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Wednesday May 18

15:45
The Week in Mac Apps: WhatsApp lands on the Mac

Keep connected with your friends from the comfort of your chair

This week’s roundup of new Mac apps brings us a version of WhatsApp for the Mac, so you can keep in touch with your friends across all of your devices. Plus, you’ll find tools for watching your cash flow and for bill reminders. Read on!

Agenda Minder 1.1

Internodal’s $12 Agenda Minder (Mac App Store Link) helps you prepare for your meetings by organizing any relevant information into an interactive agenda.

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15:17
The Green Light for Production of Apple's A10...

In February Patently Apple posted a report titled "Samsung Enters 'State of Emergency' as Apple Chooses TSMC as Exclusive A10 Supplier." Apple's next-gen A10 processor is to be a 10-nanometer FinFET based processor.

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15:13
New Touch ID rules: Why you have to enter your...

Good to see Fleishman getting to the bottom of this but very annoying that Apple instituted this new procedure without letting the user know. Many of us have been confused and/or annoyed by this for months.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:13
Apple mulls permanent expansion of Fifth Avenue...

Apple's plan to temporarily relocate its flagship Fifth Avenue store from the base of the GM building to the old FAO Schwartz location has apparently evolved into a desire to permanently occupy the space -- and without paying the going rate for rent.

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14:46
Manage ActiveSync Policies on iOS Using Powershell...

Sometimes you need to manage policies in Exchange ActiveSync programmatically. For example, if a device shows up in a JSS, you can deploy policies to that device at the Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) level rather than using a mobileconfig. To manage these, Microsoft has provided a few pretty easy-to-use commandlets in Powershell.

  • The New-MobileDeviceMailboxPolicy commandlet in Powershell will create a policy based on some attributes that you define.
  • The Get-MobileDeviceMailboxPolicy commandlet in Powershell will show what the contents of a given policy are.
  • The Set-MobileDeviceMailboxPolicy commandlet will set a policy, and has the same structure s the New-MailboxDeviceMailboxPolicy, but applies to existing policies.
  • The Remove-MobileDeviceMailboxPolicy commandlet in Powershell will delete a policy.
  • The Get-MobileDeviceMailboxPolicy commandlet in Powershell will show all the devices that are associated with a given user.
  • The...
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14:19
I/O 2016: Android Pay coming to ATMs & mobile...

Widening the battleground with Apple Pay, Google on Wednesday announced that Android Pay will soon be usable at some ATMs, as well as by mobile Chrome users.

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14:18
Otto Kits Out Big Rigs With Aftermarket Self-Driving...


Otto on Monday introduced a self-driving kit designed to help those behind the wheel of big rigs drive more safely and efficiently. The company is developing a suite of sensors, software and other truck-related enhancements that could be retrofitted into existing vehicles. The technology has been tested in Otto's research fleet, and the company recently completed an autonomous demo of its technology on public highways. The initiative aims to enhance the capabilities of the Otto truck as well as collect safety data.

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14:15
Twelve South TimePorter for Apple Watch Requires Too...

The Twelve South TimePorter is a combination travel case for Apple Watch accessories and stand. It looks and carries like an eyeglass case.  It's nicely made, and the concept is good. Unfortunately, as John Martellaro found out, it requires too much fussing to be considered a great product.


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14:10
New Touch ID rules: Why you have to enter your...

When iOS 9 was released, Apple updated its list of cases in which iOS asks for a passcode even when Touch ID is enabled. A previously undocumented requirement asks for a passcode in a very particular set of circumstances: When the iPhone or iPad hasn’t been unlocked with its passcode in the previous six days, and Touch ID hasn’t been used to unlock it within the last eight hours. It’s a rolling timeout, so each time Touch ID unlocks a device, a new eight-hour timer starts to tick down until the passcode is required. If you wondered why you were being seemingly randomly prompted for your passcode (or more complicated password), this is likely the reason.

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14:05
AWT News Update: May 18, 2016

Image via MacRumors

In today's AWT News Update, a familiar voice may soon be on Mac, an Apple Watch rival will be trying to bring contactless payment to its product line, and former mobile phone brand giant is resurrected:

  • Siri for Mac is leaked in screenshots
  • Fitbit buys coin in hopes of adding Apple Pay-like payments to its devices
  • Microsoft sells off the Nokia feature phone division, and Foxconn and a Finnish startup hope to revive the Nokia brand.  

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14:03
Apple CEO Tim Cook Jams on GarageBand with Asian...

Have you heard of JJ Lin? Singapore-born and based in Taiwan, he's an enormously popular performer and producer in that part of the world. He posted a video to his YouTube channel of him and his pal Apple CEO Tim Cook jamming in GarageBand with those new Chinese-music loops and instruments I wrote about yesterday.  Mr. Cook serves as DJ in the piece, tapping loops to create the background music while JJ Lin plays the lead melody on one of those new instruments. It's fun, and it's a message aimed at the Chinese market. Also, note that JJ Lin posted it, not Apple and not Mr. Cook. Seems like Apple really is learning more about how to operate in that market.


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14:03
Got privacy? If you use Twitter or a smartphone,...

The notion of online privacy has been greatly diminished in recent years, and just this week two new studies confirm what to many minds is already a dismal picture.

First, a study reported on Monday by Stanford University found that smartphone metadata—information about calls and text messages, such as time and length—can reveal a surprising amount of personal detail.

To investigate their topic, the researchers built an Android app and used it to retrieve the metadata about previous calls and text messages—the numbers, times, and lengths of communications—from more than 800 volunteers’ smartphone logs. In total, participants provided records of more than 250,000 calls and 1.2 million texts.

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14:00
Happy Hour Podcast 067 | Instagram’s radical...

This week Benjamin and Zac react to Instagram’s radical new icon and app design, unpack Google’s new third-party Gboard keyboard for iOS, and detail Tim Cook’s globe-trot from China to India to Amsterdam and beyond. 9to5Mac’s Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and Apple’s Podcasts app, or through our dedicated RSS feed for Overcast and other podcast players.

more…

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13:53
Encrypted VOIP Calls with 1 Year Subscription to...

We have a deal for you today on KeepSolid Disposable Phone Lines, an encrypted voice-over-IP (VOIP) service that essentially gives you disposable lines from which to make calls. With the package we're offering, you’ll receive up to 3 total private USA or Canadian phone numbers with unlimited SMS, and unlimited calls (US lines only). Our deal is for a 1-year subscription at 75 percent off, or $99. Check out the deal listing for more details.


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13:15
Acura's sleeker 2nd-gen self-driving car hides...

With Acura's launch of its second automated vehicle, the RLX, the luxury sedan manufacturer is closer to providing an attractive consumer option --?a market Apple watchers expect the company's secretive "Project Titan" is also eyeing.

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13:05
Tip of the Day: Choosing Sidebar Categories in...

Now that iTunes 12.4 has brought the sidebar back, you can not only more easily navigate between different groupings of your media content, but you can also choose which categories you want to see. Hovering over the “Library” heading at the top of the sidebar will reveal an “Edit” button; click this and you’ll see all available categories — even some you may not have realized were there. Placing a checkmark beside a…

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12:55
Netflix Launches Easy to Use Internet Speed Test Site

Netflix wants you to know how fast your internet connection is, so came up with its own speed test website called Fast.com. It's a one trick pony in that you'll see just your download speed, which makes sense considering that's the part of your connection Netflix really cares about. What's nice is that you don't need to click any buttons to start or sift through ads trying to figure out how to start the test; just hit the Fast.com site and wait a few seconds while it does its thing.


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12:47
iOS 9.3.2 Bricking Some 9.7-inch iPad Pro Devices...

An anonymous reader writes: iOS 9.3.2 is causing problems for some 9.7-inch iPad Pro owners, with multiple users reporting issues shortly after installing the update over the air. Affected users are seeing an "Error 56" message that instructs them to plug their devices into iTunes. Apple has issued a statement to iMore, simply stating the company is "looking into a small number of reports" regarding this issue. The statement reads: "We're looking into a small number of reports that some iPad units are receiving an error when updating the software. Those unable to restore their device through iTunes should contact Apple support."


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12:41
Podcast 508: The ballad of iTunes usability

Apple’s software can really bug ya—last week we discussed a bug that wiped out some users’ iTunes libraries, and this week Apple dropped iTunes 12.4 to clean up the interface and hopefully increase understanding of just how to manage your collection across iTunes on your Mac, your iCloud Music Library, and Apple Music. Glenn and Susie are joined by Kirk McElhearn, one of the world’s foremost experts in how the heck a person can use iTunes without tearing all their hair out, to explain what’s changed—and what still really needs to be fixed.

Elsewhere, we come to bury CurrentC, not to praise it—although we’re really into mobile payments now, thanks, especially after the rollout of those poky chip-reading point-of-sale systems. Glenn finally found an iPhone SE for sale. Twitter is considering a change that would actually improve things significantly. And Gboard leaked some chicken and noodles.

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12:30
I/O 2016: Google launches Android N beta with speed...

At the beginning of its I/O developer conference on Wednesday, Google revealed that the next major version of Android -- codenamed "Android N" -- is launching in beta later today, and will introduce features like better performance, improved multitasking, and even virtual reality support when it officially arrives in late summer.

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12:30
Siri on the Mac? It could be coming soon

Siri is a major feature of iOS, and its speech interface may soon be coming to the Mac, possibly as soon as the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June.

MacRumors

Proof that Siri for Mac is upon us comes from MacRumors. The site gained access from a reliable source to screenshots that show a Siri wavform icon in the Dock, and a Siri menu bar icon. According to MacRumors, clicking either icon shows an indicator that Siri is listening for you to say a command, and the user can also activate Siri by saying, “Hey Siri,” as you would on iOS.

To...

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12:11
External Link: Warren Buffett Invests $1 Billion in...

After Apple’s first year-over-year quarterly revenue decline in 13 years, some on Wall Street soured on the company's stock, but one big-name investor is betting heavily on Apple. Warren Buffett, through his Berkshire Hathaway firm, invested over $1 billion in Apple earlier in 2016. Buffett is famously conservative in his investments, and rarely ventures into the tech sector, so his backing is a vote of confidence in Apple during an uncertain time. News of Buffett’s stake in the company caused an immediate 3.7 percent increase in Apple’s stock price.

 

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11:52
I/O 2016: Google Allo smart messenger and Duo video...

