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Wednesday September 2

06:00
Considering the 12-inch MacBook as a laptop for...

I’ve been using the 12-inch MacBook with Retina display since its debut. Is it a good laptop for students? Yes — but only if the student, or the person buying it for him/her, is willing to pay top dollar for its incredible svelteness and gorgeous screen, while overlooking its shortcomings. 

The entry level, 13-inch MacBook with Retina display offers more oomph for the same price, while you can save money with either model ($899 or $1,099) of the MacBook Air or the non-Retina display MacBook Pro. 

That said, here's no denying the Retina display is gorgeous and the small design of the MacBook is an incredible feat of engineering. The laptop's display (with a 16:10 aspect ratio) is stunning and pops with clarity. The MacBook's physical resolution is 2304 by 1440 pixels. This means that, at standard “...

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05:54
The Headphone Port: The Mac’s Achilles Heel

The Mac may be mighty, but one tiny, common part can be its undoing: the headphone port. Josh Centers explains why it’s such a problem and begs Apple to fix it.

 

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05:51
The sixth-gen iPod touch excels on all levels

Both of my kids are addicted to social media and, by proxy, the devices made of aluminum and glass that provide access to them.

For the past several months, my youngest daughter has complained of a very sluggish third-generation iPod touch. It was certainly getting long in the tooth; she couldn't even install the latest version of iOS. The meager 8GB of storage meant she had to continually uninstall and reinstall apps in the hopes of freeing up enough space.

Feeling her pain, I agreed to purchase her one of the new sixth-generation iPod touch devices from Apple. While some question the validity and purpose of a new, uber-fast iPod in 2015 (when so many people have opted for a smartphone), my daughter couldn't be happier. Apps that previously would crash or exhibit extreme sluggishness now load and execute in record time.

I'll spare you the hardware spec details of the latest touch, but suffice it to...

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05:48
Another reason why Apple might want to enter the...

Earlier this week I commented on the rumors that Apple might product original video content. Here's another reason why our favorite tech company might want to do just that: the online digital video market is growing rapidly. As the accompanying chart, based on data from Statista’s Digital Market Outlook, illustrates, the growth potential in online video is much bigger than it is in digital music. 

Annual revenues from video streaming and downloads are expected to grow by more than US$6 billion between 2014 and 2020 – almost four times the expected growth of the digital music market. Considering that subscription-based streaming is the primary growth driver in the online video market, it would make sense for Apple to get into the game before Netflix, Amazon and Hulu can run away with the market. 

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05:25
Sketchy report: Apple may plan a return to glass-on-...

Digitimes report, which seems to be drawing a lot of conclusions from minimal information, suggests that Apple may be planning a return to glass-on-glass touchscreens for next year’s iPhones. Apple used so-called G/G technology for its early iPhones, switching to in-cell tech for the iPhone 5 onward.

The short piece suggests that the move is mostly motivated by supply constraints for higher-resolution in-cell displays, but also suggests that the rumored plan could be geared towards bezel-free displays. Glass suppliers Corning and Asahi are said to have sent samples to Apple.

G/G touch panels may also help Apple develop bezel-free smartphones as in-cell touch panels reportedly are struggling with touch sensitivity on the edges.

The reasoning...

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04:51
The latest iOS apps for Sept. 2

Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and/or Apple Watch.

Quark Solutions has announced All My Guitars. The USS$0.99 app allows input of information about individual guitars, along with a sound sample and images. You can create a PDF of your entire guitar collection for documentation, insurance purposes or just to share with other guitar aficionados.

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04:49
The Rumor Continues that the iPhone 7 could be Bezel...

In June we posted a report titled "Apple Rumored to be Changing Glass Technologies to allow for Bezel-Free iPhones." Today, we're learning that this could be a reality for Apple's 2016 iPhone 7.

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04:48
Kool Tools: Amped Wireless TITAN

Amped Wireless' US$189.99 TITAN HighPower AC1900 Wi-Fi Router (http://tinyurl.com/oxkekt6) is designed to meet the needs of demanding, multiple device households and provides enough horsepower to manage music downloads, video chats, 4K content streaming and gaming all at the same time for everyone.

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04:47
Apple’s Eddy Cue reportedly approached sports...

In addition to a failed attempt to hire the stars of the BBC series Top Gear for its reported plans to develop in-house content, Re/code reports that media head Eddy Cue also approached sports commentator Bill Simmons.

Apple showed interest in signing up former ESPN star Bill Simmons to an exclusive audio podcast deal. Apple media boss Eddy Cue discussed the idea a couple of times with Simmons this summer, say people familiar with the talks, who say that they were preliminary at best.

Simmons ended up signing with HBO, the deal including a new podcast from October – which is...

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04:29
Rumor: Apple Watch to become available in Austria,...

The Apple Watch could be debuting in Austria, Denmark, India and other countries later this month.

A rumor from Austrian website MacMania claims that the Apple Watch will be available in Austria starting September 15th, citing information it received from a reputable source working for an undisclosed large electronics chain in the country. As yet, Apple does not have an official retail presence in Austria.

Danske Bank, the largest bank in Denmark, also recently issued a press release stating that its MobilePay service will support the Apple Watch when the device launches in Denmark next month, but the bank has since backtracked and now cites “rumors” about a September launch.

The bank itself has a...

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04:22
CS Odessa announces 25 Typical Orgcharts solution...

CS Odessa (www.conceptdraw.com) has released a new solution for Concept Pro 10 to assist users to build organizational chart structures.

Inside the 25 Typical Orgcharts Solution there are (as you might guess) 25 organizational templates. They allow you to depict an array of organizational structure types and to represent any matrix organization structure, functional organizational structure, or business structure.

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04:19
Rough date set for round five of Apple v. Samsung...

A rough date has been set for round five of the battle over Samsung’s infringements of Apple patents in five of its products. The Recorder reports that U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh has said that the revised damages will be determined by a jury trial in March or April 2016.

In case you need a refresher, the story so far is this. In round 1, the first jury trial, Apple was awarded $1B in damages. In...

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04:12
Saddle Creek Apple Store to move, debut possible...

One of Apple’s “next-gen” Apple Store retail locations will debut near Memphis in the near future.

The Saddle Creek Apple Store location in Germantown will move, pending project approval.

Early plans for the new store, located to the east of Memphis, were approved by the local design review commission last week. In his presentation, Apple representative Rick Millitello called the project “the next generation of retail store that we’re rolling out,” saying it would be one of the first of its kind in the U.S.

The current Germantown location is one of Apple’s oldest retail stores and was the 20th opened by the Mac maker overall.

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03:50
Ahead of iPhone 6S, Gazelle debuts best price...

With the official announcement of Apple’s iPhone 6S just around the corner, Gazelle today announced limited-time promotional trade-in pricing for the iPhone 5s, 6, and 6 Plus, guaranteeing that Gazelle’s cash offer will “beat the trade-in credit offered by a customer’s wireless carrier or Apple.” The promotion applies to U.S. carriers AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint, as well as Apple’s trade-in program.

Gazelle notes that its Best Price Guarantee pays out in cash rather than credit, one of the strings often attached to carrier and Apple trade-in programs, and covers all colors and capacities of the aforementioned three iPhone models. Notably, the company says that it will beat any better offer customers find at Apple or their...

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03:48
Chromium 45.0.2454.85 - Fast and stable open-source...

Chromium is an open-source browser project that aims to build a safer, faster, and more stable way for all Internet users to experience the web.



Version 45.0.2454.85:

Note: Does not contain the "Check for Updates..." command (see Related Links)

  • This release contains a number of fixes and improvements



  • OS X 10.6 or later



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03:30
OmniFocus 2.2.5 - GTD task manager with iOS...

OmniFocus helps you manage your tasks the way that you want, freeing you to focus your attention on the things that matter to you most.

Capturing tasks and ideas is always a keyboard shortcut away in OmniFocus 2. Clip data from Mail, Safari, Messages, or third-party apps. Bring up Quick Entry to file away an idea before it drifts away; it's always at your fingertips, waiting for more.

OmniFocus comes in two feature levels: Standard, available for $39.99; and Pro, available for $79.99.



Version 2.2.5:

  • Sidebar Crash - Fixed a crash changing selection in the sidebar-our most common remaining crash in OmniFocus 2.2.x
  • Crash - Fixed a crash related to pruning old OmniFocus backups.
  • Crash - Made some changes to help track down a crash common in pre-release versions of OS X related to fonts.
  • Performance - Improved performance when scrolling and switching perspectives.



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03:30
The 10 Mac games you need to play from August 2015

August's Mac games

I’m always happily surprised by the diverse mix of new Mac games that make up our monthly roundup, but it should be noted: This is really only a fraction of the dozens and dozens of games that hit the platform each month. Seriously, just hit the Steam listings and browse away—plus you’ll find other games sold elsewhere.

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00:48
The Northern Spy: Modula-2 R10 Templates

By Rick Sutcliffe

Modula-2 R10 has been the Spy's meat and potatoes in this space for a few months now. It is the fully modern dialect of Niklaus Wirth's Modula-2 that he and Telecom engineer Benjamin Kowarsch have developed to address serious software engineering issues of safety, security, reliability, and extensibility. This month we consider the use of Generic templates to reach toward the software engineering grail of reusable code.

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00:48
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Tuesday September 1

22:35
Intel Unveils Full Lineup of Skylake Processors for...

Intel has released detailed information about its upcoming Skylake processors for notebooks and desktops ahead of IFA 2015 in Berlin (via Ars Technica). The sixth-generation chips will deliver CPU and GPU performance improvements and longer battery life, and are likely to power future MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and iMac models released over the next year.

Retina MacBook

Intel's new lineup of Core M processors appropriate for the 12-inch Retina MacBook will provide up to 10 hours of battery life, between 10%-20% faster CPU performance and up to 40% faster graphics compared to equivalent Broadwell chips.

CPU World accurately shared Core m3, Core m5 and Core m7 specifications last week, with all three families...

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21:09
Gazelle paying up to $450 cash for old iPhone trade-...

If you plan to purchase an iPhone 6s later this month, now's the time to help fund that upgrade by making plans to trade in your existing iPhone before its value plummets. And for the next 7 days, Gazelle is offering up to $450 cash for old iPhones alongside a guarantee to beat any competitive offer from Apple or its big four US wireless partners.

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20:59
iFFmpeg 5.7.1 - Convert multimedia files between...

iFFmpeg is a graphical front-end for FFmpeg, a command-line tool used to convert multimedia files between formats. The command line instructions can be very hard to master/understand, so iFFmpeg does all the hard work for you. This allows you to use FFmpeg without detailed command-line knowledge.



Version 5.7.1:

  • Fixed minor issue initialising FFmpeg
  • Fixed issue encoding to MPEG TS



  • OS X 10.7 or later
  • Working FFmpeg OS X binary (see Related Links)



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20:59
VOX 2.6 - Music player that supports many filetypes...

VOX is a beautiful music player that supports many filetypes. The beauty is in its simplicity, yet behind the minimal exterior lies a powerful music player with a ton of features and support for all audio formats you should ever need. VOX was originally developed following the principles of clarity, simplicity and versatility. Thus, the minimalistic interface incorporates both essential and unique features, which let you:

  • Listen to your music regardless of the format
  • Play numerous lossy and lossless audio formats
  • Export playlists in various formats (PLS, M3U, XSPF)
  • Open different playlist types including M3U, PLS, XSPF and the popular CUE format used to store CD rips
  • Play audio files stored on NAS devices and other network drives. Rule your music with ease:
  • Control the player from the main interface, Dock context menu or main menu controls
  • Automatically search for all the missing album artwork...
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20:59
Microsoft Office 2016 15.13.1 - Popular productivity...

Microsoft Office 2016 - Unmistakably Office, designed for Mac.

The new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote provide the best of both worlds for Mac users - the familiar Office experience paired with the best of Mac.

