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Tuesday May 12

19:10
First look: Antsy Labs' Duet Apple Watch and...

With no Apple branded Apple Watch charging dock available at launch, third-party accessory makers have stepped in to produce a sea of products ranging from integrated Watch/iPhone stands to standalone pedestals. Antsy Labs' Duet splits the difference, offering owners a solution for charging their devices devices side-by-side or separately.

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16:29
Backing up your Apple Watch

Apple Watch content backs up automatically to your companion iPhone, so you can restore your Apple Watch from a backup. When you back up your iPhone to iCloud or iTunes, your iPhone backup will also include your Apple Watch data.

Some great information here from Apple.

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16:05
Hullo — Your favorite pillow. Guaranteed. [Sponsor]

Have you ever slept on a buckwheat pillow? It’s kind of like a beanbag for your head. Hullo includes…

  • Quality construction & materials.
  • Cool, comfortable support.
  • American-made craftsmanship.
  • Free shipping.
  • 60-Night money-back guarantee.

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

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16:00
AWT News Update: May 12, 2015

APPLE SOLAR FARM

Like the Apple logo of the past, today's Apple news update is a rainbow of contrasts!

  • Apple tops the Greenpeace Clean Energy Index with a perfect score
  • Google News & Weather now has an Apple Watch companion app
  • Smugglers trying to bring Apple products into Argentina illegally had those goods confiscated recently
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook meets with Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong in Beijing
  • OtoSense iOS app listens for doorbells, phones and timers for those who are deaf or hard of hearing

The full text of the podcast script is listed below.

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Steve Sande here from Apple World Today, and you’re listening to the AWT News Update for May 12, 2015.

When it comes to technology...

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15:36
[Sponsor] CleanMyMac 3

CleanMyMac 3 helps you clean, optimize, and maintain your Mac’s health. It’s a powerful utility that offers you the convenience of cleaning gigabytes of junk off your Mac — with the click of a button. It frees up space on your Mac’s system, iTunes, iPhoto, Mail, and all the Trashes on your Mac. It even digs up files you’ve long since forgotten about and helps you decide what to keep, and what to clean up. With 7 different cleanups, 5 utilities, and a Mac health monitor, there’s no better app for cleaning and maintaining your Mac.

Get 30% off (valid till May 20).

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15:28
Google debuts first Apple Watch-ready app with...

Google on Tuesday added Apple Watch compatibility to its News & Weather iOS app, the first of what is expected to be many Google product updates designed to nab screen real estate on Apple's new wearable device.

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15:11
Bloodstained Makes Its Mark on Kickstarter


Castlevania producer Koji Igarashi's Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night has drawn more than three times its $500,000 base goal in roughly two days on Kickstarter. While the concept and its art already have attracted more than $1.5 million in support from fans, there's still a winding road ahead before the game goes gold. Animated by the spirit of Castlevania's past, Bloodstained is a 2.5D platformer with RPG and crafting elements built around it.

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15:00
Puzzlecards is fun, if a bit derivative

Puzzlecards by Soriko (universal, free with in-app purchase) is a variation on a theme. Much like Threes! and 2048, Puzzlecards is tile-matching game that challenges you to make enough cumulative matches to clear the board and win.

Sound easy? It's not.

Sound familiar? It really is.












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14:47
Daily Deals for May 12, 2015, featuring Sound Forge...

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

AWT Featured Deal

Snapselect: Duplicate and Similar Photos Cleaner [Now free, down from $17.99] Beautiful, Fast, Reliable. Snapselect is the award-winning and fast tool to eliminate similar photos & duplicates, conveniently browse all your images and discover the best photos from thousands of others.

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14:18
Apple TV gets new channels in Australia, Europe and...

Apple on Tuesday added new app channels for several countries with Apple TV support, including Australia, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Japan, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

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14:15
Courses to Study for the 9L0-066 ACMT 2015 Exam

This article lists the courses that you should review for the 9L0-012 ACMT 2015 exam.

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14:15
The Week in Mac Apps: Allocator raises the bar for...

...plus a new dashboard tool, photography software, and more

This week’s roundup of Mac apps brings you great ways to add richness to your audio recordings and screen captures, calendar software that covers your entire year, and more.

Allocator 1.1.2

Solbits’s $30 Allocator (Mac App Store Link) simplifies the task of managing your investments by helping you analyze and chart the state of your portfolio.

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14:06
BitTorrent's serverless chat app Bleep arrives...

BitTorrent’s anonymous peer-to-peer messaging app Bleep is now available on iOS after almost a year of testing.

You don’t need to sign up to use Bleep. Like the chat rooms of the olden Internet days, all you have to do is pick a screenname to get started. You can verify your email address and phone number with the app to help people discover and add you in the app, or you can share your Bleep key out to trusted friends. BitTorrent doesn’t use the cloud or store your messages, photos, or data.

BitTorrent has been working on Bleep for quite some time, and has already built out a solid messaging app that includes free voice calling with end-to-end encryption. With iOS, the company is rolling out a new Snapchat-like feature, Whisper, which introduces disappearing messages to the already secure app. You can switch between...

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14:00
Fuse Chicken announces Bobine WATCH

A few years ago, iPhone owners were enchanted by the release of a fun, flexible and functional curvy iPhone stand called Bobine. That stand is still popular and available from the design shop that created it — Fuse Chicken of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio — for just $35. The company has just released a new $25 dock just for Apple Watch called the Bobine WATCH, and it carries on the family tradition of being a useful and fun way to charge your favorite Apple products.

You supply your 1M or 2M Apple Watch charge cable, and there’s a housing on one end of the Bobine WATCH to hold the circular magnetic charging “puck”. Just drape your Watch over that puck and it’s held in place while getting juiced up. The rest of the Bobine WATCH can be flexed to create a stand that’s equally as useful on your desktop, nightstand...

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13:37
OTT STB sales like the Apple TV to overtake that of...

Global shipments of over-the-top (OTT) set-top boxes (STBs) sold at retail -- including Apple TV, Chromecast and Roku boxes -- will overtake shipments of IPTV STBs used for pay TV services in 2015, according to a new report from IHS (www.ihs.com). This year, 31 million retail OTT STBs will be shipped, compared to 30 million IPTV STBs shipped by telcos, according to the research group. 

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13:35
Tip of the Day: Setting a Sleep Timer on the iPhone

If you regularly like to fall asleep to music, you may find it handy to know that the iPhone and other iOS devices have a sleep timer feature hidden away in the Clock app’s Timer section. To find this, simply open up the Clock app and go to the “Timer” section. Set a duration for the timer, and instead of choosing a sound, scroll down to the bottom and select the “Stop Playing” option. To set this up even more quickly,…

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13:24
BitTorrent's Bleep secure chat comes to iOS,...

BitTorrent on Tuesday released the first iOS version of Bleep, its secure messaging app, while Microsoft updated its flagship Office iOS apps with a handful of new features.

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13:15
∞ The making of UA’s Marshall Plexi Super Lead 1959...

I have this plug-in and it’s amazing.

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13:07
Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster HSS Shawbucker

I like the Sunset Metallic and 3-Color Sunburst, but I’d take any of them.

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13:00
Today in the App Store — Fit Men Cook, SkySafari 4...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today’s notable apps include a discount on SkySafari 4 for iOS and OS X; the new Fit Men Cook app; and a significant update to Citymapper. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

tipSkip 2 [Now free, down from $0.99] Control your music playback by knocking on the front or back of your device! No headphones with remote? Wearing gloves? No problem!

Port Defender® - 2D Field Defense [Now free, down from $0.99] Welcome to Port Defender, a fun area defense game that has just received its biggest update ever. Your goal is to build expansive mazes in order to stop ever expanding...

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12:58
Review: Anova Culinary Precision Cooker

The Anova Culinary Precision Cooker ($179) is a Bluetooth-enabled immersion circulator that allows users to cook sous vide style. The Precision Cooker got its start on Kickstarter, where Anova raised more than $1.8 million. Anova's device comes with an adjustable clamp, which allows it to attach to any suitable container for sous vide cooking. A free app enables users to control and monitor the Precision Cooker while away from the container.{/exp:char_limit}

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12:51
Hundreds of iPhones, other Apple products seized...

An illicit shipment of electronics --?including hundreds of iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks --?worth nearly $800,000 has reportedly been confiscated by Argentinian tax authorities as smugglers continue to take advantage of arbitrage opportunities for Apple's high-priced devices.

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12:49
Apple's CEO Bullish on Apple Pay in China with...

During Apple's Financial Call back in January Apple's CEO Tim Cook had noted that Apple pay was off to very fast start with over 750 banks and credit unions already signed on to bring Apple Pay to their customers and that 2015 was going to be the Year of Apple Pay. Since then ...

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12:47
Rene Ritchie on Apple Watch

A massive 10-page review from Rene. Great job.

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12:47
Google updates News & Weather app with Apple...



Google today has released its first application for the Apple Watch in the form of an update to its iOS Google News & Weather app. Launched last fall, Google News & Weather iOS populates local weather and news headlines. On the Apple Watch, based on the screenshots from iTunes, the application pretty much serves the same purpose. Like other Apple Watch apps based on WatchKit, this new Google application does not...

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12:21
Distracted Driving Laws Yet to Catch Up With Apple...

While several states and countries have laws in place that make operating a handheld device such as a smartphone or portable media player illegal, the release of the Apple Watch has created a gray area in terms of distracted driving legislation. Given that the Apple Watch is technically not a handheld device, the laws in many jurisdictions are left open to interpretation at this point.

Regardless of the laws in your local area, it is highly recommended that you keep your eyes on the road and remain focused on driving at all times. Using your Apple Watch while driving is dangerous for both you and the drivers sharing the road with you, no matter how skilled of a driver you may be, and distracted driving in general is still a punishable offense in many jurisdictions.

United States

In the United States, many states have similar distracted driving laws with different conditions that must be followed. All states except Arizona, Missouri and...

