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Sunday February 14

00:51
One piece covers the sofa

Forums: Software

All you do is put a little dye on the rag and dot it onto your Suede Fabric. It is so easy to just dot, dot, dot away. Pay close attention to any folds in the fabric to ensure you cover all parts equally. Allow the shoes to dry and if needed, apply a second coat of dye. You can continue to do that until you get the color you want. That’s it. You might want to spray them with a suede protectant after that to help seal in and keep any from rubbing off on your pants.

First off, we can't weigh in on the performance of the new products we've been spying on. But having been using aerosol paints for years for an array of different projects, it just doesn't seem that spraying something that will absorb the paint in an unpredictable manner is a good idea. Not even that it's a bad idea, just seems like the money spent...

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00:41
The Container Houses building process from Hzxiaoya

Forums: TroubleshootingTags: container housesentry boxmodular homehzxiaoya

Modular builders, like Manor, offer a complete solution when it comes to the Container Houses building process. An experienced council liaison team internally, manage all council approvals, bushfire and flood zonings that are necessary. Modular construction is a very serviced based build option with the sales team constantly in contact to update you...

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Saturday February 13

17:45
Samsung's Gear VR can now take golf fans on the...

It's a little hard to believe that something called the "Waste Management Phoenix Open" is one of the biggest events in golf, but hey — now you don't need to shell out tons of cash to explore the event's signature course. All it takes is a Sams...

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17:00
Apple And AT&T Sued For Infringement Over iPhone...

Haptic technology company Immersion has accused Apple and carrier AT&T of infringement of three of its patents in the latest iPhone models and Apple watches. Immersion, which claims over 2,100 issued or pending patents worldwide covering various aspects and commercial applications of haptic or touch feedback technology, has asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to ban the import of the specified iPhone and Apple Watch models in the U.S., besides suing for damages in a Delaware federal court, company CEO Victor Viegas said in a conference call Thursday. Immersion decided to include AT&T and subsidiary AT&T Mobility in the action because the carrier is the most significant distributor of the iPhone in the U.S.


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16:00
DARPA to unveil its 130-foot unmanned robot ship in...

DARPA is christening its autonomous robot ship in April, the agency's director, Arati Prabhakar, has revealed at a media roundtable. That's the same submarine-hunting drone defense contractor Leidos began building in 2014, and the same one that will...

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14:43
“The Maltese Falcon” is returning to theaters for...

Slashfilm:

Have you never experienced the wonders of seeing Humphrey Bogart on the big screen? Have you never watched a John Huston film in a movie theater either? Well, now you can do both, because Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies are teaming up for anniversary screenings of The Maltese Falcon.

Frequently considered the first – and finest – example of film noir filmmaking in Hollywood, 1941’s classic The Maltese Falcon will cast its mysterious shadows on the silver screen once again on Feb. 21 and Feb. 24 as part of the Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) TCM Big Screen Classics series.

But moviegoers should take note that the opportunity to see “the stuff that dreams are made of” in theaters will be fleeting: The Maltese Falcon will play four times only, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. (local time) each day.

Sadly, it doesn’t look like this is screening near me but if you can get tickets, I strongly encourage you to go see this absolute classic...

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11:53
The dark origins of Valentine’s Day

NPR:

Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate romance and love and kissy-face fealty. But the origins of this festival of candy and cupids are actually dark, bloody — and a bit muddled.

Though no one has pinpointed the exact origin of the holiday, one good place to start is ancient Rome, where men hit on women by, well, hitting them.

I love these origin stories – as a kid, I was a big fan of Roman and Greek mythology. Our present version of Valentine’s Day, regardless of your feelings about the day, is certainly better than its origin story.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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11:48
AT&T Jumps Into the 5G Race


AT&T on Friday announced plans to start testing 5G technology, with a possible limited commercial rollout before the end of 2016. 5G offers the promise of besting the speeds of today's fastest wireless networks by a factor of 10 to 100, through the use of millimeter waves, network function virtualization, and software-defined networking. Through a collaboration with Ericsson and Intel, AT&T will be ramping up its efforts to bring 5G to market starting in the second quarter of this year.

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11:47
This film editor kept Deadpool from flying off the...

The Verge:

Amazingly, the new Deadpool movie does work. That has a great deal to do with Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick’s screenplay, but so much of what keeps the film from flying out of control is the editing. Julian Clarke had to do the heavy lifting in Adobe Premiere to strike a balance between the character’s love of gore and gleeful absurdity, making a movie that’s accessible to both fans and neophytes. It’s not easy, since Deadpool seems made for situations that fly out of control. I spoke with Clarke about the film, the challenges he faced making it, and why the sequel might be harder to pull off than anyone expects.

Interesting interview with the editor of the film and the particular challenges he had in keeping the level and tone just right. I haven’t seen the movie but I’ve heard good and bad things about it. But, from the trailers, it feels like one of those movies you’re either going to immediately form an opinion about one way or the other. Personally, I...

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11:27
Why a die-hard mechanical watch lover can’t get the...

Hodinkee:

Having worn an Apple Watch almost exclusively for the last month, I feel absolutely confident that mechanical watches aren’t going anywhere for now. But the Apple Watch isn’t either.

It’s almost improbably well done, and it shows a willingness to think creatively that ought to be heeded by the luxury watch industry – and it also suggests to me that underestimating its impact, and Apple, is dangerous.

This is a long and well detailed review of the Apple Watch from the point of view of a person who loves and lives for mechanical watches. This is a guy who reviews $95,000 mechanical watches on a regular basis so his opinions regarding the Apple Watch are very interesting.

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10:42
Warning: Adobe Creative Cloud deletes data in your...

Petapixel:

Here’s a major warning to those of you who use Adobe Creative Cloud on a Mac: the latest version of Creative Cloud has a bug that deletes unrelated data from your root directory without warning.

The bug in Adobe Creative Cloud version 3.5.0.206 was discovered by the cloud backup service Backblaze, whose customers were having their data deleted by Adobe’s app.

This is yet another in a long line of issues with apps in Adobe’s Creative Cloud and it may be the most destructive one yet. I was forced to use CC but I don’t do any of the updates as they pop up. I know Adobe screws this stuff up on a regular basis so I keep myself one update behind.

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10:01
∞ Piezo 1.5 arrives; Piezo exits the Mac App Store

Rogue Amoeba:

While the App Store has many shortcomings, it’s the onerous rules and restrictions Apple has for selling through the Mac App Store which pose the biggest problem. The type of software we make is precluded from being sold through the store, particularly now that sandboxing is a requirement, and Apple has shown no signs of relaxing those restrictions. Fortunately, unlike iOS, the Mac platform is still open. We’re able to distribute and sell direct to our customers, right from our site. We’ve got almost 15 years of experience and success doing just that, and we have no plans to stop.

I get why Apple does sandboxing and, in broad terms, it’s great for users. But we are seeing more and more developers unable to create the products they want because of sandboxing. The...

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09:45
Apple Seeks Court's Relief over Issue of...

Before the Paris terrorist attack, a New York Court ordered Apple to unlock their security on an iPhone – and then changed its mind and deferred the ruling. While both sides await the final ruling, Apple wrote a letter to the judge.

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09:30
The new iPhone fashion shoot: bikinis, foam core,...

Fstoppers:

When I heard the iPhone 6s was coming out on September 25, I decided now was the best time to create a new video to prove once and for all that quality photography can be taken with any budget.

Instead of using a fancy studio (which was actually just my garage in the last video) I decided to do the shoot around my house and then outside at the beach. Instead of seamless paper I decided to use backgrounds that anyone could easily find. Most importantly, I limited my lighting budget to about $40 maximum per shot.

I love this post because it shows you don’t need a ton of gear to get great shots. With your iPhone, some stuff you can buy at Home Depot and a little ingenuity, you can create your very own fashion shoot. Thanks to iheartapple2 for the link.

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09:26
Review: Atlas Wristband is an ambitious but flawed...

The Atlas Wristband is a noble first effort at something no other fitness tracker does, but there are too many rough edges to recommend it to anyone but a small subset of fitness enthusiasts.

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07:52
Rogue Amoeba’s Piezo is leaving the Mac App Store

Another app is leaving the Mac App Store. Rogue Amoeba says that Piezo — an app that lets you capture audio from already-running applications, as well as from several hard-to-capture applications like the Safari and Chrome web browsers, FaceTime, and more — will only be available at the product website.

Why the change? According to the folks at Rogue Amoeba: “A major reason for the initial creation of Piezo was our desire to allow recording from other applications on the Mac within the limits of what Apple’s Mac App Store rules allowed. We were pleased to provide audio capture to customers of the Mac App Store, and for a time, things worked just fine. However, Apple eventually changed the rules, requiring that all applications distributed through the Mac App Store be sandboxed. This was a...

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07:12
Apple announces USB-C Charge Cable Replacement...

Apple has announced an USB-C Charge Cable Replacement Program. The company says a limited number of charge cables that were included with MacBooks through June 2015 may fail due to a design issue. 

As a result, your MacBook may not charge or only charge intermittently when it’s connected to a power adapter with an affected cable. Apple will provide a new, redesigned USB-C charge cable, free of charge, to all eligible customers. This program also covers Apple USB-C charge cables that were sold as a standalone accessory.

For MacBook owners who provided a valid mailing address during the product registration process or Apple Online Store purchase, Apple will send you a new cable by the end of February 2016. All other eligible MacBook owners should use the replacement process below to receive a new USB-C charge cable.

Affected cables have “Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in...

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07:04
Valentine’s Day spending expected to reach $19.7...

In the U.S., 54.8% of consumers celebrate Valentine's Day (which is tomorrow), and many buy presents for their significant other. The average amount spent per consumer reached $146.84 in 2015, according to new data from MarketResearch.com.

The gifts given most often include candy, cards, flowers, jewelry, clothing, and eating out or dining. Candy is one of the most common Valentine's Day gifts, with 47.5% of people giving it as a gift. Approximately $1.7 billion is expected to be spent on candy for Valentine's Day. In the U.S., 81% of Americans eat chocolate, making it a popular choice for the holiday.

Retail outlets and foodservice establishments benefit from Valentine's Day as it is becoming a high spending holiday. According to the Retail Advertising and Marketing Association, $403 million in revenue is generated from the sale of domestically cut...

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05:16
Future 5G Wireless Networks will Provide leapfrog...

AT&T is unveiling its 5G road map to bring customers the next-generation of super-fast, flexible wireless connectivity. AT&T next-gen 5G-service is expected to deliver speeds 10-100 times faster than today’s average 4G LTE connections. One technology that will benefit from 5G networks is automatic speech recognition (ASR) that will be able to take Apple's Siri ...

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05:00
Add Columns, Delete Columns, and Edit Columns, and...

Previously, we covered creating tables in SQL. To create a column in a table, use the ALTER TABLE statement, along with the ADD and then define a column name followed by the data type:

ALTER TABLE nameoftable
ADD nameofcolumn datatype

To delete a column in a table::

ALTER TABLE nameoftable
DROP COLUMN nameofcolumn

To change the type of data stored in a column, use MODIFY:

ALTER TABLE nameoftable
MODIFY COLUMN nameofcolumn datatype

In this article, we’ll use the same “Customers” table from our first articles to add and edit columns:

ID Site Contact Address City Zip Country
1 Krypted Charles Edge my house Minneapolis 55418 US
2 Apple Tim Cook spaceship Cupertino 95014 US
3 Microsoft Satya Nadella campus Redmond 98053 US
4 Facebook Mark Zuckerberg foodhall Menlo Park 94025 US
5 JAMF Dean Hager Grain Exchange Minneapolis 55418 US

Let’s add a column called “ExpDate” in the “Customers...

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04:30
Social media is the queen of hearts for single...

SOASTA, which specializes in performance analytics has announced the findings of its 2016 Valentine’s Day Survey (which is, in case you don’t know, tomorrow). 

Conducted online by Harris Poll in late January 2016, the SOASTA study questioned 2,046 American adults aged 18+ and 1,158 American youths ages 8-18 to determine how Americans plan to send Valentine’s Day wishes this year. According to the new research, 79 percent of youths and 71 percent of adults plan to send Valentine’s Day wishes this year.

SOASTA’s Valentine’s Day Survey revealed that many adults plan to turn to social media to send Valentine’s Day wishes this year. Nearly one in three (32%t) of adults who plan to send Valentine’s Day wishes will do so through social media sites,...

