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Thursday August 6

13:15
The Week in iPhone Cases: A Minecraft case for...

...plus sleeves, rugged cases, and more!

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases includes a charismatic option from ThinkGeek, sturdy protection from Speck, and brightly-colored cases from SwitchEasy.

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Manufactured with wool felt, the Ffelt Sleeve (iPhone 6; $31) is a simple, er, sleeve with a tab closure that will keep your iPhone from falling out.

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13:12
iOS 9 Beta 5 Tidbits: New Wallpapers, WiFi Calling...

Apple today released the fifth beta of iOS 9, and as with the previous iOS 9 betas, there are a few new features and tweaks bundled into the release. WiFi calling for AT&T users has been introduced and is coming soon, Apple's debuted several new wallpapers, and there are tweaks to CarPlay and the iPhone keyboard.

Several bugs have been fixed in iOS 9 beta 5, and features like News and Siri Suggestions are working more smoothly than ever. With approximately a month and a half to go until release, iOS 9 is feeling faster, more polished, and more full featured. For those eager to know all about what's coming in iOS 9 ahead of its release, we've rounded up a complete list of the changes introduced with iOS 9 beta 5 below.

You can also check out all of the changes, large and small, that have been made in previous betas: iOS 9 beta 1, iOS 9 beta 2,...

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12:34
Apple Music has 'hundreds' working on...

Curated content will be how Apple Music sets itself apart from numerous rivals in the streaming music market, Jimmy Iovine said in a new interview published on Thursday.

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12:28
Microsoft Launches Early Version of Windows Bridge...

Microsoft today announced the release of an early version of its Windows Bridge software, which is designed to let software developers quickly port iOS, Android, and web apps to the Windows platform.

As of today, Windows Bridge for iOS is available as an open-source project under the MIT license and can be downloaded on GitHub. With Windows Bridge, iOS developers can begin testing the software that will let them convert iOS apps built for x86 and x64 processor architectures to a format that will run on Windows 10 and Windows 8.1.

As outlined by Microsoft, Windows Bridge for iOS includes four components to construct Windows apps using existing Objective-C code: an Objective-C compiler, Objective-C runtime...

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12:17
Microsoft’s ‘Bridge’ tool for porting iOS apps to...

Microsoft first unveiled “Windows Bridge” a few months back, a new tool for developers that aims to make porting iOS apps to Windows 10 easier and hopefully breathe some life into the Windows Store in the process. Today the company is releasing the software, albeit an early release ahead of a final launch planned for later this year in the fall.

The bridge offers developers tools for utilizing existing code from iOS apps to build Windows apps, but Microsoft stressed that its “goal with the iOS bridge has never been simply to run iOS apps on Windows.”...

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12:14
The post-PC world is here

John Gruber looking at which devices are important to us. I believe my answers would match the 2015 survey results.

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12:09
Lexus' Fancy Board Really Hovers, but It's...


Lexus on Tuesday presented the final video reveal of its Hoverboard as part of its Amazing in Motion campaign. Set to the sounds of Rudimental, pro skater Ross McGouran cruises around a Barcelona skate park on the Lexus Hoverboard. "I've spent 20 years skateboarding, but without friction it feels like I've had to learn a whole new skill, particularly in the stance and balance in order to ride the Hoverboard," McGouran said. "It's a whole new experience."

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12:09
Outlook for Apple Watch

Microsoft Outlook has added full Apple Watch support to its iPhone app, and it’s showing other email apps how it’s done.

Jared Newman takes Outlook for a spin and likes it. I’ve said before, Microsoft has done a great job on its iOS apps, but I’m still not a huge fan of the Mac versions.

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12:04
Apple launches iOS 9 Public Beta 3

Attention, iOS beta testers: Apple just launched iOS 9’s third public beta on Thursday, and it is available now as a software update.

Much like the El Capitan public beta, Apple doesn’t share details as to what specifically is changing in this beta release, but the company does recommend that all beta users install the update when they can. If you’re a member of Apple’s Beta Software Program, you can install the update from your iPhone or iPad over-the-air by going to Settings > General > Software Update

iOS 9 is the first version of iOS that Apple has made available as a public beta—meaning anyone can sign up to use this pre-release software. Before, you had to join Apple’s developer program for $99 per year for this access. Apple started the Beta Software Program for OS X in 2014 with OS X 10.10 Yosemite, and continued the program this year with...

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12:00
About the ad blocks...

You've probably noticed something on the AWT home page today; several blocks where ads will appear. Due to slow sales of sponsorships and a need to make enough money to survive, we'll be selling ad space on Apple World Today. 

Don't worry, you're not going to get those "1 weird trick to reduce belly fat" ads. We hold the keys and will reject any ads that don't meet our standards. So, why did we add more than one banner ad to the site? Because of pricing: rather than trying to sell one very expensive big ad space, we'll have several less expensive spaces. 

We really did try to keep ads off of AWT, but the stream of sponsors has dried up and our wonderful Patreon patrons have been keeping us barely afloat. With your help in supporting our advertisers, we can continue into the future as a fiscally strong entity.

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11:49
Microsoft open sources (most of) its iOS-apps-on-...

Back at its Build developer conference in April, Microsoft made the surprising announcement that it was creating a way for iOS and Android developers to port their apps to Windows. For iOS programs, this is achieved using a set of libraries and development tools that together are codenamed "Project Islandwood."

Microsoft announced today that large parts of Project Islandwood are being open sourced. The first code release is available on GitHub right now, published under the liberal MIT license. With it, Objective-C programmers can write...

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11:46
Cyberwarrior Demand Outpaces Supply


Demand for cybersecurity professionals continues to far outpace supply, according to a Burning Glass Technologies report released last week. Cybersecurity hiring remains concentrated in government agencies and among defense contractors, the third annual cybersecurity job market report notes, but hiring has started to boom in industries handling consumer data. Over the last five years, for example, hiring in the finance sector spiked 137 percent, healthcare climbed 121 percent, and retail jumped 89 percent.

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11:41
Everything new in iOS 9 beta 5: AT&T Wi-Fi...

With the release of today’s iOS 9 beta, Apple has introduced several new features. The first on the list, and probably one of the most important, is support for Wi-Fi Calling on AT&T. In previous betas the feature was limited to T-Mobile’s network, but it appears the final version of the software will enable it on multiple carriers.

At the moment, AT&T doesn’t actually support Wi-Fi calling from any device, but has previously promised that the feature would eventually be made available some time this year...

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11:27
MiStand+ tablet stand

I’ve seen a lot of tablet stands in the past few years, but this is one I’d actually buy.

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11:23
Latest iOS 9 beta adds beautiful, trippy new...

Although early beta releases of iOS 9 featured relatively little new eye candy for potential upgraders, today’s release of iOS 9 beta 5 includes a welcome surprise: a large collection of colorful new wallpapers. The images range from colorful desert dunes to several different colors of feathers, plants, planets, and multi-colored explosions. They’re all packed with detail, showing off the photorealistic rendering abilities and vivid color palettes of Retina displays. Many (but not all) of iOS 8’s wallpaper images have been removed from the collection, and the blue/green tidal wave image originally included with iOS 9 betas has disappeared.

A gallery with some of the new wallpapers is below…


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11:00
Apple files for patent for authorizing tokens in...

Although a new report claims that the percentage of U.S. iPhone 6 owners who have tried Apple Pay fell from 15% in March to 13.1% in June, Apple continues to believe in its digital payment system. 

The company has filed for a patent (number 20150213443) with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for "tokenizing authorizations." It's for systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for creating sharable tokens that point to financial information stored in a secure online platform and that can be used in financial transactions.

Apple announced Apple Pay in September 2014, describing it as “a new category of service designed to transform mobile payments with an easy, secure and private way to pay.” It works with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus through a NFC antenna design, a dedicated chip called the Secure Element, and Touch ID.



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10:20
Hands-on with Outlook for Apple Watch: Microsoft’s...

Microsoft Outlook has added full Apple Watch support to its iPhone app, and it’s showing other email apps how it’s done.

The new app takes brings up an overview over users’ inboxes, along with any upcoming calendar appointments. From here, users can respond to emails (either with a canned response or voice dictation), delete or archive them, flag them as important, mark them as unread, or schedule a reminder to see them later.

Outlook’s app also shows up in Apple Watch’s Glances menu, so users can see an inbox and calendar overview with a quick swipe. Just as before, Outlook shows actionable notifications for incoming emails, letting users quickly delete, archive, schedule, or mark messages as read.

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10:09
Apple reporters from TechCrunch and The Verge hired...

TechCrunch’s lead Apple reporter Darrell Etherington quietly stopped writing for the news site at the end of June, and we’ve learned that he left to take up a job in Apple’s PR office in Toronto, Canada. Etherington’s modern journalism expertise should be beneficial for Apple as it improves its approach to press relationships, while the admiration of his former colleagues should go a long way in fostering those ties…

Etherington’s move is just the latest in a string of journalists who have been hired by Apple, but none of the career changes appear to be related. Lead Anandtech...

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10:07
∞ 11,000 marbles!

I find most assembly lines mesmerizing. I’m completely addicted to the TV show “How it’s Made”. So any Youtube video that shows a process like this is a guaranteed view from me. This is different in that it is a homemade contraption and it is a wonder to behold. Not to mention the fact, this lucky guy has 11,000 marbles to play with.

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10:05
Apple seeds watchOS 2 beta 5 for Apple Watch to...

Apple is continuing to fine tune the upcoming watchOS update for Apple Watch ahead of the software update’s release this fall, and now registered developers can test their apps against the latest build as watch OS 2 beta 5 is now available.

The watchOS 2 update allows developers to build native (read faster) apps that do not rely as much on the iPhone for processing power, third-party complications or widgets for the watch face, and closer access to hardware like heart rate sensor data and more. For consumers, watchOS 2 adds new features like Nightstand Mode, using photos or albums as a watch face, and various app refinements.

The last watchOS 2 beta notably added support for colored complications including Activity with increased legibility on certain watch faces including Utility and Modular. We’ll explore the latest watchOS 2 beta to find other new changes coming this fall, and let us know if you...

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10:04
Apple releases iOS 9 beta 5 for iPhone, iPad, and...

Apple today released iOS 9 beta 5 for registered developers testing the new operating system ahead of its release this fall. The latest build comes two weeks and two days after the previous version, which included tweaked icons, the return of Home Sharing support, a new Handoff UI, a cleaner Apple Music experience, and changes to how Apple Pay can be activated on the lock screen. Headlining features in iOS 9 include an overhauled Notes app, transit directions in Maps, multitasking features on iPad, a News app, and much more. As Apple starts to fine tune these releases, changes between each build should slow down. We’ll explore the latest beta for...

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10:04
‘Which Is the Most Important Device You Use to...

On Twitter, Benedict Evans points to fascinating polling data indicating that the answers to this question are changing dramatically. In 2013, just two years ago, the results were:

  1. Laptop 46%
  2. Desktop 28%
  3. Smartphone 15%
  4. Tablet 8%

In 2015, the results were:

  1. Smartphone 33%
  2. Laptop 30%
  3. Tablet 19%
  4. Desktop 14%

Assuming the polling is valid, this suggests we’ve already passed the inflection point where most people consider their mobile devices (phone and tablet) central to their use of the internet.

I don’t think the chart in Evans’s tweet indicates these trends well. I would prefer something like (spends 15 minutes dicking around in Numbers…) this:

Also interesting is to compare “mobile” (phone and tablet) versus “PC...

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10:00
The UK IPO is wrong; I should be able to make backup...

The UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has decided that ripping a CD in iTunes is no longer permitted, and neither is backing up your computer if it contains copyrighted content, notes TorrentFreak. That's not right.

If I've legally purchased a CD, I should have the legal right to make a digital copy for my Mac and be able to listen to it on my computer, my iPod, my iPad, or my iPhone. What I SHOULDN'T be able to do is "rip" a copy and give it to someone else. That is indeed "ripping off" all the talent involved in creating the music.

