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Tuesday October 13

B&H Photo begins offering 20 Apple Watch models...

Apple today has further expanded the retail availability of Apple Watch, making the device available to purchase online and in stores from B&H Photo. The New York-based retailer currently is stocking 20 variants of the device in both the 38mm and 42mm models.

Much like Target, Best Buy, T-Mobile, and Sprint retail locations, B&H is stocking the recently announced gold and rose gold Apple Watch Sport variants. In addition to the Sport models, B&H is also offering the stainless steel variant in 38mm and 42mm models. As far as straps go, the...

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Tip of the Day: Adding links to Reminders in iOS 9

With iOS 9 you can now create reminders that are linked to content in other applications, such as a web page, email, contact, conversation in messages, or location in maps. Even better, many third-party apps also provide support for the same feature, allowing you to set reminders directly from those apps and then link back into where you were in the app, such as editing an image in Pixelmator, being reminded about a reading item in Pocket, or saving…

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External Link: Steve Jobs Tried to Woo Woz Back to...

In an interview about the new Steve Jobs movie, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak revealed an interesting tidbit: before Jobs died, he asked if Wozniak wanted to return to Apple. Wozniak turned him down, but it’s interesting to ponder what he might have done at the company, or if he would still have had a place there. As for the movie, which Wozniak was a consultant on, he gave it his seal of approval in spite of its many fictitious details. “The movie is not about reality. It’s about personalities,” Wozniak said.


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External Link: How to Further Dim Your iPhone or...

For many of us, the dimmest brightness setting on the iPhone and iPad is still too bright, especially in dark rooms. Fortunately, Justin Searls has a tip on how to set up the Zoom accessibility setting to lower the brightness below the lowest setting. After setting it up, you can dim the screen with a triple-press of the Home button.


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∞ Jony Ive, J.J. Abrams, and Brian Grazer on...

Vanity Fair:

Apple’s chief design officer Jony Ive in conversation with the director of the upcoming Star Wars film, J.J. Abrams. Moderated by the Academy Award–winning producer Brian Grazer.

An hour long conversation with and between three fascinating people.

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Apple Updates iMac Family with Stunning New Retina...

Apple has updated the entire iMac family, bringing a new Retina 4K display to the 21.5-inch iMac for the first time and the Retina 5K display to every 27-inch iMac. The updated iMacs also feature more powerful processors and graphics, two Thunderbolt 2 ports, and new storage options that make the high-performance Fusion Drive even more affordable. Apple also introduced a new lineup of wireless accessories including the all-new Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2, and Magic Trackpad 2. “From the first iMac to today, the spirit of iMac has never wavered — deliver the ultimate desktop experience with the latest technologies, gorgeous displays, and cutting-edge designs,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “These are the most stunning iMacs we’ve ever made. With our gorgeous new Retina displays, more powerful processors and graphics, and all-new Magic accessories, the new iMac continues to redefine the ultimate desktop experience.”

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Apple compares iMacs from 1998 and 2015

Back in 1998, Apple introduced the first iMac to reinvigorate the Mac line. To celebrate the launch of the new 21.5-inch Retina iMac and the upgraded 27-inch Retina 5K iMac, Apple has published a page on its website featuring a comparison of the old and the new

While the company doesn't say exactly what iMac models it is comparing, the raw numbers are amazing. The newest iMac has:

  • 14 million more pixels
  • 62,000 times faster graphics
  • 366 times more processing power
  • 1,000 times more RAM
  • 750 times more storage

than the original. We've come a long way in just 17 years.

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TMO Daily Observations 2015-10-13: New Retina iMacs...

Apple introduced new 4K and 5K iMacs today along with updated versions of its keyboard, mouse, and trackpad. Bryan Chaffin and The Maccast's Adam Christianson join Jeff Gamet to offer up their thoughts on Apple's new hardware, plus they talk about the new Steve Jobs film.

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iMovie for Mac OS X now lets you create, edit, and...

Along with revving the iMac line with all Retina displays, Apple has updated iMovie for Mac OS X to version 10.1, adding support for creating, editing, and sharing movies at 4K resolution (3840 x 2160).

You can view pixel-for-pixel 4K video while editing a movie on an iMac with Retina 5K display. (4K export requires a Mac from 2011 or later with at least 4GB of RAM. Full resolution 4K display id supported on an iMac with Retina display or a Mac Pro (2013 or later) when connected to a 4K display.

According to Apple's notes, the upgrade allows you to:

Create and share movies with 1080p HD video at 60 frames per second;

Import movies and trailers from iMovie for iOS (version 2.2 and later), so you can start editing on an iOS device and finish on your Mac.

iMovie 10.1 has a redesigned media view that lets you see more of your library while...

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I'll be damned. You can get a refund on unused...

Well, knock me over with a feather. Glenn Fleishman at Macworld reported this morning that one of their readers, the oddly-named "suspiciouschicken", found out that you can get a refund on unused AppleCare+. That means that if you purchase an iPhone every year and get that 2-year AppleCare+ plan, you can get some bucks back in your wallet. 

The formula used for the United States (it varies by country) is essentially "original cost pro-rated for time remaining less the value of any service used and less a cancellation fee of either $25 or 10 percent of the pro-rated remaining value, whichever is lower" (that paraphrasing comes from Macworld's post). 

Let's say you bought an iPhone 6 last year and got the AppleCare+ plan for $99. After one year and no service incidents, the plan would still have $49.50 left of value. $25 is...

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Apple e-book antitrust monitoring may end after...


The U.S. Justice Department said it’s satisfied Apple Inc. put in place reforms to comply with antitrust laws even though it fought with a monitor appointed to oversee its sale of electronic books.

The government on Monday recommended that the monitoring not be extended. In a letter to the Manhattan federal judge who found in 2013 that Apple illegally conspired with publishers to set e-book prices, the U.S. said Apple has “now implemented meaningful antitrust policies, procedures, and training programs that were obviously lacking at the time Apple participated in and facilitated the horizontal price-fixing conspiracy found by this court.”

While Apple won’t be sad to see the monitor go, looking through other details of this story tells you the monitor will be – he was making a small fortune billing Apple for his court-mandated time.


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The inside story of Apple’s new iMacs

Steven Levy:

There are many reasons why Apple is the world’s most valuable company. Tim Cook is celebrated as a supply chain Maester who has internalized the focus on innovation that his predecessor inculcated in the culture. Jony Ive has drawn global raves for making Apple a design icon. Its marketing and branding practices set industry standards. But a visit to the lab where its legacy products — computers — are made suggests another reason.

Sweating the details.

Levy was given inside access to the iMac team while they developed the new machines and, as usual, his writing on the topic is fascinating.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Apple Adds Retina Displays to More iMacs, Updates...

