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Sunday May 17

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photos from the set...

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

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

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

The New York Times:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Version 31.7.0: Security Fixes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:22
The last day of her life

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

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:54
∞ Taking apart Mike Bloomfield’s Telecaster

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

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

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

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

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

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Saturday May 16

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

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

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

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

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

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

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21:41
Voila 3.8.4

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

 

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21:41
Final Cut Pro X 10.2.1 and Motion 5.2.1

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Manage, convert, sync, and more

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



Version 2.28.0: New Features

  • Conversion of all...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Version 42.0.2311.152:

  • Pepper Flash player has been updated to 17.0.0.188



  • OS X 10.6 or later



Download Now

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

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

How Daimler Built the Wor...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Check out this week's lineup

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

Belkin

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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00:21
Two Asian bank websites held ransom for bitcoin

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

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Friday May 15

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

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

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

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

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



Version 3.6.9:

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



  • OS X 10.6 or later



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

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

Features:

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

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



Version 1.10:

  • NEW: Day One Sync



  • OS X 10.9 or later



Download Now

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

Beamer streams to your Apple TV....

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

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

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

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

Start now, finish later - Beamer...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

iOS Apps Now Free

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

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

Fit Simply - Pedometer to...

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

∞ Read this on The Loop

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

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

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16:00
AWT News Update: May 15, 2015

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

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

The full podcast script is available below for your reading pleasure.

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

Another US grocery chain is adding Apple Pay...

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

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

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

Almost...

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15:29
Oh Samsung

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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15:15
Reddit Flaps Gums at Harassers


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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13:53
My Photo Stream FAQ

Find answers to frequently asked questions about My Photo Stream.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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13:38
Exercising with the Apple Watch: The Hardware

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

 

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

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

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13:22
Using your iPod as a storage drive

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

New calendar options

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

BitTorrent Bleep

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

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

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

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12:28
Reducing latency in MainStage 3

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

Some helpful information from Apple.

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

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

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12:23
Apple quietly doubles total iCloud contact card limit

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

The syncing limits for...

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12:08
HomeKit products to begin shipping next month

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

This is great news!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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10:56
FireEye, Microsoft Outsmart Clever Chinese Malware


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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09:48
External Link: Taking OS X to Eleven

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

 

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

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

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09:33
FileMaker Pro/FileMaker Pro Advanced 14

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

 

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

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:

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

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

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

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

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

Contains:

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

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08:55
Get help using iCloud Mail

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

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08:52
Review: Wren V5US Speaker

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

Get help with issues you might have using iCloud Keychain.

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

This is where things get snippy.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Looks

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

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

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

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

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

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

MACazine covers from Blair Saldanah collection

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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07:57
Regarding Apple Watch and Activation Lock

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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07:19
Hullo — Your favorite pillow. Guaranteed.

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

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

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

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

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07:02
Etsy's counterfeit problem is getting worse

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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06:53
MainStage 3: Reducing latency in MainStage 3

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

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

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

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06:38
Belgium tells Facebook to reign in user tracking

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

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

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

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

If you’re fortunate enough to have...

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06:08
News: Daily Deal: FLOTE Orbit Universal Tablet Stand

In today’s iLounge Deal we’re offering up the FLOTE Orbit Universal Tablet Stand for $119.99 – 14% off the regular price. Designed to hold your iPad just where you want it, the Orbit Flote can be a great way to keep a recipe handy in the kitchen, use around the house for streaming videos, or sharing presentations in the office. Flote orients your iPad in virtually any position freely and easily with a magnetic ball joint, and includes…

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06:06
Apple releases Final Cut Pro X 10.2.1

Apple has released Final Cut Pro X 10.2.1. It's a minor update to the professional video editing software.

The upgrade restores support for Panasonic AVCCAM video at 25p and 30p. It also improves accuracy when dragging to select a range in the timeline.

Version 10.2.1 update is available through the Mac App Store. For new users Final Cut Pro X costs US$299.99. It requires Mac OS X 10.10.2 or higher.

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06:04
12-inch MacBook month review: A great new Mac if you...

For the last month, I’ve been using Apple’s new 12-inch Retina MacBook almost exclusively. There’s no denying that’s it’s underpowered when compared to other models on the market, but is its portability worth the performance sacrifice? Can you really get anything done with a relatively small display, an Intel Core M processor, and more importantly, zero traditional USB ports?

