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Monday August 24

08:18
News: Rumor: Apple working on health tracking ‘smart...

Czech website Letem Svetem Applem claims Apple is planning to release a set of ‘smart bands’ that will use the hidden data port on Apple Watch to add new health monitoring functionality to the device. Citing unnamed sources, the website claims the new straps will include sensors to let the watch monitor blood oxygen levels, respiratory rate, and body temperature. The sensors would be located on the side of the wrist opposite the watch,…

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08:11
Tim Cook to Apple investors: Relax

The stock market today is an unholy mess. China’s main index dropped off a cliff, which sent the Dow Jones industrial average plunging 1,000 points this morning. The Dow has since recovered, but not before Apple stock fell below $100 for the first time this year. In an unusual move, Apple CEO Tim Cook emailed CNBC host Jim Cramer Monday morning to reassure investors that Apple is doing A-OK.

Cook said Apple doesn’t usually offer financial updates outside of its quarterly earnings reports, but today’s stock market rollercoaster seemed to warrant a response.

Here’s what Cook had to say:

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08:00
Ouch! Market woes drive AAPL below $100 at today...

A precipitous drop in the Chinese Shanghai Index resulted in markets around the world opening well below Friday's closing prices. Shares in Apple opened below $100 at $94.87 before bounding back into safer territory. About one hour after the opening of the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ this morning, AAPL was hovering around the $104 mark.

The shaky opening follows concerns of a wider collapse of the Chinese economy, the world's second largest. Many investors are already referring to today as "Black Monday," thanks to a drop of almost 1,100 points in the Dow Jones Industrial Average -- of which Apple is a component -- at the open of trading today. At this point, the DJIA has recovered slightly, back up about 800 points.

Apple CEO Tim Cook remains upbeat about China and the company he runs, sending the following email to The Street's Jim Cramer early this morning:

“Jim,

As you know, we don’t give mid-quarter updates and we rarely comment on moves...

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07:45
Swatch CEO: Apple Watch is a Toy

Swatch CEO Nick Hayek says Apple Watch is a toy and that smartwatches in general are a bad idea. He went on to say that Swatch is working on its own smartwatch design, which presumably isn't a toy like Apple Watch.

The Mac Observer Spin: The future, according to Swatch isn't the smartwatch. It's the smart-ish watch.


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07:37
Apple initiates repair program to address blurry...

If the pictures taken by your iPhone 6 Plus have been blurry, there’s an explanation for that.

A number of users who’ve experienced image quality problems with their iPhone 6 Plus’s iSight camera may be eligible for a free repair, as Apple on Friday acknowledged a problem with a “small percentage” of units and will replace the affected component free of charge.

The program, dubbed the “iSight Camera Replacement Program for iPhone 6 Plus,” is available to any iPhone 6 Plus owner whose device is producing blurry photos and carries the problematic part. Affected users can check their serial number at Apple’s website, linked below.

Apple...

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07:31
News: Apple provides iPads to 114 schools through...

In an interview with Good Morning America at Tuskegee Public School in Alabama, Apple CEO Tim Cook touted the company’s participation in the White House’s ConnectED initiative, which has delivered iPads to 114 schools in 29 states. Cook – himself a product of the public school system – said too many kids are stuck in a less-engaging analog environment at school that isn’t giving them the tools to succeed in a highly competitive…

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07:11
News: Apple to streamline Genius Bar, Workshop...

Apple will be making changes to its Genius Bar and Workshop services online, more deeply integrating them within individual Apple Store Retail pages as soon as Tuesday, August 25, 9to5Mac reports. In a note to retail employees, Apple said the updated service will focus on accessibility for those with visual and hearing impairments and provide a much more streamlined interaction for users on mobile devices. Like the upgraded Apple website, the new…

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07:08
Apple stock opens below $100 as whole market suffers...

$AAPL stock has opened below $100 in the first minutes of trading, erasing any gains since October 2014. Apple’s stock officially opened at $95.12 but has corrected slightly upwards since to circa $101. The fall in share price saw Apple’s market capitalization lose about $60 billion dollars in value today. Although any fall in price is bad news for the company, the 7% fall should not be taken at face value.

The whole market is down with losses across the board: the S&P saw a 5% overall fall — the largest one-day drop for four years. Technology stocks are being affected as much as any other sector. Twitter, Alibaba, Tesla and Netflix all saw falls in the double digits.

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06:57
Simon 4.1

Redesigns the Web (HTTP) feature and adds supports dynamic Web content. ($99.99 new, free update, 14.4 MB)

 

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06:48
CEO Tim Cook discusses Apple's participation...

There was talk that Apple would announce a new education initiative this week. However, the company is instead emphasizing its participation in the US ConnectED program. Apple CEO Tim Cook appeared in a pre-recorded segment on Good Morning America today and discussed this with co-anchor Robin Roberts.

"I think technology has to be a key part [of education] and that’s why we’re here, " Cook said. "Too many times today kids aren't given the right for a great public education and this isn't right. It's not fair … I wouldn’t be where I am today without a great public education."

According to Apple’s ConnectED website, as part of its participation in President Barack Obama’s ConnectED technology in education program, the company is giving...

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06:27
Tim Cook assures investors, via Jim Cramer email,...


Cook surprised Cramer on his 10th anniversary episode of Mad Money earlier this year.

