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Monday June 15

17:00
Daily Deals for June 15, 2015, featuring Billings Pro

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

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16:52
antiX Linux Doesn't Fool Around


The antiX distro is both something old and something new. It is a handy and innovative approach to keeping aging computers fast and active. It is also an energy infuser for new computers. I started playing around with antiX when looking for something different to keep some older computers out of the trash heap. antiX is a fast, lightweight distro that is easy to install. It is based on Debian Testing for Intel-AMD x86 compatible systems. It uses Flushbox and IceWN for the desktop environment.

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16:06
Apple Music won't pay record labels for 3-month...

Now we know why those negotiations between Apple and the record labels went until the 11th hour before Apple Music’s big unveiling at WWDC last week.

According to Re/code, Apple has negotiated not to pay record labels for streaming their catalogs during the three-month free trial Apple Music is offering all new customers. After the three months, an Apple Music subscription will cost $10 a month, and record labels will receive about 71.5 percent of the U.S. revenue. Outside the U.S., Apple Music will pay out a slightly higher figure: 73 percent, although that’s likely to fluctuate.

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16:00
Today in the App Store, featuring Fallout Shelter...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today’s notable apps include a discount on Anodia: Unique Brick Breaker; the new Fallout Shelter game from Bethesda; and an update to Fantastical that brings Apple Watch support! All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

  • Crazy Hedgy - Beat ’em up 3D Platformer: $2.99 → Free: CYBERTIME presents the world's first Beat 'em up 3D Platformer.

  • Warhammer Quest:...

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    15:51
    Apple posts four new 'Shot on iPhone 6'...

    Continuing its camera-focused iPhone 6 ad campaign, Apple added four new user films to the "Shot on iPhone 6" webpage on Monday, highlighting the handset's ability to capture stunning high contrast images.

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    15:09
    ExtraBITS for 15 June 2015

    In ExtraBITS this week, Daring Fireball’s John Gruber talks to Apple’s Phil Schiller, while Mashable’s Christina Warren talks to Apple CEO Tim Cook. We revisit After Dark’s flying toasters, warn you of a scary iOS security vulnerability, and alert you to this year’s Apple Design Award winners.

     

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    14:57
    SummerFest 2015 Sale on Artisanal Software

    A group of small software companies have banded together to offer their writing-focused apps at 25 percent off in a SummerFest 2015 sale, and we’ve included our Take Control books in the sale.

     

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    13:33
    HelloTalk: Learn a new language on your iPhone [...

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

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

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    13:30
    You Should Play: Lost Within will scare the pants...

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

    When I first scrolled past Lost Within on the App Store, my reaction was something along the lines of: Oh, look…another survival horror game set in an abandoned insane asylum. (But I downloaded it anyway, despite the $7 price tag, because I not-so-secretly love survival horror games set in abandoned insane asylums.)

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    13:18
    Did Twitter lose the plot?

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    The folksy roots, the founder breakups, the dysfunction — all those things made Twitter a very human and a much beloved service. It was a service everyone (especially those in the media) wanted to love — and yet it is 2015 and the narrative around the company has become negative and toxic. The more I read all these things about the company, the more I wonder — how did Twitter lose the plot, the narrative. Till not too long ago, the press was generally very kind to the company.

    It’s very true, there’s been very little positive out of Twitter in a while.

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    13:07
    Battleborn Ventures Beyond the Borderlands


    Gearbox Software on Friday demoed Battleborn at a pre-E3 event, stirring interest in the title, along with many comparisons to its Borderlands predecessor and other games. Gearbox previously had released details about the game and shared a new trailer. Borrowing from a formula that has spawned successful Multiplayer Online Battle Area, or Moba, games, Battleborn lets players take on the roles of legends who control armies of minions. Online, the game pits players in five-on-five fights in three game modes.

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    13:00
    "Code Like a Girl" follows young women in...

    BuzzFeed created this fast-paced 5-minute video that follows a group young women as they travel to and attend last week's Apple Worldwide Developer Conference. For the scholarship winners in the video, there was the opportunity to meet Apple CEO Tim Cook. 

    And speaking of young women in tech, just a reminder that App Camp for Girls is seeking volunteers for the upcoming Vancouver (July 6-10) and Seattle (July 13-17) camps. You can also support App Camp through your contribution to their Indiegogo campaign.

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    12:51
    Bushel Sponsoring TidBITS

    Please welcome our latest TidBITS sponsor, Bushel, the cloud-based mobile device management solution for Apple devices in the workplace.

     

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    12:16
    TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 15...

    Due to many developers being in San Francisco for WWDC last week, the only notable software release this week is GraphicConverter 9.7.

     

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    12:00
    First look: OS X El Capitan brings a little Snow...


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    OS X releases of the modern, post-iPhone era are either "feature" releases or "consolidation" releases. All new OS X versions leave their mark on the operating system, but feature releases usually make bigger changes, and consolidation releases go about tweaking and polishing those features so that they feel more complete. Leopard had Snow Leopard. Lion had Mountain Lion (and Mavericks, a sort of in-betweeny odd-version-out released after Jony Ive's takeover of software design and before his team was able to apply that design to OS X). And now Yosemite has El Capitan.

