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Monday May 9

20:57
SpaceX give you three looks at its rocket's...

Last week SpaceX stuck a night landing on its droneship, and now (just after Blue Origin posted a ridealong view from its reusable rocket) we've got some video of the event. Three slightly different angles from the ship show the rocket coming down, a...

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19:14
Report: Foxconn set to open $10 billion iPhone...

According to a new report from The Economic Times of India, Apple supplier Foxconn is close to signing a deal with the Indian government to open an iPhone manufacturing plant in the country. The report claims that Apple and Foxconn have narrowed the location for the factory down to Maharashtra.

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18:36
Foxconn on the Cusp of Signing a Deal in India to...

One year ago we posted a report titled "Foxconn May be Working on iPhone Assembly Plants in India." In a second report last May we noted that "One of the leading technology sites in India reported late last week that Foxconn has been given the approval to build new plants that will make future iPhones in the Western Indian state of Maharashtra whose capital is Mumbai." Today ...

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18:08
Apple announces WWDC 2016 scholarship winners

Apple on Monday began sending out notifications to lucky students and STEM organization members selected to receive a scholarship to this year's Worldwide Developers Conference, offering winners the chance to attend without paying the $1,599 ticket price.

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17:36
Foxconn nears deal to build iPhone manufacturing...

Apple supplier Foxconn is reportedly close to inking a deal with the Indian government to green-light plans to set up a manufacturing plant exclusively for Apple products.

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17:32
WWDC 2016 Scholarship Winners Being Notified

Apple has begun notifying recipients of scholarships to the 2016 Worldwide Developers Conference, according to several developers on social media and MacRumors readers. Apple is awarding 350 scholarships to students and members of participating STEM organizations and is also offering 125 scholarships to developers with financial limitations.

Winners of the scholarship receive a free ticket to WWDC 2016 and, in addition, may receive travel assistance to the event. To be eligible, developers had to be 13 years or older, a full or part-time student or a member / alumni of a STEM organization. Developers had to submit an app they worked on that demonstrated "creative use of Apple technologies and runs on an...

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17:21
Apple begins issuing WWDC scholarships to winning...

[UPDATE: Email can be seen below now, as well.]

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— Amit Nivedan Kalra (@AMITNKALRA) May 10, 2016

Apple today has started issuing WWDC scholarships to winning applicants. While the company has not yet sent out emails to winners, those who submitted an application can check to see if they’ve received one by logging into their account and looking under the “Events” heading.

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17:09
Siri creators officially show off ‘Viv,’ their...

Last week, the creators of Siri teased their next virtual assistant service named Viv. At the time, the creators said that Viv does more than Siri or any other virtual assistant currently available. As expected, Siri co-founder Dag Kittlaus today took the stage at TechCrunch Disrupt in New York City to officially show off Viv to the public for the first time, touting that it will “the intelligent interface for everything.”

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16:52
Apple's Ive and Cook Land on a List of Most...

Today "The Drive" online magazine published a report titled "The 10 most Influential People in Automotive Technology." The ten people listed include the following: Pete Tenereillo; Former Founder and CEO, Trapster Uri Levine, 51, Founder, Waze Christian Von Koenigsegg, 43; CEO and founder, Koenigsegg Automotive AB Dan Greenawalt, 42; Creative Director, Turn 10 Studios, founder of Forza Jony Ive, 49,...

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16:20
Steve Jobs tasked Apple to fix healthcare and Apple...

An interesting profile of Apple's overarching health initiative published Monday says Apple Watch, a device marketed to fashion-forward consumers, has roots in late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs' personal quest for better healthcare, a goal he wanted for all Apple customers.

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16:15
Snapchat updated with new one-handed zoom feature [...

Today Snapchat received an update that brings a handy new ability to the popular social app. One-handed zoom, a feature that does exactly what it implies, makes it easier for users to take advantage of the camera’s digital zoom while capturing video. more…

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16:12
Apple has known for Years that 99% of Malware is on...

In 2014 we posted a report titled "Apple's CEO Tim Cook had fun poking a Stick in Android's Eye," wherein we noted that "Compared to its chief rival mobile operating system, namely iOS, Android updates are typically slow to reach actual devices. For devices not under Google's own Nexus brand, updates often arrive months from the time the given version is officially released. Today the Federal Communications Commission joined the Federal Trade Commission to better understand, and ultimately to improve, the security of mobile devices.

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16:06
Spotify to launch 12 original video series as growth...

Apple Music competitor Spotify today announced that it is greatly expanding its video offerings this year. As noted by Bloomberg, Spotify will launch 12 original video series with actors like Tim Robbins and Def Jam Records co-founder Russell Simmons. The series are said to each feature episodes ranging from a few minutes long to 15 minutes and will be available to free and paid users.

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Filed under: Apple Music Tagged: Apple Music, Spotify, video...

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15:52
[Sponsor] Blue Bottle Coffee

Your morning starts with coffee. Make sure it’s worth your time, and get a steady supply delivered to your door, with a subscription to Blue Bottle Coffee. This subscription service and cafe network visits farms around the world in search of the best beans, then roasts them to order, and delivers them to you within 24 hours out of the roaster — so you can have the most delicious coffee every day. They always offer a selection of single origins, with early access to select coffees for members. You choose the frequency of deliveries, type of coffee, and quantity, so you never have to worry about getting more than you need, or worse, running out mid-week.

Visit Blue Bottle Coffee for your...

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15:33
Vivaldi Browser Is a Breath of Fresh Air


The Vivaldi browser provides a refreshing approach to traveling along the Internet. It offers something beyond the same old thing in a different skin. Vivaldi is the brainchild of former Opera CEO Jon von Tetzchner. The developers built the Vivaldi browser on top of Chromium, which is open source, but added their own proprietary skins. Therefore, Vivaldi's code is not available for review. That tiny licensing glitch aside, the Vivaldi browser has the same affliction as the Google Chrome browser: It is not completely open source.

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15:30
The Week in iPad Cases: Griffin's latest...

New iPad cases of the week

This week’s roundup of new iPad cases features the Griffin Snapbook, a folio with a removable Bluetooth keyboard that also serves as a protective case. Plus, barely-there screen protectors, colorful shells, and much more. Read on!

Belkin

The ScreenForce transparent screen protector (iPad Pro; $30 MSRP) keeps your screen smudge- and scratch-free. Belkin promises that this lightweight screen shield keeps your display’s resolution clear, is easy to install, and can be used with any case.

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14:39
Futuristic Digital Assistant Viv Takes the Stage


Viv Labs CEO Dag Kittlaus on Monday demonstrated at Disrupt NY 2016 technology that was designed to make people-to-machine interactions as natural as people-to-people interactions. Kittlaus, the former CEO of Siri, and other Siri vets cofounded Viv in 2012. The artificial intelligence-enabled interface no user manual and can handle complex tasks via simple commands, he said. It eventually will make many of the most tedious aspects of existing apps, sites and services obsolete, Kittlaus said.

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14:34
Tim Cook, Jony Ive among ‘the 10 most influential...

Remember when Apple rolled out its Apple Car? Me neither because it hasn’t happened yet. But that hasn’t stopped The Drive, a site devoted to automotive culture, from naming Apple CEO Tim Cook and Chief Design Officer Jony Ive to its list of“the 10 most influential people in automotive technology.” It’s a list of “people with serious crystal balls.”

About Ive, who’s number six on the list, The Drive says: “With smartphones having displaced wristwatches for many, a late-model iPhone is the best-designed thing they own. Ive’s work—via Apple’s blockbuster conferences, whose videos he narrates—introduced words like ‘chamfered,’ ‘beveled,’and ‘anodized’ to a general American lexicon. Moreover, its cleanliness and iconoclasm leads the tech pack. The best car interiors reflect that aesthetic beautifully.

About Cook, who’s number three on...

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14:30
AWT News Update: May 9, 2016

A healthy dose of Apple news for you today, coming from all around the world of Apple:

  • The FCC and FTC are asking mobile carriers and smartphone/tablet manufacturers to provide info on how they handle fixes to vulnerabilities
  • The Opera Web Browser for iOS has been updated with its own free VPN
  • Periscope will soon save broadcasts indefinitely and allow drone broadcasting
  • A group of top podcasters recently met with Apple...to voice complaints

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for May 9, 2016.

Bloomberg today reported that the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission are asking a number...

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14:26
Review: The Shure MV5 Digital Condenser is a...

As someone keen on recording voiceovers and podcasts from an iPad, I needed a Lightning-enabled microphone that could handle such a task. While it’s true that Apple’s Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter allows iOS to interface with a variety of microphones that it wasn’t able to before, I like the idea of keeping my setup as minimal and as dongle-free as possible.

Enter the Shure MV5 Digital Condenser Microphone. This is a MFi-certified Lightning-enabled microphone that works with the iPad or iPhone using a single microUSB to Lightning cable. By switching out the Lightning cable for a traditional USB cable, you can use the same microphone with your Mac or PC.

This microphone is a digital condenser that can be powered via Lightning or USB. It doesn’t require any special adapters or power supplies to work, just plug it in,...

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14:23
Apple's Tim Cook, Jony Ive among most...

Apple currently markets a single automotive product -- CarPlay infotainment software -- but rumors of a branded electric car put company executives Tim Cook and Jony Ive on a top 10 list ranking the most influential figures in automotive technology.

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14:20
FTC Orders Apple, Google, Microsoft, BlackBerry,...

coondoggie quotes a report from Networkworld: The Federal Trade Commission today said it issued a 10-page letter to eight leading players in the mobile communications arena requiring them to tell the agency how they issue security updates to address vulnerabilities in smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices. Apple, BlackBerry, Google, HTC America, LG Electronics, Microsoft, Motorola Mobility, and Samsung must provide the following: The factors that they consider in deciding whether to patch a vulnerability on a particular mobile device, detailed data on the specific mobile devices they have offered for sale to consumers since August 2013, the vulnerabilities that have affected those devices, and whether and when the company patched such vulnerabilities.


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14:14
Notable apps and app updates for May 9, 2016

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

iOS Apps/Updates for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

David Sumner has served up Tactical Checkers 1.0. It’s a free (for a limited time) two-player game. Play occurs on a 5 x 4 board with moveable checkers. You can play the computer at any of four levels or play another human.

Rory Buckley has introduced Word Search Challenge 1.0. The free app brings the classic word search puzzle to an interactive form, with the bonus of in-game features and an online multiplayer game mode. Word Search Challenge generates puzzles from a large database of words...

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14:13
U.S. regulators want to know how Apple, others...

Smartphone makers (including Apple and Google) and mobile carriers (including AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile) are facing an inquiry by U.S. regulators as to how they review and release security updates to combat cyberthieves and Internet vandals, according to Bloomberg.

