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Tuesday June 14

13:23
Siri in iOS 10 will only work with six types of...

If you were hoping iOS 10 would make Siri smart enough to answer any type of voice command, get ready for Siri to answer back, “not so fast.”

According to Apple’s programming guide, the all-new Siri SDK, or SiriKit, will initially support only six types of third-party app services: audio/video calling, messaging, sending and receiving payments, searching photos, starting workouts, and booking rides. These integrations fall in line with Apple’s demonstration of Siri in iOS 10 at the WWDC keynote on Monday. Siri was asked to send a message via WeChat, make a payment using Square Cash, and book a ride with Lyft.

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13:15
The Week in iOS Accessories: Charge!

Power to the people

This week’s roundup includes a number of new ways to ensure you’ve always got power available for your iPhone and iPad.

bKey

bKey ($25 MSRP) is a tiny emergency backup battery for your phone—“no bigger than a car key and designed to look like one.” It holds 350mAh in reserve, which should give you 45 minutes of talk time. 

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13:13
Apple Pay introduces website payments but punts on...

(credit: Andrew Cunningham)

In the keynote presentation of this week's World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco, Apple announced that it would allow website developers to add an Apple Pay button to the checkout part of their sites. The company also revealed that iMessage will now be open to apps from third-party developers, and one of Apple's spokespeople demonstrated this new openness by sending money to a friend using an iMessage-compatible Square Cash app. Both of these new announcements will make buying things easier in the Apple ecosystem, but neither seems to be the kind of development that will (singlehandedly) propel Apple to dominate the payments market.

Apple's Web-payments function, called “Pay with Apple Pay,” only works in Safari for now. The aim is to reduce any friction a...

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12:42
With Safari 10 on macOS Sierra, Adobe Flash will be...

Alongside various new features (Siri, Auto Unlock, Apple Pay) coming in macOS Sierra, Apple’s next major desktop operating system, it also ships with the brand new version of Safari, Safari 10. Safari 10 introduces a major change in the way the browser handles plugins. In short, proprietary plugins like Adobe Flash will be disabled by default when browsing the web.

This means that websites will serve modern HTML5 representations of content as often as possible as they will not be able to detect an installation of Flash at all. Safari is smart however — it will allow you to enable Flash temporarily on demand …

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12:30
Winners of the 2016 Apple Design Awards

Read about these talented developers and their apps, which reflect the best in design, innovation, and technology on Apple platforms. See the winners.

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12:30
Winners of the 2016 Apple Design Awards

Read about these talented developers and their apps, which reflect the best in design, innovation, and technology on Apple platforms. See the winners.

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12:12
WWDC: Apple highlights Swift Playground, shows...

Ok, this could prove extremely neat.

Among yesterday’s announcements, Apple CEO Tim Cook highlighted Swift Playgrounds, a free new app for beginners who want to create iOS apps using Swift, Apple’s programming language.

Swift Playgrounds features lessons to help beginners learn coding concepts such as creating functions, issuing commands, loops, and more. Apple will release new challenges, so coders can continue to learn new skills as they progress. Apple says that teachers can use Xcode to create their own content for Swift Playgrounds.

The program features support for the iPad interface as well as has a coding keyboard with a shortcuts bar that allows you to swipe across a key to access Swift-specific characters. Other features include a pop-over...

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12:05
What’s Coming Next, From The WWDC Keynote

Posted a Huffington Post article from my notes from the WWDC keynote. Hope you enjoy!

Apple kicked off WWDC (World Wide Developers Conference) today, with a Keynote that showcased some of the upper tier of talent and management within Apple. As a former WWDC speaker, I watch the keynote and most sessions through the remainder of the week religiously. Here, you see what’s coming in the fall releases of the four operating systems: macOS, watchOS, iOS, and tvOS (for Macs, Apple Watches, iPhones and iPads, and Apple TVs respectively).

To read the rest of the article, click here to jump to Huffington Post.

PS: macOS autocorrects to tacos. Mmmmm, tacos…

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12:00
The Deferred Channel June updates for the Office 365...

The June Office 365 client update (version 1602) includes a number of new features and capabilities for those receiving updates from the Deferred Channel. As you might recall from a previous post, the Deferred Channel allows organizations to choose an update schedule that reduces the frequency of feature changes for the Windows desktop apps, enabling IT admins and developers to have more time between releases to validate Office against their line-of-business applications, add-ins and macros. New features are available in the Deferred Channel three times per year, on “Patch Tuesday,” in February, June and October.

For information on the updates available in this month’s Deferred Channel, visit the Office 365 client release notes. In addition, the existing Office...

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11:59
News: Continuity: iOS and watchOS features for macOS...

This week’s WWDC keynote also saw the unveiling of the next-generation version of OS X — now renamed as “macOS” to match its mobile counterparts (and likely to avoid confusion with iOS 10). macOS Sierra introduced a number of new “Continuity” features to build upon the tight integration between Apple’s Macs and iOS devices. Apple SVP Craig Federighi outlined several new features including automatic unlocking,…

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11:29
Netflix for iPad now works with iOS 9’s Picture-In-...

Screenshot via Cameron

Apple introduced a built-in Picture-In-Picture feature for iPads on iOS 9 a year ago and released it last fall. We’re getting deep into iOS 10 territory at this point, but some apps are still updating to support the latest features from the current version of iOS. Netflix delivered on that today with official support for PIP on iOS 9.3.2 or later. (The version number requirement may suggest that earlier versions didn’t support what Netflix would need, although iOS 10 beta seems to break it.)

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11:19
Debating WWDC: Is Apple pushing forward or playing...

Another WWDC keynote is in the books, and the books are bulging a little today because that was a huge keynote. Apple had to cut out all the fluff to pack everything into two hours: No musical guest, no third-party app demos, not even a funny opening video skit welcoming the developers to WWDC.

Instead we got more of the good stuff: tons of new features for users of macOS, iOS, tvOS, and watchOS, plus some long-awaited new capabilities for developers, who will be able to tap into Siri and Messages to make those services more robust.

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10:50
watchOS 3 Tidbits: Face Gallery, Disable Screenshots...

Apple this week previewed watchOS 3, the next major version of its Apple Watch software platform. The first beta has been seeded to registered developers, allowing for early adopters to take a closer look at what's new in the update.

Many tidbits in the new watchOS have already been discovered that were not given much or any stage time during Apple's WWDC 2016 keynote, including improvements to the Apple Watch companion app on iPhone, new first-party apps and watch faces, minor user interface tweaks, and more.

Face Gallery

A new Face Gallery section has been added to the companion Watch app on iPhone, allowing users to browse and switch between watch faces, customize the color scheme, and configure complications.

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10:44
AAS rolls out a NKS-ready version of the Lounge...

Applied Acoustics Systems says its Lounge Lizard EP-4 electric piano (http://tinyurl.com/j5z5fw5) now supports Native Instrument's NKS extended plug-in format.

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10:33
Safari in macOS Sierra Deactivates Flash and Other...

In Safari 10, set to ship with macOS Sierra, Apple plans to disable common plug-ins like Adobe Flash, Java, Silverlight, and QuickTime by default in an effort to focus on HTML5 content and improve the overall web browsing experience.

As explained by Apple developer Ricky Mondello in a post on the WebKit blog, when a website offers both Flash and HTML5 content, Safari will always deliver the more modern HTML5 implementation. On a website that requires a plug-in like Adobe Flash to function, users can activate it with a click as can be done in Google's Chrome browser.

Most websites that detect that Flash isn't available, but don't have an HTML5 fallback, display a "Flash isn't installed" message with a link to download Flash from Adobe. If a user clicks on one of those links, Safari will inform them that the plug-in is already installed...

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10:31
Maintain serves up Cocktail 9.3 (El Capitan Edition)

Maintain has served up Cocktail 9.3.1 (El Capitan Edition), a new edition of Cocktail for users running OS X El Capitan 10.11.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets users clean, repair and optimize their Macs. The new version adds the ability to change the umber of Recent Places in the Open and Save dialogs. It also provides improvements on the "Clear applications caches" procedure.

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10:20
Developer Accuses Apple Of Stealing His Breathe App

On Monday at its Worldwide Developer's Conference, Apple announced a new app called Breathe as one of the new headline features for watchOS 3, the latest version of its operating system for Apple Watch. The health-centric app reminds users to take a moment and breathe. But was it company's own idea? App developer Ben Erez is accusing Apple of stealing features from his app. What's worse, he adds that the company even used the same name for its app. Erez tells BGR India in a statement: We've had the same concept, same spelling, same functionality in the App store for phone and watch for over a year. We built the app because the existing mindfulness apps were insufficient in that they all focus on intense sessions of 5-20 minutes, once per day. We wanted a mindfulness experience that was felt throughout the day in smaller bits.


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10:14
Inside iOS 10: Mail & Notes switch to triple-...

Owners of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro can take better advantage of their screen space in iOS 10, thanks to new versions of Apple's Mail and Notes apps that include three panes in landscape mode instead of the two present on other iPads.

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10:12
CarPlay in iOS 10: Improved Apple Music, removing...

CarPlay is something I’ve been following (and using) since it launched it late 2014. It was better than the status quo in many ways when it launched but had obvious room for improvements. iOS 9.3 made significant improvements to CarPlay by including the full Apple Music experience and upgraded Maps features. When iOS 10 debuts later this fall, CarPlay will get even better thanks to a variety of small improvements that add up to simpler experience.

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10:10
Apple's iOS 10 Goes to Eleven


Apple on Monday kicked off its Worldwide Developers Conference with the biggest-ever release of its iOS mobile operating system. CEO Tim Cook called iOS 10, coming this fall, "gigantic" and "the mother of all releases." Among the new offerings in the upcoming version of iOS are more features in Messaging, all new designs for News, Music and Photos, and increased opportunities for developers to integrate their apps with Siri, Maps and Messages.

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09:30
9to5Toys Last Call: iPhone 6/s Battery Case $11, 13...

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09:25
WWDC: Apple highlights hefty tvOS update, new...

Apple’s tvOS is about to receive a fairly hefty update, as outlined by Eddy Cue during the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference yesterday. Cue began by showing off a reworked iPhone remote app that includes all the same features as the bundled Siri Remote. When you’re searching for stuff to watch, Siri can now look up categories like “high school comedies from the ’80s.” Siri’s universal search is also adding YouTube to its content sources in the upcoming tvOS update.

The company will also be incorporating a new feature called Single Sign-on, which allows you to enter multiple login credentials at once and gain access to app from larger networks like HBO, ABC, NBC, ESPN and others. tvOS is also gaining a new feature called Live Tune-in, which lets you open live programming...

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09:15
Apple Pay confirmed for France, Hong Kong &...

During its WWDC keynote, Apple solidified rumors by announcing that Apple Pay will be coming to France, Switzerland, and Hong Kong in the next several months.

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09:10
Apple Confirms Rich Notifications Will Come to...

Despite only showcasing iOS 10's new rich notifications feature on an iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus during WWDC, Apple has confirmed in beta notes that devices without the pressure sensing technology of the newest iPhone models will also be getting rich notifications. Still, the feature is relegated -- and "optimized" -- for the 6s and 6s Plus in the first iOS 10 beta, with full functionality coming to older-model iPhones in the future.

"Support for rich notifications is optimized for 3D Touch, and in iOS 10 beta 1 the feature is available only on iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Future betas will provide access to this functionality for users of iPhone models without support for 3D Touch." Rich notifications function as a way for users to pop into apps...

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09:00
The future of video conferencing—3 trends breathing...