Although the stock market is currently experiencing turbulence, with $AAPL stock dipping below $100 in pre-market trading, Tim Cook has made a rare exception and directly responded to CNBC analyst Jim Cramer who raised doubts about Apple’s Chinese growth. Cook notes that Apple has seen strong business growth for its products in China though July and August. Quoting from the email via CNBC:

Growth in iPhone activations has actually accelerated over the past few weeks, and we have had the best performance of the year for the App Store in China during the last 2 weeks.

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06:22
News: Apple offering free replacements for some...

Apple recently announced a replacement program for defective iSight cameras found in some iPhone 6 Plus units sold between September 2014 and January 2015. Apple said a “small percentage” of the devices sold during that time contain a component that may fail, causing photos to come out blurry. The offer only applies to the iPhone 6 Plus, as Apple claims the iPhone 6 has been unaffected by the defect. Users can search their phone’s…

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06:00
How to enable "Save As" in Mac OS X...

Once upon a time it was easy to save a document with a new name in Mac OS X as the "Save As" appeared automatically under the File option in appropriate apps (such as Pages, Numbers, Keynote, and TextEdit). For some reason, Apple hid it starting with Mac OS X Lion.

However, you can make it reappear. To use "Save As" in a current file in a support app:

  • Click on the File menu in the upper left corner of your Mac's screen.
  • Hold down the Option key and the "Duplicate File" option magically turns into "Save As."

You'll then be greeted with a window that allows you to enter a new name for the document, choose which Folder to save it to, and add tags if you wish. This works in Yosemite, Mavericks and Mountain Lion.

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05:59
News: Daily Deal: MOTA 4-Port USB 3.0 Hub

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering the MOTA 4-Port USB 3.0 Hub for only $18. Allowing you to neatly plug in up to four USB devices, this hub is made from a durable ABS plastic shell and designed to be both portable and easily accessible with its thin and compact design. Whether you need to simultaneously use multiple USB drives on your computer or simply want to charge up your iPhone, iPad, and e-reader simultaneously, this hub will get the…

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05:12
Photos: A Few Frames Shy of a Full Roll

Photos, Apple’s replacement for iPhoto and Aperture, offers some nice features, but isn’t all it could be, especially for those transitioning from iPhoto. Dave Kitabjian looks at a number of shortcomings in the early days of Photos.

 

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05:04
External Link: Intuit to Sell off Quicken

As financial software firm Intuit continues to lose money, it has announced that it will be selling off Quicken, QuickBase, and Demandforce. However, the company will be holding on to QuickBooks, which picked up 110,000 subscribers during the last fiscal quarter. As for the fate of Quicken, we can only hope that it’s picked up by a more Mac-friendly developer.

 

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05:00
Though not a vital app, Cockatoo offers a handy tool...

If the iTunes Mini-Player option in iTunes doesn't quite serve your iTunes management, Cockatoo from Intuitive Code might be for you. It lets you easily control the iTunes music player. 

You can control iTunes from its interface and also from the Dock (by right-clicking the iTunes icon), but Cockatoo provides other options. You can have it "sit" on either the left or right hand side of your screen. Move your mouse to the location you've chosen, and Cockatoo springs into action. (After first installing it, the left hand side of the screen is the default location). 

When Cockatoo launches, it automatically launches iTunes if it's not already opened. Info about the track that's currently playing is shown. Cockatoo also lets you navigate the track and volume controls and select the next or previous...

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04:58
XSAN 4 Yosemite 10.10.5 in dot local environments

Forums: NetworkingTags: Server AppXsandot localMac

Hi all,

I am currently still running a .local environment and was considering updating from 10.9.5 with XSAN 3 to XSAN4 (Server App). Heard that it won't allow dot local anymore.. Unfortunately I wont be able to change the environment because we have several subsidiaries.
Does anyone have experience with this issues? Been thinking of maybe setting up another DNS just for the production but worried about certificates......

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04:48
A Handy Apple Watch and iPhone Stand for Under $20

There are lots of Apple Watch stands and charging docks, but most hold just the watch itself. If you're looking for a cheap and useful dock that can handle both your Apple Watch and your iPhone, our own Adam Christianson found what looks to be a great deal on Amazon. The Apple Watch Stand from Poetic Smartphone holds your Apple Watch and iPhone, comes in iDevice-matching color options Space Grey, Silver, and Gold, and will run you just US$20 shipped. Just one potential caveat: buyers report that the larger 42mm Apple Watch will only work with the Sport band; other bands are too heavy for the stand when combined with the weight of the watch.


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03:30
OneNote for iPad tips to make you more productive

More people than ever are bringing their iPads to work, and the quickest way to make the tablet ready for business it to outfit with Microsoft’s powerful productivity tool, OneNote. The time is never better, as a recent feature update brings OneNote for iPad up to par with its cross-platform cousins. Here are a few cool ways the app can make you more efficient around the office.

Scan whiteboards

Whiteboards are now as much a fixture of corporate conference rooms as speakerphones and glazed-over eyes. But, unless you can take notes with a stenographer’s speed, the products of your meetings and brainstorming sessions may never make it back to your desk. With OneNote for iPad’s scanning feature, you can easily capture the...

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03:29
Google’s OnHub Has Lofty Ambitions, But Isn’t the...

Google's newly-announced OnHub promises to revolutionize home networks. But with Google's advertising focus for the device centered around the eliminiation of buffering, many early OnHub purchasers will likely be disappointed when they learn that it's their ISP, and not their router, that was the cause of their connectivity issues.


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00:50
BT outbowls Sky to show England's next Ashes...

The 2015 Ashes series may only have concluded yesterday (with England retaining the urn), but broadcasters are already focusing their attention to the next round of tests in two winters' time. After stealing a significant chunk of Sky's prized foot...