Retina is on the roll for iMacs, as Apple adds a 21.5-inch iMac with 4K Retina display and drops the non-Retina 27-inch iMac model. The 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina display gets a better screen with a wider color gamut, and lower prices. Also new are the rechargeable Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2, and Magic Trackpad 2.


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There's less than one day left to pre-order...

Just a reminder -- at this point (11:15 AM ET) there are only about 22 hours left to order Macphun's new Creative Kit 2016 at a substantial discount. After that time, the six-app bundle of photography apps and extensions will jump from the pre-sale price of US$89.99 to $149.95 and you'll miss out on over $300 in extra freebies from Macphun.

Creative Kit 2016 includes these features:

  • New software: They've added FX Photo Studio Pro, with over 200 filters, frames, brushes and controls. That's in addition to Noiseless Pro, Snapheal Pro, Focus Pro, Tonality Pro and...
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A list of all the other things iCloud syncs

Check out David Chartier’s list of things iCloud syncs between devices. Be sure to let him know if you notice anything missing from the list.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Apple debuts 4K, 5K iMacs, Magic Keyboard, Magic...

These could smack of the nifty.

On Tuesday, Apple announced its 2015 iMacs, including a new 21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K Display and 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display.

The new desktops feature faster processors and graphics, two Thunderbolt 2 ports and up to 2TB of Fusion Drive storage for stock configurations. The 4K 21.5-inch iMac has a 3.1GHz Core i7 Broadwell processor and integrated Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200, while the 5K 27-inch iMacs have 3.2GHz to 3.3GHz Core i5 and i7 Skylake processors and dedicated AMD Radeon R9 GPUs.

The company also debuted the new Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Trackpad 2.

The new Magic...

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6 reasons I couldn’t live without 3D Touch ever again

Allyson Kazmucha, writing for The App Factor, lays out six specific uses for 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s that make a world of difference.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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Ars Technica puts iPhone 6s units through their...

In the wake of the controversy surrounding the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus’ battery life and how this might change depending on whether the battery was sourced from Samsung or TSMC, some research has been done that has discovered the battery life difference in “real-world usage” to be about 2 to 3 percent.

The cool cats at Ars Technica ran two iPhone 6s models, one with a Samsung chip and one with a TSMC chip, through their paces, to find the following results:

The devices were locked to AT&T with the SIM cards removed. The screen brightness in each handset was set to exactly 200 nits using a Spyder4Elite...

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Apple Pay gains support for 29 more US financial...

Apple on Tuesday added 29 more U.S. banks to the roster supporting Apple Pay, perhaps the most significant inclusion being Scottrade, the nationwide trading and investments firm.

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iOS 9: New Ways to Add Email Attachments

Today's Quick Tip is about attaching files in iOS 9. Did you know that you can now navigate to your iCloud Drive right from within the Mail app? Or that you can also enable attaching files from, say, Dropbox, without having to visit that app to do so? Well, now you know, so come in and find out all about it!

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Magic Keyboard, Mouse, Trackpad get Rechargeable...

Along with new iMacs, Apple upgraded its Magic Keyboard, Mouse, and Trackpad on Tuesday. The new versions include built-in rechargeable batteries, and the Magic Trackpad 2 includes Force Touch support.

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Apple Upgrades iMac Line with All Retina Displays

Apple updated the iMac lineup on Tuesday with a 4K Retina display for the 21.5-inch model, and 5K Retina displays for all 27-inch models. Today's updates do away with non-Retina displays across all iMacs, leaving the MacBook Air and Thunderbolt Display as the notable outsiders in Apple's high resolution display lineup.

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Apple launches new Retina 4K 21.5-inch iMac, all 27-...

Apple has today announced updates to the entire iMac family. Most notably, the company has brought Retina to the 21.5 inch iMac range, with 4K resolution displays. Apple has also dropped the non-Retina 27 inch iMacs, so they feature 5K displays across the board. The new iMac displays include faster processors, upgraded graphics, improved wider color gamut and two Thunderbolt 2 ports. The new iMacs have launched alongside updates to the Magic Trackpad, Magic Mouse and keyboard.


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Apple launches larger Magic Trackpad 2 with Force...

Alongside today’s expected new iMac updates, Apple has announced a trio of new input devices for desktops: the Magic Trackpad 2, Magic Mouse 2, and Magic Keyboard. The new keyboard and trackpad have an updated design to accommodate improved keys on the keyboard and Force Touch on the trackpad, while the mouse has been redesigned internally. All three devices work on rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that juice up via a standard USB Lightning cable:


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The email that created the IMG tag

An interesting bit of internet history, this email from Marc Andreessen proposes the creation of a core element of HTML, the IMG tag.

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Mini-review: Apple’s new Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse...

Macs get internal upgrades every year or so, and redesigns are common every three to four years. But it has been way longer than that since Apple last revisited the input devices it ships with its desktop Macs—the most recent, the Magic Trackpad, dates back to mid-2010. 2009's wireless multitouch Magic Mouse is a few months older than that, and the Apple Wireless Keyboard has been exactly the same (give or take some function keys) since 2007. It's past time for a change, if only because constantly swapping out AA batteries in 2015 feels like an anachronism.

Enter the new Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse 2, and Magic Trackpad 2, the trio of input accessories that ship with Apple's refreshed 21...

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Apple announces 21.5-inch Retina iMac with 4K...

Enlarge / The new 4K iMac's body looks a lot like the 2013 iMac's, pictured here. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

If you've ever stared longingly at the 5K iMac and thought to yourself "that's the computer for me, except I wish it wasn't so big," we've got some news for you: Apple has just announced a 4K version of the smaller 21.5-inch iMac, an upgrade to the 2012-era redesign that shares the same pixel density and color gamut as the newly upgraded 27-inch version. The iMacs also include Apple's redesigned Magic Keyboard and your choice of a Magic Mouse 2 or Magic Trackpad 2.

The Retina iMac starts at $1,499 and includes a quad-core Intel Broadwell processor, 8GB of 1867MHz LPDDR3 RAM, Intel's integrated Iris Pro Graphics 6200 GPU, and a 1TB 5400 RPM hard drive. That Retina display has a native...

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Same design, new insides, better screen: 21.5-inch...

The new 4K iMac hooked up to an external 4K display.

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It's been over three years since the very first Mac went Retina, and we're still waiting for every model to get the upgrade. But this year, the scales started to tip in Retina's favor. We got an all-new Retina MacBook in the spring, and today Apple is killing the 27-inch non-Retina iMac and introducing a new 4K model at the top of the 21.5-inch lineup.

The 4K iMac starts at $1,499 and does for the 21-inch iMac what the 5K...

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Apple goes all-Retina for its 27-inch Skylake iMac...

