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Tuesday January 26

13:23
Notable apps and app updates for Jan. 26, 2016

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

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

PowerProduction Software has announced StoryBoard Artist 7, an update of the digital and animatic storyboard creation tool for filmmakers. The software is available for Mac OS X and Windows.

Version 7 amps up 3D capabilities, adding an unlimited number of character poses, advanced motion graphics, and integration with StoryBoard mobile apps for previs creation across devices.

StoryBoard Artist 7 is immediately available from PowerProduction Software for $499.99. StoryBoard Artist owners can upgrade to the new version 7.0 for $199.

iOS Apps/Updates for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch

Intelligent...

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13:19
Microsoft launches business-oriented News Pro...

Microsoft on Tuesday introduced News Pro, a news aggregator for both iPhones and the Web that takes a different tack thanks to its dependence on Bing News, and a focus on business-related topics instead of general interests.

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13:02
Microsoft launches News Pro, a hyper-relevant news...

Microsoft today released News Pro, a news delivery service with “hyper-relevant news for your work.”  The application utilizes either your Facebook or LinkedIn account for log in and then aggregates news topics and articles around your work-based interests. The idea is similar to Apple’s own News app, and Flipboard, but with a focus on articles and topics related to your day-to-day career. The project seems to be coming out from the Microsoft Garage team, whom have been specializing in experimental projects.

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12:48
New Little iPhone May Sprout This Spring


An iPhone with a 4-inch display and some features found in Apple's latest models will launch in March or April, according to a rumor that surfaced last week. The model reportedly will be called the "iPhone 5se" -- for "special edition" -- and will be offered at the same price point as the iPhone 5s. The iPhone 5se will have design features similar to the 5s, which was released in 2013, but it will have internal, hardware and software features gleaned from more recent models, according to the report, which cites unnamed Apple sources.

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12:39
Microsoft's Garage has developed a new iPhone...

Microsoft's Garage internal incubator has come out with a news feed on the iPhone targetting users' business information needs.

News Pro is a new app that allows users to connect their LinkedIn or Facebook accounts and get a feed of the top stories relevant to their interests and work experience. Depending on how much time people have spent elaborating what they're into on one of those networks, the initial recommendations might not be all that helpful, but users can specify more about their interests inside the app itself.

The News Pro interface is fairly bare bones: it shows a list of articles that users can scroll through, comment on, and "like," similar to other news apps. Users can either read them as they would appear on the web, or in a streamlined "Speedy mode" that strips away everything but basic text.

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12:30
Olloclip Studio adds protection and photo/video...

Olloclip started a photographic revolution when it came out with interchangeable lenses that clipped onto an iPhone. The company is still at the forefront of clip-on lens kits for iPhones and its latest product -- Olloclip Studio (US$89.99) -- is designed to take iPhone photography one step further by providing photographers with a way to use tripods and other accessories alongside their Olloclip lenses. Olloclip Studio is available for pre-order for iPhone 6/6s/6 Plus/6s Plus, shipping in February.

Design

Olloclip Studio consists of the new Studio Case and six other pieces. First, there is a two-finger grip that attaches to the case, giving photographers a more stable way to hold onto the iPhone and accessories. Next, there are two 1/4-20 clips for mounting the Studio Case onto a tripod, grip or handle either in landscape or portrait orientation. There are also two cold shoe...

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11:51
iOS's News app to incorporate some subscription...

Apple will soon reportedly allow publishers to offer subscription-only articles through iOS's News app, gating some content behind paywalls normally reserved for separate apps or the Web.

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11:30
Apple News app may add a subscription service

Apple is working to make subscription content available through its iOS News app (has attracted more than 100 publishing partners worldwide since launching last September), giving publishers with paywalls a new way to control who sees their articles, reports Reuters, quoting two unnamed “sources familiar with the matter.”