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Sunday August 23

23:34
Some Difference In FIFA16

Forums: General Xsan TalkTags: fifa16

There are some new features in fifa16, this is every players need to know.

The recently released "Sights & Sounds of FIFA 16" trailer also confirms "new 900 chants, new player face captures and several specific body types," GameReactor added. You can spend cheap fifa 14 coins to experience the new features.

"In addition to Barclays Premier League players and athletes from Women's National Teams, we have also captured the likeness of some FUT Legends, and players from the major clubs in Spain and other leagues around the world," EA explained

In addition, players can also choose from over 78 stadiums as their background. (You may check...

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22:55
Apple Launches Long Overdue Replacement Program for...

Apple on Friday launched the "iSight Camera Replacement Program for iPhone 6 Plus," publicly acknowledging a longstanding defect in some iPhone 6 Plus devices that can result in blurry images from the rear-facing âiSightâ camera. Users with potentially defective iPhones can now check their device's serial number for replacement eligibility.


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20:49
Tim Cook announcing new Apple education program for...

Just as many students and teachers around the country are preparing to start or already have started the new school year, Apple is set to announce a new education program that aims to ‘end America’s public schools’ digital divide’. The new plan will be unveiled tomorrow morning with ABC’s Good Morning America program airing an exclusive interview with Apple CEO Tim Cook discussing the company’s latest education initiative with Robin Roberts (seen wearing an Apple Watch in the promo shot).

Apple already participates in the White House’s...

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15:56
The Logic Pros: Moog Sub 37 works with your Mac and...

In this week’s episode of The Logic Pros, we are taking a look at the Moog Sub 37. Another analog instrument from legendary synth powerhouse Moog, the Sub 37 takes it up a notch offering a much deeper feature set and refined workflow compared to its baby brother, Sub Phatty.

In last week’s review we found that Sub Phatty was a more than capable instrument that brings Moog’s world famous sound at an, all things considered, affordable price tag. While the Sub 37 will certainly be reaching into your pockets a little deeper, it comes with just about everything the Sub...

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15:53
Evernote 6.1

Darkens the sidebar and makes a couple changes that affect Evernote Business uers. (Free, 60.5 MB)

 

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12:06
Tools for digital nomads: OneAdaptr Twist Plus and...

As an increasing number of knowledge workers turn to lives of perpetual travel, companies have begun to respond to the shifting market with new products designed specifically for them. AppleInsider took a look at two of these: OneAdaptr's Twist Plus and Nimbus's USB LED lamp.

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07:11
Back to school gift guide: Great stuff for Apple-...

The new school year is rapidly approaching, and that means stocking up on supplies and the latest tech to be ready for class by early next month. Since we’re tracking the latest deals from around the web incessantly over at 9to5Toys, and reviewing the best in tech for your Mac, iOS, and Android devices on 9to5Mac and 9to5Google, we’ve rounded up the team to put together a gift guide with our top picks for gear, supplies, apps and more to get you through the year.

Jeremy:...

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Saturday August 22

23:36
ASUS makes a Zenfone 2 with a whopping 256GB of...

Smartphones with more than 128GB of storage are still extremely rare, but they just became a little more accessible... if you live in Brazil, at least. ASUS has unveiled a Delxue Special Edition of the Zenfone 2 that includes a cavernous 256GB of s...

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17:22
Apple to revamp & integrate Genius Bar, Workshop...

Apple is continuing to transition its three main retail outlets, its physical retail stores, online store, and main website, into a single experience. Following the deep integration of the Apple Online Store throughout Apple.com, Apple is set to integrate its appointment scheduling services for the Genius Bar and in-store workshops deeply into the main website, according to sources briefed on the plans. The latest indications are that Apple will roll out these significant retail changes as soon as Tuesday, August 25th.

In Apple retail vocabulary, this combined appointment scheduling service is...

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12:31
∞ Laso Schaller’s Insane 193 foot (59 Meter) Cliff...

From the YouTube page:

Remember the first time standing on a high-dive at your local pool? It was a little terrifying, right? Maybe 10 feet high? Imagine what it would be like to stand on a platform nearly 59 meters high, taller than the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and perched on a cliff above a tiny natural pool of water. Yeah…no thanks. But don’t worry, Laso Schaller’s POV of the jump is enough to make your stomach flip. Take a look at the man’s world record cliff jump, and prepare yourself for one of the gnarliest POV shots ever.

The whole thing was great to watch, but that POV shot at the end was thrilling. Full screen this puppy.

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12:30
Just Mobile TimeStand and TopGum: A weekend...

The weekend. Just the time to go out and see some baseball, and if you're really lucky, a doubleheader. Two games for the price of... well, usually two, but you get to spend more time in the ballpark eating hotdogs and Cracker Jack. Today I have a doubleheader review for you, featuring two new products from Just Mobile: The TimeStand (US$39.95) and TopGum ($79.95). 

Timestand image courtesy of JustMobile

TimeStand

Sadly, we didn't get the TimeStand to review back when I did the "Week of Apple Watch Stands," but at least it's here for all those people (like my sister) who are just getting on the Apple Watch bandwagon. The TimeStand...

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11:03
External Link: The Sordid Messiness of the Ashley...

