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Apple fixes iOS 9 app slicing bug, releases full...

Apple on Monday announced it has fixed an iCloud bug that prevented the release of iOS 9 App Thinning features, and released searchable text transcripts of WWDC 2015's keynote and developer sessions.

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Apple acknowledges 'YiSpecter' iOS malware...

A piece of recently-identified iOS malware, known as YiSpecter, is not a major threat despite its ability to attack both jailbroken and factory stock devices, Apple said on Monday.

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Mail Capitan Sale on Numerous Apple Mail Plug-ins

If you use Apple Mail in El Capitan, you can make it far more capable with the plug-ins that are part of the Mail Capitan sale through 18 October 2015.


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Apple resolves issue that delayed iOS 9 App Thinning...

Apple CEO Tim Cook at WWDC 2015

After initially holding back a new iOS 9 feature called App Thinning (or App Slicing) that allows developers to ship smaller apps to customers and download additional content as needed, Apple now says it has resolved the issue that caused the delay. Starting with the recently released iOS 9.0.2, users will have access to updated apps that take advantage of App Thinning. Apple also updated developers on a Game Center-related change and rolled out an improved way for finding content from Apple’s developer sessions.Apple first revealed that App...

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Apple begins selling official Apple Watch lugs to...

Via a third-party distributor, Avnet, Apple is now selling authorized lugs for the Apple Watch that accessory makers can use in their own bands for the device.

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∞ Apple’s official statement on the YiSpecter iOS...

Earlier today, we posted about a report from Palo Alto Networks about YiSpector, iOS malware that was said to attack non-jailbroken iOS devices.

We reached out to Apple for comment. Read on for their response.

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Week in review video: Remembering Steve Jobs, build...

Each Monday, AppleInsider packs all the Apple news you need to know into a fast-paced, 120-second show. This week, we cover all of the news about Steve Jobs, new water protection enhancements in the iPhone 6s, Apple TV developer kits, and much more.

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Apple Watch Hermès now on sale in 10 different styles

You can now go out and buy an Apple Watch Hermès, but you might want to bring your French dictionary.

First announced in September during Apple’s big iPhone 6s event, the Apple Watch Hermès collection is available now, but only in select Apple Stores and Hermès store locations in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Toronto, as well as in several cities in Europe and Asia.

The special Hermès-branded stainless steel Watch comes in three styles and five fancy French colors, which you can combine to get ten different looks. The price of an Apple Watch Hermès ranges from $1,100 to $1,500, depending on the size of the case and the style of the band.


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Review: Just Mobile Quattro Folio for iPhone 6s

Just Mobile's Quattro Folio ($45) is a leather folio case for iPhone 6s — while Just Mobile notes that the case will fit both iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s, it's being marketed as a 6s case on the company's website. Like many folio cases, Quattro Folio doesn't offer button coverage. Unfortunately, Quattro doesn't offer much coverage, period, leaving all corners of the phone and nearly the entire left side exposed when the iPhone 6s' screen is in use. The folio cover slot is designed for business cards, but we found it will accommodate two credit cards. The case also doubles as a landscape viewing stand.{/exp:char_limit}

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MFi Apple Watch straps closer to launch as Apple...

After announcing an official program for accessory makers interested in making Apple Watch bands back in May, Apple has now delivered on its promise of providing Apple-made watch lugs that third-party manufacturers can use to make straps. That’s the first sign that official third-party watch bands will soon be hitting the market through Apple’s Made for iPhone program (MFi). Companies enrolled in the MFi program can now order the parts (pictured above) through Apple’s supplier (via MR)....

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Apple purchases VocalIQ, may use APIs to boost Siri...

Add this to the other cool things Apple has bought over the years and may or may not do something with.

Apple has apparently purchased VocalIQ, a startup located in the UK that has “developed a self-learning dialogue API built on 10 years of natural language research, belief tracking, decision making, and message generation.”

Albeit no one has said how Apple plans to use VocalIQ’s assets, it’s thought that VocalIQ’s API can help improve Siri. It’s also thought that Apple could use the technology for its upcoming car project, as VocalIQ specialized in in-car applications among other things, as the company has collaborated with General Motors in the past. .

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Second-generation Philips Hue Bridge supports...

One of the first home automation products to make it into Apple Stores was Philips Hue lighting. App-controlled, Philips Hue showcased many of the promises of home automation, while also pointing out the issues inherent in a market without standards. Apple hopes to get home automation device manufacturers marching in sync towards a Siri-controlled future through its HomeKit framework, and today Philips helped out by introducing the second-generation Hue Bridge (US$59.99).

