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Tuesday May 26

20:34
New iOS Bug Crashing iPhones Simply by Receiving a...

A new bug has been discovered in the Messages app, allowing a string of characters sent to a person via iMessage or text message to crash an iPhone and cause the Messages app to fail to open. The bug, which requires a specific string of characters, was first noticed on reddit earlier this afternoon and has been spreading around the Internet since then.

Sending the string of characters to an iPhone results in an immediate respring, causing an iPhone to crash and quickly reboot, and then it prevents the Messages app from being opened again.

If you receive one of these messages, there's a quick way to fix it. The Messages app appears to be able to be opened to the last conversation where the offending message was sent from, so sending another message (or having a person send you a message) in this conversation clears the bug and returns functionality to normal...

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17:38
FuzzMeasure

FuzzMeasure is an audio and acoustic measurement tool to produce, analyze, and publish beautiful graphs. It delivers a comprehensive suite of features for professionals in research, acoustics, live sound, room design, and pro audio. By combining sophisticated technology with an elegant user interface, FuzzMeasure offers an unparalleled experience.

I’ve talked to the developer about FuzzMeasure quite a bit over the years. Great to see this update.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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17:36
Snapchat CEO says that holding down Snaps to View...

Speaking at the Code Conference south of Los Angeles this evening, Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel revealed that the key Snapchat feature of needing to hold down the display to view a photo or a video will go away in the future. Asked by Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg about needing to hold down on the display to view content, Spiegel said that the feature was originally designed to circumvent the lack of a Screenshot API on the iPhone…

Without developer access to the screenshot control, Snapchat used the holding down on the display mechanism to block people from being able to take screenshots of Snapchat photos and videos they were sent. Now that iOS has a Screenshot API, Spiegel hinted that the need to hold down on content to...

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17:33
Amazon Prime an EcoCrime

There was nothing unique about these items—they were puny in size and yet they arrived in a giant box bursting with air-filled packaging material. And I looked at that box with absolute and complete disgust, wondering, Is Amazon Prime actually an EcoCrime? Others on Twitter agreed with that take, which only reaffirmed my guilt for using Prime—for being an unwitting enabler of waste.

I’m not a member of Amazon Prime, but I know a lot of people, like Om, that are. I can’t wait to hear the explanation for the oversized packaging from Amazon.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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17:13
Leading Research Agency Millard Brown Lists Apple as...

Millward Brown is a leading global research agency specializing in advertising effectiveness, strategic communication, media a branding equity research. The company has just published their extensive report covering the most valuable global brands for 2015. The number one brand for 2015 is Apple who took a gigantic leap in brand value over last year.

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16:00
AWT News Update: May 26, 2015

We hope you had a nice Memorial Day (US) or Bank Holiday (UK) weekend. Here are some top stories for this Tuesday:

  • Facebook adds restaurant reviews written by professional food critics to mobile Facebook Pages for thousands of restaurants
  • The Apple facility in Mesa, AZ caught on fire today... but all damage seems to be limited to the roof
  • Marriott has an Apple Watch app for check-ins and more
  • iOS 9 may include transit service routes and navigation in the Maps app
  • A new Mac game offers auto racing for blind and low-vision users

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15:57
Samsung's Gear VR Patent Surfaces Describing a...

Recently the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published the original Samsung Gear VR patent which provides us with a basic roadmap of some of the features that could be coming to Gear VR over time. The patent reveals such things as integrating mobile TV ...

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15:45
Daily Deals for May 26, 2015, featuring Carbo

It’s time to save some of your hard-earned money with our Daily Deals, featuring highlighted deals for AWT readers, hardware discounts and our own handpicked iOS and OS X sales. All prices are USD and subject to change. Please check prices before you purchase as some deals may expire quickly.

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  • Carbo - Handwriting in the Digital Age [$7.99 → $3.99] Carbo lets you capture and organize handwritten notes and sketches, bringing handwriting in the digital age, right on your iPhone and iPad.

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15:45
The Week in Mac Apps: Clean up your contacts,...

All about keeping organized

This week’s roundup of new Mac apps brings you all kinds of ways to keep your folders tidy and files organized—plus a couple of apps just for fun.

Address Book Clearout 2.0

If your contacts have turned into a duplicated mess, Grande Americano’s $5 Address Book Clearout (Mac App Store Link) can help you sort through the rubble and bring order to chaos.

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15:35
iKlip Grip: iPhone Stand and Selfiestick with...

IK Multimedia announced iKlip Grip Tuesday, a single product with that can function as a desktop tripod, grip handle, monopod or tripod adapter. In other words, you can use it as a stand or a selfie stick, and it comes with a Bluetooth shutter button for remotely activating your camera. Its holder is designed to accommodate smartphones of most sizes, as well as cameras. It ships later this month for US$59.99.


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15:09
ShowStoppers & MacTech Team Up for DevFocus at...

ShowStoppers has long put on some of our favorite events at tradeshows (and beyond). They assemble great product and app creators, put them in a room where all the booths are roughly the same size (and not over-adorned with lights and glitz) and only allow media as attendees for a 2-to-4 hour event. Good news: this year it's happening for the first time at WWDC.


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15:06
Apple Replaces Problematic 'Discoveryd'...

In today's fourth OS X 10.10.4 beta, Apple made a significant behind-the-scenes change that could result in improved networking performance for some users -- the removal of the "discoveryd" process. As noted by MacRumors forum members and 9to5Mac, in OS X 10.10.4 beta 4, the discoveryd process has been replaced by mDNSresponder.

Since OS X Yosemite debuted in October, there have been ongoing complaints about discoveryd consuming CPU resources, draining battery life, and causing issues with Wi-Fi. These problems have...

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15:02
Gadget Ogling: A Mighty Little Amp, a Credit Card-...


Thankfully, tinny, terrible laptop speakers seem a relic of the past, but there are still occasions when the built-in audio from your portable computer's speakers or audio jack just doesn't quite cut it. Let's say you're an electronic music luminary traveling the world without the comforts of one's home studio but with an album deadline to meet. You need to hear what's going on. So here's the Apogee Groove, a portable USB amplifier that apparently improves audio all the way from low-bitrate WAV files to high-quality FLAC files.

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14:52
New OS X beta dumps discoveryd, restores...

Apple has fixed a bunch of OS X Yosemite's bugs since releasing it last fall, but one big one remained: the error-prone discoveryd DNS service was still present in 10.10.3, and it was still causing problems.

Today, Apple released a new beta build of the OS X 10.10.4 update, and it turns out that Apple's fix for the problem was the same as ours: 9to5Mac reports that the discoveryd service is gone, and it's been replaced by the mDNSResponder service that handled DNS in Mavericks and older versions. That doesn't mean discoveryd is gone for good—Apple could try to fix its bugs and reinstate it in a future update, or it...

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14:50
If you see Error 3194, Error 17, or 'This...

If iTunes can’t communicate with Apple's software update server, you might see one of these messages.

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14:48
Family purchases and payments

Are you the family organizer? Learn how purchases work with Family Sharing, what you're responsible for, and how to manage family purchases and payments.

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14:42
Report: iOS 9 Maps will finally bring mass transit...

For iPhone users living in a big city where public transportation is oftentimes the quickest way to get around, navigating using Apple’s Maps app has been less than ideal.

According to 9to5Mac, Apple’s Maps app will finally include mass transit service routes and navigation in iOS 9, coming in the fall. The long-awaited Maps integration will allow iPhone users to get directions that take into account bus routes, subway maps, and train schedules. In addition, transit spots like subway stations will be easily visible on the map, and there will be a Transit map view available alongside Standard, Hybrid, and Satellite. Apple is rumored to be announcing these upgrades to Maps during WWDC on June 8.

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14:07
Apple drops discoveryd in latest OS X beta following...

After many complaints from the developer community about poor networking performance on Yosemite, the latest beta of OS X 10.10.4 has dropped discoveryd in favor of the old process used by previous versions of the Mac operating system. This should address many of the network stability issues introduced with Yosemite and its new networking stack.

The discoveryd process has been subject to much criticism in recent months as it causes users to regularly drop WiFi access and causes network shares to list many times over, due to bugs. Many developers, such as Craig Hockenberry, have complained about the buggy software and workarounds have been found to include substituting the older system (called mDNSResponder) back into Yosemite.

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13:50
iOS 9's Upcoming Transit Addition to Maps May...

Apple has been working on adding mass transit routing information to its Maps application for several years, and while the feature appears to be ready to debut as part of iOS 9, it could be limited in scope at launch. The transit service may initially be available only in a small number of cities across the United States, Canada, Europe, and China when iOS 9 is released to the public, according to sources that spoke to 9to5Mac.

San Francisco and New York are said to be two of the locations in the United States where transit directions will be available. Both major cities are known for their public transportation options. In Canada, Toronto will likely gain transit routing options in the Maps app, as will London, Paris, and Berlin in Europe. Cities in China will also be included in the initial launch....

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13:46
News: iOS 9 Transit feature to launch in select...

Following an earlier report that Apple Maps will be adding Transit in iOS 9, a follow-up report by 9to5Mac provides more details on Apple’s initial rollout plans, indicating that at launch the service will be limited to a handful of cities around the world. According to sources familiar with the project, Apple’s Transit service will be coming to only a half-dozen cities at first, with the list including San Francisco and New York in the…

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13:32
Facebook adds restaurant reviews from actual food...

In this post-Yelp era, everyone’s become a food critic. But now Facebook is looking to showcase reviews from people who actually get paid to eat for a living, above the crowdsourced noise.

On Tuesday, The Verge first reported that thousands of restaurants will start integrating reviews from actual food critics on their mobile Facebook Pages. Facebook has partnered with five established publications to source these professional reviews, including Bon AppetitConde Nast Traveler, Eater, New York magazine, and the San Francisco Chronicle. The “Critic Reviews” section is now right above user reviews and includes images and a short blurbs pulled right from media outlet. Clicking on the critic the module takes you to the full review on the publisher’s website.

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13:30
Tip of the Day: Showing badge count for only...

Sometimes dealing with email can be an overwhelming task, and the default settings in the iOS Mail app — showing every unread message on your icon badge — doesn’t make things any easier in that regard. Especially if you’re the sort of person who feels that every red indicator on your home screen has to be dealt with as soon as possible. While alternative email applications and services often do a better job of filtering out and only…

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13:12
About the Apple Lightning docks

You can listen to music, and you can charge and sync an iPhone or iPod touch with an Apple Lightning dock. Learn which iOS device models work with each dock, and how to know which model you have.