The article adds that this would differentiate Apple News from Facebook's Instant Articles news offering, which does not offer subscriber-only content, and “would likely give Apple a boost as it seeks to distinguish itself from a growing crowd of online news apps.” Reuters notes that it’s unclear how Apple would authenticate subscribers or if it would take a cut of payments from readers who become subscribers through the app

Subscriber-only publications that work with News now can either share their articles for free or just share excerpts of articles and direct readers to log on to...

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11:13
PROMISE RAIDS AND Qlogic SWITCHES FOR SALE.

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Can combine the 2 working power supplies into one unit, or use them as spare parts.

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11:03
Report: Apple developing support for paid,...

Apple reportedly has plans to work with publishers to support viewing subscription content in its Apple News app, according to Reuters which cites two anonymous sources. Currently, the Apple News app does not support authenticating subscriber log-ins. That means content can’t be behind a pay wall and can only be monetized by web advertising when readers follow through to the publisher’s website or by using iAds. Apple’s iAd network is noticeably going through a shuffle at the moment with the company recently announcing the end of its App Network where developers advertise their apps.

The move would allow...

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10:55
Fake Apple retail stores on the decline in China

As Apple has expanded its retail presence in China, the number of knockoff locations falsely parading as official Apple Stores has declined in the city of Shenzhen, a new report reveals.

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10:21
Photographing the SR-71 Blackbird

Blair Bunting:

There was once a time when men flew a jet that tore the air apart, nearly revealing the physics that had served only to hold it together. It was an aircraft that screamed as quietly as the night, flying for almost ten years before it was even known to exist. To many, it is considered the greatest aircraft innovation ever gave us; it is the SR-71 Blackbird.

I was not among those fortunate to see it fly, my viewership of this spectical (sic) is, and will always be, limited to History Channel documentaries with the sound cranked to 11. However, I could not help but feel the sense of awe when stepping out of the van at Beal Air Force Base and the PA officer saying, “here is your SR-71, Mr. Bunting.”

Even after all of these years, it is still the most magnificent airplane I’ve ever seen. I remember the day it buzzed the city of Vancouver to promote the local airshow. I was literally standing in awe, mouth agape, as it flew by.

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10:15
The Week in Mac Apps: Speed up your typing with...

...plus, an app just for managing your TV shows

From file management to secure online backups, this week’s roundup of new Mac apps has it all.

AppGenome 1.0

Devotion8’s $2 AppGenome (Mac App Store Link) lets you create a desktop app that links to a specific website—a bit like the “Add to Home Screen” feature you find in iOS’s version of Safari.

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10:10
Apple offering refurbished 4th-generation Apple TVs...

The 4th-generation Apple TV has been around since September 2015, so it's only logical that Apple would begin to offer refurbs for sale in the online Apple Store. Those who are interested in getting a slight discount on the new hardware can point their browsers to the Certified Refurbished department of the Apple Store, where they'll find the 32GB model available for $129 and the 64GB version for $169

The Certified Refurbished products are covered by Apple's one-year limited warranty and the 14-day returns policy, and buyers can also get an AppleCare Protection Plan for the little black box if they wish. The price is $20 off suggested retail for the 32GB model, while the 64GB Apple TV is available at a $30 discount. 

 

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10:03
The vinyl record factory that makes your niche music...

Wired:

It’s odd when you think about it. Records are archaic technology, a format that is not at all portable and subject to all manner of degradation, from scratches and skips to pops and clicks, if it isn’t properly and lovingly cared for. But audiophiles insist vinyl offers superior sound. We’ll stay out of that debate, but you have to admit it is pretty cool how vinyl works.

There’s a process to it that borders on artistry, something Wiper—who loves records—discovered during a visit to Record Industry, a pressing plant in the in the Dutch city of Haarlem. The British photographer followed every step in the process, from making the master to pressing the wax to shrink-wrapping the finished product. “Seeing how it’s done really makes you realize how amazingly clever this old-fashioned technology is,” he says.

The process of creating the actual vinyl record is fascinating. The slide show included with the story makes me wish for a video of the incredibly...

