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Wednesday November 18

Intuit launches Quicken 2016 for Mac, Windows

Intuit has released Quicken 2016 for Mac and Windows users. The Mac version includes integrated bill pay that lets users pay their bills, transfer money between accounts, see what bills have been paid, and which are coming or are past due so they can manage cash flow.

The Quicken product line for 2016 is available now at Quicken.com and at select retailers. It’s available in a variety of configurations with pricing ranging from $39.99 to $164.99.

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Goldman Sachs See's Apple Services Building...

It's time to stop thinking of Apple as a hardware company and start thinking of it as a service company.

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Today at Connect()—introducing the Microsoft Graph

As a company, we are focused on reimagining the way the world should work. In an age of information abundance, we understand that people are seeking integrated experiences that help them break out of knowledge silos, “work like a network” and connect information from multiple touchpoints in meaningful ways. Office extensibility has always been about ubiquitous connectivity, enabling new experiences on mobile devices, and empowering developers to create powerful and personalized cloud services that can transform the productivity landscape. Today, at the Connect() conference in New York, the Office Extensibility and Azure Active Directory teams took a major step forward with the general availability  of the Microsoft Graph (formerly “Office 365 Unified API” as previewed at //build earlier this year...

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That Apple Watch charging dock? It's available...

Yesterday's AWT News Update brought word of a disk-shaped Apple Watch charging dock that appeared to be a flat, disk-shaped pad with a round charging puck that could be flipped up for Nightstand Mode. Well, that product is real, and you'll be able to pick it up at your local Apple Store beginning on Friday, November 20. 

As with the traditional charging "puck", the dock plugs into the wall through a Lightning adapter. The Watch can either be laid flat for charging or the center puck of the dock can be rotated into a vertical position for Nightstand Mode.

The Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dock is available in white only and will cost $79 in the US and €89 in Europe. You can also order one 


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IBM Watson Trend pegs Apple Watch as hottest holiday...

IBM on Wednesday launched a new app and service called Watson Trend, which forecasts what consumer products will be popular this holiday season based on online chatter. Currently dominating the list: the Apple Watch.

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Apple’s iCloud has most customer satisfaction,...

Nearly half of small businesses in the US have yet to adopt cloud storage, according to new data from Clutch, a source of business ratings and reviews. But among those that have, Apple’s iCloud has the highest Net Promoter Score (NPS), a standard measure of customer satisfaction and loyalty.

The majority of small businesses that do use cloud storage choose Dropbox, according to Clutch's survey of 438 small businesses nationwide. Fifty-three percent of respondents indicated that their firms use this service. Google Drive, iCloud, and Microsoft OneDrive followed Dropbox as the top four most popular cloud storage services. Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft OneDrive followed 

The full survey included 744 full-time employees at firms with 11 to 1,000 employees. The survey was conducted in October. 

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Apple Watch Space Black Link Bracelet Kit now...


The Link Bracelet band for Apple Watch is unique in the collection because you can actually take it apart to add and remove segments of the full bracelet to change the size. The new Space Black Link Bracelet Kit lets you buy six extra links for $49 that you can add onto the watch to extend the total length of the Space Black Link bracelet by 40mm, better fitting larger arms. Effectively, this allows the premium link bracelet band to fit wrists that are larger than 205 mm.

Apple launched a similar Link Bracelet Kit for the silver metal band in August, leaving space black owners waiting until today. Interestingly, although the Space Black Apple Watch band...

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LG and Sony Mobile to Follow Apple's Lead by...

Sony Mobile Communications and LG Electronics reportedly will follow the steps of Apple ...

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Apple continues dominance in the premium segment of...

Apple continued its dominance in the premium segment of the smartphone market with its iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models for most of the third quarter of 2015, according to new data from Gartner Inc. The global launch of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus during the last week of September 2015, along with the simultaneous launch in China, further added to its overall sales during the quarter, according to the research group.

Apple had 13.1 percent of worldwide smartphone sales in the third quarter, according to Gartner. That’s up from 12.5 percent in the third quarter of 2014. Samsung remains the global leader with 23.7 percent market share (down from 23.9 percent in the year-ago quarter), says Gartner.

The research group says that Android had the highest global market share (84.7 percent) of all mobile operating systems in the third quarter of 2015. That’s...

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There will be no Apple Pencil bendgate: you really...

The Apple Pencil may be a very clever piece of technology, but one thing a number of people have been wondering is how vulnerable it might be when charging. At first glance, having it sticking out of the iPad Pro like that doesn’t seem the smartest of ideas.

But it appears Apple has thought it through, and there’s a hinge mechanism inside the connector designed to take the strain if the Pencil is knocked.

Video blogger Zach Straley did his best to break it, and while he did eventually succeed, he had to work very hard to do so. Check out the video below. Try not to curse him too much if you’re still waiting for yours to arrive …

Both Tim Cook and Jony Ive have...

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Alex4D Animation Transitions is new plug-in pack for...

Alex Gollner has introduced Alex4D Animation Transitions (http://alex4d.com/animationtransitions), a plug-in pack for Apple's Final Cut Pro X video editing software. Editors can use it to instantly animate video clips, graphics, pictures and text. Alex4D Animation Transitions allows users to use animation to add character to logos, titles and other story elements in the Final Cut Pro X timeline.

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iPad Pro diary: It’s day seven, and decision time …

Having started out with my first impressions a week ago, highlighted my core questions and decided on Monday that the iPad Pro couldn’t replace my iPad Air 2 (only be an additional device), it’s time to make my decision.

I think between us at 9to5Mac we’ve been putting the tablet through its paces in a pretty comprehensive fashion! We don’t always reach the same conclusions about devices, but in this case I found myself agreeing with the bottom-line of each of my colleagues who’ve been trying it.

Dom described it as a giant Netflix machine, and it certainly is. With that huge screen and extremely loud speakers, movies and TV shows are very...

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CalDigit releases new USB-C docks, accessories

CalDigit (www.caldigit.com) revealed two new USB Type-C docks at Inter BEE 2015 in Japan. The first is the CalDigit USB-C Dock, and the second is the CalDigit USB-C mini Dock.

Both of these products feature USB 3.1 as well as a host of additional ports to expand USB-C enabled computers such as the 12-inch MacBook.

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The New Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dock Now...

Today, Apple launched their official Apple Watch charging dock that works both in Nightstand mode and as a flat charging pod.

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Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dock now on sale at...

Having only been leaked a day prior, the official Magnetic Charging Dock for the Apple Watch was already on sale at some Apple Stores on Wednesday, and has now arrived at the U.S. online store. [Updated with pricing]

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Synology announces DiskStation DS716+ NAS server for...

Synology (www.synology.com) has released the DS716+, an encryption-oriented, scalable, two-bay NAS server powered by a quad-core CPU and Btrfs file system. DS716+ is aimed at SMB in need of a reliable, high-efficient storage and application server, according to Franklin Hua, product manager at Sinology.

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Recruiting Good Mac Talent

When I was doing a lot of hiring, the pool of Mac Admins was smaller. And it was in a way easier for me to recruit people, because I knew a lot of them. As the pool has grown and a lot of the talent has matured, keeping your finger on the pulse of the hiring market around Apple has become much more challenging. Also, I’ve recruited far more developers and marketing professionals than Apple engineers in the past couple of years. But, there are still a number of places that you can look to find good Mac and iOS engineers looking for a gig. Here’s a quick and dirty list (which can be used to find jobs as well, I suppose) of a few of the better places to look for people you might choose to try and hire:

  • One of the best places to find someone is whatever site or email list appeals to the administrators of products you run. For example, this could be the Studio SysAdmins list if you’re in the film industry,...
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New fonts added to the Free Fonts-Christmas...

128bit Technologies has released Free Fonts - Christmas Collection 3.0, an update to their holiday collection of free fonts available on the Mac App Store. Ten new royalty free fonts have been added to the original collection, bringing the total number of Christmas fonts to 50.

All are in OpenType font format, and can be used for any personal and business project. They’re designed for use in graphic design, web design, holiday cards, family newsletters, party signs and invitations, banners, promotional material, advertisements, application development and more.

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Goldman Sachs sees Apple's transition into...

Goldman Sachs on Wednesday gave a ringing endorsement for Apple stock, telling investors that the iPhone Upgrade Program, Apple Music, and anticipated streaming television product will change how the market views the company.

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Apple apologizes for recent Mac App Store app...

In a note to developers Apple Developer Relations apologized for the recent Mac App Store app signing snafu that made some apps quit working. The glitch caused users to see a false "damaged" error when opening certain apps. 

In some cases users had to delete apps and re-download them. Apple says the problem was due to an update of the Mac App Store signing certificate. 

A copy of the note from Apple was posted to Twitter by developer Donald Southard, Jr. It reads: “In anticipation of the expiration of the old Mac App Store certificate, we issued a new certificate in September. The new certificate used the stronger SHA-2 hashing algorithm in accordance with current recommended industry practice, where the old certificate had used the SHA-1 hashing algorithm.”

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Apple Launches Magnetic Apple Watch Dock for $79

Following a handful of leaked images yesterday, TechCrunch has confirmed that Apple has launched an official Apple Watch magnetic charging dock today for $79.

German blogger Benjamin Scholtysik managed to get his hands on the official dock from the Apple Store in Berlin, but the accessory does not appear to be on the Apple Online Store or stocked at Apple Retail Stores in the United States yet.

The dock cost €89 in the Berlin Apple Store and allows users to charge the Apple Watch both flat and in Nightstand mode. The accessory also comes with a 2M lightning cable that attaches to the base of the dock to provide charge to the magnetic adapter at its center. Scholtysik posted an unboxing and impressions video of...

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KGI: Apple to ship 2.4-2.6 million iPad Pros this...

In a note to clients — as noted by AppleInsider — KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that Apple will ship between 2.4 and 2.6 million iPad Pros in the super-sized tablet’s first quarter of sales despite display and Apple Pencil production issues.

He says Sharp is currently the sole supplier for Pro's high-resolution screen, though Samsung is expected to join in before the end of the year.  The analyst adds that assembly of the Apple Pencil isn’t going as smoothly as planned. He expects Pencil yields to improve as producers overcome inefficiencies associated with building a new format device. 

Kuo forecasts that iPad Pro shipments will decline 10 percent to 2.1 million to 2.3 million units in 2016.

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Apple's New 'Apple TV' ad Blitz...

Apple's new 'Apple TV' ad blitz includes promoting Netflix, HBO and games ...

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It's just a matter of time (two years?) before...

Just as I think that Mac OS X and iOS will eventually merge into one operating system, I think that all of the company’s hardware devices will be powered by ARM-based processors in the not-too-distant future.

As the late Steve Jobs once said, Apple products work so well because the company makes “the whole widget.” There’s no reason to think that Apple isn’t interested in making its own processors. By designing its own chips, Apple can build hardware and software that work together better than any off-the-shelf processor. When it introduced its A7 chip for the iPhone, Apple described it as “forward thinking” and having a “desktop-class architecture.” 

The company describes the A9X chip in the iPad Pro faster than 80 percent of the portable PCs shipped over the last 12 months in CPU tasks and 90 percent of portable PCs in graphics performance. You can be sure that A10X and A11X processors are in the works.

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Paris Attacks Deepen Encryption Debate

Encryption once again has come under fire in the wake of last week's terrorist attacks in Paris. Western intelligence agencies reportedly blamed the technology for enabling communications among the attackers, and some officials renewed their calls for technology companies to give them decryption keys. However, the terrorists may have communicated through private messages on the PlayStation 4, or even during game play, camouflaging relevant statements as routine gaming chatter, according to reports.

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Microsoft invents new Wearables Control System that...

Earlier this month the US Patent Office published a new Microsoft patent application covering an invention that relates to using wearables in a new way to control other devices. Apple has two inventions covering the same idea ...