Last year the UK Government legalized copying for private use, a practice which many citizens already believed to be legal. The UK Intellectual Property Office noted that the changes were “in the best interest” of consumers and that they would bring copyright law into the 21st century. However, fearing a loss of income several music...

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10:00
iOS 9 beta 5 Now Available

iOS 9 beta 5 Now Available

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10:00
Xcode 7 beta 5 Now Available

Xcode 7 beta 5 Now Available

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10:00
iOS 9 beta 5 Now Available

iOS 9 beta 5 Now Available

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10:00
Xcode 7 beta 5 Now Available

Xcode 7 beta 5 Now Available

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09:26
iTunes is now basically illegal in the UK, and not...

iTunes has taken a lot of heat in the aftermath of Apple Music’s launch, with some critics declaring that the app should be dismantled and rebuilt from scratch. But now British law has actually rendered iTunes illegal—and not because it’s so bloated that using it has become a complete pain.

The United Kingdom’s High Court just ruled that copying music from your personal CD collection to iTunes violates copyright law—and so does backing up your music library to an external hard drive or cloud storage service. TorrentFreak asked Britain’s Intellectual Property Office if the law really means that ripping a CD to iTunes is illegal. The answer: Yes, yes it is.

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09:19
Cocktail Mavericks Edition fixes compatibility...

Maintain has served up Cocktail 7.9.1 (http://cocktail.maintain.se) Mavericks Edition, a new version of its Mac OS X utility that's compatible with OS X Mavericks. This version fixes compatibility issues with Adobe Creative Cloud 2015 and OS X Server. It also addresses many other issues and contains overall performance improvements.

Cocktail is a general purpose utility for OS X that lets you clean, repair and optimize your Mac. Its features are arranged into five categories that help you manage various aspects of your computer.

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09:00
School administrators, get your Staff Notebook at My...

Back in May, we announced the summer rollout of a number of top requested features for OneNote Class Notebooks, OneNote Staff Notebooks, and OneNote across platforms to Office 365 customers. As part of this rollout, Office 365 Education customers with E1 or E3 plans can now easily access the OneNote Staff Notebook app on their My Apps page in the App Launcher or through a simple link with additional resources at onenote.com/staffnotebookedu. The app is also now available globally in 35 languages across 51 markets. Support...

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09:00
What’s new in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac?

PowerPoint 2016 for Mac is now available and we want to show you how it can help you present your ideas. While PowerPoint 2016 for Mac includes hundreds of improvements and changes, today we are going to look at some of the features that improve the look of your presentations and discuss new presentation and collaboration features.

Theme Variants feature

PowerPoint 2016 for Mac includes the theme Variants feature—providing you a simple way to switch between various color schemes and designs for your selected theme. Just click a Variant to see how it will look in your presentation. Every theme included with PowerPoint for Mac 2016 includes Variants, giving you even more design options for your presentation.

New Format Options pane

The new Format Options pane places all the Format properties right next to your content. As you...

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09:00
Episode 057 with Jim Epes on the App Awards—Office...
09:00
Canalys: Lenovo (barely) overtakes Apple to lead the...

According to the Canalys research group, Lenovo took the top spot from Apple in the personal computer market (PCs) in the second quarter of 2015. Unlike most research groups, Canalys lists tablets such as the iPad in its tally of personal computers.

Apple had held the lead since the third quarter of 2014. Lenovo shipped just under 16 million PCs, some 240,000 more than Apple, giving it a 15% market share. The worldwide PC market fell 12% annually to 109.2 million units, with double-digit percentage declines affecting desktop, notebook and tablet shipments. 

Apple, HP and Dell followed Lenovo, with marginal increases in their shares of the declining market. Samsung completed the top five, but experienced a slight dip in share as a result of slowing tablet sales and the scaling back of its participation in the notebook market.

"Apple...

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08:43
Wearable Productivity—new apps for you to wear

You know the feeling—you’re close to a critical deadline, working hard to finish that report, app or blog post (ahem). You are jogging in the morning, managing meetings or juggling life—but you still can’t afford to miss key inputs that could risk your project, or your day. In this highly connected mobile world, you must remain focused and deliver on time.

Wearables are an emerging type of device that promises to be always with you and provide relevant, personal notifications to keep you focused—through simple, natural and brief interactions. These context-aware devices become work companions, health advisors and even intelligent assistants. It’s a field still in formation, and with more than one-third of online U.S. adults reporting using a wearable device1, one that has the potential to help us do more in life and work.

Over the past months, we’ve delivered a number of experiences on wearables:...

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08:43
Apple Music hits 11 million trial users in five weeks

It’s been five weeks and there’s 11 million trial users on board so far.

Apple’s Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue has stated that Apple Music has garnered 11 million trial users, with two million of these users opting in to the multi-user family plan.

To compare it to its competitors, streaming music heavyweight Spotify boasts about 80 million users worldwide, 20 million of whom pay regular monthly fees for access to ad-free, on-demand content. That would put Apple Music at half the capacity of an industry leader if each existing trial member converts their single-user or family plan to a full paying membership. After a free three-month...

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08:18
Jimmy Iovine Talks Apple Music, Competing Services,...

In a new interview with Evening Standard, Apple Music executive and Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine sat down to talk about everything from the launch of Apple Music to the company's dramatic reversal of its free trial royalties policy following Taylor Swift's public dismissal of the service in an open letter.

Iovine depicts a conversation between himself, Eddy Cue and Apple CEO Tim Cook that ultimately resulted in the support of Taylor Swift's -- and many musicians backing the pop star -- opinions on the service.
“Eddy [Cue, Apple senior VP] woke up on Sunday morning,” says Iovine. “He called me and said, ‘This is a drag’. I was like, ‘Yeah,...

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08:09
Apple Music actually has 11 million subscribers,...

It turns out that music industry insiders were a little off in their Apple Music subscriber estimates. Reports pegged the number at 10 million, but according to Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of software and services, the company’s streaming service actually has 11 million users (thankyouverymuch).

Cue announced the number in a USA Today interview, and even broke down the numbers by subscription type: 2 million have enrolled in the $14.99 family plan, while 9 million signed up for the $9.99 individual service.

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08:00
Learning and sharing information with our PowerPoint...

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella often talks about the importance of product teams being customer obsessed and the PowerPoint team loves this strategy. We’ve been doing lots of customer visits, talking to people from all over the world, and most importantly, learning about who our customers are and how they use PowerPoint. But we also believe that being truly customer obsessed means going beyond just learning about our customers. We want to make this a two-way street where we share more about building PowerPoint and you provide us with feedback to make PowerPoint even better. And that’s exactly what we’re going to do with this blog.

Our goal is to make the PowerPoint blog the go-to place for our team to share relevant information that is valuable and of interest to you—our customers. We want to help you discover the wide range of capabilities that PowerPoint has to offer, share tips and tricks to become more efficient, and highlight features to help you create and deliver...

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08:00
Miss the mixtape? Apple wants to bring it back —...

Apple is working on a way to create, buy, and gift personalized albums. The company has filed for a patent (number 20150220634) with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for a "digital mixed tape."

A mixed tape, or mixtape, is the name given to a compilation of songs recorded in any audio format. Those of us of a certain age (ahem) usually think of mixtapes in conjunction with audio cassettes or 8-tracks (and nobody really misses the days of the 8-track player).



Apple's patent filing describes a system that includes generating a personalized album from a request and subsequently gifting the personalized album to another party. The personalized album can include playback attributes stored in a file associated with the album or alternatively in metadata of the media items to be gifted. 

The playback attributes can limit...

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07:00
Scripting Volume Control in OS X

I’ve always found the easiest way to script the volume of an OS X computer (and when I say volume I mean sound level, not a logical volume created from partitioning a hard drive – but I have articles for scripting those as well) is using the osascript command to invoke an Applescript command that sets the volume to zero. To put some syntax around this:

osascript -e "set volume 0"

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07:00
X-Doria starts shipping Defense Edge and LUX Band...

If there's one thing that has been missing from the Apple Watch world the past few months, it's the availability of lots of accessories for the device. That freeze has been thawing lately as more manufacturers get their production under way, and the latest to unveil products is accessory manufacturer X-Doria with the new Defense Edge shell and LUX Band for Apple Watch.

First, the Defense Edge (US$29.99) shell is designed to protect the sides of your Watch with a machined aluminum exterior cushioned with rubber beneath. It's easy to install and remove, available in sizes for both 38mm and 42mm Watches, and comes in an array of colors: gold, silver, blue and red. The latter color is...

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06:46
The UK High Court Rules that importing your CD'...

Late last year the UK Government legalized copying for private use, a practice which many citizens already believed to be legal. However, that new regulation was short-lived.

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06:46
On Beats 1 expansion and Apple Music in the car

Some thoughts on Beats 1 taking on satellite radio.

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06:45
iBooks Author Conference coming to Nashville, TN, in...

The iBooks Author Conference (http://www.ibooksauthorconference.com) is coming to Nashville, TN, Oct. 8-9. It will be held at the Ford Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Separate events, such as complementary iBooks Author Certification Program exam sessions and the Thursday night iBooks Author Hack, will be held off-site with shuttle service provided.

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06:28
Apple Music hooks 11 million trial members, App...

Marco della Cava, writing for USA Today:

One month after unveiling its new streaming music service, Apple has locked in 11 million trial members, company executives tell USA TODAY.

Here’s some math to go along with that.

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06:19
12-inch MacBook inventory numbers rise, device now...

You can now snag the 12-inch MacBook via the Apple Store Personal Pickup plan.

Nearly four months after its release, the 12-inch MacBook notebook now has a strong enough inventory presence to qualify for Apple’s Personal Pickup plan.

The personal pickup option isn’t universal yet however, with only select configurations at select stores being available. For example, the 256 GB Silver MacBook is not available for personal pickup in New York, NY while the 256 GB Space Gray is widely available.

For months, most Apple Store locations have only been able to have the unit on display. This has led to many users reporting that...

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06:13
Hackers can remotely steal fingerprints from Android...

Zack Whittaker, writing for ZDNet:

The attack, which was confirmed on the HTC One Max and Samsung’s Galaxy S5, allows a hacker to stealthily acquire a fingerprint image from an affected device because device makers don’t fully lock down the sensor.

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06:07
FileZilla 3.13.0-rc1 - Fast and reliable FTP client...

FileZilla (ported from Windows) is a fast and reliable FTP client and server with lots of useful features and an intuitive interface.



Version 3.13.0-rc1: New features

  • For SFTP servers the private key file to use can now be specified in the Site Manager
  • The contents of each queue tab can now be exported through the context menu
  • MSW: The installer now registers the App Path so that FileZilla is recognized in the Win+R dialog
  • FileZilla now uses pugixml instead of TinyXML to parse and create XML files
  • Several performance improvements
  • Code cleanup and modernization, building FileZilla now requires a C++14 compiler

Bugfixes and minor changes

  • Fixed an assert loading sitemanager.xml created by an old version
  • If password saving is disabled, specifying a password on the command-line no longer leads to extraneous password prompts when transferring files
  • If...

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06:00
Apple Supplier Catcher Confirms Receipt of Strong...

Apple supplier Catcher Technology hosted an investor's conference yesterday to explain its recent operations while commenting on market watchers' concerns about Apple's next-generation iPhone and...

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06:00
It may be time to eradicate Flash from your Mac;...

Adobe's Flash — a multimedia system for computers that is generally accessed through a web browser — has been slowly dying on the Mac vine for awhile. Perhaps it's time to remove it completely. 

Back in 2010 Apple stopped bundling Flash with Mac OS X, though Mac users could still continue to install it for themselves. In 2013 Adobe worked with Apple to "sandbox" Flash Player under Safari in Mac OS X, restricting the ability of attackers to exploit any vulnerabilities they might find in the browser plug-in.

(App Sandbox is an access control technology provided in OS X. Limiting access to resources on a per-app basis, it provides a last line of defense against the theft, corruption, or deletion of user data if an attacker successfully exploits security holes in your app or the frameworks it is linked against,...

