...

Apple on Thursday sent out an email blast to developers notifying them of new features added to App Analytics, including data for crashes, number of paying users and a ratios tool for comparing statistics.

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18:07
Apple Music to miss out on Taylor Swift's...

Despite showing up onscreen in an Apple Music demo at WWDC, Taylor Swift will not be making her latest album "1989" available through Apple's upcoming streaming service, a report said Thursday.

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17:48
Apple was licensing Sony’s 4K content as early as...

According to a document leaked as part of WikiLeaks’ latest dump of information form the Sony Pictures hack, Apple has been testing and licensing 4K content from Sony since as early as 2013. The document is signed by Eddy Cue, Apple’s SVP of Internet Software and Services, and former Sony Pictures exec Jim Underwood (via AppleInsider)

The letter that was leaked is from Sony’s Culver Distribution company, located in Culver City, California. The letter reveals that in 2013, Apple requested and was granted the...

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17:05
∞ Follow-up to how I lost over 40 pounds using...

The emails and tweets about the weight loss I’ve experienced using HealthKit and Apple Watch have been heartwarming, to say the very least. It was probably the most difficult piece I’ve ever written, just because I was putting myself all out there for everyone to see. Honestly, I wasn’t sure I would even post it. Finally, I looked at the screen, hit publish, and walked away. [...]

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17:01
Apple Music couldn't convince Taylor Swift to...

It’s been nearly a year since Taylor Swift released her blockbuster album, 1989, but users on streaming services still won’t know what it sounds like.

Swift’s latest album won’t be on Apple Music launching on June 30, BuzzFeed reports. Apple’s new streaming service will have the singer’s back catalog, however—as do other subscription music services like Rdio, Tidal, Beats Music, and Google Play Music All Access. All of Taylor Swift’s music is notably absent from Spotify because of its ad-supported, free tier. 

“It’s my opinion that music should not be free, and my prediction is that individual artists and their labels will someday decide what an album’s price point is,” Swift wrote about her decision in an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal...

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16:50
Apple expressed interest in 4K video streaming in...

Documents originating from last year's Sony Pictures data breach reveal Apple requested 4K content for potential digital distribution and on-demand services testing nearly two years ago, suggesting the company has been exploring ultra high-definition streaming for some time.

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16:26
Apple Music will stream Taylor Swift’s back catalog...

There has been a lot of speculation regarding what artists will be available on Apple Music. Earlier this week, it was reported that artists signed to indie labels, like Adele and the Arctic Monkeys, had still not signed on to appear on the service. BuzzFeed now reports that Taylor Swift’s hit album ‘1989’ will not be available on Apple Music either. This doesn’t come as a huge surprise, though, seeing that ‘1989’ is currently not available from any existing streaming services like Beats and Spotify.

BuzzFeed says that both Apple and Taylor Swift’s label Big Machine Records confirmed that ‘1989’ will not be available and...

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16:03
Apple launches new App Store page to showcase apps...

Apple today has added a new featured section to the App Store in which it is highlighting apps that take advantage of the iOS VoiceOver feature. Last month, Apple was recognized by the American Foundation for the Blind for its efforts to accommodate users who suffer from vision loss. A gala is being held this evening in New York City by the American Foundation for the Blind to honor the recipients of the Hellen Keller Achievement Award, which Apple received, and to celebrate, the company has added a new App Store section showing off apps using VoiceOver.

In its new section on the App Store, Apple is highlighting apps that take advantage of VoiceOver. VoiceOver is a gesture-based screen reader that allows people who are blind or...

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15:30
Apple highlights apps using VoiceOver

After winning the 2015 Helen Keller Achievement Award for VoiceOver, Apple has highlighted some of the popular apps using VoiceOver that are available on its App Store.

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15:29
Google Takes It to the Streets


Google last week announced the formation of a new company that will develop technology to improve city life for residents, businesses and governments. Google has teamed up with Dan Doctoroff -- former Bloomberg CEO and ex-deputy mayor of economic development and rebuilding for the City of New York -- to advance the effort. Doctoroff will be CEO of Sidewalk Labs, which will be based in New York. Doctoroff will contribute his experience in building and managing cities, and Google will provide funding and support.

