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Tuesday May 3

10:21
Retrospect: 52% of small businesses have suffered...

A new survey sponsored by Retrospect (www.retrospect.com), makes of Retrospect Backup & Recovery software, finds that more than half of small businesses have suffered data loss, through accident, loss, failure, theft, or disaster. The survey was conducted with Google Consumer Surveys across a sample of 1,000 small businesses.
 

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10:16
Apple seeds fourth tvOS 9.2.1, iOS 9.3.2, & OS X...

Apple has released the fourth beta of its iOS 9.3.2 update to both developers and public beta testers today. OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 and tvOS 9.2.1 also saw a fourth beta release for developers today. The latest developer and public betas haven’t seen any major changes as it appears they are turning out to be more bug fix releases than anything. Simultaneous use of Low Power Mode and Night Shift had been reactivated as of iOS 9.3.2 beta 2.

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10:16
AAS releases Epicycles sound bank for Chromaphone 2...

Applied Acoustics Systems has released the Epicycles sound bank (www.applied-acoustics.com/epicycles/) for the Chromaphone 2 synthesizer and AAS Player plug-ins in collaboration with artist and sound designer Richard Devine.

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10:09
Apple releases fourth betas of iOS 9.3.2, OS X 10.11...

Apple on Tuesday issued the fourth pre-release beta builds of iOS 9.3.2, OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 and tvOS 9.2.1, giving developers the ability to test the software before its official launch. Public beta testers also got their hands on the latest builds of iOS and OS X [updated].

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10:03
Apple Seeds Fourth OS X 10.11.5 El Capitan Beta to...

Apple today seeded the fourth beta of an upcoming OS X 10.11.5 El Capitan update to developers and public beta testers, one week after releasing the third OS X 10.11.5 beta and more than a month after releasing OS X 10.11.4, the fourth update to the El Capitan operating system. OS X 10.11.5 has been in testing since April 6.

The fourth beta of OS X 10.11.5 can be downloaded through the software update mechanism in the Mac App Store or through the Apple Developer Center (developers only).

OS X 10.11.5 focuses on security enhancements, performance improvements, and bug fixes to address problems that have surfaced since the release of OS X 10.11.4. As with...

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10:03
Apple Pay picks up over 20 more US banks including...

Apple on Tuesday updated the roster of U.S. banks supporting Apple Pay with 26 new entries, such as Moody National Bank, one of the biggest headquartered in Texas with branches in Houston, Galveston, and Austin.

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10:01
About the security content of Xcode 7.3.1

This document describes the security content of Xcode 7.3.1.

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10:01
Apple Seeds Fourth Beta of iOS 9.3.2 to Developers...

Apple today released the fourth beta of an upcoming iOS 9.3.2 update to developers and public beta testers for testing purposes, one week after the release of the third iOS 9.3.2 beta and more than a month after the launch of iOS 9.3, a significant update that introduced Night Shift mode and other feature improvements. iOS 9.3.2 has been in testing since April 6.

iOS 9.3.2 beta 4 can be downloaded over-the-air using the beta configuration profile or through the Apple Developer Center.

iOS 9.3.2, as an 9.x.x update, appears to be minor in scale, focusing on bug fixes and performance improvements. iOS 9.3.2 appears to fix...

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10:00
Cyclists will love WaterField's Cycling Ride...

Cyclists know that for speed and comfort, you want to carry the bare necessities on each ride. Gary Waterfield, the founder of WaterField Designs, is an avid cyclist and designed the perfect way to carry an iPhone, keys, wallet, and even bike tools in the least amount of space. The redesigned Cycling Ride Pouch (US$79) and Club Pouch ($49) are now available for preorder and start shipping on May 20.

WaterField Designs Ride Pouch

The Ride Pouch (image above) weighs just 4 ounces (113.4 grams) empty and easily slips into a cycling jersey pocket. There's a clear screen in a separate pouch pocket for viewing and seeing your iPhone, and both external and internal mesh pockets for cash, cards and keys. Made of full-grain distressed leather with ballistic nylon, the Ride Pouch can also hold a spare tube, an air...

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09:53
Bowers & Wilkins is the trophy acquisition of a...

Ever heard of Eva Automation? Me neither. Until I got a press release from Bowers & Wilkins this morning reporting that the little-known Silicon Valley startup had acquired the renowned British manufacturer of high-end audio equipment.

Eva’s management team, on the other hand, is well known in the upper echelons of the tech industry. CEO Gideon Yu’s resume includes a partnership at the venture-capital firm Khosla Ventures, Senior VP of Finance at Yahoo, CFO at YouTube, and then the same position at Facebook. More recently, he became a co-owner of the San Francisco 49ers football team and led the team’s efforts in financing the construction of Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif, which hosted Super Bowl 50 in January.

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09:31
9to5Toys Last Call: Beats Solo2 Wireless $160,...

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09:11
BCC all mail to an OS X Server to an Email address

I’m pretty big on privacy. Actually, I don’t need much privacy; I’m an open book. But I try to be very respectful of the privacy of others. Still, there are certain valid circumstances to send all mail that goes to an OS X Server to an email address. Maybe you have an automation that picks up mail from support staff and files it into software for ticketing, maybe you have a legal hold. In many cases, it’s not my place to judge the validity of such requests; only to find ways to implement them.

To bcc all mail to an OS X Server, first disable the feature from Postfix so you can enable it in serveradmin. First, edit the postfix config file, /Library/Server/Mail/Config/postfix/main.cf. Open the file in your favorite text editor and remove the line that starts with always_bcc. Then close the file and save.

Next, run the following command to enable the option:

sudo serveradmin settings mail:postfix:always_bcc_enabled = yes

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09:01
Dish Network's traveling technicians get into...

Dish Network is finding a new purpose for its technicians in the age of streaming video.

With its new Smart Phone Repair program, Dish will send someone to your house or work to replace a broken iPhone screen or worn-out battery on site. The service is available seven days a week to anyone across the United States—whether they’re Dish TV subscribers or not—with same-day and next-day appointments. Repairs take 30 to 45 minutes.

Each iPhone battery replacement costs $40, and screen repairs range from $130 to $150, depending on the model of iPhone. Dish also charges $35 for the service call itself, which can cover the repair of multiple phones. Dish says it’s open to corporate events as well, in case companies want to repair company iPhones on a large scale.

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09:00
Our journey into the world of OneNote

Today’s post was written by Gerald B. Johnson, data support specialist at Feldwood Elementary School in College Park, Georgia.

As the data support specialist at Feldwood Elementary School, my role is to support teachers in using their students’ assessment results and to support my principal in identifying key data points for decision making. As I began planning how to facilitate these tasks effectively, I knew I would need a medium to organize, store and share the vast amount of information we collected throughout the school year. Like many of you, I was used to keeping a physical binder containing this information about my homeroom class. The problem I faced was that I was no longer in the classroom and needed to facilitate this process with over 30 teachers. The idea of thumbing through over thirty five-inch binders on a regular basis was not an appealing idea.

During the second semester of 2015, our school district purchased the Office 365 suite. My school...

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08:52
Fiat Chrysler, Google partnering on self-driving...

Google and Fiat Chrysler are on the verge of signing their rumored partnership on self-driving technology, which should begin with several dozen Pacifica minivans being equipped as prototypes, a report said on Tuesday.

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08:51
SpaceX's Red Dragon Could Soar Off on Mars...


SpaceX last week announced plans to launch a mission for Mars in 2018, with help from the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The Red Dragon, a variant of the SpaceX Dragon 2 spacecraft, will make the unmanned journey. The Falcon Heavy 9 space launch vehicle will send it on its way. The mission will gain data for NASA as part of its agreement with SpaceX. SpaceX CEO Elon is expected to disclose detailed plans for the Mars Colonial Transporter and associated architecture at a conference this summer in Mexico.

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08:50
Apple Wins a Patent for Networked iDevices acting as...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 66 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's invention covering wireless device networks with smoke detector capabilities. In addition we cover eight Apple Watch related design patents. And finally ...

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08:37
Apple Increases iPhone SE Orders Amid Growing Sales...

In line with Apple CEO Tim Cook's recent comments about "very strong" iPhone SE demand exceeding supply, the company has reportedly increased orders for the low-priced 4-inch smartphone in the second quarter of 2016.

DigiTimes claims that the second-quarter outlook for iPhone SE-related chip orders has been revised to more than 5 million units, up from 3.5-4 million, and the upward trend is expected to continue through the third quarter.

In a related report, the Taiwanese website notes that Apple has conversely lowered orders for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus due to declining sales of the...

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08:16
Apple Pay gains over 20 more banks in the US,...

We’re now more than a year and a half out from the launch of Apple Pay — Apple’s iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch-based mobile payment system — in the US, and we’re still seeing additional banks across the country regularly join the roster of participating partners. More than 20 new banks have added Apple Pay support in this round, and a new prepaid card launching in the UK today has also made the list. These are the latest banks to work with Apple Pay:

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08:15
Apple's iPhone tops TIME's "50 Most...

Original iPhone. Image via WIRED.

Those of us who have watched the changes in the world since the introduction of the iPhone in 2007 know just how influential that device has been. Whether it is the dominance of smartphones these days, the fact that most other manufacturers have copied the design of the iPhone, or the rise of the App Store economy, there's no denying that the iPhone started something big. TIME today published a list of the "50 Most Influential Gadgets of All Time", and the iPhone is at the top of the list.

The Mac made the number 3 spot on the list for how it "forever set the standard for the way human beings interact with computers," and the iPod (below) was at the number 9 spot as "...an entire generation's introduction to Apple's easy-to-use products and slick marketing." 

Two more Apple products made the list, with the iPad at the number 25 spot as being not "the first tablet, but ......

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08:08
Rumor: Apple ups iPhone SE component orders to meet...

Even with declining iPhone sales, the iPhone SE might just prove to be a hit.

A new supply chain rumor has indicated that Apple has increased orders for its new low-end iPhone SE, and plans to build more than 5 million units this quarter alone, as the company continues to struggle to keep up with demand for the 4-inch handset.

The supplies have been constrained since launch and as of Tuesday, predicted shipping times run from two to three weeks on Apple’s web site.

As a result, Apple may be upping production and it was reported that chipmakers have increased component orders for the iPhone SE.

While Apple was apparently previously planning to build between 3.5 million and 4 million iPhone SE units in the current quarter, Tuesday’s report suggests that Apple has...

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07:58
Report: India won’t let Apple sell refurbished...