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05:59
Firetask 3.7.5 - Innovative task management solution...

Firetask uniquely combines the advantages of classical priority-and-due-date-based task management with GTD.

  • Stay focused and on top of your commitments - Firetask's "Today" view shows all relevant due and next tasks in a single, clear overview. Due tasks only appear when becoming due within the next days, next tasks only if they are the first next task of a project or if marked as flagged. This helps you to focus on your most urgent and important tasks.
  • Manage your tasks in a project-oriented way - Firetask is project-oriented. Every task is part of a project and the order of next tasks is defined within each project. This helps you to break down your unnumbered tasks into manageable units and it helps us to provide you with a more focused view across all your commitments.
  • Efficiently enter and delegate your tasks -Entering a number of tasks in Firetask is as simple and fast as writing a view lines of text. There is no need to take...
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05:49
vjoon K4 designed to optimize enterprise, digital...

vjoon GmbH has released version 6.10 R1 of its vjoon K4 cross-media publishing platform. One of the highlights of this release is that it comes fully integrated with the new Adobe Digital Publishing Solution (DPS).

vjoon K4 will extend the features of the latest version of DPS. What’s more, interactive content for a variety of mobile devices can be created right along with HTML-based DPS articles. With this capability, vjoon K4 streamlines the workflow effort.

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05:33
Microsoft's Free Apple Watch App for Outlook is...

Today, Microsoft released Outlook for the Apple Watch. The latest update makes it easier to see full emails and the ability to now reply to messages.

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05:08
While the Majority of iPhone Users own an iPad, the...

According to the latest data from Kantar, 40% of all smartphones in use in the US are from Apple. Nationally, smartphone penetration has reached 62%. Among all of the people who own smartphones, 58% also own a tablet - and among iPhone owners, 65% have a tablet ...

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05:06
11 million sign up for Apple Music

Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet software and services, tells USA Today (http://tinyurl.com/oem879t) that 11 million people have signed up for Apple Music (or, at least, the three month, free trial version).

"We're thrilled with the numbers so far," says Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet software and services, adding that of that number, two million have opted for the family plan at $14.99 a month for up to six people.

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05:00
Ultra HD Blu-ray licensing to start Aug. 24 — but...

The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA)  has completed an Ultra HD Blu-ray technical specification that will lead to the release of players and discs that support the new format. It will be begin licensing the format starting Aug. 24. However, don't expect any support from Apple.

Ultra HD Blu-Ray consumer products should begin to arrive later this year. The format supports Ultra HD 4K TV resolution (3840×2160) and enables high dynamic range (HDR), high frame rates and object-based immersive sound. It’s not clear how much demand there will be for the new format, the BDA, citing data from the IHS research group expects Ultra HD TV-owning households will grow from 11.7 million last year to 95.6 million by 2019.

The Ultra HD Blu-ray format will deliver high dynamic range content that significantly expands the range between the brightest and darkest elements and...

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04:29
Apple Pay now available to diners at Pei Wei

Fast-casual restaurant Pei Wei now offers diners access to Apple Pay. The restaurant, known for its made-to-order, Asian-inspired menu, now accepts Apple's mobile payment system in all of its nearly 200 locations for customers using iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch.

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04:21
'Internet of Things' connected devices to...

New data from Juniper Research (www.juniperresearch.com) says that the number of IoT (Internet of Things) connected devices will number 38.5 billion in 2020, up from 13.4 billion in 2015: a rise of over 285%.

While IoT "smart home" based applications grab media headlines, it is the industrial and public services sector – such as retail, agriculture, smart buildings and smart grid applications – that will form the majority of the device base, notes the research group. This is due in no small part to a much stronger business case for these types of applications.

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04:20
Kool Tools: Just Mobile Lounge Dock

Just Mobile's Lounge Dock 8 is a cool, good-looking, multi-purpose dock for the Apple Watch. The adjustable charging stand allows you to interact with the smartwatch in multiple viewing angles.

To use your simply slip your magnetic charger into its moulded recess and strap your Apple Watch to the soft-touch cuff. With its slim side-mounted arm, the Lounge Dock makes the watch appear to be floating in mid-air. But thanks to the heavyweight aluminum base and adjustable viewing angle, it’s easy to interact with your Apple Watch while it charges.

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03:28
Apple continues their Work on 3D Multispectral...

On August 6, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals their ongoing work on imaging systems, and particularly to devices and methods for multispectral imaging.

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02:46
Apple invention looks to revive the mixtape, with a...

In an era where on-demand streaming puts massive music libraries at your fingertips and sharing playlists takes but a few taps, receiving a personalized mix of tunes doesn't quite mean as much as it used to. But that could change if Apple employs its invention for "digital mixtape" gifting.

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02:30
Apple announces 11 million trial members signed up...

In a statement to USA Today, Apple has officially announced it has signed up 11 million members to Apple Music since launch. Eddy Cue says he is “thrilled with the numbers so far”, noting that about 2 million of that number have signed up for a family plan, which costs $14.99 for up to six people. The real success of Apple Music won’t be known until the 3 month trial ends and the 11 million have to make the choice to start paying for the monthly subscription.

Apple Music continues to attract exclusive content deals and new music. Dre will...

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02:03
Apple Music has taken off like a Rocket despite Some...

It's being reported today that one month after Apple unveiled Apple Music, they've locked in 11 million trial members. Apple was happy ...

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00:37
Apple Music reaches 11M trial members after five...

After just five weeks of availability, Apple Music has gathered an impressive 11 million trial users, two million of whom opted in to the more expensive multi-user family plan, according to Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue.

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Wednesday August 5

23:48
Eddy Cue 'Thrilled With the Numbers' as...

In an interview with USA Today, Apple's Eddy Cue reveals that Apple Music currently has 11 million users taking advantage of the initial three-month trial period, with two million of those taking advantage of the family plan that will cost $14.99 per month once the trial ends. A single-user membership will be priced at $9.99 per month.

"We're thrilled with the numbers so far," says Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet software and services, adding that of that sum 2 million have opted for the more lucrative family plan at $14.99 a month for up to six people.The officially announced milestone of 11 million users is roughly in line with the rumored ten million users shared by HITS Daily Double last week.

Cue notes Apple is "releasing updates as fast as we...

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21:20
12-Inch MacBook Now Available in Apple Retail Stores...

Nearly four months after release, the new 12-inch MacBook is starting to become available for personal pickup in Apple Stores in the United States. Previously, some stores have had sporadic stock for walk-in customers, but it now appears that stock is substantial enough for Apple to offer personal pickup.

The personal pickup option isn't universal yet however, with only select configurations at select stores being available. For example, the 256 GB Silver MacBook is not available for personal pickup in New York, NY while the 256 GB Space Gray is widely available.

While some Apple Stores and Best Buys have had sporadic stock for walk-ins, most Apple Stores around the world have only had the unit on display. In the MacRumors' forums, users have been reporting which stores around the world have had the new MacBook on display, whether they were available to purchase...

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16:53
Bring On the New Apple TV - Streaming Service or Not


I've been waiting for a new Apple TV from Apple for years, and I've been disappointed each time a major Apple event came and went without one. Plus, I've been waiting for Apple to come along and disrupt the cable/satellite TV bundling status quo with some sort of a la carte streaming service, also to no avail. Now I don't think that second wish -- some sort of vastly improved and less-expensive TV service -- matters much at all. I think the time for it has passed. Here's why: Our TV and media consumption habits are now irreparably fractured.

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16:40
‘The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs’ opera to debut in...

Joining the increasingly growing lineup of Steve Jobs biographies, the Santa Fe Opera announced today that it will debut a new opera centered around the life of the late Apple CEO. The show is entitled “The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs” and is composed by Mason Bates with librettist Mark Campbell. The opera is currently scheduled to debut in 2017 (via LATimes).

The Santa Fe Opera teases that the show will focus on both the professional and personal lives of Jobs and will include characters based on his father and wife. The opera will also take...

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16:18
Designing pie charts with CSS
15:19
Queen guitarist Brian May recognized by NASA

Astrophysicist Dr. Brian May is recognized during a July 17, 2015 New Horizons science briefing at NASA Headquarters, Washington, D.C. May spent a long birthday weekend with the science team, attending two morning science plenaries, a meeting with the Student Dust Counter group, and working on stereo images of Pluto with the Geology, Geophysics and Imaging (GGI) team.

I’ve had the opportunity to meet and speak with Brian at some length during one of Queen’s European tours. He is not only smart and a fantastic guitarist, he’s also very humble.

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14:50
Swiss National Bank increases its stake in Apple

The Swiss National Bank has raised its stake in Apple, increasing its U.S. equity holdings to $38.6 billion, reports Bloomberg (http://tinyurl.com/pcgk62g).

Switzerland’s central bank owned 9.4 million shares in the Cupertion, California-based company on June 30, according to a regulatory filing made to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. That compared with 8.9 million shares at the end of March, a 5.5% increase, according to Bloomberg calculations.

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14:34
Steve Jobs to be focus of upcoming opera set to...

A U.S. opera company in Santa Fe on Wednesday announced plans for an upcoming production centering on Steve Jobs, adding to a growing number of books, movies and documentaries focusing on the life and times of the late Apple cofounder.

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14:30
AWT News Update: August 5, 2015

A lot of Apple news for our listeners and readers today:

  • Apple Watch helps a Virginia man get needed heart surgery and get out of the hospital fast
  • Get yourself to your local Pei Wei restaurant, as they've just started accepting Apple Pay. Booyah!
  • Don't be surprised if you walk into a Target store soon and have your iPhone start notifying you about deals
  • After a ten-year absence, Chronos StickyBrain for Mac is back

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The Apple Watch is credited with getting a 64-year-old Virginia man heart care as well as making sure he got out of the hospital as soon as...

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14:16
Hiroshima: What 70 years of reconstruction looks like

The Washington Post:

At 8:15 a.m. on Aug. 6, 1945, the first bomb exploded over Hiroshima killing, by some estimates, 140,000 people, and destroying 90 percent of the city. But near its hypocenter only one building was left standing.

Seventy years later, the Genbaku Dome — now known as the Hiroshima Peace Memorial — is part of a very different city that’s home to 1.2 million residents and filled with skyscrapers, apartment buildings and streetcars.

Armed with archival photographs, Reuters photographer Issei Kato revisited some of the same locations destroyed 70 years ago in both Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

On such a sombre day, it’s good to not only look back and remember what happened but also to look forward and see how the city has endured and prospered. The before and after pictures are truly heartening.

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14:16
∞ Crosby, Stills, and Nash: Southern Cross

Brilliant Song.

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14:05
Why you shouldn't freak out about this week...

One set of researchers explains how a modification to your Macintosh’s boot-up firmware can persist undetectably and spread through peripherals to other computers. Another researcher’s work from a month ago is found in the wild, installing adware through a hidden escalation in user privileges. Both sound terrible, but neither is quite what it seems.

De-escalate your privilege, buddy

A month ago, a security researcher who has found previous flaws in iOS, Stefan Esser, documented a problem in OS X about which he didn’t warn Apple in advance. Starting in Yosemite, OS X allowed software to log errors to an arbitrary file. Esser discovered that this could be used maliciously to write to files that only a root user should be able to. He took that weakness to demonstrate how one might escalate privileges, allowing a regular user without administrator or root access to run any software he...

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13:40
Coming to the Mac Admin & Developer Conference...

In case you haven’t heard, there’s a cool new Apple conference for Mac Admins and Developers. It’s in London, and put on by the excellent people at Amsys. The site for the conference, being held in February, is at http://www.macad.uk.

And if you go, I’ll see ya’ there, when I do a talk on Mobile Device Management. Hope to see you there!

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13:28
Apple seeds OS X Yosemite 10.10.5 beta build 14F25a...

Apple has published a new beta build of the upcoming OS X 10.10.5 to developers. The third seed, which has a build number of 14F25a, comes just under a week after the previous build. The 10.10.5 update seems to be a simple stability and security fix, so there aren’t many new features to speak of.

