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Wednesday November 11

The Week in iPhone Cases: Catalyst launches...

...plus new designs for Speck's CandyShell Inked, and more!

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases brings you cases with clever ways to take photos and carry your earbuds, plus a variety of basic shell cases for normal use… with or without flare. Read on!


The Wavelength Series (iPhone 6 Plus/6s Plus; $14) features a textured fabric exterior over a polycarbonate frame.

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Apple in talks to develop a person-to-person payment...

According to unnamed sources speaking to the Wall Street Journal, Apple is looking to expand Apple Pay to include a person-to-person payment option in order to compete with services like PayPal’s Venmo or Google’s person-to-person payments through Google Wallet.

The sources said that no deals have been struck with any banks yet, but the WSJ notes that heavy-hitters such as JP Morgan Chase, Capitol One, Wells Fargo, and US Bank have sat down with Apple to discuss the possibility of a partnership. Several banks, like Chase, already have a person-to-person payment function through their own website or app.

One source told the paper that a person-to-person option could get off the ground as early as next year.


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iFixit Teardown Reveals iPad Pro's Four Speaker...

iFixit is in the process of tearing down the iPad Pro, providing a closer look at how Apple organized the internals of the larger iPad. While the majority of the internal layout is similar to the iPad Air 2, there are some significant differences, including the inclusion of a brand new four-speaker audio setup.

Each corner of the iPad Pro has a speaker driver sitting next to a capped resonance chamber. Each speaker is designed identically, as the iPad Pro shifts the speaker's function depending on the orientation of the device. The two speakers on top provide higher frequencies while the bottom speakers provide lower frequencies.

Once it removed the speaker drivers, iFixit uncapped the volume chambers, which Apple says gives the iPad Pro's speakers 61 percent more "back volume" than previous...

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Apple offers new accessory bundles w/ deep discounts...

New for the holiday season, Apple is offering some bundles for the photographer and videographer. The iPhones have a great camera, as demonstrated by the Shot on iPhone 6 campaign and Apple is certainly looking to capitalize on these capabilities. With these bundles, they are making it easier for a hobbyist or a professional to get started with accessories.

The Photography Kit consists of five different accessories:

  • Olloclip Active Lens – comes with ultra-wide and telephoto lens and it is ...
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Apple plans Indonesia R&D investment to meet new...

Apple's plan to build research and development in Indonesia, a move that would bring the company in alignment with a new rule regarding the inclusion of domestically produced components in foreign-made phones, has been approved by that country's government.

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Apple's Patent-Pending Person-to-Person Payment...

In July Patently Apple posted a patent report titled "Apple Working on new Apple Pay Wallet service for Person-to-Person Financial Transactions." Today we're learning that Apple is taking their patent-pending idea to several U.S. banks to create a Vermo-like platform ...

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Teardown of iPad Pro reveals revamped component...

Repair firm iFixit performed its usual launch day Apple device teardown on the iPad Pro on Wednesday, revealing a reworked internal design dominated by massive batteries and bespoke audio components.

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iPad Pro teardown shows tweaks to internals in Apple...

It’s no surprise that the people over at repair guide portal iFixit have already started their ritual teardown of Apple’s new iPad Pro. The new device features a larger 12.9-inch display, the 3rd generation 64-bit A9X chip, and other upgraded internals, but are there any other new surprises inside the iPad Pro?

Immediately the team noticed a different layout for the logic board making things a little different when cracking open the new iPad Pro compared to previous generations:

This isn’t quite what we’re used to! With the logic board situated in the center of the iPad, the display cables connect in the very middle, we can’t even lay the display down while we work… Instead we have...

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A larger screen gives Apple's iPad Pro a more...

The onscreen keyboard with Apple's iPad Pro includes a dedicated number and character row, as well as buttons for caps lock, tab and more, taking advantage of the device's spacious 12.9-inch display.

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Tim Cook meets with UK finance chief to discuss...

During a recent visit to the UK, Apple CEO Tim Cook sat down to discuss Apple Pay with Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, suggesting the budding payments service could get a government-sponsored boost in streamlining adoption.

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Notable apps and app updates for November 11, 2015

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

iOS Apps/Updates

Gorillized Corp. has announced Outline 3.7, an update to the smart digital notebook for iOS devices. The app offers formatting tools, various types of content (text, images, inks, tags, web content, etc.), synchronization options and Microsoft OneNote compatibility. Version 3.7 supports the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil. Outline’s regular price is $11.99, but version 3.7 will cost $2.99 for the first week after release. There is also a lite version of Outline, where Microsoft OneNote compatibility is offered via an in-app purchase.

Viqua Games has unleashed...

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AWT News Update: November 11, 2015

iPad Pro (back), iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 2. Photo©2015 Steven Sande

It was a surprise, and as a result, this is iPad Pro Day on Apple World Today:

  • iPad Pros are in stock except for some models, while the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard aren't available anywhere
  • Ars Technica did benchmarks, and the Pro is a monster in GPU performance
  • The Irish Independent catches Tim Cook calling the Microsoft Surface Book "deluded"

Text is below, and if you'd like to see the iPad Pro in Steve's hands, watch the video.

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Watch out, Venmo: Person-to-person payments may be...

Apple is in talks with major banks on an extension of its Apple Pay service that would allow person-to-person payments.

The discussions are continuing and it’s unclear whether any banks have struck a deal with Apple, reported The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, citing “people familiar with the talks.”

The newspaper said the envisaged service would allow users to send payments from their checking accounts to others using their phone and isn’t imminent. It said one person had told it the service could launch in 2016.

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Disney Infinity 3.0 coming to Apple TV bundled with...

Popular Disney-themed sandbox game Disney Infinity -- which melds physical toys with a virtual universe -- is set to debut on the Apple TV, one of the first console games to make the jump to Apple's new set-top box.

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Apple working with banks for mobile person-to-person...

Apple is in discussions with U.S. banks such as J.P. Morgan Chase, Capital One, Wells Fargo, and U.S. Bancorp to develop a mobile person-to-person payment service that would compete with PayPal’s Venmo platform, reports The Wall Street Journal, quoting unnamed “people familiar with the talks.”

The article describes the talks as ongoing and notes that it’s unclear if Apple and any banks have struck a deal. If — and that’s with a capital I — the deals are worked out, the service could launch next year. The WSJ says that, under the current discussions, Apple wouldn’t charge the banks for participating in its person-to-person payment service, which is different from Apple Pay in which the banks pay Apple for each transaction.

Person-to-person services like Venmo and Square Cash...

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Mophie introduces new power banks with a sleek...

From 9to5Toys.com:

Just a few weeks after launching a new slim iPhone 6/s battery case and power bank, Mophie is back again today with five new external batteries. We’ve seen a lot of power banks in our day – and regularly have deals too – but the new Mophie powerstations use an aluminum shell that, from pictures alone, standout from the pack.

Available in five different capacities, each model provides a different feature set focused on a variety of needs. The smaller 1X provides a 2,000mAh battery with speeds up to 1.8A. Going up to the...

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Tim Cook met with UK officials this week to talk...

Apple CEO Tim Cook visiting app developers in London this week

Tim Cook reportedly met with U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne this week to discuss Apple Pay and regulations in the country as the Apple CEO continues a tour to meet government officials, app developers, and students abroad.

Bloomberg reports that Osborne offered details of the discussion at a recent talk noting that the two “spoke extensively about Apple Pay” and that the UK Chancellor is “committed to ensuring that regulators don’t stifle innovation”:...

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Apple considering person-to-person payments for...

The next phase of Apple's mobile payments initiative could reportedly include a new feature that allows users to send money to one another directly, with negotiations between Apple and major U.S. banks already underway.

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Apple Working on Mobile Person-to-Person Payment...

Apple is in talks with U.S. banks over a potential person-to-person mobile payments service, reports The Wall Street Journal. Such a service would perhaps be positioned as an expansion to Apple Pay, and it would allow people to send each other payments, much like PayPal's Venmo or Square's Square Cash service.

Little is known about the talks at this early date, but The Wall Street Journal says communication between Apple and the banks is ongoing and it's not known if Apple has inked any concrete deals. Apple is said to be speaking to Chase, Capital One, Wells Fargo, and U.S. Bank, but key details "remain in flux" and the technical details still need to be worked out. It isn't clear how Apple intends to make money from the service. Indeed, the company may view a person-to-person offering mostly as a way to get more consumers...

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Apple in talks to launch person-to-person Apple Pay...

According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, Apple is actively in talks to launch a new person-to-person mobile payments service, like Apple Pay but for sending money between friends and family. Apple is in discussions with US banks to negotiate terms for the new service, which could launch next year. The publication says it is unclear if any deals have been struck to date and technical implementation details remain in flux.

Essentially, imagine AirDrop for mobile payments between people. This would essentially pit Apple Pay against other friend-to-friend payment solutions like PayPal’s Venmo, Facebook Messenger payments and similar services. Even Gmail...

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iPad Pro has M9 motion coprocessor, but lacks always...

Though it includes the same M9 motion coprocessor as the new iPhone 6s series, Apple's iPad Pro does not offer support for always-on "Hey Siri" voice controls when operating on battery power.

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Happy Hour Podcast 040 | iPad Pro day

Apple’s iPad Pro is now available for sale and we’re got the details on everything you need to know. From the best iPad Pro cases to other retailers that will have stock. Along with that, we get into some new Apple TV details that you might want to know about and Apple Music hits … Android.

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Ten new iPad Pro details you’ll want to know before...

Just as predicted by my colleague Mark Gurman, the iPad Pro became available to purchase today, making a rare simultaneous appearance in Apple’s online and physical stores without any preorder period. Consequently, it’s actually possible to walk into an Apple Store today to buy one — and if my experience today is any indication, there probably won’t even be much of a line.

If you’re still unsure as to whether you want an iPad Pro, I’ve put together this quick guide to some of the real-world things people will want to know about the new 12.9″ iPad before making a purchase — including some comparison photos and other hands-on details. Enjoy the details and galleries below…

1. How Big Is Big? How much space are you really going to...

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Apple releases another update for iWork for Mac and...

Under the shadow of the sale of the iPad Pro, Apple on Wednesday released updates for the Mac and iOS versions of Keynote, Numbers, and Pages. The new updates come about a month after Apple released iWork updates that featured support for OS X El Capitan.

The updates are all available in the App Store in the Updates section. For details on what’s in the updates, see the release notes below.

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Google Makes Maps Useful in the Boonies

Google on Tuesday began rolling out an offline mode for Google Maps. Users can download a regional map -- say, a city, county or country -- either by tapping "download" on a search result or by going to "Offline Areas" in the Google Maps menu and tapping on the "+" button. The downloaded map will function in offline mode automatically when the user enters an area with poor or no connectivity, and it will switch back online when a connection becomes available.

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Apple's CEO Oddly Strikes out at Microsoft...

It's being reported today that while Apple's CEO was at Dublin's Trinity College, he expressed out of character sharp words against Microsoft's latest product.