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15:26
Apple wins 2015 Helen Keller Achievement Award for...

AFB is recognizing Apple for VoiceOver, a gesture-based screen reader that allows users to hear a description of everything happening on the display, and other features that make iPhone, iPad and other iOS devices accessible to people with vision loss. Apple received an AFB Access Award in 2009 for its trailblazing engineering of accessible products and continues its extraordinary efforts to make their products accessible for everyone.

Congrats to all at Apple for thinking of ever customer.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:03
∞ Corbis charges hefty fees for freely available...

Petapixel:

If you come across any photograph published in the US before 1923, you’re free to use it for whatever purpose you’d like, with or without permission, and with or without attribution. Why? Because its copyright has expired and it’s public domain.

Strangely enough, sometimes free public domain photos get sold as stock photos, and those who don’t know any better may pay large sums to use something they could have used for free.

Don’t get conned by Corbis or anyone else trying to sell you imagery that is in the public domain.

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14:22
Apple refines how Apple Watch screenshots are...

Apple this evening appears to have updated the way in which Apple Watch screenshots are presented in the App Store on iOS. Prior to this recent update, Apple Watch screenshots were shown as normal, rectangular screenshots, which looked unappealing and out of place. Now, Apple has added a black border to the screenshots and has given them rounded corners.

These changes make the apps look more realistic and similar to how they actually appear when running on Apple Watch. The refreshed screenshots are showing now on the iOS App Store, while the desktop version of the App Store still shows the original, borderless images.

Below are the new screenshots compared to the new, refined images. It’s certainly not a major change, but one that will definitely be welcomed by users.

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14:09
Today in the App Store, featuring Drylands and Star...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today’s notable apps include a discount on Drylands; the new Star Wars - Heroes Path game; and an update to Swype! All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Kapsula [$1.99 → Free] Kapsula is a puzzle/racer set in a Soviet space colony full of clones. *WARNING: It's a difficult game, comrade!

Warhammer: Snotling Fling [$1.99 → Free] The Warhammer Old World trembles in fear as Gorbad Ironclaw leads a thunderous Waaagh!

Chromaticon [$1.99 → Free] Chromaticon is a challenging, fast-paced color...

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13:42
Power for Apple Watch lets you check your iPhone...



iOS 9 adds a handy widget to the iPhone that lets you check your Apple Watch, Beats headphones, or other Bluetooth accessory battery levels from Notification Center, but there hasn’t been a way to check the phone’s battery level from the watch.

And because the Apple Watch can catch notifications from the iPhone even at great distances when on the same WiFi network, I often charge my phone in a different room without missing anything important… except knowing when my iPhone is finished charging.

Surenix, best...

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13:34
Project Lightning to bring curated event tracking to...

Twitter is developing a new, human-curated event tracking feature for its Web and mobile apps under the codename Project Lightning, a report revealed on Thursday.

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13:20
Meet the DxO One, a tiny DSLR-like camera that...

The iPhone quickly became my camera of choice as soon as I got an iPhone, and as its abilities have advanced, I’ve been happy with its performance. Of course it has limitations—low light photos are always difficult—but the tradeoffs have been worth it for the ability to take decent photos with a small, lightweight, connected device that I’m almost always carrying anyhow.

DxO wants to provide the best of both worlds: The convenience of shooting photos with your iPhone, with the image quality and RAW formats of a DSLR. The just-announced DxO One is a compact camera that attaches to your iPhone’s (or iPad’s) Lightning connector, so you’ve got an external lens, a real shutter button, and even space for a microSD card, but you compose shots and tweak settings on the iPhone’s nice large screen.

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13:00
IDC: Wearable sales to hit 72m units this year as...

Following the launch of the Apple Watch in April, IDC’s latest estimates for wearables shows the market is set to grow approximately 173% this year as shipments increase from 26.4 million in 2014 to an estimated 72.1 million worldwide for 2015.