OS X 10.10.5 beta 3 is available through the Updates tab of the Mac App Store for those already running a previous build, and should hit the Developer Center soon. Yesterday Apple also seeded a new version of the OS X El Capitan public beta, and the day before that...

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13:23
Apple Seeds Third OS X 10.10.5 Yosemite Beta to...

Apple today seeded the third beta of OS X 10.10.5 to developers, nearly one week after seeding the second 10.10.5 beta and more than a month after releasing OS X 10.10.4 to the public.

Today's beta, build 14F25a, can be downloaded through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store or through the Apple Developer Center.

The first and second OS X 10.10.5 betas did not appear to include any consumer-facing changes, so it's likely that this update focuses on behind-the-scenes bug fixes and performance enhancements. OS X 10.10.5 beta 2 introduced a fix for the DYLD_PRINT_TO_FILE exploit that's been making headlines over the last few days, and the security flaw will be patched as soon as OS X 10.10.5 is released to the...

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12:49
Apple updates TestFlight app with support for...

Apple is now allowing developers to test more iOS 9 features with an update to its beta distribution app TestFlight. The updated version enables developers to test faster, native watchOS 2 apps for Apple Watch, including newly gained access to more sensors and custom watch face complications. The update also lets developers test some iOS 9 features like App Thinning, which allows users to download larger chunks of apps as needed to preserve local storage, for the first time.
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12:29
AppleCare+ gets simplified for international iPhone/...

In a video this week to retail store employees, AppleCare chief Tara Bunch has outlined some changes coming to the company’s AppleCare+ program for the iPhone and iPad. In the video, Bunch and an associate in charge of AppleCare+ say that the service will now become simpler to add for international customers. For example, if a Hong Kong resident travels to the United States, purchases an iPhone or iPad, and adds AppleCare+ to their purchase, their new device will become automatically registered with AppleCare+ in their home country…

As of fall 2013, AppleCare+ ...

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12:04
Apple Trying to Halt used iPhone Sales in Canada

Apple Canada Inc. has demanded that Ingram Micro Inc. stop selling used iPhones in Canada after the distributor struck a deal ...

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12:00
Epson EcoTank printers want to save you from the...

Almost everyone who owns an inkjet printer has run into this scenario; you're trying to get something important printed, and the printer tells you that a cartridge is out of ink. It happens frequently, and usually at the most inopportune time. Printer manufacturer Epson has taken a bold step with a new line of five new EcoTank inkjet printers that get rid of the pesky cartridges, replacing them with high volume ink tanks that are designed to keep your printer happy for two or more years of usage.

The printers come with bottles of ink in cyan, magenta, yellow and black, or in the case of the high-end WorkForce Pro WF-R4640, ink packs in the same colors. Squeeze the ink into the appropriate tanks or just slap the packs into the WorkForce pro, and you shouldn't see that...

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11:29
Facebook puts a celebrity twist on live-streaming...

Facebook and Twitter have been swiping features from each other’s playbooks for years now, so it’s not too surprising that the world’s biggest social network saw Twitter’s live-streaming app Periscope and thought, “Great idea! Let’s do that, too.”

Facebook’s live-streaming video feature isn’t as egalitarian as Periscope. The video tool is only offered inside Facebook’s Mentions app, which you will never use because you probably aren’t considered an “influencer.” (Are you Facebook verified? If not, you can’t use Mentions.)...

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11:11
Apple can't change the world every six months (...

Analysts often undervalue Apple stock, often implying that the company is "doomed" if it doesn't enter a new market such as making televisions (the long-rumored "iTV") or automobiles (the currently rumored "Apple Car'). They ignore one of the reasons Apple has been successful: it does a few things well.

Some pundits complain that Apple is losing its innovation edge despite a lack of evidence to back this up. Those who expect the company to unveil a world-changing product every six months aren't living in the real world.

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 figure. The $1.9 billion outlay is $215 million more than Apple spent in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014 and $565 million more than the spend in the first...

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10:56
Adidas buys popular fitness app maker Runtastic for...

Runtastic, developers of several popular fitness iOS apps, today announced it has been acquired by Adidas for € 220 million. The move, according to a press release from both companies, will help Adidas bolster its efforts in offering connected products and its vision of “the convergence of sport, digital and data in an always connected and always on-demand world.” Or in other words, Adidas now has a strong software component with a large user base to integrate with its digitally enabled sports products including balls, wrist devices, apparel, and shoes.

Adidas already offers several of its own mobile apps that cross over into Runtastic’s territory, such as the...

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10:32
Podcast 468: The day the Music died

Every day is beautiful in the Mac world, but now and then storms gather in the iCloud. Let this podcast be your umbrella, and I promise to stop with the strained weather analogies. This week Glenn and Susie discuss/kvetch about the confusion over the collision of Apple Music, iCloud Music Library, and iTunes Match. Because it’s still pretty confusing.

Glenn also updated us on a couple very scary-sounding vulnerabilities that could affect Macs. Security research is good and necessary, and you shouldn’t be too freaked out—Glenn can explain why. There’s other news too, like Apple denying Business Insider’s report that it was starting an MVNO, and another rumor about Siri transcribing your voicemail someday.

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10:30
The Week in iOS Accessories: New bands for the Apple...

New bands for the Apple Watch

This week’s roundup includes plenty of new Apple bands—ranging from classy to shiny to just plain fun.

BatteryBox

The BatteryBox is a “a portable battery that works for 3000 cycles and can power a MacBook Air for 13 hours straight, or fully charge an iPhone 11 times.” It weighs in at just under a pound, and sells for $220. 

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10:23
Happy Hour Podcast 026 | Any truth behind denied...

Would you switch to Apple as a cellular provider? That’s the big question this week. Apple denied these reports, but there may be some details in this denial that lead other places. Speaking of unannounced and rumored Apple products, it looks like there’s new information on Project Titan, which could be a Cupertino-made electric car. The Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and through our dedicated RSS feed.

New episodes of Happy Hour are available every Wednesday. As mentioned, you can download this podcast via iTunes or plug in...

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10:20
91% of back-to-school shoppers find online...

SOASTA, which specializes in performance analytics, has unveiled the findings of its annual SOASTA Back to School Shopping Report Card, which found that nearly all (91%) of parents who plan to shop online for back to school report there are stressors for them when making online purchases for the new school year.

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09:52
Dash 3.1.0 - Instant search and offline access to...

Dash is an API Documentation Browser and Code Snippet Manager. Dash helps you store snippets of code, as well as instantly search and browse documentation for almost any API you might use (for a full list, see the screenshots).

Documentation Browser Features

  • Offline Documentation: iOS, OS X, watchOS, Swift, Man Pages, .NET Framework, ActionScript, Akka, Android, AngularJS, Angular.dart, Ansible, Apache, Appcelerator Titanium, AppleScript, Arduino, Backbone, Bash, Boost, Bootstrap, Bourbon, Bourbon Neat, C, C++, CakePHP, Cappuccino, Chai, Chef, Clojure, CMake, Cocos2D, Cocos2D-X, CodeIgniter, CoffeeScript, ColdFusion, Common Lisp, Compass, Cordova, Corona, CSS, D3.js, Dart, Django, Dojo Toolkit, Drupal, ElasticSearch, Elixir, Emacs Lisp, Ember.js, Emmet.io, Erlang, Express.js, Expression Engine, ExtJS, Flask, Font Awesome, Foundation, GLib, Go, Grails, Groovy, Grunt, Haml, Haskell, HTML, Jade, Jasmine, Java SE, Java EE, JavaFX, JavaScript, Joomla,...

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09:45
Lawsuit Against Apple Over Android-Switching...

Apple yesterday won a significant ruling against a group lawsuit filed by a former iPhone user who sued the Cupertino company after claiming that switching from an iPhone to an Android smartphone interfered with her receipt of text messages (via Bloomberg).

The plaintiff, Adrienne Moore, noted in her complaint originally filed in May 2014 that an inability to unlink her phone number from iMessage prevented her from receiving text messages sent by iPhone users to her Samsung Galaxy S5 running Android. The lawsuit claimed users switching away from the iPhone to other devices were "penalized and unable to obtain the full benefits of their wireless-service contracts" due to the issue, with Moore and her lawyers alleging Apple failed to successfully elaborate on the "...

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09:38
Judge dismisses lawsuit over iMessage bug that...

U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh today decided to stop a group lawsuit against Apple over undelivered text messages caused by an iMessage bug, Bloomberg reports. The issue drew a lot of attention last year when the bug with Apple’s messaging system caused former iPhone users that switched to Android to discover text messages were not being properly delivered to their phone number. In dismissing the lawsuit, Judge Koh explained that while Apple’s iMessage system may have resulted in lost text messages, their was inadequate evidence that the group faced a “contractual breach or interference” from iMessage…...

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09:31
IBM MobileFirst Introduces a new Enterprise Service...

Now that the Apple-IBM MobileFirst program for the enterprise is well underway towards reaching their stated goal of having 100 custom iPad apps for the enterprise by years' end, we learn today that IBM has launched new cloud-based IT services ...

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09:06
9to5Toys Lunch Break: $50 iTunes gift card for $40,...

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

Today’s can’t miss deals:

$50 iTunes gift card for $40 w/ email delivery from PayPal (20% savings)

13-inch Retina MacBook Pro w/ Force Touch (newest) 2.7GHz/8GB/256GBL ...

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09:05
Apple's next Music moves might include more...

No one expected Beats 1 to become Apple Music’s standout feature, but the 24/7 radio station is winning over listeners with a mix of truly great shows, exclusive interviews, and anchor Zane Lowe’s genuine love of music. Apple might replicate Beats 1’s success with more live radio stations, unnamed sources told The Verge.

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08:54
External Link: Reinventing the (iMac) Wheel

Thanks to Khoi Vinh for this link to a video from George Fox University’s IT department, which combined 36 iMac boxes into a giant wheel and then took it for a spin around campus. Big fun.

 

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08:45
Apple's iOS Returns to Growth in Top Five...

In a new Kantar report this morning we find that the latest smartphone sales data for the second quarter of 2015 show Apple iOS returning to growth across Europe’s five largest countries ...

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08:45
Eight Apple Watch Stands That Stand Out

Julio Ojeda-Zapata checked out an assortment of Apple Watch charging stands, which vary wildly in design and pricing. He found a few gems. But technology changes by Apple will soon trigger a flood of new watch-stand designs.

 

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08:08
Target Begins Testing Beacon-Based Deals and...

Target this morning announced that it would begin testing beacon technology in 50 of its stores in Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis, New York City, Pittsburgh, Portland, San Francisco and Seattle (via Buzzfeed and TechCrunch). The company plans to use the technology to send deals and customized recommendations to customers who opt-in to get the notifications within the Target iOS app [Direct Link].

After users download the app and turn on notifications and Bluetooth, the beacon technology will discover where customers are within each Target location and send out subsequent push...

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08:00
Did the U.S. Patent Office just reveal Samsung'...

For the last few days we've all seen the reported "leaked photos" of Samsung's next-gen Galaxy S6 Edge making the rounds .... yet courtesy of the U.S. Patent Office we might be able to see a little more of Samsung's design for the S6 Edge.

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08:00
Apple and IBM continue their collaboration with...

IBM has announced new cloud-based IT services to help clients "quickly, easily and securely" integrate Macs with their enterprise systems and applications. It's the latest development in the (relatively) new love fest between IBM and Apple. 

This new offering from IBM MobileFirst Managed Mobility Services is designed to help large enterprises incorporate Macs within their IT infrastructures – a rising requirement, as more clients adopt or allow the use of Macs by their employees, according to Richard Patterson, general manager, Infrastructure Services, IBM Global Technology Services. Shipments of Macs are growing faster than the industry average, and the Mac has outgrown the PC industry every year for the last decade.

These new mobility services for Mac are based on the experience IBM gained through its internal Mac@IBM program, with IBM...

