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Thursday April 28

06:38
Apple & Microsoft Pushed for the new '...

Theft of intellectual property, including trade secrets, is estimated to cost American firms more than $300 billion a year, according to a 2013 report by the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property. Corporations such as Boeing and Johnson & Johnson, as well as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and computer software lobbyists representing companies such as Apple and...

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06:22
Apple’s ‘cutting-edge technology’ means it will be...

A report back in February that Apple would be allowed to open retail stores in India has been corroborated by India’s Economic Times. India normally doesn’t allow single-brand retail stores unless at least 30% of their products are made within the country, but Apple is reportedly set to be granted an exemption on the grounds that its products are ‘cutting-edge technology.’

A government panel has recommended exempting Apple from mandatory local sourcing norms, a move which would pave the way for Apple to open single-brand retail stores in the country. “The committee has found that the company’s products are cutting edge technology and state-of-the-art. It has recommended to exempt them from the local sourcing norms,”...

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06:10
Indian government to allow Apple-owned retail stores

There are currently no Apple Stores in India, so this is an important step.

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06:00
Precache Now Supports AppleTV

Precache, available at https://github.com/krypted/precache, is a script that populates the cache on an OS X Caching server for Apple updates. The initial release supported iOS. The script now also supports caching the latest update for an AppleTV. To use that, there’s no need to include an argument for AppleTV. Instead, you would simply  run the script followed by the model identifier, as follows:

sudo python precache.py AppleTV5,4

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Roxio Toast 14 Titanium for Mac

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering Roxio Toast 14 Titanium for Mac for only $49 — that’s 50% off the regular price. This popular digital media tool, now in its fourteenth edition, is packed with even more features to help you maximum your digital media workflow. Burn digital media to DVD, copy your favourite Blu-ray disc, and even capture and enhance both audio and video directly from your screen, portable devices, or the Web, edit…

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05:59
Apple’s CareKit tool arrives along with four new apps

Apple has launched its third medical framework, CareKit. Four apps are now available at the Apple App Store.

CareKit is a tool for assisting people in taking an active role in their care. iPhone apps using it make it easier for individuals to keep track of care plans and monitor symptoms and medication; providing insights that help people better understand their own health, says Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer, Initiatives.

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05:56
Create Booklet for OS X gets automated batch...

TheKeptPromise (www.thekeptpromise.com) has released Create Booklet 1.3.3, an update to its booklet printing app for Mac OS X.

Create Booklet allows anyone to create a booklet from almost any file from within almost any software. Thanks to the manual duplex feature, the user saves money, time and paper when printing many pages. In version 1.3.3, Booklet Factory has been updated with automated batch processing and now supports El Capitan. It's perfect for anyone who quickly needs to create multiple booklets at once.

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05:44
Apple Watch Loses Market Share as Android Wear Grows...

The latest data from research firm Strategy Analytics reveals that Apple Watch sales totaled an estimated 2.2 million in the first quarter.

Apple Watch remains the most popular smartwatch, but its market share declined to 52.4-percent compared to 63-percent in the previous quarter.

Strategy Analytics cites increasing competition from Android Wear rivals such as LG and Motorola as one reason for the Apple Watch ceding market share:"We estimate Apple Watch shipped 2.2 million units and captured 52 percent smartwatch marketshare worldwide in Q1 2016, dipping from 63 percent share in Q4 2015," said Neil Mawston, Executive Director at Strategy Analytics. "Samsung shipped...

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05:32
IDC Report's on Q1 2016 Global Smartphone...

According to the latest preliminary release from IDC, vendors shipped a total of 334.9 million smartphones worldwide in the first quarter of 2016 (1Q16), up slightly from the 334.3 million units in 1Q15, marking the smallest year-over-year growth on record. The minimal growth this quarter is primarily attributed to strong smartphone saturation in developed markets, as well as a year-over-year...

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05:30
Here's what to expect from Nintendo's next...

Things are looking a little uncertain for fans of Nintendo’s console games and hardware. That’s been the case for a few years now with the rocky run of the Wii U, but Wednesday’s announcements hit pretty hard: Nintendo’s next console, codenamed the NX, will be released in March 2017, and The Legend of Zelda for Wii U will be delayed to launch then on both systems. And that leaves potentially little new for Wii U owners to play later this year.

That’s disappointing. But some good news did come out of Nintendo’s info dump yesterday, at least if you like mobile games. We now know what to expect from the company’s next iPhone (and Android) releases, and unlike last month’s Miitomo, they will be actual games. In fact, Nintendo said just that: “Both of these are pure game applications,” they wrote. 

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05:22
Apple’s sales slump part of overall market fall;...

Apple isn’t the only smartphone manufacturer seeing falling sales. New figures from Strategy Analytics show what the global smartphone market saw its first-ever year-on-year drop on sales, down 3%.

Linda Sui, Director at Strategy Analytics, said, “Global smartphone shipments fell 3 percent annually from 345.0 million units in Q1 2015 to 334.6 million in Q1 2016. It is the first time ever since the modern smartphone market began in 1996 that global shipments have shrunk on an annualized basis. Smartphone growth is slowing due to increasing penetration maturity in major markets like China and consumer caution about the future of the world economy.”

Apple’s fall was of course far more dramatic, iPhone sales down 18% year-on-year, with CEO Tim Cook blaming economic ‘headwinds’ – and Strategy Analytics’...

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04:54
Tension Software announces Product Manager 2.1for...

Tension Software has updated Product Manager to version 2.1 It’s a Mac OS X application for managing company products from different standpoints.

Product Manager is document based and can manage an unlimited number of documents each with an unlimited number of products, subdivided in families.

Product Manager can be used also for a different typology of products (not only software) to manage the activities associated to the improvements, distributions and marketing of the product.Version 2.1 is a maintenance upgrade.

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04:47
Kool Tools: Insights for OS X

KnowledgeMiner Software’s Insights 5.0 for OS X is an alternative and supplemental tool to established confirmatory science based modeling approaches.

Following the principle of Occam's razor, the app develops complexity minimized predictive models from observation data, autonomously, and extracts new knowledge in form of explicit model equations that describe the data, mathematically. And it generates new knowledge in form of explicit model equations that describe the data, mathematically, for further analysis, interpretation, and theory formulation purposes.

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04:38
U.S. carriers score poorly on ‘app experience’...

Apteligent (www.apteligent.com) and analyst firm, STL group, have put together a report quantifying the customer “app experience” on 27 mobile networks in 7 countries. The findings on U.S. carrier providers was especially surprising considering analysts and market observers often cite the U.S. as a mobile market that has achieved higher broadband prices owing to its operators’ network investment. 

So how do U.S. carriers Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T measure up?

° All four of the major US mobile operators are in the bottom half of the ranking table.

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04:00
PCWorld Show Episode 14: Apple tanks, Intel...

Jon, Mark and Gordon discuss whether the end is nigh for Apple, just how much it hurts for the PC to get tossed under the bus by Intel, and strange-but-true: This web page probably took more space than Doom did.

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03:43
One of Apple's Latest Encryption Inventions...

With the encryption issue being a high priority with Apple fighting their cases with the FBI regarding the San Bernardino terrorist's iPhone and one owned by a drug dealer in New York, Apple vowed to go deeper down the encryption rabbit hole. Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals one of Apple's latest patent-pending encryption methods ...

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03:02
Intel Wants To Eliminate The Headphone Jack And...

An anonymous reader writes: With rumors circulating about how Apple may do away with the 3.5 mm headphone jack on its upcoming iPhone 7, Intel has shared a similar desire, citing "industry singling a strong desire to move from analog to digital." Intel believes USB-C is the future audio jack. They believe USB-C has more potential than the 3.5mm audio jack as it allows users to add additional smart features to headphones in the future. For instance, a future pair of headphones could monitor one's pulse or inner-ear temperature for fitness tracking, something that could only be possible if the headphones were connected to a smartphone via a USB-C cable. What's also worth mentioning [quoted from 9to5Mac]: USB-C already supports analog audio transfer through sideband pins simplifying the engineering steps necessary to swap 3.5mm with USB-C in device designs. In the second quarter, Intel should have a finalized USB-C standard for digital audio transfer. Intel does note that the...

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03:00
Mingis on Tech, Episode 12: All about the Surface...

If you're eyeing a Microsoft Surface Book, or want to make sure your next laptop is future-proof, this episode's for you.

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02:21
Apple Still Waiting for Approval to Open Stores in...

Last Friday we posted a report titled "Apple Could be the First Foreign Company to get a Regulatory Waiver to Open Retail Stores in India," but it's not a done deal yet.

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01:47
Apple Launches CareKit Platform With Support for...

Apple's new CareKit iOS framework goes live today, allowing app developers to create integrated software that helps patients and doctors to better track and manage medical conditions.

The open source platform was announced last month and aims to make it easer for developers to build health apps by offering a number of integrations, such as monitoring of medical symptoms, sending images of an injury, and keeping tabs on medication schedules. CareKit also offers two-way benefits, since it not only helps doctors monitor patients but also allows patients to observe their progress over time.

CareKit is made up of series of interactive modules. The Care Card can be configured to manage wellness tasks such as medication scheduling and exercise, while the Progress Card includes a Symptom and Measurement tracker for logging physical metrics like weight and heart-rate (with the potential for...

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01:02
Apple CareKit platform goes live with four health...

Apple on Thursday flipped the switch on its new CareKit framework, a health-minded platform that lets developers build advanced software solutions for tracking, managing and reporting medical conditions.

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00:00
Child Porn Suspect Jailed Indefinitely For Refusing...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A Philadelphia man suspected of possessing child pornography has been in jail for seven months and counting after being found in contempt of a court order demanding that he decrypt two password-protected hard drives. The suspect, a former Philadelphia Police Department sergeant, has not been charged with any child porn crimes. Instead, he remains indefinitely imprisoned in Philadelphia's Federal Detention Center for refusing to unlock two drives encrypted with Apple's FileVault software in a case that once again highlights the extent to which the authorities are going to crack encrypted devices. The man is to remain jailed "until such time that he fully complies" with the decryption order. The government successfully cited a 1789 law known as the All Writs Act to compel (PDF) the suspect to decrypt two hard drives it believes contain child pornography. The All Writs Act was the same law the Justice Department asserted in its...

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00:00
PCWorld Show Episode 14: Web Pages Are Doomed

What the heck? The average web page is larger than the original Doom installer?

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Wednesday April 27

23:31
Philips releases Hue 'Gen 2' app with...

Philips on Thursday released a "Gen 2" Hue app for iOS, updating the tool for its HomeKit-enabled smartbulbs with new features like Routines, and extra options for controlling rooms and scenes.

