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Monday May 9

08:33
Rumor: iPhone 7 to feature same length, width as...

The overall iPhone 7 shape and size may just be identical to that found in the iPhone 6s.

A purported sketch obtained by nowhereelse.fr points towards the next-generation smartphone having the same length and width as the iPhone 6s.

The drawing, which has yet to be verified, shows the iPhone 7 has the same 138.3mm (5.44 inches) length and 6.71mm (2.64 inches) width as the iPhone 6s, but the depth of the new smartphone is not listed for comparison.

The sketch also depicts a larger and slightly convex camera housing, suggesting that the iPhone 7 could possibly have a larger sensor and a nearly flush camera cutout.

To date, there have been conflicting rumors as to whether the next-gen iPhone will include a 3.5mm headphone jack, Smart Connector and dual-lens...

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08:12
T-Mobile to begin roaming, other services in Cuba...

This is sort of nifty.

T-Mobile on Monday announced a deal with Cuban carrier Empresa De Telecomunicaciones De Cuba, S.A. (ETECSA) that will see its customers get access to voice, text and data while traveling to Cuba as well as lower rates on calls to landlines and wireless phones in the country from the US.

As of now, roughly 36.6% of Cuban-born wireless customers subscribe with T-Mobile.

Through the collaboration, customers will be able to make calls for $0.60 per minute from the US to landlines and wireless phones in Cuba via the carrier’s $15/month “Stateside International Talk” plan.

The announcement comes after a similar one by Sprint in November and both follow recent changes to US-Cuban relations implemented by the US government that allow US companies to do...

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07:16
Take Control of Slack Basics: Chapter 10, Manage...

Perhaps the most compelling feature of Slack as a messaging platform is its support for integrations, which make it possible to have all your external Internet services report on their activities to Slack. And then there’s Slackbot, an automated team member that welcomes new team members, reminds you of upcoming events, and alerts you when someone mentions you in a channel you don’t follow. Bots and integrations are a big deal in Slack, and this chapter of “Take Control of Slack Basics” explains what you need to know.

 

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07:15
Chapter 10 of “Take Control of Slack Basics”...

Two things that distinguish Slack from other chat platforms are its built-in virtual assistant Slackbot and integrations that let Slack tie into third-party services. Glenn Fleishman explains both in this week’s chapter.

 

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06:57
Apple Maps directions take to Regional Transit in...

Sacramentans and visitors to Sactown alike can now ride the rails -- or the bus -- with complete navigational confidence, as Apple has brought Sacramento Regional Transit integration to Apple Maps.

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06:48
Apple App Store ecosystem captured 58% of direct app...

Mobile device users installed nearly 156 billion mobile applications worldwide in 2015, generating $34.2 billion in direct (non-advertising) revenue. A new forecast from International Data Corporation (IDC) estimates that these figures will grow to more than 210 billion installs and nearly $57 billion in direct revenue in 2020.

Apple's App Store "ecosystem" captured nearly 58% of global direct app revenue in 2015, an increase of 36% year-over-year. Meanwhile, Apple's share of global app install volume was 15%, down nearly 8% year-over-year. 

The sheer volume of Android-based devices in use ensures a greater overall number of installs through Google Play, which captured about 60% of install volume and nearly 36% of direct revenue in 2015, according to...

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06:35
Canalys: Apple still number one PC maker as market...

Worldwide shipments of PCs — as in personal computer, not just Windows systems — totaled 101 million units in quarter one (Q1) of 2016, as total volumes dipped by 13% year-on-year to their lowest point since Q2 2011, according to Canalys.

Apple continued to lead the market into the first quarter of 2016 with shipments of just over 14 million units of Macs and iPads, despite falling 17%. The Cupertino, California-Based company is the top PC maker because Canalys includes desktops, notebooks, two-in-ones AND tablets in their tallies. Most research groups don't include tablets like the iPad in their calculations of personal computer marketshare.

“The global PC market had a bad start to 2016 and it is difficult to see any bright spots for vendors in the coming quarters. The tablet boom has faded in the distance and the market is fully mature,” says Tim Coulling, Canalys senior analyst. “Global shipments declines are...

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05:48
Developer uses HomeKit to teach Siri how to control...

What’s the one thing cooler than using an Apple Watch app to summon your Tesla from the garage to your front door? Asking Siri to do it for you. That’s what developer Sam Gabbay has achieved, using Apple’s HomeKit.

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05:20
External Link: Marco Arment to Podcasters: “Be...

Podcast-client developer and podcaster Marco Arment has penned a response to the New York Times article about Apple’s tepid support for podcasting, warning podcasters to be careful what they wish for. Arment calls the New York Times article “ill-informed” and cautions that many of the suggestions therein could damage the podcasting medium. He warns that providing the listener data that some large podcasters want could make podcasting as intrusive and annoying as the Web, and he says that giving Apple more power over shows and revenue would have negative consequences. “It would not only add rules, restrictions, delays, and big commissions, but it would increase Apple’s dominant role in podcasts, push out diversity, give Apple far more control than before, and potentially destroy one of the Web’s last open media ecosystems.”