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12:17
Where to buy Volume Purchase Program (VPP) Credit

Businesses and educational institutions that are enrolled in the Volume Purchase Program (VPP) can use VPP Credit as a way to buy apps or books.

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12:12
iOS-connected Lily drone promises to make aerial...

A newly announced iOS-compatible camera drone ditches controllers entirely, making it as simple as tossing the device into the sky to begin recording high-quality aerial footage.

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12:09
Apple TV gains new content in UK, Ireland, Australia...

Apple has pushed out several new content channels across many countries to the Apple TV, as noted by several readers. Here’s the breakdown of the new channels across the world:

  • Viaplay has been added to the Apple TV in Scandinavia (which is comprised of Denmark, Sweden, Norway) and Finland. Viaplay is comprised of local sports content, films, and TV shows.
  • Stan has been added in Australia, and it contains localized TV shows, films, and content for kids.
  • The WWE Wrestling Network has been added to Apple TVs in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The network first launched in several countries, including the United States in Canada, for the Apple TV in February.
  • Bandai, a localized, subscription-based digital network, has been added to the Apple TV in Japan.

Last week...

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11:58
Back up your Apple Watch

Learn how your iPhone backs up and stores your Apple Watch data.

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11:56
MacBook Air (Late 2010): How to create a NetInstall...

MacBook Air (Late 2010) ships with a USB Software Reinstall Drive. Learn how to create a NetInstall image from the USB Software Reinstall Drive.

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11:53
Using your @icloud.com email address

Learn how to send and receive email using your @icloud.com email address.

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11:47
Use Keynote with your Apple Watch

Learn how to use your Apple Watch to control your Keynote presentation.

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11:04
Sprint, Verizon will pay $158 million to settle...

U.S. carriers Sprint and Verizon will together spend $158 million to settle government complaints that they let third-party firms bill subscribers millions in unauthorized charges, a practice known as "cramming," the Federal Communications Commission announced on Tuesday.

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10:57
The Apple Watch Made LG the Smartwatch Display King

Back in September we posted a report titled "LG Wins Contract for AMOLED Apple Watch Displays & Apple Fulfills Patent." According to a new report published today, Apple's contract with LG for Apple Watch displays catapulted their position in the market to that of leader overnight.

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10:47
How-To: Clean your iOS device with free downloads,...

When Apple was designing the Mac app iDVD, then-CEO Steve Jobs directed his development team to build a dead-simple DVD-burning application: instead of a mess of options and windows, Jobs wanted one window with one button marked “Burn,” which would be pressed once the desired video file was dragged-and-dropped into the window. Years later, when Jobs wanted Apple’s iOS devices to be even simpler, he dumped the Mac’s windows and drag-and-drop file system in favor of a grid of icons. There wasn’t even a trash can to worry about — instead, iOS would automatically discard unused files as needed.

While that’s great in theory, the reality is that iOS actually leaves bits of trash sitting around on your device, and there’s no easy way to clean everything up at once. iTunes aggregates various types of lingering files as...

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10:35
BeatGauge is a new music utility for Mac OS X

Tagtraum Industries has introduced BeatGauge (http://tinyurl.com/njyfwvl), a new music utility for Mac OS X. It automatically calculates BPM (beats per minute) for songs stored in iTunes.

You drop songs onto the app window and watch BeatGauge do its magic. Knowing the tempo of songs is important for dancers, DJs, spinning, aerobics, running, and many other beat-oriented activities and workouts.

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10:30
NeoFinder for Mac OS X gets improved cataloging...

Norbert M. Doerner has released a new version (6.7) of NeoFinder (formerly CDFinder). The new version has improved cataloging of RAW, DPX, and Open Office files, and more.

NeoFinder (www.cdfinder.de) is designed to make it easier to keep track of your digital files, photos, songs, movies, fonts on hard disks, USB sticks, server disks, Blu-ray disks, DVD-ROMs, CDs and other digital media. It generates thumbnails and reads metadata during cataloging for search possibilities.

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10:22
Briksoftware rolls out PDFExtractor for Mac OS X

Briksoftware has introduced PDFExtractor 1.0 (http://pdfextractor-app.com) for Mac OS X and Windows. It's a utility that extracts images, fonts, text, attachments and metadata from PDF documents.

With PDFExtractor you can:

° Extract JPG, PNG and TIFF images from PDF files and create a separate folder for them;

° Extract fonts in TTF format and create a separate folder for them;

° Extract attachments and create a separate folder for them;

° Extract text and metadata from PDFs and save them as .txt documents.

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10:09
Advanced iTunes Store troubleshooting

This article will guide you through advanced troubleshooting for iTunes Store connectivity.

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10:08
News: Greenpeace finds Apple to be a ‘green Internet...

Apple is leading the way on clean energy among companies delivering Internet services, according to a new Greenpeace report. The report praises the company’s efforts to use only renewable energy to power its facilities, noting all three of Apple’s data center expansions announced in the past year will be powered by renewable energy sources. Apple was the only one of the 13 tech firms listed to score 100 percent on Greenpeace’s Clean…

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10:06
Samsung's Galaxy S6 Sales Disaster in Japan is...

In late April we posted a report titled "Samsung is so Despised in Japan that they decided to remove their Logo on the Galaxy S6 going on Sale in Japan this Week." The report spelled out that Samsung had been thinking of pulling out of the smartphone market in Japan like they did years ago with televisions. In an effort to gain market share growth in the Japanese market ...

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10:02
Apps to keep track of all your favorite TV shows

Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and the more recent HBO Now have drastically changed our TV-viewing habits as on-demand binge-watching becomes the norm. However, new television shows are not often included in streaming services and most major networks still unveil their programming on a week-to-week basis.

In order to help you never miss an episode, Sunrise, the popular desktop and mobile calendar app that was acquired by Microsoft in February, is letting TV fans keep track of their favorite shows. This week the calendar service began including TV airing schedules under their “Interesting Calendars” feature. Sunrise users can now subscribe to the schedules for more than 70 U.S. channels, including ABC, Bravo, and HBO. Previously, Sunrise gave users the option...

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10:00
Apple Watch stands up to extreme water submersion in...

The Apple Watch has an IPX7 waterproof rating, which means it can survive dunks up to three feet deep and still work. Apple doesn’t recommend showering, swimming, or diving with the watch, and most people will abide by that advice. But not triathlete Ray Maker, who did everything to his Watch Sport that Apple warns against.

People have already taken Apple Watch for a few laps in their backyard pools without incident (and posted the results to YouTube), but Maker took his Sport for a 1,000-meter swim and it still worked perfectly when he emerged from the water. Check out the results below.

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09:56
Broadcom offers up software support for Apple’s...

If you're excited to start controlling the rest of your appliances with your iPhone (or your Apple Watch), the good news is that Apple's HomeKit initiative is slowly picking up steam. Broadcom announced today that its Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices (WICED) SDK fully supports HomeKit, enabling smart devices that use compatible Broadcom Bluetooth and Wi-Fi chips to tie into Apple's connected home framework.

Broadcom's announcement follows two months after Marvell announced its own SDK's support for HomeKit.

HomeKit allows users to control their connected devices using iPhone apps or Siri voice controls. As we originally covered in our iOS 8 review, HomeKit splits your home up into different "containers," which can then be subdivided into "rooms" and "zones."...

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09:56
'Assassin's Creed Syndicate' brings...

Ubisoft's last Assassin's Creed title didn't exactly get a warm reception, but the game developer is apparently bent on making amends: meet Assassin's Creed Syndicate, the next installment in Ubi's historical stealth action series. The new game moves...

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09:47
Swiftkey's Clarity Keyboard Puts Auto-...


Most auto-correction programs correct mistakes as you make them. They even predict words for you as you type. Swiftkey's recent release for Android, Clarity Keyboard Beta, corrects mistakes -- up to several at a time -- after you've typed them. "SwiftKey, for a long time, has had context awareness, but it's applied it looking forward," explained SwitfKey's CMO Joe Braidwood. "It's applied it to thinking what the next word might be or what the current word is, even if you're typing it sloppily, based on words you've typed before."

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09:42
Victory brings an e-bike to the world's best-...

Victory Motorcycles is better known for its burly cruiser bikes than racing, but it's about to challenge that reputation in a big, big way. The company has revealed that it will run a prototype electric motorcycle at the Isle of Man TT, arguably the ...

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09:20
Bots and booze: The automated bar of the '...

Hard manual labor isn't the only task mankind's assigned to robots; they've also been known to make a drink on occasion. Since the '50s, we've had machines of one type or another that were ready to pour us a cold one, and as the technology developed,...

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09:15
FileMaker 14 brings feature, speed improvements...

Apple-owned FileMaker on Tuesday launched FileMaker 14, a major update of its database software for Mac, Windows, and iOS devices, focusing on speed improvements but adding a variety of other new features as well.

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09:00
The small business’s guide to secure email

It probably comes as no surprise to most business owners that email is a primary way hackers can gain access to sensitive company data and information. But it may alarm you to know that small businesses are particularly vulnerable. Specifically, overall cyber-attacks on companies with 250 or fewer employees doubled in the first six months of last year—and the loss per attack was more than $188,000 on average. The effect of cyber-attacks on the American economy as a whole is a high cost of $100 billion annually, according to the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

That’s one reason the great Sony email hack of 2014 was such a big deal—it left every business wondering how they could avoid the same fate. It...

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09:00
9to5Toys Last Call: Logitech Gold Box, 13″ MacBook...

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:
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09:00
If 'Rock Band' is Coachella, 'Loud on...

Loud on Planet X is the ultimate independent artist's dream: It's an indie game all about indie bands. The actual gameplay is a blend of two familiar mechanics, a Plants vs. Zombies-style tower-defense system and a rhythm game reminiscent of Patapon ...

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08:58
New Greenpeace report praises Apple for aggressively...

