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Monday May 18

08:35
Carl Icahn sets new Apple target of $240 per share,...

In his latest open letter to Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook, billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn has said he believes shares of the company should currently be trading at more than $100 higher than their current valuation.

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08:31
Finally: Appeals Court Rules Samsung Copied Apple...

In August 2012 we reported on the jury ruling that Samsung had infringed on Apple's patents. And even thought it seems like forever and a day, we're finally at the stage of the appeals court ruling.

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08:30
Rumor: Apple to announce updated 15-inch Retina...

On the downside, Apple officially discontinued its Built-To-Order 15-inch Retina Display MacBook Pro notebook.

Still, it’s to make room for something better.

The rumor mill has it that Apple will be announcing an updated 15-inch Retina Display MacBook Pro as well as an updated 27-inch iMac.

MacG.Go has cited an unnamed source who has provided accurate information on a number of occasions in the past, but provides no further details regarding the exact specs and upgrades that could go into the two new computers. Given that the 13-inch MacBook Pro was updated back in March with the expected processing and graphics boosts, as well as a...

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08:30
Appeals court: Samsung violated Apple's design...

A mixed courtroom outcome on Monday ruled that Sumsung's $930 million penalty in the ongoing patent infringement suit needs to be adjusted. While the The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit agreed with the jury's assessment that Samsung violated Apple's design and utility patents, it also ruled that the company did not infringe on Apple's trade dress

This means that the $930 million penalty will likely be reduced, once the trade dress is removed. The original penalty levied against Samsung was $1.05 billion, but Judge Lucy Koh removed $450 million from that award and set a retrial to reassess damages. The result of that retrial was the $930 million penalty, which will now be reduced even further. 

Samsung's request for a retrial was denied. 

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08:28
Decision in Apple v. Samsung Appeal Lowers Apple...

Begun in 2012 over a concern that Samsung's products willfully infringed on Apple's patents for the iPhone, a jury eventually ruled largely in Apple's favor and the Cupertino company was awarded over $1 billion in damages. The award was later slightly reduced after it was determined the original jury had erred in one portion of its decision, but Samsung was still owing roughly $900 million to Apple.

Today, however, a U.S. appeals court is ruling to reverse another significant portion of the judgment, finding Samsung wasn't in violation of "trade dress" and therefore doesn't owe as much as was previously awarded by the courts (via Bloomberg...

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08:22
Get help with iOS update and restore errors

When you update or restore your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch in iTunes, you might see this message: "The iPhone [device name] could not be restored. An unknown error occurred [error number]."

Here's how to solve specific iOS update and restore errors.

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08:18
External Link: Nielsen/Norman Group Evaluates Apple...

The user-experience experts at the Nielsen/Norman Group have turned their eyes to the Apple Watch. Raluca Budiu criticizes the Apple Watch’s reliance on tiny touch targets, and notes that a left-right scrolling “deck of cards” interface works better than a list view that requires users to “pogo-stick” in and out of a detail view. Budiu also comments that Handoff would work better if your iPhone was automatically unlocked when the watch was in close proximity, as is true of the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch. Recommendations for developers include focusing on the essential, avoiding buttons and complex navigation, and creating bits of text that stand on their own, along with realizing that the watch is not merely a smaller phone.

 

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08:15
First teaser trailer of Steve Jobs biopic hits,...

It’s the teasers that hook you in.

You know, as they’re designed to do.

Universal Studios releases the first teaser trailer for its upcoming Steve Jobs biopic over the weekend.

The trailer, posted to YouTube by Collider, shows a few seconds of Michael Fassbender portrayal of Steve Jobs, as well as shots of costars Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak, Kate Winslet as former Macintosh marketing chief Joanna Hoffman and Jeff Daniels, who plays former Apple CEO John Sculley.

Not much can be gleaned about the film from its short trailer, but the clip serves to set a general tone of drama and tension between the main...

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08:00
Apple tops tech rivals in sales, profits &...

For the first time, Apple is now the world's biggest technology corporation not just in terms of market capitalization, but also in sales, profits and assets, according to new rankings published on Monday.

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08:00
New drone footage shows Apple Campus 2 construction...

You may love drones or hate ‘em, but they offer some pretty cool perspectives.

The guys at MyithZ shot the following drone footage of Apple’s Campus 2 project, which is currently under construction. The flyover offers the best look yet of the construction and surpasses the quality of Apple’s own aerial shot.

The footage also offers a look at Apple’s new auditorium that is planned to hold around 1,000 people and likely become the site of future Apple product unveilings and press events.

Most of the auditorium is underground, as noted in Apple’s blueprints above, so when complete you’ll actually only see the Apple Store-like...

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08:00
Cook discusses early days at Apple in commencement...

Tim Cook recently addressed graduates at George Washington University, and spoke about this early days at Apple.  "I met someone who made me question everything [when I started at Apple], who upended all of my assumptions in the very best way." Of course, that someone was Steve Jobs. 

Cook also took the opportunity to joke with the crowd. "Those of you with an iPhone, just place it in silent mode," he said, "and those of you who don't have an iPhone, please pass it to the center aisle. Apple has a world-class recycling program."

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07:59
Apple readies first significant Apple Watch updates...

Nearly a month after the release of the first-generation Apple Watch with Watch OS 1.0, a proven source has disclosed a collection of upcoming Apple Watch software and hardware updates. Currently in development, the features seek to enhance Apple Watch security, connectivity with other Apple devices, health and fitness features, Wi-Fi capabilities, and integration with third-party applications. Additionally, Apple is also priming major updates for the Apple TV in both the hardware and software departments, including Apple Watch integration. Below, we detail what users can expect...

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07:55
CarPlay support added to popular Audible audiobooks...

The popular Amazon-owned Audible audiobooks service is the latest app to gain support for Apple’s CarPlay feature. The new version of Audible’s iPhone app released today now will automatically appear on CarPlay head units once installed on your iPhone so you can find and control audiobook playback from your library using the interface optimized for driving. The update includes a long list of other changes as well including:

• Lock Screen/Control Center – Previously, the Lock Screen/Control Center buttons were always chapter forward/back, even if your...

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07:39
Watch Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs in first...

People parked in front of the TV during Sunday night’s series finale of Mad Men caught the first glimpse of screenwriter Aaron Sorkin’s long-awaited Steve Jobs biopic called, appropriately, Steve Jobs. The film hits theaters Oct. 9.

The trailer is more of a tease than anything at a minute long, and doesn’t give away any plot points (though Sorkin’s script leaked earlier this year, if you’re dying to know what it’s about). But we do see Michael Fassbender as Jobs, complete with black turtleneck and glasses, on stage at an Apple event, and hear him defending his role as a visionary.

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07:32
QuartzCode 1.3 released with multiple animations and...

Wan Ahmad Lutfi has announced QuartzCode 1.3 (http://www.quartzcodeapp.com/), an update to his code generation tool for Mac OS X.

It's a lightweight animation tool that turns vector drawing and animation into Objective C and Swift code, bridging the gap between developer, designer and animator. Version 1.3 introduces multiple animations, shared color, new code generation options and new timeline panel and toolbar icon design.

Other than that, timeline panel and toolbar icons has been redesigned. Version 1.3 also offers other improvements and bug fixes.

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07:30
Review: Apple Watch as a watch, a gadget, and...

Apple Watch has been out for over three weeks and I’ve been using mine now for most of that time, from the moment I wake up to just before bed each night. While my colleague Ben Lovejoy previously journaled his experience in his excellent “A skeptic’s Apple Watch diary” series, I’ve been sold on the appeal of Apple Watch since the first day I paired a Pebble smartwatch with my iPhone and discovered its potential…and potential pitfalls.

Apple Watch faces new limitations different than Pebble or traditional watches, digital or analog, but it’s arguably the best smartwatch for iPhone owners with the coin to drop. It’s usefulness depends largely on your own needs — in some cases that’s the need to tinker with a new gadget — just as its drawbacks depend on your priorities. Below I walk through my Apple Watch evaluation including what I think Apple gets right and where I feel Apple Watch can grow going...

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07:29
US appeals court partly reverses Apple’s $930M...

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has partially reversed the $930M verdict Apple won against Samsung in the long-running iPhone patent case, reports Reuters.

Apple was originally awarded $1B in damages, before $450M of that was vacated and a retrial ordered to determine a revised sum. The retrial awarded Apple $290M instead for that element of the case, giving Apple a revised total award of $930M.

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07:27
A Tufts University Student Chronicles his Positive...

Alex King, a student from the Pacific Northwest majoring in Computer Science at Tufts University in Medford-Somerville, Massachusetts is now working with his brand spanking new 12 inch MacBook with Windows 10 and loving it.

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07:02
Tim Cook Reflects on His Early Years and Steve Jobs...

Tim Cook this weekend gave a commencement speech to the 2015 graduating class of George Washington University, sharing a number of reflections and his perspective on life for graduating students and their families. As announced in February, Cook was asked to speak at the event in Washington, DC following a nomination process by students earlier in the year.

Cook started off the 20-minute speech by reflecting on a few moments from his teenage years in which he met both President Jimmy Carter, one of his personal heroes, and Alabama Governor George Wallace, a man he disagreed with vehemently even at the young age of 16. The two men's similar backgrounds - they were both from the South and Democrats - helped teach Cook about how his internal journey in life was just as important as his external passage through schools, universities, and jobs.

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06:54
Appeals court finds Samsung violated Apple's...

An appeals court ruled on Monday that Samsung's $930 million penalty, stemming from its patent infringement suit with Apple, must be adjusted, in a mixed courtroom outcome for the iPhone maker.

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06:53
First teaser trailer for the Steve Jobs movie

The first teaser trailer for the Aaron Sorkin-penned Steve Jobs movie went live this weekend. It's brief, but we get our first look at the actors as the major players, including Michael Fassbender as Steve himself. 