The Bridge is compatible with both HomeKit and Siri, and works with other connected home platforms as well. Philips Lighting CEO Eric Rondolat noted that "Lighting is the most accessible aspect of the connected home, and as the lighting expert for the Internet of Things we are taking connected lighting to the next phase. By integrating Philips Hue with Apple HomeKit, we are broadening people's experience of light beyond what has...

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Adobe reverses course, says Metal support in After...

Despite promises at this June's Worldwide Developers Conference hosted by Apple, Adobe is now adopting an ambiguous stance on whether After Effects will support Apple's Metal graphics technology.

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Matt Gemmell on ad blocking

Matt is in a unique position to write about this debate:

I’m on both sides of this debate.

Let’s get the obvious argument out of the way: if you block ads, you’re depriving sites of revenue they presumably need in order to continue running, and if too many people do that, those sites are likely to go away. The reality is more complicated, but the argument is essentially sound – all other things being equal, and unchanged.

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Digital or physical books

Craig Mod on his reading habits:

But in the past two years, something unexpected happened: I lost the faith. Gradually at first and then undeniably, I stopped buying digital books. I realised this only a few months ago, when taking stock of my library, both digital and physical. Physical books – most of all, works of literary fiction – I continue to acquire voraciously. I split my time between New York and Tokyo, and know that with each New York trip I’ll pick up a dozen or more volumes from bookstores or friends.

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The most instagrammed locations in the U.S. and...

I found this really interesting.

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First look: Using Apple’s new Audio Unit plug-ins in...

With iOS 9 released late last month, Apple introduced a full-fledged audio plug-in framework for the first time on its mobile devices, allowing iPhone and iPad apps to implement support for third-party audio plug-ins just like on a Mac.

In fact, the audio plugin framework comes in the form of Audio Unit version 3, an updated version of the file type Apple has long used on the Mac for audio plug-ins in professional-class apps like Logic Pro.

Now that iOS 9 is available to all, we took the feature for a test drive using a couple of the very first apps to update with support...

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Storm Apple Watch companion app: A great reason to...

Weather nerds unite! There's now a compelling reason to have not only your own weather station (you do have one, don't you?), but an Apple Watch as well. Weather Underground's Storm app now has an Apple Watch companion you can use to see conditions at your station or one nearby with a few taps. That's a screenshot of the Storm app from my Watch.

Of course, getting your own weather station can be even more expensive than buying an Apple Watch. The Internet-attached station I have is a Rainwise MK-III package (image below) that retails for US$1268, or even more for a long range version that allows the station sensors to be further away from your Internet connection.

RainWise MK-III Weather Station. Image via

Data from my weather station (known as KCOHIGHL29) is streamed...

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Review: Chromecast Audio brings new life to dated...

I’m an Apple guy. I have enough Apple hardware around my house to serve as a mini-museum and I use Apple’s software and services every single day. But when Google makes something interesting like Chromecast Audio, I can’t help but want to try out the new toy.

Sold for just $35 (Google Store, Best Buy), Chromecast Audio lets you stream audio over the Internet from services like Spotify and NPR to old speakers. This varies from Apple’s AirPlay in that audio streams directly to the Chromecast Audio rather than from device to device, using your iPhone or iPad only as the remote. In practice, Chromecast Audio is most similar to Sonos, but with Google’s accessory selling at a much lower, irresistible price as it relies on your...

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Review: X-Doria Defense Lux for iPhone 6s/6

X-Doria's Defense Lux ($60) case for iPhone 6s/6 is a more premium version of the "bumper around a case" option that we've seen more of recently. In X-Doria's edition, a rubber and polycarbonate case is bolstered by an aluminum outer frame. The hinged frame locks onto an iPhone 6 or 6s — it barely stretches around the iPhone 6s' slightly larger body. Defense Lux has a soft, slightly puffy backing. Button coverage is present for the sleep/wake button and volume controls. The case comes in four different colors; we received the "black carbon" option.{/exp:char_limit}

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Four years after the death of Steve Jobs, Michael...

Actor Michael Fassbender spent nearly half a year learning about and portraying Steve Jobs, in a performance audiences will finally have the opportunity to see more than four years after the Apple cofounder's passing.

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Research group: Apple Pay will grow slowly for the...

Researcher Aite Group says that Apple Pay, which marks its one-year anniversary this month, has failed to catch on with consumers, accounting for only one percent of all retail transactions in the U.S., reports Bloomberg Business

The service has reportedly suffered from a lack of promotion and limited number of terminals available in stores. Plus Apple Pay is only available on newer iPhones.

“People don’t know why it is they’d use Apple Pay,” Jared Schrieber, CEO of InfoScout, a shopper-research firm, told Bloomberg Business. “They are satisfied with the current methods and they don’t know how Apple Pay works.”

