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Wednesday July 15

13:24
Apple Watch release date for New Zealand scheduled...

After its initial launch in nine countries in April, followed by seven more late last month and a handful of other countries launching later this week, Apple Watch will arrive for customers in New Zealand for the first time on July 31st. Apple has quietly made the announcement on an updated product page within its Apple Store iOS app, as pictured above.

The launch in New Zealand will follow a few...

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13:22
Notes on the new iPods: Bluetooth 4.1, skipped...

As expected, Apple updated its iPod lineup today and I just wanted to add a few notes on the new hardware.

The iPod shuffle and nano lines got new colors but otherwise are the same internally with the 2GB and 16GB storage inside and same skeuomorphic UI for the nano. To me this is Apple saying the long goodbye to these products the same way the iPod classic was ushered out. Expect these to last as long as whatever inventory Apple decides to build.

The new iPod touch is much more interesting. It got the same new color palette and otherwise is the same externally – except losing the unpopular Loop strap. However, internally it gets supercharged with...

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12:48
At Least a Quarter of Households own both iOS &...

A new report makes the claim that basically 1 in 4 households are device loyalty-neutral. The defining technology platform battle of the age – Google v. Apple – is often seen in black-and-white ...

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12:47
Is the new iPod touch a harbinger of a 4-inch iPhone...

So after three years, we’ve finally got a new iPod touch. After kicking around with iPhone 4S-era speed, the iPod touch has leaped right over the iPhone 5 and now sports the A8 processor and M8 motion coprocessor of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. And at $199 for a 16GB model, it grants access to demanding apps and games for a very good price.

The new iPod touch, for all its advancements, still sports the same 4-inch Retina display as the iPhone 5, 5s, and 5c. And it makes me wonder if maybe, just maybe, it’s the first hint that we’ll be seeing an updated 4-inch iPhone–let’s call it the 6c–this fall.

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12:46
New iPod Touch’s A8 CPU running at 1.1GHz, includes...

The new iPods that Apple announced this morning were outed a couple of weeks ago, but the insides of the new iPod Touch were still a surprise: Apple put an A8 in the new Touch, the same SoC that powers the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

The iPod Touch is quite a bit smaller than either iPhone, though, and preliminary benchmarks suggest that the chip's speed has been reduced somewhat to keep the temperature down and the battery life up. Geekbench tests run by TechCrunch say the A8 in the Touch is running at about 1.1GHz, down from 1.4GHz in both iPhones. They also confirm that the A8 includes 1GB of RAM, the same amount as the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

The scores in that Geekbench run suggest that the slowed-down A8 is ...

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12:38
Neil Young to remove music from streaming services...

Another day, another artist who’ll soon be missing from your streaming playlists.

On Wednesday morning, Neil Young posted a message on his official Facebook page announcing that he’s pulling his music from streaming services.

“Streaming has ended for me. I hope this is ok for my fans,” the artist wrote. By the time of writing, however, Neil Young’s music was still available to stream on Apple Music and Spotify.

While the music industry has vocally criticized streaming services for paying low figures back to copyright-holders, Young claims, “It’s not because of the money.”

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

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12:34
New iPod touch vs. iPhone 5s: Apple's latest...

Apple surprised on Wednesday by including its latest-generation A8 processor in the latest iPod touch -- a decision that makes it a formidable and highly affordable opponent to the company's mid-range iPhone 5s.

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12:30
New A8 iPod Touch Clocks in at 1.10GHz, Includes 1GB...

The new iPod touch with an A8 processor and upgraded 8-megapixel rear camera just launched this morning, but TechCrunch's Matthew Panzarino already has one in hand and has run some benchmarks on the device.

According to early testing, the A8 processor in the new iPod touch appears to be running at 1.10GHz per core, which is slower than the 1.39GHz per core the iPhone 6 runs at, presumably to manage battery life. In Geekbench 3, the iPod touch scored 1379 on the single-core test and 2440 on the multi-core test right out of the box. The previous-generation A5 iPod touch scored 215/410 on Geekbench's single and multi-core tests, so the new sixth-generation iPod is six times faster and a...

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12:29
Flash Furor Grows Despite Adobe's Latest Fix


Three new vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash Player have been reported over the past two weeks, triggering a storm of protest and leading Mozilla and Google to ban the plug-in from their Firefox and Chrome browsers. "It is time for Adobe to announce the end-of-life date for Flash and to ask the browsers to set killbits on the same day," Facebook CSO Alex Stamos tweeted Sunday. Flash "currently poses a huge risk to security -- these latest events are a perfect example of that," said Kasper Lindgaard, director of research and security at Secunia.

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11:46
Apple's Annual Back to School Promotion Still...

For many years running, Apple has offered a Back to School promotion for students and educators, providing discounts on Apple products ahead of the coming school year. Back to School promotions have kicked off on the first Tuesday of July for the last two years, so when July 6 came and went without a Back to School announcement, many people began wondering when Apple would launch the 2015 promotion.

We've been receiving questions about the Back to School program for several weeks now, and in mid-July, there's still no sign of an imminent launch. Some have wondered whether Apple is canceling the program all together, but it's too early to say. It may be late in the month, but there are still several weeks to go before kids and teachers begin returning to classrooms.

Apple's 2014 Back to School Promotion
Historically, the latest Apple has launched a previous Back to School program was July 2, and that was in 2013. From 2006 to 2012, Back to School...

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11:45
Smart camera warns you when guns enter your home

Anxious that you might face an armed home invasion, or that your kids might find the key to the gun cabinet? NanoWatt Design thinks it has a way to give you that crucial early warning. Its crowdfunded GunDetect camera uses computer vision to detect f...

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11:30
The Week in iOS Accessories: Speakers to amp up your...

More for your music

This week’s roundup includes several new speakers for your iOS device—a couple of Bluetooth units, to be sure, but also a “natural induction” device that amplifies your iPhone’s natural sound.

Creative

The $100 Sound Blaster Free is another portable Bluetooth speaker—this one fits comfortably into the water bottle holder on your bike, and contains two passive radiators to create a deep bass sound.

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11:22
Killer iMac 5K Deal: Free Apple TV, Free Canon PIXMA...

AppleInsider this week is teaming up with Apple Authorized Reseller Adorama to give away a free Apple TV, a Free PIXMA all-in-one AirPrint Printer (or your choice of other accessories) and $40-$170 in instant discounts with each iMac 5K order, plus free shipping and no sales tax collected outside NY & NJ.

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11:20
Seven of the world's weirdest green vehicles

By Cat DiStasio

Green transportation is advancing by leaps and bounds. In just the past few months, we've seen a solar-powered airplane complete historic flights, self-driving vehicles hit the streets and cars make astounding achievements in fuel ef...

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10:55
'The Last Starfighter' is getting a TV...

The Last Starfighter tested the limits of early computer-generated movie graphics, and it's about to explore uncharted waters once again. Original writer Jonathan Betuel is developing The Starfighter Chronicles, a related TV series (about alien law e...

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10:01
The Korean Tech Press Rejoice in Apple's...

At the end of June we posted a report titled "As Apple Fans Wait for the Next Hot iPhone Model to Arrive, Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge Catches a Break." As Apple's new iPhones are scheduled to begin in August it's natural that iPhone fans around the world are holding back new iPhone purchases as they await the new ones scheduled for September. That tiny lull in iPhone purchases gave the Korean press ...

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10:00
U.S. Air Force selects Office 365

Last week, the United States Air Force announced it has selected Office 365 to power productivity and collaboration for more than 100,000 active, civilian and reserve personnel. Through deployment of a Department of Defense (DoD) dedicated version of Office 365, Service members will have access to the comprehensive and integrated set of productivity capabilities Office 365 provides, including email, Skype for Business calling and meetings, real-time document co-authoring, and other collaboration tools.

The agreement is one of the largest commercial cloud contracts in DoD history, and is expected to help the Air Force significantly reduce costs over the next three years. No organization deserves a more enterprise- and security-ready approach than the Air Force. Read more about its selection of Office 365 over on the...

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10:00
Week of Apple Watch Stands: Nomad Stand for Apple...

Nomad stand for Apple watch. photo ©2015, Steven Sande. All rights reserved

This week Apple World Today has reviews of three Apple Watch charging stands: the Griffin WatchStand, the Nomad Stand for Apple Watch, and Fuse Chicken’s Bobine Watch. Today I’m focusing on the US$69.95 Nomad Stand for Apple Watch.

Design

Of all of the Watch charging stands I’ve looked at, the Nomad Stand is certainly one of the sleekest. It’s a single piece of aluminum in either a silver or space gray finish (sorry, no gold…), with a circular notch for the Watch charging puck and a channel in the back of the swoopy piece to hold the...

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09:44
Apple introduces a new iPod touch

Apple has introduced a new iPod touch and unveiled a new lineup of colors for all iPod models, including space gray, silver, gold, pink and blue.

The revamped iPod touch features a new 8-megapixel iSight camera for photos, an improved FaceTime HD camera, the Apple-designed A8 chip with 10 times faster graphics performance for a more immersive gaming experience, and even better fitness tracking with the M8 motion coprocessor, says Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of iPhone, iPod and iOS Product Marketing.

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09:41
Google, US government launch plan to bring Fiber...

Google is partnering with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to bring its Fiber Internet service to public and affordable housing projects, the company announced on Wednesday.

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09:04
9to5Toys Lunch Break: the best Prime Day deals,...

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Amazon Prime Day hub: all of the best deals from Amazon’s huge 20th Birthday sale

...

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09:00
6 updates in Power Query for Excel

This month’s Power Query update includes six new or improved features including:

  • Improvements to ODBC Connector
  • Navigator dialog improvements
  • Option to enable Fast Data Load versus Background Data Load
  • Support for Salesforce Custom environments in Recent Sources list
  • Easier parsing of Date or Time values out of a Text column with Date/Time information
  • Unpivot Other Columns entry in column context menu

You can continue reading below for more details about each feature.

Improvements to ODBC Connector

We improved the ODBC Connector by making the SQL statement optional instead of required. Now users can simply provide the Connection String for their ODBC source and navigate the list of tables available from the data source, pick up the ones they want to import, and...

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08:41
Apple Launches their Colorful New Line-up of iPods...

This morning Apple has introduced their best iPod touch to date by unveiling a new lineup of colors for all iPod models, including space gray, silver, gold, pink and blue. The ultra-portable iPod touch features a new 8 megapixel iSight camera for beautiful photos ...

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08:40
Apple updates iPod touch line: 64-bit, 8MP camera,...

Apple surprised nobody today by updating the iPod touch line. As we reported late last week, an iPod update was widely expected yesterday, but apparently the company chose to make fools of all Apple bloggers. While the changes to the iPod nano and iPod shuffle were strictly cosmetic -- they now match the revised colors for the iPod touch -- the internals of the iPod touch were definitely given an update.

The new iPod touch uses the 64-bit A8 microprocessor, and there's an M8 motion coprocessor built in as well. The rear camera has a full 8 megapixel resolution, and the device is available in capacities of 16, 32, 64 and an all-new 128GB. The 16GB model is just US$199, with the 32GB weighing in at $249, 64GB at $299, and 128GB at $399. 