The estimate includes both “basic wearables” and “smart wearables”— wrist wear, eyewear, modular, clothing, ear wear, and other— so it’s not just the Apple Watch and Android Wear smartwatches making up the estimate, but also all the fitness trackers, glasses, and other wearable accessories...

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12:25
Twitter's Project Lightning will showcase event...

If you had to use one word to describe Twitter’s strategy over the last year, that word would be experimentation. Later this year, the mobile app is planning its boldest change to date: a new way to display tweets from big events as fullscreen collections of photos and videos.

According to BuzzFeed, Twitter’s super-secret Project Lightning will bring a new button on the Twitter app home screen that will take you to curated feed of events—like Coachella or a riot breaking out in Russia—featuring fast-loading photos and auto-playing videos. You’ll be able to follow event collections to get updates on your Twitter feed without having to follow every Twitter user whose content is featured in the collection. That’s helpful so your feed won’t be cluttered with tweets after the big event ends. 

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12:23
Daily Deals for June 18, 2015, featuring Billings Pro

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

AWT Featured App

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

Hardware and Accessory Deals

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12:18
Apple investigating thinner touch panels that can...

Apple is looking beyond its new Force Touch pressure-sensitive input method, and may in the future allow users to perform gestures by pointing or moving their hands in front of a device, without even touching it, new patents reveal.

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12:02
Rumor: Apple Watch 2 to feature Wi-Fi chipset, front...

The rumor mill will always be alive, vibrant and speculating.

And it has plenty to say about the next generation of the Apple Watch.

Sources have supplied details as to the Apple Watch 2, including a front-facing video camera for FaceTime chats and a wireless chipset that will make the watch capable of standing on its own.

As of now, the Apple Watch needs to be synced with your iPhone for almost all of its functions, save for activity-tracking and listening to music you’ve stored locally on the device. This may be changed via a Wi-Fi chipset in the Apple Watch 2 that will allow the devices to use Wi-Fi networks to transmit data as needed...

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12:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Check out OtterBox’s new...

...plus, wallet cases and more!

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases features wallet cases from Bellroy, Danny P., and Sewell, battery packs from Wirelessky and Kodiak, a gorgeous armband from Griffin, and more.

Bellroy

The 3 Card Phone Case (iPhone 6; $65) sports a sleek design that includes room for up to three credit cards and some cash.

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11:46
FCC votes in favor of allowing Lifeline low-income...

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted 3 to 2 in favor of extending the U.S. government's Lifeline program to offer subsidies for broadband Internet, and not just basic phone service.

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11:34
Routers Becoming Juicy Targets for Hackers


Most consumers pay as much attention to routers as they do to doorknobs. That's not the case with Net marauders. They're finding the devices ripe targets for mischief. "We've seen a big increase in malware designed for home routers," said Incapsula researcher Ofer Gayer. "Every week, we see a new vulnerability in a vendor's routers," he said. "They're low-hanging fruit if you're a hacker. They're a very soft target." Home routers are the soft underbelly of the Internet, observed Andrew Conway, a threat researcher at Cloudmark.

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11:16
Fitbit makes stock market debut, share price jumps...

Wearable fitness tracker firm Fitbit, which competes with the Apple Watch with its own hardware, began trading on the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday, and investors promptly drove the company's share price up by more than 50 percent in the opening hours.

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10:16
Red Bull barnstorming

Red Bull:

Leader Paul Bonhomme and Wingman Steve Jones have been flying together for 17 years, and needed every ounce of that experience to pull off this amazing feat of aviation.

The Red Bull Matadors pilots hurtled straight through a hangar at Llanbedr Airfield, north Wales, at a speed of 160 knots (185mph), just one metre off the ground.

Brings new meaning to the words, “sphincter tightening”. Amazing skill and courage of these two guys. “If we get it wrong, we hit a building”. Indeed.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:16
Apple Watch Models Now In Stock at Some Retail Stores

After limited initial supplies, many Apple Watch models and bands are now available to purchase in retail Apple Stores. Feel like picking up a new watch on your lunch break? It might be waiting for you.

 

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09:49
Apple Music marketing features artists whose labels...

