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Monday May 11

07:46
Rumor: Apple exploring silver nanowire technology...

I’m not entirely sure what nanowire is, but it sounds pretty cool.

A new report claims that Apple is investigating silver nanowire technology to improve touch panels in its much anticipated upcoming 12.9-inch iPad.

The quote reads as follows:

“Apple is planning to apply nano new material on touch panel. By changing ITO-based clear film with silver nano wire (AgNW) material, it plans to raise sense of touch and decrease cost.국내 은나노와이어 Domestic AgNW based touch-screen panel (TSP) industries are getting ready to commercialize the products as soon as possible.”

The report cites unnamed sources close to the supply chain and states that Apple has already...

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07:44
Apple Watch shipments remain slow one month after...

One month after Apple began taking Apple Watch pre-orders with a promised April 24 release date, many customers — including people who ordered immediately after Apple’s online store returned — are still awaiting their Watches. As noted on Apple’s discussion forums and numerous social media postings, many Apple Watch models appear to be trickling out of the company’s factories, while Watches bundled with certain premium bands have apparently not yet shipped.

The most significantly delayed Apple Watches are apparently Apple’s four Stainless Steel Case with Link Bracelet models ($949-$1,099), four Stainless Steel Case with Leather Loop models ($699 each), and four Stainless Steel Case with Modern Buckle models ($749 each), which do not appear to have shipped at all....

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07:43
External Link: MacKeeper Owner ZeoBIT Could Owe...

Under proposed settlement terms for a 2014 class-action lawsuit against MacKeeper creator ZeoBIT, the company could owe customers $2 million in refunds. ZeoBIT has been accused of unscrupulous marketing, with system tests that flag nonexistent problems. Austrian firm AV Comparatives tested the latest trial version of MacKeeper on a fresh install of OS X 10.10 Yosemite, and the software warned that the computer’s condition was “serious,” citing 500 MB of “junk” files.

 

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07:26
Report claims Apple investigating improved touch...


A new report from ETNews claims that Apple is investigating silver nanowire technology to improve touch panels in its much anticipated upcoming 12+-inch iPad:

Apple is planning to apply nano new material on touch panel. By changing ITO-based clear film with silver nano wire (AgNW) material, it plans to raise sense of touch and decrease cost.국내 은나노와이어 Domestic AgNW based touch-screen panel (TSP) industries are getting ready to commercialize the products as soon as possible.

The report, citing sources close to the supply chain,...

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07:16
Dev puts Web browser on Apple Watch: a cool hack,...

Comex, the enterprising hacker behind a number of high-profile iOS jailbreaks such as JailbreakMe.com, has seemingly managed to get a Web browser to run on the Apple Watch. As you can probably imagine, the one-inch screen of the Apple Watch isn't the best way to experience your favourite websites. There's a video embedded below of Comex poking around the Google homepage on his Apple Watch.

The Apple Watch, by virtue of its tiny screen, has a very different interface from Apple's other mobile devices. While it hasn't been confirmed by Apple, a third-party developer has stated that Apple Watch OS 1.0 is based on iOS 8.2—but instead of running Springboard (which displays the iPhone and iPad home screen),...

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07:14
Tim Cook joins Weibo, China's version of Twitter

Apple CEO Tim Cook has joined Weibo, a microblogging service by China's Sina Corp. The service has 200 million active users and, as of this writing, Cook's verified account has over 320,000 followers. 

Cook's sign-up happens just as Apple has announced great progress towards its environmental initiatives in China, which is a very big market for the company. 

I wonder if Weibo has a fail whale

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06:42
The Apple Watch's red dot

I'm not a fan of the red dot.

As I spend more time with my Apple Watch, I'm taking note of aspects I love and others that I don't. Currently, the bee in my digital bonnet is the little red dot that indicates unread notifications. 

It appears at the top of the watch face whenever you have notifications to review. If it were any other color, I'd be happy with it. In my experience, a little red dot on an electronic device is indicative of a problem. There's something wrong that I must attend to. When I first noticed the dot on day one, that was my initial response: Uh-oh, what's wrong. 

Today I understand its purpose. I just wish it wasn't red. 

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06:34
Tim Cook opens account on Chinese social network...

With Apple now selling more iPhones in China than in the USA, and much of Apple’s Q2 earnings call focused on the country, it’s no great surprise that Tim Cook has today opened an account on the Chinese equivalent of Twitter known as Weibo. There is, though, a certain amount of irony involved, Weibo being one of the main sources of leaked information on Apple products.

Cook is in Beijing to announce Apple’s new environmental programs in the country, the topic of his first post.

At the time of writing, the verified account already had over 300,000 followers, with almost 50,000 likes on his first post … ...

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05:25
Photos Everywhere with Lightroom CC and Photos for...

We want photos on the Mac and on iOS devices to seamlessly find their ways into our photo libraries, but until recently that was essentially impossible. Apple’s Photos for OS X and Adobe’s Lightroom CC include cloud-based options for synchronizing photos among devices, but take different paths to reach that goal.

 

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05:06
Apple to manage 1 million acres of forest in China

Apple has greatly advanced its environmental initiatives in China, including the creation and management of one million acres of responsibly-managed forest

The forest project is a partnership between Apple and World Wildlife Fund China, which represents another step towards Apple's goal of having a net-zero impact on the world's virgin fiber

Apple is also building a 40-megawatt solar farm in Sichuan Province, which will generate enough energy to power the equivalent of 61,000 Chinese homes.

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05:01
Apple's iOS holds lead in enterprise for Q1 on...

Riding a wave of record-breaking iPhone sales, Apple remained the market leader in enterprise mobile device activations for the first quarter of 2015, but competitors are slowly eating away at iPad's tablet share, according to Good Technology.

