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Friday May 6

05:23
Apple begins offering half-price $4.99 Apple Music...

Starting today, students enrolled in an eligible college or university will today be able to subscribe to Apple Music at a discounted price, as Apple is offering half off the standard subscription rate for its streaming music service.

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05:16
Apple Gets Aggressive with new Apple Music...

Today we learn that Apple is shaking up the standard streaming music industry pricing structure by introducting the "Apple Music Student Membership" at half the going subscription price in seven countries...

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05:04
AppleInsider podcast talks 'Apple Pencil 2,...

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, we discuss Apple's stock, the 'iPhone 7' and rumors of the headphone jack reappearing, a patent for a possible 'Apple Pencil 2', smart voice assistants, Fitbit's performance, and more.

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03:58
Apple seeking 800,000-sq feet of space for car...

One of the largest property companies in the San Francisco Bay Area has said during an investor call that Apple is seeking around 800,000 square feet of space in the area to expand its car project. The WSJ quotes Hudson Pacific Properties CEO Victor Coleman talking about rising demand for space for car R&D in the area.

We’re seeing the Toyotas of the world, the Teslas of the world, BMWs, Mercedes. Ford now is out in the marketplace looking for space. I haven’t even mentioned the 400,000 square feet that Google’s looking to take down and the 800,000 square feet that Apple’s looking to take down for their autonomous cars as well.

That would be almost a third the size of the spaceship campus Apple is currently building, which is...

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03:54
Apple's CEO Set to meet with Senior Chinese...

In a report that we posted on Sunday titled "Apple's CEO doesn't see Carl Icahn's Dark Cloud Over their business in China, he sees Growth Ahead," we noted that "China's crackdown on iTunes at the moment is limited in its scope and it appears to be a cultural conflict on the types of content being available. oday we're learning that Apple's CEO will be going to China ...

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03:14
TSMC is already Preparing Apple's 2017 iPhone...

With TSMC being Apple's number one supplier for the iPhone 7's A10 chip, a new supply chian report published today claims that Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has recently begun to ...

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02:50
Report: Tim Cook to visit China later this month to...

Reuters is reporting that Apple CEO Tim Cook will visit China later in May to meet with government officials and address current tensions between Apple and China, seen by many as the main driver of revenue growth for the company going forward.

Apple has faced some significant setbacks in China in the last few weeks. The company has had to stop selling iBooks and iTunes Movies in the region following new governmental policy that restricts online publishing. Apple also ceded exclusive rights to the iPhone trademark after losing a court case, although it...

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01:13
Apple Music adds student membership subscription at...

Apple is today introducing an Apple Music plan aimed at students. The service is identical in features to the standard plan but rather than paying $9.99 per month, qualifying students can subscribe to Apple Music for $4.99 per month. The offering is rolling out today in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia and more countries (via TechCrunch). Prices vary per region but the discount should be around 50% of the normal Apple Music price.

To qualify, students must be currently attending an eligible university or college and gain the discount for up to four years. Apple has partnered with UNiDAYs to verify people who sign up to the student plan are legitimate students attending a school.

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00:37
Apple Introduces Apple Music Student Membership...

Apple will today introduce an Apple Music student plan that discounts the streaming service by 50 percent for those who are enrolled in an eligible college or university (via TechCrunch).

The new plan means any academic student in the United States can now pick up an individual Apple Music membership for $4.99 a month, rather than pay the standard $9.99 subscription rate.

U.S. students won't be the only ones to benefit though, as the plan is also open to students in the U.K., Germany, Denmark, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. The actual cost is expected to vary slightly from country to country, but all markets will see 50 percent off the standard subscription rate.

The student discount is offered for up to four continuous or non-continuous years after sign-up, so...

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00:00
Hot deals on the Bobine Blackout Auto and Flexible...

Have we got a deal for you! Or more accurately, we have two deals for you today. Fuse Chicken makes the funky, flexible and fun Bobine charging docks for iPhone and Apple Watch, and today we're bringing you two of those docks -- the Bobine Blackout Auto iPhone Charging Dock and Bobine Blackout Flexible iPhone Charging Dock -- at 25 percent off the regular $40 price; that's just $29.99 with free shipping.

These curvy flexible docks are handy whether you're charging your iPhone in...

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Thursday May 5

23:02
Apple VP of Online Retail Bob Kupbens leaves company

Bob Kupbens, the Vice President in charge of Apple’s growing online retail business, resigned from the company last week to take on a new position elsewhere, according to multiple sources. Kupbens joined Apple in 2014 and has been in charge of all online-based Apple retail initiatives, ranging from the recently redesigned online store, its integration into the main Apple website, the online iPhone upgrade program and newfound connectivity with Apple’s physical retail stores.

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19:37
Apple Seeking 'Large Expanses of Real Estate...

Apple is looking to purchase "large expanses of real estate" in the San Francisco Bay Area for its much-rumored car project, codenamed Project Titan, according to The Wall Street Journal. Google parent company Alphabet and several car manufacturers, such as Tesla and Mercedes Benz, are also on the hunt for more space, according to Hudson Pacific, one of the Bay Area's largest landlords.

Map of Apple's newly-purchased real estate in San Jose“We’re seeing the Toyotas of the world, the Teslas of the world, BMWs, Mercedes. Ford now is out in the marketplace looking for space,” [Hudson Pacific Properties CEO Victor Coleman] said on the landlord’s quarterly investor call. “I haven’t even mentioned the 400,000 square feet that Google’s looking to take down and the 800,000 square feet that Apple’s looking to take down for their...

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19:09
Apple eyeing 800,000-square-foot property for...

Apple, Google parent company Alphabet and a number of established car makers are reportedly on the hunt for prime real estate in the San Francisco Bay Area to serve their respective autonomous vehicle projects, with Apple in particular said to be looking at an 800,000-square-foot plot.

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18:44
∞ Cupertino Mayor loses his mind

I don’t even know what to say about Cupertino Mayor, Barry Chang. He complains in an article The Guardian that he showed up unannounced at Apple’s headquarters and was denied a meeting—I assume with Tim Cook–he was asked to leave. [...]

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17:39
Apple hires former Google inventor with background...

Another recent Apple hire has been linked to the company's rumored "Project Titan" automotive initiative, as a report on Thursday uncovered a Google patent application for electric vehicle charging systems co-invented by current Apple employee Kurt Adelberger.

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17:34
Opinion: A visual refresh will help Apple Music, but...

Earlier this week, we reported on an upcoming design refresh coming to Apple Music with iOS 10. Mark reported that the update would focus on “a redesigned user-interface, a few new functions, and reorganization as well as simplification of existing features.” The new interface is said to ditch the colorful translucent look of the current app in favor of a more simplistic look with a focus on album art and black & white design.

While I certainly won’t reject an interface refresh for Apple Music, I think there are a variety of things that need to change too (or even first). Read on as I breakdown what needs to be changed…

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16:59
Immersion expands patent lawsuit against Apple over...

Earlier this year Immersion Corporation, one of the leading companies in haptic feedback technology, filed a lawsuit against Apple over haptic technology used in the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, and Apple Watch. Today, the company has filed a second lawsuit against Apple and AT&T in which it says the MacBook and MacBook Pro violate one patent relating to haptic feedback. Additionally, Immersion says the iPhone 6s infringes on three more of its patents not mentioned in the first lawsuit.

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Filed under: iOS Tagged: Apple, immersion, Law,...

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16:50
LAPD Hacked An iPhone 5s Before The FBI Hacked San...

According to recently released court papers, Los Angeles police investigators found a way to break into a locked iPhone 5s belonging to April Jace, the slain wife of "The Shield" actor Michael Jace. The detectives were able to bypass the security at around the same time period the FBI was demanding Apple unlock the iPhone 5c belonging to San Bernardino terrorist Syed Rizwan Farook. LAPD detective Connie Zych wrote on March 18, the department found a "forensic cellphone expert" who could "override the locked iPhone function," according to the search warrant. There's no mention of how the LAPD broke into the iPhone or what OS the iPhone was running (Note: iOS 8, which features improved encryption and security features, came out months after the killing). The information stored on the iPhone should help in the criminal case against Jace's husband, who is charged with the May 19, 2014, killing.

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16:37
Immersion Misses Q1 Earnings & Announces their...

Today, Immersion reported on their financials where they noted that they're down 16% from Q1 2015. To mask some of their pain, their press release updated their ongoing litigation with Apple, Samsung and Sony. With Apple, Immersion is adding MacBooks to the list of products that allegedly infringe upon Immersion's IP as well as extend their list of patents involved in the case.

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16:07
Immersion Files Second Haptic Feedback Lawsuit...

Immersion, a company that develops and licenses haptic touch feedback technology, today filed a second lawsuit against Apple and AT&T, accusing the MacBook and MacBook Pro of violating one patent and the iPhone 6s of violating three additional patents not mentioned in the original lawsuit.

According to Immersion, iPhone 6s and MacBook features like 3D Touch and the Force Touch trackpad infringe on its intellectual property. The four patents included in today's lawsuit are as follows:

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15:50
SAP Partners With Apple To Expand iOS In The...

SAP has announced a partnership with Apple to bring iOS to SAP's enterprise customers. Steve Lucas, president for SAP's Digital Enterprise Platform, says SAP is firmly an enterprise company which has built a cloud platform to access all the software it has developed -- ERP product, SuccessFactors or Concur. With the new deal, Apple hopes to take a bite out of Microsoft's territory by selling hardware to companies who traditionally shop for PCs. In an effort to push iOS to its customers, SAP has announced a new set of apps for the iPhone and iPad that take advantage of data stored in SAP tools. They're providing an iOS SDK for its in-memory database product, SAP HANA, to allow organizations to build their own customized apps using the data stored in HANA. SAP is also offering SAP Academy for iOS as a way for SAP programmers to learn to use the HANA iOS SDK. The deal between Apple and SAP echoes the deal from a couple years ago between Apple and IBM.

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15:42
ISIS Cyberthreat: Puny but Gaining Power


The Islamic State group's cyberwar capabilities are unsophisticated, but they won't be that way for long. That was the conclusion of a 25-page report released last week by Flashpoint.
The report, "Hacking for ISIS: The Emergent Cyber Threat Landscape," found that the Islamic State's "overall capabilities are neither advanced nor do they demonstrate sophisticated targeting." However, the severity of the attacks by the groups supporters isn't likely to remain unsophisticated, it added.

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15:35
AWT News Update: May 5, 2016

It's a really short News Update today...

  • Women are buying more Apple Watches for themselves
  • Tim Cook's charity auction nets $515,000 for the RFK Center
  • Microsoft OneDrive users beware! You're about to start getting charged for that 15GB of space you were getting for free

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for May 5, 2016.

Slice, a company that does e-commerce analytics, has been looking at users of the Apple Watch since the device came out last April and its data show that early adopters of the device were overwhelmingly male — about 80%. However, as time has passed, females are now buying more and more of the devices, to the...

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15:24
Apple Watch iMessage Canned Responses Are...

Did you know iMessages on your Apple Watch can be multilingual for you? Adam Christianson noted (and told em) that if you get an iMessage in a language other than your primary language on your Apple Watch, the canned responses when you hit "Reply" will automatically be in that same language.


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15:09
New Immersion lawsuit adds Apple's iPhone 6s,...

