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Thursday May 7

06:08
iPhone as blood parasite detector could help many

Scientists at UC Berkley believe that a blood parasite detector comprised of an iPhone, a 3D-printed box, an Arduino, some software and other simple parts could benefit may people in the poorest parts of Africa. 

The group has been working on a project to identify blood parasites within minutes. The way the "CellScope Loa" works is rather simple: the iPhone sits in the box and records brief video of a blood sample. A companion app than analyzes the video, searching for signs of a certain type of blood worm that can cause river blindness and elephantiasis.

The researchers plan to expand current trials to about 40,000 people in Cameroon. Good luck to all of them; this is an incredible project. 

 

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06:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Dodocase's Clutch...

Mix and match your cases, from wireless charging to studded designs

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases features intriguing options for your iPhone 6—including extra power to increase your talk time, customizable cases for a truly personal experience, and fancy designs for a unique look.

Aircharge

When charging cables become your worst enemy, the Aircharge (iPhone 6; $40) offers the convenience of wireless charging while protecting your iPhone 6 from drops and other hazards.

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05:54
∞ Enter Sandman played live backwards

Well, not quite live, it is recorded, but each segment is played and sung backwards. Then the whole thing is reversed. This is original and clever. Just give it a listen.

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05:51
Average App Store review times

More evidence that Mac App Store sales are slowing significantly.

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05:41
A cold splash of water on Mac App Store sales

Sam Soffes released his new product, Redacted for Mac. He never expected his product to quickly become the #8 top paid app in the US and #1 top paid app in Graphics. Break out the champagne, right?

Read on.

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05:34
Everything changes with iPad

New iPad campaign, new iPad commercial. Some good energy there.

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05:32
Lunch, Keynote with Tim Cook raises $200K For charity

What's the right call for lunch with Apple CEO Tim Cook: shirt untucked or tucked?

The winner of a recent CharityBuzz auction has the pleasure of obsessing over the answer, as his or her winning bid of $200,000 has won them lunch with Cook at Apple in Cupertino, plus VIP passes to a future keynote address, delivered by the CEO. It's unknown which address the winner will attend, but WWDC is the most likely candidate.

Proceeds from the auction will go to the Robert F. Kennedy center and support human rights causes around the world.  

Photo Credit: MarkGregory007 via Compfight cc

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05:18
How to add and remove Apple Watch clock faces

One of the most customizable Apple Watch features is its clock face, with multiple "styles" like Modular, Chronograph and Solar each having individual options for complications, or sub-displays containing glanceable information.

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05:17
Apple Watch in store pickup available soon

9to5mac:

Apple is now preparing for the rollout of the in-store pickup option on new Apple Watch orders, which will allow users to select a retail location to pick up their wearable devices after order.

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05:12
Latest Flickr iOS app mimics Camera Roll view as it...

Flickr has made a significant update to its iOS app, revamping the look to mimic that of your iPhone’s Camera Roll and bringing the auto-upload feature added back in 2013 front-and-center. When you first run the app, it immediately asks if you want to automatically upload every photo you take. If you say yes, photos are set to private, so you won’t be sharing them with the world.

With Flickr offering 1TB of free storage, and a typical iPhone photo coming in at around 2.5Mb, that gives you capacity in the order of half a million photos … 

Flickr 4.0 also adds new photo filters and the ability to share to Instagram. You...

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05:00
Twitter's Timid Anti-Trolling Tweaks


Twitter recently amended its rules in yet another attempt to crack down on the abuses perpetuated by online trolls, but the changes may do little to protect victims. Its latest move was an extension of its ban on threats of violence against others or the promotion of violence against others. The company decided to let its support team lock down abusive accounts for specific periods of time. Further, it began testing a new, unspecified feature that helps it identify suspected abusive tweets in an effort to limit their reach.

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04:31
Spotify turns up the heat against Apple’s streaming...

Spotify, which is widely believed to be behind the antitrust allegations that led to both EC and DOJ investigations into Apple, has now added a fresh complaint. The Verge reports Spotify is complaining that the 30% cut Apple takes from in-app Premium subscriptions in the iOS app amounts to an “Apple tax.”

Apple charges a 30 percent fee toward any sales through its App Store, and that includes subscription services. That means if Spotify wants to sell its premium subscription service — which usually costs $9.99 a month — through the App Store, it has to raise the price 30 percent higher to $12.99 to pull...

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03:49
Apple Pay is coming soon to Las Vegas casinos

Apple Pay continues its rollout across the US with a stop in Las Vegas. The Cosmopolitan resort has announced that Apple Pay will be accepted at the hotels’ front desk, restaurants and bars by early June. Room service can also be streamlined using Apple Pay, as the concierge service will also accept Apple Pay as a payment method. This means that you can pay with your iPhone or even your Apple Watch.

It’s unclear if you will be able to gamble directly with Apple Pay — most casinos limit chips purchasing to cash only transactions. Or if credit cards are accepted, the payments are marked as cash advances so there are no ways to turn quick money. It is not known if the establishment can or will support this kind of transaction through Apple Pay.

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03:20
Apple SVP Jeff Williams to speak at the Code...