Enlarge / The iPhone SE is Apple's best cheap iPhone ever, but in India even it may be too expensive. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

The Indian government won't allow Apple to sell refurbished iPhones in the country, according to a "telecommunications official" speaking to Bloomberg. Apple is currently working to open retail stores in India to expand its market presence, and selling low-cost refurbished iPhones is another part of that strategy. Apple's opponents claim that allowing the company to sell used phones in the country could undermine...

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07:48
Apple Granted Patent for All-New Ways to Implement...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 66 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover another Force Touch invention that may provide future MacBooks with added dimensions to their current Force Touch feature set that could be very cool.

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07:38
Apple and Lenovo are the fastest growing among India...

Now for some good news: the Indian government may have denied Apple’s request to sell used smartphones in the country, but the company and Lenovo are the fastest growing among India’s top 109 smart phone vendors, according to a new report from Canalys.

India’s smart phone market grew by 12% year-on-year, with 24.4 million units shipping in first quarter (Q1) of 2016, notes the research group. The top five vendors stayed the same, with Samsung in the lead, followed by Micromax, Intex, Lenovo and Lava. Lenovo grew the most; its shipments were up 63% on Q1 2015. 

Established international brands Microsoft, BlackBerry, Sony and LG were the biggest losers as the market shifted toward low-cost and value-for-money handsets. Though in eighth place, Apple continued to climb in India, increasing shipments...

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07:34
Dish Network ventures from satellite TV to iPhone...

In a surprise move, Dish -- known for its satellite television business -- on Tuesday announced an iPhone repair service, allowing people in the U.S. to have a technician come out to their location and fix their phone's screen or battery.

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07:30
Grovemade Walnut & Leather Case for iPhone SE, 6...

Grovemade Walnut & Leather Case: iPhone 6s Plus. Photo©2016, Steven Sande

There's something about the juxtaposition of Apple's glass and aluminum works of art with the natural materials of wood and leather that makes the rare handmade cases that use the nature as a source of inspiration all that much more attractive. That's the situation with Grovemade's Walnut & Leather Case ($99 for iPhone SE, $109 for iPhone 6/6s, $119 for iPhone 6/6s Plus).

Design

Image via Grovemade

The Walnut & Leather Case (also available in Maple & Leather) uses a carefully-crafted wood bumper around the sides of the iPhone with a stick-on leather back. The Walnut & Leather Case uses a black tanned leather that works just beautifully with the darker iPhone models, while the Maple & Leather Case's lighter wood and natural leather works...

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07:22
MailButler for OS X Mail gets Follow-Up feature

MailButler (https://www.feingeist.io/mailbutler), the Apple Mail assistant by Feingeist Software GmbH, has added a new feature on its list.

It's called Follow-Up, and it allows users to schedule a follow-up reminder that will notify them when there is no response to a particular email. Once the email is written, the user can just tell MailButler when he wants to be reminded, and the notification will appear on his preferred date and time. MailButler simplifies, optimizes and streamlines working with emails.

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06:57
Indian government nixes Apple’s plan to import used...

The Indian government has nixed Apple's application to import and sell refurbished iPhones, according to Bloomberg, quoting an unnamed telecommunications ministry official.

Apple wanted permission to import and sell used phones in an effort to appeal to price-conscious consumers. A similar proposal was rejected by the Indian government last year.Apple’s rivals have mounted a public campaign against the effort, arguing that such a move would trigger a flood of used electronics while defeating the government’s Make-in-India program to encourage local manufacturing, notes Bloomberg.

What’s more, within two years, all phones — including iPhones — sold in India must have a “panic button” and built-in GPS, according to a new ruling by Minister of Communications and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad.

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06:52
Apple Pay gets support for prepaid cards with Boon...

If you're an iPhone owner in the UK and your bank has yet to climb aboard the Apple Pay train -- or you don't have a compatible credit or debit card -- you now have a new prepaid option thanks to the UK launch of Wirecard's Boon mobile payment app with Apple Pay.

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06:24
Mail Designer Pro 2.6 for OS X gets expanded Mobile...

equinux has released Mail Designer Pro 2.6 for OS X with expanded Mobile Preview and automatic preflight link check.

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06:22
Apple Wins a Patent for a Revolutionary Invisible...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 66 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover yet another revolutionary idea. Apple has invented a method of creating a virtually invisible connector port on the backside of an iPhone that is concealed and able to resist water, debris or gasses.

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06:15
Indian government turns down Apple request to import...

The Indian government has reportedly denied Apple's application to import and sell refurbished iPhones, in a step that may hinder the company's ability to gain traction in the cost-sensitive local smartphone market.

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06:05
Tim Cook Defends Apple, Teases Exciting New Products...

anderzole quotes a report from BGR: Apple's earnings report last week saw the company report a year over year decline in profits for the first time since 2003. The biggest contributing factor to the decline, not surprisingly, is that year over year iPhone sales dropped by 16%. Notably, Apple's most recent quarter represents the company's first iPhone sales decline in history. Consequently, the usual contingent of pundits and analysts have come out of the woodwork, all exclaiming that we've reached 'peak iPhone' and that Apple at this point has nowhere to go but down. In an effort to inject a bit of good news and all-around optimism to a particularly negative Apple news cycle, Tim Cook earlier today appeared on CNBC with Jim Cramer where the Apple CEO teased that Apple's still has a lot of innovation left to do and some interesting items in the product pipeline. "We've got great innovation in the pipeline," Cook said to Cramer. "New iPhones that will incentivize you and other people...

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05:53
∞ Latest drone footage of Apple’s Spaceship Campus

[VIDEO] The campus is looking good. And Matthew Roberts’ production technique is evolving. Now in 4K.

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05:43
TV has lost the working class

We’re seeing a fundamental shift in TV, a move from reflection to idealism.

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05:27
Legally forcing someone to use their finger to...

The LA Times:

Authorities obtained a search warrant compelling the girlfriend of an alleged Armenian gang member to press her finger against an iPhone that had been seized from a Glendale home. The phone contained Apple’s fingerprint identification system for unlocking, and prosecutors wanted access to the data inside it.

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05:06
Apple reportedly increases iPhone SE chip orders...

A new supply chain rumor claims that Apple has increased orders for its new low-end iPhone SE, and plans to build more than 5 million units this quarter alone, as the company continues to struggle to keep up with demand for the 4-inch handset.

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05:00
Driving around the Apple Car theory

Speculation is raging that Apple will enter the automotive market with the Apple Car. Maybe so, but I think there’s a chance that it’s not going to happen — at least in the way many folks expect. However, you will see an ever-increasing Apple influence in automobiles.

In fact, a Slashdot article from way back in 2012 (yep, these Apple Car theories have been driving around for a long time) opines that Apple’s revolution should be IN your car instead of the company making its own automobiles. The article looked at the "sorry state" of car makers' stereo and navigation systems and concluded: 

"It's clear that most of the auto companies that offer more than a car stereo want to lock you into their interface and services -- as awful as they are. The rest don't care. The aftermarket stereo and nav systems are no better. Stuffed with even more buttons and light-show gewgaws, they're sure to keep your eyes off the road and...

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04:46
Nintendo claims non-Mario games chosen for mobile...

Many Nintendo fans were disappointed when the company chose to launch a new game Miitomo for its first move into mobile, rather than the popular Super Mario series. The company later revealed that it will be bringing existing Nintendo game franchises to iOS later this year, but again, no sign of Mario. Instead, we can expect Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem.

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04:42
Alleged 'iPhone 7' cable suggests Apple...

Despite a plethora of rumors and alleged design leaks suggesting Apple's next iPhone won't include a legacy headphone jack, a new part from China claimed to be for the "iPhone 7" depicts space for a 3.5-millimeter input.

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04:36
Kool Tools: Nektar MIDI controller keyboards

Nektar (www.nektartech.com) has announced two new USB MIDI controller keyboards that sport dedicated Nektar DAW integration features: the $99.99 Impact GX49 and $119.99 GX61 Controller Keyboards.
 

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04:24
China’s booming middle class bodes well for Apple,...

Apple CEO Tim Cook still sees great potential in the Chinese market despite a drop in its revenue from the country in the first quarter.

In an interview to Jim Cramer of CNBC’s Mad Money program, Cook said Monday that the middle class in China is expected to boom from 50 million people five years ago to almost 500 million in the next five years. “This is an unprecedented growth of the middle class,” said Cook, adding that he “could not be more optimistic about China.”

To a question from Cramer, Cook said it was an error by him not to to mention the figures about the burgeoning Chinese middle class during the company’s recent earnings call.

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04:13
Purported iPhone 7 component leak disagrees with...

The iPhone 7 had been rumored to be dropping the analog 3.5 mm headphone jack, in favour of wireless Bluetooth or Lightning cable headphones for audio output. However, a new iPhone 7 component leak posted on Weibo disagrees with previous reports, depicting a board that includes a 3.5mm jack (in the top right of the photo above).

The 3.5mm jack is large (relative to the thinness of the phone), dates back more than a hundred years and has been superseded in terms of signal quality by the modern digital solutions, so it is plausible that Apple would want to abandon it. However, the idea of removing the port has been controversial (with complaints about existing accessory compatibility). This Chinese...

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04:10
Calcine for OS X gets improved import dialog

Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated Calcine for Mac OS X to version 4.2.1. The new version has an improved import dialog.


The app allows you to have an algebra solver in small stripe window taking just a small portion of your Mac screen. You can use it for simple additions or for complex formula using and assigning variables and constants

Calcine 4.2.1 requires Mac OS X 10.10 or higher and costs $4.99. It’s available at the Tension Software website and the Mac App Store.

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04:09
Apple's Secretive Apple Pencil Patent about...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 66 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. Patently Apple covered dozens of Apple's smartpen patents during a time when the Apple community said it was an invention that would never, ever come to market. One interesting idea in particular found in this invention is that the pen's tip could be switched, via a touch sensitive ring around the pen, and provide the Apple Pencil with new features such as a camera ....

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04:07
IHS: automotive touch screens on the rise

With consumers becoming increasingly comfortable using smartphones and tablet PCs, touch screens are now increasingly making their way into their vehicles, too. In fact, the automotive touch panel market is expected to expand from 28 million units shipped in 2013 to 86 million in 2021, according to IHS Inc. (www.ihs.com), the leading global source of critical information and insight.

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04:02
Smartwatch report forecasts that Apple Watch will...

Business Insider report on the smartwatch market is forecasting that the Apple Watch will by 2020 account for around 40% of sales in the luxury watch market, which it defines as watches costing at least $350.