While Fassbender doesn't look exactly like Jobs, he seems to have the voice down. Just listen to the cadence, the pitch, the timbre....it's amazing. I'm also eager to see Seth Rogen as Woz, and I'm always up for a Kate Winslet performance. She's great. 

What do you all think?

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06:51
News: Apple acquires GPS firm Coherent Navigation

Apple has acquired GPS company Coherent Navigation, the Cupertino company has confirmed to The New York Times. Though the article notes that it’s “unclear exactly how Apple will use the company’s services or technology,” it seems all but certain that Coherent Navigation’s accurate, “high-precision” navigation technology will be used to boost Apple’s Maps. Coherent Navigation “has also worked on…

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06:38
Apple Acquires GPS Start-Up

An anonymous reader writes: Apple is still sprinting to catch up with Google with its navigation software — the company just acquired Coherent Navigation, a startup focused on GPS tech. Its navigation services are reportedly more precise than most commercial-grade systems. Their system "combines signals from the traditional mid-earth orbit GPS satellites with those from the low-earth satellites of voice and data provider Iridium to offer greater accuracy and precision, higher signal integrity, and greater jam resistance." They've already worked with Boeing and the U.S. Department of Defense. Apple didn't disclose the terms of the deal or explain any specific plans for the GPS technology.


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06:26
World’s largest Apple Store due to open in Dubai in...

We learned last August that Apple was planning to open its first retail store in the Middle East, with local media reporting shortly afterwards that the location was Dubai – and would be the world’s largest Apple Store. The Khaleej Times has now put a number on that, reporting that the store will be 50,000 square feet, and is expected to open this August.

Apple’s first store in the Middle East will be located at Mall of the Emirates and it will be the world’s largest retail store of the iPhone maker, sources have...

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06:15
Identifying fraudulent "phishing" email

Learn how to identify fraudulent "phishing" email.

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06:14
New 15-inch MacBook Pros, iMacs to ship this week?

According to MacG (http://tinyurl.com/ls6zhtn), a French site, Apple will update its MacBook Pro line and the 27-inch iMac this week. Updates of the pro laptop and best-selling all-in-one weren't anticipated until next month's Apple Worldwide Developer Conference.

However, build-to-order options for the 15-inch MacBook Pro have been unavailable of late, and shipping times for Apple's online inventory have slipped from immediate availability to 2-3 weeks.

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06:12
How Apple keeps my far-flung family together

Modern technology gets a bad rap for creating distance between people (how many tiresome memes have we all seen depicting people playing on their iPhones instead of talking to each other?)

For the Caolo family -- which began in 1970‘s Scranton, Pennsylvania and today is spread across Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania and Florida -- Apple's computers and software are literally, part of the family. The part that keeps us together.

"Not long ago," my mom told me during a FaceTime interview for this article, "telephones and email were the limit of contact from afar. Today, Grandma and Grandpa (my husband and I) use a MacBook Air and one iPad each."

"When we hear the message alert tone, we look forward to seeing what it is, especially photos. But our favorite app is Path."

"It’s the next best thing to being there and it feels like our own corner of social...

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06:03
Drone flies low to give first close-up look at Apple...

A new flyover of Apple’s under construction Campus 2 project in Cupertino, California gives us one of our closest look yet at the site. We also get our first detailed look at work started on Apple’s new auditorium on the campus where it plans to host events when the project is complete.

The video below comes courtesy of MyithZ who was able to get these shots from just 120ft up, much closer than previous drone flyovers and Apple’s own aerial shots.

In addition to getting a look at progress made on the site since our last update, the video gives us a look at...

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06:00
Mavericks Server: Enable APNS Debug Logging

Troubleshooting push notification communications between OS X Server and Apple’s Push Notification can be a challenge. Especially with Profile Manager. One great tip I’ve learned over the years is that the APNS daemon, apsd, has a debug mode. To enable APNS debug logging, run these commands:

defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.apsd APSLogLevel -int 7
defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.apsd APSWriteLogs -bool TRUE
killall apsd

Then use tail -f to watch the apsd.log file at /Library/Logs/apsd.log. Be wary, as this can fill up your system. So to disable, use these commands:

defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.apsd APSWriteLogs -bool FALSE
defaults delete /Library/Preferences/com.apple.apsd APSLogLevel
killall apsd

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05:50
Fashion Design House Kate Spade Partners to Create a...

Kate Spade New York is an American fashion design house founded as Kate Spade Handbags in January 1993, by Kate Spade. Today we're learning that Kate Spade & Co. believes customers will want purses that double as a power supply ...

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05:47
Running Windows 10 on the new 12-inch MacBook

Have a need to run Windows on your Mac? Alex King puts the latest insider preview of Windows 10 on a Boot Camp partition on his 12-inch MacBook.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:41
The Apple Watch joins the list of iconic Apple images

Rob Richman writes about being mugged wearing Apple’s iconic white headphones and now worrying about wearing his Apple Watch. Which leads me to think about Apple and iconic images.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:33
New 15-inch MacBook Pro and 27-inch iMac Expected to...

Apple fans waiting for updates to the 15-inch MacBook Pro and 27-inch iMac may get good news sooner than expected, with MacG.co [Google Translate] reporting on Monday that updates to both models are expected as soon as this Wednesday.

The website cites an unnamed source who has provided accurate information on a number of occasions in the past, but provides no further details regarding the exact specs and upgrades that could go into the two new computers. Given that the 13-inch MacBook Pro was updated back...

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05:24
Why I’m still wearing my Apple Watch

John Biggs, Tech Crunch’s resident (and self professed) watch nerd, talks about why the Apple Watch has convinced him to move on from the world of mechanical watches he’s worn and loved his whole life.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:09
Dubai Newspaper Claims that Apple will be Opening...

According to Dubai's Khaleej Times, Apple's first store in the Middle East will be opening sometime in August. It will be located at the high-end Mall of the Emirates and will reportedly be the world's largest Flagship Apple Store ever constructed. The estimated 50,000-sq foot store is close to the new Fashion District. The report notes that earlier this year,...

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05:09
Postbox 4.0.1

Major new release brings a modernized look to the email client while also improving the Focus Pane. ($15 new, free update, 25.9 MB)

 

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05:00
Freemium Field Test: Puzzle & Dragons is a...

Free-to-play games often look appealing, but it’s difficult to know at a glance whether the business model is insidious and fun ruining, or reasonable and worth pumping a few bucks into. With Freemium Field Test, we’ll take a recent free-to-play iOS game, put it through its paces, and let you know if it’s really worth your time (and money).

Nintendo may be on the verge of bringing games to smartphones and tablets, but the reverse is already happening: Top mobile hits have been moving over to the Nintendo 3DS handheld for a while now. And one of the biggest international iOS sensations makes the leap this week with the bundled release of Puzzle & Dragons Z + Super Mario Bros. Edition...

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04:56
Kool Tools: iRag Pads Editor

ID Multimedia's new iRig Pads Editor for Mac OS X and Windows is the companion application for iRig Pads that allows musicians to completely edit and customize IK’s portable, universal MIDI groove controller to suit all music production styles and live performance workflows.

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04:43
Apple Acquires GPS startup Coherent Navigation

Eric Slivka, writing for MacRumors:

In one of its latest efforts to bolster its mapping capabilities, Apple appears to have acquired Coherent Navigation, a Bay Area GPS-related firm founded in 2008 by engineers from Stanford and Cornell.

Big GPS tech gain for Apple.

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04:41
During GW University Commencement Speech, Tim Cook...

During Tim Cook's commencement speech at The George Washington University on Sunday, he stated the following: "For you graduates, the process of discovering yourself, of inventing yourself, of reinventing yourself, is about to begin in earnest. It's about finding ...

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04:33
Writing Screenplays with Highland

Highland is a low-impact editor for screenwriters that uses the Fountain markup language as its native format. But will it play in Peoria?

 

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04:31
Use captive Wi-Fi networks on your iPhone, iPad, or...

Learn how to use captive Wi-Fi networks on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

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04:28
Use Wish List and Preview History in the iTunes Store

You can use Wish List, Preview History, iTunes Radio History, and history of songs identified by Siri to save and review items from the iTunes Store and App Store that you'd like to purchase later.

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04:24
iSMARTTrain for Mac OS X drives to version 4.0

Yellow Field Technologies has announced iSMARTtrain 4.0, an update to their Mac training journal application for endurance athletes.

iSMARTtrain allows endurance athletes to download training data, such as heart rate, cadence, speed and power, from a variety of heart rate monitors and power meters and analyse it in graph, table and list formats. The latest release contains features such a revamped user interface and support for more devices.

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04:23
Resume interrupted iTunes Store downloads

Learn how to restart a download of music, movies, or TV shows from the iTunes Store if the download gets interrupted.

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04:15
iTunes 10.5 and later: Troubleshooting iTunes Wi-Fi...

With iTunes 10.5 and later, you can sync your iOS device over Wi-Fi. Try these steps if you can't view your iOS device in iTunes over your Wi-Fi network, or you see issues with Wi-Fi sync performance.

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04:14
Report: New Force Touch 15-inch MacBook Pro & 27...

French site MacG, which has a very decent track-record, cites “reliable sources” as stating that a new 15-inch MacBook Pro and 27-inch non-Retina iMac are going on sale on Wednesday.

Apple updated the 13-inch MacBook Pro back in March, the most notable update being the inclusion of the Force Touch trackpad fitted to the new 12-inch MacBook. The machine also got 5th-generation Intel Core processors, the base model running at 2.7GHz, configurable to 3.1GHz, and Intel Iris Graphics 6100 GPU.

While the site had no specific details, it’s likely the 15-inch model will likewise get...