More than 75 percent of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users hadn’t tried the service as of April, according to...

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SVALT: Ultimate high-performance Apple laptop dock [...

Thanks to SVALT for sponsoring The Loop this week. Use code “LOOP” for a $15 discount on the ultimate high-performance Apple laptop dock, the SVALT D Performance Cooling Dock, that increases CPU Turbo Boost speeds by 106% and speeds up 4K exports in Final Cut Pro X by 10% on 15-in Retina MacBook Pro.

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Apple Pay 1 year in: Slow to grow, but 'off to...

Tech companies have been trying to make mobile payments happen for years, and when Apple entered the space last October with Apple Pay, it seemed like paying for things with your phone might actually become a daily occurrence.

But Apple Pay adoption is still slow going a year after its launch, according to new reports. The service is barely a blip on the retail radar, accounting for about 1 percent of total transactions in the U.S., according to research firm Aite Group.

The Wall Street Journal dug up numbers from various retail chains and analysts that seem to back up that figure: At Panera, Apple Pay usage is in the “low single digits,” while Firehouse Subs says the service accounts for 2 percent of all transactions. (Panera did say that...

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News: Apple Pay transaction numbers still low overall

A year after Apple Pay’s launch, the digital payment system is only accounting for 1 percent of U.S. retail transactions, Bloomberg reports. Apple Pay has suffered from a lack of promotion and limited support from retailers, but at Panera Bread — an early adopter of the new pay format — the percentage of Apple Pay transactions is in the low single digits. Even within Panera’s iOS app that lets users order from their iPhone, Apple Pay…

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News: Apple releases Apple Watch Hermès collection

After its announcement weeks ago, Apple has officially launched the Apple Watch Hermès, with prices starting at $1,100. The watch sports three leather band options and a custom face designed by Apple using fonts that mimic the classic Hermès style. The classic Single Tour band is available in both 38mm and 42mm sizes in brown and black. The Double Tour band — which wraps around the wrist twice — is only available in 38mm, but also comes in red…

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Apple TV aims open its universal search to all apps

When the new Apple TV launches later this month, its universal search features will only work with a select number of apps. But it’s not going to stay that way forever.

Apple CEO Tim Cook recently told BuzzFeed that Apple plans to offer an API for universal search, so that any app can feed into the results. “I think that many, many people will want to be in that search. And that’s great for users,” Cook said.

At launch, Siri’s search results will come from five streaming services: iTunes, HBO, Hulu, Netflix, and Showtime. That’s a fairly short list, and one that leaves out some major sources such as YouTube, Crackle, Watch ABC, and PBS.


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News: Apple to open Apple TV’s universal search API...

Apple plans to expand the new Apple TV’s universal search far beyond its initial launch partners, Buzzfeed reports. Universal search is one of the marquee features in the new device, letting users search once for a term and see results from multiple sources. The feature will support iTunes, Hulu, Netflix, HBO and Showtime when the new Apple TV ships this month, but Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company is opening its API so other sources can make…

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Microsoft Office 2016 users complain about bugs,...

Well, this is a giant mess.

Following the release of Apple’s new OS X 10.11 El Capitan on Wednesday, a number of users have complained of crashes with Office 2016 and the new operating system.

“This is beyond the Pale. We basically can’t use Office on our computers,” wrote one user on the longest thread related to the crash problem.

Users have complained of apparently random crashes since the update, the discussion thread regarding the issues currently running for more than 140 pages.

Where Office 2016 was shipped in early July, the complaints discussion thread has exploded since the release of OS X 10.11 El Capitan...

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YiSpecter: New iOS malware attacks non-jailbroken...

This has the potential to be a real mess, but the sense I get is that this is something Apple can detect and eliminate with more stringent review controls.

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With "Steve Jobs" on screens later this...


On October 9, the movie "Steve Jobs" -- directed by Danny Boyle and scripted by Aaron Sorkin from the biography by Walter Isaacson -- opens at theaters nationwide. With a crop of films about the Apple co-founder having been released over the past four years since Jobs' death, many have felt that the movies tend to focus on the negatives of the man rather than what he accomplished in his lifetime. Sadly, it appears that even his close friends and family can't agree on whether they like or hate the upcoming movie.

First, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Jobs' widow, Laurene Powell Jobs, tried to block the production of the movie repeatedly, saying that the movie and others focus on Jobs as being...

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At what age did your childhood pet run away?

Fantastic alternative list of password security questions. Hard to pick a favorite.

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Apple leases additional office space, expands to...

The Apple expansion continues.

In recent weeks, it’s been discovered that Apple has leased another major project in Sunnyvale — a two-building, 215,000-square foot office park that’s wrapping up construction at North Mathilda Ave. and W. Maude Ave. The project, from Christensen Holdings, is in a business district that’s already thick with Apple outposts.

