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Thursday June 11

13:36
Patch Tuesday Sunset Will Be a Mixed Bag for Windows...


Microsoft will phase out Patch Tuesday -- its monthly potpourri of software product fixes -- when it rolls out Windows 10, which could be a mixed bag for the operating system's security. Patches will be applied automatically as they're ready. That means users no longer will have to wait until the second Tuesday in the month to secure their systems from potentially troublesome vulnerabilities. However, there are a number of caveats to that scenario. First, the scheme applies only to Windows 10.

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13:25
FAQ: Everything you need to know about the Apple...

The Apple Watch isn’t a must-have like your iPhone, but Apple’s most personal device has the potential to change the way we interact with other people—and our phones. If you’re waiting until late June to check out the watches when they finally hit store shelves, then read the definitive Macworld review of the watch in the meantime to help you make your decision.

In our early days with Apple Watch, we drafted a wishlist of improvements we longed for Apple to make, and at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, the company announced that watchOS 2 would solve just about every problem we have with the first-gen version.

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13:00
AWT News Update: June 11, 2015

Apple Store Fifth Avenue, Photo by Apple Inc. 

At the top of the virtual headlines today:

  • The 5th Avenue Apple Store in NYC will be undergoing a renovation soon
  • A new Apple Store in the Upper East Side will open this Saturday
  • Foxconn wants to build an iPhone plant in India
  • ReplayKit will make it easier for users to record gameplay for sharing
  • The iPod disappears from the top menu of Apple's website

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12:32
First look: iOS 9's new cursor-controlling...

One of the headline features in Apple's next-generation mobile operating system is the ability to turn the iPad's on-screen keyboard into an ersatz trackpad, an extremely useful addition that power users will love.

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12:00
Today in the App Store, featuring Four Seasons...

Today in the App Store, featuring Tomb Raider: Underworld and Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today’s notable apps include a discount on Tomb Raider: Underworld; the new Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts app; and an update to Rules! All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Warhammer Quest [9.99 → Free] Lead your group of brave adventurers through the perilous dungeons of the Warhammer World in the search for wealth and glory!

Mechanic Panic [1.99 → Free] Work was great, until the day the elevators stopped working. A catastrophic explosion has rocked the world's first Space Elevator....

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11:25
Twitterrific adds support for quoted tweets on...



Before the launch of Apple Watch, Twitterrific for iPhone gained support for a Watch app that featured a variety of capabilities. Now, the company has updated its iPhone app and with it come new features for both the Watch and phone. Version 5.12 of Twitterrific adds support for Twitter’s new quoted tweets feature, which embeds the actual tweet instead of simply quoting it as text. To do a quote retweet with Twitterrific, simply tap and hold on the RT button.

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11:11
iOS 9 code hints at a new iPhone camera designed for...

Apple may have banned selfie sticks from WWDC, but the company may not be as put-off by selfies after all.

The Verge first reported about code found in the iOS 9 developer beta that suggests that the forthcoming iPhone model will include an updated front-facing camera with a built-in flash. The iPhone’s front camera will also have the ability to create panoramas, record video in 1080p and capture slo-mo at 24 frames per second. All these functions are currently available on the rear camera of the iPhone 6 models.

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11:08
Users struggle with Apple Watch downgrades as Apple...

Deleted posts from Apple’s support forums and active discussions elsewhere online indicate a growing concern for Apple Watch users: the inability to downgrade from a newer version of watchOS to an older version. The issue, which first became apparent when users discovered that watchOS 1.0.1’s heart rate monitoring was less frequent than in watchOS 1.0, is that the Apple Watch apparently lacks a user-accessible recovery or DFU (device firmware update) mode. While there has been a spike in downgrade-related complaints since Apple released the beta version of watchOS 2 on Monday, the issue remains a concern for some watchOS 1.0.1 users, as well.

Without access to such a mode, users with watchOS-related problems are currently being instructed...

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11:08
Lowest Price Ever: Apple's 15" MacBook Pro...

In yet another unbelievable WWDC deal from Apple's Authorized Resellers, readers today can take advantage of an offer that delivers a $700 discount and the lowest price we've ever seen for Apple's 15-inch MacBook Pro (2.5GHz, 16GB, 512GB, 750M) model MGXC2LL/A at $1,799.99 (or $1,949.99 with AppleCare) with free accessories.

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11:07
Apple to renovate flagship Fifth Ave. glass cube...

Apple is planning to renovate its iconic Fifth Avenue store in New York City, and during construction will reportedly direct shoppers to a temporary outlet in a space currently occupied by FAO Schwarz.

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10:59
A Trojan horse to phish iCloud passwords lurks in an...

When we get complacent, we get bad about security. The more we’re prompted by something irritating that can be dismissed only by entering a password again, the more likely we are to not pay attention to what’s asking. I speak, of course, of Apple’s seemingly random and sometimes frequent iCloud login popup messages in iOS.

A vulnerability of sorts has been uncovered in HTML handling in Mail in iOS that leverages our desire to ignore a message by just giving it what it wants. It’s not an exploit that allows remote control or system access. Rather, it’s a form of Trojan horse that engages in phishing, fooling the unwary and the wary alike into entering a credential in an illegitimate place that can be used elsewhere.