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13:11
Opinion: Here’s how Apple can solve its 3 big,...

If you’re reading this article, you already know Apple’s pre-order drill for major new releases: Apple announces a new product, says advance online orders will start at 12:01am on a specific day, and then — when most of its customers are either exhausted or groggy — re-opens its online store to a pent-up frenzy of reservations. Virtually every time, Apple’s most dedicated customers deal with delays and web site loading problems. Sometimes, even if their orders were placed in the first hour or two of sales, they may also face uncertainty over adequate supplies for launch day deliveries.

Despite Apple CEO Tim Cook’s suggestion that the Apple Watch rollout could not be going better, his customers have widely deemed it a disaster: some unlucky people who pre-ordered Apple Watches in the first 10 minutes still haven’t received anything a full month later. Meanwhile...

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13:10
Charge your iPhone and iPod touch

Find out what you need to charge the battery and what to do if you see a low-battery alert on your device. 

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12:55
iOS 9 Transit Maps to launch in a handful of cities...

While Apple plans to debut its own mass transit directions service for Maps in iOS 9 as soon as June, the rollout will not be as ambitious as some users may have hoped. In its first iteration, Apple’s Transit service will only support approximately a half-dozen cities across the United States, Canada, and Europe, in addition to China, according to sources…

In the United States, the planned launch cities are San Francisco and New York, two major metropolitan areas that are known for public transportation, while Toronto will be likely Canada’s sole representative for the iOS 9 Maps Transit feature at...

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12:42
External Link: Charter Sets Its Sights on Time Warner

With regulators having nixed Comcast’s bid to purchase Time Warner Cable, rival Charter Communications has stepped in with a $56.7 billion bid. The deal is expected to close by the end of the year. While the acquisition will face regulatory scrutiny, it’s not expected to be as intense as that experienced by Comcast when it attempted to buy Time Warner.

 

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12:40
HiRise Apple Watch Stand is Beautiful, Well...

The HiRise Apple Watch stand from Twelve South elevates the Apple Watch beautifully, integrates the inductive charger, and showcases the smartwatch for charging overnight. It works with any model Apple Watch and bands and is a step above the ordinary in design.


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12:39
External Link: A Bit of Fry and Ive

British comedian and self-described Apple “fanboi” Stephen Fry got the rare chance to break some news from inside Apple: Jony Ive is being promoted to Chief Design Officer, with Richard Howarth serving under him as head of Industrial Design and Alan Dye serving as head of User Interface. Alongside the news, Fry toured the site of Apple’s new campus with Ive and CEO Tim Cook, and Fry shared a story about how he once annoyed Steve Jobs.

 

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12:27
Minecraft Pocket Edition for iOS updated w/ skins,...

Mojang today announced a huge update to its popular Minecraft Pocket Edition app for iPhone and iPad. The big focus of the update is access to new free and paid skins for characters (as pictured above):

Skins are the way you change the appearance of your Minecraft character. Instead of looking like Alex or Steve, you can roll with a different vibe, like a butcher, dog, or plumber. Skins are purely cosmetic – they don’t affect the way the game plays or give you any special abilities.

Paid skins are available to purchase in bundles, but users can...

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12:08
iPhone 6S will reportedly include new Force Touch...

Do you wish you could do more than just swipe and tap on your iPhone screen? If the rumors are correct, pretty soon you will be able to interact with the iPhone in another cool way.

According to 9to5Mac, the forthcoming iPhone 6S will include a “Force Touch” feature that will allow users to drop a pin in Maps, create an event in Calendar, and perform other quick functions by simply pressing more deeply on the screen. The Force Touch feature was first introduced with the Apple Watch earlier this year. On the Watch, Force Touch allows you to clear your notifications, compose a new message in the Messages app, share your locations in Maps, and a bunch of other interactions.

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12:05
People are flipping their Apple Watch BOXES for more...

Jordan Kahn’s DIY Apple Watch charging case

The market for buying and flipping Apple Watches at a profit established itself in less time than it took Apple to deliver the first round of watches to pre-order customers. Taking entrepreneurialism way up to the next level, some ambitious Apple Watch owners are now taking to eBay to sell their Apple Watch boxes for a profit. Not the Apple Watch itself; just the packaging.

In one instance, the seller is actually asking more for the Apple Watch box itself, no watch included, than some retailers are asking for whole Android Wear watches. Talk about an Apple tax… err...

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11:56
PDFKey Pro for OS X locks, unlocks password-...

Briksoftware has announced PDFKey Pro 4.3 (http://pdfkey.com) for Mac OS X and Windows. It's an upgrade of the utility that locks and unlocks password-protected PDF documents.

PDFKey Pro removes editing and printing passwords by creating exact copies of PDF documents, but without the password. It instantly removes viewing passwords, but only if said password is provided beforehand. You can lock PDF files by creating perfect copies, but protected with either, or both, a viewing password and a password to restrict usage permissions (printing and copying) to the files.

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11:53
Large fire breaks out at Apple’s Mesa Arizona...


Update: It appears that the fire has been put out. NO injuries. Reports are that the fire was isolated to the Solar panels on the roof.

Local Media reports indicate that Apple’s Mesa Arizona facility is on fire.

Mesa fire said the fire is located near Elliot and Signal Butte Roads in east Mesa. The fire appears to be on the roof of the building over a loading dock. The fire does not appear to burning inside the building itself, officials said. No other information is known.

Apple has planned on using the building as a data processing plant after it was picked up in the GTAdvanced Bankruptcy. ...

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11:43
24U Releases 24U SimpleFile Plug-In 3.0 for...

24U Software (www.24usoftware.com/) has launched 24U SimpleFile Plug-In 3.0, an upgrade of the 24U SimpleFile Plug-In for managing files and folders directly from FileMaker Pro or FileMaker Server.

The update adds new features, along with support for 64-bit FileMaker Pro 14 and FileMaker Server 12, 13, and 14. 24U SimpleFile Plug-In 3.0 brings support for running applications from the solution, compressing and decompressing files and folders, and introduces new options for file selection dialogs.

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11:40
PageMeUp for Mac OS X upped to version 1.2.1

Softobe has introduced PageMeUp 1.2.1 (http://www.softobe.com/pagemeup.html), an update to the layout editor for Mac OS X 10.9 or higher.

With PageMeUp, you create a document, choose its page format, size and background color, set the margins, bleed, custom guides, rows and columns and even apply RGB or CMYK ICC color profiles. Then you can drag, import or paste images and text onto the PageMeUp document and place/resize them on the page.

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11:18
9to5Toys Last Call: iPad mini 2 128GB w/ LTE $370,...

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:
Last Call Updates:

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11:00
Twelve South HiRise for Apple Watch: Simply beautiful

Twelve South HiRise for Apple Watch. Photo ©2015, Steven Sande. All rights reserved.

Over the past few weeks we’ve talked about some charging stands for the Apple Watch. Pad & Quill’s Timber Catchall is a solid wood beauty, the Duet Dock features a solid aluminum iPhone/Watch charging solution, as does the Night Stand Kickstarter project (which doesn’t appear to be making it into production...). Today I’m looking at the Twelve South HiRise for Apple Watch (US$49.99), a compact and sturdy Watch charging stand that’s now shipping.

Design

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10:29
CarPlay support added to MLB At Bat iPhone app

There’s one more app joining Apple’s small list of road-ready apps for the car today as MLB At Bat for iPhone has been updated with CarPlay support. MLB At Bat version 8.2 adds its own CarPlay interface for iPhone users with supported in-dash receivers in the car. The app’s game audio streaming is expected to be the focus of the CarPlay version, although the menu has been empty for me in testing as no games are currently being played until this evening.

The baseball-focused app follows recent audiobook service additions from Auidobooks....

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10:29
Apple reportedly considering $1.6b bond sale in Japan

Apple financial engineering is nothing to sniff at: with nearly $200 billion in cash, they have a lot of flexibility to initiate capital trades. Following a major seven-part domestic bond sale in the US, Nikkei reports it is now looking to do something similar in Japan.

Apple is interested in Japan due to comparatively lower interest rates than the US so it can sell debt more cheaply there than it could elsewhere. The report notes Apple is looking at a bond sale of about $200 billion in yen, which is equivalent to over $1.6 billion dollars. Apple...

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10:25
Review: Griffin WatchStand for Apple Watch

Griffin's WatchStand ($30) is one of the first Apple Watch stands to hit the market. WatchStand is made of plastic and rubber — the most visible portions of the stand are almost all black plastic. Notably, Griffin has come up with a few very clever and welcome touches for its stand. The first is cord management, as an inner rubber core allows users to wrap the Apple Watch's long charging cable around it, significantly cutting down on the amount of exposed cable which needs to be fed out the bottom of the stand. The other bit of inspired design is an asymmetrical weighted base with a wedge, which allows iPhone users to charge the device while displaying it for viewing. WatchStand includes a small rubber spacer to be used with the stainless steel Apple Watch charger.{/exp:char_limit}
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10:03
Is Home Where HomeKit's Heart Is?


Apple reportedly is preparing to launch an app called "Home" to act as an interface for setting up and managing smart devices that plug into its HomeKit framework. The Home app is expected to manage thermostats, smoke alarms, garage door openers, door locks, and other automated home tech. Apple already has announced that some HomeKit products will be making their debut at this year's WWDC, which will be held next month in San Francisco. It's possible the Home app could be unveiled there as well.

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10:00
Feed the Line is a tricky precision game for iPhone...

Feed the Line (free, universal) is a precision game from Touchdown Games with one rule: push rising blocks into a line in the center of the screen before they reach the top. Sounds easy, but this game is kicking my backside.

The game is played in landscape orientation, with the line bisecting the play area. There's are "fingers" on the far left- and right-hand sides, pointing towards the center. As you play, small, colorful blocks rise from the bottom on the screen. You must push them onto the line before they reach the top of the screen by tapping left or right to extend the fingers and give them a nudge. The longer the tap, the further the fingers extends. Once three blocks reach the top of the screen outside of the line, the game is over.



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10:00
OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 (14E26a) Now Available

OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 (14E26a) Now Available

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10:00
OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 (14E26a) Now Available

OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 (14E26a) Now Available

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09:59
Apple Seeds Fourth OS X 10.10.4 Yosemite Beta to...