Immersion Corporation, a leader in haptic feedback technology, expanded its legal battle against Apple on Thursday with a new patent infringement suit targeting technology built into iPhone 6s and various MacBook models.

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14:50
How to Save Money on Subscriptions to Netflix,...

Earlier this week, we explained some of the ways to get discounted iTunes Gift Cards. That saves you money on your iTunes Stores and App Store purchases, but you can also use it to save money on many subscriptions, including Netflix, Pandora, Spotify, and others, not to mention subscriptions to newspapers and magazines.


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14:29
Apple partners with SAP in new enterprise push

Apple has stepped up its efforts to target enterprise customers through a new partnership with SAP.

The companies will deliver native apps for the iPhone and iPad that tap SAP’s Hana in-memory computing platform, as well as a new iOS software development kit (SDK).

“SAP is the ideal partner to help us truly transform how businesses around the world are run on iPhone and iPad,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook.

As part of the deal, SAP will develop native iOS apps using Apple’s Swift programming language. An app might enable a field maintenance worker to order parts or schedule service, for example; another might allow a doctor to share the latest patient data with other healthcare workers.

To read this article...

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14:18
AluPen Digital Fine-Point Stylus: $34.95

We have a deal for you today on the AluPen Digital Fine-Point Stylus—as the name says, it's a fine point stylus designed to give you fine control over your work. You twist the stylus to reveal the nib, too, meaning it's protected inside the stylus when you're using it. Check out the details on the deal listing—our price is $34.95.


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14:08
Tim Cook charity auction raises $515K for human...

Apple CEO Tim Cook's latest charity auction closed on Thursday, with the winning bid raising$515,000 for the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights.

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13:34
Netflix updates iOS app with cellular data controls...

Netflix on Thursday released an important update to its iOS app, enabling more control over streaming on cellular networks, as well as extending the use of 3D Touch gestures.

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13:33
News: Apple partners with SAP for mobile enterprise...

Apple has announced a partnership with enterprise application software leader SAP to build a new software development framework that would allow SAP developers to build native iOS applications that integrate with the SAP HANA Cloud Platform, providing organizations with efficient mobile access to SAP enterprise data within their organizations. The two companies will deliver a new SAP HANA Cloud Platform SDK that will be available exclusively for iOS,…

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13:13
Apple Rocks the Enterprise Market with New SAP...

On July 15, 2014 Apple and IBM formed a landmark partnership to transform the way work got done in the enterprise. Today Apple takes the iPhone & iPad revolution to new heights. Apple and SAP have announced a partnership to revolutionize the mobile work experience for enterprise customers of all sizes ...

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13:12
Tim Cook's Charity Lunch Auction Raises More...

Apple CEO Tim Cook's fourth annual CharityBuzz auction ended this afternoon, raising more than $500,000 for the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. The auction, which garnered more than 40 bids, includes a one hour lunch date with Tim Cook At Apple's Cupertino headquarters along with passes to a forthcoming Apple keynote event.

Two people are able to attend the lunch meeting with Cook, with the experience set to last for approximately one hour. While lunch is included in the price of the auction, travel and accommodations are not. The offer expires on May 5, 2017, and the winner will be able to schedule their appointment on a "mutually agreed upon date."

In the final hours of the auction, bidding ramped up significantly, jumping from $275,000 yesterday afternoon to the more...

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13:04
Gear: Grovemade Wood + Leather Cases for iPhone 6/6s...

Grovemade has introduced a number of new Wood + Leather Cases for iPhone SE, iPhone 6/6s, and iPhone 6/6s Plus. We received the larger versions, which cost $109 for iPhone 6/6s and $119 for iPhone 6/6s Plus. The new cases come in either maple and leather (a lighter wood with a light brown leather backing), or walnut and leather (a darker wood with a black leather backing). As with previous Grovemade cases, the Wood + Leather Cases come in two pieces…

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12:54
Early Apple Watch adopters were mostly men, but...

At launch, the overwhelming majority of Apple Watch buyers were men. But in the year since it debuted, women have begun to close the gap and embrace Apple's new wearable platform, new research shows.

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12:47
Latest Tim Cook charity auction raises $515,000 for...

It’s time to dine with Tim Cook at Apple’s HQ in Cupertino. One lucky (and generous) bidder has won Charitybuzz’s fundraiser campaign to have lunch with the Apple CEO at 1 Infinite Loop, plus attend a future Apple event during the next 12 months. Apple’s Campus 2 opens early next year, so it’s possible the winner could wait to visit Apple’s new location before the offer expires.

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12:12
Skin tracking is the latest zany attempt to solve...

Forget digital crowns and rotating bezels; researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are positing that the future of smartwatch control is on your skin.

The so-called SkinTrack involves a ring that emits a high-frequency signal and a wristband packed with electrodes. As the ring’s signal propagates through the body, SkinTrack measures the phase difference between electrodes on either end of the band to figure out the location of fingers on the skin. This in turn transforms the wearer’s wrist into a 2D trackpad for a smartwatch screen.

In a demo on YouTube, the wearer is able to scroll through music tracks, tap on their hand’s invisible phone dialer, draw letters, and even play a game of Angry Birds. The researchers note that the system works with clothing over the wrist, and can even pick up movements just above the skin.

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12:01
Apple & SAP announce partnership on iOS SDK,...

Apple and enterprise software firm SAP on Thursday announced a partnership that will see the creation of a new SDK, allowing the latter company's clients and developers to produce iOS apps exploiting the SAP HANA Cloud Platform.

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11:58
Apple and SAP partner on new iOS apps, software...

Apple and SAP, which specializes in enterprise application software, have announced a partnership to “revolutionize the mobile work experience for enterprise customers of all sizes” by combining native apps for the iPhone and iPad with the capabilities of the SAP HANA platform. 

This joint effort will also deliver a new iOS software development kit (SDK) and training academy so that developers, partners and customers can build native iOS apps tailored to their business needs.

“This partnership will transform how iPhone and iPad are used in enterprise by bringing together the innovation and security of iOS with SAP’s deep expertise in business software,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook win a press announcement. “As the leader in enterprise software and with 76% of business transactions touching an SAP system, SAP is the ideal partner to help us truly transform how businesses around the world are run on iPhone and iPad. Through...

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11:51
Apple, SAP partner to ‘revolutionize work’ on the...

Apple and SAP (www.sap.com), which specializes in enterprise application software, have announced a partnership to revolutionize the mobile work experience for enterprise customers of all sizes, combining native apps for the iPhone and iPad with the capabilities of the SAP HANA platform. This joint effort will also deliver a new iOS software development kit (SDK) and training academy so that developers, partners and customers can build native iOS apps tailored to their business needs.

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11:48
Apple and SAP Announce New Enterprise Partnership

Apple today announced a new partnership with SAP to "revolutionize" the mobile work experience for its enterprise customers by combining native iPhone and iPad apps with the SAP HANA Cloud Platform. Under the partnership, Apple and SAP will create a new software development kit and training academy to help developers and enterprise customers create tailored business-focused iOS apps.

"This partnership will transform how iPhone and iPad are used in enterprise by bringing together the innovation and security of iOS with SAP's deep expertise in business software," said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO. "As the leader in enterprise software and with 76% of business transactions touching an SAP system, SAP is the ideal partner to help us truly transform how businesses around the world are run on iPhone and iPad....

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11:35
HuffPost Article On Cool Things To Do With Google...

I’ve been a huge fan of Google Apps for awhile. For this piece, I got a bit more specific and tried to focus on Google Drive. Obviously, there’s a lot of tie-ins with Google’s other products, given how much integration there is there. But, what I did here was really focus on the Google Drive bits. Hope you enjoy it!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/charles-edge/22-cool-things-you-can-do_b_9843122.html

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11:32
Apple published a new Press Release
11:10
Cupertino's Mayor: Apple 'Abuses Us'...

An anonymous reader shares a report on The Guardian: Apple pays a 2.3% effective tax rate on its $181bn in cash held offshore, according to Citizens for Tax Justice, a not-for-profit research group focusing on tax policy. Citizens for Tax Justice estimates that Apple would owe $59.2bn in U.S. taxes if the money weren't funneled into offshore shell accounts. Criticism over the company's offshore tax schemes has become more pointed in recent months, both locally in Cupertino and from Apple's own staff. At a recent Cupertino city council meeting, some residents protested about a lack of funding for public projects, Barry Chang, Mayor of Cupertino said: "They ball up the paper and throw it, and they say 'You're making all the wrong decisions'," Chang said. "In the meantime, Apple is not willing to pay a dime. They're making profit, and they should share the responsibility for our city, but they won't. They abuse us."

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10:55
Microsoft’s OneDrive reducing free storage from 15GB...

Microsoft is making some changes to OneDrive (https://onedrive.live.com/about/en-us/), its file hosting service that allows users to sync files and later access them from a web browser or mobile device.

The amount of free storage that comes with OneDrive will change from 15 GB to 5 GB. Microsoft is also discontinuing the 15 GB camera roll bonus.

As a result of these changes, you will be over your OneDrive storage limit on Aug. 10. To bring your account within the new limits, you can purchase additional storage or choose to remove some files.

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10:44
TMO Daily Observations 2016-05-05: Dave’s iPhone SE...

The iPhone SE may be small, but it packs a lot of power in its tiny case. John Martellaro and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to discuss why the small screen iPhone still fits into Apple's lineup, and Dave explains why he likes it more than his iPhone 6s Plus. They also look at why the LAPD iPhone hack isn't as big a deal as some make it out to be.


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10:24
Cupertino mayor accuses Apple, responsible for...

The city of Cupertino, Calif. -- which is economically dependent on Apple -- is reportedly embroiled in a conflict over how it should fund the transport infrastructure needed to deal with congestion created by the company, as well as other businesses in the area.

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10:18
Why passwords fail end users

At the 2016 Interop show, Network World got a quick demo of Keeper Security's password management and vault app. The company's CEO, Darren Guccione, also explained why most password methods fail end users, and whether biometrics (beyond the fingerprint) will ever catch on as an authentication method.

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10:15
Microsoft Challenges Oracle With SQL Server 2016


Microsoft this week announced that SQL Server 2016 will be generally available June 1. It will deliver an end-to-end data management and business analytics solution with mission-critical intelligence, according to the company. Built into the software are end-to-end mobile business intelligence on any device, in-database advanced analytics, in-memory capabilities optimized for all workloads, and a consistent experience from on-premises to the cloud, Microsoft said.

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10:02
Methods hackers use to attack DNS

At 2016 Interop, Cloudmark Engineering Director Angela Knox talks with Network World about several different ways that hackers go after DNS as part of other malicious attacks. Knox explains the methods for DNS ID hacking, spoofing, cache poisoning, exfiltration/tunneling, and DNS amplification.

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09:44
Microsoft stays true to its word, will end free...

In what could be described as a somewhat surprising move given the company's proclivity for indecision, Microsoft on Thursday announced that it would stick to the plan it announced last year and begin charging for Windows upgrades this summer.

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09:36
Ethernet's future goes fast and slow

At the 2016 Interop show, David Chalupsky from the Ethernet Alliance chats with Network World about its six new data rates and 2016 Ethernet Roadmap. Chalupsky also explains why the networking standard is not only getting faster, but slower for some particular applications and use cases.

