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Saturday January 23

13:01
Google will pay the UK $185 million in back taxes

Like other tech giants, Google has been accused of using legal loopholes to avoid paying many of the taxes it owes... and it's now tackling some of those claims head-on. Its parent company Alphabet has reached a deal with the UK to pay £130 mi...

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11:30
Ben Heck's DIY Novena laptop, part 3

When we left Ben three weeks ago, he encountered a problem with the open-source Novena laptop build. Now, watch how Felix and Ben circumvent the need for a breakout board now that the time has finally come to put together the do-it-yourself Noven...

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10:03
Astronaut Scott Kelly hosts a Reddit Q&A from...

You may have seen some interesting Reddit Q&A sessions in your day, but you probably haven't seen one like this. NASA astronaut Scott Kelly is hosting an Ask Me Anything session at 4PM Eastern today (January 23rd)... from space. That's right -- y...

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08:26
Exec in charge of the Apple Car walks (drives?) away...

The exec in charge of Apple’s car project is leaving the company, according to The Wall Street Journal. (Keep in mind that the company has never confirmed that it’s working on an automobile.)

Former Ford Motor engineer Steve Zadesky has overseen the project for Apple for the past two years, but leaving due to personal (not performance) reasons, the article adds. The WSJ says the Apple Car project (supposedly codenamed “Titan”)  has hit some snags with the team in charge being pressured toward “ambitious deadlines.” Zadesky was reportedly assembling a 1,000-member team for the project.

Bloomberg Business claims that Apple, “which has been working secretly on a car, is pushing its team to begin production of an electric...

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06:00
Spend hours exploring Terraria, an open world...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play.

Exploration. Crafting. Soul-eating demons. All in a good day (and night)’s work.

That’s the appeal of Terraria, a 2D sandbox game by Re-Logic. Though initially released in 2011, Terraria initially slipped by under the radar. To my surprise, the game holds up surprisingly well—the pixelated open world exploration and core crafting mechanics are still compelling features that are comparable to more modern sandbox titles like Don’t Starve...

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04:55
Google Agrees to pay £130 million in a Tax...

It was reported late yesterday that Google, parent Alphabet Inc., has agreed to pay 130 million pounds (US$185 million) in a tax settlement with U.K. authorities. Google has avoided billions of dollars of income taxes around the world using a pair of shelter strategies known to lawyers as the “Double Irish”...

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03:00
The week in Apple news: iPhone 5se rumor, Apple...

Apple headlines for the week ending Jan. 22, 2016

Apple released iOS 9.2.1 and OS X 10.11.3 earlier this past week. While you’re waiting for the updates to install, you can catch up on all the major Apple-related headlines. Just click on the link to get more information.

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02:49
This week on AppleInsider: Child labor concerns,...

Developments in the "real" world grabbed many headlines this week, including a bomb threat in Ireland, a new iOS development center in Italy and worries that Apple's battery suppliers are using child labor. The company meanwhile released a bevy of software updates for OS X and iOS.

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Friday January 22

20:27
'Dragon Age' lead writer David Gaider...

You might not know his name, but if you've played a game from BioWare in the past seventeen years chances are pretty high that writer David Gaider had a hand in it. Specifically, the Dragon Age series of fantasy role-playing games. The news comes by...

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19:52
Apple execs Phil Schiller, Greg Joswiak, others...

Current and former Apple executives, including Phil Schiller,Greg Joswiak and Scott Forstall, are on a list of potential witnesses who could appear at the second Apple v. Samsung damages retrial set for March.

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17:33
Venus flytraps are far from 'dumb'

When I was a kid, I had a Venus flytrap that lived all of about a week. I couldn't figure out why it hadn't eaten the morsel of raw hamburger I'd put in its "mouth," and it died of starvation shortly after the beef grew white fuzzies on it. Turns out...

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16:45
WSJ: Apple’s electric car project lead leaving...

Daisuke Wakabayashi, writing for the Wall Street Journal, writes about Steve Zadesky, a 16-year Apple veteran and former Ford Engineer, leaving Apple.

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16:20
WSJ: Steve Zadesky, Head of Project Titan, is...

A new report posted by the Wall Street Journal this evening reveals that Apple's Titan Project Head ...

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15:56
'Apple Car' Project Lead Steve Zadesky to...

Apple VP of Product Design Steve Zadesky, who was believed to be leading Apple's electric vehicle development efforts since 2014, has informed colleagues that he will be leaving the company, according to The Wall Street Journal. He remains at Apple for now.

Zadesky, a former Ford engineer, joined Apple in 1999 and worked on the iPod and iPhone during his 16-year career in Cupertino. He is also named on several U.S. patents and documents related to Liquidmetal, a malleable alloy which Apple owns the exclusive rights to.

His impending departure from Apple is said to be for personal reasons, rather than an indication of his performance at the company, and marks a setback for Apple's...

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15:47
Apple’s electric car effort hits a speed bump as...

According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, the Apple veteran employee who has been overseeing the company’s “Project Titan” electric car initiative is leaving the company. The report, citing “people familiar with the matter,” says Steve Zadesky, who has been with Apple for 16 years, is leaving the company for “personal reasons.”

The timing for Zadesky’s departure is unknown at this point, as are his specific reasons for leaving, although the report makes it clear that it was for “personal reasons and wasn’t related to his performance.” In 2014, he was given permission to start investigating a possible foray into the electric car market for Apple, having previously worked on both the iPhone and...

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15:43
Apple's 'Project Titan' chief to...

Apple veteran Steve Zadesky, thought to be heading up the company's "Project Titan" automotive initiative, has informed colleagues that he plans to leave the company, according to a report published Friday.

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15:11
Apple shares finally close above $100 again

Apple shares closed above $100 on Friday. The stock closed at $101.43, up more than 5.1% in trading for the day from its previous close of $96.30. In anticipation of a good to great financial report from the company, perhaps?

Apple will announces its first quarter 2015 financial results next Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 5 p.m. (Eastern). Naturally, Apple World Today will bring you the coverage.

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15:02
Apple Pay adds over 50 more US card issuers as...

Another 50-plus U.S. card issuers have been added to the list supporting Apple Pay, continuing to outpace the number of merchants actually accepting payments through the service.

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14:45
AWT News Update: January 22, 2016

After a brief, one-day hiatus yesterday due to conflicting podcast recordings, we're back with news. Well, not really news, because two of the items are actually rumors. So how about rumors plus one news item? OK? 

  • iPhone 5se coming soon?
  • Anandtech does a big review of the iPad Pro, compares it head to head with a number of Intel Core M devices
  • Tim Cook met with who?

The text version is below, or you can watch the video recording here and see what the temperature was like today in Lima, Peru. 

Text Version

Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is a short and sweet AWT News Update for January 22, 2016. In case you were waiting for the podcast yesterday, we were unable to record and publish it due to other obligations.

The rumor of a 4-inch iPhone seems to be getting more...

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14:45
The Week in iOS Apps: New and improved offerings...

Offerings from Apple

This week’s roundup includes improvements to an old favorite from Apple, and one entirely new offering from the company. Read on!

Exploding Kittens

The $2 Exploding Kittens “is a local multiplayer card game for people who are into kittens and explosions and laser beams and sometimes goats.” (If you’ve played the physical card game of the same name, you know what’s up.) You can play with two to five people on the same network; the game is modeled on Russian Roulette—draw cards until you pick the “Exploding Kitten,” at which point you’re out.

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

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14:33
‘9to5’: Four-inch iPhone and Apple Watch 2 will be...

9to5 Mac's Mark Gurman reports that the long-rumored, four-inch iPhone will probably be dubbed the iPhone 5se and be announced at a special Apple event the week of March 14. The report’s author, Mark Gurman, expects the Apple Watch 2 to be previewed at the event, as well.

Gorman says the smaller iPhone will feature a design similar to the original 5S (which will be discontinued) but with upgraded internals, software, and hardware features. New features will purportedly include: an 8MP rear camera and 1.2MP front camera (same as the iPhone 6's); an NFC chip/Apple Pay support; an A8 CPU and M8 motion co-processor (NXPI supplies the latter); support for Bluetooth 4.2 and 802.11ac Wi-Fi; and support for Live Photos. The article says that 3D Touch won't be supported, and the current 5S will be discontinued.

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14:18
Apple moves 250,000 smartphones via the iPhone...

New data from the Citizen's Financial Group suggests Apple's loan partner has financed some 250,000 smartphones through the iPhone Upgrade Program, according to calculations from investment firm Piper Jaffray — as noted by AppleInsider.

The iPhone Upgrade Program, introduced in September, allows you to get a new iPhone every year and includes You’re even free to choose the carrier and rate plan that works for you. Pricing starts at $32.41 a month.

CFG says it had $220 million in Apple iPhone loans on its balance sheet at the end of December. To analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray, that implies Apple sold about a quarter-million iPhones through the upgrade program. He estimates that the total number of iPhones sold through the program would represent between 3% and 5% percent of iPhone 6s...

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14:07
Excel Software announces OfficeProtector 3.0

Excel Software (www.excelsoftware.com) has announced OfficeProtect 3.0 to protect and license Microsoft Excel documents.  

Using OfficeProtect with either QuickLicense or AppProtect, a user-editable Excel spreadsheet is converted into a protected application (EXE on Windows or APP on Mac). Version 3.0 supports Mac Office 2011 or 2016 and adds an additional layer of protection.

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14:03
Report: Apple readying new 4-inch “iPhone 5SE” for...

Enlarge / The iPhone 4S, 5, 6, and 6 Plus. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Reports of a new small-screened iPhone have been floating around for a while, but today the normally reliable Mark Gurman at 9to5Mac has published details about it gathered from "sources who have used the upcoming iPhone."

According to those sources, the so-called "iPhone 5SE" will look and act a lot like a downsized iPhone 6. The 4-inch screen (and presumably its 1136×640 resolution) will be retained, but the edges of the phone and the front glass will be curved instead of squared off as they are in the iPhone 5 and 5S. The device will also reportedly include a host of internal upgrades originally...

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13:26
March Event Could See Launch of iPhone 5se, iPad Air...

Apple is rumored to be planning to host a March event to unveil new products, but exact details on what will be shown off at the event have been in flux. An early December rumor from 9to5Mac suggested Apple would use the event to unveil a second-generation Apple Watch, but a report from TechCrunch indicated that rumor was false - no Apple Watch 2 is in the works for an early 2016 launch.

Instead, TechCrunch shared information indicating something smaller but still watch-related could be introduced in March, perhaps a minor update to add a FaceTime camera or new bands and partnerships similar to Apple's collaboration with Hermès. In a new report on what may come out at the March event, ...

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13:11
Apple returns to over $100 per share ahead of Q1...

Shares of AAPL closed above $100 on Friday, as investors bought in ahead of earnings and once again returned the iPhone maker's stock to three-digit territory.

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13:10
Notable apps and app updates for January 22, 2016

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

iOS Apps/Updates

It figures. Last week, I bought the great card game Exploding Kittens on Amazon for $20. Over the weekend, my wife and I laughed our heads off as we played this wacky game. Sure enough, this week the iOS app version of the game appeared for $1.99. Well, the card game is still a lot of fun, but if you know others who love the silly game with art by The Oatmeal and they have it on their iOS devices as well, you can all sit in a room together and play it without accidentally putting the game cards into the bowl of onion...