For decades, video conferencing has been a nice-to-have feature for most businesses, but not a necessity. Thanks to advances in both hardware and software—as well as the growing demand for visual communications among millennials in the workforce—that’s all about to change.

Despite the decrease in bandwidth costs, both hardware and software continue to improve video quality while using better compression methods that eat up even less bandwidth. This has helped reduce the costs of video conferencing services and devices, which has led to a widespread adoption in the workplace. Today, virtual meetings can be held in large video conferencing rooms dedicated to cross-team collaboration, on mobile devices like tablets and cell phones or while simply sitting at a desk using VOIP or a conference phone.

As technology continues to improve, here are three trends to expect for...

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09:00
Announcing a new version of the Office 365 admin app

As an Office 365 admin, you sometimes find yourself in a situation when you’re not at your desk but you still want to act quickly. For example, if your CEO has forgotten their Office 365 password or an employee left the company, you want to take action right away. To help you in these situations and to easily stay up to date on the latest changes in Office 365, we developed the Office 365 admin app, which gives you access to all common admin features on the go.

Today, we are happy to announce a design update for the Office 365 admin app that will make it easier and more efficient for you to manage your service using the app.

More than just a tool for on-the-go

Since its first launch in November 2014, thousands of Office 365 admins have downloaded the app and use it to stay connected with their...

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09:00
The Office Small Business Academy June webcast—“Tips...

If the methods that made your business successful aren’t keeping your business successful, then it may be time for a change. Register now for the June episode of Office Small Business Academy, “Tips for Sustaining Business Growth,” airing June 28 at 9 a.m. PT / 12 p.m. ET.

Watch a preview now:

This month, learn new ways to approach product launches, customer service and strategic thinking.

  • CNBC on-air contributor, Carol Roth, has best practices for launching new products or services, including the fastest way to build credibility.
  • Small business expert, Susan Solovic, shares her secrets to powerful customer service and explains why you don’t have to be a disruptor—just different.
  • Author of “Winning the Brain Game,” Matthew E. May, gives tips for how to reshape your strategic thinking, encourage creativity and open...
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08:44
Inside iOS 10: Third-party compatibility opens up...

Apple users will be able to operate in a vastly expanded Messages environment now that Apple is introducing new flexibility, features and third party app compatibility - but developers had better hustle if they're going have their apps ready by the September launch target.

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08:27
WWDC: watchOS 3 unveiled, explained

Amidst the hubbub of yesterday’s announcements, Apple unveiled watchOS 3, its upcoming operating system for the Apple Watch.

The new operating system seems to focuses on addressing comments made about the speed and responsiveness in previous versions of watchOS, including background loading of data, a quick-access Control Center, and new uses for the side button.

During the demonstration, watchOS head Kevin Lynch showed off the speed factor and explained that favorite apps will be kept in memory, background updates will pre-cache data, and apps will launch instantly.

Lynch showed off a third-party app on watchOS 2, then demonstrated how it will launch about seven times faster with watchOS 3.

The new operating system incorporates new functions for the side button, allowing quick access...

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08:12
WWDC: Apple reveals iOS 10 details at WWDC

Yesterday, Apple officially announced iOS 10 at its Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. The upcoming mobile operating system 10 primary new features, going as follows:

User Experiencer: This incorporates an all-new lock screen, a refreshed overall look, the Control Center looks new, the lock screen now has widgets, and 3D Touch features are added to the lock screen. Widgets also appear in the Today view as usual plus the 3D Touch quick actions menu for new iPhones.

Siri: Starting with iOS 10, developers will have the ability to add features to Siri using a new SDK. Federighi used WeChat as an example. The UI for Siri looks similar, but now apps that work with Siri have much richer interface.

QuickType: Siri intelligence is now being applied to the keyboard. In addition...

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07:47
Siri for Mac: How it works in Apple's macOS...

macOS Sierra, revealed during Apple's WWDC keynote on Monday, will be the first Mac operating system to include Siri. Although many people are familiar with how the virtual assistant works in iOS, there will be quite a few differences on desktops and laptops.

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07:30
iOS 10 rich notifications will come to devices...

Though Apple showcased the new rich notifications in iOS 10 using 3D Touch on an iPhone 6s, the same functionality will also come to older iPhone models without pressure sensitive displays, developers have been informed.

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07:25
Apple to Update Macs with a new File System and iOS...

Apple notes that if you update to iOS 10 Beta, you can remove some built-in apps from the home Screen of your iPad or iPhone. Apple also introduced a new macOS File System.

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07:11
News: Latest tvOS beta removes Siri Remote...

Apple has quietly removed its requirement that all games for tvOS be playable using the Siri Remote. The updated support document for game programmers now states that, “When designing a tvOS game, you may require the use of an MFi game controller, but where possible you should also support the Siri Remote.” Apple had such a suggestion in place when tvOS debuted last year, but soon began requiring all tvOS games to offer support for using…

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07:01
Parallels celebrates 10 years of Parallels Desktop...

Parallels has announced that June 14-21 it will celebrate 10 years of innovations and industry firsts in Parallels Desktop for Mac. The online celebration (http://www.parallels.com/products/desktop/) will highlight a decade of features that allow you to run any application – on Windows XP, 7, 8 and 10, Chrome, Linux and Android – on a Mac.
 

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07:00
Apple Introduces New File System AFPS With Tons Of...

On the sidelines of its Worldwide Developer's Conference, Apple also quietly unveiled a new file system dubbed APFS (Apple File System). Here's how the company describes it: HFS+ and its predecessor HFS are more than 30 years old. These file systems were developed in an era of floppy disks and spinning hard drives, where file sizes were calculated in kilobytes or megabytes. Today, solid-state drives store millions of files, accounting for gigabytes or terabytes of data. There is now also a greater importance placed on keeping sensitive information secure and safe from prying eyes. A new file system is needed to meet the current needs of Apple products, and support new technologies for decades to come.Ars Technica dived into the documentation to find that APFS comes with a range of "solid" features including support for 64-bit inode numbering, and improved granularity of object time-stamping. "APFS supports nanosecond time stamp granularity rather than the 1-second time stamp...

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07:00
News: iOS 10 now allows users to remove most of...

One of the many smaller but welcome new features in iOS 10 that wasn’t mentioned in yesterday’s keynote will be the ability to remove most of Apple’s own built-in stock apps from the iOS Home Screen, using the same process as deleting third-party apps. The ability to remove these apps is seen in the iOS 10 beta and has been noted by Apple. Not all apps appear to be eligible for deletion, however, including both obvious exceptions…

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06:47
iPhones are about to get plugged into enterprises...

Apple and Cisco Systems have fleshed out their plans to make iOS devices work better in enterprises and said the new capabilities will arrive in the fall.

Voice calls on Cisco’s Spark collaboration app will act like regular phone calls, IT departments will be able to give Cisco apps priority on iOS devices, and iPhone calls will run over corporate networks. These are some of the ways the two companies’ technologies will mesh in enterprises.

Cisco announced the coming features on Monday after Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference keynote. They’ll ship in a version of Cisco Spark updated for iOS 10. Apple also touched on the news at WWDC as one of very few enterprise announcements at the show.

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06:45
The top 5 productivity improvements from Apple'...

Apple kicked off its Worldwide Developers Conference Monday and announced a metric ton of new features for its products. Most of them target consumers, but there were several announcements that improve productivity and will benefit business users as well. Here are the top five:

1. New Phone features

The developer tools for iOS 10, due later this year, will include CallKit, a framework that lets developers of VoIP (voice over Internet Protocol) applications make it easier for iPhone and iPad users to take calls sent from communication apps.

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06:37
Online on on-site backup? Most SMBs prefer both

When it comes to the critical task of backing up data, nearly half of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) in the US say using both on-site and online solutions are important and necessary, according to a new survey by Clutch, a B2B research firm. In fact, many SMBs steadfastly hold to on-site backup, with 42% of those surveyed reporting that it's more important than online backup.
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06:37
Online on on-site backup? Most SMBs prefer both

When it comes to the critical task of backing up data, nearly half of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) in the US say using both on-site and online solutions are important and necessary, according to a new survey by Clutch, a B2B research firm. In fact, many SMBs steadfastly hold to on-site backup, with 42% of those surveyed reporting that it's more important than online backup.
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06:34
Kool Toos: Utopia Reference Headphones

Focal’s Utopia (www.focal.com/headphones) is a top-of-the-line and premium priced ($3,999) headphones with sonic excellence. The open-back reference headphones were designed to offer the ultimate listening experience for the most critical audiophile and utilize Focal’s 35-year history and experience with other product lines that carry the Utopia moniker.

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06:28
One of the Steve Jobs Pre-iPhone Practical Joke...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 46 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover one of two patents that were practical joke Steve Jobs patent ideas.

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06:20
Soundness announces SoundSoap Solo for macOS

Soundness has announced SoundSoap Solo, a new desktop edition of its audio cleaning software for macOS and Windows
.

The app was developed specifically to help remove unwanted hiss and background noises, electrical hum, rumble, and low volume in media files, without requiring any audio expertise. It’s designed for anyone creating videos, action camera footage, screencasts, podcasts, music, or dialogue.

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06:05
News: August announces Doorbell Cam to be updated...

Following yesterday’s iOS 10 unveiling, August has announced that it will be one of the first companies to take advantage of increased HomeKit accessory support with its August Doorbell Cam. During yesterday’s unveil, Apple SVP of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi, revealed that HomeKit would be expanding the list of supported accessories to include devices such as cameras, doorbells, air conditioners, air purifiers, and humidifiers.…

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Swift Programming from Scratch...

Today in iLounge Deals, we’re offering the Swift Programming from Scratch: Interactive Learning Platform for only $10. This e-book and exercise platform on the main coding language for iOS and macOS is designed for beginners and will help you interactively learn the fundamentals of programming with over 100 exercises, while complementing your learning with custom-made playgrounds to practice as you go and get automated feedback to keep track…

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05:31
Apple Granted 46 Patents Today Covering Original...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 46 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a major touch related patent that first surfaced prior to the launch of Apple's iPad. We covered some of it in a special report titled " Apple: The Tablet Prophecies." The original patent goes back to the year the iPhone first debuted. The invention covers pinch and zoom...

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05:00
Crime Pays: Ransomware Bosses Make $90K Annually


If crime doesn't pay, Russian ransomware bosses wouldn't know it. The average Russian ransomware boss makes $90,000 a year -- or 13 times the average income for citizens in the country who stick to the "straight and narrow," according to a recent Flashpoint study. What does a ransomware honcho do for those rubles? Basically, the job calls for supporting and maintaining the malware. "The software has to be constantly updated so that antivirus systems won't recognize it as malware," explained Vitali Kremez, a cybercrime intelligence analyst with Flashpoint.

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04:19
Kool Tools: mimoLive

Boinx Software’s mimoLive is a multi-in, multi-out live video engine that’s complete overhaul of the popular BoinxTV live video production system. It includes a number of new features for optimal live streaming across multiple platforms.

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04:14
Parks Associates: almost 50% of smart home devices...

New data from Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) shows that wireless home security sales are increasing and almost one-half of home security owners in the U.S. have a self-installed home security system that connects wirelessly to sensors.

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04:14
Parks Associates: almost 50% of smart home devices...

New data from Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) shows that wireless home security sales are increasing and almost one-half of home security owners in the U.S. have a self-installed home security system that connects wirelessly to sensors.

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04:00
WWDC: Apple reveals details about macOS Sierra

On Monday, Apple revealed details of its upcoming macOS Sierra operating system.