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First look: Apple's iPad Pro with 12.9-inch...

Apple's new iPad Pro is here, boasting 5.6 million pixels packed into its 12.9-inch Retina display, along with a powerful A9X processor that actually outclasses the new 12-inch MacBook. AppleInsider offers a first look at the jumbo-sized, top-of-the-line iPad.

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Deals: iPad Pros in stock, $150-$170 off iMac 5Ks, $...

All silver and gold iPad Pros are shipping out next day at modest discounts. Plus the lowest prices ever on key 2015 MacBook Pros ($150-$350 off instantly), $150 -$170 off Apple's new 2015 iMac 5Ks (or Free AppleCare and cash discounts), half off water-proof iPhone 6 cases and more.

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iWorks: A whole lotta updatin' going on

Along with a totally new device (the iPad Pro) coming out today, Apple today released updates to all of the iWork apps both on iOS and Mac OS X.

The updates primarily do two things: provide bug fixes for compatibility with Microsoft Office documents and make the apps more stable on both platforms. 

The Mac update fixed an issue in Keynote when exporting presentations as images, and another with master slides that included links. Pages on the Mac can now open some Microsoft Word documents that were previously impossible to open, and resolves an issue that prevented the use of Look Up for words in lists. Numbers can now open more Microsoft Excel spreadsheets.

On the iOS side, Apple fixed Keynote for an issue when opening presentations that contained many images, and Numbers got a fix for a problem where documents wouldn't open to the last saved position. 

If you're not a current user of Apple's productivity suite -- which is available on Mac OS X, iOS and...

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Britain's Director of Eavesdropping Agency...

Yesterday we posted a report titled "The Telegraph Interviews Apple's CEO on the iPad Pro, Apple TV, Apple Watch and the Hot Button Issue of Encryption." In that report Cook stated that "Any backdoor is a backdoor for everyone. Everybody wants to crack down on terrorists. Everybody wants to be secure. The question is how. Opening a backdoor can have very dire consequences."

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My Take On The iPad Pro

I am stoked to have been able to contribute a little to MacPrices.net on the introduction of the new iPad Pro. That article is here.

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Google Will Retire Chrome Support For XP, Vista, OS...

An anonymous reader writes: Google has announced it is extending Chrome support for Windows XP until April 2016. The company will also end Chrome support for Windows Vista, OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, OS X 10.7 Lion, and OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion at the same time. This means Google will provide regular Chrome updates and security patches for users on these operating systems for five more months. After that, the browser will still work, but it will be stuck on the last version released in April.


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iPad Pro Tidbits: A9X Outperforms MacBook, Apple...

Apple released the iPad Pro on the Apple Online Store and at select Apple Retail Stores and resellers earlier today, and we have rounded up some interesting facts and news announcements surrounding the 12.9-inch tablet.

iPad Pro Delivers Notebook-Level Performance

Geekbench results show that the iPad Pro's A9X processor is a dual-core chip running at about 2.25 GHz, as reported by Ars Technica.

The A9X chip had a 3,233 single-core score and 5,498 multi-score score in browser-based CPU tests, outperforming the iPad Air 2 and other recent iPhones and iPads by a significant margin.

iPad Pro also outperformed the 12-inch Retina MacBook, equipped with an Intel Core M dual-core processor clocked at 1.1 to 1.2 GHz, but...

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The Figurative 'Apple Watch Edition' is...

Late yesterday the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest registered trademark for the figurative 'Apple Watch Edition' under ...

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Microsoft's Surface Book 'tries too hard...

Apple chief Tim Cook had some harsh words for Microsoft during a stop in Ireland on Wednesday, saying that the Redmond firm's latest Surface Book -- which competes with both the iPad and the MacBook lineup -- "really succeeds at being neither" a tablet nor notebook.

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Using Apple Configurator 2 Blueprints to Manage iOS...

Blueprints are a new option in Apple Configurator 2. Blueprints allow you setup a template of settings, options, apps, and restore data, and then apply those Blueprints on iOS devices. For example, if you have 1,000 iOS devices, you can create a Blueprint with a restore item, an enrollment profile, a default wallpaper, skip all of the activation steps, install 4 apps, and then enabling encrypted backups. The Blueprint will provide all of these features to any device that the Blueprint is applied to.

But then why not call it a group? Why call it a Blueprint? Because the word template is boring. And you’re not dynamically making changes to devices over the air. Instead you’re making changes to devices when you apply that Blueprint, or template to the device. And you’re building a device out based on the items in the Blueprint, so not entirely a template. But whatever on semantics.

To get started, open Apple Configurator 2.


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Microsoft Office apps are ready for the iPad Pro

Today’s post was written by Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office team.

Today we are taking another step forward in bringing a great Office experience to everyone across a range of devices and platforms. As we announced in September, we have optimized Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote apps for the iPad Pro. Starting today, these Office apps are now available and take full advantage of new multitasking features, so you can be productive on your iPad Pro right away.

Here are some highlights of the new Office capabilities that really stand out with multitasking features on the iPad Pro.

Split View

Need to use two apps at once? No problem with Split View. You can now have two active Office apps on the screen at the same time. For example, you can analyze your business results in Excel and update the...

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Early iPad Pro reviews: Apple's massive new...

The iPad Pro is a giant iPad. The 12.9-inch addition to Apple’s tablet line-up went on sale today, and according to early looks at the Pro from a few major publications, the massive iPad will be familiar to anyone who’s used one of its predecessors.

But its big display, while the most noticeable of the Pro’s features, isn’t its only selling point. Critics say the Pro’s 4GB of RAM is the reason why iOS 9’s trio of multitasking features—Split View, Picture-in-Picture, and Slide Over—are extra useful and lightning fast on the new tablet compared to older ones.

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Decryption Tool Foils Linux Server Ransomware Attacks

Bitdefender on Monday released a free decryption tool designed to wrest data from the grip of a rare type of ransomware that's been plaguing Linux servers. Details for performing the decryption are available on the company's website. Essentially, the solution takes advantage of a flaw in the ransomware, which Bitdefender discovered through reverse-engineering. The ransomware attacks came to light last week, when Dr.Web reported that extortionists have been exploiting vulnerabilities in software running on Linux servers.

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Jony Ive Says that the 'Apple Pencil' was...

Back in February we posted a report titled "Could Apple be on the Cusp of a New Era of Remarkable Innovation?" In that report, Ive stated that Apple was at the beginning of a remarkable time, when a remarkable number of products would be developed. Today, Jony Ive to talks about one of the new magical devices Apple debuted this year: Apple Pencil.

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External Link: Apple Music Arrives on Android

If you’ve been waiting to listen to Apple Music on an Android device, now’s your chance. Apple has released the Apple Music app on the Google Play store. The free 29 MB app lets you access your For Your recommendations, playlists, and iCloud Music Library collection.


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iPad Pro now available through Apple online store,...

Apple is now taking online orders for the iPad Pro, both via its Apple Store web site as well as the Apple Store app. The first iPad Pro online orders will arrive on Friday, November 13th when one-day shipping is selected, and Apple’s site is also listing the tablet as available for purchase in many retail stores beginning today.

The Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard will not be arriving until late next week and are not available for in-store pickup at the current time.

The iPad Pro is Apple’s new flagship tablet, measuring in at 12.9 inches diagonally. It includes a Retina display, a four speaker audio system, 4GB RAM, and a set of...

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Jony Ive interview: The story of the Apple Pencil

Sir Jony Ive does an excellent job conveying the aesthetic of the Apple Pencil.

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Using Maps to tell if a store takes Apple Pay

Stores that take Apple Pay have an indicator on their Apple Maps page.

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Steve Jobs, the movie, unceremoniously dumped out of...

A disaster at the box office. Some numbers.

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The iPad Pro’s nifty battery trick

That is one clever little trick.

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Podcast 482: Who does the iPad Pro work for?

The iPad Pro: (huh, good god, y'all) who is it good for? Absolutely everyone? Absolutely no one? Or somewhere in between? Glenn and Susie discuss the upcoming mega-tablet, and how it was probably inevitable even though it's not going to *halt the sale of computers,* no matter what kind of jive Tim Cook manages to say with a straight face. (There's a weird little nugget of potentially bad news buried in that same interview, actually, that got totally overshadowed by the hyperbole, which is a shame.)

Elsewhere, we discuss some proof-of-concept ransomware for the Mac (that's bad), the cool-sounding new HDR app from Macphun (that's good), and some awesome tips for the new Apple TV, which got its first update this week, which reminded us all—hey, you can't back this thing up, can you? Aw geez, here we go again. (Also, Glenn still has fiber internet. Shocker.)


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Apple announces 1,000 jobs for Cork with campus...

This is a long term commitment to Ireland.

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Worldwide links to buy the iPad Pro, with prices

Easy enough to find your local Apple Store link, but seeing all the places and prices together like this was kind of interesting.

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Logitech unveils accessories specially designed for...

Logitech has unveiled accessories designed in collaboration with Apple for the new iPad Pro: the Logi CREATE Backlit Keyboard Case with Smart Connector and the Logi CREATE Protective Case with Any-angle Stand

The Logi CREATE Keyboard Case is the first third-party keyboard on the market to leverage Apple’s new Smart Connector, eliminating the need to power on, connect or charge the keyboard, says Michele...

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Logitech unveils accessories specially designed for...

Logitech has unveiled accessories designed in collaboration with Apple for the new iPad Pro: the Logi CREATE Backlit Keyboard Case with Smart Connector and the Logi CREATE Protective Case with Any-angle Stand.

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Apple's CEO Announces Expansion of Cork Ireland...

In early October we posted a report titled "Fiery Irish Finance Minister Says they'll fight any Negative Ruling Regarding their Tax Deal with Apple." With the tension over that tax issue mounting, the announcement today that Apple is planning to expand its campus in Cork Ireland ...

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Gruber’s iPad Pro review and the quest to replace...

Read my post to get my take on the iPad Pro as a replacement for your laptop, then go read John Gruber’s iPad Pro review. There’s much more to it than these bits I’ve quoted in my post and well worth your time.

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iPad Pro reviews: great hardware, but potential is...

Early looks at Apple's gargantuan new tablet have begun to trickle in, with most reviewers coming to relatively similar conclusions: the iPad Pro is an excellent machine and the best iPad yet, but iOS means it won't be a laptop replacement anytime soon.

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Nexmo releases Verify SDK for iOS

Nexmo has announced the availability of the Verify SDK for iOS Android and JavaScript operating systems and programming languages. It allows developers to add phone verification with a single line of code for password replacement, 2-factor authentication, or user and transaction verification to their applications.

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Programmatically Obtain Recent Wi-Fi Networks On A...

When you join a wireless network on a Mac, the information for that network is cached into the com.apple.airport.preferences property list. You can access this information using the following command, constraining output to the LastConnected field and the next 7 lines:

defaults read /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/com.apple.airport.preferences | grep LastConnected -A 7

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Just Mobile announces AluPlug, a luxury USB wall...