This won’t be an in-depth review of features and performance (check out Zac’s take on the MacBook for an in-depth look), but instead, I’ve mainly focused on my personal experiences over the month I’...

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06:00
Resolve InnoDB Errors In MySQL

Database won’t start? InnoDB errors are a pain. Where was krypted for a month? Did everything finally get to me and I gave up blogging? No, the site ended up having some problems with corruption in some rows of the InnoDB tables. But, I was able to get the site back up by putting the database into recovery mode. How did I do this? It’s pretty straight forward. Open my.cnf and paste these lines in there:

innodb_force_recovery=3
innodb_purge_threads=0

Once the corruption is resolved, bring up empty databases and import your mysqldump into the new databases and link your site back up. But, the InnoDB force recovery puts the database into recovery mode, which is read only. So I wasn’t actually able to use the site, just look at it. At least the content was available, right? When MySQL isn’t writeable, you can’t log in as an admin, etc. The rest is one of the bigger pains I’ve encountered that didn’t result in an all nighter at a customer. I’ll write that up when I...

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06:00
You Should Play: Implosion's hack-n-slash...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.

I know, I know—Rayark’s Implosion – Never Lose Hope is pretty pricey for a mobile game. But it’s time to break open your piggy bank, because this game is easily worth twice that. I might be biased, of course, since it hits all of my favorite play points—it’s a top-down hack-n-slash customizable build game in which you fight mutant aliens (basically, my dream come true in a game). But even if you’re not into slicing up mutants, Implosion is still worth a look for its super pretty graphics and unparalleled gameplay mechanics.

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05:52
Quanta vice-chairman reportedly acknowledges “...

If you’ve been waiting impatiently for your Apple Watch to arrive, there may be some good news today. Quanta vice chairman CC Leung reportedly said that while the company had struggled to meet orders to date, the company’s capacity problems have been solved and production is now fully up to speed.

Because of labor shortages during the Lunar New Year holidays, Quanta was forced to borrow manpower from other manufacturers and was only able to deliver limited shipments in the first quarter. However, Quanta already has sufficient capacity to manufacture all the orders and should see a giant contribution from its wearable device business in the second quarter.

While not identifying the Apple Watch by name, there seems little doubt that this is the ‘wearable’ in question … ...

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05:35
Google’s self driving cars will hit public roads...

A big step for self driving cars. Google self-driving cars hit the roads. This is us, standing at a big precipice of change.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:26
AppleInsider podcast tackles the latest 'iPhone...

This week's all-new AppleInsider podcast is now available with detailed analysis of this week's news, including the latest round of "iPhone 6s" and "iPad Pro" rumors, a discussion of Apple's automotive ambitions, Tim Cook's trip to China, and more.

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05:15
Spotify is not ending its free service (Updated)

Update: We’ve gotten word from a Spotify spokesperson that the Free model isn’t going anywhere. Director of Communications at Spotify Graham James told me “This is totally false.  Our model is working.” 

Digital Music News is claiming that Spotify is coming under pressure from music labels to end its free, ad-supported service, limiting users to a three-month free trial.

The three-month ‘proposal,’ advanced most principally by major labels Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, would allow current, free-access, ad-supported (or ‘freemium’) subscribers to continue their plans for 6 months, while...

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04:55
Kool Tools: Loopy case for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus

The Loopy Vibe case from Loopy Cases (www.loopycases.com) is a clever case for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. It sports a pocketable finger loop to help prevent dropping the phone.

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04:53
Quanta's Yield Rate for the Apple Watch is now...

A new supply chain report this morning notes that Quanta vice chairman CC Leung wanted to clarify past rumors that the Apple Watch had a poor yield rate ...

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04:48
∞ B. B. King, defining bluesman for generations,...

The thrill is gone.

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04:24
New Ads Promoting the updated Mulsanne by Bentley...

Bentley wanted to promote and showcase their updated flagship vehicle, the Mulsanne along with its new dual back seat fold-out iPad with keyboard feature. They called on ...

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04:22
Apple Final Cut Pro X 10.2.1 - Professional video...

