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03:30
Six excellent IFTTT Recipes to make iOS even better

If This Then That is an incredibly handy automation service, bridging the gap between various apps, accounts, and devices to boost your productivity. And this free Web service is even better when paired with an iPhone. Here are six IFTTT tricks designed to bring iOS to a whole new level. 

Save battery life

The IF app delivers simple, clear notifications.

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02:45
NASA releases gorgeous image of Saturn's moon...

NASA today released a new image of Dione, one of Saturn's many moons, as the spacecraft responsible for the shots moved into the next phases of its assignment. The visible light photograph displays the many craters and ice cliffs on Dione's surface...

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01:33
Aston plans Tesla-fighting 800-hp electric Rapide

Aston Martin intends to launch an electric version of the Rapide in the next two years, boasting 800 horsepower, all-wheel drive, and a 200-mile range. An electric DBX is also on the way somewhat later. Aston Martin is taking direct aim at the top...

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01:14
BBC iPlayer now lets you pause and resume shows on...

BBC iPlayer lets you watch TV shows on almost any device, but until now all of the different apps have felt like pretty siloed experiences. Well, that's soon going to change. An update rolling out this week is adding support for "cross-device resum...

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00:11
Privacy-focused Blackphone 2 is ready for pre-order

Blackphone 2, the second iteration of Silent Circle's privacy-focused handset, is now available for pre-order -- assuming you don't mind reserving a device without knowing its price. The original Blackphone was sold at the flagship-level cost of $6...

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Tuesday August 18

22:57
VAIO returns: coming to a Microsoft Store near you...

When Sony announced that it was spinning off its PC business, many mourned the passing of the premium -- but not quite best-selling -- VAIO series. The company was reborn in Japan, focusing on far less PC models (only two at the start), and a Made...

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22:55
Study claims 80% of Apple Watch owners in US, UK use...

According to new data from research firm Wristly, which saw its statistics cited in Apple's latest earnings conference call, Apple Watch is proving to be a boon for Apple Pay users, as 80 percent of owners use the service to make purchases.

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22:03
'Rainbow Six: Siege' won't breach and...
21:46
Parallels 11 now available w/ support for Windows 10...

Parallels, the company behind the popular virtual machine software, has today released the latest iteration of its popular Mac app. Parallels 11 ($79.99 retail, $49.99 upgrade) is available now with many of the features that were accidentally leaked by the company last month. Top features are of course support for both Windows 10 including Cortana and OS X El Capitan, as well as a variety of enhancements that improve the virtualization experience…

Parallels touts that its latest version is up to 50 percent faster than previous iterations, including 50 percent faster boot up and shutdown times and 20...

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21:01
Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac: Taking virtual...

All images and video in this post ©2015 parallels inc.

Late summer has become the time of year when the Big Two of Mac virtual machine software -- Parallels and VMware -- introduce the latest version of their marquee apps. The first to drop in 2015 is Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac, which adds a number of new features and improves on the performance of the app.

First, Parallels Desktop 11 is not only ready to run Windows 10, but also OS X 10.11 El Capitan -- both as a host operating system and as a virtual machine. For those who decide to run Windows 10 in a VM on their Mac, there are some really interesting capabilities -- like "always on Cortana", making Microsoft's virtual assistant available even while you're using your Mac. Since Apple hasn't yet brought Siri to Mac OS X, this provides the power of a virtual assistant on your Mac... or you could just use your Apple Watch and "Hey, Siri". 

Windows...

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21:01
Parallels Desktop 11 launches with support for El...

As anticipated, Parallels on Wednesday released Parallels Desktop 11, the latest version of its virtualization software that comes with a slew of improvements, the most notable being support for Microsoft Windows 10 and major features like the Cortana virtual assistant.

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20:14
Apple to simplify retail stores by demoting iPods to...

Apple is preparing to make significant changes to its stores to simplify the experience by relocating iPod stock to accessory shelves and removing iPad-based Smart Signs, according to several Apple Retail managers briefed today on the plans. Apple will begin rolling out these notable changes overnight on Tuesday of next week to stores in the United States so that customers who begin coming in on Wednesday see the refreshed look.

Typically reserved for accessories like...

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20:00
FIFA Online3: Keyboard-based Operation FOR Defense

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19:48
MLB strikes out, bans Kansas City manager from using...

Since the device was released, many concerns regarding appropriate and inappropriate times to use Apple Watch have come up, and here is yet another one. Major League Baseball gifted Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost an Apple Watch Sport for being the manager of the All Star Game last month, and now, MLB is telling Yost that he can’t use the device during games and while in the dugout.

Major League Baseball has long been against the use of any smartphones during games, even going as far to restrict inactive players from accessing their devices during a game. When Yost was seen wearing his Apple Watch in the dugout earlier this week during a game against the Los Angeles Angels, many questioned whether or not that was allowed.

MLB then called Yost and told him that he was not allowed to use his Apple Watch during...

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16:00
How to enable DuckDuckGo, Bing or Yahoo as the...

Google is the default search engine in Mac OS X Safari. However, you can change it to Bing, Yahoo or DuckDuckGo. Of these three choices, DuckDuckGo is the most unique.

DuckDuckGo is a web browser "that doesn't track you." It lets you surf the web without your searches being saved or your info shared with advertisers. 

With other search engines, when you do a search and then click on a link, your search terms are sent to that site you clicked on. In addition, when you visit a site, your computer automatically sends information about it to that site. DuckDuckGo doesn't profile those using it. 