Re/code regularly gets Apple executives to appear at its annual conferences and this year is no exception. The site announced that Apple’s Senior Vice President of Operations Jeff Williams will speak at the Code Conference 2015, which runs May 26 to May 28th. Re/code’s speaker appearances typically take the form of an interview, so you can expect the executive to give some insight on Apple’s latest announcements (Apple Watch) although naturally major feature announcements will not be discussed. The WWDC keynote will serve as Apple’s platform to feature its newest advancements in iOS and OS X, which is held on June 8th.

Jeff Williams’ public profile has...

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Wednesday May 6

16:48
Elon Musk welcomes rumored 'Apple Car,'...

During electric car maker Tesla's quarterly earnings call on Wednesday, company founder and entrepreneur Elon Musk said it would be great to see Apple enter the automotive industry, while allaying concerns that the Cupertino tech giant's poaching operations posed a threat to his company.

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16:00
Apple 'Everything changes with iPad' mini-...

Via Apple.com

While sales of Apple's iPhones and Macs have been breaking records, the five-year-old iPad has been experiencing a slump. Apple appears to be trying to counteract the downward trend with a new mini-site that's been published online showing how the iPad can be used and positively influence the lives of users.

The "Everything changes with iPad" site is brightly colored, featuring different sections targeting what people use iPads for the most -- traveling, redecorating, small business, learning, and...

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15:50
Elon Musk hopes Apple will enter car market, says...


Apple’s car team

Speculation regarding Apple’s plans to build an electric car has been at an all-time over recent months. Earlier this year, we broke down the team that Apple has assembled to work on its car, several members of which were poached from Tesla. In Tesla’s Q1 2015 earnings call, however, CEO Elon Musk commented on Apple’s alleged electric car plans and the poaching war that has been ongoing between the two companies.

Regarding Apple’s plans to build an electric car, Musk said that he “hopes” Apple will enter the car market and that it will be “great” if it...

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15:49
Snapchat wants to break the news of who is elected...

Where will you be when we elect the next President of the United States? Some are hoping the answer could be “on Snapchat.”

With a massive built-in mobile audience and quick-fire messaging capabilities, Snapchat has the potential to be a major player in breaking news and getting stories to circle the globe in seconds. The app is starting to expand and lay the groundwork to become a formidable news source by the time the 2016 presidential campaign trail rolls around.

This week, the popular photo-sharing and messaging app introduced a sharing tool, giving users the option to send stories from its Discover page. Users can share stories with their friends and personalize them with comments and emoji. First launched in January, Discover is Snapchat’s in-app content platform that hosts exclusive videos, photos, and stories from media partners including National Geographic, Yahoo, People...

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15:30
Oculus VR Promises a Rift for All in 2016


An exact date hasn't been set, but Facebook's Oculus VR on Wednesday announced that the highly anticipated consumer version of its virtual reality headset will launch in the first quarter of 2016. Preordering will begin later this year. More details will emerge about the consumer version of the Rift in the coming weeks, the company said, including information about its hardware specifications, software and unannounced made-for-VR games and experiences. When Oculus VR talks Rift, it talks VR games.

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15:18
MacKeeper May Have To Pay Millions In Class-Action...

jfruh writes: If you use a Mac, you probably recognize MacKeeper from the omnipresent popup ads designed to look vaguely like system warnings urging you to download the product and use it to keep your computer safe. Now the Ukranian company behind the software and the ads may have to pay millions in a class action suit that accuses them of exaggerating security problems in order to convince customers to download the software.


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15:00
The Week in Mac Accessories: Oh, say can you USB-C?

Oh say can you USB-C?

This week’s roundup features several accessories—ranging from adapters to cables to external hard drives—designed for the new MacBook and its strange new port.

Calypso

The $269 CalypsoCase for MacBook is billed as a sleeve for the latest Apple computer, and sports lots of class to match—it comes in four different colors: Zurich Night, Paris Glory (pictured!), Sydney Morning, and Atlanta Mist. We’re waiting for our favorite color, Des Moines Thunderstorm, to hit the market.* (*We totally made that up.)

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15:00
AWT News Update: May 6, 2015

Today's Apple News:

  • The iPhone 6 Plus is dominating the US market for phablets, while iPhones make up the majority of phones sold by three carriers
  • Lunch with Tim Cook sells for $200,000 in a charity auction
  • American Federation of the Blind will honor Apple with the Helen Keller Achievement Award
  • TactusTherapy.com's guide on using iPad apps to help with Acquired Communication Disorders is now in its third installment. 

The full text version of the podcast script is available below.

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Steve Sande here from Apple World Today, and you’re listening to the AWT News Update for May 6, 2015. Many thanks to our sponsor this week, Rage Software, developers of EverWeb — a powerful website development tool for Mac....

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14:45
Spotify, other music services allege Apple App Store...

Spotify and other streaming music services are upset with Apple's App Store policies, which they say effectively prevent them from competing with iTunes or Beats Music, a report claimed on Wednesday.

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14:35
Apple releases Safari 8.0.6, 7.1.6, and 6.2.6 to fix...

Apple on Wednesday released Safari 8.0.6, a minor update of the Mac browser, concentrating primarily on fixing security holes discovered in the software.

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14:14
Podcast: Reviewing the Apple Watch on performance,...

