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Friday August 21

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

This might be worth snagging.

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

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

A slew...

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

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

 

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08:16
MiStand+ Aluminium Tablet Stand

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

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08:08
∞ New iPhone Apple Pay ad

There’s a completely different feel to this ad.

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08:00
iOS 9 and proactive intelligence

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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07:47
How to use Apple Watch Maps for navigation and...

If you’ve still not spent quality time with the Apple Watch Maps app, this is well worth the read.

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07:43
Swatch grabs trademark for Jobs’ “One More Thing”...
07:40
JFK airport displays actual security wait time using...
07:33
Samsung to let iPhone users try their phones for $1

Clever? Desperate? Maybe both.

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07:21
Swatch grabs ‘One More Thing’ trademarks as apparent...

Swatch, apparently threatened by Apple’s recent forays into watchmaking, has taken another legal step seemingly aimed at tweaking Cupertino: registration of two “One More Thing” trademarks, a catch phrase famously associated with former Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ keynote speeches.

Discovered this week by Wirtschaft and noted by Patently Apple, the trademarks “One More Thing” (1261461) and “Swatch One More Thing” (1261460) appear to have been filed for in November of 2014, published in Switzerland this May, and registered across 44 countries yesterday. Swatch has...

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07:20
Daimler CEO leaves door open to 'different...

Daimler is open to "different types" of cooperation with Apple and Google, with the understanding their technology could be essential to future cars, Daimler's CEO said in a magazine interview published on Friday.

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07:15
50% off Take Control books for 3 more days, and one...

Turns out Take Control Books is having a back to school sale, 50% off all their books through August 24th. Take a look.

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07:00
The Field Tote is rugged, handsome — and manly

Hey, men, WaterField Designs' US$119 Field Tote is a manly tote that's rugged and handsome and manly and …

Well, okay, it's basically a man purse. But — darn it! — it's still manly. Made of waxed canvas and full grain, distressed leather, the Field Tote has the looks, size and features for guys to use professionally or casually. Though it only weighs one pound, you can pack a lot of gear into this baby when you're hitting the road. It's flexible enough that, when empty, can be folded and stuffed inside another bag such as a suitcase.

The leather handles are long enough to sling the Field Tote over your shoulder. Yet they're short enough that you can carry the tote by your side without it dragging the ground. 

You can stow your MacBook or iPad in the Field Tote or stuff in your gym towels or magazines. There's a quick access pouch...

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05:55
MDM Vulnerability In Apple iOS Sandbox Facilitates...

An anonymous reader writes: A vulnerability in Apple's iOS sandbox, which could affect personal information as well as configuration settings, has been discovered by Appthority's Enterprise Mobility Threat Team. It affects all mobile device management (MDM) clients, and any mobile applications distributed by an MDM that use the "Managed App Configuration" setting for private data. An attacker could potentially create a rogue app, perhaps masquerading as a productivity tool to increase the chances of it getting installed, and then distribute the attack by means of the iTunes store or "spear fishing" email attacks.


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05:38
AppleInsider podcast talks 'Apple Car'...

Get all caught up on the latest "Apple Car," Apple TV, and "iPhone 6s" rumors on this week's all-new AppleInsider podcast. Mikey also shares his experiences with the HomeKit-connected iHome smart plug, Neil gives his impressions of a unique new tethered drone, and Shane extolls the potential of Force Touch input.

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05:25
With iPhone 6S release imminent, fate of 4 inch ‘...

We are just weeks away from the launch of the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, Apple’s newest addition to the iPhone lineup, but the fate of the iPhone 5c successor, a new 4-inch iPhone dubbed by the rumor mill as the ‘iPhone 6c’, remains unclear.

When Apple upped the screen sizes last year, it did not offer an update to the iPhone 5c. This has led much speculation that Apple was saving an update for the 4-inch iPhone to next year to allow the big screened iPhone 6 take the limelight. Since then, there has been many conflicting reports over the release of Apple’s next 4-inch iPhone. A Chinese media report indicates that Apple will actually release a smaller iPhone 6c in November.

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03:55
Hands-on with Spotlight in El Capitan: Location info...

Apple recently released the public beta of El Capitan, and users other than those with developer accounts can try out the software before release. (Find out about Apple’s public beta program.)

I took a close look at Spotlight in Yosemite recently. It’s time for a first look at Spotlight, which gets some new features in El Capitan. Don’t forget that things may change between now and the official release in the fall.

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03:30
Are this summer's blockbuster movie games any...

Good movies, good games?

Once upon a time, truly not that long ago, nearly every big Hollywood movie release came with a console and portable game to match. They were often expensive ($50-60) and rarely very good, so the reputation of terrible movie games grew and lingered.

Nowadays, with the rise of mobile gaming, film studios have found it much more beneficial to release iOS games—usually free-to-play ones, too—to promote their flicks with less expense and many more potential players to reach. But are these games any good? Well, sometimes—but the middling reputation from the console days hasn’t disappeared. Here’s a look at the biggest iOS movie games of summer 2015, and whether they lived up to their namesakes.

