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Thursday October 8

The Big Mac Bundle: $17.99

We have a new app bundle for you today called The Big Mac Bundle. It has 14 productivity apps and optimization utilities for your Mac for a whopping $17.99. RapidWeaver, Ember, MacPilot, MacBooster 3, WiFi Radar Pro, and nine others. Check out the full list on the deal listing.

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2015 National Geographic Photo Contest entries

I always love these pictures. So amazing.

[Via Coudal]

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Using Apple Watch at night

Nice tip from Stephen Hackett. I might give this, and the app, a try.

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iPhone 6s shoots better video than pro Nikon DSLR

Obviously the iPhone is infinitely worse than any current DSLR for stills but surprisingly it appears to be a far better video camera than my $3000 DSLR when there is enough light present.

Very interesting.

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Apple responds to A9 chip battery life

Apple’s statement:

With the Apple-designed A9 chip in your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus, you are getting the most advanced smartphone chip in the world. Every chip we ship meets Apple’s highest standards for providing incredible performance and deliver great battery life, regardless of iPhone 6s capacity, color, or model.

Certain manufactured lab tests which run the processors with a continuous heavy workload until the battery depletes are not representative of real-world usage, since they spend an unrealistic amount of time at the highest CPU performance state. It’s a misleading way to measure real-world battery life. Our testing and customer data show the actual battery life of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, even taking into account variable component differences, vary within just 2-3% of each other.


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∞ Spongebob Sings Black Sabbath

I didn’t think I’d like this, but it was well done.

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AT&T granted Wi-Fi calling waiver, calls for...

AT&T was officially granted an FCC waiver this week to enable Wi-Fi calling for its customers with supported devices like iPhones running iOS 9. Wi-Fi Calling first appeared during the iOS 9 beta period and remained functional for those who enabled it previously, but AT&T stopped sign-ups for the feature once iOS 9 was publicly released due to requirements set by the Federal Communications Commission.

While AT&T has officially turned on Wi-Fi calling for its subscribers, the carrier is doubling down on its position that rivals T-Mobile and Sprint have...

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Silicon Valley will barely recognize the ‘Steve Jobs...


Academy Award-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin uses actual events to take the audience on an imagined — as in, fictional — series of fast-paced exchanges in the minutes before the curtain would rise on the introduction of each product.

But the writer and director weren’t looking to create a biopic that rigidly adhered to the details of Jobs’s life — rather, they wanted to create an “impressionistic portrait” that drew from real-life events.

The story is populated by events that never happened — such as a dramatic reimagining of preparations for the Mac’s demo in which it blows up in rehearsal, instead of declaring, “Hello, I am Macintosh. It sure is great to get out of that bag” — and long, stinging exchanges that aren’t drawn from any of the six biographies written about Jobs.

I’ll still see the movie but will be disappointed if only because I would have preferred more “reality”. Steve Jobs was such a fascinating person that his life story,...

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Episode 066 on TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2015—Office 365...
Review: Apple’s iPhone 6s + iPhone 6s Plus are nice...

This year’s iPhone launch week is over, so the earliest 13 million or so adopters are already playing with and forming opinions on the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Past history suggests that Apple will sell over 100 million of these phones over the next year or so, which means that there are a lot of people still deciding on which model to buy.

If you’re still on the fence about buying one of Apple’s latest and greatest smartphones, there are a few important things you need to know. On the surface, the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus look nearly identical to their ...

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Facebook experimenting with letting friends easily...

One of the many things Facebook does well is make it nearly impossible to miss when one of your friends turns another year older. On the web, birthday reminders are placed prominently near the top right with links to easily wish your pal a happy birthday, and on mobile Facebook has experimented with alerts and other ways to help you not forget someone’s big day.

Now Facebook appears to be testing an even more personal way to make your birthday wish stand out: video messages. The Next Web reports that some mobile users have seen a new ‘birthday video’ option appear under Facebook’s Birthdays section (although don’t worry if you don’t see it yet, I don’t have it either)....

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Apple's iPhone 6s 4K camera shoots better video...

The iPhone 6s shoots 4K video that, when downscaled, is superior to the 1080p video from a Nikon D750 DSLR setup costing between $3,000 and $4,000, according to a recent comparison.

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9to5Toys Lunch Break: Mac app bundle $18, Belkin...

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:


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OneNote—the Swiss Army Knife of education

Today’s post was written by Sandi Adams, technology project specialist for Cherokee County District.

Fall is my favorite time of year to get outdoors and spend some time hiking and backpacking. No matter if it is a day trip or overnight, I always pack my little Swiss Army Knife—my one tool with so many uses.

This time of year also involves my favorite education tool—OneNote. Like my Swiss Army Knife, OneNote is the one tool with many uses. A virtual notebook reminiscent of my old Trapper Keeper, OneNote organizes by sections or group sections with unlimited pages packed with documents, photos, emails, spreadsheets, recordings, inking and so much more. It gives me the ability to collaborate with colleagues and students, and best of all, I can access the most current version of my notebooks from my phone, iPad, Microsoft Surface, desktop or laptop.


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Sway adds OneDrive for Business integration, Sway...

Just a couple of weeks ago, Microsoft released Office 2016 worldwide. The new Office delivers new value for Office 365 subscribers with a focus on collaboration, apps that work for you, and a perfect pairing with Windows 10. Sway was built from the ground up for seamless co-authoring and it provides powerful design assistance hosted in the cloud. The powerful Sway app for Windows 10 combines the full richness of Sway on the web with additional capabilities on your PC or tablet.

Sway became generally available in August, and we’re continuing to release updates and address customer feedback just like we did during Sway Preview. We’re excited to announce that OneDrive for Business integration is available for customers signing in to Sway with Office 365 work and school accounts, as well as updates to Sway...

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The project manager’s guide to planning a perfect...

Being a project manager is a tough job. There are constant demands on your time, people to keep on track, pressure to do a certain amount of work in what often seems like an impossibly short amount of time and much more.

But it’s also a necessary role that can bring extraordinary value to your company. In fact, according to a study by PricewaterhouseCoopers, more than 60 percent of project failures are linked to internal issues such as insufficient resources or missed deadlines—i.e., situations a project manager can help avoid. In addition, it’s a growing industry, as more and more companies realize the importance of solid project management.

Being a project manager is like being a juggler who spins several plates in the air at once—not...

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Price increase coming for few remaining Verizon...

Verizon iPhone users still clinging on to their grandfathered unlimited data plans will shortly face a $20 price hike. The wireless carrier confirmed to CNET that it plans to raise the price of its old unlimited plan, meaning grandfathered customers will face a monthly data plan charge of $49. The price increase will take place once each individual contract expires…

VZW shifted away from unlimited data back in 2011, and since then, virtually all customers have moved on to the limited, tiered data plans as perks were taken away from the older plans. Only a very small number (less than 1%) of its subscriber base are still unlimited. Interestingly, ...

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Bowers & Wilkins debuts new Zeppelin Wireless...

Bowers & Wilkins on Thursday launched the Zeppelin Wireless, marking the now comparatively rare addition of another AirPlay device to the speaker market.

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Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Trackpad 2...

The third OS X El Capitan 10.11.1 beta seeded to developers yesterday contains references to a Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Trackpad 2, as spotted by French website Consomac. Apple could ship the next-generation keyboard and mouse accessories alongside the new 4K 21.5-inch Retina iMac expected to launch next week, although the exact release date remains uncertain.

Apple's current-generation Wireless Keyboard and Magic Mouse
A new Apple Wireless Keyboard and Magic Mouse 2, each featuring Bluetooth 4.2 and rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, first appeared in FCC filings in August. Apple also...

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Magic Trackpad 2, Magic Mouse 2 & Magic Keyboard...

Configuration files in Apple's latest beta of OS X 10.11.1 reveal a trio of new hardware updates likely to arrive soon: a new Magic Trackpad 2 and Magic Mouse 2, plus a Magic Keyboard.

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Apple Invents Tamper Prevention for eSIM (Apple SIM)

It's worth noting today that USPTO published a patent application from Apple's senior iOS engineers that focuses on "Tamper Prevention for Electronic Subscriber Module (eSIM) Type Parameters."

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Adobe makes Lightroom iOS apps completely free,...

The Lightroom photo workflow apps for iPhone and iPad are now completely free to use, ditching a former requirement to sign up for a Creative Cloud subscription or own the desktop software.

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Google Spearheads Effort to Hook Mobile Web on Speed

Google on Wednesday announced Accelerated Mobile Pages, or AMP, an open source initiative to speed up mobile Web page loading. The aim is to have Web pages with rich content -- such as video, animations and graphics -- work alongside smart ads and load instantly, with one code working across multiple platforms and devices. The project will use AMP HTML, an open framework based on existing Web technologies, which lets developers build lightweight Web pages. That raises the question of whether lightweight Web pages will lack rich content.

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Quark offers 40 percent discount on QuarkXPress...

Throughout the month of October, Quark Software is offering a 40 percent discount on QuarkXPress Upgrade Plans. With a QuarkXPress Upgrade Plan, users are guaranteed to receive all QuarkXPress upgrades free of charge over the course of the plan, including all new major version updates.

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Enhanced editions of Harry Potter books released on...

Apple has announced that enhanced editions of all seven books in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series are now available exclusively on the iBooks Store for readers around the world to enjoy on their iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac.

Customers can download individual books featuring full original text, interactive animations and elaborate artwork. Harry Potter fans will also find annotations throughout their literary journey, written by the author herself. 

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Let's have a Mac keyboard/mouse/touchpad with...

One of the iPhone 5's groundbreaking features was the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, which helps eliminate the need for passwords. The iPhone 6s/6s Plus upped the ante with the 3D Touch feature. So when will the Touch ID/3D Touch sensor make it to the Mac's keyboard/mouse/touchpad?

Touch ID offers a way to securely unlock your iPhone with the touch of a finger. Built into the home button, it uses a laser cut sapphire crystal, together with the capacitive touch sensor, to take a high-resolution image of your fingerprint and intelligently analyze it to provide accurate readings from any angle.

The Touch ID sensor recognizes the touch of a finger so the sensor is only activated when needed, preserving battery life on the iPhone. Touch ID can also be used as a secure way to approve purchases from the iTunes Store, App Store or iBookstore.

Imagine being able to do this on your Mac with a keyboard, mouse or touchpad built with a...

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Maintain serves up Cocktail 9.0.1 (El Capitan...

Maintain has announced Cocktail 9.0.1 (El Capitan Edition), the latest maintenance update for users running OS X El Capitan 10.11.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. This version adds OS X El Capitan 10.11 compatibility and fixes miscellaneous bugs discovered in the previous release. It also contains overall performance improvements. The update is highly recommended for all users of Cocktail (El Capitan Edition).

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Marked 2.5 for OS X gets multilingual spelling/...

Brett Terpstra has announced Marked 2.5 for OS X. It's a live-updating Markdown preview application with a full set of tools for writers.