Hopefully you aren’t sick of hearing about the Apple Watch just yet, because it’s still top of mind for your faithful podcast crew. Susie’s review went live this week, so she, Glenn, and Caitlin discuss the difficulty in giving a score to something so first-generation, especially since more killer uses for the Apple Watch will emerge over time—and vary widely from user to user. There’s plenty we like about the Apple Watch right now, and a few things that drive us all batty. And of course we’re all looking forward to the third-party watch bands, now that Apple has released guidelines for the companies who want to make them.

Show notes

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14:10
Apple releases Safari 8.0.6, 7.1.6, and 6.2.6 with...

Apple has just released an updated version of the Safari browser for users on OS X Yosemite, Mavericks, and Mountain Lion. The update doesn’t add any new features, but does fix several important security flaws in the WebKit engine that powers the app.

Users on any of the three most recent versions of OS X can download the update for free through the Updates tab of the Mac App Store. The details of the security changes are listed below.

Safari 8.0.6, Safari 7.1.6, and Safari 6.2.6

  • WebKit

    Available for: OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.5, OS X Mavericks v10.9.5, and OS X Yosemite v10.10.3

    Impact: Visiting a maliciously crafted website may lead to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution

    Description: Multiple memory corruption issues existed in WebKit. These issues were addressed through improved memory handling.

    CVE-ID

    CVE...

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13:50
Apple demonstrates how iPad can change your life in...

In a bid to reinvigorate waning iPad sales, Apple on Wednesday launched "Everything changes with iPad," a new ad campaign that offers a comprehensive look at how the tablet fits into and enriches the life of its user.

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13:39
DNA testing coming to iPhones? ResearchKit could...

Soon the iPhone could be more than just the thing we use to take selfies. Apple is planning to make the iPhone a device that could potentially save your life.

According to MIT Technology Review, Apple is currently collaborating with medical researchers to develop iPhone apps that would enable users to get their DNA tested and analyzed. Medical researchers are using Apple’s recently released ResearchKit software framework to develop these apps, and if these collaborations are successful, most iPhone users would be getting their first DNA test via an iOS app. An unnamed source said that Apple is hoping to launch a set of DNA testing apps at WWDC in June.

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13:36
Lunch & keynote with Apple CEO Tim Cook raises $...

The chance to have lunch and attend an Apple keynote with CEO Tim Cook was enough to raise more than $200,000 for the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights.

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13:00
Olloclip announces new Ollocase for iPhone 6/6 Plus

I'll be the first to admit that I don't use my Olloclip iPhone lens kits as much as I could. There's a reason for that -- I hate having to take my slim-line case off of my iPhone 6 Plus just to be able to shoot an ultra wide-angle, telephoto or macro photo with one of the lenses. That's about to change, since Olloclip has announced the new Ollocase for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus (US$29.95).

The case comes in two sizes for the two big iPhones, as well as in two colors -- matte smoke with black sides or matte clear with dark gray sides. While at first glance it looks like the Ollocase is just another slimline case, it has a design that is specific to the Olloclip. There's a cutout on the top near the cameras that the Olloclip slides right into. No more do you need to worry about keeping your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus unprotected just to be able to use the...

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12:46
Apple debuts ‘Change Everything’ iPad ad campaign...

Update: Apple has uploaded its new “Change Everything” ad to YouTube, as well. It’s embedded below.

Apple has debuted its newest iPad marketing campaign, “Change Everything,” with a 1:30 commercial and a new website highlighting the apps that change the way people go about their daily lives. The ad starts off with a list of things that have changed since the release of the first iPad, such as small businesses and education.

From there the commercial demonstrates a variety of applications and accessories that have augmented the way people connect, learn, and conduct business, and enjoy their lives…

Individual pages provide a closer look at the software and hardware featured in the ad, with each focusing on a specific...

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12:31
Apple Watch, HealthKit star in Louisiana...

Patients at one Louisiana healthcare provider are combining two of Apple's newest technologies, HealthKit and the pulse-sensing Apple Watch, to enhance monitoring and treatment of hypertension.

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12:28
MacKeeper celebrates a difficult birthday under the...

Macworld:

Released in 2010, MacKeeper has been dogged by accusations that it exaggerates security threats in order to convince customers to buy. Its aggressive marketing has splashed MacKeeper pop-up ads all over the web.

These days, MacKeeper has gone to a subscription-based pricing model rather than a $39.95 one-off payment. It costs $7.95 a month in the U.S. for the premium, year-long plan. Its latest feature is offering phone support from Apple-certified technicians, which it calls Human Inside.

But many of the tools in the software bundle, which includes an antivirus (AV) scanner and 15 other utilities, are already in OS X or available for free.

Macworld takes a light touch on the tsunami of criticism about the software and the various companies that have and do own it but it’s fairly common knowledge that, at the very least, you really don’t need to waste money on MacKeeper. MacKeeper has been known to be, at minimum, almost useless and, at its...

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12:25
EM Drive Stirs Blood of Hopeful Space Explorers


It may not be warp drive, but electro-magnetic drive, aka "EM drive," is perhaps even more exciting, because it has a better chance of being science fact than fiction. EM drive technology theoretically could allow a trip to the moon in four hours, to Mars in 70 days, and to Alpha Centaurii, the star system nearest to our own, in roughly 130 years. If that sounds like a long time to be hurtling through space, compare it to the thousands of years it would take to make a similar mission using current space travel technologies.

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12:12
Apple VoiceOver accessibility receives award from...