Sierra, which might otherwise be known as “10.12”, includes a swath of new changes, including a much-updated Siri, which will be incorporated into the operating system and feature a Siri icon within the Dock that activates when clicked upon. During the macOS Siri demo at WWDC, Apple VP Craig Federighi used Siri to find files and followed up the search to refine the results. Federighi also showed how Siri results can be integrated into other Apple apps, such as Reminders.

During the keynote, Federighi announced that a third-party software development kit for Siri would be available, but didn’t mention any specific third-party apps that were corroborating with it.

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03:31
With macOS and iOS 10, Apple is changing how we pay...

Apple Pay is coming to Safari in iOS 10 and macOS Sierra, letting etailers and other payment-collecting sites offer an Apple Pay button that passes transaction verification to an iPhone or Apple Watch. Apple also said that iMessage apps in iOS 10 will allow payment apps, like Square Cash, to allow person-to-person payments within iMessage and via Siri; rumors of Apple directly offering Apple Pay for peer-to-peer payment so far seem misplaced.

About two dozen payment platforms work with Apple Pay today, and two of them, Stripe and Shopify, confirmed on Monday they will offer Apple Pay in Safari. Apple showed a list of early adopting retailers in one slide, and those retailers use an array of payment processors that will have to enable support as well. Shopify further noted that its hosted merchants who use Authorize.Net,...

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02:47
Apple Wins a Patent for Smart Transparent Displays...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 46 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's invention titled "Transparent Electronic Device." The invention gives users the ability to see objects, people or scenery behind their display while working. It's an invention that also covers smart transparent displays that could be used in conjunction with possible future Augmented Reality applications.

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02:17
Apple Granted a Patent for a Possible Future iPhone...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 46 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's invention for an iPhone with a wraparound glass display. There's been a long standing rumor this year that Apple will release an all-new curved glass iPhone in 2017...

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01:14
macOS Sierra Tidbits: Apple File System, RAID...

Apple yesterday announced macOS Sierra, the latest version of its Mac software platform and renamed successor to OS X El Capitan. The first beta was released to developers following yesterday's keynote, providing early adopters with a closer look at what's new.

Apple File System

Apple File System, or APFS, is a next-generation file system for Apple products based upon the iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS software platforms, ranging from the Apple Watch to a Mac Pro.

APFS, which supports nearly all of the features of HFS+, is optimized for Flash/SSD storage and features strong encryption, copy-on-write metadata, space sharing, cloning for files and directories, snapshots, fast directory sizing,...

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Monday June 13

23:56
Parallels celebrates its 10 years of innovation with...


Parallels, the virtualization software infamous for being able to run Windows on the Mac, is celebrating its 10 years of innovation this week. Parallels has seen a cornucopia of changes since its initial launch in 2006 and it shows no signs of slowing down. Today marks the 10th anniversary since Parallels’ launch and they’ve decided to spend the next week highlighting the decade of features that made its way onto the Mac. To further show their appreciation towards previous, current, and future customers, Parallels is offering 25% off Parallels Desktop software. This includes Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac, Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition, and Parallels Desktop Business Edition. We...

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22:16
Apple Design Award winners for WWDC 2016

I love these awards because many showcase just how gorgeous apps can be.

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20:07
These are the Apple Design Award winners of WWDC 2016

Winners all around!

The 2016 Apple Design Awards were announced Monday night at WWDC, with prizes going to apps that “set a benchmark for excellence” in “usability, excellence in design, excellence in innovation, and excellence in technology adoption.” Here are the winners—congratulations to all!

Student winner: Linum

Linum, (free, iPhone) by Joaquin Vila, is a puzzle game. Your goal is to move Lines, placing Land Nodes on the Landing Points in the fewest moves possible.  The app was praised for its smart implementation of touch and simplicity of design.

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19:24
Apple reveals macOS Sierra hardware compatibility...

Following Worldwide Developers Conference keynote on Monday, Apple posted details about the upcoming macOS Sierra release to its official webpage, noting hardware support going back to the 2009 model year.

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19:24
All the best slides, charts, and factoids from Apple...

So many slides, so little time

Monday’s World Wide Developer’s Conference keynote was jam-packed with info about Apple’s core operating systems—iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS—with info neatly presented in detailed slides that seemed to zip by a mere second or two after they hit the screen. Some of these slides went by so fast, that if you took your eyes off the live stream for one moment, you might have missed something fascinating—maybe not as exciting as new Apple hardware or software, but an interesting tidbit nonetheless. 

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19:17
Brief Thoughts and Observations Regarding Today’s...

Venue

Moscone West isn’t big enough for 5,000 attendees to fit in a room, so a few thousand WWDC attendees always had to sit in an overflow room where they’d watch the keynote on video. That’s a major reason why attendees would line up at the crack of dawn, even though the keynotes start at 10 am. The Bill Graham Civic Auditorium has no such limitation, and it was nice to see (and hear) all attendees. The sound system there was just great, and the huge screen behind the stage was good too. I give the new venue a thumbs-up.

WatchOS 3

I was hoping for a thorough reinvention of the WatchOS UI navigation structure, and it looks like we got it. Glances are gone — an updated app for WatchOS 3 is a glance. Just tap the side button once to see the new “Dock”, and the apps in the Dock are live views of the actual apps. A conceptual simplification, along with a deliberate effort to reduce many common tasks to just one or two taps, is just what the...

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18:25
Watch Apple's Two-Hour 2016 WWDC Keynote in 7...

Apple today unveiled new versions of iOS, watchOS, tvOS, and macOS, all of which are jam-packed with new features. iOS in particular was referred to as Apple's biggest iOS update ever, with major improvements to Messages, Apple Music, Siri, and tons of other minor features.

It took Apple two hours to go over all of the features in the four operating systems and it was still a lot to take in, so we made a...

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18:23
Apple releases App Store Review Guidelines comic...

During Apple’s State of the Union and 15th annual Apple Design Awards, Apple explained that the App Store Review Guidelines would be receiving new updates this year. Currently on Apple’s own App Store Review Guidelines page there are two different guidelines listed, pre- and post- June 13,2016. Apple has decided to take these changes one step further into a partnership with Madefire. At the end of the Apple Design Award ceremony this year, Apple announced a collaboration with Madefire to make reading the newly updated guidelines easier. By releasing it as a comic book.

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17:50
macOS Sierra FAQ: What you need to know about the...

This fall, Apple will release macOS Sierra, a major update to the Mac operating system. This FAQ will answer some of the general questions you may have to help you learn what it’s all about and whether you should install it on your Mac. We’ll update this FAQ with more questions, answers, and details as the release date approaches.

macOS? What happened to OS X?

Apple decide to change the name in order to fit with the names of iOS, watchOS, and tvOS. So no more Roman numerals (or that annoying person who insists on calling it “OS eks”).

Some trivia, if you’re interested: macOS isn’t entirely a new name. Before version 10, Apple used to call its Mac operating system Mac OS, with the last version being Mac OS 9. Apple change the name to OS X when version 10 was released in 2001.

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17:43
Apple Design Awards go to Lara Croft Go, dj Pro,...

Apple on Monday announced its annual selection of Design Awards recipients on Monday, handing out honors to the developers behind standout app properties like Lara Croft Go, Frame.io and dj Pro, among many others.

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17:21
Apple’s “differential privacy” is about collecting...

Privacy advocates are really pouring over this but so far, it sounds like Apple has found an interesting solution to the conundrum of wanting access to more data but not identifying customers from that data.

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17:19
Here are the iOS & Mac apps that won this year’s...

Apple has just wrapped up its exciting WWDC 2016 keynote announcing macOS Sierra, iOS 10, watchOS 3, and the latest installment of tvOS. The event was mostly focused on what Apple would be releasing at the end of this year, but Apple also likes to put the attention back on the amazing developers in the community. Every year Apple celebrates developers and the work they’ve accomplished across the various software platforms at its Apple Design Awards. This year’s 2016 Apple Design Awards showcased apps for iOS, OS X, watchOS, and tvOS. The award ceremony made sure to highlight apps that were localized in multiple languages, and had been...

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17:09
A Number of Apple Patents came to Life Today in new...

Apple held their annual developer conference today (WWDC) marking their 27th developer conference to date Apple noted that they currently have 13 million registered developers with over 5,000 attending this week's event. Developers from 74 countries are attending the confernce with 72% of those being first time attendees. This brief report is to simply point out some of the patents that came to light today relating to future features coming to Apple products this year.

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16:50
Apple's Stock iOS Apps Land On App Store, Hints...

For years, people have expressed their desire to be able to remove apps such as Mail, Stocks, Compass, Calculator, Watch, and Weather among others that come preinstalled on their iPhone and iPad. Apple is finally making it possible, it appears. TechCrunch reports: Apple quietly published these apps to its iTunes website today (some are live now), but has not yet officially announced the change on stage at WWDC. Product Hunt spotted the Mail app in iTunes thanks to a tweet from Owen Williams, leading to speculation that Apple's other apps will be made available through the App Store, as well. As it turned out, they were.This was a big issue especially for those users who go for the 16GB variant of the iPhone or iPad, as it has limited storage capacity, and these apps would eat up a significant part of it. The company had previously commented on the issue, noting that these apps work in conjunction with the core of the operating system, so uncoupling them wasn't so easy. Update: 06/...

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16:38
Some final tidbits from the WWDC keynote

Here are some final news nuggets from the two-hour keynote that kicked off Apple’s 2016 Worldwide Developer Conference:

 

  • iOS 10 will feature voicemail transcriptions and a new API [application programming interface] for third-party VoIP apps. The transcription function will interpret what a caller says in text form.
  • The Connect feature isn’t going away with the next revamp of Apple Music as many had predicted. However, the social feature for musicians will no longer have its own tab in the app. Instead, material from artists you follow will show up in For You.
  • Fandango and Apple are teaming up to allow you to buy movie tickets in the iMessage app.
  • With iOS 10, Apple will finally let you delete the default apps that comes built into the phone.
  • While we wait for Apple to launch its own live streaming TV service (if it does), the company announced will offer Dish Network’s Sling TV as an app on its Apple TV platform.
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16:35
Apple now offers an application programming...

Apple, which has traditionally kept its artificial intelligence research under wraps, is now allowing developers to build neural networks by calling on the company's simple API [application programming interface]. Such networks, which attempt to imitate the way a human brain works, are particularly particularly effective for predicting events when they have a large database of prior examples to draw on. 

In information technology a neural network is defined as a system of programs and data structures that approximates the operation of the human brain. A neural network usually involves a large number of processors operating in parallel, each with its own small sphere of knowledge and access to data in its local memory. 

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16:28
How to: Register for Apple's iOS 10 and macOS...

A spectrum of new features are set for introduction when iOS 10 and macOS (n?e OS X) see public release this fall, but those brave enough to take the leap can test drive the software as part of Apple's Beta Software Program come July.

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16:24
Apple previews Apple File System to replace HFS+ in...

Some changes are big for users: Siri on the Mac, fireworks in the Messages app, a new Breathe app on the watch! Others are a more seismic shift that end users may or may not notice. Apple’s operating systems have used the HFS+ file system for more than 18 years, but that era is coming to an end. At the Platform State of the Union after the WWDC keynote, Apple took the wraps off the replacement for HFS+, its new Apple File System.

Now, the file system is pretty well hidden from most users. It’s entirely possible that you’ve used the Mac for 20 years and only come across a reference to HFS+ when formatting a new drive in Disk Utility—I know this because that’s the kind of user I am. But Apple File System will have some benefits that should be a really big deal for developers.