Greenpeace today released an update to its “Clicking Clean: A Guide to Building the Green Internet” report, showing that Apple continues to lead among tech companies when it comes to renewable energy efforts. The report notes that Apple has been “most aggressive” with its renewable energy projects including a number of new initiatives and continuing to maintain “its claim of a 100% renewably powered cloud for another year.”

Apple continues to lead the charge in powering its corner of the internet with renewable energy even as it...

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08:57
Apple Tops Greenpeace Clean Energy Index Based on...

Apple continues to set the bar among technology companies for its commitment to running its worldwide operations on renewable energy, topping Amazon, Facebook, Google, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Yahoo and other large corporations in Greenpeace's Clean Energy Index included as part of its 2015 Click Clean Report [PDF]."The report found that Apple continues to be the most aggressive in powering its data center operations with renewable energy. Despite continued rapid growth, Apple appears to have kept pace with its supply of renewable energy, maintaining its claim of a 100% renewably powered cloud for another year, followed by Yahoo, Facebook and Google with 73%, 49% and 46% clean energy respectively. Greenpeace found that Amazon’s current investments would deliver an energy mix of 23% renewable energy for its operations."The annual...

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08:50
Virgin TiVo boxes can now access media stored in the...

Virgin Media customers might be at least vaguely familiar with "Cloud," the company's thoughtfully named cloud storage service. Anyone on Branson's books gets 5GB free, with up to nine other members of the household getting the same amount of space t...

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08:47
Can't connect to the iTunes Store

Learn what to do if you can't connect to the iTunes store on your computer or your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

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08:39
MIT can fix pictures taken through your window......

Take a picture through a window and you'll often find you've captured more of your own reflection than the scene outside. You can solve the problem with a black cloth and a polarizing filter, but that's not ideal for the majority of smartphone snappe...

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08:37
Sync your iPhone, iPad, and iPod with iTunes using...

Learn how to sync your iOS device with iTunes on your computer.

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08:30
Apple Watch propels LG to over 90% of the smartwatch...

According to market research firm DisplaySearch, LG Display—the sole company currently making displays for the Apple Watch—brought in over $186 million during the first quarter of 2015, a number more than 90% of the overall market estimated to be worth a total of $240 million (via Business Korea). Other players in the market have tiny shares in comparison, with Samsung Display in second place with a 3.1% share, followed by Japan Display at 2.1%…

When it comes to shipment volume, LG held 66.8% of the total display shipments with 8 million units in the first quarter of 2015. This...

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08:30
A thank-you to our patrons plus something new

Here's our monthly thank-you to our patrons. You folks help keep the lights on and the pirate ship afloat. Below is a list of those who back us at the five-dollar level. All of our patrons are the best, and that's why we're offering a new benefit to backers at all levels.

We've started a Slack channel just for our patrons. Access is immediately available to all backers at all levels. Hang out with us all day, chat about Apple & tech in general and get a peek at what we're working on before it hits the site. It's really a fun time and a great way to connect with us and each other!

Here's to another great month. Thanks so much, you beautiful people.

  • Carol Caolo
  • Adrian
  • Arthur P. Johnson
  • Richard Morse
  • Mark
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  • Dan Mosqueda
  • David Grevink
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08:22
Discovery is filming virtual reality '...

The Mythbusters team is already shooting in virtual reality for the next season, Discovery told AdWeek. We're not exactly sure what that means at the moment -- they could be filming Jamie and Adam in VR format using stereoscopic cameras, but the comp...

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08:13
If you see a 'could not load' message when...

If you select the top level of your startup disk as a desktop pictures folder, you might not be able to open Desktop & Screen Saver preferences or Displays preferences.

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08:00
Engadget giveaway: win an Xbox One, Chromecast and...

You may have done the spring clean around the house, but have you organized your digital media, too? Installing the Plex Media Server software can help centralize all your scattered music, movie and photo files into one place and serve them up wherev...

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08:00
Imagination shrinks down its 'Raspberry Pi on...

It was just under a year ago that Imagination Technologies launched its "Raspberry Pi on steroids," the MIPS Creator CI20. Now that Maker Faire is upon us, the company has taken the opportunity to present its second-generation hardware, the, uh, new ...

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07:58
Hacker offers proof of concept of web browser...

It’s hard to say whether you’ll want a web browser on your wrist, but the hack’s been sorter out.

iOS developer Nicholas Allegra, better known by his handle “comex” within the jailbreaking community, presented a short video that shows a web browser running on the Apple Watch. The fifteen-second clip shows Allegra tapping, panning and zooming on the Google homepage on the Apple Watch, but the functionality is limited as to be expected because of the small screen size and lack of an on-screen keyboard.

“I always wanted a web browser on my wrist,” tweeted Allegra. Allegra stopped short of providing details about the hack, but it’s still an interesting...

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07:37
Rumor: Rose gold color, 12MP camera, additional RAM...

The rumor mill is humming about the next-gen iPhone for 2015. So far, there are rumors of a rose gold casing color similar to the Apple Watch Edition, a 12-megapixel camera and 2-gigabytes of RAM and other changes.

Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities issued a new research note on Tuesday, in which he revealed a number of changes planned for Apple’s so-called “iPhone 6s.” Specifically, he said that Apple will offer a new rose gold option, though he didn’t indicate how much the high-end luxury model might cost.

Apple first introduced the “gold” color with the iPhone 5s beginning in 2013. However, iPhone models to date have not been made of...

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07:34
Apple Granted 29 Patents Today Covering 3 Camera...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 29 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. Beyond covering Apple's granted patents earlier today for a 3D sensing device, Liquid Metal Screws and unique design patents, this report points you to three camera patent wins along with ...

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07:20
News: Apple CEO Tim Cook ‘bullish’ on Apple Pay,...

Visiting Beijing to tout Apple’s environmental strides in China, Apple CEO Tim Cook told Xinhua he is “very bullish on Apple Pay” for the country, despite a series of snags that has kept the payment system from going live there. Once Apple Pay is available, Cook said he believes China will adopt it even faster than the U.S. has. China has already become a more lucrative market than the U.S. for iPhone sales, with Apple overtaking…

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07:16
Reset the Lockdown folder in iTunes

If you can't sync, back up, or restore your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you may be instructed to reset the Lockdown folder on your Mac or Windows PC.

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07:12
News: Daily Deal: Extreme Trio 10000mAh Battery Pack...

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering the Extreme Trio 10000mAh Battery Pack for only $49.99 – 41% off the regular price. This sharp-looking MFi-Certified battery pack not only charges three devices at once, but also sports a handy LCD screen that shows you the charging speeds, total battery life remaining, and charge time remaining. Built-in Lightning and micro USB cables and a universal USB port, this versatile battery pack can charge pretty…

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06:55
Zymbit launches pre-configured hardware software

Zymbit has announced the first three products within its integrated IoT platform: the Zymbit Orange edge device, the Zymbit Iris interactive display, and Zymbit Connect software.

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06:52
News: Noted analyst lists 11 predictions for new...

In a note to investors, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo — who seems to be right about Apple products more frequently than most analysts — has made 11 big predictions about new iPhone models to be released this year. Kuo sees new 4.7-inch and 5.5 inch iPhone models in mass production by late August, but doesn’t think a new 4-inch model is coming in 2015 for those turned off by the new larger iPhones. His predictions for the new “iPhone…

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06:44
FiftyThree’s free drawing iPad app Paper gets...

FiftyThree’s drawing iPad app Paper has so far been pitched as a creative drawing tool, but the company now thinks it might have appeal for business presentations too. The latest version adds a Diagram tool that lets you create objects like shapes, arrows and lines, which the app keeps neat and tidy while retaining the hand-drawn look.

Think Kit is here! Now Paper gives you the power to create diagrams, charts, and wireframes at the speed of thought. Think Kit adds three new tools—Diagram, Cut, and Fill. Powered by the Intention Engine™, Think Kit helps you quickly create powerful, personable graphics to express any idea, and continue seamlessly into your favorite presentation app.

Your roughly-drawn shapes get turned into neat versions automatically when the Diagram tool is selected, and you can drag shapes to move or...

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06:40
FileMaker Inc. releases FileMaker 14

FileMaker has announced a new version of its development platform that speeds creation of custom solutions that run on Mac OS X, the iPad, iPhone, Windows, and the web.

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06:14
Verizon gains video, advertising assets in $4.4...

Verizon on Tuesday announced a deal to buy AOL at a cost of $4.4 billion, or $50 per share, in what the company said is a bid to advance its "wireless video and OTT (over-the-top video) strategy."

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06:00
Factory Reset Your Apple Watch

You loved your Apple Watch. It was awesome. But then something happened. Maybe it got glitchy. Maybe it got weird. Maybe you want to sell it and so just want to get it back to factory defaults first. Well, either way it’s easy. To reset your watch, open the Settings app.

Open the General app.

Tap Reset at the bottom of the list.

When prompted, tap Erase All Content and Settings on the Apple Watch.

Once done, unless you’re getting rid of the watch, you’ll want to pair it again. To do so, follow the instructions in this article: http://krypted.com/apple-watch/set-up-your-new-apple-...

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06:00
Review: Twelve South HiRise for Apple Watch, a...

With the Apple Watch released a few weeks ago and still making its way to customers around the world, Twelve South has started shipping its signature HiRise dock designed for any Apple Watch model. While the Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Cable offers a simple and convenient way of juicing the device even in the dark, the issues with Apple’s MagSafe technology still remain including an overly easy way to accidentally remove the charging magnet from the Apple Watch.

While HiRise still uses the same charging cable, its form factor helps alleviate the issue of your watch separating from the power source while offering a more attractive presentation of your Apple Watch. With its $50 asking price, though, how does Twelve South HiRise for Apple Watch stack up as one of the first charging stands? Read on for the details and more photos…...

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06:00
FileMaker Pro turns 30, celebrates with the...

For most of us who have been around the Mac community since the beginning, the first name that comes to mind when we think of database applications is FileMaker Pro. The app first came out in 1985, and it was a flat-file database app that really showed off the power of the Mac’s graphical user interface. 30 years later, FileMaker has just taken the wraps off of the latest incarnation of the platform, FileMaker Pro 14.