Just Mobile has introduce the AluPlug (www.just-mobile.com), an US$29.95, luxury aluminum wall charger.With two full-power USB ports, it will plug into any standard wall socket to deliver fast and reliable charging.

The 2-port USB outlet can quickly charge your devices, and the LED indicator “softly lights up your cozy home,” says Nils Gustafsson, co-founder of Just Mobile. The smart IC Auto-Detect technology inside also ensure stable current and the best allocation of the current in order to provide fast-charging, he adds.

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iPad Pro, Smart Keyboard, and Apple Pencil on sale...

After months of waiting, today’s the day you can order a 12.9-inch iPad Pro online in 40 countries around the world.

The supersized tablet starts at $799 and goes all the way up to $1079, not including accessories like the $99 Apple Pencil, $169 Smart Keyboard, and various cases ($79 for silicone and $59 for smart covers) that are also on sale online. The first Pros will be delivered on Friday with $19 one-day shipping. If you select free shipping, your Pro will arrive on Monday. Some Apple Store locations are offering free in-store pick-up starting today, so check your nearby store's inventory to see if that option is available.

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Apple Still in Negotiations to get Adele's New...

Multiple sources indicated that Apple Music had tried to sign Adele for an exclusive release of the album '25' this past summer ...

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iPad Pro Review Roundup: Powerful Creative Canvas,...

Apple released the iPad Pro online and in stores earlier today, and the embargo has now lifted for hands-on reviews of the new 12.9-inch tablet.

The consensus opinion is that the iPad Pro is an excellent device for content creation, with powerful hardware for intensive apps and multitasking, but not quite a PC replacement due to its iOS limitations. The tablet's experience will be better realized once more developers update their apps to take advantage of the larger canvas.

From left to right: iPad mini 2, iPad Air 2, iPad Pro (Image: WSJ)

iPad Pro reviews praised its large display, which at 2,732×2,048 pixels has a higher resolution than the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, and most early adopters claim the tablet meets or exceeds its advertised 10-hour battery life. The new Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard also received positive reviews.


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Apple to launch 1,000 new jobs in Ireland

Apple plans to hire an additional 1,000 workers in Ireland, reports Reuters. Ireland's main foreign investment agency, the IDA, says the Cupertino, California-Based company will add 1,000 jobs to its office in Cork by mid-2017 from 5,000 at present. 

Finance Minister Michael Noonan told Reuters that the company had also added 1,000 jobs in the past year. He said the deal showed that the controversy around Apple's tax deal "hasn't affected their enthusiasm for Ireland".

"I think they are bringing a lot of intellectual property onshore too, but that's less clear," he said.

The EU, Europe’s anti-trust and consumer investigation agency, has claimed that Ireland, Luxembourg and the Netherlands have attracted investment and jobs by helping big companies avoid tax in other countries, including EU members. The...

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Mac ransomware is nothing to worry about—for now

Apple computers haven’t been impacted by ransomware, a pervasive and insidious class of malware that encrypts files on a computer in exchange for a ransom.

That’s not because Apple’s operating system is any more secure than Windows; it’s more that malware writers haven’t gotten around to writing ransomware for OS X since infecting Windows machines has been so profitable.

However, a Brazilian security researcher, Rafael Salema Marques, decided to show how easy it would be for malware writers to target OS X in a polished experiment that took him a couple of days.

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IHS: iPad Pro shows Apple’s long term commitment to...

With today’s launch of the iPad Pro, Apple is making a long-term commitment to the tablet, according to Rhoda Alexander of IHS Technology, a provider of global market, industry and technical expertise. 

“With a mid-November launch, Apple may struggle to reach the three million mark on sales of the new iPad Pro, but supply is likely to be more of an obstacle than demand,” she says. “With the current 2015 production outlook targeting a figure slightly below two million units demand could easily outstrip supply.”

In 2013 11-inch and larger tablets accounted for just 3.1 million units in an overall market of 241 million. That’s a figure equal to shipments of the original iPad in its first quarter on the market. In 2015 that number is expected to pass 10 million units, with a solid boost from the new iPad Pro.

“With 200 million units in the 2015...

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The iPad Pro

First impressions last a lifetime, goes the adage. You’re going to have to forget your first impressions of the iPad to understand the iPad Pro.

When Apple introduced the original iPad in 2010, it was explicitly positioned in a new role for a device — somewhere between an iPhone and a MacBook. That seems obvious, but the problem, for the iPad, is that people loved their iPhones and MacBooks. The only way iPad would succeed, Steve Jobs said, was if it were “far better at doing some key things” than either an iPhone or MacBook.

Apple succeeded. Simply by nature of having a bigger display, the iPad was better than the iPhone for numerous tasks — watching videos or reading long-form text, to name just two. No one would dispute that bigger displays are better for certain tasks — you can prove the...

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Apple will add 1,000 positions for manufacturing,...

In a visit to Dublin on Wednesday, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook revealed that his company will hire 1,000 new employees at its international operations in Cork, Ireland, bringing the total number of workers there to 6,000, some of which are locally assembling Apple hardware.

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One-third of U.S. broadband households find smart...

New data from Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) reports 30 percent of U.S. broadband households find most energy management use cases very appealing.

"Nearly all U.S. households have taken some energy-saving steps in the past 12 months,” says Stuart Sikes, president, Parks Associates. “Many households have adjusted their thermostats, switched to CFL and LED bulbs, and bought new energy-efficient appliances to save money and energy. The energy management features available today complement these consumer activities and can therefore broaden the appeal of smart home offerings.”

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Deliver Express now supports Mac OS X El Capitan

Zevrix Solutions has announced Deliver Express 2.5.3, a compatibility update to its automated solution to send and share files across the Internet and local networks.

Deliver Express processes files automatically from watched hot folders and can serve multiple users on a network with a single copy of the program. The software offers email notifications, file compression, detailed history and more. The new version makes Deliver Express compatible with Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan.

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Kool Tools: Ableton Push and Live 9.5

Ableton has rolled out a new Push, alongside Live 9.5 – a free update for all Live 9 users. The company is inviting owners of the original Push to take part in a trade-in that offers a big saving on the new version. Plus, Ableton is introducing Link, a new technology that lets you play in time with multiple instances of Live and a growing number of iOS apps.

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China smashes sales records during its version of...

In the US there's Black Friday, but in China, they get all their big online shopping discounts on November 11 aka "Singles Day" instead. As of 4:28am ET today, Alibaba's Tmall, the Chinese equivalent of Amazon, has already made over $11 billion whi...

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First look: Logitech Create is first third-party...

Just hours after Apple opened the iPad Pro preorder floodgates, Logitech unveiled its first accessories for the jumbo-sized tablet, including the Create Backlit Keyboard Case, a folio-style protector with full-size keyboard, Smart Connector support and more. AppleInsider goes hands-on.

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iPad Pro review: Mac-like speed with all the virtues...

Enlarge / The iPad Pro, Smart Keyboard, and Apple Pencil. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

This year, Apple seems to want to push the iPad and the Mac as close together as it can without actually combining them into a single product. Earlier this spring, the new MacBook brought a super slim profile, a Retina display, and a simple-to-a-fault one-port-for-everything design to a fanless computer that still runs OS X. And now, the iPad Pro is bringing a MacBook Air-level processor, more memory, a larger screen, and a first-party keyboard accessory to a big tablet that still runs iOS 9.

It’s Apple’s take on the same basic idea as Microsoft’s Surface Pro lineup, and just as Microsoft has advertised the Surface as “the tablet that can replace your laptop,” Apple is...

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∞ Review: iPad Pro

I’ve been using the iPad Pro for just over a week now and I’ll tell you, I’m more impressed than what I thought I would be. The first question I set out to solve was “who is the target market for iPad Pro?” While I thought that would be a difficult question to answer, it turned out to be quite simple. More on that later. [...]

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The Alpha2 robot will dance its way into your house...

The field of human-like household robots got a little more crowded today as Ubtech Robotics launched a crowdfunding campaign for its new Alpha2 humanoid companion-bot. This diminutive domestic drone is designed on the same premise as today's smartp...

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Logitech's iPad Pro keyboard case is relatively...

Apple's iPad Pro is pricey even before you add in the $169 official keyboard case, but Logitech may have a way to make the whole package a little more palatable. It's now shipping its promised Create Keyboard Case for the gigantic tablet, and the a...

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16 weird, crazy apps for the new Apple TV

The good, the bad, and the ugly

If you have one of the new Apple TVs, chances are that any non-game apps you’ve downloaded are media streaming apps, like Netflix or TED. It’s the Apple TV, after all.

But that hasn’t stopped developers from creating apps for this new platform that have nothing to do with watching films or TV shows—or, indeed, much to do with reality or common sense, it would sometimes appear. We’ve scoured the entire tvOS App Store to find those apps that can charitably be described as “pushing the boundaries” of what you might want to do on a 55-inch screen in your living room.

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Kool Tools: iRig Pro Duo

IK Multimedia’s $199 iRig Pro DUO (www.irigproduo.com) gives guitarists, bassists, keyboard players, vocalists, producers and engineers true mobility with a self-powered dual-channel professional mobile audio interface for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android, Macs, and Windows systems.

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Guitar Hero Live now available on Apple TV, but you...

As demoed by Apple on stage, the latest instalment of Guitar Hero, Guitar Hero Live, is now available on Apple TV. It’s just like classic Guitar Hero, a three-lane rhythm based game, but modernised with better visuals, ‘real’ band members, enhanced crowd reactions, and more.

On the iPhone and iPad version, you can play two trial songs for free or pay $50 via In-App Purchase to unlock the full game with 38 additional songs. However, on Apple TV, the game is completely non-functional without the controller accessory. You have to buy the controller for the game to work at all. Incidentally, you can...

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LinkedIn promises to send only the messages you...

LinkedIn is working on an email, text and push notifications platform called Air Traffic Controller (ATC), perhaps in an effort to avoid losing more money to settle another lawsuit. The social network for professionals was notorious for spamming me...

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You can now install popular automatic screen...

With iOS 9, it is now possible to install screen brightness app Flux (or f.lux). Flux adjusts screen brightness and color depending on the time of day automatically, so you aren’t blasted with bright light at bedtime or early in the morning. Due to App Store restrictions, Flux has been only available on the Mac OS X platform until now. Whilst it isn’t available through the App Store, you can now download and install the Flux beta for iPhone and iPad by sideloading the app through Xcode on the Mac.

It sounds complicated but it’s actually really easy to do. Apple lifted the developer limitations on device app sideloading earlier this year, so it’s completely free. Until Apple relaxes App Store policies, this will be the only way to do this. Read the...

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Microsoft wants to make Bitcoin easier for banks

Microsoft no longer solely counts on Windows 10 to pay the bills. With CEO Satya Nadella at the helm, it's also betting heavily on cloud services, and just revealed an interesting new one: Bitcoin-style encryption. Redmond joined forces with startu...

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Apple acquired 15 companies this year, but the...

