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Friday June 26

04:37
Kool Tools: Candy Apple for Mac OS X

MacAppware's (http://www.macappware.com) Candy Apple is a sweet, vector based graphic design and illustration app designed for Mac OS X.

It lets you create drawings, logos, banners, buttons, icons and more. It's been recently revved to version 1.7, which adds support for exporting in Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) format, adds video tutorials to the MacAppware website, and fixes a couple of bugs reported by users.

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04:28
ClamXav 2.8.1 - Free virus checker, based on ClamAV...

ClamXav is a free virus checker for OS X. It uses the tried, tested, and very popular ClamAV open source antivirus engine as a back end.

I have been working on ClamXav for more than 10 years now, and over those years, I have invested a huge amount of my own time and energy into bringing ClamXav to where it is today -- one of the most trusted and recommended anti-virus solutions for the Mac. In the past, other priorities got in the way and I wasn't able to focus on development as much as I would have liked, but that stops now. ClamXav is now a commercial product. It's being sold through a new company (Canimaan Software Ltd) but don't let that fool you -- I'm still the owner and lead developer.



Version 2.8.1:

Note: ClamXav is available for $22.46 (25% off) as a launch promotion.
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04:14
As Apple Watch hits seven more countries, more...

The Apple Watch, originally launched in nine countries, hits seven more today – with a further rollout on July 17th. Apple has so far added the July 17th date to its websites in the Netherlands, Sweden and Thailand.

The countries going live today include Italy, Mexico,...

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04:09
CrossOver 14.1.4 - Run Windows apps on your Mac. (...

CrossOver can get your Windows productivity applications and PC games up and running on your Mac quickly and easily. CrossOver runs the Windows software that you need on Mac at home, in the office, or at school without purchasing a Windows license, without rebooting your computer, and without having to use a virtual machine. And CrossOver can run a wide range of Windows software. Check the What Runs database on the developer's Web site.

Easy Installs!
Many Windows titles can be installed using our CrossTie technology. If you have CrossOver installed, and have the installer for your Windows software, simply click the button in our Compatibility Database, and CrossOver will automatically install your application for you!

Compatibility Center Statistics

  • 10,961 applications in database
  • 1,761 gold medal applications in database
  • 1,261 1...

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04:04
Study shows (no surprise) rapidly increasing digital...

Limelight Networks (www.limelight.com), which specializes in digital content delivery, has released new data that shows consumers are nearly always plugged in and are increasingly updating and adding content to their phones and other connected devices.

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04:04
Study shows (no surprise) rapidly increasing digital...

Limelight Networks (www.limelight.com), which specializes in digital content delivery, has released new data that shows consumers are nearly always plugged in and are increasingly updating and adding content to their phones and other connected devices.

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03:35
30 Day Loans - Brisk Cash for Crisis

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Loans have turn into the best mean to meet your money related inconveniences. At whatever point, you are in hot waters, they are accessible to wipe out your every one of the tensions and worries. Whether, you need to pay back your credit card duty, tuition expenses, family service bills, water, power or hospital expenses or willing to repair your auto or home, these loan options are assuming a urgent part to organize every one of your accounts. 30 day loans are a solution to all your monthly budgetary inconveniences. With the assistance of these loans, you can confront all the monetary difficulties in an easy way.

These subsidizing plans offer you a measure of 100 to 1500. The sum you benefit is determined by the lender by checking your monthly salary and your capacity of reimbursement the loan. On the off chance that you are acquiring much...

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01:00
Angela Maiers and Choose2Matter, Inc. collaborate...

Today Choose2Matter, a social movement founded by educator Angela Maiers, announced that it is collaborating with Microsoft to bring authentic, passion-driven learning to classrooms and communities around the world. Microsoft is excited to help accelerate Angela Maiers’ work to advance passion-based learning in schools and to celebrate the unique genius of every individual. This work has already had a profoundly positive impact on so many students and educators.

“I have been incredibly impressed by Microsoft’s commitment to understanding the needs of educators and students and providing them with the tools, information and educational experiences they need to succeed and thrive,” said Angela Maiers. “Microsoft’s commitment to helping us move the Choose2Matter movement forward is stark evidence of this.”

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Thursday June 25

23:44
FotoMagico 4.6.1 - Powerful slideshow creator with...

FotoMagico lets you create professional slideshows from your photos and music with just a few, simple mouse clicks. It sports a very clean and intuitive yet powerful user interface. High image quality, fast performance, and user flexibility were some of the design goals for this application.

Create the most spectacular slideshows

  • Scale, move, rotate, zoom or pan around your images to highlight that part that matters the most.
  • Your slides fit together perfectly with the new, gorgeous transitions.
  • Provide more meaning with subtle titles here and there.

Perform a breathtaking show

  • Your slideshow uses the best possible resolution of your presentation device.
  • Use large displays, HDTV screens and other high resolution devices.
  • Even on a VGA projector, your photos will look better with FotoMagico.

Your audience will want to take it home

  • Burn DVDs of your slideshow...

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18:59
Apple spotlights two new videos in 'Shot on...

Two new "Shot on iPhone 6" clips were added to Apple's crowd sourced World Gallery webpage on Thursday, highlighting the handset's ability to capture color-saturated scenes, sharp grayscale images and slow-motion footage.

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18:25
Benchmarks detail processor throttling in iOS 9 beta...

A benchmark test performed on an iPhone 6 Plus running Apple's latest iOS 9 beta puts numbers to the upcoming operating system's Low Power mode, which throttles down processor performance to preserve battery life.

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18:00
Today in the App Store, featuring LEGO® Batman:...

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 the new LEGO® Batman: Beyond Gotham; an update to TV Food Maps and a discount on all Snowman apps icluding Shifts – Shift Worker Calendar, Checkmark 2, Alto's Adventure and Circles. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Shifts – Shift Worker Calendar -- Snowman App Sale [$4.99 → Free] Shifts is the fastest and easiest way to enter and view your work shifts on iPhone.

Halftone 2 - Comic Book Creator [$1.99 → Free] Easily turn your photos into comic book pages and videos with Halftone 2. Apple's App of the Week.

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17:29
Apple adds two new videos to its Shot on iPhone...

Apple this evening has shared two new videos as part of its Shot on iPhone campaign. Apple originally introduced videos to the campaign earlier this month and made additions two weeks ago, as well. Today’s two new clips are follow suit with the earlier videos and are 15 seconds long. They have been added to both Apple’s World Gallery webpage and its YouTube channel.

The first clip, shot in Votorantim, Brazil, showcases the slow-mo capabilities of the iPhone 6. The second video also was shot in slow motion and shows off Chaiyaphum, Thailand. Both clips carry an instrumental background track and end by giving credit to the videographers and with the Shot on iPhone slogan.

Apple launched its Shot on...

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17:10
iOSDevCamp

The next iOSDevCamp is from July 10-12, 2015 in San Jose. I’m thinking of stopping by and saying hello.

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17:07
Listening to Metal can decrease anger

Alright boys and girls, get ready to be schooled. A new study conducted by the University of Queensland’s School of Psychology has found that listening to extreme music like heavy metal can help people process anger and even increase their positive emotions, like inspiration.

Clearly this is me.

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16:42
Benchmarks Show iPhone Performance Difference When...

With iOS 9, Apple introduced a Low Power mode, designed to extend battery life when an iPhone's power is running low. According to the feature's description, Low Power mode works by reducing an iPhone's performance and cutting down on background activity.

Geekbench 3 has just been updated to work with iOS 9, letting us get a more detailed look at how Low Power mode works and how much it throttles an iPhone's CPU performance when activated.

Without Low Power mode activated, an iPhone 6 Plus scored 1606 on the single-core processor test and 2891 on the multi-core processor test. When Low Power mode was turned on, the same iPhone 6 Plus scored 1019 on the single-core test and 1751 on the multi-core test, suggesting there's a significant performance reduction when Low Power mode is enabled to save as much battery as possible.

Results were similar on an iPhone 5s, with performance reduced by...

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16:20
Apple highlights LGBT content with special curated...

In celebration of efforts made toward gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights equality, Apple on Thursday added a special section to the iOS App Store pointing to movies, music, TV shows, apps and other online media it says reflects LGBT pride.

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16:07
Daily Deals for June 25, 2015, featuring OmniGraffle...

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

AWT Featured Apps

  • OmniGraffle [Standard version starts at $49 for iOS, $99 for Mac] OmniGraffle is for creating precise, beautiful graphics. Like website wireframes, an electrical system design, a family tree, or mapping out software classes. For artists, designers, casual data-mappers, and everyone in-between.

  • Alto's Adventure -- Snowman App Sale [$1.99 → $0.99] Above the...

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16:03
Apple launches new App Store section showcasing LGBT...

Apple this evening has added a new featured section to the App Store focused on showcasing content that reflects LGBT pride. Apple notes that it is commemorating the 1969 Stonewall riots with the App Store section. The riots occurred during 1969 in New York City and are often seen as a pivotal moment in the fight equality for the LGBT community.

In the featured App Store section, which replaces the section from last week that listed popular apps with support for VoiceOver, Apple is highlighting apps, movies, music, TV, podcasts, and books that represent the LGBT community. Selections include Milk, a 2008 drama based during the 1970s push for gay liberation, the HBO film The Normal Heart, the drama Brokeback Mountain, music from artists like Adam Lambert,...

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16:03
Apple Removes Video Games with Confederate Flag on...

It was reported today that the drive to remove the Confederate flag has now reached the virtual world. Apple announced Thursday that it would be removing apps from its App Store that it deemed offensive.

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15:10
3D Printing Could Resurrect Custom Carmaking


Divergent Microfactories just introduced the world to the Blade, a 3D-printed supercar it designed as a proof of concept to spur the establishment of other microautomakers and reshape the auto industry. Divergent Microfactories envisions microautomakers emerging similar to the way microbreweries have popped up across the U.S. It wants to "democratize the auto industry" by paving the way for dematerialized vehicles. It's 3D-printing technologies could make auto manufacturing affordable enough for new players to gain traction in the industry.

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14:50
Apple Advances Future Apple Watch Heart Rate Sensor...

Two weeks ago we posted a popular report titled "New Apple Watch Patent Covers Wearable Multi-Modal Physiological Sensing System." Today Patently Apple discovered a newly published patent application from Apple in Europe and this time they take yet another angle to this problem with the heart rated monitor

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14:40
If your Apple TV gets stuck on the date and time...

Each time your Apple TV powers on, it updates the system's date and time. If your Apple TV can't connect to the Internet or to the port that it uses to update the date and time, it might get stuck on this screen.

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14:05
Office 365 users gain one-click access to third-...

Back in October 2014, we announced release of the Office 365 app launcher and My Apps—places where you can organize and personalize your list of first-party services accessible in Office 365.

This week, we’ve started deploying an Office 365 Store to make third-party solutions manageable in the same way, where external web applications can be launched with a single click—all within the Office 365 experience and with no admin configuration or additional sign in steps.