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04:50
Chinese smartphone market shrinks for first time in...

The Chinese smartphone market shrunk by 4 percent in the first quarter of calendar 2015, marking the first time it has seen a year over year contraction in six years, even in the face of huge growth by Apple, IDC reported on Monday.

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04:48
London’s cycle hire scheme finally gets an official...

Cycling is definitely the fastest and most pleasant way to get around central London, and the large-scale cycle hire scheme – informally known as Boris Bikes, after Mayor Boris Johnson who launched the scheme – finally has an official app.

Named after the scheme’s new sponsor, the Santander Cycles App allows users to find the nearest docking station, check availability of bikes and obtain a release code to hire one. Transport for London has long made the data publicly available, allowing developers to create their own apps with limited functionality, but it’s taken five years to create an official app that allows you to hire the bikes.

There are more than 700 Boris Bike docking stations in London, with a total of 11,500 bicycles available. More than 10 million journeys were made by Boris Bike last year. Users pay £2 ($3) for a one-day membership,...

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03:59
China approaches smartphone saturation point,...

China – long viewed as one of the key growth markets for smartphones – is now approaching saturation point, according to data being released today by IDC. The WSJ reports that smartphone shipments fell for the first time in six years, 4.3% down year-on-year in the previous quarter. Other sources say sales are still growing, but at a much-reduced rate.

Experts say the slowdown is largely driven by the disappearance of China’s first-time buyers. Smartphones now have a more than 90% penetration rate in China, said Tom Kang, research director with market-research firm Counterpoint, meaning just about everybody in China who wants a smartphone already has one. “China is now a replacement market,” Mr. Kang said.

While the news may be bad for many smartphone manufacturers, Apple...

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03:06
Tsu, the Tidal of social networks, pays you for...

People are tired of being commoditized, sick of their photos and posts and life stories being used to sell advertising. But few social networking upstarts have been able to capitalize on this, because even people who loathe Facebook won’t leave it. But Tsu (pronounced “sue”) is taking a different approach: Use ad dollars to pay users. Share the revenue with everyone.

Tsu, which bills itself as “the people’s social network,” launched last fall, shortly after Ello catapulted into our collective conscious and then promptly faded away. The network has been flying under the radar, gathering more than 3 million users through an invitation-only system, and recently debuted an overhaul of its website and mobile apps with new creation and discovery...

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00:50
Fantastical 2.0.4

Brings a number of handy additions to the popular calendar app. ($39.99 new, free update, 12.9 MB)

 

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Sunday May 10

23:48
Apple's new environmental initiative focuses on...

Apple's been vocal about trying to get its global operations running entirely on renewable energy, but the company is now looking to reduce its impact on paper, wood and similar fibers too. Outlining several environmental initiatives for China, the c...

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22:00
Fujifilm's X-T1 camera is getting a revamped...

A notable firmware update is coming to the X-T1 and X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition in June, Fujifilm has announced. With this new version, 4.0, both sleek cameras will welcome a vastly enhanced autofocus system and other under-the-hood upgrades -- all ...

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20:50
ChronoSync 4.6.1 and ChronoAgent 1.5.2

Adds support for package merging to streamline synchronization. ($40 new for ChronoSync, $10 new for ChronoAgent; free updates; 28.4 MB, 10.3 MB)

 

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20:02
Apple Watch Hack Adds a Browser For Your Wrist

TechCrunch reports that the Apple Watch now evidently has an tantalizing, but unofficial, feature: a browser, created by the jailbreak developer known as Comex. "Not great" is their headline-level assessment of what it looks like to use, which can't be too surprising: even a large watch face is still a small screen, by comparison to a laptop, a tablet, or even a phone. Venture Beat's assessment is similar: "As you’d expect, it’s an awkward mess." Making hardware do things it wasn't intended to is still a worthy pursuit, though, and TechCrunch notes: Out of the box, running arbitrary code like this shouldn’t be possible — while a native SDK is inbound, only stuff built with Apple’s somewhat limited WatchKit framework is supposed to run on the device for now. Is this a subtle demonstration of the world’s first jailbroken Apple Watch?


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19:01
Apple to protect 1M acres of forest in China,...

Apple on Monday local China time announced plans to step up environmental protection operations in the region by partnering with the World Wildlife Foundation to create one million acres of responsibly managed forests, while at the same time building out clean energy infrastructure to power its offices and retail stores.

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18:21
Apple announces new environmental initiatives for...

Apple today has announced a variety of new environmental initiatives for its China operations. Through a press release, the company announced a new multi-year praetorship with World Wildlife Fund to increase responsibly managed forests throughout China. Apple also announced that it intends to expand its renewable energy projects to manufacturing facilities in China.

Apple, who launched its first major solar project in China three weeks ago, will parter with Leshan Electric Power Co., Sichuan Development Holding Co., Ltd, Tianjin Tsinlien Investment Holding Co., Ltd, Tianjin Zhonghuan Semiconductor Co., Ltd, and SunPower Corporation in China on its expansion of renewable energy projects. The effort will generate up to 80 million kilowatt-hours...

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17:30
Kanye West (unsurprisingly) also has a gold Link...

You can add Kanye West to the exclusive club of celebrities with an all-gold Apple Watch Edition with a gold Link Bracelet. The rapper sported the custom made Apple Watch to the Chicago Bulls vs. Cleveland Cavaliers playoff game earlier today, and he wore the watch while performing during a timeout. He also recently wore his Watch to a Louis Vuitton event. West is now the third known individual with this special edition device, joining singer Beyonce and fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld. Meanwhile, many customers are still waiting for their non-...