As evidence for this, it cites a consumer survey showing growing interest in the Apple Watch among owners of traditional watches, 27% of those who already wear a watch saying that the added functionality of Apple’s wearable appeals to them. The report also notes a trend away from simpler fitness bands toward full...

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04:00
AluFrame is an elegant shield case for the iPhone 6...

The AluFrame from Just Mobile is an elegant aluminum shield case for the iPhone 6 and 6s Plus. It protects the Apple smartphone from damage without hiding its design. 

The AluFrame also boasts a rubber inner lining to protect the iPhone's own aluminum bezel. It's easy to install. Fit the Apple smartphone in the piece that protects the bottom and right edges. Rotate the other arm around and snap the two segments together. To remove, just press the top of the catch mechanism and pull. Once the AluFrame is installed, you still have access to all your iPhone's ports and buttons.

The AluFrame comes with a screen protector, as well as a film to protect the back of the iPhone. As always, when using a "peel and apply" screen protector, I had a devil of a time getting rid of the air bubbles. But perhaps you're more talented than I.

My one complaint: though the Just Mobile case's interior is...

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03:51
Possible iPhone 7 Headphone Jack Depicted in New...

Amid rumors suggesting Apple is set to ditch the headphone jack in the iPhone 7, an image depicting a spare part that could be used in the device has surfaced – headphone jack included.

This morning, French site Nowhereelse.fr shared an image of a Lightning cable assembly, apparently destined for the iPhone 7, which differs in design from the same part found in the current iPhone 6s.

The assembly part is host to a number of components, including cellular antenna cables and the obligatory Lightning port, but the new design clearly shows a separate white headphone jack on the far left-hand side.

Left: purported iPhone 7 part (Image: Weibo); Right: iPhone 6s part (Image:...

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03:19
Apple Wins Patent for a Digital Newspaper. Is this...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 66 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover one of Apple's most revolutionary ideas that they've had in some time. Apple's invention covers a futuristic newspaper using a very thin flexible OLED display.

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02:20
Apple patent hints next-gen Apple Pencil to sport...

A years-old Apple patent filing might yield clues as to the company's future plans for Apple Pencil, as the document includes never before seen features like interchangeable multifunction nibs with built-in sensors.

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00:01
3 features that would make the iPhone 7 truly...

The iPhone 7 doesn't have to be mind-blowing to get us excited for an upgrade.

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00:00
PCWorld Show Episode 15: Phone-cam shoot-out, laptop...

Jon, Flo, and Gordon talk iPhone 6s vs. Galaxy S7 cameras, MacBook Pro vs. XPS 15, and if it's right to have a fully catered Burning Man without dirty hippies.

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Monday May 2

22:50
Fitbit CEO says Apple Watch 'wrong way' to...

James Park, chief executive at Fitbit, in an interview published Monday described how his company was able to withstand what many viewed as direct competition from Apple in 2015, saying the Cupertino tech giant took a wrong turn with Apple Watch.

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19:25
Apple stock posts longest losing streak in 18 years

In the aftermath of Apple's disappointing earnings report that brought news of a slowdown in worldwide iPhone sales, the company's stock price dropped for the eighth consecutive day on Monday, a losing streak not seen since 1998.

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17:51
Opinion: Smart Connector is the future but Apple...

Alongside the iPad Pro last November, Apple introduced a new connectivity option for users with the Smart Connector. Originally, Apple only touted the connection as being good for easily pairing things like keyboards to the iPad. We’ve since learned a little more about the capabilities of the three-pin connection, but overarching details are still vague.

Last month, I had the chance to try out the LOGI Base dock with Smart Connector support. Prior to using it, I was totally unaware that the Smart Connector was capable of charging the iPad Pro, albeit it at a slightly slower pace. Using the LOGI Base, however, intrigued me. What are the actual capabilities of Smart Connector?

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16:58
Australia's ANZ Bank Shoots for Humor Promoting...

ANZ with Apple Pay lets Australians use their iPhone to tap and pay with an eligible ANZ card.

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16:12
Apple CEO Tim Cook Teases 'Great Innovation...

Apple CEO Tim Cook today sat down with CNBC Mad Money host Jim Cramer, where he discussed his thoughts on innovation, the future of the iPhone and the Apple Watch, the growth of Apple services, Apple's performance in China, and more.

Last week, Apple reported its first year-over-year revenue decline since 2003, announcing $10.5 billion in profit on $50.6 billion in revenue. Apple also saw its first ever decline in year-over-year iPhone sales, leading one Wall Street analyst to claim Apple's best days are behind it.

"I couldn't disagree more," said Cook when asked about the comment, attributing the perceived sales dip to an abnormally high upgrade rate in late 2014 and 2015 as people upgraded to the iPhone 6 and pointing towards...

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16:06
Tim Cook calls Wall Street response to Q2 earnings a...

As expected, Apple CEO Tim Cook this evening appeared on CNBC’s Mad Money with Jim Cramer to discuss the recent news surrounding the company’s second quarter earnings results. The company reported $50.6 billion in revenue and $10 billion in profits, but its stock was sent into spiral. Speaking to Cramer, however, Cook defended Apple’s future and called Wall Street’s response a “huge overreaction.”

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16:06
Apple CEO Tim Cook calls doom and gloom 'huge...

In an exclusive one-on-one interview with CNBC's Jim Cramer on Monday, Apple CEO Tim Cook said concerns that the company's best days are behind it are overblown, citing optimism in China and areas of huge growth potential like India.

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16:06
Apple's CEO Talked to Mad Money's Jim...

In an interview with CNBC's Jim Cramer on Monday, Apple's CEO Cook noted that the expansion of middle class occurring in China is unlike anything that has ever occurred in the history of the world

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15:57
Fedora-Based Sugar on a Stick Is One Sweet Desktop


The Fedora 23 Sugar on a Stick desktop offering is an unusually flexible computing desktop for children of all ages, school admins and organizations looking for the best bang for absolutely no bucks on existing computer hardware. The Sugar environment is both a desktop and a collection of activities or apps that involve user engagement. Activities automatically save results to a journal. Users can add comments and share the activity instances with other users. Many of these activities support real-time collaboration.

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15:40
∞ Transcript of Tim Cook’s interview on CNBC

Here is a transcript from Tim Cook’s interview on CNBC this afternoon. I think Tim did a great job explaining the latest quarter’s numbers. He really put things in perspective. [...]

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14:32
Opinion: MacBook Pro owners, it’s time to consider a...

If you own a MacBook Pro with Retina Display and desire extra screen real estate, then a 4K monitor can be a good investment, especially as the price of such monitors continue to dwindle.

Why should you consider a 4K display instead of a cheaper monitor with lesser resolution? It all boils down to clarity. more…

Filed under: iOS Devices Tagged: 4k, 4K Monitor, 4k monitors, BenQ, Dell, Dell 4K, HiDPI, MacBook Pro,...

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14:30
AWT News Update: May 2, 2016

A variety of news bits for today from around the world of Apple, from Cupertino to Brazil:

  • Apple has added transit directions for Rio de Janeiro to the Maps app in anticipation of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games
  • Brazil puts Facebook's WhatsApp Messenger service on hold for 72 hours as punishment for having good encryption
  • Hulu is apparently moving forward on a live TV streaming service
  • New drone footage of Apple's Campus 2 shows construction is really moving along for the planned early 2017 opening

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for May 2, 2016.

It is a world of Apple, and today we’ll start off with news from...

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14:10
Notable apps and app updates for May 2, 2016

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

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

Ensenasoft has introduced MOP: Operation Cleanup 1.0, an arcade runner for Mac OS X. 

To save the world players must sweep the area for trash and run, jump, swim and slide their way through each world, destroying enemies and obstacles blocking their path. You can explore five worlds with 50 missions. 

MOP: Operation Cleanup 1.0 requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later. It costs $4.99 and is available at the Mac App Store.

VideoTweet is a new app for Mac OS X with one...

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14:09
Facebook Messenger testing Snapchat-style...

Facebook is considering a new feature so that not every message your send on its Messenger app will live forever.

On Monday, screenshots revealed a potential version of Facebook Messenger on iOS where users can set a time-limit for their messages to remain visible after being sent. According to the screenshots, Messenger users will have the option to enable disappearing messages on the iOS app and set a time-limit for the messages to disappear after one minute, after 15 minutes, after one hour, after four hours, or after a day. The screenshots were posted on Twitter by @iOSAppChanges and were picked up by VentureBeat.

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13:28
Canon’s new entry-level DSLR is good enough for its...

If you or someone you know is in the market for an entry level DSLR, you can’t go too far wrong with the Canon Rebel line. At the “DSLR for Beginners” photography classes I teach, well over 75% of the students use some variation of the Rebel.

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13:27
Apple CEO Tim Cook to appear on CNBC's '...

In a rare TV appearance, Apple CEO Tim Cook will take part in an interview on Monday night's episode of Mad Money with Jim Cramer on CNBC, scheduled for 6 p.m. Eastern.

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13:23
Quitter: a new Mac app from the creator of...

Marco Arment is well known for working at Tumblr, creating Instapaper and Overcast, and for being a fairly prolific podcaster. Needless to say, he’s dabbled his toes in lot of different areas. One area that has remained virtually untouched by Arment is, oddly enough, the Mac.

As someone whose name is so synonymous with iOS development, it’s surprising that Quitter, a brand new app based around auto-quitting distracting apps after a set period of inactivity, is Arment’s first app release for the Mac. more…

Filed under: Apps, Mac Tagged: Mac App, Marco Arment, Quitter...

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13:07
RadTech releases ProCable UHD Lightning cables

RadTech has always had good stuff and this could come in handy.

The company has just released the ProCable UHD Lightning, a charge and sync cable for all Lightning port-equipped devices. The cable itself is braided to prevent tangling and uses oversized, crush-proof aluminum connectors, yet is designed to last longer than most Lightning cables to date.

The ProCable UHD Lightning arrives in 18″, 6 foot and 10 foot lengths, which retail for $12.95, $16.95 and $24.95, respectively and are warranted for life.

If you’ve tried the ProCable UHD Lightning and have any feedback to offer, let us know in the comments.

Via RadTech

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13:06
Tim Cook to appear on CNBC tonight

Jim Cramer tweeted today that Tim will join him on the show tonight. It’s always good hearing from Tim.

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12:59
Apple CEO Tim Cook to appear in interview on CNBC’s...

Apple CEO Tim Cook is set to appear on CNBC’s Mad Money program tonight following Apple’s Q2 earnings earlier this month where the company reported declines across the board.

more…

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12:53
Apple CEO Tim Cook to Speak With Jim Cramer on CNBC...