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AAPL has huge potential for more monthly revenue,...

A Goldman Sachs investment note argues that Apple has huge potential for generating more recurring revenue, suggesting an opportunity to generate an additional $7.6B a month, reports Business Insider. The company points to the rumored Apple TV subscription service as one future source of monthly revenue.

In a recurring revenue framework, we have constructed an average revenue per user (ARPU) metric that captures the installment plan pricing of the iPhone ($32/month), assumed installment plans for the other hardware products, and services (e.g. Music at $10/mo, TV at $40/mo) … 

The company also...

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Google+ redesign focuses on Reddit-like communities...

Google isn’t done with its attempts at running a social network. On Tuesday, the company gave Google+ a redesign focused on people getting together around shared interests.

When Google+ launched in 2011, it was designed as a competitor to Facebook, focused on connecting people with their friends through a series of “circles.” That proved unsuccessful, but people started using the service to discuss things that they’re passionate about, like books and astronomy. Google has built its new design around promoting both its Community groups and its Collections of user-curated posts about specific interests.

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Tension Software announces Precise Screenshot 1.4.1...

Tension Software has announced Precise Screenshot 1.4.1 for Mac OS X. It’s an update of the tool for taking screenshots from your Mac screen.

Precise Screenshot can select a resizable portion of the screen with the usual drag method, it can use pre-fixed size area from a customizable popup menu (with the sizes the user needs), or it can use the full screen area. Version 1.4.1 is optimized for OS X El Capitan and fixes some bugs.

Price for Precise Screenshot works with Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $5.99 and is available at the Mac App Store (http://tinyurl.com/qb8prz6).

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Argus Insights: Apple Watch has ‘tremendous momentum...

The holiday shopping season officially kicks off on Black Friday. Consumers will rush to stores for the best deals on the latest and greatest gadgets and technology. But what items will be the most popular? A new consumer report from Argus Insights focuses on the wearable tech market and reveals which fitness trackers and smartwatches will likely be most in demand.

In the Argus report, an analysis of more than 6,000 wearable consumer reviews from the past five weeks (Oct. 4-Nov. 11) determined the Apple Watch and relative newcomer Lumo Lift Posture and Activity Tracker lead in the smartwatch and fitness tracker categories respectively,  based on consumer perception and demand ahead of Black Friday. Despite a continued drop of 4.36 percent year-over-year in consumer demand (from October 2014-October 2015) for the overall wearables market, the analysis predicts consumers will be mostly likely to open their wallets for these top...

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Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dock now available to...

Apple’s new official dock for Apple Watch, the Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dock, is now available to buy in Apple Stores and online. This particular image is from the Berlin store in Germany. In the US, the first-party Apple Watch dock costs $79. The Apple store website says the product will be available in US retail for in-store pickup starting this Friday, the 20th November.

As indicated by the leaked photos from last night, the dock allows the watch to either lay flat or sit upright in Nightstand mode thanks to the magnetic attachment. The charger itself is integrated into the unit, so you will still have the...

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Kool Tools: Belkin Car Power Valet accessories

Belkin’s (www.belkin.com) Car Power Valet and Dual Car Power Valet are new special edition in-car charging solutions made exclusively for the iPhone, iPod and iPad.

The new line of high-end car chargers provide an optimal charging experience through the embedded smartchip technology, which automatically registers the ideal amount of power needed to charge the connected devices via the included premium braided Lightning cable.

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336 million earphones, headphones expected to ship...

Global shipments of earphones and headphones are expected to reach 336 million units by 2016, up from an estimated 324 million in 2015. In terms of revenue, the market is expected to surpass $13 billion by the end of 2016, according to new data from Future Marketing Insights (www.futuremarketinginsights.com).

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CS Odessa announces new ConceptDraw Pro solution

CS Odessa has announced The Seven Basic Tools of Quality for ConceptDraw Pro 10. It provides techniques focused on analyzing and improving issues of quality within a business setting.

The Seven Basic Tools are common diagrams understood by workers of any experience level. Templates offered include examples of fishbone diagrams, histograms, flowcharts, and Pareto charts, among others.

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Renderings show spectacular plans for new Frank...

Planning documents obtained by the Chicago Tribune reveal Apple’s spectacular plans for a new flagship store on the north bank of the Chicago River. Fittingly for the city which was home to Frank Lloyd Wright, the design echoes the Midwestern Prairie Style buildings created by the famous architect.

Apple confirmed the plans to the Tribune, which reports that they have already been granted approval, with a formal presentation set to ‘rubber-stamp’ the decision on Thursday … 

The plans were drawn up by Apple’s favourite architects,...

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Camtasia for Mac OS X lets you make topnotch...

By Dave Greenbaum

Camtasia is an application for recording and annotating audio and video captured from your Mac commonly known as screencasting.  I’ve used other programs in the past to do raw captures from my Mac and then did the painful editing in iMovie and GarageBand but Camtasia does everything  with an intuitive and easy to use Mac interface.

I’m an extreme novice when it comes to audio and video editing and still was able to get the functionality I needed from this program. It treats audio and video like Pages treats words. Simple and easy editing. The help screen combined with online tutorials (screencasts in and of themselves) gave me the skills I needed to get up to speed. After I got down these basics, the hardest part wasn’t using the Camtasia tool, but the direct aspects of my presentation such as timing and my script.  When a tool gets out of the way and let’s you do the work that...

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6 high-tech gadgets for musicians and music lovers

Technology has drastically changed the way we experience music, whether it’s by helping musicians create stadium-quality sounds in their basements or by giving fans the ability to listen to their favorite music anywhere they go.

Now you can use your iPad to learn to play the guitar or have friends take turns playing DJ on the same Bluetooth speaker. Read below to discover more high-tech gear designed for artists, music lovers, and anyone in between. And check out the video above to get a better vibe of each gift idea.

PRYMA headphones

Every year, so many new headphones that come out that it’s tough to find a pair that really stand out. Last month when the new Pryma headphones ($500) debuted, they certainly made an impression and redefined what a stylish pair of headphones could be. 

To read...

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6 high-tech gadgets for musicians and music lovers

Technology has drastically changed the way we experience music, whether it’s by helping musicians create stadium-quality sounds in their basements or by giving fans the ability to listen to their favorite music anywhere they go.

Now you can use your iPad to learn to play the guitar or have friends take turns playing DJ on the same Bluetooth speaker. Read below to discover more high-tech gear designed for artists, music lovers, and anyone in between. And check out the video above to get a better vibe of each gift idea.

PRYMA headphones

Every year, so many new headphones that come out that it’s tough to find a pair that really stand out. Last month when the new Pryma headphones ($500) debuted, they certainly made an impression and redefined what a stylish pair of headphones could be. 


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Tuesday November 17

Renderings Show Off Apple's New Retail Store...

The Chicago Tribune has obtained an exclusive first look at Apple's planned new flagship store in Chicago, which will be placed alongside the Chicago River. The new store will "echo" legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie Style homes, which Wright pioneered near the city.

The store will be located near the historic Michigan Bridge and include a "grand flight of stairs" that will go from street-level to a walkway alongside the Chicago River's north bank. On the street-level side, the store will...

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Apple's online store services, Maps suffer...

Apple's content delivery and Maps networks suffered concentrated outages late Tuesday, as the company's system status page showed downtime for various iTunes related services and a brief, but complete shutdown of Apple Maps.

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iMessage, iTunes, Apple TV, more being affected by...

Update: Apple’s system status page now reflects that the issues have been resolved.

Apple this evening appears to be suffering from a widespread outage, affecting a number of its online services. According to the company’s status page, The issues began roughly half an hour ago and are affecting the App Store, Apple TV, iBooks Store, iTunes Match, iTunes Store, Mac App Store, and Radio.

Apple’s Online Store and iMessage also seem to be affected by the outage according to various tweets and the Down Detector website, although Apple’s status webpage makes no mention of iMessage and Apple Online Store issues. The Down Detector outage map shows that the outages are affecting users across the globe.

Apple has not commented on the outage,...

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Multiple Apple Services Experiencing Widespread...

Apple has updated its system status page to reflect widespread issues affecting multiple Apple products and services since approximately 7:30 PM Pacific, including the App Store, Apple TV, iBooks Store, iTunes Match, iTunes Store, Mac App Store and Radio.

Many users are also unable to fully access or use the Apple website, Apple Online Store, Apple ID, Apple Music, FaceTime, iCloud, iMessage, Mail, TestFlight and several other Apple services, suggesting possible larger server or DNS issues.

Apple's standard response on its system status page says it is investigating and will provide a status update as more information becomes available.

Update 8:38 PM: Apple's system status page now indicates the issues have been resolved, and users are indeed reporting Apple's services are up and running once again.

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Apple expands its Personal Pickup service to...

Apple today has begun to offer its Personal Pickup service in Australia and Canada. The service has been available in the United States for years now, since 2011, but today marks the first time people in Canada and Australia can place an order online, then head to their local Apple Store to pick it up.

With Personal Pickup, the entire order is processed online. You input all of your billing information into the Apple Store app or Online Store, then simply go to the physical Apple Store to seamlessly pick up your item(s). At the Apple Store, you simply have to tell them that you’re there to pick up your online order, present a photo idea and proof of order, and you’re good to go. It’s an incredibly seamless way to bypass the chaos that usually plagues Apple retail locations, especially during the holiday season.


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New Chicago Apple Store to be a riverside glass...

A report on Tuesday offered the first glimpse at what is thought to be Apple's upcoming Chicago Apple Store, with renderings showing an open, glass-encased pavilion type structure appropriately modeled to the company's new architectural design language.

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Personal Pickup now available at Apple Stores in...

After years of offering Personal Pickup at U.S. Apple Stores, Apple on Tuesday activated the service in Canada and Australia, meaning customers in those countries can order online and pick up their goods at a brick-and-mortar store.

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Google Hangouts

 November 17, 2015 7:03:00 PM PST

The problem with Google Hangouts should be resolved. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and continued support.

 November 17, 2015 6:47:00 PM PST

Google Hangouts service has already been restored for some users, and we expect a resolution for all users in the near future. Please note this time frame is an estimate and may change.

 November 17, 2015 6:23:00 PM PST

We are continuing to investigate this issue. We will provide an update by November 17, 2015 7:23:00 PM PST detailing when we expect to resolve the problem.

 November 17, 2015 5:58:00 PM PST

We're investigating reports of an issue with Google Hangouts. We will provide more information shortly.

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KGI expects Apple to sell 2.5M iPad Pros in Q4 as...

Respected analyst Ming Chi-Kuo from KGI Securities has this evening issued an investor note in which he predicts sales for Apple’s latest tablet, iPad Pro. Kuo predicts in his note that Apple will sell between 2.4 million and 2.6 million iPad Pro units in the fourth quarter of 2015. As we head into 2016, Kuo expects those numbers to slide slightly to between 2.1 million units and 2.3 million units.

The small decline in sales is to be expected as the Q4 is prime holiday shopping season in many countries and Apple is used to seeing inflated numbers during the quarter. Apple will officially report Q4 sales in January, although it’s unclear if it will breakdown iPad Pro numbers specifically.

Also of note, Kuo shares that TSMC is the sole provider of the new A9x chip found in the iPad Pro. When the iPhone 6s launched...

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Apple's iPad Pro to sell 2.6M units in Q4...

Apple is on track to ship between 2.4 and 2.6 million iPad Pro units in its first quarter of sales, though inventory of the giant size tablet and its integral Apple Pencil accessory is facing constraints due to production snarls, according to one insider.

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Apple apologizes to developers for Mac App Store...

Apple in a note to developers on Tuesday apologized for last week's Mac App Store app signing issue that rendered certain applications inoperable, explaining server-side fixes and offering app makers instructions on how to patch affected software.