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04:30
Kanex announces new Aluminum MultiSync Bluetooth...

Kanex has announced a new family of wireless Bluetooth keyboards for Apple devices, including its flagship model, the MultiSync Aluminum Mac Keyboard. 

The wireless keyboard features a sleek design with a Mac layout and can connect up to four Mac and iOS devices at once. Kanex is also introducing a new MultiSync Mini Keyboard, and two new EasySync iPad Keyboards with 2-in-1 covers that convert into a smartphone or tablet stand.

The Kanex MultiSync Aluminum Mac Keyboard features a premium aluminum finish, while the MultiSync Mini Keyboard is made of stainless steel, both complementing your Mac and assuring durability for everyday use, according to Andrew Truong of Kanex. Four Bluetooth keys let you switch between four Mac or iOS devices – just pair your devices and start toggling. 

You can adjust screen brightness, volume, play and pause with single touch focus keys on the...

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03:05
Apple Announces that MacBook USB-C Charge Cables may...

Apple has officially announced that a limited number of Apple USB-C charge cables that were included with MacBook computers through June 2015 may fail ...

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03:00
The week in Apple news: iPhone 5se and iPad Air 3...

Apple headlines for the week ending Feb. 12, 2016

It’s President’s Day weekend, which means many people in the United States have a three-day weekend to honor the 44 people who have served in this land’s highest office. OK, seriously, most people are going to be shopping at President’s Day sales, watching a movie, playing video games, or enjoying the outdoors. With all that time on your hands, you can catch up on the Apple-related headlines from the past week in this slideshow. Click on the link to get more info.

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01:27
This week on AI: Apple Car secrets, iPhone &...

This week more evidence of Apple's car project was uncovered, while rumors hinted at an Apple Music TV show starring Dr. Dre, as well as a launch date for a new 4-inch iPhone and third-generation iPad Air. Separately, Apple seeded several new betas and was hit with two lawsuits.

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Friday February 12

20:07
Apple to Open Innovation Center in Hyderabad India...

Back in March 2015 we posted a report titled "Apple Considering a Technology Development Center in India." We noted in that report "that Bob Kupbens, a former executive with US retailer Target and Delta Air Lines, who is now a vice-president at Apple Online Retail, was the man evaluating the options. Today we're learning ...

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19:22
An Apple Grant of $500K worth of Macs, iPads and...

Jackson Elementary in Salt Lake became the second school in the state Friday to receive a grant from Apple as part of the nationwide ConnectED program. The approximately $500,000 award will allow Jackson to provide technology for every student and teacher at the school, including Apple hardware ...

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18:37
Bug in Adobe Creative Cloud updater erases root...

Adobe has pulled its most recent Creative Cloud update after the version was found to contain an errant script that automatically deletes locally stored Mac user data without warning.

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18:33
Rock the vote for your favorite game in the GDC...

Want to make your voice heard in this year's Game Developer's Choice Awards? How about doing the same for the Independent Game Festival's accolades? Boy howdy, you're covered in both cases. Once again, the GDCA and IGF are opening up the floor for au...

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16:53
Apple, Inc set to open new $25 million tech center...

Apple is reportedly opening its first technology development located in India, on 250,000 sq ft of land within the IT corridor of Hyderabad, next to facilities for Microsoft, Infosys, Wipro and Cognizant, reportedly within Tishman Speyer's WaveRock facility.

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16:07
Apple’s First Scripted Series will Star Dr. Dre

Apple is pushing forward with its first scripted series with a show called Vital Signs starring and produced by Dr. Dre. Citing unnamed sources, The Hollywood Report reported that Vital Signs will be a semi-autobiographical vehicle for the rap mogul-turned-tech executive. Sam Rockwell and Mo McCrae will also be involved.


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16:07
Adobe Creative Cloud Bug Deletes Files Without...

Adobe Creative Cloud users were in for a surprise after installing a recent update: files from their Macs were deleted without any warning or request for permission. Adobe pulled the update, but not before many Mac users unexpectedly lost files.


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15:56
Apple says some USB-C cables shipped with Retina...

Apple has launched a replacement program for the USB-C cable that came bundled with 2015 Retina MacBook units, finding that some cables were faulty. Bad cables would result in the MacBook not charging, or charging unreliably when connected to a power adapter.

From Apple’s help site, affected customers can order a free replacement USB-C cable. Retina MacBook owners who provided a mailing address at product registration will be shipped a new cable automatically by the end of February … If you did not provide this information...

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15:29
Apple Launches USB-C Charge Cable Replacement...

Apple today launched a worldwide replacement program for the USB-C charge cables that were shipped with the 12-inch Retina MacBook through June of 2015, as these cables can fail "due to a design issue."

According to Apple, affected cables may cause the MacBook to not charge or to charge intermittently when it is connected to a power adapter. Cables with the issue can be identified by their labeling, which reads "Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in China." Redesigned cables have the same text, but also include a serial number.

Apple is providing new, redesigned USB-C charge cables to MacBook owners with faulty cables at no cost. In addition to cables that shipped with the MacBook, the replacement program also includes faulty cables that were sold as standalone accessories.

Customers who supplied a valid mailing address when registering their product or purchasing it through the Apple Online...

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15:26
Apple initiates replacement program for MacBook USB-...

Apple on Friday activated a quality program for USB-C charging cables included with 12-inch MacBook with Retina display models, as well as those sold as standalone accessories, saying a design issue with affected units could cause them to fail.

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15:00
AT&T Says it’s 5G Network will be 100x Faster...

We don't have a 5G standard yet, but that isn't stopping AT&T from launching its own field trials. The cell service provider is teaming up with Intel and Ericsson to conduct tests this summer with the still in flux wireless protocol, and they expect to hit speeds that clock in 100 times faster than today's 4G LTE.

The Mac Observer Spin: Gigabit wireless data connections for our iPhones sounds awesome as long as it doesn't kill battery life.


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14:56
Apple Music passes 11M subscribers as iCloud hits...

During a wide-ranging interview published on Friday, Apple executives Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi revealed fresh statistics on the company's various internet services like Apple Music, which now boasts more than 11 million paying subscribers.

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14:47
64-bit iPhones and iPads get stuck in a loop when...

Zach Straley demonstrates the problem on an iPhone.

Take a 64-bit iOS device—iPhone 5S or newer, iPad Air or newer, iPad Mini 2 or newer, sixth generation iPod touch or newer—laboriously set its date to January 1, 1970, and reboot. Congratulations: you now have a shiny piece of high-tech hardware that's stuck at the boot screen, showing nothing more than the Apple logo... forever.

Posted on Reddit and subsequently demonstrated on YouTube, it appears that iOS has a rather embarrassing software flaw. Redditors testing the bug have found themselves with unusable phones, and there are reports that vandals have been resetting the clocks of display devices in Apple stores.

So far, taking advantage of this bug requires a few minutes of physical...

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14:01
My Classic Hard Disks Are Spinning Right into the...

As the technology of SSDs develops and capacities grow, the lower capacity drives will become very, very affordable. This has already caused a sea change in how we boot up our Macs. And now it's going to change our Mac life in another way. John Martellaro is all over it.


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13:27
Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi Discuss Bloated...

Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi spoke with John Gruber in this week's episode of "The Talk Show," where they commented on recent opinions that Apple's software isn't up to snuff and offered some details on a new version of iTunes coming in OS X 10.11.4.

Last week, Re/code's Walt Mossberg wrote a piece entitled "Apple's Apps Need Work," pointing towards a "gradual degradation" in quality in several Apple apps and services like iCloud, Mail, and Photos. iTunes for the desktop was one of the most heavily criticized apps, with Mossberg saying he "dreads" opening it because it's "bloated, complex, and sluggish."

During the podcast, Gruber asked Eddy Cue about Mossberg's opinion, prompting him to give some background on how Apple wanted the iTunes experience to work. iTunes, Cue said, was...

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13:26
Hazel 3.3.7

Maintenance update for the file cleanup utility with a few bug fixes. ($29 new, free update, 9.0 MB)

 

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13:08
News: iPad Air 3, iPhone 5se expected to be...

Following reports that the iPhone 5se and iPad Air 3 will be unveiled on March 15, it now appears that the models will also be available in Apple Stores three days later, on March 18, according to a new report from 9to5Mac. With the devices going on sale so soon after the event, sources suggest that Apple is unlikely to offer pre-orders for either of the new devices, although they cautioned that Apple’s plans could still change. In the case…

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13:00
The Week in iOS Apps: Making weather simple

Making weather simple

This week’s roundup includes two different apps that aim to strip weather forecasting down to its barest essence. Read on!

Anchor

The success of live-video apps like Periscope seems to have inspired some envy among audiophiles. Anchor is a free iPhone offering that lets you “broadcast” two-minute audio clips—“think mini podcasts,” the makers say—which can be shared on iMessage, Facebook, Twitter, SMS, or email, or embedded on a website or blog.

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12:42
Warning: Bug in Adobe Creative Cloud deletes Mac...

Enlarge (credit: Backblaze)

Adobe Systems has stopped distributing a recently issued update to its Creative Cloud graphics service amid reports a Mac version can delete important user data without warning or permission.

The deletions happen whenever Mac users log in to the Adobe service after the update has been installed, according to officials from Backblaze, a data backup service whose users are being disproportionately inconvenienced by the bug. Upon sign in, a script activated by Creative Cloud deletes the contents in the alphabetically first folder in a Mac's root directory. Backblaze users are being especially hit by the bug because the backup service relies on data stored in a hidden root folder called ....

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12:33
Harvard study says Apple's Tim Cook was right:...

Efforts by the FBI and certain lawmakers seeking to ban Apple and other U.S. companies from selling products with real encryption will not be effective, note researchers in a study citing 865 encryption products already available in 55 countries--two thirds of which originate outside the U.S.

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12:32
Why fruits and vegetables taste better in Europe

Vox:

“The bottom line here with the industrial tomatoes is that tomatoes have been bred for yield, production, disease resistance,” Klee told me. “The growers are not paid for flavor — they are paid for yield. So the breeders have given them this stuff that produces a lot of fruit but that doesn’t have any flavor.”

“We are raising a whole generation of people who don’t know what a tomato is supposed to taste like.” That’s why you see gigantic strawberries and fist-size apples on the store shelves. Since Americans like their produce big, and big fruit is more efficient to grow, growers do everything they can to supersize their fruit, even at the expense of flavor.

Anyone else noticed this? I did especially when I was in Italy. In particular, the tomatoes tasted amazing and completely different from the blandness of what we get in supermarkets here in North America.

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12:31
Report: The iPhone 5se and iPad Air 3 will hit store...

In a curious move for Apple, the company is reportedly planning to announce and release two new devices in the same week. Apple will take the wraps off the 4-inch iPhone 5se and upgraded iPad Air 3 at an event March 15 and release them March 18.

According to 9to5Mac, Apple might ditch the customary online preorder period and put the new phone and tablet up for sale right away. This is a new sales strategy for the company, which usually builds anticipation for products with preorders and big retail launches. But the new iPhone is reportedly ready to go, so why wait?

To read this article in full or to...

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12:30
Dr. Dre reportedly filming an orgy-filled TV series...

Apple didn’t forget about Dre.

While the Beats cofounder turned Apple employee hasn’t been heard from much in his role as an Apple employee, The Hollywood Reporter says that’s because he’s reportedly filming a scripted series exclusively for Apple.

According to THR’s sources, Vital Signs will be a six-episode series starring Dre, executive-produced by Dre, and likely distrubuted as part of Apple Music. THR says Dre conceived the idea, and pitched it to Jimmy Iovine—and “Apple is said to be very bullish on the project.”

We heard rumors a couple weeks back that Apple was seeking exclusive content for the Apple TV, with The Street reporting that Eddy Cue was taking meetings in Hollywood. Dr. Dre is of course...

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12:22
Apple Set to Tippy-Toe into TV Land with their First...

Talk of Apple’s interest in original programming has been around for a few years, ever since Netflix and Amazon started finding success in the arena. Now the Hollywood Reporter has learned that Apple is making its first original television show.

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12:13
Review: VRS Design Crystal Bumper, High Pro Shield...