The devices ship with iOS 8.4 and Apple Music, making it possible for the...

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08:25
Apple overhauls iPod touch, adds new colors to iPod...

Apple has no plans to kill the iPod, despite three years without a major upgrade. On Tuesday the company refreshed the iPod touch, nano, and shuffle, though only the touch got a big overhaul.

All three iPods will now come in gold, dark blue, and pink, but the iPod touch is the only model to get new features under the hood. The touch will come with iOS 8.4 and access to Apple Music, which isn’t surprising, but the new version also adds a 128GB model to the lineup for the first time for $399. A 16GB touch will run you $199, a 32GB for $249, and a 64GB for $299. All models are available in-store today, with Apple throwing in two-day shipping for free if you’d rather buy online.

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08:15
Cloud 3.5.3 - File sharing from your menu bar. (Demo)

Cloud is simple file sharing for the Mac. Drag a file from your Mac to the CloudApp icon in the menubar and we take care of the rest. A link to the file will automatically be copied to your clipboard that you can give to a friend over Twitter, IM, email, or smoke signals. While other applications make sharing a chore, CloudApp stays out of your way adapting to your specific needs.

  • Share files and links (Drops).
  • Upload by drag-n-drop or using global keyboard shortcuts.
  • Share Drops using private or public links.
  • View a history of your Drops right from the menubar.
  • Re-copy the link to a Drop from the menubar.
  • Toggle the privacy level for a Drop from the menubar.
  • Delete Drops from the menubar.
  • Rename Drops from the menubar.
  • Personalized upload notifications.



Version 3.5.3:

  • Share via email function for more seamless and diverse sharing capabilities....

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08:10
The iPod lives! Mid-year bump adds new colors and...

The iPod lineup hasn't gotten a significant hardware update since 2012, if you can believe it. For the Shuffle and the Nano, this isn't a big deal; dedicated music players stopped evolving pretty much the minute the iPhone started to go mainstream. For the iPod Touch, it was more unfortunate—it's a fully-fledged iDevice and one of the cheapest entry points into the ecosystem, so saddling it with the same Apple A5 SoC as the iPhone 4S for three years was rather unfortunate.

That changes today. Apple has just updated the entire iPod lineup, including new colors for the (essentially unchanged) Nano and Shuffle as well as a significant internal overhaul for the iPod Touch. It picks up a 64-bit chip and an 8MP camera, both of which should make it run iOS 9 and future versions much better than the previous Touch.

All the new iPods come in Space Gray, silver, gold, pink, blue, and red enclosures. The gold color, new to the iPod lineup, looks like...

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08:07
New gold, dark blue and hot pink colors come to...

All three devices in Apple's existing iPod lineup --?the iPod nano, shuffle and touch --?gained three new color options on Wednesday. And while the iPod touch's internal components were overhauled, the iPod nano and shuffle specifications remain unchanged.

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08:06
While minor Hiccups occurred during Yesterday's...

Yesterday Apple Pay officially launched in the UK right on schedule. Though like any technology product launch, there were a few hiccups.

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08:03
Apple launches new iPod touch with 64-bit A8 CPU,...

Apple on Wednesday overhauled its iPod touch lineup for the first time in years, debuting a new high-end $399 model with a 128-gigabyte capacity, while giving all versions a 64-bit A8 processor, M8 motion coprocessor, and 8-megapixel rear camera.

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08:00
Apple Launches A8-Based iPod Touch With 8MP Camera,...

Apple today introduced the sixth-generation iPod touch with a 4-inch display, 64-bit A8 chip and M8 motion coprocessor, 8-megapixel rear-facing iSight camera and new colors: blue, pink, silver, space gray, gold and red. 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models are available through the Apple Online Store starting today for $199, $249 and $299 respectively, while a new larger 128GB model was introduced for $399.

The new iPod touch also features 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi‑Fi and Bluetooth 4.1, no longer has a loop attachment and comes with iOS 8.4 preinstalled for access to Apple Music and Beats 1. The 128GB and (PRODUCT)RED models will be sold exclusively through Apple, while all other colors and storage capacities should be available through authorized resellers such as Best Buy and Walmart in the near future.

Apple also updated the...

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07:59
Chevron announces first Apple Pay-compatible gas...

The very first Apple Pay-compatible Chevron gas pumps have arrived.

The company announced via Twitter that gas pumps that accept NFC payment support – including Apple Pay – have been installed at a gas station on San Ramon Valley Blvd., meaning nearby iPhone 6, 6 Plus and Apple Watch owners can pay at the pump without reaching for their wallet. More locations will follow suit, but Chevron did not offer a rollout timeline. The company’s tweet did say, “Cupertino coming soon!” in reference to Apple’s nearby campus.

Chevron first revealed plans to incorporate Apple Pay into gas pumps back in December. At the time, Chevron said it was working directly with Apple on the...

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07:59
Apple releases new, faster, iPod touch with 8MP...

 

As we reported this morning, Apple has today launched a new version of the iPod touch, featuring a 64-bit A8 CPU. This breaks a long run of neglect for Apple’s cheapest iOS device, which last received an update way back in 2012. It will be a huge leap in performance over the previous iPod touch which featured an A5 SoC. Both the front and back cameras have been improved, with the back shooter now featuring 8 megapixels of resolution.

The new iPod touch is also available for the first time in gold matching the iPhone and iPad in addition to new dark blue and pink case options. The iPod touch is also getting a storage bump at least at the higher end — there is now a $399 128 GB model. The base $199 iPod touch remains the same with...

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07:53
Apple is reportedly 'close' to securing...

After some earlier setbacks, Apple may once again be firming up plans for its long-rumored streaming TV service.

Sources tell the New York Post that the major broadcast networks are “close” to agreements with their local station affiliates, allowing the networks to negotiate with Apple on the affiliates' behalf. This would remove a major obstacle for Apple, as it wouldn't have to go around the country striking deals with every affiliate to carry channels like ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC.

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07:43
Apple Store down, new iPod models expected today

As of early this morning, the Apple Store web site is down.

The reason for this is most likely iPod-related.

The current rumor is that Apple will be launching its new iPod units. The new models are expected to feature an A8 processor, 8 megapixel camera and arrive in new dark blue, pink and gold colors available across the lineup.

The new models were leaked last week when resources within iTunes 12.2 were studied. It is expected that the iPod touch will get a storage bump with a new 128 GB option for $399. The base iPod price is expected to remain unchanged with the 16 GB SKU priced at US$199. Also notice that the Loop wristband is not visible in the corner of the iPod...

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07:17
Maclocks debuts Apple Pay iPad enclosure

To display an iPad in public, it has to be locked properly. Maclocks (http://www.maclocks.com) has debuted the US$139.99 Rokku, an iPad enclosure with dual locks and a "rock solid" frame.

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07:00
Don’t Use bless To Change Startup Disks Any More In...

For a long time, we used the bless command to startup systems to a specific volume in OS X. Back in 2009 I started using the systemsetup command for more and more tasks. These days, I’m being guided to replace all of my bless options in scripts to systemsetup. The easy way to configure your startup volumes using systemsetup is to list the available volumes, set one as the startup volume and then check to see which one is the current volume. The first task is to list the available startup volumes, using the -liststartupdisks option:

sudo systemsetup -liststartupdisks

You can then set the disk as one that was listed by the above command:

sudo systemsetup -setstartupdisk /Volumes/HAVOKMELTDOWN

You can finally check the current startup disk as a sanity check in your script to verify the desired disk is the startup volume using -getstartupdisk

sudo systemsetup -getstartupdisk

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06:53
Amazon Prime Day kicks off with $49 Kindle, $79...

As a part of Prime Day, an attempt to spur Black Friday-level sales from Prime subscribers, Amazon on Wednesday discounted a number of electronics, including several Kindle readers and Kindle Fire touchscreen tablets.

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06:51
Seagate launches hybrid cloud data protection...

Seagate Technology has announced new and updated Hybrid Cloud Data Protection solutions that enable customers to manage explosive data growth and increasingly complex security.

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06:46
Malwarebytes releases Mac product, acquires...

Malwarebytes has released Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Mac (http://tinyurl.com/p3e3r7z), its first product dedicated to the Mac. The product is designed to detect and remove malware, adware, and PUPs (potentially unwanted programs), capabilities that have been repeatedly requested by customers.

Additionally, Malwarebytes has announced the acquisition of AdwareMedic by The Safe Mac. AdwareMedic creator and owner, Thomas Reed, will join the company as Director of Mac Offerings, leading a growing team of Mac developers and researchers at Malwarebytes. 
 

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06:36
Over 40% of thermostats sold in 2015 will be smart...

New data from Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) finds smart thermostats taking a larger portion of the market this year, accounting for over 40% of the nearly 10 million thermostats sold in the U.S. The research group estimates smart thermostats will account for over 50% of the total market by 2017.

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06:28
Samsung Resorted to Publishing an Anti-Semitic...

A Samsung company on Wednesday removed online cartoons attacking a U.S. hedge fund's founder as a ravenous, big-beaked vulture after Jewish organizations protested similar smears in South Korea's media.

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06:24
HSBC UK says Apple Pay support coming within 2 weeks

The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation's surprising absence from Apple Pay's UK launch earlier this week will not last much longer, the bank has confirmed, with final testing under way and availability said to come within two weeks.

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06:02
Apple Store Goes Down Ahead of Expected iPod Refresh

The Apple Online Store was taken offline moments ago ahead of an expected refresh to the iPod touch, iPod nano and iPod shuffle lineup of portable media players. The sixth-generation iPod touch will likely feature a 64-bit processor, new colors and other hardware improvements, while the iPod nano and iPod shuffle are expected to be released in new colors only.

iPods discovered in unreleased colors (left) and Apple Store down (right)
iPods in unreleased colors were first spotted in iTunes 12.2 earlier this month, including a darker blue for the iPod touch, a new gold color for the iPod nano and a brighter pink color for the iPod shuffle. MacRumors subsequently discovered a full lineup of six new colors for the iPod touch, nano and shuffle hidden...

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05:38
The Apple Watch is misunderstood

Ron McElfresh, writing for Mac360, addresses criticism of the Apple Watch in this thoughtful post.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:30
Apple Watch, water and workouts

Great, informative article from Craig Hockenberry on the affect of water on your Apple Watch.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:22
Former iAd exec leaves Apple for being too...

A strong anecdote that shows Apple’s true feelings about privacy.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:00
Google Photos Backup Keeps Collecting Until You Make...


Uninstalling Google's Photos app doesn't turn off backup sync, meaning photos taken with Android devices could be saved to the company's cloud storage, even if the user doesn't intend to store them there, Google acknowledged on Tuesday. The issue came to light last week, when a BizJournals editor reported finding hundreds of family photos he had deleted from his phone stored in Google Photos -- even though he had uninstalled the Google Photos app.

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04:42
Image2icon 2.0 released for OS X

Shiny Frog (http://www.img2icnsapp.com) has launched Image2icon 2.0, an update to its r icon creation tool for Mac OS X.