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iPad Pro’s keyboard has an annoying shift key bug,...

If you have a new iPad Pro and have had issues using the new software keyboard, you’re probably not alone. Aside from following the iPhone 6/Plus lead and adding new keys in the space around the QWERTY keyboard, iPad Pro includes a full sized shift key and half-height number keys which in theory require fewer taps to access more characters.

In practice, the new layout requires an adjustment period, to put it mildly, as the keys most frequently accessed are surrounded by targets that you have to avoid tapping accidentally. I’m on day four and getting better, but there’s one embarrassing keyboard bug that had me convinced I was crazy. Turns out I may not be. Here’s the deal:

The new iPad Pro mimicks a full-size keyboard layout with full-width tab,...

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Apple removes HomeKit-incompatible devices from...

In what could be a move to push the first-party HomeKit connected home protocol, Apple has seemingly stopped online sales of incompatible devices made by Kwikset and Belkin, as well as the original August Smart Lock.

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Apple Responds to Developers Regarding Expired Mac...

Last week some users and developers experienced an issue that displayed a "damaged" error when attempting to open select apps from the Mac App Store, including popular apps like 1Password, Tweetbot and Byword. Today, Apple has sent an email to developers explaining what happened and how to fix their apps.

In the email, which developer Donald Southard Jr. shared on Twitter, Apple explains that the company issued a new security certificate for the Mac App Store in September in anticipation of the expiration of the old certificate. The new certificate used a stronger SHA-2 hashing algorithm instead of the old SHA-1 algorithm. Hashing algorithms are used by certificate authorities to sign security certificates.

However, two issues caused...

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Jony Ive talks Apple Pencil, calls other tools ‘poor...

Alongside iPad Pro, Apple revealed a new tool to accompany the device, the Apple Pencil. While Apple Pencil has been hard to come by in terms of availability, those who have managed to get their hands on one have seemingly been impressed with the $99 Jony Ive-deisgned accessory. Now Ive, Apple’s Chief Design Officer, has sat down with Wallpaper Magazine and The Telegraph to discuss his inspiration to make Apple Pencil…

One big thing Ive made sure to note during his interview with Wallpaper Magazine was that the Apple Pencil is not meant to replace the finger as the main input device of the iPad...

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Apple Now Allowing Personal Pickup in Canada and...

As of today, Apple has launched an in-store pickup feature in Canada and Australia allowing customers in those countries to order and pay for devices online and pick them up in retail Apple Stores. Personal Pickup has long been available in the United States, but this is the first time it's expanded to additional countries.

MacRumors reported on the possible expansion of Personal Pickup in early November after receiving word Apple was training retail employees in Australia, France, Canada, the UK, and other countries. While Personal Pickup has currently only expanded to Canada and Australia it may roll out to additional countries in the near future.

Personal Pickup is available for a number of Apple products, from Macs and Apple TVs to the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. When an order is placed for an in-stock item for Personal Pickup, Apple employees get it ready...

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AWT hoodie supports the site, keeps you warm, makes...

In our continuing effort to find ways to keep Apple World Today in the black, today we're announcing just the thing to keep you warm and us solvent: Apple World Today hoodies!

We're making these available for you to order between now and December 8, 2015. Available in 10 vibrant colors, all of the hoodies come with the full AWT logo on front and a super-sized "Apple World" on the back. Your hoodie will ship before Christmas, so you can have the fun of giving one to your favorite Apple geek or get one to wear while you're reading the site.

We need for just three AWT readers to order a hoodie at $38.95 in order for them to be printed; after that point, each sale helps send a little Christmas cheer to the AWT team and helps us make it to the site's first birthday on February 9, 2016. When you make your order, be sure to tweet it out to your friends on Twitter or post it on Facebook to spread the word. 

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Apple apologizes to developers for recent ‘damaged’...


Apple has emailed developers about the recent damaged apps bug affecting a sizeable proportion of the OS X user base with some getting repeated errors on app launch. Whilst a reboot should be enough to invalidate and reload the certificate cache for most people, there are some weird edge cases. Apple says that a permanent fix for the caching issue will be included in a future OS X software update.

The email is effectively Apple apologising to developers for the store platform problems, which caused many customers to understandably, but incorrectly, point blame at the app developers, not Apple.


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Apple Stops Selling iPhone-Connected Smart Locks...

Over the course of the last week, Apple appears to have ceased selling two popular smart lock products in its retail stores and online. Neither the August Smart Lock nor the Kwikset Kevo Wireless-Enabled Deadbolt Lock are listed on Apple's website, but both were still for sale on November 13.

The August Smart Lock and the Kwikset Kevo are both Bluetooth-enabled locks that allow users to unlock their doors using their iPhones. It is not clear why Apple has decided to stop selling the locks, but it could be in an effort to highlight only products that offer HomeKit compatibility. The Kwikset Kevo and the August Smart Lock are not HomeKit-enabled products and cannot be used with other HomeKit devices.

While Apple is no longer selling the Kwikset Kevo or the August Smart Lock, it is selling the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt, another smart lock that does offer HomeKit compatibility. The Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt is in...

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Jony Ive: Apple Pencil Will Not 'Replace the...

To promote the iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, and Smart Keyboard, several Apple executives gave interviews to a number of media outlets ahead of the release of the tablet and its accessories. Last week we shared a Jony Ive interview from The Telegraph where he spoke on the Apple Pencil, and today, Wallpaper has published a second Ive interview with even more of the design chief's thoughts on the stylus accessory.

Speaking on the conception of the Apple Pencil, Ive said that while it was originally "fundamentally important" to develop a user interface that was based on fingers, Apple discovered there were people who would benefit from an instrument that would enable more precise...

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FBI Paid Carnegie Mellon $1M to Crack User IDs,...

The Tor Project last week claimed the FBI paid Carnegie Mellon University $1 million to crack the anonymity of Tor users. Tor's claim appears to have been triggered by a report last week that said the FBI's arrest of an alleged member of the Silk Road 2.0 drug ring was based on "information obtained by a 'university-based research institute' that operated its own computers on the anonymous network used by Silk Road 2.0." That network was Tor, and the research institute was Carnegie Mellon, Tor said.

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Apple Pay coming to Domino's by year's end...

Apple on Tuesday confirmed company-owned Domino's pizza outlets will be accepting Apple Pay by the end of 2015, while Cinnabon plans to integrate the mobile payments solution in its stores in 2016.

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Instagram Institutes API Changes That Will Kill Off...

Following the recent discovery that malicious app InstaAgent was stealing Instagram passwords from users, Instagram has instituted much stricter rules for accessing its API, effectively killing off a large number of apps that read Instagram feeds.

In a notice posted today on its developer site, Instagram explains it will no longer permit apps that access the Instagram feed API, as that API is being shut down. In the future, third-party Instagram apps will have much more limited capabilities.We've updated our Platform Policy to explicitly list the use cases we will support moving forward. These include apps and services that:

Help individuals share their own content with 3rd party apps, such as apps that let you print your photos and import an Instagram photo as a profile picture.

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Apple Pay to rollout to Dominos & Cinnabon...

News concerning the expansion of Apple Pay has been coming at a rapid pace today. This morning, the service launched in Canada and expanded to Tesco Bank and TSB in the U.K. Then, Apple revealed that more than 100 new banks and credit unions in the United States now support its mobile payment solution. Now, Apple has announced that the service will soon be supported at Dominos and Cinnabon, two popular food chains in the United States.

The AP reports Cinnabon will begin adding Apple Pay to all of its U.S. locations next year, while Domino’s, the popular pizza chain, will support it by the end of...

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Jony Ive: Apple Pencil is made for marking, not a...

In an interview discussing Apple Pencil's design and subsequent development, Apple CDO Jony Ive said one of the team's main goals was to create an input tool clearly for making marks, not a finger replacement.

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AWT News Update: November 17, 2015

We've got your Apple news right here!

  • 2-hour delivery in Manhattan from Apple can be yours for just $19
  • New 15-second Apple ads highlight games and content
  • A new Apple Watch charging dock appears to be on the way from Apple
  • Samsung "fixes" the Galaxy Note 5 "S Pen" issue
  • Apple Pay adds more banks in the US, partners with H&R Block

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for November 17, 2015. 

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Apple Pay Support Coming to Domino's By Year...

Apple has confirmed to AP that Apple Pay support is coming to pizza chain Domino's by year's end, followed by cinnamon roll chain Cinnabon next year. The news comes less than two months after Apple said Starbucks, KFC and Chili's locations will begin supporting Apple Pay starting next year. Apple said Tuesday that Cinnabon will add Apple Pay to all its U.S. locations next year, while Domino's company-owned pizza stores will get it by year's end. Earlier, Apple said Starbucks will conduct a pilot this year, with a broader rollout next year, while KFC will launch next spring.Apple Pay is accepted at more than 1 million locations in the U.S., and at over 250,000 more locations in the U.K. The mobile payments service...

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Apple expands same-day delivery to New York as...

After initially launching same-day delivery in partnership with Postmates earlier this year in San Francisco, Apple today has revealed that the capability is expanding to more locations. Users today have started noticing that same-day delivery from Apple’s online store and Apple Store app is now supported in New York.

First noticed by MacRumors, same-day delivery via courier is now available in most of Manhattan, with it promising 2-hour delivery in 37 of 43 tested ZIP codes. The capability is also available in northern neighborhoods like Inwood and Washington Heights with today’s expansion.

The option for “courier delivery” is available via...

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DisplayMate: iPad Pro has a great screen, but the...

Enlarge / The iPad Pro's display (left) is one of the best you can get in a tablet. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

If you're interested in thorough, in-depth testing of phone and tablet displays, it's hard to beat Raymond Soniera and DisplayMate. He has just run Apple's new iPad Pro through the wringer, and he came away impressed by its color, contrast, performance in ambient light, and power efficiency. It's an improvement on the year-old iPad Air 2's display in most respects, but if you want the most accurate tablet display there is and don't care about size, it's still hard to beat the screen in the newly improved iPad Mini 4.

The full shootout is worth a read,...

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Apple markets iPad in arts & science education...

Apple on Tuesday posted two new profiles to its "iPad in Education" subsite as part of an ongoing campaign to promote the tablet's uses in arts and science classrooms.

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More Apple Stores Begin Receiving Very Limited Stock...

While the iPad Pro launched nearly a week ago, many early adopters have been unable to get their hands on the companion Apple Pencil. With shipping estimates of 3-4 weeks or longer for the accessory on the Apple Online Store, some prospective buyers have been checking their local Apple Retail Stores for stock and tracking their results in our discussion forums.

Apple Pencil stock at SoHo Apple Store in New York City earlier today

Beginning early Tuesday, it appears that more Apple Retail Stores in the U.S. have begun receiving very limited Apple Pencil stock. MacRumors forum member JuanKr...

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Smith Micro launches Poser Pro 11 

Smith Micro has launched Poser Pro 11, an upgrade of the software for creating realistic 3D characters and scenes. In addition to dozens of new features and usability improvements, it comes with an extensive library of pre-loaded characters and content, including human figures, animals and props.

Poser Pro 11 boasts a new SuperFly rendering engine with GPU-assisted rendering, supported by NVIDIA CUDA parallel computing platform that increases performance. Geometric Edge Lines automatically produce “ink lines” around figures in real-time.

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Apple’s WWDC app updated for iOS 9 with iPad Picture...

Apple is making it easier to catch up on session videos from WWDC while multitasking with iOS 9 on iPad. The official app for the annual developer conference has been updated to support iOS 9 today and more specifically work with the iPad’s new Picture in Picture feature.

That means you can start watching a session video on the WWDC app on your iPad, and minimize the video stream to a resizable window that floats over your Home screen and any other apps. WWDC for iOS supports both downloading videos for offline viewing as well as streaming videos within the app or PIP.