The original database program has evolved from a single-user flat-file database to a powerful, programmable relational database management system complete with a server component for workgroups and an iOS app known as FileMaker Go.

The newly updated platform takes advantage of mobility by allowing users and developers to create business processes that can be accessed from mobile devices, desktops, and from web browsers....

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05:59
Apple’s FileMaker debuts version 14 with redesigned...

Apple subsidiary FileMaker today introduced version 14, the first major update since 2013, of its popular iOS and Mac-based platform, which includes the FileMaker Pro, Go, and Server software suites. This new version focuses on separate enhancements for speed across the different software versions, with the Mac and Windows applications gaining improved features for productivity, and the iOS Go apps for iPad and iPhone receiving end-to-end redesigns for iOS 8. Below, we break down the most significant new features for the Pro, Go, and Server versions.

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05:54
Apple Wins Unique Design Patents for a Light Fixture...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 29 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's four design patents. For the first time in years, Apple surprises us ...

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05:43
External Link: Verizon Is Buying AOL

Verizon Communications Inc. is purchasing AOL Inc. for approximately $4.4 billion. In addition to AOL’s surprisingly robust dial-up Internet business, it also owns a number of blogs, such as The Huffington Post, TechCrunch, and Engadget. The deal is expected to close this summer.

 

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05:42
Broadcom’s SDK is first to support HomeKit for WiFi...

Broadcom today announced that its new SDK for the Internet of Things (IoT) now officially supports Apple’s home automation HomeKit platform, bringing us a step closer to widespread availability of Siri-controlled smart home devices.

Broadcom notes that its SDK is the first to officially support HomeKit specs for WiFi and Bluetooth Smart accessories, allowing developers to use its Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices (WICED) platform to build apps for Apple’s new Siri-controlled, home automation platform. They will also be able to build products that double as a hardware bridge for non-HomeKit accessories. ...

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05:35
Verizon buying AOL for $4.4B

Verizon Communications is buying AOL for $4.4B in a deal believed to be focused on Verizon’s ambitions in mobile video and advertising.

The acquisition would give Verizon, which has set its sights on entering the crowded online video marketplace, access to advanced technology AOL has developed for selling ads and delivering high-quality Web video.

Traditional TV viewing is changing dramatically, consumers not only giving up their cable TV subscriptions in favor of video on demand over the Internet (a market Apple is believed to be planning to enter in the fall), but increasingly watching video on mobile devices … 

While Verizon has so far revealed few...

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05:14
KGI: Top 11 new iPhone features for 2015 include...

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A special Top 11 list today from noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo on the next iPhone (6s? 7?) that will be released later this year. Counting down:

  1. Force Touch will be the biggest upgraded selling point, but also one of the main bottlenecks of the supply chain. Force Touch can enrich user experience due to more input methods and support of handwritten signatures, which is beneficial for expanding in the commercial market
  2. Screen will remain at 4.7 and 5.5 inches, with resolution the same as existing models. There will be no new 4-inch model
  3. There will be an additional casing color, rose gold, matching the rose-gold Apple Watch Edition
  4. The camera will have a pixel upgrade, likely to 12MP
  5. One microphone...
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05:05
Apple's next-gen 'iPhone 6s' to come...

This year's iPhone upgrade will feature a rose gold casing color, matching the Apple Watch Edition, according to one well-connected insider, who also revealed it will feature a 12-megapixel camera and 2-gigabytes of RAM, among other changes.

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05:00
Freemium Field Test: Mortal Kombat X looks the part...

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

The arrival of a brand new Mortal Kombat game on iOS is a big deal, especially since the only previous release was a butchered port of the years-old Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3. Instead, Mortal Kombat X hit the App Store in April at the same time as the acclaimed console and PC game, with similarly sharp graphics, plenty of intense fighting action, and a heaping helping of blood and...

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04:52
Deliver for OS X now lets you upload non-compressed...

Zevrix Solutions (www.zevrix.com) has announced Deliver 2.4.17, a feature update to its OS X automated file transfer solution for remote and local destinations.

Deliver lets users send files to FTP, Google Storage, Amazon S3, WebDAV and other servers and offers automatic e-mail notifications, delivery to multiple destinations, file encryption, delivery history and other time saving features. The new version allows users to transfer non-compressed folders directly to FTP and SFTP servers.

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04:36
Need to adjust your hearing aid? There’s an Apple...

Hearing aids are pretty sophisticated pieces of technology these days, capable of adjusting the sound they pick up to suit a range of different environments, from a noisy restaurant to a windy day outside. A button allows users to cycle between modes, but some go further, an app allowing the user to fine-tune things like the arc of sound captured, letting them hear what is being said by companions while blocking out extraneous sound.

In a video on CNN Money, a man whose hearing was badly affected by a brain tumor demonstrates how an app on his Apple Watch allows him to control his ReSound hearing-aid … 

The app lets him choose modes, including one where the hearing aid acts as...

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04:29
Next A9-Based iPhone Predicted to Have 12MP Camera,...

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a respectable track record at reporting on Apple's upcoming product plans, issued a note to investors today that offers eleven predictions for the next-generation iPhone in 2015. The new 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones are expected to enter mass production in mid-to-late August, while no new 4-inch iPhone model will be released in 2015.

The main selling point of the "iPhone 6s" and "iPhone 6s Plus" will be the addition of Force Touch, the pressure-sensitive display technology built into Apple Watch and new MacBook trackpads. Other predicted features for Apple's next iPhone include, many of which have already been rumored, include an A9 processor with 2GB of RAM, improved 12-megapixel camera, a new rose gold color option, possible sapphire cover lenses and more.(1) Force Touch will be the biggest upgraded selling point, but also one of the main bottlenecks of the supply chain. Force Touch can enhance user experience due to more...

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04:27
Apple Granted a Patent for the Creation of Liquid...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 34 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover another Liquid Metal based patent covering the making of superior strength and fitting screws. When you see inventions covering the making of the tiniest parts for an Apple device with such precision, you see the maniacal focus ...

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04:20
DCBM updates Word Writer Pro for Mac OS X

DCBM has updated Word Writer Pro (http://dcbm.livejournal.com/) for Mac OS X to version 1.2.1. The app lets you to open Word and Microsoft Office documents.

The upgrade supports Retina displays. Plus, all documents can easily be viewed, modified and saved in "perfect layouts," says Han Qiang of the DCBM development team.

Word Writer Pro requires Mac OS X 10.7 or later. It costs US$9.99 and is available at the Mac App Store.

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04:09
Recommended Reading: '100 Essential Apple Watch...

Stopframe's (http://www.stopframe.co.uk) "100 Essential Apple Watch" is a new, US$1.99, 300-page eBook available in the iBookstore that's packed with tips and tutorials for Apple Watch.

Each tip and trick comes with a helpful image and concise text. You'll discover lots of things you need to know about the Apple Watch operating system, its built-in apps, customizations, accessibility features and more.

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04:05
Malware hidden in Nvidia GPUs can infect Macs too,...

Anonymous developers who have successfully infected Nvidia GPU cards with malware on both Linux and Windows machines say that the same can be done on Macs, and that they will release the proof soon. The aim of the whitehat developers is to raise awareness of this new method of attack, reports IT World.

The team successfully created a piece of malware called WIN_JELLY which acts as a Remote Access Tool, enabling attackers to control a machine over the Internet. They now plan to release a version for OS X called MAC_JELLY, demonstrating that Macs too are vulnerable.

There are, they say, two core problems. First, the growing power of modern GPUs means...

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04:04
BitTorrent Sync 2.0.105 - Sync files securely...

BitTorrent Sync allows you to sync unlimited files between your own devices, or share a folder with friends and family to automatically sync anything.

File transfers are encrypted. Your information is never stored on a server in the cloud and your data is protected by private keys.

BitTorrent Sync is specifically designed to handle large files, so feel free to sync original, high quality, uncompressed files.



Version 2.0.105:

  • Resolved an issue preventing Sync from automatically starting after installing an update
  • Can now share a folder using a link and give the receiver owner permissions
  • Cosmetic enhancements
  • Some core engine improvements



  • OS X 10.5 or later



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04:03
In-building wireless market heads toward US$9...

New market data from ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com) forecasts that market for in-building wireless equipment and deployments will more than double the current market by 2020.

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04:03
In-building wireless market heads toward US$9...

New market data from ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com) forecasts that market for in-building wireless equipment and deployments will more than double the current market by 2020.

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03:10
Apple Granted another Major 3D Sensing Patent that...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 34 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover another fascinating PrimeSense patent that Apple has inherited that covers a 3D sensing device that works with distinct gestures that could control items on a display or TV.

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01:00
Democratizing a global business while building brand...

Today’s post on Office 365 was written by Mike McNamara, chief information officer at Tesco.

In late 2014, I participated as a judge in a Tesco Hackathon. I’ve done this before, but this time there was something new about the competition. Instead of just asking developers to come up with an exciting new app in 24 hours, we used Yammer to involve more non-technical Tesco colleagues. Suddenly, out of nowhere, a group of young retail colleagues in the North of England got a team together and presented a great idea to make our Store Locator app more social and friendly; when you look up the location of the nearest Tesco, along with the usual opening hours and whether or not the store has a pharmacy, you get a glimpse into the human side of our company, with colleagues’ stories and pictures. It’s a brilliant idea...

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Monday May 11

22:51
Apple assigned patent for Beats Mixr headphone design

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple a headphone design patent originally assigned to Beats Electronics, the audio hardware maker Apple purchased for $3 billion in 2014.

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20:04
Tim Cook talks Apple Pay, Xiaomi, new environmental...

Tim Cook, who is in China this week to discuss Apple’s new environmental initiatives, spoke to Chinese media regarding his plans to further expand Apple services in the country. Speaking to news outlet Xinhua, Cook discussed a variety of topics, including his hope to launch Apple Pay in China and get a smartphone in the hand of every resident.