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07:58
Apple Music data added to Billboard 200 chart system

This is pretty interesting.

You know that incredibly complex group of sources that tallies the data for the Billboard charts? Apple is now part of it.

Music magazine Billboard has quietly added Apple Music to the list of streaming services factored into its music charts, which are often treated as the main gauge of popular music in the United States.

The Apple Music data is now part of the Billboard 200 album chart as well as the Hot 100 singles list and various other rankings, the magazine said. The Billboard 200 incorporates “track equivalent albums” and “streaming equivalent albums” alongside conventional sales numbers.

Other sources Billboard...

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07:43
Status Board 2 released, adds new features,...

This could be useful.

Panic has just released Status Board 2, an update to its data layout program that keeps track of assorted applications.

The new version features an updated user interface, new panel types, multiple board support, a customizable transition & delay, wallpapers, publish & subscribe support and more.

The company is including six panel types with the free app and an “Expansion Pack” of six more panel types for US$9.99.

Status Board 2.0 is available for free and requires iOS 8.2 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried Status Board 2 and have any feedback, please let us know in the comments.

Via...

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07:27
External Link: How “The Martian” Author’s Comcast...

In a Facebook post, Andy Weir, author of “The Martian,” explained how a hacker took control of his Comcast email address. The simple, yet disturbing answer is the hacker called Comcast customer service to gain control. When Weir called to regain control of his email account, all he had to provide was his street address and the last four digits of his Social Security number. Weir has now flagged his account so that any password changes require a call to Comcast’s security department and a special code. The moral of the story, wrote Weir, is: “No amount of password complexity or multi-factor authentication will protect you from bad company policies at your provider.”

 

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07:09
NeoOffice 2014.13 - Mac-tailored, OpenOffice-based...

NeoOffice is a complete office suite for OS X. With NeoOffice, users can view, edit, and save OpenOffice documents, PDF files, and most Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents.

NeoOffice 3.x and OpenOffice users: before you buy NeoOffice, we recommend that you click on the "NeoOffice support" link and read the list of changes.

NeoOffice is extremely stable and thousands of users use it daily. The NeoOffice engineers created NeoOffice in 2003 when they made OpenOffice run natively on OS X for the first time. Since then, the NeoOffice engineers have continually added improvements to NeoOffice that users will not find in OpenOffice such as:

  • Open Calc or Impress instead of Writer at launch using the NeoOffice > Open at Launch menu
  • OS X Versions
  • Native OS X grammar checking
  • Native OS X text highlighting
  • Native file locking support for local and networked volumes
  • OS X Services support...
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07:03
How to deal with iPhone 6 freezes

For months, I've been using my iPhone 6 Plus with no problems. Recently, however, it began randomly freezing on me. If you've experiencing the same thing, or other problems, try the following solutions in order — AFTER you've backed up your iPhone data to your iCloud or iTunes.

  • First you'll want to perform a soft reset. This restarts your iPhone and doesn't erase any of content or data.
  • From the home screen, press and hold the Power key and the Home key.
  • Release the Power key and the Home key when the Apple logo appears and the iPhone restarts.

If that doesn't work (and it didn't for me) you'll have to reset all settings. This will remove most of the old settings. For example, you'll have to set up Touch ID and your wallpaper again. The good news: all your photos and data will remain intact. To reset all settings:

  • Launch the Settings app.
  • Tap on General.
  • Scroll down and tap on Reset....
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07:00
Announcing Sway General Availability, Windows 10 app...

Today, we are excited to announce that our digital storytelling app, Sway, is moving from Preview to General Availability! Sway is also moving beyond First Release and rolling out to all eligible Office 365 for business and education customers worldwide.* This makes it possible for many additional businesses, schools and other organizations to start using Sway to create and share interactive reports, presentations, assignments, lessons, projects and more. And of course, any consumer can use Sway with a free Microsoft account. Today, we are also introducing Sway for Windows 10, along with new layout and publishing capabilities.

We introduced Sway as a member of the Office family 10 months ago. Sway helps you create...

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06:51
Jean-Louis Gassée on Apple’s ad-blocking technology

Jean-Louis Gassée gets to the heart of the matter regarding Apple’s true motivation in releasing the upcoming ad-blocking technology, now in beta with iOS 9 and El Capitan.

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06:24
The hand engraved Apple Watch

Pricy, but some exquisite craftwork. Well worth a look.

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06:08
IBM Launches New Service to Deploy Macs to...

IBM today announced the launch of a new service that will allow large companies to easily incorporate Mac computers into their preexisting corporate infrastructure. The service, being deployed by IBM's MobileFirst Managed Mobility Services unit, will be aimed at companies around the world and not just based in the United States.

Thanks to the MobileFirst partnership with Apple that has brought about multiple waves of enterprise-focused apps as the company has increased its own usage of Macs, IBM saw an opportunity to commercialize its expertise in "enterprise deployment" of Macs in the workplace.“Ease of adoption and use are at the foundation of every Apple...

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05:55
Lawsuit against Apple over iMessage Ruled it can...

In May 2014 Patently Apple was first to report that a new Class Action lawsuit was filed against Apple over iMessage not working with Android phones.Yesterday Judge Koh ruled that ...

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05:23
Tech's Enduring Great-Man Myth

An anonymous reader writes: Did Steve Jobs deserve his reputation as a brilliant inventor? Since Jobs's death in 2011, Elon Musk has been thrust into the spotlight as a man who can shake the pillars of tech. Does he deserve that reputation? MIT's Technology Review argues that media and the industry have a habit of making legends out of notable leaders, while failing to acknowledge all the support that allowed them to execute their ideas. From the article: "Musk's success would not have been possible without, among other things, government funding for basic research and subsidies for electric cars and solar panels. Above all, he has benefited from a long series of innovations in batteries, solar cells, and space travel." While it may be fun to compare him to Iron Man, the myth has its perils: "The problem with such portrayals is not merely that they are inaccurate and unfair to the many contributors to new technologies. By warping the popular understanding of how technologies...

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05:16
Xiaomi Moving to Custom Designed ARM Processors...

The next big move for Xiaomi is to custom design ARM chips like Apple, according to a new report.

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05:05
Microsoft OneNote 15.12.3 - Free digital notebook...

OneNote is your very own digital notebook. With OneNote, you can capture that flash of genius, that moment of inspiration, or that list of errands that's too important to forget. Whether you're at home, in the office or on the go, your notes travel with you. And you can share your notes and collaborate with others, across multiple devices!

Here are some more ideas on how to use OneNote:

  • Capture rich notes for classwork, meetings, or research
  • Keep track of your shopping list and mark items off wherever you are
  • Create an itinerary and keep track of your travel plans for your next big vacation
  • Take pictures of receipts and bills to remove some of the paper clutter
  • Collaborate and share ideas with your team
  • Research items and prices to make the best purchasing decision
  • Keep and edit all of your notes



Version 15.12.3:

  • Bullets and Numbering Galleries - You can...

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05:00
Microsoft Aims to Meet Gamers' Great...


Microsoft on Tuesday launched the Rare Replay collection -- the best games lineup in Xbox History, according to Xbox Chief Phil Spencer -- at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany.
Even some loyal Xbox fans might disagree with that proclamation, but Microsoft attempted to back up its assertion with a content-rich presentation bedazzled with exclusive games. With more than 400,000 gamers and developers and other industry players in its ecosystem, Microsoft has been trying to be the Microsoft people expect it to be, Spencer said.

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04:53
Shimo 4.0 - VPN Client for Mac – for Everyone. (...

Shimo is the most versatile VPN client for OS X and it enables really everybody to master secure network. It supports more protocols than any other VPN application out there! CiscoVPN, AnyConnect, IPSec, OpenVPN, PPTP/L2TP, Nortel and even SSH connections are no problem for Shimo.

Shimo is able to automate everything around your secure network connections: Establish connections automatically when you change your network location, execute AppleScripts on certain events or get notified about these events. This is just a very small excerpt of Shimo's capabilities. Feel free to download Shimo from our website and get a 30 days free trial before you have to buy a license!



Version 4.0:

Note: Now requires OS X 10.9 or later.

  • Optimized for OS X 10.11 El Capitan and 10.10 Yosemite
  • Exporting and deployment of accounts and configurations
  • Statistics and accounting
  • Two-factor...
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04:26
Global Demand for LTPS Smartphone Displays Rising...

Led by Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, LTPS TFT LCD smartphone display shipments grew by ...

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04:24
Kool Tools:  inTone2 music app

Audiffex's inTone2 is a multifaceted multichannel effects processor, software mixing console, virtual instruments host, and flexible multitrack zonal player for Mac OS X 10.8 or higher.

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04:20
Biometrics industry to generate US$13 billion in...

Biometric technologies are developed constantly, strengthening their position in both existing markets like law enforcement and government applications, but also in emerging high-value segments like the consumer and banking markets.

Near-infrared iris recognition technology is a promising up-and-comer for both smartphone applications and enterprise access control, while ultrasound fingerprint and vein recognition companies are looking to establish their dominance in banking and finance applications, according to ABI Research (www.abiresearch.com).

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04:00
Garmin's latest low-cost running watch gives...

If you've been jonesing for a Garmin running watch that will talk to your smartphone without trashing your bank balance, you're in luck. Garmin has rolled out the Forerunner 25, a follow-up to the 15 (but not a replacement) that's much more at home...

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Tuesday August 4

23:20
OS X Bug Exploited To Infect Macs Without Need For...

An anonymous reader writes: A new flaw has been discovered in the latest version of OS X which allows hackers to install malware and adware onto a Mac without the need for any system passwords, researchers say. The serious zero-day vulnerability was first identified last week and results from a modified error-logging feature in OS X Yosemite which hackers are able to exploit to create files with root privileges. The flaw is currently found in the 'fully patched' OS X 10.10.4, but is not in the newest 10.11 El Capitan beta – suggesting that Apple developers were aware of the issue and are testing a fix.


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21:38
Chicago Apple Store to host Q&A with fitness...

On Wednesday, Apple's director of Fitness and Health Technologies Jay Blahnik, who played a role in realizing Apple Watch, will be at the North Michigan Avenue Apple Store in Chicago to take part in a special question and answer session, to be followed by a 5K fun run.

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20:59
Capo 3.3 - Slow down and learn to play your favorite...

Capo lets you slow down your favorite songs so you can hear the notes and learn how they are played. With Capo, you can quickly tab out your songs atop a highly-detailed OpenCL-powered spectrogram display.

Features

  • Detect, and enter chords
  • Pitch adjustment
  • Mark song sections
  • Loop at slower speeds
  • Export Capo-adjusted music
  • Basic effects available



Version 3.2.1 (3.3):

Note: The version available for download is 3.3. The version available in the Mac App Store is 3.2.1.

  • General UI Improvements! We've flattened up the UI for Yosemite while still retaining some visual compatibility with Mavericks
  • New "Drag Song Here" window with a nifty loading animation
  • We gutted and overhauled the 'Welcome Window' and removed the in-app video playback
  • Restored the ability to display the current time in the Heads-Up Display....
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20:59
iFFmpeg 5.6.7 - Convert multimedia files between...

iFFmpeg is a graphical front-end for FFmpeg, a command-line tool used to convert multimedia files between formats. The command line instructions can be very hard to master/understand, so iFFmpeg does all the hard work for you. This allows you to use FFmpeg without detailed command-line knowledge.



Version 5.6.7:

  • Improved Apple TV presets
  • Improved rendering text filter
  • Fixed issue adding .srt or .ass subtitle files to MKV containers
  • Now correctly adds the GOP size (fixes choppy playback)



  • OS X 10.7 or later
  • Working FFmpeg OS X binary (see Related Links)



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19:19
[Sponsor] Igloo Is an Intranet You'll Actually...

If you’ve ever worked in a company, you know that most intranets suck, they are not user friendly, the content is stale and good luck accessing them on your phone.