Image2icon lets users create their own Mac icons, as well as customize folders and files. Version 2.0 introduces new features such as icon templates, background removal, image tuning, icon restoration and nine different export options.

Image2icon is available on the Mac App Store for free. Howevr, it does offer in-app purchases.

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04:25
Kool Tools: iVisor for the MacBook

The iVisor (http://www.moshi.com/ivisor-12#black), Moshi's best-selling screen protector, is now tailored for the new 12-inch MacBook, offering protection for the diminutive laptop. It installs in seconds and is guaranteed to be 100% bubble-free.

Using a new multi-layer construction, the $39.99iVisor features clarity and sharpness while reducing glare to effectively relieve eye strain. A patented adhesive that allows for bubble-free installation is also washable and reusable.

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04:22
Worldwide semiconductor sales predicted to reach $...

Worldwide semiconductor revenue is forecast to reach $348 billion in 2015, a 2.2% increase from 2014, but down from the previous quarter's forecast of 4.0 percent growth, according to Gartner, Inc. (www.gartner.com).

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00:10
Rumor: Apple to launch 'end-of-life' iPad...

A questionable report out of the Far East on Tuesday claims Apple will announce a larger 12.9-inch "iPad Pro" and refreshed iPad mini by the end of 2015, but will not introduce a follow-up to the iPad Air 2. Further, the company is supposedly planning to end-of-life iPad mini after this year's revamp.

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Tuesday July 14

23:58
Property Shifting or Residential Move Made Effortless

Forums: TroubleshootingTags: packers and movers bhatinda

Organizing before you decide to move to another property

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23:35
Concerning Expert Packers & Movers

Forums: TroubleshootingTags: packers and movers karnal

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They will move possessions using specifically intended goods service providers such as pickups, huge tempos, vehicles, for example. They make...

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22:25
Sketchy Report Claims No New iPad Air in 2015, One...

With Apple said to unveil its long-rumored 12.9-inch iPad Pro in November, many assumed that both the iPad mini 3 and iPad Air 2 would see refreshes as well. However, a new report from Economic Daily News [Translation] (via Macotakara [Translation]) says that no new iPad Air will be revealed.

While the iPad Air 2 may not see a refresh, the iPad mini 4 and iPad Pro will see introductions. Liaoxian Li, investment advisor at Fubon Hardware, tells Economic Daily News that Apple...

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20:59
Google Chrome 43.0.2357.134 - Modern and fast Web...

Google Chrome is a Web browser by Google, created to be a modern platform for Web pages and applications. It utilizes very fast loading of Web pages and has a V8 engine, which is a custom built JavaScript engine. Because Google has used parts from Apple's Safari and Mozilla's Firefox browsers, they made the project open source.



Version 43.0.2357.134:

  • Critical update to Adobe Flash Player (18.0.0.209)
  • Fix for a full screen casting issue.



  • OS X 10.6 or later



Download Now

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20:59
Adobe InCopy CC 2015 11.0.1.105 - Create streamlined...

InCopy CC 2015 is available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud for as little as $19.99/month (or $9.99/month if you're a previous InCopy customer). InCopy CS6 is still available for purchase (without a monthly plan) if you prefer.

Adobe InCopy CC 2015, ideal for large team projects involving both written copy and design work, provides copywriters and editors with a powerful tool to style text, collaborate through track changes, and make simple layout modifications that integrate effortlessly with InDesign.



Version 11.0.1.105 (2015):

Note: Now requires OS X 10.9 or later running on a 64-bit Intel processor.

Fixes

  • Font menu
  • Screen-refresh bugs
  • Launch-related issues



  • OS X 10...

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20:59
Adobe InDesign CC 2015 11.0.1.105 - Professional...

InDesign CC 2015 is available as part of Adobe Creative Cloud for as little as $19.99/month (or $9.99/month if you're a previous InDesign customer). InDesign CS6 is still available for purchase (without a monthly plan) if you prefer.

Adobe InDesign CC 2015 is part of Creative Cloud. That means you have access to all the latest updates and future releases the moment they're available. Sharpen your skills and master new tools with a rich and growing library of training videos. And Creative Cloud is integrated with Behance, so you can share your projects and get immediate feedback from creatives around the world.



Version 11.0.1.105 (2015):

Note: Now requires OS X 10.9 or later.

Fixes

  • Font menu
  • Screen-...

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20:59
Adobe Acrobat Reader 15.008.20082 - View PDF...

Adobe Acrobat Reader allows users to view PDF documents. You may not know what a PDF file is, but you've probably come across one at some point. PDF files are used by companies and even the IRS to distribute documentation and other pieces of information about their products, and Adobe Acrobat Reader is the essential interpreter. Acrobat integrates directly with your Web browser, so if you come across a PDF document on the Web,you can view it directly from within your Netscape or Internet Explorer browser window. Acrobat also makes printing much more practical, by guaranteeing that the printout will look exactly like it does on your screen.



Version 15.008.20082:

Note: For the Adobe Reader DC Classic Track update, see Related Links.

  • This update provides new features, security mitigations, feature enhancements, and bug fixes.



  • OS X 10.9 or later



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20:59
Adobe Acrobat Pro 15.008.20082 - Powerful PDF editor...

Acrobat Pro DC is available only as a part of Adobe Creative Cloud, and can only be installed and/or updated through Adobe's Creative Cloud app.

Adobe Acrobat Pro DC with Adobe Document Cloud services is here. Completely reimagined PDF tools let you create, edit, sign, and track PDFs from anywhere. It will change the way you work with design layouts, press-ready files, and all your important documents forever.

  • Access powerful print production and digital publishing tools. Preview, preflight, correct, and prepare PDF files.
  • Work anywhere. Create, export, and sign PDFs from your computer or the Acrobat DC mobile app.
  • Take your files with you. Use Mobile Link to access recent files across desktop, web, and mobile.
  • Edit anything. Instantly edit PDFs and scanned documents -- as naturally as any other file.
  • Make last-minute changes...
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20:52
Apple, other big businesses eye Iranian market after...

Just hours after the U.S. and five world powers entered into an agreement with Iran to remove sanctions in return for a reduction in nuclear weapons capability, companies like Apple are actively looking for inroads into the starved market.

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17:06
The New U.S./Iran Nuclear Deal Could Open the Door...

While today's announcement of a nuclear deal between the U.S. and Iran won't open the doors to trade immediately, it’s a known fact that Apple wants to be able to compete with Samsung in Iran ...

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16:39
Apple's Japanese R&D center to tap into...

Alongside an expanding retail presence, Apple is building out research and development operations around the globe, including a facility in Yokohama, Japan that will reportedly focus on materials, vehicle and health segments.

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16:22
Google Introduces Eddystone, an iBeacon Competitor

In an effort to challenge Apple's iBeacon, Google has officially launched "Eddystone" ...

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16:15
The Week in Mac Apps: Encrypto makes sharing private...

...plus apps for graphic design, STEM education, and more!

In this week’s roundup of new Mac apps, you’ll find an app that keep your secrets secret, a bit of science for every occasion, and software that makes capturing your screen as easy as pie.

Affinity Designer 1.3

Serif’s $40 popular Affinity Designer (Mac App Store Link) brings professional-grade vector design at a budget price to your Mac.

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16:13
TA15-195A: Adobe Flash and Microsoft Windows...

Original release date: July 14, 2015 | Last revised: July 15, 2015
Systems Affected

Microsoft Windows systems with Adobe Flash Player installed.

Overview

Used in conjunction, recently disclosed vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash and Microsoft Windows may allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code with system privileges. Since attackers continue to target and find new vulnerabilities in popular, Internet-facing software, updating is not sufficient, and it is important to use exploit mitigation and other defensive techniques.

Description

The following vulnerabilities illustrate the need for ongoing mitigation techniques and prioritization of updates for highly targeted software:

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16:05
The Apple iWatch doesn’t exist, but a legal fight...

Remember earlier this year when Apple released the iWatch?

What's that you say? There's no such thing as an iWatch?

Don't tell that to Irish software studio Probendi, which owns a trademark on iWatch, and has filed a petition with a court in Milan saying that Apple is in violation of it, according to Bloomberg.

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15:05
Report: Android Wear Smartwatches to Get Together


It's rumored that the next version of Android Wear, reportedly scheduled for release in August, will bring tap gestures and watch-to-watch communications. The update initially was scheduled for launch on July 28th. "For now, these features simply bring parity between Android Wear and watchOS," said IDC analyst Jitesh Ubrani. These new features "ultimately lay the groundwork for future messaging platforms," but neither platform "offers a compelling use case or killer app, as they're both essentially first-generation products," he added.

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15:00
AWT News Update: July 14, 2015

Photo illustration ©2015, Steven Sande.

Today's Apple news in less than five minutes; that's the AWT News Update!

  • Betas of OS X Yosemite, iOS 8.4 appear in the Apple Developer Center
  • Apple's being sued by an Irish firm over its alleged misuse of the "iWatch" trademark in the EU
  • The New York Post says negotiations are moving along nicely now for Apple's planned streaming TV service for cable cutters

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for July 14, 2015.

Another day, another set of betas. This time it’s the betas for OS X Yosemite 10.10.5 and iOS 8.4.1. It appears that the new version of OS X won...

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14:59
Chevron rolls out first gas pumps with Apple Pay...

More than six months after promising to support Apple Pay touchless payments at gas pumps, Chevron rolled out the service at a station across the street from its headquarters in San Ramon, Calif.

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14:30
A unified scheduling engine and API in Project...

With Project Server 2013 and Project Online, we replaced our server-side scheduling engine with the Project Calculation Service (PCS), bringing the power of the Project Professional scheduling engine to the browser. This new service also powered our new cloud-ready Project API, also known as the Client Side Object Model (CSOM). However, the transition to PCS and CSOM wasn’t quite exhaustive. There are still elements of Project Web App (PWA) and our legacy API, the Project Server Interface (PSI), which rely on the old server-side scheduling engine. Discrepancies between the two engines are a problem for our customers. To resolve these issues, the legacy server-side scheduling engine will be fully removed from Project Server 2016 and Project Online, along with the Project class methods of the PSI. CSOM is the future of PWA extensibility, and we will continue to make improvements to CSOM based on your feedback to ensure parity with legacy PSI scenarios.

What’s changing?

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13:45
Twitter for iPhone adopts native iOS share sheet...


Twitter has quietly added support for iOS 8’s native, customizable share sheet, replacing its own limited share menu previously used. Custom share sheet support enables users to send URLs and other items to various apps and services on iOS without ever leaving the Twitter app.

This multitasking feature has long been adopted in third-party Twitter clients on iOS including...

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13:13
Apple says recruitment of women & minorities...

Efforts by Apple to improve recruitment of women and minorities in its workforce are slowly paying off, the company has revealed, as it hopes other corporations will follow its lead in diversity and transparency.

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13:11
Chevron Debuts Apple Pay Gasoline Pump Pilot Program...

Chevron has kicked off an Apple Pay pilot program in the Bay Area that allows customers to use Apple Pay to pay for their gasoline directly at the pump, according to the company's Twitter account. Apple Pay can currently be used at a Chevron location in San Ramon, with a second location in Cupertino becoming available in the near future.