Apple today seeded the fourth beta of OS X 10.10.4 to developers, just over two weeks after releasing the third OS X 10.10.4 beta and a month after releasing the first OS X 10.10.4 beta. OS X 10.10.4 has been in testing since mid April, following the early April release of OS X 10.10.3 with the new Photos for OS X app.

The new beta, build 14E26a, can be downloaded through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store or through the Mac Developer Center.

OS X 10.10.3 brought several consumer-facing changes including the new Photos for OS X app, a redesigned emoji picker, and diversified emoji, but OS X 10.10.4 appears to be an under-the-hood update that brings performance enhancements and bug fixes. Thus far, OS X 10.10.4 betas have not included outward facing design...

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09:54
Cowen Analyst Bullish on Apple due to the Strong...

According to a new report this morning, Cowen’s Apple analyst, Timothy Arcuri, projects that Apple could sell 50 million iPhones in the June quarter which would offset continued iPad weakness ...

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09:42
What Jony Ive's new job means for Apple design

Without designer Jony Ive, Apple as the world knows it wouldn’t exist. Macs, iPhones, and iPads certainly wouldn’t be as iconic without Ive’s industrial magic. The Cupertino company has always prized Ive’s skills, but now the former senior VP of design is joining CEO Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri in the C-suite as Apple’s first ever Chief Design Officer.

Ive established a signature look for Apple’s core device lineup and ushered in a new product category this year with Apple Watch. In his new role, which takes effect July 1 and was announced in a memo from Cook to Apple employees as well as a glowing profile of Ive in The Telegraph, the design chief can focus his ambitions on high-level, grand-scale design projects...

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09:14
Apple hiring spree looks to improve iTunes search,...

A large set of Apple job listings posted on Tuesday suggests the company is looking to make major improvements to iTunes, particularly in search and music discovery at the iTunes Store.

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09:09
IDC's 2015 Smartphone Forecast Looks Bad for...

According to a new smartphone forecast from IDC, shipments are expected to grow 11.3% in 2015, which is down from 27.6% in 2014. IDC sees bad news ahead for Android but great news for Apple.

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09:00
How OneNote can evolve education

Today’s post on OneNote was written by Michael Williams, Social Science teacher at Weston Ranch High School, Manteca USD.

I am a young educator who grew up in an educator family and have seen many movements to increase the amount of technology used in the classroom—but many of these were short term blips. Education has essentially been conducted in the same manner for thousands of years. A teacher passes on knowledge of a topic to the student and the student writes down the information. The student then studies the information to master the content. OneNote is the next technology step in the classroom evolution.

OneNote allows me to adapt learning to each of my students needs by being able to check on my students work at any time. I can assess instant progress so I can adapt my teaching to better serve each student’s needs. It allows the student to create their own database of information and to become less dependent on the instructor.

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09:00
Driving Yammer adoption, one business team at a time

Today’s post was written by Andy Jankowski, founder and managing director for Enterprise Strategies, a Microsoft partner.

When I first read Gartner’s prediction that,” Through 2015, 80 percent of social business efforts will fail to achieve the intended benefits due to an overemphasis on technology and inadequate leadership involvement*,” I laughed and then, I cried. For the last five years, my company, Enterprise Strategies has helped Fortune 500 organizations roll out enterprise social networks and establish a new, more social way of working. It all started when a group of ex-management consultants recognized the potential of social inside of companies, and thought they could make a dent in the information silos, broken communication chains, and inefficient or non-existent collaboration processes of large corporations. What we didn’t realize is that what seemed so obvious to us, was viewed by many as not important...

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09:00
How a Macedonian teacher incorporates mobile...

Today post on OneNote was written by Marija Petreska and Hristo Uzunov from a primary school in Drugovo Macedonia.

The one thing my students carry with them at all times is their phones, so I often think of ways they can be used in the service of education. My students use a lot of apps they aren’t aware that can be used for learning—like Instagram for sharing photos and videos, Tumblr for digital vocabulary walls, SoundCloud for building an audio library and finally Office Lens for streamlining class work.

When I first installed Office Lens, I was already using Scannable and CamScanner and thought it was just another pocket scanner, so I didn’t pay much attention to the send to OneNote, Word or OneDrive feature. It was at the...

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09:00
AWT Health Club: Keeping your brain sharp

Last week's Health Club topic was motivation; it appears that I needed some. My week was pathetically bad, with my excuses being that I had to move my parents back to their home after my Dad's stay at a local skilled nursing facility and that once again, it was rainy. On the plus side, this week is forecast to be sunnier, warmer and drier than last, and I will be able to devote more time to my health.

Our topic this week is keeping your brain sharp. Work by scientists and the medical research community has shown that it should be possible for the brain to be “trained” to create new pathways and places for memory and cognition to occur. You’ve probably seen and heard ads from Lumosity, which talk about neuroplasticity and how their games can help memory and other brain skills at any age.

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08:53
iOS 9 to Feature Force Touch With Haptic Feedback,...

Following a recent report suggesting that iOS 9 could feature "Rootless" security, "Trusted Wi-Fi" and support for legacy A5-based devices, today 9to5Mac reiterated on a few smaller-scale improvements to Apple's next major software version that could have a big impact on the overall experience for iPhone and iPad users.

The next-generation iPhone will feature some form of Force Touch as one of the biggest new additions to the hardware, a rumor that has been circulating since the beginning of the year and only gaining forward...

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08:42
Watch Effect: Apple's iPhone, iPad could learn...

In Apple's post-Watch world, pressing a button to bring your iPhone to life just feels wrong, something akin to plugging a Retina MacBook into an ethernet jack --?a procedural relic of a time gone by. Tap-to-wake has arrived, and we hope it's here to stay.

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08:30
News: Report: iOS 9 to feature Force Touch support,...

Apple has designed iOS 9 to support Force Touch capability — rumored to be coming in next-generation iPhones — and is making improvements to the OS keyboard, according to a report from 9to5Mac. Apple’s updated iOS 9 will offer similar functionality to the Force Touch trackpads in new MacBooks, integrating the new technology to bring pressure-sensitive scrolling to media players. Force Touch will also modify the way users look up words, allow…

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08:15
Jony Ive is Apple’s “Chief Design Officer,” steps...

Jony Ive's role at Apple is changing again. When Scott Forstall was pushed aside in 2012, Ive was promoted to oversee both hardware and software design at the company. Now he's being promoted again, according to a profile by Stephen Fry in The Telegraph. As Apple's Chief Design Officer, Ive will still oversee hardware and software design, but he'll hand off day-to-day management to Richard Howarth and Alan Dye, respectively.

9to5Mac also has an internal memo from CEO Tim Cook:

Design is one of the most important ways we communicate with our customers, and our...

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08:13
Rumor: Next-gen iPhone to feature 12-megapixel Sony...

It’s a rumor, but it’s a rumor that could point towards an really nifty camera for the next-gen iPhone.

A recent report states that the next-gen iPhone will arrive with a 12-megapixel Sony sensor that makes use of the firm’s RGBW technology to help with low-light photography.

Sources downplayed the possibility of a dual-camera setup with wide-angle and telephoto lenses, but noted that RGBW means an alleged switch to smaller pixels won’t come at the expense of low-light imaging.

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus both employ 8-megapixel sensors with larger-than-average pixels designed to improve light sensitivity. RGBW makes use of an extra white...

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08:01
Midas Touch Kickstarter project looks to bring DIY...

If you don’t want to shell out US$10,000 or more for the 18 karat gold Apple Watch Edition, you can invest in a Kickstarter to be able to spend about US$100 to have the base model Apple Watch plated in 24 karat gold.

The Midas Touch Kickstarter project, started by chemist Eric Knoll, offers a step-by-step kit for applying a 24K gold plating to your Apple Watch. The kit itself starts at just under US$100, and goes up to US$150 if you have a steel band to cover in addition to the watch casing itself. This works as a cheaper solution to sending your Apple Watch along to a company to do the work.

The kit will allow you to touch up the plating with...

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07:57
Windows 10 users working with an iPhone will be able...

Microsoft is announcing today that a "Phone Companion" app that's built-in to Windows 10 will help users connect their Windows PC to whatever phone they own, be it a Windows phone, an iPhone or one that uses Android. The video below explains their new app.

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07:38
External Link: Josh Centers Looks Ahead to Apple TV...

After spending a month with the Apple Watch, Managing Editor Josh Centers joined Tech Night Owl host Gene Steinberg to discuss his experience with it, as well as what he’s expecting from the rumored Apple TV update. Josh also discusses market interest in 4K television and his brief experience with AOL.

 

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07:36
The Apple Watch secretly gets you to exercise

Marco Arment captures the spirit behind the Apple Watch as an exercise driver. Love this.

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07:34
Microsoft announces Cortana for iOS, Android devices...

If you were thinking of dropping Siri for another personal assistant, Microsoft has something on the way.

Microsoft announced on Tuesday that its Cortana personal digital assistant will be available for iOS and Android devices later this year. Windows 10 will also feature a new “Phone Companion” app as a central place for PC users to install Cortana and other Windows-related apps for iPhone, Android and Windows Phone.

Cortana was unveiled on Windows Phone 8.1 last April as the company’s answer to Siri and Google Now, and the company is also bringing the personal digital assistant to the desktop as part of Windows 10 this summer. Cortana’s...

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07:23
News: Microsoft confirms Cortana coming to iOS this...

Cortana — Microsoft’s answer to Siri — will be available to iPhone users through the App Store later this year, according to a blog post from Microsoft. Cortana will manage various functions across both an iPhone and Windows 10 PC — Microsoft notes that its “Cortana app can do most of the things Cortana does on your PC or on a Windows phone.” It will be able to answer questions, provide reminders, make notes, track flights…

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07:22
Great design: Shoes that will grow with your kid

Take a look at these shoes. True, they are more sandals than shoes, but they are US$12 (in bulk) and are designed to last through many years of foot growth.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:17
Cocktail 8.4 - General maintenance and optimization...

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets you clean, repair and optimize your Mac. It is a powerful digital toolset that helps hundreds of thousands of Mac users around the world get the most out of their computers every day.

The application serves up a perfect mix of maintenance tools and tweaks, all accessible through a clean and easy to use interface. Cocktail's features are arranged into five categories that helps you manage various aspects of your computer. It also comes with an automatic Pilot-mode that allows you to simply press a button and relax, knowing that Cocktail will take care of the rest.



Version 8.4:

Note: Cocktail (Yosemite Edition) requires OS X 10.10 Yosemite to run.