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16:02
Apple again reverses stance, will no longer require...

When the fourth-gen Apple TV was announced last year, Apple initially said that it would be a requirement for games to support the included Siri Remote. Shortly thereafter, however, Apple reversed that stance and said that all games “must support the Apple TV remote.” Hidden inside today’s tvOS announcements though, is yet another reversal on Apple’s part. The company now says that developers can “require the use of an MFi game controller.”

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15:36
Messages in iOS 10 brings iMessage apps, emoji...

Emoji, stickers, and bubble effects, oh my! Apple has opened the floodgates of its most popular app in iOS 10.

At WWDC on Monday, Apple revealed that iOS 10 is making the Messages app way more visual and emoji-friendly, just as the overall iMessage platform will begin to integrate third-party apps. Developers will be able to create apps specifically for iMessage that will let you send stickers or perform certain group-actions right from the Messages app.

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In terms of style, Messages is getting a major “emojification” in iOS 10. Emoji that are sent by themselves (meaning without accompanying text) are three times bigger. And you will get emoji suggestions as you type.

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15:24
Everything Apple announced at WWDC 2016 and when you...

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote on Monday morning was jam-packed with announcements, from all the features coming in iOS 10 to a new iPad coding app for kids.

Here’s everything you need to know.

iOS 10

iOS 10 includes major upgrades to iMessage, Photos, Siri, Maps, and Apple Music, and a brand-new Home app to control all of your HomeKit devices. Check out all the announcements here.

The iOS 10 developer beta is available now, with a public beta coming in July. Anyone can sign up to test the public beta for free, though beta software can be annoying and bug-ridden. Check out the beta sign-up details here. iOS 10 launches publicly in September.

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14:58
Why watchOS 3 Will Be Nimble and Nifty

With watchOS 3, the Apple Watch will see performance improvements that finally make it feel snappy, along with numerous other interface tweaks that make it fit in more with the Apple product lineup.

 

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14:56
iOS 10 Tidbits: Individual Read Receipts, Wake Alarm...

Apple today announced iOS 10, the next major version of its iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch software platform. The update is available in beta for Apple developers starting today, allowing early adopters to update and take a closer look at what's new. A public beta will be available in July, followed by an official launch in the fall.

iOS 10 includes a number of changes that Apple neglected to mention in greater detail on stage during its WWDC 2016 keynote, including a new Wake Alarm in the Clock app, individualized read receipts, a new option in the Music app to optimize storage, and many other features outlined below.

Remove Stock Apps

iOS 10 enables users to...

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14:45
Playing Around with Swift on the iPad

For aspiring app developers, Apple is bringing the new Swift Playgrounds app to iPads later this year, complete with interactive Swift coding lessons.

 

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14:41
iOS 10 will let you delete most of Apple’s default...

Enlarge / See you all in hell. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Do you have a folder full of first-party, preinstalled iOS apps that you don’t use? Sure, we all do. We’ve all learned to live with this folder over the years, even as more and more of these icons have slowly crept onto our phones.

Well, no longer—in iOS 10, many (though not quite all) of the built-in system apps can be deleted just like any other app. The complete list of apps that can be removed, per the Apple Support document:

  • Calculator
  • Calendar
  • Compass
  • Contacts
  • FaceTime
  • Find My Friends
  • Home
  • iBooks
  • iCloud Drive
  • iTunes Store
  • Mail
  • Maps
  • Music
  • News
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14:38
macOS 10.12 Sierra to Succeed OS X 10.11 El Capitan

Apple’s next operating system release for the Mac gets a new name along with support for Siri, deeper integration with other Apple devices, and many other clever-sounding features.

 

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14:28
Apple's making some built-in apps deletable in...

Apple’s jam-packed WWDC 2016 keynote showed off some brand-new apps for iOS 10, like Home, Breathe, and Swift Playground. And then Apple released some very familiar apps into the App Store, like Stocks.

Wait, Stocks?

Yes, the Stocks app is now available in the iOS App Store for the first time, as caught by our eagle-eyed friends at MacRumors, and then confirmed by a post on Apple’s support site. Also available are other Apple apps that were, until today, available only as part of iOS itself. They were only updated when iOS updated, and you couldn’t delete them. The full list is:

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14:10
Apple Introduces Swift Playgrounds App To Teach Kids...

An anonymous reader writes: At their Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco today, Apple CEO Tim Cook said, "We believe coding should be a required language in all schools." To help achieve this goal, Apple introduced Swift Playgrounds, a new app that is meant to teach kids basic coding skills in Apple's chosen language. It teaches concepts like loops and conditionals, and uses an animated character tasked with performing simple challenges in a digital maze to help make learning fun. The app also offers suggested coding languages and will be completely free. Tim Cook described it as "a powerful new way for kids to learn to code," and went on to compare writing code to basic literacy. "I wish Swift Playgrounds was around when I was first learning to code," said Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering Craig Federighi. "Swift Playgrounds is the only app of its kind that is both easy enough for students and beginners, yet powerful enough to write real code. It's...

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14:08
Watch the replay of the WWDC 2016 keynote
14:04
How to sign up for the iOS 10 and macOS Sierra betas

If you’re not a developer and just can’t wait until the Fall to get your hands on the latest Apple operating systems, here’s how to grab the public betas in July. It should go without saying that you shouldn’t install these on a daily work machine and you shouldn’t install them without having a very recent backup. And if you do, please don’t bitch at developers when some of your apps stop working.

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14:02
iOS 10 Promises New Lock Screen, Open Siri, and More

iOS 10, due this fall, will offer more features on the Lock screen, redesigned Music and News apps, third-party app integration with Siri, expanded messaging options, and more.

 

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13:57
Remove built-in apps from the Home screen on your...

This is a little thing but it shows Apple is removing the hooks these apps had in the OS and making them stand alone. So we can delete them to our heart’s content.

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13:54
The all-American iPhone

This is a really interesting article that makes the point that, in a global economy, it’s almost impossible to make global products in just one country.

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13:54
News: Apple announces Swift Playgrounds for iPad,...

Closing off today’s WWDC keynote, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced Swift Playgrounds, a new app that Apple is releasing this fall that aims to teach kids — and other users new to programming — how to code in Apple’s new Swift development language. Swift Playgrounds takes users through some very simple interactive coding tutorials before moving on to more advanced topics, in a fun and playful graphical interface, with projects that involve…

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13:50
Apple restricts iOS 10 to the iPhone 5, iPad 2 or...

Basically, anything powered by the second-generation A5 chips and the iPad 2′s A5X chip is the new minimum requirement set by iOS 10. For the iPhone, that means the iPhone 5 and newer.

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13:43
News: Apple’s iOS 10: the ‘mother of all iOS updates’

The big unveil during Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference today in San Francisco was iOS 10, the next generation of Apple’s mobile operating system for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Dubbing it the “biggest iOS release ever,” Apple’s Senior VP of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi, outlined ten major enhancements to a number of core iOS applications and APIs, beginning with a significantly redesigned…

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13:42
Apple File System (APFS) announced for 2017, scales...

Although it didn’t make the keynote cut, one of the bigger news items for developers today is that Apple is rolling out a new file system for storage for all its products:

The Apple File System (APFS) is the next-generation file system designed to scale from an Apple Watch to a Mac Pro. APFS is optimized for Flash/SSD storage, and engineered with encryption as a primary feature. Learn about APFS benefits versus HFS+ and how to make sure your file system code is compatible.

Details are scant but developers can access information about the new File System here, but it comes with some significant caveats/limitations which will initially limit its...

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13:41
tvOS 10 to Get Improved Siri, Single Sign-on, iOS...

Apple’s fourth-generation Apple TV was a major leap forward compared to previous generations, thanks to tvOS. The promised upgrades to tvOS 10 are not as revolutionary, but should substantially improve the Apple TV experience.

 

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13:41
WWDC: Apple posts full video of WWDC 2016 keynote on...

Right, there’s a metric TON of new stuff coming out of the Worldwide Developers Conference, but Apple just posted full video of its keynote address on its web site for streaming.

As usual, Apple shared a few feature-specific videos within the keynote, focusing on app updates to Messages within iOS 10, macOS 10.12 (Sierra) and new apps like Swift Playgrounds.

Check out the link below to catch the keynote at your convenience and stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

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13:38
∞ Apple’s iOS 10 and developer story videos from...

These are the two videos Apple played during this morning’s WWDC. The second one will really tug at your heartstrings.

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13:35
Announcing OneNote Class Notebook Tools for Mac!

You’ve been asking for it and today it’s here! We’re excited to announce Class Notebook Tools for OneNote 2016 for Mac, which helps teachers work even more efficiently with their Class Notebooks—on the Mac platform some teachers already know and use.

With this update, the Class Notebook tab is visible if you are teacher in a Class Notebook for which you have administrative rights. To set up a Class Notebook, visit www.onenote.com/classnotebook.

With the Class Notebook Tools for Mac, you can do the following:

  • Quickly and easily distribute pages or new sections to students in a class.
  • Copy sections to Content Libraries in multiple notebooks.
  • Sequentially review student work (assignments, quizzes, etc.).
  • Easily navigate and browse student notebooks through a student list.
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13:35
Digging into the dev documentation for APFS, Apple’s...

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Though the feature wasn’t mentioned in Apple’s WWDC 2016 keynote, I’m most excited about the introduction of the Apple File System, or APFS. The preliminary version of the developer documentation is online now, and it looks like the new file system introduces a whole boat-load of solid features—including a few out of the ZFS playbook.

APFS looks to be a major update over Apple’s old and creaky HFS+ file system, which has been around in one form or another for decades. It has been the subject of expansions and additions over the years, but HFS+ never approached the extensibility and flexibility of current...

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13:31
How to sign up for the iOS 10 and macOS Sierra betas

Apple revealed a lot of new features from iOS 10 and macOS Sierra at Monday’s WWDC keynote. The final versions of each operating system won’t be available until the fall, and developers are the only folks who can try out them out right now.

But in July, Apple will release betas of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra to the general public. If you’re game for running a beta operating system, you can get your hands on the software by joining the Apple Beta Software Program.

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13:30
Every change coming to Apple Music in iOS 10

Apple Music has 15 million paying subscribers, which is nothing to sneeze at. But Apple’s Spotify competitor isn’t exactly easy to use, so iOS 10 is bringing a complete redesign.

It’s a totally new look, with giant cards, bigger and bolder fonts, and a clean white background that allows the album art to shine.

Apple Music’s redesign emphasizes vivid images.

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13:29
Apple launches free Swift Playgrounds app for the...

Apple has introduced Swift Playgrounds, a new iPad app designed to make learning to code fun and easy for anyone.

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13:28
Facebook Turns On Safety Check Following Orlando...


Facebook on Sunday activated its Safety Check feature for the first time in the U.S., in the aftermath of the mass shooting at an Orlando night club that left 49 people dead and scores more wounded. Last year's terrorist attacks in Paris marked the first time Facebook activated the feature for a crisis other than a natural disaster. Safety Check lets users notify loved ones and friends that they're safe. Users can check on people thought to be in the affected area, and mark friends and loved ones as safe when they receive confirmation.

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13:25
WWDC 2016 Keynote Recap

In a keynote notable for the diversity of its presenters, Apple showed off what’s coming in iOS 10, watchOS 3, tvOS 10, and the renamed macOS 10.12 Sierra. Read on for a quick recap; we’ll have more detailed coverage separately.

 

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13:23
Apple Shares Full Video of Today's WWDC Keynote...

As Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference keynote has wrapped up, the company this afternoon posted a full video of the event on its website, letting anyone who happened to miss the event catch up in their own time. Apple is expected to upload the full-length video to iTunes and YouTube later in the day.

As usual, Apple shared a few feature-specific videos within the keynote, focusing on app updates to Messages within iOS 10 and new apps like Swift Playgrounds, which we've listed below.

- iOS 10 - Hey Hi Hello

- New Beginnings

In addition to the videos posted online, you can catch up with all of the WWDC 2016 coverage by checking out our list of keynote highlights...

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13:22
iOS 10 packs new Home app, updates to Messages...

Apple today previewed iOS 10, which it says is the biggest release ever of the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, featuring a huge update to Messages that delivers more expressive and animated ways to message friends and family, like stickers and full-screen effects.

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12:49
Swift Playgrounds brings iOS app development to the...

It was a developers conference, after all, so during Monday’s WWDC 2016 keynote, Apple CEO called special attention to Swift Playgrounds, a free new app for beginners who want to create iOS apps using Swift, Apple’s programming language.

Swift Playgrounds features lessons to help beginners learn coding concepts such as creating functions, issuing commands, loops, and more. Apple will release new challenges, so coders can continue to learn new skills as they progress. Apple says that teachers can use Xcode to create their own content for Swift Playgrounds.

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12:45
Apple Announces iOS 10, watchOS 3, and new features...

Also at its annual developer conference, Apple announced major updates to its other platforms: Apple TV, iPhone and iPad, and Apple Watch. Starting with the Apple TV, the company announced that tvOS is getting a new feature called "Live-Tune-In" which uses Siri to allow users to simply state aloud what channel they want to watch. The company also announced a feature called Single sign-on, a cable networks feature which will let users sign-in to all their Apple TV accounts more efficiently and easily. There's a new TV Remote app for iPhone as well. watchOS 3 comes with a range of new capabilities as well. Most importantly, it offers much faster app performance, thanks to something Apple calls Instant Launch. It does the job seven times faster than its counterpart in watch OS 2. The Verge reports about other changes: The updated interface includes Control Center, which is accessed via a swipe up from the bottom of the display. The side button has been remapped to launch the dock of...

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12:44
WWDC: Apple previews watchOS 3

Apple has previewed watchOS 3, promising “significantly” improved performance with the ability to launch favorite apps instantly, enhanced navigation like the new Dock and all-new fitness and health capabilities for Apple Watch.

Available this fall, this software update introduces the Breathe app, designed to encourage users to take a moment in their day to do deep breathing exercises for relaxation and stress reduction. The Activity app now includes the ability to share, compare and compete as well as enabling wheelchair users to close their Activity rings.

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12:40
Fiery Ex-NASA Chief Unveils Neuro-Computing Firm


Former NASA administrator Dan Goldin last week introduced a 10-year-old startup to the public. Backed by $100 million in private funding, KnuEdge is working to develop breakthrough technologies in voice biometrics and neural computing. KnuEdge launched two new products as it emerged from stealth mode. KnuVerse offers military-grade voice recognition and authentication technology that can operate in noisy, real-world environments. Knupath is a neurocomputing technology based on a processor that allows scaling up to 512,000 devices.

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12:37
These are Apple’s big announcements from WWDC 2016

The Apple WWDC keynote has just wrapped up. If you missed the video, Apple will likely have it available on iTunes and the Apple TV in a few hours. In the meantime, here is a wrap-up about the things Apple announced this morning. Which ones are you most excited by?

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12:35
New file system spotted in macOS Sierra [Updated]


Now that the WWDC keynote is over, Apple has published the names of the developer sessions to attendees at the conference. Previously masked by placeholder names, there are a bunch of events that folks can now plan on attending—including, apparently, a session discussing Apple's new file system for macOS.

Dubbed APFS, for "Apple File System," the session description implies that the new file system is a replacement for the aged HFS+ file system, which has been used in one form or another by OS X since its launch back in 2001....

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12:33
Sponsor: The DxO ONE miniaturized pro-quality camera...

The DxO ONE is a miniaturized pro-quality camera that can be used standalone, or attached directly to your iPhone (or iPad) via a patented Lightning connector. When connected, it turns your Retina display into the camera viewfinder and provides full control over aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and more via a companion iOS app. With a large 1” sensor and fast prime lens, the DxO ONE provides 10x the sensitivity of the iPhone camera which allows it to capture gorgeous portraits and stunning low-light images that rival those from a DSLR — only these images can be shared instantly via every service supported by iOS.

Editor’s Note: I’ve been using a DxO ONE for months and love the camera. I take it on every trip I go on to get better pictures.

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12:31
News: Apple’s next tvOS update introduces Single...

During this year’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference in San Francisco today, Eddy Cue, Apple’s SVP of Internet Software and Services, provided more details on its next-generation version of tvOS. While Cue conspicuously omitted any kind of version number, he highlighted key features in the next tvOS release, including a redesigned Apple Remote app for iOS that will provide the full capabilities of the Siri Remote, including voice…

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12:23
News: Apple announces watchOS 3

During today’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference in San Francisco, Apple’s VP of Technology, Kevin Lynch took the wraps off watchOS 3, the next generation of the company’s operating system for its wearable device. Available today as a developer preview, and scheduled for public release in the fall, watchOS 3 will significantly enhance the speed at which favorite apps load and update information on the device. The update also…

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12:21
Apple previews major update with macOS Sierra

Apple has previewed macOS Sierra, a major update to the desktop operating system. Siri is now on the Mac with brand-new capabilities to help with the things users do every day on their desktop.

With Siri, users can look up information, find documents, pin or drag and drop search results, and even adjust system preferences. Integration with iCloud makes everything from your Desktop and Documents folder available on your iPhone and iPad so you always have access to the files you need.

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12:06
New Siri capabilities coming to the Apple TV

Apple has announced powerful new Siri capabilities, single sign-on for Apple TV and many more new features for users. All will be included in the updated tvOS that’s coming this fall.

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12:06
WWDC 2016: Apple Pay coming to online transactions...

Apple’s looking to bring Apple Pay to the Web.

Among the mucho announcements during the WWDC keynote, Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering, announced that the company will begin incorporating “Pay with Apple Pay” buttons. The new feature will be available when the latest version of macOS, Sierra, becomes available to Mac users this fall.

Federighi said the online “Apple Pay” button will require users to authenticate their identity from a TouchID device—iPhone or Apple Watch—to preserve the security of their transactions.

Since Apple Pay’s inception in October 2014, the technology has been confined to real-world brick-and-mortar locations, the method transferring over to purchases made from iOS apps. Today’s announcement pushes Apple...

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12:00
New App Store Review Guidelines

We’ve rewritten the App Review Guidelines to be more helpful, provide more context, and incorporate the guidelines for Mac apps. We hope these updates will help your app sail through App Review. While the guidelines themselves haven’t changed, the previous App Store and Mac App Store Review Guidelines will remain available for apps currently in the review process. View the new App Store Review Guidelines.

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12:00
New App Store Review Guidelines

We’ve rewritten the App Review Guidelines to be more helpful, provide more context, and incorporate the guidelines for Mac apps. We hope these updates will help your app sail through App Review. While the guidelines themselves haven’t changed, the previous App Store and Mac App Store Review Guidelines will remain available for apps currently in the review process. View the new App Store Review Guidelines.

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12:00
See What’s Next

The new beta of Xcode 8 is now available, and includes Swift 3 and SDKs that you can use to build apps for the next version of macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS. Learn about new innovations in Apple platforms and how you can take advantage of them in your apps. Download the new betas.

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12:00
See What’s Next

The new beta of Xcode 8 is now available, and includes Swift 3 and SDKs that you can use to build apps for the next version of macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS. Learn about new innovations in Apple platforms and how you can take advantage of them in your apps. Download the new betas.

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12:00
WWDC16. Now Live Steaming

See the latest advancements in macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS with over 100 sessions presented by Apple engineers at this year’s conference. We’re live streaming all sessions daily and posting videos and related sample code throughout the week.
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12:00
WWDC16. Now Live Steaming

See the latest advancements in macOS, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS with over 100 sessions presented by Apple engineers at this year’s conference. We’re live streaming all sessions daily and posting videos and related sample code throughout the week.
Watch WWDC sessions videos.

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11:47
Goodbye, A5: iOS 10 ends support for iPhone 4S, iPad...

Enlarge / RIP iPhone 4S, we knew ye all-too-well. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Update: This page claims that the iPad 2, iPad Mini, and 5th-generation iPod Touch are supported by iOS 10, but Apple's developer beta site doesn't have beta builds available for those devices, and the support list used in the WWDC presentation didn't list any of them either. We've emailed Apple to confirm which page is correct and will update again when we get a response.

SAN FRANCISCO—Apple has just announced the hardware support list for iOS 10, the next version of its smartphone and tablet OS that will be released in beta form soon and in final form later this year. After a surprising...

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11:42
PSA: macOS Sierra drops support for many Macs from...

Enlarge / Older Macs like this late 2008 MacBook Pro are getting the axe in Sierra. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.—For the first time since Mountain Lion was released in 2012, a new Mac operating system release will end support for older hardware. Older Macs, mostly models from 2007, 2008, and 2009, won't run this fall's new macOS Sierra.

To run Sierra, you'll need:

  • MacBook (late 2009 and later)
  • iMac (late 2009 and later)
  • MacBook Air (2010 and later)
  • MacBook Pro (2010 and later)
  • Mac Mini (2010 and later)
  • Mac Pro (2010 and later)

Many of these Macs were already missing out on Yosemite and El Capitan-era features like AirDrop, Continuity, and the Metal graphics API.

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11:15
Apple Announces Its New Desktop OS macOS Sierra...

After playing with the names of cats and a few California landmarks, Apple at WWDC 2016 announced that its desktop operating system will now be called macOS -- and its first version update is macOS Sierra. It comes with a range of new features including Siri, the digital voice assistant. The move comes roughly a year and a half after Microsoft brought its Cortana virtual assistant to desktop platform Windows 10. Sierra also supports Apple Pay payment service via Safari web browser. Ars Technica reports about some other features of macOS Sierra: Universal Clipboard answers a longstanding complaint of Mac and iOS users -- copying and pasting now works automatically between an iOS device and a desktop Mac device. iCloud now plays an expanded sync role, too, letting you move files and folders from Mac to Mac or from Mac to iOS. Another new feature called Optimized Storage can sweep through old documents and files and push them to iCloud, clearing up local disk space for other uses. It...

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10:57
Musk Envisions Wagon Train to Mars


Elon Musk fleshed out his vision for establishing the first colony on Mars in a recent interview. As soon as 2018, Musk's SpaceX venture could launch an unmanned spacecraft to the red planet, he said, and that could be followed by future unmanned flights every two years -- timed for when the Earth and Mars orbits position the planets closest together. A cargo route to Mars would need to be established in advance of any manned trip, Musk said, and he compared the supply trips to trains leaving a station at regular intervals.

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10:51
Apple announced iOS 10 for iPhones and iPads at WWDC...

Apple Music on iOS 10, with Senior VP Eddy Cue. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Apple today announced iOS 10, a new major version of its operating system for iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touches.

There will be a public beta available in July, and it will be a free upgrade to all compatible devices this fall. There will also be a developer preview available today. Apple made the announcement at its WWDC keynote.

iOS 10 has a redesigned control center with interactive notifications and improvements to widgets (such as those that show calendar and weather information). 3D Touch can now do more: for example, you can press your screen to...