If you already use Office on a PC or iPad, you will find yourself right at home in Office 2016 for Mac. It works the way you expect, with the familiar ribbon interface and powerful task panes. Mac users will appreciate the modernized Office experience and the integration of Mac capabilities like Full Screen view and Multi-TouchTM gestures. With full Retina display support, your Office documents look sharper and more vibrant than ever.

Office for Mac is cloud-connected, so you can quickly get to the documents you’ve recently used on other devices and pick up where you left off. New, built-in document sharing tools make it easy to invite teammates to work on a document together. When sharing documents, you won’t...

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20:35
Intel announces Skylake processor lineup with new...

After months of waiting, Intel on Tuesday officially revealed a bulk of its 6th generation Core processor lineup, with special attention paid to laptops, offering a look at what Apple will likely use in forthcoming MacBook updates.

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19:47
Intel unveils its Skylake CPUs with performance...

While we already know much of what there is to know regarding Intel’s Skylake lineup of processors, the company tonight has officially taken the wraps off of the CPUs. As expected, the Skylake lineup consists of four different series, including the Y-Series that will power the 12-inch MacBook and the U-Series that will power the MacBook Air.

The Y-Series, formally known as the Core M line, has seen the biggest changes this year. The chips have been redesigned to be even smaller and more dense than before. Intel is also splitting the Y-Series up into a whole family of processors, including the Core...

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19:24
Cristiano Ronaldo Luckiest Bell broke, Real Madrid 5...

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19:19
Cristiano Ronaldo Luckiest Bell broke, Real Madrid 5...

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18:59
Second Apple v. Samsung damages retrial set for...

A California federal judge presiding over the ongoing Apple v. Samsung legal spat on Tuesday set a March or April 2016 start date for the case's second damages retrial, an action that could see Samsung pay out some of the $548 million it owes for infringing on Apple's patents.

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18:20
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16:47
Handmade Leather Lightning iPhone Chargers

This is a first for me: handmade leather Lightning charging cables for iOS devices. This is a project called Esbee Cables being launched on Kickstarter, and it's already surpassed its funding goal of US$15,000. The company has obtained MFi certification from Apple, and is using the money to ramp up production. The video (below) is a tad cheesy, but the product looks great-and a leather-clad charging cable is a compelling idea. There are funding options that will get you a cable starting at $24 and $26 dollars. Check it out.


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16:34
VMware Fusion 8 Benchmarks vs. Fusion 7 and Boot Camp

TMO contributor Jim Tanous has produced another exhaustive benchmark piece over at his own site, TekRevue. This one pits VMware Fusion 8 against Fusion 7 and Boot Camp, and Jim put together 15 pages looking at a series of performance areas, including methodology and a conclusion. This is a must-read if virtualization matters to you.


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14:30
AWT News Update: September 1, 2015

Image of the existing Saddle Creek Apple Store in Germantown, TN. Via Apple.com

The first day of September brings a request from Apple World Today as well as some fun stories for today:

  • A next generation Apple Store is coming to Memphis... and hopefully a city near you
  • GoPro updated its official app today with new editing and sharing capabilities
  • iPads are the tour guides at the One World Trrade Center Observatory

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for September 1, 2015.

Just a short note to start off the podcast today; Apple World Today is looking for support from its readers and listeners. We’re basically at the point that if we don’t drastically improve revenues...

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13:45
Get the League of Legends spinoff game Blitzcrank’s...

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

Do you know what a Poro is? I’ll tell you what it is: It’s adorable.

This is a poro!!

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13:39
Apple considered signing Bill Simmons as part of...

Coming on the heels of rumors pointing to Apple's interest in creating original content, a report on Tuesday claims the company was in discussions to bring former ESPN star Bill Simmons on board.

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13:38
Concept imagines Apple TV 4 UI w/ Siri, App Store,...

Ahead of a next-generation Apple TV expected to get an official unveiling at Apple’s press event next week, this concept from Andrew Ambrosino imagines a revamped user interface for the device.

We’ve reported extensively on the yet-to-be-announced, next-generation Apple TV and much of the concept from Ambrosino takes into account our reports regarding new features for the device. Most notably, we reported that Apple is currently planning Siri support, a new dedicated remote control, App...

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13:16
Gear: Knomo Kinsale Soft Leather Messenger Bag

Knomo’s new Kinsale Soft Leather Messenger Bag ($250) can hold up to a 13” MacBook. The front and sides of the messenger bag are covered in smooth leather that lives up to its “soft” name. The leather front flap and the back pocket both shut with strong magnetic closures — the pocket can barely fit an uncased iPad Air. But it’s not like you’ll necessarily need that pocket to store a full-sized iPad, as the bag…

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13:02
Box Sync 4.0.6567 - Online synchronization tool for...

Box Sync gives you a hard-drive in the Cloud for online storage.

Note: You must first sign up to use Box.

What if the files you need are on your laptop -- but you're on the road with your iPhone? No worries! With Box, you store files online -- then access them anywhere, anytime, on any device.

  • Get 10 GB Free and Organize All Your Files Into Folders -- Store all kinds of files online, then arrange them into folders just like on your desktop.
  • View and Access Files on Demand -- Box provides anytime, anywhere access to your files from any device -- whether you're in Nebraska or Norway.
  • Convenience and Peace of Mind -- Throwing thumb drives in your bag, transferring files to CDs, stressing about a stolen laptop -- that's yesterday. Today, everything's on Box.

Get and Share Big Files -- Quickly and Easily...

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13:02
Tip of the Day: Getting Directions from a Calendar...

In many cases, it’s the little things with the Apple Watch that make life easier, especially for users who are always on the go with busy schedules. If you’re frequently hopping between meetings, you may find it useful to know that you can actually get directions to your next event right from the notification on your wrist. Simply force-touch on the alert when it comes up (or the appointment if you’re viewing it in the Calendar app)…

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13:00
Now available at the online Apple Store: DJI Phantom...

Drones are big business. Whether you're a news organization trying to get shots of the new Apple headquarters building, a surfer wanting to get a different video angle, or a pro mountain biker who wants video for her sponsor, drones are providing high quality video with altitude. Now Apple's getting into the act, adding the DJI Phantom 3 Professional (US$1,259.95) and DJI Phantom 3 Advanced ($999.95) camera drones to the accessory lineup.

Both of these drones are iOS-connected, and feature high-end capabilities like GPS location lock, auto piloting, and -- on the Professional model -- a 4K UHD video camera. The DJI GO app, available for free for the iPhone or iPad...

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12:51
New App Marries Android Wear Smartwatch to iPhone


Google on Monday rolled out Android Wear for iOS, allowing consumers to pair the iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6 or 6 Plus running iOS 8.2 and above with an Android Wear watch. They'll be able to check phone calls, messages and notifications; track fitness; and use Google Now instead of Siri to get smart help from their iPhones. Using Google Now instead of Siri is "a cute touch," observed Jeff Orr, a senior practice director at ABI Research. "You're not asking Siri a question -- you're asking Google Voice."

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12:42
Apple Continues to Recruit Talent to Join Secretive...

Apple continues to recruit talent to bolster its "Project Titan" team, which is rumored to be researching an electric vehicle. Over the past several weeks, the company has hired multiple employees from Tesla Motors, Texas Instruments, and other companies in the automotive and technology industries, likely to join hundreds of others already working on the so-called "Apple Car."

Apple hired former Tesla Motors engineering manager Hal Ockerse last month to join its own software engineering team, according to his LinkedIn profile. Ockerse was employed at Tesla between July 2014 and August 2015, working on hardware architecture and advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) components, including cameras, radars, LiDAR, and engine control units (ECUs).

Ockerse does not list his responsibilities at Apple, but it is likely that he...

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12:30
Documents reveal Apple's secretive next-...

Apple representatives gave local government officials in Tennessee a glimpse at the future of the Apple Store during a recent planning meeting, showing off a design that continues the architectural trends begun with Manhattan's Upper West Side store.

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12:05
Sneaky adware caught accessing users’ Mac Keychain...

Last month, Ars chronicled a Mac app that brazenly exploited a then unpatched OS X vulnerability so the app could install itself without requiring people to enter system passwords. Now, researchers have found the same highly questionable installer is accessing people's Mac keychain without permission.

The adware taking these liberties is distributed by Israel-based Genieo Innovation, a company that's long been known to push adware and other unwanted apps. According to researchers at Malwarebytes, the Genieo installer automatically accesses a list of Safari extensions that, for reasons that aren't entirely clear, is stashed inside the...

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12:02
Instagram updates private photo messaging to be more...

We all know a picture is worth a thousand words, so it’s surprising Instagram didn’t let you send photos back and forth—until now.

On Tuesday, Instagram updated its in-app messaging feature, Instagram Direct, so that you could reply to a private photo message using a selfie or video taken on the spot. Direct messages are now also threaded so you can continue conversations and view the messaging history between you and your friends. In addition, Instagram Direct now lets you share a public Instagram photo directly with a friend. Previously whenever you’d stumble upon a funny, inspiring or relevant Instagram pic that made you think of one of your friends, you had to tag that person in a comment using @-mentions. Instagram noticed that about 40 percent of comments included this @-mention, so the app decided to make it easier to share a photo directly with a specific person or group of...

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11:33
DJI's new iOS-compatible Phantom 3 drones land...

DJI's latest generation of "prosumer" drones, the Phantom 3 series, marks the company's debut among the handpicked lineup of iOS-connected accessories available to buy direct from Apple.

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11:33
Carbon Copy Cloner 4.1.4 - Easy-to-use backup/...

Carbon Copy Cloner backups are better than ordinary backups. Suppose the unthinkable happens while you're under deadline to finish a project: your Mac is unresponsive and all you hear is an ominous, repetitive clicking noise coming from its hard drive. With ordinary backups, you'd spend your day rushing out to a store to buy a new hard drive and then sit in front of your computer reinstalling the operating system and restoring data.

With Carbon Copy Cloner, your data and the operating system's data are all preserved on a bootable volume, ready for production at a moment's notice. When disaster strikes, simply boot from your backup and get back to using your Mac. At your convenience, replace the failed hard drive and then let CCC restore the OS, your data and your settings directly from the backup in one easy step.

Any backup application can save your stuff. A CCC bootable backup will save your productivity too!



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11:30
Mac: Belight Software Swift Publisher 4

If you find that you regularly need to put together fliers, newsletters, and brochures on a regular basis, you may want to take a look at Belight Software’s new update to Swift Publisher 4 ($15), a desktop publishing app that makes it easy to get great results from without breaking your software budget. You can choose from over 270 pre-designed templates, use grids and place your own guides for precision layouts, and set up an unlimited number of layers to achieve complex designs. Sophisticated column layouts, text styles, and gradient and freehand shapes and strokes are also included, along with a library of over 2,000 clipart images and the ability to import photos directly from iPhoto, Aperture, and now in the latest version, the new OS X Photos app.
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11:21
As Xiaomi Prepares to Invade North America they...

Xiaomi won the Chinese market by offering smartphones with high specifications at low-ball pricing along with a custom user interface that was superior to most selling Android phones. Now Xiaomi is preparing to take on the high end notebook market ...

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11:15
The most timeless songs of all time

Polygraph:

This is a story about proving, with data, that No Diggity by Blackstreet is timeless.

Until recently, it was impossible to measure the popularity of older music. Billboard charts and album sales only tell us about a song’s popularity at the time of its release.

But now we have Spotify, a buffet of all of music, new and old. Tracks with fewer plays are fading into obscurity. And those with more plays are remaining in the cultural ether.

As with all lists like this, we’ll never agree completely on its makeup but it’s still interesting to see which songs are being played and their frequency. Jason Kottke has created a Rdio and Spotify playlist of songs from the article.

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11:01
OmniGraffle Pro 6.3.1 - Create diagrams, flow charts...