This is not a completely new change, as the Mathilda Tech Center in Sunnyvale is located in a thick of office buildings already occupied by Apple.

It’s expected that Apple will continue to lease buildings in this segment of Sunnyvale, known as “Peery Park”.

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Mac OS System 7. In your browser. Much fun.

Though this emulator will run on your iOS device, the taps are not responsive, so save the link to run on your Mac.

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Siri, Turn on My Lights: Philips Hue gets HomeKit...

Philips is finally on board with Apple's HomeKit platform thanks to a new version of its Hue LED light hub. The new model works just like the original version, but adds in Siri voice control support and Apple's required HomeKit security features.

The Mac Observer Spin: Finally! Hue gets HomeKit support! There wasn't any way to update the original Hue Bridge to support HomeKit support, so it's nice that Philips is offering current customers a discounted price on the new hub.

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Apple officially launches Hermès Watch collection,...

If you haven’t yet found your perfect Apple Watch strap among the company’s own offerings or the numerous third-party options, Apple has today officially launched its partnership with French leather fashion company Hermès.

Uncompromising craftsmanship. Pioneering innovation. Groundbreaking functionality. Apple Watch Hermès is the culmination of a partnership based on parallel thinking, singular vision and mutual regard. It is a unique timepiece designed with both utility and beauty in mind. With leather straps handmade by Hermès artisans in France and an Hermès watch face reinterpreted by Apple designers in California, Apple Watch Hermès is a product of elegant, artful simplicity — the ultimate tool for modern life.

Splashing out between...

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How to fix that iCloud “last backup could not be...

Sébastien Page, writing for iDownloadBlog, digs into an error that is both common and non-obvious and lays out the fix. Worth bookmarking and passing along.

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Coda 2.5.12

Brings a number of fixes specific to OS X 10.11 El Capitan to the Web site development tool. ($99 new, free update, 85.1 MB)


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The diagnostic info on every iPhone and iPad

Joe Caiati, writing for dot info, digs into the completely visible diagnostic info found on each of your iOS devices.

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Advertising Malware Affects Non-Jailbroken iOS...

An anonymous reader writes: Malware called YiSpecter is infecting iOS devices belonging to Chinese and Taiwanese users, and is the first piece of malware that successfully targets both jailbroken and non-jailbroken devices, Palo Alto Networks researchers warn. What's more, the techniques it uses for hiding are making it difficult to squash the infection. YiSpecter's malicious apps were signed with three iOS enterprise certificates issued by Apple so that they can be installed as enterprise apps on non-jailbroken iOS devices via in-house distribution. Through this kind of distribution, an iOS app can bypass Apple's strict code review procedures and can invoke iOS private APIs to perform sensitive operations.


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ExtraBITS for 5 October 2015

In this week’s ExtraBITS roundup, Amazon stops selling the Apple TV and Chromecast, Apple’s Eddy Cue gives a rare interview, Sprint raises prices on its unlimited plans, a photographer compares every iPhone camera, and we explain why you shouldn’t shower with your iPhone 6s.


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Apple tops Interbrand's 'Best Global...

Apple tops Interbrand's "Best Global Brands" list for the third time. The company has appeared on Interbrand's Best Global Brand ranking since 2000, when the ranking first debuted.

In 2000, Apple ranked #49 and had a brand value of US $5.5 billion. Today, Apple's brand value is $170.3 billion. 

Other companies in the top 10 are Google, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, IMB, Toyota, Samsung, GE, and McDonald's. Valuation is calculated based on a company's financial performance, a brand's ability to influence customer purchases, and the extent to which it can support premium pricing. (Interbrand is a brand consultancy firm.)

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Apple Pay transactions seeing ‘continued, double-...

Apple has declared that Apple Pay is off to a “great start” almost a year after its launch with the company seeing steady growth in Apple Pay transactions every month. In a statement to Bloomberg, the company said:

“We’re off to a great start and we are seeing continued, double-digit monthly growth in Apple Pay transactions since launch,” Apple said in an e-mailed statement.

Apple Pay launched last year with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the US. The service expanded to the UK a few months ago. In Apple’s January investor call, Cook claimed 2015 was “the year of Apple Pay”. However, Bloomberg notes that not everyone is as thrilled with...

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Review: Prong’s iPhone 6 PWR Case adds folding wall...

I’ve tested lots of iPhone battery cases since 2007, and quite a few great iPhone 6 battery cases over the past year. It’s extremely rare to find a battery case with integrated wall plugs that recharge both the battery and iPhone, but a company named Prong is now on its second-generation version of exactly that product. Prong’s first iPhone cases had no batteries, but included wall plugs so you could recharge wherever you found a standard wall outlet. Then it took the next logical step and...

