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Thursday February 4

03:25
The 3 technologies retailers need to succeed

Retailers looking to grow in a fast-changing industry need to focus on three main technologies. Computerworld's Sharon Gaudin -- just back from the National Retail Federation's Big Show -- and Executive News Editor Ken Mingis have the details.

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03:00
Mingis on Tech: Mac guy becomes a Dell dude;...

Dell's XPS 15 9550 Touch laptop wins kudos from Computerworld Editor in Chief Scot Finnie. And what about those reports that Apple's iPhone may soon get wireless charging capabilities?

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01:52
Apple invention hints at force-sensitive Touch ID...

An Apple patent filing published on Thursday suggests future iPhones and iPads might sport force-sensing Touch ID home buttons that rely on technology similar to iPhone 6s' 3D Touch system.

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01:11
Patent Troll VirnetX Awarded $626M In Damages From...

Tackhead writes: Having won a $200M judgement against Microsoft in 2010, lost a $258M appeal against Cisco in 2013, and having beaten Apple for $368M in 2012, only to see the verdict overturned in 2014, patent troll VirnetX is back in the news, having been awarded $626M in damages arising from the 2012 Facetime patent infringement case against Apple.


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Wednesday February 3

23:07
Suede protector products can be purchased from...

Forums: Hardware

Cleaning Suede Fabric jackets and accessories should be tackled in much the same way as cleaning suede boots and shoes, but there are some slight differences in the methods and the suede cleaners.

Suede protector products can be purchased from stores and most shoe shops. They act as a barrier against dirt and water stains. It’s best to apply protector when you first get your suede boots or jackets home, and again after each clean. Keep in mind, however, that although these products reduce dirt build up, they don’t prevent it altogether.

If you’re packing up your suede to take on a trip, don’t try to transport it in plastic bags, or any other form of non-breathable material that will cause the suede to sweat. Instead, use a cotton tote bag, or even an old pillowcase.

Suede is a much softer and...

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22:54
The biggest plus of a modular home from Chian

Forums: TroubleshootingTags: container housesentry boxmodular homehzxiaoya

The biggest plus of a modular home is likely its energy efficiency. Believe it or not, because pre-fabricated Container Houses are constructed indoors, totally within a factory setting, they are made with materials that never endure weather damage. This cuts down on drywall warping and mold damage. Also the manufacturer is able to insulate a modular...

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22:35
Apple Pay accepted at more than 2M locations, coming...

As of Thursday, iPhone and Apple Watch owners can use their devices to complete Apple Pay transactions at more than two million retail locations, Apple says, with chains like Chik-fil-A expected to add compatibility soon.

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21:14
shaiya gold Weekend said the extradition

Forums: HardwareTags: shaiya gold

Trinidad Lawyer Common Faris Al Rawi on shaiya gold Weekend said the extradition situation could proceed, and on Weekend a magistrate will choose whether or not to discharge the demand by the US.

Warner's defense is challenging Monday's choice, noting that Al Rawi's authorisation was finalized Five times after a due date set by a lawful assess.
http://www.vgolds.com

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20:47
Apple Pay now accepted at 2M locations, rolling out...

Bloomberg reports today that Apple’s mobile payments solution Apple Pay is now supported at 2 million locations around the world. In addition to revealing that 2 million locations now support the service, the report also says that Chick-Fil-A, Crate & Barrel, and Au Bon Pain will also start rolling out support for the service soon.

In the past, Chick-Fil-A has experimented with a QR-based solution for mobile payments, but that effort has ultimately flopped according to employees. The company also recently revamped its app, but it’s unclear if the app too will gain support for Apple Pay, or if the rollout is limited to physical locations.

Likewise, online retailer Zappos will soon be adding Apple Pay...

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20:40
Sharp, Foxconn to enter talks over $5.5B takeover...

Sharp reportedly plans to enter talks with Foxconn over a takeover bid that could be worth some $5.5 billion, suggesting an end is near for Foxconn's bidding war with Innovation Network Corporation of Japan.

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18:36
VirnetX Scores $625 Million from Apple for Patent...

VirnetX chalked up legal another victory Wednesday with a $625 million prize. The company won the award in a patent infringement trial against Apple Inc. covering four patents.


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17:55
Apple adds 20 Flyover cities, new Traffic and Nearby...

As part of Apple's continued Maps buildout effort, the company on Wednesday added 3D Flyover, traffic and point of interest data to its in-house mapping solution, including popular locales like the Virgin Islands and Taiwan.

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17:39
A Perfect Game of Snake (Video)

A perfect game of Snake? Turns out such a thing exists, as pointed out by Kyle Hill, science editor for @Nerdist Industries. Just watch. It's very cool. (I called it a video int he title, but it's actually an animated GIF.)

Hereâs a perfect game of Snake if you need something to stare at. pic.twitter.com/1tOijCAks1
- Kyle Hill (@Sci_Phile) February 3, 2016


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17:28
Apple’s App Problem

Following up on Walt Mossberg’s column regarding the quality of Apple’s first-party apps, Jim Dalrymple writes:

I understand that Apple has a lot of balls in the air, but they
have clearly taken their eye off some of them. There is absolutely
no doubt that Apple Music is getting better with each update to
the app, but what we have now is more of a 1.0 version that what
we received last year.

Personally, I don’t care much about all the celebrities that Apple
can parade around — I care about a music service that works.
That’s it.

If Apple Music (or any of the other software that has
problems) was the iPhone, it would never have been released in
the state it was.

Software and hardware are profoundly different...

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16:50
XSAN 2.2 Storage Pool Failure

Forums: TroubleshootingTags: XSAN 2.2

I have a storage pool that just failed and now my Xsan 2.2 volume will not mount. The storage pool that went down was on an XServe RAID and it seems like a drive failed on it and it did not rebuild the volume.

One of the metadata controllers still has the volume mounted and I can see and access the other storage pools. I can see what files were on the storage pool that went down and I am okay with losing those files.

I cannot however mount the volume on new any newer machine.

What are my options to get the volume working again?

I was thinking of reinitializing the Xserve RAID and then renaming it with the storage pool and LUN name as it was before?

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16:50
How to Save and Autofill Arbitrary Online Forms with...

Modern web browsers can save usernames and passwords for online logins. Most of them also support "auto-fill" for data like contacts or credit cards. But what do you do if you regularly have to fill out complex online forms that contain arbitrary text fields, menus, and checkboxes? Your Password manager, like 1Password, can handle it for you.


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16:08
Apple Music update lets Android users save songs to...

Apple in an update to the Android version of Apple Music on Wednesday added the ability to save downloaded songs to an SD card, greatly increasing the offline listening library capacities for phones running Google mobile operating system.

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15:50
Here's the 'Simpsons' search engine...

You don't win friends with salad, but you can probably make plenty of new ones by becoming a Simpsons meme machine with Frinkiac, a new search engine dedicated to the show. Just type in a few lines and Frinkiac will match it up with screenshots from...

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15:34
The Beatles Performing ‘Two of Us’ Video

On Tuesday I wrote about Bill gates choosing the song "Two of Us" by The Beatles as symbolic of his relationship with Steve Jobs-something Mr. Jobs himself suggested in a joint interview the two gave. That sparked a friend of mine to point me to this performance video of the song by The Beatles from 1970. It's a straight ahead promo video, recorded more than a decade before the launch of MTV, but I always enjoy seeing The Beatles.

Two Of Us 1970 by moss3516


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15:28
Justin.tv is set to return as a Snapchat channel

The man who played a key role in pioneering livestreaming as we know it is offering viewers a window into his life once more. Justin Kan announced that his Justin.tv "lifecasting" exploits will make a comeback as a Snapchat channel. Kan says he likes...

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15:26
Fitbit's Alta Is Dressed to Kill


Fitbit has unveiled a new fitness tracker that highlights muted colors and fashion-forward design elements. The Alta, priced at $129, has a brushed, stainless steel body that supports interchangeable bands, so that it doesn't stand out for the wrong reasons. Consumers can select bands from the Classic line, available in plum, teal, black and blue for $30 each. They can step up the style with hide-leather Luxe bands that come in graphite and lush pink for $60 each, or take it up another notch with a hand-polished stainless steel band for $100.

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15:11
ACM 344: Spying through the Internet of Things and...

Bryan and Jeff go deep in this episode of the Apple Context Machine on surveillance, whether or not the government is "Going Dark" due to encryption, and security, of the lack thereof, in the Internet of Things. They also talk about Apple's reported plans for wireless charging.


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15:09
A Texas jury says Apple must pay VirnetX $626...

An Eastern District of Texas jury has decided Apple must pay $626 million for infringing four patents held by VirnetX, a Nevada-based patent licensing company, according to Macworld.

The jury ruled against Apple on all counts, saying the infringement was willful. Apple has already asked the judge to declare a mistrial after lawyers for VirnetX made what Apple called "arguments outside the evidence, blatantly misrepresenting the testimony of Apple witnesses,” notes Macworld.

In January 2014, VirnetX filed a motion with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas seeking to supplement its infringement contentions against Apple, the defendant in a patent infringement lawsuit.

The motion alleged that Apple products, including products containing the redesigned VPN On Demand and Per App VPN features implemented in...

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14:57
Apple Ordered to Pay $625 Million in VirnetX Patent...

Apple was today found guilty of willfully infringing on four patents in an ongoing dispute with VirnetX and has been ordered to pay $625 million in damages, reports CNBC.

The patents in question relate to virtual private networking (VPN) protocols and in today's ruling, the jury decided that Apple's FaceTime and iMessages service, along with the iOS devices that support those services, infringe on VirnetX's intellectual property.

The patent dispute between Apple and VirnetX dates back to 2010, with a jury initially awarding VirnetX $368 million in 2012 after Apple was found guilty of infringing on VirnetX patents. That decision was...

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14:49
Jury: Apple must pay $626 million to patent troll...

An East Texas jury has ruled that Apple must pay patent-holding company VirnetX $625.6 million for infringing four patents. It's a massive verdict for VirnetX, a company that has no products and makes its money solely through patent litigation.

The verdict form (PDF) shows the jury found Apple infringed on every patent claim that was at issue. The first question was how much Apple should pay for infringement related to two VirnetX patents that it had already been ruled to infringe, and the jury held Apple should pay $334.9 million. The panel also found in VirnetX's favor on other, disputed patent claims, and ordered Apple to pay another $290.7 million for infringing those. The accused products included Apple's VPN on Demand, FaceTime, and the iMessage service.

The VirnetX v. Apple showdown may be one of the last of its...

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14:46
Mossberg weighs in on Apple’s app shortcomings of...

There’s a pretty interesting piece over on The Verge in which the mighty Walt Mossberg cites some apparent shortcomings in Apple’s apps in recent years.

He points out that Apple’s products are often considered the best you can buy and that this is part of the Mac and iOS user experience.

“In the last couple of years, however, I’ve noticed a gradual degradation in the quality and reliability of Apple’s core apps, on both the mobile iOS operating system and its Mac OS X platform. It’s almost as if the tech giant has taken its eye off the ball when it comes to these core software products, while it pursues big new dreams, like smartwatches and cars.”

He might be right.

Mossberg then goes on to point out the the majority of Apple’s apps work well and integrate...

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14:30
Lynktec ReelJuice Portable USB Battery is Unique:...

There are many ho-hum and many good portable battery chargers for our iDevices. Most are just little boxes with a battery, LED lights and USB ports. However, the new Lynktec (5,300 or 8,000 mAh) charger has a multitude of thoughtful features, expansion options and usage profiles. John Martellaro has been putting one though its paces and files this review.


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14:27
Apple hit with $626 million in damages in patent case

A jury in Texas has decided Apple must pay $626 million for infringing four patents held by a Nevada-based patent licensing company.

The patents cover technology used in Apple's VPN on Demand software back to 2009, its FaceTime messaging system back to 2010, and its iMessage software.

The trial follows one in 2012 in which Apple was found to infringe on Virnet X patents but managed to overturn the verdict on appeal.