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04:13
Rumor: Apple to update 15" MacBook Pro, 27...

Rather than waiting for WWDC, Apple may update its 15-inch MacBook Pro and 27-inch iMac with Intel's latest Broadwell processors this week on Wednesday, according to a new rumor.

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04:08
Smartphone ownership exceeds desktop ownership in U....

More U.S. households now own a smartphone than a desktop, according to new research that Parks Associates (www.parkassociates.com) will discuss at the 19th-annual CONNECTIONS: The Premier Connected Home Conference. The conference runs May 19-21 in San Francisco.

In the last five years, desktop adoption declined from 90% to 69% among U.S. broadband households, while smartphone adoption increased from 36% to 78%, according to the research group. Tablet adoption increased from 7% to 63%.

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04:08
Smartphone ownership exceeds desktop ownership in U....

More U.S. households now own a smartphone than a desktop, according to new research that Parks Associates (www.parkassociates.com) will discuss at the 19th-annual CONNECTIONS: The Premier Connected Home Conference. The conference runs May 19-21 in San Francisco.

In the last five years, desktop adoption declined from 90% to 69% among U.S. broadband households, while smartphone adoption increased from 36% to 78%, according to the research group. Tablet adoption increased from 7% to 63%.

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04:06
Here's the Trailer of the Steve Jobs Movie...

The Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isacsson was controversial to say the least. Now the movie from that book is going to open on October 9, 2015. By the look of the one shot ...

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04:01
The Right ways to Simplify the Procedure of Home...

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03:55
iTunes: May become unresponsive when connecting...

In rare instances, iTunes may become unresponsive when connecting an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to your computer. iTunes may become responsive again after you disconnect the device from the computer.

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03:49
iOS: Unknown error containing '0xE' when...

When attempting to connect iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to your Windows PC, you may see one or more of the following error messages.

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03:33
About SyncServices

SyncServices is a technology Apple uses to synchronize information between computers and devices. It is only one of many possible solutions you can use to synchronize data. This article explains which features of SyncServices are available depending on the operating system you are using.

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03:29
Staff Picks: Our favorite ways to use the Apple Watch

At 50 minutes past the hour, you’ll see Macworld staffers’ heads pop up—our Apple Watches are buzzing our wrists again, prompting us to stand, and our coworkers at PCWorld and Greenbot roll their eyes a little as we stretch and pace for one minute exactly to earn another hour in our Stand rings. But that’s not the only way the Apple Watch is making its mark on us all. Apple’s smartwatch isn’t a must-have for everyone, but the more time we spend with it, the more killer use cases each of us finds. Here’s how it’s making a difference in our lives so far.

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03:14
Mac OS X v10.6.x and OS X Lion: About Sync...

This article explains when and how to use the Sync Diagnostics assistant, included with Mac OS X v10.6.x and OS X Lion.

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03:07
Using Disk Utility to verify or repair disks

Learn about using Disk Utility to verify or repair disks.

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02:59
OmniPlan 2.4.1 - Robust project management software...

With OmniPlan, you can create logical, manageable project plans with Gantt charts, schedules, summaries, milestones, and critical paths. Break down the tasks needed to make your project a success, optimize resources, and streamline budgets. It's project management made painless.

How to get your project done on time and under budget:

  • Translate strategy into tactics everyone can understand
  • Create summaries of work broken into lists of activities
  • Distribute workloads fairly and efficiently
  • Manage costs as you go

Plan, monitor, and control it all with software designed to make your job easier, not harder.



Version 2.4.1:

  • In-App Help Documentation -- The in-app help has been updated with new images and improved documentation on certain features.
  • Scrolling -- Fixed a bug where the horizontal scroll bar would obscure the last task in a project.
  • Granularity Setting...

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02:59
How iTunes Store purchases are billed

Learn how your iTunes Store, Mac App Store, App Store, and iBooks Store purchases are billed to your iTunes Store account (Apple ID).

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Sunday May 17

20:09
Mac notebooks: Key placement and functions

Over time the layout and placement of special keys on the Mac notebook's keyboards have changed. Learn about the key placement and functions on Mac notebook computers.

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19:11
∞ Steve Jobs movie first look

Universal pictures has unveiled the “first look” clip from the upcoming movie about Steve Jobs. It’s just a teaser but it looks interesting. Fassbinder was an odd choice to portray jobs but he is a very good actor and the rest of the cast is equally accomplished.

One of the odd things about getting older is movies are being made about the times I’ve lived in and, in the case of parts of this movie, events and presentations I was at and tangentially involved in. It’s kind of a weird feeling and I don’t know how unbiased I’m going to be watching this film. But I am looking forward to seeing it.

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19:11
Apple's Cook references Steve Jobs, morals in...

During his commencement address at George Washington University on Sunday, Apple CEO Tim Cook told graduates to follow their own North Star, saying there need not be a choice between "doing good and doing well."

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17:46
First 'Steve Jobs' teaser trailer shows...

Universal Studios released the first teaser trailer for Danny Boyle's highly anticipated Steve Jobs biopic on Sunday, offering a glimpse at what to expect from the film and Michael Fassbender, who plays the late Apple cofounder.

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17:00
Universal Releases First Trailer for 'Steve...

After filming began earlier in January, and a few photo leaks soon thereafter, not much had been heard surrounding Universal Picture's Steve Jobs movie. Today, however, the studio released the first official trailer for the new movie.

The trailer is mostly a single shot of Michael Fassbender as Jobs, with cast voice overs providing snippets and teases of conversations regarding Jobs' true legacy at Apple. While it doesn't reveal much that wasn't already known, the one minute teaser provides a handful of closer looks as Michael Fassbender, Seth Rogen, Kate Winslet, and Jeff Daniels as Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Joanna Hoffman, and John Sculley, respectively.

The movie has faced turmoil over the years as it began development, with...

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16:47
Universal Studios releases first trailer for Aaron...

Universal Studios has just released the first trailer for the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic. The trailer gives us our first on-screen look at star Michael Fassbender as the Apple co-founder, along with Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak, Kate Winslet as Mac engineer Joanna Hoffman, and Jeff Daniels as John Sculley.

Photos from the set...

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13:48
∞ Tim Cook – The George Washington University...

Tim Cook was George Washington University’s Commencement Speaker for Spring 2015. He goofs around a bit, gives some of the usual graduate advice and talks about his early years at Apple.

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13:23
Apple acquires Coherent Navigation, a GPS start-up

The New York Times:

For many of the largest Silicon Valley technology companies, mapping software undergirds numerous software applications and features in their products. For Apple, it is little different. To that end, Apple confirmed in an email on Sunday that it had bought Coherent Navigation, a Bay Area navigation company, further bolstering Apple’s mapping technology and services.

This is obviously a move by Apple to continue to improve its Maps app. The Sunday confirmation from Apple is interesting too. Another sign of its softening of its former hard line position with regards to PR.

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13:14
Fingerprints will soon tell cops if suspects are on...

A research team from the University of Surrey in the UK has reportedly developed a new, noninvasive drug test for cocaine that accurately detects its presence in your system through your fingerprints. Specifically, it looks for two common cocaine met...

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11:26
Tim Cook talks childhood, activist efforts at George...

As expected, Tim Cook this weekend gave the commencement address at George Washington University’s graduation ceremony. Cook, who also received an honorary doctorate for public service during the ceremony, was selected by the university after being suggested by students.

During the speech, Cook discussed a variety of topics and offered up advice to the recent college graduates. Cook spoke about his first meetings with Steve Jobs and how he taught Cook that you could make great change in the world while also being successful in your career. Cook stated that now more than ever you don’t have choose between “doing good and doing well.”

Also during his commencement speech Cook talked about his childhood and growing up in Alabama. Cook addressed his interest in...

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11:22
Thunderbird 31.7.0 - Email client from Mozilla. (...

As of July 2012, Thunderbird has transitioned to a new governance model, with new features being developed by the broader free software and open source community, and security fixes and improvements handled by Mozilla.

Thunderbird is a free, open-source, cross-platform e-mail and news client developed by the Mozilla Foundation. The project strategy is modeled after Mozilla Firefox, a project aimed at creating a Web browser.



Version 31.7.0: Security Fixes

  • Privilege escalation through IPC channel messages
  • Buffer overflow when parsing compressed XML
  • Use-after-free during text processing with vertical text enabled
  • Buffer overflow with SVG content and CSS
  • Buffer overflow parsing H.264 video with Linux Gstreamer
  • Miscellaneous memory safety hazards (rv:38.0 / rv:31.7)

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11:10
The internet risks hitting peak capacity soon, but...

The internet has more than one capacity problem to worry about, apparently. Researchers met in London this week to tackle growing concerns that fiber optic cables, which represent the internet's backbone, are hitting their physical limits. An Alcatel...

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11:01
Apple acquires high-accuracy GPS technology firm...

In the midst of a major overhaul for its Maps service, Apple seems to have made another under-the-radar acquisition as the company apparently snapped up Coherent Navigation, makers of high-accuracy GPS devices and software.

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09:44
Apple acquires GPS company Coherent Navigation to...

Apple, which has already acquired a variety of companies to help its Maps team, appears to have recently purchased San Francisco-based GPS company Coherent Navigation. The company was founded in 2008 by a pair of engineers from Stanford and Cornell. While Apple and Coherent Navigation have yet to confirm the acquisition, several pieces of evidence support the idea.

Coherent Navigation CEO Paul Lego and cofounders William Bencze and Brett Ledvina all recently updated their LinkedIn profiles to show that they have taken a role at Apple, MacRumors noticed. Lego says that he is now a member...

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09:02
Apple bought a company focused on super-accurate GPS

Apple has snapped up more than a few companies that know how to deal with your location data, but it now appears to be focused on improving the accuracy of that data from the get-go. MacRumors has discovered evidence that Apple recently acquired Cohe...