The report says that the Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission both issued statements today saying they want to know more about how and when vulnerabilities are being patched as consumers and businesses face hacking threats related to their increased reliance on mobile broadband.

“We are concerned” that “there are significant delays in delivering patches to actual devices -- and that older devices may never be patched,” the FCC said in a sample of letters sent to companies that the agency posted on its website. The companies are...

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13:50
Spotify growing faster since introduction of Apple...

Spotify, which was created in Stockholm 10 years ago, now boasts of having close to 100 million users in more than 59 markets, despite increasing competition and, so far, a lack of profits.

Spotify claims it has 30 million paid users compared to Apple’s 13 million. Both Apple and Spotify say they are growing, so the users are coming from other services, or they are new to streaming.

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13:50
Wi-Fi's next step: High-density scenarios

At Interop 2016, Network World chats with Mike Leibovitz from Extreme Networks, about what comes next for enterprise Wi-Fi deployments after they've covered the office building and/or large campus.

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13:33
Spotify growing even faster thanks to launch of...

Spotify has actually seen its business accelerate since Apple Music was launched in June 2015, a vice president with the company said on Monday, crediting the extra attention drawn to streaming services.

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13:29
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 9...

Notable software releases this week include iFlicks 2.4, Hazel 4.0.1, Quicken 2016 for Mac 3.3.1, and Capto 1.0.

 

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13:28
ExtraBITS for 9 May 2016

This week in ExtraBITS, Apple finds itself at a crossroads when it comes to podcasting, as big-name podcasters demand changes, but developer and podcaster Marco Arment warns colleagues to be careful what they wish for. In other news, satellite TV provider Dish is now offering house calls for sick and injured iPhones.

 

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13:16
Spotify Growing at Faster Pace Since Apple Music...

Despite the launch of Apple Music, which recently reached 13 million paid subscribers, rival service Spotify told Reuters that it has experienced a faster pace of growth since last June than beforehand."It's great that Apple is in the game. They are definitely raising the profile of streaming. It is hard to build an industry on your own," Jonathan Forster, a vice president and one of its first employees, told Reuters in an interview.

"Since Apple Music started we've been growing quicker and adding more users than before."Spotify recently announced that it has 30 million paying customers, compared to around 20 million paid subscribers last June, while its total...

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12:53
US regulators probe Apple, Google, Verizon &...

A variety of wireless carriers and smartphone and tablet makers, including Apple, are reportedly being asked by U.S. regulators to explain how they review and push out security updates to their customers.

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12:21
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12:19
Opinion: Rumored iOS 10 HomeKit app is welcomed, but...

Since HomeKit was introduced with iOS 8, one major missing piece from Apple’s home automation effort has been a built-in app that provides a user interface to the underlying framework. Interacting with Siri is the only Apple-supplied HomeKit UI; users rely on third-party apps instead for all visual HomeKit management.

The downside to this approach is that there isn’t officially one HomeKit app to rule them all, and companies that make great smart home sensors and accessories don’t necessarily make great software. Compare that to Apple’s HealthKit framework which connects various App Store apps to a single dashboard in the built-in Health app. The approach isn’t perfect, but a similar effort for HomeKit would be welcomed.

The good news is Apple’s been developing a...

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11:50
Neil Patrick Harris shows off 'Hey Siri'...

Actor Neil Patrick Harris has once again joined Apple to promote the iPhone 6s, this time in a new TV ad where the Oscar and Tony host dictates notes to his iPhone using its "Hey Siri" handsfree capabilities.

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11:49
Actor Neil Patrick Harris: Hey Siri - Read My Note,...

With Hands-free Siri on the new iPhone 6s you simply say, "Hey Siri," and ...

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11:31
Apple Debuts New 'Thank You Speech' iPhone...

Apple has shared a new television commercial called "Thank You Speech" starring actor Neil Patrick Harris. The new 30-second spot promotes hands-free Siri on iPhone 6s in a humorous tone.

Harris asks Siri to read him his "thank you speech" while he stands in front of a mirror practicing with a hairbrush. The How I Met Your Mother star previously had a quick cameo in Apple's recent "Onions" ad.

Apple previously promoted hands-free Siri with its acclaimed "Timer" ad starring Cookie Monster from Sesame Street, with was accompanied by a humorous...

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11:27
Neil Patrick Harris (and Siri) star in Apple’s new...

Apple has once again recruited actor Neil Patrick Harris alongside Siri to star in its latest iPhone 6s ad. The new commercial features NPH using the ‘Hey Siri’ voice command to read a legendary thank you speech from the Notes app … all completely hands-free.

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11:24
After failed takeover talks with Apple, Imagination...

Tsinghua Unigroup International has purchased a 3 percent stake in Imagination Technologies, the company that builds graphics processors for Apple's custom A-series chips found in the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV.

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11:02
IDC: Apple's App Store Captured 58% of Global...

A new IDC report published today states that Mobile device users installed nearly 156 billion mobile applications worldwide in 2015, generating $34.2 billion in direct (non-advertising) revenue. Apple's App Store "ecosystem" captured nearly 58% ...

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11:00
60-Second Video Tip: Reverting a photo edited in the...

We've all done it -- take a great photo with our iPhone or iPad, edit it in the Photos app, save it, and then realize that the original photo was better. Here's how to revert that image back to the original with a few taps.

Have a topic you'd like to see us make a video tip for? Let us know with an email and we'll consider it. 

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10:40
The Interesting Dell + EMC Stories You Haven't...


I spent last week at EMC World talking to customers and both Dell and EMC employees, on the lookout for interesting stories that others hadn't picked up. I got a bunch that I think are fascinating -- stories about women in technology, billions of dollars of currently untapped revenue, and why every EMC and Dell sales rep effectively will have a dartboard with Meg Whitman's picture on it. One difference between Dell and EMC is that EMC is a typical male-driven, male-dominated firm where engineers are king. At Dell, Michael Dell personally has made it his mission to get more women into technology.

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10:32
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10:31
Microsoft Hits $1 Trillion In Total Cumulative...

An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft has hit a major milestone: $1 trillion in all-time cumulative revenue. The finding was first spotted by Jeff Reifman, a tech consultant. According to him, Microsoft hit the milestone in its last quarter. Interestingly, Apple also hit $1 trillion in revenue in 2015. As for profits, Microsoft currently leads the chart with $265.2 billion with Apple trying to close in with $261.6 billion. "You might expect a company to announce a milestone like this and bask in this incredible accomplishment -- but not Microsoft," writes Reifman. "It chose to stay silent as it faces increased public scrutiny for holding $108.3 billion in earnings offshore (an incredible 41% of its all-time profit) and its history of tax dodging at home in Washington State."Microsoft blog MSPowerUser says it independently verified the numbers. According to which, Microsoft's total cumulative revenue as of last earnings call is 1001.569 billion.

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10:28
Video: Siri Creators Demo New Viv, the Next...

Today Siri's Co-founder and CEO Dag Kittlaus provided developers at the TechCrunch Disrupt NY event with a demo of Viv. Some of the questions Kittlaus asked of Viv and got answers for could have never been answered by Siri in its current form. Kittlaus goes on to show developers in the video their new patented 'Dynamic Program Generation' technology which...

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10:25
Apple HomeKit may get an official controller app in...

With iOS 10, HomeKit users might not have to go hunting for third-party control apps anymore.

That’s because Apple is reportedly making a centralized HomeKit app of its own. This will allow users to manage their connected lights, locks, thermostats, and more through a single iPhone or iPad app, designed by Apple.

Under the current HomeKit system, users must download separate apps for all of the smart home devices they’ve installed. Each of these apps includes a HomeKit setup interface for creating rooms, scenes, and triggers, but features can vary from one app to the next, and users still have to bounce between different apps to control their devices manually.

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10:19
Microsoft embraces Apple's 3D Touch in OneDrive...

Users of Microsoft's OneDrive cloud storage service will now be able to browse more easily through their files -- as long as they have an iPhone 6s -- as the Redmond giant has taken a shine to Apple's 3D Touch.

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09:57
Meet Viv, the new voice assistant from the creators...

Siri made the iPhone more responsive with artificial intelligence, but now its founders want to put AI in every device you own. Dag Kittlaus, who cofounded Siri, left Apple five years ago, but now he’s back with a new voice assistant named Viv that he predicts will change the way we interact with not just our phones, but our home appliances, cars, and more. Viv has gotten a lot of hype for a product that hasn’t shipped yet, but Kittlaus demoed Viv publicly for the first time at TechCrunch Disrupt on Monday.

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09:46
Spotify expands video into original programming,...

Music streaming service Spotify on Monday announced plans for 12 new original video series, in a move which could further intensify competition with second-place rival Apple Music.

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09:40
You can donate at iTunes to help victims of the...

As noted by AppleInsider, folks shopping on Apple's Canadian iTunes storefront can now donate to relief for victims of the forest fires in Fort McMurray, Alberta.

The company is accepting donations to the Canadian Red Cross in $5, $10, $25, $50, $100, and $200 increments. Apple doesn’t take a cut of the proceeds.

The wildfire continues to burn in the Fort McMurray area and NASA satellites continue to image the area. Fire conditions remain extreme in the province due to low humidity, high temperatures and wind according to the emergency updates being released by the Government of Alberta. 

More than 1,500 firefighters, approximately 150 helicopters, 222 pieces of heavy equipment and more than 28 air tankers are fighting the fires across the province. The fires have burned for several days and forced...

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09:34
Opera's launched an iOS app to expand its free...

This story was updated with further information about the user data collected by the app.

Opera Software takes its VPN campaign to iOS with a free, unlimited virtual private network app. Launched Monday, the new app follows Opera’s debut in late April of a free, built-in virtual private network in the beta version of its PC and Mac browsers. Opera’s VPN services are offered by SurfEasy, a Canadian VPN provider that Opera acquired in early 2015.

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09:30
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09:29
The Energy Harvesting Revolution is about to Begin...

Marty Cooper, who built the first handheld cell phone, says his invention has a glaring flaw: You have to keep charging its battery. That's why they ought to be charging all the time."

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09:10
Creators Of Siri Demo Their Next AI Assistant Viv,...

A small company called Viv on Monday unveiled a "frictionless", artificially intelligent software also called Viv, which understands complicated human queries and connects with other apps to get your work done more conveniently and efficiently. Viv was demonstrated live at TechCrunch's Disrupt NY conference on Monday. Dag Kittlaus, co-founder of Viv, and creator of Siri, said that the idea behind it is to open the app to all developers so that they could leverage their technology. (Interestingly, under the realm of Apple, Siri, five years since first launched, is still not open for developers.) Ben Popper, reports for The Verge: The major difference between Siri and Viv is that the latter is a far more open platform. One of the biggest frustrations with Siri is that it has only a small number of tasks it can complete. For the vast multitude of requests or queries, Siri will default to a generic web search. Viv's approach is much closer to Amazon's Alexa or Facebook's Messenger bots...

