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Wednesday May 11

10:11
External Link: How Steve Jobs Inspired the Apple...

You could ascribe Apple’s development of the Apple Watch to any number of commercial or even cynical reasons, but the one cited by Apple executives is the late CEO Steve Jobs’s vision of making the company’s customers healthier through technology. According to Tim Bajarin in Time, after Jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2004, he grew frustrated with the byzantine American medical system and became obsessed with bringing digital order to healthcare data. Although it’s unclear if Jobs knew about the project, his desire to improve healthcare inspired Apple to create the Apple Watch, in part as a platform for health monitoring. Along the way, the company has also started to make a real difference in the healthcare field with initiatives like HealthKit, ResearchKit, and CareKit.

 

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10:09
Apple tops Forbes’ most valuable brands list (again)

Apple has topped Forbes’ list of the most valuable global brands for the sixth straight time. The company has a value of $154.1 billion, 87% more than second-ranked Google.

“Apple dominates in a consumer tech industry where brand matters,” notes Forbes. “Revenue fell in the latest quarter, but the release of the iPhone 7 will certainly have fans of the brand lining up for hours outside stores in the fall ahead of the unveiling. The adulation helped the company generate $53 billion in net income last year.”

Google closed the gap on Apple this year with its brand value up 26% to $82.5 billion (Apple’s brand rose 6%). Rounding out the top five are Microsoft ($75.2 billion), Coca-Cola ($58.5 billion) and Facebook ($52.6 billion).

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10:00
Analyst: all models of the iPhone 7 will include a...

In a note to clients — as reported by 9to5Mac — KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that the next generation 5.5-inch iPhone, likely to be dubbed the iPhone 7 Plus, will have a dual back camera across the whole line. Previously, he thought that only the high end configurations of the iPhone would adopt the new camera technology.

“Dual-camera to become a must-have feature for high-end smartphone. The initial market response to Huawei’s (CN) new flagship dual-camera model, P9, has been better than expected, and we estimate shipments may reach 10mn units in 2016F,” Kuo told clients. “In our view, more high-end smartphones will adopt this feature going forward. And, in order to maintain its leading position in the high-end market, we expect Apple will fully adopt dual-camera on the new 5.5-inch iPhone in 2H16.”

If Apple does choose to bring the new dual-camera...

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09:46
Lower MacBook sales push Apple down to sixth place...

A drop in MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air shipments year-over-year likewise resulted in Apple losing share in the world's declining laptop market, according to March-quarter research data.

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09:24
News: Leaked ‘iPhone 7 Plus’ renderings show larger...

Another round of alleged schematics provided to uSwitch appear to show that the iPhone 7 Plus will have a dual camera and Smart Connector, but lack a headphone jack. Leaked images sourced from Steve Hemmerstoffer of NowhereElse depict renderings of an iPhone 7 — which appears much like the iPhone 6s minus a headphone jack — and an iPhone 7 Plus that looks decidedly different. In addition to showing the three dots associated with the iPad Pro’s…

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09:15
Instagram gets a beautiful new app icon and makeover

The Instagram app has been begging for a redesign for quite some time, and today the photoblogging app showed up with an update featuring a new app icon and a UI makeover. The following video provides a fun (but probably quite fictional) look at the process behind the design of the icon:

The colorful gradient color scheme has made it to the other Instagram apps as well, including Layout, Boomerang and Hyperlapse.

Inside the app, navigation hasn't changed, but it just seems much easier to take a look at what your friends are doing out there in the great big world. All in all,...

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09:05
Apple's 'iPhone 7 Plus' rumored to...

Apple's larger 5.5-inch "iPhone 7 Plus" will rely on 3 gigabytes of RAM in order to handle the hefty image processing requirements for its advanced dual-camera design, according to well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities.

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08:59
Pebble is quietly becoming a much better smartwatch

If you previously wrote off Pebble smartwatches for their limited functionality, you might want to start paying attention again. The latest Pebble firmware adds new fitness- and sleep-tracking features, while also making it easier to send text messages from a paired iPhone.

On the fitness side, Pebble Time smartwatches can now automatically detect long walks and runs. From the Pebble Timeline, users can see how long the exercise lasted, how far they travelled, and how many calories they burned.

Sleep tracking is also getting better with a smart wakeup feature in Pebble’s Alarms app. Users who wear their watches to sleep can get buzzed during a light sleep cycle, up to 30 minutes before their scheduled wakeup time.

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08:48
Apple is the Teflon tech company as Wall Street...

No matter what the suits in New York think, Apple is still the king of the hill when it comes to consumers -- the company's brand is now worth some $154 billion, according to one calculation, nearly double its closest competitor.

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08:30
'iPhone 7' schematics suggest dual camera...

A new series of images rumored to show the design of both the "iPhone 7" and "iPhone 7 Plus" suggest that Apple's larger 5.5-inch model will be the only one to receive a dual-lens camera, as well as the magnetic Smart Connector.

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08:30
Disney Infinity: We hardly knew you

In March, owners of the fourth-generation Apple TV noticed that one app -- Disney Infinity 3.0 -- had disappeared with no explanation. Yesterday, Disney announced that it is closing down the video game business altogether due to poor financial performance.

Disney Infinity hasn't been around all that long, having just launched in 2013 as a hybrid game system consisting of software and physical collectibles from various Disney franchises. The last major release was Disney Infinity 3.0, which introduced characters from the Disney-Pixar film "Inside Out", the Star Wars universe, and the Marvel superhero franchises. 

The Apple TV version of Disney Infinity 3.0 launched last November, and fans could purchase a starter kit containing the fourth-generation Apple TV, a SteelSeries Nimbus game controller, and a number of character collectibles. Apparently, the company will still release...

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08:04
WhatsApp arrives for OS X

WhatsApp has arrived for OS X.

The popular messaging app now has a desktop Mac version of the client, the launch coming a few months after the Facebook-owned service launched a web interface and a month after it rolled out end-to-end encryption for all communication.

Much like the web client, the WhatsApp Mac application relies heavily on the mobile version of the communication platform. WhatsApp keeps all conversations synced across all of your devices. Additionally, because the app is native on OS X, it supports desktop notifications, keyboard shortcuts, and more.