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13:03
Report: Instead of releasing an iPhone 6c, Apple...

A previous iPhone model could be making a comeback.

According to 9to5Mac, Apple will introduce an iPhone 5se this March with curved edges and Live Photos capabilities. Its predecessor, the iPhone 5s, was first released in 2013 but it’s currently still on sale.

This report comes amidst rumors that Apple has been prepping to release a smaller version of its current generation iPhone, potentially a 4-inch 6c version. Turns out, however, that the 4-inch iPhone 5se is set to be the smaller alternative that Apple is launching this...

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13:00
Yamaha Montage replaces Motif synthesizers

For more than 40 years, Yamaha has developed industry-leading synthesizers, from the revolutionary DX7 in the 1980s to the renowned Motif series – one of the best-selling synthesizers of all time. Now, Yamaha raises the bar again with Montage. Montage, available in 61-, 76- and 88-key configurations, features the Motion Control Synthesizer Engine, a powerful and intuitive way to interact with and control sound.

I never thought I’d see Motif get replaced, but Yamaha did quite a job with the Montage. This is an impressive synth.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:59
Apple's 4-Inch iPhone to Be Called 'iPhone...

Rumors suggesting Apple is working on an updated 4-inch iPhone have been circulating since the launch of the iPhone 6, but information that's leaked out about the device has varied quite a bit between news sources. While some rumors pointed towards a 4-inch iPhone equivalent in power to the iPhone 6s, others suggested it would be a lower-end device modeled after the iPhone 5s.

New information shared by 9to5Mac and Chinese website MyDrivers [...

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12:56
Yamaha’s Revstar electric guitars

Inspired by raw power and performance, Revstar’s sound is as unique and bold as its aesthetic. Working to evoke a visceral, unbridled power and an individual, organic tone that is made possible only by considering every detail, Yamaha’s engineers chose materials carefully and designed custom pickups to make sure Revstar sounds as stunning as it looks.

I had a demo of these guitars today and I must say, I was impressed. They have a presence in look and feel that many guitars are missing these days. They aren’t heavy, but they are solid when you play them. I wouldn’t hesitate adding one of these to my collection.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:53
Apple to update Apple Watch in mid-March with new...

Jeff Williams announcing September Apple Watch updates – AFP

In addition to launching a new 4-inch iPhone likely called the “iPhone 5se,” Apple plans to announce new Apple Watch models in March. The new lineup will be similar to the September 2015 Apple Watch revision, bringing a series of new band color options to the Apple Watch lineup. We are also told that entirely new bands made out of new materials are in development in addition to partnerships with firms beyond Hermes. Last year, Apple had discussed partnering up with popular third-party accessory makers, such as Incase, in some official fashion, but it is...

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12:50
TF Mixer series

With the TouchFlow Operation interface optimized for touch panel control, experienced engineers as well as newcomers to the field will find it easier than ever to achieve the ideal mix. Recallable D-PRE™ preamplifiers support sound quality that will satisfy the most discerning professional ears, while advanced live recording features and seamless operation with high-performance I/O racks give these compact digital mixers capabilities that make them outstanding choices for a wide range of applications. Experience the intuitive control and creative freedom that a truly evolved digital console can provide.

Yamaha made these mixers as foolproof as possible. They have a touchscreen display and a ton of presets preconfigured for each instrument in the band. You can also use an iPad to configure settings away from the mixer, so you can go onstage or anywhere in the room and check your sound. If I was going to buy a mixer today, I’d take a serious look at the TF series.

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12:49
Snap-Happy Trojan Targets Linux Servers


Security researchers at Dr.Web on Tuesday revealed details of the Trojan Linux.Ekoms.1, which takes screen shots and records audio to acquire sensitive and personal information, mostly from Linux servers. Malware for Linux is becoming more diverse and includes spyware programs, ransomware and Trojans designed to carry out distributed denial-of-service attacks, according to Dr.Web. Researchers did not assess the severity of the threat once the malware infects computers.

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12:46
Steinberg releases the UR22mkII audio interface

Record and compose music in studio quality on your laptop or iPad with the UR22mkII. With outstanding audio and build quality for its price class, the UR22mkII combines choice components with advanced connectivity and flexible I/O options to offer a full-on mobile production platform.

I love what Yamaha does with their new interfaces, making them compatible with iOS and Mac. I had a look at this today and it was impressive.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:44
Rumor: Apple's new 4-inch handset will be...

Apple's new, smaller iPhone model expected to launch in the coming months will be a "special edition" version of the iPhone 5s, and will accordingly be named the "iPhone 5se," a new rumor claims.

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12:06
Apple readies ’iPhone 5se’, not ‘6c’, for March/...

That purported 4-inch “iPhone 6c” floating around the web yesterday? It’s fake, according to sources who have used the upcoming iPhone with a 4-inch display. Instead of releasing a smaller version of the iPhone 6s in order to appease potential customers seeking an iPhone with a screen smaller than 4.7 or 5.5-inches, Apple is upgrading the existing iPhone 5s that was first released in fall 2013. Also contrary to rumors, the device is not a preview of the iPhone 7 as it will mostly retain the 5s’s design and still include a headphone jack…

The new device is internally codenamed “N69,” but the launch name will likely be the “...

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12:04
iPad Pro's A9X Chip Rivals Performance of Intel...

AnandTech today published an in-depth iPad Pro review with detailed hardware and software analysis, including an interesting performance comparison between the tablet's dual-core A9X chip and Intel's Core M processors.

The test was conducted to determine to what level Apple's custom ARM chips have caught up to the performance of Intel's Core M lineup, given Apple's continued advancements in architecture and manufacturing, compared to Intel's slower rate of growth over its last few generations of Core processors.

The review pitted the iPad Pro's A9X chip against various Core M devices, including the Broadwell-based 12-inch Retina MacBook with a low-end Core M chip and ASUS Transformer Book T300 Chi with a high-end Core M chip, and Skylake-based ASUS ZenBook UX305CA with a base-tier Core m3 CPU.

The SPECint2006† benchmark results reveal that the iPad Pro is competitive with the...

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12:00
Carillion builds engaging communities to improve...

Today’s post was written by Lisa Benbow, director of corporate communications for Carillion.

Carillion knows a thing or two about creating communities. Our mission is to make tomorrow a better place for our customers and the communities where we live and work. We are proud to be entrusted with building hospitals, schools, libraries, roads and railways, and with rolling out high speed broadband. We also provide essential services such as cleaning, catering, repair and maintenance that help to make a difference every day for people in all walks of life.

At the heart of all of this are 46,000 Carillion people. Located across the United Kingdom, Canada and the Middle East, our employees work really hard to do a great job for our customers and to bring our values to life on a daily basis. Many of them work remotely at customers’ operations or construction sites...

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11:25
Data suggests Apple's iPhone Upgrade Program...

New data from Citizen's Financial Group suggests Apple's loan partner has financed some 250,000 iPhones through the newly launched iPhone Upgrade Program, according to calculations from investment firm Piper Jaffray.

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10:54
Apps shine in new 30-second Apple TV spot

This is sort of interesting.

After years of stating that the Apple TV set top box was a “hobby”, this is really the first commercial that declares that the device is a serious thing. The new 30-second Apple TV spot takes a focused look at apps and changes to suit an array of different popular apps on the platform. One second, the chicken mascot from Crossy Road is bursting out of the Apple TV, while the next second sees the box turning into the iron throne from Game of Thrones.

The new device uses tvOS as its foundation, which has drawn more app developers to it.

Take a look and see what you think:

Via iMore

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10:54
Apple a lurking factor in bidding war over Sharp,...

The two entities bidding for control of Sharp -- Hon Hai and Innovation Network Corp. -- are both ultimately doing so with Apple as a major factor, a report said on Friday.

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10:48
Why the feature-light iOS 9.2.1 security update...

Three days ago Apple released an iOS 9.2.1 update with seemingly arbitrary ‘security updates and bug fixes’ listed in the release notes. As we’ve seen time and time again with these type of software updates, most often these small updates seem to go ignored by the general public. We stress how important it is to keep your device up to date, even with small security updates like this.

As is customary after Apple releases a security update version of iOS, the firms and people that discovered the vulnerabilities are coming out explaining how and why these security updates matter. Apple has already included a breakdown of what security issues were resolved in iOS 9.2.1, but it’s still nice to get a further detailed look into what made the vulnerabilities ...

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10:35
Apple Watch Hermès Collection Now Available for...

As reported earlier in the week, the special edition Apple Watch Hermès collection today became available for purchase online, letting customers purchase the high-end editions from the online storefronts of both Apple and Hermès. The collection comes in ten models, all branching off of three band varieties -- the Single Tour, Double Tour, and Cuff -- and was introduced by Apple at its September iPhone event.

Each model of the Hermès collection includes a stainless steel Apple Watch case, and gives users a unique Hermès clock face for the wearable device. The pricing for the collection begins with the Single Tour band for $1,100...

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10:33
Hermes begins selling its exclusive Apple Watch...

Availability of the Apple Watch Herm?s has expanded online, as the French fashion house is now selling its exclusive collection of custom wearables via its website.

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10:23
Apple renews its partnership with (RED)

With UNAIDS data showing that mother-to-child transmission of HIV could be effectively ended as early as 2020, Apple, América Móvil, Bank of America, Belvedere, GAP, SAP, Starbucks and The Coca-Cola Company have renewed their partnerships with (RED) in support of reaching this goal, with NetJets, Salesforce and Tradeshift also announcing new partnerships with (RED) — the AIDS organization founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver — to fight AIDS.

This week marks 10 years since the 2006 inception of (RED) at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Founded to create a sustainable flow of private sector money for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and heat around the AIDS issue, (RED)'s partners, special events and many extraordinary collaborators have generated $350 million for the AIDS fight since 2006. To mark the anniversary and doubling (RED)'s impact, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced that it will match every dollar generated by (RED...

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10:23
Microsoft Plans to Rebuild their Mountain View Campus

Lately Microsoft has been chasing Apple's hardware lineup and giving away free software to lure Ex-Windows customers back to the fold. Now Microsoft ...

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10:19
Here's how GM's Maven car sharing works

A few clicks of an app and you've reserved a car and can drive it away. There's integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto too.

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09:53
Apple Pay adds support for 50+ new banks and credit...

Apple has been steadily adding more banks to its list of those officially supported for Apple Pay, and today it adds yet another 50+ for users of the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch-based payment service. The new additions include a mix of banks and credit unions across the US, but don’t bring any newly supported institutions to users internationally. Head below for the full list of new banks and credit unions. 

Apple Pay is officially live in Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom in addition to the US, but the rollout of banks in other regions has lagged behind the US rollout considerably. While Apple supports hundreds of banks and credit unions in the US and adds another 50+ today, it only supports 15 in...

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09:44
How-To: Use Apple Watch faces as gorgeous Mac screen...

Even though I’ve owned a Mac for going on 5+ years now, I never thought I would actually end up using screen savers. But the launch of Aerial a few months ago, which I’ve been using daily ever since, has definitely changed my mind. Awesome Apple TV screen savers on the Mac is a win. And today I came across the Apple Watch Screen Saver for OS X by Rasmus Nielsen and immediately knew it would be my next screen saver of choice.