@kevinkeitai 18060 San Ramon Valley Blvd in San Ramon accepts NFC including Apple Pay at the dispenser now. Cupertino coming soon!

— Chevron (@Chevron) July 14, 2015 Chevron first announced plans to expand its use of Apple Pay to gas pumps in late 2014, but company did not have a clear timeline for the rollout of Apple Pay at the pump. Following the...

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13:00
App Store updates and notable new apps for July 14,...

Apple World Today is happy to provide its readers with notification of significant App Store updates and notable new apps each and every day.

Updates

Pixelmator (iOS) version 2.0.2

We’ve redefined the performance of the Repair tool, added Dynamic Touch to all Retouch tools, improved the Photo Editing extension, and more.

• The Repair tool is now up to 5 times faster and even more precise.• Dynamic Touch lets you adjust the stroke size of all Retouch tools by simply using the tip of your finger to create thin strokes and a larger surface area of your finger for thicker lines.• Lots of improvements to the Photo Editing extension and more.

Desk (OS X) version 1.4.1

Hey, hey, hey!...

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12:43
Google unveils platform-independent alternative to...

Google on Tuesday announced Eddystone, an open-source beacon platform that may provide competition for Apple's iBeacon standard used by some businesses and attractions, including Apple Stores.

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12:40
Taylor Swift's Apple Music Letter Surprised Her...

Ahead of the launch of Apple Music, Taylor Swift made headlines when she wrote a scathing open letter to Apple, criticizing its decision not to pay artists for their work during its three-month free trial. Her letter, combined with pushback from indie labels, led Apple to reverse course and opt to pay artists during the three months that customers can listen for free.

Record label exec Scott Borchetta, who serves as the head of Big Machine Records and signed Swift when she was 14, recently spoke at Fortune's Brainstorm Tech conference and shared some...

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12:34
Taylor Swift’s label exec talks behind-the-scenes...

The controversy surrounding Apple Music’s launch thanks to Taylor Swift made for an excellent way to drum up some extra attention for the service’s debut late last month. First, Swift, who was already vocal in the past regarding streaming services, penned a blog post knocking down Apple’s decision to offer a free, three-month trial without paying artists for streams during that period. Apple responded to Taylor’s decision to hold back her music from the service and it was thought the blog post eventually inspired Apple to reverse its decision. Swift responded to Apple’s decision positively and announced her latest record would be available on...

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12:23
External Link: TiVo Adds AirPlay Support

TiVo has added AirPlay support to its iOS app, allowing owners of Roamio and Premiere DVRs to beam content to their Apple TVs. To try it out, bring up Control Center, activate AirPlay, select the Apple TV, enable mirroring, and then play a show from the My Shows section of the TiVo app.

 

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12:21
Follow NASA's historic mission to Pluto with...

NASA's New Horizons space probe is set to begin transmitting the first ever high-resolution images of Pluto back to earth later today, and you can follow the exciting progress on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch with the official New Horizons app.

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12:06
Google announces a Bluetooth beacon platform to...

Google today announced a new beacon technology called Eddystone along with APIs that together it hopes will make it easier for Android and iOS-powered devices and beacons in close proximity to communicate with one another. Unlike iBeacon, Apple’s take on the Bluetooth-based protocol, Eddystone is open source and designed to be easily extendable, compatible with any device which supports the use of beacons. A new API announced alongside Eddystone, compatible with iOS and Android devices and available to Android developers today (iOS support forthcoming), uses inaudible sound emitted from device speakers and heard from other devices using their microphones to determine when other smartphones and tablets...

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12:04
A Detailed Look at How the Apple Watch Functions in...

Apple is cautious with its Apple Watch and doesn't market the device as waterproof, instead giving it a water resistance rating of IPX7. Apple says it's fine to wear the watch in the rain or while washing your hands, but the company doesn't recommend submerging the device.

Many Apple Watch owners have tested Apple's water resistance claims, coming to the conclusion that the Apple Watch is more water resistant than Apple claims. It's survived submersion in a bucket, laps in a pool, lengthy swim tests, and even a 10m dive with no damage.

Image via Craig Hockenberry
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11:04
Things 2.5.5 - Elegant personal task management. (...

Things is a task management solution that helps to organize your tasks in an elegant and intuitive way. Things combines powerful features with simplicity through the use of tags and its intelligent filter bar. A Leopard style source list allows for quick and easy focusing. Together with a beautiful user interface, Things aims at the seemingly impossible: making task management both easy and fun.

Our screencast is a great introduction. Learn from our users why Things is different by visiting either on i use this or Newsvine.

  • The big picture. A Leopard-style source list lets you easily focus without...
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11:00
Week of Apple Watch Stands: WATCHme on Kickstarter

This week I'm looking at some Apple Watch charging stands; this started yesterday with the Griffin WatchStand and I'll be reviewing the new Nomad Watch Stand tomorrow. Today I thought it would be fun to take a trip to Kickstarter, where a young French designer is looking for funding for a humorous and completely different take on the Watch charging stand: WATCHme

The chubby little WATCHme is the brainchild of Vivien Muller, and it's unlike any other Watch charging stand I've seen. It looks like a short and stout little monster with a large "eye" where the disk of the Apple Watch charger sits. Pop your Watch onto the WATCHme, and it gets even more fun. If WATCHme reaches a stretch goal, Muller plans to hire a developer to create an app with a mischievous little eye that...

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10:54
Taylor Swift's letter on Apple Music was...

A blog post by pop signer Taylor Swift criticizing Apple Music royalties was preceded by talks with Apple by her record label, Big Machine Records -- but the singer wrote the post independently, according to an executive with the label.

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10:45
Mozilla temporarily disables Flash Player...

If you haven’t updated your version of Adobe Flash Player lately, now might be the time to do it.

The developers at Mozilla, having noticed that the staff at Hacking Team had three working exploits for Adobe Flash, decided to block all versions of the Flash Player plugin up to version 18.0.0.203 on Windows. Mozilla said Flash would remain on the Firefox blocklist until Adobe fixes all known vulnerabilities.

Since the announcement, Adobe appears to have updated its Flash player to version 18.0.0.209, which is not blocked.

Earlier in July, hackers breached the systems of Italy-based Hacking Team and published 400GB...

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10:05
Apple Seeds First iOS 8.4.1 Beta to Developers

Apple today seeded the first beta of iOS 8.4.1 to registered developers for testing purposes, just two weeks after releasing iOS 8.4 with the new Apple Music service to the public. With iOS 9 already in the works and on track for a fall release, iOS 8.4.1 will likely be the last significant update to iOS 8.

Today's beta, build number 12H304, can be downloaded from the Apple Developer Center.

It is not yet clear what changes will be introduced with iOS 8.4.1, but as with past betas, it's likely to include bug fixes, performance enhancements, and minor tweaks to the operating system. We'll update this post with any new features or tweaks that are found within the new update.

iOS 8.4.1 follows on the heels of iOS 8.4, which introduced an entirely revamped Music app along with the new Apple Music service and the Beats 1 radio station. Aside from music updates, iOS...

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10:04
Apple releases beta versions of OS X 10.10.5 and iOS...

Apple has just published two new software betas for developers on its Developer Center. The new betas cover both OS X Yosemite and iOS 8, with what appear to be bug fix releases on each platform. You can find the change logs below. We’ll also include a running list of changes.

Apple recently distributed iOS 9 beta 3 to developers and beta testers, and OS X 10.10.4 to the general public. iOS 8.4 was ...

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10:04
Apple Seeds First OS X 10.10.5 Yosemite Beta to...

Apple today seeded the first beta of OS X 10.10.5 to developers, two weeks after releasing OS X 10.10.4 to the public. Coming just a few months ahead of the public release of OS X 10.11 El Capitan, OS X 10.10.5 may be one of the last significant updates to Yosemite.

The new beta, build number 14F6a, can be downloaded fro the Apple Developer Center.

It is not yet clear what's new in the OS X 10.10.5 beta, but like 10.10.4 and earlier betas, it likely includes bug fixes and performance enhancements.

OS X 10.10.4, the current version of OS X Yosemite, introduced multiple bug fixes and under-the-hood performance improvements, including the removal of the ...

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10:03
Power Hungry iPhone Users will do some of the...

Power hungry iPhone users will do some of the craziest things to keep them charged. I originally thought that the Samsung ad called "Wall Huggers" was the craziest Samsung ad to date. Yet a couple of recent cases I've read about had me laughing and realizing that there may be some truth to that Samsung ad after all.

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10:00
iOS 8.4.1 beta Now Available

iOS 8.4.1 beta Now Available

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10:00
iOS 8.4.1 beta Now Available

iOS 8.4.1 beta Now Available

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10:00
OS X Yosemite 10.10.5 beta Now Available

OS X Yosemite 10.10.5 beta Now Available

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10:00
OS X Yosemite 10.10.5 beta Now Available

OS X Yosemite 10.10.5 beta Now Available

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09:40
Parallels Mac Manger revved to version 4.0

Parallels has unveiled Parallels Mac Management 4.0 for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) (www.parallels.com/mac-management), which extends Microsoft SCCM functionality to manage and control Macs.

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09:26
Apple Pay launches in the UK

As of today, Apple Pay has officially come to the United Kingdom and are available for use in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

Apple Pay works at participating retail stores and within apps that accept it. Because it requires NFC, it is only available for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users, and Apple Watch users who have an iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6, or 6 Plus. In-app Apple Pay purchases can be made with an iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iPhone 6, or iPhone 6 Plus.

The banks and credit card companies that are participating in the Apple Pay launch currently include American Express, First Direct, HSBC, Nationwide, NatWest, Royal Bank of Scotland, Santander, and Ulster Bank. Additional banks like...

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09:07
Rumor: Apple making progress in negotiations with TV...

Apple’s apparently still in negotiations with the networks for its upcoming TV streaming service.

A recent article in the New York Post has Apple talking with ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox with Apple’s 30 percent revenue share being the point of contention. Still, rumors have it that Apple is targeting a late fall launch of its new TV product.

The current word around the campfire is that Disney or CBS will apparently be among the first to sign onto the deal. Apple also seems interested in getting Disney’s ESPN and Discovery channels folded in along with local live TV.

Apple is getting ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox to...

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09:02
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPad mini 2 $230, SanDisk...

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:


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09:00
OneNote Class Notebooks and a Surface Pro 3 in...

Today’s post was written by Douglas Wills, professor of Economics at the University of Washington.

In the spring term of 2015, I organized the Intermediate Microeconomics course at the University of Washington, Tacoma using Microsoft’s new OneNote Class Notebook. Over 50 students were enrolled for the mathematics-based course. The OneNote Class Notebook created for the class worked exactly as advertised. Each student had a private tab, access to all class material, and the syncing worked flawlessly. Some students used the online version, some the desktop, and virtually all of them accessed the notebook via multiple devices. However, there were three things that made the use of OneNote outstanding and will keep me coming back to it for future classes.