Apple Music's pre-launch marketing campaign has prominently featured big-name independent artists like FKA Twigs and Alabama Shakes, even as their record labels have publicly opposed the new service's financial terms and indicated that they are not yet on board.

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09:40
Galway residents raise noise, energy concerns about...

Some residents in the area of Apple's planned Irish datacenter have filed objections with the Galway County Council, arguing that the company's Environmental Impact Statement is "inadequate" and doesn't address a range of concerns, a report said on Thursday.

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09:39
Apple Watch 2 may stand on its own with Wi-Fi chip...

If you’re waiting for Apple to release the second-generation Apple Watch before you finally buy one, well, we don’t blame you. New details indicate Apple Watch 2 will be packed with improvements, including a front-facing video camera for FaceTime chats and a wireless chipset that will make the watch capable of standing on its own.

It’s the latter that will become a huge selling point for Apple Watch 2. Right now, your watch requires your iPhone to be nearby for just about everything except activity-tracking and listening to music you’ve stored locally on the device. But according to a Thursday report from 9to5Mac, Apple is working to free Apple Watch from the iPhone for all but the most taxing data transfers and file-syncing by putting a Wi-Fi chipset in the next-gen model. That chip...

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09:35
Apple begins accepting submitted publications into...

iOS 9 introduces Apple News, which replaces Newsstand as the default way to read news publications and blog content on the iPad and iPhone. Apple is automatically including many famous partners automatically with smaller publications having to request inclusion. We explained how to submit to Apple News a few days ago.

Now, it seems Apple has begun the approval process for these submissions. It has started sending out emails to let people know they have been accepted into Apple News.

The email includes a link to view your channel in the Apple News app on iOS...

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09:29
Kickstarter find: Meezy Cube

Here's a clever would-be product on Kickstarter that deserves a little attention. It's called the Meezy Cube and it's meant to protect your MagSafe adapter's power cube and prevent cord fray. It's the latter that I'm excited about. Not that fixing a cable with Sugru isn't effective and fun, it's that preventing damage in the first place is even better. 

The cube itself is made of six pieces of ABS plastic that snap into place, covering your adapter's brick. The nice part is the extended tube of plastic that protects about the first inch of cable coming out of the brick. Since that's the spot where stress typically causes fraying, it's quite helpful. 

I got a 3D-printed demo unit to play with and it's pretty neat. Far from the finished product, of course, but I can see how it protects the...

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09:27
LibreOffice Now Available On Apple's Mac App...

sfcrazy writes: It's an event of historical magnitude: One of the most popular Open Source projects, LibreOffice, is now available directly from Apple's Mac App Store. You can get LibreOffice on OSX with automatic updates, long-term maintenance, and optional professional support, for the first time. There are two editions of LibreOffice available on the Mac App Store: LibreOffice from Collabora and LibreOffice Vanilla. While the Vanilla edition can be downloaded free of cost, LO from Collabora has a price tag of $10.

"Free through the App store" is an implicit endorsement that plain old "free" can't beat, even taking open-source licensing out of the picture.


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09:21
EFF names companies who have your back

Apple earns five stars in this year’s Who Has Your Back report. This is Apple’s fifth year in the report, and it has adopted every best practice we’ve identified as part of this report. We commend Apple for its strong stance regarding user rights, transparency, and privacy.

Congrats Apple.

EFF’s evaluation of Google (three stars):

Google should take a stronger position in providing notice to users about government data requests after an emergency has ended or a gag has been lifted. Furthermore, Google should provide transparency into its data retention policies.

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09:09
9to5Toys Last Call: car jump starter/power bank $60...

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09:07
Review: The Duo joins your Apple Watch and a...


An upcoming product called The Duo will let you wear a traditional watch and the Apple Watch at the same time.

The company behind the product, watchmakers Original Grain, sent one over and I’ve been playing with it for the last week. So I decided to share my thoughts for those considering contributing to the crowd funding campaign launching today.

I love my Apple Watch. Even more so than I expected leading up to the device’s launch. But despite wearing it everyday...

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09:06
Twitter is preparing to curate news in its iPhone...

