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Thursday January 14

Sen. Franken asks Google to address concerns about...

U.S. Senator Al Franken has sent a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, asking his company to describe what it's doing with the private data of students who use Chromebooks and/or Google Apps for Education.

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Could Apple Report an Upside Surprise for the iPhone...

An interesting report surfaced earlier this week stating that China's shipments of smartphones from Apple Inc., Microsoft Corp. and other makers that don’t use the Android operating system rose by about 33 percent in the final quarter of last year ....

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Connected on day one—The Kraft Heinz Company creates...

Today’s Microsoft Office 365 post was written by Francesco Tinto, Global CIO, and Leandro Balbinot, North America CIO, both of The Kraft Heinz Company.

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The Kraft Heinz Company—two companies become one

The Kraft Heinz Company—portrait of a brand manager


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9to5Toys Last Call: Guitar Hero for iOS $50, Philips...

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Proposed bill in New York state could allow backdoor...

Let the arguments begin.

A new bill proposed in New York could require that all phone manufacturers be required to implement a way for law enforcement agencies to access and decrypt user devices. This bill is somewhat similar to the Investigatory Powers Bill currently being debated in the UK, which Apple has voiced its opposition towards. Apple and Tim Cook have repeatedly stated that government agencies should not have any access to user devices or data, whether be through a built-in backdoor or other means.

The bill is currently making its way through the new York state assembly and specifically states that “any smartphone manufactured on or after January 1, 2016, and sold or leased in New York, shall be capable of...

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Leading the way in the fight against dangerous email...

A typical month for the Microsoft Office 365 Exchange Online Protection team might be considered atypical for most. In our fight against spam and malware, we process over 200 billion emails each month and block 10 million spam messages every minute. That’s the norm for our malicious threat protection efforts—but we don’t stop there. As email attackers around the globe are getting smarter and more sophisticated, we’re making big investments in our Exchange Online Protection and Advanced Threat...

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Episode 080 with form.io on their Office 365...
MBLM: Apple Watch users view it as ‘non-essential,’...

MBLM, the “Brand Intimacy Agency” says its findings show that owners are cooling on the Apple Watch, viewing it as cool but non-essential, but are still optimistic about its future. 

“Overall, our panel members continue to like the watch. A few are happy with it; a few are indifferent; many have lost that loving feeling. Most view it as a watch that does some cool tricks,” says MBLM. “Expectations have become more realistic, and although some panel members are underwhelmed, few are completely disappointed.”

The watch appears to have an increasingly narrow cast for MBLM’s panel members. Most use it mainly for one specific function—notifications, the activity monitor, or answering texts and calls. The idea of wearing the watch some of the time (3–5 days per week) also seems to be growing in popularity. MBLM panel users are finding it agreeable as a part-time accessory. (By the way, I can...

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Alan Rickman’s heartfelt goobye letter to Professor...

I believe this was originally written in 2011, but so appropriate now.

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External Link: Former NSA Boss Favors Encryption

End-to-end encryption has gained an unexpected ally: former National Security Agency head General Michael Hayden. In a speech, Hayden said that he disagrees with FBI Director James Comey, who has led the charge against encryption, adding “I actually think end-to-end encryption is good for America.” Hayden went on to say, “When was the last time you saw the success of legislation designed to prevent technological progress? It’s just not gonna happen.” Hayden’s support for encryption is an interesting twist that undermines the Obama administration’s argument, since Hayden isn’t exactly a champion of civil liberties: he once told reporters that the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution does not contain the phrase “probable cause” (it does).


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External Link: Tim Cook Confronts the White House...

According to The Intercept, things became heated between Apple CEO Tim Cook and Obama administration officials during a meeting over encryption. Cook said that the White House should come out in favor of no backdoors in encryption, and criticized the administration for a lack of leadership. However, the administration doesn’t seem to have been swayed by Cook’s argument, insisting on a “balance” between privacy and national security. The administration gave up on legislation that would have mandated backdoors back in September 2015, but the White House has continued pressuring tech companies to open up their encryption schemes to law enforcement and intelligence agencies.


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Best Buy Confirms that Q4 Smartphones Sales Declined

Best Buy's Holiday sales declined in Q4 2016 as the retailer sold fewer smartphones than expected...

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‘Wallpaper’ names Apple Watch Hermès as year’s best...

Wallpaper, a website dedicated to “the stuff that refines you,” has named the Apple Watch Hermès as the best “life enhancer” of the year in its Design Awards 2016, calling it a “smartwatch pairing Apple’s pioneering innovation with Hermès’ uncompromising craftsmanship.”

Here’s what Wallpaper has to say about the smartwatch/band combo: “High style and tech smarts have never been more in sync than in this year’s surprise pairing: the Apple Watch Hermès. The initial Apple Watch launch, back in April, came close to breaking the internet (or at least the pavement outside Apple stores globally), and this latest amalgamation of craftsmanship and technology hit a luxury high when it was announced in September. So now, in addition to sleep tracking, step counting and waving for contactless payment, serious fashion cred is well within arm’s reach.”

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Nest thermostat software bug chills users once again

The inevitability of software bugs has once again bitten Nest thermostat users, with some reporting that they’d woken up to no heat.

The problems stem from an update Nest issued in December, but only started popping up recently, the New York Times reports. In Nest’s forums and in social media posts, users are complaining that their Nest thermostats have lost power and gone offline.

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Apple Music down for some listeners, asking others...

Some Apple Music listeners are currently experiencing serious problems with the service, including not being able to stream anything at all, according to numerous grievances on Twitter. [Updated]

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1Password for Mac updated to 6.0

1Password just hit version 6.0 for the Mac.

AgileBits’ password manager has just been updated to version 6.0 and the changes are pretty massive:

All Vaults View: This allows you to see all of your items in the main app and mini app without switching vaults. Vaults can also be created for families and teams, such as when business social media accounts are shared.

Other new features include:

Powered-Up Strong Password Generator: This uses a new wordlist password generator, creating wordlist passwords that are easy to remember and type, without sacrificing strength and security. If you prefer a jumble of letters, numbers, and symbols, the Characters option you know and love is still there for you.

iCloud Sync: This integrates 1Password with iCloud, allowing for sharing over devices...

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Medieval II: Total War now out on Steam for the Mac

Feral Interactive says Medieval II: Total War Collection (http://tinyurl.com/z6halef) is now available on Steam for both Mac and Linux. Developed by Creative Assembly, it was published by SEGA for Windows in 2006.

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Apple to Extend Hardware Haptic Notifications...

Hardware based haptics are common on your iPhone to alert you of an event like a new message or an alarm to wake you up. Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals that they may extend their haptic alert system ....

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Fassbender, Winslet grab Oscar nominations for...

Actress Kate Winslet and Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin picked up Golden Globe awards for their respective work in the movie Steve Jobs at the recent event, and that was widely seen as a prediction that the movie would be nominated in a number of categories for the upcoming Academy Awards presentation. The nominations are out, with Michael Fassbender picking up one for Best Actor in a Leading Role and Kate Winslet lined up for a second major win as Best Actress in a Supporting Role. 

Left out of the Oscar nods was Aaron Sorkin, probably because there is no category for "Best Fictional Screenplay Based Loosely on Real Events" in the Academy Awards. Likewise, Daniel Pemberton's score for the film was overlooked in the Oscar nominations, while it was in the running for the Golden Globes but lost out to Ennio Morricone's score for Hateful Eight.

Fassbender was nominated in 2013 for his supporting role in ...

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Samsung to invest up to $7.47B in developing...

Samsung Display is reportedly planning to spend up to $7.47 billion on expanding manufacturing capacity with the long-term goal of producing flexible OLED panels for future iPhones.

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Fassbender, Winslet earn Oscar nods for roles in...

Awards season continues to be kind to the stars of Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs biopic, as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences bestowed one nomination apiece on Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet for their roles in the film.

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Steve Jobs movie cast among Oscar nominees for...

Aaron Sorkin’s mixed reviewed Steve Jobs movie already won a Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay and was nominated for even more. Now the film is showing up on the 2016 Oscar nominees list with the Steve Jobs biopic up for two Oscars at the upcoming 88th Academy Awards.

Michael Fassbender, who portrayed the title character in the movie is nominated for Best Actor for his role as Steve Jobs in the film. Fassbender is competing with...

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∞ Jimmy Fallon, Billy Joel, J. K. Simmons impromptu...

[VIDEO] Billy Joel and J. K. Simmons were both guests on The Tonight Show. During one of the commercial breaks, they got together with host Jimmy Fallon, house band The Roots, and some other folks for an improvised doo-wop rendition of The Longest Time, embedded in the main post.

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Apple updates Wi-Fi Assist in iOS 9.3 to show exact...

A great addition to iOS that came with 9.3 beta 1.

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Tim Cook to the White House: No backdoors

I know of no other tech company whose CEO has taken as strong a position on privacy as has Tim Cook.

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Apple Advances their 2011 Smart Connector Guidance...

Apple first delved into developing a user friendly connector system way back in 2011 with somewhat of a master overview that covered a wide scope of possible methods of achieving such a system. Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published one of Apple's latest inventions on this very same system in a patent application titled "Electronic Devices with Connector Alignment Assistance."

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Wallpaper* magazine names Apple Watch Hermès ‘Life...

The Independent reports that Wallpaper* magazine has listed the Apple Watch Hermès as one the winners of its 2016 design awards. The category? ‘Life enhancer of the year.’ I guess that’s the kind of category you have to expect from a magazine with an asterisk in its name.

If you’d like to enhance your own life, the Hermès collection starts at $1100, but you can get a similar look from around a...

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Software bug shuts down Nest thermostats, turns off...

A buggy software update has caused many users of Nest's smart thermostat to wake up in the cold in recent days, as the devices have been found to quickly drain their batteries and shut down, leaving heating and cooling systems offline.

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Report: Samsung to be Apple’s primary OLED display...

Korea’s ET News claims that Samsung will become Apple’s primary supplier of OLED display panels, stating that an agreement has “practically been decided.” Samsung is reportedly gearing-up for the contract with an initial investment of between $2.49B and $3.32B in plant and equipment, rising to $7.47B depending on order levels.

Apple currently uses OLED displays in the Watch. Rumors that it will switch to OLED for the iPhone have been doing the rounds for many years, but have been getting much more specific of late. The switch is said to be...

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Apple Music experiencing issues for subscribers...

[Update: Apple’s system status board has been updated to acknowledge the blip and note the issue is over.]

If you’re having issues getting started with Apple Music this morning, you’re not alone. The iOS app started the day by asking subscribers to sign up and join Apple Music (a force quit fixed for me but the problem persists) and iTunes on the Mac is also serving up error messages for a great number of users.

At the time of writing, Apple’s system status page hasn’t been updated to reflect any issues, but that usually happens a bit after the problem is recognized if at all. We’ll keep an eye on the status and update accordingly, but rest assured that if you’re a subscriber being asked to join again that it’s not just you and there’s a widespread hiccup in progress.


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They took Snape, too. Fuck cancer.

Alan Rickman died from cancer. Snape, Hans Gruber, and so much more. Damn.