 

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05:19
External Link: Apple at a Crossroads with Podcasting

More than a decade after Apple officially started supporting podcasts in iTunes, they are booming in popularity. In that time, however, little about how Apple manages the popular iTunes podcast directory has changed, which has some podcasters concerned. The New York Times reports that complaints include having to woo a single Apple employee in charge of promoting podcasts, not receiving enough listener data, and the difficulty of sharing podcast episodes to social media. As Google and Spotify add podcasts to their music subscription services, providing extra perks for podcasters, Apple may be considering changes, based in part on talks held with leading podcasters in a Cupertino meeting in April.

 

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05:00
Enterprise-network builder Ubiquiti Networks to...

Ubiquiti Networks, best known for building enterprise- and service-provider networking solutions, announced today it's formed a new division, Ubiquiti Labs, to research and develop consumer electronics devices. Ubiquiti Labs’ first product—dubbed AmpliFi—will be a $199 802.11ac router that will come with two pre-paired range extenders in the box when it ships this summer.

The company plans to offer two higher-end models as well. In a briefing last week, Ubiquiti Labs’ VP of Business Development Keenan Lewis told me “AmpliFi is our solution to the chronic Wi-Fi problems of the modern connected home. And homes are becoming ever more connected. A family of four can easily have 15 to 20 connected devices when you consider smartphones, tablets, and connected appliances. Consumers are looking for something more powerful than what’s been available.”

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05:00
At last: an iPad Pro case with storage for an Apple...

Correct me if I’m wrong (and, dear reader, I know you’ll be glad to do so), but I think STM’s $59.95 dux is the first iPad Pro case that provides storage for the Apple Pencil via a fitted channel. This feature alone gets the case a big thumbs-up from Yours Truly.

After all, if you’ve paid 100 bucks for the (don’t-call-it-a) stylus, it would be convenient to have it handy at all times. Before the dux, I carried my Apple Pencil in a small, separate case along with my earbuds. Now the pencil is safely attached to the case that protects my iPad Pro and is easily, always accessible. (If only the dux had a pocket for my earbuds, I’d really be happy.)

Speaking of protection, the folks at STM say the case has been drop tested to meet the U.S. Military Spec 810G durability tests. Its protective polycarbonate and rubberized TPU bracket are designed to keep your Apple tablet safe...

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04:32
Apple exclusivity for Drake’s latest album pays off...

Apple’s one-week exclusive access to Drake’s latest album Views appears to have paid off. Despite the fact that it was available for streaming on Apple Music as well as downloads in iTunes, the WSJ reports that the album sold over a million copies in less than five days. Over 600k of those sales were made in the first 24 hours.

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04:30
Movie Splitter for Mac OS X makes it easy to, well,...

Miln's Movie Splitter for Mac OS X (10.9 or later)is a $4.99 app that splits movie files into smaller pieces for easier editing and sharing. 

The app automatically detects chapter information embedded within a movie.  Designed for owners of Canon cameras with Hybrid Auto movie digest support. Movie Splitter takes full advantage of the Mac's multiple processing cores and queues up movies for splitting in the background.

Movie Splitter makes it easy to split up a movie with chapters into individual sections. Hybrid Auto movies are digest movies created by Canon cameras. Digests combine a photo with a few seconds of footage.

Movie Splitter automatically detects chapter information embedded within a movie. The chapter information can be in 3GPP or QuickTime tracks. Movie Splitter will split a movie at each chapter marker. The software can be used to selectively export single or multiple sections from a...

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04:10
Claimed design sketch of iPhone 7 shows identical...

A claimed design sketch of the iPhone 7 shows identical dimensions to the iPhone 6s. The drawing (shown in full below) shows only the height and width, not the depth, so doesn’t shed any more light on the ‘headphone jack or no headphone jack’ question.

The sketch was posted by French site NWE with an @onleaks watermark, so has decent credentials, though of course neither can be sure that it’s genuine. It’s a very basic sketch that would be very easy to create.

The sketch does show one other small detail …

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04:00
This is National Burger Month; celebrate accordingly...

May is National Burger Month. It’s a “commemorative holiday,” which means it's used by various groups to celebrate something. You can celebrate National Burger Month with these OS X and iOS apps.

At the Mac App Store

Burger is a free game in which you’re hired in a chain restaurant to serve clients as fast as you can. You take orders for burgers (and other food items) from customer, prepare the food, and serve it for pay and tips.

Happy Burger Days is a $2.99 game in which you run your own diner. You serve up burgers, hotcakes, onion rings, milkshakes, chicken nuggets, hot dogs, and more.

And in Papa’s Burgia HD, you’re unwillingly left in charge of Papa Louie...

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03:26
iFlicks 2.4

Video encoding and metadata management app can now fetch chapter titles and subtitles. ($18.99 new, free update, 15.0 MB)

 

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03:00
Today's Deal: 62% off on MovieSherlock Pro...

Watching videos on YouTube, Vimeo and other video services is a blast, but what do you do when you want to have one of your favorite videos available on your Mac or favorite mobile device forever? MovieSherlock Pro Video Downloader is an OS X app that makes it simple to download video from just about online video source, and we've got it for you at 62% off the usual $40 price tag. That's just $15 at the Apple World Today's Deal Shop. 

What else can MovieSherlock Pro do? Here's a list:

  • Converts videos to MP4 & MP3
  • Includes subtitles for videos from YouTube & DailyMotion
  • ...
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01:26
Hazel 4.0.1

Major new release for the file cleanup utility adds live rule previews and Smart Folders. ($32 new, free update, 7.6 MB)

 

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Sunday May 8

20:26
Quicken 2016 for Mac 3.3.1

Adds 12-month budgets and a portfolio time machine feature. ($74.99 new, free update)

 

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18:35
PayPal stops protecting you when crowdfunding goes...