Google hopes to shake up the mobile communications landscape this summer with a cross-platform release of both Allo, a new smart messenger, and Duo, a simplified one-to-one video calling service.

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11:51
Google I/O 2016: Assistant, Home, Allo, Duo, Android...

Google hosted its annual I/O developers keynote at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California today, announcing multiple new products and services related to Android, search, messaging, home automation, and more.

Google Assistant

Google Assistant is described as a "conversational assistant" that builds upon Google Now based on two-way dialog. The tool can be used, for example, to ask who directed the movie Avatar, and to ask which other movies he has directed, and Google should be able to isolate the questions from the conversation and provide answers.

The new Siri and Alexa rival, compatible with both voice and chat, will be widely available on Android, iOS, in the home, and elsewhere later this year.

Google Home

Google Home is a new Wi-Fi-enabled personal assistant device for the home that enables...

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11:29
Motorola Shows Off New Moto G Collection


Motorola on Tuesday unveiled three new smartphones: the fourth-generation Moto G, the Moto G Plus and the Moto G Play. The Moto G and Moto G Plus can be customized using Moto Maker, while the Moto G Play can not. All three run Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. The Moto G and Moto G Plus became available Tuesday in Brazil and India. They will be rolled out across North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia over time. The lower-end Moto G Play will be available globally this summer, Motorola said.

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11:28
TMO Daily Observations 2016-05-18: CurrentC’s Slow,...

CurrentC is delayed yet again, and it's looking more and more like the alternative contactless payment system will never officially launch. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about the eminent demise of CurrentC and the companies defecting from the platform for alternative systems.


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11:25
Google launches Duo, a video-calling app that's...

Hangouts? What’s that? Google debuted what it called a “simpler” one-to-one video-chatting app on Wednesday at Google I/O, known as Duo.

Duo won’t just be for Android devices—it will run on iOS as well. It complements Allo, a new messaging app also announced at Google I/O that’s partially powered by Google Assistant. Both apps will be available later this summer.

Google’s Erik Kay introduces the Duo app.

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11:14
Google Home: Advanced Home Automation for Android...

At Google I/O 2016 that kicked off this morning, they introduced 'Google Home' that will be coming to market later this year. It's very much like Amazon's Echo and Apple TV ...

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11:09
I/O 2016: Google's new Home hardware takes on...

The smart home battle between Apple, Google and others continues to heat up, with Google on Wednesday announcing Home, a new voice-activated hardware kit that brings the Google assistant service to any room in your house.

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10:54
iOS 9.3.2 update bricks some 9.7-inch iPad Pro...

iOS 9.3.2 has arrived.

And it appears to have bricked some 9.7-inch iPad Pro tablets in the process.

A number of users are seeing an “Error 56” message after upgrading to iOS 9.3.2, and finding their devices bricked.

The error instructs affected users to connect to iTunes, but doing so and attempting to restore or update the iPad doesn’t work.

Apple has issued a comment stating that the company is looking into the issue and has offered the following quote regarding the issue:

“We’re looking into a small number of reports that some iPad units are receiving an error when updating the software. Those unable to restore their device through iTunes should contact Apple support.”

Let us know if this has happened on your end in the...

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10:50
Twelve South releases BookBook case for the 12.9-...

Twelve South has introduced the BookBook for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. The leather case angles the Apple tablet for drawing, painting and sketching with the Apple Pencil. 

The BookBook for iPad Pro also folds into a hands-free display mode. It protects the Apple tablet between two hardback covers and includes a storage pocket for Apple Pencil. 

The BookBook for iPad Pro (12.9-inch) is available now for $99.99 at twelvesouth.com. The BookBook for iPad Pro (9.7-inch) is coming soon.

Tonality CK - the best Mac app for working with monochrome photography

 

 

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10:44
Apple reportedly to hire Samsung exec to handle...

Apple is set to hire Rajiv Mishra, currently vice president of media and corporate social responsibility division at Samsung Electronics, as its India head of media and public affairs, reports IANS, quoting unnamed “informed sources."

If true, the timing is good as Apple CEO Tim Cook is in India on a four-day visit and is slated to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi this week. Apple has also announced a new initiative to support engineering talent and accelerate growth in India’s iOS developer community. The company will establish an iOS App Design and Development Accelerator in Bengaluru, the home of India’s startup scene. It’s slated to open in early 2017.

Mishra is a well known media professional and...

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10:35
New patent points towards possible Touch ID sensor...

A newly-published patent shows that Apple may be going the way of a bezel-free iPhone wherein the display extends all the way to the edges of the handset.

The patent describes three different technologies that can be used for fingerprint sensors, and says that the third of them – ultrasonic imaging – would not only allow the reader to be embedded into the display, but would also be even more accurate than the capacitive sensor used by Touch ID today.

At present, the most accurate but least common finger-scanning technology is ultrasound imaging, wherein two transducers are placed on the x- and y-axes of a plate of glass–one each for receiving and transmitting–for propagating ultrasound waves through a glass plate. When the finger is placed on top of...

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10:33
Emojis for Apple Mail now available on MailButler

Feingeist Software has updated MailButler (https://www.feingeist.io/mailbutler), its personal assistant add-on for Apple Mail on the Mac.

With its various functions, it simplifies, optimizes and streamlines working with emails. Now users can include emojis into their emails. This can be done with just one click: the emojis button has been added right into the utility bar in the email window.

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10:26
Leaked screens show Siri in Apple's upcoming OS...

New images published on Wednesday appear to support rumors that Apple will finally bring Siri to the Mac in the next major version of OS X, premiering at WWDC 2016 in June.

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10:26
Youtubers Life comes out on Steam for the Mac

U-Play Online has announced Youtubers Life, a mixture of two genres, life sim and tycoon. It’s launching simultaneously for the Mac and Windows on Steam (http://store.steampowered.com/app/428690/).

The game is in “early access” (think beta). During this period, the game will just include the option of recording videos based on gaming —it reportedly takes more than 10 hours to finish the game— but four extra vertical channels will be added in the near future: music, fitness, cuisine and fashion.

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10:20
The Never-ending Story: Gifts for Dads & Grads...

Don't miss this week's Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves — Part II of his annual gift guide for dads & grads. 


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10:12
Fitbit buys Coin assets, makes plans to enter same...

Fitbit on Wednesday announced the purchase of Coin's wearable payments assets, a takeover which should put Fitbit on a path to launching its own mobile payments technology sometime in 2017, and hence competing even more closely with Apple.

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09:47
Killer Deals: Apple's 128GB 12.9-inch iPad Pro...

For a limited time this week, grab the lowest price ever offered on Apple's 12.9" iPad Pro (128GB, WiFi, Silver) at $745 ($204 off). Or pick up a new 13" MacBook Pro for $1,149 or 15" MacBook Pro for $1,799, both with no sales tax outside NY.

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09:31
Siri for Mac’s Colorful Waveform Dock Icon Revealed...

Rumors have indicated Siri integration will be one of the key features coming in OS X 10.12, and new screenshots of a Siri menu bar and Siri app icon suggest Apple is indeed working on bringing Siri to the Mac in its 2016 operating system update. The screenshots were shared with MacRumors by a source who has provided us with reliable information about Apple's software plans in the past.

In the menu bar, there's a simple Siri black and white icon that features the word "Siri" surrounded by a box, while the full dock icon is more colorful and features a colorful Siri waveform in the style of other built-in app icons. Clicking on either of the icons brings up a Siri waveform to give users a visual cue that the virtual assistant is listening for commands, much like on iOS...

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09:30
Keep track of seconds to seasons with Cosmic Watch

As readers of our Team AWT Newsletter know, I have had a lifelong love of astronomy. That's why when I was asked to take a look at Cosmic Watch (US$3.99, universal app) I jumped at the chance. The best way to describe Cosmic Watch is that it's an interactive 3D astronomical time device -- and that's exactly how developers Celestial Dynamics AG describe it.

Cosmic Watch launches into a realtime world clock with your location pulsing on a realistic globe that you can set spinning with a swipe of your finger. The app graphically shows the relationship between the Earth and Sun in terms of determining local time, with a pointer "above" your location pointing to the current time on a 24-hour clock dial circling the Earth on a direct line between the Earth and Sun. 

This is a great way to see how the Earth tilts in relation to the...

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09:06
Proposed Pebble Time smart band could add standalone...

While patents reveal Apple has explored the possibility of adding new functionality to the Apple Watch with connectable smart bands, a new Kickstarter campaign hopes to beat it to the punch with a GPS-connected, battery-equipped smart band for the Pebble Time smartwatch.

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09:03
Episode four of the Macadmins.org Podcast
08:43
Apple working on a fix for iPad Pros bricked by iOS...

If you have a brand-new 9.7-inch iPad Pro and you haven’t yet installed the iOS 9.3.2 update, you might want to hold off another day or two. Some users are seeing an “Error 56” message when upgrading, and finding their devices bricked.

The error instructs affected users to connect to iTunes, but doing so and attempting to restore or update the iPad doesn’t work.

Guay! Apple acaba de sacar la versión 9.3.2 que bloquea el iPad Pro de 9,7

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08:15
Tim Cook, other Apple execs to talk iPhone...

While in India this week, CEO Tim Cook and a team of fellow Apple executives will reportedly be meeting with the leaders of local telecoms firms, looking to bolster iPhone numbers with partnerships on sales and distribution.

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08:00
Customer service: Apple sent two engineers to...

Remember James Pinkstone? He's the designer and music buff who found that 122GB of music had disappeared from his MacBook and one of the people interviewed by iMore's Serenity Caldwell in an attempt to figure out what was going on. Well, Pinkstone got a visit from two Apple senior software engineers this past Saturday who attempted to find out what caused the music to be deleted.

The engineers, "Tom" and "Ezra", were sent from California to Pinkstone's Atlanta home to perform troubleshooting tests with a special version of iTunes that could track issues. The team had Pinkstone reactivate his Apple Music account and go through the iTunes track sync process, all while discussing the process with another group back in California. 

After a unsuccessful day of trying to reproduce the issues, the team headed back to California. Pinkstone updated...

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07:53
∞ Isolated guitar from Aerosmith’s Walk This Way

[VIDEO] Just came across this isolated Joe Perry guitar work. Hearing the guitar without all the other layered production elements was a real revelation. This is some beautifully subtle guitar work by a real master.

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07:46
Google to announce its Amazon Echo competitor,...

The market’s been made. Every home will eventually have a similar device. Will we see one from Apple?