On Wednesday, a jury in the Eastern District of Texas found for VirnetX and against Apple on all counts, going on to find the infringement was willful -- a legal finding that can greatly increase damages.

The Eastern District court is a popular place for patent infringement lawsuits and has earned a reputation as somewhere that favors patent holders in such disputes.

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14:09
Apple ordered to pay $625M in revived VirnetX patent...

A federal jury on Wednesday found Apple guilty of willfully infringing on four VirnetX patents, awarding the non-practicing entity $625.6 million in damages and ongoing royalties from a previous court finding.

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14:09
MIT Team Runs Victory Lap in 1st Hyperloop...


A team from MIT won the best overall design award in the first round of the Hyperloop pod design contest, held last weekend at Texas A&M University. About 120 teams participated in the event. The MIT entry focused on speed, braking, stability and levitation. Powerful magnets placed over a conducting plate -- the aluminum SpaceX track -- will accomplish levitation in an actual pod. The magnets generate lift.
The MIT team's capsule, which is about 8 feet long and 3 feet wide, weighs about 550 pounds. It's not meant to hold people or cargo.

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13:43
Tip of the Day: Syncing iTunes Store videos with...

Although many users are likely focused mostly on HD videos these days, Apple has still been taking steps recently to increase the quality of the SD video content in the iTunes Store, pushing the envelope beyond what older traditional iPods can handle. If you’re still using an iPod classic or iPod nano for storing and watching videos, you may start running into an error message that “high-quality SD video is not compatible with this iPod”…

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13:34
Watch the amazing verbal choreography behind Grease...

The Verge:

…this video from the show’s associate director Carrie Havel shows you a small slice of the action, with Havel coordinating the live footage — singing along to “Great Lightning,” but with all the lyrics replaced with camera numbers.

It just goes to show that when it comes to live performances, the choreography behind the scenes is usually as impressive as what’s on stage.

This behind the scenes stuff is fascinating. You can’t begin to imagine the work that goes into a production like this and then to add to the pressure, they’re doing it live. Incredible work.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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13:20
Review: Just Mobile HoverDock for Apple Watch +...

Just Mobile introduced two new docks at CES, and unlike many products seen at the show, both HoverDock for Apple Watch ($35) and HoverDock for iPhone ($35) will be ready for release in the coming days. Both docks are extremely similar — in fact, other than a slight difference in how the cables are held, they're the exact same dock. In both iterations, HoverDock is surrounded by an aluminum ring, with a soft-touch top section, and cable management hidden inside the dock, accessible through a removable plastic-and-rubber base. Cleverly, HoverDock's base can be rotated to further retract either the Lightning cable or Apple Watch charging cable (you must supply your own cable in either instance). Both docks intend to give the sense that a Lightning-based iPhone or Apple Watch is floating, hence the name HoverDock. But though there's only one true difference between the HoverDocks, that slight divergence matters more than you might expect.{/exp:char_limit}
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12:38
How to Unlearn Misspellings and Sync Your User...

If you’ve accidentally told OS X’s system-wide spelling checker to learn misspelled words, never fear, since there’s an easy way to remove them, either one at a time, or in bulk. And once you learn that, you’ll see how you can sync your custom words between Macs so you have the same set everywhere.

 

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12:26
Sony says dual-lens camera tech launching with...

Apple's image sensor supplier, Sony, is expecting its dual-lens camera technology to be launched by "major smartphone players" within the next year, according to comments by the company's CFO.

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12:19
MacTech Pro Dates Announced, Plus TMO Discount

MacTech Pro 2016 is ramping up for its tour around the United States with events in seven cities. The one-day training events are always a hit with the professional Apple support crowd, and The Mac Observer has a special discount you can use through Friday, February 5th.


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12:12
T-Mobile Wins OpenSignal Speed Tests


T-Mobile's 700-MHz rollout has given its mobile users some of the fastest data speeds in the U.S. market, according to a report OpenSignal released Tuesday. OpenSignal crowdsources data on carrier signal quality from users who have its consumer mobile application installed. T-Mobile has the fastest 4G LTE download speeds in the country, overtaking Verizon by a slight edge. Its expanded LTE coverage is almost identical to AT&T's coverage and is closing the gap with Verizon's coverage, according to the "State of Mobile Networks: USA" report.

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12:00
The Week in iOS Accessories: A wallet with a wallop

Wallet with a wallop

This week’s roundup features an iPhone case that doubles as a wallet and as a viewing stand for the phone. Read on!

Dreem

Wallets seem to be the rage in iPhone accessories these days. The $29.88 Dreem features a “detachable wallet folio,” as well as kickstands and “premium vegan leather.”

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11:45
How to assess security, compliance and privacy...

In keeping with our commitment to provide customers the utmost transparency, we have released a detailed overview of how Office 365 controls map to the security, privacy, compliance and risk management controls defined in the Cloud Security Alliance Cloud Control Matrix (CSA CCM).

The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) is a nonprofit organization led by a broad coalition of industry practitioners, associations, governments and corporate and individual members who are dedicated to defining and raising awareness of best practices that help ensure a secure cloud computing environment. The CSA CCM Security, Trust & Assurance Registry (STAR) is considered the gold standard while performing risk assessment and due diligence against cloud service providers. As part of our efforts to provide customers with in-depth insights into our security, compliance and privacy controls, we regularly publish self-assessments of...

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11:44
Python Programming Bootcamp: $39

Check out the Python Programming Bootcamp, a collection of six tutorials designed to teach you Python. All told it has more than 54 hours of content with hundreds of lectures. The courses range from the basics to building apps to machine learning, and more. You can get this bundle through our deal for $39.


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11:43
Pebble update adds support for Health-based...

Apple Watch competitor Pebble has today announced a hefty update to its smartwatch experience. The update, which bumps the company’s Pebble Time smartphone app for iPhone to version 3.6 and the watch firmware to version 3.9, includes a variety of enhancements to Health, Messages, and more.

As far as Pebble Health goes, the company says that a new API is now available that allows watchfaces and apps to take advantage of Pebble Health stats. Watchfaces that use this new feature will be available on the Pebble app store “soon,” according to a blog post. Furthermore, Pebble says that Health tracking is “more accurate overall” and also now includes the ability to show step distance in kilometers.

In addition to the Pebble Health enhancements, version 3.9 of...

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11:40
Living with an iPad Pro

As Dr. Mac told you last week, he's been testing a 128GB iPad Pro with a new Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard and while it wonât replace his laptop, it has quickly become his iPad of choice for a variety of reasons (which you'll only discover if you read Dr. Mac's Rants & Raves Episode #161: Living with an iPad Pro.


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11:10
Sony's Dual Camera to See Inclusion in Devices...

Sony, the manufacturer behind many the camera sensors used in Apple's iOS devices, recently confirmed that its dual-lens camera platform will be featured in devices from "major smartphone players" in 2016. The information was shared by Sony CFO Kenchiro Yoshida during the company's recent Q3 2015 earnings call and was highlighted by Xperiablog.

Sony's camera technology is used by a wide range of smartphone manufacturers, including Apple, and Yoshida declined to name specific companies that would take advantage of Sony's dual-lens camera platform. Dual-lens technology has previously been used in smartphones such as the HTC M8, but it may soon become a more popular option following rumors that Apple plans to incorporate a dual-lens system into its...

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10:56
NewerTech HDMI Headless Video Accelerator now...

NewerTech (www.newertech.com) is shipping its HDMI Headless Video Accelerator again after it sold out last November. It’s a $19.50adapter that plugs into the Mac mini’s HDMI display port to make “headless” display-free Mac minis used as storage and media servers think there’s a display attached.

The NewerTech adapter activates the Mac’s video drivers and GPU (graphics processing unit) for 100% full video performance. It requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later.

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10:52
InSili.co launches ObjCConverter for Swift for the...

InSili.co has launched ObjCConverter for Swift for the Mac App Store. ObjCConverter for Swift (previously known as iSwift) offers automatic as-you-type conversion of your Objective-C sources to Apple's Swift language along with a full-featured Objective-C editor.

It allows you to convert and translate your existing Objective-C files — Cocoa or iOS — to Swift on the fly. ObjCConverter for Swift/iSwift 2.4 is available for $14.99 at the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/z9aa93q). It requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.

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10:39
∞ About Walt Mossberg and Apple’s app problem

Walt Mossberg wrote this morning that Apple’s apps need work. He’s absolutely right. [...]

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10:35
Podcast 493: VR hints, smaller iPhone rumors, Apple...

Everyone's antsy for Apple's next move. This week we discuss the rumored March 15 event, and how we think a lot of people could get pretty excited about a "new" 4-inch iPhone 5se. The new iPad Air should have some cool features too, and it probably makes sense that Apple would happily roll out new mayonnaise loops but avoid getting locked in to a yearly refresh cycle for the Apple Watch hardware itself.

But new iPhones and iPads aren't enough to impress those weirdos on Wall Street, who are obsessed with viewing Apple's business three months at a time, and aren't that wild about where the company is right now. We talk about if that's reasonable, and what it could mean for regular customers like us. Oh, and speaking of the earnings call, what's this about Tim Cook's interest in VR?

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10:34
Square's Apple Pay-ready NFC reader goes on...

The Square Contactless and Chip Reader -- compatible with Apple Pay -- arrived at U.S. Apple Stores on Wednesday, and should soon be available through Apple's online storefront.

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10:10
TMO Daily Observations 2016-02-03: Apple’s Proximity...

Apple has a patent for no-touch proximity-based gesture sensing, which sounds pretty impressive, and it could find its way into our iPhones and Macs. Kelly Guimont and John Martellaro join Jeff Gamet to talk about how they'd like to see this technology used, plus they look at the state of security for the fitness trackers we're wearing every day.


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10:00
Apple released a new Software Update

Apple just released a new Software Update:

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09:44
Apple Back to School promo returns to Australia...

Apple on Wednesday launched the Australian and New Zealand editions of its annual Back to School sale, offering either Beats headphones or iPad discounts to qualifying shoppers buying a new Mac.

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09:21
External Link: Walt Mossberg Says Core Apple Apps...

If you feel as though Apple’s own apps aren’t living up to the company’s high standards, you’re not alone. At The Verge, venerable tech columnist Walt Mossberg has penned a criticism of Apple’s more troubled apps, singling out iTunes (“I dread opening the thing.”), Mail, Photos, and iCloud. “It’s almost as if the tech giant has taken its eye off the ball when it comes to these core software products, while it pursues big new dreams, like smartwatches and cars,” Mossberg said. Given the problems we and our readers have seen with iTunes and Mail in particular, we hope Apple pays heed to this warning from the elder statesman of tech journalism.

 

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09:07
Microsoft purchases SwiftKey, states that iOS and...

Microsoft confirmed via a blog post that the company will be buying SwiftKey, the developer of a popular software keyboard for Android and iOS phones—even though it already has its own software keyboard, Word Flow.

SwiftKey and Word Flow allow users to slide their finger from one letter of a keyboard to another, drawing the shape of the word while an analytical pattern works to identify the word they’re trying to type.

Microsoft’s executive vice president for technology and research, Harry Shum, confirmed the deal in a blog post Wednesday morning.

In some ways, Microsoft’s move is surprising, as it already has its own software keyboard, Word Flow, and last month announced that it would release versions of Word Flow for Android and...

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09:00
Planner preview expanded to include more plans and...

A few months ago, we began rolling out the preview of Office 365 Planner to Office 365 First Release customers with enterprise plans. Today, we are making the Planner preview available to customers with Education and Nonprofit plans, as well as to Government tenants in the multi-tenant environment. (Planner preview is not currently available to customers on Government Community Cloud).

In addition, we are expanding the preview to tenants that are configured with the “Select people” option for First Release. Previously, the Office 365 Planner preview was only available for tenants that are configured with the “Entire organization” option for First Release. To verify how your organization is configured for First Release, your Office 365 admin can navigate to the Office 365 Admin Portal, expand Service Settings and select Updates...