Users can edit text documents in their favorite editor and Marked will provide the tools needed for previewing, proofreading, and polishing. Version 2.5 adds multilingual spelling and grammar checking, support for new applications, expanded export options, and advanced features for integration in writing workflows.

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Kool Tools: FotoJet

FotoJet (www.fotojet.com) is a free web app that lets you quickly create good-looking photo cards, collages and social media arts without any downloading or installing. And free is always good.

The app includes more than 560 designs. Pick one and you've started your project. Click the Collage category to show all the collage templates divided into six styles: Modern, Classic, Art, Holiday, 3D and Creative.

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Overflow helps you organize, free up the Mac OS X...

Sure, you can place the Applications folder in the Dock, but it's easier to use Overflow (US$14.95) from Stunt Software because, with it, you view only what you want, not everything in the Applications folder. 

The Mac app (for OS X 10.5 and later) offers a nicely arranged palette that can be resized. In Overflow -- now up to version 2.5.9 -- categories allow the software to hold as many items as you want. The full keyboard control, including a hot key to bring up the main window, adds the ability to use the application entirely without the mouse. A dock menu gives access to any items stored in Overflow directly from the dock.

Items can be added to the Overflow palette by either adding via the editing function, or dragging and dropping to the Overflow icon on the Dock or to the palette. To use the program, you simply click on its Dock icon, and click on the app, doc or folder...

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Harry Potter Enhanced Editions Now Available...

Apple today announced that enhanced editions of all seven books in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling are now available exclusively through the iBooks Store around the world for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac.

The enhanced Harry Potter books feature the full original text, interactive animations, detailed artwork and annotations from Rowling. There are also exclusive custom covers for each title, custom Harry Potter typefaces and new section headers and drop caps.

Harry Potter Enhanced Editions are available in English for $9.99 each in 32 countries, while pre-orders begin today for French, German and Spanish versions, which will be available on November 9 in 18 additional countries.“I’m thrilled to see the Harry Potter books so beautifully realised on iBooks for the digital world; the artwork...

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Apple published a new Press Release
How to mute video ads in El Capitan's Safari

Don't you hate it when you have several open browser tabs in Safari and one of 'em is blasting you with unwanted music or an ad? You can eliminate the problem with Safari in Mac OS X El Capitan. 

You can mute music/noise without knowing which tab it's coming from — and right from the Smart Search field in the web browser. If you’re listening to audio in one tab and another website starts to play, you can mute the one you don’t want to hear. And if you want total silence, you can mute all audio from your browser, too.

To hush audio, find the audio icon in the smart search bar. Click it, and you'll see an option to mute the offending tab. Click it again to start the audio.

To disable the sound for all other tabs while still listening to one, you should:

  • Click and hold the sound icon on the tab you want to hear.
  • A menu...
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Learning to love the iPad Air 2

I was an iPad mini lover from the first. I bought the original model just so I could try it out, figuring I’d hand it down to a family member or sell it, and ended up adopting it as my own personal iPad. When the iPad mini 2 came out, I rushed to get one and adopted it as my own personal Retina iPad. 

But a funny thing happened: This summer I bought a refurbished iPad Air 2 in order to try out Split View multitasking, a special feature of iOS 9 that no other iPad supported at the time. (The new...

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Dez Bryant signs and symptoms 5-12 months, $70...

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Ravens vs. Patriots, 2015 NFL playoffs: Betting...

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Wednesday October 7

ACM 327: Competing with Google Now, Apple’s Other...

Google Now is taking another leap forward, and that has Jeff and Bryan questioning how Siri's Proactive can catch up. They also look at how artists are reacting to the iPad Pro, what's up with the second new campus Apple is working on, and how they're using the iPhone 6s.

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The Top 8 Features for Small Businesses in iOS 9

Smallbizdaily posted an article I did for Bushel about the top 8 new features in iOS 9 that help small businesses. Find it here, if you so choose:


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Jony Ive remembers Steve Jobs' 'simple...

Adding his voice to recent remembrances of late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs, company CDO Jony Ive told attendees of the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit that his memory of Jobs has been distilled over the four years since his death.

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Jony Ive Discusses His Lasting Memory of Steve Jobs...

Today at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit, Jony Ive sat down with director JJ Abrams and film producer Brian Grazer in a panel titled "Changing Worlds, Inventing Worlds" and spoke about his lasting memory of Steve Jobs and his new role as Chief Design Officer.

Image via Vanity Fair
Ive said he had messy feelings about Jobs when he died and knew of the "incredible complexity" of his attributes, but that in the four years since his death most of those attributes have receded. Since then, Ive believes he's been left with something that is "just him."
Quite honestly, what’s remained, I never would have predicted four years ago. What’s remained is almost unremarkable, but what’s remained is his very simple focus on trying to make something beautiful and great. And it really was simple....

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Apple’s Jony Ive talks memories of Steve Jobs at...

As expected, Apple’s Chief Design Officer Jony Ive today took the stage at Vanity Fair’s New Establishment Summit at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Ive shared the stage with famed director, writer, and producer J.J. Abrams. During his time on stage, the Apple executive spent a decent amount of time discussing the life of the late Steve Jobs, who passed away four years ago this week.

Regarding the time when Jobs passed away, Ive remarked that he “was faced with this wall of grief.” Perhaps as a slight jab at recent films that have portrayed Jobs in a negative light, Ive also...

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Laurene Jobs Powell Reportedly Got Leonardo DiCaprio...

According to a new report tonight, Steve Jobs' widow was so determined to have the new movie about the late Apple boss canned that she contacted Leonardo DiCaprio ...

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Unauthorized drone flights could cost company $2...

Something has to be done with drones. I’m sure that most people use common sense when operating a drone, but there are those that fly too close to airports, interfere with fire fighting efforts, and generally make a nuisance of themselves.

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Microsoft’s retail stores flounder

Nearly six years have passed since Microsoft began opening retail outlets patterned after Apple’s blockbuster retail locations. However, the now 116 Microsoft Stores are still a pale imitation to Apple’s own retail network of 460 locations, often featuring more employees than customers as the firm’s products have failed to excite and attract buyers.

This was a sad attempt to copy Apple’s success and it didn’t work. Microsoft under Ballmer tried to copy Apple in a number of ways and they all failed miserably.

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AWT News Update: October 7, 2015

Today's news sounds more like Apple is a media company than a consumer electronics firm:

  • Amazon is rumored to be in discussions to bring a competing live TV streaming service to its world, similar to the service that will be available for the 4th-generation Apple TV
  • ABC News shows video of a "kinder, gentler" Steve Jobs prior to this Friday's limited distribution kickoff of "Steve Jobs"
  • The movie's director thinks Apple and other tech companies are scary
  • Synology is known for making network-attached storage, but they've just announced two new watchOS apps.

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for October 7, 2015.

The battle between Amazon and Apple seems to be heating...

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Adobe teases 12 future features for its apps...

At its 2015 MAX program, Adobe showed off 12 new projects that are part of its “Sneaks” program. Essentially, Sneaks are ideas and features that the company is working on behind the scenes that could eventually make their way into Creative Cloud products. Adobe notes that the deciding factor in whether or not these features make it into products is whether or not users “make some noise” for these previews…

First off is a new feature called Monument Mode. This feature uses a new algorithm to distinguish moving objects from fixed ones and allows the user to click on the moving objects to...

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Notable apps and app updates for October 7, 2015

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

iOS Apps/Updates

Starpolygon has launched Geometry Bounce 1.0.0. It's a free, mini golf-inspired and challenging puzzle/arcade game where you shoot a ball that ricochets around geometrical objects to hit the target. You need to shoot with perfect speed and direction to be able to able to finish a level while the objects are moving, rotating and other twists. 

SaltyCrackers has released Daygram 1.3.1, an update to their diary. The US$0.99 app gives you a way to write down everything you are feeling, every day with an intuitive...

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Pay What You Want for the WordPress Wizard Bundle

We have a great training bundle for you today called WordPress Wizard Bundle, and you get to pay what you want for it. Here's how it works. Pay anything, even a penny, and get two courses. If you beat the average price paid to date, you get all twelve courses in the bundle. That average price is only $9.86 as of this writing. If you make the Top 10 leaderboard at any time during this deal you'll get five entries into the MacBook Air giveaway we're doing with Stack Social. And if that's not enough, 10 percent of whatever you pay goes to Project HOPE. Check out the details on the deal listing.

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App for Rating People Draws Withering Scorn

Canadian businesswoman Julia Cordray's plan to launch Peeple, a Yelp-like app that would let people post reviews about other people, has drawn fierce criticism in the tech press and the blogosphere, including a petition against the app's launch and a Twitter campaign to boycott it. "It's a legal and ethical minefield," said Alan Pelz-Sharpe, a research director at 451 Research. "Critiquing views, opinions, products and services is one thing; critiquing a person is quite another."

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Apple tops U.S. companies 'exploiting'...

Apple sits atop the list of U.S. companies that are taking advantage of global tax havens, according to the Center for Tax Justice's analysis of SEC filings. 

U.S. multinationals in the Fortune 500 doubled the assets they hold in foreign subsidiaries between 2008 and 2014, taking advantage of loopholes in U.S. and foreign laws to keep $2.1 trillion out of sight of tax authorities, the report says.  As for Apple, it held $70 billion more held offshore in 2014 than in 2013, the Center for Tax Justice says. 

"Apple has booked $181.1 billion offshore — more than any other company," says the report. "It would owe $59.2 billion in U.S. taxes if these profits were not officially held offshore for tax purposes. A 2013 Senate investigation found that Apple has structured two Irish subsidiaries to be tax residents of neither the United States, where they are managed and controlled, nor Ireland, where they are incorporated. This arrangement ensures that they pay no tax to ...

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Insights from Liam Casey

Om Malik had a fascinating conversation with Liam Casey, the founder of PCH International. Om says that “Liam’s insights would be useful for a lot of founders,” and I agree.

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Wearable ring sports tiny trackpad

When worn on your finger the ring connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth and offers gesture controls of apps.

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Amplified: Dynamic Fulcrum Hinge

Jim and Dan talk about the Microsoft event as it relates to Microsoft’s goal of one OS on every device and computer. They also discuss Dan’s new iPad Air 2 and how he’s using it for code, Jim’s copycat rage, and more.

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Review: Trident Case Aegis Pro Case for iPhone 6/6s

Trident Case's Aegis Pro Case ($35) is a two-piece hard plastic case for iPhone 6s. Aegis Pro includes button coverage and, interestingly, built-in rubber covers for the headphone and Lightning ports. A lanyard loop is also included on the side of the case, though no lanyard comes with the case. A stick-on screen protector is also included. We don't see too many straightforward plastic cases these days, so the look and feel is a bit different compared to the many TPU options out there (Aegis Pro only has a very thin TPU layer inside its shell). But the case doesn't feel flimsy. Aegis Pro comes in blue, black, or pink.{/exp:char_limit}

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OmniPlan 3.0 - Robust project management software. (...