Enlarge / The original 27-inch 5K iMac. The new one has a few tweaks on the inside and outside. (credit: Lee Hutchinson)

A year ago Apple introduced a new Retina 5K iMac at the high end of the lineup and left everything else alone. This year, the entire lineup is getting a refresh—not only is there a new 4K model of the 21.5-inch iMac, but all of the 27-inch non-Retina iMacs are being replaced by 5K Retina models. The 27-inch models are also getting some nice internal upgrades, including quad-core Intel Skylake CPUs, new dedicated AMD Radeon GPUs, and faster PCI Express SSDs and Fusion Drive configurations.

The new 5K iMacs start at $1,799, the same starting price as the previous-...

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Apple unveils new 21.5-inch Retina iMac, Magic Mouse...

On Tuesday, Apple took the wraps off of a set of new products, led by a 21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K display, followed by a new set of input devices that carry the Magic name.

21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K display

The introduction of the Retina display into the 21.5-inch iMac fills out the Retina iMac line that formerly featured only a pair of 27-inch models with Retina 5K displays.

The Retina 4K display sports a resolution of 4096 by 2304 resolution—that’s over 9.4 million pixels on the screen, which is 4.5 times the number of pixels that appear on the standard 21.5-inch iMac and its 2 million pixels. The Retina 4K display also features a P3-based color gamut that Apple says provides a 25 percent larger color space, leading to better image detail and color accuracy.


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Woz talks to Bloomberg about Steve Jobs movie,...

Interviewed by Bloomberg, Steve Wozniak reiterated his comments about the difference between fact and fiction in the Steve Jobs movie, saying that almost nothing shown actually happened, but that it was about personalities, not facts.

It’s a great movie. If Steve Jobs had been making movies, this is the quality it would have had.

Asked about the accusation made by Tim Cook and other Apple execs that movies about Jobs were opportunistic and...

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Samsung rumored to bring ‘3D Touch’ pressure-...

Samsung is already eying the iPhone 6s’s most significant new feature, 3D Touch, for its next-generation Galaxy phones. A report on Weibo suggests that the Korean company will be adding pressure-sensitive screens next year following Apple’s lead.

Samsung will apparently be using screen technology from Synaptic, called ClearForce, which we reported on last week. Although right now pressure-sensitive screens are effectively exclusive to iPhone, the availability of Synaptic hardware to OEMs is seemingly allowing Samsung (as well as other manufacturers, not yet disclosed) to jump on board in the near future.


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Ex-Maintainer Bemoans Linux Kernel Community's...

Longtime Linux kernel developer Sarah Sharp last week published a blog post detailing her reasons for quitting the Linux kernel community. Sharp maintained the USB 3.0 host controller driver until January, when she decided to leave rather than continue to "contribute to a community where I was technically respected, but I could not ask for personal respect," she wrote. While it has shone a light on a problem that others previously have pointed out, Sharp's resignation may do little to change the status quo.

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How to use the Notes app in OS X El Capitan to...

The revamped Notes app in Mac OS X El Capitan gets even beefier, adding some Evernote-like features that many users have long wanted. You can embed links for websites and adds images. You can create checklists. Today, let's look at the latter feature.

Click the Format menu and select Checklist option. Or you can choose the Checklist button (a circle with a tick inside it)from the Notes toolbar instead.

If you are making multiple checklists, choose Command-Shift-L to make a new checklist anywhere within a note. Or you can highlight text and convert it into a checklist. Press the Checklist button to mark, or unmark, an item as checked.

You can also can also change font formats, including titles, paragraph headings, and bulleted and numbered lists (Format>Font>Lists).

Also, thankfully, the Notes app syncs with other Macs and iOS devices via iCloud. This means you can, for example,...

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Look for smartwatches (and Apple) to dominate the...

Recent years has seen a spike in the development of wearable technologies that range from monitoring vitals to smartwatches. Expect Apple to dominate the smartwatch segment. 

The "Wearable Computing Market Insight" report from Research and Markets says that the wearables market set to explode in the coming years, but smart watches are expected to be the catalyst driving market growth. Apple is expected to be a clear leader in the smartwatch segment after a strong 2015 sales year, says the research group.

Revenue per unit shipped will increase as a result of smartwatches and smartglasses becoming a larger portion of overall shipments. These segments typically carry a higher per unit cost and therefore will increase the overall average, notes Research and Markets.

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Australians Set To Pay 50% More For Apps After Apple...

SlappingOysters writes: Within 36-hours the price of Apple apps is set to increase in Australia, Sweden and Indonesia. It will bring the price of buying an app out of alignment with the value of the Australian dollar, and leave the country's Apple fans paying 50% more for their iOS software than their American counterparts. It's unfortunate timing, with the recent launch of the iPhone 6s and the upcoming fourth generation of Apple TV.


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Chapter finally closing in Apple’s ebook antitrust...

The U.S. Justice Department has said that is now satisfied with Apple’s measures to guard against any repetition of the type of anti-competitive behaviour ruled illegal in the long-running ebooks trialBloomberg reports that the department has recommended that the court-appointed monitor is no longer necessary.

In a letter to the Manhattan federal judge who found in 2013 that Apple illegally conspired with publishers to set e-book prices, the U.S. said Apple has “now implemented meaningful antitrust policies,...

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Holster up, cowboy, with the iPhone 6s Plus Smart...

WaterField Designs' US$59 iPhone 6s Plus Smart Case is a good looking and rugged case with a simple, yet elegant, design that's less than an inch thick. 

The slim, full-grain leather case (in black, copper or flame) packs multi-layered padding with a high-impact, rigid insert for durability. Though the case clips onto a belt, you can also buy it with a metal clip for an extra 10 bucks. I'd recommend springing for it.  Though it adds some heft to the case, it adds extra security by making it almost impossible for the case to pop off your belt. 

The inside front panel is lined with scratch-free Ultrasuede that adds cushioning and helps clean the iPhone screen as you insert and remove it from the case. I really like the holster feather of the Smart Case. It makes me feel like a cowboy, but on a more practical level, it allows me to get to my iPhone 6s Plus quickly (well,...

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Monday October 12

Quick Review: OLALA Apple-Certified MFi 6000mAh...


We’ve been using the Apple-Certified OLALA MFi iPhone/iPad charger for almost a month. It is an iPhone-sized battery with a built-in Apple Certified Lightning cable which can be extracted from the battery. The plug is at a 90-degree angle which allows for easy charging in a bag or pocket.

The specs to know on this one are:

  • 5V 2.4A  (12W) output meaning the charge is about as fast as can be taken by an iPhone or iPad
  • 6000mAh Capacity  meaning it has enough battery to last up to 2 full iPhone charges (or 1 iPad Mini)
  • It also has a second USB port to charge a second phone or any other device that charges via USB
  • It charges via Micro-USB cable- included.
  • 4 LEDs indicate power level
  • Dimensions: 127.5×63.5x14mm Weight: 146g...
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Apple likely free of e-book antitrust monitor after...