Regarding Apple Pay, Cook reiterated comments he has made in the past. The executive remarked that Apple “very much wants to get Apple Pay in China...

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19:46
Apple's Cook 'very bullish' on...

During a recent visit to China, Apple CEO Tim Cook said his company is moving forward with talks to roll out Apple Pay in partnership with regional banks and perhaps e-commerce giant Alibaba Group.

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19:33
Apple Watch survives 1200m swim, 10m dive, and 40m...

The Apple Watch has been put through its paces on more than one occasion since its release last month and all of the tests have indicated that the device is far more waterproof than Apple claims. Now, triathlete Ray Maker has put Apple Watch through a trio of intensive tests that further prove the device’s ability to withstand exposure to water.

First off, Maker conducted a 1,200 meter swim during which he wore an Apple Watch Sport. In his post recapping the tests, Maker noted that the Watch withstood...

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19:06
Swift Vs. Objective-C: Why the Future Favors Swift

snydeq writes: InfoWorld's Paul Solt argues that It's high time to make the switch to the more approachable, full-featured Swift for iOS and OS X app dev. He writes in Infoworld: "Programming languages don't die easily, but development shops that cling to fading paradigms do. If you're developing apps for mobile devices and you haven't investigated Swift, take note: Swift will not only supplant Objective-C when it comes to developing apps for the Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and devices to come, but it will also replace C for embedded programming on Apple platforms. Thanks to several key features, Swift has the potential to become the de-facto programming language for creating immersive, responsive, consumer-facing applications for years to come."


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17:54
New York Times goes free in app update, Periscope...

In a pair of iOS app updates on Monday, The New York Times dropped subscription fees for unlimited article access, while live-streaming video app Periscope added profile creation options for users who lack Twitter accounts.

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16:41
First Apple Watches With Link Bracelets Begin...

Though the Apple Watch officially launched on April 24, several of the stainless steel Apple Watch configurations have been unavailable to ship for weeks due to supply shortages. Customers who ordered Apple Watches with Link Bracelets, Modern Buckles, and Leather Loops right after pre-orders began are still without their devices.

As of today, the first orders of these rarer watches appear to be shipping out. Several customers on the MacRumors forums who ordered the Apple Watch with Stainless Steel Link Bracelets are seeing their credit cards charged and have begun receiving shipping information from Apple. The first orders should be arriving to customers tomorrow.

There are many customers who are still waiting for their Link Bracelet Apple Watch orders to ship, but it appears the wait may not be much longer now that the first shipments are going out. Customers who ordered the...

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16:41
Postmaster information for iCloud Mail

This article is for system administrators who manage mail servers that send email to iCloud Mail.

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16:36
Daily Deals for May 11, 2015, featuring Transloader...

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

AWT Featured Deal

Snapselect: Duplicate and Similar Photos Cleaner [Now free, down from $17.99] Beautiful, Fast, Reliable. Snapselect is the award-winning and fast tool to eliminate similar photos & duplicates, conveniently browse all your images and discover the best photos from thousands of others.

Hardware and Accessory Deals

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16:29
Periscope update adds ability to sign up without a...

Twitter this evening has updated its popular live streaming app Periscope to version 1.0.4 with a handful of new features and bug fixes. Announced in post on Medium, the update adds the ability to change your profile a picture, a feature that for some reason has not been there since launch. A variety of other new features are also included…

Periscope has also made it easier to reply to comments while watching a live broadcast. Now, users can simply tap a comment and hit the reply button to be prompted with a response including the other commenter’s @handle. Replies in which you are mentioned will appear with an arrow. Periscope and Twitter have also made improvements to the...

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16:22
Apple Will be entering the Paid Music Streaming...

While the "freemium" streaming services remain a thorn in the music industry's side overall, that doesn't mean that paid subscriptions for streaming music aren't doing well ...

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16:14
$9 Debian-Based C.H.I.P. Computer Is a Kickstarter...


C.H.I.P., a Linux-based mini-PC priced at just $9, is receiving an overwhelming response on Kickstarter. Launched last Thursday with a funding goal of $50,000, it has chalked up more than 16,000 backers who have shelled out upwards of $815,000. The project still has 25 days to go. The tiny open source device, made by Next Thing Co., has been dubbed the "Raspberry Pi killer." Measuring just 1.5 x 2.3 inches, C.H.I.P. comes with 512 MB of DDR3 RAM and a 1-GHz processor. Its built-in composite output port lets it work with any size screen.

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16:10
Now you can read 'The New York Times' for...

All the news that’s fit to read on your iPhone—now for free!

On Monday The New York Times updated its iOS news app, NYT Now. Along with some minor design tweaks, the app’s most notable change is that it’s now completely free. Previously, readers could only have unlimited access to articles on NYT Now with an $8 subscription. Last year the Times acknowledged that the paid version of NYT Now had not been as popular as they had expected.

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

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16:06
Peercisely is new cloud-based hiring service with a...

Peercisely (www.peercisely.com) is a new cloud-based service that "fixes how companies recruit new talent by marrying the most effective method of recruiting - personal referrals - with the most powerful source of knowledge and insights, the social network." The service is starting with the San Francisco Bay Area, but expanding nationally and internationally soon.

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16:05
Warner Music Earned More Revenue From Streaming...

Apple's upcoming revamped music service may be coming at the perfect time, right as revenue from streaming music is beginning to surpass revenue from digital downloads.

Streaming music services have been growing in popularity over the last several years, and in an earnings call today (via Re/code), Warner Music Group CEO Stephen Cooper told investors that for the first time, the company earned more revenue from streaming music services than from digital downloads.

Warner Music Group saw a 33 percent increase in its revenue from streaming music services from companies like Spotify and YouTube during the second quarter of 2015, while revenue from digital downloads like those from iTunes grew only seven percent. During the call,...

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15:57
Interesting New Video Shows Apple Watch Assisting...

On March 25, Apple was granted a patent for improved features for a hearing aid and Apple has carried through with new features for the deaf on the Apple Watch.

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15:25
If you can't make or receive calls on your...

You might not be able to make or receive calls on your iPhone if you have certain settings turned on, if your software isn't up to date, or if there's a problem with your network.

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15:10
Warner Music sees streaming revenue surpass...

In what could be a harbinger of shifting music industry trends, Warner Music Group CEO Stephen Cooper said on Monday that revenue from licensing tracks to streaming services like Spotify outpaced income from digital download sales.

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15:00
AWT News Update: May 11, 2015

The Apple Watch continues to lead the news this week:

  • Apple displays Apple Watch banner ads on the top of the YouTube home page
  • Two big solar farms and an initiative with the World Wildlife Fund are announced by Apple for China
  • A blogger performs water torture tests with the Watch... and it survives
  • Ten years after VoiceOver appears for Mac, Microsoft Office finally supports the accessibility tool

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Steve Sande here from Apple World Today, and you’re listening to the AWT News Update for May 11, 2015.

YouTube gets millions of visitors every day, and Apple is now taking advantage of that fact with a series of video banners atop the YouTube...

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14:44
New Apple music service just on time as Warner...

Just as Apple continues to negotiate deals for its upcoming, revamped music streaming service, Warner Music Group says it saw streaming revenue surpass revenue from downloads for the first time ever.

“Notably, in this quarter we saw continued growth in streaming revenue which surpassed download revenue for the first time in the history of our recorded music business.  Our commitment to being at the forefront of industry change as well as our...

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14:03
Apple Watch withstands 1,200m swim, simulated depths...

The Apple Watch may be much more resilient against water damage than Apple has advertised, a series of informal underwater tests shared on Sunday suggests.

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13:58
E-Kaia power adapter extracts energy from plants,...

You’ve always known that nearby plants were hoarding the power you needed to charge your iOS device.

Now it’s time to get that power back.

A new device called “E-Kaia”, developed by researchers in Chile, allows users to collect leftover energy created by photosynthesis to charge small devices, like mobile phones or LED lights, using a single healthy plant. As noted by the Manquehue Institute, the E-Kaia team says its invention can output as much as 5 volts at 0.6 amps.

By comparison, Apple’s USB power adapter for the iPhone pushes 5 watts at 1 amp.

Few details about the device are known, save for the fact that photosynthetic energy is...

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13:19
Ask iLounge: Can I mute Handoff calls coming into my...

Q: Following up on your answer to “How do I keep my iPhone calls from ringing on my Mac?”, is there a way to keep the phone calls coming into my Macbook Pro without making that annoying ringing noise? Short of muting my computer all the time, can I shut it up? A: Yes. Since incoming iPhone calls from Handoff are actually handled by the “FaceTime” app on your Mac, you can actually do this simply by disabling notifications for…

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13:08
Australia Cracks Down on Tax Avoidance by...

Last month Apple has warned investors that it could face ‘material’ financial penalties from the European Commission’s investigation into its tax deals with Ireland ...

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13:06
Xsan4 mdc migration to new hardware

Forums: Troubleshooting

Successfully updated to Xsan 4/Yosemite over the weekend.

Trying to figure out the best way to move 2 mdc’s to new hardware.
I assume restoring from a time machine backup would work but would require down time.

My original plan was to add in the new hardware as mdc’s and remove the 2 old mdc’s.
Now that Xsan 4 requires Open Directory, how does the promotion/demotion of OD work?
It would require one of the new mdc’s become the ODM once the old mdc’s are removed.
Does Xsan/Server.app take care of that or would I have to promote/demote manually?

Has any one done this or had success with this?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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12:48
Smart Car 2 Transforms Itself to Tuck Into Tiny Spots


The DFKI Robotics Innovation Center in Berman, Germany, last week unveiled a prototype of the EO Smart Connecting Car 2, which it originally announced in 2012. The tiny, two-seater electric vehicle operates much like a traditional car, but because each wheel is powered by its own motor, it can make extremely tight turns and even drive sideways when necessary. This capability could address issues that plague many big cities, notably traffic congestion and inadequate parking space.

