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Tuesday May 10

07:50
Sales Of PCs, Laptops, Tablets Continue to Fall, Hit...

According to the latest numbers provided by marketing research firm Canalys, the shipments of PC devices -- which includes desktops, notebooks, all-in-ones, two-in-ones, and tablets -- amounted to 101 million units in the first quarter of 2016. The number underscores a 13% decline from the same period a year ago, and it is also the lowest volume since the second quarter of 2011. Apple led the chart among PC OEMs, moving 14 million units (suffering 17% fall), followed by Chinese conglomerate Lenovo. HP assumed the third position, with Dell and Samsung closely following it. Tim Coulling, Canalys Senior Analyst said in a press statement: The global PC market had a bad start to 2016 and it is difficult to see any bright spots for vendors in the coming quarters. The tablet boom has faded in the distance and the market is fully mature. Global shipments declines are expected to continue unless vendors bring transformational innovation to the market. Apple and Microsoft are propping up...

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07:17
Amazon's new YouTube rival shoves cash at video...

Amazon has launched a full-scale attack on YouTube with its new Video Direct program for content creators.

Video Direct is aimed at both large media brands and individual creators, and offers several ways for them to make money beyond just advertising.

For example, creators can distribute ad-free videos to Amazon Prime subscribers and earn revenue based on hours streamed. They can also offer add-on subscriptions for Prime subscribers (just as streaming services such as Starz and Showtime do already.) Standalone rental and purchase options are available as well through Amazon Video, along with a basic ad-supported model.

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07:12
Protecting devices at the edge of the network

As more devices get placed on the edge of the network (an offshoot of the Internet of Things), many users (both home and enterprise) may forget about protecting them from disasters. At Interop 2016, Network World spoke with Brian Ballard from APC by Schneider Electric about issues both consumers and enterprises should think about with their new edge devices.

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07:00
IBM Extends Open Invitation to Play With Its Quantum...


IBM last week announced that it would allow researchers and scientists to run experiments using its quantum processor. The IBM Quantum Experience runs on the IBM Cloud. Users will be able to run algorithms and experiments on the quantum processor; work with individual quantum bits, or qubits; and explore tutorials and simulations on the possibilities opened up by quantum computing, it said. The processor consists of 5 qubits made with superconducting metals on a silicon chip.

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06:57
∞ The difference between Siri and Viv

Read the main post for a walkthrough of the Viv live demo, with embedded video so you can watch it yourself.

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06:56
PC market in free fall, Apple less so than everyone...

I suspect we’ll see a nice burst to shipped units when Apple updates the retina MacBook Pro.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:38
Japan Display reports $294M net loss, hopes Apple...

Amid slowing sales from a stalling smartphone market, Apple supplier Japan Display is apparently hopeful that future iPhone models could use OLED display technology, helping to once again reignite sales growth.

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06:28
FileMaker 15 Platform designed to improve custom app...

FileMaker, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple, has released FileMaker 15. The company says the upgraded platform improves upon the fundamentals of custom app development with new features in five key areas: mobility, automation/integration, ease of use, security and performance. 

The FileMaker Platform provides the essentials for creating a custom app that fits an organization’s business needs. It works on Mac OS X, iPads, iPhones, Windows, and the web. According to Ann Monroe of FileMaker, Inc., new features of the FileMaker 15 Platform include: 

  • Mobility: Touch ID support enables developers to securely access their custom apps with the touch of a finger. 3D Touch support enables quick access to specific apps. New app extensions offer content customization and cloud-based file sharing. iBeacon support offers location-based data from the custom app and FileMaker WebDirect enables customers to use a...
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06:24
Canada finally getting full Apple Pay rollout as two...

Until today, Canadians who wanted to use Apple Pay had only one option: a non-bank-issued American Express card. That’s finally changed as the first two of Canada’s ‘big five banks’ joined today, with the remaining three confirmed for ‘the coming months,’ reports the Financial Post.

Starting Tuesday, Interact debit and major credit cards issued by Royal Bank of Canada and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce will support the payments technology, which allows users to load cards onto their iPhones and Apple Watches and make in-store...

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06:15
Patent report: a smarter Smart Cover, Lazer Tag with...

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

Apple is working on a smarter Smart Cover for the iPad, it seems. The company has been granted a patent (number 9,335,793) for a “cover attachment with flexible display.” In other words, the cover would serve as additional display space for the tablet.

 

According to the invention, a thin flexible display technology can be integrated into the flexible cover without affecting the overall form factor of the cover or tablet device. Adding the integrated display to the flexible cover greatly enhances the overall functionality of the tablet device, Apple says. 

What sort of functionality? It could show info on videos you’re watching on the iPad, show notifications, serve as a...

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06:02
External Link: Amazon to Compete with YouTube

Amazon has launched Amazon Video Direct (AVD), which will allow anyone to offer videos on Amazon’s Prime Video platform, putting Amazon in direct competition with YouTube. AVD content creators can make their videos available to rent or own, only for Prime Video subscribers, or for free with ads. Amazon is also launching the AVD Stars program, which will distribute $1 million per month among the top 100 AVD titles in Prime Video. Amazon has already amassed some major partners for AVD, including Conde Nast Entertainment, Business Insider, The Guardian, HowStuffWorks, Mashable, Mattel, and Samuel Goldwyn Films. As much Amazon Video Direct is clearly targeting Google’s YouTube, the added AVD content may help make Amazon’s Prime Video more compelling than Apple’s iTunes video library.

 

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06:01
FileMaker 15 arrives w/ Touch ID support, new app...

Apple subsidiary FileMaker is today releasing FileMaker 15, introducing a number of notable additions for mobile device users as well as a host of other new features and enhancements for the platform.

more…

Filed under: Apps, iOS Devices Tagged: 3D Touch, FileMaker 15, iBeacon, icloud, SSL, team licensing...