Apple CEO Tim Cook will appear on CNBC's Mad Money this evening, where he will speak with host Jim Cramer. On the show, Cook is expected to discuss Apple's future in China, his outlook on innovation, what's next for the iPhone, Apple Watch, and Apple services, and whether Apple is pursuing any potential acquisitions.

GUESS WHO'S BACK? The man behind the BIG Apple CEO @tim_cook, is here for an exclusive with @JimCramer tonight! pic.twitter.com/ve5VrWPB91

— Mad Money On CNBC (@MadMoneyOnCNBC) May 2, 2016 Cook last spoke with Cramer in March of 2015, where he...

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12:51
∞ Watch a master glassblower form a Venetian wine...

I have no interest in actually doing it but watching glass being blown has always fascinated me.

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12:49
HP Chromebook 13 Wins High Praise - for a Chromebook


HP and Google last week unveiled the HP Chromebook 13. Designed with input from customers on what they want in a next-generation Chromebook, the device is about 13 mm thick, weighs 2.8 pounds, has a brushed anodized aluminum chassis, and is the first Chromebook to use Intel's sixth-generation Core M processors. It has a USB C port, and HP offers a USB-C docking station as an option at $145. The docking station lets users hook up the Chromebook 13 to dual high-definition displays, full-sized keyboards and wired networks.

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12:42
Take a tour of Tokyo’s crazy Akihabara Electric Town...

I remember being in Akihabara during the last Macworld Expo Toyko. Utterly mind blowing space. At 6’3″ tall, I felt like Godzilla wandering through the cramped electronics aisle and being overwhelmed by the amazing variety of everything electronic you could imagine. If you’re an electronics or gadget fan, you owe it to yourself to visit.

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12:25
Brazilian judge orders WhatsApp blocked for 72 hours...

As of Monday afternoon, WhatsApp Messenger will be blocked in Brazil for 72 hours over a dispute about access to encrypted data, according to reports.

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12:23
Why your iPhone-unlocking fingerprint is susceptible...

Should you be able to plead the Fifth when a judge forces you to use your fingerprints to unlock an iPhone?

That’s the latest ongoing debate in a Los Angeles courtroom after a judge compelled a woman in custody to use Touch ID to unlock an iPhone. Legal experts are arguing that this goes against the Fifth Amendment’s protection against self-incrimination because the authorities would then have access to potentially-incriminating personal data stored on the device.

The debate started after authorities obtained a search warrant for Paytsar Bkhchadzhyan, the girlfriend of a suspected Armenian gang member, to use her fingerprints to unlock an iPhone seized from a home in Glendale, California. The iPhone in question was enabled with Touch ID sensor technology.

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11:50
'Dark Souls' developer eyes possible...

From Software has made it very clear that Dark Souls is over, so that means it's time to look forward to a new franchise. This could very well include a new IP to be released on the upcoming PlayStation VR.

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11:45
Leef iACCESS microSD card reader for iOS devices:...

Leef iACCESS microSD card reader. Photo©2016, Steven Sande

There are a growing number of accessories that use the microSD card standard as storage for photos and videos. These tiny cards can store up to 200GB on a card the size of a fingernail, which explains their popularity in action cameras like the GoPro and on a growing number of drones. Leef now has an iOS microSD reader called iACCESS (US$49.99) that speeds the transfer of video and photos from your favorite cams to your iPhone or iPad, and can also act as virtually unlimited storage for your device by simply popping in other cards.

Design

iACCESS uses a "J" design similar to the company's popular iBridge USB/Lightning storage device, but it's a bit wider on the vertical part of the "J". That width is apparently there for stability of the iACCESS when connected, as well as...

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11:43
Apple's Mac reaches 9.2% share on the web as...

New data from Net Applications shows that Apple's installed base of Mac users now account for 9.2 percent of the conventional PCs used online, as Microsoft's Windows platform falls to a new low among online users.

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11:42
I’m sick and tired of the latest round of ‘Apple is...

Give me a break. Look at some of the fear-mongering headlines over the past few days: “2016: Make or break for Apple,” “Apple Investors Worry That Glory Days Are Over,” “Is Apple’s Streak Over?,”  "The end of iPhone's glory days?," and "Is Apple's innovation pipeline drying up?'

Did Apple have a disappointing second fiscal quarter? Yes. Is that any indication of doom or a lack of innovation...

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11:41
Coach to make 9 bands for Apple Watch for $150 each...

More details continue to emerge on luxury fashion brand Coach's plans to release a lineup of leather bands for the Apple Watch, set to come in nine different styles when they launch later this year.

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11:29
UK's proposed nuclear plant is one of the...

Nuclear power has been around for decades, but it still isn't cheap... in fact, it may result in one of the most expensive objects on the planet. Cost estimates for the UK's proposed Hinkley Point C reactor have crept up to £24 billion (about $...

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11:21
Google’s 2015 Webspam Report

Below are some of the webspam insights we gathered in 2015, including trends we’ve seen, what we’re doing to fight spam and protect against those trends, and how we’re working with you to make the web better.

Some interesting information in here.

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11:09
If Siri Eyes free intrigues you, check out the...

AWT recently reported that FCA Uconnect, a North American automaker, is releasing a new complimentary software update designed to add Apple Siri Eyes Free capability to the vehicle's Uconnect system. If that intrigues you, you might also want to check out a nifty steering wheel-mounted accessory: the $49.95 BluClik Remote from iSimple. I thought you might want to highlight it if you haven’t already covered similar/competing devices. 

It’s a Bluetooth remote that connects to an iPhone (as well as Android devices) separately from a car’s speakerphone Bluetooth connection. It sports a button that enables Siri after a long press, as well as play/pause, track forward/backward, and phone volume controls. As long as your phone is connected to the car’s...

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11:00
More Coach designer Apple Watch band photos +...

Last week a rumor surfaced that designer brand Coach has a collection of Apple Watch bands in the works for later this year, and today the source of that report, Haute Écriturehas additional details to share including new photos.

more…

Filed under: Apple Watch Tagged: Apple watch, coach...

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10:56
Rumor: iPhone 7 could sport a Smart Connector

The Japanese site Mac Otakara says the upcoming iPhone 7 (the mock-up is courtesy of iPhone-Tricks.com) will sport a Smart Connector, which could mean a Smart Keyboard for the next gen Apple smartphone.

The Smart Connector — introduced with the iPad Pro — allows peripherals to be attached magnetically and requires no cords, pairing, or plugs. The Smart Keyboard is made by Apple and attaches to the iPad Pro (both sizes) to offer a physical keyboard.

Odds on the iPhone 7 having a Smart Connector and Smart Keyboard: 30%. I don't think it will happen. Do we really need a physical keyboard for our smartphone — even if it’s one of the iPhone 6s Plus models? 

Tonality CK - the best Mac app for working with monochrome photography

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10:44
The Rock wants you to wake up and smell what he...

It can be difficult to get up and going in the morning, especially on Mondays. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has no trouble in the motivation department, and the actor/pro wrestler is looking to lend a hand with your morning routine. The Rock Clock is an...

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10:37
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 2...

Notable software releases this week include Lightroom CC 2015.5.1 and Lightroom 6.5.1, OmniOutliner 4.5.2, HoudahGeo 5.0, and iMovie 10.1.2.

 

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10:36
ExtraBITS for 2 May 2016

In this week’s ExtraBITS, Apple has redesigned its support Web site, there’s a battle brewing over emoji, and the iPhone Upgrade Program is now available online.

 

Read the full article at TidBITS, the oldest continuously published technology publication on the Internet. To get a full-text RSS feed, help support our work and become a TidBITS member! Members also enjoy an ad-free version of our Web site, email delivery of individual articles, the ability to make long comments with live links, and discounts on Take Control orders and other Apple-related products.

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10:24
The CIA thought live-tweeting the bin Laden raid was...

Tweeting a historical event as it happened can be enlightening, such as when the History Channel reenacted the sinking of the Titanic. It provides the context and time scale that you might miss reading a news story. However, the CIA just showed why t...

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10:04
External Link: Apple Redesigns Support Site

You probably don’t visit it every day, but the next time you’re looking for help from Apple, you’ll find a redesigned Apple Support site. The new site features a prominent search field at the top before breaking the page into blocks for browsing by product, popular topics, Apple Support Communities, warranty and repair information, contacting Apple support, getting help via Twitter, signing up for in-store workshops, and listing exchange and repair extension programs. The site degrades nicely on small-screen devices, but the main page requires so much scrolling that we worry people will get lost or confused before they find the right section.

 

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10:03
Apple's Jony Ive previews The Met's '...

The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute on Monday took the wraps off its 'Manus x Machina' exhibit -- the focal point of this year's Met Gala -- and Apple design chief Jony Ive was on hand for the introduction.

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10:00
eBay refreshing mobile apps with updated design +...

eBay has begun rolling out major UI and overall app improvements to its mobile applications today. Most notable will be both iOS and Android apps seeing a redesign of the main navigation menu. Previous versions of both mobile apps utilized a custom navigation menu: a mix between a top navigation bar and hamburger menu. The app update rolling out from today utilizes standard UI navigation elements for both iOS and Android. Android will be seeing the update released today, and the iOS update will be available in the coming days.

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09:57
Under the Shadow of Steve Jobs: Why Trump May Be...


One of the frustrating things for me during Steve Jobs' time was that most of the folks who watched Apple go from nearly dead to the most valuable company in the world didn't seem to see anything really unusual. It was more like they were watching a great tennis player and seemingly concluding, "damn, what luck!" As Liam Neeson says in the movie Taken, it requires a particular set of skills to do what Jobs did. While not as smooth, refined or product-focused as Jobs was, Donald Trump is showcasing that same set of skills.

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09:48
Apple Campus 2 Drone Video Shows Major Progress on...

With much of the ring-shaped main building completed at Apple's second campus and auxiliary buildings taking shape, construction progress from month-to-month is ramping up. Drone pilot Duncan Sinfield has captured new aerial video of Apple Campus 2, allowing us to get a look at changes that have been made to the campus since April.

Significant work has been done on the 100,000 square foot fitness center, where Apple employees will be able to work out and stay healthy. A stone facade is now in place and the building looks to be nearing completion.

There are new cranes in the area, which are being used to finish up some of the main structure. Additional solar panels have been lifted into place on the roof of the building, more windows have gone up, and more window canopies have been installed. Parking structures are also...

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09:30
9to5Toys Last Call: iPad mini 4 $299, 15-inch Retina...