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00:01
SMART Technologies Kapp IQ Digital Whiteboard

Video

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Thursday August 20

21:59
Samsung debuts ‘Ultimate Test Drive’ program, giving...

Samsung has launched a new promotional offer aimed squarely at iPhone owners. In a bid to attract Apple’s users to the latest lineup of Galaxy smartphones, the South Korean competitor will now let iPhone users take one of three new models for the “ultimate test drive” for a full month.

In order to qualify for this offer, customers will need to visit a special Samsung website from their iPhone. Using a desktop browser will notify potential switchers that they need...

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21:37
Samsung offers iPhone users free 30-day test drive...

Samsung on Thursday announced a new initiative designed to steal away users of Apple's iPhone, offering current owners of the device a virtually free 30-day "test drive" with one of its latest Galaxy handsets.

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20:16
Nothing Could Be Finer Than Point Linux


Point Linux 3.0, dubbed "Agni," combines a solid operating system with a traditional no-frills approach to performance and reliability. In several ways, Point Linux belies the criticisms of Linux desktop newcomers who find that Linux not simple and straightforward to use. Point Linux is easy to install. It has a clear interface. Everything works out of the box. Two reasons for this glowing assessment are Point's roots in Debian GNU/Linux and its integration of either the GNOME 2 fork desktop MATE or a slightly tweaked version of Xfce.

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18:19
Apple Pay is focus of latest 'If it's not...

Apple on Thursday released a new television commercial as part of its "If it's not an iPhone" campaign, this time throwing a spotlight on the smartphone's Apple Pay touchless payment capabilities.

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17:46
Apple shares new “If it’s not an iPhone, it’s not an...

Further expanding on its recent “If it’s not an iPhone, it’s not an iPhone” ad campaign, Apple today has uploaded a new iPhone ad to its YouTube channel. This ad highlights Apple Pay, Apple’s contactless payment solution. The ad marks the first time Apple itself has advertised Apple Pay, although some banks and credit cards have run Apple Pay ads independently.

In the ad, Apple touts that using Apple Pay is more secure than using a credit card, in addition it being faster and simpler than other payment methods. Apple also highlights the fact that Apple Pay is supported in over 1 million stores and counting.

Apple Pay is a faster, easier and safer way to pay for the things you need...

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16:37
Ashley Madison Hackers: Catch Them if You Can


The Ashley Madison hacker gang will be tough to apprehend, based on our informal survey of security experts. The hackers this week dumped nearly 10 gigabytes of stolen personal data onto the Web -- details gleaned from accounts established on the site, which is dedicated to matching up people who want to engage in extramarital affairs. "In this case, the hackers seemed to have taken all necessary precautions to protect their anonymity while utilizing the Dark Web via Tor," said Troy Gill, a senior security analyst with AppRiver.

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16:00
AWT News Update: August 20, 2015

Today was a rather slow news day, but here's what we dug up for you!

  • Yahoo updated the Yahoo Weather app for iOS to provide near-term rain and snow alerts
  • Swatch gets a Swiss Trademark for "one more thing". Jerks
  • And a Think Different Thursday accessibility update from Alex Jurgensen, this week covering "LED flash for alerts"

The podcast transcript can be found below.

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is a short AWT News Update for August 20, 2015.

With Winter on the way, Yahoo has updated its Yahoo Weather app for iOS with near-term rain and snow alerts. What does that mean? Well, 15 minutes before rain or snow is scheduled to begin, you’ll get an alert. That’s somewhat better than apps like...

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15:43
Apple TV outsold by Amazon’s Fire TV in 2014, now...

According to recent data released by Parks Associates, Apple TV currently is the fourth most popular streaming media device based on 2014 sales, down from third place in 2013. Roku, according to the data, is the most popular streaming media device manufacturer with 34 percent of the market, while Google’s Chromecast accounted for 23 percent of sales.

Apple TV’s fall from third to fourth in 2014 is largely due to the introduction of...

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15:15
With streaming media devices on the rise, a new...

Apple will reportedly debut a new, impressively revamped Apple TV at a September event, though the company hasn't firmed this. Hopefully the rumor is true because Apple's set-top box needs something to beef up sales. 

A new Parks Associates report on streaming media devices reports four brands – Amazon, Apple, Google, and Roku – accounted for 86 percent of all units sold to U.S. broadband households in 2014. Roku continues to lead streaming media device sales in the U.S. with 34 percent of units sold in 2014. Google is second with 23%, and new entrant Amazon overtook Apple for third place, says Barbara Kraus, director of Research, Parks Associates. 

On the other hand, the Parks Associates report says that Google Chromecast has 19 percent of the market, the Apple TV has 17 percent, and Amazon Fire TV devices have 14...

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14:36
Apple TV sales slip to fourth place in US streaming...

According to research released Thursday, Apple TV was overtaken by upstart Amazon in the U.S. streaming device marketplace during 2014, dropping Apple's offering to fourth place in a burgeoning sector it helped create.

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14:10
Giphy Cam app makes creating a GIF as simple as...