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05:48
TrendForce: Apple sees 40% quarterly decline in Mac...

Worldwide notebook shipments in the first quarter of 2016 arrived at 35.62 million units, according to TrendForce. What’s more, the global market research firm says Apple saw a 40% quarterly decline in Mac laptop sales.

“In the first quarter, Apple did not have any new MacBook products ready for the market, nor did it lower MacBook prices to generate sales. Apple’s Wintel-based competitors, on the other hand, benefitted from Windows 10 and the steady supply of Intel’s Skylake CPUs,” says TrendForce notebook analyst Anita Wang. “They were able to have numerous new products ready to promote and ship. As a result, MacBook shipments suffered a massive quarterly decline of 40.4% in the first quarter and Apple retreated to the sixth place in the ranking.”

Of course, the first quarter is the traditional off season for the notebook market and retailers still needed time to clear out their existing inventories. Total shipments fell 19%...

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05:46
Apple granted patent for even smarter iPad cover,...

Apple has today been granted a patent for an iPad Smart Cover with more smarts than usual: it incorporates a built-in display, and even a Wacom-style drawing tablet.

The patent illustrates a number of different ways the Smart Cover display could be used, from simply extending the iPad’s own display through text-only displays of things like reminders to a combined display and touchpad. Some of the options show the display acting as a full input device too, allowing both handwritten notes and drawings.

While we of course add our usual disclaimer that Apple patents way more things than it actually makes, two element of this patent have actually made it into production …

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05:39
Ampple plans high definition speaker case for the...

Ampple has introduced an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for its high-definition sound system for the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 4. It will be delivered in the form of a portable, protective case. The crowdfunding campaign, which has a funding goal of $50,000, features a limited amount of early bird specials of $95 (over 35% off the expected retail price of $149 for the shipping product.

Featuring CONEQ, a pro-grade sound correction algorithm, and an acoustic design in the inner sound channels of the case, Ampple produces powerful audio via its front facing speakers, according to Viesturs Sosars, CEO of Ampple. Powered with Bluetooth technology, the speaker case cannot only be paired with the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 4, but also with other Bluetooth-enabled devices.  

On the inside, each case packs a 5000mAh battery that purportedly lasts up to 10 hours. The Ampple case is built...

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05:29
Voip-Pal completes legal service on Apple, Verizon,...

Voip-Pal.com has announced that they’ve completed legal service on Apple, Verizon, and AT&T in the company’s combined $7 billion patent infringement lawsuits filed in February 2016 in the United States District Court, District of Nevada.

Voip-Pal CEO Emil Malak says the company initially delayed service of the actions pending discussions with the defendants regarding an “amicable resolution.” Over the past several weeks discussions have been initiated between the defendants and Voip-Pal’s advisor and mediator, Ray Leon. Malak says Leon has either personally met with or spoken via teleconference with representatives of each of the defendants.

Voip-Pal is a publicly traded corporation that acquired Digifonica International Limited in 2013 in order to fund, co-develop and complete Digifonica's suite of patents. Digifonica purportedly operationalized and tested its suite of software solutions with applications in five core areas of Internet connectivity: Routing,...

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04:47
Tim Cook & Jony Ive make top 10 most influential...

You might think you’d have to get a bit further down the road than researching the possibility of a car to make a top 10 list of automotive influencers, but it seems not. The Drive has listed Jony Ive as #6 and Tim Cook as #3 in its list of The 10 Most Influential People in Automotive Technology.

The Drive cites CarPlay and Watch-based car apps as part of Apple’s reach into the automotive world to justify Cook’s inclusion, while Ive is listed as an influencer of car interior design.

As for the Apple Car itself, the latest news is that the company is seeking 800,000-sq feet of space for research...

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04:30
Photo comic creation is easy and fun with Comic Life...

By Aaron Lee

plasq's Comic Life is a fun Mac OS X app that makes photo comic creation easy. Its image editing features make it easy to transform a photograph into comic artwork, while graphic design options let you tweak the appearance of your comic pages.

Comic Life 3 (the last major rev) introduced a script editor that lets you create stories right in the app. It's simple to take your words to the comic page thanks to new SmartScript technology. Graphics options for strokes, fills and opacity make it easy to create impressive designs. Comic Life 3 also introduced a re-engineered editing engine that allows two-up display of your comic, element grouping, find and replace and master page. 

The collection of parametric filters range from simple line drawing to full on movie-style rotoscoping. They allow a range of effects. You can knock out image backgrounds with the integrated Instant Alpha tool, making it a breeze to build a scene with layered...

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04:18
Apple Watch health labs still operating 12 hours/day...

You might have thought that the health & fitness labs Apple created to help develop the Apple Watch might have been closed once the product had launched, but a piece in Time reports that they are still operating 12 hours a day, six days a week.

I was recently able to visit one of Apple’s labs dedicated to sports and health. For 12 hours a day, six days a week, Apple brings in Apple employees of every shape, condition and ethnicity to do various exercises and monitor them with the most sophisticated medical systems available. Apple has seven full-time nurses in the facility I visited, using medical monitoring equipment that can determine all types of heath related data points.

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04:00
The inexpensive Sprng clip will hold those Apple...

There are higher quality earphones and earbuds you can buy for use with your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. However, Apple's own EarPods are ubiquitous as they come with every iDevice. 

The problem with EarPods is keeping 'em in your ear. After extended use, even if you're relatively still, they tend to slowly wiggle out. However, when you're running, hiking, biking, walking, etc., they pop out quicker and more often.

A simple solution is the inexpensive Sprng clips (yes, that's spelled correctly). You simply snap the Sprng onto your Apple EarPods, then slide the clip up or for a "custom" fit. Voila! Your earbuds stay comfortably in place. (Note that your your ears may not be exactly the same so each side may need to be adjusted slightly differently.)

