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Thursday April 21

06:15
Upcoming BR30 Outdoor smart bulb is iOS compatible

The connected home now encompasses the outdoors with ilumi’s upcoming BR30 Outdoor. It’s outdoor-rated LED smart bulb that’s iOS compatible.

Through its waterproof construction, it can take on rain and splashes from all angles. With its MeshTek Bluetooth Smart connection and color-tunable smartbulbs, the BR30 Outdoor — due this summer — can be used to create several ambiances in your backyard.

You can connect and control up to 50 ilumi Smartbulbs at once with a Bluetooth range of up to 150 feet, all from the convenience your iPhone or iPad thanks to a free app that’s available at the Apple App Store. The folks at ileum say the use of MeshTek technology eliminates the need for cumbersome hubs, restricting standard Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections.

The free app contains several experiences and features, such as: Vacation Mode, which prompts lights to illuminate at scheduled times to provide additional peace of mind...

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05:50
Lenovo's ZUK phone puts other Chinese flagships...

ZUK, a Chinese smartphone brand that you may have already forgotten about, has recently joined the ranks of Moto and Vibe to become Lenovo's latest mobile sub-brand. That wasn't the plan when Lenovo started restructuring its mobile division last year...

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05:49
Patent report: Touch ID for your palms (and cheeks...

Apple files for — and is granted — lots of patents by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Many are for inventions that never see the light of day. However, you never can tell which ones will materialize in a real product, so here are today’s patent highlights: 

A newly granted patent (number 20160110027) hints at future iOS devices (and, theoretically, Macs) that could offer multi-touch input discrimination. Their touch screens would not only recognize your fingerprints and thumbprints, but also your palm, and even your cheek, patterns using a using a “patch eccentricity parameter.”

Apple says that, unlike earlier input devices, touch surfaces now becoming available are capable of simultaneously detecting multiple objects as they approach and/or contact the touch-surface, and detecting object shapes in much more detail. To take advantage of this capability, it’s necessary to measure, identify and distinguish between the many kinds of objects that...

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05:30
The Marines are fitting their tanks with anti-...

The US Marine Corps believes it's time to upgrade their trusty tanks with technology that can detect and deflect incoming missiles. In fact, it's joining forces with the Army to test out the Israeli Trophy Active Protection System (APS). When Trophy'...

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05:00
2017 iPhone May Be a Glass Act


Apple has been developing a glass casing for a new iPhone with an AMOLED display to be unveiled in 2017, Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst at KGI Securities, reportedly said this week in a note to investors. That would mark a return to the design of the iPhone 4 and 4s, both of which had glass cases. The use of the AMOLED screen will offset the heavier weight of a glass back for the device. No more than 40 percent of iPhones will be made with aluminum bodies once the glass device is launched, Kuo predicted.

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05:00
Google is bringing TV listings to search results

In its quest to bring more valuable information to search, Google will soon add live TV listings to results, allowing you to find out exactly when and what channel your favourite film or TV show is on next. The new module won't just include cable or...

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04:43
Supply-chain report says iPhone SE taking Chinese...

We’ve been hearing mixed reports about iPhone SE sales in general, but Apple’s latest 4-incher does appear to be a big hit in China. After a previous report claimed third-party retailers in the country received 3.4M preorders before the phone went on sale, a new supply-chain report says that local brands like Xiaomi and Huawei are being hit hard by Apple offering its cheapest-ever iPhone.

more…

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04:21
The VERT app/hardware combo may leave you feeling a...

Do you need/want to know how high you can jump? Do you want to know enough to spend $124.99? If so, the VERT is just what you're looking for. 

It's a device worn near the waist of an athlete either by the VERT training clip or integrated within an article of clothing such as the VERT active waistband. VERT measures your jump and transmits the data to a smart phone or tablet, such as the iPhone or iPad.

To use, you'll need to charge it (two hours for the first time of use), which you can do via a USB plug that comes with the device. After it's charged, setting it up is a simple matter. Well, except for the fact that the small instruction booklet tells you to wear the VERT during "practice or game performance" and, on the very same page says that "VERT CLIP is NOT to be used during practice or game performance." 

Confusing, to say the least. However, I did wear mine while playing pick-up basketball games. If I...

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04:14
Apple applies for patent on headphones that switch...

With Apple widely believed to be planning to drop the headphone socket in the iPhone 7 in favor of Lightning-connected and wireless headphones, a patent application published today describes how a single set of headphones could switch smoothly between wired and wireless modes without any interruption of playback.

There’s of course nothing new in headphones that support both wired and wireless use – many Bluetooth headphones come supplied...

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04:00
Windows 10 Mobile preview lets you text from your PC

Microsoft is trying hard to unify Windows 10 across devices, so now your PC can act like a phone. The latest Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview update features an app called "Messaging Everywhere" that lets you send and receive cellular text messages...

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04:00
GoodSync is a good back-up/syncing solution, though...

If you want to keep your files safe and in sync, GoodSync is a decent, if not great, option for doing so. Available in Mac OS X, iOS, Windows, and Android versions, it backs up and syncs music, photos, videos, email, text documents and more between desktops, laptops, servers, and external drives -- all without using cloud-based services.

GoodSync -- which costs $29.95 for a single computer license for Mac OS X (which is the version I’m reviewing here)— offers true bi-directional synchronization -- in other words, syncing flows both ways. This means changes to the files at either syncing location are mirrored at the other. Or you can do one-way syncing -- which, basically, is a back-up routine.

