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18:05
Apple revamps retail store appointment scheduling...

As we reported earlier this month, Apple today has updated its online website with deeper integration with its appointment scheduling services for the Genius Bar and in-store workshops. This change comes not far after the Apple Online Store was heavily integrated throughout the entire online site, continuing Apple’s efforts to consolidate its physical retail stores, online store, and main website.

Apple’s combined appointment scheduling service is being referred to as the “...

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16:59
10 things iTunes does right

Macworld:

iTunes gets a lot of criticism, including a lot that I dish out, and much of this criticism is justified. iTunes has lots of problems syncing iOS devices, iTunes Match and iCloud Music Library are confusing, and the interface, particularly in iTunes 12, is confusing.

To be fair, though, iTunes does get a lot right. You can condemn it for many problems, but it’s good to sometimes take a step back and give it credit for the features that work so well that you hardly pay attention to them. I’ve picked ten things that iTunes does right.

McElhearn has a good point. After all the complaining many, myself included, do about it, there are many things it does very well.

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16:57
For consumers, Apple's CarPlay takes backseat...

A study published on Tuesday shows consumers are largely indifferent to high profile automotive infotainment initiatives from Apple and Google, instead exhibiting considerably more interest in practical car technology like blind spot detection and lumbar seat adjustment.

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16:14
German court says ‘swipe-to-unlock’ not...

Germany’s top civil court today has ruled against Apple in a case pertaining to the company’s swipe-to-unlock input method. Judges in the case explained that swipe-to-unlock is not sophisticated enough to be awarded patent protection. This ruling falls in line with a similar ruling that favored Motorola back in 2013 (via Bloomberg).

Swipe-to-unlock was not an invention by Apple, the court claims, seeing that it was already suggested by “the state of the art.” The court wrote the following:

“This user-friendly...

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15:45
The Week in Mac Apps: Smooth out your photos with...

...plus two other photo tools for you to check out

In this week’s roundup of new Mac apps, you’ll find the latest update to Acron’s excellent image editor, a new password tool, and something special to help you see colors better.

Acorn 5

There’s a new version of Flying Meat’s venerable Acorn (Mac App Store Link) image editor out, and it’s chock full of new features.

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15:12
Facebook Moments turns your photos into music videos

Facebook has released a new update for its photo-sharing app. No, not Instagram, its other photo-sharing app: Moments.

First launched in June, Moments lets you privately share photos from your Camera Roll with your Facebook friends. Facebook’s updated Moments app will now automatically create short music videos from your photo collection that you can share privately with your friends or post directly to Facebook.

The video montages resemble the digital flipbooks created by Flipagram, except without the rights to recognizable songs that Flipagram was able to secure this summer. Instead, Moments will use “about a dozen different background music options,” according to...

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15:00
Verizon launches program to activate non-Verizon...

Verizon has recently started allowing customers to bring non-Verizon devices its network and will activate them. The program officially began this week and Verizon confirmed to 9to5Mac that it applies to the iPhone, as well as Google’s Nexus 6. Verizon notes, however, that the devices must be unlocked prior to being activated on its network.

Potential customers can see if their Nexus 6 or iPhone is compatible with the program by heading to this webpage. First you must enter your device ID, such as an ESN, IMEI, or MEID, and then you will be taken to a webpage that prompts you to input your SIM ID number or to purchase...

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14:37
German court rules against Apple 'swipe-to-...

Judges in a top German court ruled against Apple's European "swipe-to-unlock" patent on Tuesday, stating that it didn't meet high enough standards to secure patent protection.

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14:30
Opinion: I spent a week with the Apple Watch, and...

As anyone who knows me or follows me on Twitter will tell you, I’ve been openly critical of the Apple Watch and the entire concept of smartwatches for a long time now. Most people have responded with an attitude of “don’t knock it until you try it,” which I suppose is a fair attitude to have. The problem was that I had no plans to spend over $300 (or $1,000 for the model I really liked) to try an Apple Watch.

Recently, however, an opportunity arose to try the watch out for a while. I was offered a loaner watch to test out an app that I was covering. I accepted the offer and spent about a week with it, wearing it full-time and using it for everything I could (including, of course, using the app that I was testing whenever I could). Earlier this year my colleague Ben Lovejoy...

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14:12
Supposed 'iPhone 6s' display and logic...

A video and photoset published Tuesday claim to show a partially assembled Frankenphone with "iPhone 6s" display and logic board powered by a host iPhone 6 battery, chassis and other integral components.

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14:10
Purported iPhone 6S parts assembled into semi-...

A new YouTube video claims to show parts from Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6S assembled into a working handset. The device doesn’t boot into iOS, but does power on and show a gear icon on the screen. Several photos also claim to show the phone’s internal components, which do appear to show some changes over the current generation, while the outside remains mostly unchanged.

The video, which was published by...

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13:52
Review: iHome iSP5 SmartPlug

First unveiled earlier this year at CES, iHome's new iSP5 SmartPlug ($40) is the first HomeKit-enabled accessory we've been able to take an in-depth look at. While on the surface it's a basic switched outlet similar to offerings we've seen before from companies like Belkin, the slightly lower price tag and integration with Apple's new HomeKit features promise to set it slightly apart from the rest. While iHome initially indicated that there would be two versions of SmartPlug – one with a USB charging port and one without – thus far only the less expensive one without the USB port appears to be available. {/exp:char_limit}
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13:46
YouTube Gaming, Google’s Twitch competitor,...

YouTube Gaming, Google’s attempt at taking on Twitch, is allegedly set to launch tomorrow, August 26, according to TechCrunch’s sources. The site will go live at gaming.youtube.com tomorrow in the US and the UK and will act as a central hub where viewers can find and watch people live streaming their own video gameplay.

Google announced that it would be getting in to gaming live-streams a couple of months back and has been working behind the scenes to get its service ready for a public rollout. Once live it will act as a direct competitor to Twitch,...