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23:30
Philips Hue smart lighting gets a new app with more...

Philips has announced a new app for its Philips Hue gen 2 smart LEDs that gives users more fine-grain detail control over their lighting. It includes one of the most user-requested enhancements, according to Philips: the ability to assign multiple lights to a room, so that all the lights in the room can be controlled at once. Users will also be able to program daily routines, and use geofencing to automatically turn lights off when they leave the home, and on again as they return. 

Philips

The app’s dashboard provides easy access to Hue’s most popular features.

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22:54
Indian government approves Apple bid to open stores...

An Indian government committee this week recommended Apple be exempted from local sourcing regulations that previously kept the company from opening its own brick-and-mortar retail outlets in the country.

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22:13
Size metadata partition

Forums: General Xsan TalkTags: metadatasize

Good afternoon. Please tell me whether there is a rule or formula for calculating the size of the metadata section?

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20:59
Apple and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad...

Some much needed perspective on Apple’s first year-over-year quarterly sales drop since 2003, from Daisuke Wakabayashi for the WSJ:

Apple’s revenue and profit for the fiscal second quarter ended
March 26 both missed analysts’ expectations. The company also
projected that revenue in the current quarter would fall far short
of expectations.

Worth noting that Apple’s actual results were very nearly in line with the company’s own guidance for the quarter, given three months ago. (Revenue was within guidance, but gross margins were slightly low.) A year-over-year decline is never good news, and is a possible harbinger of a sustained decline, but these numbers, along with Apple’s guidance for the June quarter, ...

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19:20
Happy Hour Podcast 064 | AAPL’s not-so-record-...

This week Zac and Benjamin get into new iPhone 7 rumors, news about Apple Watch 2, as well as Apple’s somewhat disappointing $50b quarter. The Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and through our dedicated RSS feed.

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Filed under: Happy Hour Tagged: Apple, Apple Watch 2, Happy Hour, iPhone 7, Podcast, tech...

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18:58
Samsung reports Q1 mobile profits just 24% of Apple...

Samsung Electronics reported Q1 operating profits of 6.68 trillion won ($5.81 billion), while its Mobile division reported 3.89 trillion won ($3.38 billion) in profits, both a fraction of the "disappointing" $13.987 billion in operating profits Apple reported for the same quarter.

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18:34
Opinion: Where does the rumored iPhone 7 ‘Pro’ fit...

Earlier today, yet another report emerged claiming that Apple would launch an iPhone ‘Pro’ or iPhone 7 ‘Pro’ this fall. This report claimed that the device would be identical to the iPhone 6s Plus in terms of size, but would feature dual cameras on the back and Smart Connector support.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard reports of Apple perhaps adding an additional model to its iPhone lineup, either. A separate report from last month claimed that the company was planning an iPhone 7 Pro with dual camera capabilities.

While all of this is obviously yet to be confirmed and could very well change before Apple announces new iPhones this September, it brings up some interesting possibilities for the iPhone’s 2016 lineup. Will Apple replace the ‘Plus’ model with the ‘Pro...

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17:47
AMC launches tvOS app with free streaming for select...

As promised, AMC this week launched a tvOS app with a content selection mirroring that of its iOS app and web portal, including free-to-stream episodes of hit shows like "The Walking Dead" and "The Night Manager."

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17:31
U.S. Federal Trade Commission investigating Google...

The FTC is expanding its investigation into Android related to complaints that Google is exploiting its ostensibly open platform to shut out rivals.

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17:10
Was Mike Daisey right about Apple being doomed?

Back in November, theatrical performer Mike Daisey was given the opportunity to write about Apple in the Technology section of the The Guardian. He's now claiming "reverse claim chowder," insisting that some of what he wrote about actually turned out to be true, given Apple's recent earnings report showing the first decrease in year-over-year, quarterly iPhone revenues.

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16:56
New videos offer first-person view of Apple's...

A pair of videos posted to YouTube are some of the first to show an up-close look at the main "spaceship" building on Apple's Campus 2 headquarters, including views of the structure's inner courtyard and underground access tunnels.

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16:13
Apple R&D spending jumps to $2.5B in Q2,...

Apple's research and development spending spiked at an all time high of more than $2.5 billion during the second quarter of 2016, with the unusually large $600 million year-over-year jump owing primarily to new hires and related expenses, Apple said in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

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15:44
Ground-level video takes us for a walk through Apple...

Apple’s Campus 2 is expected to be completed by early next year and now we have some new video from within the spaceship ring itself. Courtesy of YouTuber MrWhitestew, a pair of new videos have emerged that take us for first-person walkthrough of Apple’s Campus 2 construction, offering one of the first looks from within the spaceship ring itself.

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15:41
Man with Gun Next to Body Found in Apple Conference...

Hours after Apple announced their Q2 2016 financials that marked the first time the company’s sales had fallen in 13 years ...

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15:16
Pentagon to Open New Cyberfront in War Against ISIS


The Obama administration reportedly has authorized a new online campaign in its slow, grinding war against ISIS. The Pentagon's Cyber Command aims to get inside the heads of terrorist commanders to disrupt their military operations. The goal appears to be to sow mistrust and confusion among ISIS leaders by interfering with their ability to pay their soldiers, execute operational orders, recruit new fighters, and communicate with one other. The plan amounts to dropping cyberbombs on the enemy, said Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert O. Work.

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15:13
Apple Pay in Australia expands to support ANZ...

After expanding to Singapore earlier this year and to a handful of new United States banks and credit unions earlier this month, Apple Pay is now available to ANZ customers in Australia. First reported by EFTM, this rollout makes ANZ the first bank in Australia to add support for Apple Pay following the American Express exclusive launch last year.

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15:09
Five recommended products Apple should make (and my...

Tom’s Guide‘s Mark Spoonauer has a list of products he thinks Apple should make. Here’s his list (and which ones Yours Truly would love to see):

A gaming Mac: Apple should create gaming-focused Macs. Apple would also be able to cater to buyers of virtual-reality headsets like the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive if it made a gaming-focused Mac Pro desktop. My take: I think he’s right, although I think a gaming-focused iMac is just as feasible.

An “Echo killer.” The Echo in question is the Amazon Echo speaker. Spoonauer says that since Beats Audio is now under the Apple umbrella, the company should make a smart speaker of its own that will respond to your voice via Siri to answer questions, play music and even control smarthome gadgets through Apple's HomeKit protocol. My take: this, too, is a great idea.

Apple Antivirus for OS X. OS X has faced increasing threats from...

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14:50
Apple’s R&D expenditures reach the highest...

Apple’s fiscal second quarter report Tuesday showed research and development spending surging by 31% year-over-year, even as revenue slid by 13%. That means Apple spent about 5% of its revenue on R&D during the period, its highest level in years, notes The Wall Street Journal.

In a conference call with analysts, Apple Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri said the company has a “much broader portfolio” of internal initiatives and projects that includes more “in-house technology development” than it used to have. Those projects could well involve the long-rumored Apple Car and virtual reality/augmented reality projects.

An iPad without a Brydge Keyboard is like a car without wheels...

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14:46
∞ Every iPad speed test comparison 2016

Interesting video showing several tests of the various iPad iterations.

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14:42
Patent trollin’: Apple sued regarding multi-mode...

Another day, another lawsuit. As noted by Patently Apple, a company called Nova Intellectual Solutions of Texas has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple using a Novatel Wireless patent that they've acquired. 

Nova Intellectual Solutions — regarded as a “patent troll” — claims Apple violated patent number 8,208,517 for “systems and methods for a multi-mode wireless modem.” Here’s the summary of the patent: “A multi-mode modem comprises a first device configured to communicate with a first communication system, a second device configured to communicate with a second communication system, a processor communicatively coupled the first and second devices, and a control function configured to place the device in one of the following communication modes: 1) communication with the first communication system;...

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14:42
Sheriff Says Death of Man in Apple HQ ‘Isolated,’...

The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office said on Wednesday afternoon that the death of a man inside Apple's Infinite Loop headquarters earlier in the day was an "isolated incident," and that no one else is at risk. The statement from the Sheriff puts to rest worries of a broader situation at Apple.


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14:35
Congress Votes 419-0 to Require Law Enforcement to...

The U.S. House of Representatives voted unanimously on Wednesday to require law enforcement authorities to get a search warrant before asking technology companies ...

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14:26
ANZ is the first Australian bank to support Apple Pay

Apple has expanded Apple Pay in Australia after ANZ (Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited) became the country's first bank to support the mobile payment service, reports Reuters.

The article adds that Apple has partnered with a bank widely seen as trailing its three bigger peers in digital technology, a situation ANZ's new Chief Executive Shayne Elliott has set out to change with Apple Pay, as well as by hiring Google's Australia managing director. The Cupertino, California-based company continues to speak with other Australian banks, hoping ANZ customers' experience will create demand among competitors. Jennifer Bailey, vice president of Apple Pay, told Reuters.

ANZ is the fourth largest bank by market capitalization in Australia, after the Commonwealth Bank, Westpac Banking Corp., and National...

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14:19
iPhone flaw used by FBI fixed by Apple nine months...

The FBI informed Apple Inc of a vulnerability in its iPhone and Mac software on April 14, the first time it had told the company about a flaw in Apple products under a controversial White House process for sharing such information, the company told Reuters on Tuesday.

And

Though he declined to provide technical details, the executive said the problem had been fixed by the company nine months ago, with the release of iOS9 for phones and Mac OS C El Capitan.

Apple doesn’t plan to release an update for older operating systems.

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14:18
Notable apps and app updates for April 27, 2016

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

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

EnsenaSoft has introduced Mahjong Deluxe 3, the latest installment in their series of Mahjong games for Mac OS X. 

Suitable to players of all ages and experience levels, it offers a modern rendition of the Chinese classic. This game includes eight different worlds containing a total of 640 puzzle layouts in 2D and 3D.

Mahjong Deluxe 3 requires OS X 10.6.6 or later. It costs $4.99 and is available through the Mac App Store in the Games category.

Stairways Software has announced...

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14:03
ANZ is first Australian bank to support Apple Pay

Apple Pay expanded services in Australia on Thursday local time with the addition of ANZ Bank, the first major financial institution in the region to support Apple's payments product after a limited rollout in November.

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13:57
Apple iDevices Targeted in Patent Lawsuit over the...

Patent Troll Nova Intellectual Solutions of Texas has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Apple using a Novatel Wireless patent that ...

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13:48
John McAfee Invokes ‘Crazy Ones’ and Steve Jobs for...