The search engine deliberately shows all users the same search results for a given search term. That said, it isn't always as thorough as Google. The question you'll have to answer is: can I sacrifice a little convenience for more privacy?

To set...

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15:46
Developer hacks custom watch face onto Apple Watch

In a post to Twitter on Tuesday, developer Hamza Sood revealed an Apple Watch hack that bypasses Apple's restriction against installing third-party watch faces on the device.

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15:24
Apple refutes Apple Music survey, says 79% of trial...

Commenting on a recent survey conducted by research firm MusicWatch, which claimed only 52 percent of Apple Music trial customers still use the service, Apple said the actual attrition rate is closer to 21 percent.

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15:20
Developer hacks Apple Watch to support custom watch...

Well respected developer Hazma Sood, who earlier this month helped us discover hints at an upcoming more powerful iPad mini, today has shared his latest tweak: the ability to use custom watch faces on Apple Watch. Sood posted a video to Twitter, which can be seen below, showing two custom watch faces running on his stainless steel Apple Watch.

After some haxx... Custom watch faces on Apple Watch!

Watch face source code is on GitHub:
github.com/hamzasood/Cust…...

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14:43
Apple Music, Apple Watch and Apple Pay are hits! No...

Are Apple Music, Apple Watch and Apple Pay hits? Like most things in life, it depends on whom you ask. Let's look at Aple's offerings one at a time.

Apple Music

According to a new research study conducted by MusicWatch, a company providing consumer research for the music industry, three quarters (77%) of Apple’s iOS users in the United States are aware of Apple Music, and 11% reported they are currently using Apple Music. 

According to MusicWatch, Apple Music's usage level is similar among consumers who purchase music from iTunes or use iTunes to manage their music collections. Among users of iTunes Radio, Apple’s earlier music streaming service, listening to Apple Music reached 18%. And nearly two-thirds (64%) of current users said that they were extremely or very likely to pay to subscribe to Apple Music after their free trials end.

In an interview with...

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14:35
Truth May Be Wiggly in Wikipedia's Hot-Button...


Users should take extra care when exploring Wikipedia's science topics, because many articles on controversial issues such as global warming and acid rain have been targeted for editing by revisionists who reject scientific findings, new research has found. Due to its crowdsourced model, academics widely regard Wikipedia as a starting point for research -- a compass more than a map. However, many people rely heavily on the information it presents. That realization prompted researchers Gene Likens and Adam Wilson to undertake a study.

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14:11
Fossil joins Apple Watch competition with Moto 360-...

Presenting Tuesday at the annual Intel Developer Forum, fashion brand Fossil teased its first competitor to the Apple Watch, a device that will run Google's Android Wear platform.

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14:00
AWT News Update: August 18, 2015

Google OnHub. Image via Google

Today on this special quick episode of the AWT News Update:

  • Google intros a nice looking and fast wireless router for the home
  • Paper for iPhone will be coming soon, according to developer FiftyThree
  • Fifth public beta of OS X El Capitan is available
  • Apple Pay has added 18 more banks and credit unions in the USA

The text version? It's below the podcast.

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for August 18, 2015.

Apple’s AirPort wireless router had better watch out - Google today announced the OnHub wireless router they’ve developed in coordination with router manufacturer TP-Link. The $200 router looks like a minimalist black...

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13:58
Apple says only 21% of people opting out of free...

Earlier today a new survey over Apple Music usage surfaced with data over Apple’s new venture into the streaming music space, and Apple has decided to respond (vaguely) to at least one data point. MusicWatch’s survey results said that some 61 percent of its participants have turned off the auto-renew function on Apple Music, hinting that they would not be paying subscribers after the three-month free trial period. With the message being potentially interpreted that only 39 percent of current Apple Music users planning to become paid users this fall, Apple has responded to the survey by clarifying (somewhat) that a higher 79 percent of users that started the trial are continuing to use it, leaving only 21 percent of...

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12:04
Square's new Apple Watch app turns your wrist...

Mobile payments have made it so that you don’t have to take out your wallet to pay. Now the Apple Watch is making it so that you don’t have to take out your iPhone either.

On Tuesday, Square Cash released its Apple Watch-compatible app. The updated Square Cash app lets you transfer funds between friends, family, or anyone close by with just a few taps on the Apple Watch interface. To start using Square Cash on the Apple Watch, just download or update to the latest Square Cash app for iOS. It’s free to download and there are no transaction fees if you are transferring money between friends or family.

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12:01
Building circular navigation with CSS clip paths

The CSS clip-path property is one of the most underused and yet most interesting properties in CSS. It can be used in conjunction with CSS Shapes to create interesting layouts, and can be taken to the extreme to create some incredibly impressive layouts and animations like the Species in Pieces project.

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12:00
Square Cash app now on Apple Watch

Square Cash is already a simple and secure app that turns sending money to friends a matter of making a few taps. Now the app has gained an Apple Watch companion, so you can make and receive money transfers from your Watch. 

The original app lets you send money to your cousin Vinnie (who is always broke...) or your best friend for free, as long as you've linked a Visa, MasterCard or Discover debit card to the app. The new Apple Watch app presents a list of your contacts, one of which you select. Next you tap out the amount to be sent by hitting a combination of "dollar bills" on the entry screen. Send it on its way, and Vinnie can cover his gambling losses again.