WhatsApp has grown of late, with Facebook, which owns it, stating that the service has reached more than one billion active users. Last month, WhatsApp announced that all messages, photos, phone calls, and videos sent over its platform...

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08:00
Deal of the Day: The Complete 2016 Learn to Code...

Do you ever feel like a complete fool while all of your friends are coding their own apps, creating innovative websites, and automating their work through scripting? It's time to do something, and that time is now! We have a deal on The Complete 2016 Learn to Code Bundle, featuring 8 courses with more than 100 hours of training for only $59

The 8 courses included are:

  • Python Tutorial: Learn by Coding (a $299 value)
  • Angular JS for the Real World (a $199 value)
  • Build Professional Websites with HTML5 and CSS3 (a $192 value)
  • Learn Web Development by Creating a Social Network (a $99 value)
  • Total Web Development Course (a $40 value)
  • The Complete Ruby on Rails Developer Course (a $35 value)
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08:00
Gear: SLG Design D6 Italian Minerva Box Leather...

SLG Design has released a number of Apple Watch bands for the 38mm and 42mm Apple Watch models, and we’ve got our hands on the D6 Italian Minerva Box Leather Strap for Apple Watch ($59). We received the blue edition of the band, which looks a bit more on the green side of teal to our eyes. SLG Design says the strap is genuine Italian leather, which certainly makes it affordable for an Apple Watch band that “has been made by highly trained…

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07:59
Android remains king of crashes, once again seeing...

Android phones continued to see the most devices failures in the first quarter of 2016, although the gap with iPhones shrunk hugely quarter-to-quarter, according to a research study published on Wednesday.

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07:55
XSAN Volumes and LUNS not mounting after relocation

Forums: Troubleshooting

We recently moved our two XServe XSAN Metadata Controllers, dotHill RAID, and XSAN workstations to a new location. Servers, storage, and workstations are all fiber attached and we have confirmed each fiber connection is up. The private VLAN IP addresses were all left alone but we did initially change the IP addresses connected to our corporate LAN. During the course of troubleshooting, we have now configured all network settings to be exactly the same as before and confirmed connectivity. The RAID is healthy but did not show any connected/mapped hosts so I mapped the 4 fiber adapters from the two servers to the RAID LUNS successfully but the LUNS will still not mount. I believe my cvlabel file is messed up since it only lists one entry but I have no idea how to recreate that

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07:25
Google and Oracle face off - again - over Android,...

Two of Silicon Valley's most accomplished heavyweights stepped back into the legal squared circle this week, as the search giant defends its use of Oracle's Java APIs in Android for the second time.

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07:20
WhatsApp Now Has a Desktop App, Available on Windows...

WhatsApp is now also available as a native desktop app on Windows and OS X, the Facebook-owned instant messaging and voice calling company announced. The app supports desktop notifications, keyboard shortcuts and a range of other features. For the desktop app to function, users still need to have their phone connected to the Internet. WhatsApp isn't very popular in the United States and European countries, but it has a large user base of active users in the emerging markets such as India and Brazil. In fact, earlier this year, the company announced that it has hit one billion monthly active users. For those interested, you can download the app for your desktop (or any other device) from the company's website.


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07:12
News: Nintendo’s next two smartphone games will be...

Nintendo’s next two smartphone games will be free-to-play, The Wall Street Journal reports. Smartphone game maker DeNA—who partnered with Nintendo to release the Miitomo app in March and has plans to release four more games by March 2017—announced that upcoming titles Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing will be “free-to-start apps.”...

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07:00
IBM to Drill Watson in Cybersecurity


IBM on Tuesday announced Watson for Cyber Security, a cloud-based version of its AI technology, trained in cybersecurity as part of a year-long research project. "This technology is about using Watson's learning capability and ability to understand the meaning and context of human language, and applying that to the massive amount of unstructured security data -- blogs, research papers, etc. -- that isn't accessible by current security technologies," said Chief Watson Security Architect Jeb Linton.

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06:48
Courts predicted to side with law enforcement on...

In a select number of cases, authorities have been able to compel courts to force criminal suspects to unlock their Touch ID-equipped iPhone using their fingerprint. That security bypass is likely to continue, legal experts say, because capturing someone's fingerprint is a well-established practice in investigations.

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06:41
How-To: Automatically show the desktop bar by using...

When you invoke Mission Control on OS X El Capitan using the typical gesture on your Mac’s trackpad or via a keyboard shortcut, you’ve probably noticed that the desktop bar at the top of the interface appears minimized. Although this yields additional real estate for the app windows below the desktop bar, it means that you no longer get to see the handy thumbnails that represent each desktop without moving your mouse to the desktop bar area.

There are some workarounds to defeating this OS X El Capitan change, including an open source utility called Force Full Desktop Bar. But for those of you who don’t wish to go through the trouble of installing a separate utility, which also requires you to disable El Capitan’s System Integrity Protection, try this handy Hot Corner shortcut instead....

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06:11
Feature Request: App-by-app toggling of mobile data...

I once teased an American friend about the fact that only 36% of Americans hold a passport, compared to 83% of Brits. He quite rightly pointed out that in America you can fly for six hours and still be in the same country – Seattle to Miami, for example – while Brits can fly for an hour or so and be in any one of a dozen different countries. (I later did a bit of Googling and found he could even have said 11 hours: New York to Honolulu.)

For that reason, this feature request may be most relevant to Europeans and frequent business travellers, but I think it’s one that would at least fall into the nice-to-have category for anyone who travels.

The issue is mobile roaming charges. Use your iPhone in your own country and all-you-can-eat calls and texts are typically pretty affordable, with data being the main thing that determines how much you pay for your plan. But however much you pay for data at home, that’s nothing compared to roaming charges overseas …

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06:00
Corel AfterShot Pro 3 update sharpens competition...

The demise of Apple’s Aperture was accompanied by the rise of its original rival: Adobe Lightroom. Yet, another competitor, Corel AfterShot Pro, emerged later as yet another alternative to Adobe, and on Wednesday the company released a major upgrade that is bound to make it even more competitive.