Over the past 12 months of Apple's fiscal 2015 (ending in September), the company "completed 15 acquisitions to enhance and accelerate our roadmap for products and services," noted its chief executive Tim Cook in the company's quarterly earnings call. However, the identity of only nine of these are known, and some of those haven't been confirmed.

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iPad Pro now on sale online

Currently available for delivery on Friday (at least in the U.S.) if you specify next day shipping.

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Apple kicks off iPad Pro preorders online, in-store...

As promised, Apple on Wednesday initiated preorders sales of its all new iPad Pro, the company's first ever 12.9-inch tablet with Smart Connector and support for Apple Pencil, announcing immediate in-store availability.

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Apple’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro is now available to order...

Update: If you order an iPad Pro right now, Apple is quoting Friday delivery. The Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard accessories are already backordered at least 5-7 business days. Some customers are seeing same-day in-store pick up options for iPad Pro.

In September Apple unveiled the long awaited larger iPad Pro to the public, and today customers can finally start placing orders for the 12.9-inch tablet before models hit stores later this week. iPad Pro-only accessories including the Apple Pencil digital stylus and new Smart Keyboard cover are also available to purchase on Apple.com and through the Apple Store app. On Monday Apple announced that the iPad Pro and would be hitting Apple...

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iPad Pro Now Available for Purchase From Apple...

Apple is now accepting orders for the iPad Pro, both through its online storefront and through the Apple Store app. The first iPad Pro online orders will arrive on Friday, November 13 when one-day shipping is selected, and Apple's site is also listing the tablet as available for purchase in many retail stores beginning today.

The Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard will not be arriving until late next week and are not available for in-store pickup at the current time.

Logitech's CREATE Backlit Keyboard Case for the iPad Pro is available in stores beginning today, however, for $149.95. Apple is advertising the keyboard right alongside the Apple Pencil and its own Smart Keyboard. Logitech's keyboard was designed with input from Apple and it is the...

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Tuesday November 10

Adele might skip '25' release on Spotify...

Less than two weeks before Adele's highly anticipated album "25" is set to drop, the artist's camp is at odds with Spotify over limiting playback to paying subscribers, meaning the streaming music firm might see another huge release slip through its hands to land on subscription services like Apple Music.

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Periscope for iOS updated w/ 3D Touch support, new...

Popular live streaming app Periscope has today announced a major update for its iOS app, bringing with it a handful of new features and optimizations for Apple’s new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. The update bumps the app to version 1.3 and was detailed in a blog post on Medium by Periscope.

First off, the update introduces a new version of the app’s popular Global Map feature. This capability was originally introduced back in June with a handful of limitations. The Global Map didn’t originally show replays and was limited to showing 250 total broadcasts. Now, the app is capable of showing more streams, as well as replays. Live streams are denoted by red dots, while blue dots represent replays from the last 24 hours.

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Popular Instagram client removed from App Store for...

Apple today has pulled a popular Instagram client from the App Store after it was found to be harvesting usernames and passwords. First noticed by developer David L-R on Twitter, the Instagram client InstaAgent has been pulled from the App Store. The app, downloaded more than half a million times, touted that it would let you see who had been viewing your Instagram profile.

David L-R notes in his tweets that InstaAgent was sending account information, including usernames and passwords, unencrypted to a remote server that was not connected to Instagram officially in any way, shape, or form. In extreme cases, InstaAgent was using that login information to post photos to users’ accounts without their consent.

The app seemingly had passed Apple’s review process without...

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TA15-314A: Web Shells – Threat Awareness and Guidance

Original release date: November 10, 2015
Systems Affected

Web servers that allow web shells


This alert describes the frequent use of web shells as an exploitation vector. Web shells can be used to obtain unauthorized access and can lead to wider network compromise. This alert outlines the threat and provides prevention, detection, and mitigation strategies.

Consistent use of web shells by Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) and criminal groups has led to significant cyber incidents.

This product was developed in collaboration with US-CERT partners in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand based on activity seen targeting organizations across these countries. The detection and mitigation measures outlined in this document represent the shared judgement of all participating agencies.

Web Shell Description

A web shell is a script...

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T-Mobile debuts 'Binge On' free video...

T-Mobile during its "UncarrierX" event on Tuesday unveiled "Binge On," a free video streaming program that provides subscribers of certain price tiers access to 480p or better content from select apps including Netflix and HBO.

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Deep Learning App Targets Malware

Here's the problem with most programs aimed at killing malicious software: They need someone to tell them something's malicious. What if, however, the programs had the smarts to identify bad code on their own? That's what a company called Deep Instinct says its security solution, launched last week, can do. The offering works its magic with a technology called "deep learning." "Deep learning draws its inspiration from the human mind. It organizes itself into a structure of synthetic neurons," explained analyst Bruce Daley.

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Apple pulls popular Instagram client '...

A popular Instagram profile analyzer was on Tuesday pulled from the iOS App Store after being outed as malware by a German developer who found the app harvesting usernames and passwords.

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This iPhone app shows you which stores near you...

Apple Pay has been around for a little over a year, but it’s still difficult to know which stores let you bust out your iPhone or Apple Watch to pay.

Pay Finders is a free iOS app to help you find a store near you with the NFC technology needed to accept Apple Pay. It’s not the first app of its kind, but its creator, entrepreneur Brian Roemmele, told Re/code that he hopes to make it be the most accurate by using crowd-sourced data from Apple Pay users, as well as the business owners themselves.

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AWT News Update: November 10, 2015

Damn, that's a lot of magenta...

Developers are happy! Tim Cook is happy! John Legere is happy! It's a happy day all around on the AWT News Update:

  • Devs get Tech Talks for tvOS/Apple TV and a lot of TestFlight love
  • Tim Cook gives a long interview with The Telegraph and talks about cannibalization (of the iPad mini, don't worry)
  • T-Mo is going all video-happy with BingeON

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for November 10, 2015. Just a reminder, if you happen to run a company...

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The best iPad Pro cases, covers, keyboards &...

With iPad Pro officially going on sale tomorrow (possibly at midnight tonight Cupertino time if Apple follows past launches), it’s time to move our attention to accessories for the device.

Will you go the Apple route and stock up on the official but pricey Apple keyboard, case & cover, and Apple Pencil? Or perhaps you’re looking for accessories with features that aren’t offered by Apple’s. Whatever the case, below we’ve started rounding up the best of the best accessories for iPad Pro. Most are available to order now while a couple are coming soon. We’ll be adding more as they pop up in the weeks following the iPad Pro’s launch.


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NSFW: T-Mobile hurls insults at competitors AT&T...

Warning: Graphic language
T-Mobile CEO poked fun and insulted competitors AT&T, Verizon and Sprint during a company event.

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The Week in Mac Apps: Writing Challenge helps cure...

... plus disk cleaning apps, photo editors, and more!

In this week’s roundup of new Mac apps, we’ve got a couple of apps to help you with your NaNoWriMo deadlines—one that helps you get out of your head and focus, and a writing tool that takes a different approach to editing corrections. Read on!

Dapper 2.24

If your entire musical world doesn’t happen to revolve around Apple’s ecosystem, Map-Pin’s $20 Dapper (Mac App Store Link) might be worth a look.

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T-Mobile Takes Cable Head-On with Free Video...

Just when we though Apple was going to blow us away with a new bundled TV package for Apple TV this fall, T-Mobile rocks the market by announcing their new free video streaming service called 'BingeOn.'

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Apple increases TestFlight beta groups to 2,000...

Apple announced Tuesday that developers can now invite up to 2,000 users to help beta test apps for both iOS and the recently-released tvOS through its TestFlight evaluation tool.

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Malicious App 'InstaAgent' Sends Instagram...

InstaAgent, an app that connects to Instagram and promises to track the people that have visited a user's Instagram account, appears to be storing the usernames and passwords of Instagram users, sending them to a suspicious remote server.

An app developer from Peppersoft downloaded InstaAgent -- full name "Who Viewed Your Profile - InstaAgent" -- and discovered it's reading Instagram account usernames and passwords, sending them via clear text to a remote server - instagram.zunamedia.com.

InstaAgent is also using the credentials to log into accounts and post unauthorized images. Instagram does not permit third-party apps to upload photos to user accounts.

While InstaAgent isn't particularly popular in the United States, it is currently the number one free app in both the United Kingdom and Canada, with...

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Google Opens Floodgates for TensorFlow Development

Google on Monday announced the release of TensorFlow, its second-generation machine learning system, to the open source community. It's offering TensorFlow as a standalone library with associated tools, tutorials and examples under the Apache 2.0 license. Google uses TensorFlow in deep learning, Google Search and other applications. Apps built with TensorFlow can move seamlessly from desktops to mobile phones, and the system is ready for production.

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About iPad keyboard

Learn about new keyboard features for iPad. These features make it easier to cursor and select and edit text—much like a trackpad.

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Apple is Holding Specialized Tech Talks in 11 Major...

Apple will be holding new Apple TV specific Tech Talks in eleven cities between December 7, 2015 and February 3, 2016.

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T-Mobile’s UnCarrier X: Unlimited video streaming,...

As was widely rumored, T-Mobile has today announced at their UnCarrier X event that customers can now stream unlimited video from certain services without impacting their data caps. The new program is called Binge On (not all too different than the company’s previously-launched Music Freedom in principle), and the list of compatible services includes many favorites like ESPN, Netflix, HBO Now, and more. The company also announced new Simple Choice plans…

Here’s the full list of supported services:

Crackle, Encore, ESPN, Fox Sports, Fox Sports Go, HBO Now, HBO Go, Hulu, MLB, Movieplex, NBC Sports, Netflix, Sling TV, Sling Box, SHOWTIME, STARZ, T-Mobile TV, Univision Deportes, Ustream, Vessel, Vevo, VUD

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T-Mobile will let video stream for free

T-Mobile will exempt certain video providers from data caps.

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Google bringing expanded offline maps, navigation to...

iPhone owners will soon be able to get the same convenient offline access to maps, navigation information, and point-of-interest data promised to Android users in a future Google Maps update, the search firm said Tuesday.

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Apple doubles external TestFlight testers to 2,000...

In addition to several new software betas and new Tech Talks today, Apple has more developer news to share today. Starting today, TestFlight will now support up to 2,000 external testers for iOS and tvOS. TestFlight allows developers to easily share pre-release versions of their apps with a large group of external testers outside of their own development team.

TestFlight was previously limited to 1,000 external testers on iOS and tvOS. Internal testing is limited to 25 team members on 10 devices each. Apple also notes on its TestFlight website that beta periods now last 60 days versus 30 days before.

Since acquiring TestFlight last year, Apple has maintained TestFlight apps on iOS with support for watchOS and tvOS. Apple first announced these changes,...

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Invite More Testers in TestFlight

Now you can invite up to 2,000 users to beta test your iOS and tvOS apps before you release them on the App Store. TestFlight makes it simple to invite testers using just their email address and lets testers easily provide valuable feedback within the TestFlight app. Learn more about TestFlight.