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08:58
Lightning Headphones: Are They Better or Just an...

According to some rumors, Apple's iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus will not include a headphone jack, requiring headphones to connect to the devices using a Lightning connector. In light of these rumors, we've taken a look at several different pairs of Lightning-connected headphones to explore the benefits and drawbacks of an iPhone with no headphone jack.

In the video below, we compare headphones at three price points: the $45 Brightech earphones, the $300 Philips Fidelio M2L headphones, and the $800 Audeze El-8 headphones to offer some insight into how they sound compared to headphones connecting with a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Apple...

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08:53
Apple launches Red Cross donations via iTunes to...

People shopping on Apple's Canadian iTunes storefront can now donate to relief for victims of the forest fires in Fort McMurray, Alberta, which have burned for several days and forced the evacuation of over 100,000 people, destroying 20 percent of the homes in the area.

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08:40
Rumor: iOS 10 might include a built-in HomeKit app

Of all of the crazy and sometimes impressively cool rumors I've heard lately, none has made me happier than one that was floating around this morning. The rumor says that Apple will put its own HomeKit app into iOS 10, which is expected to be announced next month at WWDC 2016.

HomeKit, as you'll recall, is Apple's framework for home automation. For iOS users, automation devices that pass HomeKit certification have some very nice advantages -- easier setup, grouping by area or full home, creation of actions (for example, "I'm going to bed" turns off all lights and locks doors), and the ability to use Siri voice commands to perform all the actions. But there has been one fly in the home automation ointment: right now, every device includes its own app and although devices from one manufacturer should work on another's app, it's not always that simple.

An official Apple HomeKit app would be a big plus to...

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08:33
Rumor: iPhone 7 to feature same length, width as...

The overall iPhone 7 shape and size may just be identical to that found in the iPhone 6s.

A purported sketch obtained by nowhereelse.fr points towards the next-generation smartphone having the same length and width as the iPhone 6s.

The drawing, which has yet to be verified, shows the iPhone 7 has the same 138.3mm (5.44 inches) length and 6.71mm (2.64 inches) width as the iPhone 6s, but the depth of the new smartphone is not listed for comparison.

The sketch also depicts a larger and slightly convex camera housing, suggesting that the iPhone 7 could possibly have a larger sensor and a nearly flush camera cutout.

To date, there have been conflicting rumors as to whether the next-gen iPhone will include a 3.5mm headphone jack, Smart Connector and dual-lens...

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08:12
T-Mobile to begin roaming, other services in Cuba...

This is sort of nifty.

T-Mobile on Monday announced a deal with Cuban carrier Empresa De Telecomunicaciones De Cuba, S.A. (ETECSA) that will see its customers get access to voice, text and data while traveling to Cuba as well as lower rates on calls to landlines and wireless phones in the country from the US.

As of now, roughly 36.6% of Cuban-born wireless customers subscribe with T-Mobile.

Through the collaboration, customers will be able to make calls for $0.60 per minute from the US to landlines and wireless phones in Cuba via the carrier’s $15/month “Stateside International Talk” plan.

The announcement comes after a similar one by Sprint in November and both follow recent changes to US-Cuban relations implemented by the US government that allow US companies to do...

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07:29
New York's District Attorney Fights Silicon...

In February we posted a report titled "Apple CEO on ABC News: Creating Software Enabling the FBI to Unlock an iPhone is Software Equivalent of Cancer." Now Silicon Valley is out in full force in Washington to make sure that no law will ever interfere with their latest wave of encryption products.

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07:16
Take Control of Slack Basics: Chapter 10, Manage...

Perhaps the most compelling feature of Slack as a messaging platform is its support for integrations, which make it possible to have all your external Internet services report on their activities to Slack. And then there’s Slackbot, an automated team member that welcomes new team members, reminds you of upcoming events, and alerts you when someone mentions you in a channel you don’t follow. Bots and integrations are a big deal in Slack, and this chapter of “Take Control of Slack Basics” explains what you need to know.

 

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07:15
Chapter 10 of “Take Control of Slack Basics”...

Two things that distinguish Slack from other chat platforms are its built-in virtual assistant Slackbot and integrations that let Slack tie into third-party services. Glenn Fleishman explains both in this week’s chapter.

 

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06:57
Apple Maps directions take to Regional Transit in...

Sacramentans and visitors to Sactown alike can now ride the rails -- or the bus -- with complete navigational confidence, as Apple has brought Sacramento Regional Transit integration to Apple Maps.

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06:48
Apple App Store ecosystem captured 58% of direct app...

Mobile device users installed nearly 156 billion mobile applications worldwide in 2015, generating $34.2 billion in direct (non-advertising) revenue. A new forecast from International Data Corporation (IDC) estimates that these figures will grow to more than 210 billion installs and nearly $57 billion in direct revenue in 2020.

Apple's App Store "ecosystem" captured nearly 58% of global direct app revenue in 2015, an increase of 36% year-over-year. Meanwhile, Apple's share of global app install volume was 15%, down nearly 8% year-over-year. 

The sheer volume of Android-based devices in use ensures a greater overall number of installs through Google Play, which captured about 60% of install volume and nearly 36% of direct revenue in 2015, according to...

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06:35
Canalys: Apple still number one PC maker as market...

Worldwide shipments of PCs — as in personal computer, not just Windows systems — totaled 101 million units in quarter one (Q1) of 2016, as total volumes dipped by 13% year-on-year to their lowest point since Q2 2011, according to Canalys.

Apple continued to lead the market into the first quarter of 2016 with shipments of just over 14 million units of Macs and iPads, despite falling 17%. The Cupertino, California-Based company is the top PC maker because Canalys includes desktops, notebooks, two-in-ones AND tablets in their tallies. Most research groups don't include tablets like the iPad in their calculations of personal computer marketshare.

“The global PC market had a bad start to 2016 and it is difficult to see any bright spots for vendors in the coming quarters. The tablet boom has faded in the distance and the market is fully mature,” says Tim Coulling, Canalys senior analyst. “Global shipments declines are...

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06:26
Genius Pack releases a backpack with an integrated...

Genius Pack has released the Travel Backpack with Integrated Suiter, which the company says is the world’s first backpack with a place for hanging garments. I
 
Features include an umbrella pop-out, space-saving compartments for personal items and a quick-access side pocket with audio port for smartphones, earbuds and other devices. There are also integrated laptop and tablet compartments and tech organization pockets.
 

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06:19
Apple Still the top PC OEM in a Crumbling Market

A new analytical report published this morning confirms the bad news for PC Industry continues with Apple continuing to lead the market into the first quarter of 2016 with shipments over 14 million units

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06:14
HoudahSpot for OS X turns 10, gets grid view...

Houdah Software has released HoudahSpot 4.2, an update to the file search tool for Mac OS X.

This release marks the 10th anniversary of HoudahSpot and brings refinements to the grid view, the file tagging interface and filter options. The utility combines file search with a customizable results display, search templates, preview of text matches and more.

HoudahSpot requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. It costs $29for a single-user license. A demo is available for download (). Upgrade from previous versions start at $17.

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06:05
My Presentation On The Mac Admin Toolchain Now...

My presentation from MacADUK from the fall is now available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRq6rCKSHko. This was a rapid fire look at a lot of the tools available for Mac and MDM management.

Thanks again to everyone at Amsys for putting on such a wonderful conference and for inviting me to be involved. And for making the videos available to anyone!

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06:05
Twocanoes Software releases SD Clone 2 for SD card...

Twocanoes Software has launched SD Clone 2.2 (http://twocanoes.com/products/mac/sd-clone), an update of its tool to clone SD cards on the Mac.

It clones up to eight SD cards simultaneously from a single image file or SD card. SD Clone shrinks and expands the image as needed to fit your data on any size card. The app supports the Raspbian Raspberry Pi operating system, Linux and other operating systems.

SD Clone supports a variety of flash memory cards and formats, including SD and micro SD cards. Version 2.2 offers speed and other improvements.

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06:02
Design Drawing Suggests iPhone 7 Will Have Same...

A purported sketch of the iPhone 7 obtained by French website NWE points towards the next-generation smartphone having the same length and width as the iPhone 6s.

The unverified drawing shows the iPhone 7 has the same 138.3mm (5.44 inches) length and 6.71mm (2.64 inches) width as the iPhone 6s, but the depth of the new smartphone is not listed for comparison.

The sketch also depicts a larger and slightly convex camera housing, suggesting that the iPhone 7 could possibly have a larger sensor and a nearly flush camera cutout.

Conflicting rumors suggest that the iPhone 7 series may or...

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05:56
VidConvert 1.6.5 for OS X adds H.265 support

Reggie Ashworth has announced VidConvert 1.6.5 (http://www.reggieashworth.com/vidconvert), an update to his video converter for Mac OS X.

It’s a video converter designed to make converting your videos simple and easy. VidConvert will convert just about any type of video into one of many popular formats. You can create videos for your iPhone or iPad, for your Mac or TV, or formats such as DivX and MPEG. Version 1.6.5 introduces H.265 support, a higher max bitrate, and a number of fixes and improvements.

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05:48
Developer uses HomeKit to teach Siri how to control...

What’s the one thing cooler than using an Apple Watch app to summon your Tesla from the garage to your front door? Asking Siri to do it for you. That’s what developer Sam Gabbay has achieved, using Apple’s HomeKit.

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05:20
External Link: Marco Arment to Podcasters: “Be...

Podcast-client developer and podcaster Marco Arment has penned a response to the New York Times article about Apple’s tepid support for podcasting, warning podcasters to be careful what they wish for. Arment calls the New York Times article “ill-informed” and cautions that many of the suggestions therein could damage the podcasting medium. He warns that providing the listener data that some large podcasters want could make podcasting as intrusive and annoying as the Web, and he says that giving Apple more power over shows and revenue would have negative consequences. “It would not only add rules, restrictions, delays, and big commissions, but it would increase Apple’s dominant role in podcasts, push out diversity, give Apple far more control than before, and potentially destroy one of the Web’s last open media ecosystems.”

 

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05:19
External Link: Apple at a Crossroads with Podcasting

More than a decade after Apple officially started supporting podcasts in iTunes, they are booming in popularity. In that time, however, little about how Apple manages the popular iTunes podcast directory has changed, which has some podcasters concerned. The New York Times reports that complaints include having to woo a single Apple employee in charge of promoting podcasts, not receiving enough listener data, and the difficulty of sharing podcast episodes to social media. As Google and Spotify add podcasts to their music subscription services, providing extra perks for podcasters, Apple may be considering changes, based in part on talks held with leading podcasters in a Cupertino meeting in April.

 

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05:00
At last: an iPad Pro case with storage for an Apple...