John McAfee, founder of his self-titled antiviral software company (sold to Intel in 2010), launched a new commercial in support of his bid to be the presidential candidate for the Libertarian party. The spot quotes the "Here's to the Crazy Ones" wording used in Apple's Think Different campaign of 1997, and it uses the tagline "Vote Different." The spot also quotes "Stay hungry. Stay foolish." That's from the late Steve Jobs's commencement speech at Stanford University. In addition to borrowing from Apple, the spot highlights many tech icons (also like the Think Different campaign), including Steve Jobs—which is interesting. It's impossible to know if Mr. Jobs would have supported John McAfee's bid for president, but he was known to support Democrats—not Libertarians—when he made his political affiliations known. That said, it's human nature for people to claim important and great people in the wake of their death no matter the...

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13:34
Tech, Auto Honchos Join Forces to Push Self-Driving...


Some major players in both the new and old economies on Tuesday announced an alliance to pave the way for self-driving cars in America. Ford, Google, Lyft, Uber and Volvo raised the curtain on their Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets, which will work with lawmakers, regulators and the public to raise awareness of the safety and societal benefits of self-driving vehicles. Self-driving vehicles could significantly reduce the severity and frequency of auto accidents, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

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13:33
Google updates Maps for iOS with Travel Times widget...

Google has updated the iOS version of Google Maps with several new features, including a new Notification Center widget for commuters, while Philips is hinting at an imminent update of its official control app for Hue smartbulbs.

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13:08
Review: SanDisk’s new Lightning to USB drive for...

SanDisk’s new iXpand Lightning to USB drive introduces a new design, faster USB 3.0, and a brand new app, making it one of the most attractive offerings as far as thumb drives for your iPhone or iPad go. I’ve been testing it out to see if it’s worth a recommendation over the many competitors.

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Filed under: iOS Devices, Reviews Tagged: iXpand Drive, Lightning, review, SanDisk, thumb drive, USB 3.0...

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13:06
Apple Pay Expands Beyond American Express in...

Apple today updated its Apple Pay website in Australia to note that Apple Pay now supports credit and debit cards from the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (aka ANZ).

The ANZ website has also been updated with a new Apple Pay webpage and a report from Reuters confirms the partnership. ANZ card holders in Australia are able to add their cards to Apple Pay, which has been confirmed by a MacRumors reader.

According to the ANZ website, many Visa and American Express cards are supported, including the ANZ Rewards Platinum Card, the ANZ Access...

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13:06
BOBINE BLACKOUT Flexible iPhone Charging Dock: $29.99

Check out the BOBINE BLACKOUT, a flexible charging dock for your iPhone that supports the device wherever you use it. It comes with a USB mount, an auto-mount, and an extender cable. You can get this device through our deal for $29.99, some 40 percent off retail.


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12:58
How did Goldman Sachs get their Forecast on AAPL so...

On April 13 we posted a report titled "Goldman Sachs Sees Positive AAPL Q2 Earnings and Strong Demand for the Upcoming iPhone 7." Did Goldman miss the boat on this or were they trying to ...

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12:31
Opinion: Window on Apple Watch has closed, wait for...

Apple sent out an email blast this week marketing the Apple Watch as a Mother’s Day gift recommendation:

Help her do it all and look great, too. Whether she’s working or playing, Apple Watch is
the perfect Mother’s Day gift to help her stay connected and active throughout the day.

The email was fine as far as marketing messages go. It featured the message above plus a nice photograph of a woman wearing an Apple Watch Sport with a band color-matched to her jacket. “Celebrate her with a gift she’ll love” and “Finally, something that can keep up with her” cleverly nudged you into making Apple Watch the fashionable fitness tracker gift for the May 8th holiday.

But it also reminded me of a recent experience I had in an Apple Store and a realization about Apple Watch right now. Agree or disagree, I believe the window on buying the first-gen Apple Watch has closed, and in almost every situation potential customers should wait for Apple Watch 2.

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12:30
The Week in Mac Apps: Product Hunt launches for the...

New apps of the week

This week’s roundup of new Mac apps brings us a dedicated app for Product Hunt, the popular tech-trend finding network. Plus, apps for iTunes organization, photo transfers, and more. Read on!

Actio: The App for Action 1.0.3

iThought’s Actio (Mac App Store Link) helps you manage all your tasks with a full set of customizable tools.

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12:28
CNBC interviews Benjamin Mayo about Apple’s earnings...

Following Apple’s earnings report yesterday, where it recorded its first quarterly revenue decline since 2003, CNBC spoke with 9to5Mac’s Benjamin Mayo about Apple’s potential future products and revenue streams. Benjamin discusses Apple’s expanding Services sector including Apple Music, the realities of Apple Watch growth possibilities, and more.

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Filed under: AAPL Company, iOS, iOS Devices Tagged: 9to5Mac, benjamin mayo, CNBC...

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11:50
FBI says San Bernardino iPhone hack won't be...

The FBI will not be submitting the exploit used to hack into the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook to a review process that could clear it for sharing with outside parties, a report said on Wednesday.

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11:40
Here’s the problem: Apple is ignoring the Mac

Apple sold 4.03 million Macs in the March quarter, a 9% decline from the same period in 2015. It was the second consecutive quarterly contraction for the personal computer line. The problem, according to Ezra Gottheil, an analyst with Technology Business Research, is that Apple is ignoring its Mac line-up. He’s right.

In an interview with Computerworld, Gottheil says that folks are waiting longer before to replace their personal computers, so “a new Mac has to be a whole lot better to take the step up [to a new system].”

Here’s where Apple has failed by largely ignoring the Mac, he adds. Gottheil cited the line’s lack of innovation on both hardware and the OS X operating system—and confusing customers with overlap between models, particularly the 12-inch MacBook and the MacBook Air. He criticized Apple’s refusal to add a touch-...

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11:26
News: Alleged schematics for iPhone 7 ‘Pro’ show up...

Schematics claiming to be of Apple’s upcoming iPhone 7 “Pro” have appeared in Japanese magazine Mac Fan, according to a new report by Mac Otakara. The leaked specs support many of rumoured details about the upcoming device, including the reports of a dual-camera system, body design similar to the iPhone 6s Plus, and elimination of the headphone jack. The MacFan report claims the new iPhone will actually measure in at 158.22mm tall…

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11:04
Mac sales fall 12 percent in second-biggest downturn...

Apple yesterday said it sold 4 million Macs in the March quarter, a 12 percent decline from the same period the year before, and a larger contraction than for the personal computer business as a whole.

The year-over-year downturn in Mac sales was the second straight down quarter, and excepting a brutal 22 percent drop at the end of 2012, the largest since Apple introduced the iPhone in 2007.

Analysts at IDC and Gartner earlier this month pegged the continued contraction of the PC industry at 11.5 percent and 9.6 percent, respectively. Both also missed the actual Mac number for the quarter in their forecasts for Apple, overestimating by 11 percent to 13 percent: IDC had tapped shipments at 4.5 million, while Gartner said 4.6 million.

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11:01
iPhone 7 Plus Design Drawings Depict Dimensions...

Schematics featuring the dual-camera 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus or "Pro" that's set to launch in the fall of 2016 have been published in the June issue of Japanese magazine MacFan, reiterating many of the design details that have been previously rumored for the device.

Japanese site Mac Otakara has shared images taken from MacFan, which seemingly confirm rumors that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will use largely the same design as the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.

The schematic focuses solely on the 5.5-inch model, which MacFan says will measure in at 158.22mm x 77.94mm x 7.3mm, identical to the dimensions of the iPhone 6s Plus.

While this agrees with a previous Mac Otakara rumor suggesting...

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11:00
tvOS 9.2.1 beta 3 (13Y768) Now Available

tvOS 9.2.1 beta 3 (13Y768) Now Available

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11:00
tvOS 9.2.1 beta 3 (13Y768) Now Available

tvOS 9.2.1 beta 3 (13Y768) Now Available

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11:00
OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 beta 3 (15F28b) Now Available

OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 beta 3 (15F28b) Now Available

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11:00
OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 beta 3 (15F28b) Now Available

OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 beta 3 (15F28b) Now Available

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11:00
The Sky is NOT Falling - And Other Observations From...

Apple's quarterly results announced on April 26 weren't as rosy as some would have liked. But there isn't a company on the planet who who wouldn't trade places with Apple in a heartbeat: US$10 billion in profits gained against global economic headwinds. John Martellaro provides some practical perspective.


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10:45
The Android TV remote app for iOS is as bare-bones...

Google has released an Android TV remote app for iPhone and iPad, but don’t expect much from it.

Like the existing remote app for Android phones and tablets, the iOS version lets you tap on a virtual D-pad, swipe on a virtual touchpad, play/pause, hit the back button, hit the home screen, and conjure voice search. It also includes a keyboard for faster on-screen typing.

No, it’s not a particularly imaginative app, but in fairness, hardly any of the phone control apps for modern media players are. Apple TV? Virtual remote buttons on a touchscreen. Amazon Fire TV? Virtual remote buttons on a touchscreen. Roku fares better, letting you browse channels and new arrivals in...

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10:37
Aleratec releases Mac software for 1:10 USB 3.0 Copy...

Aleratec (www.aleratec.com) has announced a software upgrade for 1:10 USB 3.0 Copy Cruiser Mini Duplicator, allowing compatibility with Mac OS X computers and laptops in addition to Windows 10/8/7/Vista platforms.

The 1:10 USB 3.0 Copy Cruiser Mini is a computer-connected USB duplicator that clones up to 10 USB 3.0/2.0 flash drives simultaneously. The new software is now included with the purchase of any new 1:10 USB 3.0 Copy Cruiser Mini duplicator.

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10:31
Apple Seeds Third OS X 10.11.5 El Capitan Beta to...

Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming OS X 10.11.5 El Capitan update to developers and public beta testers, one week after releasing the second OS X 10.11.5 beta and a month after releasing OS X 10.11.4, the fourth update to the OS X El Capitan operating system. OS X 10.11.5 has been in testing since April 6.

OS X 10.11.5 beta 3 has a build number of 15F28b and can be downloaded through the software update mechanism in the Mac App Store or through the Apple Developer Center (for developers).

OS X 10.11.5, like prior OS X El Capitan updates, appears to focus on security...

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10:29
Podcast 505: MacBook and Apple Watch backlash blues

The new MacBook is here, and it's been reviewed against its predecessor, the other portable Macs, and even the iPad Pro. Bottom line is that it's a great machine—and how cool is it that the choice between iPad and laptop has basically come down to personal preference—but it's still taking heat from people who didn't think Apple went far enough.

FBI refusing to say who gave them the pin in NY; admitting they used a tool/service again will ruin all chances of winning future AWA cases.