At The Verge, Casey Newton explores just how messy things could get with the release of stolen information from AshleyMadison.com, a Web site for connecting people who want to have affairs. Other high profile breaches have mostly revolved around credit card numbers or other relatively innocuous (if financially troubling) pieces of data. But since the Ashley Madison data reveals — or could be interpreted to reveal — far more personal information, it opens up a family-sized can of worms. The takeaway, which may be too late for up to 36 million people, is that you want to be very, very careful about what sort of confidential information you share online, since even sites with the best of intentions can fall prey to determined attackers.

 

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10:54
External Link: Adam and Tonya Explain the New Take...

In this episode of MacVoices, Adam and Tonya Engst talked with Chuck Joiner about the challenges of redesigning the Take Control Web site, all the under-the-hood functionality that isn’t (and shouldn’t be) readily apparent to users, and the complex business logic that drives it all. They also discussed the complex realities of ecommerce and explain how Take Control protects its customers’ confidential information. In short, it’s not as easy as it looks!

 

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10:44
External Link: Adobe InDesign CC 2015 Stops...

David Blatner and Anne-Marie Concepcion of InDesignSecrets have noted on their site that the current Creative Cloud version of Adobe InDesign no longer installs a wide array of fonts by default. Thanks to the Adobe TypeKit subscription that’s included with Creative Cloud, plenty of fonts are available, but by installing only three basic fonts (without even full bold and italic for Minion Pro), Adobe is making it hard for students who can’t necessarily install fonts at will, trainers who need to create documents that are usable on clean installations, people behind TypeKit-blocking firewalls or who are offline, and any designer who needs to configure a new installation by downloading fonts one at time. Cloud services have many advantages, but it’s important for companies to recognize the downsides as well.

 

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10:43
‘It May Seem Silly’

Jon Evans, in a piece for AOL/TechCrunch headlined “Don’t Be Apple”:

There is so much to admire about Apple. They make superb,
beautiful products. Their amazing comeback story is unparalleled
in corporate history. […] So why do I think they represent so
much of what’s wrong with the tech world? It’s because they have,
I think, an almost Shakespearean tragic flaw: their obsession with
centralized corporate control of the devices they sell. […]

What could go wrong? Well, let’s get dystopically speculative for
a moment. Can you remember some of the most hyperbolic
overreactions to the fall of the World Trade Center, and how they
were welcomed by large swathes of the American public? Can you
imagine a future in which, following a similar tragedy, Apple
rolls over and becomes a de facto arm of surveillance states? I
sure can — and Apple’s...

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10:20
Apple launches replacement program for faulty iPhone...

Apple's iPhone 6 Plus has the best camera of any iPhone (at least until we get new ones next month), but it's not completely problem-free. Apple has announced an iSight Camera Replacement Program for iPhone 6 Plus models sold between the phone's launch in September of 2014 and January of 2015. "A small percentage" of phones sold included a faulty part that could make pictures taken with the rear camera look blurry. The problem doesn't affect the standard iPhone 6, so the 6 Plus' optical image stabilization component could be at fault. The front-facing FaceTime camera is also unaffected.

If your phone fits this description, head to the program page linked above and enter your serial number. If your phone needs fixed, you can take it to an Apple Authorized Service...

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10:00
Logitech’s rechargeable, switchable keyboard is a...


Logitech's K811 is a nice choice if you're using an iPad alongside multiple computers.

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When I started using the iOS 9 betas on my iPad Air 2, I knew my keyboard situation needed to change.

I have one Bluetooth keyboard, the standard Apple Wireless Keyboard that came with the 2012 iMac that serves as my work-issued computer. I paired it to my iPad for a bit to write our iOS 9 preview coverage, but having two devices paired to the same keyboard (or any Bluetooth accessory, really) is a pain. They...

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10:00
Gadget Ogling: Swimming Aids, Drinks Fixers, and...


As an occasional swimmer, I'd like a better way of monitoring how well I'm doing. It's not so easy to use a stopwatch on my phone in the pool as it is while out for a jog. So, Misfit is looking to bring wearables to the water with a new version of its Shine activity tracker, developed in collaboration with Speedo. The Speedo Shine apparently can monitor your progress on laps across all types of strokes. It transmits its lap and distance data to your iOS or Android device.

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09:13
Apple sued over Apple ID verification system

Another day, another lawsuit. A Nevada-base company called Verify Smart Corp. is suing Apple for — wait it for it — patent infringement. The company alleges that Apple's 2-step Apple ID verification system/process violates their patent, reports Patently Apple.

Verify claims Apple makes, uses, tests, markets and sells or otherwise provides a system and method for enabling a user to authenticate their identity when initiating an electronic transaction, using a one-time pass-code sent to the user's mobile phone. The company also alleges that Apple's two-step verification system is designed to enable secure transactions for their customers and infringes on their patent (number 8,285,648) for a "system and method for verifying a user's identify in electronic transactions."

If I’m counting correctly, this is the seventh lawsuit (two involving Shanda Games) filed against Apple this...

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07:46
Apple announces iSight Camera replacement program...

Apple has started an iSight Camera replacement program for the iPhone 6 Plus. The company says it has determined that, in a small percentage of iPhone 6 Plus devices, the iSight camera has a component that may fail causing your photos to look blurry. 

The affected units fall into a limited serial number range and were sold primarily between September 2014 and January 2015. If your iPhone 6 Plus is producing blurry photos and falls into the eligible serial number range, Apple will replace your device's iSight camera, free of charge.

The iSight camera is located on the back of your iPhone 6 Plus. If your iPhone 6 Plus is in working order and exhibits the symptom described above, use the serial number checker below to see if it is eligible for this program. This program only applies to the iPhone 6 Plus.