The Sprng clip is available in pink and grey. They work with the EarPods that came with the iPhone 5/5c/5s, iPod nano (seventh generation), and iPod touch (fifth...

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00:52
Show Box App For PC

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00:09
NASA films Mercury crossing the sun's surface

You don't have to wait for years to watch Mercury crossing the sun if you missed NASA's livestream earlier. The agency's Solar Dynamics Observatory has captured the planet's transit across the star's fiery surface on film and has even uploaded a time...

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Monday May 9

23:36
How to get rid of vitiligo

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Vitiligo treatment

White spots on the skin called as Vitiligo. This probably appears on most nominated parts of body including the feet, arms, hands, face, legs, lips, and circle the eyes and mouth. White patches or spots on skin can also be produce by exterior fungal infections like psoriasis, eczema, tinea versicolor, or further skin conditions. Since Vitiligo disease affect a person's personality, Vitiligo can be upsetting. However, Vitiligo isn't medically risky because it’s not a type of skin cancer and it’s also not a disease such as MRSA. And it's surely not transmittable, so you can't catch it from somebody else.

Biggest story is famous at the front while discussing vitiligo with journalists, investors and the public while we haven’t discussed Vitiligo completely: the biggest case of Michael Jackson’s...

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22:27
Researchers say our thirst for information affects...

Researchers say the desire to make sense of our lives and the world we live in is a powerful motive in how we live and the decisions we make. Behavioral economists from Carnegie Mellon And Warwick Business School have made a model that links our driv...

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20:57
SpaceX give you three looks at its rocket's...

Last week SpaceX stuck a night landing on its droneship, and now (just after Blue Origin posted a ridealong view from its reusable rocket) we've got some video of the event. Three slightly different angles from the ship show the rocket coming down, a...

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19:14
Report: Foxconn set to open $10 billion iPhone...

According to a new report from The Economic Times of India, Apple supplier Foxconn is close to signing a deal with the Indian government to open an iPhone manufacturing plant in the country. The report claims that Apple and Foxconn have narrowed the location for the factory down to Maharashtra.

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Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Apple, Foxconn, iPhone, Manufacturing ...

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18:08
Apple announces WWDC 2016 scholarship winners

Apple on Monday began sending out notifications to lucky students and STEM organization members selected to receive a scholarship to this year's Worldwide Developers Conference, offering winners the chance to attend without paying the $1,599 ticket price.

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17:36
Foxconn nears deal to build iPhone manufacturing...

Apple supplier Foxconn is reportedly close to inking a deal with the Indian government to green-light plans to set up a manufacturing plant exclusively for Apple products.

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17:21
Apple begins issuing WWDC scholarships to winning...

[UPDATE: Email can be seen below now, as well.]

#WWDC16 pic.twitter.com/SoQ3BjUPJB

— Amit Nivedan Kalra (@AMITNKALRA) May 10, 2016

Apple today has started issuing WWDC scholarships to winning applicants. While the company has not yet sent out emails to winners, those who submitted an application can check to see if they’ve received one by logging into their account and looking under the “Events” heading.

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Filed under: Developers Tagged: WWDC, WWDC 2016...

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17:09
Siri creators officially show off ‘Viv,’ their...

Last week, the creators of Siri teased their next virtual assistant service named Viv. At the time, the creators said that Viv does more than Siri or any other virtual assistant currently available. As expected, Siri co-founder Dag Kittlaus today took the stage at TechCrunch Disrupt in New York City to officially show off Viv to the public for the first time, touting that it will “the intelligent interface for everything.”

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Filed under: iOS Tagged: iOS, Siri, ...

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16:20
Steve Jobs tasked Apple to fix healthcare and Apple...

An interesting profile of Apple's overarching health initiative published Monday says Apple Watch, a device marketed to fashion-forward consumers, has roots in late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs' personal quest for better healthcare, a goal he wanted for all Apple customers.

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16:15
Snapchat updated with new one-handed zoom feature [...

Today Snapchat received an update that brings a handy new ability to the popular social app. One-handed zoom, a feature that does exactly what it implies, makes it easier for users to take advantage of the camera’s digital zoom while capturing video. more…

Filed under: Apps Tagged: Camera, Snapchat, zoom ...

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16:06
Spotify to launch 12 original video series as growth...

Apple Music competitor Spotify today announced that it is greatly expanding its video offerings this year. As noted by Bloomberg, Spotify will launch 12 original video series with actors like Tim Robbins and Def Jam Records co-founder Russell Simmons. The series are said to each feature episodes ranging from a few minutes long to 15 minutes and will be available to free and paid users.

more…

Filed under: Apple Music Tagged: Apple Music, Spotify, video...

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15:52
[Sponsor] Blue Bottle Coffee

Your morning starts with coffee. Make sure it’s worth your time, and get a steady supply delivered to your door, with a subscription to Blue Bottle Coffee. This subscription service and cafe network visits farms around the world in search of the best beans, then roasts them to order, and delivers them to you within 24 hours out of the roaster — so you can have the most delicious coffee every day. They always offer a selection of single origins, with early access to select coffees for members. You choose the frequency of deliveries, type of coffee, and quantity, so you never have to worry about getting more than you need, or worse, running out mid-week.

Visit Blue Bottle Coffee for your...

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15:33
Vivaldi Browser Is a Breath of Fresh Air


The Vivaldi browser provides a refreshing approach to traveling along the Internet. It offers something beyond the same old thing in a different skin. Vivaldi is the brainchild of former Opera CEO Jon von Tetzchner. The developers built the Vivaldi browser on top of Chromium, which is open source, but added their own proprietary skins. Therefore, Vivaldi's code is not available for review. That tiny licensing glitch aside, the Vivaldi browser has the same affliction as the Google Chrome browser: It is not completely open source.

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15:30
The Week in iPad Cases: Griffin's latest...