With OmniPlan, you can create logical, manageable project plans with Gantt charts, schedules, summaries, milestones, and critical paths. Break down the tasks needed to make your project a success, optimize resources, and streamline budgets. It's project management made painless.

How to get your project done on time and under budget:

  • Translate strategy into tactics everyone can understand
  • Create summaries of work broken into lists of activities
  • Distribute workloads fairly and efficiently
  • Manage costs as you go

Plan, monitor, and control it all with software designed to make your job easier, not harder.

Version 3.0:

Note: Version 3 is a paid upgrade from previous versions. Use your license key to upgrade here.

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Rene Ritchie reviews the iPhone 6s Plus

Solid review from Rene.

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Happy Hour Podcast 035 | iPhone 6s and 6s Plus...

Apple’s plans to release a new 21.5 4K iMac have been revealed and Microsoft has launched its attack against the iPad Pro and MacBook Pro. Along with that we get into our thoughts about Apple’s iPhone 6s and 6s Plus in somewhat of a review discussion after using the devices for almost a couple of weeks. Big thanks to Bushel for sponsoring this week’s episode. To find out what awesome cloud-based mobile device management can do for you, check out http://www.bushel.com/happyhour.

New episodes of Happy Hour are available every Wednesday. As mentioned, you can download this podcast...

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The Week in iOS Accessories: Kensington devices...

Versatility rules

This week’s roundup of accessories includes two new devices from Kensington that prize versatility above nearly all as chief virtues. Read on!


The $20 Slim Cable features a reversible USB connector that ensures you’re getting plugged in the first time, every time. It’s attached to a 6.6-foot long cord with a Lightning connector at the other end, for freedom and flexibility in charging and syncing.

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TSMC's A9 Chip Outperforming Samsung's in...

Following the launch of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus last month, it was discovered that Apple is dual sourcing the A9 chip for the new devices from both TSMC and Samsung, with the chips from the two companies measuring at slightly different sizes due to different processes used in manufacturing the chips. As users began to determine which chips were used in their devices, data began to point toward a 60/40 split in favor of TSMC, although the ratio has shifted toward 50/50 as more data has been obtained.

Benchmarks have suggested there is little if any difference in chip performance between the two A9 variants, but some recent battery testing (via Engadget) is hinting at the possibility of significantly better battery life for...

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Philips Smart Hub Embraces Siri, HomeKit

Philips on Monday unveiled Hue Bridge 2.0., which integrates the company's smart home products and iOS's HomeKit, giving users the ability to dictate to smart things from a Siri-enabled smartphone. Replacing its round predecessor, the square Hue Bridge 2.0 is compatible with Philips' legacy smart lights and controls. It's a mutually beneficial relationship: HomeKit can reach Hue lamps and lights, while homes already kitted out with Philips' smart lighting gain the ability to automate their Internet of Things devices via iOS.

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Beats Pill speaker gets an Apple-flavored redesign


The first Pill has sold more than a million units since its debut in 2012. Though it’s a hit, it’s gotten long in the tooth and the audio quality is really poor. That makes the Pill the perfect thing to tear down and rebuild. (Also, Bluetooth speakers are way easier than headphones.)

The result, the Beats Pill+, sounds much better, looks much better, and is a far more enticing product than its predecessor. It’s more than just a new piece of mobile candy. It’s an opportunity for Apple to show the extent to which it can shape the design of hardware coming out of its subsidiary.

We won’t know for sure until reviewers get units in hand for testing but the early comments from the Beats demo sound promising. I don’t read anything that makes me want to give up my Libratone Zipp speaker though.


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Canonical Plays With Internet of Toys Idea

Canonical last week announced plans to launch the Internet of Toys, an open source initiative calling on toy makers, hackers, Internet of Things fans and innovators to build the next generation of Web-accessing toys. Participants will build the next generation of toys around open source tools such as Cylon JS, Gobot, Snappy Ubuntu Core, Snapcraft, ROS and Erle-Spider. "The idea is that any toy, for kids and not-so-kids, can be app-enabled and have an app store and, potentially, peripherals," said Maarten Ectors, a vice president at Canonical.

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Podcast 477: Hello iPhone, good-bye Watch

Susie just got back from vacation, with tired arms and a rose gold iPhone 6s. Glenn sold his Apple Watch and is in the process of upgrading his iPhone the old fashioned way—by selling it and buying a new one for full price. Buying iPhones got more confusing this time around than ever, and we can't help talking about it, even in advance of Dan Frakes's visit planned for next time.

Obviously, that's not all we talked about: Microsoft dropped the ball right off the top of El Capitan, and Amazon got tough on which streaming box will be sold in its online superstore. (No spoilers! Ha.) Plus, if ad blockers charge you to block ads, and advertisers to remain unblocked, isn't everyone losing but the ad blocker?

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Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac supports El Capitan,...

Parallels says both Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac and Parallels Mac Management for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) fully support OS X El Capitan. 

Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac (build 11.0.2) supports El Capitan as both a host and guest, as well as Windows 10 and other operating systems as a guest. In Coherence mode, Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac lets you run OS X El Capitan's Split View feature – the ability to display two different apps on one screen.

In addition, Microsoft’s intelligent personal assistant Cortana can be used on a Mac with both OS X and Windows 10 apps. This is the first time that Parallels Desktop has ever made both Windows and Mac features available across both OS platforms. 

Jack Zubarev, Parallels' president, says that in Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac:

  • Windows 8 and...
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∞ Steve Jobs: “Marketing is about Values”

ideaMachine Studio:

We stumbled upon the Steve Jobs “Think Different” marketing campaign speech in light of the new movie release this weekend. As animators, we were really struck when he paused for a good while before he said “… marketing… is about values.” We could see in his body that this thought weighed on him. And, in fact, that thought would determine the direction of Apple for the next two decades.

For Jobs, Apple was not about “making boxes for people to get their jobs done.” He and his executive team needed to be about something more. They needed to think beyond the equipment… beyond the dollars, toward something more. They needed to live in service to a higher calling. It’s hard to hear this speech without being moved. Not just because we are hearing a speech from a dead man, but because we know what Steve Jobs is saying is true. Our studio was challenged by this very real moment. Were we just clocking in and clocking out? Were we living from dollar to...

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Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac gets OS X El Capitan...

Parallels (www.parallels.com) says both Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac (www.parallels.com/desktop) and Parallels Mac Management for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) fully support OS X El Capitan.

Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac (build 11.0.2) supports El Capitan as both a host and guest, as well as Windows 10 and other operating systems as a guest. In Coherence mode, Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac lets you run OS X El Capitan's Split View feature – the ability to display two different apps on one screen.

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TMO Daily Observations 2015-10-07: AT&T Wi-Fi...

AT&T is finally turning on Wi-Fi calling now that the FCC waiver the company needs is in place. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to look at Wi-Fi calling, why AT&T hasn't offered it before now, and how the change impacts iPhone owners. They also look at the state of high definition television, Apple TV, and Vidity.

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“Moments” is Twitter’s latest attempt to make its...


Twitter’s strength has always been hosting conversations around live events, but it’s not always easy to find them. Doing so often requires some savvy, juggling multiple tabs within Twitter’s app—not to mention knowing the right hashtags and accounts to follow.

Moments is designed to untangle some of these complexities by relying on curation to surface such conversations. Both Twitter’s staff and its partners—including NASA, Major League Baseball, the Washington Post, the New York Times, and BuzzFeed—will package tweets into collections, which will show up under a new tab called Moments.

I don’t know if I’d describe “Twitter’s strength” in that way but anything Twitter can do to make the service “less confusing” to new users is good for the company and will help keep the investor wolves from their door. Personally, I don’t find Twitter all that confusing but then again, I’ve been using it from the beginning. Am I wrong? Is Twitter confusing for new...

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Apple and Beats release the Pill+ speaker

Apple and Beats have released the Pill+, the first speaker made since the latter was bought by the former. Apple purchased Beats last year for US$3 billion.

The Beats Pill+ costs $230, comes in either black or white, and will be available at Apple.com and authorized Beats retailers next month. The Beats Pill+ is slightly larger than the original Beats Pill speaker and boasts a stereo active 2-way crossover system. Tweeter and woofer separation uses the same acoustic mechanics found in professional recording studios around the world.

The folks at Beats claim the Pill+ speaker has a 12-hour battery life. The Lightning cable and power supply purportedly provide a full charge in three hours

Additionally, Beats has announced the Beats Pill+ app for iOS or Android devices . Available for the iPhone and iPad for free at the Apple App Store, it allows you to manage your speaker with your fingertips. Using the...

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Disney animators test out iPad Pro, comment on “...

This is pretty interesting.

Apple apparently allowed Pixar’s staff to play around with the upcoming iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil. A week later, Apple let Disney’s Feature Animation studio take a crack at it.

The animators commented that the device’s screen surface has “tooth,” or textured roughness, to augment drawing feel.

Using iPad Pro’s 12.9-inch workspace, in conjunction with the pressure and position sensing Apple Pencil, animators like Paul Felix recreated classic Disney characters like Mickey Mouse and Olaf from “Frozen.” It is unclear if the screen design is part of the shipping product, as Apple has not officially discussed the reported tweak....

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Apple Seeds Third OS X El Capitan 10.11.1 Beta to...

Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming OS X El Capitan update to developers and public beta testers for testing purposes, just over one one week after releasing the second OS X 10.11.1 beta and a week after the public release of OS X El Capitan on September 30.

The new beta, build 15B30a, is available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store and through the Apple Developer Center.

The first beta of OS X 10.11.1 introduced support for a range of new emoji included in Unicode 8, like cheese wedge, taco, burrito, popcorn, middle finger, unicorn head, and more. Other betas appear to include under-the-hood fixes that are not immediately apparent.

It is not clear what the first update to OS X El Capitan will bring to the new OS aside from updated emoji, but it's likely to...

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Setup NetBoot On OS X Server 5 for El Capitan and...

The NetBoot service allows administrators of OS X computers to leverage images hosted on a server to boot computers to a central location and put a new image on them, upgrade them and perform automations based on upgrades and images. Since the very first versions of OS X, the service has been called NetBoot. In the Server app, Apple provides a number of options surrounding the NetInstall service, based on Automator-style actions, now calling the service NetInstall.