Rolling out to Office 365 customers in the First Release program, the Office 365 Store is accessible through an icon in the app launcher “waffle” in the top navigation bar (see below).

Clicking the icon takes you to a special version of the Office 365 Store, in...

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13:52
Latest El Capitan beta says Multi-Touch Remote and...

The second OS X El Capitan Developer Preview has been released, and according to Mark Gurman at 9to5 Mac, the software includes references to a new 21.5-inch Retina 4K iMac and a new Multi-Touch Remote.

9to5 Mac

Based on the code found in the Developer Preview, the 21.5-inch Retina iMac will have a display with a native resolution of 4096 by 2304 pixels. The code also lists several new graphics processors that could be used in the new iMac and also in new Mac laptops.

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13:41
News: Elton John, Pharrell, Dr. Dre, Drake, St....

A profile of Zane Lowe — the influential radio DJ hired to be one of the top “creative minds” behind Apple Music’s Beats 1 — has also revealed a number of high-profile musicians who will be hosting their own shows on the Internet radio station. The New York Times reports Elton John will host “Elton John’s Rocket Hour,” and Dr. Dre will host “The Pharmacy.” Other Beats 1 hosts will include Drake and…

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12:58
Apple confirms Confederate flag ban in App Store,...

Apple on Thursday confirmed that it has removed a number of games and other apps from the App Store because they contain images of the Confederate battle flag.

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12:46
Apple pulls 'offensive' apps featuring...

Apple is cracking down on apps that feature the Confederate flag in the wake of last week’s church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina.

The company is joining Amazon, eBay, Etsy, Walmart, and other retailers in taking a stand against the flag, which has become a symbol of shooter Dylann Roof’s attack on Charleston’s historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church. Roof is pictured holding a Confederate flag in a photo that spread quickly online after the shooting. South Carolina is now moving to ban the flag from its state Capitol building.

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12:24
New iPhone app will help conduct the largest LGBT...

With transgender celebrities gracing magazine covers and the Supreme Court set to rule on gay marriage across the U.S., the LGBT movement has come a long way. But we’re still far behind when it comes to addressing the health and wellness of LGBT people. 

To address that, medical researchers are launching a new “PRIDE Study” to shed some light on the unique health needs of LGBT folks—and they’re using iPhones to conduct it. A new ResearchKit app developed by the University of California at San Francisco will survey a wide range of LGBT folks about health issues like HIV/AIDS, smoking, cancer, obesity, mental issues and depression. 

“The main question there is, what is the relationship between being LGBTQ—or more broadly a sexual or gender minority person—and mental and physical health?” Mitchell Lunn, co-director of the PRIDE Study at UCSF, told BuzzFeed News...

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12:19
If you need help restoring from an iTunes Backup

Follow these steps if you need help restoring your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch from an iTunes backup. For example, there might not be a backup available for your device, or you might have questions about using an iPhone backup for an iPad.

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11:55
Reserve Strap for Apple Watch promises 30 hours...

Following a number of teases for its third-party Apple Watch strap with a built-in battery pack, Reserve Strap, bound to be one of the first battery straps for Apple Watch, is promising an additional 30 hours of battery life for Apple Watch users as it announces plans to ship in November.

In an update on its website, the company announced that the final design for Reserve Strap will offer “more than 30 hours of additional usage,” or 2.7x or 167% of the Apple Watch’s built-in battery.

One of the biggest complaints regarding...

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11:53
What to do before selling or giving away your iPhone...

Follow steps to remove your personal information from a device you're giving away, even if you don't have the device anymore.

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11:44
More Beats 1 hosts revealed ahead of launch, will...

Along with today’s announcement that Zane Lowe’s first Beats 1 interview will be with Eminem, a New York Times profile on the DJ revealed the titles and hosts for other shows on Apple’s upcoming music streaming service.

As you might expect, Apple’s own Dr. Dre will be hosting a show of his own called “The Pharmacy.” Rapper Drake, who appeared on stage at the Apple Music announcement, will also have a show on the streaming radio service.

Singer Elton John will host “The Elton John Rocket Hour,” and Pharrell Williams, who will launch his new single...

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11:40
Wireless carrier support and features for iPhone in...

Choose your region to learn about the wireless carriers in your country.

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11:38
MacPlay Releases Shelter 2 on the Mac App Store

Shelter 2, a game in which you play a powerful Lynx, is now available on the Mac App Store. It costs US$14.99 and requires Mac OS X 10.7 or higher.

Developed by Might and Delight and released on the Mac App Store by MacPlay (www.macplay.com), Shelter 2 follows the life of a mother lynx, starting as a pregnant animal, giving birth and continuing in to a journey of parenthood where nurturing her cubs is paramount for survival. Shelter 2 includes more elaborate gameplay features than its predecessor, such as stamina, different types of movements, jumps and a variety of prey to kill.

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11:18
Rumor: Apple could be plotting new multitouch...

A file reportedly discovered in the second beta of Apple's next-generation desktop operating system suggests that the company is exploring a new kind of Bluetooth-enabled remote control, potentially hinting at future plans for the Apple TV set-top box.

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11:17
OS X El Capitan Code Hints at 4K 21.5-inch Retina...

Apple's newest OS X El Capitan beta, released on Tuesday, contains code that may hint at some upcoming Apple product updates. Shared by 9to5Mac, the code references a Retina display with a 4096 x 2304 resolution, potentially referring to a future 21.5-inch Retina iMac with a 4K resolution.

There's also a mention of Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200, the graphics chipset that accompanies Intel's newest line of Broadwell processors. Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200 and a Broadwell/Skylake processor could potentially be destined for a 4K 21.5-inch Retina iMac, but the chipset is also suitable for a number of notebooks. There's a further mention of AMD Radeon M380 - M395X graphics, which could be used in high-end iMac models.

Apple has updated its 27-inch iMac with a 5K Retina resolution, but the 21.5-inch iMac...

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11:14
Latest OS X El Capitan beta build hints at 4K 21.5-...

It’s the beta builds that sometimes show the cool stuff that’s coming down the road.

The newest developer build of OS X El Capitan has revealed hints of a 4K 21.5-inch iMac as well as a Bluetooth remote control for the Apple TV.

The beta references Mac support for a new 4096 x 2304 resolution Apple-made display panel. While the larger, more expensive 27-inch iMac is offered with a 5K display, it could make sense for the smaller screen to be upgraded to a 4K resolution.

The beta also references a new Intel graphics chipset known as the Iris Pro 6200. This new, Broadwell-integrated graphics processor launched earlier this...

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11:03
HBO Now earned the most revenue of any iOS app last...

HBO Now, the standalone subscription service for the premium network, appears to be a hit with iOS users, says new data from analytics service App Annie.

After launching on Apple TV and the App Store for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch in early April with a 1-month free trial, the new report says the standalone service’s app “debuted at #1 on our Worldwide May iOS revenue charts” showing that the free trial converted users to paid customers.

A month after the trial ended for day one subscribers, App Annie says HBO Now sat at “#2 overall daily grossing rank in the United States” according to its data. Showtime is planning a similar standalone service ...

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11:02
Review: iHome SoundFlask iBT32 Bluetooth Speaker

As you can see, iHome's SoundFlask iBT32 ($100) is a Bluetooth speaker styled to mimic, yes, a (rather large) flask. On the front of the SoundFlask are a speaker grille and four LED battery indicators. The rear is covered with soft-touch faux leather. A simple set of controls is covered by silicone on top; another silicone flap covers a charging port, audio-in port, and a USB charging port on the bottom. The SoundFlask's body is trimmed with some chromed plastic to complete the look. In the box, a charging cable, AC adapter, and audio cable are included. We received this and a smaller version of the SoundFlask, the iBT12, but only considered the larger iBT32 version for purposes of this review.{/exp:char_limit}
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11:01
iTunes U update allows homework submissions, outside...

Apple's iTunes U is set to be updated to allow students to submit homework through the app, and for course materials to integrate external apps, greatly expanding the abilities of its education-focused platform. [Updated]

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10:59
Google, Apple, and Others Remove Content Related To...

davek writes with news that Google is removing results related to the Confederate Flag from Google Shopping, the company's online marketplace. They're also blocking advertisements involving the flag. They say, "We have determined that the Confederate flag violates our Ads policies, which don't allow content that's generally perceived as expressing hate toward a particular group." At the same time, Apple is removing from the App Store any games or other software featuring the Confederate Flag. This, of course, follows the recent shooting in South Carolina, which triggered a nationwide debate over whether the flag should be flown at government buildings (or anywhere). Major online merchant websites like eBay and Amazon have already taken the step of banning merchandise relating to the flag.


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10:44
Apple’s iTunes U gets 1-to-1 discussions, importing...

Apple’s iTunes U service, a resource for teachers to create and manage educational content for students on iPad, is today receiving a big update that brings a long list of highly requested features. Starting today, teachers and students using the platform will get access to new additions including 1-to-1 discussions, homework hand-in & grade book features, PDF annotations, and more.

One of the most notable features rolling out today is an improved way for teachers and students to communicate via new one-to-one discussion functionality. A new homework hand-...

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10:39
Amplified: The Opposite of Paris Hilton

Jim and Dan speculate on what really happened with the Apple Music policy change, and talk about the changing music industry, Eddie Van Halen, The Terminator, and more.

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10:37
Deals: Dell 27" Ultra HD 4K LED display for $...

Back exclusively for AI readers and for a limited time, grab Dell's 27" Ultra HD 4K LED monitor for a record low of $499.99. Meanwhile, there's just 10 hours left to secure the lowest price you'll ever see on Apple's mid-2014 high-end 15-inch MacBook Pro (MGXC2LL/A). Plus all Mac Pros and Mac minis at unbeatable discounts.

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10:34
New El Capitan beta reveals 4K 21.5-inch iMac, Multi...

Although it’s light on new consumer-facing features, the latest release of the OS X El Capitan beta for developers hides references to a pair of future Apple hardware products: a new 4K version of the 21.5-inch iMac and a new Bluetooth Remote control…

Likely destined for a refreshed version of the 21.5-inch iMac, which currently does not have a Retina display, the...

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10:32
Will LastPass Breach Poison Trust in Password...


A data breach is no picnic for any organization, but for a company that makes its potato salad by protecting other people's passwords, it's the mother of all nightmares. Yet, that has happened to LastPass twice. In 2011, the service found anomalies in its network traffic that forced it to reset all its users' master passwords. To make matters worse, LastPass wasn't prepared for the traffic surge from everyone trying to change their passwords at the same time, so performance headaches inconvenienced users further.

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10:24
The ultimate Heineken fridge

I must have this. Much respect to this guy.

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10:23
News: Apps containing Confederate flag pulled from...