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10:58
Foxconn is planning to build iPhones in India for...

According to government officials, iPhone manufacturer Foxconn is planning to open operations including 10-12 factories and data centers by 2020 in India for the first time. Foxconn producing iPhones and iPads in India could result in lower prices on Apple’s hardware in the country where Apple’s hardware is sold at a price higher than many of its competitors. 

The move is also said to be an effort by Foxconn to chase low wage costs as wages in China where it currently operates rise, Reuters reports. Foxconn’s intent to open shop in India maybe also be to achieve lower operation costs that make it more competitive against its rivals like Quanta that compete for Apple’s business in producing hardware.

Neither...

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10:53
New iOS 9 ReplayKit will screen record gameplay...

You’re about to hear a lot more about gameplay and in-app screen recording as Apple implements an API for the first time in iOS 9. ReplayKit, a new framework that arrived for developers with the introduction of iOS 9 this week at WWDC, will enable screen recording for gameplay and other apps without the need for a Mac or a third-party solution.

With ReplayKit, developers will be able to offer users the ability to screen record gameplay or other apps automatically or manually with a single tap. Users will then be able to share recorded content through an iOS share sheet directly to social networks and video sharing sites. Apple pauses all incoming notifications and anything that might ruin the gameplay video experience, and only users will have access to the recorded videos.

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10:51
Google Docs ‘Slides’ app updated with AirPlay and...

Google announced today that it updated its Slides app, available for Android and iOS, to both support Google Cast and AirPlay. The update comes following the announcement of the Remote Display API that Google showed off at its I/O developers conference at the end of June, which allows developers to present more intricate applications and games on a remote screen.

After you’ve used the new app to cast your presentation to an AirPlay or Chromecast device, you can use your phone as a remote and control the slides being presented on the big screen. Within the smartphone app, you can also keep your eye on your notes and make sure your presentation stays in line using the app’s timer—all over the air. And you can cast from a tab in Chrome on the desktop, too.

When you’re up on the big screen, you can use your smaller screen...

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10:17
Throwback Thursday: "A whole universe on one...

Image from Macworld Magazine, February 1986 issue

It's February of 1986, and you've just seen the future. A single optical disk called a "CD-ROM" can hold "amazing quantities of data" -- 550 megabytes! That was the cover of Macworld Magazine back in that much more innocent age, discussing the arrival of writable compact discs and opening up a veritable universe of storage -- if you were used to hard disk drives that maxed out at 20 MB of capacity.

In the accompanying article, author Ted Nace described an optical disk-based "virtual reality" interactive video program developed by MIT that let a computer user "drive" around Aspen, Colorado. This was heady stuff in the mid-80s!

The article also talks about another groundbreaking MIT application called "NewsPeek" that took a text feed from the Nexis news database and video stored on an optical disk to create a weekly interactive news magazine that combined the best of a newspaper with video clips. Of course, this...

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10:00
Apple’s Upper East Side retail store is built over a...


When Apple opens its new Upper East Side Apple Store on Saturday, visitors will have the opportunity to view historical architecture in addition to shopping for iPhones and Apple Watches. That’s because the new retail store located on 940 Madison Avenue was once the home of the U.S. Mortgage & Trust bank — there’s even a bank vault below the store — and Apple has restored much of the original design for its new showroom…

Apple’s Upper East Side location maintains a portion of a Beaux Arts building, the...

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09:36
iOS 9's 'predictive touch' may pave...

One of the new technologies in iOS 9 is "predictive touch," an addition that may presage the launch of an Apple-made stylus in tandem with an anticipated jumbo-sized 12.9-inch iPad.

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09:09
9to5Toys Last Call: Transcend flash storage,...

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09:04
Inside iOS 9: Apple makes it easier to upgrade with...

In a bid to drive the already-impressive iOS upgrade rate even higher, Apple has brought a bit of OS X to iOS 9 with a new automatic installation option that will let iPhones and iPads update themselves --?at a convenient time for the user.

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09:00
Apple Store employees sent emails to Tim Cook...

Yesterday, a judge unsealed records that are part of a 2013 lawsuit that alleges Apple should pay employees for the time it takes to do security bag checks. These checks are done at the end of shifts and were designed to insure that employees were not taking merchandise from the retail outlets. 

An email was sent to Cook in 2012 by a store worker, telling him that Apple managers "are required to treat 'valued' employees as criminals." Cook forwarded the email to retail and human resources executives asking "Is this true?" In another email sent to Cook in 2013 by a retail employee in Beijing, the worker said Apple treated it's employees "as animals" and thieves, complaining that an emergency exit at the store was blocked by products.

The 2012 email was sent to Cook with the subject line "Fearless Feedback from Apple Retail Specialist," noting that retail employees should be treated with the same respect Apple shows its customers. The employee complained that "These...

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08:49
Xcode 7 available for free, allows iOS app...

Apple’s allowing wider – and free – access to its iOS development tools at long last.