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13:16
Wii U to Become Pokken Tournament Playing Field


Nintendo and The Pokemon Company have announced that Pokken Tournament -- the Pokemon fighting game developed by Namco Bandai -- will expand from arcades in Japan to a worldwide launch on the Wii U in the spring of 2016. Instead of just issuing commands to use special attacks, players of the fighting game can direct the blows their Pokemon deliver. Although Namco Bandai's role as developer may imply game play characteristic of titles like Soul Caliber and Tekken, Pokken Tournament is for Pokemon fans first.

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13:02
Gear: Bluelounge Kosta

Bluelounge’s Kosta ($15) is an interesting alternative to the many Apple Watch docks we’ve seen. Kosta is a silicone coaster designed to charge an Apple Watch in Nightstand mode. A magnetic center keeps the charger in place, and there’s a small hole — and a notch in the bottom of the coaster — to keep your cable in place. Kosta comes in dark gray, light gray, or green.

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13:00
AWT News Update: August 25, 2015

Photo of Neil Young by Man Alive! via TechCentral.co.za

A bit of a slow news day for Apple today... which is why we're poking fun at competing products:

  • Neil Young's Pono Player and high-quality audio seem to have a lack of resources for expansion
  • LOLZ - Samsung Galaxy Note 5 users can insert the "S pen" the wrong way and break their devices
  • Wristly finds some interesting -- and odd -- things about Apple Watch owners
  • IDC thinks a low cost iPhone 6C is a bad idea in a slowing smartphone market

Today's transcript is below the podcast player. Enjoy!

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for August 25, 2015.

Remember Neil Young’s Pono project? According to Young...

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12:14
Apple releases major updates to Logic Pro X,...

Apple today released Logic Pro 10.2, a major update to the professional audio production app. The update incorporates Alchemy, a sample-manipulation synthesizer. The Alchemy updates also appear in Mainstage 3.2, Apple’s app for live performances.

Alchemy in Logic Pro 10.2.

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12:00
Best Buy selling a ton of Apple Watches, throws more...

One of the places you can now buy an Apple Watch is at selected Best Buy stores. The retailer originally had plans to sell the Watch at only 300 locations before the 2015 holiday season, but Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly says that things are going so well that the company will now sell it at all 1,050 US retail locations by the end of September. That's contrary to many analyst reports that point to the Apple Watch selling slowly... although Apple doesn't release exact sales figures for the device.

The strong sales of the Apple Watch and Best Buy's accelerated support for the device are just part of what the retailer is doing for Apple. According to Joly,

“We’ve also been working with Apple to update the 740 stores-within-a-store that were first implemented in 2007. The stores-within-a-store will have new Apple fixtures and are larger with more display tables for phones, computers, and tablets....

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11:56
Solve Wi-Fi Coverage Problems with WiFi Explorer and...

Two OS X tools for surveying Wi-Fi signals can help you visually sort out what’s causing interference and better plan placing or moving access points for optimal signal coverage.

 

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11:35
Apple's Logic Pro X and MainStage get Alchemy...

Apple has updated Logic Pro X — its software for writing, recording, editing and mixing your own music — to version 10.2. It now integrates Alchemy, a sample-manipulation synthesizer. 

With it you can find and shape sounds from the Alchemy library or create your own with a choice of synthesis engines and advanced morphing tools. You can also produce sounds with analog-modeled filters, multiple modulation sources, an integrated arpeggiator, and a range of effects.

Apple has also updated MainStage, the live performance companion app for Logic Pro X, with Alchemy support. The tool turns the Mac into a live rig for bringing sounds from the studio to the concert stage.

Logic Pro X and...

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11:20
Apple updates Logic Pro X and MainStage with...

Apple has pushed out an update to its professional audio software that introduces native integration with the Alchemy softsynth that was acquired as part of the company’s buyout of Camel Audio at the beginning of this year.

Alchemy has been added to both Logic Pro X 10.2 and MainStage 3.2, while the mobile Logic Remote has gained new controls to support the synthesizer. Several other improvements have also been made to the desktop apps...

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11:16
Best Buy is an Apple Watch believer after strong...

Best Buy is doubling down on its partnership with Apple after seeing early Apple Watch sales success.

“Demand for Apple Watch has been so strong in the stores and online,” Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly said during the company’s second-quarter earnings call, according to Fortune.

Sales of the Apple Watch weren’t reflected in Best Buy’s earnings, because the gadget just went on sale August 7. And so far, the company is only selling the watch in about 100 of its stores, which it originally planned to expand to 300 by the holiday season. Now demand is so high that Best Buy will start selling the Apple Watch and its accessories at all of its 1,050...

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11:11
How-To: Safely prepare + wipe your iPhone for resale...

If you’re thinking of selling or trading in your current iPhone ahead of the iPhone 6S’s release, you probably know that you’ll need to wipe your device before a buyer can use it free and clear. Prepping an iPhone for resale used to be almost as easy as hitting a “reset” button in the iPhone’s settings menu. But over the past few years, the process has become more complex thanks to new security, wallet, and cloud-dependent features such as Activation Lock, Apple Pay and iTunes in the Cloud. Completely removing all of your personal items from your iPhone — and your iPhone from Apple’s servers — requires extra work.

Today, I’m going to walk you through the process of thoroughly scrubbing your iPhone prior to resale. There are 8 steps to take to make sure your device is cleaned up and...

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10:57
Free Apple Logic Pro 10.2 update brings back famed...

When it emerged that UK-based Camel Audio—a highly respected developer of professional audio plugins—was acquired by Apple earlier this year, many wondered what the fate of its flagship Alchemy synthesizer would be. Early signs of Alchemy's influence appeared in the mainstream music production app GarageBand, leading to fears that perhaps one of the most highly regarded software synths of all time was being chopped up for use across a wide range of apps across Apple.

Fortunately for the music making elite, not only is the full-fat version of the Alchemy synthesizer back, it's been given a significant overhaul...

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10:52
Survey reveals which Apple Watch apps most popular,...

The results of a Wristly survey published today reveal a new look at Apple Watch behavior among early adopters and adds some insight into how many Apple Music users plan to subscribe after the 3-month free trial. The survey is the latest in a continuing series and captures responses from more than 1,300 people, Wristly says, marking its largest pool of participants yet. In it, Wristly shows what apps Apple Watch users are using most often, ...