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09:00
Sway helps strategic music company Man Made Music...

Today’s post was written by Kristen Lueck, senior strategist for Culture and Innovation at Man Made Music, Inc.

Discovering and translating the “who, what, when, why and where” of culture—that’s a simple way to sum up my role at Man Made Music. Our company creates experiences, identities and sonic strategies for entertainment and brands, with offices and personnel across New York City, Los Angeles and the United Kingdom. You may have heard our audio logo work on brands such as AT&T, Southwest Airlines and the IMAX countdown before screenings. There’s no shortage of information on what’s moving and shaking across entertainment, fashion, design and technology, and I distill that knowledge down into shareable, useful and entertaining takeaways for our staff and clients. What differentiates us is not...

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09:00
Square's new Apple Pay-compatible reader...

Many small businesses depend on Square for payment from customers, but until last year the company's card reader could only accept standard debit and credit cards through a swipe. Square introduced the $49 Square Reader to let those small businesses accept Apple Pay and the new chip-equipped cards, and as of today every Apple Store in the U.S. carries the new reader.

As of this tweet, our new Apple Pay reader is available in every Apple Store across the U.S.

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08:56
Apple Now Selling Square's New NFC Reader for...

Square has announced that its new NFC reader that enables small businesses to accept Apple Pay, Android Pay, and other contactless payments can now be purchased from Apple online or in U.S. stores for $49.

The reader is compatible with NFC-equipped smartphones, including the iPhone 6 or newer, and contactless Chip-and-PIN debit and credit cards based on technologies like American Express ExpressPay, MasterCard PayPass, and Visa payWave.

The small square-shaped reader functions like other NFC-enabled payment terminals, allowing users to wave an iPhone, paired Apple Watch, or contactless Chip-and-PIN card near the reader for a few seconds to complete a purchase.

The NFC reader, which connects wirelessly with iOS and Android devices via Bluetooth, also works with Chip-and-PIN cards that are inserted rather than tapped. Square includes a magstripe reader in the box for accepting...

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08:52
Yahoo prepares for split, will lay off 15% of...

Internet search, content pioneer and Apple partner Yahoo is readying for either a reverse spinoff or outright sale that would see the well-known web businesses separated from the parent company and more than 1,000 employees laid off.

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08:48
Dodgy USB Type-C cable fries vigilante engineer...

Benson Leung’s good intentions have finally caught up with him. The Google engineer who launched a crusade against bad USB-C cables in late 2015 just uncovered another sub-standard USB-C cable—and this time it’s cost him a $1,000 laptop.

The Google engineer recently tested Surjtech’s 3M USB 3.1 Type-C to standard Type-A USB 3.0 adapter cable, but those tests didn’t get very far at all. Leung said that as soon as he connected the cable to his Chromebook Pixel, via a small USB power delivery (PD) analyzer, both the PD and his laptop ceased working properly.

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08:40
Apple acquires security firm LegbaCore

When in doubt, buy one of the best security firms you can get your hands on.

Back in November of 2015, Apple quietly acquired security consultancy firm LegbaCore. The acquisition was initially revealed back in December by security researcher Trammell Hudson during a presentation at the 32C3 conference. The acquisition was further corroborated by a series of tweets from founder Xeno Kovah and the company’s website, which states that it is “not accepting any new customer engagements.”

The specific details are unclear, although Kovah and his partner Corey Kallenberg are working full-time at Apple, although their specific roles are unclear. Kovah only stated that he and Kallenbeg would be working on “low level security” at the company.

LegbaCore and Trammell Hudson were the first to discover...

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08:28
Fitbit slims down with fashionable new Alta fitness...

Fitbit took a bold step at CES last month when it unveiled the Blaze, a $200 fitness-forward smartwatch that seemed designed to compete with Apple Watch. But Wall Street wasn’t a fan of the announcement, and Fitbit’s stock plunged. Though the Blaze hasn’t even been released yet, Fitbit is back with an activity tracker more in line with the rest of its fitness bands.

The $130 Fitbit Alta is slimmer than many of the Fitbits you may have used in the past, like the Surge and Charge HR, and is more stylish than the similarly trim Fitbit Flex. The Alta has all the basic activity-tracking features that other Fitbit bands do, but also adds Apple Watch-like reminders to move—though the Alta urges you to walk around instead of just stand so you’ll reach a goal of 250 steps per hour. Like the Blaze, the Alta automatically recognizes exercises such as walking, running...

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08:21
Supply chain suggests iPhone orders will rebound...

Forecast trends in the demand for flexible PCB (printed circuit board) parts for iPhones indicate that while iPhone production may be down in the first half of the year, it will likely rebound in the second half as work begins on Apple's next-generation models.

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08:15
Apple getting kudos for NYC historic preservation...

While most Apple fans think of the iconic flagship Apple Stores around the world -- the Fifth Avenue Store in New York City, Zorlu Center in Istanbul, or the Pudong store in Shanghai, China -- the company has also done a standout job of taking old, historic buildings and converting them into stunning new stores. The New York Landmarks Conservancy announced today that Apple will receive its 2016 Chairman's Award recognizing the company's preservation and restoration of historic structures in New York City. 

Apple Store, SoHo. Photo via Apple

The stores in question are the...

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08:07
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Client Apple to Receive NY...

Long time Bohlin Cywinski Jackson client, Apple Inc., will receive the New York Landmarks Conservancy's 2016 Chairman's Award ...

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08:02
Prime Minister of the Netherlands meets with Apple,...

Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands and Neelie Kroes, special envoy for Startup Delta, are now in San Francisco and have met with a number of California companies with operations in the Netherlands, including Apple, Facebook, Tesla, Cisco, Uber and Planet Labs. (Startup Delta is an organization that collaborates with more than 10 Dutch tech hubs to make the Netherlands the largest startup ecosystem in Europe.)

As part of his visit, the Prime Minister invited top executives from the Bay area to an investment dinner, hosted by the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA), which helps international companies establish and expand operations in the Netherlands. Amazon, Google, IBM, Intel, Guess, Palo Alto Networks, Dolby, Applied Materials, Netflix, NetApp, Nike, Twitter, GoPro, BioMarin and Salesforce were also among more than two dozen companies represented at the gathering of American investors in the Netherlands. A visit to...

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08:00
PSA: If you don't want to fry your new MacBook...

Apple's decision to include a single, all-new USB-C port on the reinvented MacBook has sent buyers of the ultraportable scrambling for adapters and conversion cables to connect legacy devices -- but be mindful of what you plug in.

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07:50
Parallels Remote Application Server 15 launches

Parallels has launched Parallels Remote Application Server version 15, giving IT organizations an updated solution to deliver Windows applications and desktops to employees on any device.

Designed with IT admin productivity and the end user experience in mind, Parallels Remote Application Server now features an enhanced user interface that reduces time for most common admin tasks, including a streamlined user enrollment process with intuitive configuration wizards for tasks such as application maintenance and new server setups, says Jack Zubarev, Parallels president.

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07:45
Canalys: iOS grew 10% and OS X notebooks 7% in the...

Recently released Canalys (www.canalys.com) estimates show that 1.74 billion smart phones, tablets, two-in-ones and notebooks shipped in 2015, a year-on-year increase of 5%. Growth was driven by two-in-ones and smart phones, while tablets and notebooks declined. Microsoft has taken the biggest hit from the pivotal shift to mobility. Its share of the total mobility market was just 12%, against Alphabet at 70% and Apple at 17%.  

Shipments of mobility products running Linux-based operating systems increased by over 200%, albeit from a small base, notes the research group. This was primarily driven by YunOS shipments, which became the third largest smart phone platform in China in the fourth quarter of 2015.

The industry is also grappling with other shifts in dynamics, according to Canalys analyst Wilmer Ang.  Android grew only 6% as tablets went into a decline, denting the 10% growth from its...

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07:45
YouTube may get live 360-degree videos

The virtual reality revolution is almost here, and YouTube wants to be ready for it.

The Google-owned property is getting ready to roll out live 360-degree videos, according to Buzzfeed. This would allow users to watch live concerts and other events with a virtual reality headset or just pan around the scene with a mobile device. A launch date for the purported live 360-degree video service is unknown.

To get ready for live streaming, YouTube has been meeting with 360-degree camera makers, Buzzfeed says. What those conversations were about, however, is unclear.

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07:44
Apple Beefs Up Security Efforts, Buys Company Behind...

One way to beef up security is by hiring the people who find the flaws in your products, and that's exactly what Apple did with LegbaCore-the company that detailed the Thunderstrike 2 Mac firmware exploit. The Mac and iPhone maker bought the security research company in November 2015, and founders Xeno Kovah and Corey Kallenberg became full time Apple employees.

The Mac Observer Spin: It's pretty clear Apple isn't taking the "security through obscurity" approach with the Mac, iPhone, and iPad. Hiring the people who know how to find-and fix-security exploits makes for safer and more hack-resistent products.


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07:39
Rare video from 1936: AT&T explains the brand...

[VIDEO] Imagine this scenario. All the telephones in the US operated without dials, all depended on a human operator connecting your call by hand. No phones had dials.

City by city, AT&T had to roll out new equipment, giving rotary dial telephones to everyone. They put out the word via a newsreel shown in the town’s movie theaters. See the video in the main post.

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07:39
Walt Mossberg notes quality decline in Apple’s core...

Veteran tech journalist Walt Mossberg, now an executive editor at The Verge and editor-at-large of Re/code, says that in the last couple of years, he’s noticed a “gradual degradation in the quality and reliability of Apple’s core apps, on both the mobile iOS operating system and its Mac OS X platform.” Most folks (myself included) think he’s right, but Apple seems to be addressing the issue.

“It’s almost as if the tech giant has taken its eye off the ball when it comes to these core software products while it pursues big new dreams, like smartwatches and cars,” Mossberg writes. “Let me be clear: Most of the time, in most scenarios, I find the core Apple apps work well enough, sometimes delightfully well. Otherwise, I couldn’t recommend the hardware. I love iMessage, the new Notes, Apple Pay, Touch ID, Safari, AirPlay and more. And it isn’t as though the core apps...

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07:27
Here’s how Nintendo will get people to use its...

Nintendo is planning a new rewards program to go along with its first smartphone game next month.

Dubbed “My Nintendo,” the program will reward players both for playing games and for making purchases. Those rewards will then carry across smartphones, tablets, and Nintendo game consoles.

Nintendo plans to split rewards into two types of points. “Platinum Points” will be awarded for playing the company’s mobile apps, logging into the Nintendo eShop, or meeting certain other conditions. Players can then redeem these points for downloadable content. “Gold Points” will work more like a traditional rewards program, letting players earn money-saving coupons by purchasing Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games.

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07:18
VR Team Members from Apple Spotted Attending Cutting...

Jeremy Bailenson is founding director of Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab where they're working on some fascinating projects ...

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07:08
iBank products have been redubbed ‘Banktivity’

IGG Software says its flagship family of iBank products have a new name: Banktivity, a moniker that combines bank + activity, which more closely aligns with the company's products and goals.

The new version of Banktivity is free for all existing iBank 5 customers. Banktivity 5 is available for new users for $59.99 after a 30-day free trial through the IGG Software online store (www.iggsoft.com). Banktivity 5 for Mac is also available on the Mac App Store. Banktivity requires Mac OS X 10.9 or higher and is fully compatible with 10.11 El Capitan.

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07:01
My bathroom mirror is smarter than yours

Google’s Max Braun took some of his off time to marry an HDMI display board with a two-way mirror to produce a bathroom mirror that shows you the news, weather, etc. Terrific project. Lots of details and pictures, back and front.

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06:55
Microsoft’s new way of cooling its data centers:...

Ars Technica:

Microsoft has demonstrated an experimental prototype of a new approach: instead of pumping water around the data center, put the data center in the water.

Would this raise sea temperatures?

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06:55
Nintendo's 'Miitomo' coming to iOS in...