GoodSync's interface isn't flashy, but, once you get the hang of it, it's functional. It allows you to quit manually transferring and backing up your data. After configuring GoodSync and creating sync or backup profiles, the...

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03:06
Facebook Messenger gets group calling with up to 50...

While Facebook is obsessed with bots, it's not the only new feature the company has been working on for Messenger. The app will soon be getting group calls which, as its name implies, allows you to have an audio-based conversation with multiple peopl...

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02:25
Scientists design fast, flexible transistor for...

A team of University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have devised a cheap method to make impressively fast and flexible silicon-based transistors. Their technique involves using beams of electrons to create reusable molds of the patterns they want,...

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01:55
Apple invention prevents headphone audio dropouts in...

An Apple patent application covering a wireless hybrid headphone system was published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday, suggesting the company is continuing work on a Lightning-equipped audio product some expect will replace wired EarPods if and when iPhone ships without a 3.5mm headphone jack.

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01:42
Australian researchers developed a blood test for...

By the time Parkinson's disease makes itself known in humans, it's already too late for treatment. But La Trobe University in Australia has developed a test that detects a biomarker present in blood cells in folks with the disease. The school describ...

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01:00
Bang and Olufsen's new compact speaker packs...

Bang and Olufsen is well-known for its high-end audio gear, but the Danish electronics company has a number of portable devices under its belt, too. Today, the company announced the BeoPlay A1: the company's smallest portable speaker to date. The Blu...

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Wednesday April 20

17:32
Samsung to produce 2nd-generation 10nm chips this...

Apple A-series chip supplier Samsung this week announced plans to put a next-generation 10-nanometer chip fabrication process into production later this year, with the new technology supposedly affording a 10 percent increase in efficiency over existing iterations.

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16:39
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Xenial Xerus Makes Its Debut


Canonical on Thursday launched Ubuntu 16.04, aka "Xenial Xerus," an upgrade that will be supported for the next five years. The latest version for all desktop, server and cloud editions will be available for download starting Thursday. Ubuntu 16.04 includes four major technology advancements geared toward multiplatform uses. Xenial Xerus is the sixth Long Term Support release for Ubuntu. It marks the first time the platform is supported on mainframes, making it one of the world's largest and most powerful Linux systems, the company said.

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15:09
Apple delays earnings announcement due to Bill...

Apple is delaying its earnings release by a day due to a memorial service for technology icon Bill Campbell.

The company was set to report after Monday's close. It's now going to post results on Tuesday, April 26, after the closing bell. Apple will hold a conference call webcast to go along with earnings, which is now set for Tuesday at 5 p.m. (Eastern).

Buy a Gazelle Certified iPhone 5S 16GB AT&T for less than $12/month with 18 month financing*

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15:00
Trade-in guide: Where to get the most money for your...

The best time to sell your old iPhone or iPad is when Apple introduces new models, like it did this month with the iPhone SE and 9.7" iPad Pro. Here's a guide to help you sell your old device for the highest value to Apple, Gazelle, BuyBack World, Next Worth, Amazon, or one of the many other buyback services. [Updated Pricing 4/20/16]

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14:48
The 8 best hockey movies ever, in celebration of the...

All of Canada is in mourning because none of our NHL teams managed to make the playoffs this year. You can sooth the pain with some of these. The number one movie is obvious but I highly recommend the surprisingly sweet “Goon”, shot partially in my hometown of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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14:37
Apple pushes Q2 2016 earnings call livestream to...

[UPDATE: Apple has now said that its reasoning for delaying the earnings call is because of the memorial service for former board member and tech icon Bill Campbell, who passed away this week.]

MORE: Apple says reason for delaying earnings report by one day to April 26 is due to memorial service for tech icon Bill Campbell.

— CNBC Now (@CNBCnow) April 20, 2016

Apple today has updated its investor relations page to reflect that its second quarter earnings call will now take place on Tuesday, April 26th. Previously, the company had said that it would hold the call on Monday, April 25th.

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14:29
Apple reschedules Q2 2016 earnings conference call...

In an update to its website on Wednesday, Apple quietly pushed back its quarterly earnings conference call for the second quarter of 2016 by one day to Tuesday, April 26.

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14:25
Initial tests point to 15% faster CPU performance,...

Apple’s next-gen 12-inch retina MacBook is out the door and the numbers have been run on it.

Over at Geekbench, Christina Warren noted that that 1.2 GHz configuration runs around 15 to 18 percent faster CPU performance compared to last year’s equivalent model. The notebook earned a single-core score of 2,894 and a multi-core score of 5,845, versus 2,437 single-core and 5,049 multi-core scores for the previous generation 1.2GHz model.

Also of note are early BlackMagic disk speed tests, which have seen write speeds that are up to 80 or 90 percent faster than the write speeds in the previous-generation MacBook. Read speeds are also improved.

Unfortunately, some elements have remained static. A 480p FaceTime camera has met with some...

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13:32
Sony revamps Crackle iOS app with AirPlay &...

Sony on Wednesday updated its Crackle video streaming app for iOS with many new features, including AirPlay and Apple Watch support, while Facebook began rolling out group voice calls for Messenger.

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13:23
Behind the scenes at Coachella

Each April thousands of music fans flock to the Southern California desert for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. Now in its 17th year, the event has expanded to eight booming stages and tents where musicians perform. We visited on the first of the event’s two weekends—the second weekend kicks off on Friday—for a look at the personal effects and habits of musicians and others helping to make the festival happen.