OmniGraffle Pro helps you draw beautiful diagrams, family trees, flow charts, org charts, layouts, and (mathematically speaking) any other directed or non-directed graphs. We've had people use Graffle to plan plotlines for a story, make an overview of an operating system, show the evolution of computers, and even show how diseases can spread in a closed population. If you want to organize your thoughts, your projects, or even your friends graphically using boxes and lines, OmniGraffle is your tool.

OmiGraffle Professional has all of the great features in 6.0, plus a powerful toolset for advanced document creation and editing options. For the pro user who's looking for an in-depth diagramming application that's still priced below the competition, you've come to the right place.



Version 6.3.1:

  • Inspectors - Fixed a crash on launch that could occur with certain inspector layouts.
  • Resources - You can now select a folder of...

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10:43
Xbox One Elite Bundle Conquers Space


Microsoft on Monday unveiled a new version of its Xbox One console. The Xbox One Elite Bundle includes the console, with a 1-TB drive that fuses the performance of flash memory with the economy of a hard disk, and a new Elite wireless controller. The controller is fully customizable, with interchangeable paddles, hair-trigger locks, and high-performance construction, the company said. The $499 Xbox One Elite Bundle launches worldwide on Nov 3. Microsoft and GameStop will sell it exclusively during the month of November.

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10:39
Apple plans a 'next generation' retail...

Apple is planning to move its Germantown store (in the Memphis, Tennessee area) with a “next generation” design planned for the new location, reports the Memphis Daily News (http://tinyurl.com/pjx8st4).

The Cupertino, California-basec company has applied for a $1.5 million building permit through the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for a new storefront and interior renovation at 2031 West St., within the Shops of Saddle Creek South. Apple’s current store (pictured) is at 7615 W. Farmington Blvd., in the Shops of Saddle Creek North.

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10:35
GoPro app for iPhone & iPad gets smart editing...

The official GoPro app for iPhone and iPad gets an update today which brings a new smart editing feature to let users create and share clips instantly from within the app. Previously users resorted to third-party apps for similar functionality with GoPro camera hardware.

The new feature will let users instantly create edited versions of their videos that come in at 5, 15, or 30 seconds. You’ll be able to drag the timeline to select what 5, 15, or 30 second portion of your video you want to isolate. Once you’ve selected your clip, you’ll be able to instantly share to Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and other social sharing options available in the app.

The updated app, version 2.9, also receives an “improved camera software update process” and a number of bug fixes and other improvements.

You can grab the updated app for iPhone and...

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10:31
Instagram enhances its Direct messaging feature w/...

After mostly letting it sit stagnant for nearly two years, Instagram is ready to show its Direct messaging feature some love. Instagram Direct, which lets you share photos, videos, and messages privately with other Instagram users, was seen as a play at Snapchat and similar apps when it launched in 2013, but it’s so far experienced limited appeal within the photo sharing app. Now Instagram hopes to change that with new features including message threads, giant emoji, sharing from your timeline, and more.

For its part,...

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10:31
Kool Tools: Swift Publisher 4 for Mac OS X

Belight Software's Swift Publisher 4 for Mac allows users to design various documents that can be published online or printed. Sporting an intuitive interface, powerful page layout, customizable templates and profound text and drawing tools, the app makes it easy to create professional looking flyers, booklets, newsletters, posters, and Facebook/Twitter covers.

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10:30
Monosnap 3.1.2 - Versatile screenshot utility with...

Monosnap lets you capture screenshots, share files, and record video and .gifs!

Capture:

  • Capture full screen, just part of the screen, or a selected window
  • Make your crop area pixel perfect with our 8x magnifier
  • Customize hotkeys
  • Make timed screenshot
  • Record screencasts
  • Highlight details while recording a video

Annotate and Edit:

  • Highlight important details with pen, text, arrows and shapes
  • Hide private information with blur tool
  • Open snapshots in your favorite external editor

Save and share:

  • Login to get free cloud storage space
  • Connect Monosnap to Evernote, Dropbox, CloudApp, Yandex.Disk and Box.com
  • Add your personal FTP, SFTP, WebDAV or S3 server
  • Upload files and images by dropping them to the menubar icon
  • Drag-and-drop right from the editor
  • Use your own FTP,SFTP or WebDAV server...

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10:23
Qualcomm Sics Fire-Breathing Snapdragon on Android...


Qualcomm on Monday announced Snapdragon Smart Protect, a hardware-software product that could make the world a safer place for Android smartphone users. Snapdragon Smart Protect, which will become available with Qualcomm's upcoming Snapdragon 820 processor, will provide real-time, on-device machine learning designed to support accurate and effective detection of zero-day malware threats. Smart Protect is the first application to utilize Qualcomm Zeroth technology.

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10:20
JixiPix introduces RipPix for Mac OS X, Windows, iOS...

JixiPix (www.jixipix.com) has launched a new photo app called RipPix for Mac OS X, Windows, iOS and Android. It applies combinations of texture and tone to photos, then brings focus to the subject in the form of a ripped paper effect.

RipPix lets you create simple collages of friends, blend scenery together, or add focus with cutout objects. It includes 55 worn textures, 34 ages papers, 20 one-touch presets, the ability to replace the foreground photo, the ability to add and remove edges to cut photos, and a Move Image Tool moves and transforms ripped and bordered pieces.

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10:14
Nest introduces third-gen Thermostat with better...

Google's Nest Labs on Tuesday upgraded its signature product, the Thermostat, with features such as a bigger, sharper display, and longer-range automatic wakeup.

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10:00
The Week in Mac Apps: Unclutter brings order to your...

Unclutter brings order to your desktop

In this week’s roundup of new Mac apps, we bring you a way to turn your desktop into an intercom system, tools for uncluttering your desktop, and an old-school Internet chat program.

Acana License Manager 1.2.0

Even though the Mac App Store has made managing the software we buy much easier, having to deal with unlock keys and license files is still a common part of every Mac owner’s life.

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09:58
Apple Watch Could Launch in Austria, Denmark and...

Apple is expected to provide additional details about watchOS 2 at its September 9th media event in San Francisco. Alongside that announcement, a trio of rumors hint towards Apple expanding Apple Watch sales to Austria, Denmark, India and possibly other countries later this month.

Austrian website MacMania claims that the Apple Watch will be available in Austria starting September 15, citing information it received over Facebook Messenger from a reputable source working for an undisclosed large electronics chain in the country. Apple does not have an official retail presence in Denmark.

MacMania reports the Apple Watch will launch in Austria on September 15
Danske Bank, the largest bank in Denmark, also...

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09:11
9to5Toys Last Call: 11-inch MacBook Air $730, 3-ft....

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09:00
Get the free eBook for teachers: “Liberating Genius...

Today, in an effort to help globally launch and inspire “Genius Hour” in classrooms all over the world, Angela Maiers and Choose2Matter, Inc. in collaboration with Microsoft are providing teachers with the free, customizable and interactive eBook: “Liberating Genius: The First 20 Days.” This free eBook, authored by Angela Maiers and Mark Moran, guides teachers through the introduction of Genius Hour.

 “Since classrooms began adopting Genius Hour five years ago, I’ve had thousands of educators ask me for advice on the best way to do so. This book contains lesson plans for the first 20 days and also curates the best advice from the vibrant community of passionate educators at the forefront of this movement.”

—Angela Maiers, founder of Choose2Matter

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09:00
Office 365 gives Tastea the freedom to focus

Tastea—an innovative beverage retailer based in Orange County, California—wanted to prepare for expansion while maintaining high levels of quality and service. The company decided that a key to creating a repeatable customer experience across stores was to standardize operations while opening up clearer lines of communication. The company now relies on Office 365 for everything from inventory management to customer service. Tastea believes that it will open more stores and have greater business success with Office 365.

Here’s what Tastea co-founder, Ted Vu, had to say:

“Our ability to quickly expand and open new franchises would not be possible without the turnkey capabilities enabled by Office 365. I keep learning more and more about what I can do with Office 365—it’s been like a shopping spree for me. I just wish I’d switched to Office 365 sooner!”

Watch this video to learn more about how Tastea uses Office 365:

A budding idea

Ted Vu...

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09:00
What’s new: August 2015

August brought new Outlook partner add-ins, new wearable productivity apps, Sway for Windows 10, a new community GitHub project for Office IT Pro Deployment Scripts and a new Snack video showcase for developers. Plus, you can now preview the Skype for Business apps for iOS and Android and real-time coauthoring in OneDrive. There were lots of updates too, including: improvements in Excel 2016 for Mac that make working with external data easier, deeper integration between Office documents and Outlook for iOS, and easier access to OneNote Staff Notebooks for school administrators. Several posts this month give you a close look at the new business analytics features in Excel 2016 and show you what you can do with six new Excel 2016 charts. Leave us a comment to let us know what your favorite new feature is. If you missed last month’s updates, see What’s new: July 2015.

Office 365 Personal,...

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09:00
Back to school with a repurposed MacBook

Image from DCComputerWarehouse.com

Back to school means much more than getting new clothes, notebooks, and a box full of unused Crayola crayons. For a lot of students, it’s time to get a computer of some sort, and what better computer than a MacBook? But for parents on a budget, dropping at least a thousand bucks on a new MacBook is out of the question. Never fear, since it’s pretty easy to take even an old MacBook and update it so it’s a perfect school computer.

The perfect student Mac: A MacBook

A perfect Mac for a young student is a 2007 - 2009 MacBook with an Intel processor. That’s a key point; in order to run recent versions of Mac OS X, you’ll want to make sure that the MacBook has an Intel processor and not a G4 or G5 CPU. Old MacBooks available online from resellers for as little as $180, and usually require very little work and money to bring them up to speed.

Why a MacBook and not an iMac or Mac mini? It all has to do with...

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08:41
LinkedIn revamps messaging experience on iOS with...

LinkedIn, the popular social network for connecting business people, has announced that its messaging experience is getting a serious design overhaul from today. Unlike the previous inbox, messages will no longer follow a traditional email format. Instead, it’s turned towards a messaging app design similar to Facebook Messenger.

LinkedIn has built everything from scratch, from the ground up with a cleaner, streamlined look with a brand new chat-style user interface. You can chat with contacts individually or send group messages, and conversations are organized around the people who are important to you. What’s more, you’ll be able to send documents, images, stickers, emojis and GIFs in your messages.

Starting today, we...

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08:39
Apple's iPad is key to visitor experience at...

The newly opened One World Trade Center Observatory in New York City relies heavily on the iPad for its visitor experience, with Apple's tablet serving as both a virtual tour guide and a payment terminal.

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08:17
Beats president Luke Wood now '100%'...

Shortly after Apple's $3 billion takeover of Beats in 2014, Beats president Luke Wood dropped all attention on Beats Music in favor of the company's flagship Electronics division, according to an interview published on Tuesday.

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07:53
Amazon Prime Video adds offline viewing in iOS update

Amazon has raised the bar for functionality in its streaming video race against Netflix, giving iOS users the ability to download movies and television shows to their devices for offline viewing on their iPhone or iPad.

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07:25
Apple’s rumored original programming push included...

Apple is reportedly looking to create its own movies or TV shows as it tries to make a mark on the streaming video landscape.

Citing unnamed industry sources, Variety reports that Apple has held “preliminary discussions” with Hollywood executives about producing original content. Apple also may have placed an “unprecedented bid” on former Top Gear stars Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond earlier this year, though they ultimately signed with Amazon last month.

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07:24
External Link: Apple Testing a Move into Original...

Variety reports that Apple may be entertaining the idea of producing its own original content. Several media executives told Variety that they’ve had talks with Apple, and Apple reportedly bid on the new show from the former hosts of Top Gear (Amazon won in the end). Such a move could put Apple at odds with Apple TV mainstays like Netflix and Hulu.