While WWDC only rolls around once a year, Apple announced a series of Apple TV-focused Tech Talks taking place around the world starting next month. Applicants hoping to attend these Tech Talks first starting being notified yesterday.

While the latest WWDC app adds PIP support, it does not support new Split View...

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∞ The Dalrymple Report with Merlin Mann: Old Man...

A sleepy Jim talks to Merlin talk all about the iPad Pro: Jim’s review and Merlin’s impulse purchase of it.

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This is what Apple's official charging dock for...

Apple is ready to reveal its official charging dock for Apple Watch, according to recent photos that surfaced on European tech sites on Tuesday.

The photos, spotted by MacRumors, show a white, circular, magnetic charging dock that can be used to charge the Apple Watch by laying it down flat on the top or by propping it upright in “nightstand” mode.


According to photos of the packaging published by French site, iGeneration, the new accessory will be called “Magnetic Charging Dock” and it will retail for €89. MacRumos speculates that the charging dock might be priced at $79 in the U.S.


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Review: Logitech Create iPad Pro Keyboard Case

While Apple's own Smart Keyboard for iPad Pro has been nearly impossible to find since the device's launch last week, Logitech has filled in the gap for those who want an iPad Pro Smart Connector keyboard now. Create iPad Pro Keyboard Case ($150) is the first third-party accessory to dock with iPad Pro's Smart Connector, which allows accessories and the iPad Pro to transfer both data and power to each other — no Bluetooth or wires necessary. Create features a full-sized keyboard, and as a case, it provides sleep/wake and volume button coverage. Unlike Apple's Smart Keyboard, Create features backlit keys and comes in a variety of colors.{/exp:char_limit}

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Opinion: Blame early software for iPad Pro’s weak...

Steve Jobs’ vision of a “post-PC” future really resonated with me. As a dedicated Mac and iPhone user, I was a day one fan of the original iPad, and have spent countless hours enjoying every full-sized iPad released since then. When the iPad mini came out, I happily shifted over to the smaller form factor until buying an ...

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The Week in Mac Apps: Let Tick Task create your...

... plus easy backups, window management, and more!

In this week’s roundup of new Mac apps, we bring you tools that help you organize your desktop, keep your data safe, and safely manage and share all of your photos.

Backup To Go 1.2

Did you save your work today? With Ohanaware’s Backup To Go (Mac App Store Link) you can keep your data safe—and take it everywhere you go even if your Mac can’t come with you.

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Apple Store brings same-day Postmates deliveries to...

Apple on Tuesday updated its online store to allow same-day deliveries in Manhattan, offered through its partner for the service, Postmates.

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Drone, Ferris Wheel Altercation a Worrying Sign of...

A drone crashed into the 175-foot-tall Seattle Great Wheel last week, triggering a police investigation. The Great Wheel is a ferris wheel near the downtown Seattle waterfront. No damage or injuries were reported in the crash. "I'm surprised this doesn't happen more often," commented Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group. Drones have become a problem in America's skies, causing damage and personal injury and interfering with firefighters' efforts and commercial flights.

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The pen is mightier: Samsung modifies Galaxy Note 5...

Rather than fix a flaw that can permanently damage its latest flagship phablet, Samsung has instead opted to revise the packaging for the Galaxy Note 5, warning users not to insert the device's S Pen back into the handset in the wrong direction.

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Notable apps and app updates for November 17, 2015

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

iOS Apps/Updates

Idle Sword, the web game from GamesButler, is now available for free. You explore dungeons, find new heroes, and battle various enemies. 

G-Productions has introduced Yukti 1.0. It’s a free puzzle-music game game played with the tactics, creativity and imagination of your touch. Yukti immerses the user in a journey through outer space and broadens a user's perception about how to find unlikely paths to reach their...

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Apple World Today: Patronage, expenses, and attrition

The Apple World Today Patreon campaign has been in force since the site first launched in February, and we’ve never come close to our goals for funding -- those goals are listed at right. That goal has dropped significantly in size; we now need only about $2,000 a month to keep the lights on, but it’s never happened. We see our readership numbers growing, but we’re still just not big enough to get a lot of sponsors and advertisers… and we’d like to do away with ads altogether someday. Our faith that AWT is going to continue to grow and prosper is the only thing that’s keeping the site going right now. 

There are two problems with crowdfunding a website like this. First, the Patreon numbers don’t reflect the fact that Patreon takes an administrative fee. They’re going to change that soon, but right now the AWT Patreon Page shows 283 patrons at a total of $1560.51 per month. How much of that does AWT actually see?...

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Five new Apple TV ads highlight games and content...

Apple on Tuesday debuted five new 15-second advertisements for the newly launched Apple TV, highlighting both streaming content and interactive games that can be downloaded from the tvOS App Store.

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Rdio to Shut Down, Assets Acquired by Pandora

Music streaming service Rdio has announced that it is filing for bankruptcy and will be shutting down. The company hasn’t announced what this means for customers yet, but Adam Engst offers one solution for extracting the list of your favorite tracks from the service.


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Ubuntu Studio Is a Treasure Trove for Creative Types

Ubuntu Studio 15.10 is a one-stop Linux OS shop for most creative people. It bundles a nearly full range of multimedia content-creation applications for workflows involving audio, graphics, video, photography and publishing. The developers describe this distro as a multimedia content-creation hub for all five creative workflows. The last element -- publishing -- is the weakest link. The publishing category in terms of the traditional wordsmithing genre is missing.

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Apple Shares New Apple TV Ads Highlighting Apps and...

Apple today shared five new ads for the fourth-generation Apple TV on its YouTube channel, highlighting a handful of notable and popular apps that are available for the new device. These mark some of the first Apple TV ads Apple has released since the fourth-generation Apple TV launched in late October.

Each ad is just sixteen seconds in length and depicts one of five Apple TV apps and games, including Crossy Road, Netflix, HBO NOW, Disney Infinity 3.0, and Asphalt 8. The videos show a brief glance at each app before cutting to an overall view of the new interface of...

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Pryme Vessyl, an iOS-compatible hydration tracking...

Hardware startup Mark One, the company behind the Vessyl intelligent cup that debuted for presale last year, launched a new device on Tuesday called the Pryme Vessyl, which automatically tracks users' water consumption habits and incorporates them into a customized schedule.

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Apple promoting popular apps and games on new Apple...

Apple has launched a new campaign to highlight both the new Apple TV and the many games and entertainment services on its App Store with a new series of short video clips. Each 15 second video starts with the same Apple TV graphic, then promotes a popular game or video service app on the new Apple TV with some gameplay or a popular show available on the service, and ends with the same multicolor graphic. So far these clips promote Netflix, HBO NOW, Asphalt 8, Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition: Star Wars, and Crossy Road. You can view each one below:

Asphalt 8


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This plane can take off like a helicopter

The Osprey just completed its longest flight in history, flying from California to Brazil for joint military training exercises.

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ZAGG Messenger Universal Mobile Keyboard and Stand:...

I've griped about my lack of a keyboard for the iPad Pro on Apple World Today before, and finally today I have one to try out thanks to the good people at ZAGG. The $69.95 Messenger Universal Mobile Keyboard and Stand isn't a keyboard case or a folio, nor does it use the Smart Connector of the iPad Pro. Instead, it's a Bluetooth keyboard with a built-in stand that will work with the Pro, and with many other devices as well. Let's take a look.


The ZAGG Messenger Universal is actually quite a nice looking unit, featuring a black case with a fold-down cover/stand that shuts off the unit when it is closed over the keyboard. There's also power switch for that purpose, right next to the micro-USB port that's used for recharging the keyboard. ZAGG says that the device can get about 3 months of battery life given one hour a day of usage, so I'm assuming that it...

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Military's Osprey helicopter-airplane makes...

The Osprey just completed its longest flight in history, flying from California to Brazil for joint military training exercises.

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Apple's annual iPhone release cycle...

A report examining smartphone brand loyalty found that buyers of higher end devices tend to prefer sticking to what they have, but that Apple has been very successful in inciting switchers to jump to iOS during its iPhone upgrade cycles.

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My Post On iPad Pro At CBS Pulse

I’ve been thinking a lot about the iPad Pro (which might be obvious to my readers). Sooooo, I wrote up a little article for CBS Pulse on the iPad Pro. It’s available at http://cbspulse.com/2015/11/17/ipad-pro-means-businesses/. Hope you enjoy!

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16GB iPhone users rejoice: New Google Photos feature...

Google is adding some new space-saving features to its Photos app on both the web and iOS. A new feature rolling out to the web client starting Wednesday will give the option to downgrade photos previous backed up in full resolution to the compressed mode in order to save space. And on iOS, there’s a new “Free up space” button being added to the settings menu that deletes already backed up photos…

One of the things that makes the photo service so popular is the ability to back up an unlimited amount of photos in a “High quality” mode where photos over 16 megapixels are compressed. For most, this option suffices for...

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Google search bolsters its ability to understand...

Google wants you to talk to its search app like it’s just another human.

The company revealed several updates to its voice-search capabilities that allow you to ask questions like, “What was the Royals roster in 2013? or “What was the U.S. population when Bernie Sanders was born?”

Inside Search

Google’s search app can now handle questions with more complexity.

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News: Leaked photo shows official Apple Watch dock...

A photo posted by French site iGeneration appears to show the packaging and instructions for an official Apple dock for the Apple Watch. The box reads “Magnetic Charging Dock” and features a diagram of a circular dock supporting the Apple Watch in both horizontal and vertical positions. The dock appears to come with a Lightning cable, but not the USB adapter for plugging the cable into the wall. The price tag on the box shows the cost…

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Apple Seeds Fourth OS X 10.11.2 El Capitan Beta to...

Apple today seeded the fourth beta of an upcoming OS X 10.11.2 El Capitan update to developers and public beta testers, just one week after seeding the third beta and a full month after releasing OS X 10.11.1, the first OS X El Capitan update, to the public.

The fourth beta, build 15C47a, is available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store and can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center. Public beta testers can download the beta through the Mac App Store.

We don't know exactly what improvements the 10.11.2 update will bring to OS X El Capitan, because the betas seem to be focused on under-the-hood upgrades with no apparent outward-facing changes. It’s likely to include bug fixes, security...

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CoreMelt gives FCP X users tracked masking tools for...

CoreMelt has announced its SliceX Free product for Final Cut Pro X. It lets you create instant Shape Masks to cut out layers or isolate effects directly in Final Cut Pro X without having to go into Motion or create the masks with an external program.

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Official Apple Watch Charging Dock Packaging Shown...

Apple is developing its own in-house docking solution for charging the Apple Watch, reports French site iGeneration [Google Translate]. Citing sources with knowledge of Apple's plans, iGeneration says the dock will be called simply the "Magnetic Charging Dock," a name also seen in alleged packaging photos below.

Circular in shape, the dock appears to support the Apple Watch in two orientations, both laid flat over the top in portrait mode and on its side in landscape mode, useful for Nightstand mode. The charging puck within the dock seems to adjust from flat to upright to accommodate both orientations.

The Magnetic Charging Dock is said to come with a Lightning cable that will...

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iPhone 6s camera review Switzerland: behind the...

Austin Mann:

We’ve gotten a ton of questions about gear and the trip behind this project so we cut together this BTS piece for you — it’s 17 minutes so grab a coffee/snack and enjoy!

In early October, Mann posted his review of the iPhone 6s. Now he’s giving us a behind the scenes look. These BTS videos always fascinate me.

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News: Foursquare added to Apple Maps business...

Apple has updated the acknowledgments page for its Maps app to include Foursquare as a provider of business listings. Foursquare officially joins Yelp, Trip Advisor and Booking.com as official providers of information about businesses, restaurants and attractions within the app, but so far we at iLounge haven’t seen any Foursquare information popping up when searching in Apple Maps. In other Foursquare news, the company’s Swarm app got…

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Mini-review: iWork ‘15 brings a lot of little...