The American Foundation for the Blind announced Apple among its four honorees to receive a Helen Keller Achievement Award later this June, recognizing the company's contribution to accessibility with VoiceOver.

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12:04
Tim Cook charity auction raises $200,000 for RFK...

What can $200,000 get you in 2015? Lunch with the CEO of the most valuable company in the world and two tickets to be his VIP guest at a future Apple keynote. That’s how much Tim Cook and Charitybuzz raised at auction today as the weeks-long fundraiser came to a close after the starting bid began at $10,000 — the starting price of the 18k gold Apple Watch Edition — in mid-April…

Just as he has chosen in previous years, Cook’s proceeds will help fund the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights campaign.

This year marks the third annual auction for meeting Tim Cook and raising funds for the RFK human rights group. The effort...

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12:00
Happy Hour Podcast 013 | Apple Watch experiences,...

Apple Watch is finally here and this week we all have one. In this episode we discuss our experiences (good and bad) with Apple Watch, Apple’s official solution for third-party bands, and news about the rumored iPad Pro. Feel free to drop us a line about your Apple Watch experience at listenermail@9to5mac.com. The Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and through our dedicated RSS feed…

New episodes of Happy Hour are available every Wednesday. As mentioned, you can...

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11:53
In-store Apple Watch pickup 'available soon,...

Apple is on the verge of offering in-store pickup for people buying the Apple Watch, although no exact timeframe is being quoted, checks of the Apple Store iOS app revealed on Wednesday.

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11:37
Universal Audio releases Marshall Plexi Super Lead...

Developed by Softube — and available exclusively for UAD-2 hardware and Apollo audio interfaces — the Marshall Plexi Super Lead 1959 plug-in is an expert emulation of the 100-watt British classic that defined the sound of rock.

And

The Neve 88 Series is a paragon of large-format analog console design. Introduced in 2001, the 88 Series is renowned for its startling depth, airiness, and clarity — deftly encompassing the best of all Neve designs that came before it.

I love the Marshall amp plug-in. Truly great work from UA, again.

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11:02
This is why I won’t own a Samsung product

Besides the fact they are malicious, copying, stinking bastards, their customer service sucks balls.

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10:55
∞ iOS growth fueled by Android switchers in Europe

Apple’s iOS reached 20.3 percent share of the market for the first quarter of 2015 in Europe’s big five countries of Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain, according to a new report from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.

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10:13
American Foundation for the Blind honors Apple for...

The American Foundation for the Blind today announced four honorees for the upcoming Helen Keller Achievement Awards, highlighting Apple’s VoiceOver and Accessibility efforts alongside actor Charlie Cox, musician Ward Marston, and biopharmaceutical company Vanda Pharmaceuticals.

The foundation says that it gives this award to “accomplished individuals and companies for their success in improving quality of life for people with vision loss either through groundbreaking innovation or inspirational achievement that changes perceptions about what it means to be visually impaired.”

Apple is specifically being awarded for VoiceOver Accessibility...

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10:12
Apple challenges Google with growing Web search...

Apple's rapidly-expanding internal search group --?aimed at making Spotlight a legitimate Web search engine --?is being led by the team acquired in 2013 with social search firm Topsy, AppleInsider has learned.

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10:09
Apple's Plans For Your DNA

An anonymous reader writes: MIT's Technology Review breaks news that Apple is working with scientists to create apps that collect and evaluate users' DNA. "The apps are based on ResearchKit, a software platform Apple introduced in March that helps hospitals or scientists run medical studies on iPhones by collecting data from the devices' sensors or through surveys." A source says Apple's plan is to enable users to easily share their DNA information with medical workers and researchers performing studies. "To join one of the studies, a person would agree to have a gene test carried out—for instance, by returning a "spit kit" to a laboratory approved by Apple. The first such labs are said to be the advanced gene-sequencing centers operated by UCSF and Mount Sinai."


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09:46
Apple TV gets a couple more apps from CBS Sports and...

Apple TV users will find a couple more apps on their home screens this week with the arrival of CBS Sports and USA Now.

The new channels should appear automatically, bringing Apple TV’s total third-party app count to 59. As always, you can hide unwanted apps by holding the select button, pressing the play button, and selecting “Hide This Item.”

Cord-cutters should keep in mind that USA Now is worthless without a pay TV subscription, as every single show is fully hidden behind a paywall.

CBS Sports doesn’t have such restrictions. All users can watch short clips from several of the channel’s shows, and each clip automatically plays in succession, making it easy to quickly catch up on sports news.

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09:44
Reddit is building an Apple Watch heartbeat sharing...

Have an Apple Watch but no one to share heartbeats with? Reddit has you covered.

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09:34
Apple has plans for your DNA

Antonio Regalado, writing for MIT Technology Review:

Apple is collaborating with U.S. researchers to launch apps that would offer some iPhone owners the chance to get their DNA tested, many of them for the first time, according to people familiar with the plans.

Fascinating article, lots at stake here. Also, are identical twins genetically identical?

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09:27
The making of Citizen Kane

Longreads:

“I must admit that it was intended consciously as a social document. … [but] the storyteller’s first duty is to the story.”

Not a “long read” but a 90 minute documentary on the making of what many, myself included, consider the greatest film of all time. If you get a chance to grab a DVD of it, make sure you get the one with the commentary tracks – one by Roger Ebert and the other with Peter Bogdanovich. It will give you a new and greater appreciation of this magnificent film.