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09:15
Apple Granted RTM Certificate for 'Final Cut...

Today the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest trademark application for the figurative version of 'Read it on Apple News' that was originally filed last week. Apple also received ...

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09:15
The Apple of your eye: IBM, Bausch + Lomb team up...

Image via IBM

Cataracts affect a lot of people -- more than 22 million Americans now, and the number is expected to rise to 30 million by 2020. The condition causes cloudiness in the lens of an eye that can lead to blindness if untreated, and it affects almost 70 percent of people by age 75. Cataract surgery replaces the cloudy lens with a flexible artificial lens. Today IBM and Bausch + Lomb announced a plan to start pilot testing of an iOS cataract surgery app in late 2016.

The collaboration is part of IBM's MobileFirst for iOS team run by IBM Global Business Services. IBM will design and develop the custom app for Bausch + Lomb, while the latter firm plans to optimize the app to collect data so that the app applies machine-based learning and predictive analytics, delivering real-time information to surgeons. 

The workflow enabled by the app will replace present-day paper-...

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09:00
How the Browning Law Group helps safeguard client...

Today’s post was written by John Browning, president of the Browning Law Group, APC.

I started my own law practice in 1999 because I wanted to help people negotiate their legal issues and because I wanted to become an entrepreneur. I’ve made a pretty good career out of solving the problems that businesses face every day and now the Browning Law Group represents scores of businesses throughout Orange County, California.

To succeed in almost any business, you need the right technology. So in 2015, the Browning Law Group adopted Microsoft Office 365 to manage collaboration and communication from the Microsoft cloud. Allow me to explain why we made that choice and how it’s helped us protect our relationships with our clients.

The right technology for today’s connected business world

Running my own practice is very rewarding, but it’s not always easy. I have to manage cash flow, keep track of payables and receivables, make payroll and at the same...

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09:00
Project Server 2016—born in the cloud

We’re pleased to announce general availability of Project Server 2016, which provides significant project and portfolio management (PPM) value to our on-premises customers.

Customers who would like to evaluate the capabilities of Project Server 2016 can download trial versions at this website.

Project Server 2016 value

Project Server 2016 delivers value in the following areas:

  • Evolution of resource management—Project Server 2016 introduces a new interaction model between project managers and resources managers. This new feature is called Resource Engagements and it helps facilitate coordination and commitments around resources and the projects they spend their time on. In addition, resource managers also get a new feature called Capacity and Engagements Heatmap that provides a visual view of the capacity of their resources, so they can make informed allocation decisions...
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09:00
OneNote, ELL and special education at Sammamish High...

Today’s post was written by Rachel Pinter, special education teacher at Sammamish High School.

When a school or district invests in a 1:1 technology program, the decision yields hundreds of questions. What device would best serve students? What grades should have access to YouTube or other helpful (but potentially distracting) resources? Do we teach keyboarding to our students? If so, who does that? (Does anyone want to do that?) And then there’s the big question: how do we connect this massive investment to our greater district purposes of academic success, college and career readiness, and a positive and productive life?

At the heart of the issue, we want our students to be successful. Our belief is that investing in technology increases that likelihood because we are providing them with better tools and experiences. If we do better, they’ll do better. But some groups of students have educational needs that can be overlooked—or even inadvertently...

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09:00
What’s new in Office 365 administration—April roundup

April was a busy and exciting month for the Office 365 admin center team. We started to roll out a variety of new features in the new admin center, including new reporting capabilities, customization options and user management improvements.

Since we started our work to rebuild the admin center in September 2015, our goal—to build a more intuitive management solution that provides additional functionality while making it easier, faster and more efficient for you to manage Office 365—hasn’t changed.

It’s great to see it all come together as admins around the world start using the new admin center.

We could not have done it without you! We can’t thank you often enough for the detailed and highly valuable feedback that you share with us every day. Your feedback continues to help us prioritize our work, fix bugs and improve the overall experience and...

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09:00
Securifi’s Almond 3 connected-home router is now...

Securifi announced today that its latest connected-home, mesh-network router, the Almond 3 is now available for pre-order at a $30 discount from its final retail price of $150 (your can pre-order at Amazon). First shown at CES 2016 in January, the company expects to ship the router sometime in June.

In addition to being an 802.11ac Wi-Fi router, the Almond 3 is outfitted with a ZigBee radio and will be able to function as a connected-home hub. If your smart lighting, door locks, motion sensors, and other devices operate on some other protocol, Securifi offers a $20 Z-Wave USB dongle; the company expects to offer a Bluetooth dongle sometime in Q4. What’s more, the new router can also operate in conjunction with Amazon’s Alexa digital voice assistant (you’ll also need to have an Amazon Echo, Dot, or Tap). Effective today, this last feature has also been added to two of Securifi’s earlier routers,...

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08:59
Episode 092 on The Future of SharePoint—Office 365...

In this episode, Richard DiZerega talks with long time SharePoint MVP Eric Shupps about the developer announcements at The Future of SharePoint event.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP92_EricShupps.mp3

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08:42
'Dangerous Golf' swaps fairways for chaos...

If you think golf sims are too gentile, Dangerous Golf trades hushed tones and sedate play for exploding golf balls and wanton destruction. The title is the debut from Three Fields Entertainment, a new company from the co-founders of Burnout develope...

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08:30
'Apple Stole My Music. No, Seriously'

Vellum's James has written about his ordeal with Apple Music which many people can relate to. Apple Music, the Cupertino-based giant's online music streaming service, deleted 122GB of music files that James had stored on his computer. He writes: What Amber (supposed Apple Support representative) explained was exactly what I'd feared: through the Apple Music subscription, which I had, Apple now deletes files from its users' computers. When I signed up for Apple Music, iTunes evaluated my massive collection of Mp3s and WAV files, scanned Apple's database for what it considered matches, then removed the original files from my internal hard drive. REMOVED them. Deleted. If Apple Music saw a file it didn't recognize -- which came up often, since I'm a freelance composer and have many music files that I created myself -- it would then download it to Apple's database, delete it from my hard drive, and serve it back to me when I wanted to listen, just like it would with my other music...

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08:26
Mac: Macphun Filters for Photos

One of the less publicized features in Apple’s new Photos app for OS X is the ability to plug in extensions that add to the built-in photo editing capabilities, so users who want to get more creative with their photo editing and presentation can take advantage of new tools without having to leave the comfort of the Photos app. Macphun has been one of the more active companies in supporting the new Photos app’s extensions feature, bringing the ability to use its popular photo apps such as Noiseless and Tonality as extensions. Now, Macphun has taken the next step with Filters for Photos, a new free app that vastly expands the number and capabilities of built-in Photos app filters, adding 30 new filters with advanced controls.
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08:20
EU court upholds new rules that ban e-cigarette...

E-cigarettes received one of their biggest endorsements to date last week, with the UK's Royal College of Physicians vouching for their safety and recommending smokers be encouraged to make the switch. Any celebrations within the vaping industry will...

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08:04
Long Reddit threads will eventually mention Nazis or...

It's logical that as any public discussion expands, either through the number of participants or contributions, there's a greater chance it will touch upon new, divergent topics. This idea is neatly wrapped up in Godwin's law, a concept created by Mi...

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08:03
As India's Middle Class Grows, Apple's...

Earlier today we posted a report titled "Apple is the Second Fastest-Growing Smartphone Vendor in India while Samsung Plunged in Q1." Now a second report has surfaced in India noting that Apple is appealing to the growing middle class in that country.

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07:54
Kohl’s adopts Apple Pay, links service to charge,...

You can now use Apple Pay at some Kohl’s locations.

Which isn’t a bad thing.

Kohl’s has stated that the department store chain now accepts Apple Pay and that Apple Pay users can now pay with a Kohl’s Charge card and earn Yes2You Rewards points at the same. This makes it the first Apple Pay retailer to combine store card payments and rewards in a single-tap transaction.

Roughly 250 Kohl’s locations currently support the option and the company has said that this should be available in all locations by the end of the month, according to company representatives. The system will work automatically so long as a person has both their Charge and Yes2You cards linked to Apple Pay.

In October 2015, Kohl’s became the first retailer to have an Apple Pay-enabled store...

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07:49
News: Apple adds Accessibility section to its online...

Apple has added a new Accessibility category to its online store, highlighting accessories specifically designed for people with physical and intellectual disabilities. The new section also includes specific sub-categories to allow users to filter by accessories geared to assisting in visual, physical and motor skill, and learning & literacy areas. The Accessibility section is limited in selection compared to other sections in Apple’s online…

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07:45
Apple's App Store experiences major search...

Starting early Thursday morning, users trying to access Apple's App Store were met with a broken search tool and undiscoverable apps. According to Cupertino's own system status, "all users are affected." Apple is "investigating and will update the st...

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07:42
LAPD iPhone Hack isn’t as Big a Deal as You Think

While the FBI was trying to force Apple to bypass security features on an iPhone 5c recovered in the San Bernardino mass shooting, Los Angeles police were successfully hacking into and recovering data from an iPhone 5s in a separate homicide case. If LAPD was able to hack into the iPhone 5s on its own, then why did the FBI insist it needed Apple's help with the iPhone 5c? The answer is simple: different operating systems, different security features.


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07:36
Cupertino mayor was escorted off Apple’s campus (and...

Barry Chang, the mayor of Cupertino, California, told The Guardian that he recently went to Apple’s headquarters in the city to talk about traffic congestion, but had barely made it into the lobby before security scored him off the property.

“They said ‘you cannot come in, you’re not invited’. After that I left and have not gone back,” Chang said.

Lots of folks in the 60,000-person town in the heart of Silicon Valley are beginning to organize around their overburdened city, according to The Guardian. They claim the region is struggling with aging infrastructure and booming companies like Apple whose effective tax rate is often quite low. Citizens are also concerned about traffic and nose.

Some are trying to...

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07:30
Traveling the world in Uncharted 4's ridiculous...

Aside from minor tweaks for brightness and contrast, everything in this National Geographic-inspired gallery was captured entirely within the photo mode of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. And while the images don't contain any story spoilers from the fir...

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07:05
News: LAPD hacked into iPhone 5s for murder...

The Los Angeles Police Department successfully hacked into a locked iPhone 5s belonging to the slain wife of “The Shield” actor Michael Jace, according to a new report from the Los Angeles Times. Reviewing court papers, The Times discovered that LAPD detectives were able to hire an outside an outside “forensic cellphone expert” who was able to “override the locked iPhone function” and gain access to the data. The…

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06:50
Apple is number nine on Indeed’s list of the top...

Indeed, has announced its list of the 50 top companies to work for, curated from the job site’s company reviews. Apple is number nine on the list.

Cloud company Salesforce, well known for disrupting the software-as-a-service (SaaS) space, took the top spot. The rest of the top 10, in descending order, are Southwest Airlines, Anadarko Petroleum Corp., Pioneer Natural Resources, Phillip Morris International, Google, the J.M. Smucker Company, Eli Lilly, Apple, and EOG Resources.

“It turns out that companies willing to challenge old school business models also are willing to extend this philosophy to their corporate culture and benefits,” said Paul D’Arcy, senior vice president at Indeed. “Millennials, now the largest percentage of the workforce, prefer working for industry disruptors and their progressive cultures, which provide things like flexible work arrangements, flat organizational structures and on-site amenities...