OneNote as the classroom whiteboard

I’ve used the “inking” feature of Tablet PCs in the classroom since tablets first came out over a decade ago. Using ...

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09:00
Wish snatches up top Android app Locket to help you...

Locket, a beloved Android app that serves up content you want to read right on your lock-screen, is bringing its recommendation tech to one of the most popular iOS e-commerce apps.

Wish, one of the top 10 lifestyle apps in the App Store, snatched up Locket, which Google Play picked as one of its best apps of 2014, to power recommendations for its shopping platform. Locket founder and CEO Yunha Kim, who is joining the Wish team, said there are no plans to shut down Locket at the moment, but that the technology that fueled the Android app’s tailored lock-screen content picks will be baked into Wish.

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08:56
Lawsuit targets Apple for directing 'iWatch...

A new lawsuit accuses Apple of improperly using Google ads to guide "iWatch" searches to its page for the Apple Watch, abusing a trademark it doesn't own, a report said on Tuesday.

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08:55
Artists fought against Apple Music’s no-pay...

“‘I can’t support this, you need to pay us from the first stream,’” Borchetta, the CEO of Big Machine Records, says he told Apple execs. “And those conversations led up to the weekend where Taylor posted the blog.”

Taylor Swift did a great thing.

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08:45
A Korean Online Payment Service Found that 94% of...

Earlier today we reported that Apple Pay officially went live in the UK and noted that Apple Pay could go live in South Korea, China and Canada this fall (or early 2016). Apple Pay could be a real winner in South Korea as we've learned today that South Korea's iPhone users are more actively ...

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08:26
Yamaha’s portable Bluetooth speaker

I haven’t used this, but Yamaha is a great music company. This may be worth checking out as you look for an outdoor speak this summer.

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08:15
Mozilla blocks Flash in Firefox browser as Adobe...

It’s been a rough week for the fate of Adobe’s Flash Player plugin. Yesterday we told you about Facebook’s security chief pushing Steve Jobs’ anti-Flash message and calling on Adobe to announce an end-of-life date for the plugin, and today a major web browser has opted to actually block Flash to protect users from security issues. Mozilla said today that it is temporarily disabling Flash by default until Adobe is able to address recent exploits discovered in the plugin…

While the block doesn’t completely prevent Firefox users from using Flash, it...

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08:00
Apple Pay goes live in UK

Just nine months after Apple Pay shook up the mobile payments world in the US, another country has been added to the payment service. Starting today, users of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch can pay for goods and services at more than 250,000 locations in the United Kingdom.

Financial institutions that are on board for the launch in the UK include Ulster Bank, Santander, Royal Bank of Scotland, NatWest, Nationwide, First Direct and American Express. Halifax, Lloyds, and Bank of Scotland are expected to join up this fall. HSBC will be adding support later this month, while Barclays -- which originally said it would only support its own contactless payment system called bPay -- now says it will throw its support behind Apple Pay, although it didn't set a time for the rollout to customers. 

For credit card companies, Visa, MasterCard and American Express are lined up to help. Retailers include Boots, Waitress, Pret, and Transport for London. Now that Apple...

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07:55
Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata Leaves Legacy of Charm


After more than a decade of shaping fan-forward Nintendo philosophies, President Satoru Iwata died Saturday at 55. Iwata had been struggling with cancer for about a year. The one-time programmer and long-time video game enthusiast worked his way through the ranks of Nintendo until there were no more promotions left. He succeeded Hiroshi Yamauchi in 2002, which made him the first Nintendo president who wasn't a member of the Yamauchi family. Of the many successes bearing Iwata's signature at Nintendo, none stands out more than the Wii.

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07:52
Rumor: Samsung to launch Galaxy 'S6 Edge+,...

In a move designed to preempt Apple's anticipated "iPhone 6s" event in September, Samsung will reportedly unveil its latest Galaxy Note phablet alongside a jumbo-sized Galaxy S6 Edge on August 12.

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07:46
NY Post: Apple close to deal on local channel...

Apple is negotiating with the big four networks to get the rights to broadcast affiliate feeds. This has huge potential implications for an Apple TV service if Apple can pull this off.

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07:32
Apple’s new Campus 2 aerial shot shows building...

We’ve been tracking the progress of Apple’s Campus 2 expansion project over several months, and today the city of Cupertino and Apple have shared a new aerial shot of the site showing construction on several new sections of the massive spaceship-like building.

Compared to the last official photo shared, the new perspective offers an closer shot of the Campus 2 construction with building construction taking shape on roughly half the circle.

Apple’s official timeline for completing the Campus 2 project says building construction will wrap up by the end of next year. You can see the previous aerial shot below and check out our full timeline of the...

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07:32
Talks with major networks for Apple streaming TV...

After being mired for months, talks with major networks regarding an Apple streaming TV service are finally making major advancements ahead of an anticipated launch this fall, according to a new report.

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07:32
T-Mobile launches competitive new Family Plan,...

T-Mobile’s Uncarrier Amped moves are still going strong. Just days after announcing its cross-border ‘Mobile Without Borders’ plan, the magenta carrier has unveiled a brand new family plan.

With the new plan, two customers can get 10GB per line for $100 per month. Each additional line is then $20 per person, each with 10GB data allowance. As a special offer, T-Mobile is also giving customers a fourth line for free. Between now and Labor day, customers will be able to sign up to four lines with 10GB data on each, for $120 per month.

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07:26
Apple Pay goes international with UK launch

Apple is finally taking its mobile payment service worldwide, starting with the British rollout of Apple Pay on Tuesday.

Apple announced its UK expansion plans at June’s Worldwide Developers Conference. Seven financial institutions are supporting Apple Pay at launch, including American Express, MBNA, Nationwide, Santander, Royal Bank of Scotland, NatWest, and Ulster Bank. Notable holdouts include Barclays and, surprisingly, HSBC. HSBC was expected to be one of Apple Pay’s launch partners, but the bank announced that it won’t support the service until the end of July. Barclays has its own contactless payment service, bPay, but reversed its opposition to Apple Pay on Tuesday with a supportive tweet.

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07:21
Microsoft’s $99 Universal Foldable Keyboard for...

Microsoft’s new Universal Foldable Keyboard, first unveiled earlier this year, is now available to purchase online and through Microsoft stores. The super portable Bluetooth keyboard folds in half when not in use and allows users to connect to two mobile devices at once including iPhones, iPads, Android, and Windows devices.

Microsoft notes that the keyboard has full-size keys, a spill-resistant, water-repellent keyboard and outer material, and a built-in rechargeable battery that...

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07:09
Apple's New TV Bundle Service is Ready and...

Apple’s discussions with ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox to offer local live TV feeds streamed to any Apple device is going exceedingly well ...

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07:06
iPhone will outperform market expectations, pushing...

Recent struggles for Apple stock are based on unfounded fears out of China, FBR Capital Markets said on Tuesday, telling investors it believes the "speed bump" will be over soon as strong iPhone sales continue.

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07:00
Use ffmpeg to Extract mp3 files from Videos

The ffmpeg command is pretty rad. I’ve written about it before, but now I’m using it to rip the audio out of video podcasts that don’t need video. Extracting an mp3 from video that doesn’t need any video means I can have way more on my iPhone. So here goes:

ffmpeg -i randopodcast.flv -vcodec mpeg2video randopodcast.m2v -acodec copy randopodcast.mp3

The video is pretty irrelevant for what we’re trying to do, but it’s great to have smaller files and more of ’em!

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07:00
Bargain-priced Inateck MP1200 Felt Sleeve protects...

Inateck mp1200 felt sleeve for 12-inch macbook. photo ©2015, steven sande. all rights reserved.

Since Apple World Today launched in February, I’ve had the opportunity to check out some of the wide range of accessories from Inateck. This manufacturer, based in Germany, is making inroads into the accessory world for two reasons: first, their products are pretty solid, and second, the products are all very reasonably priced. Today I’m looking at Inateck’s MP1200 Felt Sleeve for the 12-inch MacBook (US$36.99 MSRP, but just $12.99 from Amazon — affiliate link).

Design

The MP1200 Felt Sleeve is rather plain looking. It’s made of a neutral grey felt material with flannel inside, which will keep the MacBook scratch-free whether you’re carrying it inside a backpack or briefcase, or just using the...

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06:44
Honda to Introduce new Road Hints Service Linked to...

Honda Motor Co Ltd announced late yesterday that it will unveil a new service combining a car navigation system and mobile device at Smart Community Japan 2015, which will take place from June 17 to 19, 2015, in Tokyo.

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06:42
The truth about HackingTeam, jailbreaking and iOS –...

Editors note: Will Strafach (@chronic) runs a mobile security services firm helping enterprises protect their employees and confidential data from mobile threats. Fast and thorough analysis of the compiled binaries found within the HackingTeam dump was possible using their upcoming cloud-based iOS application analysis platform, using highly advanced pattern-matching and heuristic techniques to detect threats and privacy leaks within applications installed on enrolled mobile devices. He can be reached at will@wstraf.me if any readers have further questions or concerns regarding HackingTeam or other iOS malware. 

Written by: Will “Chronic”...

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06:40
Former iAd exec leaves Apple, suggests company...

Winston Crawford, a former advertising executive, has left Apple to join Drawbridge. The move comes at an interesting time given Tim Cook’s recent comments on user data and privacy.

Drawbridge is a relatively new company which helps marketers track user data across multiple mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. He joined as COO to help expand the tracking technology to new areas like offering the ability for retailers to show the same online shopping cart to a single customer across multiple devices.

What’s interesting about this move is Crawford’s comments about Apple’s way of doing ads. Going back to those thoughts shared by Tim Cook about not being in the business of harvesting user data for profit,...

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06:40
Apple Enlists Networks to Negotiate With Local...

Apple's discussions with ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox for its much-rumored streaming TV service are gaining momentum, according to the New York Post. The report claims that Apple has enlisted networks to negotiate with local TV stations on their behalf, and the networks are said to be close to securing those rights with affiliate groups such as Tribune and Sinclair.

Networks are reportedly telling affiliates that they will be able to share the revenue generated from Apple's streaming TV service if they offer their feeds on the platform. The inclusion of local TV stations is important for the success of Apple's cable-cutter service, expected to launch in the fall for devices including iPhone, iPad and Apple TV. The service is speculated to cost between $10 and $40 per month.At CBS,...

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06:37
Apple reportedly moving forward w/ streaming TV...

Apple’s talks with networks for its upcoming streaming TV cable service are well underway, according to the New York Post. The four main broadcast networks are involved: ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox. Apple’s 30% revenue share of the subscription fee remains a point of contention, but the report claims that negotiations are rapidly gaining momentum with Apple targeting a late fall launch of its new TV product.

Disney or CBS will apparently be the first companies to sign up with Apple and get the skinny TV package deal rolling. Apple wants to have channels like Disney’s ESPN and Discovery in the mix too. Apple is also interested in getting local live TV as part of the package,...

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06:33
Kool Tools: Fi40 Bluetooth speaker system

Fluance's Fi50 is an elegant, two-way high performance, Bluetooth, premium wood speaker system with aptX enhanced audio that provides undistorted bass, a clear midrange, and transparent natural highs.