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Latest 4K drone footage of Campus 2 shows huge glass...

With the construction of Apple’s new Spaceship campus now showing rapid progress, new 4K drone footage (below) shows huge glass panels in the staging area close to the metal sections.

The circular Campus 2 building is really taking shape now above ground level, even when compared to footage from just three weeks ago, and we get a sense of the scale of the excavation from the sizeable pyramid of excavated dirt just outside the ring … 

The campus, which will provide workspace for around 13,000 employees, is scheduled to see the main building completed in late 2016, with the surrounding building works completing early the following year.

Although the finished building...

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Study: the iPad Pro and others like it could turn...

Strategy Analytics says there is "immense opportunity" for new and replacement sales of tablets, reversing a four percent decline in shipments in 2015 to seven percent growth in 2016. Part of that growth will be due to Apple's iPad Pro and other, "super-sized" tablets, according to the research group.

Consumer surveys show that tablets and personal computers are nearly equally desired among owners of both devices and with over 700 million of these devices beyond the midpoint of their lifecycles in 2015. The "hard work put in by vendors like Apple, Microsoft, and Samsung to redefine the tablet will bear fruit in 2016," according to Strategy Analytics.

The iPad Pro, due next month, sports a 12.9-inch Retina display with 5.6 million pixels, the most ever in an iOS device. It also packs a new 64-bit A9X chip, which Apple says rivals "most portable PCs." A four-speaker audio design provides stereo sound.

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Apple Snaps Up Natural Speech Tech Company Vocal IQ

Your next iPhone may be a lot more conversational because Apple has purchased Vocal IQ, a London-based company that specializes in natural language technology. The company's tech could be used to make talking to Siri much more like interacting with Tony Stark's JARVIS, or the computer system on Star Trek's USS Enterprise.

The Mac Observer Spin: Apple's Vocal IQ purchase gets us another step closer to my dream device: the Knowledge Navigator.

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News: Daily Deal: Resuming Résumé Creator Lifetime...

Today in iLounge Deals you can get a lifetime subscription to Resumonk Résumé Creator for only $24.99 – that’s 57% off the regular price. This tool helps you create a résumé that will stand out from the crowd, helping you build a professional résumé and cover letter, saving you hours of formatting your résumé in Microsoft Word or Apple’s Pages and leaving you with more time to focus on the job search itself. The package includes…

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Adobe debuts Photoshop Fix + Capture CC, Mix +...

With Adobe Max Creative Conference kicking off later today, it’s time for the wraps to come off the latest advancements in Creative Cloud including new apps for iPhone and iPad.

New from Adobe this year is the Photoshop Fix image retouching iOS app (seen above), Capture CC for iOS and Android which turns images into color themes and brushes, enhanced versions of Photoshop Mix for image composition and ...

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In wake of unflattering movies, Tim Cook emails...

Tim Cook has emailed Apple staff on the 4th anniversary of the passing of Steve Jobs, thanking them for “remembering both who he was and what he stood for,” reports the Telegraph. Cook said that Jobs was “a brilliant person” who left an incredible legacy.

What is his legacy? I see it all around us: An incredible team that embodies his spirit of innovation and creativity. The greatest products on earth, beloved by customers and empowering hundreds of millions of people around the world. Soaring achievements in...

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Apple tops Interbrand’s list of the world’s most...

Interbrand has named Apple as the world’s most valuable brand for the third year running, estimating that it increased its total value by 43% in the past year to hit $170B. The company bases its estimates on a mix of the financial performance of the company, its ability to influence purchase decisions and the degree of brand loyalty it enjoys.

Google again took second place, seeing its value climb by 12% to $120B. Tech companies made up half of the top 10, Microsoft at #4, IBM at #5 and Samsung retaining 7th place. A similar brand equity ranking by Millward Brand back in May also gave Apple and Google the top two slots.

Apple first knocked Coca-Cola...

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New Philips Hue Bridge brings support for Apple...

Philips on Monday officially debuted its second-generation Hue Bridge which, through compatibility with Apple's HomeKit protocol and Siri, acts as a central control hub for connected devices like lights, door locks and more.

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Philips officially unveils Bridge 2.0, bringing Siri...

Siri voice control is finally coming to Philips Hue connected light bulbs thanks to promised HomeKit support and a new bridge product. Details have been surfacing over the last month with product listings going up a day early, and today Philips is ready to officially reveal how it’s bringing HomeKit support to Hue bulbs and lamps. As expected, Hue bulb owners will be able to upgrade to the new Philips Hue Bridge 2.0 to enable using Siri to control Hue lights. The new, square-shaped bridge works similar to the old, round bridge...