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10:43
Review: Spigen Apple Watch Nightstand S350

Spigen's Apple Watch Nightstand S350 ($20) is the company's second Apple Watch dock, following the simple and effective aluminum Apple Watch Stand S330. Nightstand S350 is even simpler by comparison — and for most users in the very near future, it may be more effective, as well. The tiny black matte TPU dock is designed to hold Apple Watch in its Nightstand mode (a feature in the upcoming watchOS 2). An adhesive pad on the bottom of the dock allows it to stick to a surface to remain in place, and a silicone pad is included to allow proper docking of a 38mm Apple Watch.{/exp:char_limit}

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10:22
External Link: Best Buy to Offer AppleCare

Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly has announced that his company’s ties to Apple are deepening, with Best Buy beginning to offer AppleCare plans and service this quarter. Best Buy is also testing out an Apple Authorized Service Provider program at 50 of its stores, as well as expanding its existing Apple stores-within-stores. The retailer recently began offering the Apple Watch, and Joly said that demand has been strong.

 

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09:32
IDC: an 'iPhone 6c' wouldn't steal...

According to new data from the International Data Corporation, smartphone shipments are expected to grow 10.4% in 2015 to 1.44 billion units. This is lower than IDC's previous smartphone forecast of 11.3% year-over-year growth in 2015. 

IDC expects to see a noticeable slowdown in smartphone shipments in 2015 as China joins North America and Western Europe in a more mature growth pattern. However, steadily falling average selling prices (ASPs) will fuel steady growth through the end of the forecast period, with global shipments reaching 1.9 billion units in 2019, according to the research group.

China remains the focal point of the global smartphone market in 2015, although the results haven't been as positive as in previous years. As the largest market for smartphones – China consumed 32.3% of all new smartphone shipments in 2014 – its importance remains great even if its growth has...

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09:07
9to5Toys Last Call: Retina MacBook Pro $1,100,...

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08:46
News: Best Buy expanding Apple Watch sales to all...

Best Buy will expand Apple Watch sales to all its stores in September, Fortune reports. The company started selling the watch in August and initially expected to have the watches in 300 of its stores by the holiday season. But in a call with Wall Street analysts, CEO Hubert Joly said Best Buy has seen such strong demand for the Apple Watch, both in stores and online, that sales will be expanding to all 1,050 of its storefronts next month. Joly also…

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08:45
IDC: China slowdown cuts smartphone forecast,...

(Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)

IDC released an updated forecast today lowering its expectations for worldwide smartphone shipments this year with a continuing slowdown in growth in China cited as the biggest contributor to the lower than expected shipments. It also shared some insight into expected growth for Apple in the years to come, predicting Android’s current 81% share of the market by operating system will likely hold strong through 2019 and that a cheaper iPhone 6C model wouldn’t do much to help.

When it comes to Apple, IDC notes that it expects Android to maintain its...

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08:21
Mac: VMware Fusion 8

Hot on the heels of Parallels 11, VMware has released its own updated Fusion 8 ($80) software, allowing Mac users to run Windows alongside their Mac’s OS. The newest incarnation is optimized for OS X El Capitan and is Windows 10 compatible, allowing Microsoft’s digital assistant Cortana to work on the machine even when Fusion is running in the background. The software supports the iMac’s 5K Retina display and includes an enhanced graphics engine with DirectX 10 and OpenGL 3.3. Thus far, Ars Technica has spotted serious problems with Fusion 8. Some users aren’t able to access the Windows 10 start screen while in Unity mode, while others who are able to access it notice lower parts of the start screen are covered by the Mac’s dock. VMware confirmed the bug and said it won’t be fixed in this initial release, but will be addressed in a point release later.
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08:07
Apple Watch demand ‘so strong’ says Best Buy CEO,...

While Apple has been mostly mum on the numbers behind Apple Watch sales so far, Best Buy is standing behind the iPhone maker’s general message that the Apple Watch has been a hit with customers. The electronics retailer started selling Apple Watches this month in select stores, first in the United States and later in Canada, and today Best Buy’s CEO Hubert Joly said Apple Watch demand has been “so strong” both online and in stores as the retailer plans to carry the smartwatch at even more locations....

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08:06
External Link: Joe Kissell Finds the Best Online...

Our own Joe Kissell teamed up with review site The Wirecutter to definitively discover the best online backup service. In this exhaustive guide, Joe covers what you should look for, how each service performs, how to set them up, and how to restore your files. Joe’s top pick is former TidBITS sponsor CrashPlan, with competing service Backblaze as the runner-up.

 

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08:05
Goo receives FAA clearance for 70Mbps in-flight...

You’re about to get faster Wi-Fi on hundreds of additional flights.

The FAA has approved in-flight broadband provider GoGo’s 2Ku technology, allowing for in-flight data speeds up to 70Mbps. GoGo is hoping to launch the service this year.

In-flight broadband provider Gogo’s 2Ku technology has been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration, opening the door for data speeds up to 70Mbps. The company is hoping to launch commercial services this year.

This was the final hurdle to be cleared before Gogo could launch tech technology.

Gogo has stated that seven commercial airlines have signed up for either a trial or...

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08:00
VMware Fusion 8 and Fusion 8 Pro now available with...

VMware Fusion 8 screenshot courtesy of VMware

Last week, Parallels introduced Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac, the latest version of its virtual computing platform. And today, like clockwork, VMware has released VMware Fusion 8, its newest iteration in the VMware Fusion line.

Like its competitor, VMware Fusion 8 is designed to let Mac users run Windows on a Mac without rebooting. The new version provides support for Microsoft Windows 10 and Mac OS X El Capitan, so users can take advantage of features like “always on Cortana” (Microsoft’s Siri-like virtual assistant) or beta test El Capitan before its release later this year.

One place where VMware Fusion 8 really stomped the competition is in terms of graphics performance. The company enhanced the graphics engine and addes support for DirectX 10 and OpenGL 3.3, resulting in a virtual machine environment that can handle tough 3D applications and...

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07:51
Etsy Local alerts iOS app users of nearby sellers...

Etsy has long been an online marketplace for unique, often handmade items available directly from their creators, but a new feature of the app will connect shoppers with nearby sellers in the real world. The new Etsy Local feature, available from within the Etsy iOS app, will alert users when they are close to a seller’s real world location, including pop-up shops, flea markets, craft fairs, and local stores.