Prior to this, Apple required users to pay US$99/year to become a member of Apple’s Developer Program in order to run code on physical iPhone and iPads. As part of the new Developer Program, this is no longer required. Apps can be tested on devices, no purchase necessary.

While this technically means that developers will be able to release apps outside of the App Store, testing it on their own devices and thus avoiding the App Store completely.

While apps could be run from unknown sources, also known as “sideloading”, this would still require a physical...

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08:28
iPod's disappearance from top of Apple website...

Apple quietly removed the iPod category from the top menu of its website earlier this week, in yet another sign that Apple is further sidelining the aging portable media player product category.

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08:24
Apple manifest file points towards 1080p front-...

This could be useful.

An iOS 9 manifest file discovered by developer Hamza Sood lists ways for apps to determine the hardware capabilities of the device they’re running on, a number of entries reference front-facing camera features that don’t currently exist. In addition to 1080p recording and a front flash, the manifest also refers to “Front60FPSVideo,” “FrontSlomo” and “FrontPanorama.”

At present, the front-facing camera on Apple’s iPhone 6 series is capable of capturing video at 720p and 30 frames per second, and lacks the ability to capture panoramic photos or slow-motion video.

This marks the first time that...

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08:04
Inside iOS 9: Apple's iPad-only 'Picture...

Starting with the release of iOS 9 this fall, iPad owners will be able to shrink video and continue watching and listening while accomplishing other tasks, thanks to Apple's all-new Picture in Picture mode.

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08:00
Daily Deals for June 11, 2015, featuring Billings...

It’s time to save some of your hard-earned money with our Daily Deals, featuring highlighted deals for AWT readers, hardware discounts and our own handpicked iOS and OS X sales. All prices are USD and subject to change. Please check prices before you purchase as some deals may expire quickly.

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07:40
Review: Drift Stealth 2 iPhone-controlled action cam

Action cams are a great way to relive fun experiences, and also provide the reassurance of video evidence should anything untoward happen while cycling. I’ve run a camera on my bikes for a few years now, my current one being the Garmin Virb Elite. The Drift Stealth 2 has a similar form-factor to the Garmin, but is about half the size, so I thought I’d see how well it stacks up.

If I lived in California, I might be able to entertain you with some surfing footage from the morning, skiing from the afternoon. As I live in London, however, the best I can offer is a cycle commute across central London. While lacking the big scenery, there are...

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07:05
Poll: What do you think of Apple’s new “Technicolor...

When Apple Music launches around the world on June 30th, the icon for Music on iOS and iTunes on OS X is set to change from the pinkish orange version we’ve had since iOS 7 and OS X 10.10 to one drenched in technicolor (yawn). Apple generally only changes the icon for Music and iTunes after a major feature addition or overall redesign, and the idea here is to attract attention and have more people look within the app to discover Apple Music. But are you a fan of the new icon design?

Once Apple Music debuts, the splash of rainbow color within or around a music note is what people will see until Apple decides Music and iTunes have changed enough again to...

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06:40
Foxconn may build Apple iPhone plant in India, could...

Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn is reportedly in talks to open a new iPhone assembly plant in India, potentially allowing the handset to achieve lower prices and boost sales in the growing market.

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06:39
Apple Pay is about to get much better

First woman on stage at an Apple keynote? Really? This is a terrific read, really shows how much is happening in the Apple Pay universe.

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06:22
How to export and import your Health data

Sébastien Page, writing for iDownloadBlog, talks you through the process of exporting data from your Health app so you can later import that data into a 3rd party app, import that same data into a freshly restored device, or a new device.

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06:12
Initial thoughts on iOS 9’s iPad multitasking

This is a great read, gets right to the heart of the matter.

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06:08
Inside iOS 9: Siri brings new smarts to sports,...

With Siri replacing Spotlight in iOS 9, Apple's personal digital assistant received a new brain that lets her retrieve information sports and weather, find photos, look inside apps, and more.

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05:00
Microsoft's Surface Hub Aims to Unify the...


Microsoft on Wednesday unveiled the Surface Hub, a large-screen device meant to dramatically improve business collaboration. The 55-inch and 84-inch interactive displays marry white boards with presentations, voice with video, speakers with addressees, Android with iOS, and Windows 10 with conference rooms. The Surface Hubs will go on sale July 1, and on Sept. 1, they'll start shipping out of a Microsoft facility about 200 miles south of the company's Redmond, Washington, headquarters.

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05:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Rokform’s newest patterns...

Rokform’s newest gorgeous patterns dress your device in pure eye candy

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases brings you hexagonal shapes from SwitchEasy, wireless charging solutions from Trident, all weather options from PureGear, and much more.

Belkin

The Grip Candy CE (iPhone 6 Plus; $35) sports a form-fitting design, with textured edges designed to provide an enhanced grip.

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04:58
Line launches streaming music service in Japan,...

Line, best known for its messaging app, has launched its own streaming music service in Japan, ahead of Apple Music’s release. Available on iOS and Android, Line Music offers a two-month free trial, then costs 1,000 yen ($8) per month, with a half-price option offering up to 20 hours per month.

While Line may have beaten Apple to the punch in Japan, it is lagging some way behind on tracks. Although ...