Giphy started out as a platform for finding the perfect GIF to share with friends. Now Giphy is out to make your everyday a GIF-able moment.

On Wednesday, Giphy released a brand-new iOS app, Giphy Cam, for creating GIFs. The free Giphy Cam app uses your iPhone’s front-facing or rear camera to record 5-second clips that are automatically looped. You can send these GIFs via iMessage, share them on social media like Twitter or Instagram, save to the Camera Roll, or AirDrop them from your phone to your desktop and embed them in a blog post. 

“Giphy has always wanted to solve the problem of finding GIFs online and making it easy to share them anywhere, which is clear from our work with messenger apps and communications platforms,” Julie Logan, Queen Glitter Bomb (?) at Giphy, told TechCrunch. “The next natural step was...

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14:07
Devs Get to Poke Around With Marshmallow


Google on Monday announced the official SDK for Android 6.0, aka "Marshmallow." It also opened Google Play for devs to publish apps that target the new API Level 23 in Marshmallow. Google further updated the Android Support Library to v23, giving devs an easier way to make new platform APIs, such as permissions and fingerprint support, backward compatible. "Google is more interested in the journey than the destination," said Ryan Martin, an analyst at 451 Research.

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13:45
Dubai Apple Store opening pushed back to at least...

The launch of a Dubai Apple Store -- the company's first in the United Arab Emirates and the Middle East, outside of Turkey -- is being delayed by at least a month, a report said on Thursday.

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13:04
Review: iHome’s Siri-controlled SmartPlug lets you...

Smart plugs aren’t exactly new. Belkin has its WeMo platform of connected home devices including its Wi-Fi-enabled ‘Insight Switch’, an iPhone app-controlled outlet, and others have similar competing products. But iHome’s new SmartPlug is one of the first arriving for Apple’s recently launched Siri-controlled HomeKit platform. I’ve been testing out the product in recent weeks to see exactly what HomeKit adds to the experience and to get a real world taste of Apple’s home...

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12:47
How-To: Get the best iPhone trade-in price deal to...

Apple releases new iPhones every September, guaranteeing that a massive number of old iPhones will be traded in or sold. The rush is about to start, dramatically changing the market for used iPhones, so I wanted to help you stay ahead of the curve and get the best deal possible. Having just sold my own iPhone 6 Plus to upgrade to a newer model, I have some strong opinions about your smartest options.

Below, I’ve put together a guide to some of the iPhone selling and trade-in options you should consider. There’s no single “right” answer, since some options trade greater convenience for lower prices, and others have higher prices but greater risks or hassles. You can choose the one that’s best for your needs, but whatever you do, make your choice before iPhone values begin to fall…

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12:37
Apple commissions manmade floral art to promote...

A new marketing installation commissioned by Apple is filling all 24 windows of London's Selfridges department store with manmade flowers, each matched to the faces of the Apple Watch.

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12:12
Apple Watch takes over Selfridges in London with eye...

Apple has long been known to extravagantly deck out its own retail stores with eye-catching window displays featuring flagship products at key times, and unsurprisingly it’s treating the 24 window displays that wrap around Selfridges’ high-end retail store in London just the same. Profiled today by Wallpaper.com, the massive display of detailed floral shots easily catches the attention of window shoppers to advertise the Apple Watch. The profile also shows previous themes used by Apple to advertise the Apple Watch’s availability at the high-end retailer and includes some interesting details about the display as well:...

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11:56
Spotify's new privacy policy gets all up in...

Spotify wants to cozy up to you and find out more about what you do, where you go, who your contacts are. Does that make you uncomfortable?

The streaming music service just updated its privacy policy with some major changes, first noticed by Forbes. Now Spotify is requesting access to other parts of your phone, like your contacts, your photos, your “media files” (though it doesn’t specify which ones), and your phone’s sensors. Here are the relevant parts:

3.3 Information Stored on Your Mobile Device

With your permission, we may collect information stored on your mobile device, such as contacts, photos, or media files. Local law may require that you seek the consent of your contacts to provide their personal information to Spotify, which may use that information...

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11:33
Future Chrome for Mac update may solve problems with...

A test build of Google's forthcoming Chrome 46 makes substantial improvements to the performance of the Web browser on the Mac, according to one early glimpse at the software.

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11:11
Apple Watch How-To: Use Maps for navigation and...

Apple Watch comes with Apple Maps, which allows you to find your current location, pan and zoom around on the area, search the map, get information about a location, call a location, get directions, and more. One of the benefits of having Maps on the watch is that it allows you to get directions without needing to pull out your iPhone, especially if you happen to be lost or in a sketchy neighborhood. In this how-to article, we will discuss how to use Apple Maps on the Apple Watch.

There are several different ways to open up Maps on the Apple Watch. You can open the app by tapping on the icon on the home screen after clicking the Digital Crown from the watch face, use Siri to open Maps by...

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11:08
Swatch looks to trademark 'one more thing...

Swiss watch brand Swatch has acquired a trademark on the phrase "one more thing," an expression often used during Apple press events by the company's late cofounder Steve Jobs.