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∞ How to sort your iTunes purchases by Apple ID

Have you ever fired up an iOS device and been prompted to enter the password for some Apple ID that’s not yours? This is especially likely to happen on a newly purchased device, when bulk music and apps are being loaded for the first time.

Here’s some thoughts on how to track down those app and music purchases.

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Samsung May Invest Over $7 Billion to Supply OLED...

Samsung Display is close to reaching an agreement with Apple to supply flexible OLED displays for future iPhones, and will invest up to $7.47 billion in OLED manufacturing equipment to fulfill orders, according to Korea-based ET News.

Samsung's display-making division will reportedly increase OLED display production by 30,000 to 45,000 panels per month this year, followed by an additional 45,000 substrates each month in 2017, per the terms of its nearly finalized contract.

OLED manufacturing and inspection equipment will primarily come from South Korean display businesses AP Systems and HB Technology, the report claims.

Multiple reports claim Apple will launch iPhones with OLED displays in 2018. In addition to Samsung Display, the OLED...

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Beware Nasty Auto-Download Music Bug in iOS 9

Many iCloud Music Library and iTunes Match users are finding that their iOS devices are downloading music without their knowledge. Kirk McElhearn explains how to prevent this before it could leave you with an enormous data bill.


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Researchers May Have Licked Flaming Lithium-Ion...

Incorporating a polymer switching material into lithium-ion batteries could prevent their overheating due to a process known as "thermal runaway," according to Stanford researchers. Lithium-ion batteries consist of an anode, a cathode, a separator and a flammable electrolyte. The separator melts when a large amount of heat is generated by overcharging or shorting, ultimately resulting in a thermal runaway. Pressures and temperatures can rise inside cells too fast to control using existing safety mechanisms.

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Key Apple chipmaker TSMC reports that its 2015...

While we’ve heard tales of gloom and despair from other Apple suppliers, leading analysts and media alike to suggest that the iPhone market might be contracting for the first time ever, it’s rather a different story with key Apple chipmaker TSMCFocus Taiwan reports that its 2015 earnings were the highest in its 29-year history.

The company posted NT$306.57 billion (US$9.15 billion) in net profit for 2015, a 16.2 percent annual increase. TSMC’s 2015 earnings per share was NT$11.82, compared with NT$10.18 the previous year, and its consolidated...

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Excel Software rolls out RbApp 4.0 for Xojo...

Excel Software has introduced RbApp 4.0 for Xojo  programmers. These pure Xojo code components require no plugins.  

RbApp is used to build Mac or Windows desktop applications with Xojo 2013, 2014, 2015 or later.  It supports both 32-bit and 64-bit applications including both Carbon and Cocoa frameworks.

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MailButler assistant for Apple Mail coming Jan. 18

Feingeist Software says MailButler (https://www.feingeist.io/mailbutler/), a new Apple Mail assistant, will be released on Jan. 18. It’s designed for both business and private purposes. Pricing and system requirements haven’t been announced.

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Apple Invents Magnetic Attachment Apparatuses for...

In our first patent report of the day we covered a new magnetic based Apple Watch band. In this report we cover another Apple invention relating to attachment apparatuses, and more particularly, to attachment apparatuses for future purse straps, a locking mechanism for an iPad cover and beyond.

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Kool Tools: Loopback for Mac OS X

Rogue Amoeba’s Loopback for Mac OS X is a tool for enabling audio routing between applications and audio devices on your Mac. In just a few clicks, you can easily pass audio directly between apps.

Loopback's virtual audio devices will be instantly familiar to those who've previously used the open-source tool Soundflower, but there's so more. Loopback will capture audio from just one application, or a whole set of applications and devices, all with just a few clicks to configure.

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One-third of U.K. broadband households have an OTT...

New data from Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) reveals that 33% of U.K. broadband households subscribed to an OTT [over-the-top] video service as of the third quarter of 2015. The same study shows that only 15% of U.K. households with pay TV subscribe to premium movie channels.

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Patent application shows Apple Watch band that...

An Apple patent application published today reveals an idea for an interesting variation on the magnetically-closed Milanese Loop band that allows it to do much more than simply secure the Apple Watch on your wrist.

By using a careful arrangement of magnet orientations, the band can transform itself into a protective case when travelling, a stand on a bedside table or desk – or a Mac accessory …

In the standard band configuration, the band would...

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Antec solutions handy for keeping your OS X and iOS...

Let's face it: your OS X and iOS devices get dirty and grimy. You need to clean them regularly. One of the best products for doing this is Antec's Advance Cleaning Solutions line. The line includes three different types of cleaners: 100% Natural, 3x Strength and a Deep Cleaning Gel.

The 3X Strength Spray kit -- which costs US$18.99 for a 240 mL + 60 mL Home & Travel Pack and $12.99 for a 60 mL travel-size bottle -- contains a non-drip formula that adheres to your device's screen and is anti-bacterial to keep your device germ-free. An included microfiber cloth dries your screen without any smudges or streak marks.

All products come alcohol and ammonia free, while keeping your device or accessory fingerprint resistant, bacteria free and static free. The cleaning solution cleans and protects devices with an ecologically-friendly formula. The wipes and 60mL spray are TSA-compliant...

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Apple A9 chip fab TSMC reports record earnings,...

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., the world's largest chip fab and a manufacturer of Apple's A9 chips used in iPhone 6s models, has posted earnings that beat analysts estimates for the quarter and established the company's highest annual earnings in 29 years.

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A Next-Gen Apple Watch Band Could Magnetically...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals an all-new Apple Watch band that is magnetic based. More specifically, the invention relates to a magnetic wristband operable to both secure Apple Watch to the user's wrist in one configuration while protecting the Apple Watch while it's not being worn in another configuration....

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Apple invents plug insertion guidance system for...

Addressing what some would call a drawback of modern computer design, Apple has developed a system that provides users plug alignment assistance for hard to reach ports normally located in the rear of desktop enclosures.

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Apple investigating Apple Watch band that transforms...

Apple Watch launched with a total of six swappable band styles, but a patent application published Thursday suggests Apple is investigating a successor model with magnetic closure that doubles as a protective encasement and stand when not on the wrist.

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Wednesday January 13

Nvidia Blames Apple For Bug That Exposes Browsing In...

An anonymous reader points out this story at VentureBeat about a bug in Chrome's incognito mode that might be a cause for concern for some Apple users. From the story: "If you use Google Chrome's incognito mode to hide what you browse (ahem, porn), this might pique your interest. University of Toronto engineering student Evan Andersen discovered a bug that affects Nvidia graphics cards, exposing content that you thought would be for your eyes only. And because this only happens on Macs, Nvidia is pointing the finger at Apple."


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Interact is a new iPhone & iPad contacts app for...

If you’ve ever wanted a little something more out of the Contacts app on iOS, you may be in for a treat with the latest app from Agile Tortoise, which makes the popular Drafts text actions app. Interact is a new contacts app on the iPhone and iPad made for power users. The app includes an iOS extension for creating contacts from information found in other apps, a scratchpad feature for parsing details you jot down for creating new entries, better group management than the built-in contacts app, and much more. Check it out below:

Interact works by pulling in your current contact database already available on your iPhone. There’s no need to create a new account or use a foreign...

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OS X 10.11.4 beta adds support for viewing and...

Sharing and viewing Live Photos shot on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus on the Mac has been tricky if not impossible until now. Previously the enhanced photos could only be viewed in Apple’s Photos app on the Mac, which limited sharing to iCloud Photo Sharing. Starting with the new OS X 10.11.4 beta released earlier this week, Live Photos can now be shared and viewed over iMessage using Messages on the Mac for the first time.

Before now Live Photos were diluted into still images, losing their audio and video. With the latest El Capitan beta, however, Live Photos can be sent from...

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App Store games bring in $1B in revenue during...

December is always one of Apple’s biggest months of the year thanks to the influx of new devices people receive as gifts during the holiday season. The company often reports its highest device sales during this month, and as you can figure, the more people who are using iOS devices, the more people who are downloading apps from the App Store. App Store analytics company Sensor Tower has today shared its figures for the month of December 2015, and it was another record-setting month for Apple. Sensor Tower says that revenue for games in the App Store during December was nearly $1 billion.

According to the report, games in the App Store brought in nearly $1 billion in revenue during the holiday month of December. This is an 18 percent increase over the $...

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GoPro to cut 7% of workforce on poor sales as...

It was a bleak day for action cam maker GoPro, as the company said it planned to axe about 7 percent of its workforce on lower than expected fourth quarter sales, an announcement that sent shares tumbling.

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A proposed bill in New York would force Apple to...

A new bill proposed in New York could see that all phone manufacturers be required to implement a way for law enforcement agencies to access and decrypt user devices. This bill is somewhat similar to the Investigatory Powers Bill currently being debated in the UK, which Apple has voiced its opposition towards. Apple and Tim Cook have repeatedly stated that government agencies should not have any access to user devices or data, whether be through a built-in backdoor or other means.

The bill making its way through the New York state assembly specifically states that “any smartphone manufactured on or...

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Could Apple's iPhone 6s be the Last iPhone...

First there was the UK's proposed Investigatory Powers Bill that Apple's CEO slammed and the thought of a similar bill coming to the U.S. had Tim Cook lashing out at the Government last week. It's now being reported that a bill is currently making its way through the...

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Rinspeed's Etos concept car has a drone,...

This Rinspeed Etos concept car is all business up front with Office 365, Skype video calls and Microsoft’s Cortana digital assistant in the dashboard and a party in the back with a drone that will scoot off to pick up shopping or take selfies as you drive.

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Report: Apple “stepping away” from iAd, giving...

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A report from BuzzFeed's John Paczkowski says that Apple is backing away from direct involvement in iAd, the mobile advertising platform it launched back in early 2010.

The company isn't killing the iAd platform, which serves relatively unobtrusive ads that don't force users to leave the app they're already in. Instead, Apple will reportedly disband its own internal sales team and require publishers to sell ads themselves. This is already an option for iAd users, as outlined in this developer document—you keep 100 percent of the revenue from ads you sell yourself, but if Apple sells the ads on...

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The Week in iOS Accessories: Movi making

Movi making

This week’s roundup of accessories includes the new Movi camera, which makes broadcast-quality lives-streaming possible at a relatively low cost. Read on!


The $199 Movi is a camera built specifically to live-stream events. Pair it with the forthcoming Movi app on your iPhone and you can “edit” live shots by instructing the camera to do closeups, pans, and to cut between shots. (Or don’t: The camera has an automated feature that follows the action and gives it a smooth gloss. Check out a demonstration video here. ) Shipping is expected in April.

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First look: Night Shift mode eases nighttime eye...

With its latest iOS 9.3 beta, Apple is for the first time allowing users to access and control display temperature on their iPhones and iPads, albeit in limited fashion, through a feature called Night Shift.

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AWT News Update: January 13, 2016

Apple's rethinking the ad business and more Apple news for this Wednesday:

  • Apple's iAd sales team is reportedly getting the axe and the platform will go programmatic soon
  • iOS 9.3 beta has a plethora of 3D Touch shortcuts
  • Rumors abound that the second-generation Apple Watch will go into trial production later this month

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for January 13, 2016.