New iPad cases of the week

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases features the Griffin Snapbook, a folio with a removable Bluetooth keyboard that also serves as a protective case. Plus, barely-there screen protectors, colorful shells, and much more. Read on!

Belkin

The ScreenForce transparent screen protector (iPad Pro; $30 MSRP) keeps your screen smudge- and scratch-free. Belkin promises that this lightweight screen shield keeps your display’s resolution clear, is easy to install, and can be used with any case.

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14:39
Futuristic Digital Assistant Viv Takes the Stage


Viv Labs CEO Dag Kittlaus on Monday demonstrated at Disrupt NY 2016 technology that was designed to make people-to-machine interactions as natural as people-to-people interactions. Kittlaus, the former CEO of Siri, and other Siri vets cofounded Viv in 2012. The artificial intelligence-enabled interface no user manual and can handle complex tasks via simple commands, he said. It eventually will make many of the most tedious aspects of existing apps, sites and services obsolete, Kittlaus said.

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14:34
Tim Cook, Jony Ive among ‘the 10 most influential...

Remember when Apple rolled out its Apple Car? Me neither because it hasn’t happened yet. But that hasn’t stopped The Drive, a site devoted to automotive culture, from naming Apple CEO Tim Cook and Chief Design Officer Jony Ive to its list of“the 10 most influential people in automotive technology.” It’s a list of “people with serious crystal balls.”

About Ive, who’s number six on the list, The Drive says: “With smartphones having displaced wristwatches for many, a late-model iPhone is the best-designed thing they own. Ive’s work—via Apple’s blockbuster conferences, whose videos he narrates—introduced words like ‘chamfered,’ ‘beveled,’and ‘anodized’ to a general American lexicon. Moreover, its cleanliness and iconoclasm leads the tech pack. The best car interiors reflect that aesthetic beautifully.

About Cook, who’s number three on...

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14:30
AWT News Update: May 9, 2016

A healthy dose of Apple news for you today, coming from all around the world of Apple:

  • The FCC and FTC are asking mobile carriers and smartphone/tablet manufacturers to provide info on how they handle fixes to vulnerabilities
  • The Opera Web Browser for iOS has been updated with its own free VPN
  • Periscope will soon save broadcasts indefinitely and allow drone broadcasting
  • A group of top podcasters recently met with Apple...to voice complaints

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for May 9, 2016.

Bloomberg today reported that the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission are asking a number...

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14:26
Review: The Shure MV5 Digital Condenser is a...

As someone keen on recording voiceovers and podcasts from an iPad, I needed a Lightning-enabled microphone that could handle such a task. While it’s true that Apple’s Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter allows iOS to interface with a variety of microphones that it wasn’t able to before, I like the idea of keeping my setup as minimal and as dongle-free as possible.

Enter the Shure MV5 Digital Condenser Microphone. This is a MFi-certified Lightning-enabled microphone that works with the iPad or iPhone using a single microUSB to Lightning cable. By switching out the Lightning cable for a traditional USB cable, you can use the same microphone with your Mac or PC.

This microphone is a digital condenser that can be powered via Lightning or USB. It doesn’t require any special adapters or power supplies to work, just plug it in,...

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14:23
Apple's Tim Cook, Jony Ive among most...

Apple currently markets a single automotive product -- CarPlay infotainment software -- but rumors of a branded electric car put company executives Tim Cook and Jony Ive on a top 10 list ranking the most influential figures in automotive technology.

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14:20
FTC Orders Apple, Google, Microsoft, BlackBerry,...

coondoggie quotes a report from Networkworld: The Federal Trade Commission today said it issued a 10-page letter to eight leading players in the mobile communications arena requiring them to tell the agency how they issue security updates to address vulnerabilities in smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices. Apple, BlackBerry, Google, HTC America, LG Electronics, Microsoft, Motorola Mobility, and Samsung must provide the following: The factors that they consider in deciding whether to patch a vulnerability on a particular mobile device, detailed data on the specific mobile devices they have offered for sale to consumers since August 2013, the vulnerabilities that have affected those devices, and whether and when the company patched such vulnerabilities.


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14:14
Notable apps and app updates for May 9, 2016

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

iOS Apps/Updates for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

David Sumner has served up Tactical Checkers 1.0. It’s a free (for a limited time) two-player game. Play occurs on a 5 x 4 board with moveable checkers. You can play the computer at any of four levels or play another human.

Rory Buckley has introduced Word Search Challenge 1.0. The free app brings the classic word search puzzle to an interactive form, with the bonus of in-game features and an online multiplayer game mode. Word Search Challenge generates puzzles from a large database of words...

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14:13
U.S. regulators want to know how Apple, others...

Smartphone makers (including Apple and Google) and mobile carriers (including AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile) are facing an inquiry by U.S. regulators as to how they review and release security updates to combat cyberthieves and Internet vandals, according to Bloomberg.

The report says that the Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission both issued statements today saying they want to know more about how and when vulnerabilities are being patched as consumers and businesses face hacking threats related to their increased reliance on mobile broadband.

“We are concerned” that “there are significant delays in delivering patches to actual devices -- and that older devices may never be patched,” the FCC said in a sample of letters sent to companies that the agency posted on its website. The companies are...

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13:50
Spotify growing faster since introduction of Apple...

Spotify, which was created in Stockholm 10 years ago, now boasts of having close to 100 million users in more than 59 markets, despite increasing competition and, so far, a lack of profits.

Spotify claims it has 30 million paid users compared to Apple’s 13 million. Both Apple and Spotify say they are growing, so the users are coming from other services, or they are new to streaming.

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13:50
Wi-Fi's next step: High-density scenarios

At Interop 2016, Network World chats with Mike Leibovitz from Extreme Networks, about what comes next for enterprise Wi-Fi deployments after they've covered the office building and/or large campus.