Correct me if I’m wrong (and, dear reader, I know you’ll be glad to do so), but I think STM’s $59.95 dux is the first iPad Pro case that provides storage for the Apple Pencil via a fitted channel. This feature alone gets the case a big thumbs-up from Yours Truly.

After all, if you’ve paid 100 bucks for the (don’t-call-it-a) stylus, it would be convenient to have it handy at all times. Before the dux, I carried my Apple Pencil in a small, separate case along with my earbuds. Now the pencil is safely attached to the case that protects my iPad Pro and is easily, always accessible. (If only the dux had a pocket for my earbuds, I’d really be happy.)

Speaking of protection, the folks at STM say the case has been drop tested to meet the U.S. Military Spec 810G durability tests. Its protective polycarbonate and rubberized TPU bracket are designed to keep your Apple tablet safe...

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05:00
Enterprise-network builder Ubiquiti Networks to...

Ubiquiti Networks, best known for building enterprise- and service-provider networking solutions, announced today it's formed a new division, Ubiquiti Labs, to research and develop consumer electronics devices. Ubiquiti Labs’ first product—dubbed AmpliFi—will be a $199 802.11ac router that will come with two pre-paired range extenders in the box when it ships this summer.

The company plans to offer two higher-end models as well. In a briefing last week, Ubiquiti Labs’ VP of Business Development Keenan Lewis told me “AmpliFi is our solution to the chronic Wi-Fi problems of the modern connected home. And homes are becoming ever more connected. A family of four can easily have 15 to 20 connected devices when you consider smartphones, tablets, and connected appliances. Consumers are looking for something more powerful than what’s been available.”

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04:56
Nearly 50% of U.S. broadband households are...

New data from Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) finds 47% of U.S. broadband households are concerned their private information stored on connected devices could be made public.

Another 47% are worried companies will sell their personal information. Both findings present challenges for companies as they look to leverage connected product data to enhance the consumer experience and deepen engagement.

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04:42
Mac Shutdown upgraded to version 4.0

Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has upgraded Mac Shutdown to version 4.0.

The utility can use “Soft Shutdown” and “Hard Shutdown” to power down your Mac. Soft Shutdown is issued at the Finder level and tells all running apps to quit before shutting down the Mac. The Hard shutdown and can shut down an app that doesn’t want to quit before rebooting the Mac.

Mac Shutdown 4.0 requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher and costs $12. It’s available at the Tension Software website.

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04:32
Apple exclusivity for Drake’s latest album pays off...

Apple’s one-week exclusive access to Drake’s latest album Views appears to have paid off. Despite the fact that it was available for streaming on Apple Music as well as downloads in iTunes, the WSJ reports that the album sold over a million copies in less than five days. Over 600k of those sales were made in the first 24 hours.

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04:30
Movie Splitter for Mac OS X makes it easy to, well,...

Miln's Movie Splitter for Mac OS X (10.9 or later)is a $4.99 app that splits movie files into smaller pieces for easier editing and sharing. 

The app automatically detects chapter information embedded within a movie.  Designed for owners of Canon cameras with Hybrid Auto movie digest support. Movie Splitter takes full advantage of the Mac's multiple processing cores and queues up movies for splitting in the background.

Movie Splitter makes it easy to split up a movie with chapters into individual sections. Hybrid Auto movies are digest movies created by Canon cameras. Digests combine a photo with a few seconds of footage.

Movie Splitter automatically detects chapter information embedded within a movie. The chapter information can be in 3GPP or QuickTime tracks. Movie Splitter will split a movie at each chapter marker. The software can be used to selectively export single or multiple sections from a...

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04:10
Claimed design sketch of iPhone 7 shows identical...

A claimed design sketch of the iPhone 7 shows identical dimensions to the iPhone 6s. The drawing (shown in full below) shows only the height and width, not the depth, so doesn’t shed any more light on the ‘headphone jack or no headphone jack’ question.

The sketch was posted by French site NWE with an @onleaks watermark, so has decent credentials, though of course neither can be sure that it’s genuine. It’s a very basic sketch that would be very easy to create.

The sketch does show one other small detail …

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04:07
Kool Tools: Buoy waterproof speaker

Buoy (MagTunes.com.au) is described as “the world’s first real waterproof speaker.” I’m a bit skeptical of that claim, but it is waterproof and costs around $70 (http://tinyurl.com/h262axo).

Buoy purportedly produces multi-dimensional sound by replicating the techniques used on $1,000+ audio systems that control distortion of the music through hardware instead of software. This means it can pump up the volume without distorting the sound quality.

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04:00
This is National Burger Month; celebrate accordingly...

May is National Burger Month. It’s a “commemorative holiday,” which means it's used by various groups to celebrate something. You can celebrate National Burger Month with these OS X and iOS apps.

At the Mac App Store

Burger is a free game in which you’re hired in a chain restaurant to serve clients as fast as you can. You take orders for burgers (and other food items) from customer, prepare the food, and serve it for pay and tips.

Happy Burger Days is a $2.99 game in which you run your own diner. You serve up burgers, hotcakes, onion rings, milkshakes, chicken nuggets, hot dogs, and more.

And in Papa’s Burgia HD, you’re unwillingly left in charge of Papa Louie...

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03:26
iFlicks 2.4

Video encoding and metadata management app can now fetch chapter titles and subtitles. ($18.99 new, free update, 15.0 MB)

 

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03:00
Today's Deal: 62% off on MovieSherlock Pro...

Watching videos on YouTube, Vimeo and other video services is a blast, but what do you do when you want to have one of your favorite videos available on your Mac or favorite mobile device forever? MovieSherlock Pro Video Downloader is an OS X app that makes it simple to download video from just about online video source, and we've got it for you at 62% off the usual $40 price tag. That's just $15 at the Apple World Today's Deal Shop. 

What else can MovieSherlock Pro do? Here's a list:

  • Converts videos to MP4 & MP3
  • Includes subtitles for videos from YouTube & DailyMotion
  • ...
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01:26
Hazel 4.0.1

Major new release for the file cleanup utility adds live rule previews and Smart Folders. ($32 new, free update, 7.6 MB)

 

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Sunday May 8

20:26
Quicken 2016 for Mac 3.3.1

Adds 12-month budgets and a portfolio time machine feature. ($74.99 new, free update)

 

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18:35
PayPal stops protecting you when crowdfunding goes...

PayPal won't be so crowdfunding-friendly in the future. The payment giant is dropping Purchase Protection for crowdfunding projects as of a user agreement change coming June 25th. From then on, you back efforts at your own risk -- if a campaign goe...

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17:03
Watch Mercury cross the Sun starting at 7AM Eastern

Mercury might orbit the Sun every 88 days, but seeing it cross in front of the Sun is much rarer. That only happens roughly 13 times each century, and the technology to safely watch this happen hasn't been widely available until recently. However,...

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16:11
How-To: Start dictation on your Mac via a voice...

By default, dictation on OS X is initiated by using a double-press of the function (fn) key on your Mac’s keyboard. But did you know that it is also possible to start dictation hands-free using only your voice? In this brief tutorial, we’ll show you how. more…

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15:58
Review: Audio-Technica’s ATH-M50x closed-back studio...

For the last few months I’ve been using my Apple EarPods for nearly every application that requires in-ear audio. I use my EarPods for monitoring while recording voiceovers, for podcasting, and for everyday music listening.

Absurd as it is, the last pair of headphones I’d owned, a pair of Sony MDR-7506’s, ended up developing a short in the cable. I simply never got around to replacing them in a timely manner.

Audio-Technica’s ATH-M50, and the updated ATH-M50x, have received rave reviews from tech sites, bloggers and YouTubers alike. The love that these headphones receive on a regular basis convinced me that the next pair of headphones that I tried needed to be these. Do they live up to the hype? more…

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15:37
Bitcoin will pay for public services in a small...

Most experiments in paying with digital currencies have come from private companies, but the Swiss town of Zug is trying something different. As of July 1st, the community is launching a trial that will let you pay for public services using Bitcoin...

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14:04
The next Moto X may pack a smarter, metal-clad design

Way back in December, rumors suggested that Lenovo's next big Motorola phone would go in a very different than ages past, including a metal chassis and a curious camera bump. Well, those rumors just got some validation. HellomotoHK has posted images...

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12:30
A rare fossil and a duck skull make an appearance at...

A nine-year-old girl patiently looked on while a technician pulled up a scan of her specimen. A 3D skull with a pointy beak popped up on the computer screen. The child, wearing clear frame glasses and a light grey tee with a sequined star on the fron...

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11:01
Google and Fiat Chrysler aren't sure who owns...

Google and Fiat Chrysler left a lot of questions unanswered when they unveiled their self-driving car partnership... and that's because they haven't answered some of those questions themselves, apparently. Fiat Chrysler chief Sergio Marchionne told g...

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09:30
Ben Heck's auto-sanitizing doorknob

Ben is breaking warranties again this week as he hacks apart an ultraviolet germ sanitizer to make an auto-sanitizing doorknob. The Ben Heck Show team even goes so far as to compare samples of bacterial growth to see how effective the knob is at...

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09:17
Samsung Invents an HDTV that Could Bend Left or...

This week the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Samsung that revealed an HDTV designed to appeal to die hard gamers. The display is designed to maximize effects of gaming content such as racing car games.

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08:19
Enable and Disable the GUI in Windows Server 2012

I’ve now installed Windows Server 2012 without a GUI a number of times. And I always seem to end up needing that GUI eventually. So, to get Windows as a feature in Windows Server, use the following command to fire up a powershell environment, entering the admin password when prompted:

runas /user:administrator powershell.exe

Then let’s install all the Windows Features with the word GUI in them:

Get-WindowsFeature -Name *gui* | Install-WindowsFeature -Restart

The server will then reboot and you’ll be looking at a login window. To remove, you can just enter the following:

Get-WindowsFeature -Name *gui* | Remove-WindowsFeature -Restart

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08:00
The After Math: Regulation Nation

Exciting news coming from the wild world of government rule making this week. The FDA signed off on a medical experiment designed to jumpstart your brain after it's died. Surprisingly, no, lead-acid batteries are not involved. The FDA also made waves...

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06:30
Apple still leads (but barely) in customer tablet...

According to the J.D. Power Tablet Satisfaction Study for 2016 Volume 1 concerning the US market, Apple is still topping the charts in tablet satisfaction with the iPad, reports Softpedia.

Apple has a score of 830 points in the charts while Microsoft is the runner-up with 829 points. The other two companies that made the upper side of the rankings are Samsung with 822 points and Amazon with 816 points. The study evaluates five different categories, as it follows: performance (28%), ease of operation (22%), features (22%), styling and design (17%), and cost (11%).

New MacBooks are on the way - get top dollar for your used MacBook from Gazelle.