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07:33
5 things Apple's Tim Cook needs to do on his...

Apple CEO Tim Cook is on his first visit to India, a market where the company's revenue has grown but whose market share is still small because of price-sensitive consumers. The trip is important as Apple looks for markets where it can  expand. In April, the company reported its first quarterly revenue decline in 13 years as iPhone sales dropped year over year. Meanwhile, India is the world's third-biggest smartphone market, after China and the U.S. Here are five things Cook will be aiming for in India. 

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07:20
Quip takes another swing at Excel with enhanced...

Quip, a Silicon Valley startup that’s taking on the giants of the productivity software market, announced a major update to its spreadsheet capabilities Wednesday that’s aimed at bringing its service more in line with Microsoft Excel. 

The service’s spreadsheets now include features like the ability to merge cells, validate data and filter information in a sheet. With this update, users can also insert spreadsheets into documents so data and commentary can reside in the same place. It’s all tied together with Quip’s signature chat feature, which lets users discuss what’s going on inside a spreadsheet while they’re working on it together. 

These updates are key to helping Quip compete with its biggest rivals in the cloud productivity suite space: Microsoft’s Office 365 and Google Apps for Work. Those two services have their own spreadsheet applications, and this update makes Quip’s upstart offering more appealing to people who have richer spreadsheet needs. 

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07:18
A hacker is selling 167 million LinkedIn user records

A hacker is trying to sell a database dump containing account records for 167 million LinkedIn users.

The announcement was posted on a dark market website called TheRealDeal by a user who wants 5 bitcoins, or around $2,200, for the data set that supposedly contains user IDs, email addresses and SHA1 password hashes for 167,370,940 users.

According to the sale ad, the dump does not cover LinkedIn’s complete database. Indeed, LinkedIn claims on its website to have over 433 million registered members.

Troy Hunt, the creator of Have I been pwned?, a website that lets users check if they were affected by known data breaches, thinks that it’s highly likely for the leak to be legitimate. He had access to around 1 million records from the data set.

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07:12
Didi Chuxing president hints at tech link for Apple...

In a TV interview, Didi Chuxing president Jean Liu dropped more hints about the possible reasons for Apple's $1 billion investment, suggesting a technological connection.

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07:04
Apple and Boston Properties at Odds over Famed New...

It's being reported today that Apple wants to take a larger bite out of the GM Building. Apple pioneered its iconic and patented glass cube Apple Store on the Fifth Avenue plaza of the full block tower, but business ...

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06:48
Apple Engineers make a House Call for iTunes Bug

The guy that got the interent in a tizzy over iTunes deleting his personal music library has a follow up: Apple's engineers paid him a personal visit to troubleshoot the problem. What they discovered was the lost music wasn't user error, there's a hard to track bug in iTunes, and Amber, the phone support representative he originally spoke with didn't know what she was talking about.


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06:39
Note-Icy Apples launches ‘distraction killing’ tool...

Note-Ify Apps has introduced UnDistracted 1.0 for Mac OS X. The app is designed to help solve the problem of distractions and procrastination when working at your Mac.

UnDistracted highlights the active application window and shades all other windows, hides Desktop icons, the Dock and Menu, and enables "Do Not Disturb" mode on Skype and in the whole system. It automatically shades and hides the windows of non-active applications, allowing you to completely immerse yourself in your work.

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06:34
Tension Software releases Private Contact 3.3.1 for...

Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated Private Contact for Mac OS X to version 3.3.1.

It’s an app for managing an “always encrypted” address book. Version 3.3.1 is a maintenance update with some bug fixes and performance tweaks.

Private Contact requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher. It costs $4.99 and is available at the Tension Software website and the Mac App Store.

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06:23
Apple's CEO Enjoys China's famous JJ Lin...

Apple launched GarageBand for China yesterday that offers Chinese fans access to digital versions of instruments. In a new video, China's famous ...

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06:16
TermHere: a new Finder extension that points new...

TermHere is a new app available on the Mac App Store that serves as a Finder extension. Once enabled, right-clicking inside of the Finder will present a new shortcut to jump to a Terminal window pointed to the current working directory.

TermHere may feature a straightforward premise, but it’s very nice to have if you’re a developer or avid Terminal user. Watch our brief hands-on video inside to see it in action. more…

Filed under: Apps, Mac Tagged: App Development, Mac App Store, Terminal...

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06:07
Mac sales could be boosted with more focus on gaming

Apple has always — or so it seems — treated gaming as an afterthought on the Mac. It’s time for that to change. 

The worldwide PC market registered one of its lowest quarterly growth rates in the first quarter 2016, but Gartner, Inc. says several profit opportunities exist for PC [personal computer, not just Windows systems] vendors. One of those is gaming.

"PCs are no longer the first or only devices users are choosing for Internet access," says Meike Escherich, principal research analyst at Gartner. "Over the last five years, global shipments of traditional PCs (desktops and notebooks) have fallen from 343 million units in 2012 to an estimated 232 million units in 2016. In terms of revenue, the global PC market has contracted from $219 million in 2012 to an expected $137 million in 2016.”

 

Nevertheless, PCs are still able to deliver in areas that smartphones and tablets cannot, with larger screens,...

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06:00
Apple Pay rival CurrentC delayed, may never see...

The CurrentC horse may never even make it out of the gate.

CurrentC, the payment platform backed by a group of retailers under the banner Merchant Customer Exchange that caused a kerfuffle when Apple Pay launched, may never see release.

The consortium announced Monday that the CurrentC rollout has been postponed and that the company will lay off 30 employees after “feedback from the marketplace and our Columbus pilot.” MCX tested CurrentC at Target, Walmart, and other retail locations in Columbus, Ohio.

Walmart is currently experimenting with its own mobile payment platform, while Target has confirmed that it will support Apple Pay at stores nationwide later this year.

MCX CEO Brian Mooney said the group will focus on “working with...

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05:54
Microsoft sells Nokia feature phone division to...

Microsoft's steady decline in the mobile phone business continues, as the Redmond, Wash., company announced on Wednesday that it will sell the feature phone division it acquired from Nokia to a subsidiary of manufacturer Foxconn for $350 million.

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05:49
Apple to open iOS App Design and Development...

Apple has announced a new initiative to support engineering talent and accelerate growth in India’s iOS developer community. The company will establish an iOS App Design and Development Accelerator in Bengaluru, the home of India’s startup scene. It’s slated to open in early 2017.

Tens of thousands of developers in India make apps for iOS, and this initiative will provide additional, specialized support for them, says Apple CEO Tim Cook. Apple’s team will work to inspire and instruct developers on best practices, help them hone their skills and transform the design, quality and performance of their apps on the iOS platform, he adds.

Each week, Apple experts will lead briefings and provide one-on-one app reviews for developers. The facility will also provide support and guidance on Swift, Apple’s programming language created to build apps for iOS, Mac OS X, tvOS, and watchOS. 

Bengaluru is now home to more technology startups than any other part of India. Over...

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05:46
The Power of Preview: Converting Images and...

In this final installment of our series on Preview, OS X’s built-in image and PDF utility, we explore Preview’s export options and explain how to work around a common collaboration problem.

 

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05:45
Apple announces new iOS App Design and Development...

Apple has announced a new initiative to support engineering talent and accelerate growth in India’s iOS developer community.

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05:44
Cook meeting with major carriers in India to forge ‘...

The Economic Times reports that Tim Cook is meeting with the heads of major carriers in India in order to form ‘strategic partnerships’ as the country accelerates its LTE rollout. The smartphone market in India has so far been constrained by slow data speeds in most parts of the country.

Cook has said the advent of high-speed 4G networks in India will expand the market for iPhones, flagging elsewhere, making it a key market for the company.

Cook is said to be meeting with Bharti Airtel, the largest carrier in the country; Reliance Jio Infocomm, which plans to roll out LTE services nationwide this year; as well as Vodafone and others …

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05:43
Tim Cook Starts India Trip With Temple Visit and...

After arriving in India from Beijing on late Tuesday night, Apple CEO Tim Cook started his five-day trip in the country with a pre-dawn visit to the famous Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai on Wednesday, according to The Indian Express. Cook was accompanied by newly promoted Apple India head Sanjay Kaul.

Tim Cook and Apple India head Sanjay Kaul, right (Image: The Indian Express)

Cook proceeded to meet Anant Ambani, the son of Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani, before holding business meetings with Vodafone India CEO Sunil Sood, Tata Group Chairman Cyrus Mistry, and TCS CEO Natarajan Chandrasekaran, among others, at the luxurious Taj Mahal Hotel where he is...

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05:08
Apple's CEO has a Big Agenda in India this Week

Apple's CEO has landed in India for a week's long stay with a packed agenda. Earlier we reported on Apple's "First-of-its-Kind iOS App Design Center and Development Accelerator in India." We now have learned that Cook and his team will be meeting with the top telcos in India to ...

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05:05
Kickstarter: Pebble wristband adds 7-day power and...

While the Pebble smartwatch range may not compete with the Apple Watch in terms of functionality or display quality, it can be a good option for those who want multi-day battery-life. Third-party company Powerstrap is now aiming to boost that life even further with a powered strap that claims to add a full week of power through a 250mAh battery, as well as an on-board GPS module.

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05:01
Apple's Tim Cook woos app developers in India

In a bid to win over more Indian developers, Apple on Wednesday announced it would set up by early next year a facility to help developers on best practices and to improve the design, quality and performance of their apps on the iOS platform.

The facility in Bangalore, called a Design and Development Accelerator, aims to provide specialized support for the “tens of thousands” of developers in the country, who develop applications for the iOS operating system.

Bangalore has a large base of developers, working for the research and development centers of multinational companies or in startups, besides others who work independently. Apple estimates that over 1 million people in the city work in the tech sector, with over 40 percent of graduates from local universities specializing in engineering or IT.

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04:57
China will account for 40% of VR headset shipments...

Canalys (www.canalys.com) predicts vendors will ship 6.3 million virtual reality (VR) headsets worldwide in 2016, of which 40% will be in China.

VR has the potential to thrive in the country and the research group believes competition will be fierce this year. Barriers to enter the VR market have been lowered. Local vendors are releasing VR headsets that overcome the quality and performance issues of simple viewers, such as Samsung’s Gear VR and Google’s Cardboard. 

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04:42
CS Odessa releases Scrum Workflow Solution for...

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announceda new Scrum Workflow solution in ConceptDraw Solution Park.