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Invite More Testers in TestFlight

Now you can invite up to 2,000 users to beta test your iOS and tvOS apps before you release them on the App Store. TestFlight makes it simple to invite testers using just their email address and lets testers easily provide valuable feedback within the TestFlight app. Learn more about TestFlight.

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Facebook will soon scan your smartphone to find...

People already share a lot of photos online, but Facebook wants you to share even more photos stored on your smartphone.

Earlier this week, BuzzFeed reported that Facebook is testing a new photo-sharing feature called “Photo Magic” that will scan your camera roll for photos of your friends. Photo Magic would then send you a notification of photos it finds of your Facebook friends and prompt you to send them via the Facebook Messenger app. According to BuzzFeed, 9.5 billion photos were sent within Messenger in the last month alone, so Photo Magic is Facebook’s way of making it easier for users to share photos with their friends via a private platform.

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Google to discontinue Chrome support for OS X Snow...

Google on Tuesday announced that it will phase out support for its popular Chrome browser on OS X versions 10.6, 10.7 and 10.8, as well as Microsoft Windows XP and Vista, come April 2016.

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Google Maps app for Android offers offline feature,...

This could come in handy.

Google has announced that its Google Maps application for Android is now capable of storing regional data, especially in cases where you’ll be going into parts of the world without Internet access. By the company’s guess, roughly 60 percent of the world is without Internet today.

Per the company’s press statement:

Now you can download an area of the world to your phone, and the next time you find there’s no connectivity—whether it’s a country road or an underground parking garage—Google Maps will continue to work seamlessly. Whereas before you could simply view an area of the map offline, now you can get turn-by-turn...

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T-Mobile Unveils Doubled Data Plans, Free Video...

T-Mobile CEO John Legere today hosted an Un-Carrier X event, where he announced T-Mobile's latest offering, free video streaming. Going forward, T-Mobile customers who watch streaming video will not have the video data count towards their monthly data usage.

That means services like YouTube, Netflix, and Hulu will no longer eat up data, making T-Mobile's data plans go further. T-Mobile's lowest-priced plan costs $50 per month and includes just 2GB of data, but T-Mobile is now the only company that excludes video streaming data from data usage. T-Mobile also allows for free streaming music, a perk introduced at an earlier event.

With the new Binge-On free video streaming service, there are 24 current partners, and the program is open to any video streaming product that wants to...

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Apple Music finally lands on Android

As promised, Apple just introduced a major new app for Android—yes, Android—with the expected arrival of Apple Music.

The company’s streaming service looks mostly the same for Android as it does on iOS, and has the same core elements: For You, New, Radio, Connect, Playlists, and My Music. Subscribers on Android will get the same free three-month trial that iOS users did.

The app is currently in beta in the Google Play store, but that just means it’s missing a couple of features that launched on iOS, most notably music videos and family membership sign-ups and upgrades. You can still sign up for a family plan on an iOS device or a Mac and then sign in to use it on Android. The app is launching in every country where Apple Music...

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Apple plans global series of ‘Apple TV Tech Talks’...

Apple is planning a series of “Apple TV Tech Talks” for developers that will be held in various cities starting in December and running through Feb. 3. 

According to Apple, the Tech Talks will offer “technical information on building and designing for tvOS” and allow attendees to “learn refined coding techniques, and obtain valuable development instruction from Apple experts.” You’re encouraged to register by Nov, 13, 10 (Pacific) for an opportunity to attend.

Tech Talks will be held in Toronto, Los Angeles, Austin, Seattle, Cupertino, Berlin, London, New York, Tokyo, and Sydney. Morning sessions will run from 9 a.m. to noon and focus on designing apps for tvOS, implementing focus-driven user interfaces, integrating the Siri Remote and game controllers, leveraging TVML for media apps, and enabling On-Demand Resources. A

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Apple plans series of ‘Apple TV Tech Talks’ for...

Apple is planning a series of “Apple TV Tech Talks” for developers that will be held in various cities starting in December and running through Feb. 3.

According to Apple, the Tech Talks will offer “technical information on building and designing for tvOS” and allow attendees to “learn refined coding techniques, and obtain valuable development instruction from Apple experts.” You’re encouraged to register (https://developer.apple.com/tech-talks/#9to5Mac) by Nov, 13, 10 (Pacific) for an opportunity to attend.

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Apple running 10 city tour of Apple TV Tech Talks

From the Apple TV Tech Talk web site:

The new Apple TV is here, bringing incredible and immersive apps and games to the big screen. Get in-depth technical information on building and designing for tvOS, learn refined coding techniques, and obtain valuable development instruction from Apple experts.

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Apple TV-focused Tech Talks going on world tour from...

Experts from Apple will cross the globe in the coming months to help developers make better apps for the new Apple TV and its tvOS App Store, with 11 total Tech Talks scheduled for a two-month span.

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Proof-of-Concept Ransomware Affects Macs

sarahnaomi writes: Ransomware, the devilish family of malware that locks down a victim's files until he or she coughs up a hefty bounty, may soon be coming to Mac. Last week, a Brazilian security researcher produced a proof-of-concept for what appears to be the first ransomware to target Mac operating systems (Mac OS X). On Monday, cybersecurity company Symantec verified the researcher's findings. "Mabouia is the first case of file-based crypto ransomware for OS X, albeit a proof-of-concept," Symantec wrote in a blog post. "It's simple code, I did it in two days," [said] the creator of the malware.


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Apple announces Apple TV-focused Tech Talks for...

Apple typically holds a single developer event each year, WWDC in San Francisco around June, but sometimes uses Tech Talks to bring developer events around the world at other parts of the year. With Apple TV’s App Store launching several months after WWDC 2015 and long before WWDC 2016, Apple has announced that it will host 11 Tech Talk sessions across 10 different cities around the world. Apple describes the sessions as a way to “Get in-depth guidance from Apple experts on developing and designing for tvOS, in a city near you.”

Registered developers can request to attend one of the upcoming Tech Talks with the registration deadline set for this Friday, November 13th at 10 am PT. The first Tech Talk kicks off in Toronto next month on December 7th...

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Comcast Expanding Data Caps: How You Can Respond

Comcast is rolling out data caps to more of its cable Internet customers. Josh Centers lists your options for dealing with them.


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Apple Music app now available on Android

Apple Music, now on Android.

If you're an OS X user who rebuffs iOS smartphones in favor of Android yet also invests wholeheartedly in the iTunes and Apple Music ecosystem, Apple has finally strung together a working solution for your smartphone of choice. Tuesday saw the launch of Apple Music for Android, fulfilling the promise Apple made during June's WWDC reveal of the subscription-based app.

Once you sign in with an existing Apple ID or create a new one, Apple Music for Android (for devices on Jelly Bean 4.3 or higher) will ask for a working credit card and offer a free, three-month trial of the service for new users—so long as you attach a valid credit card to your account. If you've used your trial up, you can choose a $9.99/month...

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External Link: Tim Cook Warns Against New UK...

Apple CEO Tim Cook is warning against a investigatory powers bill that would obligate companies like Apple to help the British government bypass customer encryption protections. The bill would also give British law enforcement the explicit power to hack into computers and bug phones. Cook said of the bill, “Any back door is a back door for everyone. Everybody wants to crack down on terrorists. Everybody wants to be secure. The question is how. Opening a back door can have very dire consequences.”


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Apple releases tvOS 9.1 beta 2 for Apple TV to...

One week after the first tvOS 9.1 beta for Apple TV, developers now have access to an updated build of the software update to test. While the initial tvOS 9.1 beta contained no visual changes for users yet, Siri has since been enabled to work with Apple Music on the beta version of the software. Non-developer Apple TV users also recently saw the very first software update for Apple TV yesterday with the release of tvOS 9.0.1, which likely focused on stability and bug fixes as no visual changes were discovered. tvOS 9.1 beta 2 for developers and available to download from Apple’s...

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External Link: Tim Cook Discusses the PC’s Decline,...

In an interview with The Telegraph, Apple CEO Tim Cook proclaimed that the new iPad Pro will replace PCs. “They will start using it and conclude they no longer need to use anything else, other than their phones,” Cook said. Cook also hinted that Apple may release medical apps and/or devices. But Cook said that he doesn’t want the Apple Watch to itself become a medical device, because seeking approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration would be too long of a process.


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Apple Releases Second Beta of tvOS 9.1 to Developers

Apple today seeded the second beta of an upcoming update to tvOS, the new operating system that runs on the fourth-generation Apple TV. Today's tvOS beta marks the first major software update to tvOS 9.0, a final version of which was released alongside the new Apple TV. The first beta of tvOS 9.1 was seeded to developers last week.

The second tvOS beta is available as an over-the-air update to those who have installed the first beta. Installing an initial tvOS beta is a more involved process than installing a beta update for iOS or OS X. The update requires the Apple TV to be connected to a computer with a USB-C to USB-A cable, with the software downloaded and installed via iTunes.

We don't yet know exactly what is included in the new version of tvOS, as most changes thus far appear to be under-the-hood updates. Apple's release notes for the update include references to...

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Apple Seeds Third OS X 10.11.2 El Capitan Beta to...

Apple today seeded the third beta of an upcoming OS X 10.11.2 El Capitan update to developers, just one week after seeding the second beta and three weeks after releasing the first OS X El Capitan update to the public, OS X 10.11.1.

The new beta is available through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store and can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center.

We don't know exactly what improvements the second update to OS X El Capitan will introduce, as many of the changes seem to be under-the-hood upgrades. It’s likely to focus on bug fixes, security enhancements, and performance improvements to address problems that have popped up since the release of OS X 10.11.1.

Apple's release notes for OS X 10.11.2 have asked developers to focus on Networking,...

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QuickShot 2.0 makes screenshot management easy and...

I don't know about most of you, but bloggers and tech writers tend to use screenshots a lot. Other we're writing reviews, how-tos, or trying to just capture fleeting images on our devices. With all of those screenshots, it can be very difficult to keep track of where they are or grab one when you need it. That's where QuickShot 2.0 (US$4.99) for Mac OS X comes in very handy.

Most of the time, you won't even be aware of QuickShot as it's just a little icon sitting on your Mac menubar. When you first set up QuickShot, you're asked to add a folder where you save your screenshots or any other photos for that matter. QuickShot doesn't take screenshots -- there are other utilities like SnapzPro X or...

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Apple issues third betas of iOS 9.2 & OS X 10.11...

Registered Apple developers can now access third pre-release beta of iOS 9.2, bringing new features like AT&T NumberSync as well as fixes for iCloud Keychain and Apple Watch pairing, among other improvements. The third beta for OS X 10.11.2 and the second for tvOS 9.2 are also available.

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Apple Seeds Third iOS 9.2 Beta to Developers and...

Apple today seeded the third beta of iOS 9.2 to developers for testing purposes, one week after seeding the second iOS 9.2 beta and three weeks after releasing iOS 9.1 to the public. As a .1 upgrade, iOS 9.2 will mark the second major update to iOS 9.