The recently rebranded VRS Design is continuing its push into the American market with a number of new iPhone cases. The company's Crystal Bumper ($33), High Pro Shield ($33), and Verge Active ($33) all still bear the Verus name the company used before rebranding. Crystal Bumper and High Pro Shield are similar cases, both using the style of a soft shell surrounded by a hard plastic bumper. Verge Active is a bit different, as it puts a soft shell inside a harder, outer shell. The case also comes with a partially rotating magnetic holster clip, if you're still interested in that sort of thing. All three cases have proper coverage for the sleep/wake button and volume controls.{/exp:char_limit}
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12:03
External Link: Google to Shut Down Picasa in Favor...

Google has announced that it will shut down its Picasa photo service on 1 May 2016. The company advises Picasa users to log in to Google Photos to access their Picasa photos, which should already be transferred. Google also said that it will provide a way for Picasa users to access their photos without Google Photos. As for the Picasa desktop app, Google will stop supporting it on 15 March 2016. We can’t say that we’re surprised by this move, since Google has shifted heavily toward Google Photos, but we will miss Picasa’s Mac app, as it was one of only a handful of alternatives to Apple’s Photos on the Mac.

 

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11:57
'iPhone 7' might replace 3.5mm headphone...

Apple's next-generation iPhone -- expected to abandon a 3.5mm headphone jack -- will probably replace the part with a second speaker, according to a Barclays research memo obtained by AppleInsider.

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11:49
Straight Outta Apple: Dr. Dre to star in Apple...

AP Images/Invision via The Hollywood Reporter

Apple is staying close to home for actors in its first original TV content, with an upcoming show called "Vital Signs" that will most likely be available to subscribers to Apple Music.

The Hollywood Reporter noted that the six-episode production will star Apple employee Dr. Dre, who will also be executive producer for the show. It's not known at this time if the show will be available through other avenues like iTunes. Apple followed a similar path with Taylor Swift's "1989 World Tour" concert video, which was available only to Apple Music subscribers.

Adults probably won't want their kids to watch "Vital Signs". Hollywood Reporter's sources said it is a "dark drama with no shortage of violence and sex" and filming this week included an "extended orgy scene." Each episode will be just 30 minutes long.

Dr. Dre...

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11:49
Adobe Creative Cloud bug deletes hidden folder...

Update 1:45 p.m. PT: Adobe told Ars Technica that the company is “stopping the distribution of the update until the issue has been resolved.”

If you are an Adobe Creative Cloud user, it’s possible that the most recent CC update can prevent processes like online backups from working properly.

According to Backblaze [hat tip to Andy Baio], the CC update (version 3.5.0.206) looks for the first hidden folder (based on alphabetical order) at the root of the Mac’s drive and removes the contents of that folder. For Backblaze users, a .bzvol hidden folder is created, and chances are it tops the list alphabetically.

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11:46
iPhones Bricked By Setting Date To Jan 1, 1970

lightbox32 writes: Beware of a hoax circling the interwebs, which can be seen by setting your iPhone's date to January 1, 1970. Many people are reporting that doing so will brick the device. It's unclear what exactly causes the issue, but could be related to how iOS stores date and time formats. Jan. 1, 1970 is a value of zero or less than zero, which would make any process that uses a time stamp to fail. Apple is aware of the issue and is looking into it.


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11:40
iPad Air 3 and iPhone 5se to Be Available on March...

Apple is planning to begin selling the upcoming iPad Air 3 and the 4-inch iPhone 5se starting on March 18, reports 9to5Mac. The two devices will be offered in stores and online starting on Friday following their introduction at an event to be held on Tuesday, March 15.

Apple is not expected to accept pre-orders for the two devices, and the short period between announcement and launch suggests Apple expects supplies of the iPad Air 3 and iPhone 5se to be plentiful. It is unusual for Apple to offer an iPhone directly after an announcement, but this is the first time the company has launched a standalone non-flagship device.Launching the new iPhone and iPad models so soon after introduction and not offering pre-orders would be a new strategy for Apple. Apple typically releases new...

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11:39
Rumor: New 4" iPhone, 'iPad Air 3'...

Just a few days days after Apple announces its anticipated latest product updates, customers could be able to get their hands on the latest iPhone and iPad refreshes, according to a new report.

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11:27
Zuckerberg Aims to Set Things Right With India


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday went into damage-control mode following a tweet from board member Marc Andreessen about India and colonialism. Andreessen was reacting to the Indian telecom regulator's ban on Facebook's Free Basics service. "Another in a long line of economically suicidal decisions made by the Indian government against its own citizens," he reportedly tweeted. "Denying world's poorest free partial Internet connectivity when today they have none, for ideological reasons, strikes me as morally wrong."

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11:16
The science behind OK Go’s latest jaw-dropping video

The Daily Dot:

To shoot the video, the band hopped aboard a special fixed-wing airplane, lovingly dubbed the “vomit comet” by astronauts in training thanks to its ability to induce, well, vomiting. The plane, provided and operated by the company S7, climbs higher than a commercial jet and then the pilot begins to take it on a parabolic flight pattern. In other words, the plane goes up at a steep angle, then back down again, creating 25 seconds of weightlessness for the cargo (i.e. OK Go and crew).

Dave posted this morning about the video. Here are some details about how they accomplished it.

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11:16
4-inch iPhone 5se & iPad Air 3 planned to go on...

Apple is currently on target to start selling its next iPhone and iPad models the same week that the new products are introduced in March. Apple is currently planning to introduce a new 4-inch iPhone dubbed the “iPhone 5se” and a new iPad Air at an event on Tuesday, March 15th, then put the products up for sale online and in retail stores as early as Friday, March 18th, according to sources. Apple is unlikely to offer pre-orders for the new devices, according to sources who cautioned that the plans could still change.

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11:02
Japan Display's Upcoming Touch Screens Feature...

Apple supplier Japan Display revealed some details on its second-generation "Pixel Eyes" LCD modules over the holidays, providing us with a look at some of the ways the display industry is advancing. Japan Display's "Pixel Eyes" modules incorporate touch functionality into the display, and in the second-generation model, there are some exciting improvements.

Using a new sensor structure and new materials, Japan Display has managed to decrease the thickness of the bezel, going from 0.8mm to 0.5mm. A deeper black level is available, and the display can accept input with a stylus as narrow as 1mm for finer detail when drawing or writing.

Perhaps the most intriguing feature in the LCD module is its ability to operate with wet fingers. Many current smartphone screens are unable to work accurately under water and when fingers are wet as water is capacitive and confuses the built-in touch sensors.

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10:52
News: Apple filming original ‘dark drama’ television...

Apple is forging ahead with plans for unveiling its own original, exclusive television programming, and is in fact already getting ready to announced its first television show, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The series, which will reportedly be titled Vital Signs, is described as a “dark semi-autobiographical drama” featuring Beats co-founder and rap legend Dr. Dre, who now works in the upper echelons of Apple. Multiple sources are…

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10:40
Gruber talks to Craig Federighi and Eddy Cue

This is a podcast you really need to listen to today. According to Gruber:

It’s a wide-ranging discussion, and includes a bunch of interesting scoops: the weekly number of iTunes and App Store transactions, an updated Apple Music subscriber count, peak iMessage traffic per second, the number of iCloud account holders, and more.

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10:33
Dr Dre said to be starring in Apple Music’s first...

When Apple bought Beats back in 2014, it got a headphone/speaker line and the foundation for what became Apple Music. Now it appears that Beats co-founder and rap legend Dr Dre is going to be playing an even bigger role in the company. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Apple is currently producing an original series called Vital Signs with Dr Dre as the show’s star. It’s a new move for Apple, creating original video content, and one that is expected to be used to promote Apple Music.

While rumors of Apple developing a streaming TV package have been...

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10:33
Apple execs Eddy Cue & Craig Federighi talk...

John Gruber surprised podcast listeners today by getting Apple’s own Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi on The Talk Show to discuss a variety of topics behind Apple. Since Tim Cook took leadership at Apple, it hasn’t been unheard of for Apple execs to appear on Gruber’s show. The first occurrence was last June when Phil Schiller met John Gruber on stage during WWDC to discuss Apple’s recent announcements and decisions over the past few years. This marks the second time that Federighi has been on the The Talk Show, and Cue’s first.

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10:29
First Apple Music TV series to star Dr. Dre, will...

Apple is reportedly set to get into the original content business, competing with the likes of HBO, Netflix, Amazon and others, with a new TV show starring one of its own employees: Dr. Dre.

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10:23
External Link: Adobe Creative Cloud App Deletes...

The folks at cloud-backup service Backblaze have discovered a troubling behavior in Adobe Creative Cloud: Adobe’s Mac software is deleting the contents of the first hidden folder it sees, in alphabetical order, at the root of users’ disks. (Hidden folders aren’t displayed in the Finder, but often contain important settings or other data.) Backblaze users noticed the bug because the Backblaze app depends on a hidden folder called .bzvol, which is often alphabetically the first hidden folder on Backblaze users’ drives. If you use Backblaze, the company offers a way to work around the bug by creating a sacrificial folder that sorts before .bzvol. It’s up to Adobe to fix the issue permanently.

 

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10:22
Dr. Dre to Star in Apple's First Original...

Following rumors Apple is planning to create original television content like Netflix and Amazon, news has leaked about the company's first prospective TV show courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter. The series, called Vital Signs, is described as a dark semi-autobiographical drama that stars Beats co-founder and Apple executive Dr. Dre.

Sources who have seen scripts and descriptions of the show have described it as being very dark, reflecting at least in part on the life of Dr. Dre. Each episode is said to focus on a "different emotion" and the way Dre's character handles it.

While technically a half-hour, the show is not a comedy. Instead, it is described as a dark drama with no shortage of violence and sex. In fact, an episode filming Monday and Tuesday this week...

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10:20
OS X Hidden Treasures: Quick Look

Quick Look can help you peer inside files quickly, but it’s easy to miss or forget about. You’ll learn how to use Quick Look from the Finder, within some of Apple’s apps, and from the command line. We’ll also share some tricks you may not know and some of our favorite plug-ins that make Quick Look even more useful.

 

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09:56
Gravitational waves exist: the inside story of how...

The New Yorker:

Twenty-two years ago, construction began on an enormous detector, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO). Then, on September 14, 2015, at just before eleven in the morning, Central European Time, the waves reached Earth.

Marco Drago, a thirty-two-year-old Italian postdoctoral student and a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, was the first person to notice them. He was sitting in front of his computer at the Albert Einstein Institute, in Hannover, Germany, viewing the LIGO data remotely. The waves appeared on his screen as a compressed squiggle, but the most exquisite ears in the universe, attuned to vibrations of less than a trillionth of an inch, would have heard what astronomers call a chirp—a faint whooping from low to high.

This morning, in a press conference in Washington, D.C., the LIGO team announced that the signal constitutes the first direct observation of gravitational waves.

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09:55
AT&T lays plans to begin testing 5G data in 2016...

AT&T on Friday announced its plans to test 5G network technology, beginning with lab tests in the second quarter done in collaboration with Intel and Ericsson.

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09:32
9to5Toys Lunch Break: 12-inch MacBook $999, iPhone...

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08:52
iPad Pro could use much faster 29W charging, if...

The USB 3 capable Lightning port on Apple's iPad Pro could use an incoming charge of up to 29 watts, matching the abilities of Apple's 12-inch MacBook. But without any USB 3 Lightning cables yet available on the market, this power remains untapped for now.

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08:34
Switch to AT&T, buy a new iPhone, and get a...

Beginning today, new and existing AT&T customers can purchase a new iPhone and get another one free when adding a second line.

Both phones must be purchased on AT&T Next, the company’s installment plan. The first phone can be a new line or an upgrade. The second phone must be a new line and purchased on AT&T Next 24.

You can add both phones to a qualified plan, like Mobile Share Value, for as low as $70 a month for two phones. After three billing cycles or less, you’ll start to receive up to $650 spread out over 30 monthly bill credits. You do have to pay tax on both phones at sale. For more info, go to one of AT&T’s retail stores.

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08:33
Uber has to refund those so-called Safe Ride fees

Two years ago, UberX passengers began noticing a strange $1 charge tacked on to their ride receipts. It was called a “Safe Rides Fee,” and the car-hailing company said it was to help offset the costs of screening drivers and cars to make sure they complied with federal, state, and local regulations. Now Uber has to pay up for advertising that its background checks were “industry leading,” when in fact they were just super fast.