    The intent is clear in the name. El Capitan is a major fixture in Yosemite National Park, so the name suggests a release that hones in on specific things without leaving for a new destination. It's also clear in the feature list. The early build of El Capitan Apple has provided...

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    10:55
    Adobe Photoshop Mix app gets CC library import, ‘...

    Adobe is updating two of its mobile apps today with a few notable features including a welcomed Adobe Photoshop Mix update that brings support for importing from Creative Cloud Libraries and a new “Send to Lightroom” feature.

    In addition to importing assets from Creative Cloud Libraries into the Photoshop Mix app, Adobe notes that users will also be able to “pull Photoshop documents (including layers and masks) into Mix for editing on the go.” As you might expect, the Send to Lightroom feature allows users to send a project from the Mix app into Lightroom’s library for organizing and editing.

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    10:44
    Facebook Moments app makes it easier to exchange...

    Facebook has today unveiled a new app called Moments from its Creative Labs division that makes it easier to exchange pictures amongst friends who were together at an event or place, all documenting it through their own photos. Here’s how Facebook describes the problem they’re solving:

    It’s hard to get the photos your friends have taken of you, and everyone always insists on taking that same group shot with multiple phones to ensure they get a copy. Even if you do end up getting some of your friends’ photos, it’s difficult to keep them all organized in one place on your phone.

    Through the use of location and facial-recognition data (both areas where Facebook has invested heavily), Moments groups photos together and then asks if you’d like to share them with the people it has recognized, and vice-versa. It’s very reminiscent of the now-defunct Color, although that app was more real-time and...

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    09:50
    Anatomy of a CEO Failure


    Much to Apple's dismay, I cover Apple events. One of the questions that frequently came up during its recent developer conference centered on Tim Cook. Was he becoming Steve Ballmer? The implication was that Steve was a failure at Microsoft, so the comparison didn't reflect well on Cook. I think this idea is wrongheaded. Yes, Tim Cook's situation bears some similarity to Steve Ballmer's. However, while Ballmer did fail, Cook is succeeding, and I think a lot of this failure talk is simply the result of overset expectations.

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    09:32
    If your Xsan volume does not start after enabling...

    Learn what to do if you see an Xsan-related panic in your server logs that mentions an Inode version mismatch.

    Read more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204345

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    09:30
    Apple to share 71.5% of Apple Music revenue with US...

    At last week's WWDC 2015 keynote, Apple announced Apple Music -- a streaming music service, social media platform and global radio station. While pricing of the subscription-based service was made public at the event -- $9.99 per month ($14.99 per month for up to six people in a household) with a three-month trial period -- there was no mention of what percentage of the take music owners would take home. That information was revealed to Re/code by Apple vice president of iTunes content Robert Kondrk, who said that American record labels and publishers who own the rights to songs will get 71.5% of the revenue from compositions played on Apple Music.

    That number will be slightly higher outside of the US, averaging near 73%. Apple will not pay royalties during the three-month free trial period, apparently...

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    09:08
    iOS 9 beta code finds references to Apple TV apps,...

    It’s the beta code that also gives away some nifty hints as to what’s coming down the road.

    According to noted iOS developer Steve Troughton-Smith who made the discovery, the current iOS 9 beta contains references to a collection of unreleased products and features, including the next-generation Apple TV, the “iPad Pro,” and new options in Photos.

    The Apple TV is mentioned in both UIKit and GameKit, interface and multiplayer gaming frameworks normally oriented towards iPhones and iPads,as observed on Monday. The next-gen Apple TV was absent from WWDC 2015, although the next Apple TV set-top is expected to have access to an App Store,...

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    08:55
    iOS 9 code reveals preview of coming attractions

    Developers love explore the code inside of beta operating systems for clues to devices or features still undisclosed by Apple. Steven Troughton-Smith has been successful in this endeavor before iOS, and now he's found some exciting hints in iOS 9.

    First, the Apple TV is mentioned in iOS 9 UIKit and GameKit, which are frameworks normally used with iPhones and iPads for user interface controls and multiplayer gaming. Many in the Apple community expected Apple to use the WWDC 2015 keynote address to announce a new Apple TV; now that's expected later this year. But the inclusion of Apple TV in UIKit and GameKit points toward an App Store and games for the set-top box.

    Troughton-Smith also found a larger iPad keyboard in iOS 9 that supports a shortcut bar, tab and caps lock keys, and even a complete row of characters that normally reside on the upper-case side of standard physical keyboards...

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    08:53
    Instacast fans will have to find a new podcast app

    Bad news, Instacast fans: The well-reviewed podcast player for Mac and iOS has been discontinued.

    The app’s parent company, Vemedio, sent an email to subscribers indicating that the abrupt move was due to money issues. In the email, which was obtained by 9to5Mac, Vemedio founder Martin Hering said he “ran out of funds to keep the project going.”

    The freemium app did make some money through subscriptions, with 6-month memberships going for $9.99 and yearly ones available for $14.99. With its brand new Apple Watch app, Instacast seemed to be innovating up until its sudden death.

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    08:31
    Hidden iOS 9 keyboard hints at a larger-screen iPad...