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10:24
How to sync photos to your Apple Watch

Despite it's small screen, the Apple Watch OLED display is bright and images look great on the high resolution screen, making it a perfect canvas for your photos.

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10:09
Bobby Orr: 45 years ago today

Still one of the most famous goals in hockey.

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09:10
Surely you can’t be serious: An oral history of...

AV Club:

In 1980, a trio of gentlemen from Wisconsin – Jim Abrahams and brothers David and Jerry Zucker – took a cast of predominantly non-comedic actors, put a parodic spin on the disaster-film genre, and created a film which not only made moviegoers howl with laughter but also earned critical acclaim.

While it may not be the greatest movie ever made, it probably ranks in the top five of the silliest movies ever made. I loved it as a kid and love it even more as adult. Every time you watch it, you see and hear more gags and funny bits. To this day, if I ever hear someone say, “Surely, you can’t be…” I immediately flashback to the line in the movie.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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08:30
Developer hacks Watch OS to get a web browser...

Prominent community developer and jailbreaker Comex has posted a video showing a successful hack of Watch OS to get the device running a web browser.

In the video, Comex has managed to get the Google homepage to render on the small Watch display. Apple does not include a Safari browser app on the Watch, for obvious reasons. The video shows that scrolling around even basic web pages on a tiny display is impractical.

More importantly, the video shows that it is possible to get the Watch to run arbitrary code. This could be the first step towards a ‘jailbreak’ of the Apple Watch although Comex makes no such promises to ever release the details of his hack.

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08:01
Video shows first hands-on with $400 gold-plated...

Earlier this week, a few aftermarket services emerged that claimed to gold-plate an Apple Watch for as little as $399. Now, the first users who have taken advantage of the Watch Plate service have started receiving their gold-plated Apple Watch devices back. Among them is YouTuber Keaton Keller of TechSmartt.

The video above shows Keller’s gold-plated stainless steel Apple Watch and it looks remarkably nice. As mentioned before, the process runs $399 and is relatively simple. You simply have to ship the company your own stainless steel Apple Watch and they will gold plate it and send it back to you within 3 business days. The company says it is using 24 karat...

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07:00
Review: Mobee’s Magic Hub hijacks your iMac’s stand...

USB hubs are often hard to tell apart from one another: the Moshi iLynx 3 I reviewed here in February was the rare hub that actually matched the silver metal and black plastic look of the Macs it was designed to be used with. After an extended post-announcement delay, long-time Mac accessory maker Mobee Technology has finally released an alternative that uses two cool tricks to stand apart from all of its rivals: the Magic Hub ($50).

Five inches tall, 2.6″ wide and around 2″ thick, the Magic Hub is the first USB hub designed such that its physical characteristics are all but irrelevant. Mobee’s concept is to completely hide the Hub behind your iMac, filling the hole Apple left in the iMac’s stand using a screw-on clamp and a pass-through...

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04:30
Fiat CEO meets with Tim Cook, says Apple planning...

Following a recent trip to California, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne said he met with Apple's Tim Cook to discuss the tech giant's "intervention in the car," suggesting Cupertino is continuing work on new automotive technologies.

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Saturday May 9

23:26
Google adds pre-registration and alerts for Android...

Starting with Glu's Terminator Genisys: Revolution mobile game, you can now pre-register for apps from the Play store. Now if a developer wants to drum up some interest before an app release, they can stick a placeholder page in the store where users...

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21:16
All Apple Stores to begin stocking 12-inch MacBook...

The recently released 12-inch MacBook will be available for purchase at all Apple Stores globally beginning the week of May 25th, according to a memo from Apple to its retail staff issued earlier today. Because of supply constraints, not unlike those for the also recently-launched Apple Watch, sales of the new MacBook have been mostly restricted to Apple’s Online Store…

While Apple hopes to have MacBooks readily available for stores by the end of May, the company also tells employees that “limited” quantities of the MacBook should now be available in “select” Apple Stores in the U.S., U.K, Canada, Australia, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany,...

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12:31
Killer Deal: Get a Free Apple TV and up to $469 off...

AppleInsider and Apple Authorized Reseller Adorama have teamed up this week to give away a Free Apple TV and instant discounts of $119 to $469 on nearly 90 different 21- and 27-inch iMac configurations with AppleCare extended protection, all of which also ship free with no sales tax collected in 48 states.

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10:00
Peace, Love & Macs: Macstock Conference &...

Macworld/iWorld may be a thing of the past, but that's not keeping Apple fans down. There are always local gatherings at user groups where you can feel the Apple love, a number of tech conferences like MacIT and the ACES Conference, and then there are regional conferences like the Macstock Conference & Expo. The latter is coming up next month in Woodstock, IL (hence the name) on June 20, with a full panel of speakers from the Mac and Apple podcasting community.

Speakers include Mike Potter and Eric Erickson of For Mac Eyes Only, Dave Hamilton of The Mac Observer's Mac Geek Gab Podcast, Chuck...

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09:58
Inside Apple Inc in Switzerland: No Watch yet, but...

Switzerland is an affluent country with lots of people who value high quality products and new technology, making it a potential hotspot for Apple Watch--at least once the new product is officially launched in the country, known for its breathtaking mountains and equally breathtaking consumer prices.

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07:00
Review: Adobe’s Lightroom CC + 6 let photographers...

Until this year, Mac owners had three major options for organizing large digital photo collections: Apple’s mainstream iPhoto, Apple’s “pro” app Aperture, and Adobe’s similarly professional-grade Lightroom. When Apple discontinued iPhoto and Aperture in favor of an even more basic app called Photos, many people —amateur photographers and professionals alike — had to decide whether to downgrade to Photos or switch to Lightroom. Apple understood that it was ceding at least the professional market to Lightroom, and even helped Adobe to develop Aperture and iPhoto to Lightroom importers. With the writing on the wall, some people switched to Lightroom 5 well before Photos officially debuted last month.

