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Wednesday August 26

12:32
Pocket 6.0 rolls out for iPhone & iPad with new...

Pocket is one of the most popular read-it-later apps available on iOS, and the service is about to get better (or perhaps worse depending on your viewpoint), with the public launch of recommendations. The feature has been tested in beta for some time, and is now officially out in the wild and will be available to users on iOS, Android and on the web. Pocket describes it as “high-quality content without the noise”.

Recommendations takes the absolute best content being saved across Pocket and tailors it to your own saving and reading habits. The result is a feed that’s completely unique and personalized to you, and is filled with the most interesting articles and videos you might have missed otherwise.

Instead of being a collation of the most viewed web pages from the web, recommendations are based on how popular...

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12:30
The small and powerful Inateck 2-port Rapid Car...

Inateck 2-Port Rapid Car Charger. Photo ©2015, Steven Sande

Size isn't everything (ask Mighty Mouse or Ant-Man if you don't believe me). The Inateck 2-port Rapid Car Charger (US$49.99 MSRP, available on Amazon (affiliate link) for $19.99) is a perfect example of an iOS accessory that doesn't take up a lot of space, but provides a ton of power.

The specs for the 2-port Rapid Car Charger are impressive: 6.6A of current, 33W of power, with a pair of 2.1A 5V USB ports you can plug iPads or other power-hungry devices into. But those two ports only eat up 4.2A of current -- where does the other 2.4A go? 

Easy answer: there's also a 3-foot (1 meter) MFi-compliant Lightning cable for charging your favorite iPhone or iPad. Yes, you could theoretically charge three iPads at the same time with...

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12:16
Opinion: Here’s how both iPhone 6S cameras will...

Apple has called the iPhone “the world’s most popular camera,” a title originally earned by aggregating all iPhones together for counting purposes. But while the exact sales numbers for each iPhone model are difficult to quantify, there’s no question that Apple has already sold over 750 million iPhones, and well over 100 million iPhone 6 devices. Those are huge numbers, and well beyond the typical sales of individual point-and-shoot cameras.

Few people appreciate that growing iPhone demand has created an unusual challenge for Apple: reliably sourcing the tens of millions of parts needed to meet first month demand for tens of millions of iPhones. To that end, Apple’s camera maker Sony had to upgrade its manufacturing plants twice this year to produce more of the CMOS image sensors needed for smartphones including the iPhone. Even with a partner as large as Sony, however, iPhone-specific ...

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12:08
Leaked iPhone 6s media show new icon of “booting...

The part leaks continue and new photos and videos have surfaced showing the components of Apple’s upcoming “iPhone 6s” handset. Specifically, the new photos and videos reveal an iPhone 6s logic board and display assembly paired with a number of iPhone 6 components such as the rear shell and battery to create a device that starts up enough to be able to display a screen showing a booting gear icon.

The leaked video shows the handset booted to its gear screen and then opened, displaying the device’s component parts. Several components such as the rear camera are missing, but there are enough parts present to deliver data to the iPhone 6s display.

According to...

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12:00
Pac-Man Championship Edition DX evolves the classic...

These days, keeping up with games can be a full-time job. So how do you separate the signal from the noise, the wheat from the chaff, the Temple Runs from the Temple Jumps? Allow us to help by regularly selecting a game You Should Play. 

It’s been 35 years since Pac-Man first hit arcades, and Bandai Namco has celebrated the classic chomper’s big birthday in a couple key ways. For example, the company opened a huge Pac-Man-themed arcade restaurant in the Chicago suburbs, and hosted a huge bash that featured original game creator Professor Toru Iwatani. On the other hand, Pac was a big part of this summer’s execrable Adam Sandler film, Pixels

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11:59
No Joke, MultiFab Prints 10 Materials at Once


Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, or CSAIL, this week presented a new MultiFab printer at SIGGRAPH, an annual computer graphics conference. For all of the promise 3D printing has offered, additive manufacturing techniques generally have been limited to one material at a time -- until now. The new multifabrication printer, still under development, boasts the ability to work with up to 10 materials simultaneously, and the implications are huge.

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11:38
Facebook 'M' deploys army of virtual...