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07:20
Apple Appears to Have Acquired GPS Firm Coherent...

In one of its latest efforts to bolster its mapping capabilities, Apple appears to have acquired Coherent Navigation, a Bay Area GPS-related firm founded in 2008 by engineers from Stanford and Cornell.

One of Coherent Navigation's areas of focus was High Integrity GPS ("iGPS"), a system that combines signals from the traditional mid-earth orbit GPS satellites with those from the low-earth satellites of voice and data provider Iridium to offer greater accuracy and precision, higher signal integrity, and greater jam resistance. Iridium touts iGPS as having the potential to provide location information accurate to within centimeters.

A number of Coherent's key employees recently began working for Apple, including tech veteran and CEO Paul Lego in January and co-founders...

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07:00
Inhabitat's Week in Green: folding cars and an...

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

Tesla's on a roll lately -- it's planning to reveal a $35,000 electric car next year, and it just unvei...

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06:35
If you’re pitching Marc Andreessen, here’s the...

A fascinating article about Bourbon, VCs, and artificial markets.

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06:22
The last day of her life

From today’s New York Times Sunday Magazine, a poignant, thoughtful read about a woman determined to take her own life before Alzheimer’s can rob her of her mind. Be warned that this is dark at times, a tough read, so be on solid mental footing before you dig in.

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05:54
∞ Taking apart Mike Bloomfield’s Telecaster

Get a detailed look at a guitar that played an important role in rock history, and learn a lot about guitars in the process.

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05:01
Plex brings photos, music and video streaming to...

After a number of leaks and hints, this week Plex and TiVo announced their products will start working together soon. Plex media server gives users a way to easily stream photos, music or video files to devices like Roku and Chromecast, and pulls con...

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01:56
Microsoft study shows that tech is shortening your...

Think the abundance of technology in your life is making it harder to concentrate for long periods? Microsoft might just have some evidence to support your theory. It recently published a study (conducted using both surveys and EEG scans) suggesting ...

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Saturday May 16

23:17
How Windows 10 Performs On a 12-inch MacBook

An anonymous reader writes: As Microsoft prepares for the launch of Windows 10, review sites have been performing all sorts of benchmarks on the tech preview to evaluate how well the operating system will run. But now a computer science student named Alex King has made the most logical performance evaluation of all: testing Windows 10's performance on a 2015 MacBook. He says, "Here's the real kicker: it's fast. It's smooth. It renders at 60FPS unless you have a lot going on. It's unequivocally better than performance on OS X, further leading me to believe that Apple really needs to overhaul how animations are done. Even when I turn Transparency off in OS X, Mission Control isn't completely smooth. Here, even after some Aero Glass transparency has been added in, everything is smooth. It's remarkable, and it makes me believe in the 12-inch MacBook more than ever before. So maybe it's ironic that in some regards, the new MacBook runs Windows 10 (a prerelease version, at that) better...

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22:54
Wounded turtle can return to the ocean thanks to a...

Look, we know this sea turtle's prosthetic beak has a tragic backstory, but it sure makes the reptile look like it has a future as a badass pizza-loving mutant. According to 3D Printing Industry, Turkish animal rescuers found it almost lifeless at se...

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22:23
Roundup: The best third-party Apple Watch running...

Fitness tracking is a core Apple Watch feature, and Apple builds in comprehensive app support with its Workout app, but owners may want to check out third-party running-centric options with extras like route creation, coaching and social network integration.

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21:41
Voila 3.8.4

Adds support for the Photos for Mac app. ($29.99 new, free update, 21.6 MB)

 

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21:41
Final Cut Pro X 10.2.1 and Motion 5.2.1

Maintenance updates for two of Apple’s professional video editing apps. ($299.99/$49.99 new, free updates)

 

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20:07
NASA competition pays you to design a 3D-printed...

If NASA is going to put humans on Mars and other distant worlds, it's going to need a place for explorers to stay -- and it wants your help building those extraterrestrial homes. The agency has launched the 3D Printed Habitat Challenge, a competition...

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18:00
Luxury brands sue Chinese online shopping giant for...

It's no secret that luxury designers see Chinese online stores as a haven for fake goods, but they're now taking concerted action to shut down these less-than-official outlets. Kering, the parent company behind brands like Gucci and Yves Saint Lauren...

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14:22
Dell Invents a Dual Display Pro Tablet Aimed at...

The rumor of an iPad Pro began two years ago this month. The rumor began covering a future iPad with a 12.9 inch display for the education market. Since that time there have been dozens of reports on this mysterious iPad edition including ...

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12:01
Browse your recent Google Play tunes on your Android...

Google Play Music just got a lot more convenient... if you're using a cutting-edge Android wearable, that is. Smartwatches running the new Android Wear 5.1.1 update (such as the LG Watch Urbane) now let you browse your recent Play Music items. If you...

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11:45
calibre 2.28.0 - Complete e-book library management...

Calibre is a complete e-book library manager. Organize your collection, convert your books to multiple formats, and sync with all of your devices. Let Calibre be your multi-tasking digital librarian.

Manage, convert, sync, and more

  • Library management. Calibre keeps things orderly by creating single entries for books that contains multiple formats. Add tags and comments for better searchability.
  • Format conversion. Calibre's robust conversion options support a wide variety of file formats.
  • File syncing. Calibre's device drivers seamlessly support all the top e-readers and devices.



Version 2.28.0: New Features

  • Conversion of all...

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10:00
What we’d like to see in iOS 9 at WWDC next month

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference is a little less than a month away, which means in just a few weeks we’ll see what Apple has planned for the next versions of iOS and OS X.

iOS has had a busy couple of years—it got a comprehensive visual overhaul in iOS 7, and a nearly as comprehensive under-the-hood overhaul in iOS 8. The only thing we think we know about iOS 9 at this point is that it will focus on stability and performance. It’s not going to be a “no new features” Snow Leopard-style release, but for the first time since 2012 or so the focus is going to be on spit-and-polish...

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09:59
Microsoft's OneNote Adds Apple Watch Support,...

Yesterday Microsoft added Apple Watch and Handwriting Search for Apple customers. Starting with Apple Watch, Microsoft noted that Apple fans could now use OneNote for ...

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09:58
WSJ: Google will add buy buttons to search results...

Google's getting ready to face Amazon and eBay, according to The Wall Street Journal, and will be adding buy buttons directly to its search results. You'll see those buttons accompanying sponsored results under a "Shop on Google" heading -- they won'...

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08:47
This Week Apple's CEO met with China Telecom...

The saying goes that a picture is worth a thousand words and in this case we can see in our cover graphic that Tim Cook along with Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue and top environmental officer Lisa Jackson are having a blast ...

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08:00
A few headaches and a lot of sweat: Training with...

Last weekend, I ran a 5K in about a half hour. After four months of training, I'll be the first to admit that's decidedly average.

There's a catch of course. This run followed 18+ miles of cycling and a half-mile open water swim at the 2015 Louisiana Triathlon. It's not an every-finisher-gets-a-medal race, but the pint glass pictured felt like prize and proof enough. Yet if you ask the fitness tracker I used during and leading up to the event—the Microsoft Band—I simply went on a really, really long bike ride, one that never ended because some racer's sweaty fingers couldn't properly interact with a small touch interface.

In an instant, this describes the shortcomings of the Microsoft Band. It can help a beginner (or someone close to it) improve their fitness to competitive levels, but it can't take a competitor (even a low-level one) to new heights. And that...

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08:00
No car, no problem: 17 of the slickest electric rides

All kinds of personal-sized, eco-minded rides have been popping up on the market ready to propel us through the streets. Whether it's for a quick commute or a casual cruise, these electric rideables help save time and fossil fuels. Not only do they g...

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07:32
Getting from failure plus failure plus failure to...

Interesting piece from Guy English on getting from a series of failures to crushing success. The missing ingredient? Time.

An entertaining read, but also a thoughtful lesson in product evolution.

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06:40
∞ On Apple Watch as an invitation to thieves

There’s been a wave of sentiment over the past few days about the Apple Watch as an invitation to thieves. Many people share John Gruber’s take:

I really don’t get the hysteria over this as an invitation to thieves. This is no less secure than every single other wristwatch ever made.

This isn’t about the value of a single watch. It’s about a combination of large enough market size, high desirability, and relative rarity. Read on for details.

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06:35
Chromium 42.0.2311.152 - Fast and stable open-source...

Chromium is an open-source browser project that aims to build a safer, faster, and more stable way for all Internet users to experience the web.



Version 42.0.2311.152:

  • Pepper Flash player has been updated to 17.0.0.188



  • OS X 10.6 or later



Download Now

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06:30
Recommended Reading: The making of a self-driving...

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

How Daimler Built the Wor...

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06:27
Apple CEO Tim Cook shares photos from recent trip to...

Tim Cook has shared photos from his recent trip to China where the Apple CEO spoke to media about upcoming initiatives in the country and visited new Apple retail stores opened in the region. The photos (above and below) were posted to Cook’s new Weibo account. The head Apple exec started posting to the Chinese microblogging site, much like he does on Twitter, earlier this month.

Cook spent much of his trip discussing new environmental initiatives announced by the company...

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06:15
Bookends 12.5.5 - Reference management and...

Bookends is a full-featured bibliography/reference and information-management system for students and professionals.

Access the power of Bookends directly from Mellel, Nisus Writer Pro, or MS Word (including Word 2011): Bookends allows you to scan your existing word-processor files and automatically generate finished manuscripts with properly formatted bibliographies. You can also scan Apple Pages '08, '09, and 5, and OpenOffice 3 files, or RTF files saved from any word processor.