I didn’t; since Lightroom 5 was almost three years old, I wanted to see what Adobe would deliver...

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06:00
Pippin's paws-on review of Petcube

mrow!

My name is Pippin, and my human is Steve who you know from this website. I'm a little over a year old and I'm a cat, so Steve asked me to write about this thing called Petcube ($199, affiliate link) that I let him play with. It's a little hard typing by walking around on this keyboard thingy, but Steve said he'd edit what I wrote so here goes...

Petcube sits on Steve and Barb's dresser across from the kitty condo I share with Merry, the stupidest cat in the world. Well, she's cute, but dumb, and I love her anyway. It's a silvery-looking box with a shiny front; Steve called it a cube and said it's four inches on each side, whatever that means. All I know is that it's too heavy (1.3 lbs) for me to move much.

The only time Petcube does something seems to be when my humans are away from my house (I wish they'd take me somewhere, but not to...

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06:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Standalone keyboard and...

Standalone keyboard and protective case? It can be done!

This week’s roundup of new iPad’s cases brings you products from Kensington and Vaja designed to play nice with Apple’s Smart Cover, keyboard alternatives from Logitech and Poetic, a catchy design from M-Edge… and much more.

Kensington

If you want more protection but aren’t ready to give up your Apple Smart Cover, the CornerCase (iPad Air; $20) offers extensive corner and side padding for every need.

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05:00
External Link: The Sad State of the Mac App Store

It’s not a big secret among Mac users that the Mac App Store hasn’t lived up to its promise, but developer Sam Soffes has revealed just how bad the problem is. He launched a new app, Redacted for Mac, on 6 May 2015, and it quickly shot to the eighth spot on the U.S. Top Paid list. But the app wasn’t as successful as you might think: on the first day, it only sold 94 total copies, for a total of $452.

 

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05:00
Gadget Ogling: Virtual Sensations, Radio-Wave...


We're edging ever closer toward a virtual reality boom, with Oculus finally promising its Rift headset will arrive in 2016. Yet what if there were a way to make VR even more immersive? Feelreal has come up with two devices -- a virtual reality mask and a helmet -- that aim to draw users almost entirely into a fictional world. The mask is an add-on, compatible with major VR headsets. The company is seeking Kickstarter funding to develop a commercial model based on demonstrated prototypes. The helmet is designed to work with a smartphone. A prototype is under development.

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05:00
You Should Play: Tales from the Borderlands serves...

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.

Telltale Games has had immense success of late turning pop culture smashes into engaging, well-written adventure games, consistently bucking the trend of poor licensed games. The Walking Dead remains its standout smash, using the comic series to spin out a grim, episodic tale in which even seemingly small decisions affect the story ahead. And using the same template, The Wolf Among Us (based on comic classic, Fables) and the current...

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Friday May 8

21:28
This week in AppleInsider: 12.9" iPad Pro...

This week saw a number of details emerge about Apple's plans for a 12.9-inch iPad, a new Apple TV, and Web search. The company's efforts to relaunch Beats Music appeared to be running into roadblocks however, with word of incomplete deals, and even probes by two U.S. government agencies.

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20:38
Fox officially plans 'Minority Report' TV...

It's official: Fox will bring back Minority Report later this year. Steven Spielberg directed the 2002 movie, and his company Amblin TV is behind the new TV series, set 10 years after the end of "pre-crime" in Washington D.C. The plot details availab...

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16:34
Apple could make Beats Music free -- for a little...

Apple might have tried to convince the record labels to kill their free-tier streaming deals with Spotify, but its revamped Beats Music could let listeners sign up without having to pay a dime.

Industry sources told Re/Code that Apple is currently negotiating with music labels to relaunch Beats Music as a free, unlimited streaming service for a short window immediately following its launch this summer. This trial period could be anywhere from one month to three months.

Apple is also considering other “freemium” alternatives to try to lure listeners away from Spotify, YouTube and other streaming competitors. Those options include having a select number of songs, mainly only the promotional singles, available for free listening. Another option is giving listeners free access to a new version of iTunes Radio where they can listen to...

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16:03
On the Long-Term Viability of Apple’s Customer-First...

Great piece by Jason Kottke, “Asking ‘Who’s the Customer?’”:

This might be off-topic (or else the best example of all), but
“who’s the customer?” got me thinking about who the customers of
large public corporations really are: shareholders and potential
shareholders. The accepted wisdom of maximizing shareholder
value
has become an almost moral imperative for large
corporations. The needs of their customers, employees, the
environment, and the communities in which they’re located often
take a backseat to keeping happy the big investment banks, mutual
funds, and hedge funds who buy their stock. When providing good
customer service and experience is viewed by companies as...

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15:48
Sega to remove games that no longer meet its...

Sega announced in a post on its blog this evening that it is going to remove a number of games from its catalog of apps on the App Store. Sega says that a number of its games on the App Store no longer meet its “high-quality” standards. Sega will also remove the games from the Google Play Store, the Samsung App Store and the Amazon App Store.

Sega says that if you purchased one of the games that it is removing from the App Store, you will still be able to play it on your device and that it will remain in the purchased apps section of the App Store for future download on any of your devices.

While Sega did not specify which games it will be removing from the App Store over the coming weeks, it did note that a few of them may return eventually...

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15:45
The truth about Macs in the enterprise

[Editor’s note: The following article originally appeared in InfoWorld.]