 

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07:17
eFileCabinet announces compatibility with Mac OS X

eFileCabinet, a hosted electronic document management (EDM) solutions provider for small to medium businesses, has announced that SecureDrawer and eFileCabinet Online will be compatible with the Mac platform effective November.

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07:14
Maybe it’s Time for Apple’s Own TV Studio

Netflix wants to be the next HBO, and it looks like Apple may want to be the next Netflix. Apple may be planning on offering its own original content through Apple TV, much like the streaming video service Netflix does today. The idea that Apple may be planning on launching its own exclusive content isn't new, but this is the first time it's come up recently-and it's finally something the iPhone and iPad maker might be able to pull off.


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07:12
Beats President Luke Wood talks Apple acquisition:...

Luke Wood, left, pictured with Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre (photo: Kevin Mazur/Wire)

Beats President Luke Wood, who runs the audio products side of the business, told Mashable that the acquisition was a great fit because the company shared DNA with Apple.

We’re looking at our little audio slice of the world and trying to focus on creating a stellar product experience. I think that’s also the fundamental DNA of everything Steve wanted to accomplish at Apple. By product experience, that includes ID, design, technology, innovation, simplicity. Those are always things that have been fundamental to our DNA, too.

He said that the early days of low-quality digital music resulted in a ‘lost generation’ for premium audio, but that we now live in a very different world … ...

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07:00
AWT goes back to school

It's September, and children everywhere are going back to school. We want to help. All month, we'll be featuring articles on back to school, from hardware and software recommendations, to reviews, best practices and more. We're looking forward to it, so watch this space. 

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06:55
Alfred 2.7.2 - Quick launcher for apps and more. (...

Alfred is an award-winning productivity application for OS X. Alfred saves you time when you search for files online or on your Mac. Be more productive with hotkeys, keywords, and file actions at your fingertips.

Loads of app-launching, file-searching goodness - free for you to download and use with no strings attached. Alfred is the ultimate productivity tool for your Mac. Get it and see for yourself.

Get the Powerpack. Discover the Powerpack, a set of incredibly powerful features, built on top of the robust core of Alfred and integrated with OS X.

  • Single license: 15 pounds (GBP) for single user
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Version 2.7.2: Improvements

  • Significantly improve Alfred's focusing behaviour, not taking active from the currently focused app. This improves a...

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06:45
Amazon Prime Video now offers downloads for offline...

Amazon’s Prime Video streaming service previously only allowed users of Amazon’s own Fire-branded Android devices to download content for offline viewing, but today the company announced it’s expanding that privilege to all iOS and Android users.

Users will be able to download both TVs and movies (Amazon didn’t mention if there are any restrictions), and the feature is available through the Amazon Video app available for both iPhone and iPads.

Amazon makes a point of noting in its press release that this move gives it one up on competitive services like Netflix: “Amazon Video is the only online subscription streaming video service that enables...

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06:43
Seagate develops world’s highest density mobile hard...

Seagate Technology (www.seagate.com) says it's achieved a major milestone in areal density with a new hard disk that can offer as much as 2TB of capacity in a slim 7mm package.

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06:30
New home for Apple Music exec Ian Rogers is French...

Former Apple Music executive Ian Rogers is reportedly headed to a new role at French luxury multinational LVMH -- a firm with which Apple has some connections.

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06:29
WaterField Designs unveils the Cosmzo 2.0 laptop...

WaterField Designs (www.sfbags.com) has announced the Cozmo 2.0, an all-leather laptop briefcase.

You can stow your laptop in the padded laptop compartment and have plenty of room for lots more gear. The Cozmo’s naturally-tanned, distressed, full-grain leather—sourced from a US Tannery—is soft and luxurious, says Gary Waterfield, owner of WaterField Designs. A deep outside front pocket secures shut with a leather tab and classic metal screw stud.

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06:16
Apple's Ian Rogers Departed for LVMH &...

Last week we reported that former beats CEO left Apple abruptly. Today we learn where Rogers ended-up and it may not be as unrelated as was reported.

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06:16
Apple granted patent for location-based ticket books...

Your iPhone and iPad may one day alert you to special offers at stores you're visiting or are near. The company has been granted a patent (number 9,125,014) for "location-based ticket books." It most likely involves the Wallet app in iOS 9 that's replacing the current Passbook app.

According to the patent, an iOS device can present a virtual ticket to a service provider based on a location of the device. The device can receive a virtual ticket for accessing a service from a service provider. The virtual ticket can be associated with a signal source. The signal source can be pre-programmed to broadcast a beacon signal that includes an identifier identifying the signal source. 



The signal source can be placed at a venue where the service is available. The mobile device, upon arriving at the venue, can detect the beacon signal from the signal source. In response, the iPhone...

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06:08
External Link: NFL Game Pass Comes to Apple TV

The Apple TV’s NFL Now app has been updated to add support for the new NFL Pass service. A one-year subscription to NFL Pass costs $99.99 per year, and offers full video of all games after they air, as well as live streams of out-of-market preseason games. Unfortunately, it doesn’t offer live streaming of regular season or playoff games.

 

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06:01
Future iMacs may have more glass in their design and...

Future iMacs may sport glass in the rear as well as for a display cover. They may also sport illuminated, wireless keyboards like those on Mac laptops.

Apple has filed for a patent (number 9,125,298) with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for "fused glass device housings" that may be used to cover a display and other internal electronic device components. Jony Ive, Apple's design guru, is listed as one of the inventors.

In the patent filing, Apple doesn't say why replacing aluminum on devices such as iMacs would be desirable (perhaps it's just cooler looking). However, the company says that the use of glass should be used with care so as not to add extra size or weight to the device. The patent could also refer to a Thunderbolt Display, which is way overdue for a 5K upgrade.



Patent 9,123,485 is for a backlit keyboard assembly. A keycap assembly is mounted into...

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06:01
Review: Adonit’s new Jot Dash finally makes digital...

I keep a box with around 20 iPad styluses next to my desk, so every time a new stylus arrives, I can easily compare it against its predecessors and rivals. There hasn’t been much functional innovation in the category for a couple of years, but stylus form factors, batteries, and buttons have changed, generally getting simpler and smaller after each generation. Even so, Adonit’s new Jot Dash ($50) surprised me. It comes less than 6 months after the release of Jot Script 2 (reviewed here), but looks and feels a lot different from its predecessor. Jot Script 2 costs $25...

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06:00
ICYMI: X-ray pill, space-controlled earth rover and...

Today on In Case You Missed It: A new X-ray pill to check for colon cancer is about to enter human trials in the EU and colons everywhere are probably grateful. The European Space Agency is going to control a rover on earth via astronaut on the Int...

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06:00
The 'Nuyu' wants to be your digital...

Health o Meter announced on Tuesday the launch of its new Nuyu line of health tracking devices and an associated mobile app. The system relies equally on the Nuyu Activity Monitor, which tracks steps, calories, distance and sleep; and connects with...

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06:00
Nest Thermostat gets a larger display that's...

After updating its smoke detector and camera, Nest has finally decided to update the device that made the company famous; its Thermostat. The new smart controller has a slightly thinner profile, larger and higher-resolution display and will now ale...

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05:57
Former Beats 1 head Ian Rogers joining the French...

It was a surprise to learn last week that Apple Music exec and Beats 1 head Ian Rogers was leaving Apple just two months after the launch of the company’s streaming music service. What’s equally surprising is where he’s going: Re/code reports that he is joining French luxury giant LVMH.

Rogers will leave California and move to Paris, where he will be chief digital officer at LVMH, the holding company...

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05:43
iPhones, iPads and Macs may soon serve as smoke...

Future iPhones, iPads and Macs may serve as smoke detectors to provide security for homes and offices. Apple has filed for a patent (number 9,123,221) with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for "wireless device networks with smoke detection capabilities."

According to the patent filing, and iOS or OS X device may use a built-in smoke detector may use the smoke detector to monitor for the presence of smoke. If it detects smoke, the iPhone, iPad or Mac could issue an alert or take other "suitable action."



For example, the iOS or OS X device could transmit alerts to nearby electronic devices and to remote electronic devices such as electronic devices at emergency services facilities. Alerts could contain maps and graphical representations of buildings in which smoke has been detected. 

What's more, motion detectors and other...

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05:40
Apple Granted 4 Design Patents Covering Control...

Apple was granted 4 design patents today covering the Genius Bar Display System that is found in all Apple Stores along with two iPhone user interfaces representing Control Center and FaceTime.

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05:39
Land Rover's 'Transparent Trailer'...

Land Rover doesn't see why towing a caravan or horse box should get in the way of rear visibility. The luxury SUV-maker has created a concept system that shows drivers what's behind them as if the rear-window is free from obstructions. The idea is...

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05:28
NetMarketShare: Mac OS X, iOS both dip in market...

According to the latest market share survey from NetMarketShare, the market share for Mac OS X and iOS both dipped in August.

According to the report, among desktop operating systems, Mac OS X had 7.53% of the global market share in August compared to 7.67% in July (that’s global market share; in the US it’s over 12%). The all-time high for OS X was in October 2013 when it had 7.73%. Windows remains dominant with 90.84% as of August. That's up from 90.65% in July.



iOS had 40.82% of the mobile operating system market share in August, down from 41.55% in July. This compares to 52.14% for Android, 2.60% for Windows Phone, 1.72% for Java ME, and 1.38% for Symbian,. Android was up from 51.12% in July. The all-time high for iOS was in July 2012 with 65.94%.

NetMarketShares’...

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05:14
Apple Pay transaction limit jumps to 30 pounds in UK

The amount of stuff you can buy with Apple Pay in the UK without entering a PIN or signature has grown to 30 pounds, wherein it had previously been 20 pounds.

That’s kind of like getting an expanded allowance.

The UK Cards Association, a national credit card payments industry group, raised the upper limit for contactless payments to 30 pounds on Tuesday local time, a change that also affects smartphone-based systems like Apple Pay. Previously, Apple Pay users were constrained to the UK’s contactless payment transaction limit of 20 pounds.

The higher limit comes in recognition of the widening adoption and use of touchless payment systems as well as an extremely low...

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05:03
‘Next generation’ Apple Store redesigns to start...

A planning permission meeting for a new Apple Store in Memphis has seemingly revealed more information about Apple’s plans for its retail stores. According to the Apple representative, the Memphis project represents one of the first ‘next generation’ Apple Store designs that Apple is rolling out around the world, starting in the fall. The Memphis store will be part of the first rollout of the new look stores in the US.

So what does the ‘next generation’ Apple Store look like?

According to the account at the Germantown Commission, the new store designs include large glass...

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04:59
New work life conference announced for FileMaker...

The Find Your Moose conference (https://findyourmoose.com/), a work/life conference for FileMaker developers and consultants will be held Oct. 28-29, in downtown Chicago. Attendees who register by Aug. 31 will receive an "early bird" discount that saves US$100 on the usual conference fee.

The conference is hosted by Elusive Moose, an organization led by FileMaker developers Molly Thorsen Connolly and Jason Mundok. They designed the conference "to help independent consultants and owners of consulting firms find the balance required to enjoy life as successful entrepreneurs."

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04:58
Apple Granted 38 Patents Today Covering Advanced...

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 38 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. Yesterday we reported on the new Apple-Cisco Partnership for the enterprise that includes Cisco's famous tools such as Cisco Telepresence and WebEx video conferencing for meetings. Apple was granted a high level patent on enterprise level video conferencing ...

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04:52
KeyRaider malware steals credential information for...

The bad news is that more than 225,000 Apple IDs and passwords were taken from assorted iPhones via a chunk of malware dubbed “KeyRaider”, which can also remotely lock iOS devices in order to hold them to ransom.

The good news is that this only occurred with jailbroken iOS devices and probably didn’t happen to you.