In February, a startup introduced Magic, a service that promised that you could order up virtually anything via text message, than have it delivered to your door. It launched, went viral, then...faded. Now Facebook wants to do Magic one better.

As of today, Facebook is launching a trial of M, a service that lives on top of its Messenger application in iOS and Android. Dial M for Messenger, as it were, and a hybrid team of algorithms and real-life assistants promises to help you with your mundane tasks. To try the new service, users can tap a small button at the bottom of the Messenger app to send a note to M. (If you use Messenger, you may already be signed up for the trial.)

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11:36
IDC speculates an Apple 'iPad Pro' could...

If Apple releases a "larger, screen-detachable" iPad in the near future it could help invigorate the once-quiet 2-in-1 tablet market, IDC suggested in a Wednesday research report.

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11:30
Brand photos easily with Watermarker 2 for Mac

This week's featured app review is Watermarker 2 ($14.99, free trial available), a Mac app which lets you easily add pro watermarks to your images. I played with it for a few days and found that it works quite well and has nice time-saving features. Here's our look at Watermaker 2.

To begin, click the "+" in the upper right-hand corner to import your image. From there, you've got several options for marking up your photo:

  • Add a custom logo
  • Make an "X" strikethrough, with control over color, thickness and opacity
  • Add custom text
  • Add a square or circle (again, with control over appearance and placement)
  • Place an arrow
  • Pixelate an area

Choose one mark from the list above or any combination thereof. It's really simple and I had the whole thing figured out in about 60 seconds.

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10:59
Happy Hour Podcast 029 | Tim Cook saves the market,...

Another week in the world of Apple and it looks like Tim Cook may have violated some important SEC regulations. Along with that, there has been major demand for Apple Watch, but not where you’d expect it. Oh, and remember Bendgate? Looks like it won’t affect the iPhone 6S. The Happy Hour podcast is available for download on iTunes and through our dedicated RSS feed.

New episodes of Happy Hour are available every Wednesday. As mentioned, you can download this podcast via iTunes or plug in our RSS feed link...

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10:48
Facebook debuts Siri competitor ‘M’ built into...

Facebook today confirmed previous rumors that it was developing a Messenger-based virtual assistant codenamed “Moneypenny.” The software was debuted today under the name “M,” and will be available in a very limited release to users in the Bay Area starting today.

As explained in the original rumor, M isn’t just powered a computer parsing speech and trying to make sense of questions and commands. On the other side of the system is a group of human beings who can help answer queries when the machine is unable to.

Users...

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10:46
Windows 10 adoption up to 75M devices nearly one...

Adoption of Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system has already hit 75 million devices nearing the end of its first month, a marketing executive announced on Wednesday.

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10:31
Adobe details ‘Project Rigel’ image retouching app...

Ahead of its annual Max conference in October, Adobe is talking up its new photo retouching app dubbed Project Rigel that is expected to debut at the event this fall. As we learned in late May, Project Rigel is a new Adobe mobile app in development set to replace and improve the image retouching tools previously available in the discontinued Photoshop Touch iOS app. 

Photoshop has long been the go-to image editor for pros on the desktop, but trying to bundle the best of its functionality into a single mobile app designed for...

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10:16
14 Foxconn employees imprisoned for jailbreaking,...

Fourteen former and current Foxconn employees have been sentenced to prison for jailbreaking and selling more than 9,000 iPhones bought from the US and selling them for higher prices in China, according to Tencent Tech, the technology news section of Tencent, a major Chinese web portal. 

The 14 were charged with illegally accessing computer data at Foxconn, the Taiwanese company best known for making Apple devices. The convicts alleged used knowledge gained at the company to break into the iPhone network authentication server system to unlock the phones,according to Tencent Tech (as noted by BrightWire.com, a global investment newswire).

The group made more than CNY 3 million (about US$470,000) from the deals, the article adds. The convicts — who received fines ranging from CNY 20,000 to CNY 1 million — are from Foxconn's factories in the cities of Zhengzhou and Shenzhen.