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09:24
Apple Maps adds public transit directions for Rio de...

People in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro can now access public transit directions through Apple Maps, an addition presumably geared towards the 2016 Summer Olympics, which start on August 5.

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09:19
Will Apple's Expected TV Subscription Service...

This January we posted a report titled "Apple's Eddy Cue is on a Mission to Win Original TV Shows for Future Apple TV Service Bundle," wherein we noted that one plan is to have deals in place so Apple could announce exclusive content as part of a cable-like TV offering in September...

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09:07
Judge Grants Search Warrant Forcing Woman to Unlock...

For the first time in a federal case, authorities in a Los Angeles courtroom have issued a search warrant forcing a woman to bypass her iPhone's biometric security using Apple's Touch ID system (via LA Times). The woman in question -- Paytsar Bkhchadzhyan -- was arrested due to charges of identity theft and had previous strings of various criminal convictions.

According to jail records, U.S. Magistrate Judge Alicia Rosenberg signed the Touch ID-related search warrant about 45 minutes after Bkhchadzhyan was taken into custody on February 25. By the afternoon of her arrest, the suspect pleaded no contest to the charges of identity theft and gave the court her fingerprint to unlock the iPhone.

Police recovered Bkhchadzhyan's smartphone at the residence of her boyfriend, Sevak Mesrobian, known to be the...

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08:52
Jony Ive opens Apple sponsored Met Gala event in NYC

Last fall we learned that Apple would sponsor this year’s Met Gala with Jony Ive serving as a co-chair for the event. Today the Chief Design Officer at Apple is in New York City speaking before an audience ahead of the annual fundraising event tonight.

more…

Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Jony Ive, met Gala ...

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08:18
Watch: Apple's 2016 MacBook vs. 2015 MacBook in...

Apple was able to squeeze out an extra hour of battery life and modest performance gains from its second-generation 12-inch MacBook, but is that enough to warrant an upgrade from the 2015 model? Find out in AppleInsider's head-to-head video.

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08:16
Apple Fans attending the Olympic Games in Rio will...

Getting ahead of the Summer Olympics in Rio that starts on August fifth, Apple has just added Rio de Janeiro their transit map app ...

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08:03
Rumor: iPhone 7 to incorporate slightly larger...

A current rumor has it that the next-gen iPhone may include a slightly larger battery than the current generation iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. It’s been posted that the handset will ship with a 1735 mAH capacity and iPhone 7 Plus will feature a 2810 mAH battery. On both models, this is slightly more than the current-generation iPhones. The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have batteries with 1715 mAH and 2750 man, respectively.

The iPhone 7 is said to share a similar appearance to the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus models, but incorporate a thinner body and redesigned antennas. A major chassis design change is currently expected for the ‘iPhone 8’ in 2017.

Battery capacity and battery life are different things of course. Although additional capacity gives the device more...

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08:00
Killer Deals: Apple's 12" MacBooks for $...

Matching the lowest prices we've ever seen, readers this week can save $300 instantly and grab one of Apple's remaining early 2015 12" MacBooks for just $999 with free shipping and no sales tax for customers outside NY. Or grab a remaining 2015 13" MacBook Air for $799.

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07:58
Hulu could beat Apple to the punch with live TV...

Hulu -- currently an on-demand platform -- could soon join the ranks of internet-based live TV providers, increasing the challenge for Apple's rumored entry into the same arena.

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07:57
Hulu Planning Live Cable TV Service With Partners...

Streaming service Hulu is said to be working on a new subscription model that would provide customers with cable-style access to popular broadcast television networks.

In a report by The Wall Street Journal, sources close to the plan said the company's move would directly introduce Hulu as "a competitor to traditional pay-TV providers," in addition to streaming-only services like Netflix and Amazon Prime.

Hulu's current launch estimate for the cable-like service is sometime early in 2017, and a few partners are already mentioning interest in the program. Disney and Fox are said to be close to signing agreements to provide "many of their channels" to Hulu and its subscribers on the live platform. Some of their networks include ABC, ESPN, Disney Channel, Fox's basic broadcast channels, Fox News, and FX.

The company's ultimate goal with the new service...

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07:43
FBI should disclose iPhone vulnerability to Apple,...

Infamous NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has once again weighed in on the Apple-FBI battle, this time saying that the bureau should disclose the vulnerability used to crack the San Bernardino iPhone in the interest of national cybersecurity.

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07:31
Chinese report indicates iPhone 7 to have slightly...

A Weibo report has surfaced that indicates the iPhone 7 may have a slightly larger battery than the current generation iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. According to the poster, the iPhone 7 will include a battery with a 1735 mAH capacity and iPhone 7 Plus will feature a 2810 mAH battery. On both models, this is (slightly) more than the current-generation iPhones. The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have batteries with 1715 mAH and 2750 mAH respectively.

The iPhone 7 is rumored to look very similar to the current iPhone, with a thinner body and redesigned antennas. A...

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07:29
With a Simple Warrant, You can be forced to unlock...

The U.S. Supreme Court has held that police can search phones with a valid warrant and compel a person in custody to provide physical evidence such as fingerprints without a judge's permission.

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07:25
Mini Review: Schatzii Bullet – tiny, stylish,...

If there was one thing I would have sworn you could never interest me in trying, it was yet another Bluetooth earpiece. There are about a zillion of these available (well, 45,322 according to Amazon), and for the most part my view has always been that if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen ’em all. Stick them in your ear and get tinny, one-eared sound that is hopeless for music but does the job for hands-free phone calls when you don’t have access to an installed setup in your car.

But I had to admit that the Schatzii Bullet is rather smaller and more stylish than most, with a cute charging system that goes some way toward making up for the somewhat limited battery-life that inevitably accompanies such a small device. It seemed worth a try …

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06:57
Court orders woman to use her fingerprint to unlock...

Here we go again. A Los Angeles court has okayed a warrant for the FBI forcing a woman to unlock an iPhone equipped with Apple's Touch ID fingerprint technology, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The woman is the girlfriend of an alleged Armenian gang. The court order compelled her to press her finger against an Apple iPhone that had been seized by the FBI. The phone contained Apple's fingerprint identification system for unlocking, and prosecutors wanted access to the data inside it.

This “marked a rare time that prosecutors have demanded a person provide a fingerprint to open a computer, but experts expect such cases to become more common as cracking digital security becomes a larger part of law enforcement work,” adds the Times.

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06:54
Apple Campus 2 drone flyover shows progress on the...

In the latest drone flyover video of Apple’s under-construction Campus 2, this one sent in by Matthew Roberts, we get a close-up look at progress made in recent weeks on the new Apple headquarters set to open early next year.

more…

Filed under: AAPL Company Tagged: Apple, Cupertino, drone, flyover, Glass, May, R&D, Solar panels...

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06:41
Next-Gen Apple Store Opened in Littleton Colorado...

The Aspen Grove Apple Store in Littleton Colorado re-opened over the weekend with ...

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06:37
VideoTweet for OS X designed to imply sending videos...

VideoTweet (http://www.arcticwhiteness.com/videotweet/) is a new app for Mac OS X with one objective – to provide a simple way of sending videos to Twitter.

It’s designed to handle all the details of uploading a video with your tweet. Videos can be dragged to the standalone application. However, it also supports sharing from iPhoto, QuickTime and Final Cut Pro. X

VideoTweets is free; however, tweets will contain a link back to the developers site. Register for approximately $3.45, and the link will disappear.

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06:30
MOP: Operation Cleanup is new arcade runner for OS X

Ensenasoft (www.ensenasoft.com) has introduced MOP: Operation Cleanup 1.0, an arcade runner for Mac OS X.

To save the world players must sweep the area for trash and run, jump, swim and slide their way through each world, destroying enemies and obstacles blocking their path. You can explore five worlds with 50 missions.

MOP: Operation Cleanup 1.0 requires Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later. It costs $4.99 and is available at the Mac App Store (https://itunes.apple.com/app/mop-operation-cleanup/id1064622094).

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06:23
Los Angeles court orders woman to unlock Touch ID-...

Through a Los Angeles court, the FBI recently obtained a warrant forcing a woman to unlock an iPhone equipped with Apple's Touch ID fingerprint technology, according to a report.

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06:19
Okta offers Touch ID-based multifactor...

Okta, a San Francisco-based identity management startup, announced Monday a bunch of updates to its products that are aimed at improving its offerings on mobile devices. 

Okta Verify, the company's two-factor authentication product, now supports Touch ID for user authentication. What that means is that users who get a push notification sent to their iPhone in order to approve a login can now authenticate the attempt using their fingerprint. It's an added level of security on top of the two-factor authentication capabilities in Verify, which is useful for organizations that want to keep logins even more secure without worrying about inconveniencing users. 

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06:16
App Delete Lite for OS X gets revamped user...

Reggie Ashworth (http://www.reggieashworth.com/appdeletelite) has announced AppDelete Lite 4.0.4, an update to his Mac deletion utility.

Via drag and drop, AppDelete Lite will uninstall anything along with all of the associated items. Version 4.0.4 sports a revamped interface and a revised workflow. It also finds more files than ever before thanks to an improved algorithm.

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06:00
NetMarketShare: OS X up substantially in April,...

According to the latest market share survey from NetMarketShare, the market share for Mac OS X rose in April, while that of iOS dipped.

According to the report, among desktop operating systems, Mac OS X had 9.2% of the global market share in April, up substantially from 7.77% percent in March (that’s global market share; in the US it’s over 13%). This is an an all-time high by NetMarketShare’s measurements. Windows remains dominant with 89.23% as of April.

iOS had 28.62% of the mobile operating system market share in April, down from 32.28% in March. This compares to 61.8% for Android, 3.96% for Windows Phone, and 2.1% for Java ME. The all-time high for iOS was in July 2012 with 65.94%

NetMarketShares’ monthly surveys don’t measure market share in terms of computer systems sold. Instead they sample data from visitors to some 40,000 web sites operated by their clients. And note that NetMarketShare’s numbers...

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05:28
Apple's Fingerprint Sensor Home Button could be...

Last February we posted an Apple patent report that presented an alternative Touch ID methodology wherein users would be able to use the full device display as a fingerprint scanner as opposed to using the Home Button where Touch ID resides today. Today we learn that...

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05:27
Comment: Atari co-founder’s ‘easy to learn,...

I’m not much of a gamer, but I think Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell may have put his finger on what is often missing from mobile games – a lesson he last week told the Guardian many have yet to learn from the early arcade games.