The first step to configuring the NetInstall service is to decide what you want the service to do. There are three options available in System Image Utility (available under the Tools menu of the Server app in OS X Server):

  • Create a NetBoot Image: Allows Macs to boot over the network to a disk image hosted on a server.
  • Create a NetInstall Image: Leverage NetBoot as a boot disk so that an image hosted on a server can be used to run an OS X installer.
  • Create a NetRestore Image:...
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iOS 9.1 beta 4 Now Available

iOS 9.1 beta 4 Now Available

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tvOS beta 3 Now Available

tvOS beta 3 Now Available

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Xcode 7.1 beta 3 Now Available

Xcode 7.1 beta 3 Now Available

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iOS 9.1 beta 4 Now Available

iOS 9.1 beta 4 Now Available

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tvOS beta 3 Now Available

tvOS beta 3 Now Available

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Xcode 7.1 beta 3 Now Available

Xcode 7.1 beta 3 Now Available

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OS X El Capitan 10.11.1 beta 3 Now Available

OS X El Capitan 10.11.1 beta 3 Now Available

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Beddit Sleep Tracker adds an Apple Watch app

When it comes to wellness, one aspect that is often overlooked is the quality and quantity of sleep that a person gets. There are a number of activity trackers that aim to quantify how well you're sleeping by figuring out how many times you toss and turn during the night, but they're only looking at external factors. The Beddit Sleep Tracker Smart (US$149) goes much further than those activity trackers by actually monitoring cardiac contraction forces through ballistocardiography. This detects individual heartbeats of one or two sleepers, as well as breathing rhythm and any respiratory issues a sleeper might be having. The results are displayed on an iPhone app, and now the device has a companion Apple Watch app.

The Beddit sensor is actually a thin band that is placed under the sheets on a bed, so there is no need to wear a device to bed. The Sleep Monitor Smart uses Bluetooth Smart to communicate your nightly readings to...

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OS X El Capitan 10.11.1 beta 3 Now Available

OS X El Capitan 10.11.1 beta 3 Now Available

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Apple's antitrust compliance: the company is...

Apple's antitrust compliance program has improved, but the company continues to impede a court-appointed monitor overseeing the program, acting as "its own worst enemy," the monitor told a federal judge in a report made public on Tuesday.

According to Reuters (http://tinyurl.com/ourjomn), Michael Bromwich, who was assigned to monitor Apple’s internal antitrust policies after U.S. District Judge Denise Cote found the company liable for conspiring to raise e-book prices, said Apple persisted in raising objections to his requests for information.

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Twelve South introduces revamped BookArc for MacBook

Twelve South (www.twelvesouth.com) has introduced a redesigned version of their very first product, BookArc for MacBook. Tailored specifically for the newest generation of MacBooks, BookArc holds your MacBook vertically, freeing up valuable workspace.

You can dock your MacBook in BookArc, connect a large external display, keyboard and mouse, and create a more comfortable desktop setup. BookArc for MacBook is compatible with all MacBook models including the new 12-inch MacBook. Like the original in 2009, BookArc is still $49.99 and is available now.

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All the products from Microsoft’s event

Here is what Microsoft announced at its event. I still don’t buy into the one OS for all products.

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Rumor: Apple to debut 4K iMac in mid-October, will...

Current rumors are pointing towards new iMacs and the unicorn of current technology, the iPad Pro, over the next week and next month.

Recent reports indicate that Apple will be introducing an updated 2015 iMac next week. The models could arrive in the stores as early as October 13th, albeit supplies may be somewhat limited until production ramps up in November.

The 21.5-inch iMac will have a resolution of 4096 x 2304. Code discovered in OS X El Capitan has pointed towards Broadwell chips with Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200 and AMD Radeon M380 – M395X discrete graphics for the new iMacs.

The current rumors suggest that the new 21.5-inch...

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The evolution of Microsoft FastTrack—the customer...

Over the last year, we’ve helped thousands of customers with varying degrees of IT complexity onboard to Office 365 while reducing their implementation costs, accelerating their time to value and delivering a great customer experience.

With our commitment to delivering the best customer experience, and based on feedback from our customers, we’re excited to announce the evolution of FastTrack from an onboarding service to our customer success service designed to help you realize business value faster with the Microsoft Cloud.

First, we’re changing FastTrack from a one-time benefit to an ongoing benefit. This enables you to request support in onboarding new users and capabilities at any time, and as many times as needed, for the life of your subscription.

In addition, we are expanding FastTrack to now offer customized support and resources across envisioning, onboarding and driving business value. This builds on our announcement...

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Macphun Creative Kit 2016: Pre-order now for big...

One of our regular sponsors has been Macphun, the developer of a wide array of great Mac apps for photography. On October 15, Macphun will unveil Creative Kit 2016, a powerful collection of six Mac apps to make your photos look great. What's new in Creative Kit 2016?

  • New software: They've added FX Photo Studio Pro, with over 200 filters, frames, brushes and controls. That's in addition to Noiseless Pro, Snapheal Pro, Focus Pro, Tonality Pro and Intensify Pro.
  • A single installer and product key for the entire ball of wax. The installer sets up all plug-ins, activates the software, puts the Creative Kit apps in their own subfolder in the Applications folder, and gets you ready to roll.
  • Batch...
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Twelve South’s new BookArc for MacBook sports...

Twelve South’s family of BookArc stands for MacBooks are perhaps its best-known products, having debuted alongside the company back in 2009. Today, BookArc received a substantial redesign in the form of BookArc for MacBook ($50), which now is sized to properly support every current-generation MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro from 11.6″ to 15″. Interchangeable silicone inserts promise that the new BookArc “will be the perfect home for your current (and future) MacBook for years to come.”

The new BookArc is made from bead-blasted silver aluminum that matches the looks of most MacBooks, with a polished chamfered edge mimicking the design cue Apple introduced in iPhones, iPads,...

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Meet Beats Pill+, the first Beats speaker made under...

Apple’s influence on Beats hasn’t been seen in the audio company’s products since last summer’s acquisition, until now. Beats is getting ready to release a brand new Bluetooth speaker that has Apple written all over it (metaphorically, of course—the signature Beats logo still speaks loud and clear).

The Beats Pill+ is the first speaker produced under Apple, and it shows, according to The Verge. The $229 speaker still looks like a pill, but it comes in a simplified black or white, topped with four buttons and compatible with Apple’s Lightning chargers. The Verge notes that the Pill+ has a 12-hour battery life and will ship alongside a Pill+ app for iOS and Android that will let people sync their devices to the speaker or link one Pill+ to another.


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Read This Before You Install El Capitan

Don't install El Capitan until you read the 2015 rendition of Dr. Mac's warning for upgraders... Only in Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves #144.

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Microsoft debuts Surface Book hybrid, could give the...

Microsoft has come a long way with its Surface tablet.

The Surface Book, which debuted earlier this week, is built more like a traditional notebook and a recent New York press event showed the unit appearing like a variant of the classic 13-inch white MacBook made of metal, not polycarbonate plastic.

The hinge is unique in that it’s based around a “dynamic fulcrum” design that moves smoothly without much effort.

The Surface Book features a glass touchpad with multitouch as well as backlit keys that are quiet and comfortable.

The big surprise here is that the screen pops off, making this a notebook-first hybrid, rather than...

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News: Report: Barclays to launch Apple Pay support...

U.K. bank Barclays plans to launch support for Apple Pay early next year, according to a customer’s blog post. Mike Jobson wrote Barclays CEO Ashok Vaswani asking when Barclays would make the digital payment method available and he claims to have gotten a response from Vaswani saying, “We have signed up for ApplePay [sic] and will launch it very early in the New Year.” Barclays was the last major holdout during Apple’s negotiations…

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Now there’s a Fantastical Apple Watch complication

I’ve been waiting for this one: A Fantastic complication for my Apple Watch. And a bunch of other new stuff, to boot.

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QuickPark: A remedy for parking tickets, available...

Regardless of what I said about Shazam on the Apple Watch, there may not be a "killer app" for the wearable platform yet. But if you take Shazam, some of the health apps, fun apps like Swarm for Watch and the new QuickPark for iPhone and Apple Watch (free) and lump 'em all together, you have a bunch of apps that make the "need" for an Apple Watch very compelling. 

QuickPark does two things very well: it remembers where you parked your car and it reminds you of when your parking meter (if you're parked at one) is expiring. Between those two functions, you should keep yourself from walking around in circles trying to remember where the heck the car is and getting parking tickets when you show up at the car just after the meter attendant slips a ticket onto your...

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How to Enable Wi-Fi Calling on Your iPhone

Now that AT&T says it can flip the switch and give iPhone owners Wi-Fi calling, we need to turn it on in our phones. That's easy to do, and assuming AT&T has enabled Wi-Fi calling in your area, lets you use broadband Wi-Fi connections whenever you have a weak cell signal. Read on to see how to turn it on.

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Barclays Planning to Launch Apple Pay Support in UK...

Apple Pay launched in the United Kingdom in July at more than 250,000 locations across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, but Barclays remains notably absent from the group of banks supporting the mobile payments service.

Nevertheless, Barclays remains committed to supporting Apple Pay in the future. Barclays CEO of Personal and Corporate Banking Ashok Vaswani today told customer Mike Jobson by email that the bank plans to roll out Apple Pay in early 2016.We have signed up for ApplePay and will launch it very early in the New Year. We truly value your custom and hope that you continue to bank with us particularly since we are launching this shortly.A high-level executive at Barclays previously stated the bank anticipated...

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Aaron Sorkin and Danny Boyle on the controversy over...

Caitlin McGarry, writing for MacWorld, pulled together this interview with the director and creator of the new Steve Jobs film. Lots of controversy around this movie.

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Expanding the preview of Skype for Business services...

Today’s post was written by Ali Rohani, principal program manager lead and Jamie Stark, senior product manager on the Skype for Business team.

In July, we announced a preview of new Skype for Business voice and meetings capabilities in Office 365, including PSTN Conferencing and Calling, Cloud PBX and Skype Meeting Broadcast. More than 4,000 companies are currently previewing the new services, with usage growing at an average of 20 percent every week.

Today we’re excited to announce that we are expanding the preview to provide support for additional countries, as well as adding several new features.

PSTN Conferencing preview now available in 14 additional countries

Initially available only in the U.S., the PSTN Conferencing preview will now be available to customers in Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom...

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AT&T gets a Green Light to Enable Wi-Fi Calling

AT&T customers who still rely on a MicroCell for reliable iPhone connections on calls (like me) are a step closer to getting Wi-Fi calling support. The FCC approved AT&T's waiver request, which means the carrier can start rolling out the feature nation-wide.

The Mac Observer Spin: The days of needing an AT&T MicroCell look like they're coming to an end. It's kind of funny that AT&T is using its own FCC waiver approval for Wi-Fi calling to slam T-Mobile and Sprint for failing to apply for theirs.

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News: Apple reveals Beats Pill+ speaker

Months after recalling the Beats Pill XL over battery overheating concerns, Beats has revealed the Beats Pill+ ($230), the company’s first speaker offering since it was bought by Apple last year. Not yet available for purchase, the Pill+ features four front-facing speakers, with Beats claiming users will be able to sync up playback with a second speaker using its dedicated app. The new speaker has a Lightning port for charging, boasts a 12-hour…

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Apple Announces Beats Pill+ Speaker Available in...

Apple today announced a new Beats Pill+ Bluetooth wireless speaker with a simplistic design, stereo active 2-way crossover system and 12-hour battery life. The speaker will be available for $229.95 in black or white through the Apple Online Store and authorized Beats retailers beginning next month.

