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Tuesday January 26

Apple paid $85 million in Australian taxes last year...

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Apple paid $85 million in Australian income tax last year, despite making almost $8 billion in local revenue according to accounts filed with the corporate regulator.

The Cupertino, California-based company’s tax bill is slightly up from 2014 when it paid $80.3 million. However, it’s a fraction of its overall $7.9 billion sales revenue (up from $6 billion in 2014), says the SMH.

Apple which is still under audit by the Australian Taxation Office, recorded higher sales, marketing and distribution expenses of $435 million and administrative expenses of $30.7 million. Its profit after tax was $123 million, down from $171.5 million the year before.

Some politicians have blasted Apple and other companies for their tax policies. However, in May 2013, Apple CEO Tim Cook released a statement to the U.S. Senate defending the...

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Apple patent shows how it might lose the camera bump...

While those of us who would happily trade thinner iPhones for better battery-life may be in the minority, even fans of ultra-thin phones expressed disappointment at the camera bump in the iPhone 6 and 6s. The problem Apple faced is that the laws of physics determine just how thin you can make a sensor and lens arrangement for any given aperture while retaining quality. But a patent application originally filed in 2013, continued last July and granted today could provide a solution.

Instead of the usual flat sensor, the patent describes a ‘spherically curved photosensor’ that would allow the distance...

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Google Eddystone is eating into Apple’s iBeacon...

Google is eating into Apple, and is soon set to surpass it as the main beacon standard, according to media platform Unacast, which a large network of beacon and proximity data. 

Launched only six months ago, the share of Google Eddystone supporters is growing at a rapid rate to 38% of all companies in its Proxbook service (a directory of proximity companies), up from 25% in the third quarter and 5% in the second quarter of 2015. Meanwhile, the support of Apple’s iBeacon has gone down from 96% to 93%.

iBeacon is a technology that extends Location Services in iOS. Your iOS device can alert apps when you approach or leave a location with an iBeacon. In addition to monitoring location, an app can estimate your proximity to an iBeacon (for example, a display or checkout counter in a retail store). Instead of using latitude and longitude to define the location, iBeacon uses a...

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You can now live broadcast from your GoPro with...

Periscope streams are about to get a whole lot more interesting with the latest app update for iPhone. Periscope version 1.3.3 adds GoPro integration that actually lets you live broadcast from the view of your action camera.

Periscope says the update works specifically with the GoPro HERO 4 series. The iPhone connects to the action camera’s Wi-Fi to grab the feed, then Periscope handles the live broadcasting to the rest of the world.

What’s New in Version 1.3.3

Broadcast LIVE from your GoPro! If your iPhone is connected to your GoPro Hero 4’s WiFi, simply...

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Apple’s quarterly fiscal results call at 2p PT today

Links to the Investor Relations page, as well as the webcast of the earnings call.

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Candy Crush Jelly Saga leaves a sour taste with its...

Free-to-play games often look appealing, but it’s difficult to know at a glance whether the business model is insidious and fun ruining, or reasonable and worth pumping a few bucks into. With Freemium Field Test, we’ll take a recent free-to-play iOS game, put it through its paces, and let you know if it’s really worth your time (and money).

It was only a year ago that I found myself swimming in the syrupy sweet waters of Candy Crush Soda Saga, King’s spinoff of the original free-to-play puzzle smash, Candy Crush Saga. In playing it for this column, I’d poured a lot of time into the game,...

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News: Daily Deal: The Full Stack iOS 9 School

In our iLounge Deal for today we’re offering The Full Stack iOS 9 School for only $39 — that’s 80% off the regular price. This self-paced course will teach you the basic principles of design and how to apply them to iOS apps, with 16 classes, 100 videos, and 30 hours of content that takes you through app building from concept to creation. Courses will take you through designing apps in Sketch 3, prototyping in Xcode, and building apps…

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Supply Chain report says 1st-gen Apple Watch sales...

A sketchy supply-chain report from Digitimes claims that the second-generation Apple Watch will enter mass production in the second quarter of this year. The report also repeats earlier claims that Apple Watch shipments have fallen below Apple’s own forecasts, stating that the company has decided against adding Foxconn as a second manufacturer for this reason.

Apple originally considered shifting some second-generation Apple Watch orders to Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry), but decided to keep all the orders with Quanta as volumes will not be high, the sources noted.

Supply-chain rumors always need to be treated with a great deal of caution, and both Quanta and Foxconn unsurprisingly declined to comment. However, the 2nd-gen timing does tie-in with what our own sources tell us (...

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Forget $368 million; VirnetX wants $532 million from...

In court Monday VirnetX argued that Apple should pay $532 million for allegedly infringing on intellectual property protecting secure communication, reports Bloomberg. That’s about 45% higher than an initial damages award of $368.2 million that was dismissed last year. 

“Apple hasn’t played fair. They have taken Virnetx’s intellectual property without permission,” VirnetX lawyer Brad Caldwell of Caldwell Cassady told the jury in Tyler, Texas.

“Apple believes in fairness and protecting intellectual property,” said Apple’s lawyer, Greg Arovas of Kirkland & Ellis. “VirnetX keeps moving the boundary, asking for more and more and more.”

In January 2014, VirnetX filed a motion with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas seeking to supplement its infringement contentions against Apple, the defendant in a patent infringement lawsuit. 

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WSJ makes the case for optimism on iPhone prospects...

With all eyes on Apple’s earnings report due later today, there is concern that the company will report its first ever year-on-year drop in iPhone sales, with the difficult Chinese economy a significant factor. The WSJ has put together a couple of pieces outlining reasons why Apple’s future in China may be rosier than some anticipate.

The pessimistic view is that most people in China can’t afford iPhones, and that the premium end of the market which can is close to saturation. Couple that to a slowing economy, the argument...

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Barclays gets more specific on belated adoption of...

When Apple Pay launched in the UK, there was one major holdout: Barclays. The company initially said only that it was in negotiation with Apple, later said that it would be going ahead but couldn’t say when, before stating that it would be sometime in “early 2016.” The bank has now provided more specific timing in an email reply to a customer.

We will launch Apple Pay, as committed, within the next 60-75 days.