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10:56
Razer Can't Wait to Intro Its Unnamed VR Camera...


Razer on Tuesday introduced a camera that incorporates Intel's RealSense technology, suggesting use cases as a depth-sensing accessory in PC gaming and beyond. The company described its camera concept at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, which was chock-full of big announcements. Intel updated developers on its efforts in the wearables market, and it introduced its solution for security in the Internet of Things space: enhanced privacy identification, or EPID, technology, which will secure IoT devices.

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10:56
Google Photos will now automatically surface...

The revamped Google Photos service that was introduced at I/O this year is already one of our favorite ways to manage our ever-growing image collections, and Google keeps on adding features to make it better. The latest is a new tool that lets you...

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10:40
Winter is coming: Yahoo Weather app adds near-term...

Yahoo is today updating its Yahoo Weather app for iOS with near-term rain and snow alerts (not that we needed a reminder that summer is nearly over). With the updated app, users will receive alerts for rain and snow 15 minutes before an expected downpour.

In addition to the new weather alerts, Yahoo notes that the app is now more accurate with improvements made to the methods it uses to “determine and serve forecasts.” As an example, Yahoo says the app will now “even zoom in on microclimates.”

The updated Yahoo Weather app with rain and snow alerts, version 1.8, is available for iPhone and iPad...

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10:25
Parallels Desktop 11

Adds support for Windows 10 and OS X 10.11 El Capitan, plus brings a new subscription-based Pro Edition designed for developers. ($79.99 new for standard edition, $99.99 annual subscription for Pro Edition, $49.99 upgrade)

 

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10:03
Adobe Social gaining Aviary’s photo editing features...

Adobe announced almost one year ago that it had acquired the team behind the popular image editing app Aviary, and since then the iPhone app has picked up Adobe ID support for syncing editing supplies with Creative Cloud and joined the Creative SDK. Now Adobe is tying Aviary’s tools like text adding and filter adjustments to ...

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09:44
Deals: $999 loaded 11" MacBook Air, $1,785 15...

This week, we've brought back some of last month's most popular offers while extending several others, such as a fully-loaded 11" MacBook Air for $999 ($650 off), the new 15" MacBook Pro for $1,785 ($214 off), a near fully-loaded, early 2015 13" MacBook Pro with AppleCare for $2,148.00 ($300 off) and Dell's Ultra HD 4K display for $499.99 ($200 off).

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09:23
1Password iOS update improves Apple Watch &...

A nice update is awaiting 1Password users on iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch today as the password management app has enhanced a few key parts of the experience. On the iPhone 5s and later plus iPad min 3/iPad Air 2, 1Password’s login screen now features a Touch ID button under the Master Password field so you can choose to sign in using your finger print even if you accidentally hit cancel on the first request. Tapping the fingerprint button prompts the system Touch ID unlock screen.

Also useful for Touch ID users on iOS is an improvement to how the app can stay unlocked between uses in different apps. Previously 1Password’s extension in other apps required being unlocked by password, passcode, or Touch ID each time, but now the 1Password extension and 1Password app share the same unlock time...

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09:03
With iOS 8.4.1, Apple patches app sandbox...

Last week's release of iOS 8.4.1 brought more than just Apple Music fixes -- it also patched a previously undisclosed hole in the app sandbox that made it possible for iOS devices operating in managed environments to unknowingly leak configuration and credential data to other third-party apps.

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09:00
9to5Toys Last Call: 12-inch 256GB MacBook $1,149, 3-...

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09:00
My crystal ball says no Skylake-equipped Macs before...

Intel has given some details about its upcoming Skylake processors, sharing some info of the processor's architecture. What we don't know is when we'll see it in Macs, though I'm not expecting that to happen this year.

Reducing power consumption is Intel's top priority for Skylake. The company is also reducing the size of the processor, resulting in smaller motherboards. What's more, the next gen Intel chip is touted to provide gains of 10x or more and support DDR4 RAM for further speed improvements. However, there are other cool features — assuming the rumors are true.

For example, Skylake will purportedly bring wireless charging and data transfers by adopting the WiGig standard — a technology that enables gigabit-speed communications without using wires. This will form the basis of the wireless docking capability. And perhaps wireless display...

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08:53
Intel moves closer to Skylake launch date, new...

Intel’s getting closer to a launch date on Skylake, which might be a pretty drool-worthy processor.

The company in the meantime shared a variety of details about the platform. Skylake processors will, for instance, use a technology called Speed Shift to dynamically change power state and reduce consumption.

The processor will feature planned performance boosts, but will also use “eDRAM+,” a fully coherent form of cache memory that can work for the CPU and not just integrated graphics. eDRAM+ will also be used in more chips than eDRAM, and in 64- and 128-megabyte sizes.

A new extension technology, SGX — Software Guard...

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08:33
Apple Music, the Ultimate Guide

Serenity knows her stuff, there’s a lot of detail on setup and troubleshooting, it looks great, and it’s only $4.99.

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08:31
Flash’s demise continues as Amazon stops accepting...