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09:58
Gadget Ogling: Super Strollers, Posture Prodders,...


Regular readers will know that I am not a parent, so you might wonder why I'm including a self-propelling stroller in this week's cavalcade of riches. The answer is elementary: It's a smashing idea. Granted, it's maybe because I don't have a child that I think as much. Aside from pushing itself along the sidewalk, the Smartbe Intelligent Stroller can warm bottles, charge devices and play music. It apparently can propel itself uphill and keep pace with you if you're running. At $399 for early crowdfunding backers, it seems decent value.

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09:58
Logic Pros: How to open Apple’s new Music Memos in...

In this week’s episode of The Logic Pros, we’ll be taking a look at syncing Apple’s new Music Memos iOS app with Logic Pro and GarageBand on the Mac.

Late last week Apple released a new app called Music Memos designed specifically to allow songwriters and musicians to quickly capture audio and develop song ideas. And on top of acting as a standalone tool for songwriters, it’s also a companion for Apple’s full-fledged audio suites, GarageBand and Logic Pro. Today we’ll take a look at how to access the new Music Memos feature from all your devices, and the options for taking an idea you’re developing in Music Memos into GarageBand or Logic.

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09:42
External Link: New Yorker Spills the Beans on the...

Writing for The New Yorker with tongue firmly planted in cheek, Greg Tannen channels what Apple’s release note writers really want to say in a joke piece about the upcoming OS X Haleakalā. (“No, don’t bother trying to spell it. It took us three tries, and we made the damn thing. Anyway, Haleakalā National Park is in Hawaii, which we thought was cool, and we’re doing this whole national-parks name thing . . . so, well, there you go. Haleakalā!”) Go read the full article, but not right now if it would be inappropriate to find yourself giggling in public.

 

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09:34
Wall Street expects $76.5B in revenue from Apple in...

Apple this afternoon is expected to reveal that it just concluded its biggest quarter in the company's history, with Wall Street watchers projecting an average of $76.5 billion in revenue from the holiday period.

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09:30
9to5Toys Last Call: VIZIO 48″ Smart HDTV (refurb) $...

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09:30
Barclays appears set to offer Apple Pay support...

Image via Bankingtech.com

While Apple Pay has been available in the U.K. since July of 2015, one of the biggest banks in the country hasn't offered its customers the ability to use their credit cards with the touch-free payment system. Now an email from an executive of that bank -- Barclays -- says that the company will launch Apple Pay in March.

An email dated January 12 from Ashok Vaswani, CEO of Barclays' Personal and Corporate Banking division, was shared on Twitter and noted that the company plans to launch Apple Pay "within the next 60 to 75 days". 

Barclays Executive confirms #applepay launch date. At last! pic.twitter.com/5wuzMoGs4V

— Oli Foster-Burnell (@orfoster) January 25, 2016

Barclays has been a laggard in providing Apple Pay, with most of the U.K.'s...

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09:27
Upgrade 10.9.5 to 10.10.5 with Stornext MDC

Forums: TroubleshootingTags: XsanStorNext

I am upgrading my 10.9.5 clients to 10.10.5 clients. We have Stornext MDCs. Does anyone have an upgrade guide since there were major changes to how XSAN 4 works?

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09:02
Microsoft Windows Phone chief Joe Belfiore tweets...

In the midst of a monthslong leave of absence from his post as head of the company's operating systems group, longtime Microsoft executive Joe Belfiore on Tuesday tweeted from an iPhone, which made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move.

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08:41
Artificial Intelligence Pioneer Marvin Minsky Dies...

Marvin Minsky, a pioneer in artificial intelligence at MIT’s Media Lab (and a TidBITS reader) has died at age 88. He will be missed.

 

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08:40
Live action: Periscope app adds GoPro integration

Periscope is the free livestreaming app from Twitter that we use almost every weekday to send out a video version of the AWT News Update podcast. Up until this point, Periscope users have had to make do with the cameras built into their iPhones to do their broadcasting, but an update to the app today has added support for the GoPro Hero 4 action cam.