The new iOS 9.2 beta is available as an over-the-air update and through the Apple Developer Center. Today's beta is also available to public beta testers, and there's also a new version of the Xcode 7.2 beta available.

Earlier betas of iOS 9.2 introduced changes for the Safari View Controller, which is what allows a pop-up Safari window to be used in third-party apps. Safari View Controller now supports third-party Action Extensions, allowing apps like 1Password to be accessed in the Safari view of other apps like Tweetbot.

Safari View Controller has also been updated with the ability to long tap on the Reload button to reload content...

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NewerTech announces HDMI Headless Video Accelerator...

NewerTech has announced the NewerTech HDMI Headless Video Accelerator, a simple adapter that plugs into the Mac mini’s HDMI display port to make display-free “headless” Mac minis used as storage and media servers think that there’s a display attached.

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Apple Music for Android beta now available on Google...

Apple on Tuesday released a beta version of its Apple Music service for Android users, just the third time the Cupertino company has crafted an application for its rival mobile operating system.

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Apple Music now available on Android

Image via TechCrunch

Apple launched a beta of the Apple Music app for Android-based smartphones and tablets today, now providing Android users with access not only to Apple Music, but Beats 1 radio and the Apple Connect social network as well.

Image via TechCrunch

Requiring Android 4.3 or later, the new app is available in all countries where the iOS version of the app is available -- except for China. Pricing is the same for Android users at $9.99 per month for an individual plan and $14.99 for the family-sized plan. Oddly enough, the beta version doesn't currently have a way to sign up for the family memberships within the app... but it IS a beta version. 

TechCrunch had an interview with Eddy...

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Apple Music Expands to Android With New App

Apple is launching its first major app for Android devices today, expanding its Apple Music platform to Android-based smartphones and tablets. With the introduction of a beta Apple Music app for the Google Play Store, Android users will be able to subscribe to the Apple Music streaming service, listen to Beats 1 radio, and access the Apple Connect artist-based social network.

The new Apple Music app is available from the Google Play store and requires Android 4.3 or later. It's available in all of the countries where Apple Music for iOS is available, with the exception of China. Apple Music includes the same three-month trial for Android users and it is priced the same - $9.99 for an individual plan and $14.99 for a family plan.

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Tim Cook says businesses should tackle climate...

Large corporations should actively wield their power and influence for the good of the planet and its people, rather than sitting back and waiting for governments to take the lead, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said in a speech at Italy's top business school on Tuesday.

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ThermoPro: Managing thermal images from the FLIR ONE

Back in the days when there was such as thing as Macworld/iWorld, one of the most impressive booths was that for the FLIR ONE. It's an amazing infrared camera attachment for the iPhone that first came in a version that was an iPhone 5/5s case ($149.99), then a Lightning version that can be used with any iPhone or iPad with a Lightning adapter ($249.99). So the hardware is there, but how do businesses manage large numbers of thermal images? GTI Predictive Technology has introduced an app called ThermoPro (US$79.99) that stores the images and other data in a hierarchical database to allow tracking of points of interest over time.

ThermoPro makes the FLIR ONE incredibly useful to companies that are using the device. In case you're wondering...

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Apple may Gain Permission to Open Flagship '...

Last February we posted a report titled "Apple Blocked by the Indian Government to Open Apple Stores." At the time the Indian Government refused to ease the rules that would allow Apple to open their own Apple Stores. Today ...

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Office 365 Exchange Online Archiving now meets SEC...

In-Place Archiving for Office 365 offers vast amounts of storage for our customers. Our innovative In-Place approach coupled with a seamless archiving experience has significant adoption in the marketplace with several million archive mailboxes being used actively in Office 365 today.

While our existing archiving solution serves most scenarios, some of our customers are subject to industry-specific regulatory requirements about record keeping. For example, financial institutions such as banks and broker-dealer organizations are subject to Rule 17a-4 issued by the Securities and Exchange Commissions (SEC) regarding electronic data storage. Rule 17a-4 has specific requirements pertaining to length, format, quality, availability, accountability and many other aspects of record retention. Whether the archiving solution can support Rule 17a-4 requirements is often a key consideration for SEC-regulated customers in technology adoption.

To help these customers better...

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Power Pivot in Excel 2013—November 2015 customer...

The November Power Pivot for Excel 2013 update delivers a better experience when using Power Query with Power Pivot as well as support for Key Performance Indicators (KPI).

These fixes are delivered as part of following updates (there are 32- and 64-bit versions of each):

  • KB3039739—Update for Office 2013, which includes the first part of the Power Pivot and Power Query working better together fix.
  • KB3039800—Update for Office 2013, which includes the second part of the Power Pivot and Power Query working better together fix; the issue will not be resolved if you install just one of these patches.
  • KB3085502—MS15-099 security update for Excel 2013, which enables single sign-on (SSO) for ADAL on cloud domain-joined...
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SwiftKey updated with complete set of new emoji for...

The popular SwiftKey keyboard for iOS has been updated today with support for all of iOS 9.1’s new emoji icons. Included in the new version are such favorites as the

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tvOS 9.1 beta 2 Now Available

tvOS 9.1 beta 2 Now Available

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iOS 9.2 beta 3 Now Available

iOS 9.2 beta 3 Now Available

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OS X El Capitan 10.11.2 beta 3 Now Available

OS X El Capitan 10.11.2 beta 3 Now Available

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Xcode 7.2 beta 3 Now Available

Xcode 7.2 beta 3 Now Available

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tvOS 9.1 beta 2 Now Available

tvOS 9.1 beta 2 Now Available

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iOS 9.2 beta 3 Now Available

iOS 9.2 beta 3 Now Available

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OS X El Capitan 10.11.2 beta 3 Now Available

OS X El Capitan 10.11.2 beta 3 Now Available

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Xcode 7.2 beta 3 Now Available

Xcode 7.2 beta 3 Now Available

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Tim Cook on iPad Pro: 'Why would you buy a PC...

Apple CEO Tim Cook is making the media rounds this week before the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, which Apple hopes will be a shot in the arm for its tablet sales, goes on sale Wednesday. So why does Cook think Apple customers will want a Pro over, say, a 12- or 13-inch laptop? In an interview published Tuesday in Britain’s The Telegraph, Cook said the Pro will be all the computer that people could need.

To read this article in...

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Google: You’ll soon be able to download iOS Google...

This is a huge benefit, especially for folks with limited data plans.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Neil Cybart on Apple’s massive San Jose land...

Writing for Above Avalon, Neil Cybert first lays out Apple’s recent series of North San Jose land purchases in terrific detail, then presents three theories on why those purchases were made.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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iPhone Unlikely to Adopt AMOLED Display in...

Apple is unlikely to adopt AMOLED displays for next-generation iPhones in the foreseeable future, according to often-reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The analyst believes Apple will continue using TFT-LCD display technology for at least the next three years -- and likely beyond.

Kuo claims that Apple supplier Hon Hai Precision Industry, better known as Foxconn, is preparing to invest in advanced TFT-LCD production lines in China for mass production in 2018, and coupled with recent comments made by iPhone backlight supplier Minebea, the analyst believes iPhones will continue using TFT-LCD displays in the future.Based on recent comments by Minebea, one of the main iPhone backlight unit suppliers, we believe AMOLED will not penetrate iPhone for the next three years. Moreover, Hon Hai is preparing to invest in Gen-6 LTPS TFT-LCD production lines in Zhengzhou, China for mass production in 2018, suggesting the iPhone line will likely stick with TFT-LCD technology in...

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Improved Siri support found in tvOS 9.1 beta

Siri is going to start having a stronger presence in Apple’s tvOS and the new tvOS 9.1 beta might be proof of this.

Apple recently confirmed that Siri is coming to Apple Music on the new Apple TV at the beginning of 2016, but a quick study has discovered the virtual assistant can now be used for certain music-related commands on the latest tvOS 9.1 beta ahead of time.

User Jeff Benjamin shared a video demo of Siri being used to search for songs, albums, artists and playlists on Apple Music from the Home screen on the new Apple TV, without needing to open the Apple Music app. Siri can also be used to play and pause Beats 1 radio.

Apple will likely continue...

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Apple won't adopt AMOLED displays in iPhones...

Apple won't embrace AMOLED display technology in the iPhone in the near future, instead opting to stick with its current LCD panels until at least 2018, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities said on Tuesday.

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∞ 30 years of Apple “Xmas” ads

Lots of favorites. A surprising number that were brand new to me, too.

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KGI: Apple unlikely to add AMOLED screens to iPhone...

In a research note, reliable supply chain analyst KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo is suggesting that Apple is unlikely to bring AMOLED screens to the iPhone for many years to come, through 2018 at least, and almost certainly not coming to the iPhone 7.

OLED iPhones have been a long-running rumor but Apple has remained steadfast with investments in better LCD panels for the most part. Yield for OLED panels continues to be a big issue given the incredible scale Apple requires for iPhone shipments.

Apple started using AMOLED in its product line this year with the Apple Watch, which takes full advantage of the deep blacks OLED screens can create in its user interface, blurring the line between bezel and screen wherever possible. In an...

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Latest Apple TV beta brings Siri support to Apple...

Officially, Apple Music won’t get Siri voice controls on the new Apple TV until early next year. But developers can now get a head start with the latest tvOS beta.

As reported by iDownloadBlog, the beta for tvOS 9.1 adds full voice commands for Apple Music, letting users search for songs and control playback. Supported commands include “Search for (artist, album, or song),” “Play (artist, album, song, or playlist),” and “Play Beats 1.”

Beta versions of tvOS are available to anyone with an Apple Developer account, which costs $99 per year. Apple offers public beta versions of its iOS and Mac OS X software, but has not yet done the same for Apple TV.


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AnandTech’s Microsoft Surface Book review

In a nutshell, the review is mostly positive, but you’ll still be running a variant of Windows.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Google Maps powering up offline capabilities to...

Google Maps already has some offline capabilities, but the company will soon release a version for iOS with full offline support. Right now, using Google Maps offline gives users the ability to see areas on a map but that's about it. The upcoming version will bring full navigation and business information lookup without an Internet connection.

This of course means that you need to do some prep work in advance of going to an area where you may not have internet service. You'll need to download an area for offline use, but then you can get directions, view business hours, and peruse ratings without having to touch your cellular data plan.

Of course, active features such as traffic alerts won't be available when offline, but this will be great for those situations when you know you'll either be in an area with a really bad cellular connection or overseas...

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Sonos debuts new Trueplay speaker tuning feature...

Back in September, Sonos unveiled an impressive new feature for its wireless speakers called Trueplay. Using the built-in microphones on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, this Sonos feature lets you fine tune your speaker to the room it’s in while optimizing the sound regardless of placement. Starting today, Sonos users can use try out Trueplay using the latest version of the controller app for iOS.

Trueplay setup is super simple too. Because Trueplay tunes your Sonos speaker to the room and its surroundings, it does require setting up any time you relocate your hardware. But the process takes just a couple minutes and only requires that you pace around the room waving your iOS device up and down enough to catch the...

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Belgium orders Facebook to stop tracking users who...