Buzzfeed render of upcoming Lightning feature

Just as Apple is preparing to enter the news curation space with its News app in iOS 9 and Facebook has launched native news content with Instant Articles, Twitter appears to be working on its own news product for its mobile app. Buzzfeed’s Mat Honan reports that Twitter is currently developing a news-focused feature for its app under the name Project Lightning (no, not Apple’s connector) that will make it possible to follow events in your timeline rather than only following Twitter...

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08:54
∞ The Hello Project

Spencer Wynn

The Hello Project was born of a love of story telling and curiosity.

All too often people pass one another, head down and only interacting with their mobile devices. This is an attempt to use the power of social media to reconnect people in the oldest way possible …

by saying Hello.

This is sort of the Canadian version of the famous New York city project and it brings home a thought I’ve always had – most of us have stories to tell but no one to tell them to.

I love the idea of street photography but am often too reserved and shy (too Canadian) to approach people. I think this way of doing it will inspire me to try my own photographic experiment along these lines.

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08:41
Developers currently unable to submit Watch apps due...

 

Update: The problem should now be resolved. Watch apps should upload as normal once again.

Developers are flocking to Apple’s developer forums today as the iTunes Connect submissions process is currently experiencing a glitch which makes it impossible for developers to submit apps that include Apple Watch extensions.

Rather than continuing submission process as normal, the system is incorrectly flagging up misuse of an Apple private framework called SockPuppetGizmo. Naturally, this is causing frustration in the developer community at the moment because it prevents apps from being submitted to the App Store.

Before apps...

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08:20
“Burrito,” “Sign Of The Horns,” and 35 other emoji...

The Unicode Consortium finalized version 8.0 of the Unicode standard yesterday—the latest iteration of the spec that helps our computers and phones keep all their special characters straight. As with any Unicode update, the 37 new emoji are probably the most entertaining things to look at. The folks at Emojipedia have the full list, but a few of our favorites include "Burrito," "Unicorn Face," "Nerd Face," "Face With Rolling Eyes," "Sign Of The Horns," and "Crab."

You can see some sample images over on the Unicode Consortium's site, though companies generally design their own versions of these icons to use in their software to keep things visually consistent.

Unicode 8.0 also includes the skin tone...

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08:13
AT&T found guilty of data throttling, lack of...

Maybe this is the slap on the wrist that AT&T needs to deliver what it offers.

Following up on thousands of complaints from customers who noticed lower data speeds on their grandfathered data plan, the FCC has issued wireless carrier AT&T a US$100 million fine for throttling data speeds. AT&T was found to have violated the Commission’s Open Internet Transparency Rule with the two violations as follows:

(1) using the misleading and inaccurate term “unlimited” to label a data plan that was in fact subject to prolonged speed reductions after a customer used a set amount of data; and
(2) failing to disclose the express speed...

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08:00
App Store highlights popular VoiceOver-enabled apps

As Apple World Today accessibility editor Alex Jurgensen can tell you, one of the features that makes Apple devices so usable by those with impaired or no vision is VoiceOver. Apple is currently highlighting apps that support VoiceOver with a special section on the App Store. The apps include:

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07:52
Apple Watch sells estimated 2.79 million units,...

You may think the Apple Watch is silly, but it’s selling.

And a fair number of its buyers are snagging a second watch band.

Research firm Slice Intelligence, which analyzed mail receipts from two million people, extrapolated that an estimated 2.79 million Apple Watch units have been sold since the device launched in April.

Of those customers who purchased Watch, 17 percent picked up more than one band.

According to Slice, Apple’s black Sport Band was the most popular model, both for aftermarket sales and as configured with device. The Milanese loop came in second, but comparative metrics were not provided....

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07:51
More Jawbone fitness trackers return to online Apple...

On Thursday one of Jawbone's more advanced fitness trackers, the UP2, appeared at the online Apple Store, following a brief and still unexplained removal of most of the company's product line.

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07:46
Rough Apple Watch sales estimate: 2.79 million units

In just two months, the Apple Watch has reportedly taken a commanding lead in the smartwatch market with an estimated 2.79 million sales.