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04:34
Unsigned singer used to demo Apple Music Connect...

If you’re an unsigned musician looking for your break into the big time, being featured by Apple during a keynote watched by millions of people around the world isn’t a bad way to start.

When Eddy Cue introduced Apple Music, he used the example of Loren Kramar to demonstrate Apple Music Artist Accounts, more colloquially known as Connect. Any artist, he said, would be able to share content with fans through the social features provided within Apple Music – and he named Kramar as an artist who was “going to be really, really huge.”

Kramar yesterday launched his debut single, My Life,...

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Wednesday June 10

21:20
Apple Music’s new ads show that it is a force to be...

Design Taxi:

To promote its newly announced music service, Apple has rolled out three new ads showing its product’s ubiquity.

Its first ad—titled ‘Apple Music—Worldwide’—features music as the go-to companion for every situation in life. From the routine daily commute to moments of sadness, Apple Music never fails you. The second spot gives you a glimpse of the past with the ‘History of Sound’, presenting Apple Music as the future of the music industry.

The final commercial delves into the features of Apple Music and how it houses all your favorite sounds.

Apple Music is available to users at the end of this month—let’s see if it is able to live up to its big promises as advertised.

I always love when Apple posts new ads. I especially love all the “ad experts” pontificating about them the next day.

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20:56
Bacteria-powered folding batteries could power paper...

We've seen flexible displays for some time now, and engineers at Binghamton University developed an origami-inspired foldable battery. The folding part is great, but these batteries are also powered by bacteria and made from paper, providing an low-c...

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20:50
Guggenheim Museum piloting iPad program for kids...

FiftyThree, the company behind the popular Paper app and accompanying Pencil stylus, reveled today a partnership with the Guggenheim Museum that saw a group of students use the Paper app for a year. The goal of the program with Guggenheim was to implore kids to think more creatively.

Guggenheim Museum’s partnership with FiftyThree is also the first time its used anything digital in its educational initiatives. The work created by the 6th grade students over the course of a year is now on display at the Guggenheim Museum. The...

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20:00
Apple Store employees complained directly to Tim...

According to court documents unsealed on Wednesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook received personal emails from Apple Store employees regarding bag check policies instituted for security purposes, calling the searches "embarrassing," "demeaning" and "disturbing."

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18:20
Everything you need to know about Apple Music

After months of rumor and speculation, Apple on Monday unveiled its first foray into paid music streaming with Apple Music. Featuring access to an extensive iTunes-based catalog, human-curated playlists, Beats 1 radio and Connect social networking for artists, the product promises to be one of Apple's biggest releases for 2015.

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18:00
Daily Deals for June 10, 2015, featuring...

It’s time to save some of your hard-earned money with our Daily Deals, featuring highlighted deals for AWT readers, hardware discounts and our own handpicked iOS and OS X sales. All prices are USD and subject to change. Please check prices before you purchase as some deals may expire quickly.

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17:37
Serious iOS bug makes it easy to steal users’ iCloud...

A security researcher has published attack code he said makes it easy to steal the iCloud passwords of people using the latest version of Apple iOS for iPhones and iPads.

The proof-of-concept attack exploits a flaw in Mail.app, the default iOS e-mail program. Since the release of version 8.3 in early April, the app has failed to properly strip out potentially dangerous HTML code from incoming e-mail messages. The proof-of-concept exploit capitalizes on this failure by downloading a form from a remote server that looks identical to the legitimate iCloud log-in prompt. It can be displayed each time the booby-trapped message is viewed.

"This bug allows remote HTML content to be loaded, replacing the content of the original e-mail message,"...

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17:00
Today in the App Store -- Sentinel 4: Dark Star, Vee...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. Today’s notable apps include a discount on Sentinel 4: Dark Star; the new Vee for Video; and an update to Endless Wordplay. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

iOS Apps Now Free

Cubic! [0.99 → Free] Build an army of green cubes by swiping and combining your units.

Slayin [0.99 → Free] Slayin will test your skills like no other endless game on the App Store.

Sentinel 4: Dark Star [2.99 → Free] Sentinel's award-winning strategy gameplay expands explosively as the interstellar war moves to a mysterious alien...

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16:06
Podcast: WWDC 2015 recap, part 1

So Apple is having an event this week, close enough to Macworld HQ that we can see the giant Apple logo plastered to the side of Moscone West from our windows. Susie was lucky enough to attend, and she and Glenn reconvened the next day to unpack everything Apple announced for our faithful podcast fans.

Wait, did I say “everything”? Ha, hardly. In an effort to make our discussion of the WWDC keynote far longer than the actual keynote itself, we only made it through about half on this week’s podcast, which mainly covers iOS 9 and watchOS 2. Tune in next week for more about OS X 10.11 El Capitan, Apple Music, the News app, and whatever else we can cram in before our microphones melt and Skype crashes our Macs (again).