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12:48
Gear: Man Sling for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Man Sling ($25) — yes, that’s the name — is a different way to carry a larger phone, such as an iPhone 6 or an iPhone 6 Plus. Ostensibly made for men who can’t carry an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus in a pocket — or those who simply don’t want to — Man Sling is worn across the shoulder, with the phone resting on the hip. It comes in a variety of designs, ranging from zombies to skulls to just plain black. The shoulder sling is…

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12:36
Apple Watch video banner ads land atop YouTube'...

The YouTube homepage on Monday began featuring a series of video banners advertising the Apple Watch, each using shortened clips from the company's recent series of TV commercials.

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12:30
The Apple Watch waterproofing extravaganza: swim,...

DC Rainmaker:

This past week I’ve been slowly plotting a series of tests to batter the Apple Watch and see exactly how well it’d hold up to a variety of aquatic adventures. No doubt I’ve been showering with it twice-daily since it arrived…but that’s kinda lame in the grand scheme of waterproof tests. So while a few people have casually doggy-paddled around their backyard pool with the watch, I wanted to kick it up a notch…or, rather, a lot of notches.

Interesting that Apple seems to have seriously under promised on the waterproofing of the Apple Watch.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:15
Australian government announces crackdown on tax...

The government of Australia announced on Monday that it plans to investigate alleged tax avoidance in its country by a total of 30 multinational corporations, including the most valuable company on the planet: Apple.

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12:09
iOS 8.4 brings iBooks Author Textbooks to the iPhone...

In addition to a new Music application, iOS 8.4 brings textbooks developed using the iBooks Author tool to the iPhone for the first time. Launched in 2012 as part of Apple’s Education initiatives, iBooks Author allows schools and teachers to create dynamic, digital textbooks that can play videos, embed Study Cards, and connect to the internet…

These digital textbooks were...

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12:01
Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a...

A new book on Elon by Ashlee Vance. I’m thinking this is going to be a great read.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:00
Today in the App Store — Transloader, Transmit for...

Today in the App Store — Transloader, Transmit for iOS and more

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

iOS Apps Now Free

Boximize: Structured note taking, personal database, form builder and organizer! [Now free, down from $4.99] Boximize is a structured note taking app that brings you the power of personal databases and the simplicity and usability of note taking apps.

Word Ring [Now free, down from $1.99] Create words quickly as you progress through...

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11:58
Apple Watch Vs. Pebble DeathMatch (Comparison)

When I started to write this, I had this idea that I’d write an article that looked at the features and the usability of the Pebble and those of the Apple Watch. Both have the ability to load custom apps, both have app stores, both do many of the same other tasks, etc.

The problem with that premise for this article is that they simply aren’t even remotely comparable. Let’s look at why:

  • Apps: The Apple Watch can support apps and glances from apps. You can load as many as the thing can take, you can get different types of apps and there are already hundreds (if not thousands – I don’t have the patience to count) of apps that have support for the Apple Watch. The Pebble on the other hand is limited to 8 concurrent apps and I...
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11:50
Scott Forstall, Metallica, Apple, and Broadway

Hard to believe all of those things are related, but they are.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:46
Download iCloud for Windows

With iCloud for Windows, you’ll have your photos, mail, calendar, files, and other important information on the go and on your Windows PC.

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11:46
New 'E-Kaia' technology harvests excess...

In want of a free wall outlet, future mobile phone users could simply plug in to the nearest cactus thanks to a new system called E-Kaia --?developed by a team of researchers in Chile --?that collects the leftover energy from photosynthesis.

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11:42
Pixelmator for iPhone

Wow! One of my all-time favorite apps will now be available on all of my devices.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:37
Apple Announces New Environmental Initiatives in...

Apple today announced an expansion of its renewable energy and environmental protection initiatives in China, including a new multiyear project with World Wildlife Fund to significantly increase responsibly managed forests across China. The new program aims to protect as much as 1 million acres of responsibly managed working forests that provide fiber for pulp, paper, and wood products. “Forests, like energy, can be renewable resources,” said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of Environmental Initiatives. “We believe we can run on naturally renewable resources and ensure that we protect — and create — as much sustainable working forest as needed to produce the virgin paper in our product packaging.” Apple also announced its intent to expand its industry-leading renewable energy projects to manufacturing facilities in China.

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11:28
Mac: Nothing Magical Redacted

While advanced photo editing tools such as Photoshop can certainly allow you to do things like apply blurs in order to hide private information, or “redact” images, it’s definitely overkill if that’s all you want to do on a regular basis. And of course, not everybody even keeps these kinds of “pro” tools on their Mac. Fortunately, if all you’re looking to do is redact documents or screenshots, however, Nothing Magical’s Redacted ($5) offers an inexpensive and quick solution. Simply drag-and-drop the image you want to work within into Redacted and drag boxes over the sections you want to hide. You can even choose from three different redacting styles — pixellate, blur, or a simple black bar.
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11:27
Apple’s new environmental initiatives in China

Apple today announced an expansion of its renewable energy and environmental protection initiatives in China, including a new multi-year project with World Wildlife Fund to significantly increase responsibly managed forests across China. The new forestland program aims to protect as much as 1 million acres of responsibly managed working forests which provide fiber for pulp, paper and wood products.

Apple is doing so much more than just releasing products.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:13
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 11...

Notable software releases this week include Fantastical 2.0.4, ChronoSync 4.6.1 and ChronoAgent 1.5.2, Downcast 1.1.10, and Safari 8.0.6, 7.1.6, and 6.2.6.

 

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11:13
ExtraBITS for 11 May 2015

In this week’s ExtraBITS collection, the developers of MacKeeper could owe its users big money, we get some hard numbers regarding the Mac App Store’s stagnation, a developer vents about Apple’s networking code, and Apple confirms third-party Apple Watch bands.

 

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10:49
Get your first look at iOS 8.4 beta 3 and its new...

Whether you’re an iOS or an OS X developer, today is shaping up to be a very fun day.

Apple has released a third beta version of iOS 8.4 for developers to play around with a month before WWDC. Included in this new beta version is a revamped Music app with a cleaner look and added functionalities. According to 9to5Mac, the updated Music app will also host new iterations of iTunes Radio and a Beats Music-inspired streaming service. The new Music app is expected to be announced at WWDC on June 8 and publicly available later that month.

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10:39
News: Apple releases third iOS 8.4 beta to developers

Apple has released its third beta of iOS 8.4 to developers, continuing to focus on the new iOS Music app. Featuring a build number of 12H4098c, the release is also accompanied by a new Xcode 6.4 beta to support the new APIs and development environment. The release notes for this latest beta indicate both improvements and limitations in App Extensions, the iTunes Store, Siri, Videos, and WatchKit, as well as with the new Music app. The new Music app…

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10:35
Cisdem releases DocumentReader for Mac OS X

Cisdem has released DocumentReader for Mac (http://tinyurl.com/lta2skw). It's a Mac OS X document reader that allows users to view WPD, WPS, XPS, VISIO, PDF files on your Mac, and to print or save them into PDF for sharing.

Cisdem DocumentReader supports reading many files types such as WPD, WPS, XPS, VISIO, and PDF. It also provides different viewing styles with toolbar consisting view mode, searching pane, page navigation, zoom, rotate, save, copy, etc. What's more, users can design the toolbar in the way they prefer.

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10:28
∞ A good Google TV commercial

I thought they did a great job with this commercial.

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10:20
Apple Releases New OS X Yosemite Beta Build to...

It's being reported today that Apple has released yet another beta build of the upcoming OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 to developers.

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10:12
Fiat CEO meets with Tim Cook, “interested in Apple’s...

With regard to Apple’s Cook, he said: “He’s interested in Apple’s intervention in the car, that’s his role.” Marchionne was not more specific about Apple.

Apple is one of the few companies with the money and resources to come up with something interesting in the automobile space.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:06
TSMC Snapped up Orders from Apple for SSD Controller...

According to a new supply chain report, TSMC snapped up new orders from Apple for SSD controller chips.

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10:05
Apple releases OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 beta build...

Alongside today’s new iOS 8.4 beta, Apple has released yet another beta build of the upcoming OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 to developers. Today’s build is labeled as build number 14E17e, and it is available via Software Update in the Mac App Store for developers running earlier versions of the beta. A new Public Beta for AppleSeed users is available as well. It is possible that 10.10.4 will be released in June alongside iTunes 12.2 (with the new Apple streaming music service). For the focus areas, Apple tells developers to pay special attention to the Photos application, the...

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10:05
Apple Seeds Third OS X 10.10.4 Yosemite Beta to...

Apple today seeded the third beta of OS X 10.10.4 to developers, approximately two weeks after releasing the second OS X 10.10.4 beta and three weeks after releasing the first OS X 10.10.4 beta. OS X 10.10.4 has been in testing since mid-April, following the early April release of OS X 10.10.3, which included the new Photos for OS X app.

The beta, build 14E17e, can be downloaded through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store or through the Mac Developer Center. Apple is asking developers to focus on Photos, Migration, and Arabic and Hebrew languages.

OS X 10.10.3 introduced several consumer-facing changes including the new Photos for OS X app, a redesigned emoji picker, new diversified emoji, and more, but OS X 10.10.4 appears to be an under-the-hood update that brings performance enhancements and bug fixes. Thus far, OS X 10.10.4 betas have not included outward facing...

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10:00
iOS 8.4 beta 3 Now Available

iOS 8.4 beta 3 Now Available

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10:00
Xcode 6.4 beta 3 Now Available

Xcode 6.4 beta 3 Now Available

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10:00
OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 (14E17e) Now Available

OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 (14E17e) Now Available

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10:00
Retro Touch Speaker for iPhone review and giveaway

The Retro Touch Speaker for iPhone is kitschy, cute and, in the right circumstances, a nice audio booster for your iPhone. Unfortunately, the perfect circumstances are pretty restrictive. Stay tuned at the end of this review, as we're giving away our demo unit!