  • Added ability to clear applications (App Store, Automator, Contacts, Dashboard, Dictionary, Game Center, iBooks, iTunes, Maps, Photos, System Preferences, Xcode) caches
  • Added compatibility with OS...
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07:13
Force Touch is poised to rule all Apple devices

M.G. Siegler asks: if there was no Apple Watch, would Apple have come up with Force Touch at all?

My 2 cents: I don’t think Apple Watch was in anyone’s mind when Force Touch was patented.

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07:06
Samsung may shake-up the Credit Card Industry by...

Credit card companies are keeping a close watch on Samsung's moves, since Samsung Pay has the potential to make the supply network of terminals at affiliated stores powerless with its own NFC technique.

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06:59
Charter confirms Time Warner Cable takeover in deal...

Charter Communications on Tuesday confirmed plans to buy fellow cable operator Time Warner Cable for $55.33 billion, as well as smaller cable outfit Bright House Networks for $10.4 billion.

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06:49
Brattoo Propaganda Software introduces PhotoBee for...

Brattoo Propaganda Software has introduced PhotoBee (http://brattoo.com/propaganda/) for Mac OS X. It lets you scan your iMessages for photos and movies, and then download them to keep them along with the rest of your photos.

With PhotoBee, you can select which contacts you wish to scan, as well as choose the destination to save the files. The app will scan through all your messages in iMessages and list all found photos and movies so that you can browse them and choose which ones to save.

PhotoBee requires Mac OS X 10.8 or higher. It costs US$7.95. A demo is available for download.

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06:49
News: Apple creates Chief Design Officer role for...

Jony Ive is taking on the role of Chief Design Officer at Apple, as revealed in The Telegraph. Ive had been Apple’s Senior Vice President of Design for years prior, controlling both the industrial design for devices and the interfaces which run on the finished products since 2012. The promotion leaves Ive at the helm of Apple’s design process, but as of July 1 he will hand off day-to-day duties to new Vice President of Industrial Design…

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06:47
Microsoft's Cortana coming to the iPhone

Microsoft has announced that it will bring its digital assistant, Cortana, to the iPhone later this year. The company says it will be a "companion" to the Windows 10 PC version of the service, and not the full Cortana for mobile experience:

"Some features require access to the system that aren't currently possible with iOS or Android, so things like toggling settings or opening apps won't initially be available in the Cortana companions for those platforms. Similarly, the ability to invoke Cortana hands-free by saying "Hey Cortana" requires special integration with the device's microphone, so that feature will be limited to Windows Phones and PCs."

Our take on the news:

Like digital assistants? Well here's one more for your iPhone, due within the next few...

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06:44
What Jony Ive’s “promotion” to Chief Design Officer...

Seth Weintraub, writing for 9to5mac, digs into the Jony Ive’s promotion to Chief Design Officer over the Memorial Day Weekend. Interesting conjecture.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:32
Microsoft Announces Cortana For iPhone Available...

Microsoft today announced that its Cortana personal digital assistant will be available for iPhone and Android smartphones later this year, after multiple rumors hinting at cross-platform expansion of the service over the past year. Windows 10 will also feature a new "Phone Companion" app as a central place for PC users to install Cortana and other Windows-related apps for iPhone, Android and Windows Phone.

Microsoft unveiled Cortana on Windows Phone 8.1 last April as the company's answer to Siri and Google Now, and the company is also bringing the personal digital assistant to the desktop as part of Windows 10 this...

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06:29
Citing 'long tail' of iPhone 6 & 6...

Projecting that iPhone sales will again top 50 million in the current June quarter, investment firm Cowen and Company raised its price target on Apple stock to $140 on Tuesday, on continued strong sales of the flagship iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

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06:23
MacPaw releases new platform for Mac app dev,...

MacPaw has released a new platform for app development and distribution that is an essential tool for selling apps outside Mac App Store: DevMate (http://devmate.com/).

It’s a two-fold platform designed to help developers with app distribution, collection of data, and analysis. DevMate consists of its SDK [software development kit] and its Dashboard. The SDK, DevMateKit, is designed to make it easy to integrate activations, update delivery, feedback collection, and crash report collection.

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06:22
Siri will have competition this year as Microsoft...

Reuters reported back in March that Microsoft planned to bring its Siri competitor Cortana to iOS, and Microsoft has now officially confirmed this in a blog post.

Today, we’re announcing a Cortana application for Android phones and for iPhones which works as a companion to Cortana on your Windows 10 PC. The ‘Phone Companion’ app on the PC will help you install the Cortana app from the Google Play or Apple App Store onto your phone so you’ll be able to take the intelligence of Cortana with you, wherever you go […]

The Cortana...

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06:21
Apple Granted 44 Patents Today Covering Vehicle...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 44 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's patent relating to the future CarPlay service of locating your car in a parking lot. We also cover ...

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06:20
Local Content Deals to Delay Apple’s Streaming TV...

Apple most likely won't launch its rumored streaming television service this fall thanks to content licensing deals for local content. The company wants to include local TV stations as part of its service, but swinging the deals is proving to be a difficult task.

The Mac Observer Spin: If Apple really wants to disrupt the current television distribution model, deals with local stations across the country would play a significant role. Considering how difficult it is to line up those deals, however, Apple may have to make a decision to keep waiting, or launch with just a handful of stations and hope more come on board over time.


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06:14
Microsoft bringing Cortana to Apple's iOS via...

iOS is set to become the epicenter of a battle between personal digital assistant technologies from Apple, Google, and Microsoft, as the Windows maker revealed Tuesday that Cortana would join Siri and Google Now on Apple's mobile platform.

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06:07
News: Daily Deal: AirServer Mirroring Receiver

Today in iLounge Deals you can pick up AirServer Mirroring Receiver for only $9.99 – that 33% off the regular price. Allowing you to AirPlay anything from your Phone, iPad or iPod touch to your monitor, AirServer basically turns your Mac into an Apple TV, letting you beam content from your iOS devices to your bigger display. Anything you can stream over AirPlay can be streamed to AirServer, including content from third-party apps like BBC iPlayer,…

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06:00
Improve The Battery Performance On Your Apple Watch

When I first got it, the battery on my Apple Watch didn’t last throughout a day. I knew that I had to charge it every night before I bought it, but I thought it would have lasted me all day. Now it does. Don’t kill the functionality that you want from an Apple Watch.

Instead, pick and choose the things you don’t mind loosing, otherwise the watch might just be somewhat useless to you. So here’s a list of the things I experimented with:

  • Put the device into Power Saving Mode: OK, so this basically kills the use of the watch. You could also put the watch into airplane mode. This stuff is really if you won’t be using the watch for awhile. You know, like on a flight.
  • Disable the heart-rate monitor on the watch during your workouts. This only helps during workouts and has a negative impact in that you aren’t tracking heart rate and you get...
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05:32
Opinion: Should AAPL stockholders be worried about...


The Apple world this morning seems divided between those who seemingly haven’t grasped the implications of Apple’s ‘promotion’ of Jony Ive, merely taking Cook’s memo at face value, and those switching into full-on ‘Apple is doomed’ mode. The reality is, I think, a little more nuanced.

It seems pretty clear that this move is, as Seth outlined earlier, about Ive taking more of a backseat role – and especially being able to spend a lot more time back in England. Apple’s decision to announce the news on a day when the US markets were closed was obviously not coincidence.

Apple didn’t want to see a knee-jerk panic reaction on Wall Street setting its...

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05:23
Jony Ive promoted to Chief Design Officer at Apple

With the scope of his design work having gradually expanded over the last few years, Jony Ive, Apple's senior vice president for design, will now hold the title of Chief Design Officer, says Tim Cook in a company memo, as noted by 9to5Mac.com.

At the same time, Ive will hand over "day-to-day managerial responsibilities" for industrial and UI [user interface] design to execs Richard Howarth and Alan Dye on July 1.

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04:48
Apple loses tablet share for second successive...

For the second quarter in a row, Apple lost a substantial share of the tablet market as shipments declined and growth of the overall market remained stagnant, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com).

For the fourth quarter (4Q) 2014, Apple shipped 21.42 million iPads, causing the company to experience an 18% year-over-year (YoY) decline. In its most recent quarter, the results for 1Q 2015 depicted the company only shipping 12.62 million iPads, resulting in a 23% year-over-year (YoY) decline.

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04:41
ChordsMaestro for Mac OS X adds support for left-...

Neonway has updated ChordsMaestro (http://neonway.com/apps/chordsmaestro), a music app for Mac OS X, to version 1.5.

The utility enables anyone to play and save chords of their favorite songs on seven different instruments. ChordsMaestro is designed for beginners, hobby musicians, music students, and fun to use for music lovers of all levels. The 1.5 update includes support for left-handed users, volume control, piano photos for right hand and images for flat sign representation.

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04:20
Kool Tools: Duplicate, a copy and paste tool for Mac...

MacDaddy's Duplicate 1.0 is a Mac OS X Yosemite application that enhances the Finder's standard copy and paste functionality by making them more efficient, as well as performing approximately 10% faster than stock copy and paste methods.

Duplicate can also copy large folders with no issues involving file permissions, as well as the ability to copy entire volumes, creating an exact duplicate bootable copy of the original volume. It installs itself as an option into the contextual menu that appears when you Control-Click or right-click a file, folder, or drive.

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04:15
Quincy for Mac OS X released

RoGame Software (http://www.rogame.com) has released Quincy for Mac OS X. It's a music composition tool with editing and playback capabilities, plus MIDI integration into sequencers and DAWs alike.

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04:14
New Accelsior S PCIe Card Brings 6Gb/s speeds to any...

Other World Computing (OWC) has announced the Accelsior S, a new PCIe card with direct mount support for a 2.5” SATA 6Gb/s SSD. It enables PC, Mac Pro tower and Thunderbolt interface expansion chassis users to add additional storage.  

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04:04
A Unique Collage of Jony Ive Photos

In today's report we present a collage of photos highlighting Jony Ives ...

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03:39
Beats Headphone Suppliers are trying to Break into...

Although some of Merry Electronics acoustic components have been verified by Apple, the Taiwan-based headset component maker needs to exert more effort in order to enter Apple's iPhone supply chain.

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03:26
Simplo Technology Under Pressure by Chinese...

According to a new supply chain rumor, Taiwan-based Simplo Technology is coming under strong pressure from China makers in competition for Apple's battery orders for the next-generation iPhone.

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03:09
Apple is granted a Patent for a Dual-Purpose Fusion...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 44 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's invention related to a new kind of dual purpose keyboard that Apple refers to as a "fusion keyboard."