Incorporating over 80 combinations of the already recognizable and well designed Apple Watch faces, all in Retina display quality, it makes a great additional screen saver to have installed. For those unfamiliar with the process of installing new screen savers on the Mac, or just want an overview before starting, I’ve put together a small guide below to walk you through the...

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09:18
9to5Toys Last Call: iOS/Mac productivity app deals,...

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OtterBox Resurgence iPhone 6/6s 2,600mAh Battery Case:...

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09:10
Apple Watch Hermès collection now available online...

After several months of limited availability in select retail stores across the globe, Apple Watch Hermès is now available to purchase online. Interestingly, that counters the initial point-of-sale strategy with the other three Apple Watch collections, which were at first only available to purchase online before hitting retail stores months later. Instead, the Apple Watch collection introduced in partnership with Hermès last fall enjoyed a more intimate point-of-sale experience with North American availability limited to Apple, Hermès, and Maxfield locations in LA, Miami, New York, San Francisco, and Toronto with a similar situation across Europe and Asia.

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09:10
Google Paid Apple a Mind-Boggling $1Billion Dollars...

According to a new report today, Google Inc. is paying Apple Inc. a hefty fee to keep its search bar on the iPhone. We learned from a transcript of court proceedings from Oracle's copyright lawsuit against Google that Apple received ...

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09:08
Japan Display Confirms OLED Production in 2018 Amid...

Japan Display today announced that it will begin the mass production of OLED panels in 2018 (via Reuters), confirming a rumor from December that the company would do so in attempts to be the supplier of OLED panels in a future iPhone model. This would put Japan Display -- a joint venture between Sony, Toshiba, and Hitachi -- in direct competition with LG Display and Samsung in the production of the rumored OLED-supported iPhone.

"We will take advantage of our advanced thin-film transistor technology in developing OLED screens," Akio Takimoto, chief of Japan Display's research center, told reporters on Friday. Japan Display, in addition to rival Sharp, already supplies the manufacturing of LCD panels for Apple's iPhone. In 2015, estimates of an iPhone supporting OLED panels -- which would be the first non-...

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09:08
DJUCED premieres pro DJ software

DJUCED (www.djuced.com) is showcasing the company’s updated version of its DJUCED40° professional DJ software at the NAMM 2016 show.

With this third version of the software, the brand has extensively redesigned its flagship solution, adding new functionalities, a new interface and opening up additional features that are targeted at the performance DJ, says Stephane Bellanger, DJUCED development manager. The upgraded software offers a host of new features designed to boost creativity.

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09:03
No, Apple won’t buy Dish Network (acquiring Comcast...

Pundit Robert X. Cringely predicts in a new I, Cringely column that Apple will buy Dish Network, the American direct satellite TV broadcaster. Yours Truly says this will never happen.

Here’s Cringely’s reasoning: “It’s the only acquisition that will give Apple the kind of entry point they want into the TV business, allowing Cupertino to create overnight an over-the-top (OTT) Internet streaming video service — effectively an Internet cable system.

“Buying Dish would be a bold move for Apple because all the benefits Cupertino seeks aren’t obviously available. True, Dish has 14 million U.S. subscribers (I am one of those) who get 100+ channels of TV from the sky. True, Dish has an existing OTT streaming service called Sling that already offers a subset of the company’s cable channels. But it doesn’t necessarily follow that Dish could simply transfer its...

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09:00
Sway Recycle Bin, full screen mode in Windows, Send...

Happy New Year from the Sway team! It’s now been a few months since Sway became generally available. Last month we introduced new controls that allow Office 365 business and education admins to better manage and tailor the way Sway is used within their organization. This month we’re ushering in 2016 with new Sway capabilities we recently added to enhance your experience and increase the ways you can use Sway to create polished, interactive content.

Sway now has a Recycle Bin

We added a Recycle Bin to Sway—a common customer request. Now, any Sway you delete using Sway on the web, Sway for Windows 10...

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08:59
External Link: NSA Director Defends Encryption

While FBI Director James Comey and Attorney General Loretta Lynch continue to rail against encryption, information security has gained another unlikely ally: NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers. During an address to the Atlantic Council think tank, Rogers said, “encryption is foundational to the future,” and cited the recent hack of the Office of Personnel Management as a reason to encourage encryption. “So spending time arguing about ‘hey, encryption is bad and we ought to do away with it’ … that’s a waste of time to me,” Rogers said. Rogers’s predecessor at the NSA, General Michael Hayden, also recently spoke out in favor of encryption.

 

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08:59
Report: Google is the default iPhone search engine...

Apple ditched Google Maps for its own native app in 2012, but the company is sticking with Google for the iPhone’s default search engine because Google pays Apple a ton of money for the privilege: $1 billion, to be exact.

That closely guarded sum was spilled in court transcripts from Java software maker Oracle’s lawsuit against Google, according to a Friday Bloomberg report. Oracle claims Google used Java to build its Android operating system without paying, and has been fighting the company for damages since 2010. Now Oracle is airing all of Google’s business for the world to see.

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08:30
Tim Cook Visits Europe to Meet EU Antitrust Chief,...

Apple CEO Tim Cook traveled to Europe this week to meet with European Commission antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager in Brussels on Thursday, before heading to Rome on Friday to meet Pope Francis and Italian developers.

Cook first met with Vestager to lobby against an European tax investigation that could force the iPhone and iPad maker to pay more than $8 billion in back taxes on overseas earnings, according to Bloomberg.

European Commission headquarters in Brussels (Image: Hungary Today)

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08:22
New Samsung Pay TV ad takes shots at Apple Pay'...

A new Samsung TV ad, featuring comedian Hannibal Buress, continues a theme of pointing out that Samsung Pay can be used in stores where Apple Pay isn't supported.

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08:14
Apple Maps now includes four new Flyover locales,...

If nothing else, Apple Maps is getting fleshed out.

Apple announced that its Maps application now included four new Flyover locales, public transit data for Los Angeles, a European expansion of Nearby POI suggestions and Traffic data for Hong Kong and Mexico.

The additions include new Flyover support in Aomori, Japan; Bruges, Belgium; Lake Powell, Utah; and Limoges, France. Counting the four cities, Flyover is now available in 220 locales around the world.

Apple also flipped the switch on Traffic data for users in Hong Kong and Mexico, while residents in the Netherlands and the UK can now take advantage of iOS 9’s new Nearby feature, which points out automated, proximity-based search results of commonly queried points of interest. Results of nearby...

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07:52
Anandtech’s Apple iPad Pro review

Anandtech:

Overall, the iPad Pro has proven to be a very different experience for me than previous iPads. The design is definitely familiar, with the same industrial design and general feel as previous iPads scaled up to a 12.9” form factor.

On the SoC side, we’re finally seeing a major player in ARM SoCs directly competing with Intel on their home ground of sorts, and the results are at least somewhat shocking. Despite a handicap on process node, the CPU of the A9X isn’t all that far off from Skylake Core M. And while A9X can’t go toe-to-toe, Apple is for the first time capable of reaching Intel’s level for some workloads. Otherwise on the GPU side, Apple arguably bests Intel.

Here is the incredibly detailed iPad Pro review you’ve been waiting for.

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07:42
Samsung to Introduce a New Touch IC for their...

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported in December that Samsung Electronics would be adding a new pressure-sensitive display to their next-gen Galaxy S7 smartphone that some are speculating will attempt to mirror Apple's 3D Touch. Samsung actually ...

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07:31
Mac users can now try out new Microsoft Office...

Microsoft opened up a beta test program for Windows users last November, letting Microsoft Office fanatics get early access to upcoming new features. Microsoft is now rolling out the program to the Mac, so OS X users can (optionally) join the beta program too. For the first round of the beta program, Microsoft will be adding inking and realtime typing / collaboration to PowerPoint. Expect these features in the ‘coming weeks’. More details available here.

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07:11
Google's Android revenue $31 billion over OS...

The Android operating system has reportedly generated $31 billion in revenues for Google since it first launched in 2008, creating $22 billion in profits largely from mobile advertising.

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07:11
Apple CEO Tim Cook met with Pope Francis in the...

Appleinsider:

A peek at the schedule of Pope Francis has revealed that the head of the Catholic Church met with Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook on Friday, though what the two discussed remains a mystery.

Carol Glatz of the National Catholic Reporter snapped a picture of the Pope’s schedule on Friday, revealing that the pontiff had a meeting scheduled with Cook at 11:30 a.m. local time. Tom Cheshire of Sky News later confirmed that the meeting took place, as highlighted by Business Insider.

Cook’s meeting with His Holiness comes one week after Pope Francis met with Eric Schmidt, CEO of Apple rival Alphabet.

Oh, to be a fly on the wall of that meeting.

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07:07
Google paid Apple $1 billion to keep search bar on...

Bloomberg:

Apple received $1 billion from its rival in 2014, according to a transcript of court proceedings from Oracle Corp.’s copyright lawsuit against Google. The search engine giant has an agreement with Apple that gives the iPhone maker a percentage of the revenue Google generates through the Apple device, an attorney for Oracle said at a Jan. 14 hearing in federal court.

Considering how valuable that piece of virtual property is, I bet Google thinks they got a bargain in the deal.

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07:05
Apple to release Q1 earnings on the analysts’...

Apple:

Apple’s conference call to discuss fourth fiscal quarter results is scheduled for Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at 2:00 pm PT/5:00 pm ET.

As always, this call is open to the public via the webcast. Only analysts are allowed to call in and ask questions. It promises to be yet more record numbers for Apple.

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07:00
Facebook Opens Sports Stadium


Facebook on Thursday announced its new Sports Stadium -- built with no taxpayer dollars or city leases required. About 650 million sports fans already make Facebook the world's largest stadium, the company reasoned. The new hub will compile and chronologize game-related content in real time so that "you can get the feeling you're watching the game with your friends even when you aren't together," said Steve Kafka, a product manager at Facebook. The hub itself is organized by tabs labeled "Matchup," "Friends," "Experts" and "Stats."

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06:38
Google Paid $1 Billion To Keep Search On iPhone

phantomfive writes: As the Google v. Oracle copyright case drags on, Oracle is claiming that Android has generated $31 billion in revenue for Google, $22 billion of which was profit. Court records also show Google paid Apple $1 billion USD to keep their search bar on the iPhone. A revenue sharing agreement was in place as well. At one point, Apple got 34% of the revenue generated by Google searches on iPhones. Both companies later requested that the information be redacted from the record, but once something is released on the internet, it tends to stay there.


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06:34
Apple's CEO Met the Pope Today in Italy

After a grueling day fighting with the EU commission on Thursday over taxes, Apple's CEO decided to meet with the Pope...

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06:27
Apple hires expert in virtual reality/augmented...

Apple has hired Doug Bowman, an expert in virtual reality/augmented reality, according to the Financial Times. The Virginia Tech computer science professor was listed among grant winners for HoloLens research projects and he specializes in creating 3D user interfaces, fueling speculation that Apple is working on virtual reality/augmented reality (VR/AR) projects.

Microsoft HoloLens is described as “the first fully untethered, holographic computer, enabling high-definition holograms to integrate with your world.” Microsoft has announced that a HoloLens developer kit will arrive in the first quarter of 2016 for $3,000.

HoloLens is a smart glasses device to accompany Windows Holographic, a “mixed” reality computing platform for creating applications that incorporate live presentation of...

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06:14
All BCECC students in Norfolk, Virginia are getting...