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13:33
Spotify growing even faster thanks to launch of...

Spotify has actually seen its business accelerate since Apple Music was launched in June 2015, a vice president with the company said on Monday, crediting the extra attention drawn to streaming services.

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13:29
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 9...

Notable software releases this week include iFlicks 2.4, Hazel 4.0.1, Quicken 2016 for Mac 3.3.1, and Capto 1.0.

 

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13:28
ExtraBITS for 9 May 2016

This week in ExtraBITS, Apple finds itself at a crossroads when it comes to podcasting, as big-name podcasters demand changes, but developer and podcaster Marco Arment warns colleagues to be careful what they wish for. In other news, satellite TV provider Dish is now offering house calls for sick and injured iPhones.

 

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12:53
US regulators probe Apple, Google, Verizon &...

A variety of wireless carriers and smartphone and tablet makers, including Apple, are reportedly being asked by U.S. regulators to explain how they review and push out security updates to their customers.

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12:21
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12:19
Opinion: Rumored iOS 10 HomeKit app is welcomed, but...

Since HomeKit was introduced with iOS 8, one major missing piece from Apple’s home automation effort has been a built-in app that provides a user interface to the underlying framework. Interacting with Siri is the only Apple-supplied HomeKit UI; users rely on third-party apps instead for all visual HomeKit management.

The downside to this approach is that there isn’t officially one HomeKit app to rule them all, and companies that make great smart home sensors and accessories don’t necessarily make great software. Compare that to Apple’s HealthKit framework which connects various App Store apps to a single dashboard in the built-in Health app. The approach isn’t perfect, but a similar effort for HomeKit would be welcomed.

The good news is Apple’s been developing a...

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11:50
Neil Patrick Harris shows off 'Hey Siri'...

Actor Neil Patrick Harris has once again joined Apple to promote the iPhone 6s, this time in a new TV ad where the Oscar and Tony host dictates notes to his iPhone using its "Hey Siri" handsfree capabilities.

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11:27
Neil Patrick Harris (and Siri) star in Apple’s new...

Apple has once again recruited actor Neil Patrick Harris alongside Siri to star in its latest iPhone 6s ad. The new commercial features NPH using the ‘Hey Siri’ voice command to read a legendary thank you speech from the Notes app … all completely hands-free.

more…

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11:24
After failed takeover talks with Apple, Imagination...

Tsinghua Unigroup International has purchased a 3 percent stake in Imagination Technologies, the company that builds graphics processors for Apple's custom A-series chips found in the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV.

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11:00
60-Second Video Tip: Reverting a photo edited in the...

We've all done it -- take a great photo with our iPhone or iPad, edit it in the Photos app, save it, and then realize that the original photo was better. Here's how to revert that image back to the original with a few taps.

Have a topic you'd like to see us make a video tip for? Let us know with an email and we'll consider it. 

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10:40
The Interesting Dell + EMC Stories You Haven't...


I spent last week at EMC World talking to customers and both Dell and EMC employees, on the lookout for interesting stories that others hadn't picked up. I got a bunch that I think are fascinating -- stories about women in technology, billions of dollars of currently untapped revenue, and why every EMC and Dell sales rep effectively will have a dartboard with Meg Whitman's picture on it. One difference between Dell and EMC is that EMC is a typical male-driven, male-dominated firm where engineers are king. At Dell, Michael Dell personally has made it his mission to get more women into technology.

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10:32
Pinnacle Studio 17 Ultimate

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Microsoft Hits $1 Trillion In Total Cumulative...

An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft has hit a major milestone: $1 trillion in all-time cumulative revenue. The finding was first spotted by Jeff Reifman, a tech consultant. According to him, Microsoft hit the milestone in its last quarter. Interestingly, Apple also hit $1 trillion in revenue in 2015. As for profits, Microsoft currently leads the chart with $265.2 billion with Apple trying to close in with $261.6 billion. "You might expect a company to announce a milestone like this and bask in this incredible accomplishment -- but not Microsoft," writes Reifman. "It chose to stay silent as it faces increased public scrutiny for holding $108.3 billion in earnings offshore (an incredible 41% of its all-time profit) and its history of tax dodging at home in Washington State."Microsoft blog MSPowerUser says it independently verified the numbers. According to which, Microsoft's total cumulative revenue as of last earnings call is 1001.569 billion.

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10:25
Apple HomeKit may get an official controller app in...

With iOS 10, HomeKit users might not have to go hunting for third-party control apps anymore.

That’s because Apple is reportedly making a centralized HomeKit app of its own. This will allow users to manage their connected lights, locks, thermostats, and more through a single iPhone or iPad app, designed by Apple.

Under the current HomeKit system, users must download separate apps for all of the smart home devices they’ve installed. Each of these apps includes a HomeKit setup interface for creating rooms, scenes, and triggers, but features can vary from one app to the next, and users still have to bounce between different apps to control their devices manually.

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10:19
Microsoft embraces Apple's 3D Touch in OneDrive...

Users of Microsoft's OneDrive cloud storage service will now be able to browse more easily through their files -- as long as they have an iPhone 6s -- as the Redmond giant has taken a shine to Apple's 3D Touch.

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09:57
Meet Viv, the new voice assistant from the creators...

Siri made the iPhone more responsive with artificial intelligence, but now its founders want to put AI in every device you own. Dag Kittlaus, who cofounded Siri, left Apple five years ago, but now he’s back with a new voice assistant named Viv that he predicts will change the way we interact with not just our phones, but our home appliances, cars, and more. Viv has gotten a lot of hype for a product that hasn’t shipped yet, but Kittlaus demoed Viv publicly for the first time at TechCrunch Disrupt on Monday.

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09:46
Spotify expands video into original programming,...

Music streaming service Spotify on Monday announced plans for 12 new original video series, in a move which could further intensify competition with second-place rival Apple Music.