Beats Pill+ Bluetooth Wireless Speaker will retail for $229.95 (Image: The Verge)
The new Beats Pill+ companion app will enable users to control the speaker using a smartphone, with features including the ability to control music from two Bluetooth sources and sync two Beats Pill+ speakers together for either simultaneous or dedicated right and left playback."When you obsess about sound the way that we do at Beats, portable Bluetooth speakers can be very tricky," said...

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Xcode Server On OS X Server 5

OS X and iOS developers need a continuous integration system. This automates the build, analysis, and testing solution for software development using Xcode. OS X Server has an Xcode service, capable of integrating your developer account with git, providing many of the options required to build a continuous integration system.

Before you configure the Xcode service that can take committed code and then test and build your software, you’ll need an Apple developer account. The Xcode service then links git to a developer account and runs automations, referred to as bots, in Xcode. Therefore, you’ll also need to have Xcode installed on the computer running the Xcode service. Bots are then managed and reported on using a web app that the Server app runs.

Once the pre-requisites are met, open the Server app and click on the Xcode service.

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What’s worse than paid app updates?

Dan Edwards, writing for Medium:

Recently Tweetbot 4 was released as a cross-platform update that’ll work on iPad & iPhone. Right now (at 50% off), it’s a $4.99/£3.99 app. Regardless of whether you bought the old Tweetbot recently, or at all.

Some people were pretty angry about this

This is inside out thinking. Read on for more.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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News: Antitrust monitor: Apple is ‘its own worst...

In his final report to a U.S. district judge, antitrust monitor Michael Bromwich said Apple has made progress, but persistently raised objections to requests for information, Reuters reports. Bromwich acknowledges that the company has created new antitrust procedures, implemented training programs and improved engagement among executives, but said Apple’s combative stance cast an “unnecessary shadow over meaningful progress,” at…

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Beats Pill+ is its first new Bluetooth speaker since...

Beats on Wednesday announced the Pill+, a new mid-sized $230 Bluetooth speaker, marking the first portable speaker accessory released under the ownership of Apple.

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News: Daily Deal: First Generation Lytro 16GB Camera

In today’s iLounge Deal we’re offering up the First Generation Lytro 16GB Camera for only $79.99 – almost 60% off the regular price. The first consumer camera to capture the entire light field, Lytro lets you take “living pictures” that you can adjust afterward, due to its cutting-edge technology that not only captures the position of light rays, but also their direction. This allows you to capture images that you can later…

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How to Turn Off Nightstand Mode in Apple watchOS 2

Nightstand Mode is a cool new feature in watchOS 2 that puts a nice fat digital clock on your Apple Watch when it's being charged. It's tasty, but some folks might not want their Apple Watch's display on all night. Turning it off is simple, but only if you know where to look. Bryan Chaffin explains.

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El Capitan: Seeing “Find My Friends” on Your Mac

Today's Quick Tip is all about getting your Find My Friends info to show up on your Mac within Notification Center, which is a neat new ability under El Capitan. So if you're accustomed to using that app to see the locations of your chosen friends, then this article's for you!

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HoloLens' mixed reality is gaming on steroids

That's Microsoft's vision, but we won't know what the platform can really do until developers get their hands on it in early 2016.

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DDoS Attacks Create Smokescreens for Larceny

Distributed denial of service attacks have evolved from protest tool to criminal weapon.
More than one in three DDoS attacks are used to plant malware or a virus on company systems, and 40 percent of them result in data theft, according to NeuStar's semiannual DDoS attack and protection report released last week. "Until two years ago, DDoS attacks were really seen as just a disruption and annoyance tool," said NeuStar Senior Security Manager Joe Loveless. "There's more purpose behind the attacks now than simply to be disruptive."

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C'mon, Apple, update iMovie for El Capitan (and...

Apple has released an update of iMovie for iOS devices that can edit 4K video, which the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus can record. However, iMovie for OS X El Capitan hasn't received a similar upgrade. Also, what's (not) up with all of Apple's iWork apps?

Sure, it's nice to be able to edit 4K videos on the iPhone and iPad. Still, I suspect more folks do their video editing on the Mac. Perhaps Apple hopes those who wish to edit 4K video in Mac OS X will spring for the US$299.99 Final Cut Pro X app; however, feature parity between the iOS and OS X movies of iMovie would be extremely useful. 

As for the iWork apps (Pages, Keynote, and Numbers), they need an upgrade. As Dan Moren pointed out in a Macworld editorial, none of the iOS...

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Yummy FTP 1.11 - FTP/SFTP/FTPS client for speedy,...

Yummy FTP is an FTP + SFTP + FTPS file transfer client which focuses on speed, reliability and productivity.

Whether you need to transfer a few files or a few thousand, schedule automatic backups, or perform website maintenance, Yummy FTP will handle it with ease.


  • Beautiful, Retina-enabled user interface
  • Full FTP/FTPS/SFTP protocol support
  • Super-fast transfers
  • Automatic failure recovery
  • Directory synchronization
  • Scheduling
  • Bandwidth limiting
  • Dual or single pane view
  • Outline and column listing views
  • Quick Look
  • Remote editing of server files
  • Built-in text editor
  • Local-remote file diff
  • Bookmark manager + Dropbox Sync
  • Open in Terminal
  • Import favorites
  • File/folder filtering
  • Full Screen mode
  • Growl support
  • Built-in FTP Alias

And much much more just...

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Gartner: 'replacement indecision' to...

Worldwide combined shipments of devices (PCs, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones) are expected to reach 2.4 billion units in 2015, a 1 percent decline from 2014 and down from the previous quarter's forecast of 1.5 percent growth, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com). 

"Replacement activity across all types of devices has decreased," says Ranjit Atwal, research director at the research group. "Users are extending the lifetime of their devices, or deciding not to replace their devices at all." 

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How to find more with Spotlight search in El Capitan

Apple's search tool, Spotlight, is even smarter in Mac OS X El Capitan. You can now use Spotlight to check stock prices, weather conditions and forecasts, sports scores, schedules and standings, and even info on an athlete information. 

You can also search with Spotlight to find a file using natural language. Simply type "email from Steve Sande in September," "Word docs I worked on yesterday," "photos I took last month," etc., and Spotlight helps track down those items.

You can use Spotlight to find out the local weather — or the weather conditions in another city. Type in "Weather in [location]." For instance, if I want to find the weather in my location, I'd type in Weather in Nashville, TN."

You can find online videos. Type in "[name of] video" in Spotlight.

You can find information on your favorite sports teams with searches for "(team name) score," "(team name) schedule,"...

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Typinator for Mac OS X is now scriptable

Ergonis Software has launched Typinator 6.7, a new version of their text expander for Mac OS X 10.6 or newer. The upgrade is scriptable. This means that you can control many aspects of Typinator via AppleScript or JavaScript.

Typinator 6.7 also expands the range of possibilities for using scripts in your expansions. Scripts can now be stored in compiled form. In addition to AppleScript, these scripts can now also be written in JavaScript.

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Recommended reading: 'Clojure for the Brave and...

Most technical books about programming are dull and devoid of life. Not so "Clojure for the Brave and True."

The 328-page book covers syntax and philosophy of the general programming language as well as pragmatic topics like setting up an editor and publishing your code. What other book shows you how to capture rotten cheese thieves, track down glittery vampires, and explains concurrency using Lady Gaga, dwarven berserkers, and zombies?

The book covers functional programming and offers instructions on how to:

° Wield Clojure's core functions;

° Use Emacs for Clojure development;

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Output Factory for Adobe InDesign now supports OS X...

Zevrix Solutions has announced Output Factory 1.5.39, a compatibility update to its output automation solution from Adobe InDesign.

Output Factory automates printing, exporting and preflighting of InDesign documents, and offers batch output, single page export, variable file names, layer versioning, detailed history and more. The new version makes Output Factory compatible with the recently released Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan and is offered as a free update to licensed users.

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uBar for Mac OS X revved to version 3.0

Brawer Software has introduced uBar 3.0, an update to their app and window manager for Mac OS X 10.9 and higher. The app allows users to quickly launch and manage their apps, all via a convenient visual interface.

Users can create shortcuts, and quickly open files with a simple drag 'n drop of a file or folder onto the bar. Version 3.0 brings the ability to position uBar on any side of the screen, offers custom dial timepieces, and visual window previews.

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If Apple didn’t hold $181B overseas, it would owe $...

(credit: 401(K) 2012)

More than any other American company, Apple holds $181.1 billion in offshore accounts, according to a Tuesday report released by Citizens for Tax Justice, an advocacy group.

Other major American tech firms—including Cisco, Google, Hewlett-Packard, and Oracle—are among the largest companies that are using legal but questionable tax tricks to keep money overseas and effectively pay little to no American federal corporate taxes.

Citizens for Tax Justice concluded: "Multinational corporations’ use of tax havens allows them to avoid an estimated $90 billion in federal income taxes each year."


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Mementum an easy-to-use voice recorder for Mac OS

If you need to record and edit voice memos on your Mac, there's no easier tool for doing so than Mementum (US$4.99) from AllGoritm. It lets you record vocal memos, then sort your recordings by categories. You can also write accompanying text notes. With version 1.1 it adds new keyboard shortcuts and interface improvements.

The latest version also sports a global hotkey, double operating mode. Plus, it offers remind preset controls for "time snooze."

Voice reminders -- or any other sounds -- can be recorded via your Mac's mic as a new reminder (just make sure you have the correct Sound Input source selected in Mac OS X's Systems Preferences app). Click the Record button or use the global hotkey (Cmd+Shift+M) and Mementum will immediately start recording. 

Click the Record button when you're done -- or press, again, Press Cmd+Shift+M --...

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Tweetbot 2.1

Brings the Activity View over from Tweetbot for iOS. ($9.99 new, free update, 11.8 MB)


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UK pricing for Microsoft's Surface Pro 4, Lumia...

It's fair to say that Microsoft's latest launch event was its most interesting for a long time. We finally learned that Hololens will be made available to developers early next year, clapped eyes on the first flagship Windows 10 phones, checked out...

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New Report Points to Apple's iPhone Still...

A new report today notes that “In urban China, smartphone sales represented 84% of overall phone sales in the three months ending in August with the iPhone 6 ...

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Apple Watch - Cycle (Video)

Apple has a new series of commercials promoting Apple Watch, including the one below called Cycle. Each is short and promotes a specific aspect of the device. Cycle, for instance, is tracking an athlete's intense workout on a stationary bike with a bright, clear "Goal Achieved" screen at the end. There's also Ride (directions through Siri), Sing (send a voice message via iMessage), Date (get important text messages even when you're out having fun), Train (track your heart rate), and Sprinkle (use Apple Pay even when your hands are full). What do you think?

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Tuesday October 6

Typinator 6.7

Adds support for scripting actions using AppleScript, JavaScript, and other scripting languages. (€24.99 new, free update, 7.1 MB)


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iBooks Author 2.4

Improves EPUB templates and adds capability to add Pop-Over widgets with text or images. (Free, 419 MB)


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Tweetbot 2.1 - Popular Twitter client. (Commercial)

Tweetbot is a full-featured OS X Twitter client with a lot of personality. Whether it's the meticulously-crafted interface, sounds and animation, or features like multiple timelines and column views, there's a lot to love about Tweetbot.