A new partnership between Apple and the Berkley Campostella Early Childhood Center (BCECC) will provide every student with a new iPad.

The Norfolk, Virginia school received one of 114 grants from Apple as part of the company's $100 million commitment to the White House “ConnectED” initiative. The grant includes an iPad for every student, a MacBook Air and iPad mini for every teacher, an Apple TV for every classroom, ongoing professional development for teachers and a continuing partnership with Apple to ensure successful implementation.

According to Apple’s ConnectED website, as part of its participation in President Barack Obama’s ConnectED technology in education program, the company is giving its latest hardware to 114 schools across the U.S. 

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06:13
Apple pushes into virtual reality by hiring top VR...

Apple has lured a top virtual reality researcher away from Virginia Tech, according to the Financial Times. The move could give Apple a chance to catch up with rivals Samsung Electronics, Microsoft, Google and Facebook, which have all made plays in the virtual reality field.

The researcher, Doug Bowman, had been a professor of computer science at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and director of its Center for Human-Computer Interaction. He recently joined Apple after a short sabbatical, the Financial Times reported.

Bowman worked on three-dimensional user interface design in academia, looking at the benefits of immersion in virtual environments, and led the 3D interaction group.

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06:09
Apple hires top virtual and augmented reality expert...

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While nearly all of the big tech companies have some sort of plan in place to deal with the upcoming onslaught of virtual reality and augmented reality technology, there's been one rather large holdout: Apple. According to a report from the Financial Times, however, Apple now has its own VR/AR expert....

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06:09
External Link: Apple Demanded Court Order from Widow...

Apple’s focus on privacy is normally good, but it can sometimes carry unfortunate consequences. Peggy Bush, 72, tried to download a game to her iPad, but didn’t know her late husband’s Apple ID password. Her daughter dealt with Apple support for two months, providing serial numbers and legal documentation before being told that Apple required a court order to resolve the situation. In fact, according to Apple’s terms and conditions, accounts are not transferrable upon death and Apple may even terminate the account. Fortunately, Apple gave Bush access to the account after she reached out to CBC News and Apple CEO Tim Cook. This story illustrates why it’s important for families to have a plan for sharing key passwords, such as 1Password for Teams or at least a copy of 1Password’s master password in a safe-deposit box.

 

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06:04
Apple Could Announce Close to $18 Billion in Profits...

Apple is scheduled to announce their financial results next Tuesday during a live conference call. Going into the weekend, a number of reports surfaced this morning covering forecasts on Apple's numbers. CNN Money notes that Wall Street Projects that Apple sold ...

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06:04
Tim Cook makes ‘surprise’ visit to Brussels to lobby...

Apple CEO Tim Cook made a “surprise visit” to Brussels, Thursday, looking to lobby European Commissioner Margrethe Vestager as EU regulators close in on a final decision about the company's Irish tax deals, according to The Irish Times.

The Brussels meeting came on the same day as Taoiseach Enda Kenny described as “false and baseless” claims that Ireland is a tax haven for the company, the article adds. Apple and the European Commission both confirmed the talks took place but wouldn’t elaborate on what was discussed. It has been suggested that the state may eventually be forced to recoup billions of euros in unpaid taxes from Apple, according to The Irish Times.

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06:01
Apple CEO Tim Cook met with Pope Francis in the...

A peek at the schedule of Pope Francis has revealed that the head of the Catholic Church met with Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook on Friday, though what the two discussed remains a mystery.

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05:57
It’s Apple vs. Alphabet for the title of the world’s...

The Financial Times says Apple is no longer the world's largest public company, when defined by enterprise value, which includes debt and subtracts cash to give a more complete picture of a firm's worth.

Alphabet overtook Apple in December and is now valued at $420 billion compared with the latter's $393 billion. Measured by market cap, Apple still remains bigger, at $535 billion versus the search giant's $485 billion. 

Alphabet Inc. is an American multinational conglomerate created in 2015 as the parent company of Google and several other companies previously owned by or tied to Google. At its most basic level, Google is just renaming itself "Alphabet" and creating a subsidiary business called "Google." The "new" Google will continue as the consumer-facing brand and will run all the products you've heard of, including...

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05:49
Google paid Apple $1 billion in 2014 to be the...

Bloomberg reports that, according to court testimony, Google paid Apple $1 billion in 2014 to remain the default search engine on iPhones.

A Google witness told an attorney for Oracle that the amount was 34%, but it wasn't clear if Apple or Google got that amount. In 2013, Morgan Stanley estimated Apple’s cut was 75% of  revenue. Since Google was dropped in late 2014 as the default search...

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05:34
AppleInsider podcast talks Apple manufacturing,...

This week the AppleInsider podcast explores Donald Trump's dictate that Apple build it's "computers and things" in America, "iPhone 6c" rumors, ESPN in an Apple streaming service, GarageBand and Music Memos, and more.

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05:26
Apple Hires Top U.S. VR Researcher from Virginia...

Last February we posted a report titled "Apple is definitely working on a Top Secret VR Project," wherein we noted that Apple had been actively seeking display engineer professionals with VR environment experience. In 2013 Apple acquired Israeli company PrimeSense and shortly thereafter ...

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05:00
Lynn University deploying iPad Pro/Apple Pencil/...

Lynn University, one of America's top 25 most innovative schools according to U.S. News & World Report, will deploy Apple’s iPad Pro, Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard to all undergraduate day students and faculty. Lynn will distribute approximately 1,800 new devices this semester.

“At Lynn, we continue to embrace new ideas and technology that allow us to engage our students, enhance learning and empower faculty," says Lynn President Kevin M. Ross. "Our introduction of iPad-powered learning in 2013 has supported rises in retention and prospective student inquiries, as well as improved student outcomes.”

“iPad Pro, its accessories and the next generation of education-focused apps will make learning even more relevant to the world students live in," adds Lynn Chief Information Officer Chris Boniforti. "This immersive, versatile technology also provides access to top-notch...

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04:30
Kool Tools: SightSpace Pro

Limitless Computing’s SightSpace Pro is a cloud-based and mobile solution that makes it possible to view 3D digital models and designs in the form of real-life buildings using Augmented Reality technology.

The new SightSpace Pro works seamlessly with the most popular modeling and design file formats including Autodesk .DWG and .DXF, Trimble SketchUp (.SKP), Collada (.DAE), .DGN, .KMZ, .KML, and more. SightSpace turns Apple and Android smartphones and tablets into a machine that blends virtual designs with the real world. 

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04:30
Patent round-up, wraparound iPhone displays, the...

We could one day see an iPhone with a flexible, wraparound display. Apple has been granted a patent (number 20160021227) by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for “electronic devices with convex displays.”

Apple says that, in conventional arrangements, most electronic device’s displays are flat, so only the portions of the device other than the display have a convex shape. Apple says that this may limit the internal volume of the device and may detract from its appearance and “it would therefore be desirable to be able to provide improved electronic devices.”

According to the patent filing, convex displays may be formed from one or more flexible layers. A flexible display layer may be mounted to a rigid support structure or a rigid cover layer. Flexible display layers that conform to the curved shape of a rigid structure may provide additional internal volume in which internal components of the device may be positioned.

Another granted Apple patent (number...

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04:23
Apple made more revenue from iPhone in a single...

The lawsuit between Oracle and Google is inadvertently revealing some confidential information about the companies. It has already been disclosed that Google paid Apple a $1 billion fee in 2014 to keep Google as the default search provider for iOS Safari, as well as a revenue sharing agreement where Google gives a substantial portion of the iPhone search ad revenue to Apple.

Another lawyer from Oracle has also stated that Google has generated $22 billion in profit and $31 billion in revenue from Android in its lifetime, via Bloomberg. Although...

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04:14
New Apple TV ad Promotes the Future of Television...

Apple's latest ad for Apple TV surfaced last night ...

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04:00
Worldwide IT spending forecast to grow 0.6% in 2016

Gartner Inc. (www.gartner.com) forecasts that worldwide IT spending will total $3.54 trillion dollars in 2016, just a 0.6% increase over 2015 spending of $3.52 trillion dollars.

2015 saw the largest U.S. dollar drop in IT spending since the research group began tracking IT spending. $216 billion dollars less was spent on IT in 2015 than in 2014 and 2014 spending levels won’t be surpassed until 2019.

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04:00
One week with Apple’s CarPlay

Banish your car's stock infotainment system to the background with CarPlay. (credit: Ron Amadeo)

If you buy a car today, it will probably come with some kind of touchscreen computer onboard. These are basically embedded tablet computers that run some kind of operating system, but rather than coming from Apple, Google, or Microsoft, the software comes from car manufacturers and their suppliers. Car companies don't have a ton of experience when it comes to software, so the integrated computers generally aren't designed very well. They also never have the app ecosystem we've come to expect from smartphones and tablets, so it's no surprise that many people still prefer using their smartphones over the in-car option.

Traditional software companies are getting a foothold in cars, though. We already reviewed...

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04:00
OWC’s Power2U can eliminate cable and power adapter...

OWC's Power2U is a gadget that lets you power iOS or other USB equipped mobile devices without a bulky adapter. The advantage: it eliminates clutter created by multiple cables and power adapters.

The UL approved AC/USB wall outlet lets you power and charge up to four devices simultaneously. Designed for homes with users of multiple USB chargeable devices (and if you're reading this, you almost certainly fall into this category), the Power2U installs on any 15Amp circuit with a 16-cubic inch electrical box to blend into the wall as a standard power outlet. 

Installation takes about 20-25 minutes (you can find a how-to install video here). If watching the video makes you nervous -- or if, like me, you'...

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03:50
Apple CEO Tim Cook meeting with the Pope today

According to several sources, the Catholic Church Pope, Pope Francis, is meeting with Apple CEO Tim Cook today for a private discussion. The exact agenda for the meeting is unknown, but ‘Signor Timothy Donald Cook’ is booked in for 11.30 as shown in the photo. The meetup is likely related to visits the Pope has been receiving from other tech giants. Francis met Eric Schmidt, Alphabet (Google’s) chairman last week. It could just be a cordial exchange of greetings.

Sky News reporter Tom Cheshire says the Pope shares Cook’s strong stance on the environment and ecology. Both Pope and Cook are frequently named in the...

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02:04
Apple Fibre Channel compatibility with El Capitan

Forums: Hardware

Good Morning Xsan deployers.
In the next few months i'll have to upgrade a Maverick Xsan to El Capitan.
This system still runs on MacPro 2012 equipped with the good old Apple Fibre Channel cards 4Gbit

Does anybody can tell me if there is any issue with these cards and El Capitan?

Thank you very much for your time

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00:04
Apple To Launch First European Development Center

An anonymous reader writes: Apple has announced plans to launch its first iOS app development center in Europe. The location will be in Naples, Italy, with the center aiming to teach youngsters how to code. The announcement was made 21 January and explained how the center would provide students (children and young adults) the practical skills and training required for developing iOS apps for "the world's most innovative and vibrant app ecosystem". The center will support teachers and provide a specialized curriculum that will prepare the youths to be a part of Apple's developer community.


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Thursday January 21

23:19
Apple expands Maps capabilities with new Flyover,...

Apple's efforts to build out its in-house Maps service moved forward on Thursday with the addition of four new Flyover locales, public transit data for Los Angeles, a European expansion of Nearby POI suggestions and Traffic data for Hong Kong and Mexico.