This was a fun article by Leah Latella at WSJ. Lots of pics too.

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13:17
Khoi Vinh on the Apple Pencil

I’m still having a lot of fun with Apple Pencil and Adobe Illustrator Draw (see what I made with them last week). Here’s a new drawing, of a young Elvis Costello. I’m not sure if I got the likeness really right, as portraits are not really my thing. But I do know I had a lot of fun doing it.

Khoi is a talented guy and I have a lot of respect for him.

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13:11
Apple: Inspiration for Teachers

Tips, lesson materials, stories, and other resources to help you get the most out of your Apple products and bring fresh ideas to your classroom.

I love the sites Apple puts together for education. It’s so important to help teachers integrate technology into the classroom.

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13:10
Almost Nothing About the 'Apple Harvests Gold...

Jason Koebler, reporting for Motherboard: You may have seen a viral headline floating around over the last few days: Apple recycled $40 million worth of gold last year, which was extracted from iPhones. Almost none of what was reported is true. [...] Here is the truth: Apple paid independent recyclers to recycle old electronics -- which were almost never Apple products, by the way -- because it's required by law to do so. Far from banking $40 million on the prospect, Apple likely ended up taking an overall monetary loss. This is not because Apple is a bad actor or is hiding anything, it's simply how the industry works. All electronics manufacturers that sell products in the United States are required to do e-waste recycling under laws enacted in 25 states. The laws are different in each state, but none of them require Apple to recycle Apple products. Instead, they usually require manufacturers to recycle a certain amount of pounds of e-waste, which is linked to either their market...

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12:45
Happy Hour Podcast 063 | New MacBooks, future iPhone...

In this episode, Benjamin and Jeff talk about the newly announced MacBooks, speculate on future MacBooks and iPhone redesigns, as well as the WWDC announcement and early expectations for Apple’s upcoming software announcements for iOS 10, OS X 10.12 (macOS?), watchOS and tvOS. The Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and through our dedicated RSS feed.

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Filed under: Happy Hour Tagged: Happy Hour, iOS, iOS 10, MacOs, OS X,...

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12:44
Poll: Should Apple give its other products the rose...

Yesterday Apple updated its 12-inch MacBook with some refreshed internal components and new a rose gold color. We already heard you loud and clear when we asked if Apple should bring new color options with the iPhone 7, but should it also give its other products and accessories the rose gold, gold, space gray treatment?

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12:30
Rumor: Control of user data railroaded 'Project...

Apple was said to be involved in negotiations with automakers BMW and Daimler, but discussions fell apart because the parties couldn't agree on who would own and protect the data associated with a connected, self-driving car.

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12:23
Typinator 6.9 makes switching from TextExpander a...

For those of you thinking about making the switch, this may help. Typinator is a well regarded piece of software.

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11:44
Google's Inbox puts organizing skills to work...

Google named its new email app Inbox for a reason: the company wants it to be the hub for a lot more than just mail. 

That vision is expanding, as Google unveiled three new features that are coming to the Android, iOS, and web apps. The first organizes event details based on messages around the same topic. Inbox will then use those details to keep all the information about that upcoming outing up to date.

Official Gmail Blog

Inbox will now organize emails based on a shared event.

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11:30
Can Switzerland Become a Safe Haven For the World...

An anonymous reader shares an interesting article on Daily Dot which lists a number of reasons why Switzerland should be deemed as the nation for storing all of your data. The article reads: As United States and European Union regulators debate a sweeping new data-privacy agreement, Switzerland is presenting itself as a viable neutral location for storing the world's data thanks to strict privacy laws and ideal infrastructure. The Swiss constitution guarantees data privacy under Article 13. The country's laws protecting privacy are similar to those enacted by the E.U. Swiss data protections are also, in some cases, much stricter than those of the E.U., according to Nicola Benz, attorney at Swiss law firm Froriep. And since Switzerland is not part of the E.U., data stored there remains outside the reach of the union's authorities. [...] The country's tight privacy laws could make the small nation more attractive to privacy-focused start-ups. And it already has that momentum. After...

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11:29
Review: Qwerkywriter, the Bluetooth keyboard that...

I’m old enough to have started writing on a typewriter – albeit, as a kid. I couldn’t imagine going back to one now, but there is something rather lovely about the sound and rhythm of the keys. For creative writing, I actually use an app that creates simulated typewriter sounds, simply because I find that puts me in the right mindset.

So when I spotted the Qwerkywriter on Kickstarter ages ago, I always meant to check it out. A recent post on 9to5Toys reminded me about it. From photos, I loved the look. My questions were whether it would look as good in real-life as it does in the photos, whether it would turn out to be a novelty or a serious keyboard – and whether it could possibly justify that $349 price-tag?

So yesterday...

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11:19
How-To: Create an Apple Music playlist preview widget

If you’re an Apple Music subscriber, Apple makes it easy to create an embeddable playlist preview widget via its Apple Music website. All it takes is the share URL from the playlist of your choice, and the widget generator does the rest of the heavy lifting.

The widget is limited to 30-second previews of all of the songs included in the selected playlist. At the bottom of the widget, you’ll find a link to Apple Music, where playlist listeners who aren’t yet subscribers can sign up for a free 3-month trial subscription. more…

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11:18
Europe charges Google over Android licensing...