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So What's Really the Best Smartphone?

The best smartphone on the market is the iPhone, right? That is the conventional wisdom. However, if I were to ask about the best shoes, shirt, car, boat or TV, the answers likely would be all over the map -- not just on brand but on type. When it comes to cars, for instance, I personally favor convertibles because they remind me of my youth when I could ride a motorcycle without a helmet, and they are just more fun. They suck if you want to carry a bunch of things, though, which is why my contractor favors a pickup with an extended cab.

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The Beats Solo2 Headphones Don’t Deserve Their Bad...

Beats headphones have a reputation for being overpriced fashion items, but are things changing under Apple’s command?


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Laurene Powell Jobs tried to block the Steve Jobs...

The WSJ reports that Steve Jobs’ widow Laurene Powell Jobs repeatedly tried to block production of the Sorkins/Boyle movie Steve Jobs.

Ms. Jobs repeatedly tried to kill the film, according to people familiar with the conversations. She lobbied, among others, Sony Pictures Entertainment, which developed the script but passed on the movie for financial reasons, and Universal Pictures, which is releasing the $33.5 million production on Friday … 


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Mail Designer Pro 2.5: Perfect for creating fancy...

If you need to design more than your run-of-the-mill emails and newsletters, Mail Designer Pro from equinux needs to be in your software arsenal. Compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 and later, it allows you to create eye-popping emails — including HTML emails — quickly and easily without knowing anything about HTML coding. With version 2.5, Mail Designer Pro works with OS X El Capitan and all of its features such as Split View.

Mail Designer 2.5 plays nice with other Apple apps. You can design your own multi-column newsletters using drag and drop, then send them via the OS X Mail app. You can add photos and pictures from a variety of sources, such as the El Capitan Photos app. You can also design buttons for your emails and newsletters, as well as create headers and badges. A variety of social media buttons, artwork and tools are included with Mail Designer Pro.

In addition to El Capitan compatibility, version 2.5 sports a new sidebar that offers quick access to content and...

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Microsoft OneNote 15.14.2

Adds support for OS X 10.11 El Capitan and switches to using the CPU (rather than GPU) to preserve battery life. (Free, 334 MB)


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The best Glances for the Apple Watch

Getting started with Glances

Nestled somewhere between an app and a complication, Glances are the ultimate evolution of the widget. Small, smart, and sleek, most of them require little or no interaction and need only seconds of attention, offering useful bits and quick shortcuts that are able to be gleaned in an instant. 

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Skype 7.13

Adds support for OS X 10.11 El Capitan and its Split View mode. (Free, 38.8 MB)


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Apple co-founder’s allies take aim at Hollywood over...

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Four years after Steve Jobs’s death, a new movie is reopening a debate over the Apple Inc. co-founder’s legacy.

Mr. Jobs’s allies, led by his widow, Laurene Powell Jobs, say the film “Steve Jobs,” and other recent depictions, play down his accomplishments and paint Mr. Jobs as cruel and inhumane. Ms. Jobs repeatedly tried to kill the film, according to people familiar with the conversations. She lobbied, among others, Sony Pictures Entertainment, which developed the script but passed on the movie for financial reasons, and Comcast Corp.’s Universal Pictures, which is releasing the $33.5 million production on Friday.

“A whole generation is going to think of him in a different way if they see a movie that depicts him in a negative way,” said Bill Campbell, a longtime Apple board member and friend of Mr. Jobs. Mr. Campbell hasn’t seen the film.

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In this week’s episode of The Logic Pros, we are looking at one of LPX’s most over-looked features, the MIDI FX Arpeggiator. A somewhat new option for Logic users, these FX offer a number of interesting ways to create patterns, sounds and more on any Audio Instrument in your library:

MIDI FX are essentially a group of plug-ins, not unlike your typical Audio FX, that can alter our MIDI patterns, among many other things. Highlighted by the Arpeggiator, the list of options is generally split into creative options and those that serve a more utility type of role like for example, the Transposer. For today’s...

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Apple's Tim Cook accepts Visibility Award at...

In accepting his Visibility Award at a Human Rights Campaign dinner on Saturday night, Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke about his coming out as gay and argued that there are still obstacles to LGBT acceptance even if much progress has been made.

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As we reported last week, Philips is readying new HomeKit enabled smart home accessories, including new lights with better color reproduction and a HomeKit-compatible bridge box, for early October launch. However, it seems that some of the new products have appeared on sites like Amazon and Best Buy a bit prematurely, as Philips is yet to officially acknowledge the new devices.

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Talent behind 'Steve Jobs' didn't...