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06:27
Sanjay Kaul promoted to country manager for Apple...

Apple has promoted Sanjay Kaul to the position of country manager for Apple India, reports Business Today.

A Canadian citizen, Kaul has been associated with Apple since November 2011 and has been taking care of the Apple's iPhone business. He has now taken over the role of country head from Manish Dhir, who had quit the company in January.

Before joining Apple, Kaul was associated with BlackBerry as director of channel sales for India for over two years. After completing his Msc (Tech) Engineering Technology, Industrial Engineering from BITS Pilani, Kaul completed his MBA in International Business from Gustavson School of Business, Canada in 1998 and moved back to India in 2008.

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06:26
China Grants Apple 2 Design Patents Covering Siri...

Yesterday we posted an IP report titled "Apple Granted 8 Design Patents Covering Next-Gen Apple Stores." Today's report covers two of Apple's newly granted design patents for Siri that were issued on Friday in Hong Kong China. One is for a single visual cue for Siri while the second design covers ...

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05:29
Lyft Plans Self-Driving Taxi Fleet By 2017

An anonymous reader writes:
Lyft hopes to launch a self-driving fleet of taxis as soon as next year, according to reports, arriving in the market years before Apple and Google. "There will still be a human 'driver' in the cars, as mandated by law for the time being," writes BGR, adding that eventually the driver will become obsolete. "But said human will be there solely in the event of a malfunction. Otherwise, Lyft's new vehicles will drive themselves."

Meanwhile, Fortune writes that most analysts believe it will be four years before Apple gets a car on the road, though they're moving in that direction and even hired a Tesla executive last month. They add that both Apple and Google are now eyeing at least 400,000 square feet of Bay Area real estate to use in the development of their self-driving fleets.


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05:20
Watch: Apple's 2016 MacBook vs. 2015 13"...

Apple's latest 12-inch MacBook refresh brings better battery life and a faster processor to the ultraportable platform, but in some respects is outperformed by last year's 13-inch MacBook Air. Is the ultimate in portability worth concessions like a single USB-C port and slower CPU? Find out in AppleInsider's head-to-head comparison.

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04:30
Siri Voice Actress Doesn't Use Siri

An anonymous coward writes: Susan Bennett, the actress who provided the voice of Apple's Siri assistant, says she "doesn't really" use Siri herself. "It's too weird," she says in a new interview. While she uses many Apple products, "I'm used to hearing my voice on radio and TV commercials and that sort of thing, but to hear my own voice coming out of this little computer phone is too strange."
Bennett says she recorded every sound combination in the English language one fateful July in 2005, working five days a week, four hours a day, but didn't know it was for Siri until six years later, in 2011, when another voice actor e-mailed,"Hey, we're playing around with this new iPhone. Isn't this you?" Bennett says she was "kind of horrified, because I hadn't been told... On the other hand, I was extremely flattered."

In the interview she also says she felt "dissed" when Siri answered one of her first questions, "What are you doing," with a disgusted "I'm talking to you..."...

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00:59
iTunes 12.4 to reportedly include new sidebar, minor...

Apple will implement a number of user interface changes to iTunes when version 12.4 sees release later this year, including modifications to user interface navigation designed to address complaints of software feature bloat.

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Saturday May 7

17:02
Apple seeks input from top podcasters as it weighs...

In an attempt to address, and potentially assuage, long-standing concerns over podcast monetization, data and other perceived platform issues, Apple employees and top brass late last month met with leading podcast publishers at the company's Cupertino, Calif., headquarters.

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16:39
Killer Deals: Apple's 12 inch MacBooks for $964...

Fire sales on 2015 12" MacBooks have opened the door for AI readers to combine existing coupons and grab a mode for an all time low of $964 with no tax in 48 states and 3 free accessories. Or grab $100 off Apple's new Rose Gold MacBook with no tax outside NY until May 8th.

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16:33
iOS 10 reportedly includes a dedicated smart home app

There's no shortage of devices that support Apple's HomeKit platform. However, managing those devices is something of a mess -- you typically end up visiting separate apps to control your lighting, security and appliances. You might not have to wor...

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16:14
Apple's iPad Wins J.D. Power's 2016 U.S....

Last week we posted a report titled "Apple Remains the King of Tablets While Microsoft's Clown Act with 'Surface' Continues," covering the latest IDC global tablet statistics. In February we reported that the new iPad Pro was surprisingly the top detachable or 2-in-1 sold in Q4 2015. Now the news only gets better. On Friday the new J.D. Power's 2016 U.S. Tablet Satisfaction Study (volume 1) found that Apple ranked ...

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14:46
Reset Apache In OS X Server To Factory Defaults

The serveradmin command can also be used to run commands. For example, to reset the service to factory defaults, backup then delete the configuration files for each site and then run the following command:

sudo serveradmin command web:command=restoreFactorySettings

This is pretty timely as I’ve seen a very high rate of pretty messed up configurations from the Server 4 to Server 5 upgrades. Basically, what seems to happen is that older servers, that were running let’s say Server 2 and Server 3 and Server 4 and now Server 5 will have a little cruft. Sites with older configurations that are incompatible with the latest proxy-based config. And finding the specific problem vs the time it takes to just reset and rebuild any specific settings is rarely worth it. So, there ya’ go. If you get errors like “Websites are turned off. An administrator can turn them on using the Server application.”  when you try to view any page other than the index.html page of a custom site, then...

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14:32
Apple holds talks on the future of podcasts

Podcasts may not make Apple any direct revenue, but they're still important in an era when Serial and other big shows are drawing in lots of listeners. And apparently, the company knows it. New York Times sources say that Apple recently held talks...

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13:06
Take a Peek at Where Advanced Multitouch Could be...

In 2007 Apple's CEO Steve Jobs proudly introduced the revolutionary iPhone with multitouch taking the market by storm. In 2015 Apple had already begun to advance multitouch by introducing Force Touch on the MacBook and 3D Touch on iOS devices such as the iPhone 6s. In addition, Apple ...

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13:01
Check out some of Studio Ghibli's 'Howl...

If you ever wanted to explore Howl's Moving Castle, now's your chance. That's assuming you own a virtual reality headset, that is. A scene from it, dubbed "The Meadow," is available for folks using Oculus Rift and HTC Vive right now. It comes from de...

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12:27
Apple meets with podcasters

Late last month, Apple brought seven leading podcast professionals to the company’s campus in Cupertino, Calif., to air their case to a room full of employees, according to two people who were there. The people would speak only on the condition of anonymity because they had signed nondisclosure agreements. The company made no promises, the people said, but several pressing issues for podcasters were discussed in frank terms.

Apple has problems, there’s no question about that. I hope these types of meetings will help, but we’ll see—I have my doubts.

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12:17
Report: Apple holds private meeting with top...

According to a new report from The New York Times, Apple recently held a closed-door meeting with seven of the top iTunes podcasters to discuss the company’s support for the community. The meeting took place last month at Apple’s Cupertino headquarters and offered a place for the podcasters to express complaints in “frank terms” to Apple employees.

more…

Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Apple, Podcasts ...

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11:29
Uber faces lawsuit over aggressive Austin voting ads

Uber is known for being aggressive when it wants changes to the law -- just ask anyone who has received email after email asking for support. However, its latest effort might have crossed the line. The app-hailed transportation service is facing a...

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11:27
Apple Meets with Podcasters to Hear Wide-Ranging...

Apple has held a special meeting with leading podcasters in an attempt to address concerns that the company is failing to adequately support the iTunes broadcast community, reports to The New York Times.

According to the piece, the meeting took place last month at the company's Cupertino headquarters, where seven top iTunes podcasters were invited to air their grievances regarding Apple's handing of the popular audio format in recent years.

The podcasters expressed in "frank terms" their biggest issues to a room full of Apple employees, according to two attendees, who spoke on condition of anonymity after signing nondisclosure agreements.

Top of the complaints list was a frustration among podcasters at their lack of ability to make money through subscription downloads, mainly due to insufficient access to data about their listeners – data...

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10:08
iTunes 12.4 will reportedly introduce new sidebar,...

A refreshed version of iTunes has been in the pipeline since Eddy Cue teased it in February of this year. While the Apple executive didn’t specify exactly what would change, a new leak from MacRumors shows that Apple is planning a relatively minor update in iTunes 12.4 that doesn’t dramatically overhaul the interface of the application like many had hoped.

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Filed under: Mac Tagged: iTunes, iTunes 12.4...

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10:00
4th Time's the Charm for Uncharted


The final chapter in Sony's PlayStation 4 exclusive Uncharted 4: A Thief's End brings the story of treasure hunter Nathan Drake to a satisfying conclusion, suggest early reviews. The game will hit retail outlets Tuesday. The game is the final title in the series, developer Naughty Dog has said. It seems that the studio went out all to ensure that the saga ended on a high note. It is not only among the best of the Uncharted titles, but also among the best yet released exclusively for the PlayStation 4, according to reviews.

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10:00
The Fujifilm X-Pro2 is a fantastic camera, but it...

I've been looking forward to the X-Pro2, Fujifilm's flagship mirrorless camera, ever since switching over to the X Series 18 months ago. To understand why, you need to know a little about me. I've only really been taking cameras seriously for seven y...

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08:56
This week’s top stories: iPhone 7, Apple Music’s iOS...

In this week’s top stories: Tim Cook hints at a “can’t live without” feature for iPhone 7, we detail Apple Music’s upcoming redesign planned for iOS 10, and the latest round of iPhone 7 reports.

And other top shared stories include Apple’s announcement of a new enterprise-focused partnership with SAP, news of a couple high-profile hires and departures from the company this week, and much more. Head below for the usual handy links to all this week’s top stories and videos:

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08:30
Six of the world's weirdest bikes

By Cat DiStasio

Bicycles are ubiquitous on most city streets, but that doesn't mean they have to be boring. Over the years we've seen some absolutely bizarre bike designs that tiptoe around the borders of insanity. Some, like this wild dinosaur-insp...

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08:27
Apple Granted 8 Design Patents Covering Next-Gen...

Last month we posted a report titled "Apple Wins Design Patent for Large Swing-Out Glass Doors for Next Generation Apple Stores." Today Patently Apple has discovered eight granted design patents in the Hong Kong database covering next-gen Apple Store front designs. The designs were issued late yesterday illustrating ...

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07:37
Report: Apple’s standalone HomeKit app could finally...

A standalone iOS app for Apple’s HomeKit platform could finally arrive in iOS 10 as a new report claims an Apple employee on the company’s marketing team revealed plans for the launch in an online review. MacRumors found the mention (pasted below) within a product review related to HomeKit and says it confirmed the person that left the comment was indeed an Apple employee.