To broadcast live from the GoPro, iPhone users just need to connect to the GoPro Hero 4's Wi-Fi, then open Periscope and start broadcasting over the cellular data network. Broadcasters can switch back to the iPhone's camera with just a tap on the screen. 

This means that Hero 4 owners can set up a broadcast, then put the iPhone away in a safe place while they do something fun...like jump out of an airplane, climb a cliff, or go racing down a mountain road on a longboard. Periscope is already fun to watch, and the GoPro integration...

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08:33
Rumor: Second-gen Apple Watch will enter mass...

The source has a mixed track record, but the rumor is pretty interesting.

A new rumor has it that the second-generation Apple Watch will go into mass production in the second quarter of 2016, with Quanta Computer remaining as the sole manufacturer.

Apple had apparently considered placing some orders with Foxconn, its main manufacturing partner, but volumes aren’t expected to be that high according to supply chain sources. Both Quanta and Foxconn refused to comment on the matter.

It’s been suggested that Apple has scaled down its 2016 shipment forecast for the Watch, owing to weaker-than-expected performance in 2015, even though the device may control over 50 percent of the smartwatch market. Apple has not released official...

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08:28
Deals: B&H's Super Bowl big screen TV super...

In anticipation of next month's Super Bowl, B&H for the next few days is bringing back Black Friday pricing and bonus incentives (free Gift Cards, free WD Passport Drives, free Soundbars, free Tvs) on a huge selection of Samsung, Sony XBR, LG, and VIZIO big-screen TV sets -- all with free shipping and no sales tax outside NY. Plus 13" MacBook Airs for $899 and Mac minis from $449.

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08:25
How to learn to code when you have no idea where to...

I absolutely love this. Please pass this along.

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08:13
Leaked memo indicates that Barclays will support...

U.K. bank Barclays has confirmed that it will launch Apple Pay within the next 45 to 60 days, based on a two-week-old email dated January 12, suggesting the bank will support the iPhone-based mobile payments service by no later than March 28.

The launch date was released by Barclays CEO of Personal and Corporate Banking Ashok Vaswani in what appears to be a legitimate email sent to customer Oli Foster-Burnell. The executive has emailed customers about Apple Pay in the past.

Barclays is the only financial institution among the “Big Four” banks in the U.K. that has yet to adopt Apple Pay. The country’s participating issuers include the Bank of Scotland, First Direct, Halifax, HSBC, Lloyds Bank, M&S Bank, MBNA, Nationwide, NatWest, Royal Bank of Scotland,...

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08:08
GoPro integrates with Periscope to live stream...

GoPro just announced a partnership so obvious it’s surprising it didn’t happen earlier. You can now live stream the epic tube rides you capture on your action camera via Periscope, Twitter’s live streaming video service.

If you’re going into the water, however, you’d better get a waterproof case, because you’ll still need your iPhone close by.

You need to connect your GoPro Hero 4 to your iPhone via Wi-Fi, and then set Periscope for iPhone to broadcast. Next, a GoPro button will be highlighted in the app; tap that and you’re live. GoPro’s new Periscope integration isn't available for Android.

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08:01
Rumor claims next-gen Apple Watch going into mass...

A questionable rumor on Tuesday indicated that the second-generation Apple Watch will go into mass production in the second quarter of 2016, with Quanta Computer remaining as the sole manufacturer.

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08:00
Backblaze will send you a hard drive with your...

When it comes to backing up your precious data, investing in an online backup service is one of the smartest things you can do. These services constantly save any changes you make on your PC to their servers, giving you an offsite backup solution for minimal cost and overhead. But while saving your data to the cloud in a slow drip won’t devastate your workflow or shatter your data cap, restoring hundreds of gigabytes worth of data all at once after disaster strikes certainly could.

That’s where Backblaze’s new Hard Drive Recycling Program comes in.