Uber now has to pay $28.5 million to some 25 million Uber riders in the States to settle a class-action lawsuit that accused the company of being dishonest about how intense its driver background checks are.

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08:30
iPhone 7 Predicted to Adopt Lightning Headphones...

Apple is likely to wait until 2017 and the "iPhone 7s" to introduce noise-canceling headphones, according to a Barclays analyst report posted today. In the report, analysts Blayne Curtis and Christopher Hemmelgarn believe that 2016's iPhone 7 will include a Lightning-equipped headphone accessory, with the "potential" for a dynamic noise-canceling system to be introduced next year.

The analysts believe Apple will use a basic digital codec in 2016, allowing the company to introduce Lightning-connected headphones later in the year. This move will prepare Apple for the possibility of including Cirrus Logic's (an Apple audio supplier) more advanced noise-cancellation smart codec in 2017, which requires a digital codec to be installed in the first place.

We still believe there is potential for AAPL to add ANC in the IP7S but believe AAPL is including just the digital headphone in the IP7 this year. Recent speculation surrounding the elimination of the headphone jack...

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08:16
U.S. Treasury Secretary Calls on the EU Commission...

At the top of the month we posted a report titled "Europe's Antitrust Chief Determined to Pursue Apple in Tax Case." today we learn that the U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew called on the European Union to reconsider tax probes targeting U.S. companies on Thursday, arguing that such moves represented disturbing precedents.

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08:01
Foursquare wants to send you food and groceries when...

Foursquare is all about discovering new places to visit, but for those times you don't feel like venturing out, the app can now help bring takeout, booze, and groceries to you. The “location intelligence” company recently announced a new partnership with Delivery.com and mobile commerce platform Button.

Users living in or visiting the 36 cities where Delivery.com is available will soon see the site’s icon within the Foursquare app. Tap the icon next to a location that uses the service, and you will move from Foursquare to the Delivery.com app (or be encouraged to install it). That means you’ll have to sign-up for Delivery.com’s service to use the new integration.

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07:36
Video filmed in zero gravity, with people, balls,...

[VIDEO] OK Go makes great videos. This one was filmed in zero gravity, at least for much of the time. Fantastic.

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07:32
Class-action suit over iPhone-bricking Error 53...

The iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S, and 6S Plus don't like it when you replace their TouchID sensors. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

In recent weeks, you may have read about iPhone error code 53, a problem related to the fingerprint sensor that can keep iPhones with damaged or replaced TouchID buttons from installing updates or brick them entirely. Yesterday, a Seattle law firm filed a class-action lawsuit against Apple in the US District Court for the Northern District of California. It argues that preventing iPhones with damaged TouchID buttons from working normally otherwise is "abusive," that Apple did not adequately warn consumers of problems that could arise from a damaged or replaced TouchID sensor, and that "more than 62 million units" have been affected in the US as of November 2015.

Class-action...

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07:32
Exploiting a loophole

A great story from a Reddit thread entitled, What was a loophole that you found and exploited the hell out of?

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07:31
Kanye West wants to tap Kim Kardashian’s App Store...

In between a fashion show and album debut at his super confusing Madison Square Garden event yesterday, Kanye West also found some time to take the wraps off his upcoming video game dubbed “Only One”.

And the game is just as bat sh*t crazy as you could have hoped for with characters controlling West’s dead mother in angel form as they guide her through the gates of heaven on a flying white pegasus in the clouds.

But apart from the gameplay that we get a glimpse of in the full trailer below, it also seems like the game will feature some remastered versions of well-known Kanye tracks, or at least the “Only One” song that accompanies the trailer and shares a name with the game. Kanye first released the song Only One featuring Paul McCartney in 2014 as a...

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07:28
‘Other’ storage on your iPhone and iPad explained

Christian Zibreg, writing for iDownloadBlog, digs into the details of your iOS device’s ‘other’ storage.

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07:19
The Details Emerge in the 'Error 53' Class...

On Monday we posted a report titled "A Seattle Law Firm is looking to file a Class Action Lawsuit against Apple over the 'Error 53" Controversy," and late yesterday the law firm of Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala PCVA filed a class-action lawsuit against Apple in federal court. Today's report covers the law firm's press release and part of their court filing introductory commentary. To further serve the Apple community, we've also enclosed a full Scribd document covering the full class action filing that will fill you in with all of the details that may be interest to you.

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07:12
UI design trends

As you scroll through the single-page site, note that each panel tells a story. For example, one tells us the popular colors. Another tells us the adoption numbers for Photoshop vs Sketch.

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07:10
Apple captured 21% of smartphone processors, 31% of...

Although the smartphone and tablet processor markets actually declined year-over-year in 2015, Apple managed to capture large shares of both in 2015 simply manufacturing for its own devices, Strategy Analytics said in data released on Friday.

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07:02
This iOS date trick will brick any device
07:00
AT&T to Begin Testing 5G, 10-100 Times Faster...

AT&T has announced that it will begin trialing 5G wireless technologies this year, including lab tests in the second quarter and outdoor tests over the summer. The carrier anticipates 5G speeds to be 10-100 times faster than today's average 4G LTE connections, with reduced latency.Customers will see speeds measured in gigabits per second, not megabits. For reference, at one gigabit per second, you can download a TV show in less than 3 seconds. Customers will also see much lower latency with 5G. Latency, for example, is how long it takes after you press play on a video app for the video to start streaming on your device. We expect 5G latency in the range of 1 to 5 milliseconds.Worldwide standards are still lacking for 5G technologies, but the 3GPP group aims to complete the first phase of that process in 2018. The widespread rollout of AT&T's 5G...

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06:40
Why Twitter needs domain names

I think Kirk is really on to something here. Terrific discovery opportunity for Twitter. Hope someone there reads Kirk’s writeup.

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06:28
My notebook dilemma

Choosing a Mac laptop is no easy task. The simple is gone.

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06:05
OS X: Turning Off Live Photos (For a Bunch of Images...

Been taking lots of pictures with your iPhone 6s or 6s Plus? Did you forget to turn off Live Photos and now want to edit the feature out of the images you've taken? Well, within Photos on the Mac, you can do just that, and it'll even work if you've selected a bucketload of pictures all at once. Melissa Holt's gonna tell us how in today's Quick Tip.


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06:00
The Independent to shut down its print edition

Another print edition bites the dust.

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05:58
Kanex announces new Aluminum MultiSync Bluetooth...

Kanex (www.kanex.com) has announced a new family of wireless Bluetooth keyboards for Apple devices, including its flagship model, the MultiSync Aluminum Mac Keyboard.

The wireless keyboard features a sleek design with a Mac layout and can connect up to four Mac and iOS devices at once. Kanex is also introducing a new MultiSync Mini Keyboard, and two new EasySync iPad Keyboards with 2-in-1 covers that convert into a smartphone or tablet stand.

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05:51
AppDelete for Mac OS X gets tweaked version...

Reggie Ashworth has announced AppDelete 4.2.4 (http://www.reggieashworth.com/appdelete), an update to his application deletion utility for Mac OS X.

Via drag and drop, it will uninstall anything along with all of the associated items. Version 4.2.4 is an El Capitan optimized version with a tweaked user interface, refreshed graphics, and a new app icon. It also includes miscellaneous bug fixes and other optimizations.

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05:48
The Specific Allegations Found in the Immersion...

Yesterday we reported that Immersion Corporation sued Apple over their Touch Feedback Technology. Our report covered the basics of the lawsuit through the eyes of Immersion's press release. Today, the specific allegations against Apple emerge.

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05:40
Another day, another TWO lawsuits against Apple

Another day, another TWO lawsuits. A Seattle-based law firm called PCVA and Immersion, a haptic feedback tech company, are suing Apple.

The law firm is launching a class action suit against Apple over the “Error 53” codes brouhaha. It involves Apple's hardware repair practices, specifically targeting the "Error 53" code issue that renders an iPhone unusable following an unauthorized Touch ID fingerprint sensor install. 

In the other legal action, Immersion has filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission ("ITC") against Apple Inc., AT&T Inc., and AT&T Mobility LLC. Immersion has also filed a patent infringement complaint against Apple, AT&T and AT&T Mobility in the U.S. District Court for the...

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05:33
AT&T joins Verizon in 5G testing this year,...

Verizon began lab-testing its 5G network last year, aiming to carry out the first real-world tests this year, and AT&T has now announced that it will be doing the same. The company seems even more optimistic than Verizon, which estimated 5G speeds some 30-50 times faster than LTE.

We expect 5G to deliver speeds 10-100 times faster than today’s average 4G LTE connections. Customers will see speeds measured in gigabits per second, not megabits. For reference, at one gigabit per second, you can download a TV show in less than 3 seconds. 

Don’t get too excited just yet, though, as there are a couple of small hurdles to be overcome first …

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05:28
AppleInsider podcast talks 'Apple Car,'...

This week on the AppleInsider podcast, Neil and Mikey look at new evidence pointing to work on a so-called "Apple Car," forecast the future of iPhone and Apple Watch, discuss Neil's iPad Pro keyboard comparison and much more.

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05:00
Link Data In Multiple Tables Using The SQL JOIN...

A SQL JOIN clause combines rows from tables, based on a field shared between them (often a joining or ID field). There are four types of JOINs:

  • INNER JOIN: Show rows when there’s a match in BOTH tables
  • LEFT JOIN: Show rows in the left table with the rows that match up from the right table
  • RIGHT JOIN: Show rows in the right table with rows that match up in the left table
  • FULL JOIN: Show rows with a match in at least one table

In this article, we’ll use the same “Customers” table from our first articles:

ID Site Contact Address City Zip Country
1 Krypted Charles Edge my house Minneapolis 55418 US
2 Apple Tim Cook spaceship Cupertino 95014 US
3 Microsoft Satya Nadella campus Redmond 98053 US
4 Facebook Mark Zuckerberg foodhall Menlo Park 94025 US
5 JAMF Dean Hager Grain Exchange Minneapolis 55418 US

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05:00
Why I stopped wearing my Apple Watch

I’ve been a Mac user since 1984 and iOS user since 2007. In 2016 I’m switching from iPhone and Apple Watch to Android and Android Wear as an experiment. This blog post is one in a series from a lifelong Apple/iOS user  switching to Android.

The Huawei Watch is a sharp-looking timepiece.

Like many of you I ordered an Apple Watch at midnight on April 10, 2015 and received it on April 24, 2015. To say that anticipation was high might be the understatement of the year.

Before the arrival of the smart watch, I wore a Breitling watch daily (and a Tag Heuer before that). I don’t consider myself a horologist or even a watch snob, I just have thing for nice watches. A watch is one of the few accessories that...

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05:00
Patent report: iPhone-controlling Apple watches,...

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 this week’s patent highlights: 

It’s just a matter of time before iOS and OS X devices have flexible screens. Apple has been granted a patent (number 9,256,250) for “electronic devices with flexible screens having fastened bent edges.” 

Apple says electronic devices such as laptops and smartphones usually have rigid displays made from rigid display structures that often include a significant amount of inactive border area for around the display for accommodating display circuitry for operating display pixels in an active region of the display. This type of wide inactive region tends to make displays bulky and requires the use of electronic device housings with wide bezels. 

Naturally, Apple doesn’t like this...

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05:00
The smart home isn't yet where Apple's...

My home is dumb.

Part of the reason is that I don’t have a house—I have an apartment, which I rent. That limits the investment I can make into smart home technology: No rewiring thermostats or installing smoke detectors for me.

But the other part of it is that right now, the smart home industry is disjointed, fragmented. There are a ton of disparate gadgets and more competing and wackily-named protocols than I can shake a (smart) stick at. 

Someone needs to bring order to this chaos. Because I don’t want a bunch of smart rooms—I want a smart home. And this is exactly the area where Apple could really succeed, assuming of course that it wanted to.

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04:55
Internet security market may hit $46.5 billion by...

A new report by Allied Market Research (www.alliedmarketresearch.com) says the world Internet security market is expected to garner $46.5 billion by 2021, registering a CAGR [compound annual growth rate] of 8.4% from 2016 to 2021.

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04:52
Apple, Dr. Dre working on scripted television series

Apple and the mighty Dr. Dre are creating an original television show.