The Watch app will appear automatically once the app has been updated on your iPhone. You may be asked to make a settings change on the iPhone to connect the Square Cash app and the Watch, but the process...

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11:34
Google launches OnHub Wi-Fi router, delays 'Ara...

Google on Tuesday launched preorders for the OnHub, a new 802.11ac Wi-Fi router it hopes will simplify wireless connections and will also act as a hub for smart home appliances. But the company also acknowledged that its Project Ara modular smartphone won't reach the public until at least 2016.

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11:00
Tylt's Flyp-Duo and Y-Charge [Quik]: Odd...

Odd spellings of product names are the bane of the tech reviewer, but fortunately some of the weirdest product names are given to some of the most useful accessories. Tylt has been creating some great charging accessories for iPhone and iPad, and continues the trend with the Flyp-Duo Reversible USB Charge and Sync Cable (US$24.99) and Y-Charge [Quik] Dual Car Charger ($39.99). I'll struggle through the attempts of autocorrect to change these spellings into English for your benefit.

Tylt flyp-duo dual connectors. photo ©2015 steven sande

Flyp-Duo

The Flyp-Duo is a charging cable with a few important differences. First, the USB end is reversible, meaning that it doesn't matter which way you plug it into a USB port -- it's going to plug in properly. Next, the cable is flat and doesn...

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10:44
Survey: Majority of current Apple Music trial users...

Most consumers still using the three-month free trial of Apple Music say they are likely to continue paying for a subscription after the period ends, new survey data shows, though a significant portion may have dropped off soon after trying the service.

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10:32
Fifth build of OS X 10.11 El Capitan supplied to...

Apple on Tuesday pushed out the fifth public beta of OS X 10.11 El Capitan, its forthcoming major update for the Mac operating system, scheduled to launch this fall as a free update.

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10:10
External Link: The iTunes Music Festival Returns as...

The iTunes Music Festival will now be known as the Apple Music Festival, which should surprise no one. This year’s event will be held from 19 September 2015 through 28 September 2015. Confirmed performers include One Direction, Disclosure, Pharrell Williams, and Florence + the Machine. If you live in the UK, you can enter to win free tickets; otherwise, you’ll be able to view the performances in iTunes, or on your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or Apple TV.

 

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10:06
iPhone 6s rumor roundup: fake Rose Gold image,...

Another day, another series of iPhone rumors. Yesterday’s roundup included the latest information about a September 18th next-generation iPhone launch date, faked benchmarks, and new system-on-a-chip schematics, and today our roundup covers a likely fake rose gold iPhone 6S image, reservations for the new phone from carriers, and Germany, and a pair of claims out of China about future iPhone models. Let’s start with the rose gold image:

Based on claims from reliable analysts, and Apple’s history of expanding colors and features across its product portfolio, a rose gold or pink version of the iPhone 6S sounds highly likely. But that does not mean that an image to the right from...

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10:05
Misfit brings a Speedo-branded swim tracker to the...

Swimmers in search of a cheap, waterproof exercise tracker now have another option in Misfit’s Speedo Shine.

The $80 fitness band uses an accelerometer and algorithms to count laps, distance, calories burned, and exercise time. After the workout, users can sync the data over Bluetooth to Misfit’s apps for iOS, Android, and Windows phones, where it counts toward a general activity score. The data will also sync with Speedo’s own swim tracking app soon after launch.

Beyond the swim tracking—and a new pale silver color scheme—the Speedo Shine is identical to Misfit’s existing Shine fitness trackers, and is able to track walking, running, cycling, and sleep. A set of 12 LED lights around the aluminum face tells users how far they are toward their daily fitness goals, and the device is water resistant to 50 meters. It runs on a standard CR2032 coin cell battery,...

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10:00
The Week in Mac apps: Dress Assistant helps you look...

Dress Assistant makes you look fabulous everywhere you go

In this week’s roundup of new Mac apps, you’ll find tools to keep your wardrobe in check, make your music sound great, and even find that almost-lost file.

Dress Assistant 5.2

Figuring out what to wear just got a lot easier, thanks Software de Arte’s $20 Dress Assistant (Mac App Store Link).

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09:59
Apple seeds OS X El Capitan beta 5 to AppleSeed...

Update: Public beta testers may not see the update currently as it appears to have been pulled for now.

Apple has pushed out the fifth public beta version of OS X 10.11 “El Capitan.” The update brings bug fixes and tweaks the pre-release operating system in preparation for its launch later this year.

The new beta comes with a build number of 15A262c, putting it ahead of the current developer build 15A244d. The previous public beta was build number 15A243d.

Users running the current preview build should be able to...

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09:56
Google unveils OnHub, a wireless router that...

Apple has long been involved in the networking peripheral space with its AirPort products, and today Google announced its own wireless router in partnership with TP-LINK. Google has just published a blog post unveiling OnHub, a wireless router it has developed in partnership with popular router manufacturer TP-LINK, which it says provides a Wi-Fi experience that’s “that’s fast, secure, and easy to use.”

The most important aspect of the OnHub router that Google highlights is a “unique antenna design and smart software” that constantly searches the airwaves in your home. This looks for the ideal frequency channel to deliver data to your devices at the fastest speeds and with the least interference. The router will adjust as needed,...

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09:50
Apple Pay gains support for 18 more US banks, credit...

Apple on Tuesday updated its list of official Apple Pay-backing card issuers with 18 more U.S. institutions, putting the current total close to the 500 mark.

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09:13
Visualizing a modern Apple Wireless Keyboard [...