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07:43
Researcher demonstrates how to suck carbon from the...

If this proves cost-effective, this could be the start of an effective campaign to pull carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:35
I’m sorry I didn’t respond to your email, my husband...

This is a bit of a wild ride. A colleague of ours died about a week ago, and this hit me right in the middle of processing all that.

Don’t read this if you are not in a solid place. But it did help me connect some dots.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:24
Real life first person shooter

From Kottke.org:

These folks created a real-life first person shooter game and invited strangers on Chatroulette to control the action.

This is not quite the way it sounds. It made me laugh, and puzzle over how they pulled this together. Well done.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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07:23
Apple Launches Free iPhone 6 Plus Camera Replacement...

Mark Wilson writes: Complaints about the camera of the iPhone 6 Plus have been plentiful, and Apple has finally acknowledged that there is a problem. It's not something that affects all iPhone 6 Plus owners, but the company says that phones manufactured between September 2014 and January 2015 could include a failed camera component. Apple has set up a replacement program which enables those with problems with the rear camera to obtain a replacement. Before you get too excited, it is just replacement camera components that are on offer, not replacement iPhones. You'll need to check to see if your phone is eligible at the program website. (Also at TechCrunch.)


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07:08
Beautiful Pixels: Our favorite apps for the Apple...

Nine noteworthy apps for Apple Watch.

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07:07
Microsoft Universal Foldable Keyboard review: An...

The iPad accessory market is full of keyboards. Most of them double up as cases, they’re about as big as the iPad and they’re not well optimized for other devices. The Microsoft Universal Foldable Keyboard is different. It’s small enough to carry around in your pocket when folded, and works with iOS, Windows and Android devices. What’s more, you can have it paired to two devices at once and switch between them with the press of a button. It’s safe to say that this is one of the most versatile and portable Bluetooth keyboards on the market. This review was written entirely on it.

When closed, the keyboard measures just 147.6mm wide, 125.3mm high and 11.5mm thin....

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07:04
How the world of cars is about to change

Fantastic post. Take the time to read the whole thing. It makes me excited about the future of cars and helps me understand why Apple would and could get into this market.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:00
Spotify's 'Sorry' Fails to Cut...


Spotify CEO Daniel Ek on Friday issued a public apology for poor communications regarding the company's new privacy policy. The new policy, which took effect Wednesday, immediately triggered alarm. Several tech publications railed against the terms, and Minecraft creator Markus Persson engaged Spotify CEO Daniel Ek in a Twitter debate that ended with Persson and others quitting the music service. In light of Ek's subsequent explanation, the debate now appears focused on whether the brouhaha was justified, or if Spotify's critics profoundly overreacted.

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03:00
The week in Apple news: Apple TV and iPad Pro rumors...

Apple headlines for the week ending Aug. 21, 2015

If you believe the rumors, there's a lot to be excited about for the Apple TV; maybe the new version will jump start sales and push it above its competitors in the streaming video market. Apple's Jimmy Iovine talked about what Apple can do for the music industry, and Samsung says it's ready to battle Apple all the way to the Supreme Court. These are just a few of the Apple headlines this past week. You can see all the important headlines here in this slideshow. Want to get more details on a story? Click on the link.

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02:44
This week on AppleInsider: 'iPhone 6s'...

With the summer coming to a close, news also seemed to pick up this week -- encompassing some large legal and financial developments for Apple, and all but spelling out plans to launch new iPhones next month.

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Friday August 21

20:55
NASA technologies star in One Direction's music...

Ah, pop stars. They can be anyone they want in their music videos: spies, goddesses and, in One Direction's case, astronauts blasting off to space. The boy band's latest music video for the single Drag Me Down features a number of NASA tech, which...

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20:25
Tinder gets a lo-fi makeover in 'Millenial...

If you've been using Tinder for long enough chances are that you've opened the app in the morning with some rather surprising matches. Brainlessly swiping right on whoever fits the bill for you in the hopes that they'll do the same and you'll poten...

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20:00
10 people will get to play a 24-screen game of...

I'm not quite keen on playing a massive game of Minesweeper when a tiny one is enough to make me go nuclear. But hey, if you've aways dreamt of playing it on 24 high-definition displays, you can send in an application to participate in the Mineswee...

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19:25
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OneDrive's Groups feature shutting down October...

Microsoft officially announced it's axing the Groups feature in OneDrive in the coming weeks, meaning stalwarts still using the online storage service for collaborating will need to start migrating their data to new locations. This shouldn't come a...

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18:35
The international version of the Lenovo-backed ZUK...

There's a lot to like about the ZUK Z1, a Chinese flagship smartphone backed by the folks at Lenovo -- it has a USB Type-C port with support for audio output, a huge 4,100 mAh battery, a multi-function fingerprint reader and an attractive 1,799 yua...

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'Half-Life 2' plus 'Hotline Miami...

What's better than a pixelated, top-down gorefest set to frenetic synth music? A pixelated, top-down gorefest set to frenetic synth music with a gravity gun. Half-Line Miami is an unapologetic mix of Half-Life 2, Valve's massively popular 2004 firs...

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17:15
Apple will replace defective iSight rear cameras on...

Apple has posted a support page on its We site acknowledging that certain iPhone 6 Plus cameras have a component which could fail, along with a way to see if you’re eligible for a free replacement.

As uncovered by 9to5Mac, the support page says that “a small percentage of iPhone 6 Plus devices” contain a component which could fail, causing your photos to look blurry. The component was apparently defective in iPhone 6 Plus phones sold between Sept. 2014 and Jan. 2015.