— Jonathan Zdziarski (@JZdziarski) April 23, 2016

Elsewhere, now the government has given up on the New York iPhone-unlocking case too, and its stated reasons aren't really passing Glenn and Susie's smell test. Apple's services division is showing the most growth, but making those services indispensible is a vastly different problem to tackle than making great hardware. But with...

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10:25
Person found dead in Apple’s at Apple's...

A law enforcement source told KTVU that they’reconducting an investigation after a person was found dead in a conference room on Apple's Cupertino, California, campus.

“Details on this Santa Cara County Sheriff's investigation are very limited and the source would not confirm whether or the death is believed to be suspicious,” says KTVU. “They also could not confirm is the deceased is an Apple employee.”

KTVU, channel 2, is a Fox owned-and-operated television station licensed to Oakland, California, USA and serving the San Francisco Bay Area.

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10:18
Apple releases Safari Technology Preview 3, iOS 9.3....

Apple has begun seeding the third update to its Safari Technology Preview, iOS 9.3.2 public beta 3, and OS X 10.11.5 developer beta 3. Safari’s update today includes changes in the way it works with JavaScript, CSS, web APIs, Web Inspector, rendering, security, networking and accessibility. iOS 9.3.2’s latest developer and public betas haven’t seen any major changes as it appears that this release is turning out to be more of a small bug fix release. Simultaneous use of Low Power Mode and Night Shift has been reactivated as of iOS 9.3.2 beta 2.

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10:03
Apple Seeds Third Beta of iOS 9.3.2 to Public Beta...

Apple today released the third beta of an upcoming iOS 9.3.2 update to public beta testers, one day after seeding the third iOS 9.3.2 beta to developers. iOS 9.3.2 comes more than a month after the release of iOS 9.3, a major update that introduced Night Shift mode and other new features. iOS 9.3.2 has been in testing since April 6.

Beta testers who are taking part in Apple's best testing program will receive the iOS 9.3.2 update over-the-air after installing the proper certificate on their iOS device.

Those who would like to participate in Apple's beta testing program can sign up through the...

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09:53
Police investigating death in conference room at...

KTVU has reported that a law enforcement source stated an investigation has begun after a person was found dead in a conference room on Apple’s Cupertino campus. Information from any sources is extremely limited at this point, so we’ll withhold speculation until further confirmed reporting is released.

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09:52
Person found dead in Apple’s Cupertino campus...

The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday began investigating a body found at Apple’s Cupertino headquarters.

Damn.

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09:45
iPhone 7 ‘Pro’ schematics show up in Japanese mag w...

Rumors that Apple will ditch the headphone jack with this fall’s iPhone update have been around for a while now, but Japanese magazine Mac Fan today has shared detailed design schematics of the iPhone 7 ‘Pro.’ According to the magazine, the device will feature the same overall size as the iPhone 6s Plus, but will ditch the headphone jack and feature dual iSight cameras on the back (via Macotakara.)

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09:38
Hackers can track your whereabouts with Waze...

As if you didn’t have enough to worry about when it comes to being stalked on the Internet, now comes along a new hack to the social driving app Waze.

Researchers at the UC-Santa Barbara were able to demonstrate how to track an individual’s whereabouts by creating hundreds of different “ghost” drivers inside of the application.

As demonstrated to a reporter from Fusion, the team could then track her whereabouts using how Waze shows the location of other drivers and their username. 

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09:31
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Apple 27-inch iMac from $1,450...

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09:26
∞ The Dalrymple Report With Special Guest John Gruber

Jim and Merlin… wait, no, Gruber. Jim and John Gruber talk about the iPhone SE, iPad Pro, and Apple Watch.

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09:16
iPad Pro Charges Faster with MacBook Adapter and New...

Apple goofed in bundling an anemic 12-watt power adapter with the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, which needs a brawnier charger. It has one in the MacBook’s 29-watt USB-C power adapter, which can be paired with a new USB-C to Lightning Cable to charge the big iPad more rapidly.

 

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09:00
OneNote transforms the way we work as a staff

Today’s post was written by Stewart Davies, assistant principal at the Ysgol Bae Baglan, opening in September 2016.

Ysgol Bae Baglan is a brand new, state-of-the-art school for 1,600 students aged 3–16 in Wales. The school’s team is proud to be in one of the very first schools serving students from age 3–16. Bae Baglan is the amalgamation of four very successful schools, and has students with a broad range of needs and from different socio-economic backgrounds. The school will open in September 2016 and will implement a one-to-one program with the Microsoft Surface over the next three years, starting with Year 9 from day one.

The challenge for Ysgol Bae Baglan is to have our brand new cross-phase school ready to open in September 2016. Our teachers currently work in four different schools, so we needed an effective way for them to communicate and collaborate. Eighteen months ago, we started by deciding what we needed to achieve: simple email group...

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09:00
Sway featured story #2—“That Dragon, Cancer”

Last month, we kicked off our featured story series with our Sway on Nathan Sawaya. Nathan’s inventive use of LEGO blocks to create works of art strongly embodies Sway’s mission to provide an adaptable medium that empowers everyone to tell their stories in unique, innovative and delightful ways.

Our second piece features the profoundly moving story of the family behind the video game “That Dragon, Cancer” and the film “Thank You for Playing.” Ryan and Amy are the parents of Joel Green, who was diagnosed with cancer when he was just a year old. Ryan, a game designer, first began developing the game to express his feelings about their family’s struggles. Over time, it became the couple’s way to broaden the conversation about cancer, uncertainty and death. Amy notes that people...

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09:00
Gorgeous competitive tactics game 'Duelyst...

Duelyst isn't an eSport -- yet. After six months in a free open beta, Duelyst launches today as a full title that's still free to download across PC and Mac. It comes from Counterplay Games, a studio packed with talent from Diablo 3, League of Legend...

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09:00
Get started in the cloud with the new IT Pro Cloud...

As the IT profession continues its transition to leveraging more and more cloud services and technologies, we’re introducing the new IT Pro Cloud Essentials program to give you a better experience on the journey with access to professional training, extended trials, Azure credit and priority support. Last week, Mike Neil announced the program on the Server & Cloud blog, but this also helps IT pros focused on Office 365 and supporting services.

Technologies born in the cloud are transformative opportunities for you to support the needs of your organization. As an IT pro, people look to you to be the first to know about new technologies, and you are vital to technology adoption.

With IT Pro Cloud Essentials,...

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09:00
TMO Daily Observations 2016-04-27: Apple’s...

Apple conferences are about more than traveling to a different city to learn something new. Today Mike Potter from Mac Stock and Barry Fulk from the Midwest Mac BBQ join Jeff Gamet to talk about the community experience we get from conferences and why that makes smaller events more appealing to some attendees.


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08:55
Intel's CEO Presents a New Corporate Vision...

Beyond Intel's grandiose vision, Intel is always trying to advance industry standards and the next one on their list will be to deliver USB Type-C Digital Audio.

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08:39
Beautiful images could lead to quieter supersonic...

Researchers have been looking for the key to quieter supersonic transport for years. And if you've ever heard a sonic boom, you'll know why it's an important problem to solve.

While it's impossible to eradicate that noise -- anything breaking the so...

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08:29
FBI discloses iOS security flaw, but not the one...

The FBI still won’t tell Apple how the third-party hackers it hired to crack the iPhone 5c used by the San Bernardino mass shooter managed to get into the device, but the agency has shared another security vulnerability with Cupertino. That’s real nice of them and all, but Apple had already fixed that particular flaw.

According to Reuters, the FBI told Apple about the security hole affecting iPhones and Macs on April 14. This was the first time the agency had shared information with Apple under the Vulnerability Equities Process, which was put in place by the White House in 2014.

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08:25
Apple Music subscriber base shows growth, now above...

Even with Apple reporting lower Q2 revenue during its earnings call yesterday, the call signaling ts first revenue decline since 2003, there’s still some bright spots.

The company has announced that its Apple Music subscriber base has jumped to 13 million, up from 11 million in February.

This compares to about 30 million subscribers to leading competitor Spotify, although the service obviously had a multi-year headstart over Apple’s streaming service, which launched last June.

Apple may be looking to its Internet Services business divisions to support future revenue growth, especially as sales of its iOS devices showed waning growth yesterday. The company has been relying on a mixture of exclusive deals and celebrity advertising to promote its streaming music...

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08:19
India makes it compulsory for phones to have '...

India has prescribed that starting next year mobile phones in the country should have buttons that can be quickly used by women to alert the police and close relatives if they are in distress.

The measure is one of several responses by the Indian government to the growing problem of rape attacks on women in the country.

Pressing the panic button will alert “police & designated friends/relatives, for immediate response in case of distress or security related issues,” said Minister of Communications, Ravi Shankar Prasad, in a tweet late Tuesday.

Under the new rules that come into effect in January 2017, all feature phones will need to have a panic button configured to the numeric key 5 or 9 and all smartphones will have the panic button linked to three short presses of the on-off button, according to the country’s Department of Communications.

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08:18
Plants might know when to bloom by remembering...

Plants might have some capacity to retain information or, in other words, to form memories, according to a biologist from the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research in Massachusetts. Susan Lindquist has discovered that a protein found in thale c...

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08:02
Pizza Hut turns to algorithms and GPS tracking to...

In lieu of making better food, the chain restaurant industry continues to embrace technology as the solution to its problems. The latest example is Pizza Hut, which is drawing comparisons to Uber as it updates its pizza delivery mechanisms.

According to Nation’s Restaurant News, Pizza Hut will now tell customers what time to expect their pizza even before they place an order, using algorithms that factor in the volume of orders and the location and availability of drivers. The company says this “Visible Promise Time” is a first for pizza chains (though I’ll note that my local pizza chain in Cincinnati, LaRosa’s, already provides similar estimates). Pizza Hut is also testing GPS location tracking for its delivery drivers so customers can find out exactly how close their pizza is, presumably through the Pizza Hut app...

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08:00
Get Macphun's Filters for Photos -- free!

Macphun is one of our favorite development companies here at Apple World Today, as it has a lightning focus on creating excellent photography apps for Mac. Today the company announced the availability of Filters for Photos, a free Mac app and Photos extension that provides 30 unique filters to make your photos stand out.

All you need to do in order to get the app is click that link above and click the big green "Download for Free" button. When you launch the app, you'll be asked to join Macphun's email list to turn on 15 of the filters, or you can decline and still have 15 pretty impressive filters to play with. 

Filters for Photos turned a washed out picture into this painting-like work of art. ©Steven Sande

To add Filters for Photos as an extension to the Mac Photos app, just go to System Preferences > Photos and check the box next to Filters...