The actors who bring the film "Steve Jobs" to life went to great lengths to get to personally know the real-life people they were portraying. But in the end, they weren't worried about closely matching their physical appearance, or even making them happy about how they were depicted.

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6 fantastic (and free) video editing apps for iOS


Personal videos have long been an integral part of our lives, allowing us to share and cherish memories with our friends and family. Apple’s recent release of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s+ have introduced ultra high-definition 4K video recording to a massive new audience. With such a powerful device, you may want to tweak your footage before you share it. Today, we are taking a quick look at five different editing solutions for your iOS device.

As a photographer, I don’t mess around with video on my iPhone very much but when I do, I use a couple of these free apps to quickly bang out something I can post online.

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All 8,400 Apollo Moon Mission photos just went online

Mother Jones:

Every photo ever taken by Apollo astronauts on moon missions is now available online, on the Project Apollo Archive’s Flickr account. That’s about 8,400 images, grouped by the roll of film they were shot on. You can finally see all the blurry images, mistakes, and unrecognized gems for yourself. The unprocessed Hasseblad photos (basically raw scans of the negatives) uploaded by the Project Apollo Archive offer a fascinating behind-the-scenes peek at the various moon missions as well as lots and lots (and lots) of photos detailing the surface of the moon.

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iOS 9 bug makes several apps appear zoomed in for...

Do some apps on your iPhone 6s look as if they’re zoomed in? You’re not alone. MacRumors reported late last week that some iPhone 6s users who upgraded from an iPhone 5, 5s, or 5c report that certain apps on their phones look as if they’ve been zoomed in.

The bug gets triggered when you restore an iPhone 6s from a backup of an iPhone 5, 5s, or 5c. As a result, the edges of onscreen content appear to get clipped in a number of bundled apps, including Weather, Wallet, Watch, Calculator, and Health. (We’re assuming the fact that this bug affects all the “W” apps is a mere coincidence.)

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MGG 573: I Yell At Sites That Use Flash

Clicking and Clacking is what your two Mac Geeks do when they're not answering questions. Or maybe that's how they answer your questions. Regardless, this is what they do and today is no different. Sharing your El Capitan and iOS 9 tips and questions, this week's episode is sure to inform and entertain!

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Inhabitat's Week in Green: the Model X and man-...

Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week's most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us -- it's the Week in Green.

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How to use gestures in OS X El Capitan Mail

Mail in Mac OS X El Capitan supports more gesture controls than its predecessor. Add your accounts to Mail and you’ll be able to access all your email from one place, then use swipe gestures to delete messages (just as you can in iOS 9) or mark them as unread.

To delete an email, swipe across your Mac's trackpad Magic Trackpad or Magic Mouse) with two fingers to the left. Swipe right to mark the message as unread. Swipe to the right again and the message is marked as read again.

Also, you can scroll through your list of emails in the left side of the Mail screen Swiping with two fingers up or down to scan through your messages.

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We should be able to leave our digital goodies to...

You may not know it but when you "buy" digital content such as books, music and movies from Apple and Amazon, you're not actually buying them but renting them. As more people realize this, it's unlikely they'll reconsider making physical purchases instead of digital ones. But this needs to change. 

Apple and Amazon grant “nontransferable” rights to use content. In other words, when you buy digital content, you own a license to use the digital files, but you don't truly own them. I've bought lots of music and movies on iTunes. However, unless the law changes I can't give bequeath them to my kids.

That stinks.

As noted in a 2012 Wall Street Journal article, someone who owns 10,000 hardcover books and the same number of vinyl records could leave them to descendants. However, legal experts say passing on iTunes and Kindle libraries would be much more complicated.

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Daimler tests a self-driving, mass-produced truck on...

Daimler's dreams of self-driving big rig trucks just took one step closer to reality. The automaker has conducted the first-ever test of its semi-autonomous Highway Pilot system in a production truck on a public road, driving an augmented Mercedes-...

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Speaking before an audience in Washington D.C. tonight, Tim Cook was honored with the Human Rights Campaign’s National Visibility Award at a dinner where he discussed the fight against discrimination and inequality. The Apple CEO famously wrote earlier this year about being gay, making Cook the first chief executive of a Fortune 500 company to openly come out. In the essay in which he first publicly acknowledged his sexuality, Cook shared that he felt it was more important to help other people facing discrimination for being gay than it was to protect his private life. Delivering a speech at the HRC dinner, Cook...

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Review: 'Steve Jobs' an electric depiction...