PayPal won't be so crowdfunding-friendly in the future. The payment giant is dropping Purchase Protection for crowdfunding projects as of a user agreement change coming June 25th. From then on, you back efforts at your own risk -- if a campaign goe...

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17:03
Watch Mercury cross the Sun starting at 7AM Eastern

Mercury might orbit the Sun every 88 days, but seeing it cross in front of the Sun is much rarer. That only happens roughly 13 times each century, and the technology to safely watch this happen hasn't been widely available until recently. However,...

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16:11
How-To: Start dictation on your Mac via a voice...

By default, dictation on OS X is initiated by using a double-press of the function (fn) key on your Mac’s keyboard. But did you know that it is also possible to start dictation hands-free using only your voice? In this brief tutorial, we’ll show you how. more…

Filed under:
How-To
, Mac Tagged: dictation, hands-free, how to, Mac, Mac Accessibility, Mac OS X, OS X...

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15:58
Review: Audio-Technica’s ATH-M50x closed-back studio...

For the last few months I’ve been using my Apple EarPods for nearly every application that requires in-ear audio. I use my EarPods for monitoring while recording voiceovers, for podcasting, and for everyday music listening.

Absurd as it is, the last pair of headphones I’d owned, a pair of Sony MDR-7506’s, ended up developing a short in the cable. I simply never got around to replacing them in a timely manner.

Audio-Technica’s ATH-M50, and the updated ATH-M50x, have received rave reviews from tech sites, bloggers and YouTubers alike. The love that these headphones receive on a regular basis convinced me that the next pair of headphones that I tried needed to be these. Do they live up to the hype? more…

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15:37
Bitcoin will pay for public services in a small...

Most experiments in paying with digital currencies have come from private companies, but the Swiss town of Zug is trying something different. As of July 1st, the community is launching a trial that will let you pay for public services using Bitcoin...

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14:04
The next Moto X may pack a smarter, metal-clad design

Way back in December, rumors suggested that Lenovo's next big Motorola phone would go in a very different than ages past, including a metal chassis and a curious camera bump. Well, those rumors just got some validation. HellomotoHK has posted images...

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12:30
A rare fossil and a duck skull make an appearance at...

A nine-year-old girl patiently looked on while a technician pulled up a scan of her specimen. A 3D skull with a pointy beak popped up on the computer screen. The child, wearing clear frame glasses and a light grey tee with a sequined star on the fron...

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11:01
Google and Fiat Chrysler aren't sure who owns...

Google and Fiat Chrysler left a lot of questions unanswered when they unveiled their self-driving car partnership... and that's because they haven't answered some of those questions themselves, apparently. Fiat Chrysler chief Sergio Marchionne told g...

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09:30
Ben Heck's auto-sanitizing doorknob

Ben is breaking warranties again this week as he hacks apart an ultraviolet germ sanitizer to make an auto-sanitizing doorknob. The Ben Heck Show team even goes so far as to compare samples of bacterial growth to see how effective the knob is at...

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08:00
The After Math: Regulation Nation

Exciting news coming from the wild world of government rule making this week. The FDA signed off on a medical experiment designed to jumpstart your brain after it's died. Surprisingly, no, lead-acid batteries are not involved. The FDA also made waves...

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06:30
Apple still leads (but barely) in customer tablet...

According to the J.D. Power Tablet Satisfaction Study for 2016 Volume 1 concerning the US market, Apple is still topping the charts in tablet satisfaction with the iPad, reports Softpedia.

Apple has a score of 830 points in the charts while Microsoft is the runner-up with 829 points. The other two companies that made the upper side of the rankings are Samsung with 822 points and Amazon with 816 points. The study evaluates five different categories, as it follows: performance (28%), ease of operation (22%), features (22%), styling and design (17%), and cost (11%).

New MacBooks are on the way - get top dollar for your used MacBook from Gazelle.

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06:27
Sanjay Kaul promoted to country manager for Apple...

Apple has promoted Sanjay Kaul to the position of country manager for Apple India, reports Business Today.

A Canadian citizen, Kaul has been associated with Apple since November 2011 and has been taking care of the Apple's iPhone business. He has now taken over the role of country head from Manish Dhir, who had quit the company in January.

Before joining Apple, Kaul was associated with BlackBerry as director of channel sales for India for over two years. After completing his Msc (Tech) Engineering Technology, Industrial Engineering from BITS Pilani, Kaul completed his MBA in International Business from Gustavson School of Business, Canada in 1998 and moved back to India in 2008.

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05:29
Lyft Plans Self-Driving Taxi Fleet By 2017

An anonymous reader writes:
Lyft hopes to launch a self-driving fleet of taxis as soon as next year, according to reports, arriving in the market years before Apple and Google. "There will still be a human 'driver' in the cars, as mandated by law for the time being," writes BGR, adding that eventually the driver will become obsolete. "But said human will be there solely in the event of a malfunction. Otherwise, Lyft's new vehicles will drive themselves."

Meanwhile, Fortune writes that most analysts believe it will be four years before Apple gets a car on the road, though they're moving in that direction and even hired a Tesla executive last month. They add that both Apple and Google are now eyeing at least 400,000 square feet of Bay Area real estate to use in the development of their self-driving fleets.