AfterShot Pro, a 64-bit app now at version 3, is a photo editing and management package that lets you sort and edit a range of photo file formats. New features include watermarking, a blemish remover, a new image preset library, lens corrections, new camera profiles, enhanced highlight recovery, and more.

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: Next FlipBook Maker for Mac

In our iLounge Deal for today, you can pick up Next FlipBook Maker for Mac for only $24.99 — 74% off the regular price. This handy tool lets you quickly transform PDFs and images into interactive flipbooks that you can easily share online, as Flash files for desktop users or HTML5 for mobile users. Add templates, scenes, and music to your Flipbook, put in your logo, and add links to your website, and then publish it at a unique URL. You can even…

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05:53
Helix Dock available for the Apple Watch

Standzout, a tablet and wearables accessory maker has released the $19.99 Helix Dock for Apple Watch, is now available for order. It’s a compact housing that stores the smartwatch’s charging cable and creates a charging platform for the Apple Watch. 

The Helix Dock uses the charging cable and USB adapter included with the Apple Watch. To use, you just wrap smartwatch's charging cable around the barrel, insert the charger, and plug it in. The Helix Dock is compatible with any of Apple's 1-, 2-, and 0.3-meter magnetic charging cables, and works with all styles of Watch band.

The Helix is available in clear, black, or white. It’s designed, tooled, and manufactured in the U.S.

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05:14
Adobe dreamweaver cs6 crack

Forums: Archiware PresSTORE

Adobe dreamweaver cs6 crack is usually a WSIWYG editor which is wonderful for styling your web sheets. Dreamweaver CS6 has long been developed by Adobe systems. It will be the boss during the class of web publishers for years now. It consists of a lot of offers which can help someone who recently dived straight into the beach of web development.

Dreamweaver CS6 has many new features which can kept a calming result on all world-wide-web designers. The application form has come up with a different fluid grid structure device. Water Grid Layout can be a well known and planet commended way of developing web-sites. Dreamweaver by now applied grid structure but also in this version they invented Water Grid Structure which uses percentages for specifying levels and size...

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05:00
Future Macs could sport — theoretically, at least —...

How would you like a Mac with scent technology? I don’t actually expect it to happen, but some companies have looked into aromatherapy and connected media to interlace viewing experiences with interactive scent products. 

Imagine a Mac with a scent generator that can release everything from popcorn smells if you're watching a video. Or beach scents to accompany the sound of water or music.

The goal of digital scent technology is to change the interactive entertainment experience. The idea is to scent-enable movies, games, music, animation, or any digital media.

The idea of technology that tickles your olfactory senses isn't new. In the 1950s, Smell-O-Vision was a system that released an odor during the projection of a film in a movie theater so that the viewer could "smell" what was happening in the movie. Created by Hans Laube, the technology made its only...

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04:44
Microsoft now has more than 100 Apple Store clones,...

Re/code reports that Microsoft now has more than 100 of its Apple Store clones across the U.S. and Canada, in sizes ranging from tiny stores of 15o square feet to the 22,000 square feet store strategically positioned close to the iconic glass cube Apple Store on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue.

What Microsoft’s stores don’t have is customers.

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04:30
Secure your written works with SecureWords for Mac...

By Aaron Lee

You secure/encrypt your emails, our chats, and journals (or at least you should). If you need a secure word processing app for your articles and thoughts, SecureWords for Mac OS X is worth a look. 

It's a tool that automatically encrypts and decrypts text documents so you can, for instance, store them on iCloud or in Dropbox without having to worry about prying eyes seeing them. SecureWords is a lean tool that can handle RTF, OpenOffice, and Word documents.

You use it like you would any word processor. However, the items you pen will sport built-in password protection and 256-bit encryption. You can also export your SecureWords documents into a format such as Word or Markdown. 

Every document is automatically password protected and encrypted; without exception. However, its filename and its metadata are saved in "cleartext." Cleartext is transmitted or stored text...

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04:29
WhatsApp expands to the desktop with Windows and Mac...

WhatsApp is taking its popular messaging service to the desktop with a new Mac and Windows app released Tuesday

It’s a pretty straightforward app: the millions of WhatsApp users can now continue conversations from their phone on a computer, and vice versa. That’s a boon for people who want to chat with friends on WhatsApp without having to use their phones. 

The move should help WhatsApp better compete with other messaging services like Line, WeChat and Telegram, which already have desktop applications available for at least one platform. 

In order to set the app up, users have to scan a QR code inside the application with the Android or iPhone versions of WhatsApp, which will then allow them to log into the application and use it.  

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04:00
MBLM’s one-year study: the Apple Watch polarizes...

MBLM, a “brand intimacy agency focused on strategy, design, creative and technology,” says its one-year study shows that the Apple Watch is polarizing users.

“Our research with the Apple Watch has resulted in rich, often contradictory data, with users ranging from fanatics to naysayers, with many confounded in the middle,” stated Mario Natarelli, MBLM’s managing partner. “Unfortunately, the Apple Watch does not measure up for most people. For the device, which Apple claimed to be its most intimate, to be successful, we believe Apple needs to reach deeper and form stronger bonds with its users.”

Dependence on an iPhone was one of the biggest gripes MBLM heard consistently from the panel. Users say the watch’s dependence on the phone is frustrating and ultimately limits how they use their watch. Additionally, with the phone nearby and behaviors more ingrained, they are more likely to default to using it versus the...

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03:56
Apple ID websites down for some, not working...

The Apple ID websites appleid.apple.com and iforgot.apple.com are not working properly for some users, with reports of a variety of glitches starting from yesterday afternoon. Some are reporting that the sites are completely down for them, while others describe problems ranging from being trapped in password-update loops to problems updating verification devices.

Apple ID is completely down.

— Ash (@ashvrmedia) May 11, 2016

Literally took me over an hour to update my Apple ID and change my email for it because the damn thing would not cooperate

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02:39
'Titanfall 2' lands this autumn

Slowly but surely, game publishers and developers are starting to reveal their hands ahead of E3 next month. Electronic Arts is no different, and by way of its quarterly earnings report (PDF) the publisher has revealed that the now-multiplatform Tita...