Sellers will just have to add their local store and event information in order for it to appear for app users. For users, this is how it works within the app:

When a shopper opens the Local tab in the app, recommended nearby retailers and events are tailored to their tastes, based on shops and sellers they have previously engaged with, through favoriting, purchasing, and browsing. Buyers can also discover great...

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07:44
Rumor: Apple to end “One to One” training program,...

The beloved US$99 “One to One” tutoring sessions for Mac and iOS users at the Apple Store may be coming to an end. A recent rumor is currently stating that Apple is stopping the program to allow retail employees to focus on hosting a greater number of free workshops, which multiple people are able to attend at once.

The One to One program allowed users who bought a Mac to pay an additional US$99 for one year of Mac and iOS instruction. One to One sessions include 30 or 60 minute Personal Training sessions, 90-minute Group Training sessions, and 90-minute group-based Open Training sessions.

Apple is apparently planning to fold the One to...

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07:29
News: Philips introduces dimmer remote kit for Hue...

Philips has announced a new no-installation dimming kit for its Hue wireless light bulbs. The kit comes with a single Hue white light bulb and a battery-powered dimmer switch that can be mounted on the wall, or slide out of the base plate for use as a remote as well. The dimmer can control up to 10 bulbs at once through the Hue bridge, making it able to alter the lights in an entire room remotely. In a June Facebook post, Philips promised that Hue…

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07:18
VMware launches Fusion 8 with Windows 10 & OS X...

VMware on Tuesday launched Fusion 8, an updated version of its virtualization tool for Mac users who want to run Windows -- or other operating systems -- without having to boot into the other OS.

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06:30
Wells Fargo upgrades Apple; company's shares up...

Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um has upgraded his Apple share outlook to "outperform" with a target range of US$125 to $135. 

"While we note that our fundamental stance on Apple's challenges are unchanged, we believe shares have over-corrected," Um wrote in a note to clients. 

Um, who downgraded Apple in early 2014, adds Apple CEO Tim Cook's Monday e-mail to Jim Cramer regarding Chinese iPhone sales provides better calendar quarter three visibility. 

With the help of higher equity markets Nasdaq futures are up 3.7%. Apple has risen to $109.01 premarket. Shares fell as low as $92 yesterday morning before closing at $103.12.

Speaking of Cook's email, the CEO may have violated SEC rules by sending it. In the email, confirmed by Apple  to ...

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06:30
News: Report: Apple ending One to One tutoring...

Apple may be discontinuing its One to One tutoring program for iOS and Mac users, MacRumors reports. An unnamed source claims Apple is stopping the program to place more emphasis on free workshops that allow one employee to teach multiple people at once. Apple is also reportedly in the process of revamping its website to make registering for free workshops easier and more accessible to those with disabilities. The One to One program currently charges…

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06:22
Tim Cook’s email to Jim Cramer may have violated SEC...

The email Apple CEO Tim Cook sent to CNBC analyst Jim Cramer, and which was read on the air, may have violated Securities and Exchange Commission regulations, according to lawyers speaking to MarketWatch. The regulations are designed to ensure that information that may impact a company’s share price is made available to the public in a fair and open way, rather than privately disclosed to particular individuals or entities.

Cook’s email revealed that the 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” – information that Apple had not previously disclosed … ...

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06:16
News: Daily Deal: SMFX Smart Bulb

Today in iLounge Deals you can get the SMFX Smart Bulb for only $39.99. Controllable directly from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, the SMFX app allows you to dim or brighten the bulb, change the colour, or turn it on or off. The bulb itself provides for up to 40,000 hours of life, or 27 years of typical use, and consumes 10% of the energy of a standard bulb. A “disco” mode lets you change the lighting to match whatever music is playing,…

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06:11
Jeff Bezos assures employees that HR working 100...

I see what you did there!

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06:09
Sorkin’s “Steve Jobs” – An insider’s view

In this post, you’ll meet Michael Stuhlbarg, who played Andy Hertzfeld (not sure why they insisted on putting a ‘t’ at the end of his name.) and hear his thoughts on the structure of the movie and the rehearsal process.

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06:06
Apple looks at ways to support femtocells in...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,119,141) by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for ubiquitous access to a femtocell-connected network. A femtocell is a small, low-power cellular base station typically reserved for use in a home or small business. 

A femtocell is, basically, a miniature cell phone tower that anyone can use to boost their wireless signal in their home. Most of the major U.S. wireless carriers sell femtocells, as do other retailers, and they can typically be purchased for US$150 to $250. Such a device, which resembles a wireless router, essentially acts as a repeater. The device communicates with the mobile phone and converts voice calls into voice over IP (VoIP) packets. The packets are then transmitted over a broadband connection to the mobile operator's servers.

There are pros and cons to using a femtocell. One plus is that the coverage is likely to remain consistent wherever you...

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06:00
How to block phone numbers on your iPhone

Recently, I began receiving annoying texts from a "mystery shopping" company asking me to do some work for them. I smelled something fishy, so when they kept texting me, I decided it was time to block their number on my iPhone. You may have a number you'd like to block, as well. If so, here's how.

To block someone you've added to Contacts list,:

  • Go to Settings > Phone > Blocked > Add New. 
  • The All Contacts window will appear.
  • Scroll until you find the name/number you wish to block and tap it.
  • You'll find yourself back at the Blocked window with the offending name/number added to the list of blocked contacts. 

(From Settings, contacts can also be blocked selecting either Messages or Facetime, and then following the instructions above).

If you want to a block a number that isn't stored in your Contacts list:

  • Open the Phone app and select Recents. 
  • Find the name/number you...
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05:55
A salute to solo programmers

Jean-Louis Gassée, writing for Monday Note, offers praises to solo programmers from long ago, leading up to this heaping praise for the newest solo gem, written for the Mac.

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05:53
VMware Fusion updated to support Windows 10, but...

A week after Parallels was updated to support Windows 10, VMware has followed suit with an update to its Fusion software – but with a bug when used in Unity mode. Unity mode is where Windows apps are run alongside Mac ones.