Nintendo's first smartphone-only app, Miitomo, will launch sometime next month for iOS and Android, with a pre-registration process beginning on Feb. 17, the Japanese game maker announced on Wednesday.

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06:50
UAG introduces Tempered Glass Screen Shields

Urban Armor Gear (urbanarmorgear.com) has released High-Strength Tempered Glass Screen Shields to accompany their line of smartphone and tablet cases. They’re engineered to protect displays from scratches and abrasions.

UAG’s ultra-thin glass construction is 3D Touch compatible. An oleophobic coating has been applied to the shield to help repel natural skin oils, limiting fingerprints and smudges.

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06:46
Angela Merkel, a bit of super-heated hydrogen, and...

Aamna Mohdin, writing for Quartz:

German scientists today will set about the first steps towards what has become the Holy Grail of energy—nuclear fusion, which has the potential for unlimited amounts of clean power.

This is a fascinating post, and Angela Merkel just got a lot cooler to me.

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06:38
A beginner’s guide to kerning like a designer

A nice, detailed tutorial on kerning. Something here for even moderately experienced designers.

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06:22
The struggle to create fusion energy at MIT

MIT's Dennis Whyte talks about the efforts to build a prototype fusion reactor.

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06:20
Fitbit's latest wearable is Alta, a low-profile...

Fitbit on Wednesday announced the latest addition to its iOS-connected wearable devices lineup, the $130 Alta, featuring a slim touchscreen OLED and five days of usage on a single charge.

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06:10
OS X: Watching Your Kid’s Screen (from Across the...

Today's Quick Tip is not about Parental Controls, exactly, but you could use it in conjunction with that feature if you need to go a step farther in keeping your kid safe online. With Remote Management, you can see what your child is doing from the comfort of your own computer screen, and if you set it up properly, he'll never even know that you're watching. The approach may be a bit draconian, but we guess sometimes you've gotta come down hard.

We're sorry, kids.


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05:50
Apple Acquired Legbacore to Advance Security for Macs

Thunderstrike 2 was the first of its kind firmware worm for Macs that was almost impossible to remove. The worm could easily bypass any updates to the system, or even ...

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05:06
New York Landmarks Conservancy to recognize Apple...

The New York City Landmarks Conservancy announced on Wednesday that the recipient of its 2016 Chairman's Award will be Apple, in recognition of the company's preservation and restoration of notable historic structures in New York City.

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05:00
Add New Records To MySQL Databases With The INSERT...

Sometimes you need to write a record into a table in a SQL database. The INSERT INTO statement creates new records in a table and can work in one of two ways. The first form does not specify the column names where the data will be inserted, only their values. When doing so, each value needs to be inserted in the columned order they appear, here the table being the name of the table you’re adding a record into and each value would be replaced with the contents of your value (don’t insert the string ‘value’ into each!):

INSERT INTO table
VALUES (value,value,value,...);

If you don’t have every value to insert, you can also list the columns to insert data in and then include the values in the same order that the columns are listed in. The second form specifies both the column names and the values to insert:

INSERT INTO table (column,column,column,...)
VALUES (value,value,value,...);

Below is a selection from the “Customers” table that I put in...

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05:00
Europe, US Cut 11th Hour Safe Harbor Deal


Europe and the United States on Tuesday announced a new Safe Harbor agreement that neutralizes the threat of enforcement actions against domestic companies handling overseas data. Called the "EU-US Privacy Shield," the agreement aims to protect the privacy of data belonging to European citizens when it's handled by U.S. companies. "The new EU-US Privacy Shield will protect the fundamental rights of Europeans when their personal data is transferred to U.S. companies," said EU Commissioner Vera Jourová.

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04:55
Kool Tools: Booq Daypak

Book’s Daypack is designed to endure life’s daily adventures. It’s available in four colors – blue-aqua, black-tarp, brown canvas and gray-red – and each feature their own unique interior lining fabric. Its slim profile makes it perfect for comfortable commuting and working on-the-go.

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04:55
AssistiveWare grows its unique children voices...

AssistiveWare and Acapela Group have introduced what they say is the world's first genuine Swedish text-to-speech children's voices. Available through Infovox iVox both voices can read any text on Mac.

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04:41
CS announces Stakeholder Onion Diagrams for...

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has announced a new paid addition, the Stakeholder Onion Diagrams ($25), to the ConceptDraw Solution Park.

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04:33
Microsoft confirms SwiftKey buy, says it will...

Microsoft is buying SwiftKey, the developer of a popular software keyboard for Android and iOS phones—even though it already has its own software keyboard, Word Flow.

Software keyboards such as SwiftKey and Word Flow are used to speed up input: Rather than pecking at individual letters, users slide their finger from one letter to another, drawing a shape on the touchscreen. The software analyses the pattern to identify which word they are trying to type.

Microsoft’s executive vice president for technology and research, Harry Shum, confirmed the deal in a blog post Wednesday morning, after rumors began circulating Tuesday.

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04:13
Nintendo: Our second iPhone game will feature a ‘...

When Nintendo first announced that it would finally be launching an iPhone game, it’s safe to say, many of we children of the 90’s got a little excited. Sadly, excitement turned to bemusement once the company revealed it would be launching a weird game called Miitomo, which wasn’t exactly a game, but rather a social network.

Following its disappointing Q4 results, Nintendo has confirmed that its second title would include a “very familiar character”, and won’t be another social network attempt. It did, however, stop short of confirming exactly which character we’re going to see.

“The second game won’t be another communication app,...

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04:13
1-in-3 home Wi-Fi routers to double as public...

A new study from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) predicts that at least one in three home routers will be used as public Wi-Fi hotspots by 2017, and that the total installed base of such dual-use routers will reach 366 million globally by the end of 2020.

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04:00
Rayman Origins on the Mac is a fun, retro side-...

Rayman Origins — published by Feral Interactive — is great retro-ish arcade fun, especially now that an old-schooler like me can use a dedicated gamepad with it. More on that in a moment.

The game is designed and directed by Rayman's original creator Michel Ancel and published by Ubisoft for PC and consoles. Now the limbless hero is serving up vibrant fun on the Mac in one of the best side-scrollers in recent memory.

Here's how the game is described: "When a marauding army of the Livid Dead threatens his magical homeland, it's up to Rayman to leap into action and save the day. With a riotous mixture of unique moves, outrageous enemies and boldly psychedelic environments, this is Rayman at his hilarious and heroic best. Players will jump, swim, sprint and hover though over 60 fantastical levels, from a desert of immense didgeridoo formations and bouncy bongo drums to the fiery stomach of a dragon chef. They'll punch out enemies with Rayman's telescopic fists, confound...

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03:55
Apple removes ‘impact resistant’ claim from Apple...

The BBC reports that Apple has removed the phrase ‘impact resistant’ from its description of the Apple Watch after losing a UK court case over a cracked screen. The owner said that he had been influenced by the description as he is “prone to knocking things about a bit.”

Gareth Cross, 32, from Aberystwyth, [bought] his Apple Watch Sport, but spotted a crack in the glass face 10 days later. The technology giant said work to fix the watch was not covered by warranty […]

Mr Cross took the company to the small claims court in Aberystwyth for breach of the Sale of Goods Act, and has won the case after a six-month fight. The company was ordered to refund the cost of the watch and pay £429 ($620) costs. Apple has now changed the description of the watch, removing the claim it was resistant to impact.

Cross says that he still plans to buy a replacement...

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00:00
PCWorld Show Episode II: Tanking tablets, the...

In this week's episode of the PCWorld Show, we ponder why PCs are killing tablets, why Microsoft would buy SwiftKey, why anyone would make a new Windows phone, and why we love (or hate) USB-C.

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Tuesday February 2

23:13
You can change the placement of the walls

Forums: TroubleshootingTags: container housesentry boxmodular homehzxiaoya

If you are looking to insult a Container House, one simple way is to say it looks prefab. That is now starting to change with new technology. The prefabricated housing industry is now creating multi-story homes that are designed by custom architects using assembly line efficiency in factories. This change has really gained steam in the last five years...

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19:44
Apple hires firmware security experts who worked on...

Apple recently added a pair of firmware security experts to its ranks when it hired the team behind "deep system security" startup LegbaCore in November, an apparent effort to bolster platforms like iOS and OS X.

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19:08
Apple acquired LegbaCore consultancy firm to improve...

Back in November of 2015, Apple quietly acquired security consultancy firm LegbaCore it has recently been discovered. The acquisition was initially revealed back in December by security researcher Trammell Hudson during a presentation at the 32C3 conference. The acquisition was further corroborated by a series of tweets from founder Xeno Kovah (seen below) and the company’s website, which states that it is “not accepting any new customer engagements.”

Specific details of the acquisition are unclear at this point. Kovah and his partner Corey Kallenberg are working full-time at Apple, although their specific roles are unclear. Kovah only stated that he and Kallenbeg would be working on “low level security” at the company (via...

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18:50
Apple Stores reportedly stall growth at top US...

Apple Stores, which consistently rank among the most profitable retail outlets per square foot, are reportedly bogging down growth at a chain of upscale shopping malls across the U.S.

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18:30
Apple Acquired Firmware Security Company LegbaCore...

Apple acquired firmware security company LegbaCore in November 2015, according to security researcher Trammell Hudson, who revealed the acquisition in his presentation at the 32C3 conference in December. LegbaCore's goal, according to founder Xeno Kovah, is "to help build systems that are as secure as we know how to make."

In November, Kovah and fellow LegbaCore founder Corey Kallenberg revealed that they had joined Apple as full-time employees. Just a couple days before that, LegbaCore's website announced that it would "not be accepting any new customer engagements", noting that the website would remain up "to serve as a reference for LegbaCore's past work."

LegbaCore had collaborated with Hudson on...

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18:27
Amazon plans hundreds of brick-and-mortar bookstores...

NASDAQ:

After dipping its toes into brick-and-mortar retailing last year with its first physical bookstore, online giant Amazon.com Inc. is poised to dive into the deep end.

The Seattle company plans to open as many as 400 bookstores, Sandeep Mathrani, chief executive of mall operator General Growth Properties Inc., said on an earnings call on Tuesday.

While nothing official has been announced by Amazon yet, if true, this seems like a bit of a head scratcher. After all, Amazon has been the prime suspect in the decline of traditional bookstores. But the best part of this story is the line, “Physical stores would give Amazon customers a place to leaf through books before buying them.” You don’t say. What a clever idea.

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17:22
Zagg to buy iPhone battery case maker Mophie for $...

Re/code:

Mophie, the accessory maker best known for its iPhone battery cases, is being bought for at least $100 million by rival Zagg.Zagg CEO Randy Hales said in a statement that the deal creates “numerous opportunities” to boost profits and revenues by combining the two companies’ strengths and distribution networks. Mophie CEO Daniel Huang and operating chief Shawn Dougherty will continue in their current roles, reporting to Hales. The deal, approved by both boards, should close later in the first quarter.

I’ve always been a fan of the Mophie products. I met their people several times at Macworld Expos and really liked them. Hope this works out well for all involved.

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17:16
Microsoft reportedly buys SwiftKey for $250M as part...

Microsoft is looking to expand on its artificial intelligence program with the reported purchase of UK-based developer SwiftKey, makers of the popular cross-platform predictive keyboard of the same name.

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16:56
Apple releases Xcode 7.2.1 with bug fixes and...

Apple this evening has pushed a small update to its developer software Xcode. The update bumps the app to version 7.2.1, following the initial release of version 7.2 late last year. Xcode 7.2.1 carries the build number 7C1002 and includes a handful of under-the-hood fixes and improvements.

Apple says that a variety of bugs have been fixed with this evening’s Xcode update. Hiccups relating to the command line and debugger have been fixed, while the certificate used to developer Wallet passes, Safari Push Notifications, and Safari Extensions has also been updated. As usual, the company says there are “additional bug fixes and stability improvements,” as well.