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10:40
Goodbye, OS X: Apple’s new desktop OS is “macOS...

As has become tradition at WWDC, Apple has announced the next version of its Mac operating system: Sierra. Of course, the real change is that, after fifteen years, Apple has finally ditched the "OS X" moniker. All things old are new again, and the new operating system will simply be called "macOS." We don't yet know if Sierra carries a "10.12" version number, but with developers getting their hands on the OS later today, we should soon have that question answered.

Apple's Craig Federighi ran through a whole bunch of new features to be included in the revised operating system. He started by mentioning Continuity and Auto-Unlock, which now combine to let you seamlessly unlock a desktop or laptop Mac merely by bringing your Apple Watch close, using what Federighi described as "time-of-flight networking" to detect the watch's proximity. It was unclear from the presentation whether or not this feature is an Apple Watch exclusive; Federighi...

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10:35
Microsoft to buy LinkedIn for $26.2 billion

Does this mean LinkedIn will get more or less annoying?

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10:32
Apple will update tvOS with Sling, sports, apps, and...

Eddy Cue is an Apple senior vice president. (credit: Apple)

Apple Senior Vice President Eddy Cue announced Monday that there will be new content available for the Apple TV platform.

At the company's WWDC 2016 conference in San Francisco, Cue showed off new support for Sling and Siri. Apple TV will also now allow "single sign-on" to cable networks, but Cue did not explain exactly how that feature would work.

Apple's new "Live Tune-In" uses Siri to allow users to simply say aloud what channel they want to watch; for example, Cue quickly popped into a soccer game on ESPN 2. That voice search feature also includes searching YouTube as well, so you can watch Steph Curry sink threes all day.

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10:10
watchOS 3.0 promises faster app loads, better...

Today at Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference, the company announced watchOS 3, the latest version of its operating system for the Apple Watch. Apple's main focus with this watchOS update is to make the device easier and more intuitive to use.

Faster and more “familiar”

First, Apple's Kevin Lynch showed off how much faster watchOS 3 is compared to the previous version. Watch apps now launch instantly instead of taking a few seconds to load. Overall, watchOS 3 is about seven times faster than watchOS 2, which should make all activity on the watch more seamless. The OS update will also allow background app updates, which adds to increased speed and efficiency of the entire system.

Apple added a number of UI updates to the OS to make it more "familiar" and easier to use. There's a new dock where you can get information from your favorite apps without fully opening them, and a Control Center can be accessed by swiping up from...

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09:57
Google and the Birth of the People-Delivery Drone


Larry Page is rumored to be building a flying car, apparently dropping a whopping $100M into the effort. Surprisingly, this actually makes more sense to me than a self-driving car does, because it potentially solves two problems at once: You won't have to fly the thing yourself; and it eliminates the need for roads for those who commute to work. If we go to drone delivery and take into account advances in 3D printing for much of the stuff we use, then roads could become like railroad tracks -- just used for moving heavy stuff.

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09:38
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 13...

Notable software releases this week include Default Folder X 5.0.5, Lightroom CC 2015.6 and Lightroom 6.6, iTunes 12.4.1, Audio Hijack 3.3, and DEVONthink/DEVONnote 2.8.11.

 

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09:38
ExtraBITS for 13 June 2016

In ExtraBITS this week, Microsoft is buying the professional network LinkedIn for a whopping $26.2 billion, Glenn Fleishman exposes two-factor authentication’s weakness, we learn why you shouldn’t share Web links via Facebook Messenger, Apple shares some big changes coming to the App Store, AgileBits launches 1Password Teams, and we find out where people are embarrassed to use Siri.

 

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09:00
Test drive Office 365 and take your teamwork to the...

Take your teamwork to the next level anywhere, anytime with Office 365 and Windows 10.

An online immersion session is not your typical online event. These 90-minute interactive sessions start with an online roundtable discussing your business challenges and then launch into a live environment in the cloud. A skilled facilitator guides you through simulated business scenarios that are customized to your interests.

We will send you a link to connect your own device to a remote desktop loaded with our latest and greatest technology, so you can experience first-hand how Microsoft tools can solve your biggest challenges in a collaborative, fun environment.

Online immersion sessions help you discover how to:

  • Keep information secure while being productive—Make it easier to work securely and maintain compliance without inhibiting your workflow.
  • Capture, review and share notes from anywhere—Boost...
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09:00
Empowering attorneys and staff with Office 365 helps...

Today’s Microsoft Office 365 post was written by Judith Flournoy, chief information officer at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, a law firm with seven offices in the United States and Europe.

The legal profession stretches all the way back to the orators of ancient Rome. The field has come a long way since then, with attorneys often working together across geographical and organizational boundaries on behalf of their clients. That idea of teamwork—collaborating with colleagues, outside consultants and even clients—needs to be at the core of what we do so that we can take advantage of areas of expertise and facilitate efficiencies.

As law firms have expanded to handle matters across the globe, they’ve needed to change the nature of collaboration, which has evolved tremendously over the last 50 years or so. For most of the history of our profession, attorneys relied on face-to-face meetings and documents shared via human messengers. The telephone and fax machine...

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08:37
Apple Announces iOS 10 With Overhauled Messages App...

At today's WWDC keynote, Apple unveiled iOS 10, the latest version of its mobile operating system that will launch in the fall. Apple's list of new features for iOS 10 is extensive, focusing on revamping established apps (like Messages, Photos, and Apple Music), introducing new aspects of the user interface, and doubling down on privacy.

One of the more notable updates in iOS 10 centers around Messages. Apple hopes the handful of new Message features in iOS 10 will bring more "personal and expressive" ways to communicate with friends and family, with a roster of new text message abilities including text balloon animations, invisible ink, enlarged emoji, and handwritten notes.

“iOS 10 is our biggest...

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08:36
Apple Unveils macOS 'Sierra' With New...

Apple used its WWDC 2016 keynote on Monday to unveil macOS 'Sierra', the successor to its OS X 10.11 El Capitan operating system for the Mac, promising window tab support across multiple apps, copy and paste between devices, Siri integration, and more.

The announcement of a change in naming convention also means that Apple now has a consistent naming structure across all its software platforms: iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS.

Apart from Siri's introduction to the Mac desktop, Apple focused on a handful of new Continuity-themed features exclusive to macOS Sierra, one being the ability to access files on the desktop and in the Documents folder...

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08:35
Apple Announces watchOS 3 With Dock, Control Center...

Apple today announced watchOS 3, the next major version of its Apple Watch software platform. The update includes several performance and navigation improvements, new watch faces and apps, several fitness-related features, and more.

"Apple Watch is the ultimate companion for a healthy life and with watchOS 3, there's now even more to love," said Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer. "Favorite apps launch instantly and are simple to access, and the breakthrough new fitness and health features like the Breathe app make it feel like a whole new watch."• Apple Watch users can press the side button to access the new Dock, where they can tap to launch native and third-party apps instantly and have the latest information in...

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08:34
Apple Debuts New tvOS Features Including '...

Today at WWDC, Apple announced an updated version of tvOS that includes new functionality and features for Siri, single sign-on and more. Apple also announced that a few new apps will be arriving on tvOS, including Sling, Fox Sports Go, Molotov TV, and a handful of game-based apps like Minecraft Story Mode and Sketch Party.

Siri has gained a handful of new abilities, including the ability to search for movies by topic. For instance, a user can now ask Siri to find the latest superhero movies or documentaries about cars. Siri can even partner themes with other pieces of context, like searching for high school comedies from the 80s. Siri will also be able to search through YouTube later this month.

Siri can also be directed to tune-in to live channels within apps now. For example, if a user asks Siri to "Watch CBS News" or "Watch ESPN," Siri will instantly open the...

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08:33
Live Coverage of Apple's WWDC 2016 Keynote: iOS...

Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) kicks off today in San Francisco with the traditional keynote being held for the first time at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, the same location Apple used for its "Hey Siri" media event last September.

Photo by Walt Mossberg

The keynote begins at 10:00 AM Pacific Time / 1:00 PM Eastern Time, and we're expecting to see a number of announcements focused primarily on software updates including iOS 10 and OS X 10.12, as well as new versions of watchOS and tvOS. We may also see some updates to Apple's services such as Apple Pay, iCloud, and...

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08:31
Siri begins to return queries regarding Finder,...

Siri is changing a bit ahead of WWDC 2016.

And it now knows what the Finder is.

As of now, when asked the specific question “Siri open settings in the window,” Siri for iOS responds with: “It doesn’t look like you have an app named ‘Finder’.”

Interestingly, omitting the word “Siri” from the query changes the response, and the assistant simply opens the iOS Settings application.

Over the years, there never has been a Finder application for iOS and the Finder was limited to OS X. The updated response has been seen as Apple’s possible integration of Siri on the Mac, a feature which is expected in OS X 10.12.

Apple is set to host a keynote presentation on Monday, where it’s highly anticipated to announce that Siri voice controls will be...

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08:22
Are New Political Dark Clouds Forming Over Apple...

I think we all knew that while Apple appeared to win round one with the government over encryption, that the government was in this fight for the long haul and that the battle would continue behind the scenes.

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08:13
IconFactory celebrates 20th anniversary with old-...

This could be pretty nifty.

The IconFactory has released BitCam, a small graphics app that creates a retro feel for the pictures on your iOS device.

Created to celebrate the IconFactory’s 20th anniversary, the app is done in something of a Mac OS 6 feel, complete with old camera click sounds when you take a picture and an old-school color palette to boot.

BitCam is available for $1.99 and requires iOS 9.0 or later to install and run.

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

Via IconFactory and the App Store

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08:00
I said "No predictions," but...

OK, during the past week I've made at least two tweets in which I said I wouldn't make any predictions about the WWDC keynote. But I'm sorry, I have been an Apple geek since 1984, I attended many of the WWDC events in the early 1990s, and I have a vested interest in the continuing success of the company -- both as a business owner and as a shareholder. So here are my predictions for the upcoming keynote:

  • macOS 12 is announced (no more OS X 10.12.x BS), along with tvOS 10, watchOS 3, and iOS 10
  • A new, advanced Siri is demoed and announced, along with word that the 4th-generation Apple TV will act as an "Amazon Echo"-type of home intelligent assistant and that Siri will work on macOS 12. A Siri SDK will also be announced
  • New HealthKit initiatives will be announced, along with word that Apple has received FDA approval to measure blood pressure with Apple Watch
  • The Apple News app is updated to include video, and publishers are given...
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07:00
What’s new in Office 365 Groups administration—June...

Last December, we announced that Office 365 Groups are now supported by eDiscovery. Since then, we’ve delivered a number of updates to help administrators govern and manage Office 365 Groups, which provides cross-application group membership to enable teams to easily collaborate in their favorite apps.

The following capabilities are available today to all Office 365 commercial and education customers:

  • Ability to update privacy type—When you create an Office 365 group, users have two privacy options: public (anyone within your organization can access the group’s content) and private (only approved members can access the group’s content). This update enables group owners to change the privacy setting from public to private or vice versa by editing the group properties in Outlook on the web....
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07:00
WALTR: Get an AWT exclusive 30% discount

Many past and present Apple World Today staffers are fans of Softorino's WALTR, an OS X (or shall we call it macOS?) app that speedily converts and transfers any video or music file over to your iPhone or iPad. 

It doesn't matter what music format (FLAC, MP3, ALAC), video format (MKV, AVI, MP4) or ringtone file (M4R) you have on your Mac. Just run WALTR with your iPhone or iPad attached to the Mac, and the files are converted to the proper formats for the Apple Music and Videos apps. 