Six years ago, Steve Jobs announced iAd, which was the company’s idea to serve interactive ads inside iOS...

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GoPro cuts jobs after a big drop in action camera...


It’s tough times for GoPro’s fledgling empire. The action camera maker is cutting the jobs of about 7 percent of its workforce (roughly 105 people) after poor sales during the fourth quarter, particularly in the first half. It doesn’t have a detailed explanation for the drop, but it recently slashed the price of the notoriously expensive Hero4 Session — clearly, it misjudged how much people were willing to pay for the tiny cube cam.

As my very smart friend Ben Bajarin said on Twitter, “GoPro simply maxed their user base, peaking essentially. No reason for base to buy new ones and no product to expand their TAM.”

In other words, everyone who wants a GoPro likely already has one. As a motorcyclist, I always thought it would be cool to have one until I realized, I’m never going to watch/edit/post the video so why...

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Markzware releases MarkzTools2 for Mac

Markzware (www.markzware.com), a developer of data conversion software and desktop publishing tools, has released MarkzTools2. This new technology converts Adobe InDesign (INDD) files to IDML, using a stand-alone application.

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Apple reportedly phasing out in-house iAd sales team...

Six years after launching its advertising platform, Apple is moving to phase out its in-house iAd sales team in favor of a new publisher-driven system, reports BuzzFeed News, quoting unnamed “multiple sources.”

iAd is a mobile advertising platform developed by Apple for iOS devices. It allows third-party developers to directly embed advertisements into their apps.

While iAd itself isn’t going away, Apple’s direct involvement in the selling and creation of iAd units is ending. “It’s just not something we’re good at,” one source told BuzzFeed News.

The company is reportedly is phasing out its iAd sales force entirely and updating the iAds platform so that publishers can sell through it directly. Publishers who do so will keep 100% of the revenue they generate.


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Is Apple’s Tim Cook “completely clueless?”

Motley Fool:

While reasonable people can disagree about Apple’s iPhone sales, Global Equities Research Co-Founder Trip Chowdhry pulls no punches with his newest Apple commentary. Instead of discussing the merits or limitations of the company as an investment, Chowdhry resorts to ad hominem attacks, calling Apple CEO Tim Cook “completely clueless.” If you set aside the unnecessary rhetoric, and dig into Chowdhry’s concerns, his argument doesn’t pass muster.

Chowdhry is known for making wild and mostly wrong predictions about Apple. Remember his 2014 claim that Apple “…only (has) 60 days left to either come up with something or they will disappear”? But, as the article points out, these claims are more about Chowdhry and his company’s profile than they are about any accuracy about Apple. Which makes his pointless name calling even more disgusting.


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Notable apps and app updates for Jan. 13, 2016

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

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

SecureMac has introduced MacScan 3, the next generation of its anti-malware software for Mac users. 

It protects against trojan horses, keystroke loggers and adware. Automatic malware definition updates are designed to ensure that you're protected against the latest threats. MacScan 3 includes a streamlined user experience, new features, and major improvements to speed and stability.

MacScan 3 requires Mac OS X 10.8. It’s available for $49.99/year. Each MacScan subscription includes protection against the latest malware threats, automatic cleaning of blacklisted tracking cookies, product updates, knowledge base access, online tech support, and security advisory notifications. ...

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U.S. Representative Nancy Pelosi checks her Apple...

During last night's widely televised State of the Union address, California Representative Nancy Pelosi appeared on camera just in time to receive a notification on her Apple Watch and respond to it with a touch.

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New York state considers bill mandating backdoors in...

A bill up for consideration by the New York state assembly would force Apple and other smartphone makers to ensure their products can be decrypted for the sake of law enforcement.

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How to create and rename app folders with tvOS 9.2...

Just a few months after the platform launched, folders are already coming to tvOS, in the form of an upcoming 2.2 update that will make it easier for Apple TV owners to organize their apps.

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Report: Apple doesn't want to sell iAd mobile...

After almost six years, Apple now wants out of the mobile advertising business.

According to BuzzFeed, Apple is phasing out its internal iAd mobile ad sales team and shifting the iAd network into an automated platform that app publishers and advertisers can access. While the iAd service will remain in that capacity, Apple won’t have any direct involvement in selling or creating the iAd unit, as it has done since Steve Jobs launched the business in 2010. 

Steve Jobs launched the iAd business in 2010.

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Podcast 490: iOS 9.3, CES, and the mess that is News

Susie's back from her time covering the madness of CES, which is always insane for us tech reporter types, whether you're on the ground in Vegas or holed up in your house in Oakland, like Susie was, editing until your fingers fall off. Even though Apple has no official presence at the massive show, tech trends emerge that will trickle down to Cupertino's product lines eventually—ad we saw plenty of products that could come in handy for Apple fans today.

Elsewhere, iOS 9.3 is out, with some new features that sound cool, and some additions to CarPlay that have us wondering why those things weren't already in CarPlay. We also talk about the seemingly sad state of the News app, which doesn't seem to be doing much for publishers, and as of yet hasn't captivated your friendly podcast hosts as readers, either. Do you like News? Let us know in the comments.


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1Password 6 for Mac

1 Password has become one of my must-have apps on Mac and iOS.

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Apple to reportedly exit ad business, hand over iAd...

Nearly six years after its debut, Apple is reportedly planning to take a much less active role in its in-house iAd advertising platform, as it intends to hand over ad management duties -- and revenue -- to publishers in the near future.

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Bragi Dash Impressions: Wireless Earphones Offer...

Wireless bluetooth headphones have been gaining traction over the past few years as potentially reliable replacements to the traditional wired headsets offered in most smartphone boxes. With the announcement of the "Bragi Dash" at CES in 2015 -- and the subsequent year of updates trickling out of the German company -- interest in true wireless earphones that don't even require a wire between the earpieces has begun to increase.

Interest in these products took another step forward last week when it was reported Apple may be working on a Dash-like product to be sold alongside the so-called "iPhone 7" later this year. The Apple-owned Beats by Dre brand already offers customers a variety of Bluetooth headphones, but none that are as small and undetectable as the Bragi Dash.

With the first round of Bragi Dash units now shipping to Kickstarter...

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Apple to Automate iAd Platform and Dismantle In-...

Apple's iAd program has never been responsible for a large portion of its sales, leading Apple to decide that it's time to take a step back from the platform. According to BuzzFeed, Apple plans to end its efforts at advertising sales and cease its direct involvement with iAd. "It's just not something we're good at," an inside source told BuzzFeed.

To accomplish this, Apple will dismantle its iAd sales team and will turn the iAd platform over to publishers, allowing them to directly create and sell advertising content. Publishers will be able to keep 100 percent of revenue generated.

Advertising industry sources familiar with Apple's new plan for iAds seem intrigued by it. "I think this is going to be great for publishers," said one. "It gives them direct dialogue with their customers as opposed to forcing them to go through an Apple middleman. Access will be more plentiful and...

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First look: tvOS 9.2 redesigns Apple TV app switcher...

Apple's newly released tvOS 9.2 beta for the fourth-generation Apple TV has revamped the platform's app switcher, bringing visual consistency with iPhones and iPads running iOS 9.

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Apple Music surpasses 10 million paid subscribers

Apple Music has surpassed 10 million subscribers across iOS, Mac, PC, Android and Apple TV in just six months, a milestone that took its largest rival Spotify around six years to accomplish.

Yep, this sounds right to me.

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Apple is getting out of the ad sales business

While iAd itself isn’t going anywhere, Apple’s direct involvement in the selling and creation of iAd units is ending. “It’s just not something we’re good at,” one source told BuzzFeed News. And so Apple is leaving the creation, selling, and management of iAds to the folks who do it best: the publishers.

I think this is good news. Ads are just not where Apple’s focus should be.

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Report: Apple says it sucks at selling ads, will...

Apple’s rocky iAd advertising platform is about to see some major changes, says Buzzfeed’s John Paczkowski. According to the report, Apple plans to dismantle its iAd sales team and stop its role as a middleman between publishers and customers:

While iAd itself isn’t going anywhere, Apple’s direct involvement in the selling and creation of iAd units is ending. “It’s just not something we’re good at,” one source told BuzzFeed News. And so Apple is leaving the creation, selling, and management of iAds to the folks who do it best: the publishers.

Apple is phasing out its iAd sales force entirely and updating the iAds platform so that publishers can sell through it directly.

The big news, Buzzfeed notes, is publishers that play ball will take home 100% of the ad revenue generated rather than a ...

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The Oristand standing desk


The Oristand is a standing desk made of cardboard that easily collapses and requires no complicated assembly. It’s made out of industrial grade cardboard that is light, strong and affordable. Not to mention it is 100% recyclable. Meaning you can save some cash and we can save some trees.

I’ve been interested in standing desks for a while but most are over $200. At $25, this looks like something you could test out inexpensively. It’s being produced by the folks behind the Vancouver, BC based Hootsuite.

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Moshi iGlaze luxe iPhone 6s/6s Plus metal bumper...

Moshi iGlaze Luxe. Photo©2016, Steven Sande

The number of different iPhone cases on the market never ceases to amaze me. Some are inexpensive and thin, others are expensive and offer amazing protection. Some are ugly; others enhance the look of the iPhone while keeping it safe. The Moshi iGlaze luxe for iPhone 6/6s ($44.95) and 6/6s Plus ($49.95) is a metal bumper case that gives your favorite iPhone military-grade drop protection while retaining the cool metal feel of a "naked" iPhone.


The iGlaze luxe comes in four different colors for the iPhone 6/6s -- satin gold, titanium gray, alloy orange, and rose pink -- and two colors for the iPhone 6 Plus/6s Plus (titanium gray and rose pink). 

There's a silicone sleeve that hugs the outside of your iPhone for protection...

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Apple Watch political oopsies: Jeb Bush’s ‘Batphone...

It’s no secret that former Florida governor Jeb Bush is a huge fan of his Apple Watch. Since the Apple Watch launched, the Republican presidential candidate has gone after the youth vote by showing off his Apple Watch and calling it a better option than Obamacare, despite labeling it unintuitive and power-hungry a few months later.

Jeb’s “iWatch,” as he often calls it, wasn’t dead earlier this week during an interview with the Des Moines Register’s editorial board, USA Today points out, as the presidential hopeful accidentally either placed or answered a phone call on it unknowingly. Jeb explained it away...

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EFF Urges Revival of Human Rights Case Against Cisco

The Electronic Frontier Foundation on Monday pressed to revive a lawsuit against Cisco Systems for violating human rights in China, in a brief filed with a U.S. Court of Appeals. Members of Falun Gong, a religious group persecuted in China, originally filed the lawsuit in 2011, but a federal district court in California dismissed it in 2014. The federal appeals court now is considering a challenge to that dismissal. "We applaud the role technology companies play in spreading the benefits of the digital age around the world," the EFF wrote in an amicus brief filed with the appellate court.