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09:19
Significant R&D increase suggests Apple is...

Neil Cybart, writing for Above Avalon, takes you through Apple’s R&D numbers. Something big is coming.

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09:17
iOS 9 wish list

Federico Viticci came up some a list of things he would like to see in the next version of iOS. As you might expect, some of the things on the list are fixes for the current operating system, but it’s an interesting read.

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09:09
iPhone marketshare surges for Apple in Europe, China...

Adoption of the iPhone was up globally during the March quarter, and in Europe was particularly influenced by people switching from Android devices, according to new smartphone market data published on Wednesday by Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.

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09:05
9to5Toys Last Call: Mpow Bluetooth 4.0 Earbuds $22,...

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:
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09:00
Today in the App Store — Pixelmator, Lark Chat:...

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 Pixelmator, the new Streamline - calendar app and a notable update to Lark Chat: Personal Weight Loss Coach. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Words With Monsters [Now free, down from $0.99] Words With Monsters is a word game with role playing game elements. Battle monsters with your words and spend their money on shiny hats.

YoWindow Weather [Now free, down from $2.99] YoWindow is a unique new weather app. The magic of YoWindow is a living landscape that reflects your actual weather.

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08:25
Report: Phablet market quadrupled in Q1 with iPhone...

So-called phablets just about quadrupled their marketshare during Q1 of this year thanks largely due to Apple’s first product in the category, the iPhone 6 Plus.

The data comes from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech and shows the phablet market grew to 21% in the first quarter this year, up from just 6% last year. The growth is mostly due to the iPhone 6 Plus, which grabbed 44% of the market during Q1.

Apple iPhone 6 Plus took 44% of this segment. Screen size was cited as the main reason for buying a particular phone by both iOS and Android buyers at 43% and 47%, respectively....

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08:20
This is Nifty: Volkswagen developing Car-Net app for...

German car manufacturer Volkswagen today announced that it’s joining the ranks of companies offering an Apple Watch app to go along with its broader mobile service.

VW’s Car-Net service, which debuted in 2014, has offered services like remote control of climate settings, checking if you left your windows open or where you parked, and fuel/battery monitoring are all available for both the iOS and Android platforms.

One feature that might get the most attention is the idea of speed and boundary alerts on your Apple Watch. With this, users can set up alerts when a specific driver in the family exceeds a set speed cap or leaves a certain location boundary. These...

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08:11
Former Apple retail head Ron Johnson launches Enjoy...

Former JC Penney CEO and one-time Apple retail head Ron Johnson on Wednesday launched a new company, Enjoy Technology, that will not only sell products like smartphones, drones, notebooks, and tablets, but also offer free personal delivery and setup for orders.

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07:58
Home Depot wants to start accepting Apple Pay

Pretty soon you may be able to pay for lumber and framing hammers with your iPhone. The Home Depot says it wants to offer Apple Pay across all of its nearly 2,000 locations in the U.S., according to Bloomberg Business.

The company doesn’t have a deal in place with Apple so don’t plan your iOS-enabled home renovation just yet. Nevertheless, it appears Home Depot does want to get a deal done with Apple at some point—it’s just not clear when that might be. The Home Depot also told Bloomberg it could add other mobile payment systems in addition to Apple Pay. 

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07:55
Apple confirms existence of “Applebot” web crawler,...

Sometimes it’s the Web traffic logs that really let you know what Apple is up to.

Last fall, a number of webmasters began seeing web crawler visits from IP addresses starting with 17, an IP address block owned entirely by Apple. Apple has now officially confirmed in a support document that it is operating its own web crawler called “Applebot”.

As of now, Applebot is the web crawler utilized by Apple products such as Siri and Spotlight Suggestions. The program respects the customary robots.txt and robots meta tags used by most crawler programs.

What’s interesting is why Apple might create its own web crawler in the first place,...

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07:35
Olloclip unveils its lens accessory-compatible...

 


We mentioned earlier this year at CES that Olloclip had a redesigned version of its lens accessory-compatible protective case in the works for both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and today the company officially unveiled its all-new Ollocase. The Ollocase carries an affordable price tag with pre-orders kicking off today and comes in two matte color options. Read on for all the details…Ollocase comes in two sizes and two color...

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07:34
Apple Pay now supported by 24 additional banks and...

As of Tuesday, Apple added 24 banks and credit unions that now support Apple Pay.

The new batch brings the total closer to 250, the new institutions being included as follows:

Bellwether Community Credit Union

Benchmark Federal Credit Union

Blackhawk Community Credit Union

Community America Credit Union

Community First Credit Union

Connections Credit Union

cPort Credit Union

Denver Fire Department FCU

Electro Savings Credit Union

Elements Financial FCU

First Financial Credit Union

Greater Nevada Credit Union

Harvard Universities Employees Credit Union

Interra Credit Union

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07:27
Killer Deals: Save up to $200, $300 & $400 on...

AppleInsider this week is proud to offer the lowest prices anywhere on Apple's entire MacBook lineup with AppleCare protection. Separately, today also marks the last call for readers looking to take advantage of a week-long Apple Accessories super sale delivering the lowest prices on everything from SuperDrives and Keyboards to MacBook Power Adapters and AirPort base stations.