According to reports, the KeyRaider software will hijack app purchase requests, download stolen accounts or purchase receipts from the C2 server, then emulate the iTunes protocol to log in to Apple’s server and purchase apps or other items requested by users. The tweaks have been downloaded over 20,000 times, which suggests around 20,...

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04:46
Glass-backed iMacs a future possibility as Apple...

Apple could be considering not just a return to glass-backed iPhones, but even replacing the aluminum backs of iMacs and monitors with glass at some stage, reveals a newly-granted patent published today. One of the illustrations appears to show an iMac-style device, while others show something looking like an iPhone (below) … 

A return to glass-backed iPhones, anyone?

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04:44
The latest iOS apps for Sept. 1

Here are some of the latest apps available at the Apple App Store for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and/or Apple Watch.

Andrew Kaz has introduced TurnTable, which provides a new graphical interface for music. The app lets you scroll through a quilt of albums, flick through full-screen Records, and scroll through charts of Artists, and their discographies. Tap an Album, and it's just like an album; the track titles "printed" right on full-screen album art. TurnTable is being offered for US$2.99 for a limited time.

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04:19
Production printer market grows in the second quarter

The worldwide production print market enjoyed 9.4% year-over-year growth in unit shipments in the second quarter of 2015 (2Q15), according to new data from IDC.

According to the research group, shipments grew to approximately 9,279 units (printers and MFPs) and shipment value increased 6.0% to nearly US$1.1 billion in the same time period. All of IDC's regional markets saw positive year-over-year unit growth in the production print space. Key contributors to the worldwide growth were Latin America (32.7%), Middle East & Africa (30.7%), and Western Europe (19.7%).

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04:12
Kool Tools: WD Black hard drives

WD's Black line of hard drives have always been great devices. Now they're even better as they're available in up-to-6TB models.

The 3.5-inch, 7200 RPM drive is an excellent solution for gamers and professionals in need of high-performance desktop systems and workstations. WD Black hard drives combine 7200 RPM spin speed, 128 MB cache, dual stage actuator technology, SATA 6 gigabits per second (Gb/s) interface, and an integrated dual processor. The WD Black 6TB is up to 29% faster than the previous WD Black 4TB version in maximum data rate throughput and 10% faster in PCMark Vantage.

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04:04
iOS jailbreak malware stole 225,000 Apple IDs across...

Researchers from Palo Alto Networks have discovered that a piece of iOS malware successfully stole more than 225,000 Apple IDs and passwords from jailbroken phones, using them to make purchases from the official App Store. The malware, dubbed KeyRaider, also has the ability to remotely lock jailbroken iOS devices in order to hold them to ransom.

These two tweaks will hijack app purchase requests, download stolen accounts or purchase receipts from the C2 server, then emulate the iTunes...

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03:45
Internet Explorer 5: Little features trampled...

Getting a vintage Mac to talk to the Internet at all can be something of a challenge, but even once you’ve wrestled the right cables from your special drawer of junk and battled valiantly with arcane TCP/IP control panels—pausing only to give decades-ago you a collegiate nod of respect for having ever figured this stuff out—you’re suddenly confronted with the sad truth that most of today’s web is functionally useless on old browsers. 

Ostensibly, of course, this shouldn’t be the case. The web is one of the most standardized things around—yes, I said it—and since HTML is a clear and robust agreed-on subset of these standards, in theory everything should be clean and accessible. 

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02:47
UK Apple Pay users can now spend up to £30 in one...

Users of Apple Pay in the UK can now spend an extra £10 per contactless transaction, bringing the limit up to a total of £30, thanks to new contactless policy. Until today, the maximum spend on almost all Apple Pay transactions was £20. The £30 total now exceeds the average cost of a supermarket trip making it possible for UK Apple users to take advantage of Apple Pay at more places.

Whilst the £30 limit applies to almost all UK merchants and retailers today, in the future there will be no transaction limit at all as payment terminals adopt newer standards that allow the fingerprint ID to be used as an additional...

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02:42
Microsoft Remote Desktop 8.0.19 - Connect to Windows...

With Microsoft Remote Desktop, you can connect to a remote PC and your work resources from almost anywhere. Experience the power of Windows with RemoteFX in a Remote Desktop client designed to help you get your work done wherever you are.

Features

  • Access to remote resources through the Remote Desktop Gateway
  • Secure connection to your data and applications with breakthrough Network Layer Authentication (NLA) technology
  • Simple management of all remote connections from the connection center
  • High quality video and sound streaming with improved compression and bandwidth usage
  • Easy connection to multiple monitors or projectors for presentations
  • Print from Windows applications to any printer configured on your Mac
  • Access local files on your Mac from your Windows applications



Version 8.0.19:

  • Connection issues using TLS 1.2 fixed
  • Fixed issues where an...

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02:36
Apple Granted a Patent for Fused Glass Housings for...

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 38 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today. In this particular report we cover Apple's invention relating to fused glass device housings. As noted in cover graphic, the process could possibly cover a future Apple TV and/or a future iMac replacing today's long standing aluminum finish.

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Monday August 31

23:30
Apple patents smart smoke detection system for iPhone

According to a patent granted to Apple on Tuesday, iPhones, iPads and other branded equipment could one day sport onboard smoke detection hardware to alert users, and interested parties, of a potentially dangerous situation.

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22:54
Barcelona's game against Manchester City

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feel relaxed ride from the microfilm version from the bike. Brazilian superstar is clearly more enjoyable in front of Barcelona's game against Manchester City and next week's Clasico, he is convinced how the team at...

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20:17
Apple Reportedly Looking to Create Original Netflix-...

Tonight we learn that Apple may actually be considering a direct run a Netflix and Amazon Prime by creating their own original content for Apple TV.

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19:23
Apple Pay transaction limit increased to 30 pounds...

As promised when Apple Pay launched in the UK earlier this year, iPhone and Watch owners can now make touchless payments of up to 30 pounds without entering in a PIN number or signature.

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18:09
Google promises to dramatically shrink 4K bandwidth...

Google is working on a new open-source video codec, VP10, that should shrink the amount of bandwidth required for 4K video to half that of VP9, and a quarter of Apple's current preferred compression format, H.264.

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17:52
New Android-x86 Release Peppered With Problems


The latest Android-x86 Project release takes us one step closer to using the Android OS on a desktop or laptop computer. However, the project suffers from stability and reliability issues. If you want one Linux-based OS to run on all of your devices, Android-x86 could become a viable alternative. The major advantage to running Android on all of your devices would be keeping all of your settings, apps and Google services on an equal footing. That is not happening yet, however.

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17:34
The world’s first wearable games studio

Runeblade is a Fantasy Adventure Game tailored for Apple Watch. Stop the ancient evil threatening your world. Sharpen your blade, prepare your spells and secure your armour to fight the rising darkness!

This should be interesting.

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17:34
Apple could be considering original TV programming;...

Apple is exploring the possibility of getting into the original programming business, claims Variety.  It's certainly  an idea that’s worth mulling over.

Here's Variety's take: "The scale of Apple’s ambitions vary depending on whom is asked, but one high-level executive who talked with the company said the goal is to create development and production divisions that would churn out long-form content to stream in a bid to compete with Netflix. Apple is hoping to put a headhunting firm on those hires in the coming months, according to source, with the goal of being in operation next year. Unknown is whether the focus is on TV series, movies–or both."

This is not the first time talk of original Apple programming has popped up. In a Seeking Alpha op-ed in April, author Steve Mallas...

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17:19
Apple eyes move into original video programming,...

A report citing high-ranking executives within the entertainment industry claims Apple is looking to create in-house movie or TV programming, suggesting the company is headed down a path forged by the likes of Netflix and Hulu.

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17:09
Apple Reportedly Exploring Producing Original TV...

Apple has been having early discussions with Hollywood executives about producing original video programming in a bid to potentially compete against companies like Netflix, Amazon and Hulu, according to a new report from Variety.

Sources indicate the Cupertino, Calif. colossus has held preliminary conversations in recent weeks with executives in Hollywood to suss out their interest in spearheading efforts to produce entertainment content. The unit putting out the feelers reports into Eddy Cue, who is Apple’s point man on all content-related matters, from its negotiations with programmers for Apple TV to its recent faceoff with Taylor Swift.It's currently unclear how large Apple's ambitions and commitment to producing original video content are, as sources have told Variety contradictory things about the Cupertino company's plans. One...

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16:39
∞ Five Finger Death Punch: Bad Company

Great version of a classic song.

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16:38
Tidal Accuses Apple of Blocking Drake Benefit Stream...

Dueling narratives have taken shape around Drake's appearance at a benefit for victims of the Katrina hurricane disaster of 2005. Tidal claimed Apple prevented it from streaming Drake's performance, but Drake's management said that's not the case. As with most things, the truth most likely lies in the vast middle ground, and Bryan Chaffin offers his thoughts on what really happened.


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16:36
Apple reportedly preparing in-house video...

According to a new report out of Variety, Apple is looking to enter the TV and movie production industry in a way similar to how Netflix has recently done. The report claims that Apple has been looking to hire both actors and directors to create production divisions that would produce exclusive long-form content in-house.

Specific details regarding the idea are unclear at this point as it appears to still be in the early stages of development. Apple could potentially charge a monthly subscription price for access to its in-house content, or it could sell it ala-carte like it...

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16:35
Apple Partners With Cisco To Boost Enterprise...

An anonymous reader writes: Apple and Cisco announced a partnership aimed at helping Apple's devices work better for businesses. Cisco will provide services specially optimized for iOS devices across mobile, cloud, and on premises-based collaboration tools such as Cisco Spark, Cisco Telepresence and Cisco WebEx, the companies said in a statement. "What makes this new partnership unique is that our engineering teams are innovating together to build joint solutions that our sales teams and partners will take jointly to our customers," Cisco Chief Executive Chuck Robbins said in a blog post.


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15:40
Samsung's Gear S2 smartwatch features circular...

In its latest attempt to jumpstart lukewarm smartwatch sales, Samsung on Monday announced a new platform called Gear S2 that merges a round face made popular by Motorola's Moto 360 and a rotating bezel control reminiscent of Apple Watch's Digital Crown.

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15:37
Prior to the Official Launch of Samsung's new...

Samsung Electronics today announced the Samsung Gear S2 Smartwatch, the company’s latest offering in the wearables category.

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15:13
T-Mobile cracking down on LTE tethered data abusers

Here’s what’s happening: when customers buy our unlimited 4G LTE plan for their smartphones we include a fixed amount of LTE to be used for tethering (using the “Smartphone Mobile HotSpot” feature), at no extra cost, for the occasions when broadband may not be convenient or available. If customers hit that high-speed tethering limit, those tethering speeds slow down. If a customer needs more LTE tethering, they can add-on more. Simple.

However, these violators are going out of their way with all kinds of workarounds to steal more LTE tethered data.

Sounds fair to me.

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15:08
Android Wear on iOS: Setup and first impressions [...

Android Wear finally has iOS support after Google pushed its iPhone-compatible software to the App Store. This means that Android has beaten Apple Watch to the cross-platform game. Or, at least it would, if iOS didn’t restrict it to a state of almost uselessness. The only device officially supported is the LG Watch Urbane although — as we previously revealed — the older generation Android Wear watches do work. I got it set up with my Moto 360, and have been mostly disappointed by my experience so far.

My...

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15:01
T-Mobile cracks down on subscribers 'stealing...

Beginning on Monday, T-Mobile USA will start taking action against people spoofing the carrier's network to "steal" unlimited tethering data, according to a blog post by CEO John Legere.

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15:00
Sports apparel designer gears up for mobile...

Dakine, maker of accessories and apparel for action sports, needed new business technology that matched the expectations of its mobile workforce—and chose Microsoft Office 365. Today, Dakine employees use the cloud-based communication and collaboration services to stay connected with the business, driving productivity while minimizing IT infrastructure costs.

