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15:00
AWT News Update: May 11, 2015

The Apple Watch continues to lead the news this week:

  • Apple displays Apple Watch banner ads on the top of the YouTube home page
  • Two big solar farms and an initiative with the World Wildlife Fund are announced by Apple for China
  • A blogger performs water torture tests with the Watch... and it survives
  • Ten years after VoiceOver appears for Mac, Microsoft Office finally supports the accessibility tool

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Steve Sande here from Apple World Today, and you’re listening to the AWT News Update for May 11, 2015.

YouTube gets millions of visitors every day, and Apple is now taking advantage of that fact with a series of video banners atop the YouTube...

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14:44
New Apple music service just on time as Warner...

Just as Apple continues to negotiate deals for its upcoming, revamped music streaming service, Warner Music Group says it saw streaming revenue surpass revenue from downloads for the first time ever.

“Notably, in this quarter we saw continued growth in streaming revenue which surpassed download revenue for the first time in the history of our recorded music business.  Our commitment to being at the forefront of industry change as well as our...

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14:03
Apple Watch withstands 1,200m swim, simulated depths...

The Apple Watch may be much more resilient against water damage than Apple has advertised, a series of informal underwater tests shared on Sunday suggests.

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13:58
E-Kaia power adapter extracts energy from plants,...

You’ve always known that nearby plants were hoarding the power you needed to charge your iOS device.

Now it’s time to get that power back.

A new device called “E-Kaia”, developed by researchers in Chile, allows users to collect leftover energy created by photosynthesis to charge small devices, like mobile phones or LED lights, using a single healthy plant. As noted by the Manquehue Institute, the E-Kaia team says its invention can output as much as 5 volts at 0.6 amps.

By comparison, Apple’s USB power adapter for the iPhone pushes 5 watts at 1 amp.

Few details about the device are known, save for the fact that photosynthetic energy is...

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13:06
Xsan4 mdc migration to new hardware

Forums: Troubleshooting

Successfully updated to Xsan 4/Yosemite over the weekend.

Trying to figure out the best way to move 2 mdc’s to new hardware.
I assume restoring from a time machine backup would work but would require down time.

My original plan was to add in the new hardware as mdc’s and remove the 2 old mdc’s.
Now that Xsan 4 requires Open Directory, how does the promotion/demotion of OD work?
It would require one of the new mdc’s become the ODM once the old mdc’s are removed.
Does Xsan/Server.app take care of that or would I have to promote/demote manually?

Has any one done this or had success with this?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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12:48
Smart Car 2 Transforms Itself to Tuck Into Tiny Spots


The DFKI Robotics Innovation Center in Berman, Germany, last week unveiled a prototype of the EO Smart Connecting Car 2, which it originally announced in 2012. The tiny, two-seater electric vehicle operates much like a traditional car, but because each wheel is powered by its own motor, it can make extremely tight turns and even drive sideways when necessary. This capability could address issues that plague many big cities, notably traffic congestion and inadequate parking space.

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12:36
Apple Watch video banner ads land atop YouTube'...

The YouTube homepage on Monday began featuring a series of video banners advertising the Apple Watch, each using shortened clips from the company's recent series of TV commercials.

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12:30
The Apple Watch waterproofing extravaganza: swim,...

DC Rainmaker:

This past week I’ve been slowly plotting a series of tests to batter the Apple Watch and see exactly how well it’d hold up to a variety of aquatic adventures. No doubt I’ve been showering with it twice-daily since it arrived…but that’s kinda lame in the grand scheme of waterproof tests. So while a few people have casually doggy-paddled around their backyard pool with the watch, I wanted to kick it up a notch…or, rather, a lot of notches.

Interesting that Apple seems to have seriously under promised on the waterproofing of the Apple Watch.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:15
Australian government announces crackdown on tax...

The government of Australia announced on Monday that it plans to investigate alleged tax avoidance in its country by a total of 30 multinational corporations, including the most valuable company on the planet: Apple.

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12:09
iOS 8.4 brings iBooks Author Textbooks to the iPhone...