The Verge:

A commercial court in Brussels today ruled that Facebook must stop using cookies to track users when they aren’t logged in.

A big court case for Facebook.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Early iOS 10 and OS X 10.12 ‘Fuji’ internal testing...

A few months following the launches of both iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 El Capitan, Apple has shifted a large portion of its software engineering resources over to development of the upcoming iOS 10 and OS X 10.12. While iOS 9.2 and OS X 10.11.2 remain under development, 2016’s mobile and desktop Apple operating systems are now moving forward at full speed, sources indicate.

As indicated by checks of our own Google Analytics data, testing of both 2016 Apple operating systems has picked...

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Goodbye Certified Apple Server Training!

I remember way back, long ago, before the iPad, and before the iPhone, Apple had official certification training for OS X Server. I think I got my first certification around 10.3. Over time, additional courses appeared. There was an Xsan course, there was an OS X Server course, and there were plans for more. At the height of the Apple certification program, you could get the following for a full on systems administration plethora of acronyms, including ACDT, ACTC, ACSA, and ACMA:

  • Mac OS X Support Essentials v10.6: Prometric #9L0-403, removed on May 31, 2012
  • Mac OS X Server Essentials v10.6: Prometric #9L0-510, removed on May 31, 2012
  • Mac OS X Directory Services v10.6 Prometric #9L0-624, removed on May 31, 2012
  • Mac OS X Deployment...
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Day One in Depth, an iBook from The Sweet Setup

If you are a fan of the Day One journaling app for OS X and iOS, check out this iBook from Shawn Blanc of The Sweet Setup. Terrific job!

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Apple releases tvOS 9.0.1 update, offers bug fixes,...

The general consensus about the fourth-generation Apple TV seems to be that it’s a cool piece of hardware, it’s capable of a lot, but it’s got some bugs to work out.

Apple appears to be underway in squashing some of the aforementioned bugs.

On Monday, Apple released its tvOS 9.0.1 update. The update, which can be snagged by going through the Apple TV’s settings, going into System selecting Software Updates, currently includes no release notes, nor does it add requested support for Bluetooth keyboards or Apple’s Remote app for iOS. Also missing from the current tvOS is a way to restore the software without losing all your data.

Even so, a number of users...

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Killer Deals: Free Apple SuperDrive and 25-100% off...

Lowest Prices Anywhere: For the next 6 days, grab a Free AppleSuper Drive plus 25% to 100% off AppleCare extended protection plans on all of Apple's latest 13- &15-inch MacBook Airs and MacBook Pros. Plus free shipping and no sales tax in 48 states.

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Hollywood effects for medical simulators

Boston Children's Hospital teamed up with Hollywood special effects artists to create lifelike simulators to train surgeons on complex, high-stakes operations.

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DODOcase taking orders for Multi-Angle for iPad Pro

San Francisco-based DODOcase has been making beautiful bound cases for iPads since day one, so it's no surprise that the company has just announced the Multi-Angle for iPad Pro (US$79.95). 

The company's signature iPad cases have always used a wood tray to hold the iPad, but the company realized that the larger size of the iPad Pro would make the case too thick and heavy, so they've moved to a polymer tray now. The result is a rather skinny case, just 0.625 inches thick. 

For those of you who are going with the Apple Pencil when you get your iPad Pro, there's also an elastic loop to secure the Pencil or any other stylus you use. Of course, all of the DODOcase designs come with a wrap-around elastic to keep the case closed in transit.

The Multi-Angle for iPad Pro comes in four distinct color combinations: black/charcoal, slate/...

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Tim Cook interview: The Telegraph

Tim Cook is in London to promote the pending release of the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil. This post focuses on The Telegraph interview and thoughts on replacing a desktop/laptop experience with the iPad Pro.

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Is Apple killing Black Friday or just outsourcing it...

One of the things Apple’s retail head Angela Ahrendts said in her interview with Fast Company‘s Rick Tetzei is that Apple had made the decision to back away from Black Friday sales because “being good to your employees will always be good for business.”

Rather than extending store hours for Black Friday events, or just turning the stores into even more crowded places during what has increasingly turned into Black November rather than just Black Friday, Ahrendts decided to give staff a break. That’s great and should be applauded but why not just do an online sale? Do the computers need the time off too?

Even more curious, Apple, who controls US retailer pricing, seems to be letting every US retailer knock huge amounts off of all Apple ...

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The Telegraph Interviews Apple's CEO on the...

Apple's CEO Tim Cook stopped over in the UK yesterday and visited Touchpress who is supporting Apple's new iPad Pro and Apple TV with new creative apps. While in London, Cook also gave the Telegraph an extensive interview to pump their latest new products and talk about encryption which is a big issue in the UK.

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Retro iPhone 6s / 6s Plus both classy and pricy

Does anyone have $1,699 they can lend me? If so, I'm going to run right out and spend it on a frivolous purchase, but one that's incredibly cool. The ColorWare iPhone 6s Retro ($1,599) and iPhone 6s Plus Retro ($1,699) harken back to the days of the beige case and color logo of the Apple IIe.

These are a limited edition run; ColorWare is making only 25 of each and they'll be individually numbered. These aren't just cases; ColorWare actually works on the exterior of each device, making something that's not only functional but a work of art.

I think if I were Steve Wozniak, I'd have one of these already. The phones ship in about 3 to 4 weeks and would make a perfect Christmas gift for your favorite tech blogger...

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Former Mercedes R&D chief leaves Apple after...

After just over a year at Apple, former Mercedes R&D chief Johann Jungwirth left the company earlier this month to join Volkswagen AG as the new ‘Head of Digital Transformation’. Even though his official title at Apple was “Director of Mac Systems Engineering”, the executive was rumored to be working on the company’s electric car codenamed “Project Titan” due to his extensive automotive background and the timing of the hire, which was followed by several other engineering hires with experience in the auto industry.Jungwirth is joining Volkswagen amid the “DieselGate” scandal which is...

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Best Buy Offering Black Friday Deals on iPhones,...

Best Buy has shared its Black Friday ad for 2015, revealing several deals on Apple products and accessories. The discounts and promotions include up to $125 off select iPad Air 2 models, up to $200 off select Macs, up to $100 off select Apple Watch models, up to $50 off all iPods and more.

Best Buy stores in the U.S. will open at 5:00 PM on Thursday, November 26, close at 1:00 AM on Friday, November 27, then reopen at 8:00 AM on Friday, November 27 and remain open until 10:00 PM on Friday, November 27. All times are local and may vary at select locations. Most deals are also available online between November 26-28.


Best Buy will be offering limited doorbuster deals on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday in stores and online. Thanksgiving Day doorbusters will be available at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 26. Black Friday doorbusters will be available at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, November 27...

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Former Apple Car Hire Johann Jungwirth Joins...

Johann Jungwirth has been appointed as the head of Volkswagen's new Digitalization Strategy Department in the company's Germany-based headquarters. In the past, Jungwirth worked for Mercedez-Benz and Apple, where he led the Mac Systems Engineering team.

More specifically, Jungwirth supported Apple's Special Projects Group, a tie that has connected him in the past to Apple's long-rumored Apple Car project. Although the German native could have left Apple solely for a job that brought him closer to home, it's still unclear exactly why he decided to leave the Cupertino-based company -- where he was allegedly working alongside the Apple Car team -- for Volkswagen.

Jungwirth was named Director, Mac Systems Engineering at Apple in Cupertino, CA (USA), in 2014. He was responsible for...

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ActivePrint Pro designed to let you print from an...

Pocket Watch has unveiled ActivePrint Pro (http://tinyurl.com/nbnc9ml) for the iPad Pro, which goes on sale tomorrow. With the $4.99 app installed on an iPad Pro (or iPad Air or iPhone), you can print any document or photo to any printer via cloud printing ((iCloud Drive, Dropbox, Box, Microsoft SkyDrive, etc.).

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Create A Backup In Apple Configurator 2

One of the more common tasks performed in Apple Configurator is to create a backup of a device and restore that backup to multiple devices. This backs up the icon placement on screens, the settings on the device and anything not stored in the operating system or secure enclave of a device. Once you’ve created a backup, you can assign that backup to a blueprint or deploy the backup to individual devices.

To create a backup, first open Apple Configurator 2 and tether a device to the computer running Apple Configurator.

Next, right-click on a device and then choose the Back Up option.

Once you unlock the device (if locked) the backup process will start.

That’s it. Nice and easy. You can now use the...

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TaskCard 2.0 for Mac OS X gets sticky notes support...

The Alchemist Guild has announced TaskCard 2 for Mac OS X. It’s an update of the app for writing outlines, taking notes, to-do lists and organizing projects.

Version 2.0 offers full support for sticky notes, integration with Mac events, simple bullet lists with row numbering and tabbed cards and more. According to the Alchemists, the new version was designed from the ground up to be a totally unique experience on the Mac while taking full advantage of the latest features OS X.

TaskCard 2 requires Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan. A demo is available for download; registration is US$15.

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WDLabs enables Internet of Things for app, device...

WDLabs, a business growth incubator of storage solutions leader Western Digital Corp., is utilizing its WD My Cloud OS3 device in conjunction with the IBM Internet of Things (IoT) Foundation and the ARM mbed IoT Device Platform to provide developers a flexible platform to support advanced analytics and data application services.

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Streaming Music Censorship coming to China in 2016

While it shouldn't come as a surprise, it's now official: China will censor online streaming music from Alibaba, Tencent, Baidu and others that will no doubt include Apple Music in 2016.

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The WatchStand Charging Dock is a great Apple Watch...

There are several cool docking stations for the Apple Watch, but the Griffin WatchStand Powered Charging Station has an advantage in that it works with both the Apple smartwatch and an iPhone. It’s a new, powered version of Griffin’s WatchStand Charging Dock, which was released earlier this year. 

It's a dock that lets you showcase the Apple Watch and iPhone’s good looks while they’re charging thanks to two USB ports. The ebony pedestal looks classy on a desk, nightstand, or tabletop and allows you to power up the smart watch in either horizontal or vertical orientation. Conveniently, it works with all types of Apple Watch bands (from the Sport model to semi-flexible ones), as well as any iPhone with a Lightning port. 

The WatchStand houses the MagSafe charging cable that comes with the Apple Watch (there's no cable included with the Griffin product). To get started you...

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NSA Keeps Some Security Bugs Under Its Hat

The U.S. National Security Agency is getting a collective side-eye after posting what it characterized as proactive information: the fact that it discloses 91 percent of security vulnerabilities that pass through its internal review process. While the agency appears pleased with its newfound transparency, it's being called out en masse for the things it's not reporting -- primarily, the other 9 percent of vulnerabilities. In fact, the NSA's revelations have raised far more questions than they've answered.

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One-in-20 apps on private U.S. personal computers...

New data from Secunia Research (www.flexerasoftware.com), a provider of software vulnerability intelligence, reveals the state of security for PC users in a total of 14 countries, including the US.