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10:08
Cortana Cozies Up to Android Users


Microsoft on Monday released a public beta of its Cortana personal assistant for Android.
The Cortana app can do most of the things Cortana does on users' Windows: set and get reminders; search the Web on the go; track information such as flight details; and begin and complete tasks across all a user's devices. Cortana will find answers on the Web in response to spoken or typed requests, including things like sports scores, movie times, where to find a particular kind of restaurant, and other factual information.

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10:00
The Week in iOS Accessories: PhoneSoap charges and...

Charging and sanitizing your phone

This week’s roundup of accessories includes a device we’d never before considered: One that cleans your phone while charging it. Check out PhoneSoap and the rest of the week’s accessories.

BricWave

The $199 RCSU Utility Power Pack can recharge your iPhone, your iPad—or your car’s battery. “With the power below 25 percent, its 10,000-mAh battery is capable of starting the average car over 50 times by delivering 400A jump current.” But mostly it’s for your mobile devices; it has two USB ports so you can charge your iPhone and iPad at the same time.

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09:24
Positive Grid adds studio racks to BIAS FX iPad

Now you can expand BIAS FX iPad with five of the most sought-after studio racks based on the LA2A Compressor, PSA-1 Preamp, Manley EQ, Echoplex and Dual Spring Reverb. The new studio racks can be integrated with BIAS Amp models, run into two different signal chains, and share and download on ToneCloud.

I really do like BIAS and use it all the time.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:23
Apple’s Tim Cook says student have right to “great...

ABC News:

Apple CEO Tim Cook is focusing on an academic revolution that aims to prepare these students for the 21st century.

The tech giant is part of the White House initiative known as ConnectED. The goal of the program is to connect 99 percent of U.S. schools to good technology.

“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.

It’s great when Apple’s goals – selling products – mesh with the common good of better education. But I get a strong sense that Cook would be involved in these kinds of issues whether or not Apple was selling iPads to schools. He’s absolutely right that a good education is the key to many childrens’ future.

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09:20
Coin 2.0 credit card replacement announced with NFC...

Just after the Coin credit card replacement began shipping to early adopters, the company has announced a new next-generation model with a number of changes, including support for NFC tap-to-pay functionality, available for preorder now, and as a free upgrade for existing users.

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09:04
9to5Toys Last Call: 15″ Retina MacBook Pro (2014) 2....

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Today’s can’t miss deals
Last Call Updates:
VIZIO 49-inch 120Hz 4K LED Smart HDTV...

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09:03
Former TSMC engineer gave secret process technology...

An engineer who left chipmaker TSMC for a new job at rival Samsung's foundry division illegally passed trade secrets to the South Korean firm, Taiwan's Supreme Court said in a Wednesday ruling.

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08:37
watchOS 2, Best Buy expansion expected to boost...

Investment firm J.P. Morgan believes sales of the Apple Watch will see a boost from two key events this fall --?the launch of watchOS 2 with support for native third-party apps, and a retail expansion to all Best Buy locations.

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07:37
Trade secrets stolen from TSMC helped Samsung win...

Taiwan’s top court has ruled that former TSMC R&D director Liang Mong-song revealed to Samsung trade secrets that enabled it to copy the chipmaker’s FinFET manufacturing processes, reports DigiTimes. The processes are used by both companies to produce the A9 chips used in the upcoming new iPhones.

It was recently suggested that Apple was playing off the two companies against each other, with Samsung reportedly offering discounted prices in order to “grab the majority of A9 chip orders.”

The ruling of the second-instance court was...

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07:22
Best Buy deepens links to Apple, says watch has been...

Was this part of the original Apple Watch marketing plan? This story feels very fluid, facts changing as if the strategy is still forming.

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07:21
Swatch insists 'one more thing' trademark...

Swatch's Swiss trademark on the term "one more thing" is really a reference to a line from the TV show Columbo, according to a spokesperson for the watchmaker.

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07:08
Opinion: With Apple Music launched, it’s time for...

I love AirPlay. It’s simple and elegant. It also means that my elderly but much-loved B&O Ouverture hifi system (with BeoLab 6000 speakers) – which is actually so old that it has a cassette deck – needed only a low-cost WiFi audio receiver to allow it to wirelessly stream music from my MacBook Pro. One $40 add-on and a 20-year-old hifi became bang up to date in its capabilities.