Apple has apparently removed all apps that include the Confederate flag from its App Store, including games set around the American Civil War, TouchArcade reports. The move comes on the heels of a number of other major U.S. retailers such as Walmart, Amazon, and eBay removing all Confederate flag merchandise from their stores in the wake of the recent tragic shooting in Charleston. Apple CEO Tim Cook sent out a tweet on Sunday making reference to…

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10:06
Review: IK Multimedia iKlip Grip

While IK Multimedia is best known for its line of affordable studio and recording accessories for iOS devices, the company has ventured into a series of cases and stands, although these have also traditionally been aimed at studio environments — usually providing mounting options for iPhones and iPads on mics and music stands. With iKlip Grip ($60), the company takes a slight departure from that more focused use, producing a more general tripod and selfie stick mount for iPhone and iPod touch users. {/exp:char_limit}

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10:00
Taylor Swift "Happily" Gives the Green...

On Sunday we posted a report titled "Taylor Swift's PR Move Pushes Apple to Reverse Course on Paying Artists during Apple Music's Three-Month Trial." In that report ...

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09:58
Eminem's exclusive Beats 1 interview may signal...

Eminem's interview with Beats 1 host Zane Lowe may reflect a long-term thawing of the rapper's relationship with Apple, which was once defined by legal battles that would influence how royalties are paid for music downloads.

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09:56
More Beats 1 details emerge: Elton John, Dr. Dre,...

Apple Music’s Beats 1 just might turn out to be the global radio station you never knew you wanted, but can’t live without.

The Internet radio station will be curated and hosted by three well-known DJs and broadcast around the world 24 hours a day. Apple has also enlisted famous artists to host shows on Beats 1. Elton John, Dr. Dre, Drake, Pharrell Williams, St. Vincent, and Jaden Smith are among the musicians signed to curate blocks on the station at launch. Beats 1 will also feature celebrity interviews, beginning with Eminem on launch week. (Strange choice—I would’ve gone with Taylor Swift, who just announced that her bestselling album 1989 will stream at Apple Music's launch.)

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09:42
News: Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ album to stream on Apple...

After the events of this week, I've decided to put 1989 on Apple Music…and happily so.— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) June 25, 2015 Taylor Swift has tweeted that she intends to make her best-selling album “1989” available on Apple Music. Swift noted in follow-up tweets that the availability of “1989” would not be exclusive to Apple Music, and the singer-songwriter personally thanked Apple for its “change…

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09:41
GM adds real-time theft alerts to OnStar

Ring! "Hello?" Car: "It's your car." You: "My what?" Car: "I've just been stolen and have alerted the authorities." Okay, that's a call nobody wants, but GM has just added a feature to its OnStar security system that does exactly that, called "theft ...

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09:26
Apple bars Civil War games from App Store over...

The renewed debate over the Confederate battle flag is bleeding further into the digital realm this morning. As Touch Arcade reports, Apple seems to be removing many games that feature the flag's image from the iOS App Store, including a number of war simulations that use the flag primarily to mark historical context.

Touch Arcade reports that affected developers are being told that their apps have been removed "...because [they] include images of the confederate flag used in offensive and mean-spirited ways." But some game developers take issue with that characterization. "We're in no way sympathetic to the use of the flag in an offensive way, we used it purely because historically that was the flag that was used at the time," a developer from strategy game maker HexWar told Touch Arcade.

Game Labs' Maxim Zasov told Touch Arcade that he accepts Apple's...

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09:18
Amazon is offering Echo voice tech to other...

Now that Amazon's voice-controlled Echo speaker is available to everyone, the company is hinting at third-party devices that will make use of the same voice tech that powers the Echo's built-in assistant, "Alexa." Additionally, Amazon is giving devel...

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09:09
iTunes U security and privacy overview

Apple takes data security and the privacy of personal information very seriously. iTunes U is built with industry-standard security practices and employs strict policies to protect user data.

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09:03
Lexus Teases Smokin' Hoverboard


Some said it could never be done. Some said it would be at least another half century before someone could develop an actual hoverboard. However, Toyota on Wednesday announced that a division of its Lexus arm has built a prototype of a hoverboard, one that truly leverages magnetic levitation. Superconductors, cooled by liquid nitrogen, and permanent magnets give lift to what Lexus billed as one of the most advanced hoverboards ever constructed. Natural bamboo and a spindle grille give it what the company described as a "uniquely Lexus" look.

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09:01
9to5Toys Last Call: Logitech UE MINI BOOM $50, LG 49...

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:
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09:00
Office 365 Developer Podcast: Episode 051 on Office...

In this episode, Jeremy Thake and Richard DiZerega talk to Chris Johnson, Andrew Connell, Eric Shupps and Rob Windsor about the upcoming Office UI Fabric that is being privately tested right now.

http://officeblogspodcastswest.blob.core.windows.net/podcasts/EP51_OfficeUIFabric.mp3

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09:00
Bringing Sway apps to more platforms and devices

When we launched Sway Preview, our first priority was ensuring anybody could use the rich Sway web experience in any modern browser, regardless of whether you’re on a PC, Mac or tablet. That way, the broadest amount of people could use Sway to quickly create and share polished, interactive reports, presentations, personal stories and more.

Every day, people also use native apps to get stuff done on their tablets, phones and other devices. Office has spent the last year bringing productivity applications like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote to all major devices and platforms. Sway for iPhone is already available, and we’ve heard your feedback loud and clear that you’re eager for Sway apps on more devices and platforms. So today, we’re excited to share more news and a...

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09:00
Redefining the purity ring

"I know that we can't change people's behavior," says Irina Rymshina, "but in later life they may want children and they certainly don't want cancer. I think that we can help them." She's talking about Hoope, a wearable device that, it's hoped, will ...

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09:00
Artists to get their 0.2 cents worth during Apple...

With five more days until Apple Music debuts on June 30, details are beginning to come out about what exactly Apple will pay artists during the three-month free trial period. According to an article in The New York Times which cited music executives, the deal with record labels will result in Apple paying 0.2 cents per play for songs streamed during the free trial. That rate is on par with the free tier rates paid by competing services like Spotify.

Artists and songwriters will actually make quite a bit less; that fee is reportedly pre-tax, meaning that after value-added taxes are levied in European countries, up to an addition 25 percent could be lopped off. 

Apple is also paying a smaller fee to music publishers for songwriting rights, with negotiations still underway as the date for Apple Music's launch draws closer. ...

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08:58
Taylor Swift brings '1989' to Apple Music...

Taylor Swift demonstrated her power in the entertainment industry when she wrote an open, widely publicized letter to Apple slamming the company for not paying artists during Apple Music's three-month trial period for each new customer. Apple quickly...

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08:54
∞ Arnold Schwarzenegger goes undercover as the...

Schwarzenegger may be a real life jerk but he is a publicity machine and will do whatever it takes to promote his projects. This is a great stunt. I can’t wait to see the movie. The theme music alone gives me chills.

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08:53
Taylor Swift 'happily' bringing...

Pop megastar Taylor Swift will allow Apple Music to stream her latest album --?called 1989 --?after the company altered its stance on payments to rights holders during the free trial period, a major coup for the company's new streaming service.

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08:41
Amazon's Treasure Truck is like an ice cream...

You can't really accuse Amazon of being afraid to try something new. While we await drone-powered deliveries, Amazon is launching a new service called "Treasure Truck" that's basically the equivalent of a neighborhood ice cream truck for killer deals...

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08:35
Jawbone's Up3 fitness band hits the UK just...

At long last, Jawbone's Up3 fitness tracker is available in the UK. It's been almost eight months since the health band was first announced, so we suspect many Brits have forgotten about it entirely or bought something else instead. Still, while we w...

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08:32
Taylor Swift says her album ‘1989’ will be on Apple...

Taylor Swift has answered one of the last remaining questions about Apple Music before it launches: her popular album 1989 will be available on Apple Music when it launches on Tuesday. The development follows Swift’s high profile letter to Apple over how artists would be paid during the streaming service’s 3-month free trial. Apple later reversed its decision announcing it would pay artists during the trial....

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08:31
Taylor Swift to Stream Top-Selling Album '1989...

Taylor Swift has decided to stream her most recent best-selling album "1989" on Apple Music when the music service launches on June 30 next week, just days after Apple reversed course and agreed to pay artists and rights holders on a per-stream basis during the free three-month trial period -- specifically, Apple will pay 0.2 cents for each song streamed during a customer's trial.

Swift says that she has not reached an exclusive deal with Apple Music like Pharrell Williams has for his upcoming single "Freedom" previewed at WWDC, noting that her decision was purely because it was "the first time it's felt right" for her to stream her album. "...

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08:30
External Link: Apple Bans the Confederate Battle...

Apple has removed from the App Store any app that prominently features the Confederate battle flag (though upon a casual search, there appear to be a few that Apple missed). The flag has been increasingly under fire in the wake of the racially motivated church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, and retailers such as Amazon, eBay, and Walmart have withdrawn sales of items depicting it. However, some say that Apple has gone too far, since the ban also includes a number of Civil War games that used the flag in a historical context, some of which were used by educators.

 

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08:30
Beats 1 to feature celebrity shows

The launch of Apple's 24-hour global radio station, Beats 1, is still few days away, and The New York Times as a few details on what we can expect. Specifically, it seems music celebrities will plan and host their own shows, including Elton John, Drake, Disclosure, St. Vincent, Josh Homme, and Pharrell Williams. These shows will cover one- and two-hour blocks outside of shows hosted by the station's regular DJs.

Our take on the news...

Back when I was a Sirius subscriber (before it became Sirius XM), this very thing was a big draw for me. Conversation, insights and music hand-chosen by my favorite musicians? Yes, please. 

Image credit: New York Times

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08:22
UberPOP ban proposed in France as protests block...

In response to taxi driver's protesting UberPOP by blocking major transportation routes in France, the country's interior minister proposed a nationwide ban on the service. Taxi drivers completely plugged up access to Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and Orly...

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08:20
Roxio’s Toast 14 for Mac adds easy audio capture,...

Roxio this week released two new versions of its popular Toast app for managing media on the Mac. Toast 14 Titanium and Toast 14 Pro are out now and include a list of new features for handling media on the desktop and bringing it with you on mobile devices…

With Toast 14 Titanium, the software is gaining a new importer assistant for capturing and enhancing audio from sources like tapes and streams for adding to iTunes, a new DVD creator with templates similar to Apple’s long-discontinued iDVD app, and support for creating media formatted for the iPad, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus screen resolutions. Here’s what’s new for Titanium:

  • New! Toast Audio Assistant: Import audio from almost anywhere-LPs, tapes, microphone sound, or streamed-then edit,...
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08:18
The three-year journey to multitasking and...

ars.AD.queue.push(["xrailTop", {sz:"300x250", kws:[], collapse: true}]);iOS 9 is giving the iPad some of the attention it needs, especially if you’re the kind of person who’s using it as a laptop replacement. The software keyboard is better. Support for physical keyboards is better. And, most importantly, we’ll be able to use that big screen to look at more than one app at a time.