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06:39
Cupertino Mayor at War with Apple saying that they...

Cupertino's current Mayor Barry Chang bluntly says that Apple abuses their fine city. Many in Cupertino, a 60,000-person town in the heart of Silicon Valley, are beginning to organize around their overburdened city. They claim ...

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06:33
ETFE solar panels now available to power Apple...

Solar Panels New Zealand has announced its new range of ETFE Solar Panels, providing thin, UV resistant panels. The panels support charging of all current generation Apple products either directly from the sun, or via a portable battery.

Charging ports include USB, MagSafe, 30Pin and Lightning. Current generation products include MacBook Pro, MacBook Pro Retina, MacBook, MacBook Air, iPad, iPad Mini, iMad Air, iPad Pro, iPhone 3, iPhone 4, iPhone 5 and iPhone 6.

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06:30
QNAP launches 8-bay, quad-core business NAS

QNAP Systems has released its 8-bay business NAS TS-831X that features two built-in 10GbE SFP+ ports to fully support 10GbE high-speed networks as a cost-effective NAS solution.

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06:22
Patent report: Apple considers a true digital...

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

I’m dubious this one will ever see the light of day, but it would be cool if it did: Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,332,113) for a “mobile electronic device with an adaptively responsive flexible display” — in other words, a digital newspaper or magazine. If you thought reading news on an iPhone or iPad was nifty, this device could conceivably combine the best of digital and print publications and newspapers.

 

The invention involves a device that may be configured as a digital periodical or advertising device to transmit and receive converted multimedia documents or content delivered using multimedia messaging service over a wireless network. In the patent filing,...

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06:03
Apple supports Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal

Apple, Facebook, and other tech firms are pushing for the next U.S. president to support the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal and to make it easier to hire high-tech workers from abroad, according to a joint letter seen by Reuters.

The TPP is a massive, controversial, pro-corporate "free trade" agreement among the United States and 11 other countries – Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam. The 30 chapters of the TPP concern many matters of public policy and the following stated goals: to "promote economic growth; support the creation and retention of jobs; enhance innovation, productivity and competitiveness; raise living standards; reduce poverty in our countries; and promote transparency, good governance, and enhanced labor and environmental protections." 

Among other things, the TPP contains...

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Adobe Digital Photography Training...

In our iLounge Deal for today you can get the Adobe Digital Photography Training Bundle for only $29 — that’s 98% off the regular price. This interactive training bundle will help you master Adobe’s industry standard graphic and design tools, with Diploma in Photography, Mastering Adobe Lightroom, Introduction to Graphic Design & Adobe Creative Suite, and Introduction to Photoshop. Get the Adobe Digital Photography Training Bundle…

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05:57
App Store search is currently broken

Craig Grannell:

Developer Travis Ryan just noted to me on Twitter that App Store search is broken. Presumably, this is a temporary glitch, but it’s frustrating for developers. In Ryan’s case, a search for Dashy Crashy doesn’t bring up his excellent game of the same name. All you get is Dashy Crashy Bird, a one-thumb sort-of Flappy Bird clone.

Try searching yourself.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:55
Cupertino mayor claims he was surrounded/escorted...

Cupertino mayor Barry Chang has accused Apple of ‘abusing’ its home city by failing to contribute to much-needed public projects, and claims that he was ‘surrounded’ by security and escorted off the premises when he tr

Apple is not willing to pay a dime. They’re making profit, and they should share the responsibility for our city, but they won’t. They abuse us.

However, the Guardian notes that Apple paid $9.2M in city taxes in 2012/13 …

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Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Apple Campus 2, Apple Spaceship Campus,...

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05:53
L.A. police investigators unlocked an iPhone even...

Los Angeles police investigators obtained a method to open the locked iPhone belonging to the slain wife (April Jace) of The Shield actor Michael Jace, according to court papers reviewed by The Los Angeles Times.

The interesting thing is this happened occurred earlier this year, during the same time that the FBI was demanding that Apple unlock the iPhone 5C of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook. The FBI eventually said it found another method for unlocking the phone without using Apple.

In March, investigators learned that a forensic cellphone expert could "override" the security features and let authorities view the phone's contents, according to the warrant. A senior investigator with the district attorney's office was able to examine the phone in April, as was Jace's private cellphone expert, according to the ...

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05:49
Google Flights Offers a Slick Travel Planning...

If you haven’t used Google Flights when looking for inexpensive airfares, give it a try. Adam Engst took it for a spin and found its interface fast, efficient, and elegant.

 

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05:39
Apple adds accessibility accessories category to its...

Apple has now added a dedicated accessibility accessories category to its online store, as noted by Amvsement. Categories include vision, physical & motor skills, and learning & literacy.

Products are divided up by iPad compatibility, iPhone compatibility, and Mac compatibility. Currently, there are four products in the vision category, 15 in the physical & motor skills category, and 15 in the learning & literacy category (some products appear in multiple categories).

A totally new and compelling way to locate duplicates and eliminate them from your Mac. Learn How.

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05:29
How To Record a Video of Your iPhone’s Screen

Have you ever wished you could do something on your iPhone and save it as a video recording? You can, and you can even do it for free with Apple’s QuickTime Player. Here we show you how.


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05:14
Apple is the Second Fastest-Growing Smartphone...

A new report this morning notes that India's smartphone market grew 12% on year to 24.4 million units in the first quarter of 2016. Among the top-10 vendors during the quarter, Lenovo grew the most with shipments up 63%, while Apple saw its shipments climb ...

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05:03
Search problems in iOS & Mac App Stores, with...

A number of Reddit and Twitter users are reporting problems searching both iOS and Mac App Stores, with major iOS apps like Star Wars, Spotify and Google Apps failing to show up in search results – and even Apple’s own Xcode failing to show in searches of the Mac App Store. I’m seeing the same issues myself …

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Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: App Store, App Store (iOS), ...

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05:00
For the Aging, Home May Be Where the Technology Is


Medicare started off the year putting into action a program to encourage more doctors to discuss end-of-life and advance care plans with patients. While the details tend to focus on the hard choices on the far side of those arrangements, new and near-future technologies could preserve life's simple pleasures on their front end. End-of-life conversations are meant to cover more than the final days or weeks. There's a growing movement to include in those discussions options for the elderly and infirm to "age in place."

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04:55
Kool Tools: MacFamilyTree

MacFamilyTree (http://tinyurl.com/2563p63), the genealogy software for OS X, has grown to version 8.0.

The app lets you explore your personal family history and discover your origins, your ancestors and how your family has evolved over the course of time. Version 8 assists you entering your data and researching your family tree, offers dozens of printable and configurable charts and reports, and publishes your family tree as a book or web site with a few clicks.

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04:39
Online Apple Store now has category for...

As rumored late last year, Apple has now added a dedicated accessibility accessories category to its online store. As Amvsement noted, Apple currently offers a total of 15 products, addressing the three areas of vision, physical & motor skills, and learning & literacy.

For those who are blind or partially sighted, Apple offers two different braille displays which serve as both screen-readers and control keyboards. For those with motor skills impairment, products include an over-sized trackball and a wide variety of switches to trigger functions on a Mac or iOS device. Devices for learning disabilities include a ‘tactile musical interface’ to provide a fun way to...

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04:38
App Store Experiencing Widespread Search Issues [...

A significant number of users on Reddit and Twitter, corroborated by multiple tips we have received, are affected by an ongoing App Store issue preventing a number of popular iOS apps from showing up in search results unless already installed, including Google, Periscope, Spotify, Tidal, Tumblr, Uber, Vine, Waze, and many others.

The search issues appear to be widespread, affecting iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch customers throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Hong Kong, and elsewhere since early Thursday morning. Apple has yet to update its System Status page with any reported issues as of 6:00 a.m. Pacific, but it has historically been slow in reflecting outages.

Update: The search issues also appear to extend to iTunes and the...

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04:35
Tension Software updates String Replacer for OS X to...

Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has upgraded String Replacer for Mac OS X to version 1.3.

The app allows users to find and replace a list of strings inside files and folders directly or in batch mode. It works with just a single click or by using drag and drop.

Version 1.3 supports: importing Find/Replace strings with automatic encoding recognition, data preview, field selections, destination selections, and exporting of Find/Replace strings with selection of fields to export and various data format available: TSV, CSV, CSV-S, HTML and even a custom format.

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04:30
Hazel 4 for Mac OS X introduces new preview feature

Noodlesoft has announced Hazel 4, an update to its housekeeping utility for Mac OS X.

The utility watches whatever folders you tell it to, automatically organizing your files according to the rules you create. Using Hazel's rule engine, you can easily create workflows that keep your files organized automatically. The app also features options for managing your Trash and includes an app uninstaller.

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04:30
TimePorter is a great accessory for road warriors...

One of the drawbacks of the Apple Watch is its (relatively) short battery life. It has about 2.5 to 4 hours of active use and around 19 hours of passive use. This means when I head to west Tennessee to visit the siblings, my smartwatch isn’t going to last through the weekend. 

I can pack along my charging devices pell mell in my travel bag — or I can have them organized and traveling in style with the $49.99 TimePorter from Twelve South. It looks like an eyeglasses case (in fact, it can double as that when you’re not traveling with your Apple Watch), but the capsule is both a case and a stand. 

The silicon-lined TimePorter has room for a charging cable, an extra Watch band, and a USB charger. One of the great things about it is that it makes it easy to manage the extra long Watch cable, whose length is handy but which can be unruly in transit. With the TimePorter, you can spool the cable and...

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04:19
L.A. Police Investigators Find Forensic Cellphone...

Los Angeles police investigators obtained a method to open the locked iPhone belonging to the slain wife of 'The Shield' actor Michael Jace.

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04:13
Downturn in national customer satisfaction hits...

The steep downward trajectory in national customer satisfaction continues, as the free fall of the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) reaches the two-year mark. The aggregate ACSI (theacsi.org) score for the fourth quarter of 2015 is down 0.5 percent to 73.4 on a 100-point scale, its lowest score in a decade after eight consecutive quarters of decline.

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04:00
File2Folder for Mac OS X helps eliminate manual file...

By Aaron Lee

When using your Mac, there are a lot of files that need to be placed in folders, and some that need to be deleted. So forget manual sorting, which takes up too much of your time, and check out File2Folder.

The $5.99 utility, available at the Mac App Store for Mac OS X 10.7.3 or higher,  allows you to sort thousands of files with a single click. You can move, copy, or delete files according to user rules. File2Folder also provides the ability to create rules for semi-automatic sorting.

The rules that you will create will be saved, so the next time you want to put your Mac in order, you can do so quickly. As an example, perhaps you often work with photos and want to share them with other users of your Mac from time to time. To do this you would have to locate the All Users directory, choose the right user and specify the desired destination...

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03:53
LAPD successfully hacked a locked iPhone 5s during...

LAPD detectives have successfully hacked into a locked iPhone 5s despite the phone having a Secure Enclave, according to an LA Times report.

Los Angeles police investigators obtained a method to open the locked iPhone belonging to the slain wife of “The Shield” actor Michael Jace, according to court papers reviewed by The Times.