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Antutu: iPhone 6s performance thrashes high-spec...

Performance benchmark vendor Antutu presented iPhone 6s as the best performing smartphone of the year, despite being compared against high end Androids with more RAM and faster CPU clocks driving four times as many cores.

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Happy Hour Podcast 049 | Apple’s latest feature-...

Apple has released new betas across the board for all things. Today, we’ll discuss what new features come along with them and how they may impact your usage, new details about the rumored 4-inch iPhone and upcoming iPhone 7, plus much more.

The Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and through our dedicated RSS feed.

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

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Apple CEO Tim Cook criticizes White House policies...

In spite of how well received last night’s State of the Union was, Apple CEO Tim Cook still had harsh words for the Obama administration regarding encryption last night.

Cook, who’s currently in favor of unbreakable encryption, offered the following statement:

“The White House should come out and say ‘no backdoors’ Cook said. That would mean overruling repeated requests from FBI Director James Comey and other administration officials that tech companies build some sort of special access for law enforcement into otherwise unbreakable encryption. Technologists agree that any such measure could be exploited by others.”

Attorney General Loretta Lynch, in turn, responded to Cook by speaking of the “balance” necessary between privacy and national security — a...

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Office 2016 for Mac updates with fullscreen Outlook...

Microsoft on Wednesday updated Office 2016 for Mac, adding not just bugfixes but new features for all of the apps in the suite, such as Outlook and PowerPoint.

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Black Duck Intros Container Scanning

Black Duck Software on Tuesday announced it has added to its Hub software container-scanning capabilities that let users map open source security flaws for applications, Linux distros, and other software in Docker and other Linux containers. Adding a containerized scanner to a Docker host enables automatic identification of known open source vulnerabilities in all layers of containers on that host. Black Duck "maps known open source vulnerabilities" and monitors software for new flaws, said Brian Carter, director of strategic communications.

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VR brings better motion capture to your video games

The problem with conventional motion capture is that you can't see the world you're supposed to be acting in. How do you get a feel for that epic fantasy landscape when you're staring at an empty room? Cloudhead Games has an idea. For its upcoming...

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Obama administration planning to speed up...

The White House will reportedly announce efforts to speed up the development of self-driving cars on Thursday, something that may be of extreme interest to Apple as it readies its own such vehicle.

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VLC Lets You Cache Videos on Apple TV

For those who have trouble streaming video to the fourth-generation Apple TV, the new VLC app offers a solution, but only if the video isn’t encumbered by DRM.


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Employee engagement at KLM reaches new heights as...

Today’s post was written by Simone Louwers, director of communications for Inflight Services at KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.

At KLM, we want to become the most customer-centric, innovative and efficient European network carrier. As director of communications for Inflight Services, I’m passionate about helping the company achieve this goal. I’ve worked for KLM for 20 years, and since we deployed enterprise social media, I see a significant improvement in communication between our teams. Enterprise internal social media enables faster decision making and helps to improve our business processes. As a result, KLM Inflight Services is achieving tangible improvements in customer service and business efficiency.

Inflight Services is a division of KLM with 9,300 employees. While our 9,000 cabin crew members are our front-line ambassadors, our back office staff play an...

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Skype call scheduling and more updates for Outlook...

The Outlook and Skype teams share a passion for helping connect you to the people that matter most in your life. That’s why we’re working together to build integrated experiences that make it easier to communicate and manage your calendar from your mobile device.

Today’s updates to Outlook for iOS and Android make it easy to schedule and begin a group chat and call with your friends and colleagues using Skype. Additionally, we updated Outlook with new calendaring features, improved our navigation for Android and delivered on some of your top feature requests.

Let’s take a look at what’s new.

Skype and Outlook—the best way to schedule and join a call

It can be challenging keeping up with friends, family and colleagues. Finding a time that works for everyone and remembering to show up is difficult enough. And then sometimes technology gets in the way: “How do I find you? How do I invite you? Do you have this app installed?”

Outlook and Skype have...

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9to5Toys Last Call: LG 34″ QHD Monitor $570,...

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

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8 ways to successfully lead your mobile workforce

For many of us, the rise of the remote workforce comes as no surprise. For years now, office workers have been abandoning their desks in favor of settings that are farther afield and allow them to work in a more comfortable, and often more productive, environment. And it’s a trend that only promises to keep growing. In fact, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC), the U.S. mobile worker population is on track to grow from 96.2 million in 2015 to 105.4 million mobile workers in 2020. And by the end of the forecast period, IDC projects that mobile workers will account for nearly three quarters (72.3 percent) of the total U.S. workforce.

Although the mobile workforce has been building for some time, managers are, in many ways, still catching up and trying to determine how best...

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Inateck BR1002 Bluetooth transmitter and receiver: A...

Inateck BR1002. Image©2016, Steven Sande

Over the holidays, I took a long driving vacation with my wife. Faced with the thought of long hours on the road, we decided that it would be nice to have some music along for the ride. Only one problem -- the car (a 2007 Honda CR-V) has no way of interfacing wirelessly with our iPhones. Fortunately, accessory manufacturer Inateck came to the rescue with a tiny black box called the BR1002 Bluetooth transmitter and receiver (US$21.99, affiliate link). 

As the name implies, the BR1002 has two functions. It can act as a Bluetooth transmitter, turning older stereo systems (an old cassette Sony Walkman, anyone?) into Bluetooth devices. But more importantly, it can act as a Bluetooth receiver. The CR-V has a 3.5mm audio input jack, so plugging the BR1002 into it makes it possible for me to beam music to the audio system from iPhone or iPad. 


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Feature Request: It’s time for an official Apple...

If everything goes as planned, Apple is set to hold a spring event in March to introduce the Apple Watch 2 along with some other new hardware and software goodies. That’s only about a year after the original Apple Watch went on sale, but roughly 18 months since the first-gen model was actually announced.

As a mostly satisfied Apple Watch 1 customer, March or April doesn’t strike me as being too soon for the Apple Watch 2. Personally, I’m excited to see if the next model can handle apps better with a needed speed boost and maybe lose a little overall thickness and display bezel.

But while I’m basically already lining up to buy the next Apple Watch, I probably won’t spend the extra $200 on a stainless steel...

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Why Apple might want to buy HBO from Time Warner

Apple has big plans for TV that don’t stop with a redesigned version of its set-top box and an App Store just for TV apps. While Cupertino has given up on creating its own television, leaving that to established players like Samsung and LG, the company is reportedly hard at work developing a streaming TV service that could kill cable. But instead of starting from scratch with its own streaming package, rumor has it Apple is eyeing Time Warner’s assets—not to partner with, but to buy outright.

Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of software and services, is reportedly keeping a close eye on Time Warner, which isn’t officially for sale, but is under pressure from shareholders and investors to either sell all or part of itself. According to the New...

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Apple patent suggests move away from 3.5mm headphone...

As frightening as the idea of an iPhone without the headphone jack may be, a recently published Apple patent suggests that the idea may be fairly likely.

A new patent awarded to Apple on Monday suggests that Apple may convert from the classic 3.5mm headphone jack to Lightning and Bluetooth. The patent seemingly describes a method of getting higher-quality and higher-volume audio from speakers built into slimmer devices.

From the patent itself:

Given the area constraints imposed on many portable electronic devices, it is increasingly difficult to provide high-quality audio sound output and pickup without hindering the ability to make portable electronic devices smaller and thinner. Consequently, there is a...

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Rumor: Second-gen Apple Watch going into trial...

The next-generation Apple Watch could go into trial production with Quanta later this month, paving the way for a launch in the not-too-distant future, according to rumors.

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VLC app becomes available for Apple TV

The much-loved VLC app has just become available for the Apple TV.

VLC, which looks to play video files in “their native formats without conversions”, is a full port of VLC media player combined with platform specific features.

Per lead iOS developer Felix Kühne:

VLC for Apple TV integrates with a plethora of devices and services on your local network and includes a custom way of casting files directly to the TV from your other computers using a web browser!
I was able to test the VLC Apple TV app for a few hours earlier today, and whilst it is early days yet, I am pretty impressed at what the VLC team has been able to accomplish.

VLC obtains its content via the following network protocols:

Local Network:
The first tab of VLC for Apple TV is dedicated to...

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Apple allegedly keeping 'close eye' on...

Apple is paying close attention to the possibility of Time Warner -- or parts of it -- going up for sale, potentially with the intent of buying assets to help launch a streaming TV service, according to rumors.

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Kool Tools: Cloud Outliner for OS X, iOS

Cloud Outliner (http://tinyurl.com/jeerfcw), the OS X and iOS app that allows anyone to create and share outlines between their Mac devices, iOS devices, and Evernote account, has been revved to version 2.

Outlines are interactive. Customizable notes let you organize plans, projects, and ideas in a clear way. Version 2 includes a multi-tier document manager, password protection, rich-text editing, PDF exporting, light and dark themes, and more.

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Kool Tools: Cloud Outliner for OS X, iOS

Cloud Outliner (http://tinyurl.com/jeerfcw), the OS X and iOS app that allows anyone to create and share outlines between their Mac devices, iOS devices, and Evernote account, has been revved to version 2.

Outlines are interactive. Customizable notes let you organize plans, projects, and ideas in a clear way. Version 2 includes a multi-tier document manager, password protection, rich-text editing, PDF exporting, light and dark themes, and more.

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IBM is King of Granted Patents for 2015 with Apple...

For the twenty-third time in a row, IBM was granted the most U.S. patents for 2015, according to a ranking by patent analysis firm ...

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Apple takes 11th place in awarded US patents in 2015

Apple was awarded 1,938 U.S. patents in 2015, placing it No. 11 overall in newly earned inventions, according to the latest intellectual property rankings published on Wednesday.

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Administration, Silicon Valley Bigs Meet to...

Obama administration officials last week met with senior executives from several leading Silicon Valley firms in a summit on how to combat the proliferation of terrorist communications on social media networks. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, FBI Director James Comey, and John Carlin, assistant attorney general for national security, represented the DoJ. The meeting was part of a larger strategy the administration announced last week, geared toward cracking down on violent extremism.

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SecureMac Launches MacScan 3

SecureMac has introduced MacScan 3, the next generation of its anti-malware software for Mac users.

It protects against trojan horses, keystroke loggers and adware. Automatic malware definition updates are designed to ensure that you're protected against the latest threats. MacScan 3 includes a streamlined user experience, new features, and major improvements to speed and stability.

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See what’s left after popular Paris canal drained...

No big surprises, but I did find the whole series fascinating.

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Fixstars launches 10TB and 13TB SSDs

Fixstars Corp. (http://www.fixstars.com/en/ssd/) has launched two new products: the 10TB Fixstars SSD-10000M, and the Fixstars SSD-13000M, which the company says is the world's largest SSD with 13TB of capacity. Starting today, Fixstars is accepting orders; the drives are expected to ship to US customers in late February.

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Seagate unveils 10TB Helium Enterprise Drive

Seagate (www.seagate.com) has launched its first 10TB enterprise capacity hard disk drive (HDD): the Enterprise 3.5 Capacity HDD.