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21:48
BitTorrent Sync adds ability to make encrypted...

BitTorrent has released a new version of its Sync peer-to-peer app, and its biggest feature is the encrypted folder. Any data you keep in one will be encrypted, whether you choose to place it on cloud storage or on a networked storage device (NAS). P...

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19:50
Google paid Apple $1 billion in 2014 to keep it the...

Earlier this evening, the Oracle vs. Google lawsuit revealed Android’s revenues and profits for the first time. The same case has now revealed that Google paid Apple $1 billion in 2014 as part of its ongoing deal to be the main search provider—as in the one that resides in the search bar by default—on iOS devices.

Specifically, Apple’s deal with Google gives it a percentage of the revenue that the search engine generates through Apple devices. An Oracle lawyer said that the revenue share was 34 percent (although it’s not clear based on the transcript whether that means Apple got 34%, or if Google kept 34%). A Google lawyer...

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19:01
Google Paid Apple $1 Billion in 2014 to be Default...

It's common knowledge that Apple and Google have a monetary agreement that ensures Google's position as the default search engine on Apple's iOS devices, but the details of that deal have been kept under wraps, until now. A recent court transcript from Oracle's copyright lawsuit against Google was obtained by Bloomberg and sheds some light on the agreement, suggesting Google pays out a lot of money to keep its search bar on Apple's iPhones and iPads.

Apple receives a percentage of the revenue that Google earns from searches made on iOS devices, and in 2014, Apple's payout from Google totaled $1 billion. That information mirrors a similar rumor from 2012 that also suggested Google was paying Apple upwards of $1...

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18:57
Apple hires top virtual & augmented reality...

According to a new report out of the Financial Times, Apple has hired one of the top virtual reality researchers in the United States to expedite its efforts in the platform. The report claims that Apple has recently hired Doug Bowman, who most recently was a computer science professor at Virginia Tech before taking a sabbatical. At Virginia Tech, he was the director of the university’s human-computer interaction center for around five years.

Bowman touts that he has focused his research on “three-dimensional user interface design and the benefits of immersion in virtual environments.” He has experience in both fully immersive virtual reality, such as the tech used HTC’s Vive and Google Cardboard, as well as augmented...

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18:37
Google paid Apple $1B to be default iOS search bar...

Court documents from Oracle's copyright lawsuit against Google show the Internet search giant paid some $1 billion to Apple in 2014 in return for making its search bar the default option on iOS.

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18:04
Apple Hires Leading Virtual Reality Researcher

Apple has hired Doug Bowman, one of the U.S.' leading virtual reality experts, according to a new report from the Financial Times. Bowman joined Apple after going on sabbatical from his job as a computer science professor at Virginia Tech.

His experience spans both fully immersive VR, as used in Facebook’s Oculus Rift and HTC’s Vive headsets, as well as augmented reality, where transparent visors such as Microsoft’s Hololens, Google Glass and secretive start-up Magic Leap mingle digital images with the real world still visible.Bowman has been director of Virginia Tech's Center for Human-Computer Interaction for the past five years. He's also the lead author of the book "...

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17:36
New Apple hire suggests increased interest in...

A report on Thursday revealed Apple recently hired Doug Bowman, a top researcher in the fields of virtual reality and augmented reality, suggesting the company is seriously investigating immersive computing and similar VR/AR solutions.

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17:04
Refurbished 2015 Retina MacBook Now Available From...

Apple recently began offering the 12-inch Retina MacBook in its online store for refurbished products, marking the first time refurbished versions of the Retina MacBook have been made available for purchase.

Released in April of 2015, the Retina MacBook is Apple's thinnest, lightest Mac product, measuring in at just 13.1mm thick and weighing 2 pounds. The machine has a full edge-to-edge keyboard, a fanless design enabled by a low power Core-M chip from Intel, and a Retina Display.

While the main refurbished site does not yet have a listing for the Retina MacBook, refurbished models are available on a dedicated MacBook page. All of the refurbished machines are available at a 15 percent discount.

Apple has...

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16:55
Iris scanning simplifies cash aid for Syrian refugees

The United Nations is using an iris-scanning biometric ID system to streamline the delivery of money to Syrian refugees in Jordan.

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16:50
Latest Apple TV commercial puts focus on apps

Apple posted a fun new Apple TV commercial to the Web on Thursday showing off the tvOS App Store's deep selection of apps, games, over-the-top content streamers, interactive shopping services and more.

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16:39
Apple Shares New Apple TV Ad Focused on Apps

Apple today shared a new Apple TV ad on its YouTube channel, highlighting the many apps and games that are available on the device through the dedicated tvOS App Store. Entitled "The Future of TV is Apps," the ad features an Apple TV set-top box that morphs to match the theme of each app that's shown off in the spot.

Netflix, Apple Music, WatchESPN, Asphalt 8: Airborne, Disney Infinity, Gilt, GrubHub, Showtime, Crossy Road, HBO Now, and Fox Now, are among the apps that are featured. The ad ends with the brightly colored television test bars that have been used in all fourth-generation Apple TV advertisements.

Since the Apple TV 4 launched in October, Apple has been promoting it through a series of television ads, colorful billboards displayed across a number of cities, web ads, and...

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16:23
Apple shares new Apple TV ad highlighting popular...

Apple this evening has shared a new advertisement for its Apple TV set-top box. This ad continues the trend of the company highlighting the tvOS App Store that is available on the device, showcasing a handful of the most popular applications available so far. The ad is entitled “Apple TV – The Future of TV is Apps,” which is a slogan Apple has used since the launch of the device back in October.

In the ad, which can be viewed below, Apple showcases a variety of different apps for tvOS. The ad highlights apps such as Netflix, ESPN, Asphalt 8, Disney Infinity, GrubHub, Showtime, Crossy Road, HBO Now, and Fox Now. Apple seems to have made a point to show off several different categories of apps, including entertainment, food, and games.

Apple has ramped up marketing for the fourth-gen Apple TV since its release in...

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16:09
Brave Browser Promises to Defend Users' Privacy


Brave Software, helmed by Brendan Eich, who cofounded Mozilla and created the JavaScript programming language, on Tuesday released the 0.7 developer version of its Brave browser. Brave is an open source project that promises to block Internet greed and ugliness, while improving speed and protecting privacy. Basically, it blocks ads containing pixels and cookies that track users and load stuff onto their devices without their knowledge. Malvertising won't get onto users' devices because the EFF's HTTPS Everywhere is integrated into the browser.

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15:54
Munster: Apple Pay distribution low, but peer-to-...

Fresh data from investment firm Piper Jaffray shows Apple Pay adoption hovering between 10 and 20 percent, but analyst Gene Munster expects numbers to rise in 2016 as Apple integrates attractive new features like peer-to-peer payments and in-browser integration.

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15:31
Apple's CEO Met with the EU's Antitrust...

Earlier today we posted a report titled "Ireland's Sinn Fein Party Says it will Pursue Apple for Taxes Owed if the EU Commission finds them Guilty later this Year." Before we were even able to blink, the news of Apple's CEO pushing back hard ...

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15:15
California Joins New York in Effort to Weaken...

As the argument over smartphone encryption continues on between device manufacturers like Apple, devoted to strong encryption, and U.S. federal government officials pushing for backdoors to access data, several states have gotten involved in the fray.

New York State Assemblymember Matthew Titone introduced a bill last summer that would require smartphone manufacturers to create devices that can be decrypted or unlocked or face fines, and now California State Assemblymember Jim Cooper is following in his footsteps.

Cooper on Wednesday introduced a bill that would require any smartphone manufactured after January 1, 2017 and sold in California to "be capable of being decrypted...

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14:59
Microsoft's Office 365 Introduces Major new...

Today Microsoft announced a number of improvements and ways to work with Office for the Mac, iPad and iPad Pro.

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14:33
NPR One for iOS updated with CarPlay support, bug...

The NPR One app for iOS has been updated today with support for Apple’s in-car infotainment system CarPlay. The update bumps the app to version 1.6.1 and also includes a few bug fixes and the under-the-hood performance improvements.

With CarPlay support, NPR fans can now listen to their favorite shows seamlessly while on the road. The CarPlay interface for NPR One is relatively simple and in line with other CarPlay apps. On the main screen of the app, you have quick access to Up Next, Recommendations, Catch Up, and Followed. Catch Up shows you what’s next in the national and local newscasts you listen to, while Recommendations presents a curated list of stories and podcasts tailored just for you.

Introducing support for CarPlay. Listen to NPR One in vehicles that have support for CarPlay as part of the in-dash...

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14:24
Apple takes 50% off popular productivity apps in new...

In its latest iOS App Store promotion, Apple is for a limited time knocking 50 percent off a selection of 14 productivity titles like PCalc, task manager Things, second screen solution Duet Display and more.

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14:14
Tim Cook meets with European Commission antitrust...

Tim Cook this week met with the European Commission’s antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager, Bloomberg reports and Kristin Huguet, a spokeswoman at Apple, confirms. The Cupertino based company is fighting back against contentions that they have formed a special agreement with Ireland in which they pay significantly lower taxes to the country’s government. The news also appears to coincide with Tim Cook’s announcement in launching an iOS development center in Italy.

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14:09
AT&T CEO says US encryption policy is up to...

US government policies on device encryption should be decided by the public and Congress, not companies like Apple, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said in an interview at the World Economic Forum being held this week in Davos, Switzerland.

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14:02
Facebook for iPhone testing in-app peek & pop...

Facebook today is rolling out a new update to its iOS app that brings a handful of new features to iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus users. As usual, the actual changelog provided in the App Store by Facebook doesn’t detail any of the changes, but rather states that Facebook periodically updates its app to add new features and performance and reliability improvements. Today’s new features come in the form of new 3D Touch capabilities for the app on iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus devices.

The first 3D Touch enhancement comes to the homescreen icon. Now, when you 3D Touch on Facebook’s app icon, you’ll see a new “quick view” shortcut that takes you directly to your timeline. The Facebook app has had 3D Touch quick view actions shortcuts for posting updates and pictures since October, but the timeline shortcut is new (via...

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13:37
Productivity App Sale Offers 50% Off Clear,...

Apple is offering 50 percent off a range of productivity apps as part of a "Get Productive" iOS App Store promotion that's taking place this week. Each app is available at a 50 percent discount from its regular App Store pricing. Many well-known apps like Clear, Things, Drafts 4, and Deliveries are included in the promotion.

Available apps cover a wide range of productivity tasks, from note-taking and editing PDFs to creating to-dos, making scans, converting currency, and more. A full list of apps and their pricing with the discount is below:

- PDF Expert 5, a PDF editing tool - $4.99

- Duet Display, for using an iPad or iPhone as a second monitor - $7.99

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13:06
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13:00
Apogee introduces the Symphony I/O Mk II

Today at NAMM, Apogee Electronics and Waves Audio announced a partnership that will connect the world’s most advanced multi-channel audio recording interface to the world’s most powerful DSP enabled audio network. Symphony I/O Mk II, Apogee’s new flagship converter, will offer optional SoundGrid connectivity, enabling it to connect to the Waves SoundGrid System for studio, live and post production audio networking with real-time digital signal processing of Waves and SoundGrid compatible third-party plugins.

This is a very interesting partnership. Apogee makes some terrific products—some of the best.