LAPD detectives found an alternative way to bypass the security features on the white iPhone 5S belonging to April Jace, whom the actor is accused of killing at their South L.A. home in 2014, according to a search warrant filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

More intriguingly still, this appears to have occurred during the time that the FBI was still demanding that Apple help it unlock the less secure iPhone...

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03:26
The Secret behind the iPhone 6's Speedier Touch...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals the invention behind Apple's secret to making the iPhone 6s Touch ID work twice as fast.

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02:53
Hardened Security Features of iPhone 5s Successfully...

Los Angeles police investigators have discovered a workable method to bypass the hardened security features of a locked iPhone 5s, according to The Los Angeles Times.

In court documents seen by the newspaper yesterday, LAPD detectives found a "forensic cellphone expert" who could unlock the iPhone 5s belonging to April Jace, the slain wife of "The Shield" actor Michael Jace, who is accused of killing her at their L.A. home in 2014.

The claim appeared in a search warrant filed during the same period that the FBI was demanding Apple unlock the earlier model iPhone 5c of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook. In that high-profile case, the FBI eventually unlocked the phone with the help of professional hackers, paying them up to $1 million for a tool exploiting...

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02:46
Apple will appeal loss of iPhone trademark rights at...

In a statement, Apple has said that it will appeal a Chinese trademark ruling which saw the company lose exclusive rights to the iPhone name, allowing other Chinese companies to use the name for leather goods products. Obviously, the iPhone is Apple’s cash cow so the initial ruling was a big blow allowing legal dilution of its most-valuable brand.

Apple will take the appeal to the Supreme People’s court, the highest court in the Chinese law system …

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00:01
Using Windows Live Mail 2012 with Outlook.com? Time...

Today’s post was written by Javier Soltero, corporate vice president for the Outlook team.

Earlier this year we introduced a new Outlook.com and began rolling out an exciting new email and calendar experience to users worldwide. So far we’ve upgraded more than 175 million accounts and each week millions more people are using the new Outlook.com to collaborate effortlessly, focus on what matters and get more done.

To provide you an email experience with enhanced performance, security and reliability, the new Outlook.com has been built upon our latest Office 365 infrastructure. Because the Windows Live Mail 2012 email application doesn’t support the protocols used by this new infrastructure, you will not be able to send or receive Outlook.com email from Windows Live Mail 2012 after your account is upgraded. This means the time has come for you to upgrade to a new...

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Wednesday May 4

20:59
Apple Music and Coherent Product Design and Marketing

Bloomberg, “Apple to Revamp Streaming Music Service After Mixed Reviews, Departures”:

Apple is altering the user interface of Apple Music to make it
more intuitive to use, according to people familiar with the
product who asked not to be identified because the plans aren’t
public. Apple also plans to better integrate its streaming and
download businesses and expand its online radio service, the
people said. The reboot is expected to be unveiled at the
company’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June. The changes
will be accompanied by a marketing blitz to lure more customers to
the $10-per-month streaming service.

This is a good test for today’s Apple on two fronts. First, will they actually succeed in streamlining the interface to Apple Music?...

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17:45
Why I’m not Buying an Apple Smoke Detector

If Apple makes a smoke detector, I'm not buying it. Considering the bag of hurt HomeKit is, I'm just not ready to trust a life or death-level product to Apple regardless of how awesome my Mac, iPhone, and iPad may be.


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17:39
Ex-Siri team to unveil 'Viv' virtual...

After years of development, Siri co-creators and former Apple employees Dag Kittlaus and Adam Cheyer are ready to demonstrate "Viv," an advanced virtual assistant that could reinvent the way consumers interact with their devices.

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16:50
Siri creators developing powerful new personal...

The original minds behind the iOS virtual assistant Siri have a new project in the works. A new report from The Washington Post details that Siri’s creators are working on an artificial intelligence technology called “Viv” that does more than Siri or any other virtual assistant currently available.

more…

Filed under: iOS Tagged: iOS, Siri, Viv ...

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16:20
Apple, others urge presidential candidates to...

Apple and a cadre of Silicon Valley heavyweights have plans to issue a nonpartisan letter urging the next U.S. president to back the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, a policy that would make hiring foreign workers a low friction process.

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16:15
Linux Foundation Badges Aim to Separate Wheat From...


The Linux Foundation's Core Infrastructure Initiative project on Tuesday announced a free badge program to help foster security, quality and stability in open source software projects. Through an online app, the CII lets devs determine whether they're following best practices, generally within an hour or so. If they are, they'll receive the badge, which they can display on GitHub and other online properties. The ongoing development of the app and its criteria is an open source project to which devs can contribute.

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16:02
Siri Creators Debuting New AI Assistant 'Viv...

Dag Kittlaus and Adam Cheyer, co-founders of Siri, the virtual assistant now built into all of Apple's iOS devices, are set to demonstrate their newest artificial intelligence project on Monday, reports The Washington Post. Viv, the name of the AI bot, is more advanced than Siri and is able to carry out complex tasks by mimicking the "spontaneity and knowledge base" of a human assistant.

Viv can, for example, set up a dinner reservation and purchase movie tickets all based on one query, parsing ticket prices to find deals and offering suggestions if a movie is sold out or a restaurant has no seating available. Completing the same task with Siri would require multiple commands and human interaction. In an example given by The Washington Post,...

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15:00
Twitter for Mac update introduces Moments, GIF...

After years of neglect, Twitter is bringing more mobile feature to its recently revamped Mac app.

On Wednesday, Twitter updated the Twitter for Mac app to include Moments, a curated feed of trending tweets that was first introduced on the Twitter mobile apps and on the web back in October. The updated Twitter for Mac app also brings support for GIF searches and embeds, as well as for adding polls to your tweets.

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14:47
Apple says all apps must support IPv6-only...

Apple in an announcement Wednesday reminded developers of an upcoming change to App Store policy that requires all iOS apps include support for IPv6-only networking.

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14:45
AWT News Update: May 4, 2016

In today's Apple news -- iPhone 7 popularity, a YouTube TV service, iOS must have IPv6, and a new official Twitter Mac app:

  • The iPhone 7 is months away, but a poll shows that interest in the new phone is high
  • Another company announces an impending live TV service -- YouTube
  • Developers need to make sure by June 1, 2016 that their iOS apps support IPv6-only networking
  • Twitter ships v4.1 of its official Mac app

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for May 4, 2016.

We’re still months away from the expected iPhone 7 launch, but a survey of prospective smartphone owners by UBS Evidence Lab shows that consumer interest and...

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14:32
New Class Action Filed Against Apple over iTunes...

Thomas Silkowski, a citizen of the State of New Jersey, has filed a class action law suit against Apple alleging violations of the New Jersey Truth-in-Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act (TCCWNA). Mr. Silkowski alleges that Apple's iTunes violates the New Jersey Act.

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14:03
Lists of available trusted root certificates in OS X

The OS X Trust Store contains trusted root certificates that are preinstalled with OS X.

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13:57
Notable apps and app updates for May 4, 2016

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

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

Fortyfox has introduced Lunar 1.0. With the free app, you subscribe to your favorite podcasts, and it notifies you when the latest episode releases. Lunar will automatically download that episode.

Wasabi Productions has unleashed One Giggly Gorilla, the sequel to Ten Giggly Gorillas for iOS. Th $3.99, child-safe app lets kids help one, then two, three, four and more gorillas get to the bananas at the top of the tree. The fun is in catapulting each gorilla up to the branch above. The learning is...

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13:53
Apple will require iOS App Store apps to support...

Apple has announced on its developer blog that it will require all apps submitted to the iOS App Store to support IPv6-only networks from June 1 2016. Apple originally introduced the transition a year ago at WWDC 2015, implying it would soon become a requirement.

more…

Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: App Store, developers, iOS, IPv4, IPv6, networking...

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13:12
Sight unseen, consumers are more excited about Apple...

A new survey of prospective smartphone owners signals customers are more excited to see what Apple has in store for this year's "iPhone 7" than they were last year's iPhone 6s unveiling, though early interest for the 2016 upgrade is still behind hype for the iPhone 6 two years ago.

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13:06
YouTube said to be planning 'Unplugged'...

Though best known for user-uploaded videos, Google's YouTube is nevertheless planning to launch a live TV subscription service dubbed "Unplugged," a report said on Wednesday.

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12:59
Hulu, YouTube planning TV streaming services

Cable cutters, rejoice. Hulu and YouTube are apparently planning their own streaming services.

Hulu has announced that it's going to begin offering subscribers the ability to stream "live programming from broadcast and cable brands" in 2017. That'll include "live sports, news, and events," 

Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins said. Hulu's subscribers won't be required to have a traditional cable TV subscription in order to watch. His comments confirm what The Wall Street Journal reported over the weekend, saying that Fox, ABC, ESPN, FX, and the Disney Channel were all involved in negotiations.

YouTube is working on a paid subscription service called Unplugged that would offer customers a bundle of cable TV channels streamed over the Internet, people familiar...

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12:55
Researchers Hijack Samsung's SmartThings IoT...


Researchers at the University of Michigan on Monday announced they had uncovered a series of vulnerabilities in the Samsung SmartThings home automation system that essentially could have allowed hackers to take control of various functions and break into a user's home. The researchers, working with Microsoft in what may be the first comprehensive study of an Internet of Things application for the home, did a security analysis of the system, they said. They were able to perform four proof-of-concept attacks.

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12:51
iOS Apps must support IPv6-only networking as of...

At WWDC 2015 we announced the transition to IPv6-only network services in iOS 9. Starting June 1, 2016 all apps submitted to the App Store must support IPv6-only networking. Most apps will not require any changes because IPv6 is already supported by NSURLSession and CFNetwork APIs.

If your app uses IPv4-specific APIs or hard-coded IP addresses, you will need to make some changes.

Apple announced this last year, so most of any work that needs to be done by developers is probably taken care of already. If not, this is a good reminder from Apple.

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12:48
Twitter for Mac catches up with iOS & Web via...

Twitter released an important update to its official Mac client on Wednesday, finally bringing the software's features closer to par with iOS and the Web.

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12:03
Google Slides receives big update w/ audience Q&...

Google’s web-based alternative to Microsoft PowerPoint is getting a big update today that adds the ability for members of the audience to easily ask questions during a presentation. Additionally, Google Slides is adding more presentation options on iOS and a cool laser pointer tool.

more…

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12:00
Happy Hour Podcast 065 | Apple Watch fitness, upset...

This week Zac and Benjamin talk some Apple Watch fitness, the many upset AAPL investors, and an Apple Music revamp! The Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and through our dedicated RSS feed.

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12:00
Kuner KuPower: 5500 mAh battery pack with memory...

Kuner KuPower. Photo©2016, Steven Sande

Here's a product that's designed anyone with a need for an external battery pack and extra storage for their favorite device: The Kuner KuPower currently has 7 days to go on Kickstarter, where it has beat its goal and is on the way to manufacturing. I have been testing a prototype of the unit, so let's see how it works.

Design

KuPower is a slender silver curvy box measuring 5.2 x 2.8 x .35 inches (132 x 72 x 9mm) and weighing just 5.1 ounces (145 grams). Packed inside that box is a 5500 mAh battery pack, a microSD card slot, USB and micro-USB ports, and proprietary chips Kuner has designed. The idea? To give users of almost any device the ability to have a way to charge their technology on the run and also store a lot of media.

Business end of the KuPower: microSD slot,...