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08:00
Paranormal thriller 'Oxenfree' hits PS4 in...

Oxenfree is an acid trip wrapped in an enigma and smothered in nacho cheese -- and on May 31st, it's coming to PlayStation 4. Oxenfree hit Steam and Xbox One in January, and both of these versions get upgrades on May 31st, too. Developer Night School...

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07:40
Watch the first full trailer for Oliver Stone's...

Less than three years after Edward Snowden left the National Security Agency (NSA) and leaked thousands of classified documents, we're getting our first theatrical depiction of his actions. Following a brief teaser last year, we've now got a full Sno...

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07:37
Intel calls for the end of the headphone jack with...

Apple isn’t the only company looking to remove the last vestiges of the analog world from our smartphones and tablets. Intel apparently wants in on the action too. The chip maker recently talked about replacing the 3.5mm headphone jack with a USB-C connector, according to AnandTech.

Intel discussed the issue about two weeks ago during its developer conference in Shenzhen, China. The idea makes a lot of sense, at least on paper. USB-C is designed to be a multifunction port that can transfer data and power at higher speeds.

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07:22
Tinder Social helps you and your crew mix and mingle

Tinder is working on a feature that will enable groups of friends to meet groups of new people while on a night out. The idea behind Tinder Social is that you and your chums will start planning your Friday night a few days in advance. The system will...

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07:16
LG Racing to become Apple's Number Two OLED...

Yesterday we posted a report titled "Rumor Claims that Apple Could Sign an Exclusive iPhone OLED Display Contract with Samsung," wherein we noted that Samsung will exclusively get the initial orders from Apple in late 2017 for the flagship lines. According to a new report this morning, LG Display is making a facility investment into flexible OLEDs during the second quarter ...

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07:16
iPhone Drops to 15% Market Share as Smartphone...

The latest data from research firm IDC reveals that Apple's smartphone market share dropped to 15.3 percent in the March quarter as the worldwide smartphone market fell nearly flat during the first three months of 2016.

Apple yesterday reported iPhone sales of 51.2 million during the three-month period ending March 26, compared to 61.2 million units and 18.3 percent market share in the year-ago quarter. Meanwhile, overall smartphone shipments totaled 334.9 million during the quarter, a year-over-year increase of only 500,000 units.Despite the plethora of new features found on the newer "S" models, current iPhone 6/6 Plus owners may feel that a 6S upgrade may not be warranted at the moment. Apple also announced the new iPhone SE...

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07:14
IMD professor: Apple’s sales show importance of self...

Apple saw the first decline in its sales and profits in 13 years, triggering a selloff in the financial market that wiped out $43 billion of the company’s market value.

As recent as in quarter one of 2016, 68% of the company revenue came from the iPhone, while the iPad and Mac each commanded 9%. Currently, Apple is first and foremost a mobile phone provider, which in turn highlights the danger of overreliance on a single product for growth, according to Howard Yu is professor of strategic management and innovation at IMD, a Switzerland-based institution “focused on real-world executive development.”

Under Steve Jobs, Apple had a track record of cannibalizing its own products. In 2005, when the demand for the iPod mini remained huge, the iPad nano was launched, effectively destroying the revenue stream of an existing product. And while...

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07:11
News: Nintendo bringing Fire Emblem, Animal Crossing...

A tweet from Nintendo America is teasing the release of more Nintendo games for the iOS platform, specifically mentioning Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing — versions of two existing Nintendo franchises. More #Nintendo apps are coming to smart devices, including Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing! pic.twitter.com/ZLsHirPltM— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) April 27, 2016 A year ago, Nintendo announced that it would be moving into the mobile…

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07:00
Google Play Music's podcasts are convenient but...

Google announced last fall that it would finally bring podcasts to Google Play Music, and last week a collection of shows debuted in the web app. This means that if you have a subscription to the service, all of your listening material is in one plac...

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07:00
New Attack Technique Hides Spread of RATs in Asia


SentinelOne last week announced that it has detected a technique being used in Asia to infect systems with remote access Trojans that ensures that the payload remains in memory throughout its execution and doesn't touch the victim's computer disk in an unencrypted state. Attackers remain hidden from antivirus and next-generation technologies that focus only on file-based threats, according to SentinelOne. The samples analyzed also can detect the presence of a virtual machine, preventing them from being analyzed in a network sandbox.

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06:54
Criterion collection leaving Hulu, moving to new...

Bloomberg:

Time Warner Inc.’s Turner division will introduce its first online-only channel, allowing film buffs to watch classic movies without a traditional TV subscription.

Will there be an Apple TV app?

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06:47
New Apple MacBook comes with tamper evident screws [...

If you make your way through iFixit’s Retina MacBook 2016 teardown, you’ll see some tamper evident screws holding the hinge to the aluminum body. Looks like Loctite, not tamper-proofing.

Interesting.

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06:47
IDC: iPhone SE will help compete in ‘numerous...

According to the latest preliminary release from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, vendors shipped a total of 334.9 million smartphones worldwide in the first quarter of 2016 (1Q16), up slightly from the 334.3 million units in 1Q15, marking the smallest year-over-year growth on record. The minimal growth this quarter is primarily attributed to strong smartphone saturation in developed markets, as well as a year-over-year...

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06:46
Following earnings decline, AAPL opens down 8%,...

Following Apple’s earnings results last night, where it posted its first YOY quarterly revenue decline since 2003, AAPL has opened down more than 8% — the stock price is far below the $100 mark as morning trading begins. Apple reported revenue of $50 billion (compared against $58 billion in the year-ago quarter), on sales of 51.1 million iPhones, 10.2 million iPads and 4 million Macs.

The stock price fall means over 40 billion dollars of market cap value has been erased overnight. Market capitalization is the approximate value of the company, a multiple of the stock price and number of shares. The stock closed yesterday at $104.

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06:46
News: FBI will not disclose San Bernardino iPhone...

The FBI has “provisionally” decided not to reveal the details of the method it used to unlock the San Bernardino iPhone, Reuters reports. Anonymous sources reveal that the FBI plans to write to the White House within the next few days to explain that the agency cannot share the unlocking mechanism as it was provided by a third-party that retains the sole legal ownership to the method. Sources ”>reported previously that the FBI contractor…

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06:44
How-To: Quickly resize images on OS X using a...

Every day I use a handy service created with Automator to resize images exported from 4K footage to a smaller size. It’s easy to resize images in an app like Preview or Pixelmator, but using a service works better for me since it can batch resize multiple images in seconds, and it’s directly accessible from the Finder. Here’s how you can create your own handy image resizing service using Automator. more…

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06:41
Netflix lets Android users pay with their Google...

Netflix is giving Android users a new way to settle their monthly bill. As its Play Store listing reveals, the Netflix app on Android will "soon" be updated with a Google Play Billing option. That means customers can choose to have their account char...

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06:38
Backup and Restore OS X Text Substitutions on Your...

OS X provides a great feature that allows you to create shortcuts for longer text substitutions. These are synced to iCloud and accessible from your iPhone, too, and now there’s a way to backup and restore them, as well! Watch this quick video to find out how.


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06:37
Intel’s push to replace the headphone jack with USB...

Intel is battling to move from 3.5mm headphone jacks to pure digital audio, fed through USB Type-C. Lots of technical detail in the article, a few of my own thoughts on this.

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06:35
Study: Amazon, Apple ‘closely match’ the mindset of...

Forty-two percent of respondents in a FutureCasts survey said that Amazon matched millennial mindsets closely, followed by 37% for Apple and 31% for Netflix. 

Amazon and Apple were the only brands who scored equally well across millennials (those ages 18-34), Generation X (born between 1961 and 1981),  and Baby Boomers (born between 1946 and 1964). Brands considered favorites among the millennial generation, including Uber, didn’t fare as well, especially with Baby Boomers, at just 21%.

FutureCase specializes in millennial marketing. Services include millennial research, millennial consulting and content excellence. FutureCase’s e Millennial Mindset study, co-authored with The Cambridge Group, a growth strategy consulting...

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06:19
'Fallout 4' gets official mod support on PC

Even before Fallout 4 was released, Bethesda was keen to stress that the latest instalment of the post-apocalyptic franchise would officially support mods. In February, it told us that PC support would arrive in April, and sure enough, it's now deliv...

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06:13
Stairways Software releases Keyboard Maestro 7.1 for...

Stairways Software has announced Keyboard Maestro 7.1 (https://www.keyboardmaestro.com/main/), the new version of its productivity enhancer for OS X.  

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06:09
Nintendo: Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing for mobile...

Nintendo sent out a press release jam packed with anticipation-causing tidbits.

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06:05
3 Toolbar Icons to Make OS X Mail more Powerful

Did you know that you can change which buttons appear in Mail's toolbar? You can, and looking through the list of possibilities may just give you some new ways to interact with your email. In today's Quick Tip, Melissa Holt's going to cover both how to edit your toolbar and a few of her favorite buttons to add there. 


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06:03
EnsenaSoft introduces Mahjong Deluxe 3 for Mac OS X

EnsenaSoft has introduced Mahjong Deluxe 3 (http://www.mahjongdeluxe3.com), the latest installment in their series of Mahjong games for Mac OS X.

Suitable to players of all ages and experience levels, it offers a modern rendition of the Chinese classic. This game includes eight different worlds containing a total of 640 puzzle layouts in 2D and 3D.

Mahjong Deluxe 3 requires OS X 10.6.6 or later. It costs $4.99 and is available through the Mac App Store in the Games category.

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06:00
The AppleTV Software Update Feed

AppleTVs automatically update. They do so using a process similar to how iOS updates, but instead of looking at the feed I posted in http://krypted.com/mac-security/how-the-os-x-caching-server-caches-updates/, they look at http://mesu.apple.com/assets/tv/com_apple_MobileAsset_SoftwareUpdate/com_apple_MobileAsset_SoftwareUpdate.xml.

The AppleTV feed is similar to that available for iOS updates, with each dictionary having roughly the same data:

ActualMinimumSystemPartition
1482
Build
13Y6234
InstallationSize
0
MinimumSystemPartition
1534
OSVersion
9.2
ReleaseType
Beta
SUDocumentationID
PreRelease
SUInstallTonightEnabled

SUMultiPassEnabled

SUProductSystemName...