“When you look at mobile and arcade gaming, they’re identical,” Bushnell says. “Mobile has some of the same game constraints for the player, and that ‘easy to learn, and difficult to master’ metric.” This common phrase is, as it happens, known as ‘Bushnell’s law’ – he first uttered it in 1971 while making his preliminary steps into the arcade business with seminal coin-op Computer Space.com

That lesson – dating back to the days when Apple co-founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak created Breakout for Atari – was something arcade games designers had to learn if they...

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05:00
Scrivener 2: 50% off in the Deals Shop today and...

Here's a deal that anyone thinking about writing a novel should not pass up. All day today and tomorrow -- May 2 and 3 -- the best Mac app for writing novels and scripts, Scrivener 2, is on sale for 50% off. That means you get Scrivener 2 for just $22.50 instead of the usual $45.

Scrivener is more than just a writing app; it includes tools for storyboarding, project management, and research as well. During the course of writing your book or play, Scrivener keeps versions in place in case you wish to go back to a previous version that was more compelling or accurate. The storyboarding...

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04:55
The Northern Spy: Quo Vadis

By Rick Sutcliffe

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04:31
Tension Software announces CryptoEdit 2.1 for OS X

Tension Software (www.tensionsoftware.com) has updated CryptoEdit for Mac OS X to version 2.1.

It’s an application for creating and editing “encrypted by default” documents. It can manage TEXT, RTF and RTFD (with images) format. CryptoEdit saves documents on disk always as encrypted.

It’s designed as a solution to manage reserved documents with formatted text and images. Version 1.1 provides autolock of documents when in background, a better lock of documents, enhanced startup options, and improved working “As a Service” from other applications.

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04:30
Forget the Apple Car; I want my iMow and my iSaw

Forget the Apple Car. I want Apple to enter the lawnmower, chainsaw and weed eater markets.

For years I've used Apple products and they work 99.9% of the time with no fuss. Not so with all the yard equipment I've owned.

For instance, my Yard Mower quit on me last week. I was mowing my lawn with the push mower, which had been treated to fresh oil and some nice ethanol-free gas. Despite the love bestowed up on it, it belched once and refused to do any more work. It's been on strike since that day.

Last autumn I was using a chainsaw to slice up some small, fallen trees in the yard. The chainsaw fell apart. Literally. The bar detached itself from the body and fell to the ground. Apparently, it was a mechanical suicide.

And don't get me started on weed eaters. They only work when they feel like it.

Admittedly, I'm not mechanically inclined when it comes to small engine repair. And Apple certainly isn't going to enter this market.

Too bad. I can...

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04:30
Envoy Pro EX is a slick and handy solid state drive...

Other World Computing's OWC Envoy Pro EX is one of the slickest solid state drive solutions around and a fine accessory for Macs with limited storagecapacity. Designed for high performance storage and/or backup, it's powerful and portable -- small enough, in fact, to fit into a coat pocket, backpack, or briefcase.

Inside the Envoy Pro EX is a SandForce Driven OWC Aura Pro 6G SSD that offers real world sustained reads up to 436MB/s and writes up to 429MB/s. The USB 3.0 interface can bus-power the drive so an AC power adapter isn’t required.

Aura Pro SSDs utilize Tier-1 Synchronous NAND instead of the commonly utilized Asynchronous NAND. Synchronous NAND enables reads and writes to be "synced" with the SSD processor's clock signal for maximum data throughput. 

Additionally, the Aura Pro SSD utilizes DuraWrite Technology and intelligent block management to ensure endurance and...

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04:23
Kool Tools: Atelier Folio for the Apple MacBook

WaterField Designs’ elegant, refined leather $109 Atelier Folio is a perfect match for the recently upgraded Apple MacBook 12-inch laptop.

The simple, heirloom quality leather laptop sleeve—custom fit to MacBook 12-inch dimensions—cradles the laptop in premium leather cut by WaterField’s skilled artisans from one hide. Inside the laptop sleeve, red Ultrasuede scratch-free microfiber caresses the MacBook's frame, protecting it from the bumps and scrapes of everyday office wear.

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04:06
FBI granted federal court warrant forcing suspect to...

For the first time in a federal case, a suspect has been ordered to use her fingerprint to unlock her iPhone using Touch ID. The LA Times reports that a federal judge signed a warrant allowing the FBI to compel a suspect in an identity theft case to to unlock the phone just 45 minutes after her arrest.

Authorities obtained a search warrant compelling the girlfriend of an alleged Armenian gang member to press her finger against an iPhone that had been seized from a Glendale home […]

In the Glendale case, the FBI wanted the fingerprint of Paytsar Bkhchadzhyan, a 29-year-old woman from L.A. with a string of criminal convictions who pleaded no contest to a felony count of identity theft.

The warrant is consistent with a 2014 case where a Virginia District...

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04:00
Today is Baby Day; celebrate accordingly with these...

Today is Baby Day, which celebrates, well, babies. At least I think it does. I couldn’t find any info on the origin of this “holiday,” but, hey, a day that celebrates the enjoyment and care of young infants is a good thing. To celebrate, I’ve picked out three baby related apps for the Mac and three for iOS devices.

Available at the Mac App Store:

Baby Tracker is a $0.99 app that allows you track your pregnancy and estimate when the new addition will make his or her entrance into the world. You can track weight, height, head circumference, heart beat, BMI, and more.

 

Gestational Age is a $8.99 due date calculator. It’s designed for gynecologists and obstetricians, but can also be used by expectant moms.

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03:30
The 10 Mac games you need to play from April 2016

April's Mac games

What always impresses me each month as I put together our picks for new Mac game releases is how diverse of a selection we have each and every few weeks. For example, April’s selections are headlined by a strategic role-playing game set against the end of the world, a frantic co-op shooting game with fantastical weapons, and a tough-as-nails puzzler about cooking sausages.

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Sunday May 1

16:10
The Government Wants Your Fingerprint To Unlock...

schwit1 quotes this report from the Daily Gazette: "As the world watched the FBI spar with Apple this winter in an attempt to hack into a San Bernardino shooter's iPhone, federal officials were quietly waging a different encryption battle in a Los Angeles courtroom. There, authorities obtained a search warrant compelling the girlfriend of an alleged Armenian gang member to press her finger against an iPhone that had been seized from a Glendale home. The phone contained Apple's fingerprint identification system for unlocking, and prosecutors wanted access to the data inside it. It marked a rare time that prosecutors have demanded a person provide a fingerprint to open a computer, but experts expect such cases to become more common as cracking digital security becomes a larger part of law enforcement work. The Glendale case and others like it are forcing courts to address a basic question: How far can the government go to obtain biometric markers such as fingerprints and hair?"

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15:58
Latest 'Shot on iPhone' ad uses Mother...

Apple on Sunday released a new TV commercial, making use of the upcoming Mother's Day holiday to further its "Shot on iPhone" marketing campaign.

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15:21
Why Your Bits Might Be Flipped (and What to Do about...

We all experience misunderstandings about technology from time to time. Joe Kissell explains why it’s not your fault, and how he approaches the subject of tech misconceptions in his new book, “Are Your Bits Flipped?”.

 

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12:49
Apple Debuts New 'Shot On iPhone' Ad...

A week ahead of Mother's Day, Apple has launched a new commercial centering around a collection of images and video of mothers interacting with their children. The spot continues Apple's "Shot on iPhone" advertising campaign, with each piece captioned by the amateur iPhone user who captured the moment.

Apple began its "Shot on iPhone" campaign early in 2015, showcasing images collected from both professional and amateur photographers around the world. More recently, Apple's iPhone campaign has focused on portraying the features of the device, like Touch ID and Siri.

Related Roundup: iPhone 6s
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11:30
Apple's Smartwatch Draws Competition And A Very...

Apple's share of the smartwatch market actually started declining in 2016, dropping down to just 52.4% (down from 63%), according to Business Insider. And following up on Apple's first drop in earnings in over 10 years, Slashdot reader Zanadou shares a Gizmodo's latest story about the Apple Watch.

"I stopped wearing it two months ago, and I'm not sure if I'll ever wear it again. That's because it doesn't really do anything that anyone needs, and even when it does, it doesn't always work like it's supposed to. Here are some things I learned over the past year of strapping the screen vibrator to my wrist."

The article describes wanting to try a new form factor, but ending up confused by the watch's two-button interface (where the buttons perform multiple functions). Gizmodo's writer complains that "there's literally no comfortable way to actually use it," and while he did appreciate things like the time-of-sunrise feature and the ability to read text messages on your...

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11:21
Take Control of Slack Basics: Chapter 9, Search...

A messaging system is only as good as its search feature because you will need to refer back to previous discussions. Happily, Slack offers a powerful and flexible search that you can use to find any content to which you have access. You can even refine your searches by channel or conversation, by person, by date, and by emoji! Glenn Fleishman explains all in this week’s chapter.

 

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11:20
Chapter 9 of “Take Control of Slack Basics” Available

One of the advantages of Slack is that it archives all of your team chatter so you can find essential discussions later on. In this week’s chapter, Glenn Fleishman tells you how to search your Slack’s messages effectively.

 

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11:03
Apple, Samsung, Facebook, Amazon & the case of...

Apple's fiscal Q2 earnings were the company's "worst ever" of the last decade in terms of year-over-year growth, but not in terms of actual commercial activity during the first three months of 2016. Take a closer look at Apple and three other firms: Samsung, Facebook and Amazon.

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11:02
Apple shares new ‘Shot on iPhone’ ad for Mother’s Day

Apple today uploaded its latest ad to YouTube. The ad returns to the company’s popular “Shot on iPhone” campaign and focuses on Mother’s Day, which is one week away from today. The touching video comes in at 30-seconds long and follows two new iPhone 6s ads from last week, one that highlighted the device’s 4K camera and one that showed off Touch ID.

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09:00
MacRumors 2016 Blood Drive

MacRumors is pleased to announce the Seventh Annual MacRumors Blood Drive, throughout the month of May 2016. Our goal every year is to save lives by increasing the number of life-saving blood and platelet donations. While most blood drives are specific to a geographic location, our blood drive is online and worldwide. To date we have recorded donations of over 300 units of blood and platelets.

Led by CEO Tim Cook, Apple supports health, relief, and charity efforts, including the recent Apps for Earth promotion. The MacRumors Blood Drive is run by the staff and volunteers of MacRumors.

We ask that you:

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08:44
Apple's CEO doesn't see Carl Icahn's...