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12:00
Supporting IPv6-only Networks

At WWDC 2015 we announced the transition to IPv6-only network services in iOS 9. Starting June 1, 2016 all apps submitted to the App Store must support IPv6-only networking. Most apps will not require any changes because IPv6 is already supported by NSURLSession and CFNetwork APIs.

If your app uses IPv4-specific APIs or hard-coded IP addresses, you will need to make some changes. Learn how to ensure compatibility by reading Supporting IPv6 DNS64/NAT64 Networks and watch Your App and Next Generation Networks.

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12:00
Supporting IPv6-only Networks

At WWDC 2015 we announced the transition to IPv6-only network services in iOS 9. Starting June 1, 2016 all apps submitted to the App Store must support IPv6-only networking. Most apps will not require any changes because IPv6 is already supported by NSURLSession and CFNetwork APIs.

If your app uses IPv4-specific APIs or hard-coded IP addresses, you will need to make some changes. Learn how to ensure compatibility by reading Supporting IPv6 DNS64/NAT64 Networks and watch Your App and Next Generation Networks.

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11:24
I’ve had a big secret. Now I’m sharing it.

Tom is the “Grand Old Man” of the Mac Community. He and his lovely wife Dori have been involved on many levels – users, authors, speakers – for decades. Both of them are wonderful, kind, funny, smart and fierce people. I’m proud to know them and even prouder to call them friends. This is terrible news but, Tom being Tom, he will handle it with the dignity and intelligence for which he has always been admired. My thoughts are with both of them as they go through this awful ordeal.

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11:08
News: More details emerge on Apple Music overhaul

Following news earlier today that Apple is planning “sweeping changes” to Apple Music, more specific details have emerged from 9to5Mac. Citing multiple sources familiar with the changes, Gurman notes that Apple has been working on a redesign since the end of last year, and expects to take the wraps off the new design as part of the iOS 10 unveil at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June, for a fall launch....

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11:02
YouTube Working on 'Unplugged' TV...

Internet-based subscription television plans are growing in popularity, and YouTube is the latest company rumored to be working on a standalone television service. According to Bloomberg, YouTube is developing a paid subscription service called "Unplugged," offering a bundle of channels for a set price.

YouTube has already built the infrastructure necessary for the service and is prioritizing its development for a 2017 debut. YouTube has been in talks with major media companies like NBCUniversal, Viacom, Fox, and CBS, but has not yet been able to secure rights for the service.

YouTube is said to be aiming to build a streaming service similar to the service Apple hoped to offer before putting its...

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11:00
Announcing simple and powerful file sharing and...

Effectively managing and sharing files is critical to almost every organization. Today, we’re announcing a bold new vision for file management in Office 365 across OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online, and new ways for you to share and collaborate on all your files on any device. We’ll also talk about how we’re moving beyond utility file sync and share by bringing intelligent discovery to recommend content, as well as providing insights on the impact and reach of your work.

OneDrive recap

It’s been a breakthrough year for OneDrive. We’ve made important advances with rock-solid, reliable sync on your PC and Mac, deep Office integration, four-star and above–rated mobile apps and a fast, intuitive browser experience. Additionally, we’ve built lots of new admin and security controls for IT to protect critical corporate data. Great progress, but as always, there is more to do! Later this year, we’ll make it possible for you to sync files stored in any SharePoint...

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10:53
Apple Music may get retuned in June

Apple Music has two major problems: The streaming service’s interface is needlessly complicated and its relationship to iTunes—both the store and your library of purchased songs—has been a disaster. Those will reportedly be fixed in an overhaul expected to debut at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June.

Apple Music is the result of Apple’s acquisition of Beats Music in 2014, but folding Beats employees into Apple resulted in a culture clash that has affected the streaming service’s rollout, according to a Bloomberg report. Apple diverted resources from iTunes, which was viewed as a service in decline, to focus on Apple Music instead of finding ways to combine the two or, at the very least...

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10:44
Procreate for Cartooning on the iPad Pro

Our resident bad cartoonist draws upon the power of Procreate to unleash his creativity with the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil.

 

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10:41
Apple Music UI to go grayscale, add better support...

Apple is said to be working on a vast overhaul of its up-and-coming music streaming service, one that will reportedly include a new monochromatic user interface and a streamlined experience for users who prefer to read lyrics.

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10:38
ADATA launches line of certified accessories for the...

ADATA Technology has launched its Apple Series in North America. The accessories are designed specifically for iOS and OS X devices, including the iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Mac. 

The initial five products are: the Lightning card reader, i-Memory flash drive UE710, i-Memory storage expansion card, USB type-C OTG flash drive, and Lightning cables. Fully Apple MFi certified, the ADATA Lightning card reader gives users convenient interconnectivity, as it’s the first product of its type with two-way data transfer (read and write), enabling users to freely move content to, from or among Apple, Android and digital camera devices, says Robert Chen, managing director of North America at ADATA. Apple’s MFi Program ("Made for iPhone/iPod/iPad") is a licensing program for developers of hardware and software peripherals that work with Apple's iPod, iPad and iPhone.

It’s also the first reader to combine SD and microSD on...

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10:23
tvOS at 6 months: where are the apps?

One of the complaints from developers is that there’s just no there there. In other words, there’s just not enough to the Apple TV to make developing for it worth the effort, particularly for smaller developers working on iOS.

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10:23
LiveCode 8 adds new plug-in architecture

LiveCode Ltd has unveiled LiveCode 8 (www.livecode.com) , representing the next generation of the highly coding environment for iOS, Android, Mac OS X, Windows, Linux and Server platforms. Rewritten from the ground up, LiveCode 8 brings a new plug-in architecture allowing users to drag-drop widgets.

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10:13
Twitter for Mac gains Moments tab, poll support,...

Twitter relaunched its Mac app last December with a new dark theme and GIF support, and today Twitter 4.1 for Mac is rolling out on the Mac App Store. The latest update includes Twitter’s new Moments section plus support for viewing and creating polls as well as GIF search.

more…

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10:05
Hulu confirms plans to launch live TV streaming in...

Just two days after the first rumors surfaced, Hulu on Wednesday confirmed that it will be launching a live TV streaming service sometime in 2017, creating a tougher competitive landscape for anything Apple might have planned.

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10:00
Counterpoint Research: Samsung tops Apple in US...

According to Hong Kong-based research firm Counterpoint Research — as noted by Business Korea, Samsung accounted for 28.8% of the U.S. market in terms of sales in March to take over the top spot for the first time in 11 months since it led the market in April 2015.

Apple ranked second with a 23% market share. Counterpoint Research says Samsung was able to reclaim the No. 1 spot in the U.S. smartphone market thanks to strong sales of its latest Galaxy S7 flagship smartphone.

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09:50
News: iPhone tops Time’s list of most influential...

The iPhone topped inventions like the TV, VCR and personal computer to take the number one spot on Time’s most influential gadgets list. The writeup gives the device credit for putting “a truly powerful computer in the pockets of millions” and ushering in a new era of touchscreen phones. Later additions to the phone’s software and mobile store created the app industry as we know it, “forever changing how we communicate,…

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09:39
∞ An Apple Music plea

News came today that Apple is planning a major revamp of Apple Music at its Worldwide Developer Conference in June. This is welcome news for sure. While the service has improved considerably since its introduction, there are still some things that need to addressed—hopefully, this is it.

However, there are some lessons I hope Apple learned from last year’s introduction.

So Apple:

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09:30
The SharePoint Framework—an open and connected...

Today, we announced The Future of SharePoint, which detailed our vision, roadmap and significant investments across the user experiences in SharePoint Online. We’re excited by the potential and ability for our customers and professional developers to innovate on these scenarios and drive them to the next level.

Our partners, customers and independent developers have created innovative solutions using SharePoint’s Page and Web Part model, which was largely implemented in .NET and, like many content and collaboration systems, was designed and matured in the server-rendered era.

Server-side development.

As technologies and connectivity have evolved, JavaScript language and performance have advanced substantially. We can go back to distributed computing and build rich, fast, interactive user experiences on the client. And we can build responsive interfaces that run...

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09:30
SharePoint Server 2016—your foundation for the future

“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement and success have no meaning.”
—Benjamin Franklin

We’re pleased to announce general availability of SharePoint Server 2016, which provides SharePoint customers a foundation for modern, intelligent intranets and content collaboration. SharePoint Server 2016 delivers foundational improvements that enhance the quality of your on-premises SharePoint solutions and enable you to take advantage of innovations we introduce to Office 365 and SharePoint Server moving forward.

Customers who would like to evaluate the capabilities of SharePoint Server 2016 can download trial versions at the SharePoint Server 2016 website.

In addition to general availability of SharePoint Server 2016, today we announced a new vision for SharePoint and significant new innovations across SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business. You can...

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09:30
The Future of SharePoint

Today’s post was written by Jeff Teper, corporate vice president for the OneDrive and SharePoint teams.

Today, at our Future of SharePoint event in San Francisco, we unveiled a new cloud-first, mobile-first vision and roadmap for SharePoint, along with innovations that empower people, teams and organizations to intelligently discover, share and collaborate on content from anywhere and on any device. We also announced general availability of SharePoint Server 2016, which includes new hybrid capabilities that enable on-premises customers to tap into the innovation we’re delivering in Office 365.

For over a decade, our customers—including...

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09:30
SharePoint—the mobile and intelligent intranet

The intranet is at the epicenter of many organizations, as the place where employees can get company news and information, plus search for people and content.

Now, we will make the intranet a more personalized experience, one that is where you need it, when you need it. Welcome to the mobile and intelligent intranet. Spanning on-premises and Office 365, the mobile and intelligent intranet brings together the productivity of SharePoint Team Sites, the broadcast reach of publishing sites and portals, and the mission criticality of your most important business applications—accessible from your desktop to your mobile phone—and powered by the Office Graph, so information finds you, instead of you having to find information.

Today, we announced The Future of SharePoint, which detailed our vision and innovations, including the new SharePoint mobile app, a new SharePoint home in Office...

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09:15
CVlabel showing no luns

Forums: TroubleshootingTags: cvlabel

Hi all,
I'm new to SANs and XSAN. Trying to install a 4gb fibre San with XSAN network at our facility. We inherited all the kit so was keen to try it.

Have a Mac Pro as MDC, Mavericks 10.9.5 and Xsan installed. Atto FC41es card.

I'm trying to make an internal drive a LUN to test the whole system works. I read that with terminal command cvlabel I should be able to get this drive working.

However, I get absolutely no LUNs show up, no result from cvlabel -l at all
Just blank. Should I not see the internal drives?

Any help greatly appreciated!
M

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09:12
Capto 1.0

New screen and video capture app replaces Global Delight’s Voila, adding new editing and sharing features. ($29.99 new, discounted upgrade from Voila, 20.7 MB)

 

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09:12
News: Kohl’s integrates rewards system with Apple Pay

Kohl’s has become the first company to integrate its in-store rewards points system with its charge card in Apple Pay, according to a release from the company. By the end of the month, all customers using their Kohl’s charge account through Apple Pay will be able to link their account to a Yes2You Rewards card so that loyalty points are processed during the same single-tap transaction....