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09:40
You can donate at iTunes to help victims of the...

As noted by AppleInsider, folks shopping on Apple's Canadian iTunes storefront can now donate to relief for victims of the forest fires in Fort McMurray, Alberta.

The company is accepting donations to the Canadian Red Cross in $5, $10, $25, $50, $100, and $200 increments. Apple doesn’t take a cut of the proceeds.

The wildfire continues to burn in the Fort McMurray area and NASA satellites continue to image the area. Fire conditions remain extreme in the province due to low humidity, high temperatures and wind according to the emergency updates being released by the Government of Alberta. 

More than 1,500 firefighters, approximately 150 helicopters, 222 pieces of heavy equipment and more than 28 air tankers are fighting the fires across the province. The fires have burned for several days and forced...

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09:34
Opera's launched an iOS app to expand its free...

This story was updated with further information about the user data collected by the app.

Opera Software takes its VPN campaign to iOS with a free, unlimited virtual private network app. Launched Monday, the new app follows Opera’s debut in late April of a free, built-in virtual private network in the beta version of its PC and Mac browsers. Opera’s VPN services are offered by SurfEasy, a Canadian VPN provider that Opera acquired in early 2015.

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09:10
Creators Of Siri Demo Their Next AI Assistant Viv,...

A small company called Viv on Monday unveiled a "frictionless", artificially intelligent software also called Viv, which understands complicated human queries and connects with other apps to get your work done more conveniently and efficiently. Viv was demonstrated live at TechCrunch's Disrupt NY conference on Monday. Dag Kittlaus, co-founder of Viv, and creator of Siri, said that the idea behind it is to open the app to all developers so that they could leverage their technology. (Interestingly, under the realm of Apple, Siri, five years since first launched, is still not open for developers.) Ben Popper, reports for The Verge: The major difference between Siri and Viv is that the latter is a far more open platform. One of the biggest frustrations with Siri is that it has only a small number of tasks it can complete. For the vast multitude of requests or queries, Siri will default to a generic web search. Viv's approach is much closer to Amazon's Alexa or Facebook's Messenger bots...

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08:53
Apple launches Red Cross donations via iTunes to...

People shopping on Apple's Canadian iTunes storefront can now donate to relief for victims of the forest fires in Fort McMurray, Alberta, which have burned for several days and forced the evacuation of over 100,000 people, destroying 20 percent of the homes in the area.

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08:40
Rumor: iOS 10 might include a built-in HomeKit app

Of all of the crazy and sometimes impressively cool rumors I've heard lately, none has made me happier than one that was floating around this morning. The rumor says that Apple will put its own HomeKit app into iOS 10, which is expected to be announced next month at WWDC 2016.

HomeKit, as you'll recall, is Apple's framework for home automation. For iOS users, automation devices that pass HomeKit certification have some very nice advantages -- easier setup, grouping by area or full home, creation of actions (for example, "I'm going to bed" turns off all lights and locks doors), and the ability to use Siri voice commands to perform all the actions. But there has been one fly in the home automation ointment: right now, every device includes its own app and although devices from one manufacturer should work on another's app, it's not always that simple.

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08:33
Rumor: iPhone 7 to feature same length, width as...

The overall iPhone 7 shape and size may just be identical to that found in the iPhone 6s.

A purported sketch obtained by nowhereelse.fr points towards the next-generation smartphone having the same length and width as the iPhone 6s.

The drawing, which has yet to be verified, shows the iPhone 7 has the same 138.3mm (5.44 inches) length and 6.71mm (2.64 inches) width as the iPhone 6s, but the depth of the new smartphone is not listed for comparison.

The sketch also depicts a larger and slightly convex camera housing, suggesting that the iPhone 7 could possibly have a larger sensor and a nearly flush camera cutout.

To date, there have been conflicting rumors as to whether the next-gen iPhone will include a 3.5mm headphone jack, Smart Connector and dual-lens...

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08:12
T-Mobile to begin roaming, other services in Cuba...

This is sort of nifty.

T-Mobile on Monday announced a deal with Cuban carrier Empresa De Telecomunicaciones De Cuba, S.A. (ETECSA) that will see its customers get access to voice, text and data while traveling to Cuba as well as lower rates on calls to landlines and wireless phones in the country from the US.

As of now, roughly 36.6% of Cuban-born wireless customers subscribe with T-Mobile.

Through the collaboration, customers will be able to make calls for $0.60 per minute from the US to landlines and wireless phones in Cuba via the carrier’s $15/month “Stateside International Talk” plan.

The announcement comes after a similar one by Sprint in November and both follow recent changes to US-Cuban relations implemented by the US government that allow US companies to do...

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07:16
Take Control of Slack Basics: Chapter 10, Manage...

Perhaps the most compelling feature of Slack as a messaging platform is its support for integrations, which make it possible to have all your external Internet services report on their activities to Slack. And then there’s Slackbot, an automated team member that welcomes new team members, reminds you of upcoming events, and alerts you when someone mentions you in a channel you don’t follow. Bots and integrations are a big deal in Slack, and this chapter of “Take Control of Slack Basics” explains what you need to know.

 

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Chapter 10 of “Take Control of Slack Basics”...

Two things that distinguish Slack from other chat platforms are its built-in virtual assistant Slackbot and integrations that let Slack tie into third-party services. Glenn Fleishman explains both in this week’s chapter.

 

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06:57
Apple Maps directions take to Regional Transit in...

Sacramentans and visitors to Sactown alike can now ride the rails -- or the bus -- with complete navigational confidence, as Apple has brought Sacramento Regional Transit integration to Apple Maps.

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06:48
Apple App Store ecosystem captured 58% of direct app...

Mobile device users installed nearly 156 billion mobile applications worldwide in 2015, generating $34.2 billion in direct (non-advertising) revenue. A new forecast from International Data Corporation (IDC) estimates that these figures will grow to more than 210 billion installs and nearly $57 billion in direct revenue in 2020.