A humanizing, honest and emotional portrayal of the complex man who cofounded Apple, "Steve Jobs" is a deeply satisfying film grounded by sharp dialogue and a stellar cast. AppleInsider had a chance to screen the film in New York on Saturday, and also to participate participate in a Q&A with the talent behind the production.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook recently confirmed that developers will indeed be granted access to a universal search API set to debut with the fourth-generation Apple TV, meaning third-party apps have the opportunity to get screen time alongside big name services like HBO and Hulu.

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Notable apps and app updates for October 3, 2015

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a short 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 / Updates

Feeling the need for speed? Need for Speed: No Limits is a freemium street racer with in-app purchases that was updated a few days ago to bring players tournaments against other players in which prizes include performance parts and exclusive cars (like the Toyota Supra). You can even take part in a special limited time event against Snoop Dogg.

It's a classic for the iPhone and iPad, so it's no wonder that it's back at the top of the charts again. Minecraft: Pocket Edition ($6.99) has been updated to add The Nether and all of its inhabitants, ocelots, golems, and flower pots, among other goodies.

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This looks really interesting. It combines streaming services like Netflix and includes SkipMode, which completely skips over commercial breaks by pressing one button.

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This week on AppleInsider: 13 million iPhones, OS X...

The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus continued to play an important part in this week's news -- and AppleInsider had a chance to review the devices -- but the Mac had a brief moment to shine with the launch of OS X El Capitan, and Apple made a rare addition to its board of directors.

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‘The Martian’ gets official iOS/Apple Watch game as...

‘The Martian’, Ridley Scott’s new sci-fi film starring Matt Damon, gets an official iOS and Apple Watch game tie-in just as the movie hits theaters in the US this weekend. The game was developed by Little Labs on license from Fox Digital Entertainment and with a little help from the author of the original book that the new film is based on.

The game mostly consists of text-based strategy gameplay, prompting players to make decisions to help Astronaut Mark Watney (played by Matt Damon in the movie) through solving problems after finding himself stranded on Mars.

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Tim Cook: Apple will offer an Apple TV API to open...

The Apple TV is launching later in October but many of the details about the device remain under wraps. At the announcement, Apple announced that the Apple TV Siri universal search feature will include data from iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, Showtime and HBO. Many had hoped that Apple would be more open with this feature, allowing Siri to incorporate data from third-party services without requiring a special Apple partnership. In a move that will please many, Tim Cook has announced that Apple will offer an API for universal search, after all, via an interview with Buzzfeed.

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How to take professional looking photos with the...

Fstoppers does a nice quick video tutorial on how to get professional looking photos from the already amazing shooter in the iPhone 6s. The only tools they used can be picked up at Amazon for a few bucks:

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Gadget Ogling: Eyes on Google

Chromecast helps people easily stream whatever they want through their TV via a simple dongle. Now Google's adding a splash of color to the device, along with a string of new features. Instead of resembling a USB stick, Chromecast 2 is more like a colorful button, and Google says it is easier to plug into an HDMI slot. It apparently can stream videos faster and with less buffering. It also can preload content -- for instance, start downloading a movie -- as soon as you open the Chromecast app, which Google also has refreshed.

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ICYMI: Grippy robot hands, smarten up your dumb car...

Today on In Case You Missed It: MIT developed robotic hands of pliable silicon that are also studded with pressure sensors so it knows how tightly to hold something. A small dashboard camera and advanced computer vision software are being tested in...

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This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases features many different protective styles, from simple bumpers to fashionable folios made by Incipio, Nodus, Rockform, and many more.


The Radius v3 (iPhone 5/5s, 6/6s, and 6 Plus/6s Plus; $50 to $250) is now available in a rose gold finish designed to match the iPhone 6s’ newest color option.

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Some Apple iPhone 6s and 6s Plus Smartphones...

MojoKid writes: Apple's iPhone 6s and 6s Plus were two of the most highly anticipated smartphones to launch so far this year. The excitement surrounding Apple's new refresh cycle flagships was so great that Apple reported record first weekend sales, with 13 million devices finding their way to customers. However, it appears that some of those customers are having a puzzling issue with their brand new iPhones. Owners are reporting that their phones are turning off randomly when left alone — even when the smartphones have sufficient battery remaining. "New Phone 6s 128GB turned off for no reason the last two nights," wrote Joachim Frey in an Apple discussion thread. "In the morning you then have to push the power-on button for a long time to get it started."


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Apple released OS X EL Capitan last Wednesday, capping a September where Apple released iOS 9, the new iPhone 6s, and the new iPad mini 4. And if you started your Apple Music trial on June 30, Wednesday was also the day to decide whether you will pay for the service or stop using it. It’s...

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What's music to some is noise to others. And that's perhaps most apparent with Ra the latest piece from the creator of an 8-bit camera gun, ::vtol::. As the artist writes in the demo's Vimeo description, the project uses a laser to scan the irregul...

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