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09:00
Office Online Server now available

We are excited to announce the release of Office Online Server (OOS), which allows organizations to deliver browser-based versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote, among other capabilities. Microsoft recognizes that many organizations still value running server products on-premises for a variety of reasons. With OOS, you get the same functionality we offer with Office Online in your own datacenter. OOS is the successor to Office Web Apps Server 2013.

OOS scales well for your enterprise whether you have 100 employees or 100,000. The architecture enables one OOS farm to serve multiple SharePoint, Exchange and Skype for Business instances. OOS is designed to work with SharePoint Server 2016, Exchange Server 2016 and Skype for Business Server 2016. It is also backwards compatible with SharePoint Server 2013, Exchange Server...

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09:00
D-Link DSP-W110 Wi-Fi Smart Plug: Good product,...

I love testing home automation products; it's great fun to be able to control all sorts of devices from your iPhone or iPad, although there are still huge incompatibilities between the devices made by different manufacturers. Today I'm taking a look at the D-Link DSP-W110 Wi-Fi Smart Plug ($59.99 MSRP, available on Amazon for $29.91).

Design

Like most smart plugs I've tested, the DSP-W110 plugs into an existing three-prong socket and then provides a single grounded socket for the device you wish to control from an app. The DSP-W110 is a bit larger and heavier than some plugs I've tested, but on the other hand it feels sturdier than most. There's an external button on the front of the device for manually turning on power to your connected device, as well as a WPS button on the...

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08:35
News: Apple hires ex-Nest exec to aid in health...

Apple has hired former Nest executive Yoky Matsuoka to work on the company’s health intiatives, Fortune reports. Matsuoka is a famed robotics expert who co-founded Google’s X lab, helped develop a revolutionary robotic arm at MIT and won a MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant for using technology to help disabled people and stroke victims regain the use of their limbs. She left her position as Nest’s head of technology in 2014…

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08:33
Kohl's becomes first Apple Pay retailer to link...

Department store chain Kohl's on Wednesday announced that Apple Pay users can now pay with a Kohl's Charge card and earn Yes2You Rewards points at the same, making it the first Apple Pay retailer to combine store card payments and rewards in a single-tap transaction.

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08:25
Rumor: Apple looking to overhaul Apple Music user...

It may be only a year old, but it looks like Apple is planning a fairly major overhaul of Apple Music’s user interface.

The company is set to redesign the user interface to make it more intuitive, according to sources, who asked to remain anonymous because the plans are yet to be made public. Apple also means to significantly enhance the integration of its streaming and download businesses and expand its online radio service.

Apple is said to be performing a full reboot of the Apple Music service. The changes will be unveiled at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June and arrive alongside a marketing campaign to attract users to the subscription-based service.

The new version of Apple Music will ditch the current colorful and...

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08:17
Moog brings its $10,000 Model 15 synth to iPad and...

Moog Music has been known for producing some of the most popular synthesizers since the 70s— we reviewed a couple of the newer models in our Logic Pros series and noted that iPad/Mac synths still can’t quite capture the experience of even a $1,000 Moog. But today Moog is releasing its own iPad and iPhone version of its popular $10,000 Model 15, aiming to offer a similar experience in a $30 mobile app. 

Moog’s own techs helped program the app at the Moog Factory in Asheville, NC, according to the company, with the app both resembling the look and sound of the original 1970’s Model 15 hardware:

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08:15
Marks & Spencer uses Office 365 to boost...

Today’s post was written by Carl Dawson, IT director for Marks & Spencer.

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has come a long way from the Penny Bazaar stall opened by Michael Marks in Leeds Kirkgate Market back in 1884. Today, we sell quality products at great value to 33 million customers through our 900 stores in the United Kingdom. The M&S brand is internationally recognized, with an additional 460 stores across 58 territories in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. And more than 7 million registered users do their online shopping through M&S.com.

To ensure we’re putting customers at the heart of our business, it’s really important that we’re agile and responsive. Three years ago, we embarked on a new journey to find the right technology tools to support a new business culture—modern, agile, connected and collaborative—that’s defined by a digital mindset.

We chose Microsoft Office 365 cloud-based productivity tools to enable this change in our...

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08:01
News: Apple loses exclusive ‘iPhone’ trademark in...

Photo: Xintong Tiandi/BBC Apple has lost its exclusive rights to the “iPhone” trademark in China, Legal Daily reports. The Beijing Municipal High People’s Court ruled in favor of Xintong Tiandi Technology, which was granted a trademark on “iPhone” in 2010 to be used in connection to a line of leather goods the company sells. Apple filed applications to trademark “iPhone” for sales of electronic goods in 2002,…

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07:52
Apple Warns of new UK Phishing Scam

A new phishing scam is being reported on in the UK today. The scam aims to take advantage of unaware iPhone users as scammers attempt to send them requests for personal information.

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07:34
Apple Music reportedly getting redesigned, will be...

(credit: Apple)

Nearly a year after being introduced, Apple Music might be getting a much-needed revamp. A Bloomberg report suggests that Apple plans to redesign the music streaming service with a more "intuitive" interface and better integration with its other music offerings.

According to "people familiar with the product," Apple's goal is to make Apple Music more user-friendly. It also plans to marry its music download and streaming options better in iTunes while also expanding its radio service. According to the report, content head Robert Kondrk and Trent Reznor of the band Nine Inch Nails are overseeing the redesign, which should debut at Apple's annual Worldwide...

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07:32
Recording an iPhone call

This is a simple way to record a call. Are there laws against recording a call without someone’s knowledge? Now updated with a link to a legal guide.

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07:27
10-year-old exposes flaw in Instagram, Zuckerberg...

Our hope for the future.

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07:24
Apple hires Google X founder and former Nest...

Apple's Jeff Williams announces CareKit in March. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Apple has hired Yoky Matsuoka, a cofounder of Google's experimental Google X division and former vice president of Technology at Nest, to work on some of its health initiatives. Fortune reports that Matsuoka is working under Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams on the company's health initiatives, which include HealthKit, ResearchKit, and the recently announced CareKit.

Matsuoka has worked on multiple tech and health initiatives at several big-name companies. After leaving Google X...

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07:23
Apple increases chip orders for iPhone SE

iPhone SE is a bright spot.

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07:22
Fitness bands outselling all other wearables,...

Despite devices like the Apple Watch nominally being able to do more, dedicated fitness bands are vastly outselling other wearables in the U.S., according to a research report published on Wednesday.

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07:22
Did Samsung's Fake Galaxy S7 Sales Place them...

Samsung finally got the headline they coveted: They're the number one smartphone maker in the U.S. with 28.8% market share surpassing Apple at 23 percent due to "strong sales of its latest Galaxy S7 flagship smartphone.

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07:20
News: Apple to reveal ‘sweeping changes’ to Apple...

Apple will reveal sweeping changes to Apple Music at this year’s WWDC in an effort to draw new interest in the streaming music service, Bloomberg reports. Sources familiar with the plans said the company is trying to make Apple Music’s user interface much more intuitive after the first version was met with tepid reviews and failed to draw the numbers that competitors like Spotify boast. Insiders said development of that first product was…

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07:19
Results from the great Mac developer survey

Lots and lots of data here, gathered from more than 7,000 developers. Interesting read, visually well presented.

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07:12
BlackBerry's BBM for Android and iOS adds video...

Facebook and Microsoft are chasing the dream of messaging apps as the future of user engagement, and now BlackBerry wants in on the action too. No, BlackBerry isn’t ready to join the bot revolution, but it is adding video calling across all platforms. BlackBerry Messenger users on Android and iOS can now try out BBM’s new video chat feature, called BBM Video, currently in beta.

BBM Video on Android.

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07:11
∞ The Apple Watch is a glass half full. A big glass.

There’s a lot of press focusing on the slowness and lag of Apple Watch apps. True, but shortsighted. Read on for details.

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07:08
TableEdit is a new spreadsheet app for Mac OS X (and...

Yay! It must be freebie day. The CoreCode team has announced TableEdit, a free spreadsheet app for Mac OS X. It offers features such as charts with cell styling, formatting options, and comprehensive import/export capabilities. 

TableEdit features a “world-class” Excel-compatible formula system that has been tested on more than a million formulae from over 20,000 Excel-files, according to Samuel Vimes of the CoreCode team. The tool is built exclusively for OS X and takes full advantage of its latest features and technologies, he adds.

TableEdit requires Mac OS X 10.8. It’s available at the product website and the Mac App Store.

Cases For The Brand-new iPhone SE Are Now Available at OtterBox.com!

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07:05
CoreCode teams releases TableEdit spreadsheet for...

The CoreCode team has announced TableEdit, a spreadsheet app for Mac OS X. It offers features such as charts with cell styling, formatting options, and comprehensive import/export capabilities.

TableEdit features a “world-class” Excel-compatible formula system that has been tested on more than a million formulae from over 20,000 Excel-files, according to Samuel Vimes of the CoreCode team. The tool is built exclusively for OS X and takes full advantage of its latest features and technologies, he adds.

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07:00
Life's Too Short For Slow Computers

Nilay Patel, the Editor-in-Chief of The Verge looks back the Apple Watch, the company's first wearable device which went on sale roughly a year ago. In the article, Patel notes that Apple Watch, a computing product, is just too slow at doing some of the most basic things such as running apps. He writes: Here's the problem with the Apple Watch: it's slow. It was slow when it was first announced, it was slow when it came out, and it stayed slow when Watch OS 2.0 arrived. When I reviewed it last year, the slowness was so immediately annoying that I got on the phone with Apple to double check their performance expectations before making "it's kind of slow" the opening of the review. [...] The grand ambition of the Apple Watch is to be a full-fledged computer on your wrist, and right now it's a very slow computer. If Apple believes the watch is indeed destined to become that computer, it needs to radically increase the raw power of the Watch's processor, while maintaining its just-...

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06:54
What will Tim Cook’s ‘can’t live without’ new...

In a TV interview with CNBC’s Jim Cramer this week, Cook said the iPhone 7 will have a killer feature that would prove to be an upgrade customers won’t be able to resist. “We are going to give you things that you can’t live without that you just don’t know you need today,” Cook teased.

Could it really be something we already know about? Could any of the rumored features for the device possibly fall under the groundbreaking or irresistible category of features Cook hinted at? Could the new rumoured dual-camera system be enough to account for Cook’s comment, perhaps? Of course, it’s also possible it’s all just post-Q2 PR hype after a quarter of declines. Will Apple have something new and exciting that we don’t yet know about for the iPhone 7?

That’s the question we ask readers in today’s poll. What rumoured...

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06:52
FBI’s TOR, VPN-targeted Warrants Amount to Court...

Anonymous Web surfing, VPNs, TOR, and even falling victim to malware could soon be enough justification for the FBI to brand you a criminal. Proposed Federal court changes will give judges the authority to issue mass search and seizure warrants—including remotely hacking into computers anywhere—that include victims of crimes as well as suspects. The rule amendments are so broad sweeping they amount to court sanctioned mass surveillance.


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06:48
MacCheck is new problem-solving and diagnostic...

Micromat, the company behind the TechTool Pro line of software, has released a new troubleshooting utility called MacCheck. The new product can perform a series of critical tests on Mac systems running OS X 10.6 or higher, helping to isolate what might be wrong with a particular computer. 