As I work in marketing for Apple, we test many Smart Home devices, especially for iOS HomeKit integration. […]

Some advice, there are many third party applications, most free, that offer more control and customization(s) with many Smart Home devices. “Yonomi” is a free app that I often use, “Home” is another which cost $14.99. Both offer support for many devices with more added daily (including Amazon “Echo”). The next version of iOS due this fall will have a...

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07:00
Recommended Reading: Captain America vs. Iron Man

Why the Civil War between
Captain America and
Iron Man Is Inevitable
Tim O'Neil,
AV Club

The latest installment in Marvel's Cinematic Universe, Captain America: Civil War, hits theaters in the US this weekend. Before you head out, read up on what...

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05:45
Nvidia Introduced their Insanely Powered Next-Gen...

Nvidia's Chief Executive Jen-Hsun Huang unveiled the insanely powered pascal architecture based GTX 1080 at the DreamHack gamer event last night in Austin, Texas. Huang said the new card was three ...

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05:00
Screen Studio a solid, but long-in-the-tooth screen...

Infinisys' Screen Studio for Mac OS X (10.6 or higher) is a solid tool for creating your own screen savers. My big concern regarding the app is that it hasn't been updated in two years. Will the next major Mac OS X update "break" it?

In fact, your Mac doesn't recognize it as an approved app. This means you'll have to go to your Security & Privacy preferences in the Mac OS X Settings app and select "Anywhere" from the "allow apps to be downloaded from" item. This, as Apple warns you, makes your Mac less secure. If that doesn't bother you, then download away.

Screen Studio lets you easily create professional looking screen savers for the Mac. Screen Studio comes with a large amount of clip art, including popular characters from After Dark, such as the Flying Toaster, Bad Dog, Boris and fish from the popular Fish module. It also comes with sound files, which facilitates the...

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05:00
The Week in iOS Apps: Do you smell what The Rock is...

Solid as a Rock

This week’s roundup includes a couple of apps designed to encourage you to meet your goals—including a “motivational alarm clock” from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Read on!

The Rock Clock

The Rock Clock is a “motivational alarm clock” for your iPhone—set your alarm and wake up every day with a word of encouragement from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Do you smell what The Rock is cooking? It’s probably breakfast. (For more seemingly pointless celebrity apps, check out our list of favorites.)

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04:30
On the Roadie again with the Executive Backpack

If you're a road warrior who packs both a laptop and an iPad, Tenba's Roadie Executive Backpack should suit your traveling needs. It's great for photographers, filmmakers and anyone who hits the road with LOTS of tech gadgets.

It features a handsome and distinctive exterior design that matches the rest of the Roadie collection, and is built with three cascading storage sections: first for laptop, iPad and documents; second for tech accessories; and third for core business tools like pens and business cards. The cascading sections nest together when zipped shut, so the bag always maintains a slim profile.

The Roadie Executive sports a dual-pocket computer compartment that will hold both an iPad and a laptop up to 15 inches. The left side of the bag has a stretchy mesh pocket for a beverage or other items for quick access. The right side is home to one of Tenba's signature...

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04:05
Drake's New Album Sold 1 Million Copies While...

On April 9 we posted a report titled "Drake's New Album 'Views from the 6' will be an Apple Music Exclusive on April 29." The album debuted right on schedule on iTunes and we're now learning that "Drake sold more than one million copies ...

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03:00
Streaming Surpasses CD Sales At Warner Music

An anonymous reader writes: The times are a changin'. "Warner Music Group has become the first major record company to report that streaming has become its largest source of revenue, surpassing sales of physical formats such as CDs and vinyl," reports Financial Times. Last year, Warner's streaming revenue surpassed its sales for downloads. It goes to show just how much of an impact streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music are having on the music industry. Warner is the third-largest record company and has embraced streaming more quickly than the rest of the industry. "This rapid transformation is evidence of our ability to sign, develop and market artists that thrive in the streaming world," said Stephen Cooper, Warner's chief executive. The company reports that total recorded music revenue grew 10 percent to $610 million in the first three months of the year. Overall digital revenue increased 20 percent to $328 million, offsetting declines in physical formats like CDs....

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03:00
The week in Apple news: Apple Music changes, Tim...

Apple headlines for the week ending May 6, 2016

Sunday is Mother’s Day. Wait, did you forget? Well, thanks to Apple, you can make a “Shot on iPhone” Mother’s Day video, using this site. Upload an image, enter your name, and then you can post the final result so Mom can enjoy. After you’re done with that, check out the Apple headlines for the past week. Click on the link to get more information.

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00:54
This week on AI: Self-driving car facilities, AAPL...

Although the company's stock took a beating, Apple news generally resumed course this week with word on its electric car, plans for an Apple Music redesign, and rumors about the upcoming "iPhone 7" -- perhaps even the "7s."

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Friday May 6

23:53
Emsisoft internet security

Forums: Software

Emsisoft internet security really is a extensive safety and security solution that mixes Antivirus, Anti--Malware and Firewall, all-in-at least one. It cleans and helps to protect your PC from all of word wide web dangers, incorporating computer viruses, trojans, spyware, crawlers, adware and worms, bolstered by way of intense firewall. The course uses a triple-layer anticipation engine that has Search Insurance, Authentic-time Data Guard and Conduct Blocker.

The Surfing Shield characteristic blocks having access to threatening and fake online sites, while Real-time Register Protect scans your documents and forms for all sorts of malicious software in real-time. Your third coating, Tendencies Blocker, scans and computer monitors all walking steps and timepieces for distrustful...

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18:26
iTunes 12.4 Update to Feature Minor Redesign With...

Back in February, iTunes chief Eddy Cue promised a new version of iTunes would be coming out with OS X 10.11.4, featuring a simpler design that makes Apple Music easier to use. That update wasn’t included in OS X 10.11.4 and has been delayed, but a source has shared some screenshots of the upcoming iTunes 12.4 update with MacRumors, giving us a look at the changes Apple plans to introduce in the near future.

A redesigned dropdown media picker will be used to switch between Music, TV Shows, Movies, and other content, replacing the existing navigation icons. Like the current menu, the new menu is customizable, so sections of iTunes that are not used can be hidden from view. Forward and back buttons can be used to navigate between different sections.

A...

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18:02
iOS 10 Likely to Include Standalone HomeKit App...

A unified, Apple-designed HomeKit app has been desired by HomeKit users since HomeKit first debuted, and it appears Apple is planning to introduce such an app in the near future, perhaps in iOS 10.

The hint on Apple's HomeKit plans comes from an Amazon reviewer who works in the marketing department at Apple. The name of the reviewer coincides with the LinkedIn profile of a marketing employee at Apple, and we have confirmed that the Amazon review was indeed created by the Apple employee. As I work in marketing for Apple, we test many Smart Home devices, especially for iOS HomeKit integration. [...]

Some advice, there are many third party applications, most free, that offer more control and customization(s) with many Smart Home devices. "Yonomi" is a free app that I often use, "Home" is another which cost $14.99. Both offer support for many devices with more added daily (including Amazon "Echo"). The next version of...

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17:00
Watch NVIDIA announce some big news tonight at 9pm ET

If you've been eagerly awaiting NVIDIA's next batch of high-end video cards, you might want to tune into its Twitch channel at 9 pm Eastern. The company will be livestreaming an elaborate media event it's holding in Austin, Texas. While they're not s...

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16:30
Get your Captain America: Civil War fix with these...

Suit up!

Back in the day, we’d get a new console game every time a big movie came out, and that extended to the App Store’s early days. But now, rather than release a new game for each movie, Marvel rolls out themed updates to nearly all of the active games it has on iOS—which means there’s surely something you’ll enjoy if you’re into superhero showdowns. 

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15:59
The story behind hockey’s most famous photo

In honor of the NHL playoffs on now (I’m halfheartedly cheering for Nashville and Pittsburgh – both cities I used to live in), this is a really interesting back story of one of the greatest action photos ever taken.

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15:39
Tweetbot makes it easier to go on Twitter rants

Tweetbot 4 brought some much needed features to the third-party Twitter client, such as a Stats and Activity Tab plus a revamped iPad app. Now there's a new version of the app that'll be sure to please those who love to post a whole bunch of tweets i...

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14:57
Charter acquisition of Time Warner Cable approved by...

It feels like forever since Time Warner Cable agreed to merge with Charter Communications, for an estimated $55 billion. But today, nearly a year after the two companies struck a deal, the Federal Communications Commission has finally granted its app...

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14:53
Gist to fully reset Profile Manager
14:33
Amazon promises to eliminate racial gaps in delivery...

Just two weeks after a Bloomberg report revealed glaring racial gaps in Amazon's same-day Prime delivery areas, the online retail giant has promised to eliminate those dead zones by expanding the service "to every zip code of the 27 cities where Prim...

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14:30
AWT News Update: May 6, 2016

It's Friday again, with a quartet of news -- and rumor -- items from the world of Apple:

  • Clothier True Religion is rolling out Apple Watches to store sales associates
  • Now a Japanese Apple site is saying that the iPhone 7 will not have a Smart Connector, so basically they're saying nobody has any clue. We agree.
  • Streaming music services like Apple Music have become the main source of revenue for Warner Music Group
  • Tim Cook is racking up the frequent flier miles in May, with trips to China and the Netherlands planned

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14:16
Microsoft begins warning users it will cut free...

Microsoft is sending out email alerts to OneDrive customers, warning people with free 15-gigabyte accounts that their storage will shrink to 5 gigabytes on August 10, assuming they didn't previously opt into keeping the higher amount.

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14:08
VNYL's wireless turntable lets your pals follow...

Perhaps you've heard of VNYL: the $39 record subscription service that sends you three new albums a month based on your musical tastes. After offering the vinyl aspect of the audio equation, the company is looking to provide the gear you'll need to s...

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14:00
Tweetbot 4.3 on iOS launches Topics, making tweet...

Live tweeting aficionados and tweet storm lovers may welcome Tweetbot’s latest update for iOS, and coming soon to the Mac. The app has introduced ‘Topics’, an intuitive way to link tweets together with an optional hashtag without having to reply to each one of your previous tweets. A very small, but welcome feature for those who find themselves easily surpassing Twitter’s 140-character limit.

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13:45
External Link: Apple Music Offering 50 Percent...

Apple has launched a new student membership for its Apple Music service for only $4.99 per month, which is half off the regular $9.99 price and the same as Spotify’s $4.99 student plan. The new discount is available for those attending any eligible college and university —both undergraduate and graduate students — in the United States, Australia, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. The discount is good for up to four non-continous years, so if students take time off, they can also pause their Apple Music student memberships.

 

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13:45
How Armenian gangsters blew up the fingerprint-...

Paytsar Bkhchadzhyan is a woman with a colorful past and a bummer of a present.

She arrived this week in news stories with a string of criminal convictions, and gained notoriety for pleading "no contest" to felony identity theft early this year. Her...