Backblaze—which will back up an unlimited amount of data from your PC or Mac for $5 per month—has long offered the ability to have a flash drive or hard drive loaded with your data shipped to you if downloading your backups from the web would take too long, or be too onerous to your Internet plan. But it didn’t come cheap: Having a 128GB flash drive sent your way cost $99, while an external drive up to 4TB cost $...

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07:57
Apple’s ‘Project Titan’ at crossroads, team in...

Apple Insider reporting on a hiring freeze for Apple’s rumored car project.

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07:50
Citizen journalism comes to the living room with...

More and more mobile devices are being released every year with better and higher quality cameras, allowing nearly anyone to share the news faster than a major news corporation can even fathom. Founded in 2014 by Thiel fellow John Meyer, Fresco puts a focus on getting citizen journalism the credit it deserves. Today Fresco announced an Apple TV version of their Fresco News app, which curates the best content of the day, and delivers facts on international events in a fresh way.

CNN seemingly saw this coming back in 2006 with their launch of iReport as they began to look for a way to get involved in this coming wave of citizen...

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07:50
∞ Interview with Apple Employee #4 (the man who...

[VIDEO] This is an interview steeped in history, both in terms of the beginnings of Apple and the early days of Silicon Valley.

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07:45
A link that crashes Safari and your iPhone

This is why we can’t have nice things.

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07:37
Apple Watch’s killer app is already here

Tim Bajarin makes the case for Notifications being the killer app, I add in a few points of my own.

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07:30
Twitter's stopped showing ads to its favorite...

Social networks love to cater to their more prominent users. Facebook, for example, creates unique experiences and apps just for celebrities. Now Twitter's upping the experience for its “VIP” tweeters. Those most precious of users are seeing no—or at least far fewer—ads in their timelines, according to Re/code.

What exactly constitutes a VIP is unclear, but the informal designation appears to factor in a person’s celebrity, tweet volume, and social reach. It’s likely those little blue verified check marks next to a user’s name are table stakes just to be considered for the ad-free experience.

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07:20
Apple Watch sales are disappointing — unless they’re...

Because of Apple Watch's “weaker than expected” shipments, Apple recently reduced the device's shipment forecast for 2016 down further from its estimate in the fourth quarter of 2015, according to Digitimes. Or maybe not.

As noted by Market Realist, analyst Horace Dediu of Asymco projected Apple Watch shipments to reach 21 million units in the first 12 months, generating revenues of $8.4 billion. IDC (International Data Corporation) estimates Apple Watch shipments of 45 million units in 2019. And analyst Ben Bajarin of Creative Strategies said that Apple Watch will move more than 100 million units by 2017. 

Even Digitimes notes that, compared to other smartwatches, the Apple Watch still performed “rather strongly” and had an...

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07:20
The real legacy of Steve Jobs

Digging through the recent movies and one of the better Steve Jobs biographies, Sue Halpern does an interesting job weaving together a picture of Steve Jobs’ legacy.

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07:17
Microsoft’s Windows Phone vice president Joe...

It’s not the first time that a ‘Twitter for iPhone’ tag has given away the fact that someone is not using the device you might expect them to. Latest casualty of the telltale tag is Joe Belfiore, the Microsoft VP who fronts the Windows Phone project.

When The Verge ran a piece on it, Business Insider noticed that Belfiore used the comments...

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07:12
Liveblog: Apple’s Q1 2016 earnings call happens at...

Enlarge / The iPad Pro, Smart Keyboard, and Apple Pencil were all launched in Q1. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

It's that time again: Apple will hold its quarterly earnings call at 5pm ET/2pm PT (10pm GMT) this afternoon, giving us an update on how its products are doing and just how many billions of dollars it managed to rake in over the holiday quarter.

This quarter, the biggest story to pay attention to is how the iPhone 6S is doing. Q1 of 2015 was the first full quarter of availability for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and the first large-screened iPhones drove ridiculous 46 percent year-over-year unit sales growth. Strong sales and big growth in China drove record-high iPhone sales for the...