It’s been discovered that the company and Dr. Dre (real name Andre Young), who works as one of its executives, will have Dr. Dre starring and executive producing his own six-episode vehicle, dubbed Vital Signs, and the production is being bankrolled by Apple. The series likely will be distributed via Apple Music, the company’s subscription streaming site, but it’s not clear if Apple TV, the iTunes store or other Apple platforms (or even a traditional television distributor) will be involved. Apple and a rep for Dre declined to comment.

The show has been described as semi-autobiographical to Dr. Dre, with each episode focusing on a different emotion and how Dre’s character deals with it. Sources say that Sam...

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04:39
Kool Tools: MotionMap for OS X

Ben Software, in conjunction with Pro Video Analytic Tools, has introduced MotionMap, a new video analytics software product designed to work in conjunction with any video surveillance (CCTV) system.

The software analyses captured footage to build a picture of where motion most occurs in the video frame. These motion maps give insights into traffic flows - for example customers moving around a store or showroom.

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04:30
The iGo is the coolest desktop for an iMac (though...

If you want THE desk that's designed specifically for the iMac, you'll have to pick up the iGo from Rain Design. 

Though gorgeous and unique, the iGo is a boutique item that won't appeal to everyone. It's a sexy minimalist desk that gives your iMac (or, if you prefer, a Mac mini with a Thunderbolt Display) "legs." In an office situation it beefs up the "wow" factor substantially. For home users, while the iGo doesn't make an iMac easily portable, it does facilitate moving it from one room to another. 

For instance, I normally do my Apple World Today work in my home office. With the iGo, I can work in the sunroom for a change of scenery and atmosphere. 

The iGo offers some ergonomic benefits, especially the standing model. You can adjust the height of your screen, keyboard and chair to prevent working in the same position for hours at a time. You can also use it to reduce eyestrain by...

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04:24
Syncro Soft Updates Oxygen XML Web Author To Version...

Syncro Soft, the developer of the Oxygen XML suite of products, has announced version 17.1.1 of its Oxygen XML Author.

The upgrade takes advantage of the Oxygen authoring technology to bring XML editing and reviewing to any device that supports modern web browsers. The user interface is designed to allow you to interact with XML content in the most efficient and productive way possible.

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04:10
Apple’s Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi discuss Apple...

Apple’s Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi sat down and discussed subscriptions numbers to some of its services.

The execs claimed that there are currently more than 11 million paying Apple Music subscribers, and 782 million iCloud users. That’s on over one billion Apple devices, too.

The two stated that there are over 200,000 iMessages cycle through the system every second, and 750 million transactions per week via iTunes and the App Store.

Apple has yet to release its Apple TV or Apple Watch user numbers, which remain a tightly guarded secret, albeit there is a new Remote app on the way for the Apple TV. According to Apple, it will mimic the existing Apple TV remote...

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04:04
Apple's iPhone sued for infringing touch...

Haptic technology company Immersion has accused Apple and carrier AT&T of infringement of three of its patents in the latest iPhone models and Apple watches.

Immersion, which claims over 2,100 issued or pending patents worldwide covering various aspects and commercial applications of haptic or touch feedback technology, has asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to ban the import of the specified iPhone and Apple Watch models in the U.S., besides suing for damages in a Delaware federal court, company CEO Victor Viegas said in a conference call Thursday.

Under the rules, it will take the ITC 30 days to decide on instituting an investigation, and the subsequent proceedings could take another 16 months, making an appeal to the ITC the most effective and quick way for redress, Viegas said.

To...

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04:00
SuperTab offers a ‘floating Finder’ for Mac OS X

SpriTec Software's SuperTab, a Mac utility application designed to enhance and extend the Mac's built-in Command-Tab Application Switcher, has been called a "floating Finder" — and with good reason. It provides Finder features and an app launcher at your fingertips. 

Without SuperTab, the App Switcher only allows you to access your currently active apps. With the SpriTec app installed, you have access to a lot more.

After you've downloaded and installed SuperTab, you'll need to grant access to "SuperTab.app" in the Security & Privacy settings to take advantage of all its features. To do this, open the Systems Preferences app and click the "Security & Privacy" icon.

Click the "Privacy" Tab. Click "Accessibility." If it's locked, click the lock in the lower left, then enter your password. Check the box next to "SuperTab.app." Now you're ready to go.

Press the Command and Tab keys, and the translucent SuperTab interface appears on your Mac's screen...

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03:33
ASICS will acquire Runkeeper, following Adidas and...

Following in the footsteps of competitors, Adidas and Under Armor, ASICS will buy fitness app-maker, Runkeeper. The move was announced on Medium by Runkeeper’s founder, Jason Jacobs, and indicates that all fitness apparel companies clearly see the need to embed tracking technology, and/or tie-in apps with their brands.

Jacobs notes that partnering with ASICS to fulfill the company’s vision made complete sense. Not only is ASICS a running-oriented company, but, the manufacturer’s shoes are ‘by far’ the most popular brand among Runkeeper users.

In the short...

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00:21
Pew: More Americans Looking for Love Online


Online dating numbers are up in the United States, the Pew Research Center said Thursday, based on the results of a recent survey. Today, it's possible for singles from all walks of life to find a date who's compatible with them -- at least virtually -- the findings suggest. As the online dating world expands, adding ever more nuanced sites -- like The League, which targets affluent, ambitious go-getters who are looking for the same -- more people are signing up.

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Thursday February 11

20:24
JBL’s Legend CP100 head unit with CarPlay support to...

Back at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, JBL took the wraps off of its first CarPlay-capable aftermarket head unit, the Legend CP100. At the time, the company teased only that it would be “coming soon,” but now we have an official release date. The Legend CP100 head unit will be available starting February 14 for $399 via JBL’s website.

The JBL Legend CP100 features a 6.75-inch capacitive touchscreen, which is not bad at all for the price. Capacitive touchscreens are also often easier to use as they require a lighter touch than resistive touchscreens that are used in many in-car units. The Legend CP100 also has an AM/FC tuner, rear USB input, rear camera input for adding up a backup camera, and support for steering wheel controls in your car....

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19:49
Lowest Prices Ever: 12" MacBooks for $999 ($300...

Apple authorized reseller B&H just slashed $300-$350 off Apple's entire lineup of 12" MacBooks and $100 off all Apple Watches, delivering the lowest prices we've ever seen for these product lines. Plus free shipping and no tax outside NY.

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19:08
Harman's JBL Legend CP100 CarPlay receiver to...

A month after Harman debuted its JBL Legend CP100 aftermarket receiver with CarPlay support, the company on Thursday opened preorders for the $400 device ahead of a Feb. 14 ship date.

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18:53
Law firm follows through with plan to file class...

Earlier this month, Apple acknowledged an issue referred to as “Error 53” that causes iPhone 6 units with home buttons repaired by a third-party to potentially be bricked with software updates. Shortly after Apple acknowledged the issue, a Seattle-based law firm announce that it was considering filing a class action lawsuit against Apple for forcing people to use the company’s own repair outlet, which is often more expensive. Now, the law firm PCVA has officially filed the case with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

In a press release announcing the lawsuit, PCVA stated that the first goal of the suit is to get all affected customers “re-outfitted” with...

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16:39
Immersion files lawsuit, ITC complaint against Apple...

Haptic feedback technology developer Immersion on Thursday announced a two-pronged legal attack against Apple for allegedly infringing on its patents with haptic systems embedded in Apple Watch and iPhone.

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16:32
Google Rumored to be Developing a Next-Gen VR...

A couple of weeks ago we posted a detailed report titled "Apple's 'Secret' VR Team isn't that Secret Anymore," covering recent and long standing rumors and patents regarding a VR headset Apple is reportedly working on. Now A new rumor has surfaced that "Google is getting real about virtual reality.

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16:10
LUX Lightning Cables on Kickstarter: MFi-Certified,...

There seem to be two schools of thought when it comes to Lightning cables: buy 'em cheap because they don't last, and pay for quality so they will last. I'm in the latter camp. I hate buying cheap cables knowing I'll have to replace them once they break, usually at the point where the connector connects to the actual cable. Apple's own cables fit in that not-good-enough category, and that's why I often post deals, product announcements, and Kickstarters for cables wrapped in metal, nylon, kevlar, and other materials. Which brings me to LUX Cables, MFi-certified cables on Kickstarter with, "thicker wire gauge (20 AWG), metal encased tips and braided with nylon." They blew past their modest funding goals, and there's still 36 days to help fund the project and get one of these 2-meter cables for US$17.

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16:04
Apple Facing Class Action Lawsuit Over 'Error...

Seattle-based law firm Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala (PCVA) today followed through with plans to bring a class action lawsuit against Apple over the "Error 53" controversy that made headlines last week.

"Error 53" is the error code that some iPhone 6 owners have received after third-party repairs that affect Touch ID were made to their iPhones, rendering the devices unusable. As explained by iFixit, repairs made by third-party services using components not sourced from the original device cause the iPhone to fail a Touch ID validation check because the mismatched parts are unable to properly sync. Parts that can impact Touch ID include the screen, flex cable, and Home button.

When this Touch...

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15:56
New Patent War: Immersion Files Patent Infringement...

It looks like a new patent war front has just opened up against Apple. Earlier today Immersion Corporation, a developer and licensor of touch feedback technology, published a press release announcing that they've both filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission ("ITC") against Apple Inc., AT&T Inc., and AT&T Mobility LLC and a patent infringement complaint against Apple, AT&T and AT&T Mobility in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware.

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15:32
VoIP-Pal Hits Apple, AT&T, Verizon with $7B...

Washington-based patent holding company VoIP-Pal filed filed lawsuits this week against Apple, AT&T, and Verizon over claims the companies are infringing on communication-related patents it owns. VoIP-Pal is asking for US$7 billion in damages from the companies.

The Mac Observer Spin: This is the state of patent law in the United States: It doesn't matter if VoIP-Pal has a legitimate claim. The knee jerk reaction is to assume they're a patent troll looking to strong-arm money out of deep pocket companies like Apple, AT&T, and Verizon. Maybe they are, or maybe they aren't; either way, the U.S. legal system is overrun with companies using the treat of court action over patent infringement claims as a business model.


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15:30
The Week in iPhone Cases: Native Union's latest...

...plus, Lifeproof's upgraded NÜÜD, and more

This week’s roundup of new iPhone cases includes Native Union’s handsome Leather Edition, plus your usual lineup of rugged cases, screen protectors, and basic shells. Read on!

Case Mate

The Tough Air (iPhone 6/6s and 6 Plus/6s Plus; $20 to $30) is a translucent case, featuring eye-catching 3D patterns imprinted on its back for stylish impact absorption.

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15:29
Apple slapped with class action suit over Touch ID-...

Seattle-based law firm PCVA has decided to move forward with a class action lawsuit related to Apple's hardware repair practices, specifically targeting the "Error 53" code issue that renders iPhone unusable following an unauthorized Touch ID fingerprint sensor install.

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15:21
Kim Jong-Un Found To Be Mac User

jones_supa writes: He might hate the United States, but he sure digs those designed-in-California computers. You probably wouldn't take Kim Jong-un as a Mac user. Usually, in photos of him checking out military computers, we see the North Korean dictator in front of a PC with a Dell monitor. However, a handful of photos of the supreme leader at his own desk show him with Macs, leading to the assumption that while the military may use PCs, his personal preference is Mac. Reuters correspondent James Pearson, who covers both Koreas, tweeted out a fresh image of little Kim using a MacBook Pro inside an aircraft. There are other images, including a 2013 image of Kim Jong-un at his desk with an iMac. That same year, the South Korean newspaper Chosun published a photo from North Korean Central News Agency, which features an Apple iMac. This might also explain why the country's home-grown Linux distribution Red Star imitates OS X.

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15:05
Apple sued over haptic feedback

Immersion, a company that develops and licenses haptic touch feedback technology, today filed a lawsuit against Apple and AT&T accusing the two companies of patent infringement. Citing technologies like 3D Touch, Force Touch, the Apple Watch Taptic Engine, and vibration patterns for ringtones and notifications, Immersion says multiple Apple devices use its intellectual property.

Another interesting case.

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15:02
Apple Invents New Heart Rate Monitoring Process...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a number of patent applications from Apple that are worth highlighting. We covered two inventions earlier today relating to a new 3D Sessionless Pointing User Interface and another covering ten Apple Watch band inventions. In this report we cover a pair of interesting inventions. The first relates to a new heart rate monitoring process for the Apple Watch that could provide cleaner results while the second one relates to device button and slider mechanisms being reinvented from using mechanical components to those using magnetics technology.