Bookends allows you to share your references over the Internet with anyone, on any platform. And with Bookends, you can directly search and import references from numerous sources:

  • EndNote
  • PubMed
  • Web of Science
  • JSTOR
  • Google...
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06:15
Google's Driverless Cars to Leave the Nest


Google on Friday announced it will begin testing prototypes of its fully autonomous self-driving cars on public roads. The vehicles won't roam too far from their Mountain View, California, home -- but this latest phase of testing could be critical both for cultivating positive consumer perceptions, and influencing future legislation affecting the nascent sector. Google has "a few" driverless car prototypes that will be testing this summer, said Chris Urmson, director of the Google Self-Driving Car Project.

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06:00
Review: Macphun’s Noiseless is the affordable photo...

As a serious photographer, I do as much as I can to make my daily shots excellent, using cameras with low-noise sensors and fast lenses — then trying to keep them as steady as possible in low light. But even the latest and best cameras can’t snap perfectly clean images in dark surroundings. Grainy noise is basically inevitable in darkness, and the more basic the camera you’re using, the more likely it is to appear in a wider variety of pictures. To reduce noise, you can either shell out thousands of dollars for new camera gear, or try to fix your noisy photos with software.

Having spent years trying to fix noisy photos with software, including the noise reduction filters included with fully-featured photo editing applications such as Adobe’s Photoshop, I can tell you that the results typically aren’t great....

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06:00
A Comprehensive List of OS X 10.x Error Codes

I just put a new page up based on a  parsing thing I was working on the other night. Basically, it lists the error codes in OS X 10.x by type. Enjoy: http://krypted.com/guides/comprehensive-list-of-mac-os-x-error-codes/

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06:00
The Week in iPad Cases: Portenzo's Journal...

Check out this week's lineup

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases includes artistic designs from Pad & Quill and keyboard alternatives from M-Edge and Sunrise Hitek. And if you prefer simple styles, we’ve got some good-looking alternatives from Incipio and Belkin.

Belkin

The FormFit Coverlet (all iPad mini models; $40) features a stylish yet minimalistic design, with a form fitting frame and a front cover to help prevent damage to your screen.

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

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05:14
SpaceX's Mars travel posters make us want to...

SpaceX has released a few Mars travel posters in the same vein as NASA's vintage exoplanet ones, and they're making us sad we were born too early for space exploration. Valles Marineris the "land of Martian chasms and craters," as the poster says, is...

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05:05
Gadget Ogling: A Tracking Camera Drone, a Rockin...


Camera drones certainly are growing in popularity -- or further polluting the sky, depending on your perspective. A new model plans to follow your every move, thanks to a tracker on your wrist. After you throw Lily, it will fly up to 50 feet in the air and 100 feet away from you, knowing where you are and keeping its lens focused on whatever you're doing. A smartphone app helps you adjust the camera angle, and has two cameras to boost the number of possible angles.

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03:01
This week on AppleInsider: 'iPhone 6s'...

A relatively quiet week nevertheless witnessed some of the first detailed specs for the next-generation iPhone, as well as more news on Apple's plans for the Beats Music relaunch, and the first generation of HomeKit devices.

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00:21
Two Asian bank websites held ransom for bitcoin

One of the problems with virtual currency is that when it's robbed from a bank, it's going to take an awful lot of work to make it look exciting in a movie. So I feel for future filmmakers who have to dramatize something like the recent Chinese cyber...

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Friday May 15

22:55
Apple CEO Tim Cook chronicles recent China trip on...

Apple CEO Tim Cook chronicled a recent four-day trip to China on microblogging website Weibo, posting pictures and brief messages regarding Apple Store meet-ups, school visits and general goings on while in the country.

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22:04
MarsEdit 3.6.9 - Quick and convenient blog editor. (...

MarsEdit is a blog editor for OS X that makes editing your blog like writing email, with spell-checking, drafts, multiple windows, and even AppleScript support.

It works with with most blog services including WordPress, Blogger, Drupal, Movable Type, TypePad, and many others.



Version 3.6.9:

  • Fix to include photos from Apple's new Photos app to Media Browser
  • Fix "Apply Preview Filter Before Publishing" for Tumblr and Movable Type blogs
  • Fix a rare crash that could occur when a document window's content changes while closing
  • Fix a problem with dragging images from Flickr or Catalog panes of Media Manager to HTML Text edit area
  • Fix an issue pasting HTML e.g. from a copied link in Safari
  • Fix a bug that prevented find/replace from working when replacement string contained a single quote (')



  • OS X 10.6 or later



...

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21:57
Day One 1.10 - Maintain a daily journal. (Commercial)

Day One is the easiest and best-looking way to use a journal / diary / text-logging application for the Mac. Day One is well designed and extremely focused to encourage you to write more through quick Menu Bar entry, a Reminder system, and inspirational messages. Support for Dropbox syncing allows easy backup and syncing with the Day One iPhone application.

Features:

  • Customizable reminder system
  • Quick-entry via the menu bar
  • Inspirational messages to encourage writing
  • iPhone application sync (via Dropbox)
  • Starred entries list

Note: Day One is not encrypted or password protected on this version. If this is an issue for you, please do not purchase this app yet.



Version 1.10:

  • NEW: Day One Sync



  • OS X 10.9 or later



Download Now

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20:59
Beamer 2.1.1 - Stream any movie file from your Mac...

Beamer streams to your Apple TV....

Plays any movie file - Just like the popular desktop movie players, Beamer accepts all common formats, codecs and resolutions. AVI, MKV, MOV, MP4, WMV, FLV. To Beamer, it's all the same.

High quality image and sound - Unlike Screen Mirroring, Beamer is specifically optimized for video playback at the highest quality and supports 5.1 surround sound. No glitches, clicks, pops or other shenanigans. The video looks just as good as it would on your desktop.

Easy Subtitles - Beamer automatically detects embedded subtitles and associated subtitle files. If possible, subtitles will be selected automatically based on your Apple TV's Subtitle Language preference.

Remote Control - You can pause, fast-forward and rewind the movie using the Apple TV remote. No need to get up from the couch!

Start now, finish later - Beamer...

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20:45
FBI: Security researcher claimed to hack, control...

Remember the security researcher who was pulled from a United flight and had his equipment taken (before its frequent flier miles-paying bug hunt) for tweeting about hacking into the plane via its entertainment system? In an application for a search ...

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20:15
This app reminds you to drunkenly buy stuff at 2 am

The best kind of Amazon deliveries are often the ones you were too drunk to remember ordering. And with the help of the Drunk Shopping app, you'll never miss another opportunity to do so...just as long as that opportunity occurs at 2am on a Saturday ...

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20:01
Apple rumored to have engaged troubled payments...

A report claims seven employees at much maligned payments startup Clinkle quit on Friday citing in part CEO Lucas Duplan's withholding of information about supposed acquisition talks with Apple.

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19:59
Apple Watch makes its music video debut thanks to...

The Apple Watch has already been seen on a variety of celebrity wrists, including Pharrell, Kanye West, Beyonce, and Katy Perry....

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18:50
Report claims Apple (oddly) showed interest in...

A report from TechCrunch claims that Apple has expressed interest in acquiring the payment rewards startup Clinkle. Clinkle, which has been mocked and ridiculed often since its beginning, reportedly saw a mass exodus of employees today that stemmed from frustration with its CEO Lucas Duplan. One of the deciding factors surrounding the mass exodus was allegedly Duplan’s lack of communication with employees regarding a potential sale to Apple.

The report claims that on February 27th, Apple brought a team of a dozen to Clinkle’s office to observe the quality of its team and technology. Apple’s team reportedly sat down with Clinkle engineers and discussed its technology, back-end implementation, and interface design. Clinkle is also said to have talked with Google about...

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18:36
Judge rules Pandora has to increase royalty payouts...

Pandora's propensity for litigation is pretty storied by this point, but it seems like the internet-radio outfit's luck has run out. A New York judge has ruled that Pandora must raise its payout rates to Taylor Swift's music publishing house BMI, fro...

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17:08
Trader Joe’s begins accepting Apple Pay at select...

Last month, Apple added 10 new retailers to its Apple Pay website, which brought the total to 68 merchants and more than 700,000 payment terminals. Now, it appears that popular grocery chain Trader Joe’s is preparing to accept Apple Pay in its more than 400 retail locations.

The popular grocery chain has started outfitting its checkout lanes with new VeriFone touchscreen machines over the recent months and with those new machines comes support for wireless payments with Apple Pay. While Trader Joe’s is not yet listed on Apple’s website, several users have reported success in paying with Apple’s payment service.

Availability of Apple Pay support in Trader Joe’s appears to vary by specific location, with some stores already supporting the technology...

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17:03
Today in the App Store — MacID for iOS, Fearless...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today’s notable apps include a discount on MacID for iOS; the new Fearless Fantasy game; and a significant update to Flowvella for OS X. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Black Rainbow HD (Full) [Now free, down from $6.99] Will you survive the impossible!? For adventurer Helen Stone, the biggest adventure is yet to follow!

Combo Crew [Now free, down from $1.99] In a world where a fist to the face is a perfectly viable solution, Mr. Boss has it all.

Fit Simply - Pedometer to...

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16:35
Joe Kissell’s Reflections on His First 50 Take...

Joe Kissell has written 50 Take Control titles since 2003, and he’s learned a thing or two from the experience. He shares some reflections on the past, present, and future of Take Control — and invites you to a party to celebrate Book #50!

 

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16:27
California man sues Uber claiming it stole ride-...

According to the complaint, he registered the Celluride website in 2003 and developed a mobile phone prototype in 2006. It was then, the complaint said, that he encountered Kalanick at an office Kalanick was renting from his friend in San Francisco.

Halpern said in the complaint that with Kalanick’s promises to keep the information confidential, he shared his concept, designs and prototype.