Charming looks

My unit arrived about a week ago and I was charmed by it right away. It looks and feels like something from a 1950's American diner, both in styling and the color palate. There's a simple power/volume knob on the front, two 2-watt speakers on top, three ports on the back (aux out, mini USB and "USB out") and a battery compartment on the bottom.

Also in the box I found instructions in several languages, two cute "Thumbs Up" stickers and a mini USB-to-USB cable for charging. Well, that's that. Let's turn the baby on and see what it can do.

Real-world use

The box calls it...

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10:00
iOS 8.4 beta 3 Now Available

iOS 8.4 beta 3 Now Available

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10:00
Xcode 6.4 beta 3 Now Available

Xcode 6.4 beta 3 Now Available

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10:00
OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 (14E17e) Now Available

OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 (14E17e) Now Available

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09:59
AWT Health Club: Which member of the Fitbit family...

Before I got an Apple Watch, I was a big fan of Fitbit products. The first activity tracker I owned was one of the first Fitbits, which had its own little quirks — it needed frequent charging on a USB-connected stand, you had to put it on its charging stand to sync it, and syncing sometimes would stop working for no apparent reason. Fitbit learned a lot from those early devices, and now has a family of six devices. The company is a leader in the activity tracker market niche, and their products just keep getting better and more useful. Today’s AWT Health Club will take a look at the six different Fitbits and describe the type of person who might be attracted to each.

Fitbit Zip ($59.95, available for $47.99 through affiliate)

The Zip is truly an entry-level model, but it can do a good job of tracking steps, distance, and calories burned for a person who is...

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09:59
Apple releases third developer, second public betas...

With less than a month to go before its annual Worldwide Developer Conference, Apple on Monday issued third betas of iOS 8.4 and OS X 10.10.4 to developers, and second public betas to people in the AppleSeed testing program.

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09:50
Get help using iCloud for Windows

If you need help downloading, installing, setting up, or updating iCloud for Windows, try the steps below. 

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09:50
Apple releases iOS 8.4 beta 3 with revamped Music...

Apple today released the third beta of iOS 8.4 to developers. The update is available via Software Update on iOS and it should be hitting the developer center soon. The second Public Beta is available as well for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. As with the first pair of betas, iOS 8.4 brings a revamped Music application with a new design, Up Next functionality, a Mini Player, and a new version of iTunes Radio. As we’ve reported several times, iOS 8.4’s Music app will also be home to Apple’s upcoming Beats-based streaming music service.Sources say that the new...

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09:46
Apple Seeds Third iOS 8.4 Beta With Revamped Music...

Apple today seeded the third beta of iOS 8.4 to registered developers for testing purposes, two weeks after seeding the second iOS 8.4 beta and three weeks after releasing the first iOS 8.4 beta. iOS 8.4 has been in testing since mid-April, following the early April release of iOS 8.3. Today's beta is also available to public beta testers.

The beta, build 12H4098c, is available as an over-the-air download and through the iOS Developer Center. Apple has also released Xcode 6.4 beta 3 to developers.

iOS 8.4's major feature is an all-new Music app that includes a revamped look. The Music app's new design shows pictures of artists in the Artists view and it offers a new MiniPlayer with a redesigned look for "Now Playing." There are...

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09:38
Tim Cook joins Weibo to reveal Apple's plans to...

Apple CEO Tim Cook announced his arrival in Beijing, China over the weekend with a splashy debut on China’s essential social network, Weibo. The purpose of his visit: Apple’s grand new environmental initiatives, designed to put the company on track to powering its operations with 100 percent renewable energy in the coming years.

Apple on Monday said it plans to green its Chinese manufacturing facilities, an effort the company has already undertaken with its corporate offices, data centers, and Apple Stores worldwide. The company didn’t detail how it plans to cut its carbon emissions from Chinese factories, but Cook said it will take years to complete.

To read this...

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09:30
Scott Forstall Proud to be Part of Tony Nominated...

Scott Forstall, once senior vice president of iOS Software who helped ignite the iPhone and iPad revolution at Apple from 2007 until October 2012 has resurfaced ...

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09:30
Apple Watch takes over top of YouTube homepage with...

Apple has expanded its advertising campaign for the Apple Watch to the web. Apple has begun running a series of advertisements at the top of the YouTube homepage that are based on Apple’s trio of new Apple Watch TV ads. The advertisements are short video clips from the longer TV-oriented ads, and they link to Apple’s website to provide more information about the Watch, rather than the ads hosted on YouTube.

Filed under: Apple Watch ...

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09:18
3 SciFi Technologies That Are About to Get Amazingly...


Lisa Su, the talented new CEO for AMD, last week gave a pitch on the future to get people excited about where AMD is going. Based on the stock performance after her talk, she and her team knocked it out of the park. However, they also got me thinking about some technological advancements that have been quietly percolating, which likely will form the basis for a revolutionary announcement in the next few years. Three technologies that are tied to other efforts, are getting close to breaking free.

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09:10
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPhone 6/Plus screen...

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:

ArmorSuit iPhone 6/Plus Screen Protectors w/ lifetime replacements for $0.95 Prime shipped (Reg. $6.95)

Apple iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi 128GB in Gold or Space Gray for...

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09:08
OmniGraffle 6.2.2 - Create diagrams, flow charts,...

OmniGraffle helps you draw beautiful diagrams, family trees, flow charts, org charts, layouts, and (mathematically speaking) any other directed or non-directed graphs. We've had people use Graffle to plan plotlines for a story, make an overview of an operating system, show the evolution of computers, and even show how diseases can spread in a closed population. If you want to organize your thoughts, your projects, or even your friends graphically using boxes and lines, OmniGraffle is your tool.



Version 6.2.2:

  • Stability - [Pro] Fixed a prevalent crash on launch when double-clicking a Visio file when OmniGraffle was not running.
  • Stability - [Pro] Fixed a pattern fill related crash when printing or exporting to PDF.
  • Stability - Fixed a crash on launch when opening certain documents.
  • Stability - Fixed a crash when changing units after an export is completed or cancelled.
  • Stability - Fixed a crash that...

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09:00
AP Calculus Jeopardy review –“Gamifying” with...

Today’s post was written by Stacey Roshan, High School Math Teacher at the Bullis School in Maryland.

Have you ever been super excited about “gamifying” a review session only to realize that the competitive feel in the room becomes overwhelming? Each year, around this time, I play a game of AP Calculus Jeopardy review with my class. We have just finished learning new material and are ready to hit review mode. The game is a way to begin synthesizing material from the beginning of the course through to the end. The timing of this activity usually falls right before spring break, so throwing in a Jeopardy game seems particularly appropriate as a way to enliven the classroom before the vacation.

Using OneNote to take the game beyond simply an in-class experience certainly enhanced this activity. Requiring students to make corrections and write brief reflections on the problems they solved in class forces them to look back at...

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08:46
12.9-Inch 'iPad Pro' Could Have Flexible...

Apple is exploring the possibility of equipping the much-rumored 12.9-inch "iPad Pro" with an improved touch panel that uses silver nano wire (AgNW) material instead of ITO-based clear film, according to South Korea's Electronic Times (via G4Games). The flexible touch panel would reportedly have greater accuracy and sensitivity and be able to recognize multiple pressure levels, which could allow for Force Touch.

A purported "iPad Pro" blueprint from December 2014 with possible dimensions
The report claims that Apple requested samples of the touch panel ready for mass-production from LG Display, Samsung Display, Japan Display and other major display manufacturers at the start of this week, and predicts that the company...

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08:43
Ex-iOS SVP Scott Forstall ‘delighted’ by Apple...

Scott Forstall, former Senior Vice President of iOS and one of the main creators of the iPhone and iPad, has finally spoken about Apple for the first time since leaving the company in the fall of 2012. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal primarily centered around his work on Broadway, Forstall briefly commented on Apple:

Asked about the split, Mr. Forstall said he was “so proud of the thousands of people I worked with [at Apple] and with whom I remain friends. I am delighted that they continue to turn out great and beloved products.”

Forstall’s admiration for Apple remains...

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08:40
Spotify's Pathetic Freemium Statistics...

Today we got to see the failure of the freemium music service business model in living color in segments of a Spotify management report that accompanied their latest financials written by directors Martin Lorentzon and Pär-Jorgen Pärson.

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08:38
Promise logical drive offline

Forums: Hardware

Greetings,

This post deals with Promise RAIDS supporting Xsan in an OS X 10.6.8
environment.

We are running Xsan 2.x on top of a 10TB Promise E-class RAID with
a 20TB J-class expansion unit. We accidentally powered down the
expansion unit before powering down the head unit, as a result of
which all drives on the expansion unit subsequently showed up as
dead.

We contacted Promise tech support and were told to disconnect the
two units, then power up the head unit on its own, shut it down,
reconnect the expansion unit, and all should be well (this is an
undocumented feature...). And so it was, except for one logical drive
on the expansion unit, which remained stubbornly offline. The logical
drive in question comprises 6 x 2TB Hitachi DeskStar physical drives
in a RAID 5...

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08:33
iPhoto for Mac: Troubleshooting ordering prints and...

Use these steps to troubleshoot Print Services issues.

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08:27
Protect your data on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

Learn how to make your iOS device more secure.

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08:27
Get help using Outlook with iCloud for Windows

Try these steps if you need help with your iCloud Mail, Contacts, and Calendars in Outlook, and learn about iCloud features that work differently detween your Apple device and Outlook.

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08:20
Tech blogger posts videos of Apple Watch surviving 1...

Now that the Apple Watch is out, it’s time to put it through a battery of physical tests, including water-based ones.

The good news is that the device seems to hold up pretty well. Over the weekend, endurance sports and tech blogger Ray Maker posted a few Apple Watch-related waterproof videos, including the first lap swimming test with Apple’s new wearable.

In the first video, Maker tests the Apple Watch against higher-intensity swimming activities. As he notes, “It’s the wrist hitting the water that’s so difficult for watch waterproofing due to the impact forces,” so that’s what he decides to focus on in the test. After about 25...