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15:15
AWT News Update: June 10, 2015

Someone broke the Apple news machine today... so it's a short AWT News Update:

  • An iOS 9 code investigation shows that future iPhones may have high resolution FaceTime cameras
  • T-Mobile adds continuity support for iOS 9, so you can receive phone calls on a Mac or PC even if you've left your iPhone at home
  • ResearchKit gets an update, now supports iPad

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I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is a short AWT News Update for June 10, 2015. Thanks to this week’s sponsor, Marketcircle, for making it all possible. Check out the AWT website for information on the company’s new Apple Watch companion app for Billings Pro.

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15:02
Pop band Walk the Moon to play 2015 WWDC Bash

Apple on Wednesday announced that pop rock band Walk the Moon will be playing at its annual WWDC Bash, this year scheduled for 6 p.m. Pacific on Thursday, June 11.

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14:55
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Merlin and Jim talk about TV.

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14:15
The Week in Mac Accessories: Mighty mice!

Mighty mice!

This week’s roundup includes two wireless mice, as well as the latest external drives, carrying bags, and more.

Grovemade

The $59 Trackpad Tray is carved from walnut, “reinforced with sturdy aluminum, then finished with several rounds of hand sanding and an application of vegetable-based oils.” Pop it open to find a small storage space for paper clips and other knick-knacks.  

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14:14
Twitter now lets you share your block list to get...

Twitter is giving its users more “sophisticated” tools to fight against the haters who are gonna hate. 

On Wednesday the San Francisco-based company introduced a new way to block several accounts at once, instead of one by one, by using block lists. By sharing your list of blocked accounts and importing other Twitter users’ block lists, it will be easier to find and block “unwanted interactions” all at once.

Twitter

“You can now export and share your block lists with people in your community facing similar issues or import another user’s list into your own account and block multiple accounts all at once, instead of blocking them individually,” read a post on Twitter’s blog announcing the new feature. Twitter hopes that by helping users export and import block lists, people experiencing harassment on Twitter will be able to deal with it more efficiently and not abandon...

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14:05
iOS 9 Maps provides en route traffic avoidance,...

Drivers using Apple Maps in iOS 9 will have the benefit of explicit traffic and construction warnings, including voice turn-by-turn suggestions for alternate routes, according to information shared with AppleInsider.

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13:27
US CIO Orders Federal Websites to Get More Secure


U.S. federal CIO Tony Scott on Monday sent a memo to the heads of executive departments and agencies requiring that all publicly accessible federal websites and Web services use HTTPS -- "the strongest privacy and integrity protection currently available for public Web connections." Some federal websites currently use HTTPS, but there has not been a consistent policy across the federal government to do so, Scott pointed out. Websites and services available over HTTPS must enable HTTP Strict Transport Security.

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13:20
Spotify shows off impressive growth ahead of Apple...

Spotify to Apple: Come and get us.

When Apple announced its new streaming service during its annual World Wide Developer’s Conference on Monday, the company had Spotify in its sights. The Apple Music introduction included jabs about paying artists the rates they deserve and treating music like art instead of digital bits. But Spotify isn’t about to take any of Apple’s initial shots lying down.

On Wednesday, Spotify hit back with some impressive statistics about its growth. Spotify says it now has more than 20 million paying subscribers and 75 million active users. That’s double the number of paying users Spotify had in May 2014 when it hit the 10 million subscriber mark. As for paying out royalties, Spotify says it has paid out a grand total of $3 billion to artists, and $300 million of that was in the first three months of 2015.

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13:17
Continuity over cellular will allow remote answering...

Apple is reportedly plannning to untether some of its Continuity features in iOS 9, working with mobile network operators to forward calls and text messages from your iPhone to your Mac or iPad over the cell network.

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13:00
Grovemade's Wood Keyboard and Trackpad Trays:...

Grovemade Maple Keyboard/Trackpad Trays. Photo ©2015, Steven Sande. All rights reserved.

Wood and plastic don’t look all that great together. That’s a fact I’ve been sadly aware of for the past five years or so, using a plastic keyboard/trackpad tray from an accessory manufacturer to turn my Apple Wireless Keyboard and Magic Trackpad into one big, wide happy family. I have a nice cherry wood desk in my office that looks great, especially on the rare occasions when it’s actually clean, so I always wished that someone would make a wood version of my keyboard/trackpad tray. It took a while, but now Grovemade has released a wood Trackpad Tray (US$59 in maple or walnut) to go along with its previously-released wood Keyboard Tray ($99 in maple or walnut).

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12:45
Apple announces Walk the Moon will perform at WWDC...

Apple today has announced that popular pop band Walk The Moon will perform at the annual WWDC Bash on Thursday, June 11th. The 2015 WWDC Bash is set to take place at 6PM at the Yerba Buena Gardens and is open to all WWDC attendees 18 years or older.

In 2014, Bastille performed at the WWDC Bash. Vampire Weekend headlined the event in 2013, while Neon Trees performed in 2013.

On stage during the keynote on Monday, Apple played Walk The Moon’s breakthrough single Shut Up and Dance while showing off Apple Music. The band tweeted their...

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12:45
iOS 9 adds cellular Continuity feature, T-Mobile...