That's according to Slice, a company that offers e-mail receipt tracking to consumers and turns the data into market research. Slice's Apple Watch sales estimate is based on a panel of 2 million people, more than 20,000 of whom purchased an Apple Watch by mid-June, Reuters reports.

Nearly one out of five buyers Apple Watch buyers are also picking up a spare band to go with their $350-and-up smartwatch purchase, Slice estimates. Apple's black Sport band is supposedly the most popular choice—both as the pack-in band and as a $49 add-on—while the $149 Milanese loop came in second place. Not surprisingly, the basic Apple Watch Sport has been the best-selling...

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07:36
Showing off the Apple Watch

A fun little anecdote that should feel familiar to folks who own an Apple Watch.

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07:15
Apple Watch 2: Apple plans FaceTime camera, iPhone-...

Two months after the initial launch of the Apple Watch, and only a day following the device’s debut at Apple Stores, sources have revealed Apple’s considerations for the 2016 release of a second-generation model. According to multiple sources familiar with Apple’s plans, the Apple Watch 2 is planned to gain a video camera, a new wireless system for greater iPhone independence, and new premium-priced models. Interestingly, it will also feature similar battery life to its predecessor…

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07:12
The value of the round smart watch face

This is an interesting read, good food for thought. Apple Watch is square, and that works really well. But there is one advantage to the circular watch. Read on.

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07:03
Hacked Apple Watch runs Flappy Bird

Ridiculous. And awesome.

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07:00
Jason Snell on family tech support

Jason Snell writes about using Apple tech to troubleshoot for remote family members.

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06:54
Image of a well bearded man

Check out the picture at the top of the post. Great!

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06:51
External Link: Apple Remains on Top of the EFF’s “...

For the second year in a row, Apple has scored a perfect rating on the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s (EFF) annual “Who Has Your Back?” report, which ranks companies on five factors related to how they comply with government information requests and stand up for user privacy. The other companies with perfect scores are Adobe, Credo Mobile, Dropbox, Wikimedia, WordPress.com, and Yahoo. Google and Microsoft, which each had perfect ratings last year, have plummeted to three stars. However, it’s difficult to compare this year’s ratings to last year’s, since the EFF has changed the parameters and reduced the maximum rating from six stars to five.

 

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06:45
Re/code interview with Apple SVP of Operations Jeff...

This interview happened a month ago, but re/code just released the complete video and transcript. I actually enjoy reading a transcript. Let’s me focus, undistracted, on the words.

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06:30
Study: Nearly one in five Apple Watch owners...

Slice Intelligence analyzes emailed receipts to estimate how many of a specific item have been sold. While the market research firm's technique is proprietary, it provided information to Reuters estimating that 2.79 million Apple Watches have been sold so far. That may add a nice bit of change to Apple's bottom line, but sales of accessory bands may be far more profitable. So far, Slice estimates that 17 percent of Apple Watch owners have purchased at least one more band for their device.

Slice's chief data officer Kanishka Agarwal noted that while the black sport band is the most popular band purchased with the device and as an accessory, the $149 Milanese loop band is the second most popular. That means that many Watch purchasers might be using the sport band for practical day-to-day wear, but buying the luxury band to wear for special occasions. 

Bands are...

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06:24
Apple Music Radio debuts in iOS 8.4 & iOS 9...

The native Music app in Apple's iOS 8.4 and iOS 9 betas was updated on Thursday with access to a new "Radio" tab, including a preview of the company's new live, flagship radio station Beats 1.

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06:01
Beats 1 puts in its first appearance (and sound) for...

The Beats 1 radio station that forms part of Apple Music has put in its first appearance for iPhone and iPad users running the beta version of iOS 8.4 and iOS 9. Users are seeing the station logo and hearing pre-roll audio from Zane Lowe when it is clicked.

It’s just a demo at this stage, with pre-recorded audio, but is one step closer to the launch of the streaming music service which launches on June 30 via an all-new Music app … ...

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06:00
MacPhun’s new Tonality 1.2 brings beautiful black...