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14:55
Pandora looking for a buyer

Pandora has the largest number of users for music streaming, but the competition is encroaching. Spotify is said to be arming itself with another $500 million in capital, and Apple Music recently surpassed 10 million paying users. Pandora’s users peaked at 81.5 million at the end of 2014, declining to 78.1 million in the third quarter.

Pandora has the best algorithmic stations around. I’m surprised they’re shopping themselves around after taking over the Rdio assets last year, but I guess we’ll see what happens.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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14:46
Haptic Feedback Company Immersion Files Patent...

Immersion, a company that develops and licenses haptic touch feedback technology, today filed a lawsuit against Apple and AT&T accusing the two companies of patent infringement. Citing technologies like 3D Touch, Force Touch, the Apple Watch Taptic Engine, and vibration patterns for ringtones and notifications, Immersion says multiple Apple devices use its intellectual property.

According to Immersion, the iPhone 6, 6s, 6 Plus, 6s Plus, Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport, and Apple Watch Edition infringe on several Immersion patents that cover haptic feedback systems. Immersion says all of the above listed devices infringe on two patents related to tactile sensations:

- U.S. Patent No. 8,619,051: "Haptic Feedback System with Stored Effects"

- U.S. Patent No. 8,773,356: "Method and Apparatus for Providing Tactile Sensations"

The iPhone 6s and...

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14:34
TestFlight gets support for iOS 9.3, watchOS 2.2...

Apple on Thursday released a new version of the TestFlight iOS app, adding support for iOS 9.3 and watchOS 2.2, both of which are still in beta form.

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14:27
Novel Quartz news app launched for Apple Watch ahead...

An innovative new app launched today by business news site Quartz turns new stories into an interactive streaming text conversation. Also of interest: the new iPhone app was launched for Apple Watch before being released to Android phones at all.

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14:25
Apple Selling View-Master Virtual Reality Starter...

Apple is now selling the View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack. This is the device that turns your iPhone into a virtual reality viewer in the vein of Google Cardboard. Only it's not made of cardboard, it's made of plastic. It's designed to work specifically with View-Master reels you buy from the App Store, but as mentioned, it works with any Google Cardboard content. It also comes with a sample reel. Apple began selling it earlier this week, which reminds me of Apple CEO Tim Cook saying that virtual reality was interesting during the company's Q1 quarterly conference call. Apple is also building its own virtual reality team. It's easy to imagine that selling the View-Master device is part of Apple's information-gathering process. In any event, it's $29.99, making it an inexpensive way to get a quality viewer.

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14:15
AWT News Update: February 11, 2016

Today's Apple news is all over the map:

  • Don't try this, but there's a way to brick just about any 64-bit iOS device by just changing the date
  • According to officials, Sunnyvale, CA residents have complained about noise emanating from the alleged site of Apple's car project
  • Apple's Maps vans are now driving day and night to capture information
  • Vevo updated its Apple TV app for the 4th-generation device, now providing access to over 150,000 HD music videos

Text is below, while the Periscope video that was marred by trolls today is here.

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14:04
CBS head says talks for Apple streaming TV have...

CBS is no longer in talks with Apple regarding the latter's frequently-rumored streaming TV service, the network's CEO admitted in a recent interview.

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14:04
TestFlight updated with support for watchOS 2.2 and...

Apple’s TestFlight iOS app has received an updated today with support for watchOS 2.2 and iOS 9.3, as well as the standard “stability and performance improvements.” Upon first glance, users who were having trouble installing beta apps from TestFlight onto the latest watchOS 2.2 betas won’t see much more success with today’s TestFlight update.

What’s New in Version 1.3.2

Includes support for watchOS 2.2 and iOS 9.3, as well as minor stability and performance improvements

The original TestFlight platform was ...

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13:45
X-Doria Revel Apple Watch Case is Colorful, Durable

X-Doria has introduced the Revel line of four colorful Apple Watch cases. They simply snap on and leave all ports accessible. The case is flexible yet durable. John's been using one with his Apple Watch for two weeks, and it has grown on him.


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13:35
Review: Bluelounge’s Kosta Apple Watch Charging...

Earlier this year at CES, I got the chance to stop by Bluelounge’s booth and discovered a product announced late last year that I hadn’t seen before, the Kosta Apple Watch Charging Coaster. What caught my attention is that it’s designed similarly to Apple’s Magnetic Charging Dock, but comes in three non-white colors including dark grey and costs $15 instead of $80. There are a few key differences to consider with Kosta compared to other Apple Watch docks …

Bluelounge offers Kosta in three different colors:...

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13:34
Beyond Ink Pen: $49

The Beyond Ink Pen is a clever device: part pen, part stylus, part USB drive, and part iPhone charger. Really. It has an ink reserve for the ballpoint pen, and the tips can be switched out so you can use it as a stylus. It also has a 16GB UB drive built into it-lift the cap to plug it in. But the best thing is that they crammed in a 1000mAh battery for giving your iPhone an emergency charge of up to five hours of talk time. Oh, and it has a built-in Lightning cable (MicroUSB model available, too) for charging. It sounds like something Q would be pleased with. Through our deal you can get Beyond Ink Pen for $49, a discount of 30 percent.


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13:16
Apple's 'watchOS' is now a Registered...

Today, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published Apple's latest registered trademark for 'watchOS'

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12:57
Newly-revealed date glitch may render some iOS...

Though people have to go out of their way to trigger it, a time-related glitch discovered in iOS 8 and 9 will let users potentially "brick" many Apple devices, rendering them non-functional.

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12:57
News: CBS CEO Moonves notes Apple talks have stopped

Leo Moonves, CEO of CBS, has noted that his company’s talks with Apple have basically stopped, CNN Money reports. While Moonves was cautiously optimistic about making a deal with Apple back in October, he now tells CNN Money that those talks have ceased, at least for the time being, stating that although CBS had conversations with Apple “awhile back” his company hasn’t “had any recent conversations with them” although…

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12:54
Mac: Kanex MultiSync Aluminum Mac Keyboard

These days, just about every Apple device works with an external keyboard, from the iPhone to the Apple TV, and since most traditional Bluetooth keyboards only pair with a single device at a time, you’re often left juggling multiple keyboards or constantly repairing. This is where Kanex’s new MultiSync Aluminum Keyboard ($100) comes in — it allows you to simultaneously pair up to four Bluetooth devices and easily switch to your preferred device using four quick function buttons above the numeric keypad.

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12:52
CBS CEO now says company has had no ‘recent talks’...

Apple’s streaming web TV service has been rumored for nearly a year now, with reports originating last March claiming that Apple was planning to announce a service at $30-$40 per month. The service was said to feature upwards of 25 channels and be available on the fourth-gen Apple TV. Recently, however, reports have claimed that Apple’s talks with major networks have stalled. Now, speaking to CNN, CBS CEO Les Moonves has confirmed that talks between Apple and CBS have stopped recently.

“We had conversations awhile back, and we haven’t had recent conversations with them,” Moonves said regarding CBS...

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12:48
iOS date bug will freeze your device at startup

I can’t think of a practical reason for setting the date of your iPhone or iPad to January 1, 1970. But if you manage to find a reason, don’t do it. You’ll end up with an unusable device.

A discussion on Reddit and an article on 9to5Mac points out that if you set your iOS device’s date to January 1, 1970 and then restart, your device won’t boot past the Apple logo startup screen.

This bug occurs on iOS devices with a 64-bit processor (A7, A8, A8X, A9, and A9X) and iOS 8 or later. I was able to trigger the bug on an iPad mini 4 (64-bit A8 processor) with iOS 9.2.1. In the 3-minute video below, the first 30 seconds (after the ad) are spent setting the date and restarting the iPad mini. The rest of the video shows the device stalled on the startup screen.

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12:15
Htop 2.0 Released, Runs Natively On BSDs and Mac OSX

An anonymous reader writes: The popular Linux process viewer htop got a new major revision, and now runs natively on FreeBSD, OpenBSD and Mac OS X. The author discussed the process of making the tool cross-platform earlier this year at FOSDEM. Htop also got some new features, including mouse wheel support via ncurses 6 and listing process environment variables.


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12:04
Google Developing Standalone Virtual Reality Headset...

As rumors circulate about Apple's secret work on virtual reality headset prototypes, Google is developing a standalone virtual reality headset, reports The Wall Street Journal. Google's virtual reality headset is not reliant on a smartphone, computer, or game console, unlike existing virtual reality products like the Oculus Rift, which requires a powerful computer, or its own Google Cardboard viewer, which requires a smartphone.

According to sources familiar with Google's work, the VR headset will feature a screen, high-powered processors, and a set of outward-facing cameras. Movidius chips that use the camera feed to track head motion will be included, alleviating the need for an external camera to track movement.

Along with a...

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11:57
New SourceForge Owners Start Trust Repair


SourceForge on Tuesday announced that it has pulled the plug on its DevShare program amid growing rebellion from software developers and a change of ownership. SourceForge Media announced the termination notice with a promise of other policy changes coming soon. DevShare was an opt-in revenue-sharing program for developers that was started in 2013. The program attempted to give open source software developers a monetizing stream by bundling selected software titles with the free downloads.

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11:54
Kanex launches new MultiSync Bluetooth keyboards for...

Popular accessory maker Kanex today announced a new lineup of Bluetooth keyboards for Mac and iOS users that allow easy switching between up to four wirelessly connected devices, as well as two products aimed specifically at iPad users.

There are four new keyboards in the lineup including the full-sized keyboard in black and aluminum pictured below, and a smaller miniature version (above) that is a lot like Apple’s own wireless keyboard in form factor (minus the questionable arrow key size).

Additionally, you’ll find two new iPad keyboards with stand covers, one for the iPad mini and one for either the iPad Air or iPad Pro:

  • MultiSync Aluminum...
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11:45
Amazon Opens Lumberyard to Game Devs


Amazon on Tuesday announced that it has widened its footprint in the game industry, complementing its development studio with the Lumberyard 3D game engine. Based on core components of Crytek's CryEngine, Lumberyard will support development for PCs and consoles (Xbox One and PlayStation 4). Amazon plans to add support for mobile devices and virtual reality gear soon. The game engine, which is available in a beta build, is free of charge, and there is neither a subscription fee nor revenue-sharing model to bar entry to small development teams.

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11:30
Gear: Rareform iPhone 6/6s Case

Rareform’s iPhone 6/6s Case ($40) is truly unique — each of the company’s cases have a different look, as the back of the case features an original piece of reclaimed billboard, cut, washed, and sewn into a matte, rubbery polycarbonate shell. We don’t give full reviews to shell cases, as they don’t provide proper everyday protection for an iPhone. Nevertheless, some users are only considered with cases as a fashion accessory,…

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11:23
Apple working on systems for 'high-end cars...

A year and a half ago, Apple received approval to build an "auto testing center" in the town of Sunnyvale, Calif., and the city manager's office even highlighted the project in a biweekly blog, though no one seemed to notice at the time [updated].

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10:57
Find Your Promised and Provisioned Comcast Internet...

Comcast customers are used to seeing items on their bills like "Performance Pro" and "Blast 105" for Internet service, but it's difficult to find out what speeds are advertised with those services. Even more difficult is finding out what Comcast actually provisions your cable modem to allow. Thankfully the folks at DSLReports keep a chart updated with precisely this information. For example, Blast 105 is currently advertised as 105 Mbps down, 10 Mbps up, but modems with this service are provisioned for 131.25 Mbps down and 12.5 Mbps up. Check out the chart for everything.


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10:24
Late Night 'Motor Noises' Heard From Apple...

Loud "motor"-sounding noises are being heard at a Sunnyvale campus where Apple leases at least one building, reports AppleInsider, speculating that the sounds could be coming from a secret car testing facility. Apple occupies a single building in a 7-building campus at North Wolfe Road and Central Expressway in Sunnyvale, which it leased in 2014.

AppleInsider has previously suggested that in addition to its known offices at the location, where it conducts research and development, Apple is also operating under a shell company known as SixtyEight Research. SixtyEight Research is a mysterious "market research" operation that also leases one of the buildings on the campus, and given the lack of information...