Over the weekend, we learned some preliminary details about Apple’s planned updates for two of their most popular Mac accessories, the Apple Wireless Keyboard and Magic Mouse, in the form of FCC filings. Aside from new and improved connectivity thanks to Bluetooth 4.2, both accessories appear to have design deviations from their existing models, as detailed by the rough sketches...

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09:05
Apple vs. Samsung rages on as core iPhone patent is...

One of Apple’s iPhone patents—the one that a jury used to decide that Samsung owed Apple hundreds of millions of dollars in damages—was just ruled invalid by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

The patent in question, D618677, covers the design of the iPhone 3G and was filed in November 2008, but Apple relied on two patents filed in January 2007 to give that 2008 patent an earlier protection date. It’s a common practice, but the earlier patents have to sufficiently describe the later one in order to extend the protection date. The U.S. patent office decided that those two original patents didn’t describe the design patented in late 2008 sufficiently enough, and that perhaps that patent should have never been issued to begin with, according to FOSS Patents.

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09:00
Hands-on with the iHome iSP5 HomeKit-compatible...

The iHome iSP5 Smart Plug (US$39.99) represents a first for Apple World Today; the first HomeKit-compatible hardware we've had the pleasure to review. Up to this time, all the smart plugs and intelligent light bulbs reviewed here or at The Unofficial Apple Weblog did not include HomeKit capabilities. In this review I'll talk about what that means for those who'd like to automate their homes, and why the iSP5 is a welcome move to the future.

Design

The iSP5 is an attractive and very compact smart plug. Unlike some of the first plugs that came out a few years ago, the iSP5 is only about 1.25" deep x 1.5" high X 3" wide. It's a passthrough plug, meaning that you plug it into an available 120V US wall socket and then plug a lamp or small appliance into it. One one side of the iSP5 is a raised bump that serves as a push switch should you need to turn a light on or off without a...

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09:00
Square Cash quick mobile money transfers come to...

Square on Tuesday released a new version of its Square Cash iPhone app, bringing the platform's quick money transfers to the Apple Watch.

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08:56
How to see your iPhone’s precise signal strength

TidBITS:

The folks over at Tech Insider have produced a video that will help you see what your signal strength is numerically, for troubleshooting purposes. But for some reason, they didn’t also write up the instructions for those who prefer reading. So if you fall in that camp, here’s how to see your iPhone’s precise signal strength.

Great little tip to help troubleshoot signal strength issues.

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08:54
Cannot Mount on 10.8

Forums: TroubleshootingTags: 10.8.5; Stornext 5.1.1; failed to load volume list; Mac Mini; M440

I have a Mac Mini with a Promise SANLink connected to my SAN. I can see LUN's and labels, I can ping MDC's in both directions. I have my automount.plist and config.plist and fsnameserver in place with proper permissions. I continually get the error "Failed to Load Volume List". I will post logs in the next post, but I had questions about config.plist:

1. What is the name of the SAN and does it really matter? Can I put anything there and it will work? Remember I am using an M440 appliance for the MDC's
2. Where is the .auth_secret and does that matter for this setup?
3. Are there known issues or special config...

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08:39
Sprint launches iPhone Forever offer in response to...

If your competitor does it, it’s usually a good idea to do something similar.

Wireless carrier Sprint has announced that it will follow T-Mobile’s lead and offer customers who get an iPhone 6 now a free upgrade to the iPhone 6s upon its release. The deal, dubbed “iPhone Forever”, lets subscribers lease a new iPhone and upgrade whenever an updated model is released.

The plan will retail for US$22 a month for the 16GB model.

The company’s PR line is as follows:

“Anytime customers don’t have the latest iPhone, they are eligible to upgrade. They bring their iPhone, upgrade on the spot...

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08:25
Can Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre save the music Industry?

Wired:

“All I’ve ever wanted to do is move the needle on popular culture.” It sounds almost modest, the way he says it. Don’t be fooled. Some music executives want to help talented artists reach their natural audience, no matter how small. Iovine is not among them. He’s after the kind of massive flash points that unite populations around the world and change not just what they listen to but how they dress and move and behave and think and live. “He finds one great idea, gets rid of everything else, and chases it to the end of the earth until it’s everywhere,” says Luke Wood, president of Beats Electronics.

By his count, Iovine has pulled this off four times over the past couple of decades by introducing the world to Snoop Dogg, Tupac, and Chronic-era Dr. Dre, shepherding the careers of Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson, giving Eminem his start, and creating Beats, the hardware company that turned headphones into a fashion accessory and today accounts for 34 percent...

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08:21
Misfit, Speedo team up for new Apple Store-exclusive...

People who swim for fitness or competition will have a new option for tracking their progress some Sept. 1, when the Speedo Shine swim tracker --?a collaboration between wearables firm Misfit and swimwear brand Speedo --?will hit Apple Store shelves.

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08:03
Rumor: German wireless carriers back September 18th...

Sometimes it’s the German wireless carriers that give away the details you want to hear.

A group of German carriers are reportedly preparing to launch Apple’s next-gen iPhone on September 18th, a date in line with a rumored press event earlier in the month.

At least two out of three major German carriers have apparently signed on for September 18th. The carriers are thought to be at least two out of three, the German market being controlled by O2, Vodafone, and T-Mobile DE (owned by Deutsche Telekom). All three will likely be ready on the same day, since they already carry the iPhone 6.

Apple is expected to reveal at least two new...