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05:20
Watch: Apple's 2016 MacBook vs. 2015 13"...

Apple's latest 12-inch MacBook refresh brings better battery life and a faster processor to the ultraportable platform, but in some respects is outperformed by last year's 13-inch MacBook Air. Is the ultimate in portability worth concessions like a single USB-C port and slower CPU? Find out in AppleInsider's head-to-head comparison.

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04:30
Siri Voice Actress Doesn't Use Siri

An anonymous coward writes: Susan Bennett, the actress who provided the voice of Apple's Siri assistant, says she "doesn't really" use Siri herself. "It's too weird," she says in a new interview. While she uses many Apple products, "I'm used to hearing my voice on radio and TV commercials and that sort of thing, but to hear my own voice coming out of this little computer phone is too strange."
Bennett says she recorded every sound combination in the English language one fateful July in 2005, working five days a week, four hours a day, but didn't know it was for Siri until six years later, in 2011, when another voice actor e-mailed,"Hey, we're playing around with this new iPhone. Isn't this you?" Bennett says she was "kind of horrified, because I hadn't been told... On the other hand, I was extremely flattered."

In the interview she also says she felt "dissed" when Siri answered one of her first questions, "What are you doing," with a disgusted "I'm talking to you..."...

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00:59
iTunes 12.4 to reportedly include new sidebar, minor...

Apple will implement a number of user interface changes to iTunes when version 12.4 sees release later this year, including modifications to user interface navigation designed to address complaints of software feature bloat.

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Saturday May 7

17:02
Apple seeks input from top podcasters as it weighs...

In an attempt to address, and potentially assuage, long-standing concerns over podcast monetization, data and other perceived platform issues, Apple employees and top brass late last month met with leading podcast publishers at the company's Cupertino, Calif., headquarters.

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16:39
Killer Deals: Apple's 12 inch MacBooks for $964...

Fire sales on 2015 12" MacBooks have opened the door for AI readers to combine existing coupons and grab a mode for an all time low of $964 with no tax in 48 states and 3 free accessories. Or grab $100 off Apple's new Rose Gold MacBook with no tax outside NY until May 8th.

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16:33
iOS 10 reportedly includes a dedicated smart home app

There's no shortage of devices that support Apple's HomeKit platform. However, managing those devices is something of a mess -- you typically end up visiting separate apps to control your lighting, security and appliances. You might not have to wor...

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14:32
Apple holds talks on the future of podcasts

Podcasts may not make Apple any direct revenue, but they're still important in an era when Serial and other big shows are drawing in lots of listeners. And apparently, the company knows it. New York Times sources say that Apple recently held talks...

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13:01
Check out some of Studio Ghibli's 'Howl...

If you ever wanted to explore Howl's Moving Castle, now's your chance. That's assuming you own a virtual reality headset, that is. A scene from it, dubbed "The Meadow," is available for folks using Oculus Rift and HTC Vive right now. It comes from de...

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12:27
Apple meets with podcasters

Late last month, Apple brought seven leading podcast professionals to the company’s campus in Cupertino, Calif., to air their case to a room full of employees, according to two people who were there. The people would speak only on the condition of anonymity because they had signed nondisclosure agreements. The company made no promises, the people said, but several pressing issues for podcasters were discussed in frank terms.

Apple has problems, there’s no question about that. I hope these types of meetings will help, but we’ll see—I have my doubts.

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12:17
Report: Apple holds private meeting with top...

According to a new report from The New York Times, Apple recently held a closed-door meeting with seven of the top iTunes podcasters to discuss the company’s support for the community. The meeting took place last month at Apple’s Cupertino headquarters and offered a place for the podcasters to express complaints in “frank terms” to Apple employees.

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11:29
Uber faces lawsuit over aggressive Austin voting ads

Uber is known for being aggressive when it wants changes to the law -- just ask anyone who has received email after email asking for support. However, its latest effort might have crossed the line. The app-hailed transportation service is facing a...

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10:08
iTunes 12.4 will reportedly introduce new sidebar,...

A refreshed version of iTunes has been in the pipeline since Eddy Cue teased it in February of this year. While the Apple executive didn’t specify exactly what would change, a new leak from MacRumors shows that Apple is planning a relatively minor update in iTunes 12.4 that doesn’t dramatically overhaul the interface of the application like many had hoped.

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Filed under: Mac Tagged: iTunes, iTunes 12.4...

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10:00
4th Time's the Charm for Uncharted


The final chapter in Sony's PlayStation 4 exclusive Uncharted 4: A Thief's End brings the story of treasure hunter Nathan Drake to a satisfying conclusion, suggest early reviews. The game will hit retail outlets Tuesday. The game is the final title in the series, developer Naughty Dog has said. It seems that the studio went out all to ensure that the saga ended on a high note. It is not only among the best of the Uncharted titles, but also among the best yet released exclusively for the PlayStation 4, according to reviews.

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10:00
The Fujifilm X-Pro2 is a fantastic camera, but it...

I've been looking forward to the X-Pro2, Fujifilm's flagship mirrorless camera, ever since switching over to the X Series 18 months ago. To understand why, you need to know a little about me. I've only really been taking cameras seriously for seven y...

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08:56
This week’s top stories: iPhone 7, Apple Music’s iOS...