This may feel like a big change for the platform, but in reality, Apple has been laying the groundwork for multitasking apps since at least iOS 6. Developers have had to change their apps a lot in the last two years, between iOS 7’s new aesthetic and the introduction of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. If they’ve been making those changes according to Apple’s best practices, then they’re already done most of the work to make their apps multitasking-capable.

We’ll take a quick look at the existing technologies Apple is using to enable multitasking on the iPad, and then we...

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08:13
Apple pulls Civil War games from App Store in...

Apple appears to have removed most or all content from the App Store that features a Confederate flag, even games which only feature the flag in a historical war context, it was discovered on Thursday.

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08:00
Apple snags Pharrell exclusive (sort of) for Apple...

Apple is preparing to launch its new streaming music service with an exclusive track from eleven-time Grammy award winner Pharrell Williams, reports Philip Elmer-DeWitt of Fortune. Williams teased the launch with a 15-second clip of his new song Freedom that he posted on Twitter with the tag line, Only on Apple Music June 30th.

Freedom. June 30th @AppleMusic
https://t.co/82MceAkbRe

— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) June 23, 2015

Apple highlighted the song in an advertisement from WWDC that is now on the company's YouTube channel. A full-length...

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08:00
At E3, I saw the missing pieces of the VR puzzle

The excitement around virtual reality may have started when Sony unveiled Project Morpheus last year, but last week's E3 was its coming out party. The thing is, I've been around long enough to remember the hype and subsequent commercial flatline over...

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07:57
Zane Lowe, the D.J. scratching out Beats 1 for Apple

The new York Times:

For the last 12 years, Mr. Lowe has been a top tastemaker on the BBC’s Radio 1 by championing brand-new music, landing interviews with stars like Kanye West and running his show with a frenetic production style inspired by hip-hop itself. Now he is preparing for a much broader role as the guiding voice of Beats 1, a free Internet radio station from Apple that on Tuesday will begin broadcasting to smartphones and laptops around the world — an experiment, of sorts, to reinvent live radio.

I hope we see profiles of the other two featured DJs for Beats 1. This is an aspect of Apple Music I find especially interesting and, I think, will make or break the service.

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07:51
Apple decides on royalty rate of 0.2 cents per play...

Apple’s decided on a royalty amount to pay the artists on Apple Music during its 90-day free trial.

And that number is 0.2 cents per play.

The New York Times is reporting that music executives close to the story have stated that Apple has negotiated 0.2 cents per play with the record labels. The amount is comparable to free tier rates paid by competing streaming services.

In addition to the per-play fee, Apple is also paying a smaller sum to publishers for songwriting rights. Publishing companies confirmed that negotiations are still in flux less than one week from Apple Music’s launch.

On Tuesday, Apple inked...

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07:41
Designer uses algorithms to create unique knit...

If you fall within the intersection of a Venn diagram, wherein circle A is labeled "knitting enthusiast" and circle B is "math geek," then you've got to see this Kickstarter campaign. It's called KnitYak, and its creator promises 100 percent unique b...

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07:35
Apple’s iCloud Calendar + Reminders web apps are...

No word on Apple’s official iCloud system status page, but the Calendar and Reminders web apps on iCloud.com are currently down as several readers have pointed out. We’ve tested it here and the above error was returned. Apple’s iMessage service suffered a similar outage earlier this week with users reporting widespread downtime. Other iCloud web apps appear to be working properly. We’ll keep an eye on the outage and update if anything changes, but if you’re seeing the outage it’s not just you.

Filed under: Apps Tagged: calendar, icloud, iCloud outage, outage,...

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07:20
Beats 1 to Include Programming Blocks From...

News has been swirling around the impending launch of Apple's new streaming music service, Apple Music, for a few weeks now. This morning, it was revealed that rapper Eminem will be the first official guest interviewed by DJ Zane Lowe on the Beats 1 live 24/7 radio show, setting up for a launch next Tuesday, June 30. Today, thanks to an in-depth post from The New York Times, new details regarding the show's programming schedule and celebrity partners have been revealed.

Lowe envisions Beats 1 as a sort of social media platform for music, a place where users worldwide can flock to in search of new song discoveries and celebrity interviews and news, akin to platforms like Twitter and Instagram. To tackle such a task, Beats 1 will be broken down into one- and two-...

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07:19
New, faster Qi wireless charging spec could get an...

The Wireless Power Consortium has updated its popular Qi wireless power specification to include a new 15-watt fast charging mode, meaning that if Apple eventually does choose to expand the availability of wireless charging across its product range, it could do so with no detriment to charging times.

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07:06
T-Mobile’s new ‘Jump! On Demand’ plan lets you...

T-Mobile is upgrading its Jump plan introduced two years ago to allow subscribers to move to new smartphones more frequently than before. The new Jump On Demand option lets you lease a smartphone for a small monthly fee, then trade it in for a new smartphone up to three times per year at no additional cost. For example, a base model iPhone 6 would cost $15 per month to lease with Jump On Demand after trading in an eligible smartphone.

Without upgrading, leasing that iPhone 6 through Jump On Demand would carry the monthly fee for 18 months. Then T-Mobile will provide a purchase option, $164 in the case of the iPhone 6, if you choose to keep the leased device as owned.

The appeal of Jump On Demand,...

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07:05
Beats 1 to feature celebrity shows hosted by Elton...

Apple will indeed have a number of mainstream musicians host shows on Beats 1 including Drake, Disclosure, St. Vincent, Josh Homme, Pharrell Williams, and Elton John, a report said on Thursday.

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07:01
Kwilt photo sharing keyboard for iOS now in beta...

KwiltKeys, created by Kwilt, is the world's first all-in-one photo sharing keyboard for iOS devices.

KwiltKeys gives iPhone and iPad owners access to their photos from any source, including the camera roll, Instagram, Facebook, Dropbox, Flickr, Photobucket, Google+ and more all in one place right at their fingertips.

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07:00
Apple Beats 1 advertising lands at Times Square

Apple is pulling out all the stops when it comes to its advertising campaign for its new Apple Music service and Beats 1 radio station. Not only is the company debuting the streaming service with an exclusive track from pop star Pharrell Williams, the company also is taking out a large advertisement in the center of Times Square as tweeted by Zane Low and reported by 9to5Mac. The billboard promotes the worldwide availability and always-on broadcast of the new online music channel. Notably missing from the advertisement is the Apple logo, which Apple has decided not to include in this part of the campaign.

The new Apple Music service with the Beats 1 channel will debut on June 30th. Apple Music will cost $9.99 per month for an individual plan with a family...

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06:51
Apple seemingly joining Confederate flag boycott as...

A couple of days after Zac Hall called for Apple to join large retailers like Walmart, Target, Sears, Amazon and eBay in withdrawing from selling items featuring the Confederate flag, Apple appears to be working on doing just that.

Touch Arcade noticed that many Civil War games like Ultimate General: Gettysburg and the Hunted Cow series have all disappeared. An App Store search for ‘Confederate’ on Tuesday found plenty of games featuring the flag, while the same search today appears to show only apps dealing with the history (such as the reference work shown) above. All of the games shown in Tuesday’s search (below) have been removed...

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06:46
TinyKeep invades the Mac and iOS devices

Digital Tribe Games' TinyKeep game (http://digitaltribegames.com/tinykeep/) is now available for Mac OS X and iOS at, respectively, the Mac App Store and Apple App Store for $7.99 and $4.99.

Here's how the game is described: "Gamers will assume the role of the hopeless prisoner who must escape TinyKeep. Players lure monsters into traps, knock over torches to set the dungeon alight and free prisoners to help them in their escape. There are many ways to survive the TinyKeep, and many ways to die.

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06:45
News: Apple publishes detailed list of Siri HomeKit...

Apple has updated its support document on HomeKit, adding a full list of voice commands that can be used with Siri to control HomeKit compatible accessories. Standard commands include obvious ones such as “Turn on the lights,” “Turn off the lights,” and “Set the brightness to 50%,” however, the document also illustrates some more advanced commands that can be used with defined rooms or scenes to say things like…

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06:43
Apple Removes Civil War Games From App Store Over...

Apple has removed seemingly all Civil War games from the App Store for displaying the Confederate Flag in "offensive and mean-spirited ways," our sister website TouchArcade has learned. Apple has sent a removal letter to affected developers to inform them that their app does not comply with Section 19.1 of the App Store Review Guidelines."19.1 Apps containing references or commentary about a religious, cultural or ethnic group that are defamatory, offensive, mean-spirited or likely to expose the targeted group to harm or violence will be rejected."MacRumors did a spot check of the App Store and can confirm that Apple has removed dozens of Civil War games depicting the Confederate Flag, which has been at the center of a racial controversy ignited by a Charleston, South...

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06:43
With iPhone & Apple Watch, Apple playing a key...

With the iPhone an everyday part of millions of consumers' lives, and now the debut of the Apple Watch, healthcare professionals believe that Apple is a pivotal part in what they see as the "consumerization" of healthcare, driven by easy access to health-related data.

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06:34
News: Apple to pay 0.2 cents per song during Apple...

Apple will be paying royalties of 0.2 cents for each song that is streamed from Apple Music during the service’s three-month trial period, The New York Times reports. While the company had originally not planned to compensate artists during the free trial period for its new streaming music service, it reversed course earlier this week following an open letter from Taylor Swift castigating the company for its unwillingness to support struggling…

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06:17
HDI PCB Manufacturers Cheer as they Up Production...

According to a new supply chain report, the upcoming iPhone 6S series from Apple will feature Force Touch technology which will demand more ...

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06:10
Here’s Apple’s full list of supported Siri HomeKit...

With the first products using Apple’s HomeKit platform for home automation accessories arriving earlier this month, Apple has updated its support page detailing a full list of supported Siri commands.

The Siri commands, which will act as the main method of controlling HomeKit accessories, include many that you’d expect such as ones for turning accessories on or off or adjusting settings, but also a long list of commands that will be used...

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06:07
Rapper will.i.am dismisses Apple Watch as “weird”...


will.i.am seen with Angela Ahrendts at last year’s Apple Watch event

Musician and former Beats shareholder will.i.am said that seeing someone in a gym with an iPhone 6 strapped to their arm while wearing an Apple Watch made him think “that s*** is weird,” reports the NY Post.

The comment – made at the Cannes Lions festival where Apple won an award for its Shot on iPhone campaign – was probably not what Apple had in mind when the company invited him to the launch of the Watch last year.

You don’t have to look too far to see why he would want to diss the Watch, however: he...

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06:03
News: VOXOA Waterproof Bluetooth Earbuds

In today’s iLounge Deal we’re offering the VOXOA Water-Resistant Bluetooth Earbuds for only $64.99 – 50% off the regular price. These premium stereo earbuds are designed to handle your workouts and rainstorms, with every playlist you throw at them. Crystal clear sound gives wired earphones a run for their money, and advanced Clear Voice Capture technology provides uninterrupted phone communication. You can listen for up to six hours…

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06:00
New Samsung ad portrays Apple fans as cable-tangled...