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02:39
Apple Design Guru Jony Ive Named Chief Design Officer

An anonymous reader writes: Jony Ive, Apple's senior VP of design has been promoted to the role of Chief Design Officer. Ive became Apple's chief of industrial design in 1997. Under Ive's direction, Apple's put out an impressive list of products including the iMac, iPod, and iPad. "In this new role, he will focus entirely on current design projects, new ideas and future initiatives," said chief executive Tim Cook in a memo. "Jony is one of the most talented and accomplished designers of his generation, with an astonishing 5,000 design and utility patents to his name."


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02:26
Apple Promotes Jony Ive to Chief Design Officer,...

Jony Ive has a brand new and ever so nifty title: Chief Design Officer. It's a brand new position created just for him, and it comes with two new vice presidents in charge of industrial design and user interface who report directly to him. Bryan Chaffin has the details.


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01:33
Apple's multitouch 'fusion keyboard'...

Apple on Tuesday was granted a patent describing a dual-purpose keyboard that sports touch sensors overlaid atop mechanical keys depressible to two more levels, affording users both multitouch gesture control and conventional keystroke entry without having to remove their hands from the device.

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Monday May 25

19:26
Samsung's Iron Man edition Galaxy S6 Edge lacks...

With Samsung being an active promoter of Marvel's latest Avengers movie, it's no surprise to see the tech giant releasing some sort of special edition product to sweeten the deal. Why yes, it's an Iron Man limited edition Galaxy S6 Edge with matching...

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18:24
What Jony Ive’s ‘promotion’ to Chief Design Officer...

A lot of folks are taking Sir Jonathan Ive’s just announced title of as Chief Design Officer at face value. Congratulations are in order and all that. But there is a lot more going on than a title change.

Ive basically runs the show at Apple and can do or have just about anything he wants. Titles aren’t of any significance, especially to someone with as little ego and indifference to such things as Ive. There is clearly more to the story than Apple is telling us. 

Announcing the role change on a US Federal holiday and effective on 2015H2 day 1 –July 1st is something big, planned and perhaps not to be taken as lightly as it is being portrayed.

Let’s look at the...

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18:12
Sir Jonathan Ive is now Officially Apple's...

Until now, Ive’s job title has been Senior Vice President of Design. Today that officially changed to Chief Design Officer.

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18:05
Jony Ive Named Chief Design Officer at Apple, Alan...

Apple today announced the appointment of Jony Ive to a newly created position of Chief Design Officer, allowing him to continue overseeing design aspects of numerous projects within the company while turning over the day-to-day management of the design teams to Richard Howarth and Alan Dye, who have both been elevated to vice president positions. Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the changes today in a company-wide email.

Alan Dye, Jony Ive, and Richard Howarth (Gabriela Hasbun for The Telegraph)Team,

I have exciting news to share with you today. I am happy to announce that Jony Ive is being promoted to the newly created position of Chief Design Officer at Apple.

Jony is one of the most talented and accomplished designers of his generation, with an astonishing 5000 design and utility patents to his name. His new role is a reflection of the scope of work he has been doing at Apple for some time. Jony’s design responsibilities have expanded from hardware and,...

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17:24
Microsoft is Exploring ways to Bring Next-Gen...

Microsoft introduced a possible Oculus Rift killer in January called the HoloLens. Whether they can get that to market for Xbox games in a timely manner is another matter. Microsoft updated and discussed their HoloLens device last month during their BUILD developer conference. Now a patent application has been discovered by Patently Mobile that illustrates how Microsoft is trying to bring a part of their HoloLens experience ...

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17:12
∞ The Dalrymple Report with Merlin Mann: The Least...

Merlin and Jim have some fun with reader questions, talk about Apple’s MacBook lineup, look at the benefits of sleep tracking, and give some advice on guitar software for beginners.

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16:27
Jony Ive promoted to Chief Design Officer

Until now, Ive’s job title has been Senior Vice President of Design. But I can reveal that he has just been promoted and is now Apple’s Chief Design Officer. It is therefore an especially exciting time for him.

Inside the fabled design studio (cloths over the long tables hiding the exciting new prototypes from prying eyes like mine) Jony has two people with him. They too have been promoted as part of Ive’s new role.

One is Richard Howarth, English as Vimto. “Richard is going to be our new head of Industrial Design,” says Jony. “And this is Alan Dye, the new head of User Interface.” Dye is a tall, amiable American.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:20
Mapbox: Add beautiful maps to your iOS app [Sponsor]

Mapbox lets iOS developers add beautiful maps to their applications. Our building blocks make it easy to swap out Apple maps with our open source SDK. Choose the map design that fits your app and feels good in your hand.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:39
Apple's Jony Ive promoted to Chief Design...

Longtime Apple designer Jony Ive has been promoted from SVP of Design to a new position called Chief Design Officer, which will see the star designer relinquish day-to-day oversight of industrial design and user interface operations to take on a wider array of projects.

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14:33
Jony Ive promoted to ‘Chief Design Officer’, handing...

Alan Dye, Jony Ive, and Richard Howarth

Apple’s Jony Ive has served as the company’s Senior Vice President of Design for several years now, but Apple has announced today that the executive is being named Chief Design Officer (a newly-created position). Additionally, Ive and will be handing the managerial reins of both the industrial and software design units at Apple over to two new leaders on July 1st.

Richard Howarth will become VP of Industrial Design and focus on hardware. Howarth has been part of the iPhone team since the very first generation of the device was in development.

Alan Dye will now be VP of User Interface Design, which covers both desktop and mobile devices. He was a key player in iOS 7’s major redesign as well as the work on the new Watch OS interface. Both of these...

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13:49
Tip of the Day: Navigating through songs and videos...

While it’s been around since iOS 3.0, you may not realize that you can actually vary the speed at which you adjust the position – known as “scrubbing” – through a song or video to allow you to navigate to a specific position with greater precision. This works in most of the built-in iOS apps such as Video, Music, and Podcasts, although it may not be available in third-party apps depending on the playback methods they use. When…

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13:38
Get help using iCloud Calendar

Learn what to do if you’re having issues using iCloud Calendar. For example, the changes that you make to a calendar might not appear on all of your devices.

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12:49
Charter said to be nearing $55B deal to buy Time...

Charter Communications is on the verge of buying out rival Time Warner Cable in a cash-and-stock deal worth approximately $55.1 billion, a report said on Monday.

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11:02
Apple's iPhone 6s could add 12MP Sony camera...

The next-generation iPhone will reportedly sport a camera with a 12-megapixel Sony sensor that makes use of the firm's RGBW technology to help with low-light photography.

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10:14
$100 kit lets you plate Apple Watch with 24K gold...


We’ve seen a number of solutions for getting a gold Apple Watch without spending the $10,000+ price Apple charges for the 18 Karat gold Apple Watch edition. We went hands-on with one of the first companies doing gold plating for Apple Watch, but that requires you to mail-in the device and pay approximately $400 on top of the Watch’s retail price (depending on the model).

Another option is this $100 DIY kit that offers an easy step by step solution for gold plating the Watch yourself with 24K gold…...

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09:34
How to back up Apple Watch settings & data

Backing up Apple Watch doesn’t work exactly like your iOS device, and some of the data on the watch— like Workout and Activity calibration data, for example— won’t be included in your backup. Head below to learn exactly how to back up your Apple Watch, what to expect when doing so, and how to access the data if need be.

There’s a couple ways to initiate a back up of your Apple Watch, but so far the process is tied to the iPhone back up process.

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09:26
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPad Air 2 16GB $400, ZAGG 50...

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:

iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi in all colors: 16GB $400 (Reg. $499), 128GB...

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09:02
Rumor: Microsoft interested in acquiring BlackBerry

Microsoft is rumored to be talking with investment firms about the prospect of buying out Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry, likely motivated by a desire to deepen its foray into the mobile enterprise and gain access to BlackBerry's patent trove.

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08:04
The Korean Press Sift through Patent Statistics in...

A Korean report published today is trying to figure out what Apple is up to in the future and they've turned to studying Apple's patent statistics for 2014 to achieve that.

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07:59
Watch Effect: How the Digital Crown and Force Touch...

Even staunch Apple Watch detractors have to admire the technology Apple managed to pack into its first wearable platform. As Apple's "most personal device ever," Watch boasts multiple advancements to the user interface, two of which -- Force Touch and UI concepts invented alongside the Digital Crown -- we'd like to see in future iPhones and iPads.

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07:08
National Security Agency's bulk phone metadata...

The Obama administration has decided not to ask a secret court for a 90-day extension of Section 215 in the Patriot Act, effectively putting end to the authorized bulk collection of U.S. phone metadata by the National Security Agency.

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07:04
Happy Memorial Day from O’Grady’s PowerPage

Ladies and gentlemen, in honor of Memorial Day, the PowerPage staff will be spending time with friends and family. We’ll resume coverage of everything Mac and mobile tomorrow and bring you the most recent news as to everything that’s happening in the Mac/iOS universe. For the time being, put down the computers and the devices for a little while and have an amazing Memorial Day.

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07:04
PDFKey Pro 4.3 - Edit and print password-protected...

PDFKey Pro can unlock PDF documents protected for printing and copying when you've forgotten your password. It can now also protect your PDF files with a password to prevent unauthorized access and/or restrict usage permissions. PDFKey Pro can also integrate in complex workflows using command-line tools (included).

Features

  • Completely unlocks files restoring editing and printing capabilities
  • Supports PDF with viewing password set as well (providing the correct password)
  • Protects your PDF files with a password to prevent unauthorized access
  • Restricts usage, such as printing and copying, permissions with a password.
  • Batch processing
  • Automatic update system via UpdateFX
  • Command Line Tool to use in scripts
  • Localized in English, Italian, Russian, German, French, Polish and Dutch
  • Free support



Version 4.3:

  • Added simple command-line tools...

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07:00
A quick review of Apple’s new iPhone Lightning Dock

Earlier this week, Apple released a new iPhone Dock. Back in the day, the third generation iPod came with a dock, and nearly two years ago Apple released iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C docks. Those old docks had a 30-pin or Lightning connector, respectively, as well as a 3.5mm line out connector. As I like to use my iPhone on my nightstand as a clock while it charges (Analog Digital Clock for the win!), I took a knife to my 5S Dock and managed to make it fit an iPhone 6. But I ended up using the dock fairly rarely because docking requires getting my iPhone out of its case—which I use religiously with the iPhone 6.