In this week’s top stories: Tim Cook hints at a “can’t live without” feature for iPhone 7, we detail Apple Music’s upcoming redesign planned for iOS 10, and the latest round of iPhone 7 reports.

And other top shared stories include Apple’s announcement of a new enterprise-focused partnership with SAP, news of a couple high-profile hires and departures from the company this week, and much more. Head below for the usual handy links to all this week’s top stories and videos:

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08:30
Six of the world's weirdest bikes

By Cat DiStasio

Bicycles are ubiquitous on most city streets, but that doesn't mean they have to be boring. Over the years we've seen some absolutely bizarre bike designs that tiptoe around the borders of insanity. Some, like this wild dinosaur-insp...

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07:37
Report: Apple’s standalone HomeKit app could finally...

A standalone iOS app for Apple’s HomeKit platform could finally arrive in iOS 10 as a new report claims an Apple employee on the company’s marketing team revealed plans for the launch in an online review. MacRumors found the mention (pasted below) within a product review related to HomeKit and says it confirmed the person that left the comment was indeed an Apple employee.

As I work in marketing for Apple, we test many Smart Home devices, especially for iOS HomeKit integration. […]

Some advice, there are many third party applications, most free, that offer more control and customization(s) with many Smart Home devices. “Yonomi” is a free app that I often use, “Home” is another which cost $14.99. Both offer support for many devices with more added daily (including Amazon “Echo”). The next version of iOS due this fall will have a...

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07:00
Recommended Reading: Captain America vs. Iron Man

Why the Civil War between
Captain America and
Iron Man Is Inevitable
Tim O'Neil,
AV Club

The latest installment in Marvel's Cinematic Universe, Captain America: Civil War, hits theaters in the US this weekend. Before you head out, read up on what...

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05:00
The Week in iOS Apps: Do you smell what The Rock is...

Solid as a Rock

This week’s roundup includes a couple of apps designed to encourage you to meet your goals—including a “motivational alarm clock” from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Read on!

The Rock Clock

The Rock Clock is a “motivational alarm clock” for your iPhone—set your alarm and wake up every day with a word of encouragement from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Do you smell what The Rock is cooking? It’s probably breakfast. (For more seemingly pointless celebrity apps, check out our list of favorites.)

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05:00
Screen Studio a solid, but long-in-the-tooth screen...

Infinisys' Screen Studio for Mac OS X (10.6 or higher) is a solid tool for creating your own screen savers. My big concern regarding the app is that it hasn't been updated in two years. Will the next major Mac OS X update "break" it?

In fact, your Mac doesn't recognize it as an approved app. This means you'll have to go to your Security & Privacy preferences in the Mac OS X Settings app and select "Anywhere" from the "allow apps to be downloaded from" item. This, as Apple warns you, makes your Mac less secure. If that doesn't bother you, then download away.

Screen Studio lets you easily create professional looking screen savers for the Mac. Screen Studio comes with a large amount of clip art, including popular characters from After Dark, such as the Flying Toaster, Bad Dog, Boris and fish from the popular Fish module. It also comes with sound files, which facilitates the...

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04:30
On the Roadie again with the Executive Backpack

If you're a road warrior who packs both a laptop and an iPad, Tenba's Roadie Executive Backpack should suit your traveling needs. It's great for photographers, filmmakers and anyone who hits the road with LOTS of tech gadgets.

It features a handsome and distinctive exterior design that matches the rest of the Roadie collection, and is built with three cascading storage sections: first for laptop, iPad and documents; second for tech accessories; and third for core business tools like pens and business cards. The cascading sections nest together when zipped shut, so the bag always maintains a slim profile.

The Roadie Executive sports a dual-pocket computer compartment that will hold both an iPad and a laptop up to 15 inches. The left side of the bag has a stretchy mesh pocket for a beverage or other items for quick access. The right side is home to one of Tenba's signature...

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03:00
Streaming Surpasses CD Sales At Warner Music

An anonymous reader writes: The times are a changin'. "Warner Music Group has become the first major record company to report that streaming has become its largest source of revenue, surpassing sales of physical formats such as CDs and vinyl," reports Financial Times. Last year, Warner's streaming revenue surpassed its sales for downloads. It goes to show just how much of an impact streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music are having on the music industry. Warner is the third-largest record company and has embraced streaming more quickly than the rest of the industry. "This rapid transformation is evidence of our ability to sign, develop and market artists that thrive in the streaming world," said Stephen Cooper, Warner's chief executive. The company reports that total recorded music revenue grew 10 percent to $610 million in the first three months of the year. Overall digital revenue increased 20 percent to $328 million, offsetting declines in physical formats like CDs....

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03:00
The week in Apple news: Apple Music changes, Tim...

Apple headlines for the week ending May 6, 2016

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This week on AI: Self-driving car facilities, AAPL...

Although the company's stock took a beating, Apple news generally resumed course this week with word on its electric car, plans for an Apple Music redesign, and rumors about the upcoming "iPhone 7" -- perhaps even the "7s."

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Friday May 6

23:53
Emsisoft internet security

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Emsisoft internet security really is a extensive safety and security solution that mixes Antivirus, Anti--Malware and Firewall, all-in-at least one. It cleans and helps to protect your PC from all of word wide web dangers, incorporating computer viruses, trojans, spyware, crawlers, adware and worms, bolstered by way of intense firewall. The course uses a triple-layer anticipation engine that has Search Insurance, Authentic-time Data Guard and Conduct Blocker.