Samsung continues its years-long advertising campaign against Apple fans with the release of its latest Galaxy S6 commercial. The latest volley portrays the group as bumbling idiots always tripping over their tangled changing cables. While poking fun at competitors, the new "Change the Way you Charge" ad points out the benefits of the built-in inductive charging offered by the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge.

Our take on the news:

Charge, schmarge. I'll happily carry a single lightning cable that'll charge all my iOS devices any day over Samsung's wireless charging solution that is only supported by the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones.

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05:39
Apple Invents a Method for the iPhone to Locate...

Apple notes in a newly published patent application that mobile devices are often configured with hardware and software for determining a location of mobile devices. Typical location determining mechanisms use signals received from global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) ...

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05:34
Spotify hits back at Apple Music 3-month free trial...

Spotify appears to be feeling the heat from the impending launch of Apple Music. While it currently offers U.S. consumers a trial of three months for $0.99, most other countries are offered only a one month free trial – which it has just doubled to two months in a bunch of other countries.

It was confirmed this morning that Apple would be taking the same approach as Spotify in effectively paying labels a 35% royalty – half the going rate – during its own three-month free trial.

I recently outlined my reasons for believing Spotify will really...

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05:11
Toast Titanium 14.0 - The ultimate media toolkit;...

Toast Titanium goes way beyond the very basic burning in the Mac OS and iLife software, and sets the standard for burning CDs, DVDs, and now Blu-ray discs on the Mac. Create superior sounding audio CDs with smooth crossfades and transitions. Enjoy your TV shows anywhere with exclusive TiVoToGo and EyeTV burning. Convert and export video for an iPod, PSP, mobile phone, and more. Burn files of any size, and automatically catalog the contents of your discs. Copy your audio CDs, movies and DVDs. There is no easier or faster way to save, share, and enjoy your digital media on disc.



Version 14.0:

Note: Version 14 is a paid upgrade of $59.99 for Toast and $99.99 for Toast Pro.

  • Capture, edit and enhance audio with Toast Audio Assistant
  • Advanced DVD authoring capability with Toast MyDVD
  • Device support for conversion, including iPhone 6 and SamSung Galaxy S6



  • OS X 10....

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04:59
The chemical tech that gives the the Apple Watch...

The Apple Watch Sport band may have been dismissed by some as something that likely costs just $2.05 to make, but it appears that some clever chemical tech goes into its design. Patently Apple drew our attention to an Apple patent application that appears to describe the Sport band.

The method includes creating an inner layer of the woven fabric band with the inner layer having a first temperature melting point. In certain embodiments, a sheath surrounds the inner layer. Further, the sheath has a second temperature melting point that is different from the temperature melting point...

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04:55
Red Giant to produce new Film Team Experiments each...

Red Giant's film team (www.redgiant.com) will be producing new Film Team Experiments each month.

Packed with visual effects and running at under 60-seconds each, these short films will be accompanied by a behind-the-scenes breakdown that walks viewers through the filmmaking and post-production process. Every Film Team Experiment will feature visual effects techniques — both practical and CGI — that achieve Hollywood-quality results on a small budget, says Aharon Rabinowitz, executive producer at Red Giant Films.

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04:24
Wearables in Automotive: A Solution In Search Of a...

A recent study from the In-vehicle UX group at Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com) surveying consumers in the US and Western Europe has confirmed low interest in wearables for automotive use-cases.

While younger males and luxury car owners appeared to be most interested in the US, strong interest was below 20% across all Western European segments. Despite the market for wearables (and in particular smartwatches) poised for strong growth, wearables in automotive remain arguably a solution in search of a problem.

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04:24
Wearables in Automotive: A Solution In Search Of a...

A recent study from the In-vehicle UX group at Strategy Analytics (www.strategyanalytics.com) surveying consumers in the US and Western Europe has confirmed low interest in wearables for automotive use-cases.

While younger males and luxury car owners appeared to be most interested in the US, strong interest was below 20% across all Western European segments. Despite the market for wearables (and in particular smartwatches) poised for strong growth, wearables in automotive remain arguably a solution in search of a problem.

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04:24
Apple inventions hint at next-level iOS geofencing...

A pair of Apple patent applications published Thursday point to ongoing research in mobile device location sharing, one being an augmentation of existing iOS geofencing technology, and another detailing an entirely new form of indoor request-and-answer location notifications reliant on node-based triangulation.

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04:14
Kool Tools: QNAP TS-431U NAS

QNAP Systems (www.qnap.com) 4-bay TS-431U Turbo NASoffers optimal price/performance in a 1U network storage server chassis for file sharing, backup, synchronization, and more. Featuring an advanced Freescale dual-core 1.2GHz processor and 1GB DDR3 RAM, itdelivers solid multi-tasking performance as a business NAS, enhancing productivity and providing a private cloud for easily and securely accessing data.

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04:03
Apple Describes the Creation of the Band for Apple...

On June 25, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals how they invented Apple Watch bands such as the one for Apple Watch Sport.

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02:00
New flagship Union Square Apple Store beginning to...

Walls are beginning to rise at the site of Apple's new flagship store at Union Square in San Francisco, three blocks away from the company's existing flagship store at Stockton and Market Street (which the new location will replace next summer).

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01:00
“From Inside the Cloud” goes outside the box on...

Todays’ post was written by Vijay Kumar, the senior product marketing manager for Office 365 Security.

If you’ve been following the From Inside the Cloud video series, you know we regularly bring you an insider’s view from the people who design, build and manage security, privacy and compliance in Office 365.

The recent RSA 2015 Conference in San Francisco prompted us to go outside the box to present over 20 sessions on the technologies and operational practices that Microsoft employs to protect your data in the cloud.

We recorded several sessions, which are now available for you to view on the Office 365 Trust Center:

Why trust Microsoft cloud services?—David Cross and Vijay Kumar
David and Vijay share an overview of the operating principles and no-standing-access approach to limit the ability to...

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Wednesday June 24

21:41
With IBM partnership, Box thinks beyond cloud...

After announcing its landmark partnership with IBM on Tuesday, cloud-based content management firm Box elaborated on what iOS users -- and developers building on Box's platform -- can expect when the first jointly developed products hit market later this year, and intra-office file sharing is just the tip of the iceberg.

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20:15
How It’s Made: Beats Headphones

I don’t think Beats sound particularly good, but it’s an interesting article.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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18:54
Apple to reportedly pay 0.2 cents per song for Apple...

As Apple Music nears its June 30 debut more information is coming out regarding Apple's fee structure as applied to the service's 90-day free trial, with reports on Wednesday now pegging the number at 0.2 cents per play.

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18:30
Apple Paying 0.2 Cents for Each Song Streamed Free...

Apple will pay record labels 0.2 cents for each song that customers stream for free during the three-month Apple Music free trial, reports The New York Times. The rate is similar to what Spotify pays out for songs accessed through its free streaming tier and does not include a smaller payment made to music publishers for songwriting rights.

Apple is still working to complete deals with publishers, but a second report from Billboard suggests the company may pay out an additional 0.047 cents per stream for song rights, for a total payment of approximately 0.247 cents for each song an Apple Music user listens to.

Though Apple did ...

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18:22
Hands-on: WatchPlate’s rose gold treatment...

Nope, I haven’t caved to temptation and bought a $10,000 gold Apple Watch (waiting for gen-2…kidding!) … that’s a $549 stainless steel Apple Watch that met WatchPlate’s plating service to create a rose gold version with stunning resemblance to the Apple Watch Edition.

Last month we unboxed the first 42mm Apple Watch “3rd-party gold-plated edition” with Link Bracelet, a yellow gold version that looks like the ones only celebrities like Beyonce have, and today we’re taking a look at WatchPlate’s rose gold plating on a 38mm Apple Watch with Classic Buckle and Sport band. Check out our hands-on photos below:...

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17:59
Macworld’s July Digital Edition: which laptop has...

Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld Digital Edition.

Available as single copies or with a yearlong subscription, the Digital Edition comes in two forms: Enhanced and PDF replica. The Enhanced Edition has all the news, analysis, product reviews, and how-to’s, along with interactive features, videos, and slideshows—customized for consumption on your iPad. The PDF replica Edition is designed for your mobile device’s touchscreen to allow pinch and zoom.

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

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17:04
Groupon's Apple Watch App is now available on...

According to a new report, "Groupon’s deal-finding iOS application was updated today to include support for Apple Watch.

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16:42
Are T-Mobile iPhones cursed with crashes and blue...

Today I noticed that every time I pulled my T-Mobile iPhone out of my pocket and tried to use it, I couldn’t use Touch ID and had to enter my passcode. I didn’t give it a second thought, since I was so focused on doing what I wanted to do on my iPhone.

But then I saw the following tweet from MacRumors:

T-Mobile iPhone Users Seeing Frequent Random Restarts and Blue Screens http://t.co/XntijFd2bP by @julipuli

— MacRumors.com (@MacRumors) June 24, 2015

And it all started to make sense. To see if that’s why I kept having to enter a passcode, I placed my iPhone on my desk and left it on. It crashed with a blue screen of death four times in 45 minutes. It also crashed while I used different apps.

...

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16:33
Anyone trying out El Capitan?

Forums: Software

Anyone trying out the new release?

Note: this year is different from the past and the developer forums are indexed by the major search engines, so anything discussed there is not as restricted as years past.

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16:04
Apple Music ad blitz moves to Times Square with...

In preparation of the upcoming Apple Music launch on June 30, Apple installed a gigantic billboard in Times Square this week advertising its unique live-streaming Beats 1 radio service.

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16:02
∞ The Dalrymple Report with Merlin Mann: It Started...

Essential apps, what makes a great app, and some stuff about KISS.

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15:56
It appears that Samsung has just copied another...

In 2005, Apple filed a patent for a very futuristic type of system that would be able to control a television or a display for a presentation that used a 3D holographic space in front of the user ...

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15:51
Dropbox boasts 400 million users but rivals are...

Dropbox made itself a household name by giving away cloud storage. The eight-year-old company, valued at $10 billion, had 300 million registered users a year ago; now it’s got 400 million. Its two-year-old effort to make money from business users has been less impressive. While Dropbox led the $904 million global market for business file-sharing last year with about a 24 percent share, No. 2 Box and No. 3 Microsoft each took about 21 percent and doubled their slice of the pie, growing almost twice as fast, according to researcher IDC.

Dropbox is hugely popular, but it seems clear they need to figure out this sales strategy quickly.

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15:28
Apple CEO Tim Cook invited to attend Sun Valley...

Apple CEO Tim Cook is reportedly on the list to make a return appearance at this year's Sun Valley conference in Idaho next month, where media and tech moguls meet to take in lectures, participate in roundtables and broker deals.