Softorino has been a great supporter of Apple World Today in the past, and their support continues with this 30% discount on any WALTR license. Whether it's the single license (usually $29.95) or the $79.95 WALTR family pack, you'll be able to chop 30% off the top immediately just because you visited our site.

To take a...

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06:52
News: What to watch for during today’s WWDC Keynote

Expectations are high ahead of today’s WWDC keynote, with big improvements to Siri assumed to be a focal point of the event. Apple is expected to release a third-party Siri SDK for developers and is rumored to be putting out some kind of Siri-capable hardware device to rival Amazon’s Echo, though the latter isn’t expected to make an appearance today. “Sweeping changes” to Apple Music are also anticipated as part of the…

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06:50
Foxconn chairman tells staff to expect 'feeble...

The chairman of Hon Hai -- better known as Foxconn -- is reportedly telling subordinates that demand for Apple iPhones will stay weak until early next year, despite an anticipated fall launch for new models.

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06:38
Leawo Prof. Media Mac for OS X gets improved HD...

Leawo Software (www.leawo.org) has released Prof. Media for Mac 7.5.0, an upgrade of its all-in-one Mac media converter suite.

The app handles media conversions between Blu-ray, DVD, video and audio files on Mac. The new version brings full-scale improvements in both program functions and user experience. Key upgrades include: improved HD screen compatibility, fixed video and audio out-of-sync problem, optimized subtitle display and 3D effect applying, promoted video conversion success rate, and more.

Prof. Media for Mac 7.5.0 costs $119.95. A demo is available for download.

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06:34
LinkOptimizer for InDesign update improves...

Zevrix Solutions has announced LinkOptimizer 4.9.62, a maintenance update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

LinkOptimizer lets users reduce the size of InDesign links by eliminating excess image data according to their final size and target resolution. The app can also perform essential image adjustments and convert colors and file formats. The new version improves the reliability of Photoshop sharpening filters application and addresses some image format conversion issues.

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06:33
News: BMW including CarPlay option in 2017 M3 and M4...

On the heels of news that BMW is bringing CarPlay to its 2016 X5 M and X6 M models this summer, Bimmerpost News reports the feature will also be available in the 2017 M3 Sedan, M4 Convertible and M4 Coupe. The site points to the company’s 2017 pricing guide, which lists CarPlay as an available upgrade for each vehicle at a cost of $300. While the pricing options in the guide take effect in June, the CarPlay entry appears to indicate it won’t…

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06:25
Microsoft Acquires LinkedIn for $26 Billion

Microsoft and LinkedIn Corporation on Monday announced they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Microsoft will acquire LinkedIn for $196 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at $26.2 billion...

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06:20
External Link: Microsoft Buying LinkedIn for $26.2...

Microsoft has announced that it is buying the professional networking service LinkedIn for $26.2 billion. The acquisition brings with it the training Web site Lynda.com, which LinkedIn bought last year. Microsoft said that LinkedIn, which boasts over 400 million users, will retain its current leadership and independence. What’s less clear is how Microsoft will connect LinkedIn with Office 365 and its other services, or if LinkedIn will remain largely separate.

 

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Armour Charge Steel iOS Charging...

Today in iLounge Deals, you can get the Armour Charge Steel iOS Charging Cable for only $24.95 — that’s 28% off the regular price. Completely woven from stainless steel, this is a strong, durable and tangle-free charging solution for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod, and it’s tough enough to use in just about any environment or take out on the go with you.

Get the Armour Charge Steel iOS Charging Cable now for only $24.95...

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05:58
Microsoft to buy LinkedIn professional social...

Microsoft and LinkedIn announced today that the two companies would become one after Microsoft purchases outstanding shares at $196  in an all-cash transaction valued at $26.2 billion, inclusive of LinkedIn’s net cash.

The new organization will give Microsoft a big social graph for professional life and is interestingly announced just hours before Apple’s WWDC.

LinkedIn also owns the popular Pulse Reader for iOS/Web.

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05:55
WWDC 2016: Sometimes the Boring Outstrips the Flash

At the end of the day one of Apple's core strengths is the scale of its ecosystem. Apple claims to have more than a billion active devices around the globe. The strength of its ecosystem is underestimated by most analysts.

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05:55
Microsoft buys professional social networking...

Microsoft on Monday announced it will acquire LinkedIn in an all-cash transaction worth $26.2 billion, bringing more than 433 million members of the social networking site under the Redmond, Wash., company's banner.

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05:46
Share Passwords Securely with One-Time Secret

If you’ve ever needed to send someone a password via email or instant messaging, you might have worried that a bad guy could somehow intercept it or discover it after the fact. For a solution, check out the free One-Time Secret service.

 

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05:15
Popular Science takes us on a tour of Apple’s...

We’re following construction progress of Apple’s Campus 2 via a series of drone videos and renders, but Popular Science got invited in for a closer look at some of the unique features of the building.

The piece starts out with some stats, among them that there are around 3,000 sheets of glass, the heaviest of which weighs 7000 pounds. And it’s the glass that’s been one of the great challenges of the project …

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05:00
Daily Deal: IDrive Unlimited Mobile Backup Lifetime...

Maybe you don't trust iCloud or don't want to pay Apple for the right to backup your iOS data to the service. Perhaps you're thinking about defecting to the Android world and want a way to take all of that iOS data with you. Here's just the answer for you: a lifetime subscription to IDrive's Unlimited Mobile Backup service for just $10 -- that's 79% off the regular price!

Everything that's backed up by IDrive is secured with 256-bit AES encryption. With this unlimited Lifetime Mobile Backup Plan, you can back up contacts, photos, videos, calendar events and even more for up to 5 devices. Check out these details:

  • 256-bit AES encryption with an optional user defined key
  • Back up your iOS device and...
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04:51
With Xbox One S expected today, iOS remote app...

With Microsoft expected to launch a 4K Xbox One S console today, the company has updated its iOS app, now renamed to just Xbox…

more…

Filed under: Apps Tagged: Microsoft, Xbox iPhone app, Xbox SmartGlass ...

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04:48
Digital skills gap slows push to build digital...

Although the majority of manufacturers have implemented digital platforms, more than half (51 percent) lack the skills to operate digital factories, according to a new study from Accenture (NYSE: ACN). The Accenture Strategy report (www/accenture.com) revealed that the more successful manufacturers have advanced talent strategies in place to digitally enable the workforce of the future.

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04:48
Digital skills gap slows push to build digital...

Although the majority of manufacturers have implemented digital platforms, more than half (51 percent) lack the skills to operate digital factories, according to a new study from Accenture (NYSE: ACN). The Accenture Strategy report (www/accenture.com) revealed that the more successful manufacturers have advanced talent strategies in place to digitally enable the workforce of the future.

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04:37
Recommended Reading: ‘Photos on iPhone and iPad’

Tap Guides’ “Photos on iPhone and iPad” is an interactive eBook for the iPad, iPhone and Mac that reveals the secrets of mobile photography.

Written by tech author Thomas Anthony, it's packed with inspirational photos, tutorials and interviews with the world's best iPhone photographers. Taking photos on an iPhone or iPad is easy, just open the Camera app and press a button. Taking a beautiful photo, however, is a little bit trickier.

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04:34
How much extra would a US-made iPhone cost? MIT has...

With two Presidential candidates saying that Apple should be making more of its products in the USA, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has done the sums to see just how practical it would be for Apple to manufacture iPhones in its home market.

The question, of course, isn’t a simple one: you first need to define your terms. Does it just mean assembling iPhones here rather than in China, or does it mean sourcing components from the U.S. too? The MIT analysis considered both scenarios, starting with assembly-only …

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04:30
Paragon’s Hard Disk Manager is what Apple’s Disk...

Paragon Hard Disk Manager for Mac 1.0 for Mac OS X (10.8 and higher) is a new system and data management solution for managing, protecting, backing up, and restoring OS X systems.

It’s a solid release for a version 1.0 app. My favorite feature of Hard Disk Manager is its ability to create recovery media to get your Mac back on track in case of a disaster.

The Bootable Media Builder creates a bootable flash stick or external disk to boot your Mac for maintenance when OS X fails to start up or SIP (more on that in a moment) restricts writing to disks. The native OS X Recovery HD partition is used as a basis for the prepared media. If you don’t have it, the wizard won’t work. Also, the data on the disk you select will be lost. 

The Bootable Media Builder works reasonably well,...

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04:00
Why haven’t you customized your Mac OS X Toolbar?

I’m teaching a class on Mac basics at University of Texas Informal Classes and It freaks me out that not a single one of my students knew you could customize the Toolbar and Sidebar. And that’s a shame since they’re two powerful features that have been around since time immemorial and are common to all Finder windows in all versions of OS X.

If your Sidebar is still just as Apple shipped it, you’re about to see how to make it über-useful. And for those who’ve customized their Sidebar, let me show you a few of my favorite tricks for making it work smarter.

On Making Your Toolbar Work Smarter

You probably know that in the Finder, you can choose View-->Customize Toolbar to add or remove items from the Toolbar. And, if you didn’t, you do now:

 

What you probably don’t know is that you can also add any folder or file to your Toolbar by holding down the Command key and dragging the item onto the Toolbar.

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03:58
Political Winds Say Apple Could Open Stores in India...

According to a new report this morning, "India is seeking a commitment from Apple Inc. to bring manufacturing facilities to the country before the government will approve the iPhone maker’s request to open its own retail stores ...

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02:58
You aren’t going to hate a ‘deep blue’ iPhone 7...

Last week, a rumor said that Apple was getting rid of the space gray iPhone and replacing it with a ‘deep blue’ iPhone 7.  Most folks, myself included, didn’t really like the idea of Apple’s default iPhone color shifting to a blue variant.

But, just as he did with the MacBook Pro’s rumored upcoming OLED display, Mockup designer Martin Hajek is back with some beautiful iPhone 7 renderings in a deep blue color. All of a sudden, this deep blue...

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01:16
Concept Imagines What a 'Deep Blue' or...

Following rumors that Apple is prepping a "Deep Blue" or "Dark Blue" color option to replace the Space Gray color for the upcoming iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, designer Martin Hajek has created some renderings imagining what such handsets might look like.

Hajek's renderings reflect myriad rumors pointing towards only minor changes for the 2016 iPhone. When it comes to size and thickness, the iPhone 7 is expected to be almost identical to the iPhone 6s, with some minor antenna band changes.

Apple is likely to remove the headphone jack in the iPhone 7, but whether or not the space will be filled with a second speaker is contested. Some rumors suggest dual speakers for stereo audio, but others say the iPhone 7...

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00:29
Some Dish subscribers will miss NBA and NHL playoff...

There's bad news for some folks hoping to catch the NBA or NHL finals today. The Tribune network, which owns WGN and affiliates for FOX, CBS and other networks, is no longer available on Dish. As usual with such disputes (which often involve Dish), t...

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Sunday June 12

22:55
NASA aims to predict dust storms on Mars

If NASA is going to send people to Mars, it needs to predict the planet's weather. You don't want to land in the middle of a ferocious storm that wipes out your entire mission. Thankfully, the space agency just took a step toward making that happen...

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18:44
Some low hanging fruit for Apple to pick at WWDC 2016

On Monday, Apple will finally reveal an assortment of new technologies and initiatives it's been working on over the past year. Here's a look at some of the ideas Apple likely--or hopefully--has on its agenda.

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15:32
Siri response raises hopes for 'dark mode...