Given that the email was dated 12th January (though only tweeted yesterday), that means Barclays will begin supporting Apple Pay sometime in March.

In the U.S., Apple added...

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NetBase: thanks to the Apple Watch, watches are...

By examining more than 700 million social conversations across 80 countries, NetBase, which conducts enterprise-scale social media analytics, found that luxury brands (as defined by consumers on social media) is taking on a new look with the inclusion of the first smart watch as a “luxury brand.” According to the “NetBase Brand Passion Report: Luxury Brands,” watches are having a new renaissance with the emergence of the Apple Watch.

In fact, the Apple watch was the only smart watch defined by consumers as a “luxury brand.” On the downside for Apple, the iPad fell out of the luxury conversation. 

Overall luxury conversation grew by 75%, according to NetBase. The top 15 luxury brands more than doubled their brand conversation in social media.

The “NetBase Brand Passion Report: Luxury Brands” examines what consumers are talking about on social media...

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Let this Tom Bihn bag be your Co-Pilot

As I've mentioned before, my goal of using my iMac as my main computer and an iPad Pro with a Smart Keyboard as a secondary system for writing articles, checking email, etc., just never panned out. I just need a Mac laptop and use a 12-inch MacBook.

This means that I when I travel, I need two cases -- one for my iPad Pro and one for my MacBook, right? Wrong. Not with the Co-Pilot from Tom Bihn. It's a small, personal carry-on travel bag designed to fit the essentials -- items that you want close at hand and easily accessible during your flight or at the airport.

The Co-Pilot isn't cheap at $110, but it's worth the. For one thing, it's very spacious. I have no trouble...

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Yojimbo is one of the best info gathering apps for...

By "Doctor Dave" Greenbaum

Yojimbo, according to my Japanese friends often translates to "bodyguard" and that's a good name for a program that keeps and protects the little bits of information that come across our virtual desks on a daily basis.

Yojimbo for Mac OS X is a database of any information you can throw at it. Of all the information-gathering apps, it’s the clear leader in Mac integration and featuring a Mac interface. Bare Bones, the developer of Yojimbo, has a long and rich history on the Mac platform and their expertise shines in this app.  

While information can be added via the standard typing or drag and drop method, Yojimbo also provides hot keys for entries as well as adds itself to the service menu. I was able to keep track of various bookmarks and URLs, right from the menu bar by right clicking. What's the Japanese word for “sweet?”

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Chris Chibnall is in charge of 'Doctor Who,...

The news that Chris Chibnall was going to replace Steven Moffat as the man in charge of Doctor Who wasn't one I relished hearing. After all, Chibnall lacks the pedigree of both his predecessors, and the episodes that he has written for the show have...

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Monday January 25

Apple invention uses spherically curved photosensor...

In its quest for high-performing, flexible and -- most importantly -- small imaging systems, Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent for a spherical photosensor and lens array that provides high-resolution capture in an incredibly compact package.

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Patent troll VirnetX seeking $532 million from Apple...

According to a report out of Bloomberg, notorious patent troll VirnetX is seeking $532 million from Apple, claiming that Apple has taken its intellectual property without permission. VirnetX holds a variety of patents relating to technology used in creating Virtual Private Networks, or VPNs. The company claims that Apple’s own VPN technology, as well as its FaceTime and iMessage services, all infringe on its patents.

“Apple hasn’t played fair. They have taken Virnetx’s intellectual property without permission,” VirnetX lawyer Brad Caldwell stated to the jury in Texas today. ...

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Patent troll VirnetX wants jury to give it a half-...

(credit: Erik Mörner)

A patent trial has just kicked off in the patent hotspot of East Texas, and it's a big one. VirnetX, a patent-holding company that says it owns wide-ranging rights to Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), is facing off against Apple.

VirnetX says that Apple's VPN technology, as well as its Facetime video-messaging, both infringe the company's patents. A jury trial began today, and VirnetX is seeking $532 million in damages.

“Apple hasn’t played fair," VirnetX lawyer Brad Caldwell told the jury, according to a Bloomberg report on the trial's first day. "They have taken Virnetx’s intellectual property without permission."


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‘Apple Employee #4’ Bill Fernandez talks early Apple...

Leo Laporte and Mike Elgan of popular podcasting networking TWiT today conducted an interview with Bill Fernandez, the fourth employee to work at Apple. At Apple, Fernandez was a user interface architect and inventor. He worked on both the Apple I and Apple II and contributed to the user interface of Mac OS, QuickTime, and HyperCard. Fernandez is widely credited as being the person who introduced Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak to each other.

Fernandez was the first employee when Apple Computer incorporated and 1977 and is commonly known as “Apple Employee #4.” In the interview with Elgan and Laporte on “Triangulation,” Fernandez discusses a wide-range of topics. He touches on the assertion that Apple stole portions of the original Mac user interface from Xerox, as well as his opinions on the various Steve Jobs movies, what...

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Microsoft’s clever curved keyboard for iOS looks...

This curved keyboard provides thumb accessibility even on large screens. (credit: The Verge)

One of the enduring high points of Windows Phone and Windows 10 Mobile is the Word Flow software keyboard. It looks good and works well, with a generally sensible autocorrect algorithm and a good implementation of swipe-style typing. Earlier this month it was learned that Microsoft was planning to produce a version of this keyboard for iOS and Android, after e-mailed invitations were sent to some Windows Insiders.


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Samsung Rolls Out Stylish Gear S2 Classic...

Samsung on Monday began a global rollout of the latest versions of its Gear S2 Classic smartwatch, hitting China first. There are two models in the Gear S2 Classic New Edition line -- one with 18K rose gold plating and the other with a platinum finish.
They have ivory and black genuine leather bands, respectively. The watches' new faces feature characters from the Peanuts comic strip, as well as designs created by artists including Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Twisting the bezel changes the face.

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iPhone 5se rumors: 'Hey Siri' feature...

The common notion has been that every year we’d get a new iPhone refresh, but 2016 may be the exception. Turns out that this year we could get two new iPhones. The first one up is the rumored iPhone 5se, an “enhanced” replacement of the 4-inch iPhone 5s, that’s reportedly set to come out this spring.