Here’s what Nic Richards, IT manager at Dakine, had to say:

“As the global IT Manager, I need to be able to react quickly from wherever I am, be it on the slopes, the trails or the beach. Microsoft Office 365 cloud-based services give me that flexibility. We have reduced the average time to answer a customer query by 30 percent. Before Office 365, it could take one or two days to equip a new employee with email—now I’m done in just five minutes.”

It’s a crisp, clear day on the slopes of Mt. Hood Meadows and Nic Richards is “shredding pow.” Snowboarding on powder may not sound like work, but in a...

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14:54
Former Apple sapphire supplier GT Advanced to cut 40...

Nearly a year ago, Apple’s sapphire supplier GT Advanced Tech announced that it was filing for bankruptcy under Chapter 11, with the company parting ways with Apple as part of the restructuring. Today, The Wall Street Journal reports that GT Advanced Tech will be reducing its workforce by another 40 percent in an effort to further cut costs.

GT Advanced Technologies already laid off around 700 workers when it initially announced its plans to file for bankruptcy. While it’s unclear how many people will be getting laid off in this wave of cuts, the company...

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14:53
Early reviews of Google’s OnHub router aren’t good

Glenn Fleishman has a look at some of the early reviews, which don’t seem that good.

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14:45
AWT News Update: August 31, 2015

Short and sweet news blast from the AWT News Update:

  • Android Wear smartwatches are now compatible with iPhones... at least ONE, that is
  • OS X El Capitan beta version 8 ships to developers (and public beta version 6 goes to the rest of the beta testers)
  • Apple Camp will now become a year-round educational fun spot for kids
  • The University of Oklahoma becomes the first university to go campus-wide with Apple Pay

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Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for August 30, 2015.

You know those Android Wear smartwatches you don’t hear about? Well, they now work with your iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6 or 6 Plus running any version of iOS...

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14:41
Apple, Cisco partner on enterprise venture

Apple and Cisco have nnounced a partnership to create a "fast lane" for iOS business users by optimizing Cisco networks for iOS devices and apps, integrating the iPhone with Cisco enterprise environments and providing unique collaboration the on iPhone and iPad.

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14:38
Samsung Announces Round 'Gear S2' Smart...

Samsung today unveiled its newest smart watch, the Samsung Gear S2, which is the company's first watch that includes a round display instead of one that's square or rectangular.

Positioned as Samsung's seventh smart watch release, the Gear S2 comes in three varieties: Classic, standard, and 3G. The Classic version includes a black case with a black leather band, while the standard version includes a dark gray case with a matching rubber band or a silver case with a white rubber band. According to Samsung, the Classic model is for users "who prefer a more timeless watch design," while the standard model is "ideal for those who are on-the-go and have an admiration for minimal and modern design."

The third model, the 3G Gear S2, features the same design as the standard model but includes a 3G radio to connect to 3G cellular networks. With...

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13:54
NFL Game Pass comes to Apple TV with updated app

With the 2015 NFL campaign set to kick off, Apple on Monday pushed an update to the league's Apple TV app that adds access to live streaming via Game Pass alongside a new design.

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13:15
[Sponsor] for Meetings

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for Meetings leverages the iPad’s larger screen and drag-and-drop to take a fresh approach at representing and editing information: Select content by swiping down the side of the page to effortlessly move, copy, delete, or indent using simple gestures. Visualize attendees around a table and drag to connect them to content or mark them as an apology or absent. Update multiple lines with a single tap. Import meetings from the calendar or use an existing meeting as a template.

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13:06
Minneapolis Breweries and Distilleries List

I noticed a page go up on JAMF Nation inviting people to setup their own birds of a feather/mini-events. As with many cities, one of the things that’s great about Minneapolis is the vibrant craft brew movement here. So, I decided to build a list, with contact information and the distance to the Guthrie. Happy times setting up events. Or if you visit in the future, hope you find it useful! The list is available here.

 

Eventually I’ll try and write up a description of each. I omitted any place that isn’t actually a brewery, but there are some really great tap rooms as well!

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13:04
Apple gives new look at Campus 2 construction...

In an updated aerial photo published today, Apple gives us our latest look at construction progress on its new ‘Campus 2’ building in Cupertino.

In the photo, we get a closer look at new developments on the main building, as well as the surrounding campus including a planned 1,000 seat auditorium, 300,000 square foot R&D facilities, a parking structure and other buildings separate from the main circular structure. The photos were published to the City of Cupertino’s webpage tracking progress and road closures on the project for the public.

Apple hasn’t updated its planned general project schedule on the City of Cupertino’s website and still plans to complete building construction on Campus 2 by the end of 2016 when it can begin...

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12:24
Apple continues its enterprise push with Cisco...

Apple continues to beef up its enterprise presence. The Cupertino, California-based company and Cisco are teaming up to create a "fast lane" for iOS business users by optimizing Cisco networks for iOS devices and apps, integrating the iPhone with Cisco enterprise environments and providing collaboration on iPhones and iPads. iOS devices will communication using Cisco's networking hardware, which is ubiquitous at several enterprises and institutions.

The partnership will allow a "seamless experience" between iOS devices and desk phones in environments featuring Cisco voice/video hardware, according to Cisco Executive Chairman John Chambers. With Apple's support, Cisco will deliver experiences specially optimized for iOS across mobile, cloud, and premises-based collaboration tools such as Cisco Spark, Cisco Telepresence and Cisco WebEx in order to deliver seamless team collaboration and reinvent the meeting experience, he adds.

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12:02
Apple TV gets updated NFL channel

The Apple TV’s existing NFL Now channel was today revamped, changing the name to “NFL” and adding support for Game Pass subscriptions. Through the updated channel, NFL fans who have a Game Pass subscription can watch on-demand NFL games and live out-of-market preseason games on the Apple TV for the first time.

Lovely.

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12:01
iOS 9 content blocking extensions explained

Earlier today, we posted Jean-Louis Gassee’s take on ad blocking and the bleak future for content publishers. Rene Ritchie put together this primer on iOS 9 content blocking that fills in a lot of the blanks on the whole mechanism.

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11:59
Apple partners with Cisco in Enterprise

Apple and Cisco today announced a partnership to create a fast lane for iOS business users by optimizing Cisco networks for iOS devices and apps, integrating iPhone with Cisco enterprise environments and providing unique collaboration on iPhone and iPad.

“iOS is the world’s best mobile platform, and nearly every Fortune 500 and Global 500 company today has put iOS at the center of their mobile strategy,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “iPhone and iPad have become essential tools for the modern workforce and are changing the way work gets done. Together with Cisco, we believe we can give businesses the tools to maximize the potential of iOS and help employees become even more productive using the devices they already love.”

Apple is serious about the Enterprise market, or at least making sure enterprise customers have access to everything they need. Good move by Apple.

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11:53
AKG BX 20 reverb from Universal Audio

Introduced in the late 1960s, the AKG BX 20 reverb was a high-water mark for AKG’s esteemed engineers. An ingenious assembly of mechanical and electronic componentry, the BX 20 offered the glorious depth and color of spring reverb without any of the limitations.

This is so nice—listen to the audio samples on the page. Another great plug-in from Universal Audio.

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11:51
Apple TV Gains Updated NFL Channel With Game Pass...

The Apple TV's existing NFL Now channel was today revamped, changing the name to "NFL" and adding support for Game Pass subscriptions. Through the updated channel, NFL fans who have a Game Pass subscription can watch on-demand NFL games and live out-of-market preseason games on the Apple TV for the first time.

In late July, the NFL did away with its existing NFL Game Rewind program, which previously gave customers in the United States access to on-demand NFL games after they aired on broadcast television. Game Rewind was replaced with Game Pass, with access being added to the Apple TV and the NFL Mobile app on the iPhone and the iPad.

The prior NFL Now channel that was on the Apple TV was limited to historic videos, breaking news, and game highlights rather than complete games as the NFL's contracts with television providers have previously prevented it from showing full game content on the...

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11:50
News: Malware steals 225,000+ Apple account logins...

Malware has stolen login credentials for more than 225,000 Apple accounts from jailbroken iPhones, according to network security company Palo Alto Networks. The malware, now named “KeyRaider,” is distributed through Cydia repositories in China — Cydia is an (obviously) unofficial App Store alternative for jailbroken devices. Users in 18 countries are said to be affected, with Palo Alto Networks claiming, “We believe this to be…

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11:47
Amplified: Rabbit Ears

Jim and Dan talk about self driving cars, the Apple Watch, cutting the cord, the iPad Pro, and more.

Brought to you by lynda (Visit the link to get free 10 day trial access to their 3,000+ courses) and Braintree (To learn more, and for your first $50,000 in transactions fee-free, go to braintreepayments.com/amplified).

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11:46
Google’s OnHub Router Gets Rough Treatment in Early...

Several news outlets received review units of Google’s new Wi-Fi router, the OnHub. On the whole, they say that it has inconsistent signal coverage issues, a touted interference-avoidance feature isn’t reliable, and some hardware elements aren’t yet activated.

 

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11:43
Apple and Cisco Partnership Designed to Optimize...

Today both Apple and Cisco have published press releases about their new partnership that will deliver a Fast Lane for iOS Enterprise Users by optimizing Cisco networks for iOS apps and devices such as the iPhone and iPad.

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11:43
AmpliTube Mesa/Boogie

AmpliTube MESA/Boogie is the most comprehensive collection of officially licensed MESA/Boogie virtual guitar amps and cabinets on the market. Now you can plug in and experience legendary tone wherever your computer can take you: You get everything from the violin-like sustain of the Mark series to the aggressive, huge crunch and searing gain of the Rectifier series.

IK Multimedia has done a great job in bringing some of world’s best amps to its application. I’m looking forward to trying this out.

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11:35
University of Oklahoma Becomes First School to...

As of this week, the University of Oklahoma will begin accepting Apple Pay across its entire campus, becoming the first university to widely embrace Apple Pay. Students attending the University of Oklahoma can use Apple Pay at any of the campus's 400 point-of-service locations, including bookstores, restaurants, and more.Starting this week, Sooners are now able to pay for items at any one of OU's 400 point-of-service locations -- everywhere from Couch Restaurants to the One University Store and the OU Bookstore. That's right: Buying textbooks, technology and food on campus has never been easier -- or more techy.In a quirky post announcing Apple Pay, the university created a list of reasons why "having Apple Pay campus wide is so awesome," ranging from being able to pay without a wallet to the security of...

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11:35
Reinvent Productivity webcast series

Join us for a virtual event series live from a Microsoft Technology Center to learn how to empower your employees and organization with tools from Office 365.

With the industry’s most advanced productivity suiteOffice 365—Microsoft is focused on reinventing productivity to help you become more productive, mobile, collaborative and intelligent without sacrificing trust or security. We are making weekly, monthly and quarterly updates to all parts of the cloud service, ensuring your users have “the right tool” at “the right time.” As a result of the continued enhancement of our productivity suite, we’ve built a four-part webcast series delivered from Microsoft Subject Experts live from a Microsoft Technology Center to keep you informed on the latest capabilities you can bring your...

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11:32
Apple TV May Finally Grab the Spotlight


The next version of the Apple TV set-top box could be ready for prime time in October, priced at either $149 or $199, based on rumors circulating Monday. The current version goes for $99. With the higher price could come a seriously upgraded device: The new -- and apparently quite improved -- Apple TV reportedly will feature an A8 processor, flash storage support upwards of 32 GB, and 1 GB of RAM. It will include support for Siri, a new touchscreen remote control, and a new and more intuitive interface.

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11:30
News: Apple announces partnership with Cisco for iOS...

Apple has announced a partnership with Cisco to “create a fast lane for iOS business users by optimizing Cisco networks for iOS devices and apps.” In addition to optimizing Cisco networks and iOS devices to work together, the two companies are also focused on make iPhone more collaborative with Cisco’s “voice and video environments” to make a “seamless experience” between a user’s iPhone and desk phone.…

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11:18
Apple and Cisco Team Up for iOS Enterprise '...