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07:23
External Link: Apple Confirms Third-Party Apple...

Apple has confirmed that it will offer a Made for Apple Watch program, to partner with third parties for Apple Watch bands. While it remains to be seen what other companies do with the Apple Watch, one thing is for certain: officially licensed bands will not charge the Apple Watch, at least not through magnetic charging. The Band Design Guidelines for Apple Watch document clearly states, “Bands must not integrate magnetic chargers.”

 

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Apple Gets Antitrust Scrutiny Over Music Deals

An anonymous reader writes: Bloomberg reports that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission is probing Apple after its acquisition of Beats Electronics, and its various deals with record labels to sell music through the iTunes store. As part of the acquisition, Apple now owns the music streaming service created by Beats, and they're planning to release a new version sometime soon. This makes their ties to the record labels, already deep because of iTunes, even stronger — and could affect the labels' relationships with other streaming services, like Spotify. Investigators want to know if Apple is using these business deals as leverage for "curtailing ad-supported music and pushing more songs into paid tiers of service at higher rates."


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07:07
Report: Android switchers drive iPhone growth across...

New data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech shows that smartphone users ditching Android devices in recent months helped drive iOS growth across the EU. The data tracked the EU’s biggest markets in 1Q15— Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain— and shows iOS grew 1.8 percentage points from last year to 20.3% market share this year. That includes around 32.4% of new Apple customers switching from an Android device, according to the report, while Android lost 3.1 percentage points during the quarter:

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Daily Deals for May 6, 2015, featuring Snapselect:...

It’s time to save some of your hard-earned money with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive 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.

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Pixelmator coming to iPhone as universal app, iPad...

Popular photo editing app Pixelmator, already available on Mac and iPad, will also be coming to Apple's iPhone in the near future, the company announced on Wednesday.

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06:38
Creator of Snake returns with a modern sequel

Everything old is new again, including that damn Nokia Snake

The developer of the simple yet insidious game, Taneli Armanto, has partnered with game studio Rumilus Design to bring a new version of Snake to mobile devices everywhere. You'll be accidentally bumping into your own tail again later this month, but this time with a twist. 

Snake Rewind offers new visuals (including a delightful retro look), new challenges and "....several new features," like an option to rewind your snake after crashing, new fruit items with various powers and 10 uniquely-themed levels. I can't wait to play it. 

Snake Rewind will be out for iOS, Andriod and Windows Phone on May 14. In the meantime, enjoy the promo video below. 


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06:34
Pixelmator, the popular image editor for Mac &...

Pixelmator is bringing its photo and image editor to the iPhone soon, as announced in a blog post today. Pixelmator was exclusive to the Mac until late last year when the developers ported the application to the iPad. It is now nearing completion on the iPhone version.

The especially good news for current Pixelmator users is that the iPhone version will not be released as a separate app. An update to the iPad app will make the software universal, so you can buy the app now and get the iPhone update for free when it is released. Even better, Pixelmator for iPad is currently on sale to celebrate the announcement

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06:20
Apple announces major new bond sale to finance...

At its last earnings call, Apple announced that it is expanding its capital return program by more than 50%. This means the company is now looking to repurchase over $140 billion worth of shares and a larger dividend for shareholders.

To fund this activity however, it is cheaper for the company to sell domestic company debt than repatriate its ever-increasing cash hoard that is ‘trapped’ overseas. Therefore, Apple has today announced it will issue a new 7-part bond to raise the funds.

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06:02
Apple gearing up for sale of seven-part bond to fund...

Apple on Wednesday notified the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that it is planning yet another bond sale, accruing debt to fund its ongoing quarterly dividend payments and share repurchase program.

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06:00
You Should Play: Get your World of Warcraft fix with...

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. 

Over the last twenty years, Blizzard Entertainment has made a mint through it’s World of Warcraft franchise. Since launching last year, Hearthstone, a digital collectible card game based on characters and lore from Warcraft, has developed into a similarly powerful juggernaut on the competitive gaming scene. Tournaments, Reddit forums, and strategy guides have all sprung up to support Hearthstone’s turn-based tactical battles, and in April, Hearthstone finally launched on iOS.

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05:52
First look at Apple’s new App Analytics beta (...

After beginning to invite developers to test an app analytics beta last week, giving devs that signed up access to new analytic data for their apps through iTunes Connect, today we get our first look at the feature…

The screenshots above and below were shared by 9to5Mac reader and developer Patrick Heinrich von den Driesch.

The feature offers developers an overview of their users and app usage including retention stats, a breakdown of what device...

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05:30
Apple Watch takes #1 in Consumer Reports lab tests...

We got an early indication that Consumer Reports were impressed with the Apple Watch when they were unable to scratch the sapphire screen of the stainless steel model. The well-respected non-profit has now revealed that the full set of lab tests are complete, and the Apple Watch ranked top out of the 11 smartwatches tested.

Consumer reports tested the watches for durability, water-resistance, health functionality, readability in bright and low light, ease of use, and ease of interaction – though there was one slightly worrying moment for the Apple Watch Sport … ...

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05:18
Apple Pay snags 24 new bank and credit union...

Waiting for your card issuer to support Apple Pay? Check the list below. 

Apple has updated its Apple Pay support page with the names of 24 new participating card issuers. Most of the newcomers are credit unions this time around. In related news, Home Depot has announced its plans to support the service in the very near future. 