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Bobine Roundup

Today in iLounge Deals we have a roundup of three handy Bobine products for charging and docking your iPhone or Apple Watch. The BOBINE BLACKOUT Flexible iPhone Charging Dock ($29.99) is a flexible iPhone mount, now available in a sleek black design, that lets you get the perfect position to support your iPhone while charging it at the same time from any USB port with the included MFi-certified charging circuitry. The BOBINE BLACKOUT Auto iPhone Charging…

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05:54
Tim Cook, optimism, and the “G” word

Jason Snell digs into the transcript of yesterday’s earnings call:

If I had to describe Tim Cook’s attitude during the call, it would be “optimistic.” But only because he referred to his optimism eight different times over the span of an hour. (Maestri added another three on his own.) Then again, when your company just broke a 13-year streak of year-over-year revenue growth, expressing your optimism about the future is probably a smart move.

Growth is the currency of a small company and the curse of a large one.

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05:36
∞ That’s one hell of a curve

Take a look at Apple’s revenue curve since 2008. I think you’ll agree.

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05:19
Apple's Business made TSMC the Top Foundry in...

IC Insights has released its 2015 top IC foundries (pure-play and IDM) ranking. TSMC, by far, was the leader with US$26.4 billion in sales last year. Without Apple ...

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04:36
Kool Tools: Upspace for OS X

Upspace (http://hello.upspace.co) for OS X is a handy menubar uploader for Dropbox. Using the Dropbox infrastructure, it was built specifically for those who need to share a lot of screenshots and files during the day.

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04:30
Don’t write off the iPad; devices like it and the...

Sales may have plummeted, but don’t write off the iPad. Tim Cook’s assertion that the iPad Pro is Apple’s vision of the future of personal computing is a bit forward-looking, but it may be accurate — at least to a point. 

According to new data from comScore, which “measures the digital world,” computer use is dropping off quickly as mobile devices encourage new types of interaction. In fact, many younger folks don’t use computers at all, instead relying entirely upon their smartphones or tablets.

The conventional wisdom has been that desktop/laptop usage would level off or grow at a slower rate in the face of mobile device adoption. However, the trends aren’t following that model. The data gathered by comScore — as noted...

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04:17
Organizations failing to harness benefits of agile...

Organizations are far less willing than their employees to adopt agile working methods and are missing out on the benefits such as earlier delivery of projects and return on investment, according to a new global survey published by AXELOS (www.axelos.com).
 
The survey of more than 2,400 professionals found that more than three-quarters (81%) of respondents – across all job roles and industry sectors surveyed – now see value in working in an agile way. In fact, the appetite to use agile methods among individual professionals is on average 37% greater than their employer’s.
 

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04:14
Tension Software announces DMG Master 2.5.1 for OS X

Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has released DMG Master 2.5.1 for Mac OS X. It’s a maintenance upgrade.

It’s a document based application for creating standard Disk Image Archive with just one click. Disk Image Archive is the universal standard on OS X and is recognized by any Mac. Disk Image Archive (.dmg) files can be opened on any Mac without any software.

DMG Master 2.5.1 requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher. It costs $6.99.

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04:04
External Link: iPhone Upgrade Program Now Available...

Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program, which lets you pay a monthly fee for an iPhone with AppleCare+, was originally available only if you walked into an Apple Store. However, Apple is now offering it as an option if you buy a phone online, with no store visit required if you’re an eligible AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon customer. Frankly, this should have been available from the start.

 

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03:01
A Complete Guide To The New 'Crypto Wars'

blottsie writes: The latest debate over encryption did not begin with a court order demanding Apple help the FBI unlock a dead terrorist's iPhone. The new "Crypto Wars," chronicled in a comprehensive timeline by Eric Geller of the Daily Dot, dates back to at least 2003, with the introduction of "Patriot Act II." The battle over privacy and personal security versus crime-fighting and national security has, however, become a mainstream debate in recent months. The timeline covers a wide-range of incidents where the U.S. and other allied governments have tried to restrict citizens' access to strong encryption. The timeline ends with the director of national intelligence blaming NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden for advancing the spread of user-friendly, widely available strong encryption.


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02:00
First Look: Macphun’s new Filters for Photos app...

Filters for Photos functions as a standalone app or as an Apple Photos extension.

Do you love Apple Photos? If the answer is yes, then Macphun has a present for you. On Wednesday, the company has launched a new app called Filters for Photos, designed to augment Apple’s signature photo editor-slash-organizer by offering some gorgeous new filters to spice up your portraits, vacation shots, and panoramas.

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Tuesday April 26

22:32
Microsoft appears to be copying Apple's 2014...

Two years ago, Apple introduced Handoff--part of Continuity--as an innovative solution to a problem nobody had anticipated: how to wirelessly, automatically transition work in progress between a phone and tablet or desktop computer. Now Microsoft appears to be copying the feature for Windows 10.

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18:38
Instagram is quietly testing a major visual overhaul...

Instagram, following the controversial announcement that it would change the order in which images appear in user feeds, now appears to be testing a complete redesign of its app. Instagram has long stuck to the same classic design, but if this redesign rolls out to everyone, the app could finally move forward and fall into line with the design trends being adopted by many other apps.

more…

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18:28
FBI's first vulnerability tip to Apple came on...

Apple on Tuesday said the FBI divulged its first vulnerability tip under a White House process for sharing digital security flaws with private corporations on April 14, but the information was useless as Apple had already patched the issue nine months earlier.

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17:21
Apple CEO Tim Cook optimistic on China despite 26%...

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Tuesday reiterated a positive outlook on Greater China despite suffering a year-over-year revenue contraction during the second quarter of 2016, saying the region is "a lot more stable" than some perceive.

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17:08
Tim Cook Worked Hard to Sell Us on Apple’s Future...

Tim Cook was working hard to sell the message that Apple is doing well despite turning in a "challenging" quarter during his quarterly conference call with analysts. CFO Luca Maestri even sounded apologetic. Bryan Chaffin walks us through why he found that interesting.


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16:57
Apple along with an Impressive list of Top Tech...

Back in December Apple's CEO Tim Cook said that teaching coding to kids is just as important as teaching any other foreign language. Today it's being reported that Apple's Tim Cook along with an impressive list of top tech company CEO's are urging Congress to fund K-12 computer science education.

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16:37
Bodhi Linux 3.2 Promises Clearer Path to...


Bodhi Linux 3.2.0 is an update to the Bodhi Linux 3.x series and features key kernel and desktop improvements. It is a different kind of Linux distro. Its developers refer to it as the "Enlightened Desktop," because it draws its energy from the Enlightenment desktop. Enlightenment started as a project to build a window manager for X11 in 1996. It became much more than a window manager -- it grew into a desktop environment in its own right. The Enlightenment Project is currently version 17, known as E17, and the Bodhi crew recently forked it.

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16:19
Transcript of Apple’s earnings conference call

Rene Ritchie and Jason Snell put together a transcript of Apple’s earnings call today.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:09
Rumor Claims that Apple Could Sign an Exclusive...

Earlier today we noted in a new report that Apple could extend their use of OLED displays beyond the 2017 iPhone through to the iPad, MacBooks and beyond. A new report this afternoon claims that the deal for OLED displays for Apple's 2017 iPhone is likely to be an exclusive initially for Samsung.

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16:06
Apple Music’s 13M Subscribers Take Away a Little of...

Apple's numbers were down across the board for its 2016 second fiscal quater, but music numbers were up. Apple Music showed a nice increase to 13 million subscribers compared 11 million in February, and that helped bring an end to what has been a declining market segment for the iPhone and Mac maker.


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16:01
Despite Apple’s Corporate Efforts and Optimism, iPad...

Despite Apple's efforts to boost iPad sales, those efforts aren't showing up in sales numbers. The iPad Pro (12.9-inch), discounting the typical exuberance of the holiday quarter (Apple's Q1), didn't seem to create much of an uptick. But CEO Tim Cook seems to have his hopes up for the next quarter's revenue, at least, when the iPad Pro line's sales make their mark.


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15:45
White Hat Finds Security Threats on Facebook's...


A white hat hacker last week announced the discovery of more than a half-dozen security flaws in some software Facebook used on its corporate network. While performing penetration testing of some third-party software in a network appliance Facebook used, Orange Tsai, a security researcher for Devcore, discovered seven vulnerabilities that attackers could use to compromise a system, as well as a backdoor script left by someone else who'd penetrated the network. The researcher was conducting tests as part of Facebook's bug bounty program.

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15:41
FBI Director Suggests iPhone Hacking Method May...

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: FBI Director James Comey said on Tuesday that his agency was still assessing whether a vulnerability used to unlock an iPhone linked to one of the San Bernardino killers would go through a government review to determine if it should be disclosed to Apple or the public. "We are in the midst of trying to sort that out," Comey said. "The threshold (for disclosure) is, are we aware of the vulnerability, or did we just buy a tool and don't have sufficient knowledge of the vulnerability to implicate the process?" The White House has a procedure for reviewing technology security flaws and deciding which ones should be made public. Although officials say the process leans toward disclosure, it is not set up to handle or reveal flaws that are discovered and owned by private companies, sources have told Reuters, raising questions about the effectiveness of the so-called Vulnerabilities Equities Process.

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15:14
FBI won't share its iPhone hack with Apple...

The FBI claims that being forced to share its iPhone-hacking tool with Apple wouldn’t be worth it–because the government agency doesn’t actually know how it works.

This week, the FBI will notify the White House that it doesn’t actually know the underlying code that facilitated hacking into the iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters. Because of this, the FBI claims that it doesn’t make sense to launch an internal government investigation to decide whether to share the information with Apple.

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15:00
The good news: Apple services and ‘other products’...

For the second fiscal quarter of 2016, Apple’s revenues from services (Apple Care, Apple Pay, iTunes, app stores) was up 20% over last year. And the “other products” category -- including the Apple TV, Apple Watch, Beats products, the iPod and accessories -- were up 30% from the second quarter of 2015.

In a call with analysts and the press, CEO Tim Cook said the purchase value of the company’s services tied to the installed user base was a record $9.9 billion dollars in the March quarter. That’ up 27% over last year and an increase from the 24% growth rate in the December quarter.

He added that the reach of Apple Pay also continues to expand following a successful launch in China in the March quarter and last week's rollout in Singapore. Cook says Apple’s mobile payment service is growing at a “tremendous rate with more than five times the transaction volume of a year ago and one million new users per week.”

The CEO says that there are now more than 10 million...

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14:57
Apple Has First Earnings Decline In More Than A...

An anonymous reader writes: Apple has announced its first-ever decline in revenue in the past 13 years as its iPhone sales have slowed down. Apple posted quarterly revenue of $50.6 billion and quarterly net income of $10.5 billion. Last year, the company posted revenue of $58 billion and net income of $13.6 billion. The reason Apple has been so successful is because of the iPhone, which was first released in 2007. What goes up must come down -- and we're starting to see that now. The success of the iPhone is starting plateau and ultimately decrease now that consumers are finding less of a reason to upgrade to the latest and greatest smartphone. Apple CEO Tim Cook pointed to weakening currencies worldwide as one of the obstacles the company would face as iPhone sales were up less than 1 percent year-over-year last quarter. Gene Munster, managing director and senior research analyst at Piper Jaffray, told ABC News, "This has been anticipated for three months now. The reason is...