The Surfing Shield characteristic blocks having access to threatening and fake online sites, while Real-time Register Protect scans your documents and forms for all sorts of malicious software in real-time. Your third coating, Tendencies Blocker, scans and computer monitors all walking steps and timepieces for distrustful...

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Watch NVIDIA announce some big news tonight at 9pm ET

If you've been eagerly awaiting NVIDIA's next batch of high-end video cards, you might want to tune into its Twitch channel at 9 pm Eastern. The company will be livestreaming an elaborate media event it's holding in Austin, Texas. While they're not s...

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16:30
Get your Captain America: Civil War fix with these...

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Back in the day, we’d get a new console game every time a big movie came out, and that extended to the App Store’s early days. But now, rather than release a new game for each movie, Marvel rolls out themed updates to nearly all of the active games it has on iOS—which means there’s surely something you’ll enjoy if you’re into superhero showdowns. 

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15:59
The story behind hockey’s most famous photo

In honor of the NHL playoffs on now (I’m halfheartedly cheering for Nashville and Pittsburgh – both cities I used to live in), this is a really interesting back story of one of the greatest action photos ever taken.

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15:39
Tweetbot makes it easier to go on Twitter rants

Tweetbot 4 brought some much needed features to the third-party Twitter client, such as a Stats and Activity Tab plus a revamped iPad app. Now there's a new version of the app that'll be sure to please those who love to post a whole bunch of tweets i...

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14:57
Charter acquisition of Time Warner Cable approved by...

It feels like forever since Time Warner Cable agreed to merge with Charter Communications, for an estimated $55 billion. But today, nearly a year after the two companies struck a deal, the Federal Communications Commission has finally granted its app...

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14:33
Amazon promises to eliminate racial gaps in delivery...

Just two weeks after a Bloomberg report revealed glaring racial gaps in Amazon's same-day Prime delivery areas, the online retail giant has promised to eliminate those dead zones by expanding the service "to every zip code of the 27 cities where Prim...

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14:30
AWT News Update: May 6, 2016

It's Friday again, with a quartet of news -- and rumor -- items from the world of Apple:

  • Clothier True Religion is rolling out Apple Watches to store sales associates
  • Now a Japanese Apple site is saying that the iPhone 7 will not have a Smart Connector, so basically they're saying nobody has any clue. We agree.
  • Streaming music services like Apple Music have become the main source of revenue for Warner Music Group
  • Tim Cook is racking up the frequent flier miles in May, with trips to China and the Netherlands planned

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for Friday, May 6, 2016.

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14:16
Microsoft begins warning users it will cut free...

Microsoft is sending out email alerts to OneDrive customers, warning people with free 15-gigabyte accounts that their storage will shrink to 5 gigabytes on August 10, assuming they didn't previously opt into keeping the higher amount.

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14:08
VNYL's wireless turntable lets your pals follow...

Perhaps you've heard of VNYL: the $39 record subscription service that sends you three new albums a month based on your musical tastes. After offering the vinyl aspect of the audio equation, the company is looking to provide the gear you'll need to s...

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14:00
Tweetbot 4.3 on iOS launches Topics, making tweet...

Live tweeting aficionados and tweet storm lovers may welcome Tweetbot’s latest update for iOS, and coming soon to the Mac. The app has introduced ‘Topics’, an intuitive way to link tweets together with an optional hashtag without having to reply to each one of your previous tweets. A very small, but welcome feature for those who find themselves easily surpassing Twitter’s 140-character limit.

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13:45
External Link: Apple Music Offering 50 Percent...

Apple has launched a new student membership for its Apple Music service for only $4.99 per month, which is half off the regular $9.99 price and the same as Spotify’s $4.99 student plan. The new discount is available for those attending any eligible college and university —both undergraduate and graduate students — in the United States, Australia, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. The discount is good for up to four non-continous years, so if students take time off, they can also pause their Apple Music student memberships.

 

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How Armenian gangsters blew up the fingerprint-...

Paytsar Bkhchadzhyan is a woman with a colorful past and a bummer of a present.

She arrived this week in news stories with a string of criminal convictions, and gained notoriety for pleading "no contest" to felony identity theft early this year. Her...

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13:21
The next 'Battlefield' drops you in WWI,...

EA and developer Dice today revealed the next major entry in the venerable warfare series Battlefield. Just as the rumor mill believed, the game will be set in World War I -- and the new game, appropriately, is titled Battlefield 1. "We chose the nam...

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13:04
iPhone sales surge 56% in India as Apple eats into...

With iPhone sales in India up 56 percent year over year, Apple is showing significant progress in the rapidly developing nation, where Chief Executive Tim Cook hopes to find continued success going forward, thanks to the country's massive young population.

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13:03
Watch the announcement of the next 'Battlefield...

EA and DICE are ready to show the world the next Battlefield game, and today's the day. Watch the live reveal right here starting at 4PM EDT / 1PM PDT. Little is known about the setting or timeframe of the new game, though rumors abound. Get the conf...

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13:00
Notable apps and app updates for May 6, 2016

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

iOS Apps/Updates

Talkshow

Talkshow is a new social networking app that lets you host text-based discussions with the world. Create a "show", share it to invite friends and followers, and then enjoy the direction the discussion takes. Talkshows can be shared to the web, to Facebook, and to Twitter, so others don't even need to have the app installed to participate. It's a fascinating concept, and the universal app is free.