Apple Final Cut Pro X is a professional video editing solution.Completely redesigned from the ground up, Final Cut Pro adds extraordinary speed, quality, and flexibility to every part of the post-production workflow. (Apple has posted a FAQ answering questions about Final Cut Pro X, missing features, and the future.)

Revolutionary Video Editing

  • Assemble clips in the Magnetic Timeline without clip collisions or sync problems.
  • Use Clip Connections to attach B-roll, sound effects, and music to the timeline.
  • Reduce clutter by grouping clips into a Compound Clip. Easily expand it back to single clips.
  • Perfect your pacing right in the timeline with the Inline Precision Editor.
  • Cycle through different shots, graphics, or effects at one place in the timeline with Auditions.

Powerful Media Organization

  • Import a broad...

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04:11
Why is Verizon buying AOL? This is about reinventing...

The traditional telecom business has become a challenging environment to find growth and sustain profits. Beyond subscriber saturation (no one new to sell things to), this situation is exacerbated by pricing wars for traditional services (driven by T-Mobile/Sprint) and encroachment from OTT players into traditional communication services (Skype/WhatsApp). 

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04:11
Why is Verizon buying AOL? This is about reinventing...

The traditional telecom business has become a challenging environment to find growth and sustain profits. Beyond subscriber saturation (no one new to sell things to), this situation is exacerbated by pricing wars for traditional services (driven by T-Mobile/Sprint) and encroachment from OTT players into traditional communication services (Skype/WhatsApp). 

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04:10
Change textures on your images with AKVIS Decorator...

AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has released AKVIS Decorator 4.0 as a standalone application and Photoshop compatible plug-in, in versions for Windows and Mac OS X. The software applies a new texture and color to an object on an image.

Decorator applies a new texture or a color keeping the volume of an object, following its folds and creases. The program is equipped with a Texture Library boasting more than 1,800 textures, from fabrics to stones and metal, from food to nature elements. You can also apply your own textures.

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04:00
Bentley again uses iPhones to shoot latest ad, this...

Luxury car-maker Bentley last year shot an ad for the Mulsanne (a mere $298,000 to you, Sir) on the iPhone 5s and iPad Air, and has this year upgraded to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Its new ad is for a driving jacket rather than a car, and it has again produced a behind-the-scenes video (below) showing the kit and software used … 

The latest video features four Saville Row tailors, each of which has created a bespoke jacket commissioned by Bentley...

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03:45
The final frontier: How Apple TV could connect all...

Ever since Steve Jobs gave us a sneak peak at Apple’s internal iTV project at 2006’s “Showtime” event, we’ve been waiting for Apple’s pioneering set-top box to mature. Officially released just moments before the iPhone, Apple TV was designed to be the magical gadget that bridged the gap between the small screens on our mobile devices and the giant ones in our living rooms, wirelessly delivering our music, movies and photos to a place where they could look and sound their best.

At the time, Jobs triumphantly declared that the square box “completes the story” that started with the iPod. But we know now the story didn’t end there: With the dawn of the iPhone, iPad and now Apple Watch, our digital lives have become far greater than the things that entertain us. But the box that sits under our TVs hasn’t really evolved with it. 

To read...

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03:41
Apple Motion 5.2.1 - Create and customize Final Cut...

Apple Motion is designed for video editors, Motion 5 lets you customize Final Cut Pro titles, transitions, and effects. Or create your own dazzling animations in 2D or 3D space, with real-time feedback as you work.

Breakthrough Speed and Quality

  • New 64-bit architecture supports deeper, multilayered effects for use in Final Cut Pro.
  • ColorSync-managed color pipeline produces accurate, consistent color across applications.
  • Shared Render Engine provides consistent quality with Final Cut Pro and Compressor.
  • Rendering uses floating-point, linear-light color space for exceptionally realistic results.
  • Motion taps the GPU on the graphics card for high-speed rendering and exporting.

Editor-Friendly Design Tools

  • Work fast using a single-window interface with a familiar look and feel.
  • Customize Final Cut Pro titles, effects, and transitions by opening them in Motion.
  • Create Smart...

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03:20
Noiseless Pro 1.0.2 - Remove luma and chroma noise...