To help make sense of the chaotic hearsay, we’re collecting every rumor that has surfaced about the iPhone 5se, from its reported specs to its guesstimated release date, and everything in between—as well as tried to discern the plausibly of each rumor.

Here’s what (we think) we know so far.

What’s the latest?

The rumor: When it comes to processing power, we may have originally underestimated this little iPhone. After previously reporting that the iPhone 5se will boast A8 and M8 chips, like the iPhone 6, 9to5Mac is now saying that it will have the faster A9...

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Checking out tvOS’ 9.1.1’s restored Podcasts app

The first of the app's five tabs focuses on unplayed episodes from shows you've subscribed to.

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Today Apple released tvOS 9.1.1, a minor update for the fourth-generation Apple TV that introduces a new version of the company's Podcasts app. A version of the Podcasts app was available on the third-generation Apple TV, but the only way to get them on the fourth-generation model was to AirPlay them from your phone or tablet.

The app is straightforward; a phone app stretched out and rearranged to follow the standard Apple TV design guidelines. It's laid out...

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Apple TV gains iCloud Photo Library + Live Photos...

Earlier today, Apple rolled out the second beta of tvOS 9.2 for the fourth-generation Apple TV. The original beta included new features such as folder organization and Bluetooth keyboard support, but one highly requested new feature has been added today with the second beta. With tvOS 9.2 on Apple TV, users can now access their full iCloud Photo Library.

The feature is turned off by default, but can be activated via the Settings app. Simply head into Settings, go to the ‘iCloud’ menu, and choose to enable iCloud Photo Library. Prior to the second beta of tvOS 9.2, only Photo Stream content was available via the Apple TV.

With iCloud Photo Library support, users can now view all of their images on Apple TV just like they would on an iOS device or Mac. The...

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The Week in iPad Cases: Display your iPad just about..., new skins from BodyGuardz and Maclocks, and more

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases features a cool new mounting system from Moshi, Waterfield Designs’ latest bag, and a great selection of sleeves, skins, and folios.


The Slim Style Cover (iPad Air and Air 2; $50) sports a streamlined frame that protects your iPad Air from every angle.

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AWT News Update: January 25, 2016

The Broncos and Panthers are going to the Super Bowl, but that's not the news for today. Apple fans will like to know that:

  • The second developer betas of OS X El Capitan 10.11.4, watchOS 2.2, tvOS 9.2 and iOS 9.3 were released today
  • Apple's 1Q 2016 earnings call is tomorrow. Expect a record quarter, but things won't probably look as bright for the second quarter of fiscal year 2016
  • Apple gets support from an unexpected source
  • The Truth Is Out There™ and here's where to get it on your Apple devices.

Many thanks to this week's sponsor, younity, a free cross-platform cloud solution for sharing files, music, video, and more! 

The text version of this podcast is below, and video (complete with cats!) can be seen here. 


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Microsoft's iOS keyboard to feature one-handed...

One week after rumors surfaced claiming Microsoft has plans to bring its Word Flow mobile keyboard app to iOS, a report on Monday now says an early version is already in testing and will bring a special one-handed operating mode to Apple's devices upon release.

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Apple introduces second betas of tvOS 9.2 &...

Apple on Monday issued second betas of tvOS 9.2 and watchOS 2.2 to developers, cleaning up some of the bugs in the updates on the way towards finished releases.

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Microsoft’s upcoming iPhone keyboard has a special...

The Verge has obtained a sneak peak image into what Microsoft’s Word Flow keyboard for iOS may look like once it is officially released. The keyboard will include a one-handed mode that places the keys out in a fan-style layout. The user can still access emoji and word suggestions and even use swipe gestures to type. This differs from the Word Flow keyboard on Windows 10 Mobile where the keys simply shift to one side. The Verge explains that other than that one-handed mode, the rest of Word Flow for iOS is similar to the Windows Phone version.

If you can’t wait to try out some of the basic Word Flow features, take a look at our review on ...

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Samsung planning to bring many new apps to iOS,...

Samsung will allegedly port a number of apps to iOS later this year as it tries to increase the cross-platform appeal of its devices, including speakers, tablets, and fitness trackers.

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This week's sponsor: younity

The Apple World Today sponsor for this week is younity, a cross-platform personal streaming app that goes beyond iCloud to bring syncing of documents, music, photos and videos to all of your devices.

younity is a free download for your iOS, Mac, or Windows devices (Android app coming soon). Once installed, it creates a personal cloud that you use to stream files between your devices. younity doesn’t store your files or even your file metadata.

Setup is incredibly easy; you just install younity on every device you want to connect. There’s no syncing required, network configuration to hassle with, or any worries about whether or not you have enough storage left on some service’s servers. Here’s a video showing exactly now younity works:

younity organizes your videos by file type, with movies, TV shows, and home videos all having their own sections. GoPro owners even get a separate GoPro section for their action videos. Your...

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Apple reportedly implements a hiring freeze on its...

AppleInsider reports that Apple has implemented a hiring freeze for its Apple Car after "executives became unhappy with the project's direction and progress.” (However, keep in mind that Apple has never confirmed such a project is in the works.)

Quoting an unnamed “previously reliable source with knowledge of the [car] team's activities," the article says the freeze followed a progress review by Jony Ive, who "expressed his displeasure" with the electric car’s progress. This follows a report from the WSJ saying that Steve Zadesky, the Ford vet in charge of Titan (which is bandied about as the codename of the project), is leaving Apple for "personal reasons.”

Apple is believed to have over 1,000 people working on...

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Notable apps and app updates for Jan. 25, 2016

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

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

Winter Wolves has released their first sci-fi visual novel/collectible card game hybrid: Planet Stronghold: Colonial Defense for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux.

Here’s how the game/novel is described: “Planet Stronghold: Colonial Defense brings you back in time in the early settlement days of the Planet Stronghold colony. By a bizarre coincidence, two captains, two siblings, get stuck in the same colony: Alex and Diana Nelson. Take control of one of them, and discover the mysteries and the dangers of Planet Stronghold, and the personalities of the various characters of your team.

“The game features a big card-collectible gameplay part, easy to learn but hard to master....

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tvOS 9.2 beta 2 w/ Podcasts app, folders, Bluetooth...