With my particular setup, AirPlay does exactly what we expect of Apple products: It Just Works. I open iTunes, select ‘B&O’ from the speaker output menu, and anything I play in iTunes – whether from my own music library or streamed from Apple Music – plays through the hifi, while system sounds continue to play through the Mac speakers. My partner can stream her own music from her iPad or iPhone just...

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07:07
How to disable El Capitan cursor shake-to-zoom...

In OS X El Capitan, when you shake the cursor (rapidly move the cursor back and forth), the OS will replace the cursor with a much larger version until you stop the shaking. This is really useful if you have a hard to see cursor (like a cross hair cursor, for example) or encounter a software bug that temporarily makes the cursor invisible.

Don’t like the feature? Perhaps you are an avid gamer and find it comes up at an inopportune time? No matter, easy enough to make it disappear.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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06:30
myTuner Radio for Mac OS X is a cool companion for...

If Apple Music doesn't satisfy all your music listening needs, AppGeneration's myTuner Radio app  for Mac OS X is a nice complement to the music service. 

After downloading it from the Mac App Store, the app offers easy access to 30,000 live radio stations from more than 120 countries. myTuner Radio is accessed via an icon in the menu bar, so it doesn't take up much screen real estate. 

With myTuner Radio, you can find stations that play everything from bluegrass to hip hop to sports news. You can search for radio stations by city, country, genre or artist, then save the ones you like as favorites, so they'll always be handy. You can even record radio stations.

You can share your favorite stations with others via SMS, email, Facebook, and Twitter. What's more, you listen to a sample of the most played songs on the radio.

If...

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06:27
IDC: the 'iPad Pro' will likely be a...

International Data Corp. thinks that the rumored "iPad Pro" will be a "detachable" device, a hybrid tablet/laptop along the lines of Microsoft's Surface devices. As I've said before, I'm dubious, but IDC's theory is an increasingly popular one. 

The research group says that tablet shipments, inclusive of 2-in-1 devices, are expected to decline -8.0% in 2015, representing a notable slowdown from IDC's previous forecast of -3.8%. Shipments are now expected to reach 212 million with the vast majority being pure slate tablets.

The overall trajectory of the tablet market has not changed significantly over the past year and a half, but the 2-in-1 segment, also referred to as detachables, is starting to gain traction, says IDC. While the 2-in-1 form factor is not new, OEMs [original equipment manufacturers] are getting more serious...

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06:09
PC shipments to shrink through 2016 (but you can...

Global shipments of PCs — as in "personal computer" as opposed to Windows computers — will fall by -8.7% in 2015 and not stabilize until 2017, according to the latest data from International Data Corp. However, the Sellers Research Group (that's me) says the Mac will defy this trend.

The latest IDC forecast has PC growth declining through 2016 – which will make five years of declining shipments. However, Macs have gained global market share for 33 out of the last 34 quarters. With the "halo effect" of iPhones, iPads (yes, iPads — the tablet is far from dead), and Apple Watches, that trend should continue.

Meanwhile, overall PC growth should resume in 2017, led by the commercial market, while consumer volume continues a small decline through the end of the forecast in 2019, according to IDC. Although the research had expected the second quarter of 2015 to be a transition period as...

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05:30
I want the 35-inch iMac with 10x stereo speakers...

Over a year ago, Apple fan and artist, Kurt Merki Jr., dreamed up a concept desktop that incorporates features of the iMac, the Mac Pro, and the Apple Thunderbolt Display. I've never forgotten the mock-up — and I still long for an iMac based on the concept.

Merki's "iPro" sports a 35-inch OLED display with almost 4K resolution (3382 x 1964) that rests on a unibody base capable of incorporating two new Mac Pro models, as well as additional components including up to four extra hard drives, a ventilation system and a drool-worthy sound system. The iPro also has a variety of connectivity options, including four Thunderbolt ports and eight USB 3.0 ports.



A tilt button in the front lets users move the display 20 degrees back and forth for optimal viewing angles, and makes sure the desktop doesn’t tip over. The "iPro"...