A curious response from Apple's Siri indicates the virtual assistant will soon support "dark mode" settings, suggesting forthcoming integration with OS X, or a highly anticipated introduction of dark mode functionality on iOS.

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14:32
Facebook to users: Download Moments or say goodbye...

Facebook is becoming ever more aggressive at pushing users toward its expanded universe of services. First, it worked to push users toward its Messenger app instead of using the chat feature in the standard Facebook mobile app and site. Now, it’s coming for your synced photos.

As TheNextWeb reported Saturday, Facebook is notifying users who automatically synced photos between their phones and Facebook that it’ll soon delete those photos—unless you download the Facebook Moments app, that is.

To read this article in full...

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13:24
BMW will support CarPlay in its 2017 M3 and M4

Earlier this year, a leaked pricing list indicated that BMW was set to bring CarPlay support to its X5 M and X6 M models this year, a first for the company. Now, BMW’s pricing list for the 2017 M3 and M4 have emerged, and it again lists CarPlay as an option for customers.

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12:34
New York Thieves Wearing Apple Store T-Shirts Steal...

An anonymous reader quotes this article from a TV station in New York about a "brazen daylight heist" made possible by wearing the right t-shirt:
Two thieves put on Apple store employee T-shirts and headed past the Genius Bar to the repair room, grabbed what they could and walked out with more than $16,000 worth of stolen iPhones... Police said just one hour before, the same thieves may have stolen three iPhones 6's worth $1,900 from the Apple Store on 14th Street and Ninth Avenue in the West Village... Earlier this year, three thieves pulled off two similar, but much more lucrative heists, at the Upper West Side Apple Store at Broadway and 67th Street, a training center for Apple employees. Once again, they dressed as Apple employees and stole a total of $49,000 worth of iPhones.


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12:30
Liveblog: Apple’s WWDC 2016 keynote starts Monday at...

Enlarge / Developers wandering the halls of the Moscone Center during WWDC 2015. (credit: Megan Geuss)

Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference is nearly upon us, and you know what that means: a two-hour keynote extravaganza in which Apple unveils and describes its major software and platform updates. We'll be liveblogging the whole thing as usual, and you can join us on Monday June 13 at 10:00am Pacific (1:00pm Eastern) to find out more about the replacements for El Capitan, iOS 9, and more.

Current rumors indicate that Siri will be a focus for both iOS and OS X—developers will finally be given access to an API for Apple's assistant, and it will supposedly be available on the Mac for the...

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09:34
Feds Ask Supreme Court To Void Apple's $400...

An anonymous reader quotes the San Jose Mercury News technology blog: "The $400 million awarded to Apple in a patent-infringement case against Samsung is a moving target... On Friday, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a "friend of the court" brief to the Supreme Court, asking justices to void the $400 million award and send the case back to a lower court to determine if a new trial is needed... Samsung has argued that it should be liable only for profits attributable to a specific design that violated a patent, not an entire phone, and that the law should be interpreted to impose liability related to "components of the phones, rather than the phones themselves, according to the brief. The department came down on Samsung's side on the component argument, and blasted a federal circuit court ruling that had upheld the jury award.
Ironically, earlier this week Steve Wozniak was praising Samsung for its innovation, both in virtual reality headsets and with a Samsung camera that...

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09:00
STM Haven 15-inch Laptop Backpack

STM Haven 15-inch Laptop Backpack

With all the talk about the 12-inch MacBook, it's hard for some people to remember that Apple makes an amazing 15-inch MacBook Pro. With the power of the top-end MacBook Pro comes a necessity to keep it protected while in transit, and that's why the STM Haven 15-inch Laptop Backpack (US$99.95) is a perfect product for the current or prospective MacBook Pro owner.

Design

Over the years we've seen some good and bad backpack designs for laptops. The best ones are usually sleekly designed with no dangling straps or unnecessary frills, and that's the case with the Haven backpack. It comes in four different colors -- black, Frost Grey, Moroccan Blue, and steel -- and is made of a tough 300 denier dobby.

The inside of the backpack is lined 200 denier poly that creates a smooth surface for easy...

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08:44
This nine-year-old girl is WWDC’s youngest attendee

She started coding at seven. When I was nine, I couldn’t even spell “programming”, let alone do it.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:13
External Link: Two-Factor Authentication’s Weak Point

Two-factor authentication makes your accounts more secure by requiring something else in addition to a password to log in. However, its weak point was recently exposed, as attackers gained access to Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson’s Twitter account despite his use of two-factor authentication. Many two-factor systems rely on codes sent via SMS text messaging, but unfortunately, cellular carriers turn out to be easy targets for social engineering. Glenn Fleishman, writing for Macworld, explains the vulnerability and how to better secure your cellular accounts against troublemakers.

 

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03:55
Siri References OS X 'Finder' Ahead of...

Expectation that Apple is set to announce Siri for the Mac at WWDC 2016 has intensified over the weekend, thanks to an apparently unprompted reference to OS X leaked by none other than the personal assistant on iPhone.

Simply asking Siri the question "Open settings in the window" opens the iOS Settings app. But the same question with the word 'Siri' included at the beginning of the sentence evokes the spoken response: "It doesn't look like you have an app named 'Finder'."

'Finder' appears to be a reference to the OS X file manager application, since no such app of that name exists for iOS. The discovery was revealed in a blog post by Brian Roemmele, and...

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00:34
It Took 33 Years To Find the Easter Egg In This...

Jason Koebler writes: Gumball, a game released in 1983 for the Apple II and other early PCs, was never all that popular. For 33 years, it held a secret that was discovered this week by anonymous crackers who not only hacked their way through advanced copyright protection, but also became the first people to discover an Easter Egg hidden by the game's creator, Robert A. Cook. Best of all? Cook congratulated them Friday for their work.
The article attributes the discovery to a game-cracker named 4am, who's spent years cracking the DRM on old Apple II games to upload them to the Internet Archive. "Because almost all of the games are completely out of print, all-but-impossible to find, and run only on old computers, 4am is looked at as more of a game preservation hero than a pirate."


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Saturday June 11

23:50
Review: Philips Hue White Ambiance kit delivers bang...

Philips' latest entry into the Hue smartbulb line should strike a good balance between cost and features for most people, even if there are some rough edges the company could stand to polish.

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22:50
WhatsApp can quote messages you want to respond to

WhatsApp now has the ability to quote messages you want to reply to, which sounds especially useful for group chats with friends or family. Only problem is, it's unclear if everyone already has access to it. It first came out a day ago or so as an ex...

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20:30
NSA Couldn't Hack San Bernardino Shooter's...

The FBI did turn to NSA when it was trying to hack into the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone, according to an NSA official. But to many's surprise, one of the world's most powerful intelligence agencies couldn't hack into that particular iPhone 5c model. "We don't do every phone, every variation of phone," said Richard Ledgett, the NSA's deputy director. "If we don't have a bad guy who's using it, we don't do that." According to Ledgett, apparently the agency has to prioritize its resources and thus it doesn't know how to get into every popular gadget. According to the report, the agency is now looking to exploit Internet of Things, including biomedical devices. The Intercept reports: Biomedical devices could be a new source of information for the NSA's data hoards -- "maybe a niche kind of thing ... a tool in the toolbox," he said, though he added that there are easier ways to keep track of overseas terrorists and foreign intelligence agents. When asked if the entire scope of the...

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20:05
'Star Wars: Battlefront' gets Lando and...

You won't have to wait too much longer to fill the Cloud City-sized hole in Star Wars: Battlefront's content. EA has revealed that the promised Bespin DLC will arrive on June 21st for Season Pass holders, and two weeks later (July 5th) for everyone e...

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18:34
Cyanogen 13.1 adds Microsoft features to OnePlus One...

You'll find an important update waiting on your OnePlus One, if you haven't installed it yet: Cyanogen OS 13.1. The OS' latest version is "MOD ready," which means the manufacturer can tweak parts of the Android-based platform it couldn't before. In f...

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17:01
Your original Moto 360 isn't getting Android...

Android Wear is turning 2 years old, but it won't be a happy anniversary if you're one of the platform's earliest adopters. Following a similar warning by LG for the G Watch, Motorola is saying that the original Moto 360 won't get Android Wear 2.0 w...

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16:41
New Apple Campus 2 tour highlights 'breathing...

A new tour of Apple's Campus 2 headquarters in Cupertino -- due to start operations in early 2017 -- offers a close-up glimpse of the building's progress, and some of its unique architectural details.

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16:32
Default Folder X 5.0.5

Adds support for Geneious and the recently released Alfred 3. ($34.95 new, free update from version 5, 8.1 MB)

 

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16:05
Lightroom CC 2015.6 and Lightroom 6.6

Adds new Guided Upright tool to straighten images and fix horizons. ($149 new or $9.99 monthly Creative Cloud subscription, free update)

 

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10:21
Siri query returns response about Mac OS X Finder...

Just a few days before Apple is widely expected to unveil Siri for Mac, a prompt to the voice-driven personal assistant on iPhone is mentioning the OS X file management application, Finder.

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10:00
Drops and Spills Don't Faze Samsung Galaxy S7...


The water- and shatter-resistant Samsung Galaxy S7 Active on Friday became available exclusively from AT&T through its website or at its brick-and-mortar stores. Consumers who have eligible service can get the Galaxy S7 Active for $26.50 monthly for 30 months on AT&T Next, or $33.13 monthly for 24 months on AT&T Next Every Year. With a new two-year wireless agreement, customers who opt for AT&T Next also can get a free Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch, with qualified wireless service provided for both devices.

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09:30
Ask Slashdot: Why Do Most Tablet Specs Suck?

Slashdot reader Qbertino describes himself as a "happy tablet user," moving from an old HTC Flyer to his Yoga 2. But he notes that most other tablets "have laughable battery times," and "I've yet to find a tablet that does not give me storage or memory problems in some way or other, lasts for a day or two in power and doesn't feel chintzy and like it won't stand a month of regular everyday use and carrying around..." He asks why none of the manufacturers seem willing to offer more than one gigabyte of RAM -- and why they're so stingy with storage. "Where is the rugged 16GB RAM / 1TB Storage / 20-hour battery tablet?"

So leave your educated opinions in the comments. What are your thoughts on the current tablet market? And are they the ultimate all-purpose "convergence" device that Apple and Ubuntu seem to think they are?


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08:30
Apple Is Fighting A Secret War To Keep You From...

It's no secret that Apple makes a ton of money by charging 'astronomical' fee for replacing and fixing display and other components of iPhone and iPad (as well as Mac line). For instance, the company charges $599 for replacing the display on the iPad Pro tablet. Which sounds insane when you realize that you can almost certainly purchase a new iPad Pro under $700. And this is what most people do. A Huffington Post article notes that this behavior has contributed significantly in "generating heaps of e-waste." Citing many advocates, the publication claims that Apple has "opposed legislation that could help curb it." From the report: The Huffington Post spoke with politicians in two states who support such legislation, and confirmed through government filings that Apple has lobbied on the issue. Four states -- Minnesota, Nebraska, Massachusetts and New York -- have considered adopting "right to repair" amendments, which would update existing laws regarding the sale of electronic...

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08:24
This week’s top stories: WWDC 2016 preview, MacBooks...

In this week’s top stories: WWDC coverage kicked into full gear ahead of Apple’s event on Monday, we discussed USB-C and upcoming MacBook Pros, and Apple announced welcomed subscription and revenue changes for the App Store.

Apple’s plan to become an energy company by selling off its excess renewable electricity was revealed this week, and we also showed you how to drive a 4K display at 60 Hz with the new 2016 MacBook in this week’s top video.

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