I’m not sure of the legal issues here, but if Halpern’s company was public at the time, didn’t Kalanick just launch a competing service, Uber, and win?

∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:21
Learn what to do if Apple Watch displays a red “!”...

I haven’t had this happen, and I hope you haven’t either, but if you do Apple has some advice for you.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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16:06
Apple discontinues 15" MacBook Pro BTO models...

Apple on Friday began discontinuing many models of its professional 15-inch notebook ahead the company's annual developers conference, which is widely expected to give way to updated models with Force Touch trackpads and Intel's latest mobile processors.

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16:00
AWT News Update: May 15, 2015

Happy Friday, everyone! Today's Apple news runs the gamut (or should we say "Gamet"?) from grocery stores to vintage products, and everywhere in between:

  • Trader Joe's is adding Apple Pay support soon
  • Sprint adds another seven countries to its free data roaming plan, bringing the total to 22
  • Apple is set to make a bunch of old product obsolete on June 9
  • Oculus says they're putting development of the Mac and Linux versions of the Rift Virtual Reality Headset on hold for a while

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Happy Friday, everybody. Steve Sande here from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for May 15, 2015.

Another US grocery chain is adding Apple Pay...

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15:43
Many Apple Watch shipping times improve slightly...

Apple has slightly improved shipping times for some Apple Watch models with almost all 42mm versions of its mid-range stainless steel Apple Watch now shipping as early as June, up from a previous shipping estimate of July.

That means customers ordering today could get their Apple Watch a couple weeks sooner if they ship on the earlier end of the new “5-7 week” shipping estimate. Those that already ordered their device are also starting to see shipping estimates for their order change from July to a new date in the 5-7 week timeframe.

Almost...

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15:29
Oh Samsung

Can you imagine the backlash and media uproar we would see if Apple ever sold an accessory that ruined iPhone displays? “Casegate” would be sung far and wide, and even your local news anchor would demand on air that Apple take action. Well, you won’t see quite that amount of attention in this case, but it look like Samsung is selling shoddy protective cases that leave customers with badly damaged smartphones.

Zach is right, the uproar would be amazing if this was Apple.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:20
Some Trader Joe's Stores Accepting Contactless...

Popular grocery store chain Trader Joe's has installed new NFC-compatible VeriFone touchscreen checkout terminals in some of its stores, allowing for contactless payments. First noticed by AppleInsider, some of these stores with the new payment terminals are accepting Apple Pay, which works at any location that allows for contactless payments.

Image via AppleInsider
MacRumors has verified that Apple Pay works in some Trader Joe's stores. In Raleigh, North Carolina, we were able to make a purchase at Trader Joe's with the Apple Watch using Apple Pay.

Not all Trader Joe's stores have the new payment terminals at this time, and not all stores with the new terminals are accepting Apple Pay via NFC. The Apple Pay logo is present on the checkout terminal, however, suggesting Trader Joe's is perhaps considering becoming an...

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15:19
iPhoto '09 & iPhoto '11: Improving...

Learn how to improve face recognition results in iPhoto '09 and iPhoto '11.
 

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15:15
Reddit Flaps Gums at Harassers


Reddit on Thursday announced a new policy prohibiting personal attacks on its site. "We are updating how we apply existing policies to address new types of harassment on Reddit," said company spokesperson Heather Wilson. However, Reddit did not indicate what action it would take against harassers. Instead, it promised a thorough investigation by the company and a response based on the nature of the harassment. There is an indication that harassers might be banned, but there would be nothing to stop them from creating a new account.

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15:00
Anova Culinary Precision Cooker: App-controlled sous...

Anova culinary precision cooker. photo ©2015, steven sande. all rights reserved

I’ll admit it right now; I’m a fan of kitchen-oriented gadgets. I have several app-controlled meat thermometers, I love my WeMo-enabled Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker and Mr. Coffee Optimal Brew Coffeemaker, and I have turned an old iPad into my kitchen companion. The latest gizmo is the Anova Culinary Precision Cooker ($179), an app-controlled sous vide immersion circulator that can revolutionize the way you cook.

First, a bit about sous vide cooking. The phrase “sous vide” is French for “under vacuum,” which describes part of the cooking process. Basically, you take food, place it into a plastic bag (often with seasonings), take the air...

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14:50
June Delivery Date for Backordered 15-Inch Retina...

With the Worldwide Developers Conference coming up in early June, there's been some question about whether we might see a new 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro at the event. Shipping estimates for the high-end 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro have recently increased to two to three weeks, perhaps suggesting Apple is tapering down production on the existing model.

Supply shortages can sometimes signal an imminent update, but there's uncertainty when it comes to a potential 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro refresh due to a distinct lack of Broadwell chips appropriate for the machine. For several months, we've had no updates on the release date of Broadwell chips that would be used in the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro, making it difficult to pin down an upgrade timeline.

Along with slipping shipping estimates, however, we have another potential piece of evidence pointing towards the possibility of...

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13:57
Top U.S. Hedge Fund Continues to Dump Apple Stock

It's being reported late today that "Top U.S. hedge fund management firms, including Leon Cooperman's Omega Advisors and ...

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13:53
My Photo Stream FAQ

Find answers to frequently asked questions about My Photo Stream.

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13:51
If you can't make an iTunes backup of your...

When you're backing up your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch in iTunes, you might see an alert message. For example, a message might say there’s not enough free space, or that a session failed or couldn't be started. 

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13:43
Apple Files for iCloud Trademark in Europe while...

On May 15, 2015 the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office granted Apple a Registered Trademark Certificate for their Power Adapter. The documentation shows ...

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13:41
Sprint expands free international data roaming to...

Sprint today announced that it’s expanding its free data roaming offer to a number of new countries, bringing its new total up to 22 locations around the globe.

New countries added today include: Colombia, Denmark, Honduras, Ireland, Italy, Paraguay and Sweden.

Those add to the full list of 22 supported countries where Sprint customers can take advantage of the International Value Roaming feature, which allows customers to use data for free when traveling to supported countries abroad.

The full list includes: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, El Salvador, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay,...

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13:39
News: iLounge Weekly arrives Monday, sign up now

The latest edition of iLounge Weekly, our weekly newsletter covering all things iLounge, will be arriving in subscribers’ inboxes early next week. iLounge Weekly is a summary of the week’s best news, reviews, and feature articles we’ve published, and it also features giveaways and accessory discount offers from various companies. There’s still plenty of time to sign up and receive this week’s edition — just use the simple form…

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13:38
Exercising with the Apple Watch: The Hardware

The Apple Watch is going up against a wide variety of fitness trackers and sport watches. TidBITS publisher and competitive runner Adam Engst looks at how the Apple Watch’s hardware meets the needs of those who want to work out.

 

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13:37
Trader Joe's grocery chain preparing to accept...

Popular U.S. grocery chain Trader Joe's is gearing up to begin accepting contactless payments via Apple Pay at check-out, AppleInsider has learned.

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13:22
Using your iPod as a storage drive

You can use your iPod as a drive (hard drive or flash drive depending on your iPod) to store and transfer data files on (also known as disk mode).

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13:15
“Take Control of Security for Mac Users” Ready for...

We’re pleased to make the official release of Joe Kissell’s “Take Control of Security for Mac Users” available to people who aren’t in the TidBITS membership program. It’s an essential read for those concerned about protecting the data on their Macs from illicit access.

 

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13:08
Tip of the Day: Resetting your Home Screen Layout

If you keep a lot of apps on your iPhone and are always moving icons around, you may sometimes find that you’ve hit a point where things are just too overwhelming and you can’t really find anything anymore. Sometimes it’s nice just to start with a clean layout. The good news is that iOS makes this pretty easy, with a one-tap setting that lets you easily reset your home screen icon layout back to its factory defaults – without affecting…

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12:48
iWork for iCloud beta: Using Keynote for iCloud beta...

Learn about the limitations of playing Keynote presentations in Internet Explorer 10 or later.

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12:45
The Week in iOS Apps: Streamline and Sunrise offer...

New calendar options

This week’s roundup of apps includes one new calendar offering, Streamline, and one older one with a new twist, Sunrise. Plus, new and updated games, news, and productivity apps.

BitTorrent Bleep

BitTorrent Bleep lets you chat via text, voice, or “whisper.” What’s that? “Sending a whisper to a friend means your messages disappear after they are read. Whisper it, read it, and move on.” Also intriguing: No account is needed to use the Bleep app; you can sign up with an email address or mobile number—or just go “incognito.”

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12:37
News: Apple to drop iPhone 3G, 3GS support as of...

Apple will be discontinuing support for the iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS effective June 9, 9to5Mac reports. Citing Apple internal documents, the report notes that the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3G (China), iPhone 3GS, and iPhone 3GS (China) will be designated as “Obsolete” in Asia-Pacific/Canada/EU/Japan/Latin America and all Apple Retail Stores, while these models will be designated as “Vintage” in the U.S., where Apple is still required…

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12:28
Reducing latency in MainStage 3

Audio latency is the phenomenon of sound reaching the ear at some point after it was created. In the natural world, latency is caused by physical distance from the sound source. The further away the sound source, the more latency. With digital audio there is also latency, and in this case it’s caused by buffering. MainStage (or any other audio software) needs some time to process audio data before it can be passed on to the Core Audio driver.

Some helpful information from Apple.

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12:24
Apps: Knights of Pen & Paper 2, Mortadella...