When I said last week that Windows 10 won’t save the PC, some Windows-addled IT folks said I was secretly suggesting that enterprises replace their PCs with Macs. That wasn’t my intent, but those comments made me think about where the Mac fits in the enterprise and what causes so many IT organizations to be so emotionally opposed to having non-Windows PCs in their companies.

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15:00
AWT News Update: May 8, 2015

Happy Friday, everyone! Today we have a short blast of Apple news for your listening pleasure:

  • Apple begins sending out notifications to the winners of 350 WWDC scholarships
  • Xcode 6.3.2 GM seed has been shipped to developers
  • Patently Apple: more Watches will be sold in the first 60 days than iPhones sold in the first year 
  • A "smart cane" for the blind is developed by students from Birmingham City University

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14:57
SEGA to withdraw older, substandard iOS games in...

Japanese games maker SEGA on Friday said it will soon cull a number of back catalog titles from Apple's iOS App Store in an effort to maintain a level of consistency across its software lineup.

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14:54
Cyanogen Taps Truecaller in Effort to Build a Better...


Cyanogen, best known for its FOSS Android-based OS, CyanogenMod, soon will provide caller ID screening and spam blocking directly from the native dialer on Cyanogen OS, the commercial version of its operating system. These capabilities will be provided through the company's global partnership with Truecaller. They will be baked into future smartphone devices preloaded with Cyanogen OS. "I'm wondering whether Truecaller is addressing an actual need of smartphone users," mused Werner Goertz, a research director with Gartner.

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14:20
Apple seeds Xcode 6.3.2 gold master to developers

Apple on Friday released a golden master candidate for Xcode 6.3.2, brings a number of bug fixes and backend improvements to its coding tool for Mac and iOS developers.

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14:09
As Swiss watchmakers dismiss Apple Watch threat,...

Over the first calendar quarter of 2015, the Swiss National Bank increased its holding of Apple stock by 60 percent to 8.90 million shares, according to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

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14:00
DIRECTV Watch app puts the remote on your wrist

IMAGE VIA DIRECTV.COM

The ultimate in laziness has just arrived, courtesy of DIRECTV and your Apple Watch. No more do you have to stretch your arm to pick up the remote -- now just a tap on your wrist will control your satellite TV viewing. The DIRECTV iPhone App (free) now has a Watch companion that serves as a remote control that also just happens to tell time and do a lot of other amazing things, too -- like tell you to get off of the couch hourly and move around.

The app does most of the things you'd expect a full TV remote to do, including browsing of channels for movies and shows, checking details of those shows, and even setting them to record on the HD DVR. Once they're recorded on the DVR, you can play, pause, rewind and fast-forward with a few taps on your wrist.

The DIRECTV channel guide, your DVR playlist, and most of the...

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13:33
Apple sends out notifications to WWDC 2015...

Apple on Friday began sending out scholarship notifications for the 2015 Worldwide Developers Conference, giving lucky winners a chance to get into the event without paying the standard $1,599 ticket price.

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13:21
Xcode 6.3.2 GM seed with bug fixes released to...

Apple today released the Golden Master (GM) version of the upcoming Xcode 6.3.2 to developers via the official online developer downloads center. The current version, 6.3.1, was released on the Mac App Store in late April, and Apple has not indicated when the 6.3.2 will be released on the store. Version 6.3.2 includes the full SDKs for all of Apple’s devices, and introduces bug fixes for the Swift programming language Compiler, the Playgrounds feature, Account Management, and more. The full list of fixes is available below:

Swift Compiler

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13:00
Today in the App Store — DataMan Next, Droplr and...

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 50% off discount on DataMan Next, the new Redacted OS X app and a notable update to Droplr. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Amigo Pancho [Now free, down from $1.99] Help Amigo Pancho to get to the Mountains top.

Soviet posters HD [Now free, down from $1.99] A look back at the posters from that era creates a chronicled timeline of Soviet Union’s creation and evolution. Each and every major event in the life of the Soviet people is reflected in the legacy of socialist agitprop.

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12:36
Apple begins issuing WWDC scholarships to winning...

With its major developer conference scheduled to kick off in just over four weeks, Apple has started sending out WWDC scholarship notifications to winning applicants. Scholarship recipients avoid the limited lottery system for purchasing a ticket while the $1599 price of the ticket is waived. This year the scholarship program includes 350 slots for student developers and STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) organization members. In previous years, the scholarship program has been limited to 200 tickets. Apple will reveal the latest versions of iOS and OS X during the WWDC keynote. The conference begins June 8th. You can read the full email...

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12:36
Bidding intensifies for Nokia's Here maps as...

Whether or not Apple is still in the running to buy Nokia's Here, the digital mapping service will likely sell for more than $3 billion thanks to a bid made by transportation service Uber.

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12:00
The Week in iOS Apps: Version 4.0 of Flickr arrives

Version 4.0 of Flickr arrives

This week’s roundup includes a major update to the Flickr photo app, as well as a new hide-and-seek game, an app for ACLU supporters, and more.

Addapp

Addapp takes the input from all your wearables—like Fitbit and Jawbone, along with a whole range of health-related apps—and converts the information into daily, personal insights about what you’re doing to get healthy, and what you can do to improve. It’s not just feedback—it’s affirmation.

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11:30
NFTY PL+S wants to be your all-in-one charging and...

One market that seems to be quite saturated with different devices is that of chargers and battery packs for smartphones and tablets. Fortunately, there are still companies that take on the challenge of creating better products and one of them -- designed by many -- is seeking funding on Indiegogo for a new device it refers to as the NFTY PL+S that wants to be "the last charging solution and battery bank you will ever need."