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13:00
Cloud PBX with Skype for Business—simplify...

With Skype for Business Cloud PBX (Private Branch Exchange), users can globally manage calls right within Office 365 and eliminate separate PBX systems for information workers. This provides users with access everywhere, so they can make, receive and transfer calls from mobiles, tablets and PCs from nearly anywhere with Internet access. It also provides consolidated management, so the Office 365 administration portal is the central location to manage users for communications, email and content.

See the product in action by watching the following video:

Want to get insights around how and why enterprises are adopting cloud-based telephony, unified communications and contact center apps? Download and read the Market Demand for Cloud-based Services whitepaper.

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12:54
Universal Audio releases the Marshall JMP 2203...

the Marshall JMP 2203 plug-in is an expert emulation of the legendary ultra-flexible 100-watt amplifier used by everyone from Iron Maiden and Slayer, to Jeff Beck and My Bloody Valentine.

I can’t wait to get home and try this plug-in. I love everything that UA does, but a rocking Marshall could be the best yet. UA also released the Sonnox Oxford Envolution and the Brainworx bx_digital V3 EQ Collection.

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12:49
Kemper introduces ToneTravelling

Either engaged automatically by just hitting a switch on the Profiler Remote or dynamically by using an expression pedal, all continuous parameters can be changed smoothly to take the tone from ultra dry clean rhythm to utmost distorted, FX soaked lead tones.

Kemper made a big splash a few years back with its amp profiling and while I haven’t had extensive experience with it, others I know have said they really like it.

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12:45
Taylor’s new 12-string acoustic guitars

Among the new shapes are 12-fret Grand Concerts (552ce 12-Fret, 562ce 12-Fret), Grand Orchestra guitar models (458e, 858e), along with a new 12-string Dreadnought (360e). Powers’ design philosophy is focused on giving players a broader spectrum of 12-string voices to enable them to find the right fit.

I’m heading up to Taylor’s booth to check these out today. Taylor is my favorite acoustic, but I don’t have a lot of experience with 12-strings, so it should be interesting.

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12:29
University of Notre Dame Law School submits a '...

On Monday we posted a report titled "Major Tech Coalition is Once Again Backing Samsung in Patent Case against Apple that may go to the Supreme Court" The coalition in question which includes such tech heavyweights as HP, Google and Facebook filed their Friend-of-the-Court brief with the Supreme Court which warned the that the outcome against Samsung "will lead to absurd results and have a devastating impact on companies because of the long-term impact on how patent law is applied to technology products such as smartphones." Today ...

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12:26
iPad mini sales rebound year-over-year; the iPad Pro...

When it comes to tablets, Apple is selling more iPad minis (all models combined) than any other model, though the iPad Pro now accounts for a “meaningful” 12% of sales, according to new data from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners — as noted by AppleInsider.

While the iPad Air 2 remained the best-selling individual iPad model during the period, both Air generations comprised just 40% of units sold overall, CIRP said, basing its info on a survey of 500 U.S. shoppers who bought Apple devices between October and December. The Mini segment’s share increased from 32% to 47% year-over-year.

The Mini 2 from 2013 was the most popular Mini model, followed by last year's Mini 4. The Mini 3 “took home just a fraction of sales, presumably because the product is effectively a Mini 2 with Touch...

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12:23
Apple's Tim Cook meets with EU antitrust chief...

Earlier on Thursday Apple CEO Tim Cook attended a private meeting in Brussels with Margrethe Vestager, the head of the European Commission's antitrust efforts, presumably in an attempt to diminish the chances of owing billions in back taxes because of the company's Irish tax deals.

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12:02
Apple increasing the money it spends on Washington...

Apple is increasing its Washington activities. It spent $4.48 million in 2015 compared to $4.11 million in 2014, a record and a 9% increase from 2014, according to new data from Consumer Watchdog, a nonpartisan nonprofit public interest group that monitors the lobbying disclosure reports of 16 tech and communications companies. Apple’s fourth quarter spending was $1.03 million vs. $1.19 million, a 13.4 percent decrease.

However, the Cupertino, California-based company’s lobbying expenses are dwarfed by those of many other tech firms. Google's federal lobbying expenses in 2015 topped $16 million for the second year in a row, according to records just filed with the Clerk of the House of Representatives and analyzed by Consumer Watchdog. The company spent $16.66 million on lobbying in 2015 compared with $16.83 million in 2014, a 1% decrease. 

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11:50
Microsoft pushes Office inking, Insider, and Morph...

On Thursday, Microsoft released a laundry list of improvements to its Office apps for the Mac and iOS, focusing on inking as well as giving Mac users a sneak peek of what’s coming down the pipe.

In response to Apple’s launch of the iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil, most of Microsoft’s improvements focus on inking, specifically for the iPad and iPad Pro. But Microsoft also announced the first iPhone, iPad, and iPad Pro versions of Morph and PowerPoint Designer, two intelligent tools for creating PowerPoint presentations that had previously only been available for Windows.

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11:30
The Week in iPhone Cases: Is a $1,000 titanium case...

...plus, a thin waterproof case from Lunatik, and more

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases features wallets from iLuv and Mujjo, as well as classic hard shells from Incipio, SwitchEasy, Tech21, and much more.

Gray International

Assuming you can get past the hefty price tag, the Advent (iPhone 6/6s; $1,000) dresses your iPhone in a titanium enclosure that’s mechanically textured for a modern look.

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11:12
Apple's Supreme Court Brief Points to the Lower...

According to a new report published late this morning, Apple is pulling out all the stops in its bid to overturn a ruling that it fixed ebook prices. In a new filing to the Supreme Court ...

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10:57
Mini takes lead in US iPad sales as iPad Pro jumps...

The split of U.S. iPad sales is now weighted in favor of the iPad mini, although the iPad Pro captured a "meaningful" 12 percent share during the December quarter, according to a survey compiled by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners.

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10:56
Macworld’s February Digital Edition: iPad Pro for...

Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld Digital Edition.

Available as single copies or with a yearlong subscription, the Digital Edition comes in two forms: Enhanced and PDF replica. The Enhanced Edition has all the news, analysis, product reviews, and how-to’s, along with interactive features, and videos—customized for consumption on your iPad. The PDF replica Edition is designed for your mobile device’s touchscreen to allow pinch and zoom.

In the February issue

We take a look how the iPad Pro stacks up as a photographer's tool and Jason Snell shares his hopes for Apple's Mac lineup in 2016. Plus, we review nightstand-mode-ready Apple watch stands and offer our party game apps recommendations.

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10:55
Chrome Browser to Blaze With Brotli


Google Chrome users will get faster Web access soon through the Brotli open source compression algorithm, which has been rolled out to the M49 release of Chrome. That's in Canary -- which is designed for devs -- so it's not clear when Brotli will surface in the Chrome browser. Brotli, which was introduced in September, gives 20 to 26 percent higher compression ratios over Google's 2-year-old Zopfli algorithm and provides faster page loads, the company said.

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10:55
The strange life of Q-tips, the most bizarre thing...

The Washington Post:

Q-tips are one of the most perplexing things for sale in America. Plenty of consumer products are widely used in ways other than their core function — books for leveling tables, newspapers for keeping fires aflame, seltzer for removing stains, coffee tables for resting legs — but these cotton swabs are distinct. Q-tips are one of the only, if not the only, major consumer products whose main purpose is precisely the one the manufacturer explicitly warns against.

I’m sure I’m as guilty as anyone when it comes to using Q-tips in a way that can be harmful but at least I’m not my mother. She’d use bobby pins (kids, ask your grandmother) to “clean” her ears.

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10:51
Deals: iPad Airs from $328; new 13" MacBook...

An assortment of new and returning offers this week include: $70 off 16GB iPad Airs, $80 off iPad Air 2s, $100-$200 off current 13" MacBook Pros, $187-$290 off current 15" MacBook Pros, and limited inventory closeout duo of a 15" MacBook Pro and 27" iMac -- both at $700 off.

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10:19
AKVIS debuts new France-themed frame pack

AKVIS (www.akvis.com) has released a new frame collection “France,” for use with the company’s software. The new pack sports 80 frame designs and is an addition to the AKVIS countries themed frame packs.

The new set includes 80 hand painted frames, 40 horizontal and 40 vertical, embellished with traditional symbols and iconic landmarks of France. AKVIS themed frame packs are intended for those interested in photo decorations

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10:10
Unmarked Software scrubs TextSoap for OS X to...

Unmarked Software has launched TextSoap 8, an upgrade to their Mac OS X productivity tool designed to automate the tedious task of manually cleaning up text.

The software processes text from a variety of formats. TextSoap 8 brings a new interface designed to streamline efforts in text cleaning of documents, emails, web pages and more. The new system-wide menu provides access to TextSoap features inside most applications.

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10:00
Scannerz revved for OS X El Capitan

Software and Computer System Company has released Scannerz 1.9.9.90 (http://scsc-online.com) for Mac OS X.

The tool employs hard drive and SSD analysis algorithms. The package additionally includes the newer versions of Phoenix (version 2.1) as well as Performance Probe (as of version 2.1). All components in the 1.9.9.90 upgrade have been enhanced to provide better performance for users of OS X El Capitan (MacOS 10.11).

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09:49
Apple will open an iOS Application Development...

Apple is taking a hand in training future iOS developers, announcing the creation of an iOS App Development Center in Italy, along with plans to expand the program to “other countries around the world.”

The first center will be in partnership with an unnamed institution in Naples, and will feature an Apple-supplied curriculum that teaches students how to make iOS apps. The official announcement is light on other details about the program, such as how long it’ll take, if tvOS or watchOS are also covered, or if it includes any kind of official certification.

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09:45
Three new plug-ins available for UAD hardware,...

Universal Audio (www.uadio.com) has announced three new direct developer plug-ins for UAD hardware and Apollo interfaces  — the Brainworx bx_digital V3 EQ Collection, Sonnox Oxford Envolution, and the exclusive Marshall JMP 2203 Guitar Amplifier, developed by Softube. All three will be released as part of UAD Software 8.5 in early February.

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09:43
Fuel3D deploys new 3D algorithm to boost performance

Fuel3D (www.fuel-3d.co), a 3D capture and imaging innovator, has launched Fuel3D Studio 2.1, the latest version of its software for processing and manipulating 3D scan data captured by the company’s $1,490 SCANIFY handheld 3D scanner system.

Key developments include improved Z-axis precision and the ability to process scan data in the cloud; both of these key developments originated from the company’s engagement with enterprise partner/customers. Fuel3D’s Cat Bird algorithm improves Z-axis precision on scans, which means that scans are processed with improved depth accuracy

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09:41
Adobe’s Voice app for storytellers lands on iPhone...

Adobe first launched its creative Voice app for iPad almost two years ago, and this week version 2.0 has been released with full iPhone support for the first time. I took Adobe Voice for a test drive when it was brand new back in 2014. The app lets you easily combine photos, videos, text, voiceovers, and more to a project that you can easily share to spread your message. Stories can be shared either publicly or privately over Facebook, Twitter, email, messaging, the web, and more.

While the iPad is a great canvas for creating storytelling projects, Adobe Voice 2.0 puts the...

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09:34
AT&T CEO calls for Congress to decide on...