The Rock Clock

Need motivation to get up and get things done? The Rock Clock (free...

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12:53
Manus VR gloves add full-arm tracking to the HTC Vive

The Manus VR gloves were already impressive when we got our hands in them at the Game Developers Conference, but their latest feature promises an even more immersive experience. Using the HTC Vive and its motion controllers, the Manus system can trac...

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12:09
True Religion deploys Apple Watch to salespeople in...

As part of a new initiative to enhance customer engagement, California-based clothing company True Religion has begun outfitting its retail store employees with the Apple Watch, including integration with iBeacons.

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11:37
Report: iPhone 7 ‘Pro’ may not feature iPad Pro’s...

A purported casing leak back in March claimed to show what was referenced as iPhone 7 ‘Pro’ and featured dual iSight cameras and three dots resembling the iPad Pro’s Smart Connector. A separate leak appeared to show schematics for the same iPhone 7 Pro design from a previously reliable magazine late last month. Macotakara reports now, however, that Apple’s Smart Connector technology likely won’t be featured on any of the next generation iPhones.

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11:22
Apple Music Connect will reportedly be downgraded in...

Creating a social networks for artists may not be Apple’s forte.

Apple’s first attempt at this was Ping in 2012, an initiative to add MySpace-like features to iTunes. It went nowhere. Now, Apple is looking to de-emphasize Connect, the social feature in Apple Music that gave artists direct access to share music and videos on the platform. 

According to 9to5Mac, Apple is expected to “demote” Connect as part of Apple Music’s upcoming iOS 10 revamp. Connect has been a main tab in Apple Music since the streaming service launched last summer, but sources are now saying that the feature will be somehow integrated into the For You tab. At the time it launched, Apple cited Connect’s social capabilities as one of the distinguishing factors between Apple Music and other music streaming services.

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11:11
Aging at Home, Part 2: Some Tech to Watch Over Me


When road maps for advanced care terminate in the familiar surroundings of one's home, as opposed to assisted living facilities and hospitals, technology can be as critical and comforting as human caregiving. Neither can replace the benefits the other brings. For individuals who would like to age in place -- their home or a loved one's residence -- it's critical to factor in new and upcoming technologies when having end-game conversations. They could make the difference between aging in place or in an institution.

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11:10
MailButler adds some helpful ‘power’ features to OS...

Some folks don’t like OS X Mail, saying it doesn’t have enough “power” features. I’m a regular — and satisfied — user of the Apple app, but have found that you can beef it up with MailButler, the Apple Mail assistant by Feingeist Software GmbH. It simplifies, optimizes and streamlines working with emails.

The app adds features to the mail app that I never knew I needed before. For example, MailButler allows you to schedule an email to be sent at a specific date and time. For example, you can compose birthday emails ahead of the actual date. That’s convenient and much more personal than a quick message in FaceBook. You just define the exact date when you want to send the email, and MailButler takes care of the rest.

MailButler also allows you to convert your emails into notes. This includes formatting, file attachments, tags, reminder date and other meta information. Notes contain a direct reference to the...

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10:59
Rumor: 'iPhone 7' may not ship with Apple...

Despite a number of leaks suggesting Apple's next-generation "iPhone 7" might feature a Smart Connector on the back side of its chassis, a new report claims that the company ultimately opted not to include the feature in its final design.

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10:40
Apple CEO Tim Cook opening Startup Fest in Amsterdam...

Tim Cook is no stranger to conferences and keynotes, and later this month the Apple CEO is set to appear at the first Startup Fest Europe in Amsterdam. Cook will open the event as its keynote speaker on May 24th, followed by appearances by other big names including Google/Alphabet’s Eric Schmidt, Uber’s Travis Kalanick. Google and Apple-partner IBM are among Startup Fest’s sponsors.

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10:18
Apple chief Tim Cook to speak at Startup Fest Europe...

Apple CEO Tim Cook will be one of several speakers appearing later this month at Startup Fest Europe, an event in Amsterdam intended to spur the growh of startup businesses.

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10:05
Tim Cook Named Keynote Speaker at Startup Fest Europe

Apple CEO Tim Cook has been named as one of several tech industry executives that will speak at Startup Fest Europe, a festival geared towards helping startups grow faster, according to the event website.

That would be an interesting talk!

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10:01
Apple Music ditching “Connect” tab in redesign

In the iOS 10 Apple Music redesign, the Connect feature will follow Ping’s lead and will be demoted. Apple Music Connect currently exists as its own tab across the Apple Music interface, but multiple sources say that the feature will lose its tab and become integrated into the “For You” recommendations page.

I do hope this is true. Connect is the most useless thing since Ping. However, I hope that “integrated” into For You doesn’t mean that it will be mixed in with my recommendations—that would completely ruin the For You tab for me. Just kill Connect and be done with it.

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09:59
How-To: Enable Aero Snap-like window snapping on...

Yesterday, we wrote a post about hiding the menu bar, and in the corresponding video tutorial, we used window snapping to highlight one of the benefits of a hidden menu bar. Afterwards, I received several tweets and emails asking how to perform window snapping, since this is not a feature that appears natively in OS X.