A quick hands-on video...

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06:54
Fontstand lets Mac OS X users rent fonts for hours,...

This could be useful, especially if you only need as specific font for a short period of time.

A new application called Fontstand allows Mac OS X users to rent or try fonts for free. Once a font is previewed, it can be activated for one hour or rented at 10 percent of its retail price per month. Users can own the font after renting it for 12 months and a font can be shared with a team for a fraction of its rental price.

Fontstand’s pricing centers around European standards, a family of 10 styles of font generally retailing for around €67 (US$73.55) while a single font might retail for €15 (US$16.47).

It’s an interesting idea and might be...

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06:54
With China's Smartphone Market Cooling Down,...

It's being reported today that while Apple has continued to make its presence felt on the global smartphone market, there's now a group of Chinese players looking to challenge them on their home turf.

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06:47
Apple Watch “3rd party gold-plated edition” w/ link...

I know what you may be thinking: why would you spend any significant amount of money on a gold Apple Watch? Well, this isn’t an Apple Watch Edition, but it’s the closest thing available to my wallet. This Apple Watch and Link Bracelet was beautifully plated with 18K gold and it looks stunning.

I’m not even a fan of gold, but I can definitely appreciate the beauty here. This is just about as classy as it gets if you’re into the style. Last week, this used to be an ordinary Apple Watch, but a few days with the people over at WatchPlate changed it for life. If you’re not into spending a boat load of cash on an Apple Watch Edition, this is the next best thing and quite possibly a better option…

I opted for the Link...

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06:44
Ever wished your iPhone 6/Plus had a back button?...

Apple may have introduced Reachability to aid one-handed operation of its larger-screened iPhones, but if you’ve ever found yourself happily enjoying the full-screen experience only to need your second hand to reach the back button at the top of the screen, there’s a clever solution on Kickstarter.

Halo Back is what its creator terms a smart screen protector. Covering the entire front face of your iPhone just like a conventional screen protector, it adds an embedded capacitive circuit layer running from the area to the left of the home button to the top left of the iPhone. Touch the invisible button, and Halo Back transmits your touch to the usual position for...

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06:43
News: Daily Deal: PhoneClean iOS Cleaner

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering PhoneClean iOS Cleaner for only $9.99 – 74% off the regular price. Designed to help you reclaim space on your iPhone, PhoneClean finds and removes cruft from your iPhone, including hidden temp, cookie and cache files, deleted private SMS, iMessage, MMS, and associated pictures, audios & videos, Internet browsing history, discarded emails and attachments for webmail, and useless app crash logs and system…

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06:16
Struggling Samsung finds a Winner with their US$90...

According to a new Korean report, Samsung has a winner on its hand. No, it's not the Galaxy S6, it's their Tizen based Z1 smartphone.

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06:10
A skeptic’s Apple Watch diary: One month in, after...

When I decided that I was keeping my Apple Watch after my arbitrary one week trial, several of you wondered whether that would still be the case once the novelty had worn off. Indeed, I wondered that myself.

Well, it’s now a month in as of yesterday, and I can definitely say the novelty has worn off – and, somewhat to my surprise, I’m still wearing it every day. Perhaps it’s time to drop the ‘skeptic’ part of the title.

Given the kind interest shown in my earlier pieces, I thought I’d update you with a few additional things I’ve noted and the reasons I’m still wearing it …

...

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06:00
A Krypted.com Guide To The Apple Watch

And so ya, I guess I have an Apple Watch… Here’s my own little guide on the darn thing. It’s fun.

http://krypted.com/guides/apple-watch/

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05:00
Apple vs. Lenovo: Lenovo's Coming-Out Party


If there is one vendor on the planet that has the capability to fight Apple -- on paper, it is Lenovo. Lenovo this week will hold its annual Lenovo Tech World event in China, showcasing the company's new breadth. While it would be easy to position this as the U.S. against China, Lenovo is actually far more of a multinational company, with executives balanced between the U.S. and China, and with strong alliances with both Microsoft and Google. This will not only be a battle between companies, but also between approaches to the market.

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04:58
Remember our soldiers on Memorial Day

MacNews and MacTech will be running a limited update schedule today in honor of Memorial Day. Originally called Decoration Day, is a day to remember those who have died in our nation's service. Remember our soldiers, past and present, and have a safe and wonderful holiday.

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04:10
Designer shows why Apple is adopting San Francisco...

When Apple launched the Watch, it also designed a new system font to go with it: San Francisco. The typeface was specifically designed to combine a clean look with readability on the small display of the Apple Watch.

We exclusively revealed last week that Apple doesn’t intend to limit San Francisco to the watch: it instead plans to adopt the new typeface for Macs, iPhones and iPads. San Francisco is expected to replace Helvetica Neue as part of iOS 9 and OS X 10.11. Designer Wenting Zhang features the font in a...

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Sunday May 24

13:09
Instagram wants to reel you back in with emailed...

Instagram's photographic social feed isn't as novel as it once was, and you may be tempted to stop using it if you're overwhelmed by that never-ending stream of square pictures. How is the company supposed to keep you coming back for more? Though reg...

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11:02
Some of Hollywood's best animatronics are going...

If you're a movie buff who can't get enough of Hollywood's monsters, you might want to brace your wallet for impact. Famed special effects guru Rick Baker is auctioning over 400 items from his collection, including animatronics that were key to liven...

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10:59
Microsoft Follows Apple in Developing a "...

Four years ago Apple filed for a patent that would allow a device display to go into "privacy mode" wherein only the user directly in front of the display ...

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10:26
The Logic Pros: TE’s new pocket-sized synths &...

This is a new regular series exploring all of the most interesting gadgets and software for making music on your Mac/iOS devices. If there is any gear you would like us to take a closer hands-on look at, let us know in the comments section below or shoot us an email.

Teenage Engineering, best known for its flagship synthesizer/sequencer the OP-1, recently unleashed a new line of tiny music makers on the world known as the Pocket Operators. The...

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09:13
MGG 554: Sleepy Macs Sometimes Go To Work

Ever have IMAP mail get confused? Ever have your Mac slow to wake up? Ever have your Mac doing something (far too much, in fact) while it's sleeping? All this and more on today's MGG!


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09:07
How the rest of Apple's ecosystem could benefit...

Apple frequently introduces new technologies and features in a singular new product, then gradually brings them to other devices in its ecosystem, making for a more coherent user experience. With the recent launch of the Apple Watch, the company has begun offering smarter and more contextually aware locations --?something we'd like to see on the rest of the company's platforms.

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09:07
Clip-on adds gesture control to Pebble Time and...

Aria is a small add-on that clips underneath a smartwatch band and lets you control the device with finger gestures. It's an accessory for an accessory, which sounds kind of ridiculous, but it's not like you have a lot of choices when it comes to add...

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08:37
Rumor: Foxconn could open a new iPhone Plant in India

In mid-April we reported that the Taiwan press had broken the news that the Foxconn Technology Group would soon be investing in three new production plants in India that could be used in part to assemble iPhones for Apple. This past week new rumors are swirling in India supporting the original news.

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07:42
Apple will determine who the 10nm Chip Leader will...

While Samsung has reportedly won the bulk of Apple's A9 processor business based on a 14nm process, the industry is already ramping up for the 2016-17 season that will bring 10nm processor to market.

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07:26
Kodi 15.0.beta1 - Powerful media center tool for Mac...

Kodi (was XBMC) is an award-winning free and open-source (GPL) software media player and entertainment hub that can be installed on Linux, OS X, Windows, iOS, and Android, featuring a 10-foot user interface for use with televisions and remote controls. It allows users to play and view most videos, music, podcasts, and other digital media files from local and network storage media and the internet.

Note: To install Kodi on OS X 10.9 Mavericks or later, you need to right-click the application after it has been installed and select "Open" from the list (this need only be done once). Alternatively, you can go to System Preferences -> Security & Privacy -> General. From there, unlock the lock at the bottom of the window and "Allow apps downloaded from: Anywhere." This second method is the preferred method, as you will no longer be bothered for future XBMC...

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07:00
Inhabitat's Week in Green: rain lamps and solar...

Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week's most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us -- it's the Week in Green.

Everything about Tesla is groundbreaking, including its direct-sales model. Laws in New Jersey, Ohio, T...

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06:00
Sync Music To Your Apple Watch So You Can Listen...

By default, the Apple Watch acts as a control mechanism for the Music app on your iPhone. The Apple Watch can play music without an iPhone present as well. But first you’ll need to sync a playlist to the watch. To do so, open the Apple Watch app and scroll down to the Music app listing.

From there, you’ll see an option for Playlist Limit and Synced Playlist. First, we’ll limit the amount of space on you watch that the music from your playlist can take up. Tap Playlist Limit in the MUSIC STORAGE section.

Here, I’ll tap on 2.0 GB. This will limit the amount of storage that can be taken up by the music from the playlist that we sync to the device. Then tap < Music to go back to select a playlist.

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04:14
Review: CastStudi's Libre Bluetooth keyboard is...

An increasing number of consumers and businesspeople are turning to portable Bluetooth keyboards to increase the productivity potential of their iPad. AppleInsider took a look at one of the latest contenders, CaseStudi's Libre.

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04:11
The next Firefox OS devices will focus on quality,...

Outside of one or two exceptions, most Firefox OS devices have been aimed squarely at the budget crowd -- at folks who would otherwise have to entirely forego smartphoness or tablets. However, Mozilla is ready to switch things up. The organization ha...

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01:08
NASA finds distant galaxy shining as bright as 300...

Ever tried looking at the sun with your bare eyes? Too bright, right? Now imagine looking at something with the brightness of 300 trillion suns. That's how intense "the most luminous galaxy found to date" is, so much so that NASA has created a new cl...

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Saturday May 23

13:57
DOJ lays down some privacy rules for feds flying...

The Justice Department promises to keep a closer eye on how its agencies are using drones from now on -- after all, they can be useful in nabbing suspects, but they can also be used as a tool to abuse power. In its new five-page policy guidance, the ...

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13:45
Creaceed Carbo: Apple World Today sponsor of the week

This week we're proud to have Creaceed as our sponsor. Based in Belgium, the company has made a name for itself over the years with impressive apps for Mac such as Hydra, Prizmo, Elasty, and Morph Age, as well as amazing iOS apps like Hydra, Prizmo,...