The Scrum Workflow Solution for ConceptDraw Pro is designed to make it easy for anyone to build any professional Scrum diagram such as a Release burn-down chart, Release velocity chart, Sprint burn-down chart, or a Team velocity chart. The Scrum methodology breaks down the steps needed to reach the final goal by using short Sprints of 1-4 weeks.

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04:36
Troi Automatisering releases Troi Dialog Plug-in 6.5...

Troi Automatisering has released Troi Dialog Plug-in 6.5 for FileMaker Pro 15.

It’s a tool for displaying all sorts of dialogs in FileMaker Pro 15. The text of the dialog and of the buttons can be created dynamically by using a calculation. Troi Dialog Plug-in 6.5 has been made compatible with FileMaker 15. In addition, the upgrade has several bug fixes and further improvements.

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04:30
BT2200 headphones: do you hear what I hear?

I have to start this review with a confession: I hate buying headphones. If you are anything like me, when the time comes to replace the short-lived ear buds that you paid $12 for at Target, it hurts. You know they are not going to last long, they will probably hurt your ears — if you don’t lose them first. 

A few weeks ago I was trying to find a new pair of headphones before deciding I just did not want to pay $15 for another cheap pair that would not last. Lucky for me, the next day I was approached with the BT 2200 Studio grade Wireless Headphones. 

Did I mention they are made for kids? At first I was very skeptical about reviewing headphones made for children, but for a woman nearing her thirties, I have a fairly small head so I figured, "Why not?" That was the best decision I made all week. 

When unboxing the BT2200 headphones from Puro Sound Labs I was first impressed with the aesthetic quality. The...

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04:23
Kool Tools: BenQ PV32090PT display

BenQ America Corp.’s (http://www.benq.us) PV3200PT IPS monitor is purpose-built for today's professional video postproduction applications. The 32-inch, $1,499 4K Ultra HD display delivers color precision via 10-bit, 100-percent sRGB color, following the Rec. 709 standard.

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04:13
Output Factory Server for Adobe InDesign now...

Zevrix Solutions has announced Output Factory Server 1.2.14, a feature update to its output workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

Output Factory Server automates printing and exporting from InDesign by processing files from hot folders. The software offers layer versioning, preflighting, variable file name, export as single pages and other powerful features. Version 1.2.14 fully supports the editorial InCopy workflow by allowing to auto-update links in imported InCopy documents.

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04:06
Bezel-free iPhone a step closer as third Apple...

Concept designers have been creating renderings of bezel-free iPhones – where the display extends all the way to the edges of the phone – for years now. One major barrier to realizing this vision has, of course, been the Home button with its embedded Touch ID sensor.

Third-party companies have already developed transparent fingerprint sensors capable of being embedded into a smartphone display, and an Apple patent filed in March of last year but only published yesterday describes the exact same approach …

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04:00
Flygrip is a gripping iPhone accessory

Some inventions are so innovative and well thought out that you simply can't imagine life without them. Somebody had to invent the wheel after all. While the $29.95 Flygrip isn't quite as groundbreaking, I can't imagine using my iPhone without it.

The Flygrip will attach to practically any iPhone case with a very strong adhesive (The company will provide a basic bumper case at a nominal charge if you don’t have one). That's one of the things I like about the Flygrip - the ability to bring my own case (in fact, it isn't iPhone specific and will work with any phone).

While attached the Flygrip adds minimal bulk to the back of the case and can be used as a horizontal or vertical stand for your iPhone -- perfect for those tiny airplane tray tables or really any situations in which you want an easy viewing angle.

The killer feature of the Flygrip is the ability to hold your phone with one hand when the Flygrip is...

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04:00
GPS comes to Pebble Time smartwatches with...

Pebble’s plan to make its current generation of smartwatches even smarter is a genius one: The company includes a port for accessory makers to create straps that add all sort of functionality to the Pebble Time and Pebble Time Steel. Since Pebble announced that plan last spring, developers have created straps with built-in heart rate monitoring, wireless charging, and gesture control. But GPS has remained a requested but missing feature—until now.

Powerstrap just launched a Kickstarter for its Pal GPS smartstrap for the Pebble Time and Pebble Time Steel, which will let you track runs and store them on the sporty, sweat- and water-resistant strap (which comes in six colors...

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03:50
Foxconn Subsidiary Buys Microsoft's Entry-Level...

Earlier today Microsoft announced it reached an agreement to sell the company's entry-level feature phone assets to FIH Mobile Ltd., a subsidiary of Hon Hai/Foxconn Technology Group, and HMD Global, Oy for $350 million. As part of the deal, FIH Mobile Ltd. will also acquire Microsoft Mobile Vietnam — the company's Hanoi, Vietnam, manufacturing facility. Upon close of this deal,...

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03:30
5 ways to search Gmail that everyone should know...

In a perfectly productive world, your inbox would have a place for every email with every email in its place. But it’s easy to let messages stack up knowing Google’s powerful search can usually bail you out when you need to find a months-old missive. Still, there will be cases when you need the help of an advanced search operator.

These terms can help you home in on what you’re looking for more quickly and accurately than a simple search. There are dozens of operators you can use, but we’ve narrowed down five of the most handy.

1. Use ‘in:anywhere’ to search everywhere

It’s a given that a general Gmail search crawls every nook and cranny of your inbox, right? Alas, no. Search ignores Spam and Trash unless you specifically tell it to look there. That’s important to know because even Gmail’s spam filter is imperfect. And who hasn’t accidentally consigned some important message to the trash when furiously trying to get to inbox zero?

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03:30
10 classic early iPhone games still worth playing...

Old, but not forgotten

Remember the early days of iPhone gaming? The App Store wasn’t nearly as jam-packed with ultra-slick freemium games, but we still had plenty of fun. Touchscreen gameplay was still new and unfamiliar, and the games were often raw and less polished—but that made for some brilliant and unexpected experiences that kept us tapping and swiping for ages.

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03:00
Deal of the Day: iOS 9/Swift 2 Course Bundle for...

iOS 9 is the most advanced mobile operating system on the planet, while Swift 2 is quickly becoming the programming language of choice for developers. What if you could get 55 hours of training in both from the #1 instructor for online education marketplace Udemy for just $15? You can with today's deal - the iOS 9 and Swift 2 Course Bundle.

Whether you'd just like to learn more about app development or you're honing your skills for a new career, the bundle provides 2 courses with a phenomenal 373 lessons. During the Complete iOS 9 Developer Course, instructor Rob Percival will provide you with the following: 

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02:47
Apple to Open First-of-its-Kind iOS App Design...

Earlier today Apple's CEO Tim Cook, stated that "India is home to one of the most vibrant and entrepreneurial iOS development communities in the world. With the opening of this new facility in Bengaluru, we’re giving developers access to tools which will help them create innovative apps for customers around the world."

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Tuesday May 17

22:31
iOS Uber app now offers Find My Friends-style...

Uber has added Find My Friends-style tracking of family members using the car service on your account. The feature is an extension of the Family Profiles facility Uber started testing back in March, allowing you to add partners and children to your account so that their rides are all billed to a single card.

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21:48
Apple announces iOS App Design and Development...

Apple this evening has announced that it is opening a new iOS App Design and Development Accelerator in Bengaluru, India. Apple says that the city is the “home of India’s startup scene,” while there are tens of thousands of developers in India building apps for iOS.

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21:44
Apple Announces Plans to Establish iOS App Design...

As was rumored earlier this week, Apple today announced plans to establish a new iOS App Design and Development Accelerator in Bangalore, India. According to Apple, the accelerator is part of an effort to support engineering talent and boost growth in India's iOS developer community.

"India is home to one of the most vibrant and entrepreneurial iOS development communities in the world," said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO. "With the opening of this new facility in Bengaluru, we're giving developers access to tools which will help them create innovative apps for customers around the world."On a weekly basis, Apple experts plan to lead briefings and offer one-on-one app reviews for developers. The...

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21:40
Apple to open iOS app design and development...

As expected, Apple late Tuesday announced plans to open a Design and Development Accelerator in Bengaluru, India, where developers will learn a variety of skills for coding on Apple's software platforms.

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21:32
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20:42
ANZ's Apple Pay exclusivity drives credit card...

Australian bank ANZ earlier this month observed a 20 percent spike in online credit card and deposit account applications after announcing support for Apple Pay, results that have prompted holdouts to rethink their position on Apple's payments service.

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20:30
Two Apple engineers traveled to a customer’s house...

Last week, we drew attention to a blog post from James Pinkstone in which he described how iTunes Match deleted 122GB of his personal music collection went viral. Apple confirmed the issue on Friday and rolled out a potential fix with iTunes 12.4 yesterday, but Pinkstone today has shared a new blog post detailing the extreme lengths to which Apple went in order to track down what exactly caused the problem in the...

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18:15
Apple Granted a Key Patent Supporting Touch ID...

Apple has two patent pending inventions that cover a future version of Touch ID being positioned beneath the display of devices like an iPhone or iPad. Today's granted patent for touch technology beneath a display marks Apple's third patent on this front and it comes by way of Privaris.

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17:38
Apple sent senior engineers to customer's house...

James Pinkstone, whose blog post about an apparent iTunes music deletion bug went viral last week, said on Tuesday that Apple flew two senior software engineers across the country in attempts to troubleshoot the issue.

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15:54
Forked Debian Beta Is Rough Around the Edges


The Devuan GNU/Linux community's much-awaited Devuan Linux Jessie 1.0 beta release is available. It took two years for disgruntled Debian community members to make good on their promise of a systemd-free Debian distro. They rejected a Linux-wide trend to replace older init processes such as Upstart and System V with systemd. The process of forking Debian into Devuan took much longer than the Devuan leadership expected, according to Devuan.org. Despite that delay, Devuan Jessie is a safe upgrade path from Debian Wheezy.

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14:50
Apple Pay gains 30 more US banks amid wait for more...

Apple on Tuesday updated the roster of U.S. banks supporting Apple Pay with another 30 entries, while shoppers continued to wait for more retail partners to come onboard.

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14:40
AWT News Update: May 17, 2016

Today's AWT News Update brings you news from the world of Apple!

  • The iOS 9.3.2 update is bricking some iPad Pros
  • Apple's apparently hiring a number of people with expertise in wireless charging
  • Foxconn and Pegatron are hiring iPhone assembly workers earlier than usual this year
  • Free the FM!

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for May 17, 2016. Our sponsor this week is Elgato Eve Energy, providing Apple HomeKit-compatible control of your home through Siri.