    In yet another sign that an iPad Pro is coming, Apple has apparently stashed away a keyboard for larger screens in iOS 9.

    Developer Steve Troughton-Smith discovered this larger keyboard format while delving through the iOS 9 software development kit. The layout is similar to a standard physical keyboard, with keys for tab, caps lock, colon, pipe, question mark, angle brackets, and braces all on the main screen. The keyboard also adds a squat top row of keys for numbers and symbols.

    The expanded keyboard seems to hint at a larger iPad, which has long been the subject of rumors and speculation. In March, Bloomberg’s unnamed sources claimed that the tablet would have a 12.9-inch display...

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    07:19
    OS X El Capitan's Split View and Mission Control

    AppleInsider has produced two screencasts of OS X El Capitan's Split View and Mission Control in action. I'm very eager to get my hands on this feature as it looks tremendously useful. 

    Check out the article on AI for additional insights. 

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    06:51
    iOS 9 code points to Apple TV apps, 'iPad Pro...

    The current iOS 9 beta contains references to a collection of unreleased products and features, including the next-generation Apple TV, the "iPad Pro," and new options in Photos, according to a noted iOS developer.

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    06:41
    Inside iOS 9: Apple's QuickType keyboard gains...

    Apple's QuickType keyboard will gain new iPad-specific functions in iOS 9, including a "Shortcut Bar" with quick links to commonly used text entry functions like cut, copy, paste, and font options.

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    06:21
    New Bethesda mobile game 'Fallout Shelter...

    Fans of the Fallout franchise have a new mobile game to occupy their attention in the run-up to Fallout 4's hotly-anticipated release, though Android users are out of luck as the game -- called Fallout Shelter -- is available only on iOS for now.

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    05:10
    Volume not mounting

    Forums: TroubleshootingTags: xsan mounting volue

    Hi everyone.
    Need help with xsan 3.1
    All luns with exclamation mark

    Xsan FSS 'DATA[1]': [Node 46] Disk unit 1 in Stripe Group 1 is DOWN or not accessible for this client. # disks 5 unitmap[1] 0xfffff partaccess 0x1

    thank u for any info

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    05:00
    Revisions Wrangles Your Dropbox Files

    With Revisions you can monitor activity in your Dropbox folders to find, view, compare, and restore previous versions of files.

     

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    04:58
    First look: OS X El Capitan's Split View and...

    With OS X 10.11 El Capitan, Apple will introduce a number of user interface refinements to streamline the Mac experience, including a two-up app viewing mode called Split View and a more intuitive Mission Control for easy window management.

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    04:20
    iOS 9 iPad keyboard adds additional keys and symbols...

    Following on from the Apple Watch native apps hack, Steve Troughton Smith has also found that the keyboard view in iOS 9 has much better adaptability support on Apple’s latest operating system. As shown by the screenshots, at larger resolutions, the iPad keyboard rearranges itself to make use of the space. Tab and Caps Lock keys are notably added onto to the left side as well as as entirely new top row of symbols.

    This new row reflects the symbols normally found on hardware keyboards above the number keys: @ # $ % ^ & * ( ) _ +. Next to the ‘p’ on the first row, the keyboard also gains curly braces and a pipe...

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    04:05
    Bethesda brings Fallout to iOS for the first time...

    Fans of Bethesda’s Fallout games on Xbox, PlayStation and PC got the news yesterday that Fallout 4 will be launched in November – and the company also threw in a surprise bonus in the form of an iOS game. Fallout Shelter is a kind of blend of SimCity, XCOM and FTL in which you create your own fallout shelter and try to keep its residents alive and happy.

    Fallout Shelter puts you in control of a state-of-the-art underground Vault from Vault-Tec. Build the perfect Vault, keep your Dwellers happy, and protect them from the dangers of the Wasteland.

    Select from a variety of modern-day rooms to turn an excavation beneath 2,000 feet of bedrock into the very picture of Vault Life. Get to know your Dwellers and lead them to happiness. Find their ideal...

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    04:00
    Google Slides app for iOS, Android updated, content...

    This could be useful.

    Google on Friday updated Google Slides for Android and iOS with streaming support via Chromecast and AirPlay to your TV.

    The update allows you to wirelessly share Google Slides content to the big screen. To do so, all you need is a smartphone or tablet with the Slides app.

    To use the new feature, open a presentation in Google Slides, go near a Chromecast device, and hit the cast button. Once your presentation shows up on the TV, you can use your smartphone or tablet to advance slides, view speaker notes, and keep an eye on your pace with the built-in timer.

    Up until now, if you wanted to present a Google...

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    03:35
    Multitasking in iOS 9 makes the iPad a true post-PC...

    The iPad has always been a paradox. While it may have been built to fill the rather sizable gap between the iPhone and Mac, it never really embraced its own identity, playing second fiddle to each of the devices it was stuck between. Consequently, Apple’s mighty tablet has never quite been able to live up to the lofty expectations it created as the de facto leader of the post-PC revolution.

    But all that’s about to change. During the middle of his WWDC presentation, Craig Federighi somewhat surprisingly devoted an entire segment to the iPad, highlighting several exclusive features that power users have been clamoring for. For the first time since its launch, Apple seems to want the iPad to be a device that will truly transform the way we work. With iOS 9, Apple has refocused its attention on what the iPad is and can be, positioning it as a powerful, versatile tool that seeks to redefine the role the Mac plays in Apple’s ecosystem.