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07:06
Want a 24k gold Mac? You can have one for $11,000-...

Want a gold iMac or MacBook? London’s gold craftsmen Goldgenie will embellish your Apple all-in-one in or laptop in pure 24k Gold with pricing starting at “only” £8,000 (about US$11,430).

The folks at Goldgenie are currently working on an order of 50 Mac units due to arrive in February and which will take center stage in a web developers’ office being built in China, according to Laban Roomes. Previous customers include  Victoria Beckham, Chris Brown, P Diddy, Trey Songz, Tyrese Gibson, Helen Mirren, Kate Moss and Simon Cowell. 

In addition to “gold-ing” Apple products, Goldgenie has also gold-plated quirkier items such as golf clubs and a racing bike to meet the demands of its customer base in London, Dubai and Asia.

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07:00
DARPA Challenges Researchers to Link Human Brains...


The United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, last week announced a new program that aims to build a connection between the human brain and the digital world. To achieve the goals of the Neural Engineering System Design program, DARPA has invited proposals to design, build, demonstrate and validate a human-computer interface that can record from more than 1 million neurons and stimulate more than 100 thousand neurons in the brain in real time.

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06:53
Apple paid $85 million in Australian taxes last year...

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

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

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

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

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06:42
Apple patent shows how it might lose the camera bump...

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

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

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06:30
Google Eddystone is eating into Apple’s iBeacon...

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

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

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

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06:14
You can now live broadcast from your GoPro with...

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

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

What’s New in Version 1.3.3

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

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06:12
Apple’s quarterly fiscal results call at 2p PT today

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

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06:00
Candy Crush Jelly Saga leaves a sour taste with its...

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

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

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05:51
Supply Chain report says 1st-gen Apple Watch sales...

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

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

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

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05:27
Forget $368 million; VirnetX wants $532 million from...

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

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

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

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

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05:02
WSJ makes the case for optimism on iPhone prospects...

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

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

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05:01
Barclays gets more specific on belated adoption of...

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

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

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

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

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05:00
NetBase: thanks to the Apple Watch, watches are...

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

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

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

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

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04:30
Let this Tom Bihn bag be your Co-Pilot

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

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

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

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04:00
Yojimbo is one of the best info gathering apps for...

By "Doctor Dave" Greenbaum

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

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

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

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03:00
Chris Chibnall is in charge of 'Doctor Who,...

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

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Monday January 25

23:39
Apple invention uses spherically curved photosensor...

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

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20:25
Patent troll VirnetX seeking $532 million from Apple...

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

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

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19:24
Patent troll VirnetX wants jury to give it a half-...

(credit: Erik Mörner)

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

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

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

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18:36
‘Apple Employee #4’ Bill Fernandez talks early Apple...

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

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

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16:21
Microsoft’s clever curved keyboard for iOS looks...


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

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

Through...

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16:19
Samsung Rolls Out Stylish Gear S2 Classic...


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

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15:48
iPhone 5se rumors: 'Hey Siri' feature...

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

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

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

What’s the latest?

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

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15:43
Checking out tvOS’ 9.1.1’s restored Podcasts app


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

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

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15:30
Apple TV gains iCloud Photo Library + Live Photos...

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

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

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

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15:30
The Week in iPad Cases: Display your iPad just about...

...plus, new skins from BodyGuardz and Maclocks, and more

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

Belkin

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

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15:10
AWT News Update: January 25, 2016

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

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

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

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

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14:44
Microsoft's iOS keyboard to feature one-handed...

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

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14:23
Apple introduces second betas of tvOS 9.2 &...

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

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14:17
Microsoft’s upcoming iPhone keyboard has a special...

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

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

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14:10
Samsung planning to bring many new apps to iOS,...

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

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14:00
This week's sponsor: younity

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

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

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

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

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13:52
Apple reportedly implements a hiring freeze on its...