The European Commission has alleged demands by Google on phone makers regarding its Android operating system are anti-competitive.

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11:15
The Week in Mac Apps: Map your photos with the new...

...plus, create your own crossword puzzles

This week’s roundup of new Mac apps shows off an updated version of HoudahGeo 5, a tool for geo-tagging your photos. Plus, apps for creating desktop backgrounds, crossword puzzles, and more.

Cookie 5 - More privacy, better browsing 5.0.4

If you’re looking to gain more control over your browser experience, SweetP Productions’s $8 Cookie 5 (Mac App Store Link) offers a solid solution to managing your privacy.

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10:51
Apple Watch Hermes now available from Apple &...

The special Hermes models of the Apple Watch can now be bought from Apple and Hermes stores in 17 more cities worldwide, on top of the original handful of locations, Apple announced via its website.

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10:43
EU Levels Antitrust Charges Against Abusive Android


The European Commission on Wednesday charged that Google breached EU antitrust rules by seeking to maintain and expand the dominance of its Android operating system. "A competitive mobile Internet sector is increasingly important for consumers and businesses in Europe," said the EC's antitrust chief, Margrethe Vestager. "Based on our investigation thus far, we believe that Google's behavior denies consumers a wider choice of mobile apps and services and stands in the way of innovation by other players, in breach of EU antitrust rules."

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10:35
StorNext FX 5.2.2 clients Windows & Linux

Forums: General Xsan Talk

I'm thinking of purchasing one/two client for Windows and Linux to accompany a small Xsan 4.1. setup used for postproduction work.

Would the StorNext-Fx-4.7 license (link below) entitle you to the later versions? i.e. StorNext-Fx 5.2.2 so it's compatible with Xsan 4.1.

https://www.cdw.com/shop/products/Quantum-StorNext-FX-v.-4.7-or-later-li...

It seems a relatively simple question but I can't find the answer anywhere.

Thanks in advance

Damien

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10:15
AC/DC’s Brian Johnson releases statement

I feel so bad for Brian.

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10:09
Podcast 504: New MacBooks and WWDC 2016 dates

Sometimes new Apple products are announced with fanfare at a fancy event. Sometimes they just get a new processor and a press release. The first MacBook got an event, and on Tuesday Apple put out a press release about the second MacBook revision, with a processor bump, a new rose gold color, and an extra hour of battery life. Glenn and Susie are a bit underwhelmed by this underwhelming development, but Glenn’s still really enjoying the first-gen MacBook he’s used all year.

Elsewhere, Apple’s encryption tussle with the government has moved to New York, and Apple filed a briefing last week pointing out the weakness of the government’s appeal. And WWDC dates were announced: June 13 to 17 in San Francisco. A lottery is on now for tickets, and hotel rooms are already expensive, so our pro tip is to consider staying in beautiful downtown Oakland and riding BART to San Francisco instead. Can’t wait!

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10:07
Apple issues second beta of iOS 9.3.2, restores...

Members of Apple's registered developer program can now get their hands on a second pre-release beta of iOS 9.3.2, a forthcoming maintenance and security update for iPhone and iPad that also restores the ability to use Night Shift while in Low Power Mode. New betas of watchOS 2.2.1 and OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 are also available.

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10:05
Final Cut Pro X helps small company delight world’s...

When Trim Editing started creating music videos over a decade ago, just paying the rent was a huge accomplishment. Now, the small East London company is crafting award-winning visuals for big brands — like Audi, Nike, Adidas, and Guinness — propelled by the power of Final Cut Pro X. The video editing software’s comprehensive features allow Trim Editing to organize film and audio clips, pull together compelling projects, and make changes on the fly. “When I’m playing back an edit for a director, they’ll say, ‘Okay, let’s go and make those changes I talked about.’ I’ll say, ‘Oh, no, they’re already done,’ and we’ll jump back and watch it again. People can’t believe that I’ve magically done the change before we even finish playback,” says editor Thomas Grove Carter.

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09:57
Using Apple Watch to control Apple TV

I thought this was a great article. I’ll give this a try later today.

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09:43
Apple, Google workers among top donors to Bernie...

Google and Apple are among the most common employers of people donating to the campaign of Bernie Sanders, who's vying against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections.

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09:25
External Link: Why Apple Stinks at Services

Analyst Ben Thompson takes a hard look at Apple’s organizational structure to explain why the company excels at hardware, but performs poorly with services. Using DuPont’s shaky pivot from gunpowder to paint, Thompson illustrates why it will take a major organizational shakeup for Apple to succeed in services. With its executives indicating that they believe services are important to the future of the company, Apple may have no other choice than to create an entirely new division with a corporate structure better suited for online services, while separately maintaining the existing structure that has been so successful with hardware.

 

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09:19
Apple to pay $24.9 million to settle Siri patent...

Apple has agreed to pay $24.9 million to a patent holding company to resolve a 5-year-old lawsuit accusing Siri of infringing one of its patents.

Apple will pay the money to Marathon Patent Group, the parent company of Texas firm Dynamic Advances, which held an exclusive license to a 2007 patent covering natural language user interfaces for enterprise databases. Marathon reported the settlement in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Tuesday.

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08:14
Apple adds more than 50 new banks and credit unions...

In addition to adding Apple Pay support to its sixth country, Singapore, recently, Apple added yet another crop of United States banks and credit unions that can add their credit and debit cards to Apple Pay.