Apple's App Store "ecosystem" captured nearly 58% of global direct app revenue in 2015, an increase of 36% year-over-year. Meanwhile, Apple's share of global app install volume was 15%, down nearly 8% year-over-year. 

The sheer volume of Android-based devices in use ensures a greater overall number of installs through Google Play, which captured about 60% of install volume and nearly 36% of direct revenue in 2015, according to...

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06:35
Canalys: Apple still number one PC maker as market...

Worldwide shipments of PCs — as in personal computer, not just Windows systems — totaled 101 million units in quarter one (Q1) of 2016, as total volumes dipped by 13% year-on-year to their lowest point since Q2 2011, according to Canalys.

Apple continued to lead the market into the first quarter of 2016 with shipments of just over 14 million units of Macs and iPads, despite falling 17%. The Cupertino, California-Based company is the top PC maker because Canalys includes desktops, notebooks, two-in-ones AND tablets in their tallies. Most research groups don't include tablets like the iPad in their calculations of personal computer marketshare.

“The global PC market had a bad start to 2016 and it is difficult to see any bright spots for vendors in the coming quarters. The tablet boom has faded in the distance and the market is fully mature,” says Tim Coulling, Canalys senior analyst. “Global shipments declines are...

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05:48
Developer uses HomeKit to teach Siri how to control...

What’s the one thing cooler than using an Apple Watch app to summon your Tesla from the garage to your front door? Asking Siri to do it for you. That’s what developer Sam Gabbay has achieved, using Apple’s HomeKit.

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05:20
External Link: Marco Arment to Podcasters: “Be...

Podcast-client developer and podcaster Marco Arment has penned a response to the New York Times article about Apple’s tepid support for podcasting, warning podcasters to be careful what they wish for. Arment calls the New York Times article “ill-informed” and cautions that many of the suggestions therein could damage the podcasting medium. He warns that providing the listener data that some large podcasters want could make podcasting as intrusive and annoying as the Web, and he says that giving Apple more power over shows and revenue would have negative consequences. “It would not only add rules, restrictions, delays, and big commissions, but it would increase Apple’s dominant role in podcasts, push out diversity, give Apple far more control than before, and potentially destroy one of the Web’s last open media ecosystems.”

 

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05:19
External Link: Apple at a Crossroads with Podcasting

More than a decade after Apple officially started supporting podcasts in iTunes, they are booming in popularity. In that time, however, little about how Apple manages the popular iTunes podcast directory has changed, which has some podcasters concerned. The New York Times reports that complaints include having to woo a single Apple employee in charge of promoting podcasts, not receiving enough listener data, and the difficulty of sharing podcast episodes to social media. As Google and Spotify add podcasts to their music subscription services, providing extra perks for podcasters, Apple may be considering changes, based in part on talks held with leading podcasters in a Cupertino meeting in April.

 

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05:00
At last: an iPad Pro case with storage for an Apple...

Correct me if I’m wrong (and, dear reader, I know you’ll be glad to do so), but I think STM’s $59.95 dux is the first iPad Pro case that provides storage for the Apple Pencil via a fitted channel. This feature alone gets the case a big thumbs-up from Yours Truly.

After all, if you’ve paid 100 bucks for the (don’t-call-it-a) stylus, it would be convenient to have it handy at all times. Before the dux, I carried my Apple Pencil in a small, separate case along with my earbuds. Now the pencil is safely attached to the case that protects my iPad Pro and is easily, always accessible. (If only the dux had a pocket for my earbuds, I’d really be happy.)

Speaking of protection, the folks at STM say the case has been drop tested to meet the U.S. Military Spec 810G durability tests. Its protective polycarbonate and rubberized TPU bracket are designed to keep your Apple tablet safe...

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05:00
Enterprise-network builder Ubiquiti Networks to...

Ubiquiti Networks, best known for building enterprise- and service-provider networking solutions, announced today it's formed a new division, Ubiquiti Labs, to research and develop consumer electronics devices. Ubiquiti Labs’ first product—dubbed AmpliFi—will be a $199 802.11ac router that will come with two pre-paired range extenders in the box when it ships this summer.

The company plans to offer two higher-end models as well. In a briefing last week, Ubiquiti Labs’ VP of Business Development Keenan Lewis told me “AmpliFi is our solution to the chronic Wi-Fi problems of the modern connected home. And homes are becoming ever more connected. A family of four can easily have 15 to 20 connected devices when you consider smartphones, tablets, and connected appliances. Consumers are looking for something more powerful than what’s been available.”

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04:32
Apple exclusivity for Drake’s latest album pays off...

Apple’s one-week exclusive access to Drake’s latest album Views appears to have paid off. Despite the fact that it was available for streaming on Apple Music as well as downloads in iTunes, the WSJ reports that the album sold over a million copies in less than five days. Over 600k of those sales were made in the first 24 hours.

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04:30
Movie Splitter for Mac OS X makes it easy to, well,...

Miln's Movie Splitter for Mac OS X (10.9 or later)is a $4.99 app that splits movie files into smaller pieces for easier editing and sharing. 

The app automatically detects chapter information embedded within a movie.  Designed for owners of Canon cameras with Hybrid Auto movie digest support. Movie Splitter takes full advantage of the Mac's multiple processing cores and queues up movies for splitting in the background.

Movie Splitter makes it easy to split up a movie with chapters into individual sections. Hybrid Auto movies are digest movies created by Canon cameras. Digests combine a photo with a few seconds of footage.

Movie Splitter automatically detects chapter information embedded within a movie. The chapter information can be in 3GPP or QuickTime tracks. Movie Splitter will split a movie at each chapter marker. The software can be used to selectively export single or multiple sections from a...

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04:10
Claimed design sketch of iPhone 7 shows identical...