Noiseless Pro breathes new life into every photo! When taking photos in low light situations, every smartphone, compact camera, or DSLR creates "noise", small color or light speckles that can ruin an otherwise cool photo. Noiseless Pro cleans up digital noise fast, with advanced technology to retain sharp details, with one-click operation, and at an affordable price. Make hand-held shots look like you used a tripod! Noiseless Pro features a handful of features designed specifically for the professional photographer -- including additional presets, Adobe app plugin support, and even more advanced controls for detail recovery. Check out the standard version of Noiseless, which only functions as a standalone app, here.

Features

  • Use Noiseless Pro as a standalone app or as a plugin for your favorite editor
  • Revolutionary smart noise-reduction technology
  • ...

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03:00
Insights Into the Apple Watch

Computerworld’s Michael DeAgonia was among the first wave of Apple Watch buyers to actually get his Watch in late April. Here’s his take on what’s important about the wearable and whether it’s a must-have device.


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Thursday May 14

23:17
Voila 3.8.4 - Capture, annotate, organize, and share...

Voila is a screen-capture, recording, and annotation tool that is a full-featured replacement for Mac's screen-capture and screen-recording capabilities. It has a large and robust set of editing, organizing, annotation, and effects tools that allows the user to create and add details to screenshots, tutorials, videos, and presentations.

Voila lets you capture any shape, menu, webpage, or DOM element, capture multiple regions, and capture from iSight. Add annotations like arrows, text, lines, shapes, brushstrokes, paint, callouts, stamps, and images as annotations. Add cool effects such as filters, edges, and skew, and share via Mail, Flickr, FTP, SFTP, or iPhoto.

With Voila you can record full screen video or a selected region, along with the audio from the computer or from a mic. You can export videos in different file formats, or upload to YouTube, FTP, or SFTP.

Voila lets you organize images in smart collections and custom collections, along...

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20:59
Microsoft OneNote 15.10 - Free digital notebook from...

OneNote is your very own digital notebook. With OneNote, you can capture that flash of genius, that moment of inspiration, or that list of errands that's too important to forget. Whether you're at home, in the office or on the go, your notes travel with you. And you can share your notes and collaborate with others, across multiple devices!

Here are some more ideas on how to use OneNote:

  • Capture rich notes for classwork, meetings, or research
  • Keep track of your shopping list and mark items off wherever you are
  • Create an itinerary and keep track of your travel plans for your next big vacation
  • Take pictures of receipts and bills to remove some of the paper clutter
  • Collaborate and share ideas with your team
  • Research items and prices to make the best purchasing decision
  • Keep and edit all of your notes



Version 15.10:

  • Audio Recording & Playback - This has been...

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20:59
OmniOutliner Pro 4.2.2 - Pro version of the popular...

OmniOutliner Pro is a flexible program for creating, collecting, and organizing information. Give your creativity a kick start by using an application that's actually designed to help you think. It's like having an extra brain - one that doesn't keep losing the car keys.

You can use OmniOutliner's document structure to create hierarchies of main headings and subpoints that can be expanded and collapsed, which are immensely useful when it comes to brainstorming new ideas, drilling out specifics, and lining up steps needed to get everything done. But you aren't limited to outlines - you've got multiple columns, smart checkboxes, customizable popup lists, and an Ÿber-innovative styles system at your disposal.

Use OmniOutliner to draft to-do lists, create agendas, manage tasks, track expenses, take notes, plan events, write screenplays...and just about anything else you can think of.

It's a smarter way to write, a more productive way to stay...

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19:51
Bentley again chooses iPhone to shoot new '...

Almost one year to the day after Bentley aired its first promotional "documentary" shot and edited on iOS devices, the luxury car brand repeated the effort to commemorate the Savile Row Bespoke exhibition in Washington, D.C.

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17:08
Today in the App Store — Table Tennis Touch, Day...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today’s notable apps include a discount on Pinnacle Studio; the Heroes and Castles 2 game; and a significant update to Day One for OS X. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Zombies, Run! [Now free, down from $3.99] Join 1,000,000+ runners in an epic adventure!

Dark Parables: Rise of the Snow Queen HD - A Magical Hidden Object Adventure (Full) [Now free, down from $6.99] From the ashes of the snow, the legendary Snow Queen rises and terrorizes nearby villages with her supernatural powers.

...

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17:08
First Space Black steel Apple Watches arriving,...