In addition to a new Music application, iOS 8.4 brings textbooks developed using the iBooks Author tool to the iPhone for the first time. Launched in 2012 as part of Apple’s Education initiatives, iBooks Author allows schools and teachers to create dynamic, digital textbooks that can play videos, embed Study Cards, and connect to the internet…

These digital textbooks were...

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12:01
Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a...

A new book on Elon by Ashlee Vance. I’m thinking this is going to be a great read.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:00
Today in the App Store — Transloader, Transmit for...

Today in the App Store — Transloader, Transmit for iOS and more

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today’s notable apps include a discount on Transloader for OS X, the new Tallowmere game and a notable update to Transmit for iOS. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Boximize: Structured note taking, personal database, form builder and organizer! [Now free, down from $4.99] Boximize is a structured note taking app that brings you the power of personal databases and the simplicity and usability of note taking apps.

Word Ring [Now free, down from $1.99] Create words quickly as you progress through...

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11:50
Scott Forstall, Metallica, Apple, and Broadway

Hard to believe all of those things are related, but they are.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:46
New 'E-Kaia' technology harvests excess...

In want of a free wall outlet, future mobile phone users could simply plug in to the nearest cactus thanks to a new system called E-Kaia --?developed by a team of researchers in Chile --?that collects the leftover energy from photosynthesis.

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11:42
Pixelmator for iPhone

Wow! One of my all-time favorite apps will now be available on all of my devices.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:37
Apple Announces New Environmental Initiatives in...

Apple today announced an expansion of its renewable energy and environmental protection initiatives in China, including a new multiyear project with World Wildlife Fund to significantly increase responsibly managed forests across China. The new program aims to protect as much as 1 million acres of responsibly managed working forests that provide fiber for pulp, paper, and wood products. “Forests, like energy, can be renewable resources,” said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of Environmental Initiatives. “We believe we can run on naturally renewable resources and ensure that we protect — and create — as much sustainable working forest as needed to produce the virgin paper in our product packaging.” Apple also announced its intent to expand its industry-leading renewable energy projects to manufacturing facilities in China.

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11:27
Apple’s new environmental initiatives in China

Apple today announced an expansion of its renewable energy and environmental protection initiatives in China, including a new multi-year project with World Wildlife Fund to significantly increase responsibly managed forests across China. The new forestland program aims to protect as much as 1 million acres of responsibly managed working forests which provide fiber for pulp, paper and wood products.

Apple is doing so much more than just releasing products.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:13
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 11...

Notable software releases this week include Fantastical 2.0.4, ChronoSync 4.6.1 and ChronoAgent 1.5.2, Downcast 1.1.10, and Safari 8.0.6, 7.1.6, and 6.2.6.

 

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11:13
ExtraBITS for 11 May 2015

In this week’s ExtraBITS collection, the developers of MacKeeper could owe its users big money, we get some hard numbers regarding the Mac App Store’s stagnation, a developer vents about Apple’s networking code, and Apple confirms third-party Apple Watch bands.

 

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10:49
Get your first look at iOS 8.4 beta 3 and its new...

Whether you’re an iOS or an OS X developer, today is shaping up to be a very fun day.

Apple has released a third beta version of iOS 8.4 for developers to play around with a month before WWDC. Included in this new beta version is a revamped Music app with a cleaner look and added functionalities. According to 9to5Mac, the updated Music app will also host new iterations of iTunes Radio and a Beats Music-inspired streaming service. The new Music app is expected to be announced at WWDC on June 8 and publicly available later that month.

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10:28
∞ A good Google TV commercial

I thought they did a great job with this commercial.

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10:12
Fiat CEO meets with Tim Cook, “interested in Apple’s...

With regard to Apple’s Cook, he said: “He’s interested in Apple’s intervention in the car, that’s his role.” Marchionne was not more specific about Apple.

Apple is one of the few companies with the money and resources to come up with something interesting in the automobile space.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:05
Apple releases OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 beta build...