The U.S. Department of Justice has recommended against extending the term of Apple antitrust monitor Michael Bromwich after two years of oversight, citing satisfaction with the company's new compliance program and willingness to meet mandated obligations.

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Adobe teaming up with Dropbox to strengthen Acrobat...

In an effort to make PDF documents more accessible and beneficial for customers, Adobe and Dropbox are teaming up to offer integration in Acrobat DC, Acrobat Reader, and in Dropbox’s site and apps. Dropbox and Adobe customers will first notice the integration in Acrobat DC and Reader on the desktop with Acrobat Reader and Dropbox for iOS picking up the integration later this year. For Acrobat users, Dropbox integration means three things: easily find and send files stored in Dropbox using Acrobat in a single workflow, manipulate and collaborate with PDF files using either service including Adobe eSign integration, and ensure documents are accessible through Dropbox wherever you’re working....

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How to create interactive checklists in Notes for...

With Notes for iOS 9, Apple packs in a slew of powerful new features like deeper share sheet integration and drawing tools, but one of the most useful additions is the ability to create interactive checklists on the fly.

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Batband Bone Conducting Headphones Top $555.000 on...

StudioBananaThings has a Kickstarter hit on its hands with Batband, a bone conduction headphone that lets you hear music without having speakers on or in your ear. You have to watch the video if you aren't sure what the heck that means. With 15 days to go, this project has already raised more than $557,000, far exceeding the goal of $150,000. All of the early bird options are long gone, but $149 will still let you help fund this product and get your Batband when they ship. It will retail for $250, according to the company. Check it out.

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Apple News Runs Afoul of China’s Great Firewall

Apple may be running afoul of China's penchant for censorship, as the company recently deactivated its new Apple News app inside the borders. Technically, Apple News hasn't launched inside China in the first place, but users who downloaded the app outside the country have been reporting that it doesn't work once they cross the Great Firewall of China. it's a tricky spot for every Western tech company. Bryan Chaffin explains.

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Apple expanding retail presence in India next month...

 Apple looks to further expand its retail presence around the globe with a new partnership according to a report out of the Times of India. The report claims that Apple has inked a deal with the consumer electronics retail chain Croma that will see Croma build new Apple-dedicated retail spaces in six of its retail locations, very similar to how Best Buy does in the United States.

Each Apple-dedicated retail space will be between 400-square-feet and 500-square-feet and will take many design cues from Apple’s own retail stores. This includes the iconic wooden tables, bright lighting, and demo units. Each Croma location with an Apple section will also have a handful of employees trained by Apple to...

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Ford invests in car tech to boost automotive sales...

In order to combat slowing automotive sales in China, Ford has announced today that it's investing $1.8 billion (that's 11.4 billion yuan) to bring a new generation of smart cars into the country. The money will go toward developing technologies su...

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Tag CEO: Selling 5 Million Apple Watches Is ‘Genius...

Jean-Claude Biver, president of LVMH's watch division and CEO of Tag Heuer, has an on-again, off-again affair with Apple Watch. In an interview on CNBC, he said that if Apple has sold five million Apple Watches, it is a "genius" accomplishment. At the same time, he said smartwatches priced more than $2,000 (like Apple Watch Edition) have a huge problem.

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Apple to launch official retail presence in India...

Consumers in India will soon get a taste of the Apple Store experience as local electronics chain Croma is preparing to launch store-within-a-store outlets at six locations in Mumbai and Bangalore.

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AWT News Update: October 12, 2015

After a long weekend, the AWT News Update returns with news of the A9 chip manufacturing controversy that wasn't... and more:

  • It doesn't matter who made the A9 system-on-a-chip that's in your iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus. Really.
  • iOS 9.1 is getting closer to release with the release today of beta 5.
  • releases an updated list of iOS 9 Safari content blocker apps.

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for October 12, 2015. I’d like to apologize for not publishing the News Update last Thursday and Friday. Due to issues beyond our control, we were unable to complete the podcast recording on time.

There’s been a lot of controversy about the fact that Apple used chips...

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Build 20 Apps through iOS 9 and Xcode 7 Guide: $19

We have a deal for you developers and aspiring developers today called "iOS 9 & Xcode 7 Guide." This training tutorial bundle will walk you through building 20 apps with Objective-C and Swift 2 using Apple's Xcode integrated development environment (IDE). Check out the deal listing for more details.

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Apple's App Yanking Switches On Data Monitoring...

Apple last week revealed that it had removed from its App Store several apps with root certificates that could allow data monitoring. The monitoring could compromise SSL and TLS protocols, the company said. It suggested users delete the apps and their associated configuration profiles. However, it did not name the apps users should delete. Root certificates, or certificate authorities, "enable traffic to be intercepted, unknown to users," said Kevin Bocek, vice president of security strategy and threat intelligence at Venafi.

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Zuli Smartplug: A new presence in the home...

Zulu Smartplug. Photo ©2015, Steven Sande.

In this Apple World Today review, we’re going to be taking a look at a new home automation product called the Zuli Smartplug. This product started out as a very successful Kickstarter campaign with over $175,000 in backing and is now available for sale at the Zuli website and at Lowe's home improvement stores. 

Zuli Smartplugs are available for $59.99 each or $159.99 for what is referred to as a “Presence Pack” of three. I’ll talk a bit more about Presence in a minute and what it means, but to start off with, the Smartplug is similar to those we’ve seen popping up for years. You plug it into a standard US outlet, pair it with an iOS app, and then you can turn it on and off with a tap or with rules that you set up. 

Presence is the thing that sets Zuli Smartplugs...

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App Store prices rising in Australia, Indonesia and...

Apple is raising prices for apps in Australia, Indonesia and Sweden within the next 3 days. In an email, Apple has notified developers that they are updating prices in the three countries in response to foreign exchange rate variations. Prices are being increased across the board. For example, today a $0.99 app in the Australian App Store is sold for 1.29 AUD. When the changes come into effect, customers will have to pay 1.49 AUD for the same app. This is an increase of about 15% in local currency.

The changes affect App Store prices and In-App Purchases, including automatic subscriptions. Apple will not cancel existing auto-...

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iFixIt tears down the iPhone 6s display; here's...

The gang at iFixIt have torn apart yet another iPhone 6 to answer two burning questions. One: How exactly did Apple implement the 3D Touch feature? Two: What will that do to the screen repair procedure?

Here's what iFixIt found: 

The 3D Touch sensor assembly lives on the very back of the display panel, and is fairly easily separated from the backlight, display, and digitizer glass.

The home button cable has been replaced by traces along the side of the 3D Touch sensor panel, eliminating the need to transfer the cable for certain display repairs.