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    00:33
    Inside App Extensions: WebKit Content Blockers...

    Last year, Apple introduced App Extensions to enable third party developers to add system-wide features using a secure new architecture. This year, iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan introduce a new Content Blockers category of App Extensions, specifically targeting Safari.

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    00:00
    Bethesda E3 2015 Briefing: Fallout 4, Fallout...

    Video

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    Sunday June 14

    21:11
    24 Hour Deal: Apple's Unlocked 128GB iPad Air...

    For the next 24 hours, readers can grab Apple's 128GB iPad Air Wi-Fi + 4G LTE completely unlocked in either Silver or Space Grey for just $449 with free shipping, a free BlooPro Ultra Clear Anti Scratch Screen Protector, and no sales tax collected outside NY.

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    20:26
    GraphicConverter 9.7

    Adds support for browsing the Photos for Mac database. ($39.95 new, free update, 236 MB)

     

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    18:17
    Fifa 15 Coins the links apropos to the Confederated

    Forums: SoftwareTags: Fifa 15 Coins

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    14:43
    The Logic Pros: How to control anything in Logic...

    The Logic Pros is a new regular series exploring all of the most interesting gadgets and software for making music on your Mac/iOS devices. If there is any gear you would like us to take a closer hands-on look at, let us know in the comments section below or shoot us an email.

    In this week’s edition of The Logic Pros, we will be looking at how to map all those fun looking sliders, switches, buttons and encoders on our controllers to various functions inside of Logic Pro X. In many case, we get home with our MIDI controller, plug it in, and it just works. The keys/pads function just as they should, but the plethora of other dials and faders available generally won’t do much, unless you tell them to.

    We will be covering the basics of how to get our MIDI keyboard/controller mapped to just about any parameter in our session, along with...

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    13:19
    Woz To Be Immortalized In Wax

    mikejuk writes: Having already made wax figures of Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg, the Madame Tussauds museum recently put out a call for nominations for who should be next, with the stipulation that the nominees have a connection with the Bay Area. The shortlist was then whittled down to ten, including Google co-founder Larry Page, Tesla's Elon Musk, Marc Benioff of Salesforce, Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg and Marissa Mayer of Yahoo. Any of them would look great as wax figures, but outcome of the public vote was a clear winner — Steve Wozniak. Once his statue is complete Woz will be on display next to Steve Jobs in San Francisco and an ideal setting for a selfie.


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    12:31
    Celebrities get digital puppets made from paparazzi...

    Typically, recreating a celebrity as an animated 3D character requires painstaking modeling based on motion capture and laser scans. In the future, though, all you'll need is a few limo-chasing photographers. University of Washington researchers have...

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    12:08
    Swift: Apple's Biggest Achievement For Coders

    GordonShure.com writes: Despite its publicity and hype being rather quiet by Apple standards, the Swift programming language has attracted praise since its release last year. Swift is one of the few Apple products that represent a departure from the hardware-led Steve Jobs approach to the business. If this year's survey of coders by Stack Overflow is anything to go by, it looks as if the language might have potential to really shake things up in a landscape which has been little changed since the 1990s. Might the days of Apple programmers relying upon objective C be numbered?


    ...

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    11:21
    Apple is making the Watch better by making it even...

    Apple is set to introduce two new features in the second generation of watchOS --?internet connectivity independent of the iPhone and push-capable complications --?that promise to make the company's first wearable an even better companion.

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    06:11
    Apple releases new PowerBeats2 Wireless headphone...

    image credit: Ben Thomas

    Apple quietly updated its Powerbeats2 headphones to match Apple Watch Sport colors this week signalling a new move to focus audio accessories to the Apple Watch ecosystem. The new colors, which match the Apple Watch Sport Band colors of Blue, Black, Green, Pink and (updated) White, are available in Apple Stores but haven’t arrived at other retail locations yet.

    The Apple Watch can store and play 2GB of music without a tethered iPhone wirelessly via Bluetooth 4 and with...

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    05:27
    ‘Code Like a Girl’ is an inspiring look at 5 young...

    This video is so well done, it is almost like Apple made/coordinated it themselves.

    Filed under: AAPL Company

    Check out 9to5Mac for more breaking coverage of...

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    04:54
    Dave Grohl breaks leg after falling off stage,...

    Dave Grohl is a master showman, great guitarist and songwriter, and must have one hell of a pain threshold. Respect.

    ∞ Read this on The Loop

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    03:19
    Popular podcast app Instacast now discontinued as...

    Popular podcasting app Instacast for iOS and Mac is shutting down as the founders can no longer fund it or any of Vemedio’s other projects.

    In an email sent to paid members, Martin Hering says that all of Vemedio’s products will be ‘discontinued’, with Instacast being the most well known app affected by this. The company says they will keep the servers up for as long as possible so current users will not be left with non-functional apps immediately.

    Hering seems to imply that profitability issues are the cause as the email plainly states “I ran out of funds to keep the project going”. The company’s Twitter account is now private and vemedio.com now redirects...