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

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

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

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13:44
Notable apps and app updates for Jan. 25, 2016

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

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

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

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

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

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13:35
tvOS 9.2 beta 2 w/ Podcasts app, folders, Bluetooth...

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

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

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13:30
Nokē is okey-dokey as a Bluetooth-enabled padlock

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

Design

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

Nokē is designed to be...

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13:23
Fortune: Investors are bracing for the iPhone’s...

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

Although Apple has already announced their...

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13:21
watchOS 2.2 beta 2 for Apple Watch w/ new Maps app...

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

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

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13:20
An annoying link will crash Safari on iOS and OS X...

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

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

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

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

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13:20
Apple releases second OS X 10.11.4 beta with Live...

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

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

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

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12:58
Apple releases iOS 9.3 beta 2 with Night Shift,...

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

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12:48
Podcasts come to Apple TV with tvOS 9.1.1 update,...

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

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

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12:41
Opinion: Apple’s rumored 4-inch iPhone 5se may well...

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

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

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12:37
Microsoft Surface tablets malfunction during NFL game

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

Shocking.

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12:25
Top Twitter executives leave company

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

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

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:25
Beware of an iPhone-crashing link being passed...

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

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

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12:10
Panel: Time Is Running Out to Address Killer Robot...


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

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12:03
tvOS 9.1.1 adds a Podcast app

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

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

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

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12:03
Paper by 53 gains app extension, new text formatting...

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

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

What’s New in Version 3.5.0

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

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

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11:53
Spotify to offer iOS support for its new video...

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

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

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11:05
Apple releases tvOS 9.1.1 software update with...

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

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

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

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10:49
Sketchy iPad Air 3 drawing shows 4 speakers, camera...

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

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

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10:46
Apple Court Testimony Reveals Why It Refuses To...

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

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09:54
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 25...

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

 

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09:54
ExtraBITS for 25 January 2016

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

 

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09:44
Apple Brings Back Podcasts in tvOS 9.1.1

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

 

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09:31
Spotify video coming to iOS next week w/ content...

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

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

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

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09:22
For a gadget geek in the Oval Office, high tech has...

The New York Times:

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

Hint: Ask President Obama.

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

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

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Ellipsis - Touch. Explore. Survive. 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: | Read more »
Ys Chronicles II (Games)
Ys Chronicles II 1.0.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes) Description: After a hard fight to recover the six sacred books in Ys Chronicles I, Adol is back for a sequel! | Read more »
FINAL FANTASY Ⅸ (Games)
FINAL FANTASY Ⅸ 1.0.4 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $16.99, Version: 1.0.4 (iTunes) Description: ==========●Special sale price for the FINAL FANTASY IX release! ●20% off from February 10 to February 21, 2016... | Read more »
Tennis Club Story (Games)
Tennis Club Story 1.03 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.03 (iTunes) Description: Aim for the ace position of tennis club prestige in this simulation! Your leadership decides if players make it to the big... | Read more »
Juggernaut Wars guide - How to use skill...
Juggernaut Warsis a brand new auto-RPG on iOS and Android that challenges you to build a team of heroes, send them out into various different missions to defeat waves of heroes, and level them up to increase their power. The actual combat itself... | Read more »
Check out the new Pirate Attack update i...
Love pirates and board games? Well, you'll love the new Pirate Attack themed update that just launched in Game of Dice. It adds a bunch of new content themed around pirates, like an all new event map based on a pirate ship which revamps the toll... | Read more »
Splash Cars guide - How to paint the tow...
Splash Cars is an arcade driving game that feels like a hybrid between Dawn of the Plow and Splatoon. In it, you'll need to drive a car around to repaint areas of a town that have lost all of their color. Check out these tips to help you perform... | Read more »
The best video player on mobile
We all know the stock video player on iOS is not particularly convenient, primarily because it asks us to hook a device up to iTunes to sync video in a world that has things like Netflix. [Read more] | Read more »
Four apps to help improve your Super Bow...
Super Bowl Sunday is upon us, and whether you’re a Panthers or a Broncos fan you’re no doubt gearing up for it. [Read more] | Read more »
LooperSonic (Music)
LooperSonic 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Music Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: LooperSonic is a multi-track audio looper and recorder that will take your loops to the next level. Use it like a loop pedal to... | Read more »