The sensor panel is a grid of rectangular capacitor plates, connected to the controller IC by very tiny traces. These plates would be huge for a touch sensor—luckily their job isn't to pinpoint your fingertip on the screen, as the in-screen digitizer will still handle that. These sensors measure the distance to your finger, equating to...

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Apple, Imagine Dragons, SAP team up to aid...

Apple, the Imagine Dragons rock group and SAP (which provides enterprise application software and software-related services)  have teamed up to release a single, "I Was Me," that will support the refugee humanitarian project. 

“The refugee crisis is incredibly urgent in terms of the number of vulnerable people being affected every single day. As a band we wanted to get involved and decided to partner with SAP and Apple to try and make a difference,” said Dan Reynolds, lead singer of Imagine Dragons," told Forbes.

All proceeds from the song, which costs US$1.29, will go to the United Nations Refugee Agency. SAP, organizing the effort under the One4 Project banner, has promised to donate an additional 10 cents per purchase up to the first 5 million downloads. That could amount to an extra $500,000, according to Forbes. Funds raised will benefit the...

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New data shows TSMC A9 chip slightly outpaces...

With the recent revelation that Apple had (not unexpectedly) sourced the A9 processor in the iPhone 6s from two different suppliers came the discovery that the model manufactured by Samsung is 10% smaller than the one built by TSMC.

Along with the size difference comes a difference in the power efficiency of each model, with many reports indicating—and Apple eventually confirming—that phones with the Samsung chip will likely see 2-3% lower battery life.

Today Ars Technica has...

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TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 12...

Notable software releases this week include Nisus Writer Pro 2.1.2, Lightroom CC 2015.2.1 and Lightroom 6.2.1, ChronoSync 4.6.4, Microsoft Office 2011 14.5.6, Tweetbot 2.1, Typinator 6.7, and iBooks Author 2.4.


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ExtraBITS for 12 October 2015

In ExtraBITS this week, Adam Engst talks about electric cars and iTunes on the Tech Night Owl, Verizon plans to share your personal information with AOL, and Apple claims that different iPhone A9 chips have only a minimal impact on battery life.


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Facebook adds 3D Touch support, tests a dedicated...

Plenty of apps are supporting the new 3D Touch feature on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus—we rounded up 32 free apps using 3D Touch just the other day—but some pretty major apps were slow to add support. Looking at you, Facebook.

Facebook updated its iOS app on Monday, with its usual incredibly unhelpful update notes. (Paraphrasing: We update our app every two weeks, but we won’t tell you what is in the new version until after you’ve updated and launch the app, that is, if we think you need to know.) What the notes don’t disclose is that this update, to version 41.0, adds 3D Touch support for users of the iPhone 6s and...

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Notable apps and app updates for October 12, 2015

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

iOS Apps and Updates

It's Monday and time to get back to work, so what better day to turn our focus to business apps. One popular app for independent professionals is Thumbtack for Professionals (free with in-app purchases). With this app, you can find new customers, find out what their requirements are for a project, send quotes if you're interested, and then get hired for a project. Thumbtack notes that many of its pro users grow their businesses 2-3X using the app and service.

Remember back in the day when having a Nextel phone with push-to-talk was the big thing for businesses? Well, Nextel has disappeared into Sprint, which...

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Facebook iOS app updated to 41.0, now includes 3D...

It wasn’t in the release notes, but Facebook quietly added it anyway.

The Facebook iOS app, which just hit version 41.0, added full 3D Touch features this morning.

The new version allows you to use a long, sustained tap on any iOS device with a 3D Touch screen to perform functions like writing a post of uploading photos or videos.

It didn’t get a lot of fanfare, but this could still be pretty nifty.

Facebook 41.0 requires iOS 7.0 or later to install and run.

If you’ve tried the new version and have any feedback to offer, let...

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Significant update to content blocker list

A while back, I started a master list of Safari content blockers (at least the ones I found). Over the weekend, Carlos Oliveira and I banged around a few ideas and Carlos edited the list, adding 2 codes to each entry. One code indicates whether a content blocker is free, the second code indicates whether the content blocker supports an editable white list (turn off blocking for specific sites).

Please take a look at the list, ping me if you spot any errors or missing blockers. The link remains the same.

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Apple, SAP, Imagine Dragons raise funds for migrant...

In a bid to alleviate the migrant and refugee crisis impacting Europe and the Mediterranean, rock band Imagine Dragons on Monday partnered with Apple and SAP to release a new single on iTunes, "I Was Me."

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Samsung vs. TSMC: Comparing the battery life of two...

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Many consumer electronics companies, Apple included, use parts sourced from multiple manufacturers to meet demand for their products. You can make and sell more iPhones if you're buying screens from two companies, and that also insulates you from risk if there's something wrong with one company's components. Parts sourced from multiple manufacturers will inevitably behave a little differently, but, as long as the differences are small, people aren't really going to notice or care.

This is the kind of manufacturing nitty-gritty that doesn't usually make headlines, but, in the case of the iPhone 6S, people have suddenly become concerned. Apple is sourcing an important system component, the Apple A9 system-on-a-chip, from both Samsung and Taiwan Semiconductor (TSMC). This is something that it...

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Apple releases iOS 9.1 beta 5 for developers and...

Apple has seeded the fifth iOS 9.1 beta for developers and public beta testers. The new beta includes various bug fixes and improvements … we’ll let you know if there’s anything drastically new. The new seed comes less than a week after beta 4 as Apple comes closer to a public launch of iOS 9.1.

iOS 9.1 includes new emojis, new wallpapers, developer support for Live Photos and iPad Pro / Apple Pencil compatibility, amongst several other changes.


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Visiting China? Apple News will be blocked

Apple’s impressive rise in China isn’t coming without some sacrifice, as visitors are discovering that the Apple News app doesn’t work on the country’s networks.

Although Apple News is only available for U.S. customers at the moment, the New York Times reports that users can still access the app while traveling overseas. One exception is in China, where users get an error message saying the app isn’t supported.

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Carbon Copy Cloner: What’s your plan when your Mac’s...

What’s your plan when your Mac’s hard drive dies? Plan ahead and get back to work in minutes with a Carbon Copy Cloner bootable backup. CCC—the app that saves your bacon.

Jim’s Note: I’ve used this app for many years. I trust and love it.

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Jean-Louis Gassée: Steve Jobs, memories and legacy

In today’s Monday Note, Jean-Louis penned a beautiful remembrance of the anniversary of Steve’s passing, combined with some insightful thoughts on what Apple has become, is becoming. A thoughtful read.

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Apple supporting refugee crisis aid efforts with...