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14:51
Apple faces constrained iPhone SE supply on surprise...

Apple CEO Tim Cook during Tuesday's quarterly conference call said supply of its latest iPhone SE model is constrained due to surprisingly high demand from users who want the latest technology in a small package.

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14:50
News: Notes from Apple’s Q2 2016 earnings call

Kicking off Apple’s investor conference call following the company’s announcement of quarterly numbers for Q2 2016, Apple CEO Tim Cook reported again that Apple sold 51 million iPhones, but noted that the numbers fell short of the iPhone sales in the year-ago quarter. Cook noted that iPhone sales remain healthy and strong in all purchase target markets, with slightly higher upgrades in the iPhone 6s cycle that are higher than in the iPhone…

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14:44
Apple Reports Second Quarter Results

Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2016 second quarter ended March 26. The company posted quarterly revenue of $50.6 billion and quarterly net income of $10.5 billion, or $1.90 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $58 billion and net income of $13.6 billion, or $2.33 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 39.4 percent compared to 40.8 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 67 percent of the quarter’s revenue. “Our team executed extremely well in the face of strong macroeconomic headwinds,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We are very happy with the continued strong growth in revenue from Services, thanks to the incredible strength of the Apple ecosystem and our growing base of over 1 billion active devices.”

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14:41
iPad sales continue to fall, but Apple expects...

For the second fiscal quarter of 2016, iPad sales fell from 12.6 million units a year ago to 10.3 million units this year. That’s a 19% dip, but Apple sees better days ahead.

In a call with analysts and the press, CEO Tim Cook says response to the 9.7-inch iPad Pro has been tremendous. That’s one of the reasons Apple expects to see its best iPad unit sales comparison in over two years in the June quarter, he added.

Chief Financial Office Luca Maestri noted that, according to the NPD research group, Apple has 78% of the market share of tablets prices priced over $200. And in the second fiscal quarter, there was double-digit market growth in many served markets, he added.

Maestri said that there's 97% customer satisfaction for iPad Air 2. Research by IDC says that 59% of those looking to buy are planning to buy an iPad, more than three times next highest brand, he added.

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14:39
Apple releases Q2 2016 numbers, reports $10.5...

The good news is that Apple made billions and billions of dollars in profits last quarter.

The bad news is that this represents a lower profit than Q2 of 2015.

For the first time ever, iPhone sales fell for the quarter. While this doesn’t include iPhone SE sales, Apple reported its first quarterly revenue decline in 13 years on Tuesday, which came as no surprise to the company and the investors and analysts who closely follow its finances.

After more than a decade of amazing revenue and profit leaps, Apple reported $10.5 billion in profits on $50.6 billion in sales. iPhone sales were down, the company selling only 51.2 million units in Q2, this number falling short of the 61.2 million iPhone units sold in Q2 of 2015.

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14:33
iPhone sees first ever year-over-year decline (but...

For the second fiscal quarter of 2016, iPhone sales saw a year-over-year decline (the first ever), as the shipped 51.2 million units — down from 61.2 million a year earlier. That’s a dip of 18%.

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal Cook said it was “a challenging quarter” for the company. It struggled with tough comparisons on iPhone sales compared with a year earlier, when demand for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus was booming. What’s more, demand for those models prompted some consumers to upgrade sooner than usual, and sapped interest in the latest phones, he said.”

On the bright side, Cook, in a call with analysts and the press, said the company saw more switchers to the iPhone from Android switchers and other handset manufacturers in the first six months of 2016 than at any time in Apple’s history. With 42% smartphone penetration...

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14:32
Apple services stand out as bright spot in otherwise...

Services revenue was perhaps one of the few comforts for Apple in its second-quarter financial results shared on Tuesday, growing 20 percent year-over-year to $5.99 billion, setting an all-time record for the company.

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14:29
Slower iPhone, iPad, and Mac sales drive Apple’s...

Apple's three biggest moneymakers, the iPhone, iPad, and Mac, are down year-over-year. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Apple has just released its earnings report for the second quarter of fiscal 2016, which runs from the beginning of January to the end of March. As CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri warned in last quarter's earnings call, iPhone sales were down year-over-year for the first time since the product's launch in 2007. Since the iPhone accounts for around two-thirds of Apple's revenue, this means that Apple is also reporting its first year-over-year quarterly revenue decline since 2003, something CEO Tim Cook referred to as a "pause in [Apple's] growth." iPad and Mac sales are also down, though the Services...

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14:27
Over half of Mac buyers are new to the platform (and...

Mac sales for the second fiscal quarter of 2016 were 4.03 million units, down from 4.5 million in 2015. That’s a dip of 9% — a lower dip than the iPhone or iPad experienced (18% and 19%, respectively). And Apple’s personal computers are attracting lots of new users.

In a call with analysts and the press, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company’s installed base of over one billion active devices continued to grow. There was a “huge” number of Android switchers and new Mac users.

“Over half of buyers were new to Mac, and in some countries, it's even higher,” Cook said. “In China it's over 80%.”

Chief Financial Office Luca Maestri says it was a challenging quarter for personal computer sales. Despite this Apple saw double digit growth in some regions, including Russia and (as mentioned) China. Apple also expects to see an uptick in Mac sales for the June fiscal quarter.

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14:27
Apple reports first drop in iPhone shipments

For the first time since it launched, shipments of the iPhone dropped year-on-year and pushed Apple revenue and profit down.

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14:26
Apple Music surpasses 13M paid subscribers on strong...

During Apple's quarterly earnings conference call on Tuesday, CEO Tim Cook revealed Apple Music now serves more than 13 million paying subscribers, adding two million customers in as many months.

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14:19
Apple’s Q2 numbers: iOS sales, 13m Apple Music subs...

With drops in revenue and iOS device sales in what CEO Tim Cook called a “challenging quarter,” highlights from Apple’s Q2 2016 earnings today include an increase in Apple Music subscribers, more cash for Apple’s capital return and share repurchasing programs, and a “huge number of Android switchers and new to Mac customers.” Cook said the company had record switchers from Android and others platforms in the quarter and also noted an increase of 56% for iPhone sales in India despite an overall decline for iOS device sales.

Cook said the company hit record App Store revenue up 35% and updated us on Apple Pay noting the payments service has grown around 5X compared to a year ago and is adding approximately 1 million new users a week.

After reporting its Q2 2016 earnings earlier...

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14:14
Demand for iPhone SE is 'Very Strong,'...

Apple hasn't divulged sales numbers for the recently released iPhone SE, but during today's second quarter earnings call, company executives said that demand for the device was "very strong" and higher than expected.

According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, the iPhone SE puts Apple in a strategic plan to attract new customers with its affordable price point and powerful internal specifications. Cook says Apple is working hard to meet demand and improve shipping times for the device.

We're thrilled with the response that we've seen on it. It is clear that there is a demand there even much beyond what we thought. That is really why we have the constraint that we have. Since its release, the iPhone SE has been in short supply despite...

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14:08
Notes of interest from Apple's Q2 2016...

Calling it a "busy and challenging quarter," Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook gave commentary and fielded questions on his company's fiscal 2016 second quarter. Notes of interest from the call with investors and the media follow.

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14:00
Apple's not-so-great Q2 saw declining revenue...

It’s the end of an era: For the first time ever, iPhone sales fell in the quarter ending March 26, which does not include iPhone SE sales. Apple reported its first quarterly revenue decline in 13 years on Tuesday, which came as no surprise to the company and the investors and analysts who closely follow its finances.

After more than a decade of dizzying revenue and profit leaps, Apple is coming back down to earth—at least in its own way, which is still leagues above most companies. The company reported $10.5 billion in profit on $50.6 billion in revenue. So what’s going on? iPhone sales are down, as expected, though the company sold 51.2 million of them in Q2, beating the 50.7 million estimated units sold. Apple just didn’t sell as many iPhones as it did in Q2 of 2015, which was a record-breaking quarter with 61.2 million units sold.

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13:59
Apple Misses Wall Street Estimates on Earnings,...

Apple Inc. missed Wall Street consensus estimates with its March quarter results, missing earnings per share by 5 percent, and missing both iPhone and Mac estimates, as well. The company also announced that it was raising its dividend by 10 percent to US$0.57 per share.


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13:58
Apple Music now has 13 million paying subscribers,...

Alongside its announcement of Apple’s quarterly earnings, its first revenue decline since 2003, Apple has also announced latest numbers for Apple Music, its $9.99 per month streaming music service. The company says it now has 13 million paying subscribers, up from 11 million in February.

This compares to about 30 million subscribers to leading competitor Spotify, although the service obviously had a multi-year headstart over Apple’s streaming service, which launched last June.

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13:51
Apple Announces their Q2 2016 Financials &...

Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2016 second quarter. Last March Apple reported that their Q2 2015 results were a record for the company. This year the story is a little different. Apple posted quarterly revenue of $50.6 billion and quarterly net income of $10.5 billion, or $1.90 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $58 billion and net income of $13.6 billion, or $2.33 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter.

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13:49
Apple adds $50B to capital return program, increases...

In announcing its first quarterly revenue decline in 13 years, Apple on Tuesday said it will infuse another $50 billion into an ongoing capital return program, a move that comes with a $35 billion boost to the company's share repurchase initiative.

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13:45
News: Apple Q2 results: $50.6B revenue, 51M iPhones...

Apple reported its second quarter 2016 financial results today, with 51.2 million iPhones and 10.2 million iPads sold. The company posted quarterly revenue of $50.6 billion and quarterly net income of $10.5 billion, or $1.90 per diluted share. In Q2 2016, Apple had revenue of $58 billion and net income of $13.6 billion, or $2.33 per diluted share. Gross margin was 39.4 percent compared to 40.8 percent a year ago. International sales contributed to…

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13:41
Apple announces posted quarterly revenue of $50.6...

Apple has announced financial results for its fiscal 2016 second quarter that ended March 26. The company posted quarterly revenue of $50.6 billion and quarterly net income of $10.5 billion, or $1.90 per diluted share.

These results compare to revenue of $58 billion and net income of $13.6 billion, or $2.33 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 39.4% compared to 40.8% in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 67%
of the quarter’s revenue.

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13:37
iPhone sales fall to 51.2M, Apple earns $50.6B in...