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07:38
Apple Music Festival in London beginning Sept. 19

Apple:

Apple Music Festival is a full-volume celebration of music. It’s live from London and broadcast to every corner of the globe. This year, we return to London’s Roundhouse for 10 incredible nights.

This is always an incredible show and this year, Apple will tie in various aspects of the Apple Music service to make it an even bigger and better event with a list of headliners that includes Pharrell Williams, One Direction, Florence + The Machine and Disclosure.

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07:31
Parents on a budget turning to certified used...

Price-conscious parents looking to equip their kids with smartphones or tablets for the new school year are embracing Gazelle's new certified pre-used iPhone and iPad stores as an alternative to paying full price for a brand new device, the company says.

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07:00
Someone needs to develop a 'Shazam for movies...

One of my favorite iPhone apps is Shazam, which "recognizes" and identifies music for you. I'd love to have a Shazam-like app for movies. Let me explain.

With Shazam on an iPhone or iPad, you launch the app, point your iDevice atyour car stereo or radio, press the Shazam button, and the app displays the name of the song playing, who sings it, and whether it's available for purchase at the iTunes Store. 

I'm a big movie fan, and watch lots of older movies on Turner Classic Movies. Sometimes an actor will appear on-screen and I wonder, "Who is that?" 

Of course, I can look up data on the movie and find info on the actors. But imagine if I had an app called, say, Shazam Movie on my iDevice. When an actor is talking or singing, I point my iPhone at the TV screen and, voila!, the app identifies the actor, pulls up background info and a filmography, and informs me which of his/her films are available at iTunes.

Crazy? Perhaps. Impossible to create? Maybe. I'm...

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06:56
Review: Anker’s PowerCore 20100 + PowerPort 10 make...

“Bigger and better” has been a safe sequel strategy for years, but “smaller, lighter, and slightly more affordable” sequels began to take off when Apple debuted the iPod mini and iPod nano a decade ago. Anker relied upon “bigger and better” for its insanely powerful 25,600mAh Astro E7 battery, and now is using “smaller and lighter” with PowerCore 20100 ($40), a sequel with nearly 80% of Astro E7’s power. But Anker’s diverging from Apple’s formula on one key point: PowerCore 20100 sells for only 50% of Astro E7’s price. It’s still capable of recharging many iPads twice, which is more...

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06:32
Square Cash adds convenient money transfer to Apple...

Cash, the iPhone app that lets you easily send money from your bank account to anyone with email or text messages or even just nearby with a smartphone, is out with a new version today that puts Square’s cashing sending app right on the Apple Watch. Square Cash highlights three uses for its first Apple Watch app:

• Send cash to your top contacts even faster.
• Quickly pay nearby people with a new contact-first interface.
• Easily approve requests with a single tap.

I use Square Cash occasionally to send money to family across the country (it’s free for friends and has a 1.9% fee on transactions for businesses) and I’ve...

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06:26
∞ Dave Grohl invites crying fan onstage at Foo...

Dave Grohl loves his fans, really knows how to put on a show, even with a broken leg.

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06:24
Use Siri to play sound effects

Try telling Siri:

Play the crickets sound

Lots of other sound effects available.

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06:19
Apple Music Festival (once known as the iTunes Music...

Apple says Pharrell Williams, One Direction, Florence + The Machine and Disclosure are among the headliners at the 2015 Apple Music Festival at London’s Roundhouse this September. 

Apple will broadcast performances to music fans worldwide3 for free. The performances can be viewed live and on-demand on Apple Music. The Apple Music Festival lets fans get even closer to their favorite performers with coverage on Beats 1 alongside backstage news and footage straight from the artists on Apple Music Connect, according to Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services.

The Apple Music Festival takes place over 10 nights from Sept. 19 to Sept. 28. UK residents can apply to win tickets on Apple Music as well as through media partners including the London Evening Standard. Apple hosted the iTunes Festival in London for eight years, and now in honor of the launch of Apple Music, has renamed the event the Apple...

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06:19
Man whose truck fell on him says Apple’s Siri helped...

When I read this story, I couldn’t help but think, “Siri, go get help, Timmy fell in the well!”

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06:10
What will next month’s Apple TV bring to the living...

Mark Gurman lays out all that’s known and speculated about the upcoming Apple TV release.

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06:03
YouTube is the sleeping giant of Live-streaming

Periscope, Meerkat, Twitch and others are making their bones in live-streaming. But the big dog, YouTube, has very quietly been honing its tools in the background.

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05:59
Misfit & Speedo team up to create lap counting...

Fitness device maker Misfit and swim-accessory expert Speedo are hitting the pool together this summer to create a special version of the fitness tracking Shine wearable made especially for swimmers. The Speedo Shine is enhanced for workouts in the pool thanks to “proprietary lap counting algorithms with industry-leading accuracy” that swimmers should appreciate. Data captured by Speedo Shine syncs up wirelessly with Misfit’s iPhone app over Bluetooth for evaluating workouts in the pool and hitting swim goals. And while the water resistant Apple Watch with non-leather bands...

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05:42
Future iOS device cameras may offer tilt/perspective...

Future iPhones and iPads may sport cameras with tilt and perspective correction. Apple has filed for a patent (number 9,113,078) with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for such technology. 

In the patent filing, Apple notes that, while the ability to take pictures using electronic devices such as an iPhone or iPad, is advantageous and convenient, it's often difficult for the user to steady these evices and/or keep them level while taking a picture. This lack of ability to steady the electronic devices and/or keep them level while taking the picture often results in distortion in the picture being tilted and/or having a perspective that the user may not like.