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    Saturday June 13

    18:56
    Apple SVP Retail/Online Angela Ahrendts opens...

    Amazing customers, team and new Apple Store, Upper East Side. Home for 25 years, NYC has a special place in my heart. http://t.co/7aGrZaksWb


    Angela Ahrendts (@AngelaAhrendts) June 13, 2015

    As previously reported, the Upper East Side New York Apple Store opened today and Apple’s head of retail was on hand for the occasion.  Angela Ahrendts tweeted from the event (above) and took photos with visitors (below). The store is at  940 Madison Avenue on the corner of 74th St, a block from Central Park.

    We noted previously that the almost 100-year old building that Apple restored used to be a bank which included a vault that Apple...

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    15:24
    At WWDC, Apple profiles efforts to invite girls into...

    The overwhelming majority of WWDC attendees continues to be male, but Apple its stepping up its own efforts to encourage more women--starting with young girls--to take prominent roles in tech. That included prominent stage time for female executives in leadership roles, and the featuring of GoldieBlox, an effort to interest girls in engineering careers, starting early on in the toy isle.

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    14:11
    Surface Pro 3 Handily Outperforms iPad Air 2 and...

    An anonymous reader points to an interesting comparison of current tablets' peformance, as measured with the Geekbench benchmarking tool, which boils down various aspects of performance to produce a single number. The clear winner from the models fielded wasn't from Apple of Samsung (Samsung's entrants came much lower down, in fact), but from Microsoft: the i5-equipped Surface Pro 3, with a Geekbench score of 5069.; second place goes to the Apple iPad Air 2, with 4046. The Nexus 9 rated third, with 3537. One model on the list that U.S. buyers may not be familiar with is the Tesco Hudl 2, a bargain tablet which Trusted Reviews seems quite taken by.


    ...

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    13:45
    Google working to make Chrome more efficient on the...

    If you find the Chrome browser to be a bit too power-hungry for your liking, Google has some good news for you. According to Google software engineer Peter Kasting, the Chrome team is hard at work to make the browser more efficient, particularly on the Mac.

    In a post published to Google+, Kasting outlined several areas of browser performance the Chrome team has been working on improving. For example, background tab rendering is now set at a lower priority, which means that other, more pressing tasks will get processor resources ahead of a webpage you may not look at right away anyway. And Kasting says the team has managed to reduce processor use up to 70 percent for certain tasks on Chrome for Mac. 

    ...

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    12:40
    Apple opens Upper East Side NYC store with unique...

    Apple's somewhat controversial new store on Manhattan's tony Upper East Side opened for business this weekend, and photos of the remodeled bank reveal a number of one-off design flourishes including a dedicated Beats display wall and a bank vault-turned-VIP room.

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    10:05
    Wikipedia's secure pages stop others from...

    You may not think that the security of your Wikipedia research is a big deal, but it can be. You don't want spies to misinterpret your searches for potassium nitrate and the Gunpowder Plot as evidence of a terrorist conspiracy, after all. Appropriate...

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    09:28
    Gadget Ogling: Equalized Eardrums, Holographic...


    Aumeo is an attachment that's all about fine-tuning your earphones to better hear anything you listen to on your smartphone, tablet or other audio-emitting gadget. Using a smartphone app, it tests how well you can hear a number of different frequencies and provides you with a personal equalizer attuned to each of your ears. The sound fidelity supposedly is far better, and the clarity means you'll have little need to raise the volume to ear-splitting levels, helping preserve your delicate eardrums for longer.

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    09:01
    Tech Jobs and Apple: Every Bit As "Fun" As...

    theodp writes: On the eve of Apple's big Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the lack of diversity in tech is 'our fault' — 'our' meaning the whole tech community. "I think in general we haven't done enough to reach out and show young women that it's cool to do it [tech] and how much fun it can be," Cook explained. Indeed, the WWDC scholarship winners shooting selfies with Cook at the San Francisco Four Seasons to celebrate their iPhone apps and other WWDC attendees looked to be having as much fun as, well, Pinocchio at Pleasure Island. But, as the NY Times recently pointed out, Cook can be guilty of overlooking inconvenient truths. Which here is that most young women (and men) wouldn't find it 'cool' or 'fun' to live with 8,000 co-workers in factory dormitories where they can be roused out of bed in the middle of the night by Apple for an emergency 12-hour shift to fit glass screens into beveled iPhone frames, although that too conjures up a scene from...

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    07:00
    Review: blueLounge’s Portiko + Pixi bring elegance...

    blueLounge isn’t a typical Apple accessory maker. If you look through its 15-year backcatalog of releases, you’ll notice that its products are markedly different from somewhat overlapping alternatives produced by rivals — intensely practical and cleanly-designed, yet sometimes so conceptually minor that they’re hard to review. Take CableDrop and CableDrop...

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    07:00
    Caturday: Gijs watching his YouTube videos

    Gijs watching bird videos on YouTube. Photo via Flickr user FotoRolf (Rolf Rosing), All Rights Reserved

    And now, a cat from Amsterdam. Gijs is the feline companion of Rolf Rosing and Zwann Kuiper, and he has a new hobby:

    “Hi, this is our eleven year old cat Gijs. He is currently enjoying the new found cat video’s on YouTube, featuring birds on a feeder. Gijs is hooked on these movies since a few days, doesn’t want to stop watching them. He is using our old iPad 2 in an original Pad & Quill case. His fellow cat Joep doesn’t mind these video’s. He’s not bothered, and keeps on sleeping (that’s why he doesn’t show up on these photos).”