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15:36
The Martian Trailer Really is That Cool

Andy Weir's "The Martian" is a great book and looks like it's going to be a pretty awesome movie, too. The new trailer for the movie is a roller coaster of excitement with all kinds of little tidbits that should put smiles on the faces of everyone who read the book. That, and it's just way too cool when Matt Damon says, "I'm going to have to science the s#@t out of this." In case you aren't familiar with "The Martian," it's a story about an astronaut stranded on Mars and his efforts to survive while he waits for rescue. The movie hits theaters on October 2, so we'll have to wait until then to see if the movie lives up to the trailer.


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15:19
Apple announces repair program for blurry iPhone 6...

Consumers who have experienced image quality problems with their iPhone 6 Plus's iSight camera may be eligible for a free repair, as Apple on Friday acknowledged a problem with a "small percentage" of units and will replace the affected component free of charge.

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15:15
Tesla Engineer Joins Apple - Apple’s Car Expertise...

Apple has hired a senior engineer away from Tesla, adding to the considerable stable of engineering and management talent in Apple's car project. Mr. Jamie Carlson joins several others at Apple with expertise in self-driving technology.


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15:12
Apple launches iSight camera replacement program for...

Apple has discovered that a limited number of iPhone 6 Plus devices sold between September and January are affected by a manufacturing defect with the back camera. This defect causes photos taken with the back iSight camera to come out blurry. Apple will replace the camera in your affected device for free, if eligible. You can find out if you are eligible for a replacement by typing your serial number into this website, which will lookup if your phone is part of the batch with the manufacturing problem.

If your device is confirmed to be faulty, you can arrange a repair though Apple...

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Apple can't outrun China worries, stock drops...

Apple shares fell by nearly 6 percent during Friday trading, sending the stock into bear territory for the first time in years as investors fret over the impact of China's apparent economic slowdown.

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In the early days of personal computers, there was nothing to do with them but compute. Nowadays, computers have wrapped us in a worldwide web of consumer services that's most helpful but masks the kinds of helpful research that can be done, even with a desktop computer. John Martellaro points to a fabulous article that just might shake many out of their doldrums.


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14:00
AWT News Update: August 21, 2015

For a Friday, it's quite a busy Apple news day:

  • Apple hires a former senior engineer from Tesla Motors who was working on that company's autonomous vehicle firmware
  • Hip-hopper and Apple Beats executive Dr. Dre apologizes for his mistreatment of women during the 1990s
  • Samsung wants you to try one of its new phones for 30 days for a buck

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for August 21, 2015.

Reuters has reported that Apple has hired a senior engineer from Tesla Motors, Jamie Carlson, to work on a special project — presumably its own car project. At Tesla, Carlson reportedly worked on the company’s autonomous vehicle firmware...

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13:47
Apps: Animal Jam Play Wild, Final Fantasy VII,...

Animal Jam — Play Wild (free) — WildWorks brings its popular kids’ web-based kids game and social network to the iPad in this new app, allowing kids to join up and play while on the go. Featuring educational content developed in association with National Geographic, including videos, animal photography, and fascinating animal facts, the iOS app provides the same immersive experience for kids, letting them chat with their friends, play games,…

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13:40
Apple job opening points to deeper Apple Music...

An Apple job opening posted on Friday suggests that the company is looking to expand links between Siri and Apple Music, presumably in the form of new voice commands.

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13:38
Spotify Just Learned the Hard Way About Customer...

What happens when you change your company's privacy policy? If you're Spotify, your customers freak out and CEO Daniel Ek has to apologize and go on the defensive. The changes give Spotify access to your smartphone's photos, contacts, location, voice control, and sensor data, which seems like a lot for a streaming music service-especially when the change feels to customers like it's being done on the sly.


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13:31
Gear: SwitchEasy Colors for Apple Watch

SwitchEasy’s Colors ($15) — which we’ve seen in the past for iPhone — is now a soft TPU cover for Apple Watch. Smartly, the covers are specifically designed to match Apple Watch Sport bands. There are black, white, and blue covers, and each cover comes with a set of three interchangeable side button covers — the button colors change based on cover. Both 42mm and 38mm covers are available at the same price.

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13:04
Apple hires senior Tesla engineer as 'Project...

The alleged hiring war between Apple and Tesla continues behind the scenes, with one of the electric carmaker's top engineers switching sides and joining Apple, presumably to bolster its rumored automotive project.

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13:00
Speck CandyShell Inked Luxury cases for iPhone 6...

Speck CandyShell Inked Luxury cases for iPhone 6. Photo ©2015, Steven Sande.

Some of the most colorful protective cases for the iPhone come from Speck, and with the new CandyShell Inked Luxury line (US$49.95, available exclusively at Best Buy), the company has gone all out to beautify and protect your iPhone 6.

The cases are designed with military grade drop protection, and meet or exceed MIL-STD-810G drop test standards. That protection comes from a hard outside shell with a cushioning silicone wrapper inside and on the edges. There’s a slightly raised bezel to protect screens from drops right onto the phone face. With all of the protection, the Inked Luxury cases weigh in at only 1.8 ounces.

Speck CandyShell Inked Luxury case in "Stacked Cube Green"

There are button covers for the power and volume buttons,...

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12:56
Mum Robot Goes Darwinian on Her Kids


A "mother" robot has demonstrated natural selection and the process of evolution in action, according to researchers from the University of Cambridge. Scientists typically have to go back in time to study evolution -- it's rarely observable over the course of a human lifetime. However, for robots and artificial intelligence, it's a different story. Natural selection -- basically reproduction and assessment and reproduction and assessment -- was observable in the robot, which improved on its offspring with each generation.