Yesterday we posted a report on Tim Cook's opening statement and in today's report you'll read about Tim Cook's view of trends in China that came from the Q&A session at their financial conference this week. Apple's CEO doesn't see Carl Icahn's dark cloud hanging over their business in China, he sees Growth ahead

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07:00
Inhabitat's Week in Green: The Karma Revero,...

The Fisker Karma is one of the hottest plug-in hybrid cars ever built. However, production stopped in 2012 when the company went bankrupt. Now the car is set to be reborn as the Karma Revero this year. Meanwhile, Ford is planning to launch a 200-mile...

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05:30
Ben Heck's salvage wars

Finally it's time for the team to decide who is the ultimate master of salvage. Ben, Karen and Felix fight it out to discover just how thrifty they can be in recovering motors, sensors and controllers from hardware you can find at your local thrif...

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02:18
Scientists find a tailless comet from Earth's...

It's well-established that the many asteroids and comets in the Solar System are the result of its violent early history, but finding an untouched example from the inner system is difficult. However, an astronomy team has discovered just that -- and...

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Thursday April 28

15:49
Adobe Flash Player updates available for OS X on...

Adobe Flash Player updates address a recently identified Adobe Flash Player web plug-in vulnerability.

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Wednesday April 20

18:15
About the security content of tvOS 9.2

This document describes the security content of tvOS 9.2.

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Friday April 8

10:10
Use HomeKit-enabled accessories with your iPhone,...

With HomeKit, you can use your iOS device to control any of the "Works with Apple HomeKit" accessories that you have in your home.

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Thursday March 31

12:10
About the security content of iOS 9.3.1

This document describes the security content of iOS 9.3.1.

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09:10
About the security content of iBooks Author 2.4.1

This document describes the security content of iBooks Author 2.4.1.

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Tuesday March 29

11:30
iTunes Connect for iOS Now Includes Resolution Center

You can now access Resolution Center from your iPhone or iPad to review and respond to your active threads, and easily forward threads to other members of your team. You can also opt in to receive a push notification whenever App Review sends you a new message. Visit the App Store for the latest update.

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Thursday March 24

13:42
About the security content of OS X Server 5.1

This document describes the security content of OS X Server 5.1.

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Wednesday March 23

11:38
About the security content of Safari 9.1

This document describes the security content of Safari 9.1.

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07:07
About the security content of iOS 9.3

This document describes the security content of iOS 9.3.

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Monday March 21

12:30
Xcode 7.3 Now Available

The latest versions of iOS, OS X, watchOS, and tvOS are now available to hundreds of millions of customers around the world. Submit your apps built with Xcode 7.3, which is available for download on the Mac App Store and includes the most recent SDKs. For downloads and details on guidelines, testing, and submitting, visit Prepare your apps for the App Store.

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11:50
About the security content of OS X El Capitan v10.11...

This document describes the security content of OS X El Capitan v10.11.4 and Security Update 2016-002.

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Wednesday March 9

17:22
Apple security updates

This document outlines security updates for Apple products.

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13:40
App Analytics Weekly Summary Email Now Available

You can now opt in to receive a weekly App Analytics summary email for your most frequently downloaded apps. It will include data on App Store views, App Units, Sales, Sessions, and Crashes. To receive the App Analytics summary email, opt in by visiting the Notifications section of Users and Roles in iTunes Connect.

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Tuesday March 8

11:24
Logic Pro X 10.2.2 Release Notes

Learn what's new in Logic Pro X 10.2.2.

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Monday March 7

14:14
About the security content of Apple Software Update...

This document describes the security content of Apple Software Update 2.2.

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06:57
Ep. 3 – Fuse to the MDM Powder Keg

Welcome to the first episode of the 2016 edition or the Frogor 45. Pardon that we’re going to need a bit of time between our episodes from here on. We have a special guest, Pepijn Bruienne, who will be discussing things both MDM and DEPy.

Other topics include:

bsdpy Swift playgrounds repl osquery JAMFNation IBM Presentation The sherriff in My Cousin Vinny Coming to America...

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Tuesday January 13

16:50
Android 5.0 Lollipop still hard to find, full of...

Google's Android team has advised outside security researchers that it will no longer fix security bugs found in Jelly Bean or earlier releases, despite the fact that "pre-KitKat 4.4" software powers the majority of active users' devices currently accessing Google Play. Meanwhile, less than 0.1 percent of Android users have received Android 5.0, and those who have report an "unfinished/unpolished" experience.

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13:32
Hands On: Chrome Remote Desktop (OS X, iOS)

Imagine squeezing your retina iMac screen down onto an iPhone 5. You can do it. It might look a bit silly and initially you might wonder why you'd bother, but it has long been possible to see and remotely control your Macs and PCs on even your iPhone. Now Google has released Chrome Remote Desktop for iOS and you can do it for free. You'll do it, too: try this once and you will forever keep finding other reasons why it's incredibly useful. It's fantastic when you forget a file, for instance, and can now just find and email it to yourself from afar. And it will save your soul, your sanity and yo...



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13:24
InvenSense hit with lawsuit over concessions in...

A new lawsuit filed against gyroscope and accelerometer supplier for Apple, InvenSense, accuses the company of failing to tell investors about the concessions it made to secure a recent deal. InvenSense parts are used in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus; executives should have warned investors, the suit alleges, that Apple was given a "sweetheart deal" that would hurt profits. "Instead of revealing the true condition of the company and its prospects, defendants hid those facts from investors and chose to issue strong guidance and paint a picture of a bright future with a new mega-customer," the complai...



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13:04
Rumor: Apple's 'iPhone 6s' could ship...

With over half a year remaining before Apple is expected to unveil its next-generation iPhone, a fresh rumor out of Taiwan suggests that the company may be considering a new dual-lens camera system and the addition of "Force Touch," the pressure-sensitive touch technology set to be introduced in the Apple Watch.

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11:34
AllCast media streamer makes leap to iOS

A new port of AllCast, a popular Android app, has just been released for iOS. The title lets users stream personal photo, video, and music libraries to a variety of platforms, not just the Apple TV, the only format natively supported by Apple. Some compatible targets include Chrome, Chromecast, Fire TV, Roku, WDTV, Xbox One/Xbox 360, and various platforms compatible with DLNA....



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10:59
Apple axes long-running 'Single of the Week...

Ten years after giving away its first song, Apple has reportedly wound down the "Single of the Week" program that offered iTunes users a chance to download a free track from up-and-coming artists.

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10:23
Quanta ramping up production of 12-inch MacBook Air...

Taiwan-based supplier Quanta Computer has entered into "volume" production of Apple's upcoming 12-inch MacBook Air, according to supply chain sources. The laptop is reportedly on track to ship in the first quarter of the year, despite other rumors pointing to the second quarter. The new sources say that Quanta has escalated recruitment efforts in order to speed up production....



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10:16
Hands On: Toca Hair Salon 2 (iOS)

Makeover apps tend to be somewhat serious, and are generally geared toward adults. Instead of being a fun game, they tend to be more akin to photo-editing software, which is generally pretty complex and low on the amusement scale. Toca Boca, however, has stepped forth with Toca Hair Salon 2, a makeover game that offers a lot to younger gamers or future beauticians....



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10:07
Facebook will display Amber Alerts in News Feeds

Facebook will start to post into its users News Feed alerts about missing children in the future, in an effort to locate them. A partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children will involve the social network showing Amber Alerts to Facebook users located in specific search areas, both on mobile devices and desktops....



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09:15
Briefly: Chrome Remote Desktop for iOS, CBS News iOS...

Google has expanded its Chrome Remote Desktop app to include iOS compatibility. Now available for download on iTunes, iOS users can now orchestrate accessing their desktop computer for free by downloading the accompanying Chrome browser app. Chrome Remote Access has been available for Android users since last year....

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09:08
Apple quietly ends Single of the Week promo on iTunes

Apple appears to have ended its Single of the Week promotion on iTunes, visitors note. No tracks have been offered in the first two weeks of 2015, and a person on Apple's support forums claims to have been told by iTunes Support that the company has officially dropped the initiative. It's missing from iTunes Stores across the globe....



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08:52
Samsung takes on Apple's iPhone 6 Plus with all...

South Korean electronics giant Samsung has officially unveiled the Galaxy A7, the latest entry in the company's premium all-metal Galaxy A series that brings a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display, 2 gigabytes of RAM and an 8-core application processor.

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08:37
iPhone Apps: IMDb, New Words With Friends, Duolingo
07:52
LA schools' iPad program flawed from beginning...

The Los Angeles Unified School District's failed iPad deployment was botched early on, according to a review by the US Education Department. The federal agency says that it first of all put too hard an emphasis on using Apple hardware and software, ignoring cheaper options that could have saved money for the District and taxpayers. In July the USD said it was shifting to a strategy involving Chromebooks and Windows devices, such as the Microsoft Surface....



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05:33
Hands On: Learn Spanish - Brainscape (iOS)

It's a fact that Spanish is the world's fourth most spoken language, with over 350 million native speakers across 21 countries. It's also a fact that people who are bilingual tend to do better in both academic pursuits as well as their career. If you've ever been curious about learning another language, Learn Spanish by Brainscape offers a solution for those who are trying to learn Spanish on the go....



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04:49
Hands On: PhotoWatermark (OS X)

It's a different world. You might be the sort who would never take photo from a website and use it in your own book, but today if an image is online, it's as if the world sees it as fair game. Maybe that's a peek into our base immorality and the ultimate cataclysmic self-destruction of humanity, or maybe it's just that cut and paste is easy. Whatever it is, though, it's happening and you cannot stop it – not even with an application like this: but if PhotoWatermark can't prevent the copying of images, it can help photographers and artists considerably by adding identifying text to your image...



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02:11
Flickr: iPhones surpass Nikon, claim second most-...

Flickr has updated statistics for 2014 in its "Most Popular Camera" and "Most Popular Mobile Camera" categories, with the combined models of iPhone taking second place in the general "camera" category -- beating out DSLR maker Nikon and popular point-and-shoot maker Sony for second place. While Canon remains the most popular overall camera, the built-in cameras on smartphones from Apple and Samsung have -- despite inherent limitations -- steadily risen in popularity....



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00:03
Viawear announces Tyia 'smart bracelet'...

This week, Viawear has launched pre-orders for a gold or rhodium-plated edition of the new Tyia "smart bracelet." The bracelet serves as a fitness tracker, with an RGB LED notification light embedded behind quartz and mother-of-pearl accent. As with fitness bands, the Tyia is marketing as letting users put away smartphones without missing an important call, text, or social-media notification -- and offers some basic fitness tracking compatible with Apple's HealthKit....