The list goes as follows:

Access Federal Credit Union
Alcoa Tenn Federal Credit Union
Audubon Savings Bank
Bank of Stockton
Barrington Bank & Trust Company N.A.
Beverly Bank & Trust Company N.A.
Champlain National Bank
Community Trust Bank
Connected Credit Union

Country Club Bank
Crystal Lake Bank & Trust Company N.A.
Englewood Bank & Trust
Financial Horizons Credit Union
Financial Plus Credit Union
First & Farmers National Bank
First...

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07:52
Review: LG’s 34″ UltraWide curved monitor is great...

As someone who uses timeline-based apps such as Logic Pro X and Final Cut Pro X on a regular basis, horizontal display real estate is incredibly important to me. When it comes to editing video and audio, the bigger the monitor the better.

With the recent popularity of extra-wide 21:9 monitors, I’ve come to understand that width can make a major difference in managing timeline-based editing workflows as well. The extra horizontal real estate is also a nice option for watching movies shot with a 2.39:1 aspect ratio.

With this in mind, I’ve been looking forward to going hands-on with a 21:9 display. LG’s 34UC98 UltraWide IPS monitor is not only extremely wide at 3440 x 1440, but it’s curved as well. How does this new display fit...

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07:07
Apple hires former Tesla VP of Vehicle Engineering...

Porritt was a former Chief Engineer at Aston Martin, certainly a solid hire for Apple, not a “Tesla Graveyard” pick.

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07:01
Chatbots land on Skype's Mac client and web app

If you’ve been dying to try out Skype bots but don't have a Windows PC, Android, or iOS device to chat on, you’re finally in luck. Skype recently rolled out bot integration to the Mac client and the service’s beta web app.

There are only six bots to try out right now, which is to be expected since this is still a preview feature. Despite the small numbers, some of the automated services are fairly useful. Give Bing News some keywords such as “Presidential election” and you get three recent headlines for that topic.

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06:40
External Link: Apple Joins Tech Giants to Call Anti-...

Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Diane Feinstein (D-CA) have proposed a bill that would punish companies like Apple that refuse to comply with decryption orders. Now the Reform Government Surveillance Coalition, which includes Apple, Dropbox, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter, has published an open letter calling the proposed legislation “unworkable,” saying that it would “weaken the very defenses we need to protect us from people who want to cause economic and physical harm.” So far, there isn’t much cause for alarm, because the bill is only a draft; it’s still a long way from even reaching the Senate floor, much less becoming law. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) has vowed to filibuster the bill if it reaches the Senate floor.

 

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05:54
Apple, others pen letter opposing the anti-...

The Reform Government Surveillance coalition — which includes Apple, Dropbox, Evernote, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, and Yahoo! — have written a letter to the two Senators behind the anti-encryption Burr-Feinstein bill explaining why it’s a very bad thing.

Among its many provisions, the draft bill mandates that tech companies make all of their online data "intelligible" when presented with a court order. The bill defines intelligible as "decrypted, deciphered, decoded, demodulated, or deobfuscated" to "the Government of the United States and the government of the District of Columbia, or any commonwealth or possession of the United States, of an Indian Tribe, or of any State or political subdivision thereof.”

This bill — proposed by Sens. Richard Burr (R) of North Carolina and Dianne Feinstein (D) of California (both pictured) — would make us all less safe. t would force American companies to keep...

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05:32
Apple employees among the top contributors to Bernie...

Funding data published by the Federal Elections Commission reveals that the largest donors to Bernie Sanders’ election campaign PACs were employees of tech companies. Employees of Google parent company Alphabet donated the most, at a little over a quarter of a million dollars, while Apple employees collectively donated $85k.

more…

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05:13
Europe files antitrust charges against Google over...

The European Commission on Wednesday made new antitrust charges against Google, alleging that the company foisted its search application and the Chrome browser on Android smartphones makers as a condition to license its other apps and services.

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05:00
MIT Researchers Forge New Weapon for Code Warriors


MIT researchers have developed a fast, accurate system for identifying security flaws in Web apps written in Ruby on Rails, according to news reports published last week. In tests the researchers -- MIT Professor Daniel Jackson and Joseph Near, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California at Berkeley -- performed on 50 popular RoR apps, they uncovered 23 previously undiscovered security flaws. What's more, the longest amount of time it took to analyze any one program was 64 seconds.

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05:00
IDC: ‘ultra-thin, portable’ products will become...

Good news for the iPad Pro: a new analysis from the...

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04:50
Apple agrees to pay $24.9M to settle Siri patent...

Apple has agreed to pay $24.9M to settle a long-running lawsuit alleging that Siri violated a patent owned by a New York institute and exclusively licensed to a company in Dallas. The patent predates the launch of Siri by four years.

The Albany Business Review notes that Apple was sued not by the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, which holds the patent, but by Dallas-based Dynamic Advances, which licensed it. The company reportedly receives $5M now, and the balance after meeting unspecified conditions. In return, Apple gets a license to use the patented technology for three years.

The settlement means that the patent trial, due to take place in New York next month, will no longer proceed....

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04:30
Apple comes in fifth place among ‘100 Most Authentic...

Cohn & Wolfe has published its inaugural Authentic 100, an annual index of global brands ranked by consumer perception of authenticity. Among the top 10 brands are Apple (number five on the list), Disney (number one), BMW (number two), Microsoft (number three), Amazon (number four), Intel (number six), Audi (number seven), Samsung (number eight), Adidas (number nine), and Lego (number 10).