Alongside today’s new iOS 8.4 beta, Apple has released yet another beta build of the upcoming OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 to developers. Today’s build is labeled as build number 14E17e, and it is available via Software Update in the Mac App Store for developers running earlier versions of the beta. A new Public Beta for AppleSeed users is available as well. It is possible that 10.10.4 will be released in June alongside iTunes 12.2 (with the new Apple streaming music service). For the focus areas, Apple tells developers to pay special attention to the Photos application, the...

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10:00
Retro Touch Speaker for iPhone review and giveaway

The Retro Touch Speaker for iPhone is kitschy, cute and, in the right circumstances, a nice audio booster for your iPhone. Unfortunately, the perfect circumstances are pretty restrictive. Stay tuned at the end of this review, as we're giving away our demo unit!

Charming looks

My unit arrived about a week ago and I was charmed by it right away. It looks and feels like something from a 1950's American diner, both in styling and the color palate. There's a simple power/volume knob on the front, two 2-watt speakers on top, three ports on the back (aux out, mini USB and "USB out") and a battery compartment on the bottom.

Also in the box I found instructions in several languages, two cute "Thumbs Up" stickers and a mini USB-to-USB cable for charging. Well, that's that. Let's turn the baby on and see what it can do.

Real-world use

The box calls it...

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09:59
AWT Health Club: Which member of the Fitbit family...

Before I got an Apple Watch, I was a big fan of Fitbit products. The first activity tracker I owned was one of the first Fitbits, which had its own little quirks — it needed frequent charging on a USB-connected stand, you had to put it on its charging stand to sync it, and syncing sometimes would stop working for no apparent reason. Fitbit learned a lot from those early devices, and now has a family of six devices. The company is a leader in the activity tracker market niche, and their products just keep getting better and more useful. Today’s AWT Health Club will take a look at the six different Fitbits and describe the type of person who might be attracted to each.

Fitbit Zip ($59.95, available for $47.99 through affiliate)

The Zip is truly an entry-level model, but it can do a good job of tracking steps, distance, and calories burned for a person who is...

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09:59
Apple releases third developer, second public betas...

With less than a month to go before its annual Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple on Monday issued third betas of iOS 8.4 and OS X 10.10.4 to developers, and second public betas to people in the AppleSeed testing program.

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09:50
Apple releases iOS 8.4 beta 3 with revamped Music...

Apple today released the third beta of iOS 8.4 to developers. The update is available via Software Update on iOS and it should be hitting the developer center soon. The second Public Beta is available as well for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. As with the first pair of betas, iOS 8.4 brings a revamped Music application with a new design, Up Next functionality, a Mini Player, and a new version of iTunes Radio. As we’ve reported several times, iOS 8.4’s Music app will also be home to Apple’s upcoming Beats-based streaming music service.Sources say that the new...

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09:38
Tim Cook joins Weibo to reveal Apple's plans to...

Apple CEO Tim Cook announced his arrival in Beijing, China over the weekend with a splashy debut on China’s essential social network, Weibo. The purpose of his visit: Apple’s grand new environmental initiatives, designed to put the company on track to powering its operations with 100 percent renewable energy in the coming years.

Apple on Monday said it plans to green its Chinese manufacturing facilities, an effort the company has already undertaken with its corporate offices, data centers, and Apple Stores worldwide. The company didn’t detail how it plans to cut its carbon emissions from Chinese factories, but Cook said it will take years to complete.

To read this...

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09:30
Apple Watch takes over top of YouTube homepage with...

Apple has expanded its advertising campaign for the Apple Watch to the web. Apple has begun running a series of advertisements at the top of the YouTube homepage that are based on Apple’s trio of new Apple Watch TV ads. The advertisements are short video clips from the longer TV-oriented ads, and they link to Apple’s website to provide more information about the Watch, rather than the ads hosted on YouTube.

Filed under: Apple Watch ...

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09:18
3 SciFi Technologies That Are About to Get Amazingly...


Lisa Su, the talented new CEO for AMD, last week gave a pitch on the future to get people excited about where AMD is going. Based on the stock performance after her talk, she and her team knocked it out of the park. However, they also got me thinking about some technological advancements that have been quietly percolating, which likely will form the basis for a revolutionary announcement in the next few years. Three technologies that are tied to other efforts, are getting close to breaking free.