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Monday January 12

20:58
Multiple reports point to record-breaking Apple...

While the idea that Apple probably had another record-breaking holiday quarter (what the company calls fiscal 2015 Q1) is unsurprising to all but selected pundits, a spate of reports released on Monday may be painting a general portrait of not just significant improvement, but more importantly growth in key areas of importance both to investors and analysis as well as to the health of the company. Sales of Macs look to be way up, iOS devices are selling much better in a key foreign market, and Apple's suppliers are flourishing -- all signs that point to better-than-expected quarter....



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16:42
Apple Stores debut self-demoing Smart Cover window...

A good magic trick, even in the 21st century, will still get people to stop and watch and try to figure out how it is done. Over the weekend, Apple retail stores around the US debuted a new window display showcasing the company's iPad line and Smart Cover accessory on a thin tabletop that features a line of the products, with the Smart Cover opening and closing itself to demonstrate the magnetic latch feature that wakes or sleeps the machine automatically....



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14:59
Details emerge on specs for third-party Lightning...

New information has been revealed on the specifications Apple has in mind for its planned licensing of the female Lightning port for third-party accessories. Manufacturers have reportedly been briefed on details and objectives, which include spreading Lightning to as many different accessories as possible in place of micro-USB. Possibilities include not just things like docks and headphones, but battery cases, gamepads, and Bluetooth speakers....



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12:20
Fourth iOS 8.2 beta seeds to developers

Apple is now seeding a fourth beta of iOS 8.2 via the company's developer portal, and as an over-the-air update for existing beta users. The build is listed as 12D5461b, and follows a little less than a month after beta 3, which was issued December 18. That build was 12D5452a. Accompanying the beta is a new version of WatchKit, the SDK and framework needed to build Apple Watch support into iOS apps....



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11:53
Hands On: Word of the Rings (iOS)

Word games are fairly numerous at this point. You've got your Boggle-style games, your Scrabble-style games, your crosswords and word searches. There are a lot of duplicates out there -- so when we find a fresh, new game, we tend to get pretty excited. One such app is Word of the Rings, by James Porter, a game that quite literally puts an interesting twist on the genre....



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11:11
Spotify hits 15M subscribers, majority of streams on...

Spotify is continuing to enjoy rising user numbers, with the popular music streaming service announcing it has reached a total of 15 million subscribers. At the same time, reports claim that the majority of Spotify streams stem from mobile listeners, with 52 percent of listening taking place on smartphones and tablets rather than desktops....



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10:50
Marsh, inMarket partner on first Apple Watch-...

Marsh Supermarkets and inMarket have announced a new iBeacon platform, the first to emphasize the Apple Watch. The plan is to use iBeacons at Marsh's 75 locations to push ads, shopping lists, and other content to both Watches and iPhones. Initially, the platform will support the official Marsh app and inMarket's List Ease, but other apps should follow as long as they support inMarket's Proximity SDK. All apps will have to update with Watch support, but the platform itself is Watch-ready....



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09:20
Chevy Volt will support CarPlay, 2016 demo model...

The 2016 model of the Chevy Volt will support Apple's CarPlay, at least if an early demonstration version is accurate. The car is on display at this week's North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and its dash system shows options for both CarPlay and MirrorLink connections. Google's Android Auto is notably absent, but since the 2016 Volt isn't due to go on sale until mid-2015, there may be time to implement it....



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08:18
HomeKit requires Apple TV hub for remote Siri...

People wanting to control HomeKit-enabled devices remotely through Apple's Siri must have an Apple TV at home to serve as a hub, according to Verge sources, including two launch partners and a person said to be "close to HomeKit's development." Siri controls will always work while an iPhone or iPad is on the same network as a HomeKit device, but until now it wasn't fully clear how remote operation might work. The Apple TV must also be a third-generation model running at least v7.0 firmware or newer. Notably, remote operation without Siri -- using the vendor app for a HomeKit product directly -...



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07:58
Apps: AppDelete, NetShade, FotoMagico
02:06
Hands On: Weather Wall (OS X)

You could just look out of your window, of course, but Weather Wall aims to set your wallpaper to an image that's right for the weather where you are. But if you ever had views like these from your office window, you would not stay sitting at your desk. These wallpaper shots are simply beautiful....



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00:53
Apple opens Games For Kids section of App Store over...

Over the weekend, Apple launched a new subsection of the App Store called Games for Kids, following the opening of the dedicated Kids category in September 2013. The Games for Kids section breaks out groups of games for various age groups, mirroring the other actions that offer more educational apps for children divided by age. Interestingly, most of the featured games avoid in-app purchases....



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Sunday January 11

23:28
AT&T files to dismiss FTC lawsuit using Title II

In order to nullify a lawsuit brought by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over charges that the carrier was still throttling users on unlimited plans even when there was no network congestion, AT&T is claiming for the purposes of the lawsuit that it qualifies as a Title II "common carrier." This is the opposite of what it has told the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with regards to possible actual Title II regulation of broadband....



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19:28
Spotify will not support Google Cast, Spotify...

Spotify will not include support for Google Cast any time in the near future, the company has revealed. Rather than allow for its apps to connect to the audio streaming technology Google Cast, Spotify will instead reportedly continue to work on its own competing Spotify Connect audio system, one which allows users to stream music to a number of networked speakers and audio equipment....



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16:09
Weekly Game Replay: New Baldur's Gate game,...

Every Sunday at Electronista and MacNN, we offer a one-stop look at a few of the significant events that occurred in the video game industry during the previous week. In this week's look back in the Weekly Game Replay, we discuss a new game in the Baldur's Gate series from Beamdog, the closure of Zombie Studios, Hellblade coming to PC, the lawsuit over EA using retired NFL player likenesses in Madden NFL moving forward, and Sony delaying the release of the PlayStation 4 in China....



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Wednesday June 8

17:36
Sprint iPhone in advanced testing?

Friday March 11

22:55
iPad 2 orders already shipping for delivery next week

Monday January 3

14:52
iPhone Alarm Bug Still Causing Issues for Some Users

Monday May 3

09:17
iPad: How to transfer or sync content to your...
 

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How to take over the world in Dictator 2
Running a country isn't easy - especially when you're a dictator who wants to take over the world and crush everyone in your path while you do it. [Read more] | Read more »
Tips and tricks to get a higher score in...
Tank.iois - you guessed it! - another multiplayer arena battler likeAgar.io and Slither.io. It does differentiate itself by putting you in a tiny tank though, so it's not exactly the same. To help you get that all-important high score, we've got a... | Read more »
How to unlock characters in One Tap Tenn...
As the title suggests, One Tap Tennis requires only a single tap to play its particular brand of tennis, and rewards you with a ton of unlockable characters if you perform well. Fortunately for you, we at 148Apps have got a few tips and tricks to... | Read more »
Grab it now: Game Craft’s Legend of War...
The real time strategy game is now available for you to sink your teeth into, through the App Store and Google Play. Combining elements of skill, strategy and empire building, Legend of War is a real gamers’ game. [Read more] | Read more »
Skateboard Party 3 ft. Greg Lutzka (Gam...
Skateboard Party 3 ft. Greg Lutzka 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Skateboard Party is back! This third edition of the popular sports franchise features professional skater... | Read more »
Cubious (Games)
Cubious 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Cubious – How smart are you? How high is your IQube? Solve the impossible puzzles to find out, and help a lost little cube find his... | Read more »
Goat Simulator Waste of Space (Games)
Goat Simulator Waste of Space 1.1 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.1 (iTunes) Description: ** IMPORTANT - SUPPORTED DEVICESiPhone 4S, iPad 2, iPod Touch 5 or better.** | Read more »
Wildfulness - Unwind in nature and calm...
Wildfulness - Unwind in nature and calm your mind with nature sounds and illustrations 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Healthcare & Fitness Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Spending time in nature helps you to... | Read more »
Dr. Panda Racers (Education)
Dr. Panda Racers 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Education Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: STEP ON THE GAS, RACE AND WIN!Fasten your seat belts and get ready to race! Speed your way to the finish line while doing... | Read more »

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Enterprise Workers Pick Technology Over Perks...
New Adobe study shows surprising attitudes about office jobs and where the future of work is heading. Adobe has released survey findings revealing that a surprising 70 percent of U.S. office workers... Read more
Goal Zero and OtterBox Partner to Expand iPh...
Goal Zero, specialists in portable power, have announced a partnership with OtterBox, brand smartphone case protection, to offer the Slide and Slide Plus Batteries as modules compatible with the new... Read more
15-inch Retina MacBook Pros on sale for up to...
B&H Photo has 15″ Retina MacBook Pros on sale for up to $210 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY tax only: - 15″ 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pro: $1799 $200 off MSRP - 15″ 2.5GHz Retina... Read more
Clearance 2015 13-inch MacBook Airs available...
B&H Photo has clearance 2015 13″ MacBook Airs available for $250 off original MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY sales tax only: - 13″ 1.6GHz/4GB/128GB MacBook Air (MJVE2LL/A): $799... Read more
Apple refurbished Apple TVs available for up...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 32GB and 64GB Apple TVs available for up to $30 off the cost of new models. Apple’s standard one-year warranty is included with each model, and shipping is free: -... Read more
21-inch iMacs on sale for up to $120 off MSRP
B&H Photo has 21″ iMacs on sale for up to $120 off MSRP including free shipping plus NY sales tax only: - 21″ 3.1GHz iMac 4K: $1379.99 $120 off MSRP - 21″ 2.8GHz iMac: $1189 $110 off MSRP - 21″ 1... Read more
Kanex Introduces GoPower USB-C Rechargeable B...
Kanex has announced its GoPower USB-C portable battery for the USB-C MacBook, featuring the new industry standard connector and cable used for connectivity and power. Providing users with a new... Read more
Convertible and Detachable Devices Winning Ov...
According to the latest figures published by International Data Corporation (IDC), Western European shipments of ultraslim convertibles and detachables posted positive growth (44.7%) to account for... Read more
New MacBook Pros And Will MacBook Air Be Upgr...
With my mid-2013 13-inch MacBook Air closing on its third anniversary come November, I’m in system upgrade mode. Actually the Haswell CPU equipped Air is still doing a fine job, but my good wife is... Read more
Apple’s Education discount saves up to $300 o...
Purchase a new Mac or iPad using Apple’s Education Store and take up to $300 off MSRP. All teachers, students, and staff of any educational institution qualify for the discount. Shipping is free, and... Read more

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*Apple* Project Engineer - Smart Source Inc...
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