The Miami-based design firm certainly packed a lot of technology into a small (2.25 x 2.25 x 1.15 inch) container. The NFTY PL+S features a 4000 mAh Lithium-Polymer battery pack, comes with a car charger, fold-out car charger, USB charger, 4 female USB ports (for charging up to four devices simultaneously), and can be used to add power to your Apple Watch, iPhone, and iPad simultaneously.

There's a $55 early-bird level pledge still available, and the campaign has raised about 6 percent of...

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11:28
Apple Inc. shares approach ex-dividend as it gears...

On May 14, Apple will pay shareholders of record a quarterly dividend of $0.52 per share, but investors must have settled ownership of the company's stock by Monday, May 11, in order to qualify.

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11:26
Hands-on: Apple Watch standalone bands, packaging,...

While the initial Apple Watch launch is still ongoing, Apple started shipping standalone bands to customers this week. We’ve got our hands on both the Leather Loop and Sport bands plus packaging today. Check out our comparison photos and my early impressions of each band and the swapping process below.

Personalizing the Apple Watch by changing the watch faces and swapping bands can give the same model a very different look and feel. Customization isn’t always a strong focus for Apple, but ease-of-use usually is. The band swapping process is very Apple in this regard. No tools required, just a custom quick-release system. You’ll also want to make sure you’re matching your 38mm or 42mm with the same size band.

Just like the stainless steel Apple Watch...

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11:14
You can now bulk download from Flickr: your photos...

Petapixel:

Today Flickr launched a number of new improvements to their service. In my mind, the most significant change is that Flickr is introducing the ability for you to bulk download your photos from their site.

Now you can fill up that free 1 terabyte (or unlimited terabytes if you’ve got a grandfathered Pro account) with confidence knowing that if you ever want/need those photos back from Flickr you’ll be able to get them back much more easily.

One of my knocks on Flickr (a site I’ve used for years) is now moot with this new feature. Really good news for those of us who want additional backups of our photos.

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11:08
Nike CEO discusses future of Apple partnership,...


Nike+ Running App for Apple Watch

Earlier today, Nike CEO Mark Parker sat down with CNBC for a video interview to discuss his company exiting wearable hardware, Fitbit’s IPO, fitness software, a partnership with Apple, and the Apple Watch. Asked where the Nike and Apple partnership goes from here, Parker said “it continues,” and that “we are excited about the potential that the Apple/Nike relationship has.”

Parker noted that Nike already offers the Nike+ app on the Apple Watch and that Nike has over 60 million digital fitness software users. Parker said Nike is “working with Apple” on new software and...

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10:54
Apple’s new music service will reportedly feature a...

A new report from Re/code today about Apple’s upcoming music streaming platform reiterated much of what we already know about the service, which is expected to debut with iOS 8.4 at WWDC. iOS 8.4 is already in the...

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10:48
Apple to give the first hit free with its new...

Apple is reportedly planning to entice consumers to sign up for its new streaming music service by offering a number of try-before-you-buy options, including a lengthy trial period and revamped iTunes Radio stations.

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10:38
How to modify your Apple Watch box into an Edition-...

Apple only includes its fancy charging case if you buy one of the $10,000+ gold Apple Watch Edition models, so I decided to DIY my own using the box Apple includes with its mid-range, stainless steel Apple Watch collection.

If you bought an Apple Watch model— the entry-level Sport collection comes with cheaper, somewhat disposable packaging— you get a box much like with the Edition minus the charging features and leather shell.

With few drilled holes and less than $10 worth of materials, I transformed my box into a charging case that looks a lot like the Apple Watch Edition charging case.

Here’s how I did it:

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10:00
What to play this weekend: Lifeline

The last time I texted Taylor, he was walking towards the plumes of smoke. He estimated they were about an hour away, but depending on the force of gravity wherever he is, that could be off. He said he'll text back when he arrives. In the meantime, I'm thinking about him.

Anticipation is part of the fun of Lifeline, ($2.99, universal, with support for Apple Watch), an interactive fiction game from 3 Minute Games. You play the as the only point of contact for Taylor, a student astronaut who wakes up in a damaged escape pod, scared, alone and not knowing what to do. The UI is basically spacey-looking text messages that the two of you share. It's part choose-your-own-...

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09:58
Nike CEO 'excited about the potential' of...

The long-standing partnership between Nike and Apple has been beneficial for both companies, and Nike's chief executive hinted on Friday that additional projects were in the works even as Apple encroaches on Nike's territory.

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09:57
No, the Apple Watch does not cost $84 to make

Mobile Forward:

The Apple Watch is out, and we’re seeing the first analyst estimates of some of its key costs. The variation in these early estimate is huge. It’s so big that, even if some estimates aren’t perfect, others are, to use a Tim Cook phrase, “in another universe”.

From my experience working with product and cost experts at a well-known mobile device company, I can tell you: Apple Watch does not cost $84 in hardware and manufacturing. It costs meaningfully more. Probably more than 2X that. And I’ll tell you why. Maybe I’ll even give you my estimate.

Every time one of these “this is what Product X actually costs to make!” articles comes out, I get pissed at the tech media for being so stupid as to believe and parrot the numbers without having any grounds to do so. This article, spelling/grammar issues aside, does a good job of explaining why these estimates aren’t worth the time it takes to type them out.

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09:44
A new website for designers and developers

My thanks to Designer News for sponsoring The Loop this week. A new and exciting website has recently been launched for web designers and developers.

You likely spend hours every morning browsing through hundreds of posts on your RSS feeds, hoping to stumble across relevant stories. Designer News was built to provide web designers and developers with a single location to discover the latest and most significant stories on the Web.

They search through hundreds of posts on blogs, social media, and news channels, to deliver the most essential stories of the day. The content covers quality news, fresh tools and apps, case studies, code demos, inspiration posts, videos and more.