  • Multiple Timelines. Quickly switch between your lists as your main timeline.
  • Multiple Windows and Columns. Display timelines from different accounts side by side.
  • Notification Center support.
  • Beautiful Retina graphics.
  • Mute filters lets you block messages from users without unfollowing them. You can also mute hashtags and specific keywords.
  • Sync timeline position, direct message read statuses, and mute filters between your Mac, iPhone, and iPad via iCloud.
  • Support for multiple services like Pocket, Instapaper, Readability, CloudApp, and Droplr.
  • Save drafts, add locations and POI's, attach photos/videos, manage your lists, and much more.
  • ...

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Antitrust monitor again bemoans Apple's lack of...

In a report to a New York district court published on Tuesday, Michael Bromwich, Apple's court-appointed antitrust monitor, said the company has made "substantial progress" in its compliance program, but still exhibits an unwillingness to cooperate with his investigation.

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Microsoft Lumia 950XL hands-on: Here's the...

Windows Phone fans are finally getting a standard-setting device, and none too soon. With a big, crisp screen, a great camera, and PC-like capabilities, this is a phone good enough to bring more users into the ecosystem--but only time will tell whether it does.

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Surface Book hands-on: Microsoft's first laptop...

No one expected the Surface Book, and what they got was a true flagship for the Windows ecosystem. We got a firsthand look at this standard-setting laptop,

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One-click forecasting in Excel 2016

“It is difficult to make predictions, especially about the future,” said Danish physicist, Niels Bohr. Well, it just got a lot easier with Excel’s one-click forecasting.

Often we use Excel to analyze time-based series data—like sales, server utilization or inventory data—to find recurring seasonality patterns and trends. In Excel 2016, new forecasting sheet functions and one-click forecasting helps you to explain the data and understand future trends.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the capabilities that come with these new features, including how to detect seasonality, understand the level of confidence in the prediction, and create the forecast in one-click.

Using Exponential Smoothing for forecasting

There are many ways to generate a forecast for your historical...

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Wall Street Journal Review of Google Now on Tap in...

I've been extolling the virtues of Google Now for a couple of years-it's Android's best feature; it's Google giving back something from pillaging our digital lives for profit; and it's a feature Apple will have a hard time matching because the iOS maker doesn't make us the product. Apple narrowed the gap with iOS 9 and Proactive, but Google is still ahead in this one area. The Wall Street Journal's Joanna Stern has spent a week with a pre-release version of Android Marshmallow, the next major update to Android, and she wrote extensively about how Google Now gets even better with Google Now on Tap. Marshmallow will take forever and a day to propagate out to users (Lollipop is even now only at 23.5 percent of Android users who use Google Play), but for those who get it, it seems like a solid mobile operating system. Her review is a good read.


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Disney animators test Apple's iPad Pro, reveal...

A week after Apple offered Pixar staff an early look at the new iPad Pro with Apple Pencil, the company let animators at Walt Disney's Feature Animation studio take its upcoming tablet for a spin. Interestingly, the artists commented that the device's screen surface has "tooth," or textured roughness, to augment drawing feel.

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New Study Shows the iPhone Gained Market Share in...

Today ComScore published their latest key trends in the U.S. smartphone industry for August 2015. Apple ranked as the top smartphone manufacturer with ...

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Disney Artists Go Hands-On With Upcoming iPad Pro...

Apple today sent a few iPad Pros over to Disney, where Disney animators were able to use them alongside the Apple Pencil to test out the iPad Pro's drawing and sketching capabilities in a professional environment.

Disney Story Artist Jeff Ranjo shared a Periscope that demonstrates the iPad Pro in action, and several images of the Disney team's drawings were shared on Twitter. The Disney team was using a beta version of popular drawing app Procreate, which has been updated to work with the iPad Pro, and an iPad Pro version of Paper by Fiftythree was also shown off.

Apple brought in some cool new toys. If I could get the artists to put them down then I could get a turn. pic.twitter.com/WpuLHvRSvp

— Paul Hildebrandt (@paulhildebrandt) October 6,...

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Microsoft's retail store chain flounders in...

Nearly six years have passed since Microsoft began opening retail outlets patterned after Apple's blockbuster retail locations. However, the now 116 Microsoft Stores are still a pale imitation to Apple's own retail network of 460 locations, often featuring more employees than customers as the firm's products have failed to excite and attract buyers.

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Disney Artists Tweet and Periscope about Apple’s New...

Apple is doing a little iPad Pro pre-release reach out to artists at Pixar and Disney, and project manager Paul Hildebrandt at Disney tweeted a photo showing some of his team playing with the device (via iMore). Jeff Ranjo, a Disney artist posted a video to Periscope of his hands-on time with the device and Apple Pencil, the stylus designed to go with iPad Pro. Listening to Mr. Ranjo talk about the two devices, I can't help but feel iPad Pro is going to have a major impact on the world of graphic design, animation, and art, regardless of its uses in other applications and disciplines.

Apple brought in some cool new toys. If I could get the artists to put them down then I could get a turn. pic.twitter.com/WpuLHvRSvp
- Paul Hildebrandt (@paulhildebrandt) October 6, 2015


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AT&T granted FCC waiver to activate Wi-Fi...

After decrying T-Mobile and Sprint's decision to roll out Wi-Fi calling without approval from the Federal Communications Commission, AT&T on Tuesday was granted a waiver to enable such features in the near future.

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With Microsoft launching their First Notebook Today...

Today, Microsoft surprised the world with their first Notebook ... could a desktop be next?

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Disney animators use iPad Pro to sketch characters...

Just a short while after the Pixar development team got their hands on the iPad Pro and praised the device’s palm rejection, Disney’s design team spent the day testing Apple’s latest tablet. Disney’s team of designers used the iPad Pro to sketch a variety of different characters from Disney classics, including Olaf from Frozen and Mickey Mouse.

The testing seemingly went well for Disney. “Let’s order a bunch,” product manager Paul Hildebrandt said at the end of a Periscope stream showcasing the device. In a separate Periscope steam, Disney animators Jeff Ranjo and Jeremy Spears used the iPad Pro to draw...

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AWT News Update: October 6, 2015

Apple brought in some cool new toys. If I could get the artists to put them down then I could get a turn. pic.twitter.com/WpuLHvRSvp

— Paul Hildebrandt (@paulhildebrandt) October 6, 2015

Artists, Wi-Fi calling, and taxes are all on the AWT News Update today:

  • A group of Disney artists give the iPad Pro a test-drive
  • AT&T gets the legal waiver needed to start implementing Wi-Fi calling
  • Apple has a lot of cash just sitting around overseas

And in case you're not willing to spend three minutes to listen to our podcast (shame on you!), the text version is just below, complete with a link to a video of one of those Disney artists sketching on an iPad Pro. Pretty cool stuff...


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The Loop Magazine updated for iOS 9 and new issue


We’ve been working hard on getting The Loop Magazine updated for iOS, but we’ve added a couple of nice features too. We’ve updated the entire backend of the magazine, so things should be much faster for everyone.

My favorite feature is a new universal search. You can now type in a keyword and it will search every published issue of the magazine. Just tap on the result and it will take you right to the story.

In addition, Issue 35 was published today with looking at the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, 3D Touch, watch OS 2, iPad Pro, Apple TV from a gamer’s perspective, Wearable health reminders, and more.

Another issue of the magazine is almost ready to go and will focus on Apple Music.

You can download The Loop Magazine app for iPhone...

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KOAR Bluetooth Cloud Buds: $24.99

Check out the Bluetooth Sound Buds from KOAR, Bluetooth earbuds that are designed to be lightweight and have an optional hook that will secure them to your ears. They also have a built-in microphone for hands-free calling or other voice uses. We have a deal on them, too. They retail for for $109, but through us you can get them for $24.99.

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Apple gains US smartphone share in August at expense...

The latest statistics from analytics firm comScore reveal Apple continued to chip away at Android's smartphone marketshare in the U.S. for the three-month period ending in August, while iPhone moved further away from second place Samsung.

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Microsoft Throws the Book at Apple

Microsoft on Tuesday held an event in New York City where it unveiled a laptop, a tablet, three Lumia smartphones and a fitness band -- all running Windows 10 -- along with a slew of other products. It also announced new apps for Windows 10, including Box, Facebook, Instagram, Flipagram, Candy Crush Soda Saga and Uber. All of the apps will be available on the new devices. "Microsoft's now working to showcase that it's building out its ecosystem based on Windows 10," said Susan Schreiner, an analyst at C4 Trends.

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iPhone 6s photos get sharper, better color with less...

Apple's iPhone 6 was already a great mobile camera, a fact the company touted globally in billboards featuring shots actual taken by the phone. With iPhone 6s, a faster, smarter processor and new 12MP image sensor deliver a sharper, more vibrant photography upgrade.

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Porsche picks CarPlay for new 2017 911 Carrera/...

Yeah, this is a 2016 model. But it's the Lava Orange color I want. Thank you.

The latest generation of Porsche's iconic 911 Carrera and Carrera S will be supporting only one infotainment system -- Apple's CarPlay. The carmaker could have done what so many other manufacturers are doing, giving auto buyers a choice between CarPlay and Google's Android Auto. But Porsche decided against it, according to Motor Trend, because of Google's tendency to gather too much data for nefarious uses.

Google wants any car manufacturer that uses Android Auto to agree to hand over information from the onboard diagnostic unit (AKA OBD2) relating to vehicle speed, throttle position, coolant and oil temperature, engine RPM and more. CarPlay only wants to know if a vehicle is in motion. 

Motor Trend wonders if Google is using that data collection to grab intelligence...

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AT&T Receives FCC Waiver Needed for Wi-Fi...

Earlier this week, AT&T announced that it had delayed its promised Wi-Fi calling feature as it had not been able to obtain an FCC waiver that would allow it to temporarily forgo offering support options for deaf and hard-of-hearing people. Following that announcement, the FCC has now granted AT&T's waiver request, allowing the carrier to proceed with its Wi-Fi calling launch plans.

The waiver is available on the FCC website [PDF] and grants AT&T the right to delay implementing a teletypewriter (TTY) service for the deaf until December 31, 2017. AT&T plans to instead use a newer form of communication, real-time text (RTT) as an alternative, and the waiver will allow it to avoid using a TTY service until its...

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Notable apps and app updates for October 6, 2015

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

iOS Apps/Updates

The Paragon Software Group has announced the Oxford Collocations Dictionary for Students of English. It's an US$32.50 app that shows students the most frequently used word combinations (in both British and American English). 

Appdore has introduced Salt & Pepper 2: A Surreal Salty Physics Game 1.0, their new physics-based game for iOS devices.The concept of the game is simple: draw paths to lead the spices to their bowls. The game features Game Center leaderboard and achievements. Salt...