Igloo is different. It’s an intranet you’ll actually like. It’s packed full with cool features like microblogs to share news inside your company, file sharing capabilities and calendars to coordinate work between teams. And it’s mobile friendly so you can take your work with you wherever you go.

Sound too good to be true? Sign up now and try Igloo yourself — completely free of charge for up to 10 team members.

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18:31
Apple now sharing full replays of Beats 1 shows on...

Apple this week appears to have started uploading full “replays” of Beats 1 shows to its Connect social network. Apple Music hosts including Zane Lowe, Julie Adenuga, and Ebro Darden have all shared full, unedited replays of their shows on their respective Connect pages over the past two days.

This process appears to have started yesterday, without any official announcement by Apple. Prior to uploading full replays, each host would share a playlist with every song that was played during their show. Interviews were also often made available after the fact, as was Zane Lowe’s daily “World Record.” In other cases,...

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18:30
New 'Beats 1: Replay' Feature Lets Users...

Apple's Beats 1 radio station was recently updated to give users access to full replays of radio segments, with a new Beats 1: Replay feature. As highlighted by MacStories, Replay covers several Beats 1 shows, including those by Zane Lowe, Julie Adenuga, and Ebro Darden, letting users re-listen to a missed segment.

Since Apple Music's debut, there's been an option on Beats 1 radio to listen to playlists of songs by each DJ after a show ends, but there was often no way to listen to a full show with guests and commentary unless you caught it on the second playthrough, 12 hours after it first aired.

With the change implemented in the last few days, Beats 1 users can access both a full replay that's the same as listening to a show live and a playlist of songs from each program.

Though a feature that's likely going to be welcome by many Beats 1...

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18:08
Microsoft Takes Biometric Authentication to the Next...

In July the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Microsoft revealing their intent to introduce advanced biometric security for future Windows smartphones ... beyond Apple's Touch ID.

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16:17
Autodesk's Stingray Gets Into Video Game Guts


Tired of serving as just a pretty face, Autodesk on Monday announced that it's putting its muscle into the business of making video games. The new Stingray engine pulls together Autodesk's efforts in the games space. Autodesk later in August will offer Stingray worldwide for $30 a month -- and it will make the game engine available to Maya LT Desktop Subscription customers before the summer's close. Stringray is a cross-platform engine that supports Xbox One, PlayStation 4, the Oculus Rift, Windows, Android and iOS.

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15:22
Taylor Swift explains the difference between Apple...

Almost overnight, Taylor Swift went from criticizing Spotify to singing Apple Music’s praises. And the pop star is now revealing why.

“Apple treated me like I was a voice of a creative community that they actually cared about,” Swift told Vanity Fair. The magazine calls Swift an “Apple Music crusader” with the “willingness to take on tech giants.”

A few days before Apple Music launched at the end of June, Swift posted an open letter criticizing Apple for not paying royalties to music rights holders during the free three-month trial. It took mere hours for Apple to reverse the policy, with Apple’s senior VP of Internet software and services Eddy Cue tweeting, “#AppleMusic will pay artists for streaming, even during customer’s free trial...

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14:20
OS X Zero-Day Exploit Threatens Massive Mac Attack


Mac users, beware -- the ads you see on the Web could let hackers hijack your device.
Malwarebytes has discovered a new zero-day exploit in OS X that lets apps bypass passwords during installation to get root permission through a Unix shell. A new adware installer downloaded by a Malwarebytes researcher modified his sudoers file -- a hidden Unix file that controls access to root permissions. The script exploited the DYLD_Print_To_File vulnerability publicized last month by German security researcher Stefan Esser.

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14:18
Beats 1? How about a Beats 2, Beats 3, etc?

Apple’s 24/7 radio station Beats 1 — part of its Apple Music service — may not be the only official station from Apple for long. The company has the ability to expand its lineup of Beats radio stations at will, reports The Verge (http://tinyurl.com/qgxfzf7), quoting unnamed "sources with knowledge of the situation."

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14:00
AWT News Update: August 4, 2015

Some entertaining and informative Apple news for you this afternoon:

  • You can now use an Apple Watch to unlock a door equipped with the August Smart Lock
  • Australia's Telstra announced that anyone signing up for a new Go Mobile plan will get a one-year Apple Music subscription for free
  • Even more banks and credit unions have jumped on the Apple Pay bandwagon, bringing the US total to over 400
  • Happy Birthday to Readdle!

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for August 4, 2015.

Besides telling the time, hounding you every hour to stand up and move around, and being able to run over 3,000...

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13:38
Apple Music Licensing Deals Include Permissions for...

Apple's licensing terms with record labels give the company permission to create up to five additional radio stations like Beats 1, reports The Verge, citing sources with knowledge of Apple's deals. Without needing to negotiate new terms, Apple could potentially launch additional Beats stations around the world, adding DJs in other countries or launching stations with a specific focus.As part of the deal it struck with the major labels for Apple Music Radio, Apple has licenses for up to five additional stations like Beats 1, without having to renegotiate with the labels. That means Apple could launch a Beats 2 station headquartered in Australia or Asia, allowing it to provide live radio around the clock (Beats 1 is only live 12 hours a day).It seems Apple is indeed considering and preparing for a potential expansion Beats 1 with new Beats radio stations, as the company has registered...

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13:33
Report: Apple could launch Beats 2-6 at will, music...

Anonymous “sources with knowledge of the situation” have told The Verge that there are some bright points to consider in the otherwise troubled start of Apple Music. Pointing to the comparatively successful launch of the streaming radio station Beats 1, The Verge suggests that Apple’s contracts with major music labels included the right to launch up to five more stations — for instance, “a Beats 2 station headquartered in Australia or Asia,” or seasonally available stations. The report claims that labels already receive more money for plays on Beats 1 than on Pandora, hinting that the launch of additional stations could be lucrative for artists…

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13:26
Twitter rolling out landscape support to iPhone 6...

In yet another staggered feature rollout, Twitter has begun enabling full landscape support for its iOS app on the iPhone 6 Plus. Like with many of Apple’s bundled applications, Twitter app users on the larger, 5.5-inch iPhone can navigate their Timelines, Tweet, and Direct Message in landscape mode…

This mode allows users to view past message threads while replying to a current thread for example. However, especially...

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13:18
Publishing versus performance

Such a great post by Jeffrey Zeldman, and one we can all relate to in one way or another.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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12:35
Introducing the Waterfall chart—a deep dive to a...

Last month, we introduced six new chart types that will be available as part of Office 2016. Today, we will show you how to take advantage of the Waterfall chart, one of the most popular visualization tools used in small and large businesses. With this new chart, what used to take complicated and multiple iterative steps can now be done in a few quick clicks. And since the Waterfall chart is built natively into Excel, you automatically get all the rich and intuitive customization, styling and formatting capabilities you’ve come to expect with the Excel charts.

Waterfall charts are ideal for showing how you have arrived at a net value, by breaking down the cumulative effect of positive and negative contributions. This is very helpful for many different scenarios, from visualizing financial statements to navigating data about population...

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12:30
Huge thanks to our patrons

Well, look at that. It's August 4th, which means Apple World Today has existed for exactly six months! We literally would not be here without you, our Patreon backers. Nor would we produce the news items, features and videos that you enjoy reading. 

Additionally, this month we were able to add Dennis Sellers to our staff, which we're thrilled about. 

We've got more on tap for this month and I'm finalizing the calendar for September and back-to-school. You all have our gratitude and commitment to timely, quality work. Without further ado, huge thanks goes out to:

  • Erin Murphy
  • Simon H
  • Michael Duffy
  • Garry Winer
  • Ken...
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12:19
Macminicolo: Twelve month trial for just $10/mo [...

For ten years, Macminicolo has been hosting thousands of Mac minis in a high end data center. The minis are used for all sorts of services. The Mac mini “has become Apple’s most popular server system.”

Readers of The Loop can signup for a twelve month trial for just $10/mo. Come see what a Mac mini can do. Signup here.

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11:38
Apple Music hits Billboard charts + street ads, will...

Apple has already taken over its homepage, produced video advertisements, and injected promotions into iOS to digitally promote its new Apple Music service. Now, the company is expanding its billboard promotion strategy, which has been mostly reserved in recent years for new iPhones and iPads, to include Apple Music. Several 9to5Mac readers and social media users have spotted posters and billboards for Apple Music across San Francisco, subway stations in Japan, London, Canada, and Los Angeles

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11:36
iPad mini 4 Roundup Updated

We've updated our iPad mini roundup with all the details on Apple's next-generation 7.9-inch tablet. The iPad mini 4 is expected to be thinner and lighter with an iPad Air-style redesign, an 8-megapixel rear camera and a gapless laminated display with anti-reflective coating. It will likely include an A9 processor and could also offer 2GB of RAM like the iPad Air 2.

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Telstra Giving Away Free 12-Month Trial of Apple Music with Go Plans...

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11:30
Status Board 2: All your information at a glance

Cabel Sasser and the team over at Panic have been working hard lately on a lot of their products, and the recent debut of Status Board 2 for iPad (free with in-app purchases) made it obvious that their hard work is paying off.

Status Board is a unique iPad app — users basically add status panels to a full-screen iPad display that show those things they’re interested in seeing all the time. Things like the time (local or in other cities), weather, upcoming appointments, incoming mail subjects, tweets, or headlines from news feeds.

Using bright, bold colors to display the information, Status Board 2 makes it easy for just about anyone to set up and customize their very own status board. The panels can be moved around with a simple drag and drop, and an iPad can have multiple status boards set up for auto-rotation. For companies that might want to have similar Status Boards in widely separated...

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11:29
Apple releases fourth public beta of Mac OS X El...

Apple has made available the fourth public beta of Mac OS X El Capitan to developers for testing purposes. Those who signed up for Apple’s beta testing program (https://beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/) and already have the public beta installed can update through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store.

The new beta focuses on bug fixes and minor tweaks, not new features. OS X 10.11 El Capitan is currently available to both registered developers and public beta testers. Apple plans to release El Capitan to the public in the fall.

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10:42
Apple Music Ads Going Up Around the World as Apple...

Apple has kicked off a worldwide advertising campaign for its new streaming music service, with advertisements showing up in various cities like San Francisco, Tokyo, Toronto, Los Angeles, and Mexico City.

Billboards in San Francisco have been updated with new Apple Music ads, and the Omotesando and Harajuku Metro Stations in Tokyo have been updated with Apple Music banners. Some bus stops in Mexico City are also displaying Apple Music ads, and ads have also been seen on billboards in Los Angeles and Toronto.

Apple Music banners in Omotesando via Instagram
The banners mimic images that have been used to advertise Apple Music on...

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10:40
Epson kills the printer ink cartridge

The Wall Street Journal:

We don’t love paying through the nose for the ink, and the arrangement means that at the first sign of printer trouble, many of us just dump the thing and buy a new one.

Epson’s new move is a sly one. Rather than compete on price, the printer maker is dropping the cartridge issue entirely.

When you buy an EcoTank printer — for instance, the ET-2550 — you fill up its four-chambered reservoir with ink from plastic containers included with the printer. There’s a satisfying feeling of dumping all of that ink into the tubs. You then let the printer prime itself and your ink worries are over.

Fast forward two very print-productive years. You and your family have churned out more than 35 black-and-white and 60 color pages every week. Finally, you need more ink. Epson will sell you a whole set of replacement canisters for $52. That same amount of Epson ink, in XL cartridges, would cost more than 10 times as much.

I’m a big fan...

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10:37
Resolutionator: Change the resolution on all...

Cool little utility from the folks at Many Tricks.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:32
Apple releases fourth public beta of OS X 10.11 El...

Less than a week after releasing the third public beta, Apple has released the fourth public beta of OS X 10.11 El Capitan.

Apple doesn’t provide any details as to what’s been updated in the new beta, but the company does recommend that all beta users install the update. To do that, all you have to do is launch the App Store, click on the Updates tab, and when it appears in the listing, click the Update button. Your Mac will need to restart.