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15:17
External Link: Take a Virtual Climb Up El Capitan

Google Maps has created a virtual climb up El Capitan. No, not the upcoming OS X release, but the actual rock formation in Yosemite National Park. Using Google Street View, you can experience more than 20 panoramic images taken by climbers who scaled the rock.

 

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14:37
T-Mobile iPhone Users Seeing Frequent Random...

A growing number of T-Mobile iPhone users are complaining about seeing frequent restarts and "blue screens of death" on their devices, a problem that seems to have begun very recently. MacRumors has received several complaints from readers, and there are also numerous reports of problems on Twitter, Facebook, and reddit.

Affected users are experiencing a split second blue screen that's followed by their devices restarting, and it appears most people who are seeing issues are T-Mobile customers that began having problems last night or this morning.

Known devices with problems include the iPhone 6 Plus, the iPhone 6, and the iPhone 5s, with restarts happening at 10 to 30 minute intervals. Multiple versions of iOS...

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14:10
iBooks and iBooks Store: Parental Controls in iOS 6

Learn more about Parental Controls for books in iOS 6.

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13:44
Devialet Wants You to Experience an Emotional Sound...


Capable of pushing out sound levels that approach the edge of the infrasound spectrum, Devialet's Phantom speaker system finally reached the U.S. market last week. The 740 watt, 99 db base model, the Phantom, will sell for $1,990; the 3,000 watt, 105 dB Phantom Silver will sell for $2,390. Devialet will begin fulfilling U.S. preorders for the hi-fi speakers this September. Echoing the strategy that ultimately earned Beats a spot on Apple's team, Devialet is providing a step up for audio enthusiasts who want higher sound fidelity.

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12:45
App Store's Emphasis on Chart Positioning...

When the App Store launched in 2008, it provided an exciting new way for developers to distribute third-party apps and games on the iPhone. With the release of iPhone OS 2.0, developers were no longer constrained to web apps and could take advantage of the possibilities afforded through fully native apps. At the time, it was an exciting and opportunistic new chapter for iPhone users, developers and mobile gaming websites.

As the App Store continues to grow in size, however, the landscape has begun to change. While the App Store was once a relatively even playing field, with a balanced mix of indie developers, mid-size studios and large publishers, the storefront now suffers from increasing disparity, a problem that is suffocating for many developers, enthusiast media publications and the broader ecosystem.

Clash of Clans, Game of War and Candy Crush Saga are top grossing iPhone apps
The shift away from paid apps towards free apps monetized with in-...

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12:30
The Week in iOS Accessories: Like an Apple Watch for...

Getting an earful

This week’s roundup includes the Jabra Sport Coach, earbuds that can also measure your athletic performance. Like some other new device we’ve been hearing about.

USBFever

The $12 Clip-on Super Wide Angle Lens works with both late-generation iPhone and iPad models. It easily clips on to offer a wide-angle view for your device’s camera, and you can order additional lenses that fit the clip.

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12:17
Today in the App Store, featuring Shifts – Shift...

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 Shifts – Shift Worker Calendar; the new Really. app ; and an update to Perfect Weather. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Nearly - Smart Location Reminders [$1.99 → Free] Nearly is a simple way to create smart location reminders.

Vintique [$0.99 → Free] Vintique provides awesome vintage filters and powerful image editing tools.

Halftone 2 - Comic Book Creator [$1.99 → Free] Easily turn your photos into comic...

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12:16
Facebook Messenger apps to allow chatting without a...

Facebook on Thursday announced that new Messenger users will soon be able to sign up without a Facebook account, potentially expanding the reach of the chat service.

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12:01
Article: CE Week 2015: IK Multimedia, Monowear’s...

Continuing our coverage of CE Week in Manhattan, we were able to stop by and talk with a number of other interesting companies developing new accessories for the iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Apple Watch. Monowear has just launched the first third-party Apple Watch bands that we’ve seen in public. The company’s “Outdoor” bands start at $60, with leather bands priced at $80, metal mesh for $90, and metal link bands in the $100-$120…

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12:00
Office Online makes formatting easy

Document imperfections can be distracting. Rather than producing more new content, you might spend time fixing a typo, correcting a formatting error, or moving a graphic. Over the next few weeks, Office Online is rolling out updates to eliminate these distractions to keep you focused on what matters.

Watch this short video to see all the new features:

Text formatting

Office Online is releasing new autocorrect features. The first implementation will make straightforward changes such as capitalizing the first letter of a sentence. In the coming weeks, you will see more advanced automatic formatting such as transforming two hyphens into a dash—just like you’d expect in Word.

Word Online is also adding the Format Painter, a popular office tool that can streamline document design. Format Painter allows you to copy formatting from the selected content (Ctrl + Shift + C) and paste it onto a different set of content (Ctrl + Shift + V).

Object formatting...

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11:53
Apple debuts massive Beats 1 advertisement in Times...

Ahead of its launch next week, Apple today has launched a new ad for Beats 1 in Times Square in New York City. Zane Lowe, who will be one of three hosts on Apple’s 24/7 streaming station Beats 1, tweeted the above image of the advertisement.

The promotional image touts that Beats 1 is worldwide and always on, two of the qualities Apple discussed heavily when it unveiled Apple Music at WWDC. What’s weird about the Times Square advertisement, however, is that there is no Apple logo anywhere on the monumental display. There’s only a Beats logo, albeit slightly modified, the “Worldwide. Always on.” tagline, and the June 30th launch date. It’s a risky move by Apple not...

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11:43
Apple’s Lisa Jackson to lead all of Apple’s social...

The Washington Post:

Lisa Jackson, former head of the Environmental Protection Agency and Apple’s top executive on environmental issues, will become the company’s lead on all policy initiatives, including the environment, education and accessibility. Her new title will be the vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives.

In a memo to employees, Apple chief executive Tim Cook said that Jackson’s new role is in line with the company’s dedication to “leaving the world better than we found it.”

Another good sign that Apple’s commitment to environment issues isn’t just lip service. Even better, they wisely see this as part of making the company better and more successful.

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11:37
iOS 9 Policy Change Prevents Advertisers From Seeing...

Apple is planning to introduce some important new policy changes that will extend its user privacy protections, reports The Information (via Business Insider). With iOS 9, Apple will no longer allow advertisers to access app download data for ad targeting purposes, meaning companies will not be able to see all of the apps that are downloaded on a user's device.

Currently, companies like Twitter and Facebook are able to see which apps you have downloaded on your iPhone or iPad, sometimes using that information to deliver targeted ads. In The Information's example, Facebook and Twitter might use your app data to see that you have a lot of games downloaded, offering up an ad for a game you don't yet have installed.

Advertisers are misusing a communication API in iOS called...

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11:34
Kenwood ships its first aftermarket receivers...

Kenwood on Wednesday began shipping two new dash receivers, the DDX9902S and DDX9702S, expanding aftermarket support for Apple CarPlay beyond Alpine and Pioneer units for the first time.

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11:14
iOS 9 FAQ

Rene Ritchie put together an FAQ of Apple’s new iOS.

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10:59
Get help with your keyboard on your iPhone, iPad, or...

iOS supports multiple languages and dialects, offering international keyboards and dictionaries. You can use the built-in keyboards in all apps, and you can change between multiple international keyboards.

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10:55
Apple expanding user privacy, will prevent iOS apps...

As part of a continued focus on protecting user privacy, Apple is reportedly planning to change a policy on third-party applications and prevent them from finding out what other apps are installed on an iPhone or iPad.

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10:32
Pharrell's 'Freedom' to be Apple...

Apple Music is getting its first exclusive song thanks to Pharrell Williams. His new song, "Freedom," will be available on Apple Music when the streaming music service launches on June 30, the artist announced on Twitter.

No word on how long the song will be an Apple Music exclusive — or whether Pharrell's upcoming album might be Apple Music only for a limited time. Apple is reportedly negotiating with other artists for exclusive releases.

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10:18
How to backup your iPhone to Apple's iCloud

When iPhone first launched, backing up data was a cumbersome process that required users to transfer their files to a Mac or PC via iTunes. Apple has since moved to the cloud with iCloud, providing an incredibly simple way to back up iPhones, iPads and iPods without a host computer.

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10:13
US, Brit Spooks Bedevil Security Software


The United States' National Security Agency and the UK's Government Communications Headquarters reportedly have been attacking antivirus and other security software since at least 2008. The aim is to infiltrate networks and track users. The agencies apparently have reverse-engineered security and antivirus software, sometimes under dubious legal authority, and monitored the vendors' Web and email traffic to subvert their products. One of their main targets has been Kaspersky Lab.

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10:00
Coming soon—new ways to achieve more in your...

Today’s post was written by Shanen Boettcher, general manager for Class Dashboard and School Information Sync.

Today, we are announcing the first phase of a Preview program for two new Education services: Microsoft Class Dashboard and Microsoft School Information Sync, which will be available to Office 365 Education users at no additional charge. Class Dashboard and School Information Sync simplify connections between systems, and simplify communication and collaboration between teachers and students. As a result, teachers have more time to focus on what they love—engaging with students—using Microsoft Office tools that they use every day.

Introducing School Information Sync

Schools and districts are looking for ways to ease the challenge of connecting their data and systems. School Information Sync automates and simplifies the complex and manual processes of connecting school Student Information System (SIS) data with educational apps and class...

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09:23
Magnets in devices might cause your Mac notebook...

Placing a device that contains a magnet under your Mac notebook computer or on its palm rest might cause your computer to sleep.

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09:20
Article: Live From CE Week 2015: Brand New iPad,...

Every year, Manhattan hosts CE Week — the official summertime event of the Consumer Electronics Association - and iLounge sponsors iLounge NYC, a dedicated area for Apple accessory makers. CE Week officially opens to attendees this morning, with exhibitions running through tomorrow afternoon. iLounge NYC is hosting a number of Apple accessory companies this year, and we’re live at CE Week checking out what’s new from them and other companies…

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09:08
Apple Music wins over indie labels with royalty...

Taylor Swift’s open letter to Apple may have sealed the deal on the company’s royalty payment reversal, but the independent artists and labels who had also protested Apple Music’s royalty-free 3-month trial also factored into Cupertino’s decision. Now Apple has convinced two major indie hold-outs to sign on with the streaming service just days before its launch.

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09:07
1Password for iOS updated to 5.4.3, includes bug...

1Password’s proven fairly infallible so far and its updates have been useful.

On that note, AgileBits announced the release of 1Password 5.4.3 for iOS. The new version offers the following fixes and changes:

1Password 5.4.3 retails for US$9.99 and requires iOS 8.0 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback to offer, let us know in the comments.

Via AgileBits

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09:00
Early look at Power BI updates and new customization...

On this week’s show, we invite Michael Tejedor back to give us an update on Power BI. Michael explains the options for connecting Power BI to the cloud and even on-premises data sources. We share news about content packs allowing you to connect and gain insights into data from popular cloud services immediately. Finally, Michael demonstrates the new push APIs to allow Power BI to display real-time data from IoT devices.