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01:55
EE disputes Three's 'undisputed'...

The UK's Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned a billboard advert for Three's mobile network, after a six-month complaint from rival carrier EE was finally upheld. The ad, which features a purple Muppet-like character called Jackson being...

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01:42
Microsoft Research wants to pit you against virtual...

You don't need other people to swim, but a Microsoft Research project can spice up your swimming routine by putting you in or pitting you against virtual teams. Redmond's research division is working with a team of researchers from Korea Advanced Ins...

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01:38
NBA 2K17 Cover Prediction: Who Should Be On The...

Forums: General FCS Discussion

NBA 2K17 Cover Player (Prediction):

1. KEVIN DURANT

A fantastic player to have won an Olympic gold medal, have additionally stowed a few NBA titles, includes the NBA Most Valued Player and also the NBA Rookie of the Year. He was likewise the first fresher to be named the Naismith College Player of the Year. He is not only a valued and adored player by his fans, but at the same time is acclaimed for his liberality to the community. He had additionally appeared in a film known as Thunderstruck in the year 2012.
2. DWAYNE WADE:

Dwayne Wade at present plays for Miami Heat, has accomplished various awards like the NBA All Stars and also the NBA Championship. Dwayne is additionally known for his altruistic schedule, he had established the Wade’s World Foundation to promote education and well being of...

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01:36
NBA 2k17 Release Date Prediction

Forums: General FCS Discussion

2k Sports releases a basketball simulation game every year which is developed in co-ordination with Visual Concepts. The next game NBA 2k17 will also simulate the NBA players and the game with real life modes and matches. There is always a space for creativity with installation of modes like MyCareer, MyTeam, and normal game ups.

The game will simulate regular NBA season, playoffs, Summer League, Euro League among other various leagues from many countries. It will also include a mode to create and develop a player. Your player will grow into a superstar as you can improve its attributes and skills after experience. With MyPLAYER mode, you can take over the whole NBA franchise. It is the most played feature of the game as it lets you improve your skills and test it with players all over the world.

There is a feature...

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01:29
2K Sports have plans to return All Star Mode to NBA...

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NBA All-Star Weekend just passed and it was awesome, but even more exciting news comes from 2k, the developers of NBA 2k17. According to the latest news that 2K Sports have plans to return All Star Mode to NBA 2K17.If 2k-Sports are really planning to add this legendary mode it would be a perfect time since Kobe Bryant’s last year’s team would be included in it. To custom set rosters for this year’s All-Star teams would be a widely welcomed feature?by fans, especially if they had the option to try out a three-point shootout dunk content with any player they wanted at any time.

The last several 2K games...

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01:22
NBA 2k17 Release Date Prediction

Forums: Software

2k Sports releases a basketball simulation game every year which is developed in co-ordination with Visual Concepts. The next game NBA 2k17 will also simulate the NBA players and the game with real life modes and matches. There is always a space for creativity with installation of modes like MyCareer, MyTeam, and normal game ups.

The game will simulate regular NBA season, playoffs, Summer League, Euro League among other various leagues from many countries. It will also include a mode to create and develop a player. Your player will grow into a superstar as you can improve its attributes and skills after experience. With MyPLAYER mode, you can take over the whole NBA franchise. It is the most played feature of the game as it lets you improve your skills and test it with players all over the world.

There is a feature to play the game via a...

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00:49
Judge blocks Staples and Office Depot merger

Last year around this time, Staples announced that it had purchased Office Depot, a merger that would have created one enormous outlet for office supplies, computers, 3D printing services and more. However, US regulators thought the merged company wo...

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Tuesday May 10

23:41
Walmart takes Visa to court over debit card payments

Walmart isn't happy that Visa still allows customers to sign for purchases made with their chip-equipped debit cards. The retail giant has filed a lawsuit against Visa in New York in an effort to compel the credit card brand to require PIN verificati...

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22:14
NBA 2K celebrates Steph Curry's MVP with a 99...

Today Stephen Curry collected NBA's Most Valuable Player award for the second year in a row, and also became the first unanimous MVP in NBA history. To celebrate that achievement (and his epic return from a knee injury to score 40 points in a playoff...

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21:57
Keep your neighborhood clean with Rubbish Removal...

Forums: General FCS Discussion

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21:50
Pages 5.6.2, Numbers 3.6.2, and Keynote 6.6.2 for Mac

Maintenance updates for Apple’s trio of iWork apps. ($19.99 each, free updates)

 

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21:49
Gemini 2

Major new release of the duplicate file finder utility now detects similiar files. ($19.95 new, free update, 34.8 MB)

 

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17:48
Apple fan tells Tim Cook that iPad helped...

Apple CEO Tim Cook this week responded to an email sent by a customer who explained how iPad and iPhone helped their grandfather recover from cancer surgery -- like an Apple commercial come to life.

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17:34
Facebook-owned WhatsApp introduces desktop app for...

Popular messaging service WhatsApp has today announced its first desktop client for Mac OS X. The launch of a desktop Mac client comes a few months after the Facebook-owned service launched a web interface and a month after it rolled out end-to-end encryption for all communication.

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16:55
Disney announces plans to officially discontinue...

Back in March Disney announced that it wasn’t planning any future updates to its Disney Infinity 3.0 game for Apple TV, much to the dismay of users who shelled out cash for the game or the $100 “starter pack” sold by Apple. Now, Disney has announced in a post on its blog that it is officially discontinuing production of Disney Infinity across all platforms.

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16:53
Messaging service WhatsApp launches desktop app for...

Popular messaging service WhatsApp on Tuesday debuted its first native desktop client for Mac, introducing users to yet another comprehensive multi-platform solution that will compete with Apple's own Messages product.

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15:00
Google, Fiat Chrysler Team on Self-Driving Minivans


Google's Self-Driving Car Project and Fiat Chrysler last week announced that they would integrate autonomous vehicle technology into 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans as part of Google's testing program. It is the first time Google has worked directly with a car manufacturer to integrate its self-driving technology into a passenger vehicle. It will add 100 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid vehicles to its existing self-driving test program -- more than doubling the number of cars participating in the program.