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10:19
Feds Put AI in the Driver's Seat


The artificial intelligence component of Google's Level 4 autonomous cars can be considered the driver, whether or not the cars are occupied by humans, the U.S. National Highway Transportation Safety Administration said in a letter released Tuesday. Level 4 full self-driving automation vehicles perform all safety-critical driving functions and monitor roadway conditions for an entire trip. Google's L4 vehicle design will do away with the steering wheel and the brake and gas pedals.

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10:08
TMO Daily Observations 2016-02-11: Apple’s A10 Chip...

TSMC is going to be the exclusive A10 chip maker for Apple, which means Samsung is losing out on some serious money. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to share their thoughts on why Samsung lost out, and what this means for the company. They also talk about Comcast's broadband Internet speeds, and how you can find out just how fast your connection should be.


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09:54
Third OS X 10.11.4 beta fixes bug with shortened...

The third OS X 10.11.4 beta solves issues Safari would encounter trying to load shortened Twitter links, according to a developer in contact with Apple.

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09:45
Gravity Waves Detected For the First Time

From the press release: "For the first time, scientists have observed ripples in the fabric of spacetime called gravitational waves, arriving at the earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe. This confirms a major prediction of Albert Einsteinâs 1915 general theory of relativity and opens an unprecedented new window onto the cosmos. Gravitational waves carry information about their dramatic origins and about the nature of gravity that cannot otherwise be obtained. Physicists have concluded that the detected gravitational waves were produced during the final fraction of a second of the merger of two black holes to produce a single, more massive spinning black hole. This collision of two black holes had been predicted but never observed. The gravitational waves were detected on September 14, 2015 ... by both of the twin Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors, located in Livingston, Louisiana, and Hanford, Washington, USA."

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09:42
Remote FileMaker 14 Training Series Course set for...

FileMaker authors John Mark Osborne and Steven Blackwell will teach the FileMaker Training Series for FileMaker Pro 14 remotely in April.

Remote classes offer the FileMaker Training Series at a 50% reduction in price because there’s no training facility to rent or instructor travel expenses. Students also avoid personal travel expenses such as airfare, meals and hotel stay.

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09:36
This iOS date trick will reportedly brick any device...

An interesting bug relating to the date and time system in iOS has emerged recently. Several users have discovered that if you change your iOS device’s date to January 1st, 1970, your device will be permanently bricked. You can see the process in the video below, and while I don’t have any desire to try it out to confirm, it’s pretty apparent based on separate reports that it’s a legitimate issue.

In order to change your date and time settings, you have to go to the Settings app, tap the General menu, choose Date & Time, and turn off the Set Automatically option. From there, you’ll have to scroll through the menu until it reaches as far back as it goes. After that, go back to the General menu then go back into the Date & Time settings and scroll backwards again. You’ll have to repeat this process until you reach...

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09:30
9to5Toys Lunch Break: new Apple TV from $117, Pad...

Keep up with the best gear and deals on the web by signing up for the 9to5Toys Newsletter. Also, be sure to check us out on: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

TODAY’S CAN’T MISS DEALS:

Best Buy, Target and Radio Shack are all discounting 4th Gen. Apple TV, 32GB from $117 & 64GB from $162 ...

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09:30
'Steve Jobs' makes it to iTunes

Image from Steve Jobs via Universal Pictures

Talk about something that resembles the plot of the movie "Inception" -- the movie about the famed co-founder of Apple is now available for sale on iTunes, which of course was a service that started up when Steve Jobs was CEO of the company. Steve Jobs was written by Aaron Sorkin, who won a Golden Globe for his script, and stars Michael Fassbender (who is up for the Best Actor Oscar) and Kate Winslet (nominated for Best Supporting Actress, winner of a Golden Globe for her role). 

The movie is available for purchase in HD or SD formats for $14.99 and will be available for rental on February 16. While the movie received high critical acclaim, it definitely bombed at the box office. Apple management was, by and large, unhappy...

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09:28
LEGO Star Wars - The Complete Saga for Mac Force-...

Feral Interactive (www.feralinteractivecom) says LEGO Star Wars — The Complete Saga for Mac is now available at Steam.

The game lets players experience iconic moments from all six Star Wars movies from podracing on Tatooine to targeting inexplicably unshielded exhaust ports. You solve puzzles through the use of creative thinking, teamwork, and building situations.

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09:08
Proposed bipartisan bill would prevent individual...

The plot may yet become even more intricate when it comes to states require backdoors into encryption.

A bipartisan bill introduced to the U.S. House of Represenatives on Wednesday would bar individual states and localities from requiring backdoors in encryption, something often demanded by law enforcement officials and intelligence agencies.

The ENCRYPT Act, sponsored Democrat Ted Lieu and Republican Blake Farenthold, was crafted in direct response to proposed rules in New York and California that would require companies to be able to decrypt smartphones.

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“It is completely technologically unworkable for individual states to mandate different encryption standards in consumer products,” said...

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09:00
Episode 084 on Clause Library Word add-in—Office 365...

In this episode, Jeremy Thake talks to Brendon Ford from Provoke Solutions on the Clause Library Word add-in that integrates with SharePoint Online.

The Clause Library app is a cloud-based information repository that can be accessed, searched, edited and retrieved directly from Microsoft Word. Whether you’re working on legal contracts, RFP/RFQ responses or sales proposal, your organization probably has certain phrases or clauses that are used repeatedly across multiple documents. After a painstaking review to get the perfect wording, it is difficult to ensure that information is always up-to-date and available for others.

Clause Library solves this problem, using the power of Office 365 and SharePoint Online:

  • Robust search functionality makes it easy to find the needed clause; with one click it can be added to the Word document you’re currently working in.
  • New clauses can be added and existing clauses can be edited in the central cloud-based...
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09:00
Goodyear brings spirit of innovation to every facet...

Today’s Microsoft Office 365 post was written by Sherry Neubert, chief information officer for The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.

It’s been said that the best way to predict the future is to invent it. At The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, that’s never been truer—innovation is an integral part of the culture at Goodyear. From the continual evolution of our tires, manufacturing processes and information systems, innovation is present just about everywhere in our business. We have a market-oriented innovation strategy, which means we combine the needs and desires of our tire consumers with technology to create tires and service solutions that add value and distinguish our branded products from our competition.

In fact, we made the tire-buying process easier for consumers in North America when we recently launched an e-commerce program where...

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09:00
Box Capture's new scanning tool lets you save...

Box isn’t content with simply storing all your electronic documents, so it’s adding physical documents to the mix as well.

Box said Thursday that the company has added document scanning to its Box Capture application for the iPhone, allowing users to take a picture of a document, crop and trim it, and convert the output to a PDF format. After it’s been scanned and converted, the document can be saved to Box’s cloud, or shared to other users.

However, Box Capture doesn’t extract readable text from the PDF document via optical character recognition—a task that some competing apps, like Microsoft’s Office Lens, perform. Users also may need to crop the document and adjust the shading, Box said.

To read this...

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08:54
Late-night 'motor noises' emanate from...

Apple's top-secret Sunnyvale, Calif., automotive testing facility has been the source of loud "motor noises" late at night that irked at least one nearby neighbor, AppleInsider has discovered.

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08:43
TSMC to be exclusive manufacturer for iPhone 7’s A10...

It looks like TSMC will be taking on the full manufacturing load for the iPhone 7’s processor.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company announced that they’ve reached a deal to produce the A10 processor and will most likely use a 10-nanometer manufacturing process. Full production is slated to begin in June.

Along with the 10-nanometer production process, TSMC is said to have beaten out rival Samsung for the contract given its better power performance and efficiency.

Apple used both Samsung and TSMC to manufacture the chips for the iPhone 6s, which caused some controversy as early benchmarks indicated that TSMC’s A9 chip outperformed Samsung’s in battery life. Apple revealed that, according to its internal testing, the...

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08:00
Science confirms that gravitational waves exist

At last, scientists have validated a key part of Einstein's general theory of relativity. The National Science Foundation, Caltech and MIT have confirmed the existence of gravitational waves, or ripples in spacetime. Their two LIGO (Laser Interfero...

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07:41
DJ software veteran Serato launches iOS app to...

DJs will be well familiar with the name Serato. It’s one of the — if not the — leading software products around for DJs that make the hop from vinyl to digital sets (and that’s most of them these days). But the company hasn’t had a huge presence on iOS devices outside of that world — save for its Remote companion app for users of a Serato desktop setup. That’s where Serato’s new Pyro app comes in, but it’s not exactly the scaled back version of the company’s desktop offering you might have been hoping for....

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07:39
Anova Culinary Bluetooth Precision Cooker for sous-...

Learning chefs that want to get a start on cooking sous-vide and get restaurant quality results, take a look at Amazon’s Gold Box deal today with the Anova Culinary Bluetooth Precision Cooker currently available at $139 (normally $179). Anova’s precision cooker clamps to the side of any deep pot or tank and continuously circulates the water inside to ensure that food is cooked evenly throughout. Connect the Anova to an iPhone via Bluetooth, and you can then wirelessly control and monitor...

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07:16
Apple to open tech development center in India

Apple plans to open its first technology development center outside the United States in Hyderabad, India, according to ZDNet.

It will be built on 250,000 square feet of land in the real estate firm Tishman Speyer's WaveRock facility at Hyderabad's IT corridor at a cost of $25 million (150 crore rupees). The center is expected to create 4,500 jobs for local, notes ZDNet. The move is viewed as a “momentous one.”

"It's a very positive development as Apple has not looked at cities only in India, but across many places in Europe and other parts of the world. Their decision to have the facility in Hyderabad is a strong endorsement of the city as a major IT hub in the country," Jayesh Ranjan, Secretary to IT department in the state of Telangana, told ZDNet.

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07:11
Vevo announces native app for Apple TV, offers...

Vevo has today announced a native tvOS app for Apple TV, with a Spotlight section auto-playing a stream of music videos based on your own tastes.

Vevo brings the smooth experience of the new mobile app and customizes it for the best lean-back experience. The Spotlight section autoplays so that a user can put down the remote and instantly enjoy a stream of music videos curated to their individual tastes. 

The audience can also easily navigate through the app to see top videos by genre; search for individual artists and videos; and select new favorite artists …

As you’d expect, playlists and favorite artists sync between...

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07:06
The Woz Backs New 'Silicon Valley Comic Con...

The goofy yet well respected co-founder of Apple Steve Wozniak will be bringing a new convention meshing technology with pop culture to Silicon Valley. The convention, called the 'Silicon Valley Comic Con' will run from March ...

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06:58
Voip-Pal sues Apple, Verizon, AT&T for patent...

Another day, another lawsuit. Voip-Pal filed a lawsuit against Apple on Feb. 9 in the United States District Court, District of Nevada case number. The following day the company filed suit against Verizon Wireless Services and AT&T. 

The complaints allege infringement by Apple, Verizon and AT&T of various claims of Voip-Pal’s patents. The company seeks damages totaling over $7 billion.

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, Billing and Rating; Lawful Intercept; Short Number Dialing (Enhanced 911) Mobile Gateway; and Uninterrupted Transmission.

Voip-Pa claims that “Apple, Verizon and AT&T were regrettably unwilling to engage in...

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06:54
News: Apple will source iPhone 7 ‘A10’ CPU solely...

Apple will be sourcing the new CPU for its iPhone 7 models exclusively from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), according to a new report from The Electronic Times . The two companies reportedly reached a deal based on the Taiwanese company’s manufacturing process for 10nm chips and more advanced designs that provide better performance and efficiency. Although Apple had been rumoured to be looking for new suppliers for its A9…

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06:29
Mozart 2 for Mac OS X now available in a pro version

RoGame Software has released Mozart 2 Pro for Mac OS X. It’s designed to help musicians of all levels improve their music reading skills in an entertaining casual game.

The new pro version features an overhauled game engine with five additional instruments, 235 assignable instrument sounds, new game characters, full support for OS X El Capitan, and a polished user interface There are over 25 new features.

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06:25
Sleep++ 2.0 upgrades sleep tracking with the Apple...

For anyone looking to get better tracking and a bird’s eye view of your sleep habits, be sure to check out Sleep++ 2.0 available today. This latest version brings in a major sleep analysis algorithm overhaul to help users get a better understanding of nightly sleep patterns.

For users who frequently forget to stop their sleep tracking, the app’s update also introduces the ability to trim time off any extra hours accidentally accrued.