In fact, tilted pictures and/or pictures with an incorrect perspective may also be taken from cameras. For example, a user may not have a tripod when taking a picture with a camera and so the user may take a picture at an angle. Regardless of whether a distorted picture...

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05:30
Apple wants your iPhone to help you long lines at...

Apple wants your iPhone (and, perhaps in the future, the Apple Watch) to help you avoid long lines at the grocery store and other businesses.

The company has filed for a patent (number 9,113,309) with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for "enhancing user services with indoor traffic information."

According to the patent filing, a mobile device such as an iPhone can collect location, time and speed information associated with a building and send this data to a server. 

The server can collect location, time and speed information from multiple mobile devices. It can determine average wait times (e.g., indoor traffic information) associated with areas of interest at a business or indoor location.  (FIG. 2 is a block diagram of a system for generating indoor traffic information based on location data received from mobile devices.) 

The server can deliver the average wait times to mobile devices (including, perhaps, an Apple Watch). The mobile devices can...

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05:22
Adoption rate of Apple Pay on the Apple Watch could...

A new survey of Apple Watch owners by Wristly found that 80% of those in the US and UK have already used Apple Pay, and suggests that this number could eventually hit 95%. The survey was limited to the two countries where Apple Pay is currently available.

The firm found that only 19% of Watch owners hadn’t yet tried Apple Pay, and of those only a quarter of them either had concerns or saw no benefits, suggesting that the rest were likely to try it at some later point.

The data also found that owning an Apple Watch dramatically increased the chances of...

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05:00
An Apple TV with dedicated games sounds good,...

In a note to clients — as noted by AppleInsider — analyst Rod Hall with the investment firm of J.P. Morgan thinks the big selling point of the next generation Apple TV, which is expected to be unveiled next month, will be an app store with traditional console-style videogames.

He estimates that an anticipated set-top box with a dedicated Apple TV App Store would give Apple a foothold in the US$34 billion console gaming market. Hall thinks that every 5% of the gaming market Apple captures would add about 2% to the company's annual earnings per share.

If Apple really wanted to make things interesting, the next gen Apple TV could support gesture control. Apple has been granted a patent (number 8,908,277) by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for a “lens array projector” that involves a projection-based 3D mapping solution. The result could be gesture...

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05:00
Apple Car Evidence Piles Up


Apple apparently has been scouting for locations outside of San Francisco to test an autonomous vehicle it's developing, and there are indication the oft-rumored Apple car project could be much further along than previous reports have suggested. Giving credence to that view is the fact that engineers in Apple's Special Project group earlier this year met with officials from GoMentum Station, a 2,100-acre former naval base. Work already is under way to transform the site into a high-tech, high-security testing ground for self-driving cars.

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04:04
Apple Music Festival ticket system down for many

Winning tickets for the Apple Music Festival is a long shot at the best of times, but many are reporting that they can’t even get as far as entering the lottery – either getting a blank screen or an error message when they click the Win Tickets link … 

When Business Insider tried it, they got an error message (right), while my own attempt just got a header with a blank screen (left). The outage comes...

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23:24
Pharrell & One Direction headlining Apple Music...

Apple today announced that it will be holding its annual music festival across 10 days during the month of September in London. Previously known as the iTunes Festival, this year’s show is known as the “Apple Music Festival” in reference the recently launched Apple Music service. It is also notably shorter than the typical 30 days of concerts. Pharrell Williams, One Direction, Florence + The Machine and Disclosure will be the headlining acts at this year’s festival, which takes place from September 19th to September 28th.

Apple’s Eddy Cue in addition to the main artists have commented on the announcement:

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23:14
Apple's renamed 'Apple Music Festival...

Apple on Tuesday local London time announced start dates for its upcoming UK-based Apple Music Festival, n?e iTunes Festival, as well as an initial set list including headliners Pharrell Williams, One Direction, Florence + The Machine and Disclosure.

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22:20
U.S. Patent Office invalidates an original iPhone...

Earlier this month, the United States Patent Office made a non-final ruling that one of Apple’s design patents for the original iPhone is invalid within Apple’s long-running lawsuit against Samsung, according to a report from FOSS Patents. This particular patent, as seen in the drawings above, references the overall design of the original iPhone launched in 2007. It is known as the “D’677” patent in court proceedings and legal documents. FOSS explains the reasoning behind the invalidation:

The problem the D’677 patent faces here is that the USPTO has determined (...

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20:12
USPTO finds Apple iPhone design patent invalid in...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office earlier this month found an iPhone design patent successfully leveraged by Apple against Samsung in its first court action invalid on multiple counts, bringing Apple's $548 million damages award into question.

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17:37
Slack CEO denigrates Apple's Siri in announcing...

Slack Technologies founder and CEO Stewart Butterfield on Monday revealed plans to invest in artificial intelligence with an eye on virtual assistant tech for work groups, while calling Apple's solution "nearly useless."

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17:36
Google Photos lets you tell it when your pictures...

Google just announced that it has pushed live a host of user-requested features for its Photos service. These include the ability to edit an image's timestamp, rearrange the image order in albums, change an album's cover photo and remove inaccurate...

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17:14
This is the desk lamp of your (robotic) dreams

It's back-to-school season. For some of you, this means needing a fancy new lamp for your home or dorm room desk. Unfortunately whatever Walmart, Amazon or IKEA may have in stock won't come anywhere close, both in terms of looks or functionality, t...