Have an iPad Pro? You might want to hold off on updating the tablet to iOS 9.3.2. Why? Well, reports are coming out with the news that the latest iOS update...

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14:38
Investor George Soros latest to snap up Apple stock...

Following Warren Buffett's surprise investment in Apple, it was recently revealed that billionaire investor George Soros took a position in the iPhone maker, buying up thousands of shares as company stock prices hover at their lowest point in years.

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14:30
Google to Dim Flash Player in Chrome Browser


Google last week announced that it would minimize use of Adobe's Flash Player in its Chrome Web browser by the end of the year by turning off its default status. When Chrome encounters a Web page, it will report the presence of Flash Player only if a user has indicated that the domain should execute Flash or if the site is in one of the top 10 domains using Flash, ‎Google's Anthony LaForge said. When a Web surfer using Chrome encounters a site offering HTML5, the change in Google's browser will make that the primary experience.

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14:00
The Week in Mac Accessories: Case in point

Casing the joint

This week’s roundup includes a number of options for carrying and protecting your MacBook when you’re on the go. Read on!

Amped Wireless

The $90 High Power AC1200 Plug-In Wi-Fi Range Extender lets you extend the range of your Wi-Fi by up to 10,000 square feet, and it’s universal, working with all brands of routers and service provider gateways. The result? No more dead spots in your Wi-Fi coverage.

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13:53
Facebook Looks Into Bias Claims


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg last week announced that the company would investigate allegations that its Trending Topics feature had an anticonservative bias. "We have found no evidence that this report is true," he said, referring to a news report earlier this month that kicked off the storm. The company is "conducting a full investigation to ensure our teams upheld the integrity" of Trending Topics, Zuckerberg asserted, adding that he would hold discussions with "leading conservatives and people from across the political spectrum."

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13:52
Notable apps and app updates for May 17, 2016

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

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

Sl's Repository has debuted Browsy. It’s a $3.99 “smart” fullscreen web browser designed to allow you to browse the web without anything getting in your way. Features include an Apple Watch app, Reading View, Notes View, tabs, support for iOS 9 features like keyboard shortcuts, Spotlight, iPad multitasking, 3D touch and more.

tvOS Apps/Updates for the Apple TV

Kwalee has unleashed Time Monkeys for the Apple TV. The free 3D action adventure features a time...

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13:45
Tip of the Day: Adjusting Artwork Size in iTunes 12.4

iTunes 12.4, released earlier this week, has taken steps to simplify the user interface a bit. Although most of the same options are still there, they’ve been moved around and a few have been enhanced a bit in the process. View options have been taken out of the location on the top-right drop-down menu and have returned entirely to the traditional View overlay dialog found in pre-iTunes 12 versions — accessible using the Show View Options…

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13:33
IK Multimedia releases Saturator X

The effect of Saturation, or the introduction of harmonic distortion, on an audio track or mix can add that certain special “flavor” and “warmth” that only magnetic tape, tubes, transformers or transistors can deliver. The T-RackS Saturator X delivers that classic analog saturation and takes you on a trip back in time to the birth of “modern” recording before computers and opens your recordings to the mysterious, elusive and warm world of analog saturation.

There really is something special about saturation.

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13:31
Apple TV Sees Major Sales Growth in 2015 But Still...

The launch of the fourth-generation Apple TV, with Siri integration and a full App Store, resulted in a huge Apple TV sales boost, according to new data shared by Parks Associates. In 2015, Apple TV unit sales were 50 percent higher than unit sales in 2014.

Despite the surge in sales, the Apple TV continues to rank as the fourth most popular streaming media player in the United States, coming in behind Roku, Amazon, and Google. The Apple TV accounted for 20 percent of streaming media players purchased from 1Q 2015 to 1Q 2016, compared to 30 percent for Roku and 22 percent each for Amazon and Google.

While Apple TV remains in fourth place among the four major brands, it had the largest increase in unit sales year-over-year, primarily...

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13:22
Apple's iTunes 12.4 update provides unexpected...

The iTunes 12.4 update appears to have improved the speed of Apple's jukebox software, even though the company isn't actively promoting that fact, according to user comments on Reddit and Twitter, and first-hand experience by AppleInsider.

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13:00
Belkin's Wemo smart home devices now work with...

Two of the biggest names in home automation -- Belkin's Wemo and Google's Nest -- just announced that they'll be working together. The ability of the Nest Learning Thermostat to control Wemo devices increases the power of both the Nest Thermostat and the Wemo devices.

All Wemo switches -- the Wemo Insight Switch, Wemo Switch, Wemo Light Switch and Wemo Maker -- now work with the Nest Thermostat. How this all integrates together is through the Nest Home/Away Assist feature, so any time the Nest detects Home or Away status, it can turn Wemo devices on or off. In addition, the Wemo App adds the capability to check the status and temperature of the Nest Thermostat, change the Home and Away mode settings, or even set the target temperature of the Nest.

Some of the sample uses of the integration highlighted by Wemo include:

  • Having the porch light come on...
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12:52
Apple TV sales surge with hardware refresh, but...

A new survey of U.S. broadband households recently purchased a streaming media player has found that Roku continues to own the largest market share, while the Apple TV sales have greatly increased since last year's update. However, no one device controls a majority of the market, leaving the race for a winner still wide open.

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12:35
BitTorrent Live app to bring peer-to-peer live video...

BitTorrent on your TV? It’s on the way. BitTorrent on Tuesday announced BitTorrent Live, a streaming app coming to Apple TV this week, with videos covering topics like news, sports, music, and tech. According to a blog post, the app will expand to Android, iOS, and OS X in June, and Windows later on.

Unlike the BitTorrent protocol for peer-to-peer file sharing, or the BitTorrent Sync app that streams media from your computer to your mobile devices, BitTorrent Live doesn’t rely on files that you already have or that you sniff out on the Internet. You just open BitTorrent Live and start...

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12:15
External Link: CurrentC Out of Juice

The Verge is reporting that MCX, the retail consortium behind Apple Pay competitor CurrentC, is laying off 30 employees. The layoffs may indicate that CurrentC, which never saw widespread release, is dead in the water. Since MCX-affiliated merchants banded together to block Apple Pay in October 2014, some members, such as Best Buy, have added support for Apple Pay, while others, like Walmart, have introduced their own payment apps. This outcome was entirely predictable: CurrentC linked to customer checking accounts via flimsy QR codes, giving it the double whammy of being both inconvenient and insecure.

 

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11:52
Apple Pay's retailer-backed rival CurrentC may...

In a move that will surprise absolutely no one, an Apple Pay rival that never actually launched has now fizzled. CurrentC was backed by a group of retailers under the banner Merchant Customer Exchange and caused a kerfuffle when Apple Pay launched because many of its retail members turned off Near-Field Communication on their payment terminals to thwart people trying to use their iPhones to pay. Apple Pay is still chugging along and CurrentC may never emerge.

The consortium announced Monday that the CurrentC rollout has been postponed and that the company will lay off 30 employees after “feedback from the marketplace and our Columbus pilot,” TechCrunch reported. MCX tested CurrentC at Target,...

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11:45
Who makes the most reliable hard drive? Latest...

Nearly every hard drive manufacturer improved in reliability but one manufacturer still leads the pack, according to the latest hard drive survey from BackBlaze.

The hard drives in question power BackBlaze’s cloud backup data center and total some 61,590 spinning drives with more than a billion hours of operation among them.

Why this matters: Hard drives aren’t sexy anymore but a failure means expensive recovery fees or simply the loss of one’s precious memories. BackBlaze’s annual survey of a large sample of drives has come to represent a way for consumers to discern what brand and what model to buy.

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11:32
Elle’s 2016 women in tech

Impressive list of talented people.

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11:20
Symantec Antivirus Products Vulnerable To Horrid...

An anonymous reader writes: Tavis Ormandy of Google's Project Zero team has discovered a vulnerability in Symantec Antivirus Engine. The said engine is vulnerable to a buffer overflow when parsing malformed portable-executable (PE) header files, reports ZDNet. "Such malformed PE files can be received through incoming email, downloading of a document or application, or by visiting a malicious web site," Symantec said. "No user interaction is required to trigger the parsing of the malformed file." For Linux, OS X, and other Unix-like systems, the exploit results in a remote heap overflow as root in the Symantec or Norton process, Ormandy said in the Project Zero issue tracker. "On Windows, this results in kernel memory corruption, as the scan engine is loaded into the kernel (wtf!!!), making this a remote ring0 memory corruption vulnerability -- this is about as bad as it can possibly get," he said.The vulnerability, if exploited, results in kernel memory corruption without user...

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11:19
Largest shareholder urges struggling Pandora to sell...

Activist investment firm Corvex Management is pushing streaming radio service -- and Apple Music competitor -- Pandora to seriously consider selling the company, instead of pursuing what it has dubbed a "costly and uncertain business plan."

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11:07
Apple's Hiring Activity has increased in the...

Patently Apple has covered thirteen related wireless charging patents since 2011 and have set up a special archive for easy reference. A new report shows that Apple's hiring ...

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10:52
Grovemade debuts new desk trays for Apple accessories

Grovemade, a designer of handcrafted wooden and leather accessories, has introduced newly redesigned trays for Apple’s latest versions of the Magic Keyboard and Trackpad. (We'll have a review soon). 

The desk trays are crafted to complement the iconic profile of the Apple accessories, and feature ergonomically designed, slim profiles. The trays are designed, fabricated, and finished by Grovemade at their workshop based in Portland, Oregon.                                                 

Grovemade’s desk trays are available in domestic Eastern Hardrock Maple or Black Walnut and lined with cork to protect desks and keep the Magic Keyboards and Trackpads in place. The Keyboard Tray retails for $99, the Keyboard Tray 10 Key retails for $119, and the Trackpad Tray retails for $59.

The desk trays are part of an existing line of desk accessories including a MacBook Dock, Laptop Stand, Monitor...

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10:52
Associate: Simple Affiliate Linking for Amazon

With the Amazon Associates program you can link to products sold on Amazon to earn commissions on purchases made with those links. The trouble is, creating those links is a hassle on iOS. Associate fixes that with easy to use search and link conversion.

The developer, John Voorhees, is a great guy that develops great software.

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10:46
'Forza' NASCAR expansion puts stock cars...

In an effort to bring even more racing action to Xbox One, Forza Motorsport 6 is adding NASCAR to its lineup of on-track offerings. With an expansion pack, the title gains 24 cars from the 2016 NASCAR season which you can now use to race on the newly...