Amazon may have been Apple’s target when it unveiled its iBooks Store alongside the iPad in 2010, but the digital retail giant’s latest move is helping fulfill Steve Jobs’ vision of a web without Flash. Amazon Advertising issued an update to its technical guidelines today declaring that it will stop accepting Flash-based ads starting next month. Adobe cited “recent browser setting updates from Google Chrome, and existing browser settings from Mozilla Firefox and Apple Safari” that interfere with displaying Flash ads....

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08:26
Apple Watch sales expand to more third-party...

On Thursday Apple continued to expand the number of third-party vendors for the Apple Watch, adding France's Fnac to the list of retailers, though initially only in a limited fashion.

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08:21
Rolling Stone: The 100 Greatest Songwriters of All...

It’s a list, so there will be much arguing, teeth gnashing, and hand wringing.

But don’t get too wrapped up in all that. All the usual suspects are there. Who cares who’s on top?

It’s the bottom and middle of the list that I really found interesting.

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08:20
Apple Watch coming to 100+ Fnac locations in France...

The Apple Watch just became a little easier to find in France.

The device has begun to appear at assorted Fnac locations within Paris, starting with just one store alongside the Fnac official website.

The Fnac retail store, which is thought of as the equivalent to Best Buy in America, initially selling the Apple Watch is the one located at the Champs Elysées, and will officially begin to sell the wearable on August 21. Other Fnac stores will begin to offer the Watch “within the next week,” and the store’s employees will be trained to field questions and concerns from customers regarding Apple’s smartwatch.

Fnac represents the first European chain to offer...

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08:07
Major League Baseball and Apple Watch

This is interesting:

After concerns were raised during the game about whether Yost wearing an Apple Watch in the dugout gave his team an unfair advantage over its less-connected adversaries, Major League Baseball told MarketWatch it is not banning smartwatches during games.

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07:59
First look: Boogie Board Jot 8.5 eWriter, an iOS-...

Boogie Board on Thursday announced a new version of their popular writing tablet, and for the first time, announced an accompanying iOS app that allows users to quickly sync their notes with their iPhone's camera.

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07:56
The Gartner hype cycle

The hype cycle is a series of five steps that much emerging technology goes through. There’s a great chart that should crystalize this for you. Interesting read, definitely clicks for me.

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07:51
Apple reveals data sources for iOS 9′s transit...

iOS 9 will add transit directions to its Maps service, the new data including schedules for buses, trains, subways, and ferries and will be available in 10 cities at launch later this year.

To answer the question as to where the transit data is coming from, Apple has updated its Apple Maps Acknowledgements webpage with a breakdown of where transit data from each city is coming.

The site reveals that the data will hail from twenty different sources, with each source providing data for a single city in most cases. For instance, three different sources are contributing transit data for Berlin and three other sources are contributing to San Francisco transit data....

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07:44
In praise of Apple’s packaging

Kirk McElhearn touches on the care Apple puts in to its packaging. Amen, brother.

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07:40
The perfect gift for the musician in your life

This is a pretty original idea.

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07:36
Review: Lynktec’s updated Rechargeable Apex Stylus...

Everyone knew the iPad Air 2’s marquee features — a thinner, lighter body, Touch ID, a gold color option and much faster A8X processor — but fewer people realized that Apple also made subtle changes to the new tablet’s screen, not only improving its visibility outdoors but also changing the way it registered touch input. All of the tweaks added up to a noticeably better user experience, but one category of accessories unexpectedly wound up broken: digital styluses. As it turns out, fine-tipped styluses use tiny electrical pulses to trick touchscreens into thinking they’re fingers, and the pulses needed to be recalibrated to work reliably with the iPad Air 2’s new screen. Adonit was the first to release an iPad Air 2-compatible digital stylus, the...

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07:26
Yamaha announces MusicCast Wi-Fi multi-room audio...

If you want a Wi-Fi-based multi-room audio system, you so far haven’t had many alternatives to the market leader, Sonos. Other manufacturers offer their own solutions, but generally only in a handful of products. That looks set to change as Yamaha today announced that its MusicCast system will be supported by more than 20 products, with pricing starting from $250. That includes all but one of its 2015 receivers, reports CNET.

Unlike Sonos, MusicCast supports five different lossless audio formats, including Apple Lossless, FLAC and WAV. It’s...

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07:24
Cannot Mount Volumes on OS X

Forums: SoftwareTags: 10.8.5; Stornext 5.1.1; failed to load volume list; Mac Mini; M440

I will copy the portion of logs that I repeatedly get each time I try to get the volume to mount. However the full story is that I have an M440 appliance that is running a file system that works and is connected to four Windows servers.

We added a new array to the mix with the same fibre switches and metadata switches. The new file system was successfully created and I can perform failovers without issue. The original file system was uneffected. The volume mounts on the MDC without issue.

I have a Mac Mini running 10.8.5 and I have the automount.plist and config.plist in place as well as the fsnameservers with the IP's in order....

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07:18
iPhone sales stay strong amid worldwide smartphone...