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16:51
What's on your HDTV: 'Fear the Walking...

This week a spinoff for AMC's popular The Walking Dead series is premiering, along with the very familiar Zombi game for PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Previously seen on the Wii U as Zombi U, it's (appropriately) making a return on new platforms, with some...

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16:45
On depression

Duncan Davidson:

It sneaks in like an invited guest to the party, not even noticed it at first. And then, slowly but surely, it grows inside of you and sows its seeds of destruction. Even when it’s something that you’ve dealt with a dozen times, it still manages to work its way in and shift the baseline of your entire reality without you noticing until the very lenses that you look at the world has been corrupted into a dim grey place.

By the time you can honestly sort out that you might be in deep, the very perception of that observation is distorted. And that affects your reaction to it, often tempering that reaction with an almost uncontrollable apathy. You know you want help, but the simple act of asking seems too much to bear.

Rob Richman and I talked about our depression and ways we coped with it. Sadly, it got the better of him. RIP, Rob.

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16:30
Windows 10 won't run old games with dodgy copy...

Do you recall the bad old days of PC games in the mid-2000s, when titles were loaded with copy protection that was not only a hassle, but horribly insecure? Well, Microsoft does -- and that could be a problem if you're trying to run some of those...

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15:58
Google Maps wants to include more of your photos

Remember Views, Google's repository for geotagged Photo Spheres and panoramas? Honestly, many of us around the Engadget compound had forgotten about it too. Mountain View has decided that rather than hide away these features on some separate site t...

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15:31
The most dangerous voting machines in America are...

After more than a decade of use and dozens of reported security problems, the Virginia Board of Elections voted to decommission the last of the 3,000 WINVote touchscreen voting machines being used in the state. The machines have experienced issues...

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15:20
5 ways the world will look dramatically different in...

Washington Post:

The world is expected to add another billion people within the next 15 years, bringing the total global population from 7.3 billion in mid-2015 to 8.5 billion in 2030, 9.7 billion in 2050, and 11.2 billion by 2100, according to new estimates from the UN.

Currently, 60 percent of the global population lives in Asia, 16 percent in Africa, 10 percent in Europe, 9 percent in Latin America and the Caribbean, and only 5 percent in North America and Oceania. China and India are the largest countries in the world, together making up almost 40 percent of the world population.

But those numbers won’t stay that way for long.

None of us will be around to see it but the trends are obviously happening now and will still impact the world in 25-50 years. Whether the impact will be positive or not remains to be seen.

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15:13
Apple's online store services down for some...

Users of Apple's online store services, which include iTunes, the iOS and Mac App Stores, the iBooks Store and Volume Purchase Program assets, saw unexpected outages on Monday due to an as-yet-unknown problem.

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14:59
[Sponsor] Mapbox Mobile

Meet Mapbox Mobile for iOS, our newest open source SDK for adding location to any app. It comes with beautiful vector maps for any scenario: detailed streets for navigating cities, terrain for adventuring, and satellite imagery for seeing the world up close.

You can even find out how users interact with your map. The analytics dashboard provides a continuously updated view of your map’s usage, from places where your app is popular to average daily users.

Start developing with Mapbox Mobile for free today.

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14:56
The App Store, iTunes, iBooks, and more are down...

Update (6:45ET): Apple says the problem is resolved.

It’s been less than a month since the last iTunes Store outage, but Apple’s various digital storefronts are once again down for many users. According to Apple’s status page, the App Store, iTunes, iBooks, the Mac App Store, and the Volume Purchase Program have all suffered from unplanned downtime for about an hour and a half now.

The problems aren’t affecting all users, as no one here at 9to5Mac has noticed any disruption, but Apple says “some users” will see interruptions. No other services are impacted.

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14:55
Apple Stores speed up Apple Watch try-on process,...

Just over four months since the Apple Watch began its Apple Retail Store debut for try-ons, Apple has started to tweak the process this week, according to Apple Retail employees. Until this week, a customer who walked into an Apple Store seeking to try on Apple Watch was required to make an appointment and provide details such as their name and Apple ID to an Apple Store employees.

For this week forward, Apple Stores are speeding up the try-on process by dropping the former appointment requirement and not requiring potential customers to share their...

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14:44
The 17 best laptops you can buy today

Our last buyer's guide update had a pretty solid list of laptops, so if it ain't broke, don't fix it, right? We do have a couple of new additions to spice things up, however. We felt compelled to add the agile ASUS Chromebook Flip, which serves up...

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14:42
South Korean company rips off Tim Hortons

Okay, now you’ve gone too far South Korea.

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14:27
Modular mobile phone Project Ara is delayed until...

The much-anticipated Google-backed modular phone from Project Ara was supposed to make its debut in Puerto Rico later this year. However, the device won't be coming until at least 2016, thanks to an unexpectedly long prototyping phase, and likely w...

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14:05
Developer reveals Mac security hole without telling...

Typically, coders and researchers who discover security vulnerabilities in software will tell the companies involved before posting their findings -- it's a courtesy to make sure that those holes are patched before attackers can use them. Don't tel...

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14:00
AWT News Update: August 17, 2015

In today's Apple news:

  • Sprint offers its customers "iPhone Forever" plan
  • Australian banks aren't too excited about Apple Pay
  • Wall Street sees a new Apple TV as a competitor in the gaming console market
  • A TidBITS tip shows how to get into "Field Test Mode" on an iPhone

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for August 17, 2015.