    Gijs watching bird videos on YouTube. Photo via Flickr user FotoRolf (Rolf Rosing), All Rights Reserved

    Apple World Today needs good cats! Have a picture of your...

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    The Week in iPad Cases: Looking for a sleeve with...

    Looking for a sleeve with plenty of room? Check out’s Striiiipes’ latest addition

    This week’s roundup of new iPad cases includes diverse folios from Pad & Quill, Smythson, Incase, and HEX, polished wooden skins from Cover Up, and more!

    Booq

    The Folio mini (all iPad mini models; $35) combines a detachable magnetic cover with a polycarbonate shell for all-around protection.

    To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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    05:47
    This week on AppleInsider: WWDC blowout, antitrust...

    The lion's share of the week's Apple news occurred during Monday's WWDC 2015 keynote, when the company unveiled OS X El Capitan, iOS 9, watchOS 2, and Apple Music. The rest of the week was not uneventful however, with word of antitrust investigations and the real story behind Apple's mapping vans.

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    05:00
    External Link: Apple’s Phil Schiller Talks to John...

    On a special live version of The Talk Show podcast, Apple SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller sat down for an interview with Daring Fireball’s John Gruber. Gruber quizzed Schiller on Apple’s software quality, the capitalization of watchOS, iOS 9, OS X 10.11 El Capitan, and sports.

     

    Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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    03:51
    Video for John Gruber’s WWDC interview of Phil...

    Here’s the video to Gruber’s interview of Apple’s Phil Schiller. Just great.

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    Friday June 12

    17:09
    Beats almost had a Sonos killer built before Apple...

    According to a new report from Variety, Beats was developing a line of Sonos-like speakers before it was acquired by Apple. When the Apple acquisition occurred, development of the connected speakers was stopped, according to the report. Some of the engineers that were working on the project were moved to other teams, while others have since left the company.

    The line of speakers that Beats had planned was originally slated to launch before the 2014 holiday season. While the company already offers several Bluetooth-based speakers, the company wanted to develop a new line that combined Bluetooth, WiFi, and NFC technologies to allow for more seamless playback. Beats was planning a large, living room speaker that was reportedly going to be priced...

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    17:00
    Beats Electronics failed to help Apple Music take on...

    In an alternate reality, you would have been able to stream Apple Music directly on a all-new Wi-Fi home speaker system designed by Beats Electronics. Now that product has either been killed by Apple or been put on hiatus, depending on who you ask.

    A new report in Variety claims that Beats Electronics was working on a Wi-Fi-connected home speaker that could be used to stream music directly from the Internet. This new Beats speaker was intended as part of the larger home entertainment strategy involving Apple Music, the new streaming service that Tim Cook announced earlier this week at WWDC. But Apple killed the product before its expected release date: the 2014 holiday season. Without the new Beats speaker,...

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    16:40
    Apple releases 'San Francisco' system...

    Apple on Friday made downloads of its San Francisco system font available to developers working on next-generation apps for iOS 9, OS X El Capitan and watchOS 2.

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    16:00
    Freemium Field Test: Jurassic World: The Game might...

    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).

    I don’t know what to think of Jurassic World (the film) quite yet—though I’m sure I’ll have a better idea this weekend. On one hand, I want to feel that amazing sense of wonder imparted by the original film, which I first saw as a kid. On the other hand, the wooden acting, rough CG, and trained velociraptors of the trailer raise red flags—and I can’t forget the crummy Jurassic Park III. I’m hopeful, but admittedly not that optimistic. 

    ...

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    15:33
    Beats axed plans for Sonos-esque Wi-Fi speaker...

    A report on Friday claims Beats had plans to build a Wi-Fi-connected speaker system similar to product lines from market leader Sonos, but ultimately killed the project following Apple's purchase of the company.

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    15:07
    With iOS 9’s Wallet, Apple lets marketers push “...

    With Apple’s new Wallet app in iOS 9, a revamped version of the old Passbook app with a name that better reflects Apple Pay integration, Apple will let marketers send out dynamic offers triggered by location or a user’s interests through iAd. Apple noted the feature on its blog for advertisers explaining that “marketers can reach loyal customers with specific messages that reflect the customers’ interests, or convert a new customer by presenting a reason to try something new.”

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    Rumor: LG to be exclusive OLED supplier for second-...

    A report out of South Korea on Friday claims Apple tapped current Apple Watch plastic OLED supplier LG Display to handle panel production for a second-generation model, which could see release next year.

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    15:00
    AWT News Update: On hiatus until July 8

    hiatus |hīˈātəs| noun (pl. hiatuses) [ usu. in sing. ] a pause or gap in a sequence, series, or process: there was a brief hiatus in the war with France.

    The AWT team is quite small, so when one of us takes a vacation, has kid (or elderly parent) issues, or gets sick, it means that something has to give. For the next three weeks, that something is the AWT News Update podcast. 