Have no clue as to what this beta stuff is all about? Read our El Capitan beta FAQ. You can still sign up for the El Capitan beta program, but remember, it’s beta software and it’s possible that you’ll encounter bugs and problems with your apps...

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10:30
Apple Maps needs the ability to edit and save...

Google Maps for Android devices recently added the ability to edit the names of locations on the map, save them to your personal Google account and search for them the next time you’re out and about. This is something that Apple's Maps app should have already featured.

The ability to mark up your personal maps is a great thing. Another feature that Google had a long time ago was the ability to graph and drag a route point to readjust it. Instead of just offering three routes, you could purposefully create a fast route with scenic detours. Again, another feature that Apple should add to Maps.

Another idea for improving the Mac OS X and iOS tool is to use it to build Boston-Waze type relationships. Recently,...

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10:29
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10:06
Apple Seeds Fourth OS X El Capitan Beta to Public...

Apple today seeded the fourth beta of OS X El Capitan to public beta testers, nearly one week after seeding the third beta and just under a month after providing the first OS X El Capitan beta to the public for testing purposes.

The fourth public beta follows the launch of the sixth OS X El Capitan developer beta, which was seeded to developers yesterday. Aside from new wallpaper, no outward-facing changes were introduced with beta six, suggesting it's largely an under-the-hood update with bug fixes and performance improvements.

Beta testers who have signed up for Apple’s beta testing program and already have the public beta installed can update through the...

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10:05
Hey, Siri - Get Out Your Steno Pad


Apple reportedly is working on a service that will enlist Siri to transcribe voice mail messages for iPhone users. Employees are testing the service in preparation for a 2016 rollout, possibly as a new feature in iOS 10. When a call is placed to a phone that has iCloud Voicemail enabled and you don't answer it, Siri will pick it up. Depending on who the caller is, Siri may provide information about where you are and why you can't answer the call. If your caller leaves a voice message, Siri will notify you and send you a transcription.

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09:34
Epson unveils EcoTank, a 'supertank'...

Under its new EcoTank brand, Epson today unveiled five new all-in-one color printers featuring large ink reservoirs – what Epson defines as the "Supertank" category – that come loaded and ready for up to two years of prints without replacing the ink..   
 

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09:06
Apple denies MVNO rumor, defuses idea of company...

It was an interesting rumor while it lasted, but Apple appears to have nipped it in the bud.

Apple on Tuesday directly addressed and denied a recent rumor that Apple was looking to launch its own MVNO service in the U.S. and Europe, thereby becoming its own cellular carrier further down the line.

The rumor stated that Apple would lease space from existing network carriers and build SIM cards that switch from network-to-network as need be. Rumors about such a service have been around for a while now, and today marks the first time that Apple has directly denied the existence of any such feature being built by the company.

...

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09:00
New features coming to Outlook on the web

Today, we are happy to announce exciting updates coming to the web version of Outlook in Office 365. As part of our ongoing work to deliver the richest email and calendar experiences on the web, we are rolling out an improved user interface (UI) and new features that help you be more efficient, stay on top of your inbox, and better manage your calendar. Formerly known as the Outlook Web App (or OWA for short), our browser-based Outlook experience will simply be referred to as “Outlook on the web” going forward. Let’s take a closer look at what’s new.

A cleaner look for greater efficiency

Outlook on the web now sports a simplified, cleaner UI to help you work more efficiently. This starts with the new action bar available across our Mail, Calendar, People and Task experiences in Outlook on the web. The Action toolbar provides quick access to the most common commands, whether you are clearing out your inbox, replying to an email, or adding an event to your calendar....

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09:00
UL—product safety leader maintaining security and...

The Steward of Trust

For UL’s information security director, Robert Jamieson, maintaining the security of customer IP is his top priority.

Speed of Innovation

With Office 365 and the Microsoft Cloud, UL has enabled secure collaboration and the speed of innovation the company seeks.

The Circle of Trust

Consumers and companies worldwide trust UL, and UL trusts Microsoft and Office 365.

For more than a century, UL has been a leader in safety. Now the company relies on Microsoft to help it innovate, iterate and become a fast-moving digital enterprise for its next hundred years.

“It has involved a complete overhaul of our entire technology footprint, from the wire and cabling that goes through the walls, all the way to the state-of-the-art products that we have on the desktop,” said Mike Nuteson, director of Sourcing and Architecture at UL.

The tools behind this transformation include Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft...

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08:50
Additional 46 banks and credit unions now support...

With any luck, your bank or credit union is now among those supporting Apple Pay.

Apple has once again updated its Apple Pay web site, adding 46 more banks and credit unions to the list of institutions whose customers can set up credit and/or debit cards with the service. The new additions increase the number of banking institutions in the U.S. supporting Apple Pay to over 425 and international support has begun over in the U.K.

The new list of banks and credit unions include the following:

1st United Services Credit Union

Align Credit Union

Atlantic Regional FCU

Bank of Marin

Bank of Oklahoma...

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08:30
Apple has been granted a patent for an application...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,099,010) by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for a easy-to-use, content authoring application for creating e-learning courses such as web-based education courses. 




The app's graphical user interface would allow an instructor to management online course content. The instructor could create in-session and self-paced courses that could be delivered over a network to student operated client devices such as Macs and iOS devices. 

The editing tools in the app could be used to create and edit pages of content for a course, including adding links and multimedia, information pages, posts and course materials. The user interface could also include a...

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08:25
Apple Denies Rumors of Plans to Launch MVNO Carrier...

Apple this morning directly responded to a recent rumor that the company would begin planning to launch its own MVNO service in both the United States and Europe, stating that it has "not discussed and is not planning" to become its own cellular carrier in the future.

The MVNO service would allow Apple to become its own carrier, leasing space from existing network carriers and building SIM cards that switch from network-to-network as need be. Rumors about such a service have been around for a while now, and today marks the first time that Apple has directly denied the existence of any such feature being built by the company.

BREAKING: Apple says it has not discussed & is not planning MVNO cellular service following reports saying it was planning on doing that.

— CNBC Now (@CNBCnow)...

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08:20
MacUpdate Desktop 6.0.8 - Search and install Mac...

MacUpdate Desktop 6 brings seamless 1-click installs and version updates to your Mac. With a free MacUpdate account and MacUpdate Desktop 6, Mac users can now install almost any Mac app on macupdate.com with a single click, including thousands of titles not available in the Mac App Store. And now, users can search for, discover, and install new apps right from the MacUpdate Desktop app!

Learn more at the MacUpdate Desktop feature page

1-Click App Installs
Installing apps using a Web browser is slow and complicated. You have to hunt down .zip archives, mount disk images, manually drag app icons to the /Applications folder, run custom installers, and delete the files you no longer need. With MacUpdate Desktop, all you have to do is click the "Install" link on a MacUpdate app listing and MacUpdate Desktop takes care of everything.

Keep All Your Mac Apps...

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08:00
Ibotta cash back app pays out $30 million to users

Everybody likes a deal, and Ibotta (free) is a popular iPhone app for getting cash back on just about everything you buy in a store. The Denver-based company today reported that they’ve paid out $30 million in rebates to users of the app, with $10 million of that cash making its way out to happy customers in the last four months.

The app is totally different from traditional coupons, as consumers can select any brand they like and still get a rebate. The company also sends out promo codes for additional saving and unlock bonuses when shoppers redeem rebates.

For retailers and brands, the app provides a way to connect to shoppers by showing them a video or asking them to take a feedback quiz to gain a special rebate. Big name brands that work closely with Ibotta include Nike, Target, Walmart, Walgreens, Best Buy and Whole Foods.

Like to shop online? You can...

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07:50
BitTorrent Sync 2.1.1 - Sync files securely without...

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

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

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



Version 2.1.1:

Note: Now requires a 64-bit Intel processor.

Features

  • If you have a storage device linked to your identity in "Synced" mode, capacity information about that device is shown in the My Devices window so it can be remotely monitored; that device must also be running Sync 2.0.125 or later
  • Notifications in Sync are now synchronized across your devices
  • Keyboard shortcuts have been added; "ctrl + /" on Windows and "command + /" on OS X to display the available...

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07:41
Taylor Swift Shares Behind-the-Scenes Details of Her...

In an interview for the September cover story of Vanity Fair, Taylor Swift reveals her thoughts and reasoning behind the letter she wrote to Apple concerning the lack of monetary support for artists during Apple Music's three-month free trial period. The singer notes that she wrote the letter in the early morning hours after a few of her fellow artists sent pictures of their Apple Music contracts.“I wrote the letter at around four A.M.,” Swift says. “The contracts had just gone out to my friends, and one of them sent me a screenshot of one of them. I read the term ‘zero percent compensation to rights holders.’ Sometimes I’ll wake up in the middle of the night and I’ll write a song and I can’t sleep until I finish it, and it was like that with the letter.” Swift's main concern was that her letter would...

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07:30
Apple invention would let you skip online (and TV)...

Apple wants you to be able to skip online advertisements that aren't of interest to you (which, of course, isn't the same as being able to skip ads entirely). Interestingly, the patent also mentions television ads, which at least raises the possibility that Apple's rumored television streaming service could include commercials to keep down costs (though I don't think that's likely; no one wants to sit through ads on a service they're paying for).




Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,100,722) by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for "filtering and tailoring multimedia content based on observed user behavior." The invention would give you the ability to control the display of content items (such as ads) that aren't of...

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07:27
Quicksilver 1.3.0 - Application launcher and much...

Quicksilver is a light, fast and free Mac application that gives you the power to control your Mac with keystrokes alone.

Quicksilver allows you to find what you need quickly and easily, then act upon these objets as you see fit. All with your fingers on the keyboard. As an example, if you want to find an application hidden in the depths of your file system, simply activate Quicksilver with a keystroke, type a few letters of the application's name, then hit Return or Enter to launch it, or tab and type to find an action such as Quit, Trash, Email To..., Run at Login, Move To..., Get Info, Reveal, the list goes on.

Quicksilver indexes and parses only selected parts of the contents of your hard drive in the Catalog, which means it locates and displays the items matching your search quickly. Quicksilver has a modular structure which means features for interaction with a whole host of of other applications (iTunes, 1Password, Safari, Microsoft Office)...

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07:18
Taylor Swift Talks about her Letter to Apple and...

Taylor Swift is featured on Vanity Fair's September Cover. A part of the story notes that "Taylor Swift’s recent missive to Apple ...

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07:18
New iMac with 4K display hinted at once again in...

A new set of configuration files discovered in the latest beta of Apple's OS X El Capitan desktop operating system point to an unreleased Apple product --?perhaps an iMac refresh waiting in the wings --?with a new-to-Apple 4K resolution.

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07:00
iPhone 5c successor to use 14-16nm Samsung and TSMC...

Apple is reportedly working on one or more spiritual successors to the iPhone 5c that will use 14- to 16-nanometer FinFET chips manufactured by suppliers TSMC and Samsung.

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06:50
Viber iOS app updated with easier video calling,...

Viber has updated its iOS app to add a range of improvements based on user requests, says the company. Version 5.5 allows you to start a video call directly from your recent calls list, rich links now display content previews when links are posted into text chats – and Viber says more efficient data compression has allowed it to improve the quality of both audio and video calls while reducing data usage.

Users can also now share contacts within both one-to-one and group chats, and invite an entire group to follow a public chat.

Viber is a free download from iTunes.

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06:38
What You Need to Know About the Thunderstrike 2 Worm

Researchers will demonstrate a new proof of concept worm that attacks Mac firmware at this week’s Black Hat security conference. It’s fascinating research, but not something average users should worry about.

 

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06:35
Funnel is new media management app for Mac OS X

Synaptic Edge (http://synapticedge.com/) has introduced Funnel: Organize Your Photos and Videos 1.0, a new media management application for Mac OS X (10.8 or higher).

It automatically renames and organizes your photos and videos into a structured file system. You drag and drop files, folders, drives, or devices onto Funnel's drop screen and it will find, sort, and rename your photos and videos using Exif and other metadata.