The carrier wars continue, and this time Sprint has taken a shot at its competitors by offering to keep iPhone users supplied with the latest model with the new “iPhone Forever” plan. Under the plan, you’re charged $22 monthly in addition to your voice or data plan but can upgrade at any time...

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13:33
Rumor: Upcoming A9 processor could show 20-30%...

If nothing else, the A9 processor will offer a nice speed boost over its predecessor.

That’s what a graph of the forthcoming processor’s performance seems to indicate, Apple’s upcoming A9 chip beating out Samsung’s 8-core chips with a single-core score of 2090 and a multi-core tally of 3569, compared to the respective averages of 1611 and 2892 shown by the A8 found in the iPhone 6 series. The A9X chalks up 2109 and 5101 in the same benchmarks, compared to 1808 and 4526 for the iPad Air 2′s A8X.

The benchmarks, though positive for the A9, still show Samsung’s Exynos 7420, which powers the flagship S6, S6 Edge, Note 5, and S6 Edge+ devices, as beating Apple’s A9 on...

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13:32
New Apple TV will boast a touchpad remote, iOS 9,...

If the rumors prove true, Apple is ready to introduce the next-generation Apple TV set-top box during the iPhone event happening on September 9, and we’ve just got the latest details on how this new Apple TV will work.

According to 9to5Mac, Apple TV is getting very significant hardware and software updates this time around. Apple TV will run a better operating system—an optimized version of iOS 9—that will pave the way for an Apple TV SDK and App Store. The report also claims that the Apple TV interface has also been redesigned to match the iOS 9 look and feel. Originally slated to debut during WWDC in June, the new iOS 9-powered Apple TV had to be pushed back so that it wouldn’t be too taxing on Apple’s iOS 9 engineers, according to...

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13:02
MiStand+ Aluminium Tablet Stand [Sponsor]

MiStand+ your tablet, any angle. Innovative, multi-axis adjustable stand for use with any tablet.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:57
German 'iPhone 6s' launch pegged for Sept...

German carriers are reportedly preparing to launch Apple's next flagship handset -- typically known as the "iPhone 6s" -- on Sept. 18, a date in line with a rumored press event earlier in the month.

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12:24
Entry into $34B console gaming market seen as...

Though the new Apple TV isn't expected to have a streaming subscription service available at launch, that's not a problem for investment firm J.P. Morgan, who believes the device's real selling point will be an App Store with traditional console-style videogames.

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12:04
Rumor: Apple's upcoming A9-series chips...

A graph that purports to show GeekBench 3 scores for Apple's anticipated A9-series application processors paints a picture of significant performance improvements, beating out even Samsung's latest 8-core chips.

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11:32
Save 50% in Take Control’s 2015 Back to School Sale

Through 24 August 2015, you can save 50 percent on the entire Take Control catalog of books. It’s a great opportunity to pick up titles that you’ve been wanting to read or that might be useful to have on your virtual shelf for reference. As always, all our ebooks are DRM-free and available in PDF, EPUB, and Mobipocket (Kindle) formats.

 

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11:12
∞ Rob Richman, in appreciation

A bit of devastating news.

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11:00
PhotoFast MemoriesCable: Charge, backup and store...

PhotoFast MemoriesCable Photo ©2015, Steven Sande

Last month, AWT reviewed the PhotoFast MAX, a small USB/Lightning adapter with flash RAM built into it. MAX works with a PhotoFast app to enable fast and easy transfers of data between Mac or PC and iOS devices. Now the company is nearing the end of an Indiegogo campaign to fund manufacturing of a similar product called the MemoriesCable. I was able to get my hands on a pre-production version of the MemoriesCable for testing, and here are my thoughts on the new product.

First, the MemoriesCable — which comes in 16, 32, 64 and 128 GB varieties — performs many of the same functions as the PhotoFast MAX. In other words, it’s a great place to store those gigabytes of music, video...

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10:53
What will September’s new iOS 9-based Apple TV bring...

Apple plans to hold one of its annual fall media events on Wednesday, September 9th to introduce the new iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus with Force Touch, and after many fits and starts, it appears that the long-awaited next-generation Apple TV will also be unveiled. We’ve been reporting on this upcoming model since 2014, as Apple has been planning to update its...

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10:42
iPhone 6S rumor roundup: Sept. 18 launch, faked...

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While we’ve reported extensively on what to expect from Apple’s next generation iPhone 6S — including Force Touch in May and what enhancements it offers last week — a fresh set of rumors are floating around today regarding the pending iPhone model ranging from expected, known, and spoofed. We’ll unpack each one below:

Probably most anticipated on this side of Apple’s upcoming product event is which date you’ll actually be able to get...

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09:52
Jimmy Iovine & Dr. Dre talk Apple Music, their...

Wired’s new cover story featuring Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre includes interviews with the Beats co-founders turned Apple executives and also some quotes from others on the Apple Music team. The article has a lot of backstory on the duo pre Apple’s acquisition of Beats, much of which we’ve heard in the past, but mostly discusses the Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, an undergraduate program the two Apple executives have started at the University of...

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09:34
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 17...

Notable software releases this week include Safari 8.0.8, 7.1.8, and 6.2.8; PDFpen and PDFpenPro 7.3; BBEdit 11.1.2; Security Update 2015-006; and iTunes 12.2.2.

 

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