The second tvOS 9.2 beta is now available on the fourth-generation Apple TV. This update brings Apple TV 3 features including a Podcasts app and Bluetooth keyboard support to the latest streaming set-top box. The beta software also brings iOS-like features including app folders to the Apple TV. We’ll check out the latest beta version of the upcoming release and highlight any changes below.

The new Podcasts app is designed very much like the iOS 9 update to the app with a focus on unplayed episodes and current subscriptions. The first beta version of tvOS 9.2, however, lacked support for video podcasts and Siri control so this will be a space to watch. Earlier today, Apple released tvOS 9.1.1 which also includes the new Podcasts app for...

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Nokē is okey-dokey as a Bluetooth-enabled padlock

You might recall that back in December we ran a review of Dog & Bone's LockSmart Bluetooth Padlock. It was the first Bluetooth-enabled padlock to make it to market, although another company -- FŪZ Designs -- had been working on a Kickstarter project for quite some time. The US$69.99 ($64.99 for quantities of 2 or more) Nokē finally arrived, and I'm happy to say that it was worth waiting for.


Like the LockSmart, the Nokē (pronounced "no key") looks like a regular padlock. I think Nokē did a smart thing keeping it plain and gray compared to the LockSmart with its bright red ring -- there's less of a chance that the lock will call attention to itself and to those who might want to see if they could "beat" the lock. 

Nokē is designed to be...

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Fortune: Investors are bracing for the iPhone’s...

Apple is set to release its FY16 Q1 report tomorrow, and today Fortune has released their results of an analyst survey conducted ahead of Apple’s upcoming announcements. Fortune indicates that Apple may actually report the “most profitable quarter in the history of capitalism”, but investors are more concerned with the iPhone’s trajectory numbers as to indicate what may happen in the coming quarter.

Although Apple has already announced their...

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watchOS 2.2 beta 2 for Apple Watch w/ new Maps app...

Apple has released the second watchOS 2.2 beta for Apple Watch testers today. Pairing multiple Apple Watches to a single iPhone is a feature of the iOS 9.3 beta and requires the watchOS 2.2 beta on each Apple Watch. The latest software update in testing also includes a revamped Maps app with the Nearby feature first introduced in iOS 9.0.  We’ll check out the latest beta version of the upcoming release and highlight any changes below.

Pairing multiple Apple Watches to a single iPhone works by activating the most recently unlocked, raised Apple Watch. Switching between hardware works automatically and quickly. Aside from letting enthusiastic customers have multiple Apple Watches for fashion or practical reasons, future beta testing will be easier for developers as multiple watchOS versions will be able to be tested from...

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An annoying link will crash Safari on iOS and OS X...

Pranksters (which is probably too kind a word) have been sending a link to users of Apple’s Safari browser that will crash their iPhones, iPads, or Macs, reports The Guardian.

The link —crashsafari .com — overloads the default browser with a self-generating text string which populates the address bar, the article says. After about 20 seconds it forces an iPhone, to reboot, while heating up as the smartphone tries to handle the code of the site.

The Guardian notes that a similar thing happens on iPads, which also has Safari, Even Android devices running Chrome heat up and become sluggish if users go to the link.

Desktop and laptop computers are also affected to a lesser degree depending on how much processing power they contain, says The Guardian. The site will cause Safari on a Mac to crash. Chrome on a Mac and...

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Apple releases second OS X 10.11.4 beta with Live...

The second OS X 10.11.4 beta preview is now available via the Mac App Store for testing. The first version of this El Capitan beta added new features including Live Photo viewing and sharing through iMessage using the Messages app as well as secure password support for individual notes in the Notes app. We’ll check out the latest beta version of the upcoming release and highlight any changes below.

Prior to OS X 10.11.4, the Mac could only view Live Photos through the Photos app and in limited situations. Starting with this version, Live Photos shot on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus can be shared and viewed easily on the Mac through iMessage using the Messages app.

El Capitan also gains the new ability in Notes to secure individual notes with a single secure password. iOS 9.3 is required to view these notes on iPhones...

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Apple releases iOS 9.3 beta 2 with Night Shift,...

Apple has released the second iOS 9.3 preview beta for testers ahead of the big feature update’s general release. The release follows the first preview release of iOS 9.3 for developers, public beta testers, and a 1.1 update for developers that included an installation fix. iOS 9.3 includes plenty of changes including a new feature called Night Shift, Touch ID and secure passwords for Notes, new 3D Touch Quick Actions and peek and pop gestures for iPhone 6s users, and much more. We’ll check out the latest beta version of the upcoming release and highlight any changes below.


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Podcasts come to Apple TV with tvOS 9.1.1 update,...

Podcast fans, your wait for an Apple TV version of Apple’s Podcasts app is finally over. While the official Podcasts app was included in the developer beta of tvOS 9.2, on Monday Apple released it to the public as part of a tvOS 9.1.1 update for the new fourth-gen Apple TV.

To get the update, navigate to the Settings app on your home screen, then select System, and Software Updates. There’s still no way to back up your apps and settings before updating the tvOS software, so just cross your fingers! (We’ve had smooth updating so far, but let us know in the comments if you run into problems.)

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Opinion: Apple’s rumored 4-inch iPhone 5se may well...

I remarked on a recent episode of 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast that the rumored 4-inch iPhone would absolutely need to take Live Photos for me to even consider giving it a serious test run. I’ve taken enough really good Live Photos — full resolution still images with brief motion and sound captured as well — on my iPhone 6s Plus that it’s one feature I wouldn’t trade.

Then on Friday we had Mark Gurman’s reporting that Apple was planning Live Photos, an iPhone 6s feature, for the expected 4-inch iPhone 5se (which likely won’t be called 6c). Today that reporting was followed up with the possibility that the iPhone 5se...

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Microsoft Surface tablets malfunction during NFL game

During the first half of the AFC title game in Denver, the Patriots’ Microsoft Surface tablets stopped working. According to CBS Sports sideline reporter Evan Washburn, “Patriots coaches did not have access” to the tablets during the Broncos’ second scoring drive. At the time, Washburn reported that some, but not all of them, were working.