Fusion was today updated to version 8, with performance improvements as well as Windows 10 compatibility, but the company has confirmed a bug identified by ArsTechnica in which the Windows Start screen is sometimes unavailable (above left) and at other times...

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05:48
Minions vs Monsters Inc
05:42
How much is music really worth?

This is a truly epic post from Pitchfork. It digs into the history of music valuations and explores the conflicts that emerge when trying to pin a value on something created as art. A fantastic read.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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05:36
Apple patent hints that the company is considering a...

Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,118,642) by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office that hints at an Apple NAS device/home server I've long wanted. The patent is for "asset streaming." NAS — or network-attached storage — is a computer data storage server connected to your computer network that provides access to a wide variety of data.

It involves a device that streams assets to network-based storage, and servers administering the network-based storage operate to notify other authorized devices that the assets are available to download, including initiating the download of assets automatically or in response to user input. With streaming enabled on their device, a user is able to make assets, such as digital photograph, video or other type of media file, data file, or other type of electronic content, available immediately to all of their other devices and to other users having permission to follow assets streamed by their device. 

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05:26
China Telecom social media rep echoes expected...

A social media rep for China Telecom has made a Weibo post in which he echoes a number of the specs we’re expecting to see in the iPhone 6S, but says he has heard nothing to confirm the rumored option of a pink case color to match the rose gold of the Apple Watch. The post was spotted by GforGames.

He went on saying that, despite all the recent rumors hinting at a pink variant, he did not hear anything regarding this iPhone 6s flavor.

The fact that the rep ‘confirmed’ the 2GB RAM, improved...

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05:00
You can fine tune iTunes with beaTunes 4.5

Tagtrum’s beaTunes is a useful iTunes tool for Mac OS X and Windows users, and it's gotten even better with the latest version (4.5).

Let’s face it: you can accumulate so many tunes in iTunes that inconsistencies and glitches appear. What’s more, if you're like me, you rip CDs to the software, so there may be missing info. BeaTunes can help with such shortcomings. It intelligently creates playlists of matching songs, corrects your iTunes Music Library (typos, wrong genres, a misnamed album, etc.) and more.

One of my favorite features is the ability to search for and add missing data such as album artwork, which is more comprehensive than similar features in iTunes itself.

BeaTunes also analyzes the color and tempo (BPM) of your songs and lets you create playlists based on this info. You can even blog about your playlists (though I have absolutely no desire to do this). All of the changes you make are...

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05:00
VMware brings Windows 10 and graphics boost to...

VMware’s desktop virtualization software for Macs, Windows PCs, and Linux are being upgraded today to support Windows 10 and new features to boost performance.

VMware Fusion for Macs is up to version 8, while Workstation for Windows and Linux is up to version 12. Both products have an improved graphics engine to support DirectX 10 and OpenGL 3.3.

VMware's release comes one week after Parallels upgraded its desktop virtualization software for Macs. Here's what Fusion 8 looks like:

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05:00
Freemium Field Test: Monsters Ate My Metropolis can...

Free-to-play games often look appealing, but it’s difficult to know at a glance whether the business model is insidious and fun ruining, or reasonable and worth pumping a few bucks into. With Freemium Field Test, we’ll take a recent free-to-play iOS game, put it through its paces, and let you know if it’s really worth your time (and money). 

Each side picks an attack card, and then the results play out. There’s also a quick tap-based timing challenge that can increase—or diminish—the damage of your card.

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05:00
Linux Foundation Wants to Pin a Badge on Secure Open...


The Core Infrastructure Initiative last week announced a program that will offer badges to open software developers who follow best practice software development and security procedures. CII announced the free Badge Program at LinuxCon/CloudOpen North America. The CII, a project of the Linux Foundation, enables technology companies, industry stakeholders and software developers to collaborate on the identification and funding of critical open source projects in need of assistance.

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04:39
Philips adds improved HomeKit-compatible dimmer for...

While the iPhone app is a great way to control your Philips Hue lighting, there are times when a good old-fashioned button is more convenient – especially for the less techy members of your household. Philips already offers the Hue Tap, but that’s a little clunky and designed for wall-mounting only. Its new Philips Hue Wireless Dimming Kit is much sleeker, and is designed so that you can wall-mount it or use it as a handheld remote.

The dimmer can control up to 10 Hue bulbs at once, with Philips promising that the dimming will be smooth, flicker-free and buzz-free. The company also says the firmware can be upgraded for HomeKit compatibility when Philips adds its hub device in the fall … ...

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03:30
10 things that iTunes does right

iTunes gets a lot of criticism, including a lot that I dish out, and much of this criticism is justified. iTunes has lots of problems syncing iOS devices, iTunes Match and iCloud Music Library are confusing, and the interface, particularly in iTunes 12, is confusing.

To be fair, though, iTunes does get a lot right. You can condemn it for many problems, but it's good to sometimes take a step back and give it credit for the features that work so well that you hardly pay attention to them. I've picked ten things that iTunes does right.

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03:01
Admin console

 August 25, 2015 3:01:00 AM PDT

We're investigating reports of an issue with Admin console. We will provide more information shortly.

Users of the Admin Console are seeing error messages when accessing the "Apps" section.

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01:35
Mirror your Android device on your Mac or PC with...

There are plenty of ways to mirror your smartphone onto your desktop, but none are as apparently easy (or snappy) as this one. Vysor has been cooked-up by AllCast creator Koush as a seamless way to mirror your Android device's display onto a Window...

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01:25
Amazon brings HDR video streaming to the UK

Sure, Amazon is focusing on Ultra HD (4K) broadcasts for its upcoming streaming content, but that isn't all that the company has on the agenda. Two months after it began supporting high dynamic range (HDR) in the US, Prime members in the UK now hav...

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23:40
Neil Young's Pono is having expansion and...

Neil Young says the Pono music player and its accompanying high-quality music service aren't doing too badly. He also admits, however, that things haven't been easy since he and his team managed to raise $6 million via Kickstarter. In a Facebook po...

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22:00
Olympus' E-M10 II mirrorless camera is small,...