In 2013 following a five-year hiatus, Apple dropped new versions of Keynote, Pages, and Numbers on unsuspecting iWork '09 users. A lot of features were removed, and the user interface was significantly overhauled. The company fixed some of the more egregious omissions in the following months and then did a more significant update of the productivity suite in late 2014. Now, apparently, we're back on a yearly update schedule again. We got another round of iWork updates last month and a round of bug...

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AppsMoment Application Builder revved to version 2.0

AppsMoment has launched version 2.0 of its app builder application. AppsMoment was created to make the process of creating mobile apps straightforward and clear so that people without coding knowledge could use it.

Version 2.0 allows anyone to create apps in more than 10 languages. The new dashboard offers better visualization and makes the process of creating apps even more simple and fast. Users now can create iOS, Android and HTML5 apps simultaneously.

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OS X El Capitan 10.11.2 beta 4 Now Available

OS X El Capitan 10.11.2 beta 4 Now Available

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OS X El Capitan 10.11.2 beta 4 Now Available

OS X El Capitan 10.11.2 beta 4 Now Available

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Dog & Bone announces world's first...

Australian accessory manufacturer Dog & Bone is best known for its amazing Wetsuit cases for iPhone, but the company has just made a splash in the “internet of things” market by introducing the world’s first keyless Bluetooth padlocks. Using an iOS or Android app as a virtual key, the US$89.95 LockSmart Keyless Bluetooth Padlock and $69.95 Locksmart Mini Keyless Bluetooth Padlock will be shipping in December, just in time to lock up those new Christmas gifts.

The LockSmart’s app lets users manage one or many padlocks, even allowing owners to send virtual “keys” to others for access to a lock. The app tracks all lock activity, including the user name, date and time of use, and the owner can revoke access at any time with a few taps.

For iPhone owners who have devices that support Touch ID, the LockSmart padlocks can be unlocked with a fingerprint. Users can also tap an app icon to unlock the padlock, or enter a...

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SuperTab for Mac gains El Capitan support

SpriTec Software (www.supertab.me) has released SuperTab 1.3, an update to their utility application for OS X. The new version adds support for El Capitan.

SuperTab enhances and extends the Mac's built-in Command-Tab Application Switcher by providing users with instant access to more than just their active apps. By the way, SpriTech is offering SuperTab at a 75 percent off sale price of $5 for a limited time. A demo is available for download.

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Apple Pay coming to Canada and Australia this week,...

Apple Pay’s march to ubiquity is going to be a slow and steady one, if Apple’s current rollout strategy is any indication. The company brought its mobile payment service to the United Kingdom in July after months of expansion in the U.S., and now Apple Pay is arriving in Canada today, with Australia set to come on board on Thursday.

There is a caveat: Apple Pay use is limited to American Express cardholders in those countries to start. Jennifer Bailey, Apple’s vice president in charge of Apple Pay, told the Associated Press that American Express cards are easiest to support at launch because AmEx is both the payment network operator and the card issuer...

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Tests reveal how Apple improved iPad Pro’s display...

DisplayMate is out today with a comparison of iPad displays following the introduction of Apple’s new larger 12.9-inch iPad, and the results might surprise you.

While the larger display on the iPad Pro is one of the device’s standout features on Apple’s latest and greatest iPad, the iPad mini 4, introduced alongside the iPad Pro to not quite as much fanfare, actually beats out its bigger sibling in several categories. The iPad Pro, however, does hold its own and DisplayMate’s analysis shows a number of improvements Apple has made to make it one of its best displays for a mobile device yet.


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Seagate launches ClusterStor G200 Storage System

Seagate Technology (www.seagate.com) has introduced the Seagate ClusterStor G200 Spectrum Scale, a high performance computing (HPC)-class storage solution designed to help data-driven enterprises manage massive storage growth. The G200 integrates with Seagate’s new 3.5-inch ClusterStor HPC drive specifically designed for the HPC market.

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Remote Buddy Display turns a Siri Remote into a Mac...

IOSPIRIT has introduced the Remote Buddy Display for the new Apple TV. It costs US$24.99 and is a companion to the free Remote Buddy app for tvOS that brings your Mac apps onto the new Apple set-top box’s screen through screen sharing .

It also turns the Siri Remote into a trackpad, keyboard and remote for use with your Mac. You can pick from Remote Buddy's library of app-specific actions, launch, switch, and quit apps right from your Apple TV.

According to the folks at IOSPIRIT, the screen sharing engine delivers up to 60 frames per second at a latency of just around 0.1 seconds. In Trackpad mode, you can move the mouse cursor, click and scroll. Integration with Remote Buddy's Mousespot allows highlighting parts of f.ex. a Keynote or PowerPoint presentation. It also helps you find the mouse pointer on screen. 

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IOSPIRIT introduces Remote Buddy Display for the Mac

IOSPIRIT has introduced the Remote Buddy Display (https://www.iospirit.com/products/remotebuddy/display/) for the new Apple TV. It costs US$24.99 and is a companion to the free Remote Buddy app for tvOS that brings your Mac apps onto the new Apple set-top box’s screen through screen sharing .

It also turns the Siri Remote into a trackpad, keyboard and remote for use with your Mac. You can pick from Remote Buddy's library of app-specific actions, launch, switch, and quit apps right from your Apple TV.

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Oxford Dictionaries just selected its word of the year for 2015 and here it is:

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Fantastical gains Peek and Pop commands

Fantastical is a great calendaring solution. Loved it when they added their Apple Watch complication, love the peek and pop additions.

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Apple Pay charges into Canada and Australia

Apple Pay continues to grow, slow and steady.

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Echo 15+ Thunderbolt 2 Dock is new 16-port docking...

Sonnet Technologies is shipping the Echo 15+ Thunderbolt 2 Dock, a 16-port docking station for Mac and Windows computers with Thunderbolt ports. It sports an optical drive and an internal drive bay.

The Echo 15+ is designed to let you connect every device you need, including current and legacy devices — even the latest Ultra HD 4K displays — and expand your storage for backup or increased capacity in a single desktop device that connects to their computer with a Thunderbolt cable. It provides the option to add internal storage supporting data transfer rates of up to 750 MB/s, as well as the ability to read from and write to optical media including Blu-ray Disc.

Using the peripherals' supplied cables, a user can plug up to 16 devices into the Echo 15+, including printers, keyboards, mice, cable modems, external hard drives and SSDs, displays, headphones, speakers, microphones, and iOS devices. The user can...

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Adobe placates Lightroom users by restoring the...

Most of the time, a dot update to mature software is no big whoop—even if it involves minor changes to an interface or workflow. But occasionally, what appears to developers and product managers as routine turns out to be a really big—and thoroughly unpleasant—deal.

Adobe found that out the hard way when it released version 6.2 of its Lightroom photo management app at the MAX Creativity conference a few weeks back.

After resolving an issue that initially crashed the program, and apologizing profusely in a blog post, it turned out that users were incensed about the update for other reasons, particularly with ...

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DisplayMate iPad Shoot-out: iPad Mini 4 Has Best...

In its latest display shoot-out, DisplayMate Technologies compared the displays of Apple's current iPad lineup: the 2015 iPad mini 4, the 2015 iPad Pro, and the 2014 iPad Air 2 to see how the three tablets measure up against each other. The iPad mini 4 came out on top in most of DisplayMate's tests, which used a variety of calibrated lab measurements and image/photo viewing tests to compare display quality.

DisplayMate called the iPad mini "unquestionably the best and most accurate LCD tablet display we've ever tested," giving it higher marks than the 2732 x 2048 resolution iPad Pro. The iPad Pro also scored well, earning all "very good" to "excellent" marks on tests, and while the iPad Air 2 did well enough to rank as a top tier display, its performance was somewhat behind the iPad mini 4 and the iPad Pro, unsurprising as it was last updated in the fall of 2014 while the mini and the Pro were both released...

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DisplayMate report: iPad Pro’s “top tier...

Apple touts the iPad Pro as a productivity tool, so it’s important that the tablet has a high-performing display. And for the most part, that’s true, according to a report published by Raymond M. Soneira, President of DisplayMate.

The DisplayMate report includes a wide variety of tests, including viewing angles, color gamut, contrast, and ambient light performance. The iPad Pro earned a “Very Good to Excellent” rating in all of DisplayMate’s tests. The DisplayMate report goes on to say that overall, “the iPad Pro delivers a Top Tier professional display.”

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Early Apple Pencil orders in the U.S. move closer to...

If you ordered an Apple Pencil last week, there’s a good chance it’s getting ready to ship.

Since the launch if the iPad Pro, supplies of the Apple Pencil have been constrained. At launch, there were no Apple Pencils or Smart Keyboards available for purchase in the U.S. with in-store pickup, and the first online orders listed delivery dates of November 19 at the earliest, more than a week after the iPad Pro became available.

On Tuesday, a number of pre-order customers are seeing some movement with their orders, receiving notifications that their Apple Pencils are now preparing for shipment. Current estimates from some customers have the Apple Pencil arriving between...

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News: Conflicting reports over rumored new 4-inch...

Citing “credible sources,” Macotakara claims Apple has a 4” “iPhone 5s Mark II” ready for production and shipment. If true, the new phone will feature a patchwork of Apple’s older technology, including the A8 chip found in the iPhone 6 and the f/2.2 aperture FaceTime HD camera found in the most recent iPod Touch. The new report conflicts yesterday’s rumor from IHS analyst Kevin Wang claiming a new “iPhone…

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Opinion: Apple is right to stand firm on encryption...

Nobody who watched the news coverage of the terrorist attacks in Paris could fail to be moved by the scenes and the stories emerging from it. It was undeniably a horrific series of events, and it’s only human nature to want action to be taken to reduce the likelihood of future such atrocities.

But there is always a danger at such times that emotion, rather than rational thought, will drive government policy-making. I won’t get into the broader theme there, as there are more appropriate forums for that, but there is one aspect that is very much on-topic for us: the battle between Apple and governments over encryption.

There have already been unattributed reports that the terrorists in Paris used encrypted communication. I have no idea whether there is any specific evidence for that, but it would hardly be damning were such evidence to emerge: it would be frankly astonishing if they hadn’t.

There are three reasons why Apple is right to maintain that it will...

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Apple granted patent regarding the use of femtocells

Apple has been granted a second patent (number 9,191,839) by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for taking advantage of afemtocell-connected network. A femtocell is a small, low-power cellular base station typically reserved for use in a home or small business. 

A femtocell is, basically, a miniature cell phone tower that anyone can use to boost their wireless signal in their home. Most of the major U.S. wireless carriers sell femtocells, as do other retailers, and they can typically be purchased for US$150 to $250. Such a device, which resembles a wireless router, essentially acts as a repeater. The device communicates with the mobile phone and converts voice calls into voice over IP (VoIP) packets. The packets are then transmitted over a broadband connection to the mobile operator's servers.

There are pros and cons to using a femtocell. One plus is that the coverage is likely to remain consistent wherever you are located in the office/home. It also makes it...

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Siri commands on Apple TV

A solid list from MacSparky.

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Not on the Mac App Store

Dan Counsell on apps that sell outside the Mac App Store. He’s building a list, so let him know if he missed any.

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Google adds cellular support to assorted Android...

Cellular support just hit for Google’s Android Wear line.

Google has announced that its Android Wear watches, which already feature Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, now feature cellular support.

The company has announced that the first Android Wear watch with cellular support is the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE.

Per Google’s press release:

The watch’s three buttons offer quick access to what you use most: your contacts list, the LG Health fitness app, and back to the watch face to see the time. Its high resolution 480 x 480 P-OLED display makes it easy to read important info, no matter where you are. And the built-in heart rate monitor helps you get more out...