MacCheck is being offered free of charge and is available for download immediately. The program tests many of the critical systems in a Mac, including RAM, I/O, Volume Structures, Partition Maps, Batteries, RAID systems and more. The program allows users to quickly verify the overall health of their Mac with one click of a button, according to Micromat president Jeff Baudin.

“For many years, we always offered our free TechTool Lite product and it was very a popular way to introduce Macintosh users to troubleshooting,” he says. “We retired that product as most of the functionality became outdated with time. We see MacCheck as...

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06:44
Micromat’s MacCheck is new problem-solving and...

Micromat, the company behind the TechTool Pro line of software, has released a new troubleshooting utility called MacCheck. The new product can perform a series of critical tests on Mac systems running OS X 10.6 or higher, helping to isolate what might be wrong with a particular computer.

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06:33
Department store Kohl’s first retailer to integrate...

Apple Pay may be a convenient, one-tap method of paying for your purchases – but not if you want to collect rewards points at the same time. That has so far always required a separate step, usually using the store’s own app.

Department store Kohl’s has just announced that it has partially solved the problem, allowing Yes2You Rewards points to be accrued just by using Apple Pay – but there is one small catch …

more…

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06:30
Kohl’s Charge and Yes2You now support one-tap Apple...

Kohl’s customers are now able to pay for their purchases with Kohl’s Charge and simultaneously earnYes2You Rewards loyalty points with a single tap using ApplePay. The service is available in approximately 250 Kohl’s stores and is expected to be in all Kohl’s stores in the U.S. later this month. 

Kohl’s — a specialty department store with more than 1,100 stores in 49 states — first announced the availability of Apple’s mobile payment service in its stores in June 2015. Customers can add Yes2You Rewards to the Wallet app in iOS 9 and earn rewards at checkout withApplePay. When paying in stores, customers simply hold their iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus or iPhone SE near the contactless reader with a finger on TouchID to pay and receive their individual rewards. On an Apple Watch, they just double-click the side button and hold the face of their Apple Watch up to the reader.

Kohl’s mobile app...

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06:13
Rumor: Apple Music revamp to be announced at WWDC

Apple will announce “sweeping” changes to its Apple Music at its Worldwide Developer Conference next month, according to Bloomberg

Plans include revamping the user interface of the streaming service to make it more intuitive to use, the article adds, quoting unnamed (as always) “people familiar with the product who asked not to be identified because the plans aren’t public.” Apple also plans to better integrate its streaming and download businesses and expand its online radio service and launch a marketing blitz to lure more customers to the $10-per-month streaming service, Bloomberg reports. Apple Music is just about a year old, but already has 13 million subscribers.

Chances that this will happen (IMHO): 90%. Why not? The big question is: when will iTunes for the Mac get a major revamp?

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06:10
OS X: Turning Off Inline Mail Attachments

If you've ever wondered how to stop Mail from showing you images and PDFs right in the body of the messages you're composing, wonder no more. There's a Terminal command that'll let you turn that feature off, so if you want, you can always view your email attachments as icons instead. Melissa Holt's here to tell us how in today's Quick Tip.


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06:05
Apple hires robotics expert to work on health...

Apple has hired robotics expert Yoky Matsuoka to work on health projects, according to Fortune.

Apple told the publication that Matsuoka is working for Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams, who oversees the company’s growing number of health initiatives. Those efforts include the HealthKit framework for developing apps, ResearchKit for using mobile devices in medical studies, and CareKit to help individuals improve their own medical care.

Yoky Matsuoka speaks onstage during Tina Brown's 7th Annual Women in the World Summit at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on April 8, 2016 in New York City. Photograph bu Jemal Countess 2016 — Getty Images

In 2007, Matsuoka won a MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant for her work in neurorobotics, using technology to help disabled people and stroke victims regain the use of their limbs. She was one of the co-founders of...

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Kohl’s Becomes First Retailer to Support Store...

Kohl's has announced that customers can now pay for their purchases with Kohl’s Charge Cards or other credit or debit cards and simultaneously earn Yes2You Rewards loyalty points with a single tap using Apple Pay.

The combined functionality is currently available in approximately 250 Kohl’s stores in the United States, and the department store chain expects one-tap checkout to be available in all stores nationwide later this month.

Kohl's is the first retailer to offer a one-tap solution for payments and rewards using Apple Pay. Customers can simply add both their Kohl's Charge Card or other payment method and Yes2You Rewards card to Apple Pay and...

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05:10
Apple Set to Deliver a Reinvented Apple Music UI in...

During Apple's financial conference on April 26, Apple's CEO noted that "We feel really great about the early success of Apple's first subscription business and our Music revenue has now hit an inflection point after many quarters of decline." Cook added that "Apple Music continues to grow in popularity with over 13 million paying subscribers today." We had learned that...

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05:07
ProtonMail secure email app now lets you use Touch...

ProtonMail, the iOS app that makes using PGP email a near-seamless experience, has now made itself even easier to use. Instead of having to use both your login and mailbox passwords, you can now use Touch ID to unlock encrypted mail. The app also offers support for password managers.

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Gadget Ogling: Digital Doodles, Magnetic Lighting,...


Orée's Stylograph pen, which is made of copper, can transmit your scrawls and doodles to an iOS or Android device. It houses an accelerometer and a camera on the tip to capture what you're noting. You can get two days of use from an hour's charge, and if you're away from your smartphone or tablet as you're sketching or writing, you can store the data and transfer it later. You can export your handiwork to PDF so you can mold it further digitally. There are some limitations, in that you must use special paper with almost-invisible markings.

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05:00
Desktop/tablet combos may be the future of computing

In the long-ago days of 2013, Ben Bajarin, writing for Techpinions, predicted that desktops are going to make a comeback and that it's notebooks that are "the past" as tablets such as the iPad continue to grow in popularity. I think he was onto something, despite a more-common line of thinking that the desktop is the past of personal computing as ever more folks move to laptops.

"I see desktops making a comeback due to a role change," Bajarin said. "There is an interesting trend emerging around desktops. Consumer all-in-one desktops (like the iMac) are being designed to be showcased prominently in the house rather than stuck in the den or office. These computers will be very elegant, very powerful, and very affordable. So rather than try to converge a notebook and a tablet, I think a better create a solution is to pair a desktop all-in-one with a tablet."

Under this scenario, when you want a big screen, keyboard,...

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Kool Tools: Apple Watch screen protector from Belkin

Belkin's (www.belkin.com) ScreenForce InvisiGlass Advanced Screen Protection for the Apple Watch is a flexible glass screen that’s engineered to withstand and absorb shock.

InvisiGlass is made with 100% real, flexible glass and it’s tested to 9H hardness for scratch-resistance to protect the screen from cosmetic damage. With a thinness of 0.2 millimeters, ScreenForce InvisiGlass preserves touchscreen-sensitivity so that users can take advantage of the functionality of their Apple smartwatch.

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04:35
Chinese Handbag Maker Wins Case to continue using...

Apple fought a trademark case in China to stop a handbag company from being able to use the "iPhone" trademark in China.

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04:35
Apple loses right to exclusive use of iPhone...

Apple has lost the right to the exclusive name of the iPhone trademark in China after the Beijing Municipal High People’s Court ruled against the company. Apple retains the right to the trademark for electronic goods, but a local company that has been using the name for leather goods remains able to do so.

The ruling was reported by Legal Daily, which the BBC says ‘is widely recognised as the official mouthpiece for the country’s Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission.’

The trademark dispute over the iPhone trademark has been a long-running one in the country …

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04:30
Tension Software revs TS Calc for the Mac to version...

Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated TS Cal for Mac OS X to version 1.5.

It’s a document based application; its documents can be realized and used as calculation models for specific mathematical technical problems. Version 1.5 provides better import of variables with a Cascade Assignment feature and improved undo support in variables, constants and functions management.

TS Cal requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher. It costs $14.99 and is available at the Tension Software website and the Mac App Store.

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04:25
CNS Barcode revved to version 2.0

Comm-Unity Networking has released version 2.0 of CNS Barcode for FileMaker Pro.

This version finalizes the transition to 64-bit FileMaker plug-ins with full, cross-platform, 64-bit GUI support. It also includes some important bug fixes. CNS Barcode is available (http://cnsbarcode.cnsplug-ins.com/) for both Mac OS(R) X and Windows.

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04:15
Apple Music Set for Design Overhaul in Time for WWDC...

Apple is planning to overhaul its year-old music streaming service to make it "more easy to use", according to people familiar with the matter (via Bloomberg News).

The company is set to redesign the user interface to make it more intuitive, said the sources, who asked to remain anonymous because the plans are yet to be made public. Apple also means to significantly enhance the integration of its streaming and download businesses and expand its online radio service.

According to Bloomberg, a full reboot of Apple Music is to be unveiled at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June and will be accompanied by a fresh marketing campaign to entice customers to the subscription-based service, which currently costs $10 per month.

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04:09
IDC: VR hardware to soar past the $2 billion mark...

Worldwide shipments of virtual reality (VR) hardware will skyrocket in 2016, with total volumes reaching 9.6 million units, according to IDC. Led by key products from Samsung, Sony, HTC, and Oculus, the category should generate hardware revenues of approximately $2.3 billion in 2016, adds the research group.

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04:07
Mad Money Host Jim Cramer asks One Big Question:...

On Monday we reported about Tim Cook's appearance on Jim Cramer's CNBC financial show called 'Mad Money.' We pointed to Tim Cook's emphasis on wanting to point out the potential Apple has in China with their middle class which is exploding. In today's report, Mad Money host Jim Cramer opened his interview up with Cook to give analysts an opportunity to get to understand Apple through Tim Cook's eyes. The one big open question for Cook in the video noted above was: What does Tim Cook's Apple stand for?

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03:59
tvOS at 6 Months: Where Are the Apps?

Six months in, the tvOS ecosystem feels a bit empty. “Take Control of Apple TV” author Josh Centers investigates to find out why.

 

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03:56
Apple will unveil ‘more intuitive’ version of Apple...

Apple has taken on board criticisms of the messiness of the Apple Music app, and will reveal a ‘more intuitive’ version at WWDC in June, reports Bloomberg. The revamp reportedly follows a management shake-up in which several execs involved in the music project have left the company.

Apple is altering the user interface of Apple Music to make it more intuitive to use, according to people familiar with the product who asked not to be identified because the plans aren’t public. Apple also plans to better integrate its streaming and download businesses and expand its online radio service, the people said

Bloomberg‘s sources say that Apple has been struggling to unite the...

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22:48
Apple hires Google X co-founder and Nest's ex-...

Robotics professor Yoky Matsuoka is lending Apple her expertise, according to Fortune. Matsuoka co-founded X Labs, Google's secretive research facility that developed Glass and the company's self-driving car. She also used to be Nest's head of techno...

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21:43
Takata is reportedly recalling another 35 million...

If your car wasn't affected by Takata's massive airbag inflater recalls, it might be very shortly. Wall Street Journal tipsters hear that the Japanese firm is planning to recall "at least" 35 million more airbag inflaters, possibly as soon as this w...

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21:01
The 'Star Wars' holographic chess game is...

"Let's be real: Any article you read about Magic Leap or any AR platform, the first thing they talk about is Holochess."

That's Mike Levine, former senior effects specialist at LucasArts and current CEO of mobile game developer Happy Giant. Levine i...

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