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10:45
Maintain serves up Cocktail 9.3 (El Capitan Edition)

Maintain has served up Cocktail 9.0 (El Capitan Edition), a new edition of Cocktail for users running OS X El Capitan 10.11.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. The new adds OS X 10.11.5 compatibility and ability to clear iCloud caches. It also adds ability to disable animation when showing and hiding Launchpad or Mission Control and resolves a number of minor issues discovered in the previous release.

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10:40
Apple set to invest in India as Tim Cook visits

Apple Inc is set to announce plans to expand its Indian software development center and build an accelerator program for local start-ups, two sources aware of the investment said on Tuesday, hours before Chief Executive Tim Cook’s maiden visit.

Cook, who arrives in India late on Tuesday, is making his Indian debut just as the country emerges as one of the last large growth markets in the smartphone world, while sales in the United States and China begin to taper off.

This is a big investment trip for Apple. First China, now investments in India. It’s smart to become part of the economies where they want to sell products.

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10:33
The Apple TV’s share of sales in 2015 was 50% higher...

Parks Associates has announced new research showing Roku is still the most popular brand of streaming media players, accounting for 30% of the players purchased from the first quarter of 2015 to the first quarter of 2016. Amazon moved into a virtual tie with Google at 22% of sales. Along with Apple TV (20%), the four major players account for 94% of the streaming media players purchased, up from 86% in 2014.

While Apple TV remains in fourth place among the four major brands, it had the largest increase in unit sales year-over-year, primarily due to sales of the fourth generation model, which launched in the fourth quarter of 2015. Its share of sales in 2015 was 50% higher than its share in 2014.

Approximately one-third of Roku sales were sticks, and roughly three-quarters of Amazon...

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10:30
Apple World Today 60-second Video Tip: Turning off...

The large screen iPhones (iPhone 6/6s, iPhone 6 Plus/6s Plus) have a feature called Reachability that's useful when you want to use the device one-handed, but it's easy to accidentally trigger the feature when you don't want it. In today's 60-second Video Tip, we'll talk about Reachability and how it's used, and also how to shut it off for good.

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10:26
Apple hiring experts in wireless charging

Two former uBeam engineers with expertise in wireless charging and ultrasonic technology had been hired by Apple, reports The Verge. uBeam is a wireless charging start-up. In the last two years Apple has hired more than a dozen staffers with expertise in wireless charging, the article adds.

The hirings are no surprise. Ever since Samsung launched dual-mode wireless charging on their Galaxy S6 and S6 edge phones last year, all eyes have been on Apple to see whether they would also add wireless charging to the iPhone. Wireless charging is proving very popular with those who have used the technology. 

In fact over 90% of respondents in a 2015 IHS customer survey said they would choose wireless charging technology on their next handset. The market tripled in size last year compared to 2014, with more than 160 million wireless charging receivers...

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10:23
Symantec antivirus security flaw exposes Linux, Mac...

Security holes in antivirus software are nothing new, but holes that exist across multiple platforms? That's rare... but it just happened. Google's Tavis Ormandy has discovered a vulnerability in Symantec's antivirus engine (used in both Symantec-...

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10:12
iOS 9.3.2 update 'bricking' some Apple...

Trying to install Apple's iOS 9.3.2 update is causing some iPad Pros to become unusable, according to media reports and complaints on Apple's support forums.

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10:06
9.7-Inch iPad Pro Crashing Issues Persist for Some...

Over the past six weeks, a number of 9.7-inch iPad Pro early adopters have reported sporadic crashing issues that result in the tablet soft rebooting to the Apple logo start up screen and prompting Touch ID or passcode verification.

The bug has afflicted a wide range of 9.7-inch iPad Pro models since the tablet launched on March 31, regardless of storage capacity, color, and Wi-Fi or cellular capabilities. Both iOS 9.3.1 and iOS 9.3.2 appear to be affected.

Based on crowdsourced information from the Apple Support Communities and MacRumors discussion forums, it...

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09:52
Apple Hires Pair of Engineers From Wireless Charging...

As rumors swirl around Apple's potential integration of wireless charging in future iPhone models, The Verge discovered the company has recently hired a pair of engineers with specialties focused in wireless charging and ultrasonic technology. Those two hires came in the past four months, but they are part of a larger group of more than a dozen wireless charging hires over the past two years.

The two latest hires, Jonathan Bolus and Andrew Joyce, come from startup uBeam, which is working on a wireless charging technique centered around the harnessing of ultrasonic waves that are converted into electricity to charge an electronic device. Questions about the viability of uBeam's technology have been...

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09:38
Apple's Supply Chain begins to Rev up for...

It's being reported today that Apple's supply chain is expected to begin shipping Apple's upcoming next-generation iPhone products at the end of the third quarter.

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09:14
Apple hires wireless charging experts, hinting at...

Apple is hiring a number of people with experience in wireless charging, a technology it could be planning to build into 2017 iPhone and iPad models.

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09:08
Mac: Grovemade Keyboard and Trackpad Trays

Grovemade has redesigned its wood and cork Keyboard Tray ($99) and Trackpad Tray ($59) to keep up with Apple’s updated Magic Keyboard and Trackpad. Like the previous Grovemade keyboard tray, the wooden keyboard and trackpad holders are lined with cork to keep devices in place and prop them up at a slight incline for added ergonomic comfort. The trays also have cork feet to keep devices from slipping and to protect desk surfaces from scratches.

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09:07
Apple Launches GarageBand for China with Chinese...

Earlier today Apple announced an update to GarageBand that celebrates the rich history of Chinese music with new instruments and extensive Chinese language localization throughout the app. Building on GarageBand’s extensive collection of sounds, this update adds traditional Chinese instruments — the pipa, erhu and Chinese percussion — along with 300 Apple-created Chinese musical loops ...

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08:39
Intel has Reportedly Won Apple's Modem Chip...

Last year we posted a report titled "Intel's One-Time Secret Modem Project may be Headed for the iPhone 7 and Beyond." Then last month we posted a follow-up report titled "Could Qualcomm's Possible Loss of Apple's iPhone Modem Business be Intel's Gain?" The answer to that question appears to be yes. A new supply chain report today states that "Intel...

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08:22
News: China scrutinizing Apple over security concerns

Chinese authorities are reviewing whether the encryption on Apple devices poses a potential security threat to the country and its consumers, The New York Times reports. Anonymous sources confirmed that China is quietly scrutinizing Apple and other U.S. tech companies, requiring executives or employees of foreign companies to answer questions about their products’ encryption capabilities and data storage. The interviews are being run by a committee…

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08:21
SoundHound for iOS adds ‘OK Hound’ command for voice...

Siri may be the default voice assistant on iPhones and iPads, but it can easily be beat when it comes to speed and third-party service integration. SoundHound’s new voice command and Hands-Free mode on iOS highlights this. Starting today, SoundHound can activate its music recognition feature instantly with the ‘OK Hound’ command, plus the app integrates with Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, and other services to add to what’s possible.

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08:20
Review: Logitech Logi BASE Charging Stand for iPad...

As we've noted recently, Logitech's Logi BASE ($100) is the first stand to charge an iPad Pro through its Smart Connector. BASE displays an iPad Pro at a 70-degree angle for viewing while charging. The stand works with either size iPad Pro, and should work with most cases that leave an opening for the Smart Connector. The charging stand doesn't include any cables or power adapters — a Lightning cable is plugged into the back of the stand, with the USB end of the cable to be inserted into an adapter. Logitech recommends using an electrical outlet with BASE, rather than a USB port.{/exp:char_limit}
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08:10
Mekorama's little world is a fun 3D puzzler

For some reason, games that are appealing to me have been popping up in the App Store like dandelions in the spring. Last week I fell in love with Diced, and this week's new iOS mind-bender is Mekorama (free with a pay-what-you-like in-app purchase).

Like last year's Monument Valley, Mekorama is a puzzle game that consists of 3-dimensional structures that you have to turn and manipulate with your finger. It also has a character -- in this case, it's a little robot with one big unblinking eye on top that you direct to walk around the puzzle in search of an end goal.

Each of the puzzles is on a "card" -- there are 50 of them in the game. Then there are what are called "scan...

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08:05
Foxconn & Pegatron kick off hiring early to cope...

Apple's two main assembly partners, Foxconn and Pegatron, are said to have begun extra hiring for iPhone production early this year, allegedly owing to the complexity of the "iPhone 7."

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07:45
Apple releases watchOS 9.2.1, tvOS 2.2.1

Along with yesterday’s smorgasbord of updates, Apple also updated its watchOS and tvOS operating systems.

tvOS hit version 9.2.1 and contained bug fixes and performance improvements, but no new features. Apple released tvOS 9.2 just last month, which brought support for Siri dictation, organizing your apps in folders, and connecting a Bluetooth keyboard.

To update your fourth-gen Apple TV, start in the Settings app, then scroll down to System > Software Update. If you have automatic updates enabled, you’ll be prompted the next time you fire up your Apple TV.

watchOS was updated to version 2.2.1 yesterday and includes assorted bug fixes and performance improvements.

If you’ve tried either the new version of tvOS or watchOS and have any feedback to offer, let us know in the...

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07:45
T-Mobile expands Binge On data-free video streaming...

T-Mobile today announced new services being added to its Binge On program, which allows its wireless subscribers to stream video content from certain apps without dipping into their mobile data caps.

more…

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07:42
Apple Granted 47 Patents Today Covering Free Fall...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 47 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover an Apple invention designed to protect devices from free falls. In addition we cover two design patents. The first covers an Apple Watch related design and the second may be related to the iPad Pro.

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07:35
Apple to expand Indian development center, announce...

Coinciding with Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook's first-ever visit to India, the iPhone maker will reportedly make a pair of key announcements for the emerging market, related to software development and local start-up companies.

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07:11
Tim Cook to visit India, hang out with the prime...

Apple CEO Tim Cook will be visiting India on Tuesday to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Cook is expected to utilize this trip to announce several of company's plans for the nation, according to CNET.

In his first visit to India, Cook will be visiting multiple cities. During his stay, he's expected to announce a startup accelerator program in India with an aim to foster development of iOS apps, according to the Economic Times.

It's also rumored that the company will open three Apple Stores throughout the country within the next 18 months, one...

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07:00
Apple, Microsoft and Other US Tech Companies...