To help with the international refugee crisis happening right now, Apple and the band Imagine Dragons have collaborated on an exclusive charity single, called “I Was Me” ($1.29). All proceeds of the song sales go to the UN Refugee Agency to support relief efforts. In addition, SAP will be donating an additional 10 cents per download for the first 5 million iTunes downloads. The Imagine Dragons track is exclusive to iTunes and available worldwide.

“The refugee crisis is incredibly urgent in terms of the number of vulnerable people being affected every single day. As a band we wanted to get involved and decided to partner...

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External Link: Adam Ponders the Apple Car and iTunes...

Cars are once again the topic of this Tech Night Owl Live podcast discussion between Adam Engst and host Gene Steinberg, with this one focusing on why electric cars are better, infotainment system interfaces, and the challenges Apple would face in the car market. The conversation wrapped up with why the iTunes interface caused Adam to drop Apple Music.


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Apple and Cromā to test in-store retail outlets in...

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Apple has opened its retail stores in a number of countries around the world, but not in India. The country has restrictive real estate investment laws for foreign companies, and although Apple CEO Tim Cook recently discussed expansion into the subcontinent with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the company still has no official retail presence. That's about to change, as India-based consumer electronics retailer Cromā and Apple are partnering to bring six "store-within-a-store" locations into the country.

The mini-stores are expected to open by November 11, will be between 400 and 500 square feet in size, and will give both Apple and Cromā a chance to test the waters in a new and huge market. The timing is perfect, as the store openings coincide with the Hindu festival of Diwali...

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Satechi’s Apple Watch Grip Mount plays music, shows...

While it’s not the first Apple Watch bike handlebar mount to be announcedSatechi’s Apple Watch Grip Mount ($15) appears to be the first to actually hit stores — and it’s very affordable, besides. Made from two pieces of mostly matte plastic — an Apple Watch-holding clip and a handlebar- or steering wheel-ready cuff — the Grip Mount comes in either 38mm or 42mm Watch sizes. Side controls are accessible from the right edge of the clip, and you can rotate the Watch’s screen to your preferred orientation relative to wherever you’ve mounted it.

How practical is the Grip Mount? Well, if you want a way to Bluetooth stream a playlist full of music directly to your car stereo or a pair of bike-safe...

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"Steve Jobs" has outstanding first weekend...

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After being one of the most talked-about movies in years -- at least on Apple blogs -- the Danny Boyle-directed, Aaron Sorkin-scripted not-very-biographical biopic Steve Jobs opened in four theaters in LA and New York on Friday. Despite the extremely limited release that was designed to create buzz for the film before a wider release this weekend, the movie pulled in $521,000 for a per-theater average (or PTA) of $130,250.

That number doesn't sound like much, but it's the fifteenth highest PTA number in film history. Steve Jobs will open in 25 new markets and 60 theaters on October 16, then grow to a full release at 2,000 theaters on October 23. Universal is hoping that this progressive release will make the film will generate more buzz and result in larger audiences. 

Nick Carpou, head of Universal's domestic...

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Some users report email-based issues after iOS 9...

A bug fix may be in order.

Since its release on September 16th, a number of iOS 9 users have reported having trouble opening emails with attachments. There’s currently a 22 page thread on the Apple discussion forums covering the issue, which currently has more than 200 replies from users who are all experiencing the same problem.

The issues, which cover a wide range of devices, often report a “Message not yet downloaded from server” error whenever they attempt to open an email message with an attachment. The problem appears to be affecting Apple customers who have POP email accounts and is causing issues with both new and old emails.

Deleting email accounts and...

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Review: Devialet Phantom, the $2000 single-unit...

I’m a strong advocate of the philosophy of buying the right thing once. My view is for any activity you care about a lot, it’s cheaper in the long run to buy an expensive product that will keep you happy for a great many years – maybe even for a lifetime – than a cheap product you’ll end up wanting to replace a few years down the line. Buy cheap, buy twice, as they say.

My hi-fi system is a great example. When I was a lot younger, I splashed out on a Bang & Olufsen hi-fi system that was more than twice the price of everything else I tested. Twenty years on, it now looks like an extraordinarily good value. It’s so old it has a cassette deck (yes, really!), but all it took to bring it back up to date was the addition of a simple Wi-Fi audio receiver to add AirPlay support.

Standalone Bluetooth speakers have...

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Apple adds Bluetooth support to assorted iPhone,...

It’s not unexpected by any means.

And it’s a cool bell and whistle.

Apple has published changes to its tech specs following its September 9th announcement of the 2015 iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Pro and iPad mini 4. With these changes, Apple quietly modified the tech specs and comparison pages for 2014’s iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPad Air 2 to bump them all from Bluetooth 4.0 to Bluetooth 4.2, the latest version of the increasingly popular wireless standard. While the sixth-generation iPod touch shipped with Bluetooth 4.1, the original iPad Air, iPad mini 2, and iPhone 5s all remain on Bluetooth 4.0.

The Bluetooth 4.2 spec promises speeds up to 2.5x faster...

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Facebook app gets 3D Touch Quick Actions

Have an iPhone 6s or 6s Plus? Love using Facebook to follow Apple World Today? Well, things just got even better for you -- Facebook has just released an update to its iOS app that adds 3D Touch Quick Actions.

A deep press on the Facebook button now displays a Quick Action menu showing three actions: Take Photo/Video, Upload Photo/Video, and Write Post. It's a fast and easy way to get your updates out to Facebook even quicker than before!

Are there any iOS apps that you are currently wishing had 3D Touch capability? Let us know in the comments.

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MGG 574: For Wireless Networks, Time Is a Hero

Changing Finder view defaults, managing iOS 9 email accounts, RAID in El Capitan and much more are covered by your two favorite geeks today. Subscribe or simply press Play to enjoy!

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Elon Musk, Apple-hating, and the Apple Watch

There’s been a lot of press the past few days about Elon Musk and some pointed barbs he threw Apple’s way. Read on for specifics and one particular comment that I can’t disagree with more.

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External Link: Verizon to Share Supercookie Data...

You may recall our prior coverage of Verizon’s “supercookie,” which tracks all your Internet activity on the company’s cellular data network. Now Verizon has announced that it will be sharing that collected data with AOL, now owned by Verizon, for its ad network, and AOL will be able to see your gender, age range, interests, apps used, and sites visited. Thankfully, you can disable this tracking in Verizon’s privacy settings, under Relevant Mobile Advertising.


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Dude. Dell is Buying EMC

PC maker Dell is ready to drop some serious cash on EMC in what's going to be the biggest tech company acquisition ever. Dell will be spending some US$67 billion on the deal and plans to leave EMC's crown jewel, VMware, as a publicly traded company.

The Mac Observer Spin: The PC market is a pretty tough place right now, so it isn't any surprise that Dell is looking to services as a way to boost its revenue. Dell led the race to the bottom in the PC industry. It'll be interesting to see how they handle EMC's assets.