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12:53
Apple pushes Recovery Update 2.0 for OS X El Capitan...

Apple has published an update to the OS X Recovery software for users on the beta version of OS X El Capitan. The update appears to have been published late yesterday without much fanfare. The boilerplate change log notes that it includes “improvements” to the Recovery software indicating that it’s likely just a bug fix release.

OS X El Capitan beta 7 was released to developers earlier this week alongside a matching public beta. The operating system will be released later this year.

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12:38
Aduro Surge Protector and USB Charger: $19

Aduro's wall-mount surge protector includes six outlets and two USB charging ports and it plugs into your current wall outlet without extra cords to get in the way. You can use it to charge up to seven devices at the same time, and it's built-in surge protection protects from power fluctuations that could otherwise leave you with fried electronics. Aduro's surge protector and USB charger is regularly priced at US$40, but TMO has a special deal for 52% off so you'll pay only $19.


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12:31
Apple hires yet another former Tesla engineer to...

Apple appears to have hired yet another former Tesla engineer to join its ever growing automated car team. First noticed by Reuters, Apple has hired Jamie Carlson to likely join its car team. Carlson’s LinkedIn profile reflects that he has left Tesla and joined Apple, although his role at Apple is simply listed as a a member of a special projects group.

While at Tesla, Carlson worked on its Autopilot self-driving program. Prior to his stint at Tesla, he worked on automotive vision systems for Gentex Corp.

Reuters also notes that Apple has recently added six other members to its self driving car team, including Megan McClain, a former Volkswagen engineer working in automated driving, as well as Vinay Palakkode, a Carnegie Mellon...

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11:46
Review: SwitchEasy Blocks Customizable Dock Building...

SwitchEasy's Blocks ($20) is one of the strangest products we've seen in a while. It's a customizable dock building set for Apple Watch, made of LEGO-style blocks (SwitchEasy notes the set is "compatible with leading manufacturing building blocks."). SwitchEasy has included a charging cradle with two interchangeable clips — for either the Sport charger or the metal-accented Apple Watch charger. The set also comes with 92 blocks in random colors, and sets of directions to create an Apple Watch Dock and a dual dock that can charge an Apple Watch or an iPhone.{/exp:char_limit}

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11:45
German Car Makers Wary of Apple but Seeking...

Daimler's chief executive has just declared that different types of cooperation are possible with Apple and Google. What he may be saying is that some U.S. high tech companies are moving so fast, in car technology, the conventional car industry cannot afford to be left behind. Joint ventures are being looked at.


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11:09
News: Dr. Dre, Apple make statements on Beats co-...

Apple and Beats co-founder Dr. Dre have both issued a formal response to the allegations of his past incidents of misogyny and decades-old criminal charges of physical abuse against women, which have resurged in the wake of the new N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton. In a statement to The New York Times, Dre said, “Twenty-five years ago I was a young man drinking too much and in over my head with no real structure in my life. However, none…

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10:53
Apple's Dr. Dre apologizes for past abuse of...

Newfound attention to crimes committed by Dr. Dre 25 years ago have led both the entrepreneur and Apple to issue statements, in which the Beats cofounder said he is sorry for committing violence against women when he was younger.

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10:35
French carriers informed that 'iPhone 6s'...

French wireless carriers are hearing that preorders for next-generation iPhones will open on Sept. 11, two days after a rumored press event, according to claims made on Friday.

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10:28
TMO Daily Observations 2015-08-21: Apple’s Neglected...

Apple has been sleeping at the wheel, according to TMO's John Martellaro. John joins Jeff Gamet to talk about the products he thinks Apple has neglected, plus they offer up their thoughts on Swatch trademarking Apple's "one more thing" line.


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10:21
Apple & Dr Dre confront allegations over the...

Hip-hop artist Dr. Dre’s controversial and storied past was bound to become an issue for Apple at some point after it bought the company he co-founded for $3 billion last year. Now Apple is hoping it can let the rapper’s history live in the past, which is especially tricky as it promotes the biofilm “Compton” depicting the rapper’s entrance into fame.

The biographical film, which was produced with close cooperation from Dr. Dre, has been criticized for omitting decades old allegations that the artist physically abused women. Today both Dr. Dre and Apple released statements addressing the controversy, Dre saying that he deeply apologizes for his actions 25 years ago and adding that “it has forever impacted all of our lives” while Apple said that “we have every reason to believe that he has changed.”...

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09:49
Sony's SmartBand 2 Takes the Plunge


Sony on Thursday unveiled its SmartBand 2 fitness tracker. It has an advanced heart rate sensor and a variety of communications capabilities. It informs wearers when they get calls, messages, emails or notifications on social media sites. It sports interchangeable silicone rubber bands in black, white, pink and indigo. The SmartBand 2 is compatible with any device running Android 4.4 KitKat or later, as well as iOS 8.2 or later. It can be submerged in up to three meters -- nearly 10 feet -- of water without damage.

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09:38
Spotify apologizes for its new controversial privacy...

Spotify’s CEO Daniel Ek published a blog post today apologizing and attempting to clarify its recently updated privacy policy that proved to be controversial among some users and press. In the post, Ek explains that updated terms granting Spotify access to more of users’ personal information is only to further customize the Spotify experience and that giving up that data will be entirely an opt-in experience for users:

In our new privacy policy, we indicated that we may ask your permission to access new types of information, including photos, mobile device location, voice controls, and your contacts. Let me be crystal clear here: If you don’t want to share this kind of information, you don’t have to. We will ask for your express permission before...