    We'll resume the podcast on July 8, along with the daily Periscope video blast that goes along with it. We will try to get a written news update out once a day with highlights of everything that passes for Apple news on a particular day... if there's not a slow news day like today.

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    14:19
    Synaptics Gives Spacebar Some New Touches


    Touchpad pioneer Synaptics has touched up an unlikely area on a keyboard: the spacebar.
    The company last week announced the availability of its SmartBar technology, which adds gesture features to the bar. For example, text can be selected by swiping it. A double-thumb gesture can be used to zoom in and out on a document or image. What's more, the bar can be configured into five virtual buttons for executing macros that can be managed with software provided by Synaptics.

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    Flipboard responds to Apple’s News app, says it...

    We’ve already heard what many of the top streaming music services have to say regarding Apple Music, but now another company with whom Apple is now competing has commented on its new battle. At WWDC, Apple introduced a new News app that will be built into iOS 9 when it launches later this fall. The app features a magazine-style interface that when showed off for the first time, prompted many comparisons to the popular Flipboard reading app.

    It appears that users weren’t the only ones to notice the similarities. During an interview on BBC’s Tech Tent show, Flipboard CEO Mike McCue commented on Apple’s foray into the news...

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    8 historic concerts you can watch online right now

    Mic:

    The Internet has a wealth of concerts, but it can be next to impossible to wade through the options. Places like Netflix and Hulu carry the classics, like The Last Waltz and Gimme Shelter, while random YouTube pages carry snippets of concerts. But somewhere in the middle are hidden gems — complete nights from historic moments in music.

    From the Beach Boys to Rage Against the Machine and B.B. King to Nirvana, here are eight historic shows available at your fingertips.

    I am so watching the daylights out of that Rage Against The Machine concert right now.

    ∞ Read this on The Loop

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    13:10
    Audio production on iOS 9 is vastly improved as apps...

    Apple is introducing full support for audio plug-ins in iOS 9, allowing developers to sell plug-ins like effects and virtual instruments on the App Store that can be used within audio editing apps like Apple’s own GarageBand.

    Apple has long used Audio Units as a standard for audio plug-ins in Mac OS X for applications like its own Logic Pro and GarageBand. It’s now bringing full support for Audio Units to iOS devices and allowing developers to easily port their audio plug-ins from OS X with very...

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    Waterfield Designs Dash Sleeve: Protecting your...

    Waterfield designs dash sleeve. photo ©2015, steven sande. All rights reserved.

    Sometimes protecting a laptop from the world doesn't mean encasing it in a big bag. For many MacBook owners, a padded sleeve is just the answer for carrying that laptop around without adding bulk. Waterfield Designs has just released the new Dash Sleeve ($59) in a range of sizes for everything from the 12-inch MacBook with Retina Display to the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display.

    Design

    The Dash Sleeve comes in basic black, but with two trims -- black and copper. The trim is applied to a slender line along one side, as well as on the brand label. The outside of the Dash is made of ballistic nylon, a material that holds up to years of abuse without showing wear. I have a Waterfield Designs bag that I've used almost daily since 2008 and the ballistic nylon still looks as good as it...

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    12:37
    Facebook will now update your News Feed based on...

    You’ve been warned: Facebook is about to become even more captivating.

    On Friday Facebook announced that it will start taking into account how much time users spent viewing a particular story as a determining factor for that story showing up at the top of your News Feed. Basically, the stories you take the time to read (or watch) will be prioritized over the stories that you scroll right through out of general disinterest.

    “We’ve discovered that if people spend significantly more time on a particular story in News Feed than the majority of other stories they look at, this is a good sign that content was relevant to them,” wrote Facebook software engineers Ansha Yu and Sami Tas. 

    To read this article in full...

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    12:17
    iOS 9 hardware keyboard shortcuts bring Apple's...

    New hardware keyboard capabilities for the iPad in iOS 9 make it easier than ever to switch apps and access shortcuts, pushing Apple's tablet to become more like a traditional computer than ever before.

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    11:09
    Third-party SSDs to get TRIM support in OS X El...

    Apple appears ready to allow third-party solid state drives (SSDs) to use TRIM, an OS-level tool for reclaiming unused space, as a new report claims that an at-your-own risk TRIM tool will debut in either OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 or OS X El Capitan 10.11. TRIM keeps SSDs running quickly as they get filled up with and purged of content, automatically reallocating deleted file space to be used by new files.

    According to the report, MacRumors forum users experimenting with El Capitan’s new Rootless security system have discovered a new built-in tool called “Trimforce,” which force-enables TRIM for SSDs even if they weren’t “validated for data integrity while using that functionality.” The tool’s language suggests that the feature can be enabled at the user’s own risk: “By using this tool to enable TRIM, you agree that Apple is not liable for any consequences that may result, including but not limited...

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    10:56
    Inside iOS 9: Apple's Notes app is greatly...

    Apple's native Notes application is getting a major overhaul with iOS 9, allowing users to sketch ideas, insert pictures, include links to external apps, and more, making it a fully featured note taking solution.

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    Review: House of Marley’s Chant Mini is a solid...