Apple today sent out a press release announcing a new partnership with Cisco, which will see the two companies teaming up to create a "fast lane" for iOS business users through the optimization of Cisco networks for iOS devices and apps. The partnership will allow iOS devices to work more efficiently in workplaces that use Cisco technology.

iOS is the world's best mobile platform, and nearly every Fortune 500 and Global 500 company today has put iOS at the center of their mobile strategy," said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO. "iPhone and iPad have become essential tools for the modern workforce and are changing the way work gets done. Together with Cisco, we believe we can give businesses the tools to maximize the potential of iOS and help employees become even more productive using the devices they already love."Through the partnership, iOS devices and...

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11:10
Apple releases eighth beta of El Capitan for...

Apple has made available the seventh beta of Mac OS X El Capitan to developers for testing purposes. It's available through the Software Update section of the Mac App Store and through the Apple Developer Center (https://developer.apple.com).

The new beta focuses on performance enhancements not new features. OS X 10.11 El Capitan is currently available to both registered developers and public beta testers. Apple plans to release El Capitan to the public in the fall.

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11:10
News: Report: New Apple TV to support Bluetooth...

Anticipation is building for Apple’s new, feature-packed Apple TV, and the new set-top box will also feature Bluetooth controller support, according to 9to5Mac. Apple TV will support certain third-party Bluetooth controllers, in addition to coming with its own motion sensitive remote that can be used as a game controller. We’ve been expecting such capabilities to be included in a new Apple TV for a few years now. The new set-top box will…

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11:09
TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 31...

Notable software releases this week include VMware Fusion 8.0 and Fusion 8.0 Pro and PopChar X 7.2.

 

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11:09
ExtraBITS for 31 August 2015

In this week’s collection of ExtraBITS links, Adam Engst discusses the mythical Apple Car with The Tech Night Owl, Apple plans to show off something new on September 9th, Best Buy and Apple get chummier, and Joe Kissell identifies the best online backup service.

 

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11:08
Apple Sued for a Memory Accessing Feature found in...

Apple is being sued for a memory accessing feature found in both the iPhone & iPad. The company suing Apple has filed similar cases against LG, Sony, HTC, Amazon and others.

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11:01
Apple published a new Press Release
11:00
Raspberry Pi and rPlay: A cheap and fun way to do...

Image via Wikimedia Commons

Perhaps you'd like to mirror your iPad or iPhone screen on your 60-inch HDTV, but you don't want to buy an Apple TV right now because a new one is just around the corner. If you already have one of those $35 all-purpose tiny computing devices called a Raspberry Pi, you're in luck. 

Edyboy12 over at Instructables has written some simple instructions on how to turn your Raspberry Pi into a "receiver" for AirPlay. If you already own a Raspberry Pi, then you're about 90 percent of the way there -- all you need to do is download and install the rPlay app, enter a license key, and then reboot the RPi. It shows up as "rPlay" on your list of AirPlay devices. 

If you don't have a Raspberry Pi, they're available from Amazon (affiliate link) and other sources in kits with a Wi-Fi dongle and pre...

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10:37
Malware infecting jailbroken iPhones stole 225,000...

A newly discovered malware family that preys on jailbroken iPhones has collected login credentials for more than 225,000 Apple accounts, making it one of the largest Apple account compromises to be caused by malware.

KeyRaider, as the malware family has been dubbed, is distributed through a third-party repository of Cydia, which markets itself as an alternative to Apple's official App Store. Malicious code surreptitiously included with Cydia apps is creating problems for people in China and at least 17 other countries, including France, Russia, Japan, and the UK. Not only has it pilfered account data for 225,941 Apple accounts, it has also disabled some infected phones until users pay a ransom, and it has made unauthorized charges against some victims' accounts.

Researchers with Palo Alto Networks worked with members of the Chinese iPhone community Weiphone after members found the unauthorized charges...

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10:37
Apple releases OS X El Capitan Public Beta 6

Got a new item for your Monday morning to-do list: Upgrade your public beta installation of OS X El Capitan. Apple has just released Public Beta 6, though the release notes don't say anything about what is included in the update.

For folks already running the El Cap beta, you can update the OS through the App Store.

You must be part of the Apple Beta Software Program to install the beta. If you sign up, know that you're using beta software and you may encounter bugs and problems with your apps and hardware. You should provide feedback while using the beta.

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10:34
Alcaraz Research: the next gen Apple TV could rival...

The smart money says a next generation Apple TV will be announced at Apple's Sept. 9 media event. In a Seeking Alpha article, Alcaraz Research says it could rival the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

9to5Mac claims the Apple TV 4 will go on sale in October for under US$200 and will offer Siri support, a new remote control, an App Store (with, among other things, games) with a software development kit for developers, and a refreshed user interface. It will also be ready for Apple's television streaming service, which will arrive in 2016, the article adds.

Apple "has the patents, engineers, hardware/software assets, and the marketing savvy to sell a potent rival to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4," says Alcaraz Research. And it has good reason to do so: console gaming is...

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10:27
Music Rising celebrates 10th Anniversary

Music Rising is a campaign that was launched to rescue the musical culture of the Central Gulf region of the United States from the destruction caused by the catastrophic hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 by replacing the musical instruments lost or destroyed in the deluge. Co-Founded by U2’s the Edge and legendary producer Bob Ezrin along with a host of music industry partners including MusiCares, Musician’s Friend, Gibson Musical Instruments and Guitar Center Music Foundation, the organization has gone to aid thousands of musicians, students and choir members.

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10:21
OmniGraffle 6.3 - Create diagrams, flow charts, and...

OmniGraffle helps you draw beautiful diagrams, family trees, flow charts, org charts, layouts, and (mathematically speaking) any other directed or non-directed graphs. We've had people use Graffle to plan plotlines for a story, make an overview of an operating system, show the evolution of computers, and even show how diseases can spread in a closed population. If you want to organize your thoughts, your projects, or even your friends graphically using boxes and lines, OmniGraffle is your tool.



Version 6.3:

A major update that adds the ability to read application resources from a folder outside of the Sandbox, improves interface and usability, and fixes a large number of bugs.

  • Resources - You can now select a folder of your choice (such as an OmniPresence folder) outside of the Sandbox to read in resources such as Stencils and Templates, etc.
  • Inspectors - Color Well popups now provide better suggested colors.
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10:14
Stay classy Tidal

Jay Z-backed music service Tidal — which carried a live stream of Lil Wayne’s Hurricane Katrina benefit show this weekend — cut the transmission during Drake’s performance and accused Apple of “interfering with artistry” by not allowing the set to be streamed, a charge which has been refuted.

Drakes own people denied the claim, yet Tidal went ahead with accusing Apple. Tidal says it has proof that Apple is behind it—show the proof or shut the fuck up.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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10:13
TMO Daily Observations 2015-08-31: Apple’s Content...

Apple is including third-party content blockers in iOS 9, which equates to blocking ads. Dave Hamilton joins Jeff Gamet to offer up his perspective on Apple's plans as the owner of TMO and the ad management company BackBeat Media. His take: This can be a good thing for sites and readers.


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10:11
Yoink for Mac OS X upgraded to version 3.1

Matthias Gansrigler has updated his drag and drop "helper" Mac app, Yoink, to version 3.1.

Yoink is designed to simplify drag and drop between windows, spaces and (full screen) apps by providing a "shelf" where dragged files can be placed, to free the mouse for other actions like navigating. Version 3.1 sports a less cluttered interface, improved support for some apps (such as Mail and Photos), and reduced CPU usage.

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10:06
Shimo VPN Client for Mac OS revved to version 4

Feingeist Software has announced Shimo 4, the latest update to its virtual private network client for Mac OS X.  

Shimo integrates seamlessly with OS X Yosemite and El Capitan. There's no need for an additional window to have full control over VPN connections. With Shimo, you can connect and disconnect, access statistics and information straight from the drop down menu bar on OS X. Version 4 offers increased security and user productivity.

For more information and to get Shimo 4, visit Feingeist online (www.feingeist.io/) . A 30-day demo is available for download.

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10:06
Apple Seeds Eighth Beta of OS X El Capitan to...

Apple today released the eighth beta of OS X El Capitan to developers for testing purposes, nearly two weeks after releasing the seventh El Capitan beta and more than two months after unveiling the operating system at its 2015 Worldwide Developers Conference.

Today's update, build 15A279b, is available through the software update mechanism in the Mac App Store and through the Apple Developer Center. There's also a new sixth beta for public beta testers, which is identical to the eighth developer beta.

It is not clear if this update will add any outward-facing changes to El Capitan, as many of the prior betas have focused on under-the-hood performance improvements and bug fixes to optimize the operating system ahead of its public release, but beta 7 did add some minor...

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10:00
OS X El Capitan 10.11 beta 8 Now Available

OS X El Capitan 10.11 beta 8 Now Available

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OS X El Capitan 10.11 beta 8 Now Available

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10:00
KeyRaider malware stealing Apple account info on...

Ransom message from KeyRaider displayed on a jailbroken iPhone. Image via Palo Alto Networks.

Since iOS first appeared in 2007, people have hacked the operating system because they wanted their devices to do more. Now that there are well over 1.5 million apps available that can do just about anything your heart desires, perhaps it's time for the jailbreakers to just cool it. Why? A new piece of malware called KeyRaider that only attacks jailbroken devices is a perfect example -- it has already been responsible for stealing the Apple account info on more than 225,000 devices.

KeyRaider installs itself on jailbroken iOS devices distributed through third-party Cydia repositories in China. Although it appears to be primarily targeted at Chinese-speaking users, it appears to  have already impacted jailbreakers...

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09:53
Major Android Watches will Soon Work with the iPhone...

Today the Official Google blog reports that Android Wear watches will work with iPhones, specifically ...

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09:53
Apple Watch survey shows high usage

There’s some fascinating data here from a survey iMore conducted in July.

∞ Read this on The Loop

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09:42
News: Google releases iOS app that links some...

Google announced on its official blog that an iOS app rolling out today will finally let users pair some Android Wear watches with newer iPhones. Android Wear for iOS will let users running iOS 8.2+ on an iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6 or 6 Plus connect their phone to the LG Watch Urbane. Google said all future Android Wear watches — including those from Asus, Huawei and Motorola — will support the iOS app as well, but for now, only the Urbane offers support.…

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09:06
Google rolling out Android Wear smartwatch support...

Google has good news for iPhone users curious about Android Wear and the diverse design selection of smartwatches running the OS. Starting today Android Wear watches will work with the iPhone for the first time. Just like Apple Watch, Android Wear watches is compatible with iPhone 5 or higher with iOS 8.2 or higher required. The slight catch is that not all current Android Wear watches will be compatible with iOS…

Google says for now official iPhone support will be limited to the...

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09:05
9to5Toys Lunch Break: Retina MacBook Pro $1,280,...

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09:05
PDFKey Pro 4.3.2 - Edit and print password-protected...

PDFKey Pro can unlock PDF documents protected for printing and copying when you've forgotten your password. It can now also protect your PDF files with a password to prevent unauthorized access and/or restrict usage permissions. PDFKey Pro can also integrate in complex workflows using command-line tools (included).

Features

  • Completely unlocks files restoring editing and printing capabilities
  • Supports PDF with viewing password set as well (providing the correct password)
  • Protects your PDF files with a password to prevent unauthorized access
  • Restricts usage, such as printing and copying, permissions with a password.
  • Batch processing
  • Automatic update system via UpdateFX
  • Command Line Tool to use in scripts
  • Localized in English, Italian, Russian, German, French, Polish and Dutch
  • Free support



Version 4.3.2:

  • Update bundle Java to JRE8u60
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09:00
We’re making our in-house legal software—Matter...