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Top Twitter executives leave company

Four senior Twitter executives are leaving the media company, CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted late Sunday night, the biggest leadership changes since Dorsey returned as chief executive as he struggles to revive the company’s growth.

I’m not sure what’s next for Twitter, but they’ve lost their way in recent years.

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Beware of an iPhone-crashing link being passed...

You already know not to click or tap on suspicious-looking links, but URL shorteners are making that a little more complicated today. Twitter users are passing around a shortened link that directs your browser to, a site that does just what it sounds like: crashes Safari.

If you tap on the link on your iOS device, your iPhone will start rebooting right away. On a Mac, you’ll see the spinning wheel of death (as I refer to the rainbow pinwheel), but not a complete crash. Some links will point you to instead of CrashSafari, which will cause Chrome to crash on any device you use (including Android), but it won’t cause a reboot.

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Panel: Time Is Running Out to Address Killer Robot...

The rise of autonomous war machines is outpacing policies and technological countermeasures, weapons and robotics experts warned last week at the World Economic Forum. Autonomous weaponry potentially is a $20 billion industry that has taken root in 40 countries, said BAE Systems Chairman Roger Carr. He was one of four panelists at the session titled "What If: Robots Go to War?" The others were Angela Kane of the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation, robot ethics expert Alan Winfield, and UC Berkeley professor Stuart Russell.

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tvOS 9.1.1 adds a Podcast app

Apple has released tvOS 9.1.1, an update to the operating system of the fourth get Apple TV. It adds a new Podcasts app, as well as includes the usual bug fixes and performance tweaks. 

The Podcast app will allow owners of the fourth gen Apple TV set-top box to listen to podcasts via iTunes. The app automatically synchronizes subscriptions via iCloud.

tvOS 9.1.1 can be downloaded via the Settings app on the fourth-generation Apple TV. Go to the System app, then to Software Update (under the Maintenance subhead.)

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Paper by 53 gains app extension, new text formatting...

FiftyThree has steadily been turning its Paper app into a full-fledged notebook from just a basic sketching app, and the latest update for iPhone and iPad goes even further. Paper already supported plenty of sharing options for notes and drawings within the app to destinations like Facebook and Twitter, and version 3.5 adds a new iOS Sharing Extension so you can easily send images and notes from other apps directly to Paper.

The app has also been updated with some new text formatting tools for note takers. Check out the full release notes below:

What’s New in Version 3.5.0

This update introduces new automatic text formatting to make your notes look better, faster. You can also now send text and photos from other apps directly to Paper via our iOS Share Extension.

Love Paper? Please give us a review! We are...

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Spotify to offer iOS support for its new video...

Spotify, beset known for its streaming music service, plans to introduce video content on its Android app starting this week, followed by the iOS app by the end of next week in the U.S., according to The Wall Street Journal.

Spotify has been gradually testing video on its apps over the past several months with less than 10% of its users in the four launch markets, said Shiva Rajaraman, Spotify’s vice president of product. The content mostly consists of short clips, though some companies, like Tastemade, are also developing original, music-themed series specifically for Spotify.

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Apple releases tvOS 9.1.1 software update with...

There’s a new software update awaiting Apple TV 4 owners as Apple released a small point update for all users today. tvOS 9.1.1 likely includes bug fixes and performance improvements without adding any major feature changes. The update, however, does include the new Podcasts app that first appeared in tvOS 9.2 beta.

The bigger update coming in the future also includes channel folders, Bluetooth keyboard support and more. You can update your Apple TV 4 through the Settings channel from the Home screen.

While tvOS 9.1.1 is available to all users from today...

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Sketchy iPad Air 3 drawing shows 4 speakers, camera...

Even the source Nowhereelse is unsure about this one, but it’s certainly interesting to imagine. A purported blueprint illustration of the upcoming iPad Air 3 tablet claims to show four speakers, not two, planned for the updated 9.7-inch tablet, as well as a possible camera flash for the first time. Apple focused on the larger iPad Pro and upgraded iPad mini 4 last year, and an upgraded iPad Air 3 is expected sometime this year.

While unconfirmed at this point, the two major claims of the purportedly leaked iPad Air 3...

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Apple Court Testimony Reveals Why It Refuses To...

blottsie writes: Newly unsealed court transcripts from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York show that Apple now refuses to unlock iPhones for law enforcement, saying "In most cases now and in the future, the government’s requested order would be substantially burdensome, as it would be impossible to perform." “Right now Apple is aware that customer data is under siege from a variety of different directions. Never has the privacy and security of customer data been as important as it is now,” Apple lawyer Marc Zwillinger said at the hearing. “A hypothetical consumer could think if Apple is not in the business of accessing my data and if Apple has built a system to prevent itself from accessing my data, why is it continuing to comply with orders that don’t have a clear lawful basis in doing so?”


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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 25...

Notable software releases this week include iMovie 10.1.1, Parallels Desktop 11.1.2, Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.3, ClamXav 2.8.9, and Security Update 2016-001 (Mavericks and Yosemite).


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ExtraBITS for 25 January 2016

In this week’s ExtraBITS collection, the director of the National Security Agency defended encryption, a widow had to fight Apple to get her late husband’s App Store password, Apple released a new iOS app for musicians, and we got a preview of what iOS 9.3 will do for education.


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Apple Brings Back Podcasts in tvOS 9.1.1

The tvOS 9.1.1 update for the fourth-generation Apple TV is largely shrouded in mystery, but one thing is for sure: it brings the Podcasts app back to the Apple TV.


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Spotify video coming to iOS next week w/ content...

According to a report this morning from The Wall Street Journal, Spotify is getting ready to finally launch its video content offerings. The rollout is set to start with the Android app getting video by the end of this week, but the iOS app is following suit by the end of next…

Spotify has been testing video content for some small number of users over the last few months, and now the company is finally pushing the product to the masses. Content that Spotify has lined up—mostly “short clips,” according to the report—is coming from ESPN, Comedy Central, the BBC, Vice Media and Maker Studios, among others.

“We are at the end of a journey of testing,” said Shiva Rajaraman, Spotify’s VP of product in an interview with WSJ. “...

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For a gadget geek in the Oval Office, high tech has...