Olympus has had a busy 2015. From the E-M5 Mark II to the Air lens camera, the company's made sure to offer products for every different type of budget and taste. Today, Olympus is keeping this trend going by introducing its OM-D E-M10 II, a compac...

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21:00
Philips' latest Hue kit gives you wireless...

Dimmable lights can add an air of sophistication to your abode, but setting them up? Not fun -- not unless you enjoy messing with home wiring or paying a lot of money. Philips might have a better way, though. It's trotting out a wireless dimming ki...

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20:53
'Bit.Trip' limited vinyl soundtrack loaded...

The folks over at iam8bit have been knocking it out of the park pretty regularly. Earlier this year they released the absolutely gorgeous vinyl edition of the Hotline Miami 2 soundtrack, an equally beautiful video-game world map and during ComicCon...

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20:10
Google can upload your thumb drives to its cloud...

Cloud services are convenient, because you can upload data anytime, anywhere, so long as you have an internet connection. But if you're a developer with terabytes upon terabytes of data, it could become a bit cumbersome. That's why Google has launc...

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20:00
Watch Sony's prototype drone do a vertical...

Here's your first look at the drone Sony's developing with a Tokyo robotics firm under its collab company called Aerosense. The UAV can carry up to 22 pounds, fly continuously for two hours at a speed of 106 miles per hour and, as you can see in th...

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19:45
Players Raiders: FIFA 15 Common Formation And...

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Football 's tactics is to beat his opponent in football game, according to the actual objective and subjective condition, taken by means of individual and collective cooperation and overall performance! As a leader in the FIFA soccer game series in football tactics system is very well developed! we have the tactical play FIFA15 for everyone to do a brief introduction, the specific need the players themselves to the game experience a different tactical play brought a different thrill! Tactics are divided into two blocks: the formation and tactics!
 
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16:32
Rumor: Apple might rent out new San Francisco space...

Piecing together clues about a "mysterious" week-long trade show at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, a report on Monday suggests Apple might have rented out the massive space for its annual iPhone event.

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15:20
Apple issues sixth Xcode 7 beta to developers with...

Apple on Monday released to developers the sixth beta version of its upcoming Xcode 7 coding tool with support for watchOS 2.0 beta, OS X 10.11 beta, and iOS 9 beta 5 SDKs.

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14:49
Apple promoting Apple Music in Snapchat with...

Apple has once again distanced itself from its past efforts in order to market its new Apple Music streaming service. The company has begun promoting the service using a unique geofilter in the popular Snapchat messaging application. The geofilter has showed up in select areas of Los Angeles, including at The Grove mall where an Apple Store is located.

It is unclear if this filter is meant to appear at specific highly populated areas like The Grove or around all Apple Stores. Snapchat began monetizing geofilters as ad units in June. Apple promoted Apple Music in New York City’s Times Square a couple of...

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14:43
Report: Apple Watch will track your health data with...

If 2015 is the year of the smartwatch, then get ready for “smart bands.”

According to 9to5Mac, Apple is already at work on updating the Apple Watch hardware for 2016. In addition to Apple Watch 2, Apple will also unveil a new line of smart bands for the current generation of the Watch. These smart bands will be equipped with sensors designed to track health data in new or more accurate ways.

Last week Czech tech site, Letem Svetem Applem, reported that these smart bands will be released in lieu of new Apple Watch 2 hardware because Apple didn’t believe that people would upgrade their smartwatch annually as likely as they do with their iPhones. But sources told 9to5Mac that both—a new watch and smart bands—are...

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14:38
Apple releases Xcode 7 beta 6 to developers

Apple today released the sixth beta of the upcoming Xcode 7 to developers. The new version is available in Software Update from the Mac App Store, as with all past betas this time around. Xcode 7 is the new SDK version to correspond with the upcoming releases of iOS 9, OS X El Capitan, and WatchOS 2, the first version of the Apple Watch operating system that supports native applications. Apple has not released new iOS 9 and WatchOS 2 betas since early August, while the latest El Capitan seed was provided just last week. Thanks, Joseph.

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14:24
20 Years Later, Windows 95 Launch Brings Tears of...


Twenty years ago Monday, Bill Gates officially released Windows 95, ushering in a new era. The operating system featured a graphical user interface, along with a task bar and multitasking support, and it introduced the now-iconic Start button to launch applications. Those Windows 95 features made using a PC a whole lot easier. The Windows 95 launch also was notable for turning a software release -- an OS at that -- into a major media event. Microsoft pulled out all stops, including having comedian Jay Leno share the stage with Gates.

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14:20
Angela Ahrendts: As back-to-school gift, Apple Watch...

In her latest video to retail store employees, Apple Senior Vice President of Retail and Online Stores Angela Ahrendts discusses upcoming deeper integration of business sales across Apple Retail Stores as well as new back to school sales tactics for the Apple Watch. Currently, sales to small and medium-sized businesses via Apple Stores are mostly handled by a small group of specialized employees. Ahrendts says that she wants all employees to “own” business sales in order to provide a better experience to business customers.

“We want to make sure that were not building two separate teams,” Ahrendts said...

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14:10
AWT News Update: August 24, 2015

What a crazy day for the stock markets around the world, with Apple getting pummeled and then recovering. There's more to that story, as you'll find out:

  • Apple CEO Tim Cook may have violated market "Fair Disclosure" regulations by sending a reassuring email to Jim Cramer this morning
  • A fuel cell for your iPhone? It may happen sooner than you think
  • Some iPhone 6 Plus cameras are taking blurry photos; if your phone is in the proper serial number range and exhibiting the symptoms, you can get it replaced at no charge
  • Big changes in store for the Apple Store

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13:33
Ihnatko: A dozen true things about smartwatches

Andy Ihnatko:

Before I begin what’s going to be a multi-part, in-depth Apple Watch review, I thought it’d be valuable to write down all of the fundamental observations that I believe to be true of all wearables, as of August 2015.

In his usual long-winded but wonderfully entertaining style, Andy Ihnatko makes some great points of what smartwatches need in order for them to be successful.

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13:10
Review: Pad & Quill’s Classic Band dresses Apple...