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Apple products dominate Techradar's survey of..., a division of Future pic (an international media group and leading digital business) has released the results of a global survey that shows that Apple products make up four of the top 10 most wanted Christmas presents.

The global survey revealed that of the 3,563 people surveyed, found that the new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus top the list. The iPad Pro and Mac make up the second and third position, with the Apple Watch is sixth. Other products in the top 10 are: Sony Bravia X8 Smart Ultra HD 4K LED TV, a 4K Tv, DSLR or compact system camera, Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge, Windows Surface Pro, and high-end headphones.'s research also found that:

  • The smart home is what excites the public most about the future of technology (which bodes well for Apple's HomeKit).
  • Forty-two percent of people prefer watching TV using Catch-Up and On Demand services
  • Over a third of people will...
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Facebook adds 3D Touch Quick Actions for posting...

You wouldn’t know it based on the boiler plate release notes, but Facebook’s latest iPhone app update now includes a new 3D Touch feature on Apple’s latest iPhones. Pressing the Facebook app icon firmly from the Home screen on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus brings up a Quick Action menu to do three things: write a post, upload a photo/video, or take a photo/video…

The first option lets you update your Facebook status which includes the usual location check-in options and more. The other two either let you quickly capture a video or photo and share one you’ve already snapped. Quick...

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L16: 16 Cameras, 52 Megapixel, 1 Case

Move over DSLR cameras, because here comes the L16 from Light. Instead of single interchangeable lenses, the L16 packs 16 cameras into its smartphone-sized body it uses to snap images at up to 52 megapixels. The camera packs in five 35mm and five 70mm focal length lenses, along with six 150mm lenses. Throw in a little computational photography, and you get a single camera that Light founder Rajiv Laroia says is more versatile and offers better photo quality than the current crop of DSLRs. He says a similar DSLR setup would cost about US$6,000, but the L16 costs $1,200. The downside is that it's only available for preorder now. You'll have to wait until to try one out. You can check out Mr. Laroia talking about the L16 on Robert Scoble's Facebook page.

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∞’s custom, laser cut wood iPhone case

In a nutshell, I love this case from Carved. Read on for a picture and details.

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News: Happy Columbus Day + Canadian Thanksgiving!

Our editors are celebrating Columbus Day and the Canadian Thanksgiving holiday today. We’ll be back tomorrow, October 13, with our full slate of news and reviews.

We hope you, your family, and friends enjoy a relaxing holiday together....

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News: Daily Deal: MOS Cable Organizer

Today in iLounge Deals you can pick up the MOS Cable Organizer for only $11.99. This sleek magnetic organizer helps you get control of that mess of tangled cords on your desk with a simple, elegant solution. Your cords can simply be placed onto the magnetic surface and they’ll latch on and stay in place, and the minimalistic and stylish triangular design lets it double as a decorative accent for your workplace or living space. Get the MOS Cable…

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iTunes and App Store down for some; nothing yet...

Some users on Reddit and Twitter are reporting that iTunes and the App Store are down. Other are able to access normally, suggesting that the issue is either small-scale or intermittent. Apple’s status page is not yet showing an issue, though it is common for Apple to be very slow to update the page.

The issue doesn’t seem to be specific to any one country, with reports from the U.S., Europe and Asia (including me in the UK) … 

The iTunes store is giving a ‘cannot complete your request’ message, while...

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Common Bonds: Jobs, Torvalds and Bad Behavior

I can understand Linux in the 1990s. It was backed largely by folks who didn't do well with others. The fights between the Linux and BSD folks were as legendary as they were juvenile, and Linux's existence seemed defined entirely by the revolt against Microsoft. Now, though, the platform is backed by huge brands. It is mainstream, and there's a huge community effort to bring more women into technology. So why did one of the leading women kernel developers, Sarah Sharp, feel she had to leave because it represented a hostile work environment?

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Five username mistakes that can be worse than using...

Most Internet users are well aware that they need to be hyper-vigilant to keep their passwords and personal information protected. They have heard the recommendations that they need to use a password not related to their name, address or pet’s name while including symbols, numbers and random capital letters. 

However, the reality is the usernames they have created for email accounts, social media and other online services could be delivering all their private details into the hands of cyber criminals – no password needed. 

While it might seem harmless to include a first name and the numbers from your street address in a username, cyber criminals can harvest those details to search for other private information that you may not know is publicly available on the Internet. 

"Cyber criminals use a technique called Doxing, essentially combing the web for snippets of information about a person, to build a full profile they can...

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Federal judge asks Apple to explain why decrypting...

A New York federal judge has indicated that he is likely to refuse a government request to compel Apple to unlock a customer’s iPhone, but will first ask Apple to explain why decrypting iPhones would be “unduly burdensome.” The iPhone concerned is apparently not running iOS 8 or 9, and so Apple would have the technical ability to decrypt it.

The Washington Post reports that Magistrate Judge James Orenstein of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York is an activist judge who is believed to be attempting to open up public debate...

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How to use Mission Control in OS X El Capitan

Mac OS X El Capitan's Mission Control has been streamlined to make it even easier to see and organize everything you have open on your Mac. 

With a single swipe, Mission Control arranges all your windows in a single layer so you can find the window you need even faster. If you're not familiar with the feature, Mission Control lets you manage windows across multiple monitors or virtual desktops.

The feature, formerly known as Expose, has been around since OS X Lion. However, it's learned some new tricks in El Capitan.

However, you zoom the same way as you did before. To see all your open windows, do the following:

From a trackpad: Swipe up using three or four fingers. 


From the keyboard: Press the Mission Control key. Or, press Control-Up Arrow.

Your open windows are grouped by app. To go to a window, click it. You can also click the thumbnail images at the top of the screen to go to full-screen apps and spaces. To leave Mission...

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Steve Jobs movie opens with highest per-theater...

Steve Jobs, the controversial Sorkin/Boyle not-quite biopic, achieved the highest opening weekend Per-Theater Average (PTA) of any movie this year, reports Deadline. The movie also gave director Danny Boyle the best ever weekend average of his career.

The feature grossed sizzling $520,942, averaging $130,236. By comparison, Boyle’s Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire (2008) grossed over $360K in 10 theaters its debut weekend, averaging $36K. The drama about the Apple founder, adapted by Aaron Sorkin,...

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Picture Collage Maker 3 for Mac makes photo collage...

I've been spending way too much time with Picture Collage Maker 3 (well, actually it's up to version 3.5.8). The US$14.99 app for Mac OS X (10.7 or higher) is a fun and easy-to-use photo collage creator for creating photo collages, scrapbooks, greeting cards, photo calendars, photo albums and posters quickly. It's available at the Mac App Store.