The USS$199.99 speaker system merges dual full-range 5-inch woven woofers, coaxial tweeters and a 40-watt amplifier. Additional features include: two finely tuned bass ports to control low frequency and improve efficiency; an adjustable bass and treble equalizer; and sound isolation floor spikes to eliminate vibration and prevent music distortion. 

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06:32
∞ Apple Pay UK launch makes the case for Apple Watch

Apple Pay rolled out in the United Kingdom this morning, and one set of use cases makes the case for the Apple Watch.

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06:23
Pixelmator for iOS gains Dynamic Touch, faster...

A new version of Pixelmator for iOS, released on Tuesday, makes a number of improvements to the app, most significantly introducing Dynamic Touch and a much faster Repair tool.

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06:06
Samsung Reportedly Set to Launch their Next-Gen...

We posted a report last week titled "Samsung will Attempt to Release new Phablets Earlier than Expected to get ahead of Apple's new iPhones." Today, sources within Taiwan-based telecom carriers are saying ...

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05:12
Apple Pay launches today in the UK

Apple Pay, Apple's mobile payment service, will launch in the U.K. today, marking the first time it will be available outside the U.S.

Many major brands and most big banks have signed up to support the offering, with more than 250,000 locations — ranging from subway stations to supermarkets — ready to accept the service. Now Apple is reportedly working on extending Apple Pay to China, South Korea and Canada.

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05:11
Apple Pay Officially Launches in the U.K. Right on...

Apple announced during their developer conference in June that over 250,000 UK merchants would be on board with Apple Pay and today Apple Pay is officially being launched.

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05:00
TiVo’s AirPlay blockade ends as iOS app adds...

One of the long-running complaints among TiVo users has been the company’s decision to block Apple’s AirPlay mirroring feature, preventing users from streaming content from the TiVo iOS app to an Apple TV. That’s all changing today as the company plans an update to the app that enables the functionality for the first time, allowing TiVo hardware owners to stream any content accessible via the iOS app to an Apple TV connected to the same network.

I’ve been playing with a pre-release build of the app, and it works much like you’d expect. The iOS app gives users access to content recorded on TiVo Roamio or TiVo Premiere DVR hardware, and users can now simply...

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05:00
Which MLB game is this season's iOS all-star?

It’s the all-star break: The approximate midway point of the Major League Baseball season when regular games stop for a few days and most people (players included) pay little attention to Tuesday’s All-Star Game. If you want to see your favorite team in action right now, you’ll have to make it happen yourself—by firing up one of the official MLB games in the App Store.

There are all sorts of options, including card-based games and in-depth management simulators—but if you want to swing the bat and toss the ball using real-life rosters, you have a few key options this season. They’re all pretty different in style and execution, and if you’re looking to pick one licensed baseball game to invest your time and money into, there’s a clear winner. Here’s a look at the season’s baseball options, along with our top...

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04:52
Barclays Confirms Apple Pay Support in Future, First...

Barclays today announced that it will support Apple Pay for debit and credit cards in the United Kingdom in the future, confirming a MacRumors report that claimed the bank expected "imminent" support of the mobile payments service.

Apple Pay officially launched in the U.K. earlier today and can be used at more than 250,000 locations across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. A full list of retail shops and apps that accept Apple Pay can be found on Apple's website.

We are really excited about the launch of Apple Pay and will bring Barclays debit cards and Barclaycard credit cards to Apple Pay in future.

— Barclays UK...

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04:49
Things that were awesome at PSU MacAdmins Conference...

This year many attendees of the Penn State Mac Admins Conference likened the experience to summer camp. I described it as the feeling of gluttony, and as I’m a bit of an enthusiast, I’m still recovering from intellectual overload. It felt different than previous years – personally that may be because I had to do half as much work as I usualy do, since Ben Toms joined me on stage(and yet I still interrupted and talked twice as much as him, but ¯_(ツ)_/¯). One overall feeling was of a lot of folks you’ve seen for years were at once more familiar, and new faces stepping out from the shadows of Slack to make themselves seen and heard made it quite the event. Here’s some of the other things that I got exposed to, or otherwise made an impact on me over the span of the conference:...

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04:37
ArtOptimizer for Adobe Illustrator now supports...

Zevrix Solutions has announced ArtOptimizer 2.7.7, a compatibility update to its workflow automation solution for Adobe Illustrator.

ArtOptimizer allows users to reduce Illustrator link size and speed up processing by automatically eliminating excess image data and performing essential image adjustments. The new version is compatible with the 2015 release of Illustrator CC.

ArtOptimizer can be purchased from the Zevrix website (www.zevrix.com) for US$119.95. A demo is available for download. ArtOptimizer requires Mac OS X 10.5-10.10 and Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop CS3-CC 2015.

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04:23
Kool Tools: Vitesse Messanger bag

WaterField Designs' Vitesse Messenger (http://tinyurl.com/oxgls9v) is a classic cycling messenger bag streamlined for multi-functional use.

As more commuters take advantage of bike-friendly cities’ expanded bike lanes and bike-share programs, WaterField has introduced a messenger bag ideal for shifting from bike commuting to professional office environments. The lightweight, comfortable Vitesse Messenger combines water-resistant waxed canvas and naturally-tanned chocolate leather.

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04:15
Apple Granted 40 Patents Today Covering a New Maps...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 40 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a new maps app feature, a future vehicle location app and more, including a design ...

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04:01
Mobile is key to fulfilling the promise of Internet...

The Internet Society today released its 2015 Global Internet Report (http://tinyurl.com/oq8zx9c) , the organization’s second annual report on the global state of the Internet. Focused on the impact of the mobile Internet, this year’s report shows that mobile has fundamentally transformed Internet access and use, and holds the key to fulfilling the promise of Internet connectivity for the next billion people.

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03:30
BBC iPlayer Radio app for iOS and Android gets...

 

The BBC announced in a blog post this morning that mobile downloads are coming to its iPlayer Radio app just in time for the BBC Proms. For the first time – using the iPlayer Radio app – customers will be able to download radio shows (and the Proms) to listen offline and keep them for up to 30 days.  To make use of this new service, all you need to do is ensure you have the latest version of the BBC iPlayer Radio smartphone or tablet app for iOS, Android or Kindle.

This move will make...

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03:30
Hands-on with Safari 9 in El Capitan: Little changes...

Safari’s major overhaul occurred when Yosemite was released last year. By comparison, the changes to Safari are just a few, but they will have an immediate effect on how you browse the web.

Jason Snell covered the major changes to Safari 9 in his first look of the El Capitan public beta. Here, I’ll take a closer look at those changes, as well as a few others. As Jason mentioned in his first look, El Capitan is currently in beta and changes to how these features are implemented can happen between now and the final version that will be released in the fall. This article will be updated appropriately.

To...

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02:40
BBC iPlayer Radio app will soon let you download...

One of the reasons why podcasts are so popular is because, unlike live radio, you can download episodes and listen to them when you don't have a connection. The BBC has long understood their popularity, offering both dedicated podcasts and shows cut ...

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02:26
HSBC bows out of Apple Pay launch as Barclays vows...

It seems Apple Pay's UK debut didn't go off without a hitch on Tuesday, as HSBC customers are not able to use service despite the bank's status as an official launch partner. In a related development, Barclays did an about face and announced upcoming support for Apple's contactless payment solution.

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02:07
Pixelmator for iPhone and iPad adds ‘Dynamic Touch’...

Pixelmator for iPhone and iPad has today been updated to version 2.0.2 bringing even more features to the popular image editor for iOS and Mac. This update adds a new kind of brush stroke called Dynamic Touch, which simulates pressure sensitivity by examining the size of the finger input that touches the screen. Larger surface area produces thicker strokes on the canvas. Similarly, using just the tip of a finger results in fine lines in the app.

The update also ports the ...

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02:02
UK might ban social media to combat the specter of...

British Prime Minister David Cameron's administration is considering legislation that would ban the use of encrypted apps like Facebook Messenger, Snapchat and iMessage unless the services included government-accessible backdoors. It's called the Inv...

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01:35
Barclays will support Apple Pay in the UK, eventually

When Apple Pay was first announced for the UK, one bank was noticeably absent from its list of launch partners: Barclays. It was a strange omission, given it's one of the most popular in Britain and Apple Pay already supports its cards in the US. Tod...

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01:33
Future Apple devices might boast personalized Maps...

A pair of patents awarded to Apple on Tuesday illustrates research running the gamut of mobile tech, with one invention detailing an advanced mapping system with customizable and shareable image data, and another covering ways to convert audio data into haptic vibrations for the hearing impaired.

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01:05
As Apple Pay goes live in UK, Barclays bank...

Apple Pay has gone live in the UK today with over 250,000 officially blessed locations (although Apple Pay will work at any standard NFC terminal) and seven banks. In the runup to the launch, the main holdout has been Barclays bank who instead promoted their alternative ‘bPay’ service.

Now, though, they have changed their tune. Over Twitter, Barclays announced that it is actually  ‘really excited’ about Apple Pay and will add support for the service to Barclaycard debit and credit cards in future.

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00:56
Toyota takes orders for its hydrogen-fueled Mirai on...

If you're fortunate enough to live in one of the California burgs where Toyota will deliver the Mirai this October, you now know just when and where you can pull the trigger. Toyota says that it'll start taking American requests for the hydrogen fuel...

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00:08
Man Arrested After Charging iPhone On London...

An anonymous reader writes: 45-year-old Robin Lee was arrested after he used a socket on a London Overground train to charge up his iPhone. He was handcuffed and arrested for "abstracting electricity". Robin was then charged with "unacceptable behaviour" after "becoming aggressive" when objecting to his first arrest. The Guardian reports: "Speaking to the Evening Standard, Lee said he had been confronted by a police community support officer on the overground train from Hackney Wick to Camden Road on 10 July. The Overground is part of Transport For London’s wider network that also includes London Underground and the buses. 'She said I’m abstracting electricity. She kept saying it’s a crime. We were just coming into the station and there happened to be about four police officers on the platform. She called to them and said: ‘This guy’s been abstracting electricity, he needs to be arrested’.”

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Monday July 13

23:51
Real Virtuality shows us what multiplayer VR might...

2016 is shaping up to be the year the world gets virtual -- with immersive head-mounted displays coming from the likes of Facebook, Sony, HTC (and Valve) and Microsoft--but so far we've mostly seen individual, tethered, seated experiences. Can't we d...

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23:17
Apple Pay has gone live in the UK with support from...

Apple UK:

Apple Pay has officially launched in the UK. Users will be able to useApple Pay at more than 250,000 retailers with support from eight banks UK banks. The service is currently supported with credit and debit cards from American Express, Visa, Mastercard, First Direct, HSBC, Nationwide, NatWest, Royal Bank of Scotland, Santander, and Ulster Bank.

Good news for our friends in the UK but the downside is purchases will be limited to a £20 cap that will expand to only £30 in September. So no buying big ticket items just yet. The £20 will just cover two pints of lager and a packet of crisps.