Apple Pay lets customers with an iPhone 6, 6 Plus or Apple Watch pay for purchase with their devices. It's like doing a magic trick that sends your money away and amazes cashiers. Fun! Here are the most recent participants:

Bellwether Community Credit Union
Benchmark Federal Credit Union
Blackhawk Community Credit Union
Community America...

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05:00
'Night Terrors' Could Turn Your Home Into...


Gamers could get the chance to count themselves among the things that go bump in the night, if Novum Analytics' Night Terrors, an augmented reality game for mobile devices, meets its Indiegogo funding target. The story itself is rudimentary, but the gameplay takes place in relatively uncharted territory. The player is alone in the dark with a smartphone. The phone's LED lights the way through the player's pitch-black house, while the game mixes photorealistic frights into a real-time stream of the player's augmented home.

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04:56
Apple confirms its ‘Applebot’ is indexing the web...

Rumors that Apple might be creating its own search engine started doing the rounds last fall, when webmasters started seeing web crawler visits from IP addresses starting with 17 – the IP address block owned entirely by Apple. Apple has now officially confirmed in a support document that it is operating its own web crawler called Applebot.

Applebot is the web crawler for Apple, used by products including Siri and Spotlight Suggestions. It respects customary robots.txt rules and robots meta tags. It originates in the 17.0.0.0 net block.

While the wording is clearly intended to suggest that this is just business as usual, both the fact that Apple is running its own web crawler at all, and the somewhat vague wording, are interesting … ...

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04:46
Twitterrific update makes multi-account tweeting...

Ollie, the little blue bird who serves as Twitterrific's mascot, has learned a new trick. In version 5.11.1 for iOS (universal, free with in-app purchases), you can now post from any account directly from the compose screen. Just tap your avatar to get a list of available accounts, select the one you want and presto! You're good to go. 

This functionality is also available in Tweetbot and Twitter's own iOS app, but I'm happy to see it come to my favorite Twitter client for iPhone. Thanks, Ollie!

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04:38
Oculus Rift goes mainstream early 2016

Quarter one 2016. It's the answer to a question we've asked basically every time we've spoken with Oculus VR since 2012: "When does the consumer version of the Rift come out?" Aside from that revelation, the only additional information we have is tha...

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04:16
Hugo Barra on why Xiaomi is against microSD cards in...

If you were to compare iOS and Android, the latter's storage expansion option via microSD -- up to a whopping 200GB these days -- is often regarded as an advantage, though not all devices come with such offer. For instance, while HTC and LG have made...

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04:13
Former Apple retail head launches Enjoy, offering...

Ron Johnson, who was Apple’s retail chief for almost 12 years, has finally taken the wraps off the online shopping service he teased back in October of last year. Called Enjoy, the service allows you to order products online for the same price you’d pay buying direct from the manufacturer websites – but get same-day delivery and free home setup.

Whether it’s an iPhone, Sonos speaker system, drone or electric bicycle, the company will send a “personal expert” to your home to hand-deliver the product and spend an hour setting it up and showing you how to use it. The service launches in San Francisco today, reports the ...

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Apple details new 'AppleBot' web crawler...

Apple has confirmed the existence of a long-rumored web crawling service -- first noticed last November --?and provided some details of its operations in a recently-updated support document.

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Snapchat adds sharing tools to its news discovery...

Snapchat's curated selection of news stories called Discover is reportedly in trouble, with traffic dropping significantly since its debut back in January. That's probably why the company has introduced a new function that lets you share articles and...

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Apple reportedly wants to help test your DNA

Now that Apple has launched a platform for medical research, it's apparently ready to expand what that platform can do. MIT's sources understand that the Cupertino crew is working with academics on ResearchKit apps that let iPhone users get DNA tests...

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Probably the coolest Apple Watch review you’re ever...

The Apple Watch may just be a cool toy to most of us, but for Molly Watt – who is both near-blind and deaf – it has made a huge difference to her life. For example, feeling safe and comfortable in environments where she cannot see at all.

I am fortunate to have a few friends who also have the Apple Watch and together have devised ways of communicating in ‘Code’ when out, particularly when out at night and in dark situations when I am completely blind […]

I can get message to friend I’m uncomfortable or I need assistance or help of some kind

The Maps app, with its ability to signal directions via taps on the wrist, has also greatly increased her independence.

So far for me the most useful App...

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Tuesday May 5

23:47
Apple may be under FTC investigation for Beats deals

The hushed whispers surrounding the Federal Trade Commission's supposed investigation into Apple's Beats Music service relaunch have gotten a little louder. From the sounds of it, Cupertino's approached record labels and over a dozen of artists, thro...

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22:38
Researchers find new 'most distant' galaxy...

Peering through the voids of space is a lot like time travelling: the deeper we gaze into a seemingly endless Universe, the further back in time we can see. Now, a team of researchers led by astronomers from Yale University and UC Santa Cruz have ann...

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21:53
Cox continues rolling out its gigabit internet to US...

Last May, Cox Communications announced that it would join Google and AT&T in offering residential customers gigabit-fast wired internet service to Phoenix, Las Vegas and Omaha. Today the service, dubbed "G1GABLAST", has finally arrived in Omaha and L...

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20:49
The first self-driving big rig licensed to operate...