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13:21
The next 'Battlefield' drops you in WWI,...

EA and developer Dice today revealed the next major entry in the venerable warfare series Battlefield. Just as the rumor mill believed, the game will be set in World War I -- and the new game, appropriately, is titled Battlefield 1. "We chose the nam...

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13:04
iPhone sales surge 56% in India as Apple eats into...

With iPhone sales in India up 56 percent year over year, Apple is showing significant progress in the rapidly developing nation, where Chief Executive Tim Cook hopes to find continued success going forward, thanks to the country's massive young population.

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13:03
Watch the announcement of the next 'Battlefield...

EA and DICE are ready to show the world the next Battlefield game, and today's the day. Watch the live reveal right here starting at 4PM EDT / 1PM PDT. Little is known about the setting or timeframe of the new game, though rumors abound. Get the conf...

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13:00
Notable apps and app updates for May 6, 2016

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

iOS Apps/Updates

Talkshow

Talkshow is a new social networking app that lets you host text-based discussions with the world. Create a "show", share it to invite friends and followers, and then enjoy the direction the discussion takes. Talkshows can be shared to the web, to Facebook, and to Twitter, so others don't even need to have the app installed to participate. It's a fascinating concept, and the universal app is free.

The Rock Clock

Need motivation to get up and get things done? The Rock Clock (free...

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12:53
Manus VR gloves add full-arm tracking to the HTC Vive

The Manus VR gloves were already impressive when we got our hands in them at the Game Developers Conference, but their latest feature promises an even more immersive experience. Using the HTC Vive and its motion controllers, the Manus system can trac...

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12:09
True Religion deploys Apple Watch to salespeople in...

As part of a new initiative to enhance customer engagement, California-based clothing company True Religion has begun outfitting its retail store employees with the Apple Watch, including integration with iBeacons.

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11:37
Report: iPhone 7 ‘Pro’ may not feature iPad Pro’s...

A purported casing leak back in March claimed to show what was referenced as iPhone 7 ‘Pro’ and featured dual iSight cameras and three dots resembling the iPad Pro’s Smart Connector. A separate leak appeared to show schematics for the same iPhone 7 Pro design from a previously reliable magazine late last month. Macotakara reports now, however, that Apple’s Smart Connector technology likely won’t be featured on any of the next generation iPhones.

more…

Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: iPhone 7...

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11:22
Apple Music Connect will reportedly be downgraded in...

Creating a social networks for artists may not be Apple’s forte.

Apple’s first attempt at this was Ping in 2012, an initiative to add MySpace-like features to iTunes. It went nowhere. Now, Apple is looking to de-emphasize Connect, the social feature in Apple Music that gave artists direct access to share music and videos on the platform. 

According to 9to5Mac, Apple is expected to “demote” Connect as part of Apple Music’s upcoming iOS 10 revamp. Connect has been a main tab in Apple Music since the streaming service launched last summer, but sources are now saying that the feature will be somehow integrated into the For You tab. At the time it launched, Apple cited Connect’s social capabilities as one of the distinguishing factors between Apple Music and other music streaming services.

...

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11:11
Aging at Home, Part 2: Some Tech to Watch Over Me


When road maps for advanced care terminate in the familiar surroundings of one's home, as opposed to assisted living facilities and hospitals, technology can be as critical and comforting as human caregiving. Neither can replace the benefits the other brings. For individuals who would like to age in place -- their home or a loved one's residence -- it's critical to factor in new and upcoming technologies when having end-game conversations. They could make the difference between aging in place or in an institution.

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11:10
MailButler adds some helpful ‘power’ features to OS...

Some folks don’t like OS X Mail, saying it doesn’t have enough “power” features. I’m a regular — and satisfied — user of the Apple app, but have found that you can beef it up with MailButler, the Apple Mail assistant by Feingeist Software GmbH. It simplifies, optimizes and streamlines working with emails.

The app adds features to the mail app that I never knew I needed before. For example, MailButler allows you to schedule an email to be sent at a specific date and time. For example, you can compose birthday emails ahead of the actual date. That’s convenient and much more personal than a quick message in FaceBook. You just define the exact date when you want to send the email, and MailButler takes care of the rest.

MailButler also allows you to convert your emails into notes. This includes formatting, file attachments, tags, reminder date and other meta information. Notes contain a direct reference to the...

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11:07
New Rumor Suggests iPhone 7 Won't Include Smart...

A Smart Connector has been one of the features rumored for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, but a new report from Japanese site Mac Otakara suggests Apple has decided not to include a Smart Connector on the upcoming devices.

The Smart Connector, first introduced with the iPad Pro, is a new type of port designed to transfer both data and power between the iPad Pro and accessories like the Smart Keyboard. It's never been clear what purpose a Smart Connector would serve on an iPhone, but speculation ranged from battery cases to wireless charging.

Hints that a Smart Connector would be included on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus first surfaced in an image said to be of...

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10:59
Rumor: 'iPhone 7' may not ship with Apple...

Despite a number of leaks suggesting Apple's next-generation "iPhone 7" might feature a Smart Connector on the back side of its chassis, a new report claims that the company ultimately opted not to include the feature in its final design.

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10:51
New Apple Site Lets Users Create Custom 'Shot...

Following the launch of its "Shot on iPhone" Mother's Day ad, Apple has created a dedicated website that allows customers to create their own Mother's Day video by uploading images of their mom.

The simple site, first shared by iPhone in Canada, opens with an upload image link, which allows users to upload a photo. The photo is then inserted into a customized version of Apple's Mother's Day video and can be uploaded directly to Facebook.

Content wise, the video is identical to Apple's Mother's Day Shot on iPhone ad, featuring photos of mothers from iPhone users around the world, with the addition of the user-uploaded photo.

The site, which is a new marketing tactic for Apple, may have been created by Apple...

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10:40
Apple CEO Tim Cook opening Startup Fest in Amsterdam...

Tim Cook is no stranger to conferences and keynotes, and later this month the Apple CEO is set to appear at the first Startup Fest Europe in Amsterdam. Cook will open the event as its keynote speaker on May 24th, followed by appearances by other big names including Google/Alphabet’s Eric Schmidt, Uber’s Travis Kalanick. Google and Apple-partner IBM are among Startup Fest’s sponsors.

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Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Startup Fest, Tim Cook ...

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10:18
Apple chief Tim Cook to speak at Startup Fest Europe...

Apple CEO Tim Cook will be one of several speakers appearing later this month at Startup Fest Europe, an event in Amsterdam intended to spur the growh of startup businesses.

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10:05
Tim Cook Named Keynote Speaker at Startup Fest Europe

Apple CEO Tim Cook has been named as one of several tech industry executives that will speak at Startup Fest Europe, a festival geared towards helping startups grow faster, according to the event website.

That would be an interesting talk!

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10:01
Apple Music ditching “Connect” tab in redesign

In the iOS 10 Apple Music redesign, the Connect feature will follow Ping’s lead and will be demoted. Apple Music Connect currently exists as its own tab across the Apple Music interface, but multiple sources say that the feature will lose its tab and become integrated into the “For You” recommendations page.

I do hope this is true. Connect is the most useless thing since Ping. However, I hope that “integrated” into For You doesn’t mean that it will be mixed in with my recommendations—that would completely ruin the For You tab for me. Just kill Connect and be done with it.

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09:59
How-To: Enable Aero Snap-like window snapping on...

Yesterday, we wrote a post about hiding the menu bar, and in the corresponding video tutorial, we used window snapping to highlight one of the benefits of a hidden menu bar. Afterwards, I received several tweets and emails asking how to perform window snapping, since this is not a feature that appears natively in OS X.

Window snapping allows you to position windows in specific areas of the screen, usually by dragging the window to the edge of the screen, causing the window to “snap” into place. This feature was first popularized by Microsoft’s Aero Snap on Windows. Even though Apple doesn’t natively support it, window snapping is available on the Mac via a variety of third-party apps. more…

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09:53
Immersion files second complaint over Apple’s 3D...

Immersion, a company which developers haptic feedback technology, has filed its second complaint of the year against Apple. The company claims that 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s and the Force Touch trackpad found on the 12-inch MacBook and recent MacBook Pro models violate a number of Immersion patents.

I wonder how Apple will argue this case.

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09:43
Debate Rages Over Whether Apple Music Automatically...

Apple Music is the center of a heated debate this week, with involved parties arguing over whether or not the service is deleting Apple Music users' song collections from hard drives after uploading them to iCloud Music Library.

Vellum's James Pinkstone wrote a long complaint on May 4 accusing Apple Music of doing just that. According to Pinkstone, Apple Music deleted 122GB of his original music files after he joined Apple Music and had his music library scanned by Apple to make his personal content available across multiple devices.

When I signed up for Apple Music, iTunes evaluated my massive collection of Mp3s and WAV files, scanned Apple's database for what it considered matches, then removed the original files from my internal hard drive. REMOVED them. Deleted...

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09:30
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09:09
Ping 2.0? Apple Music revamp rumored to downplay...

Apple's struggles with social networking continue, as its mostly-ignored artist Connect feature is said to be set for a "demotion" in the upcoming revamp of Apple Music in iOS 10.

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09:07
Apple Music & others help streaming become...

Streaming became Warner Music Group's biggest revenue source in the first quarter of 2016, driven largely by services like Spotify and Apple Music, the company revealed in its latest financial results.

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09:00
Report from Rumorville: A11 chip design being...

It's another slow news Friday, so why not liven things up with a fresh, heapin' helpin' of rumors, courtesy of DigiTimes. We still have five or six months to go until we'll see the rumored iPhone 7, but DigiTimes isn't going to wait for that -- they're jumping ahead to the 2017 iPhone 7s model, which they say will be outfitted with an "A11" chip to be manufactured by TSMC.

The chip design is allegedly based on a 10-nanometer FinFET process that TSMC is working on and that won't even be certified until late 2016. iPhones at this time use 14 or 16 nanometer chip designs depending on the source -- Samsung or TSMC -- and shrinking the size provides better power efficiency for the phone. Research into 7-nanometer designs continues, and a 2018 or 2019 debut would be a possibility depending on progress made by suppliers.

DigiTimes' sources say that TSMC would get about two-thirds of all A11...

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08:56
Apple Music Connect to Be Removed From Music App Tab...

Earlier this week rumors suggested that an Apple Music overhaul is being prepared for a worldwide reveal at WWDC this June, with a launch in the fall within iOS 10. New details shared today by 9to5Mac indicate that one of the streaming music service's least-used features -- the social network-like section called Connect -- will be "demoted" in the overhaul and removed from the app's tab bar completely.

Although some users have gone through the process of removing Connect already, allowing them a dedicated Playlist tab in its place, iOS 10 will see Apple moving Connect permanently from the bottom tab and...