Today’s algorithm overhaul allows for better declarations of sleep types within Sleep++. A user’s sleep is categorized as either deep or light sleep, restlessness or wakefulness. The optimizations brought in with the new version accurately indicate which type of sleep the user was...

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06:24
Apple Dumps Samsung, Gives TSMC Exclusive iPhone...

Apple is distancing itself more from Samsung by partnering with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to be the sole manufacturer of future iPhone processors. The deal cuts Samsung out of some serious revenue considering how popular Apple's smartphone is, and is already boosting TSMC's value.

The Mac Observer Spin: Losing out on Apple's A10 chip manufacturing is a hit Samsung will definitely notice. Meanwhile, back at TSCM, it's party time.


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06:21
Review: Aukey’s affordable and universal 18mm clip-...

While iPhone photography keeps on improving thanks to the advancement of tiny camera sensors and image processors, it’s still nowhere near as fully-fledged as DSLR or Micro 4/3rd photography. You can’t swap out interchangeable lenses for different types of imagery, and have to rely on third-party manufacturers producing clip-on accessories. That’s where the Aukey 18mm HD wide angle clip-on lens comes in.

As the name suggests, a wide angle lens lets you add extra width to your images. With its 110-degree angle, clipping it on to your phone’s camera means you can take much wider landscapes, or take closeups without over-cropping out details from the edges. Any photographer or videographer will tell you that having a wide angle lens is a necessity.

In the case of Aukey’s, the clip-on lens is pretty big and contains...

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06:17
Pomfort upgrades Silverstack for OS X to version 5

Pomfort has announced Silverstack 5, an update to its media management software for Mac OS X 10.9 or later.

Featuring the automated matching of media and color information in one clip library, it facilitates and accelerates workflows in film productions of all sizes. Version 5 focuses on the evolving role color occupies in today's film production workflows and includes features designed to make it easy to manage and create looks in combination with source media on set and beyond.

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06:00
News: Daily Deal: AppDelete Uninstaller for Mac

Today in iLounge Deals we’re offering AppDelete Uninstaller for Mac for only $4 — half off the regular price. While uninstalling apps on a Mac is usually as simple as dragging them to the Trash, many apps still leave a little bit extra behind, cluttering up your Mac and using space needlessly. AppDelete takes care of these stragglers such as preference files, cache files, and other data, and can even help you search for apps you’ve already…

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05:50
Arrow Smart-Kart gives parents iPhone-controlled...

Ok, I officially want to be a kid again. Actev is this weekend launching the Arrow Smart-Kart. For kids aged 5-9, the message is that it looks and sounds like a race kart (thanks to speakers with artificially-generated V12 engine sounds), has GPS and WiFi – and it can do donuts.

For parents, the message is all about safety. The Smart-Kart has automatic collision avoidance, and a companion app allows them to set a speed limiter (anything up to the maximum 12mph) and a geofence. If their child tries to drive outside the geofenced area, the motor automatically switches off. If kids get too carried away, parents can perform a remote emergency stop and then put the kart gear into Park. Spoilsports.

It’s currently available on pre-order at $600 for the kart, plus $100 for the race-style body kit – and $50 for the drift kit that wraps around the rear tyres to reduce grip enough to do those donuts. So not cheap, but not...

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05:47
External Link: iTunes Must Die: The Song (and...

Over the years, we’ve shared numerous lamentations about the myriad problems with iTunes. The latest person to lend his voice — literally — to the cause is well-known author and musician Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus, who has recorded the song “iTunes Must Die” in conjunction with an “iTunes Must Die” petition. You can preview it for free on CD Baby, and if you want your own copy, it’s available for $0.99 from Amazon, CD Baby, and Google Play, though not yet from the iTunes Store. Hmm…

 

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05:25
Apple Invents a Next-Generation 3D 'Sessionless...

When Apple acquired Israeli firm PrimeSense, they inherited a wealth of 3D depth related patents. Many can be explored in our 3D archives. Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published yet another patent application from Apple from the PrimeSense team titled "Sessionless Pointing User Interface." Apple's invention relates to user interfaces for computerized systems, and specifically to user interfaces that are based on three-dimensional sensing.

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05:17
Mobile apps to become a $50B industry this year, $...

Data from App Annie suggests that global mobile app revenue will hit $50B this year, and $101B by 2020. Total annual downloads will rise from 111B last year to 284B by 2020.

Apple’s iOS is set to retain its store leadership by gross revenue over the five-year period, while Google Play and third-party Android stores will expand their lead measured in downloads due to wider proliferation of devices.

The forecast was made a month after Apple announced a new record for App Store sales, hitting over $1.1B revenue in just two weeks of the holiday season.

App Annie suggests that China will overtake the U.S. in app revenue in the first half of this year, and cites good evidence for this …

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05:14
Rumor: TSMC to be the sole supplier of processors...

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSMC) will be the exclusive supplier of mobile processors for Apple’s next iPhones, reports South Korea's Electronic Times — as noted by Reuters.TSMC is the world's largest dedicated independent semiconductor foundry, with its headquarters and main operations located in the Hsinchu Science and Industrial Park in Hsinchu, Taiwan.

This fan mockup of an iPhone 7 is courtesy of dailytech.com.

Quoting unnamed industry sources, the article says TSMC beat rival chipmaker Samsung to make the processors using 10-nanometre manufacturing technology, the report said. Samsung and TSMC both supply the processors for the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. Currently, estimates have Samsung making 60% to 70% of Apple’s A9 processor, with TSMC handling the remaining 30% to 40%.

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05:00
Remove Items From SQL Databases Using the DROP...

In SQL, the DROP Statement is used to remove databases, tables, and indexes. The syntax to remove a table is:

DROP TABLE nameoftable

Wow. That’s really, really easy. I mean, you can delete craploads of data that way! It can’t be! You can also delete a database. To do so, use the DROP statement again, but this time, instead of dropping a table, let’s remove the database:

DROP DATABASE nameofdatabase

Aaaaaand, you can drop an index, which on MySQL is done using an ALTER statement, followed by TABLE, then the table name that has an index needing to drop:

ALTER TABLE nameoftable DROP INDEX nameofindex

You can also delete the data inside the table, rather than the table. This leaves the schema in tact so that you can start writing data to the database again:

TRUNCATE TABLE nameoftable

And viola, you’re deleting data like a fool!

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05:00
Choetech’s USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter...

You can buy a variety of adapters to use with the input-limited, 12-inch MacBook from Apple. However, I recently ran across the USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter from Choetech, which is convenient, as it serves multiple purposes.

The teeny Mac laptop only has a solo USB-C port, but the adapter lets you connect another USB-C device, a USB 3.0 device, and an HDMI device. To use, you just plug it into the MacBook.

The USB-C port on the Choetech gadget means you can charge the laptop while attaching external devices. The adapter’s HDMI port lets you mirror the MacBook display to a HDMI-enabled TV, project or display at up to 1080p at 60Hz or UHD (3840 x 2160) at 30Hz. It also outputs video content like movies and captured video.  

The Digital AV Multiport Adapter’s USB 3.0 lets you connect devices such as your flash drive, external hard drive, camera, or an USB cable for, say, syncing your iPhone. However, the Choetech adapter’s USB 3.0 port only supports 2.5-inch...

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04:52
Over 90% of smart thermostat, door lock, and...

New data from Parks Associates (www.parksassociates.com) reveals that 19% of U.S. broadband households currently own at least one Internet-connected smart home device.

These devices, including smart thermostats, sprinkler systems, door locks, and security cameras, offer remote control, monitoring, or notifications via a smartphone, tablet, or computer. Upwards of 90% of device owners use mobile apps to access cloud-supported services associated with their devices, according to the research group.

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04:52
Kool Tools: Graphite 10 for OS X

Ashlar-Vellum’s Graphite 10, the latest release of their 2D/3D CAD wireframe drafting package for Mac OS X and Windows, offers support for the latest operating systems including Mac OS X El Capitan.

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04:41
Output Factory for InDesign 1.5.44 improves Flash...

Zevrix Solutions has announced Output Factory 1.5.44, a maintenance update to its output automation solution for Adobe InDesign.

Output Factory automates printing, exporting, preflighting and file delivery from InDesign. The software offers an array of time saving options such as batch processing, export as single pages, variable file names, layer versioning, PDF preflight, FTP delivery and more. Version 1.5.44 improves reliability of InDesign file conversion to PostScript and Flash SWF formats.

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04:30
The 'smart TV' and personal computer might...

I've long wanted an iMac with a built-in TV tuner and one capable of direct cable or satellite input. I doubt that's going to happen, but, a couple of years ago, one pundit predicted that we'll see "smart" TVs merging more with personal computers, perhaps even evolving into a "tabletop" system.

Lisa Graff, the vice president of the PC Client Group and general manager of the Desktop Client Platforms Group, told PCWorld that portable all-in-ones (AIOs) such as the 20-inch Lenovo Yoga Home 900 (pictured) are starting to double as a "second TV." 

"I wonder how much difference you’re going to see in the next few years between a smart TV — which becomes so smart that you can do a lot with it, like Netflix and Hulu, and it heads towards being a PC — and a PC which heads towards being a TV, and you get this sort of TV/PC thing.” 

Graff thinks future AIOs will be able to flip...

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04:07
Patent application shows how Apple Watch could...

iPhones could in future automatically sound louder or quieter notification alerts depending on the level of background noise. A patent application published today describes how both an iPhone and Apple Watch could periodically measure ambient sound levels, adjusting notification volumes to an appropriate level.

The patent notes that while users can manually adjust the volume of alerts, many don’t do so because they forget or because it’s too much hassle. The patent suggests that the primary sound reading would be taken from the Apple Watch (aka ‘a wearable device’) …

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04:00
Print Selection for OS X can save you ink, paper,...

My lovely wife loves to print recipes she finds on-line. She learned the hard way that you don't simply hit "print" when you see one you like. The first (and last) time she did this, about 40 pages printed (the entire cooking web site, not just the recipe she saw), as she went about her business unaware that the Epson printer was spitting out page after page after page. 

Needless to say that lots of paper and expensive inkjet ink was wasted. My wife now knows to cut and paste items, not just print 'em willy nilly. However, printing selected items is a whole easier with Chimp Studios' Print Selection 1.0 for Mac OS X. 

Accessible from the menu bar, the dock, or the Services menu, Print Selection lets you easily and quickly print snippets from webpages, emails, and documents. The OS X Services integration allows Print Selection to serve users even when it's not running.

Here's a scenario in which the software isn't running: by selecting a snippet in another app...

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04:00
How Vevo plans to get you hooked on music videos...

In theory, Vevo should be one of my favorite streaming-video apps.

I’m a big music fan, and Vevo is like a modern interpretation of classic MTV, serving up more than 150,000 music-video streams on demand. Yet whenever I install Vevo on one of my TV-streaming boxes, I find myself liking the idea more than the product itself. Unless you’re into the Top 40, sitting down with Vevo for a long listening session can feel like too much hassle.

This hasn’t been a huge issue for Vevo the business, which gets much of its revenue by licensing music videos to other sites, such as YouTube. (The company is a joint venture between Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Google, and Abu Dhabi Media.) But lately, the company has realized it ought to take more pride in its own apps. In April, Vevo brought on a new CEO, Erik Huggers, who previously tried (unsuccessfully) to ...

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02:23
The Apple Watch Milanese Band Invention Comes to...

Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that covers the creation of the metal mesh Apple Watch Milanese Loop Band.

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01:43
Apple invention uses Apple Watch to auto adjust...

Apple is looking to turn Apple Watch into an automated iPhone command and control module, as a patent application published Thursday details a method by which the wearable monitors, compares and adjusts handset audio output on the fly.

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01:42
Samsung Enters 'State of Emergency' as...

Back in early December we posted a report titled "HSBC Analysts Predict TSMC will Gain All of Apple's A10 Chip Business." Two months later and we learn today that the HSBC analysts were correct.

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00:54
Bill Aims to Keep States From Banning Smartphone...


U.S. Reps. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., and Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, last week introduced legislation to prevent states from passing laws banning the sale of smartphones with encryption capabilities. The ENCRYPT Act of 2016 provides that a state may not mandate or request that a manufacturer, developer, seller or provider of covered products design or modify security functions to allow the surveillance of their users or allow their physical search "by any agency or instrumentality of a state, a political subdivision of a state or the United States."

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