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14:41
Disney shutters "Disney Infinity" video...

Just over one month after Disney discontinued support for "Disney Infinity 3.0" on Apple TV, the company on Tuesday announced plans to abandon Disney Infinity altogether, citing poor financials.

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14:31
Gemini 2: The intelligent duplicate file finder

Locate and remove duplicate files, even if they’re in remote corners of your system. Gemini 2 scans your whole disk speed-of-light fast, no matter how massive it is. Dig through scan results and hand-pick the files to erase, or better — let Smart Select do all the work.

Very nice looking interface and something I know I could use.

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14:15
AWT News Update: May 10, 2016

Here's what's new in the world of Apple:

  • The iWork apps for iOS and OS X (Pages, Numbers and Keynote) were updated today
  • Canadian banks are now getting on board with Apple Pay
  • WWDC 2016 scholarship recipients are being notified
  • Apple shareholders of record as of yesterday will be paid a dividend of $0.57 per share on Thursday
  • Changes to the Apple News format for publishers bring channel art, support for older stories, and Map and Place components

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for May 10, 2016.

Do you use the iWork suite of apps, which includes Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for iOS and OS X? If so, be...

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13:49
Gear: Spyder PowerShadow Dock

One of the more interesting features of Spyder’s PowerShadow Battery Case for iPhone 6/6s Plus is the company’s PowerShadow Dock ($50) companion accessory. While most battery cases will provide a micro USB port for charging your battery case and iPhone, Spyder has taken this a step farther by building a docking system into its battery case so that you can easily recharge your iPhone and battery case together just by dropping it into a…

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13:47
The state of jailbreaking for May 2016 + 5 jailbreak...

Is jailbreaking dead? No. A quick search on Twitter or on Reddit, and it’s obvious that the passion for jailbreaking continues to ebb and flow throughout the community. Jailbreaking isn’t dead as some may think, but no one can discount the fact that it’s entered a sustained lull. more…

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13:43
Pebble Time updated with automatic activity tracking...

Smartwatch maker Pebble on Tuesday released a pair of matching firmware and iOS app updates, enhancing its Time series devices with a variety of health-related features, plus iPhone access to a "Send Text" option.

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13:31
Forget the Apple Car or robots; UBS says Apple needs...

A new report from UBS — which provides financial advice and solutions to “wealthy, institutional and corporate clients worldwide, as well as private clients in Switzerland” — says Apple needs to jump into “bot” platform development or its app-based software ecosystem will be threatened.

Facebook recently introduced “chatbots” built into its messaging service while Microsoft launched its “Bot Framework” software tools for developers, putting pressure on Apple to respond, says the report, as noticed by Investor’s Business Daily.

“Do I think that Apple’s in trouble if it doesn’t do something in a bot’s world? Sure, because why would you want to download and install all sorts of apps from the App Store when you can get access to bots effectively through one app?,” Bruce Wilcox, director...

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13:31
Notable apps and app updates for May 10, 2016

On a regular basis, Apple World Today posts a list of notable new apps or app updates that have been released. They may not necessarily be new, but they're popular and deserve mention. Here are today's picks.

Mac OS X Apps/Updates

MacPaw's Gemini, a Mac-only duplicate finder and cleaner, has been upgraded to version 2. According to CEO Oleksandr Kosovan, here’s a list of the changes….

The app spots similar files in addition to identical duplicates: “similiars" aren’t100% identical files, like duplicates, but they have so little difference that a user might consider some of them redundant.

The app tells the differences between files by more than 10 parameters; it analyzes file names, creation and modification dates, extensions, locations to ensure accuracy and precision in results.

The update works with iTunes and Photos libraries: Gemini 2 helps get rid of unnecessary...

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12:47
Apple Inc. shares reach ex-dividend as it gears up...

On May 12, Apple will pay shareholders of record a quarterly dividend of $0.57 per share, but investors must have had settled ownership of the company's stock by Monday May 9 in order to qualify. Apple will pay out $2.9 billion in dividends on its outstanding shares for the quarter.

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12:38
Apple News format updates with custom channel art...

Apple on Tuesday updated the official Apple News Format with several improvements geared toward making News more publisher-friendly, particularly for outlets just signing on.

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11:28
Apple Pay is now a useful way to pay in Canada

Apple Pay rolled out in Canada last November, but its existence was so limited that it was barely useful. Only AmEx cards were supported at launch, leaving out most Canadian iPhone users. That changed Tuesday with the addition of two major Canadian banks, with more coming soon.

Apple’s mobile payment system now supports MasterCard, Visa, and AmEx cards from Royal Bank and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, in addition to those banks’ Interac debit cards, with Bank of Montreal, Toronto-Dominion Bank, and Bank of Novia Scotia planning to integrate with Apple Pay soon. Interac is also planning to bring Scotiabank and TD Bank debit cards on board. Interac handles debit card transactions for banks, so without its cooperation, Apple Pay would’ve been restricted to just credit cards.

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10:38
Apple News Format gains new features for publishers...

Apple is rolling out some iterative improvements to Apple News for publishers taking advantage of its Apple News Format to post articles. Apple is adding Map and Place components, to let authors pictographically display relevant locations — complete with pins to highlight POI.

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10:29
Apple updates iWork for iOS & OS X with bug...

Apple has released minor updates to its iWork suite of productivity apps for both iOS and OS X today. Pages, Keynote, and Numbers for iPhone, iPad, and Mac have all received new versions with bug fixes and performance improvements. iWork for iOS includes the same boiler plate release notes: “This update contains stability improvements and bug fixes.” And over on the Mac App Store, iWork for OS X provides similar release notes.

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09:54
Security researcher Stefan Esser releases iPhone...

Maintaining a high level of consumer security on iOS is a huge cornerstone to what makes Apple the company it is. Tim Cook believes that we’re at the ‘golden age of surveillance’, and that Apple’s level of encryption impacts the wellbeing of U.S. citizens. It’s no surprise that users who care about security want to be up to date on the latest practices and methods that guarantee that. That may just be one of the reasons Stefan Esser’s timely app, System and Security Info, is climbing the iOS App Store’s Top Charts (all the way to the top of the paid apps chart in the US).