Apple's iPhone continues to gain marketshare despite a slowing global smartphone market during the second quarter, doing particularly well in China -- where the overall market actually shrunk by 4 percent year-over-year.

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07:14
Who pays the price for click fraud in streaming...

Fascinating read. Really dig into that last part, understand who pays for this fraud. It is not Apple Music, not Spotify. It comes out of the pool of money paid in by subscribers and out of artists’ pockets.

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07:06
External Link: Comcast Testing Its Internet...

Comcast has announced that it’s testing an expansion of its low-cost Internet Essentials program for senior citizens in San Francisco and Palm Beach County, Florida. Internet Essentials offers download speeds of up to 10 Mbps and a Wi-Fi router for $9.95 per month for low-income households. So far, the Internet Essentials program has required that a household have a child eligible for the National School Lunch Program, but Comcast has not stated what the eligibility requirements for seniors will be.

 

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07:00
The Week in iPhone Cases: Speck's dual-layered...

...plus wallet cases, leather options, and more!

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases also includes a bumper from Case-Mate, wallets from DODOcase and DesignSkin, and a security-centric case from Vysk.

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Designed for frequent international travelers, the Convoy (iPhone 6; $50) packs extra room for a spare SIM card and a SIM card tray ejector pin.

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07:00
Pad & Quill's stylish Leather Backpack: an...

Pad & Quill Leather Backpack. Photo ©2015, Steven Sande. All rights reserved.

Today I'll be taking a look at Pad & Quill's new Leather Backpack ($295.00), a gorgeous handmade leather and waxed canvas backpack from the Minneapolis-based accessory manufacturer. And I'll let you in on a little secret: this backpack is only the second product I've reviewed to warrant the "Apple World Today Top Pick" label. You'll find out why as I review this well-designed piece of handiwork.

Design

Like most of the quality products from Pad & Quill, the Leather Backpack has a back story. In this case, Mr. PQ (AKA Brian Holmes) had what he called a midlife crisis (I'm older than Brian and I still haven't had one) and bought a Triumph motorcycle. Of course, when you're...

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06:40
The time is ripe (and getting riper) for Apple'...

Although Apple's rumored television streaming service — which I call Apple Web TV — has purportedly been delayed until next year, the sooner it arrives the better. The number of subscribers to cable and satellite TV providers continues to dwindle.

The Wall Street Times says that Apple is in talks with programmers to offer a slimmed-down bundle of TV networks that will be available on Apple gadgets such as the Apple TV, iPad, and iPhone. The service will reportedly have about 25 channels and cost between US$30 and $40 per month.

The sooner it arrives, the better. The top 20 tracked operators in the US (accounting for more than 95% of the total market) saw subscriber losses of 479,000 while the operators in Canada lost 53,000 customers, according to new data from...

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06:35
After Best Buy in US & Canada, Apple Watch goes...

Following Apple’s decision to make the Apple Watch available for sale in Best Buy in the U.S. and Canada, it has been making a similar move in other countries. It is already available through select branches of the Australian department store chain MYER, and iPhone Addict reports that it will go on sale through French electronics retailer FNAC as of tomorrow. More chains are likely to follow in other countries.

MYER...

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06:11
Apple's Siri to use Baidu as its default search...

Apple has set Baidu as its default search engine for Chinese users of Siri, according to Feng.com, a tech blog based in China (and as as noted by BrightWire.com, a global investment newswire).

Siri also added the feature of Baidu Baike, Baidu's Chinese-language collaborative web-based encyclopedia. Baidu Inc. is a Chinese web services company headquartered at the Baidu Campus in Beijing's Haidian District.  

The company provides a Chinese language-search engine for websites, audio files and images, as well as the aforementioned Baidu Baike (an online, collaboratively-built encyclopedia) and a searchable, keyword-based discussion forum.

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05:50
Six Windows 10 Features Apple Should Steal

Julio Ojeda-Zapata has been using test versions of the Windows 10 operating system nonstop in recent months. Now, with the official release of Microsoft’s desktop OS, he has identified features he would really like to see in OS X.

 

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05:39
Rumor: Sharp, Foxconn tabbed to supply parts for 4M-...

The smoke surrounding Apple's long-rumored jumbo iPad is beginning to thicken, as whispers out of Asia suggest that the company has chosen Japanese firm Sharp and Taiwanese collaborator Foxconn to build and assemble touch modules for as many as 5 million 'iPad Pro' units.

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05:38
iPhone continues to steal global smartphone market...

iPhone sales grew 36% year-on-year, while Samsung’s sales fell 5.3% in the same period, according to new data from the Gartner research group. Apple’s market share climbed from 12.2% in the second quarter of 2014 to 14.6% in the same quarter this year.

Gartner says Apple's double-digit growth in the high-end segment continued to negatively impact its rivals' premium phone sales and profit margins. Despite the launch of new S6 models, Samsung's premium phones continued to be challenged by Apple's large-screen iPhones, adds the research group.

Samsung lost 4.3 percentage points in market share and declined 5.3 percent in unit sales in the second quarter of 2015. Huawei recorded the highest sales growth rate of 46.3 percent, thanks to strong overseas sales and 4G smartphone sales in China. iPhone sales increased 36 percent, which helped Apple gain 2.4 percentage points in market...