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09:19
Rumor: Apple working on 'smart bands' for...

A new rumor claims that Apple will add capabilities to the Apple Watch, and sell upgrades without the need to buy an entirely new watch, in the form of "smart bands" that could launch as early as 2016.

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09:15
Latest iPhone ad: Apple Pay available in over 1...

A new 30-second ad from Apple is touting Apple Pay, what it can be used for, and the fact that Apple Pay is now accepted at over 1 million locations. 


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09:08
Microsoft confirms elimination of Nokia's Salo...

Microsoft on Friday announced the closure of Nokia's former cellphone development unit in Salo, Finland, along with plans to cut up to 2,300 jobs in the country, part of a broader plan to refocus the company and make it more profitable.

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09:00
Google Chrome 46 to include Mac-specific changes,...

If the current builds of the Chrome web browser have been driving you mildly nuts, Google might have some fixes on the way.

A test build of Google’s forthcoming Chrome 46 makes substantial improvements to the performance of the Web browser on the Mac.

The build appears to halve Chrome’s memory consumption, and make formely slow tabs much faster. At the same time, the browser also appears to consume fewer CPU and power resources.

The fixes are part of a wider effort to stamp out bugs, improve Javascript performance and provide better support for graphics on the Mac. Google has also been working on porting a Chrome OS feature...

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Greatest…update notes…ever

Big hat tip to Marco Arment for a fantastic tweet of the best update notes ever.

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08:38
iPassword for iOS updated to 5.5, adds Apple Watch,...

This might be worth snagging.

1Password for iOS has been updated, version 5.5 allowing users access to a Touch ID button under the Master Password field so you can choose to sign in using your finger print even if you accidentally hit cancel on the first request. Tapping the fingerprint button prompts the system Touch ID unlock screen.

The new version also features an improvement to how the app can stay unlocked between uses in different apps. Previously 1Password’s extension in other apps required being unlocked by password, passcode, or Touch ID each time. Now, the 1Password extension and 1Password app share the same unlock time limits.

A slew...

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08:32
External Link: Apple Finally Acknowledges Dr. Dre’s...

Since the release of the film “Straight Outta Compton,” rapper Dr. Dre has been under fire for decades-old allegations of misogyny and violence against women. Dre, who has served as an executive at Apple since it acquired Beats Electronics last year, has issued a public apology to the New York Times. “Twenty-five years ago I was a young man drinking too much and in over my head with no real structure in my life. However, none of this is an excuse for what I did. I’ve been married for 19 years and every day I’m working to be a better man for my family, seeking guidance along the way. I’m doing everything I can so I never resemble that man again,” Dre said. Apple lent Dre support in a statement, saying, “Dre has apologized for the mistakes he’s made in the past and he’s said that he’s not the same person that he was 25 years ago. We believe his sincerity and after working with him for a year and a half, we have every reason to believe that he has changed.”

 

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08:16
MiStand+ Aluminium Tablet Stand

Thanks to MiStand+ for sponsoring The Loop this week. MiStand+ your tablet, any angle. Innovative, multi-axis adjustable stand for use with any tablet.

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08:08
∞ New iPhone Apple Pay ad

There’s a completely different feel to this ad.

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08:00
iOS 9 and proactive intelligence

Jonny Evans takes a tour through iOS 9′s proactive intelligence. Well done.

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08:00
Declining movie attendance, higher ticket prices...

2014 was a terrible year for movie attendance, with audience numbers plunging to the lowest they've been in two decades, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Ironically, this could be good news for Apple.

Approximately 1.26 billion consumers purchased cinema tickets between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2014. That's the lowest number since 1.21 billion in 1995 and not that far ahead of 1994 (1.24 billion). The last time admissions fell below the 1.3 billion mark was in 2011, when only 1.28 billion people when to the movies.

What's more, a 2014 Harris survey of 2,311 adults polled online says that 68% of U.S. adults went to the movies at least once last year. However, two-thirds of Americans say they're going to the movies less often now than a few years ago, with a majority (57%)  adding that they prefer watching films at home over going to the theater. The main...

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08:00
Spotify CEO: Sorry about our super creepy new...

Spotify is in full damage-control mode after the streaming music service’s new privacy policy spurred a wave of Internet outrage. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek apologized for the kerfuffle on Friday, and promised that the company is revising its privacy policy in the coming weeks to “better reflect” its intentions.

Spotify users were appalled when the company changed the terms of its privacy policy this week to allow the app to access your phone’s sensor data, photos, contacts, location, and voice controls. Why would a streaming music app need all of that information?

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07:58
Samsung tries to lure away iPhone users with 30-day...

Samsung's sales have been sliding downward for a while now, and it's getting creative in its attempts to win new users. Today it announced an "Ultimate Test Drive" promotion targeted at iPhone users: Pay $1, and you can try a Galaxy S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, or Galaxy Note 5 for 30 days on your choice of Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, or T-Mobile.

If that sounds appealing to you, visit the samsungpromotions.com site on your iPhone and choose your carrier and model. As of this writing, it looks like some of the phones are "not available" on AT&T, Verizon, or T-Mobile, but this may just be an early bug that gets ironed out as the promotion runs.

These phones will come with activated SIM cards so you don't actually need to stop using your iPhone to try one. Unfortunately...

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