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09:48
Filemaker 15 Launches with support for Apple's...

Apple-owned subsidiary Filemaker launched version 15 on Tuesday, making it easier to build customized apps using the latest iOS features without the need for complicated programming knowledge.

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09:45
Clock Is Ticking for Free Windows 10 Upgrade


Microsoft last week announced that Windows 10 was running on 300 million PCs and reminded customers that its free upgrade offer would end July 29. After that date, the price to upgrade to Windows 10 Home will be $119. "We're pleased to see Windows 10 become one of the largest online services in less than a year," said Yusuf Mehdi, corporate VP of Microsoft's Windows and Devices Group. Additional Windows 10 services will be "coming in the upcoming Windows 10 Anniversary Update this summer," he added.

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09:39
Apple’s price cut on the Apple Watch spurred daily...

Apple’s price cut on the Apple Watch in April helped average daily sales rise 250% sequentially, according to new data from Slice Intelligence — as reported by the Market Realist.

The entry price of the 38-millimeter Apple Watch was reduced from $349 to $299. The IDC research group predicts that Apple’s smartwatch will have a 49.4% share of the smartwatch segment this year, with estimated sales of 14 million units. The Apple Watch accounted for 63% of total smartwatch shipments in 2015. IDC expects the Apple Watch to account for 37.6% of smartwatch sales in 2020, with 31 million units.

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09:36
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09:30
The Week in iOS Accessories: Wood makes it good

Want it in walnut?

This week’s roundup includes a couple of devices whose wood accents set them apart from competitors. Read on!

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The new Lightning Card Reader ($40 MSRP, available for the same price on Amazon) from ADATA claims to be “the first Lightning-based SD and microSD card reader with read and write capabilities” and gives your iOS device an extra 256GB of storage for music, video, photos, and documents. 

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09:15
Apple supplier Foxconn near deal to build iPhone...

Apple's been struggling to sell its products in India thanks to restrictive government regulations that require brand stores like the Apple Store to sell at least 30 percent of goods from domestic suppliers. The country is a key piece of Apple's growth strategy for the future, since it has an immense population of consumers below the age of 25 and has recently seen a rollout of LTE technology by mobile carriers. Today, a report from The Economic Times of India says that Apple supplier Foxconn is about to sign a deed for a 1,200-acre property in Maharashtra where it will build a $10 billion manufacturing plant just for Apple products.

Once the deal for the land is signed, construction of the plant is expected to take about 18 months. Between domestic production of Apple products and the recent approval of an exemption...

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09:05
Killer Deal: Apple's 128GB iPad Air 2 (WiFi,...

AppleInsider readers this week can grab Apple's current 128GB iPad Air 2 (WiFi Only, Silver) for the lowest price ever offered at $499, with free shipping and no sales tax outside NY.

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09:03
Apps that put Amazon Alexa on your phone aren’t as...

As someone who recently bought—and was quickly enchanted by—Amazon’s Echo connected speaker, I’ve been thinking of ways to get its Alexa virtual assistant into more rooms of the house.

Of course, I could just buy another Echo speaker, or some other Alexa-infused device such as the Echo Dot, Amazon Tap, or Invoxia’s Triby. But what if I could just use my smartphone to access Alexa instead? Or better yet, what if I could repurpose an old smartphone to act like an Echo full-time?

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08:42
Apple imagines future Siri enhancements to find,...

If Apple ever gets its long-rumored web television service for Apple TV off the ground, a newly-issued patent shows that users may depend on voice navigation to find, watch, and record shows and events.

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08:38
Facebook denies hiding conservative news posts

Facebook says it isn't anti-conservative when it comes to highlighting stories in its Trending Topics section. The world’s most popular social network’s comments were in response to a Gizmodo story that said Facebook’s human curators were often encouraged to suppress news stories and sources important to conservatives. This happened even when the story or outlet was trending—being shared a lot—among Facebook’s users, according to Gizmodo's story.

But Facebook says it’s all untrue. “We take these reports extremely seriously, and have found no evidence that the anonymous allegations are true,” Tom Stocky, Facebook’s vice president of search, said in a statement on the social network.

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08:35
Apple Pay adds two of the five major Canadian banks...

In Canadian news that doesn’t focus on a horrible, raging wildfire, Apple Pay has gone through for Interact debit and major credit cards issued by Royal Bank of Canada and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. Until today, customers of these banks had to use a non-bank-issued American Express card, bringing two of the five major banks under the Apple Pay flag.

ATB Financial and Canadian Tire Financial Services also go live today. Apple Pay VP Jennifer Bailey confirmed that all of the Big Five will be included and offered the following statement:

“We are thrilled that seven of Canada’s leading banks, including […] every one of the Big Five are bringing Apple Pay to their customers.”

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08:28
External Link: The Importance of App Store Search

The search feature of Apple's App Store was returning incorrect results for just a few hours during the morning of 5 May 2016, but the impact was enormous. According to app analytics firm Tune, 65 percent of all apps saw their downloads drop by more than 10 percent, and 15 percent of apps lost more than half of their regular downloads. These numbers give a sense of how significant the App Store business is, since some top-tier apps might have lost nearly 2500 new customers during those few hours. The glitch affected only search results, not the Top Charts or Featured placements, showing the importance of search for finding apps. If Apple improved discoverability in the App Store, users might not have to rely so much on search and might be more likely to discover lesser known apps.

 

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08:22
MacPaw’s Gemini 2 intelligently finds duplicates to...

One of the most frustrating parts about keeping a large photo collection (75,000 and growing), is that I often end up with duplicates over years of maintenance. I’ve spent my fair share cleaning and sorting my library, but it always seems like an album sneaks in with duplicate photos. I’ve been an active user of MacPaw’s Gemini software since its inception, and Gemini 2’s release today has made me fall in love with it all over again. In just the initial scan, Gemini 2 found more files and more places where I could intelligently clear and save space on my Mac.

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08:19
Apple opens up iTunes-based donations to help...

If you’re looking to help out with the Canadian fire effort, you can now do it through iTunes.