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09:10
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPhone 6/Plus screen...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

Today’s can’t miss deals:

ArmorSuit iPhone 6/Plus Screen Protectors w/ lifetime replacements for $0.95 Prime shipped (Reg. $6.95)

Apple iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi 128GB in Gold or Space Gray for...

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08:43
Ex-iOS SVP Scott Forstall ‘delighted’ by Apple...

Scott Forstall, former Senior Vice President of iOS and one of the main creators of the iPhone and iPad, has finally spoken about Apple for the first time since leaving the company in the fall of 2012. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal primarily centered around his work on Broadway, Forstall briefly commented on Apple:

Asked about the split, Mr. Forstall said he was “so proud of the thousands of people I worked with [at Apple] and with whom I remain friends. I am delighted that they continue to turn out great and beloved products.”

Forstall’s admiration for Apple remains...

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08:38
Promise logical drive offline

Forums: Hardware

Greetings,

This post deals with Promise RAIDS supporting Xsan in an OS X 10.6.8
environment.

We are running Xsan 2.x on top of a 10TB Promise E-class RAID with
a 20TB J-class expansion unit. We accidentally powered down the
expansion unit before powering down the head unit, as a result of
which all drives on the expansion unit subsequently showed up as
dead.

We contacted Promise tech support and were told to disconnect the
two units, then power up the head unit on its own, shut it down,
reconnect the expansion unit, and all should be well (this is an
undocumented feature...). And so it was, except for one logical drive
on the expansion unit, which remained stubbornly offline. The logical
drive in question comprises 6 x 2TB Hitachi DeskStar physical drives
in a RAID 5...

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08:20
Tech blogger posts videos of Apple Watch surviving 1...

Now that the Apple Watch is out, it’s time to put it through a battery of physical tests, including water-based ones.

The good news is that the device seems to hold up pretty well. Over the weekend, endurance sports and tech blogger Ray Maker posted a few Apple Watch-related waterproof videos, including the first lap swimming test with Apple’s new wearable.

In the first video, Maker tests the Apple Watch against higher-intensity swimming activities. As he notes, “It’s the wrist hitting the water that’s so difficult for watch waterproofing due to the impact forces,” so that’s what he decides to focus on in the test. After about 25...

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08:02
Poll: Will the Apple Watch and gamification lead to...

Social sharing of exercise data, using services like Strava and RunKeeper, has been one of the bigger trends in recent years. Thanks to fitness bands, smartwatches and GPS-based cycle computers, it’s easy to capture your exercise data and have it automatically uploaded, allowing friends and strangers alike to take part in virtual competitions. It’s effectively gamification of our bodies.

While some take it extremely seriously – so much so that Strava has had to allow users to mark stretches of road or path as dangerous, to stop overly-competitive cyclists mowing down pedestrians in their quest to gain a coveted King of the Mountain award – for most it’s just a fun way to get a bit more exercise and tease their friends.

Any fitness band enables you to compare things like total steps and total calories expended, of course, but the...

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08:01
Former Apple exec Scott Forstall talks Broadway in...

After years out of the public eye, former iPhone software chief Scott Forstall is back in the spotlight with a new interview that touches on life after Apple, as a Broadway producer.

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08:00
Phiaton BT220NC Wireless Active Noise Cancelling...

PHOTO BY STEVEN SANDE ©2015, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

My first thought upon opening the box for the Phiaton BT 220 NC Wireless Active Noise Cancelling Headphones (US$179.99 list price, $160.55 via affiliate link) was that for a wireless headphone, there were sure a lot of wires. There is a USB to micro-USB charging cable, an Everplay-X cable to let you listen to tunes from your iPhone or iPod touch even when the battery on the headphones isn’t charged up, and even two wires going from the receiver box to the earbuds. I don’t have anything against wires and cables; I just thought it was rather ironic that a “wireless” device came with so many cables.