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23:00
aTV Flash (black) 2.5 - Supercharge your second-...

aTV Flash (black) supercharges your 2nd generation Apple TV, empowering it to do things you never thought possible! All new features are installed alongside the normal Apple TV features, so things like movie rentals, Netflix, and AirPlay will remain unchanged.

Installing aTV Flash (black) requires that you first jailbreak your 2nd Gen. Apple TV which can be done easily, and for free with Seas0nPass. Learn more about jailbreaking your Apple TV and installing aTV Flash (black) here.

Featured in aTV Flash (black) are tons of exciting new features, including an all-new Media Player, WebKit based browser, Last.fm radio, Weather, RSS feeds and more!

Expanded media support with all the extras: The new Media Player included in aTV Flash (black) empowers you to go beyond iTunes and...

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22:45
How to join NASA's festivities as New Horizons...

In a few hours, at 7:49 AM Eastern time, the New Horizons probe will fly 7,750 miles above the surface of Pluto, something no other spacecraft has accomplished before. Unfortunately, we can't fly with the probe as it swoops in on the dwarf planet, bu...

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22:27
Apple releases iTunes 12.2.1 update

If you were hoping for an iTunes update that resolved some of the recently-introduced bugs, this is it.

Late Monday, Apple released iTunes 12.2.1. The new version, a 232.8 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

- Fixes an issue for iTunes Match where iTunes incorrectly changed some songs from Matched to Apple Music.

- Provides a way to correct a library problem affecting former iTunes Match subscribers.

- Includes minor bug fixes and improvements for Beats 1.

iTunes 12.2.1 can be located and downloaded via OS X’s Software Update and/or App Store features and requires an Intel-based Mac running OS X 10.7.5 or later to install and run.

If you’...

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21:40
Apple Pay goes live in the UK: Here's how to...

It's been a while coming, but Apple Pay is now live in the UK. If you own an iPhone 6, 6 Plus, or an Apple Watch connected to an older iPhone, you now have the option of paying for purchases without cards or cash. But how do you set it up, where can ...

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20:48
Canadian company is developing a 'breathalyzer...

With cannabis now legal in some form or another in nearly half of the US, states and private companies alike are scrambling for a means of adapting DUI legislation to weed. To that end, Vancouver-based Cannabix Technologies Inc is developing what is ...

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20:19
Facebook researching human-powered personal...

With good number of major tech companies fielding their own brand of virtual assistant technology, Facebook is reportedly eyeing its own entry with "Moneypenny," a hybrid feature that helps users complete tasks like buying products and services online.

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19:12
Facebook reportedly developing Siri competitor...

After taking on messaging, cash transfers, and more, Facebook is preparing to challenge Apple in the virtual assistant arena. The social company is in the process of developing a Messenger-based Siri competitor called Moneypenny, a new report indicates.

Details are a bit scarce at the moment, but...

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17:18
Stringent Apple HomeKit certification cause of slow...

According to a report on Monday, the slow pace at which devices compatible with Apple's HomeKit are trickling in can be attributed to last-minute security changes, including a modified hardware certification process and tweaks to the networking ecosystem.

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17:16
[Sponsor] MailChimp

Over eight million businesses around the world use MailChimp for email newsletters, A/B testing, and marketing automation.

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17:00
Announcing the 2015 Office App Awards winners

After weeks of judging, the 34 best Office add-ins and apps of 2015 were announced today at a celebration party at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Orlando.

Top partners such as Nintex, DocuSign and Smartsheet snared a combined 13 first-, second- or third-place awards across 13 categories in the second annual contest.

Many smaller and emerging partners captured prizes as well. They included polling company Mentimeter; expense-software provider Ivero; HR specialist Kirkness Associates; forms provider Ardevia Software; and SharePoint specialist SkyLite Systems—all of whom captured first place awards of their own.

In all, Microsoft judges considered 110-plus top...

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16:44
Apple Pay Officially Launches in the United Kingdom...

Over the past several days, banks and merchants in the United Kingdom have been gearing up for the launch of Apple Pay, and as of today, Apple's payments service will be officially available for use in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

Apple Pay works at participating retail stores and within apps that accept it. Because it requires NFC, it is only available for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users, and Apple Watch users who have an iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6, or 6 Plus. In-app Apple Pay purchases can be made with an iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iPhone 6, or iPhone 6 Plus.

According to Apple's UK Apple Pay site, banks and credit card companies that are participating in the Apple Pay launch include American Express, First...

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16:38
It’s official: Apple Pay goes live in the U.K. today

As we reported would happen, Apple Pay will be going live in the U.K. today. The service launches in the country with support from more than 250,000 stores, including Waitrose and Transport for London on its transportation networks. Currently, 8 U.K. banks support Apple Pay. Those banks are American Express, First Direct, HSBC, Nationwide, NatWest, Royal Bank of Scotland, Santander and Ulster Bank. Notably missing from that list is Barclays, who is said to still be in negotiations with Apple to support the platform.

Apple Pay launched...

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16:21
Apple Pay launches in UK with 250K stores, 8 banks...

Nine months after its release in the U.S., Apple Pay will be available to iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch users in the UK on Tuesday, local time, with support from more than 250,000 retail locations and eight major banks.

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15:30
AWT News Update: July 13, 2015

PHOTO: ALAMY, via The Telegraph

Here's what's new in the world of Apple today:

  • Apple's giving Greek iCloud users a free month of service
  • Rumors abound about the 12.9-inch iPad Pro
  • ResearchKit is finding a home in big pharmaceutical companies
  • British man arrested for plugging an iPhone in for a charge... on a train.

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for July 13, 2015.

Things haven’t exactly been a...

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14:56
Ad business startup Drawbridge snags iAd Marketplace...

Former head of Apple's iAd Marketplaces Winston Crawford left the company earlier in July to take on the role of COO at Drawbridge, a startup that provides advertisers with granular cross-platform user engagement statistics.

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14:48
CleanMyMac 3.0.3b1 - Delete files that waste your...

CleanMyMac makes space for the things you love. Sporting a range of ingenious new features, CleanMyMac lets you safely and intelligently scan and clean your entire system, delete large, unused files, reduce the size of your iPhoto library, uninstall unneeded apps or fix the ones that started to work improperly, manage all your extensions from one place and do much more - all from one newly designed and beautifully simple interface.



Version 3.0.3b1:

  • Compatible with OS X 10.11 "El Capitan"



  • OS X 10.8 or later



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14:31
Mangaka Is an Artful Blend of Simplicity and Style


Mangaka is a nontraditional Linux distro with a gorgeous look. After gaining traction among fans of the manga and anime communities, Mangaka fell dormant in December 2009. Developer Animesoft International regrouped, and the latest Release Candidate version came out on June 20. The Mangaka Project -- the name means "love" in Japanese -- started out with the code name of "AngelOS." The unusual desktop environment and design may not tickle everyone's fancy, but the stunning artwork built into the background images will evoke smiles in some users.

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13:57
Personal journaling

Ben Brooks’ post on the problems keeping up with a personal journal resonated with me. I’ve tried this over the years too and could never keep it up.

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13:39
A Colossal Overreaction to Slice Intelligence's...

A few weeks ago we posted a report titled "Apple's High-Tech Spin on the Razor-Blade Business Model is Paying Big Profits with Apple Watch Bands." In that report we covered data collected by Slice Intelligence that indicated that Apple was making a killing on Apple Watch bands. We also noted that Slice Intelligence reported that as of mid-June, Apple Watch sales were approximately 2.79 million units.

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13:08
Haters Force Leadership Change at Reddit


The haters have won at Reddit, forcing the ouster of interim CEO Ellen Pao and her replacement by cofounder and former CEO Steve Huffman. Board member Sam Altman, who led a $50 million investment round in the firm, on Saturday announced Pao's resignation and Huffman's appointment, lashing out at the campaign against Pao.
It was "sickening" to see some of the things Redditors wrote about Pao, he said.
Disagreements are fine -- death threats are not, Altman continued, apparently referring to death threats some Redditors made against Pao.

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13:03
Apple has 92% of operating profit of the world'...

Apple collected 92% of the operating profit of the world's top eight smartphone companies in the first quarter of the year, reports the Canaccord Genuity financial firm — as noted by the Wall Street Journal (on.wsj.com/1SjEjmY). That's up from 65% a year earlier.

Samsung took 15% in this year's period. The reason why Apple and Samsung earned over 100% combined is because some rivals only broke even or lost money.

Apple's dominance of profit share comes despite the company selling under 20% of smartphones and because its devices are much more expensive than those of its competitors.

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13:02
Comcast unveils upcoming live TV streaming package...

While Apple’s rumored Web TV service is expected to launch with new hardware and software later this year, Comcast has shown its cards on what it describes as an “experiment” to offer live TV streaming to its Internet subscribers without cable packages. Stream, a $15/month Xfinity add-on, will allow Comcast Internet...

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13:00
Led by enterprise sales, global tablet use predicted...

Though annual tablet sales have largely plateaued and aren't expected to see reignited growth in the near future, devices like Apple's iPad will continue to grow in use in corporate environments, Forrester Research believes.

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13:00
AWT Health Club: Lark, a conversation about your...

Readers of the AWT Health Club column know that one of my pet peeves is entering data into health apps. Whether it’s trying to enter Weight Watchers Points into their app (I gave up), entering calories eaten into any number of other apps, or trying to figure out much activity I’ve engaged in, it’s a pain in the gluteus maximus and I don’t like it. Well, a new app called Lark - Personal Weight Loss Coach and 24/7 Nutritionist (free) wants to change all of that.

Lark carries on a conversation with users about what they’re doing in terms of eating, sleeping, and activity. And when I say “conversation,”, I mean exactly that. After a quick setup that links Lark to the Apple Health app, Lark begins a set of short conversations with you. It will ask what you had for breakfast, chide you gently for not moving enough (it’s actually quite nice about it…), give you tips on what you ate that’s good...

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12:45
iPod shipping times slip ahead of Apple's...

Shipping times for some iPod models -- mostly for the iPod touch -- have lengthened at Apple's U.S. online store ahead of an anticipated refresh on Tuesday, during which Apple is expected to add new colors and upgrade the Touch's internals.

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12:40
Apple Constraining iPod, iPad Mini 2 and iPad Air...

Insider inventory constraint information from major retailer Target hints at some possible end of life timelines for various products like the iPod, iPad mini 2, and iPad Air, many of which may be discontinued in the near future following the launch of new products.

According to a screenshot of an internal inventory system shared by a Target employee, all models of the iPod are currently constrained by Apple ahead of a rumored update that could come as soon as tomorrow.

Images of unreleased iPod touches, nanos, and shuffles were first discovered hidden within iTunes 12.2, and a rumor has suggested the iPod touch could receive a processor upgrade and new color options while the nano and the shuffle might be available in new colorways.

As for the iPad mini 2 and the iPad Air, replenishment of existing stock is currently constrained, with Target aiming to have 1 color in...

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12:31
The Dalrymple Report with Merlin Mann: Polka Band...

Merlin and Jim talk about Apple Music.