The New York Times:

In this always-on, always-connected world, what good is a Fitbit with no GPS or an iPad that can’t connect to the cloud?

Hint: Ask President Obama.

Mr. Obama is the first true gadget geek to occupy the Oval Office, and yet his eagerness to take part in the personal technology revolution is hampered by the secrecy and security challenges that are daily requirements of his job.

The President is obviously a fan of technology but the demands of the office dictate what he can use and how he can use it. Contrary to the opinion of some web sites, President Obama doesn’t “diss” Apple by not using their products. He’s constrained from using them because of their capabilities.


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∞ The Dalrymple Report with Merlin Mann: Complex and...

This week, Jim and Merlin are joined by special guest, Ira Cary Blanco to talk about Ira’s work with Samson Technologies, including some great tips on choosing a microphone—as well as diving into how Ira uses technology to train for Ironman Triathlons.

The boys also run through the big updates to GarageBand for iOS and the amazing new Music Memos app.

Plus, the usual assortment of #heytdr and some great recommendations.

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ExpanDrive: The Network Drive for Cloud Storage [...

Native access to cloud storage without sync?

ExpanDrive is a virtual drive that connects to cloud storage services such as Dropbox, Google, Box, OneDrive, Amazon, SFTP and more. Access and manage files within Finder or edit them using your favorite apps like Photoshop or Sublime Text.

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Spotify finally ready to put streaming video in-app...

After months of testing, Spotify is finally bringing videos to a large audience, starting first with its Android app this week and rolling out to iOS next week.

The streaming music service first announced its video plans at a huge press event last May, and added the new feature for a small percentage of testers. Spotify gave me early access to the revamped app, which also included podcasts and a tempo-based Running experience, soon after announcing the new features, and it seemed like the app was on the right track with its mix of video offerings. But Spotify has been slow to bring video to everyone—only 10 percent of Spotify users in the States, U.K., Germany, and Sweden have had access to streaming video content...

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Patriots fans: Blame Microsoft

Image via Sean Jensen on Twitter

Fans of the New England Patriots who are searching for a reason for yesterday's loss to Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship might want to take part of their anger out on Microsoft. During the second quarter, the Microsoft Surface Pro tablets that all NFL teams are forced to use as part of a Microsoft marketing deal stopped working for the Patriots so coaches couldn't show players some pictures. 

CBS reporter Evan Washburn announced during the game that "They're having some trouble with their Microsoft Surface tablets. That last defensive possession, the Patriots' coaches did not have access to those tablets to show pictures to their players. NFL officials have been working at it. Some of those tablets are back in use but not all of them. A lot of frustration that they didn't have them on that last possession."

Minneapolis author and former football reporter Sean Jensen tweeted that it was the second...

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Opinion: What can we expect from the 2016 MacBooks,...

With KGI suggesting that we could see new MacBook models as early as the first half of the year, I thought it would be a good time to expand on the suggestions we made in our 2016 roundup and speculate in a little more detail on what we might expect from those machines.

There is rather a lot of speculation involved, for a couple of reasons. First, while we tend to see a number of leaks and rumors for the iPhone – not least from our own Mark Gurman – there are notably fewer for Macs. We’ll likely see some nearer the time, but we could as yet still be six months out.

Second, it’s easier to predict what Apple is likely to do with regard to the MacBook range than when it might do...

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Rumor: iPhone 5se to incorporate rounded corners,...

When in doubt, continue the iPhone 5 line.

Following up on rumors that Apple will release an “iPhone 5se”, new reports indicate that the handset is essentially an upgraded iPhone 5s with a faster processor, Apple Pay, new camera features, and curved glass edges instead of sharp chamfers.

It’s also been rumored that the handset will have both A8 and M8 chips to function as the core and graphics processors.

As of now, it’s rumored that the iPhone 7 will feature an A10 processor. Apple likely does not want its new 4-inch iPhone to fall two processor generations behind in just six months. Another benefit of the M9 chip from the iPhone 6s is always-on Siri activation. This feature allows a user to say “Hey Siri” and launch...

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Join Apple World Today on Tuesday for our 1Q 2016...

Apple's stock has been a roller coaster ride lately, with more of those scary drops than swooping upward leaps. As a result, there will be a lot of attention tomorrow (Tuesday) afternoon when Apple CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri join forces to first report the company's earnings and then take questions from Wall Street analyst regarding past and future performance.

Our liveblog will start Tuesday afternoon at 1:45 PM PT/4:45 PM ET - just come back to Apple World Today around that time and we'll have our fancy schmancy liveblog tool up and running. To listen to the call, point another browser window to at about 2 PM PT/5 PM ET. 

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Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld releases...

While the rest of Washington DC and Silicon Valley are debating corporate taxes and encryption privacy, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has pointed his interests in a different direction. A game. A new variation on the classic solitaire to be precise. Using Medium to post about the app’s development process, and how the original game came to be discovered, Rumsfeld quips about signing off “on something they call UX” and spending countless hours on betas.

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Rumor: Steve Zadesky’s departure from Apple could...

This could put a crimp in the Titan project/Apple’s car plans.

The current rumor has it that Apple’s Steve Zadesky, who is said to be leading Apple’s ‘Titan’ project, is leaving the company.

Zadesky is apparently leaving for personal reasons and not due to performance-related issues.

While this is a setback, it’s unknown as to how deep the impact of his departure will be and if a replacement is being groomed to take over.

It’s also unknown as to whether the Titan project is an actual car, or simply software that manufacturers like Ford or Toyota can put into future models.

Interestingly enough, it’s also been reported that Apple has bullishly pressed its car team to meet deadlines that may not be realistic....

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Watch out for this new URL that will crash your...

Watch out for a new prank circling Twitter and other social media today. Visiting on an iPhone, iPad or Mac will cause Safari app to crash … and potentially cause your device to restart. The bug is otherwise harmless, but be warned it will likely cause you to lose your open tabs.

To try this out click here to visit the page and watch for the beachball. The current troll is to link to on Twitter using a URL shortener, so people are tricked into visiting the site without being able to see the name.

On the Mac, Safari will freeze (‘Application Not Responding’). You may need to restart your machine to get your browser working again. On some iPhones and iPads, the glitch may cause your iOS device to reboot. So how does this prank work?