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With Apple Watch Crushing the Competition, Samsung...

There have been a number of reports 'guestimating' Apple Watch sales to date and most show that Apple's watch is crushing the Samsung Gear. So Samsung is turning to supplying smartwatch parts ...

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Apple Pay goes live for cards from nearly 100 more...

In addition to a going live in Canada and adding two more banks in the UK, Apple Pay has seen a giant expansion of new bank partners in the United States today as well. If you’re still waiting for your bank to work with Apple Pay so you can use the mobile payment service, check the list below to see the latest:

Acme Federal Credit Union
Alpine Bank
Alpine Credit Union
Altier Credit Union
American 1 Credit Union
American Trust and Savings Bank
Ashland Credit Union
Augusta Metro Federal Credit Union
Avidia Bank
Bank Independent
Bank of New...

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Apple Expands Postmates Same-Day Delivery to...

Apple has expanded Postmates same-day delivery to Manhattan for most products ordered through the Apple Online Store and Apple Store app. The service is available for Mac, iPad, iPod, Apple TV, Apple Watch, Beats products, cables, accessories and many other items in stock at local Apple Stores for a $19 flat rate fee.

Most products are guaranteed to be delivered within a two-hour window, but select products may have longer same-day wait times. Customers that order through the Apple Store app are provided with estimated delivery times and tracking information as the product is transported from the Apple Store to the delivery location.

Apple's new Postmates same-day delivery option is available in most areas of Manhattan, including 37 of 43 zip codes based on our limited spot check. The service has limited coverage in northern neighborhoods such as Inwood and Washington Heights, and is unavailable on Roosevelt Island and in the...

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Mac keyboard shortcuts

Pass these two short keyboard shortcut articles along to anyone you know who is relatively new to the Mac, and be sure to check out the free CheatSheet app. Super useful.

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Apple: 94% of global smartphone profits on only 14.5...

Breathtaking numbers.

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∞ Real world, iPad Pro vs. traditional tablet

Watch the video, see for yourself. To me, the iPad Pro is head and shoulders a better experience.

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iLounge Best of the Year Awards 2015

Welcome to iLounge’s Best of the Year Awards for 2015! Every year, our editors go back and consider everything we’ve covered during the past year to focus on the best of the best. This time around, our selections were made for anything that we covered from Nov. 1, 2014 to Nov. 6, 2015. In these pages, you’ll find our top picks in 24 categories. We’ve whittled down a list of thousands of potential products to the year’s best speakers, cases,…

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Global iPhone sales, 2007-2015

This is an awesome infographic.

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News: Apple Pay coming to Australia this week,...

Apple Pay debuted in Canada today and will arrive in Australia later this week for some American Express cardholders, The Financial Post reports. Retailers in both countries are ahead of the U.S. in adoption of the tap-to-pay technology necessary to use Apple Pay, but so far in Canada, only non-bank issued American Express cards will work with the digital payment system, since the company hasn’t finalized a deal with any major Canadian banks.…

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Review: Zagg’s Messenger Universal is a smarter,...

There aren’t many iPad Pro-specific keyboards out there — Apple’s $170 Smart Keyboard and Logitech’s $150 Create (reviewed here) are the first two, if you can find them, with at least a few others announced and on their way to stores. But there’s really no need to wait on iPad Pro-specific keyboards, or spend a king’s ransom for one. Tons of iPad-compatible Bluetooth keyboards are already available, and thankfully at much lower prices.

Depicted with an iPad Pro on its box, Zagg’s Messenger Universal ($70) is clearly an alternative to Apple’s...

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Office 365 innovations in enterprise security and...

The role of IT has never been more critical, nor more challenging. IT is tasked with enabling workers to be productive on any device from any location while securing devices and data amidst a landscape of increasingly targeted and sophisticated threats to enterprise security.

Over the last year, we’ve introduced several new security and compliance capabilities to Office 365, including Advanced Threat Protection, Customer Lockbox and Advanced eDiscovery, which integrates Equivio. Together, these new security and compliance capabilities expand upon the market-leading, built-in security capabilities in Office 365. Today...

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Apple Pay Inches into Canada Today While US Fast...

Apple's year-old mobile-payments service is expanding to more countries, banks and merchants, as it faces growing competition and some challenges before it becomes as commonplace as plastic cards. Apple Pay is available in Canada starting Tuesday ...

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No TidBITS Issue on 30 November 2015

We’re taking the next email issue of TidBITS off to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, although we’ll continue to post articles and ExtraBITS links on our Web site. The next email issue will be published on 7 December 2015.


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News: Daily Deal: First Generation Lytro 16GB Camera

In today’s iLounge Deal we’ve got the First Generation Lytro 16GB Camera at an even better price – only $69.99. That’s over 60% off the regular price. The first consumer camera to capture the entire light field, Lytro lets you take “living pictures” that you can adjust afterward, due to its cutting-edge technology that not only captures the position of light rays, but also their direction. This allows you to capture…

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Change Banner Times For Notifications In OS X

You know how in Notification Center, how you see a banner for awhile? You can customize how long that lasts. To do so, use defaults to write a bannerTime key into com.apple.notificationcenterui. They should be an integer that shows the number of seconds for the banner to display, For example, to set the banner to 10 seconds:

defaults write com.apple.notificationcenterui bannerTime 10

Or 2 seconds:

defaults write com.apple.notificationcenterui bannerTime 2

Once you set the time, log out and log back in (or reboot) for the change to take effect. Enjoy

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Apple is Stepping up their Focus in Both Enterprise...

Apple's CEO Tim Cook met with India's Prime Minister in San Jose in late September and it now appears that Apple is taking their first action in India since that meeting.

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Rumor: Apple's upgraded 4-inch iPhone will be...

Apple has an improved 4-inch iPhone 5s model ready to go at any time, a new rumor claims, featuring many of the same components found in the 2015 iPod touch upgrade, including the A8 processor that powers the iPhone 6 series, rather than the latest A9 CPU.

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Apple SIM for iPad now available in Japan, making 13...

The Apple SIM, which allows iPad owners to use a range of carriers at home and overseas without having to swap SIMs, is now available in Japan. Apple has added Japanese carrier au to its list of supported networks.

Apple first offered its own SIM in the U.S. and UK, later adding Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey to the list.

Although you can only get the SIM in 13 countries, you can use it in more than 90 thanks to the inclusion of GigSky back in June.

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Apple Pay Launches in Canada With American Express,...

Apple Pay is now available in Canada exclusively for American Express customers, allowing newer iPhone and Apple Watch owners to make contactless payments at stores like Indigo, McDonald's, Sport Chek, Tim Hortons and others that have NFC-equipped payment terminals and accept American Express.

Apple Pay is now live in Canada on iOS 9.1 (Image: Twitter/Bryan)

Apple Pay should now be live in the Wallet app on iOS 9.1 for Canadian users. American Express cards can be scanned or added manually by tapping the "Add Credit or Debit Card" option.

American Express, an independent credit card issuer in Canada, is not nearly as popular or widely accepted as MasterCard or Visa credit cards in the country, and Apple notes that bank-issued American Express cards like those in partnership with Scotiabank are not accepted at launch....

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3DR's Solo drone can update no-fly zones in...

Now that drones are everywhere, pilots keep blundering into no-fly zones, threatening people and airliners alike. Most of the time these are simple mistakes, so drone-maker 3DR has launched a new venture with a company called AirMap to help pilots...

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One option if you’re having an app crashing problem...

After I bought my new iPad Pro, I quickly installed Pages and began using it. However, on day two, when I opened the app, it would crash. Every. Single. Time. What I eventually had to do was restore the super-sized iPad to its factory settings, then reinstall Pages.

Before I did this, I deleted the software and re-downloaded it from the Apple App Store. Nothing changed. Pages crashed almost immediately after I opened it, and the iPad Pro went to the home screen again automatically.

At Apple Support’s suggestion, I connected the iPad Pro to my Mac, clicked on the tablet’s icon, then tapped “Summary.” I chose “Backup Now” and backed up all my iPad’s data. This took awhile. After the backup was complete, I selected the “Restore iPad”  to set it up as a “New iPad. Once this was done, I went to the Apple App Store, downloaded Pages (again), then went to my iCloud Drive and updated my Pages documents folder. 

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VidConvert now ready for OS X El Capitan

Reggie Ashworth has announced VidConvert 1.6.2, an OS X El Capitan update to his video converter for the Mac.

It will convert just about any type of video into one of many popular formats of You can create videos for your iPhone or iPad, for your Mac or TV, or formats such as DivX and MPEG. Version 1.6.2 fixes an issue where trial conversions might not work as expected, fixes an issue with certain alert panels, and includes other minor fixes.

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Kool Tools: Beamer 3.0 for Mac OS X

Tupil has revved Beamer, its video streaming app for Mac OS X (Yosemite or El Capitan) video streaming app, to version 3.0 In addition to allowing you to stream any video file from a Mac to any Apple TV, it now supports Chromecast and Google Cast-supported HDTVs.

The app streams video directly, so it will be played natively on the streaming devices. Version 3.0 brings support for Chromecast devices, quick selection of playback options, a redesigned interface, improved playlist controls, new sound playback and subtitle options, and more.

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Kool Tools: Beamer 3.0 for Mac OS X

Tupil has revved Beamer, its video streaming app for Mac OS X (Yosemite or El Capitan) video streaming app, to version 3.0 In addition to allowing you to stream any video file from a Mac to any Apple TV, it now supports Chromecast and Google Cast-supported HDTVs.

The app streams video directly, so it will be played natively on the streaming devices. Version 3.0 brings support for Chromecast devices, quick selection of playback options, a redesigned interface, improved playlist controls, new sound playback and subtitle options, and more.

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Future iOS, OS X devices would allow you to control...

Future iOS and perhaps Mac OS X devices may allow you to control some user interface elements with your eyes. Apple has been granted (another) patent (number 9,189,064) with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for “delay of display event based on user gaze.” 

The invention involves methods and systems of delaying the execution of a display event based on a detected user gaze. For example, an autocorrect algorithm can automatically replace a typed word with a corrected word in a text field, generating a display event that causes the corrected word to be displayed instead of the typed word.

Per the patent, an electronic device can include a display that displays content intended to be viewed by a user. The content can change based on changing context. For example, when an instant message is received by the device, a pop-up notification can be displayed indicating to the user that a new message has been received. 

However, if the user isn’t looking at the...

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MetroPCS getting its own version of Music Freedom,...

T-Mobile is extending its popular Music Freedom service, which allows unlimited use of Apple Music and other streaming music services without eating into your data allowance, to MetroPCS prepaid customers – albeit under a slightly different name. T-Mobile said that its Music Unlimited service would be available on a range of plans, starting from just $40/month.

Music Unlimited includes more than 30 music streaming services, including Apple Music, Pandora, Spotify, Slacker, iHeart Radio, and Google Play Music. Music Unlimited is available to new and existing MetroPCS customers on Metro’s new $40, $50, and $60 unlimited plans.

The company is also offering a Binge On...

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An 'iAnywhere' initiative wouldn’t...

According to a 2014 report by the analyst at J.P. Morgan Apple is working on an "iAnywhere" initiative — a combination Mac OS X-iOS platform that would let iDevices function as full fledged computers. I think that makes sense (though I think it will be at least two years down the road), but several folks disagreed with my theory that, eventually, Apple will combine OS X and iOS. 

"While not a new idea, our global tech research team believes Apple could be on the cusp of introducing a new category with iAnywhere, a converged MacOS-iOS operating system that allows an iPhone or iPad to dock into a specially configured display to run as a computer," J.P. Morgan Analyst Mark Moskowitz said. "In our view, this category would be a leapfrog event, potentially jumpstarting iPhone and iPad growth as well as peripherals and cloud-based software and services sales."