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13:00
Showdown! Four Apple Watch calculator apps face off

My first wearable device other than a regular old wristwatch was a Sinclair Wrist Calculator. Over the years, I had other calculator watches from Casio and the like so I naturally got excited about the idea of having a calculator on my Apple Watch. Fairly quickly, I had four — PCalc ($9.99, also PCalc Lite for free), CalcyCalc ($0.99 launch price), CalcBot (free with in-app purchases) and CALC (free with in-app purchases). This is a quick look at these four...

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12:18
Review: Griffin’s WatchStand is a tall, cheap way to...

I respect any accessory developer who attempts to solve a legitimate problem, and admire developers who find smart ways to solve multiple problems simultaneously. Unlike many competing Apple Watch stands, Griffin Technology’s new WatchStand thinks past the initial challenge of mounting your watch, and also includes a place for your iPhone to rest on your nightstand. As you’ll see in my guide to the best Apple Watch stands and docks, it’s impossible to find a combination Watch and iPhone stand at a lower price: normally $30 via Amazon, WatchStand is ...

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11:56
Daimler and Qualcomm team up on connected car tech

Car companies aren't usually good at wireless tech, and wireless companies aren't great with cars -- if you want to make wireless-savvy vehicles, you'll probably need some teamwork. Accordingly, Daimler and Qualcomm have forged a partnership that sho...

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11:30
Caturday: Leo the Norwegian Forest Cat reboots her...

LEO THE NORWEGIAN FOREST CAT. PHOTO BY GEERT-JAN NILSEN

It's been a few weeks since we've had our feline friends gracing the Saturday "front page" of Apple World Today, but earlier this week we received an email from a Norwegian reader, Geert-Jan Nilsen, with a link to this beauty.

GJ let us know that Leo had just rebooted "her" MacBook Pro after updating to the latest OS X 10.10.4 beta. Do I sense a bit of impatience in her face while she's waiting for the update to finish?

Leo's a Norwegian Forest Cat (AKA Norsk Skogkatt), a breed of cat that's perfectly adapted to the cold winters of Norway. She certainly looks warm in all that fur!

Apple World Today needs good cats! Have a picture of your cat soaking up the good vibes of an Apple product? Tell us the back story behind your kitty's photo on the Apple World Today contact page - we don't accept inbound...

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11:26
Ex-Apple Engineer is working on Creepy...

Richard DeVaul was Apple's Senior Prototype Scientist for 18 months. His job was involved in investigating and rapid prototyping of new technologies ...

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11:16
Apple Maps in China offer a sneak peak what's...

Apple has gobbled up mapping market share on iOS (and the Mac) since introducing its own alternative to Google Maps back in 2012, despite lacking a variety of key features. Hints at how Apple Maps may soon improve are coming from a seemingly unlikely source: China.

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11:09
DiskCatalogMaker 6.4.12 - Catalog your disks. (...

DiskCatalogMaker is a simple disk management tool which catalogs disks.

  • Simple, light-weight, and fast.
  • Finder-like intuitive look and feel.
  • Super-fast search algorithm.
  • Can compress catalog data for disk space.
  • Can generate thumbnail images.
  • Long Unicode file name support.
  • ZIP / RAR / 7-Zip / StuffIt / tar / gzip / bzip2 / CompactPro / LHA archive formats support.
  • A Mach-O application. (Mac OS X native format.)



Version 6.4.12:

  • Fixed a compatibility issue when using the Open catalog panel on OS X 10.10.3
  • Fixed some minor bugs



  • OS X 10.5 or later



Download Now

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10:00
Skully debuts AR helmet app while navigating delays

Skully CEO Marcus Weller stood in front of an crowd of customers that shelled out $1,500 to be one of the first recipients of the company's helmet with a heads up display and rear-facing camera to answer their questions. A few weeks ago Weller sent t...

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08:05
A racing legend on mastering America’s greatest track

Wired:

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway, founded in 1909, is the world’s oldest permanent motorsport facility. It’s changed a lot since the early days—pavement instead of bricks for a racing surface, new stands and administration buildings—but the track is essentially the same. It still has corners banked at 9 degrees, 12 minutes, and those corners are the same radius they were a century ago.

More than that, the track is still a magical, ghostly place, eerily alive with death and life. Stand on the front straight and stare into Turn 1—it looks like a tunnel, or maybe a wall of asphalt—and you feel the echo of death and time in your bones.

I’ve watched this race every year since I was eight years old and I was lucky enough to drive my motorcycle on it for a charity event. It really is a amazing place.

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08:00
Great expectations: An Ars reader wishlist for iOS 9

Last weekend we published a short wishlist of things we’d like to see in iOS 9. Some of it was fairly basic, some of it was more involved. Some wishes were new, and others have been around for years. Some things seemed like a safe bet, and others were more farfetched. But software is never done, and hey, we can dream.

Many of you had desires beyond what we asked about, and we’ve gathered some of the most interesting and frequently requested features here. Like our original list, your requests are a mix of plausible and implausible, simple and complex. But all of them would be interesting additions that would make iOS more useful.

A Spotlight API


...

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08:00
Virtual reality's roller coaster ride to the...

In the early '90s, four odd-looking arcade games appeared at a rented-out store in my local mall. For about seven dollars, anyone could stop in and play three minutes of a new virtual reality game called Dactyl Nightmare. I paid up, put on the massiv...

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07:52
Could Samsung's Newly Revealed Weapon Challenge...

The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office revealed a Samsung patent application this week relating to an all-new dual OS operating system hybrid device.

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07:30
How to Decide Between a Smartswitch and a Timer for...

Running up a large tab making your home smart? Juan Collao shows you how to decide between smartswitches for your lights and timer switches.


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07:00
Review: Kanex USB-C to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter...

Adapters for adding thicker ports are nothing new for Apple’s modern line of notebooks. Even the high-end Retina MacBook Pro decidedly excludes a direct Ethernet connection, and Apple’s MacBook Air and new ultrathin 12-inch MacBook are especially too thin for a wired connection to the Internet without relying on an adapter in the middle.

While modern WiFi is fine for most everyday situations, even Apple acknowledges that a wired connection is necessary in some instances. To remedy this, it sells a $29 USB Ethernet Adapter and a faster $29 Thunderbolt to Ethernet Adapter. The 12-inch MacBook has neither port, however, additionally requiring Apple’s $19 USB-C to USB Adapter to work with the slower adapter.

Fortunately with USB-C being a new industry standard, accessory makers like Kanex are ready with solutions like the...

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06:30
Recommended Reading: Why do we hate CGI so much?

Recommended Reading highlights the best long-form writing on technology and more in print and on the web. Some weeks, you'll also find short reviews of books that we think are worth your time. We hope you enjoy the read.

Why VFX Is Being Vilified...

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06:14
Macs Fan Control 1.3.0.0 - Monitor and control your...

Macs Fan Control allows you to monitor and control almost any aspect of your computer's fans, with support for controlling fan speed, temperature sensors pane, menu-bar icon, and autostart with system option.

  • Software solution to noise problems such as those caused by iMac HDD replacement, or overheating problems like those found on a MacBook Pro
  • Set any constant value to any fan (e.g., minimum)
  • Control fan speed in relation to a temperature sensor (e.g., 3rd party HDD)
  • Real-time monitoring of Mac's fans speed and temperature sensors including 3rd party HDD/SSD (using S.M.A.R.T.)
  • Display menu bar icon
  • Compatible with OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard or later



Version 1.3.0.0: Improved

  • Optimized reading of temperature of internal Apple SSD (retina MacBooks, MacPro6,1, iMacs)
  • HDD Proximity sensor for some iMac models
  • Support of 2 GPU cards on MacPro6,1 (late 2013)...

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06:00
Manage Notifications on the Apple Watch

The Apple Watch will display notifications for any app that can push notifications to the watch. You can configure which can, by opening the Apple Watch app on your phone and tapping on the Notifications section. From here, you’ll be able to disable Notifications on the watch and control each app.

The app with the most options is Activity. This is where you can disable stand reminders, progress updates, indications that the goals are complete, summaries and of course achievement notifications.

Most of the other built-in apps can mirror an iPhone or be disabled. You can also manually control the built-in apps, which by default mirror alerts from your iPhone.

The Notifications Indicator option in that Apple Watch app will disable the whole red dot at the top of the screen thingy. I don’t recommend that. If you get a lot of notifications, the better thing to...

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05:04
Ecocapsules are pint-sized solar and wind-powered...

Ecocapsule is a small, egg-shaped abode that could be the perfect home for someone who wants to let it all go like Elsa and live off the grid. Its roof is decked with 600W solar cells and a built-in 750W wind turbine that store the energy they harnes...

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05:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Puppy, koala, or fox?...

Puppy, koala, or fox? Check out Case-Mate’s cute animal-shaped cases

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases brings you wallet-style cases from Truffol and SwitchEasy, retro game-inspired alternatives from PureGear, and classic options from Krown Case and Patchworks.

Case-Mate

Squeee! The Creature (iPhone 6; $30) is no ordinary case, sporting adorable animal designs with a matching charm.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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01:35
Artist adds poop emoji to selfie sticks to remind us...

As depressing as it may be, selfie sticks are inescapable despite how many places ban them. It's a sad truth of the future we live in. But! An enterprising artist by the name of Pablo Garcia has figured out a way to "reduce vainglory and self-importa...

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Friday May 22

22:02
This week on AppleInsider: New Macs, Apple Watch...

Perhaps the most significant Apple-related event this week was the launch of a refreshed 15-inch MacBook Pro, but the company also released its first firmware update for the Apple Watch, and saw its takeover of GPS firm Coherent Navigation made public.

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21:49
Senate blocks NSA reform bill and Patriot Act...

The USA Freedom Act aimed at addressing the NSA's bulk collecting of phone call metadata was approved by the House of Representatives ten days ago, but blocked by the Senate tonight (live video stream here). The Section 215 provisions of the Patriot ...

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20:31
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20:29
Sabres send out absent 4 veterans upon NHL exchange...

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20:10
Researchers find Android factory reset faulty and...

Android's factory reset function isn't as effective as we'd all like it to be, according to a team of Cambridge University researchers. The group estimates that as many as 500 to 630 million Android devices might not be capable of completely wiping t...

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20:02
Apple bolsters Maps with more business listings data...

As part of ongoing upgrades to its in-house mapping service, Apple on Friday added a handful of entries to its rolling list of providers that supply the company with maps data, business listings and satellite imagery.

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18:46
Gold Apple Watch Editions arrive for regular...