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Tip of the Day: Going back to a four-digit passcode...

One of the smaller security features touted by Apple in the iOS 9 update was the move to requiring six-digit passcodes, rather than the default four-digit option that’s been around since the iPhone first debuted. While complex alphanumeric passwords have been available in iOS for years, most users found them to be too much trouble, so Apple reasoned that going from a four to a six-digit passcode was a more sensible compromise for improving security,…

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Robohon robot doubles as smartphone

Sharp's cute robot is on show at the Ceatec electronics show outside Tokyo.

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Review: Scosche boomBOTTLE+ Waterproof Wireless...

Scosche has introduced another new version of its rugged boomBOTTLE speaker, boomBOTTLE+ ($180). This is the third straight year of a boomBOTTLE release from the company, following 2013's original boomBottle and last year's smaller boomBOTTLE H20. As one might imagine, the new "+" in the speaker's name denotes Scosche's move in the opposite direction — this is the tallest boomBOTTLE yet. The new boomBOTTLE+ comes with dual 50mm drivers and a passive subwoofer. The Bluetooth speaker comes with a micro-USB cable, small strap, carabiner clip, and a 2.4A wall charger. boomBOTTLE+ comes in three different colors.{/exp:char_limit}

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Lifeproof updates its popular FRĒ WaterProof case to...

Keeping your brand new iPhone in pristine condition from day 1 to day 365 is easily the best way to ensure it holds the most value when it comes time to resell it, and Lifeproof’s popular FRĒ WaterProof series for iPhones is known to successfully protect your shiny new hardware from the elements.

And typically cases made for iPhone designs introduced in even years (2008, 2010, 2012) continue to work without exception on new models introduced in odd years (iPhone 3G to 3GS, iPhone 4 to 4S, iPhone 5 to 5s), but the stronger aluminum body and pressure sensitive touch display used on this year’s iPhone models means some close fit cases for iPhone 6 won’t be compatible with iPhone 6s.

That’s the case with the very precise FRĒ WaterProof case. To...

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New 4K 21.5-inch iMac on tap for next week

Mark Gurman at 9to5Mac is reporting that "multiple reliable sources" say that new 21.5-inch iMacs sporting 4K screens will be introduced next Tuesday, October 13, 2015. While the style of the iMac will remain comparatively similar to the existing model, it will have a new 4096 x 2304 screen and faster graphics cards, and will most likely come pre-loaded with OS X El Capitan.

Gurman expects the 4K machines to come in at a slightly higher...

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Porsche Chooses Apple Over Google Because Google...

countach44 writes: As reported in number 5 of this list from Motor Trend, Porsche went with Apple over Google for the infotainment system in its new 911. Apparently, Android Auto wants vehicle data (throttle position, speed, coolant temp, etc.) whereas Apple Play only needs to know if the car is in motion. Naturally, people are curious what Google, as a company building its own car, wants that data for.


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Apple Sued over Accelerated Loading of their OS...

Realtime Data (doing business as IXO) has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple. The patent infringement lawsuit concerns four patents covering accelerated loading of operating systems and application programs at system boot or application launch. All products using ...

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MacPilot 8.0 - Enable over 1,200 hidden features in...

MacPilot gives you the power of UNIX and the simplicity of Macintosh, which means a phenomenal amount of untapped power in your hands! Use MacPilot to unlock over 1,200 features, and access them all with the easy and familiar Macintosh user interface. No command line tools or complicated file operations!

Display hidden files in the Finder, disable the startup chime, add spacers and stacks to the Dock, change the screenshot file format, run maintenance tools, tweak network settings, force empty the Trash, and tons more. Keep yourself in awe and busy for days as you discover how much Mac OS X has "under the hood".

Get out of the passenger seat and take control of your Mac. Set your login window picture, use the screensaver as your Desktop, modify advanced file permissions (ACL), change the system welcome message, enable simultaneous recordings in QuickTime, view system logs, or enable the Debug menu in numerous apps.

Or perhaps you're feeling the...

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News: Report: Apple holding $181.1 billion in...

Apple is holding $181.1 billion in offshore tax havens, more than any other U.S. company, Reuters reports. A study by The Center for Tax Justice and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund examined the Security and Exchange Commission filings of the 500 largest American companies, concluding nearly three-quarters of them are collectively holding more than $2.1 trillion in accumulated profits offshore to avoid an estimated $620 billion…

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Microsoft debuts Lumia 950 & 950XL phones,...

In addition to showing off new Surfaces, Microsoft on Tuesday also revealed two high-end Lumia smartphones, a redesigned Band fitness tracker, and a Display Dock for Windows 10's Continuum feature.

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Slackel Linux: Not Your Father's Slackware

Slackel is a Linux distro a step away from the mainstream Debian-based Linux OS line. It is based on Slackware and Salix. Users already familiar with that lineage are more inclined to like Slackel. Slackel offers a few advantages not usually found with the Slackware Linux lineup. Slackel is fully compatible with Slackware and Salix. The main difference is that it includes the current version of Slackware and the latest version of KDE in the repository. That gives Slackel a better reach for adding software.

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Synaptics announces 3D Touch-like touchscreen...

From 9to5Google:

Synaptics has today announced the ClearPad 3700 force-sensing touchscreen controller, which the company hopes will be packed inside many a 2016 flagship Android smartphone. This comes just about a month after Apple’s September 9th event, at which the Cupertino company announced the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, both packing “3D Touch” as a headline feature…

Apple is a follower in some areas (large-screened phones being just one example), but...

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eMedia Music ships Music Theory Tutor

eMedia Music Corp. (eMediaMusic.com) has released the new Music Theory Tutor series of music theory software. Based on the latest technologies, the software incorporates a methodical yet open curriculum designed by Dr. Gregory Simon, Ph.D., and features interactive lessons with real time pitch and rhythmic detection. Students sing, tap and play instruments to answer questions, and easily track their progress with graphs and statistics.

Music Theory Tutor is compatible with the latest Macintosh and Windows operating systems and consists of four products:

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Native Union Apple Watch Charging Dock Goes Both Ways

With the introduction of watchOS 2 and Nightstand Mode, it's preferable for an Apple Watch charging dock to work in both horizontal and vertical modes. Many early docks don't afford that capability, but the new Native Union Dock for Apple Watch does. However, it's far from perfect.

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Report: Apple will reveal a 4K 21.5-inch iMac next...

As if new iPhones, new iPads, and a new Apple TV weren’t enough, Apple may unveil even more hardware upgrades this fall. This time, it’s the iMac that’s allegedly getting an upgrade.

According to 9to5Mac, Apple will announce a new 21.5-inch iMac with 4K Retina display next week, and these new Macs could be in stores as early as Tuesday, October 13. 9to5Mac originally reported that these 4K iMacs would be announced in conjunction with the launch of OS X El Capitan.

Design-wise, these new models will be very similar to the non-4K iMacs, but will boast a 4096x2304 screen resolution. This exact screen resolution was first spotted in El Capitan Developer...

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Apple to Launch 4K 21.5-inch Retina iMac Next Week,...

Apple plans to introduce the rumored 21.5-inch Retina iMac next week, reports 9to5Mac. There will be several models that could show up in stores as early as October 13, but supplies may be somewhat limited until production ramps up in November.

As has been previously rumored, the 21.5-inch iMac will have a resolution of 4096 x 2304. Code discovered in OS X El Capitan has pointed towards Broadwell chips with Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200 and AMD Radeon M380 - M395X discrete graphics for the new iMacs.

Rumors have also suggested the new 21.5-inch iMac will include an improved display quality with greater color saturation, but the external design of the machine will...

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Antitrust monitor: Apple “its own worst enemy”

“In this respect, Apple has been its own worst enemy,” he said. “This lack of cooperation has cast an unnecessary shadow over meaningful progress in developing a comprehensive and effective antitrust compliance program.”

Perhaps Apple, like many of us, are still wondering how the hell Amazon gets away with so much, without any punishment.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Steve Jobs Stories Need to Be Told, Stop Fighting...

Decades or centuries from now no one will care what we thought about any given movie or book released about Steve Jobs. What people will care about, however, is the information held by people who knew him. Let's stop the fighting and get to the documenting, folks.

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Please Welcome Julio Ojeda-Zapata

Julio Ojeda-Zapata is our newest contributing editor — please give him a warm welcome!


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Surface Pro 4: What you need to know

Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 has a new keyboard and is 30 percent faster than Surface Pro 3.

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Apple's 21.5-inch iMac with 4K Retina display...

Apple's all-in-one iMac desktop lineup could be expanded as soon as next week, with a new high-resolution 21.5-inch model with 4K Retina display reportedly set to launch soon.

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Apple planning to launch new 4K 21.5-inch iMac next...

With September’s iPhone release in the rearview and the iPad Pro set for an early November launch, Apple is ready to add some new Mac hardware into its fall product line. Apple is currently planning to announce new 21.5-inch iMacs with 4K screens next week, according to multiple reliable sources. While the new computers are likely ready to begin showing up in stores as soon as Tuesday, October 13th, Apple will ramp up larger quantities for November, according to the sources, so finding one early on may be a slight challenge.

The new 4K iMacs will physically look like the current non-4K version, so the highlights of the upgrade will be the new 4096 x 2304 screen and much faster...

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TMO Daily Observations 2015-10-06: The Fight Over...

A dividing line is forming in the Steve Jobs world thanks to the books and movies about his life. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to talk about the Steve Jobs history factions and what some people who knew him think about the various accounts of his life.

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News: Apple releases fourth iOS 9.1 beta, third tvOS...

Less than a week after the last iOS 9.1 beta release, Apple has now released a fourth beta of iOS 9.1 to developers. iOS 9.1 appears to be primarily focused on adding developer-level support for features such as 3D Touch and Live Photos on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, with this latest beta focusing on fixing a number of issues from prior betas. Registered iOS developers can download the iOS 9.1 beta from Apple’s Developer site; a public version…

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NetSpot for Mac OS X updated with three new features

NetSpot, a wireless network survey app for the Mac, has been revved to version 2.4.

The update includes three new features: AP indicators in three new sizes, option to export only the surveyed part of your map, and the ability to copy network's name MAC-address into clipboard. NetSpot 2.4.623 also has enhanced how you add custom aliases to networks in the sidebar, map calibrations usability, and how the heatmap is generated on Retina displays.

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Microsoft Reveals New Band 2, Lumia Phones, Surface...

At a media event today, Microsoft announced a handful of new products and several updates to existing products coming from the company in 2015 and beyond. Topics for today's event included the Microsoft Band 2, Lumia 950 and 950 XL smartphones, Microsoft Surface Pro 4, and the all-new Surface Book.

The company started off by going into detail about the Microsoft Band 2, the second version of last year's wearable device. Microsoft said it took in a great amount of customer feedback in designing and implementing the new Band, which includes a new curved screen that with durable Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and an improved touch display. New Cortana integration lets users speak to the Band in order to send texts and make reminders, and...

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Rock Jaw Alfa Review: Replace your EarPods with...