Like a lot of 9to5Mac readers, I’m generally a purist when it comes to matching Apple hardware with accessories: I prefer iPhones and iPads without cases unless using one of Apple’s iPhone 6 Leather Cases or iPad Air Smart Covers and I can’t resist their overpriced Lightning Docks. If Apple made an Apple Watch Charging Stand, I’d be tempted to toss my Spigen Nightstand in a drawer in favor of the official solution.

And while I own both the Classic Buckle and Milanese Loop Apple Watch bands...

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13:08
Gear: Secur Six-in-One Car Charger

Secur’s Four-in-One Car Charger was an iLounge Best of Show Finalist at this year’s CES, and the company has just released its Six-in-One Car Charger ($40) for the same price. Along with the USB-outlet car charger (which plugs into a car’s cigarette lighter), flashlight, and flashing emergency light found in the Four-in-One edition, the battery gets a bump up to 2000 mAh (or possibly even 2200 mAh, as Secur’s marketing is contradictory).…

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12:49
A week without the Apple Watch

Everyone posts “A week with [insert device here],” but Lee Peterson spent a week without the Apple Watch and missed it. I’ve become dependent on my watch now and wouldn’t want to go a week or a day without it.

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11:51
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 24...

Notable software releases this week include Simon 4.1, Evernote 6.1, and Parallels Desktop 11.

 

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11:51
ExtraBITS for 24 August 2015

In this packed ExtraBITS collection, Intuit is looking to ditch Quicken, The Verge ponders the fallout of the Ashley Madison breach, Adam and Tonya Engst explain the new Take Control Web site on MacVoices, Adobe InDesign takes some flak for failing to install fonts, Apple acknowledges an executive’s history of misogyny, Comcast plans to provide cheap broadband to senior citizens, and the iTunes Music Festival returns with a new name.

 

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11:35
iSight Camera Replacement Program for iPhone 6 Plus

Apple:

Apple 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.

If you have an iPhone 6 Plus, it doesn’t hurt to enter you serial number to check to make sure your iPhone isn’t on the list of affected phones. If it isn’t and you’re still taking blurry photos, you might want to take a photography class.

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11:30
DODOcase Lorna iPhone Wallet Case: Finally, a real...

DODOcase Lorna iPhone Wallet Case. Photo ©2015, Steven Sande. All Rights Reserved.

There are a lot of iPhone cases that offer the opportunity to carry your iPhone as well as your cash and credit cards; I think I’ve personally reviewed well over a hundred of them! But most of these wallets have one problem in common. If you suffer from Fat Wallet Syndrome like I do, they aren’t a solution that is going to allow you to get rid of carrying a “real” wallet. DODOcase has recently introduced the Lorna iPhone Wallet Case ($64.95 for iPhone 6, $74.95 for iPhone 6 Plus), so I decided it was time to see if I could finally put my wallet away.

Design

The Lorna iPhone Wallet Case follows a tried-and-true design for wallet cases; there’s a polycarbonate tray that the iPhone snaps into and a folding exterior cover with slots in it for your cards and cash.

But of course, DODOcase...

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11:30
The Week in iOS Apps: Final Fantasy VII is here!

Final Fantasy VII is here!

This week’s roundup of apps includes one of gamerdom’s favorite offerings, finally fantasizing on your iOS device. Read on!

Final Fantasy VII

Final Fantasy VII dropped this week in the biggest way: Price-wise ($20!), memory-wise (you’ll need 4GB of free space on your iOS device to download it) and pre-established reputation-wise (11 million units of the game were sold before it came to Apple’s mobile platform). If you’ve got the money and the gigabytes, it’s time to say hello again to an old friend.

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11:21
Apple Store Smart Signs will be globally replaced...

Last week, we reported that Apple is preparing to launch a couple of significant changes for Apple Retail stores this upcoming Wednesday. Besides demoting iPods to the accessory shelves on the sides of Apple Stores, Apple will be removing the long-existing iPad-based Smart Signs. These are the iPads that sit alongside iPhones, iPads, and Macs in the stores explaining pricing and other pertinent information. Now, we’ve gathered a few more details. First, sources say that this will be a change across all Apple Stores across the globe, not just stores in the United States. More significantly, we now know what will replace the Smart Sign functionality: new dedicated pricing apps on both in-store Macs and iOS devices…

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11:08
The Apple Watch can grab health data from bands, but...

Last week, Europe-based news website letemsvetemapplem.eu reported that Apple is preparing “Smart Bands” to add additional health tracking sensors to the current-generation Apple Watch. The article went on to say that Apple would release the bands starting next year instead of refreshing the Apple Watch’s core hardware, with speculation that Apple does not believe people will upgrade their Watches annually like iPhones. Based on discussions with our sources, we do not believe this report to be entirely true.

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11:05
Opinion: These are the 10 reasons to upgrade your...

Apple releases at least one new iPhone every year, and the coverage has become predictable: reviews (accurately) herald “the best iPhone yet,” typically based on “small but important changes that refine the user experience.” Based on everything we know about the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, you can expect the same narrative again this year — starting with the obligatory sigh of similarity that precedes the review of every S model, and ending with the common recommendation to “go buy one unless you can wait until next year.”

For professional reasons, I’ve owned every iPhone since the original 2007 model, and upgraded every single year regardless of how small or large the differences were between models. This year, for the first time, I sold off my current-generation iPhone to maximize the cash I’d get towards the purchase of a new model, and as an experiment, I...

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10:52
Tim Cook set to speak at Box’s BoxWorks conference...

Apple hasn’t officially confirmed its expected September 9th iPhone 6S event just yet, but we now know where Tim Cook will be at the end of next month. Box announced today that the Apple CEO will be joining Box CEO Aaron Levie for a fireside chat to open the enterprise cloud service’s BoxWorks conference in California. The conference runs September 28-30 at Moscone Center in San Francisco with Cook’s fireside chat set to take place on September 29th. 

Levie announced Cook’s partcipation in a blog post today:

Tim and I will discuss...

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10:48
Apple Replacing Some iPhone 6 Plus iSight Cameras

Some units of the iPhone 6 Plus manufactured between September 2014 and January 2015 have a faulty component in the iSight camera that causes photos to be blurry. If your iPhone 6 Plus is covered, Apple will replace the camera for free.