Customers shopping on Apple’s Canadian iTunes storefront can now donate to relief for victims of the forest fires in Fort McMurray, Alberta, which have burned for several days and forced the evacuation of over 100,000 people, destroying 20 percent of the homes in the area.

Apple is currently accepting donations for the Canadian Red Cross in $5, $10, $25, $50, $100 and $200 increments. The company is also promising to give 100% of all donations without taking a cut.

Forests around Fort McMurray — the heart of the Canadian oil sands industry — have been on fire since the beginning of the month, in one of the largest such disasters in the country’s...

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08:07
Amazon makes jump into self-published videos with...

Amazon on Tuesday revealed Amazon Video Direct, a self-publishing platform for uploading to Prime Video and generating income from plays, competing with the likes of Google's YouTube, but focusing more on professional content.

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08:05
How-To: Group Mission Control windows by application...

Mission Control is a tool that I use every day on my Mac to quickly locate open app windows. In my opinion, though, finding a specific window in the Mission Control view can be a challenge if you have many app windows open at once.

The good news is that it’s easy to group like applications while using Mission Control. More importantly, enabling grouping places the relevant app icon near groups and single windows. Having an app icon displayed makes it even easier to identify a particular app window while using Mission Control. more…

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08:02
Opinion: Viv is exactly what Siri should have been...

As long-time readers will know, I’ve long been a fan of Siri. As I’ve often noted, it’s my primary means of interacting with my iPhone (part of the reason I don’t need a larger screen). I dictate most of my messages, and if it’s possible to ask Siri to do something for me rather than doing it myself, I do.

But Siri does have one major failing: it has no access to third-party apps. There are countless apps where I’d love to be able to get Siri to do the heavy lifting, as I wrote last year in a Feature Request:

What I can’t yet do is ask the time of my next train home, despite having an app on my phone that can answer that question. I can’t ask it to show me today’s...

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07:50
Sales Of PCs, Laptops, Tablets Continue to Fall, Hit...

According to the latest numbers provided by marketing research firm Canalys, the shipments of PC devices -- which includes desktops, notebooks, all-in-ones, two-in-ones, and tablets -- amounted to 101 million units in the first quarter of 2016. The number underscores a 13% decline from the same period a year ago, and it is also the lowest volume since the second quarter of 2011. Apple led the chart among PC OEMs, moving 14 million units (suffering 17% fall), followed by Chinese conglomerate Lenovo. HP assumed the third position, with Dell and Samsung closely following it. Tim Coulling, Canalys Senior Analyst said in a press statement: The global PC market had a bad start to 2016 and it is difficult to see any bright spots for vendors in the coming quarters. The tablet boom has faded in the distance and the market is fully mature. Global shipments declines are expected to continue unless vendors bring transformational innovation to the market. Apple and Microsoft are propping up...

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07:17
Amazon's new YouTube rival shoves cash at video...

Amazon has launched a full-scale attack on YouTube with its new Video Direct program for content creators.

Video Direct is aimed at both large media brands and individual creators, and offers several ways for them to make money beyond just advertising.

For example, creators can distribute ad-free videos to Amazon Prime subscribers and earn revenue based on hours streamed. They can also offer add-on subscriptions for Prime subscribers (just as streaming services such as Starz and Showtime do already.) Standalone rental and purchase options are available as well through Amazon Video, along with a basic ad-supported model.

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07:12
Protecting devices at the edge of the network

As more devices get placed on the edge of the network (an offshoot of the Internet of Things), many users (both home and enterprise) may forget about protecting them from disasters. At Interop 2016, Network World spoke with Brian Ballard from APC by Schneider Electric about issues both consumers and enterprises should think about with their new edge devices.

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07:00
IBM Extends Open Invitation to Play With Its Quantum...


IBM last week announced that it would allow researchers and scientists to run experiments using its quantum processor. The IBM Quantum Experience runs on the IBM Cloud. Users will be able to run algorithms and experiments on the quantum processor; work with individual quantum bits, or qubits; and explore tutorials and simulations on the possibilities opened up by quantum computing, it said. The processor consists of 5 qubits made with superconducting metals on a silicon chip.

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06:57
∞ The difference between Siri and Viv

Read the main post for a walkthrough of the Viv live demo, with embedded video so you can watch it yourself.

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06:56
PC market in free fall, Apple less so than everyone...

I suspect we’ll see a nice burst to shipped units when Apple updates the retina MacBook Pro.

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06:38
Japan Display reports $294M net loss, hopes Apple...

Amid slowing sales from a stalling smartphone market, Apple supplier Japan Display is apparently hopeful that future iPhone models could use OLED display technology, helping to once again reignite sales growth.

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06:28
FileMaker 15 Platform designed to improve custom app...

FileMaker, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Apple, has released FileMaker 15. The company says the upgraded platform improves upon the fundamentals of custom app development with new features in five key areas: mobility, automation/integration, ease of use, security and performance. 

The FileMaker Platform provides the essentials for creating a custom app that fits an organization’s business needs. It works on Mac OS X, iPads, iPhones, Windows, and the web. According to Ann Monroe of FileMaker, Inc., new features of the FileMaker 15 Platform include: 

  • Mobility: Touch ID support enables developers to securely access their custom apps with the touch of a finger. 3D Touch support enables quick access to specific apps. New app extensions offer content customization and cloud-based file sharing. iBeacon support offers location-based data from the custom app and FileMaker WebDirect enables customers to use a...
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06:24
Canada finally getting full Apple Pay rollout as two...

Until today, Canadians who wanted to use Apple Pay had only one option: a non-bank-issued American Express card. That’s finally changed as the first two of Canada’s ‘big five banks’ joined today, with the remaining three confirmed for ‘the coming months,’ reports the Financial Post.

Starting Tuesday, Interact debit and major credit cards issued by Royal Bank of Canada and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce will support the payments technology, which allows users to load cards onto their iPhones and Apple Watches and make in-store...

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06:15
Patent report: a smarter Smart Cover, Lazer Tag with...