Knights of Pen & Paper 2 ($5) — Retro style games are becoming popular items on iOS devices, hearkening back to an era when 16-bit graphics were the norm, and games had to rely merely on sophisticated gameplay. In this particular case, a classic RPG genre is melded with pixel-art in a turn-based meta-game that emulates old-school tabletop RPG play on your iOS device, where players get to portray both the party and the game master. You get to…

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12:23
Apple quietly doubles total iCloud contact card limit

In a recent change to its iCloud syncing service, Apple has raised the total number of contacts it will store and sync across your devices before hitting the maximum allowed. Previously iCloud enforced a hard limit of syncing 25,000 contacts, but an updated support document (via iFun.de) highlights that limit doubling now to a total of 50,000 contacts…
Apple states that exceeding the limit may cause iCloud to experience “issues keeping changes up to date across your devices,” advising that users stay within the doubled contacts limit as well as other limits for calendars, reminders, and Safari bookmarks.

The syncing limits for...

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12:08
HomeKit products to begin shipping next month

“HomeKit has been available for just a few months and we already have dozens of partners who have committed to bringing HomeKit accessories to market and we’re looking forward to the first ones coming next month,” Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller said in a statement.

This is great news!

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12:04
Amplified: I Was Told There’d Be No Math

Jim and Dan talk about Pixelmator for iPhone, Scott Forstall is producing a Broadway musical, Apple Pay is creaming Walmart in the mobile payment war, how to back up your Apple Watch, Facebook begins testing instant articles from news publishers, the American Deluxe Stratocaster HSS Shawbucker, and more.

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12:03
Oculus Rift VR headset puts Mac development on hold...

In a blog post published to the company’s website today, creators of the Oculus Rift VR headset said it is putting development of the platform for Mac OS X on hold in order to focus on Windows:

Our development for OS X and Linux has been paused in order to focus on delivering a high quality consumer-level VR experience at launch across hardware, software, and content on Windows.

The company also announced spec requirements for the device ahead of an official public release. The recommended specs, for Windows devices at least, include NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD 290 equivalent or greater,...

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11:55
No Oculus Rift for the Mac, but your Mac couldn’t...

We were so looking forward to the thrilling and nauseating experience that comes from the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. But alas, the company today announced the recommended specs for Rift, and Oculus’ Atman Binstock wrote that, “development for OS X and Linux has been paused in order to focus on delivering a high quality consumer-level VR experience at launch across hardware, software, and content on Windows.”

Bummer. But hey, Macs are so great, they can even run Windows. You can just use Boot Camp, launch Windows, and you’re all set to run the Oculus VR. Right?

To read this article in full or to leave a comment,...

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11:42
A bunch of iPhones and Macs are about to become ‘...

Apple is about to sunset support for a number of iPhones, Macs, and other products as it plans to switch several models to “Obsolete” or “Vintage” status in June, according to internal documents.

When a device receives Obsolete status from Apple — Vintage status only applies to California and Turkey, where the company is required to continue offering support — it no longer offers service or repair support through its own Apple retail stores or authorized service providers. It typically begins the process for models 5-7 years after manufacturing has been discontinued and maintains a list ...

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11:32
Mac development for Oculus Rift VR headset '...

Although Oculus VR is going ahead with a Windows launch of its Rift headset in the first quarter of 2016, work on OS X and Linux support has been "paused," according to the company's chief architect and technical director on the project.

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10:56
FireEye, Microsoft Outsmart Clever Chinese Malware


FireEye and Microsoft have scotched a scheme by a group of cybercriminals based in China to use an IT pro forum to hide malicious activity, according to a report released Thursday. The Chinese gang known as "APT17" devised the scheme, which uses forum pages and profiles on Microsoft's TechNet, to cover traffic from machines infected with the group's Black Coffee malware, FireEye explained in the report, titled "Hiding in Plain Sight: FireEye Exposes Chinese APT Obfuscation Tactic."

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10:00
Review: Spigen Apple Watch Stand is a minimalistic...

Apple Watch charging stands are sure to be a popular item as the device needs charging nightly. Not everyone, however, needs a dock that costs more than the charging cable that’s sold separately, and accessory maker Spigen has an affordable alternative for them.

The $24.99 Spigen Apple Watch Stand S330 combines attractive aluminum and rubberized TPU to produce a minimal Apple Watch charging stand. It resembles the base of an iMac with a smaller footprint than other options and a price that won’t break the bank. Read on for my first impressions and hands-on photos with the Spigen Apple Watch Stand below.

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09:53
Oculus Rift Development on OS X 'Paused'...

Following the acquisition of Oculus by Facebook last year, not much news came out regarding the virtual reality headset's availability to its non-developer fanbase. Recently, however, Oculus confirmed the Rift will be up for pre-order later this year, with the first units shipping sometime in the first quarter of 2016.

A glimpse inside the consumer model of the Oculus Rift
Atman Binstock, Chief Architect at Oculus and technical director of the Rift, today wrote a blog post on the company's website providing more details on the exact rig configuration PC players can expect to need when playing games on the Rift. Towards the end of the blog, Binstock also notes that development for the Rift on both Mac and Linux has "paused" to deliver as strong a...

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09:49
Feedly debuts Apple Watch app for wrangling all your...

After Google Reader died, Feedly became the go-to RSS reader for following all of your favorite websites. Now you can access your news feed on your wrist with Feedly for Apple Watch.

The Feedly team waited to roll out their watch app until after the device shipped to get a better idea of what the watch was really good for, and how Feedly would translate to a screen on your wrist. As you’d expect, the watch app lets you swipe through the eight best stories and Force Touch to save to read later, mark as read to avoid seeing them in your feed again, or tag them with descriptions for easy searching. Use the Digital Crown to scroll through the first lines of the story.

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09:48
External Link: Taking OS X to Eleven

Over at Macworld, Jason Snell proposes dropping the “X” from OS X, and rebranding the Mac operating system as Mac OS. Snell argues that unless Apple plans to run OS X on non-Mac devices, there’s no reason to not have “Mac” in the name. And dropping the “X” would give Mac OS the opportunity to push past the 10 version number before iOS 10 arrives.

 

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09:48
Foxconn posts record first-quarter profits on strong...

Asian manufacturer Hon Hai -- better known as Foxconn -- on Friday reported its highest first-quarter profit growth in a decade with a 56 percent jump year-over-year, driven at least in part by strong sales of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

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09:33
FileMaker Pro/FileMaker Pro Advanced 14

The venerable Apple-owned database software brings a number of improvements to the user interface and mobile publishing. ($329/$549 new, paid upgrade, 420 MB)

 

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09:19
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPad mini 2 128GB w/ LTE $370...

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Apple iPad Air 128GB Wi-Fi + Cellular in Silver: $499 shipped (Orig. $929)

Apple iPad mini 2 128GB Wi-Fi + Cellular: $370 shipped (Orig. $829)...

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08:59
Microsoft Office Preview 15.10 - Popular...

Welcome to the new and modern Microsoft Office for Mac. You will receive regular updates automatically until the official release in the second half of 2015.

With the redesigned Ribbon and your favorite cross-platform features and keyboard shortcuts, you’ll be up and running with the new Office for Mac in no time! The new Office for Mac user interface is designed from the ground up to take advantage of the latest Mac features, including retina display and full-screen view support. Sign into the new Office for Mac and easily access your recently used documents on any device with seamless integration with OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, and SharePoint.

Contains:

  • Word Create, polish, and share beautiful and professional documents.
  • Excel Analyze and visualize your data in new and intuitive ways.
  • PowerPoint Create, collaborate, and effectively present your ideas.
  • ...

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08:55
Get help using iCloud Mail

Use the steps below if you can't access your email or you can't send or receive messages with your @icloud.com email address. 

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08:52
Review: Wren V5US Speaker

We could say Wren's V5US ($500) speaker looked familiar to us when it arrived, but that would probably be understating the matter. Wren's newest speaker has the same shape and design as the previous two Wren speakers we've reviewed — the Bluetooth Wren V5BT, and the previous AirPlay-only V5AP. Sometime after that, Wren also released the V5PF — instead of AirPlay or Bluetooth, that edition of the speaker used DTS Play-Fi, a newer lossless format targeted more toward Android users and not natively supported by Apple devices (DTS can be accessed in iOS through a Play-Fi app). And now, the inevitable: V5US does it all — AirPlay, aptX Bluetooth, and DTS Play-Fi, which lets users link multiple speakers to seamlessly play music in different rooms. There's also an aux-in jack to connect devices that way. So V5US is versatile, but it's also launching at $100 more than the original price of the V5AP and V5BT.{/exp:char_limit}
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08:49
Get help using iCloud Keychain

Get help with issues you might have using iCloud Keychain.

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08:37
Quanta vice chairman addresses Apple Watch rumors,...

This is where things get snippy.

Although never mentioning the Apple Watch by name, Quanta vice chairman CC Leung said that the lack of a sufficient work force has caused delays in Apple Watch production. Due to labor shortages during the Lunar New Year holidays, Quanta was forced to borrow manpower from other manufacturers and was only able to deliver limited shipments in the first quarter. However, Quanta already has sufficient capacity to manufacture all the orders and should see a giant contribution from its wearable device business in the second quarter.

Leung noted that the wearable device is unlike the smartwatches it...

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08:30
He made Tom Cruise 'forget the mouse.' Now...

In a way, John Underkoffler's like Hollywood's own Wizard of Oz. He's the man behind the curtain responsible for infusing blockbuster fantasy with real-world tech. He created the futuristic UI in Minority Report, worked on the timeline for Hulk's tra...

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08:30
What to play this weekend: Does Not Commute

"Dentist Charles Schneider skipped lunch and went to the library instead. He's heading back to his clinic with the books 'Temporal Paradoxes' and 'Retrocausaility in Practice.'"

There's an undercurrent of weirdness in Does Not Commute (universal, free with in-app purchase) that Fox Mulder would love. The beautiful and challenging strategy game from Mediocre Games has you driving various vehicles -- from sedans to speed boats to ice cream trucks -- through several neighborhoods, being careful to beat the clock and avoid the other drivers. It's challenging, thematic and a lot of fun. Here's my look at Does Not Commute.