Window snapping allows you to position windows in specific areas of the screen, usually by dragging the window to the edge of the screen, causing the window to “snap” into place. This feature was first popularized by Microsoft’s Aero Snap on Windows. Even though Apple doesn’t natively support it, window snapping is available on the Mac via a variety of third-party apps. more…

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09:53
Immersion files second complaint over Apple’s 3D...

Immersion, a company which developers haptic feedback technology, has filed its second complaint of the year against Apple. The company claims that 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s and the Force Touch trackpad found on the 12-inch MacBook and recent MacBook Pro models violate a number of Immersion patents.

I wonder how Apple will argue this case.

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09:09
Ping 2.0? Apple Music revamp rumored to downplay...

Apple's struggles with social networking continue, as its mostly-ignored artist Connect feature is said to be set for a "demotion" in the upcoming revamp of Apple Music in iOS 10.

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09:07
Apple Music & others help streaming become...

Streaming became Warner Music Group's biggest revenue source in the first quarter of 2016, driven largely by services like Spotify and Apple Music, the company revealed in its latest financial results.

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09:00
Report from Rumorville: A11 chip design being...

It's another slow news Friday, so why not liven things up with a fresh, heapin' helpin' of rumors, courtesy of DigiTimes. We still have five or six months to go until we'll see the rumored iPhone 7, but DigiTimes isn't going to wait for that -- they're jumping ahead to the 2017 iPhone 7s model, which they say will be outfitted with an "A11" chip to be manufactured by TSMC.

The chip design is allegedly based on a 10-nanometer FinFET process that TSMC is working on and that won't even be certified until late 2016. iPhones at this time use 14 or 16 nanometer chip designs depending on the source -- Samsung or TSMC -- and shrinking the size provides better power efficiency for the phone. Research into 7-nanometer designs continues, and a 2018 or 2019 debut would be a possibility depending on progress made by suppliers.

DigiTimes' sources say that TSMC would get about two-thirds of all A11...

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08:26
Rumor: TSMC finalizing “A11” processor for limited...

It looks like Apple is starting the queue up design elements for its A11 processor.

Apple processor supplier TSMC is rumored to be designing an A11 chip that could be manufactured in small quantities as soon as the second quarter of 2017.

Sources have said the chip design is based on the 10-nanometer FinFET process TSMC is still working on. Certification for that process is only expected in the fourth quarter of 2016, and product samples would only be delivered to Apple in the following quarter.

The sources suggested that TSMC would likely control two-thirds of total “A11” orders, with the chips going into new iPhones shipping in the second half of 2017.

It’s also been said that TSMC wouldn’t be the only provider of the chip and that Samsung is...

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08:25
Apple Music Connect social network to be demoted in...

Apple Music Connect, a social interaction feature between artists and listeners that was a cornerstone of the Apple Music launch last summer, will be demoted in an iOS 10 overhaul this fall. Apple Music Connect was designed as a major component of the Apple Music service that would spur usage by allowing artists to share photos, videos, and audio while on tour in addition to allowing Apple Music listeners to comment and like posts. Instead, the feature has been lightly used in comparison to other Apple Music features, and some users have even discovered ways to disable the Connect feature.

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08:00
The Public Access Weekly: Island in the sun

Hey there fantastic Public Access Weekly readers! This week we celebrated May the 4th Be With You, one of everyone's favorite geek holidays, as well as the holiday that falls on the day after -- Revenge of the 5th. We are also just days away from...

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07:54
Apple Music Feature Request: Don’t remove local...

Ben Lovejoy, writing for 9to5Mac, gets right to some core issues with Apple Music. Great post.

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07:44
Former Microsoft Windows President on his full-time...

Steven Sinofsky was President of Microsoft’s Windows’ division from 2009 to 2013. His post is thoughtful and well reasoned. Interesting that he made the choice to use an iPad and not a Surface solution.

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07:23
Apple's Tim Cook flying to meet Chinese...

Apple CEO Tim Cook is reportedly flying to Beijing later this month to meet with senior Chinese government officials -- including, unusually, officials in charge of propaganda.

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07:22
Apple Music adds $4.99 student pricing plan

TechCrunch:

Apple today launched a new plan to boost subscribers to its streaming music service and competitor to Spotify, SoundCloud, Tidal and others. It’s introducing an Apple Music student plan which will discount the service by 50 percent for those who are enrolled in an eligible college or university.

That means in the U.S., where an individual membership to Apple Music costs $9.99 per month, the student membership will be $4.99 per month instead.

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07:18
Reuters: Apple’s Tim Cook to visit China for...

Reuters:

Apple Inc (AAPL.O) Chief Executive Tim Cook plans to visit Beijing later this month to meet high-level government officials, at a time when it is facing some setbacks in its most important overseas market, a source familiar with the matter said.

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07:16
Tim Cook to visit Beijing later this month

Apple CEO Tim Cook plans to visit Beijing later this month to meet high-level government officials, reports Reuters. He plans to meet senior government and Communist Party leaders - including officials in charge of propaganda, the article adds, quoting an unnamed source “who declined to be named as the plan is not public yet.”

The visit is probably designed to allow Cook to address several issues as Apple facing declining revenues in China. Last month, Apple's iBookStore and iTunes Movies services were shut down in the country on the orders of the government's media watchdog, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television. The two online stores were only launched six months previously, and their closure comes as China's President Xi Jinping seeks to consolidate government control of the web and media. 

Cook doubtless will address this issue...

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