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson is the latest to weigh in on the issue of data encryption policy with the executive telling The Wall Street Journal that Apple CEO Tim Cook and other tech execs should leave the decision making on encryption policy up to Congress:

“I don’t think it is Silicon Valley’s decision to make about whether encryption is the right thing to do. I understand Tim Cook’s decision, but I don’t think it’s his decision to make”… I personally think that this is an issue that should be decided by the American people and Congress, not by companies,”

…The AT&T chief said his own company has been unfairly singled out in the debate over access to data. “It is silliness to say there’s some kind of conspiracy between the U.S. government and AT&T,” he said, adding that the company...

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09:34
What Apple would have to do to comply with Donald...

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump made headlines this week with a protectionist proposal that included a vow to force Apple "to build their damn computers and things in this country" if he's elected. It's a suggestion that has been outright dismissed by most observers -- but should it be?

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09:32
Badia Software announces IDML Import 1.0 for...

Badia Software has announced IDML Import 1.0 for QuarkXPress 2015, an XTension for importing Adobe InDesign's IDML files into QuarkXPress.

IDML Import can convert the contents of IDML files, including text and picture boxes, pages and spreads, graphics, styles, stories, layers, and colors, into fully-editable QuarkXPress objects. It supports any IDML file created with InDesign CC 2015 or older, and includes many handy tools for unparalleled flexibility.

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09:26
Parallels Desktop 11.1.2

Resolves a number of bugs and crashes for the popular virtualization software. ($79.99 new for standard edition, $99.99 annual subscription for Pro/Business Edition, free update for version 11 licenses, 289 MB)

 

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09:23
Microsoft adds 3D Touch, illustrated annotations to...

Microsoft on Thursday updated the core Office for iOS apps -- Word, Excel, and PowerPoint -- with support for 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, as well as several other features, such as illustrated annotations.

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09:06
Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.3

Resolves a number of bugs bedeviling the venerable word processor. ($79 new, free update, 221 MB)

 

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09:00
Office 365—monthly Dev Digest for January

This month’s Office 365 Dev Digest was written by Jeremy Thake, technical product manager for the Office 365 Dev team.

Welcome to the 11th edition of Dev Digest, designed to help you—the Office 365 developer—keep up to date with what’s new in Office 365 development.

As we roll into 2016 and head towards our next major announcement at Build in March, there have been some great additions, by our internal efforts and community efforts.

Add-in commands have been available in Outlook since we announced them in early 2015, and now Word, Excel and PowerPoint have these available as a developer preview. You can find out more about them on the github repository and by listening to episode 77 of the Office 365 Developer Podcast with Humberto.

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09:00
New to Office 365 in January—new inking tools,...

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

We’re starting off the New Year with new ways to work with Office! We’re improving the inking experience so writing and drawing with your finger, pen or stylus are more intuitive and powerful. We’re bringing PowerPoint Designer and Morph, available last month in Windows, to additional platforms. Also, Office 365 consumer subscribers with Macs can now get Office Insider builds for first access to new features.

Office works the way you do with new inking capabilities

As part of our effort to make Office even more intuitive and easier to use, we want to make pen and ink a primary input across Office apps.­ While digital inking tools have been available in Office on Windows PCs since 2007, today we are releasing new inking tools in Office...

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08:59
9to5Toys Last Call: App Store Productivity Sale, 9′...

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08:53
California's new 'Bill 1681' Could...

Last week we posted a report titled "Could Apple's iPhone 6s be the Last iPhone Model to Offer End-to-End Encryption?" Like New York's proposal, California assembly member Jim Cooper (D-9th) has now introduced new legislation ...

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08:52
Jeremy’s 5: New emoji, T-Mobile LTE CellSpot, Google...

Welcome to the latest edition of Jeremy’s 5, my latest quick roundup of 5 interesting little things that aren’t big enough for full articles, but are still worth sharing with you.

This week, I’m looking at the next wave of emoji, T-Mobile’s 4G LTE CellSpot, Google Photos, iCloud/iTunes Account Merging, and battery drain from the latest iOS beta…

1. Take A Sneak Peek At The Next 70+ Emoji. As I’ve said in prior columns, readers seem to be more excited about new emoji than pretty much any other feature Apple adds to iOS. Apple doesn’t create the emoji characters — it implements the Unicode standard, which has standardized hundreds of icons over a dozen different revisions since 1991. The next revision, Unicode 9.0, is currently being...

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08:46
Purported video of 4-inch iPhone surfaces

It’s the leaked videos of purported new products that make life interesting.

A chunk of footage leaked by MIC Gadget claims to have an early view of the 4-inch iPhone that Apple’s expected to release this April.

The video, which was apparently shot in the Foxconn factory, shows a handset that’s been dubbed the “iPhone 6c” and looks just like an iPhone 6s, but smaller. The latest rumors indicate it will also have similar internals, featuring Apple A9 SoC and NFC for Apple Pay.

The validity of the video cannot be confirmed. The ratios of the speaker holes is very similar to the 4.7 inch phone so it’s not 100 percent that this phone is actually smaller. The video also does not include a comparison with other iPhones to confirm the relative size.

The handset appears to share a lot...

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08:33
Claimed 4-inch iPhone in Leaked Video Likely Just an...

A number of tech blogs have shared a video from Chinese website M.I.C. Gadget that claims to provide the first real look at Apple's next-generation 4-inch iPhone, but there are some clues to suggest the mystery smartphone may simply be a regular 4.7-inch iPhone 6 or iPhone 6s.

First and foremost, the distance between the speaker grille, pentalobe screws, Lightning connector, headphone jack and microphones appears to be the same as the iPhone 6s. If this were truly the so-called "iPhone 6c," those components would need to be closer together on the bottom of the smartphone.

The display width also appears to resemble an iPhone 6s compared to the size of the home button, but exact measurements are hard to determine without an object for scale. The lack of a 4.7-inch iPhone 6s and 5.5-inch iPhone 6s Plus for comparison...

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08:30
Microsoft Office for iOS gets an update; new...

It's always nice to see an update that adds support for the latest Apple gadgets, and doubly so when the developer that is sending out the update is Microsoft. Like 'em or hate 'em, the Redmond, WA-based company has some serious credibility in the mobile market not because of its Windows-based tablets and smartphones, but because of the apps it makes for iOS. The Office for iOS suite is unparalleled for productivity on iPhones and iPads, and today's update adds 3D Touch quick actions for iPhone 6s and 6s Plus in addition to Apple Pencil support on the iPad Pro.

For the core apps -- Word, PowerPoint, and Excel -- there's now 3D Touch support. Doing a "deep press" on the app icon lets you...

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08:22
Apple filing hints at work on OLED-based wraparound...

A U.S. patent application published on Thursday suggests that Apple is at least experimenting with the concept of wraparound displays for some of its portable devices.

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08:18
Four Alternatives to iCloud Photos on the Apple TV

The fourth-generation Apple TV may be new, but the built-in Photos album is stuck in the past. Josh Centers offers four alternatives that let you view your photos on your TV.

 

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08:18
Comparison breaks down all the missing features in...

This comparison of the differences between Microsoft Office on Mac, Windows, and iOS devices was put together by Kurt Schmucker who (disclaimer) works for Parallels — the company that makes slick virtual machine apps for running Windows and other operating systems on Mac — but he also happens to know a thing or two about the subject after his previous role as Senior Mac Evangelist at Microsoft and on the Office team. So what exactly is missing on Mac and iOS devices compared to Windows when it comes to the Office suite?

In the charts below...

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08:16
Apple releases Music Memos app for musicians/...

This is kind of a neat thing.

Apple on Wednesday unveiled a new Music Memos app designed to help musicians and songwriters store ideas on the go.

The app uses the iPhone’s built-in microphone can be used to record instruments in a lossless format, and the resulting recordings can be analyzed for rhythm and chords.

Users can then add instant drums and a bass line to help flesh out the song, and it will also provide a basic notation view. Music Memos are synchronized via iCloud and can be opened directly in GarageBand or Logic Pro X.

Music Memos launched with support from some big-name artists, including singer-songwriter Ryan Adams.
Music Memos is still rolling out through iTunes, but will be available as a free download from the App Store.

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08:13
Will Google Dethrone Apple as the Most Valuable...

We all know that Apple has been considered the world’s most valuable company since 2013 when it surpassed Exxon Mobil in market capitalization, but that status might be threatened in the coming days ahead by Alphabet, Google’s new parent company.

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08:04
Harrison Ford, lucky to be alive

Poor Harrison Ford. His life is a never ending series of disasters.

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07:59
Logic Pro X and Adele

Producer Greg Kurstin on working with Adele and Logic Pro, with some backstory on the creation of Hello.

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07:59
Rumor: Video from China claims to show new 4"...

A video posted to YouTube this week contains footage of what is purportedly a new 4-inch iPhone, boasting the same industrial design as the current iPhone 6 series.

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07:51
Anywhere but Medium

Dave Winer, with his thoughts on the dominance of Medium and his efforts to keep blogging/Tumblr posting alive and well

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07:41
Ireland's Sinn Fein Party Says it will Pursue...

There's to be a new election in Ireland within the next three months and some, like Goldman Sachs is a little worried that the party Sinn Fein, once the political wing of the Irish Republican Army, is on track to double its support ...

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07:39
Microsoft Office for iOS adds 3D Touch quick actions...

Microsoft is out with a nice update to its Office for iOS suite today, adding 3D Touch quick actions to Word, PowerPoint, and Excel for iPhone 6s and 6s Plus users as well as promised Apple Pencil integration on the iPad Pro. The latest versions of the Office suite also changes how fonts are handled and improves document search on iOS.

Word, PowerPoint, and Excel each now feature 3D Touch shortcuts from the app icon on the Home screen when deep pressing with the latest iPhones. This lets you quickly create a new document, presentation, or spreadsheet as soon as you launch the app. If you’ve already got files saved with Office, you’ll also notice quick access to recently used files here as well.

Office for iOS is also taking advantage of iOS 9’s new Spotlight search feature, which lets you pull down or swipe to...

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07:36
Apple reportedly leasing R&D office space in...

The Ottawa Business Journal is reporting that Apple has leased a 22,000 ft space in Kanata, Ontario. Notably, the location is in close proximity to the BlackBerry QNX offices. Whether Apple is interested in attracting QNX employees for itself is not clear. It is definitely possible that the geography is coincidental. However, QNX is known to be working on autonomous driving and Apple may want to take some of this engineering talent for its own Apple Car research.

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07:03
The rise of Swift, the fall of Objective-C

The TIOBE Index lays out the fall of Objective-C usage and the somewhat smaller rise of Swift. Interesting numbers.

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07:01
Ireland's Sinn Fein party says it will pursue...

Ireland's left-leaning Sinn Fein party could hold Apple accountable for taxes owed following a still-ongoing European Commission investigation, according to a party finance spokesman.

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07:00
GM Bug Program Gets Mixed Notices


Two white-hat hackers, Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, made headlines last year when they demonstrated how they could hijack the control systems of a moving motor vehicle over the Internet. The move got the attention of the auto industry, and last week General Motors put in place a program to encourage more digital dabblers to alert the company when they find bugs in GM vehicles. Working with HackerOne, GM published a set of guidelines for submitting flaws to the company.

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07:00
Andrew Jarecki, director of HBO's The Jinx,...

Andrew Jarecki is best known as the filmmaker who elicited a confession from killer Robert Durst in the finale of the HBO docu-series “The Jinx.” What does a person do after that? Jarecki’s latest project isn’t another spine-tingling documentary—it’s an iPhone app that lets you construct your own narrative.