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Apple Granted 53 Patents Today Covering their iPhone...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 53 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's first patent on annotating on an a tablet with a stylus all the way back to 2001 debunking the myth that Apple was never going to use a stylus with an iDevice. Apple was also granted patents for ...

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AAPL now taking 94% of entire smartphone industry...

Canaccord Genuity estimated back in July that Apple was taking home 92% of the profits in the entire smartphone industry, and now says the figure climbed even higher last quarter, hitting 94%. Samsung was the only other company to make a profit, says the report, with 11% – the somewhat odd math explained by the fact that everyone else is losing money.

Investors Business Daily quotes analyst Michael Walkley predicting continued strong performance by Apple.

“Apple dominated the premium-tier global smartphone market during calendar Q3, with record share of industry profits,” Walkley said in the report. “We believe the iPhone 6 and 6S products should continue to post strong sales and high-end smartphone market...

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Mad Catz C.T.R.L. Wireless GamePad can improve your...

By David Foster

I love my games and I’m always looking for another way to make the gaming experience better! Today’s smartphones are loaded with the ability to run some impressive games, but my fat thumbs seem to get in the way of enjoying the stunning graphics. The $59.99 Mad Catz C.T.R.L. Wireless GamePad helps to alleviate this problem. 

The Mad Catz C.T.R.L. Wireless GamePad is a fully loaded Bluetooth controller that runs off two AAA batteries. It comes with a phone clip so that you can securely hold your phone in landscape position while enjoying your games. The layout is similar to an xbox controller in design with a much lighter feel. 

The controller was very easy to setup and responded well while playing games. It is a little on the sensitive side which took me some time to get adjusted to it. The battery life is great. I have put 20 hours on the controller and have not needed to...

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12 travel-friendly tech gifts you'll want to...

Technology that’s easy at home can become a burden on the road—whether it’s too big, too heavy, or helpless when you’re away from a speedy Internet connection. The travel-friendly tech in this gift guide can save your favorite frequent flier some stress on their next trip. Whether it’s a clip-on camera accessory or a great organizer, it’s all worth taking with you. 

Olloclip 4-in-1 Lens

The Olloclip 4-in-1 Lens attaches easily and securely to your iPhone.

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12 travel-friendly tech gifts you'll want to...

Technology that’s easy at home can become a burden on the road—whether it’s too big, too heavy, or helpless when you’re away from a speedy Internet connection. The travel-friendly tech in this gift guide can save your favorite frequent flier some stress on their next trip. Whether it’s a clip-on camera accessory or a great organizer, it’s all worth taking with you. 

Olloclip 4-in-1 Lens

The Olloclip 4-in-1 Lens attaches easily and securely to your iPhone.

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The best task managers for iOS

While Getting Things Done might be a proven method for maximizing organization and efficiency, you don’t need to adopt a whole new philosophy just to get your life in order. All you need is the right app. 

However, finding that one perfect app can be the most difficult task of all. Do a search for “task manager” or “list maker” and you’ll get dozens of apps solely dedicated to scheduling and organizing your life.

The task managers on this list all let you dive in and out of your lists and to-dos with ease and efficiency, showcasing not just the beauty of iOS but also its power and versatility. And of course, they will all help you get things done. Here are our picks. 

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Apple invention lets users control time-sensitive...

An Apple patent published on Tuesday shows continued work into so-called "gaze detection" technology, particularly as a means to control certain user interface events like autocorrect pop-ups, app notifications and more.

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Apple Pay is now available in Canada with American...

As expected, Apple Pay is now available in Canada. You can use use eligible American Express bank cards to make mobile payments at a whole host of retailers that support the NFC technology across Canada. Apple Pay retailer mobile payments works with iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. Some had suggested that Apple may need to push out an iOS software update but iOS 9.2 remains in beta — this all works from within the Wallet setup on iOS 9.1.

For the UK, Apple has also brought Tesco Bank and TSB onboard … expanding Apple Pay to even more people in the country.


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Monday November 16

Pandora acquires ‘key assets’ from Rdio, will launch...


The streaming music industry is about to lose a player and gain a platform. On Monday, Pandora announced plans to acquire “key assets” from on-demand streaming service Rdio, which is seeking bankruptcy protection and will wind down its current business.

The deal, for $75 million in cash, covers Rdio’s technology and intellecutal property, and Pandora says it will be offering jobs to many members of Rdio’s team. Pandora isn’t buying Rdio’s entire business for a couple of reasons.

First, to launch an on-demand streaming service like Spotify or Apple Music, Pandora will have to make its own licensing deals with the record labels, because Rdio’s deals aren’t transferable. Second, Pandora executives explained in a Monday conference call that Rdio is financially “challenged,” and would have been a drain on Pandora.

I wouldn’t take bets on Rdio relaunching. It’s also likely the first of a few more consolidations in the next 12 months.


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Paris attack stokes the flames in fight over US data...

Last week's terrorist attack on Paris sounded a call to arms for hawkish U.S. officials seeking broad oversight of encrypted digital communications, some of whom used the opportunity to rekindle discussions with Silicon Valley technology companies.

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[Sponsor] Bellroy’s Latest Slim Fix: Your iPhone and...


“The 3 Card Phone Case sports a sleek design that includes room for up to three credit cards and some cash.

Made with full-grain leather and flexible polycarbonate, the case includes openings for the iPhone’s buttons, camera, and lighting port, features a soft microfiber lining for extra padding, and comes in black, java, tamarillo, or blue steel.”

Available for the iPhone 6s and 6, this super slim Phone Case also comes in two other styles — 1 card and cardless. For the optimizer in us all.

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First Apple Pencil Orders in the U.S. Now '...

Though the iPad Pro has been widely available in Apple retail stores since its launch last Wednesday, supplies of the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard have been much more limited. At launch, there were no Apple Pencils or Smart Keyboards available for purchase in the U.S. with in-store pickup, and the first online orders listed delivery dates of November 19 at the earliest, more than a week after the iPad Pro became available.

As of today, pre-order customers with some of the earliest upcoming estimated delivery dates are seeing some movement with their orders, receiving notifications that their Apple Pencils are now preparing for shipment. MacRumors reader Jose's Apple Pencil is preparing to ship with an estimated delivery date of November 20 to November 24, and there are a few other reports of Apple Pencil...

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Rare manufacturing error leaves iPad Pro with gold...

iPad Pro officially launched last week to the public after initially being announced back in September. The device launched in Apple’s standard trio of color choices, as well: silver, gold, and Space Gray. As with all Apple products, the Touch ID ring found on the Space Gray model is black, while the ring is gold on the gold model and silver on the silver model, just like you’d expect. At least one user, however, has received an iPad Pro with a different color combination…

A 9to5Mac reader has shared the above image and the video blow that both clearly show a silver iPad Pro featuring a gold Touch ID ring. The reader purchased his iPad Pro through AT&T with LTE and 128GB of storage. Everything else about the iPad is correct – the back is...

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Apple SIM gains Japanese network support through...

More than year after launching on iPad, Apple's flexible multi-carrier Apple SIM officially arrived in Japan on Monday with support from local telecom KDDI, which is partnering with Apple through its "au" mobile network brand.

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Facebook to Broaden Use of Safety Check in Disasters

Facebook faced a social media firestorm this weekend for deploying its safety check tool during Friday's terrorist attacks in Paris. The decision prompted users to ask why the technology was not deployed during similar incidents in other regions. During the rapidly unfolding Mumbai-style attacks that killed at least 129 people in Paris, large numbers of residents and visitors to the city used social media to let loved ones and officials know they were hiding from the ISIS gunmen, injured, or safe and out of harm's way.

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Pandora acquires 'key assets' from Rdio,...

The streaming music industry is about to lose a player and gain a platform. On Monday, Pandora announced plans to acquire “key assets” from on-demand streaming service Rdio, which is seeking bankruptcy protection and will wind down its current business.

The deal, for $75 million in cash, covers Rdio’s technology and intellecutal property, and Pandora says it will be offering jobs to many members of Rdio’s team. Pandora isn’t buying Rdio’s entire business for a couple of reasons: First, to launch an on-demand streaming service like Spotify or Apple Music, Pandora will have to make its own licensing deals with the record labels, because Rdio’s deals aren’t transferable. Second, Pandora executives explained in a Monday conference call that Rdio is financially “challenged,” and would have been a drain on Pandora.

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About the security content of iOS 8.4

This document describes the security content of iOS 8.4.

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About the security content of OS X Yosemite v10.10.4...

This document describes the security content of OS X Yosemite v10.10.4 and Security Update 2015-005.

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Google disables support for third-party keyboards in...

Third-party keyboards have been supported on iOS since version 8 shipped last year, but even today they’re still often plagued by poor performance and other issues related to Apple’s implementation. Today, Google has released a Chrome for iOS update that disables support for third-party keyboards entirely because of such issues.

It’s not clear which issues exactly were behind this decision, as the company only lists a very broad description of the problem: “Third-party keyboards have been disabled due to crashes caused by a bug in iOS 9.”

The update, which brings the app to version 46.0.2490.85, also includes a fix for a display bug with the app’s location/search bar.

We’ve reached out to Google for a comment on when...

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AWT News Update: November 16, 2015

In today's roundup of Apple news:

  • Apple taps Foursquare as a data provider for Apple Maps
  • Two of the early Mac interface designers don't like Apple's current UI designs
  • Want an Apple Pencil? Take a look at eBay
  • A San Diego, CA Apple Store gets its hand slapped and must wear a badge of shame
  • Apple making a lot of iPhone profits

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for November 16, 2015. 

Do you wonder where Apple gets all of the data that is used in the Maps app? Well,...

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Microsoft Gives Gamers a New Xbox One Experience

Microsoft on Thursday began rolling out the New Xbox One Experience, delivering backward compatibility for Xbox 360 games and updating the user interface to a Windows 10 foundation. Support for legacy Xbox games is the headliner, but the roughly 1.15-GB update includes new social elements baked into a reworked interface. Microsoft could have coordinated the recent launch of a more robust version of the Xbox One with the delivery of the NXOE to sell the package as a new console bundle. Instead, it released the NXOE for free.

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Apple nixes iOS version of popular brightness...

Apple has shut down the iOS version of f.lux, reportedly arguing that the brightness management app violated terms of the Developer Program agreement.

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iPad Pro Review On MacJury!

Honored to have gotten to hang out with @chuckjoiner @jmartellaro and @donmcallister on @macvoices this past Sunday. It was a blast and I look forward to doing more of these!

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ExtraBITS for 16 November 2015

Good news for international travelers this week as Verizon rolls out new, improved international options. Comcast is testing a new streaming video service in the Boston area, T-Mobile is uncapping its LTE network for some video services, the Mac App Store is literally breaking apps, Apple Music lands on Android, and the increasingly chatty Tim Cook shares his thoughts on encryption, the PC’s decline, and Apple’s future in medical devices.


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Pandora snaps up Rdio technology and employees for $...

Streaming music giant Pandora announced it will spend $75 million to acquire technology, intellectual property and talent from on-demand competitor Rdio, which plans to file for bankruptcy as part of the deal.

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Notable apps and app updates for November 16, 2015

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

iOS Apps/Updates

Grapevine-cottage has released Plopp 1.0 with specific 3D touch support for iPhone the 6s and 6s Plus. The $0.99 app simulates bubble wrap and encourages you to press and burst the bubbles. On 3D touch supporting devices, Plopp responds to real user pressure on screen, and uses the taptic engine to give real tactile feedback.

Simply Entertaining Games has announced Flock's 3.0. In the free, side scrolling...

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 16...

Notable software releases this week include OmniOutliner 4.4, Type2Phone 3.0, Mactracker 7.5, DEVONagent Lite, Express, and Pro 3.9.3, Quicken 2015 for Mac 2.8, BBEdit 11.1.4, and Pages 5.6.1, Numbers 3.6.1, and Keynote 6.6.1 for Mac.