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05:07
Gartner: Worldwide iPhone sales grew 36% YOY, while...

New data from Gartner suggests that iPhone sales grew 36% year-on-year, while Samsung’s sales fell 5.3% in the same period. Apple’s market share climbed from 12.2% in Q2 2014 to 14.6% in the same quarter this year. Other winners were Chinese brands Huawei and Xiaomi.

Gartner said that while overall smartphone growth was sluggish, Apple continued to dominate the premium end of the market, with other vendors struggling to compete.

Apple’s double-digit growth in the high-end segment continued to negatively impact its rivals’ premium phone sales and profit margins. Many vendors had to realign their portfolios to remain competitive in the midrange and low-end smartphone segments. This realignment resulted in...

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04:20
Supply chain reports back KGI timings of iPad Pro...

Supply chain sources cited by Digitimes back a KGI report that the iPad Pro is expected to begin production in September, ramping up into mass production from October. While Digitimes has a spotty track record, this report is more specific than many, providing details of display suppliers for the new device.

The device will enter production by the end of the third quarter and go into mass production in the fourth. Sharp will provide Open Cell LCD displays while [Foxconn subsidiary] GIS will provide GF touch panels.

Samsung Display and TPK will be secondary suppliers, with TPK responsible for touch modules and Samsung for displays as...

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04:00
Wrapping it right: In praise of Apple’s packaging

Sometimes the little things matter.

I’ve bought a number of Apple products in recent months: an Apple Watch, an iPod touch, an iPod shuffle, and a MacBook. Each time I’ve unboxed one of these devices, I have been reminded how unobtrusive Apple’s packing is. It’s designed to protect your new devices, but not make it hard to start using them. And the attention to detail in Apple’s product packaging bears witness to Steve Jobs’ belief that products should be beautiful inside and out.

Kirk McElhearn

My new MacBook protected by a thin, easy to remove sheet of plastic.

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03:48
MLB clarifies: Ned Yost was only reminded Apple...

MLB has clarified a somewhat ambiguous Kansas City Star report that it told Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost that he must not use his Apple Watch during games. The organization told MarketWatch that Yost was merely reminded that the watch must not be connected to his phone during games.

The MLB staffers managing on-field operations did call Yost to make sure he wasn’t using the data on his watch, […] but it was just a routine call. “It’s not banned,” said an MLB spokesman.

The spokesman added that if future...

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03:30
7 truly annoying iOS features, and how to make them...

Maybe that last pop-up asking if you want to join some random Wi-Fi network was the final straw, or perhaps it was another unwelcome alert on a lazy Sunday. Maybe you’re feeling a little woozy from iOS’s zoomy new screen effects, or it could be that you wish the stubborn Newsstand app would make itself scarce. Whatever it is, let’s face it: Sometimes iOS can be, well, annoying

The good news is that you can tweak or turn off many of iOS’s most nagging and intrusive features. All it takes is a little time spent in Settings. 

Asking if you want to join a new Wi-Fi network

Assuming everything’s running smoothly, your iPhone or iPad will seamlessly switch between your “known” home and office Wi-Fi networks and its cellular data connection. But even when you’re not connected to Wi-Fi, iOS will keep an ear out for any other nearby Wi-Fi networks—and if it finds any, a pop-up will appear, asking if you want to join one of them...

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Wednesday August 19

18:39
Apple issues first Australian bond, raises more than...

As anticipated, Apple on Thursday local Australia time issued an Australian dollar-denominated bond that according to one report has already reached AU$1.2 billion, or about $883 million.

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17:45
Apple to hold bond sale between $500M and $1B in...

Apple today has launched a “benchmark” sized Australian dollar corporate bond issue, its first in Australian currency. Investors in Australia were informed of the two-part bond sales just recently and told that Apple will offer four-year and seven-year bonds in the country.

Since the bond issue is referred to as benchmark-sized, Apple is likely looking to raise between $500 million and $1 billion. Seeing that Apple has a AA+ rating, lenders are aware that it’s a low credit risk investment, meaning that Apple shouldn’t have trouble raising the money and can offer bonds at a relatively cheap rate. The bond program is being managed by Goldman Sachs, Commonwealth Bank and Deutsche Bank.

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16:48
Macworld’s September Digital Edition: OS X El...

Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld Digital Edition.

Available as single copies or with a yearlong subscription, the Digital Edition comes in two forms: Enhanced and PDF replica. The Enhanced Edition has all the news, analysis, product reviews, and how-to’s, along with interactive features, videos, and slideshows—customized for consumption on your iPad. The PDF replica Edition is designed for your mobile device’s touchscreen to allow pinch and zoom.

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16:39
Apple outs iOS 9 Maps transit data sources, new...

In a change to its Apple Maps Acknowledgements webpage, Apple revealed an initial list of data providers used to populate the upcoming transit mapping feature in Maps for iOS 9, as well as two new aggregators of business listings.