Jarecki interviewed some 100 people while filming “The Jinx,” and told me these interviews inspired the idea for KnowMe, an app that brings lightweight film editing tools to iOS.

Andrew Jarecki, filmmaker turned iOS app developer.

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06:57
Unease is Engulfing Samsung Electronics as Employees...

A new Korean report surfacing this morning claims that there's a real sense of frustration that pervades the halls of Samsung Electronics as incentives for the year 2015 ... are anticipated to plunge ...

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06:47
China UnionPay cards purportedly shown working with...

As Apple gears up to launch its mobile payments offering in China early this year, some Chinese consumers seem to have found the service coming online more quickly than expected.

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06:47
Why Apple assembles in China

John Gruber, addressing Donald Trump’s “we’re gonna get Apple to start building their damn computers and things in this country, instead of in other countries” comment.

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06:34
Proposed bill would kill iPhone sales in California

A proposed bill, similar to a New York draft law, would prevent companies like Apple from selling its encryption-enabled iPhone in California.

California assembly member Jim Cooper introduced the legislation (bill 1681) which requires any smartphone manufactured "on or after July 1, 2015, and sold in California after that date" to be "capable of being decrypted and unlocked by its manufacturer or its operating system provider.” 

Any smartphone that couldn't be decrypted on-demand would subject a seller to a $2,500 fine. If the bill becomes law, there would be a near-blanket ban on nearly all iPhones and many Android devices across the...

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06:34
Why Apple defends encryption

This is a terrific piece from Rich Mogull, writing for TidBITS, that looks at why Apple stands alone in defending encryption. But the article goes further. It lays out the history of government monitoring of communications, as well as the arguments that drive both sides. Important topic.

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06:21
Apple opening Europe’s first iOS app development...

Apple is investing heavily in bringing iOS dev to the masses, so far announcing sites in Brazil, Indonesia, and now in Naples, Italy.

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06:15
California bill over encryption backdoors could...

California is now presenting a new bill that, if passed into law, would stop Apple from selling iPhones on its home turf, via ZDNet. The bill requires smartphone manufacturers to sell devices that have backdoors to allow them to be decrypted. Naturally, this affects iPhones which use high-strength security methods and make it practically impossible for anyone including Apple to gain access without the passcode. If this proposed bill sounds familiar, there’s a reason for that. A nearly identical proposition was made in New York state earlier in the month.

Although the bill is only being proposed and isn’t law at this time, it poses a big issue...

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06:08
Apple Officially Opens their First European iOS App...

Earlier this morning we posted a report titled "Apple to Open New Canadian Office in Automotive Industrial Park," that was noted as possibly being a new research center. Now Apple has just posted a press release titled "Apple Opening Europe’s First iOS App Development Center in Italy."

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06:00
iPhone sales are booming in India

New data from Counterpoint — as noted by 9to5Mac — iPhone sales in India rose from 500,000 units in the December quarter of 2014 to 800,000 units in the December quarter of 2015. 

The technical market research firm says the iPhone 5s was responsible for 30% of the sales numbers. About half of the 800,000 units sold were iPhone 6s and 6s Plus models. In 2014, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, accounted for 70% of the shipments.

Yesterday it was reported that Apple India had filed an application to open Apple branded retail stores in India with the department of industrial policy and promotion (DIPP).

"We have just received Apple's proposal. We are examining it,” DIPP Secretary Amitabh Kant told the...

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05:51
Apple reportedly to open a R&D facility in...

Apple has leased space at a Kanata office complex in preparation for setting up a facility in the National Capital Region, according to the Ottawa Business Journal. Kanata is a suburb of Ottawa, Canada.

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Although the Cupertino, California-based company hasn’t yet made a public announcement, OBJ sources say they believe the 22,100-square-foot suite at 411 Legget Dr. in the Kanata Research Park will be devoted to research and development. The facility offers a "full-floor office suite" with an executive boardroom, meeting rooms, offices, a server room, lunchroom, lab space and even showers, according to the report. 

Apple spent nearly $2 billion on research and development in the first fiscal quarter of 2015, an increase of more than 40% over the year-ago...

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05:48
Foxconn and Innovation Network Corp. Battle to...

Back in March 2015 we posted a report titled "Foxconn to Make Second Attempt at Acquiring a Stake in Sharp." Today it's being reported that Foxconn is making a new bid ...

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05:40
Apple opening iOS App Development Center in Italy

Apple has announced the creation of Europe’s first iOS App Development Center in Italy, which is designed to give students practical skills and training on developing iOS apps.

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05:39
Apple opening Europe’s first iOS App Development...

Apple has announced the creation of Europe’s first iOS App Development Center in Italy, which is designed to give students practical skills and training on developing iOS apps.

The iOS App Development Center will be located at a partner institution in Naples. Apple CEO Tim Cook says it will support teachers and provide a specialized curriculum preparing thousands of future developers to be part of Apple’s thriving developer community. In addition, the Cupertino, California-based company will work with partners around Italy who deliver developer training to complement this curriculum and create additional opportunities for students. Apple expects to expand this program to other countries around the world, says Cook.

“Europe is home to some of the most creative developers in the world and we’re thrilled to be helping the next generation of entrepreneurs in Italy get the skills they need for success,” he adds. “The phenomenal success...

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05:38
Apple assembler Foxconn bids $5.3 billion to take...

In a potential merging of two key Apple suppliers, Foxconn has officially bid $5.3 billion to take over Sharp -- a move that would resolve the display maker's considerable growing debts.

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05:31
Apple accused of patent infringement involving Siri

Another day, another lawsuit. Dot 23 Technologies — a Texas-based, non-practicing entity (a patent troll, in my opinion) — is suing Apple for patent infringement, claiming that the intelligent digital assistant violates three of its patents. 

In a complaint filed with the lawsuit-friendly Eastern District Court of Texas, Dot 23 claims Apple violated its patents dubbed “Mobile Keyless Telephone Instruments and Wireless Telecommunications System Having Voice Dialing and Voice Programming Capabilities,” “Wireless Telephone System with

Programming and Information Service,” and “Wireless Prepaid Telephone System with Dispensable Instruments.”

The non-practicing entity wants acknowledgment that Apple violated its patents. And, naturally, it wants money: “all damages to which it is entitled under 35 U.S.C. § 284 resulting from Apple’s infringement, and ordering a full accounting of all damages adequate to compensate Dot 23 for the infringement of its patent rights”;...

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05:20
Apple Revisits Inventions Relating to an iPhone with...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published patent applications from Apple that indicate that they're revisiting their technologies that are related to indoor parking, and more importantly, a possible future iPhone with a wraparound display.

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05:00
NeatDesk for Mac makes it easier to go paperless

The NeatDesk isn’t a new product, but it’s a convenient one for going paperless. The Sellers household isn’t completely paperless, but we’re getting there.

The NeatDesk is a $399.95 desktop scanner and digital filing system developed by The Neat Company. It combines Neat’s ADF (Automatic Document Feeder) scanner and the company’s NeatWorks for Mac software, which identifies and extracts the information from receipts, business cards, and documents through OCR and parsing technology. 

The paper input tray allows you to insert up to 10 receipts, 10 business cards and 10 full-size documents, and scan them all in a single batch. Or you can remove the tray to scan up to 50 letter-size pages at once. You can even perform double-sided scanning in a single pass. 

Images can be saved in JPEG, PDF and other popular formats. Data can be sent to the Mac OS X Address...

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05:00
Zero-Day Flaw Puts Millions of Linux Machines,...


Tens of millions of Linux PCs and servers, as well as 66 percent of all Android mobile devices, are vulnerable to a zero-day flaw that could allow users with lower-level privileges to gain root access, according to Perception Point, which announced its discovery last week. The local privilege escalation vulnerability, which affects Linux Kernel v3.8 and higher, has existed since 2012, the firm said. However, SMEP and SMAP will make it difficult to exploit Linux boxes, and Android devices are protected by SELinux, Perception Point noted.

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05:00
Lightricks teams up with Kite.ly for Enlight photo...

You remember the photo app Enlight, the mobile Photoshop-style editing competitor that last year took the iOS app world by storm?

A new update, released by Lightricks on Thursday, makes your favorite images viewable to many more eyeballs in a wider scope of venues. Version 1.2.5 kicks off a partnership with Kite.ly, the U.K.-based photo printing startup, that now lets you use your Enlight images to decorate a host of popular consumer gift and collectible items: mugs, iPhone cases, t-shirts, wall canvases, photo books, stickers, and other collectibles, all from within the Enlight app’s Print command.

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04:59
PFAssistive Framework revved to version 3.6.2

PFiddlesoft has released version 3.6.2 of PFAssistive Framework. The frameworks help developers write assistive Mac applications for persons with disabilities using Apple's Accessibility and Quartz Event Taps APIs [application programming interfaces] on OS X. Version 3.6.2 offers bug fixes.

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04:52
Kool Tools: SoundSoap 5.0 for Mac OS X

Soundness’ SoundSoap 5.0, an update to their award-winning audio noise reduction software for Mac OS X and Windows, introduces new technology that finds and removes background noises automatically by analyzing the media file.

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04:39
Apple manufacturer Foxconn bids $5.3 billion to...

iPhone manufacturer Foxconn has posted a $5.3 billion bid to buy Sharp, the Japanese display manufacturer who has faced financial difficulties in recent years. iPhone displays are currently manufactured by Sharp, Samsung and LG and assembled at Foxconn’s plant. A successful Sharp purchase puts Foxconn in the position to make iPhone display components, going beyond assembly.

Another possibility is that Foxconn will start producing its own branded electronics products, although competition with Apple is unlikely given their relationship. Foxconn is certainly being aggressive with its offer.

Foxconn has promised to retain current Sharp management, in an effort to woo skeptics of foreign...

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04:39
Facebook sets up real-time 'Sports Stadium...

Facebook wants to grab the large audiences that American football attracts, and has launched Facebook Sports Stadium, which it describes as a dedicated place to experience sports in real time “with your friends and the world.”

“It’s a second-screen experience that we hope makes watching the broadcast even better,” wrote Product Manager, Steve Kafka in a post.

The social network is apparently aiming to replace other social networks, particularly Twitter, which sees a lot of real-time discussions and commentary during games. Often the tweets are viewed woven together as Moments, a feature Twitter launched in October.

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04:30
How to change a passcode on an iOS device

Yesterday we looked at how to create and use a passcode on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. But what if you decide you don’t like the passcode you implemented and want to change it? No problem. It’s easy.

To change your passcode or passcode settings, go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode. On devices without Touch ID, go to Settings > Passcode. You'll find several settings and options:

  • Turn Passcode Off.
  • Change your passcode. Enter a new, six-digit passcode. Or tap Passcode Options to switch to a four-digit numeric code, a custom numeric code, or a custom alphanumeric code.
  • Require Passcode—Immediately: By default, as soon as you lock your screen, you'll need to enter your passcode to unlock it. If you don't want to need your passcode immediately, change this setting.
  • Allow Access When Locked: Allow access to some features when...
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04:27
Apple Revisits and Advances their Invention Relating...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that generally relates to electronic devices, and more particularly to advancing gyroscopes in electronic devices. Still more particularly, the present invention relates to ... gaming ...

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