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08:15
News: Apple experimenting with silver nanowire tech...

Apple has received samples of silver nanowire materials to be used for touch screens in a “large screen iPad, which will be released next year,” Korean outlet ETNews reports. The new material is thinner and more pressure sensitive than the indium tin oxide film used in current touch screen displays, allowing the silver nanowire to be incorporated into thinner devices. The more touch sensitive material could augment Apple’s Force…

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08:02
Poll: Will the Apple Watch and gamification lead to...

Social sharing of exercise data, using services like Strava and RunKeeper, has been one of the bigger trends in recent years. Thanks to fitness bands, smartwatches and GPS-based cycle computers, it’s easy to capture your exercise data and have it automatically uploaded, allowing friends and strangers alike to take part in virtual competitions. It’s effectively gamification of our bodies.

While some take it extremely seriously – so much so that Strava has had to allow users to mark stretches of road or path as dangerous, to stop overly-competitive cyclists mowing down pedestrians in their quest to gain a coveted King of the Mountain award – for most it’s just a fun way to get a bit more exercise and tease their friends.

Any fitness band enables you to compare things like total steps and total calories expended, of course, but the...

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08:01
Former Apple exec Scott Forstall talks Broadway in...

After years out of the public eye, former iPhone software chief Scott Forstall is back in the spotlight with a new interview that touches on life after Apple, as a Broadway producer.

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08:00
Phiaton BT220NC Wireless Active Noise Cancelling...

PHOTO BY STEVEN SANDE ©2015, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

My first thought upon opening the box for the Phiaton BT 220 NC Wireless Active Noise Cancelling Headphones (US$179.99 list price, $160.55 via affiliate link) was that for a wireless headphone, there were sure a lot of wires. There is a USB to micro-USB charging cable, an Everplay-X cable to let you listen to tunes from your iPhone or iPod touch even when the battery on the headphones isn’t charged up, and even two wires going from the receiver box to the earbuds. I don’t have anything against wires and cables; I just thought it was rather ironic that a “wireless” device came with so many cables.

Like many other “wireless” Bluetooth earbuds, the Phiaton BT 220 NC suffers from a design issue with Bluetooth headsets; it’s simply impossible to create them without physically connecting the left and right earbuds with some sort of cable. That’s why most fitness...

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07:48
PSA: Best Buy has limited stock of 12″ Retina...

Apple still shows a 3-5 week wait on the new Retina 12-inch MacBook across the board but one US retailer has them in stock and shipping in certain configurations. Best Buy, who also offers a $50 off coupon for people with access to an .edu email address offers the base model MacBook in both Silver and Space Gray for delivery May 18th.

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07:46
Rumor: Apple exploring silver nanowire technology...

I’m not entirely sure what nanowire is, but it sounds pretty cool.

A new report claims that Apple is investigating silver nanowire technology to improve touch panels in its much anticipated upcoming 12.9-inch iPad.

The quote reads as follows:

“Apple is planning to apply nano new material on touch panel. By changing ITO-based clear film with silver nano wire (AgNW) material, it plans to raise sense of touch and decrease cost.국내 은나노와이어 Domestic AgNW based touch-screen panel (TSP) industries are getting ready to commercialize the products as soon as possible.”

The report cites unnamed sources close to the supply chain and states that Apple has already...

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07:44
Apple Watch shipments remain slow one month after...

One month after Apple began taking Apple Watch pre-orders with a promised April 24 release date, many customers — including people who ordered immediately after Apple’s online store returned — are still awaiting their Watches. As noted on Apple’s discussion forums and numerous social media postings, many Apple Watch models appear to be trickling out of the company’s factories, while Watches bundled with certain premium bands have apparently not yet shipped.

The most significantly delayed Apple Watches are apparently Apple’s four Stainless Steel Case with Link Bracelet models ($949-$1,099), four Stainless Steel Case with Leather Loop models ($699 each), and four Stainless Steel Case with Modern Buckle models ($749 each), which do not appear to have shipped at all....

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07:43
External Link: MacKeeper Owner ZeoBIT Could Owe...

Under proposed settlement terms for a 2014 class-action lawsuit against MacKeeper creator ZeoBIT, the company could owe customers $2 million in refunds. ZeoBIT has been accused of unscrupulous marketing, with system tests that flag nonexistent problems. Austrian firm AV Comparatives tested the latest trial version of MacKeeper on a fresh install of OS X 10.10 Yosemite, and the software warned that the computer’s condition was “serious,” citing 500 MB of “junk” files.

 

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07:27
Back up your iWork for iOS files

Learn how to back up your Pages, Numbers, or Keynote for iOS files.

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07:26
Report claims Apple investigating improved touch...


A new report from ETNews claims that Apple is investigating silver nanowire technology to improve touch panels in its much anticipated upcoming 12+-inch iPad:

Apple is planning to apply nano new material on touch panel. By changing ITO-based clear film with silver nano wire (AgNW) material, it plans to raise sense of touch and decrease cost.국내 은나노와이어 Domestic AgNW based touch-screen panel (TSP) industries are getting ready to commercialize the products as soon as possible.

The report, citing sources close to the supply chain,...

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07:19
What is iCloud for Windows?

With iCloud for Windows, you can access your photos, contacts, calendars, documents, and more from any of your devices. iCloud stores your content and automatically keeps it up to date on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, and PC.

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07:19
News: Fiat CEO meets with Tim Cook over Apple’s ‘...

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said he has met with Apple CEO Tim Cook, but was tight-lipped about the details of the meeting, Reuters reports. Marchionne told the press that Cook is “interested in Apple’s intervention in the car,” but declined any further comment about Apple’s rumored car project. Recently, Marchionne told Bloomberg he was open to the possibility of collaborating with companies like Apple and Google,…

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07:16
Dev puts Web browser on Apple Watch: a cool hack,...

Comex, the enterprising hacker behind a number of high-profile iOS jailbreaks such as JailbreakMe.com, has seemingly managed to get a Web browser to run on the Apple Watch. As you can probably imagine, the one-inch screen of the Apple Watch isn't the best way to experience your favourite websites. There's a video embedded below of Comex poking around the Google homepage on his Apple Watch.

The Apple Watch, by virtue of its tiny screen, has a very different interface from Apple's other mobile devices. While it hasn't been confirmed by Apple, a third-party developer has stated that Apple Watch OS 1.0 is based on iOS 8.2—but instead of running Springboard (which displays the iPhone and iPad home screen),...

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07:14
Tim Cook joins Weibo, China's version of Twitter

Apple CEO Tim Cook has joined Weibo, a microblogging service by China's Sina Corp. The service has 200 million active users and, as of this writing, Cook's verified account has over 320,000 followers. 

Cook's sign-up happens just as Apple has announced great progress towards its environmental initiatives in China, which is a very big market for the company. 

I wonder if Weibo has a fail whale

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07:11
Apple's 2016 iPad Display may use Next-Gen...

In an exciting new report this morning from Asia they note that "Apple is planning to apply a new nano material on a touch panel. By changing ITO-based clear film with silver nano wire material, it plans ...

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06:50
News: Apple announces new environmental initiatives...

Apple is expanding its environmental protection and renewable energy push in China, announcing that it has partnered with World Wildlife Fund to protect up to a million acres of sustainable forest land in China to produce the fiber used in Apple packaging and products. This adds to the 36,000 acres of working forests the company is working to conserve in the U.S. with the help of The Conservation Fund. Apple is also partnering with several Chinese…

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06:46
Video Ambush 1.0 released for Mac OS X

Tosha Serbian has announced Video Ambush for Mac OS X, a rebranded update to his MPEG encoder and movie re-converter application MPEG2 Works.

The app lets you convert your media, video and audio files, DVD and Blu-Ray discs to iOS compatible movies, video for the web, H.264, MP4, DivX, MKV, x264, MPEG2, DVD, HD DVD and all available standard and pro Quick Time formats. You can encode to MPEG2, make DVDs with built-in menus, burn it on a blank DVD media, and more.

Video Ambush requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later. It costs US$25 and is availalbe here (http://www.videoambush.com).

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06:42
The Apple Watch's red dot

I'm not a fan of the red dot.

As I spend more time with my Apple Watch, I'm taking note of aspects I love and others that I don't. Currently, the bee in my digital bonnet is the little red dot that indicates unread notifications. 

It appears at the top of the watch face whenever you have notifications to review. If it were any other color, I'd be happy with it. In my experience, a little red dot on an electronic device is indicative of a problem. There's something wrong that I must attend to. When I first noticed the dot on day one, that was my initial response: Uh-oh, what's wrong. 

Today I understand its purpose. I just wish it wasn't red. 

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With Apple now selling more iPhones in China than in the USA, and much of Apple’s Q2 earnings call focused on the country, it’s no great surprise that Tim Cook has today opened an account on the Chinese equivalent of Twitter known as Weibo. There is, though, a certain amount of irony involved, Weibo being one of the main sources of leaked information on Apple products.

Cook is in Beijing to announce Apple’s new environmental programs in the country, the topic of his first post.

At the time of writing, the verified account already had over 300,000 followers, with almost 50,000 likes on his first post … ...

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The FunPlus Group, a worldwide mobile social gaming company, has created PublishingPlus, a revolutionary new mobile game publishing program that will provide game developers with an alternative to traditional publishing. PublishingPlus is now open for all free-to-play developers to apply, regardless of team size or location.

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A new analyst report published this morning shows that China's smartphone market contracted by 4% year-on-year (YoY) with 98.8 million units shipped in the first quarter of 2015. This is the first time in six years that the China smartphone market declined ...

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Today in iLounge Deals you can pick up the OrbitKey Leather Key Organizer & Bottle Opener for only $39 – 26% off the regular price. This all-purpose genuine cowhide leather keychain helps you keep your keys organized in style, holding up to 7 standard keys in one compact package that won’t scratch your iPhone or rattle around in your pocket. A handy bottle opener is also included that fits inside the leather loop perfectly, and a unique…

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