In line with shipments beginning yesterday for multiple Apple Watch models, the Space Black version of the stainless steel Apple Watch has begun arriving at the doorsteps for those who placed orders early into the April pre-order process. We’ve received our 42mm Space Black Apple Watch and have put together a hands-on gallery of photos for those interested in the only all-black Apple Watch model. As our photos indicate, this Apple Watch still includes white packaging and a silver MagSafe charging puck, so there are no special black accessories for this version. We also highlight how the Space Black Apple Watch looks with the black Leather Loop and Sport Band in this gallery, below.

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16:57
Feedly updated with Apple Watch support



Joining the growing list of apps that support Apple Watch, Feedly this evening has rolled out an update to its iOS client that adds support for the device. The update, which bumps the app to version 27.0.2, allows users to read their feed of stories, save stories for later reading, and mark articles as read.

Feedly is not supported in Glances on Apple Watch, but it does...

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16:47
HTML parsing quirk allows 'hidden' email...

Thanks to an interesting quirk in the way Apple Watch handles email content, users willing to brave a little HTML code can include "hidden" versions of a message specifically formatted for the device.

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16:15
Sunrise Calendar on iOS adds new “Meet” keyboard to...

Sunrise, the company behind the popular Mac and iOS calendar apps, today launched a new feature called Meet. Meet is not integrated how might expect, though. It’s actually a keyboard designed by Sunrise for quickly scheduling one-to-one meetings.

Since Meet is a keyboard, it can be accessed from anywhere within iOS, including other apps. The process is relatively simple. With the keyboard, you can pick available spots within the week view of their calendar and schedule one-on-one meetings. After you choose a date...

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16:05
Get software updates for your Mac

Update OS X and other software you got through the App Store or from Apple.

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15:52
iCloud: Limits for Contacts, Calendars, Reminders,...

Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, and Bookmarks might have issues keeping changes up to date across your devices if you exceed one or more of the limits listed below.

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15:38
Venom Vulnerability Could Violate Virtual Machines


Crowdstrike on Wednesday made public its discovery of yet another long-buried Linux vulnerability. "Venom," as it has been dubbed, was unearthed by the firm's senior security researcher, Jason Geffner. It is listed as vulnerability CVE-2015-3456. Venom exists in the virtual floppy drive code used by virtualization platforms based on QEMU, or quick emulator. It has been around since 2004. The code probably went undetected for 11 years because "it's not obvious at all that this is a vulnerability," Geffner said.

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15:30
AWT News Update: May 14, 2015, incorporating Think...

Today's Apple World Today News Update includes accessibility editor Alex Jurgensen's Think Different Thursday report, providing instruction on how to use Apple's VoiceOver technology to provide an audible caller ID for your iPhone. Our other news includes:

  • Word on how IT professionals can get a $200 discount from Apple World Today on registration for the MacIT Conference
  • An Apple Store in Monterey, CA was evacuated after a package made some people ill
  • Fortune's report that HomeKit was going to be delayed has been refuted by Apple
  • UBS thinks Apple could seel more than 51 million iPhones in the quarter ending June 30, 2015

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15:29
Boot Camp: "0x80070005" appears when...

With Boot Camp 3.1 or later, when upgrading from Microsoft Vista to Windows 7, an alert with error code "0x80070005" may appear. This can happen when the Windows 7 installer attempts to write to a read-only Macintosh volume. 

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15:19
To-do app Wunderlist debuts API integrations with...

If you rely heavily on Slack or HipChat to get you through your work day and cross things off your to-do list, then you should take a look at Wunderlist, the Mac, iOS and Watch app that’s already helping Ira Glass manage his time.

On Thursday, Wunderlist released its public API in an effort to become an even more powerful productivity tool and “participate in the growing interconnected network of applications.” Popular work chat tools Slack and HipChat have already used Wunderlist’s API to integrate to-do alerts. Other API launch partners include Microsoft’s digital note-taking app OneNote and its Sunrise calendar app, as well as digital scanning app ScanBot and app automation platform Zapier.

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15:15
Apple Macintosh memorabilia collection for sale

There are some really cool items in this collection that are for sale. Have a look if you’re into Apple collectables.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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15:13
iCloud storage pricing

When you sign up for iCloud, you automatically get 5 GB of free storage. If you need more storage, you can upgrade to a larger storage plan.