A claimed design sketch of the iPhone 7 shows identical dimensions to the iPhone 6s. The drawing (shown in full below) shows only the height and width, not the depth, so doesn’t shed any more light on the ‘headphone jack or no headphone jack’ question.

The sketch was posted by French site NWE with an @onleaks watermark, so has decent credentials, though of course neither can be sure that it’s genuine. It’s a very basic sketch that would be very easy to create.

The sketch does show one other small detail …

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04:00
This is National Burger Month; celebrate accordingly...

May is National Burger Month. It’s a “commemorative holiday,” which means it's used by various groups to celebrate something. You can celebrate National Burger Month with these OS X and iOS apps.

At the Mac App Store

Burger is a free game in which you’re hired in a chain restaurant to serve clients as fast as you can. You take orders for burgers (and other food items) from customer, prepare the food, and serve it for pay and tips.

Happy Burger Days is a $2.99 game in which you run your own diner. You serve up burgers, hotcakes, onion rings, milkshakes, chicken nuggets, hot dogs, and more.

And in Papa’s Burgia HD, you’re unwillingly left in charge of Papa Louie...

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03:26
iFlicks 2.4

Video encoding and metadata management app can now fetch chapter titles and subtitles. ($18.99 new, free update, 15.0 MB)

 

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Today's Deal: 62% off on MovieSherlock Pro...

Watching videos on YouTube, Vimeo and other video services is a blast, but what do you do when you want to have one of your favorite videos available on your Mac or favorite mobile device forever? MovieSherlock Pro Video Downloader is an OS X app that makes it simple to download video from just about online video source, and we've got it for you at 62% off the usual $40 price tag. That's just $15 at the Apple World Today's Deal Shop. 

What else can MovieSherlock Pro do? Here's a list:

  • Converts videos to MP4 & MP3
  • Includes subtitles for videos from YouTube & DailyMotion
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01:26
Hazel 4.0.1

Major new release for the file cleanup utility adds live rule previews and Smart Folders. ($32 new, free update, 7.6 MB)

 

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20:26
Quicken 2016 for Mac 3.3.1

Adds 12-month budgets and a portfolio time machine feature. ($74.99 new, free update)

 

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PayPal stops protecting you when crowdfunding goes...

PayPal won't be so crowdfunding-friendly in the future. The payment giant is dropping Purchase Protection for crowdfunding projects as of a user agreement change coming June 25th. From then on, you back efforts at your own risk -- if a campaign goe...

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17:03
Watch Mercury cross the Sun starting at 7AM Eastern

Mercury might orbit the Sun every 88 days, but seeing it cross in front of the Sun is much rarer. That only happens roughly 13 times each century, and the technology to safely watch this happen hasn't been widely available until recently. However,...

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16:11
How-To: Start dictation on your Mac via a voice...

By default, dictation on OS X is initiated by using a double-press of the function (fn) key on your Mac’s keyboard. But did you know that it is also possible to start dictation hands-free using only your voice? In this brief tutorial, we’ll show you how. more…

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15:58
Review: Audio-Technica’s ATH-M50x closed-back studio...

For the last few months I’ve been using my Apple EarPods for nearly every application that requires in-ear audio. I use my EarPods for monitoring while recording voiceovers, for podcasting, and for everyday music listening.

Absurd as it is, the last pair of headphones I’d owned, a pair of Sony MDR-7506’s, ended up developing a short in the cable. I simply never got around to replacing them in a timely manner.

Audio-Technica’s ATH-M50, and the updated ATH-M50x, have received rave reviews from tech sites, bloggers and YouTubers alike. The love that these headphones receive on a regular basis convinced me that the next pair of headphones that I tried needed to be these. Do they live up to the hype? more…

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15:37
Bitcoin will pay for public services in a small...

Most experiments in paying with digital currencies have come from private companies, but the Swiss town of Zug is trying something different. As of July 1st, the community is launching a trial that will let you pay for public services using Bitcoin...

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14:04
The next Moto X may pack a smarter, metal-clad design

Way back in December, rumors suggested that Lenovo's next big Motorola phone would go in a very different than ages past, including a metal chassis and a curious camera bump. Well, those rumors just got some validation. HellomotoHK has posted images...

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12:30
A rare fossil and a duck skull make an appearance at...

A nine-year-old girl patiently looked on while a technician pulled up a scan of her specimen. A 3D skull with a pointy beak popped up on the computer screen. The child, wearing clear frame glasses and a light grey tee with a sequined star on the fron...

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11:01
Google and Fiat Chrysler aren't sure who owns...

Google and Fiat Chrysler left a lot of questions unanswered when they unveiled their self-driving car partnership... and that's because they haven't answered some of those questions themselves, apparently. Fiat Chrysler chief Sergio Marchionne told g...

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09:30
Ben Heck's auto-sanitizing doorknob

Ben is breaking warranties again this week as he hacks apart an ultraviolet germ sanitizer to make an auto-sanitizing doorknob. The Ben Heck Show team even goes so far as to compare samples of bacterial growth to see how effective the knob is at...

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08:00
The After Math: Regulation Nation

Exciting news coming from the wild world of government rule making this week. The FDA signed off on a medical experiment designed to jumpstart your brain after it's died. Surprisingly, no, lead-acid batteries are not involved. The FDA also made waves...

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06:30
Apple still leads (but barely) in customer tablet...

According to the J.D. Power Tablet Satisfaction Study for 2016 Volume 1 concerning the US market, Apple is still topping the charts in tablet satisfaction with the iPad, reports Softpedia.

Apple has a score of 830 points in the charts while Microsoft is the runner-up with 829 points. The other two companies that made the upper side of the rankings are Samsung with 822 points and Amazon with 816 points. The study evaluates five different categories, as it follows: performance (28%), ease of operation (22%), features (22%), styling and design (17%), and cost (11%).

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