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16:35
Samsung plans appeal to U.S. Supreme Court in never-...

Following a request for a rehearing of its battle with Apple earlier this summer, Samsung last week had its plea denied by the U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, putting the case on its last leg. Samsung was hoping that the federal appeals court would reconsider the U.S Federal Circuit Court’s decision to uphold damages from a 2012 ruling. Following last week’s rejections, Samsung’s final option would be to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, and now it appears that the company is doing just that.

The San Jose Mercury News reports that Samsung is planning to ask the Supreme...

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16:12
Apple releases OS X El Capitan Public Beta 5

On Tuesday, the OS X El Capitan Public Beta 5 made an appearance, but then it disappeared. It made its return today, and this time it’s here to stay—at least untill the next beta rolls along.

To install the new beta, you must be part of the Apple Beta Software Program. If you’re not you can sign up, but remember, it’s beta software and it’s possible that you’ll encounter bugs and problems with your apps and hardware, which is why you should provide feedback when using the beta. For folks already running the El Cap beta, you can update the OS through the App Store.

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16:01
Apple reveals data sources for transit directions in...

With iOS 9, Apple revealed that its Maps service would begin to support transit directions. The service supports buses, trains, subways, and ferries and will be available in 10 cities at launch later this year. One big question, however, centered around where Apple was obtaining its transit data from. Now, Apple has updated its Apple Maps Acknowledgements webpage with a breakdown of where transit data from each city is coming (via Apple Maps Marketing).

The webpage reveals that Apple’s transit data from twenty different sources, with each source providing data for a single city in most cases. For instance, three different sources are contributing transit data for Berlin and three other sources are contributing...

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15:29
Samsung to petition Supreme Court over Apple patent...

After being denied an en banc rehearing with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit over a prior decision that kept intact Apple's multi-million dollar patent trial win, Samsung has voiced intent to argue the case in front of the Supreme Court.

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15:27
Intel’s upcoming Skylake processors will...

After a pair of leaks revealed most of the details about Intel’s upcoming Skylake processor lineup, the company today itself has teased a few of the features of the upcoming processors. While Intel says launch details will be revealed in a couple of weeks, some information was teased during an Intel Developer Forum presentation today, including details about support for 4K displays.

According to PCWorld, Intel’s Skylake CPUs include integrated fixed-function support of 4K video processing, which means that there are...

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15:01
Say Hello to Google's Kinder, Gentler Router


Google on Tuesday unveiled OnHub -- a router that is not only good looking but also fast, secure and easy-to-use. It developed the router in partnership with TP-Link. "Many of us keep our router on the floor and out of sight, where it doesn't work as well," said Google Group Product Manager Trond Wuellner. "We replaced unruly cords and blinking lights with internal antennas and subtle, useful lighting, so you'll be happy placing OnHub out in the open, where your router performs its best."

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14:48
Apple Watch Sport owners report unexpected rear logo...

Some Apple Watch owners are experiencing problems with the Apple logo disappearing off the back of their devices, and/or scratching around the surrounding text, according to complaints posted online.

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14:39
Intel's Skylake chips can power three 4K...

A launch date for Intel's next-generation Skylake processors should be announced in a "couple of weeks," a senior principal engineer recently revealed at an Intel Developer Forum presentation.

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14:00
AWT News Update: August 19, 2015

In today's top Apple news stories:

  • Major League Baseball coaches and team personnel can wear Apple Watches in the dugout
  • Wired has a cool idea for secure communications - use an iPod touch
  • Apple will avoid "Bendgate" with future iPhones by using a new aluminum alloy

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for August 19, 2015.

It’s official - Major League Baseball is going to allow coaches and team personnel to wear Apple Watches in the dugout during games as long as the devices aren’t used for communication. The issue of allowing the Watch during games came up when Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost was seen wearing his...

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13:45
Review: This $15 aluminum charging stand for Apple...

With a lot of compromised designs due to the rush to get Apple Watch docks and stands to market, I wasn’t initially all that impressed with the often overpriced options available. That’s why I opted for a DIY mod of my own Apple Watch box. But at just $15, this new charging dock from Poetic is one of the first dock products I’ve received that I can confidently recommend to those of you currently window shopping for a watch stand. Here’s why you shouldn’t waste your time with pricier options…...

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13:27
Apple issues 7th OS X 10.11 El Capitan beta to...

Apple on Wednesday released the seventh beta version of its upcoming OS X 10.11 El Capitan operating system to developers for testing, while at the same time pushing out a fifth beta to those participating in the public beta program.

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12:25
Could the Best Windows 10 Laptop Be a Mac?

dkatana writes: Now that Windows 10 is finally out there many people are looking for the best laptop with the power to make the new OS shine. The sweet spot appears to be in $900-$1500 machines from Dell, Asus and HP. But Apple, the company that has been fighting Windows for ever, has other options for Windows 10: the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. According to InformationWeek there are many reasons to consider purchasing a MacBook as the next Windows machine, including design, reliability, performance, battery life, display quality and better keyboard. Also MacBooks have a higher resell value, retaining up to 50% of their price after five years.


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