The full changelog is below:

Fixed in Xcode 7.2.1:

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16:24
ZAGG to merge with mophie

In a deal valued at US$100 million, accessory manufacturer ZAGG has acquired another well-known manufacturer of accessories -- mophie. Despite the irreconcilable differences in their use of upper or lower case, the two companies are actually a good fit for each other. As noted in a press release sent out today, the combination of the two companies will create the market leader in four different accessory categories; battery cases, external batteries, screen protection and tablet keyboards.  

In 2015, the two companies had combined net sales of about $470 million. The new entity (no word yet on whether they'll change the name of the combined company) expects to see growth through strengthened product development and expanded distribution.  

The companies expect the deal to be consummated in the first quarter of 2016 dependent on regulatory...

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16:18
Microsoft purchases popular keyboard maker SwiftKey...

The Financial Times is reporting that Microsoft has purchased popular third-party keyboard maker SwiftKey for $250 million. While SwiftKey is most known for their predictive keyboard, the acquisition is more of an artificial intelligence play for Microsoft.

While this deal could be seen as just the latest in a line of Microsoft purchases of popular apps, it is not. A source told the FT that, “There’s a war for talent in artificial intelligence...

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15:13
Zagg buys battery case maker Mophie for $100M

Zagg, best known for its InvisibleShield line of protective display coverings, on Tuesday announced plans to purchase iPhone battery case maker Mophie in a deal worth at least $100 million.

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15:00
AWT News Update: February 2, 2016

Happy Groundhog Day! We have a new sponsor this week (Winning WordPress) and plenty of fun news and rumors for the day.

Happy Groundhog Day! We have a new sponsor this week (Winning WordPress) and plenty of fun news and rumors for the day.

(see what I did there?)

  • MacRumors has word that the iPhone 7 will lose the camera bump of the iPhone 6 and 6s, as well as a few of the antenna bands that stretch across the back of the existing phones
  • A veteran Mac app developer updates a Mac CAD program that's been getting new features and updates since 1988
  • Everybody's favorite Apple analyst, Gene Munster, thinks the Apple Watch might get a hardware upgrade in March
  • A new Safe Harbor agreement is in place for data transfers between the US and EU

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14:51
Apple has become a regular at Stanford University...

Amid rumors claiming Apple is investing heavily in virtual and augmented reality solutions, it was revealed on Tuesday that the company has taken a recent interest in Stanford University's Virtual Human Interaction Lab, sending representatives to visit the facility three times in as many months.

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14:46
ZAGG to acquire Mophie, takeover battery, screen...

Popular accessory maker Zagg today announced that it has acquired Mophie, another accessory maker best known for its iPhone battery cases and power accessories. The deal will see Zagg purchase Mophie for $100 million. Mophie CEO Daniel Huang and COO Shawn Dougherty will continue their current respective roles and will report to Zagg CEO Randy Hales.

In the press release, Hales said that the acquisition will allow the two companies to work together and deliver an even better customer and investor experience than they could as independent companies....

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14:43
US Customs is seizing thousands of hoverboards

In the last few months, US customs officers have seized thousands of counterfeit and potentially dangerous hoverboards

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14:26
Poll: Will you buy the upcoming 4-inch iPhone 5se?

With Apple’s much rumored upcoming iPhone 5se on the horizon— an upgraded version of the iPhone 5S that retains the 4-inch display size for diehard fans of the model— we want to find out if you plan on upgrading when the new device launches. That’s the question we ask in today’s poll, in addition to what device you’re upgrading from (or downgrading, depending on how you look at it). 

There are a few things to consider unlike usual Apple and iPhone product launches. It looks like the iPhone 5se, as we previously reported is the current plan for the device’s moniker, will break up Apple’s usual fall release schedule with a mid-year iPhone refresh. It will...

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14:25
ATTO Technology ThunderLink devices certified with...

ATTO Technology (www.attotech.com) has announced that its ThunderLink 10GbE Desklink devices have been certified for use with Avid’s collaborative shared storage solutions.

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14:21
Apple, other companies to be taxed on digital sales...

Taxes on digital sales by Apple, Google Play and Netflix has been approved by the Russian government and is expected to be implemented as of 2017, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The article says that President Vladimir Putin ordered that relevant state agencies prepare changes to the country's legislation aimed to "ensure equal conditions for online companies' operation in Russia" by September 2016. Russian online video services complained that foreign companies selling digital content in Russia have an unfair advantage since don't pay VAT (value-added tax), which in Russia amounts to 18%.

An exemption from VAT was originally adopted in Russia for foreign software developers and was subsequently applied to software sales on Apple's AppStore and Google Play and later to sales of movies and music on iTunes, Google Play Music and...

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14:16
Apple Watch officially launching in Israel next week

Even before Apple shakes up the lineup with new bands and software next month, the Apple Watch is continuing its initial launch around the world. Israel, which doesn’t have an Apple Retail Store presence and instead relies on authorized resellers, is will be selling the Apple Watch locally for the first time next week.

iDigital, an authorized reseller owned by iCon Group in Israel, is expected to carry the Apple Watch Sport as well as select stainless steel models from 1,999 NIS, or about $430 USD without tax, starting Thursday, February 11th. Apple.com in Israel now lists the launch date as well.

Apple Watch...

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14:15
Rumor: the iPhone 7 will have a flush rear camera,...

Quoting an unnamed “source who has provided reliable information in the past,” MacRumors says the iPhone 7 body will appear very similar to the design used for the iPhone 6 and 6s, with two significant exceptions involving cameras and the antenna bands. 

The article says the rear camera, which protrudes slightly on the iPhone 6 and 6s, will sit flush with the rear casing of the iPhone 7, enabled by a thinner camera module. Recent rumors have indicated Apple is considering equipping the iPhone 7 Plus with a dual-lens rear camera, but the smaller iPhone 7 is expected to include a more traditional camera. 

MacRumors adds that the iPhone 7’s body will see the removal of antenna bands across the rear. Antenna bands at the sides and around the top and bottom edges are said to remain.

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14:04
Notable apps and app updates for Feb. 2, 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 for Mac OS X and iOS.

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

SweetP Productions has served up Cookie 5.0, an update to their cookie management product for Mac OS X.

The app can be configured to automatically remove any security threats including tracking cookies, unnecessary cookies, flash cookies, silverlight, and databases from your Mac. Version 5.0 has been re-written from the ground-up to support El Capitan and supports Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Chromium, and Opera browsers.

Cookie 5.0 requires El Capitan and costs . It can be purchased at the product website or the Mac App Store.

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13:51
News: Report: iPhone 7 to include flush camera lens...

A few new details have emerged on Apple’s iPhone 7, as reported by MacRumors. Citing a reliable source, the report notes that the iPhone 7 body will be very similar to the iPhone 6 design, although the rear camera will apparently sit flush with the rear casing, rather than protruding as it does on the iPhone 6 and 6s. The iPhone 7 will also reportedly exclude the antenna bands across the rear, providing a cleaner, flat metal look on the back,…

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13:45
Satechi Magnet Mount and Magnet Vent Mount: Stick...

SATECHI MAGNET MOUNT. PHOTO © 2016 STEVEN SANDE

Most people who have iPhones and iPads quickly find new and fun uses for them, and it's remarkable where you'll find the Apple devices. Whether it's on an exercise bike control panel, in the bathroom for watching the news while shaving, or in the kitchen as a digital cookbook and timer, Apple's digital toys are everywhere. Here's a pair of upcoming products from Satechi that will help you mount your iPhone or iPad mini just about anywhere. The Satechi Magnet Mount (US$19.99) and Magnet Vent Mount ($19.99) use powerful magnets to hold your device rock-steady in the kitchen, gym or car.

Design

Both of the mounts work the same way; if your device is in a case, you slide a slim rectangular plate into the case...

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13:44
Mac: Bloop Airmail 2.6 for Mac

We liked the look and feel of Bloop’s Airmail email client for Mac when it debuted a couple of years ago, and now Bloop is back, taking it to the next level with Airmail 2.6 for Mac ($10). The latest version adds support for OS X El Capitan, along with a totally redesigned app menu, new shortcuts, and a snooze feature akin to the now-defunct Mailbox. You can also now resize images in attachments, and a new smart unread selection helps you manage your inbox more effectively. The update came just before the recent debut of Airmail for iOS.

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13:30
Man successfully sues Apple for a crack in his ‘...

Gareth Cross, 32, a Welsh man from Ceredigion has successfully sued Apple after his watch broke, forcing the company to change its product description, reports the BBC News. He paid £339 in July 2015 for his Apple Watch Sport, but spotted a crack in the glass face 10 days later.

Apple said fixing the watch wasn’t covered by the smartwatch’s warranty, despite its official claim it was scratch-resistant. Cross took the company to the small claims court in Aberystwyth for breach of the Sale of Goods Act, and has won the case after a six-month fight. Apple was ordered to refund the cost of the watch and pay £429 costs. BBC News says the company has changed the description of the watch, removing impact resistant claim.

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13:17
'iPhone 7' to return to flat back without...

Apple's next flagship iPhone will return to a flatter and more elegant rear casing, ditching some of the style cues of the iPhone 6 and 6s, a report said on Tuesday.

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12:57
Environmental concerns slow progress on Apple's...

Progress on Apple's new ?850 million data center in Ireland is reportedly at a standstill as the Irish government continues to sort out complaints about the project's potential to harm local wildlife.

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12:44
Harvard Researchers Debunk Warnings of Terrorists...


The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University on Monday released a report that questions the so-called "going dark" phenomenon. The U.S. government and its surveillance and law enforcement agencies have been calling for an end to encryption because they say it lets terrorists communicate and plan with impunity and is responsible for going dark -- the inability of law enforcement to monitor communications. That's not true, according to the Berkman Center.

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12:38
Report: iPhone 7 will lose camera bump and antenna...

While reports have been circulating that Apple is considering using a rear dual-camera system on the expected iPhone 7 Plus later this year, a new report today claims that there’s another change coming to the iPhone 7 camera as well.

Citing an anonymous source with an apparently reliable history, MacRumors is reporting that the upcoming iPhone 7 will lose the rear camera bump thanks to a thinner camera...

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12:30
The Week in Mac Apps: Get things done with Chaos...

...plus, plenty of productivity tools

This week’s roundup of new Mac apps features Chaos Control, a tool for task management. Plus, you’ll find an app for tracking shipments, a publishing program, and more. Read on!

Beautiful Backup : Create Beautiful Folders for Photos 4.0

Protect your most precious memories with Muharrem Ozkan’s $5 Beautiful Backup (Mac App Store Link), a simple app that backs up all of your digital media in easily accessible folders.

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

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12:27
Man sues Apple, wins case over Apple Watch Sport...

A Welsh man on Tuesday won a small-claims case against Apple, one which accused the company of violating the region's Sale of Goods Act in refusing to honor his Apple Watch warranty.

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12:05
Apple’s planned Irish data center may be delayed

Apple's first data center in Ireland is facing delays after unhappy Irish citizens lodged formal complaints with the Irish government, reports Business Insider.

The Cupertino, California-based company planned to start building the €850 million data center on a 500-acre site before the end of last year, but a decision won't be made until the summer, a local councillor told the publication. 

The application is being held up by the Irish government, which is currently reviewing a number of appeals that were made after Galway Council granted Apple planning permission to build a data center.

A computer-generated image of Apple’s proposed data center, courtesy of “Business Insider.”

Business Insider reports that it’s visited the site and found that the vast majority of locals were in favor of Apple's data centre, which could create up to 300 jobs in...

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12:03
Hand engraved Apple Watch

Viljo Marrandi:

Our owner and operator, Viljo Marrandi, has been doing handwork since childhood, growing up the son of a carpenter and wood carver. Beginning with a one week class taught by master engraver, Sam Alfano, in Antwerp, Belgium, Viljo was fascinated with the art. After practicing his craft for several years, Viljo received private lessons from Scott Pilkington, another renowned engraver and custom crafter, and honed his skills at English scroll with engraver Simon Lytton.