Nearly a month after the Apple Watch officially went on sale, gold Edition models have begun arriving for non-celebrity customers who placed the earliest online orders. As expected, the Apple Watch Edition’s white external packaging is nearly identical to the cardboard box for the stainless steel Apple Watch, save for the box noting the color of the 18-Karat gold casing and unique band on the side.

Inside the box, however, the items are a bit different. As we’ve noted before, the Apple Watch Edition includes a colored leather-covered box that integrates the MagSafe charger. The Edition also includes a color-matched cleaning cloth with the word Edition embossed into the material. The...

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18:17
Chromecast iOS app updated w/ interface tweaks,...



The companion app to Google’s $35 Chromecast dongle received an update today with a handful of improvements and changes. Bumping the app to version 1.11.4116, the update brings several interface tweaks. First off, the devices view of the app has been redesigned with a card-like interface. The devices screen also now lists what backdrop is currently being displayed along with...

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17:13
Geek Watch brings the classic Casio calculator...




We’ve already seen a couple of useful calculator apps for the Apple Watch, but the most recent one, released today, arguably has the coolest interface of them all. Geek Watch takes the design and interface of the...

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16:35
Lyn 1.5.11 - Lightweight image browser and viewer. (...

Lyn is a lightweight and fast image browser and viewer designed for photographers, graphic artists and Web designers. Featuring an extremely versatile and aesthetically pleasing interface, it delivers an easy-to-use geotagging technology and a complete solution for sharing your photographs.

Lyn natively supports all popular image formats like JPEG, TIFF, JPEG 2000, PNG, PPM, TGA, RAW, HDR, OpenEXR, animated GIF, and any other image format supported by OS X. It also integrates a movie player to watch camera recordings.

The new editing inspector gives you everything to turn your shots into great photos. Adjust exposure, color temperature, brightness, and contrast or reveal image details with highlight and shadow adjustments. You can experiment and convert your color photos to black and white, try a classic sepia tone, or add a vignette.

Features:

  • Progressive display, on single- or multiple-monitor configurations, of images of...

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16:31
Selfie, Bacon, and Avocado Among Emoji Proposed for...

The Unicode Consortium today released a list of 38 emoji characters that are candidates for inclusion in Unicode 9.0, which is set to be released in the middle of 2016. These represent emoji that could be available on iOS and Mac devices in the future.

Candidates include a range of different character emoji, from "face with cowboy hat to "drooling face" and "lying face." "Selfie," an emoji represented by a hand holding a camera, is also on the list, as is "shrug," and "handshake." As for food, emoji proposals include croissant, avocado, cucumber, bacon, potato, and carrot. There are also several proposed animal additions: fox face, eagle, duck, bat, shark, and owl.

According to the Unicode Consortium, these emoji have been chosen for several reasons. Some are proposed based on expected high frequency of use or due to requests from online communities. Others on the list fill in gaps in...

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16:28
Reading Roundup: Everything to know (so far) about...

Over the past week, we’ve published several articles detailing the future of iOS (the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch’s operating system), OS X (the Mac’s operating system), and Watch OS (the software that runs on the Apple Watch). With the long weekend ahead, we’ve decided to put together a roundup of all of our published stories on these topics…

iOS

Apple plans to refresh iOS 9, OS X 10.11 using new Apple Watch font: This story details Apple’s plans to utilize a new typeface for iOS 9, taking a page out of the design language for the Apple Watch.

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16:08
New book says BlackBerry ignored iPhone threat...

An excerpt from an upcoming book on the rise and collapse of Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry suggests that while the company -- then known as RIM -- had some appreciation for 2007's first-generation iPhone, it did not see the device as a threat given RIM's core customers.

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15:47
1987 Apple Promo Video Hints at Hubris of the 1990s

Hubris. Wow. So much hubris. The first half of the video below was a promo video Apple made in 1987 under then-CEO John Scully. It was fashioned to be a fake series of clips set ten years in the future (in 1997) that showed how awesome and big Apple would be. From satellites to Macintosh psychiatrists, to even the very notion of success, it's all wrong. It features John Scully, who is proudly featured as the glorious leader of Apple in 1997, Michael Spindler, who would replace him and be fired in 1996, Steve Wozniak, who offers the most insightful comments in the piece, and Del Yoakem, who also had some interesting things to say. Blake Patterson, who posted the video to YouTube, described it as cheesy and cute. Personally it makes me cringe. So much hubris. And it was so wrong, both on technology and Apple's future.

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15:36
Apple Watch Edition buyers begin receiving...

If you’re among the mucho-wealthy who ordered an Apple Watch Edition, the shipment times have started to come in.

A number of Edition buyers have begun receiving shipping notifications and credit card charges for their units. Emails sent to the customers ask them to pick a specific delivery time, as long as it fits within courier hours and days of operation.

The Edition features 18-karat gold layered into its chassis, controls and some of its band components and is priced at US$10,000 and up with some models going as high as US$17,000.

Many other Watch orders have been shipping since April 24,...

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15:30
AWT News Update: May 22, 2015

After missing a day yesterday, the AWT News Update is back with some fun and informative news about the world of Apple... and its competitors:

  • Anker announces a number of adapters and cables for the new USB-C standard
  • Samsung's flagship Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge phones aren't selling well
  • Researchers at Cambridge University find big problems with security on Android phones
  • Apple Watch sales cool a bit after a hot launch

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I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for May 22, 2015.

Those of us who have the 12-inch MacBook are, for the most part, quite happy with our purchase. For most of our...

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15:10
Apple attends 'spy summit' to discuss data...

Apple was on the list of attendees at a secretive three-day conference last week, where heads of intelligence agencies from around the world met with private sector tech companies, security experts and journalists to discuss the ramifications of data privacy on state protection.

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14:40
Early Apple Watch Edition orders begin shipping with...

The first Apple Watch Edition orders should arrive as soon as Saturday, although unlike most Watch models, buyers are being given the option of when they'll have their device delivered, a report noted on Friday.

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14:33
“Photos for Mac: A Take Control Crash Course” Now...

We’ve now released the full “Photos for Mac: A Take Control Crash Course,” previously available in an abbreviated early-bird version. It helps you transition to Photos, walks you through importing photo libraries, explains the Photos interface and how you can organize your images, gets you going with the editing tools, assists you with syncing to iOS devices, and looks at creating slideshows and print products.

 

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14:16
Apple adds on new data providers for Apple Maps,...

Apple’s apparently adding to its list of information providers for its Maps application.

Although the company continues to have TomTom at the top of its list of data providers, additional contributors cited on the acknowledgement page include, E-WEGO SARL, NavAds BV, and Yellow Pages Turkey. The new data sources are likely noticeable in regions around the world including France and Turkey where the information is sourced.

New data providers have been added on occasion, Apple recently adding Gas Buddy and GreatSchools for points-of-interest and ratings data for its mapping service across iPhones, iPads, and Macs. The company is also rumored to be...

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13:52
Tip of the Day: Suspending or removing Apple Pay via...

Apple takes security pretty seriously, particularly when it comes to Apple Pay, and authentication features like Touch ID and Wrist Detection help to ensure that only you can use your device to make payments. However, if you’ve misplaced your iPhone or Apple Watch, you may not be entirely confident in relying solely on these features to protect your credit cards or bank accounts, so Apple provides several ways to remove your Apple Pay information…

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13:23
Apple Maps adds new data providers including NavAds...

While TomTom continues to top Apple’s list of data providers for the backend of its Maps service, a few new additions have recently joined the list of contributors supplying information to Apple Maps. New sources providing business listing data per Apple’s acknowledgement page include E-WEGO SARL, NavAds BV, and Yellow Pages Turkey. The new data sources are likely noticeable in regions around the world including France and Turkey where the information is sourced.

Apple adds new data providers to its backend occasionally, most recently adding Gas Buddy and GreatSchools for points-of-interest and ratings data for its mapping service across iPhones, iPads, and Macs. Earlier this week, we reported on some greater changes coming to Apple...

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13:19
New Book Explores How the iPhone Contributed to...

Over the past several years, BlackBerry has gone from one of the top smartphone manufacturers to a company that's struggling to stay afloat in an increasingly competitive market. BlackBerry is hemorrhaging subscribers and losing revenue quarter after quarter as it attempts to turn the tide by focusing on marketing secure devices and software to its enterprise customers.

An upcoming book by Jacquie McNish and Sean Silcoff, Losing the Signal, explores the events that led to the rise and fall of BlackBerry, and an interesting excerpt was shared by The...

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13:00
Today in the App Store — Action Climbing, Skiing...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today’s notable apps include a discount on Action Climbing; the Skiing Yeti Mountain game; and a significant update to Lumy photography app. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

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Title Challenge – Football Manager [$3.99 → Free] Made by fans of classic Champ Man, Title Challenge is a back to basics football manager game that puts the fun back into managing your favourite club.

Textkraft Pocket - Write text, research, correct & share [$3.99 → Free] Textkraft Pocket for iPhone and Apple Watch is a professional writing app and document reader in one app...

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12:48
Apple's iPhone 5c helps man survive shotgun...

A 25-year-old British man who was shot in the chest with a shotgun during a confrontation outside of his home survived the event, thanks in part to his green iPhone 5c, which absorbed much of the impact.

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12:40
Mac Basics: AirDrop lets you send files from your...

AirDrop makes it easy to send files wirelessly from your Mac to other Mac computers, and with OS X Yosemite you can also share with iOS devices.

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12:32
Mixed Profits Picture from Galaxy S6 Suppliers...

Yesterday we posted a report titled "A new Report is claiming that Samsung's S6 is looking like another Disaster in the Making." In that report we noted that it was beginning to appear that Samsung's Galaxy S6 sales were imploding. Today, more evidence is surfacing ...

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12:30
Daily Deals for May 22, 2015, featuring 50% off...

It’s time to save some of your hard-earned money with our Daily Deals, featuring highlighted deals for AWT readers, hardware discounts and our own handpicked iOS and OS X sales. All prices are USD and subject to change. Please check prices before you purchase as some deals may expire quickly.

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12:29
Blur Premium Privacy Protection Lifetime...

Blur is an interesting service that creates disposable email addresses for required email confirmations, makes limited-balance, limited-duration credit card numbers that are accepted anywhere credit cards are, and creates a masked phone number that forwards calls and texts to your real phone number. It also includes a password keeper that will sync across devices and browsers. We have a deal that will let you get a lifetime subscription to Blur for $49.99, a discount of 74 percent. Check it out.


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