It provides maximum storage capacity for easy system integration by using the standard 3.5-inch CMR design. Incorporating seven platters and 14 heads, says Mark Re, senior vice president and chief technology officer, Seagate. The drive seals in helium to create a turbulence-free, quiet environment, decreasing both friction and resistance on the platters and delivering the industry’s lowest power/TB ratio and weight specifications for a 10TB HDD, he adds.

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Pharrell in legal trouble over Beats 1 show OTHERtone

A long-running legal battle between music producer Pharrell and a group of former business associates has recently expanded to include OTHERtone, a show the artist hosts on Apple's Beats 1 streaming network.

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You can now pair multiple Apple Watches to an iPhone...

Nate Swanner explores the new ability to pair your iPhone to more than one Apple Watch. I think it’s a natural evolution.

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The Figurative Apple Logo Receives Updated...

Late yesterday the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest registered trademark ...

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Apple Interested in Buying Time Warner Assets for...

Time Warner CEO Jeffrey Bewkes reportedly told investors on Monday that he would entertain a sale of the media company, and Apple has been named as a possible suitor, according to the New York Post. AT&T, which owns DirecTV, and Fox are also said to have shown interest.Eddy Cue, one of Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook’s top lieutenants, in charge of content deals, has been keeping tabs on proceedings at Time Warner, a source close to Apple said.Time Warner owns a large number of assets that could lay the foundation for Apple's much-rumored streaming TV service, including CNN, HBO, TBS, TNT, NBA TV, Cartoon Network and its Warner...

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Apple is number 11 in 2015 U.S. patent rankings

IFI Claims Patent Services, a producer of global patent databases and innovative web services, has announced its annual tabulation of the top U.S. patent recipients, a ranking that is trusted throughout the world. The 2015 IFI CLAIMS U.S. Top 50 ranks global patent assignees by utility patent counts.

Apple’s counts decreased 3% over 2014 to 1,938. However, its ranking went unchanged as its in 11th place, following IBM, Samsung, Canon, Qualcomm, Google, Toshiba, Sony, LG, Intel, and Microsoft.

After seven straight years of increases, 2015 is the first year since 2007 to show a downturn in U.S. patent activity. IFI CLAIMS says there were 298,407 utility patents granted for the calendar year, which is down just less than 1% compared to 2014. Even perennial patent leader IBM is down slightly compared to 2014–although still keeps its #1 position–while #2 Samsung and...

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Apple has this, others do not

Jeffrey Mincey, writing for Mac360, on a major difference between Apple and companies like Google, Samsung, Dell, etc.

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How to control your Apple TV with your Apple Watch

Can’t wait to give this a try.

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Apple CarPlay wins NAIAS tech of the year award

Nice win. Be sure to check out the CarPlay video on the press release page.

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Apple gets a 70% satisfaction rating in IT client...

According to the “Product and Relationship Satisfaction of IT Clients, 2016” from the Temkin Group — a customer experience research, consulting, and training firm — Apple has a 70% satisfaction rating.

The report rates 62 technology vendors based on feedback from 800 IT decision makers within large North American organizations. The research examines eight areas of satisfaction; four that deal with products and services and four that examine relationships. Tech vendors earned the highest satisfaction level for innovation (64%) and the lowest for cost of ownership (56%).

Five tech vendors earned satisfaction levels of 70% or more across the eight areas:  Intel (74%), Google (73%), HP outsourcing (73%), IBM SPSS (71%), and Apple (70%). At the other end of the spectrum, three vendors earned average satisfaction levels below 50%: Cognizant (49%), Sage (49%), and Unisys (46%)....

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Revisiting the first OS X beta

This really brought back memories. Great job by Christopher Phin. Terrific screenshots.

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Apple purportedly ready to scoop up Time Warner if (...

Time Warner isn’t actually for sale (yet), but, according to the New York Post, Apple is a potential buyer. Why? An unnamed “senior tech insider” told the Post that the media company’s assets could ease the launch of a stand-alone streaming TV service.”

Not surprisingly, reps for Apple and Time Warner declined to comment. Time Warner Cable is an American cable telecommunications company. It’s the second largest cable company in the U.S. by revenue behind only Comcast, operating in 29 states.

According to Forbes, the company’s market cap, as of May 2015, was $70.8 billion. Apple has over $200 billion “in the bank” so could scoop up the media and entertainment company and still have a little cash left over for a rainy day.

Time Warner operates through Turner, Home Box office, Warner Bros and Time, Inc. business segments...

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Rumor Pegs Trial Production of the Apple Watch 2 Set...

A fresh report from China has it that the Watch 2 will be manufactured by Quanta – the same company responsible for producing the original model. More importantly, new rumors have it that Quanta could push the Watch 2 into trial production ...

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iOS device shipments overtook Windows shipments last...

A new chart by the Asymco analysis/news site shows that iOS device shipments overtook Windows shipments as a whole in 2015.

Apple shipped over 300 million Macs, iPhones, and iPads in 2015. Approximately 275 million Windows devices shipped last year, according to Asymco, down from 300 million in 2014. Since Mac unit shipments tallied around 10 million, Apple shipped 290 million iOS devices.

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AI readers choose Airmail, Outlook and Nylas N1 as...

We polled our AppleInsider audience to vote for their favorite email application for the Mac. The winner is Airmail, with Outlook coming in as a close second.

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Quanta May Begin Trial Production of Apple Watch 2...

A new report out of China today points to an earlier than expected trial production of the unannounced "Apple Watch 2," expected to begin as soon as the end of January. According to Taiwanese website Commercial Times (via G for Games), the second generation of the Apple Watch will be manufactured by Quanta, which was also responsible for last year’s production of the original smartwatch.

Despite today's report of Quanta's eagerness to begin production on the Apple Watch 2, a rumor back in November suggested the company had a "weaker...

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Apple Reportedly Eying Purchase of Time Warner to...

The Post is reporting that Time Warner Inc. isn’t even on the block yet, but Apple is staying extra close to any possible movement on this front.

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Apple could streamline its Mac line to just iMac and...

There are rumbles that Apple’s product line is becoming too jumbled. We have five product categories: the Mac, the iPhone, the iPad, the Apple Watch, and the Apple TV, not to mention the other products that are lumped in together such as the iPod. And each product category has multiple entries.

Take the Mac, for example. There are the iMac, Mac Pro, Mac mini, MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro. I have a radical suggestion that Apple could use to simplify the line (although I don’t really expect the company to do it): reduce the Mac line to iMac and the MacBook brands. 

Here’s how my plan would work: The iMac would be Apple’s only desktop. The Mac Pro would be replaced by the “iMac Pro” idea (http://tinyurl.com/jh8e8jg) I floated yesterday. The Mac mini could be replaced by a 17-inch all-in-one that shouldn’t cost too much more than the current $499 Mac mini.

The entire Mac laptop...

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Keith McMillen Instruments releases K-MIX

Keith McMillen Instruments has released K-MIX, a Mac OS X compatible, next-generation audio interface and programmable mixer for studio and stage.

The USB bus-powered K-MIX is a go-anywhere, fully-programmable mixer that features flexible routing, per-channel DSP (Digital Signal Processing) — three-band, semi-parametric EQ, compressor/limiter, gate, master reverb (with individual sends per channel), and surround (Quadraphonic, 5.1, 7.1, and Octophonic) output — and can also function without a computer, courtesy of the included USB power supply (with international convertor blades).

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US hospital engaging only 2% of patients via mobile...

New research from Accenture (www.accenture.com) has found that only 2 percent of patients in the largest U.S. hospitals are using hospital-provided mobile health apps. Accenture estimates that failure to align mobile apps to the services consumers’ demand could cost each of these hospitals, on average, more than $100 million in lost annual revenue.

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Kool Tools: olloclip Studio for the iPhone 6 family

olloclip has introduced the Studio, an integrated mobile photography solution for the iPhone 6/6s or 6/6s Plus that combines a new protective case design with an integrated rail-mounting solution (patent pending) and a series of mountable accessories.  

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The ScanSnap iX100 is a powerful scanner in a mobile...

Fujitsu's mobile ScanSnap scanner (the $229 iX100) may be the most versatile scanner around. Not the most powerful, mind you, but the most versatile. Small and portable, it not only lets you scan to Macs and PCs, but also to iOS devices. 

Fujitsu says the ScanSnap is the lightest and fastest of its kind that comes equipped with a built-in battery and Wi-Fi connectivity. I haven't researched every scanner out there, but I'll take them at their word (the iX100 weighs 14 ounces and measures 10.74 x 1.87 x 1.42 inches). 

The iX100 includes an image processor (the GI Processor) inside the scanner that produces its own wireless network, so you can connect from just about anywhere and instantly scan documents to your device or a cloud-based services such as Evernote, Google Docs, and Dropbox. This means you can have a group of travelers or students, for example, connected and scanning documents to multiple devices, all...

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Apple's CEO Rebukes Washington's need for...

Last Friday we posted a report titled "National Security Officials Met with Leading Tech Companies Today in a New Effort to Fight Radical Islamism around the Globe," wherein we noted that Apple's CEO Tim Cook was one of the ones attending to discuss how to better thwart violent extremists' use of the Internet. Last night ...

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Apple patent involves wireless point-of-sale...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,235,861) by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for a “system and method for managing wireless point-of-sale transactions.” It involves Apple Pay, the company’s mobile payment service.

The system involves an account module, an account selection module, a display, an input interface, and a wireless transmitter. The account module stores account information corresponding to a plurality of payment accounts. The account selection module selects a payment account from the array of payment accounts as a default payment account for a wireless point-of-sale transaction based on one or more predetermined criteria. 

The display displays the default payment account to the user. The input interface lets you accept the default payment account by the account selection module. The wireless transmitter that wirelessly transmits payment information to a point-of-sale device. The payment information...

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Take an inside look at the new Apple Museum in Prague

Apple fanboys and fangirls, behold!

Image by MobileMania.cz

Thanks to our friends at MobileMania.cz, we got a special look inside the new Apple Museum that just opened in Prague.

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14 of the most-promising new headphones we listened...

2016 will be a banner year for new headphones

Image by Sarah Jacobsson Purewal

This year’s CES saw headphone manufacturers moving in several directions. Almost every lifestyle brand has gone wireless for convenience’ sake, but
top-of-the-line offerings remain wired so as not to compromise audio quality. Thanks to rumors that Apple is doing away with the 3.5mm audio port on its
next phone, several companies are looking to find digital solutions that plug directly into an iPhone’s Lightning port (or the microUSB port on every other
manufacturer’s smartphone).

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Tuesday January 12

Deals: Apple's 15" MacBook Pros with free...

Readers shopping for a current 15" MacBook Pro this month can not only grab free AppleCare protection plans and a free Canon PIXMA AirPrint-ready printer, but additional cash discounts of up to $90 with free shipping and no tax in 48 states. What's more, this deal is now instant and no longer requires a mail-in-rebate.

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Tim Cook voices views on encryption during meeting w...