Although Apple originally debuted Continuity in iOS 8, enabling iPhone calls and SMS messages to be received and answered on Macs or iPads, the feature only worked when the iPhone, Macs, and iPads were on the same Wi-Fi network. Today, T-Mobile announced that it is “the only mobile network operator in the world” with support for a new and previously unannounced iOS 9 feature: Continuity support has been added to T-Mobile’s cellular network, so a Mac or iPad can receive an iOS 9 iPhone’s calls even when the iPhone isn’t on the same Wi-Fi network.

This means that “T-Mobile customers will be able to answer that important text message or call on your Mac or iPad even if you left your phone at home,” explained T-Mobile, so “you can leave your phone on your desk and just take your tablet or your Mac to your meeting and never worry about missing anything.” Implicitly, the iPad or Mac would need to be connected to a Wi-Fi network for calls and SMS messages to come through. The...

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12:42
Everything you need to know about Apple’s WWDC...

WWDC has brought a ton of announcements for Apple’s software and services. This week, we’ll discuss the important topics, what you need to know, and how we feel about iOS 9, watchOS 2, OS X El Capitan, and 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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12:38
Spotify Raises $526 Million As Apple Charges Into...

An anonymous reader writes: Spotify has raised an enormous $526 million in funding to fight off Apple's new Apple Music subscription service. As part of the funding round, European carrier TeliaSonera is responsible for $115 million. The music service now has 20 million paying subscribers and 75 million monthly active users, doubling the subscriber base since May of 2014. The LA Times reports: "U.S. companies participating in the Spotify funding include Halcyon Asset Management, GSV Capital, D.E. Shaw & Co., Technology Crossover Ventures, Northzone and P. Schoenfeld Asset Management, said the person familiar with the matter, who was not authorized to comment publicly. British investment firms Baillie Gifford, Lansdowne Partners and Rinkelberg Capital, along with Canadian hedge funds Senvest Capital and Discovery Capital Management also took part. In a statement disclosing its investment, TeliaSonera said it would work with Spotify to come up with innovations in media...

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12:24
Apple's 'iPhone 6s' could improve...

Selfie fiends may have a good reason to upgrade to Apple's next-generation iPhone, as configuration files discovered in the first beta release of iOS 9 hint at new capabilities for the front-facing camera, including 1080p recording and a built-in flash.

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12:11
Will Apple’s expanded HealthKit replace my period-...

On Monday, Apple announced that the Health app and HealthKit framework on iOS 9 would include reproductive health tracking. Translation: you’ll be able to track your period on Apple's app on your iPhone once iOS 9 is available this fall. The feature is welcome news after Apple took criticism for not including the feature on the first version of the app.

Period tracking isn't new. Just as there are apps that track your sleep and fitness, there are several available for tracking a woman's menstrual cycle. We don't know much about the updated Health app, but the expectation is that it will...

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12:07
Medical researchers gain new data opportunities with...

ResearchKit is now supported on the iPad, creating a new avenue for Apple's open-source platform for medical researchers, the company announced in a mailing this week.

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11:29
Inside iOS 9: Apple's iPad-exclusive split-...

With this fall's iOS 9 upgrade, the iPad lineup will be getting special attention to enhance productivity on the big-screen tablets, including an all-new split-screen multitasking mode that will allow users to more easily accomplish two tasks at once.

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11:22
∞ Thoughts on Apple’s WWDC keynote

Apple kicked off its Worldwide Developer Conference on Monday in San Francisco, Calif. While some of the presenters (not mentioning any names) weren’t up to the usual Apple polish, the company did introduce some nice updates.

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10:51
PlayStation Vue adds to live TV subscriptions for...

Sony on Wednesday launched its PlayStation Vue TV service for the iPad, growing the number of TV subscrition services available for Apple products even as Apple's own rumored service remains in limbo.

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10:46
Xcode 7 allows anyone to download, build and ‘...

Apple has changed its policy regarding permissions required to build and run apps on devices. Until now, Apple required users to pay $99/year to become a member of Apple’s Developer Program in order to run code on physical iPhone and iPads. As part of the new Developer Program, this is no longer required. Apps can be tested on devices, no purchase necessary.

However, this technically means that developers will be able to release apps outside of the App Store as long as they are open-sourced. Interested users could then open the code in Xcode, compile and run it on their own devices — avoiding the App Store completely.

This is somewhat...

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10:03
Apple Gives Open Source a Swift 2 Kick


Apple this week announced Swift 2 and said it would open-source it later this year. Swift 2 is a programming language for iOS, OS X and watchOS. It has a new error handling model that works with Apple SDKs and NSError. Two new features in Objective-C -- nullability annotations and generics -- make Swift 2 work better with Apple SDKs. "Generating higher-quality code is the central problem in software engineering, and anything that helps developers do that will help," said Al Hilwa, a program director at IDC.

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09:46
Apple Pay reward cards will roll out slowly, with...

Apple earlier this week announced a handful of retailers that will be the first to offer loyalty card support through Apple Pay, but there’s one company planned for the initial launch that it didn’t mention: Whole Foods. Expect the roll out of other rewards cards to be slow, however, as NFC terminals work to enable support with retailers…

Whole Foods will be among the small number of companies that first launch when the loyalty card support goes live this fall alongside iOS 9 and the renamed Passbook app now known as ‘Wallet’, 9to5Mac has learned.