With frequent updates throughout the day, you’ll always find something interesting and fun to read.

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09:42
∞ Bob Clearmountain: Recording drums with two mics

This is a must see if you’re interested in recording. Bob Clearmountain is the best in the industry.

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09:23
The Last Apple Watch Review You'll Ever Need to...


If you're thinking about getting an Apple Watch and have been on the fence, this review is for you. Why? The Apple Watch, it turns out, is less about being the perfect smartwatch than it is about being a watch. For the fence sitters out there, these two questions are really where you should start: First, do you want a watch? Second, do you want a digital wearable device you can use to transform your life, pay for coffee, live healthier, and make the rest of the world think you're actually paying more attention than you really are?

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09:20
The Debacle of Google Glass

Great article from Tim Bajarin on the mistakes and lack of understanding Google had with glass.

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09:14
Early word on ResearchKit apps: So far, a success

Apple offered up the iPhone to medical researchers as a new way to collect hard-to-get health data two months ago, and now we have an idea of how the company’s newly open-sourced ResearchKit initiative is paying off.

Mobile health developers LifeMap Solutions worked with New York’s Mount Sinai to develop one of the first ResearchKit apps, Asthma Health, and LifeMap CEO Corey Bridges has a few takeaways eight weeks in.

Bridges published the first official ResearchKit blog post with answers to ResearchKit questions like whether users would continue to use the app after the novelty wore off and how they would react to the e-consent process needed to participate in the asthma study. To participate in...

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09:06
9to5Toys Last Call: uNu iPhone 6 battery case $40,...

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09:00
Daily Deals for May 8, 2015

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08:53
Uber bids $3 billion for Nokia’s mapping service

Uber has submitted a bid for Here, the main competitor to Google Maps, for as much as $3 billion, according to three people with knowledge of the offer, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Here is owned by Nokia, the Finnish telecom giant, which announced last month that it was considering selling the business.

Makes sense for Uber, but there’s stiff competition to purchase the mapping service.

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07:55
Additional teardown, analysis finds Apple Watch CPU/...

The Apple Watch has gone through a number of teardowns since its release on April 24. The newest release from Chipworks has revealed the wearable to feature 512MB of RAM, a Broadcom Wi-Fi chip, an accelerometer/gyrometer from STMicroelectronics, 30 individual components inside the 26mm x 28mm S1 package, a feat Chipworks calls “quite an accomplishment.”

Among the more interesting discoveries Chipworks has made is the manufacturing process for the APL0778 application processor (CPU/GPU). It was made with Samsung’s 28 nanometer LP process, which is no longer cutting edge technology. A 28-nanometer processor was also used in the...

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07:50
Nintendo plans to release 5 smartphone games within...

Legendary video game maker Nintendo plans to take a "less is more" approach with its entrance into the smartphone gaming market, revealing this week that it only plans to release a handful of games within the next few years.

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07:31
How accurate is the Apple Watch heart-rate monitor?...

If you were wondering whether the sophisticated heart-rate monitor in the Apple Watch does actually generate more accurate results, the answer appears to be a pretty resounding ‘yes.’ Software engineer and SonoPlot founder Brad Larson extracted the raw data from his Apple Watch and compared it to that generated by a dedicated heart-rate monitor. The results can be seen above.

The comparison device, a...

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07:24
Tests show Apple Watch heart rate sensor to be...

Apple picked a good heart rate sensor for the Apple Watch.

After a series of tests by Mac and iOS developer Brad Larson in which raw data was extracted from both devices, the heart rate sensor on the Apple Watch was determined to be nearly on par with the Mio Alpha, a popular dedicated heart rate sensor also worn on the wrist. The Alpha produced sharper peaks, which may suggest more filtering on the Watch, but in most cases the data produced was essentially equal.

The two wearables each use optical sensors that measure reflected light to gauge blood flow. Larson noted that the sensor on the Watch takes a reading every 5 seconds while in...

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07:02
iPhone share of US market grows to 42.6% in March...

Apple slightly increased its lead as the most popular smartphone maker in the U.S. during the March quarter, while Samsung and Motorola lost ground, according to new data published on Friday.

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06:25
Keeping Up with the Snoops X 10.0

A lot has happened since our last installment. Several key bills are being debated in Congress, a new surveillance program has been revealed, presidential candidates have offered their input, the snoops are moving on Silicon Valley, and a high-profile leaker had his time in court.

 

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06:10
There’s good news & bad news for Nintendo fans:...

We learned back in March that Nintendo would finally be creating games for the iPhone and iPad, featuring Mario and other popular characters – though not in their original games, as we’d predicted. Today brings a mix of bad and good news …

The bad news is that Nintendo announced in its financial results presentation that it is planning to release just five games by March 2017.

Regarding the number of the titles, you may want to know that we will release approximately five titles by the end of the next fiscal year, which is the end of March 2017.

The company...

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05:55
Ericsson turns patent royalty spat with Apple into...

Months after taking Apple to court in the U.S., Swedish telecom giant Ericsson has filed separate but related lawsuits in the UK, Germany, and the Netherlands accusing Apple of using Ericsson patents without a legitimate license.

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05:43
FunBITS: Google Takes You to Abbey Road

Google’s interactive tour of London’s Abbey Road Studios pulls back the curtain on one of the music industry’s most-storied spaces… without being too much of a hard-sell.

 

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05:20
AppleInsider podcast discusses Apple Watch sales in...

This week's all-new AppleInsider podcast features Daniel Eran Dilger sharing his experiences from Colette, one of the few fashion boutiques selling Apple Watches. We also discuss the latest 'iPad Pro' rumors, and special guests tech journalist Georgia Dow and Dell UX designer Jim Young join us for a talk on the Apple Watch.