Apple files for — and is granted — lots of patents by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Many are for inventions that never see the light of day. However, you never can tell which ones will materialize in a real product, so here are today’s patent highlights: 

Apple is working on a smarter Smart Cover for the iPad, it seems. The company has been granted a patent (number 9,335,793) for a “cover attachment with flexible display.” In other words, the cover would serve as additional display space for the tablet.

 

According to the invention, a thin flexible display technology can be integrated into the flexible cover without affecting the overall form factor of the cover or tablet device. Adding the integrated display to the flexible cover greatly enhances the overall functionality of the tablet device, Apple says. 

What sort of functionality? It could show info on videos you’re watching on the iPad, show notifications, serve as a...

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06:02
External Link: Amazon to Compete with YouTube

Amazon has launched Amazon Video Direct (AVD), which will allow anyone to offer videos on Amazon’s Prime Video platform, putting Amazon in direct competition with YouTube. AVD content creators can make their videos available to rent or own, only for Prime Video subscribers, or for free with ads. Amazon is also launching the AVD Stars program, which will distribute $1 million per month among the top 100 AVD titles in Prime Video. Amazon has already amassed some major partners for AVD, including Conde Nast Entertainment, Business Insider, The Guardian, HowStuffWorks, Mashable, Mattel, and Samuel Goldwyn Films. As much Amazon Video Direct is clearly targeting Google’s YouTube, the added AVD content may help make Amazon’s Prime Video more compelling than Apple’s iTunes video library.

 

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06:01
FileMaker 15 arrives w/ Touch ID support, new app...

Apple subsidiary FileMaker is today releasing FileMaker 15, introducing a number of notable additions for mobile device users as well as a host of other new features and enhancements for the platform.

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05:48
TrendForce: Apple sees 40% quarterly decline in Mac...

Worldwide notebook shipments in the first quarter of 2016 arrived at 35.62 million units, according to TrendForce. What’s more, the global market research firm says Apple saw a 40% quarterly decline in Mac laptop sales.

“In the first quarter, Apple did not have any new MacBook products ready for the market, nor did it lower MacBook prices to generate sales. Apple’s Wintel-based competitors, on the other hand, benefitted from Windows 10 and the steady supply of Intel’s Skylake CPUs,” says TrendForce notebook analyst Anita Wang. “They were able to have numerous new products ready to promote and ship. As a result, MacBook shipments suffered a massive quarterly decline of 40.4% in the first quarter and Apple retreated to the sixth place in the ranking.”

Of course, the first quarter is the traditional off season for the notebook market and retailers still needed time to clear out their existing inventories. Total shipments fell 19%...

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05:46
Apple granted patent for even smarter iPad cover,...

Apple has today been granted a patent for an iPad Smart Cover with more smarts than usual: it incorporates a built-in display, and even a Wacom-style drawing tablet.

The patent illustrates a number of different ways the Smart Cover display could be used, from simply extending the iPad’s own display through text-only displays of things like reminders to a combined display and touchpad. Some of the options show the display acting as a full input device too, allowing both handwritten notes and drawings.

While we of course add our usual disclaimer that Apple patents way more things than it actually makes, two element of this patent have actually made it into production …

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05:39
Ampple plans high definition speaker case for the...

Ampple has introduced an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for its high-definition sound system for the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 4. It will be delivered in the form of a portable, protective case. The crowdfunding campaign, which has a funding goal of $50,000, features a limited amount of early bird specials of $95 (over 35% off the expected retail price of $149 for the shipping product.

Featuring CONEQ, a pro-grade sound correction algorithm, and an acoustic design in the inner sound channels of the case, Ampple produces powerful audio via its front facing speakers, according to Viesturs Sosars, CEO of Ampple. Powered with Bluetooth technology, the speaker case cannot only be paired with the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 4, but also with other Bluetooth-enabled devices.  

On the inside, each case packs a 5000mAh battery that purportedly lasts up to 10 hours. The Ampple case is built...

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05:29
Voip-Pal completes legal service on Apple, Verizon,...

Voip-Pal.com has announced that they’ve completed legal service on Apple, Verizon, and AT&T in the company’s combined $7 billion patent infringement lawsuits filed in February 2016 in the United States District Court, District of Nevada.

Voip-Pal CEO Emil Malak says the company initially delayed service of the actions pending discussions with the defendants regarding an “amicable resolution.” Over the past several weeks discussions have been initiated between the defendants and Voip-Pal’s advisor and mediator, Ray Leon. Malak says Leon has either personally met with or spoken via teleconference with representatives of each of the defendants.

Voip-Pal is a publicly traded corporation that acquired Digifonica International Limited in 2013 in order to fund, co-develop and complete Digifonica's suite of patents. Digifonica purportedly operationalized and tested its suite of software solutions with applications in five core areas of Internet connectivity: Routing,...

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04:47
Tim Cook & Jony Ive make top 10 most influential...

You might think you’d have to get a bit further down the road than researching the possibility of a car to make a top 10 list of automotive influencers, but it seems not. The Drive has listed Jony Ive as #6 and Tim Cook as #3 in its list of The 10 Most Influential People in Automotive Technology.

The Drive cites CarPlay and Watch-based car apps as part of Apple’s reach into the automotive world to justify Cook’s inclusion, while Ive is listed as an influencer of car interior design.

As for the Apple Car itself, the latest news is that the company is seeking 800,000-sq feet of space for research...

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04:30
Photo comic creation is easy and fun with Comic Life...

By Aaron Lee

plasq's Comic Life is a fun Mac OS X app that makes photo comic creation easy. Its image editing features make it easy to transform a photograph into comic artwork, while graphic design options let you tweak the appearance of your comic pages.

Comic Life 3 (the last major rev) introduced a script editor that lets you create stories right in the app. It's simple to take your words to the comic page thanks to new SmartScript technology. Graphics options for strokes, fills and opacity make it easy to create impressive designs. Comic Life 3 also introduced a re-engineered editing engine that allows two-up display of your comic, element grouping, find and replace and master page. 

The collection of parametric filters range from simple line drawing to full on movie-style rotoscoping. They allow a range of effects. You can knock out image backgrounds with the integrated Instant Alpha tool, making it a breeze to build a scene with layered...

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