The adoption of loyalty cards through Apple Pay will likely be slower than credit and payment...

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09:22
First look: iOS 9 brings tons of tweaks to search,...

Alongside a few headline features, Apple has --?as it does in every iOS revision --?made a number of tweaks to existing apps and options in its flagship mobile operating system, including the newfound ability to set the function of the iPhone's side switch to orientation lock, making podcast playback easier, and adding built-in document search.

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09:04
Apple confirms traveling camera vans part of Maps...

Apple has confirmed that that camera-laden van driving around your town is part of a Maps project, not a self-driving car project. The company is even listing when the vans will be in specific areas.

Apple now has a webpage showing where its Maps vans will be between June 15 and June 30, which includes parts of Ireland and England, as well as cities in Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New York, Texas, Utah, and Washington.

Apple said it is “driving vehicles around the world to collect data which will be used to improve Apple Maps. Some of this data will be published in future Apple Maps...

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09:00
Want to pose for Apple Maps? Here's where they...

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Apple has a fleet of vehicles that are driving around snapping images for a Google Street-like addition to Maps. If you'd like to see if you can get yourself into one of those images, hopefully doing something really stupid or weird, the company has now posted a list of where its vehicles are roaming

Between June 15-30, those vans will be cruising Dublin, Ireland; London and other English cities, and a wide variety of US cities including Atlanta, Chicago, and Orlando. It's time to grab your scuba gear, alien makeup or Spiderman cosplay garb and head out to the streets of your city to claim your fame.

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08:51
Apple replaces discoveryd with mDNSResponder for iOS...

It looks like the discoveryd protocol may not be working out for Apple and thus, it could be abandoned for both iOS 9 and OS X 10.11.

Recent analysis of the iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 El Capitan have shown that Apple has dropped the network protocol for the time being.

In both cases, mDNSResponder has been substituted in again, although the internal nature of the process makes it impossible to see whether it has changed at all since the build of OS X 10.10.4. The discovery protocol has been blamed for many networking and communication stability issues. One way Apple has achieved this is to get rid of discoveryd completely.

There is still a chance that...

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08:11
Apple enables third-party content blockers for...

Developers building apps for iOS 9 have access to an API that can block content like images, tracking cookies, and pop-up ads in Safari, potentially laying the groundwork for Apple-sanctioned ad blockers.

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08:00
iOS Mail bug allows phishing attacks

Security researcher Jan Soucek discovered an iOS Mail bug a while back that allows attackers to run remote HTML code when an email is opened. What this means is that a malicious user who knows about the bug could create a phishing email that prompts users for their iCloud login. Once the login has been entered, the unsuspecting victim has handed over the keys to everything secured with Apple ID credentials. Here's Soucek's demonstration video of the bug in action:

The only way to skirt this issue right now is to be vigilant. If you're reading mail on your iOS device and a popup asks you to log into a system -- iCloud or other -- don't. The bug was initially filed with Apple in January, but the company has not yet fixed this problem. To force the issue and get things fixed as soon as possible, Soucek uploaded the proof of concept code to GitHub.

So once again: if you're reading mail in the iOS...

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07:34
Spotify climbs to 20M paid subscribers, picks up $...

With the debut of the competing Apple Music service only weeks away, Spotify on Wednesday announced that its total subscriber base has climbed to 75 million people, 20 million of whom are subscribers to its more profitable Premium tier.

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07:25
Apple Maps vehicles

Apple is sending cars around the world to collect map data. Want to know where they are going next?

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07:14
The Apple collector

Interesting video on Apple collector Lonnie Mimms and his lifelong dream to create a museum dedicated to old computers and gadgets, especially those made by Apple.

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07:07
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07:00
Apple Music and music companies investigated for...

New York state attorney general Eric T. Schneiderman and the attorney general of Connecticut, George Jepsen, are again investigating Apple. This time the focus is not eBooks, but Apple's new streaming music service. The pair are preemptively investigating Apple's negotiations with music companies to see if Apple or the record labels violated antitrust laws, reports the New York Times.

The attorneys general wanted to know whether Apple pressured the music labels — or whether the labels conspired with Apple and one another — to withdraw support for popular “freemium” services offered by companies like Spotify in favor of Apple’s paid music subscriptions.

The European Commission also is examinging Apple's agreements with music labels for its Apple Music service overseas.

Our Take on the news:

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06:45
Apple fires Campus 2 contractors as 'spaceship...

Apple has reportedly severed its relationship with general contractors Skanska and DPR -- the two firms responsible for overseeing construction of its new "spaceship" headquarters -- with near-immediate effect, a rare mid-stream shakeup that follows a string of delays and increasing costs.

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06:20
Apple debuts its first ads for Apple Music

Apple on Tuesday released the first advertisements for its upcoming Apple Music service. The three ads have completely different themes, with one focusing on Beats 1, Apple's new radio station, while another showcases the history of sound and Apple Music's role in its evolution. The third ad tries to explain Apple Music by asserting that "Music needed a home . . . so we built it one."