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Pandora acquiring Rdio for $75 million as the music...

Pandora announced today that it’s acquiring Rdio for $75 million with plans to integrate the competitive music streaming service’s technology into its own service pending the usual government approvals.

In addition to acquiring technology and intellectual property from Rdio, many members of Rdio’s team will be offered roles with Pandora, subject to close of the agreement. The company expects to offer an expanded Pandora listening experience by late 2016

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The prettiest place you’ve never heard of

Dangerous Business:

Alexander Graham Bell once said, “I have travelled around the globe. I have seen the Canadian and American Rockies, the Andes, the Alps and the Highlands of Scotland, but for simple beauty, Cape Breton outrivals them all.”

I’ll admit that I was a bit skeptical of this quote upon first reading it. I mean, the Rockies, the Alps, the Scottish Highlands… those are all pretty impressive and beautiful things. Could a sparsely-populated island in the Canadian Maritimes really compare?

Well, the truth is that it kind of can.

If you’re looking for a vacation full of utterly lovely scenery, wonderful people and great seafood, you can’t go wrong visiting my home province of Nova Scotia. I promise it will surprise and delight you.


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Pandora Acquires 'Key Assets' and...

Two of the biggest Apple Music competitors and most notable names in the streaming music industry are joining forces, with Pandora today announcing its $75 million acquisition of "key assets" from Rdio.

According to a press release on the acquisition, Pandora has gained unspecified "technology and intellectual property," and a number of Rdio's employees will be given roles at Pandora. Pandora plans to use Rdio's assets to "offer fans greater control over the music they love," with an expanded Pandora listening experience set to launch in late 2016, depending on licensing. Pandora wants to become the "go-to destination" for wherever and however its fans want to listen to music.

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Apple now inhaling 94 percent of global smartphone...

Apple's share of total smartphone industry profits grew to 94 percent during the September quarter, up from 85 percent one year ago.

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Waze, WhatsApp & Fantastical 2 join iPhone apps...

A number of popular iOS apps on Monday added support for 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, including the GPS app Waze, WhatsApp Messenger, and calendar app Fantastical 2.

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Opinion: iPad Pro can’t replace my Retina MacBook,...

When I reviewed the 12-inch MacBook with Retina display earlier this year, my one question was this: could I possibly use such a low power machine reliably for work? For blog posting and editing, switching between chat apps and email, and keeping up with a few Twitter accounts, the single-port MacBook is totally fine, and the Retina display was an upgrade over the dated one on my old MacBook Air.

While I’d like to apply that same question to the iPad Pro, which has a slightly larger display and effectively twice the battery life of my MacBook, the difference in how iOS and OS X handle multitasking and window management currently limit my ability to apply my same workflows from the Mac to the iPad. That didn’t stop me from lusting after the iPad Pro when it hit stores last week. Despite the Pro in its name, I think the new iPad is the best content consumption tablet...

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B&H & Best Buy offering first discounts ($25...

Ahead of the holiday shopping season, the Apple Watch has seen its first-ever discount from authorized resellers, as both B&H Photo Video and Best Buy are offering instant savings on the hot wearable.

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Foursquare now a supplier of business listing data...

Apple Maps has updated its Acknowledgements Page to include Foursquare as a supplier of business listings data, reports Apple Maps Marketing. 

Apple apparently provides data providers traffic data on their listings “so this provides Foursquare with a great reason for businesses to engage with them,” according to Apple Maps Marketing. FourSquare is a local search and discovery service app.

By taking into account the places you go, the things you tell the app that you like, and places/things other folks like, Foursquare provides recommendations of the places to go around a user's current location. There are currently more than 55 global...

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Google to offer deep links to Facebook content...

They say that politics makes strange bedfellows. Sometimes it’s the same in technology, and we have a fresh example with Google and Facebook.

According to a Wall Street Journal report the two companies have apparently struck an agreement that allows Google to index Facebook profiles and other links inside of its search app.

 This also means that publicly-shared content on Facebook can be indexed by Google and show up in search results. Tap on the link and you'll go right to that content in the Facebook app.

Google has been at work on other “deep linking” partnerships to make its search app less of an island on mobile devices.


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UBS sees Apple selling 78.4M iPhones this holiday,...

Investment firm UBS believes Apple will sell a record 78.4 million iPhones this holiday season, easily topping the company's best-ever quarter from a year ago and continuing to eat away at competitor market share.

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FaceTime chats let separated seal couple continue...

In a story that is sure to get a lot of "awwwwws" from readers, we take you today to Sea Life Weymouth (UK) to meet Sija. She's a female seal who met a guy seal by the name of Babyface while at the UK's Cornish Seal Sanctuary, fell in love, and ended up having two pups by Babyface although she was on seal contraceptives. They were split up, but staffers decided they should be able to continue a long-distance romance through FaceTime. Here's Sea Life's Fiona Smith in a short video clip about the story:

There's no word on whether Sija and Babyface will be able to start texting each other with waterproof iPhones. 

Via Geek.com

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Foursquare joins growing ranks of Apple Maps data...

Social networking service Foursquare is now an official supplier of business listings for Apple Maps, joining Yelp in giving users ratings and reviews for local businesses.

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Waze adds 3D Touch shortcuts on iPhone 6s,...

Last month the popular Waze navigation app on iPhone got a major update with a new design and improvements to reporting traffic issues and sharing arrival times with others. Now Waze is out with its next new version which brings 3D Touch shortcuts to the Home screen icon for iPhone 6s and 6s Plus users. Firmly press on the updated icon to quickly look up an address, share your location with other users, or get directions to your work or home address from your current location. Waze also says the update includes the usual bug fixes and improvements.

Fantastical already features 3D Touch shortcuts from its Home screen icon, and today the calendar and...

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Apple adds Foursquare business listings to Apple Maps

Apple has quietly confirmed that it’s adding business listing information from Foursquare to Apple Maps. The addition was spotted on Apple’s acknowledgements page for Maps listing the various contributors of data for Apple’s mapping service (via Apple Maps Marketing).

It’s unclear exactly how Apple is using Foursquare data, but it’s likely users will begin to notice points of interest related data from the service appearing soon. Apple already partners with various companies for the data and other features it uses in Maps including TomTom, booking.com, TripAdvisor, Yelp and others.

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Please Welcome Lauri Reinhardt

Join us in welcoming TidBITS employee #4. Lauri Reinhardt began her new job today as Director of Customer Service!


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Apple Pay launches in Canada tomorrow on Amex

Our friends north of the border get a taste of Apple Pay starting tomorrow, November 17, when Canadian American Express card users can add their cards to Apple Pay and begin paying for all sorts of products at contactless pay stations.

Website iPhone in Canada reported the news, saying that Amex customer service reps reaffirmed that the launch will take place tomorrow. When Canadian Amex users have tried adding their cards to Apple Pay in recent weeks, they have been told they "couldn't complete the request." 

Canada will be the third country to add Apple Pay support, following the US and UK.

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Pad & Quill: Beautiful wood and leather...

Pad & Quill is offering beautiful wood and leather accessories for iPhone, Apple Watch and more. I have one of their Backpacks and absolutely love it! They are offering Loop readers a 10% discount on any order including the new Minneapolis made Lowry Leather Cuff and Lowry Leather Band for Apple Watch. Code: LOOP15.

Lowry Leather Band Features

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Apple's Top Free Charts Incorrectly Ranking...

Apple's Top Free Charts on some iOS devices appear to be incorrectly ranking Apple apps like iMovie, Pages, Keynote, and Numbers. As discovered by Sensor Tower and shared by TechCrunch, on some iOS devices, the App Store's Top Free Chart lists Pages, Numbers, and Keynote at higher ranks than on the desktop App Store and on other iOS devices.

For example, on an iPad mini 2 and an iPhone 5s, we found iMovie, Keynote, Pages, and Numbers all listed within the top 10 free apps, all at different positions. On an iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Air 2, and iPad Pro, the only Apple app in the top 20 free apps is iTunes U, which also matches up with the...

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iPhone 6s owners report losing messages, recent...

Some people picking up a replacement iPhone 6s are finding that their Messages and Recent Calls data is missing after restoring from iCloud, according to numerous complaints.

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Withings rounds out its stylish activity-tracking...

Withings isn’t trying to compete with smartwatches with its Activité line of activity trackers. Instead, the French company is targeting style-conscious shoppers who don’t want rubbery bands on their wrist lighting up with garish LED step counts. The latest addition to the Activité family is the Activité Steel, as classy a fitness tracker as you’ll find for $170.

The Steel is similar to the Activité Pop, but trades the Pop’s candy-coated looks and PVD-coated bezel for a black silicone strap, black watch face, and stainless steel trim. It’s also slightly pricier than the $150 Pop, but significantly less expensive than the $450 Activité, which has a luxurious calf leather band and sapphire dome watch face. The entire Activité line is designed with the aesthetics of Swiss timepieces...

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Review: Anker’s PowerCore+ 20100 can fully recharge...

It’s no secret that Anker’s power accessories are some of the very best options available in their respective categories: its affordable, powerful wall chargers, car chargers, and battery packs have become sensations over the last couple of years. Heading into the holidays, Anker has debuted a fantastic option for both iPad and Retina MacBook users — the new PowerCore+ 20100 ($70).

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Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes is all about collecting heroes, powering them up, and using them together to defeat your foes. It's pretty straightforward stuff for the most part, but increasing your characters' stats can be a bit confusing because it... | Read more »
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Snowboard Party 2 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Crowned the best snowboarding game available on the market, Snowboard Party is back to fulfill all your adrenaline needs in... | Read more »
One Button Travel (Games)
One Button Travel 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: “To cut a long story short, If you like interactive fiction, just go buy this one.” - Toucharcade.com “Oozes the polish that... | Read more »
Light Apprentice Volume 1 (Games)
Light Apprentice Volume 1 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Light Apprentice Volume 1 includes Chapters 1 to 4, all gathered in a new exclusive game. When life in the world of... | Read more »
The best games like Animal Crossing on m...
Animal Crossing amiibo Festival is out right now for the Wii U, reminding us of just how much fun that world can be. Or at least to go back and check in on our villages once in a while. [Read more] | Read more »
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Hello, and welcome back to Between 2 Taps, Tap for Tap’s Indie Dev interview series. [Read more] | Read more »
Facility 47 (Games)
Facility 47 1.0.1 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $3.99, Version: 1.0.1 (iTunes) Description: You wake up alone and freezing in an icy cell. You try the cell door but it’s locked, it seems that you are stuck with no... | Read more »

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Apple resellers are offering discounts and bundles with the purchase of an Apple Watch this Black Friday weekend. Below is a roundup of the deals being offered by authorized Watch resellers: Apple... Read more
Early Black Friday sale at B&H Photo, up...
B&H Photo has all new Macs on sale for up to $500 off MSRP as part of their early Black Friday sale including free shipping plus NY sales tax only: - 15″ 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pro: $1699 $300 off... Read more
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Walmart has released their Black Friday deals for 2015, now available online. Choose free shipping or free local store pickup (if available): - 16GB iPad Air 2: $399, $100 off MSRP - 16GB iPad Air: $... Read more
Photo Cleaner 1.0 Reclaims iPhone Storage Spa...
Seoul, Korea based mix1009 has announced the release and immediate availability of Photo Cleaner 1.0, their handy iPhone app that deletes the video portion of Live Photos, in order to reclaim space... Read more
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Save $30-$40 on new Apple TVs after rebate
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13-Inch Haswell MacBook Air At Two Years – Th...
The 13-inch mid-2013 “Haswell” MacBook Air I ordered in Apple’s November 2013 Black Friday sale was my first new Mac in four and a half years — the longest interval I’ve gone between system upgrades... Read more
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