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12:20
Apple releases iTunes 12.2.1 for Mac OS X

Apple has released iTunes 12.2.1 for Mac OS X. Apple says that if songs that were matched by iTunes Match show up as Apple Music songs in iTunes, you should install this update.

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11:46
How-To: Fix iTunes 12.2’s iTunes Match/Apple Music...


Apple just released a minor update to iTunes 12, seemingly addressing several issues related to Apple Music’s debut in iTunes 12.2. One major problem — automatic switching of certain iTunes Match songs to “Apple Music” status, along with the unwanted addition of Apple’s Fairplay DRM — is mentioned in iTunes 12.2.1’s release notes. Apple says the update resolves an issue “where iTunes incorrectly changed some songs from Matched to Apple Music,” and lets you restore non-DRMed files to your library.

But unless you follow a specific procedure spotlighted in a new Apple support document, the fix could create even bigger problems for your library. Apple notes that if you download...

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11:41
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 13...

Notable software releases this week include iTunes 12.2.1, GraphicConverter 9.7.1, LaunchBar 6.4.1, Skype 7.9, and PDFpen and PDFpenPro 7.2.

 

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11:41
ExtraBITS for 13 July 2015

In our latest ExtraBITS roundup, The Verge compares the audio quality of Apple Music, Spotify, and Tidal; Philip Michaels examines Taylor Swift’s influence over Apple at Six Colors; and Apple’s Eddy Cue says that the company is working to bring back Home Sharing for music in iOS 9.

 

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11:31
With Apple's annual back to school sale playing...

Apple appears to have mothballed its long-running back to school promotion -- which traditionally paired hardware discounts with iTunes or Apple Store gift cards -- but parents and students will have another option for Apple deals this week in Amazon's first-ever Prime Day.

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11:25
What’s new: June 2015

It’s summer and the improvements keep coming! Office for Android phone is here, the Wunderlist app is now part of Microsoft, and Office Online, OneNote, and Office Mix are better than ever. For business users there are new Box integrations and a new Office 365 web experience, and admins now have a better way to stay informed during service incidents, plus workload-specific control over data access. Security and compliance updates include the new Exchange Online Advanced Threat Protection plan, Compliance Search, RMS departmental templates, and new capabilities for Outlook on iOS and Android. Educators now have easy access to OneNote Class Notebooks, and Office Mix for online lessons now supports LTI and is integrated with LMS providers. There’s lots of news for developers too—from documentation and code samples to podcasts. Leave us a comment to let us know what your favorite new feature is. If you missed last month’s updates, see...

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11:02
Fix your iTunes Match music with iTunes update 12.2.1

This could be a good way to start a Monday, especially if you're an iTunes Match user: Apple has released the iTunes 12.2.1 update. If you have iTunes Match, upgraded to iTunes 12.2 and had problems, this might be the update you need.

According to the company’s release notes, 12.2.1 corrects a problem where iTunes Match music is labeled as Apple Music instead of Matched. It also, “Provides a way to correct a library problem affecting former iTunes Match Subscribers.” There are also minor bug fixes for Beats 1 radio.

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Apple’s 20% global smartphone market share...

Photo ©2015 by Steven Sande. All rights reserved.

Apple may only sell two out of every ten smartphones sold worldwide, but the company captures the vast majority of operating income in the global smartphone industry. That’s the word from Canaccord Genuity, which showed that Apple grabbed 92 percent of the total operating income of the top eight smartphone makers in the first quarter of 2015. That’s up from 65 percent last year.

Given that many of the thousand or so manufacturers that make smartphones either broke even last year or lost money, Apple and Samsung — which pulls in another 15 percent of the profits — account for more than 100 percent of industry profits.

A number of signs point to this continuing for the foreseeable future; the iPhone sells for a global average price of $624, compared to $185 for Android smartphones. Apple is expected to put in a record order for the rumored iPhone 6s to be released this fall, while Samsung manufactured too many...

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iTunes 12.2.1

Attempts to resolve issues experienced by current and former iTunes Match subscribers. (Free, 222 MB)

 

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Toronto road rage incident caught on camera, in...

CBC:

A CBC News crew was interviewing an Ontario police officer as a road-rage incident was happening right behind them.

CBC’s Neil Herland was speaking with OPP Const. Graham Williamson about a fatal collision on Black Creek Drive in Toronto on a nearby overpass, but shouting interrupted the interview, which was quickly captured by CBC camerawoman Tyna Poulin.

“Hey! Get back in the car,” Williamson yelled.

Less “road rage” and more, “road slightly peeved off”. No punches thrown, no gun fire, no horns honking – yeah, so Canadian.

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10:39
∞ Apple releases iTunes update

Apple on Monday released an update for iTunes supposedly fixing some issue with iTunes Match and Apple Music. You can download the update by launching the App Store on your Mac and clicking Update.

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10:36
Apple doubters in a feeding frenzy

Observatory:

Sometimes I wonder if people understand how organizations like Slice work. They make money by selling their services to client companies, and they attract new business by sending out press releases that become “news.” The more shocking the story, the more PR they get — and, in theory, the more new clients they can reel in.

In this case, Slice got exactly what it hoped for. Its name was attached to one of the biggest stories of the week. But, in the absence of any numbers from Apple, just how believable is the story?

As someone who is forced to read this stuff for a living, watching this particular feeding frenzy is simultaneously frustrating and unsurprising. While the general public’s lack of critical thinking when it comes to the media is slightly understandable, when the media itself is guilty of the inability to look at press releases and see them for what they actually are – simple promotion – it’s particularly aggravating. We can’t expect...

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Apple Music job listing seemingly confirms in-house...

Apple is hiring a video producer to work on original content for its new Apple Music streaming service. The position will see an experienced producer oversee the creation of all original video content for both iTunes and Apple Music and hints that Apple will be collaborating with artists on branded music videos.

The job listing seems to confirm a recent report from Pitchfork that Apple is making original music videos in-house for select high-profile artists. 

An excerpt from Apple’s job listing:

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10:19
Apple Releases iTunes 12.2.1 With iTunes Match Fix

Apple today released iTunes 12.2.1, a minor update that introduces some much needed bug fixes for iTunes Match and other features introduced with Apple Music. Apple Music was first released two weeks ago, but included several major bugs with iTunes Match that caused the deletion of entire music libraries and other issues, such as an inability to sign up for Apple Music for former iTunes Match subscribers.

The iTunes 12.2.1 update is available immediately from the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store. - Fixes an issue for iTunes Match where iTunes incorrectly changed some songs from Matched to Apple Music.
- Provides a way to correct a library problem affecting former iTunes Match subscribers.
- Includes minor bug fixes and improvements for Beats 1.
Today's update fixes the iTunes Match issue that caused iTunes to incorrectly label songs from Matched to...

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10:18
Apple releases iTunes 12.2.1 w/ fixes for Match and...

Apple has released a maintenance update to iTunes 12.2 that addresses issues related to Apple Music, iTunes Match, and Beats 1. The release specifically mentions resolving an issue where songs from iTunes Match would become classified as songs from Apple Music, which would result in unnecessary DRM being added.

The update also promises better performance for streaming the Beats 1 online radio station. the launch version included issues with dropped streams during playback which required quitting and relaunching iTunes to resolve.

iTunes 12.2...

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10:00
Create 10,000 Empty Directories for Testing

The mkdir command is used to create directories. Sometimes, in testing, you need to have a lot of directories. So, you can use the following command to create 10,000 5 digit directories, named 00001 to 10000:

mkdir $(printf '%05d\n' {1..10000})

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09:51
Tech Tools to Make Your Next Move Less Painful


My wife and I just completed a move from California to Oregon, and it was far less painful than it could have been, thanks to technology. It used to be incredibly painful to move. While a lot of the pain is still there, technology has advanced a lot since we last moved -- about 18 years ago -- and at least some parts of the process now are far easier. For instance, with a little foresight, you actually can take your home phone numbers and saved programs with you. There is one Web service that will move all of your magazines and affinity cards.

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09:06
Facebook’s security exec pushes Steve Jobs’ call for...

Facebook’s chief security officer, Alex Stamos, echoed a message first delivered quite memorably by Steve Jobs in 2010: it’s time for Adobe to kill Flash. Addressing Apple’s position of not supporting the plug-in on iOS and instead pushing HTML5, security was just one key point in Jobs’ epic Thoughts on Flash essay when the iPad launched.

We also know first hand that Flash is the number one reason Macs crash. We have been working with Adobe to fix these problems, but they have persisted for several years now.

Five years later, our dependence on Flash has greatly diminished on the desktop, but security issues continue to be an issue with the plug-in. In 2010, Jobs used more than 1600 words to explain Apple’s reason for not adding Flash support to iOS. In 2015, Facebook’s security chief pushed the message...

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09:00
DORMA delivers access to innovation for 7,000 global...

Today’s post was written by Matthew Boyd, public relations and communications executive for BrightStarr.

In October of 2014, DORMA, the trusted global partner for premium access solutions and services for enabling better buildings, approached BrightStarr with the goal of investing in the way they innovate into the future. DORMA has built its success over the past 100 years on innovation enabling them to provide the very best solutions for their clients. Today, with 7,000 globally distributed employees spread across over 50 countries, their intranet is the vehicle for driving that innovation, empowering staff with the digital tools they need to ideate and achieve success.

When DORMA partnered with BrightStarr, they had a rapidly approaching internal International Group Conference and the BAU Trade Fair. These two...

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Apple Remains the Number One Target of Patent Trolls...

New statistics were released recently that point to patent litigation in the U.S. being expected to hit an all-time high this year, and the cases are largely being initiated by non-practicing entities, also known as patent trolls. Not surprising is the fact that Apple remains the number one target of patent trolls in 2015.

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09:00
Letter from the publisher: Advertising, revenue, and...

We tried. We really, really tried.

When Apple World Today was launched five months ago, we were confident that we’d be able to keep ads off of the site thanks to our sponsors and our backers. Sadly, we’re not making enough income from the sponsorships so we’re going to be experimenting with ads.

However, we’re not going to just flood the Apple World Today website with banners, pop-ups, and the crap you associate with some other Apple sites I won’t mention here. Over the next few weeks, you’ll see the sponsor block in the sidebar replaced with a slightly smaller ad block. We’ll also add one or two standard-sized 728x90 banners. That’s it.

The company we’re using to sell the ads (not Google AdWords) gives us complete control over the advertisements. If we don’t like them or they aren’t relevant to our audience, we won’t run them. All of the ads will be images — no animations, no movies, and nothing that’s going to take forever to load.

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08:59
9to5Toys Last Call: iPad mini 3 $300, maxed out 13″...

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08:52
“Staingate” controversy gains traction, cites Apple...

This is pretty much the digital version of the local peasantry showing up at your front door with torches and pitchforks.

A small number of Retina MacBook Pro owners are calling for Apple to replace or repair their notebooks after discovering what appears to be irreparable damage to an antireflective screen coating layer, a problem the group has dubbed “staingate.”

The problems manifest themselves in the form of blotches, streaks and other anomalies attributed to faults in the antireflective coating applied to a Retina MacBook’s display surface. The origin of this “staining” is unknown, though some have...

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