Apple's second fiscal quarter of 2016 officially marks the first time ever that iPhone sales saw a year-over-year decline, as the company shipped 51.2 million handsets on its way to $50.6 billion in total sales.

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13:37
Apple Reports First Year-Over-Year Revenue Decline...

Apple today announced financial results for the second fiscal quarter (first calendar quarter) of 2016. For the quarter, Apple posted revenue of $50.6 billion and net quarterly profit of $10.5 billion, or $1.90 per diluted share, compared to revenue of $58 billion and net quarterly profit of $13.6 billion, or $2.33 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. As expected, the year-over-year decline in quarterly revenue was the first for Apple since 2003.

Gross margin for the quarter was 39.4 percent compared to 40.8 percent in the year-ago quarter, with international sales accounting for 67 percent of revenue. Apple also declared an increased quarterly dividend payment of $0.57 per share, up from $0.52. The dividend is payable...

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13:37
∞ Apple reports $10.5 billion quarterly profit, down...

Apple on Tuesday reported revenue of $50.6 billion and quarterly net income of $10.5 billion. These results are down from revenue of $58 billion and net income of $13.6 billion, or $2.33 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. [...]

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13:33
Apple fights headwinds, reports revenues of $50.6...

The second quarter results for fiscal year 2016 are in, and Apple is dooooomed. DOOOOMED! (Not really) The company posted quarterly revenues of $50.6 billion and net income of $10.5 billion ($1.90 per diluted share). That compares to revenues of $58 billion for the year-ago quarter and net income of $13.6 billion ($2.33 per share). 

Apple CEO Tim Cook was positive, saying "Our team executed extremely well in the face of strong macroeconomic headwinds. We are very happy with the continued strong growth in revenue from Services, thanks to the incredible strength of the Apple ecosystem and our growing base of over one billion active devices."

Apple announced that it will be authorizing an increase of $50 billion to its capital return program, with a plan to spend a cumulative total of $250 billion in cash by the end of March 2018.

Luca Maestri, Apple...

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13:31
Notable apps and app updates for April 26, 2016

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

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

Smile has released PDFpen 8, the latest version of its all-purpose PDF editing tool for the Mac. The upgrade features support for digital signatures, file attachments, and, in PDFpenPro, portfolio creation.

PDFpen and PDFpenPro 8 now enable the application of digital signatures, as well as validation of digitally signed documents. This signing option adds to PDFpen 7’s current signing options, which include interactive signature fields, pasting scanned signatures, and a scribble tool.

PDFpenPro and PDFpen 8 work with PDFpen for iPad and iPhone version 2, allowing editing across devices when used with Dropbox storage or iCloud Drive. iCloud storage is available when PDFpen is purchased via the Mac App...

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13:31
Apple published a new Press Release

Apple just published a new Press Release:

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13:30
AWT News Update: April 26, 2016

Some fascinating news in the world of Apple and tech today. Have you joined Team AWT yet? It's our new subscription service for supporters, bringing benefits that casual readers and listeners don't have access to. 

  • YouTube updates its iPhone and iPad app with bigger thumbnails and a powerful deep neural network back end
  • iOS 9.3.2 beta 3 makes it to developers today
  • Nokia is buying health and fitness accessory manufacturer Withings
  • Will the iPhone 7 include Smart Connector charging?

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13:09
Pay What You Want: Spring 2016 Mac Bundle

We have a new pay-what-you-want deal for you called the Spring 2016 Mac Bundle, a collection of 13 Mac apps. If you pay anything, even a penny, you'll get three of those apps. If you beat the average price, which is $14.11 as of this writing, you'll get all 13. If you make the leaderboard at any time during the deal, you'll get an entry into a giveaway for a $1,000 iTunes Gift Card. If you hit the top of the leaderboard at any time, you'll five entries. 10% of the profits go to Save the Children, too. Check out the details on the deal listing.


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13:07
FBI may keep iPhone flaw secret

FBI Director James Comey said on Tuesday that his agency was still assessing whether a vulnerability used to unlock an iPhone linked to one of the San Bernardino killers would go through a government review to determine if it should be disclosed to Apple or the public.

I’d be shocked if they disclosed the flaw to Apple or the public. If this is the only way they have to get into these phones, they have no reason to disclose the flaw.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:56
Satechi releases Aluminum Mini Docking Station for...

Satechi has released the Aluminum Mini Docking Station, a compact hub that connects to Mac via USB and expands its functionality by offering four USB 3.0 ports, a gigabit Ethernet port, HDMI and DVI video connections, and a 3.5mm port.

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12:50
Top Silicon Valley Execs and Others Urge Congress To...

An anonymous reader shares a TechCrunch report:Some of the biggest names in tech and corporate America, including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Walmart CEO Doug McMillon, have teamed up with governors and educators to ask Congress to provide $250 million in federal funding to school districts in order to give every single K-12 student in the nation an opportunity to learn how to code. On the legislative side, these tech CEOs are joined by governors from both sides, including California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) and Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson (R). Earlier this year, President Barack Obama called for more than $4 billion in funding for states, and $100 million for districts in order to bring computer science curricula to every single K-12 student in the country. What this group of CEOs, governors and educators is asking for today is different. They're saying that this issue can be addressed without...

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12:49
FBI still deciding whether to allow review of San...

The FBI has yet to decide whether an exploit used to crack the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook will even be reviewed for possible disclosure, agency director James Comey said on Tuesday.

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12:24
In Q2 2016, Apple Sees First Revenue Decline in 13...

For Apple, the sky has fallen… by 12.8 percent, which is how far its revenues declined compared to those of last year.

 

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11:59
FBI Plans to Keep iPhone Hacking Method Secret

The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation will keep the method that it used to hack into the iPhone used by San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook a secret, reports The Wall Street Journal. Citing sources with knowledge of the FBI's plans, the report suggests the FBI will tell the White House that an internal government review does not make sense because it "knows so little" about the hacking tool that was employed.

A government review under the U.S. Vulnerabilities Equities Process, which allows federal agencies to determine whether or not critical security flaws should be shared with companies, would potentially lead to an order to disclose the security vulnerability to Apple. Without a review, Apple may not find out how the iPhone was breached.

The decision, and the technical and bureaucratic justification behind it, would likely keep...

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11:59
The FBI won't share Info with Apple on the...

Back in March we reported that Apple stated that if the government was successful in getting into the San Bernardino iPhone 5c it hoped officials would share information on how they did so. But if the government drops the legal case, it would be under no obligation ...

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11:56
Google mimics Apple Watch with conveniently...

Taking a page from the simple customization of the Apple Watch, Google on Tuesday announced it is launching a new lineup of Android Wear bands that can be easily replaced to give a wearable device a fresh look.

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11:43
Chromebooks May Get Avalanche of Android Apps


Google appears to be on the verge of executing a long-speculated plan to integrate Google Play's vast collection of more than a million Android apps into the Chrome operating system. A series of screen shots recently posted on Reddit show Chrome OS users able to access the Google Play store on a Chromebook. Users were able to find extensive references to ARC, or App Runtime for Chrome, embedded in the source code. ARC allows users to run their favorite Android apps in the Chrome OS. Google was coy about whether the code cameo signals a new strategy. "We're always experimenting with new features," said spokesperson Iska Saric.

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11:32
Skype for Business finally makes its way to the Mac

Microsoft's new business communication product is finally coming to the Mac after the company launched it for PC users last year.

The company announced the first technical preview of Skype for Business for Mac on Tuesday morning, giving users of Apple computers an easy way to connect to meetings they have scheduled through Microsoft's professional audio and videoconferencing software. 

When users sign into the app, they'll see their Skype for Business meetings for the current day and the following one, and be able to easily join them to discuss whatever business things they want to with the other people invited.

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11:30
Apple Is Outdated, Says Chinese Conglomerate LeEco...

An anonymous reader shares an article on CNBC: Apple is "outdated" and losing momentum in China, billionaire entrepreneur Jia Yueting told CNBC in his first international television interview. "Apple only has individual apps. This was the right choice during the first generation of mobile net, when CPUs [central processing units] and the mobile network speeds were not fast enough," Jia said. "However now we're moving into the next era of mobile internet, these problems no longer exist. Moreover, having separate apps just means great obstacles in the user experience. We hope to break down these obstacles. One of the most important reasons [for slowing sales] is that Apple's innovation has become extremely slow," he said. "For example, a month ago Apple launched the iPhone SE. From an industry insider's perspective, this is a product with a very low level of technology... We think this is something they just shouldn't have done. [...] The Watch hasn't cut it. And they're looking at...

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11:00
iOS 9.3.2 beta 3 (13F65) Now Available

iOS 9.3.2 beta 3 (13F65) Now Available

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iOS 9.3.2 beta 3 (13F65) Now Available

iOS 9.3.2 beta 3 (13F65) Now Available

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11:00
The Week in Mac Accessories: Oh, say can you USB-C?

Three for USB-C

This week’s roundup includes three new devices that let you make the most of your MacBook’s USB-C port. Read on!

Amped Wireless

The $179 Athena High Power AC2600 Wi-Fi Router includes 16 amplifiers and four high-gain antennas, to give you top-flight Wi-Fi coverage over a 15,000-square-foot area—perfect for offices, classrooms, and computer labs in any setting. 

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10:59
A flop unlike any other

Leaving aside the “…if industry estimates are accurate…” (they’re not), the media in general and the tech media is particular always seem to need to see everything in absolute terms. The Apple Watch is most certainly not a flop – nothing that sells millions of copies at $500+ a pop can be called that.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:51
Redesigned YouTube Home tab recommends videos using...

YouTube is rolling out a redesigned Home interface for the iOS and Android app. The new design is cleaner and simpler, but also takes advantage of deep neural networks to better recommend videos for users to watch.

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10:47
Dropbox's 'Project Infinite' will let...

Cloud storage service Dropbox on Tuesday announced "Project Infinite," a new feature that will let people browse cloud files on their desktop without having to have the content synced locally.

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10:47
Phase One of Microsoft's all new Skype for...

Microsoft has introduced a Public Preview of Skype for Business for Mac. Commercial customers can request an invite ...

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10:22
Apple drops third iOS 9.3.2 beta for developers

It's that time of the week again, as registered developers who hit Software Update on their testing devices or log in to the Apple developer portal will find a shiny new preview of iOS 9.3.2 waiting.

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10:00
New Apple ads highlight Touch ID and ... onions

There's nothing quite like those Apple TV ads, with their slightly quirky look at the things that we take for granted. Two new ads showed up yesterday, one highlighting Touch ID and the other focusing on how good the camera of the iPhone 6s is at shooting 4K video!

Now, if you'll excuse me, I will be shooting video of shallots being sliced...

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

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