The 2016 study by the a global communications agency on authenticity defines what consumers believe are the individual attributes of authentic behavior and whether a brand displaying these attributes will affect the actions of consumers. The study identifies a large "authenticity gap" between brands and consumers, with 75 percent of nearly 12,000 consumers surveyed across 14 markets indicating that brands and companies have a credibility problem. Key findings of the study include:

  • High global cynicism: Consumer cynicism...
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04:10
Apple joins Google, Microsoft and others in an open...

Just a day after a prominent legal expert described the proposed anti-encryption Burr-Feinstein bill as unconstitutional, unenforceable and harmful, Apple has called the proposal ‘well-intentioned but ultimately unworkable.’

The description is in an open letter from the Reform Government Surveillance coalition, of which Apple is a key member, alongside companies such as Google, Dropbox, Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter. The letter, addressed to the two Senators behind the proposed bill, explains why it would be harmful to the interests of both the U.S. people and American businesses …...

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Tuesday April 19

19:08
Dearth of new data from San Bernardino iPhone...

Law enforcement sources on Tuesday said that while an iPhone linked to last year's San Bernardino shootings has yielded no actionable intel, the dearth of new information has actually helped the FBI investigation into the terror attack.

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18:24
Lawsuit asks Justice Department to reveal decryption...

Do you want to know whether or not US officials have ever forced a company to decrypt data to aid in an investigation? So does the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The civil liberties group has sued the Department of Justice to make it reveal whethe...

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17:36
Apple’s tribute to Bill Campbell
17:24
Report: While no new data was found on the San...

CNN today reports that while the FBI did not find anything new on the San Bernardino iPhone 5c that it unlocked without Apple’s help, it has “produced data the FBI didn’t have before.” Essentially, not finding anything new on the device is what the FBI needed to know in order to answer some of its remaining questions regarding the case.

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17:23
Apple actviates web previews for select Apple TV apps

As part of ongoing efforts to build out its new tvOS App Store, Apple on Tuesday activated iTunes web previews for fourth-generation Apple TV apps, allowing potential buyers to browse current offerings without turning on their television.

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16:50
Piper Jaffray: Apple's services business saw...

Pulling data from Apple's December 2015 earnings report, investment bank Piper Jaffray estimates gross margins on the company's rarely discussed services business could be above 60 percent. And that figure is expected to grow.

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16:47
FBI Tells Congress It Needs Hackers To Keep Up With...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from BuzzFeed: A high ranking technology official with the FBI told members of Congress Tuesday that the agency is incapable of cracking locked phones and devices on its own, even with additional resources. Amy Hess, the agency's executive assistant director for science and technology told a panel of the House Energy and Commerce Committee that encrypted communications continue to pose a challenge to the American law enforcement, and to the safety of the American public. But when asked by lawmakers to provide a practical solution beyond the FBI's talking points, she said that the cooperation of technology companies would be necessary. According to the New York Times, "The FBI defended its hiring of a third-party company to break into an iPhone used by a gunman in last year's San Bernardino, Calif., mass shooting, telling some lawmakers on Tuesday that it needed to join with partners in the rarefied world of for-profit hackers as technology...

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16:32
Remembering Bill Campbell

This is a great piece from Adam Lashinsky. Take a minute and read it.

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16:31
Here’s how Apple’s refreshed 12-inch MacBook...

Earlier today, Apple took wraps off of a refreshed 12-inch MacBook just over a year after the line was first introduced. While Apple is touting that this MacBook is faster and offers longer battery life than last year’s model, the company is notoriously vague when it comes to sharing under-the-hood details on its product pages. We’ve done some digging, however, and will attempt to break down all of the differences between last year’s 12-inch MacBook and this year’s upgraded model.

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16:26
Apple slowly rolling out ability to preview fourth-...

At long last, Apple today has started rolling out web links and iTunes web previews for tvOS apps, similar to how links to iOS/Mac apps and iTunes content has worked for years now. As reported by MacStories, users will now be able to easily share links to fourth-gen Apple TV apps on their computer and subsequently be able to view app details, as well.

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16:14
Apple's MacBook Refresh Draws Tepid Response


Apple on Tuesday announced a refreshed MacBook with some incremental improvements but nothing likely to dazzle even the staunchest Mac fans. The improved battery life and fanless design got the attention of Eric Smith, a senior analyst at Strategy Analytics. "Battery life is always top of mind for consumers," he said. However, he was "a little disappointed" that there has been no improvement to display resolution, as "more PC OEMs are going to 4K displays in this price tier." The MacBook starts at $1,300.

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15:58
Killer Deal: Apple's 13" MacBook Air for $...

For the next 48 hours, AI readers can grab the lowest price ever offered on remaining inventory of Apple's 13" MacBook Air (1.6GHz, 4GB, 128GB) at $799, with free expedited shipping and no sales tax outside NY. Or pick up the new baseline model with 8GB of RAM for $979.

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15:14
Apple Pay support expands to over 50 more US banks...

Following a market expansion into Singapore, Apple on Tuesday announced Apple Pay integration with 59 new U.S. card issuing banks and credit unions, bringing the total number of supported domestic financial institutions to 1,199.

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14:36
Apple conferences offer discounts in response to...