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App Annie Reveals Future of the App Economy:...
App Annie, a San Francisco based mobile app data and insights platform, has launched its first comprehensive app economy forecast. This new offering will provide brands, agencies, investors and app... Read more
Apple restocks Certified Refurbished Mac mini...
Apple has restocked Certified Refurbished 2014 Mac minis, with models available starting at $419. Apple’s one-year warranty is included with each mini, and shipping is free: - 1.4GHz Mac mini: $419 $... Read more
What iPad Pro Still Needs To Make It Truly Pr...
I love my iPad Air 2. So much that I’m grudgingly willing to put up with its compromises and limitations as a production tool in order to take advantage of its virtues. However, since a computer for... Read more
21-inch 3.1GHz 4K on sale for $1399, $100 off...
B&H Photo has the 21″ 3.1GHz 4K iMac on sale $1399 for a limited time. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY sales tax only. Their price is $100 off MSRP: - 21″ 3.1GHz 4K iMac (MK452LL/A): $... Read more
Apple price trackers, updated continuously
Scan our Apple Price Trackers for the latest information on sales, bundles, and availability on systems from Apple’s authorized internet/catalog resellers. We update the trackers continuously: - 15″... Read more
Save up to $240 with Apple Certified Refurbis...
Apple is now offering Certified Refurbished 12″ Retina MacBooks for up to $240 off the cost of new models. Apple will include a standard one-year warranty with each MacBook, and shipping is free. The... Read more
Apple refurbished 13-inch Retina MacBook Pros...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 13″ Retina MacBook Pros available for up to $270 off the cost of new models. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each model, and shipping is free: - 13″ 2.7GHz... Read more
Apple refurbished Time Capsules available for...
Apple has certified refurbished Time Capsules available for $120 off MSRP. Apple’s one-year warranty is included with each Time Capsule, and shipping is free: - 2TB Time Capsule: $179, $120 off - 3TB... Read more
13-inch 2.5GHz MacBook Pro (refurbished) avai...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 13″ 2.5GHz MacBook Pros available for $829, or $270 off the cost of new models. Apple’s one-year warranty is standard, and shipping is free: - 13″ 2.5GHz MacBook Pros... Read more
Apple refurbished 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 2015 15″ Retina MacBook Pros available for up to $380 off the cost of new models. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each model, and shipping is free: - 15″ 2... Read more

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Lead Engineer - *Apple* OSX & Hardware...
Lead Engineer - Apple OSX & Hardware **Job ID:** 3125919 **Full/Part\-Time:** Full\-time **Regular/Temporary:** Regular **Listed:** 2016\-02\-10 **Location:** Cary, Read more
Simply Mac *Apple* Specialist- Service Repa...
Simply Mac is the largest premier retailer of Apple products in the nation. In order to support our growing customer base, we are currently looking for a driven Read more
Infrastructure Engineer - *Apple* /Mac - Rem...
…part of a team Requires proven problem solving skills Preferred Additional: Apple Certified System Administrator (ACSA) Apple Certified Technical Coordinator (ACTC) Read more
Lead Engineer - *Apple* OSX & Hardware...
Lead Engineer - Apple OSX & Hardware **Job ID:** 3125919 **Full/Part\-Time:** Full\-time **Regular/Temporary:** Regular **Listed:** 2016\-02\-10 **Location:** Cary, Read more
*Apple* System Analyst - ATOS IT Services...
Apple System AnalystReference no.198783CountryUSARegionUS - CALIFORNIACityUS - CALIFORNIA - BURBANKPosition TypeProfessionalJob AreaIT SupportJob TypeFull Read more
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