A Daimler-built autonomous truck can now legally operate on the highways of Nevada. Gov. Brian Sandoval has officially granted the "Freightliner Inspiration Truck" a license for road use in the state, making it the first of its kind to navigate publi...

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20:32
Google Maps for Android lists your events, flights...

Google Maps' Play listing doesn't quite elaborate on what's new with the latest version, but the update's definitely more than just a bunch of bug fixes. Android Police has discovered that the app can now mine your Gmail account for info whenever you...

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19:49
Apple's upcoming streaming music service...

It looks like Apple's efforts to revamp Beats Music is drawing the wrong kind of attention from government antitrust officials, as the company's dealings with record labels and artists -- already said to be the subject of a Department of Justice investigation -- are now under scrutiny by the Federal Trade Commission, a report said on Tuesday.

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18:54
Apple again said to be under federal investigation...

Following a report yesterday claiming that Apple was being investigated by the Department of Justice over anti-competitive practices surrounding the launch of its rebranded Beats streaming music service, Bloomberg this evening now corroborates that report. Bloomberg says that the Federal Trade Commission is investigating whether Apple is using its large iTunes store to put rival streaming music services like Spotify at a disadvantage.

FTC officials have reportedly been in contact with at least one record label regarding Apple’s practices. Some of the...

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17:39
Mumblehard Malware Mugs Linux Servers


A family of Linux malware targeting Linux and BSD servers has been lurking around for five years, Eset has reported. Dubbed "Linux/Mumblehard," the malware contains a backdoor and a spamming daemon, both written in Perl. The components are mainly Perl scripts encrypted and packed inside an executable and linkable format, or ELF, said Eset. In some cases, one ELF executable with a packer nests inside another. An Eset sinkhole saw more than 8,800 unique IP addresses over seven months. Web servers are the most susceptible to the attack.

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17:05
Home Depot declares support for Apple Pay

Home Depot just double down and will become the largest retail chain to date to support Apple Pay.

The retailer on Tuesday officially announced upcoming support for Apple Pay for its 2,000+ stores.

Speaking on behalf of the home improvement retailer, company representative Steve Holmes told Bloomberg that his company plans to introduce in-store support for Apple Pay, but declined to specify an exact rollout timetable.

Within the past week, however, customers who normally use Apple Pay at their local Home Depot discovered the chain abruptly reversal of policy. Home Depot had stated that it is “evaluating a number of new payment methods, including a number of mobile...

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15:59
Despite lacking music rights, Beats Music is...

Apple can’t wait to get back into streaming music, even if not all the pieces are in place quite yet.

The Beats Music relaunch is expected to be announced at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in June, but music industry sources have confirmed to Billboard that Apple has not yet secured the appropriate licensing deals required from the major record labels to be able to stream their catalogs. It’s a piece in the puzzle that can’t be overlooked. Just this month, Grooveshark was forced to shut down after being bombarded with copyright infringement lawsuits for streaming unlicensed content.

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15:39
Even replacement Apple Watches come in nice boxes,...


Last month we showed you what exactly Apple would cover under warranty for Apple Watch customers and now images of the replacement box for the device have emerged. As shown in the images above, Apple does not want Apple Watch straps shipped during the warranty process and requires only the device itself.

The images, posted to Twitter by Max Weisel, show the Apple Watch in a nice white box with Watch branding. It’s essentially a smaller...

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15:30
AWT News Update: May 5, 2015

Happy Cinco de Mayo - today's Apple news covers the gamut from Watch-controlled cars to executive compensation, with a little Apple Pay and accessibility thrown in for good measure:

  • Owners of VW automobiles with Car-Net will soon be able to use their Apple Watches to do a great many things with their cars
  • More banks and credit unions have been added to the list of institutions supporting Apple Pay. Have a Simple account? You can now add your debit card to Apple Pay.
  • Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts was the top-paid US female executive last year
  • Apple's revised streaming service based on Beats Music will most likely be unveiled at WWDC on June 8, despite reported issues with licensing
  • Blogger Molly Watt, who has Usher Syndrome and limited sight and hearing, recently reported on the features she uses to navigate the Apple Watch. Her review can...
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15:28
Apple Pay lands 24 new bank and credit union...

In an update to its Apple Pay support webpage on Tuesday, Apple announced a new batch of 24 participating card issuers, with credit unions accounting for a large majority of additions.

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15:10
Apple working on ResearchKit-based DNA testing,...

Apple is collaborating with researchers on new ResearchKit-based iPhone apps that will allow people to undergo DNA testing, in some cases for the first time, for scientific analysis and research, according to a Tuesday report.

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15:02
OpenTV sues Apple over iTunes content streaming...

Interactive digital television firm OpenTV on Tuesday filed suit against Apple for alleged infringement of five patents relating to storing and delivering digital content to personal electronic devices.

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14:21
OpenTV files patent infringement suit against Apple...

Apple is facing a lawsuit from OpenTV, a company that creates interactive television technology, over five patents the latter claims the Cupertino company violated in the iTunes software. The protected technology in question relates to how Apple streams movies from its servers to end users.

The suit claims this technology was legally licensed to other companies, including Microsoft and Google, but not Apple. OpenTV was named as a party in a separate lawsuit against Apple earlier this year. That suit dealt with video playback technology in iOS and OS X and other products, including iTunes and iAds.

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