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California joins New York, introducing bill...

First New York, now California. The dominoes are falling.

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Mac Kung Fu: 20 classic Mac tricks that you don’t...

You may be familiar with a handful of these tips. But my bet is that many of these will be new to you. Fantastic post.

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Amazon Prime’s latest salvo in the battle against...

Janko Roettgers, writing for Variety:

Amazon’s Prime members just got a new perk: Showtime and Starz, unbundled and cheap.

Things are getting interesting.

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Internet of Things security is so bad, there’s a...

This is the wild, wild west. Enter the Internet of Things at your peril.

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Daimler CEO was surprised of Apple’s car effort and...

Daimler CEO and chairman of the board Dieter Zetsche is returning home from a trip to Silicon Valley where he met directly with several companies, but without naming them specifically. Though he didn’t disclose the companies he met with, Zetsche commented on the car industry effort of some Silicon Valley-based tech firms, namely Apple and Google.

While talking with German weekly Welt am Sonntag (via Auto News), Zetsche admitted being surprised by the...

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‘iPhone 5se’ likely to have faster A9/M9 chips...

Last week we reported that Apple is preparing to announce a new 4-inch iPhone dubbed the “iPhone 5se” as soon as mid-March. Our report noted that the new iPhone is essentially an upgraded iPhone 5s with a faster processor, Apple Pay, new camera features, and curved glass edges instead of sharp chamfers. Now, we have a few additional details about this new iPhone model. First, we are told that there are different prototypes of the device floating around Apple’s campus: some with the A8 and M8 chips that we discussed in our...

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How to turn on Mac’s location menu bar icon

Follow the link to see how to turn that compass icon on, to see when an OS X application is requesting access and using location data.

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Apple's rumored 4" iPhone update...

A picture of a device said to be Apple's latest rendition of an iPhone with a 4-inch display hit the internet this weekend, this time placed next to an iPhone 5 for comparison.

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Clean up your dirty Mac with Washing Machine

Like your house, your Mac gets dirty and untidy. After a while, it becomes littered with unnecessary files, downloads, even apps. One easy way to clean up your Mac is with Washing Machine.

Washing Machine is a breeze to set up and begin using. Its onscreen prompts leads you through the steps by displaying screens for the software's three functions — reclaim, duplicates, and organize — and displays help overlaps on each new screen.

Once installed, it seeks out and removes large, unnecessary or redundant files, including downloads, caches, logs, language files, and trash. You can choose what types of files you want to reclaim by flipping a switch in the Washing Machine interface.

It also tracks down duplicate files, shows them to you, and lets you decide which ones to ditch. This is a handy feature as most of us have duplicates we don't even know are cluttering up our drives. The duplicates are conveniently grouped into folders by category. What's more, you have...

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How Trump Wins: Master Manipulator, Meet Analytics

Given President Obama's success in the last two elections -- particularly how he out-executed Romney with analytics -- I was convinced that we would see a major emphasis on its use in this election season. It seemed that Clinton, in particular, would have been drawn to it after Obama used it to defeat her in the 2008 primaries. Although some of the PACs have embraced analytics, I haven't seen a similar effort on the part of any candidate in either party. However, when it comes to the money each candidate has spent, Trump stands out.

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Fire last night at Foxconn’s main iPhone...

A fire broke out last night at Foxconn’s main iPhone manufacturing plant in Zhengzhou, China, with the WSJ noting that it spanned several floors of the factory. Foxconn confirmed reports, but said that there were no casualties and production was not affected.

Local authorities said they are investigating the cause of the fire. The fire began in the central air conditioning fan and ventilation ducts on the roof of one of Foxconn’s Zhengzhou plants, according to a statement on the website of the Zhengzhou Airport Economy Zone.

There have been previous fires and explosions at Foxconn factories, the most serious of...

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Study sees a ‘powerful shift’ toward use of mobile...

A new report from Vibes, a company that specializes in mobile marketing leader, reveals a “powerful” consumer shift towards regularly using mobile wallets like Apple Pay and Android Pay, spurred by ongoing investments in mobile wallet technology by Apple and Google.

Results of the study (which mistakingly calls Apple Pay “Apple Wallet”) show that consumers actively seek out certain types of campaigns if they directly or immediately benefit them. At the heart of this trend, Vibes also finds that coupons and loyalty are primary reasons consumers engage with brands via mobile. According to the study:

  • About a third (32%) of smartphone users currently use a mobile wallet like Apple Wallet … er, Apple Pay … and Android Pay.
  • Over nine in ten (94%) mobile wallet users are likely to save personalized mobile wallet offers and coupons.
  • Approximately...
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Vine boss, other key executives depart Twitter

Twitter is facing the exit of key managers, even as the company struggles with flagging growth in its user base.

CEO Jack Dorsey said in a tweet late Sunday that senior vice president of engineering Alex Roetter, vice president of global media Katie Jacobs Stanton, senior vice president of product Kevin Weil, and Brian Schipper, vice president of human resources were quitting the company.

“All four will be taking some well-deserved time off. I’m personally grateful to each of them for everything they’ve contributed to Twitter and our purpose in the world,” wrote Dorsey in the message.

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LastPass fixes some browser-based impersonation...

Sean Cassidy is a LastPass user and a security researcher. About a week ago, he posted a blog entry about something he realized in using LastPass: Because of its reliance on browser-based alerts and logins on the desktop, rather than using a separate interface or native app login, it was easy to spoof.

He’d sorted out the details months ago, but he writes that miscommunication and delays led to LastPass not fixing all the problems before he presented his work at ShmooCon, a security event, in mid-January. Since then, Last Pass has reworked remaining issues, provided a more thorough explanation to its users, and explained its future direction to better reduce this kind of spoofing attack.

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Apple’s Chinese retail store roll-out continues...

At its current rate of expansion, Apple could conceivably hit its October goal of 40 retail stores in China within a couple of months. The company has just announced that its 33rd Apple Store in China will open on 31st January, making it the fifth new store in the country in one month … 

The latest addition will be Apple’s first store in Qingdao, a major port and industrial center due to its proximity to both Korea and Japan. The city is home to the largest Korean population in China.