Looks

Boy, this is a good-looking game. Does Not Commute's splash screen shows the dashboard of a big old 1970's American sedan, with no airbags, no Bluetooth stereo, no digital...

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08:19
Apple states HomeKit-based devices to surface in...

The HomeKit stuff will begin arriving in June according to Apple.

Refuting a recent report claiming delays with the home automation software platform would push back the launch until August or September, Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller went on record as saying that “HomeKit [hardware certification] has been available for just a few months and we already have dozens of partners who have committed to bringing HomeKit accessories to market and we’re looking forward to the first ones coming next month.”

The statement comes on the heels of an article in Fortune stating the the software platform that HomeKit is built upon was experiencing problems and...

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08:19
For sale: An amazing assortment of Mac memorabilia

MACazine covers from Blair Saldanah collection

No, it's not my "Museum of Ancient Technology". Instead, Blair Saldanah is putting a bunch of Mac goodies up for sale that any collector would love to have.

First off, Saldanah has a huge collection of Mac-related magazines for sale for "best offer over $8,000". This collection includes not only a ton of Macworld magazines (including the last issue from November, 2014), but such rarities nowadays as A+ Magazine, MacWeek, St. Mac, the Macintosh Buyer's Guide and the Macazine. That collection also includes a floppy disk from a company called Pixar containing part a 3D type rendering application called Typestry. As Saldanah notes, "Gee, I wonder what ever happened to Pixar, if they ever accomplished anything of note. ;-)"

Apple Starting Line catalog, from Blair Saldanah collection...

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08:16
Netflix in talks to offer its streaming library in...

President Underwood is already popular in China, but it looks like Netflix is prepping to offer more of its streaming library in that locale. The Wall Street Journal reports that Reed Hastings & Co. are in talks with online broadcasters BesTV and Was...

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08:12
A New Dirty Little Music Industry Secret Should end...

While there's been a lot of noise generated by the European Regulators and the DOJ investigating Apple to ensure that they don't get an unfair deal for their new streaming music service, they've apparently chosen to close their eyes to a dirty little deal between Spotify and the music labels ...

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08:11
Xiaomi starts small with a UK online accessory store

Xiaomi is about to enter the UK market, but it won't be selling the Android phones and tablets it's best known for. Mimicking its plans for the US, the company is starting with an online accessory store for its Mi-branded headphones, battery packs an...

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08:07
Quanta blames limited Apple Watch production on...

Without mentioning the Apple Watch by name, the vice chairman of manufacturer Quanta Computer said on Friday that initial production of a client's wearable was limited because of workforce shortages, although his company has since caught up.

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08:01
∞ Adam Sandler’s sweet goodbye song for David...

Adam Sandler really cares about David Letterman, wrote this song as a tribute and a way to say goodbye. Just great.

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08:00
Set up your Apple ID for iCloud and iTunes

Learn more about Apple IDs, including how to use your Apple ID with Apple services such as iCloud and the iTunes Store. Also learn how to change the Apple ID that you use to sign in to services on your iPhone.

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08:00
LG Watch Urbane review: a premium watch that falls...

There are only a few companies out there with as much experience making Android Wear watches as LG. After all, the platform's only been part of the public consciousness for a year and yet this Korean giant has already made three of them. Its first se...

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07:58
Starbucks app compromised, hackers using auto-reload...

If you’re going to use the Starbucks mobile app, have a strong password behind it.

This seems to be what’s necessary as thieves have begun accessing users’ Starbucks mobile apps and siphoning money from their credit cards, bank and PayPal accounts. The Starbucks app, which ties into a rewards account, also lets you reload the account by automatically drawing off your bank account, credit card or PayPal account. Once a Starbucks account has been accessed, hackers can add a new gift card, transfer funds over and repeat the process every time the original card reloads.

In the case of Jean Obando, Obando had stopped by a Starbucks in Sugar...

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07:57
Regarding Apple Watch and Activation Lock

Not sure if and when Find My Apple Watch and Activation Lock are coming, but certainly an interesting discussion.

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07:27
Shutting down piracy sites is like playing Whac-A-...

The European Commission (EC) has finally confirmed what we've all known for years: if you shut down one online piracy site, another will simply take its place. A report published by the EC's Joint Research Center found that the closure of Kino.to, a ...

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07:25
Next-Generation iPhone Again Rumored to Have 12-...

Kevin King, IHS Technology Research Director for China, claimed on Chinese microblogging service Weibo that Apple's next-generation iPhone will feature a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera with smaller pixels (via G4Games), corroborating the same prediction made by well-informed KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo earlier this week.

Apple has used an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera sensor since the iPhone 4s was released in late 2011, so the megapixel bump will be the first in nearly four years if the pair of analysts are correct. Prior to that, the iPhone 4 had a 5-megapixel camera and the iPhone 3GS had a 3-megapixel shooter. Given that...

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07:21
Wireless input devices: Bluetooth frequently asked...

Most Mac computers work with wireless input devices that use Bluetooth technology. Find answers to frequently asked questions about Bluetooth.

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07:19
Hullo — Your favorite pillow. Guaranteed.

My thanks to Hullo for sponsoring The Loop this week. Have you ever slept on a buckwheat pillow? It’s kind of like a beanbag for your head. Hullo includes…

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Drop what you’re doing—go and check out Hullo. Try it for 60 nights. If it’s not your favorite pillow, return it for a refund. No-brainer!

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07:04
Spotify facing pressure from Sony, Universal to drop...

Major record labels Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment are both reportedly proposing that Spotify end its free, ad-supported on-demand music in a bid to push people into paid subscriptions.

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07:02
Etsy's counterfeit problem is getting worse

News of Etsy's battle against sellers pedaling knockoff goods on its site isn't a recent revelation, but an analyst report this week details the extent of the problem. Investment firm Wedbush says that up to 2 million items listed on the marketplace ...

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07:02
News: Report: Spotify to discontinue free streaming...

Spotify may be planning to effectively eliminate its free, ad-supported streaming option, according to a new report by Digital Music News. The change would see the popular streaming music service limit free ad-supported access to a three month “trial” period, rather than the current open-ended and unlimited plan that many users currently enjoy. Spotify is said to be resisting this change, and has been trying to make the case that its “freemium-to-premium”…

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07:01
MCE ships USB 3.0 16X Blu-ray Authoring System for...

MCE Technologies (http://mcetech.com/) has begun shipping its USB 3.0 16X Blu-ray Authoring System for the Mac. It takes advantage of the powerful high-definition video editing capabilities of the Mac Pro, iMac 5K, and MacBook Pro with Retina Display and is compatible with Final Cut Pro X.

The Blu-ray Authoring System is available with optional Blu-ray authoring software and includes Mac Blu-ray Player for viewing authored titles. The retail price is US$149 — $229 with Toast 12 Titanium Blu-ray Disc authoring software.

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07:00
Apple Watch Production Back on Track After '...

The Apple Watch has been in high demand since the wearable began accepting pre-orders over a month ago, with the first wave of Space Black Link Bracelet, Leather Loop, and Modern Buckle just now shipping to customers this week.

A few reports have pointed to defective Taptic Engines produced by an Apple supplier in Shenzhen, China as the main reason behind the bottleneck, but a new story today out of DigiTimes suggests dramatic labor shortages during the Lunar New Year could have been the main source of the Apple Watch's low yield rate in the weeks after launch.
"Because of labor shortages during the Lunar New Year holidays, Quanta was forced to borrow manpower from other manufacturers and was only able to...

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06:56
Strong iPhone 6 demand helps Foxconn achieve 56%...

Record iPhone sales helped Apple’s lead manufacturer Foxconn to achieve 56% growth in year-on-year earnings, Apple representing almost half the company’s turnover. Foxconn achieved its highest first quarter profit growth in a decade, reports the WSJ.

The company also more than doubled its 2014 dividend from NT$1.80 per share to NT$3.80 (US$0.06 to 0.12).

Apple announced last month that it sold 61.1M iPhones in its fiscal Q2, demand for its larger-screened phones remaining extremely strong after the initial record start. Two analysts with strong track-...

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06:54
Consumer Reports Claims the Galaxy S6 isn't as...

A new report published by Consumer Reports gives consumers reason to pause buying Samsung's latest smartphones.

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06:53
MainStage 3: Reducing latency in MainStage 3

Use the information in this article to minimize audio latency in MainStage.

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06:41
Rumor: 12MP camera in Apple's 'iPhone 6s...

With numerous reports reaffirming that Apple's next-generation iPhone will feature a higher-quality 12-megapixel camera, one analyst has chimed to claim that the company will achieve this through smaller pixels in the images it captures.

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06:38
Belgium tells Facebook to reign in user tracking

Belgium's Privacy Commission thinks that "Facebook tramples on European and Belgian privacy laws," and said it would take legal action if its latest recommendations aren't obeyed. A new report follows previous accusations from the nation that Faceboo...

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06:22
Early look at Windows 10 on the new Retina MacBook...

One of the first people to try Windows 10 on the new Retina MacBook says that it actually runs more smoothly than OS X. The comment was made by Computer Science major Alex King, who tried upgrading his Boot Camp installation of Windows 8.1 to the preview of Windows 10.

Here’s the real kicker: it’s fast. It’s smooth. It renders at 60FPS unless you have a lot going on. It’s unequivocally better than performance on OS X, further leading me to believe that Apple really needs to overhaul how animations are done. Even when I turn Transparency off in OS X, Mission Control isn’t completely smooth. Here, even after some Aero Glass transparency has been added in, everything is smooth. It’s remarkable, and it makes me believe in the 12-inch MacBook more than ever before.

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