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04:37
Best Buy CEO announces Apple Watch will be available...

It looks like you’ll be able to snag an Apple Watch at every Best Buy location in the relatively near future.

Albeit Apple has been pretty quiet about the Apple Watch’s sales numbers, Best Buy’s CEO has stated that the device 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. As of Tuesday, Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly said that Apple Watch demand has been “so strong” both online and in stores as the retailer plans to carry the smartwatch at even more locations.

Joly declared this during the...

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04:22
PSA: Another way to bypass the ad blocker in iOS 9...

As I mentioned back in June, the ‘content blocker‘ (read: ad blocker) feature of Safari in iOS 9 poses a big threat to free, ad-supported sites like this one. No ad revenue equals no money to pay for such luxuries as servers and writers.

Whitelisting the sites you want to support is the easy option, but John Gruber noticed a reference in the Finer Tech...

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03:57
Want connected car features without splashing out on...

If you feel a tinge of tech envy over the connected car features offered by many recent cars, but not enough to splash out on a new one (or you’re holding out for an Apple Car), Verizon’s $15/month Hum service could plug the gap.

Subscribers simply install hum through an onboard diagnostic (OBD) reader that is plugged into the vehicle’s OBD port, and a Bluetooth-enabled device that is clipped to the visor. The monthly subscription also includes a smartphone app allowing subscribers to monitor their vehicle health, contact help, and manage maintenance needs, even when they are not behind the wheel.

If the system detects an accident, it will automatically contact a response center, which will use the Bluetooth speakerphone unit to ask you to confirm that you need help. If you do,...

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03:27
'Angry Birds' studio cuts another 260 jobs

The firm behind Angry Birds has announced that it's laying off a further 260 employees as it attempts to become a smaller and more profitable company. CEO Pekka Rantala admits that Rovio was too eager to "explore new business opportunities," which...

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01:08
Pourquoi choisir Remy perruques de cheveux?

Forums: NetworkingTags: perruques

Pourquoi choisir remy perruques synthétiques? Tout simplement parce qu'ils sont les meilleurs. La plus haute qualité et les meilleures perruques prospectifs sont perruques de cheveux remy. Perruques sont portés pour un certain nombre de raisons sociales, culturelles et esthétiques et il ya beaucoup de différents types de coiffures améliorant artificiellement. Vous pouvez ajouter des cheveux supplémentaire pour les cheveux existants ou couvrir complètement vos cheveux naturels en utilisant autre chose, comme une perruque ou un postiche naturel ou synthétique.

Ajout de cheveux supplémentaire est principalement pour attrait esthétique ajoutée,...

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Tuesday August 25

21:17
Killer Deal: $750 off Apple's 15" MacBook...

Apple authorized resellers B&H & Adorama are slashing Apple's mid-2014 MacBook Pro by $750 to its lowest price ever of $1,749 with a free notebook sleeve, free shipping and no sales tax collected outside NY.

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19:55
Tim Cook awarded $58M of Apple stock for performance...

As noted in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission today, Tim Cook on Monday was awarded 560,000 restricted Apple stock units. Cook was given these stocks as time and performance awards. At Apple’s stock price at the end of day Tuesday of $103.12, those stocks are worth roughly $57.5 million.

Cook chose not to sell any vested restricted stock units, although 290,836 were withheld by Apple to keep in line with minimum statutory tax withholding requirements.

In order for these restricted units to vest, Apple’s TSR performance had to fall in the top third of companies in the S&P 500. According to the SEC documents, Apple 76 percent TSR performance ranked 46th, meaning that...

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19:29
Apple's Cook awarded $58M worth of AAPL stock...

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Monday acquired 560,000 vested restricted stock units, split evenly between time- and performance-based awards, worth nearly $58 million, according to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

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18:53
Apple redesigns Workshops scheduling system in minor...

Apple on Tuesday rolled out a small change to its newly integrated website, allowing customers to easily browse and schedule Workshop appointments with in-store staff at participating brick-and-mortar stores.

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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

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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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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,...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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05:42
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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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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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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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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My Country 3D is More About Cities than...
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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
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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
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