All three spots are well-shot and stylish, as you'd expect. Apple Music will be avaialbe on June 30, with pricing availabe for individuals and family members.

If you're an existing Beats Music customer, note that Apple Music will replace that subsription. Look here for what to expect from the transition.

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05:39
Apple’s watchOS 2 and activation lock

The features Apple is promoting from watchOS 2. Chief among them? Activation Lock.

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05:18
Apple Music antitrust investigation – Nothing to see...

The attorneys general behind the 2013 eBook price fixing investigation are at it again.

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05:03
Find My iPhone, Friends become built-in apps in...

Both Apple's "Find My iPhone" and "Find My Friends" applications are built in to the first beta of iOS 9, hinting that they could be added to the growing list of native iPhone apps when the software update launches this fall.

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05:00
Turning 'Shadow IT' into 'Better IT...


Sometimes things happen that seem undesirable, but they actually can turn out to be advantageous when viewed in a certain light, when approached in a certain way, or depending on circumstances. For example, this can be true when it comes to "Shadow IT" -- specifically, the adoption of technology without the involvement or knowledge of the IT organization. Most IT professionals for the past few years have struggled with the "shadow" adoption of technologies.

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04:42
External Link: Apple Announces 2015 Design Award...

Apple recognized ten apps at this year’s Apple Design Awards, plus two student efforts. The winners are the previously reviewed Fantastical, Robinhood, and Workflow; the games Crossy Road, Does Not Commute, Metamorphabet, Shadowmatic, and Vainglory; Mac illustration app Affinity Designer; music mixing app Pacemaker; and student entries Elementary Minute and jump-O. Congratulations to all the winners!

 

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04:15
Apple confirms vans are for mapping data, reveals...

Apple has officially brought to an end the speculation surrounding its formerly secretive mapping vans, revealing that the vehicles are collecting data for future Apple Maps updates, and also emphasizing both privacy and transparency with a list of upcoming driving locations.

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03:30
Here's how the Siri of iOS 9 will push ahead of...

For years, Apple’s Siri digital assistant has skulked in the corner of iOS, usually assisting only when asked. Like the wallflower who gets a summer makeover, however, the new Siri that steps out with iOS 9 this fall will be outgoing and eager, bounding forward to help. 

Siri’s upgrade (revealed at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday) emphasizes proactivity and has achieved parity with the primary features of Google Now and Microsoft’s Cortana: time- and location-based reminders, hunting down videos that can be played within an app, identifying contacts via their phone number, or launching particular songs. But several of Siri’s promised features actually push the platform ahead of the competition: pulling useful data from your apps, controlling your smart home, and kicking off specialized tasks based on your habits or current needs.

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Apple's Schiller talks iPhone storage, thin...

During a panel session with Daring Fireball's John Gruber on Tuesday, Apple SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller offered his take on 16GB iPhones, the tradeoffs between battery life and device thinness, single-port MacBooks and more.

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Reactions To Apple's Plans To Open Source Swift

itwbennett writes: At Apple's WWDC 2015 event yesterday, Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of software engineering, announced that the company planned to open source the Swift language. Reaction to this announcement so far has sounded more or less like this: Deafening applause with undertones of "we'll see." As a commenter on this Ars Technica story points out, "Their [Apple's] previous open-source efforts (Darwin, WebKit, etc) have generally tended to be far more towards the Google style of closed development followed by a public source dump." Simon Phipps, the former director of OSI, also expressed some reservations, saying, "While every additional piece of open source software extends the opportunities for software freedom, the critical question for a programming language is less whether it is itself open source and more whether it's feasible to make open source software with it. Programming languages are glue for SDKs, APIs and libraries. The real value of Swift...

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22:44
Apple’s Phil Schiller addresses 16GB iPhones, single...

The Verge:

On the sidelines of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, marketing SVP Phil Schiller has spoken to Daring Fireball’s John Gruber for a live episode of his The Talk Show podcast. The full interview hasn’t been posted yet, but it’ll be worth checking out for Apple fans when it is — Gruber asked Schiller about a few things that have become hot topics among the company’s community of users and developers.

Can’t wait to see the video. If Twitter is any indication, it was quite the surprise and quite the interview. Kudos to Gruber for scoring a big one.

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22:01
Apple's new developer resources for iOS 9, OS X...

At is annual World Wide Developers Conference on Monday, Apple announced a host of new technologies designed to help developers offer improved user experiences over the entire Apple product line.

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21:41
Phil Schiller talks 16GB devices, ultra-thin design...

Apple’s SVP of marketing Phil Schiller this evening gave an interview on John Gruber’s podcast The Talk Show during which he addressed a variety of different topics. Gruber and Schiller together discussed Apple’s WWDC announcements, such as watchOS 2 and Apple Music. The two also talked about many of Apple’s decisions over the past couple of years, including the company’s obsession with making the thinnest devices possible and how on earth they still sell 16GB devices in 2015.

Gruber asked Schiller about the length of this year’s WWDC keynote, which was seen by many as too long. Schiller responded that Apple tries to keep keynotes between 1:45 and 2:15 and noted that the...

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