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15:01
Final Cut Pro 10.2.1 solves bugs causing crashes,...

Apple on Thursday issued a minor update to Final Cut Pro X, its professional video editing suite, fixing a trio of bugs including a critical crash-on-start issue seen by some users.

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14:43
Update to newer versions of Apple apps on your Mac...

After installing OS X Yosemite, the Mac App Store allows you to upgrade to newer versions of some Apple apps.

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14:35
Apple releases Final Cut Pro X 10.2.1 with bug fixes...

Apple today updated Final Cut Pro X to version 10.2.1 with bug fixes and improvements. Apple’s release notes say that this update fixes a bug that would cause Final Cut Pro to quit at launch on some Macs. Support for Panasonic AVCAAM video at 25P and 30P rates has been restored, while Apple also says that dragging through the Timeline view is now more accurate. This 10.2.1 update follows up on the significant 10.2 update from April, which added 3D title support, new editing features, and support for several new cameras and video formats. Today’s minor update is the first to Final Cut since its...

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14:31
OS X Mavericks system requirements

Learn about the system requirements for OS X Mavericks v10.9.

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14:20
Sunrise Calendar builds Meet into iOS 8 keyboard,...

Microsoft on Thursday updated Sunrise Calendar for iOS with a new scheduling tool called Meet, while HBO brought the iOS edition of HBO Go up to par with a redesigned interface.

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14:18
If your Apple Watch displays a red exclamation point

Learn what to do when Apple Watch displays a red "!" icon.

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14:12
Apple reportedly delays HomeKit roll-out

According to FORTUNE (http://for.tn/1Fn4PL6), Apple's HomeKit will arrive in August or September instead of early summer as anticipated (though Apple has never actually announced a launch date).

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14:00
Throwback Thursday: That "affordable" $2,...

JASMINE DIRECTDRIVE AD FROM JUNE 1989 MacUser MAGAZINE

Ahhh, 1989. That was the time when you could spend $549 for a "reliable, affordable and technologically advanced" 20MB hard drive from Jasmine Technologies. This company lasted just five years -- 1986 to 1991, and is known as being the first technology company to be based in San Francisco rather than Silicon Valley. It was also a company that was well-known to Mac users of the era as being customer-focused, something that was important when you didn't have an Apple Store to go to when you needed help.

The price of Jasmine's hard drives was pretty much par for the course for the time. The DirectDrive 300 you see listed there? If you needed that much storage, you were paying about $9,500 per gigabyte for the privilege. The 300MB drive was a real bargain compared to the 20MB version, which sold for the equivalent of about $28,000 per GB! At that rate, 1TB of storage -- common in today's desktop Macs -- would run...

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13:47
Motion version 5.2.1 release notes

Learn about current and previous Motion updates.

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13:46
Final Cut Pro X version 10.2.1 release notes

Learn about current and previous Final Cut Pro X updates.

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13:45
Tip of the Day: Inserting Pauses when Dialing a...

Although dial-up touchtone services like voicemail and calling cards have started to be replaced by modern technologies like Visual Voicemail and voice-over-IP, sometimes they’re still useful and necessary. If you find yourself frequently dialing into a voicemail system that requires a password, making long distance calls using a calling card service, or even dialing somebody’s office extension, the iPhone still provides the ability to…

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13:37
Mac: IK Multimedia iRig Pads Editor

We were pretty impressed with IK Multimedia’s iRig Pads MIDI Groove Controller when it arrived last year, and the company has now taken its offering up a notch with its iRig Pads Editor (free), a Mac application that lets users much more easily customize the MIDI controller for their own personal creative process.

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13:35
Apple asks court to block the sale of some...

Apple is asking a Delaware bankruptcy court to prohibit RadioShack from selling data that the retailer gathered about customers buying Apple products.

I'm RadioShack filed for bankruptcy in February, asking for a court-supervised sell-off of its $1.2 billion in assets. Among those assets was a database of information pertaining to 117 million RadioShack customers, gleaned from mailing lists and service registrations. [Update: Hedge fund Standard General made a winning bid of $26.2 million on Tuesday to buy RadioShack's name, its customer data, and its remaining assets. The sale of the customer data still needs to be approved by bankruptcy court. A hearing is scheduled for May 20.]

The states of Texas and Tennessee...