Like many other “wireless” Bluetooth earbuds, the Phiaton BT 220 NC suffers from a design issue with Bluetooth headsets; it’s simply impossible to create them without physically connecting the left and right earbuds with some sort of cable. That’s why most fitness...

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07:48
PSA: Best Buy has limited stock of 12″ Retina...

Apple still shows a 3-5 week wait on the new Retina 12-inch MacBook across the board but one US retailer has them in stock and shipping in certain configurations. Best Buy, who also offers a $50 off coupon for people with access to an .edu email address offers the base model MacBook in both Silver and Space Gray for delivery May 18th.

...

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

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

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

The quote reads as follows:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I wonder if Weibo has a fail whale

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06:42
The Apple Watch's red dot

I'm not a fan of the red dot.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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00:50
Fantastical 2.0.4

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

 

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Sunday May 10

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

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

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

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

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20:50
ChronoSync 4.6.1 and ChronoAgent 1.5.2

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

 

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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10:24
How to sync photos to your Apple Watch

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

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10:09
Bobby Orr: 45 years ago today

Still one of the most famous goals in hockey.

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

AV Club:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Saturday May 9

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

mrow!

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

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

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

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

Standalone keyboard and protective case? It can be done!

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

Kensington

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

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

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

 

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


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

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

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

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

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Friday May 8

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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15:45
The truth about Macs in the enterprise

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

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

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15:00
AWT News Update: May 8, 2015

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

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

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

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

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


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

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14:20
Apple seeds Xcode 6.3.2 gold master to developers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Swift Compiler

• Fixed a regression in the compile time of larger projects using Swift...

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

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today’s notable apps include a 50% off discount on DataMan Next, the new Redacted OS X app and a notable update to Droplr. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Version 4.0 of Flickr arrives

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

Addapp

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Just like the stainless steel Apple Watch...

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Fresco Logic, specialists in advanced connectivity technologies and ICs, has introduced two new product families targeting the Type-C connector recently introduced across a number of consumer... Read more
Scripps National Spelling Bee Launches Buzzwo...
Scripps National Spelling Bee fans can monitor the action at the 2015 Spelling Bee with the new Buzzworthy app for iOS, Android and Windows mobile devices. The free Buzzworthy app provides friendly... Read more
13-inch 2.5GHz MacBook Pro on sale for $120 o...
B&H Photo has the 13″ 2.5GHz MacBook Pro on sale for $979 including free shipping plus NY sales tax only. Their price is $120 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest price for this model (except for Apple’... Read more
27-inch 3.3GHz 5K iMac on sale for $1899, $10...
B&H Photo has the new 27″ 3.3GHz 5K iMac on sale for $1899.99 including free shipping plus NY tax only. Their price is $100 off MSRP. Read more
Save up to $50 on iPad Air 2, NY tax only, fr...
B&H Photo has iPad Air 2s on sale for up to $50 off MSRP including free shipping plus NY sales tax only: - 16GB iPad Air 2 WiFi: $469 $30 off - 64GB iPad Air 2 WiFi: $549.99 $50 off - 128GB iPad... Read more
Updated Mac Price Trackers
We’ve updated our Mac Price Trackers with the latest information on prices, bundles, and availability on systems from Apple’s authorized internet/catalog resellers: - 15″ MacBook Pros - 13″ MacBook... Read more

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*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions (US) - A...
Job Description: Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, Read more
Program Manager, *Apple* Community Support...
**Job Summary** Apple Support Communities ( discussions. apple .com) helps customers get the most from their Apple products and services by providing access to Read more
Senior Data Scientist, *Apple* Retail - Onl...
**Job Summary** Apple Retail - Online sells Apple products to customers around the world. In addition to selling Apple products with unique services such as iPad Read more
*Apple* Solutions Consultant - Retail Sales...
**Job Summary** As an Apple Solutions Consultant (ASC) you are the link between our customers and our products. Your role is to drive the Apple business in a retail Read more
*Apple* Watch SW Application Project Manager...
**Job Summary** The Apple Watch software team is looking for an Application Engineering Project Manager to work on new projects for Apple . The successful candidate Read more
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