Being in San Francisco for WWDC is getting expensive. Really expensive. For many people airfare + hotel in 2016 will cost twice as much as it did in 2014: upwards of $2,000 USD. That’s more than the price of getting into the event itself (assuming you’re lucky enough to win a ticket)! Already tons of our friends have said they have to skip this year and might not be back.

But it’s OK: the iOS and Mac community isn’t limited to San Francisco once a year.

The high cost of hotels, etc. certainly isn’t Apple’s fault, but it’s nice to see some of the independent conferences come together and offer users an alternative.

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14:30
AWT News Update: April 19, 2016

Here's your daily dose of fresh news from the world of Apple:

  • Apple testifies in front of Congress about encryption
  • Intel, which makes processors for Macs, will lay off 11% of its workforce
  • Pinterest updates its iOS app with a little help from the original Mac icon designer
  • Apple Pay expands to its sixth country and adds more US banks and credit unions
  • Picking up a new MacBook tomorrow? There's an update for it already

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for April 19, 2016.

Apple recently released figures showing that the company received over 30,000 requests from US law enforcement agencies in 2015 to turn over user...

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14:26
Apple Pay adds support for 61 new U.S. banks

You can see Apple’s full list of supported banks and countries. I love Apple Pay.

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14:19
Apple to adopt AMD's new Polaris graphics chips...

AMD's latest graphics chips, the Polaris 10 and 11, will make their way into Apple desktops and laptops shipping later this year, a report said on Tuesday.

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14:15
EU antitrust chief expected to charge Google

Europe’s antitrust chief is expected to hit Google on Wednesday with anti-competitive charges concerning its Android mobile phone operating system, two people familiar with the matter said.

Google is already in a battle with the EU over promoting its shopping service in search results.

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14:09
Notable apps and app updates for April 19, 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.

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

Upspace has announced Upspace 1.0.1 for OS X. It’s an update to their menubar uploader for Dropbox. Using the Dropbox infrastructure, it was built specifically for those who need to share a lot of screenshots and files during the day. 

Just choose a file and drag it to the menubar. Ups pace provides you with a short link automatically copied to your clipboard so that you can use to share your upload with co-workers and friends. Version 1.0.1 includes various bug fixes.

Upspace 1.0.1 requires OS X 10.10 or later. It costs $3.99 and is available through the Mac App Store in the Productivity...

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14:03
Sources: Data from San Bernardino phone has helped...

A question many outside security experts will ask is, what took the FBI so long? Supposedly, the phone had been unlocked a couple of weeks ago.

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13:41
Apple Says it rejected Chinese demand for source code

Apple will continue to get these request from both foreign and domestic governments which is why they are working hard at locking down security in iOS so these requests become moot.

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13:38
Apple settles Siri lawsuit with Rensselaer, Dallas...

Is it just me (and this feels weird to say) but does $25 million seem like not a lot of money to settle this lawsuit?

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13:34
YouTube Wants You to See the World From Every Angle


YouTube on Monday announced the rollout of live-streaming 360-degree video and spatial audio, part of the company's push to boost its reach in the growing market for immersive video and virtual reality. The company has provided support for 360-degree video for more than a year, but it has been working with content creators to push the technology even further to bring fans into live events when they cannot be there themselves, Chief Product Officer Neal Mohan said.

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13:33
Intel announces “restructuring initiative to...

The press release is typical marketing speak. Bottom line is a lot of good people lost their jobs today.

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13:30
Ten One Design Blockhead: A surprisingly intelligent...

Ten One Design Blockhead (left). Photo by Steve Sande

There's always been a design problem with most MacBook AC adapters: when you just use the adapter and unfold the prongs to plug it into the wall socket, the adapter sticks straight out, making it difficult to plug into sockets located behind furniture. Sure, you could always use the extension cord included with a lot of MacBooks -- you just pull off the "duck head" piece with the plugs, and plug the extension cord in -- but who wants to carry that long extension cord everywhere? This problem has a good solution now in the form of the Ten One Design Blockhead (US$19.95 or $34.94 for two). 

Design

The idea of Blockhead is simple; it replaces the duck head on your standard Apple AC adapter with one that has the prongs at a 90° angle. What that means is that when the adapter is plugged into the wall with Blockhead installed,...

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13:29
Sports Fans and Social Media, Part 1: It's a...


Twitter and the National Football League are betting that a partnership announced this month could help refine the roughly defined relationship between social media and the world of sports. The NFL set out to reclaim fans who chewed through their cable TV cords and strayed from the flock of football faithful, while Twitter's motive in agreeing to stream 10 gridiron games during the 2016 season was growth and retention. The NFL fielded offers from Facebook, Amazon and others, but Twitter's reach and relevance to fans of the game won it over.

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13:00
Apple denied Chinese government requests for source...

Chinese authorities have asked Apple to turn over source code twice in the past two years, but the company refused in both cases, Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell told a hearing of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Tuesday.

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12:53
Rumor: Apple to use AMD’s Polaris architecture in...

Apple is apparently planning to use AMD's Polaris architecture in both its upcoming laptops and desktops, according to a Digital Trends report. Polaris 10 and 11 chips — formerly referred to under the codenames Ellesmere and Baffin — are expected to be used in hardware hitting the market later this year.