    Back at CES 2015, I had a chance to swing by House of Marley’s booth and check out some of their latest and greatest. One of those items was the Chant Mini Bluetooth speaker. Well, it’s finally here and time to give it the review treatment. Can a $50 portable Bluetooth speaker really be all that great? Let’s find out…

    First off, let’s start with materials. Like all of House of Marley’s products, the Chant Mini is made from recycled materials. It has a great build quality to it and is covered in a nice fabric on the outside, with an aluminum...

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    10:33
    Duqu 2.0 Makes Other Malware Look Clunky


    Duqu 2.0 may have just snatched the title of "most sophisticated malware ever," according to Kaspersky Lab, which published a report on the new threat this week. Kaspersky discovered Duqu 2.0 after the malware penetrated its own internal networks. "The philosophy and way of thinking of the Duqu 2.0 group is a generation ahead of anything seen in the APT world," said Kurt Baumgartner, principal security researcher at Kaspersky. "Its level of sophistication surpasses even the Equation Group -- supposedly the 'crème de la crème' in this sphere.

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    10:30
    The Week in iOS Apps: No end of photo and weather...

    New in weather and photo-editing apps

    This week’s app roundup features new apps for editing your photos and tracking the weather. Yes, that’s often true, but it’s really true this week!

    Angry Birds Fight!

    Angry Birds Fight! is the latest entry in the franchise—a series of “match three” challenges that let you augment your character’s health, power, attack effectiveness, armor, and more. And yes, there are Monster Pigs to contend with.

    To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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    10:05
    Why iOS 9's ad-blocking is bad news for Google

    Apple didn’t openly declare war on ads at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, but quietly included a new feature in iOS 9 that will dramatically cut down on mobile ads you see.

    The company included a tool for developers in the latest version of iOS that supports ad-blocking extensions in Safari. That means you’ll be able to install an ad-blocker in the App Store just like you can install ad-blocking extensions in Safari on your Mac.

    What this means for you: Mobile ads eat up data that could be used for other, more important activities, like checking your email or streaming music. Being able to block annoying ads, some of which are awful App Store redirects, will be a huge improvement for the Safari...

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    10:00
    Twitterrific for iOS brings quick update replies to...

    The Iconfactory workers have released Twitterrific for iOS version 5.12 with a slew of new features, including quick update replies for Twitterrific on Apple Watch. 

    Watch owners can now reply to replies and DM's custom responses, right on their tiny devices. After installing Twitterrific 5.12, open Apple's Watch app and select Twitterrific. You'll see a list of options, including one to generate quick replies. You can create up to five, which become available as ready-to-go replies on Twitterrific for Apple Watch. It's tremendously handy and fast. I love it!

    There's a lot more to this update. You can now move the nav bar...

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    09:48
    The new Microsoft era: any developer, any app, any...

    I’d like to thank Microsoft for sponsoring The Loop this week. This year, Microsoft is making major investments in developer and cloud tools to move beyond Windows and bring great support to iOS developers and other popular platforms. As part of this focus, Microsoft is sponsoring Altconf this week and will be there to show you some of the cool new services and free tools to help you take your apps to the next level.

    I also want to thank Microsoft for sponsoring the Beard Bash party on Monday June 8th. Life may run on code, but we all know developers run on beer.

    If you cannot attend Altconf or the Beardbash, you can learn more about what is possible at http://AnyDevAnyApp.com.

    ...

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    09:45
    New for app devs: iTunes Connect improvements,...

    Apple is rolling out improvements to its iTunes Connect portal that developers use to submit and manage their apps on the App Store. In addition to some welcomed UI tweaks, Apple is introducing a few notable improvements for developers. The big ones include increased limits for testing apps in TestFlight, the ability to manage multiple accounts/apps from a single username, and new user roles to allow a team of developers varying access to iTunes Connect features.

    For TestFlight, Apple is increasing limits for the number of builds a developer can release per day, the number of apps per account, and the number of internal and external testers. In...

    | Read more »
    09:31
    Inside iOS 9: Apple brings IFTTT-like functionality...

    With HomeKit-compatible accessories finally hitting the market, Apple is getting ready to add new capabilities to its home automation platform in iOS 9 to make smart bulbs, locks, and garage door openers easier to manage and more powerful --?including the ability to define IFTTT-style event chains with new Event Triggers.

    | Read more »
    09:11
    Rdio responds to Apple Music with statement...

    Rdio on Friday responded to this week's announcement of Apple Music, satirizing Apple marketing from 1981 as part of an argument that the company is doing nothing fundamentally new.

    | Read more »
    09:10
    Developers hack Apple Watch to run real UIKit-backed...


    Well-known developers Steve Troughton-Smith, Saurik and Adam Bell have managed to hack the Apple Watch on watchOS 2 to run truly native apps on the device. Although Apple is advertising native apps with watchOS 2, it isn’t as ‘native’ as some developers wanted or expected. The logic code now runs on the watch, but raw access to the user interface is still not allowed on watchOS 2.

    This means frameworks like UIKit cannot be used to draw truly custom UI. Instead developers must rely on the same techniques employed with current WatchKit apps that revolve around image sequences to create more interesting effects.

    In the demo, video embedded below, the team managed to get a...

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