Last Friday, Tim Cook was among a handful of Silicon Valley officials who met with White House officials to discuss the use of technology and social media in fighting terrorism. The Intercept today reports that Tim Cook again took the stance of there being no backdoors in technology to allow access to user data and devices.

Cook argued during the meeting that it is the responsibility of the White House to come out and say firmly that there should be “no backdoors” to user information. This would mean that the government would have to...

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Tim Cook pushes for strong encryption at White House...

As expected, Apple CEO Tim Cook urged White House and government officials to come to terms with strong encryption practices that protect consumer data, at one point saying such intentions should be stated publicly.

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Apple Maintains Mac Sales Momentum Amid Overall...

Amid an overall decline in worldwide PC shipments, Apple is the sole manufacturer that saw positive shipment growth, according to new PC shipping estimates from Gartner. With worldwide PC shipments from Lenovo, HP, Dell, ASUS, and Acer down, Apple also broke into Gartner's list of top 5 worldwide PC vendors for the first time.

Gartner's Preliminary Worldwide PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 4Q15 (Thousands of Units)

During the fourth quarter of 2015, Apple shipped 5.7 million PCs, for 7.5 percent market share. That's up from 5.5 million PCs and 6.7 percent market share in the year ago quarter, for an overall year-over-year growth of 2.8 percent. Worldwide PC shipments totaled 75.7 million units in Q4 2015, an 8.3 percent decline, with Acer and Lenovo seeing some of the biggest drops.

Gartner's Preliminary U.S. PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 4Q15 (Thousands of Units)

In the...

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How-To: Add iOS 9.3’s Night Shift mode to your Mac...

Yesterday, released the first beta of iOS 9.3 and it includes a new feature called Night Shift. Apple says that Night Shift uses your iOS device’s location and clock to automatically adjust the colors in your display, making them warmer and easier on the eyes at nighttime. In the end, Apple says this should make it easier to fall asleep as the bright blue light normally emitted from a display has been found to disrupt your circadian rhythms, making it harder to sleep. While Apple has solved this feature on iOS, it remains an issue on OS X…

Despite Apple touting it as so, Night Shift is not necessarily a new feature. Popular third-party app Flux (or f.lux) has offered this feature for some time now, but only briefly...

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Blue Lola headphones review

After having a runaway hit with the Mo-Fi Headphones (check out our review here), Blue is back at it again with a new pair of passive, closed-back isolation headphones. The Lola headphones promise to deliver much of what is loved about the Mo-Fi model, but at a more budget-friendly price and without compromising on some of the forward-thinking design features. I used Lola for a few weeks to see if they were able to live up to the promise.

I enjoyed this review by Matt Vanacoro.

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∞ The Dalrymple Report with Merlin Mann: Power Nipple
FileMaker launches SDK for building native iOS apps

Apple subsidiary FileMaker on Tuesday announced the FileMaker iOS App SDK, a set of coding tools that offer developers the means to build native iPhone and iPad apps.

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The Week in Mac Apps: CloudMagic's latest...

...plus, apps to help you with your home chores, and more

This week’s roundup of new apps is all about productivity, with tools for organizing your email, files, tasks, and hard drive—and a little something to keep you on top of your network usage.

CloudMagic Email 7.4.173

If you’re juggling multiple email accounts (and really, most of us are), CloudMagic’s $20 CloudMagic Email (Mac App Store Link) helps you centralize all of your accounts across different providers in one convenient location.

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iOS shipments overtook Windows in 2015 for the first...

Last July, sales of iOS devices caught up with sales of Windows devices, making it a tight race as to who would ship the most units as 2015 wrapped up. Now, Asymco has shared a chart depicting the extraordinary growth of iPhone shipments and showing that in 2015, iPhone shipments overtook Windows shipments as a whole.

As you can see in the graph above, Apple shipped just over 300 Macs, iPhones, and iPads in 2015, continuing its consistent yearly growth. There were 275 million Windows devices shipped in 2015, according to Asymco, down from 300 million in 2014. Around 10 million Macs were shipped, meaning Apple shipped 290 million iOS devices.

While Android shipments still...

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China reports record sales and 33% growth in non-...

China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has released data showing a significant drop in Android's share of smartphone sales in the December quarter, leaving a 33 percent gain for non-Android smartphones, a segment dominated by Apple's iPhone.

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Boost your productivity with the new Full Screen...

Boost your productivity with the new Full Screen view feature in Outlook for Mac

We are happy to announce that Outlook for Mac now officially supports Full Screen view for OS X Yosemite and above. Ever since we released Outlook 2016 for Mac, native Full Screen view has been one of the most requested features at the Outlook for Mac UserVoice forum. Over the past few months, we received valuable feedback from usability studies and we’re excited to deliver a Full Screen view experience to help you manage multiple email messages more easily.

Let’s take a look at some of the highlights of this feature.

Immerse yourself in Outlook for Mac when managing your email messages

The inbox is your home for managing email messages and meeting invitations. By switching to Full Screen view, you can focus on incoming email messages in a distraction-free environment.


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Apple is the Lone PC Maker to Grow Worldwide in 2015...

A new report published by IDC today notes that Worldwide PC shipments totaled 71.9 million units in the fourth quarter of 2015 (4Q15), a year-on-year decline of -10.6%.

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Apple's iOS 9 now on 3 out of 4 compatible...

In statistics shared with developers on Monday, Apple revealed distribution of the latest iOS 9 mobile operating system now stands at 75 percent, a number up 5 percent since the last check in November.

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iOS 9 is Now Installed on 75% of Active iOS Devices

After four months of availability, Apple's newest mobile operating system, iOS 9, is now installed on 75 percent of active iOS devices as of January 11, according to new numbers posted on Apple's App Store support page for developers.

iOS 9 adoption has climbed from 71 percent to 75 percent over the course of the past month, which is when Apple last updated iOS 9 adoption numbers. As iOS 9 adoption grows, the number of people using iOS 8 and earlier operating systems has declined. 19 percent of iOS users continue to use iOS 8, while 7 percent use an earlier version of iOS.

iOS 9 adoption has outpaced iOS 8 adoption. At four months after launch, iOS 8 was installed on 68 percent of active iOS devices. In fact, iOS 9 adoption is nearly on pace with iOS 7 adoption, which was installed on 79 percent of devices four months after it was released in 2013.

In September, when iOS 9 hit a milestone that saw it...

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Apple Watch took 52% Market Share in 2015 while all...

While the iPhone 6s may not be breaking any records this quarter, new data from UK's Juniper Research shows the Apple Watch has claimed 52% of global smartwatch shipments in 2015 ....

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External Link: You’re Not an Average Apple User

MacNN has done something interesting — an “exit poll” of sorts, where they asked questions of 1,000 iOS users at four Northern Virginia Apple Stores, a task that took only two hours given the stores’ high foot traffic. In short, only about 20 percent of the people (200) also used a Mac, and just 20 percent of them (40) said they were capable of performing maintenance tasks. That last number was slightly higher for iOS, with 29 percent of people saying they were capable of performing basic maintenance. The takeaway is that most users — at least those who go to an Apple Store in Northern Virginia — treat their Apple devices as appliances. Of course, people in those stores may not be entirely representative of the Apple user base in other ways, but it seems safe to say that we Mac users who can do basic maintenance tasks are very much in the minority, and we have to take that into account when evaluating Apple’s actions. Be sure to read the full article!


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External Link: You’re Not an Average Apple User

MacNN has done something interesting — an “exit poll” of sorts, where they asked questions of 1,000 iOS users at four Northern Virginia Apple Stores, a task that took only two hours given the stores’ high foot traffic. In short, only about 20 percent of the people (200) also used a Mac, and just 20 percent of them (40) said they were capable of performing maintenance tasks. That last number was slightly higher for iOS, with 29 percent of people saying they were capable of performing basic maintenance. The takeaway is that most users — at least those who go to an Apple Store in Northern Virginia — treat their Apple devices as appliances. Of course, people in those stores may not be entirely representative of the Apple user base in other ways, but it seems safe to say that we Mac users who can do basic maintenance tasks are very much in the minority, and we have to take that into account when evaluating Apple’s actions. Be sure to read the full article!


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Apple now has 12.7% of the US computer market and 7....

Apple, which continues to buck the trend of an eroding consumer PC market, leveraged the consumer-heavy holiday season to retake third place with a 12.7% share of the U.S. personal computer market, according to the latest data from the IDC research group. The Mac has gained market share for 35 out of the last 36 quarters.

According to IDC, the top five U.S. personal computer vendors, and their market share, are: HP (28.1%), Dell (23.9%), Apple (12.7%; that’s up 8.9% year-over-year), Lenovo (12.5%), and ASUS (7.1%).

Apple is also now in fourth place when it comes to global PC market share. According to IDC the top five global vendors, and their market share, are: Lenovo (20.7%); HP (19.4%), Dell (14.1%; that’s up 6.2% year-over-year); Apple (7.5%), and Acer (7.1%).

The Gartner...

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AWT News Update: January 12, 2016

Today's Apple news bits include some app announcements, crazy Wall Street analysts, and a Microsoft spokesperson just being...a Microsoft spokesperson:

  • Shares in Apple given a "Buy" rating today by one major investment firm
  • Skype is adding free group video calling to the iPhone and iPad apps soon
  • Microsoft spokesperson Dan Laycock disses the iPad Pro
  • You'll now be able to watch Periscope streams -- like the one we do most days while recording the podcast -- right in your Twitter stream
  • VLC is now in the Apple TV App Store

Text version of this podcast is located below, and video can be viewed here.

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Skype to bring free group calling to iPhones, iPads...

Skype users will soon be able to make free group video calls from mobile devices like iPhones, iPods, and iPads, just as they can on Macs, PCs, and Xboxes, the Microsoft-owned company announced on Tuesday.

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Apple bucks downward PC market spiral, was lone...

The latest statistics from market research firm Gartner show Apple as the lone top-five PC vendor that grew worldwide shipments from 2014, bucking an negative market trend that saw shipments decline for the fourth consecutive year.

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iOS 9.3 Preview: First look at Night Shift mode,...

This week’s iOS 9.3 beta software update for iPhone and iPad is a pretty major release for a mid-cycle version. New features including the F.lux-like Night Shift which lets you change the color temperature of your display and Touch ID plus secure passwords for Notes feel more major version features. Other parts like new 3D Touch quick actions for many of Apple’s stock apps feel more like playing catch up, but overall iOS 9.3 is shaping up to be an impressive release. Check out the details below:

iOS 9.3 also includes new Siri languages including Hebrew, Finnish, and Malay, as well as the ability to pair multiple Apple Watches to one iPhone. Apple Watch users can also now view Activity data in the Health app, and detailed...

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Microsoft Puts Legacy IE Browsers Out to Pasture

Microsoft on Tuesday ended technical support for the older versions of its legacy Internet Explorer browser, placing at risk millions of users who -- despite extensive warnings -- have not upgraded to the latest version of Internet Explorer or the free install of Windows 10. The support expiration means that customers using IE 8, 9 and 10 no longer will receive technical support and security updates. Users who fail to upgrade to the latest version of IE or to Edge Users who fail to upgrade to the latest version of IE or to Edge will be at risk.