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04:30
Ericsson sues Apple in Europe over alleged patent...

Ericsson is continuing its allegations that Apple has infringed on a number of its wireless patents, filing lawsuits against the company in Germany, Netherlands and the UK, reports Reuters. The patents concern basic mobile phone technologies, including both GSM and LTE.

The company previously asked the ITC to block iPhones from sale in the US market in respect of the same patent claims. The ITC agreed in March to investigate the claims.

Should Apple lose the cases in Europe, the sums involved would be relatively small, totalling between $240M and $725M according to analyst estimates.

Photo: AFP

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04:01
iPhone slightly increases lead as most popular...

Apple has further increased its lead as the top smartphone manufacturer in the US, the iPhone increasing its market share by one point from 41.6% in Dec 2014 to 42.6% in March 2015, according to comScore. There was no change in the rankings, with Samsung in second place at 28.3% – a fall of 1.4% – followed by LG, Motorola and HTC.

Android remained the most popular platform, with 52.4% of the market against iOS at 42.6%. Windows, Blackberry and Symbian were all also-rans, totalling just 5%...

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03:30
The first 10 Apple Watch games you should play

Watch and play

The Apple Watch is less obvious a gaming platform than the iPhone or iPad, but sure enough, it debuted with dozens of games available on day one. Creating a game for a small-screened wearable device is much different than doing the same for a phone or tablet, as developers told us before the launch, but there are some bright ideas amidst the early lineup. 

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Thursday May 7

17:33
LifeMap Solutions reports success in post to Apple...

In the first third-party post to Apple's ResearchKit blog, mobile health provider LifeMap Solutions reports seeing high rates of consent and participation due in large part to iOS and iPhone app "stickiness."

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16:30
ResearchKit Asthma app developer praises framework...

Apple’s ResearchKit platform debuted earlier this year alongside iOS 8.2 and has been gaining traction ever since then. Today, LifeMap Solutions, a company taking advantage of ResearchKit, posted the first official entry on Apple’s official ResearchKit blog. In the post, the company discussed its launch of Asthma Health, which was one of the inaugural apps built on ResearchKit.

The goal of Asthma Health is to gain greater insight into what causes the disease and help those who suffer from it live with it and prevent it from worsening. LifeMap Solutions says in the post that the decision to use ResearchKit was an easy one and that it has greatly paid off. For one, the company says that over half...

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16:01
Voyager-X Will Take You on a New Xfce Journey


Voyager-X 10.14.4, released in March, is based on Xubuntu/Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. This new Voyager-X is one of the first distros to use the new Xfce 4.12 desktop. Ubuntu has yet to implement it, and few other Linux distros have put the new update into play. Thus, the latest Xfce desktop is considered "experimental." However, it is a fully functional upgrade. Voyager-X adds to this the Linux kernel 3.16, for a faster and more responsive OS that is optimized for better performance and offers much improved hardware support.

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16:00
AWT News Update: May 7, 2015

This week's AWT News Updates are in part sponsored by Rage Software, makers of the great EverWeb website development tool for Mac. Get a 20% off special offer by clicking here. Today's news:

  • The TestFlight beta-testing platform has been down since Wednesday, causing problems for developers who use the system
  • Flickr for iOS has been updated, making the service easier to use and adding some new automated features
  • A Las Vegas hotel will soon start accepting Apple Pay
  • And a look at closed captions for Apple TV

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15:30
Daily Deals for May 7, 2015

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15:19
Amplified: Warm for a Canadian

Jim and Dan talk about Beats Music’s relaunch might hurt Spotify more than others, the new Apple TV remote’s probable touch pad redesign, Microsoft’s emoji additions, the Reserve Strap, Apple’s launch of the ‘Made for Apple Watch’ third-party band program, and more.

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15:13
Applebot

Learn about Applebot, the web crawler for Apple.

Interesting.

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15:08
RIP David Morgenstern

Among many other things, David Morgenstern was a long time Mac journalist. He was also a friend. Rest in Peace, David.

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15:05
DirecTV app updated w/ support for using Apple Watch...

DirecTV has announced an update to its iOS app today that adds support for Apple Watch. With the DirecTV app on Apple Watch, users can play, pause, rewind, and fast forward recorded content on any connected receiver directly from their wrist.

In addition to controlling playback of content, users can also navigate throughout on-screen guide, playlists, and menus with their Apple Watch. Finally, DirecTV customers can also view titles, channels, and episode details of TV shows and movies via Apple Watch and set DVR recordings.

The update is available now via the App Store for free. DirecTV notes that the latest version of its iOS app requires HR20, H21 and above connected HD DVRs. The full release notes for the update can be seen below. You can...

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*Apple* Solutions Consultant - Retail Sales...
**Job Summary** As an Apple Solutions Consultant (ASC) you are the link between our customers and our products. Your role is to drive the Apple business in a retail Read more
*Apple* Watch SW Application Project Manager...
**Job Summary** The Apple Watch software team is looking for an Application Engineering Project Manager to work on new projects for Apple . The successful candidate Read more
Engineering Manager for *Apple* Maps on the...
…the Maps App Team get to take part in just about any new feature in Apple Maps, often contributing a majority of the feature work. In our day-to-day engineering work, we Read more
Senior Software Engineer - *Apple* SIM - Ap...
Changing the world is all in a day039s work at Apple . If you love innovation, here039s your chance to make a career of it. You039ll work hard. But the job comes with Read more
Lead *Apple* Solutions Consultant - Retail...
**Job Summary** Job Summary The Lead ASC is an Apple employee who serves as the Apple business manager and influencer in a hyper-business critical Reseller's store Read more
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