On previous shows, we’ve highlighted the capabilities of Power BI – from quickly gaining insights to vast amounts of operational data to new dashboard capabilities in the Power BI Preview. We’ve even used Power BI to help us predict the outcome of the El Clásico match between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona.

This week we also give a quick recap of the Power BI Preview with its new...

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09:00
Meet Twist, the AirPlay light-bulb speaker designed...

The connected home sounds like a pie-in-the-sky concept to apartment renters who can’t exactly invest in expensive hardware and rewire a place just to pack up and move after a year or two. But there are little ways to bring home automation into your temporary dwelling without huge costs up-front. Take Twist, a new LED light bulb that turns your lamp into a Jambox-style speaker using just AirPlay.

Twist is one of the simplest home automation products I’ve ever seen demoed. There’s no installation. There’s no hub.

“There’s literally no set-up,” said Shaun Springer, CEO of New York-based Astro, the home automation start-up behind Twist. “You don’t even have to put in a password.”

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08:56
Oh Flash. Sigh.

An evergreen blog post:

Adobe has released an emergency software patch for Flash after it found a serious vulnerability being exploited by hackers.

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08:55
System requirements for iCloud

This article provides the recommended system requirements and minimum system requirements for iCloud.

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08:42
News: Pharrell’s new single will be exclusive to...

Freedom. June 30th @AppleMusic
https://t.co/82MceAkbRe— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) June 23, 2015 In a teaser video posted on Twitter, Pharrell Williams reveals that his new single ‘Freedom’ will be exclusive to Apple Music and available on the subscription service’s June 30 launch date. Apple has locked down several celebrity guest DJs ahead of Apple Music’s debut and courted other artists for exclusive content…

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08:31
Adobe pushes Flash Player 18.0.0.194, cites security...

As useful as it may be, Adobe is still putting out fires with Flash Player.

The company issued a security update for its Flash Player on OS X, Windows, and Linux. In the bulletin, it cited that this update addresses a critical security vulnerability that could allow an attacker to gain control and take over an affected system.

While Adobe notes that hackers have most commonly taken advantage of this vulnerability with systems running Internet Explorer for Windows 7 and Firefox on Windows XP, the exploit affected all users. To combat the issue, the company has pushed the 18.0.0.194 build of Flash Player and is urging all users to update...

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08:23
Daily Deals for June 24, 2015, featuring OmniGraffle

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

AWT Featured App

  • OmniGraffle [Standard version starts at $49 for iOS, $99 for Mac] OmniGraffle is for creating precise, beautiful graphics. Like website wireframes, an electrical system design, a family tree, or mapping out software classes. For artists, designers, casual data-mappers, and everyone in-between.

Hardware and Accessory Deals

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08:17
Apple’s “World Gallery” campaign wins outdoor Lions...

Fast Company:

Apple’s “World Gallery” campaign, by agency TBWA\Media Arts Lab, that showcased iPhone photos taken by amateur and professional photographers around the world, has snapped the top prize in the Outdoor Lions at Cannes this year.

According to the jury president Juan Carlos Ortiz, creative chairman at DDB Americas, the judges didn’t so much choose “World Gallery,” it chose them. Praising the Grand Prix winner, Ortiz said: “It’s not just a great idea, it’s a game changer. It’s really opening a new way of doing things and changing behavior.”

Congratulations not just to Apple for the win but to all the photographers who had their work showcased. It really brought to the fore how a creative person with an iPhone can create amazing images.

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08:13
Apple begins labeling Apple Maps camera vans in US,...

The good news is that Apple is now labeling the camera-laden SUVs that may or may not be taking a picture of your house.

Weeks after confirming the existence of the vans, the minivans now sport a simple “Apple Maps” decal along the rear quarter panels, with the address of Apple’s Maps microsite below. Both decals appear to be set in Myriad, Apple’s marketing typeface of choice for years.

Apple has stated that data collected “will be used to improve Apple Maps,” and provides an up-to-date list of locales where data will be collected in the immediate future.

When the vans first appeared in February of this year, many believed they were acting as testbeds for a secretive...

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07:51
Apple Music signs Beggars Group, Merlin

Billboard:

Apple Music, the hardware giant’s soon-to-launch streaming service, has landed an eleventh-hour coup, striking deals with the independents’ digital rights organization Merlin and with Martin Mills’ indie powerhouse Beggars Group, sources tell Billboard. Label group PIAS has also announced it has signed on.

In a letter sent to Merlin members, CEO Charles Caldas writes, “I am pleased to say that Apple has made a decision to pay for all usage of Apple Music under the free trials on a per-play basis, as well as to modify a number of other terms that members had been communicating directly with Apple about. With these changes, we are happy to support the deal.”

I think independent music will be a big deal for Apple Music and, like many, am getting more and more excited to see what Apple Music will offer in terms of real world use.

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07:24
Pharrell Williams First to Announce an Exclusive...

Pharrell Williams has just announced that his upcoming song Freedom ...

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07:22
Apple Music picks up major indie labels following...

Taylor Swift isn't the only artist happy with Apple's decision to pay artists for songs played during Apple Music's three-month free trial: Billboard reports that major indie outfits Beggars Group and the Merlin Network have also made deals with Apple. Indie labels and artists had been fairly vocal about not wanting to sign up for the service, but it took a letter from Taylor Swift to actually change Apple's mind.

Swift's letter, which was published this past Sunday, stated that she would not be releasing her latest album 1989 to Apple Music because of the service's royalty-free...

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07:12
News: U.K. Apple Pay won’t require a PIN, but likely...

Apple has spelled out the requirements for using Apple Pay in the United Kingdom in an FAQ. Apple’s requirement that users enter their Touch ID or passcode for every purchase means using Apple Pay won’t require entering a separate PIN at the terminal, but at launch in July transactions will likely be limited to £20 or less at many retailers. While Apple Pay allows transactions of any amount, payments to retailers with most existing contactless…

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07:07
Use modern cryptographic practices when setting up...

To make sure that your iOS and OS X clients can connect to your server, use Diffie-Hellman keys with a group size of 2048 bits or greater.

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07:00
Office for Android phone is here!

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

Today I’m pleased to announce the general availability of the new Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps for Android phone. These join our previously released Office apps for Android tablets to complete the Office experience for the millions of Android users around the world. Download Word, Excel and PowerPoint on your Android phone today to get started.


Five weeks ago, we announced the...

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06:59
Kenwood's Aftermarket CarPlay and Android Auto...

Kenwood today announced that its two aftermarket CarPlay and Android Auto systems unveiled at CES 2015 are now shipping to retailers with a suggested price of $900 to $950 each. The Kenwood DDX9702S and Kenwood Excelon DDX9902S are the only aftermarket units that allow drivers to switch between CarPlay and Android Auto without having to manually change settings or reset the unit.

For CarPlay, the aftermarket systems use Siri voice control to provide hands-free access to Maps, Phone, Messages, Music, Podcasts and third-party apps such as Spotify, Rdio, iHeartRadio, CBS Radio and MLB At Bat. Similarly, Android Auto allows drivers to use Google voice to play and select music, receive directions and hear turn-by-turn navigation, while Google Now cards provide contextual location- and...

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06:46
New Estimates Released show that Samsung's...

Late on Monday a new report out of Korea potentially delivers disastrous news about the new Galaxy S6.

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06:45
News: Report: Apple Music cut deals with prominent...

With less than a week to go before launch of its new music service, Apple has now struck deals with indie label Beggars Group and digital rights organization Merlin, Billboard reports. Merlin CEO Charles Caldas sent a letter to members recommending the new arrangement now that Apple has agreed to pay royalties during the service’s three-month free trial, although financial terms were not disclosed. Apple’s pay rate for artists during the…

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06:30
Apple adds seven new Flyover locations to iOS and OS...

Apple this week expanded its Flyover support to include seven cities worldwide as the company strives to improve its mapping service. These new Flyover locations will be available to both iOS and OS X users and include the following cities:

  • Almería, Spain
  • Braga, Portugal
  • Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
  • Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Kiel, Germany
  • Kingston upon Hull, England
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico

Introduced in iOS 8, Flyover is a mapping feature that provides a 3D view of notable landmarks, buildings and points of interests in supported cities. It is only available in cities where high-resolution imagery and 3D modeling combine to provide a zoomed overhead view of a location of interest. 

Our take on the news:

Maps and Navigation are a highly competitive field, and it's nice to see Apple continuing to improve in...

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06:22
Apple's Lisa jackson takes on new duties

Apple says Lisa Jackson — now vice president of Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives — will taken on additional duties beyond company related environmental issues. She'll be responsible for all policy initiatives including worldwide government affairs, education, accessibility and social concerns.

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06:20
News: Apple already publishing iOS 9 Tips in latest...

Apple has already begun pushing out tips specific to iOS 9 in the second iOS 9 beta released yesterday. The built-in Tips app, which first appeared last year in the fourth iOS 8 beta, provides push-based tips to help illustrate useful features specific to Apple’s latest mobile operating system. So far, two iOS 9 specific tips have appeared in the latest beta, the first explaining how users can now search for a player or team to get the latest…

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06:10
Apple's Lisa Jackson Now Vice President of...

Apple yesterday updated its executive leadership webpage to reflect Lisa Jackson's new role as Vice President of Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives, following a leaked memo published by the Washington Post that detailed these changes. 

Jackson previously left her administrator position at the US Environmental Protection Agency and joined Apple in 2013 as the Vice President of Environmental Initiatives. Her expanded role for policy and social initiatives will allow Jackson to guide Apple's environmental efforts, educational policy programs, product accessibility work and global governmental affairs, says Apple.  

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06:09
News: Daily Deal: MFi-Certified 10-Ft iOS Lightning...

Today in iLounge Deals you can pick up a MFi-Certified 10-Ft iOS Lightning Cable for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod for only $18.99 – that’s over 50% off the normal price. This handy cable gives you the length you need to comfortably couch-surf from your iOS device without having to worry about running out of power or staying in close proximity to your wall outlets.

Get your MFi-Certified 10-Ft iOS Lightning Cable now for only $18.99...

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06:01
Apple Music strikes deals with independent label...

Apple has made deals with the independent label's digital rights organization Merlin and with Martin Mills’ indie powerhouse Beggars Group, reports Billboard (http://bit.ly/1Rw1nhW).

In a letter sent to Merlin members, CEO Charles Caldas writes, "I am pleased to say that Apple has made a decision to pay for all usage of Apple Music under the free trials on a per-play basis, as well as to modify a number of other terms that members had been communicating directly with Apple about. With these changes, we are happy to support the deal."

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05:56
Google eavesdropping tool installed on computers...

Some folks are calling this evil. I don’t think there’s any evil intent here, at least not on Google’s part. But the use of this approach to do evil is obvious.

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05:48
iOS 9 includes emergency space saving feature

A bit of a hack, made necessary by an OS update size that outgrew the smallest iOS device RAM size. But a terrific idea, nonetheless.