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Skype offers early access to free group video calls...

Microsoft said Tuesday that it will soon push free Skype group video calls to those users who have the Android, iOS, and Windows Mobile versions of Skype installed. This feature is already available on the desktop versions of Skype, but Microsoft's using the 10th anniversary of Skype to highlight the move to mobile. 

Microsoft said that in the last decade, Skype users have communicated via video for over 2 trillion minutes. The company explained how much time that is: "with that amount of time, you can use Skype to read to every child in the world for 10 hours, every family can be together over Skype for more than 7 hours and there’s still time left for the entire world’s workforce to have an hour-long interview via Skype." 


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iOS 9.3 Displays Exact Wi-Fi Assist Data Usage...

Apple's iOS 9.3 beta introduces major new features like Night Shift, but there are also dozens of little tweaks to be discovered in the operating system update. It appears that one of those minor changes applies to Wi-Fi Assist, adding a much-needed feature that allows users to see just how much data it's using.

Wi-Fi Assist data usage can be checked within the Settings app by choosing the Cellular section and scrolling down to the Wi-Fi Assist option. Next to the toggle that turns the feature on and off, there's now a data usage number that displays how much data has been consumed when it is in use.

Wi-Fi Assist was first introduced with iOS 9. It's a feature that allows an iPhone...

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Apple CarPlay wins Autoblog’s tech of the year award

Autoblog, an online automotive news and information site, has named Apple’s CarPlay the winner of its technology of the year feature award and the 2016 Tesla Model S P90D winner of the technology of the year car award at the 2016 North American International Auto Show.

The awards honor both the best individual technology features in a vehicle along with the vehicle that showcases the most transformative, integrated technologies in the auto world. Winners were selected based on testing conducted by Autoblog’s editorial staff and a guest judge from Engadget, a technology and culture publication.

“We wanted to take the opportunity to highlight the cutting-edge vehicles and technologies...

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Notable apps and app updates for Jan. 12, 2016

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

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

Reinvented Software has announced Together 3.5 for Mac and Together 1.4 for iPad and iPhone. Together was developed specifically for collecting, organizing and searching all kinds of files. 

Just about anything can be added to Together for safe keeping, tagged, previewed, collected together in different ways and found again instantly. In the latest versions, iCloud integration has been completely rewritten to make it more flexible, responsive and reliable.

Together 3.5 for Mac costs $49.99, is a free upgrade for all Together 3 users, requires OS X 10.11 El Capitan or later and is...

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Merrill Lynch upgrades AAPL to 'Buy,' says...

Bank of America Merrill Lynch upgraded Apple stock from "Neutral" to "Buy" on Tuesday, with an analyst at the firm suggesting that any worries about channel or supply chain checks are already factored into share prices.

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ESA Fails to Rouse Philae Lander

DLR, the German Aerospace Center, this week vainly tried to reawaken the dormant Philae robotic probe, which achieved the first-ever soft landing on a comet nucleus in 2014. DLR sent a command to Philae to spin up its flywheel, which had stabilized the lander during its descent onto the comet. DLR hoped that might give Philae some angular momentum to better align itself with the sun and possibly shake some dust from its solar panels so it could recharge its batteries, which have run down.

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Skype bringing free group video calling to iPhone...

Skype today announced that it’s bringing free group video calling— a feature it’s long had available on the desktop—to mobile devices including iPhone and iPad users.

Yes, it really has been a decade since Skype changed the way people connect with their loved ones. 6 years ago, we innovated again with one-to-one video calling on mobile phones. Today, we are excited to announce the next evolution – group video calling on Android, iPhone, iPad and Windows 10 Mobile.

The feature will officially launch in the coming weeks, but you can pre-register through Skype’s website here.

And keep an eye out for updates to the...

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New estimate says Apple Watch accounted for over...

The Apple Watch was far and away the most popular smartwatch during 2015, accounting for about 51.5 percent of shipments, or 8.8 million units, according to a Jupiter Research estimate.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk on the Apple Car: ‘It will...

It’d be normal for car company execs to feel a tad threatened by the much-rumored Apple Car, but Tesla CEO Elon Musk is not one of those people. In fact he sounds happy to see Apple entering the electric car market.

“It will expand the industry,” Musk told the BBC this week, before reaffirming his own company’s goals. “Tesla will still aspire to make the most compelling electric vehicles, and that would be our goal, while at the same time helping other companies to make electric cars as well.”

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Apple World Today Video Tip: Hiding Apple apps in...

Today's tip comes from a smart YouTuber with the handle videosdebarraquito who figured out how to hide those pesky Apple apps that you can't delete. I recorded the process with a narration for your viewing enjoyment:

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Here’s $100. Can you win $1.5 billion at Powerball?

L.A. Times:

The odds of winning the Powerball jackpot are 1 in 292,201,338. But someone has to win, right? We decided to put that idea to the test.This game starts with $100 to play against multiple lottery drawings. Pick your numbers and watch the money disappear.

I spent $10,000 and “won” $814. That being said, I will still very occasionally buy a lottery ticket, even knowing the odds are stacked against me if only because it’s fun to dream, even if only for a little while, about that kind of money and what I’d do with it.

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A Hands-On Walkthrough of the New Features in iOS 9....

Apple yesterday surprised us with new betas of iOS 9.3, OS X 10.11.4, watchOS 2.2, and tvOS 9.2. Of those betas, iOS 9.3 and tvOS 9.2 introduce important new features to iOS devices and the fourth-generation Apple TV.

iOS 9.3 includes a new Night Shift mode that cuts down on blue light in the evening for better sleep, plus it introduces new Quick Actions for several stock apps and brings new features for News, Notes, Health, CarPlay, and more. A full walkthrough of what's new in iOS 9.3 is available in the video below...

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1Password 6 for Mac is here with all vaults view and...

AgileBits is having a huge week. The developer of 1Password released a new iOS version on Monday, followed by a huge update today for the password management app’s Mac version.

We’ve always been big fans of 1Password. In November, the app opened up vaults for teams in beta so colleagues can securely share passwords. It was a long-requested feature, but now many 1Password users have multiple vaults to switch between during the day. 1Password 6.0 now lets you view all vaults, and customize which ones you see if there are some you rarely need to...

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The two Apples

Above Avalon:

There are two Apples: AAPL, the stock, and Apple, the company. While it would seem logical that one is merely a reflection of the other, in reality, the two are guided by vastly different parameters. Over the long run, Apple and AAPL will likely be at odds with each other due to the very nature of Apple’s long-term mission of making products that people love. It is the classic Wall Street vs. Silicon Valley battle, and 2015 was likely just a taste of what is to come.

It would be an understatement to say that AAPL had a weak 2015. When looking at stock price performance, AAPL’s underperformance was quite striking. While GOOG, FB, and AMZN saw strong double-digit stock price increases, AAPL reported a rare 3% decline, the first annual decline since 2008. Even more striking, AAPL’s performance meant that the market removed $46 billion of market cap from AAPL in 2015, whereas AMZN and GOOG were given nearly $350 billion of additional market capitalization...

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Apple Hiring for Health Technologies Team Ahead of...

Apple has posted at least four job listings since November seeking biomedical engineers and technicians to join the research and development arm of its Health Technologies team, reports BuzzFeed News.

Apple's current health and fitness initiatives include the Apple Watch, launched last April with a heart rate sensor and activity tracking, and ResearchKit, an open source medical research framework for clinical trials on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

The rumored Apple Watch 2 is expected to launch in March...

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9to5Toys Last Call: 3000mAh iPhone 6/s Battery Case...

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Lighten the mathematics load with OneNote Class...

Today’s post was written by Ian Allan Thomson, head of Mathematics at Ormiston College in Brisbane, Australia.

OneNote allows the user to collate information in a variety of forms, including text, images, spreadsheets, audio commentaries and videos. It provides a structure for the organization of notes and it supports multi-user collaboration and also is suitable for taking handwritten notes using a stylus on a tablet computer. These features make OneNote practical and beneficial for use in mathematics education.

OneNote provides a natural interface for mathematical language

Mathematics is a language. It has its own syntax, grammar and vocabulary. The language of mathematics is represented by a diverse array of symbols, diagrams and characters. Using OneNote with a stylus on a tablet computer helps the user deal with the intricacies of mathematical language by simply handwriting it rather than having to depress a complex sequence of keys. It also...

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Avenza Launches PDF Maps Affiliate Program

Avenza Systems, a developer of cartographic software—such as MAPublisher for Adobe Illustrator and Geographic Imager geospatial tools for Adobe Photoshop—has launched an affiliate program for PDF Maps, its consumer and enterprise mobile map app.

Any retailer or business, including both online and physical stores, blogs, portals and information sites, can earn revenue by promoting and selling maps directly to its customers using affiliate links on websites or by using signage with QR codes. Each map sale conducted in this manner will earn the affiliate a share of the revenue.

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Philosophy of Scripting FileMaker 14 remote training...

FileMaker author John Mark Osborne announces that he’s teaching his intermediate and advanced scripting courses titled the Philosophy of Scripting. These two courses will be taught in a remote setting via GoToMeeting at half the normal cost.

Remote classes are taught twice a week for a total of four hours per week. This allows for better absorption of the material as well as the advantage of homework assignments. The times are:

° Philosophy of Scripting 101 (2/2/2016 to 3/9/2016)

° Philosophy of Scripting 201 (3/15/2016 to 4/6/2016)

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VLC for Apple TV Now Available on tvOS App Store

Following a lengthy beta testing period, VideoLAN has announced that its VLC app is now available for the fourth-generation Apple TV on the tvOS App Store.

The app is a full port of the VLC media player and supports virtually all video formats in line with the VLC for iOS app. There are also many tvOS-specific features.

- Content Discovery: The app automatically discovers video files stored on your local network, using the SMB, UPnP media server, FTP and PLEX protocols. You can browse through videos with the Siri Remote and select content for playback. During playback, subtitles can be added from OpenSubtitles.org.

- Saved Logins: Login credentials can be securely stored on the Apple TV and will be synchronized to and from your iPhone and iPad.

- Remote Playback: VLC displays an IP address under the Remote Playback menu on Apple TV. This address can...

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Jury selection to start Jan. 25 in Apple-VirnetX...

VirnetX Holding Corp., an Internet security software and technology company, says that jury selection in the company's pending litigation/civil action against Apple will start on Jan. 25. The court issued a “comprehensive order” with rulings on all of the pending daubert and dispositive motions, filed by both parties and pending before the court.

In January 2014, VirnetX filed a motion with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas seeking to supplement its infringement contentions against Apple, the defendant in a patent infringement lawsuit. 

The motion alleged that Apple products, including products containing the redesigned VPN On Demand and Per App VPN features implemented in Apple’s iOS 7, continue to infringe VirnetX’s patented inventions. Some of the currently accused products in this lawsuit include the iPhone 5, iPod touch (fifth generation), iPad (fourth generation), iPad mini, and certain Mac computers...

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Apple releases first iOS 9.3 beta, hints at new...

It’s the betas that tell you the cool things that are coming down the pipe.