The report shows that: one in 20 applications on private US PCs are end-of-life; 12 percent of Windows operating systems are unpatched; and for the first time in four consecutive quarters, Oracle Java isn't topping the list of most exposed programs – Apple has purportedly taken the lead. Findings in the US Country Report include:

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How to move a Photos library to an external drive

Since many modern Macs come with limited internal storage, it can be handy to move space-consuming items like your OS X Photos library to an external drive. Thankfully, it’s easy to do this. Quit the app, attach an external drive to your Mac, and then:

Make a copy of the Photos Library by dragging it from the startup volume on your Mac’s hard drive to the external drive.

When the library is copied, hold down the Option key and launch Photos.

When you see the above message pop up, click on delete incomplete items.

In the Photos app, go to Preferences and under General, click Use as System Photo Library.

Then go to System Preferences > iCloud > Photos > Options, Select iCloud Photo Library to turn that back on.

Test the library and when you're sure all is well, trash the one on your internal HD to free up space.

Voila. That’s all there is to it.


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Recommended reading: ‘El Capitan Server -Foundation...

Carbon Technologies’ "El Capitan Server - Foundation Services," written by Reid Bundonis, is now available in the Apple iBookStore (http://tinyurl.com/nkqtdk6) for US$12.99. The essential field guide for Mac system administrators and home enthusiasts alike, it’s a procedural deployment guide to ensure OS X Server is built properly from the ground up

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Apple Granted 32 Patents Today Covering the Glass...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 32 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's patents covering their iPhone models with front and back glass surfaces ...

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Evel Knievel for Apple TV: perform the stunts, don’t...

Robert Craig “Evel” Knievel was a world famous daredevil who attempted more than 75 ramp-to-ramp motorcycle jumps between 1965 and 1980, and, in 1974, a canyon jump across Snake River Canyon (which failed) on a steam-powered rocket. During his career he suffered more than 433 bone fractures, earning him the dubious honor in the Guinness Book of World Records as the survivor of "most bones broken in a lifetime.”

If you’ve ever wanted to try his stunts but have no interest in matching his bone fracturing record, Barnstorm Games’ $1.99 Evel Knievel game (http://tinyurl.com/o62tjdc) for the new Apple TV is probably as close as you can safely get. As Evel, you’ll jump rattlesnakes and lions while you work your way up to Knievel’s 13 London buses and the famed fountain jump in Las Vegas.

You’ll use the Siri Remote to negotiate a series of obstacles...

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Monday November 9

Postseason heroes, villains and ghosts
Zetterberg lifts Pink Wings in direction of 3-1 earn...
China to clamp down on Internet music platforms in...

China this week announced plans to ratchet up its Internet policing policies and will soon impose strict rules that require online music service providers -- which as of September includes Apple -- to filter out "harmful" content prior to streaming.

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UK surveillance bill could bring ‘very dire...

The Guardian:

Apple’s chief executive has sharply criticised surveillance powers proposed by the British government, warning that allowing spies a backdoor route into citizens’ communications could have “very dire consequences”.

“You can just look around and see all the data breaches that are going on. These things are becoming more frequent,” Cook told the Daily Telegraph. “They can not only result in privacy breaches but also security issues. We believe very strongly in end-to-end encryption and no back doors. We don’t think people want us to read their messages. We don’t feel we have the right to read their emails.

“Any back door is a back door for everyone. Everybody wants to crack down on terrorists. Everybody wants to be secure. The question is how. Opening a back door can have very dire consequences.”

The proposed UK law would require ISPs and phone companies to keep records that would track every website visited for a year. The authorities...

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Apple’s Angela Ahrendts on where the company is...

Fast Company:

At Fast Company’s Innovation Festival in New York, Angela Ahrendts, Apple’s senior vice president for retail and online stores, discussed the customer experience beyond selling products, uniting Apple’s online and offline stores, and her experience as one of the top executives at the world’s most valuable company.

I love these talks Apple execs give that allow us a little bit of insight into their thinking. And maybe these kinds of events can put to rest the meme that Ahrendts isn’t “involved” or “public” enough.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Time Warner Cable's Roku TV test starts in NYC...

We've been telling you about Time Warner Cable's plan to test streaming TV for its internet-only customers since before it was officially announced, but now customers can actually sign up for it. If having a cable box is part of what you hated abou...

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∞ iPad Pro ad – “A Great Big Universe”


There’s a great big universe in the new iPad Pro. It’s the largest iPad ever and takes your creativity and productivity to an epic scale.

Apple’s new ad for the iPad Pro. Damn that thing looks huge.

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VLC now looking for beta testers for its upcoming...

Just a week after Plex released its official app for the fourth-generation Apple TV, popular media player VLC has today announced that it is looking for beta testers for its app. Details on the app’s features are still sparse, but we can only assume that it will let you play all sorts of media formats on the device.

The VLC team originally teased its tvOS app back in September, offering up very few details other than confirmation that it was in fact coming. On iOS, VLC allows playback of a variety of different file formats. Files can be played from services like Dropbox, iCloud Drive, iTunes, GDrive, and more. It’s likely that the tvOS client will support many, if not all, of the same services as its iOS and Mac companions, making it a powerhouse of an app...

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'Painless' dental cavity procedure regrows...

When a dentist says the word "cavity" a lot of people sweat thinking about painful injections and relentless drilling. But scientists in Britain have developed a new procedure dubbed EAER, or "Electrically Assisted Enhanced Remineralisation," that...

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This awesome DIY railgun fires rounds with 27,000...

Used to be that if you wanted to fire off a few high-velocity rounds with an electromagnetic railgun, you'd have to land a commission aboard the USS Ponce. That is, until YouTuber Ziggy Zee went ahead and built one from scratch -- no 3D printing re...

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What's on your HDTV: 'Fallout 4',...

This week's big release is Fallout 4, which takes gamers back to its familiar post-apocalyptic setting. There's also a new StarCraft II entry with Legacy of the Void, and Rise of the Tomb Raider arrives on Xbox platforms. Netflix has a new series f...

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Review: Apple's 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K...

A 27-inch 5K iMac is no longer a novelty, but 2015's model is an upgrade bound to satisfy most Mac users -- though Apple did, strangely, decide to hold back on certain key advancements.

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World of Tanks Generals guide - Tips and...
World of Tanks Generals is a brand new card game by the developer behind the World of Tanks shooter franchise. It plays like a cross between chess and your typical card game. You have to keep in consideration where you place your tanks on the board... | Read more »
TruckSimulation 16 guide: How to succeed...
Remember those strangely enjoyable truck missions in Grand Theft Auto V whereit was a disturbing amount of fun to deliver cargo? TruckSimulation 16 is reminiscent of that, and has you play the role of a truck driver who has to deliver various... | Read more »
The best GIF making apps
Animated GIFs have exploded in popularity recently which is likely thanks to a combination of Tumblr, our shorter attention spans, and the simple fact they’re a lot of fun. [Read more] | Read more »
The best remote desktop apps for iOS
We've been sifting through the App Store to find the best ways to do computer tasks on a tablet. That gave us a thought - what if we could just do computer tasks from our tablets? Here's a list of the best remote desktop apps to help you use your... | Read more »
Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade guide - How...
Warhammer 40,000: Freebladejust launched in the App Store and it lets you live your childhood dream of blowing up and slashing a bunch of enemies as a massive, hulking Space Marine. It's not easy being a Space Marine though - and particularly if... | Read more »
Gopogo guide - How to bounce like the be...
Nitrome just launched a new game and, as to be expected, it's a lot of addictive fun. It's called Gopogo, and it challenges you to hoparound a bunch of platforms, avoiding enemies and picking up shiny stuff. It's not easy though - just like the... | Read more »
Sago Mini Superhero (Education)
Sago Mini Superhero 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Education Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: KAPOW! Jack the rabbit bursts into the sky as the Sago Mini Superhero! Fly with Jack as he lifts impossible weights,... | Read more »
Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes guide - How...
Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes is all about collecting heroes, powering them up, and using them together to defeat your foes. It's pretty straightforward stuff for the most part, but increasing your characters' stats can be a bit confusing because it... | Read more »
The best cooking apps (just in time for...
It’s that time of year again, where you’ll be gathering around the dinner table with your family and a huge feast in front of you. [Read more] | Read more »
Square Rave guide - How to grab those te...
Square Rave is an awesome little music-oriented puzzle game that smacks of games like Lumines, but with its own unique sense of gameplay. To help wrap your head around the game, keep the following tips and tricks in mind. [Read more] | Read more »

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Cyber Monday: 15% off Apple products, and sto...
Use code CYBER15 on Cyber Monday only to take 15% on Apple products at Target, and store-wide. Choose free shipping or free local store pickup (if available). Sale prices for online orders only, in-... Read more
iPad Air 2 And iPad mini Among Top Five Black...
Adobe has released its 2015 online shopping data for Black Friday and Thanksgiving Day. The five best selling electronic products on Black Friday were Samsung 4K TVs, Apple iPad Air 2, Microsoft Xbox... Read more
All-in-one PC Shipments Projected To Drop Ove...
Digitimes’ Aaron Lee and Joseph Tsai report that all-in-one (AIO) PC shipments may drop a double-digit percentage on-year in 2015 due to weaker-than-expected demand, although second-largest AIO make... Read more
Sprint Offers iPad Pro
Sprint now offers Apple’s new iPad Pro with Wi-Fi + Cellular, featuring a 12.9-inch Retina display with 5.6 million pixels. Customers can pick up iPad Pro at select Sprint retail locations. It can... Read more
Cyber Monday: Target offers 15% discount on A...
Target has discounted Apple Watches by 15% for Cyber Monday. Choose free shipping or free local store pickup (if available). Sale prices for online orders only, in-store prices may vary: - Apple... Read more
Sunday roundup of Holiday weekend Mac sales:...
Take up to $500 off MSRP on the price of a new Mac at B&H Photo today as part of their Black Friday/Holiday weekend sale. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY tax only. These prices are... Read more
Holiday weekend: Apple Watch on sale for $50-...
B&H Photo has the Apple Watch on sale today for $50-$100 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY sales tax only: - Apple Watch Sport: $50 off - Apple Watch: $50-$100 off Read more
Holiday weekend: iPad Air 2s on sale for up t...
B&H Photo has iPad Air 2s on sale for up to $80 off MSRP including free shipping plus NY sales tax only: - 16GB iPad Air 2 WiFi: $459 $40 off - 64GB iPad Air 2 WiFi: $569 $30 off - 128GB iPad Air... Read more
Holiday weekend Mac sales roundup: B&H Ph...
B&H Photo continues to have all new Macs on sale for up to $500 off MSRP as part of their Black Friday/Holiday weekend sale. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY tax only: - 15″ 2.2GHz Retina... Read more
iMobie Releases its Ace iOS Cleaner PhoneClea...
iMobie Inc. has announced the new update of PhoneClean 4, its iOS cleaner designed to reclaim wasted space on iPhone/iPad for use and keep the device fast. Alongside, iMobie hosts a 3-day giveaway of... Read more

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