Well, you can create them quickly, but since the app sports 140-plus templates (and you can download another 100 for free), you may find yourself spending a lot of time on a "quickie" project. Plus, after you select the template you want, you can edit and personalize your work with clip art, frames, masks and the like.

The templates cover a plethora of categories of greeting cards, scrapbooks, photo albums, calendars, disk covers, comic collages, posters and magazine covers, and more. Themes are provided for such occasions and holidays as Traveling, Birthday, Wedding,...

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Sunday October 11

Chinese Web censorship may have claimed another...

An Apple News feed in happier times, friendlier countries.

This weekend, China's strict content and Internet laws may have claimed another service before it was even officially supported. The New York Times reports that Apple has disabled its new Apple News app in the region.

Although China is Apple's second-largest market in terms of revenue, Apple News is currently only available in the US (it's also being tested in the UK and Australia). However, the Times notes phones registered in the US can still largely utilize Apple News when traveling. But when in China, users are now being met with a blank Apple News feed and an error message: "Can't refresh right now...

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Steve Jobs review: “If this movie were about someone...

Left to right: Michael Stuhlbarg as Andy Hertzfeld, Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs, and Kate Winslet as Joanna Hoffman in Steve Jobs. (credit: Universal)

In 2004, I acquired my first Mac. It was an iBook laptop, slightly boxy and all white. To say that I was excited to own an Apple product is an understatement. I spent most of my teenage years coveting friends’ colorful iMac G3s while I went home to a modest eMachines PC that froze and required restarts several times a day. Mac computers never seemed to crash as much as the PCs I grew up with; plus, they looked cool. The latter point is key to the company’s success. Apple has built a culture (some would shorten that to cult) around the aesthetic and hype of their...

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Apple named most intimate brand for the United Arab...

Apple has topped Samsung as the brand with the strongest connection with consumers in the UAE, according to the UAE MBLM Brand Intimacy 2015 Report. Apple also topped the MBLM Brand Intimacyrankings in the US and Mexico, reports the Gulf News.

The UAE (United Arab Emirates) is an Arabian Peninsula nation settled mainly along the Persian Gulf that was formed from seven sheikhdoms. It's located in the southeast end of the Arabian Peninsula on the Persian Gulf, bordering Oman to the east and Saudi Arabia to the south, as well as sharing sea borders with Qatar and Iran. In 2013, the UAE's total population was 9.2 million, 

Following Apple on the UAE MBLM Brand Intimacy 2015 Report are Lexus, Samsung, Mercedes, Dove, Starbucks, Sony, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB), Google and Ikea.  The UAE report is part of a wider global research that...

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Scenes from the Incredible Dog Challenge, the...


There is nothing like the Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge. Nowhere else in the nation are the six most popular canine contests—the Agility, the Diving Dog, the 30 Weave Up & Back, the Fetch It!, the Freestyle Flying Disc, and the Jack Russell Hurdle Race—crammed into one Olympic-style event.

The animals are referred to as “athletes” without even a hint of irony, and, for their part, they earn this honor. The agility course requires speed, endurance, execution, and, most important, an almost unfathomable level of obedience.

This is rarely on TV but, when it is, I love watching it. It may be “goofy” but the training and commitment of both the dogs and their handlers is fantastic. I’ll admit to loving the Jack Russell Terriers crash into barriers a little too much and I’ve always wished I had a dog I could play Frisbee with.


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Balloony Land by Palringo offers a fresh twist on the match three genre and is out now on iOS and Android. First-off, you'll be popping balloons instead of crushing candy and the balloons will float up and fill the empty spaces instead of dropping... | Read more »
Graphic - vector illustration and design...
Graphic - vector illustration and design 1.0 Device: iOS iPhone Category: Productivity Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Autodesk Graphic is a powerful full-featured vector drawing and illustration application right in... | Read more »
Sago Mini Babies (Education)
Sago Mini Babies 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Education Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Introducing the Sago Mini babies. Boys and girls love caring for these adorable characters. Feed Robin her favorite mush... | Read more »
PAUSE - Relaxation at your fingertip (H...
PAUSE - Relaxation at your fingertip 1.1 Device: iOS iPhone Category: Healthcare & Fitness Price: $1.99, Version: 1.1 (iTunes) Description: | Read more »
Super Sharp (Games)
Super Sharp 1.1 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.1 (iTunes) Description: Your finger has never been so sharp! Cut with skill to complete the 120 ingenious physics levels of Super Sharp and become a cut... | Read more »
Assembly - Graphic design for everyone...
Assembly - Graphic design for everyone 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Photography Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Assembly is the easiest most powerful design tool on the App Store. Create anything you can... | Read more »
Dub Dash (Games)
Dub Dash 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: ARE YOU READY FOR THE ULTIMATE CHALLENGE? UNIQUE SYMBIOSIS OF MUSIC AND GRAPHICS | Read more »
Leave Me Alone (Games)
Leave Me Alone 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: 33% off launch sale!!! Somewhere between the 1980s and 1990s there exists a world that never was. A world of skatepunks,... | Read more »

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Adobe and Dropbox Partner to Streamline Work...
Adobe and Dropbox Inc. have announced a partnership to enable people and organizations greater flexibility to work the way they want with documents at home, in the office or on-the-go. The companies... Read more
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Best Buy has the 13″ 2.7GHz/128GB Retina MacBook Pro on sale for $1174.99 for a limited time. Choose free shipping or free local store pickup (if available). Sale price for online orders only, in-... Read more
App Tamer 2.1 Makes El Capitan Cooler, Quiete...
St. Clair Software has announced the availability of a free update to its App Tamer utility for Mac OS X. App Tamer 2.1 delivers compatibility with Yosemite and improves its support for a number of... Read more
15-inch Retina MacBook Pros on sale for up to...
B&H Photo has 2015 15″ Retina MacBook Pros on sale for up to $160 off MSRP including free shipping plus NY sales tax only: - 15″ 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pro: $1849.99 $150 off - 15″ 2.5GHz Retina... Read more
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Best Buy has 12″ Retina MacBooks available for $100 off MSRP on their online store. Choose free shipping or free local store pickup (if available). Discounted prices available for online orders only... Read more
MacBook Airs on sale for up to $100 off MSRP
Save up to $100 on the purchase of a new 2015 13″ or 11″ 1.6GHz MacBook Air at the following resellers. Shipping is free with each model: 11" 128GB MSRP $899 11" 256GB... Read more
Save 15% with Apple refurbished Mac Pros
The Apple Store has Apple Certified Refurbished Mac Pros available for up to $600 off the cost of new models. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each Mac Pro, and shipping is free. The... Read more
Apple restocks refurbished Mac minis for up t...
Apple has restocked Certified Refurbished 2014 Mac minis, with models available starting at $419. Apple’s one-year warranty is included with each mini, and shipping is free: - 1.4GHz Mac mini: $419 $... Read more

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