 

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10:00
It's time to take Mac gaming to the next level

In an opinion piece for TechRadar, Matthew Bolton says "Macs don't represent a great deal for someone who wants high-end gaming, but they shouldn't be dismissed because of that. The range of games is already strong, and is only going to grow further - and you can run Windows for the rest." 

He notes that big games are coming to Mac more quickly, new indie games tend to hit Mac at the same time, and Mac hardware is looking better and better for gaming. He's right, of course, but I'd love to see Apple make moves to improve gaming on our favorite computing platform. 

1) Offer an Apple joystick/gamepad — or at least the "hooks" so third parties could make 'em. This would require an OS X upgrade. This probably won't happen, but but I know some users are tired of having to jump through a lot of software configuration hoops to play Mac games using a joystick/gamepad rather than the keyboard...

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09:52
Intel: Putting Innovation Back in the Hands of the...


We are living in an amazing time, but many of us seem to take it for granted. We have private spaceships. Self-driving cars are on the road, even though we can't buy them yet, and there are plans for a 12-mile-high inflatable building. Granted, a number of us are kind of convinced it will end up looking like a giant version of the inflatable fan blown stick man that you often see outside of car dealerships. It kind of sounds like one of those ideas folks come up with when they've been partying too much.

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09:51
Apple suppliers Sharp, Foxconn in talks for LCD...

Japanese supplier Sharp is negotiating with Hon Hai Precision Industry -- better known as Foxconn -- on a deal that would see the former spin off its display panel business to create a new joint venture, according to a Monday report.

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09:45
Swatch CEO needs to stop talking and start shipping

In the absence of an actual smartwatch to show off, Swatch CEO Nick Hayek keeps dialing up the anti-Apple rhetoric.

“The Apple watch is an interesting toy, but not a revolution,” Hayek told Swiss newspaper Tages Anzeiger, as translated by The Guardian. Hayek then lamented how most smartwatches must be recharged every night, while promising that Swatch’s eventual smartwatch will include a battery that lasts nine months.

Hayek also said Swatch won’t bother to include any fitness tracking features in its watch, saying he “cannot accept the responsibility of whether my device warns a customer in time before a heart attack.” Nonetheless, Hayek also felt the need to belittle the billion-dollar fitness wearable business, saying that “the user immediately loses control of all their data.” (As...

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09:43
Rumor: Apple to revamp Genius Bar, workshops,...

The Genius Bar and its associated web site might be getting revamped in the new future.

A rumor has stated that Apple will begin changing the Genius Bar and its corresponding web site as of Tuesday, August 25th. Through these changes, Apple reportedly plans to move Genius Bar online appointments pages from their separate “Concierge” site into individual Apple Store pages

The new updated web-based service has also been re-written with a focus on accessibility and mobile devices. “Customers with visual or hearing impairments can more easily use the Concierge system,” Apple wrote in a note to retail employees about the upcoming change. As for...

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09:11
9to5Toys Last Call: MFi iPhone controller $9, Belkin...

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08:51
Review: DODOcase Lorna iPhone Wallet Case for iPhone...

DODOcase's Lorna iPhone Wallet Case for iPhone 6 Plus ($75) is a spacious wallet folio case for iPhone 6 Plus. Lorna iPhone Wallet Case sports a Pergamena leather exterior — the leather only comes from animals that have died naturally or have been raised for food — and a soft cloth interior. An affixed plastic shell keeps the iPhone 6 Plus in place (with no button coverage), and the case comes with four inside pockets. An elastic strap loops around the case to keep it closed when not in use. There's also a Lorna iPhone Wallet Case for iPhone 6 ($65), which includes three pockets, as opposed to four.{/exp:char_limit}
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08:45
Why is Canadian English unique?

BBC:

Some words refer to things Americans don’t seem to have: toque for a kind of fitted knitted hat; poutine, Nanaimo bars, and butter tarts for three of Canada’s great culinary gifts to the world if the world would but accept them; Caesar for a bloody Mary made with clamato juice (tomato plus clam).

These Canadianisms stand as evidence of the difference between Canadian and American culture. It is very important for Canadians to maintain that difference, even if people from Vancouver sound more like people from San Francisco than people from San Francisco sound like people from San Antonio.

Until I moved to the US, I had no idea that Butter Tarts were Canadian. If you get a chance, try them. They are delicious.

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Twelve South has released a software update for BassJump, their portable subwoofer for Macbook. BassJump 3.0 has a radically redesigned interface, and the software refresh makes the BassJump... Read more
Near-Office Input Functionality Virtually Any...
Today Logitech introduced the Logitech K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard and the Logitech M535 Bluetooth Mouse, giving users the freedom to work on any device, most anywhere. According to... Read more
College Student Deals: Additional $100 off Ma...
Take an additional $100 off all MacBooks and iMacs at Best Buy Online with their College Students Deals Savings, valid through September 4, 2015. Anyone with a valid .EDU email address can take... Read more
2.8GHz Mac mini available for $988, includes...
Adorama has the 2.8GHz Mac mini available for $988, $11 off MSRP, including a free copy of Apple’s 3-Year AppleCare Protection Plan. Shipping is free, and Adorama charges sales tax in NY & NJ... Read more
Will You Buy An iPad Pro? – The ‘Book Mystiqu...
It looks like we may not have to wait much longer to see what finally materializes as a new, larger-panel iPad (Pro/Plus?) Usually reliable Apple product prognosticator KGI Securities analyst Ming-... Read more
eFileCabinet Announces SMB Document Managemen...
Electronic document management (EDM) eFileCabinet, Inc., a hosted solutions provider for small to medium businesses, has announced that its SecureDrawer and eFileCabinet Online services will be... Read more
WaterField Designs Unveils American-Made, All...
San Francisco’s WaterField Designs today unveiled their all-leather Cozmo 2.0 — an elegant attach laptop bag with carefully-designed features to suit any business environment. The Cozmo 2.0 is... Read more
Apple’s 2015 Back to School promotion: Free B...
Purchase a new Mac or iPad at The Apple Store for Education and take up to $300 off MSRP. All teachers, students, and staff of any educational institution qualify for the discount. Shipping is free,... Read more

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