Polaris is built on the 14nm FinFET process with some major power efficiency numbers, which is something Apple is always pushing towards. Most likely they’ll pop up in MacBook Pros and iMacs, which could be previewed at June’s Apple Worldwide Developer Conference. AMD is expected launch its Polaris-based family of GPUs at Computex 2016 (May 31-June 4) or E3 2016 (June 14-17).

Chances that this rumor is true (IMHO): 90%. I predict we’ll see Polaris...

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12:39
China’s quarterly iOS revenue grew nearly 2.2x year-...

China’s quarterly iOS revenue grew nearly 2.2x year-over-year from the first quarter of 2015 to the first quarter of 2016, mostly from in-app purchases within mobile games, according to the “App Annie Index Market Q1 2016."

Asia continues to reign in iOS revenue, but last quarter, China leapt ahead of Japan on the revenue rankings thanks to its legions of mobile gamers. App Annie — which provides analytics services and market intelligence to app developers — also notes that entertainment and music app revenue is “exploding” in the U.S. and China with major apps adding subscription revenue models.

The report notes that Google’s Play Store saw a number of downloads that roughly doubles that of the Apple App Store. As established markets continue to see revenue rise, emerging markets — Vietnam, Argentina and Egypt in particular — are experiencing significant download growth on Google...

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11:40
Apple Refused China Request For Source Code In Last...

Dustin Volz, reporting for Reuters: Apple has been asked by Chinese authorities within the last two years to hand over its source code but refused to do so, the company's top lawyer told U.S. lawmakers at a hearing on Tuesday. Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell made the statement in response to a line of attack from law enforcement officials who have attempted to portray Apple as complicit in handing over information to Chinese authorities for business reasons while refusing to cooperate with U.S. requests for access to private data in criminal investigations. Apple and the FBI returned to Washington to testify before lawmakers about their heated disagreement over law enforcement access to encrypted devices, highlighted in the case of a locked iPhone linked to a gunman in last December's Islamist militant-inspired shootings in San Bernardino, California. Earlier in the hearing before a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee, Captain Charles Cohen, commander in the Indiana State...

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11:31
WaterField unveils its leather Atelier Folio for the...

WaterField Designs, one of my favorite makers of accessories for Apple products, has announced the $109 Atelier Folio for the Apple’s revamped 12-inch MacBook.

The laptop sleeve cradles the laptop in premium leather cut by WaterField’sartisans from one hide. Inside the laptop sleeve, red Ultrasuede scratch-free microfiber protects the MacBook's frame. The leather sheath closes with a magnetic snap.

The Atelier Folio is available in cognac-colored, full-grain, naturally-tanned leather. It joins two  leather iPad accessories as part of the WaterField Atelier Collection. The $29 Atelier Pencil Case for the iPad Apple Pencil and $69 iPad Gear Case to hold iPad cords and accessories...

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11:29
Unlocked San Bernadino iPhone providing some leads...

In spite of all the controversy and kerfuffle surrounding the San Bernadino iPhone and the steps taken to unlock it, sources are indicating that the FBI is getting some useful information and leads from the device.

Investigators are now more confident that terrorist Syed Farook didn’t make contact with another plotter during an 18-minute gap that the FBI said was missing from their time line of the attackers’ whereabouts after the mass shooting, the officials said. The phone has helped investigators address lingering concern that the two may have help, perhaps from friends and family.

While the unlocked iPhone 5c didn’t contain evidence of ISIS-associated contacts or the use of encrypted communications during the period the FBI was concerned about, officials are...

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10:30
Lawmakers call for middle ground on law enforcement...

Technology vendors and law enforcement agencies need to look for a compromise that allows police to gain access to encrypted devices during criminal investigations, lawmakers say.

Many tech vendors and privacy advocates have suggested there is no available compromise between strong security for device users and police access to encrypted communications. But members of a congressional committee on Tuesday pushed both sides in the ongoing encryption debate to look again for a possible middle ground.

As Apple and the FBI continue to argue in court about whether the company should assist the agency with unlocking iPhones, "it's time to begin a new chapter in this battle, one which I hope can...

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10:24
60 Minutes Shows How Network Flaw Makes Any...


An international team of cybersecurity experts hacked into an iPhone loaned to a U.S. congressman who sits on a key technology committee, in a 60 Minutes demonstration of how easy it is for a criminal to spy on callers by exploiting an international mobile phone network vulnerability. The hackers were able to listen in on a call by Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., who sits on the House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee, just by getting the actual phone number he was using, according to the program.

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10:18
Outdated Git version in OS X puts developers at risk

The OS X command line developer tools include an old version of the Git source code management system that exposes Mac users to remote code execution attacks.

The Git client allows developers to interact with source code repositories. It is not installed by default on Mac OS X, but it is included in the Command Line Tools package for Xcode, Apple’s integrated development environment (IDE).

Software developers who create applications for OS X or iOS are likely to use Xcode and to have Apple’s Command Line Tools package installed on their Macs. The latest version of this package includes Git version 2.6.4, released in December.

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09:57
Apple Updates 12-inch MacBook, Bumps MacBook Air RAM

Apple has refreshed the 12-inch MacBook Pro with faster internals and a new rose gold color option, but it’s still limited to 8 GB of RAM and a single USB-C port. Meanwhile, 8 GB of RAM is now standard in all 13-inch MacBook Airs.

 

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09:00
This electric bike is made for Imperial Stormtroopers

Zeitgeist's carbon-fiber electric bike will go up to 100 miles on a charge and looks like it was built for the Empire.

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