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06:22
Samsung's Smartphone Glory Days are Behind Them

Last month we posted a report titled "Samsung Confirms Crashing Galaxy S6 Sales Hurt Q2 Financials with Poor Q3 Profit Forecast Duly Noted." As far back as May we reported that the Galaxy S6 looked like a loser and in fact a disaster. The S6 was to be Samsung's smartphone turnaround story ...

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06:21
External Link: Apple Denies Plans to Become a...

In a rare move, Apple has refuted rumors that it will offer its own cellular service as a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO). Business Insider had reported that Apple was testing an MVNO service in the United States, and was planning to also bring it to Europe.

 

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05:55
Apple stock falls below 200-day moving average,...

Since it was added to the Dow Jones Industrial Average in March, Apple has been a weight on the index, accounting for 14 percent of its losses in the last four and a half months.

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05:29
Apple's iPhone 5c's Successor may be...

According to a new supply chain report today, Apple is not expected to launch a successor to the iPhone 5c this year, but will instead ...

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05:17
Sixth OS X El Capitan Beta Includes More Hints to 4K...

Apple's sixth OS X 10.11 El Capitan beta, released on Monday, includes a few lines of code that yet again reference the possibility of a forthcoming 4K 21.5-inch Retina iMac, as discovered by Consomac [Google Translate]. A similar occurance happened back in June, when some code in the second OS X El Capitan beta referenced a 4K 21.5-inch iMac screen, but, as yet, Apple hasn't given any word on the veracity of the rumors.

Consomac's research into the code of the new OS X beta found three new files, two...

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04:59
iWatermark Pro 1.72 - Easily add watermarks to art,...

iWatermark Pro is the essential watermarking app for professional, business, and personal use.

iWatermark, is the number 1 and only watermarking tool available for all 4 platforms iPhone/iPad, Mac, Android, and Windows. iWatermark is the most popular professional watermarking tool for photos.

Easily, secure and protect your photos with a text, graphic, signature, or QR watermark. Once added to a photo, this visible watermark indicates that the image is created and owned by you.

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  • Works with Lightroom, Photoshop, Picasa, ACDSee, iPhoto, Aperture, and other photo organizers
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  • Create text, graphic, or QR watermarks
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Apple granted patent for Apps user-interface of...

Apple was today granted a patent on the way it displays apps on the Apple Watch. It’s one of the briefest patent descriptions around, merely pointing to the associated illustration.

The ornamental design for a display screen or portion thereof with graphical user interface, as shown and described.

The illustration itself is simply a representation of the apps screen of the Apple Watch. Only a monochrome version is shown online, though the USPTO notes that color version(s) are held on file.

Apple has been granted a number of patents for the Apple Watch,...

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04:31
RapidWeaver 6.3 - Create template-based websites...

RapidWeaver is a next-generation Web design application to help you easily create professional-looking Web sites in minutes. No knowledge of complex code is required, RapidWeaver will take care of all that for you. RapidWeaver produces valid XHTML & CSS based websites.

One of the perks about using RapidWeaver is that it has a strong custom theme community. You can download themes and edit them from within RapidWeaver and the result is a pretty slick looking website that takes very little effort.

RapidWeaver also has a lot of custom plug-ins. Some of them make it easier to edit images directly in RapidWeaver. Others make creating a site map a matter of a few clicks. The supportive community that surrounds RapidWeaver is really what makes this great app superior to other WYSIWYG website creation tools. Be sure to check out YourHead.com for some little tools to help spice up your website in RapidWeaver.



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04:17
Apple Granted 49 Patents Today Covering a 3D Scanner...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 49 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover a 3D scanner/projector invention relating to a gaming console ...

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04:15
Brain-to-machine interface market to top US$200...

With the early success of consumer wearables targeting health and fitness and recent advancements in neuroscience research technology, several manufacturers are preparing to launch Brain-to-Machine Interface (BMI) products in advance of the end-of-year holiday buying season.

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04:11
Kool Tools: BP40 broadcast microphone

Audio-Technica's (www.audio-technica.com) BP40 Large-Diaphragm Broadcast Microphone is a dynamic vocal microphone with rich, clear, natural condenser-like sound for a variety of applications including radio, overdubs, post-production, podcasting and more.

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03:40
Latest OS X El Capitan beta includes more references...

We reported back in June that El Capitan beta 2 seed included assets and code references to a rumored 4K 21.5 inch Retina iMac, which would accompany the 5K 27 inch Retina iMac in the family. El Capitan beta 6 was released last night and also includes some juicy references to the as-yet-unannounced 21.5 inch Retina Mac desktop.

Consomac has digged around the OS X seed and found that Apple has included metadata for a 4K iMac screen.  The file says the iMac has a native screen resolution of...

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03:30
Tested: Six third-party Apple Watch bands

One of the greatest features of the Apple Watch is its band design: If you don’t like the band that you ordered with your Watch, just swap it out for something new. While Apple has a ton of great-looking options, its designs can be limiting if you’re not a fan of their looks, price points, or materials. Luckily, third-party Apple Watch bands have hit the market, offering more affordable leather straps, glittery sport-like bands, mixed-metal designs, and more—not just cheap $20 knock-offs of Apple’s own unique bands.

We tested six third-party bands from three different companies to find out which ones are worth pre-ordering—each of them offering something completely different from Apple’s lineup. (Don’t worry: No mullet watches found here.) Let’s take a look. 

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Adobe Photoshop CC 2015 16.0.1 - Professional image...

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

Adobe Photoshop CC 2015, the industry standard for digital image processing and editing, delivers a comprehensive package of professional retouching tools, and is packed with powerful editing features designed to inspire.



Version 16.0.1 (2015.0.1):

  • Export Options: fixes bugs, including some issues with exported images sizes
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The internet revolution has been great in last decade and it is one of the best friends for all of us. There are several portals that are specially designed to help find the best shifting service providers. By going...

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Australia's Telstra offers free Apple Music...

Australian cellular operator Telstra on Monday announced a new incentive plan that gives iPhone 6 and 6 Plus customers a one-year Apple Music subscription for free when they sign up for post paid Go Mobile services.

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19:43
Researchers reveal how to quickly turn Square Reader...

A new report out of Motherboard details how three recently graduated Boston University students have been able to easily hack the increasingly popular Square Reader. For those unfamiliar, Square Reader is an iOS accessory that allows retailers to easily accept credit and debit cards without having to spend the money on traditional point of sale terminals. Hackers have now discovered, however, a very easy way for merchants to steal card information from customers.

According to the report, the Boston University...

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18:40
Telstra offering 12 months free of Apple Music,...

Telstra, the largest carrier in Australia, has today launched a new webpage on which it reveals an exclusive offering related to Apple Music. The carrier is offering new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus customers, across both 12 month and 24 month contracts, a free year of Apple Music on its Go Mobile plans. This offering is the first of its kind for Apple Music, and also hints at a another first: carrier billing.

AT&T and Beats partnered up early on to offer carrier billing, as well as exclusive family plan pricing, but shortly following Apple’s acquisition of Beats, the partnership with AT&T...

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18:19
Active OS X 10.10 zero-day exploit installs malware...

A week after researchers discovered a new privilege escalation zero-day vulnerability in Apple's latest version of OS X 10.10.4, an exploit has appeared allowing nefarious hackers to install adware and malware onto a target Mac without requiring system passwords.

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17:45
0-day bug in fully patched OS X comes under active...

Hackers are exploiting a serious zero-day vulnerability in the latest version of Apple's OS X so they can perform drive-by attacks that install malware without requiring victims to enter system passwords, researchers said.

As Ars reported last week, the privilege-escalation bug stems from new error-logging features that Apple added to OS X 10.10. Developers didn't use standard safeguards involving additions to the OS X dynamic linker dyld, a failure that lets attackers open or create files with root privileges that can reside anywhere in the OS X file system. It was disclosed last week by security researcher Stefan Esser.

On Monday, researchers from anti-malware firm Malwarebytes said a new malicious installer is exploiting the vulnerability to surreptitiously infect Macs with several types of adware including...

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16:32
Researchers demonstrate proof of concept for...

It’s generally been accepted that Apple’s computers are much more secure than their Windows PC counterparts.

This isn’t entirely true, as a part of researchers have found that several known vulnerabilities affecting the firmware of all the top PC makers can also hit the firmware of Macs. The researchers have designed a proof-of-concept worm for the first time that would allow a firmware attack to spread automatically from MacBook to MacBook, without the need for them to be networked.

The attack, if carried out successfully, would allow someone to gain a foothold through both the firmware and operating system, the presence of malware in the...

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16:00
An Apple virtual network service: How it would work...

Citing "sources close to Apple," Business Insider reports that Apple is privately testing a U.S. mobile phone service, and is also in talks with European carriers to offer something similar. Back in 2011, Apple filed a patent regarding such a move. More on the patent in a moment.

According to Business Insider, here's how the company's mobile phone service would work: instead of paying your carrier every month, you would pay Apple directly for data, calls, and texts. Apple then provides you with everything you used to get from your carrier, but the Apple SIM switches between carriers to get the best service.

The services would be provided on an MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) basis. A MVNO is a mobile operator that doesn't own its own spectrum and usually doesn't have its own network infrastructure. Instead, MVNOs have business arrangements with traditional mobile operators to buy minutes of use for...

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15:37
“Thunderstrike 2” rootkit uses Thunderbolt...

Earlier this year, security engineer Trammell Hudson developed and showed off a proof-of-concept firmware called Thunderstrike. The malware could hitch a ride on Thunderbolt-connected accessories that used Option ROMs and infect any Mac it was connected to at boot. The infected Mac could then pass the malware to other accessories, which could infect other computers.

Apple (mostly) patched this exploit in OS X version 10.10.2 back in January, but Wired reports that Hudson and LegbaCore security researcher Xeno Kovah have developed a sequel.

Dubbed "Thunderstrike 2," the new proof-of-concept attack...

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14:55
CNS Query FileMaker plug-in revved to version 1.6

Comm-Unity Networking Systems has updated MMQuery, now called CNS Query. New in version 1.6 is 64-bit support and many bug fixes and core updates. CNS Query is available at http://tinyurl.com/q96xmx2 for both Mac OS X and Windows.

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14:09
This $9300 analog watch has an Apple Watch strapped...

I’m reviewing the Pebble Time right now, but I’ve kept wearing my Apple Watch, and let me tell you: I feel pretty silly wearing two of these things. But that’s nowhere near the pinnacle of silliness: the Pinnacle, a line of luxury Swiss-made wristwatches with an Apple Watch on the other side.

Announced Monday by California watchmaker Nico Gerard, and available for preorder, the Pinnacle watches feature a normal-looking fancy watch on one side, which you wear facing out on your wrist. It’s got a 41mm case and a date indicator, and it’s water resistant to 100 meters, but you can’t really take it that deep, because the other side, where the clasp would normally go, is an Apple Watch, which is only water resistant to 30 meters.

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14:06
iPhone gains US platform share at expense of Android...

The iPhone grew as a platform in May to 43.5 percent of the U.S. smartphone market, encroaching on Android, which shrank slightly to 52.1 percent, according to comScore research data released on Monday.

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13:42
Apple issues sixth beta of OS X El Capitan to...

Apple on Monday released a sixth developer beta of OS X El Capitan, further refining the operating system as it rapidly approaches a fall release date.

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13:38
iPhone 6s rumors: Force Touch, selfie camera,...

The yearly iPhone refresh is a fact of life, as unmistakeable a sign of fall as back-to-school sales and baseball playoffs. And one thing you can count on just as certainly as a new iPhone is the rumor mill spinning out of control leading up to its unveiling. The iPhone 6s is no exception.

To help make sense of the chaotic hearsay, we’ll collect every rumor that surfaces about the iPhone 6s, from its reported specs to its guesstimated release date, and everything in between—as well as try to discern the plausibly of the rumor. If tradition holds, expect Apple to officially announce its next flagship phone in early September. It’s going to be a long, rumor-packed summer...

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