Viljo named his company, “Bottega Marrandi,” the word “Bottega” meaning “Workshop” in Italian. So welcome to his workshop, we think you will love it.

Check out the pictures of the Apple Watch engravings. If you’re looking to really...

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11:52
First Details on iPhone 7 Design: Flush Rear Camera...

Apple's iPhone 7 isn't expected to launch until the usual September timeframe, but we're starting to get our first hints of what we might be able to expect for the new device. According to a source who has provided reliable information in the past, the iPhone 7 body will appear very similar to the design used for the iPhone 6 and 6s, with two significant exceptions.

The first involves the rear camera, which protrudes slightly on the iPhone 6 and 6s. On the iPhone 7, the camera is said to sit flush with the rear casing, enabled by a thinner camera module. Recent rumors have indicated Apple is considering equipping the iPhone 7 Plus with a dual-lens rear camera, but the smaller iPhone 7 is expected to include a more traditional camera.

Mockup of iPhone 7 case showing flush rear camera and no antenna bands across rear
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11:49
Graphite 10 for OS X ready for El Capitan

Ashlar-Vellum has announced Graphite 10, the latest release of their 2D/3D CAD wireframe drafting package for Mac OS X and Windows.

The tool offers precision wire-frame drafting. Version 10 offers support for the latest operating systems including Mac OS X El Capitan. Other important enhancements have been added to the software's 2D PDF import and export.

Upgrade pricing is available to Graphite v10 from previous versions of 9, 8 and 7. For a complete list of prices, enhancements and their descriptions, visit Ashlar-Vellum online (http://ashlar.com).

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11:40
[Sponsor] Igloo, a Modern Intranet

Imagine people could find all the information they needed to do their jobs in one, unified space. You could break down silos and share information more efficiently. For real. Sometimes, cultural shifts start with technological ones. Shift your intranet perceptions, with Igloo.

Igloo is an intranet you’ll actually like. And, because we know love doesn’t happen overnight, you can try it for free — forever. Try it now at igloosoftware.com.

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11:23
Review: Just Mobile TENC for iPad Pro

Just Mobile's TENC ($50) is a simple case for iPad Pro. TENC draws its naming inspiration from The Emperor's New Clothes, and Just Mobile claims the clear matte plastic case is covered with a self-healing coating to guard against "casual scratches." Outside of that however, TENC is really just a plastic shell case. Though we historically don't review such cases for iPhone, many iPad cases don't offer button coverage, and in the case of iPad Pro, we'll be seeing a lot of cases leaving one side exposed for Smart Connector compatibility. That's TENC — a well-fitting plastic shell with an opening on the side of the case for Smart Connector accessories. TENC is a straightforward playthrough case, and doesn't offer any integrated kickstand or Apple Pencil holder.{/exp:char_limit}
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11:18
Apple’s Irish data center faces delays as citizens...

Last year it was announced that Apple was planning a major new data center for County Galway in Ireland, as well as one in Denmark, both set to begin operations in 2017. According to a new report from Business Insider, however, Apple’s plans for the Irish data center have hit a speed bump. The report claims that the company’s $928 million dollar center has been put on hold due to complaints from the community.

Apple had originally hoped to start building the data center on a 500-acre site by the end of 2015, but a new decision from the Irish government now won’t come until this summer. The government is reviewing a variety of appeals...

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10:49
Twelve South introduces two new iPad BookBooks

Twelve South (www.twelvesouth.com) has introduced two new BookBooks made exclusively for the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4. These join the BookBook for iPad family.

They’re handmade leather cases with built-in viewing and typing stands. BookBook allows access to your iPad's connectors, sensors, and camera without having to remove the case. The new editions are available now in Vintage Brown for iPad mini 4 for $69.99 and iPad Air 2 for $79.99.

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10:42
Today's the last day of the TopXNotes/2Remember...

Today is the last day of the Tropical Software MacZOT, 2-Day Sale of Tropical Software’s TopXNotes bundled with 2Remember, the reminder app that hides offscreen like a tab for easy access.

TopXNotes is a full-featured personal information manager designed to help organize and secure virtually any type of information. The TopXNotes/2Remember bundle is available for 50% off its regular retail price through midnight PDT, Tuesday, Feb. 1. Go to www.maczot.com for details.

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10:38
Apple is among top 10 U.S. business-to-business...

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. business-to-business (B2B) commercial channel revenue increased. Sales in 2015 grew 2.1% to more than $72 billion, according to The NPD Group’s Distributor and Reseller Tracking Services.  And Apple is among the top 10 vendors in the channel, according to NPD.

From 2012 to 2015, the U.S. B2B commercial channel market increased at a 4.4% compound annual growth rate, adding $8.7 billion in revenue over that period, says the research group. From a revenue perspective, the top 10 vendors in the U.S. B2B commercial channel in 2015 were Hewlett-Packard, Cisco Systems, Lenovo, Microsoft, IBM, Apple, EMC, Samsung, Dell and Network Appliance. 

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10:16
Report: Apple to reveal smaller iPhone and new iPad...

Enlarge / The iPad Air 2. A new version could bring over multiple features from the iPad Pro. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Mark your calendars: A new report from Buzzfeed's John Paczkowski says that Apple is planning a product event for March 15, its first since the iPhone 6S, iPad Pro, and Apple TV event it held back in September. Paczkowski's sources have reliably predicted the dates of multiple iPhone and iPad events in the past, and 9to5Mac's sources have also pegged March 15th as the event date.

Apple's plans could change, but as of this writing, Apple is...

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10:15
Twelve South updates iPad Air, iPad mini BookBook,...

Although they don't seem to have us on the top of their PR priority list anymore (we miss you, Shannon), Twelve South is one of our favorite premium accessory manufacturers here at Apple World Today. The company has announced that the BookBook vintage leather cases have been updated, with two new versions available for the iPad Air 2 (US$79.99) and iPad mini 4 ($69.99) respectively. But the big news -- no pun intended -- is the announcement of the BookBook for iPad Pro, which will be shipping this Spring.

The new BookBooks for iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4 have the usual distressed leather binding that doubles as a hideaway for your favorite tablet, and they come with built-in viewing and typing stands as well as holes for accessing the iPads connectors and cameras without removing the case. 

The BookBook for iPad Pro is designed with a display stand set at an angle that's perfect for...

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10:03
Munster: 4" iPhone doesn't make sense for...

Despite rumors that Apple plans to hold a mid-March event to introduce several new products, it may not make sense to include a 4-inch iPhone among them, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster.

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09:40
9to5Toys Last Call: Logitech keyboards/mice up to 60...

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09:40
Apple allegedly testing dual-lens cameras from three...

Multiple camera modules, image from LinX Computational Imaging Ltd. 

You can take this rumor with a bit of skepticism since it comes from DigiTimes and KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo -- both of whom have rather crappy records when it comes to rumors -- but supposedly the dual-lens camera systems that are expected for the next-generation "iPhone 7 Plus" are being tested by Apple right now. The company is allegedly testing camera modules from its main camera supplier Largan Technology and two "unnamed" Japan and China-based vendors. 

If it adopts dual-lens camera technology as a differentiating factor for the iPhone 7 Plus, Apple will most likely use technology that was obtained through the acquisition of LinX Computational Imaging Ltd. last year. That company's tech provides a way for a smartphone to use optical zoom rather than the grain-inducing digital zoom, and can also be used for...

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09:38
Quick Solution to Apple Mail’s TidBITS Wrapping Woes

If you’re having trouble reading this week’s HTML email issue of TidBITS in Apple Mail because of too-long line lengths, Adam explains why, and suggests a quick workaround.

 

Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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09:19
Apple might show off iPhone 5se and iPad Air 3 at...

Rumors are swirling that Apple has a spring event in the works to launch a 4-inch iPhone, a revamped iPad Air, and new Apple Watch models. Now we have a tentative date for that event: March 15.

Apple hasn’t sent out invites to the media yet, so the event isn’t a lock. The date comes courtesy of 9to5Mac, which has a proven track record for reliable intel, but the site noted that event details are still in flux so the date could change or the announcements could be moved online.

So what new products are on tap? Surprisingly, just six months after releasing the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, Apple reportedly has another phone ready to go. The rumored iPhone 5se is a 4-inch phone that reportedly has the same chips as the iPhone 6s for always-on Siri without...

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09:15
Photo of the Day: Apple Adjustable Keyboard from...

Apple has long been trying to push the iPad into the business market, but this use case is probably something the company never expected to see. On Twitter, AfterPad.com owner Kevin shared the above image of Apple’s Adjustable Keyboard, first introduced back in 1993 for $219, connected to an iPad and working nearly flawlessly. Just for good measure, he also attached the numeric keypad Apple offered with the keyboard itself.

As you can see in the image above, a variety of adapters and cables go into powering this set up. The Apple Adjustable Keyboard itself is connected via an ADB cable to the Griffin iMate ADB to USB adapter. From there, the USB end of the adapter is...

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09:08
Dutch National Police working to train anti-drone...

As remotely-controlled drones become smaller and more sophisticated, authorities are working to counter the potential security and privacy implications in sometimes novel ways -- including training eagles to take the aircraft down.

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09:00
Get ready for Yammer!

Today’s post was written by Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office team.

Today, I’m excited to announce that we are activating Yammer for every eligible Office 365 tenant—new and existing—without requiring additional action on the part of admins. This allows all Office 365 customers to gain the full benefits of Yammer. It also marks the culmination of our foundational efforts—including moving Yammer into Microsoft managed datacenters and undertaking identity work with Azure Active Directory—to bring Yammer fully into Office 365.

Seamless availability in Office 365

With this groundwork laid, we’re poised to provide a new set of high-value user and admin scenarios. Every Office 365 user with a Yammer license will be able to easily access Yammer from the Office 365 app launcher or start a Yammer conversation from SharePoint, Office 365 Video Portal and, coming soon, Delve and Skype Broadcast. This enables you and your coworkers to...

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09:00
Microsoft Ignite 2016: Registration is open—sign up...

It’s time—register now for Microsoft Ignite and mark your calendar for September 26–30, 2016. Be there when top industry leaders talk about what’s next, get direct access to the people who built the products you use every day and surround yourself with smart people talking tech.

Sharpen your ideas with the best in the business

From high-level strategy to deep product insights, you’ll hear about new technologies and explore real-world solutions to today’s challenges. Customize your schedule to go deep on the topics that matter most to you and your organization, including cloud infrastructure and management, big data, analytics, productivity, communications, operating systems, mobile devices and more.

  • 1,000+ hours of content, 700+ sessions and a multitude of networking opportunities.
  • Insights and roadmaps from industry leaders.
  • Deep dives and live demos on the...
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09:00
Join us for the “Driving Business Results with...

Join us for a virtual event series live from a Microsoft Technology Center covering sales and cloud productivity solutions.

We are thrilled to announce that in partnership with MTC studio our live events during the months of February and March will revolve around Driving Business Results with Intelligent Tools. Covering both Office and Dynamics solutions, this event proves to be exciting, as organizations can increase customer satisfaction by creating an intelligent workplace by utilizing intelligent tools.

With a great lineup of speakers, this eight-part MTC webcast series allows customers to see how innovations can help drive maximum impact across multiple...

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09:00
Share your Excel insights with Power BI

The Excel and Power BI teams have been busy releasing capabilities and tools that allow you to share your Excel data and insights to Power BI more quickly and easily.

Here are a few new ways in which Excel and Power BI work better together:

Share your Excel insights with Power BI publisher for Excel

With Power BI publisher for Excel Preview—just announced two weeks ago—you can save snapshots of important PivotTables, charts, cell ranges and more from across all of your spreadsheets to a single location quickly. Select a range or an element in your workbook and, under the Power BI tab, click Pin.

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08:47
Seagate slapped with a class action lawsuit over...

Seagate is facing a class action lawsuit over its 3TB consumer hard drives, which by some accounts have suffered unusually high failure rates.