An anonymous reader writes: Chinese government is keeping an ever watchful eye on the companies doing business in the country, especially when foreign companies compete with local ones. To that end, the Chinese authorities have begun a security review among many different American technology companies like Apple and others. These, while mostly done out of the public sphere, seem to target issues like encryption and data storage. According to a report from the New York Times (paywalled; alternate source), government representatives have been questioning engineers and executives from different technology companies with regards to these issues for the last nine months. The so-called security reviews are being done by the Cyberspace Administration of China, with the government committee including experts tied to the country's military and security agencies.The Verge has more details.

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06:43
Cisdem releases PDFPasswordRemover 3 with PDF...

Cisdem has released PDFPasswordRemover 3 (http://www.cisdem.com/pdf-password-remover-mac.html) for Mac. It’s a PDF unlocking tool to help you recover and remove both user password and owner password.

It supports the ability to “crack” PDFs in any language and any Adobe PDF version (1.0-1.7). PDFPasswordRemover 3 is compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 and higher. It costs $34.99; a “lite” version is available for $19.99. A demo of PDFPasswordRemover 3 is available at at the product website.

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06:37
Patina Painting for Mac relaunched with new features...

Atek has announced Patina 1.1, an update to their painting/drawing app for Mac OS X (10.8 and higher).

It’s designed for making simple drawings & sketches, as well as for doing basic image editing tasks. Patina offers basic operations, such as drawing and manipulating shapes, setting & changing colors, moving and resizing objects, and doing annotations. Version 1.1 offers a variety of enhancements, including the addition of retina display support.

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06:35
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06:27
goPanel for OS X gets added support for Ubuntu 16.04...

Global Web has announced goPanel 1.0.3 (http://gopanel.io/), an update to their remote Unix server management app for Mac OS X.

It provides an alternative to the cPanel software normally used to administer Unix-based web servers. Version 1.0.3 offers added support for Ubuntu 16.04 and Debian 7 & 8, improved user authentication support, bug fixes, and more.

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06:00
Quotes in InfoWorld Article About Careers

I love being asked questions about career trajectories. I alway preface my answers with the fact that it’s just my reaction to things and I’m weird and maybe not everyone agrees. I recently provided some answers about careers of developers, from the perspective of a hiring manager. Luckily there are others that answered more intelligently than I! So, feel free to read the article here.

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06:00
Warren Buffett Buys $1 Billion Stake In Apple

An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNN: Berkshire Hathaway, the conglomerate run by Buffett, disclosed in a regulatory filing Monday that it purchased more than 9.8 million shares in Apple during the first quarter. It marks Berkshire's first investment in Apple. Berkshire acquired its position at an average price of about $109 a share. Apple's stock price has since fallen to just above $90, meaning that Berkshire's stake in Apple is now worth about $888 million. The Apple purchase is the second big tech investment by Berkshire, which has been steadily adding to its stake in IBM during the past few years. Until recently, Buffett had been famous for his lack of investments in the tech sector. But Apple fits perfectly in Buffett's wheelhouse. The company is a leader in its market and the stock is extremely cheap, trading for just 11 times this year's earnings estimates. Apple also has a pristine balance sheet, with $232.9 billion in cash. At the end of April, billionaire...

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05:57
3D printing market to be worth $22.4 billion in 2020...

Canalys predicts that the worldwide market for 3D printers, and associated materials and services will reach a value of $4.9 billion by the end of 2016, so you have to wonder if Apple has any interest in the technology.

The total market is expected to grow by a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 43.5% from 2015 to 2020, reaching a value of $22.4 billion, according to the research group. Shipments of 3D printers are forecast to grow at a CAGR of 67.2%, to reach 2.4 million units by 2020.

Worldwide, vendors shipped 182,000 3D printers in 2015, a 37% year-on-year increase, with strong performances in both the enterprise and consumer sectors. While industrial expenditure on 3D printers fell, educational establishments ordered thousands of systems for their students, according to Canalys.

Instead of making its own printers, I think Apple will work with 3D printer manufacturers to make sure that their products...

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05:52
Apple Granted a Patent for a Supporting In-Vehicle...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 47 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a new mapping and CarPlay invention that was originally filed under the inventors' names and not Apple. Today's granted patent covers electronic equipment in a system that transmits and receives wireless alerts. The system works in conditions where GPS fails.

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05:48
Patent report: authorizing use of a Mac with an iOS...

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

At some point you may be able to authorize use of a Mac by holding your iPhone or iPad close to it. Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,342,674) for a “man-machine interface for controlling access to electronic devices.”

The invention relates to devices, methods and computer readable media that allow users using a first device to be easily authenticated. For example, while the first device (say, an iPhone) is close to a second device (a Mac), the first device requests user authentication using the one or more biometric sensors. After requesting the user authentication, the first device detects biometric information associated with the user with the one or more...

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05:30
Rumor: iPhone 7 to ship by the end of September

According to Digitimes, the next generation of iPhones — probably to be dubbed the iPhone 7 — will ship at the end of September. (The fanciful iPhone mock-up in this article are courtesy of Web Design Co.)

The article says the new 4.7-inch iPhone will be handled by Pegatron Technology and Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry), while the new 5.5-inch model will be made by Wistron and Foxconn.

Chances that the rumor is true (IMHO) opinion: 100%. After all, to date that’s been the time frame when Apple always releases new smartphone.

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04:53
98% of British consumers happy with their mobile...

A consumer survey conducted by leading mobile commerce analyst firm Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) has found near universal satisfaction amongst UK mobile banking users, with 98% of those surveyed stating that they were “very happy” or “quite happy” with their service.

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04:30
Would you like a Mac that could change colors?

Would you like a Mac that could change color? Probably won't happen, but Apple has considered the idea. In 2003, Apple filed a patent (number 20020190975) for just such technology.

It involves "electronic devices that are capable of dynamically changing their ornamental or decorative housing." Besides looking cool, imagine a Mac that would change colors to alert to specific things. Say, it turns red when you have new email, blue when the latest system updates are installed, etc.

Here's Apple's summary of the patent (invented by Duncan Kerr): "The electronic devices generally include an illuminable housing. The illuminable housing, which includes at least one wall configured for the passage of light, is configured to enclose, cover and protect a light arrangement as well as functional components of the electronic device."

Apple says the advantage of a color-changing Mac would be that it could provide additional feedback. How so? Here's one example that Apple...

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04:25
Broadcaster for YouTube for OS X revved to version 1...

Mac Broadcaster has released Broadcaster for YouTube 1.1, an update to their YouTube live-streaming app for Mac OS X.

The software offers individuals and businesses a tool to broadcast live content directly to YouTube, from their Mac.Video streams can include the Mac's desktop, as well as video from individual apps, iOS devices, webcams, and more. Version 1.1 brings improved screen & app capture, the ability to use a secondary YouTube server, and more.

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04:18
Kool Tools: Urbanears X Roland headphones

Thanks to a collaboration with Roland–Garros, Urbanears (https://www.urbanears.com/ue_us_en/) has released a new edition of its Active Hellas headphones fit to sweat on the tournament’s famous surface of champions.

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04:04
Apple Wins Patent for Controlling a Display or...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 47 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's patent titled "Pointing-Based Display Interaction." This granted patent is one that Apple gained when acquiring Israeli firm PrimeSense. The granted invention covers interacting with a computer or television in a multimodal manner ...

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03:45
Why the iPhone needs a 'panic button' now...

Should you be able to plead the Fifth if authorities order you to unlock your iPhone using Touch ID?

A judge in California has recently ruled that your fingerprint does not have the same Constitutional protections as your numeric passcode, so Touch ID-enabled iPhones are susceptible to search warrants. Thankfully, Apple is considering developing a new way to protect our iPhones using Touch ID.

In this week’s iPhone Show, we look into an Apple patent that would give iPhones a new “panic mode” to lock out personal information or reset the device entirely. You’d be able to designate a certain finger for Touch ID to secretly...

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03:00
Apple imagines citywide ground-based navigation...

In a patent awarded to Apple on Tuesday, the company imagines entire cities outfitted with low-power wireless transmitters capable of sending pinpoint-accurate location data, as well as dynamic environmental alerts, to iPhones and in-car navigation systems.

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02:22
Is China Really Attempting to Extract Trade Secrets...

In late April Patently Apple posted a report titled "As Promised, China begins Crackdown on Apple over Content under the Guise of Security." The report covered China's regulatory body known as the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television abruptly shutting down Apple's iBooks Store and iTunes Movies. It was, in-part, the New York Times (NYTimes) first report on the new cyberspace crackdown on American tech companies led by China's President Xi Jinping. Late last night the NYTimes posted a follow-up report.

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01:00
Does the iPhone need a ‘panic button’?

A new ‘panic mode’ for your iPhone might help keep your data more secure. And with the current legal decisions regarding Touch ID, this iOS feature is now vital.

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20:22
Security Update 2016-003 (Mavericks and Yosemite)

Patches a select few security vulnerabilities in the two older California-themed OS releases. (Free, various sizes)

 

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19:13
Fitbit's 'basic' devices dominate...

As the wearables market continues to evolve, new data shows a widening gap between basic and affordable fitness bands and more complex, do-it-all devices like Apple Watch -- though the bulk of sales skew toward cheaper, simpler devices like Fitbit.

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18:56
Apple products subject of secretive Chinese...

A Chinese government committee is closely examining encryption and data storage technology products imported by foreign corporations, including Apple, in a bid to protect against national security threats, according to a report on Monday.

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18:28
Petition to activate smartphone FM radios gains...

A new report from CBC News details the progress being made to unlock the FM radio chip that many smartphones feature. Many smartphones have an untapped FM chip inside them that users are unable to take advantage of and while many Android devices are confirmed to have the chip, the iPhone also has despite Apple not officially recognizing it.

A petition has been running in the United States to urge carriers and manufacturers to unlock the hidden FM chip in smartphones. The campaign has gained significant steam since its inception, so much so that carriers are starting to agree to unlock the chip…but Apple has yet to comment.

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18:08
Adobe adds automatic pattern generation tool to...

Adobe recently updated its Capture CC app for iOS with a new tool that transforms images or real-world objects into geometric and organic patterns, offering users an automated alternative to what was once a tedious manual workflow.

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17:25
Safari 9.1.1

Fixes an issues that prevented browsing history from being fully deleted. (Free)

 

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17:02
Translation From Corporate Jargon Doublespeak to...