Apple on Monday released the first iOS 9.3 beta through the Apple Developer Center, and a public beta is likely to be available in the near future.

The beta includes mentions of the following new features:

Apple Watch – With iOS 9.3 and watchOS 2.2, the iPhone is able to pair with more than one Apple Watch. Both updates are required, with each watch running watchOS 2.2 and the iPhone running iOS 9.3. WatchOS 2.2 was seeded to developers alongside iOS 9.3.

Night Shift – iOS 9.3 includes a feature that reduces blue light at night, much like f.lux does on a Mac.

Notes – Notes is now password protected and there are new features for sorting by date created, date modified, or...

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Periscope live streams arrive inside Twitter, no...

Twitter is giving greater visibility to its live streaming app Periscope, with videos appearing directly in users’ feeds.

Those videos will play automatically—though presumably without audio—straight from the timeline view in Twitter’s iOS app. Tapping on the video will open a full screen view of the Periscope stream, including hearts and comments from Periscope users in real time.

Previously, tweets of Periscope streams merely included a link to the separate app. With videos embedded into Twitter, users can tune into live streams even if they haven’t installed Periscope. The Periscope app will still be necessary to comment on streams or host videos, and there’s no word on whether that’ll change in the future.

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In-app credit card purchases account for 38% of...

New research from Phoenix Marketing International's ongoing tracking study on Apple Pay shows that in-app credit card purchases account for 38% of total credit card transactions for Apple’s mobile payment solution. 

During the first year of Apple Pay marketing, the Phoenix survey recorded Apple Pay credit card transactions among 833 Apple Pay users. Most (91%) made an Apple Pay credit card transaction in a store while two-thirds (67%) made an in-app transaction. Looking at total Apple Pay credit card transactions, 62% were made in-store and 38% were made in-app.

The survey also revealed some of the more popular Apple Pay retailer brands. In-store retailers with the highest foot traffic for Apple Pay credit card users were McDonald's and Apple itself – with over 40% of Apple Pay credit card users making at least one Apple Pay credit card transaction over the last 5 months. Other leading retailers included Macy's (36%) and Subway 32...

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1Password 6.2 for iOS released, adds array of new...

The cool cats at AgileBits have just released 1Password 6.2 for iOS, adding in a heaping helping of changes along the way:

Smarter Searching: The company’s made changes to the Search tool, and you can now search from the Favorites and Organize tabs, in addition to the Categories tab.

Users can also use a Search Titles feature as well as a Search Everything feature.

Watchtower: This monitors the latest security vulnerabilities from around the web and alerts you when your own accounts might need attention. To start using Watchtower, go to Settings > Security and tap the switch. If an item has a potential vulnerability, you’ll see it in the item’s details view.

Items can now be copies or moved across vaults. All you need to do is view the item’s details and tap...

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Popular VLC media player app arrives on the new...

After a false start late last month, VLC for Mobile has now arrived on the new Apple TV. VideoLAN officially announced the new Apple TV version of the VLC media player app, which it calls “a full port of VLC media player combined with platform specific features.” VLC enables unsupported media formats to be played on Apple products including the new Apple TV for the first time.

VideoLAN notes that the first version of VLC for Apple TV is notably missing connections to cloud services like Dropbox and OneDrive, but these features are being tested and will be added in the future. The...

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Apple May Invest in AMOLED Supplier AU Optronics for...

Following rumors claiming that iPhones will adopt OLED displays in less than three years, Taiwanese website Focus Taiwan cites local media reports stating that Apple is planning to invest in AMOLED display supplier AU Optronics.According to the reports, Apple is likely to transform AUO into an active-matrix organic light-emitting diode (AMOLED) screen supplier for production of future iPhones, and if AUO agrees with Apple's fund injection plan, the Taiwanese firm could see its sales and gross margin grow significantly.AU Optronics declined to comment on its potential investment deal with Apple, but the supplier's shares of the company gained 5.15% on Tuesday to close at NT$9.53 on the Taiwanese stock market amid the rumors.


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With 40% of online users Experiencing Online...

A new tech-driven initiative to curb online harassment has begun under the name of 'Hack Harassment,' lead by Intel, Vox Media, Re/code and Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation. Hack Harassment's first move will be to kick start a series of ...

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T-Mobile admits Binge On throttles all video, blames...

T-Mobile is coming clean about how its Binge On program treats streaming video, long after other people figured it out for themselves. But it also leaves some questions unanswered in its attempt to “clarify” matters.

Binge On is a new optional service from T-Mobile that lets users stream unlimited video from supported services, including Netflix and Hulu, without counting against data caps. Enabled by default, it reduces the video quality of those streams to as little as 480p resolution.

In late December, YouTube observed that T-Mobile was reducing its video quality as well, even though YouTube wasn’t part of the Binge On program and was still counting against users’ data caps. That claim was confirmed last week by the Electronic Frontier Foundation...

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As Apple looks to ditch 3.5mm socket, patent hints...

A new patent awarded to Apple today suggests that the company’s audio plans for future iPhones may go beyond reportedly ditching the 3.5mm headphone socket in favor of Lightning and Bluetooth. The patent is very densely-worded, but seemingly describes a method of getting higher-quality and higher-volume audio from speakers built into slimmer devices.

Apple’s statement of the problem is...

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52 places to go in 2016

This is a beautiful, video-laden project from the New York Times. It highlights 52 different cities to visit, a sort of bucket list, each accompanied by a writeup, a small map, and a sparkling photo or short video. Lovely job by the Times’ travel team.

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Elon Musk: It’s an open secret that Apple is working...

Elon Musk, in a BBC interview, talks about the Tesla Model 3, in production next year, designed to be affordable for the masses. When asked about Apple’s plans, he (almost reluctantly, it seems) makes the point that it is an open secret that Apple is working on a car of their own.

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ProPublica Launches News Site on Dark Web

ProPublica last week reportedly launched what's believed to be the first major news site on the dark Web. The site's purpose reportedly is to maximize the privacy of readers. The Tor hidden service goes beyond SSL in that visits to sites are hidden from eavesdroppers and Internet service providers. Anyone monitoring the various Tor nodes can track visitors who use a Tor browser to view ProPublica's regular site. Using the Tor hidden service retains visitors' anonymity.

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Poll: Is iOS 9.3 a big enough upgrade to persuade...

Personally, I’m a coward where betas are concerned. Trying one on a secondary device is fine, but I tend to steer clear of them on my daily drivers.

But the iOS 9.3 beta, released yesterday, was a big one! There was Night Shift, that gradually warms the colors on the display to match our natural circadian rhythms, making it easier to fall asleep after staring at the screen until late. Notes secured by Touch ID. Better access to health data. Improved Apple Music integration within CarPlay. Improved personalization for News. And additional 3D Touch functionality for the stock apps.

Not only that, but our usage so far suggests that it...

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Why Apple Pay usage appears to be lagging behind...

While the number of U.S. retailers who accept Apple Pay has grown seven-fold between the launch of the service and the end of last year, usage appears to be lagging behind that curve. A survey by Phoenix Marketing found that even in the cases of retailers with the highest levels of Apple Pay usage, only a minority of customers use the payment method there more than once a month.

The survey also noted that 47% of Apple Pay users had experienced a failed transaction at least once, and that a handful of states account for half of all payments made using the service.

As someone who lives in the UK, where contactless payment first launched in 2008, none of this surprises me – and I don’t think it’s anything...

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Integrated CPU graphics are catching up with...

If you’re a casual or mainstream gamer, you don’t need a discrete graphics card, Intel says.

Instead, look at integrated graphics, which are getting more powerful by the day, said Gregory Bryant, vice president and general manager of Intel’s desktop clients platform.

The top-level graphics processors integrated in Intel’s chips, called Iris and Iris Pro, can outperform 80 percent of discrete graphics chips, Bryant said.

“We have improved graphics 30 times what they were five years ago,” Bryant said during a speech at a J.P. Morgan forum last week at CES.

The integrated graphics inside Intel’s latest Core processors code-named Skylake can handle three 4K monitors simultaneously, showing the improvements Intel has made recently.

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Kensington launches new Secure Cabinet Trolley

Kensington (www.kensington.com) has launched its Secure Cabinet Trolley for the safe and easy movement of Kensington Charge & Sync Cabinets, Universal Tablet. 
Designed especially for teachers and school administrators, as well as small and medium businesses that need to transport up to 20 tablets at a time, the new Secure Cabinet Trolley can stack up to two Charge & Sync Cabinets, Universal Tablet that hold the iPad, Galaxy Tab, Microsoft Surface 3 and other tablets.

It costs US$79.99. You can buy the Kensington Charge & Sync Cabinet, Universal Tablet and Trolley Bundle for $779.98.

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Seagate launches new NAS HDD

Seagate Technology (www.seagate.com) has launched the Seagate NAS HDD 8TB, which it says is the world’s highest-capacity drive optimized for RAID, Network-Attached Storage (NAS) and server storage. It’s targeted to the small- and medium-sized businesses (SMB), small office/home office (SOHO) and creative professional segments.

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WaterField Designs debuts Staad Attaché

WaterField Designs has announced the US$229 Staad Attaché (http://tinyurl.com/hqmadrz), a bag for the new Apple iPad Pro and 13-inch MacBooks. Its padded tablet and laptop compartment fits the super-sized iPad along with the Apple Smart Keyboard or Logitech keyboard or Apple’s 13-inch laptops, says WaterField Designs owner Gary Waterfield.

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Apple’s audio port patent shows it wants to make...

There are persistent rumors that the iPhone 7 will ditch the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack and offer only two choices for connecting headphones and earphones: wirelessly via Bluetooth or, physically, via a Lightning port. Only Apple knows if the rumors are true, but a newly granted patent (number 9,237,389) by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office shows that the company remains committed (obsessed) with making its devices ever thinner.

In the patent for an “audio port configuration for compact electronic devices,” Apple even points out that, as portable electronic devices get smaller and thinner, there are increased difficulties in providing the same or greater audio functionality in a smaller area. An electronic device such as an iPhone can utilize at least one or two speakers and one or more microphones in its internal house.

However,, given the area constraints...

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Apple is granted another patent involving 3D...

Apple continues to work on 3D interfaces and has been granted a patent (number 9,235,753) for “extraction of skeletons from 3D maps.” While this sounds like something from a horror movie, it involves a method for processing data that includes receiving a timed sequence of depth maps of a scene containing a humanoid form having a head. 

A "depth map" has the form of an image in which the pixel values indicate topographical information, rather than brightness and/or color of the objects in the scene. They can be used to segment and identify objects in a scene. Identification of humanoid forms (in other words, 3D shapes whose structure resembles that of a human being) in a depth map, and changes in these forms from scene to scene, may be used as a means for controlling computer applications. 

For example, a depth map may be segmented to identify a contour of a humanoid body. The contour is processed in order to identify a torso and one or more limbs of the body. An input...

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Apple iOS 9.3 will introduce Siri in Hebrew for...

Apple's Siri is learning Hebrew. According to a new report from the Israeli newspaper ...

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