The Rock Jaw Alfa Genus V2 headphones ($49.90) are not especially meant as a replacement for EarPods, but that’s how I see them. Apple’s bundled EarPods have a lot of positives. They are ‘cheap’, lightweight and small. You can chuck them in a bag or pocket without worrying too much. This is in stark contrast to Beats on-ear and over-ear headphones, for example, which are expensive, bulky and heavy. However, EarPods leave much to be desired in regard to sound quality.

It turns out the Rock Jaw Alfa’s fill this gap nicely. They have the same portability as EarPods but with a focus on also providing great sound to listen to. They aren’t...

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Apple releases fourth beta of iOS 9.1, third tvOS...

Apple on Tuesday issued a trio of new beta software releases to developers for testing: iOS 9.1 beta 4, tvOS beta 3, and Xcode 7.1 beta 3.

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Rapid Hue for Mac OS X lets you control Philips Hue...

Wolfgang Augustin has developed Rapid Hue for Mac OS X (10.8 and higher). The US$3.99 lets you control your Philips Hue Lights from your your Mac.

Developed as a Menu bar app, Rapid Hue is always available. No navigation is required; just one click to set brightness, hue or saturation for each light or group of lights. You can turn all lights off by clicking one button.

Rapid Hue is available at the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/qbnq4ey). A demo version is available at the product website (http://tinyurl.com/no4wf34).

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QuarkXPress 2015 training sessions available

Quark has announced new training sessions that are now available on YouTube. Visit www.youtube.com/QuarkXPresstTV to join Quark’s print and digital publishing expert, Matthias Gunther, as he shares his tips for working with QuarkXPress 2015.

You can learn about special key commands, best practices and other tips that will help designers work faster and smarter. Each webinar is a 30 to 40 minute session created for creative professionals. Three sessions are already available on-demand and three more are coming soon.

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Microsoft unveils Surface Book laptop & Surface...

Microsoft took direct aim at Apple's MacBook Pro and iPad Pro at a press event Tuesday, revealing the Surface Book -- its first-ever laptop -- and the Surface Pro 4, an updated tablet matched by a redesigned stylus.

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Use The profiles Command Line In El Capitan

You might be happy to note that other than the ability to interpret new payloads, the profiles command mostly stays the same in El Capitan, from Yosemite. You can still export profiles from Apple Configurator or Profile Manager (or some of the 3rd party MDM tools). You can then install profiles by just opening them and installing. Once profiles are installed on a Mac, mdmclient, a binary located in /usr/libexec will process changes such as wiping a system that has been FileVaulted (note you need to FileVault if you want to wipe an OS X Lion client computer). /System/Library/LaunchDaemons and /System/Library/LaunchAgents has a mdmclient daemon and agent respectively that start it up automatically. This, along with all of the operators remains static from 10.10.

To script profile deployment, administrators can add and remove configuration profiles using the new /usr/bin/profiles command. To see all profiles, aggregated, use the profiles command with just the -P option:

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Apple Seeds Fourth iOS 9.1 Beta, Third tvOS Beta to...

Apple today seeded the fourth beta of iOS 9.1 to both registered developers and public beta testers for testing purposes, one week after seeding the third iOS 9.1 beta and releasing iOS 9.0.2, the second minor bug fix update to iOS.

The new iOS 9.1 beta, build 13B136, is available as an over-the-air update and through Apple's Developer Center. Apple has also released a third tvOS beta.

iOS 9.1 offers new features and compatibility updates for upcoming Apple products like the new fourth-generation Apple TV and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. The iPad Pro ships with two accessories, the Smart Keyboard and the Apple Pencil, both of which are deeply integrated into the operating system.

The update includes Unicode 8, adding support for emoji like the taco, burrito, cheese wedge, middle finger,...

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Apple released a new iOS OTA Firmware

Apple just released OTA iOS 9.1 (beta) (Build 13B5136) for:

  • iPad 2 (Wi-Fi) (iPad2,1)
  • iPad 2 (GSM) (iPad2,2)
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Microsoft Surface Book: What you need to know

The Surface Book is Microsoft's first convertible computer and will start shipping October 26, 2015 and start at $1,499.

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Adobe Lays Out a Feast at Its MAX Picnic

Adobe raised the curtain on two mobile apps and a basket of product upgrades at its MAX conference in Los Angeles. Both new apps -- Photoshop Fix and Capture CC -- are free, but they initially will be available only to users of Apple's mobile devices. Photoshop Fix includes some commonly used Photoshop features -- exposure, contrast and saturation control, as well as object and blemish removal. It also has a tool for altering parts of a face. For example, you can widen eyes, suggest a smile, or perform a virtual rhinoplasty on a visage.

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Using open educational resources to make your own...

Today’s post was written by Brent Thrasher, 8th grade Math teacher at Rickman Elementary School.

This past spring our school district started tossing around the idea of moving to open educational resources (OER). I was actually glad to hear this idea because I knew what opportunities it could offer our students. At the same time, I knew the challenges it would pose to us teachers. If you don’t know much about OER, this article is a good place to start learning.

Basically, the idea of OER is a community of educators creating “free-to-use” content. This content is open to anyone who wants to consume it or modify it to make it their own. It can distributed to students and updated as many times as the teacher wants, without any fee.

Of course, we tend to focus on the free aspect of OER, but I think that is only a small benefit of OER. I think the biggest and most powerful...

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Master “The Art of Stage Presence” with James...

If you already know what you want to say to an audience, PowerPoint makes it easy to say it in a visually stunning presentation. With Office Mix, you can even make that presentation interactive, host it on the web and share it with the world. But what if you don’t know what to say—or how to say it?

James Whittaker to the rescue! Or @docjamesw if you’re a fan of Twitter. In “The Art of Stage Presence,” the man who left Microsoft to join Google and came back to Microsoft teaches the world five basic laws of delivering a great presentation. In fact, rather than just tell you the laws, he demonstrates them. In a talk-within-a-talk, Whittaker gives a sample presentation on “The Magic of Software” and then deconstructs what...

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Microsoft Guns for Apple by Challenging the MacBook...

While everyone was expecting the new Surface 4 and Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL smartphones to debut today, no one saw Microsoft's powerful knockout punch: the ultimate notebook-tablet hybrid ...

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Philips announces Hue Bridge 2.0 lights with HomeKit...

This definitely smacks of the nifty.

Philips on Monday announced its first HomeKit-enabled product, the Hue Bridge 2.0, an updated version of its original Hue Bridge. With the Hue Bridge 2.0, its line of Philips Hue lights are able to work with Apple’s home automation platform, allowing all existing and future Hue bulbs to be controlled with Siri voice commands.

Spoken commands like “Turn lights red” can be used for specific colors, while commands like “Set the lamp to 30 percent” can be used for dimming. While users have long been able to use the Philips Hue app to set custom light sequences, these commands can now be spoken via Siri as well as control an...

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From analog to digital: How Danny Boyle's...

The film "Steve Jobs" is set in three different time periods over a 14-year span, each presented in a visually distinct way by director Danny Boyle, reflecting the fast-paced evolution of modern technology.

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The New Apple TV Turns its Back on 4K UHD, But the...

The new, 4th generation Apple TV is due this month, and it won't support 4K UHD video. Yet the entire TV industry is laser focused on 4K UHD video. A technology called Vidity is part of that evolution and promises to return the customer to a simpler way to acquire and view content. How Apple will play in the process is still unfolding.

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European reservations open up for second-wave iPhone...

Shoppers in several European countries can now reserve an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus for pick up this Friday, when Apple will bring the devices to 40 more regions on top of the original 12.

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iPad Pro Coming in Early November

Apple said the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil stylus will ship in November, which typically means the end of the month. This time, however, it sounds like we'll get Apple's jumbo iPad right at the beginning of the month.

The Mac Observer Spin: Early November would suit me just fine. I want to get my hands on an iPad Pro as soon as possible.

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Apple fixes app slicing issue with iOS 9.0.2 update...

Well, there’s good news if you’re developing iOS apps.

Apple has just announced that its app slicing issue has been fixed. This will allow for device-specific versions of apps to be delivered when downloaded by users running iOS 9.0.2 or later.

For those of you unfamiliar with app slicing, this is a delivery method that allows for the optimal installation of an iOS or watchOS app to be delivered to a user’s particular device, with minimal footprint. This optimization, called app thinning, lets developers create apps that use the most device features, occupy minimum disk space, and accommodate future updates that...

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Twitter makes current events easier to follow with...

After months of floundering to find a new CEO and shore up its user base, Twitter is having the best week ever. First, the publishing platform confirmed that cofounder Jack Dorsey is retaking the helm as CEO of the company he created. Now Twitter is officially rolling out a feature that will make it much easier for people to find the best and most important tweets of the day without having to hunt for them.

The new tool is called Moments, and it will be easily accessible in a new tab on Twitter for iOS, Android, and the web. Rolling out today for U.S. Twitter users, Moments will offer a curated list of current events in a variety of categories—news, sports, entertainment, etc.—and let you tap through to see more information about the moment and the most relevant tweets about it. Those tweets can be text only, or they can include GIFs, videos, photos, and Vines. Each Moment will include...

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Google’s Fall Event Echos Apple’s Event

Google followed Apple’s September media event with a set of product announcements that were quite similar: new smartphones, a productivity-focused tablet, new streaming-media hardware, a mobile OS update, and photography announcements. Google and Apple, once very different, are more alike every day.


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Microsoft acknowledges crashes under OS X 10.11 El...

The good news is that Microsoft has acknowledged the massive crashes between Office for Mac 2016 and the newly-released OS X 10.11 El Capitan.

The bad news is that they don’t have an estimated timeline for a fix.

In an emailed statement, a Microsoft spokeswoman said the company is looking into the problem.

“We know that some users may be experiencing issues with Office 2016 for Mac running on El Capitan,” the statement read. “We are actively investigating the matter with Apple. Until there is a fix, we recommend people install the latest updates to Office 2016 for Mac using Microsoft AutoUpdate.”

OS X 10.11 El Capitan was...

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News: Apple taking reservations for new iPhones in...

Apple is accepting iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus reservations in six of the 40 countries where the new phones are set to debut this Friday. Customers in Belgium, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the Netherlands can pick the model, color and storage size they want and reserve a phone for in-store pickup Friday, although iPhone 6s Plus models are still in limited supply at most locations. Reservations are limited to two per customer and valid government-issued…

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News: Apple adds transit directions for Boston,...

Apple has quietly added Boston and Sydney, Australia to its list of cities where transit directions are supported in Apple Maps. The expansion solves a problem for some Australian users who were left without access to transit directions after Apple shut down the popular HopStop transit directions app earlier this month. HopStop covered cities in Russia, Israel and Australia that Apple Maps has yet to expand into with transit directions. Note: Though…

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Apple's angled camera concept could enable...

Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent for a new type of camera that could capture images at indirect angles --?a concept that the company says could be used to enable projected, virtual keyboards on any flat surface.

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