The lawsuit, filed on February 1 in the U.S. District Court for Northern California, primarily cites reliability data from Backblaze, a cloud backup provider that builds its own storage pods from consumer hard drives. In Backblaze’s experience, Seagate's 3TB HDDs failed at much higher rates than other drives, prompting the storage provider to phase out those drives by mid-2015.

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08:40
TwelveSouth debuts BookBook cases for slimmer iPad...

TwelveSouth, maker of stylish accessories for Apple products, is out today with new versions of its signature BookBook case fit for the slimmer iPad mini 4 and iPad Air 2. In addition, TwelveSouth’s also showing off the upcoming iPad Pro version of the BookBook case. If you’re unfamiliar, TwelveSouth’s BookBook line wraps your Apple device in a vintage leather book-like case which offers equal parts protection and disguise.

TwelveSouth already has versions of the BookBook case designed for iPhones,...

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08:15
Restored video of Steve Jobs introducing the NeXT...

Apple history buffs know that on October 12, 1988, Steve Jobs introduced the NeXT computer to the world. NeXT was the company founded by Jobs after his departure from Apple, and it was later purchased by Apple upon his return to the company. The NeXTSTEP operating system used on the NeXT workstation ended up being the core of the Mac operating system as we know it today: Mac OS X. New video of the introduction event was recovered during production of the recent "Steve Jobs" movie, restored as much as possible, and is now available on YouTube.

I recall being at a local introduction that day, watching the event via closed-circuit TV in a banquet room in a nearby hotel. My interest in possibly obtaining one of the workstations dropped to zero once the price was announced -- $6,500 in 1988 dollars (about $13,000 in today's dollars). ...

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08:03
U.S., EU reach breakthrough on new 'Safe Harbor...

Having already missed the original Sunday deadline, U.S. and European officials are reportedly on the verge of cinching a new "Safe Harbor" deal on transferring data across the Atlantic. [Updated]

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08:00
Rumor: Apple to hold media event on March 15th,...

Apple’s next media event is rumored to take place on Tuesday, March 15th and is expected to cover a new 4-inch “iPhone 5se”, iPad Air 3 and Apple Watch updates.

Still, the date could change at the last minute, so things are up in the air.

Apple’s new 4-inch iPhone is rumored to feature an A9 chip with M9 motion coprocessor, 1,624 mAh battery, 1GB of RAM, Bluetooth 4.2, Apple Pay, VoLTE, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and 16GB and 64GB storage models, but 3D Touch appears unlikely.

The “iPhone 5se” is rumored to ship in late March or early April and will likely replace the iPhone 5s. Apple is also expected to release the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models this September.

Details surrounding the iPad Air 3 are less clear, but leaked design drawings...

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08:00
Killer Deal: Get a free 32GB Apple TV with 15"...

This week, AI readers can use exclusive coupons to grab a free 32GB Apple TV in addition to cash discounts with the purchase of all current 15" MacBook Pros, in addition to dozens of popular 21" iMac with Retina 4K display and 27" iMac with Retina 5K display configurations.

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07:58
An Apple Fan from Wales Sues Apple for Refusing to...

According to a new UK report, "A man who took Apple to court after he spotted a crack in his smartwatch has successfully sued the tech giant after a six-month battle.

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07:52
Fitness trackers are leaking lots of your data,...

Some of the more popular sports wearables don’t just let you track your fitness, they let other people track you.

That’s what Canadian researchers found when they studied fitness-tracking devices from eight manufacturers, along with their companion mobile apps.

All the devices studied except for the Apple Watch transmitted a persistent, unique Bluetooth identifier, allowing them to be tracked by the beacons increasingly being used by retail stores and shopping malls to recognize and profile their customers.

The revealing devices, the Basis Peak, Fitbit Charge HR, Garmin Vivosmart, Jawbone Up 2, Mio Fuse, Withings Pulse O2 and Xiaomi Mi Band, all make it possible for their wearers to be tracked using Bluetooth even when the device is not paired with or connected to a smartphone, the researchers said. Only the Apple device used a feature of the Bluetooth LE standard to generate changing MAC addresses to prevent tracking.

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07:31
T-Mobile ties Verizon for LTE speed supremacy in...

Verizon is still the LTE king among U.S. mobile carriers, but T-Mobile wants to be the heir apparent. That’s the main takeaway from the latest State of Mobile Networks: USA report from OpenSignal. The crowd-sourced mobile data company found that T-Mobile is closing in on AT&T in terms of nationwide coverage, and the “Un-carrier” is tied with Verizon for the 4G speed crown.

OpenSignal’s report pulls data from 180,000 people nationwide who have the company’s mobile app installed on their smartphone.

Can you hear T-Mobile now?
OpenSignal

OpenSignal’s data says that T-Mobile’s 4G coverage is now at 81 percent. That means that whenever users were connected, T-Mobile’s 4G customers received a 4G signal 81.2 percent of the time. Verizon...

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07:30
Rumor: iPad, iPhone, Apple Watch updates to be...

Apple will hold an event on Tuesday, March 15 and announce updates to the iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch software, reports Mark Gurman at 9to5Mac

The company is expected to release a 4-inch iPhone (the “iPhone 5se”), the iPad Air 3, and new bands and software for the Apple Watch. Other rumors (or perhaps wishful thinking) has Apple rolling out new Apple Watches (as in hardware) and updated MacBooks. My crystal ball says the first is possible, but the second won’t happen until June when a major refresh of the entire Mac laptop line is announced at the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference.

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07:25
Opinion: Could the rumored twin-lens of the iPhone 7...

When Apple first made the move into larger-screen phones with the launch of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, there was only tiny difference between them in terms of features: the larger-screened model included optical image stabilization while the smaller one didn’t. This was likely driven simply by the practicality of fitting the technology into the larger device rather than any real intention to differentiate the two devices feature-wise.

But the rumors suggest that the iPhone 7 Plus may offer a dual-camera system, offering optical zoom, while the smaller iPhone 7 won’t. A fresh report today suggests that a number of camera lens makers have sent dual-lens samples to Apple for...

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07:21
Worldwide wearables device sales to grow 18.4% (...

The Forecast: Wearable Electronic Devices, Worldwide, 2016 report from Gartner, Inc. forecasts that 274.6 million wearable electronic devices will be sold worldwide in 2016, an increase of 18.4% from 232.0 million units in 2015. And theApple Watch and virtual reality/augmented reality will spur growth by almost one-fifth this year, according to the research group.

Sales of wearable electronic devices are predicted to generate revenue of $28.7 billion in 2016. Of that, $11.5 billion will be from smartwatches, and the Apple Watch is expected to do just fine.

"From 2015 through 2017, smartwatch adoption will have 48% growth largely due to Apple popularizing wearables as a lifestyle trend. Smartwatches have the greatest revenue potential among all wearables through 2019, reaching $17.5 billion," said Angela McIntyre, research director at...

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06:48
Soundcloud launches free ‘track stations’ on iOS...

Shortly after Apple’s decision to let free ad-supported iTunes Radio stations go away, Soundcloud today has introduced a new similar feature called Stations for free on its own music streaming platform. Users can launch a new track station based off of the current song they’re listening to and easily discover an endless stream of new music.

Soundcloud users no longer have to hunt for the next great song or worry about just playing what’s on their current Stream (Soundcloud’s equivalent of a timeline). This makes the music listening and discovery process much more smooth in general.

In initial testing, it appears that stations use a...

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06:47
News: Report: iPhone 5se, iPad Air 3 set for March...

Apple is looking to hold an event on March 15 to unveil a new iPhone, iPad Air, and Apple Watch band options, 9to5Mac reports, following a report last week that the new standard-sized iPad would be available in March, while also revealing that the rumored 4-inch iPhone model will debut at the same time. Sources suggest that the new “iPhone 5se” will include an A9 chip, improved cameras, Live Photos support, and Apple Pay, while mirroring…

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06:44
Dreii available now for Mac OS X, iOS

Etter Studio, in collaboration with publisher Bitforge, has released Dreii (http://dreii.com/), a physics conundrum game, on Steam for the Mac, PC, and Linux, the Apple App Store for iOS, and Google Play Store for Android. It’s a puzzle game that connects players in real-time across the world to help each other with logic and skill in a battle against gravity.
 

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06:44
Apple Targets March 15 for Next Apple Product Event

Apple is currently aiming to unveil the new 4-inch the iPhone 5se, the iPad Air 3, and new Apple Watch band options at an event on Tuesday, March 15th, according to ...

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06:40
Rumor: Apple testing dual-lens camera modules from...

Taiwan's Largan Technology and camera lens makers in China and Japan have sent dual-lens camera samples to Apple for testing, aiming for inclusion in Apple's next Plus-sized iPhone, a report claimed on Tuesday.

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06:38
Apple's iPad Air 3 and 'iPhone 5se'...

Apple's next media event, where it is rumored to announce updates across three product categories, is tentatively planned for Tuesday, March 15, according to 9to5Mac. The date could change over the next six weeks.As the scheduled event is still a month-and-a-half away, the date could conceivably still shift or turn into an online announcement. The media event would be Apple’s first since September, and much like the fall event, is planned to touch on three major product categories for the company.At the media event, its first since September, Apple CEO Tim Cook and other executives are expected to introduce the new 4-inch "iPhone 5se" and iPad Air 3, alongside...

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06:37
Kool Tools: ONi Resize for Mac OS X

ON1, Inc’. (https://www.on1.com/) ON1 Resize, their Genuine Fractals technology, has been revved to version 10. It’s also been added back in ON1 Photo 10.1, a free update for Photo 10 owners.

ON1 Resize allows photographers to get the highest quality photo enlargements, using Genuine Fractals technology-patented, fractal-based interpolation algorithms-to enlarge photos without the loss of sharpness or detail. Popular features like the gallery wrap and tiling options are included in version 10, as is an overhaul of the user interface, and more.

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06:30
7 Swift 2 Enhancements iOS Devs Will Love

snydeq writes: InfoWorld's Paul Solt outlines how Apple has made good on Swift's emphasis on performance, approachability, and ease in its latest update, offering up seven worthwhile enhancements to Swift 2, along with code samples. 'Many of the enhancements to Swift, through both the Swift 2.0 update and subsequent Swift 2.1 update, have made the language more explicit and intentional, and in turns, Swift 2 code will be safer and easier to maintain for years to come (especially now that Swift is open source). New language constructs (keywords) in Swift 2 improve the readability of control flow — the order in which lines of code are executed. Thanks to these new keywords, collaborating on Swift code will be much more productive and efficient.'


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06:29
2016 FileMaker Developer Conference ‘Early, Early...

Registration for the FileMaker Developer Conference (http://www.filemaker.com/r/devcon), the worldwide gathering for FileMaker app developers, opens today with the “early, early bird” discount option. The 2016 event takes place July 18-21, 2016 at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Nevada.

The conference is for anyone who wants to acquire new skills, improve current skills or advance their careers by using the FileMaker Platform to build compelling custom apps for iPad, iPhone, Windows, Mac and web browsers.  

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06:21
Google Planning to Copy Apple-like Control over...

A new report published yesterday is claiming that Google wants to take "greater control" over the design ....

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06:19
Paragon Software updates Camptune X for Mac OS X

Paragon Software (www.paragonsoftware.com) has released Paragon Camptune X 10.10, the system utility for easy and fast redistribution of disk space on OS X systems. The updated version comes with a redesigned user interface, and allows owners of the free edition to also work with Boot Camp. 2GB can now be reallocated between OS X and Windows for free.

Paragon Camptune X 10.10 requires Mac OS X 10.6 or higher. It’s a free update for registered users. For new users the cost is $19.95.

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05:51
Apple eyes March 15 event for iPhone 5se, iPad Air 3...

Apple is currently aiming to unveil the new 4-inch the iPhone 5se, the iPad Air 3, and new Apple Watch band options at an event on Tuesday, March 15th, according to sources. We previously reported that Apple was on track to launch the new products during the week of March 14th. As the scheduled event is still a month-and-a-half away, the date could conceivably still shift or turn into an online announcement. The media event would be Apple’s first since September, and much like the fall event, is planned to touch on three major product categories for the company.