Qingdao is also noted for the beauty of its beaches,...

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The UpStand is a gorgeous, if unadjustable, iPad...

Just Mobile's UpStand is an US$49.95 iPad stand that looks like what I suspect an iPad stand from Apple would look like if they decided to make one -- even down to the packaging.

Engineered from aluminum, the UpStand's supporting grips are finished in rubber to hold your iPad firmly in place and protect it from scratches. It's compatible with most iPad cases, too. The UpStand will float your iPad (any model ranging from the original iPad to the iPad Pro) at just the right height for desktop use. It's perfect for working with a Bluetooth keyboard, watching movies or using the iPad as a digital picture frame. 

It's also great if you use the Duet Display app, which lets you use your iPad as a small, secondary screen for your Mac. You can even use the UpStand even turn your iPad into a functioning alarm clock or recipe book.

As I mentioned, the UpStand’s aluminum styling...

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Patriot's Surface tablets break down during AFC...

Microsoft paid the NFL a fortune to have teams use its Surface Pro 3 tablets on the sidelines, but it likely wasn't thrilled with the publicity it got on Sunday. During the AFC championship game, the Patriot's devices stopped working for an excruciat...

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Apple to open 33rd Chinese Apple Store in Qingdao on...

Apple is closing in on its goal of opening 40 new Apple Stores in Greater China by mid-2016, on Sunday announcing a 33rd location that will commence operations later this month in Qingdao.

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Hzxiaoya Container homes have been built in Costa...

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An unusual home taking shape inside General Motors' sprawling Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant is intended to be part of a movement to rebuild the city's Container Houses and deteriorating, disappearing housing stock.

Skilled-trades workers, taking breaks from their tasks at the factory that produces the electric Chevrolet Volt and other vehicles, dart in...

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Sunday January 24

Floating Bonsai trees are better than floating...

Floating things on magnets makes most things cooler. Bonsai trees are certainly no exception. Kickstarter project "Air Bonsai" combines together magnetic levitation, wee plants and traditional Japanese "monozukuri" (craftsmanship). Using the same mag...

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Hubble shows some of the galaxy's biggest,...

The Hubble Space Telescope still isn't done providing insights and pretty pictures -- far from it. Researchers have published a composite Hubble image showing the massive, extra-bright stars of the Trumpler 14 cluster, which sits 8,000 light-years a...

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The internet is making public grieving acceptable...

Grieving used to be a public affair, but it was gradually suppressed in the 20th century as psychology made those outward displays socially unacceptable. Death and loss were things you were supposed to deal with privately. Well, public mourning is ba...

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Microsoft Surface blamed for NFL football playoffs...

Microsoft Surface Pro tablets stopped working on the sidelines of a major U.S. football game today, causing a spectacular black eye for the struggling product just as its maker was performing an advertising blitz for the hybrid tablet device integrated into the game itself.

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Lockheed Martin works on smaller, more powerful...

To make space telescopes more powerful, scientists would have to make their lenses larger. The bad news is it's not only tricky to make huge lenses (remember Hubble's spherical aberration?), it's also expensive to manufacture and ship them out to spa...

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Donald Rumsfeld helped make an iPhone game

Like him or hate him, Donald Rumsfeld has been a jack of all trades -- and apparently, that now includes mobile games. The veteran politician has teamed up with programmers to release Churchill Solitaire, an iOS game based on the card game that Winst...

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iMovie 10.1.1

Fixes bugs with YouTube sharing and White Balance adjustments. ($14.99 new, free update, 2.02 GB)


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Analyst predicts revamped, hot-selling Mac laptops...

In a note to clients — as noted by AppleInsider — KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that Apple’s Mac laptop line-up will lead the company’s growth this year thanks to the line’s “solid growth” among businesses.

He thinks we’ll see revamped notebooks arrive in June sporting new (not-yet-released) Intel Skylake processors, which will mean more power and better battery life. Kuo offered no details on other changes. However, there are rumors that Apple will expand the MacBook Air line to include a 15-inch model.

Kuo also forecasts that Apple will release a 4-inch iPhone and the iPad Air 3 in the first half of 2016. Regarding quarterly iPhone shipments, the analyst foresees iPhone sales at 77 million for the three-month period ended in December.

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Watch how 'Star Wars' turns people into CG...

Heads-up: spoliers ahead. It's not shocking to hear that the frequently practical visual effects of Star Wars: The Force Awakens are still loaded with computer graphics, but you might be surprised to know just how much effort went into blending real...

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Twitter is reportedly losing some of its top...

It's not a good day if you're part of Twitter's top brass. Recode sources claim that multiple executives are leaving the social network, including senior engineering VP Alex Roetter, global media VP Katie Jacobs Stanton, product VP Kevin Weil and Vin...

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2016 expected to be a big year for Apple's...

Continued growth for the MacBook lineup -- particularly in enterprise markets -- will be a bright spot for Apple in 2016, further bolstered by an update in the first half of the year, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

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Apple to launch 4" iPhone and iPad Air 3 in...

According to connected KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is preparing two major iOS device introductions for the first half of 2016 in the much-rumored 4-inch iPhone and a refreshed 9.7-inch iPad Air 3.

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Apple working to fix Safari's refusal to open...

Do links you click on Twitter just not load properly for you in Safari? You click the link and nothing loads. You refresh the page and nothing loads. You refresh again and get a message helpfully informing you that “Safari can’t open the page.” You refresh yet again while muttering profanities and the page finally appears.

It’s not just you—it’s a widespread annoyance for Mac users and it’s persisted for several months. Luckily, it looks as though a fix is on the way.

In Friday, The Verge noticed a recent tweet from Timothy Hatcher, an Apple employee who works on Safari’s underlying WebKit rendering engine, that addresses this issue head on. 


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…: * Work Authorization : * Contact Number(Best time to reach you) : Skills : Apple Macintosh OSX Location : New York, New York. Duartion : 6+ Months The associate would Read more
Computer Operations Technician ll - *Apple*...
# Web Announcement** Apple Technical Liaison**The George Mason University, Information Technology Services (ITS), Technology Support Services, Desktop Support Read more
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