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13:34
Restart your Apple Watch

Learn how to turn your Apple Watch on and off, even if it isn't responding.

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13:23
Apple refutes report of delayed HomeKit launch, says...

Apple on Thursday refuted claims that software issues have forced the company to push back its HomeKit Internet of Things initiative, saying the first compatible devices are on schedule to launch in June.

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13:08
Apple Watch is better for you than Obamacare, Jeb...

During a Thursday stop in Phoenix, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush --?widely expected to challenge for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016 --?reportedly said that he would do away with the Affordable Care Act in favor of health tracking on the Apple Watch.

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13:00
The MacIT Conference: An AWT interview with Paul Kent

While the defining conference and expo for fans of Apple technology -- Macworld/iWorld -- is no longer being held, those who deploy Apple devices, software and services in the enterprise still have a major three-day event they can look forward to: the MacIT Conference. This year’s event is scheduled for July 14-16 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California, featuring a slate of over 70 speakers and more than 40 sessions. I recently chatted with Paul Kent, the Conference Chair of MacIT to hear more about this year’s event. Read on for details, then take advantage of Apple World Today’s marketing sponsorship of the event to get $200 off of the regular $695 registration fee.

Steve Sande (SS):

Hi, Paul. Tell us a little about this year’s MacIT Conference. 

Paul Kent (PK):

Sure, so MacIT is the world’s largest gathering of enterprise professionals...

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12:58
Small number of users report Find My iPhone showing...

A bug appearing for a small number users on iCloud.com may allow them to temporarily track and make changes to Macs belonging to other users, according to reports appearing on Twitter. Users have noted that Macs with names they don’t recognize recently started appearing in the device list on the Find My iPhone web service, allowing them to remotely lock or erase the computers in some cases, or just play a sound in others.

Update: The exact nature of the problem is difficult to pin down, but a person aware of the issue says that this is likely related to users not properly erasing their Macs before transferring them to someone else. Sources have told us that following the steps on this Apple help document should fix it. That said...

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12:52
Get help using iCloud Bookmarks and Reading List

Learn what to do if you have issues using iCloud Bookmarks or Reading List. For example, if you make changes in your web browser that don’t update on your other devices, this article can help.

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12:48
Apple is the Number One Smartphone in China with...

During Apple's latest Financial Conference Call last month Cook had a lot to report on regarding Greater China. For instance, the iPhone experienced 71% year-over-year growth with 16.8 Billion worth of sales; Mac sales in China were up a whopping ...

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12:47
Apple overhauling data services 'front-to-back...

Apple is planning major changes to Maps that will involve radically overhauling the data services behind the platform, according to a job listing posted on Thursday discovered by AppleInsider.

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12:12
HBO GO iOS app updated with fresh design to match...



Following the release of HBO’s new HBO Now app for its $14.99/month standalone streaming service, today the company updated its main HBO GO app with a similar, long-awaited redesign.

Here’s what HBO GO looked like prior to today’s update (left) next to the new design (right):

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How-To: Benchmark your Mac with these three free...

Over the course of writing guides to boosting Mac and hard drive speeds, I’ve discussed the incredible performance improvements Macs can get from simple upgrades — adding RAM, choosing a fast solid state drive (SSD) as an internal or external drive, and even running a simple disk optimizer tool. But there’s a common question that comes up when considering upgrades: how can you tell in advance how big of an improvement you’ll actually see?

The answer: benchmarking tools. Many apps help you measure the speed of various components of your Mac, and with a little help, you can estimate the performance jumps you’ll see after an upgrade. Below, I’ll introduce...

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Apple Tweaks Patents Relating to Smartphone Sidewall...

On May 14, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a "continuation patent" application from Apple that revealed a few tweaks to their recently granted patent that we reported on back in March relating to sidewall displays on a future iDevice like an iPhone.

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The Week in iPhone Cases: Go swimming with Mophie’s...

Just in time for summer

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases bring you fitness-forward options from Belkin and Griffin, cases for photographers from Manfrotto and Olloclip, and extended battery life from Mophie and PowerSkin.

Belkin

Slim and stylish, the Sport-Fit Plus Armband (iPhone 6 and 6 Plus; $30 to $35) comfortably wraps around your arm while housing your iPhone 6 during walks or runs.

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