Even though it’s known as “black and white photography,” balanced grays are what make monochrome images striking or flat. Today, MacPhun released Tonality 1.2 ($18) and Tonality Pro 1.2 ($70), tools designed specifically for making the best possible black and white images from color photos. Both versions work with popular photo library management tools, newly including the Mac version of Apple Photos. The Pro version now plugs into Adobe’s new Lightroom CC, and adds RAW support for both new cameras and Lightroom.

Like MacPhun’s excellent noise-removing app Noiseless, Tonality uses a super-simple interface to let you preview potential changes to your images. The window’s bottom initially scrolls across 13 “Basic” presets, ranging...

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05:00
Québec airport using Apple Watch for operations...

Apple Watch running SITA app. Image via Skift.com

Duty managers at Québec City John Lesage International Airport are now receiving operational alerts on their wrists. Skift blogger Marisa Garcia reports that the airport is the world's first to use a wearable -- in this case, the Apple Watch -- to keep things running smoothly.

According to Marc-André Bédard, VP of Information Technology for Aéroport de Québec, 

“Wearable tech is one area of interest to us and with the Apple Watch and SITA’s Airport Management solution our duty managers will receive important notifications at just the right time to take action as needed.

For example, they may get an alert to say that two planes are arriving simultaneously and have been assigned to the same gate or that there is a delay at a certain gate. Previously, they would have...

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04:32
Latest Slice estimates put U.S. Apple Watch sales at...

Slice Intelligence, which tracks online orders by scanning the email inboxes of more than 2M panel members, estimates that Apple has sold 2.79M Apple Watches in the USA, reports Reuters. The estimate does not include sales in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong or Japan.

Slice last month reported that around 1.5M U.S. orders were placed on the first day of pre-orders, with sales tailing off rapidly after this. KGI is estimating worldwide sales of 5-6M Watches in Q3, 20-30% down on earlier...

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03:45
The best launcher apps for iOS

iOS navigation has matured to the point where it doesn’t matter where our apps are hiding anymore—with a swipe and a few taps we can navigate through the deepest of folders in just a few seconds. Power users can manipulate iOS to do their bidding: We can launch apps, make calls, and send messages without needing to jump through a single home screen hoop, thanks to a little help from the Notification Center, Siri, and even Spotlight.

Launcher apps take this concept to another level. Where Apple’s solutions add up to little more than secret passages and hidden shortcuts, launchers provide a centralized place where we can manage and organize our favorite apps and everyday tasks into a single, contained system. While they’re not quite as powerful or convenient as the ones on our Macs (mostly due to the lack of keyboard shortcuts), launchers on iPhone are little gems of efficiency, condensing series of actions and complex taps into literal easy buttons, and saving our fingers...

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03:30
Audio Hijack 3.1.1

Brings several tweaks and bug fixes to the popular audio recording utility. ($49 new, free update, 15.4 MB)

 

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03:30
Trick out your Apple Watch with these 20 third-party...

Bands beyond Apple

Don’t get me wrong—Apple’s Watch bands are pretty sweet, and very well designed. The Sport band, for example, is ultra-comfy and doesn’t look as casual as you might expect. But that doesn’t mean I want to spend the rest of my life wearing a white fluoroelastomer strap around my wrist.

Luckily, Apple has built change right into its Watch design—just press a small release tab on the bottom of the Watch face, and you can slide your band right out and replace it with a new one. And while Apple may have had the market cornered when the Watch first came out, it doesn’t anymore: Here are 20 quality third-party Apple Watch straps to consider before you drop $450 on the Link Bracelet.

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23:44
Apple Watch sales estimated at 2.79M, 17% of buyers...

Although Apple has yet to release official Apple Watch sales numbers beyond being "thrilled" about its launch, research firm Slice Intelligence says the company is raking in big profits from Apple-made band accessories, as can be expected.

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22:19
Apple nets perfect score in privacy group's...

Digital rights advocacy group the Electronic Frontier Foundation on Wednesday gave Apple a perfect rating in its annual "Who has your back?" report, which rates tech companies on their efforts to secure consumer data against government snooping.

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