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05:40
Seven iOS web browsers compared

Kirk McElhearn takes a quick tour through seven (six, really) iOS browsers. Good to know the strengths and specialties of each.

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05:32
Serenitea is a great tea timer for iPhone and Apple...

Serenitiea ($0.99) is a simple, useful timer for iPhone and Apple Watch.

I don't like coffee; I like tea. There, I said it. Feels kind of good to get that off my chest, actually. Down with coffee!

While the process of brewing tea is less persnickety than producing a proper cup of coffee, there are a few things to keep in mind. Each type of tea wants a specific water temperature, steeping time and water-to-leaf ratio. This is where a simple app like Serenitea helps.

Looks

Talk about a clean, straight-forward look. Serenitea's main screen lists eight types of tea in a scrollable, legible list. The timing screen is just as pretty and clean, with a big 'ol, can't-miss-it timer and preparation suggestions.

Use

At the bottom of the screen you'll find the suggested leaf-to-water ratio and optimal water temperature. Tap either to change the unit of...

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05:25
Apple Maps adds 7 new city flyovers

Here’s the official flyover list, along with a quick “how to” on using flyover.

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05:15
Apple Music Lands Over 20,000 Indie Labels as...

Apple Music has signed two major indie music rights holders Beggars Group and Merlin Network, which represent over 20,000 indie labels and distributors, reports Billboard. The licensing agencies agreed to sign up for Apple Music after Apple changed course and agreed to pay artists on a per-stream basis during the streaming music service's three-month trial period.

British singer Adele is signed to Beggars Group label XL Recordings (via DeviantArt)"I am pleased to say that Apple has made a decision to pay for all usage of Apple Music under the free trials on a per-play basis, as well as to modify a number of...

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05:00
Apple’s New iPhone Dock Versus the Competition

Users of current-model iPhones finally have an Apple dock that also works with older iPhones, even those protected by cases. How does the iPhone Lightning Dock stack up to third-party cradles?

 

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04:09
Troi Automatisering updates Troi Dialog Plug-in,...

Troi Automatisering (www.troi.com) has rolled out updates for Troi Dialog Plug-in and Troi File Plug-in for FileMaker Pro 14.

Troi Dialog Plug-in is a tool for displaying all sorts of dialogs in FileMaker Pro. The text of the dialog and of the buttons can be created dynamically by using a calculation. Version 6.1.1 is a maintenance release.

A demo is available for download. The upgrade to version 6.1.1 is free for all users of version 6.0 and 6.1. The 6.1.1 version works with the 6.0 version of the registration.

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04:02
451 Research: IoT/M2M connections to increase nearly...

A new report from 451 Research (www.451research.com), an information technology research and advisory company, says cellular Internet of Things (IoT) and machine to machine (M2M) connections will increase nearly fourfold globally from 252 million in 2014 to 908 million in 2019. A monumental increase in active cellular IoT/M2M connections will be driven by a number of key factors, according to 451 Research.

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04:02
451 Research: IoT/M2M connections to increase nearly...

A new report from 451 Research (www.451research.com), an information technology research and advisory company, says cellular Internet of Things (IoT) and machine to machine (M2M) connections will increase nearly fourfold globally from 252 million in 2014 to 908 million in 2019. A monumental increase in active cellular IoT/M2M connections will be driven by a number of key factors, according to 451 Research.

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03:47
Apple's "Wallet" Icon & "...

On June 24, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest registered trademarks for "Wallet" icon and "Yosemite" which were granted ...

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03:45
Make your own app with these DIY services

Small business owners: Have you ever considered going mobile? That is, making an app for your business, whether it’s a restaurant, store, or events company?

It’s not a bad idea, right? After all, you know your customers are on their phones 24/7, so you might as well capitalize on that.

Good news: Going mobile isn’t nearly as difficult or as expensive as you might think. In fact, you don’t even need to hire an outside developer to create an app for your business. There are plenty of do-it-yourself app building services on the market, which offer intuitive app creation tools and app hosting for a low monthly fee.

I tried out several DIY services and found that Appy Pie, Como, and GoodBarber are all especially user-friendly for people who have never built so much as a website (let alone an app). Here’s how they work.

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The next Ubuntu phone is here, but you'll need...

Another Ubuntu phone, another unusual launch. After the BQ Aquaris E4.5, which debuted with a series of online flash sales, Canonical is following up with an invite-only handset built by Meizu. Yep, the same Meizu that once hoped to release an Ubuntu...

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Output Factory for Adobe InDesign now supports...

 Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has released Output Factory 1.5.30, a compatibility update to its professional solution to automate printing, exporting and post-processing from Adobe InDesign.

Output Factory automates and simplifies workflows of printers, prepress bureaus, ad agencies and publishing houses worldwide by offering batch processing with powerful and time-saving output options. The new version makes Output Factory compatible with the recently announced 2015 release of InDesign CC, featured as part of Adobe Creative Cloud.

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Tuesday June 23

23:32
Apple Music reaches streaming deal with indie labels...

A report late Tuesday claims Apple has inked last-minute streaming deals with independent record labels under the umbrellas of Merlin and Beggars Group, suggesting tracks from the likes of FKA Twigs, Radiohead, M.I.A. and more will be part of Apple Music's debut lineup.

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21:37
Consumer Device Cardholder Verification Method

Learn more about Consumer Device Cardholder Verification Method and Apple Pay.

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20:59
iMazing 1.2.0 - Complete iOS device manager (was...

iMazing (was DiskAid) is the ultimate iOS device manager with capabilities far beyond what iTunes offers. With iMazing and your iOS device (iPhone, iPad, or iPod), you can:

  • Copy music to and from any iOS device (even from one iOS device to another!) regardless of what Mac or PC the device is already synced to; it's music copy how you always wished it could be, without limitations or restrictions
  • Backup & restore individual iOS apps and your custom saved data, perfect for freeing up space on your iOS device without losing your files (or progress in a game) or for copying the app as-is to another iOS device
  • Transfer files to and from an iOS device, and browse the iOS file system
  • Use your iOS device like an external drive
  • Browse and save messages (SMS, MMS, iMessage), voicemails, and call logs, none of which iTunes can do
  • Browse, save, and add contacts to your iPhone, without automatically adding them...
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19:39
About Apple Pay for merchants in the UK

Apple Pay gives your customers an easy, secure, and private way to pay in shops and within apps using the devices that they have with them every day. 

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19:33
About Apple Pay for merchants in the UK

Apple Pay gives your customers an easy, secure, and private way to pay in shops and within apps using the devices that they have with them every day. 

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19:04
Apple adds 7 new 3D Flyover locations to Maps


Kingston upon Hull

Apple today has added seven new cities to its Flyover feature in Maps. Flyover, for those unfamiliar offers high resolution 3D imagery of locations via the Apple Maps app. Apple added 20 new Flyover locations back in April, including the Arches National Park in Utah. In February, the company added nine new cities, including Venice.

Today’s new additions can be seen below and bring the total number of Flyover locations to 148.

  • Almería, Spain
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Braga, Portugal
  • Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
  • Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Kiel, Germany
  • Kingston upon Hull, England

Apple offers a...

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18:55
Building Eric Clapton’s 1964 ES-335 Guitar

This is a YouTube playlist showing how this guitar was built. Just wow.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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18:42
VP Lisa Jackson promoted to oversee all of Apple’s...

Apple today has updated the biography of Lisa Jackson on its executive leadership webpage, noting that she is now Vice President of Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives. Previously, Jackson was the VP of Environmental Initiatives only. The promotion will allow Jackson to take over leadership of all governmental affairs and public policy teams, according to Apple.

Tim Cook announced the change in a memo to employees, obtained by The Washington Post. In the memo, Cook explains that in her new position, Jackson will be even more able to work towards Apple’s central goal of leaving the world...

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Canadian aircraft carrier
18:00
Daily Deals for June 23, 2015

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

AWT Featured App

  • OmniGraffle [Standard version starts at $49 for iOS, $99 for Mac] OmniGraffle is for creating precise, beautiful graphics. Like website wireframes, an electrical system design, a family tree, or mapping out software classes. For artists, designers, casual data-mappers, and everyone in-between.

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17:22
Apple Hits Number 16 on MIT's Smartest Top 50...

While MIT's top 50 Smartest Companies ranks Apple at number 16, they think that Tesla, Xiaomi, Netflix, Google and Amazon beat Apple. MIT said that sometimes they hear that technology companies have lost their ambition ....

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Divide By Sheep - Tips, Tricks, and Stre...
Who would have thought splitting up sheep could be so involved? Anyone who’s played Divide by Sheep, that’s who! While we’re not about to give you complete solutions to everything (because that’s just cheating), we will happily give you some... | Read more »
NaturalMotion and Zynga Have Started Tea...
An official sequel to 2012's CSR Racing is officially on the way, with Zynga and NaturalMotion releasing a short teaser trailer to get everyone excited. Well, as excited as one can get from a trailer with no gameplay footage, anyway. [Read more] | Read more »
Grab a Friend and Pick up Overkill 3, Be...
Overkill 3 is a pretty enjoyable third-person shooter that was sort of begging for some online multiplayer. Fortunately the begging can stop, because its newest update has added an online co-op mode. [Read more] | Read more »
Scanner Pro's Newest Update Adds Au...
Scanner Pro is one of the most popular document scanning apps on iOS, thanks in no small part to its near-constant updates, I'm sure. Now we're up to update number six, and it adds some pretty handy new features. [Read more] | Read more »
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13-inch 1.6GHz MacBook Air on sale for $849,...
Best Buy has the 2015 13″ 1.6GHz/128GB MacBook Air on sale for $849.99 on their online store this weekend. Choose free shipping or free local store pickup (if available). Sale price for online orders... Read more
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The Apple Store has Apple Certified Refurbished iMacs available for up to $380 off the cost of new models. Apple’s one-year warranty is standard, and shipping is free: - 27″ 3.5GHz 5K iMac – $1949 $... Read more
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The Apple Store has Apple Certified Refurbished 2014 13″ Retina MacBook Pros available for up to $400 off original MSRP, starting at $979. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each model, and... Read more
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Seagate Technology plc has announced that its Backup Plus family of external storage offerings will now include 200GB of OneDrive cloud storage, a major added value, and the addition of Lyve’s photo... Read more
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Canon U.S.A., Inc. has announced the PIXMA MG3620 Wireless (1) Inkjet All-in-One (AIO) printer for high-quality photo and document printing. Built with convenience in mind for the everyday home user... Read more
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The Apple Store is now offering Apple Certified Refurbished 2015 11″ MacBook Airs as well as 13″ MacBook Airs (the latest models), available for up to $180 off the cost of new models. An Apple one-... Read more
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Finally Safe To Upgrade To Yosemite’?
The reason I’ve held back from upgrading my MacBook Air from OS X 10.9 Mavericks to 10.10 Yosemite for nearly a year isn’t just procrastination. Among other bugs reported, there have been persistent... Read more

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