From a statement released by Brian Mooney, CEO of MCX, the consortium behind the long-overdue mobile payments app CurrentC:

Utilizing unique feedback from the marketplace and our Columbus
pilot, MCX has made a decision to concentrate more heavily in the
immediate term on other aspects of our business including working
with financial institutions, like our partnership with Chase, to
enable and scale mobile payment solutions.

CurrentC is a complete and utter failure.

As part of this transition, MCX will postpone a nationwide rollout
of its CurrentC application.

CurrentC’s nationwide rollout is never going to happen.

As MCX has said many times, the mobile payments space is just
beginning to take shape — it is...

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16:59
China targets Apple, U.S. tech companies in security...

Apple and other companies in recent months have been subjected to reviews that target encryption and the data storage of tech products, said people briefed on the reviews who spoke on the condition of anonymity. In the reviews, Chinese officials require executives or employees of the foreign tech companies to answer questions about the products in person, according to these people.

This must be worrisome for foreign companies. This isn’t an Apple specific issue, so I hope people don’t overreact to this news.

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16:55
Apple celebrates Chinese music with GarageBand update

Apple has announced an update to GarageBand for both OS X and iOS that celebrates the rich history of Chinese music with new instruments and extensive Chinese language localization throughout the app.

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16:39
MCX hits pause on Apple Pay competitor CurrentC,...

The Merchant Consumer Exchange consortium, which previously enjoyed support from major retailers like Walmart, CVS, The Gap and more, has postponed plans to take its CurrentC mobile payments product nationwide.

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16:37
10 ways to improve iPhone photography with the stock...

This weekend’s discussion of the Sony a6300 got me thinking about the iPhone’s camera, and how great it can be when wielded properly. Our own Ben Lovejoy shared his tips for taking good iPhone photos a few months ago, and now I’d like to share my 10 go-to tips for snapping better iPhone pictures. more…

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16:25
GarageBand for iOS and Mac updated with focus on...

Apple today has updated GarageBand for Mac and iOS to “celebrate the rich history of Chinese music.” The update for both platforms includes a variety of new sounds and instruments that cater towards the Chinese music industry. The update brings GarageBand for iOS to version 2.1.1 and GarageBand for OS X to version 10.1.2.

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16:20
Apple updates GarageBand with Chinese instruments...

On Monday morning, Apple peppered its users with OS updates. On Monday afternoon, it shifted its attention to GarageBand users, specifically those in China as well as users who produce Chinese music.

The company released GarageBand 2.1.1 for iOS and GarageBand 10.1.2 for Mac. The updates include a collect of Chinese instruments, including the pipa, erhu, and Chinese percussion such as drums, wood blocks, cymbals, and gongs. The instruments can be played using Multi-Touch on an iOS device, or by using the Musical Typing feature or a USB music keyboard on a Mac. The instruments support different playing articulations, and iOS users can use 3D Touch with the erhu and pipa.

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16:16
Apple Updates GarageBand With New Instruments and...

Apple today announced a major update to its GarageBand music creation software for Mac and iOS, adding a wide range of Chinese instruments that are designed to celebrate the "rich history of Chinese music." Today's update also includes "extensive Chinese language localization."

In a press release, Apple says the update adds traditional Chinese instruments like the pipa and erhu, plus Chinese percussion offerings that include drums, wood blocks, cymbals, and gongs. 300 Apple-created Chinese musical loops have also been added to the apps.

"GarageBand is the most popular music creation app in the world and we're excited to introduce these new features that incorporate the rich history of traditional Chinese music," said Susan Prescott, Apple's vice president of Product Marketing. "By adding classic Chinese instruments and new Live Loop templates,...

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16:13
Apple adds Chinese music, instruments, social media...

In its latest play at the Chinese market, Apple on Monday released an updated version of GarageBand with a heavy focus on Chinese music, introducing new regional instruments, Chinese music loops and Chinese language localization, among other feature additions like social network sharing.

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16:09
Report: Apple faces increased scrutiny from Chinese...

Last month, Apple saw its iBooks and Movies services go offline in China amid review by government regulators and now it looks as if the company’s struggles in the country may not end there. According to a new report from The New York Times, Apple is among a handful of foreign tech companies that the Chinese government is scrutinizing in fear of security threats.

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15:38
Apple Pay rival CurrentC postpones rollout

As merchants like Walmart move ahead on their own mobile payment strategies, a consortium that once counted Walmart — along with a number of other big retailers and brands — behind it, has taken a step back. Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) today announced it would postpone a nationwide rollout of CurrentC, a smartphone payment initiative originally conceived as a mobile wallet rival to smartphone-led services like Apple Pay and Android Pay. As a result, MCX said it would lay off 30 people as it shifted its focus to working with financial institutions.

It’s dead, just cancel it.

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15:28
Google Chrome to phase out Adobe Flash later this...

Google has revealed plans to switch from the venerable -- but much maligned -- Adobe Flash to HTML5 as the default method for delivering audio and video in its Chrome Web browser.

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15:17
MCX Postpones Rollout of Apple Pay Rival '...

Apple Pay competitor Merchant Payment Consortium, aka MCX, has decided to postpone the rollout of its CurrentC payments platform following feedback from its pilot program. MCX will be downscaling and laying off 30 employees as it transitions to focusing on business partnerships with financial institutions instead of building out CurrentC.

MCX CEO Brian Mooney announced the news in a statement today, which was shared by TechCrunch.

Utilizing unique feedback from the marketplace and our Columbus pilot, MCX has made a decision to concentrate mode heavily in the immediate term on other aspects of our business including working with...

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AWT News Update: May 16, 2016

Tweets, stores, VR, and Spaces are all in our Apple news report today:

  • Bloomberg says Twitter's not going to count photos and links in the character count
  • Apple's new Union Square flagship store in San Francisco opens on Saturday
  • The new YouTube app for iOS makes every YouTube video visible in Google Cardboard VR
  • Google releases Spaces, a new small group sharing app

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for May 16, 2016. Our sponsor this week is Elgato Eve Energy, providing Apple HomeKit-compatible control of your home through Siri.

Bloomberg today had some happy news for all of us who use Twitter on a regular...

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∞ ZZ Top: Sharp Dressed Man

Billy is one of my favorite guitar players—such great style.

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Upcoming Union Square Apple Store next to feature...

Construction crews building out Apple's San Francisco flagship store at Union Square have much to do before a planned opening this weekend, but at least one key element is already in place: a custom built, 37-foot in-store TV display.

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 16...

Notable software releases this week include iTunes 12.4, Microsoft Office 2016 15.22, Fantastical 2.2.2, Default Folder X 5.0.4, Art Text 3.0, Pages 5.6.2, Numbers 3.6.2, and Keynote 6.6.2 for Mac, and Gemini 2.

 

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ExtraBITS for 16 May 2016

In ExtraBITS this week, we ponder whether the Second Amendment applies to encryption, learn how Steve Jobs inspired the Apple Watch, see what happens when App Store search breaks, and hear about how Amazon is taking on YouTube.

 

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Twitter is on the right track with this rumored...

Twitter might be finally making a change everyone can get on board with: The ability to tweet links and photos that don’t count against your 140-character limit.

Twitter has toyed with the idea of changing its famously limited format for years, but has only made changes to direct message length. According to Bloomberg, within the next two weeks Twitter is set to make the change, which would still allow just 140 characters but would no longer count images or links against that limit.

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Indian Rumor Claims Apple Eyeing three Locations for...

Earlier today we posted a report titled "Apple's CEO Attended Developer Event in Beijing Apple Store with Didi Chuxing's President," wherein we noted that Tim Cook would be in India on Tuesday. Ahead of tomorrow's visit there's speculation out of India that Apple has ...

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13:53
SmartSound launches Sonicfire Pro 6

SmartSound Software (www.SmartSound.com) has debuted Sonicfire Pro 6. It integrates with the company’s Royalty-Free Music Library and brings new technologies to the selection, customization and integration of music tracks for video production.

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Apple releases iOS 9.3.2 update, includes fixes for...

Apple released a smorgasbord of updates today, among them iOS 9.3.2.

The update, which can be snagged over the air or through iTunes, adds the following fixes and changes:

– Fixes an issue where some Bluetooth accessories could experience audio quality issues when paired to the iPhone SE.

– Fixes an issue where looking up dictionary definitions could fail.

– Addresses an issue that prevented typing email addresses when using the Japanese Kana keyboard in Mail and Messages.

– Fixes and issue for VoiceOver users using the Alex voice, where the device switches to a different voice to announce punctuation or spaces.

– Fixes an issue that prevented MDM servers from installing Custom B2B app.

If you’ve tried iOS 9.3.2 on your...

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13:46
Notable apps and app updates for May 16, 2016

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

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

Tension Software has launched Copy Fast 1.0 for Mac OS X. It’s an app that lets you instantly copy the content of files.

Copy Fast resides always in the right part of the menu bar as a status menu icon, ready to be used when other applications are active. After launch it stays always in background. Its. only presence will be in the status menu.

Copy Fast requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $4.99 and is available at the Mac App Store.

Mac Broadcaster has released Broadcaster for YouTube 1.1, an update to their YouTube live-streaming app for Mac OS X. 

The software...

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Omega Advisors purchase 227,000 share stake in Apple...

It was announced earlier that Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway took a new $1 billion position in Apple in the first quarter. Now Fortune reports that hedge funder Leon Cooperman, CEO of Omega Advisors is buying in as well.

Omega Advisors purchased a 227,000 share stake in the tech giant worth $24.7 million as of the end of the first quarter, according to regulatory filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday. The group previously dropped a stake in Apple early last year, selling roughly 384,000 shares of the company. 

It’s not the first time Omega, with $5.1 billion under management, has flip-flopped on Apple. In 2013, Cooperman sold off his stake in Apple amid fears that the company’s growth may be slowing — though the iPhone continued...

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13:36
Apple Stores could open in India by the end of 2017

Earlier this year, Tim Cook said that India is an “incredibly interesting” country for Apple, and now we’re starting to get some insight as to why.

According to a new report in FactorDaily, Apple is opening its first three Apple Stores in India in Delhi, Bangalore, and Mumbai. They should be up and running by the end of 2017.

FactorDaily’s report mentions that Apple is currently looking for commercial real estate for India’s first batch of Apple Stores, and the company is reportedly investing about $3 million to $5 million in each store. Apple first applied to open up Apple Stores in India earlier this year, after the country relaxed the rules around foreign-owned retail stores.

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