Over the past two years, Microsoft’s legal department set out to create an internal tool that didn’t exist—a way to organize its legal matters and collaborate on documents within the familiar Office 365 tools attorneys use most. So last year our Legal & Corporate Affairs Group (LCA) shared its vision for an Office 365 Add-in that would do just that. Since then, LCA has worked to turn this concept into Matter Center for Office 365, an Office 365 Add-in currently in use internally at Microsoft, and is becoming available to legal professionals at law firms and in-house departments of all sizes.

In fact, we have already shipped Matter Center to IT solutions providers who specialize in serving the legal community. These Microsoft partners are now offering Matter Center on a limited basis, and will begin offering it broadly in the coming weeks. These partners...

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09:00
Introducing Office UI Fabric—your key to designing...

Today we are announcing the general availability of Office UI Fabric on GitHub. Office UI Fabric is a responsive, mobile-first, front-end framework for developers, designed to make it simple to quickly create web experiences using the Office Design Language. It’s simple and familiar to get up and running with Office UI Fabric—whether you’re creating a new app from scratch or adding new features to an existing one.

With Office UI Fabric you can apply simple CSS styles to make your web applications look and feel like the rest of Office. The styling takes into account typography, color, icons, animations, responsive grid layouts and localization.

Along with styling, there are reusable components such as input, layout, navigation and content (persona card, list item and table views).

...

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09:00
Want to make 'living photos' with the Mac...

Flixel Photos's Cinemagraph Pro for Mac OS X 10.9 and higher is a fun, "living photo" creation software that lets you create Cinemagraph images. However, you'll have to do some preparation before you begin using the software.

But first, some background: Cinemagraph is a hybrid media form that combines the quality of a photograph with moving video. It has elements that don't move (the photograph) and elements that do move (the video). You can find some cool examples at http://cinemagraphs.com .

To use Cinemagraph Pro, you're going to need a good tripod to keep your images steady as you'll make a short video instead of a still image. You also need a camera capable of recording high-quality HD video. Finally, you need a constant light source. If you're outside the sun works just fine. If you're shooting indoors, you'll need something like LED lights. 

When you launch Cinemagraph Pro, you're presented with a...

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08:54
Android Wear Now Compatible With iPhone, iOS App...

Google announced today that Android Wear is now compatible with the iPhone 5 or later running at least iOS 8.2. An official Android Wear for iOS [Direct Link] companion app is rolling out on the App Store today worldwide.

Android Wear for iPhone has several features familiar to Android users, including third-party watch faces, fitness tracking, notifications, Google Now and voice searches. Android Wear for iPhone will also have Google apps such as Weather and Translate preinstalled, but third-party iOS apps are not supported due to Apple's restrictions.

Google has attempted to work around Apple's limitations, but Android Wear for iPhone still has some locked-down functionality compared to what is possible with a paired Android smartphone. Rich...

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08:51
Android Wear gets iOS support [Updated]

Google has announced that iOS is an officially supported operating system for Android Wear. Users with an iPhone 5, 5C, 5S, 6, or 6 Plus running iOS 8.2 and above will be able to pair with "newer" Android Wear devices, download the app, and be off and running.

Until now, smartwatch platforms from Google and Apple have been ecosystem lock-in devices. If you have an Android phone, you have to get an Android Wear watch, and if you have an iPhone you have to get an Apple Watch. By supporting both OSes, Android Wear will have a much larger potential user base to try and sell a watch to.

Since Google controls the Android operating system, it created specific hooks in the OS for Android Wear to plug into. On iOS—where Google is not in control—things have to be different, don't they? We've been told the iOS experience is "similar" to what users...

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08:45
News: Apple to make Apple Camp program available...

In a note to employees, Apple retail boss Angela Ahrendts said the company plans to make its popular Apple Camp summer program available to students year-round, 9to5Mac reports. The expansion will also make field trips and programs for teachers a year-round enterprise, with Ahrendts touting “the impact they make on so many lives and the energy they bring to the store” in her message. While the website for Apple Camp hasn’t yet been…

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08:42
Ableton Live 9.2.2 - Record music using digital...

Ableton Live lets you create and record music on your Mac. Use digital instruments, pre-recorded sounds, and sampled loops to arrange, produce, and perform your music like never before. Ableton Live is an all-in-one production suite.

Find your sound

  • Start in Arrangement View. Create and edit multitrack recordings in a straightforward linear view.
  • Go further in Session View. Switch to this one-of-a-kind interface to improvise and experiment with countless sounds and loops.
  • Access an endless palette of sounds. With 5 built-in synths, 3 samplers, 390 drum kits, and 4000 loops, the possibilities are endless.



Version 9.2.2:

Note: Now requires OS X 10.7 or later.

Improvements and Feature Changes

  • Added control surface support for the Akai MIDImix
  • Added control surface support for the Akai Professional MPD218...

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08:38
John Sculley praises new Steve Jobs Movie for...

Last summer we posted a report titled "Pathetic John Sculley confesses his Sins against Steve Jobs to get Publicity for his new Company." According to Sculley, the Steve Jobs biopic will tell the truth about his and Jobs' "amazing relationship."

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08:22
Apple to expand retail store Apple Camp from summer...

Apple’s summer “Apple Camp” program for students will expand to become a year-round program beginning in September, according to a message from Apple Retail head Angela Ahrendts to employees this week. Ahrendts also noted that field trips and programs for teachers will also become year-round. Here’s Ahrendts message to employees on the matter, per Apple Retail employees:

We’re also, for September, expanding our summer camps and our field trips for students, for teachers, to make those a year-round program. I don’t have to tell you the impact they make on so many lives and the energy they bring to the store, so why not continue that program throughout the year?

Apple’s retail...

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08:05
The Icon Factory: Apple Music, Beats 1, and how to...

Grantland:

As conceived, Beats 1 is the most prefab, retro pitch in Apple’s streaming service portfolio — a radio station, with DJs and songs. Beats 1, of course, has been much more than that, and sometimes a little less. A tastemaker with no genre-bound point of view, a 24-hour channel that is “always on,” and a hub for famous voices to share their loves, the station has become the surprising hallmark of Apple’s streaming bid.

Turns out people still like listening to the radio.

It’s going to be interesting to see if Beats 1 can “make a star” – if, with promotion and air play, Beats 1 can take an unknown artist to global popularity.

∞...

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08:05
Tepid Demand for Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge+ has...

In July we posted a report titled "Samsung Confirms Crashing Galaxy S6 Sales Hurt Q2 Financials with Poor Q3 Profit Forecast Duly Noted." Today it's being reported that Samsung is crashing again.

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07:58
News: Apple hiring ex-Microsoft employee hints at...

Apple’s hiring of a former Microsoft employee is fueling rumors that the company is working on an augmented reality interface, Street Insider reports. In a note to clients, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said, “Based on recent acquisitions of augmented reality companies, hiring of a key Microsoft Hololens employee, and conversations with industry contacts within the virtual and augmented reality spaces, we believe Apple has a team…

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07:43
Report: New Apple TV said to cost between $149 and $...

An iPhone refresh at Apple's September 9 event is all but certain, but the more interesting news might actually be about the Apple TV. The company is said to be revamping the set-top box's hardware for the first time since March of 2012, and historically reliable sources say that the update will also include a redesigned remote control with touch capabilities and Siri support, along with a new app store and SDK.

Those features come at a cost, though. A report from 9to5Mac says that the new Apple TV could cost somewhere between $149 and $199, a substantial increase from the $99 that the third-generation Apple TV cost when it was released. That model...

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07:31
T-Mobile gives Data Tethering Abusers the Smackdown

If you've been finding ways to work around T-Mobile's data tethering caps, get ready for a smackdown because company CEO John Legere is gunning for you. He said customers who find ways to work around the 7GB monthly tethering cap are stealing and that's going stop. About 3,000 people are being targeted, and will get bumped from their unlimited data plan to a capped entry level plan.

The Mac Observer Spin: T-Mobile is clearly making an example out of its most extreme tethering abusers, and the message the company is sending is clear: Play by the rules and we can all be friends; abuse the system and we'll go medieval on you.


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07:27
Apple Hire's HoloLens Audio Engineer...

In May we posted a report titled "Apple Ups the Mystery behind their Secret Virtual Reality Project by Acquiring AR Specialist Metaio," and in June we did a follow-up report. Today we've learned that Apple hired audio an engineer from Microsoft who worked on their HoloLens augmented reality headset.

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06:47
Apple's hiring of a Microsoft HoloLens audio...

In a note to clients — as noted by AppleInsider — Piper Jaffray analyst Travis Jakel says Apple has hired Nick Thompson, formerly the lead audio engineer for Microsoft's HoloLens augmented reality project. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, thinks this is further evidence that the company likely has an internal team working on potential augmented reality (AR) projects. 

"We believe AR audio is often thought of as not important or secondary to the experience, however, we believe positional audio is what sells the experience and convinces the user there is a real object in front of you or behind you," Munster wrote. "The ability to re-create sound coming from a distinct location and changes based on proximity and direction of the object should not be overlooked."

Augmented reality (AR) is a live direct or indirect view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are supplemented by computer-generated...

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06:40
Over 225,000 Apple Accounts Compromised Via iOS...

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers from Palo Alto Networks and WeipTech have unearthed a scheme that resulted in the largest known Apple account theft caused by malware. All in all, some 225,000 valid Apple accounts have been compromised. The theft is executed via variants of the KeyRaider iOS malware, which targets jailbroken iOS devices. Most of the victims are Chinese — the malware is distributed through third-party Cydia repositories in China — but users in other countries have also been affected (European countries, the U.S., Australia, South Korea, and so on). "The malware hooks system processes through MobileSubstrate, and steals Apple account usernames, passwords and device GUID by intercepting iTunes traffic on the device," Palo Alto researcher Claud Xiao explained. "KeyRaider steals Apple push notification service certificates and private keys, steals and shares App Store purchasing information, and disables local and remote unlocking functionalities on iPhones and...

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06:33
Foxconn Eying More SiP Business from Apple with New...

In terms of semiconductor packaging business, ASE provides the majority of Apple's System in Packages (SiP). The Taiwanese semiconductor package company Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE) has received major orders from Apple for the Apple Watch, the iPhone 6S and even the 2016 iPhone 7. Yet a portion of Apple's SiP business goes to Hon-Hai ...

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06:18
Apple reportedly wants Siliconware to become a SiP...

Apple has approached Siliconware Precision Industries Co Ltd (SPIL) about becoming a supplier of system-in-package (SiP) technology for the Apple Watch and for fingerprint recognition chips, an online media source based in Taiwan, according to United Daily News, an online media source base din Taiwan.

SPIL focuses on semiconductor packaging and testing services for personal computers, communications, consumer integrated circuits markets. SiP involves a number of integrated circuits enclosed in a single package. It performs all or most of the functions of an electronic system, and is typically used inside a mobile phone, digital music player, and the like. 

The SiP inside the Apple Watch is the Apple S1. It includes a custom ARM processor, RAM, storage, NFC radio controller, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth module, touchscreen controllers and other components.

Citing unnamed sources, ...

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06:07
Chinese carriers rumored to start selling the '...

Apple will almost certainly announce the next generation iPhone at its Sept. 9 media event. However, China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom will start selling the "iPhone 6s" on Sept. 25 and pre-sales will begin on Sept. 18, according to the Leaksfly microblog (as noted by BrightWire.com, a global investment newswire).

The iPhone 6s is the name expected to be given to the next version of the smartphone — unless Apple decides to call it the iPhone 7. Citing sources within China Mobile, Leaksfly claims the 16GB version will be priced at CNY 5,299 (about US$831), the 64GB version at CNY 5,999 and 128GB version at CNY 6,599.

At one point, it was suspected that Apple would phase out the 16GB model and start entry-level models at 32GB. However, recent rumors have Apple continuing the 16GB baseline smartphone...

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