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05:50
SweetP Productions serves up Cookie 5.0 for Mac OS X

SweetP Productions has served up Cookie 5.0, an update to their cookie management product for Mac OS X.

The app can be configured to automatically remove any security threats including tracking cookies, unnecessary cookies, flash cookies, silverlight, and databases from your Mac. Version 5.0 has been re-written from the ground-up to support El Capitan and supports Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Chromium, and Opera browsers.

Cookie 5.0 requires El Capitan and costs . It can be purchased at the product website (https://cookie5app.com) or the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/zv4esac).

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05:44
Apple is (still) the world’s most valuable brand,...

Apple remains the world’s most valuable brand, up 14% to $145.9 billion, according to the latest Brand Finance rankings. However, the brand valuation and strategy consultancy says Disney is the “most powerful,” thanks to the record-breaking success of Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens.

Brands are evaluated to determine which are the most powerful (based on factors such familiarity, loyalty, promotion, marketing investment, staff satisfaction and corporate reputation) and which are most valuable and ranked in the Brand Finance Global 500.

Apple has maintained its dominance at the summit of the Global 500. Brand value is up 14%, thanks to the huge success of the iPhone 6 and recently released iPhone 6s. Revenue for fourth quarter of the fiscal year 2015 was a record-breaking $51.5 billion with profits at US$11.1 billion while revenues for the year were $233.7 billion. This huge surge is partly responsible for recent disappointing sales growth (the slowest since...

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05:29
'Knights and Bikes' is a charming co-op...

Every so often we'll spot a game in the bowels of Kickstarter which, despite all of the problems associated with crowdfunding, grabs our attention and won't let go. Knights and Bikes is one of those projects because, well, just look at the screenshot...

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05:09
Apple granted patent for detecting touch-free...

Apple was today granted a patent for detecting touch-free gestures at close range, the patent language suggesting that the approach could build on the capabilities of multi-touch and 3D touch to respond to fingers hovering close to an iPhone or iPad display, as well as use on keyboards and trackpads.

The patent describes using sensors similar to the proximity detectors used to disable accidental touch input on the iPhone screen when you’re holding the phone to your face during a call. Unlike longer-range gesture technologies like Kinect, the system would detect ‘hover events’ just above the surface of the screen …

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05:00
Compound Searches With SQL Using AND && OR

Previously, we looked at the SQL SELECT and WHERE options to obtain output and then constrain what would be displayed in a query. The AND & OR operators are used to add additional logic so you can filter records based on more than one condition. Which is to say to search based on the contents of multiple columns within a single table. AND is used to show information if two different conditions are true and OR is used to show information if either condition is true.

Below is a selection from the “Customers” table that showed in our first article an we will use it to run some SQL sorting statements using the ORDER BY keyword:

ID Site Contact Address City Zip Country
1 Krypted Charles Edge my house Minneapolis 55418 US
2 Apple Tim Cook spaceship Cupertino 95014 US
3 Microsoft Satya Nadella campus Redmond 98053 US
4 Facebook Mark Zuckerberg foodhall Menlo Park 94025 US
5 JAMF Dean Hager Grain Exchange Minneapolis 55418 US

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05:00
The fight for a third-best smartphone OS has been...

Enlarge / We've been watching smartphone operating systems burn out and fade away for the last year or two, and that's too bad. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

A few days ago, BlackBerry CEO John Chen strongly implied that Android was the future of the company’s phones—he didn’t say BlackBerry 10 was finished, but future phones from the company are much more likely to resemble the not-entirely-awful BlackBerry Priv. Last week, Microsoft announced that Lumia sales had taken a big year-over-...

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05:00
Gadget Ogling: Babe-Friendly Smartwatches, Pretty...


If I were a parent, I assume I would have a strong opposition to giving a smartphone to an under-14 child of mine. Don't get me wrong. I would, I surmise, be all in favor of my offspring being able to tap into the Internet to explore, learn, and communicate. I'd also want my kid to be reachable at all times -- but, ideally, in a more-controlled way than by carrying a typical smartphone. The dokiWatch has 3G connectivity, voice and video calling, an emergency alert function, location tracking, fitness tracking and, of course, games.

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05:00
Like Santa’s bag, Tom Bihn's Cadet case holds...

Tom Bihn's Cadet is small, but you can pack a lot of stuff into it. How much stuff? How about a 12-inch MacBook, an iPhone 6, power cords for both, a few small accessories, earphones and a couple of magazines.

I admit that I was pushing it. My Cadet was bulging by the time I had all my tech gadgets and goodies crammed in. You may not want to have your case bursting at the seam, but this item -- another topnotch offering from Tom Bihn -- is like Santa's bag: it's a lot more spacious than it looks.

The Cadet comes in sizes for a variety of Apple products ranging from the iPad Air to the 15-inch MacBook Pro. Using two clips, the bottom edge of the case attaches to two vertical pieces of webbing sewn into the Cadet. When passing through a TSA checkpoint, you can slide your iOS or OS X device (still in its protective Cadet Cache) out of the Cadet for X-ray inspection; the electronic device...

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04:59
Apple Reportedly Ready to Test Dual Lens Cameras for...

Last week we posted a detailed report titled "This Year's Camera Trend for Smartphones will be Dual Cameras and it's likely to Debut on the iPhone 7 Plus." In supply chain news today we read that Apple's adoption of this technology is getting closer to reality.

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04:55
Fitness devices to dominate the wearables market...

New data from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) shows that fitness wearables will remain the primary wearable device, with smartwatches being less commonly used for the next three years.

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04:36
Apple to Begin Testing Dual-Lens Camera Samples for...

Taiwan-based Largan Technology as well as Japan- and China-based camera lens makers have sent dual-lens camera test samples to Apple for potential inclusion in its next-generation iPhone, according to sources from the upstream supply chain (via DigiTimes).

The same source notes that Largan currently supplies over 60 percent of Apple's smartphone cameras, leading some market analysts to believe Apple is seeking dual-camera products from other makers to lower potential risks.

iPhone 7 mockup with dual-lens camera system (Image: Computer Bild)

Taiwan-based website DigiTimes has a mixed track record at reporting on Apple's upcoming product plans, but its sources within the upstream supply chain have proven reliable in the past.

The report also follows predictions by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo that...

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04:36
Apple to Order over 1 Billion MEMS Microphones for...

According to a recently published IHS report, Apple will purchase more than one billion MEMS microphones in 2016 for the iPhone. The move to four microphones is currently being driven by hands-free calling and ...

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04:30
Kool Tools: Fluance Fi70 speaker

Fluance’s Fi70 Bluetooth speaker is an evolution of Fluance’s critically-acclaimed Fi Series. Streaming music wirelessly from services such as Spotify and Pandora or playing tracks from user’s favorite playlists has never been easier or more enjoyable.

At the core of the Fi70 are powerful dual 8-inch woofers, 5-inch woven glass fiber midrange drivers and 1-inch neodymium tweeters, which offer superior sound quality. Its 280 watt built-in amplifier boasts big performance and delivers exceptional bass response starting as low as 30Hz.

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04:30
BT's updated TV app has an on-demand section...

Like the UK's other big TV providers, BT offers customers an app that lets them manage their YouView+ set-top box and access some of the content they pay for when they're away from the living-room flatscreen. The service formally known as BT TV Every...

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04:14
suitX launches lightweight and affordable exoskeleton

suitX, the robotics company out of University of California, Berkeley's Human Engineering Lab has launched its first exoskeleton after years of development. It's called Phoenix, a relatively lightweight and affordable device that can help people with...

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04:00
Sid Meier’s Railroads! is fun, but may disappoint...

Sid Meier’s Railroads! (published by Feral Interactive and developed by Firaxis games) it’s a "re-imagining" of Railroad Tycoon on the Mac. If you haven't followed the Railroad series, you'll enjoy the game, though longtime Railroad Tycoon fans may be disappointed. 

For better or worse, the re-imagining caters to the casual gamer. It's a more playful, if shallower, gaming experience than its predecessors. Play is entirely intuitive, though it lacks the complexity and challenges of Railroad Tycoon and Railroad Tycoon 2. For example, there's no campaign mode. Laying track is so easy there's little challenge. There's no map or scenario editor. 

On the other hand, Railroad Tycoon 3 went off the rails with its overcomplicated features. Railroads! attempts to rectify this with vibrant graphics, good use of music and even a real manual. Plus, you can change the look of your trains if you wish.

Railroads! gets back to basics,...

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03:30
The 10 Mac games you need to play from January 2016

January's Mac games

Did you check out our picks for the can’t-miss Mac games of 2015? We hope so, because 2016 didn’t wait to start unleashing a killer selection of new games to fall in love with. The first few weeks of the year have already delivered several games that players are obsessing over and gleefully dissecting, and we have them all profiled here for your perusal. 

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03:12
Politician rallying against SWATting falls victim...

Writing about SWATting victims is as depressing as writing about data breaches, but this is the future we live in. In regards to the former, the politician who's come out strongest against the potentially deadly prank found herself on the receiving e...

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02:42
Apple Granted a Second Patent for Multitouch Sensor...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 35 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's second granted patent in the last year regarding the detection and processing of multi-touch and hover events.

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00:29
Apple patents hover-sensing multitouch display

After the release of 3D Touch force-sensing input on iPhone 6s, Apple continues its push for the perfect input technology, most recently winning a patent that uses inline proximity sensors to detect non-contact hover gestures.

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22:00
This week's sponsor: WinningWP

This week, we’re proud to have a new sponsor for Apple World Today — WinningWP.

A surprising number of Apple World Today readers are also bloggers, and many of them use WordPress as their content management system of choice. WordPress is the most popular blogging system in use, the engine behind more than 60 million websites as of 2012 and used by more than 27.5% of all websites. It’s not just small websites that use WordPress — big names like Time.com and TechCrunch.com are powered by it.

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21:11
Poll: What rumored 2016 Apple product excites you...

If early indications are anything to go by, 2016 looks to be a relatively big year for Apple. After an ‘s’ year of iPhone upgrades, no new iPad Air model, and the original Apple Watch hardware going on two years of age, there is huge potential for the company to impress users and investors alike. We’ve already seen a handful of leaks and rumors pointing to possible releases for Apple this year, which makes us wonder: What rumored 2016 Apple product excites you the most?

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19:08
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Switzerland's district attorney age of wushu taels is also analyzing 's prize of the 2018 and 2022 finals to France and to Qatar, a little, wealthy desert country with no actual football tradition.

The ethics committee said it had not discovered evidence that the transaction, created at once when Blatter was looking for re-election, constituted a offer, which meant the men were spared prospective lifetime prohibits. http://www.vgolds.com

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17:50
Analyst: Apple may decrease its use of Amazon cloud...

In a note to clients — as noted by Barron’s — Morgan Stanley analyst Brain Nowak says Apple may decrease its use of Amazon’s AWS cloud computing services.

AWS is a collection of web series that make up a cloud-computing platform offered by Amazon. These services operate from 12 geographical regions[ across the world. Amazon markets AWS as a service to provide large computing capacity more quickly and more cheaply than a client company building an actual physical server farm.

Map showing the approximate geographical regions used by Amazon Web Services.

Nowak notes that Apple has announced three data center openings over the next two years -- a “command center” for its global data centers in Mesa, Arizona (planned opening in 2016) and one data center each in Ireland and Denmark (planned opening in 2017). 

“In total, we estimate Apple is building approximately 2.5 million square feet of data...

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Space Grunts guide - How to survive
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Apple has Certified Refurbished 2015 15″ Retina MacBook Pros available for up to $380 off the cost of new models. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each model, and shipping is free: - 15″ 2... Read more
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The iPad Pro is a device unlike any other, and with Apple Pencil, it’s the ideal portable sketchpad: all that’s missing is the modern easel and portfolio to go. TwelveSouth’s BookBook for iPad Pro... Read more
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