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08:26
Rumor: TSMC finalizing “A11” processor for limited...

It looks like Apple is starting the queue up design elements for its A11 processor.

Apple processor supplier TSMC is rumored to be designing an A11 chip that could be manufactured in small quantities as soon as the second quarter of 2017.

Sources have said the chip design is based on the 10-nanometer FinFET process TSMC is still working on. Certification for that process is only expected in the fourth quarter of 2016, and product samples would only be delivered to Apple in the following quarter.

The sources suggested that TSMC would likely control two-thirds of total “A11” orders, with the chips going into new iPhones shipping in the second half of 2017.

It’s also been said that TSMC wouldn’t be the only provider of the chip and that Samsung is...

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08:25
Apple Music Connect social network to be demoted in...

Apple Music Connect, a social interaction feature between artists and listeners that was a cornerstone of the Apple Music launch last summer, will be demoted in an iOS 10 overhaul this fall. Apple Music Connect was designed as a major component of the Apple Music service that would spur usage by allowing artists to share photos, videos, and audio while on tour in addition to allowing Apple Music listeners to comment and like posts. Instead, the feature has been lightly used in comparison to other Apple Music features, and some users have even discovered ways to disable the Connect feature.

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08:00
The Public Access Weekly: Island in the sun

Hey there fantastic Public Access Weekly readers! This week we celebrated May the 4th Be With You, one of everyone's favorite geek holidays, as well as the holiday that falls on the day after -- Revenge of the 5th. We are also just days away from...

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07:54
Apple Music Feature Request: Don’t remove local...

Ben Lovejoy, writing for 9to5Mac, gets right to some core issues with Apple Music. Great post.

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07:44
Former Microsoft Windows President on his full-time...

Steven Sinofsky was President of Microsoft’s Windows’ division from 2009 to 2013. His post is thoughtful and well reasoned. Interesting that he made the choice to use an iPad and not a Surface solution.

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07:23
Apple's Tim Cook flying to meet Chinese...

Apple CEO Tim Cook is reportedly flying to Beijing later this month to meet with senior Chinese government officials -- including, unusually, officials in charge of propaganda.

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07:22
Apple Music adds $4.99 student pricing plan

TechCrunch:

Apple today launched a new plan to boost subscribers to its streaming music service and competitor to Spotify, SoundCloud, Tidal and others. It’s introducing an Apple Music student plan which will discount the service by 50 percent for those who are enrolled in an eligible college or university.

That means in the U.S., where an individual membership to Apple Music costs $9.99 per month, the student membership will be $4.99 per month instead.

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07:18
Reuters: Apple’s Tim Cook to visit China for...

Reuters:

Apple Inc (AAPL.O) Chief Executive Tim Cook plans to visit Beijing later this month to meet high-level government officials, at a time when it is facing some setbacks in its most important overseas market, a source familiar with the matter said.

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Tim Cook to visit Beijing later this month

Apple CEO Tim Cook plans to visit Beijing later this month to meet high-level government officials, reports Reuters. He plans to meet senior government and Communist Party leaders - including officials in charge of propaganda, the article adds, quoting an unnamed source “who declined to be named as the plan is not public yet.”

The visit is probably designed to allow Cook to address several issues as Apple facing declining revenues in China. Last month, Apple's iBookStore and iTunes Movies services were shut down in the country on the orders of the government's media watchdog, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television. The two online stores were only launched six months previously, and their closure comes as China's President Xi Jinping seeks to consolidate government control of the web and media. 

Cook doubtless will address this issue...

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07:12
Apple Music to offer 50 percent discount to students

Apple is reportedly rolling out a new Apple Music subscription option for students on Friday. The new plan will let verified students get an Apple Music subscription for 50 percent off, according to TechCrunch.

At this writing the subscription was not available in iTunes or on Apple’s website.

The new student plan will be available in a number of countries around the world including the U.S., U.K., Australia, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, and New Zealand. Exact pricing will vary based on region, but for U.S. students the discount will mean a monthly charge of $5 per month.

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07:00
Why ransomware works so well

At Interop 2016, Network World chats with John Pironti, president of IP Architects, about why ransomware is on the rise, and why many consumers and businesses are paying the ransom.

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06:58
Apple Music helps tip Warner from a music sales...

There have been many signs over the years that the music business has changed from one where people buy music to one where they only rent it, but Warner has just become the first major music label to cross that line. Recode reports that streaming now earns the company more money than music sales.

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06:55
Apple, other autonomous car makers, looking for huge...

Wall Street Journal:

Apple Inc., Google parent Alphabet Inc. and several car makers are seeking large expanses of real estate in the San Francisco Bay Area for their autonomous-car operations.

Like I said, huge tracts of land.

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06:38
Here are two new reports/rumors about the rumored...

There are two new reports about the rumored Apple Car project. The Wall Street Journal says Apple is among companies looking for large expanses of real estate in the San Francisco Bay Area for their autonomous-car operations.

Quoting Victor Coleman, chief executive of Hudson Pacific Properties,the articleApple is looking for an 800,000 square foot facilities. The WSJ adds that the tech company is s in the process of expanding a team that had about 600 employees last year, “according to people familiar with the matter.”

On a related note, another recent Apple hire has been linked to the Apple Car project. As noted by Quartz, Kurt Adelberger...

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06:35
Apple Music Feature Request: Don’t remove local...

I was expecting to jump ship from Spotify to Apple Music right from the start, and I did indeed do so. The longer I’ve used it, the more enthusiastic I’ve become about the service.

Before the launch of Apple Music, I mostly listened to my own music library, viewing Spotify very much as a supplementary music source. It wasn’t very good at introducing me to new music, so mostly I used it to try out artists recommended by friends.

Apple Music, however, has totally transformed the way I listen to music. Upwards of 80% of my listening is on the For You tab, listening to the recommended playlists and albums, and it’s introduced me to many new artists I now love. Listening to my own music library has become a secondary activity.

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06:24
Apple introduces Apple Music plan for students

Apple has introduced an Apple Music plan aimed at students. As noted by TechCrunch, the service is $4.99 a month instead of the regular $9.99 per month fee.

The deal launches today in the U.S., the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia and other countries. To qualify, students must be currently attending an eligible university or college and gain the discount for up to four years. Existing Apple Music subscribers can migrate to the cheaper student tier if they qualify.

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06:24
Rumor: TSMC already finalizing 10nm 'A11'...

Apple processor supplier TSMC is starting to tape out the design for an "A11" chip that could go into small-scale production as soon the second quarter of 2017, in preparation for that year's iPhones, a report said on Friday.

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06:16
Bob Kupbens, vice president of Apple’s online retail...

Bob Kupbens, the vice president in charge of Apple’s growing online retail business, has resigned to take on a new position elsewhere, reports 9to5Mac, quoting unnamed “multiple sources.” He joined Apple in 2014 and has been in charge of all online-based Apple retail initiatives.

Kupbens joined Apple from Delta, where he served as vice president of marketing and digital commerce. He also previously held posts at the consulting firm A.T. Kearney and Target. Kupbens holds a BS in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA in strategy and finance from the University of Michigan. 

He’s the latest exec to leave Apple’s retail division in recent years. He follows former Apple retail executives Bob Bridger and Jerry McDougal.

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06:07
Immersion files another patent infringement lawsuit...

Immersion, a haptic feedback tech company, has filed a second (or is the third?) lawsuit against Apple for alleged patent infringement.

In February it filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission ("ITC") against Apple, AT&T., and AT&T Mobility LLC. The company has also filed a patent infringement complaint against those three firms in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware. The complaints allege that the Apple iPhone 6, Apple iPhone 6 Plus, Apple iPhone 6s, Apple iPhone 6s Plus, Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition infringe certain Immersion patents covering haptic feedback systems and methods in electronic devices.

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05:30
I’m looking forward to my 10TB flash drive-equipped...

Currently, I own two Macs. My main computer is a 27-inch iMac; my backup computer is a 12-inch MacBook. Perhaps by 2018, I'll own just one Mac: a MacBook Pro with a 10TB flash drive.

That's not as ridiculous as it sounds. Announcements from Micron and Intel about new 3D NAND flash advancements hint that upcoming Macs can be equipped with greater-than-10TB solid-state drives. Currently, the MacBook Pro, iMac and Mac Pro top out at 1TB PCIe-based flash storage upgrade option.

The new 3D NAND technology stacks flash cells vertically in 32 layers to achieve 256GB multilevel cell (MLC) and 384GB triple-level cell (TLC) die that fit within a standard package. These capacities can enable gum stick-sized SSDs. For a standard 2.5-inch drive that means up to 10TB of space.

Even with my iMac, I keep my music, movies (including dozens of ripped-but-legally-purchased DVDs) on a 6GB external drive. Imagine if all my iMac's internal and external store could fit into a 15-inch...

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05:23
Apple begins offering half-price $4.99 Apple Music...

Starting today, students enrolled in an eligible college or university will today be able to subscribe to Apple Music at a discounted price, as Apple is offering half off the standard subscription rate for its streaming music service.

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05:16
Apple Gets Aggressive with new Apple Music...

Today we learn that Apple is shaking up the standard streaming music industry pricing structure by introducting the "Apple Music Student Membership" at half the going subscription price in seven countries...

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05:04
AppleInsider podcast talks 'Apple Pencil 2,...

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, we discuss Apple's stock, the 'iPhone 7' and rumors of the headphone jack reappearing, a patent for a possible 'Apple Pencil 2', smart voice assistants, Fitbit's performance, and more.

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05:00
NuGuard KX will guard your iPhone 6s/6s Plus

NewerTech's NuGuard KX protective cases for the Apple iPhone 6s and 6s Plus resemble Apple Smart Cases on steroids with their one-piece design. However, they're thicker than the Apple product. Due to this, and other features, the NuGuard KX is more protective than the Smart Case, but does add more bulk to your smartphone. 

The NuGuard KX case (I tested the one for the iPhone 6s Plus) boasts X-Orbing gel technology that's designed to absorb and evenly distribute kinetic energy. The outside of the case — the grip shell — has a cross hatch design that helps prevent the iPhone from slipping out of your hand. 

The NuGuard case is easy to install; it snaps into place. Once on, it offers easy access to all buttons and ports on the Apple smartphone. You’ll be able to connect small- to medium-sized headphone and Lightning plug accessories; however, larger ones may not fit. Also...

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04:43
Worldwide IoT security spending to reach $348...

Worldwide spending on Internet of Things (IoT) security will reach $348 million in 2016, a 23.7% increase from 2015 spending of $281.5 million, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com).

Spending on IoT security is expected to reach $547 million in 2018, adds the research group. Although overall spending will initially be moderate, Gartner predicts that IoT security market spending will increase at a faster rate after 2020, as improved skills, organizational change and more scalable service options improve execution.

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